What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by shell921 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:47 pm

I am always reading multiple titles-at same time. Here are 2 I am reading currently:

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Aging Backwards: Updated and Revised Edition: Reverse the Aging Process and Look 10 Years Younger in 30 Minutes a Day
by Miranda Esmonde-White
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American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Halicar » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:14 pm

The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays Vol. I Essays and Reviews from my new favorite website https://publicdomainreview.org/. The opening chapter, a review of the 1906 book The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals, gives a good sense of the sorts of curiosities and obscurities featured there.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FreeAtLast » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:24 pm

"The Battle Of The Wilderness", by Gordon C. Rhea (Louisiana State University Press 1994).

In June 2018, I traveled to Virginia and visited 4 Civil War battlefields in 4 days: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. No matter how much you prepare yourself by studying the specifics of each battle beforehand, more questions about them will pop into your head after you have finished with your perambulations and consider what you have seen up close. I consider the troop movements in the Wilderness battle to be the most complicated to follow, with those of Chancellorsville a close second. Rhea's book has proven to be absolutely superb in clearing up any confusions I had concerning the clash between the armies of Lee and Grant in this godforsaken, 2nd growth forest during the first week of May 1864. If you are a CW history buff, it is a must read. Rhea has written several other books about Grant's Overland campaign; after so thoroughly enjoying this effort from him, I can't wait to get to them.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jumbopapa » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:34 pm

zeal wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:38 pm
By recommendation of If You Can, I'm reading Thomas Stanley and William Danko's The Millionaire Next Door. About 30 pages in, can't put it down. If you haven't read If You Can, then do so--it's only a few pages.

After starting this book, I plan to follow all of the If You Can book recommendations...
Thank you for linking that! Looks very promising.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:10 pm

Squirm, by Carl Hiaasen.

A 14year old Florida boy who likes snakes in particular and wild animals in general, connects with his long-absent father, and . . . . (I don't want to spoil the book for anyone).

I recommend this book.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Dave55 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:46 pm

"The New Iberia Blues", the newest Dave Robicheaux book by James Lee Burke. Like all of the books in the Dave Robicheaux series, a page turner and totally enjoyable.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by knpstr » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:46 pm

bertilak wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:21 pm
jdb wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Started to reread The Iliad. Forgot how violent it is, even though epic poem. Remembered last one I read was translation by Samuel Butler. Remembered how great his novel was. Ended up re reading The Way Of All Flesh, one of my all time favorites. And only reason I got book was cause found a leather bound old Easton Press edition with illustrations and good sized font in my favorite Chicago used book store last year. Highly recommend especially if find leather bound edition in used book store. Still am looking at The Iliad.
What translation of the Iliad on 2nd read? The Iliad is a tough read and a good translation can make the difference between getting through it or not! And yes, it is a gore fest.

I think the Odyssey is more accessible because the stories are more interesting and there are some good lines in it. Zeus to his daughter Athena after she makes a suggestion Zeus disagrees with:
  • My child, what nonsense you let slip through your teeth.
    -- Odyssey, Book 1, Fagles translation
Do you have children? :happy

I also appreciate a well-made book, especially one I'm going to be with for a while.
I actually just finished the Iliad (Caroline Alexander transation) today! Now I am onto the Odyssey (Emily Wilson translation).
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by quantAndHold » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:00 pm

knpstr wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:46 pm
I actually just finished the Iliad (Caroline Alexander transation) today! Now I am onto the Odyssey (Emily Wilson translation).
I went back and forth between the Emily Wilson translation and the Fagles translation. I like those two the best, but I was never sure which one I liked better.

