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    Bright and Early for the Daily Race Chrissy's Avatar
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    If you had no TV and no internet for 3 days....

    What book would you read?

    This is me. I'm moving. I'm going to be cut off from the whole wide world () for about 3 days. I want something both mesmerizing and time consuming....

    What do ya'll think?

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    Ah, bliss! I'd read Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren. It's a lengthy tome. Van Doren's words are deep and profound, and this is the only book I've ever read that forced me read slowly.

    Good luck with your move and enjoy the time!


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    ... maybe you could print out a lot of threads from AW that you haven't read and read them.
    Enjoy, whatever you choose :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowstorm View Post
    Ah, bliss! I'd read Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren. It's a lengthy tome. Van Doren's words are deep and profound, and this is the only book I've ever read that forced me read slowly.

    Good luck with your move and enjoy the time!
    Thank you Snowstorm! I will download a sample and check it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    ... maybe you could print out a lot of threads from AW that you haven't read and read them.
    Enjoy, whatever you choose :-)
    That's actually pretty brilliant! And they'd be from P&CE, too. I'm going to be lost without P&CE for 3 days. Maybe it would stave off the withdrawal symptons...
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    I'd just take the next 3 or 4 books from the lengthy stack of 'to read' I have in the corner of a bookcase. I probably wouldn't get through them all, but better to have too many than too few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbender View Post
    I'd just take the next 3 or 4 books from the lengthy stack of 'to read' I have in the corner of a bookcase. I probably wouldn't get through them all, but better to have too many than too few.
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    Hmmm...I'd reread Gone with the Wind, oh, and Kate Morton's books are so beautifully written. I'm not sure which one I'd reread. I'd probably read the one I haven't read yet The Secret Keeper. And then I'd need a good thriller to mix things up. Maybe Gone Girl. Excellent. Except I didn't read it all that long ago. Maybe the other book by the same author I haven't yet read.
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    Probably one of those long ones sitting on my shelf that I've been kind of afraid of. Gravity's Rainbow or Infinite Jest. Maybe War and Peace.
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    Really, I'm constantly reading anyway. Most of my online time is while at work. When I get home, even when the TV is on in the background, I have a book on my lap. So, if I were to go 3 days without TV or internet, not much would really change.
    "All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible"
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    I have a load of books on my TBR pile, but I'd probably reach for one of my doorstop comfort reads. Maybe reread C.S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy, or King's Needful Things or Tommyknockers.
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    For fiction, I'll say The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. Just finished reading it a couple weeks ago, and it really blew me away.

    For nonfiction I'll recommend any of Andrew Bacevich's books on U.S. foreign policy, particularly The Limits of Power, Washington Rules, or The New American Militarism. Powerful, provocative stuff!

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    Classic Fiction: The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

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    Tough call. As I have a Nook and hundreds of books loaded up on it already...

    ...I'd have nothing to read because not one of the hundreds would appeal to me when I'm stuck with nothing to do.

    When I have plenty to do? OMG I can't wait to get to them.

    ...well that was no help.

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    Classic Fiction: The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
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    I would support thee fellow AW's and read:

    Dancer and Spy, by Michael Myers

    A Dog of War, by Heather Gregson

    Sebastian's Poet, by Kevin Craing

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    So this is where you've been! What did you read?
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    This thread assumes I don't have a computer and a hard drive full of anime.

    But if you want mesmerizing and time-consuming, I suggest Haruki Murakami.

    Or, y'know, Proust.
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    Can I add no husband and kids for three days? And even more important: no phone?? No interruptions? It that... possible?
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    Quote Originally Posted by benbradley View Post
    So this is where you've been! What did you read?

    I decided on Outlander, and I'm still reading it (see below).

    I also downloaded The Count of Monte Cristo, because it was 99 cents!!!

    I also downloaded a sample of Bonfire of the Vanities, so it's on my TBR list.

    And then, the weirdest thing happened.....

    I opened up Microsoft Word one morning, and started revising the plot of my WIP!



    Wonders never cease. If I'd made it a goal to revise my WIP, it would never have happened, of course.

    Loving my reads, thanks everyone!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by readitnweep View Post
    Can I add no husband and kids for three days? And even more important: no phone?? No interruptions? It that... possible?

    Oooh, I love this, it's a great addition.
    I dont have one of those 'Hubby' things, but most people complaine about their's, so perhaps it's a good that I dont. I do however have the kids, I got 2 of 'em.

    I'd read my go-to series. If I dont have anything planned, or I'm not in hte fram of mind to start something new, I read JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

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    I would read the entire Three Musketeers Series by Alexandre Dumas! I love his work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    What book would you read?
    Well, if it were me being cut off from the internet for 3 days (I don't have a TV), I would try to get through the whole of John Galt's speech.

    "Try" being the operative word, because I have attempted to do this before and failed. Sometimes I suspect the speech is the literary counterpart of one of H. P. Lovecraft's Old Ones, something that mortal minds can simply not grasp, at least not in one sitting.

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