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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #100 on: January 26, 2018, 07:27:06 PM »
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)

6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #101 on: January 26, 2018, 08:12:00 PM »
I'm throwing myself a few easy ones to get started:

1. Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch
2. Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch
3. Black Mold by Ben Aaronovitch

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #102 on: January 27, 2018, 03:44:58 PM »
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)

7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)

A really quick read, but I recommend it to anyone who likes ghost stories, especially those local to Philadelphia.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #103 on: January 28, 2018, 08:51:38 AM »
1. Trumpet of the Swan - E.B. White
2. Deep Work - Cal Newport
3. Future Home of the Living God - Louise Erdrich

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #104 on: January 28, 2018, 05:25:22 PM »
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #105 on: January 29, 2018, 09:22:45 AM »
1. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

Slow start, but it’s been a busy end to the grading period at school. I have three others that I’m working through and should be finished within a week or so: Eat that Frog (Tracy), The Shallows (Carr) and Fully Present (Smalley and Winston).

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #106 on: January 29, 2018, 10:30:40 AM »
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)

On Hold: Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigneous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer): I started reading and decided to wait until spring when the plants are emerging to re-read this book.

5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #107 on: January 29, 2018, 03:59:22 PM »
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Damn, The Glass Castle. I will be the first to say that her experience was definitely more intense/harder than mine. Definitely. And yet, there are some similarities that really struck me and brought up a lot of crazy mixed feelings about my messed up and dysfunctional childhood. This one is going to stay with me for awhile. It is still keeping me up at night and I finished it a few days ago.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #108 on: January 29, 2018, 05:02:58 PM »
  • Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
  • Caliban's War - James Corey
  • Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
  • The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
  • Cibola Burn - James Corey
  • Nemesis Game - James Corey
  • Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
  • Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.

9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #109 on: January 29, 2018, 07:17:58 PM »
I'm in. So far I've read:

1. The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur
2. From Waitress to World Traveler by Megan Collier
3. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn
4. The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #110 on: January 30, 2018, 01:34:39 AM »
1. Oathbringer by Sanderson, Brandon
2. The Case of the Missing Servant by Hall, Tarquin
3. The Secrets of Flight by Leffler, Maggie
4. The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway by Bruce, Teresa
5. The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture by Dyke, Tom Hart & Winder, Paul

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #111 on: January 30, 2018, 08:45:54 AM »
On track!

1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain (fun until toward the end.)
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton (lovely, cotton-candy mystery book. < 3 hours)

Next up:
Siddhartha, Hesse
Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari, if I'm ready for non-fiction again.

Looking for the last Ursula Le Guin novel, Lavinia (because I'm read almost everything else she's written, and I'm trying not to have too many repeats this year). Also going to look for Octavia Butler, because I don't think I've read anything by her yet.


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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #112 on: January 30, 2018, 03:20:19 PM »
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)

8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #113 on: January 30, 2018, 06:43:30 PM »
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #114 on: January 30, 2018, 08:03:18 PM »
I'm getting a bit of a late start, but I am sure that I will catch up quickly!

1. Cheap : The high cost of discount culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #115 on: January 31, 2018, 12:56:54 PM »
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)**
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4. Dear Martin (Nic Stone)*****
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« Reply #116 on: January 31, 2018, 03:50:15 PM »
I'm in! I don't want to stay away from longer books just to read more books, so if I see myself going in that direction, I will reevaluate. So far this year I've been devouring books, so I think I'm safe for now! My favorite books are traditionally classic literature (especially Russian), but I'm trying to read more by marginalized groups.

Here is what I've read so far in 2018:
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf


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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #117 on: February 01, 2018, 08:04:46 AM »
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
2. National Geographic History - Jan 2018
3. The Rise of the Lich King - Christie Golden
4. Volcanoes in America's National Parks - Robert & Barbara Decker
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #118 on: February 02, 2018, 09:13:53 AM »
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #119 on: February 03, 2018, 07:27:49 AM »
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich

4. Seamless by Angie Smith

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« Reply #120 on: February 03, 2018, 01:33:25 PM »
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
2. National Geographic History - Jan 2018
3. The Rise of the Lich King - Christie Golden
4. Volcanoes in America's National Parks - Robert & Barbara Decker

The Big Short - Michael Lewis


And I just got an account at the local library. I'm very excited to use it!
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #121 on: February 03, 2018, 01:38:48 PM »
  • Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
  • Caliban's War - James Corey
  • Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
  • The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
  • Cibola Burn - James Corey
  • Nemesis Game - James Corey
  • Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
  • Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.

9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.

12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.

But I just got a card at my local library, and picked up 4 more books.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #122 on: February 03, 2018, 03:31:01 PM »
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)


5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store (Cait Flanders)

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #123 on: February 03, 2018, 06:20:15 PM »
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #124 on: February 04, 2018, 08:27:33 AM »
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith

5. High Five by Janet Evanovich

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« Reply #125 on: February 04, 2018, 11:16:22 AM »
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #126 on: February 04, 2018, 03:38:24 PM »

(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu

(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz

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« Reply #127 on: February 05, 2018, 10:48:26 AM »
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #128 on: February 05, 2018, 01:07:51 PM »
Ok, I'm in, too - I'd never tried GoodReads, what a useful site!

