06/21/2018 at 5:50 pm #43099
Since we had a discussion of books to read recently, I thought I would start a thread on what people should read and what they are currently reading.
I finished up reading “The Power of Habit” (eBay search link below) recently.
Loved the book and the lessons. The first 2/3 were the most helpful, as they show the impact and the effect of good and bad habits, and some discussion on how to identify the bad ones and how to replace with good ones. I have recently started doing some habit changes with my morning and bedtime routines and I really see the results. And the key is keeping them!
06/21/2018 at 6:16 pm #43100AdventureEParticipant
The author spoke about his book in a TED talk.
06/21/2018 at 6:30 pm #43103
One of the books I’m currently reading is The Gentle Art Of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson. It is about going through your things and getting rid of stuff so that after you die other people don’t have to do it for you…..
06/21/2018 at 8:43 pm #43119
I have heard a synopsis of this book. Veronica and I love the concept.
I should have the book to my reading list!
06/22/2018 at 11:24 am #43159
Here is a short video with the author. It’s a fun video to watch. Can you imagine writing a book in your 80s or 90s. Inspiring. It’s less than 4 minutes long.
06/21/2018 at 6:46 pm #43108Anonymous
I am currently reading THE PERFECT STORE
It’s really good – it’s how eBay was formed, it’s NOT a how to eBay Book
“eBay’s story is amazing, and Mr. Cohen’s enthusiasm carries you along…. His prose is brisk and cheerful as the blue-red-gold-etc. of the famous eBay logo.”
“A fly-on-the-wall look at how eBay got to be eBay, how a company unlike any other oozed into our consciousness and into our lives and, amidst all the lousy gunk on the Internet that failed, managed to not only remain standing (which, given the Internet bust, would have still been a feat in itself) but profitable.”
“Cohen is a thorough reporter who skillfully synthesizes the story of eBay’s corporate evolution with profiles of more peripheral figures (e.g., the Indiana housewife who started off pedding old videogames but quickly became the biggest supplier of shipping materials to other eBay sellers).”
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06/21/2018 at 7:43 pm #43110SharynParticipant
- Location: Central NJ
You guys are great – reading stuff that enhances your life and provides you knowledge. I spend too much time surfing the net when I could be reading.
However, I have started on the Game of Thrones series. I have the first five books, and I’m a bit more than half way through the first one. I’ve been reading it little by little for maybe 2-3 months. Like I said, I spend too much time surfing when I’m not listing. I have watched the show, so I already know what is going to happen.
The only connection to SL is that I bought them at a thrift store for 25 cents each, hardback. Maybe I’ll sell them together when I’m done (in 2 or more years?).
06/21/2018 at 8:27 pm #43115
Sharyn usually I read contemporary fiction. I just happened to be reading a self improvement book when this thread appeared. Usually I read for enjoyment and to help me fall asleep.
06/21/2018 at 8:46 pm #43121
Hey, I’m all about fiction too! Don’t hold back!
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…
06/21/2018 at 10:16 pm #43130
The other book I’m reading at the moment is called One of Us Is Lying. It’s a young adult who done it novel. Purely for fun 🙂
06/21/2018 at 8:41 pm #43118TemudginParticipant
- Location: Jacksonville FL
My list is pure escapist. Recently I’ve been working my way through Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and everything Elmore Leonard ever wrote. I’ve been switching back and forth to draw it out but will finish out both authors very soon and have to find something else.
06/21/2018 at 8:50 pm #43124
Both on a fiction list for me. Loved the first Jack Reacher movie, never read the books.
06/22/2018 at 5:00 pm #43210JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
If you enjoy crime novels, Richard Stark’s The Parker series is my favorite. Absolutely to the bone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_(Stark_novels_character)
(written by crime novelist Dan Westlake under a pseudonym).
06/21/2018 at 9:09 pm #43125So Cal JoeParticipant
James Michener.. very detailed and usually long books. He incorporates fiction with historical facts. I’ve read Space, Hawaii, Chesapeake, and Caravans.
Space is a great book, but fades a bit at the end.
