Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Ted Heiks, Jul 27, 2013.
Achieving Our Country by Richard Rorty
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)
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.
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
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!
5 Ways of Doing Qualitative Analysis
The Professional Doctorate
Networking is Dead
Purposeful. Very purposeful.
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:
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...).
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)
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.)
Socrates,Buddha,Confucius,Jesus. Karl Jaspers
Interpersonal Effectiveness. (DBT) Marsha Lineham
Living your Yoga Judith Lasater
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.
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.
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.
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).
"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.
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.
Text books for teaching...I have no joy anymore... :grumble:
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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