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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #200 on: February 08, 2017, 11:33:47 AM »
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- 1/5/17
2. Essentialism- 50%
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- 2/8/17

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- 1%
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« Reply #201 on: February 08, 2017, 02:08:20 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

5)Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior - by Leonard Mlodinov

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #202 on: February 09, 2017, 06:40:51 AM »
New year, new challenge :) Come and join us!

1. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
2. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

3. Mindset: the New Psychology of Success (10%) by Carol S. Dweck
4. How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World   by Harry Browne (yes, I reread it!)
5. Lady in the Water: A Bedtime Story   by M. Night Shyamalan
6. The View from Saturday   by E.L. Konigsburg
7. White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple

8.   It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden
9.   Mandarin Chinese: The Rough Guide (Dictionary Phrasebook) edited by Lexus
10.   Places I Never Meant to Be (short stories) (50%) Edited by Judy Blume
11.   Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School by Andrew Hallam
12.   The Island of Doctor Moreau (10%) by H.G. Wells
13.   Captives of the Flame (10%) by Samuel R. Delany
14.   Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (10%) by Jules Verne
15.   Where Should You Invest? Answering the Biggest Questions in Personal Finance by Marvin Germo
16.   The 5 Minute Investor (50%) by Michael Craig
17.   How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life  by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton
18.   Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
19.   Dewey: the Small by Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (ongoing) by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #203 on: February 09, 2017, 06:59:26 AM »
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
8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg

Currently reading Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #204 on: February 09, 2017, 08:57:03 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
  • How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne
  • Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez (& Monique Tilford)

The last two are life-changing books for sure. Enough have been said about them around here and I recommend both.

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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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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #205 on: February 09, 2017, 09:37:17 AM »
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.

Yay! so glad you enjoyed it. They are making a movie of it and I have high hopes (I think Uma Thurman is playing Madame) and I think the book will translate quite well to the screen.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #206 on: February 09, 2017, 09:41:35 AM »
    I'm in again this year. I'll do the popsugar book challenge as my reading list because it really helped me get out of a genre rut last year.
    http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2017-42561300

    1. A book about an interesting woman: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Fiction about Martha and Sarah Carrier from the Salem Witch Trials.[/li][/list]
    2. A book recommended by a librarian: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
    3. A book that has been on my TBR for a long time: Dune by Frank Herbert


    4. A book of letters: The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski  (this is more of an addendum novella to another, much longer, novel, House of Leaves - but I was tired of waiting for the other book to come from library loan)

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    « Reply #207 on: February 09, 2017, 10:14:13 AM »

    4. A book of letters: The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski  (this is more of an addendum novella to another, much longer, novel, House of Leaves - but I was tired of waiting for the other book to come from library loan)

    Have you read House of Leaves?  I've started it about 3 times but never quite got into it. 

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    « Reply #208 on: February 09, 2017, 11:06:56 AM »

    4. A book of letters: The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski  (this is more of an addendum novella to another, much longer, novel, House of Leaves - but I was tired of waiting for the other book to come from library loan)

    Have you read House of Leaves?  I've started it about 3 times but never quite got into it.

    I did! It gave me major nightmares. And also my wrists ended up aching from holding the book funny all of the time to read it :) Additionally, I have the color edition and I always call it " Blue House of Leaves" before checking myself - I just find it really interesting that my mind inserts the color as a word.

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    « Reply #209 on: February 09, 2017, 11:43:57 AM »

    4. A book of letters: The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski  (this is more of an addendum novella to another, much longer, novel, House of Leaves - but I was tired of waiting for the other book to come from library loan)

    Have you read House of Leaves?  I've started it about 3 times but never quite got into it.

    I did! It gave me major nightmares. And also my wrists ended up aching from holding the book funny all of the time to read it :) Additionally, I have the color edition and I always call it " Blue House of Leaves" before checking myself - I just find it really interesting that my mind inserts the color as a word.