I also enjoy Clive Cussler and Michael Crichton for pure entertainment.
Ayn Rand – Atlas Shrugged.. What a read. It was a great story, but way too wordy and detailed.
06/22/2018 at 10:14 am #43149
I love Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. And agree on the wordiness of Atlas Shrugged. Most of it was fine, but the final speech by John Galt was WAAAAAYYYYY too long.
06/22/2018 at 2:04 pm #43177
I don’t understand what people mean by wordiness. I mean a book is all words… That’s like saying your music has too many notes. My mom is always complaining when books have too much “description”. What? LOL
06/21/2018 at 11:49 pm #43133soniaParticipant
- Location: Northeast US
Thanks for the suggestions!
Some of my favorite fiction:
Tana French – In the Woods (and the continuing series)
Robertson Davies – Deptford Trilogy
The family markowitz (stories) – Allegra goodman
We were the Mulvaneys – J C Oates
any book by Wally Lamb
06/22/2018 at 10:16 am #43150
sonia: Wow. I haven’t even heard of these books. Definitely expanding my horizon!
06/22/2018 at 9:47 am #43144Retro Treasures WVParticipant
Michael Crichton books are great! He was so good at taking cutting edge science theory and extrapolating to the next level. I remember buying Jurassic Park at the school book fair when I was in 3rd grade.
As for me, I currently have “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand queued up in my kindle app for my summer reading. I have not seen the movies, and know little about the story. Very excited to read it!
06/22/2018 at 10:19 am #43151
Retro: I’m with you on Crichton. Great reads and was convincing on exploring the Adjacent Possible, a concept that I love to explore (and use to my advantage).
When going from A to Z, Z seems impossible. But B is the Adjacent Possible. Get there. Then C becomes the Adjacent Possible…
06/22/2018 at 2:07 pm #43179
Currently reading (actually listening to in the car during my looong commutes) “Inspector Hobbes and the Blood” which is really quirky and funny, but I’m usually into classic/old British stuff: Dickens, Trollope, Doyle, etc.
06/22/2018 at 2:11 pm #43182junque reduxParticipant
Second the Tana French & Robertson Davies recommendations.
Anything by Bernard Cornwell, particularly the Saxon Tales & Sharpe series.
The Sean Duffy series by Adrian McKinty…a Catholic police detective in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Fortune’s Children – the Fall of the House of Vanderbilt. Fascinating look into the excesses of the Gilded Age.
07/16/2018 at 3:55 pm #45552
Just finished another book that I thought I would recommend.
“The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth” by Michio Kaku
Great book, deep thoughts, and rereading at some point will have more deep thoughts. Lots of technical stuff while making it easy to read.
07/21/2018 at 7:02 pm #45895SigiliniParticipant
I love audio books, and as a scavenger I take full advantage of my library membership: thousands of free books and free audio books. I especially enjoy audio books if they are well read (with an English accent of course!) I listen while I wash dishes, cook, clean and while I take my daily 3 mile walk.
Here are two recent favorites but if you like these I have more to recommend:
1) If you love “Jane Eyre” as much as I do, you will love “Mr. Rochester” by Sarah Shoemaker. It will not disappoint. I promise. The audio book is fantastic. I wrote to the author and she was really happy to hear how much I loved her work.
2) “Mr. Dickens and His Carol” by Samantha Silva. A masterpiece! Brilliantly written and brilliantly read.
If you know of any other books like these, I am always interested to know about them.
07/21/2018 at 9:43 pm #45901
Sigilini, I took note of those titles. You probably enjoy Trollope and Thackeray I’m thinking.
07/22/2018 at 6:38 am #45902SigiliniParticipant
Pythonesk:i have read and enjoyed Dr. Thorne by Trollope but I was disappointed by another one of his books so I gave up. I have never tried Thackarey but I will now that you mentioned it. Usually I don’t trust my reading time to romance novels written by men but I will say that Julian Fellowes is really good and I deeply enjoyed Bellgravia as read by Juliet Stevenson.
