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It's summer!  Time for fluffy summer books and sitting in the sun.  So, what are you reading?  Actually, what have you just finished, what are you reading right now, and what's next?

I just finished my first Christopher Moore - A Dirty Job, I'm currently reading Elmore Leonard - Get Shorty, and I'm planning on Paul Quarrington - King Leary. 

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Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt

These are all for English class, but I'm really enjoying them. :3

Of course, I hate having to finish a book in a week... I feel so rushed. :(

Proven Guilty, a novel of The Dresden Files series. It's a really great crime-meets-supernatural series, and the main character has a sharp tongue which tends to keep things funny and interesting.

I'm also reading Delirium, and Poison Study, both have great reviews, but they've been on the back burner for awhile. 

Original Post by elle_independence:

I think, next, I will begin the Madison biography; I recently began a goal of mine, to read a book about each US president in order.

Nice!  I've been wanting to read about Madison.  Also John Jay.

What book do you have?

Last night I started Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. 

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by elle_independence:

I think, next, I will begin the Madison biography; I recently began a goal of mine, to read a book about each US president in order.

Nice!  I've been wanting to read about Madison.  Also John Jay.

What book do you have?

I mostly pick up these books from one of two second-hand book stores back home, so my selection is sometimes limited. For Madison, I had just one option: James Madison, The Founding Father by Robert Allen Rutland

I got lucky with John Adams- they had the incredible David McCullough biography!

Now: Star Wars: Shatterpoint- A Clone Wars Novel - Matthew Stover
The Neatest Little Guide To Stock Market Investing - Jason Kelly
One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer - Nathaniel Flick

Trying to finish  The Lovely Bones. I've also downloaded a free copy of Dracula,  by Bram Stroker. I figured I should read the original, just to compare it to modern vampire lore, which with the exception of Buffy seems to suck.

 

I also have several non fiction books in my bedroom that I have started and need to finish (don't have titles with me at moment).

Lately I just haven't been able to get in to reading like I used to. I used to finish a book in a matter of a couple days, hours if it was a really good read. Now, ehh..

Original Post by thecrankyone:

Trying to finish  The Lovely Bones. I've also downloaded a free copy of Dracula,  by Bram Stroker. I figured I should read the original, just to compare it to modern vampire lore, which with the exception of Buffy seems to suck.

 

I also have several non fiction books in my bedroom that I have started and need to finish (don't have titles with me at moment).

Lately I just haven't been able to get in to reading like I used to. I used to finish a book in a matter of a couple days, hours if it was a really good read. Now, ehh..

I think the modern vampire lore compares more to harlequin romances. Have you read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova? It's for grownups.

Original Post by rosieii:

Original Post by thecrankyone:

Trying to finish  The Lovely Bones. I've also downloaded a free copy of Dracula,  by Bram Stroker. I figured I should read the original, just to compare it to modern vampire lore, which with the exception of Buffy seems to suck.

 

I also have several non fiction books in my bedroom that I have started and need to finish (don't have titles with me at moment).

Lately I just haven't been able to get in to reading like I used to. I used to finish a book in a matter of a couple days, hours if it was a really good read. Now, ehh..

I think the modern vampire lore compares more to harlequin romances. Have you read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova? It's for grownups.

Harlequin for inexperienced Middle /High school kids at that.. (at least Twilight). I haven't heard of that book. I may have to check it out. Is it available on Kindle?

As I am a bookworm, I automatically love this thread.

Currently, I am reading John Green's Looking for Alaska.  I read his novel Paper Towns and just short of adored it.  I'm not often fond of books from a guy's point of view, but since I like the author, I cut him some slack :P

My favorite books of all time (so far) are:  Jane Eyre, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Pride and Prejudice, Phantom, and The Grave.

Original Post by uniquelypaige:

Proven Guilty, a novel of The Dresden Files series. It's a really great crime-meets-supernatural series, and the main character has a sharp tongue which tends to keep things funny and interesting.

I'm also reading Delirium, and Poison Study, both have great reviews, but they've been on the back burner for awhile. 

I'm sad to say I didn't quite get into Delirium as much as I thought I would have, though I thought the premise was genius.  I didn't feel very connected to the main character and it was a book that was relatively easy for me to put down-save a few parts.

Cranky, I should warn you it's a slow read. I liked it, but a lot of people I know thought it was boring. Don't know if it's available as a kindle book.

I'm reading "Born to Run" and "Humboldt's Cosmos". Also still working my way through "The Bible in a Year". I'm currently on December 17th...but that's from last year...Embarassed

Les Miserables.

I got half way through it a year ago.. just restarted.

Original Post by rosieii:

Cranky, I should warn you it's a slow read. I liked it, but a lot of people I know thought it was boring. Don't know if it's available as a kindle book.

If I can get thru Half of Ulysess before giving up, I can probably handle almost anything.

I'm trying to read more of the classics I missed as a child (big sci fi fan). But I am reading some new stuff as well.

So far the first part of Dracula was pretty good, but Mina and Lucy are boring me to tears.

Original Post by thecrankyone:

Original Post by rosieii:

Cranky, I should warn you it's a slow read. I liked it, but a lot of people I know thought it was boring. Don't know if it's available as a kindle book.

If I can get thru Half of Ulysess before giving up, I can probably handle almost anything.

I'm trying to read more of the classics I missed as a child (big sci fi fan). But I am reading some new stuff as well.

So far the first part of Dracula was pretty good, but Mina and Lucy are boring me to tears.

Ulysses was dull. I didn't think the Odyssey would be any good because of it. I read the Odyssey and loved it. I finished Dracula Last week!

Currently reading Reamde by Neal Stephenson.  Almost finished with it.  It's a pretty good read, and right now I'm wondering how the ending will go.  His book endings often seem rushed and sort of leave you hanging. 

I'm reading Jesusland by Julia Scheeres.

I'm addicted to autobiographies and other non-fiction right now.

I've read so many memoirs lately, I actually forgot fiction existed.

I just pulled up KG's list from a few pages back and checked - I've read 25 of them, plus started and loathed a couple more

As for current reading?

  • Re-reading the Miles Vorkosigan set by Lois McMaster Bujold (character-driven space opera)
  • Re-reading the Belgariad/Malloreon/sequels by David Eddings

Reading the BBC books which accompany the following series:

  • Who Do you think you Are?
  • First Life

And once I've cleared that little lot (next week sometime) I'll work on Roger Taylor's fantasy stuff, plus Terry Pratchett's "Snuff". E-books on my smartphone at coffee and lunch break make it SO easy to squeeze in reading...

 

Original Post by wordsmithmkuk:

I just pulled up KG's list from a few pages back and checked - I've read 25 of them, plus started and loathed a couple more

As for current reading?

  • Re-reading the Miles Vorkosigan set by Lois McMaster Bujold (character-driven space opera)
  • Re-reading the Belgariad/Malloreon/sequels by David Eddings

Reading the BBC books which accompany the following series:

  • Who Do you think you Are?
  • First Life

And once I've cleared that little lot (next week sometime) I'll work on Roger Taylor's fantasy stuff, plus Terry Pratchett's "Snuff". E-books on my smartphone at coffee and lunch break make it SO easy to squeeze in reading...

 

Oooo! Haven't thought about those in a loooonnngggg time! But I remember loving them! I may have to re-read as well!

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