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Post by hdas » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:52 pm

The Quest
Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World
By Daniel Yergin
"whenever there is a randomized way of doing something, then there is a nonrandomized way that delivers better performance but requires more thought" ET Jaynes

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by jdb » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:32 pm

My reading has been hijacked by the WSJ of all things. Started to reread one of my favorite novels, Les Miserables. Got through the first hundred pages. But then read in Wall Street Journal this weekend an opinion piece about the great writing by Cicero entitled “”Cato The Elder: On Old Age”. And of course I happened to have a old leather bound Folio Society edition of Cicero entitled “On The Good Life” which I had never read and which included the Old Age writing. Long story short, loved the essay, so much so that have put aside Les Mis to read Cicero. Jean Valjean and Cosette and Inspector Javert will have to wait their turn. They can blame the WSJ.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Tycoon » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:46 pm

The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems by Martin Gardner
Be still, sad heart! and cease repining; | Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; | Thy fate is the common fate of all, | Into each life some rain must fall, | Some days must be dark and dreary. | Longfellow

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Finridge » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:47 pm

Calli114 wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:10 am
DanMahowny wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:32 am
I just finished The Obesity Code.

Fantastic book. Highly recommended.

Great thread here. I use it to build my reading list. Well done everyone.
I also recently finished The Obesity Code. Makes a lot of sense. Too bad at the moment my fridge is the fullest it gets, so fasting will have to wait for 2019 I guess. There have been some days I'll eat in a 6-8 hour window.

Just started reading Why We Sleep, which seems to be highly regarded.
I hadn't heard of "Why We Sleep" until your post introduced me to it--I got the book. I'm not finished yet, but it has already improved the quality of my life. Recommended.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Halicar » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:48 pm

jdb wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:32 pm
My reading has been hijacked by the WSJ of all things. Started to reread one of my favorite novels, Les Miserables. Got through the first hundred pages. But then read in Wall Street Journal this weekend an opinion piece about the great writing by Cicero entitled “”Cato The Elder: On Old Age”. And of course I happened to have a old leather bound Folio Society edition of Cicero entitled “On The Good Life” which I had never read and which included the Old Age writing. Long story short, loved the essay, so much so that have put aside Les Mis to read Cicero. Jean Valjean and Cosette and Inspector Javert will have to wait their turn. They can blame the WSJ.
If anyone's interested, a translation of this was recently published by Princeton as "How to Grow Old"--part of the "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers" series--books by Epictetus, Cicero, the other Cicero, and Seneca in nice little bilingual volumes. There are about eight so far, with a couple more coming out next month.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Calli114 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:17 am

Finridge wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:47 pm
Calli114 wrote:
Tue Dec 25, 2018 12:10 am
DanMahowny wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:32 am
I just finished The Obesity Code.

Fantastic book. Highly recommended.

Great thread here. I use it to build my reading list. Well done everyone.
I also recently finished The Obesity Code. Makes a lot of sense. Too bad at the moment my fridge is the fullest it gets, so fasting will have to wait for 2019 I guess. There have been some days I'll eat in a 6-8 hour window.

Just started reading Why We Sleep, which seems to be highly regarded.

I hadn't heard of "Why We Sleep" until your post introduced me to it--I got the book. I'm not finished yet, but it has already improved the quality of my life. Recommended.

I have also not finished "Why We Sleep," but the part about fish sleeping with only half of their brain at a time was fascinating. Also, I think many people don't understand that you absolutely cannot "catch up" on a sleep deficit. I would say it's like skipping a toll on a turnpike - it is fruitless to pay double at the next toll booth; the deed has been done.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by SagaciousTraveler » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:36 am

Look for any recommendations for authors that are similar to Robin Sloan.

I like the whole modern day (technology) meets science fiction.

Thanks.

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Post by Small Law Survivor » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:05 am

Just read The Quiet American by Graham Greene - highly recommend.

Partly into Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Very good so far.

Working my way through Herzog by Saul Bellow - not an easy read, so taking my time there

The Aspern Papers, by Henry James - very good

Educated, Tara Westover - very good

How Music Got Free, by Stephen Witt - excellent if you enjoy this topic (copyright law, music industry)
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Halicar » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:41 pm

SagaciousTraveler wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:36 am
Look for any recommendations for authors that are similar to Robin Sloan.

I like the whole modern day (technology) meets science fiction.

