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Originally Posted by FLMountainMan View Post

Depends on the subject matter. If it's John Grisham, I can do about 90-100 pages per hour. If it's something with more meat, around 70-80. Grief Observed took me forever, but I found it extremely thought provoking. I've always been a really fast reader - was the second person done on the Bar Exam, (but certainly not the highest scoring). It's kind of funny at work because subordinates hand me things to read and I read them and hand them back and they don't believe I actually read the document.

Yeah I'm kinda jealous of uber-fast readers. I'm probably faster than average (but not much) and I'm easily distracted so...
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Dude super-duper fast readers are just skimming. Anyone can do that.
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Unless reading something out of obligation (school, work) I don't see the pleasure in ultra fast reading. I like taking my time with my books.
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For my interregnum of books I am picking up "Lenin's Tomb"...again. Over six (or so) years much has been forgotten about the book partly because of time, partly because it is non-narrative and partly because there's complete information overload which is a good and bad thing. I am making it a goal to finish the book this year.
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Really enjoyed this. That dry scientific style of well sourced writing but everything ties back to his overall them and there's a strand of story through everything. Learned so much. Been looking at things differently

Basically it's about how humans have two systems of thinking. 1 is a very intuitive emotional quick judgment type. 2 is a very logical thorough type. Only 1 occurs first and tends to distort perception and cognition before it reaches 2. A lot of the book is about cognitive biases, why they occur, how to think about them. The later part is about utility theory vs prospect theory. I like the slight historical context he gives to things. You do read about his time in the Israeli military a lot

Indeed a great book -- of course, Influence by Cialdini is gold-standard! Cialdini's Pre-suasion that just came out, is good enough -- if you like this genre.
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Indeed a great book -- of course, Influence by Cialdini is gold-standard! Cialdini's Pre-suasion that just came out, is good enough -- if you like this genre.

Thanks for the rec! Will definitely check it out
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Unless reading something out of obligation (school, work) I don't see the pleasure in ultra fast reading. I like taking my time with my books.

That's my normal reading pace. Has been ever since I can remember. And I absorb it. The benefits of having two bookstore owners as parents and no friends to distract me as a child.foo.gif
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Rereading The Tommyknockers by Stephen King and starting The Fireman by his son Joe Hill. Tommyknockers gets a lot of criticism, but I'm really enjoying (it's been at least 20 years since I read it). Beats the hell out of 11/22/63.
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I want to start The Minds of Billy Milligan by Daniel Keyes

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I finished Lenin's Tomb. There was six-year constant in my life: that I'd never finish it and... well, I did. However I am going to re-read a few of the reports because they were on interesting things that I've forgotten.

Started the Kon-Tiki Expedition. Have a few holds at the library but they are way down on the list.
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I recently read Inferno by Dan Brown. I've now read all his books.
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Just wrapped up The Means of Ascent. Can't wait for more LBJ shenanigans in Master of the Senate. Will order next week.

Considered re-reasing Barbarians at the Gate but gave up as I generally loathe to re-read books (except A Distant Mirror and Liars Poker).


Started last night. uhoh.gif
Edited by Joffrey - 10/28/16 at 9:25am
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Wow some how managed to edit my old post instead of starting a new one. So bumping...
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Man Distant Mirror and Liar's Poker are so good. You're an expert on the 1380s and the 1980s alike afterward, lol. I have the seminal Barbarians lying around somewhere. Remains unread! Gotta git on dat.
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