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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #300 on: September 30, 2014, 04:27:04 AM »
fallstoclimb,

Thanks for the book suggestion. I've been fascinated by the depression era lately and haven't heard of this book yet. Jumped on over to my library's website and requested a copy :-)

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« Reply #301 on: September 30, 2014, 05:57:46 AM »
fallstoclimb,

Thanks for the book suggestion. I've been fascinated by the depression era lately and haven't heard of this book yet. Jumped on over to my library's website and requested a copy :-)

Oh great!  You'll probably love it because it's a different story about the depression than you (or at least I) typically read -- as in, even worse, mostly.  It kind of has a car wreck quality to it because you keep reading on to see how bad it gets, but it has helped me think differently about my cushy office job that I don't like!

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« Reply #302 on: September 30, 2014, 06:08:42 AM »
In the middle of reading both Expected Returns on Major Asset Classes by Antti Ilmanen and These Are The Voyages: TOS Season One by Marc Cushman.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #303 on: September 30, 2014, 05:27:48 PM »
The Cabal Brothers by Jonathan Howard. Book 4 in the continueing adventures of Johannes Cabal, Necromancer. Love the series, it is very tongue in cheek with a loveable anti-hero who operates on a very strict moral compass, it just doesn't point quite the same direction as most peoples.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #304 on: October 01, 2014, 08:13:08 AM »
I read Influx by Daniel Suarez two days ago. It was quite good.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #305 on: October 01, 2014, 09:51:59 AM »
My stack of library books overfloweth...

The Story of Stuff - Annie Leonard
Excellent Sheep:  The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life - William Deresiewicz
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #306 on: October 07, 2014, 09:57:44 AM »
I'm on to my third Gene Logsdon book now: The Contrary Farmer, You Can Go Home Again, and All Flesh is Grass.

Really, a fundamentally Mustachian dude, who left a well-paying job to live back home on 30 acres. The best writer I've discovered in the last year or two. Great if you are into the enviro stuff as well.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #307 on: October 07, 2014, 07:43:17 PM »
Just finished up "Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Conner.  Now reading "Dune" for the first time; a short story collection called "The Empathy Exams".

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #308 on: October 07, 2014, 08:00:03 PM »
The new Rick Riordan book, The Blood of Olympus! About halfway through and enjoying it.

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« Reply #309 on: October 08, 2014, 12:34:10 PM »
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn (the guy from the DVD "Forks over Knives" and Sanjay Gupta's CNN special "The Last Heart Attack")

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #310 on: October 09, 2014, 08:25:42 AM »
Finally finished the Jefferson monstrosity, moved on to A Walk In The Woods, by Bryson, it's super funny so far.

I'm reading Neither Here Nor There by Bryson.    He cracks me up.  Loved Walk in the Woods and The Lost Continent.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #311 on: October 13, 2014, 07:44:25 PM »
The Newgate Calendar or Malefactors' Bloody Register containing: Genuine and Circumstantial Narrative of the lives and transactions, various exploits and Dying Speeches of the Most Notorious Criminals of both sexes who suffered Death Punishment in Gt. Britain and Ireland for High Treason, Petty Treason, Murder, Piracy, Felony, Thieving, Highway Robberies, Forgery, Rapes, Bigamy, Burglaries, Riots, and various other horrid crimes and misdemeanours on a plan entirely new, wherein will be fully displayed the regular progress from virtue to vice interspersed with striking reflexions on the conduct of those unhappy wretches who have fallen a sacrifice to the laws of their country

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #312 on: October 13, 2014, 11:58:32 PM »
Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson.  Ties in nicely with MMM philosophy, minimalism, decluttering, consumerism.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #313 on: November 28, 2014, 12:01:19 AM »
I'm on to my third Gene Logsdon book now: The Contrary Farmer, You Can Go Home Again, and All Flesh is Grass.

I picked up A Sanctuary of Trees and enjoyed it, thanks for the rec!

Just started Zero to One by Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal. Really interesting so far.

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« Reply #314 on: November 28, 2014, 01:17:30 AM »
Finished Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs this afternoon. Those books are surprisingly good.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #315 on: November 28, 2014, 01:55:11 AM »
Little Women

I need to figure out what classic to do next.

If you haven't read it yet, consider Les Miserable.  It's a real page-turner.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #316 on: November 28, 2014, 02:06:59 AM »
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« Reply #317 on: November 28, 2014, 09:31:04 AM »
I've been reading "Early Retirement Extreme" after getting a copy from the library.  So far, it has some interesting tidbits, but, wow, it is ever dry.  I guess not everyone has the writing skills of MMM.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #318 on: November 28, 2014, 09:49:24 AM »
I'm on to my third Gene Logsdon book now: The Contrary Farmer, You Can Go Home Again, and All Flesh is Grass.

