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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #200 on: February 12, 2017, 07:03:11 PM »
1)No Place to hide - Susan Lewis
2) And the mountains echoed - Khaled Hosseini
3) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault!)
4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault! - 1 mention of Harry and I am doomed - what do you mean did I cook - no I was Reading Harry Potter!!!)
5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
6) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
7) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
8) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - JK Rowling
9) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
10) Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card4
11) Hostage - Paul and Rachel Chandler
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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #201 on: February 12, 2017, 09:13:17 PM »
13.  Yusuf Atilgan, Motherland Hotel

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #202 on: February 13, 2017, 02:50:55 PM »
1)The Hostile Hospital(read-aloud) - by Lemony Snicket
2)The Manchurian Candidate - by Richard Condon
3)Maus - by Art Spiegelman
4)The Heart Goes Last - by Margaret Atwood
5)Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior - by Leonard Mlodinov

6)Fables, Volume 1: Legends in Exile - by Bill Willingham(writer)
7)Fables, Volume 2: Animal Farm - by Bill Willingham(writer)
8)Night - by Elie Wiesel

I feel like such a reading lightweight compared to most of you!

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #203 on: February 13, 2017, 08:35:36 PM »
1. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
2. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
3. The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer
4. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
5. The Whistler by John Grisham

6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #204 on: February 14, 2017, 06:18:41 AM »
1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
5. The Death Cure by James Dashner
6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg
7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
10. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Finally finished the main books of the Sookie Stackhouse series (some of you might know it as True Blood). I'm finishing off the short stories, probably tonight, and then I will be done with that series. Really enjoyed them!

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #205 on: February 14, 2017, 01:32:31 PM »
Late to the game, but I'm in!  It's tough with two young kids, but I really need to get back to spending some time on myself again.

1. The Martian by Andy Weir

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #206 on: February 15, 2017, 06:12:30 AM »
1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)
3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Maze Runner #2)
5. The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)
6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #1)
7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #2)
9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
10. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
11. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories)

Currently reading Can't Wait to Get to Heaven (Elmwood Springs #3) by Fannie Flagg

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #207 on: February 16, 2017, 09:20:06 AM »
1. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
2. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
3. The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer
4. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
5. The Whistler by John Grisham
6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler

7. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetero
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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #208 on: February 16, 2017, 06:25:05 PM »
1. A Blistered Kind of Love by Angela and Duffy Ballard (1/11)
2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (1/19)
3. Flood by Stephen Baxter (1/23)
4. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (1/29)
5. Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather (2/1)
6. Doing Good Better by Will MacAskill (2/9)
7. Ark by Stephen Baxter (2/15)
8. This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (2/15)

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Re: 100 Books in 2017!
« Reply #209 on: February 17, 2017, 06:32:24 PM »
I'm doubling the goal.  Posting books I have finished as I finish them along with a brief review/blurb.

1) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory (Aaron James): philosophical treatise about what it means for someone to be an asshole and how we can deal with them
2) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump (same author): sequel to the prior book, subject obvious
3) 17/01/02 - The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho): I may be the only person on this forum who didn't like this book, but it's supposed to be an allegory about following your dreams.  I appreciate that aspect of it, but I find the whole New Age mumbo jumbo to be a bit over the top.
4) 17/01/04 - Spaceman (Mike Massimino): Hubble telescope spacewalking astronaut's memoirs
5) 17/01/06 - Luna: New Moon (Ian McDonald): sci-fi dystopia played out on the moon in a feudal society (complete with warring great families); ends with a cliffhanger and sequel due out in March
6) 17/01/07 - The Art of Sleeping Alone (Sophie Fontanel): French writer's memoir about the years when she gave up relationships/sex.  Not as enlightening (or even as scandalous) as I would have hoped, but occasionally surprisingly humorous.
7) 17/01/07 - On Bullshit (Harry Frankfurt): philosophical treatise on bullshit, the inspiration for James's treatises on assholes (cited above).  At 67 pages, really more of an essay than a book, but published in book form.
8) 17/01/08 - A Deeper Love Inside (Sister Souljah): sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, Souljah's novel about ghetto life in NYC.  Silly, unrealistic ending, but Winter's younger sister Porsche is a much more interesting and sympathetic main character than Winter.
9) 17/01/08 - Good Morning, Midnight (Lily Brooks-Dalton): if you're a sci fi fan, all I can say is, wow.  You should read this book.  Loneliness and the myriad connections between an astronomer and an astronaut who unexpectedly and inexplicably find themselves to be two of the last people on or off the earth.
10) 17/01/10 - Dragons of Summer Flame (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman): last of the Dragonlance series that follows the fates of both the original generation and the second generation (should be read after the original Dragonlance series and after The Second Generation, since it builds on all of those stories).
11) 17/01/15 - Join (Steve Toutonghi): strange, disturbing sci fi novel raising questions about the nature of what it means to be human and mortal in an era where technology makes it possible to combine one's psyche with those of others into a group psyche
12) 17/01/17 - Men We Reaped (Jesmyn Ward): memoir of a black woman growing up impoverished in rural Mississippi, focusing specifically on the many black men she knew (including her brother) who died young due to drugs or accidents.  It's hard for me to explain why, but I came away from this book feeling annoyed with the author (who also had a drug problem with alcohol), not sympathetic.
13) 17/01/21 - The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Kelli Estes): loosely historical mystery novel based on history of Chinese immigration to and expulsion from Washington Territory (later Washington State).  Initially slow going and took time to get into, but worth the effort.
14) 17/01/28 - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg): this is actually a re-read, but just as good the second time as the first.  By the same author who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes," with similar style and theme (older woman telling her life story to a middle-aged present-day woman trying to find herself)
15) 17/01/29 - Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance): family memoir of a KY "hillbilly" and how he ended up successfully graduating from Yale Law School.  I read this at the rec of several people on this site who were wanting to use it to try to understand why so many people voted for Trump.  Not sure it provides much in the way of help along those lines, but it was an interesting book nonetheless, and well written.
16) 17/02/07 - Bait and Switch (Barbara Ehrenreich): this is the sequel to "Nickel and Dimed," her book about blue collar workers.  B&S describes the trials and travails of laid-off white collar workers.  The author is really pretty hilarious, but I think this book could have been so much more if she had questioned the premise of whether entering the white collar corporate world was worthwhile in the first place (she doesn't).
17) 17/02/17 - America: Imagine A World Without Her (Dinesh D'Souza): book based on his documentary of the same name (or maybe the book came first?  I'm not sure.)  Offers a counter to the prevailing progressive view of the US as a colonial power that "steals" from the little guys and gals.  He's a little too rah rah pro Christianity, but otherwise I liked the book.
18) 17/02/17 - Night of the Animals (Bill Broun): ok, I really like sci fi and fantasy, but this was a totally out there, cultist dystopian future novel mainly told from the perspective of an unreliable nonagenarian drug addict narrator.  I'm still not sure if I liked it.  It was just....weird.

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #210 on: February 18, 2017, 03:15:32 PM »
I'm in! Started in 2016, but just finished:

1) The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

2) The Pure Gold Baby by Margaret Drabble

3) The Nix by Nathan Hill ~ fantastic!

4) Passage to India by E.M. Forster (book group)

5) The LIght of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

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« Reply #211 on: February 18, 2017, 03:18:55 PM »
1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)
4. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)
Pretty interesting. About two alternate lives of a woman in early 1960's.
5. Die Softly (Christopher Pike)
6. Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)

I read "The Bookseller" last year - and thought it was very interesting too!

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Re: 50 Books in 2017!
« Reply #212 on: February 18, 2017, 04:40:31 PM »

     I'm in again this year. I'll do the popsugar book challenge as my reading list because it really helped me get out of a genre rut last year.
    http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2017-42561300

    1. A book about an interesting woman: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Fiction about Martha and Sarah Carrier from the Salem Witch Trials.[/li][/list]
    2. A book recommended by a librarian: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
    3. A book that has been on my TBR for a long time: Dune by Frank Herbert
    4. A book of letters: The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski  (this is more of an addendum novella to another, much longer, novel, House of Leaves - but I was tired of waiting for the other book to come from library loan)

    5. The first book in a series you've never read before: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #213 on: February 19, 2017, 02:14:31 AM »
    1. How to stay de-junked forever by Dawna Walter (1/1/17)
    2. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey (6/1/17)
    3. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (20/1/17)
    4. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (28/1/17) I had so many epiphanies reading this :)

    Next up is George Orwell: The Observer Years. I'm sure I'll find we have learnt nothing from the past... I've also got Superfreakonomics that DH had from the library.

