We don't belong to any book clubs, but we do a considerable amount of reading or listening to audio books. Since we live on a 44 foot sailboat, we don't have a lot of room, so we have just recently purchased a Kindle, and love it! I think though we need two of them as we are wrangling over who gets to use it next. We read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, classics, mysteries, historical novels, thrillers, adventure, etc. Nothing is out of range.
So let's talk books. Have we read some of the same? What would you recommend to read or stay away from?
Roz's Legend (HR - have read, IP -in progress, R -resource/reference, NY - Not Yet)
Rating (*****Loved it!, ****Liked it, ***Ok, **Not so much, * Ugh)
Here are some books currently on our bookshelf:
Good without God by Greg Epstein, HR****
Godless by Dan Barker, HR*****
Don't Believe Everything you Think by Thomas Kida, IP-***
The Atheist's Bible - Joan Konner - HR, R****
Asimov's Guide to the Bible, Isaac Asimove, IP, R ***
God Made Man (Kindle) - Barbara G. Walker, IP ****
On the fiction side:
Anna Karenina (Kindle) by Tolstoy, HR** (Just finished. Know it's a classic, but geez it was slow for me to read. All of the people are so tortured, particularly the non-believers. I could have saves a lot of time by reading the summary on Wikapedia. What did you think?)
Devine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood (Kindle), HR, ****
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (Kindle), Stieg Larsson, IP. (Russ has read the whole series ***** and really enjoyed them)
One for the Money, etc.....by Janet Evanovich, HR, IP ***** I love these sassy, bounty hunter stories featuring Stephanie Plum. I started with number one and am on number 8. I just started reading them on Kindle. The characters are quirky. I love Grandma Mazur. She reminds me of Sophia on the Golden Girls. I love a book that makes me laugh aloud.
Other authors we really enjoy....Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, John LesCroart, John Grisham, Ken Follett (Pillars of the Earth HR***** and World without End HR *****), Jean Auel. I just got the last of the Jean Auel Earths Children books and am looking forward to reading it. I enjoyed "reading" - listening" to the others on audio. It will be a different experience reading this next one on the Kindle. Has anyone read this yet? We have several of these authors on audio books and listen together. It's a great way to spend the evening while on night watch. Stephen King and Dean Koontz give us nightmares!
I'm really into Young Adult novels and just finished two by Jack Gantos. I took a YA lit class last winter while working towards my Masters and ended up reading over 50 books last year. I have been in school for the last seven years, so I didn't have time to read anything except textbooks and scholarly articles. Admittedly, I have a number of articles I still want to read about librarianship and some are about atheism.
I'm working on The God Delusion right now and have Hitch-22 and god is Not Great ready once I'm done, plus another three dozen books or so, mostly YA books. I loved Pillars of the Earth and look forward to World Without End. I'm also anxious to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the others in that series.
Was your Masters Degree related to the Young Adult novels? I am not familiar with Jack Gantos, but just looked him up on Google. As a former teacher grades 1-8, it looks like he has a good range of books.
I read the God Delusion a couple of years ago, and left the book at home. It all runs together after awhile. I listened to both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End while commuting to work everyday. Both are great. Let me know when you finish the Girl with Dragon Tattoo and we'll compare our experience.
Since I am much older than you, I have to admit to not knowing any of the books you read except for Peter Pan. I did look up Artemis Fowl's website, and it's very cool. Since you are a grounded atheist, this particular genre looks like a fun escape from reality. My niece is a fundamentalist Christian and doesn't permit her kids to read anything "magical" or "fantasy". I think she is worried that her kids will start comparing fantasies and begin to question the ones in the Bible.
Soldier of Rome 1,2,3,4,.....HR - ****
Ceasar's Commentaries......HR - ***
Volcano Cowboys (2nd reading)..HR ***
Red, Green, Blue Mars.....HR **** I first read these 2 yrs ago and i read bits and pieces almost everyday since.
THis is lately
Yes I love history and have neglected ancient history far too long. So Im currently consuming all I can.
Soldier of Rome is an historical fiction series written by James Mace. It follows the life of the fictional Artorious who joins the Legio XX about three years after the militry disaster in the Tuetorburger Wald. It blends factual history with fiction and is very entertaining.
Volcano Cowboys is that RARE (as far as I been able to tell) work of science and history. The full title is Volcano Caowboys: The Rocky Evolution of a dangerous Science. It tells the story of the volcanologists who were studing Mt St Helens, and later Penatubo and had the stressful and unprecidented jobs of advising clueless govt officials of the actions that needed to be taken. It covers the inner politics at the USGS, the on going battles between desk bound geologists and those in the field climbing a shaking volcano. Its a "cant put it down read". And I must have not hit the key right because it is 4 stars!