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Title: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Adventine on December 31, 2017, 12:42:24 AM
Here we go!

1. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places
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Post by: ringer707 on December 31, 2017, 07:56:47 AM
Here!! Excited to join back in! My theme fo the year is books by people of color, women, and LGBT individuals. Looking forward to getting started!
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Post by: Raenia on December 31, 2017, 08:09:38 AM
I'm in!  Let's see how many I can do this year.
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Post by: hegemony on December 31, 2017, 04:31:57 PM
Sounds great - I'm in! 

Now, to decide what to read first...
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Post by: letired on December 31, 2017, 05:49:39 PM
Doing it! I have a few options on the shelf to get me started...
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Post by: Zamboni on December 31, 2017, 06:49:32 PM
I'm in . . . starting slow with The Chemist, which is basically a thinly veiled romance novel for teenage girls as far as I can tell.

1. The Chemist
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Post by: Dictator_Mars on December 31, 2017, 07:02:22 PM
I'm in, read 50 novels in 2017 and spent $1 each. Looking forward to 2018!
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Post by: eliza on December 31, 2017, 11:42:29 PM
I'm in.  I read a lot.  (200 books in 2017).  I tend to read pretty broadly, but for 2018 I'd like to do a focus on Russia --- so my goal is to read 50 books in that focus area (non-fiction in related disciplines, fiction written by Russian authors or set in Russia).  So, I'll be tracking that here.   Happy reading everyone.
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Post by: hal on January 01, 2018, 09:15:47 AM
I'm in. My focus this year will be divided among YA (to recommend books to my students), mindfulness/productivity, poetry (to push myself), and literary fiction (in the summer, when I can sink my teeth into them).
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 01, 2018, 10:03:01 AM
I'm in! I only made it to 33 books in 2017, but I used to read well over 100 per year... I'd like to get back to ~50 each year! Part of my problem is reading REALLY LONG fiction, but I've always done that, so I can't blame it on that =P I'm rolling the book I'm currently on from 2017 into my first of 2018.

1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 60%
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Post by: ChipmunkSavings on January 01, 2018, 01:19:22 PM
I'll be joining in this challenge! I'm an avid reader, but I've fallen out of habit of grabbing good books at the library. I've just gotten a Kindle with loaded free books, so that'll make it even easier to reach my goal. I'm going to include fiction and non-fiction books.
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Post by: Tick-Tock on January 01, 2018, 06:57:14 PM
I'm in.  I'm participating in Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2018 Reading Challenge so hope to complete all of the categories this year.
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Post by: ahptex on January 01, 2018, 08:36:02 PM
I'm in.  I just made it to 50 books with last year's challenge, and plan to read more than that this year. 
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Post by: PinsAndArrows on January 01, 2018, 10:56:25 PM
I'm in!  Read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology today in two sittings.  I don't think I will get through Sanderson's The Way of Kings that quickly!  I used to read voraciously as a teen, but college and work have left little time for personal reading..  Going to start listening to audio books on the way to work this year.
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Post by: sweetkerryline on January 02, 2018, 07:48:49 AM
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)
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Post by: Raenia on January 02, 2018, 02:25:32 PM
I'm in!  Read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology today in two sittings.  I don't think I will get through Sanderson's The Way of Kings that quickly!  I used to read voraciously as a teen, but college and work have left little time for personal reading..  Going to start listening to audio books on the way to work this year.

Oathbreaker (3rd book in the Way of Kings series) is my first book of the year!  Probably won't be my first one finished, though, those books are massive.
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Post by: Serendip on January 04, 2018, 11:05:53 AM
I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
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Post by: SanDiegoAli on January 04, 2018, 11:15:48 AM
50 books is my goal every year. :)

Right now I'm about 65% done with Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies
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Post by: zinnie on January 04, 2018, 07:08:19 PM
I'm in! What's the format, we list them as we finish them?

Currently about a third of the way through Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
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Post by: FireHiker on January 05, 2018, 10:03:40 AM
I'm in; finished my first last night! I made it through 68 last year, and thanks to the 50 books challenge here I got some really great recommendations (Thanks again, Ringer707!).

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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Post by: zinnie on January 05, 2018, 11:20:56 AM
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)

How is this one? I've been fascinated by Ekman's work. Added to my list.

I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.
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Post by: tnrunner on January 05, 2018, 01:44:26 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
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Post by: sweetkerryline on January 05, 2018, 06:14:01 PM
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)

How is this one? I've been fascinated by Ekman's work. Added to my list.

I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.

I have to say, it's quite interesting but kind of paints him as more of a narcissist than I already thought he was. He's obviously a genius, but the book paints him in a pretty bad light. Definitely a good read though.
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Post by: ringer707 on January 05, 2018, 06:29:30 PM
I'm in; finished my first last night! I made it through 68 last year, and thanks to the 50 books challenge here I got some really great recommendations (Thanks again, Ringer707!).

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Saw your Goodreads rating- glad you liked it! I can't remember, did you tell me you were reading this hard copy, or did you listen to the audiobook?
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Post by: Travis on January 05, 2018, 07:04:33 PM
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
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Post by: zinnie on January 06, 2018, 09:10:24 AM
I have to say, it's quite interesting but kind of paints him as more of a narcissist than I already thought he was. He's obviously a genius, but the book paints him in a pretty bad light. Definitely a good read though.

Haha! That doesn’t surprise me I suppose.

I finished #1!

1) When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi—done. Great book, intense, cried the last 30 pages
2) Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat (30% complete, loving it so far)
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Post by: Serendip on January 06, 2018, 09:36:39 AM



I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.

Yes--I am really enjoying it. 2/3 done and keep jumping back to re-read things because some of the insights seem so profound that I am not sure I grasp them the first read through. ha!
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Post by: zinnie on January 06, 2018, 10:30:18 AM



I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.

Yes--I am really enjoying it. 2/3 done and keep jumping back to re-read things because some of the insights seem so profound that I am not sure I grasp them the first read through. ha!

Yeah it was a little dense at times! I’m sure I missed a lot, especially a lot of the more complicated explanations of Buddhist philosophy 🙂
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Post by: ahptex on January 06, 2018, 11:27:45 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
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Post by: Tick-Tock on January 06, 2018, 05:03:08 PM
1.  David Dosa, Making Rounds With Oscar
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Post by: Adventine on January 06, 2018, 10:27:21 PM
    1. Ghostland: an American History in Haunted Places - Colin Dickey
    2. The Cooking Gene - Michael Twitty
    3. Your Money or Your Life - Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin and Monique Tilford
    4. Authority - Jeff VanderMeer
    5. Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer
    6. The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars - Joël Glenn Brenner
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Post by: ringer707 on January 07, 2018, 08:03:35 AM
Finished my first book of the year this morning! I've had this one on hold at the library since August and it just finally came in.

1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
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Post by: SanDiegoAli on January 08, 2018, 07:57:31 AM
I'm down two now:

1. Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies - J.B. West
2. Do Not Be Alarmed  - Maile Meloy
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Post by: FireHiker on January 08, 2018, 09:45:26 AM
I'm in; finished my first last night! I made it through 68 last year, and thanks to the 50 books challenge here I got some really great recommendations (Thanks again, Ringer707!).

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Saw your Goodreads rating- glad you liked it! I can't remember, did you tell me you were reading this hard copy, or did you listen to the audiobook?

Thanks for the recommendations, both this and the Silo series! I read the kindle book for Ready Player One. My commute is 2 miles (yes yes, I know I should be walking/biking) so I've never gotten into audio books.

I finished another over the weekend:

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

I clearly have no rhyme or reason to the theme of books I'll be reading this year! :)
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Post by: asauer on January 08, 2018, 01:18:13 PM
Loved this last year, will do it again this year!

1: Barking up the Wrong tree (amazing book)
Current: Lilac Girls
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Post by: Serendip on January 08, 2018, 02:45:55 PM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
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Post by: ringer707 on January 09, 2018, 06:23:02 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
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Post by: FireHiker on January 09, 2018, 10:24:33 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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Post by: Cookie78 on January 10, 2018, 10:24:21 PM
1. Oathbringer by Sanderson, Brandon
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Post by: Melisande on January 11, 2018, 04:25:45 AM
I made a similar resolution, only this year I changed it from 50 books to 15,000 pages (of books). I’m also weighting the pages differently depending on the difficulty of the reading. This way I am not discouraged from reading lengthy, difficult nonfiction tomes, books in foreign languages, nor do I feel forced to finish books I really don’t want to finish.

So far I’ve finished The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy, read 1/2 way through Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier and one chapter of Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (weighted x2) for about 650 pages.

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Post by: ringer707 on January 11, 2018, 06:37:17 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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Post by: Raenia on January 11, 2018, 06:54:42 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
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Post by: sweetkerryline on January 11, 2018, 09:03:23 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I also just finished The Hate U Give. It. was. so. good.
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 11, 2018, 09:05:01 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18

2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - In progress
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Post by: tnrunner on January 11, 2018, 06:39:27 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
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Post by: FireHiker on January 12, 2018, 11:28:21 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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Post by: ringer707 on January 13, 2018, 07:24:13 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I also just finished The Hate U Give. It. was. so. good.

Yes!! I loved it! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fantastic job as well. The story itself was incredible, but I also thought it was extremely well-written. I love YA literature, but it's often difficult to find books that really sound as though they're written by a teenager/young adult, and not just an adult "acting" like a teenager.

I'm reading (listening to) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead now and it's also phenomenal and the audiobook is by the same narrator as The Hate U Give.
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Post by: MandalayVA on January 13, 2018, 07:42:19 AM
I've been reading a ton lately--and for free too, since Orlando has an excellent public library.  I read really fast, but I save it for when I go to bed because reading in bed is comfortable.

Here's what I've read so far in 2018:

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George.  She's been a favorite of mine for a long time, but recently the books have only been okay.  This was good, particularly since I don't get into Roman history that much.

The Power by Naomi Alderman.  Basically the alternate of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in which women can electrocute people at will.  Alderman seems to be Atwood's protege; if you like Atwood you'll probably like this.  And speaking of Atwood ...

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood.  It's been out for decades but I never got around to reading it.  REALLY good.

Artemis by Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian.  The premise was good, but Weir writes women terribly.  Considering that the protagonist is a young Arabic woman, it doomed the book.

Gold Dust Woman by Stephen Davis.  This is an unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks written by the guy who wrote one of the great rock biographies, Hammer of the Gods, so I had high hopes for it.  It.  SUCKED.  I finished it out of spite and blasted "Stand Back" to clear my mental palate.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I try to avoid anything that Oprah recommends but it popped up in my "suggested for you" list.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
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Post by: Serendip on January 13, 2018, 11:36:07 AM

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Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood.  It's been out for decades but I never got around to reading it.  REALLY good.

Artemis by Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian.  The premise was good, but Weir writes women terribly.  Considering that the protagonist is a young Arabic woman, it doomed the book.


Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I try to avoid anything that Oprah recommends but it popped up in my "suggested for you" list.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I also enjoy Wild..she is an engaging writer and her old column "dear sugar" is quite the read-through as well.

Will try to pick up an Atwood book this year, we had to read something in school and I never got into it back then. But I think I have been missing out :)
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Post by: ringer707 on January 13, 2018, 05:22:46 PM
I've been reading a ton lately--and for free too, since Orlando has an excellent public library.  I read really fast, but I save it for when I go to bed because reading in bed is comfortable.

Here's what I've read so far in 2018:

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George.  She's been a favorite of mine for a long time, but recently the books have only been okay.  This was good, particularly since I don't get into Roman history that much.

The Power by Naomi Alderman.  Basically the alternate of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in which women can electrocute people at will.  Alderman seems to be Atwood's protege; if you like Atwood you'll probably like this.  And speaking of Atwood ...

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood.  It's been out for decades but I never got around to reading it.  REALLY good.

Artemis by Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian.  The premise was good, but Weir writes women terribly.  Considering that the protagonist is a young Arabic woman, it doomed the book.

Gold Dust Woman by Stephen Davis.  This is an unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks written by the guy who wrote one of the great rock biographies, Hammer of the Gods, so I had high hopes for it.  It.  SUCKED.  I finished it out of spite and blasted "Stand Back" to clear my mental palate.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I try to avoid anything that Oprah recommends but it popped up in my "suggested for you" list.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I actively went through Oprah's book club list on Goodreads to FIND books the other day, LOL. Alias Grace is on my list for this year.
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Post by: Tick-Tock on January 13, 2018, 10:12:06 PM
2.  Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
3.  Jayne Castle, Illusion Town
4.  Georgette Heyer, Snowdrift and Other Stories
5.  Kerry Greenwood, The Castlemaine Murders
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Post by: Serendip on January 15, 2018, 09:34:49 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)

4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigneous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer)

 Currently reading these last two at the same time--as well a book about healing spices :)
This challenge has helped me focus..I generally have 4-6 books on the go at the same time. Trying to streamline this approach.
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Post by: woopwoop on January 15, 2018, 02:30:13 PM
I'm in!

1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
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Post by: ChipmunkSavings on January 15, 2018, 08:21:11 PM
Finished my first book of the year this morning! I've had this one on hold at the library since August and it just finally came in.

1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

I read this one last year, how did you find it? I liked how the author gradually became more conscious of her environment as her in-book persona ages (scenes from when she was a kid paint a rosier picture, which becomes grittier as she grows).
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Post by: ChipmunkSavings on January 15, 2018, 08:23:00 PM
1. Digital photography for dummies : Considering the amount of pictures I take during trips, I figured it would be good to learn to take better pictures, especially when it's hard to do justice to the nice settings.

Does re-reading books count? I've ordered the last Pillars of the Earth (it's now a trilogy) at the library, so I'll probably read 1 and 2 again once I get close to having it.
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Post by: oldtoyota on January 15, 2018, 09:28:15 PM
1. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
2. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
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Post by: ringer707 on January 16, 2018, 07:00:00 AM
Finished my first book of the year this morning! I've had this one on hold at the library since August and it just finally came in.

1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

I read this one last year, how did you find it? I liked how the author gradually became more conscious of her environment as her in-book persona ages (scenes from when she was a kid paint a rosier picture, which becomes grittier as she grows).

I really liked it! And I totally agree on your summary. As I was reading the things that happened to her as a kid, I was floored at how casual she was about it. But I guess maybe at that age and with that type of lifestyle, you would be. I recently found out the author lives just over an hour from me in an area I go to a couple times a year. Now whenever I go I'm going to be looking for her!

I would like to see the movie, but it doesn't seem like it got great reviews. I think Woody Harrelson was the perfect person to portray her dad though!
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Post by: ahptex on January 16, 2018, 09:11:11 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
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Post by: woopwoop on January 17, 2018, 05:11:01 PM
1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Man, I remember finishing this book and I was like five months pregnant and my husband came into the room and I was just ugly sobbing and I think I scared him with how much I could cry about a book.

Also The Glass Castle was great, reminded me a bit of Bastard out of Carolina in  both style and substance.
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Post by: ringer707 on January 18, 2018, 08:21:02 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
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Post by: Melisande on January 18, 2018, 09:42:10 AM
1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Man, I remember finishing this book and I was like five months pregnant and my husband came into the room and I was just ugly sobbing and I think I scared him with how much I could cry about a book.

I absolutely loved Being Mortal. I gave the book as a present to my aging parents. I’m pretty sure they’re not going to read it though. Well, my Dad’s dead now, so definitely not for him.

Yesterday I finished #3 for the year — The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Shaffer and Barrows.
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Post by: haypug16 on January 18, 2018, 10:49:44 AM
I'm in!

1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Started 1/16/18 50%

@MandalayVA - I really liked Alias Grace as well. Highly recommend, Atwood is awesome, The Handmaid's Tale is also very good!

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Post by: jeninco on January 18, 2018, 02:45:10 PM
Great idea! I'm actually shooting for 2-4 books/month, so we'll see if I can get to 50. I have a tendency to read non-fiction, and I'm going to supplement with YA fiction to get to 50.

So far,
An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford

Currently reading:
David and Goliath, Gladwell
Why Buddhism is True, Wright (I will either finish this, or fling it across the room. We'll see..)

Loved Being Mortal. Also, I read The Book of Dust (the new Pullman book) right before the new year started. Recommend!
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Post by: ringer707 on January 19, 2018, 07:09:12 AM

Loved Being Mortal. Also, I read The Book of Dust (the new Pullman book) right before the new year started. Recommend!

Just received The Book of Dust for Christmas! I read the His Dark Materials series for the first time last year and absolutely loved it. Sad I didn't know about this series sooner.
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Post by: kaleidoscopicalkris on January 19, 2018, 08:05:15 AM
I'm in! My goal is technically to read 26 books this year, but my stretch goal is 50. Participating in this thread will be my motivation :)

1. Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn
2. The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
3. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin

Currently Reading: Face Value by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano
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Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 19, 2018, 08:52:27 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18

3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne
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Post by: Rosy on January 19, 2018, 10:51:58 AM

Loved Being Mortal. Also, I read The Book of Dust (the new Pullman book) right before the new year started. Recommend!

Just received The Book of Dust for Christmas! I read the His Dark Materials series for the first time last year and absolutely loved it. Sad I didn't know about this series sooner.

Thanks for the recommendation - I'll see if my library has these two books.

So far this year:
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

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Post by: FireHiker on January 19, 2018, 02:21:40 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Post by: haypug16 on January 19, 2018, 02:58:08 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Absolutely loved Read Player One! I can't wait for the movie to some out.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: BZB on January 19, 2018, 06:38:43 PM
Do I get to count books I'm reading to my kid? We're doing longer chapter books now. We just finished Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White and are reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio now. On my own, I am reading Deep Work by Cal Newport.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on January 20, 2018, 03:48:14 PM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin Currently reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Carolina on My Mind on January 20, 2018, 10:07:32 PM
I'm in again!  Although I gotta say I'm off to a slow start . . . a mere 68 pages into my first book of the year:  Bright Air Black by David Vann, a reimagining of Medea.  I picked it up at random from the new fiction shelves at the library, and while it's really good, it's so vivid and visceral that I seem to be able to read only a few pages at a time.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Carolina on My Mind on January 20, 2018, 10:17:27 PM
I'm in.  I read a lot.  (200 books in 2017).  I tend to read pretty broadly, but for 2018 I'd like to do a focus on Russia --- so my goal is to read 50 books in that focus area (non-fiction in related disciplines, fiction written by Russian authors or set in Russia).  So, I'll be tracking that here.   Happy reading everyone.

That sounds like a great idea.  Do you have A Gentleman in Moscow on your list?  I can't recommend because I haven't read it yet, but two friends whose judgment I trust raved about it, so I'm waiting to get it from the library.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on January 21, 2018, 02:59:36 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: oldtoyota on January 21, 2018, 09:32:14 PM
1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Man, I remember finishing this book and I was like five months pregnant and my husband came into the room and I was just ugly sobbing and I think I scared him with how much I could cry about a book.

Also The Glass Castle was great, reminded me a bit of Bastard out of Carolina in  both style and substance.

Yes. It's a tough book. He describes precisely the experience I had with an aging relative. It is devastating.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on January 21, 2018, 10:14:02 PM
1. How not to die by Michael Greger, M.D.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on January 21, 2018, 10:19:09 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18

2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - In progress

Bracken_Joy, you probably already know about the following two series, but just in case (recommendations made off of Hearne's "Hounded,"
1. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series (he also wrote a great swords-and-horses fantasy series called the Codex Alera)
2. Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series

We liked both of these better than Hearn's Iron Druid series (which I liked quite a lot).
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 22, 2018, 10:08:53 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18

2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - In progress

Bracken_Joy, you probably already know about the following two series, but just in case (recommendations made off of Hearne's "Hounded,"
1. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series (he also wrote a great swords-and-horses fantasy series called the Codex Alera)
2. Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series

We liked both of these better than Hearn's Iron Druid series (which I liked quite a lot).

I loved Dresden, which is how I found Hearne's series. But I have NOT read the other one, so that is VERY exciting! =D Thank you!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on January 22, 2018, 12:11:23 PM
Great idea! I'm actually shooting for 2-4 books/month, so we'll see if I can get to 50. I have a tendency to read non-fiction, and I'm going to supplement with YA fiction to get to 50.

So far,
An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford

Currently reading:
David and Goliath, Gladwell
Why Buddhism is True, Wright (I will either finish this, or fling it across the room. We'll see..)

Loved Being Mortal. Also, I read The Book of Dust (the new Pullman book) right before the new year started. Recommend!

Finished Gladwell, sending it right back to the used bookstore from whence it came. Do not recommend.
<80 pages to go on Wright. Finding it annoying -- why did Hinduism get introduced on page 200? You can't make the argument about one-ness and none-ness just on Buddhism and sloppy social science alone?

Will be looking for a fast fictional read next. Perhaps Kevin Hearne, or The Power. Or I may snag something off the kid's shelves, just for a break... My 16-year old recommended Siddhartha...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on January 22, 2018, 01:59:49 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)

3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2017)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on January 22, 2018, 07:26:45 PM
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
2. National Geographic History - Jan 2018
3. The Rise of the Lich King - Christie Golden
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on January 22, 2018, 09:35:52 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy

(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on January 22, 2018, 09:47:18 PM
Yeah, Gladwell sucks. If anyone's looking for a thriller, may I suggest Lexicon by Max Barry? Really fun, fast read.

1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on January 22, 2018, 10:35:28 PM
Ooh, I didn't see this thread before I jumped into the 26+ books one. 50 is a better goal for me since I read a lot of trashy young adult post-apocalyptic sci fi. (Yes, I consider that a genre. Yes, I know what I like).

So far I got pretty into a series (not YA, arguably post-apocalyptic, definitely sci fi): The Expanse. And yes, I loved it.


Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on January 23, 2018, 06:01:21 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on January 23, 2018, 09:55:15 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin Currently reading (Physical book for at home reading, having a hard time getting through it)
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton Currently reading (started the audio book today for my commute to work)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on January 23, 2018, 07:29:28 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)

4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on January 23, 2018, 07:35:03 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18

2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - In progress

Bracken_Joy, you probably already know about the following two series, but just in case (recommendations made off of Hearne's "Hounded,"
1. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series (he also wrote a great swords-and-horses fantasy series called the Codex Alera)
2. Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series

We liked both of these better than Hearn's Iron Druid series (which I liked quite a lot).

I loved Dresden, which is how I found Hearne's series. But I have NOT read the other one, so that is VERY exciting! =D Thank you!

Dresden Files so good!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Recovering Spender on January 23, 2018, 10:42:10 PM
Joining this challenge a bit late, but love this idea.  I read a mix of books for school (M.Ed - Secondary Social Studies), theology, and "for fun"

Completed:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.  Finally finished this series after several years of starts and stops
2. The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson.  Great start to what appears to be an amazing series.  Love his work.

In Progress:
Human Diversity in Education - Cushner, McClelland, and Safford.  Reading this one for my Ethics, Equity and Social Justice Class.
Patterns of World History, Vol 1 - von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow. Reading for my World History and Culture class.  Vol. 2 up next
Words of Radiance - 2nd book in the series.  Great so far.
Jesus, the Apostles, and the Early Church - Pope Benedict XVI.  I move more slowly through this.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on January 24, 2018, 09:23:02 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read last night since it's been 20 years and my son is reading it in school)

Looks like next up will be The Glass Castle since it just came up at my library this morning. A friend IRL recommended it after we talked about my messed up childhood, and since then I've seen references to it everywhere.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on January 24, 2018, 11:48:20 AM
I just finished Mémoires d’Hadrien by Marguerite Yourcenar. I’m counting it as #4. and #5. since I decided to count books in foreign languages at least 2x, depending on how hard I find the language. Actually, I’m counting this novel as 1.89 books, since I’m reading 50 300-page “books” and prorating for longer or shorter works.

Anyway, now it’s on to Yourcenar’s account of how she wrote the novel which will work out to around .25 books.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on January 24, 2018, 11:58:01 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.

4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on January 24, 2018, 11:59:42 AM
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on January 25, 2018, 06:49:26 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)

5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: WorkingStiffABC on January 25, 2018, 07:48:16 PM
Long time lurker whom was really inspired by the challenge in 2017. Started in June and finished 37.

For 2018, I am targeting only computer science and coding--as I am inspired to change my life:

1. The Annotated Turing - Petzgold 1.14.2018
2. System Thinking: A Primer - Meadows 1.16.2018
3. The Mythical Man Month - Brooks 1.17.2018
4. Humble Programmer - Dykstra 1.19.2018 (This one was a tease--I am now aware that there are tons more whitepapers to leap down the worm hole!
5. Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby - Stiff 1.20.2018
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on January 25, 2018, 09:03:13 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright

Currently:
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain

Queued up:
B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
Siddhartha, Hesse
Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari, if I'm ready for non-fiction again.
Looking for the last Ursula Le Guin novel, Lavinia (because I'm read almost everything else she's written, and I'm trying not to have too many repeats this year).

Funny thing: when I mention to people that I'm doing this, everyone has suggestions (I keep a list on my phone). But I can see them editing their suggestions before they make them. Alas, I like trashy fantasy and science-fiction (at least I used to), and no one recommends trashy reads to me. Guess I have to find them myself... Even the friend with the Sue Grafton recommendation paused before she suggested those books.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on January 25, 2018, 11:17:10 PM
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on January 26, 2018, 01:14:46 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on January 26, 2018, 03:24:30 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Haha, tell me you're going to quit before number 27 or whatever she's up to right now. I heard the main character still can't decide which of the two handsome men she wants to settle down with...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: SquashingDebt on January 26, 2018, 04:13:28 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Haha, tell me you're going to quit before number 27 or whatever she's up to right now. I heard the main character still can't decide which of the two handsome men she wants to settle down with...

I think it's only 24 or so :)  I'm still enjoying them, but I make sure to only read one every 6 months or so.  The audiobook narrator is excellent and since it's such light and entertaining reading it's good for car rides.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on January 26, 2018, 07:27:06 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)

6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: letired on January 26, 2018, 08:12:00 PM
I'm throwing myself a few easy ones to get started:

1. Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch
2. Night Witch by Ben Aaronovitch
3. Black Mold by Ben Aaronovitch
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on January 27, 2018, 03:44:58 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)

7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)

A really quick read, but I recommend it to anyone who likes ghost stories, especially those local to Philadelphia.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: BZB on January 28, 2018, 08:51:38 AM
1. Trumpet of the Swan - E.B. White
2. Deep Work - Cal Newport
3. Future Home of the Living God - Louise Erdrich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on January 28, 2018, 05:25:22 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: hal on January 29, 2018, 09:22:45 AM
1. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

Slow start, but it’s been a busy end to the grading period at school. I have three others that I’m working through and should be finished within a week or so: Eat that Frog (Tracy), The Shallows (Carr) and Fully Present (Smalley and Winston).
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on January 29, 2018, 10:30:40 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)

On Hold: Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigneous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer): I started reading and decided to wait until spring when the plants are emerging to re-read this book.

5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on January 29, 2018, 03:59:22 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Damn, The Glass Castle. I will be the first to say that her experience was definitely more intense/harder than mine. Definitely. And yet, there are some similarities that really struck me and brought up a lot of crazy mixed feelings about my messed up and dysfunctional childhood. This one is going to stay with me for awhile. It is still keeping me up at night and I finished it a few days ago.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on January 29, 2018, 05:02:58 PM
  • Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
  • Caliban's War - James Corey
  • Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
  • The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
  • Cibola Burn - James Corey
  • Nemesis Game - James Corey
  • Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
  • Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.

9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: vikingtantan on January 29, 2018, 07:17:58 PM
I'm in. So far I've read:

1. The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur
2. From Waitress to World Traveler by Megan Collier
3. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn
4. The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Cookie78 on January 30, 2018, 01:34:39 AM
1. Oathbringer by Sanderson, Brandon
2. The Case of the Missing Servant by Hall, Tarquin
3. The Secrets of Flight by Leffler, Maggie
4. The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway by Bruce, Teresa
5. The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture by Dyke, Tom Hart & Winder, Paul
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on January 30, 2018, 08:45:54 AM
On track!

1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain (fun until toward the end.)
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton (lovely, cotton-candy mystery book. < 3 hours)

Next up:
Siddhartha, Hesse
Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari, if I'm ready for non-fiction again.

Looking for the last Ursula Le Guin novel, Lavinia (because I'm read almost everything else she's written, and I'm trying not to have too many repeats this year). Also going to look for Octavia Butler, because I don't think I've read anything by her yet.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on January 30, 2018, 03:20:19 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)

8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on January 30, 2018, 06:43:30 PM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ChipmunkSavings on January 30, 2018, 08:03:18 PM
I'm getting a bit of a late start, but I am sure that I will catch up quickly!

1. Cheap : The high cost of discount culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: sweetkerryline on January 31, 2018, 12:56:54 PM
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)**
2. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)*****
3. Yes Please (Amy Poehler)***
4. Dear Martin (Nic Stone)*****
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on January 31, 2018, 03:50:15 PM
I'm in! I don't want to stay away from longer books just to read more books, so if I see myself going in that direction, I will reevaluate. So far this year I've been devouring books, so I think I'm safe for now! My favorite books are traditionally classic literature (especially Russian), but I'm trying to read more by marginalized groups.

Here is what I've read so far in 2018:
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on February 01, 2018, 08:04:46 AM
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
2. National Geographic History - Jan 2018
3. The Rise of the Lich King - Christie Golden
4. Volcanoes in America's National Parks - Robert & Barbara Decker
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on February 02, 2018, 09:13:53 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on February 03, 2018, 07:27:49 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich

4. Seamless by Angie Smith
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on February 03, 2018, 01:33:25 PM
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
2. National Geographic History - Jan 2018
3. The Rise of the Lich King - Christie Golden
4. Volcanoes in America's National Parks - Robert & Barbara Decker

The Big Short - Michael Lewis


And I just got an account at the local library. I'm very excited to use it!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on February 03, 2018, 01:38:48 PM
  • Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
  • Caliban's War - James Corey
  • Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
  • The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
  • Cibola Burn - James Corey
  • Nemesis Game - James Corey
  • Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
  • Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.

9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.

12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.

