“What are you reading, old man?” he asks.
“I’m learning Hebrew, comrade,” replies the old Jew.
The KGB agent asks, “What are you learning Hebrew for? You know it takes years to get a permission to travel to Israel? You will die before you get one.”
“I’m learning Hebrew for when I go to heaven so I can speak with Moses and Abraham,” replies the old man.
“How do you know you’re going to heaven? What if you go to hell?” asks the KGB agent.
“I already speak Russian."
Unlike the different portrayals of Sherlock Holmes(plays + TV Shows + Movies), the book depicts something very - very different. In the book, Holmes isn't some irritating sociopath who has ZERO feelings. He doesn't undermine other people because they are lesser than him. But he is something very similar to all of us : He too is Ordinary!
Yes he has these amazing observational skills but that never intervenes with this conduct towards other people. He is very humble towards everyone, never ignores anyone, always makes it a point to at least hear the other person, never undermines the other person cause he / she lacks something.
And it doesn't just end there, the story line is completely different and the character arc is totally off to. In the books, the story revolves around the life of the characters, not just S.H. it shows how everyone at the end of the day is HUMAN and how it is not the guy but the circumstances that depict a crime.
Even the entry and exit of Sherlock's arc nemes... keep reading on reddit ➡
>There are books still stuck on my 'currently reading' page which I have given up on reading but can't remove!
> The books you are more likely to have on the currently reading section are the ones that take longer to get through, i.e. the same ones you are likely to give up on. All I want is after you click the update progress button to have an option to click given up. Plus I think it would be interesting to see the books that have the highest rate of abandonment.
In my opinion, readers who only discover this series, and other children's properties, as adults can never truly recreate the intended experience, because we simply react to scenarios in different ways as we get older.
The Dursleys are a great example of this, because I find they provoke fundamentally different emotional reactions from child readers and adult readers.
I first started reading the series when I was 8, and when you're that age the Dursleys are.... funny. They're mean, bumbling idiots who are the perfect foil for our rebellious Trickster Hero to outsmart with a witty remark or a clever plan. I've always said these books are masterpieces in understanding what children fantasize about, and the Dursleys are everything a kid could ever want in an authority figure. They're cruel, but incompetent and easily beatable. And most important of all, they're uncool. They're the exact kind of people we all kind of wish are parents were when we're kids, because even when... keep reading on reddit ➡
I was reading this TIFU post about a mother who told her 4 year old that her hero Bob Ross is dead. One part got me in a fit and naturally my girlfriend asked me what made me laugh, so i started explaining the story in short.
As soon as I told her the kid had to cry because she had just been told Bob was dead, all colour left her face. With tears in her eyes and a pouting lip she asked me if I was serious - I explained to her that Bob Ross had in fact died in 1995, showing her the Wikipedia page to corroborate it.
My girlfriend is up there on the cries-because-swans-can-be-gay spectrum, so surprising here with this fact was not a smart move. The weeping waned away, but the sad and defeated mood stayed and now I'm on my way to pick up a bottle of wine and a tub of ice cream,so we can enjoy that during a Bob Ross paint-along.
I guess it'll be a watercolour made with tears. Thanks, /u/garryoak
TL;DR Girlfriend didn't know Ross was dead. Now she does.
I love that haze I get after finishing a book. For the next few hours, or days, I feel elevated. It is as if my entire character has changed to emulate that of the characters in the book.
My inner monologue changes in a way that is similar to the writing. The language I use alters as well.
How unique this experience, that I don’t find any thing else I do in my life give me a similar feeling.
I wonder, do any of you feel the same?
Edit: Just wanted to say a little thanks. I was having a shitty week, and feeling down. I wrote this on a whim after reading a book, and wasn’t expecting such a response. This made me really happy.
I have always pronounced Damphair as dam-fair in my head and figured it was just some weird religious title.. only realized yesterday he’s the Damp-Hair. Damp hair. Because he’s always wet from being in the sea. I had to sit there and contemplate my idiocy for a good five minutes before I could keep reading. Have any of you guys butchered a pronunciation that badly?
