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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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What are you READING? 📚

So we have what are you watching and what are you listening to threads, how about a what are you reading thread?

I'm always looking for good book recommendations so if you feel like giving your thoughts/impressions of the book please do!

I'm currently reading through Jenny Colgan's several British chick lit novels on my Kindle and wondering how she managed to write almost a dozen books before I discovered her.

On the non fiction side I am reading Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone's 4 book series on book collecting in America in the 1990s and Harry Schwartz's 2 book series on being a used book seller in 20th century America. The Schwartz books are probably more interesting but the Goldstone books are a lot more fun! One of the interesting things I came across is that the prices of rare and collectible books increased drastically between 1972 when Schwartz retired and the mid 1990s when the Goldstones started collecting. Way more than can be accounted for by inflation.

If I was rich I'd have a house full of books like they did....


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Works by Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, Eaven Bolands, and some Chinese masters.

Thich Nhat Hahn books (The Heart of Understanding, Being Peace, and Old Path White Clouds).

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Re-reading (in old fashioned book form!) the death gate series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. It's in the sci-fi realm. Yea, I'm a nerd.
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I LOVE reading! I have a whole reading list for this year, don't know if I'll finish the whole thing! My goal is to read 52 books this year. I'm a little behind, but I hope I will catch up. For your reviewing pleasure, here is my list. It doesn't have quite 52 books on it... I'm leaving some slots open for spur-of-the-moment reads.

FINISHED READING
The Girl on the Train, Paula Watkins
The Calligrapher's Daughter, Eugenia Kim
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood


CURRENTLY READING
The Castaways, Elin Hilderbrand
Dear Life, Alice Monroe
Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell
Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyong Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel, Lisa Cron
The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown


TO READ
Through Black Spruce, Joseph Boyden
The Infinite Plan, Isabel Allende
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
The Worst Journey in the World, Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff
The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson
Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams, Michael D'Antonio
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, Maggie O'Farrell
A Thousand Nights, E.K. Johnston
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Johnstown Flood, David McCullough
High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors, R.D. Rosen
Buddha in the Attic, Julia Otsuka
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northrup
The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
Chaplin & Company, Mave Fellowes
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
A Magic Dark and Bright, Jenny Adams Perinovic
The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood
Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
Book by Book, Michael Dirda
The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz
An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
Brain Rules, John Medina
On Becoming a Novelist, John Gardner
Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maass
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go, Les Edgerton
The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction, James Alexander Thom
Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, Janice Hardy

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Just finished book 4 of the Expance series; Cibola Burn
https://www.amazon.com/Cibola-Burn-E.../dp/0316334685

Just started RED: history of the redhead
https://www.amazon.com/Red-History-J...4&keywords=red

in audio book format; I drive a lot for my job.
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Recently finished House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. It's sort of a horror story about a haunted/paranormal house, actually three stories, a story within a story within another story, each with a narrator of questionable reliability. It was an ambitious undertaking with an interesting premise, but I felt it ultimately fell flat and didn't go anywhere or deliver on the promise it showed in early chapters.

Currently reading The End by G Michael Hopf, a post-apocalyptic novel about the country falling apart after an EMP attack knocked out the power grid. It's well-written and approachable, but I am finding most of the main characters offputting or downright obnoxious, committing a few deeds that I found particularly odious. Not sure how far I want to progress, as there are 7 or 8 more books in the series. We'll see.

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Recently finished "they all behaved badly" - about Hemingway development of his first major book "the sun also rises" - excellent book, especially if your a Hemingway fans
A moveable feast
Shakespeare and company - Sylvia Beach

currently reading

Nora - Brenda Maddox - about Nora Barnacle (James Joyce wife)
D.H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage - Brenda Maddox - excellent biography of DH.
Max Perkins -Editor of Genius - Scott Berg - here was the guy at Scribbler who discovered Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Wolfe
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have read these