    5. Superfreakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner (19/2/17) V interesting, especially the section on climate change interventions as alternatives to trying to change peoples' behaviour. Pumping sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere could save us from ourselves and it's cheaper too. I also found the section on prostitutes interesting, it reminded me of The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, which is an eye-opening & fun read!

    I've put George Orwell aside as it's hard going and picked up The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene about a policeman in a British Colony in West Africa during wartime. I made the mistake of reading the introduction first - it gave a way the ending and all major plot points and annoyed me no end. These literary types must forget some of us are picking the book up for the first time.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #214 on: February 19, 2017, 09:46:59 AM »
    1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
    2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
    3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)
    4. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)
    Pretty interesting. About two alternate lives of a woman in early 1960's.
    5. Die Softly (Christopher Pike)
    6. Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)

    I read "The Bookseller" last year - and thought it was very interesting too!
    Somehow I missed the book was supposed to take place in the 60's, until the first reference to a date. Definitely has a timeless quality- absolutely could have been current.

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    « Reply #215 on: February 19, 2017, 01:46:33 PM »
    1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
    2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
    3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)
    4. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)
    Pretty interesting. About two alternate lives of a woman in early 1960's.
    5. Die Softly (Christopher Pike)
    6. Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)

    I read "The Bookseller" last year - and thought it was very interesting too!
    Somehow I missed the book was supposed to take place in the 60's, until the first reference to a date. Definitely has a timeless quality- absolutely could have been current.

    It would make for a good movie, I think!

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #216 on: February 19, 2017, 01:55:57 PM »
    I've been reading more—partly as an inexpensive/free way to occupy myself during weekends (I tend to eat out/shop otherwise!). Here's where I am so far!

    Read so far:
    • Consciousness Explained, Daniel Dennett
    • The Sellout, Paul Beatty
    • The TV Sutras, Dodie Bellamy
    • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal, Jared Diamond
    • Selfish, Kim Kardashian West
    • Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, Rebecca Goldstein
    • The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami
    • Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, Leonard Koren
    • The Complete Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino
    • Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
    • Dear White People, Justin Simien
    Currently reading:
    • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
    • Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, David Harvey
    50 books is feeling decently attainable…

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #217 on: February 20, 2017, 09:53:43 AM »
    1. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
    2. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
    3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
    4. The Chosen - Chaim Potok
    5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #218 on: February 20, 2017, 10:01:41 AM »
    1. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin (done!)
    2. Temple Grandin by Annette Wood (done!)
    3. Ahsoka by E. K. Johnson (done!)
    4. The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek (done!)
    5. The Glass Universe by Dava Soble (27%)
    6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (17%)

    I had a few false starts with books that just weren't my style, so I quit on them. Giving myself permission to not finish books I don't like was a huge step forward for me in reclaiming my time.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #219 on: February 20, 2017, 04:04:54 PM »
    1. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
    2. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
    3. The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer
    4. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
    5. The Whistler by John Grisham
    6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler
    7. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetero

    8. The couple next door by Sheri Lapena

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #220 on: February 20, 2017, 11:29:10 PM »
    1)No Place to hide - Susan Lewis
    2) And the mountains echoed - Khaled Hosseini
    3) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault!)
    4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault! - 1 mention of Harry and I am doomed - what do you mean did I cook - no I was Reading Harry Potter!!!)
    5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
    6) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
    7) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
    8) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - JK Rowling
    9) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
    10) Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
    11) Hostage - Paul and Rachel Chandler
    12) Wild - Cheryl Strayed

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #221 on: February 21, 2017, 12:10:28 AM »
    1. Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel (excellent)
    2. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (average)
    3. The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory (blergh)
    4. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (blergh)
    5. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (awesome)
    6. Cold Days by Jim Butcher (enjoyable)
    7. Skin Game by Jim Butcher (currently reading)

    8. Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher.

    I'm reading this to see if I can force myself to enjoy the Codex Alera, but honestly, after Furies of Calderon I'm not convinced.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #222 on: February 21, 2017, 06:30:40 AM »
    1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
    2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)
    3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Maze Runner #2)
    5. The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)
    6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #1)
    7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
    8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #2)
    9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
    10. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
    11. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories)
    12. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #3)

    Currently reading The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. Stopped by my local 2nd and Charles to sell some books this weekend and hit the JACKPOT on the free book bin outside. Several books I've been looking for for a long time, including The Red Tent, The Kite Runner, and Watchmen.

