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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #200 on: February 25, 2019, 09:10:14 AM »
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling and Stephen Fry (borrowed)
2. Wisp of a Thing, Alex Bledsoe (library)
3. The 2018 Best American Essays, ed. Hilton Als (mine)
4. The Language Instinct, Stephen Pinker (mine)
5. Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre (library)
6. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (mine)
7. Long Black Curl, Alex Bledsoe (library)

8. The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (borrowed). This is possibly the best book I will read this year. Oh my word.

I am now at 3/15 for pre-2019 books.

Currently reading:

Americanah, Chimimanda Adichie (mine)
Kindred: The Graphic Novel, Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings (borrowed)
My System, J.P. Muller (online)
Veganomicon, Isa Chandra (library)

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #201 on: February 26, 2019, 12:11:20 PM »
1. Squeezed - Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
2. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
4. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
5. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
6. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
8. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Brandon Hobson
9. American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
10. It Was All a Dream by Reniqua Allen
11. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
12. American Hate: Survivors Speak Out edited by Arjun Singh Sethi
13. Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve Ewing

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« Reply #202 on: February 26, 2019, 02:00:25 PM »
1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
3. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah
4. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin
5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
6. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
7. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
8. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
10. A World of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin
11.The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne
12. Circe by Madeline Miller

13. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #203 on: February 26, 2019, 10:07:23 PM »
1. Laini Taylor - Strange the Dreamer
2. JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
3. Drew Hayes - Siege Tactics
4. Charlie Holmberg - Smoke & Summons
5. Barry Eisler - The Killer Collective
6. Sarah Andersen - Adulthood Is A Myth
7. Lydia Kang - A Beautiful Poison
8. Laini Taylor - Muse of Nightmares
9. Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen - Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
10. Michelle Obama - Becoming

Really enjoyed this one! And the NYPL has about a billion copies of the e-book, so the wait isn't long at all, if you're in NYC.

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #204 on: February 26, 2019, 10:39:09 PM »
(1) Becoming by Michelle Obama
(2) The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
(3) Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
(4) Just Kids by Patti Smith
(5) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
(6) The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

(7) Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #205 on: February 27, 2019, 05:38:44 AM »
1. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts
2. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
3. The Geneva Strategy by Jamie Freveletti
4. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
5. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
6. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
7. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
8. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich

9. The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
10. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #206 on: February 28, 2019, 04:20:10 PM »
Here's my February list of books read. I really like the idea of starring books that we particularly enjoyed! So I'll try to do that from here on out.

15. Sneed B. Collard’s Warblers & Woodpeckers: a father-son big year of birding
* 16. Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater
17. Mary Robinette Kowal’s Ghost Talkers
18. Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels
19. Gavin Van Horn’s The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds
20. Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (audiobook)
21. Dara Horn’s Eternal Life
* 22. Martha Well’s All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries Part One) (audiobook)

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #207 on: February 28, 2019, 05:51:41 PM »
I didn't do quite as well as lentil, but I did read seven books last month. This month will be less than that.

1. The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
2. Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
3. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
4. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
5. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
6. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
7. The Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
8. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
9. Rocannon's World by Ursula LeGuin
10. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
11. Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton
12. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin. Accidentally found an audio play version of this so I need to go back and do the real book eventually.
13. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
14. Dungeon Born by Dakota Krout
15. A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor *
16. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis *
17. Walkable City by Jeff Speck

A good month. More than last month, less than a lentil...

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #208 on: February 28, 2019, 09:26:32 PM »
11. Robyn Carr, The Best of Us
12.  Victoria Gilbert, Past Due for Murder
13.  Amy Silverstein, My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
14.  Sally Andrew, The Satanic Mechanic
15.  Tarquin Hall, The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #209 on: March 01, 2019, 07:18:47 AM »
It's so fun to do a monthly recap! I have had my nose to the grind stone at work and have started up classes again, so I will be starting to slow down for the semester... (I think. LOL)

Of these, 8 were partially read previously that I completed. I am still not fully following through on completing all of the projects started, but am making great progress on this. With so many learning opportunities out there, it's hard to stay focused to really move the needle as opposed to making a little progress in a lot of things.

5 books were technology related and some called out in the Odin Project--so headway on this front as well. Yippee!!!

