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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Thread
7/07/11 | MplsSteve

Posted on 07/07/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT by MplsSteve

Hi everyone! I hope your 4th of July was a good one.

it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the most well-read of those of us on the Internet and I like to see what other Freepers are reading these days.

It can be anything - a classic novel, a trashy pulp romance, a technical journal, etc. Please do not deile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became very unfunny a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm just finishing "Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave" by Ernest Furgurson. It's OK. Nothing to rave about though.

Well, what are you reading now? Let's hear about it!


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To: MplsSteve
The Wine-Dark Sea, by Patrick O'Brian (#16 in the Aubrey/Maturin series)

The Pale Horse, by Agatha Christie

The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton

Life among the Lutherans, by Garrison Keillor

101 posted on 07/07/2011 2:44:48 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (There's not a moment to be lost!)
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To: prairiebreeze

A new “Clan of the Cave Bear” book... I wonder if this is the one where Ayla invents the electron microscope and the jet engine?? (sorry, couldn’t resist!!!)


102 posted on 07/07/2011 2:46:25 PM PDT by Notary Sojac (I have not heard a single Michele or Cain backer threaten to stay home if Palin is nominated.)
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To: MplsSteve
I love this thread. I always wonder what other conservatives are reading when I'm wandering around the library. Currently reading Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. The Mao Case, a novel by Qui Xiaolong is on deck.
103 posted on 07/07/2011 2:48:19 PM PDT by neefer (Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I listened to “My Antonia” on CD a few years ago, after it was discussed on a FR thread, and then went on to read as many of Cather’s books as I could find in the library ... at least 8 so far. “O Pioneers!” is similar in theme, but a more direct narrative.


104 posted on 07/07/2011 2:50:34 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("This is a revolution, damn it! We're going to have to offend somebody!" ~ John Adams)
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To: MplsSteve

Vince Flynn (any title that can be begged/borrowed)

PS: keep him in your thoughts as he is being treated for cancer


105 posted on 07/07/2011 2:55:05 PM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: MplsSteve

Oh yay, I love this thread.

Just finished, I kid you not, “Gates of Fire,” which I’m sure was on my list from a previous book thread on FR.

That was a doozy. Not my usual genre. Very violent. But really a superlative book, I think I got myself an education, and I believe I know a lot more about Greek history, Sparta, and particularly Thermopolaye now.


106 posted on 07/07/2011 2:56:26 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Notary Sojac

Heh! The book has really lousy reviews on Amazon. I guess I missed book 5 and think I’ll probably miss this one too.


107 posted on 07/07/2011 2:57:06 PM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: momtothree

No shame in reading “Charlotte’s Web.” I was delighted to read all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, and the Little Britches series, aloud to my kids. Along with many more. Much “children’s literature” is superior to the junk marketed to adults today.


108 posted on 07/07/2011 2:58:26 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MplsSteve

Atlas Shrugged
(5th-6th time - I’m losing track...)


109 posted on 07/07/2011 2:58:57 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: kalee

“The Life and Campaigns of Lieut. Gen. T.J. (Stonewall) Jackson by R. L. Dabney D.D.”

All my sons read this for high school history. One of the years we do history I just have them read biographies of their choice and do book reports on them.


110 posted on 07/07/2011 3:00:46 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Persevero

“No shame in reading “Charlotte’s Web..”

This is for child number 3... now, you think that since I read it twice before for the other two, I wouldn’t cry. I still cry.


111 posted on 07/07/2011 3:08:42 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

“This is for child number 3... now, you think that since I read it twice before for the other two, I wouldn’t cry. I still cry.”

There are some books that mess me up every time I read them. My breakdown during the annual reading of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is legendary in my family.

GREAT read-aloud book.


112 posted on 07/07/2011 3:10:26 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MplsSteve

I found “The Agony and the Ecstasy” in a used book store and am reading that one.


113 posted on 07/07/2011 3:12:55 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: MplsSteve
rereading Rainbow-Six
114 posted on 07/07/2011 3:17:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: MplsSteve

The Civil War by Shelby Foote


115 posted on 07/07/2011 3:20:53 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: MplsSteve

Re-reading James Clavell’s, “Shogun.” Read the book (weighed 3 or 4 pounds) about twenty years ago. Reading digitally on my iPad this time.


116 posted on 07/07/2011 3:23:50 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (I will always remember exactly where I was when Obama made his NCAA picks.)
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To: knittnmom

“Just finished re-reading the Harry Potter series, in preparation for viewing the final movie.”

I need to do that too. I started a couple of weeks ago with book 1 but stopped after #4. I should get going on 5,6, and 7. But it is summer and the pool is very distracting. So is the veggie garden. Gardening mags are about all I have been reading lately.


