What are you Reading?

Wynter

Legend
We do have some avid readers as I've gathered over the last few months on the forum and figured I'd make this thread as a brief test.

So anything you've been reading as of late? Any books you've read long before that you'd recommend to people? Any genres/themes your looking for that others can recommend novels to you?

As of late I've been on a bit of a historical binge, so the last book I read was The World Until Yesterday which looks at how tribal societies approach ideas such as health, language etc; in relation to the Western World and whether these societies have anything to teach us, definitely an interesting read and worth picking up.

For some Personal recommendations: For a glimpse into the life of athletes but perhaps more importantly mental health A Life too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke is perhaps one of the greatest books I've ever had the pleasure to read.
 

Seth

Legend
My last three over the past two months:
Under the Dome - Stephen King
Hell's Angles: A Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs - Hunter S. Thompson
The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta (in-progress)
 

richardc-s

Semi-Pro
Ive just finished reading the Rome series by M.C. Scott. 4 novels in total, I found them very good.

I'm just about to finish 'The Spartans' by Paul Cartledge. Good book about the history of Sparta.

And I'm about to start reading the Iliad by Homer.

As you can tell I enjoy reading about The Greeks and Romans!
 
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Sirius Black

Guest
Currently on The Fellowship of the Ring. Unfortunately with schoolwork I haven't been able to read for pleasure as much as I'd like.
 

chrischris

G.O.A.T.
Marcus Tullius Cicero ' The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest '


Cicero was a rare multitasker and multi talent philosopher,lawyer,political theorist, orator,consul and constitutionalist. Beat that!
 

McLovin

Legend
The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta (in-progress)
Interesting. It wasn't until the season finale this week that I saw in the credits that the show was based on a book. How is it? I found season one of the show to be very depressing. Season two is much better, if a bit disjointed in the middle, but it finished strong.
 

richardc-s

Semi-Pro
Marcus Tullius Cicero ' The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest '


Cicero was a rare multitasker and multi talent philosopher,lawyer,political theorist, orator,consul and constitutionalist. Beat that!

Busy man! Are there any other Romans or Greeks you recommend reading about? I also fancy reading up about the Persian empire at some point.... So many subjects, so little time!
 

chrischris

G.O.A.T.
Busy man! Are there any other Romans or Greeks you recommend reading about? I also fancy reading up about the Persian empire at some point.... So many subjects, so little time!

Indeed.
There are many but as of late the CEO of ENEL Francesco Starace has a good brain on his shoulders besides the gift of speaking clearly and to the point of whats important in the year of 2015. Much like Cicero was able to in his.
Here is an example
http://www.theguardian.com/enel-par...o-starace-comments-on-pope-francis-encyclical
 

Seth

Legend
Interesting. It wasn't until the season finale this week that I saw in the credits that the show was based on a book. How is it? I found season one of the show to be very depressing. Season two is much better, if a bit disjointed in the middle, but it finished strong.

I'm only 30 pages in, so all I can say is that the "hook" in the beginning reeled me in. I've never seen the show, but knew it was based off of a book. I plan on watching the show after I finish the book.
 

Garhi Shot First

Hall of Fame
Two books that I recently finished:
Philosophical Investigations by Wittgenstein. (Still working my way through the original German.)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Very powerful and highly recommended.

I recently purchased Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and I hope to finally get through my copy of Sartre's Being and Nothingness. That one's been sitting on my shelf for about two years. :oops:
 

Soul

Semi-Pro
I've been reading some health books of late, more on the history side of things I suppose. I'm currently reading the history of scurvy and how the vitamin C deficiency disease, or lack of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, would often devestate naval voyages killing upwards of 50% of crews with scurvy but also with leaving crews susceptible to many diseases due to weakened immune systems. Vaccines frequently receive most of the credit for limiting diseases, but improved nutrition and sanitation played a crucial under appreciated part in that area.

Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentlemen Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1449609504&ref_=sr_1_1&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
In The World According To Sureshs there is a gruesome scene where the main character, T.S. Sureshs, accidentally rear-ends another golf cart at a tennis tournament with such force to cause orally inflicted dismemberment on a young man trying to "console" a recently bageled Div3 tennis princess. If I tell you anymore of this story, I've been threatened by the Ellen James crazies with another form of mutilation that will require me to learn how to sign.:eek:
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
I"ve read 15 of the RA Salvatore fiction books lately.
I've read 6 of the LeeChild Jack Reacher's series the past year.
I've read 8 of the WilliamC Dietz Legion series the past two years.
I've read 6 of the Harold Coyle military fiction series the past two years.
Still have most of them 5' away from the computer, most read twice or 3 times.
 

Wynter

Legend
Ive just finished reading the Rome series by M.C. Scott. 4 novels in total, I found them very good.

I'm just about to finish 'The Spartans' by Paul Cartledge. Good book about the history of Sparta.

And I'm about to start reading the Iliad by Homer.

As you can tell I enjoy reading about The Greeks and Romans!

The Iliad is an amazing read once you can get into it, have you read Gibbons History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?
 

richardc-s

Semi-Pro
The Iliad is an amazing read once you can get into it, have you read Gibbons History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire?

No I haven't, I'll put it on the list! I picked up Histories by Heroditus the other day so I'm looking forward to starting that as well.
 

navigator

Hall of Fame
Currently reading Oleg Khlevniuk's biography of Stalin.