24   Wisdom of Walt      
25   Emotional Design - Norman      
26   Javascript and jQuery - Duckett      
27   When to Jump - Lewis      
28   Measure What Matters - Doerr      
29   The LifeTime Learner's Guide to Reading - Hoover      
30   Rook's Guide to C++ - Hansen      
31   Principles - Dalio   ***Very dense book and a fascinating look into his life/business philosophy.   
32   Joy on Demand - Tan      
33   Minimalist Home - Becker      
34   Creative Quest - QuestLove      
35   The Secret Letters of the Monk who Sold Ferrari - Sharma      
36   Learn to Code HTML and CSS - Howe      
37   Dive into HTML5 - Priest      
38   Barking to the Choir - Boyle      
39   Ghost in the Wires - Mitnick   ****Starting to learn networking, so it was interesting from a historical perspective

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #210 on: March 01, 2019, 09:40:22 AM »
1. The Fix David Baldacci
2. Die Trying, Lee Child
3. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
4. Cod, Mark Kurlansky (Author of Salt)
5. The Lions of Lucerne, Brad Thor
6. The Black Scorpion Pilot, Lawrence A. Colby
7. Without Fail, Lee Child
8. The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi
9. Persuader, Lee Child
10. The Assassin, Brad Thor
11. The Enemy, Lee Child
12. The Hard Way, Lee Child
13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
14. Bad Luck and Trouble, Lee Child
15. Nothing to Lose, Lee Child
16. Denial, Holocaust History on Trial, Deborah E. Lipstadt
17. Gone Tomorrow, Lee Child

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #211 on: March 02, 2019, 02:27:11 PM »
1) 21 Questions for the 21st Century--Yuval Noah Harari
2) Braving the Wilderness--Brene Brown
3) Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility At Work and In Life--Lea Berman & Jeremy Bernard
4) Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World--Cal Newport
5) The Course of Love--Alain de Botton *fiction
6) Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness--Melissa Dahl
7) Do Not Say We Have Nothing--Madeline Thien   *fiction
8) Designing Your Life: How To Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life--Bill Burnett & Dave Evans
9) No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters--Ursula Le Guin  *essays
10) We Should All Be Feminists--Chimamanda Adichie  *short essay
11) Mindfulness in Plain English--Bhante Gunaratana
12) NeuroTribes : The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity--Steve Silberman
13) The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty--Soetu Yanagi, Bernard Leach

working on
14) My Year of Meats--Ruth Ozeki *fiction

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #212 on: March 02, 2019, 08:15:31 PM »
1. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine (Gail Honeyman).
2. The Children Act (Ian McEwan)
3. Less (Andrew Sean Greer)
4. Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie)

5. Milkwood: Real skills for down-to-earth living (Kristin Bradley and Nick Ritar)
6. The Round House (Louise Erdrich)

Urgh, it's March and I've fallen behind.  I've had many thousands of pages of non-book reading for my volunteer gig over the past month. More to come, but it should be more manageable now and  I'm hopeful that I'll be back in the mood for more personal reading.

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #213 on: March 03, 2019, 01:46:27 AM »
I just read How Not To Die. Eye-opening stuff regardless of your eating habits. He has a podcast that breaks the entire book into digestible sections by topic.

Finished reading HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban with my wife. Starting on the Woman in the Window with her.

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« Reply #214 on: March 03, 2019, 11:07:01 AM »
(1) Becoming by Michelle Obama
(2) The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
(3) Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
(4) Just Kids by Patti Smith
(5) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
(6) The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer
(7) Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

(8) Children of God by Mary Doria Russell

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #215 on: March 03, 2019, 03:49:59 PM »
1. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts
2. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
3. The Geneva Strategy by Jamie Freveletti
4. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
5. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
6. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
7. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
8. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
9. The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
10. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

11. Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #216 on: March 03, 2019, 06:57:35 PM »


1. Cross the Line James Patterson
2. Diary of a wimpy Kid: The Meltdown. Reading with my 7yo, still counts right😃
3. Spark John Ratey
4. Born to Run Christopher McDougall
5. The Night Child Anna Quinn
6. Endure Alex Hutchinson
7. Sold on A Monday Kristina McMorris
8. The Runaway Species Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman in progress

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #217 on: March 03, 2019, 07:04:30 PM »
1. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter: Carson McCullers
2. The End We Start From: Meghan Hunter
3. Friday Black: Nana Kwame Adjeli-Orenyah
4. The Fifth Season: N.K. Jemisin
5. Asymmetry: Lisa Halladay
6. Whiskey When We're Dry: John Larison
7. Stone Mattress: Margret Atwood

Not quite on track for 50- but stretching for it

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« Reply #218 on: March 04, 2019, 10:39:17 AM »
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling and Stephen Fry (borrowed)
2. Wisp of a Thing, Alex Bledsoe (library)
3. The 2018 Best American Essays, ed. Hilton Als (mine)
4. The Language Instinct, Stephen Pinker (mine)
5. Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre (library)
6. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (mine)
7. Long Black Curl, Alex Bledsoe (library)
8. The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (borrowed)

9. Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, ed. Ann Hood (library). A nice, easy set of essays, all revolving around knitting.

