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Re: 50 books
« Reply #300 on: July 24, 2015, 07:36:03 AM »
Books read 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. 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. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
14. In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan
15. The Martian - Andy Weir

16. Building Wealth One House at a Time - John W. Schaub
17. The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #301 on: July 24, 2015, 06:21:46 PM »

2. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris (This one is little and quick, maybe it shouldn't count. Started yesterday, I'll finish it tonight.)

Gasp, not count a David Sedaris??? unthinkable, lol

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« Reply #302 on: July 24, 2015, 06:35:59 PM »
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
8. Little Birds - Anais Nin
9. Spellwright - Blake Charlton
10. The Enchanted Castle - E Nesbit
11. Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll
12. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
13. Fire - Kristin Cashore
14. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
15. Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl - David Barnett
16. Divergent - Veronica Roth
17. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
18. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

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« Reply #303 on: July 24, 2015, 10:48:36 PM »
34. The Cancer Prevention Diet by Michio Kushi with Alex Jack

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« Reply #304 on: July 27, 2015, 07:03:00 AM »
27. 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness by Alanna Collen

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« Reply #305 on: July 27, 2015, 08:26:36 PM »
35. Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell

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« Reply #306 on: July 28, 2015, 04:27:11 AM »
  • Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry
  • Bring on the Apocalypse - George Monbiot
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver
  • 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
  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson
  • Real Food has Curves - Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein
  • Teacher Man - Frank McCourt
  • Opening Acts - Suki Cunningham
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo
  • 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.
  • Venetia - Georgette Heyer
  • The Grand Sophy - Georgette Heyer
  • The Diamond Throne - David Eddings - more re-reading, the two Sparhawk trilogies
  • The Ruby Knight - David Eddings
  • The Saphhire Rose - David Eddings
  • Domes of Fire - David Eddings
  • The Shining Ones - David Eddings
  • The Hidden City - David Eddings
  • Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination - Helen Fielding
  • Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
  • Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
  • Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson - in progress
  • Becoming your real self - Eddie Murphy (an Irish psychologist, not the actor, in case anyone was wondering :) ) - in progress

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #307 on: July 28, 2015, 01:38:57 PM »
Almost half way there.

1. One the Road - Jack Kerouac
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
3. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
4. Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout - Philip Conners
5. The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey
6. Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey
7. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
8. The Wild Truth - Carine McCandless
9. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
10. Beyond Wealth - Alexander Green
11. Revival - Stephen King
12. Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
13. The Best of Me - Nicholas Sparks
14. The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
15. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
16. Heartsick - Chelsea Cain
17. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
18. Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
19. The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
20. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
21. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
22. The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
23. My Real Children - Jo Walton

Currently reading: The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt



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Re: 50 books
« Reply #308 on: July 29, 2015, 01:41:13 PM »
What have I read so far this year (since may)...

1. Your Money of Your Life
2. The Millionaire Next Door
3-8. Codex Alara
9. The Magicians
10. The Way of Kings
11. What to Eat
12. The Eye of the World
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To be read:
13. Words of Radiance
14-25. (the rest of) The Wheel of Time
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Re: 50 books
« Reply #309 on: July 30, 2015, 06:21:54 AM »

2. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris (This one is little and quick, maybe it shouldn't count. Started yesterday, I'll finish it tonight.)

Gasp, not count a David Sedaris??? unthinkable, lol

Well, it has pictures, so it just feels like cheating, haha. If I find myself at 49 books on Dec 31, I'll probably add it back in!

Update:
26. Winter of the World, Ken Follett
27. The Night Gardener, Jonathan Auxier

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #310 on: July 31, 2015, 05:13:16 AM »
33. Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, by Stephen Herrero
34. Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Geitens
35. Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush: A Secret History of the Far North, by Lael Morgan
36. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
37. Thunderstruck by Eric Larson
38. Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry by McNish and Silcoff

39. I'm lumping together 3 short ones: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, 50 Best Place to Go Birding Around the Big Apple by John Thaxton, and Food 52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore

 

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #311 on: August 01, 2015, 06:34:02 PM »
36. I Love Your Style: How to Define & Refine Your Personal Style by Amanda Brooks

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #312 on: August 03, 2015, 12:43:24 AM »
37. A Shot of Malaria by Charles Souby

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« Reply #313 on: August 04, 2015, 04:56:29 PM »

32. The Lost Starship (Lost Starship Series Book 1), Vaughn Heppner

33. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Claire North (Great book)
34. The Lost Command (Lost Starship Book 2), Heppner
35. The Lost Destroyer (Lost Starship Book 3), Heppner

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« Reply #314 on: August 06, 2015, 09:46:17 PM »
37. A Shot of Malaria by Charles Souby

This book is brilliant. I recommend. Terrifying look into mind and life of a herion addict in SF.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #315 on: August 07, 2015, 04:26:18 AM »
What have I read so far this year (since may)...

