What's The Best Book You've Read Recently?

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  1. westofthesun

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    I've always been a pretty voracious reader. Even more so since the COVID pandemic hit earlier this year. Since that monumental occurrence, I've read a lot of great books and thought I'd put out some feelers on recommendations as I am always looking for more good stuff to read.

    In the last few weeks I've kind of rediscovered Kurt Vonnegut and read Bluebeard, Hocus Pocus, Breakfast of Champions, and The Sirens of Titan. I think Breakfast of Champions was my favorite of the bunch.

    I spent some time reading a lot of Virginia Woolf too. If you've never read her, I think you're really missing out. Her prose is a real joy to read and a massive achievement of the English language. I recommend The Waves, To the Lighthouse, and Mrs. Dalloway.

    I also reread a few of my personal favorites that I would highly, highly recommend to anyone - Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Very different but both very beautifully written books.

    What are some of the best books you all have read lately?
     
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    I just finished Texas Rangers Cult of Glory. It had a lot of information I didn’t know about. I’m halfway through In the Heart of the Sea right now and it’s hard to put down.
     
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    I loved Vonnegut when I was younger; I need to revisit those!

    Watchers by Dean Koontz was a pleasant surprise for me. I didn't realize it was written in the 80's, so one of the key scenes caught me off guard ... keep that in mind if you decide to read it.

    Just started Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell. The prologue was intense; looking forward to more.
     
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    I"m reading Mother Night by Vonnegut right now. It is one of my all time favorite books. I have no idea how many time I've read it, but it felt like it was time again.

    I've recently finished binge reading most of Donal Harington's books. I have been meaning to read them for quite a while and finally got around to it.
     
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    Love me all the Haruki Murakami novels, but if I have to recommend one it is...

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    (with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle a close second)
     
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    Most recently re-read Bluebeard by Vonnegut (my favorite of his) and One Way Out by Alan Paul, a good history of the Allman Brothers Band. Also, Travels With Charley by Steinbeck.
     
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    When the Great Isolation started I re-read The Plague by Albert Camus. I've read it several times, but it seemed apt.

    Anyone who likes medieval or English history should enjoy The Song of Simon de Montfort: the life and death of a medieval revolutionary by Sophie Therese Ambler.

    Everybody in the United States should read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
     
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    Right now it’s “A Gentleman in Moscow”. Not a book I’d likely select on a whim but a friend loaned it and I’m really enjoying it.
     
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    I just ordered the Cult of Rangers book. Thanks LPB.
    Here's one you might also enjoy. I used to know Joaquin.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/0292716389/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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    He's my favorite writer. I have everything of his that's been published in English!
     
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    I just finished - an hour ago - Twilight Of The Gods, the third book in Ian Toll’s trilogy of the history of WW II in the Pacific. Well written, fast paced, the entire trilogy is worth a read; the story of the massive effort, vicious combat, strategy and tactics, naval combat and amphibious landings, carrier war, and commanders. Also descriptions of the political and personal struggles and intrigues among the commanders on both sides.

    Highly recommended.
     
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    I'm reading Home Recording for Musicians for Dummies.Got a free download from my library E books.Don't bother with it it sucks.
     
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    I’ve read all of Murakami’s works until 1Q84. That one was just too dense for me. But, Elephant Vanishes and the rest of his earlier works we’re incredible. I believe there’s an argument to be made that Wind-up Bird Chronicle is the greatest modern book to be released as an English translation.

    Ryu Murakami is great, too. No relation and a very different writer. Norwegian Wood is a good entry point. Coin Locker Babies is very, very cool.

    During lockdown, I’ve read every Sherlock Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle, in chronological order no less. I highly recommend these stories. They really hold up after all these years.

    I also just finished a new book called This Is What Voting Looked Like. It’s a pictorial history of American election ballots. Very, very interesting and also highly recommended!
     
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