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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #150 on: January 26, 2017, 07:36:18 PM »
I found a list I'd like to get into-
 http://best-sci-fi-books.com/21-best-post-apocalyptic-science-fiction-books/
I didn't read through the entire list, but see I have read at least a few. Looks promising.
I have two Lois Duncan books to read, as well as two more Christopher Pike books first.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #151 on: January 26, 2017, 11:02:13 PM »
1. Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
3. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
4. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
5. Birdy By Bird by Anne Lamott

6. The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

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« Reply #152 on: January 26, 2017, 11:27:51 PM »
1. How to stay de-junked forever by Dawna Walter (1/1/17)
2. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey (6/1/17)
3. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (20/1/17)
4. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (28/1/17) I had so many epiphanies reading this :)

Next up is George Orwell: The Observer Years. I'm sure I'll find we have learnt nothing from the past... I've also got Superfreakonomics that DH had from the library.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #153 on: January 27, 2017, 05:11:14 AM »

1. Tricky Twenty-Two - Janet Evanovich
2. The Magician's Elephant - Kate DiCamillo
3. Wife for Hire - Janet Evanovich


4. The Simple Path to Wealth - J. L. Collins
5. Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

I have to decide what to start next - either Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or the next book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.  Maybe both!

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« Reply #154 on: January 27, 2017, 05:30:41 AM »
1. The female brain by Louann Brizendine - Lifespan hormonal changes in women and their effects (January 1)
2. The Queen's Code by Allison Armstrong - Interesting take on gender dynamics (January 5)
3. The male brain by Louann Brizendine - Lifespan hormonal changes in men and their effects (January 6)
4. The way of the superior man by David Deida - New Agey take on masculinity (January 10)
5. Getting to I do by Pat Allen - Has interesting take on masculinity and femininity in relationships (January 10)
6. The Divorce Remedy by Michelle Weiner-Davis - even better if you read if before you need it! (January 15)
7. Hamilton: The Revolution by L-M Miranda & J McCarter - great annotated history of the hit musical (January 15)
8. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow - Very readable biography and great political history (January 26)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #155 on: January 27, 2017, 05:58:42 AM »
I found a list I'd like to get into-
 http://best-sci-fi-books.com/21-best-post-apocalyptic-science-fiction-books/
I didn't read through the entire list, but see I have read at least a few. Looks promising.
I have two Lois Duncan books to read, as well as two more Christopher Pike books first.

I've read most of the books on that list. The Girl with all the Gifts was my most recent from that list, and it was excellent.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #156 on: January 27, 2017, 09:16:17 AM »
Everyone is crushing it! Work has been pretty demanding, so I haven't had as much time to read, but I did re-read the first Harry Potter book (not super impressive, I realize), and I'm also working on The Chosen by Chaim Potok. Really enjoying it so far. I'm about half way done and hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend.

1. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
2. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #157 on: January 27, 2017, 09:49:01 AM »
I found a list I'd like to get into-
 http://best-sci-fi-books.com/21-best-post-apocalyptic-science-fiction-books/
I didn't read through the entire list, but see I have read at least a few. Looks promising.
I have two Lois Duncan books to read, as well as two more Christopher Pike books first.

Glad to see one of my favorites from my teenage years, which no one has ever heard of, on the list -- Emergence.  The picture shows a battered copy, much like mine!

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #158 on: January 27, 2017, 11:50:13 AM »
I found a list I'd like to get into-
 http://best-sci-fi-books.com/21-best-post-apocalyptic-science-fiction-books/
I didn't read through the entire list, but see I have read at least a few. Looks promising.
I have two Lois Duncan books to read, as well as two more Christopher Pike books first.

