What Are You Reading?

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  1. Babs Hunt

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    I guess I'm a multi-tasker even when it comes to reading. :) Right now on my bedside nightstand is one of my Bibles and a Daily Devotional titled Come Away My Beloved. On the desk in my room are Gardening Made Simple and Better Body Management. On my coffee table are The Healthy Heart Cookbook, and Bruce & Stan's Guide to God, Guide to the Bible, and Guide to the End of the World along with another Bible. All of these books contain book marks holding my place for me. :) And although this Forum may not be a published book...I am also reading all your posts here and enjoying them all very much. Finished all my fiction books so will have to make another run to the Library after the rain lets up here in Louisiana.
     
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    Menachem Begin's White Nights: The Story of a Prisoner in Russia (1940). Humorous, relateable to modern worldview, powerfully thought- provoking. I'm interested in this great leader who had been one of the most inspiring individuals who was responsible for the Zionist movement in bloody battles-- in a war of freedom , "the State of Israel has arise..." as Menachem Begin put it.

    In a lot of the no-boring paperback browned pages of White Nights, I smile at Begin's wit and truthfulness.
     
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    I read the entire sample pages of the Kindle version of the book. I'd like to find out how the brave survivors told their near-death stories.
     
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    After the heavy duty work entailed in reading Genji, I have resorted to a bit of 19th-century Gothic by Sheridan le Fanu, Wylder's Hand to be precise. It's very much in the mode of Wilkie Collins, which is not a bad mode to have, in my view.
     
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    This morning I am reading: : The Power of a Praying Nation by Stormie Omartian.
     
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    Just finished 3 Nora Roberts novels last week.... :)
     
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    I finally finished the book about the Fort Hood terrorist/non terrorist/workplace violence attack, and am now reading Days of Rage. I have to return it on or by Monday, so I really need to get back on track. days of rage.jpg
     
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    Leo Africanus-Amin Maalouf
     
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    I'm still reading Days of Rage. I'm going to take it and the kitties out on the balcony in a bit and read in the sun. We did that yesterday, too. My fingers are crossed that I'll be able to finish it and return it to the library tomorrow. I don't want late fees. I wish I could renew it again, but I guess twice is the maximum. The kitties are enjoying the extra time outside, and the sun and fresh air is helping, despite the excess pollen.
     
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    I've just read my own novel and despite the best efforts of me and my proofreader, there are a few bloopers. Infuriating. There are many worse things in this world, but I still feel galled.

    Still, now that I've finished this second-rate tripe, I can move on to some decent literature. Time for a bit more Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby in this case. This is my ninth Dickens novel and my first visit to his early works. Only seven more to go after this one.
     
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    I belong to the Amazon program that gives you a free book each month, called Kindle First. They have a choice of several new books and you just pick out the one you want.
    You have to have Prime to get it free, but otherwise it is $1.99, which is still cheap for a good book. The books normally sell for $5.99 and up.
    The book that I chose this time is called "Blood Defense", and it is by Marcia Clark, who was the prosecuting attorney for the OJ Simpson trial. I just started reading it last night, and poor Bobby had to practically drag me away from the book and off to bed !
    I usually have several books at a time that I am reading, some for learning, and something just for entertainment. The one I am studying right now is called "Genesis" by Rob Skiba, and it correlates the book of Genesis with the other non-caonized books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees, which were all read by the ancient teachers of scripture, and are mentioned in the Bible.
     
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    I have been reading the Kindle ebook by Dr. Mercola, Effortless Healing, and adding the suggestions as I go along.
    Some of them are pretty simple, such as "grounding", which only involves walking barefoot in the grass for a while each day. I have always enjoyed walking barefoot in the grass, and even more on a sandy ocean beach, both of which are part of grounding.
    According to the book, we all have an electrical charge, and so does the earth, and when our bare feet are on the earth, it recharges up our batteries. The book tells about one lady who felt better when she ust sat out in her yard with her feet in the grass, so walking is not necessary, just having the skin connecting to the earth.

    I am only part way through the book, but I have learned some great ideas for improving my health, and am hoping to see some results once I finish the book and implement all (or at least most) of the ideas in the book. Dr. Mercola does a lot of research in natural healing, and I think this book was one of the best health books that I have ever bought.
     
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    Spent alot of time reading biographies and autobiographies these past few weeks. Elizabeth Edwards, Shania Twain, Karen Carpenter, Patrick Swayze and Lisa Neimi. Reading these books made me realize that no matter how famous we are, or how much money we have, etc. we all have problems and trials in this life. We all hurt, go through pain and sorrow, and wish some things had turned out different in our lives. When all is said and done...it is not what we go through that makes or breaks us..it is how we choose to deal with them and our attitude towards the things we go through. It is whether we look for the blessings even among the worst life hands us and know that if we loved and were loved in return...we were blessed.
     
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    I just finished Run, by Blake Crouch. He's the one who wrote the Wayward Pines trilogy, which I plan to read next, after the one I'm currently reading, which is Predatory Kill, by Kenneth Eade. It's a Brent Marks Legal Thriller, and is quite interesting. These are all e-books that I'm reading on my tablet via the Kindle app. Run was a library book I e-borrowed, and my library has other Blake Crouch books that I'll e-borrow once I'm finished with this book and the Wayward Pines Trilogy, which I bought, since they were on sale for $1.99 apiece.
     
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    Currently, I am reading Missing Mom. It is a true life story of an elderly woman who was kidnapped and murdered in Flint Michigan about 15 years ago. It is written by one of her sons. It is not really gruesome, it is as uplifting as it is sad, strange to say. I like the book alot. I guess when a loved one is murdered you can choose to live your life in a way that would make them proud,,instead of falling apart.
     
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    In 2004, when Blake Crouch published his first novel, Desert Places, he sent me a copy and asked me to review it for the Magic City Morning Star, which I was publishing at the time.
     
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    That's pretty incredible, @Ken Anderson, did you read and review it? If so, what did you think? I enjoyed Run a lot, and will definitely check out his other books. I don't know why I always thought Stephen King wrote the Wayward Pines series. Perhaps they have similar writing styles. I'm glad I happened to catch the Wayward Pines books on sale the other day, because my library doesn't have them, although they do have at least some of his other books. Other than Run and Wayward Pines, I'm probably going to try to read his books in the order in which they were written, unless I'm not able to because of availability.
     
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    Yes, the link that I left is to my review on the book. I don't publish the Magic City Morning Star anymore, but it's still online.
     
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    For some reason, I missed the link. I'll read your review, thanks!

    @Ruby Begonia I'm going to see if my library has Monet's Table, that looks fascinating.

    I just finished the Kenneth Eade book. I'm going to eventually read the others, but my library doesn't have any of them, unfortunately, so I'll have to wait a bit.

    @Yvonne Smith I don't recall where you posted it, but I wasn't even aware about the Kindle Cloud until you mentioned it, so thank you. My tablet's chock full of books I've downloaded, which is probably why it's running out of resources and isn't working very well. I'm going to upload books to the cloud in the future.
     
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    I'm reading "I'm a Big Sister" by Joanna Cole. It's a great book to buy for your grandchild who is going to be a big sister soon. You will enjoy reading it as much as she will love having it read to her. :)
     
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    Oh Diane Lane, I wanted to mention, I am not sure if you saw it but Wayward Pines is coming on as a series coming on Wednesday on Fox. I was not familiar with the series until you mentioned it on here, but I am gonna watch the TV show. It's funny because Terrence Howard is in it..and the show comes on the same time Empire has been. I like Empire alot, but that HBO show Vinyl is ugly in my opinion...the F word every other word.
     
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    @K E Gordon Yes, this is actually Season 2 of Wayward Pines. You should see if you can catch up on Season 1 first, but if not, it'll probably be fine. I'd actually like to re-watch season 1 before watching Season 2. I have such a bad memory I forget what's happened, even though it hasn't been that long since the last season ended. From the commercials, it sort of looks as if Season 2 might start off similarly to Season 1, but with a new person coming in as a new person entering the town. That probably sounds confusing, but if you watch Season 1 first, it might make sense. I haven't read the books, so perhaps that's how the books went, but I found it a little disconcerting when I first saw the Season 2 ad, but once I start watching, it will probably all come together.
     
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    Oh I didn't know it had been on before. Rats. I will have to try to find season one online,, but my guess they will do some kind of recap of season one before they present the first episode of season 2. That might have to suffice. I will have to see what I can find out..maybe a synposis will be the way to go, Anyway, we are probably getting off th book track..I take it you enjoyed the books.
     
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    I haven't read the books yet. I'm waiting until I have enough time to read all three in a row. I didn't realize Wayward Pines would be starting again so soon, and now I'm wondering if I should wait to read them, so I don't get confused between the show and books, in case they're way different from one another.

    I'm in the middle of reading Wanton Regard right now, it's by Geoffrey Neill, here's a link to it, in case anyone is interested. It's interesting, and is about a stalker and how he goes about inserting himself into the life of the woman he's fixated on. I don't know how it ends, though, since I'm still reading it. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22007280-wanton-regard
     
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    I'm reading "It's A Long Story, My Life" about Willie Nelson.
     
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