Books you’ve read in 2022

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  1. Upton^2

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    1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley - 7/10
    2. Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby - 7/10
    3. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy - 9/10
    4. Our Country Friends by Gary Shytengart - 7.5/10
    5. Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby - 6.5/10
    6. Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough/Chris Tomlinson - 8/10
    7. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli - 6.5/10
    8. A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre - 7/10
    9. The anomaly by Herve de Tellier - 9.5/10
    10. How to Be Perfect by Mike Schur - 8/10
    11. Taste by Stanley Tucci - 6/10
    12. Shutdown by Adam Tooze - 8/10
    13. The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow - 7.5/10
    14. Paddle your own Canoe by Nick Offerman - 7/10
    15. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah - 8/10
    16. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff - 7/10
    17. The Lost City of Z by David Grann - 8/10
    18. Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy - 9.5/10
    19. The Last Whalers by Doug Bock Clark - 8/10

    20. Evil Geniuses by Kurt Andersen - 5/10. Eh. Didn’t really learn much new really, thought it’d be an overview of recent economic/political history, but it basically read as a recap of Rick Perlsteins books.
     
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    1. Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages - Dan Jones (8/10)
    2 Star Wars: The High Republic: The Fallen Star - Claudia Gray (9/10)
    3. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States - Walter Johnson (9.5/10)
    4. Damnation Spring - Ash Davidson 8.5/10
    5. Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire - Johnathan M Katz (7.5/10)
    6. How To Be Perfect: The Correct Moral Answer To Any Question - Michael Schur (7.5/10)
    7. Mickey7 - Edward Ashton (8/10)
    8.Light Years From Home - Mike Chen (7/10)
    9. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Albert Lansing (8/10)
    10. The Sins of Our Fathers (The Expanse 9.5) - James S A Corey (8/10)
    11. Pachinko - Min Jee Lee (9/10)
    12. The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War - Scott Anderson (8/10)
    13. Don't Know Tough - Eli Cranor (6/10)
    14. Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity - David Graeber/David Wengrow (7.5/10)
    15. Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel (8.5/10)
    16.Davos Man: How Billionaires Devoured the World - Peter S Goodman (9/10)
    17. The Queen's Hope - EK Johnston (7/10)
    18. Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas - Jennifer Raff (7.5/10)
    19. X-Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of WW2 - Leah Garrett (8/10)
    20. Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    21. Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    22. City on Fire - Don Winslow (8.5/10)
    23. Jade Setter of Janloon - Fonda Lee (8/10)
    24. Star Wars: Brotherhood - Mike Chen (8/10)

    City on Fire - First in a new trilogy by Winslow. About mob war between the Irish and Italians in 80's Rhode Island. Very good. Winslow is a great writer in this genre. He announced this trilogy will be his last as he's retiring from writing to focus on political campaigns. I am saddened by this because he writes great books, but makes extremely cringy #resist stuff on twitter.

    Jade Setter of Janloon - Novella set in the Green Bone Saga. I fantasy trilogy I absolutely loved and wished you fucks would read it.


    Star Wars Brotherhood - Really good SW book about Obi-wan and Anakin. :comicbookguy::comicbookguy:
     
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  3. TC

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    Truman you didn’t italicize title #21. Atrocious formatting
     
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  4. Truman

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    Fixed! Thank you for saving me the shame of leaving it that way in perpetuity.
     
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  5. TC

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    First thought: damn Truman's a fancy mf, uses italics for titles and everything.

    Second thought: lol look he forgot one
     
  6. Upton^2

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    1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley - 7/10
    2. Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby - 7/10
    3. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy - 9/10
    4. Our Country Friends by Gary Shytengart - 7.5/10
    5. Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby - 6.5/10
    6. Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough/Chris Tomlinson - 8/10
    7. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli - 6.5/10
    8. A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre - 7/10
    9. The anomaly by Herve de Tellier - 9.5/10
    10. How to Be Perfect by Mike Schur - 8/10
    11. Taste by Stanley Tucci - 6/10
    12. Shutdown by Adam Tooze - 8/10
    13. The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow - 7.5/10
    14. Paddle your own Canoe by Nick Offerman - 7/10
    15. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah - 8/10
    16. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff - 7/10
    17. The Lost City of Z by David Grann - 8/10
    18. Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy - 9.5/10
    19. The Last Whalers by Doug Bock Clark - 8/10
    20. Evil Geniuses by Kurt Andersen - 5/10

