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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #200 on: February 22, 2016, 06:04:27 PM »
    • F - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (1 Jan)
    • NF - Trust Me, I’m Lying by Holiday (6 Jan)
    • NF - Mindset by Dweck (8 Jan)
    • NF - Brainwashing And Other Forms Of Mind Control by Hyde (9 Jan)
    • NF - Beyond Fear by Schneier (12 Jan)
    • F - How I Became Stupid by Page (13 Jan)
    • NF - Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E Lee by Korda (23 Jan)
    • F - Hyperion by Simmons (1 Feb)
    • NF - When Corporations Rule The World by Korten (9 Feb)
    • F - Forever War by Haldeman (10 Feb)
    • F - Forever Peace by Haldeman (15 Feb)
    • F - Forever Free by Haldeman (18 Feb)
    • NF - The Spartan Army by Lazenby (19 Feb)
    • NF - Desert Warfare by Perrett (22 Feb)


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #201 on: February 23, 2016, 07:35:50 AM »
  • Villette - Charlotte Brontė
  • The Professor - Charlotte Brontė
  • Shirley - Charlotte Brontė (Jane Eyre remains my favourite of hers)
  • Wind Through the Keyhole - Stephen King (makes me want to reread The Dark Tower series)
  • Angels and Visitations - Neil Gaiman
  • The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - Steven Erikson
  • A Blink of the Screen - Terry Pratchett
  • Warriors of the Storm - Bernard Cornwell

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #202 on: February 24, 2016, 07:02:38 AM »
1.  Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
2.  Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey
3.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey
4.  Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey
5. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey
6. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
7. Moneyball - Michael Lewis
8. Zodiac - Neal Stephenson
9. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #203 on: February 24, 2016, 02:38:15 PM »
I've been looking for a place to track my reading for the year and this thread seems a good idea (also a place to get goof book suggestions) - mind if I join?

Read:
1. A Year of Ravens (multi author historic fiction - too many authors to name)

Currently Reading:
2. Home - Marilyn Robinson (I'm 90% through this one but it is so beautiful that I can only read tiny bits at a time before I have to close the book and sigh or start crying).
3. Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset

I've been having trouble picking out books and diversifying my reading so I"m going to use the PopSugar 2016 book challenge list for the rest of the year:

1. A book based on a fairy tale
2. A National Book Award winner
3. A YA bestseller
4. A book you haven't read since high school
5. A book set in your home state
6. A book translated to English
7. A romance set in the future
8. A book set in Europe
9. A book under 150 pages
10. A New York Times bestseller
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year
12. A book recommended by someone you just met
13. A self-improvement book
14. A book you can finish in a day
15. A book written by a celebrity
16. A political memoir
17. A book at least 100 years older than you
18. A book that's more than 600 pages :Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Unset
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club
20. A science-fiction novel
21. A book recommended by a family member: Home by Marylin Robinson
22. A graphic novel
23. A book that is published in 2016
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
25. A book that takes place during Summer
26. A book and its prequel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island: A Year of Ravens by Various Authors (takes place in Roman Britain)
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy


this sounds fun, i want to do this! :)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #204 on: February 24, 2016, 09:35:58 PM »
I read 76 last year & have decided to focus on writing this year, however I still spend a couple hours a day reading. So.. count me in . pretty sure I'll still reach 50. Mostly to to keep track of what I've read & get ideas :)

1. Revenge Wears Prada
2. Koko be good.

3. The Men I Didn't Marry

4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


5. Fight Club

I hav to admit I found Fight Club incredibly boring, though I like the movie... Can't say that too often!

6. The Color of Earth (Kim Dong Hwa)

7. Neverwhere

8. Skim (Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki)
Pretty cool teen graphic novel

9. Black is for beginnnings
10. Heart in a box

11. Glorie O'Brien's History of the future.

kind of a trippy plotline.. i enjoy some teen fiction, some of it contains light weight scifi themes with regular life, a combination that i enjoy vonnegut is an example of adult literature . if anyone has ideas for this genre let me know.. im not into fullfledged scifi or fantasy though. thanks.

12. I Am Legend

13. The Salaryman's Wife ( first reread- one of my favorites I have read many times, as well as the other ten books in the series.)

14. Over Her Dead Body
15. If You Follow Me (another reread) .

16. Unterzakhn (Leela Coreman)

17. The Blind Mirror

18. Zen Attitude (hav read several times - book two in an eleven books series).

Bare with me-i will stop quoting myself at nineteen & quote in 20 book segments (I like to track my reading & share with everyone) .