Glad to see one of my favorites from my teenage years, which no one has ever heard of, on the list -- Emergence.  The picture shows a battered copy, much like mine!
I actually ordered Emergence from the library, funny. Nice to hear it's your favorite. 😊

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #159 on: January 27, 2017, 01:33:51 PM »
1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
5. The Death Cure by James Dashner
6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg

Still have The Kill Order sitting around, haven't felt like reading more of it lately. Related more to current events than the actual book.

Picked up Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris last night.

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« Reply #160 on: January 27, 2017, 02:52:01 PM »
1. A Kiss of Shadows By Hamilton, Laurell K.
2. A Caress of Twilight By Hamilton, Laurell K.
3. The Prisoner of Zenda By Hope, Anthony (audiobook)
4. Pukka's Promise - The Quest for Longer-lived Dogs By Kerasote, Ted
5. The Broken Kingdoms By Jemisin, N. K.
6. The Golem's Eye By Stroud, Jonathan

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #161 on: January 27, 2017, 07:00:47 PM »
1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1/7/17)
2. The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson (started in 2016, finished 1/14/17)
3. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (1/18/17)
4. The New Radicalism in America 1889-1963: The Intellectual as a Social Type by Christopher Lasch (1/27/17)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #162 on: January 27, 2017, 09:11:03 PM »
8.  Agatha Christie, Partners in Crime

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Re: 100 Books in 2017!
« Reply #163 on: January 28, 2017, 08:53:58 AM »
I'm doubling the goal.  Posting books I have finished as I finish them along with a brief review/blurb.

1) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory (Aaron James): philosophical treatise about what it means for someone to be an asshole and how we can deal with them
2) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump (same author): sequel to the prior book, subject obvious
3) 17/01/02 - The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho): I may be the only person on this forum who didn't like this book, but it's supposed to be an allegory about following your dreams.  I appreciate that aspect of it, but I find the whole New Age mumbo jumbo to be a bit over the top.
4) 17/01/04 - Spaceman (Mike Massimino): Hubble telescope spacewalking astronaut's memoirs
5) 17/01/06 - Luna: New Moon (Ian McDonald): sci-fi dystopia played out on the moon in a feudal society (complete with warring great families); ends with a cliffhanger and sequel due out in March
6) 17/01/07 - The Art of Sleeping Alone (Sophie Fontanel): French writer's memoir about the years when she gave up relationships/sex.  Not as enlightening (or even as scandalous) as I would have hoped, but occasionally surprisingly humorous.
7) 17/01/07 - On Bullshit (Harry Frankfurt): philosophical treatise on bullshit, the inspiration for James's treatises on assholes (cited above).  At 67 pages, really more of an essay than a book, but published in book form.
8) 17/01/08 - A Deeper Love Inside (Sister Souljah): sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, Souljah's novel about ghetto life in NYC.  Silly, unrealistic ending, but Winter's younger sister Porsche is a much more interesting and sympathetic main character than Winter.
9) 17/01/08 - Good Morning, Midnight (Lily Brooks-Dalton): if you're a sci fi fan, all I can say is, wow.  You should read this book.  Loneliness and the myriad connections between an astronomer and an astronaut who unexpectedly and inexplicably find themselves to be two of the last people on or off the earth.
10) 17/01/10 - Dragons of Summer Flame (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman): last of the Dragonlance series that follows the fates of both the original generation and the second generation (should be read after the original Dragonlance series and after The Second Generation, since it builds on all of those stories).
11) 17/01/15 - Join (Steve Toutonghi): strange, disturbing sci fi novel raising questions about the nature of what it means to be human and mortal in an era where technology makes it possible to combine one's psyche with those of others into a group psyche
12) 17/01/17 - Men We Reaped (Jesmyn Ward): memoir of a black woman growing up impoverished in rural Mississippi, focusing specifically on the many black men she knew (including her brother) who died young due to drugs or accidents.  It's hard for me to explain why, but I came away from this book feeling annoyed with the author (who also had a drug problem with alcohol), not sympathetic.
13) 17/01/21 - The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Kelli Estes): loosely historical mystery novel based on history of Chinese immigration to and expulsion from Washington Territory (later Washington State).  Initially slow going and took time to get into, but worth the effort.
14) 17/01/28 - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg): this is actually a re-read, but just as good the second time as the first.  By the same author who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes," with similar style and theme (older woman telling her life story to a middle-aged present-day woman trying to find herself)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #164 on: January 28, 2017, 04:38:15 PM »
1. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (excellent)
2. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (average)
3. The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory (blergh)

4. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

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Re: 100 Books in 2017!
« Reply #165 on: January 29, 2017, 06:56:14 AM »
I'm doubling the goal.  Posting books I have finished as I finish them along with a brief review/blurb.

1) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory (Aaron James): philosophical treatise about what it means for someone to be an asshole and how we can deal with them
2) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump (same author): sequel to the prior book, subject obvious
3) 17/01/02 - The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho): I may be the only person on this forum who didn't like this book, but it's supposed to be an allegory about following your dreams.  I appreciate that aspect of it, but I find the whole New Age mumbo jumbo to be a bit over the top.
4) 17/01/04 - Spaceman (Mike Massimino): Hubble telescope spacewalking astronaut's memoirs
5) 17/01/06 - Luna: New Moon (Ian McDonald): sci-fi dystopia played out on the moon in a feudal society (complete with warring great families); ends with a cliffhanger and sequel due out in March
6) 17/01/07 - The Art of Sleeping Alone (Sophie Fontanel): French writer's memoir about the years when she gave up relationships/sex.  Not as enlightening (or even as scandalous) as I would have hoped, but occasionally surprisingly humorous.
7) 17/01/07 - On Bullshit (Harry Frankfurt): philosophical treatise on bullshit, the inspiration for James's treatises on assholes (cited above).  At 67 pages, really more of an essay than a book, but published in book form.
8) 17/01/08 - A Deeper Love Inside (Sister Souljah): sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, Souljah's novel about ghetto life in NYC.  Silly, unrealistic ending, but Winter's younger sister Porsche is a much more interesting and sympathetic main character than Winter.
9) 17/01/08 - Good Morning, Midnight (Lily Brooks-Dalton): if you're a sci fi fan, all I can say is, wow.  You should read this book.  Loneliness and the myriad connections between an astronomer and an astronaut who unexpectedly and inexplicably find themselves to be two of the last people on or off the earth.
10) 17/01/10 - Dragons of Summer Flame (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman): last of the Dragonlance series that follows the fates of both the original generation and the second generation (should be read after the original Dragonlance series and after The Second Generation, since it builds on all of those stories).
11) 17/01/15 - Join (Steve Toutonghi): strange, disturbing sci fi novel raising questions about the nature of what it means to be human and mortal in an era where technology makes it possible to combine one's psyche with those of others into a group psyche
12) 17/01/17 - Men We Reaped (Jesmyn Ward): memoir of a black woman growing up impoverished in rural Mississippi, focusing specifically on the many black men she knew (including her brother) who died young due to drugs or accidents.  It's hard for me to explain why, but I came away from this book feeling annoyed with the author (who also had a drug problem with alcohol), not sympathetic.
13) 17/01/21 - The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Kelli Estes): loosely historical mystery novel based on history of Chinese immigration to and expulsion from Washington Territory (later Washington State).  Initially slow going and took time to get into, but worth the effort.
14) 17/01/28 - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg): this is actually a re-read, but just as good the second time as the first.  By the same author who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes," with similar style and theme (older woman telling her life story to a middle-aged present-day woman trying to find herself)
15) 17/01/29 - Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance): family memoir of a KY "hillbilly" and how he ended up successfully graduating from Yale Law School.  I read this at the rec of several people on this site who were wanting to use it to try to understand why so many people voted for Trump.  Not sure it provides much in the way of help along those lines, but it was an interesting book nonetheless, and well written.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #166 on: January 29, 2017, 07:58:17 AM »
9.  Chicken Soup for the Soul:  Stories for a Better World
10.  Mark Pryor, The Paris Librarian

