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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #650 on: January 03, 2016, 05:23:24 PM »
This week I finished The Wine Dark Sea (Patrick O'Brian, book 16? I think.) as well as The Tropic of Serpents (2nd in the Lady Trent series by Marie Brennan)
Just started Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey (I admit it, after watching the first ep of The Expanse. Sue me ;P )

Me too! I watched the first few episodes of The Expanse and loved it, so I checked Leviathan Wakes out from the library last week Monday, and read 350 pages the first day! I had finished it by Tuesday evening, but it helps that I was on PTO and didn't have to work those days. I have the next 2 on hold at the library, and should be available in the next day or two. I'm pumped! Haven't found a series that I've been this sucked into since I first read ASOIAF.
Ha! Apparently we're on the same wavelength as well as being practically neighbors!
Yeah I'm only like 30 pages in (been busy ://) but I enjoyed it a lot! The writing style is captivating, despite a terseness that doesn't always appeal to me.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #651 on: January 03, 2016, 07:29:32 PM »
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

Such a good book! Everybody lies all the time, but just a little bit, to hold together the mental image we have of ourselves as generally good people. Great read though.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #652 on: January 04, 2016, 04:25:55 AM »
I hope I'm not derailing but I need to ask you... Do you ever feel like you HAVE to finish a book you bought or someone gave you? 

I never not finished a book until I got sick, I read 2-3 a week and it was just a thing, I always finished.   Now memory and comprehension have slowed my roll to a few books a month even though I am on disability and have the time to read more, it takes me forever now.  Anyway, after the neuro stuff made reading harder, I now freely allow myself to not finish something and find something better.  But I don't buy books, I'm a library fiend so this costs me nothing. 

I rarely if ever, don't complete a movie in a theater.  But I walked out of Boyhood, a movie I should've loved (director, premise, actors) because I hated it. I may try that one again, though. 

I just finished Black Out: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.  meh but the author wrote well and it left me glad I do not deal with addiction

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #653 on: January 08, 2016, 04:15:54 PM »
Gourmet Magazine Nov 2007.  There are some good vegan recipes in this one.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #654 on: January 09, 2016, 09:33:11 PM »
Finally finished both Musashi and Tao te Ching.

I am now rereading The Tao of Pooh. by Benjamin Hoff.

It's a very light hearted but insightful book that one can get through in one sitting, and being a childhood fan of Winnie the Pooh, I could not resist.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #655 on: January 10, 2016, 06:41:04 PM »
Sorry I am coming late to these.  Is that the Anne Bishop one?  The third in the series gets really dark.

Third of the way through Pillars of Earth and already had 2 people stop to tell me it's a great book.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #656 on: January 10, 2016, 06:57:13 PM »
The Year of Living Danishly.  I was gong to take my time, and I read the whole thing in one go.  Interesting take on going from London to Legoland.  I was also surprised at how Denmark and Canada share a fair number of similarities, for countries that are superficially quite different. 

I've been reading mostly nonfiction lately, think I'll go hang out with Poddy next.
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« Reply #657 on: January 15, 2016, 03:55:18 PM »
Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #658 on: January 15, 2016, 04:33:57 PM »
American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Really admire the Seals, the training, discipline, Kyle's skills etc but Kyle himself on a personal level is a bit of a dick.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #659 on: January 15, 2016, 05:17:30 PM »
Cat Sense ("How the New Feline Sciene Can Make You a Better Friend To Your Pet") by John Bradshaw. I've only just started reading it and the first chapter at least is a history of feline domestication and what archeological evidence there is to support the various theories. I assume it will get into pet cat behaviour later on in the book.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #660 on: January 16, 2016, 03:51:47 PM »
Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer. Really quick read thus far.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #661 on: January 16, 2016, 04:00:50 PM »
IDK why I am doing this but I am reading Fly Lady's book, Sink Reflections.  There is too much God in it for a book on cleaning and organizing.  And I don't buy into you are meant to serve your family by having an organized and clean house.  She doesn't believe in enforcing chores, for example.  Supposedly, if you give in and do everything, even if you work, everyone will notice and start naturally copying your efforts. And you will all be happier.  I don't think she's met any tweens or teens to learn this will never happen and if your kids find out about the strategy of you doing everything and then they will want to help, they will laugh you out of your house.  One woman was so glad she re-claimed everything because now her teenage DD hugs her.  Well, duh, a hug is the least you can do for someone who does absolutely everything for you. 