1. Your Money of Your Life
2. The Millionaire Next Door
3-8. Codex Alara
9. The Magicians
10. The Way of Kings
11. What to Eat
12. The Eye of the World
13. The Great Hunt
14. Words of Radiance
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To be read:
15-25. (the rest of) The Wheel of Time
26-28. Mistborn trilogy

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #316 on: August 07, 2015, 05:52:32 AM »
What have I read so far this year (since may)...

1. Your Money of Your Life
2. The Millionaire Next Door
3-8. Codex Alara
9. The Magicians
10. The Way of Kings
11. What to Eat
12. The Eye of the World
13. The Great Hunt
14. Words of Radiance
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To be read:
15-25. (the rest of) The Wheel of Time
26-28. Mistborn trilogy
I just finished the Mistborn trilogy and really enjoyed it. The last book dragged a bit at first but I found the ending satisfying with all the various strands pulled together nicely. Look forward to reading more Sanderson. Have to admit to only really becoming aware of him because Robert Jordan chose him to co-author the last couple of WoT books. I think I may re-read WoT next year. Have been thinking about re-reading Harry Potter so might do that next. September is usually a phase of so busy I can't think about new books anymore. 

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #317 on: August 07, 2015, 06:01:29 AM »
What have I read so far this year (since may)...

1. Your Money of Your Life
2. The Millionaire Next Door
3-8. Codex Alara
9. The Magicians
10. The Way of Kings
11. What to Eat
12. The Eye of the World
13. The Great Hunt
14. Words of Radiance
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To be read:
15-25. (the rest of) The Wheel of Time
26-28. Mistborn trilogy
I just finished the Mistborn trilogy and really enjoyed it. The last book dragged a bit at first but I found the ending satisfying with all the various strands pulled together nicely. Look forward to reading more Sanderson. Have to admit to only really becoming aware of him because Robert Jordan chose him to co-author the last couple of WoT books.

Halfway through the second Mistborn book and enjoying it a lot!

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #318 on: August 07, 2015, 07:04:46 AM »
What have I read so far this year (since may)...

1. Your Money of Your Life
2. The Millionaire Next Door
3-8. Codex Alara
9. The Magicians
10. The Way of Kings
11. What to Eat
12. The Eye of the World
13. The Great Hunt
14. Words of Radiance
-------------------------
To be read:
15-25. (the rest of) The Wheel of Time
26-28. Mistborn trilogy
I just finished the Mistborn trilogy and really enjoyed it. The last book dragged a bit at first but I found the ending satisfying with all the various strands pulled together nicely. Look forward to reading more Sanderson. Have to admit to only really becoming aware of him because Robert Jordan chose him to co-author the last couple of WoT books.

Halfway through the second Mistborn book and enjoying it a lot!

Library has the rest of the trilogy but not the first one, so had to ILL it. There are a bunch of series like that. WoT is missing about half the books, so I had to order #4 since I'm a bit into #3. Library has #s 5 and 6, but not 7. Anyways, enough complaining about that. I read as quickly as I speak (unless I'm skipping a couple paragraphs of excess descriptions... (WoT is super guilty)).

You guys should read the first two books of The Stormlight Archive. Stupidly massive books by Sanderson (in excess of 1k pages each). They are super good.

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« Reply #319 on: August 07, 2015, 07:49:08 AM »
Ah so many books so little time:) Splendid challenge, there is only one problem - I'm already way past 50 books for the year. The trouble is not the amount of books, it is the quality content.
If I strive to enrich my mind reading 5 romance books a week is not getting me there - although it has me wallowing with relish in happy endings:)

However, since I found MMM I've re-read every one of my own finance books and checked out six more from the library. Then last week I checked out a few more so I am considering that my start for this challenge:

Waiting to be read:

1. The lies about money
2. A random walk down Wall Street
3. The lazy person's guide to investing
4. Earn more (sleep better) - the index fund solution
5. The math behind Wall Street - how the market works and how to make it work for you.
6. Warren Buffet and the Interpretation of Financial Statements

Re-read
7. The Total Money Makeover

Perusing through this thread now has me stalking Deborah's and Moonwave's choice of books:) - I am a big fan of sci-fi. Still want to read the rest of the Divergent series.

