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Re: 50 books
« Reply #200 on: May 01, 2015, 07:17:45 AM »
Updated. My reading kinda stalled in February, but I've been back on it with Flow and TWOIAF. I completed my reread of A Dance with Dragons and I can't wait for The Winds of Winter! Martin supposedly wants to get it published before the next season of Game of Thrones starts (April 2016) so I'm hoping he can make that happen. I kinda lost interest in Reality is Broken halfway through. The first 8 chapters or so were great, but it eventually became the author pimping her and a few other's work. The first part of the book touched on the concept of flow, which I was lightly familiar with before. It just so happened that I found a copy of Flow (the book) at Half-Price Books when I was last there, so I grabbed it.  I LOVE it! Csikszentmihalyi explains decades of his work in plain english, with lots of usable information for improving life and experiencing more happiness. I also got TWOIAF on my Kindle when it went on sale for $5; really enjoying learning about the history of Westeros and its people. Anyway, below is the updated list, hoping to get back into reading in a big way pretty soon.

New-to-me books read in 2015:
  • Think Like a Freak - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen K. Dubner
  • Why Bother With Bonds: A Guide to Build All-Weather Portfolio - Rick Van Ness
  • The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays - David Foster Wallace
  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less - Barry Schwartz
  • (Currently Reading) Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World - Jane McGonigal
  • (Currently Reading) Flow: The psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • (Currently Reading) The World of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson

Rereads:
  • A Dance with Dragons - George R. R. Martin

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #201 on: May 02, 2015, 12:56:27 PM »
Running behind! I blame the nice spring weather.

15. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
16. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

hmmm.

i thought i was ahead until today.

reading #19 now(trying to hit 52 in 2015/1 a week) and because of the year beginning and ending in the middle of the week; there's actually 53 weeks in 2015.

ah screw it, i'm staying with a goal of 52.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #202 on: May 02, 2015, 10:41:27 PM »
11. Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
12. Life among Giants by Bill Roorbach
13. Anvil of God: Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles by J. Boyce Gleason
14. The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
15. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
16. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
17. Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #203 on: May 03, 2015, 07:12:41 PM »
3. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #204 on: May 04, 2015, 03:54:17 AM »
  • Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry - finished
  • Bring on the Apocalypse - George Monbiot - finished
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver - finished
  • My Berlin Kitchen - Luisa Weiss - was only a few chapters from the end and I lost it (left it on the train last weekend I think). Sooo frustrating - especially 'cos there were recipes at the end of each chapter and I really wanted to try some of them
  • The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco - still in progress, this is on my kindle so it's now my book for when I'm out and about, since I cycle almost every day now, I have way less out and about time for reading
  • 'Tis - Frank McCourt - finished
  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson - finished
  • Real Food has Curves - Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein - still plodding through, a little bit at a time
  • Teacher Man - Frank McCourt - finished
  • Opening Acts - Suki Cunningham - finished
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo - finished
  • Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - finished - have marked multiple pages and will definitely be going back to read through this again more than once

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #205 on: May 04, 2015, 06:39:12 AM »
27. The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #206 on: May 04, 2015, 07:57:10 AM »
1.  The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen
2.  Four (Divergent series) - Veronica Roth
3.  Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series) - Diana Gabaldon
4.  Beagle Basics - Training Your Hunting Beagle (the things I do for my husband :p)
5.  Voyager (Outlander series) - Diana Gabaldon
6.  Drums of Autumn (Outlander series) - Diana Gabaldon
7.  Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
8.  Herland - Charlotte Gilman  I listened to this on the Craftlit podcast.  Everyone who might like classic literature, and also wants good discussion and a bit of English teacher enthusiasm needs to check out this podcast.  It's now my favorite way to "read" the classics.
9.  The Fiery Cross (Outlander Series) - Diana Gabaldon
10.  In the Garden of Beasts:  An American Family in Hitler's Berlin - Erik Larson   
11.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
12.  A Breath of Snow and Ahses - Diana Gabaldon - I need to take a break from this series.
13.  Between the Lines - Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer - I mostly read it because it looked fun (and easy) and was written by an author I like and her daughter.
14.  The Lost City of Z - David Grann
15.  Spinning Forward - Terri DuLong  I thought this book was not good-has anyone read other books in this series?  I've been told others are better, but I'm not sure I want to try her again.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #207 on: May 05, 2015, 08:11:43 AM »
I'm way past 50. It is too much work to look at my returned books at the library and list them here.  But they were lots of gardening books, some Canadian finance books, and the Mari Kondo book.  I had an unfair advantage - I am a fast reader, I am retired, and it was a super cold winter - so what else to do but read (and a few other things)?  Now that summer is here (spring was 3 days) I am cutting way back on the reading to be outside.

