What are you reading right now?

hugssandi
@hugssandi
3 weeks ago
211 posts

I love the classics, userno4!  ~that's all great stuff~

 

 

UserNo4
@userno4
3 weeks ago
16 posts

My 9-year-old daughter and I are listening to an audio version of "Anne of Avonlea" when I drive her home from school. We've already been through "Anne of Green Gables," and before that, "A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Swiftly Tilting Planet." I just finished listening to "The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe," which I read decades ago in college. I'm not sure if I should go onto the next in the series or start up "Pride and Prejudice," which my daughter is almost finished reading through. In the fall, I listed to the space trilogy of C.S. Lewis as well as "The Great Divorce" and "The Abolition of Man." 

I do READ, and read nonfiction, but that's a start.


updated by @userno4: 04/09/17 10:21:52PM
Kevin Keating
@kevin-keating
3 weeks ago
12 posts
I tend to read and re-read books I like. ACD's Sherlock Holmes stories are always a "go to" for me, along with other classics like Poe and Lovecraft and Dickens's shorter stories.
Currently though I'm reading (for maybe the 4th time) Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach.
hugssandi
@hugssandi
3 weeks ago
211 posts

D. Chitwood:

My sister told me about a book called Dispatches From Pluto, by Richard Grant. The story of a Brit and a New Yorker who buy a Mississippi plantation and encounter southern culture for the first time. She said it was laugh out loud one of the best books she has read in ages.

 

HA!  This sounds great!  

D. Chitwood
@d-chitwood
3 weeks ago
128 posts

My sister told me about a book called Dispatches From Pluto, by Richard Grant. The story of a Brit and a New Yorker who buy a Mississippi plantation and encounter southern culture for the first time. She said it was laugh out loud one of the best books she has read in ages.

 

James Phillips
@james-phillips
3 weeks ago
96 posts

I am going to be re-reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.  I saw the movie for the first time in a while a couple weeks ago and decided I would re-read the book.

Paul Killian
@paul-killian
3 weeks ago
9 posts

I am reading Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity. by James J. O'Donnell.

hugssandi
@hugssandi
3 weeks ago
211 posts

Subversive Jesus by Craig Greenfield, and A Creative Minority:  Influencing Culture Through Redemptive Participation by Jon Tyson.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 weeks ago
414 posts

I'm reading Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger.  Pretty good so far.




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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
folkfan
@folkfan
4 weeks ago
457 posts

I'm reading some things on family genealogy, Henry the Fifth by Shakespeare, and a series of books about a fat vampire.   Great for a laugh.  And generally anything that doesn't move and has words printed on it.  If I don't have a book in one hand, my Nook is in the other. 

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
one month ago
150 posts

Foxfire 11.  Finally assembled the whole set a couple years ago.

Of course we all know what's in Foxfire 3.... and Foxfire 12.  Don't we???

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
one month ago
502 posts

Dear Bob and Sue by Matt and Karen Smith. They visit all 58 national parks and write about it.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

hugssandi
@hugssandi
one month ago
211 posts

_Rich Dad, Poor Dad_ by Robert Kiyosaki, and I have this weird tug-of-war between the good advice and then ethics as I read; _If God is Good:  Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil_ by Randy Alcorn.

IRENE
@irene
2 months ago
42 posts

PILGRIM A biography of William Brewster.  I found out lately that he's my 12th great grandfather that was the leader on the MAYFLOWER.  I find this very interesting.  I have other books too that I have stacked up and read snippets but this one....way cool. aloha, irene

john warren
@john-warren
2 months ago
22 posts

fotmd forums of course.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 months ago
1,433 posts

The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook by Amy Riolo, published by the American Diabetes Assoc that Lady Sally picked up at a recent diabetes conference she attended as part of her PharmD Continuing Ed.

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
502 posts

Currently reading Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. I finished both the Jefferson book and the latest issue of Fretboard Journal.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."


updated by @ken-longfield: 03/14/17 04:35:50PM
Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey
2 months ago
65 posts

Currently reading Testosterone Rex, a popular science book written with a sense of humor. Also, just started Faithful Place by Tana French.

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
502 posts

I'm still reading Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power. I just received the latest issue of The Fretboard Journal, so I'm reading that as well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

hugssandi
@hugssandi
2 months ago
211 posts

Younger Next Year truly has changed my life, so now I've moved onto Thinner This Year.  I'm also reading 'Tis a Gift to be Simple and am enjoying it, though I wish more were written on the subject by people living in poverty.  There's a whole idea to this concerning judgment and acceptance I don't know how to explain...  Lastly, I'm reading the third of a multicultural fantasy series (The Dragon Songs Saga) by my acupuncturist, Dances of Deception.  I've never liked fantasy, but I have trouble putting these down once I've started!

hugssandi
@hugssandi
3 months ago
211 posts

Jan Potts:

hugssandi, do you realize that every minute you spend reading Younger Next Year, you're getting older?  Ironic.

