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I am a serial book starter and tend to have more than one going at a time. I studied literature in college and had to read 3-5 books a week so I think it's now a habit to have more than one going at a time.

My current bedside book pile:

Superintelligence - Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom: I LOVE this book. It's tremendously fascinating and feeds my brain in a way most real life interactions cannot. Still, I can't read it if I'm the least bit sleepy or distracted so it's taking me a while to get through it. Really have to be at the peak of comprehensive capabilities with this one.

American Hardcore by Steven Blush: A book about the old school punk scene. I love reading interviews/artilcles. I'm a huge Klosterman fan as well.

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons: This book lives by my bedside. It's NEVER on the bookshelf. It is my favorite graphic novel, if not piece of writing EVER. I cannot wrap my head around the layers and characters sometimes. It's so rich. Sometimes I just want to read specific parts of it so it's always handy.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli: I want to understand physics. I really do. Astronomy fascinates me but science has always been my Achilles heel. As a Christmas gift, I booked a tour at the Jet Propulsion Lab with a friend of mine (the tour is free so I'm also taking her out to lunch.) It has motivated me to educate myself on something that I struggle with but love.

I am curious about what everyone is reading and why as well as your opinion of it. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear about those as well. Please enable my reclusive lifestyle.
 

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Reading right now:

Candide by Voltaire - Satire in its finest form. Hilarious.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X - It's always cool to see the perspective in those years of a controversial civil rights leader.

Human, All Too Human by Nietzsche - What a damn weirdo. That is all.


My only recommendation:

The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery - you'd have to read it once every year. One of those rare books that grow old with you.

How To Teach Quantum Physics To Your Dog by Chad Orzel - this might be a book you're interested in.
 

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I always read multiple books at a time as well!

I've read more (intensely) than usual lately, and finished Biocentrism by Robert Lanza, The Anatomy of Being by Shinji Moon, The Shadow of the Wind + The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I recommend ALL of them - Biocentrism especially.

The books I'm currently reading are a biography on London, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Thread by Victoria Hislop.

I would also LOVE recommendations. For reference (and to recommend), my favorite books are The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Villette by Charlotte Brontë.
 

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I don't read as much as I used to in school to ignore my less than useful teachers.
That being said my favorite books of all time are the Night Angel Trilogy. Amazing characters and it is not dumbed down and simplified for the everyday reader. Awesome fantasy read.
 

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I listen to multiple Audiobooks, depending on my location (one is for the gym, another for driving, another before bed, etc...). The ones I'm currently working on are:

Security Analysis
by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
The Neuropsychology of Self-Discipline by Sybervision
Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell


The only physical book I am reading is a CPA Exam Prep book by Becker.
 

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principles of christian theology [John Macquarie]
the Oxford handbook of philosophical theology
Oxford readings in philosophical theology volume ll
medieval philosophy, essential readings with commentary
 

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I started The Steel Kiss, Jeffrey Deaver's last published book in the Lincoln Rhyme series. I am a big fan, so now I'm sloowly trying to finish this book.

I am at the same time reading some works that are to be published soon. I am at the third installment of The Runner series by author Katie Baker, The Rain (it's online). I'm a lover of dystopian, angst, and sci-fi genres. And I love fiction.

Have also recently finished Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche, after about... four years. I'm ashamed. It's a good book. I love Murakami. Other books just really get my attention all the time and I start juggling with them.
 

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You guys have interesting tastes. I'm usually a classics ho.
But right now, I'm juggling Crime and Punishment (Fyodor D.) and The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt).
 

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the folks that live on the hill, kingsley amis. he was such a sour-minded shit, but i was excited when i found this in my bookshelf. i must have bought it at one of those times when i'd had about all the amis that i felt willing to take, because i certainly don't recall reading it before. it's not especially funny, but it's not as corrosively hateful as some of his books either, so there is that.
 

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You guys have interesting tastes. I'm usually a classics ho.
But right now, I'm juggling Crime and Punishment (Fyodor D.) and The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt).
I go through my spells where I want to read "LIT-ter-at-yurrrr" as well. My bookshelves look like a library because it's a little of everything, organized loosely by genre so that if I decide I want to read say a bio or investigative journalism or classic lit, I don't have to scan around. I often forget that I own books. The last classic I read was "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce.

A book I read this year that I really enjoyed was "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz. Short stories about how the narrator effed up various relationships, mainly due to trying to conform to what he believed society expected from a man (my interpretation), fused with an element of Dominican culture. I think a couple of the stories were not told from the perspective of the narrator at all. It started off strong but the last couple of stories kind of petered out. The stories I enjoyed, though, I really enjoyed.
 

