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« Reply #150 on: February 12, 2018, 02:31:44 PM »
Formatting question for this thread: keep updating original post or post new ones? 
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« Reply #151 on: February 13, 2018, 05:49:59 PM »
I post new ones, because I want to discuss my most recently read book with anyone else who's read it, and nobody is going to go back and reread the old posts.

I finished Dead Wake, the book about the Lusitania. Spoilers: the ship sinks. I am so bad at history but at least now I know a bit more about WWI!

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« Reply #152 on: February 13, 2018, 08:53:39 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)

7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library) HOLY HELL YES THIS BOOK. If you have ever been angry about female characters being killed off, especially in comics, this is so, so deeply the book for you. Valente's a fantastic prose artist and the prose shines here -- but even more than that, so do the stories. This is divided into a collection of tales, each revolving around a fridged woman, and each clearly riffs on both individual comics characters and on broader tropes in ways that just got me. What a great read.

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« Reply #153 on: February 14, 2018, 06:11:54 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
7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Currently Reading

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« Reply #154 on: February 14, 2018, 12:35:36 PM »
1.  Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton - my favorite contemporary philosopher, but not his best
2.  he 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?

9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.
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« Reply #155 on: February 14, 2018, 01:42:38 PM »
9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.

Oh my gosh, this sounds really cool! I'm putting this on my TBR...

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« Reply #156 on: February 14, 2018, 03:51:00 PM »
9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.

Oh my gosh, this sounds really cool! I'm putting this on my TBR...

@diapasoun It's 0.00 on Amazon Kindle Unlimited right now!
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« Reply #157 on: February 14, 2018, 04:29:11 PM »
9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.

Oh my gosh, this sounds really cool! I'm putting this on my TBR...

@diapasoun It's 0.00 on Amazon Kindle Unlimited right now!

Alas, I'd need to get Kindle Unlimited. :( I'm going to see where it may pop up in future, though (and this is totally the kind of thing I can request my library buy.)

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #158 on: February 14, 2018, 06:28:58 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
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling

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« Reply #159 on: February 15, 2018, 07:11:56 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
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich

7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich

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« Reply #160 on: February 15, 2018, 11:17:12 AM »
7. Warcraft: War of the Ancients #2: The Demon Soul - Richard Knaak
8. Bush at War - Bob Woodward
9. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather
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« Reply #161 on: February 15, 2018, 06:36:51 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
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

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« Reply #162 on: February 15, 2018, 09:30:25 PM »
1. How not to die by Michael Greger MD. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet. He makes a pretty convincing case.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems. Reasonably well-done, and she's in Tucson so there's a regional southwest slant that I found interesting.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.

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« Reply #163 on: February 16, 2018, 05:31:23 AM »
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
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins

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« Reply #164 on: February 16, 2018, 08:55:24 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
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich

7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
I love Janet Evanovich!  I don't think I could read more than about 8 in a row before I need a break for a few weeks, though.  They start to get a little repetitive.
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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #165 on: February 16, 2018, 09:02:28 AM »
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards

Currently Reading:
A History of Russia - Nicholas Riasanovsky
Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
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« Reply #166 on: February 16, 2018, 11:34:09 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.
18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but more in an abstract economical sense and talks a bit about the economic disparity and possible improvements to social security - good read, good points. 
20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA

22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.

25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.

@diapasoun - how is the saga about Ragnar? We've been watching every Viking episode...

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« Reply #167 on: February 16, 2018, 12:56:47 PM »
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


Fiction

Title                                                                     Author
1) How to Lose a Bride in One Night                    Sophie Jordan
2) Viking Unchained                                            Sandra Hill
3) The Tattoeed Duke                                            Maya Rodale
4) Chasing Christmas Eve                                    Jill Shalvis
5) The Pleasures of Passion                                    Sabrina Jeffries
6) Burning Up                                                    Susan Anderson
7) Promise Not to Tell                                             Jayne Ann Krentz
8) In Scandal They Wed                                     Sophie Jordan
9) One Night With You                                     Sophie Jordan
10) Surrender to Me                                             Sophie Jordan
11) Too Wicked to Tame                                     Sophie Jordan
12) The Heir and The Spare                             Maya Rodale
13) A Groom of One's Own                                     Maya Rodale
14) The Rogue and the Rival                             Maya Rodale

Nonfiction
1) Her majesty : Queen Elizabeth II and her court                                   Robert Hardman    - Very interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in the palace; dated
2) On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into some Strangely Related Families   Jeremy Paxman
3) Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor                                   Anne Edwards
4) Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley                           Alison Weir  -  This book should have been cut in half. 577 pages was absolutely ridiculous - and Darnley died on page about 300.
5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.
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« Reply #168 on: February 16, 2018, 03:03:41 PM »
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.

