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« Reply #1740 on: December 02, 2014, 11:10:32 PM »

I've gotten very interested in obscure autobiographies and memoirs written by people who lived in the 30s, 40s and 50s. I was born in 1974 so these are times I missed but long to know more about. I wish I would've had the sense to ask my great-grandparents and grandparents more questions, but I was just a kid.

Anyway, I've found several of these books on Amazon for Kindle for very little money, about a dozen in all that  I plan on reading. So far I've read:

Growing up in the 1940s by Vincent Koistinen. This is more like an essay and I read it on a half hour or so. I have no idea who this guy is but it was a fun read. Not very well written but the heart shows through.

I'm in the middle of Simpler Times, Better Times by Jack Atchison.  This is a real memoir, pretty long and very well written. I'll probably finish this one up today.  It's been a lot of fun.  Highly recommend if you're interested in this time period.  

Amazon/Kindle offers a wonderful opportunity for self-publishing. And the books are cheap. 
 
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« Reply #1741 on: December 08, 2014, 01:27:06 PM »

Read recently,"Storms, My life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac".  It was an eye opener about their life at home and on the road.  Sort of like the current theme about the eagles, these people were not all that nice to get along with.  Also read 2 Stephen King books:  Dr. Sleep and Mr. Mercedes.  Dr. Sleep is a continuation of The Shining and was ok, but Mr. Mercedes was really good.  I'm now reading another Ann Rule book of short stories called Mortal Danger. 
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« Reply #1742 on: December 17, 2014, 11:39:19 PM »

I'm reading Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis right now.  I'll probably finish it this evening. 
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« Reply #1743 on: December 20, 2014, 06:45:30 AM »

Just loaded "The Hobbit" to cleanse my mind of the silly battle scene images on TV right now.  Also "Is That A Fish In Your Ear?", "My Name is Asher Lev", and "Ruthless Trust".  Been reading "The Power of Habit".
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« Reply #1744 on: December 24, 2014, 06:03:20 AM »

Here's 2014's reading log:

The Hobbit
The Spiderwick Chronicles - DiTerlizzi
Days of and Other Digressions - Henry Van Dyke
The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper
The Paris Architect - Chas. Belfoure
Over Sea, Under Stone - Susan Cooper
That Hideous Strength - CS Lewis
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
Essays - CS Lewis
The Well at the World's End, Book One - William Morris
The Great Divorce - CS Lewis
The Problem of Pain - CS Lewis
The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen
Greenwitch - Susan Cooper
Cold Moutain - Chas. Frazier
How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
The Journal of Helene Berr
Socrates -  Christopher Taylor
Plato - Julia Annas
Young Goodman Brown - Hawthorne
Peace Like a River - Lief Enger
Travels with Charley - Steinbeck
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves - Lynne Truss
The Book of Virtues - William Bennett
Aesop's Fables
Fifty Famous Stories Retold - James Baldwin
Alexander the Great - Jacob Abbott
The Hope of the Gospel - George MacDonald
The Miracles of Our Lord - George MacDonald
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Surprised by Joy - CS Lewis
Honestly - Michael Sweet
My First Guitar - Julia Crowe
When I Left Home - Buddy Guy
Thoughts for Young Men - JC Ryle
Just Do Something - Kevin DeYoung
Growing up in the 1940s - Vincent Koistinen
Simpler Times, Better Times - Jack Atchison
The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
A Child's Christmas in Wales - Dylan Thomas
The Gift of the Magi - O Henry
The Story of the Other Wise Man - Henry Van Dyke
And Thus He Came - Cyrus Townsend Brady
Till We Have Faces - CS Lewis
The First Christmast Tree - Henry Van Dyke
Old Christmas - Washington Irving
A Christmas Carol - Chas. Dickens


Best book of the year, and one that was a first reading for me, The Count of Monte Cristo.
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« Reply #1745 on: December 24, 2014, 06:16:53 AM »

That's quite a list, with quite a few "classics" on it!

I suspect I've only read about a third as many, and fewer classics (one being A Christmas Carol by Dickens - may read that again this year after the 25th).
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« Reply #1746 on: December 24, 2014, 06:33:26 AM »

That's quite a list, with quite a few "classics" on it!

