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Old 09-20-2019, 10:39 AM   #1
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What are you reading?

Despite some modern Airstreams now coming with not one, but two TVs, some folks still enjoy reading - both classic printed books and the electronic kind like kindles, kobos, nooks and whathaveyou.

Sooo ... what are you reading?

Iíll make a start.
Ca. half-way through re-reading Frank Schatzingís The Swarm, which I first read while at uni in my 20s. Also, to keep the balance Iím in the first volume of Shelby Footeís The Civil War. Finally Iím dipping in and out of Rich Luhrís The Newbies Guide To Airstreaming.
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:45 AM   #2
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James Ellroy's "The Storm."
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Old 09-20-2019, 11:19 AM   #3
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I read everywhere. On my 5th Kindle. Really enjoy multiple books from authors who tell a continuing story, usually action/adventure.
I think I got hooked when reading the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald back in the 70's. Still fun today.
John Sandford - Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers books.
Robert Crais - Elvis Cole, Joe Pike series
Lee Child - Jack Reacher series
Stephen Hunter - Swagger series

other honorable mention

for end of the world survival stuff - A. American Going Home series
Michael Stephen Fuchs Arisen series

Classical detective - Michael Connelly - Bosch series
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Now thereís a lot of potential reading material to check out, Acheron 2010.

@ shucklemoon: I absolutely devoured the L.A. Quartet novels but I put The Storm down unfinished. Maybe Iíll go back to it some time.
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The Last Lion, an amazing biography on Sir Winston Churchill.

Legacy, another amazing biography on Walter Annenberg and his family.
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Here are a few I've been reading or have recently completed.

I watched a few of the Harry Bosch series on Amazon and then switched to the series of books by Michael Connelly. The books are much better and with the side stories there are more than 20 books.

Recently read through Craig Lancaster's "600 Hours of Edward" and it's two sequels. Edward is a new kind of hero in his life adventures.

John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" is a great series.

For the post apocalyptic genre, I read Devon Ford's series "After it Happened." It kept me focused for a while.
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I have been recommending Our Towns: 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America, which I just finished, to everybody who will listen. A husband and wife who are both writers asked towns who are coming back from rough times to apply to be included in this book. The writers chose about 25 towns and then flew around the country in their Cirrus, visiting each town perhaps several times, interviewing people, participating in local events and basically getting to know the place and then write about what the towns are doing to come back. Very interesting and hopeful in what can be a discouraging time.
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Old 09-20-2019, 02:09 PM   #8
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I tend to snack through a variety. The snack tray includes: The History of English, Gooden; The Deniable Darwin, Berlinski; Artificial Unintelligence, Broussard; with a daily dose from the Book of Proverbs. The main course lately has been from a box of old Alaskana books my grandmother collected: Russian America, Chevigny.
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:59 PM   #9
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Daughters of the Night Sky - Aimie K Runyan

West with the Night - Beryl Markham

Ghosts Of Gold Mountain - Gordon Chang

All relatively short reads, not in my usual interest, but an interesting bit of history from all three.
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Your post.
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I, like Acheron2010, have been through several Kindles...
[Note: If you have a Fire HD, you can get a charging stand for it - it comes with a special holder for the Kindle that connects to the charge port and keeps you from wearing out the connector.]

When I think of memorable reads, there are a number of them, a few stand out right now:
The Greatest Generation, Brokaw
Truman, McCullough (also: The Great Bridge, John Adams, 1776, The Wright Brothers.)
For murder mystery thrillers: the Cormoran Strike series, Galbraith (actually J.K. Rowling)
FDR, Smith
The Things Our Fathers Saw, Rozell (3 books)
The Winter Fortress, Bascombe
Dam Busters, Holland

Being a kid of the 50s and 60s, there are a few:
Always Another Dawn, Crossfield
Failure Is Not An Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo, Kranz (Yes, GENE KRANZ!)
Carrying The Fire, Collins

And because I was nuts for Chrysler's Turbine car: Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of America's Coolest Creation, Lehto
If you're a Downton Abbey Fan: Why Shoot a Butler, Heyer
And a delightful one: Upstairs At The White House: My Life With The First Ladies, West
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I envy you, being at the beginning of Shelby Foote's incredible history. I've read it twice, once a decade, I guess, and it may be time to do it again. He's a superb writer, right up on the level with Barbara Tuchman. It's interesting that he both manages to get the Southern point of view in--which is rare for Civil War history--and also to pull no punches.



Here's a hint if you're interested in detail on the battles: the Army War College (or maybe it's West Point) publishes a softback map book of all of the major and many of the minor battles. It's fascinating to read the map while you're reading Foote's description. I don't think I ever got The Wilderness until I had the map in front of me.



By the way, I'm reading Robert Crais and Robert B. Parker. It's my break from serious literature and serious history ... kind of a vacation, because it's been a tough quarter and I can't get away even though I have a gleaming FC 25 in my driveway.
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The Death of Mrs. Westaway - youíre scraping by and are notified youíre an heir to a fortune though it must be a case of mistaken identity. What could go wrong??
https://www.amazon.com/Death-Mrs-Wes.../dp/150115625X

The Last Days of Night - billed as an historical novel - felt thoroughly plausible. Very fun - and disturbing - read about the machinations of Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla....
https://www.amazon.com/Last-Days-Nig.../dp/0812988922

I Know This Much Is True - a Wally Lamb Classic - some 900 pages I couldnít put down.
https://www.amazon.com/Know-This-Muc.../dp/0061469084

Someone Knows - just started this one. Looks promising....
https://www.amazon.com/Someone-Knows.../dp/0525539646

Columbo: Complete Series - not a book obviously - but when we get in the camper at the end of a great day of camping, hiking, campfire fun - catching a Columbo episode on DVD is a pure pleasure. As a kid I remember my dad saying to my mom, ďIím dying for a murder mystery, Chickie!Ē and when it was a Columbo episode, the world stopped at our house....
https://www.amazon.com/Columbo-Compl.../dp/B008RJ6TTC
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books

The Bomb Maker -Thomas Perry
The Butcher Boy Series - Thomas Perry
and all his books
Many others on my kindle

download overdrive.com and use your local library card for FREE downloads......
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I'm a big fan of the Kindle and Amazon's free or low price books.
I like mysteries, police procedurals, and adventure fiction.
If you have a Kindle (or any reader) look into "BookBub".
I get a daily e-mail with suggestions.
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Land of Wolves

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My Kindle and I stay current with a number of authors.
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HHPJ, agreed on The Last Lion. I'm stalled out halfway through the second book, but need to get back into it. The first was fascinating.

Otherwise, I'm rereading my way through my Lois McMaster Bujold books...a must if you like space opera or intelligent fantasy.
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Just finished the most recent Donna Leon, Guido Brunetti books mystery.
Presently working through Rymes Bowen Books.
Collin Cotterill is a lot of fun to read.
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
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