07/22/2018 at 6:48 am #45903
Dr. Thorne is probably one of his best. I’ve got an Audible subscription and a long commute so was able to run thru the whole Palliser series. The Small House At Allington is really good too.
Charlotte Bronte was a great admirer of Thackeray. I’m listening to Vanity Fair now. Human nature remains unchanged through the ages, lol. I’ll look up Belgravia too.
07/30/2018 at 8:50 pm #46480ShortcutParticipant
This is an amazing book and very thought-provoking.
t-satt, how did you do the embedded book above?
07/31/2018 at 5:38 am #46502Antique FrogParticipant
- Location: Leicester
“The Business of Doing Business” by Ed Welch, which is a series of articles available online in the Journal of Antiques and Collectibles. Ed was (primarily) a dealer in eyeglasses and medical antiques. who died in 2012.
07/31/2018 at 10:42 am #46518ebaymomParticipant
- Location: Ohio
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight – Founder of Nike
This was a terrific memoir! Funny, insightful, suspenseful and fascinating all in one!
Shortcut – I am going to read Hillbilly Elegy next, I enjoy non-fiction. Thanks for the recommend.
08/01/2018 at 8:03 am #46594Mark SParticipant
I read Shoe Dog by Phil Knight last summer.
Awesome book. I loved it. Who would have thought that a huge company like Nike would have had such a rocky beginning!
This book inspired to find those great vintage shoes that are out there.
07/31/2018 at 9:55 pm #46568VintageTreasuresParticipant
I also thought Hillbilly Elegy was well worth reading. Right now I’m reading “Promise” by Minrose Gwin and it is wonderfully written. It’s fiction but with a real event as the premise: the F5 tornado that hit Tupelo, Mississippi on 4/5/36. A real eye-opener on how minorities were treated in the deep south back in the day.
07/31/2018 at 10:57 pm #46573Retro Treasures WVParticipant
The Obestity Code
By Dr. Jason Fung
Wow, what a well researched and indepth book on the science and history of obesity!
Every single statement or theory is backed with cited studies. Read this and never look at food and what/how/when you eat it the same way again.
I’ve been doing 16/8 (more like 18/6 most days) intermittent fasting for almost 2 weeks and I love it. Could I very easily do a 24 or 36 hour fast now? Easily. Not quite ready to do it yet. I’ve been in ketogenesis for over a week and it wasn’t even my intent. I have drastically lowered my carbs but they are not removed from my diet.
Also, if you do read this do NOT join the facebook group associated with the book. What a bunch of nutcases who missed the whole point! They’re all literally obsessed with having a “di** measuring contest” about who can go the longest without food.
I cannot recommend this book enough for anyone who has struggled with weight throughout their lives.
08/01/2018 at 8:44 am #46599
I do intermittent fasting as well. Currently have a 5 hour eating window from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Losing 1 pound a day doing this. Jason Fung is awesome, he’s got a practice in Toronto Canada where he helps people with type 2 diabetes reverse the condition through fasting.
08/01/2018 at 6:38 am #46590
Retro: Totally agree. We have adopted a lot of this in our lives as well, and feel so much better for doing it. No processed carbs except for buns when we get a Hamburger (I love a good burger!) and when we have mexican (too deep in our blood).
We don’t do breakfast anymore, and naturally only eat at lunch or dinner. I do like a bulletproof coffee in the mornings though. Removing the processed carbs has really made a difference in no longer feeling inflamed.
And yep, longer fasts are pretty easy now. I did a 3 day fast a while back and really need to do another one. While in Vegas, we overdid some eating one day so we just didn’t eat for about 36 hours and felt a lot better.
08/13/2018 at 11:18 am #47351
Veronica and I recently finished some books that we highly recommend. Interesting that they are both great if you need a kick in the pants!
Veronica finished the “5 Second Rule” recently, and really liked the message. Basically, don’t wait! Don’t procrastinate! Countdown from 5 and when you hit 0, do it! Whatever “IT” is…
I finished “Living With a SEAL” this week. Quick read, and is inspiring and funny. Shows the great mental makeup that we should all develop more in ourselves and our children.
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