117 posted on 07/07/2011 3:27:08 PM PDT by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
The Civil War by Shelby Foote

Best Civil War book every! Read it about ten years ago. Represents almost a year out of my life, but inspired me to take a week's vacation in Virginia just to visit Civil War battleground sites in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

I was saddened when Shelby Foote passed away in 2005 (at the age of 88), but what a tremendous legacy he left with his trilogy. While a Southerner through and through, Foote's historic account of the Civil War is probably the most fair and balanced.

118 posted on 07/07/2011 3:35:02 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (I will always remember exactly where I was when Obama made his NCAA picks.)
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To: MplsSteve

I am currently reading the NIV Study Bible, The Wiersbe Bible Commentary and John MacArthur’s The Jesus You Can’t Ignore.


119 posted on 07/07/2011 3:42:48 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: MplsSteve
All of Dorothy Sayers' old Peter Wimsey novels written in the twenties through the forties.
120 posted on 07/07/2011 4:15:27 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MplsSteve
“Web of Debt”, by Ellen Hodgson Brown, J.D.

and

“Blacklisted By History”, by the redoubtable M. Stanton Evans.

Good summer reading, no matter how you cut it!

CA....

121 posted on 07/07/2011 4:51:07 PM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: woodbutcher1963
I also have recently read all of Dennis Lehane’s detective series of books:

I recently read all of the detective series books, except "Gone Baby Gone". I also finally read "Shutter Island" and "Mystic River". I was amazed how close the movies followed the books. Lehane is a great writer.

122 posted on 07/07/2011 5:09:35 PM PDT by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: Persevero

“The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared” by Alice Ozma

A father decides to read to his daughter for 100 nights. They enjoyed it so much they decided to keep “The Streak” going. The Streak lasted for 8 years (3,218 nights) until the daughter went to college.

Wonderful book plus a list of books they read.


123 posted on 07/07/2011 5:15:46 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: MplsSteve
I just finished Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin. My cousin recommended her "Chronicles of the Kings" series, I wanted to check out Mrs. Austins writing style before getting the series. The book I just finished was very 'chick flick' like, but the writing was great. So I am headed to the used book store to try and find the series.

Tonight I will read Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich ~ her books are so silly & easy on the brain.

Next on the list is "the Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

124 posted on 07/07/2011 5:18:23 PM PDT by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: madamemayhem

As it happens, I’m a lousy gardener, so that has not been a distraction! :0 My daughter and I also watched the first 6 movies, and will re-watch the 7th Part 1 movie this weekend.


125 posted on 07/07/2011 7:15:00 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: MplsSteve

The Next Wave by Catherine Herridge


126 posted on 07/07/2011 7:50:02 PM PDT by trimom
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To: God luvs America

We Band of Angels was excellent, as was Unbroken. Ghost Soldiers was very good as well if you are enjoying WWII non fiction.


127 posted on 07/07/2011 7:57:29 PM PDT by trimom
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To: MplsSteve
I'm finishing Rising Sun: the Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. I'm actually getting a little bogged down and want to be done with it so I can get back to a more interesting book: the autobiography of Leon Trotsky (yes, that Trostky)
128 posted on 07/07/2011 8:05:18 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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Thanks MplsSteve.

I've managed to start about five more books (all history, at least one about WWII), and I don't know where a blamed one of 'em is right now.

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129 posted on 07/07/2011 8:17:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MplsSteve

Of course, I'm still working on my Science Fiction novel.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

130 posted on 07/07/2011 8:22:16 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: MplsSteve

I am currently working on GFR Henderson’s “Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War”. I just polished off “All Things Wise and Wonderful” by James Herriot, and on deck will be either “The French Revolution” by Carlyle or “1421: The Year China Discovered America”.


131 posted on 07/07/2011 8:24:29 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: MplsSteve

Orthodoxy-G.K. Chesterton


132 posted on 07/07/2011 8:26:19 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: MplsSteve

Oh missed my read while waiting book.

Scott Hahn
“A Father Who Keeps His Promises”
God’s Covenant Love In Scripture


133 posted on 07/07/2011 8:32:01 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: MplsSteve
I'm into listening to audio books on my iPhone.

I just finished "Good Omens" by Nick Gaiman and Terry Pratchard. Very very funny and very British.

"Clash of Kings" by George R.R. Martin the second in the Fire and Ice series. 36+ hrs

"Game of Thrones" was on HBO recently and I was hooked so I had to get the audio book. 36 hrs-- This is the second book and will be the second upcoming season on HBO. It was done very well in audio book and cable series. ( I love Sean Bean)

134 posted on 07/07/2011 8:33:17 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: LonePalm; SunkenCiv
Reading James Bradley's Flags of our Fathers.

Iwo Jima revisited.
135 posted on 07/07/2011 8:37:22 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: trimom

Unbroken is on my list for next summer, as is the Rape of Nanking....amazing what the Japs got away with...amazing how revered dugout doug is...