The best book I've read recently is John Darnielle's "Wolf in White Van."
 

dlk

Hall of Fame
Sheepishly announces, has not read anything but texts, journals, & research last 8 years:oops: Last book I read was The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond.
 

Carsomyr

Legend
Wow, everyone's on an ancient history binge, it seems. Just blazed through I, Claudius by Robert Graves, which remains to me the pinnacle of historical fiction.
 

Rafaisdabest

Hall of Fame
I'm reading the Harry Potter Books, I'm currently halfway through Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire! They have left a lot of stuff out of the books I've read so far out of the movies but I still love the movies!! True fan forever!!
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah,that's the one. I intended to get his magnum opus,Infinite Jest but someone already had that out,so I got this instead

Awesome, liking it thus far? Coincidentally, I'm halfway into Infinite Jest at the moment. That book is a helluva lot work, but definitely worth it if you ask me. That guy had an unique mind.
 

richardc-s

Semi-Pro
I've been chipping away at the Sherlock Holmes stories for the last few months and finally read the last one a few days ago. It's taken a while but I'm glad I read them, I think they're very good.

Now I think I'm going to start the Iliad. I said at the begining of this thread that I was about to start it but I still haven't got around to it!
 

Midaso240

Legend
Awesome, liking it thus far? Coincidentally, I'm halfway into Infinite Jest at the moment. That book is a helluva lot work, but definitely worth it if you ask me. That guy had an unique mind.
Yeah,it's OK. It doesn't really stand out as far as bios go,but the subject is interesting. How long would you suggest setting aside for IJ?
 
Finished summer house with swimming pool not long ago, it took me a couple of months to get through what should be a fairly easy read but I just couldn't get into it. The author made the main character so caustic it was a put off to me.

I don't give up on books easily so I got through it, it was interesting to see the world through such negative eyes as it was narrated by the main character a doctor. The story took time to get going and I felt alot of the chapters were verging off the track.

Now I've got to get through The art of the deal.
 

Doc Hollidae

Hall of Fame
I've been chipping away at the Sherlock Holmes stories for the last few months and finally read the last one a few days ago. It's taken a while but I'm glad I read them, I think they're very good.

Now I think I'm going to start the Iliad. I said at the begining of this thread that I was about to start it but I still haven't got around to it!

Sound like you are into Ancient History (Roman and Greek). Have you ever read any of Michael Curtis Ford's books? Or any of Hannibal's biographies?
 
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Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah,it's OK. It doesn't really stand out as far as bios go,but the subject is interesting. How long would you suggest setting aside for IJ?

Regarding the time needed for getting through IJ, that surely varies a lot for different folks, but I'd guess that most would definitely have to set aside more than one month for it. It's pretty densely written and contains all those small-font endnotes that are essential to the story.
 

LeeD

Bionic Poster
3. a Jack Reacher novel, by Lee Childs. Left in PR. Started mid Dec.
2. Stalingrad, the Fateful Siege, by Antony Beevor.
1. Night of the Hunter, RA Salvatore, for the 3rd time in a year.
Currently reading Terminal Freeze, Lincoln Child.
Concurrently reading, For Those Who Fell, William C Dietz.
 

Doc Hollidae

Hall of Fame
Yes I am and no I haven't! Are they worth picking up?

I thought the Michael Curtis Ford books were pretty cool. I believe they are considered Historical Fiction. I've read all of the books he's put out and the Last King was my favorite. It's about King Mithridates. They are fun reads because you get to learn a little history while reading it in a more story/novel format.

The Hannibal biographies I've read I've really enjoyed. I read the one by Livy and also the one called Pride of Carthage. Hannibal was a bad ass in his time, his tactics and strategies were very interesting to read about.
 

Lord Anomander

Professional
I'm currently reading the Wheel of Time saga. I've read better epic fantasy, but I'll give the characters time to develop as I've only read 1/3 of the 2nd book so far. Still a good read on my way to work. :)
 

Midaso240

Legend
Read The Devil In The White City. Liked this book,I hear DiCaprio,Scorsese & others are planning to develop a film version. I imagine it would be fairly difficult to adapt to film.but I look forward to seeing the results.
Regarding the time needed for getting through IJ, that surely varies a lot for different folks, but I'd guess that most would definitely have to set aside more than one month for it. It's pretty densely written and contains all those small-font endnotes that are essential to the story.
Reading Infinite Jest now. Damn,this is some heavy stuff. I've been reading 30 pages a day,but I'm still hoping to do it in a month if I can. If I enjoy it enough,I'll buy my own copy
 

max

Legend
I just started another John LeCarre novel. I usually read nonfiction, but I'm off-feed of it right now. re: above, Mary Lincoln: many interesting controversies about her. Would this constructive, albeit difficult, relationship have stayed together in times such as ours?
 

max

Legend
Read The Devil In The White City. Liked this book,I hear DiCaprio,Scorsese & others are planning to develop a film version. I imagine it would be fairly difficult to adapt to film.but I look forward to seeing the results.

Reading Infinite Jest now. Damn,this is some heavy stuff. I've been reading 30 pages a day,but I'm still hoping to do it in a month if I can. If I enjoy it enough,I'll buy my own copy

I once invited Wallace to a tennis event. Read some of his journalism (okay, just gonzo-style stuff); the rest seemed unfortunately flatulent to me, couldn't dig it. The Devil in the White City is interesting stuff; I was tooling around the south side a couple months ago at about the location of this building.
 
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