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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #400 on: May 23, 2020, 08:18:41 PM »
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24) If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: the graduation speeches and other words to live by, Kurt Vonnegut
25) Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy
26) Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: a memoir,  T Kira Madden
27) The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path, Norman Fischer
28) My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: a memoir, Amy Silverstein
28) Moby Dick, Herman Melville
29) The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations, Toni Morrison
30) The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See *bookclub
31) Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
32) Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy 
33) The Light of the World: a memoir, Elizabeth Alexander
34) Great Expectations: Charles Dickens
35) The Lager Queen of Minnesota, a novel, J.Ryan Stradal
36) Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old, John Leland

recently finished
37) How To Be An Artist, Jerry Saltz

working on
38) Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life, George Monbiot
39) Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey
40) Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, Fumio Sasaki
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« Reply #401 on: May 23, 2020, 10:51:28 PM »


working on
38) Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life, George Monbiot
39) Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey
40) Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, Fumio Sasaki

How are you finding Desert Solitaire? It is on my list of books to hunt down but I want to make sure it is worth it.
I very much enjoyed Sasaki's Goodbye Things.

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #402 on: May 23, 2020, 10:56:52 PM »
68.*Doing without Delia: Tales of triumph and disaster in a French kitchen - Michael Booth
69.*Five go down to the sea - Enid Blyton (children's)
70.*Five go to Smuggler's Top - Enid Blyton (children's)

Have completely regressed to binge reading my childhood comfort books. I feel zero shame.

And present me is so very grateful to past me for hoarding so many books over the years, as I now have so many to choose from.

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #403 on: May 24, 2020, 05:37:59 AM »


working on
38) Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life, George Monbiot
39) Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey
40) Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, Fumio Sasaki

How are you finding Desert Solitaire? It is on my list of books to hunt down but I want to make sure it is worth it.
I very much enjoyed Sasaki's Goodbye Things.
I read it like a decade ago but really, really enjoyed it. It's one of the few books I read so long ago on my list to pick up and read again

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« Reply #404 on: May 24, 2020, 08:20:34 AM »
I am currently halfway listening through a radio play. Three sessions left. It is The Days of the Trifids, spoken in Norwegian. Recommended by a biology professor who held an online presentation about poisounous plants.

Also reading a book, How to fossilize your hamster, but I don't read much in it. Maybe the coming week, as I'll be on a hiking trip. I might read while DH fishes.

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« Reply #405 on: May 24, 2020, 10:02:53 AM »
January
1. A Brief History of Indonesia by Tim Hannigan
2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
3. On Love by Alain de Botton
4. Fool by Christopher Moore
5. A Silent Voice, Vol.1 by Yoshitoki Oima
6. Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell. Highly recommend you steer clear of this one.
7. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
8. The Airbnb Story by Leigh Gallagher
9. Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
10. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
11. The Curse of Bigness by Tim Wu
February
12. The Comic Book Story of Beer by Jonathan Hennessey, Mike Smith, Aaron McConnell, Tom Orzechowski
13. The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
14. The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane
15. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
16. The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffman
17. Beneath the Vaulted Hills by Sean Russell
18. The Unknown Craftsman by Soetsu Yanagi
March
19. The Compass of the Soul by Sean Russell
20. Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee
21. Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters by Nate Sloan
22. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie Zelinsky
April
23. The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
24. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
25. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers
26. The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal
27. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
28. The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin
29. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
30. Secondhand by Adam Minter
31. Junkyard Planet by Adam Minter
32. The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
33. Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
May:
34. Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
35. Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
36. Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
37. The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski
38. Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski
39. Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski

I'm nearly caught up to my 2/week pace. Just finished the Witcher saga, which is excellent. Now to figure out what I should read next...

