Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > Reading Recommendations

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-22-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
Madam Broshkina
Manic Do Fuse
Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Madam Broshkina ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Madam Broshkina's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,312
Karma: 1159112
Join Date: Oct 2006
Device: Sony 500, 505, 350, Kindle 3, DXG, nook, Irex DR800SG, iPad
10 Books Not To Read Before You Die

Recommended lists of ‘essential’ reading are the most pernicious ‘to do’ lists of all. Lists of physical achievements or magical holiday destinations or wonderful restaurants or fabulous hotels make you feel like your life has been wasted; a list of great books you should have read makes you feel like your brain has been wasted.
Most people embarking on a journey into a new book will feel they have to hack through a hundred pages of dense undergrowth before their conscience will allow them to give it up as a lost cause. But how many people feel secure enough in their own judgment even to do that? How many times have we all ploughed on to the end to find there’s actually no treasure after all? A book, even a useless one, can take several days out of your life so it’s a big investment.
The best way to fight the massed ranks of recommended books is with an offensively glib and, if possible, ill-informed reason for not bothering with them.



Check out the list here:


http://entertainment.timesonline.co....cle4773601.ece
Madam Broshkina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
zelda_pinwheel
zeldinha zippy zeldissima
zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.zelda_pinwheel ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
zelda_pinwheel's Avatar
 
Posts: 27,828
Karma: 908606
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Paris, France
Device: eb1150 & is that a nook in her pocket, or she just happy to see you?
Quote:
The Hemingway style is impressive at first. Simple sentences with few descriptions. They avoid adverbs and adjectives and, as a change from the over-elaborate works of Dickens and Austen, it’s OK for a while. Then you realise it’s a bit dry and boring and the more you find out about Hemingway, the more you realise he was a bore too: a terrible macho bore obsessed with bullfighting, guns, boxing and trying to catch big fish; really quite a tiresome bloke you wouldn’t want to spend time with.
secretly i've always felt more or less that way.
zelda_pinwheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 08:09 PM   #3
Patricia
Reader
Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Patricia ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Patricia's Avatar
 
Posts: 11,520
Karma: 2199070
Join Date: May 2007
Location: South Wales, UK
Device: Sony PRS-500, PRS-505, Asus EEEpc 4G
I've read seven of them, but doubt if I'll ever bother with any more Hemingway.
Patricia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 08:19 PM   #4
lilac_jive
Grand Sorcerer
lilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud oflilac_jive has much to be proud of
 
lilac_jive's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,871
Karma: 27376
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Device: PRS-505
Couldn't agree more with the Iliad, and I majored in Classics. Although it is cooler in Greek.

But Pride and Prejudice!!! *gasp* No one puts Mister Darcy in a corner!
lilac_jive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 12:19 AM   #5
Roy White
Evangelist
Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.Roy White knows the square root of minus one.
 
Roy White's Avatar
 
Posts: 482
Karma: 7696
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turner, Oregon
Device: Sony Reader
Hemmingway... His short stories are truly great though. The Old Man And The Sea is one of my all time favorites. I had a friend once who once said to me, "Man what is wrong with you? You always have your nose in a book?" I asked him and he told me he had never (get this) NEVER READ EVEN A SINGLE BOOK!!! in his entire life. I made him promise to read The Old Man and the sea and a few days later he said to me.. "Man that was a great book! I'd read more if all books were that good!" Remember this was the ONLY book he had ever read... After I quit laughing 10 minutes later I said, "Do you REALLY think I'm just wasting my time with my incessant reading? There are hundreds and thousands of books that good or better!
But... Lo. He never read another....
Roy White is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 12:00 PM   #6
pilotbob
Grand Sorcerer
pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.pilotbob ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
pilotbob's Avatar
 
Posts: 19,596
Karma: 11337367
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tampa, FL USA
Device: Kindle Touch
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roy White View Post
"Do you REALLY think I'm just wasting my time with my incessant reading? There are hundreds and thousands of books that good or better!
But... Lo. He never read another....
We just shake our heads and smile. Knowing that we have the doorway to a world that they will never know.

