I am reading "The Rosie Project' by Graeme Simsion
Ruby Redford: Take your last breath
I'm reading 'The Museum of Innocence' by Orhan Pamuk. First book of Pamuk I read was 'The Snow'Â, a bit kafkian, I was fairly impressed but this one is worst unfortunately. Not bad, but my expectations were higher
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I'm reading - A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
I should have read it years ago, but just haven't gotten around to it till now. I made a pact with myself a few years ago, that for every fun book I read I must read a classic. Sometimes it works well & other times it's a complete slog, but I make myself do it anyway
I remember reading A brave new world
it is good to hear what others are reading
I just finished Kay Hooper - Sleeping With Fear. Not what I excpected but not a bad read. My kids got me a romance book for Mother's Day today. Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods. Just started it and like the location and the characters so far. Rather predictable story line though but hey, a books a book!
After I have finsished the book I am reading now I will read Shine by Kate Maryon.
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I know,I know....but you asked,I am reading the Holy Bible(everyday) and "THE BIG BOOK" It is like the Holy Bible of AA.Today 5/13 is day 56 of my sobriety.But I like to read magazines also and poetry books,I cannot wright poetry,but I just love to read it.
Thanks for inviting me to join the group, Dianne.
I'm reading about 20 different books! (This is probably the sign of a disordered mind.) But a book I finished recently and enjoyed very much was Me Cheta by James Lever. Very funny, wickedly satirical, and ultimately with a surprising heart. It's the supposed memoir of the chimp who played Cheta in the Tarzan films.
I am reading books on Visualisation techniques - in my case books by David Hamilton PhD - they are well written and incredibly helpful. The premise is that just as stress and anxiety can cause things like ulcers and make every illness much worse, surely positive thoughts can cancel some of the negativity out and perhaps even cure illnesses? There are many testimonials in all these books from people who have healed from all sorts of things through using these techniques - though as he stresses, use these positive techniques in addition to ordinary medicine. I have been trying these things for only a few weeks and already see a difference in the level of happiness I feel (I think my body will take a bit more convincing - but I live in hope!). I find a surprising amount to feel grateful for, believe me - but I have still so little energy that these books are all I can find the brainpower to read after doing my chores!
Dianne - congratulations on your 56th day - Kudos to you!
Time Bomb, by Jonathan Kellerman. It is about a woman who launches a sniper attack at an elementary school, but none of the students get shot, and she is killed before she can do any real damage.
.... two books right now, lol. 'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo and 'Let Me In' by John Ajvide Lindqvist ("Sweden's Stephen King"~ according to the 'Tucson Citizen').
I'm hoping to start the Game of Thrones series soon.
I just finished Birthright by Nora Roberts Will be reading her Northern lights next.
Not reading anything at the moment , as I am trying to devote as much time to the petition sites, which I joined recently. The last book was The Kite Runner. Great read.I love thrillers and crime, but also any good story. Happy reading.
That's great, Shawna. you're going to love it. I've already read all five of those book.
I've started The Silver Dark Sea by Susan Fletcher. I loved her most recent book, Witchlight so have high hopes for this one. I'm also writing a book myself...hoping to self publish in June. It's called, Beatha - A Badger's Story...hoping to raise funds for The Badger Trust in light of the horrible cull this summer.
What is that book about, Louise?
Currently reading Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps by Joe Bruno, its a nice read when I'm commuting to work - big fan of True Crime
just finish whiskey beach by nora Roberts
I'm reading another Jonathan Kellerman book, Bad Love.
Now I'm into short stories by Patricia Highsmith. Recently finished The Monster of Venice about the pursuit of Hannibal Lector...Next..The Real Sybil
What is The Red Sybil about, Nancy?
I just started reading "Les Miserables yesterday (in English). Before that I devoured "The Count of Monte Cristo". I am really into historical France at the moment.
I read "Les Miserables" a long time ago, Emily and enjoyed it. What is your favorite part of the book? I liked the part where Valjean was promising Fantine that he would go get Cossette and protect her.
I have just finsished Shine by Kate Maryon.It was great and the end was really great!I give it a 4/5 (so it's like 8 out of ten).Now I am reading Coco Caremel by Cathy cassidy
What is Shine about, Danilo?
