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What's the last book you read?

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The last book i read was Princess of the Wild Swans by Diane Zahler. It is a children's fairy tale about a princess who must save her older brothers from an enchantment. It was a cute story. I enjoyed it. It is a great book for young girls.

What is the last book you read? Did you like it? What was it about? Would you recommend it to others?

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The last book I read was Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey which is the second book of a three book series. I've read this book many times and recommend it because it is interesting and lacks swearing, sexual scenes, and even has very little violence in it.

The main character is Menolly who happens to impress 9 fire lizards (basically shoulder sized dragons) and shows how she finds a place in the harper hall using her talents to sing and compose songs.

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Find me if you can by Linda S. Prather. No I would not recommend it. The author starts her series with a book that is based on a huge error of fact. The books are about serial killers and the capturing of them. She does little characterization of the protagonists so we are left not really understanding their motivations, which is important to me.

The author has improved greatly from the first book of the series. Her facts are getting more accurate as well. There is no porn to have to avoid which is great! I dont recall much in the way of foul language either.

I think that a typical LDS reader would have problems with the psychic aspects of the series. Perhaps any reader. lol She jumps around quite a bit on the religious and pagan beliefs combining them in 'unusual' ways. Not sure if that is by error or intent.

I have gotten caught up in the stories of the people trying to capture the bad guys. Since I am not recommending the book I feel free to say that she does not hesitate to kill off main players. It is a rather disconcerting habit although I will grant that she keeps you aware that they are destined to die but you cant help but hope they dont and some dont die so whats with the destined bit?

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The 3rd book of the "Mistborn" series.

I love that book!

For me it's The Dragon Reborn, book 3 of the Wheel of Time. The series seems to be a love or hate type of thing. I'm currently re-reading it (the series) before I read the last book, A Memory of Light, book 14.

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I love that book!

I love the series, thus far, however I was thoroughly disappointed with the ending of book 3, however that is because I am a sappy guy who likes happy endings :D

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Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale. I loved it, as I have all of her books. My very favorite of hers, though, is Book of a Thousand Days.

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"The Fabric of Cosmos" By Brian Green: The Fabric of the Cosmos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An incredibly interesting book about string theory, cosmology, time, space, quantum physics, and other einstein-stuff, but he explains it relatively easy and funny so (almost) anyone can understand it.

And since they just discover more and more astonoshing mindblowing things about the universe and what makes it work, it is also fascinating that it kinda makes it possible for science and religion to coexist? How does it all work in the universe? Noone really knows. How did the big bang start? Noone can really explain it. Maybe it was God...

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Great thread.

I am experiencing a mental hiccup...I know what I am reading now, and many books I have read before, the but one just previous to what I am reading now? I have no idea. It's bugging me too!!! So currently...

I'm reading The Invisible Gorilla which is non-fiction psychology (?) about everyday illusions about how our minds (knowledge, memory, confidence, vision) work. It is blowing my mind in fun and interesting ways. Highly recommended.

AND I am re-reading Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. It is my favorite of his books, but it has been years since I read it. It is just as wonderful this time around.

Eowyn, Book of a Thousand Days is one of my favorites as well!

The Wheel of Time series is on my list "to read"...maybe up next.

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Imagine: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer. Interesting book. Would I recommend it? Yes, probably. At its best, it is illuminating and insightful. At its worst, it is pedantic and not credible. Lehrer often descends to the obvious, trite, and unsubstantiated: "This happens because of A and B and C," which is not at all established by the information he offers. He's not Malcolm Gladwell, but that's okay, because what he offers is ultimately worthwhile.

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I read The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks. It's a little edgy (non descriptive nudity and sex) but a great book and great imagination.

I have 4 books I'm rotating thru right now

The Passage by Justin Cronin

That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life by Ana Homayoun

Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury by Michael Hollander PhD

Act in Doctrine by David A. Bednar

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The Koran, a series of revelations given to Mohammed. I would recommend it to anyone curious about foundational tenets of Islam, or anyone who would like to see prophetic experiences outside our faith. I was hoping for more Abraham traditions, but was pleasantly surprised to find more Adam and creation tradition.

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Let's see. The last two books I read were: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague", by Geraldine Brooks. I really enjoyed this one. Based on fact, but is fiction.

 

"Dark Enough to see the Stars in a Jamestown Sky", based on the true story of the women and children at Jamestown, by Connie Lapallo. I learned a lot from this book. I don't believe the author is LDS, but some of her comments lead me to believe that the Spirit of Elijah was definitely with her. The author states that the story of her 13th great grandmother was a story that her ancestor wanted told.

 

The next book I plan on reading is: "Faith, Behind the Fences", by Kelly Dispirito Taylor. A true story of survival in a Japanese prison camp.

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You have all read such interesting sounding books. Thank you so much for sharing.

I love to read so i'm sure i will be back to post on books i've read, and i hope you will too. I love to hear what others are reading and what they like or don't like.

Thanks again for sharing your latest reads.

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Oh. A little light reading then.

It's actually not bad. I was reading it as part of my comparative religion class so I was reading it for themes rather than enlightenment. Though it did have one line that I rather liked:

Better to do one's own duty imperfectly than to do another man's well.

I'm sure that within the context of Hinduism it has connotations I don't agree with (I'm thinking castes here) but I rather like the surface reading.

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Yeah, their caste system is pretty messed up. But that is a good philosophy outside of that.

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Greedy Institutions, 1974 by Lewis Coser. These are organizations that demand a lot of the member's time, often to the extent of separating the member from the rest of society, such as a cult. But a greedy inst/org can also be a consuming hobby or a religion. I ran across the concept in some other reading and wondered if I could apply it to the Church in my paper - in a good way. : )

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Just finished the Mortal Instruments series... And yes, I hated it as much as Twilight. I can't stand the heroines on both books. The only thing that kept me going is I like Simon... just like I liked Jacob.

I was so wanting to just purge the book out of my brain that I picked the first book within reach and it just happened to be Madame Curie by Eve Curie. Very good read.

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The Koran, a series of revelations given to Mohammed. I would recommend it to anyone curious about foundational tenets of Islam, or anyone who would like to see prophetic experiences outside our faith. I was hoping for more Abraham traditions, but was pleasantly surprised to find more Adam and creation tradition.

My arabic is too rusty for the true version... But I love and adore the transition by Tarif Khalidi. He keeps a lot of the poetry and power alive, where so many fall flat. (I lived in the ME & NAfrica for some time).

From one of my favorite suras... On prophecy / revelation

If every tree on earth was a pen

Refilled by the sea

With 7 more seas beside

The word of God would not be exhausted

God is all knowing, all wise

BW

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