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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #750 on: March 30, 2016, 11:39:27 AM »
"A Tale of Two Cities", Dickens, via guttenberg.org download.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #751 on: March 30, 2016, 12:04:48 PM »
1000 Years of Annoying the French

Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French.
Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers.
Was the guillotine a French invention? Non! It was invented in Yorkshire.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #752 on: April 01, 2016, 01:54:12 PM »
Currently reading All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister. Finding it quite interesting.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #753 on: April 01, 2016, 02:03:00 PM »
Currently reading All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister. Finding it quite interesting.
This looks good!  I'm putting it on my list.  Thank you!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #754 on: April 03, 2016, 03:38:47 AM »
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Story of Huguette Clark and the Loss of One of the World's Greatest Fortunes - Paul Clark Newell.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #755 on: April 03, 2016, 09:55:10 AM »
I breezed through a juvenile novel I loved back in the 1960's called Lark by Sally Watson. It was about a girl in the English Civil war.That led me to a Youtube show called " Would you rather be a Roundhead or a Cavalier?" Where Earl Spencer (brother to the Princess of Wales) argued the Roundhead or Parliament side. That was interesting because he, an aristocrat, would have likely been a Royalist  supporter or a Cavalier back in those days.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #756 on: April 03, 2016, 10:10:40 AM »
Eat, Pray, Love - just what I needed
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #757 on: April 03, 2016, 01:43:43 PM »
Eat, Pray, Love - just what I needed

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I know a lot of people are really annoyed by this book, but I find it sincere and lovely. Have you read Signature of All Things? Huge, gorgeous, completely novel novel. I adored it as much as I loved Eat, Pray, Love.

I'm currently reading a couple of non-fiction books for research on my book -- Love 2.0 and Married in Captivity and The Ethical Slut.

For fun I'm listening to Harry Potter (again).

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #758 on: April 07, 2016, 06:50:35 AM »
'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman. My favorite actor was just cast as Mad Sweeney in the upcoming tv series.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #759 on: April 14, 2016, 12:28:54 AM »
I am currently reading the martian and really enjoying it.

I haven't seen the movie but would recommend the book for sure

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #760 on: April 14, 2016, 07:16:54 AM »
Just finished "Red Shirts" by John Scalzi.   Humorous and meta.  The ensigns in a knockoff Star Trek universe come to realize they are expendable and why and plot to stop it.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #761 on: April 14, 2016, 09:07:12 AM »
The Lord of the Rings.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #762 on: April 15, 2016, 07:21:28 AM »
"A Tale of Two Cities", Dickens, via guttenberg.org download.
Love gutenberg.org. Somebody mentioned it recently and reminded me about it. I just downloaded An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith from there.

I downloaded several books from that site a few years ago.  So in an attempt to read through what I already have, I'm about 20% into Anna Karenina, but I'm not sure I'll make it through.  Pretty boring so far, TBH.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #763 on: April 15, 2016, 11:08:32 AM »
Long Russian novels just may not be your thing (the fall I had to read Crime and Punishment was one of the longer, more painful periods of my life) but one thing to keep in mind is that the translations of non-English language books on Gutenberg have to be out of copyright so they are quite old and often in the ornate Victorian style or even censored to cut "dirty parts" which the English language publishers didn't approve of. It can be worth trying another translation (there is a good new one of Anna Karenina) to see if the issue is the book or the translation.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #764 on: April 15, 2016, 10:28:50 PM »
Interesting thought.  I liked Crime and Punishment.  Hadn't thought about the vintage of the translation.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #765 on: April 16, 2016, 07:37:14 PM »
City on Fire, it's great but my new brain is really struggling with this one, old me would've devoured this in 3 days.

I've been reading this on and off since January, for some reason it's a lot to absorb. I'm interested, I'll finish it, but I've been reading other things as well. Currently reading Maggie Nelson's "The Argonauts", and as a bonus she's featured in the latest New Yorker.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #766 on: April 17, 2016, 12:57:57 AM »
After The Aeronaut's Windlass last week, I just finished The Billionaire's Vinegar.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #767 on: April 19, 2016, 06:41:43 AM »
I've just started 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do - Amy Morin. I did CBT a few years ago and so far this is a nice refresher.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #768 on: April 19, 2016, 09:35:38 PM »


dunno why everybody says this is so unreadable, def (so far) the funnest story I've read in like a long time

bought a copy so I wouldn't have to take my friend's 1st ed. on the PCT. 183 pages done (so far), & I ripped em out this afternoon

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #769 on: April 19, 2016, 09:37:10 PM »
also
made it all the way to the 1300's
but
I think I left my copy of History of Western Phil in Madison :'-( :'-(

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #770 on: April 20, 2016, 06:57:38 AM »
'Career of Evil' by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #771 on: April 20, 2016, 05:33:38 PM »
The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton.

