The 'Read 52 Books in 2015 Challenge' Thread Page 2

  • vijay_UK 2 Jan 2015 23:32:47 3,961 posts
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    Can anyone recommend an easy sci-fi read to get me going? The last sci-fi I read was the Starcraft 2 manual, and that was like 8 pages long. Wouldn't mind doing some quiet reading for a bit.
  • vijay_UK 2 Jan 2015 23:46:39 3,961 posts
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    jablonski wrote:
    Dune is one of the daddies of sci-fi. A great book
    I have it downstairs somewhere, now is the time to give it a go. Thanks.
  • neilka 3 Jan 2015 00:33:45 23,415 posts
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    The perfect starting point
  • JoelStinty 3 Jan 2015 04:55:04 8,927 posts
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    Shall give it a go. Starting off with A delicate truth by penzances massives John le Carre.
  • twelveways 3 Jan 2015 05:08:20 7,131 posts
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    Looking for reading recommendations for my missus. I'm not a big reader and neither is she, but she does enjoy it.

    She has read Orwell and a few books that I have liked in the past (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Life of Pi) but not much else.

    I want something that is easy to get into and not too prosey, no sci-fi, history or horror.

    Sorry it's a bit vague but any ideas?
  • JoelStinty 3 Jan 2015 05:25:50 8,927 posts
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    twelveways wrote:
    Looking for reading recommendations for my missus. I'm not a big reader and neither is she, but she does enjoy it.

    She has read Orwell and a few books that I have liked in the past (Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Life of Pi) but not much else.

    I want something that is easy to get into and not too prosey, no sci-fi, history or horror.

    Sorry it's a bit vague but any ideas?
    The book thief. Brought it has a present for a couple of family members and both have enjoyed it immensely as did I.
  • twelveways 3 Jan 2015 05:35:58 7,131 posts
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    Cool, I'll check it out, thanks!
  • Dougs 3 Jan 2015 07:17:14 94,683 posts
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    I'll be amazed if I read 52 pages, let alone 52 books
  • Deleted user 3 January 2015 07:56:46
    @twelveways

    Try the No. 1 Ladies Detective series by Alexander McCall Smith. Very charming, life affirming kind of stuff. It's about a lady detective in Botswana who investigates the more mundane yet morally tricky crimes...no murder, violence etc.

    http://www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/books/no-1-ladies-detective-agency/
  • Deleted user 3 January 2015 13:52:33
    Just read book number 2: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami. It's a very short novella at around 75 pages and half of those are of pictures and illustrations. A very quick half hour read.
  • CosmicFuzz 3 Jan 2015 14:27:33 32,585 posts
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    Backlog. It's not about finishing them, just pushing you to start a book regularly and see if you get on with it or not.
  • faux-C 3 Jan 2015 14:41:48 11,204 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    75 pages is not a book.

    Mind you, 'I'm going to read 52 books in 52 weeks' is retarded in the first place. Apart from anything else, why?
    Cultural elitism and cultural ignorance in the same post. Achievement unlocked!

    Why exactly is a novella not a book then?
  • Deleted user 3 January 2015 14:47:01
    I got it as a christmas present. I read it. No need to argue about what is or is not a book or what counts or doesn't. I'm going for page count anyway, 15,600 pages in 2015 is my target, as pointless as that is.
  • faux-C 3 Jan 2015 14:47:42 11,204 posts
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    So how many pages does a text need to have before it passes the LB "not a book" test then?
  • FauxyLea 3 Jan 2015 14:50:13 259 posts
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    Isn't a book technically anything that is bound and has pages?
    Surely the question should be the difference between a novella and a 'short, throwaway essay'.

    Answer being cultural ignorance.
    And a general unwillingness to participate in pushing yourself to do something regularly which you enjoy...
  • faux-C 3 Jan 2015 14:50:29 11,204 posts
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    As you're so dismissive of the idea in the first place, what do you care what people are reading anyway?
  • mrpon 3 Jan 2015 14:50:55 36,286 posts
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    What if the font is really small?
  • Deleted user 3 January 2015 14:51:33
    @LeoliansBro

    Already read most of Kafka. Good stuff.
  • faux-C 3 Jan 2015 14:53:52 11,204 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    faux-C wrote:
    As you're so dismissive of the idea in the first place, what do you care what people are reading anyway?
    I'm not dismissive of reading. I'm dismissive of achievement hunting.
    This is going to get circular fast and I cba. Basically there's no need to stride into the thread and deride everyone involved. Don't be a dick.
  • Deleted user 3 January 2015 14:57:38
    I just finished Coraline by Niel Gaiman. Only a hundred pages long and a childrens book but I'm counting it. It was quite good and creepy too. Nothing wrong with not starting with War and Peace is there?

    The sci-fi masterworks series has tons of not too long books from famous authours, and I'm going to read a lot of them this year. I read Ubik, Flowers for Algernon last year, both good.
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