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ReadmeFilter: Desperately in need of suggestions for books for upcoming Europe trip. [more inside]
posted by kjs4 on Sep 23, 2008 - 16 answers

Read on the pot?

What is normally considered "appropriate recreational bathroom activities" in US culture? (Safe for work) [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 22, 2008 - 60 answers

Need book titles.....

I am looking for Young Adult books to recommend about Womens History. [more inside]
posted by haikuku on Sep 16, 2008 - 9 answers

why does LETS GO RIDE BIKES

why do i get motion sickness only on specific forms of transportation? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Sep 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Free text to .mp3/.wav converter?

How do I convert text, .doc, or .pdf into a .mp3, .wav, or any other audio file for FREE?
posted by meta.mark on Aug 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Can you recommend some Good Books for my dad?

My dad recently read The Shack and really liked it. Can you recommend other books with a spiritual leaning (not necessarily Christian) that he might also like? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Aug 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Tiny reader seeks education.

My daughter is on her 5th day of Kindergarten and it is quickly becoming apparent she is not being challenged at her reading level. What can I do to challenge her growing mind? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Aug 21, 2008 - 43 answers

How can I focus while reading?

How can I learn to focus better (especially while reading)? [more inside]
posted by comwiz on Aug 17, 2008 - 21 answers

Recent poetry, fiction, histories re: Cork, Ireland?

Recent poetry, fiction, histories re: Cork, Ireland? The question title says it all, except maybe to clarify: not looking for authors from Cork so much as stories about or set in Cork. Even better if it's something that is likely to be on the shelves at a book store in the US. Thanks.
posted by quarterframer on Aug 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me find an educational reward/prize for our reading contest

In the spirit of our local library's summer reading program, we've done a similar program of our own (since our children flew through the initial 1000 minutes of the library program). Help me find an appropriate educational-yet-awesome reward to give them for completing our contest! [more inside]
posted by AaronRaphael on Aug 6, 2008 - 10 answers

And the worst part is, I never learned to read! *sobs*

I can't read. More specifically, I have difficulty reading anything longer than 1,000 words. Please help. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Aug 4, 2008 - 21 answers

Works About The Relationship Between Fathers and Sons?

I'm the first-time father of a one-year old boy. Having recently finished "The Road" and "The Prince of Frogtown" and enjoyed the movie "The Kite Runner", I'm looking for suggestions of other books (or movies or songs) that are about the relationship between fathers and sons. [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Aug 4, 2008 - 32 answers

Novels for a Murakami and Mieville fan?

NovelFilter: Hive mind, I have come to the shocking realization that my to-read queue is empty. I really enjoy the surreal side of Murakami (Hard-Boiled Wonderland, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, etc.), and I've recently been remembering the absolutely wonderful creations in Perdido Street Station. Help me find new novels that will send my mind to weird and fantastic places! [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on Aug 2, 2008 - 46 answers

OMG Magic Ponies!

What-Was-That-Book filter: It's a children's book - probably a few decades old. A young girl goes to live with her two maiden aunts in a large estate (possibly English?). They are strict, I think. The girl finds a magic pony boy with colourful (like, pink and blue, etc), magic horses. She befriends the boy and spends her days learning to ride the ponies and do circus-style tricks on them. I just re-thought of it the other day, and now it's driving me mental. Thanks in advance!
posted by InfinateJane on Aug 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Reading exercises to aid recovery from stroke

I had a stroke three months ago, and although I’ve lost very little functionality, I would like to find some sort of exercises to improve my reading and writing capability. [more inside]
posted by kthxbeth on Jul 31, 2008 - 6 answers

Book recommendations for 25 year old woman?

Can anyone recommend some great books that a 25 year old woman would relate to? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Jul 27, 2008 - 20 answers

I love books, but there are so many out there

How do you decide whether a book is worth reading? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 18, 2008 - 39 answers

Vacation Reading Recommendations?

Can you all help me with some summer vacation reading recommendations? I trust your tastes implicitly. Helpful guidelines inside. [more inside]
posted by Otis on Jul 17, 2008 - 25 answers

Alphabet Efficiency

Are any writing systems or alphabets more efficient, in the sense that they are more readable, than others? What is the most efficient? [more inside]
posted by ecab on Jul 10, 2008 - 15 answers

Bathroom entertainment

Recommend me some books for when I'm on the can. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen on Jul 9, 2008 - 49 answers

Don't read me a bedtime story.

What are some exceptionally well-performed audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Jul 7, 2008 - 80 answers

Recommend some ghostly mystery books, please!

I'm looking for supernatural mysteries! [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Jul 2, 2008 - 24 answers

fun things to do alone in Chicago?

What should I do alone in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 1, 2008 - 21 answers

Looking for novel-esque non-fiction books.

I love Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City. It's a non-fiction book about Chicago in 1893 which reads much like a novel. I'd like to read other books written in the same novel-esque style about some other cities or historic events. Know of any novel-like non-fiction reads?
posted by melodykramer on Jun 29, 2008 - 47 answers

You can't read 'em all... that's précis talk

Précis, outlines, abstracts for contemporary non-fiction books -- are there any sites or publications doing this? [more inside]
posted by alb on Jun 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Quiet Place to Write in NYC?

