Skip to comments.Free Republic Book Club: (1/16/07) What's on Your Reading List for 2007?
Posted on 01/16/2007 8:38:52 AM PST by Tanniker Smith
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This week's topic: What's on your Reading List for 2007?
Any "Must Reads" or "Hope to Get To's""?
There's nothing on my nightstand waiting to be next, but there's plenty in a box in the closet. I hope to pick up some more Sue Grafton books to continue from last year. And I might have to get out some of the recommendations from last week's thread!
New week, new topic, Ping.
It's simple to do, really. Open up Notepad (or the editor of your choice). Write down the name of the book that you are currently reading. Write any other notes that you might like. Now save the file as "BOOKS 2007" in My Documents or anyplace else where you'll remember where it is.
That's it. That's all there is to it. Told you it was simple.
On Deck - The Enemy at Home by Dinesh D'Souza
I guess I will try to get through Middlemarch again, but it's hard going. I can't figure out why it's supposed to be so good. So I'll try again and keep telling myself, 'This is a masterpiece! This is a masterpiece!'
Hey, what a co-incidence! I'm reading a book so dry that I'll be lucky to be through it by Middle March!
(Sorry, had to. It's been one of those days!)
Well, I need to do more Bible study than I did last year and they are some state rule manuals I need to wade thru. Someone recommended a series of time travel I'm going to check into also. What were they Frog? I'm too lazy to scroll thru back posts this morning:')
2) Michael Crichton, "Next."
3) Jeff Shaara, "The Rising Tide," a WW II novel.
4) "7 Seconds or Less," the story of the Phoenix Suns' 2005-2006 season.
I always liked his stuff.....like Plum Island......
The General's Daughter and many others.
The Bible: God's word.
I look forward to the last Harry Potter book. I am reading the second book in the Million Dollar Christian Mystery series "Don't Take Any Wooden Nichels' by Mindy Starns Clark.
Just read "The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis - a fascinating look inside the making of a football player in this modern world.
Also "Quo Vadis", the classic novel of Nero's Rome by Henryk Stenkiewicz.
"Don't Let Science get you down, Timothy" by our very own freepers, Alamo-girl and Betty Boop.
I've had "Thunderstruck" on my coffee table for months and haven't cracked it yet. It's by the same author of "The Devil in the White City", Eric Larson? Maybe? I don't remember and am too lazy to look it up. I loved DitWC, so I have high hopes for Thunderstruck.
1. Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights from the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice by James Lileks. Painfully funny like everything else by Lileks.
2. The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815.
I have too many others to count on my reading list after that. One of my vices is buying far more books than I honestly have a chance of reading unless I lose my job for a couple of years.
The other book I got from Santa was Hollywood Story by Joseph Wambaugh. I sailed through that one and it was very good, much like his earlier books.
From the other thread, I hope to read Erik Larson's latest about Marconi.
Thanks for this thread.
I listened to 'Wild Fire', and enjoyed it.
My grandson (15 yo) is re-reading 'America Alone' by Mark Steyn, and he enjoyed 'Godless' by Ann Coulter. He needs help in finding any info about 'Alas, Babylon' and the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Everything he has found on the net is a lefty site. He needs it for English class.
Not everything is a masterpiece for YOU. I have a 50 page rule on books (100 pages for really long books), and a half-hour rule on movies. If it's not working for me at that point, I bail.
Top Ten in no order to read for 2007:
-The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey- Candice Millard
-The General and the Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt for Pancho Villa: A True Story of Revolution & Revenge by Eileen Welsome
-Intervention at Archangel: Allied Intervention and Russian Counter-Revolution in North Russia, 1918-1920 by Leonid Ivan Strakhovsky
-Persepolis: The Archaeology of Parsa, Seat of the Persian Kings by Donald Newton Wilber
-British Intelligence and the Arab Revolt: The First Modern Intelligence War (Studies in Intelligence) by Paula Mohs
-The Business of Empire: The East India Company and Imperial Britain, 1756-1833 by H. V. Bowen
-The Bonus Army : An American Epic by Paul Dickson, Thomas B. Allen
-Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church by Thomas, S.J. Reese
-The Italian Boy: A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London by Sarah Wise
-A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable by John Steele Gordon
I have Michael Crichton's "Next" in line to read, and am also looking forward to the next and final HP book. I plan to purchase "The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister" as well.
I am also re-reading one of my all-time favorite authors, Mary Stewart. I just finished re-reading "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills", and have a re-release of "The Gabriel Hounds" awaiting savoring. (That last has to have one of THE BEST opening book lines of all time, or at least one of my favorites: "I met him on a street called Straight.")