19. The Bride's Kimono

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #205 on: February 25, 2016, 01:18:14 PM »


Books read in 2016:
1.  11/22/63 by Stephen King
2.  The Martian by Andy Weir
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. The New Good Life: Living Better in an Age of Less by John Robbins
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #206 on: February 25, 2016, 02:19:37 PM »
Completed:
1. The Wealthy Barber Returns - Dave Chilton
2. The Tiger - John Vaillant
3. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
4. Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
5. His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
6. Throne of Jade - Naomi Novik
7. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
8. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday
9. Fluent Forever - Gabriel Wyner
10. The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
11. Rising Strong - Brené Brown
12. Black Powder War - Naomi Novik
13. Wealthing Like Rabbits - Robert R. Brown
14. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
15. The Language Hoax - John H. McWhorter
16. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
17. The Martian - Andy Weir
18. 101 Tax Secrets for Canadians - Timothy J. Cestnick
19. You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) - Felicia Day

Currently reading:
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling
21. Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal - JK Rowling
22. Level up your Life - Steve Kamb
23. White Dog Fell from the Sky - Eleanor Morse


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #207 on: February 25, 2016, 02:52:27 PM »
I've been looking for a place to track my reading for the year and this thread seems a good idea (also a place to get goof book suggestions) - mind if I join?

Read:
1. A Year of Ravens (multi author historic fiction - too many authors to name)

Currently Reading:
2. Home - Marilyn Robinson (I'm 90% through this one but it is so beautiful that I can only read tiny bits at a time before I have to close the book and sigh or start crying).
3. Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset

I've been having trouble picking out books and diversifying my reading so I"m going to use the PopSugar 2016 book challenge list for the rest of the year:

1. A book based on a fairy tale
2. A National Book Award winner
3. A YA bestseller
4. A book you haven't read since high school
5. A book set in your home state
6. A book translated to English
7. A romance set in the future
8. A book set in Europe
9. A book under 150 pages
10. A New York Times bestseller
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year
12. A book recommended by someone you just met
13. A self-improvement book
14. A book you can finish in a day
15. A book written by a celebrity
16. A political memoir
17. A book at least 100 years older than you
18. A book that's more than 600 pages :Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Unset
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club
20. A science-fiction novel
21. A book recommended by a family member: Home by Marylin Robinson
22. A graphic novel
23. A book that is published in 2016
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
25. A book that takes place during Summer
26. A book and its prequel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island: A Year of Ravens by Various Authors (takes place in Roman Britain)
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy


this sounds fun, i want to do this! :)

As it turns out, all but three of the nineteen books I've read this year fit a category as listed above (or several, but I'm only assigning one per book) .

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #208 on: February 26, 2016, 08:42:53 PM »
I read 76 last year & have decided to focus on writing this year, however I still spend a couple hours a day reading. So.. count me in . pretty sure I'll still reach 50. Mostly to to keep track of what I've read & get ideas :)

1. Revenge Wears Prada
2. Koko be good.

3. The Men I Didn't Marry

4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


5. Fight Club

I hav to admit I found Fight Club incredibly boring, though I like the movie... Can't say that too often!

6. The Color of Earth (Kim Dong Hwa)

7. Neverwhere

8. Skim (Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki)
Pretty cool teen graphic novel

9. Black is for beginnnings
10. Heart in a box

11. Glorie O'Brien's History of the future.

kind of a trippy plotline.. i enjoy some teen fiction, some of it contains light weight scifi themes with regular life, a combination that i enjoy vonnegut is an example of adult literature . if anyone has ideas for this genre let me know.. im not into fullfledged scifi or fantasy though. thanks.

12. I Am Legend

13. The Salaryman's Wife ( first reread- one of my favorites I have read many times, as well as the other ten books in the series.)

14. Over Her Dead Body
15. If You Follow Me (another reread) .

16. Unterzakhn (Leela Coreman)

17. The Blind Mirror

18. Zen Attitude (hav read several times - book two in an eleven books series).

Bare with me-i will stop quoting myself at nineteen & quote in 20 book segments (I like to track my reading & share with everyone) .

19. The Bride's Kimono


20. Kitchen (Banana Yoshimoto)- a fav from my teenage years, and it's been a long time and i still enjoy it.

i realize i havnt been including authors names- have been lazy- so i will begin to do so. :)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #209 on: February 27, 2016, 06:00:07 AM »
  • F - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (1 Jan)
  • NF - Trust Me, I’m Lying by Holiday (6 Jan)
  • NF - Mindset by Dweck (8 Jan)
  • NF - Brainwashing And Other Forms Of Mind Control by Hyde (9 Jan)
  • NF - Beyond Fear by Schneier (12 Jan)
  • F - How I Became Stupid by Page (13 Jan)
  • NF - Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E Lee by Korda (23 Jan)
  • F - Hyperion by Simmons (1 Feb)
  • NF - When Corporations Rule The World by Korten (9 Feb)
  • F - Forever War by Haldeman (10 Feb)
  • F - Forever Peace by Haldeman (15 Feb)
  • F - Forever Free by Haldeman (18 Feb)
  • NF - The Spartan Army by Lazenby (19 Feb)
  • NF - Desert Warfare by Perrett (22 Feb)
  • NF - The Resilient Farm And Homestead by Falk (26 Feb)


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #210 on: February 27, 2016, 08:11:25 PM »
I am in and looking forward to it as well.