Peter Menzel is my mother’s cousin (my first cousin 1st removed?) He gave us a copy of Material World and we really enjoyed it. Loved the Ethiopian toilet!



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« Reply #169 on: February 16, 2018, 03:34:06 PM »
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.

Peter Menzel is my mother’s cousin (my first cousin 1st removed?) He gave us a copy of Material World and we really enjoyed it. Loved the Ethiopian toilet!

Wow!  Please let him know how impactful the book is. Their respect for the families and cultures really shone through in both the images and the text.  It seemed like a true labor of love.

I have a friend from Ethiopia. Her family was wealthy; it was quite interesting to contrast her stories of her childhood with the way the family in the book lived.

My kids got interested when we realized the US picture was taken in the town we live in now.  Then we backtracked and read much of the rest together so they could see the differences in how families live.  We liked Bhutan - it was amazing to realize they didn't have currency until the 1960s.
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« Reply #170 on: February 16, 2018, 05:14:02 PM »
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

@formerlydivorcedmom - Thank you - I'll check it out! Is that Sarah MacLean the author?
I may follow your example about giving myself a subset of challenges. My goal is to read a minimum of 15 finance books this year. Maybe I'll do a finance subset and a general non-fiction subset.

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« Reply #171 on: February 16, 2018, 05:17:53 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.
8.The Duke and I Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.

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« Reply #172 on: February 16, 2018, 08:36:54 PM »
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.

Peter Menzel is my mother’s cousin (my first cousin 1st removed?) He gave us a copy of Material World and we really enjoyed it. Loved the Ethiopian toilet!

Wow!  Please let him know how impactful the book is. Their respect for the families and cultures really shone through in both the images and the text.  It seemed like a true labor of love.

I have a friend from Ethiopia. Her family was wealthy; it was quite interesting to contrast her stories of her childhood with the way the family in the book lived.

My kids got interested when we realized the US picture was taken in the town we live in now.  Then we backtracked and read much of the rest together so they could see the differences in how families live.  We liked Bhutan - it was amazing to realize they didn't have currency until the 1960s.

This is sitting on my shelf to be read in the near future.  Looking forward to it.

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« Reply #173 on: February 17, 2018, 07:25:59 AM »
I was just on vacation for three weeks; lots of travel time = lots of reading!  Thank goodness for Kindle and the library e-book apps, or I wouldn't have had nearly enough to read (weight limits on luggage, including carry-ons, made e-books the way to go this time).

6.  Kerry Greenwood, Flying Too High
7.  Kerry Greenwood, Murder on the Ballarat Train
8.  Tom Hanks, Uncommon Type:  Some Stories
9.  Jessica Brody, The Chaos of Standing Still
10.  Mike McIntyre, The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
11.  Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot:The Complete Short Stories
12.  Alfred Lansing, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
13.  JD Robb, Secrets in Death
14.  Kerry Greenwood, Away With the Fairies
15.  Kerry Greenwood, Murder in Montparnasse
16.  Mark Pryor, The Sorbonne Affair
17.  Eric O’Grey with Mark Dagostino, Walking with Peety
18.  Jo Coudert, The Good Shepard: A Special Dog’s Gift of Healing
19.  Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
20.  TE Kinsey, A Quiet Life in the Country
21.  Don Daglow, The Fog Seller
22.  Rupert Brooke, 1914, and Other Poems
23.  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

The Kerry Greenwood books are the basis for the Miss Fisher Mysteries TV series that I've enjoyed on Netflix.

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« Reply #174 on: February 17, 2018, 02:04:08 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

(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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« Reply #175 on: February 17, 2018, 08:26:02 PM »
1. How not to die by Michael Greger MD. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet. He makes a pretty convincing case.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems. Reasonably well-done, and she's in Tucson so there's a regional southwest slant that I found interesting.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.

Funnily enough, I read the 4th in the Invisible Library series first. I loved it, and went back and picked up the 2nd and 3rd at the library. The 2nd was TERRIBLE, the 3rd seems ok.

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« Reply #176 on: February 17, 2018, 08:28:41 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.
14. Persepolis Rising - James Corey --> the most recent in the Expanse series! LOVED IT. So sad there are no more to read. May have to pick up the other series from the authors.
15. Nocturnal Animals (aka Tony & Susan) by Austin Wright --> picked up on a whim because the movie was supposed to be good. A very strange, interesting but upsetting book. One of those novels where the characters are pretty awful and what they portend about humanity is not very good.

