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Mashi
Jun 21st, 2012, 01:06 PM
http://xothenest.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/fifty-shades-of-grey.jpg?w=650&h=398

These books seem good but i heard many many bad critics about it!
Anyone read it? :p
What books will you read this Summer on the beach?

Sammo
Jun 21st, 2012, 01:23 PM
Many! I'm reading '007: From Russia With Love' now, then I'm gonna read 'Hyperspace' by Michio Kaku, then 'El Llano en Llamas' by Juan Rulfo, then this book of short stories by Chekhov which title I don't remember :lol: then another one by Chekhov and then 'The Oldman and the Sea' by Hemingway.

Julian.
Jun 21st, 2012, 01:26 PM
Reading "The Hunger Games" now.

"The Warlock" is next on the list :p

The Dawntreader
Jun 21st, 2012, 01:34 PM
I'm going to try and read the majority of Virginia Woolf's novels. Then maybe move onto more contemporary writers and theorists such as Richard Dawkins, Camille Paglia etc.

The Witch-king
Jun 21st, 2012, 02:27 PM
Not going to read anything!

delicatecutter
Jun 21st, 2012, 02:49 PM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41bFrtLN%2BiL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

I've had it for nearly 2 years and I vow to finally read it. (I'm just not much of a reader anymore. :sobbing:)

Lennval
Jun 21st, 2012, 04:04 PM
Lots in mind but I would likely start with Song of fire and ice stuff

Mashi
Jun 21st, 2012, 04:14 PM
Lots in mind but I would likely start with Song of fire and ice stuff

The first 3 books are so awesome! You're right to read them during summer cuz they are very long!

peanuts
Jun 22nd, 2012, 01:39 AM
The Sorceress by Michael Scott, 3rd book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.

Lots in mind but I would likely start with Song of fire and ice stuff

The first 3 books are so awesome! You're right to read them during summer cuz they are very long!

It's so long and engaging that it can take over your life when you're so into it. :lol:

Sean.
Jun 22nd, 2012, 02:25 AM
'The Oldman and the Sea' by Hemingway.

Only if you have trouble sleeping at night. ;)

#1 Best selling insomnia cure!

Albireo
Jun 22nd, 2012, 04:10 AM
Only if you have trouble sleeping at night. ;)

#12 Best selling insomnia cure!

#1: The Great Gatsby. A more overrated work you won't find in any medium.

Albireo
Jun 22nd, 2012, 04:16 AM
Reading several steampunk novels as research for the one that I'm currently writing.

A nice friggin' break from seven years of articles like Diachronic typology and the geneological unity of
Chukotko-Kamchatkan and Linguistic reflections of Xakas ethnohistory.

Svetlana)))
Jun 22nd, 2012, 07:56 AM
The perks of being a wallflower.

Mashi
Jun 22nd, 2012, 08:12 AM
The perks of being a wallflower.

My. Favourite. Book. Ever.
So much emotion. :sad:
I identified myself so well with the main character I sometime thought I was telling the story!
You won't regret it!
There'll be a movie starring Emma Watson and many others great stars.

Svetlana)))
Jun 22nd, 2012, 09:50 AM
My. Favourite. Book. Ever.
So much emotion. :sad:
I identified myself so well with the main character I sometime thought I was telling the story!
You won't regret it!
There'll be a movie starring Emma Watson and many others great stars.

I know I saw the trailer and wanted to read it before I saw the movie :lol:

Filippo-Nastya
Jun 23rd, 2012, 01:20 PM
My summer will be full of tennis. :lol: Right now I'm reading Agassi's biography and when I'll have finished it, I'll start to read Flavia and Fran's biographies. :)

http://www.rds.it/imagedli/source/23442882/img.jpg

http://www.liminaedizioni.it/img_news_g/Il-favoloso-mondo-di-Francesca_prima1.jpg

Ashi
Jun 23rd, 2012, 01:27 PM
It's not summer here, but I plan to read the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi in the coming days.
I've started on:
The Immortals of Meluha.

http://www.eynjuls.com/harsha/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/shiva-trilogy.jpg
Then will move on to the second in the series.
The secret of the Nagas.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oQXdHhH8dCs/Tn5MUgqJkkI/AAAAAAAAAY8/NBaQM_Fy6Ek/s1600/secret_of_the_nagas.jpg

Hindu Mythology meets fast paced fiction. :)

NoppaNoppa
Jul 4th, 2012, 12:36 AM
Latest Jo Nesbo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Nesb%C3%B8) and autobiography of Theoren Fleury (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_with_Fire_%28Autobiography%29).

