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MY LIFE THROUGH BOOKS  

spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
29849 posts
9/8/2021 9:20 am
MY LIFE THROUGH BOOKS



I’ve always been a keen reader of books, magazines, newspapers and comics.

When I was a , I loved reading Anthony Buckeridge’s books on Jennings, a boarding school boy whose time at school was nothing like my time at boarding school. Jennings was never once bothered by predatory teachers!

In my late teens I read many novels. In particular, I read a lot of existential novels, such as Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, about the meaning or rather the lack of meaning in life. I realised after reading these books that there was no meaning other than what we sense ourselves. At this stage in my life I stopped trying to find the point to life and just to get on with life by enjoying things at best or surviving things at worst.

A book I like giving to people, whether or adults, is Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. can read the book as about a seagull wanting to fly faster and higher; and grown-ups can read it as about chasing their dreams.

George Orwell was one of my favourite authors. I loved his fiction, such as Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Animal Farm, as well as his non-fiction, especially Homage to Catalonia about the Spanish Civil War.

As a student, I read a lot of books on politics, sociology, economics, history, philosophy and psychology. This reading never stopped until I took retirement from my job as a university lecturer. For about 40 years, I just read about politics. My two favourite academic books are Michael Oakeshott’s Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays and John Gray’s Straw Dogs; both books argue that human understanding of the world is very limited and often flawed.

After retirement, I thought I’d get back to reading novels. But that hasn’t happened. I’m still reading books about politics, plus a few books on the Tour de France. One of the most recent books I very much enjoyed reading was Bob Woodward’s Fear about Donald Trump.


Do you enjoy reading books?
If so, what sort of books do you like reading?
And what’s the best book you’ve read?


Inside is my favourite quote of all time. It’s written by Michael Oakeshott, a conservative philosopher. Though no conservative, I always read out this quote to my students to warn them that they’ll get no answers about political life in my class!

















spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/8/2021 9:21 am

Michael Oakeshott wrote:
"In political activity ... men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination. The enterprise is to keep afloat on an even keel; the sea is both friend and enemy, and the seamanship consists in using the resources of a traditional manner of behaviour in order to make a friend of every hostile occasion.”


Tmptrzz 59F  
107038 posts
9/8/2021 10:33 am

I used to read a lot while I was in school, now not so much I am more into games that keeps my mind fresh.

But in school the best book I ever read was the Witches Of Salem Village.
I do enjoy a good mystery book.

I hear that book Fear is a great read.

I hope you both enjoy a sexy fun filled Hump Day..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


author51 59F  
130010 posts
9/8/2021 11:19 am

I remember reading Jonathon Livingston Seagull in English class and loved it.
I fell in love with reading in Grade 1 with a book called Mr. Whiskers, along with Fun With Dick and Jane.. My love from there grew and instead of playing outside with my friends at the time, my nose was always in a book..
It lead my love of reading anything I could get my hands on, into becoming a writer of sorts and publishing my two books of poetry..

I read a lot of James Patterson, Jeffrey Deever and Harlan Coben now because they make m e think with so many different plot twists and capture my imagination..

I read Shakespeare, Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Burns, Margaret Atwood among others..

I read one more who I was related to. A well known author from the U.K. who hails from Scotland and was well renowned in the literary world..

His name is Philip Kerr ( P.B. Kerr) I know what the B stands for..lol.
He was my ex husbands first cousin, His Adult books include :

March Violets ( 1989)
The Pale Criminal ( 1990)
A German Requiem ( 1991)
The One from the Other ( 2006)
A Quiet Flame ( 200
If the Dead Rise Not ( 2009)
Field Grey ( 2010)
Prague Fatale ( 2011)
A Man Without Breath ( 2013)
The Lady from Zagreb ( 2015)

He ended up writing a series of books for children also, which started with The Children Of The Lamp..
He sent all three of my children the series before he died in 2018, as my ex husband and I kept in contact with Philip and his family over the years.. Sorry my friend, but this post is one that was and is very near and dear to this avid readers, book worm heart..xoxo


scoupe42 59M  

9/8/2021 12:11 pm

That's an awesome thing! Book, give up knowledge, wisdom and it enhance our intelligence!


CleavageFan4U 65M  
69374 posts
9/8/2021 1:28 pm

Do you enjoy reading books? - I do, but suffer from a poor attention span most times.

If so, what sort of books do you like reading? - When I'm FORCED to be confined (like long airplane trips) I choose long novels like Michener or Clancy.