I am now at 3/15 for pre-2019 books.

Currently reading:

Americanah, Chimimanda Adichie (mine)
Kindred: The Graphic Novel, Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings (borrowed)
My System, J.P. Muller (online)
Veganomicon, Isa Chandra (library)
Chapel of Ease, Alex Bledsoe (library)
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (library)

I need to finally finish a few of these long-standing books...

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #219 on: March 04, 2019, 09:40:09 PM »
1. Laini Taylor - Strange the Dreamer
2. JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
3. Drew Hayes - Siege Tactics
4. Charlie Holmberg - Smoke & Summons
5. Barry Eisler - The Killer Collective
6. Sarah Andersen - Adulthood Is A Myth
7. Lydia Kang - A Beautiful Poison
8. Laini Taylor - Muse of Nightmares
9. Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen - Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
10. Michelle Obama - Becoming

11. Deborah Harkness - A Discovery of Witches

Enjoyed this one a lot, too. Another one where my local library only has the first book in the trilogy in ebook form, though :-/

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #220 on: March 05, 2019, 10:20:27 AM »
1. Infernal Devices - Philip Reeve - 1/3/18
2. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari - 1/12/18 - UGH. Great subject, TERRIBLE execution. 200 pages of content in 430 pages of endless fucking lists and artificial dichotomies. Will never be reading another book from this author. He needs an editor to take the wind out of his (verbose, tedious, pedantic, excessive) sails
3. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind - Dana White - 1/21/19
4. A Darkling Plain - Philip Reeve - 1/22/19
5. Woman on Fire - Amy Jo Goddard - 2/11/19 - fucking AWFUL. I don't think I'm the target audience. I found it incredibly condescending and reductionist and self-righteous. It was for book club. Hate that I even had to finish it!
6. Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin - 2/19/19 - great. I highly recommend it.

7. The Female Persuasion - Meg Wolitzer - 3/1/19- actually a pretty solid read! Kept me engaged. Not my usual by any means (it was for book club), but not an annoyance read either.
8. The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner - in progress

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« Reply #221 on: March 05, 2019, 10:53:18 AM »
1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
3. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah
4. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin
5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
6. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
7. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
8. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
10. A World of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin
11.The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne
12. Circe by Madeline Miller
13. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

14. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
15. The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #222 on: March 05, 2019, 02:19:12 PM »


1. Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
2. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
3. The Power if Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (audio book)
4. A Little Life by Hanya Yanaginara
5. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (audio book)
6. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
7. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
8 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (audio book) - Thanks to those who recommended this earlier!
8. Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (for book club)
9. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy (audio book)

I am a bit behind where I would like to be and where I was at this point last year. Hoping I can catch up!

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #223 on: March 05, 2019, 04:02:36 PM »
I loved the Joe Abercrombie First Law series! What did you think of Best Served Cold?

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« Reply #224 on: March 06, 2019, 09:12:01 AM »
1. Lands Of Lost Borders: Biking Out Of Bounds On The Silk Road by Harris, Kate
2. The Spinning Magnet: The Force That Created the Modern World and Could Destroy It by Mitchell, Alanna
3. Lines on A Map: Unparalleled Adventures in Modern Exploration by Wolf, Frank
4. With Blood Upon the Sand by Beaulieu, Bradley P.
5. The Gender Game by Forrest, Bella
6. Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership With A Search-and-rescue Dog by Charleson, Susannah
7. Designing your Life: How to Build A Well-lived, Joyful Life by Burnett, William
8. Alone Against the North: An Expedition Into the Unknown by Shoalts, Adam
9. Strange Dogs by Corey, James S. A.
10. Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion by Williams, James S.

