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What Are You Reading?
Vanity | June 27, 2014 | Tax-chick

Posted on 06/27/2014 8:33:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick

What are you reading? There used to be a quarterly "What are you reading?" thread, but I haven't seen it for a long time. I got a lot of good book suggestions that way, and I miss it.

So here's a thread! If you're reading something interesting you think others would like, or something boring you'd recommend we all avoid, jump in! If you have a ping list of FReepers who might be interested, ping them!


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I'll start!

Civil War Poetry and Prose by Walt Whitman. I keep this little paperback in my purse for brief reading, such as on the treadmill, during a Cub Scouts hike, or at a stoplight.

The Gates of November: Chronicles of the Slepak Family by Chaim Potok. Chaim Potok is a new author for me, recent FR recommendation. I read My Name Is Asher Lev last week, and The Chosen is waiting at the library.

To the Other Towns: A Life of Blessed Peter Favre by William V. Bangert, S.J. This is a re-read of a biography of one of the founders of the Jesuits.

And on the CD player, One Nation by Dr. Ben Carson. This audiobook is being passed around my prayer group.

1 posted on 06/27/2014 8:33:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick
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To: Tax-chick; fanfan; ColdOne; Cyber Liberty; null and void; Anoreth; Monkey Face; NicknamedBob; ...

Ping to the Morning Kitteh list and few others.

What are you reading?


2 posted on 06/27/2014 8:34:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick

Uh, your thread at the moment.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 8:36:31 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Tax-chick

Barnaby Rudge. an old’un..

for great summer reading, for the gals here, I suggest the book “Jane: The woman who loved Tarzan” by Robin Maxwell. It’s told by Tarzan’s mate, from her perspective.. a quick fun—summer read..

the wife and I both read it last summer... had fun.


4 posted on 06/27/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Tax-chick
Fascinating story ...
5 posted on 06/27/2014 8:37:40 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Tax-chick

http://www.goodreads.com/


6 posted on 06/27/2014 8:37:53 AM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Tax-chick

Of late, I’ve been re-enjoying scifi/fantasy books from:

Jack Vance - The Demon Princes
(Space mystery/thriller/etc type series)

Sharon Lee/Steve Miller - the Liaden series
(Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors, etc. Very space opera-ish)

James Schmitz - Telzey Amberdon, etc.
(Series of sci-fi or maybe sci-psi stories)

Yes, it’s a bit frivolous, but given how serious life can be, I need a little escapism sometimes.


7 posted on 06/27/2014 8:38:32 AM PDT by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Ah, the traditional helpful frivolity! It wouldn’t be the same without it.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 8:38:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick

I am just finishing a re-read of “Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea” by Robert K. Massie.

I read this about 7 years ago. It is just as interesting and seems more absorbing than ever! It’s one of those great reads you almost hate to see end.

I have to search carefully for a new book soon, or I’ll go through a kind of ‘withdrawal’. I don’t know how people get by, who don’t read.


9 posted on 06/27/2014 8:39:30 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Tax-chick

I just finished Steig Larsson’s three books, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

Excellent books. I read almost 250 pages last night in the last one...and I wasn’t a bit sleepy! LOL!

Next is “The Eighty-Dollar Champion,” by Elizabeth Letts.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 8:40:17 AM PDT by Monkey Face (The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it."- Aunty Acid)
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To: Kommodor
The James Schmitz description sounds interesting.

... given how serious life can be, I need a little escapism sometimes.

I read Regency Romances, get a couple each time I'm at the used book store, trading back the previous ones.

11 posted on 06/27/2014 8:40:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: oh8eleven

I love travel/exploration. I just requested this from the library; it’s wait-listed, so I can finish some other things before it arrives!


12 posted on 06/27/2014 8:42:11 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick
“All Creatures Great and Small”, by James Herriot

It's nonfiction, about the life of an English country vet in the 1930’s. Funny, warm, and uplifting. I recommend it to animal lovers, and anyone else.

13 posted on 06/27/2014 8:42:20 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Kommodor

I can’t find volume four of the Demon Princes series anywhere. I just finished Marune: Alastor 933.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 8:42:31 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Banned from posting at sfgate.com........again!)
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To: Tax-chick

After the “Champion” book, I’m going to re-read the Percy Jackson series, the first five books. Just because I like them!