Does anyone ever look up definitions that may not matter? Sometimes when reading non-fiction I find myself pausing to look up a definition and it’s become an annoying habit that I can’t stop. After looking up the definition I have to reread a bit and then move on. The reason why it bothers me so much is that it’s usually a definition to a word that may not useful in understanding what the author is trying to portray. Some would otherwise skim through it while others would think they know the meaning, since the word seems common, but wouldn’t be able to define when asked. I can mostly guess the meaning of words from context but not satisfied with myself until I look them up.
Anyone have a similar issue l?
Edit - Should probably clear up that I don't sit in my own stench, I make sure to clean up first.
Secondly, I sit on the toilet lid when I'm done, and sometimes put a towel on it as cussion. I drive a van 8 hours a day so i'm just as likely to get piles lol.
Loving the deceased award haha xD
So today, a subreddit.
Edit: Thank you all so much for the help and the fun second stream your all amazing people Edit 2: got through orgres thank you all
Edit 3: this blew up so much more than I thought it would. And I know people hate it when ops say this but, THANKS FOR MY FIRST GOLD KIND STRANGER
Edit 4: who tf gave my post platinum thank you so much
Edit: https://imgur.com/a/knNAFSh <-- Here is the link to my bookmarks ranked from worst (top) to my personal favourites (bottom)
For those wanting to know, I make my bookmarks on Adobe Illustrator and use the postcard format which seems to usually fit the book perfectly. Creativity is absolutely not a requirement!!! I actually use to scribble on a palm card for less than a minute and used that as a bookmark. Some people asked how I make a bookmark before reading a book, and I usually either read the back of the book or watch a movie trailer based on the book which sometimes helps (but beware of spoilers/differences in the trailer) In the future I would like to make custom bookmarks, however, I would definitely need to improve my art skills so I can make my art look more marketable something like this: https://imgur.com/a/cxElG80 if you want you can follow my Instagram account [https://www.instagram.com/coolguyarmy/](h... keep reading on reddit ➡
Alright so this is mostly elementary school focused, but it also applies to high schools. Essentially reading is great for everyone, so many benefits, but the education system discourages developing a healthy relationship with reading. If you’re not reading what your teachers want, you aren’t allowed. School doesn’t give you time to read, and systems such as AR points get rid of the intrinsic value of reading, and cause binge reading to be encourage instead of allowing you to read just enough each day. All grade levels should be given independent reading time each day, and students should be able to read what ever they want within reason. Obviously they’re has to be some content restrictions, but if a kid would rather read a self help book instead of the great gatsby, let them!
I got Libby a few months ago, and I've been reading so much since then. Whenever I'm at the park, or waiting in line for something I can just whip out my phone and read!! Carrying around physical copies can be impractical, so before I was pretty much limited to reading at home. I know not everyone is a fan of ebooks, and to be fair I wasnt either for a long time but they've really made reading so much more accessible for me!! Anyone else had the same happen?
but little does she know i'm scrolling through reddit 😎😎
edit: wait why is this on hot
I'm 35 years old and have struggled with dyslexia and ADD my whole life. Reading for more than 20-30 minutes at a time often becomes both physically and mentally distressing for me. I often have to re-read entire paragraphs or pages because I was thinking about something else, or I will mis-read a word that changes the sentence and confuses the hell out of me. My eyes will often cross or go blurry which can sometimes lead to headaches. Because of this, reading an entire novel will typically take me weeks or months to complete.
Yesterday I sat and read the entire 2nd half of The Eighth Guardian by Merideth McCardle in a single sitting and it felt amazing. Her 1st person writing style kept my ADD in check as it was constantly on to the next revelation, or experience, without feeling hectic. I was so thoroughly engaged in the story of time travelling spies that I immediately went and bought the other two in the series. Dyslexia still reared it's ugly head a few times but I was ab... keep reading on reddit ➡
1953 - The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
1954 - They'd Rather Be Right by Mark Clifton & Frank Riley
1956 - Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
Looks like it’s party time!
