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By charla
#471785
That's on my list to read too.
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By Bruvva
#471789
dimtimjim wrote:I just tend to not read fiction. I'd rather sit down with the latest Britannica than the latest Tom Clancy. I like knowledge, not too fussed with story telling.


See, this makes me sad, so many people tend to dismiss fiction as "not worth reading", only read autobiographies and insist that anything that actively engages your imagination as "childish" as if that gives themselves some kind of intellectual bonus points (but probably still watch Eastenders and Coronation street).

Anyway, last few have been

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006I1CDFA/ref=docs-os-doi_0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0074VPKNU/ref=docs-os-doi_0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006TLAZMW/ref=docs-os-doi_0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007704UFC/ref=docs-os-doi_0
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By Yudster
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When I started school at four I could already read fluently - I have no idea why, my mum says she didn't teach me and my dad certainly didn't. Its just one of those things I could just do. By the time I was 5 the school had run out of books that I hadn't read, but I didn't care because my mum was a librarian so I had virtually unlimited access to anything I wanted to read. So I read everything. Fiction, reference, biographies - the lot. When I was still 5 the school asked me to bring in whatever I was reading at home because I had devoured every book in the place, and I will never forget the look on my teacher's face when I brought the biographical account of Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition which I was halfway through (my dad had finished it and passed it to me, he knew I'd enjoy it).

Anyway, I haven't changed. I read bloody everything. Its probably why I'm good at pub quizzes.
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By dimtimjim
#471796
Bruvva wrote:See, this makes me sad, so many people tend to dismiss fiction as "not worth reading", only read autobiographies and insist that anything that actively engages your imagination as "childish" as if that gives themselves some kind of intellectual bonus points (but probably still watch Eastenders and Coronation street).


Soz big-bro, I mean no offence to you book types and certainly have no derogatory feelings to those who enjoy a read, its just how my mind works. I am very un-imaginative, but am highly technically minded. 'tis the same reason I watch little TV, but can easily kill hours watching Discovery channel, for example.
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By Nicola_Red
#471804
Yudster wrote:When I started school at four I could already read fluently - I have no idea why, my mum says she didn't teach me and my dad certainly didn't. Its just one of those things I could just do. When I was still 5 the school asked me to bring in whatever I was reading at home because I had devoured every book in the place, and I will never forget the look on my teacher's face when I brought the biographical account of Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition which I was halfway through (my dad had finished it and passed it to me, he knew I'd enjoy it)..


I could read before I got to school too, but I don't think I was quite that advanced! I just remember scoffing at the books they expected us to read, the ones with a picture and one word on the page. I was straight onto Janet & John :)
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By Bruvva
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dimtimjim wrote:Soz big-bro, I mean no offence to you book types and certainly have no derogatory feelings to those who enjoy a read, its just how my mind works. I am very un-imaginative, but am highly technically minded. 'tis the same reason I watch little TV, but can easily kill hours watching Discovery channel, for example.


Wasn't a go at you in particular :)

Nicola_Red wrote:
Yudster wrote:When I started school at four I could already read fluently - I have no idea why, my mum says she didn't teach me and my dad certainly didn't. Its just one of those things I could just do. When I was still 5 the school asked me to bring in whatever I was reading at home because I had devoured every book in the place, and I will never forget the look on my teacher's face when I brought the biographical account of Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition which I was halfway through (my dad had finished it and passed it to me, he knew I'd enjoy it)..


I could read before I got to school too, but I don't think I was quite that advanced! I just remember scoffing at the books they expected us to read, the ones with a picture and one word on the page. I was straight onto Janet & John :)


I was on to the "read whatever you want" stage at school very early on as well. I was reading Lord of the Rings at 7. Although to be fair, I skipped the boring Tom Bombadil bit.
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By dimtimjim
#471811
bmstinton93 wrote:I don't read.


Yeah, checking FB status updates dunt count yoof! :D
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By Nicola_Red
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bmstinton93 wrote:I don't read.


Why? I'm not having a go at you - just curious. Have you ever read? Did the books you did at GCSE put you off?
By bmstinton93
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I don't really know. I just can't be bothered. I read all 8 Harry Potter books and used to read although kinda felt I did cause I had to. It just takes too long and I find it boring. And I hate silence as well and then can't read with music on...
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By Nicola_Red
#471840
Ah, that's fair enough. I think in a culture where the TV is on all the time, silence can seem weird. But I like to read sitting outside work on my lunch, or on the tram home. I feel gutted when I see I'm reaching the end of another kindle book, cos I can't afford to buy as fast as I can read!
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By dimtimjim
#471851
Tsk, tsk.

Don't pirate stuff people, its only fair to get paid for what you do - be that write books or stack shelves at Sainsburys.
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By Nicola_Red
#471866
Yeah, I wouldn't pirate books. For some reason I feel more strongly about that than I do films or TV shows.
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By a-moron
#471867
Do you buy books from the charity shops?

*Cause we all know they are just a front for seedy criminal skulduggery.
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By Nicola_Red
#471870
No, apart from coffee table/glossy hardback type books I only buy e-books now.
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By a-moron
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How do you turn the pages down on an e-book to keep your place?
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By Nicola_Red
#471875
It remembers for you. What, you think I paid £110 for something that doesn't even remember where I'm up to?
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By charla
#471878
Yudster wrote:When I started school at four I could already read fluently - I have no idea why, my mum says she didn't teach me and my dad certainly didn't. Its just one of those things I could just do. By the time I was 5 the school had run out of books that I hadn't read, but I didn't care because my mum was a librarian so I had virtually unlimited access to anything I wanted to read. So I read everything. Fiction, reference, biographies - the lot. When I was still 5 the school asked me to bring in whatever I was reading at home because I had devoured every book in the place, and I will never forget the look on my teacher's face when I brought the biographical account of Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki expedition which I was halfway through (my dad had finished it and passed it to me, he knew I'd enjoy it).

Anyway, I haven't changed. I read bloody everything. Its probably why I'm good at pub quizzes.


For some reason, that whole paragraph just reminded me of Matilda.
By R94N
#471927
I actually saw quite a few people on holiday, and on the plane, using Kindles. I didn't really think e-books had taken off among 'normals' but even though that was just one trip it sort of showed it has started to.
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By chrysostom
#471928
In London (oooh!) they're commonplace on trains and the tube. I think they're a very useful resource for commuters.
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By Nicola_Red
#471931
I've only had my kindle a couple of months, but my mum has had one for over a year, and she's pretty normal. Much more so than me anyway.
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By Travis Bickle
#471932
dimtimjim wrote:Tsk, tsk.

Don't pirate stuff people, its only fair to get paid for what you do - be that write books or stack shelves at Sainsburys.


Absolutely. Illegal downloads are just the same as walking into a shop and nicking a book or a DVD. If you wouldn't do that, don't illegally download.

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