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #223 on: February 21, 2017, 01:24:14 PM »
    1. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
    2. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
    3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
    4. The Chosen - Chaim Potok
    5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
    6. The Promise - Chaim Potok

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #224 on: February 22, 2017, 01:41:11 PM »
    I'm in!

    1. The Box by Marc Levinson- 1/15/17
    2. The Theft by Swords by Michael J Sullivan- 1/19/17
    3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell- 1/25/17
    4. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson- 1/25/17

    5. Wild by Cheryl Strayed- 1/27/17
    6. Means of Ascent by Robert Caro- 2-8-17
    7. Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes- 2-10-17
    8. Everybody Behaves Badly- 2/12/17
    9. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan- 2/16/17
    10. Linchpin by Seth Godin- 2/16/17
    11. No Man's Land by Aasif Mandvi- I think 2/17/17?
    12. Write to Die by Charles Rosenberg

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #225 on: February 22, 2017, 03:13:51 PM »
    1. Until the End book 1- The Party (Christopher Pike)
    2. Until the End book 2- The Dance (Christopher Pike)
    3. Until the End book 3- The Graduation (Christopher Pike)
    4. The Bookseller (Cynthia Swanson)
    Pretty interesting. About two alternate lives of a woman in early 1960's.
    5. Die Softly (Christopher Pike)
    6. Down a Dark Hall (Lois Duncan)
    7. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
    8. Stranger With My Face (Lois Duncan)
    9. So Pretty It Hurts (Kate White)
    10. A Body To Die For (Kate White)

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #226 on: February 22, 2017, 07:43:19 PM »

    So far for 2017:

    (1) Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
    (2) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    (3) The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
    (4) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
    (5)The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

    (6) 1984 by George Orwell
    (7) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #227 on: February 22, 2017, 09:30:38 PM »
    Finished Kitchen Counter Cooking School (an excellent Mustachian rec) and Rachel Cruze's Love Your Life Not Theirs.


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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #228 on: February 23, 2017, 11:00:06 AM »
    #5: Spark Joy- Marie Kondo

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #229 on: February 23, 2017, 11:01:46 AM »
    I'm in too, I've been tracking on Goodreads.com but can track here also.
    1. Trading Christmas- Debbie Macomber
    2. The Forgetful Bride- Debbie Macomber
    3. Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes- Joanne DeMaio
    4. Calico Joe- John Grisham
    5. Spark Joy- Marie Kondo

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #230 on: February 23, 2017, 11:52:08 AM »
    1. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
    2. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
    3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
    4. The Chosen - Chaim Potok
    5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
    6. The Promise - Chaim Potok
    7. The Education of Will - Patricia McConnell

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    Re: 50 Books in 2017!
    « Reply #231 on: February 23, 2017, 10:08:42 PM »

       I'm in again this year. I'll do the popsugar book challenge as my reading list because it really helped me get out of a genre rut last year.
      http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2017-42561300

      1. A book about an interesting woman: The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Fiction about Martha and Sarah Carrier from the Salem Witch Trials.[/li][/list]
      2. A book recommended by a librarian: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
      3. A book that has been on my TBR for a long time: Dune by Frank Herbert
      4. A book of letters: The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski  (this is more of an addendum novella to another, much longer, novel, House of Leaves - but I was tired of waiting for the other book to come from library loan)
      5. The first book in a series you've never read before: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

      6. A book with a cat on the cover: Mrs. Pargeter's Point of Honor by Simon Brett (cute British who-done-it)

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #232 on: February 24, 2017, 07:07:40 AM »
      1. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin (done!)
      2. Temple Grandin by Annette Wood (done!)
      3. Ahsoka by E. K. Johnson (done!)
      4. The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek (done!)
      5. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*** by the Sarah Knight (done!)
      5. The Glass Universe by Dava Soble (44%)
      6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (17%)

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #233 on: February 24, 2017, 08:51:43 AM »
      1)No Place to hide - Susan Lewis
      2) And the mountains echoed - Khaled Hosseini
      3) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault!)
      4) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling (Bracken_Joys fault! - 1 mention of Harry and I am doomed - what do you mean did I cook - no I was Reading Harry Potter!!!)
      5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
      6) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
      7) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
      8) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - JK Rowling
      9) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
      10) Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
      11) Hostage - Paul and Rachel Chandler
      12) Wild - Cheryl Strayed

      SAfAmBrit - What did you think of Ender's Game?