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« Reply #177 on: February 18, 2018, 05:13:32 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
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

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« Reply #178 on: February 19, 2018, 07:13:05 AM »
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

@formerlydivorcedmom - Thank you - I'll check it out! Is that Sarah MacLean the author?
I may follow your example about giving myself a subset of challenges. My goal is to read a minimum of 15 finance books this year. Maybe I'll do a finance subset and a general non-fiction subset.

Yes, it's the author.  There are several other authors who post regularly too.  We choose 1 "old-school " (pre-2000) romance and one more recent romance per month.  And we post pictures of Tom Hardy and/or men in kilts.
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« Reply #179 on: February 19, 2018, 07:17:23 AM »
I had a good weekend - 3 books finished!

I'm tracking in Excel, and I set up a dashboard so I can see how many books I read in each category, how many were from the library vs ones I own, and how many are re-reads vs new-to-me.  My nerdy little soul is so excited!



Fiction

Title                                                                     Author
1) How to Lose a Bride in One Night                    Sophie Jordan
2) Viking Unchained                                            Sandra Hill
3) The Tattoeed Duke                                            Maya Rodale
4) Chasing Christmas Eve                                    Jill Shalvis
5) The Pleasures of Passion                                    Sabrina Jeffries
6) Burning Up                                                    Susan Anderson
7) Promise Not to Tell                                             Jayne Ann Krentz
8) In Scandal They Wed                                     Sophie Jordan
9) One Night With You                                     Sophie Jordan
10) Surrender to Me                                             Sophie Jordan
11) Too Wicked to Tame                                     Sophie Jordan
12) The Heir and The Spare                             Maya Rodale
13) A Groom of One's Own                                     Maya Rodale
14) The Rogue and the Rival                             Maya Rodale
15) Wallflower Gone Wild                                     Maya Rodale
16) What a Wallflower Wants                             Maya Rodale
17) The Wicked Wallflower                                     Maya Rodale

Nonfiction - Goal = 50
1) Her majesty : Queen Elizabeth II and her court                                   Robert Hardman   
2) On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into some Strangely Related Families   Jeremy Paxman
3) Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor                                   Anne Edwards
4) Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley                           Alison Weir 
5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel

In progress: 
The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, by Lady Colin Campbell
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« Reply #180 on: February 19, 2018, 10:54:43 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, neuroscience and food

9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: A revolutionary understanding of brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)

10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King) * realized I hadn't read any fiction so I picked this one from the library. The Governor General's award winner and an interesting eco-drama, well written..makes me want to find more fiction!

11. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)--just starting this one : the follow-up to Sapiens

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« Reply #181 on: February 19, 2018, 04:03:52 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
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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« Reply #182 on: February 19, 2018, 04:52:19 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
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I'm reading Pachinko right now! Still at the very beginning of it. How did you like We Should All Be Feminists? I just read Americanah, but really didn't like it much. I read some other reviews where people said they liked her other books better.

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« Reply #183 on: February 20, 2018, 10:02:23 AM »
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).

7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente. Ideal for anyone who's ever been upset at the treatment of women in comic books, especially if you're also a bit sick of grimdark narratives. This is a set of connected shorts, told from the different POVs of comic book women who have been fridged, and are now living in the underworld. Each voice is distinct, and each story reflects on particular women in comics canon (Harley Quinn, Jean Grey, etc). Sharp and wry and funny and unnerving in equal measures.

8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library) This was a fantastic read. 12 short stories, some ranging beautifully into magical realism. Each story packs a real punch -- a crystal clear snapshot of human interaction.

ETA: @Rosy, I really enjoyed the Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok. I too enjoy Vikings a lot -- I know it's not period accurate etc, but nonetheless, it's fun. The Sagas are, of course, slightly more period accurate. You'll recognize a lot of the names and characters, although the relationships are frequently quite different. This particular version was pretty easy to read, and I really enjoyed his notes at the end -- there's some good explanations of why he chose a particular English word, for example, and some useful notes on particular Norse customs and traditions.
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« Reply #184 on: February 21, 2018, 09:43:39 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 - Finished 2/20/18
7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Currently Reading
8. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading

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« Reply #185 on: February 21, 2018, 09:56:31 AM »
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)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)

9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library). This was utterly charming, entirely because of the narrator. Just barely unreliable, just a tiny bit overly honest and crass in a way that female narrators are so rarely allowed to be, delighting in the strange, hilarious and straightforward -- Fleur Talbot is a gem.

