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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #100 on: January 24, 2016, 07:43:02 PM »
1. War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells

I read that last year!
I really enjoyed it, but then I also read The Day of the Triffids by John Christopher (of The Chrysalids fame) - I was on a bit of a theme -  which I enjoyed even more.

Also, the HP titles on your list is making me want to read the series again - it's been a long while :)

You mean John Wyndham :-) he's one of my all-time favourite authors. Have you read Trouble With Lichen? That's a fantastic Wyndham, great exploration of feminist themes and the purpose of human life.

I was a bit sad that War of the Worlds didn't do it for me. The protagonist / narrator shat me to tears, and I wasn't feeling tolerant enough to deal with all the bigotry that was just normal at that time.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #101 on: January 24, 2016, 08:48:20 PM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners (Book 1), by Brandon Sanderson
2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1, by N.K Jemisin
4. One Year After, by William R. Forstchen
5. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
6: The King's Speech, by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
7. The Long Utopia, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
8. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1), but Jim Butcher
9. Second Hand Souls, by Christopher Moore The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
10: A Symphony of Echos (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 2), by Jodi Taylor
11. A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 3), by Jodi Taylor
12. The Fold, by Peter Cline
13: Secondhand Souls, but Christopher Moore

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #102 on: January 25, 2016, 02:02:49 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

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #103 on: January 25, 2016, 09:58:25 PM »
I'm a bit late getting started, but I enjoyed this challenge last year, and I definitely found I read more as a result. I'm going to aim for 75 this year though. Slow start, because I've been having to take work home the last few weeks, so little reading time, and my first challenge is to read all the books I have that I don't intend to keep, so I can give them away. In fact, I think I'll go organise that pile right now.

1. The long Utopia - Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett
2. I am David -
3. Unnamed
4. Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
5. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett -  think these are both new one s to me, or at least I haven't read more than once and for me. pretty standard TP fare
6. Barchester Chronicles - Anthony Trollope - thought I'd get some classics in now I finally have an e-reader.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #104 on: January 25, 2016, 10:25:55 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

Novellas count, right? It was published as its own individual book...

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #105 on: January 25, 2016, 10:38:22 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

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #106 on: January 26, 2016, 02:29:03 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

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #107 on: January 26, 2016, 08:02:16 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.)

Currently Reading (note: I tend to read lots of books at once...I'm very much a mood reader)
-Possessed by Elif Batuman
-Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
-Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
-Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

And I need to return The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma to the library by 1/29 .... so I'm about to dig into that one too and hope for the best.  If it doesn't catch my interest quickly, I'm afraid I will be returning it and putting myself back on the end of the waitlist.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #108 on: January 26, 2016, 08:03:56 PM »
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6. Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman

Novellas count, right? It was published as its own individual book...

I don't think there are strict rules.  If novellas count to you, they count for you.

How was Once Upon a Time in the North?  I love Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, but have never read anything else by him. 

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #109 on: January 27, 2016, 08:03:59 AM »
How was Once Upon a Time in the North?  I love Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, but have never read anything else by him.

I quite liked it, I imagine if you liked HDM you'd probably enjoy this as well. I read Lyra's Oxford awhile back but don't really remember much about it so I think I'll re-read that as well. I just love the characters and the world he built and I'd read just about anything set in that universe.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #110 on: January 27, 2016, 11:09:23 AM »
1. Casino Royale by Ian Flemming
2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #111 on: January 27, 2016, 11:37:08 PM »
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

This week I have been binge reading the Dragon Blood series bks 2,3,4,5. All light and entertaining. There are two more but I think I'll save them for later in the year.