    21. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley - 7/10. Such a fun read. Great for a road trip. Great characters and great setting (hunting lodge in an island off Scotland during winter)
     
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    1. Born to Run - Christopher McDougall (9/10)
    2. How the Word is Passed - Clint Smith (9/10)
    3. Being Heumann: An Unrepentent Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist - Judith Heumann (6/10)
    4. Finding Ultra - Rich Roll (7.5/10)
    5. Buddhism for Beginners - Thubten Chodra (6/10)
    6. How to be Perfect: The Correct Moral Answer to Every Question - Michael Schur (9/10)
    7. The Sanatorium - Sarah Pearse (4/10)
    8. Why Buddhism is True - Robert Wright (8/10)
    9. The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins (9/10)
    10. The Dark Hours (Ballard/Bosch #4) - Michael Connelly (8/10)
    11. The Nidderdale Murders (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #5) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    12. The Whitby Murders (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #6) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    13. Murder at St. Anne’s (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #7) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    14. Soberevolution - Matt Salis (6/10)
    15. Dry: A Memoir - Augusten Burroughs (7/10)
    16. Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (8/10)
    17. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (9.5/10)
    18. Mythos - Stephen Fry (8/10)
    19. The Anomaly - Herve Le Tellier (7/10)
    20. The Judge's List - John Grisham (6/10)
    21. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders (9/10)
    22. The Lincoln Highway - Amor Towles

    23. Heroes (Mythos Vol. II) - Stephen Fry (9/10)

    A compilation and retelling of some of the greatest stories in history. Vol. I focused on the gods - this one on men. Heracles, Theseus, Jason, etc. Like Vol. I, it is excellent if you like the Greek myths.

    24. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (7/10)

    This gets a 7 because I love Ishiguro’s writing style, but the story itself was not my favorite. It takes place in England primarily following three “donors” from childhood through their “completion.” Donors are clones created for the sole purpose of having their organs harvested for use in humans. It’s pretty fucked up. The ultimate question he seems to be exploring is whether these donors have souls, a theme he revisits to a certain extent in Klara and the Sun.
     
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  8. Cornelius Suttree

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    40 books in just over 5 months, stoked about that

    1- The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Wallace Stegner (8.5/10)
    2- Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston (7.5/10)*
    3- All the Little Live Things - Wallace Stegner (5/10)
    4- The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen (9.5/10)
    5- A Burning - Megha Majumdar (9/10)
    6- Going After Caciatto - Tim O'Brien (7.5/10)
    7- The Ballad of the Sad Cafe - Carson McCullers (7/10)
    8- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers (10/10)*
    9- The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (3/10)*
    10- The Shipping News - Annie Proulx (9/10)
    11- A Death in the Family - James Agee (8.5/10)
    12- The Sea - John Banville (8/10)
    13- The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (9/10)
    14- Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler (7.5/10)
    15- Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney (10/10)
    16- Amsterdam - Ian McEwan (8/10)
    17- That Night - Alice McDermott (5.5/10)
    18- Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward (10/10)
    19- A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley (9/10)
    20- Light Years - James Salter (8/10)
    21- The Hours - Michael Cunningham (9/10)
    22- Being Dead - Jim Crace (7.5/10)
    23- The Book of Evidence - John Banville (6.5/10)
    24- A Long Long Way – Sebastian Barry (10/10)
    25- Harvest – Jim Crace (5.5/10)
    26- Foe – J.M. Coetzee (3/10)
    27- A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (10/10)
    28- Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee (6/10)
    29- Postcards – Annie Proulx (10/10)
    30- Close Range: Wyoming Stories – Annie Proulx (9.5/10)
    31- The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster (3.5/10)
    32- Metroland – Julian Barnes (7/10)
    33- The Sellout – Paul Beatty (7/10)
    34- Run – Ann Patchett (5/10)
    35- The Candy House – Jennifer Egan (9/10)
    36- The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty – Sebastian Barry (9.5/10)

