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Books Read in 2004 (Read Any Good Books Lately?)
right now | Tanniker Smith

Posted on 12/30/2004 1:28:19 PM PST by Tanniker Smith

2004 -- It was a year of catching up on a number of series books.

And it was probably the most books I've read in a long time (even if 12 of them were Lemony Snicket)

Also
Graphic Novels: (I don't normally get to read these, but I found a stack at the local library and went through them!)



TOPICS: Books/Literature
KEYWORDS: biography; books; fantasy; fiction; nonfiction; readinglist; scifi; series; unfortunate
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Started and ended strongly, finishing The Lord of the Rings in January and then reading the Stars & Stripes Forever trilogy at the end of the year. (If anyone is interested in talking about any of the books in between, I'll be happy to give my opinions.)

Currently, I have a ton of old SF books (from the 70s and 80s originally) to get through, a few other series books to read and pass on, and, of course, 100+ Doc Savage Bantam paperbacks and doubles.

What's everyone else reading?

TS

1 posted on 12/30/2004 1:28:19 PM PST by Tanniker Smith
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To: Tanniker Smith

The Long Walk....it has been reissued,


2 posted on 12/30/2004 1:32:14 PM PST by mlmr (Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Chri)
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To: Tanniker Smith

THE LONGEST WINTER by Kershaw. Great book about a very gallant platoon that was critical to our winning the Battle of the Bulge.


3 posted on 12/30/2004 1:32:46 PM PST by get'emall (Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Thanks for posting this thread, it's interesting and I'm always looking for book recommendations. However....you forgot to read Ann Coulter's new book!


4 posted on 12/30/2004 1:33:00 PM PST by RushCrush (It's called Free Speech, and it's what we do.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
One Page Management
Results Based Leadership
Hiring the Best
The Millionaire Next Door
Gross Margin
The Complete Chronicles of Narnia (read aloud to the kids after supper)
How to Think Like a CEO
Tons of profit&loss statements, customer reports, A/R aging, margin variance reports, etc.

In 2005 I'd like to read State of Fear and some others. Any suggestions?

5 posted on 12/30/2004 1:33:34 PM PST by ConservativeBamaFan
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To: gubamyster

ping


6 posted on 12/30/2004 1:34:07 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: Tanniker Smith

I STRONGLY recommend A Table In The Presence by Lt. Carey H. Cash. It is "the dramatic account of how a U.S. Marine battalion experienced God's presence amidst the chaos of the war in Iraq".


7 posted on 12/30/2004 1:34:17 PM PST by Warriormom
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To: RushCrush

Ann Coulter has a new book? :)


8 posted on 12/30/2004 1:34:42 PM PST by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a conservative.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

"A Little Bit Sideways". Great NASCAR book.


9 posted on 12/30/2004 1:35:14 PM PST by KJacob (If I yawn it is only in anticipation.)
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To: ConservativeBamaFan

The Chronicles of Narnia- EXCELLENT! I read them as a kid and have very fond memories. Would be interested to know if they were ever made into film?

After reading the Chronicles, I did read more of C.S. Lewis' stuff... his other books are most excellent too. I highly suggest Mere Christianity.


10 posted on 12/30/2004 1:35:20 PM PST by RushCrush (It's called Free Speech, and it's what we do.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Reagan's War by Peter Schweizer was excellent.


11 posted on 12/30/2004 1:35:27 PM PST by patriciaruth (They are all Mike Spanns)
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To: Tanniker Smith

I read the dictionary the other day. I didn't understand the plot at all. The characters were poorly developed. Overall it was one of the worst books I've read.


12 posted on 12/30/2004 1:36:16 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Pray for the millions of lives disrupted by tsunami.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Also enjoyed Clancy's Teeth of the Tiger.


13 posted on 12/30/2004 1:36:51 PM PST by patriciaruth (They are all Mike Spanns)
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To: Tanniker Smith
I just finished reading A National Party No More by Zell Miller. It was a fast read... not bad. I'm now on to Treachery by Bill Gertz.
14 posted on 12/30/2004 1:36:58 PM PST by mysto
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To: Tanniker Smith
"Pickett, Leader of the Charge, by Edward Longacre
Gentleman and Soldier, The Extraordinary Life of General Wade Hampton, by Edward Longacre
A World Turned Over, by Lorian Hemingway
Coronel and the Falklands, by Geoffrey Bennet
Prince John Magruder, His Life and Campaigns, by Paul Casdorph
Ghosts of the Fireground, by Peter Leschak
So Others Might Live, A history of New York's Bravest, by Terry Golway
Sudden Sea, The Great Hurricane of 1938, by R.A. Scotti

And many others.
15 posted on 12/30/2004 1:37:31 PM PST by aomagrat (Where weapons are not allowed, it is best to carry weapons.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Hm...writing down everything I've read or reread would be tricky.

