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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old July 2nd, 2005, 14:19 Thread Starter
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Holiday reading

The summer has started and for many people this is the perfect occasion to catch up with that pile of books that has been building up during the rest of the year. Which books will you be reading this summer, or which books do you recommand others to read during their hollidays?
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old July 2nd, 2005, 16:34
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If you are going to a beach, bring some crap like Jackie Collins or my friend Danielle Steel (seriously, she's a horrible writer but a very nice lady), since you shouldn't let all that sun and surf go to waste by thinking.

I'm going to take one of the volumes of Neil Stephenson's Baroque Triology with me for the long airplane trip, since I have heard it is the type of work I'll like (digressive and full of a lot of history geekery) but not one I'll love so much I won't mind if I left it on a train bench somewhere. The only possible drawback: 1000 pages or more could lead to another shoulder injury coupled with not having a fulltime personal porter or anything like that.

You could do worse than reading God's Fifth Column by William Gerhardie. It's great and you can just start reading it any point in the narrative, since it is episodic.

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
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I'm at least thinking of reading Joe Speedboot. For the rest I'm still arranging my list of books.
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I don't really know, I guess I'll catch up with the history books that are quite a lot in my lib. May be try to search for some good classics I've missed as well.
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I went for Joe Speedboot, Komt een vrouw bij de dokter, De Vreemdeling (Camus) and Het Proces (Kafka). So two classics and 2 (quite) new Dutch books.
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I don't know 'Komt een vrouw bij de dokter'. Tell me what you think about Joe Speedboot, it's a book I thought about reading, but hesistated (went for something else) for some reason.
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Next month my friend. I've to read them first.
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post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old July 11th, 2005, 14:54
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I read The Sicilian by Mario Puzo and The Claim by John Grisham while I was on holiday in Spain. I liked both books a lot, both books forced me to keep on reading till it was finished. I'm just finished another book by John Grisham, I believe the English title is 'Skipping Christmas', I haven't read such a piece of crap for a long time... I should have read the cover more carefully

I started on 'The Last Don' by Mario Puzo last night, I've only read the prologue so I can't say much about it.

Next book on the list: Omerta by Mario Puzo
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The last book I read was Dostoyevsky's "Crime and punishment". I'm sorta open to ideas at the moment, nothing on the horizon.

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Buy this one, you'll love it. : http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

It's entertaining, informative and light reading. Perfect for vacation.

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I got myself "Saturday" by Ian McEwan and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Saffron Foer. So along with "The John Henry Days" (Colson Whitehead) that will be my reading in the summer
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I have a month and half of holyday(even though it's winter here) and I plan reading many books, but the "big vacation book" will probably be War and Peace by Tolstoi.

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"The John Henry Days" (Colson Whitehead) that will be my reading in the summer
was good, I thought

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
And my favorite song's entitled "Boredom"...
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post #14 of 29 (permalink) Old July 14th, 2005, 16:01
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I read The Sicilian by Mario Puzo and The Claim by John Grisham while I was on holiday in Spain. I liked both books a lot, both books forced me to keep on reading till it was finished. I'm just finished another book by John Grisham, I believe the English title is 'Skipping Christmas', I haven't read such a piece of crap for a long time... I should have read the cover more carefully

I started on 'The Last Don' by Mario Puzo last night, I've only read the prologue so I can't say much about it.

Next book on the list: Omerta by Mario Puzo
Hehe funny I love the Sicilian(reading it right now),such a good book.And I read Omerta and The last Don before The Sicilian.Which is the best one of Mario Puzo's books IMO.

I got a weird (new)habit of that If I read one book of a writer and really like it or love it,then I must read several of his other books.Recently read all of Nick Hornby's books(he hasnt written many).One book left til I finish Mario Puzo's books,.Read two of Doughlas Adams books (Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy - my favourite book,and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency).Reading Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray,anyone can recommend other Oscar Wilde books?

Before someone thinks I'm a freak I dont read much throughout the year,just sometimes in the winter and everytime I have nothing else to do in the summer,in other words,a typical Holiday reader(and wen taking any sorts of collective transportations).I think I'll wait til next summer before I start with Tolstoy's stuff Next authort I'm going through is Chuck Palahniuk (the author of fight club,already read two of his books).

Instead of asking of a book,any author you recommend?

P.S I thought it was obvious for everyone,but John Grisham is really a crap author I should know,read most his crap wen I was young.

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Hehe funny I love the Sicilian(reading it right now),such a good book.And I read Omerta and The last Don before The Sicilian.Which is the best one of Mario Puzo's books IMO.
I'm not really getting into the story with 'The Last Don', I haven't read that much but I'm not getting 'sucked' into the story like with 'The Sicilian'. I hope it will happen later on

You did read 'The Godfather', right? Really a great book, partly because of the movies

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P.S I thought it was obvious for everyone,but John Grisham is really a crap author I should know,read most his crap wen I was young.
I really liked 'The Claim', I haven't read any other of his stuff (apart from the dreadful 'Skipping Christmas' )
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P.S I thought it was obvious for everyone,but John Grisham is really a crap author I should know,read most his crap wen I was young.
A Time to Kill was pretty engaging.

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You did read 'The Godfather', right? Really a great book, partly because of the movies
Great book. Even better than the movie, which I absolutely love. The best part of the book is the fact that they go deeper into several characters such as Johnny Fontane. Really a must read for fans of the movie.


Personally I wanted to read a lot this holiday, but since I work 40 hours this vacation, I'm often too tired in the evening to read. I started on Seymour Hersh's "Chain of Command - The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib".

As the subtitles suggests, it describes everything that has happened in American (foreign) politics over the last years; Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib scandal, the failure of the intelligence services with 9/11, the Iraq war. Really intriguing, but I'm only at page 40.

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Bought Michael Owen's Autobiography - Off the record and Dan Browns Digital Fortress during my hollidays in England, so I'll go with them this summer.
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I think I'll read this summer more books in the way of the past year; when I get bored I'll read Clive Cussler's, but I'll get Nicholas Wilcox's when I get more deeply bored!
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