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Re: 50 books
« Reply #450 on: November 21, 2015, 04:14:17 PM »
101. The Wars of the Roses by Jones (23 Oct)
102. Wool by Howey (25 Oct)
103. McMafia by Glenny (30 Oct)
104. Brave New War by John Robb (1 Nov)
105. John Adams by McCullough (3 Nov)
106. Evolution by Baxter (8 Nov)
107. The Miracle Of Freedom by Stewart (10 Nov)
108. Mark Twain by Powers (14 Nov)
109. Every Knee Shall Bow: The Truth And Tragedy Of Ruby Ridge And The Randy Weaver Family by Walter (17 Nov)

101 was pretty dry, and 107 felt like propaganda. The rest were excellent.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #451 on: November 22, 2015, 10:05:24 PM »
68. Miss Don't Touch me Vol. 1

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« Reply #452 on: November 23, 2015, 06:10:34 AM »
45. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #453 on: November 23, 2015, 07:32:06 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
18. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
19 . The Authenticity Hoax - Andrew Potter
20. Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari
21. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)
22. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think - Brian Wansink
23. Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
24. Mistborn: The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
24. Mistborn: The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson

25. You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
26. The Rich Employee - James Altucher
27. The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss

LOVED The Slow Regard of Silent Things, I know it's very hit-or-miss for folks, but it was definitely a hit for me.

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« Reply #454 on: November 23, 2015, 02:02:33 PM »
LOVED The Slow Regard of Silent Things, I know it's very hit-or-miss for folks, but it was definitely a hit for me.

I really liked it, too. Loved all the wordplay -- I know it's been translated into several other languages, and I can't begin to imagine how difficult it must have been to do justice to that.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #455 on: November 23, 2015, 11:06:33 PM »
69. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #456 on: November 24, 2015, 12:33:07 AM »
Add Catch-22.  I guarantee you will enjoy it!

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #457 on: November 24, 2015, 02:23:25 AM »
1. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
2. The Little Prince Ė 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
21. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
22. The Wind Singer - William Nicholson
23. Slaves of the Mastery - William Nichols of
24. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
25: Firesong - William Nicholson
26: I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education  and was shot by the Taliban  - Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
27: Allegiant - Veronica Roth
28: City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

New:
29: The Night Circus Ė Erin Morgenstern
30: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #458 on: November 29, 2015, 07:08:10 AM »
70. Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir.

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« Reply #459 on: November 29, 2015, 07:22:41 AM »
Joining in even though I will not hit 50 this year.  I started keeping track about 6 months ago, so I'm sure I am missing some.

1. Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin
2-4. The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
5. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
6-8. Atlantis World Trilogy by A.G. Riddle
9. How will you measure your life by Clayton Christenson
10. Wastelands, Stories of the Apocalypse by John Joseph Adams
11. Influx by Daniel Suarez
12. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
13. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
14. Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
15. Cashing in on the American Dream by Paul Terhorst (currently reading)
16. Lexicon by Max Barry (currently reading)
17. Fold by Peter Clines (currently reading)

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #460 on: November 29, 2015, 04:27:14 PM »
  • Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
  • Slaughterhouse five - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Q&A - Vikas Swarup
  • Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook - Terry Pratchett
  • Unseen academicals - Terry Pratchett
  • Jingo - TP
  • Raising Steam - TP
  • Empire of the moghul - Alex Rutherford
  • A man is not a financial plan - Joyce.. something?. Not bad, a bit condescending - aimed at Australian / NZ women who might think the word budget is a bit scary and want to achieve financial independence.
  • The thousand dollar tan line - Rob Thomas
  • Northanger Abbey - Val McDermid - a Jane Austen project book which I enjoyed enough to go looking for all the others, and re-read JA's version as well.
  • Mr midshipman Hornblower
  • Lieutenant Hornblower
  • Hornblower and the hotspur- all C S Forester
  • Scarecrow - Matthew Riley
  • The well of lost plots - Jasper fforde
  • First among sequels - Jasper Fforde
  • one of our Thursdays is missing  - JF
  • The woman who died a lot - J F
  • HB & the Atropos
  • The Happy Return
  • A Ship of the Line
  • Flying Colours
  • The Commodore]
  • Lord HB
  • HB in the West Indes - all CS Forester
  • Dealing with difficult people - Brinkman and Kirschner
  • Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
  • The misogyny factor - Anne Summers
  • The Wife Drought, Why women need wives and men need lives - Annabel Crabbe -both excellent books, the misogyny factor was a bit more anger inducing, whereas I feel comfortable asking my OH to read the wife drought, as it's definitely about equality rather than feminism
  • Blink - Malcolm Gladwell - I have three more of his to follow, judging by how good the first was I'm looking forward to them
  • David and Goliath - Gladwell
  • How to fail at almost everything and still win big - Scott Adams
  • The nerdist way - Chris hardwick
  • Tipping point
  • Outliers - both M Gladwell. Enjoyed these less than the previous, Blink was my favourite I think, but I need to re-read them a bit further apart I think.
  • Urn Burial - forgotten the author, but a new series for me - the basis for the Phryne Fisher tv series which I love.
  • The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett and Stephen ??? darn, forgot his name. LOVED this, and can't wait to get back to the library to get the next one out.
  • The Long War - TP and Stephen Baxter
  • The Long Mars - TP and Stephen Baxter
  • Murder in Mississippi - John Safran
  • finance book - Paul Clitheroe
  • What do we tell the children - some PhD, a guide to helping children deal with death. Turns out we did things pretty much they way he recommends, so that's good.
  • The great Zoo of China - Matthew Reilly. Love his books, easy and fun reads. (I only started it this morning) my first E-Book from my library, not a bad way to do it.
  • I, Superorganism - ... oops forgot the author. Really interesting book about our bacterial populations. Gotta love accessible summaries of cutting edge science
  • Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde
  • Tournament - Matthew Reilly
  • What the Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell, disappointing compared to his books (this one is a compilation of New Yorker articles)
  • The millionaire next door - disappointingly boring with too many stats, not what I was expecting.
  • The Rosie Effect - great sequel to the Rosie Project, stormed through this in a day
  • Little girls can be mean - rather interesting parenting book, quite relevant to our current stage of life with LO
  • Your money or your life - half finished. Not bad so far, but pretty basic compared to MMM

