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NVR - What are you reading right now? (Fiction or non-fiction)

I'm reading 'Raising Vegan Children in a Non-vegan World' by Erin Pavlina.
I'm curious what everyone else has their nose in at the moment!  :)

I was at the bookstore and I almost bought (the line was way too long) A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage.  He exlores beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coke as signature beverages during different parts of world history.

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John Steinbeck - The Pearl

I read it in middle school and I can actually really appreciate it now.

A great choice. I too read and reread "The Pearl."

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zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance (fiction - ish)

Because I have to mention Arcata and Humboldt whenever possible, toward the end of the book they stop in Arcata and get a burrito.  :)

Hey Humboldt! I just found out a great friend of mine who moved here a year ago (the same time I did) moved from Humboldt and went to school in Arcata! She had always said, Northern California, but I never realized where.  When she told me I thought of you! They lived in an isolated cabin with no indoor bathroom-were caretakers for a wealthy couple's home while they were away, I think.  They had to walk like a mile through the woods from where they parked to get to the cabin. They did this for like 2 years and then she decided she needed out of isolation so they moved to NC. THey now live way out in the middle of nowhere again (in my opinion), but at least they have some modern conveniences they did not have. They loved it there but needed a change I guess. Small world!

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They lived in an isolated cabin with no indoor bathroom-were caretakers for a wealthy couple's home while they were away, I think.  They had to walk like a mile through the woods from where they parked to get to the cabin.

Awesome!  That sounds like the life to me, but I can see it getting old after a while.  I now have someone to confirm that it's a great place to live.  :)

Well, I lived in Arcata proper.  A fung shui master had converted the top level of her two story to a seperate living area and I rented a room overlooking her very cool garden, so it was a much different experience for me than for your friend.

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I just finished "Till Death do us part" by Vincient Bugolsi, the same guy/lawyer who wrote Helter Skelter, so it's a true crime book.  Now I'm reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!!!  :)

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Charles Mingus - 'Beneath The Underdog'

Very... interesting. Written largely in third person, he describes himself. You're never sure where the exagerration begins or ends, but definitely an engaging read so far.

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Uh, at the risk of being dubbed the board pervert, I'm reading Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica.

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I got a secondhand copy of The Poisonwood Bible a couple of weeks ago since someone on here recommended it and am enjoying it. I wish I had the moxie to lend it to a particular missionary couple of a certain age, here, who do a lot of talking about how wonderfully they've adapted to the culture and language here--something which is not bourne out by anyone who knows them.  ::) But then they probably wouldn't read it, saying it's "too negative".

hahahahaha...to funny that book is...yes...

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I am reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Poenix.  Okay, I am behind, and I am a slow reader.  But I just ordered a book that I am excited about:

Four Seasons North by Billy (soemthing, don't remeber last name)

I love anything to do with Alaska, especially books about living in the Alaskan bush, but they are hard to find so I order them off the internet.

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I'm in my summer boredom phase, so I've been going through my boyfriend/roommate's book collection...I recently finished Vonnegut's "Welcome to the Monkey House" (and am eagerly anticipating reading some of his full-length novels soon), then "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn, and "The Education of Little Tree" by Forrest Carter. --both are great lessons about the mistreatment of the earth on the part of greedy consumers, and about a hopeful-yet-idealistic message about how to care for the earth:  basically, don't think that being human entitles you to using/consuming more than you friggin' need!......and, then I read seven short case studies by Oliver Sacks in a collection titled "An Anthropologist on Mars", including real accounts of neurological disorders/oddities/gifts of some of his patients.  VERY interesting perspectives.

Currently, though I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, I'm 3/4 finished with the first book of the Harry Potter series (started last night).

I've usually maintained a rather anti-HP attitude, knowing what I did based on the movies and friends' accounts of the books...and so far I've been right about my initial impressions:  way too full of cliches and borrowed, unimaginative humdrum.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE fantasy fan, but I've been spoiled by reading Tolkien's work so far.  I think I would have LOVED  HP if I'd read these when I was 8 or 9.

They're written for kids, man.  and that's cool, I want children to read and use their imaginations instead of watching the garbage tube all day...but I still maintain that Harry Potter IS for children primarily, and secondly, for adults to want to keep up with the latest fantasy scene, but haven't the reading skills or patience to read Tolkien.  For those who have read both, congrats, but I'm sure you can see what I mean if you compare the two authors' works....

I *kind of* like what I'm reading so far, but again, with the fact in mind that it was written for a much younger audience than myself.

