Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book'n it...





What are you reading this summer? 

So far I've read: The Epic of Gilgamesh by Kovacs (thanks to Cheri for pointing me to that version), Rimworld, The Sympathizer, Just Mercy, War in Val D'Orcia, Brings the Lightning, and Absolution.  I'm presently reading:  the latest Sunset Western Garden Book, The Art of the Biscuit, Joe Pickett: Off the Grid, Stick & Rudder (1944), the weed eater manual, and In Delorean's Shadow.



What is your favorite genre? 

I like a variety of sorts, which changes with the wind, the tide, and the season...  History, Classics, Bios, Anthologies, DIY, etc.


Do you listen to books, or read them?
  
I comprehend more if I read, probably because I have the attention span of a nat, and multi tasking is not part of my skill set. 

Do you consider yourself well read?

By whose standards is this decided... But, no I don't.
  






33 comments:

  1. I'm reading Stephen King's Dark Tower series, and also read a Sci-Fi book, The Algebraist by the late Ian M. Banks...so far. I read books in print and on Kindle. I am only an illegally parked car in the cul-de-sac of life.

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    1. Just started Algebraist -- good stuff, so far...

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    2. LL,
      You may be in the cul-de-sac (which I believe is cowboy french for removing the nuts from a bull) but I doubt you are illegal.

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  2. I read whatever holds my interest. History, biography, political and social commentary, humour and satire, mystery, science fiction, as long as it is interesting and well written. What defines well read these days? There is a lack of general education regarding the younger set. I consider being well read having a general knowledge of a range on people, places, and events from the past and present.

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    1. BW BAndy,

      Broad interests make for broad minded. Your definition of Well Read is a good one.

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  3. I read what I like, or that catches my interest... something over 800 books on my kindle, plus over 200 sitting on shelves.

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    1. Old NFO,

      How does a particular book catch your interest? There are only about 532 books on my K Fire. Less than 50 hard cover, I move a lot.

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  4. Reading? Ummm...Country Living, Good Housekeeping...I haven't read a book all summer! Now that my storytelling programs have wound down, I'll get back into it. I'm a wide-ranging reader, but mostly I read nonfiction, and mostly local history, poetry. Some short stories--my favorite fiction reading. Can't get into novels usually unless they really, really grab me. For me real life is so fascinating, can't bother with made up life. That said, I do write short fiction pieces myself! so there ya go.

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    1. Granny Sue,
      You are a doer, I get tired just reading about your varied adventures. You may not read, but you excel in keeping the past alive via your story telling.

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  5. Do I consider myself well read, probably not, but who knows. Most of my life I read only nonfiction. A few years ago I began reading some fiction, mostly western romance. I'd like to enjoy reading mysteries but haven't don well with those, maybe later. For many years I read. Now I only do audible books.

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    1. Linda,
      Glad to hear you are enjoying audio books, they are a blessing at times. Wish there had been more when my Granny was a live. It was the hardest thing when she could not see well enough to tackle a large tome.

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  6. Whatever catches my eye on KU.
    At ten bucks a month KU has paid for itself in the first week of every month that I have had it.

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    1. jon spencer,

      I haven't tried KU on the Fire, preferring Overdrive. It's Free!

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  7. You are a woman close to my heart. You challenge yourself. You venture into texts that force thought and interpretation. Many of us read what is comfortable and easy. It's a habit born of our current culture. I remember when you told me you had read the Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. That was when I sat up and thought, "That Brighid is a marvelous woman."

    What am I reading?

    I just finished Louisa, the story of John Quincy Adam's wife. Now, I am reading "Hamilton," the new biography of Alexander Hamilton. I am rereading "Mrs. Dalloway" after visiting London.

    One of the things to take into consideration in your reading choices is to remember that you only have so much time to read so many books. I prefer to choose books from which I can learn about history, about courage and cowardice about survival and most of all about what makes us all be the people who we are.

    Thanks Brighid.

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    1. Cheri Block,

      Dang, not sure I can live up to your kind words, but thank you.
      I do like a book that challenges me to think.
      You are spot on about time limits and choices and what makes us, us.
      Thank you.

