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post #31 of 85

 Pete,

 

I had read the " Good Earth " by Pearl S. Buck  and fell in love with her style of writing. I have since bought 6 more of her books and I am now reading " Imperial Woman ".

Much of her writings describe the intricate lives of the people of China, from the hard working rice farmer to the Emperor.

 

Thanks

 

 

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post #32 of 85

I got the Barnes & Noble e-reader  "Nook" just before Christmas this past year,  and I'm loving it! 

 

Right now I'm reading "Breakthrough" by Jon Queijo.  "How the 10 greatest discoveries in medicine saved millions and changed our view of the world. 

 

The March  selection for the book club I'm in is "Sacred Hearts".  It's a very interesting story. 

 

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post #33 of 85

The Cat Encyclopedia  and Hilton(story of Baron and //Conrad Hilton and families)

 

I read a book about cats every week as I love them. I study their behavior patterns. Each is unique.I get a kick out of watching the things they do.

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post #34 of 85

COMICS ..........

 

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"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

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"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

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post #35 of 85

Give me anything by Terry Pratchett and you have a happy woman.  "Mort"  would be my all time favourite, verrrry closely followed by "Going Postal".  All the "Disc World" books go down very well.  Currently (slowly) reading "Small Gods" - it really is hilarious.

 

I generally get to read them on planes/trains/buses etc.  Unfortunately for other passengers, I'll burst out laughing at intervals, and I'm sure they all think I'm quite mad. Ah well, no-one takes the seat next to me if they can avoid it.  I just can't help it - he is a great writer.  On a more sombre note, he has developed Alzeihemer's disease (reportedly) so we may not see much more from him.  It will be a shame, if what has been said is true, to lose such a great talent in the literary world.

 

 

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post #36 of 85

The entire works of sherlock holmes and the father brown mysteries. Both freebies with my new kindle. I've even found a Bernard cornwell that i didnt know existed. Thought id read them all

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post #37 of 85
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Bughut, I can't count the number of times I have read the entire Sherlock Holmes collection.  They're still great each time I re-read them!

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post #38 of 85

James Herriot.  I love the series All things great and small! I have read them so many times and they still make me laugh out loud!

post #39 of 85

Haven't really read much fiction lately. Over the past 18 months or so, I've been reading a lot of personal growth/development books. I do a lot of audiobooks as well, as sometimes it's hard to find the time to sit down and read.

Curretnly, working on Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by max Lucado, Titan: The Life of John D Rockefellar by Ron Chernow, and Aesop's Fables. Recently finished Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kyosaki and The Greatest Coach Ever:Timeless Wisdom and Insights of John Wooden. 

post #40 of 85
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I'm now onto "Dune."  Read it once, 20+ years ago so it was time for a re-read.

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post #41 of 85

I am reading the last of Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, The Painted Caves.  I still can't believe that I have been reading this series for the past 30 years.  I have all six books and each time that a new book comes out, I re-read them all again from the beginning in anticipation of the next installment.  Now the run is over and I have to find a new favorite author (besides Diana Gabaldon writing about Jamie and Claire Fraser).

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post #42 of 85

reading kurt vonnegut's 'bluebeard' and if anyone asked me what its about, i can honestly say i don't really know, but its very funny, an easy read, and sometimes that's all i need!

joey

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post #43 of 85

I love Kurt Vonnegut!  I am pretty sure I have read all of his books.  For a light read I enjoy the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich... and yes like DC I end up bursting into laughter on the bus and people do look at me like I'm crazy too..

 

I just finished The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (also known as the infamous Dr House on the TV show House)  It was an incredible read!! 

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post #44 of 85
Anything John Grisham. I'm currently rereading The Innocent Man. It's a great book and it's Grisham's first piece of non-fiction.
post #45 of 85

Ok, so I have a new book that I can't wait to start,

Inside Of A Dog:What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

I'm taking this paperback to the Pool with me next week...

