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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    The top 10 books people pretend to have read, in order, are: “1984,” by George Orwell; “War and Peace,” by Leo Tolstoy; “Ulysses,” by James Joyce; the Bible; “Madame Bovary,” by Gustave Flaubert; “A Brief History of Time,” by Stephen Hawking; “Midnight’s Children,” by Salman Rushdie; “In Remembrance of Things Past,” by Marcel Proust; “Dreams from My Father,” by Barack Obama; and “The Selfish Gene,” by Richard Dawkins.
    Funny.

    I confess I haven't read any of those except the Bible. I am quite familiar with Orwell (although not 1984), and anything he writes is both worth reading and easy to read. Joyce is famous for being difficult.

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    Velvet Elvis, God Wants to save Christians-Rob Bell
    anything by tony campolo
    blue like jazz-Donald Miller
    (above are the "life changer" types of books that help mold who you are.

    As far as fiction I really recommend Ted Dekker, Dean Koontz and James Patterson,
    when I just want to be entertained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matclone View Post
    Funny.

    I confess I haven't read any of those except the Bible. I am quite familiar with Orwell (although not 1984), and anything he writes is both worth reading and easy to read. Joyce is famous for being difficult.
    I was going to say, I haven't read any of them either.

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    Since my youth I have tended to get hooked on authors, When I was 11 or 12 I read all of the "Chip Hilton" books by Clair Bee and all of the John R Tunis baseball books. I've pretty much read all of Irving, Steinbeck, Vonnegut (I love Slaughterhouse Five) and Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). My "guilty pleasure" is Robert Parker. I've read every one of his books and I've read most of the "Spenser" books at least twice.

    For the last 5 or 6 years, I've been reading a lot of history and biography, generally about the founding of America or Teddy Roosevelt. Right now I'm in the middle of Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwins' book about Lincoln and his cabinet.

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    I have read 1984 and thought it was excellent.

    I started A Brief History of Time but school got in the way and I never finished it. It was interesting stuff to be sure, but maybe it's better if you have no prior knowledge of the subject to begin with, because the for first few chapters it felt like I'd read everything before. Actually, I bought it together with The Universe in a Nutshell and I honestly can't remember which one I was reading.

    I actually would like to read War and Peace sometime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gg121and2 View Post
    Since my youth I have tended to get hooked on authors, When I was 11 or 12 I read all of the "Chip Hilton" books by Clair Bee and all of the John R Tunis baseball books. I've pretty much read all of Irving, Steinbeck, Vonnegut (I love Slaughterhouse Five) and Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). My "guilty pleasure" is Robert Parker. I've read every one of his books and I've read most of the "Spenser" books at least twice.

    For the last 5 or 6 years, I've been reading a lot of history and biography, generally about the founding of America or Teddy Roosevelt. Right now I'm in the middle of Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwins' book about Lincoln and his cabinet.
    Wow, with Irving, Steinbeck, Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, you have listed almost all my favorite authors. I have read all of Vonnegut and Robbins and virtually everything by Steinbeck (maybe missing one book). I have probably read 90% of Irving's stuff...just finished Son of the Circus, which I did not like as much as his other stuff.

    Anne Tyler and Larry McMurtry are my other favorite fiction writers.

    Team of Rivals has been of my list to read for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    Wow, with Irving, Steinbeck, Vonnegut and Tom Robbins, you have listed almost all my favorite authors. I have read all of Vonnegut and Robbins and virtually everything by Steinbeck (maybe missing one book). I have probably read 90% of Irving's stuff...just finished Son of the Circus, which I did not like as much as his other stuff.

    Anne Tyler and Larry McMurtry are my other favorite fiction writers.

    Team of Rivals has been of my list to read for a long time.
    I've read 4 of McMurtry's books - love them. Re. Irving - Have you read Widow for One Year? It's probably my favorite Irving book since A Prayer for Owen Meany or Cider Houes Rules.

    BTW - whenever I complete a business project I always say, "On to the next." as in Owen Meany

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