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Matheus Campos

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How many books have you read this year?

Which of them deserve be in this discussion? Do you recommend it for anyone? Why?

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    Jun 12 2012: I try to read a book a week, but sometimes end up taking such detailed notes and look up so many technical details I fall short. Also I often re-read books with a yellow notepad at my side (chuckle: guess it's obvious I'm mostly into non-fiction, huh.). I'd guess that in the last 12 months: 30-40 books; since January 1st, perhaps 15-20. It's hard to pin down which have been the best, since I tend to be selective.... Biggest 'discovery' was Charles Dickens, who I always thought of as 'the guy who wrote about Scrooge'. He's even better than Wilkie Collins! In the non-fiction arena, my most recent (and a fantastic) read was Barbara Tuchman's history of the first month of World War One: "The Guns of August". That one had me scouring the net for maps and looking up biographies and orders of battle on Wikipedia. I'm now re-reading Eric Newby's autobiographical tale about his 1938 trip round the world on one of the last commercial sailing ships. He was 18. The book: "The Last Grain Race". So many books... so little time.

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