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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Sheenar » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:31 pm

Currently reading "A Step Further" by Joni Eareckson Tada --found an old copy in a hospital gift shop--it even has the old book smell (which I love). Very encouraging read. I highly recommend it if you yourself are grappling with suffering or have a loved one who is.

From the Amazon description:
"A Step Further is Joni Eareckson Tada's response to thousands of letters she received from people puzzled about the 'whys' of suffering. Joni answers these questions by taking a personal look at how God has used circumstances, people, and events in her own life and the lives of others. A Step Further has been used by individuals, in hospitals and rehab centers, and in scores of countries overseas to bring comfort and peace to those who are suffering. It is available in over 30 different languages."
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rocklobster » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:16 pm

Started reading Divergent. Pretty intriguing so far.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LastLfan » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:04 pm

rocklobster wrote:Started reading Divergent. Pretty intriguing so far.


I'm in love with these books, I can't wait for allegiant. Isn't it so relieving to have an awesome book WITHOUT a love triangle. I can't wait for the movie next year. Let me know what you think when you finish
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Atria35 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:59 pm

Since I've been gone, I read

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls - this is not an easy book to read. It's the story of a girl who grew up in a horrifically neglectful (and in some cases, could be considered outfit abusive) home. She is raised by a father that is a drifter and a their, mostly a thief, and a mother that is so consumed with making herself happy and doing what she wants that she will happily let her children starve and grow up in a hellhole, brushing off her daughter's concerns that her uncle came close to molesting her and that their father tried to pimp her out.

It's not a book that goes on rants of self-pity, or even really condemns them. It simply tells it as it was, and in some ways that's the most horrific thing about it. But the woman who lived through it and wrote the book has come to terms with it, and survived, and thrived, so what can I say? But it's a fantastic and eye-opening book.

And a lot of others but its hard to remember them all. Gotta look at my bookshelves.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Mr. Hat'n'Clogs » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:24 am

Finally finish A Dance With Dragons, which took me three weeks. It was wonderful to get back to the series but I think Martin really does need to tighten some things up. It felt tighter than the AFFC but the series would definitely benefit from shifting the focus back to Westeros. And also by not having boring travel sequences. And by having a climax in this book. I am hoping the series is back on track now and that The Winds of Winter will be just as awesome as the first two books.

I also read An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, which was terribly out-of-character for me to do so (it doesn't have magic or lasers I'm not sure what possessed me to read this) but I don't really mind that I did because the book was excellent. I lol'd quite a bit but I was actually really invested in the characters and what was happening and I was actually kind of moved by the ending. Fantastic book.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Kaori » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:10 pm

Re-Entry by Peter Jordan is a book about how to prepare oneself spiritually and psychologically for returning home after being on the mission field. Despite the cheesy cover image, the author had a lot of helpful things to say. Also, the book not meant just for long-term missionaries but also people who go on short-term mission trips, so I would recommend it to anyone to whom that applies (assuming you can find a copy).
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby DecooPunk » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:18 am

The library in the town I'm currently at (vacation, woot! Yes, I go to the library on vacation) has tons of Batman stuff so I found a book with batman TAS comics! Super yays!
The one about the Riddler was epic XD
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Atria35 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:36 pm

Finally remembered what I'd read.

Life of Pi - very good. Excellent story. Yes, it's Sophie's World in a few form, but even so.
Shadow of the Wind - ^.^ I adored this! Book about the mystery behind a book and writer. Part historical mystery, part romance, and part amazing!
Dragonsinger, Dragonsong, Dragondrums - Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey. I read this a long time ago, and found it again at the bookstore. I love it. Fantastic world and world building, plus I adore Menolly.
Song of the Lioness quartet - I keep forgetting that Tamora Pierce is truly a magnificent young adult writer. She wrote fantasy for girls that was -real, kick-butt fantasy- and the stories and pacing are fabulous. So. Good.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby bigsleepj » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:10 am

Last read Doctor Who author Paul Cornell's dark fantasy 'London Falling', a truly chilling horror story. Not been reading as much as I would have liked.