But I just got a card at my local library, and picked up 4 more books.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on February 03, 2018, 03:31:01 PM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)


5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store (Cait Flanders)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on February 03, 2018, 06:20:15 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on February 04, 2018, 08:27:33 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith

5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on February 04, 2018, 11:16:22 AM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on February 04, 2018, 03:38:24 PM

(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu

(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on February 05, 2018, 10:48:26 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 05, 2018, 01:07:51 PM
Ok, I'm in, too - I'd never tried GoodReads, what a useful site!

1.  Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton - my favorite contemporary philosopher, but not his best
2.  The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, Mark Manson - Whoa.  Started a Book Club thread on this repackaging of Buddhism/Stoicism.
3.  Foundation, Isaac Asimov (for book club, turns out there's a reason nobody's ever recommended this to me... :D)
4.  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil DeGrasse Tyson - after 4 chapters, decided I didn't really need to know that much about astrophysics right now
5.  Girl Code, Andrea Gonzales - sweet memoir of those two coding teenagers whose computer game Tampon Run went viral
6.  Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee - OMG, awesome
7.  My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She's Sorry, Fredrik Backman...adorable, but challenging, in progress now
8.  The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame...how have I never finished this?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on February 05, 2018, 06:34:04 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)

9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)

A very good book for any mustachians thinking about renovating a house or building an addition, or really any big home updates.  Focus is on quality over quantity and how to make a comfortable space with less space, as opposed to the prevalent idea of "just make it bigger, that'll fix everything."
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on February 06, 2018, 09:51:44 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)

9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)

A very good book for any mustachians thinking about renovating a house or building an addition, or really any big home updates.  Focus is on quality over quantity and how to make a comfortable space with less space, as opposed to the prevalent idea of "just make it bigger, that'll fix everything."

I LOVE Susanka's books (she has a few others as well). I find them a wonderful way to think about how we use space (and how that can change), plus the interior photos are stunning. We're planning to add a windowseat to our office via adding a window and then using built-in bookshelves to achieve a sitting place. (That will pull out into a guest bed.) This plus a book or two on minimalism (I liked Marie Kondo, but some people hate her books) are all we needed to remain in our small (for four people in our area) house.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 06, 2018, 11:41:20 AM
Joining late! I always aim for at least 52 books in a year (a book a week seems reasonable for me). I'm trying to not buy any books this year, unless it's necessary in order to read one for book club, so this year is a focus on library books and also on reading down my personal collection of unread books (which is, uh, sizable).

5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on February 06, 2018, 05:36:40 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on February 07, 2018, 03:11:25 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: GeekyGirl on February 08, 2018, 03:36:12 AM
I'm in. Pregnancy derailed my goals last year and it won't be easy this year either with a toddler and a new baby but I'm getting the hang of it and we have a bigger library at my new place. So aiming for 50 books in French and English combined. Hopefully I will get back to reading meaningful books by March, April. For now entertaining and easy ones are on the list.

ENG
FR*
* English title (if applicable or summary) in italics
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on February 08, 2018, 08:48:35 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton Currently reading (started the audio book today for my commute to work)
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Currently Reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on February 08, 2018, 06:45:07 PM
I think I mentioned to too many people that I read a bunch of bad books in a row. I have a half dozen holds at the library just in, and friends keep giving me new books to read. My pile is up to like 20 books now... haha, guess I'm taking care of the rest of the year!

Also rereading pride and prejudice because Oooh, Mr Darcy!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on February 08, 2018, 11:28:12 PM
I spent most of January cheerfully avoiding making any progress on my 50 Russian Books in 2018 goal.  Time to buckle down.

Complete
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov

Currently Reading:
Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
The Unwomanly Face of War - Sveltana Alexievich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on February 08, 2018, 11:33:14 PM
1. Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
2. Caliban's War - James Corey
3. Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
4. The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
5. Cibola Burn - James Corey
6. Nemesis Game - James Corey
7. Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
8. Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.
9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.
12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.
13. The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman --> didn't like this one much at all.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on February 09, 2018, 11:49:41 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Currently Reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on February 09, 2018, 11:50:59 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on February 09, 2018, 01:48:42 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich

6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on February 09, 2018, 02:44:25 PM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.
18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on February 09, 2018, 05:23:19 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 10, 2018, 09:47:48 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.

5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on February 10, 2018, 11:01:12 PM
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater
2. National Geographic History - Jan 2018
3. The Rise of the Lich King - Christie Golden
4. Volcanoes in America's National Parks - Robert & Barbara Decker
5. The Big Short - Michael Lewis
And I just got an account at the local library. I'm very excited to use it!
6. Confronting the Dragon - Mark Cheverton
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on February 11, 2018, 08:46:11 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)


5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge

8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: A revolutionary understanding of brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)--currently still reading this

* I've noticed I haven't read a single piece of fiction yet so I picked one up from the library!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 11, 2018, 01:43:46 PM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)

6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf). I am too much of a fantasy nerd and find modern magical systems super interesting. This talked a lot about actual magical experience, which I found much more interesting than most modern books about magic.

I've got four other books going right now -- we'll see what gets finished next!




Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on February 11, 2018, 05:09:06 PM
1. How not to die by Michael Greger, M.D. He makes a strong health-based case for switching to a plant-based diet (or at least significantly reducing the amount of animal products in our diets).
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins (bubblegum romance)
3. Unprocessed: My city-dwelling year of reclaiming real food by Megan Kimble. This book chronicles a "year-of" experiment on the part of the author, who chose to eat only "unprocessed" food for the entire year, which she uses to explore our relationshp to food as well as our food system. Thoughtfully done.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on February 12, 2018, 02:21:11 PM
Complete
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

Currently Reading:
Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
The Unwomanly Face of War - Sveltana Alexievich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on February 12, 2018, 02:31:44 PM
Formatting question for this thread: keep updating original post or post new ones? 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on February 13, 2018, 05:49:59 PM
I post new ones, because I want to discuss my most recently read book with anyone else who's read it, and nobody is going to go back and reread the old posts.

I finished Dead Wake, the book about the Lusitania. Spoilers: the ship sinks. I am so bad at history but at least now I know a bit more about WWI!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 13, 2018, 08:53:39 PM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)

7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library) HOLY HELL YES THIS BOOK. If you have ever been angry about female characters being killed off, especially in comics, this is so, so deeply the book for you. Valente's a fantastic prose artist and the prose shines here -- but even more than that, so do the stories. This is divided into a collection of tales, each revolving around a fridged woman, and each clearly riffs on both individual comics characters and on broader tropes in ways that just got me. What a great read.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on February 14, 2018, 06:11:54 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Currently Reading
7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Currently Reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 14, 2018, 12:35:36 PM
1.  Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton - my favorite contemporary philosopher, but not his best
2.  he Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, Mark Manson - Whoa.  Started a Book Club thread on this repackaging of Buddhism/Stoicism.
3.  Foundation, Isaac Asimov (for book club, turns out there's a reason nobody's ever recommended this to me... :D)
4.  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil DeGrasse Tyson - after 4 chapters, decided I didn't really need to know that much about astrophysics right now
5.  Girl Code, Andrea Gonzales - sweet memoir of those two coding teenagers whose computer game Tampon Run went viral
6.  Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee - OMG, awesome
7.  My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She's Sorry, Fredrik Backman...adorable, but challenging, in progress now
8.  The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame...how have I never finished this?

9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 14, 2018, 01:42:38 PM
9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.

Oh my gosh, this sounds really cool! I'm putting this on my TBR...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: frontstepdesign on February 14, 2018, 03:51:00 PM
9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.

Oh my gosh, this sounds really cool! I'm putting this on my TBR...

@diapasoun It's 0.00 on Amazon Kindle Unlimited right now!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 14, 2018, 04:29:11 PM
9.  Wild Wood, Jan Needle - A 'class warfare' rebuttal to The Wind in the Willows, told from the POV of the vanquished ferrets/stoats/etc.  Lots about beer brewing and old cars - very enjoyable.

Oh my gosh, this sounds really cool! I'm putting this on my TBR...

@diapasoun It's 0.00 on Amazon Kindle Unlimited right now!

Alas, I'd need to get Kindle Unlimited. :( I'm going to see where it may pop up in future, though (and this is totally the kind of thing I can request my library buy.)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on February 14, 2018, 06:28:58 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on February 15, 2018, 07:11:56 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich

7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on February 15, 2018, 11:17:12 AM
7. Warcraft: War of the Ancients #2: The Demon Soul - Richard Knaak
8. Bush at War - Bob Woodward
9. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on February 15, 2018, 06:36:51 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on February 15, 2018, 09:30:25 PM
1. How not to die by Michael Greger MD. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet. He makes a pretty convincing case.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems. Reasonably well-done, and she's in Tucson so there's a regional southwest slant that I found interesting.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on February 16, 2018, 05:31:23 AM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 16, 2018, 08:55:24 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich

7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
I love Janet Evanovich!  I don't think I could read more than about 8 in a row before I need a break for a few weeks, though.  They start to get a little repetitive.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on February 16, 2018, 09:02:28 AM
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards

Currently Reading:
A History of Russia - Nicholas Riasanovsky
Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on February 16, 2018, 11:34:09 AM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.
18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but more in an abstract economical sense and talks a bit about the economic disparity and possible improvements to social security - good read, good points. 
20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA

22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.

25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.

@diapasoun - how is the saga about Ragnar? We've been watching every Viking episode...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 16, 2018, 12:56:47 PM
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


Fiction

Title                                                                     Author
1) How to Lose a Bride in One Night                    Sophie Jordan
2) Viking Unchained                                            Sandra Hill
3) The Tattoeed Duke                                            Maya Rodale
4) Chasing Christmas Eve                                    Jill Shalvis
5) The Pleasures of Passion                                    Sabrina Jeffries
6) Burning Up                                                    Susan Anderson
7) Promise Not to Tell                                             Jayne Ann Krentz
8) In Scandal They Wed                                     Sophie Jordan
9) One Night With You                                     Sophie Jordan
10) Surrender to Me                                             Sophie Jordan
11) Too Wicked to Tame                                     Sophie Jordan
12) The Heir and The Spare                             Maya Rodale
13) A Groom of One's Own                                     Maya Rodale
14) The Rogue and the Rival                             Maya Rodale

Nonfiction
1) Her majesty : Queen Elizabeth II and her court                                   Robert Hardman    - Very interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in the palace; dated
2) On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into some Strangely Related Families   Jeremy Paxman
3) Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor                                   Anne Edwards
4) Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley                           Alison Weir  -  This book should have been cut in half. 577 pages was absolutely ridiculous - and Darnley died on page about 300.
5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on February 16, 2018, 03:03:41 PM
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.

Peter Menzel is my mother’s cousin (my first cousin 1st removed?) He gave us a copy of Material World and we really enjoyed it. Loved the Ethiopian toilet!


Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 16, 2018, 03:34:06 PM
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.

Peter Menzel is my mother’s cousin (my first cousin 1st removed?) He gave us a copy of Material World and we really enjoyed it. Loved the Ethiopian toilet!

Wow!  Please let him know how impactful the book is. Their respect for the families and cultures really shone through in both the images and the text.  It seemed like a true labor of love.

I have a friend from Ethiopia. Her family was wealthy; it was quite interesting to contrast her stories of her childhood with the way the family in the book lived.

My kids got interested when we realized the US picture was taken in the town we live in now.  Then we backtracked and read much of the rest together so they could see the differences in how families live.  We liked Bhutan - it was amazing to realize they didn't have currency until the 1960s.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on February 16, 2018, 05:14:02 PM
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

@formerlydivorcedmom - Thank you - I'll check it out! Is that Sarah MacLean the author?
I may follow your example about giving myself a subset of challenges. My goal is to read a minimum of 15 finance books this year. Maybe I'll do a finance subset and a general non-fiction subset.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on February 16, 2018, 05:17:53 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on February 16, 2018, 08:36:54 PM
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.

Peter Menzel is my mother’s cousin (my first cousin 1st removed?) He gave us a copy of Material World and we really enjoyed it. Loved the Ethiopian toilet!

Wow!  Please let him know how impactful the book is. Their respect for the families and cultures really shone through in both the images and the text.  It seemed like a true labor of love.

I have a friend from Ethiopia. Her family was wealthy; it was quite interesting to contrast her stories of her childhood with the way the family in the book lived.

My kids got interested when we realized the US picture was taken in the town we live in now.  Then we backtracked and read much of the rest together so they could see the differences in how families live.  We liked Bhutan - it was amazing to realize they didn't have currency until the 1960s.

This is sitting on my shelf to be read in the near future.  Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on February 17, 2018, 07:25:59 AM
I was just on vacation for three weeks; lots of travel time = lots of reading!  Thank goodness for Kindle and the library e-book apps, or I wouldn't have had nearly enough to read (weight limits on luggage, including carry-ons, made e-books the way to go this time).

6.  Kerry Greenwood, Flying Too High
7.  Kerry Greenwood, Murder on the Ballarat Train
8.  Tom Hanks, Uncommon Type:  Some Stories
9.  Jessica Brody, The Chaos of Standing Still
10.  Mike McIntyre, The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
11.  Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot:The Complete Short Stories
12.  Alfred Lansing, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
13.  JD Robb, Secrets in Death
14.  Kerry Greenwood, Away With the Fairies
15.  Kerry Greenwood, Murder in Montparnasse
16.  Mark Pryor, The Sorbonne Affair
17.  Eric O’Grey with Mark Dagostino, Walking with Peety
18.  Jo Coudert, The Good Shepard: A Special Dog’s Gift of Healing
19.  Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
20.  TE Kinsey, A Quiet Life in the Country
21.  Don Daglow, The Fog Seller
22.  Rupert Brooke, 1914, and Other Poems
23.  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

The Kerry Greenwood books are the basis for the Miss Fisher Mysteries TV series that I've enjoyed on Netflix.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on February 17, 2018, 02:04:08 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz

(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on February 17, 2018, 08:26:02 PM
1. How not to die by Michael Greger MD. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet. He makes a pretty convincing case.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems. Reasonably well-done, and she's in Tucson so there's a regional southwest slant that I found interesting.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.

Funnily enough, I read the 4th in the Invisible Library series first. I loved it, and went back and picked up the 2nd and 3rd at the library. The 2nd was TERRIBLE, the 3rd seems ok.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on February 17, 2018, 08:28:41 PM
1. Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
2. Caliban's War - James Corey
3. Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
4. The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
5. Cibola Burn - James Corey
6. Nemesis Game - James Corey
7. Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
8. Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.
9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.
12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.
13. The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman --> didn't like this one much at all.
14. Persepolis Rising - James Corey --> the most recent in the Expanse series! LOVED IT. So sad there are no more to read. May have to pick up the other series from the authors.
15. Nocturnal Animals (aka Tony & Susan) by Austin Wright --> picked up on a whim because the movie was supposed to be good. A very strange, interesting but upsetting book. One of those novels where the characters are pretty awful and what they portend about humanity is not very good.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on February 18, 2018, 05:13:32 PM

(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 19, 2018, 07:13:05 AM
@Rosy , if you are on Facebook, you should look for the Old School Romance book group.  Sarah MacLean runs it, and we talk about all kinds of romance.  Given what you're reading this year, I think you'd like it.

@formerlydivorcedmom - Thank you - I'll check it out! Is that Sarah MacLean the author?
I may follow your example about giving myself a subset of challenges. My goal is to read a minimum of 15 finance books this year. Maybe I'll do a finance subset and a general non-fiction subset.

Yes, it's the author.  There are several other authors who post regularly too.  We choose 1 "old-school " (pre-2000) romance and one more recent romance per month.  And we post pictures of Tom Hardy and/or men in kilts.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 19, 2018, 07:17:23 AM
I had a good weekend - 3 books finished!

I'm tracking in Excel, and I set up a dashboard so I can see how many books I read in each category, how many were from the library vs ones I own, and how many are re-reads vs new-to-me.  My nerdy little soul is so excited!



Fiction

Title                                                                     Author
1) How to Lose a Bride in One Night                    Sophie Jordan
2) Viking Unchained                                            Sandra Hill
3) The Tattoeed Duke                                            Maya Rodale
4) Chasing Christmas Eve                                    Jill Shalvis
5) The Pleasures of Passion                                    Sabrina Jeffries
6) Burning Up                                                    Susan Anderson
7) Promise Not to Tell                                             Jayne Ann Krentz
8) In Scandal They Wed                                     Sophie Jordan
9) One Night With You                                     Sophie Jordan
10) Surrender to Me                                             Sophie Jordan
11) Too Wicked to Tame                                     Sophie Jordan
12) The Heir and The Spare                             Maya Rodale
13) A Groom of One's Own                                     Maya Rodale
14) The Rogue and the Rival                             Maya Rodale
15) Wallflower Gone Wild                                     Maya Rodale
16) What a Wallflower Wants                             Maya Rodale
17) The Wicked Wallflower                                     Maya Rodale

Nonfiction - Goal = 50
1) Her majesty : Queen Elizabeth II and her court                                   Robert Hardman   
2) On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into some Strangely Related Families   Jeremy Paxman
3) Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor                                   Anne Edwards
4) Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley                           Alison Weir 
5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel

In progress: 
The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, by Lady Colin Campbell
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on February 19, 2018, 10:54:43 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)*

5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge

8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food

9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: A revolutionary understanding of brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)

10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King) * realized I hadn't read any fiction so I picked this one from the library. The Governor General's award winner and an interesting eco-drama, well written..makes me want to find more fiction!

11. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)--just starting this one : the follow-up to Sapiens
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on February 19, 2018, 04:03:52 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on February 19, 2018, 04:52:19 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I'm reading Pachinko right now! Still at the very beginning of it. How did you like We Should All Be Feminists? I just read Americanah, but really didn't like it much. I read some other reviews where people said they liked her other books better.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 20, 2018, 10:02:23 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf).

7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente. Ideal for anyone who's ever been upset at the treatment of women in comic books, especially if you're also a bit sick of grimdark narratives. This is a set of connected shorts, told from the different POVs of comic book women who have been fridged, and are now living in the underworld. Each voice is distinct, and each story reflects on particular women in comics canon (Harley Quinn, Jean Grey, etc). Sharp and wry and funny and unnerving in equal measures.

8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library) This was a fantastic read. 12 short stories, some ranging beautifully into magical realism. Each story packs a real punch -- a crystal clear snapshot of human interaction.

ETA: @Rosy, I really enjoyed the Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok. I too enjoy Vikings a lot -- I know it's not period accurate etc, but nonetheless, it's fun. The Sagas are, of course, slightly more period accurate. You'll recognize a lot of the names and characters, although the relationships are frequently quite different. This particular version was pretty easy to read, and I really enjoyed his notes at the end -- there's some good explanations of why he chose a particular English word, for example, and some useful notes on particular Norse customs and traditions.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on February 21, 2018, 09:43:39 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Currently Reading
8. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 21, 2018, 09:56:31 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)

9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library). This was utterly charming, entirely because of the narrator. Just barely unreliable, just a tiny bit overly honest and crass in a way that female narrators are so rarely allowed to be, delighting in the strange, hilarious and straightforward -- Fleur Talbot is a gem.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on February 21, 2018, 12:04:59 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on February 21, 2018, 12:24:03 PM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it, here is what the reader learns after 179 pages: There was a thriving, complex "international" civilization around the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean and along the Tigris and Euphrates river from around the 16th to the 12th century B.C. Hittites, Canaanites, Cypriots, Egyptians, Assyrians, Ugarits, Myceneans all traded with each other. Most if not all of these component societies or proto-nation-states was highly centralized with the palace managing the economy. Evidence of trade and communication networks is found in discovery of various “national” styles of pottery showing up in places one might not expect, as well as the written records (letters, inscriptions, etc.) Substances traded included tin and copper (to make bronze), ebony, alabaster, glass, gold, grain, olive oil, figs, cloth, other food stuffs, wine, etc.

However, by 1,130 BC most of this broad civilization was in ruins. Egyptian texts mention an attack from “Sea Peoples” and these “sea peoples” have been traditionally assigned the responsibility for the collapse. Cline, however, thinks that the picture was significantly more complex than that. Starting at around 1,250 B.C.? there was evidence of a series of earthquakes, of climate change, drought and famine, of internal rebellions, of attack from the outside, probably by these elusive “sea peoples,” and cessation of trade relations. Cline invokes complexity theory to account for it all, but his ultimate conclusion is that given our fragmentary knowledge, there is no “smoking gun” and no way of figuring out the sequence of events, which was probably very complex and different in different regions. However, it is pretty much clear that one particular stressor was not the culprit. The only thing we know almost for sure is that plague and disease was not a cause.

There you go!

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 21, 2018, 12:43:59 PM
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on February 21, 2018, 01:10:39 PM
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?

I have this book and have been meaning to start it. I'm very interested in History and this looked pretty interesting. I'm hoping I can at least get through it and gain some knowledge about this time period.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on February 21, 2018, 01:50:20 PM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.





Starting a new subset - goal of 15 books about Money and/or Finance/Economics
19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but more in an abstract economical sense and talks a bit about the economic disparity and possible improvements to social security - good read, good points. 
20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.
26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on February 21, 2018, 02:03:31 PM
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?

Yes, it was very good.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 21, 2018, 02:38:06 PM
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline. My husband got me this book for Valentine's day, thinking I'd like a little doomer porn after the heavy (figuratively and literally) Churchill biography. However, ha ha, it was not. WARNING: Do not buy this book unless you happen to be an archeologist or scholar of the Bronze Age. It was thoroughly academic and as dry as could be - at one and the same time extremely detailed, arcane and repetitive. At one point, the author quoted an inscription in ancient Akkadian, then added: "For those of you who don't read Akkadian ..." and proceed to add a translation in English. I got the impression it was only partly tongue-in-cheek.

Anyway, to save you all the effort of acquiring the book and reading it,
[...]
There you go!

Okay, that actually sounds kind of up my alley... but I really love dry historical tomes. I've been trying to find good stuff on that time period and it's hard! Other than the fact that it was dry -- did you think the actual history that was done was good?

Yes, it was very good.


Ahhh fantastic. Adding this to my TBR. ;)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on February 21, 2018, 03:08:12 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)

10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)

"You should practice your French," I said... "It's a kid's book," I said... "How long could it possibly take?"  Turns out my French is extremely rusty. :/
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jmecklenborg on February 21, 2018, 03:31:58 PM
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater

Great book.  I read it in 2005 or thereabouts.  I just thought about it today while looking at a map of Sharonville, OH and its sloppy east-west section lines. 

If you liked that, you'll also like:
Downtown: Its Rise & Fall 1880-1950 by Robert M. Fogelson.   Discusses in detail the patterned growth and decline of the 10-12 "old" American cities (NYC, Philly, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, St. Louis, etc.) as government policy gave over the city to the automobile.  The rise and fall of department stores, the rise and fall of streetcar systems, construction of the NYC subway, and then the shattering of the cities by the interstate highways. 


Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on February 22, 2018, 09:25:38 AM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari, if I'm ready for non-fiction again.

Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)
Next up: I've got a list, but I may not make it to the library today, so possibly whatever is on my kids' bookshelves...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on February 22, 2018, 12:43:12 PM
Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)


How did you like Sapiens? I was thinking about adding it to my list.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on February 22, 2018, 01:33:38 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I'm reading Pachinko right now! Still at the very beginning of it. How did you like We Should All Be Feminists? I just read Americanah, but really didn't like it much. I read some other reviews where people said they liked her other books better.

Sorry, just saw this! We Should All Be Feminists is very different from Americanah -- it's the text of a Ted Talk. It's very short and non-fiction. It's a good quick read. I liked the insight from the African perspective.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on February 22, 2018, 02:19:25 PM
Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)


How did you like Sapiens? I was thinking about adding it to my list.

I listened to the audiobook version of Sapiens last year goodreads tell me it was actually in 2015.  It was quite dense in places - but I'm still thinking about some of the concepts raised in the book years later, so that makes it worth a read to me. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on February 22, 2018, 04:10:05 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)

11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on February 23, 2018, 06:17:51 AM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I really enjoy this one. It reminded me in a strange way of Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series. The Road is set in a different century with many fewer characters, but like M&C, what seems to be a tale of adventure actually turns out to be all about relationships and language.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on February 23, 2018, 06:57:41 PM
1. Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
2. Caliban's War - James Corey
3. Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
4. The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
5. Cibola Burn - James Corey
6. Nemesis Game - James Corey
7. Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
8. Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.
9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.
12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.
13. The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman --> didn't like this one much at all.
14. Persepolis Rising - James Corey --> the most recent in the Expanse series! LOVED IT. So sad there are no more to read. May have to pick up the other series from the authors.
15. Nocturnal Animals (aka Tony & Susan) by Austin Wright --> picked up on a whim because the movie was supposed to be good. A very strange, interesting but upsetting book. One of those novels where the characters are pretty awful and what they portend about humanity is not very good.
16. Prep by Curtis Sittenfield. I LOVE teen drama, when well written, and this is that. I don't know how I missed it.
16. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Not as ogod as the Sittenfield, but still enjoyed it. Also, reading both of these back to back brought to a very visceral teenage place. I am terrified to ever have a teenage girl.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on February 23, 2018, 07:25:32 PM
1. How not to die by Michael Greger md. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A thoughtful "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.
6. On Second Thought by Krista Higgins (more romance)
7. Redshirts by John Scalzi. Odd take on televised sci-fi series and characters with different lives in alternate realities. Quirky and fun.
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. (Audiobook) Focuses on the unconscious snap judgements and decisions that shape our lives.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on February 24, 2018, 08:48:27 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)*

5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge

8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: A revolutionary understanding of brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King) * realized I hadn't read any fiction so I picked this one from the library. The Governor General's award winner and an interesting eco-drama, well written..makes me want to find more fiction!

11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam) *someone on this forum recommended this to learn about investing..still got a little swamped down in it but will keep plugging through

13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)--still reading this one: the follow-up to Sapiens

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on February 24, 2018, 10:48:47 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 24, 2018, 03:15:39 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.

6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: sweetkerryline on February 25, 2018, 12:10:27 AM
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)**
2. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)*****
3. Yes Please (Amy Poehler)***
4. Dear Martin (Nic Stone)*****

5. The Automatic Millionaire (David Bach)*****
6. Go Tell it on the Mountain (James Baldwin)*****
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on February 25, 2018, 01:31:59 PM
Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)


How did you like Sapiens? I was thinking about adding it to my list.

I really liked it. It's pretty readable, and has a lot of big ideas.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on February 25, 2018, 01:35:14 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse

8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!

Next up:
Debt Free U
Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
Lavinia, Le Guin
Delusions of Gender (I think this was a recommendation from Bracken Joy?)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on February 25, 2018, 02:54:05 PM
Delusions of Gender (I think this was a recommendation from Bracken Joy?)

Haha, definitely cannot claim credit for that one! =) I don't do a whole lot of non fiction. Probably should, though.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on February 25, 2018, 05:47:11 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: BZB on February 25, 2018, 07:08:33 PM
Oof! At this rate, I'm not getting to 50 books...
Trumpet of the Swan - E.B. White
2. Deep Work - Cal Newport
3. Future Home of the Living God - Louise Erdrich
4. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - couldn't get into it, so finished about half of it

I just put in some more holds through the library and got one book by Hoopla from the library.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on February 26, 2018, 07:39:39 AM
This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.

Fiction

1) How to Lose a Bride in One Night                    Sophie Jordan
2) Viking Unchained                                            Sandra Hill
3) The Tattoeed Duke                                            Maya Rodale
4) Chasing Christmas Eve                                    Jill Shalvis
5) The Pleasures of Passion                                    Sabrina Jeffries
6) Burning Up                                                    Susan Anderson
7) Promise Not to Tell                                             Jayne Ann Krentz
8) In Scandal They Wed                                     Sophie Jordan
9) One Night With You                                     Sophie Jordan
10) Surrender to Me                                             Sophie Jordan
11) Too Wicked to Tame                                     Sophie Jordan
12) The Heir and The Spare                             Maya Rodale
13) A Groom of One's Own                                     Maya Rodale
14) The Rogue and the Rival                             Maya Rodale
15) Wallflower Gone Wild                                     Maya Rodale   
16) What a Wallflower Wants                             Maya Rodale   
17) The Wicked Wallflower                                     Maya Rodale
18) A Tale of Two Lovers                                     Maya Rodale   
19) The Brat                                                     Lynsey Sands

Nonfiction
1) Her majesty : Queen Elizabeth II and her court                                   Robert Hardman    - Very interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in the palace; dated
2) On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into some Strangely Related Families   Jeremy Paxman
3) Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor                                   Anne Edwards
4) Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley                           Alison Weir  -  This book should have been cut in half. 577 pages was absolutely ridiculous - and Darnley died on page about 300.
5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.
6) The Queen Mother:  The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon who Became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother   by Lady Colin Campbell - This was a gossipy, meandering, name-dropping book I wish I hadn't read.

in progress:
The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on February 26, 2018, 08:04:13 AM
Oof! At this rate, I'm not getting to 50 books...
Trumpet of the Swan - E.B. White
2. Deep Work - Cal Newport
3. Future Home of the Living God - Louise Erdrich
4. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - couldn't get into it, so finished about half of it

I just put in some more holds through the library and got one book by Hoopla from the library.

Ohhh how did you like the new Erdrich? I've been eyeing it...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on February 26, 2018, 07:53:30 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!

Next up:
Debt Free U
Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
Lavinia, Le Guin
Delusions of Gender (I think this was a recommendation from Bracken Joy?)

10. Glass Houses, Penny. Kinda fun recommendation from a librarian, but when I start a request with "I'm trying to read 50 books this year", which part of that suggests that a 400-page book would be a good recommendation?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on February 26, 2018, 09:55:34 PM
1. How not to die by Michael Greger md. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A thoughtful "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.
6. On Second Thought by Krista Higgins (more romance)
7. Redshirts by John Scalzi. Odd take on televised sci-fi series and characters with different lives in alternate realities. Quirky and fun.
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. (Audiobook) Focuses on the unconscious snap judgements and decisions that shape our lives.
9. The New One-Minute Manager by Blanchard & Johnson (Audiobook). Blessedly short. May have seemed revolutionary when it was originally published, now feels like "duh." But: concise.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on February 26, 2018, 09:58:48 PM
Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)


How did you like Sapiens? I was thinking about adding it to my list.