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  8. Making my way through the Outlander series. Just finished the 4th one, "Drums of Autumn." Taking a detour through some old Dick Francis of my father's. It's my way of shutting out for awhile what I cannot change or control.

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    1. Celia,
      The Outlander series is great on audio, my daughter has been through it twice now.
      Sometimes we need a bit of escape in order to regroup...

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  9. I'm reading John Grisham's latest, set in Clanton, MS, with the usual characters (Harry Rex Vonner and crew). I've been a Kindle guy for about 5 years now. Books? Nah. Too big and cumbersome.

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    1. Fredd,
      Grisham was a favorite of the Cowman.
      I have had a kindle for about five years. Would have loved to have had one back in the day when I was spending a fair amount of time in airports. Only hang on to a select few hard copies, I move too much.

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  10. Right now I'm reading "Whistling Woman" by CC Tillery. History is my favorite, though. Brock Townsend really taught me about Robert E. Lee and the South. As a Yankee, we were ever taught that wonderful history. What a eye opener! Amazing what truths you can find if only you look for it.

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    1. Chickenmom,
      It is a great injustice to our children that history books have been so PC'd that they don't reflect the truth.

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  11. Epic of Gilgamesh! Been a while since I've read that... nice one.

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    1. LSP,

      Padre, perhaps it's time to revisit Gilgamesh.

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  12. The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis, and before that, Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage. I believe in variety.

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    1. c w swanson,

      Interesting choices. I have heard that Blind Man's Bluff is a good read.

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  13. Books? I can't even keep up with the blogs.

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    1. Woodsterman,

      You could listen to audio books while making those beautiful wood boxes.

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  14. I prefer science fiction and history, but I'll read just about anything if it's okie dokie writing. Let's see...in non-fiction: American Heroes by Edmund S. Morgan, War by Gwynne Dyer, Taliban by Ahmed Rashid, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Closing of the American Mind (reread) by Allen Bloom, A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell, The Landscape of History by John Lewis Gaddis, The Process of Decision Making in Chess by Philip Ochman, Sergeant Nibley, PhD by Hugh Nibley.

    In fiction: Five books of The Pillars of Reality series by Jack Campbell, Stonefather by Orson Scott Card, The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent by Larry Correia, The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson, The Harry Potter Series (reread), The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan, Ink Mage by Victor Gischler, Lock In by John Scalzi, The Snarkout Boys & the BaconBurg Horror by Daniel M. Pinkwater, Wild Cards I (reread) edited by George R.R. Martin.

    (That goes back to May....) I love audiobooks.

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    1. Euripides,

      A Conflict of Visions is going to be my Book Club choice, seems apropos for the times...
      History has long been a favorite of mine, not so much science fiction, though The Adventures of Tom Stranger had my whole crew laughing for days.

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    2. A Conflict of Visions is OK. It is a bit denser that Sowell's usual writing because of his vocabulary. He uses the terms "constrained" and "unconstrained" to describe what we would call "conservative" and "liberal" respectively. He does that, I think, to allow him to create new categories, but the language gets in the way of his meaning.

      I read Larry Correia's books all the time and really appreciated the humor of Tom Stranger.

      Of the other books I read, I'd recommend I Am Malala. She's a remarkable young woman who got shot by the Taliban.

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    3. Euripides,

      My daughter, the corpsman, and I are fans of Larry Correia. It says something when an author can hold the interest of three generations.
      Thanks for the recommendation of "I Am Malala".

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  15. I have only just discovered Robert B. Parker. All his books are fantastic and sadly I have only started them now that he is deceased. I listen to them on audio books checked out online from my library for FREE. Spenser For Hire was created from his novels and the episodes of Jesse Stone staring Tom Selleck is also Parker's character. I am sure there must have been western movies made from his gunslinger character Virgil Cole and his sidekick Everett Hitch. Not literary genius but definitely entertaining with his wit and sarcasm.

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    1. Granny Annie,

      Are you using Overdrive for your audio books? It is free.
      Have you read any of Terry Pratchett's Disc World?

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