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What are you reading these days?

Asked by Espiritus_Corvus (17216points) March 22nd, 2014

Which book or books? Tells us about it. Is there any special reason why you’re reading this book or this author?

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CWOTUS's avatar

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson (just finished)
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Slater (reading in fits and starts)
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, by Walter Isaacson (at lunch on weekdays)
Swamplandia! (just started, don’t have the author’s name)
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson (to start soon for next month’s book club)

NanoNano's avatar

Currently going through “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, “Write Your Novel in a Month” by Jeff Gerke, “Our Last Invention” by James Barrat, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “Inside the Real Area 51” by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt, “The Art of the Surrealists” by Edmond Swinglehurst, and “Steampunk” by Brian J. Robb.

NanoNano's avatar

(I’m also rereading all of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time novels. Currently on book four, “The Shadow Rising”)

janbb's avatar

@CWOTUS No time to respond at length right now but I love almost all of Kate Atkinson and Life After Life is very compelling. She has a wonderful, quirky mind. The Jackson Brodie series that starts with Case Histories is particularly good, as is Human Croquet.

(Now must walk Frodo.).

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Pachy's avatar

Currently, The We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. Next, The Story of the Jews by Simon Schama.

janbb's avatar

Back now. Currently rereading Barchester Towers – one of my favorite 19th century Brit novels. Recently read The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuke which was excellent, The Last Ruanaway by Tracy Chavalier, – also good and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd which was also excellent. Coincidentally enough, the last two were about abolitionism and the Underground Railway. Just finished The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Berserker's avatar

Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Collection of short stories by Stephen King.

longgone's avatar

* General Ignorance, a book about the TV series “QI” – filled with facts and stories, so much fun to read.

* The Hundred-Year-Old who climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – Well written, though the plot is a little too convoluted for my taste.

* In the Fifth at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton…I’ll admit it. Due to an ankle injury, I’m forced to stay off my feet for ten days. Childhood books help to cheer me up.

Strauss's avatar

Thom Hartmann: “Unequal Protection—The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights”

Wilson Alexandre: “Seven Universal Laws of Success”

Suzanne Collins: “Mockingjay” (3rd in “Hunger Games” trilogy). I started reading the trilogy for a sort of “book club” type discussion with my daughter, and we have progressed through the three books.

stanleybmanly's avatar

One of the things I’m reading is a book of children’s stories, read to us by by my dad when we were little kids. I went looking for the collection on line and couldn’t believe it when I found them. My dad for some reason took great delight in reading us stories about “naughty” characters. And I’m pleasantly surprised that the stories still are as funny as I remembered. If you want some fun, take a look.

http://www.archive.org/stream/livelycityoliggc00burg#page/n0/mode/2up

ucme's avatar

I’m currently reading the calendar, these days are just flying by until the wife’s birthday.

Winter_Pariah's avatar

Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and Introduction to Logic (that’s for school).

Mimishu1995's avatar

Textbooks :’(

I’m going to take a test soon :(

Blackberry's avatar

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I wanted a look into a part of the culture.

talljasperman's avatar

Fluther is mostly what I read anymore. I still watch TV news.

tedibear's avatar

Just finished, “Keep Your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige,” by Kathleen Gilles Seidel, and a biography of Maeve Binchy. (Author is Piers somebody-I’m-too-lazy-to-go-look.)

Currently reading “Hollow City,” which is the sequel to “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.”

dxs's avatar

If it’s not textbooks, I just go to the library and read random books in the non-fiction section. You can find me pretty much anywhere except the 000s and rarely the 800s. On my last visit, I was in the 600s reading some stuff about phobias and then about autism.

Strauss's avatar

“Sacred Geometry—Declaring the Code by Stephen Skinner.

talljasperman's avatar

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing… is the last book I read from cover to cover.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

This string has been continued here where I can catch up with new posts. This is an old question from March and all our readings have moved on, I think. Please feel free to expound on your present reads and , if the response isn’t too overwhelming, I’ll try to respond and hopefully generate interesting and meandering discussion—like the Fluther of not so long ago.

dxs's avatar

I swear this showed up on my Questions for You for some reason…

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@dxs It’s weird. I post this question now and then to see what everyone is currently reading, but this time the March version showed up as a new question on the board. I didn’t know that, as OP, you could revive a question like that. If this isn’t a fluke, it could be very useful, very helpful in reviving interesting old questions with the many, many Flutherites who’ve joined in the past few years

janbb's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus don’t know how that happened either.

dxs's avatar

How did that happen? Did you mess with something?

NomoreY_A's avatar

“The Travels of Marco Polo”. I’m a history buff. And he does weave an interesting tale. Some people even think he may have journeyed as far as the West Coast of North America, in the service of Kublai Khan.

dxs's avatar

I just read “A Mathematician’s Lament” by Paul Lockhart and now I’m reading the sequel, “Measurement.” I definitely recommend the former.
I’m also reading about Summerhill school by A. S. Neill.

longgone's avatar

I just started reading “How To Be Happy Through Married” which dates from 1887 and is fascinating.

Like @dxs, I’m also reading about Summerhill (again).

stanleybmanly's avatar

Back issues of the New Yorker, Atlantic & Scientific American.

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