What are you reading?

P'Gell P'Gell
I was wondering what people are reading now. I tend to read more fiction in the summer.

I have a couple of books about 1930 gangsters (old school, probably half of them relatives ) I got from the library and I have just started re-reading IT by Stephen King. It's one of those essential "summer" books for me.

My little one and I were on the Stephen King website yesterday and confirmed I have a whole bunch of first edition hardbacks from King. I was pretty sure they were first editions, but the website confirmed many of them. I also have so many which were lent out and lost. A lot of older ones that are worth a lot. Not that I would sell them.

I'm reading the paperback of IT. The hardback is SO big, it hurts my arms to hold it. I have both.

When I'm finished with this, I will probably re-read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It is an other book that I have to read every summer. The perfect treatise on childhood.
05/25/2011
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
That's awesome about the first editions of King.

I've turned a book reading into a workbook - "14,000 Things to be Happy About". I underline the things listed that make me happy. I'm realizing there's a lot of little things in my life that are happy-making things. A really nice pick-me-up book that makes you think and remember and plan to do some of the suggestions because they sound so neat.
05/25/2011
wetone123 wetone123
Cool about your 1st editions of King! I've got the same. Funny how toy lovers have so much in common in their reading material! I am a collector of Kings books, being that they are 1st editions makes them all the more special doesn't it? It does to me. He is really coming out with a lot more audio books lately. Found an older one at a yard sale last weekend. He narrates the whole thing, been to busy to listen yet tho' its a cassette. I love the hardback books better, but in the summer its good to take the paperbacks to the beach, etc. IT is a great one.
05/25/2011
liilii080 liilii080
Tiger Mother and The Ultimate Guide to Fellatio. Something naughty and something nice!
05/25/2011
newlady newlady
I am currently reading Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire.
Summer reading usually includes, like Chilipepper & wetone said, some good old Stephen King novels. IT is a good favourite. I also like The Stand.
BTW... have you heard of the new addition coming to the Dark Tower Series? I'm excited!
05/25/2011
Dusk Dusk
At the moment I'm reading "City of Fallen Angels" by Cassandra Clare. It's a fantasy book and the 4th one in a series right now. I also checked out Mister Monday by Garth Nix from the library and picked up Game of Thrones last time I went shopping.
05/25/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
I'm re-reading a book from high school called Brave New World. It's not really exciting like I had expected, but I like to read famous literature just to have read it.
05/25/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
Right now i read two book about sexuality that are on polar opposite in terms of style one is I Female Orgasm the ,which is a good causal read on the topic. The other is Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation, which is a long pompously and obtusely , I need to have a Wikipedia window open just to understand what he is saying, written 500 page tome on the topic. Finishing this is kind of like climbing mount Everest, you do it for the challenge.
05/25/2011
Dusk Dusk
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Originally posted by ToyGurl
I'm re-reading a book from high school called Brave New World. It's not really exciting like I had expected, but I like to read famous literature just to have read it.
I love Brave New World! I think I'm drawn to dystopic literature. Is that even a word? Hmm. Stuff about dystopian societies.
05/25/2011
bluekaren bluekaren
I am reading Please, Sir that I got from naked readers club. I just finished Please, Ma'am...it was a very good read!!!
05/25/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
I am reading a book by Ramtha, not sure many people know about him. I think he was popular in the 70-80's.

It's a spiritual book. After that I will be reading "The power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle!!! I just got it as a gift, I have wanted it for such a long time!!!
05/25/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
Does Eden and twitter count as reading?
05/25/2011
Waterfall Waterfall
I am reading "What the Dead Know" which is an interesting mystery about a disappearance of 2 girls for fun and also Life Laid Bare about survivors of the Rwandan genocide for a class.
05/25/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I'm reading a few things passively, a chapter here or there, but I'm most actively reading The Year of Living Biblically and Magic's Promise.
05/25/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
I'm looking for a good book to read, so this was a good thread to check out.
05/25/2011
Cedarlooman Cedarlooman
I am currently reading the Hunger Games Trilogy. I finished the first book yesterday and am about halfway through the 2nd. Loving my vacation for reading time.
05/25/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I was wondering what people are reading now. I tend to read more fiction in the summer.

I have a couple of books about 1930 gangsters (old school, probably half of them relatives ) I got from the library and I have just started re-reading IT ... More
I couldn't finish IT. I've liked many King books, but that one I couldn't get through.

Right now I'm reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell which is really good and The Quarter Acre Farm, about someone's attempt to grow 75% of their own food in their 1/4 acre yard.
05/26/2011
Ghost Ghost
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Originally posted by Bunnycups
I'm looking for a good book to read, so this was a good thread to check out.
Ditto
05/26/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
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Originally posted by ToyGurl
I'm re-reading a book from high school called Brave New World. It's not really exciting like I had expected, but I like to read famous literature just to have read it.
Sometimes I tell myself I should do that too but never get round to reading classics...like doystoyovki (prob not how his name is spelt...)
05/26/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I was wondering what people are reading now. I tend to read more fiction in the summer.

