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04-03-2009 07:49 PM #1Bowie
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I have a problem staying with one book at a time so here is a list of books I'm currently reading.
Most of these books I found at a second hand bookstore, which is an awesome place.
The Luciano Store by Sid Feder and Joachim Joesten. Story of Lucky Luciano, probably the most powerful gangster in American and International history. Very exciting read about the rise and fall of Luciano.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Interesting book to say the least. It has it's momments where it is hard to put the book down, like detailing how the Mongols in WWII tortured enemy soldiers by skinning them alive. The problem is sometimes it trails off and you have to put the book down to remain sane.
Ramones, An American Band by Jim Bessman. Just bought this book to be honest. I have always been a huge Ramones fan and well found this hiding in the bookstore. The cover is quite worn, but that is what happens sometimes at these stores, they are still awesome places to go.
I just finished reading....
Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. The book is alright. The parts about Barry Bonds were very exciting to read but the rest of it was boring. I do not find anything interesting about Victor Conte, or BALCO. I believe too much was devoted to the boring exploits of Conte and IRS agent Jeff Novitzky seems like a tool. I would recommend the book for the exploits of Bonds alone.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I never read the book before picking up a copy at the store, I loved it.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. My favorite book as a kid. I lent the book to my niece to read and when she returned it, I had to read it again.
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut is probably my favorite writer, with Mother Night being the most exciting book I have read.
What are you reading?
04-03-2009 08:31 PM #2
House and Philosophy - Pretty self-explanatory
The Dark Side of the Diamond - About different "darker" aspects of baseball and their causes from and effect on American society: gambling, alcohol, drugs, violence, etc.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Got it on my Kindle for cheap, after the aforementioned House book piqued my interest. Only just starting A Study in Scarlett, though.
04-03-2009 09:03 PM #3
Watchmen, which is knocking my socks off.
Today I picked up The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, by Georges Simenon.
04-05-2009 06:26 PM #4
Baseball for Dummies by Joe Morgan
The Art of Pitching by John Bagonzi
Both are essentially self help books and can give people more insight in to the game. I'm reading them to refresh on alot of stuff about pitching because I have a pitching clinic coming up. After reading those, I plan on moving on to Earl Weaver's book.
04-05-2009 08:49 PM #5
04-08-2009 10:21 PM #6
I am currently reading,
Change Up An Oral History of 8 Key Events that Shaped Modern Baseball!
It has been a very easy and fun read. It has interviews from many players, coaches and sport writers from over last half-centurty.
I highly recommend it.
04-08-2009 10:50 PM #7
04-15-2009 11:05 AM #8
The Man Who Watched Trains Go By was like a Coen Brothers' movie: I was saying, "That's awful! Why am I laughing so hard?"
I've finished the first two volumes of Fantagraphics' Complete Peanuts. I'm up to 1955.
05-29-2009 01:36 AM #9
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
A People's History of the United States: 1492 – Present by Howard Zinn
Where They Ain't by Burt Solomon
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05-30-2009 10:11 AM #10
I've been working my way through Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita (Pevear/Volokhonsky translation) for about a month. It's really great, but not something that I can just sit there and read a hundred pages straight of.
I just picked up Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, and Golding's Lord of the Flies at a used book store for about $8.50 total, so those are next.
05-30-2009 11:10 AM #11
Right now I'm reading Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill.
My next one looks to be Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball From Itself by Michael Shapiro. Looks interesting.
05-30-2009 12:50 PM #12
05-31-2009 03:02 PM #13
Pride and Prejudice...and Zombies.
Makes it much more interesting in my opinion
05-31-2009 04:42 PM #14Bowie
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Right now, I'm reading...
The Witch of Prague and other stories by F. Marion Crawford.
I just wish I was better with sea talk
07-03-2009 06:06 PM #15