Now going to read Armada by Ernest Cline. Have been putting it off as I adored Ready Player One and don't want to be disappointed his second book.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #112 on: January 28, 2016, 01:04:16 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. The 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.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #113 on: January 28, 2016, 05:56:26 PM »
Read so far in 2016:

"Dark Days" by D. Randall Blythe
"The Short Drop" by Matthew Fitzsimmons
"Katherine" by Anya Seton (a re-read of one of my favorite all-time novels)
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" by Felicia Day
"The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis (finally got around to reading this, much better than the movie)
"The Family Nobody Wanted" by Helen Doss (I loved this book as a kid and found it in my local library)
"A Circle of Children" by Mary MacCracken (another childhood favorite)
"Just A Geek" by Wil Wheaton (a little too precious, but I've read his blog for years)
"Obsession in Death" by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts)
"The Food Lab" by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (currently reading)
"In The Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume (currently reading)

Happy reading, y'all!


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #114 on: January 29, 2016, 01:24:06 AM »
I am in

Finished
1. Holy Cow - Sarah MacDonald

Currently Reading
 These Things Happen - Greg Fleet

Finished these things happen now reading

Buried Angels - Camilla Lackburg

accidentally left fallen angels on a plane :(

Books completed this year

Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling
These things Happen - Greg Fleet
Holy Cow - Sarah McDonald

currently reading "the story of stuff"

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #115 on: January 29, 2016, 07:29:18 AM »
So, is this a place to publicly list the books we've read as opposed to listing the book and giving it a review and/or having a discussion?

If each post lists all the books read to date, won't the posts end up getting incredibly long? Do people read each other's long posts?

I'm not trying to throw a turd on your fire if this is how everyone likes it. I'm curious and interested. 

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #116 on: January 29, 2016, 07:48:28 AM »
So, is this a place to publicly list the books we've read as opposed to listing the book and giving it a review and/or having a discussion?

If each post lists all the books read to date, won't the posts end up getting incredibly long? Do people read each other's long posts?

I'm not trying to throw a turd on your fire if this is how everyone likes it. I'm curious and interested.

This was the format of the 2015 thread, so it naturally continued in the 2016 thread. You're more than welcome to start new threads if you want an in-depth discussion of a particular book :)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #117 on: January 29, 2016, 07:53:40 AM »
So, is this a place to publicly list the books we've read as opposed to listing the book and giving it a review and/or having a discussion?

If each post lists all the books read to date, won't the posts end up getting incredibly long? Do people read each other's long posts?

I'm not trying to throw a turd on your fire if this is how everyone likes it. I'm curious and interested.

It's the first thread I read every morning and I do read all the lists of books. The only problem I have is when the list doesn't indicate which books are new to that list (I bold my new additions, others quote theirs).
I do wish there were more reviews, especially on recommended books, but I scan through each list anyway and google the books that catch my eye based on the name or occasionally a quick review to see if it's something I want to add to my ever growing list.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #118 on: January 29, 2016, 09:27:16 AM »
I definitely read every post, and use some to check descriptions on Amazon. I appreciate the long format, because it takes some effort to keep my voracious book monster satisfied. 

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« Reply #119 on: January 29, 2016, 09:53:41 AM »
Excellent! Thanks for the responses, all! I'll adapt my posts to fit the format, which sounds like it works well. I appreciate how active this thread is and the great book suggestions!

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« Reply #120 on: January 29, 2016, 05:28:30 PM »
So, is this a place to publicly list the books we've read as opposed to listing the book and giving it a review and/or having a discussion?

If each post lists all the books read to date, won't the posts end up getting incredibly long? Do people read each other's long posts?

I'm not trying to throw a turd on your fire if this is how everyone likes it. I'm curious and interested.

all of the above:)

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« Reply #121 on: January 29, 2016, 05:29:36 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

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #122 on: January 30, 2016, 09:48:19 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 Rottfuss
8. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday
9. Fluent Forever - Gabriel Wyner
10. The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rottfuss

Currently reading:
11. Rising Strong - Brené Brown
12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling
13. Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal - JK Rowling
14. Black Powder War - Naomi Novik


