So, What Are You Reading?

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

  1. lawrenceq

    lawrenceq Member

    The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
    SEO Made Simple by Michael Fleischner
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Try "The Sleep Book" by Dr. Seuss and give that kid a kiss for me.
  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Does that come in a plain wrapper?
  4. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator

    The Black Banners by Ali Soufan - It is a look at America's successes and failures against al-Qaeda.
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Great memories -- some years back, I read these often to my grandchildren, when they were small. I love them just as much now they're teenagers, but "Harold and the Purple Crayon" just doesn't do much for them any more...although it's fine for me. :smile:

    What do I read? I recently finished Edward Rutherfurd's "New York." I've also read his "Sarum," "London" and "Russka." Looking forward to his newest, "Paris." I'm playing, more than reading my way through a couple of guitar books - one slide, one funk. I also like to read poetry - Whitman, Pound, Auden, Eliot, the Beats. Also French poets - Villon, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Mallarmé...

    Unlike some posters, I don't read the Bible on a daily basis. But I am learning (slowly) to read Koiné - New Testament Greek. Hebrew is next, but I don't know when.

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  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    If you like Canadian mysteries, Dr. Bear, and you prefer "cozy" (as I do), you might like the "Benny Cooperman" stories of Howard Engel. Benny is a private detective with a love of chopped-egg sandwiches. He works in St. Catharines, a very pleasant small city, where I once lived.

    Much more on Howard Engel and Benny, here:

    Benny Cooperman

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  7. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    My summer reading list: :smoker:

    The Aenid of Virgil
    Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron
    Confessions of Saint Augustine
    Embassytown by China Mieville
    Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton
    Donald Duck: "The Old Castle's Secret" by Carl Barks (An awesome collection of old comic book stories).
  8. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    A couple more books that I forgot to mention:

    The Bible (read everyday).

    The following books are in Spanish: Don Quijote by Cervantes and Cien años de soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
  9. LGFlood

    LGFlood New Member

  10. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    The Giving Tree is creepy! That tree seriously needed a lesson on how to set limits!
  11. LGFlood

    LGFlood New Member

    LOL, he was definitely giving, wasn't he?
  12. RichC.

    RichC. Member

    A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin. Almost done with this one and then on to A Dance with Dragons.
  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Indeed it is a creepy tale! What a miserable creature the man in the story was! I was nearly sixty years old when I read the Giving Tree and (no lying) I cried, for the first time in years - the first time since my faithful old Pontiac died! :sad:

    Somebody handed it to me, suggesting I read it to my grandchildren. I refused!

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  14. Petedude

    Petedude New Member

    I'm reading. . . more (bleep) IT certification and programming books. When I absolutely positively have to take a break, it's Steinbeck's Sweet Thursday.
  15. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    At the risk of trying to drag this thread back on topic I'll report that I've finished the Rorty book and am now reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.
  16. ebbwvale

    ebbwvale Member

    I am currently reading "Wisdom from Philosophy to Neuroscience" by Stephen S. Hall which probably seeks to explain some of the issues that Steve has raised. Now, if only I could understand it!

    Actually, it is quite readable and interesting. It was very useful when I was sitting in a crowded aircraft in economy class with a sick child telling the world about his problems two rows back. It was either the book or a parachute! The good thing was that I could rest it on my knees and it was right in my face. As I said, very readable!
  17. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    Just read Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith by Roger E. Olson.
  18. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

  19. 03310151

    03310151 Active Member

    I used to read voraciously but my MBA studies all but killed that. I still kept up my reading pace of about 1-2 books a week for a year or so after. Mostly non-fiction but I did read fiction from time to time for entertainment.

    I finally read a book that was all I was looking for. It's called "Boys Life" by Robert McCammon and it was quite simply the best book I ever read. It made me laugh, think, cry, was absolutely....*MAGIC*
    I hardly read books anymore. The drive is gone after completing Boys Life. Once you've been moved to that much emotion from a book, why bother with the rest. I can also say without reservation that I have read no less than 800 books in my life and was never touched by a book as I was with that one. It just spoke to me.

    Now I mainly read article or blogs on Basketball. I do read academic papers relating to education, child raising, mainly social science stuff that is interesting.

    Books, no more.
  20. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    It sounds like you've read them all, anyway.

    Your glowing praise for a book I've never heard of has catapulted it to the top of my fiction list- if my library has it :wiggle:

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