I have to admit, I've read a stack of "Star Trek" novels as tall as I am. Some were good, some weren't. They were all light reading though and I might finish one in 2 or 3 days. I have read a few classics, (William Shakespeare, Homer, Edgar Allan Poe, etc.) . I've even read a few romantic novels, "Lorna Doone", "God Is An Englishman", Several by RF Delderfield. I've read a few text books, mathematics, a couple of psychology text books, a couple of physics books, but far and away most of what I read is biography or history.
Cheri's 14 year old grandson is taking a world war history class. All I have on World War One is a couple of books on the Red Baron, including his autobiography which I just recently read, (Who knew he wrote one?) But I must have a ton of books on World War 2. There's Willam Shirer's "Rise And Fall Of Adolf Hitler And The Third Reich", John Toland's enormous, 2 volume biography of Hitler, Josef Goebbel's diary, a couple of books by Albert Speer, and even Hitler's "Mein Kampf". All fascinating stuff, but I told him one of the most interesting, is an "Almanac" with lots of fascinating statistics, like how many bullets were fired, (based on what the government bought) how many gallons of ice cream we made in the Pacific, and even how many guys wet their pants during combat, (or at least how many admitted to it). So he has access to more history than a lot of libraries have on it.
Where a "Star Trek" novel may take a couple of days, some books will take me weeks to read. Many, over a month. I once read 5 Charles Dickens novels in a row, and it took 5 months. It's just too depressing and I think I've read all the Dickens I ever plan to. John
I almost spit out my coffee when I read your reaction to the Hobbit! I agree!
I read a seried that start with "Island in the sea of time" and loved it! Another related series by the same author and very closely tied to the mentioned is "Dies the fire" and I loved the forst few books of that one, then he intorduced magic and a magic sword or something and I was lost as a reader and dropped it. But the first 3 of Dies the fire were great.
Our closest BN I suppose would be in Great Falls, about 75 or 80 minutes drive. But I just do not want to drive so far for a book store. Oh well. And on a library of books, I used to have shelves and shelves of them, but I finally donated most of them years ago. I figure they would do better in the hands of others than sitting unread with me. I still buy some though. THe Kindle started as a great way to travel with a bunch of books when I went to mom's and not have to schlep a library. I missed the holding of a book, so I bought a leather folder like cover for my kindle (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004JXVOD6) so it feels more like holding a book. :)
I make it a point to bring food and supplied to the local homeless shelter here (God's Love) at least once a month and I now drop one or 2 books in the delivery. I hope that someone is reading them. :)
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I'm fortunate that I do have a Barnes & Noble about 60 miles or so from here but I get there too rarely because it's out of the way unless I'm traveling to Illinois. Even more fortunate however, there's a Publisher's Outlet at the Lake Of The Ozarks. Their selection is nowhere near Barnes & Noble but the prices are a fraction of theirs.
I'm the same way about "fantasy" books. A friend of mine introduced me to JRR Tolkien's "Hobbit" series waaay back in high school. I just thought, "Are you serious?" Now look how big it's gotten! Dwarves and magic won't do it for me either.
I've read a few books electronically but that doesn't work well for me. I've tried a few chess books that way, a few books on Abraham Lincoln that way, and even read "Frenkenstein" that way, but I don't get that same sense of accomplishing something if I do it electronically. I've got a small library of books that I can point to and say, "I've read that". I can't point to a Kindle or my computer and say, "Yeah, I've read that".
The first time I ever saw an episode of "Criminal Minds", Cheri's 14 year old was here and the episode was so horrifying that I didn't know about him, but I couldn't watch it! I remembered one of the actresses on the show saying that she could barely read her scripts and often says "Are you kidding me?" I've never watched it again.
I do watch a lot of the same shows you do. One or 2 I've never heard of. I haven't looked up the books you gave me links to yet. I make sure to watch the old "Twilight Zone" every night. That's about the only one I make an effort to catch.
