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What are you reading these days?

gSteph
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Wednesday, November 22, 2023 8:22 PM
Or lately? I was never much of a book reader – but simultaneous Covid/retirement changed that some. Mostly science or nature offerings. Some recent: “I Contain Multitudes – the microbes within us” Fascinating, the person in your mirror may have more non-human cells the human. And their health/numbers affect us greatly. “Eager – the secret life of beavers and why they matter” A book about how much beavers affected the land and water (mostly in US) and how their reduction in numbers has changed our world. “The Nature of Oaks” Trees in the oak family support WAY more insect – a therefore other life – than most trees. “An Immense World” The incredible variety of animal senses and how they perceive the world. On the fiction side: “Beautiful Ruins” Set across decades, this sort of a love story combines the lap dance and porn loving boyfriend, movie producers, Liz and Dick, an Italian seaside hotel, and the art scene of Sandpoint Idaho into a great story.

14 comments

  • gSteph
    8 months ago
    Oh yeah. The Donner party also in Beautiful Ruins.
  • Studme53
    8 months ago
    Reading “The Tender Bar” after seeing the movie, which I liked. Great coming-of-age memoir.
  • georgmicrodong
    8 months ago
    Re-reading The Wheel of Time series.
  • Studme53
    8 months ago
    Also just read “Between Two Fires” which is a kind of horror novel set during the bubonic plague in medieval France. A disgraced, excommunicated Knight turned outlaw and a possessed little girl are thrown together to fight against Lucifer. Their relationship reminded me of the Hound and Arya from Game of Thrones. Sounds crazy, but it was a great book that actually made me cry…and I’m no pussy! Lol
  • Huntsman
    8 months ago
    Endemic, by Monica Gandhi.
  • RonJax2
    8 months ago
    I'm experiencing a Kurt Vonnegut addiction. I don't know how Vonnegut was not on my radar until this late in life, but he is an amazing writer. He's written 14 novels, I've just started reading my 9th of those 14. Player Piano is so far my favorite. It was his very first book, written in the early 50s and depicts a dystopian society were everything is automated. The engineers who control the automation live fabulous and fulfilling lives, but the 90% of workers left behind by all the automation are stuck working stultifying government jobs, and with no real purpose in life. This lack of purpose drives society to the brink. Fascinating read. I think in spite of it's age, it's newly relevant given the challenges our society is currently confronting with AI automation.
  • twentyfive
    8 months ago
    John Grishams new novel, ‘The Exchange’ like all of his books it’s a page turner.
  • drewcareypnw
    8 months ago
    Enjoying Kitchen Confidential, which I missed the first time around.
  • Muddy
    8 months ago
    ^^^Yeah drew I've listened to that on audible. Miss Anthony Bourdain big time. Huge fan of all his shows.
  • Muddy
    8 months ago
    I've been reading (listening) to all of Peter Zeihan's books. I love that dude. Knows so much shit about what I'm interested in. I could listen for hours. Working on the latest one The End of the World is just the Beginning.
  • Array
    8 months ago
    “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir, who also wrote “The Martian.” Almost as good, but not quite.
  • Studme53
    8 months ago
    Muddy - I read The End of the World is just the Beginning after listening to Zeihan on Joe Rogan. He’s really interesting and has a unique perspective- very gloomy and imminent for China and Europe, with low birth rates being a major problem. We’ll see if it pans out in the next 10-20 years. I’m dubious. I think it’s more provocative stuff to sell books than anything else. Just like I’m dubious about any sudden or eminent catastrophes due climate change. All will be gradual.
  • Jascoi
    8 months ago
    I don't read much other than forums I'm interested in. I am a old car collector from decades back and it just doesn't interest me much anymore. I'm a life member of the AACA and also a member of HAMB. I always try to check in at least once a week to see what's going on. but I'm obsessed with beautiful young ladies. it seems like nothing else matters in reality. this website and (a few others) are my reading now. I've got a bunch of books and a bunch of magazines gathering dust... my intention to read what should interest me... but there ain't nothing like a beautiful young lady that grabs my interest.
  • FLAP3000
    7 months ago
    Mostly Mark Douglas trading psychology books and listening to some of his lectures.
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