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hey,

These kinds of question always and always intrigued me to write something.

The book I am currently reading is Me before you by jo jo Moyes. The book is worth reading and a perfect combination of love and sacrifice. Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

I read this book after going through the list of 25 fascinating books. All the books on the list are perfectly justified.
 
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Ive gone throught the first three Aubrey-Maturin books and LOVED them. Having a break with Nicholas Nickleby. All audio cos I knit while I listen. Love Dickens.
 
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I recently finished reading Longitude by Dava Sobel and Early Retirement Extreme by Jaokob Lund Fisker.

I am still reading the Omnivore's Dilemma for a class, and I will now be reading Wild Edibles by Sergei Boutenko for fun.
 
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Dave Burton wrote:I recently finished reading Longitude by Dava Sobel and Early Retirement Extreme by Jaokob Lund Fisker.

I am still reading the Omnivore's Dilemma for a class, and I will now be reading Wild Edibles by Sergei Boutenko for fun.



What class are you taking that requires reading Omnivore’s dilemma for? I think that’s amazing!
 
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A book my wife and I recently read presents much to think about how to survive. "The Stranger in the Woods" by Michael Finkel tells the true recent story of a Mainer who lived completely alone in the Central Maine woods for 27 years undetected.It is a remarkable story told to our investigative reporter on his visits to the prison where Chris Knight was incarcerated. Well written and researched it reads like a Stephen King thriller,the writer who happens to come from Maine as well!
 
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I recently finished reading Wild Edibles by Sergei Boutenko, and I recently checked out Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel.

The books I am currently reading right now are:
- The Omnivore's Dilemma by Mike Pollan
(this book is for my anthropology class on Food and Culture)
- Maphead by Ken Jennings
(this book is for my Geographic Information Systems class)
-Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel
(this book is for fun, my own personal growth, and my interests)

Hi Liv! The Omnivore's Dilemma is required reading for my Food and Culture class. The book and class are both pretty interesting. The class explores practically everything about food and culture- an evolutionary look at eating (what different primates ate), a historical anthropology look (what early hunter gatherers ate), a modern anthropology look (what do current hunter gatherers eat, other societies eat, other cultures eat, etc), and an ecological view, too (what methods do people use to feed themselves and the effects those methods have on the environment. It is a very broad an interesting class; so far, we have talked about primates, paleolithic diets, different types of teeth/digestive tracts/associated diets, methods of fishing, cannibalism, different broad categories of subsistence, insectivores, and now vegetarianism and veganism.

Hi Stuart! I'm glad you have the stomach for thriller books! I find such books difficult to read, and I think I would find the book even harder to read, because it is about someone who actually exists.
 
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Reality can be quite scarier than fiction! My wife and I have read around 10-15 books of first person stories of survivors of the Holocaust of Jews. Believe me the ones who lived and survived to tell the story lived experiences so unbelievable that you could think they made it up. But they didn't! I saw it first hand when I was a child and so many older people I knew had numbered tatoos.Then most would tell you they couldn't and wouldn't repeat the stories. Later in the 1980's they came forward. My own best friend's mother and father survived the horrible work camps. All she could say was "Stuie you couldn't believe! "Over and over she said this! My sister-in-law's parents also survived the Holocaust as well as the Russian Revolution and Castro's Revolution in Cuba. If anyone is interested in reading this Holocaust literature I'd be glad to give you a list of books.
 
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I read “Clan of the Cave Bear “ in the late 1980’s

At that time all the authorities said there was no neantherdal interbreeding with Homosapiens.

Now DNA shows up to 5% in the European human genome.

I keep seeing the “earliest North American” and other areas moved back 10,000 years at a time so I think the author was very right. Like Johnny Cash said, our ancestors have “been everywhere man”
 
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Have just finished listening to The Old Curiosity Shop, cried a lot!, and am now listening to Bleak House, read beautifully by the great Miriam Margoyles, and am thoroughly enjoying it.
 
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I recently finished reading Botany in a Day! It was a great book!

Im almost done reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, and I am still reading Mapheads.

I'm going to take a break from reading serious book, and I'll be reading another flash fiction (short stories) book called Flash Fiction International.
 
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I finished Mapheads a couple of days ago. I am currently reading Elegant Simplicity by Satish Kumar and Flash Fiction International. So far, I am enjoying Elegant Simplicity. It is very simple and easy book. It reads pretty quickly. And Flash Fiction International is just as much of an enjoyable run of the gauntlet of human experiences that The Pearl Jacket was. It is both uplifting and entertaining as well as shocking and scary.
 
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I am re starting The Name of the Rose cos it must be me who finds it so unbelievably hard and tedious since everybody around me says how great it is. May be I should stick to Dick Francis or Agatha Christie....
 
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My niece's Magic Treehouse books. She also wants me to read this book about this girl from Mozambique (i forget the title but it's gotten good reviews).
 
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Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:I am re starting The Name of the Rose cos it must be me who finds it so unbelievably hard and tedious since everybody around me says how great it is. May be I should stick to Dick Francis or Agatha Christie....


Bless your heart. I like to read long and tortuous things and I can barely restrain myself from rolling my eyes remembering this book. Eco can be a bit of a slog!