And what’s the best book you’ve read? - When I was about 12 I found this hard core illustrated sex novel that must have fallen out of the neighbor's trash. It was about a guy that auditioned women to be hookers and how that process went. I did READ it, and both the text and the photos provided endless wanking material.

Happy HNW.

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Paulxx001 65M  
22616 posts
9/8/2021 2:37 pm

I used to be a CRAZY book reader, but my career in IT and my positions in management, lead me towards a 'less is more' attitude. No one in IT or any CEO I knew wanted to read a novelette. They always wanted the bottom line. *UGH*

So, I dove to the bottom line — on any reading material I sought and any I presented.

Patience is something I lack hence — magazine articles, reviews, summaries, synopsis —down and dirty is how I manage my time reading.

I should get back to reading more than two thousand words.
Is there hope for me? 🤔
I take small gulps of info, and then I'm full.

I loved 'Winnie Who Poohed.' 😶

I've just spent a lotta words telling you nothing... lol 😂


TicklePlease 54F  
13851 posts
9/8/2021 2:47 pm

I remember reading Animal Farm when I was 10 or 11... Boy was I surprised to find out it wasn't just a story about talking animals on a farm!

I speed read naturally so I go through a ton of books. Detective stories and Noir are my favorite genres but the Lewis Carroll "Alice" books are my favorite stories.


missthee 56F  
4511 posts
9/8/2021 2:49 pm

Do you enjoy reading books?
Very much. I suffered from "tsundoku" until the pandemic lockdown helped to curb it.

If so, what sort of books do you like reading?
I prefer novels and try to read as much translated fiction from non-Euro/Anglo cultures as possible.

And what’s the best book you’ve read?
Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag


flannel_light 59F  
4586 posts
9/8/2021 5:45 pm

I do enjoy reading

The Light is shinning and she is lonely and waiting in the darkness.


citizen4722 64M  
74582 posts
9/9/2021 7:00 am

Harlen Coben is currently my favourite author.
I tend to read more magazines than actual novels these days.


pal334 67M  
45821 posts
9/9/2021 7:31 am

I have always enjoyed reading. I never have a dull time since there is always something to read. If it is time of "simple pleasure" I read examples of families moving to the country side for self sufficient living . I currently have no "best book" , I just read for simple pleasures. I had too many years of serious reading, now it is simple pleasure for me

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PonyGirl1965 56F  
22090 posts
9/10/2021 12:24 am

I love to read. Lately its restricted by time constraints.
I've been reading a lot of murder mysteries lately. Odd as I usually like happy endings.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 2:29 am

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    I used to read a lot while I was in school, now not so much I am more into games that keeps my mind fresh.

    But in school the best book I ever read was the Witches Of Salem Village.
    I do enjoy a good mystery book.

    I hear that book Fear is a great read.

    I hope you both enjoy a sexy fun filled Hump Day..
Bob Woodward's Fear was a riveting read. He gained great access in the White House. The book portrayed a President who was only concerned about himself!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 2:32 am

    Quoting author51:
    I remember reading Jonathon Livingston Seagull in English class and loved it.
    I fell in love with reading in Grade 1 with a book called Mr. Whiskers, along with Fun With Dick and Jane.. My love from there grew and instead of playing outside with my friends at the time, my nose was always in a book..
    It lead my love of reading anything I could get my hands on, into becoming a writer of sorts and publishing my two books of poetry..

    I read a lot of James Patterson, Jeffrey Deever and Harlan Coben now because they make m e think with so many different plot twists and capture my imagination..

    I read Shakespeare, Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Burns, Margaret Atwood among others..

    I read one more who I was related to. A well known author from the U.K. who hails from Scotland and was well renowned in the literary world..

    His name is Philip Kerr ( P.B. Kerr) I know what the B stands for..lol.
    He was my ex husbands first cousin, His Adult books include :

    March Violets ( 1989)
    The Pale Criminal ( 1990)
    A German Requiem ( 1991)
    The One from the Other ( 2006)
    A Quiet Flame ( 200
    If the Dead Rise Not ( 2009)
    Field Grey ( 2010)
    Prague Fatale ( 2011)
    A Man Without Breath ( 2013)
    The Lady from Zagreb ( 2015)

    He ended up writing a series of books for children also, which started with The Children Of The Lamp..
    He sent all three of my children the series before he died in 2018, as my ex husband and I kept in contact with Philip and his family over the years.. Sorry my friend, but this post is one that was and is very near and dear to this avid readers, book worm heart..xoxo
You do have a good literary heritage!
I've never read Shakespeare. I started one of his works but it was too much hard work for me!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 2:33 am

    Quoting scoupe42:
    That's an awesome thing! Book, give up knowledge, wisdom and it enhance our intelligence!
Books are a key repository of knowledge often threatening to those in power; that's why the Nazis burned books!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 2:56 am

    Quoting CleavageFan4U:
    Do you enjoy reading books? - I do, but suffer from a poor attention span most times.

