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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #150 on: April 04, 2024, 11:23:40 AM »
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Otherwise Remarkably Bright Creatures really is as pleasant and basic as everyone says and it the one book from the month that I would recommend to anyone who wants a cozy read. 

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I'm almost done this one, and have found it to be lovely. I thought that the character's perspectives were really well occupied - when a chapter was told from one person's point of view, the observed facts were really consistently through their lens, and that was really thought provoking.

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« Reply #151 on: April 05, 2024, 06:48:55 AM »

1-16 Knights of the Black Swan by Victoria Danann.  One of my fav paranormal series.
1-5 Cocktails in Hell by SE Babin.  Fun.
4 Crossroads Queen by Annabel Chase.  Pretty good.
The Future by Naomi Alderman.  I enjoyed this one a lot. 
North Woods by Daniel Mason - really cool in audiobook form!
The Art Merchant. JK Flynn
7 Psychic Cleaners Mystery
1-3 Magical Soapmaker Mystery SE Babin
1-2 The Deadicated Matchmaker

Glucose Revolution by Jessie Inchaupse

1-3 Magical Soapmaker Mystery SE Babin
1-2 The Deadicated Matchmaker SE Babin

Food Fights & Culture Wars by Tom Nealon.   
1-2 The lies of Vampires and Slayers KM Shea
Bubble Gum and Blackmail SE Babin
1-4 Magical Midlife Death.  Tia Didmon

6 in the Magiford Magical City Series.  KM Shea
The Best of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a day.  J Hertzberg & Zoe Francois

Fiction 47
NF - 3

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« Reply #152 on: April 05, 2024, 10:55:53 PM »
20 more, favourites markes.

121. Ghost Walk by Cassandra Gannon
122. Warrior from the Shadowland by Cassandra Gannon
123. On Old Age and On Friendship by Cicero
124. Letters by Cicero
125. Letters by Pliny the Younger
126. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
127. Our Moon: How Earth's Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are by Rebecca Boyle
128. The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

129. What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe
This is the best nonfiction book I've read this year. Engaging, excellent writing, and just super interesting.


130. Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
131. A Brief History of Timekeeping: The Science of Marking Time, from Stonehenge to Atomic Clocks by Chad Orzel

132. All This Twisted Glory by Tahereh Mafi
The latest installment in one of my all-time favourite desert/djinn fantasy series. I can't put these books down.


133. Guardian of the Earth House by Cassandra Gannon
134. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
135. The Briar Book of the Dead by A.G. Slatter
136. The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India's Quest for Independence by Anita Anand
137. What Feasts at Night by T. Kingfisher
138. Exile in the Water Kingdom by Cassandra Gannon
139. The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett
140. Lives by Plutarch

At this point I am solely reading new releases by authors I already follow, and books for my various challenges. I surprisingly have zero slots left for anything else in a typical week now! My weekly list is 1-2 volumes of Harvard Classics, one nonfiction, one backlog, seven chapters of The Daily Stoic, and whatever new releases roll in at the library. The challenges are all going pretty well, anyways:

1. I have read The Daily Stoic daily.
2. Straight numbers: 140/365
3. Harvard Classics: 18/71 Volumes (which is 39 individual books, as the books/volumes ratio is all over the place - so far one volume contained nine books, and another single book was spread over two entire volumes, for example)
4. Nonfiction: 14/50
5. Backlog: 16/~60

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #153 on: April 06, 2024, 12:28:30 AM »
1. The World and All that it Holds, by Aleksandar Hemon.
2. The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman.
3. Mot elven (Against the river), by Tom Nevle.
4. En nær himmelen opplevelse (A near heaven experience), by Tom Nevle.
5. Bølgen som brøt (The Wave that Collapsed), by Tom Nevle.
6. The Last Train to London, by Meg Waite Clayton.
7. Sarek, by Ulf Kvensler.
8. Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov (Reread, now in Norwegian).
9. Det litterære apotek (The literary pharmacy), by Nina George.
10. Det usynlige universet (The Invisible Universe) by Jostein Riiser Kristiansen.
11. Overløperen (The Traitor), by Maarten de Mol.
12. Dyrking i pallekarm (Growing food in a pallet collar), by Eva Robild.
13. Skogen (The forest), by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.

14. Brannmannen (The Fireman), by Ulf Kvensler.

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #154 on: April 07, 2024, 06:23:17 AM »
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
2. Always, in December, Emily Stone
3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros
4. Iron flame, Rebecca Yarros
5. Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
6. The Stars of Mount Quixx, S. M. Beiko
7. The Heiress Hunt, Joanna Shupe
8. Under the Whispering Door, T.J. Klune
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
14. Her Lessons in Persuasion, Megan Frampton
15. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
16. The Lantern's Dance, Laurie R. King
17. A Holly Jolly Ever After, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
18. The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
19. A Merry Little Meet Cute, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
20. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #155 on: April 08, 2024, 06:56:58 PM »
12. Rocannon’s World / Planet of Exile / City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin

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« Reply #156 on: April 09, 2024, 06:38:37 AM »
(1) Right Place, Right Time by Ryan Frederick
(2) China Blonde by Nicole Webb
(3) Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
(4) Talking to My Daughter about the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
(5) Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be by Frank Bruni
(6) Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
(7) The English Understand Wool by Helen DeWitt
(8) A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health by David D. Luxton, Eve-Lynn Nelson, and Marlene Maheu
(9) Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
(10) The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
(11) Exit Stage Left by Madeline G. Wheeler
(12) The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction by Linda Greenhouse
(13) Dust by Hugh Howey (re-read)

(14) Go As a River by Shelley Read
(15) Spare by Prince Harry
(16) The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
(17) The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #157 on: April 09, 2024, 07:05:02 AM »

1. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir - Loved it! Really like his writing style
2. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky - Liked it! Interesting concept. Dragged a little at times, but other times had me hooked
3. Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben - Liked it! First venture outside of scifi in years. Turns out I like thrillers!
4. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey - Loved it! So good. Better than the TV show
5. The Woods - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
6. I Will Find You - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
7. Gone for Good - Harlan Coben - Liked it! Went through a Harlan Coben kick. Any recommendations on books/authors like him?
8. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey - Loved it! May be my new favorite scifi series
9. Children of Ruin - Adrian Tchaikovsky - Liked it! But not as much as Children of Time
10. How Not to Die - Dr. Michael Gregor - Very interesting. Has made me drastically increase fruit/veggie intake and reduce meat
11. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - Loved it! I'm a sucker for dog books
12. Innocent - Harlan Coben - IN PROGRESS
13. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - IN PROGRESS

1. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir - Loved it! Really like his writing style
2. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky - Liked it! Interesting concept. Dragged a little at times, but other times had me hooked
3. Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben - Liked it! First venture outside of scifi in years. Turns out I like thrillers!
4. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey - Loved it! So good. Better than the TV show
5. The Woods - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
6. I Will Find You - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
7. Gone for Good - Harlan Coben - Liked it! Went through a Harlan Coben kick. Any recommendations on books/authors like him?
8. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey - Loved it! May be my new favorite scifi series
9. Children of Ruin - Adrian Tchaikovsky - Liked it! But not as much as Children of Time
10. How Not to Die - Dr. Michael Gregor - Very interesting. Has made me drastically increase fruit/veggie intake and reduce meat
11. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - Loved it! I'm a sucker for dog books
12. Innocent - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
13. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - Liked it!
14. All Systems Red - Martha Wells - Liked it! Looking forward to reading more of the series (long wait at the library)
15. Killing Floor - Lee Child - Liked it!
16. Tell No One - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
17. Never Lie - Freida McFadden - Liked it!
18. Columbus Day - Craig Alanson - Liked it!

Maybe I will get to 50?? I've already crushed my record from last year of 8 books...lol

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« Reply #158 on: April 09, 2024, 11:56:50 AM »
January:
1. Four Lost Cities: A secret history of the urban age by Annalee Newitz (audio book)
2. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
3. Taking Care: The story of nursing and its power to change the world by Sarah DiGregorio (audio book)
4. Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
6. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (audio book)
7. Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh
8. The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
9. Artemis by Andy Weir
10. The Armor of Light by Ken Follett
11. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
12. The Library Book by Susan Orlean (audio book)
13. The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell
14. Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case and Angus Deaton
February:
15. Unsavory Truth: How food companies skew the science of what we eat by Marion Nestle (audio book)
16. The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
17. $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and Luke Schaefer (audio book)
18. Number9dream by David Mitchell
19. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
20. A fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Leguin
21. Screaming on the Inside: the Unsustainability of American Motherhood by Jessica Grose (audio book)
22.One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
23. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
24. What We Don't Talk about when We Talk about Fat by Aubrey Gordon (audio book)
25. Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane
26. Matrix by Lauren Groff

March:
27.Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk -really good mystery novel that explores the ethics of eating meat. The translator did an excellent job.

28. There There by Tommy Orange- I also liked this one a lot.

29. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb-also really good even though I correctly guessed who the culprit was right away

30. Parasol Against the Axe by Helen Oyeyemi-a bit too avant-garde for me although some of the stories-within-the story were good

31. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin-Parody about "beach read" genre tropes. It was short and I laughed a few times.

32. Prophet Song by Paul Lynch- Stark reminder that we are all one bad election map away from total chaos. Very well done but I recommend it only if you are in the right headspace. whew.

33. A true account: 'Hannah Masury's sojourn amongst the pyrates, written by herself' by Katherine Howe -needed to read something light and entertaining after Prophet Song

34. Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town by Charles Marohn (audio book)- follow up to Strong Towns with an emphasis on transportation. I listened to this while driving so saw his point in real time.

35. Fourteen Days by multiple authors (edited by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston)
-Short stories by 36 authors within a frame narrative.  I really liked the twist at the end.

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #159 on: April 13, 2024, 03:39:59 AM »
Hi All


Jan
1. The Donkey principle - Rachel Anne Ridge
2. Magic lessons - Alice Hoffman
3.A Sting in the Tale - My adventures with Bumble bees - Dave Goulson
4.The Arbornaut - Meg Lowman
5. Small bodies of water- Nina Powles


Feb
6. Doomsday Match - Jeff Wheeler
7. Jaguar Prophecies - Jeff Wheeler
8.The book of magic - Alice Hoffman
9.The wood - John Lewis-Stempel

March
10.Seven Brief lessons on physics - Carlo Rovelli
11. The natural navigator - Tristan Gooley
12.How to give up plastic - Will McCallum
13. Seven sins of memory  - Daniel Schacter

April
14. The stream of everything - John Connell
15.  The way home - tales from a life without technology

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #160 on: April 13, 2024, 08:16:56 AM »
This year has started off really well. These first few books have created change in my daily physical and spiritual practice.

Books #4 and #5 are 2 of the best books I've ever read possibly in life.

1. Think Like a Monk   Jay Shetty (I'm having a hard time believing he lives like a monk or even wrote this book)
2. Comfort Crisis  Michael Easter
3. Scarcity Brain  Michael Easter
4. 4000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals   Oliver Burkeman (planning to read again)
5. Antidote: Happiness for Those Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking   Oliver Burkeman (planning to read the research quoted in this book)
6. Radically Condensed Instructions for Being Just as You Are    J. Matthews
7. Ego is the Enemy  Ryan Holiday (it's thought provoking, and also kinda "meh".)