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50 books in 2020!
« Reply #406 on: May 24, 2020, 07:01:30 PM »
1) Where Do I Begin by Elvis Duran
2) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
3) The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
4) The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
5) Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
6) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
7) Do Over by Jon Acuff
8) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
9) The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
10) The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moye
11) The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
12) Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
13)The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson
14) The 9 faces of HR by Kris Dunn
15) in a dark wood by Ruth Ware
16) Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
17) Love, Warrior by Glennon Doyle
18) HR On Purpose by Steve Browne
19) Open Book by Jessica Simpson
20) The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #407 on: May 25, 2020, 09:19:39 AM »


working on
38) Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life, George Monbiot
39) Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey
40) Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, Fumio Sasaki

How are you finding Desert Solitaire? It is on my list of books to hunt down but I want to make sure it is worth it.
I very much enjoyed Sasaki's Goodbye Things.

@lazycow I am listening to it as an audiobook through my library--love the library! Strong authorship, interesting stories but also sad in a way.  Industrial tourism, dated commentary on the Navajo nation, car culture and such is pretty gutting.  But I would still recommend. I live in the mountains so desert-dweller perspectives seem exotic.
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« Reply #408 on: May 27, 2020, 07:15:10 PM »
1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (never read it as a kid, felt like I needed to)
2. To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith
3. The Dinner by Herman Koch
4. The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan (I'm a sucker for anything with 'bookshop' in the title)
5. The Book of Dreams by Nina George
6. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
7. The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
8. Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  O.M.G.
9. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
10. Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
11. Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson
12. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
13. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
14. Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
15. The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
16. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
17. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
18. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

These were starts but didn't/couldn't finish:
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin  Got stuck in the October chapter.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

19. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #409 on: May 28, 2020, 09:43:41 AM »
January:
1) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (started in December)
2) The Lie, a memoire of two marriages, catfishing and coming out by William Dameron
3) The Queston of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak
4) Grønn ungdom hele livet (Green youth my whole life), by Peter Tutein. Only read halfway.
5) Dubbel zes (Double Six) by Daphne Deckers
6) Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp
7) Svamp under mikroskopet (Mushrooms under the microscope) by Jan Nilsson
8) Vi må snakke om bakterier (We need to talk about bacteria) by Jessica Lönn-Stensrud
9) Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
10) Resten av dagen (The Remains of the day) by Kazuo Ishiguro

February:
11) The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
12) Koke bjørn (Cooking bears) by Mikael Niemi
13) Kijkvoer & Leesgenot (Dutch poetry) by Michèl de Jong and Drs. P.
14) The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
15) Botanikum by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis
16) Skog vil si samfunn (The Word for World is Forest) by Ursula le Guin
17) Blå (Blue) by Maja Lunde
18) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
19) Ulvetider (an Era of Wolves) by Lars Lenth, Petter Böckman and Morten Tønnessen
20) Plukk selv (Forage yourself) by Trond Svendgård
21) Gratis mat av ville planter (Free Food from Wild Plants) by Jens Holmboe

March:
22) Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees
23) The Slow Moon Climbs by Susan Mattern
24) Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
25) The Dirtbag's Guide to Life by Tim Mathis
26) The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly
27) The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang
28) The Good Life by Marian Thurm

April:
29) In Dog we Trust by Neil S. Plakcy
30) In for the Kill by John Lutz
31) Severance by Ling Ma (very relevant in this time, about an epidemic)
32) Liv etter liv (Life after Life) by Kate Atkinson
33) The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstøl
34) The Alian Factor by Stan Lee

May:
35) 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
36) Grønne, ville nyttevekster i Norge (Green, wild useful plants in Norway) by Norges sopp- og nyttevekstforbund
37) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
38) Fermentert mat (Fermented Food) by Anne Elisabeth Scheen
39) Tyskerungen (Baby of a German) by Camilla Läckberg
40) How to fossilise your hamster by Mick O'Hare

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #410 on: May 29, 2020, 02:02:07 AM »
*71. Missing, presumed (#1 DS Manon Bradshaw) - Susie Steiner (reread)
*72. Persons unknown (# 2 DS Manon Bradshaw) - Susie Steiner (reread)

Absolutely love Susie Steiner. She is the best modern UK crime writer around at the moment, in my opinion. Her latest, Remain Silent came out this week and I am first in line at the library for a physical copy. Cannot wait. Will buy my own copy it if it is as good as the first two.