Its about a girls who's mum steals stuff and one day she get caught so she has to go to prison and the girl has to go to live with her auntie which she never knew she had.
Currently re-reading Wildwood (A Journey through Trees) by Roger Deakin love it , part autobiography with travel elements also love anything by Colin Thubron
I am reading a very confronting book called A Secret Country by John Pilger. This is a very well researched and written history of Australia with all the warts left in. As a proud Aussie this is sometimes hard to take but I would rather know our secrets, air our dirty laundry and move into the future clean. I highly recommend this to all Aussies.
I'm also reading Next by Michael Chrichton. I love him. He takes my instinctive distrust of scientists who'll follow a path because they can without assessing whether they should, adds a healthy dose of big business greed and follows technology to it's terrifying conclusion.
Iona - I am reading a history of Australia by Philip Knightley - it too is fascinating and appalling. I can only read a few pages at a time as I get either infuriated by people's behaviour or elated by good things - either way on it is emotionally exhausting. I'll try John Pilger's book after I have finished this one!
I'm new here - as of yesterday I have just finished the Old Filth trilogy by Jane Gardam - great stuff! And am looking through my purchases to see what to read next. (I read on a Kindle so have downloaded some 'samples' of new books.) Shall check in later about this, but wanted to say hello!
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3 books, the secret life of Damien spenelli, the lab rat chronicles&night vision. 2 were inter library loans so ones my in home book, ones my out book&the others my bathtub book...wont last long.
Neville the devil by Micheal Lawrence
finished reading Flesh & Bone part of the Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass, good book if you like foresenic scienes
Catherine Coulter's Bomb Shell.
I'm in the middle of reading the Kyndred series by Lynn Viehl. Just finished Shadowlight and am onto Dreamveil. Not my normal type of read but I read her first series which I got as a gift and had to get this one which has a few of the same characters in it. It's full of people with special abilities, bad guys out to get them and of course there is a bit of romance in there too.
finished reading - Casanova Killer - An SSCD Crime Thriller by Tallulah Grace, might read the rest of the trilogy if the books were free for Kindle users...LOL
finished reading "Blood Land" by R.S. Guthrie, a Western cop story with some interesting twists.
finished reading "Gingerbread Man" by Maggie Shayne, suspense/romance book, fast read...and its still free for Kindle users
I am in the midst of reading "A Small Town Near Auschwitz. Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust,", by Mary Fulbrook. She is a professor of German History, at University College London, and the God-daughter of the wife of the man who was the "Landrat," or, administrative overseer of the entire county in which Auschwitz, and the town for which it was named, existed, during most of the occupation of Poland.
I can not call this easy reading, but it is interesting, informative.
I do not see what I thought was my first post, upon joining the group, a few weeks ago,so, to fill people in, if they are interested:
I am always reading something. Earlier this year, I caught up on some books that I have been carrying around from move to move for decades, literally. These particular books were in my grandparents' home when I was growing up, in the glass fronted book case in the foyer:
"War and Peace," by Tolstoy, "Moby Dick," by Melville, and finished just before the current book, "A Farewell to Arms," by Hemingway.
There has been a steady stream of current books as well, including 2 by Leonard Mlodinow, of Caltech.
I forgot, I read another old book, last week, this one by J.R.R. Tolkien, called "Smith of Wootten Major & Farmer Giles of Ham."
Cute; nice; fun.
I just finished Royal Blood, in the "Her Royal Spyness" series by Rhys Bowen, and have the next in the series "Naughty in Nice" on the top of my tottering book stack to read next. A light bonbon of a mystery series, set in the l930s, and "starring" Lady Georgina Rannock, 34th in line for the English throne and constantly being sent into trouble by Queen Mary...including representing the royal family at a wedding in Transylvania, to be held in what may be Dracula's castle...and keeping an eye on the heir apparent to the throne and his troublesome relationship with a certain American divorcee. There are also underlying political and social currents, given war clouds on the horizon, a depression, and some nice class conflicts...although the books never lose the light touch and sense of humor.
