What are you reading?

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:55 pm

Following my wife's lead, I've been buying my books on Kindle for about 5 years now. My daughter gave me the Kindle as a Christmas gift. I've told her several times the Kindle is one of my favorite and most useful gifts in a long time. We've got shelves of old books (pre-Kindle) gathering dust upstairs and one of these days I'll finally get around to boxing them up --- and --- ???

Same for the VCR carts and DVD discs.

What are your experiences and/or opinions in this regard?
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by CMur12 » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:46 pm

I'm definitely behind the times, Gary.

I still like printed books. It is much easier to skip around within the text than it is with a digital reader. (And I love my dictionaries.)
My phone is a prepaid flip-phone, which I use mainly for texts and secondarily for the occasional emergency call.
I still use a VCR every week to record programs that come on at a time inconvenient to view them. It still does the job that I need of it.
I still like to watch the occasional movie or documentary on DVD. I even have a couple of favorite old movies on videotape only.
I still shoot film cameras (35mm/135 and 120), though I bought a really nice used DSLR that I need to learn how to use. (It will complement the film cameras, not replace them.)
I also still like fountain pens and mechanical watches.

I used to be on top of all the latest technology, but it got to the point that there was existing tech that did the job with no need to upgrade purely for the sake of having the latest.

You think I might just be getting old? :mrgreen:

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Re: What are you reading?

Post by fallingwickets » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:00 am

washington black by esi edugyan
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Kyle76 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:51 am

brothers wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:55 pm
We've got shelves of old books (pre-Kindle) gathering dust upstairs and one of these days I'll finally get around to boxing them up --- and --- ???

Same for the VCR carts and DVD discs.

What are your experiences and/or opinions in this regard?
Gary, many public libraries accept donations. We have gotten rid of many books this way, but we continue to purchase, so our shelves remain full. That’s OK, though, I love the look of shelves full of books.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by jww » Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:34 pm

I've owned a Kobo in one form or another ever since they were introduced. I still have my favourite physical books, but as some of my well worn paper backs die, I am finding that I am replacing them on my Kobo.

My current read is Watership Down -- a long-time favourite that gets read every year or two. When the pages started falling out from the binding a year and a half ago, I determined to replace it on the Kobo the next time I wanted to pick it up. I like the convenience and lightweight feeling of an e-reader, but always have had mine in a cover so I get the sensation of actually holding what feels like a traditional book in my hands.

Back to Watership Down -- before anyone asks, no I haven't watched the BBC/Netflix show yet. I am waiting for when I can sit down and watch all the episodes back-2-back. I love this story - and even loved the original animated movie. My wife and I went on a date to see that when it first came out -- she fell asleep in the theatre, and I cried my eyes out --- all at 19 yrs old.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by Kyle76 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:20 pm

Current read is “The Game” by George Howe Colt about the 1968 Harvard-Yale football game, set against the backdrop of the social and political upheaval of the era. Colt is the author of one of my favorite books, “The Big House,” a memoir of the family beach house where he vacationed in his childhood. Anyone who summered at a special house, especially with friends or cousins, would appreciate “The Big House.”
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:44 pm

Midnight Line by Lee Child
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by churchilllafemme » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:21 pm

Tear It Down, a novel in the Peter Ash series by Nick Petrie. Quite good books, sort of thrillers but with a lot of character development.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by jww » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:35 pm

I know this is a reading post, but I have to say how disappointed I was with the BBC production of Watership Down. They took far too much liberty with the story line in the last 2 episodes. It could have been so much better.

Now - back to what I am reading. I picked up my wife's copy of Becoming by Michelle Obama. And regardless of what you think of her politics -- this is an outstanding read, and a story that is well worth telling. Really finding it a very good read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:42 pm

Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by TRBeck » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:18 pm

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection by Robert Farrar Capon
Spectacular prose, terrifically funny, quite insightful.

Leisure The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper
Quite readable as German philosophy goes and a delightful antidote to a culture of total work.

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
Not a call for Luddism so much as a reminder of what life was like as few as 10 (and as many as 2000) years ago...and could be again.
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Re: What are you reading?

Post by brothers » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:02 am

A Jade in Aries, by Donald Westlake
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