8. Meditations Marcus Aurelius (in progress)
9. Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari (in progress)
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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #161 on: April 13, 2024, 01:30:26 PM »
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
2. Always, in December, Emily Stone
3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros
4. Iron flame, Rebecca Yarros
5. Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
6. The Stars of Mount Quixx, S. M. Beiko
7. The Heiress Hunt, Joanna Shupe
8. Under the Whispering Door, T.J. Klune
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
14. Her Lessons in Persuasion, Megan Frampton
15. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
16. The Lantern's Dance, Laurie R. King
17. A Holly Jolly Ever After, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
18. The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
19. A Merry Little Meet Cute, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
20. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
21. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King

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« Reply #162 on: April 13, 2024, 01:54:33 PM »
favourites***

1) The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell ***
2) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
3) Superfan: How Pop Culture Broke My Heart by Jen Sookfong Lee
4) A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are by Byron Katie w/ Stephen Mitchell
5) A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (fiction) ***
6) Rewilding: Meditations, Practices and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali
7) The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (fiction)
8) For the Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell (audiobook)
9) Living on Almost Nothing by Amber Storck
10) The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylväinen (fiction) **
11) There There by Tommy Orange (fiction) ***
12) Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton (graphic novel)***
13) Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture by Kyle Chayka
14) Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Lao-tzu /Stephen Mitchell***
15) The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behaviour Handbook by Linda Michaels
16) Projections: A Story of Human Emotions by Karl Deisseroth
17 & 18) The Ex Hex and The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling (bookclub)
19) Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans to Save Your Life by John Tarrant ***

Recently finished/reading
Am reading #19 again since I enjoyed it so much

20) Hell is a World Without You by Jason Kirk :..so much empathy for these characters

21) How to Know a Person by David Brooks --was going to DNF this b/c I am finding it boring but will persevere because I have an hour before work

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« Reply #163 on: April 15, 2024, 07:58:32 AM »
13. Fragmented: A Doctor’s Quest to Piece Together American Healthcare by Ilana Yurkiewicz

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #164 on: April 16, 2024, 07:36:22 PM »
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
2. Always, in December, Emily Stone
3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros
4. Iron flame, Rebecca Yarros
5. Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
6. The Stars of Mount Quixx, S. M. Beiko
7. The Heiress Hunt, Joanna Shupe
8. Under the Whispering Door, T.J. Klune
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
14. Her Lessons in Persuasion, Megan Frampton
15. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
16. The Lantern's Dance, Laurie R. King
17. A Holly Jolly Ever After, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
18. The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
19. A Merry Little Meet Cute, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
20. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
21. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King
22. The Affair, Lee Child

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« Reply #165 on: April 17, 2024, 02:33:19 PM »
1. The World and All that it Holds, by Aleksandar Hemon.
2. The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman.
3. Mot elven (Against the river), by Tom Nevle.
4. En nær himmelen opplevelse (A near heaven experience), by Tom Nevle.
5. Bølgen som brøt (The Wave that Collapsed), by Tom Nevle.
6. The Last Train to London, by Meg Waite Clayton.
7. Sarek, by Ulf Kvensler.
8. Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov (Reread, now in Norwegian).
9. Det litterære apotek (The literary pharmacy), by Nina George.
10. Det usynlige universet (The Invisible Universe) by Jostein Riiser Kristiansen.
11. Overløperen (The Traitor), by Maarten de Mol.
12. Dyrking i pallekarm (Growing food in a pallet collar), by Eva Robild.
13. Skogen (The forest), by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.
14. Brannmannen (The Fireman), by Ulf Kvensler.

15. Selvforsyning i praksis (Self Reliance in practice), by Maria Österåker.

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« Reply #166 on: April 20, 2024, 11:26:46 AM »
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
2. Always, in December, Emily Stone
3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros
4. Iron flame, Rebecca Yarros
5. Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
6. The Stars of Mount Quixx, S. M. Beiko
7. The Heiress Hunt, Joanna Shupe
8. Under the Whispering Door, T.J. Klune
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
14. Her Lessons in Persuasion, Megan Frampton
15. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
16. The Lantern's Dance, Laurie R. King
17. A Holly Jolly Ever After, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
18. The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
19. A Merry Little Meet Cute, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
20. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
21. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King
22. The Affair, Lee Child
23. The Lily of Ludgate Hill, Mimi Matthews

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« Reply #167 on: April 21, 2024, 05:42:31 PM »
Another 20 down - favourites marked:

141. Treasure of the Fire Kingdom by Cassandra Gannon
142. Queen of the Magnetland by Cassandra Gannon
Books 4 and 5 in this series were just hilarious, gut-busting fantasy/romance. Great time.


143. Murder Road by Simone St. James
144. Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau
145. Wrath of the Talon by Sophie Kim
146. The Aeneid by Virgil
147. The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano That Darkened the World and Changed History by William Klingaman
148. Magic of the Wood House by Cassandra Gannon
149. The Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton
150. The Life of Rev. George Herbert by Izaak Walton
151. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

152. Fables by Aesop
I don't know if these were meant to be funny, but I just about died laughing at lots of them. Fantastic read.


153. Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm
154. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
155. All for Love by John Dryden
156. The School for Scandal by Richard Sheridan
157. The Study of Magic by Maria Snyder
158. She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
159. The Cenci by Percy Shelley
160. Once Upon a Caveman by Cassandra Gannon

The reading goals are all going well:

1. Straight numbers: 160/365
2. Daily Stoic: I've read it daily.
3. Backlog: 20/72 (and one author of the three is almost complete, I only have one Cassandra Gannon book remaining)
4. Nonfiction: 16/50
5. Harvard Classics: 21/71 volumes (50 individual books)

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #168 on: April 22, 2024, 10:45:13 PM »
14. The Great Divide by Cristina Henriquez

15. Ours by Phillip B. Williams

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« Reply #169 on: April 23, 2024, 09:40:03 AM »
I'm very happy to say this is my third-best month of reading ever (and best since February 2018 when I was on a one-month expat rotation to India with little ability to leave the hotel). I'm also surprised to look back and see that I'm at half nonfiction for the year so far - some of the nonfiction has been real page turners, but some of it has dragged, while I feel like all of the fiction has gone easily and effortlessly so I expected it would be a bigger share of the total.

