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I just started THE END OF THE STORY by Lydia Davis. I've only read two or three pages so I can't really give you my opinion, but so far it's been pretty easy to get into. I just hope it doesn't turn into a sappy love story.

I've also been reading a biography of my favorite author Marguerite Duras (she's my avatar/icon) called MARGUERITE DURAS: A LIFE by Laure Adler. It's good but I haven't read that much of it yet.

I'm reading fiction books alphabetically by the author's last name, and non-fiction books by the subjects last name or the first letter of the subject if it's not a person. Does anyone else do this?

So what are you guys reading????

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Doris Kearns Goodwins "A Team of Rivals" about Abe Lincoln and the men on his cabinet. It won the Lincoln Prize last year when it was published.

Ok, I'll 'fess up. I have been 'reading' it for 15 months. It's on my nightstand, and at this rate it will take me about 4 more years. heh.

She is such a good writer, combining a good mix of the mens personal lives, quoting letters with their wives, and their professional and political careers.

I'm getting a much different perspective on how deeply the division on slavery was decades before the civil war. A coming war and partition of the country was being talked about 20-30 years earlier.

Its a good read if you like more detailed history.

cheers, a.m.

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I read really slowly. I asked my pdoc if he could recommend any books on psychosis and he suggested reading autobiographies by people with sz. I was reading "The Center Cannot Hold" by Elyn Saks. She's a lawyer and professor with sz and she went to oxford and yale. It's inspiring how much she could accomplish even when psychotic. I'm going to a seminar in May and she's the keynote speaker. I'm looking forward to it. It was a library book and I had to return it, but I'll check it out again and finish it.

Now I'm going to start reading "The Quiet Room" by Lori Schiller

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I'm reading fiction books alphabetically by the author's last name, and non-fiction books by the subjects last name or the first letter of the subject if it's not a person. Does anyone else do this?

Interesting...I actually read them in the order that I received them - I get a little bit edgy if I don't. It's like the world will end if I read the book I just got over the one that's been sitting on my nightstand for a month. Weird, huh? I guess it's bad bc it's been paralyzing me into reading crappy magazines...and buying sudoku books.

Ok, I've been reading a lot of cookbook's right now (but I put that in a different category from "reading" - don't ask me why). I've been reading a lot of online articles. I've been reading a lot of whacky shit on CB (and that's all I have to say about that).

And I have "Twist of the Wrist II" all queued up and next to my bed so I can ride that Ducati like there's no tomorrow...I also have

"Networking for Job Search and Career Success" queued up too, although, I'm not overly excited about that one...lol.

I have Anais Nin's biography next to my bed and am stuck on the second time she sleeps with her father. I have been keeping "A Natural Guide to Weight Loss that Lasts" next to my bed as a reference guide (I always need to remind myself of the healing foods and the order of the qigong movements).

I also keep a few favorites by the bed: "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" and "The Bhagadavita". Good for meditations before sleep...or when you can't sleep.

Good topic - thanks Tinneas ;)

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I "read" with my ears mostly these days. Audio books are so helpful.

So I'm 'reading' Ireland by Frank Delaney. It's a story about a boy's search for a storyteller, which is cool because you get the story, but then you also get the story and history of Ireland.

I'm also "rereading" The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by buddhist nun/lama Pema Chodron. Lots of good mindfulness practices in there. Several of my friends recommend another book by her called "When THings Fall Apart".

Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and PG Wodehouse and Tolstoy and Vanity Fair by Thackery and several others are availble as free downloads from librivox.com because they're old enough to be in the public domain now.

My tdoc and I have discovered that reading can also be therapeutic for me because it gives me words for experiences (I'm a pretty strong visual thinker and have difficulty putting words to experience). For example, the book Lucky by Alice Sebold (story of the rape she survived and subsequent fallout) gave me words for some of the things I've experienced that have lead to the ptsd symptoms I have. Having tdoc read the book and ask me to compare and contrast experiences of Alice and my own has been really helpful in getting the words out of my head and shared with another person. Not sure if that makes sense or not.

Peace,

Wooster

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I am an avid reader. I read fiction (mysteries, thrillers, etc) usually before bed or naps. I can't fall asleep without reading.

I have a system of searching Amazon.com, making my list, and requesting from the library. The last time I moved, I realized how many books I owned (which was a lot) and donated them to the library. Since then I only get fiction from the library. I have many favorite authors: Robert Crais, Harlen Coben, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Janet Evanovich, Nelson DeMille, Jeffrey Deaver, Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston, and so on. I read for relaxation, not to be intellectually challenged.

