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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #50 on: January 15, 2023, 08:27:11 AM »
Hi All

I am joining in on this challenge

1.Life is Long  - Karen Salmansohn
2.The comfort book - Matt Haig

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #51 on: January 15, 2023, 02:35:44 PM »
Hello everyone.  My first post! 

1.  Youíll Never Guess What Happened To Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
2.  Don Quixote - I just started it and  I wonít get to 50 if I continue reading books of this length

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #52 on: January 15, 2023, 03:17:13 PM »
Last year I only made it to 20, out of my goal of 25. Following along for inspiration.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #53 on: January 15, 2023, 04:15:51 PM »
Welcome @mountainmama @AMStache & @Wanttobehome !

1) Also A Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, And Me by Ada Calhoun
2) Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (fiction)
3) On Beauty by Zadie Smith (fiction, bookclub)
4) The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean

recently finished/reading
5) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
6) Fight Night by Miriam Toews (fiction) --really enjoyed this one. Child perspective but insightful, unique style. I laugh cried at the end..maybe I was just tired but it felt emotional :)


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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #54 on: January 16, 2023, 01:35:04 PM »


Nations and Nationalism Since 1780 by Eric Hobsbawm

I've got a few books about nationalism from the library from different aspects (see book choice 4) and the modernist\Marxist perspective is an important one.  I read the author for A Level, the last 2 years of high school in the UK, and it's easier to see the Marxism shine through than it was then - and as this book was written in the late 1980s when it was all about to collapse I suspect this is less Marxist than the books I read.  Don't really agree with him about nationalism which he's sniffy about as I see a much closer link between nationalism and democracy and while Hobsbawm isn't sure he approves of either, he certainly doesn't see much of a link.  And all the class analysis really does look like he's fitting the facts to the theory even when it's clear he now doubts the theory to which he devoted his life.  Some nice anecdotes and illustrations though.

The Construction of Nationhood by Adrian Hastings

Marxists apparently argue that nationalism wasn't a big factor until the late eighteenth century.  Then you had capitalism and the bourgeoise going up and if not inventing, but "imagining" nations.  Hobsbawm, my previous author almost argues that.  As does Benedict Anderson who I'm reading alongside this book.  There are some massive gaps that they try to adapt for.  This book argues against that, and that a lot of European nations were nations as well as states in medieval times and were almost fully formed by the late eighteenth century.  The French didn't become a recognisably French nation just before the French Revolution.  This gives plenty of examples.  It's also shot through with a Christian argument that Christianity made different nations more acceptable and provided church structures that didn't just constrict growing nationalism but also gave it form.  I can see his point but not sure I buy it as much as I bought the idea that nations were robust solid entities before 1750.  It's not just because I reject the Marxist straightjacket on history, it's more fundamental.  I can read what Shakespeare says about St Crispin's Day or This sceptered isle.


Completed two (and re-anchored my quotes)

Fenland Chronicle: Recollections of William Henry And Kate Mary Edwards Collected And Edited By Their Daughter by Sybil Marshall 

Was on holiday near the fens (would lose some Mustachian points) and picked this up.  Not my normal fare, but it was an entertaining oral history - almost certainly embellished by the author but still quite nice for all that.  There's something that's both deeply English but still quite alien about the Fens (Imperial Mud: The Fight for the Fens by James Boyce is a fun, if not entirely convincing, reading of Fen life as an anti-colonial struggle).  The recollections are sometimes as far back as the late Victorian times so there is a real glimpse of poverty - but also some things that probably wouldn't make a similar book these days such as an argument FOR domestic service and some strong arguments for "chapel" morality.

Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope

I absolutely adored a BBC box set of "The Pallisers" a few years ago, but mainly for the view of mid Victorian politics.  In that sense Can You Forgive Her was thin gruel.  There were some scenes (particularly the chapter on the Chelsea by-election and the constant presence of the "parliamentary agent") but it was mostly about girly things like feelings and marriage and stuff.  It was well written enough to endure it and I'm on to my next novel in the series.  I decided to listen to the Librivox audiobooks of the novels, as far as I can bear them, instead of my diet of podcasts.  If you can deal with variation of readers (and so ability) Librivox is a very good value at free and there is an enormous selection.  It also helps me with my goal.

I will be slowing down for the next few weeks as I've got to finally face up to an exam.

1.  Deep South by Paul Theroux
2.  Money and Power by Vince Cable
3.  Cavour by Evelyn Cesaresco
4.  This Sovereign Isle by Robert Tombs
5.  The Glorious Revolution by Eveline Cruickshanks
6.  Return to Essentials by G R Elton
7.  Nations and Nationalism Since 1780 by Eric Hobsbawm
8.  The Construction of Nationhood by Adrian Hastings
9.  Fenland Chronicle by Sybil Marshall 
10. Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #55 on: January 16, 2023, 02:11:05 PM »

1. Survival of the Thickest by Michelle Buteau
2. Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas
3. Longbourn by Jo Baker
4. Atomic Habits by James Clear
5. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay (accidental reread according to my kindle)
6. Good Food Bad Diet by Abby Langer

7. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
8. Designing Your Life by by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
9. The House With the Golden Door by Elodie Harper
10. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
11. Desperation in Death by JD Robb

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #56 on: January 16, 2023, 07:20:29 PM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland

5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #57 on: January 17, 2023, 04:55:19 AM »
I'm joining too this year.  So far in 2023 I have read:

1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (I loved this book)
2. ADHD 2.0 by Dr. Ned Hallowell

I'm currently reading "Ten Steps to Nanette" by Hannah Gadsby

On my queue I have:

Heat, Salt, Acid, Fat by Samin Nosrat
My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan
The Families that Made Rome by Anthony Majanlahti
Fonteamara by Ignazio Silone (in Italian)
Se questo e' un uomo (If this is a Man) by Primo Levi (in Italian)

I guess I've been reading a lot of non fiction, autobiographies and history.  I also want to start reading some more 'litarary' books in Italian, my second langauge.
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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #58 on: January 19, 2023, 09:14:55 AM »
1: Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson
2: BjÝrnstad, by Fredrik Backman.

3: Vi mot dere (We against you) by Fredrik Backman.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #59 on: January 19, 2023, 04:33:25 PM »

Quote from: Frankies Girl

1. The Magpie Lord: Charm of Magpies (book 1) by KJ Charles
2. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (audiobook)



COMPLETED

3. Leech by Hiron Ennes
I really wanted to like this. It just... gah. I love horror, I love gothicy gory or whatever, so it's not that. The premise of this book was intriguing and there are some strongly positive reviews out there. But the writing style just seemed scattershot and I lost the thread of the story several times and not because it was too complicated or anything. Just seemed more difficult to immerse myself if that makes any sense. The ending sort of left me flat too, and there were some characters that just faded off without any resolution. It might just be me being picky tho.



IN PROGRESS

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series)
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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #60 on: January 19, 2023, 07:47:27 PM »
1. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. Welcome to the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
3. Rules at the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
4. When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

5. The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
6. Rachel to the Rescue by Elinor Lipman
7. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

DNF
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Hero of this Book by Elizabeth McCracken

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #61 on: January 19, 2023, 08:23:17 PM »
I am doing only  12 books for the year. And by that I mean, I will read 12 books from beginning to end.

In order to make up that 12, I skim, dip into bits, or throw many aside. I might open 50 books  but Iím not gonna read 50 books.

Will anyone here admit to buying Spare  and reading it? I bought it and finished it in 48 hours.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #62 on: January 19, 2023, 09:09:52 PM »
I am doing only  12 books for the year. And by that I mean, I will read 12 books from beginning to end.

In order to make up that 12, I skim, dip into bits, or throw many aside. I might open 50 books  but Iím not gonna read 50 books.