1.  Golden Age by Jane Smiley  (the last book of her trilogy)
2.  The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith (I love his heroine from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series)
3.  The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (she co-authored the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I enjoyed that one so I thought I would try this)
4.  An Island Christmas (I'm a sucker for holiday fiction)
5.  Dishing the Dirt by MC Beaton (light mystery series by British author)
6.  The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter (I really enjoyed this after I finally got into it.  Requested a couple of his other books from the library)
7: The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar Mazzeo  Wow, full of inaccuracies.  Could be an interesting book but so full of errors that it made all of the information suspect.
8.  The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (requested this from the library based on this thread - thanks!).

Currently reading Paris at the End of the World: The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918 by John Baxter

Took a break on Paris to read #9: The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman (#2 in the Sally Lockhart series).  Already requested the 3rd in the series.

Currently reading The Girl on the Train

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #211 on: February 28, 2016, 05:26:03 AM »
1. Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
2. Cress - Marissa Meyer
3. Winter - Marissa Meyer
4. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
5. Balanced on the Blade's Edge - Lindsay Buroker
6. Deathmaker - Lindsay Buroker
7. Blood Charged - Lindsay Buroker
8. Patterns in the Dark - Lindsay Buroker
9. The Blade's Memory - Lindsay Buroker
10. Armada - Ernest Cline
11. Storm Glass - Maria Snyder
12. Sea Glass - Maria Snyder

13. Rivers of London- Ben Aaranovitch
14. Moon Over Soho- Ben Aaranovitch
15. Whispers Under Ground- Ben Aaranovitch
16. Broken Home- Ben Aaranovitch
17. Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaranovitch
Bks 1-5 of the Peter Grant series. Great urban fantasy set in London. Very funny in places too.

18. City of Stairs - Robert Jackson Bennett
Bk 1 of the Divine Cities - loads of good original stuff in here but I struggled to get into the story

19. Spy Glass - Maria Snyder
Very average

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #212 on: February 28, 2016, 02:18:30 PM »

19. You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) - Felicia Day


How was this?  I have it on digital hold from my library and looking forward to reading it.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #213 on: February 28, 2016, 06:53:02 PM »
Read so far in 2016:

"Dark Days" by D. Randall Blythe
"The Short Drop" by Matthew Fitzsimmons
"Katherine" by Anya Seton
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" by Felicia Day
"The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis
"The Family Nobody Wanted" by Helen Doss
"A Circle of Children" by Mary MacCracken
"Just A Geek" by Wil Wheaton
"Obsession in Death" by JD Robb
"The Food Lab" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
"In The Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume
"The Last Girl" by Joe Hart

"Let's Pretend This Never Happened," by Jenny Lawson.  I SLOGGED through this one.  People told me it was hilarious and clever.  I found it neither.  Written humor is hard to pull off.

"The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey.  I am more out of touch with popular culture than I realized because I'd never heard of this until the movie was reviewed on Roger Ebert's site.  The review wasn't good, but books are almost always better and that was the case with this one.  Some things were wrapped up a little too neatly, and the drill sergeant's lines are directly ripped off from Full Metal Jacket.  Still, solid writing and the next book's on my radar.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #214 on: February 28, 2016, 08:02:15 PM »
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (finished 1/1/2016)
2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (1/4)
3. The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (1/8)
4. Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer (1/9)
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (1/11)
6. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (1/12)
7. Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold (1/15)
8. Nexus by Ramez Naam (1/23)
9. Level up your Life by Steven Kamb (1/24)
10. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (1/31)
11. Crux by Ramez Naam (2/11)
12. Abundance: The Future is better than you think by Peter Diamandis (2/12)
13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2/21)
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2/28)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #215 on: February 28, 2016, 08:08:05 PM »
You guys read so much! I only just finished book #4 for the year. And this is A LOT for me. I've just been reading during meals. I've also been alternating between fiction and non-fiction.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #216 on: February 28, 2016, 09:25:20 PM »
Read so far in 2016:

"Dark Days" by D. Randall Blythe
"The Short Drop" by Matthew Fitzsimmons
"Katherine" by Anya Seton
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" by Felicia Day
"The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis
"The Family Nobody Wanted" by Helen Doss
"A Circle of Children" by Mary MacCracken
"Just A Geek" by Wil Wheaton
"Obsession in Death" by JD Robb
"The Food Lab" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
"In The Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume
"The Last Girl" by Joe Hart

"Let's Pretend This Never Happened," by Jenny Lawson.  I SLOGGED through this one.  People told me it was hilarious and clever.  I found it neither.  Written humor is hard to pull off.