Help me find a quiet place in Brooklyn/ Manhattan to read and write. [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jun 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Looking for lowbrow books

Looking for sites or reviewers who review books other than literary fiction [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2008 - 4 answers

cold fiction for the hot summer?

Two of my favorite books for summer are "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin and "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg; I'd like suggestions for other (preferably hefty) novels with complex/absorbing story lines and wintry settings or themes to help me stay sane 'til September. Got an ice book to recommend?
posted by taz on Jun 10, 2008 - 46 answers

Books that take place in Knoxville/East Tennessee?

I'm looking for books, either fiction or non-fiction, that take place in Knoxville, Tennessee or other nearby places in East Tennessee. [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Jun 6, 2008 - 11 answers

Whither thou, BookGem?

Whither thou, BookGem? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful on Jun 6, 2008 - 3 answers

Say it wasn't all for nothing...

I'm strugging to come to terms with the fact that I've read such a seemingly extraordinary number of books yet seem to remember so very little. The obvious answer is to apply oneself more rigidly, in future, to study; to take notes and review them, etc. However, I really don't feel like writing extensive plot summaries every time I read a book, neither does this help me deal with the very distressing realisation that I don't know as much as I should do. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jun 5, 2008 - 22 answers

Johnny Can't Remember

How can I remember more of what I read? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on May 30, 2008 - 21 answers

Ecotopian fiction with some political awareness?

Book recommendations: ecotopian fiction? (Something to read after The Fifth Sacred Thing)? [more inside]
posted by salvia on May 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Non-religious memorial service readings

What are some good non-religious readings I can use at a memorial service? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on May 26, 2008 - 12 answers

Writing without reading?

Can anyone suggest why my daughter can write just fine, but apparently can't read? [more inside]
posted by 5MeoCMP on May 25, 2008 - 36 answers

Decadent literature recommendations

Starting a book club for literature of the decadent movement. Starting with Against Nature. What next? What else?
posted by Astro Zombie on May 23, 2008 - 12 answers

Tips For Studying & Reading Most of the Day, Everyday?

Tips For Studying & Reading Most of the Day, Everyday? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on May 19, 2008 - 14 answers

What should every wannabe lawyer know?

If you were going to design a course of self-study in U.S. law that starts with the basics and moves outward, what would you recommend for reading? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on May 13, 2008 - 10 answers

I don't think the names of foodstuffs is going to cut it.

What is the best way for me to learn Spanish in order to pass a reading test? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 10, 2008 - 13 answers

'Scuse me while tachistoscope.

I had a toy tachistoscope as a kid. Do they still exist? [more inside]
posted by bink on Apr 12, 2008 - 5 answers

What are the classics of genre fiction?

What are the classics of genre fiction? What are the best thrillers, mysteries, westerns, horror, romances, etc? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Apr 3, 2008 - 27 answers

What Part/Full-Time Jobs Allow Lots of Reading Time?

What Part/Full-Time Jobs Allow Lots of Reading Time? So far I could come up with: lifeguard, parking lot attendant, pet/house sitter, night-time babysitter, and security guard. What are some others? Pay is not important. I will be working another job for the $ and get my study/ready done during this one.
posted by LC on Mar 15, 2008 - 41 answers

What's the time-travel canon?

I'm trying to make an expansive and widely-varied reading list of time-travel books and stories. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Mar 11, 2008 - 43 answers

Help me overthink sex and romance.

What are some good books/essays/articles about human sexuality, sexual and romantic relationships, and sexual or otherwise affection-entangled activity - with an emphasis on the theoretical? I'm thinking more along the lines of Judith Butler than The Joy of Sex - so suggestions should be at least vaguely academic. (Things like Leaves of Grass count as vaguely academic). [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 10, 2008 - 21 answers

How to get Web Articles onto Phones?

How do I setup something where I can save web articles onto my computer so that they will sync with my phone? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Mar 4, 2008 - 2 answers

dustbunnies that don't need dusting, and books that needs reading

Favorite secret reading spots in and around Boston? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Mar 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Meal in Reading, England

I'm going to be in Reading, England for just a day. Anybody know a good place to get a good English Sunday lunch, drink a pint, read the papers?
posted by jgballard on Mar 1, 2008 - 6 answers

I want to read stories or articles like those on 'This American Life'

I've been reading 'New Kings of Nonfiction' by Ira Glass and love it. I want to read more articles and books in this vein. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Calling MeFibrarians and MeFanarchists

I have been asked at the last minute to incorporate some Bakunin into my paper (due Friday) on 19th Century theories of community. Not having read any Bakunin before, and not having much time to work on this, I am in a bit of a pickle. I am more than happy to do the relevant reading if only I can identify it. Can someone who has read Bakunin please recommend to me some specific pieces I should read? I am interested in ideas of what community is and should be, how it is created and maintained, why it is necessary, etc. For reference, the major theorist I am drawing on for this paper is Ferdinand Tonnies.
posted by arcticwoman on Feb 13, 2008 - 2 answers

reading glasses?

Where do you get your cheap or inexpensive reading glasses? The ones with a scratch resistant lens that are priced so you can buy a half dozen pairs and leave them laying around your life? The cheapos from the hardware store 3.99 or so are good for price but they always scratch right in the center of the lens rendering them useless except for emergencys. The frame can be pretty weak too. This thread had good answers for scratch resistance but no sources for purchase either on line or off.
posted by flummox on Feb 8, 2008 - 11 answers

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