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Sunday, May 06, 2012

I think I've gotten myself into the middle of reading too many things at once.


Yes, there really is such a thing.

1) Einstein's Theories of Relativity and Gravitation

This was available free from Google on my phone and I've been reading it for a while now. It's not actually what Einstein wrote. It's a collection of two essays and an editorial article. (It explains at the beginning that a monetary reward was offered for the best essay that could take Einstein's theorems and express them in a way that could make sense to the lay man.)

It has been fascinating reading so far, though I only read it in smaller chunks so I can really chew over the concepts for a while.

2) Grimm's Fairy Tales

Another available free from Google on my phone. I usually read one or two at a time when I want some light diversion. I'm not at all sure how many more there are to go.

3) The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Recently finished this. My DDa, interestingly, has gotten into a real obsession with the Sherlock Holmes BBC episodes and reading the books in the order they were written - without knowing I was reading it, so we can spend an hour just talking about his cases.

4) The Spark

I've finished the first part of Chapter 1 that is his story, so next is the philosophy behind the SparkPeople program (still Chapter 1). I'd already heard / read most of the story, so it wasn't new, but I'm making a point to not skip ahead and actually reread that portion. I'm looking forward to moving on through the book now.

5) The Spark Cookbook

I finished the whole intro section and got to the recipes. I've been offhandedly flipping through them to see if any catch my interest and look like they can be modified for a single person with a microwave. The smoothie recipes amused me - my protein shake trial and errors led me to a very similar mixture as what is described.

6) Easy Vegan Meals

Honestly not really interested in veganism, but I did start reading the first part of this for the information on the nutrients that are particularly important to meet and where vegans get them from. I just figure if any of the recipes look interesting without requiring ingredients I wouldn't normally buy, I might try them out. I do like my veggies after all.

7) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The first book I've BOUGHT in I couldn't say how long. I took the seminar around two decades ago, had cassette tapes and an annual day-planner based on it for a few years. I still remember a lot of it and, as I'm reading it, realize just how much I did manage to internalize in my way of thinking - but also how much I forgot or never knew.

Loving the Kindle's ability to highlight things. I've got several quotes I keep rereading:

== For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root. (Henry David Thoreau) ==
(My thinking from it: Leave out "of evil", and it applies to anything really. How often do we hack away at the symptoms, the problems, instead of seeking out and destroying the root cause?)

== But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I can choose otherwise." (Franklin Covey) ==
(My thinking from it: Whenever we make a mistake and start over, that is a great thing. But we do have to acknowledge that those mistakes have created the position from which we start. We create our future by choosing new paths.)

== It's so much easier to say, "I am not responsible." If I say "I am responsible," I might have to say, "I am irresponsible." (Franklin Covey) ==
(My thinking from it: And truly, for all that I consider myself mature, responsible, independent and so on, I have more than a few areas in my life in which I would prefer to say "It wasn't my fault" - a variant on saying "I am not responsible". I need to accept that I have been irresponsible and change that.)

== Anytime we think the problem is "out there", that thought is the problem. (Franklin Covey) ==
(My thinking from it: For a while now I've been griping to myself and sometimes out loud about the annoying behaviors of my boss. Which is fruitless. I can't change him. I can, however, change my productivity at work and the way in which I report completed tasks. I can change how I think about and react to his calls. And, in that, change it from annoying to being just a routine part of my day that I'm prepared for.)

8) Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann

Another free book, this one from Amazon. I actually spent a while my first night just downloading a bunch of free books. Some of them may be of no interest to me, but I've always loved reading. (What? You couldn't tell? *COUGH*)

This one is certainly a fascinating story about a woman who survives a dangerous fall with amnesia. It's not a book for someone with any antipathy toward belief in God to read - as faith is an important subtext - but the action of the story was certainly enough to have me up far later than I should have been last night. Almost done with this one as the climax has hit.


And maybe I should have included as 9) reading everyone's blogs. I'm getting to sleep at a reasonable hour, but intend to spend a chunk of tomorrow trying to get caught up. I know there was a chunk of blogs from about mid-week that I missed ... but I'm not sure how to figure out which I've read or not, so I sincerely apologize if I've missed one!
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    :-) It's good to have a variety of things to pick up when you need a read. I'm a self-confessed bookaholic, and I always say I could have worse vices!
    2137 days ago
    I know what you mean. I'm reading 7 books right now. I'm sort of an addict.
    2137 days ago
    Sounds like you need a few more hours in the day. You do read a Varity of books I just have a few favorite authors and stick to them. Thankfully the author writes several types of books so that helps. But my favorite one of his series is The no. 1 Ladies Detective Agency By Alexander MC Call Smith.

    I have been reading the Spark but I am not as good as you since I went right the where program starts need to go back to the start emoticon

    I went right the where program starts need to go back to the start!!
    I was so excited to get the cookbook it I went right to the recipes. And found several so I tried far only found a few I didn’t like
    Not a fan of lentils but tries the soups so I now have a several bags of the soup in the freezer not sure why I saved them but I did
    So many of the recipes are for large severing so I half and often half them again. I am not a fan of batch cooking but I really like the Paprika Chicken
    the roasted Asparagus is one of my favorites and since I am not a big vegetable eater Its fun to find new ways to fix the ones you like. Need to go back and read the information before the recipes.

