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    Loved Life of Pi, Little Women is fantastic, The Hobbit and all the other J.R. bullshit sucks, I've heard Wicked is fantastic but haven't gotten it yet, Playboy really does have great articles....hmmm...right now I'm making my way through a pile of books someone lent me. Some good, some bad. I'm heavily into my history books right now although the one I have about hte Spanish Civil War is dry as the Sahara and despite roughly ten attempts I haven't gotten past the second page without my thoughts wandering. Why do people write history books so badly when all it is is living history and thus a great story waiting to be told?
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    because few historians are good writers. i minored in history and had to drink copious amounts of coffee and orange juice to get through all the readings.
    i know there's one guy that's a fantastic writer and wrote about the spanish civil war but his name escapes me right now... i'll let you know if it comes back to me. his stuff was wonderful.
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    Howard Zinn is a great writer in terms of historical non-fiction.

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    Any book that I buy, I read. Now, if it's a book somebody gave me, then I might just let it collect dust until I get bored enough to read it.

    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Umm-a person might be quilty of this same flaw. Even worse,she might buy some on sale and then just stack them up in case she ever has to have-say-surgery. She feels guilty only whan someone has the nerve to start a tread like this! Some books change their cover & add so much pizazz that I notice I've read them only when I-um-she gets them home!! So,yes. A person might have this same problem.
    Sometimes,one might purchase a book & then a newer more fun book comes out & she shoves the first one aside. Just sayin'.
    Well, you...uh 'that person' was really planning ahead.

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    I have a reflexology book I have never truly read; I have owned this book for over 8 years and I cannot seem to get rid of it because I'm so going to read it one day. I have limited space so I only keep my hall of fame books.
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    The Prestige, but I made a conscious effort last night to start it!

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    "The Good German"
    It was BOMC one that came and I didn't send back. I just couldn't get past the first chapter.
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    I mustnt come to this forum...I miss all my books I couldnt bring them with me

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    I always bring my faves with me, no matter where I move. I do a major purge before letting the movers at them but there are about 150 that I never let out of my sight. I don't even lend them. They are sacred.
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    I learned my lesson on lending books that mean something to me. I lent The Mists of Avalon that was given to me as a gift to a friend... I lent this book to my mom, my mom's best friend, her daughter, and a friend. This book went around the block with instructions that I want it back after they read it. No problem got it back... except for the last time. My mom replaced the book but it's just not the same...That copy had history!
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    Moby Dick.

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    ^^God, is that the most boring book or what? I like my books heavy and even sometimes ponderous but that one...zzzzzz.

    Anyway, finally started into a book I've tried to read so many times, The MIddle Classes'. It's about the rise of the Middle Class (duh!) from hundreds of years ago to today (in the UK only). It's actually pretty interesting now that I'm into it. Must now face some more of those books I have left collecting dust on the shelf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmdee View Post
    Oh, gosh. I have many. Which is really sad.
    Anna Karenina. I know. Must read it. I bought it years ago.
    I have tried to read that 10 times since my teenage years. I never get past page 100.

    I've tried to read Wicked but can't get in to it.

    I have some of the Confessions of a Shopaholic books. As someone who cannot tolerate mismanagement of money, it almost gave me an anxiety attack so I had to put it down after the first chapter.

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    I have a problem with attention span so I listen to audiobooks instead--fave recent pic is The Sociopath Next Door.

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    To Kill A Mockingbird.

    I'm so embarrassed.
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