"The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey.  I am more out of touch with popular culture than I realized because I'd never heard of this until the movie was reviewed on Roger Ebert's site.  The review wasn't good, but books are almost always better and that was the case with this one.  Some things were wrapped up a little too neatly, and the drill sergeant's lines are directly ripped off from Full Metal Jacket.  Still, solid writing and the next book's on my radar.

I'm not sure which (or all?)  genres you are referring to in terms of humor, but I really enjoy Helen Fielding's fictional work- particularly Olivia Joules as well as Cause Celeb.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #217 on: February 29, 2016, 08:46:19 AM »

19. You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) - Felicia Day


How was this?  I have it on digital hold from my library and looking forward to reading it.

I enjoyed it. It's quick and cute and laugh out loud funny, but I also think it would depend on a person's sense of humor. I quite enjoyed her characters in a couple shows and while reading the book I found her life story quite fascinating, especially when she was talking about what was going on in her life during the filming of those shows.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #218 on: February 29, 2016, 08:56:10 AM »

I'm not sure which (or all?)  genres you are referring to in terms of humor, but I really enjoy Helen Fielding's fictional work- particularly Olivia Joules as well as Cause Celeb.

I want to say I read "Cause Celeb"--I know I read "Bridget Jones' Diary" like everyone else.  I think fiction gives more leeway to be funny than nonfiction.  If I compared Felicia Day's book to Jenny Lawson's, I found Day's to be funnier, but sometimes it tried too hard.  Lawson's book tried WAY too hard, and I can't even blame it on her being a millennial because she's not.  :D

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #219 on: February 29, 2016, 02:52:47 PM »
  • F - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (1 Jan)
  • NF - Trust Me, I’m Lying by Holiday (6 Jan)
  • NF - Mindset by Dweck (8 Jan)
  • NF - Brainwashing And Other Forms Of Mind Control by Hyde (9 Jan)
  • NF - Beyond Fear by Schneier (12 Jan)
  • F - How I Became Stupid by Page (13 Jan)
  • NF - Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E Lee by Korda (23 Jan)
  • F - Hyperion by Simmons (1 Feb)
  • NF - When Corporations Rule The World by Korten (9 Feb)
  • F - Forever War by Haldeman (10 Feb)
  • F - Forever Peace by Haldeman (15 Feb)
  • F - Forever Free by Haldeman (18 Feb)
  • NF - The Spartan Army by Lazenby (19 Feb)
  • NF - Desert Warfare by Perrett (22 Feb)
  • NF - The Resilient Farm And Homestead by Falk (26 Feb)
  • NF - Elon Musk by Vance (28 Feb)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #220 on: March 01, 2016, 07:14:13 AM »
1.  Golden Age by Jane Smiley  (the last book of her trilogy) (Jan 2)
2.  The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith (I love his heroine from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series)
3.  The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (she co-authored the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I enjoyed that one so I thought I would try this)
4.  An Island Christmas (I'm a sucker for holiday fiction)
5.  Dishing the Dirt by MC Beaton (light mystery series by British author)
6.  The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter (I really enjoyed this after I finally got into it.  Requested a couple of his other books from the library)
7.  The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar Mazzeo  Wow, full of inaccuracies.  Could be an interesting book but so full of errors that it made all of the information suspect.
8.  The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (requested this from the library based on this thread - thanks!).
9.  The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman (#2 in the Sally Lockhart series).  Already requested the 3rd in the series. (Feb 25)
10. The Girl on the Train (March 1)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #221 on: March 01, 2016, 12:10:52 PM »

I'm not sure which (or all?)  genres you are referring to in terms of humor, but I really enjoy Helen Fielding's fictional work- particularly Olivia Joules as well as Cause Celeb.

I want to say I read "Cause Celeb"--I know I read "Bridget Jones' Diary" like everyone else.  I think fiction gives more leeway to be funny than nonfiction.  If I compared Felicia Day's book to Jenny Lawson's, I found Day's to be funnier, but sometimes it tried too hard.  Lawson's book tried WAY too hard, and I can't even blame it on her being a millennial because she's not.  :D

Makes sense.
I recommend Olivia Joules- seriously very funny.
Also Vonnegut

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #222 on: March 01, 2016, 12:13:27 PM »
21. Girl in a Box (Sujata Massey,)

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« Reply #223 on: March 01, 2016, 05:25:22 PM »
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (finished 1/1/2016)
2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (1/4)
3. The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (1/8)
4. Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer (1/9)
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (1/11)
6. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (1/12)
7. Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold (1/15)
8. Nexus by Ramez Naam (1/23)
9. Level up your Life by Steven Kamb (1/24)
10. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (1/31)
11. Crux by Ramez Naam (2/11)
12. Abundance: The Future is better than you think by Peter Diamandis (2/12)
13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2/21)
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2/28)
15. The Blue Zones Solution (3/1)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #224 on: March 01, 2016, 09:04:49 PM »

19. You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) - Felicia Day


How was this?  I have it on digital hold from my library and looking forward to reading it.