give me back Mari Kondo's socks with feelings.  Actually, there is some good organizing advice in this book so I'll finish it and remain one of her "Flybabies" until the book is over.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #662 on: January 16, 2016, 06:30:09 PM »
Cat Sense ("How the New Feline Sciene Can Make You a Better Friend To Your Pet") by John Bradshaw. I've only just started reading it and the first chapter at least is a history of feline domestication and what archeological evidence there is to support the various theories. I assume it will get into pet cat behaviour later on in the book.

A few hours after I posted this, I had the book next to me on the couch. One of my cats decided to curl up next to me ON THE BOOK. Can't have been comfortable because it's hardcover.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #663 on: January 17, 2016, 08:11:49 AM »
This morning on my four-hour flight I read two thirds of More Money Than God, a book about hedge funds that's more in the vein of a Liar's Poker biography of some interesting folks than a Random Walk Down Wall Street/Stocks for the Long Run argument for an investment philosophy.

What More Money does VERY well is summarize the early history of HF going back to the fifties, which I had been totally ignorant of until now. I had heard of Long Term Capital Management and knew it wasn't literally the first but thought it was a relatively early one. Nope - hedge funds were already four decades old at that point! If you're interested in LTCM itself you'd be better served by When Genius Failed, as More Money's coverage of LTCM is pretty abbreviated and offers no analysis or sources not in When Genius Failed. Still, overall I'm really enjoying it - it's very lively and readable as long as you have a bit of finance background (or can cover for no finance background with a willingness to google).

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #664 on: January 17, 2016, 10:45:17 AM »
I'm sad to say I've had my kindle fire for over a year now and I JUST figured out how to use the overdrive thingy from the library...

(In my pitiful defense, I had tried at one point, but the app just kept loading.  I didn't know you could do it over the web as well!)

Also, I have a library card from my hometown and my boyfriend's card from where we live now, double score!

This list will come in very handy now...

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Re: What are you READING right now?
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #666 on: January 18, 2016, 10:08:27 AM »
Sugar Salt Fat - Michael Moss‎

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #667 on: January 19, 2016, 12:27:23 AM »
For pleasure:  All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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« Reply #668 on: January 19, 2016, 03:25:05 AM »
Just finished The Conservative Heart by Arthur C. Brooks.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #669 on: January 19, 2016, 05:18:25 AM »
"City on Fire"  New York in the 1970s.


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #670 on: January 19, 2016, 06:20:57 AM »
I hope I'm not derailing but I need to ask you... Do you ever feel like you HAVE to finish a book you bought or someone gave you? 

I never not finished a book until I got sick, I read 2-3 a week and it was just a thing, I always finished.   Now memory and comprehension have slowed my roll to a few books a month even though I am on disability and have the time to read more, it takes me forever now.  Anyway, after the neuro stuff made reading harder, I now freely allow myself to not finish something and find something better.  But I don't buy books, I'm a library fiend so this costs me nothing. 

I rarely if ever, don't complete a movie in a theater.  But I walked out of Boyhood, a movie I should've loved (director, premise, actors) because I hated it. I may try that one again, though. 

I just finished Black Out: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.  meh but the author wrote well and it left me glad I do not deal with addiction
You should try borrowing audiobooks from the library. it may be less taxing for you.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #671 on: January 19, 2016, 08:55:35 AM »
Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone by Marky Ramone

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« Reply #672 on: January 19, 2016, 09:59:38 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #673 on: January 19, 2016, 10:46:49 AM »
You finish A History of Western Philosophy?
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« Reply #674 on: January 19, 2016, 11:03:16 AM »
I hate to admit- I didn't really enjoy Naomi Novik's Temeraire, and don't plan to continue the series =o Everyone really seems to love it and calls it a "page turner"... it felt like it drug on to me! I'm a bit sad because I loved Uprooted so much, but there you have it.