LOL, Jan!  ~and it is taking me a while, too~

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 months ago
414 posts

hugssandi, do you realize that every minute you spend reading Younger Next Year, you're getting older?  Ironic.

 

I'm reading The Birds of Opulence, by Crystal Wilkinson, for book group next week.




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
hugssandi
@hugssandi
3 months ago
211 posts

I am still reading _Younger Next Year_ and loving it!  Also trying to finish _The Four Agreements_, which I started first....

Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,733 posts

I'm reading a knitting pattern for knitting a pink hat.  Haven't picked up my needles in about 10 years(!) and I got inspired.  I'm really enjoying taking it up again for a few minutes of relaxation here and there.  Love the act of carefully making something with my hands again.  I'm finding it's like riding a bike- I need to review the instructions for certain things, but it's coming back to me very quickly.  
I'm realizing they now have a million online youtube videos for knitters.  The internet didn't even exist when i first learned to knit almost 30 yrs ago. (!)  Yay!   oma




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David Pedersen
@david-pedersen
3 months ago
31 posts

"Exploring Genesis" by John Phillips.  Wonderful insight into Genesis.

Paul Killian
@paul-killian
3 months ago
9 posts

I am reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
502 posts

I'm now reading Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power by John Meacham. Also reading the latest issue of Martin - The Journal of Acoustic Guitars.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,433 posts

Colleen Hailey:

Bill Bryson should be considered a national treasure.

Here and elsewhere!!!

Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey
3 months ago
65 posts

Bill Bryson should be considered a national treasure.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,433 posts

We loved "Little Dribbling", especially since my Lady Sally is Brit, and we love the small out-of-the-way places there.  You should see the trip we're planning for September into the Borders of Scotland where her clan and mine hung out 'back in the day'.  We've read all of Bryson's other books as well, and vistited many of those places.

Bill Rollins
@bill-rollins
3 months ago
1 posts

"The Road to Little Dribbling", by Bill Bryson. Bill takes another walk around Britain and views the current state of his adopted country with his usual wry humor and cynicism. 

Colleen Hailey
@colleen-hailey
3 months ago
65 posts

Not a huge Elvis fan but am in the middle of reading Last Train to Memphis: the Rise of Elvis Presley. I plan to read the far more depressing sequel, Careless Love: the Unmaking of Elvis Presley next.

Anne Bowman
@anne-bowman
3 months ago
69 posts

I'm reading 'Depression Fallout'  and 'Bloody Mary' - about Henry VIII's eldest daughter.

Sam
@sam
3 months ago
231 posts

Seed catalogs !!!




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A strum is just a smile turned upside LOUD!
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 months ago
414 posts

Irene, I'm glad you're introducing more people to SACRED HARP.  I enjoy singing and playing these songs, although it's a bit more challenging than some people think!  I liken it to learning the Cyrillic alphabet so you can sing in Russian and when you've got that down well, then you (finally) get to sing the English "poetry" with the tune (and the poetry is often on a different page from the music notation, making all this even harder).




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
502 posts

Yes, Dusty, that's the article. There are a number of other interesting articles in the book including one on Barbara Allen, folk music in schools in an highly industrialized society, and professionalism and amateurism in the study of folk music to name a few. The book (ex-library) cost me 99 cents, but with shipping and tax I wound up paying 5 dollars.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

IRENE
@irene
3 months ago
42 posts

SACRED HARP and other books related to this kind of music as I'll be presenting how to read shape notes and then have as many that will sit in a square and sing this great music of Early America that came to us via English, Scot, Irish, German.  I love this music.  Many of our Appalachian tunes we play on the dulcimer come from this age.  and when I'm done with that next week, gonna look into some of your books that you're reading. aloha, irene

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
874 posts

Ken, is the attached article by Charles Seeger the one you refer to?  Either way, I think a lot of people will find it interesting.




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Dusty T., Northern California
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"A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think."
-- Pete Seeger
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
502 posts

I just started Silent Prey by John Sandford. It is one of his Lucas Davenport novels. I just finished James Patterson's Cross the Line which was a Christmas present from my son and daughter-in-law. Yesterday I received Studies in Musicology 1935 -1975 which is compilation of articles written by Charles Seeger. I ordered it mostly for the article on the Appalachian dulcimer, but several of the other articles look interesting. I probably won't read the entire book.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,433 posts

A trio of books by Kate Thompson, known as the New Policeman trilogy, about the happenings of a small Irish village and their interactions with the "Faeries" on the other side of The Veil.  Lots of fun and fabulous fiddle tune music at the end of each chapter.