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #461 on: November 29, 2015, 07:04:24 PM »
51. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
52. Titan by Ron Chernow
53. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
54. The Counterfeiters by Andre Gide

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #462 on: November 30, 2015, 05:55:00 AM »
46. Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights, Salman Rushdie
47. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #463 on: December 09, 2015, 06:46:50 AM »
Think my 50th was Red Rising

Have added a few since
the Golden Son (sequel to RR)
Return of the Archwizards trilogy (The Summoning, Siege, Sorcerer) (Forgotten Realms)
Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari)
The Erevis Cale Trilogy (Twilight Falling, Dawn of Night, Midnights Mask) (Forgotten Realms)

Feel like I'm missing a couple but either way ended up at 60ish. Feels good, man.

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« Reply #464 on: December 09, 2015, 07:35:24 PM »
1. Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin
2-4. The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
5. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
6-8. Atlantis World Trilogy by A.G. Riddle
9. How will you measure your life by Clayton Christenson
10. Wastelands, Stories of the Apocalypse by John Joseph Adams
11. Influx by Daniel Suarez
12. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
13. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
14. Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
15. Lexicon by Max Barry
16. Fold by Peter Clines
17. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
18. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (currently reading)
19. The Point of Vanishing by Howard Axelrod(currently reading)

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« Reply #465 on: December 09, 2015, 09:18:21 PM »
71. Lean Mean Thirteen
72. The Devil wears Prada
73. Sinners by Jackie Collins

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« Reply #466 on: December 10, 2015, 01:28:50 AM »
1. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
2. The Little Prince Ė 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
21. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
22. The Wind Singer - William Nicholson
23. Slaves of the Mastery - William Nichols of
24. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
25: Firesong - William Nicholson
26: I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education  and was shot by the Taliban  - Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
27: Allegiant - Veronica Roth
28: City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
29: The Night Circus Ė Erin Morgenstern
30: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

New:
31: City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
32: "The children of Nina" - Nina Grundfeld
33: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Gayle T Lemmon
34: "The history of bees" - Maja Lunde
35: A Darker Shade of Magic - V E Schwab
36: Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare (current)

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #467 on: December 10, 2015, 07:25:29 AM »
48. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #468 on: December 14, 2015, 02:43:15 PM »
Woohoo, hit my goal!!

1) On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
2) The Scar by China Mieville
3) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
4) What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
5) The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
6) The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
7) The City & The City by China Mieville
8) Stilwell & The American Experience in China by Barbara Tuchman
9) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
10) Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria, Jr.
11) Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
12) The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall, III
13) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
14) A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani
15) No God But God by Reza Aslan
16) Alexander of Macedon by Peter Green
17) Rubicon by Tom Holland
18) World Without End by Ken Follett
19) The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
20) Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
21) The Iliad by Homer
22) Cicero by Anthony Everitt
23) Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly
24) Augustus by Anthony Everitt
25) Eaarth by Bill McKibben
26) America Again by Stephen Colbert
27) Storm Front by Jim Butcher
28) Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
29) The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
30) Food Rules by Michael Pollan
31) Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
32) Deep Economy by McKibben
33) Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurty
34) The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenburg
35) Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
36) Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
37) Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurty
38) Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
39)On Killing by Dave Grossman
40) A History of Warfare by John Keegan
41) Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
42) Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
43) Comanche Moon by Larry McMurty
44) Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
45) Failed Stated by Noam Chomsky
46) Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
47) Outsider in the House by Bernie Sanders
48) Death Masks by Jim Butcher
49) The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
50) Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post

I raided my HR library for a couple books toward the end there :) Overall, I'm very happy with my reading selection.  I might try to round it out with another two, so I can say I read a book every week haha.

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« Reply #469 on: December 14, 2015, 05:45:05 PM »
1. Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin
2-4. The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
5. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
6-8. Atlantis World Trilogy by A.G. Riddle
9. How will you measure your life by Clayton Christenson
10. Wastelands, Stories of the Apocalypse by John Joseph Adams
11. Influx by Daniel Suarez
12. Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
13. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
14. Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
15. Lexicon by Max Barry
16. Fold by Peter Clines
17. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
18. The Point of Vanishing by Howard Axelrod
19. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (currently reading)
20.  Red Rising by Pierce Brown (currently reading)
21.  Station Eleven by Emily St. John (currently reading)

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #470 on: December 16, 2015, 05:06:15 AM »
Woohoo, hit my goal!!