15 posted on 06/27/2014 8:43:24 AM PDT by Monkey Face (The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it."- Aunty Acid)
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To: Monkey Face

What is the general subject of the Larsson books? What I’ve seen - trailer for the movie? - seemed pretty creepy.


16 posted on 06/27/2014 8:43:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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I'm glad you discovered Chaim Potok! I read My Name is Asher Lev in high school, it opened up a new world to me at the time, something I knew nothing about...as for me, I just read an interesting murder mystery, The Hindenburg Murders by Max Allan Collins...the trilogy Moscow, Stalingrad & Berlin by Theodore Plievier is excellent, esp. Stalingrad; let's see let's see Lonesome Dove, or indeed anything by Larry McMurtry, entertains, Legion of the Damned by Sven Hassel and The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer are also all excellent. Happy reading!
17 posted on 06/27/2014 8:43:46 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: GSWarrior

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=books%2C+demon+princes&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abooks%5Cc+demon+princes


18 posted on 06/27/2014 8:45:10 AM PDT by Monkey Face (The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it."- Aunty Acid)
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To: Leaning Right

I first read that in junior high school. It was hard to get through the opening sequence about the calf-delivery, but after that it picked up. It’s amazing how things like that stick with you for 35 years!


19 posted on 06/27/2014 8:45:20 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Chuzzlewit

Have you read the original Tarzan novels?


20 posted on 06/27/2014 8:46:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick
Kit Carson Days - Edwin Sabin

A Conservative History of the American Left - Daniel J Flynn

FDR Goes to War - Burt and Anita Folsom

American Sniper - Chris Kyle

Unintended Consequences - John Ross

A Jornal of the Plague Year - Daniel Defoe

The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty - James M Buchanan


21 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:28 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Tax-chick
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell... recommended by a Freeper...

Blood Feud by Edward Klein

A Table in the Presence by Lt. Carey H. Cash... Lt. Carey H. Cash is a battalion chaplain to infantry Marines in the United States Navy. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was the first ground combat element to cross the border into Iraq.

The Aeneid with my sons

The Republic and the Laws--Cicero... with my son

22 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:47 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Leaning Right

Those are lovely books - I have them all and reread them constantly.

I’m reading “The Maligned King,” by Annette Carson, an excellent look at Richard the Third and his contributions to making England a more equitable country. He was an adopted Yorkshireman like James Herriot (Alf Wight).


23 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:51 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: notdownwidems

“Theodore Plievier” isn’t in my library catalog. Are you sure that’s spelled correctly? Are the books fiction or nonfiction?


24 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:59 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick

It’s about a girl who was the daughter of a Russian defector in Sweden; she was thought to be schizophrenic and a few other complicated syndromes, but she had an eidetic memory and knew how to hack into almost any computer in the world.

Her fight to be “normal” involves a lot of peripheral stories that all come together about half-way through the third book.

Riveting, is about all I can say.


25 posted on 06/27/2014 8:48:08 AM PDT by Monkey Face (The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it."- Aunty Acid)
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To: Tax-chick
Nothing right now. But I have a book saved up for my vacation this week -Alliance: The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 by Mark Frost
26 posted on 06/27/2014 8:49:02 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: latina4dubya

oops—forgot one... Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour


27 posted on 06/27/2014 8:49:03 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Tax-chick

I seem to be on an Australian history kick at the moment...all books by Peter FitzSimons.
“Batavia”, the story of a shipwreck/mutiny in 1629 of the Dutch East Indies Co. flagship en-route from The Netherlands to the spice islands near Java.
“Eureka” the story of the Australian gold rush (which dwarfed our own) and the revolution it caused.
“Tobruk” The story of Australia’s struggle in WWII and Victoria’s Cross recipient, John Edmondson.


28 posted on 06/27/2014 8:49:09 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Monkey Face

Thanks! I’ll have to consider them when I have time to be riveted again after Chaim Potok ;-).


29 posted on 06/27/2014 8:49:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour

I read that, too, when it came out. It's disappointing that his son never seems to have completed a full biography of Louis.

30 posted on 06/27/2014 8:50:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick

Not anything at the minute.

Isn’t Walt Whitman, Bill Clinton’s favorite author.

Everyone should read Thucydides’ “The Peloponnesian War”.

Everyone probably has read Dickens’ “Great Expectations” and rightly so.

Also Churchill’s six volume “History of World War II”.


31 posted on 06/27/2014 8:50:44 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Tax-chick

There were a few “slow” parts, but only because so much of it moved so fast.