I really liked it. It's pretty readable, and has a lot of big ideas.

I read Sapiens last year as part of a book club. There were big ideas for sure, but I really wished he'd backed them up with more evidence. I felt like the book was mostly opinion.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on February 27, 2018, 09:04:55 AM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on February 27, 2018, 09:42:45 AM
Finally finished Sapiens. at 416 rather dense pages, that was not a fast read!
(Good thing I got a head start in January.)


How did you like Sapiens? I was thinking about adding it to my list.

I really liked it. It's pretty readable, and has a lot of big ideas.

I read Sapiens last year as part of a book club. There were big ideas for sure, but I really wished he'd backed them up with more evidence. I felt like the book was mostly opinion.

Yes,  I automatically mentally substitute "Your hypothesis" for "this is the truth" and it makes me less grumpy. There were plenty of unsubstantiated theories in there, but I find making the mental substitution helps. (Also, in some cases I've read more about some of his theories elsewhere, and thought they were reasonably well-grounded, so he was maybe trying to keep it to 400+ pages.)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Adventine on February 27, 2018, 11:04:13 AM
    1. Ghostland: an American History in Haunted Places - Colin Dickey
    2. The Cooking Gene - Michael Twitty
    3. Your Money or Your Life - Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin and Monique Tilford
    4. Authority - Jeff VanderMeer
    5. Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer
    6. The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars - Joël Glenn Brenner

    7. Enough: Finding More By Living With Less
    8. Brave Enough
    9. White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America
    10. Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant
    11. Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
    12. Champagne: How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times
    13. Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business
    14. What, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions
    15. Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential
    16. Fortune’s Children: the Fall of the House of Vanderbilt
    17. The Three-Body Problem
    18. Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us
    19. Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street
    20. The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt
    21. Make Your Bed: Little Things that Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World
    22. Flight: Volume 8
    23. How Not to Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain
    24. The (Mis)Behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward
    25. The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific Maverick
    26. The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on February 27, 2018, 03:33:26 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)

12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)

Ugh, feels like I've been reading that book forever.  So glad to be done.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on February 27, 2018, 07:23:09 PM
10. Up Front - Bill Mauldin
11. To End all Wars - Adam Hochschild
12. A History of the Colt Revolver - Charles Haven
13. National Geographic History - Feb 2018
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on February 27, 2018, 07:43:58 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on February 28, 2018, 04:39:57 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on February 28, 2018, 09:34:32 PM
24.  Kerry Greenwood, Ruddy Gore [mystery]
25.  Kerry Greenwood, Blood and Circuses
26.  Kerry Greenwood, The Green Mill Murder
27.  JD Robb, Dark in Death
28.  TE Kinsey, In the Market for Murder
29.  TE Kinsey, Death Around the Bend
30.  Ann Swinfen, The Troubadour's Tale
31.  TE Kinsey, Christmas at the Grange
32.  Ann Swinfen, The Merchant's Tale
33.  Ann Swinfen, The Huntsman's Tale
34.  Kerry Greenwood, Cocaine Blues
35.  Kerry Greenwood, Death at Victoria Dock
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on March 01, 2018, 06:20:25 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison

Started The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley last night. 51 hour audiobook... oof. Probably be a while before I check back in here...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 01, 2018, 07:44:07 AM
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.

I wouldn't judge the whole genre by Julia Quinn.  Although I love her writing, I know a lot of people who don't, and the Duke and I is one of hers that I liked the least.  The next one in that series, The Viscount Who Loved Me, is my favorite by her. 

I'd also recommend trying an Eloisa James novel, although many of her best are set in the Georgian period rather than the Regency.  She's a professor of Shakespeare by day, and there's more depth in her books than in many of the others.  (Of hers, Three Weeks with Lady X is my absolute favorite, but its language tends towards more graphic; after that, I love the Essex sisters quartet, all inspired by Shakespeare plays - Much Ado About You, Kiss Me Annabel, the Taming of the Duke, and Pleasure for Pleasure).



Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on March 01, 2018, 12:29:58 PM
I wouldn't judge the whole genre by Julia Quinn.  Although I love her writing, I know a lot of people who don't, and the Duke and I is one of hers that I liked the least.  The next one in that series, The Viscount Who Loved Me, is my favorite by her. 

I'd also recommend trying an Eloisa James novel, although many of her best are set in the Georgian period rather than the Regency.  She's a professor of Shakespeare by day, and there's more depth in her books than in many of the others.  (Of hers, Three Weeks with Lady X is my absolute favorite, but its language tends towards more graphic; after that, I love the Essex sisters quartet, all inspired by Shakespeare plays - Much Ado About You, Kiss Me Annabel, the Taming of the Duke, and Pleasure for Pleasure).
Okay, good to hear. I'll try Eloisa James. I don't mind graphic stuff (heck, I've written 25 erotic romance novels myself) but it's not my favorite part of romance books either. I'm actually trying to write my own regency romance with less/no erotic content so I was hoping to read stuff that's more up that alley for inspiration. I've only ever read old school regency so I'm kind of at sea, and while if I were writing to market I'd be reading a lot more for research, this is just a little pet project so I don't really mind if I get a few conventions wrong in the genre.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on March 02, 2018, 08:10:38 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich

8. hard eight by janet evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on March 02, 2018, 05:02:54 PM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel. This is an account of Columbus’s and Cortés’s voyages of discovery and conquests in the new world, mostly through primary sources (hence Conquistador *Voices*). The section on Cortés’s conquering of The Aztec empire was particularly interesting partly because multiple primary sources were used including Aztec sources (so you got to hear what happened from multiple perspectives), but also simply because Cortés was a fascinating character. You get the impression that he was so much more intelligent, “street smart” and wily than Columbus. In fact, he reminded me greatly of Pablo Escobar as portrayed in the Netflix series Narcos. No, Cortés didn’t go around saying: “Plata o promo!” but he could have as he was essentially using the same carrot & stick technique.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 02, 2018, 05:14:16 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18

7. World War Z- Max Brooks
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on March 03, 2018, 04:57:30 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 04, 2018, 08:29:25 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)

13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on March 04, 2018, 10:02:23 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on March 04, 2018, 04:36:37 PM
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
Did you see the movie Capote? It was very interesting to watch after reading this book, gave me a different perspective on the background of the publishing world at the time he wrote In Cold Blood. Great cast, too.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 04, 2018, 09:52:22 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin

In progress:
Delusions of Gender
Debt Free U

i feel like I'm just barely able to keep on pace, and I'm "having to" skip New Yorker articles...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 05, 2018, 06:47:24 AM
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
Did you see the movie Capote? It was very interesting to watch after reading this book, gave me a different perspective on the background of the publishing world at the time he wrote In Cold Blood. Great cast, too.

I didn't realize there was a movie, I'll have to add it to my list.  Thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on March 05, 2018, 09:12:39 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)

10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library). This is intelligent alternate history streampunk; it has numerous enjoyable characters; it deals with all manner of weighty things, from racism to nation building. It has a lot going for it.

At the same time, I found this a hard read. The episodic nature of the book made it hard to sink in deeply, and meant the pacing was difficut to weather. I recommend it, but also completely understand people not finishing it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ChipmunkSavings on March 06, 2018, 07:28:43 AM
1. Cheap : The high cost of discount culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell
2. The price of a bargain
3. The One thing : the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results
4. Pillars of the earth
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on March 06, 2018, 07:55:12 AM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel. This is an account of Columbus’s and Cortés’s voyages of discovery and conquests in the new world, mostly through primary sources (hence Conquistador *Voices*). The section on Cortés’s conquering of The Aztec empire was particularly interesting partly because multiple primary sources were used including Aztec sources (so you got to hear what happened from multiple perspectives), but also simply because Cortés was a fascinating character. You get the impression that he was so much more intelligent, “street smart” and wily than Columbus. In fact, he reminded me greatly of Pablo Escobar as portrayed in the Netflix series Narcos. No, Cortés didn’t go around saying: “Plata o promo!” but he could have as he was essentially using the same carrot & stick technique.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 06, 2018, 09:46:40 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.

8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on March 06, 2018, 08:24:10 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on March 06, 2018, 10:45:24 PM
1. Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
2. Caliban's War - James Corey
3. Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
4. The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
5. Cibola Burn - James Corey
6. Nemesis Game - James Corey
7. Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
8. Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.
9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.
12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.
13. The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman --> didn't like this one much at all.
14. Persepolis Rising - James Corey --> the most recent in the Expanse series! LOVED IT. So sad there are no more to read. May have to pick up the other series from the authors.
15. Nocturnal Animals (aka Tony & Susan) by Austin Wright --> picked up on a whim because the movie was supposed to be good. A very strange, interesting but upsetting book. One of those novels where the characters are pretty awful and what they portend about humanity is not very good.
16. Prep by Curtis Sittenfield. I LOVE teen drama, when well written, and this is that. I don't know how I missed it.
17. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Not as ogod as the Sittenfield, but still enjoyed it. Also, reading both of these back to back brought to a very visceral teenage place. I am terrified to ever have a teenage girl.
18. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Lovely story about family and art.
19. Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer. Interesting premise, funny to read, but a bit trite and the ending was underwhelming.
20. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. Light and easy, but not bad for a celebrity memoir.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 07, 2018, 07:39:38 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)

14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)

Do not recommend, I found it preachy and pedantic, and he seems to revel in being an anti-social loner and a 'bad friend' (his own words).
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 07, 2018, 09:15:56 AM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin

In progress:
Delusions of Gender
Debt Free U

i feel like I'm just barely able to keep on pace, and I'm "having to" skip New Yorker articles...

12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card

Needed a break from the current non-fiction, saw this book in a pile where I volunteer as a tutor. It's a fast, relatively engaging read (I, um, finished it at 2 AM this morning, which is going to make today a very long day...), but OMG, he is so stuck in traditional gender roles that even the aliens have them. All the aliens! And a good man can save everyone from arbitrarily bad parenting and abuse! I kinda feel like I need a shower.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on March 07, 2018, 04:25:31 PM
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card

Needed a break from the current non-fiction, saw this book in a pile where I volunteer as a tutor. It's a fast, relatively engaging read (I, um, finished it at 2 AM this morning, which is going to make today a very long day...), but OMG, he is so stuck in traditional gender roles that even the aliens have them. All the aliens! And a good man can save everyone from arbitrarily bad parenting and abuse! I kinda feel like I need a shower.
Yeah, Orson Scott Card is a pretty homophobic Mormon, when he spoke at my college there were lots of protests. But Ender's Game is still one of the most awesome scifi books ever. I assume you've read it, Speaker for the Dead is actually a sequel so if you haven't, go back and read it! That and Ender's Shadow were two absolutely riveting reads.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 08, 2018, 09:26:07 AM
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card

Needed a break from the current non-fiction, saw this book in a pile where I volunteer as a tutor. It's a fast, relatively engaging read (I, um, finished it at 2 AM this morning, which is going to make today a very long day...), but OMG, he is so stuck in traditional gender roles that even the aliens have them. All the aliens! And a good man can save everyone from arbitrarily bad parenting and abuse! I kinda feel like I need a shower.
Yeah, Orson Scott Card is a pretty homophobic Mormon, when he spoke at my college there were lots of protests. But Ender's Game is still one of the most awesome scifi books ever. I assume you've read it, Speaker for the Dead is actually a sequel so if you haven't, go back and read it! That and Ender's Shadow were two absolutely riveting reads.

I think I skimmed through Ender's Game when my 13-year old was reading it, so I could make conversation. It was OK. And I knew this was a sequel, but it's pretty dreadful, in terms of male and female roles, and how having a good, solid man around can solve everyone's problems. And how women making moral decisions on their own lead to bad things... Just yuck.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on March 08, 2018, 08:06:45 PM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles . So, this will not be #15.  I got to around p. 120 out of 460 pages and am officially giving up now. Precious, pretentious, pointless, plotless. I have better things to do with my time than finish for finishing’s sake.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 09, 2018, 11:35:39 AM
Yesterday I took my kid to a doctor; we've been going there about twice a month for six months.  The doctor made a joke about this being at least the 10th book he's seen me with.  I smiled and told him that since January 1st, this was my 33rd book.  He was speechless.

The good news is I think this has made him decide I'm not a hoarder.  For a while, every time we went in I happened to be reading about hoarding or decluttering.

This is my first year to track what I've read.  I'm at 19 and counting for the year... I'm thinking about setting myself  a subset challenge of reading 50 nonfiction books this year.


Fiction

1) How to Lose a Bride in One Night                    Sophie Jordan
2) Viking Unchained                                            Sandra Hill
3) The Tattoeed Duke                                            Maya Rodale
4) Chasing Christmas Eve                                    Jill Shalvis
5) The Pleasures of Passion                                    Sabrina Jeffries
6) Burning Up                                                    Susan Anderson
7) Promise Not to Tell                                             Jayne Ann Krentz
8) In Scandal They Wed                                     Sophie Jordan
9) One Night With You                                     Sophie Jordan
10) Surrender to Me                                             Sophie Jordan
11) Too Wicked to Tame                                     Sophie Jordan
12) The Heir and The Spare                             Maya Rodale
13) A Groom of One's Own                                     Maya Rodale
14) The Rogue and the Rival                             Maya Rodale
15) Wallflower Gone Wild                                     Maya Rodale   
16) What a Wallflower Wants                             Maya Rodale   
17) The Wicked Wallflower                                     Maya Rodale
18) A Tale of Two Lovers                                     Maya Rodale   
19) The Brat                                                     Lynsey Sands

Nonfiction
1) Her majesty : Queen Elizabeth II and her court                                   Robert Hardman    - Very interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in the palace; dated
2) On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into some Strangely Related Families   Jeremy Paxman
3) Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor                                   Anne Edwards
4) Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley                           Alison Weir  -  This book should have been cut in half. 577 pages was absolutely ridiculous - and Darnley died on page about 300.
5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.
6) The Queen Mother:  The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon who Became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother   by Lady Colin Campbell - This was a gossipy, meandering, name-dropping book I wish I hadn't read.
7) The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman

Fiction:
20)   The Key   Lynsay Sands
21)   The Perfect Wife   Lynsay Sands
22)   Animal Magnetism   Susan Anderson
23)   Animal Attraction   Susan Anderson
24)   Love is Blind   Lynsay Sands


Nonfiction:
8) It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs - This was a really funny look at genealogy research.

in progress:
Unstoppable by Bill Nye - This is about climate change.  It's a well written book with a lot of information, but it is dense.  I can only read about 20 pages before I have to stop and let it digest.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on March 09, 2018, 04:51:44 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually).
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on March 09, 2018, 07:03:57 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually).

FireHiker, you're on a classics kick! Just reading your list makes me feel like I need to upgrade the quality of literature I'm reading....

As for that, here's my updated list:
1. How not to die by Michael Greger md. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A thoughtful "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.
6. On Second Thought by Krista Higgins (more romance)
7. Redshirts by John Scalzi. Odd take on televised sci-fi series and characters with different lives in alternate realities. Quirky and fun.
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. (Audiobook) Focuses on the unconscious snap judgements and decisions that shape our lives.
9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu. (Audiobook). Talk about a tiny book that packs a LOT into very few words. May win "most concise comprehensive treatise on a complicated subject ever" award. I realize that reading or listening to it once is not going to be enough. This one warrants careful study and re-reading over a very long time (maybe a lifetime would be long enough -- but I'm not sure).

Currently reading / listening to:
Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman (a paean to his love of woodworking and quite enjoyable, I'm listening to the Audiobook as I commute)
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Yet again, a book has made me realize realize I.Know.Nothing about the rest of the world and its literary or cultural history. Nothing. Worth the time just for that.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on March 10, 2018, 02:43:14 PM

Currently reading / listening to:
Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman (a paean to his love of woodworking and quite enjoyable, I'm listening to the Audiobook as I commute)
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Yet again, a book has made me realize realize I.Know.Nothing about the rest of the world and its literary or cultural history. Nothing. Worth the time just for that.

Isn't that what books are great for @Urchina --mind-blowing, world-expanding potential! I will have to see if I can get my hands on the librarian one :)

1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)*

5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge

8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King) * realized I hadn't read any fiction so I picked this one from the library. The Governor General's award winner and an interesting eco-drama, well written..makes me want to find more fiction!

11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam) *someone on this forum recommended this to learn about investing..got a little swamped down in it
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)--still reading this one: the follow-up to Sapiens

14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari) -recommended by my sister who is writing a paper on anxiety/depression, quite good.
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)--I read a LOT about the brain..neuro-junkie..
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on March 10, 2018, 04:50:16 PM
@Serendip -- Yes! I feel like a library is ten thousand magic doors, waiting to be opened to ten thousand magic worlds where I'll learn something new each time. I love it!

On a side note -- how did you like the plastic-free book by Beth Terry? I'm considering kicking the plastic habit (so tired of taking out all the recycling) and am wondering if it's well-done and handles the trickier aspects (like personal care items) well. Would you recommend it?

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on March 11, 2018, 10:28:56 AM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Baloght - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it


SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)
19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but more in an abstract economical sense and talks a bit about the economic disparity and possible improvements to social security - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become ...  Well worth a read for all the insightful information - highly recommended.

Still reading ...  I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) and so far my only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research, because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious, although I understand that she wanted to anchor her findings in past and current studies.
She even makes a convincing case for payday lenders later in the book - of all things, right?
The chapters on Milleniums are still ahead, should be interesting.

Overall a truly enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Next up - Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on March 11, 2018, 03:16:22 PM
Yesterday was gray and rainy -- with just enough rain to be actually rainy (such a rarity here) but not so much that I was anxious about debris flows or flooding. What a gift! Since we've all been feeling low, we all stayed inside with cuddly blankets, hot chocolate/tea and COL (cats on laps) and read. It was marvelous!

Due to that lovely chunk of afternoon and evening reading time, I finished a book and got to start on another. Hence the update:

1. How not to die by Michael Greger md. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet.
2. Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3. Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A thoughtful "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems.
4. My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.
6. On Second Thought by Krista Higgins (more romance)
7. Redshirts by John Scalzi. Odd take on televised sci-fi series and characters with different lives in alternate realities. Quirky and fun.
8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. (Audiobook) Focuses on the unconscious snap judgements and decisions that shape our lives.
9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu. (Audiobook). Talk about a tiny book that packs a LOT into very few words. May win "most concise comprehensive treatise on a complicated subject ever" award. I realize that reading or listening to it once is not going to be enough. This one warrants careful study and re-reading over a very long time (maybe a lifetime would be long enough -- but I'm not sure).
10. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Yet again, a book has made me realize realize I.Know.Nothing about the rest of the world and its literary or cultural history. Nothing. Worth the time just for that. However, it's an excellent story in its own right and well-told. Recommend.

Currently reading / listening to:
Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman (a paean to his love of woodworking and quite enjoyable, I'm listening to the Audiobook as I commute)..
Independence Days by Sharon Astyk. She is a writer who focuses on appropriate technology to help us navigate the changing foodways and communities that are coming with global climate change. This is nominally a book about food preservation, but is actually much more than that, as Astyk is literate, humane and relevant in her writings, which are targeted towards everyday people who want to strengthen and benefit from their communities. This is my second time through this book and I'd love to see it more widely read.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on March 12, 2018, 06:09:05 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich

9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on March 12, 2018, 11:24:38 AM
@Urchina, I really enjoyed the Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu. I audiobooked it and had a great time.

Jealous of your rainy reading! We had some rain earlier last week but ended up watching Harry Potter movies instead of reading...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on March 12, 2018, 12:06:12 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)

14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia

FireHiker, you're on a classics kick! Just reading your list makes me feel like I need to upgrade the quality of literature I'm reading....

Well, I'm trying to get through the List Challenges "100 BBC books" list. I have 26 left. I do record the Shakespeare individually though, so it's a lot more than 26 I guess, as "Complete Works of Shakespeare" only counts for one on that list. Also, I really like the classics! But I like plenty of non-classics too; I did start my year with Ready Player One after all. :) I wish I were retired already so I could spend hours reading every day!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 12, 2018, 03:50:57 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)

15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)

I feel like I'm falling behind - I always used to be a fast reader, but you guys are blowing me out of the water!  Maybe I should choose shorter books... ;)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on March 12, 2018, 06:28:31 PM
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov

Currently Reading:
A History of Russia - Nicholas Riasanovsky
Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on March 12, 2018, 07:36:02 PM

(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Off the Wheel on March 12, 2018, 10:55:11 PM
1. Leviathan Wakes - James Corey
2. Caliban's War - James Corey
3. Abaddon's  Gate - James Corey
4. The Sun & Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur (broke up the space opera with some feminist poetry)
5. Cibola Burn - James Corey
6. Nemesis Game - James Corey
7. Babylon's Ashes - James Corey
8. Excess Male - Maggie Shen King --> interesting premise. Ok execution. I was hoping for more.
9. The Power - Naomi Alderman --> another interesting premise, ok execution. Ending makes up for it though.
10. The Rook - Daniel O'Malley --> fun fantasy mystery.
11. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman --> this is apparently the 4th in a series, and how I missed a fantasy series where the heroine is a sassy Librarian (and where the librarians have special powers!) I will never know.
12. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde --> ok. "Climate change fiction" (cli-fi) which I find hard to read. A little too real.
13. The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman --> didn't like this one much at all.
14. Persepolis Rising - James Corey --> the most recent in the Expanse series! LOVED IT. So sad there are no more to read. May have to pick up the other series from the authors.
15. Nocturnal Animals (aka Tony & Susan) by Austin Wright --> picked up on a whim because the movie was supposed to be good. A very strange, interesting but upsetting book. One of those novels where the characters are pretty awful and what they portend about humanity is not very good.
16. Prep by Curtis Sittenfield. I LOVE teen drama, when well written, and this is that. I don't know how I missed it.
17. The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Not as ogod as the Sittenfield, but still enjoyed it. Also, reading both of these back to back brought to a very visceral teenage place. I am terrified to ever have a teenage girl.
18. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. Lovely story about family and art.
19. Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer. Interesting premise, funny to read, but a bit trite and the ending was underwhelming.
20. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick. Light and easy, but not bad for a celebrity memoir.
21. The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. I LOVED His Dark Materials trilogy. It inspired my interest in religious studies, and my obsession with the Northern Lights. And yet... this was boring. I was hoping for so much more.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 13, 2018, 09:25:24 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18

9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne

(Ahhh I'm behind 3 books from where I want to be. This sucks. I blame Lab Girl)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 13, 2018, 07:10:12 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18

9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne

(Ahhh I'm behind 3 books from where I want to be. This sucks. I blame Lab Girl)

Oh, dear -- it was in the batch I just took out of the library a few hours ago. On your recommendation, even!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 13, 2018, 07:12:55 PM
Quote from: jeninco on March 04, 2018, 09:52:22 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yack)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)

Not going to read: Delusions of Gender Got 1/3 of the way through, and I give up.

Next up:
How to Train a Fox
Lab Girl
an Octavia Butler novel.

I'm on pace for 4.5 books per month -- it feels like a lot of reading!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on March 14, 2018, 11:10:24 AM
@jeninco, which Octavia Butler do you have on docket? (I'm only a short way through her bibliography and oh my, she is goooood.)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 14, 2018, 01:41:14 PM
@jeninco I'm sorry! =o Maybe it'll go faster for you. I think I had some mental blocks on some of the subject matter that slowed me waaaaay down. It is a moderately long book though, so it's not a fast read per se, but it's also not so involved that it takes a lot of 'stop and digest' time.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 14, 2018, 02:24:45 PM
@jeninco, which Octavia Butler do you have on docket? (I'm only a short way through her bibliography and oh my, she is goooood.)

Fledgling. Through the first four chapters, and it's really good.

I'm alternating back and forth with How to Train a Fox, which is about the Russian experiment to breed domesticated foxes and is fascinating. Plus, adorable photos of baby domesticated foxes - Aww! Now I totally want a domesticated fox (except I recall reading that 1) they're tough to house-train, and 2) they spray and scent-mark stuff.).

Hopefully Lab Girl goes faster: I'm actually a couple of books ahead of pace, so my plan is to mix in some slower reads that I've been meaning to get to. (Plus, I'm over the hurdle of reading part of a book and deciding not to finish it, so if I really dislike it, that's OK too. I mean, I'm 50 -- I don't have all the time in the world to read books I'm not enjoying, you know?)

(OK, funny side note: my book club once read Saramago's The Cave. I got 100 pages in, (with no punctuation, paragraph breaks, or quotation marks or other indications of dialogue) and announced to the friend who's recommended it that I was done. She told me I HAD to finish it, that the ending was SO AMAZING!!! So I thought about it for a while, then read the last 50 pages. The ending was, indeed, so amazing that I went back and read the intervening several hundred pages. So I guess I recommend it, but it's not a fast read...)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on March 14, 2018, 02:31:43 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on March 14, 2018, 03:36:40 PM
@jeninco, which Octavia Butler do you have on docket? (I'm only a short way through her bibliography and oh my, she is goooood.)

Fledgling. Through the first four chapters, and it's really good.

I'm alternating back and forth with How to Train a Fox, which is about the Russian experiment to breed domesticated foxes and is fascinating. Plus, adorable photos of baby domesticated foxes - Aww! Now I totally want a domesticated fox (except I recall reading that 1) they're tough to house-train, and 2) they spray and scent-mark stuff.).

That's my boyfriend's favorite Butler -- I really need to pick up his company soon.

I didn't know there was a book about the Russian domesticated foxes! I'm going to have to put that on my list now. I saw a bit of a documentary/show on them once and was fascinated.

17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.

That's probably from my rec, haha. I do think that a strong comics background helps. I also think Cat Valente is an acquired taste for some folks. I love her stuff, but I really love labyrinthine writing with odd and/or complicated prose.

I definitely agree that there weren't really any new perspectives on fridged women in comics -- it's more of a distillation of what a lot folks have talked about. I enjoyed the distillation, but if I'd been looking for new perspectives, I would have been pretty disappointed.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 15, 2018, 02:34:42 PM
@jeninco, which Octavia Butler do you have on docket? (I'm only a short way through her bibliography and oh my, she is goooood.)

Fledgling. Through the first four chapters, and it's really good.

I'm alternating back and forth with How to Train a Fox, which is about the Russian experiment to breed domesticated foxes and is fascinating. Plus, adorable photos of baby domesticated foxes - Aww! Now I totally want a domesticated fox (except I recall reading that 1) they're tough to house-train, and 2) they spray and scent-mark stuff.).

That's my boyfriend's favorite Butler -- I really need to pick up his company soon.

I didn't know there was a book about the Russian domesticated foxes! I'm going to have to put that on my list now. I saw a bit of a documentary/show on them once and was fascinated.


Fledgling was so very good! I've already finished it --I didn't get much sleep last night, or much work done today. And so, so very yummy mixed with the fox book -- all "what obligations do we have toward those whom we domesticate?" and "What does it mean to be domesticated, anyhow?" and "What sort of gene expression leads to domestication?"
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on March 15, 2018, 09:19:05 PM
@Serendip -- Yes! I feel like a library is ten thousand magic doors, waiting to be opened to ten thousand magic worlds where I'll learn something new each time. I love it!

On a side note -- how did you like the plastic-free book by Beth Terry? I'm considering kicking the plastic habit (so tired of taking out all the recycling) and am wondering if it's well-done and handles the trickier aspects (like personal care items) well. Would you recommend it?

Sorry @Urchina , just saw this question now! The book is pretty good.  Basic and uses lots of pictures & stories to get the point across. I didn't really love it but since it was available at my library it was worth the read!
And ten thousand magic door about to be opened is a fantastic way to describe the library :) A librarian would be proud.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on March 15, 2018, 09:26:14 PM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)

5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge

8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)

11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)

14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at

17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) --fiction, quite a good/fast read. I am going to aim for 1 fiction/month
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on March 16, 2018, 07:50:50 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Still working my way through The Mists of Avalon... only 47% done.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on March 16, 2018, 09:44:25 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 16, 2018, 09:49:57 AM
Quote from: jeninco on March 04, 2018, 09:52:22 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)

Now I have the rest of the month for Lab Girl...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on March 16, 2018, 10:26:57 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia

17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I really, really liked The Shadow of the Wind, which I just finished last night. What an interesting book. Easily one of the best books I've read in awhile!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on March 16, 2018, 05:27:07 PM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Baloght - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read


SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)
19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Next up - Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW
34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki - reading now

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on March 16, 2018, 05:45:38 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen

(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 17, 2018, 09:57:46 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)

16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on March 18, 2018, 06:51:01 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy

(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: WorkingStiffABC on March 18, 2018, 07:41:54 PM
Long time lurker whom was really inspired by the challenge in 2017. Started in June and finished 37.