1) On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
2) The Scar by China Mieville
3) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
4) What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
5) The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
6) The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
7) The City & The City by China Mieville
8) Stilwell & The American Experience in China by Barbara Tuchman
9) Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
10) Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria, Jr.
11) Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
12) The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall, III
13) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
14) A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani
15) No God But God by Reza Aslan
16) Alexander of Macedon by Peter Green
17) Rubicon by Tom Holland
18) World Without End by Ken Follett
19) The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
20) Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
21) The Iliad by Homer
22) Cicero by Anthony Everitt
23) Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly
24) Augustus by Anthony Everitt
25) Eaarth by Bill McKibben
26) America Again by Stephen Colbert
27) Storm Front by Jim Butcher
28) Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
29) The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
30) Food Rules by Michael Pollan
31) Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson
32) Deep Economy by McKibben
33) Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurty
34) The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenburg
35) Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
36) Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
37) Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurty
38) Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
39)On Killing by Dave Grossman
40) A History of Warfare by John Keegan
41) Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
42) Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
43) Comanche Moon by Larry McMurty
44) Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
45) Failed Stated by Noam Chomsky
46) Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
47) Outsider in the House by Bernie Sanders
48) Death Masks by Jim Butcher
49) The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
50) Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post

I raided my HR library for a couple books toward the end there :) Overall, I'm very happy with my reading selection.  I might try to round it out with another two, so I can say I read a book every week haha.

Solid list there.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #471 on: December 17, 2015, 06:51:53 AM »
Made it! Hooray!

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
21. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
22. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
23. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore
24. Doctor Sleep, Stephen King
24. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
25. The Martian, Andy Weir
26. Winter of the World, Ken Follett
27. The Night Gardener, Jonathan Auxier
28. Edge of Eternity, Ken Follett
29. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
30. Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer
31. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
32. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
33. Foundation, Isaac Asimov
34. Foundation and Empire, Isaac Asimov
35. The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood
36. MaddAddam, Margaret Atwood
37. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
38. The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
39. Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James
40. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
41. Lock In, John Scalzi
42. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
43. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne
44. The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
45. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson
46. Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights, Salman Rushdie
47. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
48. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
49. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
50. Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

Some thoughts / data looking back at the list:

15 nonfiction (4 memoir, 2 biography, 7 history, 1 essays, 1 psychology), 35 fiction (2 full series -- the Century trilogy and the MaddAddam trilogy, plus parts of the Foundation series and Kingkiller chronicle).

2 unintentional themes: 8 books were either explicitly about WWII or used WWII as a plot point in one way or another. 2 books related to Pride and Prejudice, one of which I didn't realize was related until I started it (Death Comes to Pemberley).

Longest book was 1Q84, clocking in at 1184 pages, followed by Edge of Eternity at 1120 pages. (Roughly -- I read both on a kindle so I'm just going off of what Amazon says the paperback length is.) In all, about 11 books longer than 500 pages.

4 books were engrossing enough (and short enough) that I read them in a day.

45 unique authors, 30 of whom were new to me this year.

Favorite overall was probably American Gods. Bel Canto and Gentlemen of the Road were the only ones I really didn't like. Both very well written, but they just didn't hold my attention.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #472 on: December 18, 2015, 07:44:22 PM »
  • Learning To Breath Fire by Herz (3 Jan)
  • History of the Great American Fortunes by Myer (17 Jan)
  • Three Words 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)
  • Letís 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 Canít 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 Peopleís History Of The United States by Zinn (30 May)
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (31 May)
  • What To Expect When No Oneís Expecting by Last (1 June)
  • Sit Like A Buddha by Rinzler (4 June)
  • The Post American World by Zakaria (7 June)
  • Ready Player One by Cline (13 June)
  • Bobos In Paradise by Brooks (14 June)
  • The Antidote by Burkeman (17 June)
  • Sons Of Wichita by Schulman (19 June)
  • American Gods by Gaiman (26 June)
  • Coming Apart by Murray (8 July)
  • Contagion by Cook (13 July)
  • Unbroken by Hildenbrand (18 July)
  • Einstein by Isaacson (20 July)
  • Money Secrets of the Amish by Craker (21 July)
  • Liberty Defined by Ron Paul (27 July)
  • Practical Nomad by Hasbrouck (28 July)
  • Nightfall by Asimov (1 Aug)
  • The Windup Girl by Bacigalupi (4 Aug)
  • The Basic Political Writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (5 Aug)
  • The Education of a Coach by Halberstam (7 Aug)
  • The Book On Flipping Houses by J Scott (8 Aug)
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest by Ferguson (9 Aug)
  • 1066 by Paxton (12 Aug)
  • The Fourth Turning by Strauss & Howe (15 Aug)
  • The Twilight Warriors by Gandt (15 Aug)
  • Practical Permaculture by Bloom & Boehnlein (17 Aug)
  • The Great Degeneration by Ferguson (18 Aug)
  • The Woman Who Canít Forget by Price & Davis (20 Aug)
  • Zoom by Carson & Vaitheeswaran (21 Aug)
  • Down And Out In Paris And London by Orwell (22 Aug)
  • The Big Three In Economics by Skousen (27 Aug)
  • The Gods Themselves by Asimov (29 Aug)
  • Sleeping With The Devil by Baer (30 Aug)
  • See No Evil by Baer (3 Sep)
  • Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal by Salatin (8 Sep)
  • The Heart And The Fist by Geittner (10 Sep)
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Weatherford (12 Sep)
  • Divergent by Roth (14 Sep)
  • Salad Bar Beef by Salatin (17 Sep)
  • American Colossus by Brands (19 Sep)
  • Insurgent by Roth (21 Sep)
  • Zodiac by Graysmith (24 Sep)
  • Allegiant by Roth (25 Sep)
  • Neuromancer by Gibson (29 Sep)
  • DNA USA by Sykes (30 Sep)
  • The Postman by Brin (4 Oct)
  • Modern Scholar: The World of George Orwell by Sheldon (6 Oct)
  • Savage Continent: Europe In The Aftermath Of WWII by Lowe (13 Oct)
  • Notes From A Small Island by Bryson (14 Oct)
  • A Concise History of Byzantium by Treadgold (18 Oct)
  • The Wars of the Roses by Jones (23 Oct)
  • Wool by Howey (25 Oct)
  • McMafia by Glenny (30 Oct)
  • Brave New War by John Robb (1 Nov)
  • John Adams by McCullough (3 Nov)
  • Evolution by Baxter (8 Nov)
  • The Miracle Of Freedom by Stewart (10 Nov)
  • Mark Twain by Powers (14 Nov)
  • Every Knee Shall Bow: The Truth And Tragedy Of Ruby Ridge And The Weaver Family by Walter (17 Nov)
  • Manifold: Time by Baxter (24 Nov)
  • Ronald Reagan: The Triumph Of Imagination by Reeves (1 Dec)
  • Corporate Warriors by Singer (7 Dec)
  • Tourists: How Our Fastest Growing Industry Is Changing The World by Krotz (12 Dec)
  • Reconciliation by Benazir Bhutto (16 Dec)
  • Freedom by Franzen (18 Dec)