I enjoyed it. It's quick and cute and laugh out loud funny, but I also think it would depend on a person's sense of humor. I quite enjoyed her characters in a couple shows and while reading the book I found her life story quite fascinating, especially when she was talking about what was going on in her life during the filming of those shows.

Thanks!  I was drawn to it because I liked her characters on Eureka and Supernatural --- so i'm hoping I enjoy the book!

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #225 on: March 01, 2016, 09:14:19 PM »

1. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (1/9) ***
2. I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (1/10) **
3. A Beginner's Guide to Paradise by Alex Sheshunoff (1/11) **
4. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (1/15) ***
5. Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah (1/16) **
6. Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith (1/17) **
7. Hotels of North America by Rick Moody (1/18) **
8. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (1/20) ** [Audiobook]
9. Beaten, Seared, and Sauced by Jonathan Dixon (1/22) ***
10. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1/22)**** [Audiobook]
11. Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell (1/23) ***
12. Buenos Aires by James Gardner (1/26) ** (If you are interested in the history of architecture this would be 3-4*s...I was hoping for more of the political/social history of the city and found it dry.)
13. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (1/28) ****
14. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (1/30) ***
15. The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell (1/31) ***
16. I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan (2/2) ***
17. In a French Kitchen by Susan Hermann Loomis (1/25) *** [Missed this one last time I updated]
18. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith (2/2) ***
19. A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage (2/3) *** [Audiobook]
20. $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin (2/7) ***
21. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (2/14) ****
22. Like Family by Paolo Giordano (2/14) ***
23. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman  (2/15) **** [Audiobook]
24. It Ended Badly by Jennifer Wright (2/16) **
25. The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (2/16) *** [Audiobook]
26. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch (2/16) ***
27. Slice Harvester by Colin Hagendorf (2/19) *** [Audiobook]
28. Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life by Kim Severson (2/20) ***
29. Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders by Julianna Baggott (2/20) ***
30. Essentialism by Greg McKeown (2/20) ** [This books actually had some great ideas, but was overly-long/bloated, in a normal book this would cause me to move it down .5-1 stars, in a book about eliminating the extraneous, the egregious length-padding made me deduct 2 *'s...still worth a speed read/scan, but not a careful reading]
31. Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Barry (2/20) ****
32. The Possessed by Elif Batuman (2/20) ***
33. Walkable City by Jeff Speck (2/21) ****
34. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine (2/23) ***
35. Travels in Vermeer by Michael White (2/23) **
36. Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall (2/24) **
37. Between You & Me by Mary Norris (2/27) **
38. Little Victories by Jason Gay (2/27) ***
39. Room by Emma Donoghue (2/28) ***
40. The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith (2/28) ***


Currently Reading:
A Little History of Science by William Bynum [Audiobook]
A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
New York City: A Food Biography by Andrew Smith

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #226 on: March 02, 2016, 06:49:57 AM »

I'm not sure which (or all?)  genres you are referring to in terms of humor, but I really enjoy Helen Fielding's fictional work- particularly Olivia Joules as well as Cause Celeb.

I want to say I read "Cause Celeb"--I know I read "Bridget Jones' Diary" like everyone else.  I think fiction gives more leeway to be funny than nonfiction.  If I compared Felicia Day's book to Jenny Lawson's, I found Day's to be funnier, but sometimes it tried too hard.  Lawson's book tried WAY too hard, and I can't even blame it on her being a millennial because she's not.  :D

Makes sense.
I recommend Olivia Joules- seriously very funny.
Also Vonnegut

I'll check out "Olivia Joules"--it looks like my type of book!

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #227 on: March 03, 2016, 07:24:44 AM »

I've been having trouble picking out books and diversifying my reading so I"m going to use the PopSugar 2016 book challenge list for the rest of the year (bolded text shows newly completed book):

1. A book based on a fairy tale - The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood 3/2/16
2. A National Book Award winner -
3. A YA bestseller
4. A book you haven't read since high school
5. A book set in your home state
6. A book translated to English
7. A romance set in the future
8. A book set in Europe
9. A book under 150 pages
10. A New York Times bestseller
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year
12. A book recommended by someone you just met
13. A self-improvement book
14. A book you can finish in a day
15. A book written by a celebrity
16. A political memoir
17. A book at least 100 years older than you
18. A book that's more than 600 pages :Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Unset 2/24/16
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club
20. A science-fiction novel
21. A book recommended by a family member: Home by Marylin Robinson  2/20/16
22. A graphic novel
23. A book that is published in 2016
24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
25. A book that takes place during Summer
26. A book and its prequel
27. A murder mystery
28. A book written by a comedian
29. A dystopian novel
30. A book with a blue cover
31. A book of poetry
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
33. A classic from the 20th century
34. A book from the library
35. An autobiography
36. A book about a road trip
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with
38. A satirical book
39. A book that takes place on an island: A Year of Ravens by Various Authors (takes place in Roman Britain) 1/5/16
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy



Also - how do some of you read so much?! I consider myself to be a fast reader but it still takes me a few days to read a 2-300 page book these days and I certainly don't read every day anymore. Are you super readers already FIREd?
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #228 on: March 03, 2016, 07:27:50 AM »
Also - how dp some of you read so much?! I consider myself to be a fast reader but it still takes me a few days a to read a 2-300 page book these days and I certainly don't read every day anymore. Are you super readers already FIREd?

I read super fast and have since childhood.  It helps in my job, too.  :D

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #229 on: March 03, 2016, 04:38:56 PM »
Another fast reader here. I fill in the free time at work with reading. Sure beats wasting time on the internet.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #230 on: March 06, 2016, 12:54:19 AM »
Not sure if it's that I'm fast or that I spend so much time reading. I read with breakfast & dinner & after. Probably around 6+ hours on a regular work day.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #231 on: March 06, 2016, 01:07:03 AM »
21. Girl in a Box (Sujata Massey,)

22. If Looks Could Kill (Kate White)
23. A Body to Die for (Kate White)

I'm really happy to have found another series I enjoy- The  Bailey Weggins Mystery Series. I actually began with #4 not realizing it was part of a Series, fortunately these books are stand-alones. The two books above are 1&2.
Btw, the other series I've read through at least three times is The Rei Shimura Mystery Series by Sujata Massey.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #232 on: March 06, 2016, 02:18:30 PM »
21. Girl in a Box (Sujata Massey,)

22. If Looks Could Kill (Kate White)
23. A Body to Die for (Kate White)

I'm really happy to have found another series I enjoy- The  Bailey Weggins Mystery Series. I actually began with #4 not realizing it was part of a Series, fortunately these books are stand-alones. The two books above are 1&2.
Btw, the other series I've read through at least three times is The Rei Shimura Mystery Series by Sujata Massey.


i will also add that when i am reading nonfiction (though i mostly am reading fiction) i speed read, so this helps as well.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #233 on: March 06, 2016, 08:37:58 PM »
Quote from: jengod
1. The Legacy Journey by Dave Ramsey
2. The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford (chapter on price-targeting was particularly useful)
3. Books in My Baggage by Lawrence Clark Powell
4. Reading for the Love of It: Best Books for Young Readers by Michele Landsberg
5. Teach Your Own by John Holt & Pat Farenga

6. Your Money or Your Life by Robin & Dominguez

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #234 on: March 06, 2016, 09:35:17 PM »
Also - how do some of you read so much?! I consider myself to be a fast reader but it still takes me a few days to read a 2-300 page book these days and I certainly don't read every day anymore. Are you super readers already FIREd?

Others have already chimed in, but for my part:

1) I read fast.  I always have.  Some material is faster than others (Harry Potter is easier/quicker than Proust). 
2) I read during downtime.  I try to fill in the margins in my day with reading.  My kindle is ALWAYS with me, so if I have five minutes to kill - I read.  It's not unusual to see me reading my kindle while in line at the grocery store, riding the metro, waiting for a bus, at happy hour having a drink (assuming I'm alone, of course).
3) I read several books at once.  I generally have at least 3 books going at a time: non-fiction, fiction, and travel.  Sometimes I have two fiction books going (generally a light, easy, fun read and a more serious literary fiction selection.)
4) I dedicate time to reading.  I  read for about an hour at night before bed.  I also built in half an hour into my morning routine that I generally use for reading (unless I wake up feeling groggy and need the extra sleep). 

Really, for me, it's all about building routines that emphasize reading.  Some people can't imagine going a day without running or watching TV or writing in their journal, I can't imagine a day where I didn't spend time reading.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #235 on: March 07, 2016, 01:38:28 AM »
1. War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
2. Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K.Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling 
6. Small Space, Big Harvest (NF)
7. Whole30 (NF)
8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
9. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
10. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling 

12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K Rowling

Currently working on:
14. Storm Front - Jim Butcher
15. The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown (NF)
16. Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents - Lindsay C. Gibson (NF)

I find that when I'm reading something heavy, or something that requires a lot of processing, it's good to have something lighter on the go at the same time. Read the Dresden Files for the first time last year and loved them, so they're perfect for this purpose!