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Y'know,  carrot_wench, your post reminded me:

I'm reading 'Return of the King' - out loud - to my 20 month old daughter at bed time. I will have reat the entire Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit out loud. I feel strangely proud of that.

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LOL, carrot_wench. 

You don't have to be anti-Rowling to like Tolkein.  I feel about fiction in general how you feel about Harry Potter.  If someone wanted an escapist read, why would someone read Tolkein when they could read Eisley?  I personally view fiction as diminished value when compared to nonfiction, but people read what they're drawn to and find value in words that others may not. 

I like the Harry Potter books.  To me they are about being informed about what's going on in the world and not just taking the government spin.  It's about resisting those who are hurting your community without becoming like them in the process.  It's about grassroots action.  If you are in a different place in your life, you may not get the same things out of the book.  It doesn't mean they're not there, it just means those things aren't speaking to you at the moment.

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I am reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Poenix.  Okay, I am behind, and I am a slow reader.  But I just ordered a book that I am excited about:

Four Seasons North by Billy (soemthing, don't remeber last name)

I love anything to do with Alaska, especially books about living in the Alaskan bush, but they are hard to find so I order them off the internet.

Hi SnowQueen.  Have you read Looking for Alaska by Peter Jenkins?  I really enjoyed it.

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I have mental bookmarks in

Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, page three)
Sunshine (Robin McKinley, page 82)
Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer, rereading, page 104)

I finished Harry Potter 7 yesterday, 24 hours after i opened it... i love having weekends of tea and intense harry potter over-doses..

I also intend to read a lot of plays the coming weeks, since im going back to drama school in August...
But then I'll go back to my useual mix of classics and magic...

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Have any SF fans read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever? He borrowed Heavily from Tolkein but also did some new stuff. I couldn't read all of the books, principally because I was in highschool at that time and very sensitive to words and the shapes they make, and he tends to repeat the same adjectives all the time. His favourite word in Book 2 seemed to be "encarnadined." I was thinking, "Either get a thesaurus or learn how to use it." :P

I just wondered if anyone had read them all and what they thought of them.

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...I like the Harry Potter books.  To me they are about being informed about what's going on in the world and not just taking the government spin.  It's about resisting those who are hurting your community without becoming like them in the process.  It's about grassroots action.  If you are in a different place in your life, you may not get the same things out of the book.  It doesn't mean they're not there, it just means those things aren't speaking to you at the moment.

I've heard about how the books start to take on a more political air after a while (my boyfriend actually referred specifically to the grassroots aspect too!), which is why I'm still keeping my hopes up and planning on finishing the series.  I've just now finished the first one, and again, it's been a lot of fun, child-friendly fantasy fluff so far...no hints yet of much more than the classic good guys vs. bad guys theme, but I know it'll get better.  I keep hearing that it starts to get really interesting around book 3.  I'm eagerly awaiting some slightly more adult themes to speak to me later on, as my friends have also promised they would.

I should have probably pointed out that I really don't mean to be so harsh on HP fans...most of my friends are avid readers and re-readers of the series, actually.  and I certainly don't mean to imply that adults who read Rowling's work are less intelligent than those who read Tolkien, just as it would be silly to assume that all Tolkien readers are actually above-average readers who can fully grasp his work.  I just personally prefer loads of details and drawn-out descriptions, hah.

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Y'know,  carrot_wench, your post reminded me:

I'm reading 'Return of the King' - out loud - to my 20 month old daughter at bed time. I will have reat the entire Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit out loud. I feel strangely proud of that.

I would, too!  reading the entire series out loud would be a great experience, for both you and your little girl.

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Uh, at the risk of being dubbed the board pervert, I'm reading Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica.

hi perv! im one too... read it, and liked it!  ;D

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... I certainly don't mean to imply that adults who read Rowling's work are less intelligent than those who read Tolkien, just as it would be silly to assume that all Tolkien readers are actually above-average readers who can fully grasp his work. 

LOL.  I think that's why I don't mind mentioning that I like HP.  I don't think IQ means much if you don't know how to change a tire in the middle on nowhere in the dark, but I took an IQ test in college and I scored among the world's elite.  It makes me just arrogant enough to shamelessly enjoy all sorts of lesser entertainment.  My next project is to become better at skipping stones.

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Y'know,  carrot_wench, your post reminded me:

I'm reading 'Return of the King' - out loud - to my 20 month old daughter at bed time. I will have reat the entire Rings trilogy plus The Hobbit out loud. I feel strangely proud of that.

That's very cool.  I have a friend who is about 50, and he read the whole series out loud to his daughter...I think she was in elementary school when he did it though.

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