34 fiction, 81 nonfiction

Top Fiction
Ready Player One
The Windup Girl
Matterhorn
Freedom

Top Nonfiction
Savage Continent
Einstein
The Better Angels Of Our Nature
How To Fail At Nearly Everything And Still Win Big
Every Knee Shall Bow
Brave New War

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« Reply #473 on: December 21, 2015, 03:58:57 PM »
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
18. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
19 . The Authenticity Hoax - Andrew Potter
20. Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari
21. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)
22. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think - Brian Wansink
23. Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
24. Mistborn: The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
25. Mistborn: The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
26. You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
27. The Rich Employee - James Altucher
28. The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss
29. Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Lund Fisker

Probably won't get any more books finished this year, but it's been good. Personal goal was 35.

12 fiction
17 non-fiction

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« Reply #474 on: December 21, 2015, 07:44:00 PM »
I love this idea for 2016! Are you going to start a new thread or should we keep posting here?

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« Reply #475 on: December 23, 2015, 06:50:00 PM »
74. Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline

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« Reply #476 on: December 24, 2015, 09:26:14 AM »
  • Learning To Breath Fire by Herz (3 Jan)
  • History of the Great American Fortunes by Myer (17 Jan)
  • Three Words 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)
  • Letís 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 Canít 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 Peopleís History Of The United States by Zinn (30 May)
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (31 May)
  • What To Expect When No Oneís Expecting by Last (1 June)
  • Sit Like A Buddha by Rinzler (4 June)
  • The Post American World by Zakaria (7 June)
  • Ready Player One by Cline (13 June)
  • Bobos In Paradise by Brooks (14 June)
  • The Antidote by Burkeman (17 June)
  • Sons Of Wichita by Schulman (19 June)
  • American Gods by Gaiman (26 June)
  • Coming Apart by Murray (8 July)
  • Contagion by Cook (13 July)
  • Unbroken by Hildenbrand (18 July)
  • Einstein by Isaacson (20 July)
  • Money Secrets of the Amish by Craker (21 July)
  • Liberty Defined by Ron Paul (27 July)
  • Practical Nomad by Hasbrouck (28 July)
  • Nightfall by Asimov (1 Aug)
  • The Windup Girl by Bacigalupi (4 Aug)
  • The Basic Political Writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (5 Aug)
  • The Education of a Coach by Halberstam (7 Aug)
  • The Book On Flipping Houses by J Scott (8 Aug)
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest by Ferguson (9 Aug)
  • 1066 by Paxton (12 Aug)
  • The Fourth Turning by Strauss & Howe (15 Aug)
  • The Twilight Warriors by Gandt (15 Aug)
  • Practical Permaculture by Bloom & Boehnlein (17 Aug)
  • The Great Degeneration by Ferguson (18 Aug)
  • The Woman Who Canít Forget by Price & Davis (20 Aug)
  • Zoom by Carson & Vaitheeswaran (21 Aug)
  • Down And Out In Paris And London by Orwell (22 Aug)
  • The Big Three In Economics by Skousen (27 Aug)
  • The Gods Themselves by Asimov (29 Aug)
  • Sleeping With The Devil by Baer (30 Aug)
  • See No Evil by Baer (3 Sep)
  • Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal by Salatin (8 Sep)
  • The Heart And The Fist by Geittner (10 Sep)
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Weatherford (12 Sep)
  • Divergent by Roth (14 Sep)
  • Salad Bar Beef by Salatin (17 Sep)
  • American Colossus by Brands (19 Sep)
  • Insurgent by Roth (21 Sep)
  • Zodiac by Graysmith (24 Sep)
  • Allegiant by Roth (25 Sep)
  • Neuromancer by Gibson (29 Sep)
  • DNA USA by Sykes (30 Sep)
  • The Postman by Brin (4 Oct)
  • Modern Scholar: The World of George Orwell by Sheldon (6 Oct)
  • Savage Continent: Europe In The Aftermath Of WWII by Lowe (13 Oct)
  • Notes From A Small Island by Bryson (14 Oct)
  • A Concise History of Byzantium by Treadgold (18 Oct)
  • The Wars of the Roses by Jones (23 Oct)
  • Wool by Howey (25 Oct)
  • McMafia by Glenny (30 Oct)
  • Brave New War by John Robb (1 Nov)
  • John Adams by McCullough (3 Nov)
  • Evolution by Baxter (8 Nov)
  • The Miracle Of Freedom by Stewart (10 Nov)
  • Mark Twain by Powers (14 Nov)
  • Every Knee Shall Bow: The Truth And Tragedy Of Ruby Ridge And The Weaver Family by Walter (17 Nov)
  • Manifold: Time by Baxter (24 Nov)
  • Ronald Reagan: The Triumph Of Imagination by Reeves (1 Dec)
  • Corporate Warriors by Singer (7 Dec)
  • Tourists: How Our Fastest Growing Industry Is Changing The World by Krotz (12 Dec)
  • Reconciliation by Benazir Bhutto (16 Dec)
  • Freedom by Franzen (18 Dec)

