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Friday, December 14, 2007

Read any good books lately?

"Bedtime Story" by Jim Daly

I have been what one might term a voracious reader for quite some time now.

I'm always reading something, often (usually) more than one thing at a time...most days I read one of the many magazines to which I'm subscribed, in addition to my books.

In the "reading room" at home is an historical novel, based on actual events.

In my lunchbox, for reading at lunchtime (go figure!) and on break, I'm currently in the middle of a Dean Koontz novel. I've read a lot of his stuff; he's one of a select few authors that makes me have to look words up occasionally.

Anyway, on the subject of reading, there's a great website with over 20,000 free books.

It's called the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.

I haven't read too much there (yet) but plan to.

Looks like hours (and hours!) of enjoyment.

Check it out...


Blogger mig said...

I have seen the site but I have a hard time reading off the computer, ink is expensive but it is a great resource for books, read a chapter or two and see if its' worth purchasing. Nothing worse than buying a book and being disappointed by the style or content of the author.

I have been reading like a mad woman lately. Mostly history. Either of Christianity or American Founding Fathers. I am currently reading a book on Thomas Jefferson. I am not crazy about the style but by the fourth chapter am getting into the rythm of the author. I finnished a book on both Hamilton and Adams not to long ago and decided I admire Hamilton and appreciate Adams. I read a bio on Marth Washington which was good, 5th grade level so it went fast. Also a book on Washington called Sacred that I haven't started yet but is sitting on my nightstand with a book on Thomas Merton.

Love reading.

December 14, 2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Reading is one of the great pleasures of life. It is informative and sparks the imagination. I have loved to read since I was a child. Lately, I've been on a "conservative political author" kick. Mark Levin's "Men in Black" is very good, and anything by Bernard Goldberg can be highly recommended. I'll also have to read Ann Coulter's newest...so much to read, so little time.

December 14, 2007 11:16 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Just finished Justice Thomas' autobiography. It was pretty good.

December 14, 2007 11:22 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

I am three books into the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, an eight book compendium. I highly recommend it. It is fictionalized history-the best of both worlds!

December 14, 2007 1:16 PM  
Blogger benning said...

I downloaded a Tom Swift novel and an Edgar Rice Burroughs tome from Gutenberg. As MIG says it's not the most fun reading a novel on a monitor, but it's a nice way to recapture a lost book from years ago!

December 14, 2007 7:27 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

I have a (bad?) habit of printing things out at work; call it a fringe benefit.

It does sound as though you've been reading "like a mad woman", but that's a good thing, from my perspective. I love reading, too.

Reading is everything you said. I often read up on a place I'm going, to get an idea of what to do and see while I'm there. When I took up sailing I learnt a lot about it from reading, although there truly is no substitute for "hands on" experience.

I've read a few biographies and autobiographies over the years.
Naturally the entertainment value varies depending upon the writing ability of the author and the life being chronicled.

Thanks for the recommendation - I'll make a note of it.

As I said to mig, printing things out is an option. I do it at work, but it could also be done at home...which would still be cheaper than buying the books, ink cartridges notwithstanding.

OTOH, I don't have a problem reading off of a monitor...

December 15, 2007 8:31 AM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Reading is wonderful. I, too, hugely enjoy Koontz. In fact, I am rereading One Door Away From Heaven as we speak.

Pat and I both love history, historical fiction, sci-fi, and biographies. I read a lot of non-fiction as well (Men in Black was great). Pat just had me read the six prequels to Dune, as well as Dune, itself. (I slept through the movie twice).

Thanks for the chance to vent.

December 20, 2007 7:17 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

The latest book that I've been taking to work in my lunchbox is a sci-fi one.

But if that's what you call venting, feel free to do so at any time...

December 22, 2007 1:37 PM  

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