    37- Days Without End – Sebastian Barry (10/10)
    Winner of the 2016 Costa Book Award. A young Irish boy flees his homeland during the Great Famine and ends up fighting for the Union in the Indian and Civil Wars. It’s unsparing in its portrayal of America and the horrors carried out by white European immigrants. A barrage of brutal action scenes mixed with elegant looks at nature, friendship, love, identity, etc. Barry is officially a top-tier writer for my tastes

    38- A Summons to Memphis – Peter Taylor (5/10)
    Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, it’s told from the perspective of a man who is called back to Memphis from New York to intervene in a family affair. It’s certainly well written but I didn’t enjoy the story. It was almost entirely focused on old southern conventions and people being shocked when they’re broken

    39- All That Is – James Salter (9/10)
    A man returns to New York after serving in WWII and finds success in the publishing world but what he most desires proves difficult to secure. Salter was about as talented a writer as America has seen. Everything in this bittersweet novel is so concise and sharp you feel like you are along for the ride with the characters in NYC, Paris, the Pacific, etc.

    40- Accordion Crimes – Annie Proulx (6.5/10)
    Shortlisted for the 1997 Women’s Prize for Fiction, it’s a very dense account of a long line of tragic figures, many of whom are immigrants in search of the American dream. A green accordion made in Sicily is the only constant presence besides suffering as Proulx moves from chapter to chapter. Very gothic. But also way too much focus on accordions, the various types/sounds and polka/traditional French music. Had to grind through this one even if it is by a stellar author

    *denotes a re-read
     
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  9. TC

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    1. Born to Run - Christopher McDougall (9/10)
    2. How the Word is Passed - Clint Smith (9/10)
    3. Being Heumann: An Unrepentent Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist - Judith Heumann (6/10)
    4. Finding Ultra - Rich Roll (7.5/10)
    5. Buddhism for Beginners - Thubten Chodra (6/10)
    6. How to be Perfect: The Correct Moral Answer to Every Question - Michael Schur (9/10)
    7. The Sanatorium - Sarah Pearse (4/10)
    8. Why Buddhism is True - Robert Wright (8/10)
    9. The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins (9/10)
    10. The Dark Hours (Ballard/Bosch #4) - Michael Connelly (8/10)
    11. The Nidderdale Murders (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #5) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    12. The Whitby Murders (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #6) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    13. Murder at St. Anne’s (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #7) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    14. Soberevolution - Matt Salis (6/10)
    15. Dry: A Memoir - Augusten Burroughs (7/10)
    16. Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (8/10)
    17. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (9.5/10)
    18. Mythos - Stephen Fry (8/10)
    19. The Anomaly - Herve Le Tellier (7/10)
    20. The Judge's List - John Grisham (6/10)
    21. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders (9/10)
    22. The Lincoln Highway - Amor Towles
    23. Heroes (Mythos Vol. II) - Stephen Fry (9/10)
    24. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (7/10)

    25. Troy (Mythos Vol. III) - Stephen Fry (9.5/10)

    The greatest story ever told as retold by an incredible storyteller. Achilles, Odysseus, Hector, Ajax, Agamemnon, Diomedes - true legends. As with the others in the series, I recommend the audiobook if you are interested. I’m hoping he does The Odyssey next although this is billed as Book 3 of 3.

    Paris is a little bitch.
     
  11. Fargin' Icehole

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    Really looking fwd to Days Without End. Sounds awesome, thanks.
     
