I've been procrastinating writing this blog since being memed by Carole Cohen in her Book Meme: You show me yours and I'll show you mine. Actually I've been procrastinating blogging altogether lately.
I rarely read fiction anymore. Perhaps there is too much information out there particularly since the advent of the internet. I find I rather spend time reading factual articles or reading about history. I love history and it always seems to repeat itself.
I have a short attention span so a book has to capture me right away. There have been books I've read that I couldn't put down but I can't remember them all. Usually I read on vacation. One book that I remember starting that captured me and I kept reading all night was:
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. It was suspensful and compelling and haunting with many twists.
Many of the books that turned out favorites were read years ago because they were required reading in school.
I enjoyed Charles Dickens books. Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, David Copperfied, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. His books all had great themes and characters.
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald. I enjoyed the crazy characters and the descriptions of New York. When ever I go out to Long Island (to east egg) East Hampton either by car or train when I pass through Queens I think of the narrative in The Great Gatsby and when I see the estates in The Hamptons I think of the way they were decsribed by Fitzgerald.
All The Presidents Men, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, While certainly not a classic like Dickens, when this book came out in 1974, I was a freshman in College in Washington D.C., I had an internship on Capital Hill with my congressman. After reading this book and living in Washington during Watergate I switched my major from government to communications. (who knew 30 years later we would have an even more corrupt administration and those writing classes would come in handy in my real estate career.)
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media The Extensions of Man. So I switched majors and I had to read Marshall McLuhan. He was way ahead of his time. I had no idea what he was talking about at the time. "The medium is the message" I thought he was nuts I understand him now quite clearly. If he had only lived to see the blogisphere.
Self-Help Not a big fan of self-hep books because I think they are mostly a bunch of BS. However, I have read several over the years and out of all of them the only one I remember the author and the title, I read 25 years ago Dale Carnegie How to win friends and influence people. It is a good book for anyone in sales.