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Books to read
« on: February 03, 2005, 07:19:07 AM »
Ok, I know we have a book list going around for books to read about law school or before law school.   How about just a list of books to read that are moving, inspirational, excellent, etc. ??  can be fiction or non-fiction.  Please chime in.  Here is my summer book list (without the law school books included)

TITLE                     AUTHOR

1)  My Grandfather’s Blessings           Rachel Naomi Remen
2)  Faithful                  Stephen King & Stuart O’Nan
3)  The Alchemist               Paulo Coelho
4)  Kitchen Table Wisdom            Rachel Naomi Remen
5)  It’s not about the Bike            Lance Armstrong
6)  Three Weeks with my Brother         Nicholas Sparks
7)  Skipping Christmas            John Grisham
8)  DaVinci Code               Dan Brown
9)  Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince      J.K. Rowling
10)  Blink
11)  The Tipping Point
12)  Quarter-Life Crisis
13)  The Life of Reilly            Rick Reilly
14)  7 Habits of Highly Effective People
15)  The 8th Habit
16)  Who moved my Cheese?
17)  Fish!
18)  Nickel and Dimed
19)  Conquering your Quarter Life Crisis
20)  Live like you were Dying
21)  Christmas Shoes
22)  Good to Great
23)  Hearts touched with Fire
24)  Think and Grow Rich
25)  The World According to Mr. Rogers
26)  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
27)  The Five Love Languages
28)  If …
29)  Choice
30)  I thought we’d never speak again
31)  Chasing Rumi
32)  I hate you.  Don’t leave me.


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Re: Books to read
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2005, 07:31:57 AM »
1) Brothers Karamozv - Dostoevsky
2) Foucault's Pendulum - Eco
3) Beezlebub Tales to his Grandson - Gurdjieff

Re: Books to read
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2005, 07:50:37 AM »
I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb

It's the best book I've ever read.


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Re: Books to read
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2005, 07:57:16 AM »
Great call on Foucault's Pendulum.  That book is what The DaVinci Code tried to be, and written by an author capable of constructing coherent sentences with more than 10 words in them.  The DaVinci Code is popular because it lets mundane people feel intelligent by talking about complicated subjects in the most pedestrian manner possible.  Just my humble opinion.  Umberto Eco is a tough read (imagine the first time you checked out The Sound and the Fury and said 'this sentence is three pages long for god's sake'), but really intellectually rewarding, and fun to boot.  

Other reading materials I've enjoyed recently:
2)Thank You For Smoking
3)Book of Illusions (and any other Paul Auster for that matter)
4)Field Work (a recent Seamus Heaney collection)
5)The Atlantic, every month.  The day this shows up on my doorstep is like christmas.

Re: Books to read
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2005, 07:57:34 AM »
This Boy's Life, Tobias Wolf
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint, Brady Udall


Re: Books to read
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2005, 08:03:01 AM »

The best book I've ever read.  Orwell=genious.


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Re: Books to read
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2005, 08:18:51 AM »
Boston, I love that book too.  I was very surprised because I wasn't too impressed with She's Come Undone (I think that's the title), which was Lamb's first book.  I'm glad I didn't pass up on I Know This Much Is True.

I hate hyped up novels; it loses its appeal to me because I end up expecting way too much out of the book, like the Da Vinci Code was not as exciting for me. That said, I really enjoyed Life of Pi, ven though it seems to be 'the book to read', it still captured my attention. Here are my picks:

1)  Life of Pi
2)  I Captured the Castle (a girly book.  if you like Pride and Prejudice though, I think you'd like this one)
3)  Sophie's World ( for people who are into philosophy this may not be too exciting since it's kind of like a beginners course, but since I knew nothing about the subject when I started I found it helpful)
4)  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (lots of people don't like this one but it entertained me)
5)  Atlas Shrugged (read it years ago so don't try t argue with me about it, i just know i loved it book then)
6)  The Time Traveler's Wife
7)  Conversations with God (hey it worked for me!)


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Re: Books to read
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2005, 08:29:57 AM »
I tried to read Foucault's Pendulum when I was in Italy, but eh. I thought maybe it was just because the Italian was too hard, but I couldn't get it in English either. I'm told he's a bit of a 'one hit wonder' (meaning The Name of the Rose)


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Re: Books to read
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2005, 08:30:27 AM »
oops, forgot a couple I really liked:

9)  Atonement
10) Of Human Bondage
11) The Namesake

sorry, i'm crap at remembering authors.