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #234 on: February 24, 2017, 11:06:47 AM »
      1. Lynette Eason - Don't Look Back - 1/20
      2. Lynette Eason - Too Close to Home - 1/20
      3. Lynette Eason - Protecting Her Daughter - 1/20
      4. Lynette Eason - Rodeo Rescuer - 1/19
      5. Lynette Eason - The Lawman Returns - 1/18
      6. Lynette Eason - Classified Christmas - 1/12
      7. Lynette Eason - Lethal Homecoming  - 1/12

      8. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley - Audio Book - 2/15 - Re-read
      9. Rose Daughter, Robin McKinley - 35% - Audio Book - Re-read
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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #235 on: February 24, 2017, 06:14:10 PM »
      1. How to stay de-junked forever by Dawna Walter (1/1/17)
      2. The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey (6/1/17)
      3. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (20/1/17)
      4. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (28/1/17) I had so many epiphanies reading this :)
      5. Superfreakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner (19/2/17)
      6. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (25/2/17)

      In progress still: George Orwell: The Observer Years.

      I need to pick a light hearted novel next because The Heart of the Matter was a pretty dark read. Not only does the author allow you to feel the draining conditions in the tropics (heat, humidity, biting insects, decay) he also throws in a whole heap of religious guilt, death and misery. Fun!

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #236 on: February 25, 2017, 07:54:43 AM »
      1. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
      2. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
      3. The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer
      4. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
      5. The Whistler by John Grisham
      6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler
      7. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetero
      8. The couple next door by Sheri Lapena

      9. The Gift by Louise Jensen

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      Re: 100 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #237 on: February 25, 2017, 02:43:39 PM »
      I'm doubling the goal.  Posting books I have finished as I finish them along with a brief review/blurb.

