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Old 05-03-2019, 11:15 AM
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? Any readers here ? .
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Old 05-04-2019, 01:48 PM
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I’ve been consuming astronomy the past year. Amazon loves me. I’m gonna start looking at astrophotography soon.

For brain chewing gum I read piles of sci-fi my brother-in-law gives me. He like hard sf so I go flitting about the universe. I’m reading a Churchill biography. Just finished an account of WWII Army nurses who crash landed in Romania and am about to read one about female war time spies.
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Old 05-04-2019, 04:26 PM
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I don't read as much as I used to but I do read. I have a lot of books I have collected over the years. Some are even worth more than I paid for them...I thought.

They are taking over my house.

I like non fiction best. I peruse habitually a load of magazines all the time too.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:31 AM
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Thanx Fellas ! .

I'm an avid reader (many from snow country are) and also buy lots of books from Amazon, my deal is : when I find an author I like I'll go look up and buy their books on Amazon .

I cannot possibly afford all the books I read so I'm always 'On The Hunt' for more ~ we have "Little Free Libraries" here and there so I both use them and stock them up with my discards ~ I only keep Technical books after reading .

I loved Sci-Fi in the 1960's , less so now, not sure why this is .

Sadly America is becoming less literate on a rapid basis, this is sad and wrong as illiteracy leads to crime and failure in life......

So many are afraid of reading it's amazing .

When I arrived in California long ago and enrolled in High School I made a bee line to the Library, the cranky old woman in charge refused to let me wander the stacks, telling me some crap about the Library wasn't any place Students were allowed (?! WTH ?!) .
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:13 PM
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I consumed every sci-fi book I could find and subscribed to Science Ficton Analog as a teen in the sixties till I went in the Navy. Then it became Louis Lamour and really gross porno. I got tired of that and started reading history and philosophy my last two years in. For the next thirty I pretty much stayed exclusively in science literature — very esoteric. Retirement has brought me back to more eclectic reading. Read a lot of books about vegetable row crop farming and livestock raising.

I got in the habit in college to discipline myself to read something at least one hour every evening before bed.

Mrs B and I don’t have a teeveee. Amazing how much time I have now and how much better I sleep.
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Old 05-05-2019, 10:32 PM
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Excellent choice.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:33 AM
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I have a T.V. but have not turned it on in several years now, SWMBO almost never turns hes off so I hate it .

Reading is good for the brain, it helps promote critical thinking and also delays the onset of my elder mind issues .

Plus, I find it good clean fun .

I've never much cared for porno because it shows women I'll never get to meet so why bother ? .

Getting laid had never been a problem, finding someone I like to talk to takes more effort .

I just finished a book about Hispanic Immigrants during the first Bush administration, it was pretty grim .
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:46 AM
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Lately been reading Ed McBains '87th Precinct' mystries.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:06 AM
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Thumbs up Suggested Reading

Thanx, I'll give them a look .
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1984 300CD KEEPER ! 440,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed stickshift SOLD & missed
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BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:25 PM
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I have read all my life. Less so as the years slide by. Still very enjoyable and as a poster mentioned. Readers are probably in the minority now.

Some authors have a creativity that has always amazed me. I try to keep an eye open for their books. I have read over a broad spectrum of subjects and catagories over the years of autobiographies, the general run of pocket novels and technical literature. Plus more modern history.

I go through periods where I tend to delve into certain classifications of literature and change when I have had enough of it. I do not see myself as any form of speed reader. Yet if there is not a challenging concept or questions arise in my mind. The pages seem to fly by.

I liked the suggestion of an hour before drifting off for the evening. I will give it a try. Yet I have reservations if it is very interesting. Do I have enough personal will to put it aside at the hour?

Generally to me television is pathetic. Even the old movies only have a small percentage that I would say are enjoyable to me. There is the exceptional thing on tv as well but not that much.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:04 AM
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To clarify, I read AT LEAST one hour. After one hour it can go late or I missed get have a glass of wine as I read. That usually results in dozing off.

One grass of wood be! I my youth I would have scoffed!
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:18 AM
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Sadly, America is getting more illiterate by the day and not by accident .

When I read at night, the *instant* I have to read a line again, I stop and turn out the light .

Because of my chronic pain issues I don't sleep much or for long when I do so the old Army advice to never pass any opportunity to sleep, eat or take a dump I find very wise .
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1974 350SLC 4 speed stickshift SOLD & missed
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BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
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Old 05-07-2019, 10:23 AM
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My achilles heel when it comes to books are they MUST BE well written. So I choose older books (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Moby Dick, 20,000 leagues under the sea, and my favorite book of all time: The Columbia History of the World (1972) published by Harper Row... to name a few)

What pisses me off to no end is how easy it is for anyone to publish a book these days. A few years ago I ordered a paperback on Amazon titled GOING HOME by A. American (a survivalist series author) and was astounded by the misspelled words. I couldn't finish it. I have seen other books like that, and will never again read a non-publishing house book. (never say never, I know!)

Is it just me, or is the era of GREAT AUTHORS coming to an end? (realizing John Grisham and Stephen King are still among the living)



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Old 05-07-2019, 10:36 AM
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Poor Writing

Indeed this is a real problem these days .

I find lots of misspelled words, sentences that make no sense , plot holes and so on .

The reality is : you must wade through the chaff to get to the wheat .

I am annoyed whenever I find a book so bad I don't finish it .
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1982 240D creampuff 370,000 miles
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1984 300CD KEEPER ! 440,XXX miles
1984 Euro 300TD Fully optioned SWMBO's
1974 350SLC 4 speed stickshift SOLD & missed
Krazy Kommie Ural Motos (3)
BMW Moto R60/6 Barn Find, 8,000miles
1959 VW #113 Deuxe Beetle, 36hp engine, stock
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Old 05-07-2019, 11:57 AM
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I just finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and am a quarter of the way through the continuation book World Without End. Both are well researched and well written and deal with architecture, religion, politics, feudalism and such in the Middle Ages. While my description does not make these books sound interesting, they are actually deep and rich and good storytelling.

Also recommend Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin (called Game of Thrones) and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings which I have read twice.

For brain food I recommend Hawking's A Brief History of Time; quite old but good basic knowledge. Or if you loved latin like I did, read Ad Infinitum, A Biography of Latin, which told me so much more about the language than my teachers ever did - just an excellent book by Nicholas Ostler.
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