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tomorrowstreasures
10-01-2009, 08:50 PM
I am on true crime kick right now. I am reading Portrait of a Killer -Jack the Ripper- Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell.

This book is NOT for the faint hearted. It is graphic and gory and totally believable.

I also, at all times have a how to book going on... the book right now is - Scott Kelby's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2
I love Scott's teaching style, the easy to understand text and the step by step photos.

My nightstand book is Thrumpton Hall: A Memoir of Life in My Father's House by Miranda Seymore.

Would love to see what you all are reading!

Mad Aussie
10-01-2009, 08:53 PM
I just finished 'The Host' by Stephanie Meyer (what a great read that was!!!) ...
and after I finish reading 'Who Stole My Cheese' I'm starting on ...
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer :)

tomorrowstreasures
10-01-2009, 08:56 PM
I just finished 'The Host' by Stephanie Meyer (what a great read that was!!!) ...
and after I finish reading 'Who Stole My Cheese' I'm starting on ...
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer :)

Twilight is in my queue too, MA. I have to wait in line for it though as the series is being shared among several of us. would love to hear what you think of it ! The Host is by the same author, i see - was it written prior to her vampire series or is it a new release of a different genre?

kat
10-01-2009, 08:58 PM
Me too for twilight! Been so long since I've read a book..time to start again.

Mad Aussie
10-01-2009, 08:59 PM
The Host was after Twilight ... and I have never not wanted a book to finish as much as I did that one. So well written ... it's a 'don't want to put it down' book for sure and it really makes you think about us as humans in terms of our emotions and cruelties and love.

tomorrowstreasures
10-01-2009, 09:02 PM
The Host was after Twilight ... and I have never not wanted a book to finish as much as I did that one. So well written ... it's a 'don't want to put it down' book for sure and it really makes you think about us as humans in terms of our emotions and cruelties and love.

done. added to the queue!:highfive:

casil403
10-01-2009, 09:08 PM
Ghost Rider by Neil Peart, Drummer for the band Rush. A memoir about his 10 month spontaneous journey all over North America on his BMW motorcycle to recover from the death of his daughter and wife who passed within 14 months of each other.
Super duper great read!!!!

Another fave of mine is Hitching Rides with Buddah by Will Ferguson. he hitchikes from the south to the north end of Japan following the sakura blossoms. The book is all about the cool people he meets on the way and his adventures...funny

One more highly recommended is The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs...this guy sets out to live a year literally according to the Bible. HILARIOUS!!! :laugh: One of the funniest books I`ve ever read!!!

Mad Aussie
10-01-2009, 09:26 PM
Thay all sound worth seeking out Casil!

Bambi
10-01-2009, 09:57 PM
Ghost Rider by Neil Peart, Drummer for the band Rush. A memoir about his 10 month spontaneous journey all over North America on his BMW motorcycle to recover from the death of his daughter and wife who passed within 14 months of each other.
Super duper great read!!!!


Loved that book! It was great.

right now I'm reading Stephen King's 'Just After Sunset'. it's a collection of short stories that are very well written.

Greg_Nuspel
10-01-2009, 10:19 PM
I'm reading the first chapters of my wife's novel, she's hoping to be finished revising the final draft by the end of next month. So far it's pretty good, 9 years of work into this one.

casil403
10-01-2009, 10:22 PM
Lol Right now I`m reading:
Professionalism in Health Care
Anatomy and Physiology
Mental Health Concepts and Techniques for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy.... and the companion book.... Lab Manual for Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy.

They are a little on the dry side I must say..... ;)

Mad Aussie
10-01-2009, 10:39 PM
Wow Greg ... 9 years. Is this her first effort? Can you tell us more or does it need to remain convert for now?

Greg_Nuspel
10-01-2009, 10:54 PM
Wow Greg ... 9 years. Is this her first effort? Can you tell us more or does it need to remain convert for now?

Yes this is her first, she's an English major who actually writes for a living; technical documentation. Presently she works for the fire department creating training material, real interesting stuff. I can't really talk about the novel, but I hope it gets published when it is done.

Mad Aussie
10-01-2009, 10:56 PM
Fingers crossed for her then! We need more writers like Stephanie Meyers :)

Greg_Nuspel
10-01-2009, 11:05 PM
Fingers crossed for her then! We need more writers like Stephanie Meyers :)

I'll have to give her a read, my big thing is science fiction, for an interesting experiment read some of the sifi from the 40's.