Good luck everyone and have fun!

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #208 on: May 07, 2015, 07:59:32 AM »
4. The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara Pease

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #209 on: May 09, 2015, 11:23:22 AM »
1. "Queen Mab" by Kate Danley
2. "Kiss of Fire (Imdalind Series Book 1) by Rebecca Ethington
3. "Effortless Savings" by Richard Syrop
4. "Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)" by Jennifer Armentrout
5. "Delivering Happiness; a path to profits, passion, and purpose" by Tony Hsieh

I feel like there are more, but I had a hard time finding a good (free) Kindle ebook so I quit reading several.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #210 on: May 09, 2015, 11:48:09 AM »
  • Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry - finished
  • Bring on the Apocalypse - George Monbiot - finished
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver - finished
  • My Berlin Kitchen - Luisa Weiss - was only a few chapters from the end and I lost it (left it on the train last weekend I think). Sooo frustrating - especially 'cos there were recipes at the end of each chapter and I really wanted to try some of them
  • The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco - still in progress, this is on my kindle so it's now my book for when I'm out and about, since I cycle almost every day now, I have way less out and about time for reading
  • 'Tis - Frank McCourt - finished
  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson - finished
  • Real Food has Curves - Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein - finally finished
  • Teacher Man - Frank McCourt - finished
  • Opening Acts - Suki Cunningham - finished
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo - finished
  • Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - finished - have marked multiple pages and will definitely be going back to read through this again more than once

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #211 on: May 14, 2015, 12:03:11 AM »
Took a little break from reading, but now im back on track . still a couple ahead .
21. Olivia Joules & the overactive imagination by Helen Fielding

