Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bookish..........but something MUCH better.....

Are you reading a really good book right now?  What is it?
I've been reading Lee Childs books for a few months now, one after the other.  I can't put them down.  Good diversion;  a relief from work and the cerebral books I'm reading for a particular class I attend.

What are YOU reading?

 I had to add this to today's post...please click HERE to Mustang's blog.  An amazing story of courage and humility...  And another story that proves to me that God HAS blessed this country in ways most of us can't really see.   Thanks for posting that, Mustang.  I hope that man gets a MILLION birthday cards.  He deserves it. 


Thersites said...

"Inferno" by Dan Brown. A quick/fun read.

Linda said...

I absolutely love the Lee Child books. He has another one out, and I'm sure the library will be calling soon!

This past month I've read One Second After, the story of what would happen during an EMP disaster. SCARY! I'm sure it could happen!

Now, I'm reading Eye of the Moloch by Glen Beck. It is a sequel to The Overton Window. I think he has some insight as to what is happening in our country today.

There are so many books out there, and so little time.

We are also in Job, again. We have the Bible on DVD, and he (whoever 'he' is), and we follow along. It is a great way, for us, to be faithful in reading the Word. This is the 3rd time through with the DVD.

Joe said...

In the past 7 days I have read "Duty, Honor, Country" by Bob Mayer, "Dr. NO" by Ian Flemming, and "The Pitcher" by William Hazelgrove.

Ed Bonderenka said...

"Dying out loud" by Shawn Smucker (with a name like Smucker..) about Stan Steward, a contemporary missionary to Turkey.
He made such an impact that Muslims were praying for his recovery when he was dying of cancer.

sue hanes said...

Z - I'm reading books that I have had for awhile but never read. Some books I am reading for the second time. One of the books I read again is My Grandfather's Son.
It's by Clarence Thomas. I remember you said that you had read it. Another one is Into the Wild. By Jon Krakauer. He also wrote Into Thin Air about the Mt.
Everest tragedy. He's a good author.

Duckys here said...

Alistair Horne - A Savage War of Peace

Definitive history of the Algerian War.
We see it now as a prologue.

Jen Nifer said...

"The Glass Bead Game" by Hermann Hesse. He is definitely one of my favorites.

Z said...

Jen, which Hesse book would you start with if you hadn't read any?

Linda, isn't Child GREAT!?
Yes, I think Beck has insight; that's why the lefties can't stomach's not their insight.

A group I'm in is starting Teresa of Avila's GLASS CASTLE...might be interesting.

Joe, a good selection!

Thersites, did you enjoy The DaVinci Code?

Sue...good memory! I'm SO glad you're reading Thomas' book. Yes, and I published the handwritten thank you note he wrote me for my note to him, too, on Supreme Ct Stationery and envelope. I was really really surprised he'd take that time.. Very good guy.
I hope you get a lot from that book; I sure did. I wish every high schooler could read it. I wish Trayvon Martin had read it.

ED.."wish a name like Smucker" crack me up!!

Ducky, who are 'we'?
Good that the FLN shook off Communists efforts to 'help'.
So many Algerians chose to live in France, one wonders.

Z said...

Did you all click to Mustang's blog?
i just wrote my birthday card to Mr Williams.
Linda, thanks for having done so!

FreeThinke said...

Since I can only read online, because of my eye condition, and find it difficult to travel to the public library to get talking books, etc. I never read anything current anymore, except articles appearing on the net.

Believe it or not the last complete book I read was The Wind in the Willows, the great children's classic by Kenneth Grahame.

I find rereading childhood classics tremendously rewarding. There is so much adults could -- and should -- learn from them.

I read The Bible too, of course, but after having gone through it ALL from the first page to the last over a period of several months a couple of years ago, I only take it in very small doses at a time now.