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #123 on: January 30, 2016, 09:35:27 PM »
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
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« Reply #124 on: January 30, 2016, 10:51:59 PM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners (Book 1), by Brandon Sanderson
2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1, by N.K Jemisin
4. One Year After, by William R. Forstchen
5. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
6: The King's Speech, by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
7. The Long Utopia, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
8. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1), but Jim Butcher
9. Second Hand Souls, by Christopher Moore The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
10: A Symphony of Echos (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 2), by Jodi Taylor
11. A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 3), by Jodi Taylor
12. The Fold, by Peter Cline
13: Secondhand Souls, by Christopher Moore
14: The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett
15: All The Birds Singing, Evie Wyld
16: Front Runner, by Felix Francis

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #125 on: January 31, 2016, 06:47:07 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  (19 hour audiobook, but had quite a few interesting stories)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #126 on: January 31, 2016, 10:10:51 PM »
I'm in!

First blood!

1. Level up your life! by Steve Kamb (finished 1/15/2016)

Just Completed:

2. How to Get Rich                 by Donald Trump      ( 1/30/16)
2. Spark Joy                           by Marie Kondo         (1/31/16)
3. Read and Get Rich             by Burke Hedges       (1/31/16)
4. The Three Hit Combo         by Justin Pinon         (1/31/16)

Currently Reading:

5. The Greatest Salesman in the World
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« Reply #127 on: January 31, 2016, 11:55:02 PM »
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)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #128 on: February 01, 2016, 02:23:36 PM »
Wow, I Am Legend is almost entirely different than the movie!
Weird.. Very loosely based I guess

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #129 on: February 01, 2016, 04:50:57 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)

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« Reply #130 on: February 01, 2016, 05:15:00 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)

Currently on #7: The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar Mazzeo

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« Reply #131 on: February 01, 2016, 06:58:01 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


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« Reply #133 on: February 02, 2016, 06:42:39 AM »

1. The Cairo Affair - Olen Steinhauer
2. American Nations - Colin Woodard
3. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
4. Dune - Frank Herbert.
5. Expats - Chris Pavone
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6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling



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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #134 on: February 02, 2016, 09:00:08 AM »
Wow, I Am Legend is almost entirely different than the movie!
Weird.. Very loosely based I guess

Yes, I remember reading the book a couple years ago and being astounded. The movie was good enough, but it totally threw out all of the underlying themes of how cultural monsters and fairy tales are formed. Very strange.

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« Reply #135 on: February 02, 2016, 09:25:38 AM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners (Book 1), by Brandon Sanderson
2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1, by N.K Jemisin
4. One Year After, by William R. Forstchen
5. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
6: The King's Speech, by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
7. The Long Utopia, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
8. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1), but Jim Butcher
9. Second Hand Souls, by Christopher Moore The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
10: A Symphony of Echos (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 2), by Jodi Taylor
11. A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 3), by Jodi Taylor
12. The Fold, by Peter Cline
13: Secondhand Souls, by Christopher Moore
14: The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett
xx: All The Birds Singing, Evie Wyld Hated this one. Didn't finish.
15: Front Runner, by Felix Francis
16: V is for Vengence, by Sue Grafton. I know this author has been around for a long time, but this is the first book I've read by her. Pretty good. I've been shorting myself.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #136 on: February 02, 2016, 09:43:40 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 (currently reading)
"In The Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume--lots of characters to follow, but I enjoyed it.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #137 on: February 02, 2016, 01:46:55 PM »
Wow, I Am Legend is almost entirely different than the movie!
Weird.. Very loosely based I guess

Yes, I remember reading the book a couple years ago and being astounded. The movie was good enough, but it totally threw out all of the underlying themes of how cultural monsters and fairy tales are formed. Very strange.

ya. if it were not for wanting to finish the book, i would not have. way too weird for me.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #138 on: February 02, 2016, 09:37:59 PM »
How was Once Upon a Time in the North?  I love Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, but have never read anything else by him.

