A Community Powered Reading List - My Facebook Neighbors Speak

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The following doesn't surprise me anymore. I've come to expect it. The reading list contained in the conversation below was generated in less than 30 minutes on Facebook. What's more, I expect that it might grow a bit from here. I think it illustrates the beauty of YEO. Because these relationships are real, I've come to trust these people that some of my "real life" friends affectionately call "faux friends." I'd strongly disagree.

I asked a simple question and the community was quick to respond. They spoke and I listened. I now have four of their recommendations in my iPhone Kindle app. And I'm looking forward to reading their suggestions!

Brad Hanks
 Brad Hanks: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Quick read but good.
Carol Smith
 Carol Smith: The Kite Runner
Jeff Turner
 Jeff Turner: Brad, that is now on my iPhone Kindle app. Thank you. Anyone else?
Kevin Jones
 Kevin Jones: What's the purpose of the read? Self Help? Pleasure? ...
Garron Selliken
 Garron Selliken: Outliers is great! also "End of Poverty" by Sachs is brilliant. & "Singularity is near" by Ray Kutzweil - heavy but mind blowing.
Jeff Turner
 Jeff Turner: Kevin... I haven't read a novel in years, if that helps. Not big on typical "self-help" books, so... :)
Jeff Turner
 Jeff Turner: Carron... thank you. Off to check them out.
Molly McMahan
 Molly McMahan: On vacation something light might be a little more fun...like Carl Hiaasen!
Jeff Turner
 Jeff Turner: Garron, ordered End Of Poverty but Singularity Is Near is not available for Kindle.
Jeff Turner
 Jeff Turner: Carron, actually it is. I just ordered it as well. Thank you!
Stephen Schweickart
 Stephen Schweickart: GREEN EGGS AND HAM...best book of all time!
Lyell E. Petersen
 Lyell E. Petersen: Do you like war memoirs?
DeAnn Monique Rice
 DeAnn Monique Rice: Have you read "The Shack"?
Jeff Turner
 Jeff Turner: Courtney, just purchased "The Wisdom of Crowds" as well. I think that will do it for next week. :) But don't stop Y'all! Great list forming here.
Sarah Nichols
 Sarah Nichols: Well Jeff, I would suggest some classic novels but you just wrote that you don't read novels. Anyway, My favorite novels are: "The Good Earth' by Pearl S. Buck, 'Memoirs of a Geisha', all the Harry Potter books (You won't be able to put those down) - that should occupy you for a while if you opt to read a few fun novels.
Cathy Carnell Chapman
 Cathy Carnell Chapman: The Noticer by Andy Andrews!
Julianna Turner Salvante
 Julianna Turner Salvante: My favorite "Einstien's Dreams" ....... Right now I am reading "Stumbling on Happiness" very enjoyable read.!
Sarah Nichols
 Sarah Nichols: Memoirs Of A Geisha is actually a very riveting novel that - while it glorifies the idea of being a geisha - also shows the pain, struggles, and mental anguish that these girls go through when they are torn from their families and thrust (and sold) into this life that they didn't choose.
Jeff Turner
 Jeff Turner: My reading list for next week. :) http://skitch.com/reshows/bwi1t/reading-list
Jim Cronin
 Jim Cronin: 52 Rules of Thumb by Alan Webber (Founder of Fast Company). And yes, Outliers was great.
Audrey June-Forshey
 Audrey June-Forshey: I am with Carol Smith, Kite runner!


Comments (35)

Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

I can't remember the last time I read a book. I guess that is pretty bad. All of my time is spent reading online now.

Jun 18, 2009 10:30 AM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Bill, I was exactly where you are right now before I put the Kindle app on my iPhone.

Jun 18, 2009 10:41 AM
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


Both my hubby & I have read everything Pat Conroy has written, so I understand TLW's priorities. Kindle worthy, BTW!

I know you have lots of children but do hope "Green Eggs & Ham" isn't one of your recent downloads...

Jun 18, 2009 11:22 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

{SVW Hubba}...

If you do decide to take on some Conroy start with "Beach Music". Out of the ones I've read thusfar, it certainly was the best. I think you'll enjoy the story, assuming of course you're reading for pleasure :)

Now back to The Great Santini. Can you say child abuse? Ooops. Didn't mean to give anything away :)

Hi Irene :)


Jun 18, 2009 11:57 AM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Jeff, I guess I'm going to have to check out Kindle. I've had my iPhone for 5 months and have yet to download any aps!!!

I guess I have to 2nd TLW's book suggestion. I get to read her books after she finishes. Pat Conroy is an awesome write. "Prince of Tides" is still my favorite Conroy book.

