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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Neko » Sat Sep 26, 13:47 2015

I'm sure audio books probably don't count. But it's all I can manage lately.

I'm on the last few chapters of Mockingjay after reading the first two Hunger Games books a couple years ago. I would have finished it Friday if my mp3 player hadn't died at work.

I'm going to add more audio books to it because they actually help with my anxiety at work. It gives me something to focus on mentally while my body goes on autopilot.
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Meperidine » Tue Sep 29, 2:24 2015

I'm now reading Song of Solomon because Beloved was incredible and this is the Morrison novel people told me to read next. Coming into it straight out of Solitude, jeez, why do people never mention all the incest??

Her writing is still terrific though.
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Enigma » Tue Sep 29, 6:53 2015

Audio books definitely count.

I do remember all the incest in Morrison's books. So it least I'm not completely blind to it.

Just started Bad Feminist. It's pretty good so far.
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Nerd1987 » Tue Sep 29, 23:52 2015

Now I'm reading about frueds theory which I thought I know alllll about but I guess not. I just have subscribed to the notion that the unconscious mind is a huge huge factor in behavior and the direction our controlled thinking goes for some time. I held that belief without reading much about his theory. Now school is making me so yay.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Enigma » Fri Oct 2, 6:22 2015

/\ oh my gosh I took psych in school and the number of times they made me learn Freud was ridiculous. Don't forget that all of his theories are extrapolations based on a very limited sample of people. Plus he changed some of his more controversial opinions to match public opinion. His main contribution to psych was the idea of psychoanalysis as a treatment method. If you ask me the rest of it should mostly be taught in history classes. /Freud rant
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby octarineoboe » Fri Oct 2, 6:57 2015

^ well if it makes you feel any better, Freud does, in fact, come up in history classes all the time. I find him pretty annoying there too.

I'm sort of reading Marshall and Jean Stearns's Jazz Dance, which is the major history of vernacular dance in America. I thought it might be relevant to my thesis but my plan changed and now it probably won't be. It's still interesting though.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby rowan » Fri Oct 2, 9:44 2015

Freud is just annoying all around.
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Nerd1987 » Sun Oct 4, 23:55 2015

im not big on his stage theory. I do think that at least priming has been studied and supported and it goes right along with the unconscious mind. Same with schemata. Social cognition. Now I'm just saying words.

:) I like jazz music but I don't know much about it.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Nachos » Thu Oct 15, 11:44 2015

I've started to reread Lev Grossmann's books. The last one came out and I've forgotten half the first one so reread them I shall! *cuddles Kindle*
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby melsbells » Mon Dec 14, 14:47 2015

I just finished "Trigger Warning" by Neil Gaiman, followed by "Lies My Teacher Told Me" by James W. Lowen.

I wasn't sure I wanted to read the Neil Gaiman short story collection because of the title, but when I saw it in the library, I couldn't resist. I really wish he had named it something else. He explains his choice of title in the introduction and touches on many points that have been brought up here on the usefulness of the tag "trigger warning" as well as it's more recent overuse rending it less meaningful. In the end, I thought his choice exacerbates the problem more than draws attention to it, but at least it was decently thought out. Then, while I liked each individual story, there wasn't much cohesion to the entire collection. Most of it had also been previously published elsewhere. The best part, for me, was another installment on Shadow published as the last story. Only :3houses: because I expect more from Gaiman.

"Lies..." was funny and disheatening. My spouse read it as well and really enjoyed it, so even if you're not an American, you could still get something out of it. What he didn't get out of it was the personal anger and resentment I feel over the misinformation I blindly believed. It also confronted me about some various ingrained stereotypes I fall prey to regarding education, class, and race. I would recommend this book to anyone. :5houses: because it left me wanting to learn more.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Sonic# » Fri Jan 1, 22:54 2016

I just read Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. My mom had brought up the upcoming miniseries over lunch, and it planted a seed of curiosity in me once I realized I hadn't read the novel. The premise is a variant on the alien invasion story - aliens come, we can't do anything about it, and they make us better. The drama is that we don't know their motives and the characters involved are often resourceful and curious in trying to defy their Overlords.