Will anyone here admit to buying Spare  and reading it? I bought it and finished it in 48 hours.

It is on my library list and I am very excited to read it! That dude seems like therapy has been really good for him and I'd like to read about it :) Hope it was a good read.

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« Reply #63 on: January 19, 2023, 09:17:50 PM »
I am doing only  12 books for the year. And by that I mean, I will read 12 books from beginning to end.

In order to make up that 12, I skim, dip into bits, or throw many aside. I might open 50 books  but Iím not gonna read 50 books.

Will anyone here admit to buying Spare  and reading it? I bought it and finished it in 48 hours.

It is on my library list and I am very excited to read it! That dude seems like therapy has been really good for him and I'd like to read about it :) Hope it was a good read.

I have a friend who is going to read it and give me all the dirt.  She promises to update me in her best British accent.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #64 on: January 19, 2023, 11:20:38 PM »
Let's see how many i can get in this year.
1. Louder than Words - Joe Navarro on non-verbal intelligence

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #65 on: January 20, 2023, 01:26:16 PM »


1) Also A Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, And Me by Ada Calhoun
2) Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (fiction)
3) On Beauty by Zadie Smith (fiction, bookclub)
4) The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean
5) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
6) Fight Night by Miriam Toews (fiction)

recently finished/reading
7) The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Johnson: recommended somewhere by someone on the forum. Very interesting... about people, their fixations, justifications, law.. (see Orchid Thief above for another brilliant take on this type of story)

8) 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl --way more theatre-focused than I expected but am enjoying it in its' bite-sized portions.

9) Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren (childs book)--just wanted something positively cheery

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #66 on: January 21, 2023, 05:46:54 PM »
Let's see how many i can get in this year.
1. Louder than Words - Joe Navarro on non-verbal intelligence
2. Sleepy Head - Henry Nicholls on nacrolepsy, neuroscience and the search for a good night

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #67 on: January 22, 2023, 07:00:00 AM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #68 on: January 22, 2023, 08:02:28 AM »
I am doing only  12 books for the year. And by that I mean, I will read 12 books from beginning to end.

In order to make up that 12, I skim, dip into bits, or throw many aside. I might open 50 books  but Iím not gonna read 50 books.

Will anyone here admit to buying Spare  and reading it? I bought it and finished it in 48 hours.

I've thought about reading it. I take it it's worth it from your quick read?

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #69 on: January 23, 2023, 07:10:28 PM »
I am doing only  12 books for the year. And by that I mean, I will read 12 books from beginning to end.

In order to make up that 12, I skim, dip into bits, or throw many aside. I might open 50 books  but Iím not gonna read 50 books.

Will anyone here admit to buying Spare  and reading it? I bought it and finished it in 48 hours.

I've thought about reading it. I take it it's worth it from your quick read?

Oh, I donít know if itís worth it. I read it because I wanted to know the insider gossip. It was interesting reading prince, Harryís account of how the Royals interact with media. Each major royal personage has a press office and those press officers, by with one another to promote their own royal in a positive way.

According to Prince Harry, this means sometimes they swap bad stories for good. For instance, he claims that Queen consort Camilla gave a negative tidbit to the media, in exchange for them squashing a story about her own son. He claims she gave out other leaks to promote herself at the expense of Harry and Meghan.
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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #70 on: January 24, 2023, 10:28:43 AM »
1.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street (12ed, 2011) by Burton G. Malkiel
2.  Delinquent:  Inside America's Debt Machine (2022) by Elena Botella
3.  IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:  Strategies for Taking your Money Out (14ed, 2019) by Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle
4.  Born to Buy (2004) by Juliet B. Schor
5.  Social Security for Dummies (4ed, 2020) by Jonathan Peterson

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #71 on: January 24, 2023, 08:27:16 PM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske
7. The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #72 on: January 25, 2023, 07:48:20 AM »
2. Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World by Peter S. Goodman

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #73 on: January 27, 2023, 05:57:12 PM »
1. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. Welcome to the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
3. Rules at the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
4. When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
5. The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
6. Rachel to the Rescue by Elinor Lipman
7. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

8. My Life in France by Julia Child
9. Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
10. Celine by Peter Heller
11. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

DNF
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Hero of this Book by Elizabeth McCracken

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #74 on: January 28, 2023, 09:06:34 AM »
1.  A Particular Kind of Black Man, by Tope Folarin (Jan 3) (audio).

