What are you currently reading?

edited August 2012 in General Chat
Yeah, I know. There are actually people who read these days.:roll eyes:

I am re-reading The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, as well as A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. What are you currently reading at the moment?
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  • edited July 2012
    At work I have been reading a book called, "The Innocent", by Harlan Coben.

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43926.The_Innocent

    Its probably the most interesting book out of the work library (which is just donated books, and most people read crap.. :/).

    Its not bad. I'm about 100 pages in, and its kept my interest. Not my usual genre though.
    (I like funny and weird books, like Robert Rankin and Ben Elton)

    I really wish there was some good books to read there. It would be nice to have a proper literary discussion with someone.
    (I used to do English Literature at A level. I just loved reading and discussing books in depth. Frankenstein and Beloved were pretty damn good once you explored the context and the symbology)

    I've been tempted to buy a book reader, and load it up with recommended books to read. But being the gamer that I am, I'll probably just give up after one or two books! XD

    (I've always wanted to write stories though. I remember loving that as a kid. And I did write a little segment in a thread before to relieve stress and boredom. I didn't think it was such a bad effort considering I haven't written anything beforehand for years! XD)

    Eh, I guess I'm not a book man. I'm open minded, but I couldn't fill all my time up with Anime, Books, AND Videogames. I have to switch between them from time to time.
  • edited July 2012
    At work I have been reading a book called, "The Innocent", by Harlan Coben.

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43926.The_Innocent

    Its probably the most interesting book out of the work library (which is just donated books, and most people read crap.. :/).

    Its not bad. I'm about 100 pages in, and its kept my interest. Not my usual genre though.
    (I like funny and weird books, like Robert Rankin and Ben Elton)

    I really wish there was some good books to read there. It would be nice to have a proper literary discussion with someone.
    (I used to do English Literature at A level. I just loved reading and discussing books in depth. Frankenstein and Beloved were pretty damn good once you explored the context and the symbology)

    I've been tempted to buy a book reader, and load it up with recommended books to read. But being the gamer that I am, I'll probably just give up after one or two books! XD

    (I've always wanted to write stories though. I remember loving that as a kid. And I did write a little segment in a thread before to relieve stress and boredom. I didn't think it was such a bad effort considering I haven't written anything beforehand for years! XD)

    Eh, I guess I'm not a book man. I'm open minded, but I couldn't fill all my time up with Anime, Books, AND Videogames. I have to switch between them from time to time.

    I've heard of Coben's works in the thriller genre. Being a fan of thrillers, I'll check out "The Innocent".
  • edited July 2012
    If you like thriller/investigation stories, then I suggest you check out Past Mortem by Ben Elton.

    I really liked that book! :D
  • edited July 2012
    Re-reading the Millenium Trilogy for some reason. Huzzah!!
  • JenniferJennifer Moderator
    edited July 2012
    I just bought Mr. Monk on Patrol. I really enjoy the novels based on the television show Monk by Lee Goldberg, especially the novels set after the show ended and he got free reign with the characters. :) It's a shame that he has decided to end them after the 15th novel. Mr. Monk on Patrol is the 13th, so I only have two more to read before the end. :(
  • edited July 2012
    I haven't actually read anything in ages. :(

    I can feel myself getting more dumber.
  • edited July 2012
    Currently over half way through The Stand (complete & uncut edition), one of my all time favourite books and one that I read once every few years or so. For future reference alter my signature every time I start a new book, not sure why, I just do. Already got my next book (actually next 7 books) lined up after The Stand - I'm staying with King and going to reread The Dark Tower series. After that I guess I'll be buying and reading The Wind Through the Keyhole. All of these should keep me busy for the next couple of months at least.
  • edited July 2012
    I am currently reading this thread. Really did it take this long to tell the joke.
  • edited July 2012
    I am currently reading this thread. Really did it take this long to tell the joke.

    You don't say? It would be kind of me to explain that this thread is not a joke.:p
  • edited July 2012
    Company courses. Still. A few hours everyday these past couple week. I really don't feel like reading anything else after doing this.
  • edited July 2012
    Seriously I haven't read much of anything other than textbooks for the last few years, should try and start reading for leisure again.
  • edited July 2012
    The Complete Stories by Edgar Allan Poe... I'm on page 908 of 955, whew, almost done. Took me long enough though. And according to Goodreads I'm also reading Pratchett's Lords and Ladies, but it's been a while since I touched that. I think I might return to Discworld after finishing Poe. And then I've got a bunch of thick books that I still want to read...

    Incidentally, if anyone of you are on Goodreads too, maybe it's fun to connect there. Here's my profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5625307.Jan_Jacob_Mekes
  • edited July 2012
    Haggis wrote: »
    The Complete Stories by Edgar Allan Poe... I'm on page 908 of 955, whew, almost done. Took me long enough though. And according to Goodreads I'm also reading Pratchett's Lords and Ladies, but it's been a while since I touched that. I think I might return to Discworld after finishing Poe. And then I've got a bunch of thick books that I still want to read...