Mad Aussie
10-02-2009, 12:53 AM
I'll have to give her a read, my big thing is science fiction, for an interesting experiment read some of the sifi from the 40's.
The Host certainly falls into the Sci Fi category. Don't mix this up the monster story/movie out there by the same name though.

hodaka
10-02-2009, 04:27 AM
Currently reading:
1491 by Charles C. Mann
How to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang (a lot of this book is pretty basic, but interesting nonetheless)
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson (excellent)
Two-Stroke Performance Tuning by A. Graham Bell
Battles of the Bible - which has several authors, and reads like they are all atheists (kinda weird, considering the subject matter)

Yes, I have actually finished some books recently, too.

AntZ
10-02-2009, 08:40 AM
The Host was after Twilight ... and I have never not wanted a book to finish as much as I did that one. So well written ... it's a 'don't want to put it down' book for sure and it really makes you think about us as humans in terms of our emotions and cruelties and love.

Can possibly lend you Twilight. My wife has read it 3 or 4 times, so unless she is planing to read it a 5th, it should be cool. Personally I didn't think too much of it, although the book is waaaaaay better than the movie. Really its just a big love story. Part way through the second one(New Moon) at the moment, and while it was really slow to get going (like nearly half way) the action has just started. Actually I'm listening to it cause I don't get(make) time to read paper books unless I am travelling. Listening works for me so I can do it on the bike.

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 09:17 AM
Greg - your wife HAS to feel really, really good about her accomplishment!!! :highfive:Please tell her congratulations from me!

Susan

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 09:18 AM
Lol Right now I`m reading:
Professionalism in Health Care
Anatomy and Physiology
Mental Health Concepts and Techniques for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy.... and the companion book.... Lab Manual for Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy.

They are a little on the dry side I must say..... ;)
lisa - i bet they are wonderful! :laugh:

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 09:19 AM
Currently reading:
1491 by Charles C. Mann
How to Photograph Absolutely Everything by Tom Ang (a lot of this book is pretty basic, but interesting nonetheless)
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson (excellent)
Two-Stroke Performance Tuning by A. Graham Bell
Battles of the Bible - which has several authors, and reads like they are all atheists (kinda weird, considering the subject matter)

Yes, I have actually finished some books recently, too.

Hodaka - what is 1491 about?

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 09:20 AM
Ghost Rider by Neil Peart, Drummer for the band Rush. A memoir about his 10 month spontaneous journey all over North America on his BMW motorcycle to recover from the death of his daughter and wife who passed within 14 months of each other.
Super duper great read!!!!

Another fave of mine is Hitching Rides with Buddah by Will Ferguson. he hitchikes from the south to the north end of Japan following the sakura blossoms. The book is all about the cool people he meets on the way and his adventures...funny

One more highly recommended is The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs...this guy sets out to live a year literally according to the Bible. HILARIOUS!!! :laugh: One of the funniest books I`ve ever read!!!

This batch sounds a bit more amusing than the other batch you posted! :)

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 09:21 AM
Me too for twilight! Been so long since I've read a book..time to start again.

Good time of year to get immersed in a good read!

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 09:22 AM
Loved that book! It was great.

right now I'm reading Stephen King's 'Just After Sunset'. it's a collection of short stories that are very well written.


Do you have a favorite from the book, yet?

hodaka
10-02-2009, 10:43 AM
Hodaka - what is 1491 about?

1491 - "In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492."

There's a lot that I don't agree with in science-based history (it often tends to ignore or disagree with written history), but this book is very interesting. It proves wrong a lot of what I learned in school only 15-20 years ago.

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 11:56 AM
1491 - "In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492."

There's a lot that I don't agree with in science-based history (it often tends to ignore or disagree with written history), but this book is very interesting. It proves wrong a lot of what I learned in school only 15-20 years ago.

ah! but consider that science proves theories and history can often times be skewed a bit. History is written most often by the winners. ;)

Bambi
10-02-2009, 01:18 PM
Do you have a favorite from the book, yet?

not through it yet and it's a collection of short stories. 'The Gingerbread Girl' was very very well written. Few people can do suspense like Mr. King!

tomorrowstreasures
10-02-2009, 01:36 PM
not through it yet and it's a collection of short stories. 'The Gingerbread Girl' was very very well written. Few people can do suspense like Mr. King!
Very true!!!

