Want to Pick my Next Read? #2

First, this post is coming way later than normal because once again the weather decided to pound Houston with rain. The city in which I live got something like 11 inches of rain just yesterday! And the power went out around 10:00 last night and still isn’t back on yet. And I have no phone. So, I’m writing this at Fedex.

A long time ago I asked y’all to pick my next read by voting in a poll. I chose five random books from the Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime List and asked that y’all vote to pick which one I read next. With the power outage of the last 24 hours, I’m finally getting around to finishing that first book y’all picked and decided that I might as well ask the same quetion once again.

So, I’m going to just pick five books from the Amazon list and ask that y’all vote to decide what I read next.

I don’t really know anything about these books, once again. But I decided to include the two choices from my first poll that recieved the most votes but did not win. But I won’t tell y’all which books those are.

So, tell me what I should read next. And feel free to vote and comment to make your case.

I have a lot of comments that I’ll be responding to once I have power back.

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37 thoughts on “Want to Pick my Next Read? #2

  1. You Houston weather made the news here in Alberta.

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    • I think it made the news everywhere. It’s ridiculous. My neighbor drives a Civic and left it parked on the streets last night. Stupid. It didn’t start today.

      We were without power for almost 20 hours.

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      • It looks pretty scary. Be safe!

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      • It’s worse on the news than on the ground. There’s only a couple places with any water left. The drainage system isn’t bad here. But this morning until maybe…9:00, it was just standing water. But it’s okay now. There are still some cars abandoned from yesterday, but I haven’t heard of any deaths related to the storm here. In other parts of the state the flooding was washing away homes. Thankfully that didn’t happen here.

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  2. But…but… I thought you didn’t take book recommendations from people. I’m confused.

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  3. I’m glad things are getting better down that way. Good luck!!

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  4. I’m glad things are getting better down there. Good luck!!!

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  5. Blimey – Houston has SERIOUS weather. No mucking about with a rain shower here or there, but full-on watery apocalypse. Best of luck with the recovery.
    1984 is amazing – what good taste your followers have.
    I’ve only read two of the books from your list – Fahrenheit 451 and Life after Life. Very different books. I think Kate Atkinson is a very good writer and constructed the book well, though you have to stick with it at the beginning. But Ray Bradbury was a genius – the whole idea of the ‘firemen’… Hmm. Probably Fahrenheit 451, but make sure you read Life after Life later 🙂

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    • The best part is that it rained for a good hour or two just this morning. It never ends. Well I haven’t finished 1984, so I’ll have to reserve judgment. I’ve never read either author. And I honestly know absolutely nothing about either book. I just picked them at random from the list.

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      • Lor, let’s hope it dries up soon.
        That’s a good technique for choosing books. Makes you read something outside your own usual choices – a literary lucky dip.

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      • It won’t. It rains here all the time. But I’m not floating down the street or anything. I actually never choose books this way, except for this list. A literate lucky dip. That’s an interesting little phrase.

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      • Maybe you need a sun lamp or two, just to give you the impression of a nice day?
        I’m tempted to employ your technique myself to force me to read outside of my usual genres and authors.

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      • Haha we have some nice days. Hm. I don’t want to influence your book reading habits. So…you should do whatever you want to. And read whatever you want to. Haha but I really don’t even remember why I started reading from the list. I mean, there are plenty of similar lists out there that have been out longer. I think I just wanted to read more classics? I have no clue anymore.

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      • I like it, though. Has it been successful as far as reading ‘outside your box’ goes?

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      • Define successful.

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      • Well, have you enjoyed anything you’ve read or at least gained anything from reading? Are you enjoying 1984?

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      • I liked The Fault in Our Stars. Loved Moneyball. I thought the first Harry Potter was pretty good. Hated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So not much different from typical reading.

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      • Ha! A real mixed bag, then. Gonna read any more Potter or is that your lot? And The Twits is a better Dahl – in my opnion.

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      • Of course. I love the series. I’m holding off on rushing through it because how many fans of the series still get to read it through for the first time? I do. I’ve read Chamber of Secrets. And I’ll never read another Dahl book. You have no idea how much I disliked the one I read. I wrote a posy about it last year.

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      • Ha! Ha! I love how passionate you are – both loving and hating books with such conviction. Dahl is such a revered figure here in the UK, though I admit I enjoy the idea of him rather than the experience of reading him. The Great Glass Elevator was REALLY tedious ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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      • I know he is. But oh well. I don’t even know what book you’re referring to.

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  6. The only novel I’ve read here is Gone Girl, and I almost voted for it….but I honestly think that book resonates with women more than it resonates with men. I don’t like to generalize, but that book has a VERY strong message to women and you almost have to have had personally experienced the contents of that message to even recognize it. I could elaborate, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Maybe give it a try eventually, but don’t go in expecting anything more than a regular crime book.

    So I voted for Ray Bradbury, because he’s universally appealing and a literary standard. I haven’t read that particular book, but I’ve read a lot of his short stories and enjoyed them. I’m of the mind that everyone should read at least a bit of Bradbury before they die. 😉

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    • Well I already know a little about Gone Girl. It’s probably the only one I’m familiar with of the five. And I’ve actually never read any Ray Bradbury that I can remember. Not even in high school or college.

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  8. I actually bought Life After Life because it sounded like a great premise. I read maybe the first 20 pages and put it down. I think the concept is great, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, this is one of two books I have ever abandoned at the beginning in my entire reading life (that I can recall anyway).

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