I want to memorize it.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #772 on: April 26, 2016, 02:50:18 PM »
Psychology Today
absolute truth... prison guard that has seen shanks does not makes 45k a year managing bullshit tech that was outsourced for what?.... cheaper tech and less taxes... probably

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« Reply #773 on: April 26, 2016, 09:09:53 PM »
It came highly recommended from another thread. I even picked it up at Barnes and Noble. Boy I have missed that store. So much more satisfying than Amazon. No comparison really. I don't enjoy hanging out at Amazon

absolute truth... prison guard that has seen shanks does not makes 45k a year managing bullshit tech that was outsourced for what?.... cheaper tech and less taxes... probably

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #774 on: April 27, 2016, 02:11:00 AM »
Linwood Barclay - Promise Falls 1 and 2.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #775 on: May 01, 2016, 10:51:07 AM »
I am reading a scrubby book! Rising: Strategies for the Broke, the At-Risk, and Those Who Love Them. It's free today and tomorrow: http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Strategies-Broke-At-Risk-Those/dp/151874043X

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #776 on: May 01, 2016, 11:39:02 AM »
I just finished Dan Lyons' Disrupted: my misadventure in the start ip bubble.

In this true story, a 51 year old tech journalist laid off  from Newsweek, goes out to work with the youngsters in a tech start up company. The culture there is chaotic and ridiculous, in his eyes. The book covers his year long stint at th company.

Its good insight into the tech starnup world where we are led to believe poor management, idiosyncratic activities, and youth worship reign.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #777 on: May 01, 2016, 12:18:38 PM »
I am reading a scrubby book! Rising: Strategies for the Broke, the At-Risk, and Those Who Love Them. It's free today and tomorrow: http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Strategies-Broke-At-Risk-Those/dp/151874043X

Me too!

I just downloaded it too.  I'm just finishing the first chapter - go Scrubby!
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #778 on: May 02, 2016, 01:48:01 AM »
In the Blood - Lisa Unger. I read this yesterday and really enjoyed it even though the twist was a little obvious.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #779 on: May 02, 2016, 03:14:44 PM »
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. Enjoyable, though so far pretty basic (although I am a nurse interested in holistic health, YMMV). The irony though is that reading about stress is making me stressed.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #780 on: May 02, 2016, 03:38:07 PM »
The Leviathan Effect. I meant to check out Leviathan Wakes and didn't realize my mistake until I got a third of the way in. I think this book seems better so I'm happy for the mistake.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #781 on: May 02, 2016, 08:23:09 PM »
It came highly recommended from another thread. I even picked it up at Barnes and Noble. Boy I have missed that store. So much more satisfying than Amazon. No comparison really. I don't enjoy hanging out at Amazon

Ugh. I got stuck in a gumption trap and couldn't finish that POS book.

I'm reading Lonesome Dove right now after finishing The Son for the umpteenth time.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #782 on: May 02, 2016, 08:38:14 PM »
Currently reading "I Want to Live: The Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin's Russia" by Nina Lugovskaya

Im finding it pretty interesting to see that teenage girls have the same worries if they are living in Stalinist Russia or modern times. Lost of complaints about my parents dont understand me, what should i wear, does this boy like me ect.

But is also interesting reading her take on different things happening during this time in Russia  and how it affects her day to day life.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #783 on: May 02, 2016, 10:04:00 PM »
I'm one-third of the way into The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.  This is an incredible read.  I'm totally enthralled by the story.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #784 on: May 04, 2016, 11:54:08 PM »
Thanks for filing the last few months with good recommendations guys. I'm sad I'm at the end though.
I read When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker. Good story, not my favorite writing. Kind of like p.s I love you.