Mad Aussie
10-02-2009, 03:01 PM
Can possibly lend you Twilight. My wife has read it 3 or 4 times, so unless she is planing to read it a 5th, it should be cool. Personally I didn't think too much of it, although the book is waaaaaay better than the movie. Really its just a big love story. Part way through the second one(New Moon) at the moment, and while it was really slow to get going (like nearly half way) the action has just started. Actually I'm listening to it cause I don't get(make) time to read paper books unless I am travelling. Listening works for me so I can do it on the bike.
Thanks for that Antz but we do have a copy here. Both my daughters have the book. Leanne and Allyce both say the book is better than the movie.

casil403
10-02-2009, 07:32 PM
lisa - i bet they are wonderful! :laugh:
They are only wonderful in the fact that they are going to get me somewhere really great in my new life path by the time I am done reading them! :highfive:
Actually the Professionalism in Health Care really is a bit interesting and I find the mental health concepts for OTA's somewhat interesting also!
Who knew?!!

I mean it doesn`t sound Twilight-New Moon( I haven`t read them....Ann Rice kind of turned me off vampire books :evil2:) interesting so MA I`m not recommending you go out and buy them.

casil403
10-02-2009, 07:36 PM
I`ll also read pretty much any short story by Stuart McClean...host of CBC`s The Vinyl Cafe....funny stuff!

AJ Jacobs` The Know it All was incredibly funny as well. He sets out this time to read the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica from A to Z. Someone told me he has a new book out too where he does something else zany! The guy is a hilarious writer!!!


Any book pretty much that makes me laugh out loud while reading rocks in my world!

Mad Aussie
10-02-2009, 08:12 PM
Any book pretty much that makes me laugh out loud while reading rocks in my world!
Marley and Me ... had me laughing out loud often. Great book.

Iguanasan
10-02-2009, 08:14 PM
I just started "reading" Red Mars (http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=BK_RECO_001717&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes). Is it still called reading when you are listening to an audio book?

casil403
10-02-2009, 08:33 PM
Here`s AJ Jacobs website if anyone is interested...I`m ordering his new book tomorrow! Sounds like another gem!
http://www.ajjacobs.com/content/home.asp

Mad Aussie
10-05-2009, 02:13 AM
I'm about 1/5th of the way through Twilight now and although my wife and daughters raved over this book and reckoned that it was better than the Host, I disagree completely. I think Twilight simply appeals more to the female romantic bones perhaps but I definitely think The Host is written better. Another level above in fact. In the Host it seemed to draw you in and force you to think about things you wouldn't normally even consider.

tomorrowstreasures
10-05-2009, 09:17 AM
I just started "reading" Red Mars (http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?productID=BK_RECO_001717&BV_UseBVCookie=Yes). Is it still called reading when you are listening to an audio book?

you betcha!!!

tomorrowstreasures
10-05-2009, 09:20 AM
I`ll also read pretty much any short story by Stuart McClean...host of CBC`s The Vinyl Cafe....funny stuff!

AJ Jacobs` The Know it All was incredibly funny as well. He sets out this time to read the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica from A to Z. Someone told me he has a new book out too where he does something else zany! The guy is a hilarious writer!!!


Any book pretty much that makes me laugh out loud while reading rocks in my world!
i think these sound right up my alley!! will add them to the queue too! :highfive:

Bambi
10-09-2009, 09:14 PM
Okay, this is weird. I just read a story in my Stephen King book and in it there's a story called 'N.' it's about an amateur photographer who, in seeking the perfect shot, stumbles across an eery field.

I won't tell you anymore but it was neat the way he did it.

so just be careful out there ok???
:fingerscr

Michaelaw
10-09-2009, 09:40 PM
Me being too much techie sometimes, I just read "Crypto" (http://www.stevenlevy.com/) by Steven Levy. If you love technology or even if you don't, maybe you just wonder about the history of computers, the inside track on the software industry or the origins of the true "Hacker" then this guys work is a must. Informative, very entertaining tech writer.

crystalb
10-10-2009, 10:30 AM
I read Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer a while ago, it was pretty good.
I started The Host by Stephanie Meyer too, but haven't gotten into it much yet....it's winter now so I will start reading again soon.

AcadieLibre
10-10-2009, 11:57 AM
Currently reading The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein. Very well researched and written book.