NoppaNoppa
Jul 4th, 2012, 01:02 AM
WARNING!

In case you have never heard of Jo Nesbo. His second to last "The Leopard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Leopard_%28Nesb%C3%B8_novel%29)" original Panserhjerte, is a book that I read nearly on one sitting. Some 870 pages and impossible to stop reading! Like a five star movie, you are glued to it. Only that 870 pages reading takes way more time than great film takes watching. So, when you start reading, prepare to have 8-10 hours as you aren´t letting that book down!

I have latest Nesbo next to me, but I´m scared to start, as it will take that 8+ hours before I can even take a pee.

One more thing. Movie rights have been fought by biggest of them. Nesbo, jokingly (?), said that he releases film right only to Martin Scorcese. What do you know. Some time after that comment Scorsece called Nesbo and said that he is interested! So film is in making by The Author approved director!

:bounce:

Melange
Jul 4th, 2012, 02:05 AM
"Everyone Can Have Mental Strength" by Dimitry Tursunov and Sabine Lisicki

Melange
Jul 4th, 2012, 02:09 AM
http://xothenest.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/fifty-shades-of-grey.jpg?w=650&h=398

These books seem good but i heard many many bad critics about it!
Anyone read it? :p
What books will you read this Summer on the beach?

This book was critically disapproved by Laura Robson

jameshazza
Jul 4th, 2012, 04:39 AM
Well I'm on book 4 of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' so I plan on reading it and the fifth. I'm debating beginning a reread of The Wheel of Time series considering the last is out in Jan. Now they will take over your life. Also want to read The Hunger Games books but many others as well. Hoping to finally read Nineteen Eighty-four.

Mashi
Jul 4th, 2012, 12:07 PM
Well I'm on book 4 of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' so I plan on reading it and the fifth. I'm debating beginning a reread of The Wheel of Time series considering the last is out in Jan. Now they will take over your life. Also want to read The Hunger Games books but many others as well. Hoping to finally read Nineteen Eighty-four.

I hear the book #4 (and fifth one too btw) was less good than the first 3 ones, is that true? :confused:

Geoffry
Jul 4th, 2012, 12:46 PM
I just finished The Shadow of the Wind by Zafón and I really fell in love with his writing, so I'll probably just continue with his books this summer.

Mashi
Jul 4th, 2012, 01:02 PM
I just finished The Shadow of the Wind by Zafón and I really fell in love with his writing, so I'll probably just continue with his books this summer.

They're not as good as TSOTW to be honest :/ but still cool. ^^

jameshazza
Jul 4th, 2012, 02:12 PM
I hear the book #4 (and fifth one too btw) was less good than the first 3 ones, is that true? :confused:

I know book 4 introduces a lot of new characters and there are only half of the characters from the first 3 in it so that may put people off a little. But in book 5 it's all the absent characters from book 4. Book 4 and 5 take place at the same time.

G&R
Jul 4th, 2012, 08:45 PM
Memoirs of Hadrian by Yourcenar and The Catcher In The Rye by Salinger

Valanga
Jul 4th, 2012, 08:48 PM
started The Catcher in the Rye on Sunday

cowsonice
Jul 5th, 2012, 12:58 AM
I started Crime and Punishment. Read the first 10 or so pages and fell asleep for the next 8 hours :rolls:

Mashabator
Jul 5th, 2012, 06:30 AM
Ive got to re read coraline, waiting for kingdom of the wicked by derek landy to come out in August. I will also read the shadow in the north by Philip Pullman and Shatter by Michael Robotham

Mashabator
Jul 5th, 2012, 07:27 AM
Okay so i saw everyone talking up the perks of being a wallflower and got it and started reading and i love it so far thanks guys :)

fantic
Jul 5th, 2012, 08:26 AM
Memoirs of Hadrian by Yourcenar and The Catcher In The Rye by Salinger

Do tell after you read it, I myself am wondering about the book and the life of Yourcenar as well. (Borrowed another bio mistaking as her :Facepalm: First name is the same though, of Duras :lol: )

I'm ashamed to say I haven't yet read Anna Karenina, so should read it before watching the new film version. Wonder which version to read, though? Maude? Or the new husband&wife combo one.

