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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #100 on: January 14, 2019, 09:09:53 PM »
1. Squeezed - Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
2. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis -  The concepts were thought-provoking (and Davis, who narrated the audiobook, was engaging), but this is primarily a collection of speeches all of which were mostly the same - lots of repetition and discussions of topics were generally very brief - I would have preferred deeper analysis of the issues.

Currently Reading: The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah

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« Reply #101 on: January 15, 2019, 08:19:00 AM »
I'm in!

Here's what I've got so far:


1) 21 Questions for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari)
2) Getting Things Done (David Allen)
3) The Great Outdoors: A User's Guide (Brendan Leonard)
4) Timeline (Michael Crichton)
5) Measure What Matters (John Doerr)
6) Vicious (V.E. Schwab)
7) The Millionaire Real Estate Investor (Gary Keller)
8) The Slight Edge (Jeff Olson)
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« Reply #102 on: January 15, 2019, 03:15:25 PM »
2. 99 Ways to a Simple Lifestyle (Center for the Public Interest), 1977 — no breakthroughs here  but did jot down some recommended “further reading” on community building and how to run a commune LOL

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« Reply #103 on: January 15, 2019, 07:47:57 PM »


1. Cross the Line James Patterson
2. Diary of a wimpy Kid: The Meltdown. Reading with my 7yo, still counts right😃
3. Spark John Ratey
4. Born to Run Christopher McDougall In progress

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #104 on: January 15, 2019, 10:20:03 PM »
1. Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana White
2. Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney
3. Grit by Angela Duckworth

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« Reply #105 on: January 16, 2019, 01:01:20 AM »
I'm gonna use this as an incentive to finish all the half read books on my Kindle or read the ones I downloaded last year without ever opening. Like compound interest, hopefully I'll go from zero to two, to ten books quickly!

I'm reading Catch-22 right now. The writing is really sharp, verrry cynical, and I'm enjoying it. My wife and I are reading Profit First to help our businesses too. It's a quick and relatively profound book.

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« Reply #106 on: January 16, 2019, 09:18:50 AM »
@SmileAllDay I LOVED Catch-22. That book is a masterpiece.

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« Reply #107 on: January 16, 2019, 03:09:24 PM »
I'm going to attempt this! Although I'm already behind a book if you're reading at a rate of 1/week. Uh oh!

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #108 on: January 16, 2019, 06:53:04 PM »
1. Winter- Rick Bass
2. Pro Cycling on 10 dollars a day- Phil Gaimon

In progress:

3. My Mexico- Diane Kennedy (do cookbooks count? Because I read them like books)
4. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage- Alfred Lansing

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« Reply #109 on: January 16, 2019, 07:15:13 PM »
Looking forward to participating in this and I've got a couple of under my belt already this year! Not sure if audiobooks are cheating, but I am including.
1) Beyond religion - Dalai Lama
2) Twain's Feast (Audible)

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« Reply #110 on: January 16, 2019, 07:34:05 PM »
1. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine (Gail Honeyman).
2. The Children Act (Ian McEwan)

3. Less (Andrew Sean Greer)

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« Reply #111 on: January 16, 2019, 09:13:42 PM »
1) The Wealthy Barber -David Chilton
2) Economics Explained -Robert Heilbroner & Lester Thurow
3) Incognito -David Eagleman
4) Rewire -Richard O'Connor
5) Cuba Libre! -Tony Perrottet

Up next: Bullsh!t Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber

Backburner: 21 Questions for the 21st Century (had to return to the library because it was a "hot title")
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« Reply #112 on: January 17, 2019, 10:36:36 AM »
1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

3. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah

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« Reply #113 on: January 17, 2019, 01:08:43 PM »
1. A Very Large Expanse at Sea by Tahereh Mafi. (YA fiction about an American teenage girl post 9/11 - who happens to be Muslim.)
2. City of My Dreams (Mina drömmars stad) by Per Anders Fogelström. (Swedish classic. Absolutely brilliant. Why have I not read this before? Luckily it is the first part of a series.)
3. Children of Their City (Barn av sin stad) by Per Anders Fogelström. (Second book in the series. Life in the 19th century was not easy for workers in Sweden - hence the emigration to the US. Not uplifting but a really good read.)

