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Knaldskalle on Feb 21 2013, 02:55:06 AM wrote:
joachimt on Feb 21 2013, 02:41:33 AM wrote:I don't read books, I watch movies. :rolleyes:
I stopped reading after high school. I think in the last 15 years, I haven't read more than 10 novels. Currently next to my bed I've got a book lying around, "All short stories by Roald Dahl". But it's lying there for over two years now and I'm still not even half way.
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And I feel bad because I only get around to reading 10-12 books a year (I've used goodreads for the past couple of years, I seem to average around 4000 pages/year). I don't read as much as I used to, though, but I read every day. I can't fall asleep if I don't have something to read. It's been that way ever since I was a kid. :geek: I can't imagine not reading. You're missing out, big time.
Yeah, I know. It's a shame I don't read. A few things keep me from reading a book. There are always things I'd rather do, like watching movies. The fact that I've always been a very very slow reader doesn't help either. In bed before going to sleep I'd rather read a music-magazine or make a logic puzzle on my iPad......
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joachimt on Feb 21 2013, 03:01:03 AM wrote:
Knaldskalle on Feb 21 2013, 02:55:06 AM wrote:
joachimt on Feb 21 2013, 02:41:33 AM wrote:I don't read books, I watch movies. :rolleyes:
I stopped reading after high school. I think in the last 15 years, I haven't read more than 10 novels. Currently next to my bed I've got a book lying around, "All short stories by Roald Dahl". But it's lying there for over two years now and I'm still not even half way.
:satstunned:

And I feel bad because I only get around to reading 10-12 books a year (I've used goodreads for the past couple of years, I seem to average around 4000 pages/year). I don't read as much as I used to, though, but I read every day. I can't fall asleep if I don't have something to read. It's been that way ever since I was a kid. :geek: I can't imagine not reading. You're missing out, big time.
Yeah, I know. It's a shame I don't read. A few things keep me from reading a book. There are always things I'd rather do, like watching movies. The fact that I've always been a very very slow reader doesn't help either. In bed before going to sleep I'd rather read a music-magazine or make a logic puzzle on my iPad......
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I mostly read books in English nowadays, so I'm a much slower reader than I am when reading my native Danish. Not having an iPad probably helps too, although I guess they can function as e-readers.

Unfortunately I realized a short while ago that when I do read a book in Danish I translate it into English in my mind before I process it... :facepalm:
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Knaldskalle on Feb 21 2013, 03:15:49 AM wrote:Unfortunately I realized a short while ago that when I do read a book in Danish I translate it into English in my mind before I process it... :facepalm:
Really? I didn't realize that was something that happened once you were fluent in a language. It doesn't happen to me, anyway.
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PeacefulAnarchy on Feb 21 2013, 03:19:45 AM wrote:
Knaldskalle on Feb 21 2013, 03:15:49 AM wrote:Unfortunately I realized a short while ago that when I do read a book in Danish I translate it into English in my mind before I process it... :facepalm:
Really? I didn't realize that was something that happened once you were fluent in a language. It doesn't happen to me, anyway.
It's because Danish is his first language. I have the same problem when reading in Arabic. :P
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Pain on Feb 21 2013, 03:26:43 AM wrote:
PeacefulAnarchy on Feb 21 2013, 03:19:45 AM wrote:
Knaldskalle on Feb 21 2013, 03:15:49 AM wrote:Unfortunately I realized a short while ago that when I do read a book in Danish I translate it into English in my mind before I process it... :facepalm:
Really? I didn't realize that was something that happened once you were fluent in a language. It doesn't happen to me, anyway.
It's because Danish is his first language. I have the same problem when reading in Arabic. :P
That just makes it stranger. English isn't my first language, and even though I've lived in an English speaking country for decades I still read Spanish as written with no mental translations, nor do I mentally translate French despite not having spoken French in a decade and it being neither my native tongue nor my daily use language.
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I don't translate either.
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joachimt on Feb 21 2013, 02:41:33 AM wrote:I don't read books, I watch movies. :rolleyes:
I stopped reading after high school.
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I suspect I have exhausted myself reading, I used to read all the time, when I was 16 I read 189 books. :geek: I may read a book or two a year these days. :ermm:
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Agree as well. I loved reading as a kid (mostly Goosebumps, but still... I loved it), I was always reading a book. My entire childhood:

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Then I became more interested in movies and I kinda dropped them. I miss it sometimes, but it's just so time consuming.
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Leopardi on Feb 20 2013, 10:24:32 PM wrote:I started with the intention of a Top 10 list, but it didn't feel right leaving out so many great books, so Top 25 it is!

5. Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
15. An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
22. Jennie Gerhardt (Theodore Dreiser)
Nice to see some Dreiser love - he doesn't seem to be particularly popular nowadays, outside of An American Tragedy. I really liked Jennie Gerhardt, but it seems to be practically unknown and I've never seen it appear on a list.
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mightysparks on Feb 21 2013, 09:52:53 AM wrote:Agree as well. I loved reading as a kid (mostly Goosebumps, but still... I loved it), I was always reading a book. My entire childhood:

Then I became more interested in movies and I kinda dropped them. I miss it sometimes, but it's just so time consuming.
Yeah, the past few years have seen a precipitous decline in my reading. Up until about halfway through college I was reading, on average, a novel a week. When I was in junior high and high school I was always reading some sci-fi novel, interspersed with the occasional "classic." Last year, on the other hand, I only read 10 books.

Movies and literature each provide their own unique pleasures, and I still love reading - but there's just so little time in the day. As soon as I got a TV in my room and could watch movies whenever I wanted, reading went out the window.

I have been starting to feel a little bit film-fatigued the last few months, so maybe I'll switch my focus back to reading one of these days?

(Probably not.)
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You guys are making me a little sad. If you spend 45 mins to an hour a day reading you can read roughly a novel a week (obviously this depends on the length of the novel).

At the very least consistent reading improves your vocab and grammar and keeps your cognition from degrading as rapidly when you age.
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I only started reading a few months ago, I felt like I was missing so much by not reading. Fortunately the school library is massive and pretty much no one reads anymore so I got tons of books to check out before I graduate.
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Timec on Feb 21 2013, 10:46:39 AM wrote:
Leopardi on Feb 20 2013, 10:24:32 PM wrote:I started with the intention of a Top 10 list, but it didn't feel right leaving out so many great books, so Top 25 it is!

5. Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
15. An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
22. Jennie Gerhardt (Theodore Dreiser)
Nice to see some Dreiser love - he doesn't seem to be particularly popular nowadays, outside of An American Tragedy. I really liked Jennie Gerhardt, but it seems to be practically unknown and I've never seen it appear on a list.
Dreiser's one of my favourites, without a doubt, and if I extended the list only a little further I'm sure The Financier would make an appearance, too. I wish more people would try him out--those that have taken me up on my recommendation have always given very positive feedback--but you're right, he's not very popular these days!
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sebby on Feb 21 2013, 11:19:35 AM wrote:You guys are making me a little sad. If you spend 45 mins to an hour a day reading you can read roughly a novel a week (obviously this depends on the length of the novel).

At the very least consistent reading improves your vocab and grammar and keeps your cognition from degrading as rapidly when you age.
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Timec on Feb 21 2013, 10:58:24 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Feb 21 2013, 09:52:53 AM wrote:Agree as well. I loved reading as a kid (mostly Goosebumps, but still... I loved it), I was always reading a book. My entire childhood:

Then I became more interested in movies and I kinda dropped them. I miss it sometimes, but it's just so time consuming.
Yeah, the past few years have seen a precipitous decline in my reading. Up until about halfway through college I was reading, on average, a novel a week. When I was in junior high and high school I was always reading some sci-fi novel, interspersed with the occasional "classic." Last year, on the other hand, I only read 10 books.

Movies and literature each provide their own unique pleasures, and I still love reading - but there's just so little time in the day. As soon as I got a TV in my room and could watch movies whenever I wanted, reading went out the window.