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« Reply #411 on: May 29, 2020, 10:14:23 AM »
1. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (library)
2. Classical Mythology, Elizabeth Vandiver (borrowed)
3. The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden (library)
4. Middlegame, Seanan McGuire (library)
5. The Book of the Courtier, Baldassare Castiglione (own, pre-2020)
6. Druid Magic Handbook, John Michael Greer (own, new)
7. Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin (own, pre-2020)
8. Beowulf, trans. Gerald Davis (own, pre-2020)
9. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (own, re-read, pre-2020)
10. Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, Shannon Hayes (own)
11. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach (own)
12. Respect the Spindle, Abby Franquemont (own)
13. The World of Byzantium, Kenneth Harl (borrowed)
14. The Last Wish, Andrzej Sapkowski (borrowed)
15. The Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski (borrowed)
16. Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (library)

17. The Social Life of Coffee, Brian Cowan (own, pre-2020). Not the most exciting possible read one could have about coffee, but still a good one -- if you like English history in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and also you like coffee, you'll enjoy this one.

18. The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch (own, pre-2020). Incredibly fun book. I listened to it on audiobook, which means it went very slow for me (I don't do audiobooks quickly), but it also has great narration. I loved the characters, really enjoyed the plot, and just generally found it to be a fantastic book.

19. The Natural History of the UC Santa Cruz Campus, Martha Brown et al. (library). Super enjoyable read about the natural history of a place I love.

Currently reading:

Flour Salt Water Yeast, Ken Forkish (borrowed)

Pre-2020 books: 6/15

Local natural history and ecology: 1/9

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #412 on: May 30, 2020, 01:42:59 AM »
January:
1) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (started in December)
2) The Lie, a memoire of two marriages, catfishing and coming out by William Dameron
3) The Queston of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak
4) Grønn ungdom hele livet (Green youth my whole life), by Peter Tutein. Only read halfway.
5) Dubbel zes (Double Six) by Daphne Deckers
6) Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp
7) Svamp under mikroskopet (Mushrooms under the microscope) by Jan Nilsson
8) Vi må snakke om bakterier (We need to talk about bacteria) by Jessica Lönn-Stensrud
9) Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
10) Resten av dagen (The Remains of the day) by Kazuo Ishiguro

February:
11) The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
12) Koke bjørn (Cooking bears) by Mikael Niemi
13) Kijkvoer & Leesgenot (Dutch poetry) by Michèl de Jong and Drs. P.
14) The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
15) Botanikum by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis
16) Skog vil si samfunn (The Word for World is Forest) by Ursula le Guin
17) Blå (Blue) by Maja Lunde
18) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
19) Ulvetider (an Era of Wolves) by Lars Lenth, Petter Böckman and Morten Tønnessen
20) Plukk selv (Forage yourself) by Trond Svendgård
21) Gratis mat av ville planter (Free Food from Wild Plants) by Jens Holmboe

March:
22) Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees
23) The Slow Moon Climbs by Susan Mattern
24) Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
25) The Dirtbag's Guide to Life by Tim Mathis
26) The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly
27) The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang
28) The Good Life by Marian Thurm

April:
29) In Dog we Trust by Neil S. Plakcy
30) In for the Kill by John Lutz
31) Severance by Ling Ma (very relevant in this time, about an epidemic)
32) Liv etter liv (Life after Life) by Kate Atkinson
33) The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstøl
34) The Alian Factor by Stan Lee

May:
35) 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
36) Grønne, ville nyttevekster i Norge (Green, wild useful plants in Norway) by Norges sopp- og nyttevekstforbund
37) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
38) Fermentert mat (Fermented Food) by Anne Elisabeth Scheen
39) Tyskerungen (Baby of a German) by Camilla Läckberg
40) How to fossilise your hamster by Mick O'Hare
41) I Trifidenes dager (In the days of the Trifids) by NRK Radioteateret (a radio play)

