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I was wondering (and hoping to may be come across something good I'd like to read too) what people are reading at the moment.

I just finished the last two books in Jim Butcher's Dresden File series.

I'm reading right now The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith.

On the not the more serious side of things I just started re-reading Gurdjieff's Meetings with Remarkable Men (not sure what to make of Gurdjieff, on the one hand I'm fascinated and on the other I'm thinking "it's weird!")

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Well, I'm reading two books right now. The White Bone which is a book about a family of elephants, written form the elephant's perspective. It's good but rather sad because of pochers and I can't seem to get through it because of that...

The other is Feeling Good: The new mood therapy. It's a great and practical book about cognitive therapy and how to use it to improve your thinking. I'm doing the exercises and finding it very helpfulf.

One book I would recommend is 3 cups of Tea. It's about the work of Greg Mortenson and his work building schools in Pakistan - very inspirational!

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One book I would recommend is 3 cups of Tea. It's about the work of Greg Mortenson and his work building schools in Pakistan - very inspirational!

My husband read the book a little while ago and was - how to put it - very impressed, it indeed inspired him and I had decided to read it too, but then somehow forgotten.

Thanks for reminding me!

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Hey, great topic!!!! I'm a fanatical reader, and have been my whole life. Where would I be without books? I hate to even think about that!

Currently I'm reading John Irving's A Son of the Circus. I'm about halfway through it and it's amazing. Before this book I read A Prayer for Owen Meany (same author), which was also amazing! XD

I want to read the Harry Potter series next, as my son is really into it and we both love the movies.

But in general I prefer to read anything OLD. I'm crazy for Victorian and earlier English literature in particular. I also like non-fiction books about current events.

Book reading is a great escape, but you also learn from it... what's not to love? ^_~

Jane

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I’m in Charge of Celebrations ---by Byrd Baylor

Last night, I had the joy of babysitting and was delighted to read this children’s book again.

I like to read childrens's books too. Especially fairy tales, i actually got Grimm's collection in English so I could share some of it with my husband. And "The little Hobbit" by Tolkien.

Sometimes I feel a bit guilty for that pleasure, thinking 'oh ouch, you go the easy way again'

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But in general I prefer to read anything OLD. I'm crazy for Victorian and earlier English literature in particular. I also like non-fiction books about current events.

Do you like Jane Austen, too?

Her books aren't really victorian, she was born in 1775 and her books usually are set in her present time. But she sure came right to my mind when I read your message.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi everyone,

This is a great topic! Thanks, Unbekannt! :P

I’d like to share my favorite writers and books – I hope that somebody will find here some inspiration.

So... for those who love fun and who don’t dislike science-fiction (I like it a lot, but this is not a classical science-fiction, so even if you don’t like the classical one, this could be interesting for you): I love everything from Douglas Adams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams).

Then another atypical science-fiction – mostly not very funny, rather “depressive”, but also very insightful (also about the nature of humans and society, but in a different way than D.A.): books from Stanislaw Lem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaw_Lem) (You can probably know him as the author of the novel Solaris – Americans made a film based on it some years ago (but, as usually, the film doesn’t tell much about the book...))

And another European: Sandor Marai (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandor_Marai), mostly known as the author of Embers, but all his novels are great, unfortunately, based on Wikipedia, it seems that only few were translated to English. (I’ve read 4 of his novels and I’m reading his diary – over 900 pages and I’m not behind the middle yet!)

I already mentioned in another thread the psychotherapist and writer I.D. Yalom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yalom). I’ve read only When Nietzsche wept yet, but... I’d like to read more; he’s great... Very recommended (also by Allan Schwartz on this forum!) for everybody in therapy!

That’s all for now about “fiction”. But I add some names for “non-fiction”:

Richard Feynman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feynman) wrote a lot of great books about physics, lows of nature and also “about life” (also) for laics. His Character of physical law was my first popular book about science and having read it I began to read lots of books about physics, mathematics etc. (Stephen Hawking, Roger Penrose, Ian Stewart, John Gribbin, …)

And one book recommended to everybody – also popular (-I mean “for laics”) and very very insightful: Survival of the sickest by Sharon Moalem (http://www.survivalofthesickestthebook.com/).

So I think that's all I can remeber for the moment.

I wish everybody many pleasant moments with good books! :(

L.

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Well, I'd like to add one more book:

Amelie Nothomb: Methaphysic of tubes - in English Character of Rain:

http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/nothomba/mdtubes.htm

http://www.amazon.ca/M%C3%A9taphysique-tubes-Am%C3%A9lie-Nothomb/dp/2253152846

http://ecrivons.free.fr/amelie_nothomb_interview.htm

It's an autobiography form 0 to 3 years - and who cannot believe/imagine, "should" read it! Very amazing! (Don't be afraid; she wasn't an abused or negleted child - it's not a "depressive" book!)

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Symora!! I just started reading Feeling Good: The new mood therapy!! Seems pretty good so far.. I was taking this meditation class in jan and the teacher really recommended it for me!! Also one I want to read is : You can heal your life by Louize Hay? Apparently it's really good.

I just finished reading An Unquiet Mind- very good book about the life/struggle with manic depression..

Well, I'm reading two books right now. The White Bone which is a book about a family of elephants, written form the elephant's perspective. It's good but rather sad because of pochers and I can't seem to get through it because of that...

The other is Feeling Good: The new mood therapy. It's a great and practical book about cognitive therapy and how to use it to improve your thinking. I'm doing the exercises and finding it very helpfulf.

One book I would recommend is 3 cups of Tea. It's about the work of Greg Mortenson and his work building schools in Pakistan - very inspirational!

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