I have been starting to feel a little bit film-fatigued the last few months, so maybe I'll switch my focus back to reading one of these days?

(Probably not.)
I've had a steady dropoff in the last few years, too, mainly because of being overwhelmed with school and work (from 40-50/year a few years ago to fewer than 20 last year). With school now done, I'm hoping that trend will reverse itself, though.

And yeah, TV's the killer for me too, these days, especially when the PVR's near capacity (there's always pressure to watch and reduce the load, but it never really seems to reduce). Looking forward to getting the reading bug back some day, though!
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sebby on Feb 21 2013, 11:19:35 AM wrote:You guys are making me a little sad. If you spend 45 mins to an hour a day reading you can read roughly a novel a week (obviously this depends on the length of the novel).

At the very least consistent reading improves your vocab and grammar and keeps your cognition from degrading as rapidly when you age.
Oh, you don't need to sell reading to me. As an English major, I'm a big proponent of reading - besides all the cognitive benefits, it also seems to help increase empathy. (And, of course, it's a lot of fun.)

I've just been having a hard time getting through any books recently, for a variety of reasons. I'll get back to it eventually. My interests tend to change in cycles.

In the meantime, I'm hoping the 30-45 minutes a day I spend studying German will have some of those same cognitive benefits.
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PeacefulAnarchy on Feb 21 2013, 03:37:42 AM wrote:
Pain on Feb 21 2013, 03:26:43 AM wrote:
PeacefulAnarchy on Feb 21 2013, 03:19:45 AM wrote:Really? I didn't realize that was something that happened once you were fluent in a language. It doesn't happen to me, anyway.
It's because Danish is his first language. I have the same problem when reading in Arabic. :P
That just makes it stranger. English isn't my first language, and even though I've lived in an English speaking country for decades I still read Spanish as written with no mental translations, nor do I mentally translate French despite not having spoken French in a decade and it being neither my native tongue nor my daily use language.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24126819

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Well the title is really not as good already...
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from more to less in top 5, then no order: lotr, godfather, 1984, it, His Dark Materials, firestarter, The Mysterious Island, Jurassic Park, Crime & Punishment, da vinci code, angels & demons, dune, atlas shrugged, lolita, Hitchhiker's
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I made this list up a while ago: http://www.listology.com/mightysparks/l ... rite-books

I'm not particularly happy with it, but I can't do much about it until I read more :D
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mightysparks on Sep 19 2013, 05:01:48 PM wrote:I made this list up a while ago: http://www.listology.com/mightysparks/l ... rite-books

I'm not particularly happy with it, but I can't do much about it until I read more :D
I enjoyed Skeleton Crew (The Mist!!) and Nightmares and & Dreamscapes, but why no love for Night Shift? It's been about thirty years since I last read it but so many of those short story titles bring back vivid memories for me to this day. I think if I were to re-read any one of King's titles today it would be a toss-up between that one, 'Salem's Lot or The Shining. Very enjoyable stuff!

I drifted away from King in the mid 90's (I think Rose Madder was the last one). What's his best work since then, do you think?
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I don't read much. I didn't even read the books that I was supposed to read in high school. I think the only novels I've read (not counting very short ones or comic books) are The Wizard of Oz and Pinocchio, and I was about 10 when I read those.

Recently, the only books I've read are manga (I've read about 30 or so). As some of you already know (because of my offer in the other thread), my favorite is Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou.
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My favorite book is Blood Meridian. I've read it 8 times now and always feel like re-reading it. Ulysses is pretty close behind but I've only tackled that one two times completely. I also think Point Omega is an unheralded masterpiece. and only like 120 pages so it's a quick read. Check it out.