I'm always reading a concurrent non-fiction book, which at present is The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcutters: The Healing Power of Plants by anthropologist Wolf D. Storl.
im nearly finished undead&unsure...it wasn't as great as id hoped. hoping the last 30 pages surprise me
finished reading Susan Fleet's Absolution, about a serial killer in New Orleans; currently reading Maciek's Story by Ian C P Irvine
Love this thread. I am currently reading the second book in The Red Pyramid series by Rick Riordan.
After I get done reading my current book. I will next read Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen. It is a book club selection.
The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman. Dr. Dee and the court and times of Elizabeth I of England.
Just finished this book by Jane Gardam... I had not read anything by her since "the Queen of the Tambourine". I like her writing style ... it's so clean, lean and pure. The story of Old FILTH was very interesting.... a topic I had read little of before if ever and that is the "RAJ ORPHANS".... didn't know this historical fact. Anyone know anymore books that cover that arena?
Finished reading - Slow Burn: Zero Day by Bob Adair, a good book if you like zombies
I just started reading the book 365 Thank Yous The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik
I am loving it
On a similar subject I am reading '365 Prescriptions for the Soul' by Bernie Siegel - wonderful and very helpful on a daily basis!
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns' "JAZZ, A History of America's Music."
A friend sent me a "forward" of a story on Louis Armstrong, and I needed to clear up what I saw as a discrepancy...and now I'm going to simply read the whole thing.
The Kill Room by Jeffrey Deaver. I love this authors work, especially his Lincoln Rhyme novels.
The Body in the Transept by Jeanne Dams. English village mystery...but not a "cozy".
right now I got the dreaded misprint in ilona Andrews magic rising-it jumped from page 86 to 119. so I switched to night vision by yasmine galenorn for the night then drove 40+miles away to the bookstore so theyd swap out my misprint w/a book containing all the pages, then I got more books, a dvd set, a Halloween decoration&2 rats while I was in town. a lot more books...this is why I don't go to town often order books off of a list, try not to browse&ship to home.
I'm reading Phantom of Opera.
The Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri. Translated from Italian.
glen Duncan's talulla rising, I didn't know the sequel to the last werewolf was out, oddly enough the real Tuesday weld didn't do a soundtrack to the book like they did for his others(my favorites being the last werewolf&i Lucifer) getting ready for book 3 of the werewolf series, theres even a rumr it will be a movie(unsure how I feel, movies from books tend to be terrible adaptions)
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett and Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan.
I am about to start reading two books: Divergent
and Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen
Cotillion by Georgette Heyer.
finished reading The Plague of Days, a zombie book...also read the picture book - Funny Cat Pictures - the most cute and hilarious cat pictues..need to see kitty pictures after reading a semi heavy zombie story
Staubs and Ditchwater: A Friendly and Useful Introduction of Hillfolks' Hoodoo by H. Byron Ballard.
(By the way, this is a great thread. I've looked up several authors and books I didn't know about before, and look forward to reading some of them myself. Thanks to everyone taking part here for the additions to my reading list!)
Earthway by Aimee and David Thurlo. Set on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona/Utah/New Mexico.
Hey...where is everybody? What are YOU reading these days?
finished reading Haunted House: the Novel by Jack Kilborn, decent novel if you like thrillers
I am now reading The Scarlet Pimpernel
Finished the Ken Burns' "JAZZ, A History of America's Music," and am now reading "Blasphemy A Memoir, Sentenced to Death Over a Cup of Water," by Asia Bibi.
The NY Times blurb rather says it all: "A Christian woman ...and mother of five is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy."
This is going on in Pakistan, as I write!
Mitchell, I found a copy today of "Blasphemy A Memoir..." as it sounded absolutely incredible. Thank you for letting us all know about the book.
Miranda, I am glad that this book has stirred some interest. Her story needs to be brought to as many people as possible.
Thanks for you note, here.
I am now reading "The Unfeathered Bird," by Katrina van Grouw, a beautifully illustrated journey through the surprisingly varied inner structure of birds.
I just finished reading "The Cat, The Mill and The Murder" By Leeann Sweeney. Excellent series so far. Now just patiently waiting for her to write her next book for this series.