... and I've been waiting for two months for the overdrive version of Marie Kondo's book, The Magic of Tidying up... At this rate I'll be done decluttering by the time I finally get that book!:) - still 4 more people ahead of me... makes me want to order it from Amazon, but I'll wait in true MMM style.

I will not count the romance books I finished this week, but I will count a couple of my other thriftstore finds:

8. The Coffee Trade - David Liss (entertaining-educational - liked it so well will track down his "A Conspiracy of Paper")
9. A Ruthless Need - Catherine Cookson - (one of my favorite british authors - I love all her books)
10. How to Retire Young and Rich - Joseph S. Coyle (basic, but quite useful)
11. The Brethren - John Grisham - (always entertaining:)
12. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton - (not yet read)
13. Many lives Many Masters - Brian L. Weiss, M.D. (a re-read)
14. Tilly Alone - Catherine Cookson-  (always enjoyable)
15. The Alienist - Caleb Carr - (not yet read)

Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots. Challenging myself to cut down on the romance books and calling to extend the time on my finance books - no more library fees for me this year! Do you ever have that issue?:)

 

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« Reply #320 on: August 07, 2015, 08:18:31 AM »
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Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots. Challenging myself to cut down on the romance books and calling to extend the time on my finance books - no more library fees for me this year! Do you ever have that issue?:)
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« Reply #321 on: August 07, 2015, 09:07:38 AM »

Library has the rest of the trilogy but not the first one, so had to ILL it. There are a bunch of series like that. WoT is missing about half the books, so I had to order #4 since I'm a bit into #3. Library has #s 5 and 6, but not 7. Anyways, enough complaining about that. I read as quickly as I speak (unless I'm skipping a couple paragraphs of excess descriptions... (WoT is super guilty)).

You guys should read the first two books of The Stormlight Archive. Stupidly massive books by Sanderson (in excess of 1k pages each). They are super good.

I second the The Stormlight Archive. So good. Can't wait for book #3. WoT is my favorite fantasy series. Mistborn was definitely good.

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« Reply #322 on: August 07, 2015, 09:09:55 AM »


Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots. Challenging myself to cut down on the romance books and calling to extend the time on my finance books - no more library fees for me this year! Do you ever have that issue?:)

Isaac Asimov is my favorite. His Foundation series (which I just reread, again, this year) is great.

Two new series, which each only have one book in them so far, that I really enjoyed: book 1 "Fluency" of one series (can't recall) and book 1 "Starhold" of the other.

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« Reply #323 on: August 07, 2015, 02:32:14 PM »
Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots. Challenging myself to cut down on the romance books and calling to extend the time on my finance books - no more library fees for me this year! Do you ever have that issue?:)
My first real sci-fi/fantasy books were the Dragon series from Anne McCaffrey (who I found out later lived a mile or so away from where I was working at the time) - loved them and there was just enough of a romance story to make the transition from reading almost exclusively romance very easy. Also love the Crystal Singer trilogy and the Sassinak books from her. I've only read one Ursula LeGuin so far but have only heard good things about her stuff. And I like J.V. Jones, too. Have you read the Robin Hobb Farseer and Dragon triologies? They're great. If you're looking for other recommendations bookpunks is a site I enjoy - started by a couple of women, one of whom I've actually met (through blogging and then going to see her perform when she came to play near me - fabulous singer, too) and become friends with. She reads so fast though, it always feels like I will never be able to catch up on even a fraction of all the great sounding books she reviews.

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« Reply #324 on: August 07, 2015, 09:37:26 PM »
[quote author=Rosy link=topic=30421.msg759574#msg759574 date=1438955

Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots. Challenging myself to cut down on the romance books and calling to extend the time on my finance books - no more library fees for me this year! Do you ever have that issue?:)


Heinlein is a must.
Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land are both good books to Grock.

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« Reply #325 on: August 07, 2015, 09:39:35 PM »
[quote author=Rosy link=topic=30421.msg759574#msg759574 date=1438955

Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots. Challenging myself to cut down on the romance books and calling to extend the time on my finance books - no more library fees for me this year! Do you ever have that issue?:)


Heinlein is a must.
Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land are both good books to Grock.

Yes, both of those. And Ender's Game. If you had to CUT one, cut Stranger in a Strange Land. Don't cut Starship Troopers or Ender's Game, they fucking rule.