For 2018, I am targeting only computer science and coding--as I am inspired to change my life:

1. The Annotated Turing - Petzgold 1.14.2018
2. System Thinking: A Primer - Meadows 1.16.2018
3. The Mythical Man Month - Brooks 1.17.2018
4. Humble Programmer - Dykstra 1.19.2018 (This one was a tease--I am now aware that there are tons more whitepapers to leap down the worm hole!
5. Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby - Stiff 1.20.2018

6. Bite of Python - Swaroop 1.28.2018 (Gentle introduction to Python)
7. The Design of Everyday Things - Norman 2.8.2018 (Wish the photos were in color...)
8. Timeless Way of Building - Alexander 2.22.2018 (Easy to understand the parallelism between architecture and design patterns in programming.)
9. The Art of Deception - Mitnick 3.3.2018
10. Hackers and Painters - Graham 3.14.2018
11. The Cathedral and Bizaar - Raymond 3.17.2018 (Open source; I'm inspired.)
12. Getting Real - 37 Signals 3.17.2018

On pace for hitting this 2018 goal but battling not being distracted by books unrelated to coding/computers...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on March 19, 2018, 08:00:21 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18

8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Currently Reading
9. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on March 19, 2018, 03:19:06 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Urchina on March 19, 2018, 05:47:44 PM
1. - How not to die by Michael Greger md. Book espousing a plant-based (vegan) diet.
2 - Now that you mention it by Kristan Higgins - more romance!
3 - Unprocessed by Megan Kimble. A thoughtful "year-of" book in which she eats only unprocessed food for 12th months, and uses it as a vehicle for discovery and discussion about our food systems.
4 - My year of less by Cait Flanders (audiobook). Another "year-of" book in which the author documents her year of a shopping ban. A thoughtful and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of our urges to consume and how to find balance despite them. I'm going to adapt this approach for Lent this year.
5 - The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. Fun, Victorian/steampunk/magic book about a plucky, sassy protagonist Librarian who works for the Library and rescues books from alternate worlds. First in a promising series.
6 - On Second Thought by Krista Higgins (more romance)
7 - Redshirts by John Scalzi. Odd take on televised sci-fi series and characters with different lives in alternate realities. Quirky and fun.
8 - Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. (Audiobook) Focuses on the unconscious snap judgements and decisions that shape our lives.
9 - The New One Minute Manager by Blanchard and Johnson. (Audiobook). The classic, updated. Much of this seems trite but that is probably because management styles have evolved significantly in the past few decades. This is a short book that provides an anecdotal structure for simple and effective people management.
10 - The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Audiobook). Talk about a tiny book that packs a LOT into very few words. May win "most concisely comprehensive treatise on a complicated subject ever" award. Bears multiple readings and significant study, which I will probably not give it -- but this could be a book to spend a lifetime on.
11 - The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Yet again, a book has made me realize that I. Know. Nothing about the rest of the world and its literary or cultural history. Nothing. Worth the time reading just for that. However, it's an excellent story in its own right and well-told. Recommend.
12 - Someone to Love by Mary Balogh. #1 in the Westcott series. Enjoyable junk food for my recreational pleasure.
13 - Good Clean Fun by Nick Offerman. The comedian writes a paean to his live of woodworking and highlights individuals he deems worthy of note. (Audiobook)
14 - The Now Habit by Neil Fiore, PhD (Audiobook). To be fair, I did not complete this book, so perhaps it is utterly redeemed only if you make it through to the end. But 75% of the way through I felt that I had spent way too much of my time on this book for functionally no benefit -- it felt like outdated 90's pop psychology. I finally threw in the towel today, something I rarely do with books, and decided to reclaim my life. Moving on...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on March 19, 2018, 06:04:14 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on March 20, 2018, 10:37:19 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on March 21, 2018, 07:05:35 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich

11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 21, 2018, 09:01:23 AM
Fiction[/u]
1) How to Lose a Bride in One Night                    Sophie Jordan
2) Viking Unchained                                            Sandra Hill
3) The Tattoeed Duke                                            Maya Rodale
4) Chasing Christmas Eve                                    Jill Shalvis
5) The Pleasures of Passion                                    Sabrina Jeffries
6) Burning Up                                                    Susan Anderson
7) Promise Not to Tell                                             Jayne Ann Krentz
8) In Scandal They Wed                                     Sophie Jordan
9) One Night With You                                     Sophie Jordan
10) Surrender to Me                                             Sophie Jordan
11) Too Wicked to Tame                                     Sophie Jordan
12) The Heir and The Spare                             Maya Rodale
13) A Groom of One's Own                                     Maya Rodale
14) The Rogue and the Rival                             Maya Rodale
15) Wallflower Gone Wild                                     Maya Rodale   
16) What a Wallflower Wants                             Maya Rodale   
17) The Wicked Wallflower                                     Maya Rodale
18) A Tale of Two Lovers                                     Maya Rodale   
19) The Brat                                                     Lynsey Sands
20)   The Key   Lynsay Sands
21)   The Perfect Wife   Lynsay Sands
22)   Animal Magnetism   Susan Anderson
23)   Animal Attraction   Susan Anderson
24)   Love is Blind   Lynsay Sands
25) The Wedding Girl   Madeleine Wickham
26) The Chase   Lynsay Sands
27) The Deed   Lynsay Sands
28) Prisoner of My Desire   Johanna Lindsey - This is my annual reread of this book.  The cover is now falling off; I think I've read it more than 30 times.

Nonfiction
1) Her majesty : Queen Elizabeth II and her court                                   Robert Hardman    - Very interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in the palace; dated
2) On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry into some Strangely Related Families   Jeremy Paxman
3) Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor                                   Anne Edwards
4) Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley                           Alison Weir  -  This book should have been cut in half. 577 pages was absolutely ridiculous - and Darnley died on page about 300.
5) Material World: A Global Family Portrait                                                   Peter Menzel - My kids read part of this with me.  It was a wonderful look at how similar and different families are across the world (as of 25 years ago).  I'd love to see this updated.
6) The Queen Mother:  The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon who Became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother   by Lady Colin Campbell - This was a gossipy, meandering, name-dropping book I wish I hadn't read.
7) The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman
8) It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs - This was a really funny look at genealogy research.
9) Dave Barry's Money Matters   Dave Barry - I love Dave Barry.  This was a funny basic look at personal finance
10) The $1,000 Challenge   Brian J. O'Connor - I enjoyed this book, but I didn't get a lot out of practical advice out of it.
11) Half-Price Living: Living Well on One Income   Ellie Kay - Ugh.  Half of it is heavy-handed trying to convince moms to stay home with their kids (along the lines of "every family has to make the right choice for themselves...BUT").  The other half is trite advice that wouldn't actually help most people who want to live on one income.
12) Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending   Elizabeth Dunn - This is a really good book about the types of spending that make people happy, and how reframing certain decisions around spending can increase happiness.  They discuss in detail a lot of the psychology experiments that were run to reach these conclusions. It's an easy read.
13) Jeannie out of the Bottle   Barbara Eden - It's a good memoir, but she rambles around in time.  There's not a lot of salaciousness; she comes across as a grounded, kind woman.

in progress:
Unstoppable by Bill Nye - This is about climate change.  It's a well written book with a lot of information, but it is dense.  I can only read about 20 pages before I have to stop and let it digest.



Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 21, 2018, 09:05:17 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)

17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on March 21, 2018, 10:32:19 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18

9. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
10. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on March 22, 2018, 08:45:11 AM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq. I’m counting this as two books since it is in French and over 400 pages long. This novel won France’s Prix Goncourt (prize for the best & most original novel published in France) in 2010. I found it engrossing and strange. It offers lots of philosophical discussion on art, architecture, photography, the art world, the art market, the “science” of economics, economics in general. All that and father-son relationships. It shifts genres about half-way through becoming a thriller/detective story (complete with new main characters) when one of the main characters is murdered in a particularly horrific (yet somewhat artistic) manner. Stranger still, the character who was murdered was the “author” of the novel, or the fictional persona of the author (his name is Michel Houellebecq and is a well-known French author who has written the works the real-life Houellebecq has written). After the murder is solveld, the book shifts back again to being an art-philosophical novel.

This is the kind of book that would seemingly reward re-reading. “La Carte et le territoire” means “the map and the territory”— in other words — representation and reality or representative artefact and natural phenomenon. And, sure, enough the novel seems to work through this opposition on quite a few levels. In addition to the above-mentioned embedding and killing off of the “author,” there is also the artistic trajectory of the main character Jed who begins his career photographing instustrial objects and ends it many years later by creating strange montages of similar objects being eaten away by vegetation. So, there is a lot to unpack/interpret. But it’s not something I want to re-read immediately.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on March 22, 2018, 11:33:05 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

I know there's been some criticism of the Frugalwoods over in the general forum lately. I loved the book. I did check it out from the library as an ebook instead of buying it though. I have SO many similarities on the perfectionist/over-planner side. It was entertaining to me to see it in someone else! Also, I love her prose full of big vocabulary words, so that didn't turn me off at all, although I acknowledge that is not for everyone. And finally, I am the target demographic: high earner in the corporate hamster wheel not finding satisfaction with the day to day career. Her blog is the first one I read in the chain that ultimately led me here to MMM and made me begin to question everything in the modern consumerist lifestyle. We still have a HUGE amount of progress to make before I can claim we are actually "frugal", but the fact that we have made so many steps in the right direction already is largely to due finding her blog in the first place.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on March 22, 2018, 12:04:10 PM

15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq. I’m counting this as two books since it is in French and over 400 pages long. This novel won France’s Prix Goncourt (prize for the best & most original novel published in France) in 2010. I found it engrossing and strange. It offers lots of philosophical discussion on art, architecture, photography, the art world, the art market, the “science” of economics, economics in general. All that and father-son relationships. It shifts genres about half-way through becoming a thriller/detective story (complete with new main characters) when one of the main characters is murdered in a particularly horrific (yet somewhat artistic) manner. Stranger still, the character who was murdered was the “author” of the novel, or the fictional persona of the author (his name is Michel Houellebecq and is a well-known French author who has written the works the real-life Houellebecq has written). After the murder is solveld, the book shifts back again to being an art-philosophical novel.

This is the kind of book that would seemingly reward re-reading. “La Carte et le territoire” means “the map and the territory”— in other words — representation and reality or representative artefact and natural phenomenon. And, sure, enough the novel seems to work through this opposition on quite a few levels. In addition to the above-mentioned embedding and killing off of the “author,” there is also the artistic trajectory of the main character Jed who begins his career photographing instustrial objects and ends it many years later by creating strange montages of similar objects being eaten away by vegetation. So, there is a lot to unpack/interpret. But it’s not something I want to re-read immediately.

This sounds fascinating--albeit convoluted @Melisande!  Wish I spoke French :)

1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)

5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge

8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)

11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)

14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at

17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)

19. The Transformational Power of Fasting (Stephan Harrod Buhner)
20. The Power of Eight (Lynne McTaggart)--a friend wanted me to read this but I am not loving it..too woo-woo, even though I love woo-woo
21. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive : A novel (Tom Malmquist)
22. How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World (Harry Browne) Just started-- recommended by someone on this forum
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: grantmeaname on March 22, 2018, 12:08:39 PM
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

I know there's been some criticism of the Frugalwoods over in the general forum lately. I loved the book. I did check it out from the library as an ebook instead of buying it though. I have SO many similarities on the perfectionist/over-planner side. It was entertaining to me to see it in someone else! Also, I love her prose full of big vocabulary words, so that didn't turn me off at all, although I acknowledge that is not for everyone. And finally, I am the target demographic: high earner in the corporate hamster wheel not finding satisfaction with the day to day career. Her blog is the first one I read in the chain that ultimately led me here to MMM and made me begin to question everything in the modern consumerist lifestyle. We still have a HUGE amount of progress to make before I can claim we are actually "frugal", but the fact that we have made so many steps in the right direction already is largely to due finding her blog in the first place.

The vitriol has mostly been confined to the "Welcome and General Discussion" thread. Come to the book club - our thread (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/mustachian-book-club/meet-the-frugalwoods-88909/) is much more sedate.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on March 22, 2018, 12:55:59 PM
The vitriol has mostly been confined to the "Welcome and General Discussion" thread. Come to the book club - our thread (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/mustachian-book-club/meet-the-frugalwoods-88909/) is much more sedate.

Thanks for the link! I didn't realize there was a book club thread...I'll go check it out!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on March 22, 2018, 01:38:00 PM

15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq. I’m counting this as two books since it is in French and over 400 pages long. This novel won France’s Prix Goncourt (prize for the best & most original novel published in France) in 2010. I found it engrossing and strange. It offers lots of philosophical discussion on art, architecture, photography, the art world, the art market, the “science” of economics, economics in general. All that and father-son relationships. It shifts genres about half-way through becoming a thriller/detective story (complete with new main characters) when one of the main characters is murdered in a particularly horrific (yet somewhat artistic) manner. Stranger still, the character who was murdered was the “author” of the novel, or the fictional persona of the author (his name is Michel Houellebecq and is a well-known French author who has written the works the real-life Houellebecq has written). After the murder is solveld, the book shifts back again to being an art-philosophical novel.

This is the kind of book that would seemingly reward re-reading. “La Carte et le territoire” means “the map and the territory”— in other words — representation and reality or representative artefact and natural phenomenon. And, sure, enough the novel seems to work through this opposition on quite a few levels. In addition to the above-mentioned embedding and killing off of the “author,” there is also the artistic trajectory of the main character Jed who begins his career photographing instustrial objects and ends it many years later by creating strange montages of similar objects being eaten away by vegetation. So, there is a lot to unpack/interpret. But it’s not something I want to re-read immediately.

This sounds fascinating--albeit convoluted @Melisande!  Wish I spoke French :)



There’s an edition in English entitled The Map and the Territory, but I don’t know how good the translation is.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on March 22, 2018, 06:56:15 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on March 23, 2018, 11:36:12 AM
Quote from: jeninco on March 04, 2018, 09:52:22 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)
16. Lab Girl, Jahren (BJ, I loved it, although I see how various parts could slow one down...)

Next: Borrowed Between the World and Me from my HS junior. We're traveling this weekend, so we'll get to discuss it.
Also:
Grocery, Ruhlman
Where you go is not who you'll be (yeah, we'll be sending a kid to college in a year and a half, so that's a sub-theme for this year)
a Nevada Barr mystery
A Janet Evanovich mystery (#1)

I'm really enjoying the gauntlet -- thanks for setting this up and encouraging, everyone!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 23, 2018, 06:09:15 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)

18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)

Really enjoying this series so far, gotta get my hands on the next one.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on March 24, 2018, 09:16:16 AM
36.  John Scalzi, Redshirts
37.  Kerry Greenwood, Queen of the Flowers
38.  Kerry Greenwood, Murder in the Dark
39.  Kerry Greenwood, Urn Burial
40.  The Usual Santas:  A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers
41.  Genevieve Cogman, The Invisible Library
42.  Kerry Greenwood, Death by Water
43.  Kerry Greenwood, Unnatural Habits
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on March 24, 2018, 02:44:28 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 24, 2018, 02:54:47 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)

19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)

A surprisingly quick read, the first half was definitely stronger than the second half, but I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on March 25, 2018, 08:46:33 AM

15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq. I’m counting this as two books since it is in French and over 400 pages long. This novel won France’s Prix Goncourt (prize for the best & most original novel published in France) in 2010. I found it engrossing and strange. It offers lots of philosophical discussion on art, architecture, photography, the art world, the art market, the “science” of economics, economics in general. All that and father-son relationships. It shifts genres about half-way through becoming a thriller/detective story (complete with new main characters) when one of the main characters is murdered in a particularly horrific (yet somewhat artistic) manner. Stranger still, the character who was murdered was the “author” of the novel, or the fictional persona of the author (his name is Michel Houellebecq and is a well-known French author who has written the works the real-life Houellebecq has written). After the murder is solveld, the book shifts back again to being an art-philosophical novel.

This is the kind of book that would seemingly reward re-reading. “La Carte et le territoire” means “the map and the territory”— in other words — representation and reality or representative artefact and natural phenomenon. And, sure, enough the novel seems to work through this opposition on quite a few levels. In addition to the above-mentioned embedding and killing off of the “author,” there is also the artistic trajectory of the main character Jed who begins his career photographing instustrial objects and ends it many years later by creating strange montages of similar objects being eaten away by vegetation. So, there is a lot to unpack/interpret. But it’s not something I want to re-read immediately.

This sounds fascinating--albeit convoluted @Melisande!  Wish I spoke French :)



There’s an edition in English entitled The Map and the Territory, but I don’t know how good the translation is.

Now that sounds like an intriguing book - thanks for letting us know it is available in English.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on March 25, 2018, 09:09:33 AM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before, one of her best - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read
35. Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson - Christian references - mostly meh
36. A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - Romance and Druid Magic intertwined. Had the potential to be a really great book, but missed the mark. Needed more fluidity and depth and background, character development. Overall, still a mildly entertaining read. 
37. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - I have no idea why I finished this book to the bitter end - misogynist piece of crap.


SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Next up - Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW
34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki - still reading....and wondering why:)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on March 25, 2018, 12:38:38 PM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq.
17. Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Stryker. This is a book for birders and other wildlife/nature enthusiasts. The author recounts his three months spent as a penguin researcher in Antarctica. It is an easy read. Well, relatively easy. While his experience was fascinating, valuable and very mustachian (he didn’t spend a cent in three months and had a great time), the writing itself is pretty poor (stilted, trite, sophomoric) which made it hard for me to get through sometimes. I had read some of his later books which were much better written. Either he has matured or has gotten himself a really good editor.

My favorite chapter — “Christmas” — detailed their Christmas Bird Count — the first ever undertaken in Antarctica. My least favorite chapter — “Stranded” — detailed his having to poop really really badly in really cold weather in the middle of an Adélie penguin colony. “The penguins must have wondered about my sudden stiff-legged gait, but I knew what it meant. Cargo needed to be unloaded, a hostage released.” And on and on and on ....
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on March 25, 2018, 05:45:47 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18

10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on March 26, 2018, 06:46:19 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich

12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 26, 2018, 08:28:28 AM
@Rosy  , I'm so disappointed that you didn't like The Reluctant Viking.  I haven't read this one yet, but overall I love Sandra Hill.  The contemporary Viking Navy Seal books are so sexy.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on March 27, 2018, 08:27:16 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on March 27, 2018, 10:54:49 AM
@Rosy  , I'm so disappointed that you didn't like The Reluctant Viking.  I haven't read this one yet, but overall I love Sandra Hill.  The contemporary Viking Navy Seal books are so sexy.

@formerlydivorcedmom - Yes, I do rather like Sandra Hill:), although I haven't read anything by her in a long time. However, this one just hit me wrong, the more I read the madder I got:) it is IMHO a definitely skewed view and a not so subtle misogynist viewpoint that she keeps elaborating on throughout the book.
It is a second chance type book and I appreciated that part of it, but I'd hate for a young woman to read this book and consider some of the actions in the book OK or be swayed by the author's viewpoint.
Yes, it is "just" a romance book, but you never know who will read and be influenced by it. Maybe I had such a strong reaction because I am a feminist and have seen and experienced too much in my lifetime, but it made my skin crawl, because I kept thinking of all the real-life implications.
She seemed to pound home a moral conviction that this is what should happen to women who ... and well deserved cruel punishment it is.

I don't want to spoil the book for you, you may well read it completely different and FWIW it will not stop me from picking up another book by Sandra, because I don't recall her other books having this strong slant.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on March 27, 2018, 11:30:07 AM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before, one of her best - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read
35. Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson - Christian references - mostly meh
36. A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - Romance and Druid Magic intertwined. Had the potential to be a really great book, but missed the mark. Needed more fluidity and depth and background, character development. Overall, still a mildly entertaining read. 
37. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - I have no idea why I finished this book to the bitter end - misogynist piece of crap.
38. The Handmaiden's Necklace by Kat Martin - part of a trilogy, loved the story development, twists and turns. Love all her books.

39. An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands - great read, fast-paced, well written - like a favorite piece of candy slowly releasing a lasting taste of sweetness.


SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Next up - Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW
34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki - still reading....and wondering why:)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on March 27, 2018, 12:18:32 PM
Yes, it is "just" a romance book, but you never know who will read and be influenced by it.

@Rosy I'm having this same reaction to a Christie Craig book that I'm almost finished with.  The hero constantly makes jokes about things being "queer".  That kind of "humor" really turns me off...and more so since the book is set where I live now and I know too many people who hide ugly attitudes behind similar "jokes".  It's turned me off quite a bit.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on March 28, 2018, 06:54:49 AM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden

Currently Reading:
Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich - This is so good - a collection of oral history from the Soviet era.  But, it's taking forever, because I can only digest it in small chunks.
Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher   

Gave Up On:
A History of Russia - Nicholas Riasanovsky - Apparently I'm not dedicated enough to get through an actual textbook - switched to an audio version of a shorter primer to brush up on my (sadly, pretty basic) general understanding of Russian history.

Also, I'm so far behind on my Russia focus goal, but que sera, sera.  Most of my recent reading has been more social justice focused, which was an unexpected direction for me.  But I've been learning a lot and have had my eyes opened to just how much I don't know or have just never bothered to think about re: how our society works.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on March 29, 2018, 09:51:28 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Not as fantastic as The Shadow of the Wind, unfortunately. I still enjoyed most of the book, but the last third or so got a little too weird for me. Hoping the third book clears some of it up.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on March 31, 2018, 06:41:02 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on March 31, 2018, 08:27:47 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)

20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - first reread of the year
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on March 31, 2018, 09:20:06 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich

13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on April 02, 2018, 06:51:52 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
 13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin

14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on April 02, 2018, 09:21:16 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
 *more personal drama than I expected, I thought it would be about her no-shopping challenge
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) --fiction, quite a good/fast read. I am going to aim for 1 fiction/month
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)

19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on April 02, 2018, 11:39:33 AM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)
16. Lab Girl, Jahren (BJ, I loved it, although I see how various parts could slow one down...)
17. Grocery, Ruhlman LOVED IT! How did our food system get this crazy way! What can be done?
18. Hard Truth, Nevada Barr: HATED IT! I do not need to know that much about (how you imagine) the inside of the mind of a sadistic psychopath. To be fair, I've enjoyed some of her earlier books.

Next:
Borrowed Between the World and Me from my HS junior. We're traveling this weekend, so we'll get to discuss it. (Still working on this: it's a slow read)

Where you go is not who you'll be (yeah, we'll be sending a kid to college in a year and a half, so that's a sub-theme for this year)

A Janet Evanovich mystery (One for the Money). I dislike the tone and the portrayal of the narrator. Not sure if I'm going to pitch this one and go back to the library.

My husband has Flatterland out from the library, so I may take a crack at that, and see what I think. Also, the guy next to me on a flight last week had a bunch of tasty-sounding non-fiction recommendations. (Plus, I got caught up on New Yorkers, so I can pass them on to my neighbors and get them out of my house.)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 02, 2018, 11:48:39 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)

11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade (library). This was a book club choice; a semi-biography of Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Edna St Vincent Millay, and Edna Ferber during the 1920s. The women all knew (or at least knew of) each other, and ran with a number of related characters, so this spends a great deal of time chronicling the New York milieu they ran in. It was fun, but not incredibly in depth on any of the women; a nice introduction, but not something you really sink your teeth into very deeply.

12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal (mine). Another book club choice, this one for my scifi club. Super great concept (ghosts are real, mediums are real, and let's win WWI by interviewing the ghosts of the fallen). This isn't an astounding literary read, but it was enjoyable and pleasant and got me through waiting during my mother's surgery, so I will take that whole-heartedly!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on April 02, 2018, 07:00:13 PM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before, one of her best - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read
35. Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson - Christian references - mostly meh
36. A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - Romance and Druid Magic intertwined. Had the potential to be a really great book, but missed the mark. Needed more fluidity and depth and background, character development. Overall, still a mildly entertaining read. 
37. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - I have no idea why I finished this book to the bitter end - misogynist piece of crap.
38. The Handmaiden's Necklace by Kat Martin - part of a trilogy, loved the story development, twists and turns. Love all her books.

39. An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands - great read, fast-paced, well written, it doesn't get any better in romance land than this book  - like a favorite piece of candy slowly releasing a lasting taste of sweetness.
40. An Affair with a notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath - good plot and rather well presented, but so much repetition as to why she just couldn't and he just wouldn't - over and over again - I finally skipped to the last two chapters, surprise, more good plot twists and development than I expected. Would have been great if you cut out all the repetition, about a good third of the book.
Forbidden to Love the Duke by Jillian Hunter - enjoyable read- part of the Fenwick Sisters Affairs series
41. The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner - loved it - great mystery writing, nothing is as it appears to be. Now I'll have to track down the author's other book The Good Neighbor.


SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Next up - Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW
34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki - still reading....and wondering why:)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on April 03, 2018, 12:32:16 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 04, 2018, 11:33:12 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18

11. Staked - Kevin Hearne (Last one that's out, so I'll be updating with other stuff eventually, LOL)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: formerlydivorcedmom on April 04, 2018, 01:06:58 PM
I officially hit 50 books read in 2018.   My personal goal is 50 nonfiction books, and I've only read 17 of those (34%).

I'm a data nerd, so I categorized my reading habits so far.
   
Total nonfiction   17   33%
Total Romance   32   63%
Total Other         2      4%

Total Rereads = 14 (27%)

Library = 34 (67%)
Own = 17 (33%)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on April 04, 2018, 04:10:28 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - first reread of the year

21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on April 05, 2018, 07:58:34 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on April 06, 2018, 10:14:01 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18

11. Staked - Kevin Hearne (Last one that's out, so I'll be updating with other stuff eventually, LOL)

I was at the library yesterday, and it looks like he's started a new series, with A Plague of Giants. Um, not to enable you or anything...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 06, 2018, 10:32:41 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18

11. Staked - Kevin Hearne (Last one that's out, so I'll be updating with other stuff eventually, LOL)

I was at the library yesterday, and it looks like he's started a new series, with A Plague of Giants. Um, not to enable you or anything...

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Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on April 06, 2018, 01:52:21 PM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
9. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
10. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18

11. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
12. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - currently reading


10/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on April 07, 2018, 01:56:36 PM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before, one of her best - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read
35. Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson - Christian references - mostly meh
36. A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - Romance and Druid Magic intertwined. Had the potential to be a really great book, but missed the mark. Needed more fluidity and depth and background, character development. Overall, still a mildly entertaining read. 
37. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - I have no idea why I finished this book to the bitter end - misogynist piece of crap.
38. The Handmaiden's Necklace by Kat Martin - part of a trilogy, loved the story development, twists and turns. Love all her books.

39. An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands - great read, fast-paced, well written, it doesn't get any better in romance land than this book  - like a favorite piece of candy slowly releasing a lasting taste of sweetness.
40. An Affair with a notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath - good plot and rather well presented, but so much repetition as to why she just couldn't and he just wouldn't - over and over again - I finally skipped to the last two chapters, surprise, more good plot twists and development than I expected. Would have been great if you cut out all the repetition, about a good third of the book.
Forbidden to Love the Duke by Jillian Hunter - enjoyable read- part of the Fenwick Sisters Affairs series

41. The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner - loved it - great mystery writing, nothing is as it appears to be. Now I'll have to track down the author's other book The Good Neighbor.
42. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford - Surprisingly good. No Vampires involved. Mortals/Immortals - Suicide - Teen Love, angels caught between heaven and hell, all woven together in a unique, but rather dark romp of a novel that leaves you guessing where it may lead next.  Young Adult Fiction.
43. The Eternal Kiss - 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire - loved every short story in the book - entertaining read. Young Adult Fiction.

44. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - meh, tepid, repetitive even a tad boring in places. Not the author's best effort.
45. Once upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes - enjoyed it.
46. Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels - entertaining read from page one to the end - loved it:)

SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Next up - Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW
34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki - still reading....and wondering why:)
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Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on April 08, 2018, 01:54:34 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (finally finished this after over a month)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on April 09, 2018, 06:23:36 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 09, 2018, 09:24:23 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)
11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade
12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal

13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine). This was WONDERFUL. Graeber is a good anthropologist, and he tackles economic anthropology -- particularly debt and its (foundational) relationship to markets, states, money, and taxes, and its interplay with slavery, violence, and domination, in incredible depth, especially for a book geared towards non-specialists. The discussions about money and monetary policy are especially interesting, as is the early historical discussion. Things come a bit loose towards the end; it's hard to write about recent history, and Graeber absolutely has opinions on capitalism and debt, the combination of which makes it a bit hard to follow (what's he actually trying to get at there?). That being said, this is currently tied for favorite book of 2018.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on April 10, 2018, 04:41:37 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)

22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on April 10, 2018, 09:33:19 AM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)
16. Lab Girl, Jahren (BJ, I loved it, although I see how various parts could slow one down...)
17. Grocery, Ruhlman LOVED IT! How did our food system get this crazy way! What can be done?
18. Hard Truth, Nevada Barr: HATED IT! I do not need to know that much about (how you imagine) the inside of the mind of a sadistic psychopath. To be fair, I've enjoyed some of her earlier books.
19. Where you go is not who you'll Be, Bruni
20. Artemis, Weir: Meh. The writing is pretty bad, and the main character sounds just like Mark Whitney, i.e. what Andy Weir probably wishes he sounds like.
21. The Leftovers, Perrotta. Saw it at the library next to something I was looking for, thought "why not." Meh.

Next:
Borrowed Between the World and Me from my HS junior. We're traveling this weekend, so we'll get to discuss it. (Still working on this: it's a slow read) (Still working...)
When Breath Becomes Air: So well written! I'm kind of savoring it on purpose.
The Essex Serpent: Been on the list for a while
Fantasyland: Recommended by a guy on a plane. Looks good!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on April 10, 2018, 08:00:33 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker

(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 10, 2018, 08:39:39 PM
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I'm curious to hear other people's opinions on this book. I enjoyed it when I read it (I am very prone to Coziness), but also had some critiques about the style and a few other things about it. What did you like/not like about it?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: GeekyGirl on April 11, 2018, 03:16:07 AM
Still not where I want to be and this is the least I have read my entire life but it's getting better and I love the new library

ENG
FR*

That book by Sheila O'Flanagan was difficult and boring so it took me ages to finish it. The thing is I don't like leaving books unfinished (We do not have many libraries in my country of origin and when I was younger and eager to read, coming by books was such a hassle than I'd read anything I got my hands on) and I just take longer to read them when I don't like them. While I can read one in a seating if I like it. I just have to let go of those books I dont like. I have access to more books than I'll ever read and I can just read what I like.

* English title (if applicable or summary) in italics
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on April 11, 2018, 08:37:36 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)
11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade
12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal

13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine). This was WONDERFUL. Graeber is a good anthropologist, and he tackles economic anthropology -- particularly debt and its (foundational) relationship to markets, states, money, and taxes, and its interplay with slavery, violence, and domination, in incredible depth, especially for a book geared towards non-specialists. The discussions about money and monetary policy are especially interesting, as is the early historical discussion. Things come a bit loose towards the end; it's hard to write about recent history, and Graeber absolutely has opinions on capitalism and debt, the combination of which makes it a bit hard to follow (what's he actually trying to get at there?). That being said, this is currently tied for favorite book of 2018.

