What is the last book you finished?

> buy a book
> get excited
> read 2 chapters
> come on lit
> learn of another book
> buy new book
> repeat

I have an entire bookshelf of books on the back burner.

So what is the last book that was so captivating that you finished?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I stopped reading entire books when I started needing to use them.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I finished Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars a couple days ago, before that it wss a collection of a few plays from Racine and Freud's Outline of Psycho-Analysis a bit earlier in the month

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That’s so nuts I also just finished lives of the Caesars

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That’s so nuts I also just finished lives of the Caesars

      what did you guys think of the book?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It was very entertaining for the most part, however the way Suetonius orders his biographies is not the best for someone who's looking for a straightforward history. The biographies mostly go in this order: family history/early life, good shit/accomplishments, bad shit/vices, death, and their descriptions. The information in the biographies themselves are not ordered chronologically for the most part, instead sticking to categories of information. Otherwise, very readable. Some highlights were Vespasian's jokes, Claudius' incompetence, and the depravity of Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, and Domitian.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Finished pics related yesterday. This is the second Faulkner I have read and I am about done trying to like him. As a Southerner from the same area Faulkner basically wrote everything about I feel like I really should like him, but he is annoying to me.
    I can imagine The Reivers as a cheesy made for TV movie played back on a VHS tape with a single warbly clarinet playing as background music. Ned is a funny character but other than that I am taking a long break from Faulkner.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why would would this be your 2nd Faulkner? Try the big 4 fist.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I first read The Sound and Fury first, but the modernist flair is lost on me. So, I read The Reivers because Faulkner drops all of the modernist illusions. Also I know that McCarthy regarded Faulkner as the greatest author and the premise of this book sound like it could have been a McCarthy novel and therefore a big influence.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Last book I read was Spring Snow and that was 2 months ago. I was on a good streak but lately it's been feeling like a chore to read anything.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    convenience store woman

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    That Matthew Perry autobiography

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The last three books I finished:
    The Myth of Sisyphus - Camus
    Nausea - Sartre
    Breakfast of Champions - Vonnegut

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Long post to just say you're a quitter

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tarry Flynn. Book about being an Irish farmer and wanting to bang lots of Irish girls but resenting the girls for being willing to frick anyone else, while finding beauty in nature and the sweat of your brow.
    Highly recommend, very short and easy to get through, and the protagonist is literally me.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What kind of books do you [get convinced] to read?

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hamlet

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I read Yevgeny Zamyatin's We recently
    It was okay

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Jon Fosse's "A shining"

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Finished: Clifford Geertz - Local Knowledge

    On Currently: Victor Turner - Dramas, Fields and Metaphors

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Based Geertz anon. You read the essay about the Balinese wienerfighting ring yet?

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I last finished The way of a pilgrim by unknown.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Aeneid. Twas kino. Turnus is like an even more unhinged Hector

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I've finished six volumes of multivolume books since I last finished an actual entire book.

      Heh I just looked at this again for the first time in months... I really do kinda like it, I will finish it someday I swear.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Tao Te Ching. It's short and sweet.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I, uh, never finished IJ.
    Just wasn't interested.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >started From Hell in January (haven't finished yet)
    >in that time I've read the first two Dune books
    yup

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Lady in the Lake
    It was alright. Not my favorite by Chandler. Good characters but the mystery got a bit convoluted

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession by Tolstoy. 2 really good books

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    most books are so boring and tediously written, and the discover of one or two that instantly grab me and where i read it from cover to cover just reinforces my assumptions that most published work is terrible, and i'd rather just watch youtube and play videogames than force myself to read through the imaginary world of someone spiritually bereft enough to survive the world of publishing.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't start a new book until I finish what I'm currently reading and I'll finish it even if I don't particularly like it so I can have an informed opinion on it. Last book I finished was Gilgamesh and it was incredibly based. Loved the part where he goes on a three page rant basically calling Ishtar a dangerous prostitute.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Back in January or so I finished a book on Stuart England by Angus Stroud. Basically a crash course since I've always been curious about the period. Since then I've just been hopping from books I've rented from my university's library on different topics.
    As for an actual work of literature, probably The Master and Margarita. One of my favorites

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the catcher in the rye

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Pick related, though it's a collection of opinion piece articles rather than a book. Thanks to the guy in that thread about Brazil as a new world culture for recommending it.

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Notes from Underground
    Finished it a week ago
    I'm reading crime and Punishment now

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