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Old 03-21-2006   #1 (permalink)
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What are you reading...right now?

Obviously you're not reading anything right now except this forum. But we thought we might start this thread along the same lines as the "what are you listening to" thread. One of the things that we truly miss about the US is English language bookstores. We both love to read, and it's tough to keep up on the newest books & latest authors. We thought this would be a good way for people to share what they're reading and maybe give us some ideas on what stuff to have friends mule down. So we'll start.

Tony: I just finished The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It's sort of an homage to and semi sequel to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Written in the same style as the original Dracula (diaries, letters, etc.), it traces two generations of a family of historians who are either obsessed with or plagued by Dracula. (You have to read the book to find which.) Big thumbs up.

Cheri: I'm reading the latest Robert Parker Spencer mystery Cold Service. It's a typical Spencer book--quick read, snappy dialogue. It's not particularly thought-provoking but entertaining. If you're a Spencer fan, you'll like it. It focuses a lot on Hawk. Oh yeah, and I'm catching up on what's happening with Brad & Angelina (that Ho) through all the back issues of Us & People my Peep pals brought down. Can't wait to see how many kids they'll have by next week.
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What am I reading? Strategies for Business and Technical Writing, Canadian Hospitality Law, Financial Accounting, and the list goes on and on!

But outside of school I really like Janet Evanovich, funny and mystery all wrapped into one....a good beach read!
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Photography magazine, and still trying to get to that Dr. Phil book...never have enough reading time!

I also just ordered "The A.D.D. Nutrition Solution: A Drug-Free 30 Day Plan"...I think my son leans toward the ADD definition, but I won't go so far as to label him (or drug him). I read lots about this approach to child behaviour issues, through diet and limit of sugars, refined carbohydrates, preservatives and additives. We'll see how it works, and if it's feasible for Jorden.
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A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. Wonderful information about where jobs from the United States are heading/headed and the importance of developing the right sides of our brains for creative endeavors as a result of needing fewer engineers since most of the engineers our country needs today are in India. After all, we do buy Michael Graves designed toilet brushes at Target now.
Don't know if Joana or others involved in medicine will read this thread, but Pink also talks about the importance of listening and the ability to tell stories as part of medical training.
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Not a very good day at the library yesterday. 3 books. "Lost In The Amazon" About a nature photographer and his crew who get lost in the Amazon. "The Sixth Extinction" Richard Leakey (Famous Paleanthropologist), and "Selecting Stocks" (Standard and Poor's Guide) , I try to mix up the fiction and non fiction.
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Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro. Hilarious!
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Finished "The Things They Carried" a Vietnam war novel by Tim O'Brien. Very interesting!! Also reread "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Piccoult for book club. This novel explores the ethics and advancement of modern medicine/techniques and family relationships. It is a real tear jerker. Now I will be starting "Inventing the Rest of Our Lives" by Suzanne Braun Levine a book about how women change and grow as they get older. (Hmmm...guess this one hits a little close to home!)
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Finished "The Things They Carried" a Vietnam war novel by Tim O'Brien.
I really like Tim O'Brien's stuff, too. His first book "Going After Cacciato" is an amazing novel set in Vietnam about a group of soldiers who pursue a deserter who is walking to Europe. It is strange, funny, surreal and closer to Latin American fantasy fiction as any American author has gotten. "If I Die in a Combat Zone" is a related series of short stories about the life of the soldier in Vietnam. Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy.

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The Five Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me / R.P.Evans
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I usually have one non-fiction and one fiction on the go at once.

For fiction, I am reading Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, I only have a few pages left. I have the seventh book waiting to pick up as soon as I am done this one (The Half-Blood Prince).
Now, I am not a fan of the fantasy genre at all, but my DH was reading the series and I was between books so I thought I would give it a try. And I found I really enjoy them, they are great books!

For non-fiction I am reading Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right ...it is quite eye opening, interesting, and a funny, funny read.
I get a kick of him about as much as I enjoy listening to Bill O'Reilly- both are extremists in their own right, but at least Franken has a brain and wit.
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Hmm....Human Nutrition, Business Ethics and some science book. Have to finish up those stupid gen ed classes for my degree. When I get a chance I plan on reading "My Life with Marley"......
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Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro. Hilarious!

I read that. TOO funny. There's also a prequel to it, about her college days, I think....
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I'm also reading Robert Parker's Cold Service. Just about done. I love a good Spenser book.
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During our recent trip to Playa I read Jane Austen's Emma. It was wonderful! I had just finished reading Pride and Prejudice before we left and I thought that nothing could compare to it... but Emma came close.

NorthMinnesota, I read My Sister's Keeper last year and I hated the ending. Hated it with such a visceral reaction that I almost threw the book across the room... and I don't normally condone book abuse.

Next on my reading list are books about the pioneers. We just bought a 170 year old house and I'm fascinated by those who lived during that time.
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Not a very good day at the library yesterday. 3 books. "Lost In The Amazon" About a nature photographer and his crew who get lost in the Amazon. "The Sixth Extinction" Richard Leakey (Famous Paleanthropologist), and "Selecting Stocks" (Standard and Poor's Guide) , I try to mix up the fiction and non fiction.
I have read that book and I thought it was very good !!!

My friend gave me Marley & Me, looks like a good weekend type of book.

I also picked up Eat, Pray and Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Bios are my favorite)
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