34 fiction, 81 nonfiction

Top Fiction
Ready Player One
The Windup Girl
Matterhorn
Freedom

Top Nonfiction
Savage Continent
Einstein
The Better Angels Of Our Nature
How To Fail At Nearly Everything And Still Win Big
Every Knee Shall Bow
Brave New War

Very impressive list!  How many hours a day do you usually read?

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #477 on: December 24, 2015, 12:43:57 PM »
  • Learning To Breath Fire by Herz (3 Jan)


115, now that's impressive !

if you did that and have a full time job, that's incredible. I was feeling pretty proud of my 52 in 51 weeks, finished today; but you nearly doubled me.

oh hell, I'm proud of my 52; it's still probably better than 99% pf the country.
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Re: 50 books
« Reply #478 on: December 24, 2015, 12:47:47 PM »


 as mentioned in above post, my 52 in 51 weeks or 2015:

agents of the apocalypse-
 there is a god-
 personal evangelism -
 SEVEN deadly virtues -
 ultimate cheapskate -
 ultimate obama survival guide-
 stop aging now -
 jesus on trail -
futurecast           
killing jesus
Futuring
if you survive
Killing zone
bloodlands
survival at Auschwitz
No worse enemy
debt, the first 5,000 years
surronded by heroes
ebola
 slope of hope
 life plan diet
 God and stephen hawking
 start up nation
 the coldest war
 case for israel
the first world war
battles of world war one
einsteins dreams
on call in hell
going to pot
 ten commandments
 freedom manifesto
 in our hand
 one square mile of hell
 last man out
 the secret carmera
 learned optimiism
 start
the way the universe is
gun control -
vioces from the holocaust-

it is about islam -
what if? -
if the allies had fallen-
unstoppabel global warming-
mere chruchianity-
freedom at both ends of a leash-
gray dawn-
creator of the cosmos-


the ones in bold, I highly recommend.

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« Reply #479 on: December 24, 2015, 07:31:42 PM »
How many books should we throw down next year, what do u think?:
I really need to gauntlet time spent on writing/editing though. There would be some serious competition for my time ha-ha!
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Re: 50 books
« Reply #480 on: December 24, 2015, 07:50:55 PM »
1-115

Very impressive list!  How many hours a day do you usually read?

Thank you.

I don't know, like an hour or sometimes more. If a book is really interesting I'll read a lot more. During football season I'm drunk a lot.

Quote from: Cougar.... rawr
115, now that's impressive !

if you did that and have a full time job, that's incredible. I was feeling pretty proud of my 52 in 51 weeks, finished today; but you nearly doubled me.

oh hell, I'm proud of my 52; it's still probably better than 99% pf the country.

Thank you. Yes, I have a real job. I can, every once in a while, read while on the job though, which is definitely something some people can't do maybe.
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Not to be a motherfucking competitor or anything, but I outread you by a 2.21/1 ratio, so I more than doubled you.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #481 on: December 24, 2015, 10:48:18 PM »
1-115

Very impressive list!  How many hours a day do you usually read?

Thank you.

I don't know, like an hour or sometimes more. If a book is really interesting I'll read a lot more. During football season I'm drunk a lot.

Quote from: Cougar.... rawr
115, now that's impressive !

if you did that and have a full time job, that's incredible. I was feeling pretty proud of my 52 in 51 weeks, finished today; but you nearly doubled me.

oh hell, I'm proud of my 52; it's still probably better than 99% pf the country.

Thank you. Yes, I have a real job. I can, every once in a while, read while on the job though, which is definitely something some people can't do maybe.
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Not to be a motherfucking competitor or anything, but I outread you by a 2.21/1 ratio, so I more than doubled you.