Now im starting to read "Twelve Extraordinary Women" By John Macarthur
"Tarnished and Torn" by Juliet Blackwell. The fifth in a series. The leading character is a witch and runs a vintage clothing store in San Francisco. Very light, fun read. Lots of potions, ghosts, and a very interesting familiar. If this sounds interesting, you might want to begin with the first book in the series, "Secondhand Spirits".
finished reading "the Marathon Murders" by Chester Campbell, nice murder mystery
Miranda - will have to find Tarnished and Torn...like witches and books set here in San Francisco
Hi Mary, If you enjoy books about witches you might like the Shirley Damsgaard series about two witches...grandmother and granddaughter, Abby and Ophelia. There are several books in the series, and the title of the first is Witch Way to Murder. I've enjoyed all seven (to date) books and hope she will write more. Lots of runic lore in these, and the grandmother in particular is a terrific character, and great role model, too. I especially enjoyed the most recent book, in which the characters travel back to the family's original mountain home.
Well, it is a bit embarrassing to post again...feeling that I'm talking to myself...or being too dominant in this thread...but I'll post again anyway, in hopes of keeping this group going. Where is everybody?
Currently reading Victoria Thompson's Murder on Lexington Avenue, a mystery set in New York at the turn of the 20th century.
Thanks for bringing me back in: I'm now reading "Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids," by Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero.
It is quite interesting to see them be able to trace the specific development of Nessie and other myths to the time just after the original release of King Kong!
Today, being a Tuesday, i have taken time off from that book, in order to read the NY Times Science Section, which has an article about the evolution of dogs from wolves: not if, but where, and another about new plans for the Kepler Space Telescope.
I am now reading "The Beak of the Finch," by Jonathan Weiner. This is a Pulitzer Prize winning book that is about Darwin's path of exploration and discovery in the Galapagos Islands that turned his own view of the world upside down. He had been studying to become a Parson, had no "agenda" despite the spurious claims of Creationist propaganda!
The book describes findings of the evidence of evolution taking place, currently, in various places, including on the Galapagos Islands.
I am now reading The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan. It is the third book in a trilogy. It's really good
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, the first in a new trilogy. I've always enjoyed her trilogies and quartets and thought them her best writing. I'm disappointed to find this one seems to have been "called in", lacking the detail of character and locale which always added so much to her longer stories. I've read recent reviews from readers who have enjoyed some of her other books, with similar comments about newer books just not being up to her earlier standard. Let's hope this very entertaining writer is just passing through a slump and will be back in form soon.
I just finished "A Bookman's Tale : a novel of obsession" by Charlie Lovett. Truly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.
Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris. This is the third in a series...the first two are Finding Nouf and City of Veils. Set in Saudi Arabia. One of the two main characters is a woman and through her life and experiences we learn more about the limitations this culture places upon women and their movement, and how even this independent working woman must conform to them. The other main character is male. This man is a thoughtful, kind person. He is also devout, and his acculturation and religion have led him to sincerely believe that the limitations placed upon women are for their protection. He is challenged by coming to know the more independent woman. The book is a fascinating look at how men, as well as women, are limited in the range of their experience by the Saudi culture and religious policing...and at how difficult it is for men and women to know one another in such an environment. I highly recommend this series. You may discover your own prejudices about Islam, about Saudi Arabia, about Muslim men, and find them confronted and your thinking expanded.
Miranda - thank you, will look for the books. currently reading free books from Amazon for their Kindle.
Just finisehd reading Foreclosed - a Mitzy Neuhuase Mystery by Traci Tyne Hiton and the Big Girls Do It series by Jasinda Wilder; not into erotica but it made my daily commute fun for a week...LOL
"The Beak of the Finch" was quite good; about Darwin's Galapagos finches, and new research on them, as well as findings about evolution being seen in real time, as crop pests develop ways to get around one pesticide after another; as microbes develop resistance to anti-biotics.
I am now doing a brief change of pace, reading "The Best Known Works of W.S.Gilbert," as in Gilbert and Sullivan: "The Pirates of Penzance," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and "The Mikado," along with The Bab Ballads," of which I had never before heard. Little poems of whimsy, I would call them, cute and silly.