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #413 on: May 30, 2020, 08:32:21 AM »
1WarbreakerBrandon SandersonOwnReread1/6/2020Fiction - Fantasy
2The Complete Book of Home OrganizationToni HammersleyOwnEducational1/7/2020Nonfiction - Home and Garden
3Rocannon's WorldUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List1/14/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
4Trickster's ChoiceTamora PierceLibraryPopSugar1/17/2020Fiction - Fantasy
5The Broken UniversePaul MelkoLibrarySequel1/25/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
6The Devil in the White CityErik LarsonLibraryTBR List2/3/2020General Nonfiction
7Eventide: Tales of the Dragon's BardTracy and Laura HickmanLibraryPopSugar2/13/2020Fiction - Fantasy
8Trickster's QueenTamora PierceLibrarySequel2/15/2020Fiction - Fantasy
9Gilgamesh the KingRobert SilverbergLibraryPopSugar2/24/2020Fiction - Historical
10The SparrowMary Doria RussellLibraryPopSugar2/24/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
11Planet of ExileUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List2/24/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
12Children of the NightMercedes LackeyLibrarySequel2/29/2020Fiction - Fantasy
13City of IllusionsUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List3/3/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
14The Aylesford SkullJames P. BlaylockLibraryOther3/11/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
15StarsightBrandon SandersonLibrarySequel3/13/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
16The DeepRivers Solomon, et alLibraryPopSugar3/16/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
17The DispossessedUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List3/22/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
18Blood PriceTanya HuffLibraryOther3/29/2020Fiction - Fantasy
19Blood TrailTanya HuffLibrarySequel4/1/2020Fiction - Fantasy
20White SandBrandon Sanderson, Rik HoskinOwnTBR List4/3/2020Fiction - Fantasy
21MeditationsMarcus Aurelius, trans. A.S.L. FarquharsonLibraryEducational4/6/2020Nonfiction - Philosophy
22Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected SolutionsJohann HariLibraryTBR List4/8/2020Nonfiction - Self-help
23Hainish StoriesUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List4/10/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
24The Alloy of LawBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/11/2020Fiction - Fantasy
25Shadows of SelfBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/12/2020Fiction - Fantasy
26The Bands of MourningBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/13/2020Fiction - Fantasy
27The Word for World is ForestUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List4/19/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
28The Way of KingsBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/26/2020Fiction - Fantasy
29Words of RadianceBrandon SandersonOwnReread5/1/2020Fiction - Fantasy
30OathbringerBrandon SandersonOwnReread5/11/2020Fiction - Fantasy

31Hainish Stories Vol 2Ursula LeGuinOwnTBR List5/18/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
32Winds of FateMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/22/2020Fiction - Fantasy
33Winds of ChangeMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/23/2020Fiction - Fantasy
34Winds of FuryMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/24/2020Fiction - Fantasy
35Storm WarningMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/25/2020Fiction - Fantasy
36Storm RisingMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/28/2020Fiction - Fantasy
37Storm BreakingMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/29/2020Fiction - Fantasy
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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #414 on: June 01, 2020, 10:09:38 AM »
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24) If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: the graduation speeches and other words to live by, Kurt Vonnegut
25) Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy
26) Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: a memoir,  T Kira Madden
27) The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path, Norman Fischer
28) My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: a memoir, Amy Silverstein
28) Moby Dick, Herman Melville
29) The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations, Toni Morrison
30) The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See *bookclub
31) Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
32) Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy 
33) The Light of the World: a memoir, Elizabeth Alexander
34) Great Expectations: Charles Dickens
35) The Lager Queen of Minnesota, a novel, J.Ryan Stradal
36) Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old, John Leland
37) How To Be An Artist, Jerry Saltz
38) Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, Fumio Sasaki

recently finished
39) Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life, George Monbiot
40) Falling Up the Stairs, R.C. Hartson *memoir gifted by my MIL..not a good book but wanted to finish
41) Untamed, Glennon Doyle  *decided to see what the buzz was about

working on
42) Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey
43) Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder

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« Reply #415 on: June 01, 2020, 10:31:18 AM »
I love Tracy Kidder but haven't gotten to that one yet. What do you think?