Thanks @diapasoun for the review - I'll add that to my reading list.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on April 11, 2018, 12:56:58 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: vikingtantan on April 12, 2018, 05:06:14 AM
I'm in. So far I've read:

1. The Art of Fully Living by Tal Gur
2. From Waitress to World Traveler by Megan Collier
3. The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn
4. The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett

5. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
6. El Deafo by Cece Bell
7. If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It Isn't Big Enough by Kristine Stevens
8. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
9. Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
10. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
11. The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
12.The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
13. The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow


Currently limited to what's available for English books at my local library and Kindle Unlimited (which turns out 99% time does not have the financial/life/popular authors or books available that I truly want to read,  and I will promptly get rid of it as soon as I move back to the US next year. What's the point of having a monthly subscription when you can't even access all the books?! Man do I miss my library back home. But some books are better than no books, and at least Jim Collins book is on there. End tiny rant.)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on April 12, 2018, 07:24:15 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on April 12, 2018, 07:38:26 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 12, 2018, 10:06:20 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18

Not sure what I'll be reading next, TBH. Depends on if my library gets the next book club book in soon!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 12, 2018, 09:53:08 PM
13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine). This was WONDERFUL. Graeber is a good anthropologist, and he tackles economic anthropology -- particularly debt and its (foundational) relationship to markets, states, money, and taxes, and its interplay with slavery, violence, and domination, in incredible depth, especially for a book geared towards non-specialists. The discussions about money and monetary policy are especially interesting, as is the early historical discussion. Things come a bit loose towards the end; it's hard to write about recent history, and Graeber absolutely has opinions on capitalism and debt, the combination of which makes it a bit hard to follow (what's he actually trying to get at there?). That being said, this is currently tied for favorite book of 2018.

Thanks @diapasoun for the review - I'll add that to my reading list.

It was such a delight. No practical financial advice or anything, just good solid anthropology.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on April 13, 2018, 01:09:00 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.


I feel like I've been slacking but it looks like I'm actually still on track, which is nice. Going to dive into another book club book soon!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on April 13, 2018, 01:39:59 PM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before, one of her best - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read
35. Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson - Christian references - mostly meh
36. A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - Romance and Druid Magic intertwined. Had the potential to be a really great book, but missed the mark. Needed more fluidity and depth and background, character development. Overall, still a mildly entertaining read. 
37. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - I have no idea why I finished this book to the bitter end - misogynist piece of crap.
38. The Handmaiden's Necklace by Kat Martin - part of a trilogy, loved the story development, twists and turns. Love all her books.

39. An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands - great read, fast-paced, well written, it doesn't get any better in romance land than this book  - like a favorite piece of candy slowly releasing a lasting taste of sweetness.
40. An Affair with a notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath - good plot and rather well presented, but so much repetition as to why she just couldn't and he just wouldn't - over and over again - I finally skipped to the last two chapters, surprise, more good plot twists and development than I expected. Would have been great if you cut out all the repetition, about a good third of the book.
Forbidden to Love the Duke by Jillian Hunter - enjoyable read- part of the Fenwick Sisters Affairs series

41. The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner - loved it - great mystery writing, nothing is as it appears to be. Now I'll have to track down the author's other book The Good Neighbor.
42. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford - Surprisingly good. No Vampires involved. Mortals/Immortals - Suicide - Teen Love, angels caught between heaven and hell, all woven together in a unique, but rather dark romp of a novel that leaves you guessing where it may lead next.  Young Adult Fiction.
43. The Eternal Kiss - 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire - loved every short story in the book - entertaining read. Young Adult Fiction.

44. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - meh, tepid, repetitive even a tad boring in places. Not the author's best effort.
45. Once upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes - enjoyed it.
46. Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels - entertaining read from page one to the end - loved it:)

SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW

34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki (the rich dad-poor dad author). Did not care for this book, hated the writing style, especially that infernal, condescending question and answer rhetoric - bah, humbug!  I don't know if it was that it felt dumbed down in parts or because the writing style made it confusing at least for me to follow the thought process, it all seemed like a jumbled mess with persistent marketing pitches for his own enterprise. I kept thinking that maybe I'll find that gold nugget of financial wisdom surely contained in this book by such a famous author - nope.
However, I did come away with a (very few) new insights into the world of finance at large and am now inspired to read up on Buckminster Fuller since he kept referencing him, I'd forgotten how much I liked Bucky:).
I always appreciate different perspectives even if I don't find them viable or agree with them. Also, didn't realize he wrote a book co-authored by Trump called Midas Touch, blech.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on April 13, 2018, 04:07:23 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)

23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018) - Disappointing.  I was hoping for more depth, but his analysis basically boils down to 'because racism.'
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Cookie78 on April 13, 2018, 10:20:47 PM
1. Oathbringer by Sanderson, Brandon
2. The Case of the Missing Servant by Hall, Tarquin
3. The Secrets of Flight by Leffler, Maggie
4. The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway by Bruce, Teresa
5. The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture by Dyke, Tom Hart & Winder, Paul
6. The Rithmatist by Sanderson, Brandon (audiobook)
7. Sabriel by Nix, Garth (audiobook)
8. Carry On by Rowell, Rainbow (audiobook)
9. Persepolis Rising by Corey, James S. A.
10. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by Forester, C. S. (audiobook)
11. Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (mostly) Wrong by Barker, Eric (audiobook)
12. A Wizard of Earthsea by Le Guin, Ursula K.
13. Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by Castner, Brian



It's been awhile since I updated my list! Not reading nearly as much since I'm not working. May not make it to 50 this time around.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on April 15, 2018, 09:26:03 AM
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I'm curious to hear other people's opinions on this book. I enjoyed it when I read it (I am very prone to Coziness), but also had some critiques about the style and a few other things about it. What did you like/not like about it?

I enjoyed it.  I listened to it as an audiobook (read by the author)  I wasn’t listening to it too critically — more to inspire my own thinking about making a cozy and happy life/home than as a guide. I do think that some of the specific ways to achieve hygge that he describes can’t just be applied in another place/context to achieve happiness/life satisfaction and occasionally the author sounded a bit prescriptive with it. Overall though, I was able to find some inspiration (and a desire to travel somewhere cold to sit by a cozy fire). What did you think?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on April 15, 2018, 02:00:59 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018) - Disappointing.  I was hoping for more depth, but his analysis basically boils down to 'because racism.'

24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on April 16, 2018, 02:43:10 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich

17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 16, 2018, 04:33:13 PM
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I'm curious to hear other people's opinions on this book. I enjoyed it when I read it (I am very prone to Coziness), but also had some critiques about the style and a few other things about it. What did you like/not like about it?

I enjoyed it.  I listened to it as an audiobook (read by the author)  I wasn’t listening to it too critically — more to inspire my own thinking about making a cozy and happy life/home than as a guide. I do think that some of the specific ways to achieve hygge that he describes can’t just be applied in another place/context to achieve happiness/life satisfaction and occasionally the author sounded a bit prescriptive with it. Overall though, I was able to find some inspiration (and a desire to travel somewhere cold to sit by a cozy fire). What did you think?

Oh, how was the narration?

I was also mostly approaching it non-critically -- at least, as non-critically as I tend to approach my non-fiction. ;) My absolute favorite parts were the discussions of happiness research. I loved that he was taking happiness seriously, and loved to see the discussion of what really went into happiness. That felt different from hygge to me; hygge just seemed like a particularly Danish version of coziness that encourages the maintenance of close relationships, in which case it then served happiness. I did enjoy the coziness inspiration, for sure, and it made me appreciate gloomy/rainy days a lot more too.

Agreed that it felt a bit prescriptive -- you must have a zillion candles and a very fancy chair! It felt a bit much, if that makes sense. The Danish clearly put a lot of effort into hygge, and some of what he talked about started to feel constructed, as opposed to natural; as if cozy were replacing cool, if that make sense.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on April 17, 2018, 06:48:53 AM
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I'm curious to hear other people's opinions on this book. I enjoyed it when I read it (I am very prone to Coziness), but also had some critiques about the style and a few other things about it. What did you like/not like about it?

I enjoyed it.  I listened to it as an audiobook (read by the author)  I wasn’t listening to it too critically — more to inspire my own thinking about making a cozy and happy life/home than as a guide. I do think that some of the specific ways to achieve hygge that he describes can’t just be applied in another place/context to achieve happiness/life satisfaction and occasionally the author sounded a bit prescriptive with it. Overall though, I was able to find some inspiration (and a desire to travel somewhere cold to sit by a cozy fire). What did you think?

Oh, how was the narration?

I was also mostly approaching it non-critically -- at least, as non-critically as I tend to approach my non-fiction. ;) My absolute favorite parts were the discussions of happiness research. I loved that he was taking happiness seriously, and loved to see the discussion of what really went into happiness. That felt different from hygge to me; hygge just seemed like a particularly Danish version of coziness that encourages the maintenance of close relationships, in which case it then served happiness. I did enjoy the coziness inspiration, for sure, and it made me appreciate gloomy/rainy days a lot more too.

Agreed that it felt a bit prescriptive -- you must have a zillion candles and a very fancy chair! It felt a bit much, if that makes sense. The Danish clearly put a lot of effort into hygge, and some of what he talked about started to feel constructed, as opposed to natural; as if cozy were replacing cool, if that make sense.

The narration was great -- he seems to really enjoy the subject, and his slight accent added to the charm of the book. I also enjoyed the happiness research.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on April 17, 2018, 07:26:00 AM
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018) - Disappointing.  I was hoping for more depth, but his analysis basically boils down to 'because racism.'
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Thanks for the review @Raenia - I was thinking about reading this one down the line, now I may not.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on April 17, 2018, 08:09:49 AM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before, one of her best - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read
35. Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson - Christian references - mostly meh
36. A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - Romance and Druid Magic intertwined. Had the potential to be a really great book, but missed the mark. Needed more fluidity and depth and background, character development. Overall, still a mildly entertaining read. 
37. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - I have no idea why I finished this book to the bitter end - misogynist piece of crap.
38. The Handmaiden's Necklace by Kat Martin - part of a trilogy, loved the story development, twists and turns. Love all her books.

39. An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands - great read, fast-paced, well written, it doesn't get any better in romance land than this book  - like a favorite piece of candy slowly releasing a lasting taste of sweetness.
40. An Affair with a notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath - good plot and rather well presented, but so much repetition as to why she just couldn't and he just wouldn't - over and over again - I finally skipped to the last two chapters, surprise, more good plot twists and development than I expected. Would have been great if you cut out all the repetition, about a good third of the book.
Forbidden to Love the Duke by Jillian Hunter - enjoyable read- part of the Fenwick Sisters Affairs series

41. The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner - loved it - great mystery writing, nothing is as it appears to be. Now I'll have to track down the author's other book The Good Neighbor.
42. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford - Surprisingly good. No Vampires involved. Mortals/Immortals - Suicide - Teen Love, angels caught between heaven and hell, all woven together in a unique, but rather dark romp of a novel that leaves you guessing where it may lead next.  Young Adult Fiction.
43. The Eternal Kiss - 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire - loved every short story in the book - entertaining read. Young Adult Fiction.

44. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - meh, tepid, repetitive even a tad boring in places. Not the author's best effort.
45. Once upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes - enjoyed it.
46. Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels - entertaining read from page one to the end - loved it:)

47. Anomaly by Krista McGee - Sci-Fi Dystopian - great read, part of a series. Life underground after the Apocalypse is dangerous for the smart young girl who will face annihilation if the scientists find out she is an anomaly - Young Adult - romance, religious overtones.

48. Windfall by Rachel Caine - Urban fantasy at its best. A whirlwind of storytelling. Super fun - contemporary supernatural series "Weather Warden", love and Djinns, saving humanity via a kick-ass heroine.
Always fun to find a new author ... lets hope the library has some of her stuff.



SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW

34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki (the rich dad-poor dad author). Did not care for this book, hated the writing style, especially that infernal, condescending question and answer rhetoric - bah, humbug!  I don't know if it was that it felt dumbed down in parts or because the writing style made it confusing at least for me to follow the thought process, it all seemed like a jumbled mess with persistent marketing pitches for his own enterprise. I kept thinking that maybe I'll find that gold nugget of financial wisdom surely contained in this book by such a famous author - nope.
However, I did come away with a (very few) new insights into the world of finance at large and am now inspired to read up on Buckminster Fuller since he kept referencing him, I'd forgotten how much I liked Bucky:).
I always appreciate different perspectives even if I don't find them viable or agree with them. Also, didn't realize he wrote a book co-authored by Trump called Midas Touch, blech.

49. The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards - currently reading
50. Predator Nation by Charles Ferguson - next up
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on April 17, 2018, 08:42:28 AM
Haven't updated in a while!

1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on April 17, 2018, 09:07:28 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Zola. on April 17, 2018, 09:11:07 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life
2. The Richest Man in Babylon


I need to get a move on!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 17, 2018, 10:56:10 AM
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky

Curious to hear your thoughts about these two! Especially The Language of Food.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on April 17, 2018, 09:19:55 PM
44.  Kerry Greenwood, Murder on a Midsummer Night
45.  Kerry Greenwood, Dead Man's Chest
46.  Kerry Greenwood, Death Before Wicket
47.  Ryan Lobo, Mr. Iyer Goes to War
48.  The Last Chance Christmas Ball
49.  Kerry Greenwood, Murder and Mendelssohn
50.  Kerry Greenwood, Raisins and Almonds
51.  JD Robb, Festive in Death

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 18, 2018, 08:24:13 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18

13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on April 18, 2018, 10:01:52 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on April 18, 2018, 10:13:42 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)

21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written adventure/ish story

--started many other books recently and then didn't finish as they didn't grab my attention but am excited about some new ones coming my way via the library
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on April 18, 2018, 07:28:02 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)

25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on April 18, 2018, 09:44:31 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on April 21, 2018, 08:55:07 PM
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky

Curious to hear your thoughts about these two! Especially The Language of Food.

I loved What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. It was an interesting mix of realistic fiction and surreal fiction, and I enjoyed reading stories that took place in countries I don't often read about.

The Language of Food was okay. Having read a lot of academia about foreign languages, I thought it was a bit too superficial and pop-y at times. It was a bit more dumbed down than I would have liked. It was super fast and interesting enough, though!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on April 23, 2018, 11:47:13 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter

18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 23, 2018, 01:43:29 PM
I loved What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. It was an interesting mix of realistic fiction and surreal fiction, and I enjoyed reading stories that took place in countries I don't often read about.

The Language of Food was okay. Having read a lot of academia about foreign languages, I thought it was a bit too superficial and pop-y at times. It was a bit more dumbed down than I would have liked. It was super fast and interesting enough, though!

I had pretty similar feelings about both books. I loved What It Means -- incredible mix, like you said, and what an incredible way Arimah has of presenting her characters and making you invest in them very, very quickly.

And yes, Language of Food is definitely very pop-sciency-y, while also lacking the extended, non-expert commentary that so often goes along with pop science (I really wanted him to talk more about why it's interesting to know that people compare cheap food to drugs and expensive food to sex...). I think the etymology portions were my fave.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on April 23, 2018, 03:49:49 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rcc on April 23, 2018, 07:03:10 PM
Reading List 2018

All systems red - done 27JAN
Fire & Fury - Done (Jan)
Sled Driver (SR71) - Done (JAN)
Black Star Renegades - done (Jan)
This Naked Mind - done (feb)
Event Horizon 2018 Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities - Done(feb)
Meditation for fidgety skeptics ( UGH, Stuck on this one. )
The gone world
Gunpowder Moon
Gods Monsters and the lucky peach
Slaughterhouse Five
The Phoenix Project (Considering ditching cause I DGAF about DevOps)
Embers of war
Stars are legion
12 Rules for life
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Rosy on April 24, 2018, 02:49:06 PM
1. Four Weddings and a Sixpence by Julia Quinn ...
2. Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa
3. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
4. Children of Refuge
5. Heartless by Mary Balogh
6. Son by Lois Lowry
7. Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas
8. Lady of Sin by Madeline Hunter
9. A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh
10. A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
11. Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
12. Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
13. Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh
14. Irresistible by Mary Balogh

15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - Part of a Fantasy Series - Curious mixture of brilliant insightfulness, heavy use of base cuss words, easy-flowing adventure dialog with clever stories and an entire archaic play a la Shakespeare alongside the adventure story. Enjoyed it even though it was a tough read at times, but will not read another book by this author - even though I greatly enjoyed the storyline.

16. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I read this eons ago and it always stayed with me - re-reading was just as good - food for thought.
17. The Inheritance by Charles Finch - Fun read - historic setting, quintessentially British, leisurely developed mystery.

18. A Summer To Remember by Mary Balogh - love historical romances by Mary Balogh.
21. Armada by Ernest Cline - YA - fantasy-sci-fi - OK for YA
22. Sweet Ruin - by Kresley Cole - lots of steamy sex scenes, good Fantasy plot and a little bit of other world development. Fun at first but the soft porn aspect killed it for me.
23. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole - same as above.
24. MacRieve by Kresley Cole - same as above.
These three are part of the Immortal Series - wish he/she would write more plot, less sex. Not reading anything else by this author.
25. The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter - forgot I read this one before, one of her best - I like all Madeline Hunter historical romances.
27. The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh - loved it
28. A Promise of Spring by Mary Balogh - loved it
29. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard - first book in a series - pretty good
30. Knave of Hearts by Elizabeth Boyle - enjoyed it
33. Unforgiven by Mary Balogh - fun read
35. Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson - Christian references - mostly meh
36. A Highlander Christmas by Janet Chapman - Romance and Druid Magic intertwined. Had the potential to be a really great book, but missed the mark. Needed more fluidity and depth and background, character development. Overall, still a mildly entertaining read. 
37. The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - I have no idea why I finished this book to the bitter end - misogynist piece of crap.
38. The Handmaiden's Necklace by Kat Martin - part of a trilogy, loved the story development, twists and turns. Love all her books.

39. An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands - great read, fast-paced, well written, it doesn't get any better in romance land than this book  - like a favorite piece of candy slowly releasing a lasting taste of sweetness.
40. An Affair with a notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath - good plot and rather well presented, but so much repetition as to why she just couldn't and he just wouldn't - over and over again - I finally skipped to the last two chapters, surprise, more good plot twists and development than I expected. Would have been great if you cut out all the repetition, about a good third of the book.
Forbidden to Love the Duke by Jillian Hunter - enjoyable read- part of the Fenwick Sisters Affairs series

41. The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner - loved it - great mystery writing, nothing is as it appears to be. Now I'll have to track down the author's other book The Good Neighbor.
42. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford - Surprisingly good. No Vampires involved. Mortals/Immortals - Suicide - Teen Love, angels caught between heaven and hell, all woven together in a unique, but rather dark romp of a novel that leaves you guessing where it may lead next.  Young Adult Fiction.
43. The Eternal Kiss - 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire - loved every short story in the book - entertaining read. Young Adult Fiction.

44. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - meh, tepid, repetitive even a tad boring in places. Not the author's best effort.
45. Once upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes - enjoyed it.
46. Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels - entertaining read from page one to the end - loved it:)

47. Anomaly by Krista McGee - Sci-Fi Dystopian - great read, part of a series. Life underground after the Apocalypse is dangerous for the smart young girl who will face annihilation if the scientists find out she is an anomaly - Young Adult - romance, religious overtones.

48. Windfall by Rachel Caine - Urban fantasy at its best. A whirlwind of storytelling. Super fun - contemporary supernatural series "Weather Warden", love and Djinns, saving humanity via a kick-ass heroine.
Always fun to find a new author ... lets hope the library has some of her stuff.



SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

19. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

20. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

26. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

31. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

32. Nasty women - a collection of essays-protest and solidarity in Trump's America. SKIPPING FOR NOW

34. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki (the rich dad-poor dad author). Did not care for this book, hated the writing style, especially that infernal, condescending question and answer rhetoric - bah, humbug!  I don't know if it was that it felt dumbed down in parts or because the writing style made it confusing at least for me to follow the thought process, it all seemed like a jumbled mess with persistent marketing pitches for his own enterprise. I kept thinking that maybe I'll find that gold nugget of financial wisdom surely contained in this book by such a famous author - nope.
However, I did come away with a (very few) new insights into the world of finance at large and am now inspired to read up on Buckminster Fuller since he kept referencing him, I'd forgotten how much I liked Bucky:).
I always appreciate different perspectives even if I don't find them viable or agree with them. Also, didn't realize he wrote a book co-authored by Trump called Midas Touch, blech.

49. The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards - currently reading
50. Predator Nation by Charles Ferguson - next up

Well, well - so I just finished up book #50 and it is as I thought, I do not read enough books of substance.

#49 Bewitching by Jill Barnett - entertaining historical romance with a bit of witchery thrown in.
#50 To Distraction by Stephanie Laurens - I like her style of writing historal romances - this one had a bit of adventure, danger and mystery in it.
FINITO

Someone must have cleared their bookshelves and donated the lot, because I came home with 30 books from the Salvation Army thrift store. Score.

So going forward - I will record only my reading of the educational/informational books.
I'm increasing the goal for this subset from 15 to 25 books total.


SUBSET - Money and/or Finance/Economics/Politics/Society/Science (goal of 15 books)

1. How to Retire with Enough Money by Theresa Ghilarducci - interesting read. Discusses social security and medicare/medicaid in some detail, but in an abstract economic sense. Discusses the economic disparity in the US a bit and lays out improvements to social security via a link to a proposed bill - good read, good points. 

2. Cheaper, Better, Faster by  Mary Hunt - Excellent Money Saving Tips for household and car buying ... common sense, DIY - worth a read.

3. The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards - Loved it! It is a quasi MMM philosophy seen from a different, kinder angle. The author is engagingly human and utterly relatable - he called it a book about how you can make good money decisions. He is a CFP  ... identify your personal behavior gaps and make a plan to avoid them in the future. No investment advice but a compelling read about our money fears. Insightful - caused me to reflect on several topics. Lighthearted book with a positive vibe - recommended, especially if you struggle with the harsher demands of MMM:)

4. The Unbanking of America by Lisa Servon - fascinating read. I had no idea fintech was so active in this area and had never heard of tandas or ROSCAS.
The subtitle is How the New Middle Class Survives and while I do not agree with all of the conclusions drawn - it revealed just how predatory the banks have become.
I started out on page 121 with - Chapter 7 - Borrowing and Saving under the Radar:) which was one of the best chapters in the book. My only complaint is that since this book is a mix of live research and historic and current data - she should have started out with some of the more interesting live research because I found the first two chapters a tad tedious. 
Overall a rather enlightening book - much better read than I expected!

5. Second Chance - For Your Money, Your Life and Our World by Robert T. Kiyosaki (the rich dad-poor dad author). Did not care for this book, hated the writing style, especially that infernal, condescending question and answer rhetoric - bah, humbug!  I don't know if it was that it felt dumbed down in parts or because the writing style made it confusing at least for me to follow the thought process, it all seemed like a jumbled mess with persistent marketing pitches for his own enterprise. I kept thinking that maybe I'll find that gold nugget of financial wisdom surely contained in this book by such a famous author - nope.
However, I did come away with a (very few) new insights into the world of finance at large and am now inspired to read up on Buckminster Fuller since he kept referencing him, I'd forgotten how much I liked Bucky:).
I always appreciate different perspectives even if I don't find them viable or agree with them. Also, didn't realize he wrote a book co-authored by Trump called Midas Touch, blech.

6. The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards - currently reading
7. Predator Nation by Charles Ferguson - next up



Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on April 25, 2018, 07:31:07 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on April 25, 2018, 01:46:12 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18

14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on April 25, 2018, 03:04:32 PM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
9. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
10. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18

11. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
12. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - currently reading (audio book expired with only 2 hours left!!! I had to put in a hold request with the library)
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading (side note I just learned that Sue Grafton passed away before publishing Z is for Zero so the series may never come to a close!!!)


10/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Carolina on My Mind on April 26, 2018, 08:41:59 AM
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I'm curious to hear other people's opinions on this book. I enjoyed it when I read it (I am very prone to Coziness), but also had some critiques about the style and a few other things about it. What did you like/not like about it?

I read three or four of these little hygge books all in a row last fall, and I liked this one the best of the bunch.  I'm a total sucker for these home-care type books, but oftentimes the tone of them is a little too precious for my taste.  So I liked the brisker, funnier tone of the Wiking book.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Carolina on My Mind on April 26, 2018, 08:59:36 AM
I'm in again!  Although I gotta say I'm off to a slow start . . . a mere 68 pages into my first book of the year:  Bright Air Black by David Vann, a reimagining of Medea.  I picked it up at random from the new fiction shelves at the library, and while it's really good, it's so vivid and visceral that I seem to be able to read only a few pages at a time.

Yeah, definitely a slow start for me this year.  I post updates every ten books, and it's taken me until mid-April to get through (well, almost through) the first ten!  Anyway, here they are:

1.   Bright Air Black – David Vann
2.   The Dispossessed – Ursula LeGuin
3.   The Lathe of Heaven – Ursula LeGuin
4.   Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri (reread)
5.   Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson
6.   Deep Work – Cal Newport
7.   Dignity – Ken Layne (reread)
8.   Daily Rituals – Mason Currey
9.   The Wellness Project – Phoebe Lapine
10.   Walden – Henry David Thoreau (in progress)
11.   The Woman in White – Willkie Collins (in progress)

A few comments:

For those of you who like to read the classics, or mysteries, The Woman in White is awesome.  It's generally considered to be the first English mystery novel.  I'm about 200 pages in (it's long), and I can't put it down.  Similar in style to Charles Dickens, it's a very entertaining read.

I also found Daily Rituals to be a really fun and interesting read.  It's a compendium of short descriptions of the daily routines of a whole bunch of creative people (writers, composers, painters, philosophers, etc.).  Highly recommend.

At the other end of the spectrum . . . I have Walden going on my Kindle app, so I read a few pages whenever I have nothing else to do.  I've tried to read it before, and I find it a real slog.  We'll see how far I get this time.

Lastly, where has Ursula LeGuin been all my life??  I'm not generally a big fantasy/sci-fi reader, but I've been meaning for a long time to read something of hers.  After she died, I finally got around to checking out a few of her books, and wow!  I am eager to read more of her stuff this year.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on April 26, 2018, 11:31:18 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
9. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
10. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18

11. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
12. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - currently reading (audio book expired with only 2 hours left!!! I had to put in a hold request with the library)
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading (side note I just learned that Sue Grafton passed away before publishing Z is for Zero so the series may never come to a close!!!)


10/50 Read

Somebody gave me an enormous collection of crime/mystery books last night, which isn't really my style, but I remembered that you were reading Sue Grafton's books this year. Looks like the collection contains up to Q so I'm thinking I'll hold on to those!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on April 26, 2018, 01:05:58 PM
@Carolina on My Mind, LeGuin is great! I love SFF, but she's one of those authors I would recommend to anyone, no matter their genre proclivities. For example, my dad reads a lot of mysteries and thrillers, but I would rec LeGuin to him just because she's wonderful.

I'm putting The Woman in White on my classics book club suggestions list now!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Carolina on My Mind on April 26, 2018, 01:43:48 PM
@Carolina on My Mind, LeGuin is great! I love SFF, but she's one of those authors I would recommend to anyone, no matter their genre proclivities. For example, my dad reads a lot of mysteries and thrillers, but I would rec LeGuin to him just because she's wonderful.

I'm putting The Woman in White on my classics book club suggestions list now!

Yes!  Now that I've joined the fan club, I have been recommending LeGuin to everybody I know.  :)

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on April 26, 2018, 05:50:53 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.
23. Lady Windemere's Fan - Oh, so fun!
24. The Thirteenth Tale - Solid meh. Gothic mystery type book, very debut-novel in that there's lots of meta-commentary on books and reading and literature. I did the same thing in my debut novel, and I cringe whenever I read it somewhere else. Too long for not enough payoff and I guessed the ending.
25. The Wizard of Earthsea -Thanks to whoever recommended this one in this thread. Leguin is amazing but I've only read The Left Hand Side of Darkness by her and I need to read more. I didn't realize it was YA but I just ran through it super fast.

Halfway done with my book reading! Next up on the docket is All Our Wrong Todays and Reading Lolita in Tehran (I read this before and didn't like it so I might just skim it, it's for book club). Book club has been disappointing with picks, I'm thinking I need to start my own book club... with blackjack! and hookers! And good books! And my husband wants me to read some more Larry McMurty, The Evening Star, because he wants to talk about it with me.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on April 28, 2018, 03:30:54 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)

26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)

I was able to get some good solid reading done while on vacation this week.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on April 30, 2018, 10:54:15 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham

19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on April 30, 2018, 01:51:04 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

I feel like I just found my new favorite author in Rebecca Solnit... Excited to read more by her!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on April 30, 2018, 02:20:34 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic

26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: QuillScroll on May 02, 2018, 11:48:04 AM
I would like to join you all. I'm reading two books now -
1. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari
2. When breathe becomes Air - Paul kalanithi

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on May 03, 2018, 03:59:30 PM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
9. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
10. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
11. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
12. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018

13. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading




12/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on May 03, 2018, 05:26:12 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)

33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on May 03, 2018, 08:48:00 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on May 04, 2018, 08:56:20 AM
@bucketsofrain I have put a Rebecca Solnit book on hold at the library, found out they also have the one by Lesley Nneka Arimah so will check that out as well. Thanks for highlighting ones that you have enjoyed along the way :)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on May 04, 2018, 09:01:45 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written, intelligent adventure story

24. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
25. Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (Alastair Humphries)
26. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (Pico Iyer)-lovely book
27. The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North (Beverly Gray)

28. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress (Steven Pinker)* just started, this one might take me a long while
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on May 04, 2018, 01:18:37 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes

(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 04, 2018, 08:58:58 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on May 07, 2018, 06:47:12 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on May 07, 2018, 07:48:36 PM
52.  Susanna Calkins, From the Charred Remains
53.  Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach
54.  C.M. Gleason, Murder in the Lincoln White House
55.  Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on May 08, 2018, 11:09:39 AM
14. Diplomacy - Henry Kissinger
15-20: various children's books I read to my son at night that I can't remember the names.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on May 08, 2018, 11:55:41 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot

27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 08, 2018, 02:11:10 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 08, 2018, 07:49:03 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.

