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    What's on your bookshelf?

    So recently I have been labelled as a little odd by work colleagues for the kinds of books I like to read. So I thought I'd see what sorts of literature the rest of the community likes to read when not tapping away on the keyboard.

    As this is a tech forum I should probably include literature that is on you kindle or whatever other gadgets maybe holding it. Personally, I like good old fashioned books on a shelf - theres a satisfying element for me in being able to look upon the knowledge I have amassed in one place (even if it never gets to fully reside in my brain).

    So yeah, I'll start off then...

    I dont read fiction anymore - only the hard facts (or informed conjecture on facts anyway). I have a soft spot for Science based books (particularly physics based), philosophy from through the ages (you can pick up some real bargains in this are at car boot sales), and then a mass of other texts that are subjects that just look interesting.

    Currently reading a book on the philosophy of sartre (not one of his original texts). Mind boggling stuff.

    What does everyone else like?

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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    Fiction mainly...

    I don't know, I cannot enjoy philosophy, biographies or such, but I can read some scientific books sometimes, and I read a lot of tech literature.

    My book pool is really small, I used to borrow from the library a lot before I moved on, so I never bothered to buy books.

    - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (All 5)
    - The Lord of The Rings Trilogy
    - Tales of Fire and Ice
    - The Battle of the Apocalipse (approximate translation. Is a fiction book by an Brazilian author about the Demon and Angel battles on the modern times, in a setting pretty much like the RPG In Nomine)
    - The Chronicles of Dragonlance
    - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (my sister had this book, and when I was really young I read a Disney comic story called "The Adventures of Mickey Sawyer", then I had to borrow the book from her to read, and never returned it back. I was 9 at the time)
    - The Universe in a Nutshell
    - Lots of RPG books
    - Lots of tech books

    As I'm about to buy a Kindle, my collection may grow up, but this list can give a sample of my tastes.
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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    Currently I'm reading JavaScript Patterns and The Quiet American.

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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermouse View Post

    My book pool is really small, I used to borrow from the library a lot before I moved on, so I never bothered to buy books.
    Ah the library - a sadly underused resource these days. I dont live anywhere near one so I dont really feel able to use one anymore.

    Hitchikers guide is a classic series - as is the lord of the rings. Its been a while since I read any of them. Reminds me of being young again.........

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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    Just finished reading Tales of Fire and Ice on my Kindle, look forward to the next book in the series.

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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    My bookshelf is mainly full of dvds, wii ganes, toys and trading cards, but I have boys aged nine and ten.

    As to what I like reading, I enjoy historical stories. Not so much fiction set in history or biographies of historical characters. More historical stories told as a narrative.

    For example

    The Ice Master - Jennifer Niven

    http://explorenorth.com/library/weekly/aa120800a.htm

    or

    In The Heart Of The Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick

    http://www.bookreporter.com/reviews/...haleship-essex

    That sort of stuff.....

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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    The cat!

    everything else is on the floor now.


    currently reading "The Diary Of Samuel Marchbanks" by Robertson Davies
    Last edited by winh8r; February 11th, 2012 at 10:06 PM.

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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    Suffice it to say I have many books

    I am currently reading the Millenium trilogy.
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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    1. a brief history of time
    2. barnett's manual of bicycle repair
    3. cambridge handbook of physics formulas
    4. demon-haunted world
    5. gödel, escher, bach: an eternal golden braid
    6. hidden order: the economics of everyday life
    7. into thin air
    8. intuitive ic op amps
    9. lonesome dove
    10. microwave and rf design
    11. morrow guide to knots
    12. oxford companion to beer
    13. philip's atlas of the universe
    14. roadside geology of washington state
    15. surely you’re joking, mr. feynman
    16. synergetics
    17. ubuntu complete reference
    18. undaunted courage
    19. zen mind, beginner's mind

    the to-be-read stack:

    1. constructing reality: quantum theory and particle physics
    2. how designers think
    3. incomplete nature: how mind emerged from matter
    4. the handmaid's tale

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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?

    Many books, several with a religious feel, 200+ DVDs, and assorted semi-discarded VHS tapes, phones and other gadgets.
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