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« Reply #326 on: August 07, 2015, 10:55:48 PM »

Library has the rest of the trilogy but not the first one, so had to ILL it. There are a bunch of series like that. WoT is missing about half the books, so I had to order #4 since I'm a bit into #3. Library has #s 5 and 6, but not 7. Anyways, enough complaining about that. I read as quickly as I speak (unless I'm skipping a couple paragraphs of excess descriptions... (WoT is super guilty)).

You guys should read the first two books of The Stormlight Archive. Stupidly massive books by Sanderson (in excess of 1k pages each). They are super good.

I second the The Stormlight Archive. So good. Can't wait for book #3. WoT is my favorite fantasy series. Mistborn was definitely good.

I have the second Stormlight book in my pile. I read the last one back in Feb 2014, but I remember the main plot lines. Kaladin is the shit, Shallan stole something, blah blah.

 My library doesn't have the Mistborn books, which is sillybeans.

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« Reply #327 on: August 08, 2015, 04:58:24 PM »
Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots. Challenging myself to cut down on the romance books and calling to extend the time on my finance books - no more library fees for me this year! Do you ever have that issue?:)

For future societies, maybe Octavia Butler? And +1 Ursula K. Leguin. Also, set in the present day, but maybe you'd like Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear. And you're interested in the Divergent series...maybe you'd like...the Hunger Games series?

It's just, many are suggesting rather weighty tomes which means a change in format as well as a change in genre. [Too late, Rosy has already blocked my posts for the insulting suggestion of the Hunger Games.]

Other ideas: Gateway by Frederick Pohl (which is the start of the Heechee saga if you want to continue it), We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (though set in the future that's more a political novel)

For that matter, The Time Traveler's Wife? Nice speculative fiction cross between romance and science fiction.

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« Reply #328 on: August 09, 2015, 11:12:09 AM »
38. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinssella
Gahhh, I was never this bad , but wow I know a few who are along these lines.....
I certainly had a few money drains - like the salad bar ($200 a month !) and 2 or 3 coffees a day. And several dinners out a month. Thank God for Mustachianism.

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« Reply #329 on: August 10, 2015, 04:11:11 AM »
I was just thinking of suggesting Time Traveller's Wife as well. Loved that book and found it so surprising when someone chose it for book club that some of the others hated it. I think my willing suspension of disbelief works better than some other people's. :)

Thinking back to some more of the first sci-fi/fantasy books I read, I remember also enjoying Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!  Still have never gotten into the Terry Pratchett books but have the first Discworld one on my Kindle now so will at least get through that one, I think. My sister tells me the first one isn't great but I should definitely read it for background information and then the others are much better.

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« Reply #330 on: August 10, 2015, 06:39:23 AM »
have the first Discworld one on my Kindle now so will at least get through that one, I think. My sister tells me the first one isn't great but I should definitely read it for background information and then the others are much better.

I disagree with your sister - you really can jump in much later in the series and be fine.  Common suggestions are Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, or Mort, which all give you starting points in the major sub-series (Witches, Watch, & Death respectively).  And there are a bunch of stand alones as well.


Do you have any favorite sci-fi authors? - no blood and gore please, more future society plots.

Have you ever tried Jo Walton?  Her _Just City_ is about a bunch of people trying to bring Plato's city to life.  (NB: I haven't read book 2 yet)  Ann Leckie's _Ancillary Justice_ won all the awards the other year and is about very different societies (in many ways it feels in dialogue with Le Guin's _Left Hand of Darkness_).

If you are open to secondary world fantasy/futuristic societies, Max Gladstone's books are really good (start with _Three Parts Dead_).  _Goblin Emperor_ should win a bunch of the awards this year.  _Golem & the Jinni_ is a historical fantasy about immigrants in NYC.  _City of Stairs_ may have a bit too much gore, but it's a great worldbuilding.  NK Jemisin's last two series have had great societies, not much gore.  Francis Hardinge is shelved in YA, but her _Gullstruck Island_ is a beautiful work of prose with great societies.

For big society thinking, you might want to try Chine Mieville.  I bounce off his works, but certainly he is very well thought of. 

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« Reply #331 on: August 11, 2015, 06:01:56 AM »
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
8. Little Birds - Anais Nin
9. Spellwright - Blake Charlton
10. The Enchanted Castle - E Nesbit
11. Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll
12. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
13. Fire - Kristin Cashore
14. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
15. Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl - David Barnett
16. Divergent - Veronica Roth
17. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
18. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
19. Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon - David Barnett
20. Bitterblue - Kristin Cashore

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« Reply #332 on: August 11, 2015, 10:37:29 PM »
39. Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust.
My first reread of the year. I've been doing another gauntlet - Read your bookshelves- the last couple months, and hav finally got thru all the ones I hadn't read (and donated most).