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #167 on: January 29, 2017, 12:07:11 PM »
1)The Hostile Hospital(read-aloud) - by Lemony Snicket
2)The Manchurian Candidate - by Richard Condon
3)Maus - by Art Spiegelman
4)The Heart Goes Last - by Margaret Atwood

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #168 on: January 29, 2017, 06:25:10 PM »
1. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (excellent)
2. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (average)
3. The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory (blergh)

4. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

Ooooh I just finished the codex alera series recently. Super good, IMO. What did you think?
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« Reply #169 on: January 29, 2017, 07:01:31 PM »
1. A Blistered Kind of Love by Angela and Duffy Ballard (1/11)
2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (1/19)
3. Flood by Stephen Baxter (1/23)
4. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (1/29)
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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #170 on: January 30, 2017, 01:58:10 PM »
I shouldn't have any trouble making it to 50 this year I think! Um, all I did all weekend was read...

7. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
8. The Death Cure by James Dashner
9. The Kill Order by James Dashner

Now I am #13 on the waiting list for the final book, The Fever Code (library has 4 copies). I think I'll find something less depressing to read next though!

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #171 on: January 30, 2017, 03:23:37 PM »
1. Catch 22- Joseph Heller
2. Macbeth - Shakespeare
3. The Book Thief -Markus Zusak
4. Midnight's Children -Salman Rushdie

5. Ile - Eugene O'Neill
6. The Good Earth - Pearl S Buck

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Re: 100 Books in 2017!
« Reply #172 on: January 31, 2017, 07:16:56 AM »
14) 17/01/28 - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg): this is actually a re-read, but just as good the second time as the first.  By the same author who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes," with similar style and theme (older woman telling her life story to a middle-aged present-day woman trying to find herself)

Love that one! I'm a huge Fannie Flagg fan, as you can tell from my list. Fried Green Tomatoes is probably my favorite book of all time.

1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
5. The Death Cure by James Dashner
6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg
7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Currently reading Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg

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Re: 100 Books in 2017!
« Reply #173 on: January 31, 2017, 03:37:29 PM »
14) 17/01/28 - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg): this is actually a re-read, but just as good the second time as the first.  By the same author who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes," with similar style and theme (older woman telling her life story to a middle-aged present-day woman trying to find herself)

Love that one! I'm a huge Fannie Flagg fan, as you can tell from my list. Fried Green Tomatoes is probably my favorite book of all time.

1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
5. The Death Cure by James Dashner
6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg
7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Currently reading Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
Ooh, I haven't read Standing in the Rainbow.  How is it?

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #174 on: January 31, 2017, 03:40:27 PM »
1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)
4. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)
Pretty interesting. About two alternate lives of a woman in early 1960's.
5. Die Softly (Christopher Pike)
6. Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)

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Re: 100 Books in 2017!
« Reply #175 on: February 01, 2017, 07:34:12 AM »
Ooh, I haven't read Standing in the Rainbow.  How is it?

It's pretty good so far, but I'm not too far into it. It feels a little more Fried Green Tomatoes to me in that you get more of a picture of the whole town and a lot of the different characters. Have you read Welcome to the World, Baby Girl? It overlaps with a lot of the same characters. She's created a nice little universe with the "Elmwood Springs" series books. Also, Sookie from All Girls Filling Station is in Welcome to the World; haven't seen her in Standing in the Rainbow yet and not sure she will be.

I really like Fannie Flagg because I'm from the South and I feel like she really writes true Southern fiction well. Her books always make me feel very nostalgic.

