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What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Inquiry
1/08/08 | MplsSteve

Posted on 01/08/2008 7:59:25 AM PST by MplsSteve

It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" inquiry.

I'm always curious as to what Freepers are reading and what they're recommending to others.

It can be anything...a classic novel, a scientific journal, a magazine, a cheap pulp novel...anything.

Do not deface this thread with a smart-ass answer like "I'm Reading this Thread". It became very un-original a long time ago.

I'll start. I'm reading "The Great Deluge: Hurrican Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast" by Douglas Brinkley.

This is a full account of Katrina striking the Gulf Coast. The book starts 48 hours before landfall and finishes one week after landfall. It a very good book.

Trust me, no one comes out of this looking good. Ray Nagin doesn't. FEMA doesn't, etc.

Well, what are YOU reading now?


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KEYWORDS: books; literature; magazines; reading
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1 posted on 01/08/2008 7:59:27 AM PST by MplsSteve
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Reagan: A Life in Letters. Neat book, good to get from a library too, because you don’t have to read the whole thing. You can pick and choose the topics you are interested in and just read the letters Reagan wrote on that topic.


2 posted on 01/08/2008 8:02:48 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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Taste of home annual recipes.

The ultimate Southern living cookbook / compiled and edited by Julie Fisher Gunter ; foreword by Kaye Mabry Adams.

Nightwatch / Sergei Lukyanenko

Wife is reading:The life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid / Bill Bryson.

Just finished: Definitely dead / Charlaine Harris.


3 posted on 01/08/2008 8:02:51 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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The War Against the Weak - by Edwin R Black.


4 posted on 01/08/2008 8:03:12 AM PST by FroedrickVonFreepenstein
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The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson


5 posted on 01/08/2008 8:03:23 AM PST by Help!
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Beck’s new book...An Inconvenient Book, also a Cesar Milan book on dog training.


6 posted on 01/08/2008 8:04:23 AM PST by dawn53
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Right now I’m reading “What are you reading right now?” on FreeRepublic...

Hope that helps...


7 posted on 01/08/2008 8:04:30 AM PST by Philistone (If someone tells you it's for the children, he believes that YOU are a child.)
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Power vs. Force.


8 posted on 01/08/2008 8:04:56 AM PST by sarasota
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At home: The Emperor's Children

In car: Kite Runner (actually finished last CD this morning)

During day: Eat, Pray, Love


Purpose Driven Life and whatever the book club chooses; but undecided on new audio book
9 posted on 01/08/2008 8:05:39 AM PST by elc
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A World Lit Only By Fire, by William Manchester


10 posted on 01/08/2008 8:05:47 AM 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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The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright; about Al-Queda and how 9-11 came to happen. Just finished The Kite Runner - I absolutely loved it and couldn’t put it down.


11 posted on 01/08/2008 8:05:56 AM PST by Redrivergal
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Adam Bede/George Elliot.

I got a new sony ereader and got 100 classics for free, the things you had to read in college and high school.

I love them/haven’t had such a good time in a long time.


12 posted on 01/08/2008 8:06:00 AM PST by cajungirl
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Hardtack and Coffee
by John B. Billings

A classic, mostly lighthearted look at the details of a union soldier’s life in the Civil War, by a soldier.

I’ve found it quite entertaining and interesting.


13 posted on 01/08/2008 8:06:13 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: Philistone
Obviously you didn't read it very well, because the poster stated in the beginning:

Do not deface this thread with a smart-ass answer like "I'm Reading this Thread". It became very un-original a long time ago.

14 posted on 01/08/2008 8:06:14 AM PST by dawn53
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I'm reading Flying the Mail, one of the books in the old (early 80s) and unequaled Time-Life Epic of Flight series. I'm trying to read all 23 this year. I've finished The Aeronauts, The Road to Kitty Hawk, The First Aviators and The Great Airships so far.
15 posted on 01/08/2008 8:06:35 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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I just started reading The Birthday Party, a first person account about a Federal Attorney who was kidnapped and held until he could empty his life savings. Very good so far. I know he gets them in the end.

Next after that is "Hard Corps" - another first person account about a gang thug who joined the Marines and became a war hero. Then "The Real Animal House" by a guy who lived in the fraternity that inspired the movie. A fraternity buddy of mine sent me that, and said it was like a trip down memory lane.

16 posted on 01/08/2008 8:07:18 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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I am reading Douglas Botting’s biography of Gerald Durrell and Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano mystery “The Scent of the Night.” While I watch TV, I am also dipping into and re-reading Wodehouse as a specific remedy for being exposed to so much political coverage.


18 posted on 01/08/2008 8:07:52 AM PST by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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Rereading Master of the Senate, about LBJ.
19 posted on 01/08/2008 8:07:55 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
20 posted on 01/08/2008 8:08:07 AM PST by tx_eggman ("Believing without loving turns the best of creeds into a weapon of oppression" Eugene Peterson)
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I just got finished reading what there is so far of Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. And I can’t stop reading whatever books I can get based around Warhammer or Warhammer 40k. Yeah, my reading tends to be on the very light side. Life is serious enough for me most of the time that I don’t need to read about it too.


