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I know I’ve asked this before, but it was over a year ago, so hopefully most of us have moved on to a new book. Also, I figured we’d all want a refuge from discussions of SSM.
So what are you reading right now?
Who is the author?
How is it?
For school, I’m teaching and therefore I’m re-reading for my 8th grade European history class, Frankenstein and for my 9th grade English Lit. class: The Scarlet Letter.
It is the first time I’ve had the privilege to teach either work, and it is thrilling to be reading them partly through my students eyes. I’m shocked and thrilled at how much they are enjoying both. Even my two anti-readers are engrossed, but won’t admit it (actually the one sort of did and the other can give me every tiny detail I ask about TSL in class).
Also to help with my teaching next week, I’m also reading The Jacksonian Era by Glyndon G. Van Deusen, one of the books to challenge the Schlesinger approach to the age of Jackson, and never having read it before, I am impressed that it’s research still holds up nearly 60 years later.
For Holy Week (esp., but always): The Book of Common Prayer in several editions, and the Passion Narratives.
For fun (and per baby Salieri’s schedule) I’m re-reading The Tempest and a group of mid-20th century critical essays on it.
For Business: Trading Option Greeks by Dan Passarelli and Kaplan’s Study Guide for the Series 65 Exam.
For Fun: With the two previous light reading assignments – not much. I did download and read the sample to Eric Hines’ A Conservative’s Manifesto and have it queue’d up for when the business load lightens up. Additionally, planning to read Lone Star a History of Texas and Texans so I will know better where the Republic came from when we go back there again.
For Faith: My Utmost for His Highest from Oswald Chambers
The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition
Much of my reading these days is stuff…like this…that I should have read long ago. Yes, it is a great read. Unfortunately, I’m a habitual highlighter and I was doing so much of that through the first half of the book that it was too disruptive to the flow. I’ve now settled in a bit better for the second half…
Right now I’m reading a post on Ricochet entitled “So What Are You Reading Right Now?” It’s by Fred Cole. It’s kinda meh for Fred; he’s usually more, uhm, er, stirring.
I started Jonah Goldberg’s new book “Tyranny Of Cliches” but even with his lively style, it is a cure for insomnia.
So much for reading. Right now, the wife and I have found the AMC series “Breaking Bad” and are through season 2. It is pretty compelling drama and sometimes difficult to watch, but it catches and holds you. Each episode leaves you breathless.
To my kids: Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit. For a children’s novel over a century old, it has a surprisingly modern subversiveness. It’s also a lot funnier (in that understated British way) than I expected it to be.
For myself: The Curse of the 30 Pieces of Silver, Jean Van Hamme, a Blake and Mortimer adventure. I’m back to these after taking a bit of a break from them. This two-parter is the most recent of those translated into English. Now I wait for the new ones to get translated and reprints of the earlier, original E. P. Jacobs books that are not currently available in English.
I still have Helprin’s latest unfinished on my night stand. Spending more time catching up on classic movies than I am reading right now.
Patience Central, it is early, someone will post they are reading the Bible and it says in Genesis that God made the heavens and the earth in 6 days and this little post will be 300 strong by breakfast.
CCNA Voice Certification Guide.
Just finished, “Ready, Player One.” by Ernest Cline (Sci-Fi, with an 80′s retro twist.) If you were young in the 80′s it’s a must read. Great re-living some of those memories.
Now on, ” Time enough for Love”, Robert A. Heinlein. Interesting commentary on sex and politics as always from classic Heinlein.
Last Non fiction, “Tyranny of Cliches”, Jonah Goldberg. Many posts here about how good a book. I did a chapter every few days. Each chapter is like a in depth pod cast with a theme. He packs so much information, I got overwhelmed, if I tried to digest more than one at a sitting.
Nod to a 3 book sci fi series by John Ringo, the first book is titled, “Live free or die.” He’s very conservative and rales on liberals frequently int he ongoing story of humans first meetings with aliens. I’d say he’s more libertarian than conservative, and a great read.
I keep hearing good things, but I hear them from people who get excited over really crappy sci fi novels and things with zombies in them, so . . .
I am reading Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. Dickens’ main characters are usually pretty 2D, and the plots are wandering, but he sure makes up for it in the colorful supporting casts and Nicholas Nickleby is no different.
For My Mind: The City of God by Saint Augustine. I’ll admit I’ve been reading that one for a while. I got through the first volume and decided I needed a brain break.
For My Pleasure: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. I waver on this one. It’s entertaining, and although he’s introduced his own form of magic in this fantasy, the characters are still somewhat clichéd and I don’t see what so many of my friends see in this author.
For My Spirit: I’m presently in the book of Isaiah and I read a Psalm a day. Isaiah 30:9-11 seemed apt today. I read the Bible cover to cover and start again at Genesis where it tells us God made the heavens and earth in six days.
“Pragmatic Thinking and Learning – Refactoring your Wetware” by Andy Hunt. This is a programmer oriented view (but I think pretty accessible to anyone) of how to take advantage of how the brain works in order to be more intuitive and effective.
On deck : “Coolidge” by Amity Schlaes. I just finished “The Forgotten Man” by her about the depression. I was astounded at how many parallels there were between that time in our history and now
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. It’s pretty good. Post cyber punk morality tale.
Mindset by Carolyn Dweck. It is great nonfiction.
Every Good Endeavor by Timothy Keller is changing my perspective on some things.
Legion by Brandon Sanderson is a great novella. I listened to it a couple of weeks ago. CU, try Elantris before dissing Sanderson.
Hobbit was the last one for pure enjoyment. I had never read it before.
The book I have most recently read was The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. After having read his Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of Richard III immediately before it, I could not help but seeing the similarities between Manfred’s house and the Tudors. Very interesting.
Weigel, George. Letters to a Young Catholic; Endo, Shusaku. Silence. Someone on R> recommended the latter. I am profiting from both.
I was in the middle of Unlearning Liberty when I broke my Kindle. I’d suggest buying it.
For English class, I’m reading The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. It is absolutely awful; blatantly political, with few apparent redeeming literary qualities, and the organization is painful. It’s basically an example of what the most radical-left writer at, say, the Huffington Post or Mother Jones thinks the Christian Right is actually like.
Tales of woe.
Have you ever read H. Beam Piper’s works?
Legion by Brandon Sanderson is a great novella. I listened to it a couple of weeks ago. CU, tryElantris before dissing Sanderson.
I have Elantris in my reading queue if that’s any consolation. And I’m being harsh, but it’s not bad. It’s not great, either, but maybe my old contrariness is rising once more. I’ve read much, much worse for entertainment. For example, I never even finished the first Terry Goodkind novel.
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