It's interesting. Octavia Butler features a version of this where the aliens save us from nuclear holocaust and do something similar. Both authors seem interested in what makes human society and culture tick. Butler is more interesting regarding gender and developing her characters. Clarke focuses well on developing the invasion to an internally consistent inevitable conclusion that still manages to surprise. If you like 2001, it's :4houses:. If you prefer more character drama, it's :3houses:.

I've also started Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit. I'm about a third through. It's a collection of essays published over the past 5 or 6 years, with the title coming from an essay that sparked the creation of the term "mansplain," a term that she doesn't necessarily like expressing a practice that she experienced when a party host insisted on telling her about her own book (while missing key details because he'd only read a review) despite her repeated insistence that she had written it. It's interesting.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Nerd1987 » Mon Jan 4, 22:51 2016

Just bought Sherlock Holmes.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby melsbells » Tue Jan 5, 13:27 2016

A Grammar Book of Finnish by Leila White. I'm pretty sure none of you want to read it, because you really can judge it by it's title. It was originally written in Finnish. Both the original and the translatation are meant for foreigners. It's quite insightful and I'm able to make a lot more connections now, but the formatting is terrible. Did an editor look at this? Did anyone look at this before it was printed? I've read poorly set books before, but they have never bothered me as much as this. I think I'll want to read the original when I'm done.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby careme777 » Tue Jan 5, 17:56 2016

This is such an excellent topic. I've added a bunch of books to my GoodReads list. I'm currently listening to "In the Woods" by Tana French for my book club. It's gripping, but a little slow. That might just be because of the audiobook, though.

I also just started the second Outlander book, "Dragonfly in Amber" which is long, but is pretty exciting even though I'm only about 50 pages in.

I just finished reading the first three books in the Spellman series by Lisa Lutz. They were really easy, excellent reads. I finished each one in about a day. A cross between dysfunctional family, humour and mystery (very light on the mystery). I'm waiting for the next one at the library right now.

I've got a bunch of nonfiction on my reading list already for the year, but there are some good ones you have all been reading.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby rowan » Tue Jan 5, 22:27 2016

I just finished The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I almost quit, because I really loved the characters and spoilier
it's clear they almost all die.

But I finished it and now I'm pissed at some of the other characters for reasons and so I guess I'll have to read the next one.
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Postby Roxygirl40 » Sat Feb 20, 8:24 2016

The Power Of Right Believing by Joseph Prince It helps me stay focused and positive :goldstar:

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby melsbells » Sun Feb 21, 11:00 2016

I just finished Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. It was my first Pratchett book (unless you count Good Omens) and I don't know why I waited so long to pick one up.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Omega » Mon Feb 22, 23:26 2016

I've been reading a few science fiction books by Greg Egan; my favorite are Diaspora and Schild's Ladder. The science is somewhat speculative, but also very technical and based off of solid mathematical or scientific conjecture. What I like most about the writing is that it doesn't hold your hand, even if fully understanding all of the concepts in the books virtually requires a degree in physics and math because the science feels real then. There's no dumbed-down explanation, or scientific-gibberish-jargon which does not actually mean anything, which I see a lot in this genre. And if you go and google some of the concepts he discusses, you can spend (and I have) hours reading research papers on them.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Unvoiced_Apollo » Tue Feb 23, 5:40 2016

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Nachos » Thu Mar 3, 15:22 2016

Just finished Divided Kingdom by Rupert Thomson. Very good premise but lacking in detail and believability in places. Still a fantastic read though.
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Nerd1987 » Sun Mar 13, 19:23 2016

I'm trying to make my way through a few books about business and leadership but they are slow and dry.
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby rowan » Mon Mar 14, 0:42 2016

Hm I've read a ton of things, I spent a couple of weeks just before/at the beginning of the semester reading the hell out of my backlog
Wolf Interval by Chrysoula Tzavelas, 3rd in the Senyaza series. I was worried because it wasn't about the main chars from the 1st two books but would up loving it. Also looking forward to her Green Wild coming out, which is a totally different series, should be any day now

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas (author of Magic Thief & others) this is aimed at teens, though I think it'd be fine for middle school or hell even my kid in a few years. Kind of a behind-the-scenes at fairytales and the Godmother. First third was super strong, second two thirds were pretty good but not quite as gripping.

