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Teach me to read (and enjoy!) non-fiction!

I love reading fiction, but non-fiction just doesn't hold my interest. I'd very much like it to -- I have a bunch of books I'd like to read, but I get a few pages in, and I just glaze over. Maybe it's the lack of plot? Am I doomed to reading only fiction, or can I learn to enjoy non-fiction?
posted by sarcasticah on Dec 7, 2008 - 24 answers

What should I read if I love Clan of the Cave Bear?

I love The Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel, and am looking to read other series in the same vein (i.e. historical, fact-filled, plot driven awesomeness) What would you recommend?
posted by melodykramer on Dec 7, 2008 - 38 answers

Help our bookclub find a place to meet.

Trying to find a good venue for a book club in NYC to meet - a coffeeshop or independent bookstore would be ideal, but certainly not necessary. The only real considerations are that it be public, not super-packed on Wednesday nights when we meet, and a place where we can either purchase or bring a bottle of wine - more inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Dec 2, 2008 - 3 answers

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction?

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Nov 28, 2008 - 55 answers

Most influential psychology books and articles?

What have been the most influential articles and books in psychology (esp. articles)? Any amazing reading lists, or anthologies? I'm talking the whole gamut -- social, developmental, clinical, physiological, cognitive, etc. -- and only the most universally acknowledged important works. Thanks!
posted by shivohum on Nov 20, 2008 - 13 answers

Beyond Goodreads.com?

What are your favorite places to read about and talk about books online? Bibliophile hearts Goodreads.com but seeks a world beyond... Are there any online book clubs that are good (my searches return a lot of results, but I can't tell at a glance what's worth exploring)? What are the book review blogs of record?
posted by toomuchkatherine on Nov 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Get the boy a book!

If he liked Tony Parsons and Roald Dahl and Nick Hornby what else will he like? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Nov 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Can you suggest some comic books in trade paperback based on what I have already read and enjoyed?

Can you suggest some comic books in trade paperback based on what I have already read and enjoyed? [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel on Nov 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Can shorthand be read as quickly as other forms of writing?

Can shorthand be read as quickly as other forms of writing? [more inside]
posted by ggruschow on Nov 13, 2008 - 8 answers

A Question about Springfield's only paperbagged author.

Pynchon Filter: I really enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49, but I really didn't like V. Based on this very small sample size.. Will I enjoy Gravity's Rainbow? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Nov 11, 2008 - 25 answers

I don't read so good. Help me read gooder.

OSX application for displaying text as one line and scrolling it sideways - like a news ticker? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Nov 6, 2008 - 11 answers

What's it like to be President? The book

With all the presidential talk, I'd like to read a good book on what it's like to be President of the United States. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Seeking original, unique, oddball novels and stories

What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Oct 21, 2008 - 74 answers

Good books for the Non-Ham to read to small children

This post reminded me of something I needed to ask. -> What are some good books to read to kids, for those of us who are not very good at (or comfortable with) being characters or using different voices? Surely there are some librarians on Ask Mefi that have experience with storytime? [more inside]
posted by nomnomnom on Oct 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Wedding readings about distance relationships

Looking for wedding ceremony readings about distance relationships [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Oct 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Reading in the dark

Recommendations for a good, sturdy book light? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on Oct 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Women writers like Neal Stephenson, are there any?

Women writers like Neal Stephenson, are there any? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Oct 5, 2008 - 18 answers

How do I make money off reading?

How can I earn income off my reading habit/hobby? [more inside]
posted by sorindome on Oct 3, 2008 - 13 answers

I Need to Book A Book, Right Away.

Need a book for a long flight. Would like to read Infinite Jest but that's not going to happen. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Sep 25, 2008 - 33 answers

LibraryOtherThing?

Is there a LibraryThing-ish website with a better interface? Like more Netflix-ish, I can do single-click "add to my library" (or wish list or whatever) anytime I see a title? Or check boxes instead of one title at a time? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Sep 23, 2008 - 4 answers

Book suggestions gratefully received.

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

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