Atria35 wrote:Shadow of the Wind - ^.^ I adored this! Book about the mystery behind a book and writer. Part historical mystery, part romance, and part amazing!


Glad you enjoyed it. For me it started very strong but slowly devolved into a rather terrible read. But that's just me. DId not help that I saw several twists coming a mile away.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Yuki-Anne » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:19 pm

Jane Eyre. I've never read it all the way through but so far I like it.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby PandaPop » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:53 am

Just finished Firestarter, I shed one tear at the end, not because it was sad but because it was that good.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Scarecrow » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:37 am

Finished The Call of Cthulhu... I don't get the appeal. I love Lovecraft inspired movies and games and such... but the stories themselves... they're kind of a let down.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby bigsleepj » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:22 pm

I like Lovecraft (in small doses) but he's a very wordy writer and not everyone will warm to his style.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:02 pm

Finally finished The Book of Mormon, and am continuing on to Doctrine and Covenants.

...and the Book of Mormon managed to insult my intelligence and faith in the last couple chapters, basically saying that I and my entire family are going to hell because we were baptised as infants :eyeroll:
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:16 pm

I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Dodger.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rocklobster » Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:47 pm

Started the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:19 pm

I am currently addicted to Ed crossover Fanfics, especially the Harry Potter ones. Sometimes, he's a student, sometimes he's a teacher, sometimes he's completely different. So far, these two stories have the best, although Naruto and Ed crossovers come in a close second!

But I have read some actual books, mostly Samurai Kids. I can't find the last book anywhere, which is also driving me BONKERS. Oh, and there's a new Ranger's Apprentice book that I just bit into today. Still, it started with a pretty good story.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Ally-Ann » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:27 pm

I'm currently reading A Long Way Gone (Memoirs of a Boy Soldier) by Ishmael Beah. I'm half-way through, and my word, it's heart-wrenching. It makes it even worse to know that it's all a true story. Nevertheless, an excellent read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rocklobster » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:15 am

Currently reading book 2 of the Divergence trilogy, Insurgent
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LastLfan » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:17 am

Doctor who:harvest of time. I believe it's an original story written by Alastair Reynolds. Pretty good so far, it's a third doctor story and I'm starting to like him more and more
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby the_wolfs_howl » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:20 am

Finished rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, so now I'm starting Prisoner of Azkaban.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:27 am

I finished the Ranger's Apprentice book, and will probably not be reading much for a while since school just started. But does anyone know a good Christian Historic Novelist? There's this one that I can't remember the name of the book or author, but she wrote a series that was placed in Victorian times and one placed in Pioneering America. Her stories always had romance, and a bit of a plot twist. The first of her Victorian series featured an English girl who grew up in India. Please help me find this Author! I want to base a lot of my senior thesis for college around these books!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby SierraLea » Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:26 pm

I found her! Her name is Lori Wick. If you've never read something by her, I highly recommend it. She writes mainly romances that always center around a theme of Christianity and are extremely pure. She writes in a variety of time periods, so you're sure to find something you like.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Atria35 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:59 am

Lessee...

Grendel, a retelling of Beowulf from the POVof the monster
pillars of the Earth, very cool book and am enjoying it a lot
Caleb's Crossing, not a huge fan of pilgrim-era stories but this one is very good.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rocklobster » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:00 pm

Started Book 9 of Ranger's Apprentice last night.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby GeneD » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:03 am

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby scribbledreamer » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:08 pm

I finished Divergent a few days ago. It was very intriguing, if a little disturbing. Waiting for Insurgent to be returned to my library now...
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby peacenotus » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:49 pm

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck.

Written during WWII and used as Allied propaganda. It's a "fictionalized" telling of the Nazi invasion of Norway.

I'm currently on a mission to read as much well-written WWII historical fiction (and non-fiction) as I can find.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby rocklobster » Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:02 am

Scribbledreamer. I like that username.
Anyway, finished Ranger's Apprentice book 9 on Wednesday and will be starting Imagica by Clive Barker today.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Furen » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:44 am

I'm reading Lunatic by Ted Dekker, it's really good.
I would read the rest of the books before it though.
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