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« Reply #225 on: March 06, 2019, 06:32:33 PM »
1. World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down - Christian McEwen (1/3/2019)
2. The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach (1/5/2019)
3. The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson (1/7/2019) - REREAD
4. Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo (1/10/2019)
5. Skyward - Brandon Sanderson (1/12/2019)
6. Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal (1/12/2019)
7. The Song of Roland - trans. Patricia Terry (1/19/2019)
8. The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah (1/26/2019).
9. Fantastic Mr. Fox - Roald Dahl (1/26/2019) - REREAD
10. Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds - Brandon Sanderson (1/27/2019)
11. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment - Robert Wright (2/4/2019).
12. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood (2/15/2019)
13. Never Broken: Songs are Only Half the Story - Jewel (2/17/2019)
14. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (2/18/2019)
15. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing - Hank Green (2/20/2019)

16. Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas (2/22/2019)
17. An Everlasting Meal: Cooking WIth Economy and Grace - Tamar Adler (2/26/2019)
18. Divergent - Veronica Roth (2/28/2019)
19. White Rose Black Forest - Eoin Dempsey (2/28/2019)
20. Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too - Beth Terry (03/06/2019)

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #226 on: March 06, 2019, 11:15:30 PM »
(1) Becoming by Michelle Obama
(2) The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
(3) Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki
(4) Just Kids by Patti Smith
(5) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
(6) The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer
(7) Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
(8) Children of God by Mary Doria Russell

(9) The North Water by Ian McGuire

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #227 on: March 09, 2019, 09:20:58 AM »
1. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts
2. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
3. The Geneva Strategy by Jamie Freveletti
4. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
5. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
6. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
7. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
8. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
9. The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
10. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
11. Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton

12. Into the Mist by David Britt

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #228 on: March 09, 2019, 10:54:18 AM »
I loved the Joe Abercrombie First Law series! What did you think of Best Served Cold?

This was my first Joe Abercrombie, and I thought it was good, but not great. I was disappointed that for a fantasy novel, it seemed to lack fantastical elements, other than beong in a world of his creation. It is my understanding though that the First Law books may have more of that, and I do intend to read those as well at some point!

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #229 on: March 09, 2019, 04:37:13 PM »
1. Squeezed - Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
2. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
4. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
5. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
6. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
8. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Brandon Hobson
9. American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
10. It Was All a Dream by Reniqua Allen
11. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
12. American Hate: Survivors Speak Out edited by Arjun Singh Sethi
13. Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve Ewing
14. Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
15. Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal by Alexandra Natapoff
16. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #230 on: March 09, 2019, 05:11:31 PM »
I loved the Joe Abercrombie First Law series! What did you think of Best Served Cold?

This was my first Joe Abercrombie, and I thought it was good, but not great. I was disappointed that for a fantasy novel, it seemed to lack fantastical elements, other than beong in a world of his creation. It is my understanding though that the First Law books may have more of that, and I do intend to read those as well at some point!
Definitely try the first law trilogy. It's the same world as Best Served Cold but the characters and narrative are both much more compelling IMO

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« Reply #231 on: March 09, 2019, 09:47:50 PM »
1. Laini Taylor - Strange the Dreamer
2. JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
3. Drew Hayes - Siege Tactics
4. Charlie Holmberg - Smoke & Summons
5. Barry Eisler - The Killer Collective
6. Sarah Andersen - Adulthood Is A Myth
7. Lydia Kang - A Beautiful Poison
8. Laini Taylor - Muse of Nightmares
9. Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen - Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
10. Michelle Obama - Becoming
11. Deborah Harkness - A Discovery of Witches

12. Lisa Goldstein - The Red Magician

I think this was categorized under "young adult," since it was pretty short and did a good job of making a Holocaust story not completely horrific to read. (Which is good 'cause I'm a little fragile these days.) I liked the first half a lot more the the second half but overall a decent read.

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« Reply #232 on: March 10, 2019, 06:15:55 AM »
18. 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson
19. 61 Hours, Lee Child

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« Reply #233 on: March 10, 2019, 01:22:12 PM »
1. Squeezed - Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
2. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
4. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
5. The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah
6. We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
8. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Brandon Hobson
9. American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer
10. It Was All a Dream by Reniqua Allen
11. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
12. American Hate: Survivors Speak Out edited by Arjun Singh Sethi
13. Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve Ewing
14. Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold
15. Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal by Alexandra Natapoff
16. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof
17. Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises by Rebecca Solnit

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #234 on: March 11, 2019, 12:10:08 PM »
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling and Stephen Fry (borrowed)
2. Wisp of a Thing, Alex Bledsoe (library)
3. The 2018 Best American Essays, ed. Hilton Als (mine)
4. The Language Instinct, Stephen Pinker (mine)
5. Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre (library)
6. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (mine)
7. Long Black Curl, Alex Bledsoe (library)
8. The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (borrowed)
9. Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, ed. Ann Hood (library)

10. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (mine). A light, easy mystery that everyone knows. :)
11. Chapel of Ease, Alex Bledsoe (library). Another enjoyable novel in the Tufa series.

