What are you reading?

I have read about 100 books since retiring. I’d like to share some of my best reads with you and hope you share your favorite books with us.
Non-Fiction: I’m currently reading, Why Meadow Died by Andrew Pollock. This is the real story behind the Parkland High School shooting. No it wasn’t guns, it was the failure of the school and the Sheriff’s department and FBI. Another is Unplanned, by Abby Johnson. It talks about the business behind abortion, as explained by a reformed abortion clinic director.
Fiction: The best Romance-Mystery I’ve ever read is, Where the Crawdads sing, by Delia Owens. If you like that, try The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Both highlight strong women overcoming many obstacles.
If you want to laugh while reading about life in the military, try Matt Best’s, Thank you for My Service.

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I got a four book combo of Charles Dickens for Christmas and read Great Expectations for the first time. I will get to the other three including A Christmas Carol in short order. Lats year I got Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s collection and enjoyed it immensely. (Don’t look it up: What series of books did he write?) I’ve recently gutted my way through Sun Zu’s the Art of War, tough read and the explanations are just as bad. I’m going to try and re read Von Clausewitz “On War” as I never made it through the first time. Another one that I had to put down was Dr. Zhivago, very dark and a tough read. About twice a year I try and find a “Classic” eg; The Iliad, The Odyssey etc. I haven’t attempted War and Peace yet.

Cheers,

Craig6

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I recently finished Why Meadow Died. A brave father for sharing his grief with the world, and taking on a lack of truth in the media and government.

Next up: “Jesus Speaks,” by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola.

Then I have Pete Maravich’s biography, “Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery,” and “Keep Your Church Safe.”

The stack is deeper than that, but I’ve been lazy in getting started on the next book.

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I just finished Keeping Your Church Safe.

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Most recent reads are Papa Hemingway by A E Hotchner about ( you guessed it), Ernest Hemingway. Then Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk, and my current book is My Dream of You by Nuala O’Faolain, an Irish author. Also within reach, for my entertainment and knowledge, is a copy of The Quotable Founding Fathers. After two novels in a row, I’ll head back to a history, most likely, but have made some notes about books ya’ll mentioned too.

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I’ve put off that timeless classic of world literature, The Art of War because I expect it’ll be tedious beyond belief. Thanks for that confirmation.

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I’m reading two books at the moment. 1) GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS. By Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman. I got when I went to the 2A FREEDOM EVENT in Phoenxi, AZ. 2) is THE KNOW YOUR BILL OF RIGHTS BOOK LEARN THEM. By Sean Patrick. On Kindle Amazon.

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In my defense I am frequently left unsupervised in Barnes & Nobel.

Bayesian Statistics the Fun Way
Easy-Freeze Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook (a gift from my smart-ass kids :slight_smile: )
The TCL Programming Language
Thunk! (Kindle)
Wood Gasifier Builder’s Bible

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Concealed Carry Class by Tom Givens. Very much worth a read.

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I’ve recently listened to Robert Baer’s catalog. I didn’t get to/didn’t plan to play that game, and it was interesting viewing those times through a different perspective with background knowledge I didn’t have at the time. The middle east is going to be a matter of many studies of the transition years from the mid-'70s through now… many good (and bad) papers to be had as people will continue to open sealed documents of the times while the next decades pass.

Now the times are supporting local Arabic gulf powers polarizing their influence through differences of faith in Islam. Maybe they’ll find their way. There was a time…

The region as a whole still has disproportionate influence over world trends/economies, as the gulf goes so will many countries near and far. House Saud and the Clerics of Iran will not easily share their influence of people throughout the region and it’s entirely likely the Iranian leadership imagines a resurrection of the Persian Empire.

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@Jane2 The Art of War reads like a cook book. The folks that come after and try to explain what he was saying are just variations on the recipe. Sun Zu if you look at why it was written is essentially trying to teach a young emperor how not to make stupid mistakes in the conduct of warfare as demonstrated throughout history as know in China way back when. It is worth a read just to see what he had to say (most of it’s obvious) but the commentary following it is at best Monday morning quarterbacking.

Cheers,

Craig6

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My peoples! What is a world without books? Favorite reads… The NKJV Bible. Anything by Louis L’Amour, John Grisham, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Lois McMaster Bujold, Alan Dean Foster, Miyamoto Musashi, Machiavelli, Hemingway, Mark R. Levine, James Fenimore Cooper, Max Brooks, Tom Clancy, James Michner, Kurt Schlicter, Mark Goodwin, Walt Browning, Bertolt Brecht, Rudyard Kipling, Philip K. Dick and John Steakley. Trying to finish the Darkling Seas Series by John Ringo but it is a tough read. Try reading a few books every week.

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I was actually looking for who done it, murder mysteries or non-fiction Crime Books. You guys are into manuals and hard core classics. Although I have read A Christmas Carol. I’m the one that watches all the Investigation Discovery T.V. shows and try to figure out who done it. ( Or as South Park calls it , Murder Porn, LOL)

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I spend at least half an hour reading the Bible each morning.
Currently not in the middle of any book, but will be getting Keeping Your Church Safe.
Just got the latest Concealed Carry magazine and have started reading it.

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Sherlock Holmes.

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My current read is on the lighter side: Ghost Rider, Travels on the healing road by Neal Peart (the drummer of the band Rush).

Prior to that was: Hacienda (or how not to run a club) by Peter Hook (the bassist of English punk band New Order).

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Sounds like your user name is appropriate.

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With emphasis on the old. :smile: I was 4-5 years older than most of the group I hung out with in those days.

Upcoming read: Rotten by John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)

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Blowout by Rachel Maddow, Clone Wars (Undying Mercenaries series), and Star Cruiser (Lost Colonies) by BV Larson (gawds this one can write!)

I’m a hardcore military Sci Fi reader, and some fantasy.

So in no particular order.

David Drake, David Weber, Steve Perry, John Ringo, Michael Z Williamson, Tom Kratman, Larry Correia,
Travis Taylor, Steve Brust, William Dietz, C J Cheryh, Anne McAffery, John Scalzi, David Gemmel, Steve Greene, Timothy Zahn, Frank Hebert, Patricia Briggs, Eric Flint.

I have hundreds if not thousands of books, and those are only my keeper books. We have a great trade bookstore. I could probably reel off another 30-40 authors on my shelves. I read about a book a day. It keeps me sane. Reading has always been my escape.

I’m rereading all of David Drake’s books right now. He was a Tank driver in Vietnam and I can tell you as an author if he puts a blurb on your “I love me” page. I’m buying the book.

Between David Drake, David Weber, and John Ringo, I’ve discovered the vast majority of the authors I read diligently.

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