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    45 books this year alone is insane. Good on you for dedicating the time for it. I don't think I ever could. I've been using more and more audiobooks lately to get a little more "reading" time in while I'm out walking or doing menial chores at home. I've pretty much replaced podcasts with audiobooks and I've been a lot happier with that decision.

    As for regular books, a few weeks ago I wrapped up The Fall of Hyperion. It was a good follow-up to the first book, but felt all over the place. While the story was all linked together in sequential order, I'm not sure how I felt about the story jumping between so many different characters and situations. There were a few days where I didn't read the book, and when I picked it up again I had to backtrack because I kind of lost my place. Still, it was a good way to wrap up the story of the first book, and would still recommend it for those who read Hyperion and want to know the conclusion of the story.

    After that I picked up The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. I've been enjoying these futuristic stories (even though this one was written in in the '70s, and the "future" in the story is 1997). I'm about a third into the book and so far the story has been interesting.

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    Damn, I'm sure you're far ahead of me then Pete! 45 books!

    Deg, I just read Fall of Hyperion recently! I can see your point that it was more scattered than the first book, which was at least a series of separate stories told one by one instead of wrapped up, but I still really loved it. Apparently there are more books in the series that continue the overarching story, which I'm quite curious about now.

    Finished up Deadhouse Gates and moved back to that category which just keeps on giving, Stephen King books. Now reading From A Buick 8, which so far has been very interesting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prime Time View Post
    While a lot of my academic work probably helps with that, I think the real reason is the insomnia. I find I either read or watch old wrestling pretty much every night to try and get myself into a position to sleep - and because that can take a while it means I've usually got about two hours at the end of the day where I'm just reading. Sometimes more. So you do clear quite a few books just while you're waiting to get to sleep.
    From January - this is why I get through so many books. I'd rather just be able to sleep more easily, to be honest.

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    Finished a couple over the weekend, updated my Goodreads and according to them, that's now 50 for the year. The one a week is looking like a good bet now.

    I've got one more old novel to read before I get through a slate of Cable's books, and I've also picked up a political history book called 'The Jeffersonian Persuasion'. It's a bit old now, published in the 1970s so hardly up to date scholarship, but it reads pretty well and seems like a good intro to some of the ideas they are raising. Haven't really got up to the Jefferson bits yet, still stuck in 17th century England in the early going!

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    I've just finished Inverting The Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson, which is a book about the history of football tactics from the original English kick and rush of the 2-3-5, through the W-M of Herbert Chapman's Arsenal, the refinement to an W-W in the coffee shops of Hungary in the 40s and 50s, then the 4-2-4 of Brazil and Jock Stein before slowly morphing into what we have today. It was really, really fascinating, actually - well worth a look, I got lucky and found a copy in a charity shop.

    Got a book of Palahniuk short stories to read on the train to/from work now - despite it being very teenage/early-20s, I just can't shake Palahniuk as being an author where I'll pick something up of his and read it willingly.

    I'm also planning a trip to the library - got a couple of reservations there, something on indie rock at the turn of the Millenium and The Killing Joke for a reread off the back of watching Joker - where I'm intending to grab a couple of Shakespeares to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver View Post
    I've just finished Inverting The Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson, which is a book about the history of football tactics from the original English kick and rush of the 2-3-5, through the W-M of Herbert Chapman's Arsenal, the refinement to an W-W in the coffee shops of Hungary in the 40s and 50s, then the 4-2-4 of Brazil and Jock Stein before slowly morphing into what we have today. It was really, really fascinating, actually - well worth a look, I got lucky and found a copy in a charity shop.
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    I read this a couple of years ago! Will co-sign the recommendation for any football fans (or even people who are just interested about sport in society, which should really be any wrestling fan at some level).

    If you want a similar but slightly different thing, you could look at the books by Simon Kuper, like 'Football Against the Enemy' or 'Why England Lose'.

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    Ah, I will do - cheers Prime! I'm considering tracking down Behind The Curtain by Wilson, which is just focused on Eastern European football.

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    Just started into After Sunset, a Stephen King short story collection. I'm enjoying it quite a bit, and the fact that I can seemingly just keep reading King and never be in danger of running out of new, enjoyable material!

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    You all have been racking up the reads! I always feel like it takes me forever to finish a book. But I've read a lot more this year than I realized, so I'm proud of myself for that.

    I wrapped up The Forever War a few days ago. It was a fun story, I enjoyed it a lot, especially towards the end.

    Continuing on the military sci-fi kick I've been on lately, I picked up Old Man's War by John Scalzi. I'm only about 30 pages in but I already know I'm going to like this book a lot.

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