What's everyone reading these days?

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What's everyone reading these days?
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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 4:29pm

I admit, I've not read hardly anything these days! I did read Tina Fey's book (very funny but poorly written lol.) Otherwise, I'm having some trouble inspiring myself. I'm not in the mood for anything too heavy or depressing which seems to be all that is left in my stack of "yet to be read" books. I do enjoy the occasional book threads and have enjoyed some of the titles discovered here. Maybe I'll get some inspiration.

DD 14 recently read Animal Farm, Catcher in the Rye and anything she can

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Thu, 07-07-2011 - 1:56pm

I've just started re-reading Monica Furlong's "Wise Child" trilogy aloud to my kids. My 12-year-old was only 4 the last time I read it aloud and hardly remembers any of it and my 8-year-old of course has no memory at all.

I wanted to post again in this thread to recommend these books. They are just perfect, IMO, for gifted elementary and middle school

Miranda
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Sun, 06-26-2011 - 1:56am
Well, dh has "Professional Plone Development" on the bed between us. I have no idea what, if anything, the two older ones (ds20 and dd17) are reading. dd13 took an assortment of half finished books off to camp but the only one I remember is Voigt's "Homecoming". The most recent "Temeraire" book just arrived so we'll start that when she gets back from camp...I've read her the whole set (I think we skipped one book) twice. (We're on a kick where all roads lead to 1800.)

And I'm reading Harry Potter #1...in Spanish. I understand Spanish and I can spell it, but I've always been to shy to practice putting words together so that I can actually speak fluently. I have a copy of HP in English, and so far I'm horrified at the translation. For example, "Hermione bored them all stupid with tips (on flying)" becomes "Hermione bored them all with stupid tips (on flying)", and "Madame Hooch had short grey hair and yellow eyes like a falcon" becomes "Madam Hooch was short, with grey hair, and yellow eyes like a falcon." (These are approximations of the sentences; I don't have the books right beside me, but the meaning of the sentences actually was changed the way I've shown.) Also, the word order was left almost intact, which is weird...Rowling's somewhat (well, extremely) pedestrian writing becomes ...er...unspeakable (choke) in translation...

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Sat, 06-25-2011 - 6:48pm

Dd17 is reading stuff off the loaner shelf at the university residence she's living in for the summer. Lately she's into philosophy, politics and psychology (everything from Ayn Rand to "The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature" by Steven Pinker) but I imagine she's reading any old thing now.

Ds14 isn't reading much these days. :( Unless you count reading music, which he's doing a ton of, on both piano and viola.

Dd12 is in the midst of Lord of the Rings and "The Year of Impossible Goodbyes" by Sook Nyul Choi.

Dd8 is reading her way through the Erin Hunter Warriors books, as well as ticking her way through a checklist of "classic books for 4th through 6th graders" ... "Mr. Popper's Penguins," "Caddie Woodlawn" and "Hitty: Her First Hundred Years."

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

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Sat, 06-25-2011 - 3:41pm

For me reading generally consists of message boards, articles, and Montessori Magazines.

Nathaniel (10) is into the Percy Jackson books right now.

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Mon, 06-13-2011 - 3:39pm
I got an e-reader for my birthday a few months back and have raiding the free book section since then. I'm rereading DH Lawrence right now and have just started Unbroken, which still hasn't really hooked me. Since I finished Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell I have yet to find a new work of fiction that really resonates. I end up getting lazy and rereading old favorites.

dd 9 is reading Percy Jackson and is sulking because dh has hidden her Collected Works of Spider Man due to the fact that she was obsessed with reading it at the dinner table, lol. dd 12 has just finished Lord of the Flies and had a lot of questions about it. She's now reading Theodore Boone, Teeenage Lawyer. She started it this morning and will likely be done sometime tomorrow. We hae expensive habits in this family, lol. When let her have my Kindle she read Little Women.
This is kind of an aside, but I've noticed that I'm a slower reader on my e-book thea when reading traditionally. I suspect that I read both pages almost simultaneously when have a book open in front of me, or at least scan the second while reading the first.
dh doesn't like fiction. At the moment he's reading Weber's Barbecue Bible, which *is* a pretty neat book.
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Tue, 06-07-2011 - 9:10am

I just finished "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," which dd20 had for a class. It was excellent. I love mysteries and have been reading the Alex Delaware novels by Jonathon Kellerman (I

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Tue, 06-07-2011 - 6:50am

I just received Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail by Caitlin Kelly (looks good) and have just started reading The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker (excellent book).

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Tue, 06-07-2011 - 6:48am

Ann, I loved Island at the Center of the World!

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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 9:35pm

I've been mixing junk food reading (Bossypants, and a bunch of YA science fiction and re-reading the Game of Thrones series) with a lot of news magazines.

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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 6:18pm

Hello everyone,

I have not posted in ages !

My dd 7 is reading Chasing Vermeer

My dd11 is not reading anything but is actively exploring her new phase in art - which she terms "abstract cubism..."

I just finished reading the Paris wife (about Ernest Hemingway's first wife). I am now on Island at the Centre of the World - non-fiction about the role the Dutch played in setting NY. Interesting....

Ann