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« Reply #416 on: June 01, 2020, 01:15:30 PM »
1.  The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay, finished 01/02/2020 (audio).

2. Golden Gate Gardening: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area & Coastal California by Pamela Peirce, finished 01/10/2020. 

3. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem, finished 01/11/2020.

4. Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell, finished 01/13/2020.

5. Meridian, by Alice Walker, finished 01/26/2020.

6. Dawn, by Octavia Butler, finished 01/29/2020.

7. Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard, finished 01/31/2020. 

8. Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, finished 02/14/2020.

9. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton, finished 02/19/2020 (audio). 

10. There There, by Tommy Orange, finished 2/20/2020. 

11.  The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty (Updated 10th Anniversary Edition), by Peter Singer, finished 2/27/2020 (audio). The book is available for free download here: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/the-book/

12. The Witches are Coming, by Lindy West, finished 3/7/2020 (audio). 

13. Everything Under, by Daisy Johnson, finished 3/8/2020.

14. This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, finished 3/9/2020 (audio).

15. Still Life, by Louise Penny, finished 3/15/2020.

16. The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, finished 3/21/2020 (audio).

17. Slow Horses, by Mick Herron, finished 4/4/2020.

18. Adulthood Rites, by Octavia Butler, finished 4/18/20.

19. Imago, by Octavia Butler, finished 4/25/20.

20. The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion, finished 5/7/20.

21. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, by Ronan Farrow, finished 5/7/20 (audio).

22. In the Ring of Fire: A Pacific Basin Journey, by James D. Houston, finished 5/18/20.

23. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo", by Zora Neale Hurston, finished 5/22/20 (audio). ZNH interviews a man that was taken as a prisoner of war by another tribe in Africa, sold to illegal slave traders and brought on the very last ship carrying people to be made slaves in America.  The book has several elements to it, not just his stories. And it's all interesting, though somehow it didn't feel quite as profound as I expected it.  You hear about his experience in Africa, on the boat, as a slave and as a free man in America.  The interviews were in the late 1920s and it's simply amazing to think that at that time there was still someone alive who had grown up in Africa and been brought to America and sold as a slave.

24. Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey, finsihed 5/22/20.  This book was predictable while having an incredibly unique and unusual storyline.  I guess I fell on the side of not enjoying it, overall.

25. The Answers, by Catherine Lacey, finished 5/31/20.  Ironically, this book does *not* have any answers, although it does end up provoking a few thoughtful questions. I loved it at the beginning.  Loved the writing and was interested in where the plot would go.  Midway it started going off the rails a bit and by the end it was just ok.

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #417 on: June 01, 2020, 06:33:36 PM »
(1) The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemison
(2) Faithful Place by Tana French
(3) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
(4) Lessons from Lucy by Dave Barry
(5) The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
(6) Broken Harbor by Tana French
(7) If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now by Christopher Ingraham
(8) The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault
(9) The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey
(10) Zealot by Reza Aslan
(11) The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
(12) The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Meyer
(13) The Secret Place by Tana French
(14) The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
(15) Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
(16) American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
(17) Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(18) Lagom (not too little, not too much): The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark
(19) The Trespasser by Tana French
(20) The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
(21) Why We Can't Sleep by Ada Calhoun
(22) Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
(23) One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds
(24) The End of October by Lawrence Wright

(25) The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
(26) The Nature Fix by Florence Wiliams
(27) The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
(28) This is How it Begins by Joan Dempsey

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #418 on: June 02, 2020, 09:31:35 AM »
25. Getting Old is the Best Revenge – Rita Lakin - fun read

26. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah – book club book – they met this month, but I declined to participate due to covid-19 concerns.  Pretty much everyone but me is high risk in one way or another (age, medical conditions, living with someone old or sick) and new cases are exploding in our county.  I still have to go into the office on the regular and couldn’t justify the risk of bringing something back to them. As for the book it chronicled the mental deterioration and subsequent violence of the main character’s father far too well for my comfort level. 