Previous years: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2023

January
1. Hell Is a World Without You by Jason Kirk ★★★★★
2. A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay ★★★★★
3. Redshirts by John Scalzi ★★★★☆

February
4. No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood ★★★☆☆
5. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener ★★★★☆
6. Convenience Store Woman by  ★★★☆☆
7. Diary of a Tokyo Teen by Christine Mari Inzer ★★★☆☆
8. The Game Console 2.0: A Photographic History by Evan Amos ★★★★☆
9. My Detachment: A Memoir by Tracy Kidder ★★★☆☆
10. Monkey Business: Swinging Through Wall Street by John Rolfe and Peter Troob ★★★☆☆
11. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach ★★★★☆
12. Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes ★★★★☆

March
13. Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus by David Quammen ★★★★☆
14. Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz ★★★★☆
15. American Shelter: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Home by Lester Walker ★★★☆☆
16. The Proving Ground: A Season on the Fringe in NFL Europe by Lars Anderson ★★★☆☆
17. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay ★★★★★
18. Pretty Good House; A Guide to Creating Better Homes by Daniel Kolbert et al ★★★★☆
19. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell ★★★★☆

April
20. The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay ★★★★☆
21. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman ★★★★☆
22. The All Americans by Lars Anderson ★★★★☆
23. Starter Villain by John Scalzi ★★★★☆
24. Red Team Blues by Cory Doctorow ★★★★☆
25. The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan Watts ★★★☆☆
26. The Water Outlaws by SL Huang ★★★★☆
27. Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry ★★★★☆
28. Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham ★★★★★
29. The Lost Cause by Cory Doctorow ★★★★☆
30. Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat by Marion Nestle ★★★★☆
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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #170 on: April 28, 2024, 07:00:39 AM »
1. The World and All that it Holds, by Aleksandar Hemon.
2. The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman.
3. Mot elven (Against the river), by Tom Nevle.
4. En nær himmelen opplevelse (A near heaven experience), by Tom Nevle.
5. Bølgen som brøt (The Wave that Collapsed), by Tom Nevle.
6. The Last Train to London, by Meg Waite Clayton.
7. Sarek, by Ulf Kvensler.
8. Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov (Reread, now in Norwegian).
9. Det litterære apotek (The literary pharmacy), by Nina George.
10. Det usynlige universet (The Invisible Universe) by Jostein Riiser Kristiansen.
11. Overløperen (The Traitor), by Maarten de Mol.
12. Dyrking i pallekarm (Growing food in a pallet collar), by Eva Robild.
13. Skogen (The forest), by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.
14. Brannmannen (The Fireman), by Ulf Kvensler.
15. Selvforsyning i praksis (Self Reliance in practice), by Maria Österåker.

16. Silkeveien (The Silk Road), by Jacob Lindfors.
A very good book which I couldn't put away. I didn't know it was part two of a trilogy until the book started to refer to earlier happenings. Next book I will read is part one, called Vinterpakket (The Vinter Pack). I think part three might not have been written yet.

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« Reply #171 on: April 28, 2024, 10:46:34 AM »
1) The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia McConnell ***
2) Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
3) Superfan: How Pop Culture Broke My Heart by Jen Sookfong Lee ***
4) A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are by Byron Katie w/ Stephen Mitchell
5) A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (fiction) ***
6) Rewilding: Meditations, Practices and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali
7) The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (fiction)**
8) For the Love of a Dog by Patricia McConnell (audiobook)**
9) Living on Almost Nothing by Amber Storck
10) The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylväinen (fiction) **
11) There There by Tommy Orange (fiction) ***
12) Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton (graphic novel)***
13) Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture by Kyle Chayka
14) Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Lao-tzu /Stephen Mitchell***
15) The Do No Harm Dog Training and Behaviour Handbook by Linda Michaels
16) Projections: A Story of Human Emotions by Karl Deisseroth
17 & 18) The Ex Hex and The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling (bookclub)
19) Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans to Save Your Life by John Tarrant ***
20) Hell is a World Without You by Jason Kirk **
21) How to Know a Person by David Brooks

Recently finished/reading
22) The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck--was in the free library at the park, enjoying it's handwritten style

23) Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (fiction) --A suggestion from this thread, a light & upbeat read.

24) Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe* (graphic novel)--a library bookclub pick. As a cis person, found this an insightful way learn about someone's more challenging gender experience.

25) Playing for Time: Making art as if the world mattered by Lucy Neal**. --Halfway through. Lots of creative works and writings by different artists.
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« Reply #172 on: April 28, 2024, 02:16:45 PM »
19. House of flame and shadow by Sarah J. Maas
20. True Biz by Sara Novic
21. The Martian by Andrew Weir.
22. The fated sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
23. A Manual for cleaning women: selected stories by Lucia Berlin.
24. A gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by Mackenzi Lee
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« Reply #173 on: April 28, 2024, 05:52:54 PM »
19. My Effin' Life by Geddy Lee
20. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
21. Fire Weather: A True Story From a Hotter World by John Vaillant
22. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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« Reply #174 on: April 29, 2024, 07:12:15 AM »
14. Wool by Hugh Howey

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« Reply #175 on: April 29, 2024, 08:13:01 AM »
13. Set on You by Amy Lea
14. Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
15. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

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« Reply #176 on: April 29, 2024, 10:04:11 AM »
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21) How to Know a Person by David Brooks

Recently finished/reading
22) The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck--was in the free library at the park, enjoying it's handwritten style

23) Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (fiction) --A suggestion from this thread, a light & upbeat read.

24) Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe* (graphic novel)--a library bookclub pick. As a cis person, found this an insightful way learn about someone's more challenging gender experience.

25) Playing for Time: Making art as if the world mattered by Lucy Neal**. --Halfway through. Lots of creative works and writings by different artists.

@Serendip I thought I was reading my own list here! I'd be curious to hear what you thought of David Brook's book - I think I read it last year but it was pretty impactful for me.

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« Reply #177 on: April 30, 2024, 10:18:55 AM »
@Serendip I thought I was reading my own list here! I'd be curious to hear what you thought of David Brook's book - I think I read it last year but it was pretty impactful for me.

Too funny @erp -- we must have similar interests, in that case I will take any recommendations (although I do have a pile of books to read) :)

To be honest, I didn't really love How to Know a Person and that was in part b/c of a book which I read beforehand (Bring Me the Rhinoceros), which was ridiculous and interesting to me (Zen koans) that David Brook's book seemed too safe somehow. But I know many people loved his book and glad you received some good insight from it!