15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on May 09, 2018, 08:34:03 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 09, 2018, 10:33:57 AM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on May 09, 2018, 05:16:38 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on May 09, 2018, 10:59:23 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell


(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 10, 2018, 12:46:47 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on May 11, 2018, 08:48:50 PM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written, intelligent adventure story
24. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
25. Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (Alastair Humphries)
26. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (Pico Iyer)-lovely book
27. The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North (Beverly Gray)

28. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Meik Wiking)
29. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Lesley Nneka Arimah)
30. Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
31. A Monks Guide to a Clean House and Mind (Shoukei Matsumoto)


Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 12, 2018, 06:50:36 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.

16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 12, 2018, 05:55:31 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on May 13, 2018, 08:59:25 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(27) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on May 13, 2018, 01:46:08 PM
1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)
16. Lab Girl, Jahren (BJ, I loved it, although I see how various parts could slow one down...)
17. Grocery, Ruhlman LOVED IT! How did our food system get this crazy way! What can be done?
18. Hard Truth, Nevada Barr: HATED IT! I do not need to know that much about (how you imagine) the inside of the mind of a sadistic psychopath. To be fair, I've enjoyed some of her earlier books.
19. Where you go is not who you'll Be, Bruni
20. Artemis, Weir: Meh. The writing is pretty bad, and the main character sounds just like Mark Whitney, i.e. what Andy Weir probably wishes he sounds like.
21. The Leftovers, Perrotta. Saw it at the library next to something I was looking for, thought "why not." Meh.
22. When Breath Becomes Air,  Kalanithi. So well written!
23. The Essex Serpent, Perry. Meh, not what I thought it would be about.
24. Fantasyland: Recommended by a guy on a plane. Highly depressing, if you want to live in a reality-based world.

Still working on: Borrowed Between the World and Me from my HS junior. We're traveling this weekend, so we'll get to discuss it. (Still working on this: it's a slow read) (Still working...)
Next: The household got a stack of book from my aunt, so something from there. She included a few that were short/fast reads, for my benefit :^)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on May 13, 2018, 07:28:47 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.
23. Lady Windemere's Fan - Oh, so fun!
24. The Thirteenth Tale - Solid meh. Gothic mystery type book, very debut-novel in that there's lots of meta-commentary on books and reading and literature. I did the same thing in my debut novel, and I cringe whenever I read it somewhere else. Too long for not enough payoff and I guessed the ending.
25. The Wizard of Earthsea -Thanks to whoever recommended this one in this thread. Leguin is amazing but I've only read The Left Hand Side of Darkness by her and I need to read more. I didn't realize it was YA but I just ran through it super fast.
26. All Our Wrong Todays - GREAT time travel romance book, really really fun. If Chuck Palahniuk wrote The Time Traveller's Wife, this is what it would have turned out as.
27.The Girl Who Drew Butterflies - another biography of Maria Merian as research, YA stuff so very light. My toddler liked looking at all the pictures of butterflies, haha.
28.Superintelligence - Holy moly, this is a fascinating book. Regardless of when you think the singularity will come, there are risks associated with AI and this book does a great job of giving an overview of possible pitfalls where our world will be turned into a ball of paperclips... or something. Really interesting if you're at all into artificial intelligence.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on May 14, 2018, 01:44:25 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on May 14, 2018, 03:31:34 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on May 14, 2018, 05:30:27 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen

20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on May 15, 2018, 10:07:40 AM
I'm going to start putting ratings by the books I've read to indicate how much I liked them. These represent more how much I enjoyed the books than where I'd place them in the pantheon of literature. Ratings skew high because I only read books that I think look enjoyable!

1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on May 15, 2018, 10:37:05 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on May 15, 2018, 12:47:08 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on May 15, 2018, 02:49:26 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on May 15, 2018, 05:19:07 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)

34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018) - An interesting, and quite Mustachian, take on technology.  Very short, it's a series of essays rather than a book.  I recommend it, if you can find it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: QuillScroll on May 16, 2018, 08:43:20 AM
I would like to join you all. I'm reading two books now -
1. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari
2. When breathe becomes Air - Paul kalanithi
3. The Tell tale Brain - A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human - V. S. Ramachandran
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jamesdg33 on May 16, 2018, 02:49:59 PM
I know I'm late to the game but I am so in! I've done this the past few years with my wife, but we've only counted fiction. I will count both this year, and I am on 8 as of May 16! I have some catching up to do!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 17, 2018, 01:16:13 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on May 17, 2018, 09:11:39 PM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written, intelligent adventure story
24. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
25. Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (Alastair Humphries)
26. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (Pico Iyer)-lovely book
27. The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North (Beverly Gray)
28. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Meik Wiking)
29. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Lesley Nneka Arimah)
30. Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
31. A Monks Guide to a Clean House and Mind (Shoukei Matsumoto)

32. A Mind at Home with Itself (Byron Katie & Stephen Mitchell)
33. Abandon: A Romance (Pico Iyer)
34. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo)
35. The Heart of Zen (Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi & Keith Martin-Smith)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on May 18, 2018, 05:22:52 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)

36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018) - the 10 minutes a day part is a total lie, but I may give a few parts of the system a try.
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (8/20/2018) - a good, quick read, I'm really enjoying this series.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on May 21, 2018, 10:17:45 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)
11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade (library)
12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal  (mine)
13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine)

14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling with Stephen Fry (borrowed). Boyfriend and I have been listening to the HP audiobooks on the weekends -- he'll game, I'll crochet, we both chortle about how much we love Harry Potter. This series is one of my absolute favorites, and Fry is an amazing narrator.
15. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen with Juliet Stevenson (mine). Full of charm, and Henry Tilney is probably my favorite Austenian hero now. Catherine also ranks up there with Lizzie Bennet in terms of favorite heroines -- she's lovely. Stevenson is also a fantastic narrator; I highly suggest her work if you're into audiobooking novels, especially Austen.
16. Earth Power, Scott Cunningham (mine).
17. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (library). OH MY GOSH IT'S BRILLIANT. Suspenseful, lush and vivid, full of interesting characters and a fantastic plot, all held together by a narrator who is intriguing solely because she is so very unintriguing.

I'm very behind on reading right now. Hoping to step it into gear a little bit over the summer -- somehow when the nights are short, that's when I want to stay up all night reading....
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 21, 2018, 10:20:10 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P

18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on May 21, 2018, 02:08:55 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on May 21, 2018, 10:13:43 PM

(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on May 22, 2018, 12:12:32 AM
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17. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (library). OH MY GOSH IT'S BRILLIANT. Suspenseful, lush and vivid, full of interesting characters and a fantastic plot, all held together by a narrator who is intriguing solely because she is so very unintriguing.
Oh my god, I freaking loved Rebecca. Such an awesomely gothic book. Can't believe it took me thirty years to get to it, but I'm glad I finally did. Anyone else looking for a super interesting and well written novel, try this one.

Also, a fun opening line, and as an author I adore this kind of microtension: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
What is Manderley? Why did she leave? Why is she dreaming about going back? Is it a good dream or a nightmare? Like, seriously, such an intriguing opener for such an intriguing book. I wish I could write like Du Maurier.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 22, 2018, 08:44:58 AM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
17. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on May 22, 2018, 10:17:33 AM
21. National Geographic History - March 2018
22. National Geographic History - April 2018
23. A Bright Shining Lie - Neil Sheehan
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on May 22, 2018, 10:34:24 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
 21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille

22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on May 22, 2018, 02:18:44 PM
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17. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (library). OH MY GOSH IT'S BRILLIANT. Suspenseful, lush and vivid, full of interesting characters and a fantastic plot, all held together by a narrator who is intriguing solely because she is so very unintriguing.
Oh my god, I freaking loved Rebecca. Such an awesomely gothic book. Can't believe it took me thirty years to get to it, but I'm glad I finally did. Anyone else looking for a super interesting and well written novel, try this one.

Also, a fun opening line, and as an author I adore this kind of microtension: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again."
What is Manderley? Why did she leave? Why is she dreaming about going back? Is it a good dream or a nightmare? Like, seriously, such an intriguing opener for such an intriguing book. I wish I could write like Du Maurier.

That was 100% my experience too. I can't believe I'm in my 30s and only reading this now.

Her prose constantly floored me. That first line is up there with "It is a truth universally acknowledged..."

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on May 22, 2018, 04:00:38 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen

23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 23, 2018, 09:07:41 AM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
17. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
18. Where the Jews Aren't - Masha Gessen
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on May 23, 2018, 09:14:14 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
9. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
10. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
11. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
12. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018

13. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
14. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading

12/50 Read

Do you guys count rereads? I reread Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) and Cress (Marissa Meyer) this year and I just started rereading Winter (also by Marissa Meyer)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on May 23, 2018, 10:17:59 AM
Do you guys count rereads? I reread Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) and Cress (Marissa Meyer) this year and I just started rereading Winter (also by Marissa Meyer)

Not the gauntlet-maker, but I've counted re-reads in mine -- they are still books I've read this year, after all! Just not ones that are new to me. ;)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on May 23, 2018, 10:41:34 AM
Do you guys count rereads? I reread Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) and Cress (Marissa Meyer) this year and I just started rereading Winter (also by Marissa Meyer)

Not the gauntlet-maker, but I've counted re-reads in mine -- they are still books I've read this year, after all! Just not ones that are new to me. ;)

Same! I count my re-reads. They're still books I'm reading, so I figure why not.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on May 23, 2018, 11:01:55 AM
Do you guys count rereads? I reread Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) and Cress (Marissa Meyer) this year and I just started rereading Winter (also by Marissa Meyer)

Not the gauntlet-maker, but I've counted re-reads in mine -- they are still books I've read this year, after all! Just not ones that are new to me. ;)

Same! I count my re-reads. They're still books I'm reading, so I figure why not.

I count them as well, though I do mark them down as rereads on my list.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on May 23, 2018, 11:45:11 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on May 23, 2018, 12:42:44 PM
Thanks everyone. I will count them as well.

1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Finished 3/3/18 (re-read)
8. Cress by Marissa Meyer - Finished 3/8/18 (re-read)
9. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
11. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
12. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018

15. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
16. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading
17. Winter by Marissa Meyer - Currently Ready (re-read)

14/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on May 23, 2018, 01:05:24 PM
Do you guys count rereads? I reread Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) and Cress (Marissa Meyer) this year and I just started rereading Winter (also by Marissa Meyer)

Not the gauntlet-maker, but I've counted re-reads in mine -- they are still books I've read this year, after all! Just not ones that are new to me. ;)

Same! I count my re-reads. They're still books I'm reading, so I figure why not.

I count them as well, though I do mark them down as rereads on my list.

If I'm reading it twice in the same year I probably won't.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on May 23, 2018, 02:01:17 PM
Do you guys count rereads? I reread Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) and Cress (Marissa Meyer) this year and I just started rereading Winter (also by Marissa Meyer)

Not the gauntlet-maker, but I've counted re-reads in mine -- they are still books I've read this year, after all! Just not ones that are new to me. ;)

Same! I count my re-reads. They're still books I'm reading, so I figure why not.

I count them as well, though I do mark them down as rereads on my list.

If I'm reading it twice in the same year I probably won't.

Right, if I read something twice in one year I won't count it twice but that is highly unlikely. I usually don't read many books more than once but I found myself waiting for audio books from the library to be available so I started listening to some I had purchased from audible while I waited.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on May 23, 2018, 04:19:27 PM
Do you guys count rereads? I reread Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) and Cress (Marissa Meyer) this year and I just started rereading Winter (also by Marissa Meyer)

Not the gauntlet-maker, but I've counted re-reads in mine -- they are still books I've read this year, after all! Just not ones that are new to me. ;)

Same! I count my re-reads. They're still books I'm reading, so I figure why not.

I count them as well, though I do mark them down as rereads on my list.

If I'm reading it twice in the same year I probably won't.

Right, if I read something twice in one year I won't count it twice but that is highly unlikely. I usually don't read many books more than once but I found myself waiting for audio books from the library to be available so I started listening to some I had purchased from audible while I waited.

I've been counting some of the books I read to my son at night on this list.  He's been known to ask for the same book every couple months (100+ page books, not short fairy tales).
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on May 24, 2018, 04:55:30 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)

39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on May 25, 2018, 04:58:31 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles

(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on May 25, 2018, 06:37:26 PM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written, intelligent adventure story
24. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
25. Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (Alastair Humphries)
26. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (Pico Iyer)-lovely book
27. The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North (Beverly Gray)
28. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Meik Wiking)
29. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Lesley Nneka Arimah)
30. Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
31. A Monks Guide to a Clean House and Mind (Shoukei Matsumoto)
32. A Mind at Home with Itself (Byron Katie & Stephen Mitchell)
33. Abandon: A Romance (Pico Iyer)
34. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo)

35. The Heart of Zen (Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi & Keith Martin-Smith)
36. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer)
37. Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World ( Michael Harris)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on May 25, 2018, 09:22:33 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
17. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
18. Where the Jews Aren't - Masha Gessen
19. A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on May 26, 2018, 11:30:20 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

(33) Educated by Tara Westover
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on May 26, 2018, 05:26:55 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD

40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on May 26, 2018, 08:41:59 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5 (I do think there was a chance I would have given this 5/5 if McNamara had been able to finish the book while she were alive and carry out her vision for it)
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on May 27, 2018, 06:04:58 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on May 27, 2018, 06:06:39 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.
23. Lady Windemere's Fan - Oh, so fun!
24. The Thirteenth Tale - Solid meh. Gothic mystery type book, very debut-novel in that there's lots of meta-commentary on books and reading and literature. I did the same thing in my debut novel, and I cringe whenever I read it somewhere else. Too long for not enough payoff and I guessed the ending.
25. The Wizard of Earthsea -Thanks to whoever recommended this one in this thread. Leguin is amazing but I've only read The Left Hand Side of Darkness by her and I need to read more. I didn't realize it was YA but I just ran through it super fast.
26. All Our Wrong Todays - GREAT time travel romance book, really really fun. If Chuck Palahniuk wrote The Time Traveller's Wife, this is what it would have turned out as.
27.The Girl Who Drew Butterflies - another biography of Maria Merian as research, YA stuff so very light. My toddler liked looking at all the pictures of butterflies, haha.
28.Superintelligence - Holy moly, this is a fascinating book. Regardless of when you think the singularity will come, there are risks associated with AI and this book does a great job of giving an overview of possible pitfalls where our world will be turned into a ball of paperclips... or something. Really interesting if you're at all into artificial intelligence.
29.Parenting in the Digital Age - pretty much a memoir of an advertising/TV guy with some little parenting stuff thrown in with plenty of unsourced speculative assertions. Fun to read, but just about useless when it comes to making evidence based decisions.
30.How to Raise a Child with a High EQ - that's an "emotional quotient", and it's pretty straightforward stuff, lots of repetition I'd already read in books about positive parenting and emotional discipline. Also not super useful until my kid gets a bit older. 
31.Evening Star - Oh, my freaking god, this book is amazing. Larry McMurty is the guy who wrote Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, and this book was actually a sequel to the latter but it didn't read like a sequel at all. It was amazing, poignant, and made me ugly cry at the end, and then again at midnight when I woke up and thought about the book, and probably a couple more times in the future if I'm being honest here. Great writing, characters, interesting take on how relationships work. BEST BOOK SO FAR ON MY LIST.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on May 28, 2018, 04:43:21 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)

41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018) - Very long, repetitive, and often dated, but there were some useful sections as well.  I recommend not reading the whole thing, just picking the sections that look useful to you.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on May 28, 2018, 08:18:44 PM
56.  Elizabeth Willard Thames, Meet the Frugalwoods
57.  Connie Willis, Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
58.  Sally Andrew, Recipes for Love and Murder
59.  Susan Elia MacNeal, Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante
60.  Susan Elia MacNeal, Princess Elizabeth's Spy
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on May 29, 2018, 10:26:02 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare

30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on May 30, 2018, 04:43:11 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on June 01, 2018, 09:26:45 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on June 01, 2018, 08:29:59 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
35.) How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti 4/5
36.) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard 4/5
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on June 02, 2018, 06:34:49 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018) - Very long, repetitive, and often dated, but there were some useful sections as well.  I recommend not reading the whole thing, just picking the sections that look useful to you.

42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on June 04, 2018, 06:37:27 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner

26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 05, 2018, 07:18:50 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.

20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. Only 1 chapter in so far.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on June 05, 2018, 04:56:52 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

33. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on June 06, 2018, 08:18:05 AM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
17. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
18. Where the Jews Aren't - Masha Gessen
19. A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov
20. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter - Robert K. Massie
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on June 06, 2018, 10:23:21 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)
11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade (library)
12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal  (mine)
13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine)
14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling with Stephen Fry (borrowed)
15. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen with Juliet Stevenson (mine)
16. Earth Power, Scott Cunningham (mine)
17. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (library)

18. Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan (mine). This is an utterly charming book. I enjoyed the first two of the series, but felt a bit eh after the second; I'm really glad I forged ahead and picked this one up. It's got some amazing new characters (Suhail, Aekinitos, Heali'i), it's full of exciting travel, and it's got DRAGONS did we mention that this series is about dragons?

Currently reading:

Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (mine)
Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber (library)

On docket:

An Unkindness of Ghosts, River Solomon (library)
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (library)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on June 06, 2018, 01:43:43 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
28. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on June 10, 2018, 06:38:00 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)

45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on June 10, 2018, 03:27:17 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.
23. Lady Windemere's Fan - Oh, so fun!
24. The Thirteenth Tale - Solid meh. Gothic mystery type book, very debut-novel in that there's lots of meta-commentary on books and reading and literature. I did the same thing in my debut novel, and I cringe whenever I read it somewhere else. Too long for not enough payoff and I guessed the ending.
25. The Wizard of Earthsea -Thanks to whoever recommended this one in this thread. Leguin is amazing but I've only read The Left Hand Side of Darkness by her and I need to read more. I didn't realize it was YA but I just ran through it super fast.
26. All Our Wrong Todays - GREAT time travel romance book, really really fun. If Chuck Palahniuk wrote The Time Traveller's Wife, this is what it would have turned out as.
27.The Girl Who Drew Butterflies - another biography of Maria Merian as research, YA stuff so very light. My toddler liked looking at all the pictures of butterflies, haha.
28.Superintelligence - Holy moly, this is a fascinating book. Regardless of when you think the singularity will come, there are risks associated with AI and this book does a great job of giving an overview of possible pitfalls where our world will be turned into a ball of paperclips... or something. Really interesting if you're at all into artificial intelligence.
29.Parenting in the Digital Age - pretty much a memoir of an advertising/TV guy with some little parenting stuff thrown in with plenty of unsourced speculative assertions. Fun to read, but just about useless when it comes to making evidence based decisions.
30.How to Raise a Child with a High EQ - that's an "emotional quotient", and it's pretty straightforward stuff, lots of repetition I'd already read in books about positive parenting and emotional discipline. Also not super useful until my kid gets a bit older. 
31.Evening Star - Oh, my freaking god, this book is amazing. Larry McMurty is the guy who wrote Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, and this book was actually a sequel to the latter but it didn't read like a sequel at all. It was amazing, poignant, and made me ugly cry at the end, and then again at midnight when I woke up and thought about the book, and probably a couple more times in the future if I'm being honest here. Great writing, characters, interesting take on how relationships work. BEST BOOK SO FAR ON MY LIST.
32. How to Create a Mind - by Ray Kurzweil, of singularity fame. Really interesting look at how artificial intelligence has come so far and the path it has to go. Highly recommend to anyone interested in AI.
33. The Parent's Tao Te Ching - Eh, I liked The Tao of Pooh better. This just seems like a weird adaptation of the TTC so that someone could dole out parenting advice. And as a depressed person, advice like "Be happy and your children will be happy" just makes me feel more depressed that I'm fucking up this whole parenting thing.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on June 10, 2018, 07:09:53 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
35.) How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti 4/5
36.) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard 4/5
37.) All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter 3/5
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on June 11, 2018, 11:24:19 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover

(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on June 11, 2018, 11:26:13 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Finished 3/3/18 (re-read)
8. Cress by Marissa Meyer - Finished 3/8/18 (re-read)
9. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
11. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
12. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018
15. Winter by Marissa Meyer - (re-read) Finished 6/9/2018

16. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
17. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton - Currently Reading


15/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on June 11, 2018, 11:30:06 AM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)
11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade (library)
12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal  (mine)
13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine)
14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling with Stephen Fry (borrowed)
15. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen with Juliet Stevenson (mine)
16. Earth Power, Scott Cunningham (mine)
17. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (library)
18. Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan (mine)

19. Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (mine). Old feminist utopian fiction; really refreshing read, if no truth bombs dropped. :)
20. Beneath a Sugar Sky, Seanan McGuire (mine). Strange and inventive and fun.
21. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire (mine). When McGuire does fantasy mixed with horror, great things ensue.

Currently reading:
Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber (library)
The Sky is Yours, Chandler Klang-Smith (mine)

On pause:

An Unkindness of Ghosts, River Solomon (library)
North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (library)
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Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on June 11, 2018, 11:35:26 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
28. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
29. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 11, 2018, 11:42:06 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.

20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on June 11, 2018, 04:39:01 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

27. The Partner by John Grisham
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: grantmeaname on June 11, 2018, 06:57:11 PM
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
IMHO John Green books vary widely in quality. I thought Katherines was a solid book, but I wouldn't want you to walk away thinking that's what they're all like. Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars are both superb books, two of my favorite books fom the 150+ I've read the last three years. (And on the other hand, Turtles All the Way Down and Looking For Alaska are both far worse than Katherines in my opinion - dunno why either has so much acclaim.)

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 11, 2018, 07:20:08 PM
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
IMHO John Green books vary widely in quality. I thought Katherines was a solid book, but I wouldn't want you to walk away thinking that's what they're all like. Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars are both superb books, two of my favorite books fom the 150+ I've read the last three years. (And on the other hand, Turtles All the Way Down and Looking For Alaska are both far worse than Katherines in my opinion - dunno why either has so much acclaim.)

That's good to know! Paper Towns was the other one I got from the Buy Nothing lady, so maybe I will give that a read before gifting it on. I don't want to read the Fault in Our Stars, but then, as a pediatric nurse I think it would either be way too real or way too inaccurate, and I'm not sure which would be worse. Either way, I'm not one for cancer plot lines. Get enough of that IRL.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: grantmeaname on June 11, 2018, 07:55:53 PM
My goal for the year was 52 books. I made it this weekend! Between a long work trip, vacations, and a move I have been traveling for probably 8 weeks so far this year, and that's when I get most of my reading done. I may get through 10 more books this year, but I would be shocked if I get through another 50.

I've been lurking in this thread as well as elsewhere on the forum for book recommendations and found all sorts of good things. So, to those of you who pointed out one of this list's finds, thanks! Hopefully my reading list can pay the favor forward.

Jan 17
1. A Year in Provence Mayle, Peter
2. Gone for Soldiers: A Novel of the Mexican War Shaara, Jeff

Jan 19
3.The Willpower InstinctMcGonigal, Kelly

Jan 20
4.Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, #1) Campbell, Jack

Jan 26
5. Fearless (The Lost Fleet, #2) Campbell, Jack

Jan 27
6. Courageous (The Lost Fleet, #3) Campbell, Jack

Jan 28
7. Valiant (The Lost Fleet, #4) Campbell, Jack

Feb 1
8. Relentless (The Lost Fleet, #5) Campbell, Jack

Feb 2
9. Victorious (The Lost Fleet, #6) Campbell, Jack

Feb 3
10. The Value of Debt in Building Wealth: Creating Your Glide Path to a Healthy Financial Life Anderson, Thomas J

Feb 10
11. Invincible (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, #2) Campbell, Jack
12. Dreadnaught (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, #1) Campbell, Jack.

Feb 11
13. Guardian (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, #3) Campbell, Jack

Feb 12
14. Steadfast (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, #4) Campbell, Jack

Feb 13
15. Leviathan (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, #5) Campbell, Jack

Feb 15
16. Eaters of the Dead Crichton, Michael

Feb 16
17. The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football Stevens, Stuart

Feb 18
18. War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest Rosenberg, Michael

Feb 21
19. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America Bryson, Bill

Feb 23
20. International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World Kurlansky, Mark

Feb 25
21. Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco Burrough, Bryan

Feb 26
22. At Home: A Short History of Private Life Bryson, Bill

Feb 28
23. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Newport, Cal

Mar 2
24. The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football Gwynne, S.C.
25. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph Holiday, Ryan

Mar 4
26. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 Judt, Tony

Mar 5
27. Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves Sorkin, Andrew Ross

Mar 9
28. Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything Weinersmith, Kelly
29. Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living Thames, Elizabeth Willard

Mar 25
30. Carlisle Vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle Anderson, Lars

Apr 9
31. Havana: A Subtropical Delirium Kurlansky, Mark
32. Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football Gaul, Gilbert M.

Apr 10
33. Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season Meyer, Urban

Apr 11
34. Atomic Adventures: Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder Mahaffey, James

Apr 15
35. Revolution (The History of England, #4) Ackroyd, Peter

Apr 17
36. At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails Bakewell, Sarah

Apr 18
37. Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst's Fight to Save the Big Banks from Themselves Mayo, Mike

Apr 20
38. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim

Apr 21
39. The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1) Russell, Mary Doria

Apr 23
40. The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks Feldman, Bruce

Apr 26
41. Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way. Gerelds, Todd
42. The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback Arians, Bruce

May 05
43. Children of God (The Sparrow, #2) Russell, Mary Doria

May 06
44. An Unkindness of Ghosts Solomon, Rivers
45. The Creature in the Case (Abhorsen, #3.5) Nix, Garth

May 12
46. Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantine Mosaic, #1) Kay, Guy Gavriel

May 13
47. Lord of Emperors (The Sarantine Mosaic, #2) Kay, Guy Gavriel
 
May 15
48. The Secret Garden Burnett, Frances Hodgson
 
May 23
49. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy Stanley, Thomas J.
 
Jun 02
50. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Smith, Betty

Jun 05
51. The Refugees Nguyen, Viet Thanh

Jun 09
52. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) Hawks, John Twelve
 
Jun 10
53. The Dark River (Fourth Realm, #2) Hawks, John Twelve
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: grantmeaname on June 11, 2018, 07:58:10 PM
That's good to know! Paper Towns was the other one I got from the Buy Nothing lady, so maybe I will give that a read before gifting it on. I don't want to read the Fault in Our Stars, but then, as a pediatric nurse I think it would either be way too real or way too inaccurate, and I'm not sure which would be worse. Either way, I'm not one for cancer plot lines. Get enough of that IRL.
Yeah, that's definitely tough. The Fault in Our Stars is a great book but definitely not an easy one. Paper Towns rules, and it's much lighter, so you should definitely check it out.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on June 13, 2018, 10:35:50 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written, intelligent adventure story
24. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
25. Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (Alastair Humphries)
26. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (Pico Iyer)-lovely book
27. The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North (Beverly Gray)
28. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Meik Wiking)
29. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Lesley Nneka Arimah)
30. Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
31. A Monks Guide to a Clean House and Mind (Shoukei Matsumoto)
32. A Mind at Home with Itself (Byron Katie & Stephen Mitchell)
33. Abandon: A Romance (Pico Iyer)
34. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo)
35. The Heart of Zen (Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi & Keith Martin-Smith) *didn't quite finish
36. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer)
37. Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World ( Michael Harris)

38. Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive (Mark. L Winston)
39. Devotion (Patti Smith)

* recently started so many other books that were abandoned half-way when I acknowledged I wasn't enjoying them
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on June 14, 2018, 09:06:15 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover
(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong

(36) The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on June 15, 2018, 09:37:40 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
28. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
29. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
30. Educated by Tara Westover
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on June 15, 2018, 12:18:30 PM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Finished 3/3/18 (re-read)
8. Cress by Marissa Meyer - Finished 3/8/18 (re-read)
9. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
11. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
12. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018
15. Winter by Marissa Meyer - (re-read) Finished 6/9/2018
16. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton - Finished 6/14/2018

17. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
18. Heartless by Marissa Meyer - Currently Reading


16/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on June 15, 2018, 01:43:38 PM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq.
17. Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Stryker.

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I have 4 new books read.
18. Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls
19. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approah to the Good Life, by Mark Manson
20. Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Account’s Right Now, by Jason Lanier
21. Who Owns the Future?, by Jason Lanier





Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on June 15, 2018, 02:04:16 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)

46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on June 15, 2018, 10:35:35 PM
Beep beep, check in! We're almost halfway through the year, it looks like most people are well ahead of 25 books. That's incredible! You are all awesome readers and I am so proud that everyone here is making time to sit and enjoy some literature.

