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JustineFromWyomi...

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Posted: Mar 5, 2009 - 9:39am

Currently reading Fool by Christopher Moore.
Inamorato

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Posted: Mar 5, 2009 - 8:56am

Well, this explains all the picture-only posts in the What are you reading now? topic. 

 

Most Britons have lied about the books they read

LONDON (Reuters) - Two out of three Britons have lied about reading books they have not, and George Orwell's "1984" tops the literary fib list, according to a survey published Thursday.

Commissioned by organizers of World Book Day, an annual celebration of reading in Britain, the study also shows that the author people really enjoy reading is J.K. Rowling, creator of the bestselling Harry Potter wizard series.

According to the survey, 65 percent of people have pretended to have read books, and of those, 42 percent singled out "1984." Next on the list came "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy and in third place was James Joyce's "Ulysses."

The Bible was in fourth position, and newly elected President Barack Obama's autobiography "Dreams from My Father" came ninth.

Aside from a list of ten titles which respondents were asked to tick or leave blank, many admitted wrongly claiming they had read other "classics" including Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Herman Melville.

Asked why they had lied about reading a book, the main reason was to impress the person they were speaking to.

The study, carried out on the World Book Day website in January and February, surveyed 1,342 members of the public.

Those who lied have claimed to have read:

1. 1984 - George Orwell (42 percent)

2. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (31)

3. Ulysses - James Joyce (25)

4. The Bible (24)

5. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (16)

6. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking (15)

7. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (14)

8. In Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust (9)

9. Dreams from My Father - Barack Obama (6)

10. The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins (6)

 

Big deal, I have not read all those books three or four times.


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Location: hotel in Las Vegas
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Posted: Dec 15, 2008 - 4:51pm



Then US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, who had put the total cost at just $50-60 billion, has been off by some three to five trillion dollars on the cost, according to Stiglitz and Bilmes in The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict...


meower

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Posted: Dec 9, 2008 - 10:53am

 greg6494 wrote:
Probably my 10th time through it...still love his prose
(and yes i'm well aware of the accusations against him
which unfortunately led to his suicide).



 
Great Book.. Really great book. 

K_Love

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Posted: Dec 9, 2008 - 10:48am

 Talalala wrote:
For those who like to read non-fiction from musicians, I read


this weekend..  I just took a couple of days because I got so sucked into E's life.  For you who aren't sure who Mark Oliver Everett is, he is the lead singer of the band 'The Eels'. 
This guy survived some intensely emotional shite and survived.  Mostly because he was able to express it in his songwriting, never giving in to what the record companies wanted him to do.  He stayed true to himself despite some seriously messed up situations! 

 

Wow....I just looked him up on Wikipedia, what a life.  I'm going to be joining a friend's book club and when it comes to me to choose the book, I'll be picking this one.
greg6494

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Location: St. Louis
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Posted: Dec 9, 2008 - 10:26am

Probably my 10th time through it...still love his prose
(and yes i'm well aware of the accusations against him
which unfortunately led to his suicide).


Inamorato

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Location: Twin Cities
Gender: Male


Posted: Dec 9, 2008 - 10:25am

 Talalala wrote:
For those who like to read non-fiction from musicians, I read


this weekend..  I just took a couple of days because I got so sucked into E's life.  For you who aren't sure who Mark Oliver Everett is, he is the lead singer of the band 'The Eels'. 
This guy survived some intensely emotional shite and survived.  Mostly because he was able to express it in his songwriting, never giving in to what the record companies wanted him to do.  He stayed true to himself despite some seriously messed up situations! 

 
I can imagine how you were sucked into this. Mark Everett is a very interesting guy who seems to have escaped a spiral of emotional misery. His music lately doesn't seem as dark and sardonic as it once was. Maybe it reflects his improved outlook.

Talalala

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Posted: Dec 9, 2008 - 10:08am

dionysius wrote:


You should see the PBS Nova documentary about him and his father Hugh Everett, a famous physicist who propsed the "Many Worlds" hypothesis. It's called "Nova: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" and you can read more about it here. Mary and I saw this a few weeks ago, and were entranced.


awesome..maybe I can find it online.  :) 

dionysius

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Posted: Dec 9, 2008 - 10:05am

 Talalala wrote:
For those who like to read non-fiction from musicians, I read


this weekend..  I just took a couple of days because I got so sucked into E's life.  For you who aren't sure who Mark Oliver Everett is, he is the lead singer of the band 'The Eels'. 
This guy survived some intensely emotional shite and survived.  Mostly because he was able to express it in his songwriting, never giving in to what the record companies wanted him to do.  He stayed true to himself despite some seriously messed up situations! 

 

You should see the PBS Nova documentary about him and his father Hugh Everett, a famous physicist who proposed the "Many Worlds" hypothesis. It's called "Nova: Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives" and you can read more about it here. Mary and I saw this a few weeks ago, and were entranced.


Talalala

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Location: Århus, Denmark
Gender: Female


Posted: Dec 9, 2008 - 9:59am

For those who like to read non-fiction from musicians, I read


this weekend..  I just took a couple of days because I got so sucked into E's life.  For you who aren't sure who Mark Oliver Everett is, he is the lead singer of the band 'The Eels'. 
This guy survived some intensely emotional shite and survived.  Mostly because he was able to express it in his songwriting, never giving in to what the record companies wanted him to do.  He stayed true to himself despite some seriously messed up situations! 
Welly

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Posted: Nov 17, 2008 - 9:53am




betsyroks

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Location: mid-land uk
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Posted: Nov 17, 2008 - 9:27am

Nicholas Hogg

 

Show me the sky


rosedraws

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Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 15, 2008 - 5:44am

woozurbuddy wrote:

Just starting this from one of my favorite authors....



....and also this, just out....


What's Jim Harrison like?  (i'm always trolling for stuff I might like)

And I lurve the short stories best-of every year!


Servo

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Posted: Nov 14, 2008 - 2:33pm

I'm still reading "The Terror Presidency" by Jack Goldsmith, former Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel  (ISBN: 978-0-393-06550-3).  It's all about how Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez et al. made conscious and informed decisions to break the law.


rosedraws

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Location: close to the edge
Gender: Female


Posted: Nov 14, 2008 - 11:13am

latest audio books:

Discworld #7 (Pyramids) by Terry Pratchett — excellent of course

Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card — excellent (except I hated the woman narrator)

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon — meh

Longshot - by Dick Frances — usually I like Francis, but after an hour I gave up as it was vapid and dull and had not yet delved into any semblance of plot.


joan_c

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Gender: Female


Posted: Aug 25, 2008 - 8:33pm

Like Water For Chocolate

Very good book!
rowdydaisy

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Location: Chicago, IL
Gender: Female


Posted: Aug 25, 2008 - 8:12pm

Wicked

Recomend it. Actually I listened to it on CD.
uselessart

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Location: Here. But not really.
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 25, 2008 - 6:46pm

The Lovely Bones.  I have a two-year old daughter.  I don't know if I can keep reading this book.  Tears roll out the corners of my eyes when I read anything about Susie's family, but especially her father.  I can't help but think what if...?




Xeric

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Location: Montana
Gender: Male


Posted: Feb 6, 2008 - 4:05pm

CCinSB

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Location: the west coast
Gender: Female


Posted: Feb 6, 2008 - 3:52pm

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