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« Reply #114 on: January 17, 2019, 07:01:40 PM »
4) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Cal Newport) *

How did you like it? I really enjoyed this last year. I found parts of it pretty repetitive, but then again, those parts helped cement his argument for me.

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« Reply #115 on: January 17, 2019, 07:25:10 PM »
I really liked that one when I read it last year, too. Much better than The Obstacle Is The Way, which I read right after it and found both repetitive and patronizing.

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« Reply #116 on: January 17, 2019, 09:13:22 PM »
4) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Cal Newport) *

How did you like it? I really enjoyed this last year. I found parts of it pretty repetitive, but then again, those parts helped cement his argument for me.

I agree with @grantmeaname --I enjoyed it!
 It is repetitive but not obnoxiously so. 
I though it was very straightforward and I immediately noticed benefits from putting some of his suggestions in place.  I un-installed IG on my phone but chose not to close my account--this way I can access it weekly vs. multiple times a day. I started logging hours of unscheduled but intentional time to spend in my studio without distraction or even podcasts. It seems simple but isn't intuitive in this day and age.. It made me excited to pursue focused creative work.

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« Reply #117 on: January 18, 2019, 04:48:44 AM »
I like this idea. I've never kept track of my books but after reading this thread I realize how useful Goodreads.com is.  I just made myself an account to get more suggestions and keep track.

So far I read:

1. Educated - Tara Westover
2. 419 - Will Ferguson
3. David and Goliath - Malcolm Gladwell
4. Medicine Walk - Richard Wagamese


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« Reply #118 on: January 18, 2019, 04:09:46 PM »
1. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts
2. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
3. The Geneva Strategy by Jamie Freveletti
4. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein

5. The Last Mile by David Baldacci

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« Reply #119 on: January 19, 2019, 03:15:12 PM »
1. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts
2. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
3. The Geneva Strategy by Jamie Freveletti
4. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
 5. The Last Mile by David Baldacci

6. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

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« Reply #120 on: January 19, 2019, 06:17:27 PM »
1. Laini Taylor - Strange the Dreamer
2. JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
3. Drew Hayes - Siege Tactics
4. Charlie Holmberg - Smoke & Summons
5. Barry Eisler - The Killer Collective
6. Sarah Andersen - Adulthood Is A Myth

I have a free month of Amazon Prime, so I'm going through some pretty-darn-random Prime Reading books... Sarah Andersen is a cartoonist so that isn't much of a "book", but whatever. The Barry Eisler book was... mixed. I almost stopped reading it after the first few chapters because of all the eye-rolling I was doing, but it got better after he stopped trying to show off how cool and interesting he thinks his characters are in the introductory chapters and actually got to the plot. Although I'm still baffled at how (spoiler just in case anyone wants to read the book)
Spoiler: show
"the main female character is secretly a serial killer" was completely irrelevant to the plot and never really turned into anything. WTF? That's just like... a background detail?

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« Reply #121 on: January 20, 2019, 10:22:02 PM »
3. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Society Stronger by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

This fits with someone's social justice reading list, although it's quite old now (2010) so you may have read it.

I found this a bit of a slog at some points, I don't know if there was a bit of repetition or if I am just terrible at concentrating. Probably the latter. In any case, I am glad I read this as there were more than a couple of bits new info for me. It seems very relevant during the Trump era and following the release of the latest IPCC climate report. It also tied in, believe it or not, with the brain science book I just read which was great (discussion of kids born into poor situations and how it affects them).

The stand out message is that in countries with greater equality *ALL* socio-economic groups do better. Even the rich have better health, longevity with a more equal society.

The authors believe that people of all political hues want a fair go for everyone, they just differ in how they want to achieve it. In the current political landscape I feel bit pessimistic about that belief. There are some resources for how you can take on the cause after reading the book but I haven't looked at them yet. The book also referenced some other books which I've put on my list and made me want to re-read Growth Fetish so that's next.


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« Reply #122 on: January 21, 2019, 10:49:38 AM »
@Fresh Bread --sounds super interesting. My library has an audiobook version which I might check out.

