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Reading List as of End of Spring 2011 [May. 18th, 2011|07:39 pm]
Tomas Gallucci

This is my current reading list, starting with the book that I'm currently reading and that doesn't make any sense to buy as an e-book:

e-book currently reading

Physical books that are NOT available as e-books and that are in the "Want to Read Soon" pile:

Physical Books I Own that I will likely buy as e-books because the Kindle is much easier to handle:

Physical books I'm debating getting as e-books:

The "Who'd Thunk That Would Have Ever Become an e-book":

e-books I've started:

e-books on top of the "To Read ASAP" queue

e-books on the "To Read Someday" list:

Books that are too cumbersome that I wished were e-books

What's on your reading list?

[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-05-18 09:23 pm (UTC)
I actually just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. (Very enjoyable, not sure that it is quite as great as all the hype makes it out to be, but it is a very compelling read.)

As for my reading list...I'm working my way through the Game of Thones series in fits and starts. That and my Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual to study for the PE exam. (Not sure that one counts, but I'm certainly seeing a lot of it!). Most of my reading these days is done via blogs, tbh.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-18 10:03 pm (UTC)
Your reply is a pleasant surprise. I almost went to BNB Tuesday, but I was caught up in a project at work that I didn't want to leave. That, and I think that the last time I was there, I pissed of Ray with my theory on Javascript programmers to the point that if he never saw me again, it would be too soon. But it was fun.

Seeing your Dining Dragon posts come through on my FL make me want the one year Anniversary to hurry up and get here.

Speaking of, I had a discussion the other day that made me think of you: I was talking to the Darkroom Lab Assistant because he had pictures from last year's Alabama Jubilee, specifically of the hot air balloons. I was trying to tell him about this model helicopter competition/enthusiasts activity I went to once with Caro and his friend over by A&M, which, I believe, is bordered by the train track of the 30 minute train ride you mentioned going on once. I think whester took his family on the train recently.

If you and Rob are interested, the dates I was given for Alabama Jubilee are the 27-29. That's at Point Mallard in Decatur, directly off of 6th Ave. which is 565 turned into 20 turns into 6th Ave after you cross the bridge. I should probably Google for more information, but I'm lazy.

Now that I'm through visiting…

I'm intrigued that you read The Hunger Game trilogy because my contact with the trilogy is a listing on reality_hammer's journal. His blog deals with nothing but politics and he is of the conservative/libertarian bent of mind. From the description on Amazon, I'm expecting the premise of (at least the first book anyway) to line up with my political beliefs which I believe to be different than yours, hence the being intrigued.

Very enjoyable, not sure that it is quite as great as all the hype makes it out to be, but it is a very compelling read.
That's what I got off of reading the reviews/descriptions on Amazon, specifically that the politics take a back seat the further into the series you get and turns into a romancesque story. My goal is to read the first book to see if it reinforces my beliefs. If so, I plan to give a copy to my brother for his sixteenth birthday in July along with a copy of The Twilight of Courage (Ironically, that's not an Amazon link, but rather a link to my post about the book)

Charlie "Tremendous" Jones has a quote, You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. I figure that since my brother is a year or so away from finishing school and close to the moving out/rebellious stage, I ought to give him some challenging material to help him learn the person he is. Whether or not that person is akin to the person I am is a different matter entirely.

Game of Thones
I've heard several of the programmers at work talk about both the TV series and reading the books. I think that's what one of them read while the power was out. Speaking of, how did you fare?

Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual
I've been reading your updates about your study habits. Regardless the outcome of the test, it will be a baseless accusation to say that you didn't study for the test.

Most of my reading these days is done via blogs
That's been where most of my reading has been done-news and tech blogs/columns/articles. It got to the point where I didn't want to keep up any more, even though I have an innate desire to do so because of the amount of time I was spending on current events that wasn't being spent on reading the tomes listed in this post.

It's a balancing act to be sure. I remember when I reached a point on this job where I didn't have school or a lot of extracurricular activities such as a second job or constantly watching movies. How refreshing it felt to read a book because I wanted to, not out of compulsion! While I have been reading for pleasure on and off during this semester, dropping the Chemistry opened my schedule a great deal as did the constant cancellations from inclement weather. In fact, I knocked out a good 20% of Atlas Shrugged whilst I waited for power to come back on at work.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-05-18 10:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't been to BnB in months, because I'm trying to focus on studying... : /

Seeing your Dining Dragon posts come through on my FL make me want the one year Anniversary to hurry up and get here.

