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A thread for books

Post by Xexos » 6 months ago

So guys, i've decided to take a break from video games and anime/tv shows (which would be very hard), due to the negative impact they have on my life. I also have decided to listen to music less frequently because i've become an addict and i always have headaches from the headphones.

My next cope or way to pass time would be reading books. Books are great for knowledge, maturing, getting life experience, and many other benefits.

ITT i want you to recommend me your favorite books that you think i should read, and try to pick something that would be easy to get into because i'm kinda a noob when it comes to books because i've not read many books before.

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Re: A thread for books

Post by That Guy » 6 months ago

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Good starting point.

I've also been reading the Witcher books. They're good.

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Re: A thread for books

Post by blackg » 6 months ago

Books are overrated. I'd rather read The Daily Mail.
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Re: A thread for books

Post by Afro_Vacancy » 6 months ago

Stan22 wrote:
6 months ago
So guys, i've decided to take a break from video games and anime/tv shows (which would be very hard), due to the negative impact they have on my life. I also have decided to listen to music less frequently because i've become an addict and i always have headaches from the headphones.

My next cope or way to pass time would be reading books. Books are great for knowledge, maturing, getting life experience, and many other benefits.

ITT i want you to recommend me your favorite books that you think i should read, and try to pick something that would be easy to get into because i'm kinda a noob when it comes to books because i've not read many books before.
For fiction, I'd recommend:
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The second one is easier to read, so you can start with that one. The first one is frequently stated to be the greatest science fiction novel ever written, the writer took six years to research everything and plan and it's well-written. But it's a difficult read. It imagines a very distant future.

Foundation also imagines a distant future, but it has a simpler plot. The Galactic Empire is on the verge of collapse, and a historian realizes that nothing can be done to stop the collapse. So he's doing what he can to try and shorten the inevitable dark ages.

For non-fiction, buy any used copy of a college textbook on the history of western civilization. They're usually split into two, the first part covering up to the year 1789 AD, and the second part covering the years following 1789 AD. Millions of people have read those, and so the books should be available cheap if you buy them used:
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You can learn the basics of history and thus be likely to fall into the trap of just assigning random attributes to western civilization. It's the greatest story ever told. And don't worry you should see yourself reflected in it, as the near east and Egypt have both contributed to the history of the west. The Roman Empire, for example was largely reliant on Egyptian grain.

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Re: A thread for books

Post by pjhair » 6 months ago

Stan22 wrote:
6 months ago
So guys, i've decided to take a break from video games and anime/tv shows (which would be very hard), due to the negative impact they have on my life. I also have decided to listen to music less frequently because i've become an addict and i always have headaches from the headphones.

My next cope or way to pass time would be reading books. Books are great for knowledge, maturing, getting life experience, and many other benefits.

ITT i want you to recommend me your favorite books that you think i should read, and try to pick something that would be easy to get into because i'm kinda a noob when it comes to books because i've not read many books before.
For fiction I will strongly recommend Wheel of Time in addition to Lord of the rings and Harry Potter.

The most interesting non-fiction book that I have ever read is Why does the world exist, written by philosopher Jim Holt. In the book he goes to worlds greatest physicists, philosophers and theologians and asks them their thoughts on the question why is there something rather than nothing. He interviewed likes of Roger Penrose, Steven Weinberg, etc. It was fascinating to peek into the minds of some of the most intelligent people alive.

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Re: A thread for books

Post by kj6723 » 6 months ago

pjhair wrote:
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For fiction I will strongly recommend Wheel of Time in addition to Lord of the rings and Harry Potter.

The most interesting non-fiction book that I have ever read is Why does the world exist, written by philosopher Jim Holt. In the book he goes to worlds greatest physicists, philosophers and theologians and asks them their thoughts on the question why is there something rather than nothing. He interviewed likes of Roger Penrose, Steven Weinberg, etc. It was fascinating to peek into the minds of some of the most intelligent people alive.
Wheel of Time is amazing

Have you read any of Sanderson's Stormlight Archive books?

Currently I'm reading the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Re: A thread for books

Post by Uncle Grandfather » 6 months ago

Stan22 wrote:
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and i always have headaches from the headphones
Have you tried earbuds? Joking aside, I'd strongly recommend the works of Seicho Matsumoto. He mainly wrote crime stories if you're into that. If I had to recommend just one book of his, I'd recommend Inspector Imanishi Investigates.
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Re: A thread for books

Post by Grasshopper » 6 months ago

kj6723 wrote:
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Wheel of Time is amazing

Have you read any of Sanderson's Stormlight Archive books?

Currently I'm reading the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
All my favourites. I second that.
Currently reading the ancillary series by Ann leckie. Good stuff as well but more sci fi. Great thoughts about identity.
The main character is a spaceship ai. Her identity spreads over a small army of soldiers who had their mind deleted. Basically like the borg from first contact.

Oh, and I listen to all books now, either through piracy or audible. That way I read while doing the dishes commuting or cleaning my flat.

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Re: A thread for books

Post by C4L » 6 months ago

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Re: A thread for books

Post by pjhair » 6 months ago

kj6723 wrote:
6 months ago
Wheel of Time is amazing

Have you read any of Sanderson's Stormlight Archive books?

Currently I'm reading the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Not yet but I plan to. I thought about reading it right after finishing Wheel of Time as I was really impressed by the last three installments of the series. However, only Way of the Kings was out at the time. I like to binge read when I start a series so I am waiting for more installments to come out before I start reading it.

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Re: A thread for books

Post by EvilLocks » 6 months ago

Stan22 wrote:
6 months ago
So guys, i've decided to take a break from video games and anime/tv shows (which would be very hard), due to the negative impact they have on my life. I also have decided to listen to music less frequently because i've become an addict and i always have headaches from the headphones.

My next cope or way to pass time would be reading books. Books are great for knowledge, maturing, getting life experience, and many other benefits.

ITT i want you to recommend me your favorite books that you think i should read, and try to pick something that would be easy to get into because i'm kinda a noob when it comes to books because i've not read many books before.
It's been a long time since I read a book but I remember The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini was pretty good.
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Re: A thread for books

Post by kj6723 » 5 months ago

pjhair wrote:
6 months ago
Not yet but I plan to. I thought about reading it right after finishing Wheel of Time as I was really impressed by the last three installments of the series. However, only Way of the Kings was out at the time. I like to binge read when I start a series so I am waiting for more installments to come out before I start reading it.
Nice, gotcha. Yea I’m a slow reader so for me reading one of those books is basically binging :D

Way of King’s blew me away and the other 2 are fantastic as well

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Re: A thread for books

Post by C4L » 5 months ago

kafka – the castle

not sure why but this book made above my expectations

not an easy reading though
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You will not be disappointed by these books. Although with Camus & Nietzsche its worth reading a synopsis first.
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