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #236 on: March 07, 2016, 05:07:14 AM »
1. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (finished 1/19). 
2. On the Shortness of Life, Seneca (1/24)
3. Building a Better Teacher, Elizabeth Green (2/2)
4. Living Mindfully, Deborah Schoeberlein David (2/6)
5. Blade of Fortriu, Juliet Marillier (2/15)
6. Well of Shades, Marillier (3/4)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #237 on: March 07, 2016, 05:39:10 AM »

1."Economics on the tram"
2. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
3. The Twelve Clues of Christmas - Rhys Bowen (audiobook)
4. The Amulet vol 1-4 (graphic novels)
5-8. Septimus Heap vol 1-4 - Angie Sage (audiobooks - been enjoying these on my comute. Childrens books but so hilarious!)
9-10. Secret Breakers vol 1-2 - H.L. Dennis (childrens books)
11. "The Black Viking" - Bergsveinn Birgisson (current)
12. Septimus Heap vol 5 - Angie Sage (current)

Also been enjoying a trip down memory lane - read the 17 first Nancy Drew books. Great fun.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #238 on: March 07, 2016, 11:41:56 AM »
Read so far in 2016:

"Dark Days" by D. Randall Blythe
"The Short Drop" by Matthew Fitzsimmons
"Katherine" by Anya Seton
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" by Felicia Day
"The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis
"The Family Nobody Wanted" by Helen Doss
"A Circle of Children" by Mary MacCracken
"Just A Geek" by Wil Wheaton
"Obsession in Death" by JD Robb
"The Food Lab" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
"In The Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume
"The Last Girl" by Joe Hart
"Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson
"The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey

"The Infinite Sea" by Rick Yancey.  It's definitely a second book in a trilogy.  I didn't like this as much as the first book although it wasn't bad.  It foreshadowed a bit too much and I know I'm going to yell I KNEW IT!! at least twice when I read the third book if it keeps on in the current vein.

"The Death of Santini" by Pat Conroy.  Pat Conroy died on Saturday and as I've read most of the novels he's written I decided to read this in his memory.  I've always loved how he used language, but in his nonfiction works it always seems to be "me against the world" and anyone who disagrees with him is in denial.

@Anje--I have to giggle when I see Cassandra Clare's name, as my first encounter with her was the Very Secret Diaries, which remains some of the funniest stuff I've ever read.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #239 on: March 07, 2016, 11:54:11 AM »
Also - how do some of you read so much?! I consider myself to be a fast reader but it still takes me a few days to read a 2-300 page book these days and I certainly don't read every day anymore. Are you super readers already FIREd?

Others have already chimed in, but for my part:

1) I read fast.  I always have.  Some material is faster than others (Harry Potter is easier/quicker than Proust). 
2) I read during downtime.  I try to fill in the margins in my day with reading.  My kindle is ALWAYS with me, so if I have five minutes to kill - I read.  It's not unusual to see me reading my kindle while in line at the grocery store, riding the metro, waiting for a bus, at happy hour having a drink (assuming I'm alone, of course).
3) I read several books at once.  I generally have at least 3 books going at a time: non-fiction, fiction, and travel.  Sometimes I have two fiction books going (generally a light, easy, fun read and a more serious literary fiction selection.)
4) I dedicate time to reading.  I  read for about an hour at night before bed.  I also built in half an hour into my morning routine that I generally use for reading (unless I wake up feeling groggy and need the extra sleep). 

Really, for me, it's all about building routines that emphasize reading.  Some people can't imagine going a day without running or watching TV or writing in their journal, I can't imagine a day where I didn't spend time reading.

I've been known to read at a bar in the middle of the day now & again - though mostly to pass the time on vacatuons, esp.  until dad is released from work, in the height of winter in Alaska :) .
I am always listening to an audio book in the car I might add, while reading another book when I can (several hours in the a.m. & later in the evening).
I also read fairly fast I think, though i am interested to know what others of you consider fast. I do about a page a minute for typical fiction. WAY quicker speed reading non-f obviously. Slower probably for denser type material.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #240 on: March 07, 2016, 11:56:15 AM »
21. Girl in a Box (Sujata Massey,)

22. If Looks Could Kill (Kate White)
23. A Body to Die for (Kate White)
24. Shimura Trouble

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #241 on: March 09, 2016, 06:03:20 AM »
  • Villette - Charlotte Brontė
  • The Professor - Charlotte Brontė
  • Shirley - Charlotte Brontė (Jane Eyre remains my favourite of hers)
  • Wind Through the Keyhole - Stephen King (makes me want to reread The Dark Tower series)
  • Angels and Visitations - Neil Gaiman
  • The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach - Steven Erikson
  • A Blink of the Screen - Terry Pratchett
  • Warriors of the Storm - Bernard Cornwell
  • The Crippled God - Steven Erikson - last one in the series :( I'm sure I'll re-read them at some point

Still haven't started clearing out my bookshelf, the library keeps coming up with things I've put on hold.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #242 on: March 09, 2016, 07:17:40 AM »
Perfect, I just finished my first book for 2016 too:

1.This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
2. (One of the Earthsea books. Haven't decided yet)

I finished Station Eleven a few months ago. Great dystopian fiction.