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« Reply #178 on: April 30, 2024, 02:20:04 PM »
1. The World and All that it Holds, by Aleksandar Hemon.
2. The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman.
3. Mot elven (Against the river), by Tom Nevle.
4. En nær himmelen opplevelse (A near heaven experience), by Tom Nevle.
5. Bølgen som brøt (The Wave that Collapsed), by Tom Nevle.
6. The Last Train to London, by Meg Waite Clayton.
7. Sarek, by Ulf Kvensler.
8. Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov (Reread, now in Norwegian).
9. Det litterære apotek (The literary pharmacy), by Nina George.
10. Det usynlige universet (The Invisible Universe) by Jostein Riiser Kristiansen.
11. Overløperen (The Traitor), by Maarten de Mol.
12. Dyrking i pallekarm (Growing food in a pallet collar), by Eva Robild.
13. Skogen (The forest), by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.
14. Brannmannen (The Fireman), by Ulf Kvensler.
15. Selvforsyning i praksis (Self Reliance in practice), by Maria Österåker.
16. Silkeveien (The Silk Road), by Jacob Lindfors.
A very good book which I couldn't put away. I didn't know it was part two of a trilogy until the book started to refer to earlier happenings. Next book I will read is part one, called Vinterpakket (The Winter Pack). I think part three might not have been written yet.

17. Vinterpakket (The Winter Pack), by Jacob Lindfors.
Part one. Also a very good book which I read very fast. Still very interesting, although I knew how it would end, because of reading part 2 first.

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« Reply #179 on: April 30, 2024, 03:51:33 PM »
  • Daring Greatly - Brene Brown (audiobook)
  • The Doors of Eden - Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • How to be Perfect - Michael Schur (audiobook)*
  • Artificial Condition -Martha Wells (audiobook)
  • I’m Your Man - Sylvie Simmons (Leonard Cohen biography)*
  • All Systems Red - Martha Wells (audiobook)
  • Rogue Protocol - Martha Wells (audiobook)
  • The Heat Will Kill You First - Jeff Goodell (audiobook)
  • A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle (audiobook)
  • How To Do Nothing - Jenny Odell (audiobook)
  • No one will come back for us (and other stories) - Premee Mohamed
  • Number Go Up - Zeke Faux (audiobook)
  • Babel - R.F. Kuang*
  • Exit Strategy - Martha Wells (audiobook)
  • Fugitive Telemetry - Martha Wells (audiobook)
  • 12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson (audiobook) - (didn't finish)
  • Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell (audiobook)
  • A Deadly Education - Naomi Novik*
  • The Last Graduate - Naomi Novik
  • The Psychology of Money - Morgan Housel (audiobook)
  • The Golden Enclaves - Naomi Novik*
  • Die with Zero - Bill Perkins (audiobook)
  • Network Effect - Martha Wells (audiobook; last one!)*
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures - Shelby Van Pelt (audiobook)*
  • Quitting - Annie Duke*
  • The Milky Way - Moiya McTier (Didn’t Finish)
  • In the lives of puppets - TJ Klune (audiobook)
  • Lying for Money - Dan Davies*
  • Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present - Fareed Zakaria (audiobook)

I might actually hit 50 books at this rate! Lying for Money was really, really fun.

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« Reply #180 on: April 30, 2024, 06:03:12 PM »
2024 Finished:

January
1. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (I like Backman books. This one was fine but did not work as well as others have for me)
2. A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham (meh. I had mostly figured out where things were headed early on and kept reading to see if I was correct.)
3. Dune by Frank Herbert (Sci Fi, I really liked the first half, lost me a bit toward the end)
4. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (I LOVED this. Historical fantasy set in the Tang dynasty [names, including country/dynasty changed in the book, but that is the one])
5. The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman (Turned out this is just a short story)
6. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (SciFi, I am not loving Dune... if I like the third one even less, I might have to just read the synopsis for the rest!)
7. Spare by Prince Harry (Memoir, if half of this was true, I do feel sorry for him, but man this entire book was an whiney, petty, woe is me tale.)
February
8. All Sinners Bleed by S.A. Crosby (So good! Crime/Thriller about a Black Sheriff in a small southern town... murder, torture, racism, religion... this book touches on a lot of heavy subjects)
9. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (Enjoyable read. SciFi, quick, light, fun...)
10. Family Meal by Bryan Washington (Heavy read about love and grief, lust and loss, family and relationships ... I liked it, but it was a challenging read for me due to the format)
11. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (also heavy, also about love, loss, grief, family, but also nothing like the above book. Good, short)
12: Children of Dune by Frank Herbert (SciFi, I liked this one! I'm in it to the end of the six book arc now)
13. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert (SciFi, also good!)
14. Three-inch Teeth by C.J. Box (Mystery, I've been reading Joe Pickett novels since they came out... each year they feel more repetitive and more in need of a good editor, but I still come back)
March
15. North Woods by Daniel Mason (Historical Fiction, Not sure I have anything to add to the multitude of accolades for this one, but it is a really enjoyable read.)
16. Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert (SciFi, Fine. Aiming to finish the arc really)
17. Yellowface by R.F. Kuang (Fiction? Satire?, I liked this, I found it engaging, but... I read where a critique said it occasionally lack nuance and I agree. Occasionally that took me out of the story.
April
18. Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby (Crime/Thriller, SO GOOD. Black father and white father min the rural south try to find the murders of their sons.)
19. The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan (Historical Fiction, WWII story of the Japanese invasion of Malay. Engaging but heart breaking)
20. Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby (Crime/Thriller, least satisfying of Cosby's books for me, but still a great read as the main character wrestles with who he wants to be... the family man/business owner or the man not he wrong side of the law)
21. The Umpire Strikes Back by Ron Luciano (Memoir, fun book full of baseball stories)

Currently reading:

Audio: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Print: Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin

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« Reply #181 on: May 01, 2024, 08:08:48 AM »
14. Wool by Hugh Howey

How did you like this one? It is next up on my list

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« Reply #182 on: May 01, 2024, 08:23:53 AM »
14. Wool by Hugh Howey

How did you like this one? It is next up on my list

I enjoyed it! Not fantastic writing by any means, but an interesting story. I had watched the first season of the show already, and as usual, I liked the book a lot more. The show writers actually changed a lot of key plot points.