Now to decide what to read next, since I won't be doing a whole series. I have lots on my kindle and on my "to read" list at the library- a good problem to have!
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #675 on: January 19, 2016, 05:35:42 PM »
You finish A History of Western Philosophy?
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #676 on: January 19, 2016, 07:17:25 PM »
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
I didn't love it, parts about SpaceX were very long and far too technical for me. Learning about his mindset and personality through his background was really neat and well written, though.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
This one was pretty good, although he's hashed over some of the research already in his stand-up routines and the Netflix Series Master of None. If you're a fan of Aziz, you might enjoy this, but find it redundant. My friend recently did the audiobook and really enjoyed it.

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« Reply #677 on: January 19, 2016, 07:25:20 PM »

You should try borrowing audiobooks from the library. it may be less taxing for you.

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I used to listen to them in the car allay as I drove from patient to patient.  I'm not good at sitting still and just listening in the house. And I want to keep reading in the hopes that makes things better. But I was thinking the other day that Podcasts or audio books would be good to listen to when trying to sleep

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« Reply #678 on: January 22, 2016, 08:18:06 PM »
I just finished How Not to Die by Dr. Gregor.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #679 on: January 24, 2016, 12:39:12 PM »
Working on American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I kept reading the title on the forums, and found it on overdrive.

I love love love love Neverwhere.  I'm surprised I hadn't read this yet.

Thinking about the road trips in American Gods, I'm remembering Blue Highways, by William Least Heat Moon.  Great freaking book.  A brick, for sure.  Plus, his name is fun to say :)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #680 on: January 24, 2016, 03:46:39 PM »
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King. The writer is knowledgeable, opinionated, sometimes wickedly funny, and includes his personal experience as a Native American in the US and Canada. I am reading it for a book club discussion that is being led by the United Church's representative in trying to achieve reconciliation regarding residential schools. 

I started it the same day as the shooting in LaLoche. That's a place I used to go to work frequently and I know many people there. It is a place that has suffered terribly from the history that King describes. A good time to learn more about the First Nations perspective.

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« Reply #681 on: January 24, 2016, 03:48:42 PM »
Working on American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I kept reading the title on the forums, and found it on overdrive.

That's a good one.  Shadow's badass.
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« Reply #682 on: January 24, 2016, 09:29:52 PM »
Currently I'm working on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and Mastery by Robert Greene.

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« Reply #683 on: January 24, 2016, 10:36:50 PM »
Mary Balogh trashy romance novel
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« Reply #684 on: January 26, 2016, 05:52:24 PM »
I read "An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir. Holy cow guys! I could not put it down. If you're a YA lit fan, and enjoy the dystopian world/brutality/competition of things like Hunger Games or Maze Runner, then you will adore this.

I will say though, maybe wait until August for the next book to come out before you read it. It will be an excruciating wait for me, I can just tell already.
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« Reply #685 on: January 26, 2016, 06:11:25 PM »
I read "An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir. Holy cow guys! I could not put it down. If you're a YA lit fan, and enjoy the dystopian world/brutality/competition of things like Hunger Games or Maze Runner, then you will adore this.

I will say though, maybe wait until August for the next book to come out before you read it. It will be an excruciating wait for me, I can just tell already.

Is it gonna be a trilogy, or just the two, or what?

I try to wait til they're all out before reading a series, but sometimes I fail.  :)

Sounds awesome!
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« Reply #686 on: January 26, 2016, 06:36:34 PM »
I'm listening to some Pentatonix while I read this forum.

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« Reply #687 on: January 26, 2016, 07:57:47 PM »
I read "An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir. Holy cow guys! I could not put it down. If you're a YA lit fan, and enjoy the dystopian world/brutality/competition of things like Hunger Games or Maze Runner, then you will adore this.

I will say though, maybe wait until August for the next book to come out before you read it. It will be an excruciating wait for me, I can just tell already.