I'm on #75 which I didn't expect. I mean I know I read with breakfast and dinner and a lot more on some days, but keeping track has really been an eye opener. Then again, I was unable to work much this year, so probably a bit higher than usual.
Ive been thinking if I put as much time and focus into another goal I have, I would potentially make great strides. Sometimes reading is an easier  alternative for me.

On another note, its hilarious what you said about football season. Cheers.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #482 on: December 28, 2015, 12:16:00 AM »
75. The Sweet Life by Francine Pascal

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #483 on: December 28, 2015, 10:06:13 AM »
33.  The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller
34.  Finding Sheba by H.B. Moore
35.  The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
36. The Buried Life by Carrie Patel
37.  Dragonfish: a Novel by Vu Tran
38.  The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
39.  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
40.  The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
41.  Take No More by Seb Kirby
42.  Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (Halloween reading!)
43.  The Teacher Who Learned from Cats: Sharon Rhutasel- Jones by Sharon Rhutasel-Jones
44.  An Empty Tree (Blue Eyes Book 1) by Glenn Trust
45.  The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
46.  Entanglement: A Novel by Katie Rose Guest Pryal
47.  The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty) by Ken Liu
48.  The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
49.  Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
50.  The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1) by Robert Galbraith Ė otherwise known as J. K. Rowling
51.  The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

I read somewhere that the average person reads a median of six books per year.  So everyone who took this challenge did great. 

I get a lot of great reading from the library, but I also got a lot of free and very cheap (99 ₵) kindle books this year, selected from daily emails from BookBub and BookGorilla. I now have hundreds of kindle books to read. I started but did not finish many of the free kindle selections Ė did not include those on the list. Iím halfway through one of the free selections now, but itís turning into an irritating drudgery of a read Ė may not make it to 52 books before the end of the year (though I didnít think Iíd make it to 50).

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« Reply #484 on: December 29, 2015, 12:47:26 PM »
I am going to try and read 52 books in 2016. I have been a 1 or 2 book a month person but i have decided to go deep and try 1 a week in 2016 and then maybe FOREVER.

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #485 on: December 29, 2015, 04:01:50 PM »
I didn't take this challenge, per se--first post in this thread.  First time opening it, I believe, though I've seen the title many times.

Goodreads does say I read 52 books this year, so I managed to achieve it.  Have two more I'm in the middle of that may or may not be done by the 31st.

If you use Goodreads, you can check out your Year in Books 2015: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015

Pretty neat.

My stats:
52 books
15,722 pages
SHORTEST BOOK - 13 pages All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein
LONGEST BOOK - 1,177 pages A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
AVERAGE LENGTH 314 pages

I guess my goal for next year (maybe I should put goal in quotation marks--it'll be a loose goal, at best, as I won't write it down or try to actively achieve it) will be to read more books than this year, even if just one more.

Also, MOD NOTE as a forum cleaning type thing, I'll probably lock this thread in January.  Anyone feel free to start a "50 books 2016" thread and link back to this one in the first post (and post in this thread with a link to the new one), and anyone can feel free to go back and edit their post in this thread with their final 2015 tally (I'll leave it for a few weeks at least so people can make new posts to do that if they wish).  :)
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« Reply #486 on: December 31, 2015, 09:19:57 AM »
How many books should we throw down next year, what do u think?:
I really need to gauntlet time spent on writing/editing though. There would be some serious competition for my time ha-ha!
;)



don't know about everyone else, but i am out.

read 25 books in 2014 and looks like it'll end up being 54 in 2015(if i get some free time today).

i figured with over millions of books published and me only having another potential 40 years to read, i'm not going to make a dent in having knowledge of everything by books and the credit i got for doing that was nada outside my own sense of accomplishment.

SO, i have decided to do what i enjoy in 2016 with all that free time lost, like figuring out the results of equations like the force of gravity of objects(aka rocket science) and energy of sunspots over time and re-upping my german and russian to where i'm satisfied with when i'm not sitting somewhere enjoying good food and drink with a pretty view. one of the books i read this year was "freedom on both ends of a leash" and it reinforced how short your life is, how little what you do matters and you might just enjoy your time and let the world do what it will.

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« Reply #487 on: December 31, 2015, 09:28:24 AM »
How many books should we throw down next year, what do u think?:
I really need to gauntlet time spent on writing/editing though. There would be some serious competition for my time ha-ha!
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don't know about everyone else, but i am out.

read 25 books in 2014 and looks like it'll end up being 54 in 2015(if i get some free time today).

i figured with over millions of books published and me only having another potential 40 years to read, i'm not going to make a dent in having knowledge of everything by books and the credit i got for doing that was nada outside my own sense of accomplishment.

SO, i have decided to do what i enjoy in 2016 with all that free time lost, like figuring out the results of equations like the force of gravity of objects(aka rocket science) and energy of sunspots over time and re-upping my german and russian to where i'm satisfied with when i'm not sitting somewhere enjoying good food and drink with a pretty view. one of the books i read this year was "freedom on both ends of a leash" and it reinforced how short your life is, how little what you do matters and you might just enjoy your time and let the world do what it will.

Ya, I'm going to go for ALOT less reading.. Hit 75 this year.
Started a writing gauntlet for 2016, and have been writing everyday for a bit. A better use of my time since I have a goal for this next year.

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« Reply #488 on: December 31, 2015, 09:30:26 AM »
76. The Knockoff.

