This is perhaps a somewhat weird question. I do a lot of my reading in small bits - standing in line for 5 minutes at the grocery store, going down an elevator for a couple minutes, a 10 minute taxi ride, etc. Given the start and stop nature of that, it's tough to read very deep things where you really need to finish a long passage in one sitting or remember everything that had been said in the chapter or section. But I love reading books where I learn something - American history, how the internet came to be, becoming a great chef - all kinds of topics. [more inside]
I find it almost impossible to read when someone is watching TV in the same room or having a conversation at the next table. These are situations where I don't have control over my environment (I can't make people stop talking or turn off the TV). I'd like to be better at "walling off" the distractions mentally so that they don't disrupt my reading so much. Is this a skill I can develop? Are there techniques I can use to improve my ability to focus in these circumstances? [more inside]
I am looking for free, online sources of engaging materials in STEM subjects. PDFs, videos, and webpages that can be downloaded to an 8" tablet for offline consumption. [more inside]
I'm curious to read up on folks who decided give up one life for another, entirely different life. Could be individuals or entire families. Could be a different career, a different place in the world, a different identity. Extra points for a bunch of profiles of this sort of thing. Also, they don't have to be happy endings, necessarily. Stories of chasing the dream and failing are fine, too. I've taken a look for this sort of thing, and I'm a little surprised I haven't turned anything up.
I recently read Seanan McGuire's amazing Every Heart a Dooryway (so good! why so short!) and I am seeking similar fiction in this same vein. [more inside]
I'm working through the Personal MBA reading list (https://personalmba.com/). Once I complete it, is this something I should/could list on a resume? What would be the best way to include it? [more inside]
I think my boyfriend might be dyslexic and I'm debating how much to bug him about getting it checked out. But how would you even treat dyslexia in a 30-year old, and is there any benefit to getting a formal evaluation and/or diagnosis as an adult? [more inside]
So...my 10th-grader's school has released the list of possible summer reading books, from which he has to pick one to read and review. As you might imagine, there is A Problem. [more inside]
Who are the modern Robert Anton Wilsons? [more inside]
I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
I would like to broaden her mind a little and give her a selection of comics to see which she likes best and see if she takes to reading as a life habit. [more inside]
What poems / readings would you recommend for a 50th Anniversary? My parents have been having health issues so I would prefer to avoid the usual "ha ha you're falling apart" joke poems about pills and getting infirm. They are somewhat stoic but have a good sense of humor.
What book(s) can you read over and over and over again? [more inside]
I'm entirely new to teaching young kids to read and wondered what the best materials are to go over the basics (phonics, letter formation, etc.)? [more inside]
How do you decide which biography to read when there are several for a given person? [more inside]
I'm looking for reading material about anything and everything with a Pacific Ocean vibe -- what are your suggestions? [more inside]
I've been reading the excellent Emotional Labor Condensed Thread, and it's shaping the way I think about life. What are other recommendations for great reads that change the way you think about day-to-day life? Other examples I've enjoyed include: Ask vs. Guess Culture, Love Languages... Give me more! Format doesn't matter.
I have a faint recollection of reading an essay by C. S. Lewis, in which he discusses reading poetry, and suggests moving one's lips while reading. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
I've started an English-language feminist book club in an East Asian city and I'm looking for more titles that aren't written by or about women in the U.S. Books about women in Asia and feminism in this part of the world would be ideal. What are some great book club picks for our group? [more inside]
Please suggest in-depth, emotionally intelligent, not overloaded with cliches and gender stereotyping, books about: marriage, marriage therapy, the psychology of relationships etc. [more inside]
I have a long car ride coming up and a long academic document to read. Is there a good, low-cost, text to speech program that can process a large Word document and spit out an mp3 file that I could burn onto a disc and listen to on my ride? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for French books by diaspora/PoC authors who have NOT been translated into English. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Does anyone have any suggestions for what books I could get for this student? [more inside]
I mostly read paperback thriller type books and want to broaden my horizons. I'm looking for some sort of online book club with weekly/monthly suggestions for books-that-make-you-think type stuff. A mix of old and new novels would be perfect.
My partner often comes up to me and starts talking no matter what I'm doing - reading a book, writing, working on a drawing. He doesn't wait until I make eye contact or acknowledge him - he just starts talking. This means that when I'm concentrating on something I'm frequently interrupted. Is there a way for me to remain physically present and available for occasional conversation while signalling that I am busy and don't wish to be constantly interrupted? [more inside]
I majored in linguistics in undergrad and I've been hankering after a reasonably accessible and entertaining linguistics-related book for personal enjoyment -- even better if it catches me up on developments in the field in the last ~15 years, but that's not a requirement. [more inside]
With The Man in the High Castle hitting Amazon Prime today, it got me thinking about other alternate histories that I have yet to read about or watch. Obviously this lends itself to dystopian lit, but I was wondering if there's more obscure things out there besides the mainstream/popular things like Inglorious Basterds. My favorites are sci-fi and horror, but I'm open to just about anything and will pretty much give everything a shot if it's highly recommended. Hope me, MeFites!