I also read non-fiction (spiritual, health, self-help, bipolar, etc). I do buy non-fiction. Sometimes I read them before bed when I'm in a lull with fiction, but other times I read them in front of the TV.

Currently, I am reading Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson. It's a mystery about a serial killer. It's good/not great.

My non-fiction is The Mindful Way Through Depression. Haven't gotten very far yet, but I like it.

Oreo ;)

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I very rarely read these days. I use to be an avid reader, but it's too hard for me to focus now. It feels almost as if someone is reaching in my skull and ripping my brain apart when I try. ;)

That being said I am reading two currently. The first is "Brokeback Mountain" by Annie Proulx. That's for a book club I participate in when I can. Because it's a novellete, or actually a short story, I'm able to read it. It's an easy read and a marvelous story.

The other one is "Awakening The Buddha Within" by Lama Surya Das. I'm a Unitarian Universalist but I have Buddhist leanings. Lama Das is a marvelous teacher and consider him my spiritual guide in many ways.

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O.K.'s fiction list sounds a lot like what I picked up from my SIL - except the Preston/Child that I got to on my own - plus a whole lot of others.

Just finished John Upcike's 'Terrorist', Paulo Coelho's 'Witch of Portobello, Haruki Murakami's 'Kafka on the Shore' (Good. Want to read more.) and finally got around to reading some more of Sheri Tepper's SF stuff. This time 'The Awakeners'. I read 'Grass' a few years ago and liked it. I like her style.

Also recently read 'Pattern Recognition' by William Gibson (great), 'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood (first I'd read - or heard of her. Surprised me. Good.), 'Anil's Ghost' by Michael Ondaatje - also very good and makes me want to read the one he's famous for - French Louis Chickie? (movie didn't sound good, so I haven't seen it.

Non fiction - trying to finish (start?) John Bowlby's 3 volume set on Attachment and Loss and am almost finished with "Holding and Interpretation - Fragment of an Analysis" by DW Winnicott. I'm finding that one somehow very ? 'effective' ? not sure how to describe it. Gives me a lot to think about - and to maybe pass on to my therapist.

Have read or am trying to, several books associated with Attachment Theory and Object Relations theory. Maybe eventually it will begin to sink in!!

Oh, am almost ready to begin'The System of the World', vol. 3 of Neal Stephenson's (homeboy!) Baroque Cycle. An amazing writer if you like intricacy.

Sorry for long post.

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My favorite author is Christine Feehan. Total smut trash, but i love it! I've read all her books at least 3or4 times. Also read all of Preston/Childs books, many more than once. Dean Koontz, Stephen King. just finished the "Dark Tower Seriers". After reading 7 1000 page books, the ending really irked me. Lisa Jackson, I just started to get into. Yes, light reading. I read a book per day or two because Im not working and kids at school. I read in my sanctiory, my bed, or my fav. reading chair. No interest in intellectual reading lately. Don't think my medicated brain is up to it. But I love to read. It is my favorite thing to do.

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I'm reading Scar Tissue by Anthony Keidis.

Almost half way into it.

It's another rock n roll biography with sex and drugs basically, and then coming clean. I seem to be drawn to these books hmmm

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Madness on the Couch: Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis Dolnick

A broad, but decent and sensible overview of the world where puns diagnosed illness.

The Journal of a Disappointed Man "WNP Barbellion"

Despite a lack of sex or great intrigue, this diary of an early 20th-century naturalist's struggle with depression and other maladies ranks among the most interesting and observant self-studies out there.

Also reading cookbooks, listening to recordings of Nabokov and skimming through other volumes, some of which I'll post on the side of my blog.

Edited by Spuffy

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I'm reading *a lot* of books for college, but I won't list those (too long of a list), so I'll list the one's I'm reading for fun.

I just finished the manga series Chrono Crusades books 1-7 - it was a great series! I didn't like how it ended though.

I'm finishing up The Power of Babel by John McWhorter - It's a book about language, and not one of his better ones. It's taken me a long time to get through this one, I liked his Doing Our Own Thing and Word on the Street better.

I'm also trudging through How Language Works by David Crystal - another book about (can you guess?) language. It's pretty interesting but somewhat dry. I liked his The Fight for English - How language pundits ate, shot, and left, which I finished a short time back.