    If so, what sort of books do you like reading? - When I'm FORCED to be confined (like long airplane trips) I choose long novels like Michener or Clancy.

    And what’s the best book you’ve read? - When I was about 12 I found this hard core illustrated sex novel that must have fallen out of the neighbor's trash. It was about a guy that auditioned women to be hookers and how that process went. I did READ it, and both the text and the photos provided endless wanking material.

    Happy HNW.

    Books, on HNW
    Will Pony Play Become A Bigger Thing Now
    Christmas in September
    [post 3312759] My Private Post - Tell Me ALL Your Secrets – Anything you write here is just between us
The raunchiest reading material I came across as a kid was my Mum's women's magazines. I went straight to their agony aunt pages!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:20 am

    Quoting  :

I too thought Catcher in the Rye was an over-rated book. And I too have never read a Charles Dickens novel!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:23 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    I used to be a CRAZY book reader, but my career in IT and my positions in management, lead me towards a 'less is more' attitude. No one in IT or any CEO I knew wanted to read a novelette. They always wanted the bottom line. *UGH*

    So, I dove to the bottom line — on any reading material I sought and any I presented.

    Patience is something I lack hence — magazine articles, reviews, summaries, synopsis —down and dirty is how I manage my time reading.

    I should get back to reading more than two thousand words.
    Is there hope for me? 🤔
    I take small gulps of info, and then I'm full.

    I loved 'Winnie Who Poohed.' 😶

    I've just spent a lotta words telling you nothing... lol 😂
In my job I wrote a lot that was hardly read! And publishers kept all the monies from sales!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:29 am

    Quoting TicklePlease:
    I remember reading Animal Farm when I was 10 or 11... Boy was I surprised to find out it wasn't just a story about talking animals on a farm!

    I speed read naturally so I go through a ton of books. Detective stories and Noir are my favorite genres but the Lewis Carroll "Alice" books are my favorite stories.
I've never mastered the art of speed-reading unless reading just the last page counts as speed-reading!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:31 am

    Quoting missthee:
    Do you enjoy reading books?
    Very much. I suffered from "tsundoku" until the pandemic lockdown helped to curb it.

    If so, what sort of books do you like reading?
    I prefer novels and try to read as much translated fiction from non-Euro/Anglo cultures as possible.

    And what’s the best book you’ve read?
    Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
I have a lot of tsundoku; it looks good on the bookshelves though!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:32 am

If this is what you read, I hope you get to enact what you've read!


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:33 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    Harlen Coben is currently my favourite author.
    I tend to read more magazines than actual novels these days.
I read magazines as well. Private Eye is my favourite.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:34 am

    Quoting pal334:
    I have always enjoyed reading. I never have a dull time since there is always something to read. If it is time of "simple pleasure" I read examples of families moving to the country side for self sufficient living . I currently have no "best book" , I just read for simple pleasures. I had too many years of serious reading, now it is simple pleasure for me
Sometimes it's good to escape the serious. I used to read a lot of romance novels in my youth.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/12/2021 3:36 am

    Quoting PonyGirl1965:
    I love to read. Lately its restricted by time constraints.
    I've been reading a lot of murder mysteries lately. Odd as I usually like happy endings.
Though there's a murder or two, at least the murderer is caught in a murder mystery book!


lindoboy100 59M  
23969 posts
9/13/2021 7:16 am

1. Yes.
2. Trashy sci fi novels, mainly because the books I need to read for work can be heavy going.
3. Anything by Iain Banks.


spunkycumfun 61M/67F  
41171 posts
9/13/2021 8:01 am

    Quoting lindoboy100:
    1. Yes.
    2. Trashy sci fi novels, mainly because the books I need to read for work can be heavy going.
    3. Anything by Iain Banks.
I've not read any Iain Banks. I should give him a go.


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