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What book is on your night table right now?

Asked by joeschmo (1396points) March 24th, 2019

Alternately, what book would you like to have there?

Or, what book would you like to say you have there?

Which did you choose and why?

Are you being honest?

And now?

Mine is Crazy English by Richard Lederer. For real. I wish it were one of the classics and I could be better read. I am not well read.

Thank you.

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josie's avatar

Homo Deus

Noah Harari’s second book
Have to read Sapiens first

canidmajor's avatar

Poland by Michener. I’m just a few pages in, started it last night. I haven’t read Michener in years, and this popped up on my radar.

joeschmo's avatar

@I am givng it a try. Well, to be honest, I read and enjoyed about 50 pages of that tome Sapiens. I pretend I am still reading it. To myself. For encouragement. Hard.

josie's avatar

Finish it
It’s worth the effort

joeschmo's avatar

l will try. By then you will be able to recommend Homo Deus, or not.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

“Physics Without Math. A descriptive introduction.” Plus lots of other books, and three library books on math and critical thinking.

joeschmo's avatar

Alternately, what book would you like to have there?

Or, what book would you like to say you have there?

Which did you choose and why?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@joeschmo I would like the Manual of the Planes All editions from 1 to 5.

canidmajor's avatar

My ereader has 750 titles on it, and I still have over 1000 paper titles on shelves, so I really just read what I want, when I want, no wishing for something else.

Except maybe the things that aren’t released yet, but I can wait.

Demosthenes's avatar

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

They’re there because I recently bought them and I’m reading the first two right now (Invisible Man I read in high school but I plan on reading it again). That’s all I would like to be there right now. There will be more. It’s a never-ending queue.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The wife has a night table and booklight. I rarely read in bed and when it does happen, it’s usually something in a periodical.

rockfan's avatar

The Two Pencil Method by Mark Crilley. Basically, it’s a drawing instruction book that teaches you how to do realistic drawing with a small amount of drawing supplies, really enjoying the book so far.

zenvelo's avatar

A new translation of Don Quixote.

And The Brewer of Preston by Andrea Camilleri.

JLeslie's avatar

Not a one. I rarely read books. My dad did recently send me a book about finding jobs. I might flip through it tomorrow.

Two friends recently published mysteries. I want to read them, because they are my friends, let’s see if I ever do it.

Reading book is like homework to me. I rarely really enjoy it.

joeschmo's avatar

@jleslie me too. I want to finish Sapiens. Hows about we make a pact, you read your friend’s mystery and I Sapiens. Talk in a month?

Stache's avatar

American Government: A Consideration of the Problems of Democracy, by Frank Abbott Magruder, Ph.D. Revised Edition, 1928.

Zaku's avatar

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

Yes, honestly. Next one to read. Actually it’s a collection of four of hers, but that’s the one I intend to read next. I started reading it decades ago and always wanted to finish it, so I went and found it in a used book store.

There are also several others there whose names I don’t remember, except I Could Pee On This, and The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie.

flutherother's avatar

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by P G Wodehouse (on my kindle).

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Rocket Men by Robert Kurson

It’s the story of Apollo 8, the first time in history humans left the Earth’s environs. The three-man crew traveled three days to the moon, orbited, and returned.

They were the first to see the Earth rise.

seawulf575's avatar

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I have read many of his other books and like his writing style and imagination. This was probably his best selling work and I never read it. I am purposely avoiding the show on Starz until I am done.

ragingloli's avatar

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors, by Matt Parker.
Well, technically, it is in my Kindle app.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher. It’s pure delight.

tinyfaery's avatar

Worst. Person. Ever. by Douglas Coupland

Jeruba's avatar

I’ve just finished Peyton Place(novel) by Grace Metalious, which was considered scandalous when I was a kid. Reading it now for the first time made me kind of nostalgic for a time when this would have been shocking.

Up next: Something Like An Autobiography, by Akira Kurosawa. I’ll start that tonight.

I also have two Kindles on my night table, so there are literally hundreds of books for any mood. I recently took down a stack of about 15 or 20 books, reasoning that I’d probably tackle them one by one and didn’t need them all within reach at once.

gondwanalon's avatar

iMovie Bible

Caravanfan's avatar

A Superman comic book trade paperback.

joeschmo's avatar

Fantastic guys!

ucme's avatar

Proviso: The following answer is genuine as i’m acutely aware we’re in the general section.

Citizen Kane…left there by my butler as he often reads to me before I sleep.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I am a lttle embarrased to say this, but: No books just magazines,
Scientific American, National Geographic, Air and Space, Fortune.
Plus a half dozen or so technical magazines, Tech Briefs, Microwave journal, Control Engineering, Additive Manufacturing, and FAA Remote Pilot Study Guide.

jca2's avatar

Circe by Madeline Miller. Also a mixed media mosaic craft book by an artist named Laurie Mika.

longgone's avatar

“H is for Hawk”. I finally got that from the library after years of wondering whether it’s a good book. It’s a story of training a hawk, interspersed with accounts of the author’s grief and excerpts from a depressing story of some guy training a hawk around World War II.

I’m about two thirds through at this point, and I certainly learned a lot about hawks. I could have done without the pilosophical feel of the book. It wasn’t what I expected, and it threw me off a little. To be fair though, I’m reading the German version and I think it’s probably quite a bit better in English.

joeschmo's avatar

The Game by Ken Dryden
Existence by David Brin
Various Positions a life of Leonard Cohen
S.A.S The Real Story behind SAS Selection by Barry Davies (18 year SAS Veteran)

Caravanfan's avatar

@joeschmo Is the Brin book any good? I kind of lost interest in his writing after Postman.

joeschmo's avatar

Sorry to say I have read but 20 pages. I read a few at the same time , ultimately favouring one or the other. Or two.

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