I quite liked it, I imagine if you liked HDM you'd probably enjoy this as well. I read Lyra's Oxford awhile back but don't really remember much about it so I think I'll re-read that as well. I just love the characters and the world he built and I'd read just about anything set in that universe.

I tried to reply to those who responded last week, but it looks like the internet ate my post.  Thanks for the info.  I didn't know that Pullman had written anything else.  I've put HDM on my re-read list and added the first of his detective series to my hold list at the library.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #139 on: February 02, 2016, 09:40:51 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) ***

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #140 on: February 02, 2016, 10:48:04 PM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners (Book 1), by Brandon Sanderson
2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1, by N.K Jemisin
4. One Year After, by William R. Forstchen
5. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
6: The King's Speech, by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
7. The Long Utopia, by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
8. Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1), but Jim Butcher
9. Second Hand Souls, by Christopher Moore The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
10: A Symphony of Echos (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 2), by Jodi Taylor
11. A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary's Book 3), by Jodi Taylor
12. The Fold, by Peter Cline
13: Secondhand Souls, by Christopher Moore
14: The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett
xx: All The Birds Singing, Evie Wyld Hated this one. Didn't finish.
15: Front Runner, by Felix Francis
16: V is for Vengence, by Sue Grafton. I know this author has been around for a long time, but this is the first book I've read by her. Pretty good. I've been shorting myself.

The early Kinsey stories are even better. Read your way through the alphabet!! :D

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #141 on: February 03, 2016, 06:32:27 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)

As a layperson, I was fascinated by Green's book about the evolution and history of teacher training. I have a healthy respect for teachers. What a demanding job! It takes countless hours of preparation outside of school hours to do the job competently. When you consider the pay and the low public regard (my perception) for the profession, it's a wonder anyone goes into it. I'm a bit shocked at how terrible ed schools are at preparing teachers.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #142 on: February 03, 2016, 09:24:30 PM »
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)

The Earthsea trilogy is one of my all time favorites! Might be time for a reread.

Also, have you read "The dispossessed"? One of the few books I kept after I downsized my collection.

I regretted putting off Earthsea for so long! I will look into The Dispossessed. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #143 on: February 04, 2016, 11:50:09 AM »
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.)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #144 on: February 04, 2016, 06:52:22 PM »
Finally finished a book!

1. Darknet by Matthew Mather (Feb 4)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #145 on: February 05, 2016, 06:19:14 AM »
I've been putting off this challenge for two years now, but finally will have the time in 2016!

I'm starting off with some quick, light reads to get some momentum. The plan is to transition to some thicker reading come February.


1. Memory Theater by Simon Critchley
2. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
3. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
4. Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut

Currently Reading - Discourses and Selected Writings by Epictetus / The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

I wasn't expecting such a slow down once winter break was over... I need to make more time to focus on reading and stop being so easily distracted.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #146 on: February 05, 2016, 11:20:55 AM »
I'm so in!

So far this year:
1. I married you for happiness by Lily Tuck (great book, loved every minute of it)

I'm currently reading:
2. Almost Anywhere : Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense

3. Smarty bones by Carolyn Haines (I read mysteries while climbing stairs on my work breaks)

4. Long Upon the Land, Margaret Maron

5. Food Whore, Jessica Tom

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« Reply #147 on: February 06, 2016, 02:15:25 PM »

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)

Some interesting bits in David's books, especially on feelings and emotions as mental constructs; however, I would not recommend the book since I could not relate to it. It was co-written with a psychiatrist, and a lot of the book seems directed at people with psychological issues. The book also takes itself and mindfulness a bit too seriously IMO (saying that body scan meditation should only be done with a professional due to the deep psychological issues that can arise...)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #148 on: February 06, 2016, 03:12:52 PM »


1. The Cairo Affair - Olen Steinhauer
2. American Nations - Colin Woodard
3. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
4. Dune - Frank Herbert.
5. Expats - Chris Pavone
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling


7. Bliss Remembered - Frank Deford
8. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #149 on: February 07, 2016, 12:05:40 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) .