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I'm currently reading the Quran for the 2nd time (different translation then the one I read before), The Pleasure of the Damned: a compilation of some wonderful painfully dark & grimm poetry by Charles Bukowski and finally Mein Kampf (for historical importance). Parallel Universes by Michio Kaku is next in line.
 

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I go through my spells where I want to read "LIT-ter-at-yurrrr" as well. My bookshelves look like a library because it's a little of everything, organized loosely by genre so that if I decide I want to read say a bio or investigative journalism or classic lit, I don't have to scan around. I often forget that I own books. The last classic I read was "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce.
Organising by genre sounds like a good idea if I actually managed to be diverse in my tastes. Sadly, I tend to stick to the same types of books. I can't, for the life of me, enjoy anything beyond classics, suspense, bat-shit-crazy-literature or maybe poetry, etc. I've never even read any of the John Green stuff. I organise my books in a very basic manner (alphabetically) to make it easier to find something.

Isn't it nice to find a lot of unread books that you can fill your free time with?


A book I read this year that I really enjoyed was "This is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz. Short stories about how the narrator effed up various relationships, mainly due to trying to conform to what he believed society expected from a man (my interpretation), fused with an element of Dominican culture. I think a couple of the stories were not told from the perspective of the narrator at all. It started off strong but the last couple of stories kind of petered out. The stories I enjoyed, though, I really enjoyed.
Hmm. I think I must've seen that in a bookstore. But speaking of collections of stories, I've read one of those kind—Midnight All Day by Hanif Kureishi. Just like you, I enjoyed some, disliked some; but the only thing I remember about it is the last story: "The Penis" where a pornstar lost his penis and tried to look for it. I do not recommend that book. :laughing:
 

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I'm currently reading the Quran for the 2nd time (different translation then the one I read before), The Pleasure of the Damned: a compilation of some wonderful painfully dark & grimm poetry by Charles Bukowski and finally Mein Kampf (for historical importance). Parallel Universes by Michio Kaku is next in line.
Love Bukowski. My mantra is "until you die or it dies in you." Gotta get something by him in on the next round.

Organising by genre sounds like a good idea if I actually managed to be diverse in my tastes. Sadly, I tend to stick to the same types of books. I can't, for the life of me, enjoy anything beyond classics, suspense, bat-shit-crazy-literature or maybe poetry, etc. I've never even read any of the John Green stuff. I organise my books in a very basic manner (alphabetically) to make it easier to find something.

Isn't it nice to find a lot of unread books that you can fill your free time with?
I think because I have hundreds of books (on shelves throughout the house) genre is easier because I studied literature for so long that even within literature they are grouped either by literary period or type. My fave was post-modernist to contemporary. I love the Beats, especially Kerouac. Conversely, all of the poetry is together because it's mainly anthologies. I do love it.

When I was doing some work in my house, my then-friend (ESTP) said, "What are you going to do with these books?"
Me: ....... *annoyed confusion face* Nothing. Why do I need to do anything with them?
ESTP: Because you're not going to re-read them all.
Me: That's actually not true.

He persisted that I needed to put them in the garage aka cast them off to book death and I refused. Books are still around and he's gone :cool:

Hmm. I think I must've seen that in a bookstore. But speaking of collections of stories, I've read one of those kind—Midnight All Day by Hanif Kureishi. Just like you, I enjoyed some, disliked some; but the only thing I remember about it is the last story: "The Penis" where a pornstar lost his penis and tried to look for it. I do not recommend that book. :laughing:
Haha I mean as long as the penis story is well written.... I love collections of short stories. I get the sense of completion that I need sometimes without the investment. As you can see from my current book pile, I need variety depending on mood/what's on my mind/level of sleepiness/etc.

I admit the title of the Diaz book kind of struck me. Don't know why - romanticized sadness or schadenfreude from reading about others failing at love? I'm a sucker for an intriguing title.
 

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Candid by Voltaire
The darma bums by Kerouac
A generic history book about WW2


i just saw this was the intj forum and now i'm kind of really embarrassed lol
 

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You guys have interesting tastes. I'm usually a classics ho.
But right now, I'm juggling Crime and Punishment (Fyodor D.) and The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt).
Those are two amazingly good books
 

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Been strictly into novels lately, usually fantasy and some scifi or mystery. Currently reading Wheel of Time (book 6).

If anyone wants some recommendations, I highly recommend The First Law series, it is like Lord of The Rings and Game of Thrones together.

Mistborn: a unique twist on how magic works.

The Name of the Wind: a vast and interesting world.
 
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