1) 21 Questions for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari)
2) Braving the Wilderness (Brene Brown)
3) Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility At Work and In Life (Lea Berman & Jeremy Bernard) *former White House Social Secretaries
4) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (Cal Newport) *enjoyable in a practical way
5) The Course of Love (Alain de Botton) --fiction interspersed with philosophical musings about unrealistic expectations in romance
6) Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness (Melissa Dahl) 

still working on...

7) Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Madeline Thien)  : won both the Giller Prize and Governor General's award--I have been slooowly making my way through this book. Intelligently written. Beautiful but gutting.
 Begins with a Vancouver family who bring in a Chinese refugee fleeing the crackdowns post Tiananmen square. The story however is set mostly in China and moves between characters (mostly musicians) and timeframes (Mao's reign 40's onwards into the 90's). About a 1/3 to go..

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« Reply #123 on: January 22, 2019, 08:33:40 PM »
1. Laini Taylor - Strange the Dreamer
2. JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
3. Drew Hayes - Siege Tactics
4. Charlie Holmberg - Smoke & Summons
5. Barry Eisler - The Killer Collective
6. Sarah Andersen - Adulthood Is A Myth
7. Lydia Kang - A Beautiful Poison

Another Amazon Prime freebie, but I really liked this one! A well-written murder mystery with plenty of tragedy (set during WWI/the Spanish flu epidemic, in addition to the murders) but it was kept light enough not to be too depressing. Kind of. I mean, a lot of really terrible things happened. I might just be getting inured to this sort of thing in fiction :-/

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« Reply #124 on: January 23, 2019, 07:23:07 AM »
(1) Becoming by Michelle Obama
(2) The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
(3) Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
(4) Just Kids by Patti Smith

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« Reply #125 on: January 23, 2019, 08:11:27 AM »
1. Infernal Devices - Philip Reeve - 1/3/18
2. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari - 1/12/18 - UGH. Great subject, TERRIBLE execution. 200 pages of content in 430 pages of endless fucking lists and artificial dichotomies. Will never be reading another book from this author. He needs an editor to take the wind out of his (verbose, tedious, pedantic, excessive) sails.

3. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind - Dana White - 1/21/19
4. A Darkling Plain - Philip Reeve - 1/22/19
5. Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin - in progress

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« Reply #126 on: January 23, 2019, 11:00:53 AM »
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling and Stephen Fry (borrowed)
2. Wisp of a Thing, Alex Bledsoe (library)
3. The 2018 Best American Essays, ed. Hilton Als (mine)
4. The Language Instinct, Stephen Pinker (mine)
5. Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre (library). Late 1970s science fantasy, and very much of its decade. There's casual polyamory and queerness in a way that I really appreciate, and there's some really interesting stuff in the worldbuilding, but overall the book just didn't grab me -- it felt a bit flat and shallow, and I never really felt invested in the plot or the characters.

I am now at 2/15 for pre-2019 books.

Currently reading:

Americanah, Chimimanda Adichie (mine)
Kindred: The Graphic Novel, Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings (borrowed)
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (mine)

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« Reply #127 on: January 23, 2019, 02:29:01 PM »
This book "21 Lessons (Questions?) for the 21st Century" seems quite popular. I read the synopsis of it and it seems like it covers a very wide spectrum of topics in a finite number of pages and I would be very impressed if it could muster much substance, but that might explain it's popularity. Would people recommend this book?

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« Reply #128 on: January 23, 2019, 03:44:51 PM »
1. Squeezed - Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
2. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
4. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride - I've read some of his fiction before and admire his writing style.  This book explores his family history - particularly that of his white, Jewish mother who married a black man in a time and place where such relationships were not accepted.  This was excellent - explored a lot of difficult topics through a very personal lens.  I listened to the audiobook version and the way it was narrated by two readers portraying the author and his mother really, really worked.

Currently Reading: The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah - hopefully going to finish this up on my flight tonight.