What should I be reading to replace Grantland? [more inside]
I read a lot of content from articles/essays I save online. Sometimes I want to annotate these articles and organise them for research purposes. At the moment the best way to do this is Evernote, but I find the iPad / Android app clunky for reading and highlighting. The interface is designed for writing, and is a constant frustration. Are there any better solutions? [more inside]
My husband needs to take both the OAR and GRE in the next handful of months. He has never taken the GRE and did a good job on the OAR, but needs to do a GREAT job. [more inside]
My five year old is running out of books. Need recommendations for new chapter books series appropriate for a younger kid who reads at a fourth grade level. He likes: Captain Awesome, Captain Underpants, Big Nate, The Alphabet Mysteries, My Weird School, The Magic Treehouse, Superfly.
I want to send some science fiction and/or fantasy books to someone. These are practically the only genres I DON'T read, and for various reasons I can't ask the recipient for a wish list. Please recommend some science fiction and fantasy books that would be good choices and that are available in paperback. Stand-alone titles are strongly preferred, but series are OK too. I'd also consider some good anthologies if they're available in paperback. Thanks!
Sometime in the last couple of years I read a great description of the feeling of dozing off in the back of your parents car on a journey at night. I cannot for the life of me remember where I read it. The part which really struck me concerned the description of the feeling being somewhat uncanny, possibly slightly evil. Does anyone know what it might have been? It might have been something by Stephen King.
Fiancee is trying to find out if this quote: "One of the greatest gifts adults can give - to their offspring and to their society - is to read to children." is actually by Carl Sagan, so she can use it for a paper. I can't find it anywhere. Is this actually something Sagan said or is the internet being the internet? [more inside]
Of course, the real answer is most books, but I'm looking for something a little more specific... [more inside]
Okay, so, details are somewhat sketchy because I'm going back about 32 years, when I would have been roughly 8 or 9. [more inside]
Another book recommendations question! My son, aged 9, is devouring the Ranger's Apprentice series. What else is in a similar, perhaps a little older, reading ability range, that has strong plotting and imaginative worlds. Also sci-fi...
Since my mum got her Kobo ereader, she's been bingeing on the classics but finding the latest recommendations offered by Kobo and Goodreads don't interest her much. She's 76, hates gratuitous bad language, sex, and overly wordy or convoluted language. I've told her that Metafilter is full of bright and knowledgable people; ready to help. [more inside]
Recommend me your favorite collections of short stories please. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for great reading material on "2001: A Space Odyssey" (the movie, not the novel or source story). I could go through and read all the reviews, but are there any particularly noteworthy pieces (magazine, Web, newspaper) or books out there that I can't miss? Interesting theories or discussions? Other non-reading media would be of interest as well. Thanks in advance.
I'm looking for books about Canada, specifically Montreal, and also books set in Montreal. What would you recommend? [more inside]
Please help suggest books for my 4th grade son that he will actually read and like. A number of requirements inside. [more inside]
I've been a chick lit fan for a few years now, and I'm looking for some new authors. [more inside]
Suggestions for websites to read during a news/politics sabbatical? [more inside]
I'm terrible about "setting the mood" for reading. I'd like to develop a ritual or create an environment (at home) that will invite me to ignore all other distractions, curl up with my books and read. So, how do you stage your home reading environment? Do you have pre-reading rituals to get you in the mood? [more inside]
When studying, how do you find a balance between obsessively picking through every little detail to the point of burnout and falling back on a definition of "good enough" that really isn't good enough? I would especially be interested in suggestions for a context where there is a lot of reading thrown at you with little structure, like graduate or medical school. Any suggestions on how to structure such material without wasting time or burning out?
I'm looking for a book to read at night while I'm camping tonight that feels like the video game, Alan Wake. Looking for something with a spooky feel, dark, more psychological than horror.
At times I have really enjoyed the popcorny thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (e.g., The Relic or Still Life with Crows) but over time, they've gotten so dumb (and formulaic) that I can't really stomach any more. Can you give me some suggestions for similarly tense, page-turning fare, whether natural or supernatural; ideally, high-tension, low gore, and I shouldn't be groaning over plot stupidities every other page.
Hi MetaFilter, I'm looking for book recommendations for my little brother who is 12 years old. Other questions seem to be about book recommendations for 8-12 year old children who read ABOVE their grade level. My brother doesn't really enjoy reading all that much, and reads, in my opinion, below his grade level. [more inside]