Gilbert seems to have loved to poke fun at British stogginess.
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Mitchell, glad you're enjoying reading Gilbert and Sullivan. I love several of their works, both as performance and reading them. I'm happy to know others find them good reading, too. The music from "The Mikado" is among my favorites.
Miranda, thanks for the feedback. I was not sure anyone would relate go G&S at this point in time.
I am not familiar with the music of The Mikado, but, as I read the others, I could sing along in my head. I may have to go check out the music for The Mikado..
I already got my next 2 books, from the library. One is "Galapagos," by Kurt Vonnegut, and the other is "The Tree," by Colin Tudge.
So, after "The Beak of the Finch," in which the Vonnegut book is mentioned, it has been a very natural segue to "Galapagos," and I gleefully recall how much fun it was to read so much of his work all those decades ago!
Now, I feel like I am pigging out, here, but "Galapagos" is done, and I'm onto Colin Trudge's "The Tree," the preface of which, alone, has been worthwhile reading.
Finished reading Richard Laymon's In the Dark..a thriller, sorry that the book ended...have a great weekend everyone
Re-reading some old favorites...at the moment The Panda's Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould. He remains one of my favorite natural history writers and I can pick up any of his books and find myself reading it again at any point.
finished reading Richard Laymon's Among the Missing, the story line was silly but the book kept on reading the book. now reading Mr Laymon's After Midnight. Like reading suspenseful thrillers, it makes my daily commute nicer
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber. Rare manuscripts, cryptography (modern and ancient), a literate thriller. The Good Son by the same author was one of the best books I read last year. Highly recommended writer.
Finished Colin Trudge's "The Tree," which I found thoroughly engrossing.
In his last chapter he speaks for AGROFORESTRY; also of grass roots politics as necessary to change the governments' of the world for the sake of impacting climate change. He tells about the Green Belt Movement, started in Kenya, by Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, whose program had planted 30 million trees, between 1977 and 2005.
I am now reading "Gathering Moss," by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Native American, who straddles empirical science and indigenous "ways of knowing."
Happy 2014 to everyone!!!
"Brilliant Blunders, From Darwin to Einstein-Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe," by Mario Livio, is working magic, as it transports me into the warp and woof of the drama around the discovery of the "Double Helix" of genetics (in this chapter).
Part of the focus is on the personalities involved in each search for scientific understanding, and the possible thought processes of those involved, particularly those which seem to have caused them to develop blind spots.
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re-reading The Razorâs Edge novel by W. Somerset Maugham.
just finished Mary Roberts Rinehart's The Circular Staircase, really enjoyed the novel. Can't wait to read her other books
finish reading the SF short story - And Devious The Line of Duty by Tom Godwin, very good story, wish I could have read the book at work. going to read a few more of his short stories.
Read SF short story - The Moon is Green by Fritz Leiber - a post-apocalyptic fiction, heard the a radio adaptionf for the old time radio shows X Minus One or Dimension X. the radio shows are very good and should be enjoyed by everyone
Someone gave me The Forgotten by David Baldacci. A "page burner", no second level or character development...all plot and a mile a minute. It's a quick, entertaining read.
"The Universe Within, Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People," by Neil Shubin. He is the author of "Your Inner Fish," a fascinating read.
Read the following short stories:
All Cats are Gray - Andre Norton
Cry from a Far Planet - Tom Godwin
The Nothing Equation - Tom Godwin
The Helpful Hand of God - Tom Godwin
And Devious the Line of Duty - Tom Godwin
Space Prison - Tom Godwin
The Skull - Philip K Dick
Beyond the Door - Philip K Dick
The Gun - Philip K Dick
the Scifi short stories make my daily commute easier, also I'm a SciFi Nerd...LOL
'Zoo' by James Patterson. OMG!!! I'm only in the first 2/3's of the book but riveted. The animals (so far, lions) begin to hunt humans. "HAC - Human-Animal Conflict" is researched and it's dynamic.
What would you do, if suddenly the animals of the planet abandoned all their normal behaviors and started hunting humans?? Personally, I'd freak the hell out.
