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Are Yearly/Monthly Book Suggestion Threads a Good Idea?

-2 Post author: RobertLumley 29 December 2011 04:52PM

I thought I had seen a thread recently asking for book recommendations, and I had a recommendation to post there, but the thread I found is from about a year and a half ago. I didn't want to make an entire thread for my book suggestion, that would be a bit extreme (I will post it in the comments though). So I was wondering what people's thoughts were on a yearly or monthly discussion thread recommending good new books, perhaps with a brief synopsis or explanation. Would we have enough new recommendations to fill one? (I'm still astonished there are as few repeats in the quote threads as there are) Would we have so many that monthly would be a good idea? Should there be any guidelines like there are for the quotes threads? The only one I can think of would be just requiring a brief summary and why one thinks LWers might be interested in it.

Comments (22)

Comment author: PhilosopherQueen 29 December 2011 05:50:15PM 3 points [-]

http://www.amazon.com/This-Time-Different-Centuries-Financial/dp/0691142165

It details how people fallaciously through the centuries believe that it will be different this time, and thus contribute to economic crises. It should be a good read for rationalists from all walks of life as it gives an opportunity to learn from history. Those who don't learn from that are doomed to repeat it.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 29 December 2011 06:38:24PM 1 point [-]

Monthly seems a little frequent, but a yearly or half-yearly post sounds good to me, and possibly a sticky post to make on-going topics (like Welcome!) easier to find.

Also, why just books rather than including movies, websites, etc.?

Comment author: Vaniver 29 December 2011 08:34:58PM 5 points [-]

Even the monthly rationality quotes threads run into trouble with being too infrequent (as quotes near the start of the month get seen much more than quotes near the end of the month). Unless we have some sort of sticky section, I can't see half-yearly posts working well. (But we should get a sticky section, and then just make a new thread every X comments.)

Comment author: RobertLumley 29 December 2011 08:39:23PM -3 points [-]

I definitely agree sticky is the way to go, but we don't have that feature yet, unfortunately.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 30 December 2011 02:41:33AM 1 point [-]

The quote threads should probably be more frequent. However, I don't see nearly as many books etc. being recommended.

Comment author: billswift 30 December 2011 06:12:16AM 0 points [-]

Maybe just tag book and other media discussion and recommendation threads, maybe as Resources?

Comment author: TheOtherDave 29 December 2011 08:40:33PM 0 points [-]

The LW wiki might be a better place for ongoing lists of resources and similar stuff.