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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #950 on: April 03, 2017, 09:57:42 AM »
I just finished reading One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, a short story compiled by Sam Keith from the journals/photographs of Richard Proenneke. Even if you aren't into the outdoors (and if you aren't you should work on it), you have to admit that Dick Proenneke understood the pillars of Mustachianism years before the internet, MMM, or the like (his cabin was built in ~1968):

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Funny thing about comfort- one man's comfort is another man's misery. Most people don't work hard enough physically anymore, and comfort is not easy to find. It is surprising how comfortable a hard bunk can be after you come down off a mountain."

Additionally, the man was a virtuoso with woodworking, and to this day his hand-crafted wood cabin, furniture, and tools remain preserved as a testament to fine craftsmanship. Virtually tour his cabin at https://www.nps.gov/lacl/learn/historyculture/proenneke-cabin-virtual-tour.htm

I'll have to see if the library has the book, I've only seen the PBS series on it. I always watch it whenever it comes on, so amazing what he built by himself. I agree, he's like the original MMM. :-)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #951 on: April 03, 2017, 02:11:35 PM »
^^^ Regarding previous posts.

There's a Spanish saying that goes, "Para dormir lo que hace falta es cansancio." Which loosely translated to English reads, "To sleep, all you need is to be tired."

My father always used this saying, remembering how as a young teen, he would work on the sugar cane fields and after 10hrs. of cutting down sugar canes, all he needed was a hot plate of food and a floor. No need for a comfortable bed or anything like that to go to sleep.  He told me many times that if I ever had trouble going to sleep, it was a sign I hadn't worked enough that day.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #952 on: April 03, 2017, 02:14:00 PM »
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

In many ways this is like reading a poetry version of Walden.  Clearly both authors read and were influenced by the Stoics. 
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #953 on: April 03, 2017, 09:03:13 PM »
^^^ Regarding previous posts.

There's a Spanish saying that goes, "Para dormir lo que hace falta es cansancio." Which loosely translated to English reads, "To sleep, all you need is to be tired."

My father always used this saying, remembering how as a young teen, he would work on the sugar cane fields and after 10hrs. of cutting down sugar canes, all he needed was a hot plate of food and a floor. No need for a comfortable bed or anything like that to go to sleep.  He told me many times that if I ever had trouble going to sleep, it was a sign I hadn't worked enough that day.

Awesome story and I believe the sentiment behind it.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #954 on: April 06, 2017, 03:19:47 PM »
I just finished reading 'Silence' by Shusaku Endo. It's about the Japanese persecution of Christians during the sixteen hundreds. Thought provoking book.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #955 on: April 06, 2017, 09:22:44 PM »
I'm on a roll, and just finished reading another book.

The Emporer's Soul by Brandon Sanderson.
I typically like to switch between fiction and non-fiction books when reading, and this was a quick fantasy novella that I very much enjoyed. I also liked that it was not part of a series, as I feel there are 100s of fantasy/Sci-fi book series out there and I just wanted one read.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #956 on: April 06, 2017, 10:53:08 PM »
My reading list is a bit different because I read online books on a mobile app called as "Wattpad". So my books will be new to you, but they are awesome. Currently I am reading Dark and the other book is The Boy I Admire From Afar.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #957 on: April 21, 2017, 01:29:03 PM »
Food is Your Best Medicine, by Dr. Henry Bieler. Wow. Book is pretty old, but still, wow. He's famous for his Bieler Broth of zucchini, string beans, and celery.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #958 on: April 21, 2017, 01:42:14 PM »
Found this today

http://compellingsciencefiction.com/

There are five editions with five stories each (all free)

Just finished the last one, very very good. If you like sci-fi, cannot beat this price!!!

The sixth edition is out. Very good. Hard core sci-fi.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #959 on: April 21, 2017, 02:14:49 PM »
I'm on a roll, and just finished reading another book.

The Emporer's Soul by Brandon Sanderson.
I typically like to switch between fiction and non-fiction books when reading, and this was a quick fantasy novella that I very much enjoyed. I also liked that it was not part of a series, as I feel there are 100s of fantasy/Sci-fi book series out there and I just wanted one read.

"The Emporer's Soul" is part of the "Cosmere", which is the universe in which many of his other books takes place.  It's also located on the same planet as the book "Elantris", which is my personal favorite of his. 

