Help with focus when reading dull, dry, and lengthy scientific papers or texts please. Yet another attention deficit question.
How do I maintain my focus and make sure my comprehension is maximized when reading (required) heavy or something I don't find terribly interesting? [more inside]
Please recommend a device (or devices) for two activities: reading and drawing. And by reading, I don't just mean plain English text. I also have some special demands regarding drawing. [more inside]
I used to like reading until about fourth grade. That's when books started getting more intricate with more characters and multiple plotlines etc. I'm pretty sure I have ADD and/or a terrible capacity for that kind of thing. What books might I enjoy now? (I'm 21/F) [more inside]
I just finished Gone Girl the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
What are your favorite reads from, say, the last 30 years? [more inside]
Anyone have good ideas for undergrad class discussion exercises? [more inside]
Can you recommend books for my recently-widowed grandfather? [more inside]
Another book recommendation question. I'm looking for a few general history books to read as preparation for diving into Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day". [more inside]
What is the most effective way to increase your vocabulary (e.g. book, softare, method)?
They thought they were just here to do something vaguely sciencey. UNTIL EVERYTHING WENT HORRIBLY WRONG. Also there's a hurricane or something.
In need of some guilty pleasure sci-fi thriller books à la Michael Crichton. [more inside]
Please recommend books that are similar to 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (not just ones about autism). [more inside]
Help me decide how to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day of reading time. [more inside]
Recommendations for beginning Spanish reading? [more inside]
Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
Looking for standalone fantasy novels or duologies. [more inside]
I need some historical fiction book recommendations. [more inside]
Looking for ideas of Books that would be relatively fast reads and entertaining for group readings. I got the opportunity to participate in a reading of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas this past weekend in Aspen in celebration of the Good Doctor's 75th. It was a blast and would love to recreate that without doing the same book, but that book is perfect. A friend recommended my favorite book Confederacy of Dunces, but I think that book works because of the Character of Ignatius which may be hard to pull off in an aloud reading. But anyways, any ideas?
Can you recommend something to read from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library? I have trawled through there for ages this month and last month and I'm having trouble finding something good that I haven't read before. [more inside]
I have a week at my parent's cottage coming up, and I'd like to get some recommendations on some comprehensive introductions to the classics, mythology, psychology and a few other subjects. [more inside]
Help me pick out what books to check out from the library next. (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending? [more inside]
How to phrase my feelings about Game of Thrones? [more inside]
How do I get better at reading literature? Looking for books, lectures, and your perspective. [more inside]
Should I strongly encourage my 12-year-old daughter to read a book that she needs to have completed before the start of the next school year, or since she'll be on a lot of buses travelling with a lot of time on her hands this summer, let her listen to the audiobook? Some other details inside... [more inside]
Everyone remembers Reading Rainbow, but what about other reading TV shows in the 1980s? [more inside]
Please help me find decently-written, really gripping books to read this summer in my hammock. [more inside]
When leaving a comment on mefi, does looking at that "live preview" window below the edit box make you a better writer too? What's up with that? [more inside]
Midlander-born and raised, former resident of Greater Appalachia and New Amsterdam, current resident of the Left Coast, seeks definitive historical theory to explain his life experiences
Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
A friend of mine is dyslexic and enjoys performing as part of an orchestra, but she finds sheet music very hard to read as it's very high contrast. She would ideally like it to be purple tinted. Any ideas how to practically achieve this? [more inside]
Is Franz Kafka to intense to give to an 11 year boy? [more inside]
Looking for a short story to read to my school class for them to practice dictation. [more inside]
Help me optimize my vacation reading! I’m headed out to the Outer Banks next month, and there’s nothing on the agenda but reading and relaxing. I’m having trouble coming up with a week’s worth of new reading material that won’t take up significant space in our truck, though. Can you recommend me lengthy or dense books--in other words, books that will give me maximum entertainment minutes per page--that are still fun vacation reading? [more inside]
What are some sites/blogs that post a daily or weekly list of interesting links? [more inside]
Does anyone have trouble with/feel intimidated by physical descriptions of unfamiliar landscapes (natural/urban/etc.), settings, costumes, etc. in books? I get bogged down by being unable to get a clear picture of what's going on that it's kept me from reading George R. R. Martin, Tolkien, Dickens (and come to think about it, a lot of books, like the beginning of For Whom The Bell Tolls most recently). Did you get over it? Any suggestions?
Name That Poem: It's about reading all night. [more inside]
Akashic Books Noir Series. Which are your favorites? Each book is an anthology of original short stories. It looks like they've published over fifty volumes. I find they differ greatly in style and overall quality of writing. It makes sense... each anthology has its own editor. I'd like to read the volumes that have the best quality writing, and are the most fun. Here's what I've read so far, in most favored order: [more inside]
Book recommendations please! I need fiction about difficult or complicated relationships. [more inside]
Please recommend your favorite books on history that are a delight to read. [more inside]
Hello, How do I get a hold of a Lead21 Practice Companion or Phonics Companion for my 3rd grader? [more inside]
Looking for sci-fi novels with a theme similar to Karl Schroeder's Ventus. [more inside]
So if you were going to read one book on the Titanic, which one would it be? [more inside]
Are there any good florists in Reading (near the railway station)? [more inside]
How do I communicate my thoughts about books I have read? [more inside]
Could anyone suggest a book or other resources with a Bible study plan for a mostly secular Bible study group? [more inside]
I want a cheap e-reader for reading longform articles in bed. It must work with Readability or InstaPaper or the like. It does not need to do anything else like games or surfing the intertubes. I have an iPhone for that. Do I want a Kindle?
Some of my best friends are getting married, and they have asked my husband and I to give a reading during the ceremony. Help us find the perfect reading. Difficulty level: Must be around 5 minutes long. [more inside]
Any suggestions for young adult novels in English for a reading class of high-level Japanese university students (18-19 years old)? [more inside]
Your favourite reading material that's available online (for free)? [more inside]
I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies. [more inside]