Without your recs I'm stuck browsing overdrive. . . Wish me luck!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #785 on: May 15, 2016, 10:46:05 AM »
A lot of what I read is work-related, but a few lately:

"As You Wish" by Cary Elwes--watched the Princess Bride recently for the first time in years and decided it would be fun to read Elwes' memoir of filming the movie. It was a quick, fun read--apparently the set was as good-natured as the movie, so there wasn't a lot of drama--but it was interesting to see behind the scenes. Elwes and Mandy Patinkin apparently spent every moment they weren't actually filming rehearsing for the big dueling scene at the Cliffs of Insanity, so I wondered if there would have been more stories if he had had more downtime.

"Pretty Good Number One" which is a very good-natured memoir by a Seattle food writer of his adventures eating his way through Tokyo with his young daughter.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #786 on: May 15, 2016, 08:35:16 PM »
I'm one-third of the way into The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.  This is an incredible read.  I'm totally enthralled by the story.

I just finished The Boys in the Boat today and am wholeheartedly recommending it to all my friends.  It is the incredible, true story of a University of Washington crew team of the early 1930's who overcame significant obstacles to go for the gold in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.  This is far and away the best book I've read since Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #787 on: May 17, 2016, 09:00:49 AM »
'The Raven King' by Maggie Stiefvater. The author is a mess on social media, and I'm never reading another book of hers after this one, but hot damn does she write some nice prose.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #788 on: May 17, 2016, 09:36:57 AM »
Behind the Beautiful Forevers.  - Katherine Bo.  Pulitzer Price 2012.   The best book I've read in the past five years.  Just stunning writing.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #789 on: May 17, 2016, 09:38:46 AM »
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk  really interesting book about trauma

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #790 on: May 21, 2016, 05:22:05 AM »
I just finished Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari.  It was a super interesting read, especially to me, knowing near nothing about the history of drug laws in the US or elsewhere.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #791 on: May 24, 2016, 09:55:58 AM »
Just finished "Bird" by Rita Murphy. An odd, short book, but it definitely had a particular magic to it. Recommended if you're feeling whimsical and/or melancholy.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #792 on: May 24, 2016, 11:10:40 AM »
It came highly recommended from another thread. I even picked it up at Barnes and Noble. Boy I have missed that store. So much more satisfying than Amazon. No comparison really. I don't enjoy hanging out at Amazon



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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #793 on: May 25, 2016, 09:34:36 PM »
I seem to have given up on Anna Karinena.  Made the mistake of watching the recent movie and it was so God-awful that it ruined the novel for me.  IDK, maybe I'll try again once I've shaken the memory of that horrid film from my mind.

Now reading The Sea Wolf by Jack London.  Much more enjoyable.  I'm also trying to read Biomechanics and Physical Training of the Horse, but it's more technical like a text book, so I need to be in more of a studying frame of mind for that.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #794 on: May 29, 2016, 06:39:56 PM »
The After Party by Anton Disclafani.  About 50s-era Texas wives with money and one single woman. Good so far, 50 pages in.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #795 on: June 03, 2016, 10:49:06 AM »
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

YA Fantasy. Loving it. Also excited that its a completed trilogy, so no waiting on sequels.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #796 on: June 04, 2016, 03:44:59 PM »
I finally finished Homer's Odyssey. I have been trying to read this thing on and off for the last 30 years--have read many adaptations and "inspired by" works over the years, but not the original. Even this time around I bogged down halfway through and had to put it aside for a couple months, but I'm glad I persevered. Not sure how I'm going to follow that up...maybe a nice mystery novel!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #797 on: June 08, 2016, 10:16:53 AM »
I'm reading the first book of Robert Caro's set of door stoppers about L.B.J.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #798 on: June 22, 2016, 10:41:26 AM »
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #799 on: June 22, 2016, 11:21:30 AM »
Just read Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own in basically one sitting last night. Great book - very informative about the history of architecture and related fields told through Pollan's background research as he builds himself a writing shed in his backyard. I grabbed it because it was the only Pollan ebook I hadn't read that didn't have a wait from the library, not realising that it predates most of the other works I've read. In fact, there's not a word about food in the whole thing, which shocks me as he's hung his hat on food and nothing else the last ten years.

I'm on to Botany next. On a similar vein, Second Nature looks good but none of my libraries have it - anybody read it?