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« Reply #129 on: January 23, 2019, 11:02:50 PM »

1. Squeezed - Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
2. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
4. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
5. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah - Excellent discussion of the factors driving the growing income inequality in the U.S.  It's a complex problem with no simple solutions.  A bit dense in places (or maybe I'm just not as educated in economics as I should be), but worth the struggle.
6. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - More an essay than a book at only 52 (short) pages - but a great read that manages to cover a lot of ground quickly.  "My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better." 
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« Reply #130 on: January 24, 2019, 04:36:57 AM »
5. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah - Excellent discussion of the factors driving the growing income inequality in the U.S.  It's a complex problem with no simple solutions.  A bit dense in places (or maybe I'm just not as educated in economics as I should be), but worth the struggle.

Ooo I might look this up and see how the factors compare to The Spirit Level. Does Noah's book offer policy solutions or just discuss the what's and why's?

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« Reply #131 on: January 24, 2019, 10:57:30 AM »
@diapasoun , Right?!

I just read Elon Musk's bio and loved it. It's pretty short, too, for anyone trying to chalk up another book on the board.

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« Reply #132 on: January 25, 2019, 11:17:09 AM »
1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
3. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah

4. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin

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« Reply #133 on: January 25, 2019, 02:38:45 PM »

(Slightly belatedly) I'm in! I've identified as a heavy reader my entire life, and yet for the last *mumble* years, I've spent most of the time I would've spent reading randomly footling around on the internet (she says, on the internet). Hopefully getting off the web and into the books will help me with focus, too.


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« Reply #134 on: January 26, 2019, 10:10:38 AM »
So far I have read:

1. Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
2. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
3. The Power if Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (audio book)
4. A Little Life by Hanya Yanaginara

Currently Reading:
1. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (audio book)
2. Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Book 2 of the Inheritance Cycle - reading these as my dad does so we can enjoy them together :) )

I have been checking out a lot of the books you guys have posted too and my already very long to read list has expanded greatly!

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« Reply #135 on: January 26, 2019, 10:38:03 AM »
This book "21 Lessons (Questions?) for the 21st Century" seems quite popular. I read the synopsis of it and it seems like it covers a very wide spectrum of topics in a finite number of pages and I would be very impressed if it could muster much substance, but that might explain it's popularity. Would people recommend this book?

I thought it was interesting--more like 21 questions to stimulate thought and then some exploration of the topics around them. Definitely not enough room in the book to provide answers but I don't think that was his intention. I would read it again as I was in a rush since I had to give it back to the library, and it was a bit heady to be rushing. Bio-tech & Artificial Intelligence are big topics.

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« Reply #136 on: January 27, 2019, 04:29:16 AM »
4. The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake (27/1/19). I've had a headache all weekend so picked up a very light read. It's just one of those improbable but feel-good stories set in a small English village. 

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« Reply #137 on: January 27, 2019, 05:48:17 AM »
My wife and I have started reading aloud together. The things you do when you drastically cut back on alcohol... :)

Jokes aside, it's a lovely way to chill out with your main squeeze instead of TV. And a sneaky way to rack up 15 more books or so for the more competitive among you. ;)

If anyone's interested, we started with Hemingway's A Moveable Feast and are now on the Harry Potter series (missed that whole 'thing' as a kid).

Happy reading pals!

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« Reply #138 on: January 27, 2019, 05:09:45 PM »
1. World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down - Christian McEwen (1/3/2019)
2. The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach (1/5/2019)
3. The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson (1/7/2019) - REREAD
4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo (1/10/2019)
5. Skyward - Brandon Sanderson (1/12/2019)

6. Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal (1/12/2019) - Fun, not too deep.  Jane Austen plus magic.
7. The Song of Roland - trans. Patricia Terry (1/19/2019)
8. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah (1/26/2019) - Heavy and very sad, but I liked it.
9. Fantastic Mr. Fox - Roald Dahl (1/26/2019) - REREAD
10. Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (1/27/2019) - Very interesting set of three novellas, I wish it had taken longer to read!

