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Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« on: July 19, 2017, 11:21:34 AM »
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From the list of 100 titles, the average number read is ten.  I clicked seven.  Although I follow Henry Rollins' philosophy of "no guilty pleasures," here're my justifications/explanations.

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I've read seven of them, which apparently puts me in the top 54% of respondents, wtf.

In my defense, I was an adolescent American girl; most of us, I'd say, read "Forever" and "Go Ask Alice."

The Scarsdale Diet book: Again, young American woman, impressionable and hating my body.

"Peyton Place": Actually has a place in the history of American fiction.

"Flowers in the Attic," "Petals on the Wind," "The Amityville Horror": I got nothin. Except that I think I read that last one after the movie, out of that "check the source material" curiosity.
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2017, 11:27:03 AM »
I've read three: The Bell Curve, Mein Kampf, and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2017, 11:35:26 AM »
I scored 5 books off that list.

A couple I read knowing they were shitty, but read them anyway.
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2017, 12:08:36 PM »
I scored 5 but that's because I've read a bunch of Tom Clancy and some Grisham, not sure I've I've read the one's on the list.

Seems like there are quite a few I wouldn't brag about but I wouldn't be ashamed of either.  Nixon and Clinton's books for instance. 

Million little pieces, I was about half way in on vacation, then decided to look it up on google and found out it was BS, anyone who read that book and needed to be told it was at least 50% BS is a sucker.   The book is half, "I was a drug addled asshole" and half, "I was the kind of bad ass men want to be and women want to be with".   

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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2017, 12:35:01 PM »
I will just say that The DaVinci Code was way better than it gets credit for. 
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 04:02:48 PM »
inb4 PDB Kanye's this thread and declares Bell Curve the best book of all time.   :laugh:


Thanks to not reading much after high school and being pretentious in my current book selections, I scored a whopping zero.  The only book on my "to read" list I see there is the Doris Kearns Goodwin book about the Kennedys.  I'm assuming the criterion for selecting it was essentially "find an overly fawning book about the Kennedys that plays into the Camelot mythos".  Or was it the self plagiarism stuff?

I think I have the opposite problem as the one expressed in this list.  The only reason I'd hesitate to bring up a book in casual conversation is not because it was trashy, but fear of looking pretentious.  For example, I would readily claim that I learned something interesting about Alexander Hamilton from the musical rather than admit I wasted an entire month slogging through the Ron Chernow bio.

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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 05:20:48 PM »
Whoa, what? Why would they put Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on that list? And Das Capital? And some innocuous biographies? (Come on, the Clintons and Justin Bieber are as infamous as Hilter and OJ?)

The only one on there I've read is The Da Vinci Code and I agree that it's the worst. My mother gave it to me, all like "omg you have to read this!" Not cool, mom.
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 05:51:50 PM »
"Listen to the Warm" by Rod McKuen. I have long thought "real poets" were too hard on Rod (and likely jealous of his financial success).
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2017, 07:11:26 PM »
The two Dan Brown novels and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Whoa, what? Why would they put Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on that list? And Das Capital? And some innocuous biographies? (Come on, the Clintons and Justin Bieber are as infamous as Hilter and OJ?)

The only one on there I've read is The Da Vinci Code and I agree that it's the worst. My mother gave it to me, all like "omg you have to read this!" Not cool, mom.

If the theme is "books you wouldn't brag about reading," I think Bieber still fits the bill, but I figure any former president's bio is probably worth a read.

I remember thinking the Dan Brown books were dumb fun, I read them both on flights and had no regrets. P&P&Z shouldn't be on that list!
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2017, 07:44:53 PM »
5. 3 are bad. 2 are My Life/Clinton and P&P&Z which are not bad.
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2017, 08:19:46 PM »
5. 3 are bad. 2 are My Life/Clinton and P&P&Z which are not bad.

Well tell us the bad ones!!  >:D
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2017, 08:25:01 PM »
5. 3 are bad. 2 are My Life/Clinton and P&P&Z which are not bad.

Well tell us the bad ones!!  >:D
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2017, 08:55:26 PM »
2. I think...

Ive read both the Dan Brown books. I dont know that Id brag, but they were completely acceptable popcorn action / dumb fun.

I may have read the Tom Clancy one, but I cant remember. Ive read a bunch of Clancy books (and "Tom Clancy on the cover but actually written by somebody else" books). Tended to read more of the pulp near-future sci-fi type stuff that was put out under his name though.
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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2017, 09:56:40 PM »
5. 3 are bad. 2 are My Life/Clinton and P&P&Z which are not bad.

Well tell us the bad ones!!  >:D

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Re: Books You'll Never Brag About Having Read
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2017, 10:06:49 PM »
I've read 3. The two Dan Browns and Battlefield Earth.

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