I read at about the speed someone would narrate a book. Any faster and I'd probably forget a lot of it, and I do try to remember names and dates. I'm currently reading one called "Reconstruction" by Robert Henry, about government after the Civil War. It's a part of our history that I think few people know about and it was a real shock. I don't think we've ever come closer to collapsing into a dictatorship. The next book in my lineup will be a bit lighter reading. It's about Abbott and Costello. My reading is sort of "all over the road". John
Watching includes things like Walking Dead, Better call saul, Bobs burgers, Family guy, Dick Van Dyke show (repeats of course), Local News (gotta keep up on the happenings by me some how), Carol Burnet show, Timeless (it was canceled ), Lodge 49, NCIS, Seal team, Stargate SG1, many shows from the 60's as an overall view. Not all the shows are on right now (new season waiting). I cut my TV down a lot the last couple years and try to not sit in front of it more than 4 to 8 hours a week (and I manage 2 to 4 usually). I DVR most of my shows and it can take me a long time to view them. I JUST finished NCIS New Orleans last season recordings Sunday.
Books/reading? I like Science Fiction (not fantacy, once you introduce elves and dwarves and magic I stop reading it). I just finished the last book in this series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GDPR74D (new one on the way this month though). I amso recently finished this series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079YWSMGT. I also read self help books and a few years ago I decided to read the bible from cover to cover then reread the new testament. Another book I liked a lot (I read years ago) was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.
I try to have a book (or 2) being read at all times now. When I am traveling to see mom I usually clear a book on the flight out, flight back and one while there. I love time travel, reliving your life and alternate history books. I could likley fill up pages of book names of those types for you, but I don't want to make your eyes hurt and bore you to death. ;)
I now read most on Kindle (I like the older kindle models) because they closed down the only book store in Helena that carried a supply of books. Oh how I wish for a Barnes and Nobles here!
Oddly I stopped going to movies a couple years ago as a whole too. I am just so tired of Hollywood rehashing the same stories, making reboots or remaking a classic poorly.
I guess I am lucky I have no children as I just have no idea what I could/would allow them to watch on TV and movies. ;)
I'm not too easily offended. "Squidbillies" is crude and violent...and hilarious". I do have a 4 year old and a 14 year old here much of the time. I'm not too much worried about either of them because, the 14 year old has little interest in anything but games, (although he is something of a "Rick And Morty" fan) and you can't protect a 14 year old from much anyway. No matter what's on television, the 4 year old would rather watch YouTube videos of "Frozen" or "My Little Pony" than anything on television, unless it's a PBS show called "Dinosaur Train".
For my own part, I prefer old comedies or 50s and 60s sci-fi to just about anything. I'm crazy about the "Thin Man" series of movies from the 40s with William Powell, Marx Brothers, WC Fields, Cary Grant, etc. But I'm also watching a lot of shows over the internet. There are channels dedicated to specific shows like "House" or "Gilligan's Island", or channels dedicated to documentaries, comedies, sci-fi, etc. All free. My brother even runs his own internet channel, dedicated simply to "bad movies", that is, movies that are so bad they're good. ("Plan 9 From Outer Space" is a perfect example.)
Television was a constant while I was growing up and it somehow seems like it should be going all the time now. Sometimes I'll have the television and the internet going at the same time, but whatever else is going on, I'm reading a book. I'm a voracious and thorough reader. Usually histories or biographies and the occasional science book. Once read, I never give away a book. It's almost like a trophy for something I've accomplished, and I have enough now to start a small library.
What kind of stuff are you watching and reading? John
I like Bob's Burgers too. It is not a violent and overly rude cartoon (which most others can be or are). Thank goodness I have no children to try to figure what they are allowed to watch these days. I would have a big problem with so many shows.
I have found I have stopped watching a lot of TV now and prefer a book these days. I wonder if that will last. I just find I am so offended by so many shows now, that are not even cable only shows too.