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hey guys.  I need some reading material for the winter break

 

give me a list of your top 5 novels.  ever

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hey guys.  I need some reading material for the winter break

 

give me a list of your top 5 novels.  ever

 

A book well worth reading is 1984 by George Orwell. I actually enjoyed reading that during High School and had to be one of the most influential reads of all time. You should give Malcom Gladwell a shot with Outliers and his other books that touch on similar, yet different material. I don't know why, but The Secret Garden has to be my favorite of ALL time... I remember reading it as a child, and every time I re-read it I seem to enjoy it more and more, but that's slowly slowing down as I probably read it tens of times.

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I can't read anything until A Memory of Light gets here on January 8.....20 years to complete the series!

 

Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson

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The Death Pit by Tony Strong.  Witches, murder, drama in the English countryside. Kinda fun.

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book cover of  Buried Prey   (Lucas Davenport, book 21) by John Sandford

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This completes the Lucas Davenport mystery series. At least until May when book #23, Silken Prey is published.

 

book cover of  Stolen Prey   (Lucas Davenport, book 22) by John Sandford

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Reading William Gibson's Pattern Recognition.

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Going to the movie Thursday, and I haven't read these books in roughly 25 years, so time for a refresher!

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Unintended Consequences by John Ross


I cant find a copy of this that doesn't cost hundreds....

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A book everyone should read.

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i think its high time i joined this thread, being the avid reader that i am.

my favorite books are "atlas shrugged" by ayn rand and "the lord of the barnyard" by tristan egolf and im currently enjoying "the book thief" by markus zusak. last book i read was "the 100 year old man who stepped out the window and disappeared" by jonas jonason, i thought it was a brilliant read, very intertaining. anyone got anything good to recommend me? i seem to like the dark cynical books. not a fan of science fiction or detective/thriller books. anyone else read any of the books i mentioned?

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1000

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4X's over the last 10 years I have read this book.  My favorite "first person nonfiction book."

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book cover of  1st to Die   (Women's Murder Club, book 1) by James Patterson

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Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America 

 

Cullen Murphy

 

 

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Are We Rome?: Fall of an Empire, Fate of America

May 22, 2007
Cullen Murphy editor at large, Vanity Fair

Esteemed editor and author Cullen Murphy ventures past the pundit's rhetoric to draw nuanced lessons about how we might avoid Rome's demise.

The rise and fall of ancient Rome has been on American minds from the beginning of our republic. Today we focus less on the Roman republic than on the empire that took its place. Depending on who's doing the talking, the history of Rome serves either as a triumphal call to action, or as a dire warning of imminent collapse.

Working on a canvas that extends far beyond the issue of an overstretched military, Murphy reveals a wide array of similarities between the two empires: the blinding, insular culture of our capitals; the debilitating effect of corruption; the paradoxical issue of borders; and the weakening of the body politic through various forms of privatization. Most pressingly, he argues that we most resemble Rome in the burgeoning corruption of our government and in our arrogant ignorance of the world outside: two things that are in our power to change. In lively, richly detailed historical stories based on the latest scholarship, the ancient world leaps to life and casts our own contemporary world in a provocative new light.

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