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Joe Hart
03-26-2010, 08:55 PM
So yeah it is a little premature, with spring break just starting for many.

What are you going to read?

Darcy (wife) got me a Kindle so I am reading ebooks. Not all of the books that are out there will work on a Kindle. For example Dan John's books.

So on the Kindle
1. Last of the Mohicans
2. Japanese Mythology


Real Books

"Fighters Mind"
"Starship Trooper"

Calmly waiting for Neil Gaiman and William Gibson to put somthing out. Its killing me though.

Collin O'Neill
03-28-2010, 11:05 AM
A whole butt-load of books. I read a lot. Doesn't matter if it is literature or some of my favorite NYT best-selling authors. I always need to be reading something.

Jason Ashman
03-28-2010, 01:55 PM
Aye, my answer mirrors the one above; I read a ton, so my list would be massive, and fluctuating; It depends on which authors release which books during the summer, as well as how much free time I have. As well, I normally spend a week alone in Northern Ontario hiking and camping, which gives me ample time to run through 3-5 books, depending.

In no particular order;

- 3-4 books of the Jack Aubrey series by Patrick O'Brian
- "Good Calories, Bad Calories", by Taubes
- "The Element" by Ken Robinson
- Wendler's 5-3-1
- "Under the Bar" by Dave Tate
- "British Generals" by Mark Urban
- "Alphabet of Manliness Redux" by Maddox
- Anything Bernard Cornwell releases between now and September
- "Paleolithic Solution" by Robb Wolf (although this will likely be an early September read)

Steve Shafley
03-28-2010, 02:03 PM
I read a ton too, but I'm cheap, so I visit the local libraries often. I really prefer that most of my reading is for entertainment. I'd say ~10% of what I read is for education or enlightenment.

I do eventually get through most of the stuff written on training.

Allen Yeh
03-28-2010, 03:47 PM
Libraries rule and IMO are such an underutilized resource. Coming from a library geek growing up I'm probably biased...

Collin O'Neill
03-28-2010, 06:17 PM
I read a ton too, but I'm cheap, so I visit the local libraries often. I really prefer that most of my reading is for entertainment. I'd say ~10% of what I read is for education or enlightenment.

I do eventually get through most of the stuff written on training.

Libraries rule and IMO are such an underutilized resource. Coming from a library geek growing up I'm probably biased...

I enjoy hitting up booksales at libraries. Get bag fulls of cheap books when you can find them.

Clay Jones
03-28-2010, 06:56 PM
Robb Wolf's book. Plus a buttload of history, mathematics and science materials in preparation for teaching next year's classes.

I really need to stop posting and finish Weaver's Ideas Have Consequences.

Danny John
03-30-2010, 10:30 AM
I heard Dan John should have a new book out soon, too. He's goooooood.

Derek Weaver
03-30-2010, 02:02 PM
I actually have read Meditations each of the last two years and will likely read it again. That and The Zanzibar Chest. I've started and stopped that book maybe five times. I really like it, but something has interrupted me whenever I try to read that one.

Derek Simonds
03-30-2010, 07:16 PM
I heard Dan John should have a new book out soon, too. He's goooooood.

Hmmm might have heard about that guy somewhere....

Joe I am with you, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorites. Gibsons last book with the Blue Ant company was not my favorite of his, I liked it but probably wont read it again which is odd for one of his books.

I have read a bunch of Urban Fantasy books this year while sitting on planes. Something from the Nightside (Simon R. Greene) is probably my favorite series in that genre. Highly recommend it. Another author I have really enjoyed this last year is Christopher Moore. He writes some really great stuff. Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove being one of my all time favorites.

I really need to start using the library more. My friends and family come over to my place and use it as a library.

Matt DeVoe
04-01-2010, 07:58 PM
I have to re-start "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", got half way through and life happened.
About to wrap up "The beginner's guide to Reality" by Jim Baggott (which wasn't half bad).

Geoffrey Thompson
04-01-2010, 08:15 PM
I'm not sure what I'll be reading. I got married recently and my wife has a lot of books I've always meant to read. I'd consider Dan John's book, but I heard somewhere he has no squat. I'll almost certainly read a bit of Boswell's Life of Johnson or Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, some 19th century Russian religious literature, and maybe some chess book if I think I'll get around to playing chess. Those are always on the agenda, other than that, it's all up in the air.

Mike ODonnell
04-02-2010, 11:43 AM
Walden by Thoreau.....I'm taking the summer off all health and fitness reading.

Chris Forbis
04-03-2010, 07:44 AM
Walden by Thoreau.....I'm taking the summer off all health and fitness reading.

I have read Walden each of the last two (three?) summers and plan on reading it again this summer. I'll probably read For Whom the Bell Tolls again as well. I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest last summer and liked it so much I think I'll read it again this summer.