BOb
pilotbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 02:48 PM   #7
Over
Wizard
Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Over ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Over's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,449
Karma: 3949068
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cascais, Portugal
Device: Cybook Gen3, Kindle DXi, Kindle 3, iPad and iPhone 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roy White View Post
Hemmingway... His short stories are truly great though. The Old Man And The Sea is one of my all time favorites. I had a friend once who once said to me, "Man what is wrong with you? You always have your nose in a book?" I asked him and he told me he had never (get this) NEVER READ EVEN A SINGLE BOOK!!! in his entire life. I made him promise to read The Old Man and the sea and a few days later he said to me.. "Man that was a great book! I'd read more if all books were that good!" Remember this was the ONLY book he had ever read... After I quit laughing 10 minutes later I said, "Do you REALLY think I'm just wasting my time with my incessant reading? There are hundreds and thousands of books that good or better!
But... Lo. He never read another....
Come on! He never read a book in his life, it wasn't very wise to overwhelm him with that statement!
Over is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 03:32 PM   #8
DixieGal
Hi There!
DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DixieGal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DixieGal's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,473
Karma: 2930523
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ft Lauderdale
Device: iPad
I disagree about every book on the list. Except Proust, which I'm told is very good in French.

Don't make me whip out my lit degree on you guys for trash-talkin' Hemingway. He and Gertrude Stein were pals and were experimenting with language, stripping prose down to the bare bones. His more meaty works, such as The Old Man and the Sea are more to my taste, but the stark Nick Whatsisname stories were experiments.

This all came about in that post-WWI era, when modern art, poetry, and lit was exploding out of Paris.
DixieGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 04:08 PM   #9
RickyMaveety
Holy S**T!!!
RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.RickyMaveety lived happily ever after.
 
RickyMaveety's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,186
Karma: 108401
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: San Diego, California!!
Device: Kindle and iPad
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books. I've probably read it 10 times, and I'll probably read it 10 more.

So, clearly I have different reading tastes from the author of that article, and that means that his opinion on books to read or not read matters not one tiny bit to me.
RickyMaveety is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-23-2008, 05:02 PM   #10
bill_mchale
Wizard
bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 1,450
Karma: 1550000
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Maryland, USA
Device: Nook Simple Touch, HPC Evo 4G LTE
All things considered, I am pretty sure this list was meant to be taken firmly tongue in cheek; after all the author admits to not even having tried to read at least several of the books on the list. Certainly no one can be taken seriously who recommends not reading the Lord of the Rings, not because it is poorly written, but because of who else reads it.

--
Bill
bill_mchale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2008, 10:38 AM   #11
astrodad
Guru
astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astrodad ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
astrodad's Avatar
 
Posts: 945
Karma: 568242
Join Date: Dec 2007
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 1, iPad, iPhone 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by bill_mchale View Post
All things considered, I am pretty sure this list was meant to be taken firmly tongue in cheek; after all the author admits to not even having tried to read at least several of the books on the list. Certainly no one can be taken seriously who recommends not reading the Lord of the Rings, not because it is poorly written, but because of who else reads it.

--
Bill
True. Maybe he wanted us all to rush out and buy these books.
astrodad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2008, 11:32 AM   #12
bill_mchale
Wizard
bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 1,450
Karma: 1550000
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Maryland, USA
Device: Nook Simple Touch, HPC Evo 4G LTE
I am not so sure as I would go that far. I suspect that the author is mainly poking fun at such lists.

--
Bill
bill_mchale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 12:59 PM   #13
astra
The Introvert
astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.astra ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
astra's Avatar
 
Posts: 8,308
Karma: 1000077497
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Device: Sony Reader PRS-650 & 505 & 500
I have read only 2 books from the list: The Lord of the Rings and War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy. The latter by "accident". I was forced to read it in school.
astra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 01:55 PM   #14
bill_mchale
Wizard
bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bill_mchale ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 1,450
Karma: 1550000
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Maryland, USA
Device: Nook Simple Touch, HPC Evo 4G LTE
Quote:
Originally Posted by astra View Post
I have read only 2 books from the list: The Lord of the Rings and War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy. The latter by "accident". I was forced to read it in school.
Hmmm, that sounds like the equivalent of a 12 car pile up . That being said, I am actually hoping to read War and Peace in the upcoming year. I started it in H.S. and enjoyed what I read of it, but I had to return the book before finishing it so I ended up stuck at about 400 pages.

--
Bill
bill_mchale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 02:08 PM   #15
mjh215
Guru
mjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentametermjh215 can solve quadratic equations while standing on his or her head reciting poetry in iambic pentameter
 
Posts: 989
Karma: 12653
Join Date: Apr 2008
Device: None of your business
Satire
mjh215 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Read all about it! Device owners read more books, magazines and newspapers dacattt News 24 10-21-2012 04:43 AM
A Mobile Read 'Essential Books to Read' list ficbot Reading Recommendations 41 09-24-2010 10:31 AM
Find me some books to read based on what I have recently read (and liked) rahulm Reading Recommendations 16 08-11-2010 03:18 PM
Spreadsheet of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die kennyc Reading Recommendations 0 01-09-2010 09:26 PM
1001 Books to Read Before You Die lilac_jive Reading Recommendations 57 12-22-2008 01:19 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:36 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.