Sorted in order of year awarded.
Many people asked for extended reviews - I’ve included a link to full reviews on each of these snippets.
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
I usually read a few reviews on Goodreads to see whether the book would be worth picking up but I've recently realised that those reviews often give me a preconceived opinion on whether I'll like the book or not. For example if someone says that they didn't like a certain character, I will go into the book already disliking the character, which I think is taking away some of the enjoyment I get from reading. Would I dislike the character had I not read that review?
Or perhaps I really enjoyed a book and gave it 5 stars, but then the top review is a 1 star saying how they didn't like this or that, and then I will start convincing myself that 5 stars is too high, and maybe drop it to 4. Or even the other way around. Maybe I didn't like a book but its such a loved one that I give it a higher rating than I would otherwise.
I remember when I was younger I would just pick up books based on the description and didn't really care about what other people thought, and I used to enjoy reading a... keep reading on reddit ➡
I had recently started reading more due to COVID lockdowns, so I decided that I would pick up Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I have never read a book before that has made me cry or shed a tear, movies? Yes. TV shows? Yes. Never a book however.
My father had passed away due to heart complications a few months ago, and I have been trying to distract myself (I know that might not be the best way to go about it but I honestly don't know what I should do). Anyways, in the book when Billy was working on the second letter, he mentioned how Tralfamadorians look at time a certain way and that it was comparable to how us humans look at a mountain range. The quote goes:
>"The Tralfamadorians can look at all different moments just the way we look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads o... keep reading on reddit ➡
For anyone that's read a book after years of not reading, if you've read a book in one session or a hundred, if you finally read that mildly complicated novel in less than a week...
Congratulations, you've managed to do something completely normal.
Now can you PLEASE tell us about the content of the book and how it made you feel? We don't get alot of that in this subreddit. There is alot of mindless bragging that really doesn't add to the discussion of books.
I (m35) have a 16 year old daughter. I’ve been a single father since she was about 3 years old as I got sole legal custody due to some addiction issues her mother has. We have a really good relationship, but I always worry about her not having a woman to talk to.
Over the past few months she hasn’t really seemed to be herself, I know she went through a bad break up but I’ve been worried it’s more than that. I’ve tried talking to her, and my sister only lives down the street so she’s tried talking to her also, but my daughter is really keeping to herself and it concerns me.
She went out to see her friends for the first time since quarantine started yesterday and asked me if I could give her room a quick tidy whilst she was gone. I agreed because she does a lot of chores but she’s not good at cleaning her room. Whilst I was putting clothes back in her closet, I stumbled upon what I now know to be her diary.
I shouldn’t have read past the first page but I just wanted to know if ther... keep reading on reddit ➡
Seriously this stuff is hilarious. No game like the souls game can make people this salty lmao.
My favorite: "It feels like a Dark Souls copy"
Edit: I’m glad this restored someone’s faith in humanity. Thanks for that! ❤️ love this sub. Keep being lovey to each other.
THE WAIT IS OVER.
I've been meaning to read Dune and the whole series for many years as it seems a classic of the scifi genre and right up my alley. Finally got around to borrowing an audiobook version and I can't stop listening! I have just gotten to "Book Two" and have to force myself to go to bed. Amazing and cohesive world building, politics and intrigue that's well paced, characters that are likeable. Never been so into an audiobook before this as I'm more a paperback/hard copy kind of reader, but boy am I excited to put it on again and breeze through the rest of the story this weekend.
Can't wait to get to the rest of the series too! I am curious about how well the continuation/spin-off novels (by his son and others) pick up after the initial series by Frank Herbert ended. I'm also excited to have a watch of the various film and television adaptations that are out there for the established Dune universe, and the upcoming film due for end of 2020.
