Skip to comments.What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Thread
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!
The Pale Horse, by Agatha Christie
The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton
Life among the Lutherans, by Garrison Keillor
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!!!)
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.
Vince Flynn (any title that can be begged/borrowed)
PS: keep him in your thoughts as he is being treated for cancer
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.
Heh! The book has really lousy reviews on Amazon. I guess I missed book 5 and think I’ll probably miss this one too.
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.
(5th-6th time - I’m losing track...)
“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.
“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.
“This is for child number 3... now, you think that since I read it twice before for the other two, I wouldnt 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.
I found “The Agony and the Ecstasy” in a used book store and am reading that one.
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
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.
“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.
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.
I am currently reading the NIV Study Bible, The Wiersbe Bible Commentary and John MacArthur’s The Jesus You Can’t Ignore.
“Blacklisted By History”, by the redoubtable M. Stanton Evans.
Good summer reading, no matter how you cut it!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The Next Wave by Catherine Herridge
We Band of Angels was excellent, as was Unbroken. Ghost Soldiers was very good as well if you are enjoying WWII non fiction.
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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)
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”.
Oh missed my read while waiting book.
“A Father Who Keeps His Promises”
God’s Covenant Love In Scripture
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)
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...
I also recently read some fiction books for younger readers:
I am currently reading two newly-published nonfiction works:
read Flyboys by Bradley- much, much better.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thanks, I’ll look into it.
Thanks for doing THIS....I’ve bookmarked it, and already added more books to my increasing long reading list!