    Hmm... I'm not sure "major nightmares" is what I'm going for with my reading :)  Might switch that one over to the donate pile.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #210 on: February 09, 2017, 02:31:20 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

    5. The Whistler by John Grisham

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    « Reply #211 on: February 09, 2017, 07:50:53 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)
    6. Doing Good Better by Will MacAskill (2/9)
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    « Reply #212 on: February 09, 2017, 07:54:20 PM »
    7. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez (& Monique Tilford)

    How annoying that I can't find this in my local library network... Any other Aussies ever borrow it? A inter-library loan is $4, otherwise I might just have to buy it.

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    « Reply #213 on: February 10, 2017, 02:57:33 AM »
    7. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez (& Monique Tilford)

    How annoying that I can't find this in my local library network... Any other Aussies ever borrow it? A inter-library loan is $4, otherwise I might just have to buy it.

    Couldn't find it at a library either. I waited for almost a year and then finally ordered it last week. I don't regret as I'd love to go back chapter by chapter, reread and do all the steps.

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    « Reply #214 on: February 10, 2017, 03:47:43 AM »
    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 (enjoyable)

    7. Skin Game by Jim Butcher (currently reading)

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #215 on: February 10, 2017, 04:43:16 AM »
    7. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez (& Monique Tilford)

    How annoying that I can't find this in my local library network... Any other Aussies ever borrow it? A inter-library loan is $4, otherwise I might just have to buy it.

    Couldn't find it at a library either. I waited for almost a year and then finally ordered it last week. I don't regret as I'd love to go back chapter by chapter, reread and do all the steps.

    I can't find it in my local libraries, either! And I'm not yet at the point where I want to spend the money to order a copy from Amazon.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #216 on: February 10, 2017, 09:04:16 AM »
    Decided to do the PopSugar 2017 Challenge (StarBright posted the link above).

    1. A book with a subtitle: Waiting:  The True Confessions of a Waitress (Debra Ginsberg)
    2. A book that's more than 800 pages: A Dance with Dragons (George R.R. Martin)
    3. The first book in a series you haven't read before: A Darker Shade of Magic (Victoria Schwab)


    Clearly still a long way to go!  (But DWD was 1040 pages ... have a 90-pager coming up!)
    « Last Edit: February 14, 2017, 05:43:44 AM by tightwaddy »

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #217 on: February 10, 2017, 03:50:36 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.

    Yay! so glad you enjoyed it. They are making a movie of it and I have high hopes (I think Uma Thurman is playing Madame) and I think the book will translate quite well to the screen.
    A movie, how cool :)
    I really enjoyed Stranger With My Face as well. Lois Duncan's writing does in fact remind me of Christopher Pike's. Thanks again for the recommendation.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #218 on: February 10, 2017, 04:22:23 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
    8. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz

    9. Tales of Beedle the Bard - JK Rowling
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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #219 on: February 11, 2017, 01:08:01 PM »
    Decided to do the PopSugar 2017 Challenge (StarBright posted the link above).
    1. A book with a subtitle: Waiting:  The True Confessions of a Waitress (Debra Ginsberg)
    2. A book that's more than 800 pages: A Dance with Dragons (George R.R. Martin)
    3. The first book in a series you haven't read before: A Darker Shade of Magic (Victoria Schwab)
    4. A book with an unreliable narrator: The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

    Read the entire book today--not particularly productive but beats wasted internet rambling.  A gripping book--reminded me of Gone Girl (another with an unreliable narrator).
    « Last Edit: February 14, 2017, 05:43:16 AM by tightwaddy »

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #220 on: February 11, 2017, 01:15:35 PM »

    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


    7. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

    I browsed my shelves and ended up with a pile on my coffee table to attack next:

    Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (re-read the first three books in the series, now have #4 and #5 waiting)
    The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
    When Everything Changed - the Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins (this seemed like a fitting book for our current political climate)
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

    We're getting a ton of snow here this week, and might even have to stay home from work on Monday, so I should have plenty of reading time!


    In other exciting news, Goodreads.com has added a re-reading tracking feature, which I've wanted ever since I joined the site!  Now when I re-read books (which is a lot), they'll count towards my yearly reading goal on there.  It'll also be fun to have a record of how many times I re-read certain books.  I wish I knew how many times I've already re-read some of my favorites - maybe 15 or 20?

