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What are you reading? / What did you read last?

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    Full grown Puffer Fish liquidicem's Avatar


     

    Re: What are you reading? / What did you read last?

    I'm ready the Ender's Game series right now. Somehow I've never read this series before, but it is really good! I'm about halfway through the second book, Speaker for the Dead, right now.

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    dante's inferno. never read it in school and i learned a valuable lesson...i can't read it while having a smoke. i tend to neglect the stick on account of a mix of being entertained and trying to decipher what the hell is being said. not an easy read. but very entertaining.
    Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabuan View Post
    dante's inferno. never read it in school and i learned a valuable lesson...i can't read it while having a smoke. i tend to neglect the stick on account of a mix of being entertained and trying to decipher what the hell is being said. not an easy read. but very entertaining.
    I had the pleasure of reading this way back when I was in school. It was a torturous read then, but still ending up being one of my favorite books of my youth. It is on my list of must re-reads as an adult. Been searching for a nice hardcover edition. I am overly obsessed with acquiring HC editions of books. I love the thrill of the hunt in used book stores.

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    HCs and hunting for them in used book stores is truly one of life's greatest pleasures. I spend hours in them once I get to them. I find that I detest paperbacks.

    Michael

    Quote Originally Posted by OratorORourke View Post
    I had the pleasure of reading this way back when I was in school. It was a torturous read then, but still ending up being one of my favorite books of my youth. It is on my list of must re-reads as an adult. Been searching for a nice hardcover edition. I am overly obsessed with acquiring HC editions of books. I love the thrill of the hunt in used book stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesman.54 View Post
    I find that I detest paperbacks.
    why is that? what's the difference? i never really put too much into the cover, i usually buy paperbacks cuz they're more affordable.
    Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    I just like the feel of an HC in my hands more. Plus they tend to be larger than paperbacks -- and therefore easier for me to read. I'm finally to the point where I need glasses. HCs often are not that expensive in used book stores. Though I suppose if you are into reading new releases this could be a problem for you. My wife is in a Stephen King club and in the process of replacing all of her paperbacks for like $15 a book. One a month -- not a bad deal really. It's just my personal preference. Nothing more and I meant no offense.

    Quote Originally Posted by jabuan View Post
    why is that? what's the difference? i never really put too much into the cover, i usually buy paperbacks cuz they're more affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesman.54 View Post
    HCs and hunting for them in used book stores is truly one of life's greatest pleasures. I spend hours in them once I get to them. I find that I detest paperbacks.

    Michael
    I do as well. I will only purchase a paperback if I am traveling or for one of my kids (they do not respect HC vs PB).

    Quote Originally Posted by jabuan View Post
    why is that? what's the difference? i never really put too much into the cover, i usually buy paperbacks cuz they're more affordable.
    I can't speak for Michael, but my reasoning is based on a couple of factors. One is the display factor. Most of my books are on display in two locations, my living room and my office. To me, a paperback is not aesthetically pleasing and I view books as some may view art on their walls. I own HC book versions of paperbacks that I have read in which I have never cracked the spine on.

    Additionally, there is the collector aspect in me. I am not at the point where I am going to pay thousands of dollars for 1st editions of classics, but I do love to find very early printings of my favorite books on the cheap in used book stores that don't realize what they have. I have some very early edition E.A. Poe books and a first edition on one of Hemingway's lesser respected/post death releases.

    I also love the feel, the weight and the smell of a HC. There are differences, they may be subtle to some, but to me they are massive.

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    Michael actually agrees with all of this. I have over 2,000 books in my office -- all HC -- and it does serve as art. Beauitful presentation. I feel the office looks better with the HCs whenever I have a visitor. JMO though.

    Michael


    Quote Originally Posted by OratorORourke View Post
    I do as well. I will only purchase a paperback if I am traveling or for one of my kids (they do not respect HC vs PB).



    I can't speak for Michael, but my reasoning is based on a couple of factors. One is the display factor. Most of my books are on display in two locations, my living room and my office. To me, a paperback is not aesthetically pleasing and I view books as some may view art on their walls. I own HC book versions of paperbacks that I have read in which I have never cracked the spine on.

    Additionally, there is the collector aspect in me. I am not at the point where I am going to pay thousands of dollars for 1st editions of classics, but I do love to find very early printings of my favorite books on the cheap in used book stores that don't realize what they have. I have some very early edition E.A. Poe books and a first edition on one of Hemingway's lesser respected/post death releases.

    I also love the feel, the weight and the smell of a HC. There are differences, they may be subtle to some, but to me they are massive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesman.54 View Post
    Michael actually agrees with all of this. I have over 2,000 books in my office -- all HC -- and it does serve as art. Beauitful presentation. I feel the office looks better with the HCs whenever I have a visitor. JMO though.

    Michael
    I envy your collection!

    One more comment on used book stores, I will even include some independent book stores in the following...I hate physically shopping for anything (actually going to a B&M storefront, not online), yet I will have to be escorted out of a used bookstore if I have no place to be. There is a peace I feel surrounded by that quiet (in most cases), being left alone to browse, the smells, the history, etc. I will bring lists (100+ titles long) of books I hope to find in HC, with me. I love bringing my finds up to the counter and feeling as I just hit the Powerball. Getting home, removing the dust jackets and displaying them proudly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesman.54 View Post
    I just like the feel of an HC in my hands more. Plus they tend to be larger than paperbacks -- and therefore easier for me to read. I'm finally to the point where I need glasses. HCs often are not that expensive in used book stores. Though I suppose if you are into reading new releases this could be a problem for you. My wife is in a Stephen King club and in the process of replacing all of her paperbacks for like $15 a book. One a month -- not a bad deal really. It's just my personal preference. Nothing more and I meant no offense.
    No offense taken. Just wondering. I have a mix of both.
    Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Being a pastor I have my own theological library. It's an occupational necessity. I live in a small rural town with no library, so I had to purchase my own. Though my wife and I have a collection of a little over 1,000 HC of fiction and non-fiction at the house. We are both big readers obviously. Nothing like a good book and a pipe or cigar with a libation to relax from the day.

    Quote Originally Posted by OratorORourke View Post
    I envy your collection!

    One more comment on used book stores, I will even include some independent book stores in the following...I hate physically shopping for anything (actually going to a B&M storefront, not online), yet I will have to be escorted out of a used bookstore if I have no place to be. There is a peace I feel surrounded by that quiet (in most cases), being left alone to browse, the smells, the history, etc. I will bring lists (100+ titles long) of books I hope to find in HC, with me. I love bringing my finds up to the counter and feeling as I just hit the Powerball. Getting home, removing the dust jackets and displaying them proudly.

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    Finished reading "Band of brothers" last week, (highly recommend it) so I've gone back to reading "where eagles dare" after deciding to give it a break.
    Took a few pages to get back in to the story but im enjoying it, I like the extra detail in the book, things they didn't put in the movie.

    Have a good one. Cheers-
    Dazz
    Tobacco is a dirty weed. I like it.

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    I've been rereading The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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    Very impressive book -- and not necessarily an easy read. Are you enjoying it? Do you know who Dietrich Bonhoeffer was, what happened to him and how he died? Just curious -- nothing more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias Lutz View Post
    I've been rereading The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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    A little more than half way through Mark Bowden's Doctor Dealer.

    Pretty good read about a pretty heavy drug dealer in Philly in the 70's into the early 80's.

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