I get MUCH more from listening to and studying the great Organ Works of J.S. Bach, the Symphonies of Haydn Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, the Music Dramas of Richard Wagner, the Tone Poems and the Operas of Richard Strauss, the great keyboard literature for organ harpsichord and piano, and the art songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brhams, Hugo Wolf, Debussy, Ravel, DuParc and Benjamin Britten, etc. than I do from the printed word.

Thersites said...

You could buy e-books!

Yes Z, I've enjoyed ALL of the Dan Brown books. Paranoiacs, such as myself, love "breaking codes". ;)

Bob said...

Audible Books - Right now, I am listening to the Shelby Foote Civil War series. I read all of the volumes in the 1990's, but am enjoying the listening experience, now.

ebooks - We have three Kindles in our house, not to mention two Dell laptops with Kindle apps, and two smart phones with Kindle apps. Right now, I am combing the Kindle libraries for cheap science fiction books, cheap adventure or mysteries, and cheap science books

I recently finished a science type book by Nate Silver, "The Signal An The Noise". It is a good read, even for the non-mathematical person. Silver, at one time, was a professional poker player and relates his experiences in that world.

Jen Nifer said...

Z, I started with Siddhartha. I don't think it's totally representative of his style, though. Maybe "Steppenwolf" would be a good place to start.

FT, I totally agree with your comment on children's' literature! I learn a lot from reading to my kids.

And do consider an e-reader. The classics are all free!

Duckys here said...

@Z ---- Ducky, who are 'we'?
Good that the FLN shook off Communists efforts to 'help'.
So many Algerians chose to live in France, one wonders.

A main thesis that is well demonstrated is that the French strict reliance on military power moved the populace toward the FLN.

Always On Watch said...

I'm in the throes of reading for my classes right now! Edith Hamilton's Mythology and Huxley's Brave New World. Review reading, of course. I've read those books before.

But over the summer I read An Occasional Walker by D.W. Walker. A review will appear in a few days at my web site.

I did a lot of reading this summer. Of all the books I read, I liked The Aviator's Wife the best.

Of the nonfiction political books I read over the summer, I liked Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments the best.

Always On Watch said...

In a few weeks, Stephen King's latest novel, Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining will be released. I have that one on pre-oder.

Baysider said...

I finished the last in William Manchester's grand trilogy The Last Lion: Winston Churchill, Defender of the Realm. We had to wait so many years for the rest of his masterpiece, and it was worth it!

I'm getting drawn into an interesting oddity - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, a Year of Food Life. While I struggle with the gentle hints of 'social justice' (at least she doesn't use the odious phrase) and the occasional eruptions of ignorant asides, it is still a thoroughly enjoyable book. Written with a graceful charm, it's a little more serious than just how smaller farmers are growing higher quality food and animals. I split my sides laughing at her 8-year old daughter's defining the difference between a stallion and a gelding to her little friends: something like, a stallion is arrogant and mean but they can give him an operation that makes his kind and gentle and helpful ... like our daddies.

I needed the change after the Creature From Jekyll Island which sparked lengthy discussions with Mr. Bayside. But its theme stays with me in the neat graffiti I saw on a wall in Venice this morning: Federal Reserve = Debt Slavery.

In the Garden of Beasts and Mark Leibovich's This Town deserve serious attention. "Once you've been on the inside [of the beltway] you don't want to loose that feeling," which explains a lot.

I like your recommendation on the Jack Reacher books, Z. Could be the next action-adventure series for Mr. B. We have the movie here, and I think I'll watch it.

Z said... even think of Tom Cruise as Reacher is INSANE. EVERY Lee Child enthusiast went crazy when they picked him...considering Reacher is described as 6'5" and about 230 pounds of all muscle and gorgeousness.
I hope you enjoy the movie; the books are FABULOUS

TS/WS said...

After going blind a while back, and regaining some site, reading these comments take some time, so reading a book or e-book is painstakingly slow-not gonna happen.

Baysider said...

The Reacher movie was awful (unless you like 2-dimensional cardboard characters), but based on your enthusiastic recommendation of the book, Mr. Bayside has started the series and is enjoying it!