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    Just finished Sapiens. Had to put it down for awhile as I got a little lost with how much it seems to jump around, but damn it was good
     
  13. Truman

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    1. Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages - Dan Jones (8/10)
    2 Star Wars: The High Republic: The Fallen Star - Claudia Gray (9/10)
    3. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States - Walter Johnson (9.5/10)
    4. Damnation Spring - Ash Davidson 8.5/10
    5. Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire - Johnathan M Katz (7.5/10)
    6. How To Be Perfect: The Correct Moral Answer To Any Question - Michael Schur (7.5/10)
    7. Mickey7 - Edward Ashton (8/10)
    8.Light Years From Home - Mike Chen (7/10)
    9. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Albert Lansing (8/10)
    10. The Sins of Our Fathers (The Expanse 9.5) - James S A Corey (8/10)
    11. Pachinko - Min Jee Lee (9/10)
    12. The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War - Scott Anderson (8/10)
    13. Don't Know Tough - Eli Cranor (6/10)
    14. Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity - David Graeber/David Wengrow (7.5/10)
    15. Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel (8.5/10)
    16.Davos Man: How Billionaires Devoured the World - Peter S Goodman (9/10)
    17. The Queen's Hope - EK Johnston (7/10)
    18. Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas - Jennifer Raff (7.5/10)
    19. X-Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of WW2 - Leah Garrett (8/10)
    20. Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    21. Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    22. City on Fire - Don Winslow (8.5/10)
    23. Jade Setter of Janloon - Fonda Lee (8/10)
    24. Star Wars: Brotherhood - Mike Chen (8/10)
    25. We Own This City: A True Story of Crime Cops and Corruption - Justin Fenton (8.5/10)
    26. The Island - Adrian McKinty (8.5/10)
    27. Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan - Jake Adlestien (6.5/10)

    This group's them is "I loved the TV show, gonna read the book"

    We Own This City - About a corrupt police task force. Everything wrong w policing in our country. The TV show did such a great job. Couldnt have been a documentary. Didnt learn too much new. Just some minor details.

    The Island - Im not a huge Thriller genre. Been chasing that Gone Girl rush for 10 years now. McKinty is as close as it gets. About a family vacation to Australia where they get stuck on an island off the coast. Not great literature or anything but a great entertaining beach read type. Would have read it in 1 or 2 sittings if I didnt have Memorial Weekend things to do.

    Tokyo Vice - Again, loved the TV show and wanted to read the book. It's about a young American that gets a job with a huge Japanese Newspaper. He struggles being a foriegner, but loves the country, overcomes those hurdles, becomes a great reporter. He eventually starts covering the Yakuza, which puts his life in peril at times. It's a memoir and it has all the problems I struggle with when reading memoirs. Everyone is the hero of their own story. Full of self aggrandizement while trying to layer a veneer of humility ect. Never sure what is BS or what is more accurate. The show is very entertaining. The book - Meh.
     
  14. BP

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  15. Hoss Bonaventure

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    Anyone read King’s Gwendy button box trilogy? Need a good new non-fiction. Either that or the library on mount char
     
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    1. The power of influence- Robert Cialdini
    2. The Republic of Pirates- Colin Woodard
    3. Alone on the wall- Alex Honnold
    4. Shattered Air- Bob Madgic
    5. Sandman Act II- Neil Gaiman
    6. Hero with 1000 faces- Joseph Campbell
    7. Bottle of Lies-Katherine Eban -
    8. The Vikings and their Enemies- Phillip Lane
    9. Chasing the Scream- Johann Harl
    10. Darkwater Bride- Marty Ross
    11. Black Flags, Blue Waters- Eric Jay Dolin
    12. The Outlaw Ocean- Ian Urbina
    13. Skeletons of the Zahara- Dean King
    14. Meditations- Marcus Aurelius
    15. Afghanistan papers - Washington Post
    16. Conquistadores: - Fernando Cervantes
    17. Sunreach - Sanderson
    18. The Art of War - Sun Tsu
    19. The Cosmogonic Cycle - Joseph Campbell
    20. Fossil Men
    21.The Tiger: A true story of vengeance-John Vaillant.
    22. The Witcher: Baptism of Fire- Sapkowski
    23. The Dirt- autobiographies of the Motley Crue guys.
    24. Tower of the Swallow
    25. Lady of the Lake
    26. Season of Storms-all Sapkowski

