I don't read enough

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My favorite novel is Ender's Game. That seems like a problem to me.

Last time I made a concerted effort to read more, I got through The Grapes of Wrath (fucking great), Things Fall Apart (also great), A Tale of Two Cities (meh), and then crashed against the rocks with Blood Meridian. A combination of starting grad school and Blood Meridian being a difficult read meant I didn't finish it.

Since grad school (which ended four years ago), I've read like five books. It's ridiculous. So instead of running through a gauntlet of classics, I've decided to follow my nose and get back into Asimov. I dipped a pinky toe in the Foundation universe as a teenager, and I want more. Unfortunately, I'm a completist, and I always want to start at the beginning if I can, so I will be reading some of his less popular short stories and novels set in this universe. It's very possible I will become bored, discouraged, and stop reading.

I don't know what you guys can do to help me with this effort, because I'm not sure it's possible to ridicule me more than you already do in case I stop reading.
Jul 30, 2015 10:19 AM
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You seem ready for some Ayn Rand.
Jul 30, 2015 10:20 AM
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I was seriously going to ask if EG was still your favorite book after I read that in a 2009 thread earlier. You should read more, Jean.
Jul 30, 2015 10:22 AM
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ejYou seem ready for some Ayn Rand.

I know this is a joke, but if anyone asks if I have read [author] or [book], the answer is very likely "no." And I want to be a writer. Not good!
Jul 30, 2015 10:22 AM
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I just finished Slaughterhouse-Five, which is the first thing I've read by Vonnegut. I didn't "like" it, per se.
Jul 30, 2015 10:24 AM
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Read The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien. It's not long, but has a lot of depth. Funny, metafictional, bicycles. 
Jul 30, 2015 10:24 AM
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I'm really curious about The Book of the New Sun. I'll probably read that after I get through a few Asimov books.
Jul 30, 2015 10:27 AM
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My takeaway from this thread is that you preferred Ender's Game to The Grapes of Wrath.
Jul 30, 2015 10:30 AM
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I'm also very slowly working my way through Lone Wolf and Cub right now, which makes Frank Miller's output look like some kind of Rainbow Brite, Care Bear bullshit.
Jul 30, 2015 10:30 AM
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JeanI just finished Slaughterhouse-Five, which is the first thing I've read by Vonnegut. I didn't "like" it, per se.

My favorite high school reading list book. You're a real Billy Pilgrim, Jean. Just without the character building hardship. 
Jul 30, 2015 10:34 AM
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NimChimpskyMy takeaway from this thread is that you preferred Ender's Game to The Grapes of Wrath.

Oh damn, I should have actually read the entire OP.
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NimChimpskyMy takeaway from this thread is that you preferred Ender's Game to The Grapes of Wrath.

Oh damn, I should have actually read the entire OP.

You don't read enough. 
Jul 30, 2015 10:36 AM
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All of my reading over the past 5 years has consisted of reading to my son.  I haven't sat down to read an honest-to-goodness adult book since he was born.    I'd like to be able to say I don't read because there's no time but the truth is that my time just comes in smaller chunks now and I find that an unsatisfying way to read a novel.  Curiously, I was also halfway through Blood Meridian when I stopped.  It was pretty terrific, so I really need to go back and start it over.

Unrelated: My son is six now so we're working through Raold Dahl books. I hadn't read any in over 30 years so didn't remember any details, so when we got a bit into the second Wonka book we had to stop. I mean wow... it was so racist, guys.
Jul 30, 2015 10:37 AM
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I think part of my problem is that when I do pick something I want to read, it's either Volume 1 of way too many (Lone Wolf and Cub, Asimov's Foundation universe), or it's 1000 pages with appendices and footnotes (Cryptonomicon, Infinite Jest).

Another part of my problem is that I would rather dick around on the internet than do most other things.
Jul 30, 2015 10:38 AM
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JeanAnother part of my problem is that I would rather dick around on the internet than do most other things.

Coincidentally, that's a big part of our problem, too.
Jul 30, 2015 10:39 AM
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 JeanI just finished Slaughterhouse-Five, which is the first thing I've read by Vonnegut. I didn't "like" it, per se.

My favorite high school reading list book. You're a real Billy Pilgrim, Jean. Just without the character building hardship. 

Billy Pilgrim went through hardships, but it didn't seem to build any character. He is the personification of a limp noodle.
Jul 30, 2015 10:40 AM
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Jean
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 JeanI just finished Slaughterhouse-Five, which is the first thing I've read by Vonnegut. I didn't "like" it, per se.

My favorite high school reading list book. You're a real Billy Pilgrim, Jean. Just without the character building hardship. 

Billy Pilgrim went through hardships, but it didn't seem to build any character. He is the personification of a limp noodle.

Exactly. 
Jul 30, 2015 10:46 AM
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Just read Ulysses. After that every book will seem easy and fun.
Jul 30, 2015 10:51 AM
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Jean
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 JeanI just finished Slaughterhouse-Five, which is the first thing I've read by Vonnegut. I didn't "like" it, per se.

My favorite high school reading list book. You're a real Billy Pilgrim, Jean. Just without the character building hardship. 

Billy Pilgrim went through hardships, but it didn't seem to build any character. He is the personification of a limp noodle.

Looks like you had a firm grasp on what the novel was about.
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 JeanI just finished Slaughterhouse-Five, which is the first thing I've read by Vonnegut. I didn't "like" it, per se.

My favorite high school reading list book. You're a real Billy Pilgrim, Jean. Just without the character building hardship. 

Billy Pilgrim went through hardships, but it didn't seem to build any character. He is the personification of a limp noodle.

Looks like you had a firm grasp on what the novel was about.

So it goes. 
Jul 30, 2015 11:30 AM
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