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Books to Read (Improve Verbal Score and Enjoy a Good Read)

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Hi bb,

I would like to see Future Shock by Alvin Toffler added in the list. The book is dense and idea rich and yet just 385 pages in length.
Please take a look ath the book.
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I would like to see Future Shock by Alvin Toffler added in the list. The book is dense and idea rich and yet just 385 pages in length.
Please take a look ath the book.



Thank you! Adding the book to the list.
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Do anyone know an good app for the blackberry? :?:
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Do anyone know an good app for the blackberry? :?:


Wrong Forum? Blackberry App for what?
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New post 30 Sep 2009, 11:47
good idea. I am struggling with RC too. But I only have 2 months before the test.
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Just remembered an old trick - how to get good quality Magazines on the cheap side (only if you live in the US).

A number of mileage program including Northwest (currently merging with Delta) offer magazine subscription options. Here is a preview of some:
1. Business Week - 1,600 miles for 50 issues
2. Fortune - 1,400 miles for 25 issues
3. Harvard Business Review - 2,700 miles for 12 issues
4. Money - 800 miles for 12 issues
5. The Economist - 3,200 miles for 51 issues
6. WSJ - 2,800 miles for 190 issues
7. Financial Times - 2,000 miles for 305 issues

All are pretty much a fantastic value, since you can get 1 mile per dollar spent on the Delta/NWA credit card and up to 30K sign up bonus.

More info:
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I just finished reading "The great Gatsby". Very different from I expected. It appears I understood wrongly the reviews :lol:
However, it is really a good book.
By the way, where are the starts the forum members used to rate the books?

PS: Started to read "Daisy Miller", by Henry James.
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I just finished reading "The great Gatsby". Very different from I expected. It appears I understood wrongly the reviews :lol:
However, it is really a good book.
By the way, where are the starts the forum members used to rate the books?

PS: Started to read "Daisy Miller", by Henry James.


Took the stars off - few were using the system and they were slowing the page down.
Let me know your review and I will post it next to the book however positive/negative it may be.
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I liked "The Great Gatsby", though it was very different from I expected.
Be careful not to read what is this book about in Wikipedia, which has many spoilers.

The book is easy to understand because it is a romance. While reading, you imagine the scene, every detail.

You may find some "elder" words reading it, such as "any body" instead of "anybody", but nothing like you would find reading an original text by Christopher Columbus :lol: . Still, the story has a rich vocabulary.

Someone said that the book has some tough parts that could make one cry, but I did not even got "sad".

The bottom line: it worth both your time and your money
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Can we pretty much assume anything by John Steinbeck would be a good read? I'm looking through Amazon and I see "Once there was a War" by Steinbeck. Any thoughts?
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Thank you - posted.

diogoguitarrista wrote:
I liked "The Great Gatsby", though it was very different from I expected.
Be careful not to read what is this book about in Wikipedia, which has many spoilers.

The book is easy to understand because it is a romance. While reading, you imagine the scene, every detail.

You may find some "elder" words reading it, such as "any body" instead of "anybody", but nothing like you would find reading an original text by Christopher Columbus :lol: . Still, the story has a rich vocabulary.

Someone said that the book has some tough parts that could make one cry, but I did not even got "sad".

The bottom line: it worth both your time and your money

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Can we pretty much assume anything by John Steinbeck would be a good read? I'm looking through Amazon and I see "Once there was a War" by Steinbeck. Any thoughts?


From style, language, and grammar perspective - probably.
From the plot - probably too (I've read about 5 or 8 of his books and liked everyone of them)
I have a long trip coming up and was looking for something to read - you sparked me to go with Steinbeck. However, I think I'll go with something lighter.

I'll probably get The Log from the Sea of Cortez and The Long Valley.
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What about suspense type books? Mystery? Will those hold any up for valuable reads pertaining to GMAT fiction?

Any other genres?
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What about suspense type books? Mystery? Will those hold any up for valuable reads pertaining to GMAT fiction?

Any other genres?


I'd say if that's what keeps you occupied and interested, then go for it. The way I look at it - the value of the book will depend on 3 elements:
1. How it is able to keep you engaged and interested in reading (probably high for suspence and myster)
2. Quality of vocabulary/language/style
3. Difficulty of text

Steinbeck is probably a bit on the lower side of difficulty but he has the interest and language but that makes it easier to get into it. If you pick up a very difficulty book to comprehend - not matter the language or plot, you will get tired. Faulkner is probably on the top of difficulty scale (along with Hawthorne) but both are too dry to my liking, so I can never keep up.

Just my thoughts - if you have any suggestions of your own - please don't hesitate to post them.
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Reading novels such a good idea !!!!

I strongly suggest to read all Dan Brown' book (p1 : ANgels and demons, p2: da vinci code, p3: digital fortress, p4: deception point... less good; haven't read The lost symbol yet), and Larsson's Millenium 1,2 and soon 3 (the girl with the dragon tatoo and the girl who played with fire; the third one will soon be published)...
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Hello,

Can someone please suggest some good magazines to subscribe?

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Can someone please suggest some good magazines to subscribe?

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already discussed in this thread (both on the first page and on this page) - just look through it
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I just want to second your opinion on the book Daisy Miller, by Henry James. The author uses a great deal of commas, dashes, and semicolons - great practice for the GMAT! Also, I found the story very captivating; I finished the book in less than three hours.
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I just want to second your opinion on the book Daisy Miller, by Henry James. The author uses a great deal of commas, dashes, and semicolons - great practice for the GMAT! Also, I found the story very captivating; I finished the book in less than three hours.


I personally did not like "Daisy Miller". I did not even finish reading.
I do not know, it is boring... I stopped reading.

Maybe I will try to re-read it.

By the way, I am reading "The Da Vinci Code", by Dan Brown.
I guess someone else told about this one before.

VERY VERY VERY good so far.
But it takes too much time. I will write a full review when I am done, but I could say something right now: although it takes time, it is good both to improve your verbal skills and to "refresh" your mind. (The history is so good as to retain your attention)

In just a few days I read about 150 pages... and I am not a "culture" guy that reads a lot.
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New post 02 Nov 2009, 13:18
Sorry about Daisy Miller. It is a quick short one.... maybe you are not a romantic type :lol:

Good luck with Da Vinci Code - if it has good English - it works!
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