As far as manga goes I remember I was maybe 16 and I had stayed up through the night and it was a school day maybe 5:30am and the sky was that early morning sort of blue and I started reading this volume called Bradherley's Coach by Samura Hiroaki. I thought I'd just read the first chapter but it was so captivating I finished the whole thing in an hour. I was an absolute emotional wreck by the time I finished it. It's a very harsh read. Looking back on it it's not the greatest but it made an impact for sure. My favorite manga are pretty pedestrian picks, the works of Urasawa Naoki. Pluto>20th Century Boys>Monster
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Planetes is he only manga I own and a pretty good read. Read it twice, kinda want to revisit it now.
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I can't believe I never answered this. A top ten would probably kill me, but Middlemarch is either #1 or way, way the hell up there.
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Kowry on Sep 20 2013, 12:04:09 AM wrote:Planetes is he only manga I own and a pretty good read. Read it twice, kinda want to revisit it now.
Oh! I love Planetes. A very good read.
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I read the first chapter of 20th Century Boys. It was good, but then I stopped reading it (I was probably procrastinating because of the length). I'll read the rest of it someday. I want to read Pluto but I noticed it's based on Astro Boy. Do I need to know anything about Astro Boy before I start reading Pluto? Right now the only thing I know about Astro Boy is that it's about a robot and it was written by Tezuka.
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mjf314 on Sep 20 2013, 12:24:43 AM wrote:I read the first chapter of 20th Century Boys. It was good, but then I stopped reading it (I was probably procrastinating because of the length). I'll read the rest of it someday. I want to read Pluto but I noticed it's based on Astro Boy. Do I need to know anything about Astro Boy before I start reading Pluto? Right now the only thing I know about Astro Boy is that it's about a robot and it was written by Tezuka.
20th Century Boys is great but doesn't get riveting until maybe 4-5 volumes in. and with Pluto it probably helps to know less. :lol: Slight spoilers
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AdamH on Feb 20 2013, 09:14:59 PM wrote:Can you sort books by rating on Goodreads and make a top list that way?
Sorry for the (very) late response... Although Goodreads doesn't let you sort by rating, you can find the highly rated stuff by doing a Google search.

https://www.google.com/search?q=site:ht ... ratings%22

Edit: Also I just found this list (but I don't know how complete it is):

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2432 ... _and_Above

Also here's a top-rated list from a different website (although the number of voters is much lower than Goodreads):

http://www.iblist.com/list_by_rating.php?type=book
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mjf314 on Sep 20 2013, 01:25:13 AM wrote:Also here's a top-rated list from a different website (although the number of voters is much lower than Goodreads):

http://www.iblist.com/list_by_rating.php?type=book
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Leopardi on Sep 19 2013, 09:49:20 PM wrote:
mightysparks on Sep 19 2013, 05:01:48 PM wrote:I made this list up a while ago: http://www.listology.com/mightysparks/l ... rite-books

I'm not particularly happy with it, but I can't do much about it until I read more :D
I enjoyed Skeleton Crew (The Mist!!) and Nightmares and & Dreamscapes, but why no love for Night Shift? It's been about thirty years since I last read it but so many of those short story titles bring back vivid memories for me to this day. I think if I were to re-read any one of King's titles today it would be a toss-up between that one, 'Salem's Lot or The Shining. Very enjoyable stuff!

I drifted away from King in the mid 90's (I think Rose Madder was the last one). What's his best work since then, do you think?
I've never read all of Night Shift :( I actually haven't read that much King for some reason. The only other book I've finished that isn't on my list is Dreamcatcher.
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mightysparks on Sep 20 2013, 03:54:28 AM wrote:
Leopardi on Sep 19 2013, 09:49:20 PM wrote:
mightysparks on Sep 19 2013, 05:01:48 PM wrote:I made this list up a while ago: http://www.listology.com/mightysparks/l ... rite-books

I'm not particularly happy with it, but I can't do much about it until I read more :D
I enjoyed Skeleton Crew (The Mist!!) and Nightmares and & Dreamscapes, but why no love for Night Shift? It's been about thirty years since I last read it but so many of those short story titles bring back vivid memories for me to this day. I think if I were to re-read any one of King's titles today it would be a toss-up between that one, 'Salem's Lot or The Shining. Very enjoyable stuff!

