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What was the last non IT book you read?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by jk2447, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All,

    Been stuyding so much this year I haven't had any time to read a good work of fiction. What was the last non IT related book you read?

    I think mine was Dan Browns Deception Point or Angels and Demons. Must of been last year or I'd remember which!

    Just interested if my fellow cert hunters manage to get some of the more "social" reading in? I know I sure haven't :cry:

    Jim
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    2012 by Whitley Strieber. It was meh. :rolleyes:
    Before that, I read The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman. It was decent enough, a quick read.
    Before that, I read Riven by Jerry Jenkins. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    Currently reading Kiss by Ted Dekker.
     
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  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    How do you fit it in with your studies mate? What's your secret? I can work on a computer then play with my labs etc when I get home but I find it much harder when I've read a Sybex or MS Press book to come home and pick up a novel
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    I don't study every day. :) Nor am I currently studying for anything IT related outside of what my work requires. Last exam I studied for was 70-298, I believe... and I didn't put too much time into it. No need to - not when you have real-world experience behind your studies. ;)

    Still, all books are not the same. Even when I'm studying for an exam, I read non-IT books for entertainment (or for entertainment AND knowledge, when reading fact-based books). I don't watch TV much at all. I often read myself to sleep at night, as does my wife. And we read to the kids at night as well.
     
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  5. dazza786

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    I don't read books :/
     
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  6. Markyboyt

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    I don't really read fiction books but I read Scar Tissue (Anthony Kiedis biog) and a Richard Hammond biog when I was on holiday
     
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  7. JonnyMX

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    I've always got a book on the go.

    Big fan of Michael Crichton, and the void has now been filled by Preston & Child - currently half way through Cemetery Dance. Lincoln Child has written some great stuff on his own, Utopia, Ice Limit and I've just finished Death Match.

    Quite like light/humerous reading, especially Sci Fi. My Harry Harrison collection is going a bit yellow now and I think Pratchett lost the plot a long time ago.

    Not really my 'thing', but I've really enjoyed Trudi Canavan - the black magician and age of five trilogies.

    Philip Pullman is a good read, and of note recently the Hunger Games and On Fire, the sequel by Suzanne Collins.

    I get through about a book every week or two, depending on how gripping it is.

    Sorry, what was the question again?

    :oops:
     
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    Last was Unseen Academicals - the latest Terry Pratchett, and before that it was Transition by Iain Banks. I'm currently reading Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly. I've also been (slowly) working my way through The Road To Reality by Roger Penrose - which is very tough going, but rewarding.
     
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  9. jk2447

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    You must be earning a pretty penny with all that experience mate. Good job I've got almost 10 years to catch you up ;) Some one is the big 40 soon I see :D

    I've just ordered that latest Pratchett. Looks funny, thanks Zeb.
     
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  10. Arroryn
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    Always got at least one book on the go.

    Currently reading Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. I've not really been in to this kind of genre before, but I loved the film and have always heard good reviews of O'Brian's reading so thought I'd give it a blast.

    Also reading (slightly more slowly) "Das erste Gesetz der Magie" (Wizard's First Rule) by Terry Goodkind. My family often pick me up German books when they go across, and they bought me "Schweinsgalop" (The Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett) for my birthday.

    Last book before that was Dracula and once I'm done with the Patrick O'Brian books (if they're good - 18 odd in the series!) I plan on reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, which has been sat on my bookcase demanding attention for the last few months.
     
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    I read Bram Stokers Dracula in 1995 and really liked it. Very atmospheric isn't it. I remember the year I read books because when I'm finished I'll put JK '95 in the back of it.
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Fortunately, I've stopped comparing my career and my experience (and my salary!) to others. Though I'm by no means loaded, I make a decent wage and I enjoy what I do. Life isn't perfect, but I've got my health, I've got my family, and I've got my salvation. What more could I need?

    Yep... quickly approaching 40. And life is good. :)
     
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  14. Cockles

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    Currently reading Public Enemies, which is fantastic. It's funny where you see a lot of representations of people like Bonnie & Clyde as these romantic fugitibves, when iin reality they weremurdering scumbag morons. Also just as interesting was just how inept the early FBI actually was
     
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  15. jk2447

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    I don't think you need anything else mate, good on ya, oh except some beers and games every now and then :D

    **Edit: Just read what I wrote originally. I meant catch your level of experience up sorry, not wages etc. I should of been clearer
     
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    Just got a copy of the wealth of nations by adam smith
     
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    Last non-IT book was Round Ireland With A Fridge by Tony Hawks. Currently reading The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson.

    IT-wise I'm currently reading the MS Press book for 70-291. It hurts my head.
     
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    A dreadfully boring book but really helped me with my exam so good choice
     
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  19. Arroryn
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    Mommy-in-law-to-be got me national book vouchers for my birthday (spent already) so my reading probably up until Christmas after my current reading is:

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith)
    The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie)
    Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)
    Vanity Fair (William Thackeray Makepeace)
    Graceling (Kristin Cashore)
    Sinner (Sara Douglass)
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll).

    I am most looking forward to 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' :)
     
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  20. UKDarkstar
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    Not really read much fiction since much earlier this year. It was either one of the Anne McCaffrey dragon books or it might have been a Stephen Donaldson (Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever series).
     
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