21 posted on 01/08/2008 8:08:14 AM PST by faloi
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I typically have 3 or 4 books being read at the same time; here's what's on the night stand right now: Mary M Luke's Gloriana . Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. The Naked Heart by Peter Gay. And Werner Jaeger's Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture.
22 posted on 01/08/2008 8:08:26 AM PST by Verloona Ti
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To: dawn53

And it’s been a VERY long time indeed since I took instructions from anonymous posters on a web forum! ;-)


23 posted on 01/08/2008 8:08:39 AM PST by Philistone (If someone tells you it's for the children, he believes that YOU are a child.)
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Ptolemy’s Almagest


24 posted on 01/08/2008 8:09:06 AM PST by vikingd00d
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Scorpion Down by Ed Offley

I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter

25 posted on 01/08/2008 8:09:29 AM PST by mjp (Live & let live. I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. Statism & high taxes suck)
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The unedited version of Stranger in a Strange Land


26 posted on 01/08/2008 8:09:47 AM PST by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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I’m going to Barnes & Noble this week with my gift cards and I’m picking up Jonah Goldberg’s new book “Liberal Fascism”


27 posted on 01/08/2008 8:10:21 AM PST by NeoCaveman (She's Ed Muskie in a pantsuit - Mike Murphy on Missus Clinton)
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Confessions - St. Augustine


28 posted on 01/08/2008 8:11:01 AM PST by joebuck
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Fellowship of the Ring (outloud to youngsters), Pride and Prejudice, Brothers K., various treatises related to hobbies and would-be hobbies. Just finished some Shakespearean tragedies. Some good, contemporary American poetry.


29 posted on 01/08/2008 8:11:11 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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Yekl and the Imported Bridegroom by Cahan

Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe by Stanley Hauerwas


30 posted on 01/08/2008 8:11:17 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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Press and America, The: An Interpretive History of the Mass Media (Third Edition)
by Michael Emery (Author), Edwin Emery (Author), Nancy L. Roberts (Author)

This book continues my study of how the DriveBy Media evolved and became what it is today and how we can combat it. This is apparently a standard text used in J-schools.


31 posted on 01/08/2008 8:11:34 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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Werner Jaeger’s Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture.”

Recommend or not?


32 posted on 01/08/2008 8:13:18 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic, by Joseph J. Ellis

I'm just starting this, but the premise is interesting.

33 posted on 01/08/2008 8:13:20 AM PST by Lou L
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Ptolemy’s Almagest”

Do you have to be an expert to read this?


34 posted on 01/08/2008 8:14:48 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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I just finished To Set the Record Straight and am now half way through My Grandfather's Son.
35 posted on 01/08/2008 8:15:07 AM PST by stayathomemom
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Cesar Millan’s “Be The Pack Leader”


36 posted on 01/08/2008 8:15:21 AM PST by constant
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Empire, by Orson Scott Card.
37 posted on 01/08/2008 8:15:25 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Global Warming Heretic -- http://agw-heretic.blogspot.com)
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Can’t go wrong with Bob Heinlen. Try “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” if you haven’t read it already.

BTW, just finished “Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors”.

I highly recommend it!


38 posted on 01/08/2008 8:15:30 AM PST by catman67
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Confessions - St. Augustine”

Take your time. Don’t rush it. Savor it. Could be life-changing.


39 posted on 01/08/2008 8:15:56 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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BTW, just finished “Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors”.

Great book!

40 posted on 01/08/2008 8:16:41 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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“For Many Shall Come in My Name” by Ray Yungen.

It reveals what the New Age false religion (occultism in disguise) is all about, and how it has infiltrated almost all aspects of our society, including school, business, and health care, as well as Christian churches! Meditation is the key to the door of the occult. No Christian should ever practice New-Age meditation! (That includes “centering prayer” and “contemplative spirituality” and “breath prayers” among other trendy and dangerous practices sneaking into the church today.)


41 posted on 01/08/2008 8:16:54 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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I am actually rereading it. It is fascinating-yes, I recommend it.
42 posted on 01/08/2008 8:17:07 AM PST by Verloona Ti
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“Mother, The Frank Zappa Story”


43 posted on 01/08/2008 8:17:08 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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Reading my new book “The Believer’s Guide to Legal Issues”, which is the subject of this thread from yesterday:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1949562/posts

The book is actually on pre-order status, with national release set for April 1 - - - and it is literally ALL I’ve been reading, as I just finished taking care of the final edits from my publisher this past weekend!


44 posted on 01/08/2008 8:17:09 AM PST by LikeLight (Is There a Lawyer in the Church? Yes!)
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The Return of the Shadow: Book VI of The History of Middle Earth by Christopher Tolkien and J.R.R. Tolkien

For Tolkien-philes, this series is a must read. Beware though, it is scholarly in its approach, so some parts are quite cumbersome. But the depth and length of the material allows the reader to fall deeper into the world of Middle Earth and get "into the mind" of J.R.R.Tolkien.

45 posted on 01/08/2008 8:18:00 AM PST by Portnoy (Fahrenheit 451...Today's Temperature is hotter than you think...)
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I’m Reading this Thread.

OK, sorry, but I HAD to say it.

I finished Donald Trump’s Think Big and Kick Ass.

Bloviating, but readable.


46 posted on 01/08/2008 8:18:29 AM PST by RockinRight (Huck(abee, not the Freeper Huck) Sucks.)
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Reagan Diaries


47 posted on 01/08/2008 8:19:16 AM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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What Calvin Says: An Introduction to the Theology of John Calvin by W. Gary Crampton. Man -- very good book! Next up: The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
48 posted on 01/08/2008 8:19:49 AM PST by HossB86
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“Junk Science Judo” by Stephen Milloy

Next up: “Ike: An American Hero” by Michael Korda

49 posted on 01/08/2008 8:20:06 AM PST by riverdawg
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50 posted on 01/08/2008 8:20:46 AM PST by evets (beer)
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