What are you reading?

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    Jan 19, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    Just thought it might be interesting to see what people were reading: Something New? Classics? A Novel? A Torid Romance? A Biography?

    GANG LEADER FOR A DAY by Sudhir Venkatesh

    The story of a Sociology student who went 'undercover' into the 'Black Kings' gang of Chicagos Robert Taylor Homes for research during the 1990's.

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    TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES by Keith Olbermann

    Sort of a collection of his commentaries on the Bush Administration.
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    Jan 19, 2008 4:48 AM GMT
    I just finished reading "Extreme Muscle Enhancement" by Carlon M Colker, Md. I knew alot of what was in the book already but hes a guy that got into bodybuilding, powerlifting and then became a doctor. So I appreciate his point of view, tell it like it is, attitude.

  • Artesin

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    Jan 19, 2008 6:18 AM GMT
    Right now Im reading books on the stock market, the various occults and religions, mangas, philosophy, fitness and fiction. I have a very eclectic variety obviously : P .

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    Fiction- shannara/merlin series
    Manga- gravitation, fake
    Religion- Necronomicon, druidism (not sure of authors)
    Stock market- lol like 100 of em
    Philosophy- the Buddha in your mirror
    Fitness- abs diet
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    Jan 19, 2008 1:36 PM GMT
    I just finished Ad Infinitum, a biography of Latin.

    Now I am reading Mirror of the World: A New History of Art, by Julian Bell and published by Thames and Hudson. I love Thames and Hudson books, which is why I bought this book...which is an effing tome! ... icon_eek.gif
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jan 19, 2008 2:26 PM GMT
    In the classics department, I'm reading Tess of the d'Urbevilles. Along children's lines, I just finished The Lightning Thief, and will be starting The Sea of Monsters as soon as it comes in to the library. And I'm reading a huge stack of papers about horizontal gene exchange and ribosomal functions for my upcoming quals.
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    Jan 19, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    Right now I'm reading Horace Gregory's translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses; an epic poem of Greek and Roman myths. Those Olympian gods sure were a randy, rowdy lot. When they weren't screwing men and women, they were transforming them into laurel trees, spiders, or white cows.

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    Jan 19, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I like political thrillers. Vince Flynn has written about 7 or 8 books and covers the lives of the same series of characters. In the book I am reading now, Transfer of Power, terrorists have taken over the White House (and it sounds very plausible).
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    Jan 19, 2008 2:55 PM GMT
    I am reading "Dhalgren" by Samuel Delaney.
    Interesting story. Not like any other you'll read.
    Graphic, odd, well-written post-apocalyptic themes with a gay twist.
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    Jan 19, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    Currently reading 'The Famished Road' by Ben Okri, dream like, magical and beautifullly written.
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    Jan 19, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    I'm reading The Abs Diet and as always trying to read Rumi and Hafiz every day.
  • buffyogi

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    Jan 19, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    "In Search of Lost Time" Marcel Proust, currently on the "Sodom and Gomorrah" volume, no. 4 I believe (in English, new Penguin translation).

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    "Rabbit Angstrom," John Updike's 'Rabbit' tetralogy. On third book of that, "Rabbit is Rich."

    Have been drawn to long books recently, great undertakings, not sure why...
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    Jan 19, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    I'm reading my latest issue of Foreign Affairs, as always, but I'm actually for once also reading a light fiction book, which is rare for me.

    I'm reading Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. It's pretty damned amusing.

    I'll be getting back to reading Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra as soon as I can figure out where I put it. icon_confused.gif

  • Jan 19, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    I always try to alternate my reading between one non-fiction and one fiction book. Right now the non-fiction book I am reading is Lou Dobbs' INDEPENDENTS DAY: AWAKENING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. The fiction book I am reading is BLUE HEAVEN, a mystery novel by C.J. Box.
  • TXShooter02

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    Jan 19, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    I have a hard time reading consistently so it takes me a while longer than most readers to get through a book. But when I do take the time to read, I figure I'm going to learn something so I pretty much only read non-fiction. I leave my fictional stories for watching movies.

    I just finished reading Alan Greenspan's book, "Age of Turbulence". Very economic intensive and pretty nerdy, but I enjoyed it.
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:47 PM GMT
    Re-reading Different Seasons by Stephen King. It's always been one of my favorites.
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:49 PM GMT
    The journals of Tennessee Williams. An interesting bloke, as it happens
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    Jan 19, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    Hmm, well I love reading and tend to get inot multiple books all at once (maybe the A.D.D. at work there lol)

    Fitness: "The U.S. Navy Seal Guide to Fitness and Nutrition"

    Leisure reading:
    -Dante's "Inferno"
    -R.A.Salvatore's "Highwayman"
    -C. J. Cherryh's "The Faded Sun Trilogy" (all in one book).

    I also love reading Calvin and Hobbes comics in the big collection books I have lol.
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    Jan 20, 2008 9:36 AM GMT
    ok over break i read....His dark Materials by phillip pullman and Amazing Grace...it was about the english slavery abolition
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    Jan 20, 2008 9:52 AM GMT
    Some good books I've read recently are An Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, both by Michael Pollan; The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson, and also his biography of William Shakespeare; The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

    Currently reading The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare; Northwest Exposures: A Geologic Story of the Northwest by David Alt and Donald W. Hyndman; Russell Bertrand's A History of Western Philosophy; A History of God by Karen Armstrong; Assignment in Eternity, which is a collection of short stories by Robert Heinlein.

  • HotCoach

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    Feb 07, 2008 3:11 PM GMT
    Reading "President Kennedy" by Richard Reeves. It's about first few weks of JFK's adm and how little he knew, like leaving Bay of Pigs to "slam dunk" guys at CIA. Explodes the "experience" myth out of the water.

    Go Obama!

    Bob
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    Feb 07, 2008 3:27 PM GMT
    Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch.

    I just started it, so the verdict is still out. I like it so far.
  • maximumrisk

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    Feb 07, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    I like Criminal Romans and Sci-fi stories and I am a total fan of Dan Brown. I am reading at the moment "Missing Link". Thats a great story about the evolution of men and the visitors from another planet that Changed life on Earth drasticly.
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    Feb 08, 2008 8:53 AM GMT
    Recently finished Robert Silverberg's Anthology The Reality Trip (for the third time!) and just started on Ursula K. LeGuin's Always Coming Home (for the third time too!)

    icon_exclaim.gif AAGH! I need to buy new books icon_exclaim.gif
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    Feb 08, 2008 9:20 AM GMT
    I'm almost done with Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov, and I just started The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan.
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    Feb 08, 2008 9:25 AM GMT
    currently? My emailsicon_lol.gif



    Felt like throwing in a britney classic... Hey!icon_eek.gif It's e-mail related.icon_lol.gif