And I do hope to read Joyce's Ulysses.

debby
Jul 5th, 2012, 11:31 AM
I have like 20 books to read :happy: but I have some exams to study for and the traffic code as well... ohhh and these dvds... :o

I've tried to start the Hunger Games, didn't like it :/ I should give it another go....
Otherwise, I would like to start Dan Simmons' sci-fi books, and mostly Fitzgerald's novels and his book "the Great Gatsby" ...

debby
Jul 5th, 2012, 11:40 AM
http://xothenest.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/fifty-shades-of-grey.jpg?w=650&h=398

These books seem good but i heard many many bad critics about it!
Anyone read it? :p
What books will you read this Summer on the beach?

omfg :sobbing: this is terrible :sobbing: it's badly written porn for teenagers and young adults.
I've read a few excerpts on tumblr :rolls: it's TERRIBLE. Got inspired by a Twilight fanfiction :sobbing:

A few excerpts :

=> He kisses me again, more chastely this time, and gives me the patented-Christian-Grey-full-gigawatt smile.

=> As we zoom over the cool blue sea toward what looks like the end of the runway, the thundering roar of a jet overhead suddenly startles me as it comes in to land. It’s so loud I panic, swerving and hitting the throttle at the same time, mistaking it for a brake.
“Ana!” Christian shouts, but it’s too late. I’m catapulted off the side of the Jet Ski, arms and legs flailing, taking Christian with me in a spectacular splash.

=> I’d like to go shopping.”
“Yes ma’am.” He stands.
“I’d like to take the Jet Ski.

=> You asked me why I braid your hair,” he murmurs. His tone alarms me. He looks…guilty.
“Yes.” Oh, shit.
“The crack whore used to let me play with her hair, I think. I don’t know if it’s a memory or a dream.”
Whoa! His birth mom.

Fifty Shades Freed, Chapter 3.

:tape:

http://50shadesofsuck.tumblr.com/page/53
(the last page as the newest ones feature movies infos not the actual excerpts)

joy division
Jul 5th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Hard to pick something out, but there are some books that everybody should have read or at least should have tried to.

Romans -
Dostojewskij "The brothers Caramasov", "The idiot", "Crime and punishment".
and Tolstoi everything else but "War and peace".
Victor Hugo - "Les miserables".

Historical romans -
Merezhkovsky "Leonardo da Vinci
Jakob Wassermann "Kaspar Hauser"

Science fiction -
Stanislaw Lem "Solaris", "Pilot Pirx"
Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, "The coming race"

Philosophics -
Friedrich Schiller "On the Aesthetic Education of Man"

German classics, really hard to pick something out -
Goethe, "Faust" .
Novalis, "Heinrich von Ofterdingen".

Short stories, Novelles,... -
You can`t go wrong with anything of Selma Lagerlöf , Carl Zuckmayer (German) and Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (Suisse).

Poetry-
Rainer Maria Rilke (German)

Economical history -
Marie-Monique Robin, "The World According to Monsanto"

And so many more
:wavey:

debby
Jul 5th, 2012, 12:02 PM
Goethe :lol:

No way in the hell I will read him.

joy division
Jul 5th, 2012, 12:13 PM
Goethe :lol:

No way in the hell I will read him.

Why ? I think he has a lot more wisdom than whole TF and MTF together.:lol:
But yes, I understand he is really hard to read and probably boring on the first view.

debby
Jul 5th, 2012, 12:16 PM
Why ? I think he has a lot more wisdom than whole TF and MTF together.:lol:
But yes, I understand he is really hard to read and probably boring on the first view.

Of course he has a lot of wisdom.

I am traumatized by philosophy classes I've had three years ago :lol: it was terrible. Look, I like to read, I like to debate, etc... but to read philosophical books which are quite abstract, no... I read some Kant for that class, and I fell asleep twice reading it.

Plus isn't Goethe antisemitic?

joy division
Jul 5th, 2012, 12:55 PM
Of course he has a lot of wisdom.

I am traumatized by philosophy classes I've had three years ago :lol: it was terrible. Look, I like to read, I like to debate, etc... but to read philosophical books which are quite abstract, no... I read some Kant for that class, and I fell asleep twice reading it.

Plus isn't Goethe antisemitic?


I`ve never heard about Goethe being anti-semitic. It was probably torn out of a context.:shrug:
He actually is completely individual, anti-nationalistic and for instance was pretty much scared by the thought of a politically united German nation.