I picked up A Sanctuary of Trees and enjoyed it, thanks for the rec!

Just started Zero to One by Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal. Really interesting so far.

Awesome. Glad you hear you liked it. I have that out from the library and haven't started it. Today is the day!

(Also, you might like "American Canopy" which is a history of trees in the (European) US. Really well written and fascinating.)
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #319 on: December 01, 2014, 09:32:07 AM »
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #320 on: December 01, 2014, 11:42:06 AM »
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

That's a good one.

I''m currently reading The Red Winter, the final book of the Tapestry Series, as well as Write. Publish. Repeat.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #321 on: December 01, 2014, 11:52:47 AM »
I've been reading "Early Retirement Extreme" after getting a copy from the library.  So far, it has some interesting tidbits, but, wow, it is ever dry.  I guess not everyone has the writing skills of MMM.
Agree.  Jacob's a superb analyst -- better than MMM in many ways -- but I can't argue with your writing-quality observation, which is spot-on.  Sometimes the poor quality is so distracting that it takes something away from his points, whereas Pete appears much more accessible and friendly.

I'm going through the Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell.  It's Swedish Detective stuff, somehow managing to be both fun and bleak at the same time. 

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« Reply #322 on: December 01, 2014, 12:04:44 PM »
Just finished "Better Off" by Eric Bernde.  It's about a couple that live without electricity for about 18 months growing their own food, having a kid, ect.  They did have a car but got rid of it half way through.

The author wanted to explore humanities adoption and use of technology.  I thought it was very interesting and a lot of the concepts of MMM like muscle over motor converge with the main themes of the book.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #323 on: December 01, 2014, 12:38:59 PM »
Right now I'm reading The Gunslinger, the first book of the Dark Tower series, and so far I'm really uncomfortable with the descriptions of women - they're either Madonnas or whores.  I'd really like to lose myself in a fantasy series right now, but I guess this one isn't going to be it.  I'll finish this book but am pretty sure I'm not going to stick with the series unless this turns around dramatically.  Any other fantasy series suggestions? 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #324 on: December 02, 2014, 07:59:16 AM »
Lois McMaster Bujold, sharing knife series and Challion series

Right now I'm reading The Gunslinger, the first book of the Dark Tower series, and so far I'm really uncomfortable with the descriptions of women - they're either Madonnas or whores.  I'd really like to lose myself in a fantasy series right now, but I guess this one isn't going to be it.  I'll finish this book but am pretty sure I'm not going to stick with the series unless this turns around dramatically.  Any other fantasy series suggestions?
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #325 on: December 02, 2014, 08:03:54 AM »
I'm listening to Chris Hadfield read his book (An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth).  It is like being in the room with him, listening to him reminisce.    Wonderful book (well, CD), highly recommend it, especially for the perspective of a high achiever looking at work/life balance and family relationships and all that.  I've only heard the first 2 CDs, am really looking forward to the next 5.

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« Reply #326 on: December 02, 2014, 08:37:37 PM »
"The World Until Yesterday" is Jared Diamond's third book in the trilogy that includes "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and "Collapse", both of which which I enjoyed slightly more than this latest one.

The TL;DR summary is that human civilization is only about 10,000 years old, but humanity itself was thriving nicely for several million years before that in a very different world, one without governments, without literacy, without obesity.  And he thinks modern humans can learn something from our former way of life, which he explains by looking at modern primitive societies like those of Papua New Guinea, whose people were still using stone tools and living in complete isolation from the rest of humanity in 1930 but today have internet and airports.

He acknowledges that the lifestyles of these tribes are in some ways brutal.  They are more vulnerable to sickness and violence than modern city dwellers, for example, but on the other hand they have never heard of diabetes or heart disease.  They just don't get fat.  I thought that the the MMM forum's strong paleo crowd might appreciate his discussion of why that is.  (Hint: you won't be surprised to learn that modern humans eat a lot of things our bodies don't want.)

He also talks about the way these societies treat their elderly, how they raise their children, how they settle disputes, and how they wage wars.  In most cases, he thinks primitive societies do these things better than modern societies.

The first book in the triology was about why European civilization grew to colonize the world, rather than Africans or Native Americans.  The second was about how major civilizations of the past have failed and disappeared.  This one is about how civilizations change over time, for better or worse, when they grow enough to support bureaucrats and politicians.  As such, I think it has slightly less sweeping conclusions.  The first two books say something important about humanity, and will change the way you see the world.  The third is an interesting afterthought, but not quite so life changing.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #327 on: December 03, 2014, 01:44:13 PM »
Working my way through Octavia E. Butler's books. I've read six of them now and am trying to savor them rather than racing through because there are only six more I haven't read!

