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Sarah O'Donnell

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I'm not much of a book reader but would really love to be - HELP!

I struggle to find the time to sit down and get through a good book. That said, I somehow find insane amounts of time to while away the hours reading 'stuff' on the net!

During my most recent holiday, I read Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' and started a downloaded version of Eric Schmidt/Jared Cohen's 'The New Digital Age'.... this perhaps gives you an inisght into what I would choose to read if I were to buy a book without recommendation.

I work in the technology sector and am fascinated by the advances in this space... but for goodness sakes... I need to catch a grip and fill my brain with other 'stuff'!

Which is where you guys come in.... If I may ask you - could you please advise what your:

1. Top 5 novels you've ever read (and what was it that particularly you loved about them)

2. What are the 5 books you plan to get through in 2013 (fiction or otherwise - perhaps like me you only plan to read books related to your work!!! - In which case perhaps this thread may come in useful for you as well)

Thank you all in advance for your active participation in helping me expand my brain and my reading capacity outwith technology related matters :-)



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  • Jun 26 2013: This is a great thread; I have the same issue with sitting down and reading books. For me, it isn't a matter of not having enough time. Rather, I get distracted very easily and am a very slow reader.

    As suggested in other comments, audiobooks are a great resource. I have finished a ton of books using audiobooks from audible.com. Still, I still like having a physical book or e-reader in front of me. Also, since I listen to audiobooks while driving or doing chores, I sometimes find it hard to do those things AND concentrate on the story.

    Judging from your recents reads, I'm assuming that you like reading books that are semi-educational. By this I mean books that you make you think "Wow, I've never thought about [insert contemporary phenomenon x] that way". For example, "The New Digital Age", which I have read a good chunk of, sheds light on the many ways that technology is changing the world.

    There is a site called Brainpickings (brainpickings.org) that has a phenomenal digital "bookshelf" of suggested readings (http://bookpickings.brainpickings.org/). Check it out if you haven't already. The books that they suggest range from "Brand Thinking" by Debbie Millman (a book about branding and creativity) to "Conversations with Maya Angelou" to Jack Kerouac's "Lonesome Traveler".

    Hope that helps.

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