I drifted away from King in the mid 90's (I think Rose Madder was the last one). What's his best work since then, do you think?
I've never read all of Night Shift :( I actually haven't read that much King for some reason. The only other book I've finished that isn't on my list is Dreamcatcher.
:blink: I assumed you'd be an avid King reader. read The Shining immediately!
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brokenface on Sep 20 2013, 04:47:12 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Sep 20 2013, 03:54:28 AM wrote:
Leopardi on Sep 19 2013, 09:49:20 PM wrote:I enjoyed Skeleton Crew (The Mist!!) and Nightmares and & Dreamscapes, but why no love for Night Shift? It's been about thirty years since I last read it but so many of those short story titles bring back vivid memories for me to this day. I think if I were to re-read any one of King's titles today it would be a toss-up between that one, 'Salem's Lot or The Shining. Very enjoyable stuff!

I drifted away from King in the mid 90's (I think Rose Madder was the last one). What's his best work since then, do you think?
I've never read all of Night Shift :( I actually haven't read that much King for some reason. The only other book I've finished that isn't on my list is Dreamcatcher.
:blink: I assumed you'd be an avid King reader. read The Shining immediately!
I started reading a bunch of them as a kid, but never got further than a few chapters :( I've always felt terrible about it, but just never got around to actually finishing them.
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Anna Karenina was always my go to answer, although I can't imagine I'd ever read it again. Battle Royale is the most enjoyable. If I could only pick one it would probably be The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson. I'll read an essay from that book at least once a month. It's been sitting next to my toilet for five years.
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mightysparks on Sep 20 2013, 04:49:07 AM wrote:
brokenface on Sep 20 2013, 04:47:12 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Sep 20 2013, 03:54:28 AM wrote:I've never read all of Night Shift :( I actually haven't read that much King for some reason. The only other book I've finished that isn't on my list is Dreamcatcher.
:blink: I assumed you'd be an avid King reader. read The Shining immediately!
I started reading a bunch of them as a kid, but never got further than a few chapters :( I've always felt terrible about it, but just never got around to actually finishing them.
time to try again. honestly I think you'd love a lot of them.
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brokenface on Sep 20 2013, 05:40:54 AM wrote:
mightysparks on Sep 20 2013, 04:49:07 AM wrote:
brokenface on Sep 20 2013, 04:47:12 AM wrote::blink: I assumed you'd be an avid King reader. read The Shining immediately!
I started reading a bunch of them as a kid, but never got further than a few chapters :( I've always felt terrible about it, but just never got around to actually finishing them.
time to try again. honestly I think you'd love a lot of them.
Yeah, I'm sure I would since I love pretty much every King adaptation :D Dunno why I've been so lazy with the books. Probably because I've seen all the films so many times...
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1. Ladislav Fuks: Mr Theodore Mundstock (Story about a Jew preparing for transportation and concentration camp; very bleak; from the writer of The Cremator)
2. Ödön von Horvath: A Child of Our Time (Lamento of a soldier coming home from war with no perspective what so ever)
3. Georg Trakl: Poems (Purest sadness in verses)
4. E.T.A. Hoffmann: The Sandman (Nightmare tale; subtle horror)
5. Fedor Sologub: The Petty Demon (decadent and sarcastic story about a Russian province teacher going insane)
6. Gustav Meyrink: The Golem
7. Leo Perutz: By Night Under The Stone Bridge
8. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Cronicle of a Death Foretold
9. Joseph Roth: Hiob
10.Leonid Andreyev: The Short Stories
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And my favourite book is about a mythological tree monster who rapes and impregnates women in return for making the crops grow and returns to kill the grandchildren years later. Also there is a giant pig who has a brain transplant from one of the grandchildren of said tree guy and then goes on a rampage.
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mightysparks on Sep 20 2013, 06:02:22 AM wrote:And my favourite book is about a mythological tree monster who rapes and impregnates women in return for making the crops grow and returns to kill the grandchildren years later. Also there is a giant pig who has a brain transplant from one of the grandchildren of said tree guy and then goes on a rampage.
ah that old story.
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