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    I'm still working on "The Rules of Wealth" by Richard Templar. Sometimes he's right on the money and sometimes I just want to shake him. But then, he's wealthy and I'm not. But I do have to keep reminding myself he's dealing with the American system and I'm not.

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    I decreased my reading goal this year to 15 books. I'm such a slow reader. This past year I read 25 books. My Goodreads goal was 26.

    Right now I am reading The Rocks by Peter Nichols.

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    Four kids, full-time job, after school job, and I managed 60 in 2015. I'm hoping to match that in 2016. I have a shelf full of books I haven't gotten to yet and I have a few on my Kindle and a few on my Nook. Right now, I'm in the middle of binge watching some shows, so as soon as I finish, I'm back to the books!

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    Right now, I am reading Crocodile on the Sandbank
    by Elizabeth Peters and Go Tell it on the Mountain by
    James Baldwin. Both good reads.

    I am also going to start Awake My Soul by James
    Martin SJ for discussion in an online group on Shelfari.
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    I'm currently reading "Rogue Lawyer" by John Grisham. I really enjoy his descriptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sallyj08 View Post
    Right now I am reading The Rocks by Peter Nichols.
    I read this and liked it.


    Finished Blackouts and am reading a book about the Beanie Baby craze and how they went from being worth thousands of dollars to nothing

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    An interesting note...I'm still reading the Grisham, and it's really not one story, but a collection of smaller stories, all written from the perspective of a lawyer named Sebastian Rudd, who has a colorful career. Not what he usually writes at all. Enjoyable, though, and nice since the only time I have to read, right now, is during my 20 minutes for lunch at school.

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    Finally finished Crocodile on the Sandbank.

    Still working on Baldwin book.

    Finished my reading goal gather of books for 2016.
    Now, I need to feel better and get to reading.
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    Finished reading Richard Templar's "The Rules of Wealth". An interesting read. I have known some wealthy people, so thought I'd compare notes.

    On the whole it's a good read. Aside from his misinterpretation of what frugality is (I think he is confusing it with being cheap), he does go on spouting frugal maxims such as: spend less than you earn, etc.

    My take away from it was to set up a regular time every week to discuss finances and wealth building. DH and I have done this informally for years, but often as a knee jerk reaction to spending too much money inadvertently. I suggested we do it Sunday evenings, when we consult the family daytimer to see what's coming up the next week. We'll see how that goes.

    He goes beyond developing behaviours to get wealthy, and into what to do with your finances once you become wealthy, and how to disperse your wealth when you grow old, including how to give it away. All good things to think about.

    I'm glad I read the book. I wish I'd read it 20-30 years ago. I think combined with a good book on frugality and budgeting (like "The Complete Tightwad Gazette" and "Your Money or Your Life") you'd be on your way!

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    I have begun my 2nd book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

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    I just finished Her, it was pretty good. Kind of had a good build up and then anti-climaxed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernice View Post
    I just finished Her, it was pretty good. Kind of had a good build up and then anti-climaxed.
    That's so disappointing.

    A few years ago, I read the YA series "Life as We Know It." It was SO good. It's actually what got me back into preparedness. The first three books had me completely hooked. Then I read the fourth book and was so disappointed. I felt like the last book ruined the whole series. So, if you read it, stop at book 3.

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    ~I'm in, also on Goodreads. I think I'd better not post how many books I read last year so as not to look like I'm trying to one-up calimom. I also write a novel of my own for NaNoWriMo.

    I am aiming for 180 books this year so I still have time to rewrite my novel and write another one.

    Already finished:
    Understanding Waldorf Education
    A More Perfect Union(B.Carson)
    Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare
    Homemade Vegan Pantry(highly recommend!)
    Genesis
    Draw Out the Story(recommend for those interested in writing/illustrating comics)
    A Time for Truth(Ted Cruz)

    Currently reading:
    Support Your RV Lifestyle
    Hard Choices(H.Clinton)
    Sanctuary of the Soul
    Exodus

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    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Upcoming:
    The New Jim Crow
    Crippled America(D.Trump)
    Life is a Verb

    I'm almost done working my way through all the recent books of the presidential candidates, well at least the ones I think have the possibility to be nominated. It's tedious, depressing, irritating, comical in a painful way, and also somewhat enlightening reading. Covered C.Fiorina and B.Sanders the last week of 2015. Should be finished with them all by the end of this month. The demand at my library for Trump's book is a bit scary, 100 holds per copy, but I'm next on the list right now. :/ ~

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    I'm just about done with Sink Reflections by Flylady. Interesting read, some good tips but I don't see me living the way she suggests.

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    I read Rogue Lawyer by Grisham also. Enjoyable but not as good as his usual I thought.

    Audio books: "Prodigal Summer" novel by Barbara Kingsolver, read by the author. She has a lovely voice and accent and I enjoyed the story thoroughly, did not want it to end. I have another of her books on hold in audio format. If you have not read "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" (non-fiction) it is also worth your time.

    I also listened to "Plainsong" by Kent Haruf and enjoyed it. I have the next one in the series ready to check out and listen to shortly.

    I just read "The Martian" by Andy Weir. What a fun book! I purposely stretched it over several days but it could be read in a day or two. Looking forward to seeing the movie.

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