Anxiously awaiting the Anne Grimes book.


updated by @ken-hulme: 01/26/17 07:09:00PM
hugssandi
@hugssandi
3 months ago
211 posts

I have been reading _Younger Next Year_, and it is changing my life!!!  ~and trickling down to my husband~

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
8 months ago
874 posts

I've been reading Norm Cohen's Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong, which has lengthy, in-depth cultural analyses of songs like "Railroad Bill" and  "John Henry" and "Casey Jones," not to mention all those "The Wreck of . . . " songs.  It's a pretty long book, so I just read it in little bits whenever I have the time.




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Dusty T., Northern California
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"A good song makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think."
-- Pete Seeger
Terry Wilson
@terry-wilson
8 months ago
208 posts

I just finished reading "The Dimaggios", by Tom Glavin.  If you live baseball as I, this book will surprise.

Now, I am re-reading for the 3rd time, "The Giant Book Of Native Americans ".

For about a year I've been reading, The RISE and FALL of the THIRD REICH, a history of Nazi Germany.

This book is so appalling my psych can only take in so much at any given time.  Very difficult teading, over 1200 pages.  I hate it. Ron Rosenbaum books always twist your brain, but you always return for more.

 

hugssandi
@hugssandi
8 months ago
211 posts

LOL y'all!

My light reading~how dare it come out the weekend I'm gathering for the school year, because I've not been able to put these down~ True Colors of Betrayal (Legends of Tivara, Daughter of the Dragon Throne Book 3) by JC Kang, my acupuncturist.

Kusani
@kusani
8 months ago
156 posts

callme

John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
8 months ago
150 posts

Kusani, don't tell us "who done it", please.  Let us all find out for ourselves...

 

Kusani
@kusani
8 months ago
156 posts

Well, I am starting to read "The Story of The Dulcimer" by no other than our Lee Smith. :)  

 

Paul Killian
@paul-killian
8 months ago
9 posts

I am reading "Talking Tar Heel" by Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reasor and "The North Carolina Continentals" by Hugh F. Rankin. I just finished "Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment who Changed the Course of the Revolution" by Patrick K. O'Donnell.

Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
8 months ago
502 posts

I decided to go with some light reading for the few days spent in one of our state parks, Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

hugssandi
@hugssandi
8 months ago
211 posts

Linda, I feel the very same way about my hobbies.  :/

Linda Boies
@linda-boies
8 months ago
15 posts

I really need some outdoor hobbies. Fact is, reading is one of my favorite things. All of my favorite things involve sitting on my butt. LOL!

The last two years I have made a reading commitment for the year through Goodreads. I am currently two books behind schedule because I've been too busy with dulcimer playing. 😁

I recently found a fantastic author. I am reading 'Plain Truth' by Jodi Picoult. Plot is a newborn baby dies on an Amish Farm. Who done it?

This is the third book I read by this author, all this summer. 'The Tenth Circle' was okay, but 'House Rules' (again about a murder and trial of a young man with Asperger's Syndrome) was EXCELLENT!!

hugssandi
@hugssandi
8 months ago
211 posts

~adding to my wishlist again~  <3

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
8 months ago
336 posts

Jan, Orphan Train was excellent. I never knew.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
8 months ago
414 posts

Toxic Charity sounds like an oxymoron, for sure!  I'm reading "We Rode the Trains", a true account by some of the surviving people who were sent west from the eastern cities on the "Orphan Trains".  After I read that, I'm going to read the fictional best seller "Orphan Train".




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Jan Potts, Lexington, KY
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"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." Henry Van Dyke
hugssandi
@hugssandi
8 months ago
211 posts

Agreed, Sheryl!  ~love it~

Sheryl St. Clare
@sheryl-st-clare
8 months ago
336 posts

I'm reading "My First Dulcimer Project" right here on FOTMD and enjoying every word, and photo. Keep it coming!

hugssandi
@hugssandi
8 months ago
211 posts

AMEN TO THAT heart  Strumelia!!!

Strumelia
@strumelia
8 months ago
1,733 posts

I'd rather spend my spare hours working at my local food pantry like I do than reading that book, Sandi.  howdy




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hugssandi
@hugssandi
8 months ago
211 posts

Add Toxic Charity.  By the time I got to page five I wanted to throw it against the wall.  Pretty sure I don't view people in the same light as the authors or those that wanted me to read it.  Thank goodness it looks to be a fairly easy and short read.  UGH.

Charles Thomas
@charles-thomas
8 months ago
78 posts

I have the "Kindle Disease", I have over 300 titles in the palm of my hand( a lot  of them are free public domain titles). I am reading "A Feast For Crows" by George R.R. Martin, "Waterloo" by Bernard Cornwell, "The Trial" by Franz Kafka and "All Tomorrow's Parties" by William Gibson.

 
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