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?
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?
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]
Some good, interesting historical nonfiction? [more inside]
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!
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?
If he liked Tony Parsons and Roald Dahl and Nick Hornby what else will he like? [more inside]
Can you suggest some comic books in trade paperback based on what I have already read and enjoyed? [more inside]
Can shorthand be read as quickly as other forms of writing? [more inside]
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]
OSX application for displaying text as one line and scrolling it sideways - like a news ticker? [more inside]
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]
What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories? [more inside]
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]
Looking for wedding ceremony readings about distance relationships [more inside]
Recommendations for a good, sturdy book light? [more inside]
Women writers like Neal Stephenson, are there any? [more inside]
How can I earn income off my reading habit/hobby? [more inside]
Need a book for a long flight. Would like to read Infinite Jest but that's not going to happen. Suggestions? [more inside]
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]
ReadmeFilter: Desperately in need of suggestions for books for upcoming Europe trip. [more inside]
What is normally considered "appropriate recreational bathroom activities" in US culture? (Safe for work) [more inside]
I am looking for Young Adult books to recommend about Womens History. [more inside]
why do i get motion sickness only on specific forms of transportation? [more inside]
How do I convert text, .doc, or .pdf into a .mp3, .wav, or any other audio file for FREE?
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]
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]
How can I learn to focus better (especially while reading)? [more inside]
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.
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]
I can't read. More specifically, I have difficulty reading anything longer than 1,000 words. Please help. [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
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]
Can anyone recommend some great books that a 25 year old woman would relate to? [more inside]
How do you decide whether a book is worth reading? [more inside]
Can you all help me with some summer vacation reading recommendations? I trust your tastes implicitly. Helpful guidelines inside. [more inside]
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]
Recommend me some books for when I'm on the can. [more inside]
What are some exceptionally well-performed audiobooks? [more inside]
I'm looking for supernatural mysteries! [more inside]
What should I do alone in Chicago? [more inside]
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?
Précis, outlines, abstracts for contemporary non-fiction books -- are there any sites or publications doing this? [more inside]
Help me find a quiet place in Brooklyn/ Manhattan to read and write. [more inside]
Looking for sites or reviewers who review books other than literary fiction [more inside]
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?
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]