Jun 18, 2009 12:12 PM
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Have a wonderful vacation, Jeff! A fave book of recent years, for me, was James Michner's THE COVENANT. He's a powerful storyteller, and historically accurate...In this book, he tells the story of the cultural development of South Africa over a 2000 year timespan...Similar to the sort of approach Alex Haley had with ROOTS. You become engrossed in the families and relationships and the drama of the historical accounting. It's a big, fat book, and I could hardly put it down. It also helped me, tremendously, in understanding the South African culture (as I'd lived there in the late 90's). Since you have ties over there with your wife's work, you may both find this captivating.

Jun 18, 2009 01:33 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

How about Ayn Rand.  The Fountainhead if you want something light and Atlas Shrugged if you want something a little more challenging...

Jun 18, 2009 04:00 PM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jeff - This looks like a great list.  I also just finished "Outliers" and I loved it, although I have enjoyed all of Gladwell's books so far.  I also really enjoy the iPhone Kindle app!

Jun 18, 2009 04:20 PM
Lori Mode
The Mode Real Estate Group - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate Made Simple

Jeff - somehow I missed this on FB today, but thanks for posting...I now have a couple of new suggestions for reading on my upcoming vacation.  Gotta have my books to relax!  Have a great vacation!

Jun 18, 2009 05:45 PM
Cathy Tishhouse
RE/MAX Showcase Homes - Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Real Estate

I have a book with me all the time - but haven't gotten a Kindle yet. . .  One of my all time favorites is "The Book Thief" - like Kite Runner and Pat Conroy but this one blew me away.  This is a good reading list for me as well.

Jun 20, 2009 10:45 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

I'm so glad I bookmarked this.

It will give me some reading ideas for when my affair with Mr Conroy comes to an end :)


Jun 20, 2009 10:58 AM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Jeff, good topic. I don't have the Kindle - as I LOVE turning pages and I'm very hand's on. Sounds like you have some good suggestions, and I'll check them out as well. I'm ready to dig into my latest purchase: Glenn Beck's Common Sense. Enjoy your trip and keep us in the loop.....

Jun 25, 2009 04:58 AM
Steve Rosenbaum
Social Media Do's and Don'ts - Cedar Park, TX

This is great Jeff!  It reminds of a job interview I had in 1990 in Savannah, GA.  I was brought there from LA and asked on a Compuserve Bulletin Board for things to do and see.  I got a recommendation for a restaurant that happened to be the favorite of the company owner.  He couldn't believe that I knew about this "hole in the wall!"  We've come a long way since then, but the concept hasn't changed a bit! 

Jun 28, 2009 05:27 PM
Julie Horton
Open Door Realty - Cornelius, NC

Okay Jeff...vacation is over...what did you read and how did you like it?

Jul 09, 2009 08:13 AM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Julie... I guess my vacation was a success because I was only able to get through one of the books. I chose "The End Of Poverty" to be the first I read and it was as good as advertised!

Jul 09, 2009 08:30 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I actually used this post to order my last batch of books :)


Jul 09, 2009 08:55 AM
Bill Blair
Coldwell Banker Realty - Covington, GA
Covington Georgia Realtor Covington Living Homes

Gotta agree with TLW.  "Beach Music" is probably one of the best I've ever read.  Can't wait until August 11 for Conroy's new "South of Broad"!

Aug 06, 2009 07:50 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

This is great......I'm going to the beach and was wondering what to take to read!

Aug 13, 2009 05:10 AM
Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR
BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles - Sequim, WA

OH, I am so far behind on leaving a comment for anyone to see...but for the good of my reading soul--and my spelling abilities--I must confess out loud that books on CD became my favorite method of devouring the written word while majoring in contemporary literature several years ago. Having a mind that tends to wander unless riveted by something, I find that plugging into a well-read book on CD contracts my distracted mind, while allowing me to finish physical tasks I might otherwise dilly-dally over. I once "read" an 8-disc book while I cleaned my kitchen. When the book ended, I was bewildered to discover that everything in the kitchen sparkled, and in my hand was a grubby old toothbrush that I had used to probe every corner of gunk.  Alas, what works for quieting my distracted mind has also led to my need to consult a dictionary for my dwindling spelling prowess. Thanks for the new book list.

Aug 14, 2009 06:05 PM
Lynne Pope
eXp realty, MFA,Hermosa Beach,Redondo Beach,South Bay - Los Angeles, CA
"Out of the Blue" solutions for perfect homes

I became a fan of audio books when my mother lost her sight. As an avid reader, English teacher this loss was torture to her till, we got those wondeful books. They were on cassette then, I listened to 15 hours of the whole story of the Wright Brothers. It was life changing. Currently I have read and loved ZERO LIMITS by Joe Vitale. the message is simple.

I love you, I'm sorry, I forgive you, Thank you.   The most powerful words in the world to use for yourself your family your situations in life...so healing.

Sep 26, 2009 02:39 AM

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