76, woot woot. That's gotta be a record for me? Because of the gauntlet motivating , although I read ALOT as a kid so maybe not! :)

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« Reply #489 on: December 31, 2015, 09:46:06 AM »
i figured with over millions of books published and me only having another potential 40 years to read

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« Reply #490 on: December 31, 2015, 11:33:35 AM »
I got through ~40 books this year.  I probably could have done 50, but some of those were long books in Spanish so they took much longer to read.

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« Reply #491 on: January 01, 2016, 06:16:45 AM »
Happy to report I read 82 books this year! 68 fully completed and 13 left uncompleted because I lost interest. A good mix of business, history, psychology and fiction (mostly fantasy and sci-fi) books:

 
1.       Saga Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
2.       The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
3.       Pinocchio Vampire Slayer - Dustin Higgins and Van Jensen
4.       Avengers Issues 39-42 - Jonathan Hickman
5.       New Avengers Issues 27-31 - Jonathan Hickman
6.       American Vampire Volume 1 - Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Stephen King
7.       Shutter Volume 1: Wanderlost - Joe Keatinge, Leila Del Duca and Owen Gieni
8.       Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
9.       Sophie's World (15%) - Jostein Gaarder
10.   The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach
11.   Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress - Dai Sijie
12.   You Have Too Much Shit - Chris Thomas
13.   Your Money or Your Life (11%) - Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez
14.   Happiness - Mark Manson
15.   Relationships - Mark Manson
16.   The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (And When to Stick) (10%) - Seth Godin
17.   The King in Yellow - Robert W. Chambers
18.   Hunger - Elise Blackwell
19.   Japanese Fairy Tales - Yei Theodora Ozaki
20.   The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
21.   Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard - Chip Heath and Dan Heath
22.   Kikomachine Vol. 10: Sanduguan ng Sangkalawakan - Manix Abrera
23.   The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
24.   Alex + Ada Volume 1 - Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
25.   Alex + Ada Volume 2 - Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
26.   Copperhead Volume 1 - Jay Faerber - Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley
27.   Thor Issues 1-6  - Jason Aaron
28.   Underworld (10%) - Don DeLillo
29.   Specimen Days  - Michael Cunningham
30.   Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
31.   The First Law Book One: The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie
32.   The Martian - Andy Weir
33.   Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me - Various Authors (edited by Ben Karlin)
34.   Collected Stories (5%) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
35.   The Swerve: How the World Became Modern - Stephen Greenblatt
36.   The Circle - Dave Eggers
37.   His Dark Materials I: The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
38.   His Dark Materials II: The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
39.   His Dark Materials III: The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
40.   The Dark Tower 4.5: The Wind Through the Keyhole - Stephen King
41.   Love & Misadventure - Lang Leav
42.   The Old Kingdom I: Sabriel - Garth Nix
43.   A Brief History of Time (11%) - Stephen Hawking
44.   A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers - Lawrence G. McDonald and Patrick Robinson
45.   Children of Men  - P.D. James
46.   Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - Michael Lewis
47.   Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
48.   A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
49.   The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (15%) - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
50.   I Am A Cat (10%) - Natsume Soseki
51.   A Random Walk Down Wall Street - 10th Edition - Burton G. Malkiel
52.   Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
53.   Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
54.   Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche - Haruki Murakami
55.   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Mari Kondo
56.   Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (20%) - David Foster Wallace
57.   The Magic of Thinking Big (10%) - David J. Schwartz
58.   The Hundred-Foot Journey - Richard C. Morais
59.   The Post-American World  - Fareed Zakaria
60.   David and Goliath: Underdogs - Misfits and The Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell
61.   Kusamakura - Soseki Natsume
62.   Sanshiro - Soseki Natsume
63.   The Summer Guest - Justin Cronin
64.   Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
65.   The Intelligent Investor (Fourth Edition) - Benjamin Graham with notes by Jason Zweig
66.   Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
67.   Become What You Are (16%) - Alan Watts
68.   I Am Pusheen the Cat - Claire Belton
69.   Dangerous Women (short stories) - Various Authors (edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois)
70.   Mistborn Book 1: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
71.   Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity - What Our Online Lives Tell Us about Our Offline Selves - Christian Rudder
72.   The Descendants - Kaui Hart Hemmings
73.   Mistborn Book 2: The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
74.   Mistborn Book 3: The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson
75.   The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
76.   From Grit to Great: the Journey to Becoming Asia's Apprentice - Jonathan Yabut
77.   Mistborn Book 4: The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson
78.   Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth  - T. Harv Eker
79.   Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy  - Martin Lindstrom
80.   How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking - Dale Carnegie
81.   Thinking - Fast and Slow (5%) - Daniel Kahneman
82.   Mistborn Book 5: Shadows of Self - Brandon Sanderson

I've already finished one book on my 2016 reading list! Will post in the relevant thread once it's created (if it hasn't already).