1.  Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton - my favorite contemporary philosopher, but not his best
2.  The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, Mark Manson - Whoa.  Started a Book Club thread on this repackaging of Buddhism/Stoicism.
3.  Foundation, Isaac Asimov (for book club, turns out there's a reason nobody's ever recommended this to me... :D)
4.  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil DeGrasse Tyson - after 4 chapters, decided I didn't really need to know that much about astrophysics right now
5.  Girl Code, Andrea Gonzales - sweet memoir of those two coding teenagers whose computer game Tampon Run went viral
6.  Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee - OMG, awesome
7.  My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She's Sorry, Fredrik Backman...adorable, but challenging, in progress now
8.  The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame...how have I never finished this?
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #129 on: February 05, 2018, 06:34:04 PM »
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)

9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)

A very good book for any mustachians thinking about renovating a house or building an addition, or really any big home updates.  Focus is on quality over quantity and how to make a comfortable space with less space, as opposed to the prevalent idea of "just make it bigger, that'll fix everything."

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« Reply #130 on: February 06, 2018, 09:51:44 AM »
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)

9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)

A very good book for any mustachians thinking about renovating a house or building an addition, or really any big home updates.  Focus is on quality over quantity and how to make a comfortable space with less space, as opposed to the prevalent idea of "just make it bigger, that'll fix everything."

I LOVE Susanka's books (she has a few others as well). I find them a wonderful way to think about how we use space (and how that can change), plus the interior photos are stunning. We're planning to add a windowseat to our office via adding a window and then using built-in bookshelves to achieve a sitting place. (That will pull out into a guest bed.) This plus a book or two on minimalism (I liked Marie Kondo, but some people hate her books) are all we needed to remain in our small (for four people in our area) house.

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« Reply #131 on: February 06, 2018, 11:41:20 AM »
Joining late! I always aim for at least 52 books in a year (a book a week seems reasonable for me). I'm trying to not buy any books this year, unless it's necessary in order to read one for book club, so this year is a focus on library books and also on reading down my personal collection of unread books (which is, uh, sizable).

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4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #132 on: February 06, 2018, 05:36:40 PM »
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #133 on: February 07, 2018, 03:11:25 PM »
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

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« Reply #134 on: February 08, 2018, 03:36:12 AM »
I'm in. Pregnancy derailed my goals last year and it won't be easy this year either with a toddler and a new baby but I'm getting the hang of it and we have a bigger library at my new place. So aiming for 50 books in French and English combined. Hopefully I will get back to reading meaningful books by March, April. For now entertaining and easy ones are on the list.

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  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
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  • Coucher de soleil à Saint-Tropez (Sunset in St. Tropez) par Danielle Steel
  • Coup de foudre (First Sight) par Danielle Steel
  • A bon port(Safe Harbour) par Danielle Steel
  • Elever son enfant...autrement(Raising kids differently:promotes long breastfeeding, co sleeping, using non violent methods,etc. ) par Catherine Dumonteil-kremer
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #135 on: February 08, 2018, 08:48:35 AM »
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton Currently reading (started the audio book today for my commute to work)
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Currently Reading

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #136 on: February 08, 2018, 06:45:07 PM »
I think I mentioned to too many people that I read a bunch of bad books in a row. I have a half dozen holds at the library just in, and friends keep giving me new books to read. My pile is up to like 20 books now... haha, guess I'm taking care of the rest of the year!

Also rereading pride and prejudice because Oooh, Mr Darcy!

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #137 on: February 08, 2018, 11:28:12 PM »
I spent most of January cheerfully avoiding making any progress on my 50 Russian Books in 2018 goal.  Time to buckle down.

Complete
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov

Currently Reading:
Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
The Unwomanly Face of War - Sveltana Alexievich

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #138 on: February 08, 2018, 11:33:14 PM »
1. Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
2. Caliban's War - James Corey
3. Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
4. The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
5. Cibola Burn - James Corey
6. Nemesis Game - James Corey
7. Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
8. Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.
9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.
12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.
13. The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman --> didn't like this one much at all.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #139 on: February 09, 2018, 11:49:41 AM »
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Currently Reading

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #140 on: February 09, 2018, 11:50:59 AM »
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #141 on: February 09, 2018, 01:48:42 PM »
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich

6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #142 on: February 09, 2018, 02:44:25 PM »
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.
18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.


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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #143 on: February 09, 2018, 05:23:19 PM »
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #144 on: February 10, 2018, 09:47:48 PM »
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.

5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #145 on: February 10, 2018, 11:01:12 PM »
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
2. National Geographic History - Jan 2018
3. The Rise of the Lich King - Christie Golden
4. Volcanoes in America's National Parks - Robert & Barbara Decker
5. The Big Short - Michael Lewis
And I just got an account at the local library. I'm very excited to use it!
6. Confronting the Dragon - Mark Cheverton
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #146 on: February 11, 2018, 08:46:11 AM »
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)


5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge

8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: A revolutionary understanding of brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)--currently still reading this

* I've noticed I haven't read a single piece of fiction yet so I picked one up from the library!

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #147 on: February 11, 2018, 01:43:46 PM »
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)

6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf). I am too much of a fantasy nerd and find modern magical systems super interesting. This talked a lot about actual magical experience, which I found much more interesting than most modern books about magic.

I've got four other books going right now -- we'll see what gets finished next!





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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #148 on: February 11, 2018, 05:09:06 PM »
1. How not to die by Michael Greger, M.D. He makes a strong health-based case for switching to a plant-based diet (or at least significantly reducing the amount of animal products in our diets).
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins (bubblegum romance)
3. Unprocessed: My city-dwelling year of reclaiming real food by Megan Kimble. This book chronicles a "year-of" experiment on the part of the author, who chose to eat only "unprocessed" food for the entire year, which she uses to explore our relationshp to food as well as our food system. Thoughtfully done.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #149 on: February 12, 2018, 02:21:11 PM »
Complete
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

Currently Reading:
Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
The Unwomanly Face of War - Sveltana Alexievich