27. Hubble Bubble – Jane Lovering – another fun read.  I need light hearted happy ending books at the moment.

Oddly, I find myself keeping a list of the books I’ve started and given up on this year.  I won’t post here, but it’s interesting to me to see what’s able to keep my attention right now and what books get returned to the library unfinished.

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #419 on: June 03, 2020, 03:19:04 PM »
I love Tracy Kidder but haven't gotten to that one yet. What do you think?

@grantmeaname So far, I'm loving the book. Not deep into it yet but a well-written & compelling story.

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #420 on: June 03, 2020, 06:23:34 PM »
   1. The Long Road Back to Boston  by Phillip Fields Ph.D
   2. Fearvana  by Akshay Nanavati
   3. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Shonda Rhimes
   4. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
   5. Black Echo by Michael Connelly
   6. Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
   7. Angels Flight by Michael Connelly
   8. Gray Ghost by William G. Tapply
   9. City of Bones by Michael Connelly
   10. Echo Park by Michael Connelly
   11. Blue on Black by Michael Connelly
   12. Bloody Genius by John Sandford
   13. The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
   14. Patriots of the upcountry by William H.B Thomas
   15. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
   16. The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
   17. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
   18. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
   19. Masked Prey by John Sandford


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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #421 on: June 04, 2020, 03:09:07 PM »
January:
1) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (started in December)
2) The Lie, a memoire of two marriages, catfishing and coming out by William Dameron
3) The Queston of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak
4) Grønn ungdom hele livet (Green youth my whole life), by Peter Tutein. Only read halfway.
5) Dubbel zes (Double Six) by Daphne Deckers
6) Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp
7) Svamp under mikroskopet (Mushrooms under the microscope) by Jan Nilsson
8) Vi må snakke om bakterier (We need to talk about bacteria) by Jessica Lönn-Stensrud
9) Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
10) Resten av dagen (The Remains of the day) by Kazuo Ishiguro

February:
11) The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
12) Koke bjørn (Cooking bears) by Mikael Niemi
13) Kijkvoer & Leesgenot (Dutch poetry) by Michèl de Jong and Drs. P.
14) The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
15) Botanikum by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis
16) Skog vil si samfunn (The Word for World is Forest) by Ursula le Guin
17) Blå (Blue) by Maja Lunde
18) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
19) Ulvetider (an Era of Wolves) by Lars Lenth, Petter Böckman and Morten Tønnessen
20) Plukk selv (Forage yourself) by Trond Svendgård
21) Gratis mat av ville planter (Free Food from Wild Plants) by Jens Holmboe

March:
22) Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees
23) The Slow Moon Climbs by Susan Mattern
24) Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
25) The Dirtbag's Guide to Life by Tim Mathis
26) The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly
27) The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang
28) The Good Life by Marian Thurm

April:
29) In Dog we Trust by Neil S. Plakcy
30) In for the Kill by John Lutz
31) Severance by Ling Ma (very relevant in this time, about an epidemic)
32) Liv etter liv (Life after Life) by Kate Atkinson
33) The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstøl
34) The Alian Factor by Stan Lee

May:
35) 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
36) Grønne, ville nyttevekster i Norge (Green, wild useful plants in Norway) by Norges sopp- og nyttevekstforbund
37) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
38) Fermentert mat (Fermented Food) by Anne Elisabeth Scheen
39) Tyskerungen (Baby of a German) by Camilla Läckberg
40) How to fossilise your hamster by Mick O'Hare
41) I Trifidenes dager (In the days of the Trifids) by NRK Radioteateret (a radio play)