Moonkind also by Sarah Prineas, good read part of the Summerkin/Winterling series for middle grades (grades 3-5)

Wednesday in the Tower by Jessica Day George, third in a series for middle grades, enjoyed it. Also Dragon Slippers, a little older, I enjoyed it but may not share with the kid just yet (I read a lot of books to see if they're appropriate first). Kind of reminded me of the Enchanted Forest books by Patricia C. Wrede (a little anyway).

Foxcraft #1 by Inbali Iserles. Liked this one a lot. A fox is the main character. Husband said he couldn't get into it. Also middle grade.

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. Victorian mystery novel, sort of, I liked it enough, but not enough to pick up any sequels.

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe, just made me happy

The new Sandman prequel by Neil Gaiman OMFG amazing

Deep Down & Strange Country, 2nd and 3rd in the series by Deborah Coates, war veteran returns to South Dakota, finds weird shit going on. Romance but weird baggage etc. Definitely flawed people in this story, which I like.

Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman this was fantastic, looking forward to more. Old west kind of sort of. It's not historical fiction, it's alternate world stuff.

Nonfiction:
Seeing White by Halley, Eschleman, and Vijaya. Should probably have read before Slavery by Another Name but ah well.

Up ahead: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, rec'ed by a YA author I follow, Hamster Princess #2 which should be magically showing up on my doorstep soon (& Ursula Vernon is on book tour so I am so going to get her to sign all my stuff!), Unicorns vs. Goblins now that the kid has finished with it (I couldn't tear it away from her), and anything I find over spring break next week.
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Re: what are you reading?

Postby melsbells » Sun May 15, 14:33 2016

I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. :3houses: I enjoyed it, especially as a break from the non-fiction I've been consuming, but I won't re-read it. My favorite part of the book is in the very beginning when the main character's mother is analyzing a piece of artwork and the main character keeps not listening because he's distracted, looking at someone else in the exhibit. The whole time I was frustrated with this character, thinking, "listen to your Mom. What's she's saying is really interesting and if you don't pay attention I won't get to either." I don't know if I've ever had a reaction like that to reading.

Edit: ^I had been worried about the new Sandman since the series is so complete as is for me, but Rowan has convinced me that I need to read it.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Sonic# » Sun May 15, 16:09 2016

I read a couple of comics, in this case Ms. Marvel and Scarlet Witch. I started Scarlet Witch out of order and want to go back, whereas I'll probably throw something else in besides Ms. Marvel next month.

The gist of Scarlet Witch is that she's striking out on her own to do some good in the world. In the two issues I've read so far (#5 and #6), she helps people with their ghosts and demons. In the comic sense. Sometimes literally. It's clear that she also has some issues to wrestle with. She is very aware of her own mortality (
she ages each time she uses her powers
) and is figuring herself out. It give it :4houses:, plus half a house for the beautiful cover art. (Okay, so I noticed it because of the cover.)

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I'm also starting Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language by Seth Lerer. He's a medievalist like me, and his more scholarly work is great. So far, this feels rich and informative, especially about those earlier parts of language history.

I have some qualms. I'm thinking of teaching some about the history of the English language in the fall, and using this as a key text. I'm worried because in some ways this feels like an old white man writing about the English language, and I'm interested to read how he handles the diversity of dialects that go beyond Standard English (which he acknowledges as a social construct in his introduction). Even if I include him, I'm also going to supplement the course with some work on World Englishes to emphasize how the history of Standard English can't be told without telling a history of how political and cultural powers decided to marginalize other dialects, many times in colonialist or racialist ways.

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Re: what are you reading?

Postby Nachos » Wed May 25, 4:57 2016

Just finished Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds. Superb, as is all his other stuff. Two strong female leads as well.
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