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July 31, 2004

Read something, why don't you?

Here are Amazon's top ten sellers as of this very moment. How many have you read?

1. The 9/11 Commission Report
by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

2. Unfit for Command
by John E. O'Neill, Jerome R. Corsi

3. The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown (Author)

4. Skinny Dip
by Carl Hiaasen

5. Fear's Empire
by Benjamin R. Barber

6. My Life
by Bill Clinton

7. Obliviously On He Sails

8. American Soldier
by Tommy R. Franks, et al

9. Lost City
by Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos

10. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
by Lynne Truss

Posted by Dan at July 31, 2004 08:57 PM

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Haven't read a one. I did just finish up The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson. As one would expect, it was quite excellent--entertaining, informative, funny, fascinating. I'm sad because I'm running out of books by him to read.

On to David Mitchell's Number9Dream, which my friend raves about. His other book Ghostwritten was a great read, I found, so I'm looking forward to this one.

Posted by: Joel Caris at August 1, 2004 04:50 AM

I got lucky this time... I've actually read 4 of 10.

I found The Lost Continent to be some of Bryson's best work ever. My favorite of his is A Walk in the Woods, from when he and Katz slogged their way up (most of) the Appalachian Trail.

Posted by: Big Dan at August 1, 2004 08:19 AM

A Walk in the Woods is the first book I read by him. I don't know if I'd label it as my favorite or not--I've never thought about it--but it was excellent. It certainly hooked me on him.

It was a long time ago that I read it. I've had some vague thoughts of rereading it, especially considering how much I've been getting into hiking the last couple years.

Posted by: Joel Caris at August 1, 2004 03:32 PM

By the way, I picked up The Alchemist at Powell's the other day. I'll be reading that soon and I'll let you know what I think.

Posted by: Joel Caris at August 1, 2004 04:02 PM

One. The 9/11 report -- downloaded, though.

Posted by: Stacie at August 1, 2004 05:22 PM

Joel, I hope you got the version with the study questions at the end.

It took a few readings to peel back the deeper layers. Nevertheless, I love to hear that someone new is reading it.

Stacie, the first 40 pages alone make the 9/11 report worth the cost of admission. Did you get through the whole thing?

Posted by: Big Dan at August 1, 2004 11:17 PM

I forgot all about the study questions, Dan, but it just so happens that I did indeed get that version. So good on me, I guess.

I think I'm going to wait on the Mitchell book and just dive right into The Alchemist. I'm very curious and it will be a pretty quick read it looks like.

Posted by: Joel Caris at August 2, 2004 07:12 AM

I've read most of it; I spent the most time on the first part (the chronology of 9/11) and the recommendations. I need to go back for some depth.

Posted by: Stacie at August 2, 2004 08:33 AM

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