I recommend reading every Sanderson book you can get your hands on! I believe I've now read everything he's published, except for his young fiction series "Alcatraz".

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #960 on: May 12, 2017, 05:20:11 AM »
No onw wants you by Celine Roberts.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #961 on: May 15, 2017, 03:41:15 PM »
Now I'm reading It usually begins with Ayn Rand, by Jerome Tuccille. So far it has been an enjoyable background and history into the Libertarian party.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #962 on: May 15, 2017, 03:49:22 PM »
Currently re-reading A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright as my friend had a hard-copy of it.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #963 on: May 17, 2017, 06:41:19 PM »
The Tower of Basel, it is about the Bank of International Settlements. So far an excellent read.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #964 on: May 18, 2017, 10:21:30 AM »
"Genghis: Lord of the Bow" It's about the Khan of Khans. From the library.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #965 on: May 18, 2017, 07:17:03 PM »
"Genghis: Lord of the Bow" It's about the Khan of Khans. From the library.

Let me know how this one is- I'd love to read a good book on Genghis Khan
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #966 on: May 19, 2017, 08:50:07 AM »
"Genghis: Lord of the Bow" It's about the Khan of Khans. From the library.

Let me know how this one is- I'd love to read a good book on Genghis Khan

It's the second in a series. The first one was also at the library, although I was foolish and supported my local bookstore. Whomp whomp. My financial misadventures aside, it's a good series! There are some parts of  the first book that made me roll my eyes, but it was pretty good overall, and I'm enjoying the second even more. Definitely worth checking out.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #967 on: May 19, 2017, 09:16:32 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #968 on: May 20, 2017, 02:42:47 PM »
The Book of Sith by Daniel Wallace. (In-universe, written by characters such as Darth Malgus, Darth Bane, Darth Plagueis, and Darth Sidious.)

Very enlightening read into the order of the Sith, the reason for the Rule of Two and stuff. I'm a Star Wars fan. What can I say? lol

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #969 on: May 20, 2017, 05:28:16 PM »
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton -- half dark and half lyrical food writing.

Has anyone one read the memoirs of Doose (?) the famous blogger? It's like that, but with more oregano.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #970 on: June 01, 2017, 07:44:20 PM »
I decided last night to once again read Lord of the Rings. Great book. I decided on it over Hetty  which is a good read as well, she was Mustachian in a millionaire (hundreds of) sort of way.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #971 on: June 01, 2017, 11:13:42 PM »
New edition of Compelling Science Fiction

http://compellingsciencefiction.com/issue7.html


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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #972 on: June 02, 2017, 03:23:55 AM »
Sometimes I decide I need a little more culture, so I reach for classic authors I should have read in my younger days.  I just finished "The Gambler" by Dostovesky.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #973 on: June 02, 2017, 11:32:07 AM »
"The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell.

Was recommended to me by my mom, who reads a LOT of books and says she places this one in her top 5 ever. I'm only 2 chapters in so we'll see.

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« Reply #974 on: June 02, 2017, 11:40:01 AM »
Currently on book 2 of "The Rivers of London" series - very fun and entertaining urban fantasy.
Started in on the first of the Witches series of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.
Am waiting for the 3rd "Expanse" book to come in from the library.
Future reads will be: Elysium, Everfair, Parable of the Sower, Good Kings Bad Kings.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #975 on: June 02, 2017, 11:49:55 AM »
Just finished 'Dark Money' by Jane Meyer. Every American needs to read this.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #976 on: June 02, 2017, 12:41:02 PM »
Currently on book 2 of "The Rivers of London" series - very fun and entertaining urban fantasy.

+1     Enjoyed the first one (just read it when we were in London on holiday.  Picked it up used in Hay on Wye).   Finding the second one not quite as good (Soho)
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #977 on: June 02, 2017, 04:50:02 PM »
Just finished 'Dark Money' by Jane Meyer. Every American needs to read this.

+1   Both gerrymandering and the flood of money from the Koch brothers and their cohorts is sinking our democracy.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #978 on: June 02, 2017, 05:35:52 PM »
Just finished 'Dark Money' by Jane Meyer. Every American needs to read this.

+1   Both gerrymandering and the flood of money from the Koch brothers and their cohorts is sinking our democracy.