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #212 on: May 14, 2015, 05:55:10 AM »
  • Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry - finished
  • Bring on the Apocalypse - George Monbiot - finished
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver - finished
  • My Berlin Kitchen - Luisa Weiss - was only a few chapters from the end and I lost it (left it on the train last weekend I think). Sooo frustrating - especially 'cos there were recipes at the end of each chapter and I really wanted to try some of them
  • The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco - still in progress, this is on my kindle so it's now my book for when I'm out and about, since I cycle almost every day now, I have way less out and about time for reading
  • 'Tis - Frank McCourt - finished
  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson - finished
  • Real Food has Curves - Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein - finally finished
  • Teacher Man - Frank McCourt - finished
  • Opening Acts - Suki Cunningham - finished
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo - finished
  • Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - finished - have marked multiple pages and will definitely be going back to read through this again more than once
  • Game for anything - Lyn Wood
  • Friday's Child - Georgette Heyer - I re-read several Georgette Heyer books every year when I just want something I don't have to think about, will make me smile and always has a happy ending. That's what I'm in the mood for at the moment, feel like my brain can't take in anything more new.
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Re: 50 books
« Reply #213 on: May 14, 2015, 01:24:30 PM »
Hit 54 this week, not counting rereads. My plan to read more slowly and savour is not exactly working. However, I've been fitting in a lot of rereads of old favourites (which was part of the goal), and among the new books, there have been some great ones so far:
  • KJ Charles' Jackdaw, which is an m/m historical urban fantasy novel with a wonderful domestic feel--sort of a gay Jonathon Strange where everyone gets a happy ending
  • The Child Catchers, tremendously good, and frightening, nonfiction about international adoption "crazes"
  • The Golem and the Jinni, which might be my favourite book this year--tremendously interesting urban fantasy, hard to easily describe. Just gorgeous and a really enjoyable read.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #214 on: May 16, 2015, 09:30:24 PM »
5. Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #215 on: May 16, 2015, 09:36:45 PM »
  • Learning To Breath Fire by Herz (3 Jan)
  • History of the Great American Fortunes by Myer (17 Jan)
  • Three Worlds of Development by Horowitz (22 Jan)
  • Billions and Billions by Sagan (4 Jan)
  • Without Fail by Child (6 Jan)
  • For Dummies: Home Improvement by Hamilton & Hamilton (24 Jan)
  • Getting Things Done by Allen (2 Feb)
  • At Home by Bryson (28 Jan)
  • Persuader by Child (31 Jan)
  • The Enemy by Child (4 Feb)
  • Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel (7 Feb)
  • One Shot by Child (8 Feb)
  • The Hard Way by Child (13 Feb)
  • Compact Houses by Rowan (13 Feb)
  • Compact Cabins by Rowan (9 Feb)
  • How To Fail At Nearly Everything And Still Win Big by Scott Adams (14 Feb)
  • Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (27 Feb)
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The fall of RFR Nabisco by Burrough & Helyar (22 Feb)
  • On The Beach by Shute (15 Feb)
  • The Good Life by Nearing (5 Mar)
  • Deflation by Farrell (1 Mar)
  • Tap Dancing To Work by Loomis (4 Mar)
  • Going Somewhere; A Bicycle Journey Across America by Benson (6 Mar)
  • Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget (6 Mar)
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by Sedaris (10 Mar)
  • The World Of Fire And Ice by George RR Martin (9 Mar)
  • Technology In The Ancient World by Hodges (17 Mar)
  • Home Sweet Anywhere by Martin (11 Mar)
  • When You Are Engulfed In Flames by Sedaris (18 Mar)
  • Dumb History by Green (10 Mar)
  • Tools For Survival by Rawles (22 Mar)
  • Bad Luck And Trouble by Child (22 Mar)
  • Nothing To Lose by Child (24 Mar)
  • Flashpoints by Friedman (27 Mar)
  • The Life And Times of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bryson (29 Mar)
  • Decision Points by George W Bush (3 Apr)
  • Snow Crash by Stephenson (9 Apr)
  • Diamond Age by Stephenson (17 Apr)
  • Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell (5 Apr)
  • The Better Angels Of Our Nature by Pinker (25 Apr)
  • Status Anxiety by de Botton (11 Apr)
  • 50 Years From Today by Way (18 Apr)
  • Gone Tomorrow by Child (28 Apr)
  • 61 Hours by Child (30 Apr)
  • Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Cain (7 May)
  • The Affair by Child (2 May)
  • A Wanted Man by Child (8 May)
  • Never Go Back by Child (11 May)
  • Personal by Child (15 May)
  • A People’s History Of The United States by Zinn

That Zinn book is a doozy, probably will finish it this week.
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Re: 50 books
« Reply #216 on: May 18, 2015, 03:48:39 AM »
  • Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry - finished
  • Bring on the Apocalypse - George Monbiot - finished
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver - finished
  • My Berlin Kitchen - Luisa Weiss - was only a few chapters from the end and I lost it (left it on the train last weekend I think). Sooo frustrating - especially 'cos there were recipes at the end of each chapter and I really wanted to try some of them
  • The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco - still in progress, this is on my kindle so it's now my book for when I'm out and about, since I cycle almost every day now, I have way less out and about time for reading
  • 'Tis - Frank McCourt - finished
  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson - finished
  • Real Food has Curves - Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein - finally finished
  • Teacher Man - Frank McCourt - finished
  • Opening Acts - Suki Cunningham - finished
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo - finished
  • Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - finished - have marked multiple pages and will definitely be going back to read through this again more than once
  • Game for anything - Lyn Wood
  • Friday's Child - Georgette Heyer - I re-read several Georgette Heyer books every year when I just want something I don't have to think about, will make me smile and always has a happy ending. That's what I'm in the mood for at the moment, feel like my brain can't take in anything more new.
  • Sprig Muslin - Georgette Heyer
  • The Black Moth - Georgette Heyer
  • Sylvester - Georgette Heyer

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #217 on: May 18, 2015, 06:10:56 AM »
19. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #218 on: May 18, 2015, 12:00:21 PM »
28. The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold

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« Reply #219 on: May 20, 2015, 07:09:09 AM »
29. Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
30. Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #220 on: May 22, 2015, 02:24:43 AM »
  • Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry - finished
  • Bring on the Apocalypse - George Monbiot - finished
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver - finished
  • My Berlin Kitchen - Luisa Weiss - was only a few chapters from the end and I lost it (left it on the train last weekend I think). Sooo frustrating - especially 'cos there were recipes at the end of each chapter and I really wanted to try some of them
  • The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco - still in progress, this is on my kindle so it's now my book for when I'm out and about, since I cycle almost every day now, I have way less out and about time for reading
  • 'Tis - Frank McCourt - finished
  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson - finished
  • Real Food has Curves - Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein - finally finished
  • Teacher Man - Frank McCourt - finished
  • Opening Acts - Suki Cunningham - finished
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo - finished
  • Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - finished - have marked multiple pages and will definitely be going back to read through this again more than once
  • Game for anything - Lyn Wood
  • Friday's Child - Georgette Heyer - I re-read several Georgette Heyer books every year when I just want something I don't have to think about, will make me smile and always has a happy ending. That's what I'm in the mood for at the moment, feel like my brain can't take in anything more new.
  • Sprig Muslin - Georgette Heyer
  • The Black Moth - Georgette Heyer
  • Sylvester - Georgette Heyer
  • These Old Shades - Georgette Heyer - think I'll re-read one more Heyer and then get back to some of my not-yet-read books. Okay, maybe two.
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Re: 50 books
« Reply #221 on: May 22, 2015, 02:50:41 AM »
Took a little break from reading, but now im back on track . still a couple ahead .
21. Olivia Joules & the overactive imagination by Helen Fielding

I actually really enjoyed this book . it has adventure, action , COMEDY, romance, more.  But won't spoil :) . quite different from the Bridget Jones books, but still has all the humor . I'm hoping Helen Fieldings will write more books soon.....

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #222 on: May 23, 2015, 11:37:06 AM »
1. "Queen Mab" by Kate Danley
2. "Kiss of Fire (Imdalind Series Book 1) by Rebecca Ethington
3. "Effortless Savings" by Richard Syrop
4. "Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)" by Jennifer Armentrout
5. "Delivering Happiness; a path to profits, passion, and purpose" by Tony Hsieh

6. "Branded" by Keary Taylor
7. "The Total Clutter Makeover" by Michelle Stewart
8. "America's Cheapest Family" by Steve and Annette Economides


P.S. Thanks to the poster that provided sources for free classics. I will check them out. :)

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« Reply #223 on: May 24, 2015, 06:31:40 AM »
I'm done with 13 books.  Going to finish 3 more in the next few days. 

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #224 on: May 26, 2015, 07:18:51 AM »
20. American Gods, Neil Gaiman

A bunch of work travel coming up, so I'm hoping to do lots of reading in the airports!

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #225 on: May 27, 2015, 11:11:23 AM »
Can't stop drawing! ......But when I do , on to the next one :)

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« Reply #226 on: May 27, 2015, 12:37:03 PM »
1.  The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen
2.  Four (Divergent series) - Veronica Roth
3.  Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series) - Diana Gabaldon
4.  Beagle Basics - Training Your Hunting Beagle (the things I do for my husband :p)
5.  Voyager (Outlander series) - Diana Gabaldon
6.  Drums of Autumn (Outlander series) - Diana Gabaldon
7.  Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
8.  Herland - Charlotte Gilman  I listened to this on the Craftlit podcast.  Everyone who might like classic literature, and also wants good discussion and a bit of English teacher enthusiasm needs to check out this podcast.  It's now my favorite way to "read" the classics.
9.  The Fiery Cross (Outlander Series) - Diana Gabaldon
10.  In the Garden of Beasts:  An American Family in Hitler's Berlin - Erik Larson   
11.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
12.  A Breath of Snow and Ahses - Diana Gabaldon
13.  Between the Lines - Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
14.  The Lost City of Z - David Grann
15.  Spinning Forward - Terri DuLong  I thought this book was not good-has anyone read other books in this series?
16.  The Big Short:  Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis - I liked this book.
17.  Cross Bones - Kathy Reich - I took this along on a car trip.  It's a good "beach read" type of book, slightly cheesy, and very fun.
18.  Railsea - China Mieville - I read this for my book club.  I'm not a huge science fiction type of person...Harry Potter is as far as I go.  I didn't enjoy this book.

