What books have you been reading lately?

DM60

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I have read in the past year a several books on European history, I will only say, Europe has been a mess up until after WWII. From WWII until now is probably the longest period of peace that Europe has ever known.

Then The Plantagenets, very interesting, there was so much in that book I will have to read it again.

Just finished a book on Ancient Greece, really good read. I will say this, while Greece may have given us the concept of democracy and from the Spartans, a socialistic type ideology, the practice of both were for a very select few.

I am now on Babylon, it begins to start, what some believe, is the beginning to civilization. In the middle of that book right now.
 

Orson

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I have read in the past year a several books on European history, I will only say, Europe has been a mess up until after WWII. From WWII until now is probably the longest period of peace that Europe has ever known.

Then The Plantagenets, very interesting, there was so much in that book I will have to read it again.

Just finished a book on Ancient Greece, really good read. I will say this, while Greece may have given us the concept of democracy and from the Spartans, a socialistic type ideology, the practice of both were for a very select few.

I am now on Babylon, it begins to start, what some believe, is the beginning to civilization. In the middle of that book right now.

I never read books.............seems I'm lucky.:p
 

TalismanRich

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Just finished The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. On the shelf I have a couple of Clancy derived novels, 2 John Sanfords, a Grisham and a Scott Turrow. My book reading has slowed lately. Too much golf, computer time and TV time.
 

spantini

COO of me, inc.
My last reads were the (original) Dune Trilogy; Stephen R. Donaldson's trilogy: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever; the Bible - KJV.
 

DM60

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My last reads were the (original) Dune Trilogy; Stephen R. Donaldson's trilogy: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever; the Bible - KJV.

I read the Thomas Covenant books back in the 80's. I was looking that up last week. Are you collecting my data ;)
 

DM60

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Ecclesiastes
Reference the "Rush" thread

I would say, after reading that part of the Old Testament many times, as I just keep reading through the Bible over and over from page 1 to page end, I read this and when it hit me, I was forever changed.
 

Gtoboy

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My last reads were the (original) Dune Trilogy; Stephen R. Donaldson's trilogy: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever; the Bible - KJV.

I still have both trilogies and it's one of the few series I cant bring myself to re-read, something too disturbing about the characters IMHO. I have been re-reading two different series: CJ Cherryh's Chanur series and David Eddings' Belgariad. One space opera and the other sword and sorcery.

I have collected ~ 1000 books over the years that are my favorites and I just re read them. Occasionally I find something new but I haven't been to a booksellers in a coon's age so I am stuck with what I have for now.

Got some circuit design books off Amazon but they aren't really reading I don't think
 
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grimtraveller

If only for a moment.....
I'm an avid reader. I'm usually reading 2 books at once, one of which I call my "Lou Read" because I read it when I'm going to be sitting down on the loo. The other I tend to read in the bath. There are few things like a peaceful 2 or 3 hours in the bath with a book. It's also interesting how many songs, lyrics or bits of lyric or instrumental parts come to me in the bath.....but never in the loo.
The two I'm currently reading are {Lou Read} "The Walrus was Ringo" by Spencer Leigh and Alan Clayson and "Big Chiv" which is an autobiography by the 60s & 70s footballer Martin Chivers. I remember Chivers very well. He was one of the big stars when I first got into soccer in '71 and he kind of disappeared after about '77. He used to play for England in internationals and was very iconic. He was one of those people with such a distinctive face. Some people have a distinctive look but not face. He had that face.
I'd read "The Walrus was Ringo" when it first came out. I must've done because it is full of highlighted phrases {I'm a serial highlighter} but I have no recollection of reading it from cover to cover. I seem to recall only a few bits that I looked over. Since about 2012 or 13 I date when I read my books and there's no date. I suspect I looked over it before my second son was born and he was born in 2004.
But I'm right at the start of both books {well, actually 100 pages into Big Chiv and about 30 into Walrus}. The two I read before were "Liverpool's greatest players" which was my Lou Read and took me from early August to a couple of days ago and "The Gospel of coincidence: is God in control ?" by John Boykin which I read in 3 weeks and is a magnificent and challenging book, challenging many preconceptions. I remember being given the Liverpool one years ago. It turns out I was given it in 2006 ! It was good but it certainly left me questioning some of the players that were in it.......and one or two of the ones that were left out.
 

spantini

COO of me, inc.
My "Lou Read" was Interactions : A Journey Through the Mind of a Particle Physicist and the Matter of This World by Sheldon L. Glashow
 

TAE

All you have is now
Wow interesting that we have a lot of readers here..

I read a ton of data and articles but not ...books / stories ...have read several motivational and sales books but that's it...I was never a fast reader just average..the wife is a speed reader and reads a shit load of books every month. She only reads when she is on the stair master...usually 40 to 60 minutes...she cray cray....seriously she does the stairmaster PT4000 4 or 5 times a week and blows through murder mysteries and freaky novels like from Steven King...I am blown away when she hands me a bag of 20 books to drop off at the library that she has read in a month..
 

CoolCat

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funny TAE....my dad used to have 4 books going on at the same time, laying around ready to resume.
 

spantini

COO of me, inc.
I've also been reading lots of user manuals for the never-ending list of gear used in these parts. My Music folder is full of PDFs.
 

Gtoboy

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I've also been reading lots of user manuals for the never-ending list of gear used in these parts. My Music folder is full of PDFs.

Yeah I have a Pad that is full of PDFs for gear and software (DAW, Plugins , etc) that I carry back and forth to work and read at lunch or down time.
 

TAE

All you have is now
One of the self improvement books I have read an re-read over the years is Steven Covey's "The 7 habits of highly successful people" Great stuff in there and one of the habits is "sharpen the tool" keep learning, expand your mind. So as mentioned though I actually read quite a lot I don't generally read books that are fantasy stories. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I just spend /waste my time on other things that interest me. I do enjoy the TED talks and stuff that broadens my world view...and then there is the spiritual side of life...Apart from playing , making music ( right there at the top of things I enjoy doing) family, grand kids, inventing stuff, making stuff, fixing stuff...I enjoy delving into what we silly humans have come up with on the unanswerable question of "what is all this going on?"..How did we come to be...how did something come from nothing? do "I" exist? Will I ever get to be with, enjoy the company of the loved ones that have left this life experience ? here's a link to a read that gets pretty deep but was a hoot to muscle through...Anthony De Mello's "Awareness" pretty trippy stuff.
 

spantini

COO of me, inc.
Perhaps you've read In Search of Excellence: Lessons from Americas Best Run Companies, by Jr. Waterman & Thomas J Peters?

It was very enjoyable in it's day, probably not so much now as that was another era of business. Many things have been upended since.
 
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