Books you are reading or have read this year?

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    How are you liking Speaker? I loved the Ender series when I read it and recently read one of the new ones but was disappointed.
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    I love Hiassen books even though they can at times be formulaic. I did not know he had a new one out. I will have to read it. Many years ago I got to spend the day with him before he got really well known. He was writing a column about some things we were doing at work. He was so quiet and non-intrusive - just stood there, watched and listened and then reported. Later some aspects of the day showed up in one of his novels with Skink demonstrating some of the knowledge that Carl gained that day. Agree - he is very cool and down to earth.
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    read almost 50 books this year... currently reading:

    Harbor Nocturne by Wambaugh
    The Future of Us by Asher
    Inside the mind of BTK by Douglas

    favorites of the year:
    *Ready Player One by Cline
    The Dinner by Herman
    Wonder by Palacio
    Arena Mode by Northcott
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    I wanted to read 25 this year but even with comics collected as trade paperbacks I am only at 12. Currently reading 3 but if I dont find some quicker reads I wont even come close.
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    Not his best ... But still friggin' hilarious. LOVE his books. I've heard he's a real cool guy, glad to hear it's true.
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    about the pace i like to keep. prob not going to hit it this year. all my personal reading has taken a back seat to some other reading materials i must keep on the front burner, due to some extreme life changes i've made.
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    Currently reading The Border Trilogy. Cormac McCarthy is unreal.
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    Is he the guy that wrote 'the Road' ? Loved that book
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    Yup same guy. Have only read the road myself but have added blood meridian to my to read list.
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    Excellent! Best fiction I've ever read. Just amazing. Judge Holden is the Darth Vader of literature.
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    In my opinion,he is the best living American novelist. I think I have everything he has written still in print.
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    I'm rereading Blood Meridian right now. I liked the Border Trilogy but I thought the third book was a little weak.
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    I agree. His subject matter is not for every one but he writes better than any American I know.
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    Herman Wouk gets my vote but he hasnt been very active lately given his age.
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    Game of thrones series book 4
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    Wow. Impressive.
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    The least of his novels (IMO "No Country For Old Men") would be nearly anyone else's crowning achievement.

    Really looking forward to seeing "Child of God" when it comes out, directed by James Franco.
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    Child of God has the potential to be a very, very dark and macabre movie.
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    Ha, I heard the 50 Shades of Gray was crap. I am glad I haven't touched it but I am in the market for some good erotica to be honest about it.

    I recently read the Steven Jobs bio by I am sorry to say I forgot his name. It was freaking amazing. I had to get on a plane to Cali and I saved it for my trip and I just devoured it. I was basically done after reading it nonstop on the plane up and back and barely touching it during my conference.

    I've read a few college football or NFL related books. Woody-Bo the 10 year war, one of Bobby Bowden's books, half of Ron Jawarski's book (it was excellent). The Bowden book was brutal. One of the worst, one sided, lame, repetitive books I have ever picked up. He basically says he and God won a whole lot of ball games despite the people that drove him out of FSU after all that hard work. I really hated that book more than I expected too. I got it at the library so it didn't cost a cent.

    I don't read much, to be honest.

    I want to finish Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I got half way through it a few years ago. It was weird but good in a way. I respect what the author was trying to do with this. I am pretty sure it has been copied, the style, what he was trying to do, by others but not as well. This was an interesting attempt at something. I am not sure it really worked though. I remember being a bit bored but I want to try this one again.

    But, like I said, I am really looking for some erotica.
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    Definitely give it another try. Its slow at points but has some great things to say.

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