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #492 on: January 01, 2016, 04:04:49 PM »
1. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
2. The Little Prince Ė 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
21. The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
22. The Wind Singer - William Nicholson
23. Slaves of the Mastery - William Nichols of
24. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
25: Firesong - William Nicholson
26: I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education  and was shot by the Taliban  - Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
27: Allegiant - Veronica Roth
28: City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
29: The Night Circus Ė Erin Morgenstern
30: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
31: City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
32: "The children of Nina" - Nina Grundfeld
33: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana - Gayle T Lemmon
34: "The history of bees" - Maja Lunde
35: A Darker Shade of Magic - V E Schwab
Last of the year:
36: The Secret Garden - Frances H Burnett
37: The Bungalow Mystery (Nancy Drew)
38: The Mystery at Lilac Inn (Nancy Drew)

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #493 on: January 14, 2016, 12:29:57 AM »
MOD NOTE as a forum cleaning type thing, I'll probably lock this thread in January.  Anyone feel free to start a "50 books 2016" thread and link back to this one in the first post (and post in this thread with a link to the new one), and anyone can feel free to go back and edit their post in this thread with their final 2015 tally (I'll leave it for a few weeks at least so people can make new posts to do that if they wish).  :)

Please don't lock it just yet - I really really want to post my final list :-)

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Re: 50 books
« Reply #494 on: January 14, 2016, 04:39:25 AM »
  • Learning To Breath Fire by Herz (3 Jan)
  • History of the Great American Fortunes by Myer (17 Jan)
  • Three Words 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)
  • Letís 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 Canít 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 Peopleís History Of The United States by Zinn (30 May)
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (31 May)
  • What To Expect When No Oneís Expecting by Last (1 June)
  • Sit Like A Buddha by Rinzler (4 June)
  • The Post American World by Zakaria (7 June)
  • Ready Player One by Cline (13 June)
  • Bobos In Paradise by Brooks (14 June)
  • The Antidote by Burkeman (17 June)
  • Sons Of Wichita by Schulman (19 June)
  • American Gods by Gaiman (26 June)
  • Coming Apart by Murray (8 July)
  • Contagion by Cook (13 July)
  • Unbroken by Hildenbrand (18 July)
  • Einstein by Isaacson (20 July)
  • Money Secrets of the Amish by Craker (21 July)
  • Liberty Defined by Ron Paul (27 July)
  • Practical Nomad by Hasbrouck (28 July)
  • Nightfall by Asimov (1 Aug)
  • The Windup Girl by Bacigalupi (4 Aug)
  • The Basic Political Writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (5 Aug)
  • The Education of a Coach by Halberstam (7 Aug)
  • The Book On Flipping Houses by J Scott (8 Aug)
  • Civilization: The West and the Rest by Ferguson (9 Aug)
  • 1066 by Paxton (12 Aug)
  • The Fourth Turning by Strauss & Howe (15 Aug)
  • The Twilight Warriors by Gandt (15 Aug)
  • Practical Permaculture by Bloom & Boehnlein (17 Aug)
  • The Great Degeneration by Ferguson (18 Aug)
  • The Woman Who Canít Forget by Price & Davis (20 Aug)
  • Zoom by Carson & Vaitheeswaran (21 Aug)
  • Down And Out In Paris And London by Orwell (22 Aug)
  • The Big Three In Economics by Skousen (27 Aug)
  • The Gods Themselves by Asimov (29 Aug)
  • Sleeping With The Devil by Baer (30 Aug)
  • See No Evil by Baer (3 Sep)
  • Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal by Salatin (8 Sep)
  • The Heart And The Fist by Geittner (10 Sep)
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Weatherford (12 Sep)
  • Divergent by Roth (14 Sep)
  • Salad Bar Beef by Salatin (17 Sep)
  • American Colossus by Brands (19 Sep)
  • Insurgent by Roth (21 Sep)
  • Zodiac by Graysmith (24 Sep)
  • Allegiant by Roth (25 Sep)
  • Neuromancer by Gibson (29 Sep)
  • DNA USA by Sykes (30 Sep)
  • The Postman by Brin (4 Oct)
  • Modern Scholar: The World of George Orwell by Sheldon (6 Oct)
  • Savage Continent: Europe In The Aftermath Of WWII by Lowe (13 Oct)
  • Notes From A Small Island by Bryson (14 Oct)
  • A Concise History of Byzantium by Treadgold (18 Oct)
  • The Wars of the Roses by Jones (23 Oct)
  • Wool by Howey (25 Oct)
  • McMafia by Glenny (30 Oct)
  • Brave New War by John Robb (1 Nov)
  • John Adams by McCullough (3 Nov)
  • Evolution by Baxter (8 Nov)
  • The Miracle Of Freedom by Stewart (10 Nov)
  • Mark Twain by Powers (14 Nov)
  • Every Knee Shall Bow: The Truth And Tragedy Of Ruby Ridge And The Weaver Family by Walter (17 Nov)
  • Manifold: Time by Baxter (24 Nov)
  • Ronald Reagan: The Triumph Of Imagination by Reeves (1 Dec)
  • Corporate Warriors by Singer (7 Dec)
  • Tourists: How Our Fastest Growing Industry Is Changing The World by Krotz (12 Dec)
  • Reconciliation by Benazir Bhutto (16 Dec)
  • Freedom by Franzen (18 Dec)
  • Alone On The Wall by Alex Honnold (20 Dec)
[liThe Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday (22 Dec)[/li][/list]
[liCreate Your Own Economy by Cowen (25 Dec)/li]
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34 fiction, 84 nonfiction

Top Fiction
Ready Player One
The Windup Girl
Matterhorn
Freedom

Top Nonfiction
Savage Continent
Einstein
The Better Angels Of Our Nature
How To Fail At Nearly Everything And Still Win Big
Every Knee Shall Bow
Brave New War
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