Teadrinker has me wondering about your reading habits... Want to answer some of my questions

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Teadrinker has me wondering about your reading habits... Want to answer some of my questions
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Sun, 02-20-2011 - 12:38pm

Since we all are readers, and I'm curious,

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What 5 books you would choose out of your readings to re read say.. Take to a desert island...

1) Collected works of Shakespeare

2) Something by Tolstoy... I read "War and Peace" in Russian (with an English copy by my side) when my Russian was much, much better. I liked Anna Karenina more (I didn't read it in the original) but they're the kind of books that work when you can really, really take your time. Plus, my Russian (which I learned 25 years ago) would come back.. maybe?

3) Don Quixote - I first read this as an exchange student in Spain and didn't get through it. Okay, that was the only time, I just tried twice and gave up (my Spanish wasn't up to it and my exchange family didn't speak English). So, it's a classic I've always thought I'd revisit, but never have.

4) Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri - I know her characters/stories are all similar, but I love the sound of her literary voice.

5) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

But of course, now as I write this list I am immediately thinking of all the books I'd have to leave. I don't know. This question is too hard.

which book do you want to be?

that's hard too... maybe Shakespeare, because that's meant to be read aloud. CS Lewis perhaps? I love the cadence of his writings...

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That's a hard question. I have read,of course, all of the classic fictions lby Dickens, D.H. Lawrence,Austen,Hardy,Tolken etc.. I actually like Shakespeare because it has to be "intrepreted" and

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5 books I'd take to a desert island... that's a toughie!

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"I enjoy biographies because,honestly, the lives of real people can be more interesting and thought provoking that any fictional character."

That is true, and I should read more biographies.

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Yea, didn`t every girl of a certain age read Nancy Drew. I did.

There is an excellent book , Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat.

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Hi Theresa,

I have found trying to figure out my own answers a hard process!

I asked my husband to help me think about the 451 question... As to which book to memorize too.. He said he would pick the Lord of the Rings Trilogy... I

'm leaning more to a utilitarian view Joy of Cooking!

We did not get to talk about the 5 books for my deserted island before he went out of town for the week

the first that comes to my mind

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Hi teadrinker,

I joined a non fiction book club... Has been interesting to see how much harder it is for the club to reach a consensus on the books to read each month then the fiction group.We are discussing the Radioactive Boyscout by Ken Silverstein this month.

Last month we did Shakespeare by Ackroyd. I have not read all the Bard's works, I did get the audio Will in the World too.

... My girlhood heroine was Trixie Belden. Did anyone else read her series? Then I moved into my Granny's Agatha Christie books.


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For another look into Islamic women, couple years ago we passed around in the Land of the Invisible Women written by a woman doctor working in Saudi.

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Hi Sam

good choice with Heinlein!

I am only all that I Grok :smileywink:

I grew up on Wouk too! Margorie Morningstar and Don't Stop the Carnival come to mind!We went on the In the Garden of Good and Evil tour in Savannah!

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He said he would pick the Lord of the Rings Trilogy...

I loved The Hobbit, but didn't really get into the LOTR, but interestingly, I'm reading a ton more fantasy now, because ds10 loves it - he adored the LOTR, Narnia, Eragon/Eldest/Brisinger (he's still getting through Brisinger, all 23 CDs! worth), Artemis Fowl,

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