With Kant it`s a strange thing. He is so often mentioned as one the most important German philiosophics.
Imo there are some others who consider a lot more for their thoughts than he did and are much more interesting and exciting therefore.
Also interesting is that you had philosophical classes and know something about Kant.:cool::D

debby
Jul 5th, 2012, 01:21 PM
I`ve never heard about Goethe being anti-semitic. It was probably torn out of a context.:shrug:
He actually is completely individual, anti-nationalistic and for instance was pretty much scared by the thought of a politically united German nation.

With Kant it`s a strange thing. He is so often mentioned as one the most important German philiosophics.
Imo there are some others who consider a lot more for their thoughts than he did and are much more interesting and exciting therefore.
Also interesting is that you had philosophical classes and know something about Kant.:cool::D

Actually I confused him with Kant who is antisemitic and racist. I remember Kant made fun of the black people, it was that book I actually read "Kritik der reinen Vernunft" (Critique de la raison pure in french :lol:

A lot more? Really? Kant is one of the most famous philosophics ;)

Well, it was mandatory during the last year of highschool, don't you guys have that in Germany? I had terrible marks :help: philosophical essays :help: I liked to analyse and to comment philosophical texts though.

I would like to read Claude Levi Strauss' books, especially the ones that deal with racism. I am genuinely interested by that, even racist stuff, I want to understand how come so many "smart" people were racist. Their theories. And of course, CLS wrote a book that showed the inanity of racism, and I think it might be very interesting to read. Maybe LBV already read his books.

Melange
Jul 5th, 2012, 01:41 PM
How can you have terrible results in philosophi? Did you not agree totally with the teacher :haha:



I would like to read Claude Levi Strauss' books, especially the ones that deal with racism. I am genuinely interested by that, even racist stuff, I want to understand how come so many "smart" people were racist. Their theories. And of course, CLS wrote a book that showed the inanity of racism, and I think it might be very interesting to read. Maybe LBV already read his books.

Yes I am almost sure he reads his books

debby
Jul 5th, 2012, 02:07 PM
How can you have terrible results in philosophi? Did you not agree totally with the teacher :haha:

Actually it's the norm here to have bad marks in philosophy. It's such an abstract subject. In essays, you shouldn't use ... biased points of view even if that proves your point (I used an example involving Sarkozy :oh: ) , you have to learn by heart a few quotes from famous philosophics ( :zzz: ), writing essays about their ideas, analyzing them, and giving both sides (pros and cons, then the consensus).

It's easy in theory, but it depends a lot on the teacher, if he agrees with you or not. Plus I was in the best class of my school :help: we were 22, and like at least 8 had A+ grades :lol: :help: while 95% of the rest of other classes had average grades. So the teacher was more exigeant with my class.

Valanga
Jul 5th, 2012, 02:13 PM
I started Crime and Punishment. Read the first 10 or so pages and fell asleep for the next 8 hours :rolls:

I like this, but you have to read at least 200 pages to really warm up to it

Novichok
Jul 5th, 2012, 07:14 PM
I`ve never heard about Goethe being anti-semitic. It was probably torn out of a context.:shrug:
He actually is completely individual, anti-nationalistic and for instance was pretty much scared by the thought of a politically united German nation.

With Kant it`s a strange thing. He is so often mentioned as one the most important German philiosophics.
Imo there are some others who consider a lot more for their thoughts than he did and are much more interesting and exciting therefore.
Also interesting is that you had philosophical classes and know something about Kant.:cool::D

He IS the most important German philosopher.

Stamp Paid
Jul 5th, 2012, 07:30 PM
Actually I confused him with Kant who is antisemitic and racist. I remember Kant made fun of the black people, it was that book I actually read "Kritik der reinen Vernunft" (Critique de la raison pure in french :lol:

A lot more? Really? Kant is one of the most famous philosophics ;)

Well, it was mandatory during the last year of highschool, don't you guys have that in Germany? I had terrible marks :help: philosophical essays :help: I liked to analyse and to comment philosophical texts though.