      1) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory (Aaron James): philosophical treatise about what it means for someone to be an asshole and how we can deal with them
      2) 17/01/01 - Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump (same author): sequel to the prior book, subject obvious
      3) 17/01/02 - The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho): I may be the only person on this forum who didn't like this book, but it's supposed to be an allegory about following your dreams.  I appreciate that aspect of it, but I find the whole New Age mumbo jumbo to be a bit over the top.
      4) 17/01/04 - Spaceman (Mike Massimino): Hubble telescope spacewalking astronaut's memoirs
      5) 17/01/06 - Luna: New Moon (Ian McDonald): sci-fi dystopia played out on the moon in a feudal society (complete with warring great families); ends with a cliffhanger and sequel due out in March
      6) 17/01/07 - The Art of Sleeping Alone (Sophie Fontanel): French writer's memoir about the years when she gave up relationships/sex.  Not as enlightening (or even as scandalous) as I would have hoped, but occasionally surprisingly humorous.
      7) 17/01/07 - On Bullshit (Harry Frankfurt): philosophical treatise on bullshit, the inspiration for James's treatises on assholes (cited above).  At 67 pages, really more of an essay than a book, but published in book form.
      8) 17/01/08 - A Deeper Love Inside (Sister Souljah): sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, Souljah's novel about ghetto life in NYC.  Silly, unrealistic ending, but Winter's younger sister Porsche is a much more interesting and sympathetic main character than Winter.
      9) 17/01/08 - Good Morning, Midnight (Lily Brooks-Dalton): if you're a sci fi fan, all I can say is, wow.  You should read this book.  Loneliness and the myriad connections between an astronomer and an astronaut who unexpectedly and inexplicably find themselves to be two of the last people on or off the earth.
      10) 17/01/10 - Dragons of Summer Flame (Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman): last of the Dragonlance series that follows the fates of both the original generation and the second generation (should be read after the original Dragonlance series and after The Second Generation, since it builds on all of those stories).
      11) 17/01/15 - Join (Steve Toutonghi): strange, disturbing sci fi novel raising questions about the nature of what it means to be human and mortal in an era where technology makes it possible to combine one's psyche with those of others into a group psyche
      12) 17/01/17 - Men We Reaped (Jesmyn Ward): memoir of a black woman growing up impoverished in rural Mississippi, focusing specifically on the many black men she knew (including her brother) who died young due to drugs or accidents.  It's hard for me to explain why, but I came away from this book feeling annoyed with the author (who also had a drug problem with alcohol), not sympathetic.
      13) 17/01/21 - The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Kelli Estes): loosely historical mystery novel based on history of Chinese immigration to and expulsion from Washington Territory (later Washington State).  Initially slow going and took time to get into, but worth the effort.
      14) 17/01/28 - The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Fannie Flagg): this is actually a re-read, but just as good the second time as the first.  By the same author who wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes," with similar style and theme (older woman telling her life story to a middle-aged present-day woman trying to find herself)
      15) 17/01/29 - Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance): family memoir of a KY "hillbilly" and how he ended up successfully graduating from Yale Law School.  I read this at the rec of several people on this site who were wanting to use it to try to understand why so many people voted for Trump.  Not sure it provides much in the way of help along those lines, but it was an interesting book nonetheless, and well written.
      16) 17/02/07 - Bait and Switch (Barbara Ehrenreich): this is the sequel to "Nickel and Dimed," her book about blue collar workers.  B&S describes the trials and travails of laid-off white collar workers.  The author is really pretty hilarious, but I think this book could have been so much more if she had questioned the premise of whether entering the white collar corporate world was worthwhile in the first place (she doesn't).
      17) 17/02/17 - America: Imagine A World Without Her (Dinesh D'Souza): book based on his documentary of the same name (or maybe the book came first?  I'm not sure.)  Offers a counter to the prevailing progressive view of the US as a colonial power that "steals" from the little guys and gals.  He's a little too rah rah pro Christianity, but otherwise I liked the book.
      18) 17/02/17 - Night of the Animals (Bill Broun): ok, I really like sci fi and fantasy, but this was a totally out there, cultist dystopian future novel mainly told from the perspective of an unreliable nonagenarian drug addict narrator.  I'm still not sure if I liked it.  It was just....weird.
      19) 17/02/25 - Calling Me Home (Julie Kibler): novel about a white girl and a black boy who fall in love in 1930s Kentucky with predictably bad results, alternating with a modern day story about the developing friendship between the same (now elderly) white woman and a young black woman.  Very sad book and a bit cliche at times, but overall a good read.

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #238 on: February 25, 2017, 05:33:43 PM »
      1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
      2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)
      3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Maze Runner #2)
      5. The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)
      6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #1)
      7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
      8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #2)
      9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
      10. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
      11. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories)
      12. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #3)
      13. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials #1)

      Currently reading The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman. Loved The Golden Compass! Really a great book.

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #239 on: February 25, 2017, 08:12:48 PM »
      I'm in!

      2/22         Here comes the sun, novel Nicole Dennis benn  (didn't finish)
      2/13         The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead
      2/9         Will I Ever be Good Enough, Karyl McBride
      2/5         Freedom over me   
      2/2         Patience, Daniel Clowes
      1/28      Spill Simmer falter wither
      1/17      Addlands, (didn't finish)
      1/15      Thomas Jefferson dreams of Sally Hemings  (read 3/4)
      1/5        Hidden Figures

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #240 on: February 25, 2017, 08:56:13 PM »
      1. A Blistered Kind of Love by Angela and Duffy Ballard (1/11)
      2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (1/19)
      3. Flood by Stephen Baxter (1/23)
      4. A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (1/29)
      5. Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather (2/1)
      6. Doing Good Better by Will MacAskill (2/9)
      7. Ark by Stephen Baxter (2/15)
      8. This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (2/15)
      9. On the Beach by Nevil Shute (2/25)

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #241 on: February 26, 2017, 09:34:55 AM »
      14.  Jayne Ann Krentz, When All the Girls Have Gone
      15.  Mark Pryor, The Bookseller
      16.  Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale

      ringer707

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #242 on: February 27, 2017, 06:39:07 PM »
      1. Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
      2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner #1)
      3. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (Maze Runner #2)
      5. The Death Cure by James Dashner (Maze Runner #3)
      6. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #1)
      7. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #11)
      8. Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #2)
      9. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
      10. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13)
      11. A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories)
      12. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (Elmwood Springs #3)
      13. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (His Dark Materials #1)
      14. More Than This by Jay McLean (More Than #1)