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    « Reply #221 on: February 11, 2017, 04:14:42 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

    8. The Scavenger's Manifesto: A Guide to freeing yourself from the endless cycle of buying more and more new (though not necessarily improved) stuff, and discovering how salvaging, swapping, repurposing, reusing, and recycling can save the Earth, your money, and your soul by Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson (re-read).

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #222 on: February 11, 2017, 06:58:30 PM »
    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)
    6. The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter (2/11)

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    « Reply #223 on: February 11, 2017, 07:47:49 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
    7. The House of Mirth By Wharton, Edith (audiobook)
    8. Babylon's Ashes By Corey, James S. A.
    9. Seduced by Moonlight By Hamilton, Laurell K.
    10. Treasure Island By Stevenson , Robert Louis (audiobook)


    Listening to audio books while painting all the rooms in my house is going to help both my book count for the year, and the amount of time I can standing painting. :)

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #224 on: February 12, 2017, 07:38:53 AM »
    So far for 2017:

    (1) Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
    (2) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    (3) The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

    (4) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
    (5)The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #225 on: February 12, 2017, 08:16:36 AM »
    11.  Dorothy Gilman, Incident at Badamya
    12.  Robert Asprin with Peter J. Heck, A Phule and His Money

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    « Reply #226 on: February 12, 2017, 11:50:05 AM »
    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)
    9. So Pretty It Hurts (Kate White)

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    « Reply #227 on: February 12, 2017, 04:52:07 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
    7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
    8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
    9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

    Currently reading Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

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    « Reply #228 on: February 12, 2017, 07:03:11 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 Card4
    11) Hostage - Paul and Rachel Chandler
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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #229 on: February 12, 2017, 09:13:17 PM »
    13.  Yusuf Atilgan, Motherland Hotel

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    « Reply #230 on: February 13, 2017, 02:50:55 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
    5)Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior - by Leonard Mlodinov

    6)Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile - by Bill Willingham(writer)
    7)Fables, Volume 2: Animal Farm - by Bill Willingham(writer)
    8)Night - by Elie Wiesel

    I feel like such a reading lightweight compared to most of you!

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #231 on: February 13, 2017, 08:35:36 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 Fleming
    5. The Whistler by John Grisham

    6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler

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    « Reply #232 on: February 14, 2017, 06:18:41 AM »
    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
    8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
    9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
    10. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

    Finally finished the main books of the Sookie Stackhouse series (some of you might know it as True Blood). I'm finishing off the short stories, probably tonight, and then I will be done with that series. Really enjoyed them!

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    « Reply #233 on: February 14, 2017, 01:32:31 PM »
    Late to the game, but I'm in!  It's tough with two young kids, but I really need to get back to spending some time on myself again.

    1. The Martian by Andy Weir

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    « Reply #234 on: February 15, 2017, 06:12:30 AM »
    1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
    2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)
    3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Maze Runner #2)
    5. The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)
    6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #1)
    7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
    8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #2)
    9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
    10. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
    11. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories)

    Currently reading Can't Wait to Get to Heaven (Elmwood Springs #3) by Fannie Flagg

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #235 on: February 15, 2017, 06:46:14 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)
    9. One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick - the making of a marine corps officer (February 15)

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #236 on: February 16, 2017, 09:20:06 AM »
    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 Fleming
    5. The Whistler by John Grisham
    6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler

    7. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetero
    « Last Edit: February 16, 2017, 09:23:45 AM by tnrunner »

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #237 on: February 16, 2017, 06:25:05 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)
    6. Doing Good Better by Will MacAskill (2/9)
    7. Ark by Stephen Baxter (2/15)
    8. This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (2/15)
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    Re: 100 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #238 on: February 17, 2017, 06:32:24 PM »
    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).
    17) 17/02/17 - America: Imagine A World Without Her (Dinesh D'Souza): book based on his documentary of the same name (or maybe the book came first?  I'm not sure.)  Offers a counter to the prevailing progressive view of the US as a colonial power that "steals" from the little guys and gals.  He's a little too rah rah pro Christianity, but otherwise I liked the book.
    18) 17/02/17 - Night of the Animals (Bill Broun): ok, I really like sci fi and fantasy, but this was a totally out there, cultist dystopian future novel mainly told from the perspective of an unreliable nonagenarian drug addict narrator.  I'm still not sure if I liked it.  It was just....weird.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #239 on: February 18, 2017, 07:20:31 AM »
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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
    8. The Scavenger's Manifesto: A Guide to freeing yourself from the endless cycle of buying more and more new (though not necessarily improved) stuff, and discovering how salvaging, swapping, repurposing, reusing, and recycling can save the Earth, your money, and your soul by Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson (re-read).