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« Reply #186 on: February 21, 2018, 12:04:59 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
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

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« Reply #187 on: February 21, 2018, 12:24:03 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
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it, here is what the reader learns after 179 pages: There was a thriving, complex "international" civilization around the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean and along the Tigris and Euphrates river from around the 16th to the 12th century B.C. Hittites, Canaanites, Cypriots, Egyptians, Assyrians, Ugarits, Myceneans all traded with each other. Most if not all of these component societies or proto-nation-states was highly centralized with the palace managing the economy. Evidence of trade and communication networks is found in discovery of various “national” styles of pottery showing up in places one might not expect, as well as the written records (letters, inscriptions, etc.) Substances traded included tin and copper (to make bronze), ebony, alabaster, glass, gold, grain, olive oil, figs, cloth, other food stuffs, wine, etc.

However, by 1,130 BC most of this broad civilization was in ruins. Egyptian texts mention an attack from “Sea Peoples” and these “sea peoples” have been traditionally assigned the responsibility for the collapse. Cline, however, thinks that the picture was significantly more complex than that. Starting at around 1,250 B.C.? there was evidence of a series of earthquakes, of climate change, drought and famine, of internal rebellions, of attack from the outside, probably by these elusive “sea peoples,” and cessation of trade relations. Cline invokes complexity theory to account for it all, but his ultimate conclusion is that given our fragmentary knowledge, there is no “smoking gun” and no way of figuring out the sequence of events, which was probably very complex and different in different regions. However, it is pretty much clear that one particular stressor was not the culprit. The only thing we know almost for sure is that plague and disease was not a cause.

There you go!


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« Reply #188 on: February 21, 2018, 12:43:59 PM »
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?

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« Reply #189 on: February 21, 2018, 01:10:39 PM »
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?

I have this book and have been meaning to start it. I'm very interested in History and this looked pretty interesting. I'm hoping I can at least get through it and gain some knowledge about this time period.

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« Reply #190 on: February 21, 2018, 01:50:20 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.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.





Starting a new subset - goal of 15 books about Money and/or Finance/Economics
19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but more in an abstract economical sense and talks a bit about the economic disparity and possible improvements to social security - good read, good points. 
20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.
26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

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« Reply #191 on: February 21, 2018, 02:03:31 PM »
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?

Yes, it was very good.
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« Reply #192 on: February 21, 2018, 02:38:06 PM »
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?

Yes, it was very good.


Ahhh fantastic. Adding this to my TBR. ;)

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« Reply #193 on: February 21, 2018, 03:08:12 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)

10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)

"You should practice your French," I said... "It's a kid's book," I said... "How long could it possibly take?"  Turns out my French is extremely rusty. :/

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« Reply #194 on: February 21, 2018, 03:31:58 PM »
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater

Great book.  I read it in 2005 or thereabouts.  I just thought about it today while looking at a map of Sharonville, OH and its sloppy east-west section lines. 

If you liked that, you'll also like:
Downtown: Its Rise & Fall 1880-1950 by Robert M. Fogelson.   Discusses in detail the patterned growth and decline of the 10-12 "old" American cities (NYC, Philly, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, St. Louis, etc.) as government policy gave over the city to the automobile.  The rise and fall of department stores, the rise and fall of streetcar systems, construction of the NYC subway, and then the shattering of the cities by the interstate highways. 



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« Reply #195 on: February 22, 2018, 09:25:38 AM »
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
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari, if I'm ready for non-fiction again.

Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)
Next up: I've got a list, but I may not make it to the library today, so possibly whatever is on my kids' bookshelves...

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« Reply #196 on: February 22, 2018, 12:43:12 PM »
Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)


How did you like Sapiens? I was thinking about adding it to my list.

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« Reply #197 on: February 22, 2018, 01:33:38 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
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I'm reading Pachinko right now! Still at the very beginning of it. How did you like We Should All Be Feminists? I just read Americanah, but really didn't like it much. I read some other reviews where people said they liked her other books better.

Sorry, just saw this! We Should All Be Feminists is very different from Americanah -- it's the text of a Ted Talk. It's very short and non-fiction. It's a good quick read. I liked the insight from the African perspective.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #198 on: February 22, 2018, 02:19:25 PM »
Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)


How did you like Sapiens? I was thinking about adding it to my list.

I listened to the audiobook version of Sapiens last year goodreads tell me it was actually in 2015.  It was quite dense in places - but I'm still thinking about some of the concepts raised in the book years later, so that makes it worth a read to me. 

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #199 on: February 22, 2018, 04:10:05 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)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)

11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)