1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.
23. Lady Windemere's Fan - Oh, so fun!
24. The Thirteenth Tale - Solid meh. Gothic mystery type book, very debut-novel in that there's lots of meta-commentary on books and reading and literature. I did the same thing in my debut novel, and I cringe whenever I read it somewhere else. Too long for not enough payoff and I guessed the ending.
25. The Wizard of Earthsea -Thanks to whoever recommended this one in this thread. Leguin is amazing but I've only read The Left Hand Side of Darkness by her and I need to read more. I didn't realize it was YA but I just ran through it super fast.
26. All Our Wrong Todays - GREAT time travel romance book, really really fun. If Chuck Palahniuk wrote The Time Traveller's Wife, this is what it would have turned out as.
27.The Girl Who Drew Butterflies - another biography of Maria Merian as research, YA stuff so very light. My toddler liked looking at all the pictures of butterflies, haha.
28.Superintelligence - Holy moly, this is a fascinating book. Regardless of when you think the singularity will come, there are risks associated with AI and this book does a great job of giving an overview of possible pitfalls where our world will be turned into a ball of paperclips... or something. Really interesting if you're at all into artificial intelligence.
29.Parenting in the Digital Age - pretty much a memoir of an advertising/TV guy with some little parenting stuff thrown in with plenty of unsourced speculative assertions. Fun to read, but just about useless when it comes to making evidence based decisions.
30.How to Raise a Child with a High EQ - that's an "emotional quotient", and it's pretty straightforward stuff, lots of repetition I'd already read in books about positive parenting and emotional discipline. Also not super useful until my kid gets a bit older. 
31.Evening Star - Oh, my freaking god, this book is amazing. Larry McMurty is the guy who wrote Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, and this book was actually a sequel to the latter but it didn't read like a sequel at all. It was amazing, poignant, and made me ugly cry at the end, and then again at midnight when I woke up and thought about the book, and probably a couple more times in the future if I'm being honest here. Great writing, characters, interesting take on how relationships work. BEST BOOK SO FAR ON MY LIST.
32. How to Create a Mind - by Ray Kurzweil, of singularity fame. Really interesting look at how artificial intelligence has come so far and the path it has to go. Highly recommend to anyone interested in AI.
33. The Parent's Tao Te Ching - Eh, I liked The Tao of Pooh better. This just seems like a weird adaptation of the TTC so that someone could dole out parenting advice. And as a depressed person, advice like "Be happy and your children will be happy" just makes me feel more depressed that I'm fucking up this whole parenting thing.
34. The Master Algorithm - Not as interesting as the Kurzweil AI book, kind of a summary of different styles of machine learning which is interesting in parts but gets somewhat dry. I guess I'm not as into ML as I thought I was.
35. Swamplandia! - What a weird book. I liked it, kind of reminded me of Geek Love (which, if you need a great book that's like magical realism about a wacky circus family, that is the book for you). Had a lot of weird characters and good writing, but it turned into a weird rape thing at the end which I dunno, felt off from the rest of the book and just didn't work well in the plot imo.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on June 21, 2018, 05:34:36 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover
(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong
(36) The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

(37) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
(38) River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on June 21, 2018, 08:27:27 AM
Spent the last three weeks visiting my aunt, with no internet access (except when I drove to the library -- I did have a bit of work to do...) Lots of time for reading, reading in the pool, reading near the pool, reading inside when it was too hot...

1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)
16. Lab Girl, Jahren (BJ, I loved it, although I see how various parts could slow one down...)
17. Grocery, Ruhlman LOVED IT! How did our food system get this crazy way! What can be done?
18. Hard Truth, Nevada Barr: HATED IT! I do not need to know that much about (how you imagine) the inside of the mind of a sadistic psychopath. To be fair, I've enjoyed some of her earlier books.
19. Where you go is not who you'll Be, Bruni
20. Artemis, Weir: Meh. The writing is pretty bad, and the main character sounds just like Mark Whitney, i.e. what Andy Weir probably wishes he sounds like.
21. The Leftovers, Perrotta. Saw it at the library next to something I was looking for, thought "why not." Meh.
22. When Breath Becomes Air,  Kalanithi. So well written!
23. The Essex Serpent, Perry. Meh, not what I thought it would be about.
24. Fantasyland: Recommended by a guy on a plane. Highly depressing, if you want to live in a reality-based world.
25. Finished Between the World and Me. I had to be in the right mood, but it was awesome.
26. The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Very cool read, especially since I had an expert in central/north African politics available to talk with after.
27. The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett
28. Going Postal, Terry Pratchett
29. The Truth, Terry Pratchett (yes, I went on a bit of a bender)
30. All the Weyrs of Pern, Ann McCaffrey
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 21, 2018, 08:29:22 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas - 6/19/18 - MEH. I should have stopped after the one before this.
22. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Garbiel Garcia Marquez
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on June 21, 2018, 09:25:55 AM
@jeninco What did your north/central African expert have to say about the book/the things brought up in the book? I am super curious!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on June 22, 2018, 07:22:01 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)

50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on June 22, 2018, 03:28:23 PM
@Raenia Are you our first 50?!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on June 23, 2018, 03:14:48 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover
(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong
(36) The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
(37) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
(38) River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler

(39) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on June 23, 2018, 06:22:35 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
35.) How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti 4/5
36.) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard 4/5
37.) All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter 3/5
38.) Heartburn by Nora Ephron 3/5
39.) Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters 3/5
40.) Sick by Porochista Khakpour 3/5

In a rut of 3/5s! Guess it was bound to happen eventually.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on June 23, 2018, 09:34:46 PM
@jeninco What did your north/central African expert have to say about the book/the things brought up in the book? I am super curious!

Mostly, depressingly, that after the book ended the Islamic Extremists came back...

She did have a funny story about some special forces guys helping dig up things that had been buried in advance of the extremist wackos. Apparently people buried all manner of things that the AQIM (Al Queda in the Islamic Maghreb) fighters would've destroyed and geo-tagged the spots on their phones without indicating what was there. (and they buried stuff in a hurry, and for a while, so didn't necessarily remember, exactly). So the teams who went out to help dig things up never knew if they were going to find, for example, priceless thousand-year-old manuscripts or cases of beer. In the later case, since most stuff was buried pretty far down -- hey, cool beer! Sounds like it made for a few interesting diplomatic cables.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on June 24, 2018, 05:57:30 AM
@Raenia Are you our first 50?!

I believe Grantmeaname beat me out by a bit.  I'm going to keep on and see how many I can get done in a year, though!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on June 24, 2018, 06:10:33 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
27. The Partner by John Grisham


28. Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: grantmeaname on June 24, 2018, 06:24:22 AM
@Raenia Are you our first 50?!

I believe Grantmeaname beat me out by a bit.  I'm going to keep on and see how many I can get done in a year, though!
I dont think I was the first either... Tick Tock had 60 in May.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: WorkingStiffABC on June 24, 2018, 01:55:06 PM
Have fallen off a bit with balancing full time work, going to school for Computer Science/Electrical Technology, and working through Udacity scholarship. Will need to pick up the pace...

I will also admit to falling off the wagon and reading a few non-CS related books. As my personal goal is all technical/CS related books, I will try not to count them.

13. Code Simplicity - Kanat-Alexander 3.30.2018
14. The Art of Readable Code - Boswell 4.7.2018
15. Dark Territory: The Art of Cyber Warfare - 5.20.2018 (Frigging fantastic book--highly recommend!)
16. Zero to One - Theil 6.1.2018
17. What I've Learned from Failure - Braithwaite 6.16.2018
18. Do What You Love and Get Paid What You are Worth as a Programmer - Braithwaite 6.17.2018

Long time lurker whom was really inspired by the challenge in 2017. Started in June and finished 37.

For 2018, I am targeting only computer science and coding--as I am inspired to change my life:

1. The Annotated Turing - Petzgold 1.14.2018
2. System Thinking: A Primer - Meadows 1.16.2018
3. The Mythical Man Month - Brooks 1.17.2018
4. Humble Programmer - Dykstra 1.19.2018 (This one was a tease--I am now aware that there are tons more whitepapers to leap down the worm hole!
5. Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby - Stiff 1.20.2018

6. Bite of Python - Swaroop 1.28.2018 (Gentle introduction to Python)
7. The Design of Everyday Things - Norman 2.8.2018 (Wish the photos were in color...)
8. Timeless Way of Building - Alexander 2.22.2018 (Easy to understand the parallelism between architecture and design patterns in programming.)
9. The Art of Deception - Mitnick 3.3.2018
10. Hackers and Painters - Graham 3.14.2018
11. The Cathedral and Bizaar - Raymond 3.17.2018 (Open source; I'm inspired.)
12. Getting Real - 37 Signals 3.17.2018

On pace for hitting this 2018 goal but battling not being distracted by books unrelated to coding/computers...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on June 24, 2018, 09:41:55 PM
@Raenia Are you our first 50?!

I believe Grantmeaname beat me out by a bit.  I'm going to keep on and see how many I can get done in a year, though!
I dont think I was the first either... Tick Tock had 60 in May.

Yes, I was reading a LOT early this year (three weeks of vacation was very helpful).  Sadly it's slowed up recently.

61.  Susan Elia MacNeal, Mr. Churchill's Secretary
62.  Liza Mundy, Code Girls

Code Girls was about the extensive and critical participation of women in US government codebreaking operations during World War II.  There were some really interesting firsthand accounts.  Many (most?) of the women had never been able to tell their stories before because their work was so secret.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on June 24, 2018, 11:08:09 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.
23. Lady Windemere's Fan - Oh, so fun!
24. The Thirteenth Tale - Solid meh. Gothic mystery type book, very debut-novel in that there's lots of meta-commentary on books and reading and literature. I did the same thing in my debut novel, and I cringe whenever I read it somewhere else. Too long for not enough payoff and I guessed the ending.
25. The Wizard of Earthsea -Thanks to whoever recommended this one in this thread. Leguin is amazing but I've only read The Left Hand Side of Darkness by her and I need to read more. I didn't realize it was YA but I just ran through it super fast.
26. All Our Wrong Todays - GREAT time travel romance book, really really fun. If Chuck Palahniuk wrote The Time Traveller's Wife, this is what it would have turned out as.
27.The Girl Who Drew Butterflies - another biography of Maria Merian as research, YA stuff so very light. My toddler liked looking at all the pictures of butterflies, haha.
28.Superintelligence - Holy moly, this is a fascinating book. Regardless of when you think the singularity will come, there are risks associated with AI and this book does a great job of giving an overview of possible pitfalls where our world will be turned into a ball of paperclips... or something. Really interesting if you're at all into artificial intelligence.
29.Parenting in the Digital Age - pretty much a memoir of an advertising/TV guy with some little parenting stuff thrown in with plenty of unsourced speculative assertions. Fun to read, but just about useless when it comes to making evidence based decisions.
30.How to Raise a Child with a High EQ - that's an "emotional quotient", and it's pretty straightforward stuff, lots of repetition I'd already read in books about positive parenting and emotional discipline. Also not super useful until my kid gets a bit older. 
31.Evening Star - Oh, my freaking god, this book is amazing. Larry McMurty is the guy who wrote Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, and this book was actually a sequel to the latter but it didn't read like a sequel at all. It was amazing, poignant, and made me ugly cry at the end, and then again at midnight when I woke up and thought about the book, and probably a couple more times in the future if I'm being honest here. Great writing, characters, interesting take on how relationships work. BEST BOOK SO FAR ON MY LIST.
32. How to Create a Mind - by Ray Kurzweil, of singularity fame. Really interesting look at how artificial intelligence has come so far and the path it has to go. Highly recommend to anyone interested in AI.
33. The Parent's Tao Te Ching - Eh, I liked The Tao of Pooh better. This just seems like a weird adaptation of the TTC so that someone could dole out parenting advice. And as a depressed person, advice like "Be happy and your children will be happy" just makes me feel more depressed that I'm fucking up this whole parenting thing.
34. The Master Algorithm - Not as interesting as the Kurzweil AI book, kind of a summary of different styles of machine learning which is interesting in parts but gets somewhat dry. I guess I'm not as into ML as I thought I was.
35. Swamplandia! - What a weird book. I liked it, kind of reminded me of Geek Love (which, if you need a great book that's like magical realism about a wacky circus family, that is the book for you). Had a lot of weird characters and good writing, but it turned into a weird rape thing at the end which I dunno, felt off from the rest of the book and just didn't work well in the plot imo.
36. The Hotel Du Lac - really strange literary book. Kind of felt like a short story in that every sentence seemed to mean more than surface level. The protagonist felt weirdly relatable, being a trashy romance author who doesn't like trashy romance and hates being around people and is emotionally numb, haha kill me now.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on June 25, 2018, 08:09:09 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
28. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
29. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
30. Educated by Tara Westover
31. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on June 25, 2018, 08:11:53 AM
@Raenia Are you our first 50?!

I believe Grantmeaname beat me out by a bit.  I'm going to keep on and see how many I can get done in a year, though!
I dont think I was the first either... Tick Tock had 60 in May.

Yes, I was reading a LOT early this year (three weeks of vacation was very helpful).  Sadly it's slowed up recently.

61.  Susan Elia MacNeal, Mr. Churchill's Secretary
62.  Liza Mundy, Code Girls

Code Girls was about the extensive and critical participation of women in US government codebreaking operations during World War II.  There were some really interesting firsthand accounts.  Many (most?) of the women had never been able to tell their stories before because their work was so secret.

Ah! Whereas I'm so far beyond you that I apparently had not even contemplated that someone could have finished so early. ;)

Code Girls is on my list - it looks really interesting.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on June 25, 2018, 05:13:35 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
27. The Partner by John Grisham
28. Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell

29. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on June 27, 2018, 03:29:50 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
35.) How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti 4/5
36.) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard 4/5
37.) All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter 3/5
38.) Heartburn by Nora Ephron 3/5
39.) Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters 3/5
40.) Sick by Porochista Khakpour 3/5
41.) Motherhood by Sheila Heti 4/5
42.) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado 4/5
43.) Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi 4/5
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on June 27, 2018, 04:00:24 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas - 6/19/18 - MEH. I should have stopped after the one before this.
22. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Garbiel Garcia Marquez - 6/26/18 - Not as good as I remember it. Not that my Spanish is anywhere near the level anymore I could read it untranslated =(

23. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on June 29, 2018, 08:21:32 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover
(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong
(36) The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
(37) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
(38) River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
(39) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

(40) 30 Views of Mount Fuji by Cathy Davidson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on June 29, 2018, 09:23:48 AM
Back from vacation with a few to add!

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
33. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

34. North by Scott and Jenny Jurek
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: BriarRose111 on June 29, 2018, 03:38:20 PM
Hi -

I set this same goal the beginning of this year too, but just saw this challenge.  I am currently at 28 of 50.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: BriarRose111 on June 29, 2018, 03:52:53 PM
1.   The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
2.   Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
3.   100 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Joyce Meyer
4.   Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6.   Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms by Tim Tebow
7.   I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool by Lisa Scottoline
8.   Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
9.   I Am Loved: Walking in the Fullness of God’s Love by Wendy Blight
10.   Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister
11.   The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
12.   Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen
13.   Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success by Ivanka Trump
14.   The Round House by Louise Erdrich
15.   Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
16.   Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
17.   The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
18.   Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir of Appalachia by Jennifer McGaha
19.   Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
20.   Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
21.   Folly by Laurie R. King
22.   The 7 Principles of Stress: Extend Life, Stay Fit, and Ward Off Fat – What You Didn’t Know about How Stress Can Reboot Your Mind, Energy and Sex Life by Ori Hofmekler
23.   Why Her? 6 Truths We Need to Hear When Measuring Up Leaves Us Falling Behind by Nicki Korziarz
24.   Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
25.   Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
26.   The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
27.   Sweetland by Michael Crummey
28.   Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Cookie78 on June 29, 2018, 04:03:23 PM
1. Oathbringer by Sanderson, Brandon
2. The Case of the Missing Servant by Hall, Tarquin
3. The Secrets of Flight by Leffler, Maggie
4. The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway by Bruce, Teresa
5. The Cloud Garden: A True Story of Adventure, Survival, and Extreme Horticulture
by Dyke, Tom Hart & Winder, Paul
6. The Rithmatist by Sanderson, Brandon (audiobook)
7. Sabriel by Nix, Garth (audiobook)
8. Carry On by Rowell, Rainbow (audiobook)
9. Persepolis Rising by Corey, James S. A.
10. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by Forester, C. S. (audiobook)
11. Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (mostly) Wrong by Barker, Eric (audiobook)
12. A Wizard of Earthsea by Le Guin, Ursula K.
13. Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by Castner, Brian
14. The Black Mage: First Year by Carter, Rachel E.
15. The Black Mage: Apprentice by Carter, Rachel E.
16. The God Delusion by Dawkins, Richard (audiobook)
17. The Black Mage: Candidate by Carter, Rachel E.
18. The Mackenzie River Guide by Swallow, Michelle N. & Denkovski, Farah (illustrator)
19. The Black Mage: Last Stand by Carter, Rachel E.


Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on June 30, 2018, 02:46:25 PM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written, intelligent adventure story
24. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
25. Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (Alastair Humphries)
26. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (Pico Iyer)-lovely book
27. The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North (Beverly Gray)
28. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Meik Wiking)
29. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Lesley Nneka Arimah)
30. Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
31. A Monks Guide to a Clean House and Mind (Shoukei Matsumoto)
32. A Mind at Home with Itself (Byron Katie & Stephen Mitchell)
33. Abandon: A Romance (Pico Iyer)
34. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo)
35. The Heart of Zen (Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi & Keith Martin-Smith) *didn't quite finish
36. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer)
37. Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World ( Michael Harris)
38. Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive (Mark. L Winston)
39. Devotion (Patti Smith)

40. The Order of Time (Carlo Rovelli)
41. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman (Yvon Choinard)
42. The Power (Naomi Alderman)


So far only 6 fiction
I've been trying to increase the amount of fiction I read and I suppose I've done *okay* with this but will make an effort to pick up a few from the library this week.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on July 01, 2018, 10:44:50 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)

51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on July 02, 2018, 11:44:03 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
27. The Partner by John Grisham
28. Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell
29. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

30. Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on July 04, 2018, 09:13:09 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover
(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong
(36) The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
(37) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
(38) River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
(39) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
(40) 30 Views of Mount Fuji by Cathy Davidson

(41) How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: woopwoop on July 04, 2018, 09:06:51 PM
1. Cane River - this was for a book club, which is the only reason I finished it. Five hundred pages of depressing slavery historical fiction, ranging from super depressing slave rape and torture to slightly-less-depressing institutional racism by the end of the saga. Would not recommend.
2. The Road Less Traveled - this is a psychology cult classic from the 70s that's fun to read. In one chapter he mentions in a footnote that "the only healthy marriage is an open marriage." Lol, the seventies were awesome.
3. Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a well-written and darkly funny YA fantasy novella. Think CS Lewis with vampires.
4. The Hating Game - this was just a bubble gum contemporary romcom about a love-hate-love relationship. Super fast and sexy read, recommended as a nice beach read if you like romance.
5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - How did I end up reading so much YA at the beginning of this year? I don't even particularly like YA, these were all recommended to me. This was a fun romp of pirates and highwaymen and gay interracial relationships in the 1800s, but it was very very YA. I can't even put my finger on what "Very YA" means, but whatever it was, this book was that. My next read is YA, too, then I think I'm done for a while. I think it's the quirkiness that gets me. Everyone is so goddamn quirky in YA books.
6. Jane Unlimited - ugh, another YA, this one with a quirky main character who makes artsy umbrellas. Four mentions of Doctor Who in the first half of the book, how weird and nerdy lolol!!! I'm so done with YA.
7. Dead Wake - okay, this one is historical fiction about the Lusitania. I don't know history so this is always good for me. Plus Erik Larsen is the tits, this was a guaranteed Good Book after my latest string of failures. This book is not quite as good as his epicly awesome Devil in the White City that I love love loved, but it's still good and suspenseful.
8.The Duke and I - Regency romance, definitely more erotic than Jane Austen. Fun and light but not particularly great. Recommended all over the place as one of the best contemporary-written regency romances, which probably means I just don't really like this genre. I love Jane Austen, though, oh well.
9.Paris To the Moon - Another French travelogue about an American moving his family to Paris. Funny, well-written, but not epically hilarious like my favorite of this genre, Toujours Provence.
10. Drop the Ball - nonfiction, about how women need to stop trying to do it all. Kind of a companion book to Lean In, which I also didn't like. This book just feels repetitive. It did get my husband and I to make a spreadsheet for our grocery lists, though.
11. A Man Called Ove - another book club read, I guess it was a movie? Anyway, it made me ugly cry at the end although the opening chapters were hard for me to get into. Old grumpy man inspirational lit, I would classify it.
12. The Artist's Way - I am not in the right spot to get into this kind of book, in that I have a toddler and would love to do "morning pages" but it's clear from the way this author writes that she cannot imagine not having alone time every day. Well, bully for her. I'll pick this back up in a few years.
13. Designs for Living and Learning - really great book about childhood learning environments. Gave me a bunch to think about as I create living spaces for my young toddler.
14. Voyage  -a play by Tom Stoppard that's a witty sendup of every Russian play from the greats. Lots of philosophizing and wordplay, but not nearly as entertaining as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which everyone should read (and watch the movie version!) if they have ever read Hamlet. For you Game of Thrones fans out there, Jorah is Hamlet, and that should seal the deal. He also wrote Shakespeare in Love which was a fun screenplay.
15. Chrysalis - nonfiction, an account of female naturalist Maria Meriam. The book I'm writing is going to have a main character named after her, so I thought I'd do some research. Really interesting so far, she was a gifted artist and scientist back when science was stuck more in naming and classifying rather than experimenting. Makes me excited to write my book!
16. The Kingmaker's Daughter - historical fiction by the same woman who wrote The Other Boleyn Girl which I loved. This was a great book, made even greater by the fact that I don't know any history at all. What will happen to Anne and Richard? I don't know, it's a mystery! Makes reading historical fiction all the better, imo.
16b. The Shadow of the Wind - I... really didn't like this. I didn't even finish it, so that's why it's going on the list as 16b. Just awful, pretentious writing. Maybe it's the translation? I had high hopes and a lot of people recommended it, but I found it utterly lacking.
17. The Refrigerator Monologues - On recommendation by this thread. I didn't really care for this one, maybe because I don't know an awful lot about comics. Most of the characters had the same voice, there weren't any great new perspectives. I dunno, I might have been in the wrong frame of mind for this.
18. The Whole-Brain Child - Some really good suggestions for how to handle parenting decisions, based on brain science of developing children. Some of it was for older kids so not quite as useful, but a lot of excellent practical advice for toddler meltdowns, etc. We have been lucky so far with our kid (not quite 2!) but I'm sure she'll be testing our patience soon enough so I want to be prepared.
19. Transatlantic - Another historical fiction about Ireland, transatlantic flight, Frederick Douglass, and some other things that are not really interesting to me. Also the author uses way too many. Sentence fragments. For dramatic effect. And I'm sick of it.
20. Brain on Fire - Nonfiction account of a NY Post journalist who went crazy due to a rare form of encephalitis. Super interesting, like reading a House episode. Ending kind of dragged on weakly but otherwise very engaging.
21. The Philosophical Baby - An overview of studies on the cognitive and emotional capabilities of developing babies. I liked it, but not a lot of good parenting takeaways other than "don't neglect your baby".
22. The Importance of Being Earnest   -Reread this one for funsies. It was fun, like all Wilde is fun.
23. Lady Windemere's Fan - Oh, so fun!
24. The Thirteenth Tale - Solid meh. Gothic mystery type book, very debut-novel in that there's lots of meta-commentary on books and reading and literature. I did the same thing in my debut novel, and I cringe whenever I read it somewhere else. Too long for not enough payoff and I guessed the ending.
25. The Wizard of Earthsea -Thanks to whoever recommended this one in this thread. Leguin is amazing but I've only read The Left Hand Side of Darkness by her and I need to read more. I didn't realize it was YA but I just ran through it super fast.
26. All Our Wrong Todays - GREAT time travel romance book, really really fun. If Chuck Palahniuk wrote The Time Traveller's Wife, this is what it would have turned out as.
27.The Girl Who Drew Butterflies - another biography of Maria Merian as research, YA stuff so very light. My toddler liked looking at all the pictures of butterflies, haha.
28.Superintelligence - Holy moly, this is a fascinating book. Regardless of when you think the singularity will come, there are risks associated with AI and this book does a great job of giving an overview of possible pitfalls where our world will be turned into a ball of paperclips... or something. Really interesting if you're at all into artificial intelligence.
29.Parenting in the Digital Age - pretty much a memoir of an advertising/TV guy with some little parenting stuff thrown in with plenty of unsourced speculative assertions. Fun to read, but just about useless when it comes to making evidence based decisions.
30.How to Raise a Child with a High EQ - that's an "emotional quotient", and it's pretty straightforward stuff, lots of repetition I'd already read in books about positive parenting and emotional discipline. Also not super useful until my kid gets a bit older. 
31.Evening Star - Oh, my freaking god, this book is amazing. Larry McMurty is the guy who wrote Lonesome Dove and Terms of Endearment, and this book was actually a sequel to the latter but it didn't read like a sequel at all. It was amazing, poignant, and made me ugly cry at the end, and then again at midnight when I woke up and thought about the book, and probably a couple more times in the future if I'm being honest here. Great writing, characters, interesting take on how relationships work. BEST BOOK SO FAR ON MY LIST.
32. How to Create a Mind - by Ray Kurzweil, of singularity fame. Really interesting look at how artificial intelligence has come so far and the path it has to go. Highly recommend to anyone interested in AI.
33. The Parent's Tao Te Ching - Eh, I liked The Tao of Pooh better. This just seems like a weird adaptation of the TTC so that someone could dole out parenting advice. And as a depressed person, advice like "Be happy and your children will be happy" just makes me feel more depressed that I'm fucking up this whole parenting thing.
34. The Master Algorithm - Not as interesting as the Kurzweil AI book, kind of a summary of different styles of machine learning which is interesting in parts but gets somewhat dry. I guess I'm not as into ML as I thought I was.
35. Swamplandia! - What a weird book. I liked it, kind of reminded me of Geek Love (which, if you need a great book that's like magical realism about a wacky circus family, that is the book for you). Had a lot of weird characters and good writing, but it turned into a weird rape thing at the end which I dunno, felt off from the rest of the book and just didn't work well in the plot imo.
36. The Hotel Du Lac - really strange literary book. Kind of felt like a short story in that every sentence seemed to mean more than surface level. The protagonist felt weirdly relatable, being a trashy romance author who doesn't like trashy romance and hates being around people and is emotionally numb, haha kill me now.
37. The Behavior Gap - I forget where this was recommended, but it's really a whole bunch of commonsense financial psychology that is so boring to anyone who is posting here. Read it in a half hour and will forget it tomorrow.
38. The Importance of Being Little - FANTASTIC book on parenting preschoolers and how early childhood education can help or harm children. Really, a great book on the importance of human connection, natural connection, and unsupervised, unstructured play. Gave some really good practical advice on things like literacy and how to best structure playtime and play environments to let kids go about their business of learning. Highly recommend if you're a parent of a toddler!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on July 05, 2018, 10:26:30 AM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
35.) How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti 4/5
36.) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard 4/5
37.) All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter 3/5
38.) Heartburn by Nora Ephron 3/5
39.) Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters 3/5
40.) Sick by Porochista Khakpour 3/5
41.) Motherhood by Sheila Heti 4/5
42.) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado 4/5
43.) Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi 4/5
44.) Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture ed. by Roxane Gay 4/5
45.) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 5/5
46.) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 3/5
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on July 05, 2018, 11:07:17 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Finished 3/3/18 (re-read)
8. Cress by Marissa Meyer - Finished 3/8/18 (re-read)
9. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
11. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
12. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018
15. Winter by Marissa Meyer - (re-read) Finished 6/9/2018
16. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton - Finished 6/14/2018
17. Heartless by Marissa Meyer - Finished 6/27/2018

17. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
18. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Currently Reading


17/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 05, 2018, 11:44:16 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas - 6/19/18 - MEH. I should have stopped after the one before this.
22. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Garbiel Garcia Marquez - 6/26/18 - Not as good as I remember it. Not that my Spanish is anywhere near the level anymore I could read it untranslated =(
23. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld- 7/4/18 - Still a fun series! Read for book club.
24. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on July 06, 2018, 09:49:35 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
33. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
34. North by Scott and Jenny Jurek
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

37. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
38. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on July 07, 2018, 06:37:52 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)

54. Why Does the World Exist? - Jim Holt (7/6/2018)
55. The Skeleton's Holiday - Leonora Carrington (7/6/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on July 08, 2018, 07:47:15 PM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover
(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong
(36) The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
(37) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
(38) River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
(39) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
(40) 30 Views of Mount Fuji by Cathy Davidson
(41) How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway

(42) The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on July 09, 2018, 10:07:47 AM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
27. The Partner by John Grisham
28. Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell
29. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
30. Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

31. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 09, 2018, 05:02:59 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas - 6/19/18 - MEH. I should have stopped after the one before this.
22. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Garbiel Garcia Marquez - 6/26/18 - Not as good as I remember it. Not that my Spanish is anywhere near the level anymore I could read it untranslated =(
23. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld- 7/4/18 - Still a fun series! Read for book club.
24. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce - 7/9/18

25. In The Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce
26. The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on July 09, 2018, 06:55:12 PM

1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq.
17. Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Stryker.
18. Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls
19. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approah to the Good Life, by Mark Manson
20. Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Account’s Right Now, by Jason Lanier
21. Who Owns the Future?, by Jason Lanier
22. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on July 10, 2018, 09:19:09 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)
4. Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Hurari)
5. Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement (Katy Bowman)
6. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Margareta Magnusson)
7. The Year of Less  (Cait Flanders)
8. The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection (Scott C. Anderson) *quite liked this, neuroscience and food
9. Why Isn't My Brain Working: Brain decline and effective strategies to recover your brain's health ( Datis Kharrazian)
10. The Back of the Turtle (Thomas King)
11. The War of Art  (Steven Pressfield)
12. Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (Andrew Hallam)
13. Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
14. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions (Johann Hari)
15. Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain  (John J. Ratey)
16. Tonglen: The Path of Transformation (Pema Chodron)--a more advanced meditation style than I am currently at
17. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
18. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel. H. Pink)
19. What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength (Scott Carney)
20. Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing : Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language (Daniel Tammet)
21. The Transformation Power of Fasting (Stephen Harrod Buhner)
22. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (Tara Brach)
23. Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road (Kate Harris) **beautifully written, intelligent adventure story
24. Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
25. Microadventures: Local Discoveries, Great Escapes (Alastair Humphries)
26. The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (Pico Iyer)-lovely book
27. The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North (Beverly Gray)
28. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Meik Wiking)
29. What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Lesley Nneka Arimah)
30. Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
31. A Monks Guide to a Clean House and Mind (Shoukei Matsumoto)
32. A Mind at Home with Itself (Byron Katie & Stephen Mitchell)
33. Abandon: A Romance (Pico Iyer)
34. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo)
35. The Heart of Zen (Junpo Denis Kelly Roshi & Keith Martin-Smith) *didn't quite finish
36. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Robin Wall Kimmerer)
37. Solitude: A Singular Life in a Crowded World ( Michael Harris)
38. Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive (Mark. L Winston)
39. Devotion (Patti Smith)
40. The Order of Time (Carlo Rovelli)
41. Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman (Yvon Choinard)
42. The Power (Naomi Alderman)

43. End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage and Motherhood (Jan Redford)
44. Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America's Forgotten Border (Porter Fox)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on July 10, 2018, 12:56:24 PM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)
11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade (library)
12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal  (mine)
13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine)
14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling with Stephen Fry (borrowed)
15. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen with Juliet Stevenson (mine)
16. Earth Power, Scott Cunningham (mine)
17. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (library)
18. Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan (mine)
19. Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (mine)
20. Beneath a Sugar Sky, Seanan McGuire (mine)
21. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire (mine)

22. The Sky is Yours, Chandler Klang-Smith (mine). This book is a gem. I yelled about it a lot. It is wonderful and it better get nominated for a Hugo.
23. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (library). Decent book; liked it better than the mini-series. I'd rather just read Austen, though. D:
24. An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon (library). I nearly DNF'd this one early on; I'm glad I didn't, as it certainly improved as it went on. It's not an easy book, though, on multiple levels (none of which are complexity).
25. Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, Jerry Belanger (library). Refreshing straightforward goat care. It reminded me how much work goats are.
26. Goblin Market and Other Poems, Christina Rossetti (mine). I loved this volume to itty bits.
27. The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion, Margaret Killjoy (library). Anarcho-punk faewild horror. Fun, if a bit lacking in depth at moments.
28. Women and Power: A Manifesto, Mary Beard (mine). YESSS. Mary Beard is great, and this pair of essays is also great; a discerning take on power and the ones in which women are kept out of power.