Over the weekend I read "Parable of the Sower" and "Parable of the Talents" and they are breathtaking in their depth, their brutality, and their clarity. Butler's teenage protagonist survives the slow-motion apocalypse of the early 2020s and creates a hard-ass religion that has exactly zero supernatural aspects, and you see how it all plays out in the chaos of the world around her.

I'm so inspired by Butler's work -- I haven't been this into an author in a very long time. It's really a tragedy that she died so young, without getting to finish the Parable series ...
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #328 on: December 03, 2014, 01:50:53 PM »
About to start a few Bogle books that I ordered in at the library. Some good Christmas holiday reading here :-)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #329 on: December 03, 2014, 06:41:39 PM »
Written in Red by Anne Bishop.
hm. I'm having mixed feelings about it.

I tried to read influx a while ago but couldn't get past all the detail at the beginning ... i hope the tediousness wore off.

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« Reply #330 on: December 22, 2014, 09:05:11 PM »
In the middle of "Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto.  The premise of the book discusses the true origin of formal Schooling and it's current format.  One of the author's main points is why schools were developed in the first place, according to him it was because of industrial titans such as Carnegie and Rockefeller that needed workers.  But not just any worker, the had no use for individuals that knew how to be self sufficient and be independent thinkers, they needed individuals that were trained to listen and do specialized/menial work for long periods of time, sound familiar?  So they funded the think thanks and universities to promote structured schooling in America and get politicians and families to support compulsory schooling.  Now children spent most of their time away from their parents and stop learning basic skills to be self-sufficient.  They would need jobs provided by the corporations to make a living.

I admit it goes down the conspiracy theorist path, but the evidence to his arguments are pretty strong.  Why do we still have an education problem after all the money that we spend in schools?  Why is our graduation rates so poor?  Why do so many students that enter college need remedial classes now?  Why are high school students on average only reading at a 5th grade level?  Makes one think.

Full disclosure:  We are unschooling our children because we don't agree with how our current school system works, like tracking, letting kids advance to the next grade even though they are clearly not ready to make room for the next batch of kids, and emphasis on teaching to the test.  But it never occurred to me that
 it was by design and not just systematic flaws of the schooling system.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #331 on: December 23, 2014, 02:00:14 PM »
I'm reading Under The Dome by Stephen King, after my daughter got into the TV show.
Never read any Stephen King before, but (while a bit violent) it is quite good.
Certainly better than the TV show... :-)
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #332 on: December 23, 2014, 02:07:14 PM »
Right now I'm reading The Gunslinger, the first book of the Dark Tower series, and so far I'm really uncomfortable with the descriptions of women - they're either Madonnas or whores.  I'd really like to lose myself in a fantasy series right now, but I guess this one isn't going to be it.  I'll finish this book but am pretty sure I'm not going to stick with the series unless this turns around dramatically.  Any other fantasy series suggestions?

The Dresden Series by Jim Butcher is very good. The protagonist is a wizard, but he works as a private eye in modern day Chicago. So fantasy/hard boiled detective. The first book is Storm Front.

He also has a traditional fantasy series called The Codex Alera, which starts with The Furies of Calderon.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #333 on: December 23, 2014, 02:14:14 PM »
"All You Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan" by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi. Its quite good. Recommended here on the forum.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #334 on: December 23, 2014, 03:44:48 PM »
How To Win Friends and Influence People-Dale Carnegie.

A pretty interesting book, and very easy to pick up at any spot rather than read in order-good for my short attention span lately. A nice eye opener in that so much of the book halts one from the initial action or reaction to exmine what it is we really want and gives strategies to go about attaining that.  It feels more like a book that should be titled "How to get what you want without looking like an a-hole," which I have zero problem with. The only problem I have with the book is a the fact that none of these strategies work on unreasonable people. I guess the only solution in those cases is to waste less time on them and focus on the interactions with probable success.

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« Reply #335 on: December 24, 2014, 07:55:05 AM »
Frozen Heat, by "Richard Castle". This is one in the series of mysteries that tie in to the "Castle" TV series. Great fun, total fluff. I get them at the library.

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« Reply #336 on: December 24, 2014, 08:15:22 AM »
How To Win Friends and Influence People-Dale Carnegie.

