What book are you currently reading?

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    Jul 19, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    I know we are all busy and into fitness...but it is also good to nourish and "exercise" the mind too.
    So..what book are you currently reading?

    For me, I'm currently reading Marcus Aurelius' MEDITATIONS



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    Jul 19, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    "How To Simplify Your Life"
    Seven Practical Steps To Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life
    by Tiki Kustenmacher

    ...yeah, like I would take someone named "Tiki" seriously. LOLLLLLLL!!!!
    To paraphrase Caslon5000's line, "Oh I crack me up... me too!"
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    Jul 19, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    "Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston.. And becoming more amazed (and pissed off) every other page. I really am getting over my naivete about government, corporations and how it affects us all.
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    Jul 19, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    LOL. Thought about not answering this one even though I love books and love the topic. Kind of embarrassed, I'm reading a guilty pleasure of mine. Fantasy (total geek I know) Storm Waring by Mercedes Lackey if its any consolation there are some gay characters in it.

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    Jul 19, 2008 4:49 PM GMT
    YAY for gay characters!

    ... aight i'm currently re-reading the marcos dynasty by sterling seagrave only cuz i got lost in some of its historical references and wanted to get it straight and while there are no gay characters in the book it does exploit imelda marcos sooo nicely icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 19, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    Usually into nonfiction (just ordered Halberstam's book of sports writing), but this summer has been all fiction: 'The Shadow Year' by Jeffrey Ford, 'Water for Elephants' (awesome), crime fiction by Carl Hiassen, David Baldacci, James Lee Burke.
  • imperator

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    Jul 19, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    The last few books I've read were: The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, Castration and Male Rage: The Phallic Wound (not about literal castration so much as primal masculine psychology, it's very Jungian) by Eugene Monick, Fear of Life by Alexander Lowen, Navigating Differences - Friendships Between Gay and Straight Men by Jammie Price, The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs, and How do You Know it's True? Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition by Hy Ruchlis; and I'm currently reading Not Always So - Practicing the True Spirit of Zen by Shunryu Suzuki, On Combat by Dave Grossman w/ Loren Christensen, The Stoic Life by Tad Brennan. And sorta sitting by the wayside after I started reading them and lost interest partway through are Cruise Control by Robert Weiss and Masculinities by R. W. Connell.

    I've been on kind of a spree lately, mostly working on figuring out my anger and my male issues, and learning to calm me inner raging bull. I find reading a couple different things at the same time a lot more interesting because if you're paying attention you can start finding connections between all kinds of different academic disciplines and one thing that was written with kind of a narrow focus can become informed by a new source totally out of left field. So the next books on the docket are The Analects translated by D. C. Lau, Plato's The Republic and Breaking the Spell - Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett.
  • olden

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    Jul 19, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    "CHARGE !, Great Cavalry Engagements of the Napoleonic Wars," by Dudley Smith. Well, you asked !!
  • Nautical

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    Jul 19, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    harry potter, yeah im a dork
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    Jul 19, 2008 5:50 PM GMT
    Just finished reading 'Death at Intervals' by Jose Saramago...it was really s***

    But now finishing a book by urban theorist Elizabeth Farelly, it's called 'Blubberland' - awesome!
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    Jul 19, 2008 6:08 PM GMT
    BusinessInsurance Journal's Guide to the 100 Largest Bank-Owned Insurance Brokerages.

    Well, you asked.

    zzzzzzz
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    Jul 19, 2008 6:35 PM GMT
    I tend to read several books at the same time...

    currently:

    Bones to Ashes - Kathy Reichs (series bones is based off her books)
    Harry Potter (Goblet of Fire)
    The Partner (John Grisham)
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    Jul 19, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    yomamali saidYAY for gay characters!

    ... aight i'm currently re-reading the marcos dynasty by sterling seagrave only cuz i got lost in some of its historical references and wanted to get it straight and while there are no gay characters in the book it does exploit imelda marcos sooo nicely icon_smile.gif


    LOL I read that book back in high school. It was interesting, because my parents are staunch Marcos supporters (while I wasn't).

    I thought it was a bunch of conspiracy theory hogwash though.
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    Jul 19, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    Three at the same time:

    STARFLEET ACADEMY: COLLISION COURSE by William Shatner

    THE COMPLETE MAKING OF INDIANA JONES

    A FEW MINUTES PAST MIDNIGHT - A Toby Peters Mystery by Stuart M. Kaminsky
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    Jul 19, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    I am currently reading "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham.
    Seen the movie, and loved it beyond words. The book seems to be different, but great in its own way. Highly recommend it.
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    Jul 19, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    crinjax said"Free Lunch" by David Cay Johnston.. And becoming more amazed (and pissed off) every other page. I really am getting over my naivete about government, corporations and how it affects us all.


    That's a very interesting book Crinjax. Yes it is an eye opener for sure....or maybe more accurately..and eyebrow raiser ! icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 19, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    Calculus of a Single Varable, 8th Ed. - Larson
    Thomas' Calculus, Part 1 - Thomas
    Economics, 7th Ed. - Boyes

    .... oh wait - you wanted leasure literature... not academic textbooks
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    Jul 19, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
    clive cussler
    any of them i can get my hands on
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    Jul 19, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    robaroma saidJust finished Middlesex—really fine book.


    Wow, yeah, Middlesex was great, what a pleasurable read.

    Presently I am reading at home, Isabella and the Strange Death of Edward II by Paul Doherty. I like history and Edward was a Bi guy plus he had a lot of mystery surrounding his death.

    For the beach, I always read something very light because there are so many great looking passers-by. So Pyramid by Tom Martin is nearly captivating me.
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    Jul 19, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    Just finished reading through Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series for the... I don't even know how many times I've read them. I've already done my annual "Lord of the Rings" read, so I may have to go grab some new books.

    I might look into that "Storm Waring" arielanatole was talking about.
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    Jul 19, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    I just finished Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and now I'm reading some architectural books...

    Great Avenues is an excellent book about the planning of Washington DC.
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    Jul 19, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    Prince Of Frogtown by Rick Bragg. Excellent!
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    Jul 19, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    I just finished For Whom the Bell Tolls, it rocked my world.
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    Jul 19, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" - It's inspired me.
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    Jul 20, 2008 12:20 AM GMT
    Yesterday, I purchased Unspeakable by Michael Christopher. I'm more of a non-fiction/technical reader, but the plot parallels one of my life experiences. As youngsters, two boys were molested on separate occasions by the same man. As adults, they impose a sense of justice on the man and things go afoul. I look forward to discovering if their justice is one that I would have liked to have issued had the opportunity come my way.