Skip to comments.What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Thread
Posted on 07/07/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT by MplsSteve
Hi everyone! I hope your 4th of July was a good one.
it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the most well-read of those of us on the Internet and I like to see what other Freepers are reading these days.
It can be anything - a classic novel, a trashy pulp romance, a technical journal, etc. Please do not deile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became very unfunny a long time ago.
I'll start. I'm just finishing "Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave" by Ernest Furgurson. It's OK. Nothing to rave about though.
Well, what are you reading now? Let's hear about it!
“Gone Baby Gone” is really the best of that series IMO. The movie was pretty good except they changed a few minor things. For example, they made Bubba into a drug dealer instead of an arms dealer. Ben Aflack really is a pretty good director.
He also did a great job with the movie “The Town”.
There is another of the detective series coming out in hardcover soon. I read about it on Amazon. They are married and have a child in this book.
I read “Shutter Island” but not “Mystic River”. I will have to pick that one up. The movie was great. Of Course, Clint Eastwood directed it.
I have recently read and re read in parallel The Battle of Leyte Gulf by H.P. Wellmont and Clash of the Carriers by Barrett Tillman. Taken as a whole the three describe the total destruction of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the period July through October 1944. The first two are concerned with the 4 battles lumped as the battle of Leyte Gulf that occurred in late October and the last describes the great battle of the Philippine Sea during which Japanese air power was destroyed.
These books are all within the last 5 or so years and draw on references and perspectives not available to authors who wrote earlier. I am also reading fiction by P. T. Deuterman, Zero Option that is eerily similar to the present reality where federal agencies go their own way and big time problems result.
Cather’s stories set in Nebraska resonate for me because that was where my mother was born and raised in the early 20th century. Throughout my life, my mother regaled me with anecdotes of farm life, of being a country girl. She wrang the necks of the chicken for dinner and she chopped wood. She learned how to cook, mostly Pennsylvania Dutch style, from watching her grandmother. I wish I had written more down more of what she told me.
I read that a couple of years ago for the first time.
Bradley gives a vivid, unvarnished picture of what our Marines went through, what they accomplished.
If anyone doubts that war is hell, they should read it.
It was good to know the men, as human beings, who raised the flag.
I heard similar stories from my grandmother and her sisters when I was a little girl in Missouri. It’s not as flat as Nebraska, though!
I was reading Anna Karenina but had to take a break from it for a week. Just read Catcher in the Rye and could only underline about two paragraphs from the book. I don’t understand why it is a classic. I am due for a vacation soon and am looking for the perfect sci-fi book on my Kindle. I was going to download Canticle for Leibowitz but they don’t have it on the Kindle yet.
I quit at book #3, is it worth picking up again?
My parents read that book to us when we vacationed at Glacier in the early 80's. I think my dad enjoyed scaring us. Especially when he would get close to the edge of the cliff on Going to the Sun road.
I was in Barnes and Noble looking for books to download on my Kindle and saw that one sitting on the rack. I think I will download that one soon.
The Going to the Sun road is closed -— there is about 40 ft of snow on the road at Logan’s Pass and it will be the latest opening of the road since the park opened.
A lot of you are reading books about the Civil War.
If you live in the Atlanta area be sure to come to the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta next weekend Saturday July 16th.
Check out all the activities. There are a number of lectures earlier in the week.
As usual, I’m grazing.
Fiction: HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY, STORM OF SWORDS
Nonfiction: PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR
I took my family there last year. I got in a global warming debate with a ranger that was giving a sermon on the receding glaciers up at Logan Pass. I wonder if they are encouraged to talk about global warming or if she did it out of her own concern.
Now reading The Real George Washington, by Parry, Allison, and Skousen, The Rising Tide, by Jeff Shaara, and A World at Arms, by Gerhard L. Weinberg.
Queued: The other two in Shaara's WWII trilogy plus his new one on the Pacific theater, Texian Iliad, by Hardin, and a Michael Connelly book or two...
... I also read The Bible, ten chapters a day, and have been doing so for years...
The fathomless, ever increasingly interesting, edifying Bible.
I also re-read the last book so I would be ready for the final film. I will be wearing my SpectraSpecs to the midnight premier.
I’m really going to miss discussing the Harry Potter books with my now grown children.
I’m also reading “Sweaty Palms” which is a book about interviewing well.
Tell me about “The Real George Washington”. What is the gist of the book?
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