2.  Ill Will, by Dan Chaon (Jan 13).

3.  Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir (Jan 27). Totally enjoyed the experience of this book even if I have some quibbles with some of the specifics.  Definitely in my Top 5 Sci Fi list.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #75 on: January 28, 2023, 12:12:27 PM »
1.  A Particular Kind of Black Man, by Tope Folarin (Jan 3) (audio).

2.  Ill Will, by Dan Chaon (Jan 13).

3.  Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir (Jan 27). Totally enjoyed the experience of this book even if I have some quibbles with some of the specifics.  Definitely in my Top 5 Sci Fi list.

Great!  I actually have this one sitting in my bedside TBR. 

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #76 on: January 29, 2023, 08:09:44 AM »
3. Red Dust by Yoss

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #77 on: January 29, 2023, 02:46:24 PM »


Quote from: Frankies Girl

1. The Magpie Lord: Charm of Magpies (book 1) by KJ Charles
2. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (audiobook)
3. Leech by Hiron Ennes



COMPLETED

4. Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 10)
5. On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 11)
6. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 12)
I'd read the others over the last few years. It's one of those set/familiar characters, period piece series: 1936. Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in the line of the English royal succession, but the daughter of an actress and a now deceased (after ruin) lord. She's both unable to work a real job due to her status, and poor as a churchmouse, so she relies on her brother (and her rather stingy sister in law) and her wits, and occasionally the royal family's requests for help to get by. It's always an interesting mystery, but she's very innocent and sweet and sometimes stumbles over the answers rather than untangles them all on her own. Like the settings and the historic tidbits that the author includes and overall the books tend to be fast reads for me.   



IN PROGRESS

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 13)


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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #78 on: January 29, 2023, 04:00:01 PM »
1: Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson
2: BjÝrnstad, by Fredrik Backman.
3: Vi mot dere (We against you) by Fredrik Backman.

4: The evening and the morning, by Ken Follett.

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« Reply #79 on: January 29, 2023, 05:04:25 PM »
1.  A Particular Kind of Black Man, by Tope Folarin (Jan 3) (audio).

2.  Ill Will, by Dan Chaon (Jan 13).

3.  Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir (Jan 27).

4.  Foster, by Claire Keegan (Jan 28). Barely a novella really, but so perfect, I'm memorializing it on my list.  It is sad and sweet and written from the perspective of a young girl so so perfectly.  The writing is spare but the author really captured something very precise.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #80 on: January 29, 2023, 07:19:53 PM »
Iím in again! Didnít quite make it to 50 last year, but planning to read more this year.

Read so far:
(1) The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
(2) People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
(3) The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
(4) In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

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« Reply #81 on: January 29, 2023, 07:25:23 PM »
1) Also A Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, And Me by Ada Calhoun
2) Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (fiction)
3) On Beauty by Zadie Smith (fiction, bookclub)
4) The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean
5) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
6) Fight Night by Miriam Toews (fiction)
7) The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Johnson
8) Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren

recently finished/reading
9) 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl

10) Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)--wow, really something. A son interviews his father about life as a Polish Jew & Holocaust Survivor and illustrates the story using mice, cats, pigs, etc for groups involved..

11) Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das

Had a mad amount of reading time early in the month :)

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #82 on: January 30, 2023, 02:44:23 PM »
1.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street (12ed, 2011) by Burton G. Malkiel
2.  Delinquent:  Inside America's Debt Machine (2022) by Elena Botella
3.  IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:  Strategies for Taking your Money Out (14ed, 2019) by Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle
4.  Born to Buy (2004) by Juliet B. Schor
5.  Social Security for Dummies (4ed, 2020) by Jonathan Peterson
6.  Medicare for Dummies (4ed, 2021) by Patricia Barry

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #83 on: January 30, 2023, 05:59:43 PM »

1. Survival of the Thickest by Michelle Buteau
2. Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas
3. Longbourn by Jo Baker
4. Atomic Habits by James Clear
5. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay (accidental reread according to my kindle)
6. Good Food Bad Diet by Abby Langer
7. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
8. Designing Your Life by by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
9. The House With the Golden Door by Elodie Harper
10. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
11. Desperation in Death by JD Robb

12. The Belle of Bellgrave Square by Mim Matthews
13. The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser
14. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
15. It Girl by Ruth Ware

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #84 on: January 30, 2023, 09:29:25 PM »
Next 20, favourites marked:

21. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
22. Wheels of Fire by Mercedes Lackey
23. My Beautiful Like by K.J. Parker
24. When the Bough Breaks by Mercedes Lackey
25. The Pot Thief who Studied Escoffier by J. Michael Orenduff
26. Mightier Than the Sword by K.J. Parker

27. Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson
A very cozy and charming followup to Sorcery of Thorns. I love ferocious librarians in literature.


28. Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia by Natasha Lance Rogoff
29. Everwild by Neal Shusterman
30. Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

31. Into the West by Mercedes Lackey
I've never read a fantasy series that was so focused on management and logistics in a magical world, and it just works beautifully. Love this series and everything else she writes.


32. Chrome Circle by Mercedes Lackey
33.The Double Comfort Safari Club my Alexander McCall Smith

34. Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny by Witold Szablowski
I absolutely loved this book on people struggling in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of communist societies, told through the lens of bear rehabilitation. It sounds weird but it works!


35. Everfound by Neal Shusterman
36. The Pot Thief who Studied D.H. Lawrence by J. Michael Orenduff
37. Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

38. How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
I'll never be able to look at a clown puppet again. Fantastic horror.


39. Chasing Forgiveness by Neal Shusterman
40. Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #85 on: January 31, 2023, 04:07:46 AM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske
7. The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne
8. Royal Holiday, Jasmine Guillory

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #86 on: January 31, 2023, 08:59:14 AM »
Finishing out January

2. House of earth and blood by Sara J Maas.
3. House of Sky and breath by Sara J Maas.
4. A week to be wicked by Tessa dare.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #87 on: January 31, 2023, 09:59:21 AM »
1.Life is Long  - Karen Salmansohn
2.The comfort book - Matt Haig
3.Metamorphosis -Franz Kafka
4.Storm Tide - Wilbur Smith

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #88 on: January 31, 2023, 08:03:00 PM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske
7. The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne
8. Royal Holiday, Jasmine Guillory
9. A Ladyís Guide to Fortune Hunting, Sophie Irwin

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #89 on: February 01, 2023, 04:55:58 AM »
1.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street (12ed, 2011) by Burton G. Malkiel
2.  Delinquent:  Inside America's Debt Machine (2022) by Elena Botella
3.  IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:  Strategies for Taking your Money Out (14ed, 2019) by Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle
4.  Born to Buy (2004) by Juliet B. Schor
5.  Social Security for Dummies (4ed, 2020) by Jonathan Peterson
6.  Medicare for Dummies (4ed, 2021) by Patricia Barry
7.  $2 a Day (2015) by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #90 on: February 01, 2023, 08:06:50 AM »
Joining again now that I can log into the forums during my work breaks again:

1) Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor
2) Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
3) Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
4) The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
5) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (I haven't read the series in many years and was inspired after recently watching one of the movies)
6) Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
7) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #91 on: February 01, 2023, 11:50:00 AM »
1. The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
-Science fiction about how we can fix global warming. I liked it but won't go into detail about it here because there is another thread about it

2. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
-I think others have summarized this one too. It's about non-pharmacological treatments for people who have been through serious trauma.

3. Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott (audio book)
-A series of short biographies of people whose work and ideas Charles Darwin built upon to develop his theory of natural selection. I listened to this on a road trip and fell asleep during part of it but other bits were really interesting.

4. McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality by Ronald E. Purser (audio book)
-The title is self-explanatory. This was well-researched but got a little repetitive. You could probably just read the first couple of chapters and get the idea.

5. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
-I was disappointed by this one because I remembered wanting to read it a few years ago when it came out. The fantasy world had potential but I disliked the main character and couldn't figure out if it was supposed to be a parody or not. I don't think I'll continue the series.

6. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
-beautifully written historical novel set in Japan.  I found myself slowing down to enjoy the metaphors and descriptions, which is something I rarely do. I wish I had read it before Utopia Avenue as there are some plot spoilers.

7. Atomic Habits by James Clear (audio book)
-Light self-help style book without any woo. The information in it is not new though, and in fact reminded me a lot of MMM's early blog posts.

8. Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
-engaging historical novel about 1920's London. I really liked how the point of view switched between different characters throughout the book.

9. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard (audio book)
-An examination of how modern archeological techniques support or conflict with what we learned in school about ancient Rome and some of it's famous leaders and authors. I liked it but I assume not everyone would be interested in the subject

10. Jade War by Fonda Lee (Green Bone Saga #2)
-Second book in an urban fantasy series with really well developed imaginary geopolitics, great world-building, and likeable characters. The main plot centers on a mafia-like family with magically enhanced martial arts abilities, which sounds really silly when I type it out but feels more like an allegory when reading it.  I think it would be hard to follow if you haven't read the first book in the series.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #92 on: February 01, 2023, 02:13:51 PM »
Next 20, favourites marked:

21. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
22. Wheels of Fire by Mercedes Lackey
23. My Beautiful Like by K.J. Parker
24. When the Bough Breaks by Mercedes Lackey
25. The Pot Thief who Studied Escoffier by J. Michael Orenduff
26. Mightier Than the Sword by K.J. Parker

27. Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson
A very cozy and charming followup to Sorcery of Thorns. I love ferocious librarians in literature.


28. Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia by Natasha Lance Rogoff
29. Everwild by Neal Shusterman
30. Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

31. Into the West by Mercedes Lackey
I've never read a fantasy series that was so focused on management and logistics in a magical world, and it just works beautifully. Love this series and everything else she writes.


32. Chrome Circle by Mercedes Lackey
33.The Double Comfort Safari Club my Alexander McCall Smith

34. Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny by Witold Szablowski
I absolutely loved this book on people struggling in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of communist societies, told through the lens of bear rehabilitation. It sounds weird but it works!


35. Everfound by Neal Shusterman
36. The Pot Thief who Studied D.H. Lawrence by J. Michael Orenduff
37. Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

38. How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
I'll never be able to look at a clown puppet again. Fantastic horror.


39. Chasing Forgiveness by Neal Shusterman
40. Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
Have you actually read all those books this year already?  Wow, how do you read so fast?  I would love to have that skill!

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #93 on: February 01, 2023, 04:19:05 PM »
Next 20, favourites marked:

21. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
22. Wheels of Fire by Mercedes Lackey
23. My Beautiful Like by K.J. Parker
24. When the Bough Breaks by Mercedes Lackey
25. The Pot Thief who Studied Escoffier by J. Michael Orenduff
26. Mightier Than the Sword by K.J. Parker

27. Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson
A very cozy and charming followup to Sorcery of Thorns. I love ferocious librarians in literature.


28. Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia by Natasha Lance Rogoff
29. Everwild by Neal Shusterman
30. Tress of the Emerald Sea by Brandon Sanderson

31. Into the West by Mercedes Lackey
I've never read a fantasy series that was so focused on management and logistics in a magical world, and it just works beautifully. Love this series and everything else she writes.