    27. Dearly Devoted Dexter- Jeff Lindsay Book 2 in the series.
     
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    1- The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Wallace Stegner (8.5/10)
    2- Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston (7.5/10)*
    3- All the Little Live Things - Wallace Stegner (5/10)
    4- The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen (9.5/10)
    5- A Burning - Megha Majumdar (9/10)
    6- Going After Caciatto - Tim O'Brien (7.5/10)
    7- The Ballad of the Sad Cafe - Carson McCullers (7/10)
    8- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers (10/10)*
    9- The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (3/10)*
    10- The Shipping News - Annie Proulx (9/10)
    11- A Death in the Family - James Agee (8.5/10)
    12- The Sea - John Banville (8/10)
    13- The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (9/10)
    14- Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler (7.5/10)
    15- Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney (10/10)
    16- Amsterdam - Ian McEwan (8/10)
    17- That Night - Alice McDermott (5.5/10)
    18- Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward (10/10)
    19- A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley (9/10)
    20- Light Years - James Salter (8/10)
    21- The Hours - Michael Cunningham (9/10)
    22- Being Dead - Jim Crace (7.5/10)
    23- The Book of Evidence - John Banville (6.5/10)
    24- A Long Long Way – Sebastian Barry (10/10)
    25- Harvest – Jim Crace (5.5/10)
    26- Foe – J.M. Coetzee (3/10)
    27- A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (10/10)
    28- Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee (6/10)
    29- Postcards – Annie Proulx (10/10)
    30- Close Range: Wyoming Stories – Annie Proulx (9.5/10)
    31- The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster (3.5/10)
    32- Metroland – Julian Barnes (7/10)
    33- The Sellout – Paul Beatty (7/10)
    34- Run – Ann Patchett (5/10)
    35- The Candy House – Jennifer Egan (9/10)
    36- The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty – Sebastian Barry (9.5/10)
    37- Days Without End – Sebastian Barry (10/10)
    38- A Summons to Memphis – Peter Taylor (5/10)
    39- All That Is – James Salter (9/10)
    40- Accordion Crimes – Annie Proulx (6.5/10)

    41- Some Luck – Jane Smiley (7.5/10)
    The first installment in a trilogy, it’s a sweeping multigenerational account of an Iowa farm family set against the backdrop of America from 1920 into the 1950s. Each chapter takes you through a year in the family’s development and details farm life as major changes unfold on a larger level

    42- Beautiful World, Where Are You – Sally Rooney (10/10)
    The best young writer in the world provides an intimate look at two young women trying to overcome their reservations about living in a capitalistic and increasingly fucked up world while dealing with depression, social anxiety and the strains of relationships. Rooney is the closest thing to Salter we’ll get. Super concise and direct prose with dialogue liable to make you cringe, cry or laugh

    43- Look At Me – Jennifer Egan (9/10)
    A finalist for the 2001 National Book Award (The Corrections won), it’s a sprawling story revolving around a washed up model obsessed with reacquiring fame and a handful of unique individuals that factor into her life and generally engage in destructive behavior. Really prescient cultural commentary because it calls out the whole social media/influencer movement way before it went mainstream. Also, much of it takes place in NYC and it was completed in January 2001. Yet one of the main characters is a terrorist who roams Manhattan. So you are tempted to view his scenes through the context of 9/11, but Egan said it should remain an artifact of a more innocent time

    *denotes a re-read
     
  18. TC

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    1. The Mismeasure Of Progress: Economic Growth And Its Critics / Stephen J. Macekura (6.5/10)
    2. Guitars: A Celebration Of Pure Mojo / David Schiller (9/10)
    3. Mountain Men: The Remarkable Climbers And Determined Eccentrics Who First Scaled The World's Most Famous Peaks / Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan (9.5/10)
    4. The Lost City Of Z: A Tale Of Deadly Obsession In The Amazon / David Grann (10/10)
    5. Salt: A World History / Mark Kurlansky (8.5/10)
    6. Invisible No More: The African American Experience At The University Of South Carolina (8/10)
    7. Roots: The Saga Of An American Family / Alex Haley (10/10)
    8. Come As You Are: The Story Of Nirvana / Michael Azerrad (7.5/10)
    9. A Brief History Of Indonesia (Sultans, Spices And Tsunamis: The Incredible Story Of Southeast Asia's Largest Island Nation) / Tim Hannigan (7/10)
    10. The Pity Of War: Explaining World War I / Niall Ferguson (DNF)
    11. Biased: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think And Do / Jennifer Eberhardt (6.5/10)
    12. The Road / Cormac McCarthy (7.5/10)

    13. Land: How The Hunger For Ownership Shaped The Modern World / Simon Winchester (9.5/10)
    Enjoyable book packed with good info if you like geography and history.

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  20. Cornelius Suttree

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    I'm declaring June national women authors month
     
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    1. A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14) - Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson (10/10)
    2. Reaper (Cradle #10) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    3. The Last Wish (The Witcher #1) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8.5/10)
    4. Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #2) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8/10)
    5. Blood of Elves (The Witcher #3) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8/10)
    6. Time of Contempt (The Witcher #4) - Andrzej Sapkowski (7.5/10)
    7. Baptism of Fire (The Witcher #5) - Andrzej Sapkowski (7.5/10)
    8. The Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher #6) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8.5/10)
    9. Caddisflies - Gary LaFontaine (not really a grading type of book)
    10. The Lady of the Lake (The Witcher #7) - Andrzej Sapkowski (9/10)
    11. Season of Storms (The Witcher #8) - Andrzej Sapkowski (7/10)
    12. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) - James S. A. Corey (9.5/10)
     
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    1. Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages - Dan Jones (8/10)
    2 Star Wars: The High Republic: The Fallen Star - Claudia Gray (9/10)
    3. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States - Walter Johnson (9.5/10)
    4. Damnation Spring - Ash Davidson 8.5/10
    5. Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire - Johnathan M Katz (7.5/10)
    6. How To Be Perfect: The Correct Moral Answer To Any Question - Michael Schur (7.5/10)
    7. Mickey7 - Edward Ashton (8/10)
    8.Light Years From Home - Mike Chen (7/10)
    9. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Albert Lansing (8/10)
    10. The Sins of Our Fathers (The Expanse 9.5) - James S A Corey (8/10)
    11. Pachinko - Min Jee Lee (9/10)
    12. The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War - Scott Anderson (8/10)
    13. Don't Know Tough - Eli Cranor (6/10)
    14. Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity - David Graeber/David Wengrow (7.5/10)
    15. Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel (8.5/10)
    16.Davos Man: How Billionaires Devoured the World - Peter S Goodman (9/10)
    17. The Queen's Hope - EK Johnston (7/10)
    18. Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas - Jennifer Raff (7.5/10)
    19. X-Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of WW2 - Leah Garrett (8/10)
    20. Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    21. Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    22. City on Fire - Don Winslow (8.5/10)
    23. Jade Setter of Janloon - Fonda Lee (8/10)
    24. Star Wars: Brotherhood - Mike Chen (8/10)
    25. We Own This City: A True Story of Crime Cops and Corruption - Justin Fenton (8.5/10)
    26. The Island - Adrian McKinty (8.5/10)
    27. Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan - Jake Adlestien (6.5/10)
    28. Normal People - Sally Rooney (8/10)
    29. The Cartographers - Peng Shepard (7/10)
    30. Dead Silence - SA Barnes (7/10)


    Normal People - First Rooney novel. Knew she got a lot of buzz in book circles, but decided to read based on TMBers reviews. Im torn. First - I hate the writing style. kind of difficult to read and get into. Long paragraphs, with no page breaks. Lots of dialogue but no quotes. Youre not really sure if it's internal thoughts or the character is actually saying it until you get a 'he said' or 'she said' randomly. However, I liked the story. Which is weird. Its almost like a romance novel (i think). Not really a genre Id have much interest in. However the there was a lot of that relationship I could sympathize and identify with. There's also a lot of great social commentary. Hard book to rate because I liked it but was deeply frustrated with it - and not really in a good way. I will probably read more Rooney

    Cartographers - Novel about a young cartographer who gets a call that her father has died. She and her dad had a professional and personal falling out and he basically ruined her career. She goes on the hunt to figure out what behind his death. Pretty good action/thriller. Pretty predictable and paint by numbers. Liked it. Didnt love it. Not sure Id really recommend it.

    Dead Silence - Sci-fi Horror. Love sci-fi meh on horror. This was a little more in the horror realm. This book was a roller coaster for me. Started off intrigued, then felt like I was going to hate it. Then it took a cool turn towards the end to salvage it into a "decent read"
     
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    1) The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson 9/10
    2) The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter 8/10
    3) Founding Martyr: the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren by Christian Di Spigna 7.5/10
    4) Star Wars Dark Disciple by Christie Golden 8/10
    5) The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier 9/10
    6) Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky 7/10
    7) A Death in the Family by James Agee 8/10
    8) The Overstory by Richard Powers 8.5/10
    9) The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis 8/10
     
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    1. Liberty or Death: The French Revolution by Peter McPhee - 8/10
    2. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti - 4/10
    3. Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him - 8/10
    4. The 1619 Project created by Nikole Hannah-Jones (with contributions from ~30 others) - 9.5/10
    5. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - 8.5/10
    6. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - 9/10
    7. Henry V: The Warrior King of 1415 by Ian Mortimer - 8/10
    8. Medieval Europe by Chris Wickham - 6/10
    9. Master Builders of the Middle Ages by David Jacobs - 7/10
    10. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett - 8/10
    11. On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon- Reed - 8.5/10

    I was traveling a lot recently so had to use my kindle, and my library doesn’t have kindle books, so I rely on bargain non-fiction books from the Kindle store for $0.99. Hence the non-fiction kick from #7-#9. The next couple months will have more fiction vibes, especially if the rainy weather finally goes away and I can read in the park in the sun.
     
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    1) The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson 9/10
    2) The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter 8/10
    3) Founding Martyr: the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren by Christian Di Spigna 7.5/10
    4) Star Wars Dark Disciple by Christie Golden 8/10
    5) The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier 9/10
    6) Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky 7/10
    7) A Death in the Family by James Agee 8/10
    8) The Overstory by Richard Powers 8.5/10
    9) The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis 8/10
    10) Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi 8.5/10
     
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    1. Born to Run - Christopher McDougall (9/10)
    2. How the Word is Passed - Clint Smith (9/10)
    3. Being Heumann: An Unrepentent Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist - Judith Heumann (6/10)
    4. Finding Ultra - Rich Roll (7.5/10)
    5. Buddhism for Beginners - Thubten Chodra (6/10)
    6. How to be Perfect: The Correct Moral Answer to Every Question - Michael Schur (9/10)
    7. The Sanatorium - Sarah Pearse (4/10)
    8. Why Buddhism is True - Robert Wright (8/10)
    9. The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins (9/10)
    10. The Dark Hours (Ballard/Bosch #4) - Michael Connelly (8/10)
    11. The Nidderdale Murders (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #5) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    12. The Whitby Murders (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #6) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    13. Murder at St. Anne’s (Yorkshire Murder Mystery #7) - J.R. Ellis (5/10)
    14. Soberevolution - Matt Salis (6/10)
    15. Dry: A Memoir - Augusten Burroughs (7/10)
    16. Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro (8/10)
    17. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (9.5/10)
    18. Mythos - Stephen Fry (8/10)
    19. The Anomaly - Herve Le Tellier (7/10)
    20. The Judge's List - John Grisham (6/10)
    21. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders (9/10)
    22. The Lincoln Highway - Amor Towles
    23. Heroes (Mythos Vol. II) - Stephen Fry (9/10)
    24. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (7/10)
    25. Troy (Mythos Vol. III) - Stephen Fry (9.5/10)

    26. All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr (9/10)

    27. Slow Horses - Mick Herron (7/10)

    28. Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with my Kids - Scott Hershovitz (7/10)
     
