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2016 Book List: 1/2/2016 02:53:29


[AOE] JaiBharat909
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List books that you have read (and think others should read) or are looking forward to reading in 2016:

1) Submission by Michel Houellebecq

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2016 Book List: 1/2/2016 10:18:14


[EIC] Cade
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Ready Player One - If you haven't read this book yet... What the hell's wrong with you?

Edited 1/2/2016 11:28:24
2016 Book List: 1/12/2016 22:08:53


GeneralPE
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Crippled America...Government Zero...Plunder and Deceit
2016 Book List: 1/12/2016 23:40:55


[WOLF] The Conservative
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How to survive Hillary
2016 Book List: 1/12/2016 23:54:11


Angry Koala
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I am surprised really that you know about Michel Houellebecq, really surprising.

I started Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.
2016 Book List: 1/12/2016 23:57:39


Genghis 
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The Giver
2016 Book List: 1/12/2016 23:59:38


[AOE] JaiBharat909
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@Angry - I try to read a diverse collection of authors. I must admit that European political fiction is really intriguing to me though!! Damn Tolstoy? Credit to you...that thing is like a concrete block. How far into it are you? I gave up after like 100 pages :P
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 00:10:14


Angry Koala
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ahah Jai just started it but for now I must admit I find the first 30 pages boring...
If I would advise one book to you it would be Sophie's World by the Norwegian author Jostein Gaardner, if you like anything related with Philosophy, it is a great and very inspiring book and it helped me greatly during High School, it is my own Bible in some way now.

Edited 1/13/2016 00:12:26
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 00:21:50


[AOE] JaiBharat909
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Cool I'll add it to my list...unfortunately its #15 on it. Right now I'm reading Robert Penn Warren's "All The King's Men"
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 01:05:47


Beren • apex 
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All the King's Men has such beautiful language. I hope you like it. Sophie's World is also good :) War and Peace is very good, but you do really have to commit to it. Long hours with the book. I read it before I got addicted to Warlight - I don't know if I'd get through it now :P
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 02:11:41


Hitchslap
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I haven't read Houellebecq, and other than the theme of his last book i don't know much about him. I saw an interview from him while he was promoting the book, and he sounded like an old and bitter out of touch with reality kinda guy.( Also, he lost all credibility to me when he said that he shifted from atheist to agnostic/deist after watching a few tv shows on the cosmos hahaha)

I've also read Sophie's World (never finished it) when i was a teen, and it is mostly just that: a pseudo deep/intellectual phylosophy book for teens who wants to give meaning to their prepubescent lives :D
At least that's what i thought at the time i read it, but again i was a teen so...lol

I'm reading the Quran right know, with 3 highlighters pen (green,red and yellow) on the side to highlight the stuff i find interesting (red=bad stuff, green=good stuff, yellow=crazy stuff)
I've also started Hitch22 audiobook, and i almost finished A Universe From Nothing from Lawrence Krauss (I highly recommand it for those with some medium understanding of physics)

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2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 02:20:49


GeneralPE
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War and Peace was good (I read it last year). The first part was a tad difficult, and the French can be tedious, but the plot was excellent and the characters well-developed. It gets a lot better as you get to the war. Plenty of twists. Although all the different characters make it hard to follow if you don't focus.

Edited 1/13/2016 02:25:29
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 02:22:02


GeneralPE
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How's the Quran? I need to read it (I've only ever read excerpts). How does it coompare to the Bible (if you've read that)?
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 02:51:52


[AOE] JaiBharat909
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I read most of the Bible. I have a copy of the Quran but haven't cracked it open yet...probably should. Does anyone read Aristotle anymore?
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 02:52:43


GeneralPE
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I must say I have not. The only philosophy I've really read is Machiavelli
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 02:54:39


Hitchslap
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The Quran is much more easier to read than the Bible. It has a lot less pages, and isn't as boring and tedious to read as the Bible (i have never read the Bible from cover to cover). It is also more interesting to read in my view because it has documented historical context that you can compare to the stories in the Quran, being more recent than the Bible. It also helps understand the headlines you see everyday on your prefered news channel. I'm planning on fully reading the Bible after the Quran (wich i admit isn't the best way to do it, since the Quran rely on some of the Bible stories). For example the creation myth in the Quran is much more succinct, as if it was just a quick reminder of the Bible myth of creation.

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2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 10:45:41


Pink 
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Michel Houellebecq is one of the authors that is being most promoted at the international elvel at the moment... not surprising at all
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 11:42:22


Angry Koala
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All the King's Men has such beautiful language. I hope you like it. Sophie's World is also good :) War and Peace is very good, but you do really have to commit to it. Long hours with the book. I read it before I got addicted to Warlight - I don't know if I'd get through it now :P


The King's Men seems to be a very interesting book, Beren do you have any other books to advise?

I also used to read many Sci-fi related books such as Bernard Werber's books, quite easy to read and very original (like "Les fourmis"), and I just started the Mars trilogy saga of Stanley Robinson. I also read the entire books of GRR Martin, just because I am a huge fan of ASOIAF universe and I can't wait for the next book being released soon.

Another current French author with a very pleasant writing is Marie Darrieussecq in my opinion, one of the most awarded author recently, I particularly liked the book "Le Pays" (translation of the Nation/country) which is centered around a fictional small nation that achieved independence mainly inspired from the Basque Nation, identity and current struggles (and yeah I'm Basque so indeed I consider it as one of the best book ahah).


I've also read Sophie's World (never finished it) when i was a teen, and it is mostly just that: a pseudo deep/intellectual phylosophy book for teens who wants to give meaning to their prepubescent lives


xD Well more than that, as I told you I read this while in high school, and it helped me greatly to achieve good scores in Philosophy classes ;) I could not have some philosophical principles or understanding without Sophie's World, so again it helped me greatly.

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2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 11:48:40


[Wolf] Relmcheatham
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https://archive.org/stream/lifelettersofgen00jack#page/n0/mode/2up

go there ^ and you can read the whole damn book
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 12:51:31


Thomas 633
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Couldn't resist reccomending a song of ice and fire, although its very long. As in, its gonna take a couple of months to finish. The romance novel I got for Christmas was also surprisingly not-awful.
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 13:00:26


Hitchslap
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On the same epic-fantasy genre, one series of book i loved as a teen was The Belgariad and The Malloreon from David Eddings. I've been waiting for the movies to come out ever since, but it still hasn't happened
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 13:31:29


Angry Koala
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^ Something similar to LoTR right?
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 14:45:21


Beren • apex 
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@Angry Koala, I would highly recommend "The Dispossessed" by Ursula K. Le Guin and "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller if you haven't looked at either of those before. They are 2 of my all time favourite books. Also, I'd recommend almost anything by Ray Bradbury, but I especially like "Dandelion Wine". It's more of a summertime book, but it perfectly captures the way summer holidays feel for a young boy.
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 16:51:17


GeneralPE
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I hated Dandelion Wine. Just didn't make much sense... I don't know. It wasn't anything in specific.
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 17:04:02


Angry Koala
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thanks for your suggestions Beren, I will look them up :)
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 19:17:39


[AOE] JaiBharat909
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I still feel Vonnegut is highly undervalued now days. Cat's Cradle was incredible.
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 19:20:28


Beren • apex 
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+1000 Cat's Cradle is incredible.
2016 Book List: 1/13/2016 23:01:13


Min34 
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Currently reading the "Aeneid" by Vergilius

Also read "The secret history" by Donna Tartt this year. I enjoyed it a lot and it was quite easy to read (even if English isn`t your first language). I would recommend it to everybody.

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