32. Chrome Circle by Mercedes Lackey
33.The Double Comfort Safari Club my Alexander McCall Smith

34. Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny by Witold Szablowski
I absolutely loved this book on people struggling in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of communist societies, told through the lens of bear rehabilitation. It sounds weird but it works!


35. Everfound by Neal Shusterman
36. The Pot Thief who Studied D.H. Lawrence by J. Michael Orenduff
37. Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

38. How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
I'll never be able to look at a clown puppet again. Fantastic horror.


39. Chasing Forgiveness by Neal Shusterman
40. Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
Have you actually read all those books this year already?  Wow, how do you read so fast?  I would love to have that skill!

Yup, I finished at 415 for 2022.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #94 on: February 01, 2023, 06:40:43 PM »
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39. Chasing Forgiveness by Neal Shusterman
40. Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
Have you actually read all those books this year already?  Wow, how do you read so fast?  I would love to have that skill!

Yup, I finished at 415 for 2022.
Yes, but how do you read to quickly?  Do you have any tips or advice?  I would seriously love to learn to read like that!

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #95 on: February 01, 2023, 06:57:49 PM »
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39. Chasing Forgiveness by Neal Shusterman
40. Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
Have you actually read all those books this year already?  Wow, how do you read so fast?  I would love to have that skill!

Yup, I finished at 415 for 2022.
Yes, but how do you read to quickly?  Do you have any tips or advice?  I would seriously love to learn to read like that!

I'm at the faster end of the spectrum for sure, but it's mostly about time commitment. I read a lot of hours a day, around 4-6, though if i'm travelling it can leap to 12+ in there are long flights, trains, or buses involved.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #96 on: February 01, 2023, 07:08:23 PM »
1.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street (12ed, 2011) by Burton G. Malkiel
2.  Delinquent:  Inside America's Debt Machine (2022) by Elena Botella
3.  IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:  Strategies for Taking your Money Out (14ed, 2019) by Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle
4.  Born to Buy (2004) by Juliet B. Schor
5.  Social Security for Dummies (4ed, 2020) by Jonathan Peterson
6.  Medicare for Dummies (4ed, 2021) by Patricia Barry
7.  $2 a Day (2015) by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
8.  One Up on Wall Street (1989) by Peter Lynch & John Rothchild (AUDIOBOOK)

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #97 on: February 01, 2023, 08:03:38 PM »

5. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
-I was disappointed by this one because I remembered wanting to read it a few years ago when it came out. The fantasy world had potential but I disliked the main character and couldn't figure out if it was supposed to be a parody or not. I don't think I'll continue the series.



I don't tend to comment on here about books in the negative, but it's been a while since I've had such a negative reaction to a book as I did to the Magicians. It was mostly, as you said, the main character.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #98 on: February 02, 2023, 09:51:26 PM »
1. Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
2. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. So hard to read--didn't finish, argh! No one in the book club finished. It keeps getting automatically renewed by the library so... maybe I'll get to it?
3. Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson. Described by one reviewer as a Gen X revenge novel. Liked it.
4. Cover Story by Susan Rigetti. Just OK; didn't care for the format of diary entries, emails, etc.
5. Little Souls by Sandra Dallas (book club pick). A little soap-opera-y, but liked it.
6. How to be Perfect by Michael Schur.

Next up: The Cactus by Sarah Haywood, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab, How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino. I plan to read Spare when my friend is finished and lends me her copy. Loved Ben Kearns impression of Matt Berry reading it :D

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #99 on: February 03, 2023, 04:27:36 AM »
1.Life is Long  - Karen Salmansohn
2.The comfort book - Matt Haig
3.Metamorphosis -Franz Kafka
4.Storm Tide - Wilbur Smith
5.Happy Gut- DR Vincent Pedre