When I'm not reading about language, I'm reading a book called With Charity Toward None: A Fond Look At Misanthropy by Florence King. It's pretty interesting.

I'm also nearly finished with a book called They Also Serve by Peter Kyne which was published in 1927 (if I'm reading the Roman Numbers right MCMXXVII). It's also interesting, but a little slow.

I just finished The Fuzzy Papers by H. Beam Piper again. That was fast reading because I've read them before. I love old sci-fi. Very neat to read how they used to think the future would turn out.

Guess I should stop all of this reading and study a bit huh? I actually only read a snatch here and a snatch there, and about a half an hour before I sleep. It helps settle the brain.

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My non-fiction is The Mindful Way Through Depression. Haven't gotten very far yet, but I like it.

I'm finishing up an 8-meeting over 16-week class based on this book taught by a local Buddhist lama (teacher). It's been an interesting journey. I like that the book comes with a meditation CD.

(OK, if your book didn't come with a CD, maybe I can help you get a copy.)

I've also just picked up A Piece of Normal from the library (our libraries are open again! HURRAY!) and Dressing for the Carnival... don't remember the authors right off hand. Both fiction.

Peace,

Wooster

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I'm reading "Secret Ingredients," a book of essays (and some fiction) about food, orginally published in the New Yorker magazine.

My bed side reading is Jane Austen. I'm reading "Northanger Abbey." I've read them all before, but familiar reading makes me sleepy. I can't take an exciting book upstairs or I would never sleep.

I'm also reading a fiction book called "Prague." I can't remember the author and I'm too lazy to get up and go look.

My local library system (it covers 5 counties) has a website where you can order materials, renew stuff, etc. They now have a list of your "reading history" so you can keep track of what you have taken out of the library. That's so cool for some of us who can't remember if we've read a book or not.

olga

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I am reading: The Collected Short Stories of William Trevor (which Tinneas may appreciate, because he's of Irish origin) . He may well be the greatest short story writer who is still living. I normally go in for non-fiction, mostly. But he's just so good at writing, I had to get his collection.

He's older, and he's been published since the 1950-60's, but he doesn't get a lot of publicity (although he's won numerous literary awards), so many probably haven't heard of him - unless they are a real literary connoissuer (which I'm not, I just read one of his stories in another collection, and now I am hooked on his stories). He's written tons of stories, and a few novels.

I really appreciate his short stories. His attitude is so mature, and non-defensive. Not judgmental, although he "Let's the chips fall where they may" re: What happens to his characters. His writing gives readers an "up close and personal view" of the characters in his stories, but he refrains (thankfully) from judgmentalism, letting the reader come to their own conclusions.

His decriptions of people are superb. So detailed in just the right places (to me), but not at all boring. His writing is like listening someone talk to you, in a normal conversation, IMO. There's always a "message" - but it's not "In your face", so to speak.

His stories are usually expanded character studies of people, that just describe their daily lives, and then, suddenly (or gradually) an unseemly event takes place (usually). Sometimes, though, they are just about the effect events have on people, even years after they happen.

I think he's great. I could read him all day long, if I had time. He used to get published in The New Yorker magazine a lot, but not so much lately.

- Susan

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I am reading: The Collected Short Stories of William Trevor
An anthology I own includes his "Kathleen's Field." Do you recommend that one?

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I haven't read that one, yet. But I will get it, on your recommendation. I really love Trevor.

I just finished the story titled: "A Complicated Nature" - which was excelllent. I also read: "An Afternoon" about a young girl neglected by her constantly brawling parents, who almost gives in to the attempted abduction of her, by a Pedophile, out of her sheer loneliness. Also excellent.

I also got his recent anthology titled: "Cheating at Canasta".

Nice to meet a fellow William Trevor reader!

- Susan

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My non-fiction is The Mindful Way Through Depression. Haven't gotten very far yet, but I like it.

I'm finishing up an 8-meeting over 16-week class based on this book taught by a local Buddhist lama (teacher). It's been an interesting journey. I like that the book comes with a meditation CD.

My book came with the CD also. Does sound like an interesting class.

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Madness by Marya Hornbacher, which I really like so far, though I am not bipolar, I always wanted to understand it better.

Anorexia Workbook by Michelle Heffner , this is good, and very helpful.

Regaining your self by Ira m. Sacker, I love it, pretty much shows how to use pirt to conquer your eating disorder

enchantment of the faerie realm by ted andrews.

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