A pretty interesting book, and very easy to pick up at any spot rather than read in order-good for my short attention span lately. A nice eye opener in that so much of the book halts one from the initial action or reaction to exmine what it is we really want and gives strategies to go about attaining that.  It feels more like a book that should be titled "How to get what you want without looking like an a-hole," which I have zero problem with. The only problem I have with the book is a the fact that none of these strategies work on unreasonable people. I guess the only solution in those cases is to waste less time on them and focus on the interactions with probable success.
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« Reply #337 on: December 24, 2014, 09:35:43 AM »
My Kindle Unlimited Queue (for those without KU, it's 10 books) is basically made up of half Science Fiction and half Personal Finance/Investing/Retirement books. I am the weirdest reader ever.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #338 on: December 26, 2014, 05:35:43 AM »
I love this topic!  I am reading 'The Luminaries'  by Eleanor Catton. Very, very good so far.

I read very fast which many may think is a blessing but I find it to be a bit of a curse as I tend to finish books too quickly. This book is 832 pages of small print which has me very excited as it should take me some time to get through it. :-)

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« Reply #339 on: December 26, 2014, 06:34:34 AM »
Death of a Policeman, the latest M.C. Beaton mystery in the long-running Hamish MacBeth series. Just fluff…light entertainment…I admire everyone who is reading "heavy" stuff, but I just want my fluff.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #340 on: December 26, 2014, 12:52:58 PM »
"I admire everyone who is reading "heavy" stuff, but I just want my fluff."

I completely understand! A friend once told me that books were not worth reading unless they were 'hard' as it made you a better person. Frankly, my job is hard and mentally taxing enough. I'll take fluff any day!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #341 on: December 26, 2014, 01:18:23 PM »
Both.
Thats the key. Fluff when you need, rows of numbers when you need, tears when you need.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #342 on: December 26, 2014, 02:38:55 PM »
Over the weekend I read "Parable of the Sower" and "Parable of the Talents" and they are breathtaking in their depth, their brutality, and their clarity. Butler's teenage protagonist survives the slow-motion apocalypse of the early 2020s and creates a hard-ass religion that has exactly zero supernatural aspects, and you see how it all plays out in the chaos of the world around her.


Thanks for the rec. A friend who died this summer was a big Octavia Butler fan so I meant to read some but wasn't sure where to jump in. I agree, Parable of the Sower seems terrific so far.

I'm also reading A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor about his walk across Europe in 1933.

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« Reply #343 on: December 26, 2014, 02:51:37 PM »
I'm re (re-re-re) reading my copy of the Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn at the moment.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #344 on: December 26, 2014, 04:15:10 PM »
I'm re (re-re-re) reading my copy of the Complete Tightwad Gazette

What a GREAT idea!

Many years ago, when I first acquired my copies (on a clearance table, no less -- after I'd taken them out from the library at least ten times) I used to read through all 3 of them once a year.  This was when the TWG came in 3 volumes.

I haven't read through them in about 5 years -- I'm always on the lookout for the next new book on frugality/pf. I need to get back to my frugal roots and the TWG is where its at! Thanks for the reminder @homehandymum!


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #345 on: December 27, 2014, 02:48:40 PM »
Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois - the Anthology of Rap (slowly but surely)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #346 on: December 28, 2014, 06:19:28 AM »
Since it's bowl season I'm doing some football reading. I just finished Friday Night Lights, which is brilliant. Before that I was reading The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football, which is kinda like Economics Explained in that it's a couple decades old but still the best book on its topic. Next up: The Blind Side. Michael Lewis is the freaking best.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #347 on: December 28, 2014, 09:40:26 AM »
Since it's bowl season I'm doing some football reading. I just finished Friday Night Lights, which is brilliant. Before that I was reading The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football, which is kinda like Economics Explained in that it's a couple decades old but still the best book on its topic. Next up: The Blind Side. Michael Lewis is the freaking best.

Check out The Games that Changed the Game.

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I have the ePub if you'd like to borrow it.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #348 on: December 28, 2014, 06:27:56 PM »
I am reading "The Maze Runner" because reading is fun.  When I am done with this, I might read the "Divergent" series, because why not?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #349 on: December 28, 2014, 07:26:03 PM »
I just finished Shaman Rises (C. E. Murphy, end of the Urban Shaman series) and Midnight Crossroad (Charlaine Harris), am in the middle of "The Everyday Squash Cook" (yes it is about the vegetable) and just started "Who We Are" (Elizabeth May).  I have "Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada" (Brent Rathgeber) and "Party of One" (Michael Harris) on hold - after all, there will be an election in October and I need to be prepared.

I am an eclectic reader. Does it show?  And I read fast, which is a pain because it is so easy to run out of things to read.  I could easily post three new books here every week.

And I really have to reiterate that Chris Hadfield's book (or better yet the CDs) "The Astronaut's guide to Life on Earth" is a must read.  This guy is amazing, inspiring, etc.   Pieces of wisdom - aspire to be a zero. Sweat the small stuff.  And quiet humour: How do you get 30 rowdy drunk Canadians out of a swimming pool? He tells you how.
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