1   This One Summer
2   Earthsea Book 1: A Wizard of Earthsea
3   Earthsea Book 2: The Tombs of Atuan
4   Wild Child (short stories)
5   Earthsea Book 3: The Farthest Shore
6   Earthsea Book 4: Tehanu
7   Earthsea Book 5: Tales from Earthsea
8   Earthsea Book 6: The Other Wind
9   Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World (10%)
10   The Master and Margarita (16%)
11   Debt: The First 5,000 Years (15%)
12   Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (10%)
13   The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
14   1Q84
15   The Graveyard Book
16   Your Money and Your Brain
17   Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, To Take Control of Your Life
18   The Summer Queen (15%)
19   The Left Hand of Darkness
20   Ready Player One (10%)
21   The Stormlight Archive Book 1: The Way of Kings (10%)
22   The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time
23   Bossypants
24   On the Road
25   Confessions of a Wall Street Analyst (ongoing)

26   M is for Magic (short stories)
27   The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
28   Ghostwritten
29   The Waste Land and Other Poems
30   The Sense of an Ending
31   A Fire Upon the Deep (10%)
32   Robopocalypse
33   Smoke and Mirrors (short stories - ongoing)

34   The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (short stories)
35   Suicide: The Forever Decision
36   Mistborn Book 6: The Bands of Mourning
37   Level Up Your Life (ongoing)
38   Under the Dome (ongoing)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #243 on: March 10, 2016, 09:00:25 AM »
Completed:
1. The Wealthy Barber Returns - Dave Chilton
2. The Tiger - John Vaillant
3. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
4. Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
5. His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik
6. Throne of Jade - Naomi Novik
7. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
8. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday
9. Fluent Forever - Gabriel Wyner
10. The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
11. Rising Strong - Brené Brown
12. Black Powder War - Naomi Novik
13. Wealthing Like Rabbits - Robert R. Brown
14. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
15. The Language Hoax - John H. McWhorter
16. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
17. The Martian - Andy Weir
18. 101 Tax Secrets for Canadians - Timothy J. Cestnick
19. You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost) - Felicia Day
20. White Dog Fell from the Sky - Eleanor Morse
21. The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss
22. Level up your Life - Steve Kamb
23. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Currently reading:
24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling
25. Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal - JK Rowling
26. The Upside of Stress - Kelly McGonigal


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #244 on: March 11, 2016, 11:42:53 AM »
 from 5 March till now

the lighthouse---by P.D. James
the murder road---by S. Booth
chapter and hearse
stone cold---by C.J. Box
no birds sing---by Jo Bannister
cash landing---by Grippando



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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #245 on: March 13, 2016, 01:39:27 PM »
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (finished 1/1/2016)
2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (1/4)
3. The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (1/8)
4. Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer (1/9)
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (1/11)
6. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (1/12)
7. Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold (1/15)
8. Nexus by Ramez Naam (1/23)
9. Level up your Life by Steven Kamb (1/24)
10. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (1/31)
11. Crux by Ramez Naam (2/11)
12. Abundance: The Future is better than you think by Peter Diamandis (2/12)
13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2/21)
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2/28)
15. The Blue Zones Solution (3/1)
16. Apex by Ramez Naam (3/12)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #246 on: March 13, 2016, 01:44:58 PM »
21. Girl in a Box (Sujata Massey,)

22. If Looks Could Kill (Kate White)
23. A Body to Die for (Kate White)
24. Shimura Trouble

25. Til Death Do Us Part (Kate White) .

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #247 on: March 14, 2016, 08:53:25 PM »
1.  Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
2.  Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey
3.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey
4.  Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey
5. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey
6. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
7. Moneyball - Michael Lewis
8. Zodiac - Neal Stephenson
9. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
9. The Three-Body Problem -  Liu Cixin

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #248 on: March 14, 2016, 10:56:07 PM »
21. Girl in a Box (Sujata Massey,)

22. If Looks Could Kill (Kate White)
23. A Body to Die for (Kate White)
24. Shimura Trouble

25. Til Death Do Us Part (Kate White) .

26. Women of the Pleasure Quarters ( Lesley Downer ).

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #249 on: March 15, 2016, 07:18:35 AM »
riverffashion - I'm really enjoying it! I tend to fall into such a reading rut with the same couple of genres over and over again. I spent all of last year reading historical fiction and parenting books and was just tired of reading. Then I thought back to a period when I was traveling a lot for work. Every time I was in an airport (usually twice a week) I would ask the airport bookstore cashier for a recommendation and I had a streak where I just read the most awesome (and diverse) things. I still think of it as my magical year of reading.

I'm hoping the book challenge will help me get that feeling again. The research aspect alone is lots of fun for me!







this sounds fun, i want to do this! :)
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