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« Reply #183 on: May 01, 2024, 02:42:21 PM »
15. Prophet Song by Paul Lynch - A mostly excellent book. I found the writing could grate and the protagonist was really hard to empathize with after a while, but easily my favourite new read of the year.

16. An Unwanted Inheritance by Imogen Clark - Airport book junk.

17. The Innocence of Father Brown by GK Chesterton - A collection of short detective stories ala Poirot Investigates but different in that these are well-written.

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« Reply #184 on: May 01, 2024, 03:29:07 PM »
(1) Right Place, Right Time by Ryan Frederick
(2) China Blonde by Nicole Webb
(3) Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
(4) Talking to My Daughter about the Economy by Yanis Varoufakis
(5) Where You Go is Not Who You Will Be by Frank Bruni
(6) Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour
(7) The English Understand Wool by Helen DeWitt
(8) A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health by David D. Luxton, Eve-Lynn Nelson, and Marlene Maheu
(9) Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
(10) The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
(11) Exit Stage Left by Madeline G. Wheeler
(12) The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction by Linda Greenhouse
(13) Dust by Hugh Howey (re-read)
(14) Go As a River by Shelley Read
(15) Spare by Prince Harry
(16) The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
(17) The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr

(18) The Hunter by Tana French
(19) Rain Gardening in the South by Helen Kraus and Anne Spafford
(20) Age of Revolutions by Fareed Zakaria
(21) Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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« Reply #185 on: May 02, 2024, 07:14:57 AM »

1. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir - Loved it! Really like his writing style
2. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky - Liked it! Interesting concept. Dragged a little at times, but other times had me hooked
3. Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben - Liked it! First venture outside of scifi in years. Turns out I like thrillers!
4. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey - Loved it! So good. Better than the TV show
5. The Woods - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
6. I Will Find You - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
7. Gone for Good - Harlan Coben - Liked it! Went through a Harlan Coben kick. Any recommendations on books/authors like him?
8. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey - Loved it! May be my new favorite scifi series
9. Children of Ruin - Adrian Tchaikovsky - Liked it! But not as much as Children of Time
10. How Not to Die - Dr. Michael Gregor - Very interesting. Has made me drastically increase fruit/veggie intake and reduce meat
11. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - Loved it! I'm a sucker for dog books
12. Innocent - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
13. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - Liked it!
14. All Systems Red - Martha Wells - Liked it! Looking forward to reading more of the series (long wait at the library)
15. Killing Floor - Lee Child - Liked it!
16. Tell No One - Harlan Coben - Liked it!
17. Never Lie - Freida McFadden - Liked it!
18. Columbus Day - Craig Alanson - Liked it!

Maybe I will get to 50?? I've already crushed my record from last year of 8 books...lol

1. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir**
2. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
3. Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben
4. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey**
5. The Woods - Harlan Coben
6. I Will Find You - Harlan Coben
7. Gone for Good - Harlan Coben
8. Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey**
9. Children of Ruin - Adrian Tchaikovsky
10. How Not to Die - Dr. Michael Gregor
11. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
12. Innocent - Harlan Coben
13. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
14. All Systems Red - Martha Wells**
15. Killing Floor - Lee Child**
16. Tell No One - Harlan Coben
17. Never Lie - Freida McFadden
18. Columbus Day - Craig Alanson
19. Chaos Rising - Kyla Stone
20. Edge of Collapse - Kyla Stone
21. Recursion - Blake Crouch**
22. Drift - L.T. Ryan
23. The Other End of the Leash - Patricia McConnell - IN PROGRESS
24. The Giver - Lois Lowry
25. Artificial Condition - Martha Wells**
26. Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey
27. Rogue Protocol - Martha Wells
28. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch - IN PROGRESS
** = favorites

Ok I will definitely get to 50 this year!

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« Reply #186 on: May 02, 2024, 07:41:15 AM »
1The Moonstone, Part 2Wilkie CollinsLibrarySequel1/3/2024General Fiction
2The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit DisorderRichard LouvLibraryTBR List1/11/2024Nonfiction - Philosophy
3DefiantBrandon SandersonLibrarySequel1/16/2024Fiction - Science Fiction
4A Passage to IndiaE.M. ForsterLibraryTBR List1/23/2024General Fiction
DNFSomething Wicked This Way ComesRay BradburyOwnOtherN/AGeneral Fiction
5The Rage of DragonsEvan WinterLibraryTBR List2/1/2024Fiction - Fantasy
DNFThe Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, GentlemanLaurence SterneLibraryTBR ListN/AGeneral Fiction
6Under the Pendulum SunJeanette NgLibraryTBR List2/10/2024Fiction - Fantasy
7Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever NeedTracy McCubbinLibraryTBR List2/14/2024Nonfiction - Self-help
8ScoopEvelyn WaughLibraryTBR List2/17/2024General Fiction
DNFTess of the D'UrbervillesThomas HardyLibraryTBR ListN/AGeneral Fiction
9Brighton RockGraham GreenLibraryTBR List3/3/2024General Fiction
10The Rules of MagicAlice HoffmanOwnOther3/6/2024Fiction - Fantasy
DNFThe Code of the WoostersP.G. WodehouseLibraryTBR ListN/AGeneral Fiction
11Perennial Vegetables: From Artichoke to 'Zuiki' Taro, a Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious, Easy-to-Grow EdiblesEric ToensmeierLibraryTBR List3/15/2024Nonfiction - Home and Garden
12Self-Care for Introverts: 17 Soothing Rituals for Peace in a Hectic WorldBarrie DavenportLibraryTBR List3/19/2024Nonfiction - Self-help
DNFDavid CopperfieldCharles DickensLibraryTBR ListN/AGeneral Fiction
13Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals can Transform our Lives - and Save TheirsRichard LouvLibraryTBR List3/29/2024Nonfiction - Philosophy
DNFRobinson CrusoeDaniel DefoeLibraryTBR ListN/AGeneral Fiction
DNFThe House of GodSamuel ShemLibraryTBR ListN/AGeneral Fiction