Mad Aussie
10-10-2009, 08:04 PM
I started The Host by Stephanie Meyer too, but haven't gotten into it much yet....it's winter now so I will start reading again soon.
Let me know what you think once you have read a few chapters :)

I'm almost through Twilight and it's fine but no where near as good in my opinion.

tomorrowstreasures
10-14-2009, 09:20 AM
Let me know what you think once you have read a few chapters :)



i shared the book title with a co-worker... she is interested in reading it too. for me, it will be a bit as i am starting the next book on my longggggggggggggggg queue.

tomorrowstreasures
10-14-2009, 09:21 AM
Okay, this is weird. I just read a story in my Stephen King book and in it there's a story called 'N.' it's about an amateur photographer who, in seeking the perfect shot, stumbles across an eery field.

I won't tell you anymore but it was neat the way he did it.

so just be careful out there ok???
:fingerscr

that sounds really good! will add it to the queue! :thankyou:

tomorrowstreasures
10-14-2009, 09:23 AM
Currently reading The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein. Very well researched and written book.


you have thee best taste in what you spend your time on! between awesome websites and now this title. you may not be able to judge a book by it's cover but you can certainly learn a lot about a person through his / her preferences! AL -you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!! :highfive:

tomorrowstreasures
10-14-2009, 09:35 AM
Just finished several books these past few days. i have been on a true crime kick. so, there was jack the ripper-case closed by patricia cornwell (http://www.amazon.com/House-Secrets-Lowell-Cauffiel/dp/0786018275/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255526599&sr=1-5). house of secrets (http://www.amazon.com/House-Secrets-Lowell-Cauffiel/dp/0786018275/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255526599&sr=1-5)
freak (http://www.amazon.com/FREAK-Inside-Twisted-Michael-Jackson/dp/006077598X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255526961&sr=1-2)


and now, i am onto: fred and rose (http://www.amazon.com/Fred-Rose-Story-Gloucester-Horrors/dp/0751513229/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255527025&sr=1-1)

pretty sicko stuff. :rolleyes: :evil2: :D :p

i also finished thrumpton hall (http://www.amazon.com/Thrumpton-Hall-Memoir-Fathers-Notable/dp/0061466581/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255527119&sr=1-1) in the past week or two - not bad, but sad from the author's pov.

my newest work of fiction is a classic that i have wanted to read forever but never took the time. it is: ayn rand's atlas shrugged (http://www.amazon.com/Atlas-Shrugged-Ayn-Rand/dp/0452011876/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255527236&sr=1-1)

this one should keep me busy for a little while.

happy reading, friends!

tomorrowstreasures
10-14-2009, 09:37 AM
Me being too much techie sometimes, I just read "Crypto" (http://www.stevenlevy.com/) by Steven Levy. If you love technology or even if you don't, maybe you just wonder about the history of computers, the inside track on the software industry or the origins of the true "Hacker" then this guys work is a must. Informative, very entertaining tech writer.

i think this is one that i will suggest to my honey! :thankyou:

tomorrowstreasures
10-14-2009, 09:38 AM
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I started The Host by Stephanie Meyer too, but haven't gotten into it much yet....it's winter now so I will start reading again soon.\

can't wait to see if you like it as much as MA did!

crystalb
03-12-2010, 10:08 PM
I had to dig up this thread, I just finished reading The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.
I think it is his best book so far.... I loved it.

And now I promise to read The Host next:p

AcadieLibre
03-12-2010, 10:47 PM
Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. I have not read this in about 25 years and it is still a fabulous and raw as it was the first time I read it. A classic, it is one of the books I make all my kids read at some point. I have a reading list I think all people should read, since it is only kids I can make read them I will live with that. My oldest two have read them all my youngest has been at it two years and has to go until he reads them all.

I then sit down at the end and over a few days I talk to them about what they got out of the book, if they misunderstand the theory, premise, social message, etc. I explain it, tell them to consider what I say. They can disagree with my views on the subject as long as they can articulate why. I think it helps develop critical thinking skills. And plus I need to indoctrinate them into being free thinkers lol. Books are still a great learning tool, I think kids are not made to read novels like they once did. Also great for the learning of the language and vocabulary skills.

Michaelaw
03-12-2010, 10:59 PM
Brilliant story AL. I've not read the book but the film has a place in my heart.

ericmark
03-12-2010, 11:16 PM
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett a Discworld novel. I love the covers on books and records and I find some images come to mind with each book I read this one http://www.photography.ca/Forums/members/ericmark/albums/structures-landscape/331-basingwerk-abbey.jpg seems to fit in with Discworld to my mind. May be others have some other thoughts.