32 posted on 06/27/2014 8:50:56 AM PDT by Monkey Face (The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it."- Aunty Acid)
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To: Tax-chick
Aside from various technical writing, I'm waiting for:
  1. Lightbringer #3 by Brent Weeks
  2. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

33 posted on 06/27/2014 8:51:47 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: gorush

Darn, not in my library. I’d have requested “Tobruk” if they were!


34 posted on 06/27/2014 8:51:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick

Hour of Peril-Stashower

Events from Lincoln’s election to his train trip to DC for the first inauguration. How Pinkerton helped him through baltimore where there was a plot to assassinate him when he switched trains.

Good background on Pinkerton’s life and how he built his agency.

Lot’s of stories of Lincoln’s inner circle.

Lots of info on the politics taking place during a time when 7 states succeeded.

Good read.


35 posted on 06/27/2014 8:52:25 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Tax-chick
I just requested this from the library ...
You won't be disappointed. Although it's a long read (384 pages), it's very well written.
36 posted on 06/27/2014 8:52:32 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Tax-chick
It was hard to get through the opening sequence about the calf-delivery, but after that it picked up.

Yep! Herriot could have perhaps chosen a better opening. But even then the sequence had its share of humor. Do you remember Uncle, who was observing, and making unhelpful suggestions the whole time?

By the way, Herriot's books are now on Audible. I'm actually listening to the Audible version of the book. Like you, I read the hard-copy version years ago.

37 posted on 06/27/2014 8:52:45 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Tax-chick
I'll confess.

[enters the confessional]

I do most of my reading in FanFiction. I know, there's more than a little bit of dross out there, but much of it is written in earnest, and I find quite a few diamonds in the rough.

Oh, and I [ahem] write some myself.

38 posted on 06/27/2014 8:53:24 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: latina4dubya

When I typed “Carey Cash” into the library catalog (open in the next window ;-), I felt bad for him that his parents stuck him with that name! (Book isn’t there. Is it new?)


39 posted on 06/27/2014 8:53:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: morphing libertarian
I was thinking I read that ... and then I realized I was thinking of the same events as presented in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, which is better than one might expect, greatly superior to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
40 posted on 06/27/2014 8:55:29 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick
"The Rise and fall of the Great Powers, 1500 - 2000" by P. Kennedy
"Collected works of William Shakespeare" started January 1 - two-year effort.
New Testament (last year was Old Testament)
41 posted on 06/27/2014 8:55:48 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Leaning Right
Do you remember Uncle, who was observing, and making unhelpful suggestions the whole time?

Yes, I have relatives like that!

42 posted on 06/27/2014 8:56:14 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick

Just finished “The Art of Racing in the Rain”.

And it is NOT what you think it is about.


43 posted on 06/27/2014 8:56:37 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Tax-chick
When I typed “Carey Cash” into the library catalog (open in the next window ;-), I felt bad for him that his parents stuck him with that name! (Book isn’t there. Is it new?)

ha! i had not noticed the name... Lt. Carey H. Cash... the book is not new... 2005... it is really good... makes me love and respect the USMC even more...

44 posted on 06/27/2014 8:57:09 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: headstamp 2

I guess running. Wrong?


45 posted on 06/27/2014 8:57:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Those are lovely books - I have them all and reread them constantly.

I so agree. However, I could not sit through a single episode of the BBC series based on the books. Herriot, Siegfried, and Tristan just didn't look like I imagined them to be. It was like watching impostors!

46 posted on 06/27/2014 8:57:55 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

You’re right! All of the James Herriot books are enjoyable reading. The BBC series was fairly well done, too.


47 posted on 06/27/2014 8:58:07 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Psalm 73

What’s your favorite Shakespeare so far?


48 posted on 06/27/2014 8:58:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Let the storm rage on ... the cold never bothered me anyway.)
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To: Tax-chick

“Signature in the Cell “ and “Darwin’s Doubt” by Stephen Meyer.

Truly an impressive tour de force rational attack of evolutionary theory.
I was a believer in Darwin with some nagging doubts. These two books turned me into a total skeptic.

These are must reads for anyone with any interest in the origin of life and it’s “evolution “ or “design”.


49 posted on 06/27/2014 8:59:18 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Tax-chick
The Seventh Scroll, Wilbur Smith.
(Umpteenth re-read).
50 posted on 06/27/2014 8:59:19 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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