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    Question What Was the Last Book You Read?

    85AKbN posted a thread asking for your recent movie viewings, but I'd rather know what you've been reading! Let us know the last book you finished and whether or not you would recommend it.

    The last book I finished was Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World which is one of the last Murakami books I still had to read. I thought it was an excellent read is definitely in my top 3 favorite Murakami books.

    Next I'm going to pick up The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon which I hear is supposed to be excellent.

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    Just finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Reading an older Dean Koontz book now, and listening to Donna Tartt's Goldfinch. A very unusual but good book so far.

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    I love Murakami. I've recently taken a break from fiction and just finished Patrick Leigh Fermor's A Time to Keep Silence. I am nearly done with Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard too. I highly recommend both to anyone interested in reflective and insightful travel writing.

    What are your other Murakami favorites?

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    God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. I'm currently sifting through short story collections -- Hellgoing, the 2013 Giller Prize winner, by Lynn Coady, a couple of Alice Munro books, and a giant tome called The World Of The Short Story, A 20th Century Collection edited by Fadiman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixmr View Post
    I love Murakami. I've recently taken a break from fiction and just finished Patrick Leigh Fermor's A Time to Keep Silence. I am nearly done with Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard too. I highly recommend both to anyone interested in reflective and insightful travel writing.

    What are your other Murakami favorites?
    I don't think there's a Murakami book I don't love. But in order my top 5 would be...
    1 The Wind-up Bird Chronicles
    2 Kafka on the Shore
    3 Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
    4 1Q84
    5 Norwegian Wood

    I still have to read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, and Dance Dance Dance which has been sitting on my bookshelf for a couple of months now.

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    Haha. Good answer. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is great. I was a bit biased as a runner though.

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    Hope to finish the Issacson biography of Benjamin Franklin this week. Also read the Franklin autobiography simultaneously. Read Steve Martin's Born Standing Up on my phone over the last coupla weeks too. next up is How to Read a Book.

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    Born To Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    Hope to finish the Issacson biography of Benjamin Franklin this week. Also read the Franklin autobiography simultaneously. Read Steve Martin's Born Standing Up on my phone over the last coupla weeks too. next up is How to Read a Book.
    The Adler and Van Doren (How to Read a Book) is brilliant. While I have some issues with their list of "great books" (because it is so Euro-centric -- though in that it only reflects the era in which it was written), the strategies and methods they advocate are simply wonderful. Their methods require discipline to follow, but if you let it, it can teach you to read in new ways: quicker, more efficiently, and more deeply (greater comprehension and retention). I wish I had been given this book when I was just starting college -- I didn't find it until already almost done with grad school -- it distills some lessons I learned on my own through years of trial and error, and many things I had never thought of. I now strenuously recommend it to my students, though only a few listen.
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    'Mansfield Park' by Jane Austen. A brilliant novel first published 1814.
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    The last book I read was 'The Woman in the Dunes' by Kobo Abe...and I'm now reading 'Norwegian Wood' for the second time Another Murakami fan here.
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    Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science by Jim Al-Khalili and Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists by Michael Morgan

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    "Pen Repairs" given to me by Jeph a member of this forum.

    Once again thank you very much Jeph.

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    I just finished Allegient by Veronica Roth, it is the third book in the Divergent Trilogy. Right now I'm slowly making my way through Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribbean_skye View Post
    I just finished Allegient by Veronica Roth, it is the third book in the Divergent Trilogy. Right now I'm slowly making my way through Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
    I am a huge fan of Bradbury. I think Fahrenheit 451 reads best over a short period of time, so pick up that pace. Treat yourself to a tea/coffee/adult beverage and a several hour reading session. I find the short rhythm of his writing in that book so engrossing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribbean_skye View Post
    I just finished Allegient by Veronica Roth, it is the third book in the Divergent Trilogy. Right now I'm slowly making my way through Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
    I read the first book in this series, a while ago. I never got back to the other two (they weren't out at the time). How did you feel about them? Worth the read?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarneM View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by caribbean_skye View Post
    I just finished Allegient by Veronica Roth, it is the third book in the Divergent Trilogy. Right now I'm slowly making my way through Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
    I read the first book in this series, a while ago. I never got back to the other two (they weren't out at the time). How did you feel about them? Worth the read?
    I find it difficult to rate second and third books in a series such as this as because the novelty wears off during the second book. That being said, I did enjoy the second and third books, especially with how the 'divergent' part was handled. However if you didn't enjoy the first, you may not like the others.

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    The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter. Loved it. Just a huge fan of Bob Lee Swagger, politically incorrect as he may be. No explaining it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixmr View Post
    Haha. Good answer. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is great. I was a bit biased as a runner though.
    I am anything but a runner, but I'm going to give it a go anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribbean_skye View Post
    I just finished Allegient by Veronica Roth, it is the third book in the Divergent Trilogy. Right now I'm slowly making my way through Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
    Fantastic novel. I sometimes find the classics don't hold up to their hype over the years, but Farenheit 451 is still brilliant.

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