I am at 3/15 for pre-2019 books.

Currently reading:

Americanah, Chimimanda Adichie (mine)
Kindred: The Graphic Novel, Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings (borrowed)
My System, J.P. Muller (online)
Veganomicon, Isa Moskovitz (library)
Gather Her Round, Alex Bledsoe (library)

I think I need to dig in and not start any new books until I have these ones done; otherwise they're just going to lurk forever. That needs to be this week's project, I think.

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #235 on: March 12, 2019, 12:54:46 PM »
1. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts
2. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
3. The Geneva Strategy by Jamie Freveletti
4. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
5. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
6. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
7. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
8. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
9. The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
10. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
11. Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton
12. Into the Mist by David Britt

13. Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #236 on: March 13, 2019, 11:52:29 AM »
1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
3. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah
4. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin
5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
6. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
7. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
8. The Pearl by John Steinbeck
9. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
10. A World of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin
11.The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne
12. Circe by Madeline Miller
13. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
14. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
15. The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

16. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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« Reply #237 on: March 13, 2019, 11:55:48 AM »
That's a great-looking set of books, FireHiker. I loved the Adventures a lot. :)

How do you like Madeline Miller? I've been thinking about picking up her books.

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #238 on: March 13, 2019, 12:13:26 PM »
1. Laini Taylor - Strange the Dreamer
2. JK Rowling - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
3. Drew Hayes - Siege Tactics
4. Charlie Holmberg - Smoke & Summons
5. Barry Eisler - The Killer Collective
6. Sarah Andersen - Adulthood Is A Myth
7. Lydia Kang - A Beautiful Poison
8. Laini Taylor - Muse of Nightmares
9. Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen - Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
10. Michelle Obama - Becoming
11. Deborah Harkness - A Discovery of Witches
12. Lisa Goldstein - The Red Magician

13. Shea Ernshaw - The Wicked Deep

That was a really fun read... and for a change I wasn't disappointed in the ending :-)

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #239 on: March 14, 2019, 01:34:07 PM »
1. A Very Large Expanse at Sea by Tahereh Mafi. (YA fiction about an American teenage girl post 9/11 - who happens to be Muslim.)
2. City of My Dreams (Mina drömmars stad) by Per Anders Fogelström. (Swedish classic. Absolutely brilliant. Why have I not read this before? Luckily it is the first part of a series.)
3. Children of Their City (Barn av sin stad) by Per Anders Fogelström. (Second book in the series. Life in the 19th century was not easy for workers in Sweden. Hence the emigration to the US. Not uplifting but a really good read.)
4. Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo. (About the Swedish immigrants to the US in the 19th century. Too long but interesting).
5. We have to stop meeting like this (Vi måste sluta mötas på det här sättet) by Johanna Lindbäck and Lisa Bjärbo. (Feel good lit. Sometimes just what February requires.)
6. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. (This might be the best novel of the year. Yes, it is that good.)
7. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler. (A solid read.)
8. We are okay by Nina LaCour. (YA fiction about loss.)

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« Reply #240 on: March 16, 2019, 08:43:40 AM »
1. Infernal Devices - Philip Reeve - 1/3/18
2. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari - 1/12/18 - UGH. Great subject, TERRIBLE execution. 200 pages of content in 430 pages of endless fucking lists and artificial dichotomies. Will never be reading another book from this author. He needs an editor to take the wind out of his (verbose, tedious, pedantic, excessive) sails
3. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind - Dana White - 1/21/19
4. A Darkling Plain - Philip Reeve - 1/22/19
5. Woman on Fire - Amy Jo Goddard - 2/11/19 - fucking AWFUL. I don't think I'm the target audience. I found it incredibly condescending and reductionist and self-righteous. It was for book club. Hate that I even had to finish it!
6. Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin - 2/19/19 - great. I highly recommend it.
7. The Female Persuasion - Meg Wolitzer - 3/1/19- actually a pretty solid read! Kept me engaged. Not my usual by any means (it was for book club), but not an annoyance read either.

