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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby -O- » Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:47 pm

I'm Listening to The Passage by Justin Cronin its the first book of the passage trilogy. The final book City of Mirrors should be out soon so I'm going back through the first two, The Passage and The Twelve.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:51 pm

I didn't finish "Our Common Struggle" by Patrick Kennedy. I left it with two chapters to go.

It's not that it's a bad read. It's just that the subject wore me down, and the politics around it left me seething. Around Chapter 10, I started skipping over whole sections that dealt with Congress, and stuck to the author's own story. But that, too, was more than I could take - even though I've come away liking and admiring him for his own self.

I would still recommend it. He bears out for me everything I've ever believed about how this system has been run when it comes to mental illness and addiction. The moralizing; people voting against their own best interests; arguing over what came first, the psychosis or the dependency; the outrageous search for a one-size-fits-all treatment; prejudice against psychotropic medications and therapies; the tearing down of all the efforts made by previous legislators just because they're from the opposing party - OY!

So, like I said, I would still recommend it for some - just not all.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:56 am

The "David Copperfield" Audio book read by Richard Armitage is now available via audible.com :) :yay:
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:07 pm

:thud: *picks self up* On my way there now...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:25 pm

Had just gone into the library with the Honey, when I spied Alan Cumming's memoir on my way out.

I'm only on page 4 of Not My Father's Son, but I am completely committed. I have been a fan for years, upset that so much of his work is unavailable for viewing here (either because it's BBC programming or stage work.) So, when he was picked up for the role of Eli Gold on The Good Wife, there was much :yay: - I could see him every week! Anyway, I caught part of an interview he gave concerning his book, and had forgotten about it until spotted on the NEW RELEASES shelf...

Now that the week is done and I've got some time over Saturday and Sunday, this book is where I'll be.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:44 am

Sounds interesting! I like him a lot, fantastic actor! Off to Amazon now, a new item for my wishlist...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:43 pm

It's tough to get through the time when he was a child :( ...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Mon May 09, 2016 1:41 am

Finished Alan Cummings' book Not My Father's Son, and I recommend it.

I had similar experience when I was younger, and I think that it was probably my mother's going through menopause that changed her treatment of me for the better. For years, I could do nothing right; I was routinely ambushed, given jobs over and above my level of maturity and when I failed, the punishment was always a beating - usually by my father with a belt (which was preferable because a spanking was easier to handle than being slapped across the face or hit over the head; I saw stars when Mom did that.)

I hadn't thought about the abuse for a very long time. I forgave them ages ago, and reading this book simply reminded me of it is all. Alan and his brother should feel very proud of what they've become. And maybe, somewhere in the worlds of God, their father is, too.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:37 am

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

...Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:45 pm

Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel...the author who brought us Like Water for Chocolate.

The reviews I've come across have been brutal - YIKES! - but I want to see for myself what all the hammerings about.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:07 pm

Finished "The Lancaster Treachery" by Anne Perry and now I'm reading "Driving Heat" by "Richard Castle". ;)

Didn't find as much time as I wanted to during my holidays, I bought both books to read while I'm at home, but I barely found the time to finish one...
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:41 pm

Persuasion by Jane Austen. :cry: :cry: :cry: Warning: Spoiler Below:


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The thing about Persuasion that just kills me is that the central premise— “I hope the person who broke my heart has a miserable life and I get to watch them be humiliated while I get everything I ever wanted” is so universal.

But Wentworth is only able to fully enjoy it for like A DAY before he starts realizing how terrible it is. He watches Anne suffer in silence and he hates it. He watches her being treated like an inconvenience and a joke and a piece of furniture and he hates it. He hears sneering comments at her expense and he hates it. He spends evening after evening in her company, where he is celebrated as a handsome, dashing hero while she is shoved to the side and ignored and he hates it.

He probably spent a lot of heartbroken hours out on the sea wishing revenge on her (like ten years’ worth), but then he gets to see it happening and revenge turns out not to be that sweet after all. He probably thought “I hope she never gets married to anyone else and she has to spend the rest of her miserable life with her miserable family, listening to them talk about nothing and regretting ever letting me go.” But then he has to watch her live through it, and it is just excruciating. Watching her bite her tongue. Watching her keep her eyes down on her clasped hands. Watching her silently accept everything as if she deserves it.

He’s like, “YES, it’s all HAPPENING! She’s all ALONE and PALE and OLD and…sad. And her family treats her terribly, and she’s— no one is talking to her. No one even knows that she’s funny and smart, they just— they just make her sit in the corner. She’s hardly eating anything. And she really isn’t that old, but they are acting like she’s dead? Her family is even worse than they used to be, how is that even possible? Why isn’t anyone helping her? Why is she the only person taking care of anyone? Why isn’t anyone taking care of her?”

And his nasty “she’s so altered I should not have known her again” comment that he KNOWS got back to her starts ringing in his ears. And his cocky “yeah I’m just here to find a YOUNG, HOT girl to marry now that I’m SUCH A CATCH, whatevs” approach starts to make him feel queasy, because she’s HELPING, she’s trying to stay out of his way and help him pick a young wife, and she hardly ever smiles anymore, not really. He watches her slip out of rooms when he enters them and he hears her laughing with her nephew sometimes but then go quiet when anyone else approaches, and he doesn’t know what to do.

Anyway, every fandom has a bunch of Pride and Prejudice AUs, but I WANT PERSUASION AUS. I NEED THEM. I NEED THEM.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:47 am

I'm currently reading "I know a Secret" by Tess Gerritsen

Before that, I read "Murder for Christmas" by Francis Duncan, an author I didn't know so far. The book was a christmas present, and I liked it. It's very Agatha-Christie-Style (the author and Mrs Christie are contemporary), but it's not a rip-off, and I actually enjoyed reading it. I'll be looking for more.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby shireling » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:23 pm

To CHANGE THE CHURCH, Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism by Ross Douthat
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Padfoot » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:39 pm

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling. I like her Strike series. Getting better book by book.
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