What are you reading?

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  1. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    2014 reading list thus far:

    I started out thinking positive for the year. I had all these internet meme images that had fantastic quotes and I ended up requesting several books from the library: Conversations With Myself and The Essential Marcus Aurelius. Conversations had too much South African history for me to pull anything new out of it. It's re-published letters that Nelson Mandela wrote while in prison. The references, which seemed to be on every page, left me feeling lost and I never got into the book. Aurelius isn't written in paragraph form and I never connected with it, either. Both went back to the library unfinished.

    The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft exceeded my expectations. I got it on a whim, a book that I searched for while my company at the library was still using the computer. I didn't pick it up until I was looking for an easy read to lull me to asleep after a bad case of insomnia. It had the opposite effect. I stayed up for 2 hours reading it. The characters are beautifully drawn, the inner monologue of the main character just spoke to me in ways few fiction books do. I read the rest of the novel within 10 days. What a wonderful gift to start out the year.

    My next book to pick up was Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Very well-written, but I had an itch to re-read Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. I got into it instead of Mansfield Park and I decided to part with it until I had more time to read it.

    Since I seem to be going through a philosophy-with-a-scientific-bent phase, I have recently started Nature Via Nurture by Matt Ridley. I find it a very interesting read about the competing projects to map the human genome and the startling discoveries that came from the last, great scientific achievement.

    So that's my story so far this year. I haven't been as focused on reading as I usually am, but I have enjoyed myself.
     
  2. Random_Spock

    Random_Spock Commodore Commodore

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    Just got done reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Really liked it, it was one of his better books as of late, imo. Drew me in from the first page and didn't let me go. Working on reading the rest of the prequel, The Shining now.
     
  3. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    This is my reading list for the year: I hope to get it all done and I will keep you updated. Bolians are my rating for the book (out of 5 Bolians)

    1. The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft (Read as of February 1, 2014) :bolian: :bolian: :bolian: :bolian: :bolian:--The book tells the story of Penelope Sparrow, a modern dancer that falls 14 stories off her apartment balcony and who's fall is broken by a parked car. She survives, but spends most of the rest of the book unable to dance. Movement expresses her emotions. The dance world has been her dream and her nightmare. Born with wide hips (for a dancer), she never felt quite good enough and was often taken out of programs because her 'Exotic' body was distracting to an audience. The book touches on fulfillment, body image, mental health, love and loss, and does so in a lyrical prose that connected me to the main character and the relationships she forms. It has a happy ending, but that is all I will say about it. The Art of Falling has become one of my favorite books and it is slated to be purchased when I get my next check (I prefer paper books).

    2. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham (Currently on 198 of 712 in my re-read)

    3. Nature via Nurture by Matt Ridley (currently on 32 of 280).

    4. Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent

    5. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

    6. The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World by Greg Grandin

    7. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

    8. The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and A Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith

    9. Atonement by Ian McEwan

    10. The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman

    11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    12. The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy by Bill Simmons


    Alternates:
    1. Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books by Wendy Lesser

    2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

    3. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.

    4. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

    Anyone who wants to do this, feel free to post a list. It can be 2 books, it could be 50.
     
  4. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ^ Wow. I don't usually plan that far ahead.

    Just finished Laura Lippman's newest, After I'm Gone. Excellent, as usual.
     
  5. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    i can't plan a reading list at all. i try but it never works. i always get distracted by new books. its why my 'to read' pile is so outta control.
     
  6. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Same here. My life is a study in chaos. My To-Read Pile probably exceeds my remaining lifetime.
     
  7. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    No doubt. The to-read list is long for me as well. This is the first time I have ever done a list like this, as a challenge and to keep me focused throughout the year. There are always enough books to read. I actually found it fun looking forward to all the books I would be reading.
     
  8. SPCTRE

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    Dean Takahashi's The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft's Next-Generation Video Game Console

    Lengthy title, great read - a lot of industry inside baseball.
     
  9. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

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    I just picked up The Feminine Mystique today. Since I may not talk for a while, might as well read something new to me, right?
     
  10. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Premium Member

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    Just finished reading Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (e-book). A mystery set in Iceland. A luxury yacht on autopilot arrives at the dock in Reykjavik with no-one aboard. Where are the 7 people who were aboard it when it left Portugal a few days before? 4/5.

    Just started The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King (e-book). An Sherlock Holmes pastiche.

    My dead tree read at the moment is Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity by Karen Nakamura.

    My audio book 'read' is 100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson. It is a children's fantasy book.
     
  11. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    I have finished Anathem by Neal Stephenson. It was quite a journey, but definitely high-grade Hard SF. Not just an amazing exercise in world-building, somewhat like a cross between The Hobbit and Psychohistorical Crisis, but also a great cast of characters engaging in (literal) dialogues about science, philosophy, the philosophy of science, and the science of philosophy. Let me tell you, metaphysics is more than just intellectual finger-painting in this book. Highly recommended.

    Next on my list was Fate of Worlds by Larry Niven-- but a draft of Sabrina Zbasnik's new novel as fallen into my hands, so I've started in on that.

    I usually have an idea of the next two or three books I want to read, but it seldom works out-- see above. :rommie:

    Why are you giving us the silent treatment? [​IMG]
     
  12. Owain Taggart

    Owain Taggart Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Glad you liked it! Anathem is among my favourites :)
     
  13. Starpaul20

    Starpaul20 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Decided to start re-reading the Harry Potter series. I can't remember when I last read The Sorcerer's Stone.
     
  14. C. Cole-Chakotay

    C. Cole-Chakotay Commodore Commodore

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    I plan on finishing up Struck by Jennifer Bosworth tonight and starting The Wind, The Road, and The Way by Jenny L. Cote tomorrow or Monday. :)
     
  15. Kira's Mom

    Kira's Mom Fleet Admiral Premium Member

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    Just finished Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant. I liked them, but they didn't grab me like the Hunger Games trilogy did. Will probably pass on the movies.
     
  16. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Thanks for recommending it. :bolian:
     
  17. Australis

    Australis Writer Admiral

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    Um. Username. :)
     
  18. HaventGotALife

    HaventGotALife Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    :lol:

    I just love to read, man. I love to read.
     
  19. Gil T.Azell

    Gil T.Azell Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Re reading
    Ghost Stories and Mysterious Creatures of British Columbia.
    [​IMG]

    Lots of local stuff in this one.
     
  20. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

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    Finished Catching Fire, now reading The Silent Stars Go By, an 11th Doctor novel by Dan Abnett.
     

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