I suspect I've only read about a third as many, and fewer classics (one being A Christmas Carol by Dickens - may read that again this year after the 25th).
I read A Christmas Carol every year.  I enjoyed it less this year than ever so that means it's time to back off for a year or two. If you want a good read for the season, The Story of the Other Wise Man is my highest recommendation.
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« Reply #1747 on: December 24, 2014, 10:08:51 PM »

Just started the third Game of Thrones book. Was late in coming to the series but am enjoying it. It's good escapist material. I usually read more along the lines of historical bios---just finished Truman by David McCullough, for example---but it's nice to take a little detour in this kind of thing from time to time.
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« Reply #1748 on: December 26, 2014, 10:09:49 PM »

I read A Christmas Carol every year.  I enjoyed it less this year than ever so that means it's time to back off for a year or two. If you want a good read for the season, The Story of the Other Wise Man is my highest recommendation.

Thanks, I'll check it out...especially since others have recommended it as well.
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« Reply #1749 on: December 26, 2014, 10:57:01 PM »

Just started the third Game of Thrones book. Was late in coming to the series but am enjoying it. It's good escapist material. I usually read more along the lines of historical bios---just finished Truman by David McCullough, for example---but it's nice to take a little detour in this kind of thing from time to time.
How is Game of Thrones?  I've not seen the TV show and don't know anything about it.
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« Reply #1750 on: December 27, 2014, 12:37:15 AM »

  Did I already say "Unbroken"? That was an excellent book. Then one about Quana Parker etc. something about the "Moon". I lent it to my best friend, best book Ive read in a long time. History of the area I live in and the Comanches., Rangers and America expanding beyond right where I live now.


     Also "EYEWITNESSES TO WORLD WAR II" The best of American Heritage  18 STORIES FROM ALL KINDS OF FOLKS INVOLVED IN WWII.

   That's a good one for someone wanting a taste of different sections of the military and the citizen involvement as well.
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« Reply #1751 on: December 27, 2014, 01:00:11 AM »

How is Game of Thrones?  I've not seen the TV show and don't know anything about it.

It's probably not for everyone as it is pretty violent and sexual. If you don't mind that stuff, it is really good. I haven't seen the TV show, but I'm part way through the third book (there are 5 as of now). kind of a medieval vibe to it with men clashing over who will be king, lots of palace intrigue, devious (and dangerous) women, innocents caught up in between the bad guys, and a very wide-sweeping canvas of where this all takes place. I'm reading mine on the iPad but the books are about 800 pages or so I understand, so there is an investment of time if one is going to tackle this series. Mostly, the story lines could be considered realistic, but there are a few elements of fantasy thrown in as well and in my opinion that really makes the books more interesting. Lots of fun!
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« Reply #1752 on: December 27, 2014, 01:01:30 AM »

  Did I already say "Unbroken"? That was an excellent book.

That was a really EXCELLENT book. One of my all-time favorites! Haven't seen the movie yet but am looking forward to it. I hope I'm not disappointed. Movies based on books rarely live up to the expectations.
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« Reply #1753 on: December 27, 2014, 01:24:08 AM »

I recv'd Unbroken as a Christmas gift.  Will put it in rotation soon. 
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« Reply #1754 on: December 27, 2014, 02:28:41 AM »

I recv'd Unbroken as a Christmas gift.  Will put it in rotation soon. 

I have heard so many good things about this book.
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« Reply #1755 on: December 27, 2014, 01:29:50 PM »

I recently very much enjoyed "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver.
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« Reply #1756 on: December 27, 2014, 09:24:55 PM »

I have heard so many good things about this book.
I recv'd Unbroken as a Christmas gift.  Will put it in rotation soon. 

My son-in-law read it recently and said it was excellent. We were going to try to catch the movie this weekend.
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« Reply #1757 on: December 29, 2014, 10:46:50 PM »

I recently very much enjoyed "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver.

Loved that book.  It's a really great one.
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« Reply #1758 on: January 03, 2015, 05:27:15 AM »

Currently:

"My Name is Asher Lev" - Chaim Potok
"Is That a Fish in Your Ear" - David Bellos
"Ruthless Trust" - Brennan Manning
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« Reply #1759 on: January 03, 2015, 02:56:35 PM »

Loved that book.  It's a really great one.


I'd like to read that one, as well. By the sound of it, I'll skip the movie which, apparently, leaves out the end of the book and therefore misses the point.  

I'm struggling through Netherland by Joseph O'Neill. It got tons of glowing reviews and won some award. A short book in which, at least so far, nothing happens. Can't say I much enjoy it. It could use a shoot out or something.     
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