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« Reply #176 on: February 01, 2017, 07:04:48 PM »
1. A Blistered Kind of Love by Angela and Duffy Ballard (1/11)
2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (1/19)
3. Flood by Stephen Baxter (1/23)
4. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (1/29)
5. Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather (2/1)
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« Reply #177 on: February 01, 2017, 09:31:18 PM »

1   The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life    Collins, J.L.   1/2/2017
2   Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots    Fisher, David   1/4/2017
3   I Am Legend    Matheson, Richard   1/9/2017
4   But What If We're Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past    Klosterman, Chuck   1/10/2017
5   Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging    Sebastian Junger *   1/11/2017
6   Before the Fall    Hawley, Noah *   1/18/2017
7   White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America    Isenberg, Nancy   1/26/2017
8   Dark Matter    Crouch, Blake *   1/31/2017
9   Seveneves   Stephenson, Neal   25%
10   Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right   Mayer, Jane   25%

Ahead of schedule for January. 

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #178 on: February 01, 2017, 10:06:21 PM »
Just finished The Chosen by Chaim Potok. Enjoyed it so much that I immediately started reading The Promise.

1. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
2. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
4. The Chosen - Chaim Potok

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« Reply #179 on: February 02, 2017, 06:21:34 AM »
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  • The Patient by Michael Palmer
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Original Sin by P. D. James
  • The Murder Room by P. D. James
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
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  • Meurtres en blouse blanche (Shroud for a Nightingale) par P. D. James
  • Une certaine justice (A Certain Justice) par P. D. James
  • Une vie si convenable (The Child’s Child) par Ruth Rendell
  • Meurtres en soutane (Death in Holy Orders) par P. D. James
  • A l'aube du grand amour - Les héritiers de Sorcha I (Dark Witch - The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1) par Nora Roberts
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I have to say that I was moved by 'The Help', it is about 'colored' maids having the courage to describe what it is to serve a white lady in Jackson Mississipi in the 60s. I was shocked by some of the segregation laws such as having separate bathrooms, never sitting at the same table or using the same plates, etc; I knew about the bus stories, there are a lot of movies about it but this is about day to day life in segregated southern US. It is making colonization look like a nice party. I'm wondering if it was really like that or better or worse or in-between.


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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #180 on: February 02, 2017, 08:16:30 AM »
I have to say that I was moved by 'The Help', it is about 'colored' maids having the courage to describe what it is to serve a white lady in Jackson Mississipi in the 60s. I was shocked by some of the segregation laws such as having separate bathrooms, never sitting at the same table or using the same plates, etc; I knew about the bus stories, there are a lot of movies about it but this is about day to day life in segregated southern US. It is making colonization look like a nice party. I'm wondering if it was really like that or better or worse or in-between.

It was really like that. http://all-that-is-interesting.com/20-photos-segregation-america
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« Reply #181 on: February 03, 2017, 02:31:29 AM »
I have to say that I was moved by 'The Help', it is about 'colored' maids having the courage to describe what it is to serve a white lady in Jackson Mississipi in the 60s. I was shocked by some of the segregation laws such as having separate bathrooms, never sitting at the same table or using the same plates, etc; I knew about the bus stories, there are a lot of movies about it but this is about day to day life in segregated southern US. It is making colonization look like a nice party. I'm wondering if it was really like that or better or worse or in-between.

It was really like that. http://all-that-is-interesting.com/20-photos-segregation-america
Thanks BJ.
Well it gives some perspective. After all this was just 50 or so years ago. There's still a long way to go.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #182 on: February 03, 2017, 06:28:50 PM »
1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)
4. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)
Pretty interesting. About two alternate lives of a woman in early 1960's.
5. Die Softly (Christopher Pike)
6. Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)
7. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #183 on: February 03, 2017, 06:33:44 PM »
1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)

God I used to love Christopher Pike books. I bought every single neon colored copy as they came out every six months! I also think "until the end" used to be called "The Final Friends Trilogy." If you are going on a Pike binge I totally recommend "Remember Me" (burt not its sequels) and "Whisper of Death."
Yes, I loved as a kid as well! Have been rereading some, as well as others I hadn't. Really enjoying doing this.
I read the 2 you mentioned- actually were my favorites! Have reread both many times.
Is there another author you find comparable?