I just yesterday finished reading Predictably Irrational. Very good. Currently slogging my way through Proust and I also am rereading Guns, Germs, and Steel.

This summer I'd like to read a non-Constance Garnett translation of Crime and Punishment. And then either Moby Dick or Ulysses, both if I'm feeling ambitious. Some evolutionary theory, some Michael Lewis, and whatever else catches my fancy.

Having summers off is the best.

Grissim Connery
04-03-2010, 03:53 PM
Nobody going to catch up on the Green Lantern and the rest of the Blackest Night saga?

There's not good comic shops on the side of town where I live, so I gotta wait till I visit home or go to west Cleveland.

Geoffrey Thompson
04-03-2010, 05:41 PM
I have read Walden each of the last two (three?) summers and plan on reading it again this summer. I'll probably read For Whom the Bell Tolls again as well. I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest last summer and liked it so much I think I'll read it again this summer.

I just yesterday finished reading Predictably Irrational. Very good. Currently slogging my way through Proust and I also am rereading Guns, Germs, and Steel.

This summer I'd like to read a non-Constance Garnett translation of Crime and Punishment. And then either Moby Dick or Ulysses, both if I'm feeling ambitious. Some evolutionary theory, some Michael Lewis, and whatever else catches my fancy.

Having summers off is the best.

Do Pevear and Volokhonsky translation. And skip the chapter about whales in Moby Dick (that sounds funny to say, but anybody's who's read it knows what chapter that is).

Allen Yeh
04-03-2010, 05:46 PM
Nobody going to catch up on the Green Lantern and the rest of the Blackest Night saga?

There's not good comic shops on the side of town where I live, so I gotta wait till I visit home or go to west Cleveland.

It's been pretty interesting so far.

Collin O'Neill
04-03-2010, 06:25 PM
I have read Walden each of the last two (three?) summers and plan on reading it again this summer. I'll probably read For Whom the Bell Tolls again as well. I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest last summer and liked it so much I think I'll read it again this summer.

I just yesterday finished reading Predictably Irrational. Very good. Currently slogging my way through Proust and I also am rereading Guns, Germs, and Steel.

This summer I'd like to read a non-Constance Garnett translation of Crime and Punishment. And then either Moby Dick or Ulysses, both if I'm feeling ambitious. Some evolutionary theory, some Michael Lewis, and whatever else catches my fancy.

Having summers off is the best.

If you liked Cuckoo's Nest, check out "Sometimes a Great Notion." Another Kesey book, and it is freaking great.

Neill Smith
04-03-2010, 07:55 PM
Right now, Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman and The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. If anybody has any suggestions along these lines, I'd love to hear them.

Chris Forbis
04-05-2010, 06:47 AM
Right now, Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman and The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. If anybody has any suggestions along these lines, I'd love to hear them.

You might want to check out Irrational Exuberance by Shiller if you have not done so already.

Ken Rich
04-05-2010, 08:14 AM
Try James Montier's books on Behavioral Investing, if you enjoy Ben Graham.

Ken

Mike ODonnell
04-05-2010, 08:19 AM
Tim Ferris recommended this a while back as well, Letter from a Stoic
http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Stoic-Penguin-Classics-Seneca/dp/0140442103/ref=pd_sim_b_5

Neill Smith
04-06-2010, 03:03 PM
Try James Montier's books on Behavioral Investing, if you enjoy Ben Graham.

Ken

Ken,

Thanks for the recommendation, I just ordered one of his books.

Cheers,
Neill

Ken Rich
04-06-2010, 04:24 PM
You're very welcome, Neill.

Montier is one of my favorite people in the investing world. He's now working at GMO with Jeremy Grantham, another favorite. You can get PDFs of Grantham's quarterly letter, as well as, some of James' pieces free from the GMO website.

Ken

Joe Hart
07-23-2010, 01:36 PM
BUMP

So I read Neil Gaiman's "Graveyard Book". It was pretty good. I would put it in the young teen section. It was not super dark and scary.




Anyone else read something good?

Tyler Micheli
07-23-2010, 04:22 PM
I just finished Gaiman's Neverwhere. That had some dark times.

It's probably time for me to reread Shantaram. I highly recommend it.

Joe Hart
07-24-2010, 08:08 PM
I liked "Neverwhere". I liked his other books better, particularly "American Gods". I think partly because the book was set in the Midwest and most of the places that he talked about I had been to. Apprently he lives in Wisconsin of all places.

Anyone read any Warhammer 40K?

Frank Needham
07-25-2010, 01:17 PM
Not my first choice for reading but I'm reviewing the Engineering-In-Training Reference Manual for this fall's FE Exam. I'm reviewing various other supplemental materials as well from ISA since I now find myself working in Measurement and Controls. I'm also going over investing stuff from oid.com, an organization that prides itself on Ben Graham stuff. So far it has been very good. Having said that, I'd rather have my nose in a good novel for sure if pleasure were my only goal.