I would like to read Claude Levi Strauss' books, especially the ones that deal with racism. I am genuinely interested by that, even racist stuff, I want to understand how come so many "smart" people were racist. Their theories. And of course, CLS wrote a book that showed the inanity of racism, and I think it might be very interesting to read. Maybe LBV already read his books.
Yes I have read a lot of Levi Strauss, he is definitely one of my favorite anthropologists. Structuralist theory has been crucial to some of my understanding about how the world works, even though its explanatory power is limited. You should read "Tristes Tropiques", and also his statement on Race, history and culture. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1310/is_2001_Dec/ai_82066713/

Even in the English translation, he is not easy to read I must caution you. As horrible as Foucault and Bourdieu :sobbing: But like them, he is brilliant and his work resonates today. I would definitely suggest him.

Stamp Paid
Jul 5th, 2012, 07:34 PM
Honey Badger would like CLS too.

Novichok
Jul 5th, 2012, 07:37 PM
Honey Badger would like CLS too.

Let me google him. The only Levi Strauss I know of sold blue jeans. :tape: :lol:

jameshazza
Jul 5th, 2012, 07:39 PM
My major assignment next year in Eng. Lit. will be comparing poetry and prose so I'm looking to get a head start. The examiners apparently like Elliot but does anyone here have any other suggestions?

debby
Jul 5th, 2012, 07:41 PM
Yes I have read a lot of Levi Strauss, he is definitely one of my favorite anthropologists. Structuralist theory has been crucial to some of my understanding about how the world works, even though its explanatory power is limited. You should read "Tristes Tropiques", and also his statement on Race, history and culture. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1310/is_2001_Dec/ai_82066713/

Even in the English translation, he is not easy to read I must caution you. As horrible as Foucault and Bourdieu :sobbing: But like them, he is brilliant and his work resonates today. I would definitely suggest him.

Thank you ! ;) maybe in french, it's easier to read, and I managed to finish a few books of Kant, I can do it ! :lol:

What do you think of his books? Do you have other short novels or something about the same subject to advice me ?

joy division
Jul 5th, 2012, 09:06 PM
He IS the most important German philosopher.

He is important, without doubt.
He is the most regarded and mentioned in Germany.
When you think about German philosophy his name comes in mind.
With his works he was and still is somehow pioneering the modern picture of the human being and the ethic basics - which not means that his work is the answer to everything.
Other guys after him were some kind of "allround talents" and imo actually included and/or disproved his "Critique of pure reason".
Just the most famous names, there were a lot others, also later :
Schiller was a poet, and wrote some fundamental educational and philosophic works. Similar like Goethe, who was a poet, scientist and also philosopher, as an inevitable "by-product" of his work. They are mainly wellknown as artists, not as philosophers. Most probably because they were not understood as such in later times.
However, they and others had a much deeper impact on the spiritual developement in Germany and waked up peoples mind for philosophical questions, much more than Kant ever had/did.
It`s hard to imagine, but they held philosophic speeches in front of huge crowds at public places in many different cities at that time.
As we nowadays go to soccer stadiums or something.:lol:

joy division
Jul 5th, 2012, 10:23 PM
Actually I confused him with Kant who is antisemitic and racist. I remember Kant made fun of the black people, it was that book I actually read "Kritik der reinen Vernunft" (Critique de la raison pure in french :lol:

A lot more? Really? Kant is one of the most famous philosophics ;)

Well, it was mandatory during the last year of highschool, don't you guys have that in Germany? I had terrible marks :help: philosophical essays :help: I liked to analyse and to comment philosophical texts though.

I would like to read Claude Levi Strauss' books, especially the ones that deal with racism. I am genuinely interested by that, even racist stuff, I want to understand how come so many "smart" people were racist. Their theories. And of course, CLS wrote a book that showed the inanity of racism, and I think it might be very interesting to read. Maybe LBV already read his books.


I have to admit that there`s a little while that I went to school, but I can tell you that we don`t have philosophical mandatory courses at German schools.
I remember that a teacher of mine said that mathematic is the most pure philosphic of all.
There is some truth at it and it also tells a little bit about what philosophic actually is.

In Germany Nazism and racism is upcoming again. Sad but true.
It`s not massive but pretty obvious.
It`s not just a German problem and there are a lot of different interesting books about it all over the world.
Spontaneously I`d like to recommend you 2 movies and a book. They are pretty vivid about the reasons of these problems.
The movies are "American history X" and "The last days of Sophie Scholl".
There is a complete German version of the second mentioned available on youtube, but also one with English subtitles. Unluckily there are 9 parts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zfrrVwpWrY

I guess your native language is French.
So the French title of the book.
Jaques Lusseyran, "Et la lumière fut".
He was a French resistance fighter. It`s a biographie and also about his blindness but very interesting in this context.

Stamp Paid
Jul 5th, 2012, 11:13 PM
Let me google him. The only Levi Strauss I know of sold blue jeans. :tape: :lol::lol::lol: Same name, different person.
His name is pronounced (in English) as Leh-VEE Strauss. The first day of class I went in talking about Claude LEE-Vi Strauss :facepalm::lol:

Expat
Jul 6th, 2012, 12:44 PM
Going through Agatha Christie's entire bibliography of 66 novels currently. Right now on book 31 The Body in the Library.

It should take me six months to go through the remaining 35.

Valanga
Jul 6th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Going through Agatha Christie's entire bibliography of 66 novels currently. Right now on book 31 The Body in the Library.

It should take me six months to go through the remaining 35.

35 books for 6 months :eek:? That's quick

Haimar
Jul 6th, 2012, 02:19 PM
I made a list of 15 books I'd like to read this summer, I finished Generation X by Coupland already and loved it, now on To Kill a Mockingnbird. Others are Big Lights Bright City, the Death of Artemio Cruz, Less Than Zero, something by Borges and Banville...

lee station
Jul 7th, 2012, 10:21 AM
Got inspired by a Twilight fanfiction :sobbing:


:spit: blasphemy! :lol:

lee station
Jul 7th, 2012, 10:24 AM
I made a list of 15 books I'd like to read this summer, I finished Generation X by Coupland already and loved it, now on To Kill a Mockingnbird. Others are Big Lights Bright City, the Death of Artemio Cruz, Less Than Zero, something by Borges and Banville...

ah, i read less than zero in late 05. :D it's alright.

borges is amazing. i read his books in the 80's.
they never gave him the nobel, why?

Mashabator
Jul 7th, 2012, 04:03 PM
read the perks of being a wallflower in a little less than 2 days, SO FUCKING AMAZING! and i never would have found it without suggestions in this thread! thanks everyone for talking about it! it was amazing i cried for about 30 mins after i was reading the last 2 pages through tears!

NoppaNoppa
Jul 8th, 2012, 07:35 PM
Aight. Feared that latest Nesbo. It was even worse than I thought. Good thing is that I managed to read it on one day (obviously) Bad thing is that I now see nightmares :sad:

Heavy stuff! DO NOT READ NESBO!

Ryan
Jul 8th, 2012, 09:50 PM
Well I'm on book 4 of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' so I plan on reading it and the fifth. I'm debating beginning a reread of The Wheel of Time series considering the last is out in Jan. Now they will take over your life. Also want to read The Hunger Games books but many others as well. Hoping to finally read Nineteen Eighty-four.


Dude. I do a Wheel of Time reread every year. :lol: Easily my favourite series of books, ever.

Going to read some Russian classics this summer - Lolita, Brothers Karamazov, etc. Might reread Agassi' bio, we'll see.

jameshazza
Jul 9th, 2012, 04:43 AM
Dude. I do a Wheel of Time reread every year. :lol: Easily my favourite series of books, ever.

Going to read some Russian classics this summer - Lolita, Brothers Karamazov, etc. Might reread Agassi' bio, we'll see.

I've never read books as captivating as WoT. Plus, the magic system is so good in it that you can't call it magic because it feels so real and natural. I think I may start a reread simply because of the last book approaching and it's been 4/5 years since I read the first book. Greatest fantasy fiction series ever IMO, and I know that's a massive claim but few people who have read WoT would strongly disagree with that statement.

Svetlana)))
Jul 9th, 2012, 09:01 AM
Finished reading The Perks of Being A Wallflower yesterday - really enjoyable book, the author's attention to detail really made it intimate and relatable.

Mashabator
Jul 9th, 2012, 02:04 PM
^ how good was it! so emotional i could barely read the last 3 pages or so because i was crying so much LOL

Ciarán
Jul 9th, 2012, 03:15 PM
I plan to fill (and have been) my summer with Woolf, Kafka, Wilde, Camus, Sartre and Dickens. Read much more too, but mostly around or related to the authors mentioned. I also really want to read Andre Agassi's biography. Having read 'Venus Envy'; I'd like to know a little more about behind the scenes of the ATP.