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« Reply #227 on: May 28, 2015, 08:51:50 AM »
31. Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
32. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

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« Reply #228 on: May 29, 2015, 05:23:59 PM »

Now working on:
14. Galactic Empire Wars: Destruction

15. Galactic Empire Wars: Emergence
16. Galactic Empire Wars: Rebellion (Almost finished!)

This series has been pretty good, in my opinion. Next up I think it's about time to go through and reread all of the Foundation books, including the extras by the three B's.

17. Prelude to Foundation, Asimov
18. Forward the Foundation, Asimov
19. Foundation, Asimov
20. Foundation and Empire, Asimov
21. Second Foundation, Asimov
22. Foundation's Edge, Asimov
23. Foundation and Earth, Asimov
24. Angles of Attack, Marko Kloos
25. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
26. Time War: Invasion, Nick Thomas
27. Time War: Onslaught, Nick Thomas

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« Reply #229 on: May 29, 2015, 05:29:01 PM »
20. American Gods, Neil Gaiman


I loved this book. Anansi Boys is decent as well.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #230 on: June 01, 2015, 12:54:29 PM »
Books read(ing) in 2015:
1. Think Like a Freak - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen K. Dubner
2. Why Bother With Bonds: A Guide to Build All-Weather Portfolio - Rick Van Ness
3. The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
4. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays - David Foster Wallace
5. The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less - Barry Schwartz
6. A Dance with Dragons - George R. R. Martin (reread)
7. Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World - Jane McGonigal
8. (Currently Reading) Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
9. The World of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, Linda Antonsson
10. Divergent - Veronica Roth
11. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
12. Allegiant - Veronica Roth
13. (Currently Reading) Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #231 on: June 02, 2015, 10:17:10 AM »
25. A Vietnam Experience by James Stockdale
26. The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World by Alison Wolf
27. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #232 on: June 05, 2015, 08:49:24 AM »
...And this is why I'm falling increasingly behind with my list. I was just thinking I wish my books would arrive (bought some online) because I had nothing to add for a while. Then I realised that actually, I read a book yesterday, and had totally forgotten to add it to the list, because it wasn't the book i wanted to be reading. Fixed now. When that box does arrive, with the next 7 in an 11 volume series that I devoured the first 3 in less than a week, plus the next 4 in a series that, after reading the first, I immediately reread it because I liked it so much, I should be adding several in quick succession. I do try to limit my book spending, but I also know I will reread these many times, and will get significant value from them.
In the mean time, I'm getting great additions for my "to read" list from everyone else's lists. Asimov and Fry are the next authors I want to get hold of.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #233 on: June 05, 2015, 10:08:49 AM »
22. Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding .

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« Reply #234 on: June 05, 2015, 10:11:44 AM »
I'm back into reading again. Yay:)
I was well ahead before, looks like now I just need to keep reading at a steady pace. Hav three others checked out from the library and maybe another 15 I'd like to read on a list .

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« Reply #235 on: June 05, 2015, 04:34:56 PM »
...And this is why I'm falling increasingly behind with my list. I was just thinking I wish my books would arrive (bought some online) because I had nothing to add for a while. Then I realised that actually, I read a book yesterday, and had totally forgotten to add it to the list, because it wasn't the book i wanted to be reading. Fixed now. When that box does arrive, with the next 7 in an 11 volume series that I devoured the first 3 in less than a week, plus the next 4 in a series that, after reading the first, I immediately reread it because I liked it so much, I should be adding several in quick succession. I do try to limit my book spending, but I also know I will reread these many times, and will get significant value from them.
In the mean time, I'm getting great additions for my "to read" list from everyone else's lists. Asimov and Fry are the next authors I want to get hold of.

Do they have libraries in your land?

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« Reply #236 on: June 05, 2015, 06:48:56 PM »
...And this is why I'm falling increasingly behind with my list. I was just thinking I wish my books would arrive (bought some online) because I had nothing to add for a while. Then I realised that actually, I read a book yesterday, and had totally forgotten to add it to the list, because it wasn't the book i wanted to be reading. Fixed now. When that box does arrive, with the next 7 in an 11 volume series that I devoured the first 3 in less than a week, plus the next 4 in a series that, after reading the first, I immediately reread it because I liked it so much, I should be adding several in quick succession. I do try to limit my book spending, but I also know I will reread these many times, and will get significant value from them.
In the mean time, I'm getting great additions for my "to read" list from everyone else's lists. Asimov and Fry are the next authors I want to get hold of.