Would love to hear everyone's thoughts about the... keep reading on reddit ➡
Seriously, in my experience in Middle School and High School, there are so, so, so many kids who either save all the assigned reading until the last second or just look on sparknotes in order to bypass reading such boring and dry books. This leads to them viewing reading as ‘homework’ and something that’s boring, and it’s why so many grow up loathing it and viewing it as something losers do.
Having kids read all the slow, award winning, thematically complex but slow and boring books first is just so wrong on so many levels. It’s like if you show a kid Akira Kurosawa or 1900’s German expressionist movies as their first movies and all their assignments consisted of these types of movies from 6th to 12th grade.
I hated reading until 12th grade when I read the stand on my own choosing and thought it was the best shit I had ever read. I started reading a lot of Stephen King and went wow, these books are super entertaining and fun to read. Reading about a supernatural clown terrorizing a... keep reading on reddit ➡
The legal, weaker drugs I found to be the most damaging.
At the age of 14 I started abusing alcohol to drown out the sexual abuse I was experiencing by a 60+ year old friend of the family. At 16 I was struggling with juggling the continued sexual abuse, the realisation I was gay and trying to live a Christian life that was consistent with my families beliefs – I was a mess. I began suffering from very serious headaches that were later diagnosed as cluster headaches, excruciatingly painful. I was prescribed Panadiene Forte / Tylenol 3 and one night when I was 16 decided to see what happened if I took 10 at once. After an hour I decided to lie down and put some music on – that night I spoke to God for the very first time. I still remember the feeling and can only equivalate it to how a heroin addict must feel for the first time, my young body had never experienced an opiate overdose and despite Codeine being considered a weak opioid – 10 tablets were enough to send me into one of the mo... keep reading on reddit ➡
My 9-year-old is ripping through books faster than I can get them in the house. Every book series I've been able to find that's suitable for him he's devoured. He'll often read a 300+ page book in a day or two.
Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Trials of Apollo, Timmy Failure, Spy School, Wings of Fire, and a bunch more that I can't remember right now. Pretty sure all of the Roald Dahl books have been read several times over. He's only read the first few Redwall and Animorphs books, so we'll probably work through more of those this summer. Tolkien is a favorite as well, though LOTR we've still only done as an audiobook.
Some things I have on deck include Discworld, the Myth series, and the Wheel of Time. But in addition to more adventure/fantasy/sci-fi series, what I'd love to find is some beefier and more challenging material that's also age appropriate.
We're about to go a 2-week vacation, so any recommendations are super appreciated!
Look, everyone makes mistakes in life and thats normal, but to one person who you’ve known you’re an asshole. It might be that guy back in high school that you made fun of or your co-worker who ostracize, but to at least one person living on this earth, you are an asshole.
Edit: wow reading the comments, you guys are just pieces of shit
The number one reason men who learn about seduction don't get results is because their strategy involves learning without taking action. If you're not meeting new women and taking risks that might get you rejected, you're not making progress.
Till now I just read few science books namely, Sapiens, A Brief History of Time, Astrophysics for people in hurry, God delusion. I want to read other genre of books especially Sci Fi. So can anyone suggest me good Sci fi book. Maybe even comedy book. Thanks
For myself, i have been on a hot streak.
Bastionland: Wow, such an amazing concept for a game, easy to run, Failed Careers (character types) are so much fun. Cant wait to run this game.
Vaesen: The newest Free League Game, i did a bigger review on it already, it may be my favorite Free League Game to date.
Centipede: A Zine Quest OSR Zine all about..... Centipedes, has monsters, character options, lore, stories, magic items, VERY well made and lots of cool ideas in it.
Forgive Us: LotFP mini book, has 3 scenarios in it, really like this book, even though it was very long it gave some really unique interesting ideas to adapt to your games. Probably one of my favorite LotFP products right now.
The Idea from Space: Another LotFP book, i didnt really mesh with this module, the idea i think is cool but i just dont see myself using much of the content.
The Gaellaeffa Guide to Troika: A cool mini setting which gives more character options with Troika, which i always love reading, Troik... keep reading on reddit ➡