Larshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1221 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2181 times:
Just finished reading: Development of piston aero engines" by Bill Gunston.
I''m trying to figure out what to read next. I've bid on a few books on Ebay which I'll hopefully win. So it's just old copies of AIR International at the moment.
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2161 times:
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
It tells of Kemal, who though engaged, enters into a relationship with a distant cousin. He develops an obsession with her that sees his normal life fall apart. He starts collecting small items that remind him of his former lover and these become the basis of his museum.
The narrative is a vivid portrayal of Istanbul in the mid seventies to mid eighties, a time of transition, and provides a kaleidoscope of personalities and events. What emerges is the shallowness and triviality of many westernised inhabitants' lives.
SepulTALLICA From Zimbabwe, joined Sep 2009, 188 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2133 times:
After reading the 2 excellent autobiographies of Albert Speer (Hitler's architect and Reich's Minister who was sent to Spandau Prison to serve 20 years, and was the only one of the Inner Circle to ever show remorse for his actions), i was amazed at the clarity and perspicacity of thought that he showed, which he attributed to many years of going through classics and philosophical texts.
So, I made a promise to myself to read as many classics as i could by the end of the year, and as of late, i have started The Confessions of St Augustine of Hippo. Its a very tough read; i find i need a lot of thought and concentration to get the most out of it. Not your average bed side read, but quite rewarding i must say.
aerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2495 posts, RR: 18 Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2064 times:
I just finished "House Rules" by Jodie Picoult.
It was due to abject boredom that I read this book. It seems to me that Mrs Picoult merely picks a subject from a hat full of social issues & taboos, Wikipedia's it, looks up a few random bits of knowledge to throw in for the "crazy" charcaters; "subtly" throws everything (clunkily) into your face, seeks to "educate" you, & then ends up concluding with what you gathered in around the fifth chapter of the book.
God she really grinds my gears. But this is the second book of hers I've read.
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I just finished "The Man from Beijing" by Henning Mankell. Fun and fast paced, and surprisingly, not full of Scandinavians sighing and drinking endless cups of coffee...
I also just finished "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins - great book! It's in the young adults section, so I had to sneak in unnoticed at Borders to pick up a copy. It's set in the dystopian future and had me on the edge of my bed...
UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2002 posts, RR: 6 Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2034 times:
Right now it's Semper Fi by W.E.B. Griffin. I'm sort of reading the The Corps series backwards; I started with Under Fire and Retreat, Hell! and read backwards until Counterattack based on availability at my library.
I just finished David Eggers' "Zeitoun", a non-fiction account of a Syrian man's post-Katrina hell in New Orleans and the absolute breakdown and failure of our criminal justice system. It's an infuriating read, especially considering how close to home the book is (I was there for the hurricane, lived there for 3 years after, and know some of the people mentioned in the story), but it's a story that hopefully will never be repeated. It also makes you realize how fragile our structured and orderly society really is when a curveball is thrown our way like several weeks without basic necessities. Absolute chaos.
Just started Niall Ferguson's "The Ascent of Money". Much less enthralling than Zeitoun, it's obviously much less personal a subject as it charts the history of banking and markets and how they led us to the 2008 collapse, but it is eye opening all the same.
bookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 233 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2014 times:
Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 13): I wish I had the time to sit down and enjoy a book.
I cannot compute this statement in my brain! No matter what, I always find the time, even if it's (literally) 5 minutes before bed to calm myself with a page or two from the latest novel I'm reading. Reading, to me, is one of life's greatest and simplest pleasures - these things are deserving of your time.
When I die, when I die, I'll rot. But when I live, when I live, I'll give it all I've got.