May be better if you don't do one to Stephen King's books too scary for my likening?

MoinMoin
03-13-2010, 07:54 AM
I finished just the Twilight-books from S. Meyer. And just now I am reading the Black-Dagger-Brotherhood-books from JR Ward. Afterwards I'll look now for "The Host" from S. Meyer - sounds very interesting!:thumbup:

casil403
03-13-2010, 08:07 AM
Clinical Kinesiology and Anatomy 4th Edition + the companion labratory manual.
Trail Guide to the Body
Physical Dysfunction and Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy
And the ever popular Principles and Techniques of Patient Care.

I have to say they are all a little on the dry side....LOL! :laughing:
I long to read a real book...maybe this summer.....:fingerscr
No Logo by Naomi Klein is on the top of the list...as well as In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

Bambi
03-13-2010, 08:46 AM
A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.
'Tis a far far better thing I do then I have ever done' :laughing:

Wicked Dark
03-13-2010, 08:47 AM
I'm always reading something - right now it's a biography of Benjamin Franklin and an espionage novel called Spy Line. 1491 was probably the best thing I read last year.

Review Blog (http://thebookmarque.blogspot.com/)

Lovin
03-13-2010, 03:38 PM
I start reading A History of Religious Ideas by Mircea Eliade, is the first and only complete history of religions and believes so far.
Here are some reviews :

"Mircea Eliade was a genius, a polymath, and his three-volume history of religious ideas deserves to go on your bookshelf right next to Copleston's history of philosophy.

I want this review to be brief, so I'll just point out that Page One is really worth the price of the entire book. On that page, Eliade simply reprints his earlier thoughts on religion in general, which strike me as absolutely true: around the world and throughout recorded time, we human beings have been religious.

And this is something which really deserves serious thought and examination. I myself am about as religious as a pea, but I cannot help noticing that I am in a distinct minority. Then I look at Page One again, and think again about Eliade's statement that religion is a constant of human consciousness, NOT an historical stage which we have passed through.

As Eliade says, "it is difficult to imagine how the human mind could function without the conviction that there is something irreducibly *real* in the world; and it is impossible to imagine how consciousness could appear without conferring a *meaning* on man's impulses and experiences. Consciousness of a real and meaningful world is intimately connected with the discovery of the sacred.....Living, considered as being human, is in itself a *religious act*, for food-getting, sexual life, and work have a sacramental value. In other words, to be --- or, rather, to become --- *a man* signifies being 'religious.' " "

AcadieLibre
03-13-2010, 06:21 PM
In other words, to be --- or, rather, to become --- *a man* signifies being 'religious.' " "

Pardon? You are not equating to become a man one must be religious are you? That makes no sense, maybe I am misunderstanding your point.

casil403
03-13-2010, 06:34 PM
Living, considered as being human, is in itself a *religious act*, for food-getting, sexual life, and work have a sacramental value. In other words, to be --- or, rather, to become --- *a man* signifies being 'religious.' " "

I think it means "religious" as in the definition of:

3 a : scrupulously and conscientiously faithful b : fervent, zealous

Which to me has nothing to do with Religion specifically in and of itself.

Taken from Merriam Webster online.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religious (URL="http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religious)
LOL....and that is my one and only comment regarding the topic....so don't wanna go there. :D

Lovin
03-13-2010, 06:37 PM
That's not my review :)

Mad Aussie
03-13-2010, 08:51 PM
I finished just the Twilight-books from S. Meyer. And just now I am reading the Black-Dagger-Brotherhood-books from JR Ward. Afterwards I'll look now for "The Host" from S. Meyer - sounds very interesting!:thumbup:
I loved the Host from S Meyer! Great book!

I'm halfway through the final Twilight book now.

crystalb
04-14-2010, 09:13 AM
ok, made it through 'The Host' a few weeks ago. It was a fast read but overall I didn't care to much for it. I liked the characters and everything but I'm not into science fiction at all, so the whole 'aliens taking over the world and exterminating humans' thing was too much for me....
But that won't stop me from buying other books she comes out with, I really like her style of writing.

Wicked Dark
04-14-2010, 11:18 AM
Richard Dawkins' latest The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, a biography of Benjamin Franklin and an older espionage novel by Len Deighton.