14The Way of KingsBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/6/2024Fiction - Fantasy
DNFMrs. DallowayVirginia WoolfLibraryTBR ListN/AGeneral Fiction
15Words of RadianceBrandon SandersonOwnReread4/25/2024Fiction - Fantasy
16The Fires of VengeanceEvan WinterLibrarySequel4/25/2024Fiction - Fantasy

TBR: 17
Sequels: 3
Nonfiction: 5
DNF: 8

It's looking like I probably won't make 50 completed, but probably will if including DNFs. Or I could fudge my TBR list and prioritize books that I'm more likely to finish, but that feels like cheating :P Also I'd rather keep on giving everything a try so the ones I wind up not liking don't just stay on the list.

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« Reply #187 on: May 02, 2024, 06:32:47 PM »
15. Prophet Song by Paul Lynch - A mostly excellent book. I found the writing could grate and the protagonist was really hard to empathize with after a while, but easily my favourite new read of the year.


How long did it take you to get into it? I've started it twice and haven't gotten through the first chapter.

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« Reply #188 on: May 03, 2024, 03:04:52 PM »
15. Prophet Song by Paul Lynch - A mostly excellent book. I found the writing could grate and the protagonist was really hard to empathize with after a while, but easily my favourite new read of the year.


How long did it take you to get into it? I've started it twice and haven't gotten through the first chapter.

Too long. It was maybe 3 or 4 chapters before I started to get into the story. If you don't already like the writing, I'd probably put it down.

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« Reply #189 on: May 05, 2024, 08:06:36 AM »
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
2. Always, in December, Emily Stone
3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros
4. Iron flame, Rebecca Yarros
5. Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
6. The Stars of Mount Quixx, S. M. Beiko
7. The Heiress Hunt, Joanna Shupe
8. Under the Whispering Door, T.J. Klune
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
14. Her Lessons in Persuasion, Megan Frampton
15. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
16. The Lantern's Dance, Laurie R. King
17. A Holly Jolly Ever After, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
18. The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
19. A Merry Little Meet Cute, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
20. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
21. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King
22. The Affair, Lee Child
23. The Lily of Ludgate Hill, Mimi Matthews
24. A Fragile Enchantment, Allison Saft

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« Reply #190 on: May 07, 2024, 06:32:28 AM »
15. Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing by Emily Lynn Paulson

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« Reply #191 on: May 08, 2024, 09:11:58 PM »
Another 20, nearly 200 now! This batch is pretty heavily skewed to plays due to being at that section of the Harvard Classics.

161. Love in the Time of Zombies by Cassandra Gannon
162. A Blot in the Scutcheon by Robert Browning
163. Awakening by Brandon Sanderson
164. Manfred by Lord Byron
165. Faust, first part by Goethe

166. Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
I found this really funny, and surprisingly different from the Goethe version which I read directly beforehand. The dynamic between Faustus and Mephistopheles is totally different.


167. Of Tangible Ghosts by L.E. Modesitt
168. Egmont by Goethe
169. The Red Planet: A Natural History of Mars by Simon Morden
170. Hermann and Dorothea by Goethe
171. Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
172. The Ghost of the Revelator by L.E. Modesitt
173. I Am the Walrus by Neal Shusterman
174. Inferno by Dante Alighieri

175. The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo
A lot of people seem to not like this new release so much, but I loved it! A magical competition where you not only have to win, you have to avoid getting executed by the actual Spanish Inquisition, and also not get brutally murdered by your fellow competitors. Wild ride.


176. Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
177. Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
178. Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs by Juli Berwald

179. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
I FINALLY got book two of Stormlight in at the library, and it is just fantastic. Everything you want in epic fantasy. Can't wait to keep going whenever Edgedancer shows up.

180. An Education in Malice by S.T. Gibson
This author really knows how to write great vampire stories. Funny thing here: I went in completely blind, not even knowing if it was or wasn't a vampire book. I only thought it might be since her debut novel was. So the first few chapter were very much "hmmm, that person is acting kind of weird, is it because THEY'RE A VAMPIRE? Kind of a funny way to read a book.


Goals are all going well.

1. 365 Book Challenge: 180/365
2. Daily Stoic Challenge: I've read it almost daily, so far missed only one day this year (but got caught up).
3. Nonfiction Challenge: 18/50
4. Backlog Challenge: 26/72, with one of the three authors (Cassandra Gannon) being officially finished.
5. Harvard Classics Challenge: 24/72 volumes (59 individual books)

So basically for the rest of this year every week I need to read:

1. The Daily Stoic X 7
2. 1 Nonfiction book
3. 1-2 Backlog books
4. 1-2 Harvard Classics volumes
5. 5-6 books overall, including all of the above.

Works for me!

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #192 on: May 12, 2024, 01:11:43 PM »
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
2. Always, in December, Emily Stone
3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros
4. Iron flame, Rebecca Yarros
5. Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
6. The Stars of Mount Quixx, S. M. Beiko
7. The Heiress Hunt, Joanna Shupe
8. Under the Whispering Door, T.J. Klune
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
14. Her Lessons in Persuasion, Megan Frampton
15. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
16. The Lantern's Dance, Laurie R. King
17. A Holly Jolly Ever After, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
18. The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
19. A Merry Little Meet Cute, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
20. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
21. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King
22. The Affair, Lee Child
23. The Lily of Ludgate Hill, Mimi Matthews
24. A Fragile Enchantment, Allison Saft
25. The Water Outlaws, S. L. Huang
26. The Dead Romantics, Ashley Poston
27. The Duke and I, Julia Quinn
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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #193 on: May 21, 2024, 09:11:47 PM »
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19) Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans to Save Your Life by John Tarrant ***
20) Hell is a World Without You by Jason Kirk **
21) How to Know a Person by David Brooks
22) The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck
23) Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (fiction)
24) Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe* (graphic novel)

Recently finished/reading
25) Playing for Time: Making art as if the world mattered by Lucy Neal**. --still not done, slow read for me

26) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (fiction)
27) The Hiking Book From Hell by Are Kalvo (memoir) (a Christmas gift that I'm finally getting around to)
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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #194 on: May 23, 2024, 05:13:45 AM »
23. Starter Villain by John Scalzi
24. Nature's Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy
25. Of Time and Turtles by Sy Montgomery
26. Molly's Game by Molly Bloom

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #195 on: May 24, 2024, 05:10:41 PM »
16. The Blueprint by Rae Giana Rashad.

