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Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:21 am
by slooroo
So I finished Self Analysis by L Ron Hubbard. I would say if you wanted to "test" Dianetics on yourself this would be the book to get. I definitely do not think it cures sinus allergies or blindness like Hubbard claims but it does provide minor mental relief to some extent. I didn't do the whole two months Hubbard suggests but I think I got the general idea in slightly under two weeks it took me to go through it. If you do decide to buy this book please don't buy it from Scientology itself. Buy it from a different party.

Next up is Star by Yukio Mishima, a relatively newly translated short novella so I'm curious to read it. It's partly influenced by Mishima's time as a movie star.

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Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:11 am
by slooroo
I polished off Star by Yukio Mishima in a day. Again a solid work by Mishima. Maybe not AS good as the first two of his works I read but still excellent. I think it serves as a continuation as the ideas he presents in Confessions of a Mask especially. I also wouldn't be surprised if this work was one of the works where Mishima's true self was slowly reflecting and what he was going to do in real life was starting to take shape in his works.

Next up is The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. Somehow I never ended up reading this American classic my entire time in school so I thought I'd fix that, especially since this is one of those books people seem to really love or really hate and I'd like to see what camp I fall in by the end.

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Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:46 pm
by Megan
Still working on "Precious Moments Holy Bible" (and will be till the end of the year). As for other books currently reading "Coping with Anxiety" by Edmund Bourne and Lorna Garano

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Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:54 pm
by slooroo
Megan wrote:
1 month ago
Precious Moments Holy Bible
What version is that? I read the NRSV Catholic Edition so I could read the entire Bible in plain English plus have all of the Apocrypha. It took me awhile but I'm glad I read it cover to cover.

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Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:59 pm
by Megan
slooroo wrote:
1 month ago
Megan wrote:
1 month ago
Precious Moments Holy Bible
What version is that? I read the NRSV Catholic Edition so I could read the entire Bible in plain English plus have all of the Apocrypha. It took me awhile but I'm glad I read it cover to cover.
ICB I think.

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Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:58 pm
by slooroo
Megan wrote:
1 month ago
ICB I think.
Can't say I'm familiar with that translation. NRSV was pretty good as far as I could tell. It's decent for studying. For aesthetic and style though I prefer something like KJV or Douay Rheims.

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Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:54 pm
by slooroo
Finished The Catcher in the Rye. Actually I really loved this book. I related to Holden a scary amount. The ending is a tad weak to me but otherwise amazing work. I can see why this is an American classic. I probably got more out of it at my current age than if I would've read it at 16.

Next up is Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang. It's an autobiography about the author's experience living under Maoist China during Mao's very controversial reign. I like an occasional biography so I thought why the hell not.

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Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:15 am
by Megan
slooroo wrote:
1 month ago
Megan wrote:
1 month ago
ICB I think.
Can't say I'm familiar with that translation. NRSV was pretty good as far as I could tell. It's decent for studying. For aesthetic and style though I prefer something like KJV or Douay Rheims.
I pretty much know nada bout that stuff. XD I just have a few versions of bibles. The one I'm reading, some Golden Book one I got when I was younger, A teen one, a small tiny one, and a women's one. I've only read the teen one fully some years back I think.

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Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:44 am
by slooroo
Megan wrote:
1 month ago
I pretty much know nada bout that stuff. XD
I got a bit interested in different translations for a time so I was curious.

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Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:29 pm
by slooroo
Finished Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang. Really interesting look into what it was like under the Cultural Revolution and I think parts of it very much translates to modern American politics.

Next will be The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Sometimes considered one of the greatest pieces of modern Latin American literature and some consider it absolute trash for housewives. So yet again I'm curious to see where on the fence I'll be by the end of it.