What Are You Reading?

Discussion in 'Reading & Writing' started by Sheldon Scott, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. Denise Happyfeet

    Denise Happyfeet Very Well-Known Member
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    It's pretty cool Chrissy,

    If the library carries the book you want, you will find it in a search (ebooks or audio books) then you can put it on hold if it's all checked out, or, check it out right to your Kindle (downloads quick and easy). They automatically check it in on due date so no late fees etc. lol;) You can check them out up to 21 days if you want. Let me know if you need any help, it takes some getting used to, and of course the newer books aren't usually in the libraries.
     
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    Any other mystery fans out there besides me?? I do love the non-fiction books as well. Sometimes it's frustrating because I don't read fast enough to get to so many I want to read, LOL!
     
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    That sounds SO good Joe, I went and read about the story!! denise
     
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    Thanks, yes I know the library doesn't have new books but neither are the cheap or free ones on kindle...are they?

    Anyway, doesn't matter to me as long as I haven't read it!

    Off topic question...can I call you Denise on here or do I have to call you Abby?

    Maybe I should call you Abby, otherwise some might not know who Im talking about.
     
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    Yes I to have more or less given up reading fiction, after a couple of years of dark Nordic crime novels, which I really enjoyed, I am currently dipping into a book by Scott Kiloby " Living Relationship: Finding Harmony with Others" http://www.kiloby.com/books.php and rereading the last part of Diana Athill's autobiography called "Somewhere Towards the End" http://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/jan/12/biography
     
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    Wish I would be related to him. but my only connection to Mark Twain is the fond memories I have pf having read the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when I was a child.

    These novels and Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" were then truly inspiring to me :)
     
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    Unfortunately, students are no longer being introduced to Mark Twain because he uses language that is no longer considered to be politically correct, and the easily offended crowd seems unable or unwilling to consider the period in which a book was written, mandating 21st century political correctness on people who wrote during previous centuries.
     
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    Mark Twain seems to be as the ethical fearless journalist of our day who'd be respected by front-runner GOP Trump :-D He doesn't care about political correctness and conventionality in the political arena. Twain wrote in that style. I understand that he started as a newspaper journalist and reporter. Then, did freelance writing. So, he fairly knew his standpoint on ethical duty towards the citizens of his day in reporting truth. Oliver Twist is one of the classic examples and recipients of societies' political loop.
     
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  9. Ken Anderson

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    He was apprenticed to a printer, became a typesetter, and then began contributing sketches and pieces to the Hannibal Journal. He said once that his favorite job was as a riverboat pilot, and that he wished he had remained a riverboat pilot.
     
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    I picked up a copy of the ancient Japanese work, The Tale of Genji, in a charity shop for the outrageous sum of three quid (28 for the original). The condition of the book suggests that it has never been read, so I think I got a good deal!

    This is one of the oldest works of fictional literature in existence and is Japan's equivalent of Shakespeare or Proust.

    It's a substantial tome, more than 1,100 large pages of small type, so it might take me some time. The approach, I think, is to dip in and out while reading other things, but I'm determined to get there.
     
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  11. Joe Riley

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    It sounds like a deep pool, in need of a lifeguard. http://faculty.vassar.edu/brvannor/ReadingGenji.pdf
     
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    Went trough my teen years reading everything I could find by Robert Ruark. He was in love with Africa.

    Ruark3.jpg
     
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    ...or the tiny-type setter!;)
     
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    Speaking of reading and writing, I've been getting emails from Bookbub with book recommendations. They let me know some books in my favorite genres that are low cost or free. They only send one email per day, so I'm not inundated with junk mail. I like the emails and book recommendations so much, that I decided to follow them on Twitter. When I did that, I looked over their tweet stream, which I always do when I follow someone, and discovered that they're looking for paid content providers. If you like books and are a decent writer, you could check it out and apply with them. It's not full time as far as I know, but is more of a freelance basis, which is most of us here seem to be more interested in anyway. Here's the link.
     
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  16. Chrissy Cross

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    I have BookBub and get most of my books through them but I'm not a writer unfortunately. I may go check them out on twitter though, thanks.
     
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    Ike, I liked the Honey Badger very much. After reading it I read everything I could find on Ruark. I'm now reading some short stuff, "Stories for the Heart," and "Front Porch Tales."
     
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    Yes, he was quite a man.
     
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    I also use Bookbub, although I found that I had to seriously narrow down my selections in order not to get a really large list each day. I now only get 3-4, which makes it easier for me to look through and see if there are any that I want to read or buy.
    I think that Bookbub is a great deal for people who like to read a lot, and it is nice that you can be as broad or as narrow in your selection as you want to be.

    I usually find books by using the Kindle store, and just typing in an author or topic that I am interested in, and then searching through the results, both by relevance, and by price.
    Right now, I have been reading a religious book by Rob Skiba called "Babylon Rising, And the First Shall Be the Last". It is an interesting book about the Biblical End Times, and how it relates to the times we are living in now. Rob also goes into some of the lesser-known facts about Washington DC, and the different structures that are there, and how they relate to paganism. Rob Skiba is one of my favorite authors, and when I finish this book, I will probably read more of what he has written. I have an interest in end times prophecy; and that is one of the main things that he writes about.

    Since I have the Kindle, and an Amazon Prime membership, I am allowed to check out books from the Kindle Reading Library, and that is where I got this one. I like that I can read some of the more expensive books this way, rather than having to buy the book.
    You can only get one book at a time, and another when you return the first one; but it works really well for me because most of the more expensive books can be checked out this way.

    While I was on the trip, I downloaded a novel to read called "The Tenth Chamber", which is about an archeological find of ancient cave paintings , and has some interesting history as well as an exciting story line.
     
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    I also have kindle Unlimited which is $9.99 a month but am thinking of getting rid of it. I don't seem to really use it that much.
     
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  21. Ken Anderson

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    I thought about it but figured that I wouldn't use it enough for it to be worthwhile either.
     
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  22. Chrissy Cross

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    It's not, Ken...don't bother.
     
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  23. Yvonne Smith

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    Unless a person did a whole lot of reading each month, the $10 monthly subscription price seems to be quite a bit.
    Amazon has two other programs that I really like though, and neither one costs extra if you have a Prime account.

    The first one is the Lending Library.
    You have to have an actual Kindle to use this option; but it allows you to read books that might be costly to buy. You can borrow them for as long as you want to read them, and can only have one book at a time. Once you return it, you can then borrow another book.
    The other program that I like is one where Amazon offers you several new books to choose from each month, and you can pick whichever one seems interesting to you and read/buy it for free.
    I don't think you have to have a Kindle for this one, and you can also use it if you do not have Prime; but then it costs $1.99 for the book (as opposed to the regular price).

    One of my favorite writers is Thomas Perry, who writes the Jane Whitefield series.
    Jane is a Native American who lives near the Great Lakes, and helps people "become invisible" when someone bad is trying to kill them.
    Perry is one of those writers that just keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, while at the same time, not wanting the story to end.
    The latest book that I read is about Det. Jake Till, and his chase across the country to find a killer who is hiding with call girls and then killing them when he leaves.
    It is called "The Boyfriend" and it came as one of my special offers from Book Bub since I had listed Thomas Perry as one of my favorite authors.
     
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  24. Sheldon Scott

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    I am currently reading The girl with the dragon tattoo. I started it some time ago but didn't get interested in it. This time around I got into it and so far I like it. I'm not quite halfway through it.
     
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    I have read the girl wth the golden tattoo and like you l started it and couldn't get into it then some months later started it again and really liked it. It's a good story, I think.
     
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