    2138 days ago
    I love all the readings. I bet they are great. I had a guilty little pleasure last week. A woman at my office said I should read Fifty Shades of Grey. I rolled my eyes, I had heard about it on the news but wasn't really interested. So I went online and found were a little bit of it was posted. I read the whole series in three days, I loved it. Guilty little pleasure, but I liked it.
    2139 days ago
  • WEEZER66
    That is a lot!!!!
    I have a couple going The Secret Garden and Hunger Games.
    I am also working on a nursing/respiratory therapy collabrative to orient new nurses to the ICU. I wish I had more time for reading.
    2139 days ago
    Haha, I use reading as a diversion most of the time. So, I read lots of fiction.
    However I read witchery books too.

    Your list is loooong! Thanks for sharing. one day I'll buy the Spark books I'm sure.

    since you are including online, part of my motivations is reading blogs/websits etc about weight loss, health and fitness, craft and witchery
    2140 days ago
  • PATIB13
    I can only do a few books at a time. If I try to do too many I don't get anything out of them, but I am impressed by those who can do multiple books. Aren't smart phones awesome, I don't have one but download books to my hubbies and then just borrow his. emoticon
    2141 days ago
  • BANDAID1006
    So many books. I can do maybe 2 at a time, and they have to be so different that there is nothing in common. Other wise the Main people will visit someone Else's world. lol
    Way to go for expanding your brain!! gotta keep it sharp

    2141 days ago
    Wow!! I applaud you for being able to juggle so my reads at once! I love reading, but I'm a one book at a time kind of girl.

    I love the quotes!
    2142 days ago
  • BIGDOG1969
    I actually went to a Covey seminar several years ago. It was fantastic. I also read a lot at once. It keeps the mind sharp! emoticon
    2142 days ago
  • LGAR519
    Of all the things I've had to give up due to circumstances, I miss reading the most. It is something I did all my life!
    2142 days ago
    My reading list is so much less serious at the moment.

    The Princess Bride (if you haven't read it, and you like the movie, do yourself the favor of reading the book!)
    The Fine art of Small Talk (ok, somewhat serious there)
    Worldwar: Tilting the balance (part of a alternate history series, where aliens invade in the midst of world war 2)
    Distant Corners (history on soccer in the US)
    Neanderthal (fictional novel positing there are a few of that species still around)
    2142 days ago
  • MICHELLE_391
    Ok. Wow. I am very, very impressed! How do you keep track of it all? The kindle sounds very cool - I like that you can highlight stuff. Can you then get a page of all the things you've highlighted on one list?
    2142 days ago
    LIke a few of those quotes about personal respoonsibility.
    2142 days ago
    Oh no, I'd never keep up. The most I read besides blogs is one or two books at time. I have over 600 downloaded on the Kindle though. They change the free ones daily sometimes and I don't want to miss a good one. I get a newsletter every day that highlights 20 or 30 free books they offer.
    2142 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I guess I could've warned you that having a Kindle would lead to this! When I am reading hardcover books I can handle one fiction and one non-fiction. Now when I read on my iPad, I multitask between pdfs, books, apps, and yes, my favorite SP blogs! Somewhere along the line my science and math teacher magazines have started collecting dust. There are not enough hours in the day!
    I love the variety in your reading list. Be sure to earn those SP points at
    Have a terrific day!
    2142 days ago
    And you sleep when? LOL between reading and commenting on all of our blogs as a super Saprk Friend does, you have a huge reading list!! You are one remarkable person!

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    2143 days ago
  • -SONIA-
    How many hours are in your day? LOL -- 25? 30? emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you're enjoying all of those books!! And blogs ;)
    2143 days ago
    I love me some binge reading! And I love the Covey quotes you chose. As tempting as it can be to blame external forces for problems, I believe that until we own our problems, we can't solve them.
    2143 days ago
  • RG_DFW
    emoticon So many blogs, so little time...
    2143 days ago
  • SUE_2U
    Getting to sleep at a reasonable hour after all that reading? Must be because of the weekend. Love the quotes and the insights...
    I am definitely a bibilophiliac. I am addicted. I have just downloaded Kindle to my pc, but I still prefer paper.
    2143 days ago
    Lol! I'm a multi-book reader too! I usually have 5 or 6 going at once. I like to have one on health, one fantasy, one biography, one educational, one spiritual growth and one novel. Something for every mood. I've found that having a few going tends to help my memory as well!

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    2143 days ago
    Wow, I think I have all of those books, too! Bookworms unite!! lol

    I love the before & after pics. Amazing!!
    2143 days ago
    Wow you read a lot and I'm trying to fit some in even if it's only 5 mins before i turn the light out! Do you think you're reading more with a kindle? emoticon
    2143 days ago
  • SAMI199
    Eclectic list- I always have several books going at once-lol.I love Al-read a book years ago about his theory of relativity ...must say it was slow reading.I think his life story was very interesting quotes.Thanks for sharing.

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    Comment edited on: 5/6/2012 2:55:11 AM
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