June:
42) Radical Joy for Hard Times by Trebbe Johnson

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #422 on: June 05, 2020, 01:24:09 PM »
January:
1) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (started in December)
2) The Lie, a memoire of two marriages, catfishing and coming out by William Dameron
3) The Queston of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak
4) Grønn ungdom hele livet (Green youth my whole life), by Peter Tutein. Only read halfway.
5) Dubbel zes (Double Six) by Daphne Deckers
6) Ventoux by Bert Wagendorp
7) Svamp under mikroskopet (Mushrooms under the microscope) by Jan Nilsson
8) Vi må snakke om bakterier (We need to talk about bacteria) by Jessica Lönn-Stensrud
9) Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
10) Resten av dagen (The Remains of the day) by Kazuo Ishiguro

February:
11) The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
12) Koke bjørn (Cooking bears) by Mikael Niemi
13) Kijkvoer & Leesgenot (Dutch poetry) by Michèl de Jong and Drs. P.
14) The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
15) Botanikum by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis
16) Skog vil si samfunn (The Word for World is Forest) by Ursula le Guin
17) Blå (Blue) by Maja Lunde
18) Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
19) Ulvetider (an Era of Wolves) by Lars Lenth, Petter Böckman and Morten Tønnessen
20) Plukk selv (Forage yourself) by Trond Svendgård
21) Gratis mat av ville planter (Free Food from Wild Plants) by Jens Holmboe

March:
22) Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees
23) The Slow Moon Climbs by Susan Mattern
24) Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
25) The Dirtbag's Guide to Life by Tim Mathis
26) The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly
27) The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang
28) The Good Life by Marian Thurm

April:
29) In Dog we Trust by Neil S. Plakcy
30) In for the Kill by John Lutz
31) Severance by Ling Ma (very relevant in this time, about an epidemic)
32) Liv etter liv (Life after Life) by Kate Atkinson
33) The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstøl
34) The Alian Factor by Stan Lee

May:
35) 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
36) Grønne, ville nyttevekster i Norge (Green, wild useful plants in Norway) by Norges sopp- og nyttevekstforbund
37) The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
38) Fermentert mat (Fermented Food) by Anne Elisabeth Scheen
39) Tyskerungen (Baby of a German) by Camilla Läckberg
40) How to fossilise your hamster by Mick O'Hare
41) I Trifidenes dager (In the days of the Trifids) by NRK Radioteateret (a radio play)

June:
42) Radical Joy for Hard Times by Trebbe Johnson
43) Plant-man by Daniel Milford

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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #423 on: June 06, 2020, 04:49:08 AM »
1) Behave - Robert Sapolsky.
2) Lonely Planet - 50 natural wonders.
3) Lonely Planet - Hiking in Spain.
4) The Secret Commonwealth - The Book of Dust Volume 2 - Philip Pullman.
5) The University of Hard Knocks, by Ralph Parlette.
6) Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez
7) Connie - Harry Pearson
8) Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage -  ‎Haruki Murakami
9) Small Island - Andrea Levy.
10) Life 3.0 - Max Tegmark. 
11) This thing of Darkness - Harry Thompson
12) The Secret Barrister - Anonymous.
13) Life:A User's Manual - Georges Perec.
14) The Electric Michelangelo - Sarah Hall
15) Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Yvon Chouinard
16) Harvest - Jim Crace
17) Educated - Tara Westover
18) The Plague - Albert Camus
19) A Journal of the Plague Year - Daniel Defoe
20) The return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
21) The Meursault Investigation - Kamel Daoud.
22) The White Spider - Heinrich Harrer.
23) The Atoms of Language - Mark Baker. Interesting walk-through generative linguistics, although the periodic table analaogy really didn't add much IMO.
24) The Summer Book - Tove Jansson.  Lovely novel which I've read previously. I love her work, but this is probably her best adult book, an artist and her granddaughter spend the summer together.

25) Holding - Graham Norton. So-so detective story from the Irish comedian and tv presenter.
26) Cicerone Walking Guide, The Dales Way - Terry Marsh. Bit of planning for a future running trip.