Currently reading:

The Devourers, Indra Das (mine).
The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar (mine).

On pause:
Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber (library), due to recall.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Tick-Tock on July 10, 2018, 07:47:24 PM
63.  Sherry Thomas, A Study in Scarlet Women
64.  Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society
65.  Lisa Jackson, Vintage Death [short story]
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on July 11, 2018, 04:31:18 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)
54. Why Does the World Exist? - Jim Holt (7/6/2018)
55. The Skeleton's Holiday - Leonora Carrington (7/6/2018)

56. Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin (6/10/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on July 12, 2018, 09:49:55 AM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
28. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
29. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
30. Educated by Tara Westover
31. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
32. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Been moving pretty slowly lately as I work my way through Roots. I'm about halfway through. Great book, just takes a lot of time to read and digest.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on July 12, 2018, 10:05:00 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
33. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
34. North by Scott and Jenny Jurek
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
37. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
38. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

39. Educated by Tara Westover
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: mm1970 on July 12, 2018, 02:07:05 PM
I don't think I'll be able to complete this challenge.  But I can at least give it a shot!

1. Make Me by Lee Child (a bit too dark for me, to be honest)
2. Boar Island by Nevada Barr
3. Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (awesome!  Will pass on to hubby and big kid next)
4. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (we can learn a lot from the Danes)
5. $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer (wow, some people have a really rough go of it.)
6. Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
7. Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
8. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker (excellent book on sleep and its importance!)
9. The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith
10. Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
11. Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
12. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
13. The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg
14. Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century by Jessica Bruder (really really made me think.  A lot.  Is this what we've become?)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Travis on July 12, 2018, 08:07:37 PM
21. National Geographic History - March 2018
22. National Geographic History - April 2018
23. A Bright Shining Lie - Neil Sheehan
^^^
No more 1000 page books if I'm going to have a chance here. Whew!

24. National Geographic History - May 2018
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on July 13, 2018, 04:04:22 PM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Finished 3/3/18 (re-read)
8. Cress by Marissa Meyer - Finished 3/8/18 (re-read)
9. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
11. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
12. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018
15. Winter by Marissa Meyer - (re-read) Finished 6/9/2018
16. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton - Finished 6/14/2018
17. Heartless by Marissa Meyer - Finished 6/27/2018
18. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Finished 7/12/18

19. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
20. Howard's End by E.M. Forster - Currently Reading


18/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on July 15, 2018, 05:24:19 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)
54. Why Does the World Exist? - Jim Holt (7/6/2018)
55. The Skeleton's Holiday - Leonora Carrington (7/6/2018)
56. Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin (7/10/2018)

57. The Ten Thousand Things - Maria Dermout (7/15/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on July 15, 2018, 08:45:33 PM
Spent the last three weeks visiting my aunt, with no internet access (except when I drove to the library -- I did have a bit of work to do...) Lots of time for reading, reading in the pool, reading near the pool, reading inside when it was too hot...

1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)
16. Lab Girl, Jahren (BJ, I loved it, although I see how various parts could slow one down...)
17. Grocery, Ruhlman LOVED IT! How did our food system get this crazy way! What can be done?
18. Hard Truth, Nevada Barr: HATED IT! I do not need to know that much about (how you imagine) the inside of the mind of a sadistic psychopath. To be fair, I've enjoyed some of her earlier books.
19. Where you go is not who you'll Be, Bruni
20. Artemis, Weir: Meh. The writing is pretty bad, and the main character sounds just like Mark Whitney, i.e. what Andy Weir probably wishes he sounds like.
21. The Leftovers, Perrotta. Saw it at the library next to something I was looking for, thought "why not." Meh.
22. When Breath Becomes Air,  Kalanithi. So well written!
23. The Essex Serpent, Perry. Meh, not what I thought it would be about.
24. Fantasyland: Recommended by a guy on a plane. Highly depressing, if you want to live in a reality-based world.
25. Finished Between the World and Me. I had to be in the right mood, but it was awesome.
26. The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Very cool read, especially since I had an expert in central/north African politics available to talk with after.
27. The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett
28. Going Postal, Terry Pratchett
29. The Truth, Terry Pratchett (yes, I went on a bit of a bender)
30. All the Weyrs of Pern, Ann McCaffrey
31. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan.
Working on Hillbilly Elegy...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: GeekyGirl on July 16, 2018, 08:09:39 AM

ENG
FR*

* English title (if applicable or summary) in italics
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on July 16, 2018, 01:12:29 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
17. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
18. Where the Jews Aren't - Masha Gessen
19. A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov
20. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter - Robert K. Massie
21. Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
22. The Long Hangover - Shaun Walker
23. Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me - Teffi
24. Chernobyl: History of a Nuclear Catastrophe - Serhii Plokhy
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on July 16, 2018, 03:15:18 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
27. The Partner by John Grisham
28. Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell
29. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
30. Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
31. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

32. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 16, 2018, 03:41:54 PM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas - 6/19/18 - MEH. I should have stopped after the one before this.
22. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Garbiel Garcia Marquez - 6/26/18 - Not as good as I remember it. Not that my Spanish is anywhere near the level anymore I could read it untranslated =(
23. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld- 7/4/18 - Still a fun series! Read for book club.
24. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce - 7/9/18

25. In The Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce - 7/13/18
26. The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo
27. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man - Tamora Pierce - 7/16/18
28. Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on July 16, 2018, 05:37:35 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
35.) How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti 4/5
36.) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard 4/5
37.) All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter 3/5
38.) Heartburn by Nora Ephron 3/5
39.) Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters 3/5
40.) Sick by Porochista Khakpour 3/5
41.) Motherhood by Sheila Heti 4/5
42.) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado 4/5
43.) Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi 4/5
44.) Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture ed. by Roxane Gay 4/5
45.) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 5/5
46.) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 3/5
47.) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 4/5
48.) Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel 4/5
49.) A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza 5/5
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on July 17, 2018, 05:55:57 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
27. The Partner by John Grisham
28. Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell
29. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
30. Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
31. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
32. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

33. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ahptex on July 18, 2018, 04:50:42 AM
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
(2) A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
(3) The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
(4) Wildwood by Colin Meloy
(5) Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
(6) Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu
(7) Family Matters:Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
(8) Street of Eternal Happiness:  Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz
(9) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(10) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
(11) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits by Pema Chodron
(12) The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
(13) The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
(14) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(15) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
(16) The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen
(17) Christodora by Tim Murphy
(18) How Democracies Die: What History Reveals about our Future by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
(19) Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
(20) Trumpocracy by David Frum
(21) The More of Less by Joshua Becker
(22) The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
(23) The Knowledge by Martha Grimes
(24) Cheap by Ellen Ruppel Shell
(25) Move your DNA by Katy Bowman
(26) Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
(27) Better than College by Blake Boles
(28) The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
(29) Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
(30) Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
(31) A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
(32) The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
(33) Educated by Tara Westover
(34) Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright
(35) A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World by Scott Tong
(36) The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
(37) How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
(38) River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler
(39) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
(40) 30 Views of Mount Fuji by Cathy Davidson
(41) How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
(42) The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

(43) On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on July 18, 2018, 02:50:07 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
33. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
34. North by Scott and Jenny Jurek
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
37. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
38. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
39. Educated by Tara Westover

40. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on July 18, 2018, 02:54:30 PM
(43) On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

This looks prescient, and interesting. I think it may go on my list.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on July 20, 2018, 12:35:49 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)
54. Why Does the World Exist? - Jim Holt (7/6/2018)
55. The Skeleton's Holiday - Leonora Carrington (7/6/2018)
56. Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin (7/10/2018)
57. The Ten Thousand Things - Maria Dermout (7/15/2018)

58. A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab (7/20/2018)
59. The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde (7/20/2018)
60. The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde (7/21/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on July 22, 2018, 08:17:02 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas - 6/19/18 - MEH. I should have stopped after the one before this.
22. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Garbiel Garcia Marquez - 6/26/18 - Not as good as I remember it. Not that my Spanish is anywhere near the level anymore I could read it untranslated =(
23. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld- 7/4/18 - Still a fun series! Read for book club.
24. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce - 7/9/18
25. In The Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce - 7/13/18

26. The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo - abandoned 50% through on 7/19/18
27. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man - Tamora Pierce - 7/16/18
28. Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce - 7/21/18
29. Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Fiskar
30. Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: ringer707 on July 23, 2018, 01:52:23 PM
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
4. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway
5. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
6. Between the World and Me by Ta Nahisi Coates
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated) by J.K. Rowling
11. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
12. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
13. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
15. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
17. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
18. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
21. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
23. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
24. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
25. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
28. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
29. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
30. Educated by Tara Westover
31. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
32. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
33. Roots by Alex Haley
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on July 25, 2018, 06:42:09 AM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq.
17. Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Stryker.
18. Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls
19. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approah to the Good Life, by Mark Manson
20. Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Account’s Right Now, by Jason Lanier
21. Who Owns the Future?, by Jason Lanier
22. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
23. Into a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware. Gripping & well-written. Definitely recommended.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on July 26, 2018, 09:31:01 AM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
33. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
34. North by Scott and Jenny Jurek
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
37. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
38. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
39. Educated by Tara Westover
40. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

41. White Noise by Don DeLillo
42. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: bucketsofrain on July 26, 2018, 05:21:35 PM
1.) Gorilla and the Bird by Zack McDermott 4/5
2.) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 3/5
3.) Iza's Ballad by Magda Szabo 5/5
4.) The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3/5
5.) You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie 5/5
6.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 3/5
7.) A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 4/5
8.) My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris 5/5
9.) Salt Houses by Hala Alyan 5/5
10.) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle 2/5
11.) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5/5
12.) Red Winter by Anneli Furmark 4/5
13.) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 5/5
14.) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 4/5
15.) We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby 3/5
16.) What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4/5
17.) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 4/5
18.) This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 4/5
19.) This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett 4/5
20.) A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 5/5
21.) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 3/5
22.) The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez 4/5
23.) Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris 4/5
24.) What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 4/5
25.) The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky 4/5
26.) The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty 4/5
27.) A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
28.) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen 4/5
29.) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
30.) Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti 5/5
31.) The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel 4/5
32.) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti 4/5
33.) I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara 4/5
34.) Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit 5/5
35.) How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti 4/5
36.) Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard 4/5
37.) All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter 3/5
38.) Heartburn by Nora Ephron 3/5
39.) Coming to My Senses by Alice Waters 3/5
40.) Sick by Porochista Khakpour 3/5
41.) Motherhood by Sheila Heti 4/5
42.) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado 4/5
43.) Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi 4/5
44.) Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture ed. by Roxane Gay 4/5
45.) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 5/5
46.) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin 3/5
47.) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 4/5
48.) Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel 4/5
49.) A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza 5/5
50.) Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday 4/5
51.) All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva 4/5
52.) Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 5/5

I'm just going to keep going! I'm really enjoying reading so much.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on July 28, 2018, 03:35:33 PM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)
54. Why Does the World Exist? - Jim Holt (7/6/2018)
55. The Skeleton's Holiday - Leonora Carrington (7/6/2018)
56. Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin (7/10/2018)
57. The Ten Thousand Things - Maria Dermout (7/15/2018)
58. A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab (7/20/2018)
59. The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde (7/20/2018)
60. The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde (7/21/2018)

61. Slowing Down to the Speed of Life - Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (7/28/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on July 29, 2018, 08:15:05 AM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq.
17. Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Stryker.
18. Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls
19. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approah to the Good Life, by Mark Manson
20. Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Account’s Right Now, by Jason Lanier
21. Who Owns the Future?, by Jason Lanier
22. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
23. Into a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware. Gripping & well-written. Definitely recommended.
24. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: tnrunner on July 29, 2018, 03:03:51 PM
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich
3. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
4. Seamless by Angie Smith
5. High Five by Janet Evanovich
6. Hot six by Janet Evanovich
7. Seven up by Janet Evanovich
8. hard eight by janet evanovich
9. Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
10. To the nines by Janet Evanovich
11. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
12. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
13. The Lazarus Vendetta by Patrick Larkin
14. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
15. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
16. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
17. The Maze by Catherine Coulter
18. The Silenced by Heather Graham
19. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen
20. The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
21. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
22. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
23. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
24. The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner
25. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
26. Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
27. The Partner by John Grisham
28. Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell
29. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
30. Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
31. Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
32. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
33. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

34. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on July 30, 2018, 04:36:08 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)
54. Why Does the World Exist? - Jim Holt (7/6/2018)
55. The Skeleton's Holiday - Leonora Carrington (7/6/2018)
56. Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin (7/10/2018)
57. The Ten Thousand Things - Maria Dermout (7/15/2018)
58. A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab (7/20/2018)
59. The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde (7/20/2018)
60. The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde (7/21/2018)
61. Slowing Down to the Speed of Life - Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (7/28/2018)

62. Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty (7/29/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: jeninco on July 30, 2018, 11:00:54 AM

1. An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sachs
2. Song of the Quarkbeast, Fford
3. David and Goliath, Gladwell
4. Why Buddhism is True, Wright
5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
6. B is for Burglar, Sue Grafton
7. Siddhartha, Hesse
8. Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Harari
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,  Haddon. Talked about this with a high school student on my way out of tutoring last week, and grabbed it to (re-) read so I can ask him about it more next week. Love it!
10. Glass Houses (librarian recommendation when I asked for something lightweight)
11. Lavinia, Le Guin
12. Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card (Yuck)
13. Debt Free U (I liked it! Lots of good ideas and perspective in here.)
14. Fledgling, Octavia Butler (loved it!)
15. How to Tame a Fox, Dugakin (also very good, especially in tandem with #14)
16. Lab Girl, Jahren (BJ, I loved it, although I see how various parts could slow one down...)
17. Grocery, Ruhlman LOVED IT! How did our food system get this crazy way! What can be done?
18. Hard Truth, Nevada Barr: HATED IT! I do not need to know that much about (how you imagine) the inside of the mind of a sadistic psychopath. To be fair, I've enjoyed some of her earlier books.
19. Where you go is not who you'll Be, Bruni
20. Artemis, Weir: Meh. The writing is pretty bad, and the main character sounds just like Mark Whitney, i.e. what Andy Weir probably wishes he sounds like.
21. The Leftovers, Perrotta. Saw it at the library next to something I was looking for, thought "why not." Meh.
22. When Breath Becomes Air,  Kalanithi. So well written!
23. The Essex Serpent, Perry. Meh, not what I thought it would be about.
24. Fantasyland: Recommended by a guy on a plane. Highly depressing, if you want to live in a reality-based world.
25. Between the World and Me. I had to be in the right mood, but it was awesome.
26. The Bad Ass Librarians of Timbuktu. Very cool read, especially since I had an expert in central/north African politics available to talk with after.
27. The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett
28. Going Postal, Terry Pratchett
29. The Truth, Terry Pratchett (yes, I went on a bit of a bender)
30. All the Weyrs of Pern, Ann McCaffrey
31. Assume the Worst, Carl Hiaison. Short.

32. How To Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
33. Hillbilly Elegy, JD Vance
34. A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett

About halfway through Bonk, by Mary Roach. Loving the footnotes...
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: haypug16 on July 30, 2018, 11:56:17 AM
1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood - Finished 1/14/18
2. How to Make Your Money Last by Jane Bryant Quinn - Finished 1/16/18
3. Animal Farm by George Orwell - Finished 1/20/18
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Finished 2/7/18
5. J is for Judgement by Sue Grafton - Finished 2/9/18
6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Finished 2/20/18
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Finished 3/3/18 (re-read)
8. Cress by Marissa Meyer - Finished 3/8/18 (re-read)
9. K is for Killer by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/17/18
10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Finished 3/21/18
11. L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton - Finished 3/30/18
12. Candide by Voltaire - Finished 4/6/18
13. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton - Finished 5/2/2018
14. Wild by Cheryl Strayed - Finished 5/3/2018
15. Winter by Marissa Meyer - (re-read) Finished 6/9/2018
16. N is for Noose by Sue Grafton - Finished 6/14/2018
17. Heartless by Marissa Meyer - Finished 6/27/2018
18. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Finished 7/9/2018

19. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - Currently Reading
20. Renegades by Marissa Meyer - Currently Reading



18/50 Read
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on July 30, 2018, 02:21:08 PM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
17. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
18. Where the Jews Aren't - Masha Gessen
19. A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov
20. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter - Robert K. Massie
21. Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
22. The Long Hangover - Shaun Walker
23. Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me - Teffi
24. Chernobyl: History of a Nuclear Catastrophe - Serhii Plokhy
25. Putinomics - Chris Miller
26. The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy
27. The Sword and the Shield - Christopher Andrew

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: diapasoun on July 30, 2018, 02:48:00 PM
1. Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin (library)
2. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf (library)
3. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley (library)
4. The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer (mine)
5. The Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok, trans. Ben Waggoner (mine)
6. Practical Sigil Magic, Frater U.:D.: (pdf)
7. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne Valente (library)
8. What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (library)
9. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark (library)
10. Everfair, Nisi Shawl (library)
11. Bobbed Hair and Bath-tub Gin, Marion Meade (library)
12. Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal  (mine)
13. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber (mine)
14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling with Stephen Fry (borrowed)
15. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen with Juliet Stevenson (mine)
16. Earth Power, Scott Cunningham (mine)
17. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (library)
18. Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan (mine)
19. Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (mine)
20. Beneath a Sugar Sky, Seanan McGuire (mine)
21. Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire (mine)
22. The Sky is Yours, Chandler Klang-Smith (mine)
23. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (library)
24. An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon (library)
25. Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, Jerry Belanger (library)
26. Goblin Market and Other Poems, Christina Rossetti (mine)
27. The Lamb Will Slaughter The Lion, Margaret Killjoy (library)
28. Women and Power: A Manifesto, Mary Beard (mine)

29. The Barrow Will Send What It May, Margaret Killjoy (library). A followup to the previous Killjoy book, and similarly strange and enjoyable.
30. People of the North, Matthew Goodall (mine). A Pathfinder player companion guide -- very useful for a campaign we're starting this week! Intensely short but trying to keep track of these when I read them (and I figure this helps make up for all the short stories and fanfiction I read as well...).
31. The Devourers, Indra Das (mine). Visceral, pungent, beautiful writing with a highly original shapeshifter element.
32. Reign of Winter Player's Guide, Adam Diagle (mine). Another useful Pathfinder guide.
33. Rise of the Runelords Player's Guide, Wesley Schneider (mine). Again, a useful Pathfinder guide.

Currently reading:

The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar (mine)
Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber (library), back after the recall. :)
Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly (mine)

16 library books; 18 books of my own; one borrowed book. Not too shabby a combo.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on July 31, 2018, 02:44:41 PM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq.
17. Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Stryker.
18. Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls
19. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approah to the Good Life, by Mark Manson
20. Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Account’s Right Now, by Jason Lanier
21. Who Owns the Future?, by Jason Lanier
22. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
23. Into a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware.
24. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
25. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: FireHiker on August 01, 2018, 12:09:25 PM
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read in one night since it's been 20 years and my son was reading it in school)
8. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
10. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
13. All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare (I WILL get through his complete works...eventually)
14. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia
17. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
18. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
19. Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
20. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
21. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
22. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
23. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
24. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
25. Shattered Air by Bob Madgic
26. The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot
27. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
28. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
29. The Comedy of Errors by Willliam Shakespeare
30. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
31. Eat & Run by Scott Jurek
32. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
33. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
34. North by Scott and Jenny Jurek
35. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
36. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
37. Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
38. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
39. Educated by Tara Westover
40. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
41. White Noise by Don DeLillo
42. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster

43. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: eliza on August 02, 2018, 09:02:19 AM
2018 Focus: Russia - Goal is 50 Books About Russia, Written by Russians, or Novels Set in Russia
1. The Duel - Anton Chekhov
2. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
3. The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
4. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape - Susan Richards
5. Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin's Moscow - Michael Idov
6. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
7. Russia: A Short History - Abraham Ascher
8. Hadji Murad - Leo Tolstoy
9. Russia - The Story of War - Gregory Carleton
10. The Cossacks - Leo Tolstoy
11. Red Notice - Bill Browder
12. The Invention of Russia - Arkady Ostrovsky
13. Nothing is True and Everything Is Possible - Peter Pomerantsev
14. Father Sergius and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
15. Secondhand Time - Svetlana Alexievich
16. The Man Without a Face - Masha Gessen
17. The Girl from the Metropol Hotel - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
18. Where the Jews Aren't - Masha Gessen
19. A Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov
20. The Romanovs: The Final Chapter - Robert K. Massie
21. Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
22. The Long Hangover - Shaun Walker
23. Tolstoy, Rasputin, Others, and Me - Teffi
24. Chernobyl: History of a Nuclear Catastrophe - Serhii Plokhy
25. Putinomics - Chris Miller
26. The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy
27. The Sword and the Shield - Christopher Andrew
28. Evgenii Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Bracken_Joy on August 02, 2018, 09:16:50 AM
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18
--I cannot wait until the next one. Excellent books.
2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - 1/17/18
3. Hexed - Kevin Hearne- 1/23/18
--fun short reads. Doritos for the brain. Not quite as good as Dresden, but still entertaining.
4. Hammered- Kevin Hearne- 2/9/18
--this one wasn't quite as good at the first two, but it was readable. Hope the next is better again.
5. Lab Girl- Hope Jahren- 2/24/18
--God this took me forever. It just was not compelling for me. Got better at the half way point, but just not my cup of tea. My book club all loved it, though, so maybe I'm alone on this one! I think it would be way more interesting to people who haven't worked in research before, because it'd be 'exploring an unknown life' style.
6. Tricked- Kevin Hearne- 3/2/18
7. World War Z- Max Brooks - 3/5/18
--As always (it was a reread for book club), an excellent book.
8. Trapped- Kevin Hearne - 3/12/18
9. Hunted- Kevin Hearne - 3/23/18
10. Shattered- Kevin Hearne - 4/2/18
11. Staked - Kevin Hearne - 4/11/18
12. Beseiged- Kevin Hearne- 4/17/18
13. Scourged- Kevin Hearne- 4/25/18
14. The Maze Runner- James Dashner- 5/6/18 -- This was another re-read for book club. Still a good read. I'll probably not bother to read the whole series again- the first one really is the best one.
15. A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J Maas- 5/11/18 -- It was a compelling read, but not necessarily a good read. Ended up way more romance than action bend. Supposedly the second is better though, so I'll keep going.
16. A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J Maas - 5/19/18-- Definitely was better than the previous one. Not going to make it on a top YA series list for me, but good enough I'll finish out the series.
17. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J Maas - 5/21/18 -- The best of the 3 so far I think. Less romance, more bloody fields of war. I can get behind that. =P
18. Meet the Frugalwoods - Elizabeth Willard Thames - 5/30/18 -- Good read if you're interested in them as people. Autobio, not a how-to. Fills in some timeline gaps from their blog on their life stories.
19. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - 6/3/18 -- Read for book club. It was pretty good! Definitely more on the children's lit than the YA side for most of it, but a compelling read. Easy to predict though. Still, finding myself looking forward to getting past the book group meeting so I can read the next in the series.
20. An Abundance of Katherines - John Green - 6/10/18 --Never read a John Green novel, got this for free from Buy Nothing. It was okay, not stellar. In no rush to read any of his other books. Seems like it would be great for teens feeling disconnected from their peers.
21. A Court of Frost and Starlight - Sarah J Maas - 6/19/18 - MEH. I should have stopped after the one before this.
22. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Garbiel Garcia Marquez - 6/26/18 - Not as good as I remember it. Not that my Spanish is anywhere near the level anymore I could read it untranslated =(
23. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld- 7/4/18 - Still a fun series! Read for book club.
24. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce - 7/9/18
25. In The Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce - 7/13/18
26. The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo - abandoned 50% through on 7/19/18
27. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man - Tamora Pierce - 7/16/18
28. Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce - 7/21/18

29. Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Fiskar - ~25% through. Very dense.
30. Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce - 7/28/18
31. Wolf Speaker -Tamora Pierce - 8/1/18
32. Emperor Mage - Tamora Pierce
33. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Melisande on August 04, 2018, 04:43:59 AM
1. The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy
2. The Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
4. & 5.  Mémoires d’Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
6. In the Land of the White Death by Valerian Albanov
7. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
8., 9. & 10. Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
11. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline.
12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
13. Conquistador Voices: Volume 1 — Christopher Columbus; Hernán Cortés, by Kevin H. Siepel.
14. Conquistador Voices: Volume 2 — Francisco Pizarro and his brothers; Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; Hernando de Soto by Kevin H. Siepel
15. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles .
15. & 16. La carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq.
17. Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica by Noah Stryker.
18. Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls
19. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approah to the Good Life, by Mark Manson
20. Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Account’s Right Now, by Jason Lanier
21. Who Owns the Future?, by Jason Lanier
22. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
23. Into a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware.
24. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
25. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
26. Undertow: My Escape from the Fundamentalism and Cult Control of The Way International by Charlene Edge.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Raenia on August 04, 2018, 05:11:35 AM
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
3. The 4-hour Work Week - Timothy Ferriss (1/21/2018)
4. Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg (1/23/2018)
5. Home Cheese Making - Ricki Carroll (1/25/2018)
6. A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab (1/26/2018)
7. Dead of Winter - Matt Lake, Susan Fair, Laurie Hull, H.W. Lawson, Brian Goodman (1/27/2018)
8. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (1/30/2018)
9. The Not So Big House - Sarah Susanka (2/5/2018)
10. Le Petit Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2/21/2018)
11. Purity - Jonathan Franzen (2/22/2018)
12.  Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (2/27/2018)
13. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote (3/4/2018)
14. Running & Being: The Total Experience - George Sheehan (3/7/2018)
15. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey (3/10/2018)
16. Plato's Republic - trans. C. D. C. Reeve (3/17/2018)
17. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem - Nathaniel Branden (3/21/2018)
18. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey (3/23/2018)
19. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage - Philip Pullman (3/24/2018)
20. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3/30/3018) - REREAD
21.  Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey (4/4/2018)
22. A Long Fatal Love Chase - Louisa May Alcott (4/9/2018)
23. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy - Peter Temin (4/13/2018)
24. The History of Bees - Maja Lunde (4/15/2018)
25. Cibola Burn - James S.A. Corey (4/18/2018)
26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
27. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow
28. Discourses on Livy - Niccolo Machiavelli (trans Bondanella)
29. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
30. Tomorrow's Eve - Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (trans Robert Martin Adams)
31. Last Speakers - K. David Harrison
32. Of Dogs and Walls - Yuko Tsushima (4/28/2018)
33. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (5/3/2018)
34. Nemesis Games - James S.A. Corey (5/15/2018)
35. Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer - Wendell Berry (5/15/2018)
36. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd (5/18/2018)
37. Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day - Becky Rapinchuk (5/19/2018)
38. The Masked CIty - Genevieve Cogman (5/20/2018)
39. Beauty and the Werewolf - Mercedes Lackey (5/24/2018) - REREAD
40. The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman (5/26/2018)
41. Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House - Cheryl Mendelson (5/28/2018)
42. Anna and the King of Siam - Margaret Landon (6/1/2018)
43. The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman (6/2/2018)
44. Night - Elie Wiesel (6/2/2018)
45. Babylon's Ashes - James S.A. Corey (6/9/2018)
46. Primary Inversion - Catherine Asaro (6/14/2018)
47. Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing - Joe Domanick (6/16/2018)
48. The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House - Audre Lorde (6/17/2018)
49. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (6/17/2018)
50. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey (6/22/2018)
51. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History - Robert Darnton (7/1/2018)
52. The Three Electro-Knights - Stanislaw Lem (7/2/2018)
53. A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab (7/3/2018)
54. Why Does the World Exist? - Jim Holt (7/6/2018)
55. The Skeleton's Holiday - Leonora Carrington (7/6/2018)
56. Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin (7/10/2018)
57. The Ten Thousand Things - Maria Dermout (7/15/2018)
58. A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab (7/20/2018)
59. The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde (7/20/2018)
60. The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde (7/21/2018)
61. Slowing Down to the Speed of Life - Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (7/28/2018)
62. Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty (7/29/2018)

63. Valor - Isabelle Melancon & Megan Lavey-Heaton (8/3/2018)
64. All Tomorrow's Parties - William Gibson (8/3/2018)
65. Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson (8/5/2018) - REREAD
66. Firefight - Brandon Sanderson (8/5/2018) - REREAD
67. Calamity - Brandon Sanderson (8/5/2018)
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2018!
Post by: Serendip on August 05, 2018, 09:47:27 AM
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright) *IMO very good!