Thank you. : )

Yep, we were actually on the train that day and saw the model helicopters out the window. : ) I remember hearing about the Jubilee last year but the ballons take off crazy early so if you want to get good pictures you have to be there at like 6 am. : /

In my read of the Hunger Games, I actually felt that it got MORE political as it went. I found the first book more satisfying than the third. That said, it's not a beat-you-over-the-head political book and there are themes that lots of groups will identify with. (I'm not going to say anymore till you read it. I don't want to spoil it for you.)

The Game of Thrones is excellent. I've only read the first book, (I have the second sitting here...) but I would highly recommended it, even if you don't usually like fantasy. It's a wonderful world of shades of gray and moral ambiguity.

We did fine through the storms. Was SOOO happy to get a hot shower instead of a cold sponge bath, but no damage so nothing to complain about. : )

My favorite blogs focus small--people's kids, home decor, cooking, quilting--but I love reading everyone's different perspectives and thoughts.

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-18 11:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't been to BnB in months, because I'm trying to focus on studying... : /
@FatherPhoneix has talked about getting a second group started in the quad-city area.

Thank you. : )
You're very welcome. In fact, it was because of The Dining Dragon's six month anniversary that I recently went back to Po Boy Factory. I really don't get out of my circle much. In fact, I've been wanting to try the sub shop you reviewed on Jordan Lane. I can't remember if you've reviewed Schnitzel Ranch yet or not.

I mentioned this at the anniversary celebration and have eaten several times at both places, but your readers might appreciate reviews of both Sun Cafe and Viet Huong located in the shopping center with HH Greg next to the mall.

the balloons take off crazy early so if you want to get good pictures you have to be there at like 6 am. : /
You're not the first person to tell me this. I think I need to ready myself for an early rise by requesting one if not both of the lens for rent from Sutherland's Photo. Having money on the line ought to help me get out of bed, though truth be told, ever since coming back to work, I've been early to bed and early to rise. Shouldn't be too difficult if I plan ahead.

Hunger Games
Yeah, I didn't want to buy all three books until I knew I wanted to read all three books. The first one was cheap and I imagine that the other two will eventually match the price of the first. I don't know what to expect, but it looked like something I would have time to read through before my brother's birthday to see if there is anything my parents may object to and see if it's worth making the book a present. Maybe it'll be a book I want to write about when I'm done reading it.

Game of Thrones
I'll likely read/watch once both are no longer in vogue. You should ask celtmanx about my stance on fantasy and sci-fi.

Yeah, I started a post about my experience but never finished it. Maybe I could make it a weekend project. I want to document my thought process given the circumstances I had and what I ultimately did.

My family tells horror stories about the devastation in Cullman…seeing some of the pictures on Youtube was incredibly overwhelming.

The personal blogs outside of LJ have mostly quit posting. I'm down to Engadget, Android Police, occasionally MacWorld and of course news.google.com whenever I need a hit. But still, trying to get through the mountain of new news every day, all day long…it's time for a simplifying phase. Besides, I'll be back in the fray soon enough and I haven't really quit keeping up, just unplugging from the constant news sources (I'm looking at you, Twitter!)
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-05-18 11:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't gotten to Schnitzel Ranch yet...there are SO MANY places to try! I had a reader send me a couple of BBQ places to review so I'm trying (trying!) to get out there next.

Thanks for the re-recommendations! I was taking notes on my phone at the birthday bash and accidentally deleted them all. : (

Hunger Games is very G rated in terms of the romance, but rather violent. It's PG violence (no overly gorey details) but it's not glossed over either.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-18 11:45 pm (UTC)
I was taking notes on my phone at the birthday bash and accidentally deleted them all. : (
Technology FAIL!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-18 11:50 pm (UTC)

I remember when Passion of the Christ came out and all the talk about how violent and gory that movie was that when I finally saw it, I thought it was minimalistic compared to the visions I had in my head.

Then again, I'm the twisted guy who asked the news room why we didn't have a live broadcast of a drunk burring alive in his car (we had someone en-route to the scene and news was trickling back in.) Of course, no one appreciated the fact that they were in the business of putting something on between commercials that made the commercial time more valuable, but I digress.