But Soros's and his cohorts money is as pure as the driven snow, right?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #979 on: June 03, 2017, 09:17:52 AM »
Alim,
The amount of $ from the right dwarfs the amounts donated by Soros and others on the left.  Read Dark Money.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #980 on: June 03, 2017, 07:06:03 PM »
Assassin's Apprentice:  very engaging.

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« Reply #981 on: June 04, 2017, 11:19:18 AM »
"Mycroft Holmes" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse, and "A Thread Across the Ocean" by John Steele Gordon (history of the Transatlantic Cable). Both well-written and engaging, despite not being books I would naturally pick up on my own.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #982 on: June 10, 2017, 09:42:03 PM »
I'm finally getting around to reading Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. I know it's basically required reading around here, but it took me a while to get to it.
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #983 on: June 11, 2017, 02:04:11 AM »
Street Smart Franchising. Pretty interesting thus far, but it's still early in the book. 

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #984 on: June 21, 2017, 07:18:53 AM »
The Best of Tad Williams.

It's a collection of really good fantasy short stories. Glad my library had it!

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #985 on: June 29, 2017, 03:22:33 PM »
The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

Just finished it. I found it interesting to learn more about maps and their history.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #986 on: June 30, 2017, 06:25:13 AM »
Assassin's Apprentice:  very engaging.
This was a fun series.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #987 on: June 30, 2017, 06:40:45 AM »
Tales of the Alhambra, by  Irving. I stole the book from my parents house. It's a souvenir edition they bought while they were visiting Granada.

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #988 on: June 30, 2017, 06:49:21 AM »
Tales of the Alhambra, by  Irving. I stole the book from my parents house. It's a souvenir edition they bought while they were visiting Granada.
That's a very interesting bit of color commentary to add on how you acquired the book.  Are you proud of yourself?

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« Reply #989 on: June 30, 2017, 08:14:57 AM »
Tales of the Alhambra, by  Irving. I stole the book from my parents house. It's a souvenir edition they bought while they were visiting Granada.
That's a very interesting bit of color commentary to add on how you acquired the book.  Are you proud of yourself?

When I say stole I mean they repeatedly tell me to take whatever books I want because their house has bookcases in literally every room but the bathrooms and they never miss what I take. Also, I told my father how I got it, and my mother's mental illness sometimes manifests itself by her throwing away books. 'Stole' is more succinct.

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« Reply #990 on: June 30, 2017, 09:04:33 AM »
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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #991 on: July 10, 2017, 12:25:23 AM »
The Year of Living Danishly - surprisingly funny take on life in Denmark

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #992 on: July 10, 2017, 06:56:18 AM »
Starfarers by Poul Anderson.

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« Reply #993 on: July 11, 2017, 09:06:26 AM »
The Year of Living Danishly - surprisingly funny take on life in Denmark

I read that and thought it was quite hilarious! :)

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #994 on: July 11, 2017, 09:16:52 AM »
"In Defense of Food" was in my library's summer reading section. Sure, why not?

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Re: What are you READING right now?
« Reply #995 on: July 13, 2017, 08:04:52 AM »
"Automotive Chassis Systems" and "Automotive Fundamentals".

No two books have given me a better understanding of cars than these, and the second has fantastic explanations that are very, very clear on a lot of topics, even though it's older (2001.) My car is a '99, so I look at it that it's perfectly current under the circumstances ;)

These books, coupled with a subscription to AllData that's free from my library have me doing things with my car that I never would have imagined DIYing in the past.

I found them at my public library for free.
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« Reply #996 on: July 13, 2017, 11:33:21 AM »
Just checked out 'The Dragonbone Chair' by Tad Williams from the library.

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« Reply #997 on: July 18, 2017, 07:37:01 AM »
"In Defense of Food" was in my library's summer reading section. Sure, why not?

I would've liked this book a lot more if it was less anti-science and more "beware hubris." Good summer reading, take it with a grain of salt....hopefully iodized salt, though, which this book wouldn't approve of.

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« Reply #998 on: July 18, 2017, 12:35:05 PM »
Currently just about finished:

Passionate Nomad: The Life of Freya Stark
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« Reply #999 on: July 19, 2017, 07:02:17 AM »
Just picked up Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.

Haven't gotten too far into it yet, but so far so good. I feel I'm pretty terrible at decision making and hoping this may provide some insights on how to improve.

Listened to his podcast before starting the book and really enjoy it - Revisionist History