Lois Duncan in general and "Down a Dark Hall" in particular.
I really enjoyed Down a Dark Hall, thanks for the recommendation. Just beginning Stranger With My Face.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #184 on: February 04, 2017, 05:13:14 AM »
1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1/7)
2. The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson (started in 2016, finished 1/14)
3. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (1/18)
4. The New Radicalism in America 1889-1963: The Intellectual as a Social Type by Christopher Lasch (1/27)
5. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (2/4)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #185 on: February 04, 2017, 06:12:10 PM »
1. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
2. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
3. The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer

4. From Russia with Love by Ian Flemming

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #186 on: February 04, 2017, 10:17:21 PM »
1)No Place to hide - Susan Lewis
2) And the mountains echoed - Khaled Hosseini
3) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault!)
4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault! - 1 mention of Harry and I am doomed - what do you mean did I cook - no I was Reading Harry Potter!!!)
5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
6) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
7) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
8) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - JK Rowling
9) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
10) Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #187 on: February 04, 2017, 10:51:26 PM »
1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)
4. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)
Pretty interesting. About two alternate lives of a woman in early 1960's.
5. Die Softly (Christopher Pike)
6. Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)
7. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
8. Stranger With My Face (Lois Duncan)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #188 on: February 04, 2017, 11:31:50 PM »
1. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (excellent)
2. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (average)
3. The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory (blergh)

4. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

Ooooh I just finished the codex alera series recently. Super good, IMO. What did you think?

Struggling to get into it! But I'll keep preservering, because I love the Dresden Files.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #189 on: February 04, 2017, 11:33:29 PM »
1. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (excellent)
2. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (average)
3. The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory (blergh)
4. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (ongoing...)

5. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (awesome)
6. Cold Days by Jim Butcher (currently reading)

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« Reply #190 on: February 06, 2017, 10:14:33 PM »
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1. Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
3. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
4. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
5. Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott

6. The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

7. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath
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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #191 on: February 06, 2017, 10:41:37 PM »
1. Catch 22- Joseph Heller
2. Macbeth - Shakespeare
3. The Book Thief -Markus Zusak
4. Midnight's Children -Salman Rushdie
5. Ile - Eugene O'Neill
6. The Good Earth - Pearl S Buck

7. Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman - Lindy West (currently reading)
8. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz (currently reading)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #192 on: February 07, 2017, 12:58:40 AM »
A little late to the party but here we go.

1. Ons stipje op de weaerldkaart by Piet de Rooy
2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (reading)

The first is available in English (A tiny spot on the Earth: The Political Culture of the Netherlands in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century). However, I do not recommend reading it without prior knowledge of Dutch history. Although I don't know if the English version gives more background information.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #193 on: February 07, 2017, 08:43:14 AM »
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- 1/5/17
2. Essentialism- 35%
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- 1/9/17
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- 1/16/17
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -2/6/17
6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- 25%

I've given up on Essentialism. How does that 'count' for the 50 books?
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Re: 100 Books in 2017!
« Reply #194 on: February 07, 2017, 08:47:02 AM »
I'm doubling the goal.  Posting books I have finished as I finish them along with a brief review/blurb.

1) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory (Aaron James): philosophical treatise about what it means for someone to be an asshole and how we can deal with them
2) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump (same author): sequel to the prior book, subject obvious
3) 17/01/02 - The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho): I may be the only person on this forum who didn't like this book, but it's supposed to be an allegory about following your dreams.  I appreciate that aspect of it, but I find the whole New Age mumbo jumbo to be a bit over the top.
4) 17/01/04 - Spaceman (Mike Massimino): Hubble telescope spacewalking astronaut's memoirs
5) 17/01/06 - Luna: New Moon (Ian McDonald): sci-fi dystopia played out on the moon in a feudal society (complete with warring great families); ends with a cliffhanger and sequel due out in March
6) 17/01/07 - The Art of Sleeping Alone (Sophie Fontanel): French writer's memoir about the years when she gave up relationships/sex.  Not as enlightening (or even as scandalous) as I would have hoped, but occasionally surprisingly humorous.
7) 17/01/07 - On Bullshit (Harry Frankfurt): philosophical treatise on bullshit, the inspiration for James's treatises on assholes (cited above).  At 67 pages, really more of an essay than a book, but published in book form.
8) 17/01/08 - A Deeper Love Inside (Sister Souljah): sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, Souljah's novel about ghetto life in NYC.  Silly, unrealistic ending, but Winter's younger sister Porsche is a much more interesting and sympathetic main character than Winter.
9) 17/01/08 - Good Morning, Midnight (Lily Brooks-Dalton): if you're a sci fi fan, all I can say is, wow.  You should read this book.  Loneliness and the myriad connections between an astronomer and an astronaut who unexpectedly and inexplicably find themselves to be two of the last people on or off the earth.
10) 17/01/10 - Dragons of Summer Flame (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman): last of the Dragonlance series that follows the fates of both the original generation and the second generation (should be read after the original Dragonlance series and after The Second Generation, since it builds on all of those stories).
11) 17/01/15 - Join (Steve Toutonghi): strange, disturbing sci fi novel raising questions about the nature of what it means to be human and mortal in an era where technology makes it possible to combine one's psyche with those of others into a group psyche
12) 17/01/17 - Men We Reaped (Jesmyn Ward): memoir of a black woman growing up impoverished in rural Mississippi, focusing specifically on the many black men she knew (including her brother) who died young due to drugs or accidents.  It's hard for me to explain why, but I came away from this book feeling annoyed with the author (who also had a drug problem with alcohol), not sympathetic.
13) 17/01/21 - The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Kelli Estes): loosely historical mystery novel based on history of Chinese immigration to and expulsion from Washington Territory (later Washington State).  Initially slow going and took time to get into, but worth the effort.
14) 17/01/28 - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg): this is actually a re-read, but just as good the second time as the first.  By the same author who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes," with similar style and theme (older woman telling her life story to a middle-aged present-day woman trying to find herself)
15) 17/01/29 - Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance): family memoir of a KY "hillbilly" and how he ended up successfully graduating from Yale Law School.  I read this at the rec of several people on this site who were wanting to use it to try to understand why so many people voted for Trump.  Not sure it provides much in the way of help along those lines, but it was an interesting book nonetheless, and well written.
16) 17/02/07 - Bait and Switch (Barbara Ehrenreich): this is the sequel to "Nickel and Dimed," her book about blue collar workers.  B&S describes the trials and travails of laid-off white collar workers.  The author is really pretty hilarious, but I think this book could have been so much more if she had questioned the premise of whether entering the white collar corporate world was worthwhile in the first place (she doesn't).

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #195 on: February 07, 2017, 12:54:01 PM »
This is a great idea! I know I definitely want to read more than last year.

1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (excellent; page-turning, memorable, couldn't wait to get back to reading when I had to put it down)
2. Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (one of the best memoirs I've read in a while. Also incidentally learned a lot about trees)
3. Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (eh. Good info, but could've been condensed to about 1/3 the length)

4. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #196 on: February 07, 2017, 06:22:15 PM »
I read book # 50 today.

It's the first time I've ever kept a record of books I've read. I'm sure I won't be reading quite as much once the weather improves and I'm out on the bike more, but I'm looking forward to seeing the total for the year.