I am wondering how the fight-to-the-death stuff is going to work though and what kind of an effect that will have on my and my brother's psyche.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-05-18 11:56 pm (UTC)
I don't want to spoil it for you. Suffice it to say, it IS a Young Adult novel. It's not gritty.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-18 11:09 pm (UTC)
I've meant to ask twice now your stance on e-readers. I have a memory of reading you say something on the topic (is your household a Nook household) but it's such a hot topic and a discussion I'm having on a daily basis I'm afraid I'm creating false memories.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-05-18 11:16 pm (UTC)
My household is a paper household. : ) We've tossed the idea around, but (honestly) I don't read enough these days to justify it. Of course, it's chicken and egg...would I read more if it was more convenient/cheaper? My big hurdle is that I get sucked into books and get literally nothing else done and I can't afford that luxury right now. Oh well. : )
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-18 11:42 pm (UTC)
Rob Enderley claimed that reading goes up x10 when people get e-readers. I'm not sure if that's the case or if it is true how sustainable that trend is. I can say that when I first got my Kindle, I spent more time with it and reading than I would have otherwise, but that was because it was over the Christmas break and I wanted to put the device I had just paid good money for to proper use. Then my schedule tightened.

Reading on the Kindle helps me focus. I'm not dealing with hand fatigue of holding the weight of a book. I can make the text larger and the screen size is perfect for maintaining columns and field of vision; my eye knows exactly where to go for the next line. (I use my Kindle in landscape orientation) The Kindle is lite enough that I don't have fatigue.

I'm also not constantly thumbing pages or counting or trying to estimate how far along I am in the book. In addition to getting to turn digital pages much more often than physical pages, there's a progress bar right at the bottom of the screen that tells me exactly where I'm at in the book and I can observe how much it grows with each page turn so I have not only an exact numerical percentage of book read, but I can also get a feel for the overall size of the book. And, one device allows me to take MANY books with me; just add up my current reading plus my must read plus the get around to reads, keeping in mind that the list is not exhaustive of the books I currently have on the device and that the device is nowhere near full.

I will say this about the Nook: you have to touch the screen to turn the pages, not press a button. And it's slow. And all data entry is done through the touch screen at the bottom which is ungodly slow and doesn't provide any kind of magnification. Also, because the size of the touch screen is so small, there's no way you can achieve any accuracy even searching for simple titles.

I fully support EPUB's openness and the wonderful things that they are trying to do, but I think that Amazon has the better device despite their format choice. Oh well. If you're hyper-paranoid about not being able to access content you legally purchased in the future because of licensing, there's a set of Python scripts that you'll find via The Google that will be most helpful.

Edited at 2011-05-19 03:43 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-05-18 11:58 pm (UTC)
See I get so lost in a book, I don't page forward or see where I am. All I care about it soaking up the story. As fast as possible. Slow page loading would KILL me.

The biggest allure of an e-book reader is (a)being able to have lots and lots of books with me at all times (b)being able to buy from anywhere and from a larger selection than the airport bookstore (c) the lightweight compared to heavy hardbacks (which I hate).
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-19 08:45 am (UTC)
I don't mind the hardbacks sitting on my shelf as evidenced by my user pic, but I feel your pain when it comes to lugging the things around.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-19 12:53 pm (UTC)
Very clever response posing a question of which comment to reply to.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2011-05-19 12:59 pm (UTC)
Before this morning, I had nothing on my reading list :P
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-19 01:00 pm (UTC)
Feel free to ask me about anything on my list if you wish to add to yours.

Edited at 2011-05-19 05:02 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-05-19 01:02 pm (UTC)
I went in search of a metaphor to explain what I just did and came up with this:

Grand Master Turing once dreamed that he was a machine. When he awoke he exclaimed:
``I don't know whether I am Turing dreaming that I am a machine, or a machine dreaming that I am Turing!.''
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2011-05-30 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm currently reading the Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-06-02 04:35 am (UTC)
'Ello poppet! I've missed you so! You should give us an update post and let all of us un-cool fuddy-duddies that don't live on Facebook know what's going on. I'd love you from the bottom of my heart.

Seriously, I've been wondering what you're up to. The radio silence (and I know I'm guilty on my end) has been lonely which makes me depressed.

In fact, you're terse response leaves me wanting for warmth (though I think I'll survive: summer is in full effect here. Heard it got up to 101 yesterday.)

Stay tuned: I've got an update post coming this weekend mixed in with some political stuff and other miscellaneous bits and bobs that will be put up in various places on LJ.

Glad to know you're still alive and kicking.

You're graduated now, right? Do you have any serious college plans? All that dough you've been putting in the bank (not the stuff you've been rolling in at work) going to help with tuition? Got a flashy new car or boy toy? Do tell, I'm dying to know!
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