Do they have libraries in your land?

They do, that's where I got the first 3 of the series from, but that one omnibus volume was the only book by that author in the whole state's system - I even had to order that in from another library. Apparently noone else saw the BBC tv series (10 or 15 years ago) and wanted to find out the ending when the series only made it to book 4. So I can't even get the books from the book shop, hence online it is. With the other series, it's science fantasy, a not very well known author, and I've already read the 3 of his books that they do have at my library, all of which are from different series and not the first in any of them. Besides, I like having my own books, and since separating from my husband last year, my personal library has more than halved (because I moved out and left the bookshelves there)

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #237 on: June 06, 2015, 08:12:39 AM »
I'm going to give this challenge a shot!  I spend too much time putzing around on the Internet.  Here's what I've read so far this year:

1. Middlemarch - George Eliot (I was halfway through it when 2015 rolled around, but it's so darn long that I'm counting it this year)
2. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson (reread)
3. Home - Marilynne Robinson
4. The Colour of Memory - Geoff Dyer
5. On Writing - Stephen King
6. Practical Demonkeeping - Christopher Moore


Update:

7. The Descendants – Kaui Hart Hemmings
8. The Red House – Mark Haddon
9. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (vastly exceeded my expectations)
10. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
11. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
13. Lila – Marilynne Robinson
14. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

Update:

15. The Search – Geoff Dyer
16. Little Tales of Misogyny – Patricia Highsmith
17. The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante
18. In Defense of Food – Michael Pollan
19. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
20. Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert
21. The Happiness of Pursuit – Chris Guillebeau
22. Heat – Bill Buford
23. Amy and Isabelle – Elizabeth Strout
24. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay – Elena Ferrante
25. The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
26. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
27. Ghostwritten – David Mitchell (reread)
28. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
29. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
30. The Martian – Andy Weir

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« Reply #238 on: June 09, 2015, 06:18:48 AM »
Gathering together the bits of the list so far:

1. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
2. 1491, Charles Mann
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
4. Practical Demon-Keeping, Christopher Moore
5. The Simulacrum, Philip K Dick
6. In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
7. Guards, Guards! Terry Prachett
8. Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman
9. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
10. Catherine the Great, Robert K. Massie
11. Fall of Giants, Ken Follett
12. Gentlemen of the Road, Michael Chabon
13. Longbourn, Jo Baker
14. Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace
15. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
16. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
17. The Vacationers, Emma Straub
18. 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup
19. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan
20. American Gods, Neil Gaiman

And the update:

21. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
22. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
23. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #239 on: June 09, 2015, 07:04:19 AM »
So, Kriegsspiel, are you a very fast reader or do you have a lot of time or are you just very dedicated about using the time you have to read or some combination of the three?

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« Reply #240 on: June 09, 2015, 01:33:59 PM »
33. Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold

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« Reply #241 on: June 10, 2015, 02:14:49 PM »
So, Kriegsspiel, are you a very fast reader or do you have a lot of time or are you just very dedicated about using the time you have to read or some combination of the three?

Yea, all of the above. Prior to May I had a lot more free time than I do now, but I still try to read as much as I can. I'm sure you've heard the saying, "one who doesn't read can only live his own life, but one who reads lives many."

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« Reply #242 on: June 11, 2015, 10:17:36 AM »
34. Freakonomics, by Levitt and Dubner

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« Reply #243 on: June 11, 2015, 05:37:42 PM »
34. Freakonomics, by Levitt and Dubner
I loved that book, using economics for good! or at least for interesting. Didn't enjoy the sequel so much, although still interesting perhaps ti just seemed more of the same. What did you think of it?

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« Reply #244 on: June 12, 2015, 12:02:15 AM »
6. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas

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« Reply #245 on: June 12, 2015, 12:13:00 AM »
Finally made it over the halfway mark!

