What are you reading?

  • Fri, Jan 11, 2019 12:49 PM
    posted by justincredible

    Finished All the Light We Cannot See a few days ago. Fantastic book.

    Really liked that one too. Currently reading some random free Amazon book called Darknet.  

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 11:05 AM

    I'm a little more than halfway through Killers of the Flower Moon. Absolutely fascinating story.

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 2:51 PM
    posted by justincredible

    I'm a little more than halfway through Killers of the Flower Moon. Absolutely fascinating story.

    I've started this twice, but can't get past the first 30 pages or so.  That doesn't gel with all of the great things I hear about it, like your statement.  Is it just slow starting or am I missing something.

     

    I'm reading Ready Player One.  As a child of the 1980s, I finally got curious enough to try it.  About 2/3 through and enjoying it.  I fun geeky book.  

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 2:56 PM

    I guess it might be considered slow, but I was pretty engrossed right away.

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 7:27 PM

    I recently finished reading The Coddling of the American Mind. Usually when I read I get so absorbed into a book that it is almost like racing to finish it. This book I didn't do that. I actually read only a part at a time, savoring it and then thinking about it for a while before picking it back up. 
    In short, I loved it and it's in my top 20 of fave's.

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 10:02 PM

    Just finished John Grisham's "The Reckoning".  Wow.  As one of the characters says at the end "What a family".

    Mon, Jan 21, 2019 8:31 AM

    Finished Guns of August, really good. 

    I just started Legacy of Ashes, the history of the CIA. It is a tough view of the history of the CIA.  

    I have queued up this year:

    • Gladwell's The Tipping Point 
    • Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn by Robert Roman 
    • All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire by Johnathan Abrams 
    • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
    • Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll 
    • The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983 by Marc Ambinder 
    • Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlen 
    • Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

     

    Wed, Jan 23, 2019 9:39 AM
    posted by Zunardo

    Just finished John Grisham's "The Reckoning".  Wow.  As one of the characters says at the end "What a family".

    Just started this....looking forward to it

     

    Wed, Jan 30, 2019 3:04 PM

    I just finished reading all 113 pages of a classic entitled: The Wrestling Thread That's Not About Anything (aka The Wrestling Thread That's Not About Eligibility) authored by Gardens35. It was born on Feb. 7, 2011 and ran up until January 18 of 2018. It had 40,000 some views and over 2000 posts, however only a handful of the posters remain here today. A memorable quote came from Heretic: "This is and will forever be the greatest accomplishment in the history of this site.  It's all downhill from here!".

    Thu, Jan 31, 2019 11:40 AM
    posted by BRF

    I just finished reading all 113 pages of a classic entitled: The Wrestling Thread That's Not About Anything (aka The Wrestling Thread That's Not About Eligibility) authored by Gardens35. It was born on Feb. 7, 2011 and ran up until January 18 of 2018. It had 40,000 some views and over 2000 posts, however only a handful of the posters remain here today. A memorable quote came from Heretic: "This is and will forever be the greatest accomplishment in the history of this site.  It's all downhill from here!".

    That was one of the ones that got derailed in epic fashion by that one dude who had two kids wrestling that he moved from one school to another, over-the-top bashed the old school and came off as completely batshit crazy, wasn't it? If so, my opinion holds. Nothing will ever match that complete, unfiltered insanity.

    Thu, Jan 31, 2019 12:53 PM
    posted by Heretic

    That was one of the ones that got derailed in epic fashion by that one dude who had two kids wrestling that he moved from one school to another, over-the-top bashed the old school and came off as completely batshit crazy, wasn't it? If so, my opinion holds. Nothing will ever match that complete, unfiltered insanity.

    Yes, you remember correctly.

    Fri, Feb 1, 2019 8:15 AM

    Currently reading Death World (book 5 of the Undying Mercenaries series) by BV Larson. Good, mindless sci-fi.

    Also started Fractured State by Steven Konkoly. I'm only about 10% in but it's interesting so far. It's about a semi-dystopian California (mega surveillance state) in the near future dealing with a big secessionist movement to break away from the US. 

    Wed, Mar 27, 2019 8:47 AM

    Finished 

    • Gladwell's The Tipping Point 
    • Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn by Robert Roman 

    Gladwell's book was fine, typical Gladwell, and even more relevant in the age of social media. I really liked the Roman book about the history of Ohio State football. It is a really cool history about the first 30 years of the university. It is also a good side history of early football. I didn't realize that in the old days, you kept the ball after each score. You exchanged possessions only after a punt. That is why scores were so one sided in the early days. 50-0 was normal in the early days. I breezed through it in a few days. 

    I am 80 pages in All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire by Johnathan Abrams. It is an awesome oral history of the Wire. I love it so far. It has great little stories from the writers and actors.  I highly recommend it for any fans of the Wire. 

    Has anyone read any Neal Stephenson sci-fi books? I am thinking of reading Seveneves: A Novel. 

    Wed, Mar 27, 2019 1:07 PM

    I'm about a third of the way through A Feast of Crows (GoT book 4). Not reading much else right now. I did pick up They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib (old poster Upper90) a few weeks ago, but haven't read it yet.

    Wed, Mar 27, 2019 4:00 PM

    I just started Secret Empires. too early to tell but the premise is good. i absolutely loved Killers of the Flower Moon. i lived about 25 minutes from the town where all that happened. 

    Wed, Mar 27, 2019 10:51 PM

    Just picked up Everyone Counts.  Faith, Family, and my life in baseball. The Lou Brunswick Story. 

     

    A book just came out about my HS baseball coach.  They solicited some stories and comments for the book.   Should be a good read.

    Tue, May 7, 2019 11:35 AM

    I finished All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire by Johnathan Abrams. Great recollection of the show. A great read for any Wire fans. 

    I also finished The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983 by Marc Ambinder. A good deep dive in the 1982-1983 escalation of tensions between the Soviet Union and U.S. that almost led to nuclear war and woke up both sides to determine to thaw the relationship from 84 on. 

    I just started Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll. Coll wrote the go to book about the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan from 1989 to 9/11. This is the follow-up from 9/11 to 2016.  

    Tue, May 7, 2019 12:31 PM

    Grant Cardon's Sell or Be Sold.

    Cardone is a little woo-woo for my taste, but he usually does have a few solid gold nuggets amidst all the bullshittery.

    Tue, May 7, 2019 7:55 PM

    Finishing up The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss right now.

    Wed, May 8, 2019 12:22 AM
    posted by justincredible

    Finishing up The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss right now.

    Fun tidbit: I used to know that guy.  Did some business with him back in the day, shortly after he published that.  Sent me a signed copy.  Seemed like a nice guy.

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