1   01/01/17   Garton, Ray   Bestial
2   01/02/17   Schow, David J.   Seeing Red
3   01/02/17   Hagberg, David   24 Hours
4   01/03/17   Hagberg, David   End Game
5   01/03/17   Roche, Stephen   Born to Ride
6   01/04/17   Garfield, Brian   Tripwire
7   01/06/17   Hunter, Stephen   I, Ripper
8   01/06/17   Chizmar, Richard   Darkness Whispers
9   01/07/17   Crumley, James   Dancing Bear
10   01/08/17   Rollins, James   War Hawk
11   01/10/17   Garfield, Brian   The Last Hard Men
12   01/10/17   Miller, Rex   Iceman
13   01/11/17   Wendig, Chuck   Zeroes
14   01/11/17   Wohlsdorf, Gina   Security
15   01/12/17   Abel, James   Cold Silence
16   01/14/17   Morris, Keith Lee   Travelers Rest
17   01/15/17   Burke, James Lee   The Jealous Kind
18   01/16/17   Cutter, Nick   Little Heaven
19   01/16/17   Hamilton, Steve   A Stolen Season
20   01/17/17   McDermott, Alan   Trojan
21   01/18/17   Deaver, Jeffery   The Steel Kiss
22   01/19/17   Hurwitz, Gregg   The Nowhere Man
23   01/20/17   Stewart, Chris   Driving over Lemons
24   01/21/17   Dazieri, Sandrone   Kill the Father
25   01/22/17   Garton, Ray   Lot Lizards
26   01/22/17   Moore, Jonathan   The Dark Room
27   01/23/17   Sturgeon, Theodore   I, Libertine
28   01/24/17   Kraus, Daniel   The Monster Variations
29   01/25/17   Abrahams, Tom   Spaceman
30   01/25/17   Carpenter, Stephen   Killer
31   01/26/17   Carr, Caleb   Surrender, New York
32   01/27/17   Reardon, Scott   The Prometheus Man
33   01/28/17   Hilleman, Andrew   World, Chase me Down
34   01/29/17   Whitehead, Colson   The Underground Railroad
35   01/29/17   Dorsey, Tim   Clownfish Blues
36   01/30/17   O'Brien, Tim   The Things They Carried
37   01/30/17   Gorman, Ed   Sleeping Dogs
38   01/31/17   Gorman, Ed   The Day the Music Died
39   02/01/17   Seeley, Nick   Cambodia Noir
40   02/01/17   Freed, David   Hot Start
41   02/01/17   Farnsworth, Christopher   KILLFILE
42   02/02/17   Van Lustbader, Eric   Any Minute Now
43   02/03/17   Deady, Tom   Haven
44   02/03/17   Lida, David   One Life
45   02/04/17   Ho-Kei, Chan   The Borrowed
46   02/05/17   Zander, Joakim   The Believer
47   02/06/17   Gorman, Ed   Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
48   02/06/17   Garton, Ray   Night Life
49   02/07/17   Hawker, LS   End of the Road
50   02/07/17   Barton, Fiona   The Widow



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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #197 on: February 07, 2017, 06:34:10 PM »
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- 1/5/17
2. Essentialism- 35%
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- 1/9/17
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban- 1/16/17
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -2/6/17
6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- 25%

I've given up on Essentialism. How does that 'count' for the 50 books?

We're making up the rules as we go along, but personally, I don't count unfinished books towards my total :)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #198 on: February 08, 2017, 02:52:48 AM »
A little late to the party but here we go.

1. Ons stipje op de weaerldkaart by Piet de Rooy
2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

3. A history of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani (reading)

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #199 on: February 08, 2017, 05:33:19 AM »

1. Tricky Twenty-Two - Janet Evanovich
2. The Magician's Elephant - Kate DiCamillo
3. Wife for Hire - Janet Evanovich
4. The Simple Path to Wealth - J. L. Collins
5. Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas


6. The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes - Diane Chamberlain

Currently reading:  Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas


Had a little bit of a relapse to excessive web browsing and not enough reading, but working to get back on track this week!