136 posted on 07/07/2011 8:37:37 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: MplsSteve
I just finished reading a couple of good nonfiction spy stories:

I also recently read some fiction books for younger readers:

I am currently reading two newly-published nonfiction works:


137 posted on 07/07/2011 8:38:08 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: BIGLOOK

read Flyboys by Bradley- much, much better.....


138 posted on 07/07/2011 8:38:29 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Persevero
No shame in reading “Charlotte’s Web.” I was delighted to read all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, and the Little Britches series, aloud to my kids. Along with many more. Much “children’s literature” is superior to the junk marketed to adults today.

I recently read Let the Hurricane Roar, a novel for younger readers by Rose Wilder Lane, Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter. This is the story of a young family who must learn to cope with harsh conditions in order to survive on the Western Plains, circa 1874. I also read her nonfiction book The Discovery of Freedom: Man's Struggle Against Authority (New York: Day, 1943), a conservative classic that advocates political liberty and free markets.

139 posted on 07/07/2011 8:53:30 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SunkenCiv
Fishing With the Presidents - An Anecdotal History by Bill Mares

yitbos

140 posted on 07/07/2011 8:56:40 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: Persevero; MplsSteve

I read “Gates of Fire” when it first came out, loved it. Also read “Tides of War” about Alcibiades and Athens. Pressfield is a great historical fiction author.

Currently reading “The Joiner and the Cabinet Maker”, a mid-1800s book on basic projects for a Joiner, likely a term most people aren’t familiar with. Joiners made basic furniture and interior trim in houses (crown moldings, window sashes, chair rails, that sort of thing).

Also reading a book on indoor rowing.

Not exactly political reading material, more like preparedness material. Getting in shape, learning some useful skills, that sort of thing.


141 posted on 07/07/2011 9:03:29 PM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: MplsSteve
I'm reading The Raiders of 1862 by James Brewer (Lt. Col. US Army Retired), who was one of my college professors back in the late 1990's when this book was being published.

The book provides detailed (but not to the point of being dry) information about the deep cavalry raids conducted by Confederate Brigadier Generals Frank Armstrong, Nathan Forrest, and John Morgan in the fall and winter of 1862-63. These raids are considered some of the finest employments of Confederate cavalry in the Western Theater.

Civil War Books and Authors lists this in their top five favorite cavalry books.

When I'm finished, I think I'll try some Sci-Fi; either In Fury Born by David Weber or Freehold by Michael Williamson.

142 posted on 07/07/2011 9:04:36 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: absolootezer0
next tuesday (on it’s release date) i’ll be starting dance with dragons - the latest in martin’s a song of fire and ice.

I'm on book 2 - Clash of Kings. (listening to the audio book)

How many books are there and am I ever gonna find out WHO John the Bastard's Mother is?(please don't spoil it for me;) I do have a theory, though.

143 posted on 07/07/2011 9:26:57 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: OB1kNOb

Recommend Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchette. It is VERY funny, excellent narration and cleaver story. Check it out on Audible.com. You can listen to an excerpt.

http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B0036KV7Y4&qid=1310098494&sr=1-1

Here is a description:

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.


144 posted on 07/07/2011 9:33:28 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: MplsSteve

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, on audiobook. Starting to love this format for my ipod and my car.

Oil 101 by Morgan Downey. Fantastic reference book on the energy industry. Science, economics, everything. Fantastic.


145 posted on 07/07/2011 9:43:05 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: MplsSteve

Currently reading Bonhoeffer. Finished Unbroken a couple of weeks ago. It had a tremendous impact on me — can’t recommend it highly enough.

Reading The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan to my kids.

Lined up on my Kindle: War by Sebastian Junger, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and a few more I probably won’t get to anytime soon.


146 posted on 07/07/2011 9:54:11 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Jonah is my patron saint.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Charles, I have leap frogged you on the O’Bryan series since we last spoke. That is because I am doing the audiobook versions now. Unfortunately, we are getting near the end my friend. What a shame. What great literature!


147 posted on 07/07/2011 9:57:32 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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To: MplsSteve
If you have a ping list for this thread please add me.

I received a Nook-Color for Father's Day and I've read more than I've been able to in a while since I can now read in bed again.

I've just finished:

Unbroken - Laura Hillibrand
With the Old Breed on Peleliu and Okinawa- Eugene Sledge
Helmet for my Pillow - Robert Leckie

All amazing stuff which hurt and depressed me. Sledge's book is almost haunting. My time in the Marine Corps was such a cakewalk compared to what those guys went through. I would love to read Freeper reviews of all of these books.

Regards,

TS

148 posted on 07/07/2011 10:00:30 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: God luvs America

Thanks, I’ll look into it.


149 posted on 07/07/2011 10:02:02 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: MplsSteve

Thanks for doing THIS....I’ve bookmarked it, and already added more books to my increasing long reading list!


150 posted on 07/07/2011 10:02:42 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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