I have a couple of books about 1930 gangsters (old school, probably half of them relatives ) I got from the library and I have just started re-reading IT ... More
alexis tocqueville
05/26/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by wetone123
Cool about your 1st editions of King! I've got the same. Funny how toy lovers have so much in common in their reading material! I am a collector of Kings books, being that they are 1st editions makes them all the more special doesn't it? It ... More
I have only a few audio books. I did buy the one (by King) that looks like a pack of cigarettes. It has the story about the haunted room (Johnny Depp made a movie taken from the story, but I haven't seen it yet. How could I miss my beloved Stephen and my beloved (and lusted after) Johnny?) I had to search our house to find a cassette player. LOL!

I have a hard time sitting still listening to audio books, I don't know why. I should try them when I'm cooking or cleaning, but I haven't done it yet. (Nope, no cleaning. I haven't done any. )

Thank you all for the responses. I love to hear what people are reading and get new ideas.

I love fiction in the summer for some reason, and it's hard to find GOOD fiction. I plowed my way through David Sedaris last winter, and T.C.Boyle last summer. Now I need to find more stuff to read. I think I have a few Boyle I haven't gotten to yet. But, then I need MORE books!
05/26/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Tuesday
I couldn't finish IT. I've liked many King books, but that one I couldn't get through.

Right now I'm reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell which is really good and The Quarter Acre Farm, about someone's attempt to grow 75% ... More
I know, I LOVE Stephen. But, sometimes he drags. I couldn't get through (gasp) The Stand. Everybody's favorite King book, and I had to put it down.

Of course, I was studying for sitting for my Lactation Boards while I was reading it and doing a LOT of studying, so maybe I need to go back and just read the damn thing.

Have you read any Ray Bradbury? I love Ray. Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books of all time. His short stories are fantastic. Not all "spacey science fiction" either, although he does write that stuff.
05/26/2011
Dusk Dusk
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I have only a few audio books. I did buy the one (by King) that looks like a pack of cigarettes. It has the story about the haunted room (Johnny Depp made a movie taken from the story, but I haven't seen it yet. How could I miss my beloved ... More
You should read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon if you like historical romance at all. It's super sexy, I recommend it to everyone
05/26/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Cedarlooman
I am currently reading the Hunger Games Trilogy. I finished the first book yesterday and am about halfway through the 2nd. Loving my vacation for reading time.
Those are actually pretty good books! The first movie is being made right now.

I'm on the last book of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy The Amber Spyglass
05/26/2011
Alyjazz Alyjazz
I'm currently reading Dead in the Family by charlaine harris
05/28/2011
Dusk Dusk
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Those are actually pretty good books! The first movie is being made right now.

I'm on the last book of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy The Amber Spyglass
Ooh, I'm re-reading those in a week or so!
05/28/2011
Tuesday Tuesday
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I know, I LOVE Stephen. But, sometimes he drags. I couldn't get through (gasp) The Stand. Everybody's favorite King book, and I had to put it down.

Of course, I was studying for sitting for my Lactation Boards while I was reading it ... More
Stephen King is a strange author in that some of his books (Dolores, Rose Madder, Intensity) are incredibly engaging and well written while others (IT among others) seem like they were written by someone in Jr High. I haven't found another author whose writing style changes so dramatically from one book to the next. He's an enigma.

I had The Stand on my bookshelf for awhile. Then I read a long and disastrous review of it. I donated it to the library book sale after that.

I encourage you to read Augusten Burroughs' books. They are very much like Sedaris books. A little darker, but with a very similar sense of humor (except for A Wolf at the Table which is serious.)
05/29/2011
Maeby Maeby
Right now, I'm reading "Bleak House" (because I love Charles Dickens), and I just finished "Mr. Peanut," by Adam Ross, which was amazing. I HIGHLY recommend it.

I love David Sedaris! I tried to read aloud to my husband as he was driving during a road trip, and I could barely get through a story because I was laughing so hard.
05/29/2011
IrishLassie IrishLassie
CURRENTLY, I am reading the Mortal Instruments series. I am about to finish with book through and I desperatly need book 4. they are so hard to put down. I also just finished re-reading Pride and Prejudice. I have a goal to read all of Jane Austen's book. I have already read Pride and Prejudice and Emma. I am such an avid reader that I am always trying to find new books to read.
05/30/2011
PiratePrincess PiratePrincess
I just finished Water for Elephants and I am currently reading When Rabbit Howls
05/30/2011
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