Grant Naylor - Red Dwarf - Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers Unabridged)
14 by Peter clines Unabridged
A Briefer History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
after the Affair Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust.mp3
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Brian Greene - The Elegant Universe
Brian Greene The Hidden Reality Unabridged
Brian Tracy - Accelerated Learning Techniques
Brian Tracy - Psychology of Achievement & Success
Calvin Colarusso MD - Sex After Forty The Best You Ever Had
Charles ****ens - A Christmas Carol
Christopher Hitchens - god is Not Great
Complete Dune
Dale Carnegie - How To Win Friends And Influence People
Dan Simmons The Rise of Endymion
Douglas Adams - Life, The Universe And Everything
Emotional Intelligence Unabridged Daniel Goleman Ph.D
Esther Perel - Mating in Captivity
Euclids Window The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
Free Will by Sam Harris
Gregory Maguire - OUT OF OZ
Gregory Maguire A Lion Among Men Unabridged
Gregory Maguire Son of a Witch
Guinn - The Autobiography of Santa Claus
Harry Potter - Sorcerers Stone
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
His Needs Her Needs.mp3
Hold onto Your NUTs.mp3
Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse
Isaac Asimov - I, Robot
iWoz Computer Geek to Cult Icon
J.R.R. Tokien The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship Of The Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Return Of The King
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Silmarillion
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Two Towers
Max Brooks- World War Z
Neil Gaiman - American Gods
No More Mr.Nice Guy.mp3
Quiet
Ray Bradbury - The Martian Chronicles
Red Dwarf Backwards
Richard P. Feynma - Pleasure of Finding Things Out
Robert Rankin - Nostradamus Ate My Hamster
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King - Complete & Unabridged Audiobook [Rare]
Social Intelligence By Daniel Goleman
Stephen.King.The.Dark.Tower.All.7.Audio.Books.Unab ridged.TeNNReeD
Steve Jobs - The Biography
Stress Management for dummies
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Disappearing Spoon And Other True Tales of Madness over and the History of the World from the Periodic Table by Sam Kean
The Drunkards Walk, Randomness Rules Our Lives
The Fold By peter Clines.mp3
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Professor in the Cage Why Men Fight and Why We like to Watch.mp3
The Righteous Mind Unabridged Part1 by Jonathan Haidt.mp3
The Righteous Mind Unabridged Part2 by Jonathan Haidt.mp3
The Self Confidence Trainer CD Pack
The Stand - Stephen King (Audio Book)
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
The Universe in a Nutshell (Stephen Hawking) [NF]
The Universe in a Single Atom - Dalai Lama - Audio Book
Too Fat to Fish
History of Russia - From Peter the Great to Gorbachev
Viktor E Frankl Mans Search for Meaning.mp3
Whos in Charge Free Will and the Science of the Brain by Michael S. Gazzaniga
Wicked By Gregory Maguire
William Shatner - Star Trek Memories
Zero - The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
Isaac.Asimov.Foundation.Audio.Books.Complete
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7 books at the same time!? Man, you're awesome! I usually have about 3 going at the same time.


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I am reading ... this thread, does that count lol?
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7 books at the same time!? Man, you're awesome! I usually have about 3 going at the same time.
Part of it is because I have a really hard time focusing on just one book. I've noticed that I have a much harder time concentrating since my divorce, like trauma-induced ADD. So I keep starting new ones when I already have several in progress, and then when I go somewhere, I can't decide which book to bring, so I bring 2-3, plus my e-reader.

But some of them, like Dear Life and Hamilton are "put down and pick up again anytime" books. Dear Life is a short story collection, so I'll read one, set it down and a month later read another. Hamilton is a notated libretto of the musical, interspersed with short articles about the production and development of the show; it's a really big book because it has a lot of photos, so it's not portable, not really. So I flip through that and read a little bit each night before I go to bed.

ETA: I actually feel a little guilty that I'm not giving any single book my undivided attention.

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Currently reading New York, the novel, by Edward Rutherford. Re-reading I should say - I often read books two or three times, because I read so many, all in book form, that it costs a fortune to buy new ones every time I need a new one, even used ones. I mostly read in bed, and any type of electronic reading keeps me awake and bothers my eyes. We also keep almost all of our books and have thousands. I've read them all.

This book is quite entertaining, and apparently historically accurate, although I'd never know if it wasn't. It's the history of New York city.

I just finished Gerald's Game by Stephen King. Gah. Somehow missed that one when it first came out and gah.

@rockon, you want to talk about being a geek? Hubby and I both LOVE S.M. Stirling's Emberverse books. So much so that we've gone to Oregon twice and toured around the countryside just to visit places from the books. (my favorite by far is Mt. Angel abbey)
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I am reading a murder mystery called The Viaduct.

It is part of Marston's The Railway Detective series about Inspector Robert Colbeck and his Sargent Victor Leeming.

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I mostly read in bed, and any type of electronic reading keeps me awake and bothers my eyes.

I just finished Gerald's Game by Stephen King. Gah. Somehow missed that one when it first came out and gah.
I'm the same way with regard to the electronic reading in bed. Even if I put my Kindle on the night time read mode, it'll still give me a hard time falling asleep. Now I always have a "real" book on my nightstand. Right now, I'm reading Sister by Rosamund Lupton.

I've read a lot of Stephen King's books. One of my favorite authors. I just finished Bazaar of Bad Dreams which is a very large book of short stories. It was nice to read before bed because usually 1 whole story was the perfect length before wanting to crash.

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