Is it gonna be a trilogy, or just the two, or what?

I try to wait til they're all out before reading a series, but sometimes I fail.  :)

Sounds awesome!

Not sure how many she plans. I'm hard pressed to see how she'll cover everything that's going to happen in one more book, but hard to say. My gut tells me 3 or 4 in total, but that 100% a guess.
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« Reply #688 on: January 27, 2016, 02:22:39 AM »
Thanks.  I'll add it to my someday list for years from now then.  :)
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #689 on: January 29, 2016, 09:43:59 AM »
As per the recommendation of this thread, I just picked up 'The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Ruthfuss. It has hit just the right tone for these wintry nights!

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« Reply #690 on: January 29, 2016, 11:59:44 AM »
As per the recommendation of this thread, I just picked up 'The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Ruthfuss. It has hit just the right tone for these wintry nights!

Loved it. I'm currently on the second book now. The Wise Man's Fear

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« Reply #691 on: January 29, 2016, 12:10:48 PM »
As per the recommendation of this thread, I just picked up 'The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Ruthfuss. It has hit just the right tone for these wintry nights!

Loved it. I'm currently on the second book now. The Wise Man's Fear

Just finished The Wise Man's Fear.  Really good.  The sad thing is I purchased The Name of the Wind about 5 years ago, but didn't get around to reading until a few months ago.  Once I finished that I burned through The Wise Man's Fear.  Now to wait for the 3rd book.  Has anyone read The Slow Regard of Silent Things?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #692 on: January 29, 2016, 12:32:24 PM »
Oh man, Patrick Rothfuss is so gooooood. Good enough that I'm jealous of people who haven't read the series yet. Good enough that I would consider being part of a Stephen King Misery-esque kidnapping scheme. But I saw a New Years tweet from PR that book 3 will not be published in 2016. It made me sad.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is good as a character study, but it doesn't move the plot along.

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« Reply #693 on: January 29, 2016, 02:03:51 PM »
IDK how you people read books where they aren't all out.  :P

Name of the Wind has been on my list for YEARS.

If I read them too early, I have to reread them over each subsequent book release.  I did that for years, but now there just isn't enough time in my life left and too many good books left to justify that.

You're all making me very jealous though.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #694 on: February 01, 2016, 08:20:02 AM »
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, pretty good.

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« Reply #695 on: February 01, 2016, 09:29:58 AM »
Reading "Austenland" by Shannon Hale.

Ugh.

I'm over half way through, and so far, it really lacks any redeeming qualities. Sheer cotton candy for the brain, and not in the fun Dresden sort of way, just in the trashy-feeling romance novel sort of way. Definitely not her best work. I'll stick with Goose Girl for Shannon Hale recommendations.
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« Reply #696 on: February 01, 2016, 12:30:02 PM »
Currently reading: "Suicide - the forever decision"

"For those thinking about suicide, and for those who know, love, or counsel them, this book discusses the social aspects of suicide, the right to die, anger, loneliness, depression, stress, hopelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, the consequences of a suicide attempt, and how to get help."

It's a very compassionate and well written book IMO and can potentially be a life saver for someone in crisis.

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« Reply #697 on: February 01, 2016, 02:51:38 PM »
Currently reading: "Suicide - the forever decision"

"For those thinking about suicide, and for those who know, love, or counsel them, this book discusses the social aspects of suicide, the right to die, anger, loneliness, depression, stress, hopelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, the consequences of a suicide attempt, and how to get help."

It's a very compassionate and well written book IMO and can potentially be a life saver for someone in crisis.

Is it applicable in any way for those dealing with grief from the suicide of a loved one?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #698 on: February 01, 2016, 05:28:20 PM »


Done
This is now one of my favorite books.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #699 on: February 01, 2016, 06:18:58 PM »
Currently reading Darknet by Matthew Mather. Technological thriller about the darknet and cryptocurrency. Really quick read, for me at least. I find while I like reading a lot of non-fiction, I can read fiction a LOT quicker most times. Hmmmmm.........