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« Reply #139 on: January 27, 2019, 06:11:49 PM »


1. Cross the Line James Patterson
2. Diary of a wimpy Kid: The Meltdown. Reading with my 7yo, still counts right😃
3. Spark John Ratey
4. Born to Run Christopher McDougall
5. The Rooster Bar John Grisham in progress
6.  Endure Alex Hutchinson in progress

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« Reply #140 on: January 28, 2019, 04:42:17 AM »
1. The Fix David Baldacci
2. Die Trying, Lee Child
3. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
4. Cod, Mark Kurlansky (Author of Salt)
5. The Lions of Lucerne, Brad Thor
6. The Black Scorpion Pilot, Lawrence A. Colby
7. Without Fail, Lee Child
8. The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi
9. Persuader, Lee Child
10. The Assassin, Brad Thor

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« Reply #141 on: January 28, 2019, 09:45:05 AM »
1) 21 Questions for the 21st Century--Yuval Noah Harari
2) Braving the Wilderness--Brene Brown
3) Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility At Work and In Life--Lea Berman & Jeremy Bernard
4) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World--Cal Newport
5) The Course of Love--Alain de Botton *fiction
6) Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness--Melissa Dahl
7) Do Not Say We Have Nothing--Madeline Thien   *fiction

8) Designing Your Life: How To Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life--Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
 Stanford prof's who offer a course to students about this topic, was recommended on another forum thread. I guess my life is pretty well designed(yay!?), so I didn't personally get a lot of take-aways but would gift this book to people who are looking for a change.

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9) No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters--Ursula Le Guin *essays
10) Mindfulness in Plain English--Bhante Gunaratana
11) Feel Free--Zadie Smith *essays
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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #142 on: January 28, 2019, 09:59:23 AM »
Hey @allsummerlong would you recommend The Art of Frugal Hedonism?

I'm not sure if that's a 'best of' list of just the books you read. It sounds intriguing!

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« Reply #143 on: January 28, 2019, 11:04:50 AM »
Hey @allsummerlong would you recommend The Art of Frugal Hedonism?

I'm not sure if that's a 'best of' list of just the books you read. It sounds intriguing!

@SmileAllDay Just a list of what I've read in order this year :)

Yes, I would absolutely recommend. I think the MMM crowd would enjoy it - It has a light tone, and is mostly about enjoying the innate pleasures in life, most of which are free or very cheap. First heard about it on this podcast (Slow Your Home) - https://slowyourhome.com/151/ which gives a taste of what the book is like. I really enjoyed it!

I'd also recommend, the authors are also loosely tied to the permaculture movement from what I understand, which ties in nicely with Mustachianism. I also really enjoyed their sense of humour because I found it similar to my own.

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #144 on: January 28, 2019, 12:44:12 PM »
Sweet, @allsummerlong , I'll get started with the podcast! Sounds like it's right up my alley. :)

Cheers Prairie Moustache for seconding.

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #145 on: January 28, 2019, 08:19:01 PM »
1. Sarah Knight, Calm the F*ck Down
2.  Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair
3.  Jodi Taylor, Just One Damned Thing After Another
4.  Laura Bates, Shakespeare Saved My Life
5.  Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #146 on: January 30, 2019, 01:47:12 AM »
1. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine (Gail Honeyman).
2. The Children Act (Ian McEwan)
3. Less (Andrew Sean Greer)

4. Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie)

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #147 on: January 31, 2019, 10:01:42 AM »
5. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah - Excellent discussion of the factors driving the growing income inequality in the U.S.  It's a complex problem with no simple solutions.  A bit dense in places (or maybe I'm just not as educated in economics as I should be), but worth the struggle.

Ooo I might look this up and see how the factors compare to The Spirit Level. Does Noah's book offer policy solutions or just discuss the what's and why's?

It's focused on the what's and why's, but does have some nuggets about potential solutions.

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #148 on: January 31, 2019, 10:08:46 AM »
Books read in January:

1. Rebecca Traister's Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
2. Tayari Jones's An American Marriage
3. Mary Robinette Kowal's The Calculating Stars
4. Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give
5. Jasmine Guillory's The Proposal
6. David Quammen's Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinction
7. Mary Robinette Kowal's The Fated Sky
8. Susan Orlean's The Library Book
9. Kim Fu's The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
10. Mary Robinette Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey
11. Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon: The Last Black Cargo
12. Steve Brusatte’s The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
13. Toni Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone (audiobook)
14. Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #149 on: January 31, 2019, 10:17:29 AM »
1. Squeezed - Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
2. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
4. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
5. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
6. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson - Memoir in free verse covering her childhood in the 60s and 70s. Woodson is a talented author and a talented reader - I listened to the audio version and think the narration added to the experience.