Thanks.
You may like James Rollins. He has a pretty specific formula he follows: historical mystery meets bleeding-edge scientific theory meets action thriller. He usually includes an epilogue to his books explaining which elements in the novel are factual. I'd recommend Map of Bones if you want to check him out.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by SagaciousTraveler » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:47 pm

Halicar wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:41 pm
SagaciousTraveler wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:36 am
Look for any recommendations for authors that are similar to Robin Sloan.

I like the whole modern day (technology) meets science fiction.

Thanks.
You may like James Rollins. He has a pretty specific formula he follows: historical mystery meets bleeding-edge scientific theory meets action thriller. He usually includes an epilogue to his books explaining which elements in the novel are factual. I'd recommend Map of Bones if you want to check him out.
Thank you. I'm going to check out Sandstorm which according to Goodreads is the first book of the Sigma Force series (Map of Bones is #2).

I don't know if anyone uses Goodreads but I use it for researching and to collect/organize every book I've read.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by lthenderson » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:12 pm

Just finished "In Our Image: America's Empire In the Philippines" by Stanley Karnow. Since I frequently visit the Philippines, I thought it good to learn more about their history and I did learn a lot. Unexpectedly, I also learned a lot about America as well. It was a long book but just the thing for the 20+ hours of flying each way.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Nicolas » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:24 pm

jdb wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:32 pm
My reading has been hijacked by the WSJ of all things. Started to reread one of my favorite novels, Les Miserables. Got through the first hundred pages. But then read in Wall Street Journal this weekend an opinion piece about the great writing by Cicero entitled “”Cato The Elder: On Old Age”. And of course I happened to have a old leather bound Folio Society edition of Cicero entitled “On The Good Life” which I had never read and which included the Old Age writing. Long story short, loved the essay, so much so that have put aside Les Mis to read Cicero. Jean Valjean and Cosette and Inspector Javert will have to wait their turn. They can blame the WSJ.
I saw the same article which got me hunting on Google Books for a free copy. I found one, but it was in Latin. So that got me thinking maybe I should learn Latin first in order to read it in the original, following J. Robt. Oppenheimer’s example. If there was a book in a foreign language he was interested in he would first learn the language, then read the book. He studied Sanscrit, for example, before reading the Bhagavad Gita. The problem with this is I’m not as intelligent as was J. Robt. Oppenheimer. I then found it in English on Google Books.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by ruralavalon » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:11 pm

Blackwater Sound, by James W. Hall.

A loner from Key Largo out fishing on Blackwater Sound observes an airliner crash, rescues some survivors, and pursues those responsible.
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Stoic9 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:04 am

Educated by Tara Westover, I'm a consistent reader and this is the best book I've read in 3-5 years maybe more.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by XtremeSki2001 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:40 am

Just finished Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Now reading You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith
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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by Smk18 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:28 am

A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G .Malkiel.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by FireHorse » Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:40 am

"The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman.
It is about how information technology changing the way we do business, from India to London to Las Angles to Beijing no longer a 24 hour red eye required but you can connect anywhere online in your bedroom to execute the business.
Around year 2000ish time, we heard a lot of Corporations Outsourcing and offshoring their business abroad, and left American workers jobless...etc, these were part of the "flat world".

I am still reading it, midway through. I am anxious to read what the author has to say about while the technology and AI enriched corporate America as well as the third countries yet they have left middle level American workers behind. These are the exact problem caused our country's chaos today.

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Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Post by carolinaman » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:17 am

FireHorse wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:40 am
"The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman.
It is about how information technology changing the way we do business, from India to London to Las Angles to Beijing no longer a 24 hour red eye required but you can connect anywhere online in your bedroom to execute the business.
Around year 2000ish time, we heard a lot of Corporations Outsourcing and offshoring their business abroad, and left American workers jobless...etc, these were part of the "flat world".

I am still reading it, midway through. I am anxious to read what the author has to say about while the technology and AI enriched corporate America as well as the third countries yet they have left middle level American workers behind. These are the exact problem caused our country's chaos today.
This is a very interesting book. It was especially so when it first came out because so much of what he was describing was just beginning to happen on a large scale. I was the IT Director for a large organization at that time and used examples from this book with my staff and customers. It should still be a good read.

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