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #333 on: August 12, 2015, 09:56:52 AM »
28. Edge of Eternity, Ken Follett. This is the first Ken Follett book I really struggled to get through. Not sure if I'm just sick of his writing after reading so much of him this year or what, but I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as the others. Overall I liked the Century trilogy less than the Kingsbridge series.

Seconding the Ender's Game recommendation -- such a great book. Also I ran across this list a couple weeks ago (http://io9.com/5924625/10-science-fiction-novels-you-pretend-to-have-read-and-why-you-should-actually-read-them). The ones I've read (actually read! haha) on there were great (Dune, Infinite Jest, 1984) so I've added the ones I haven't read to my to-read list -- you may find some sci-fi inspiration there as well.

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« Reply #334 on: August 13, 2015, 05:20:44 PM »
I am on book 65, almost finished wiht it for the year.  Whooot.  Using goodreads to track my progress.

A few years ago I did 125 books, never again.  Just too much.

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« Reply #335 on: August 13, 2015, 05:38:49 PM »
I am on book 65, almost finished wiht it for the year.  Whooot.  Using goodreads to track my progress.

A few years ago I did 125 books, never again.  Just too much.

Wow!
I'm about to begin no. 40

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« Reply #336 on: August 15, 2015, 06:08:22 PM »
Halfway around the track again.

51. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (31 May)
52. What To Expect When No One’s Expecting by Last (1 June)
53. Sit Like A Buddha by Rinzler (4 June)
54. The Post American World by Zakaria (7 June)
55. Ready Player One by Cline (13 June)
56. Bobos In Paradise by Brooks (14 June)
57. The Antidote by Burkeman (17 June)
58. Sons Of Wichita by Schulman (19 June)
59. American Gods by Gaiman (26 June)
60. Coming Apart by Murray (8 July)
61. Contagion by Cook (13 July)
62. Unbroken by Hildenbrand (18 July)
63. Einstein by Isaacson (20 July)
64. Money Secrets of the Amish by Craker (21 July)
65. Liberty Defined by Ron Paul (27 July)
66. Practical Nomad by Hasbrouck (28 July)
67. Nightfall by Asimov (1 Aug)
68. The Windup Girl by Bacigalupi (4 Aug)
69. The Basic Political Writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (5 Aug)
70. The Education of a Coach by Halberstam (7 Aug)
71. The Book On Flipping Houses by J Scott (8 Aug)
72. Civilization: The West and the Rest by Ferguson (9 Aug)
73. 1066 by Paxton ( (12 Aug)
74. The Fourth Turning by Strauss & Howe (15 Aug)
75. The Twilight Warriors by Gandt (15 Aug)

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« Reply #337 on: August 16, 2015, 08:01:44 PM »
40. Refashioned: Cutting edge clothing from upcycled materials by Sass Brown

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« Reply #338 on: August 17, 2015, 09:41:29 PM »
41. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
Reread. Hav read several times, but not for many many years.

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« Reply #339 on: August 18, 2015, 08:56:00 AM »
33. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Claire North (Great book)
34. The Lost Command (Lost Starship Book 2), Heppner
35. The Lost Destroyer (Lost Starship Book 3), Heppner

36. The White Tree, Cycle of Arawn, by Roberson
37. The Great Rift, Cycle of Arawn, by Roberson
38. (working on it) The Black Star, Cycle of Arawn, by Roberson

Looks like there is another trilogy in this series I'll try and read as well. SO many books. Making it easy to plow through the 50 this year. (so far)

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« Reply #340 on: August 18, 2015, 03:04:53 PM »
THANK YOU for all your great suggestions for sci-fi reading!

@sheepstache you made me laugh:) -  I have read the Hunger Games, but not the entire series - loved it - quite entertaining with enough thought provoking incidents to keep it interesting.

Haven't read the Time Travellers wife yet - but picked up the book at Goodwill. I saw the movie already and I'm not sure how this story will play out in a book. Looking forward to reading it.
Definitely will look for every one of the books you all recommended - never even heard of those authors and it will be fun to discover a new favorite author.

Heinlein and Asimov were my first love - read those in German as a teenager and later read them again in English. I'll look for Enders Game next - but have copied everyones suggestions to take with me to the library.

