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HBC READATHONS 2018 - ON HOLD > READATHON - BREAK FOUR - AUGUST 22ND

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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Aug 22, 2015 01:43PM) (new)

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Any time I read a book - I learn something even if I am not reading non fiction or history and just fiction. What did you learn today from your books and reading that surprised you or you would like to share?


message 2: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Aug 22, 2015 02:03PM) (new)

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The Republic by Plato by Plato Plato

It is interesting to hear the Socratic questions and technique for drilling down on a subject which actually backs the folks you are having the discussion and interaction with into a corner where all of sudden they understand the fallacies of their beliefs or in their statements. Very powerful persuader and debater.

Too bad we do not have this type of examination in Congress to get at the root of a problem or situation instead of a cursory and superficial understanding or pretending to be against something when they never even read the report or brief. It would be good to lead with understanding and conversation and debate about something examined and actually studied with those who are of the same belief system but also with those who challenge your beliefs in a polite and powerful interaction and examination of the facts.

What a different Congress and government we might have.


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Teri (teriboop) I have learned details about barometric pressure and how it's measured.

Isaac's Storm A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson by Erik Larson Erik Larson


message 4: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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That is interesting Teri.


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Mary (maryschumacher) I am getting caught up with the Japan Challenge during this Readathon. I don't know much about Japan so I've been enjoying diving into some of its history and culture. What struck me in reading An Artist of the Floating World was that the main character was not eager to reflect on his role in a disastrous war. It's an all too familiar attitude today as well, around the world.

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro by Kazuo Ishiguro Kazuo Ishiguro


message 6: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Very interesting Mary - I like the way the Japanese writer things and dissects an issue - very interesting way of contemplating problems, ideas, situations.


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Mary (maryschumacher) Yes, Bentley, I had the same thoughts as I was reading the novel. There was not much action, but much was said in words and symbolism about a complex topic. It was a great deep dive for me.


message 8: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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I find that the Japanese writers usually do that deep dive.


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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray William Makepeace Thackeray

Learnt about the 19th century lifestyle, like the names of different kinds of carriages - palanquins, gigs, buggy.
And I found that my reading speed is 7 mins/page. I'll have to read faster, but there are so many words on a page!


message 10: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Aug 22, 2015 04:39PM) (new)

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Marietta from Malaysia - you are still here that is great but you have to post on Checkpoint Two, Three, Four, Five and Six and then Seven is where you check out. It is 7:29AM in Malaysia (August 23rd) so you should be on Checkpoint Six if you are still reading. And you missed 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 for posting and of course 7 for Checkout.

Go to those threads and chart your progress that you did during each time period.

And then you have to Checkout on Checkpoint Seven. Do you understand? What help can I give you?

That book is a more difficult book so just do the best you can.


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Glynn | 214 comments All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr by Anthony Doerr Anthony Doerr
I was able to finish this book at the start of the readathon. I am fascinated by the city of St. Malo (the walled city) in France. Tried to post an image but it's just not working :(

Also reading Revolutionary Characters What Made the Founders Different by Gordon S. Wood by Gordon S. Wood Gordon S. Wood
and was surprised that the word "disinterested" had such a different meaning back then.


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Bentley wrote: "Marietta from Malaysia - you are still here that is great but you have to post on Checkpoint Two, Three, Four, Five and Six and then Seven is where you check out. It is 7:29AM in Malaysia (August ..."

I checked in at checkpoint 3 and 6. I'll do the checkout soon.


message 13: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Marietta wrote: "Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackeraybyWilliam Makepeace ThackerayWilliam Makepeace Thackeray

Learnt about the 19th century lifestyle, like the names of different kinds of ..."


You have learned how you are at this point in time and with practice you will improve and become so much faster. You are reading and that is what is most important.


message 14: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44168 comments Mod
Very interesting comments Glynn.

Let me look for an image of St. Malo and I will post it here.


message 15: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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Sunset of St. Malo:




message 16: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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St. Malo




message 17: by Glynn (new)

Glynn | 214 comments Bentley wrote: "Sunset of St. Malo:

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wow. Thanks Bentley :)


message 18: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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You are welcome - you can practice yourself but going to the section in the right hand corner above the comment box called (some html is ok) and if will show you the code that is used and how to plug in the url.


message 19: by Karen (new)

Karen (karinlib) One of the books I read today was about Burundi. I learned that Burundi's ethnic civil war was very similar to Rwanda's.


Burundi by Kristine Brennan by Kristine Brennan(no photo)


message 20: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

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That is interesting - why the similarities?


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