Skip to comments.What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey
Posted on 10/01/2010 8:54:31 AM PDT by MplsSteve
Hi everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread.
As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read member of the cyber world. I like to find out what you're all reading.
Essentially, it can be anything. A timeless classic, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal, etc. In short, anything!
Please do not ruin this thread by posting something stupid like "I'm Reading Your Thread". It became really really unfunny a long time ago.
I'll start. I'm reading "Pendergast!" by Lawrence J Larsen and Nancy J Hulston. Written in 1997, it chronicles the life as well as the rise and fall of Tom Pendergast. In the 1920's and 30's, he was the undisputed boss of Kansas City. Nothing moved or happened in that city without his approval. He was responsible for the rise of Harry S Truman as well.
Pendergast was a contradiction in many terms. he was a family man but also contracted syphilis from a prostitute. He looked out for the downtrodden by getting them jobs and food and then skimmed money off the side (on public works projects) for his own use.
And last but not least, he was a life-long Democrat as well!
All in all, this is a good book and one I'd recommend strongly.
Well, what are you reading now?!
I’m reading Crimes Against Liberty by David Limbaugh
The First War of Physics: The Secret History of the Atomic Bomb, 1939-1949 [Hardcover]by im Baggott
EPowerment, Achieving Empowerment in the E World, Dr. Izzy Justice. And any of the American Girls’ books my daughter brings home from work. :-)
The Apostle - Brad Thor
Very apropos given the political climate today. Great author, thrilling reads.
just finished “the conservative intellectual movement in america” by george h. nash (poorly written, but informative),
and “crimes against liberty” by david limbaugh (no one would have heard of this guy if he wasn’t the brother of rush; it’s a digest of obama’s doings that most freepers could do.)
today, amazon delivers “the roots of obama’s rage” by dinesh souza, my next read.
If you haven’t read the Steven Hunter sniper books, you will love them.
Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson. It’s the basis for the HBO Series of the same name. Chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster.
Courgage and Consequence by Rove. Almost done.
The Laundry Series by Charles Stross: “The Atrocity Archives,” “The Jennifer Morgue,” and “The Fullerton Memorandum” by Charles Stross. Also short stores “On the Farm” and “Overtime.”
“Monster Hunter Vendetta” by Larry Correia
“Ragnarok” by Patrick A. Vanner
LOVE my Kindle!
Parrot and Olivier Come to America
Money by Martin Amis. I read two or thee at a time
“Frontier Regulars” by Robert M. Utley. I just visited Montana and Wyoming and wanted to learn more about the post-Civil War Indian Wars. Appears so far to be an even handed account of that period in our history.
Where Men Win Glory - Jon Krakauer
Historical Fiction on Cleopatra - can’t remember the authors name. Quite a good read so far
“We Band Of Angels, The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese” by Elizabeth M. Norman (paperback), and “Casino Royale” by Ian Fleming on my Nook ebook reader!
I’m on a Mark Twain kick, just finished Tom Sawyer, and now I’m half way through Huckleberry Finn. Both very enjoyable!
Studying for graduation this fall...
I’m on a kick, putting together a library on my thumb drive of books I’ve downloaded from the net. And then working my way through it.
Right now, reading Belloc, Europe and the Faith, and Von Mises, Planned Chaos (its a short one, almost a pamphlet). One at lunch, the other at coffee.
Just finished Everlasting Man (Chesterton), Money and Credit (Von Mises again), and French Revolution (Edmund Burke). Its the copyright thing. Everything I’m reading is at least 80 years old...
I’m reading “Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man who led the Band of Brothers” by Larry Alexander.
It’s a wonderful read. I’m planning on reading Major Winter’s book next, “Beyond the Band of Brothers”. I’m looking forward to that one.
Rereading this, actually. Read it a million years ago
“The Unconquerable General Daumesnil” by-Edward Ryan.
Just finished re-reading Cujo. Read it as a teenager over 20 years ago and after snobbishly turning my nose up at my hubby for suggesting streaming the movie on Netflix, couldn’t remember why I hated the movie so much so had to re-read the book. Now I remember why I hated the movie. The director wimped out.
I’m reading UNBOUND by Neil Lozano. “Unbound” teaches practical steps to free us from the blocks that get in our way of being more effective Christians and expands our understanding of how evil works. It seems very solid and balanced to me so far.
Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert Bork, and Surrender is Not an Option, by John Bolton.
Dead by Sunset by Ann Rule
Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy
By Gunnery Sgt. Jack Caughlin
Great read. I love all her books.
I've read it several times and get something new out of it each time. Perhaps I'm just a little slower on the uptake then most, but I would recommend going back a year or so from now and thumbing through it again :-) If you're like me, you'll find stuff that wasn't there your first time through.
It's the book CS Lewis credited for bringing him back to God.
The third volume of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
“War of the Rats” by David L Robbins.
Russian Ace Sniper Vassily Zaitsev v German Ace Sniper Heinz Thorvald at the Battle of Stalingrad. One Shot...One Kill.
After this, I wanna re-read “Absolute Power” by David Baldacci.
Man’s Search of Meaning - Viktor Frankl
Of Bees and Mist - Erick Setiawan
Beautiful Losers - Leonard Cohen
Book of Mercy - Leonard Cohen
The Black Swan - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I’m reading “Nullification” by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
It is a great book on the principles of the Constitutional government and how the States were designed to be the check on the federal government. If this concept were to ever catch on we could change our oppressive federal government over night. Pray for our republic.
Culture of Corruption: Michelle Malkin
Foundation: Isaac Asimov
Augustine’s Confessions, the Historian (novel), I Timothy (Bible), several biographies of composers (Bruckner) and musicians (John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong).
Also, sticking with the music phase, I have Terry Teachout’s book of essays. I strongly recommend anything/everything by Teachout. He is a political conservative; so you don’t have to feel like you are wading through a sewer to get some good commentary on the arts and music......
What is a lion?
Are there any fans of Christian Fantasy on the thread?
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
And last but not least, he was a life-long Democrat as well!”
Syphillis, manipulator of the poor through handouts...sounds like a perfect Democrat to me!
How is Larry’s book? He was the instructor of my CC class. I didn’t know he had published already.
i am re-reading The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking by James V. Schall...
I just finished the latest in the Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz.
It is a very nice re-imagining of the Frankenstein mythology.
I recommend it highly for Koontz fans or anyone else that enjoys well written fiction.
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