    Incidentally, if anyone of you are on Goodreads too, maybe it's fun to connect there. Here's my profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5625307.Jan_Jacob_Mekes

    One of my favorite gothic authors. The telltale heart was amazing.
  • edited July 2012
    I quite liked The Murders in the Rue Morgue, but then I've always been partial to detective stories. I also like his longer work, like The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, and The Gold-Bug. But it's hard to pick a favourite, he really was a brilliant writer.
  • edited July 2012
    I'm reading a book about optimizing SQL Server 2005. Because "Upgrade to a newer version of SQL Server" doesn't seem to be an option.

    Oh, for pleasure, you mean? Well, I don't get as much time for that kind of reading, so I choose books that can be easily stopped for extended periods and then resumed months later. There are currently various versions of memoirs written by 20-somethings who think they've lived long enough to write memoirs that fit this pattern, so I've got some of those in the queue.
  • edited July 2012
    This Pathfinder manual. I seem to spend a lot of my time reading rulebooks.
  • edited July 2012
    The Bible.
  • JenniferJennifer Moderator
    edited July 2012
    I've been reading Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts. There's some really interesting stuff in there, and I love the stuff in there about the cancelled games (plus there's some cancelled games in there I've never even heard of). It's a great read (and you have to love the concept art and storyboards). :)
  • edited July 2012
    DAISHI wrote: »
    The Bible.
    Oh yes, forgot to mention I read that every day.
  • edited July 2012
    Misery by Stephen King. Good so far.
  • edited July 2012
    Been wanting to see what all the hype was about The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. Not a bad read actually. I'll be taking a look at the movie next.
  • edited July 2012
    A rather boring piece called The Telltale Forum
  • edited July 2012
    A rather boring piece called The Telltale Forum

    You are just reading the boring chapters. Have you tried the Walking Dead chapter?
    Do you know how much 80$ is?
  • edited July 2012
    Reading through the Stephanie Plus series...
  • edited July 2012
    "Dear Asshole" by Jillian & Michelle Madison

    Just some light comedy
  • edited July 2012
    I’m going to get trolled for this:

    A shitty book people call a “classic”: The Catcher in the Rye. I hate this book, but my girlfriend is forcing me to read this shit!
  • edited July 2012
    I Robot by Isaac Asimov. Followed by A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.
  • edited July 2012
    Noname215 wrote: »
    I’m going to get trolled for this:

    A shitty book people call a “classic”: The Catcher in the Rye. I hate this book, but my girlfriend is forcing me to read this shit!

    Do you find it phoney?

    I can never resist things like this.
  • VainamoinenVainamoinen Moderator
    edited July 2012
    Noname215 wrote: »
    I’m going to get trolled for this:

    A shitty book people call a “classic”: The Catcher in the Rye. I hate this book, but my girlfriend is forcing me to read this shit!

    Write a review. After all, the best way of being trolled is to be re-published on leasthelpful.com (click the "classics revisited" category. These are hilarious). :D

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  • edited July 2012
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    The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • edited July 2012
    The guy in the story is a loser and a spoiled brat, and in no way some James Dean character, this guy is just freakin’ stupid. He is a social reject, so he rejects society back. And he’s a total douchebag to himself, other people, and his own family. I hate the character, and I hate the book.
  • edited July 2012
    I always thought the point of the book was the character can't get over the fact that other people are dishonest, that they are not always the people they purport themselves to be... but then at the same time you see that he, himself, is just like them.

    He slowly seems to realize this over the course of the book, which is what, I think, leads to his mental breakdown.

    I might be wrong about this. It's been eight years since I read that book.
  • edited July 2012
    I now feel the need to kill John Lennon. Strange.
  • edited July 2012
    I always thought the point of the book was the character can't get over the fact that other people are dishonest, that they are not always the people they purport themselves to be... but then at the same time you see that he, himself, is just like them.

    He slowly seems to realize this over the course of the book, which is what, I think, leads to his mental breakdown.

    I might be wrong about this. It's been eight years since I read that book.

    Cool. I don't have to read it now.
  • edited July 2012
    The Memetic Message. A biological hypothesis concerning Information Theory, as an alternative view of evolution, considering evolution's tendency to reduce information rather than create it and thus requiring primordial ancestors to have been front loaded with data to diversify into the species we know.
  • edited August 2012
    der_ketzer wrote: »
    I now feel the need to kill John Lennon. Strange.

    So did I. That was in 1980.
  • edited August 2012
    I finished Lords and Ladies (not one of Pratchett's better efforts, I have to say) and have now gone on to read Animal Farm and re-read 1984.
  • edited August 2012
    The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker and a short story collection called Black Heart Magazine Presents Noir
  • edited August 2012
    TV Tropes. I can't stop. Someone please help me.
  • edited August 2012
    TV Tropes. I can't stop. Someone please help me.

    There is no helping you. Your only hope is that you get too exhausted to continue reading, bookmark all of the trope tabs you have open, then forget to go back to them later.
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