Ryan
Jul 9th, 2012, 04:16 PM
I've never read books as captivating as WoT. Plus, the magic system is so good in it that you can't call it magic because it feels so real and natural. I think I may start a reread simply because of the last book approaching and it's been 4/5 years since I read the first book. Greatest fantasy fiction series ever IMO, and I know that's a massive claim but few people who have read WoT would strongly disagree with that statement.



Man I feel the exact same way. Cant wait for the final book, its been so long. Definitely reread the whole series, you pick up on a lot and my favourite characters changed from the first time I read the books. Have you read the prequel, New Spring?

jameshazza
Jul 9th, 2012, 05:11 PM
Man I feel the exact same way. Cant wait for the final book, its been so long. Definitely reread the whole series, you pick up on a lot and my favourite characters changed from the first time I read the books. Have you read the prequel, New Spring?

Yeah read the prequel, shame he never had time to finish those. I like all the main characters (probably Mat and Nynaeve the most) except I feel in the middle of the series Perrin's chapters became a bit dull. But a reread could change my mind.

Melange
Jul 9th, 2012, 05:23 PM
I plan to fill (and have been) my summer with Woolf, Kafka, Wilde, Camus, Sartre and Dickens. Read much more too, but mostly around or related to the authors mentioned. I also really want to read Andre Agassi's biography.

I didnt get the impression that it covered that much about behind the scenes of ATP. It gives a good look at his own life but the tennis matches are not covered in great detail and there is only brief descriptions of most of the other players so I didnt learn much about them. I thought the way he talks about Brooke Shields and Graf is quite funny :bigwave:

Valanga
Jul 9th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Need to finish my Catcher in the Rye asap, then either Lolita/To kill a mockingbird
should be enough

Melange
Jul 9th, 2012, 07:02 PM
http://www.themorningnews.org/article/lone-star-statements
this will save me a lot of time reading trash


On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)

“This book gets my nomination for the most overrated book in American Literature. It is trite, saccharine and false. The themes and insights it contains are not even good enough to be third rate. Moreover, as a prose stylist, Kerouac was probably fourth rate. In short, I despise this piece of [garbage] and would advise all of its hipster doofus fans to lose the tie-dye clothes and throw away their bongs. Maybe then they will read something good for a change.”

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)
“This book is like an ungrateful girlfriend. You do your best to understand her and get nothing back in return.”

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
“Here’s the first half of the book: ‘We had dinner and a few drinks. We went to a cafe and talked and had some drinks. We ate dinner and had a few drinks. Dinner. Drinks. More dinner. More drinks. We took a cab here (or there) in Paris and had some drinks, and maybe we danced and flirted and talked sh*t about somebody. More dinner. More drinks. I love you, I hate you, maybe you should come up to my room, no you can’t’… I flipped through the second half of the book a day or two later and saw the words ‘dinner’ and ‘drinks’ on nearly every page and figured it wasn’t worth the risk.”

Steven.
Aug 20th, 2012, 12:11 PM
I finished reading perks of being a wallflower the other day and I gotta say it was the right book to read to get me back into my old reading habits!

Charlie was just so relatable to me, being a wallflower, misunderstood and just loneliness in general. I think what made the book amazing was the characters and not really the storyline, which is pretty different... like most stories are good cause of the storyline.

Love how they continually mentioned the feeling of being infinite cause I think it's really powerful and I bet it struck a chord in everyone who read the book. Love how often they referenced other great novels.

The thing that broke my heart so many times over and over was how lonely and misunderstood everyone was, and all the goodbyes. Patrick and Brad :o Charlie and Sam :o the ending :o fml

Anyway, the next few books I'm planning to read are
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
I also need to pick up the second and third book from the hunger game series. And I also wanna start the Game of Thrones series even though the length of the series is a huge turn off atm. :o

Ryan
Aug 20th, 2012, 12:19 PM
Read Slaughterhouse Five last week, awesome book. Cats Cradle now.

wta_zuperfann
Aug 20th, 2012, 02:58 PM
^ You guys sure made excellent choices!


As for me, now that I'm getting old I don't read as much as I used to. Therefore, the only book I read this summer is:


https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSV8B1IES7npQOu_8qidWdB-TBA5hwRikiuM45fAllpcfbidYKL



http://www.amazon.com/Roger-Williams-Creation-American-Soul/dp/0670023051


http://www.booktv.org/Watch/13134/Roger+Williams+and+The+Creation+of+the+American+So ul+Church+State+and+the+Birth+of+Liberty.aspx


EXCELLENT book - so much of it easily refutes the reich wing talibangelist lies from Jerry Falwell and others of that ilk. This is the type of book people need to read of they want the TRUTH as opposed to all the lies and hate the liars of the far right spew every day.

