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Friday, January 06, 2006

What I'm Currently Reading

Is this the truth?

It started with Kait's blog entry that asked us to pick up the nearest book, turn to a certain page and sentence, and to post that entry. And Jamie's dh, Shannon , posted about the book/text he is currently reading--a very smart person's read. It quite put me to shame. I would like to read something equally lofty, like Hawking, and become very intelligent. But sadly, no, I'm not reading A Brief History of Time. We actually have the book, but it belongs to my husband, who is not afraid of scary science. I admire him greatly (both dh and Hawking).

I'm more likely to pick up The Complete Works of Shakespeare, which I do have at my finger tips (and have mostly read). Anything knowledge-filled comes to me in the form of history books, such as a WWII book that I really am reading on the evacuation at Dunkirk. Did I mention that I am a
history fanatic?

I also just purchased Diana Gabaldon's A Breath of Snow and Ashes on CD (48 of them to be exact). I plan to clean my house really well and paint a couple rooms while listening to this story. I can't wait!

What are you reading?


  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger Kristen said…

    And when she picked up the Gabaldon box, E danced. And danced with glee. No evil cackle was heard. ;) Not until lunch and the apple pie.

    Reading... Two books have the I'm getting read touch. You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister and Gennito Low's Sleeping with the Agent.

    I'm in the mood for something but haven't been able to find it. The great hunt continues.

  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger Ellen said…

    I did dance with glee. I love Gabaldon's writing, her appreciation for history (and accuracy when weaving it into the story), and the h/h (Jamie and Claire). Dh thinks it's too long--I say there's no such thing. :)

    Lunch and apple pie were good. Yum-my. Don't tell the Cupcake Police.

    Sounds like you're reading good books, K!

  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Jamie said…

    I'm currently about 200 pages into Outlander. I've been there for exactly 3 months. In the meantime, I've read Janet Evanovich's Manhunt and Back to the Bedroom, both very entertaining. I leave the "smart" reading to DH. It's good enough that one of us can read non-fiction without falling asleep. We don't both have to be able to. :) Besides, I read his papers about the smart books, so it's like I'm getting the Cliff's notes version.

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Ooh, I LOVE Cliff' s notes. I never cheated in college by only reading them, but I did use them as a supplement to help me through a lot of the Shakespeare and Medieval Lit that was not always easy to decipher.

    If Shannon's papers are like Cliff's notes, who needs the books. :)

  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger Winter said…

    Just a few Inpsy's and Left Behind. I'm contemplating picking up Obsession by Wanda Dyson again and trying to read it all the way through. I'd get going on it and then read something else. Also, restarting Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen, I saw yesterday she has the sequeal out and I want to buy it and read it. Not too mention finishing the Dee Henderson Uncommon Heros series!

    Ooo, I love Gabaldon, though I haven't been able to read all the books. Lazy me, get started and then I'd skim and quit. Must be too long for me. And here I want to read Lord of the Rings!

  • At 6:14 PM, Blogger Shannon said…

    Okay, apple pie really sounds good.

    After a dinner of hot wings and Guinness (but who can complain about either??), I'm set for something sweet and yummy! Apple pie à la mode for me, please!

    But... we don't have any apple pie. I could eat some homemade ice cream (I made Irish Cream Ice Cream the other night), but it's not quite the same. Delicious, but not the same.

    Oops, I digress.

    Smart books... books about the theories and history of American joint warfare do not necessarily constitute smart books. On my nearby bookshelf, I also spy books such as Infinite Smile a book about Zen; Beyond the Hills, a biography of Waite Phillips (a Scouter); and a multitude of Star Wars books.

    I am not what you call a literary giant. But, I read some stuff -- like the joint warfare books -- because it somewhat interests me, and it helps me advance towards an advanced degree. If you really want to talk smart, you should see some of Jamie's books on the other nearby bookshelf. For example: Circuit Analysis, a biology book, and electrical engineering.

    Back to apple pie... to quote Ellen: "Yum-my"!! :)

  • At 8:46 PM, Blogger Samala said…

    I love Hawking. I have a couple of his books. I have even been contemplating digging them out and trying my hand at sci-fi once my current WIP is done.

  • At 8:56 PM, Blogger Ellen said…

    Shannon, Irish Cream ice cream sounds really, really good. So does a guiness!

    Jamie! Circuit analysis?! Electrical Engineering?!

    Sam, Hawking?

    I am very impressed, ladies. I bow to your logical and brilliant minds (I'm just remembering you liked statistics, Sam--which deserves its own reward). A sci-fi would be perfect for you (I think). Dh is quite fascinated with that stuff too.

    For some reason, the men in my family are engineers--software, civil, and electrical). I'll make sure dh doesn't bring out his engineer jokes when he (voluntarily) visits my blog, Jamie. :)

    Winnie, I've heard that Dee Henderson is really good. I think it's K who raves about her. Good list!

  • At 9:25 AM, Blogger Jamie said…

    Don't let the old college textbooks fool you. I'm a recovering uber-geek. Haven't used that circuits crap in years. But I still appreciate a good geek joke. :)

  • At 10:11 AM, Blogger Winnie said…

    While my Dh loves to be considered a geek, he also loves to use his Specialist shrug when he darn well knows the answer.

    You should see his book shelf, books on Army Leadership, old college books from Advance Chem and Ag Law, Stats and business math, and I can't forget his Ed psy book either. Oh and what about all those Martin Luther and Apologetics books! I tend to borrow those now and again. :)

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