What are you reading?

Posted by Treasure Ransom @transom, Mar 16, 2017

I am a big reader and am always looking for book recommendations! @sportsmom and @amdow have both mentioned they are readers. Who else likes to read and what are you reading right now?

I am listening to an audiobook called “The Sender”. It is a great book about a football coach that is struggling with a cancer diagnosis and very aggressive chemotherapy. He receives anonymous letters that test him and strengthen him during his difficult journey. The letters were actually written and sent to an NFL coach going through a similar situation, but the story around the character in “The Sender” is fictional. Touching story. I am probably 1/3 of the way through and am enjoying it so far.

Feel free to share what you are reading and why you would or wouldn’t recommend it. All genres are fair game! 🙂

I also enjoy audio books. Currently, I’m listening to Outlander, with Davina Porter as the narrator. She is excellent and makes for a very pleasant read!

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@BRechtzigel

I also enjoy audio books. Currently, I’m listening to Outlander, with Davina Porter as the narrator. She is excellent and makes for a very pleasant read!

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I definitely find I have narrators that I really like vs those that I may try to avoid in the future. Glad you are enjoying your current “listen”. 🙂

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Where are the best places to find audio books?

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@janelsmith

Where are the best places to find audio books?

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@janelsmith, the public library typically has an application that can allow you to access audiobooks free. I believe it is called Overdrive. I also have used an app on my devices called audible. You can get your first couple of audiobooks free, then use a membership to continue purchasing for a cost (which is much cheaper than buying from a bookstore, etc.)

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I recently read “The Underground Railroad” by Colton Whitehead; it was a bit of a slow start for me but I got into it by the end. I also read “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett, and “Good as Gone” by Amy Gentry. A bit of a mix of books so always open to others recommendations! Good as Gone was a page-turner for me, I think I read it in one evening on the weekend (bit of a thriller). When I get hooked into a story line, it’s often hard for me to put it down but I’ve found that love of reading is now transferring to my young kids – so I’ll call it a win! 🙂

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@creeve

I recently read “The Underground Railroad” by Colton Whitehead; it was a bit of a slow start for me but I got into it by the end. I also read “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett, and “Good as Gone” by Amy Gentry. A bit of a mix of books so always open to others recommendations! Good as Gone was a page-turner for me, I think I read it in one evening on the weekend (bit of a thriller). When I get hooked into a story line, it’s often hard for me to put it down but I’ve found that love of reading is now transferring to my young kids – so I’ll call it a win! 🙂

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You seem to have somewhat eclectic reading tastes, @creeve. Getting hooked into a story is such a treat. 🙂 I have suffered a time or two with lack of sleep when I couldn’t put a book down. Since you listed a mystery as one of your books, I would suggest anything written by Harlan Coben. I find his writing to be very captivating. I also have recently found David Baldacci to be an incredible writer! Last Man Standing (a standalone novel) and Memory Man and The Last Mile (the first 2 books of the Amos Decker series) were all exceptional mysteries, full of great detail. I loved them. What is your favorite genre?

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@creeve

I recently read “The Underground Railroad” by Colton Whitehead; it was a bit of a slow start for me but I got into it by the end. I also read “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett, and “Good as Gone” by Amy Gentry. A bit of a mix of books so always open to others recommendations! Good as Gone was a page-turner for me, I think I read it in one evening on the weekend (bit of a thriller). When I get hooked into a story line, it’s often hard for me to put it down but I’ve found that love of reading is now transferring to my young kids – so I’ll call it a win! 🙂

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Oh I love mystery books – thanks for the suggestions!! I’m currently reading The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. I’m halfway through it and really like it so far. We chose it for a book club and everyone loved the writing style and the unique perspective it is written in. 🙂

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@creeve

I recently read “The Underground Railroad” by Colton Whitehead; it was a bit of a slow start for me but I got into it by the end. I also read “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett, and “Good as Gone” by Amy Gentry. A bit of a mix of books so always open to others recommendations! Good as Gone was a page-turner for me, I think I read it in one evening on the weekend (bit of a thriller). When I get hooked into a story line, it’s often hard for me to put it down but I’ve found that love of reading is now transferring to my young kids – so I’ll call it a win! 🙂

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I checked that out, @daniv, and it sounds intriguing and different than my typical read. I will have to give it a try. The GoodReads ratings are very high! Thanks for the recommendation.

Since you love mysteries, my current read is The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. It took me some time to get into it, but once I did, I am really enjoying the evolution of the mystery. And, it is based in Minneapolis and Austin (where I live), so that is always fun. You may like this too, @creeve.

Do you have a favorite mystery, @daniv?

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@creeve

I recently read “The Underground Railroad” by Colton Whitehead; it was a bit of a slow start for me but I got into it by the end. I also read “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett, and “Good as Gone” by Amy Gentry. A bit of a mix of books so always open to others recommendations! Good as Gone was a page-turner for me, I think I read it in one evening on the weekend (bit of a thriller). When I get hooked into a story line, it’s often hard for me to put it down but I’ve found that love of reading is now transferring to my young kids – so I’ll call it a win! 🙂

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Yes! We read “The Life We Bury” for our book club a couple months ago and that is my favorite mystery. Another one we read and I really liked was The Silent Sister.

Frankie Presto is one I wouldn’t typically read either, but really glad I am (same with A Man Called Ove). Different writing styles and view points, but great life lessons!

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@BRechtzigel

I also enjoy audio books. Currently, I’m listening to Outlander, with Davina Porter as the narrator. She is excellent and makes for a very pleasant read!

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Another GREAT audio book is The Warmth of Other Suns. It’s a narrative that follows three characters who were part of the Great Migration from the south to the north and how that changed our country. If you’re listening while driving, just make sure you’re paying attention to the traffic — the book (and narrator!) will sweep you away!

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I’m reading “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

We live in a culture where the loudest person in the room is often assumed to be the person with the most knowledge/expertise. In other words, the extroverts.. the Type A’s and so on. As a result, they’re often the ones who are put into (or take) leadership positions or roles… whether they’re best-suited or not.

The author refers to this as the “culture of personality.” But how did it get this way? Why?

The book is a fascinating history of how we transitioned from a “culture of character” to a “culture of personality.” It’s good stuff. Of course, I’m an introvert so it’s naturally of interest to me, but I’d be really curious to hear an extrovert’s opinion on the book.

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I’m big on Audible books too. Some of my recent favorites:

The Hard Thing about Hard Things – Ben Horowitz
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweck

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