Book Meme

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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.

I am  meming Lenn Harley, Jeff Belonger and Jessica Hughes.

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Patricia Kennedy
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All The President's Men was one of my favorites!  On the Woodley Park photo section of the DC Localsim page, I have a photo of the building where Bob Woodward met at least one of his "Deep Throats". 
Aug 13, 2007 02:51 AM #1
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
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Hi Mitchell thank you for the meme and for a peek into your books! The Great Gatsby is one of my favorites too - one of those books that makes you feel like you are there in the middle of all the action....or sometimes in Gatsby, the in-action lol. All The President's Men, wow, it was one of those times when you knew you were reading non-fiction but it was all so incredible I kept saying to myself, this has to be fiction!

McLuhan is someone who has never been on my radar - since you really like him I am adding him to my list of books to read!

Aug 13, 2007 03:10 AM #2
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Carole Cohen
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I also cannot remember if I read the Turow book or if it was turned into a movie and I saw the movie! LOL
Aug 13, 2007 03:15 AM #3
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Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
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Patricia, That is very cool. I will go look for the photo.

Carole, I didn't really like McLuhan at the time, but I think of him now and realize he had a brilliant mind. I never saw the movie Presumed innocent but it probably was turned into one.

Aug 13, 2007 03:22 AM #4
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Maureen McCabe
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I've read a couple of Turow books and really enjoyed them.  I can't remember if I ever finished any F Scott Fitzgerald.  I loved Dickens when I was in high school.  

Carole, the book 'Presumed Innocent' is a lot better than the movie. 

I know I am not political enough for 'All The Presidents Men.'  I could not really follow the movie when I saw it when it first came out.  

 

Aug 13, 2007 03:26 AM #5
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Lenn Harley
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Mitchell.  You can't meme me, I memed you.  Or, I'll just post the same post I posted yesterday. 

Now I get to tag three ActiveRain friends.  Get ready folks. 
Mitchell Hall
Susan Milner
Jim Crawford
 

Posted by Lenn Harley on 08/12/2007 06:26 PM

I do like your book selections.  Good reading.

 

Aug 13, 2007 03:27 AM #6
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Mitchell J Hall
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Maureen, I actually wanted to go into politics "All the Presidents Men" nipped that interest in the bud. I went into media/advertising instead and now I'm in real estate.
Aug 13, 2007 03:38 AM #7
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Mitchell J Hall
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Lenn,

I didn't realize you memed me lol.  I thouht you were referring to Carole's meme. I'm off to your post now.

Aug 13, 2007 03:43 AM #8
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Mitchell..... so, we are blaming this on Carole Cohen... lol    Hey, seriously, thanks for the meme.  At least I can say that I was thought of. But my selection of books my turn some heads... lol   Besides, I just realized for some reason that you are not on my subscribed list and I just thought you fell off the face of the earth.  I know I had an issue several months ago with this, but now it's fixed. I am subscribed so I don't miss your posts.

In any case... All the President's Men...  Does watching the movie count?   Just like cliff notes... ??  ;o)  With Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Ned Beatty, and Meredith Baxter.... I can remember the others.  Did you read his next book, the Final Days?

Overall.... interesting selection. Thanks for sharing this.  PS... yes, the book All the President's Men was a good book.  

Aug 13, 2007 04:14 AM #9
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Mitchell J Hall
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Hey Jeff, I did fall off the earth, just working I've never had such a busy summer. I have not been able to take a vacation yet. I have not had much to write lately. Yes it's Carole fault and I got memeed by Lenn too.  LOL I like movies too. By all means turn our heads Jeff.
Aug 13, 2007 04:24 AM #10
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Carole Cohen
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I will happily take the blame LOL
Aug 13, 2007 04:47 AM #11
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Mitchell J Hall
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Jeff, I have not read Final Days
Aug 13, 2007 04:56 AM #12
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Jeff Belonger
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Mitchell... Well, good to see you around. I'll do my meme tonight. Again, thanks for the thought and mention.

 jeff belonger

Aug 13, 2007 05:07 AM #13
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Jessica Hughes
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Hey Mitchell, Wow, a book meme!  I am out of the loop on Active Rain and on book reading.

You came up with a great selection.  I adore Dickens too, along with all the 'classics'.

And when I say "out of the loop" on book reading....  Does "A potty for me!" by Karen Katz count??  How about "Green Eggs and Ham"?   At any rate, thanks for the meme, I'll see what I can 'dig up' from my memory banks! 

Aug 15, 2007 07:15 AM #14
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Mitchell J Hall
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Hi Jessica, I love "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat" too.
Aug 16, 2007 12:24 AM #15
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Mitchell... here is my book meme. My Dirty Book meme.......... What those inquiring minds would like to know.
Thanks for the tag....

jeff belonger

Aug 16, 2007 12:29 AM #16
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