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #243 on: February 27, 2017, 08:56:17 PM »
      1. A Kiss of Shadows By Hamilton, Laurell K.
      2. A Caress of Twilight By Hamilton, Laurell K.
      3. The Prisoner of Zenda By Hope, Anthony (audiobook)
      4. Pukka's Promise - The Quest for Longer-lived Dogs By Kerasote, Ted
      5. The Broken Kingdoms By Jemisin, N. K.
      6. The Golem's Eye By Stroud, Jonathan
      7. The House of Mirth By Wharton, Edith (audiobook)
      8. Babylon's Ashes By Corey, James S. A.
      9. Seduced by Moonlight By Hamilton, Laurell K.
      10. Treasure Island By Stevenson, Robert Louis (audiobook)
      11. Vagabonding - An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-term World Travel By Potts, Rolf
      12. The Kingdom of Gods By Jemisin, N. K.

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #244 on: February 28, 2017, 07:35:36 AM »
      ENG
      • The Patient by Michael Palmer
      • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
      • Original Sin by P. D. James
      • The Murder Room by P. D. James
      • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
      • How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne
      • Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez (& Monique Tilford)
      • Beloved by Toni Morrison (Abandoned half way through)
      This last book (Beloved), I couldn't bring myself to finish it. The story is just too dark and I did not like the writing, I also do not believe on ghost and don't like stories about hunted houses so I just returned it to the library.

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      • Meurtres en blouse blanche (Shroud for a Nightingale) par P. D. James
      • Une certaine justice (A Certain Justice) par P. D. James
      • Une vie si convenable (The Child’s Child) par Ruth Rendell
      • Meurtres en soutane (Death in Holy Orders) par P. D. James
      • A l'aube du grand amour - Les héritiers de Sorcha I (Dark Witch - The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1) par Nora Roberts
      • Soeurs et amies (Sisters) par Danielle Steel
      • Coup de foudre (First Sight) par Danielle Steel
      * English title (if applicable) in italics

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #245 on: February 28, 2017, 08:34:05 AM »
      1. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Heidi W. Durrow
      2. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
      3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
      4. The Chosen - Chaim Potok
      5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
      6. The Promise - Chaim Potok
      7. The Education of Will - Patricia McConnell
      8. Blankets - Craig Thompson
      9. Dear Mr. Henshaw - Beverly Cleary

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #246 on: February 28, 2017, 09:41:43 AM »
      I finished #10 while we were on a ski trip last week:
      10. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

      Working on Midnight's Children now, then hopefully I can finish out the Mazerunner books if Fever Code ever comes available at the library. We are going to Rome in April so my reading time has been displaced by attempting to learn basic Italian.

      tnrunner

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #247 on: February 28, 2017, 06:33:04 PM »
      1. Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
      2. The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
      3. The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer
      4. From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming
      5. The Whistler by John Grisham
      6. A measure of endurance: the unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp by William Mishler
      7. Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetero
      8. The couple next door by Sheri Lapena
      9. The Gift by Louise Jensen

      10. The Brethren by John Grisham

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      Re: 50 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #248 on: February 28, 2017, 11:30:48 PM »
      I know it's mega popular right now, but I'm impressed that we have three!! people on this page alone who read Spark Joy. I finished it about two weeks ago as well. I definitely think there's an aspect of caring for the possessions you own, cherishing/recognizing their importance in your life (and how useful they are to you!) that fits in well with a frugal mindset.

      One tip I found very quirky but endearing—she suggests putting small trinkets and charming little objects you've saved up over the years and hiding them in small storage corners, like inside a drawer of clothes, so they can give you joy in these secret places when you open them. As someone who delights in saving particularly beautiful tins of tea or cookies or whatnot, it's nice to find a whimsical "utility" to them in my life.

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      Re: 100 Books in 2017!
      « Reply #249 on: February 28, 2017, 11:55:43 PM »
      I'm doubling the goal.  Posting books I have finished as I finish them along with a brief review/blurb.

      Love your summaries/reviews, and also I think we have similar reading tastes ( I didn't much care for the Alchemist and felt the same about Hillbilly Elegy), looking to follow your list going forward.