But by far the most memorable book I (finally!) read this year was Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. It's a huge book and quite an undertaking, but indescribably incredible. Probably my favorite book of all time when it comes to fiction, and I've read a LOT!

16 posted on 12/30/2004 1:37:52 PM PST by RosieCotton (He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. - GKC)
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To: patriciaruth

ping


17 posted on 12/30/2004 1:37:55 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: patriciaruth
Speaking of Reagan, Reagan, A Life in Letters is one of the best books I've ever read. For obvious reasons.
18 posted on 12/30/2004 1:37:56 PM PST by RushCrush (It's called Free Speech, and it's what we do.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Try The Oxford American Dictionary.

Characters are much better developed. Excellent background information so you care about them.


19 posted on 12/30/2004 1:38:01 PM PST by patriciaruth (They are all Mike Spanns)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

You should try Roget's Thesaurus next. It's exhilarating.


20 posted on 12/30/2004 1:38:11 PM PST by mysto
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To: gubamyster

American Soldier:Gen Tommy Franks


21 posted on 12/30/2004 1:38:31 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Zell Millers book "A National Party No More". It is real good.
How on earth did you ever get the time to read all those books?
All my extra time I spend here :)


22 posted on 12/30/2004 1:38:39 PM PST by FreedomHasACost
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To: RushCrush
you forgot to read Ann Coulter's new book!

Haven't gotten it from the library yet. And when I do, I'll need a disguise in case my wife sees me reading it. I'll probably tell her it's porn -- must easier for her to deal with.

TS

23 posted on 12/30/2004 1:39:33 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/title.html

Free on line books
24 posted on 12/30/2004 1:39:45 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("sak")
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To: Tanniker Smith

Currently reading the "Da Vinci Code". A real page turner. I will however follow up with the book that debunks the misinformation here. It must be read for pure enjoyment, not for taking anything lasting away from it.


25 posted on 12/30/2004 1:39:49 PM PST by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: patriciaruth

The connections from one character to the next are still bad. It's like each character has an unrelated story.


26 posted on 12/30/2004 1:40:31 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Pray for the millions of lives disrupted by tsunami.)
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To: Tanniker Smith

what is a lemony snicket?


27 posted on 12/30/2004 1:41:03 PM PST by GeronL (I am NOT the real bin Laden)
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To: mysto

I couldn't get past the opening credits.


28 posted on 12/30/2004 1:41:09 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Pray for the millions of lives disrupted by tsunami.)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Here are some books that stick out in my mind from the past year ...
29 posted on 12/30/2004 1:41:52 PM PST by PMCarey
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To: Tanniker Smith

Interesting thing happened. I read Johnny Tremaine before sending it to my husband's grandson, and while reading it realized that John Jake had ripped off half the characters and plot when he wrote The Bastard and The Rebels.


30 posted on 12/30/2004 1:41:58 PM PST by patriciaruth (They are all Mike Spanns)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

But you got to love the short stories!!


31 posted on 12/30/2004 1:42:02 PM PST by blue-duncan
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To: Tanniker Smith
While I read a few dozen amusing, but forgettable works of science fiction, I did read a few good books:

Peter Watson, The Modern Mind
Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence
B. T. Wilkins, Burke's Political Philosophy

all of which I commend to the interested student of ideas.

32 posted on 12/30/2004 1:42:02 PM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Arabiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: RosieCotton
Hm...writing down everything I've read or reread would be tricky.

Start now for 2005. If you're on a PC, open a new file in "My Documents", call it "Books 2005" and write down what you're reading currently (assuming you don't finish it in the next 30 hours or so). Update it as needed.

Someone else can give Mac directions. (Actually, I use a DOS file. Yes, I did just turn 40, how did you know?)

TS

33 posted on 12/30/2004 1:42:20 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: mlmr
The Long Walk.

My copy of that has vanished. Uh, some say the whole work is a fiction.

34 posted on 12/30/2004 1:42:49 PM PST by don-o (Stop Freeploading. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor.)
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To: blue-duncan

It just doesn't flow well.


