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Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« on: March 14, 2017, 11:43:29 AM »
In honor of Beetle and his request – let’s get this party started.  Plus, we might as well introduce a cool word from the book.

I’m reading this one now – very good read.

The Invention of Nature, Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf

cajole – to persuade or coax

This one is my fun re-read.

Alaska’s Wolf Man, by Jim Rearden

cheeckako - a greenhorn


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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 12:29:48 PM »
I'm in the middle of Woolly's suggested read: "The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey"

I'm also in the middle of John Galligan's fly-fishing mystery series. I think I'm currently immersed on the third book of the series.

As of lately, I struggle to find time to sit down and read in peace. Pisses me off. I have books stacked on my desk at work, nightstand at home, and tables and counters throughout other parts of my house - and no time to enjoy. Sad.

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 12:41:56 PM »
Anything and everything Bryson.

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Currently reading this. Best factual WW1 book I have ever picked up.

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Some might call this a hit job by the author, but it is a scary look at the military and paramilitary situation and its history.

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 13:02:47 PM »
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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 13:08:08 PM »
I can get behind this.

I really liked River of Doubt.  I read that in the midst of a few other historical non-fictions: Blood and Thunder, Empire of Summer Moon, Rebel Yell.  For some reason I kind of lump those together.  Also because it is somewhat Teddy related, Brinkley's book on Alaska is really good.

Currently reading "No Simple Highway" which is supposed to be a fresh look/perspective on the Dead.  It's alright.  Not very fresh in my opinion.

Also reading Mattheson's Shadow Country.  Dense.  Lots of characters.  Well read.  about 250 pages in and I'm kind of like "what's the point."

Have read a few Tim Keller books lately.  I think they are a good mix of digestibabily but well referenced.  Went down a CS Lewis path too (whose work Keller unapologetically models many arguments after).

A really good day.  I think the best parts were on drug policy (no surprise since it's written by a lawyer who focused a lot of her career defending drug offenders and teaching drug policy).  Somewhat interesting read.  Could be a little less me-y.



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Guy Clark bio
Southern Power, Southern water (talk about dense)


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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 13:09:35 PM »
River of Doubt is like a factual thriller. Love that one.
I lile Bryson but sometimes he gets old and annoying and I have to stop.

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 13:15:18 PM »
If any of you like non-fiction nature reads. Check out Bernd Heinrich

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 13:24:28 PM »
In nonfiction, I'm presently re-reading (for the nth time) Bruce Catton's Civil War trilogy.

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 13:30:48 PM »
^ it's awesome, I had 2 and had to track down the last one. Worth it

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2017, 14:26:15 PM »
I'm going on a year of reading the Tetralogy Gleim CPA Course Review.  I'm only halfway through, but I can strongly give it a non recommend. 
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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2017, 15:02:15 PM »
River of Doubt was a good read. I wish we still had presidents like Teddy.
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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2017, 15:44:18 PM »
I also know how to read.  Just finished Brown Dog.  Evaluating options for my next book

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2017, 16:49:20 PM »
In honor of Beetle and his request – let’s get this party started.  Plus, we might as well introduce a cool word from the book.





I'm in favor of a Geert Wilders pompadour thread.

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2017, 16:58:35 PM »
Also reading Mattheson's Shadow Country.  Dense.  Lots of characters.  Well read.  about 250 pages in and I'm kind of like "what's the point."

I'm currently trying to decide what to start next and that is sitting on my shelf. Not tempting me as much anymore.

I also know how to read.  Just finished Brown Dog.  Evaluating options for my next book

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Re: Beetle's Book and Word Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2017, 17:57:50 PM »
should read "well written".

I do wonder if there are so many characters it takes that long just to develop them to get into the meat. 

His book on the AIM movement in the 70s is great.  Also very dense but very through on an interesting topic (esp in light of Dakota Access stuff now).