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. Hamlet- Shakespeare
3. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
4. Yes Please- Amy Poehler
5. Swing Low: A Life- Miriam Toewes
6. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
7. The Adventures of Hergé - Boquet et al.
8. The Children of Hurin - JRR Tolkien
9. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
10. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
11. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
12. The Beach - Alex Garland
13. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (re-read)
14. Good Wives- Louisa May Alcott
15. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
16. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
17. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
18. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
19. Outdoors With Gregory Clark - Gregory Clark
20. Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell
21. Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste - Bea Johnson
22. Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan - Azby Brown
23. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures - Kate di Camillo
24. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare

New:
25. Counting by Sevens - Holly Goldberg Sloan
26. The Incredible Journey - Sheila Burnford
27. Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet - T. Maclean (ed.)

Congrats ! And thanks for the list- gav me some ideas. Also, I did not realize cold comfort farm is a book - the movie is a fav- is it based on the book?

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« Reply #246 on: June 12, 2015, 11:18:05 PM »
Finally made it over the halfway mark!

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. Hamlet- Shakespeare
3. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
4. Yes Please- Amy Poehler
5. Swing Low: A Life- Miriam Toewes
6. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
7. The Adventures of Hergé - Boquet et al.
8. The Children of Hurin - JRR Tolkien
9. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
10. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
11. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
12. The Beach - Alex Garland
13. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (re-read)
14. Good Wives- Louisa May Alcott
15. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
16. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
17. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
18. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
19. Outdoors With Gregory Clark - Gregory Clark
20. Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell
21. Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste - Bea Johnson
22. Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan - Azby Brown
23. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures - Kate di Camillo
24. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare

New:
25. Counting by Sevens - Holly Goldberg Sloan
26. The Incredible Journey - Sheila Burnford
27. Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet - T. Maclean (ed.)

I am not in this challenge, but I could be, I started by own challenge of reading 100 classics (that I haven't previously read) over the next 5 years. I'm in year 2. I'm wondering, of the classics that you read this year, which one or two are your favorite (s)? I'm looking to expand my list. I just finished Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and it was brilliant. An amazingly tantalizing book & very well written. I would highly recommend it, especially since you read Pride and Prejudice (same time period) but Frankenstein is so much better, in my opinion anyways!

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« Reply #247 on: June 14, 2015, 08:12:27 PM »
6. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas

Wow! I've never heard of this book!  Have you read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline?  I loved it and it really opened my eyes and totally changed my shopping habits.

I've lost track of my book reading but I know since my last post way back in January that I've at least reached:
5. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
6. Louis XIV by Vincent Cronin

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« Reply #248 on: June 14, 2015, 10:13:28 PM »
I am not in this challenge, but I could be, I started by own challenge of reading 100 classics (that I haven't previously read) over the next 5 years. I'm in year 2. I'm wondering, of the classics that you read this year, which one or two are your favorite (s)? I'm looking to expand my list. I just finished Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and it was brilliant. An amazingly tantalizing book & very well written. I would highly recommend it, especially since you read Pride and Prejudice (same time period) but Frankenstein is so much better, in my opinion anyways!

I love reading classics! I read Frankenstein several years ago and loved it. It's one of my favourite books.

Of my list for this year, I'd say my favourites were
Pride and Prejudice
The Importance of Being Earnest
To Kill a Mockingbird
Robinson Crusoe

Some of my favourites from previous year would be:
Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
Germinal -Zola
Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde
Down and Out in Paris and London - Orwell


I'm hoping to add a few other classics to my list this year - hoping to try for Ulysses by Joyce, but it's pretty daunting! I may settle for Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man....

Good for you - I don't think I could attempt Ulysses, I started Anna Karenina by Tolstoy but I put it down after about 250 pages, I couldn't get into it. You gave me some good ideas though, thank you!
I've read To Kill a Mockingbird (one of my favorite books of all time) and Pride and Prejudice, but I'm going to add to my list-  Down and Out in Paris and London (l love Orwell), Picture of Dorian Gray, The Importance of being Earnest & a few others you mentioned. 
Thanks again!
Happy Reading!

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« Reply #249 on: June 15, 2015, 06:16:38 AM »
I only started reading in late April after a long hiatus. So far this is my list (don't know how far I'll get before end of year):
1. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
2. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
3. The Art of War - Sun Tzu
4. Alice's adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up - Marie Kondo
6. Delta of Venus - Anais Nin
7. The Romantics - Pankaj Mishra
Current reads:
Spellwright - Blake Charlton
A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin