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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #150 on: March 01, 2023, 08:33:59 PM »

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MAIN LIST

1. The Magpie Lord: Charm of Magpies (book 1) by KJ Charles
2. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (audiobook)
3. Leech by Hiron Ennes
4. Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 10)
5. On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 11)
6. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 12)
7. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 13)
8. The last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 14)
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The lunar chronicles, book 1)
10. God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 15)
11. Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 16)
12. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix


COMPLETED


13. Gwendy's Final Task by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (book 3 in the trilogy)
Bittersweet ending, and very much of the time. Set in 2026, Senator Gwendy basically goes into space and saves the world(s). 

14. As I knew him : my dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling
Youngest daughter of the creator of The Twilight Zone shares a glimpse into her father's life, but it definitely focuses on him and once she was born, their relationship. I knew he died quite young and tragically and a few bits and pieces of his incredible drive and of course LOVED his shows (also Night Gallery) but seeing him through her eyes really surprised me. Lovely and sad.


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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #151 on: March 04, 2023, 07:32:02 AM »
1. On Moral Fiction - John Gardner (so, so boring, was skimming the second half)
2. The Anatomy of Genres - John Truby (interesting stuff for writers and professional storytellers)

3.  Everything Fat Loss: The Definitive No Bullsh*t Guide - Ben Carpenter (good round-up of fat-loss methods and regimes backed by actual studies and a general no-nonsense, very practical approach.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #152 on: March 04, 2023, 04:35:25 PM »

1. Survival of the Thickest by Michelle Buteau
2. Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas
3. Longbourn by Jo Baker
4. Atomic Habits by James Clear
5. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay (accidental reread according to my kindle)
6. Good Food Bad Diet by Abby Langer
7. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
8. Designing Your Life by by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
9. The House With the Golden Door by Elodie Harper
10. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
11. Desperation in Death by JD Robb
12. The Belle of Bellgrave Square by Mim Matthews
13. The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser
14. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
15. It Girl by Ruth Ware
16. Juliet by Anne Fortier
17. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
18. The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews
19. Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
20. The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey by Serena Burdick
21. Bridgertons Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
22. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld


23. The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell
24. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
25. Spare by Prince Harry
26. The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly by Margaretta Magnusson
27. Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work by Drs Paul Babiak & Robert D Hare

I thought Spare was good and if even half of the events happened as Prince Harry describes, then the British media is absolutely reprehensible.   

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #153 on: March 04, 2023, 07:41:06 PM »
1) Also A Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, And Me by Ada Calhoun
2) Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (fiction) **
3) On Beauty by Zadie Smith (fiction, bookclub)
4) The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean**
5) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
6) Fight Night by Miriam Toews (fiction) **
7) The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Johnson
8) Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren
9) 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl
10) Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
11) Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das
12) My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel**
13) The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin
14) The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (memoir)**
15) Effortless Mindfulness by Loch Kelly (audiobook)
16) Worn: A People's History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser **
17) Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage (fiction/bookclub)
18) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron

recently finished/reading
19) A Mind at Home With Itself by Byron Katie : needed some woo

20) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (fiction/bookclub): WW2 story set in France about two sisters and their differing paths during the war. Not my usual type of book but it's a highly readable story

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #154 on: March 05, 2023, 08:31:37 AM »
1.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street (12ed, 2011) by Burton G. Malkiel
2.  Delinquent:  Inside America's Debt Machine (2022) by Elena Botella
3.  IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:  Strategies for Taking your Money Out (14ed, 2019) by Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle
4.  Born to Buy (2004) by Juliet B. Schor
5.  Social Security for Dummies (4ed, 2020) by Jonathan Peterson
6.  Medicare for Dummies (4ed, 2021) by Patricia Barry
7.  $2 a Day (2015) by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
8.  One Up on Wall Street (1989) by Peter Lynch & John Rothchild (AUDIOBOOK)
9.  Castles & Moats:  Insurance, Investment, and Life Planning Simply Explained (2022) by Brian Carden
10. The Next Millionaire Next Door (2019) by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD, and Sarah Stanley Fallaw, PhD
11. This is Your Mind on Plants (2021) by Michael Pollan
12. Special Needs Trusts:  Protect Your Child's Financial Future (9ed, 2021) by Kevin Urbatsch
13. Aging with a Plan:  How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (2ed, 2022) by Sharona Hoffman, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D
14. Fast Food Genocide:  How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It (2017) by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #155 on: March 05, 2023, 01:00:22 PM »
1. So Good They Can't Ignore You (Cal Newport)
2. The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Jane Jacobs)
3. The Simple Path to Wealth (JL Collins)
4. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley, re-read)
5. The Midnight Library (Matt Haig)
6. Happy City (Charles Montgomery)
7. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
8. How to Be Perfect (Michael Schur)

Had a very slow February as I DNFed a couple books and got back into an old videogame that ate into a lot of what could have been reading time. Too much early '10s YA cringe in The Fault in Our Stars for me to really love it, but I didn't hate it.

How to Be Perfect was fun. Felt a little more dumbed down than I needed it to be, but still, I learned some stuff, so I guess I'm still dumb (:

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #156 on: March 06, 2023, 08:15:55 PM »
1. Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. Welcome to the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
3. Rules at the School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
4. When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
5. The Christmas Bookshop by Jenny Colgan
6. Rachel to the Rescue by Elinor Lipman
7. A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie
8. My Life in France by Julia Child
9. Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
10. Celine by Peter Heller
11. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
12. The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen
13. All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie
14. Now is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson
15. Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie
16. Mourn Not Your Dead by Deborah Crombie
17. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
18. Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

19. Dreaming of the Bones by Deborah Crombie
20. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
21. Kissed a Sad Goodbye by Deborah Crombie
22. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen


DNF
Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Hero of this Book by Elizabeth McCracken
Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan
Thank you for Listening by Julia Whelan

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #157 on: March 06, 2023, 08:57:30 PM »


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MAIN LIST

1. The Magpie Lord: Charm of Magpies (book 1) by KJ Charles
2. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (audiobook)
3. Leech by Hiron Ennes
4. Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 10)
5. On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 11)
6. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 12)
7. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 13)
8. The last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 14)
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The lunar chronicles, book 1)
10. God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 15)
11. Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 16)
12. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
13. Gwendy's Final Task by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (book 3 in the trilogy)
14. As I knew him : my dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling



COMPLETED


15. The Motion Picture Teller by Colin Cotterill
Thailand, 1996 : Supot, a postman with the Royal Thai Postal Service, hates his job. The only bright light in his life is watching classic movies with his best friend, Ali, the owner of a video store. These cinephiles adore the charisma of the old Western stars, particularly the actresses, and bemoan the state of modern Thai cinema until a mysterious cassette, entitled Bangkok 2010, arrives at Ali's store. Bangkok 2010 is a dystopian film set in a Thailand run by chauvinistic Security Council officers and Supot and Ali, immediately obsessed, agree it's the most brilliant Thai movie they've ever seen. But nobody else has ever heard of the movie, the director, the actors, or any of the crew.   





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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #158 on: March 06, 2023, 10:22:37 PM »
1.  A Particular Kind of Black Man, by Tope Folarin (Jan 3) (audio).

2.  Ill Will, by Dan Chaon (Jan 13).

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

4.  Foster, by Claire Keegan (Jan 28).

5.  We All Want Impossible Things, by Catherine Newman (Feb 2).

6.  Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Feb 8) (audio).

7.  Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder, by Paul G. Hensler with Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (Feb 13).

8.  Things I Have Withheld, by Kei Miller (Feb 15).

9.  The Book of Form and Emptiness, by Ruth Ozeki (Feb 18) (audio).

10.  Girlhood, by Melissa Febos (Feb 22) (audio).

11.  Dinosaurs, by Lydia Millet (Feb 23). 

12.  Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie (Mar 4) (audio).  I continue to enjoy this unique and complex space opera series.

13.  The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell (Mar 6).  This book had *so* much to it.  No single element was quite perfect, but a lot of them were excellently done.  Couldn't put it down.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #159 on: March 07, 2023, 09:07:44 AM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske
7. The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne
8. Royal Holiday, Jasmine Guillory
9. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting, Sophie Irwin
10. Island of the Mad, Laurie R. King
11. Riviera Gold, Laurie R. King
12. Party of Two, Jasmine Guillory
13. Hither Page, Cat Sebastian
14. Castle Shade, Laurie R. King
15. When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
16. Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #160 on: March 07, 2023, 09:53:48 AM »
1. On Moral Fiction - John Gardner (so, so boring, was skimming the second half)
2. The Anatomy of Genres - John Truby (interesting stuff for writers and professional storytellers)
3.  Everything Fat Loss: The Definitive No Bullsh*t Guide - Ben Carpenter (good round-up of fat-loss methods and regimes backed by actual studies and a general no-nonsense, very practical approach.
4. A KU book on walking for exercise, don't have the title. Boring, skim-read it.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #161 on: March 07, 2023, 01:29:26 PM »
(1) The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
(2) People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
(3) The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
(4) In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

(5) The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
(6) The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
(7) Seek and Hide by Amy Gajda

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #162 on: March 08, 2023, 07:47:58 AM »
8. The Day the World Stops Shopping by J.B. MacKinnon

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #163 on: March 08, 2023, 07:50:28 AM »
1.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street (12ed, 2011) by Burton G. Malkiel
2.  Delinquent:  Inside America's Debt Machine (2022) by Elena Botella
3.  IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:  Strategies for Taking your Money Out (14ed, 2019) by Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle
4.  Born to Buy (2004) by Juliet B. Schor
5.  Social Security for Dummies (4ed, 2020) by Jonathan Peterson
6.  Medicare for Dummies (4ed, 2021) by Patricia Barry
7.  $2 a Day (2015) by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
8.  One Up on Wall Street (1989) by Peter Lynch & John Rothchild (AUDIOBOOK)
9.  Castles & Moats:  Insurance, Investment, and Life Planning Simply Explained (2022) by Brian Carden
10. The Next Millionaire Next Door (2019) by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD, and Sarah Stanley Fallaw, PhD
11. This is Your Mind on Plants (2021) by Michael Pollan
12. Special Needs Trusts:  Protect Your Child's Financial Future (9ed, 2021) by Kevin Urbatsch
13. Aging with a Plan:  How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (2ed, 2022) by Sharona Hoffman, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D
14. Fast Food Genocide:  How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It (2017) by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
15. Stop Acting Rich...And Start Living Like a Millionaire (2009) by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #164 on: March 08, 2023, 02:47:07 PM »
Next 20, favourites marked:

61. Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman
62. The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman
63. Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

64. Seducing the Sheriff of Nottingham by Cassandra Gannon
The fifth book is the hilarious Wicked Ugly Bad comedy/fairytale/romance series, and it's as perfect as all the others. This series is so funny I can't read it in public because I just end up sprawled out cry-laughing trying not to piss myself.


65. Anthony Bourdain: The Last Interview by Helen Rossner
66. Downsiders by Neal Shusterman
67. Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
68. If Cats Disappeared From the World by Genki Kawamura
69. Hawking's Hallway by Neal Shusterman
70. Lazerwarz by Mercedes Lackey
71. The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman

72. These Infinite Threads by Tahereh mafi
The second book in on of my favourite fantasy series of all time. I just love all the characters, world, lore, magic, everything about it.


73. Red Rider's Hood by Neal Shusterman
74. Tempest by Mercedes Lackey
75. Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat by Marion Nestle
76. Ducking Ugly by Neal Shusterman

77. Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington
A shockingly good deep-dive into snake churches, I could not put this one down. This journalist really pulled out all the stops to tell this story.


78. The Shadow Club Rising by Neal Shusterman
79. A Practical Guide to Conquering the World by K.J. Parker
80. Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey

It's probably fairly obvious from my last couple posts, but I'm now almost finished the Shusterman portion of my backlog challenge - only one more series to go, the Star Shard Chronicles. Lots more Parker and Lackey to go - I suspect Lackey in particular will probably take most of the year, since it's only a portion of my reading. My other challenges are going well too. I'll do a big goal recap once I hit 100.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #165 on: March 09, 2023, 09:11:11 AM »
1:l Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson
2: Bjørnstad, by Fredrik Backman.
3: Vi mot dere (We against you) by Fredrik Backman.
4: The evening and the morning, by Ken Follett.
5: The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett.
6: Whithout by Ken Follett.

7: Hungry Ghosts, by Kevin Jared Hosein.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #166 on: March 10, 2023, 05:29:41 AM »
1.  A Random Walk Down Wall Street (12ed, 2011) by Burton G. Malkiel
2.  Delinquent:  Inside America's Debt Machine (2022) by Elena Botella
3.  IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans:  Strategies for Taking your Money Out (14ed, 2019) by Twila Slesnick & John C. Suttle
4.  Born to Buy (2004) by Juliet B. Schor
5.  Social Security for Dummies (4ed, 2020) by Jonathan Peterson
6.  Medicare for Dummies (4ed, 2021) by Patricia Barry
7.  $2 a Day (2015) by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer
8.  One Up on Wall Street (1989) by Peter Lynch & John Rothchild (AUDIOBOOK)
9.  Castles & Moats:  Insurance, Investment, and Life Planning Simply Explained (2022) by Brian Carden
10. The Next Millionaire Next Door (2019) by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD, and Sarah Stanley Fallaw, PhD
11. This is Your Mind on Plants (2021) by Michael Pollan
12. Special Needs Trusts:  Protect Your Child's Financial Future (9ed, 2021) by Kevin Urbatsch
13. Aging with a Plan:  How a Little Thought Today Can Vastly Improve Your Tomorrow (2ed, 2022) by Sharona Hoffman, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D
14. Fast Food Genocide:  How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It (2017) by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
15. Stop Acting Rich...And Start Living Like a Millionaire (2009) by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD
16. The Price of Everything:  Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do (2011) by Eduardo Porter

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #167 on: March 10, 2023, 07:51:20 PM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske
7. The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne
8. Royal Holiday, Jasmine Guillory
9. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting, Sophie Irwin
10. Island of the Mad, Laurie R. King
11. Riviera Gold, Laurie R. King
12. Party of Two, Jasmine Guillory
13. Hither Page, Cat Sebastian
14. Castle Shade, Laurie R. King
15. When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
16. Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs
17. A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby; Vanessa Riley

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #168 on: March 12, 2023, 12:24:54 AM »
1:l Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson
2: Bjørnstad, by Fredrik Backman.
3: Vi mot dere (We against you) by Fredrik Backman.
4: The evening and the morning, by Ken Follett.
5: The Pillars of the Earth part 1, by Ken Follett.
6: Whithout by Ken Follett.
7: Hungry Ghosts, by Kevin Jared Hosein.

8: The pillars of the Earth part 2, by Ken Follett.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #169 on: March 12, 2023, 01:15:46 AM »
1:l Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson
2: Bjørnstad, by Fredrik Backman.
3: Vi mot dere (We against you) by Fredrik Backman.
4: The evening and the morning, by Ken Follett.
5: The Pillars of the Earth part 1, by Ken Follett.
6: Whithout by Ken Follett.
7: Hungry Ghosts, by Kevin Jared Hosein.

8: The pillars of the Earth part 2, by Ken Follett.

3rd book is even better, and the prequel was interesting, too.

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #170 on: March 12, 2023, 09:55:38 AM »
My update
1.Life is Long  - Karen Salmansohn                                      Jan
2.The comfort book - Matt Haig                                           Jan
3.Metamorphosis -Franz Kafka                                             Jan
4.Storm Tide - Wilbur Smith                                                 Jan
5.Happy Gut- DR Vincent Pedre                                             Feb
6.The Swedish Art if Aging well - Margaretta Magnusson          Feb
7.Landlines - Raynor Winn                                                    Feb
8. The man who mistook his job for his life - Naomi Shragia     Feb
9. The Salt Path - Raynor Wynn                                           - Feb
10.Tip of the Iceburg - Mark Adams                                     - March
11.Diddly Squat - til the cows come home- Jeremy Clarkson - March

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #171 on: March 13, 2023, 03:36:53 PM »
**favourites
1) Also A Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, And Me by Ada Calhoun
2) Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (fiction) **
3) On Beauty by Zadie Smith (fiction, bookclub)
4) The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean**
5) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
6) Fight Night by Miriam Toews (fiction) **
7) The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Johnson
8) Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren
9) 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl
10) Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
11) Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das
12) My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel**
13) The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin
14) The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (memoir)**
15) Effortless Mindfulness by Loch Kelly (audiobook)
16) Worn: A People's History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser **
17) Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage (fiction/bookclub)
18) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron
19) A Mind at Home With Itself by Byron Katie
20) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (fiction/bookclub)

recently finished/reading
21) On Time and Water by Andri Snær Magnason** - An Icelandic poet reluctantly discusses climate change. Written alongside his family stories, Icelandic & Indian myths and a few random interactions with the Dalai Lama. Enjoyed!

22) The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna -quirky Finnish classic

23) Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock by Jenny Odell--not far into this one but loved her last book "How to Do Nothing" so am hopeful about this one.


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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #172 on: March 14, 2023, 09:58:47 AM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske
7. The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne
8. Royal Holiday, Jasmine Guillory
9. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting, Sophie Irwin
10. Island of the Mad, Laurie R. King
11. Riviera Gold, Laurie R. King
12. Party of Two, Jasmine Guillory
13. Hither Page, Cat Sebastian
14. Castle Shade, Laurie R. King
15. When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
16. Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs
17. A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby; Vanessa Riley
18. Speaking in Bones, Kathy Reichs

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« Reply #173 on: March 14, 2023, 06:54:41 PM »
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MAIN LIST

1. The Magpie Lord: Charm of Magpies (book 1) by KJ Charles
2. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (audiobook)
3. Leech by Hiron Ennes
4. Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 10)
5. On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 11)
6. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 12)
7. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 13)
8. The last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 14)
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The lunar chronicles, book 1)
10. God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 15)
11. Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 16)
12. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
13. Gwendy's Final Task by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (book 3 in the trilogy)
14. As I knew him : my dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling
15. The Motion Picture Teller by Colin Cotterill



COMPLETED


16. The ghost of Christmas past: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
Another period mystery with a smart and sassy Irish immigrant woman in 1900s New York. By the same author as the Royal Spyness series. Fast read, but this one I could see what was happening a mile away. Still, nice and easy read. 

17.  Wild Irish rose: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
Same as 16; and also same as far as seeing where the plot was going and it wasn't a shocker. Light, fast read. 


DID NOT FINISH

The Tatami Galaxy: A Novel by Tomihiko Morimi
It seemed okay, but just don't have the right headspace to read at the moment.

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« Reply #174 on: March 16, 2023, 09:29:29 AM »
My update
1.Life is Long  - Karen Salmansohn                                      Jan
2.The comfort book - Matt Haig                                           Jan
3.Metamorphosis -Franz Kafka                                              Jan
4.Storm Tide - Wilbur Smith                                                 Jan
5.Happy Gut- DR Vincent Pedre                                            Feb
6.The Swedish Art if Aging well - Margaretta Magnusson         Feb
7.Landlines - Raynor Winn                                                    Feb
8. The man who mistook his job for his life - Naomi Shragia    Feb
9. The Salt Path - Raynor Wynn                                            Feb
10.Tip of the Iceburg - Mark Adams                                     -March
11.Diddly Squat - til the cows come home- Jeremy Clarkson - March
12.Budgets don't work - Melissa Browne                              -March
13.Orchard- A year in England's Eden McDonald /Gates        -March

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« Reply #175 on: March 17, 2023, 10:54:20 AM »
14) The Storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
15) Someone Else's Shoes by JoJo Moyes

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« Reply #176 on: March 17, 2023, 11:34:51 AM »
10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I know a lot of people love this book but I thought it was awful.

11. Things I Have Withheld by Kei Miller. Beautiful and heartbreaking collection of essays. I plan to check out more of Miller's work after I get through my current list (all my library holds are coming in at once!)

12. A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.

13. We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman

14. Quiet by Susan Cain

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« Reply #177 on: March 18, 2023, 04:40:27 PM »
1: Starsight, by Brandon Sanderson
2: Bjørnstad, by Fredrik Backman.
3: Vi mot dere (We against you) by Fredrik Backman.
4: The evening and the morning, by Ken Follett.
5: The Pillars of the Earth part 1, by Ken Follett.
6: Whithout by Ken Follett.
7: Hungry Ghosts, by Kevin Jared Hosein.
8: The pillars of the Earth part 2, by Ken Follett.

9: Din økologiske kjøkkenhage (Your organic kitchen garden), by Birgit Rothmann.

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« Reply #178 on: March 19, 2023, 07:30:24 AM »
9. If It Bleeds by Stephen King

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« Reply #179 on: March 22, 2023, 04:10:43 PM »
MAIN LIST

1. The Magpie Lord: Charm of Magpies (book 1) by KJ Charles
2. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (audiobook)
3. Leech by Hiron Ennes
4. Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 10)
5. On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 11)
6. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 12)
7. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 13)
8. The last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 14)
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The lunar chronicles, book 1)
10. God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 15)
11. Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 16)
12. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
13. Gwendy's Final Task by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (book 3 in the trilogy)
14. As I knew him : my dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling
15. The Motion Picture Teller by Colin Cotterill
16. The ghost of Christmas past: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
17.  Wild Irish rose: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen


COMPLETED


18. Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight mystery #1) by Victoria Thompson
Another period mystery, this time it's lead is a widowed nurse/midwife who has left her very posh family after her sister was disowned and later died (married an unsuitable working man, died in childbirth). Set in 1900s New York. Fast read and seems like the Rys Bowen stuff I was reading earlier, just slightly different cast of characters. Plucky smart woman in a period setting working to better herself and those around her, runs into someone (usually police/detective) that doesn't believe women should be doing ~stuff~ then they end up working together and solving mysteries. And it appears, (spoiler, not really) eventually married. So if you like that sort of thing, it's definitely that. 

19.  In The Time of Our History by Susanne Pari
Reluctantly returning home to observe the first anniversary of her sister's death, Mitra, banished by her controlling father due to her rebellious nature, confronts hard truths from her past and that of her sister, a process that forges an unexpected path forward with her mother, who has always been caught in the middle. Iranian/Persian family. Very good but heartbreaking. WARNING: infidelity and sexual abuse/assault mentioned. It's fiction, but you just know there are likely many real life versions of this that played out over the years.

20.  The Spite House by Johnny Compton
A father and his 2 kids on the run from - something?  - answer an ad to live in a supposed haunted house in order to try to prove it's actually haunted by the rich and eccentric owner. I liked it but felt it needed more fleshing out in areas and it left me feeling like I didn't get a satisfactory conclusion. It's decently written with some interesting horror/supernatural twists tho, so I'd still say it was worth the read.   


DID NOT FINISH

The Tatami Galaxy: A Novel by Tomihiko Morimi
It seemed okay, but just don't have the right headspace to read at the moment.

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« Reply #180 on: March 22, 2023, 07:48:51 PM »
1.  A Particular Kind of Black Man, by Tope Folarin (Jan 3) (audio).

2.  Ill Will, by Dan Chaon (Jan 13).

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

4.  Foster, by Claire Keegan (Jan 28).

5.  We All Want Impossible Things, by Catherine Newman (Feb 2).

6.  Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Feb 8) (audio).

