Name a book you really want to read… but, for whatever reason, you just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Just one? I have an entire shelf (plus a small stack) of non-fiction and a shelf of fiction that I’ve had sitting there for quite some time (upto two years for some!), but just haven’t gotten around to reading any of it. But, taking a quick look, I guess the one I’m most looking forward to is Steven Pinker’s “The Stuff of Thought.”
Ironically, I only bought that one this week.
Guns, Germs, and Steel.
/but I just bought it yesterday
The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin. I just downloaded an audio book version to listen to on a long flight this weekend.
I just started this one, but I’ve been waiting a while and I finally have some time to start it, so I think it should still count: The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil. His older stuff is awesome, and so far this book is right on par.
2 Max Berry books – Syrup and Company. I LOVED Jennifer Government, and he got me to read Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan which I’m pretty sure I read faster than any other novel I’ve ever read.
I have a tendency to just have those books slip my mind because he’s not as well known say a William Gibson or Robert Heinlein book which would jump out at me at the book store.
Yours, because you still owe me a free (signed) copy. Tsk, tsk…
The 9/11 Commission Report. I just can’t bring myself to read it because I know it will make me too mad.
Wow, let’s see…
How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker
And in no particular order, here’s some others:
Breaking the Spell by Daniel Dennett An Essay concerning Human Understanding by John Locke Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
And those are just the ones that I own. As for the ones that I don’t, I’d probably add the works of Philip K. Dick.
And if you want me to read books, stop writing such a good blog. It’s distracting me. :-p
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
The African Wars The Alexandrian Wars The Civil Wars The Gallic Wars The Spanish Wars By Julius Cesar
America: A Prophecy William Blake
Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin – I’m waiting until it comes out in paperback at half the price.
Demon-Haunted World is top on my list at the moment.
The hebrew/christian bible and/or the koran.
For what it really says, what it doesn’t say and to argue the point of why I never took the any mythology seriously in the first place. So I don’t get the “how do you know you won’t like it if you don’t try it” comment.
I can spend day and night reading Harry Potter 1-7 but I can’t get myself started on reading that archaic text for more than 10 minutes.
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is a pretty good read. I read it senior year of high school for my Science & Ethics course.
I’d like to finish Moby Dick, On The Road, and The Canterbury Tales.
I’d like to finish Moby Dick, On The Road, The Canterbury Tales, and The Crying of Lot 49
World War Z
Like Aditya, I also have a shelf (or two) of books waiting to be read. Darn that Half Price Bookstore! The one I have had the longest and not yet read is Lord of the Rings. Last time I picked it up I came across some person I wasn’t familiar with and got caught up in the appendices for a few hours – I didn’t made it back to the story!
Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
Gould’s The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. I have 1430 crisp pages worth of this tome sitting on my book shelf. If there will be one book that I aspire to read – but never manage to complete – this will be the one.
The Bible – Author Unknown
I want to finish Origin of Species and Descent of Man. I’ve started them both several times, but never actually got all the way through. But I bought a copy of From So Simple a Beginning, edited by E. O. Wilson, which contains those two plus The Voyage of the Beagle and The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, and dammit, this time for sure.
To writer dd: I just finished The Voyage of the Beagle, and it’s a great adventure/travel book. I think you’ll like it a lot.
“The Making of the Fittest” and “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” by Sean B. Carroll. To be fair, one of them hasn’t been released yet — but I still want to read it.
C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.
Up until recently it was Anna Karenina, but I’m reading that now. So I guess I’d say either The Brothers Karamazov or The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I like my classics ).
I bought “The Truth (With Jokes)” by Al Franken months ago, still haven’t found the time to open it up though.
The entire catalogue of repressed texts existent only in Vatican City archives.
Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship
The Road To Reality by Roger Penrose. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Doubt: A History by Jennifer Hecht
Too busy with life, and whenever I want to read, I end up choosing a smaller, thinner book. Talk about lazy!
Well I’d say Demon Haunted world by Carl Sagan but i just started it. So I’ll go with Your inner Fish (forget who by).
The Secular Conscience by Austin Dacey Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby The Assault on Reason by Al Gore The Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
Are just a few that come to mind right now.
If I had to pick one, I’d go with “In Search of Schrodinger’s Cat” by John Gribbin. But there are quite a few others I could mention too, lol. So many books, so little time.
Zero: A Biography Of A Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife.
It had actually slipped my mind that I wanted to read this until just now. Thanks for sparking my memory!
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Funny…. I just checked out Demon Haunted World and Selfish Gene from my local library.
For me it’s Andrew Tanenbaum’s book “Operating Systems – Design and Implementation” and Jose Saramago’s – Evangelium according to Jesus Christi.
Anything by Stephen King.
The Inflationary Universe by Alan Guth
The coolest and best supported theory on cosmic origins.
El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (or translated “The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha”).
It is a looong but very fun book to read. I have a wonderful edition with comments and explanations of many old words and references. I’m still stuck at the prologue since some 2 years ago, though.
The full Thousand Nights and a Night. Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler. And the original versions of as many fairy tales as possible.
I’m a big science fiction guy, but I’ve still not read Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. I’ve even owned copies of it from time to time, but I’ve never actually picked it up and read it.
Some great suggestions in this thread. I enjoyed Foucault’s Pendulum by Eco as well as Gore Vidal’s Julian. I recommend Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory and I am hoping to tackle Arthur Koestler’s The Ghost in the Machine.