8. The Thief - Megan Whalen Turner - 3/10/19
9. The Queen of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner - 3/15/19
10. The King of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner - in progress

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #241 on: March 16, 2019, 10:39:29 AM »
1. A Very Large Expanse at Sea by Tahereh Mafi. (YA fiction about an American teenage girl post 9/11 - who happens to be Muslim.)
2. City of My Dreams (Mina drömmars stad) by Per Anders Fogelström. (Swedish classic. Absolutely brilliant. Why have I not read this before? Luckily it is the first part of a series.)
3. Children of Their City (Barn av sin stad) by Per Anders Fogelström. (Second book in the series. Life in the 19th century was not easy for workers in Sweden. Hence the emigration to the US. Not uplifting but a really good read.)
4. Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo. (About the Swedish immigrants to the US in the 19th century. Too long but interesting).
5. We have to stop meeting like this (Vi måste sluta mötas på det här sättet) by Johanna Lindbäck and Lisa Bjärbo. (Feel good lit. Sometimes just what February requires.)
6. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. (This might be the best novel of the year. Yes, it is that good.)
7. A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler. (A solid read.)
8. We are okay by Nina LaCour. (YA fiction about loss.)
9. Arv och Miljö (Wills and Testaments) by Vigdis Hjorth. (Norwegian contemporary novel about childhood and family, courage and denial.)

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« Reply #242 on: March 16, 2019, 02:33:32 PM »
1. Born in Shame by Nora Roberts
2. The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
3. The Geneva Strategy by Jamie Freveletti
4. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein
5. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
6. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
7. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
8. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
9. The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum
10. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
11. Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton
12. Into the Mist by David Britt
13. Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

14. Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
15. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

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Re: 50 Books in 2019!
« Reply #243 on: March 16, 2019, 07:12:32 PM »
Ugh I am doing a bad job at this challenge. Just finished my 3rd book, starting my 4th.

1. Winter- Rick Bass
2. Pro Cycling on $10 a Day- Phil Gaimon
3. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage- Alfred Lansing
4. Homegoing- Yaa Gyasi - in progress

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« Reply #244 on: March 16, 2019, 09:01:22 PM »
6. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.

A short self help book on how to prioritise and get things done. It's a re-read but I needed a refresher..

I am very behind.

7. Her pretty face by Robyn Harding - easy read, not great, unbelievable characters.
8. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena - this was my first audiobook and I don't know if that affected my enjoyment! Wasn't that taken with it but I did get a little bit gripped. It's a sort of thriller but the narrator's voice was a bit off-putting, sounded like she was reading a kids' book. It's by the author of The Couple Next Door which my friend had recommended but that was taken at the library so I went with this one.

If I do another audiobook I think I'll make it a non-fiction. 

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« Reply #245 on: March 17, 2019, 05:09:22 AM »
20. The Affair, Lee Child
21. Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

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« Reply #246 on: Today at 05:17:18 AM »
9. Falling by Jane Green - It started out being a warm romance story which is what I needed and then it had an emotional twist which I didn't need. It's not a bad book though.

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« Reply #247 on: Today at 02:02:46 PM »
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling and Stephen Fry (borrowed)
2. Wisp of a Thing, Alex Bledsoe (library)
3. The 2018 Best American Essays, ed. Hilton Als (mine)
4. The Language Instinct, Stephen Pinker (mine)
5. Dreamsnake, Vonda McIntyre (library)
6. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (mine)
7. Long Black Curl, Alex Bledsoe (library)
8. The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (borrowed)
9. Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, ed. Ann Hood (library)
10. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (mine)
11. Chapel of Ease, Alex Bledsoe (library)

12. Veganomicon, Isa Moskovitz (library). What a freaking great cookbook -- really valuable for anyone who's new to vegetarian/vegan cooking or just wants more veggie-focused recipes in their life!
13. Gather Her Round, Alex Bledsoe (library). I enjoyed this one a lot. I really like the novels in this series that are written from a Tufa perspective -- interesting and fun.

I am at 3/15 for pre-2019 books.

Currently reading:

I've whittled down on my currently reading! The goal is to finish two of the following this week....

Americanah, Chimimanda Adichie (mine)
Kindred: The Graphic Novel, Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings (borrowed)
My System, J.P. Muller (online)