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50 books in 2020!
« Reply #424 on: June 06, 2020, 02:51:52 PM »
1) Where Do I Begin by Elvis Duran
2) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
3) The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
4) The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
5) Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
6) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
7) Do Over by Jon Acuff
8) Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
9) The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
10) The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moye
11) The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
12) Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
13)The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson
14) The 9 faces of HR by Kris Dunn
15) in a dark wood by Ruth Ware
16) Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
17) Love, Warrior by Glennon Doyle
18) HR On Purpose by Steve Browne
19) Open Book by Jessica Simpson
20) The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
21) Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop


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Re: 50 books in 2020!
« Reply #425 on: June 06, 2020, 03:05:58 PM »
1WarbreakerBrandon SandersonOwnReread1/6/2020Fiction - Fantasy
2The Complete Book of Home OrganizationToni HammersleyOwnEducational1/7/2020Nonfiction - Home and Garden
3Rocannon's WorldUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List1/14/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
4Trickster's ChoiceTamora PierceLibraryPopSugar1/17/2020Fiction - Fantasy
5The Broken UniversePaul MelkoLibrarySequel1/25/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
6The Devil in the White CityErik LarsonLibraryTBR List2/3/2020General Nonfiction
7Eventide: Tales of the Dragon's BardTracy and Laura HickmanLibraryPopSugar2/13/2020Fiction - Fantasy
8Trickster's QueenTamora PierceLibrarySequel2/15/2020Fiction - Fantasy
9Gilgamesh the KingRobert SilverbergLibraryPopSugar2/24/2020Fiction - Historical
10The SparrowMary Doria RussellLibraryPopSugar2/24/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
11Planet of ExileUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List2/24/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
12Children of the NightMercedes LackeyLibrarySequel2/29/2020Fiction - Fantasy
13City of IllusionsUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List3/3/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
14The Aylesford SkullJames P. BlaylockLibraryOther3/11/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
15StarsightBrandon SandersonLibrarySequel3/13/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
16The DeepRivers Solomon, et alLibraryPopSugar3/16/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
17The DispossessedUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List3/22/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
18Blood PriceTanya HuffLibraryOther3/29/2020Fiction - Fantasy
19Blood TrailTanya HuffLibrarySequel4/1/2020Fiction - Fantasy
20White SandBrandon Sanderson, Rik HoskinOwnTBR List4/3/2020Fiction - Fantasy
21MeditationsMarcus Aurelius, trans. A.S.L. FarquharsonLibraryEducational4/6/2020Nonfiction - Philosophy
22Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected SolutionsJohann HariLibraryTBR List4/8/2020Nonfiction - Self-help
23Hainish StoriesUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List4/10/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
24The Alloy of LawBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/11/2020Fiction - Fantasy
25Shadows of SelfBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/12/2020Fiction - Fantasy
26The Bands of MourningBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/13/2020Fiction - Fantasy
27The Word for World is ForestUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List4/19/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
28The Way of KingsBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/26/2020Fiction - Fantasy
29Words of RadianceBrandon SandersonOwnReread5/1/2020Fiction - Fantasy
30OathbringerBrandon SandersonOwnReread5/11/2020Fiction - Fantasy
31Hainish Stories Vol 2Ursula LeGuinOwnTBR List5/18/2020Fiction - Science Fiction
32Winds of FateMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/22/2020Fiction - Fantasy
33Winds of ChangeMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/23/2020Fiction - Fantasy
34Winds of FuryMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/24/2020Fiction - Fantasy
35Storm WarningMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/25/2020Fiction - Fantasy
36Storm RisingMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/28/2020Fiction - Fantasy
37Storm BreakingMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/29/2020Fiction - Fantasy

38OwlflightMercedes LackeyOwnReread5/30/2020Fiction - Fantasy
39OwlsightMercedes LackeyOwnReread6/1/2020Fiction - Fantasy
40OwlknightMercedes LackeyOwnReread6/3/2020Fiction - Fantasy
41Five Ways to ForgivenessUrsula LeGuinOwnTBR List6/6/2020Fiction - Science Fiction