Sammo
Aug 20th, 2012, 03:31 PM
I just bought a huge Greek Mythology Book :drool:

Steven.
Aug 24th, 2012, 04:06 PM
Anyway, the next few books I'm planning to read are
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
I also need to pick up the second and third book from the hunger game series. And I also wanna start the Game of Thrones series even though the length of the series is a huge turn off atm. :o

ended up buying Lolita instead of all of this :lol:

Kuilli
Aug 24th, 2012, 04:29 PM
ended up buying Lolita instead of all of this :lol:
All the ones you listed are better than Lolita, except I haven't read GoT. ;) But that's jut my opinion. You may like Lolita. :lol: I didn't.

Steven.
Aug 24th, 2012, 04:41 PM
I read through a bit of lolita so far and I find it tough to follow sometimes. It's a little wordy :lol:

jameshazza
Aug 24th, 2012, 06:10 PM
I read the Hunger Games after watching the film. :lol:
Still need to finish the 3rd though.

fantic
Aug 25th, 2012, 01:01 AM
^ You guys sure made excellent choices!


As for me, now that I'm getting old I don't read as much as I used to. Therefore, the only book I read this summer is:


https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSV8B1IES7npQOu_8qidWdB-TBA5hwRikiuM45fAllpcfbidYKL



http://www.amazon.com/Roger-Williams-Creation-American-Soul/dp/0670023051


http://www.booktv.org/Watch/13134/Roger+Williams+and+The+Creation+of+the+American+So ul+Church+State+and+the+Birth+of+Liberty.aspx


EXCELLENT book - so much of it easily refutes the reich wing talibangelist lies from Jerry Falwell and others of that ilk. This is the type of book people need to read of they want the TRUTH as opposed to all the lies and hate the liars of the far right spew every day.

OMG Booktv video has CAPTIONS!! :hearts: :bowdown: NOW I'll frequent the site more often :lol:

LindsayRulz
Aug 25th, 2012, 02:50 AM
I was thinking about reading some Dostoievski this summer. As some of you guys planned on doing the same I was wondering if you could give me some feedback, like did you like his books? Were they so hard to read you were nose bleeding after two sentences?

oleada
Aug 25th, 2012, 02:53 AM
I haven't read anything terribly deep this summer but they were all enjoyable.

- Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifvka Brunt
- The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
- The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Right now I'm reading "Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and The Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity" by David Kirby, which is good but obviously biased.

My favorites were Gone Girl and The Light Between Oceans. Gone Girl was fab. It's a great summer read - mystery, suspense, good writing. I couldn't put it down. You're never sure about what you know. The Light Between Oceans was so emotional...and just beautifully written.

fantic
Aug 25th, 2012, 02:59 AM
I was thinking about reading some Dostoievski this summer. As some of you guys planned on doing the same I was wondering if you could give me some feedback, like did you like his books? Were they so hard to read you were nose bleeding after two sentences?


try Proust's 'Swann's Way' if you want that experience :hearts:

Do hope you can finish the 1ST sentence, peace! :wavey:

hobahobaspirit
Aug 25th, 2012, 05:15 AM
I'm reading Marcel Proust this summer and some books on communism

Steven.
Nov 1st, 2012, 02:45 PM
Just finished The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Amazingly well written, a bit complicated at time. Heaps heart breaking but so touching at the same time. I even cried at one point :hysteric: good read i recommend it


I think I'm gunna reread the Perks Of Being A Wallflower now

Steven.
Nov 13th, 2012, 03:26 PM
summer holidays coming up in 7 days yay and I have these to read:
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Looking For Alaska by John Green

thousand splendid suns, norweigen wood and 1q84 will have 2 wait

cant wait for this exam period to be over and then i can just sleep and read all day for a while

Expat
Nov 13th, 2012, 04:15 PM
finished agatha christie's entire 66 novels. god the last 20 were horrible.
somehow with christie only novels set in the interwar period seem good.

Sammo
Nov 13th, 2012, 05:17 PM
finished agatha christie's entire 66 novels. god the last 20 were horrible.
somehow with christie only novels set in the interwar period seem good.

She wrote 66 novels? Holy shit