    9. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
    « Last Edit: February 18, 2017, 07:53:58 AM by SeaKayEl »

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #240 on: February 18, 2017, 03:15:32 PM »
    I'm in! Started in 2016, but just finished:

    1) The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

    2) The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble

    3) The Nix by Nathan Hill ~ fantastic!

    4) Passage to India by E.M. Forster (book group)

    5) The LIght of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #241 on: February 18, 2017, 03:18:55 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)

    I read "The Bookseller" last year - and thought it was very interesting too!

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #242 on: February 18, 2017, 04:40:31 PM »

       I'm in again this year. I'll do the popsugar book challenge as my reading list because it really helped me get out of a genre rut last year.
      http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2017-42561300

      1. A book about an interesting woman: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Fiction about Martha and Sarah Carrier from the Salem Witch Trials.[/li][/list]
      2. A book recommended by a librarian: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
      3. A book that has been on my TBR for a long time: Dune by Frank Herbert
      4. A book of letters: The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski  (this is more of an addendum novella to another, much longer, novel, House of Leaves - but I was tired of waiting for the other book to come from library loan)

      5. The first book in a series you've never read before: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #243 on: February 19, 2017, 02:14:31 AM »
      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.

      5. Superfreakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner (19/2/17) V interesting, especially the section on climate change interventions as alternatives to trying to change peoples' behaviour. Pumping sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere could save us from ourselves and it's cheaper too. I also found the section on prostitutes interesting, it reminded me of The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, which is an eye-opening & fun read!

      I've put George Orwell aside as it's hard going and picked up The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene about a policeman in a British Colony in West Africa during wartime. I made the mistake of reading the introduction first - it gave a way the ending and all major plot points and annoyed me no end. These literary types must forget some of us are picking the book up for the first time.

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #244 on: February 19, 2017, 09:46:59 AM »
      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)

      I read "The Bookseller" last year - and thought it was very interesting too!
      Somehow I missed the book was supposed to take place in the 60's, until the first reference to a date. Definitely has a timeless quality- absolutely could have been current.

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #245 on: February 19, 2017, 01:46:33 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)

      I read "The Bookseller" last year - and thought it was very interesting too!
      Somehow I missed the book was supposed to take place in the 60's, until the first reference to a date. Definitely has a timeless quality- absolutely could have been current.

      It would make for a good movie, I think!

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #246 on: February 19, 2017, 01:55:57 PM »
      I've been reading more—partly as an inexpensive/free way to occupy myself during weekends (I tend to eat out/shop otherwise!). Here's where I am so far!

      Read so far:
      • Consciousness Explained, Daniel Dennett
      • The Sellout, Paul Beatty
      • The TV Sutras, Dodie Bellamy
      • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal, Jared Diamond
      • Selfish, Kim Kardashian West
      • Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, Rebecca Goldstein
      • The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami
      • Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, Leonard Koren
      • The Complete Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino
      • Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
      • Dear White People, Justin Simien
      Currently reading:
      • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
      • Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, David Harvey
      50 books is feeling decently attainable…

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #247 on: February 20, 2017, 09:53:43 AM »
      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
      5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #248 on: February 20, 2017, 10:01:41 AM »
      1. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin (done!)
      2. Temple Grandin by Annette Wood (done!)
      3. Ahsoka by E. K. Johnson (done!)
      4. The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek (done!)
      5. The Glass Universe by Dava Soble (27%)
      6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (17%)

      I had a few false starts with books that just weren't my style, so I quit on them. Giving myself permission to not finish books I don't like was a huge step forward for me in reclaiming my time.

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #249 on: February 20, 2017, 04:04:54 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 Fleming
      5. The Whistler by John Grisham
      6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler
      7. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetero

      8. The couple next door by Sheri Lapena