{ "media_type": "text", "post_content": "Books you couldn’t put down once you started?", "post_id": "60d25c01bea6ca002adfe986", "reply_count": 240, "vote_count": 47, "bowl_id": "552d1d24dc1c586b09d2d051", "bowl_name": "Consulting", "feed_type": "crowd" }
null

Books you couldn’t put down once you started?

like
Posting as :
works at
You are currently posting as works at
Highlighted IconHIGHLIGHTED

(still reading). Promised Land by Barack Obama. I can't say haters would have the same reaction that I did, but President Obama is a fantastic writer and possesses an ability to self-reflect that is humbling. He provides insight into his life and and career (and I'm only mid-way through the 2008 primary) such that you feel like he is re-living it as he writes the book. I only wish I could recall and re-live what I did last week.

I haven’t ready many books cover to cover in one sitting since owning a smartphone. Haha.

Last book I recall truly reading in one sitting was The Last Human, by Ann Gibbons.

Others quickly read that come to mind:

Infinity and the Mind, by Rudy Rucker
Yearning for the Impossible, by John Stillwell
The Emperor’s New Mind, by Roger Penrose
Jared Diamond’s books
1491 and 1493, by Charles Mann
The Case for Mars, by Bob Zubrin
How to Find a Habitable Planet, by James Kasting
How to Create a Mind, by Kurzweil
The Moral Animal, by Robert Wright
Behave, by Sapolsky
Philosophy of Pseudoscience, by Pigliucci and Boudry
Buddhism without Beliefs, by Batchelor
From Bacteria to Bach and Back, by Dennett
The Beginning of Infinity, by Deutsch

Haha, entirely nonfiction. I do read a fair amount of fiction too but seldom in English.

Recent IconRecent

When breath becomes Air

like

Purchased based on this thread activity, read in one sitting and cried

like

The Bible. Couldn’t put it down. Maybe it’s because I went to a catholic high school that tested us on it.

likefunnyuplifting

Have not read a book since middle school

likefunny

I never said the non-existence of books will mean people won't enjoy reading anymore. People will be reading books on their portable devices that will be even more portable than they are today as enjoyment instead. Usage of paper materials will drop a ton and paper milling industries will lose their customers who make books/paper notebooks etc... Schools will be more and more online. A number of Universities have already gone bankrupt since covid started as people realize online learning may be a better option and that will trickle down to high schools, middle schools etc... Books will be a thing of the past -- eventually.

Shoe Dog

likesmart

Loved this book!

Any Harry Potter, The Name of the Wind, Misery, The Hobbit, LOTR, Flowers to Algernon, Mistborn, The Way of Kings, Any Robin Hobb book, Dark Matter and Recursion

like

Re-reading the HP series for the first time in 10 years and man it is such a DELIGHT! Going to check these other ones out too. Thanks for the suggestions

like

Anything John Grisham... Cheap entertainment, but he knows how to write a thriller.

likefunny

The Firm, hands down!

like

The Gentleman in Moscow. I didn’t want it to ever end.

like

One of the best books. His Rules of civilization is also good.

Fifty shades of Gray

funnylike

Educated

like

Meh. It was interesting and a lot of hype but by the end I started to question if it was all real or there were some embellishments.

like

Any books by David Sedaris

like

Reading Naked on flights caused me much embarrassment. I giggled like a child at some of his stories.

like

Dark Matter

like

This.

Bad blood

like

Anything by Jhumpa lahiri

like

The Namesake. Leaves me with a lump in my throat every time I read it.

"Remember that you and I made this journey together to a place where there was nowhere left to go"

like

The Institute by Stephen King: Horror/thriller

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: 1980’s pop culture inspired science fiction

The Martian by Andy Weir: Astronaut stuck on Mars science fiction

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: WW2 POW nonfiction

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: Afghanistan historical fiction

Scythe by Neil Shusterman: fantasy/dystopian

like

Honestly, the movie was a letdown after reading the book. There’s a witty inner voice in the book completely missing from the movie that makes it much more fun.

Ready Player One
The Godfather
Any Harry Potter
Any Game of Thrones
Jurassic Park
Hunger Games
The Sword of Summer

like

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Shoe Dog by Phil Knight already mentioned… so I’ll have to go with 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.

like

48 laws of power was a game changer

like

1984

likefunny

Is that even a firm? Sounds like my local supermarket

funnylike

The Giver—basic but fantastic

likesmart

Love!

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

like

And purity !

Know My Name

like

Explanation: this is the memoir of the Stanford rapist’s victim (Chanel Miller), whose name will never be remembered as his was (Brock Turner). I hate nonfiction and memoirs, and feared that of ALL memoirs, this would be a dark dredge, but Chanel is a sensational writer and her story is incredibly powerful. Her experience with the justice system as *yet another* college campus sexual abuse victim needs to be heard by all. The book is intellectually-provoking of course but also funny, witty, and down to earth.

Additional Posts

Has anyone gone through the process of on-boarding a close management software? I’m specifically looking to hear of experience comparing Blackline, Floqast, and Trintech, ultimately what you chose and why. I’m in the midst of this now and would appreciate any valuable lessons learned / things that stood out as you made your decision on what fit was best for your company. Thanks!

like

Best way to transfer money from US bank account to Canadian bank account? Transferring offices to Canada and want to learn what is the best / most cost effective way to do this. Thanks!

like

New to Fishbowl?

Download the Fishbowl app to
unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.
Download Fishbowl to see what others are saying
That was just a preview…
Sign Up to see all discussions
  • Discover what it’s like to work at companies from real professionals
  • Get candid advice from people in your field in a safe space
  • Chat and network with other professionals in your field
Sign up in seconds to unlock all discussions on Fishbowl.

Already a user?
Login here

Share

Embed this post

Copy and paste embed code on your site

Preview

Download the Fishbowl app

For account settings, visit Fishbowl on Desktop Browser or

General

Legal