35 posted on 12/30/2004 1:42:58 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Pray for the millions of lives disrupted by tsunami.)
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To: RushCrush
The Narnia books are getting the bigscreen treatment--I think Lion, Witch and Wardrobe is coming out late next year. The visuals are being done by WETA, which did the Lord of the Rings movies.

There are several more low-rent TV and video versions avaiable. I suggest waiting for the more lavish versions. Lewis's stepson, I think, has a hand in them.

36 posted on 12/30/2004 1:43:09 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: ConservativeBamaFan
Dump all your old business books and pick up "Good to Great," by Jim Collins. Best take on what makes a successful organization I've read in a decade.
I also read William Manchester's "American Caesar" (MacArthur's life story) over the Christmas holiday. Very book biography.
37 posted on 12/30/2004 1:43:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Tanniker Smith

Born Fighting-How The Scots-Irish Shaped America
Beowulf(second time)
Just started "Heloise and Abelard, A New Biography"


38 posted on 12/30/2004 1:43:42 PM PST by redangus
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That's kind of a cool idea! Be interesting to have a record. I should do that.

Currently reading Graham Greene's This Gun for Hire...

39 posted on 12/30/2004 1:43:58 PM PST by RosieCotton (He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. - GKC)
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How on earth did you ever get the time to read all those books?

Well, 12 of them were Lemony Snicket. Heck, I read 1/2 of one of those while waiting in line to have it autographed.

Mostly, it was a half-hour at bedtime and every-so-often on the subway (I usually drive to work, so that's kinda out).

TS

40 posted on 12/30/2004 1:44:11 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
It's like each character has an unrelated story.

That's what I liked about The Oxford American Dictionary. They give the family history and you can see the old ancestoral connections between all the characters.

41 posted on 12/30/2004 1:44:21 PM PST by patriciaruth (They are all Mike Spanns)
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To: Darkwolf377

That is most excellent. I still have my worn copies of the Narnia books. Ahh...simpler times.


42 posted on 12/30/2004 1:44:40 PM PST by RushCrush (It's called Free Speech, and it's what we do.)
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To: don-o

Uh, some say the whole work is a fiction.



This new edition has some new informaion

Who says it is a work of fiction.

My Jewish grandfather said that The Diary of Anne Frank was fiction too.


43 posted on 12/30/2004 1:44:51 PM PST by mlmr (Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Chri)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Try The White Pages--HUGE cast of characters.


44 posted on 12/30/2004 1:44:56 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: Tanniker Smith

for later response :)


45 posted on 12/30/2004 1:45:04 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

"His Excellency" by Joe Ellis. A great biography about George Washington. Let's you know just how precarious the American Revolution was and how attitudes about war are predictable.


46 posted on 12/30/2004 1:45:18 PM PST by CWW
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To: Tanniker Smith

Let's see, in the last six months it's been:

The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
I, Claudius, Robert Graves
The Other Boleyn Girl, Phillipa Gregory
The Queen's Fool, Phillipa Gregory
The Wolves of Calla, Stephen King
Song of Susannah, Stephen King
The Dark Tower, Stephen King
It, Stephen King
From a Buick 8, Stephen King
All the Harry Potter books,(5 total) J.K. Rowling
Mary, Called Magdalene, Margaret George
Mary, Queen of Scots, Margaret George
Memoirs of Cleopatra, Margaret George
The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Margaret George
I, Elizabeth, Rosalind Miles
Simple Simon, Ryne Douglas Pearson
Monster, Jonathan Kellerman
A Cold Heart, Jonathan Kellerman

There are others, but that's all I can remember right now. As you can see, I've been on a historical fiction kick lately. :)


47 posted on 12/30/2004 1:45:24 PM PST by exnavychick (Just my two cents, as usual.)
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To: RosieCotton
My wife loves "Kristin Lavransdatter", and she wants me to read it. I haven't had a taste for fiction these last few years and I'm afraid a book about the spiritual trials of a Norwegian woman will book me to sleep.

Heck, even writing the sentence "the spiritual trials of a Norwegian woman" nearly put me to sleep!

48 posted on 12/30/2004 1:45:43 PM PST by PMCarey
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To: patriciaruth
I enjoyed the excellent writing, plotting, and characterizations in new writer Sabin Willette's The Deal and The Betrayal. I noticed on Amazon that he has a third book out, a parody.
49 posted on 12/30/2004 1:45:53 PM PST by Carolinamom
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To: Darkwolf377
Try The White Pages--HUGE cast of characters.
Or the Yellow Pages... it has PICTURES!
50 posted on 12/30/2004 1:46:46 PM PST by mysto
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