17. Really Very Crunchy by Emily Morrow

18. North Woods by Daniel Mason

19. The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World by Edward D. Melillo

20. Crooked Seeds by Karen Jennings

ETA: 21. The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan. I read this one several weeks ago but forgot to include it in my list.
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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #196 on: May 25, 2024, 03:08:35 AM »
1. The World and All that it Holds, by Aleksandar Hemon.
2. The Last Devil to Die, by Richard Osman.
3. Mot elven (Against the river), by Tom Nevle.
4. En nær himmelen opplevelse (A near heaven experience), by Tom Nevle.
5. Bølgen som brøt (The Wave that Collapsed), by Tom Nevle.
6. The Last Train to London, by Meg Waite Clayton.
7. Sarek, by Ulf Kvensler.
8. Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov (Reread, now in Norwegian).
9. Det litterære apotek (The literary pharmacy), by Nina George.
10. Det usynlige universet (The Invisible Universe) by Jostein Riiser Kristiansen.
11. Overløperen (The Traitor), by Maarten de Mol.
12. Dyrking i pallekarm (Growing food in a pallet collar), by Eva Robild.
13. Skogen (The forest), by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.
14. Brannmannen (The Fireman), by Ulf Kvensler.
15. Selvforsyning i praksis (Self Reliance in practice), by Maria Österåker.
16. Silkeveien (The Silk Road), by Jacob Lindfors.
A very good book which I couldn't put away. I didn't know it was part two of a trilogy until the book started to refer to earlier happenings. Next book I will read is part one, called Vinterpakket (The Winter Pack). I think part three might not have been written yet.
17. Vinterpakket (The Winter Pack), by Jacob Lindfors.

18. Den store kakeboka (The big baking book), by Sverre Sætre
19. Cinnabar One, by J. E. Bergfjord. Wow, a great science fiction book. I read it in one day. It is a bit in the style of Ursula Le Guin with good descriptions of how the aliens feel and live.

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #197 on: May 25, 2024, 05:50:16 AM »
1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana Gabaldon
2. Always, in December, Emily Stone
3. Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros
4. Iron flame, Rebecca Yarros
5. Stone Blind, Natalie Haynes
6. The Stars of Mount Quixx, S. M. Beiko
7. The Heiress Hunt, Joanna Shupe
8. Under the Whispering Door, T.J. Klune
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas
10. A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas
11. A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas
12. A Court of Frost and Starlight, Sarah J. Maas
13. A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas
14. Her Lessons in Persuasion, Megan Frampton
15. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
16. The Lantern's Dance, Laurie R. King
17. A Holly Jolly Ever After, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
18. The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
19. A Merry Little Meet Cute, Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
20. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
21. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King
22. The Affair, Lee Child
23. The Lily of Ludgate Hill, Mimi Matthews
24. A Fragile Enchantment, Allison Saft
25. The Water Outlaws, S. L. Huang
26. The Dead Romantics, Ashley Poston
27. The Duke and I, Julia Quinn
28. The Viscount Who Loved Me, Julia Quinn
29. An Offer from a Gentleman, Julia Quinn
30. The Idea of You, Robinne Lee

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #198 on: May 25, 2024, 08:35:46 AM »
16. The Armor of Light by Ken Follet

This was not my favorite of his books - was a bit of a slog, but finally made it through.

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Re: 50 Books in 2024!
« Reply #199 on: May 25, 2024, 04:05:21 PM »
Whoa, we're at 200! Yee haw! Favourites marked.

181. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
182. How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
183. River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Road by Cat Jarman
184.    Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence by Dani Rabaiotti
185. Ghost of the White Nights by L.E. Modesitt
186. Redemption by Brandon Sanderson
187. Viewpoints Critical by L.E. Modesitt
188. The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
189. The Odyssey by Homer
190. Isolate by L.E. Modesitt
191. Defending Elysium by Brandon Sanderson

192. Someone You Can Build a Nest In by John Wiswell
I founds this just incredibly charming and cozy. The main character is an amorphous blob who falls in love with a human, and various hijinks ensue. Nice storytelling and just a great read.


193. Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson
194. Long Chills and Case Dough by Brandon Sanderson
195. Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

196. Aftermarket Afterlife by Seanan McGuire
Book 13 in the long-running Incryptid series, this new story arc is an absolute doozy. Really intense ride.


197. The Dangerous Ones by Lauren Blackwood
198. How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to Be Forever by Jack Horner
199. Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea by Richard Dana
200. Children of the Nameless by Brandon Sanderson

My reading challenges are all going well.

1. 365 Book Challenge - 200/365, well ahead of schedule.
2. Nonfiction Challlenge - 22/50
3. Daily Stoic Challenge - Read it 145/146 days this year.
4. Backlog Challenge (i.e. read or DNF all unread works by Brandon Sanderson, Cassandra Gannon, and L.E. Modesitt) - 36/52, and making rapid progress. I've been hitting this one hard lately to get it wrapped up so I can focus more on the Harvard Classics.
5. Harvard Classics - 27/71 Volumes. Basically spot-on where I should be (38% read, and it's about 40% of the year), though it would be good to have one or two weeks where I read more than one volume and get a bit ahead of the game.

I ideally want to have most of my projects wrapped up by mid-November to I can focus on the Goodreads Choice Awards longlists, as well as wrap up any of my new releases for the year. But I recognize the Harvard Classics will go right to the end.