 

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post #46 of 85

had my eye on that book just last week...sounds interesting...please let me know how you're liking it when you get to the pool. where are you in az? i just finished working(cheffin) at a guest ranch in pearce, 90 miles s.e of tuscon, in the chiracahua mountains. actually the ranch is situated inside a dormant volcano..magical place....you should make a point of getting out there if you can. at 5400 ft. its a lot cooler than most places in az. in the summer....by the way, that vito is one handsome boy!

joey

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post #47 of 85

Heh Thanks Joey!

Went to the Pool today, but still haven’t finished my magazines that I picked up with the book.

I will post my thoughts once I get started…

Was it the GrapeVine Canyon Ranch or Sunglow that you were at?  Either one is beautiful and I read their food is pretty good too.

We are just outside of Oracle, Arizona.

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post #48 of 85

ok, so I'm about half way through inside of a dog and it's very involved, not just an easy read for the summer, but that's a good thing to keep the mind sharp, right?

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post #49 of 85

After reading of Madelyn Pugh's death (Head writer I Love Lucy et al) a few weeks back I got her autobiography. It was a great read. If you are a fan of Lucille Ball you'll enjoy this book. She lived to be 95!

Laughing with Lucy: My Life with America's Leading Lady of Comedy 

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post #50 of 85

the monkey wrench gang by edward abbey......controversial,funny, and soul waking and shaking...

joey

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post #51 of 85

It's not books I've been reading just recently, but I would like to recommend the maritime adventure stores by the late Patrick O'Brien.They are known as the Aubrey-Maturin series (after the main characters), and if you like swashbuckers which are meticulously researched, you should give them a try.

 

You need to read them in order, as they are pretty much sequential.

 

http://orik.com/books/patrickobrien.htm

 

I've just finished Ernie's America, a selection of Ernie Pyle.s columns for the Scripps-Howard newspapers recounting his travels throughout the United States during the Great Depression. He was a gifted and sensitive reporter.

 

After the Depression, he was reassigned as a war correspondent during WW II.  After reporting from Europe, he went to the Pacific... and ws killed during the invasion of Iwo Jima. I had followed his columns every day in his Washington paper, and was devastated at his death..

 

Mike

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post #52 of 85

I'm big on crime fiction.

Just finished a book by Jon Kellerman. Working through another by Tony Hillerman. Also on the stack is the Southern Cross series by Patricia Cornwall.

 

I'm looking for book versions of Val McDermid's stuff. I really liked the BBC tv adaption "Wire In the Blood" of her novels.

 

I think I'm going to get that Ernie Pyle book for my dad this father's day.

post #53 of 85

Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"

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post #54 of 85
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Sun Tzu, "The Art of War"



Dude, if you like that you should get a copy of the 36 Stratagems. The illustrated editions are pretty cool.

 

The Prince too.

post #55 of 85
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MikeLM, I have never "read" any of the Patrick O'brien books but have listened to most of them on "Books on CD" (I have a decent commute to work and they help pass the time while I'm driving).  I finished "Dune" a few weeks back and am now starting on "Moby Dick."  I somehow escaped having to read it in school, but I love sea adventures, and thought that I really should read it.

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post #56 of 85

Gods, Ghosts, and Gangsters: Ritual Violence, Martial Arts, and Masculinity on the Margins of Chinese Society by Avron Boretz

post #57 of 85

Fiction: "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintainence"

 

Non-Fiction:  "The Anarchist's toolchest".  Despite the title, the book is about woodworking.  The author considers himself an anarchist because he takes pleasure in making furniture by hand, designed to last for at least several generations, and really starts to preach agaist consumerism, especially for goods that are designed to be thrown away.  I find a few paralells in that book and in what I do... 

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post #58 of 85

I have always wanted to finish reading some of the Russian classics on my shelf. Finally finishing Crime and Punishment; War and Peace is next. Then, The Idiot or Anna Karenina.

When I'm in the mood for lighter fare, I generally resort to some Elmore Leonard novels I haven't read yet.

post #59 of 85

Miss Parloa's New Cook Book : Kindle version

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post #60 of 85

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

 

so  good, so far. 

 

I have such a short attention span, the book has to really grip me for me to keep reading it. Hence why I abandoned She's Come Undone after a few pages. 

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