'Zoo' was a Christmas gift. I love books. Last year my book was 'The Book of Negroes' - highly recommended (especially with the current movie release of '12 Years a Slave').
Happy reading all!!
I am in the prologue of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Antifragile, Things that Gain from Disorder," and have put a hold on his "The Black Swan." This latter "showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world," according to the blurb on the jacket sleeve.
It seems a good idea, I think, to read "The Black Swan," first.
Of course, as it is Tuesday, I will stop the book in order to read the NY Times science section!
Mary T., I used to love Sci-Fi. Have you read Arthur C. Clark, and the other gods thereof?
Shawna, You might enjoy THE FAMILY TREE by Sherri Tepper, which has some nice surprises among a discussion of animal natures.
Mitch - read a few of Arthur C Clarke books - 2001; 2010; 2061 and 3001 - the Odyssey series. Enjoy Mr Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein...read two short stories by Philip K Dick on my way to work this morning - The Hanging Stranger and Beyond Lies the Wub, both stories were good.
Have you read any Ursula K. LeGuin, Frederick Pohl, Isaac Asimov?
'The Circle, by Dave Eggers
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The Candle and The Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root Work by Orion Foxwood. Folk magic.
Mitchell, Ursula K. LeGuin is a terrific recommendation. I've read all her books and she is excellent.
Mitch - not read any of LeGuin, should she's a local reader and graduated from Berkeley HS with Mr Dick and my daughter (but many years apart); listen to the Foundation; nothing by Pohl...enjoy the old radio shows Dimension X and X Minus One, a lot of the SciFi writers' shorts were adapted to the radio shows.
Miranda - I do have one book by LeGuin, have no idea where I got it...use to pick up free discarded books from the local libraries, might have gotten it there. wonder if libraries still give books away
Public libraries in our county pool their discarded books for a big barn sale a couple of times a year. Books for $1 or less. The last weekend of the sale $5 lets you fill a paper shopping bag with as many books as you can fit in...a good deal for anyone who can afford the $5, and an especially great deal if you're finding children's books, you can cram a surprising number of them into a paper bag! Proceeds support the libraries, which are struggling these days, as I'm sure you know. I imagine libraries everywhere are finding any way they can to make money to replace constantly decreased funding.
Now reading " Arcadia" by Lauren Groff... Similar to "Drop City" by T.C. Boyle
Miranda our library does similar sales. I got 32 books for $5 my last visit. My sons are big fans and we go every two weeks. The oldest is 9 and always comes away with about 12 books - reads them all too. It's sad how much funding they have lost the past few years.
Oh, and I just finished reading One Piece Of Paper by Mike Figliuolo for work.
Based on leadership expert Mike Figliuolo's popular "Leadership Maxims" training course, One Piece of Paper teaches decisive, effective leadership by taking a holistic approach to defining one's personal leadership philosophy. Through a series of simple questions, readers will create a living document that communicates their values, passions, goals and standards to others, maximizing their leadership potential.
- Outlines a clear approach for identifying a concise and meaningful set of personal leadership maxims by which leaders can live their lives
- Explains and applies four basic aspects of leadership: leading yourself, leading the thinking, leading your people, and leading a balanced life
- Generates a foundational document that serves as a touchstone for leaders and their teams
Simple, applicable, and without pretense, One Piece of Paper provides a model for real leadership in the real world.
I have interrupted reading "Antifragile..., by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, to read his "The Black Swan, The Impact of the Highly Improbable," published earlier than "Antifragile...." Most of yesterday's reading was of the NY Times' "Sciencetimes."
King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb. The American Revolutionary War in the North Carolina mountains and how the rebel (that's us!) victory at the Battle of King's Mountain proved that British forces could be defeated...thus encouraging the Colonial American Army to continue fighting.
Just, some 30 minutes ago, finished "The Black Swan...," as above, will get, and finish "Antifragile...," tomorrow.
Then, I will read "The Intelligent Plant, scientists debate a new way of understanding flora," an article out of the New Yorker magazine. I expect this will be much more informative than the posting on "singing" plants (bogus!) posted on C2 recently.