7.  Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder, by Paul G. Hensler with Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (Feb 13).

8.  Things I Have Withheld, by Kei Miller (Feb 15).

9.  The Book of Form and Emptiness, by Ruth Ozeki (Feb 18) (audio).

10.  Girlhood, by Melissa Febos (Feb 22) (audio).

11.  Dinosaurs, by Lydia Millet (Feb 23). 

12.  Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie (Mar 4) (audio).

13.  The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell (Mar 6).

14.  The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Mar 20) (audio). Nicely done heraldric fantasy with unique characters. Really liked the narrator, who was very expressive (Lloyd James).

15.  The Self Delusion: The New Neuroscience of How We Invent—and Reinvent—Our Identities, by Gregory Berns (Mar 22). This has revealed a flaw in the format of my to-read list, to which I have not been able to add critical notes or source of recommendations.  This results in me often not remembering why I have a book on my list or whose recommendations I end up really liking by the time I get to the book years after adding it to the list. And in this case, I realized about 1/3 of the way in that I was reading the entirely wrong book.  There's one also called The Self Delusion on consciousness and the hard problem that I'm hoping I like a lot better than this one.

I'm running a little ahead of my book limit for the year, which is bad news - anticipating vacations this summer where I'll read a lot more - so I need to prioritize other things...and read longer books, haha, but I also can't sort my to-read list by page length.  I know I have a few 700+ page books on there, though!
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« Reply #181 on: March 23, 2023, 06:22:06 AM »
10. The Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman et. al.

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« Reply #182 on: March 23, 2023, 04:08:13 PM »


1.  “You’ll Never Guess What Happened To Lacey” by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
2.  Don Quixote
3.  “The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez
4.  “How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
5.  “ The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #183 on: March 23, 2023, 05:59:35 PM »
1. Dreaming Spies, Laurie R. King
2. The Murder of Mary Russell, Laurie R. King
3. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik
4. A Taste of Gold and Iron, Alexandra Rowland
5. While We Were Dating, Jasmine Guillory
6. A Restless Truth, Freya Marske
7. The Book of Gothel, Mary McMyne
8. Royal Holiday, Jasmine Guillory
9. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting, Sophie Irwin
10. Island of the Mad, Laurie R. King
11. Riviera Gold, Laurie R. King
12. Party of Two, Jasmine Guillory
13. Hither Page, Cat Sebastian
14. Castle Shade, Laurie R. King
15. When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
16. Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs
17. A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby; Vanessa Riley
18. Speaking in Bones, Kathy Reichs
19. The Queer Principles of Kit Webb, Cat Sebastian

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« Reply #184 on: March 24, 2023, 08:26:21 PM »

MAIN LIST

1. The Magpie Lord: Charm of Magpies (book 1) by KJ Charles
2. I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (audiobook)
3. Leech by Hiron Ennes
4. Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 10)
5. On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 11)
6. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 12)
7. Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 13)
8. The last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 14)
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The lunar chronicles, book 1)
10. God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 15)
11. Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen (Her Royal Spyness series, book 16)
12. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
13. Gwendy's Final Task by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (book 3 in the trilogy)
14. As I knew him : my dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling
15. The Motion Picture Teller by Colin Cotterill
16. The ghost of Christmas past: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
17.  Wild Irish rose: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen
18. Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight mystery #1) by Victoria Thompson
19.  In The Time of Our History by Susanne Pari
20.  The Spite House by Johnny Compton


COMPLETED


21. Rules for Vampires by Alex Foulkes
YA novel about a young (in vampire years) girl trying to achieve her first kill, and making a royal mess of it. After creating not one, but two ghosts - the lonely vampire makes friends with one ghost to take out the other, and hopes to avoid her family discovering her mistakes before she is able to fix things. I liked it but was definitely more young than young adult. Still, it was a fun read and there were a few times I laughed out loud and nicely written/plotted overall.


