What's everyone reading these days?

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What's everyone reading these days?
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Fri, 03-02-2012 - 10:15am

It's fun to share what the family is reading once in awhile. Let us know what you've enjoyed, what you haven't. What are your kids reading? Are they obsessed with a series?

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Fri, 03-02-2012 - 2:33pm

I just finished 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and loved it, couldn't put it down.

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Fri, 03-02-2012 - 4:01pm
After saying I would never read it (based on reading the first chapter on Amazon)...I just finished Game of Thrones. And...I'm addicted.

I don't know much about what anyone else is reading, except that I'm pretty sure dh is not reading anything other than computer manuals and the news...the last fiction he read was when he was sick in bed over a decade ago: Cold Mountain. I know dd18 is finding out a lot about current events because I'm a bit of a news junkie and she seems to know more than I do, and it ain't from TV, for we haven't one. dd14 is going through the Temeraire series again.

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Sat, 03-03-2012 - 1:12am

Me: The Big Book of Endurance Training by Phil Maffetone, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, just finished 11-22-63 by Stephen King and before that 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Sat, 03-03-2012 - 9:53am

I'm reading "Telling Memoirs Amoung Southern Women" which is the non-fiction inspiration for "The Help." I didn't really like "The Help" but I'm enjoying this book. DH is working his way through the many classics he seemed to miss in his youth. He is reading "We" right now and "Catcher on the Rye" is next. DD 15 is reading her way through all the "Sherlock Holmes" stories and delighting in how close the new BBC "Sherlock" is to them. She had read some several years ago but didn't like them near as much as she's liking them now. DS 11 is reading the Roman "Percy Jackson" series.... not really sure what they are called. For whatever reason, he likes them more than the first series. He's also reading "The Black Pearl" is Spanish.

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Sat, 03-03-2012 - 7:36pm

I didn't like The Help either but

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Sat, 03-03-2012 - 8:31pm
I have always had a deep interest in African-american literature. I grew up pouring over everything Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and the likes were writing. In comparison, "The Help" well, just felt like watered down and made specifically to become a glossy Hollywood movie.

The collection of interviews does come from different view points and it's pretty interesting.
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Sun, 03-04-2012 - 9:04am

I am reading The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson.

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Sun, 03-04-2012 - 9:10am

Is The Big Book of Endurance Training something you would recommend?

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Sun, 03-04-2012 - 12:11pm
Well, I'm running my first marathon this spring, and I had been part of an on-line discussion group that was really into Maffetone's ideas, so I was curious, and the book kept being recommended. For me it hasn't been that helpful, because it turned out that through the discussion forum I already had a pretty good understanding of what was in it. And I was a little put off by some of the anecdotal pseudo-science. Still, the training ideas are basically very sound, and if you're interested in endurance sport and are new to the idea of low-heart-rate training it's a great introduction to a clear simple system for using this approach to dramatically increase endurance fitness.

I've been using the approach Maffetone outlines for about 8 weeks, and despite running slowly almost all the time, I can now run a faster 5k than I've run since I started running regularly three years ago. Heading out on a 30-km run in a few minutes and I'll be doing it in my MAF zone.

Miranda

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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 2:31pm

Ds11 just

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