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« Reply #341 on: August 18, 2015, 03:31:43 PM »
Heinlein and Asimov were my first love - read those in German as a teenager and later read them again in English.
Ooh, do you have any recommendations for German sci-fi/fantasy authors?

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« Reply #342 on: August 18, 2015, 03:47:58 PM »
Called to extend the time on the finance books..... still
Waiting to be read:

1. The lies about money
2. A random walk down Wall Street
3. The lazy person's guide to investing
4. Earn more (sleep better) - the index fund solution
5. The math behind Wall Street - how the market works and how to make it work for you.
6. Warren Buffet and the Interpretation of Financial Statements
7. The Total Money Makeover (finished re-read)

8. The Coffee Trade - David Liss (Great read - Portugese Jews at the commodity exchange in Amsterdam -money-persecution-intrigue
9. A Ruthless Need - Catherine Cookson - (one of my favorite british authors - I love all her books)
10. How to Retire Young and Rich - Joseph S. Coyle (basic, but quite useful)
11. The Brethren - John Grisham - (always entertaining:)
12. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton - ( life of a young woman in 17th century Amsterdam - morals - sex - money - intrigue - secrets - great read )
13. Many lives Many Masters - Brian L. Weiss, M.D. (a re-read)
14. Tilly Alone - Catherine Cookson-  (always enjoyable)
15. The Alienist - Caleb Carr - (not yet read)
16. A Secret Kept - Tatiana de Dosnay (haunting - suspenseful - family secrets - riveting:)
17. A Ruthless Need - Catherine Cookson - one of her best character studies - working class and gentry - social changes - love - WWII
18. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (not yet read)

Plus - read five romance books since I posted last - so now I'm out of reading material from this genre. Will not pick up any more romance books until I'm done with the finance books.

Will hunt down all those marvelleous sci-fi suggestions - after I read the finance books:)

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« Reply #343 on: August 18, 2015, 03:55:06 PM »
Heinlein and Asimov were my first love - read those in German as a teenager and later read them again in English.
Ooh, do you have any recommendations for German sci-fi/fantasy authors?

Moonwaves - let me think on that one. It seems like they were all British and American authors - in the early sixties.
Last time I was in Germany someone gifted me an Ingrid Noll book - murder story, but OMG hilarious and spot on society observations. Well worth a read as a change of pace. I've been meaning to get more of her books.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #344 on: August 19, 2015, 06:46:50 AM »
29. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
30. Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer
31. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

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« Reply #345 on: August 24, 2015, 06:08:23 AM »
32. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
33. Foundation, Isaac Asimov

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #346 on: August 24, 2015, 06:35:24 AM »
21. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
22. The Wind Singer - William Nicholson

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« Reply #347 on: August 24, 2015, 06:47:25 AM »
  • Moab is my Washpot - Stephen Fry
  • Bring on the Apocalypse - George Monbiot
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver
  • 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
  • The Weathermonger - Peter Dickinson
  • Real Food has Curves - Mark Scarborough and Bruce Weinstein
  • Teacher Man - Frank McCourt
  • Opening Acts - Suki Cunningham
  • The life-changing magic of tidying up - Marie Kondo
  • 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.
  • Venetia - Georgette Heyer
  • The Grand Sophy - Georgette Heyer
  • The Diamond Throne - David Eddings - more re-reading, the two Sparhawk trilogies
  • The Ruby Knight - David Eddings
  • The Saphhire Rose - David Eddings
  • Domes of Fire - David Eddings
  • The Shining Ones - David Eddings
  • The Hidden City - David Eddings
  • Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination - Helen Fielding
  • Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
  • Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
  • Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
  • Becoming your real self - Eddie Murphy (an Irish psychologist, not the actor, in case anyone was wondering :) ) - in progress
  • Dune - Frank Herbert
  • Frugal Stuff that Works: Real Life advice from the ladies of our forum - Elaine Colliar

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« Reply #348 on: August 25, 2015, 12:02:54 PM »
42.Cages by Dave McKean .
Love this book , one of my favs. :)
My second reread, after I will be back to library books ( hurray! Im so looking forward to it!).

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« Reply #349 on: August 25, 2015, 12:12:19 PM »
1. Your Money of Your Life
2. The Millionaire Next Door
3-8. Codex Alara
9. The Magicians
10. The Way of Kings
11. What to Eat
12. The Eye of the World
13. The Great Hunt
14. Words of Radiance
15. Mistborn: The Final Empire
16. The Dark Rising
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To be read:
17-26. (the rest of) The Wheel of Time
27-28. Mistborn trilogy