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The AAFA Reading Club: What are you reading now?

I am almost done these crazy days and I am planning on resting for sure for a day or two this weekend! 

I love all kinds of books! I have six on the go right now. They vary in subject. Everything from Donte’s Inferno to a Mystery French novel titled Je Te Voix ( which means: I  See You). I bought myself Sapiens A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Harari for Christmas! Can’t wait to start it! 

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  • K8sMom2002

    @Dar007, I made a new topic out of a reply you had on another topic — reading is such a joy to me, and I figure that maybe others will share as well.

    You sound like you have a reading habit about like mine! I've never read those titles, but one of them reminds me of a book I loved and that made me think:

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    Right now, I'm reading a favorite author of mine … Sara Paretsky, who writes the VI Warshawski detective novels. The book I'm reading is .

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, am I the last person on earth who hasn't read something by Sue Monk Kidd? People keep telling me I must read her books!

    But tell me this … are her endings at least partially upbeat? I love the lyrical writing of Anna Quindlen, but after reading too many bittersweet endings, I just can't read her work anymore.

  • Wheezy Me
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Oooh, am I the last person on earth who hasn't read something by Sue Monk Kidd? People keep telling me I must read her books!

    But tell me this … are her endings at least partially upbeat? I love the lyrical writing of Anna Quindlen, but after reading too many bittersweet endings, I just can't read her work anymore.

    This is the only book by her that I've read. Some of the slaves' stories along the plot are sad, naturally… but some are hopeful, and the ending is positive.

  • Melissa G

    I am having a hard time reading on my phone…even with my progressive contacts, reading for a long time on my phone gives me a headache. 

    I need to go to the library and get me and Bekah some books to read. 

    I need to find something that doesn't require a lot of brain cells….

  • Dar007

    I haven’t read the books mentioned but I am writing down the titles. My favourite actor was photographed walking out of LAX with a book in his hand And I zoomed in and found the book at my local bookstore! It is called The Little Friend. I have started it and it is really good so far. Another book I am really into is The Terror, about a true story of a ship called The Terror from England who sailed the attic and got stuck in the ice for several years. Many strange things happened to the men during that time. It is pretty suspenseful! In fact…I may read some more of it tonight. lol 

  • Wheezy Me
    Melissa G posted:

    I need to go to the library and get me and Bekah some books to read. 

    I need to find something that doesn't require a lot of brain cells….

    Melissa, if you're looking for something light to read, one of my favorites (though not new) is the nanny diaries. Hilarious and touching in the same time. I read it several times.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Actually, believe it or not, I have a new Crock Pot brand cookbook, and when I actually have some spare time, I will be browsing that cookbook for some Winter dinner inspiration. Not what you might expect someone to read, but I love going through cookbooks as well as reading other types of books. I love civil war history and colonial history books. 

  • LK

    Great topic by the way!!  

    Deborah,  Oh, I bet those old cookbooks are fascinating!  Love learning about history.  I have a reprint of a cookbook that a local hospital ladies' auxiliary published back around the turn of the century, I think.  Need to go find it and double check.  ( Around 1900, not 2000.          Some of the measurements for butter and the like are " a walnut size piece of butter".  Some of the recipes don't have any measurements at all!  Guess if you cooked back then you knew how much of what to put in!     

    I have a few books I need to read but somehow on pred I don't sit still well without my hands doing something!  Imagine that!     Anyway,  I have recently received two wonderful devotionals from family and a dear friend that I do read on an almost daily basis.  They are a very good way to remind me that the Good Lord is in control and His plan for my life is going just as He has ordained it.  I do what I can and pray.  

    In one devotional for today it says –

    "I've learned that the key to successfully handling change is to look forward with anticipation and look back with gratitude.  I had to stop saying, "I wish it was . . . " and start saying, "I'm glad it is . . .  "  .  

    Really hit home for me.  Much easier said than done, I know, but I like a good challenge!  May have to type that up and set it in my kitchen where I will see it multiple times a day!  

  • LK

    Oh, and the devotional's title is "A Moment to Breathe"  !  I thought that was very appropriate for me!  

  • Shea

    Lisa, thank you for that wuote, that hit home for me too. 

    I am having fun reading Harry Potter to Tommy at bedtimes. We are just halfway through the first book. I also have him practice read the Adventures of Frog and Toad kid books (he is just learning to read this year). 

  • Deborah Bartlett
    LK posted:

    Oh, and the devotional's title is "A Moment to Breathe"  !  I thought that was very appropriate for me!  

    Oh, Lisa. That is perfect!!

  • dory2005

    Love this thread!! Several that I've finished are absolutely amazing: A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman (translator Henning Koch) was my absolute favorite, but Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was a close second, followed by The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. 

  • dory2005

    I also forgot about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It was an awesome read, and the movie was great as well! 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, so many books, so little time!

    Melissa, is there no way on your phone that you can enlarge the font? It's so frustrating to have little tiny print. 

    Deborah, I LOVE reading cookbooks! I can't tell you the hours of enjoyment I got when I was little, flipping through my mom's old (1950s or 1960s) Better Homes and Garden Cookbook. I dreamed up fancy dinners and events that I could do.

    Shea, I must be the one person in the world who hasn't read Harry Potter. I guess I should!

    Wheezy Me, I'll have to check out the nanny diaries!

    Dory, people keep telling me to check out those books … now you're really tempting me.

    Lisa, love, love, love the advice about handling change! And what a very appropriate title!

  • Melissa G

    Thanks Wheezy Me! I will check it out. 

    I can enlarge the font, I am not sure what is bothering my eyes so much here lately. 

  • Shea

    Cynthia, I am just now reading the first HP book, so your not much behind me! And it takes having a kid around sometimes too… So you can always wait until a neice/nephew/or future-grandbaby comes around– it's a great bedtime read– Tommy is just the right starting age for the first book (he is 7 but thinks he's a teenager lol). Harry Potter is age 11 in the first book. And of course you dont have to have a kid, because, like I said, I am into it (its like kid movies– I love them better than most grown-up ones but sometimes feel the need to have a kid with me to watch them). Speaking of movies– I just saw Sing (animated movie)– soooo good, so inspirational and adults will probably get it and understand it better than kids but it's funny all around. 

    Dory thanks for the book recommendations!!! I will def be checking them out– Im in need of a good (grown-up) book. 

  • Wheezy Me

    Aww… I was a Harry Potter fan during my teenage years! Read the book so many times I knew them by heart. Also now, I enjoy flipping through their pages from time to time and re-read favorite parts.

  • Pljohns

    I’ve been meaning to go to the public library and get a card so i can get ebooks for my kindle. That’s just one more of those things I haven’t had time to do.  I did get Michelle Obama’s book for Christmas and haven’t had time to start it yet but hopefully this weekend.  I love to read-just don’t have much time to do it.

  • Dar007

    Omg! I loved the Harry Potter books! Every place I travel to, I find bookstores to go to. Found a cute one in LA. Found a few in NYC. Have a favourite one in Toronto. lol 

  • dory2005
    Pljohns posted:

    I’ve been meaning to go to the public library and get a card so i can get ebooks for my kindle. That’s just one more of those things I haven’t had time to do.  I did get Michelle Obama’s book for Christmas and haven’t had time to start it yet but hopefully this weekend.  I love to read-just don’t have much time to do it.

    Lynn,

    I have Michelle Obama's book on hold. But there are 383 people ahead of me!  Hopefully, I'll get it by summer break.

  • dory2005

    Cynthia, As an English teacher, I love all the Harry Potter books because they are well written, but as a reader, I love them because you become so immersed in the story. I'd put them up against The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings any day, and I absolutely love both of those series as well.

  • dory2005

    Shea, No problem! I read a lot of young adult literature as a teacher, so I like to read grown up books when I have some down time.  

  • emtwallace

    I just finished 1984.  If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.  For the new year I'm starting a new devotional, Jesus Calling, and a Dan Bongino book I got for Christmas.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    We have a Barnes and Noble that is a 5 minute car ride from here. It would be a good time to check out the clearance books .They even have a 2 dollar rack. We are trying to economize more. We got rid of TV and home internet 4 years ago to save money because of the health insurance cost. I was able to get internet on my phone about a year ago. I actually feel lucky to have it again!!! We got rid of our landline 8 years ago to cut back. So..  I am a bargain hunter! Books are a great investment .

  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn, it's worth the investment to get the library card to get free books — you can get audio books and ebooks and maybe (depending on your library) magazines. 

    Deborah, I love Barnes and Noble's bargain racks! I don't go very often because I rack up! I've found, though, that cruising through the public library can be just as soothing to me … and it's free! Also, since you have internet via your phone, definitely check out whether you can get free books via the library. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you can get a free book once a month — and they're really good books, too.

    EMTWallace, those books sound really interesting! One of the audio books I'm listening to is an audio version of the Contemporary English Version of Genesis. I'm not sure how I like this particular translation — it seems fairly simple to me and loses the poetry of other translations. But our pastor encouraged all of us to read more … so I'm trying to fit in a few minutes of listening every day. 

    My other audio book that I'm "reading" (I finished the Paretsky one) is a non-fiction history book — FOUNDING FEUDS. It's an interesting take on the squabbles our founding fathers had with each other. It certainly makes them seem more human!

    And you guys have sold me on Harry Potter … would you recommend an audio version? That way I can listen to it as I do my walking. I still have my Lee Child book waiting for me … but I like to have two or three books going at once, if you couldn't tell.

  • dory2005

    Cynthia, I love the Jim Dale narration of Harry Potter. My local library is pretty small, so I had to wait a few months before it was available. Hopefully, you have a bigger one! By the way, I also like to read multiple books at once! I usually have a re-read, fun book, and *school* book going. My DH thinks it’s a little strange. 😂

  • Deborah Bartlett

    The Milford Public Library has a table in the foyer. It is Take a book-Leave a book. So, you leave a book you are finished reading and choose one that you would like to read. Fair trade!!! 

  • LK
    dory2005 posted:

    Cynthia, I love the Jim Dale narration of Harry Potter. My local library is pretty small, so I had to wait a few months before it was available. Hopefully, you have a bigger one! By the way, I also like to read multiple books at once! I usually have a re-read, fun book, and *school* book going. My DH thinks it’s a little strange. 😂

    Dory,  If I'm not mistaken, most DHs think wives are strange!  Pretty sure that after 30 plus years mine is convinced of it!    

  • dory2005
    LK posted:
    dory2005 posted:

    Cynthia, I love the Jim Dale narration of Harry Potter. My local library is pretty small, so I had to wait a few months before it was available. Hopefully, you have a bigger one! By the way, I also like to read multiple books at once! I usually have a re-read, fun book, and *school* book going. My DH thinks it’s a little strange. 😂

    Dory,  If I'm not mistaken, most DHs think wives are strange!  Pretty sure that after 30 plus years mine is convinced of it!    

    Haha! 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oooh, now I have a good audio version to look for, and if my library doesn't have it, then I can always ask for it for a present!

    And Dory, I think DHs can be pretty strange themselves!

    Still reading FOUNDING FEUDS … it's short little stories, so it keeps your attention. But after awhile it gets a little depressing, all the squabbling and fighting. I have given myself permission to NOT finish a book if it doesn't make me happy or doesn't make me think or both. This one may be one of those …

  • K8sMom2002

    Okay, I've stuck with FOUNDING FEUDS … they're starting to work some history in there that I didn't know, so it's gotten kind of interesting. I still have my new Jack Reacher book to look forward to, as well.

    What's everyone reading?

  • Dar007

    Ok! So yesterday was given the day off by my GP because of an asthma flare/lung infection, and because I didn’t feel like doing very much, I went and bought a book called Foe by Iain Reid. I woke up around 2am, and couldn’t go back to sleep,  so I started the novel. It is both highly complex but very simple, creepy and brilliant, relatable but somehow disturbing. I couldn’t put it down! I practically read the whole book (just have around 10 pages left). Can’t wait to finish it tonight when I come home from work. I can’t decide it I liked it or not if that makes sense…but I can’t stop thinking about it. 

  • Melissa G

    Bekah and I head to Ohio next weekend for some dr's appts. I need to download some free books. I am so bad about forgetting to do that, then I am bored while we are at the hospital. I love Christian romance novels. Nothing that makes me think! Just books that are a fun read and that I can't put down. It helps to pass the time. 

  • LK

    Have a safe trip, Melissa!  Hope all Bekah's appointment go well!!  

  • Breatheeasy

    I was a big fan of the Harry Potter books and the movies. But I guess I feel too old to sit and read them now. I can’t wait to start reading them to DD when she’s old enough. 

    At the moment I’m reading nothing. Hoping to start something though. Any recommendations?