22. Scarlet (The Lunar chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Loved this. Scarlet (little red riding hood) is trying to locate her grandmother, who has been kidnapped. She befriends a fighter named Wolf who is not as he seems. Cinder (from #1) is on the run, having escaped from prison and the Lunar Queen has decreed that if Cinder isn't found and turned over to her immediately, she will declare war on the Earthans. Cinder and Scarlet end up discovering their past and connection and joining forces. I'm quite enjoying the series. Well written and fun.



DID NOT FINISH

The Tatami Galaxy: A Novel by Tomihiko Morimi
It seemed okay, but just don't have the right headspace to read at the moment.
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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #185 on: March 25, 2023, 01:45:55 AM »
1. So Good They Can't Ignore You (Cal Newport)
2. The Death and Life of Great American Cities (Jane Jacobs)
3. The Simple Path to Wealth (JL Collins)
4. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley, re-read)
5. The Midnight Library (Matt Haig)
6. Happy City (Charles Montgomery)
7. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
8. How to Be Perfect (Michael Schur)
9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R Covey)
10. A Wizard of Eathsea (Ursula K Le Guin)
11. Four Thousand Weeks (Oliver Burkeman)


Finally read 7 Habits since it is so incessantly recommended/referenced... and man, what a bunch of tepid platitude-filled garbage. Sure, the core ideas contained within are generally not wrong, but there is just so much wasted text and padding to make obvious ideas seem more meaningful than they really are.

Wizard of Earthsea is a frequent comfort re-read for me, and it's as good as ever. Honestly I just get more out of it every time. Four Thousand Weeks was very topical for some current anxious ruminations, and I'm sure I'll be coming back to it in the future.

According to Goodreads I'm currently right on schedule to hit 50 for the year, but I haven't been doing great at reading consistently lately.

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« Reply #186 on: March 25, 2023, 12:35:58 PM »
My update
1.Life is Long  - Karen Salmansohn                                      Jan
2.The comfort book - Matt Haig                                           Jan
3.Metamorphosis -Franz Kafka                                              Jan
4.Storm Tide - Wilbur Smith                                                 Jan
5.Happy Gut- DR Vincent Pedre                                            Feb
6.The Swedish Art if Aging well - Margaretta Magnusson         Feb
7.Landlines - Raynor Winn                                                    Feb
8. The man who mistook his job for his life - Naomi Shragia    Feb
9. The Salt Path - Raynor Wynn                                            Feb
10.Tip of the Iceburg - Mark Adams                                     -March
11.Diddly Squat - til the cows come home- Jeremy Clarkson - March
12.Budgets don't work - Melissa Browne                              -March
13.Orchard- A year in England's Eden McDonald /Gates        -March
14.Help the witch Tom Cox                                                 -March

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Re: 50 Books in 2023!
« Reply #187 on: March 25, 2023, 07:13:01 PM »
10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I know a lot of people love this book but I thought it was awful.


I'm with you! everyone in my bookclub loved it and I wanted to throw it across the room :)

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« Reply #188 on: March 25, 2023, 07:23:56 PM »
**favourites
1) Also A Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, And Me by Ada Calhoun
2) Pure Colour by Sheila Heti (fiction) **
3) On Beauty by Zadie Smith (fiction, bookclub)
4) The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean**
5) Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
6) Fight Night by Miriam Toews (fiction) **
7) The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Johnson
8) Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren
9) 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater by Sarah Ruhl
10) Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
11) Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das
12) My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David-Neel**
13) The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin
14) The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (memoir)**
15) Effortless Mindfulness by Loch Kelly (audiobook)
16) Worn: A People's History of Clothing by Sofi Thanhauser **
17) Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage (fiction/bookclub)
18) Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron
19) A Mind at Home With Itself by Byron Katie
20) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (fiction/bookclub)
21) On Time and Water by Andri Snær Magnason**
22) The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna  **

recently finished/reading

23) Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock by Jenny Odell--I really enjoy reading this author.. (her last book was How to Do Nothing)

24) Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History by Dan Flores- loved learning about coyotes although didn't love the overall writing style

25) An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler--very good for frugal, poetic foodie-types. Which means thumbs up from me.