So, What Are You Reading?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Ted Heiks, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Achieving Our Country by Richard Rorty
  3. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    For The Common Defense: A Military History of the United States and Writers, Plumbers and Anarchists: The WPA Writers Project in Massachusetts ( I am rereading it)
  4. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not reading so much these days for personal enrichment or enjoyment as I'm trying to double down and finish my remaining credits, but I do get some in here and there.

    1) The Bible (in perpetuity)

    2) I'm slowly moving through all of Shakespeare's sonnets. Every once in a while- on a bus or during a lunch break- I break out the old ebook and devour another one. I may attempt to memorize a few of them.

    3) Why We Buy: the Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill. Interesting and inciteful. I've only barely started on it, and have mostly left it aside. When I have a bit more well-rested free time, it will be the next book I conquer.

    4) As for fiction, I've yet to read The Great Gatsby, so that is next on my fiction list.
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  5. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Snoop: what your stuff says about you by Sam Gosling
    Naked to the bone: medical imaging in the 20th century by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles
    The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
  6. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Devils Guard, a story of the Nazi Brigade of the French Foreign Legion fighting in Indochina. I'm fascinated by their approach.

    And lots of accounting nonesense for my WGU MBA .... This class takes me well over the mid way hump, only 1 paper, then 4 more classes left!
  7. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    5 Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis

    The Professional Doctorate

    Networking is Dead

    Purposeful. Very purposeful.
  8. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    The Bible (I read it every day.)

    Good to Great and Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins

    Radical by David Platt

    I've read through several dissertations this year. Yes, just because I wanted to. Once you've completed the grueling process of writing a successful dissertation, the process/system becomes ingrained in the psyche. Some never want to look at one again. Others (like myself), if the subject of the dissertation is of personal interest, enjoy reading through the document looking for all the nuances of the scientific method. :smile:
  9. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Recently discovered and thoroughly enjoying the mysteries of Louise Penny, about Quebec police inspector Armand Gamache. Intelligent, well-written, clever plots, and "cozy" (which seems to be the term for mysteries without graphic violence or profanity). Still Life and A Fatal Grace are the first two.

    And of course, The Bible every day (well, Ezekiel 23, anyway...).
  10. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Well, I have four reading projects going on this year.

    Reading Project 1 (January through April): Civil War Women's Diaries (13 books)
    Reading Project 2 (May through August): Reconstruction in Texas (8 books)
    Reading Project 3 (September through December): Civil War and Reconstruction in Arkansas (10 books)
    Reading Project 4 (No Definite Time Schedule): Great Historians of the Western World (7 books)
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  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I'm on the penultimate book of rereading Stephen King's Dark Tower series. He recently wrote a new book that fits in between books four and five, so I took that as a cue to reread the whole thing. (Including Salem's Lot, which I reread first since I think of it as "book zero" of the series.)
  12. Maria Soledad

    Maria Soledad New Member

    Socrates,Buddha,Confucius,Jesus. Karl Jaspers
    Interpersonal Effectiveness. (DBT) Marsha Lineham
    Living your Yoga Judith Lasater
  13. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Reading Project 1: Civil War Women's Diaries:

    Laura Nisbet Boykin, Shinplasters and Homespun
    Mary Polk Branch, Memoirs of a Southern Woman
    Mary Boykin Chesnut, A Diary from Dixie
    Florida Clemson, A Rebel Came Home
    Tryphena Blanche Holder Fox, A Northern Woman in the Plantation South
    Celine Fremaux Garcia, Celine: Remembering Louisiana
    Ellen Renshaw House, A Very Violent Rebel
    Mary Ann Webster Loughborough, My Cave Life in Vicksburg
    Emilie Riley McKinley, From the Pen of a She-Rebel
    Sallie McNeill, The Uncompromising Diary of Sallie McNeill 1858-1867
    Elizabeth Scott Neblett, A Rebel Wife in Texas
    Frances Dallam Peter, A Union Woman in Civil War Kentucky
    Clara Solomon,The Civil War Diary of Clara Solomon: Growing Up in New Orleans

    Most of the above-mentioned books were given to me by my parents for Christmas 2011.
  14. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Reading Project 2: Reconstruction in Texas:

    Randolph B. Campbell, Grass-Roots Reconstruction in Texas 1865-1880
    Barry A. Crouch, The Dance of Freedom
    Carl H. Moneyhon, Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas
    Carl H. Moneyhon, Texas After the Civil War
    W. C. Nunn, Texas Under the Carpetbaggers
    Charles William Ramsdell, Reconstruction in Texas
    Ernest Wallace, The Howling of the Coyotes
    Cary D. Wintz, Reconstruction in Texas

    Most of the above-mentioned books were given to me by my parents for my birthday in 2012.
  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Reading Project 3: Civil War and Reconstruction in Arkansas:

    William Baxter, Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove
    Mark K. Christ, All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell
    Powell Clayton, The Aftermath of the Civil War in Arkansas
    Thomas A. DeBlack, With Fire and Sword
    Randy Finley, From Slavery to Uncertain Freedom
    John Mortimer Harrell, The Brooks and Baxter War
    Carl H. Moneyhon, The Impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction in Arkansas
    John I. Smith, Forward from Rebellion
    Thomas Starling Staples, Reconstruction in Arkansas, 1862-1874
    George H. Thompson, Arkansas and Reconstruction

    Most of the above-mentioned books were given to me by my parents for Christmas 2012.
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  16. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Reading Project 4: The Great Historians of the Western World:

    Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    G. W. F. Hegel, Philosophy of History
    Herodotus, The Histories of the Persian Wars
    Johan Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages
    Plutarch, The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
    Tacitus, The Annals and The Histories
    Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War

    Most of the above-mentioned books were given to me by my parents as a gift for having quit smoking (which, unfortunately, didn't last very long) some time while I was living in Seattle (meaning some time between 1986 and 2001).
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  17. 03310151

    03310151 Active Member

    "If you give a mouse a cookie", "Ten minutes till bedtime", "Spider and the Fly", "7 Blind Mice", "Harold and the Purple Crayon", "Knuffle Bunny" and I read them about 30-50 times a week. My 3 year old loves 'em.
  18. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    A very special book to read the children is this one. After reading it to my little one about a zillion times, I know it by heart.

  19. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    Text books for teaching...I have no joy anymore... :grumble:
  20. 03310151

    03310151 Active Member

    Ah, thanks for the recommendation! I have pretty much stayed with reading the same thing to all three boys. I'll have to pick that one up next time I'm at B&N. Would be nice to have something new.

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