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. New York Times Notable Book, described by one reviewer as "Reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird", which does catch the Southern Gothic mood and spirit of the book. A new writer from western North Carolina.
I often have a non-fiction book going at the same time I'm reading a fiction one. Just now the non-fiction work is Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West by Michael Moore. Not only a guidebook chock full of good information, but also written with charm and style.
Today I'm reading:
Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown
It is extremely good.
The Vault by Ruth Rendell.
Im almost done reading, Shopaholic ties the knot
I just finished " Lucky Bastard" by S.G. Browne. Set in San Francisco about a character with the ability to steal the luck from others. Interesting idea but written with an ephebic style.
Miranda... Is that a Wexford novel?
Yes, The Vault is a Wexford novel. He's retired from the force but called back as a consultant.
I read "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter" years ago.
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"Kissing the Gunner's Daughter" - an all-time great title. I remember that one.
Finished "Antifragile,," as above; got into "On the Road,"-got bored somewhere in chapter 8 , put it down; read "Among Wolves," by Gordon Haber and MaryBeth Holleman, about real wolf science in Denali National Park; am reading "Zoobiquity, What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing," by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D., and Kathryn Bowers.
"On The Road" bored me then...bored me again a few years ago when one of my nephews was greatly enamored of it and I tried it again. Glad to know I'm not the only one who finds the self-absorption less than classic.
"Among Wolves" I've added to my "to read" list.
Miranda, we are not the only ones bored by it: I mentioned my boredom to an old friend, a now retired Professor of Philosophy, who had taught at Brooklyn College. He told me that he'd heard that from other people, as well.
Maybe it has to do with age (not that I know yours) , but nonetheless, a then young Truman Capote, I believe, commented about the book: "This is not writing, this is typing."
The Wizard and The Witch: Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magic and Paganism. An oral history of Oberon Zell and Morning Glory, facilitated by John G. Sulak, which mostly reveals that folks who can think, write and speak well, may also be awfully gullible.
I am finishing up yesterday's NY Times "Science Times" section, and dove into a story on the paper's first page, about the discovery of Gravity Waves. These are the "smoking gun" of the Big Bang, were predicted by Einstein's theories of relativity, and may well lead to a Nobel Prize for someone.
Otherwise, I am reading "A People's History of the United States," by Howard Zinn, about which I first found out somewhere on C2. I recommend it, highly!
Zinn writes about our history, citing original documents, letters, from the perspective of the ordinary person, especially women, Native Americans, and blacks.
Right now I'm reading Among Wolves, having read Mitchell's comments above on the book. It's excellent.
Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is a great favorite of mine. I used it as a resource when teaching, as well as having enjoyed reading and rereading it over the years.
Magazines really do pile up around here at times, so I'm taking a vacation from books to catch up on a backlog of magazines...Smithsonian, New Yorker, Shambala Sun, Vegetarian Times, National Geographic, Native Foodways.
Hello out there...what's anybody else reading these days?
I just started to read "Owls do cry" by New-Zealand writer Janet Frame. I knew about her occasionally - thanks to the movie of Jane Campion "Angel at my table", devoted to her life. By the way, great movie to watch also! Janet Frame's life wasn't easy journey at all - she was wrongly diagnosed with the schizophrenia and spent around 8 years in psychiatric hospital, being treated with the electroconvulsive therapy. She was already scheduled for a lobotomy which was cancelled due to literary prize she was awarded for her poetry. I read already one book of her poems “The pocket mirror” and her more or less autobiographical novel “Faces in the Water”. Her poetry for me time to time too much let’s say post-modern in their structure and rhythms, but some of her thoughts and emotions in are extremely close to my comprehension of the world around (or miscomprehension? ) and touchy for me. For example, “Memories again”:
I have never seen a bedbug, but at night I feel
The irritation of creatures trying to suck my blood.
Sometimes I kill them. In the morning
I see soft squashed memories lying between the sheets.
As regards “Faces in the Water”, it was really interesting, to have a look on the life of people who are so different from very subjective “normality” criterion. So, I decided to go deeply in her writings now.
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Hi guys. We are starting a new thread of what are you reading here:
I am going to close this thread in result of this (this thread was getting a bit long)