I am reading Dopesick, which meshes very well with current affairs about opioid developments, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Harari, which is a great if maybe not entirely positive and uplifting read.
Probably the best thing I've read recently has been Changing Your Mind by Michael Pollan, which was WAY better than I expected (and I`ve been recommending it to everyone I know).
 
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Dave Burton wrote:-Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb



I love all of Taleb's books!! "Fooled by Randomness" is especially good as it's about risk.
 
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I have just started reading the Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins. I read parts of it years ago, but I'm hoping to figure out a system that will work in our current circumstances.

While I was away my sister fed me large print murder mysteries from her local library and I enjoyed J D Robb's books in particular. Totally unrealistic, but a pleasant diversion.
 
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Bless your heart. I like to read long and tortuous things and I can barely restrain myself from rolling my eyes remembering this book. Eco can be a bit of a slog!

AMEN TO THAT!
NOT JUST ME THEN. THE FILM WAS GREAT......
 
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I recently finished Elegant Simplicity by Satish Kumar, and I loved the entire book. I think this will have to go onto my long to re-read list.

I am now reading Renewal by Andres Edwards and Flash Fiction International.
 
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Lots of good books listed here. But I don't read books, really... Well, stupid trash for entertainment and I don't think that counts.

But I _do_ read magazines, every day. I want to soak up basic current issues w/out the flash-bang and droning heads found on pretty much all mass media. While not inclusive, I seem to read most of the following each month: Harpers, TheAtlantic, NewYorker. Then occasionally the Economist, VanityFair, seem to have some decent reporting. I'm sure there are lots of others, but the only time I "read" is during breakfast and my coffee capacity is a seriously limiting factor. <g>

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I sent back The Name of the Rose (sorry Umberto - way beyond my levels of concentration while I knit) and am soothing my jangled brain with Little Dorrit. Aaahhhhhh!
 
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Rufus Laggren wrote:

Well, stupid trash for entertainment and I don't think that counts.

Rufus, if it makes you smile or laugh or just relaxes you, it counts! Too often we got caught up in life and forget that entertainment can be good for the soul!

I'm currently juggling two books: The Humanure Handbook, 3rd edition - I'm amazed by the composting info that relates to things other than Humanure!
I'm also reading Jodi Picoult's "a spark of light". She seems to write about social issues, trying to bring information and opinion from both sides into the topic by creating a story. This one's a fairly easy read, but in the summer I read, "small great things" and it was more difficult for me. It dealt with racial discrimination which my living situations have kept me largely insulated from.
 
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I dunno, Jay. I definitely put on less weight reading Sci-Fi for relaxation than if I drink a beer, but I'm not sure it's any more nutritious - in any way! <g>

But I just got a book from a friend titled "White Trash". American history from about 1600 to 1890 aimed to highlight the actual role of CLASS in America. It's scholarly in the sense of being written by  "prof", including foot notes, but it's an easy read that totally turns the George Washington Cherry Tree type stuff (and a lot of the holy moly life, liberty and Holy Constitution) on its head. Women and all minorities should at least read the first couple chapters. For example, from what I've read so far, it appears we had a "Trump" long ago - Andrew Jackson. Be nice if they taught that stuff in highschool instead of higher ed.


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Speaking of which, I finished Flash Fiction International and Renewal.

I'm currently just reading one book right now - Pow Wow: Charting the Fautl Lines in the American Experience. This book aims to highlight the stories of minorities in America, as told through short fiction stories they have written.  I'm still kind of on a short-story binge.
 
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I have just finished Desolation Island in the Aubrey/Maturin series and am listening to Dombey and Son while I can up a months worth of dog food, potatoes, carrots and beans.
 
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Rufus Laggren wrote:
But I just got a book from a friend titled "White Trash". American history from about 1600 to 1890 aimed to highlight the actual role of CLASS in America. It's scholarly in the sense of being written by  "prof", including foot notes, but it's an easy read that totally turns the George Washington Cherry Tree type stuff (and a lot of the holy moly life, liberty and Holy Constitution) on its head. Women and all minorities should at least read the first couple chapters. For example, from what I've read so far, it appears we had a "Trump" long ago - Andrew Jackson. Be nice if they taught that stuff in highschool instead of higher ed.


Cheers,
Rufus



Thanks for the recommendation! I agree, it would be nice if actual history was taught in this country, unfortunately it is not. I was raised by grandparents born in the first decade of the 20th century who were poor/hobos/migrant workers and later union workers. Much of the real history of the working class and poor of this country is untold.

btw, we've had many "Trumps". I'm old enough to remember the 1980s and have officially nicknamed Trump "Rude Ronald Reagan". I don't mean this in a political way, simply to highlight our ruling class' priorities and policies have stayed pretty consistent no matter the President and party. It's all style and optics and controlled opposition IMO.

As for what I'm reading, the list is long. I am in the middle of Antifragile, which is fantastic. I just finished the book "Consequence" which is very good, and happens to be written by a co-worker. It might be interesting to permies as it's about eco-activism and genetic engineering and protest movements, etc.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25895036-consequence


 
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