  27. Cornelius Suttree

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    1- The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Wallace Stegner (8.5/10)
    2- Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston (7.5/10)*
    3- All the Little Live Things - Wallace Stegner (5/10)
    4- The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen (9.5/10)
    5- A Burning - Megha Majumdar (9/10)
    6- Going After Caciatto - Tim O'Brien (7.5/10)
    7- The Ballad of the Sad Cafe - Carson McCullers (7/10)
    8- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers (10/10)*
    9- The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (3/10)*
    10- The Shipping News - Annie Proulx (9/10)
    11- A Death in the Family - James Agee (8.5/10)
    12- The Sea - John Banville (8/10)
    13- The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (9/10)
    14- Ladder of Years - Anne Tyler (7.5/10)
    15- Conversations with Friends - Sally Rooney (10/10)
    16- Amsterdam - Ian McEwan (8/10)
    17- That Night - Alice McDermott (5.5/10)
    18- Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward (10/10)
    19- A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley (9/10)
    20- Light Years - James Salter (8/10)
    21- The Hours - Michael Cunningham (9/10)
    22- Being Dead - Jim Crace (7.5/10)
    23- The Book of Evidence - John Banville (6.5/10)
    24- A Long Long Way – Sebastian Barry (10/10)
    25- Harvest – Jim Crace (5.5/10)
    26- Foe – J.M. Coetzee (3/10)
    27- A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (10/10)
    28- Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee (6/10)
    29- Postcards – Annie Proulx (10/10)
    30- Close Range: Wyoming Stories – Annie Proulx (9.5/10)
    31- The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster (3.5/10)
    32- Metroland – Julian Barnes (7/10)
    33- The Sellout – Paul Beatty (7/10)
    34- Run – Ann Patchett (5/10)
    35- The Candy House – Jennifer Egan (9/10)
    36- The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty – Sebastian Barry (9.5/10)
    37- Days Without End – Sebastian Barry (10/10)
    38- A Summons to Memphis – Peter Taylor (5/10)
    39- All That Is – James Salter (9/10)
    40- Accordion Crimes – Annie Proulx (6.5/10)
    41- Some Luck – Jane Smiley (7.5/10)
    42- Beautiful World, Where Are You – Sally Rooney (10/10)
    43- Look At Me – Jennifer Egan (9/10)

    44- Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories II – Annie Proulx (7.5/10)
    A collection of short stories set in Wyoming. As one expects from Proulx, a steady stream of dark and tragic events occur. But there’s no standout like with Close Range and Brokeback Mountain. Just a bunch of solid stories driving home the fact that WYO is as harsh as it is beautiful

    45- Charming Billy – Alice McDermott (5.5/10)
    Winner of the 1998 National Book Award, it revolves around an Irish Catholic man from NYC who drinks himself to death. It details the grief/love his friends and family experience in the years leading up to the inevitable and in the aftermath of his passing. It is exceptionally well written and there are touching scenes about family/friendship throughout, but there is also a heavy focus on boring old-fashioned traditions and religion

    46- Redhead By the Side of the Road – Anne Tyler (5/10)
    A story about an introverted Baltimore computer repairman who is very particular and ends up slipping into a funk because of unexpected events that suddenly occur. It’s nothing special but would probably make a fine beach read because it’s short and has tons of dialogue. Would recommend Tyler to people with women in their lives who hail from the Baltimore area

    47- Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward (10/10)
    Winner of the 2017 National Book Award, it won a few other awards and was a finalist for most major literary prizes in existence. Set in the same fictional MS town as Salvage the Bones, it is a family saga told from the perspective of three characters with the majority through the eyes of a young bi-racial boy and his mother. Grief, family and racism are the main themes. It’s electric and searing, a must-read book for avid American readers in 2022

    *denotes a re-read
     
  28. TC

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    1. The Mismeasure Of Progress: Economic Growth And Its Critics / Stephen J. Macekura (6.5/10)
    2. Guitars: A Celebration Of Pure Mojo / David Schiller (9/10)
    3. Mountain Men: The Remarkable Climbers And Determined Eccentrics Who First Scaled The World's Most Famous Peaks / Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan (9.5/10)
    4. The Lost City Of Z: A Tale Of Deadly Obsession In The Amazon / David Grann (10/10)
    5. Salt: A World History / Mark Kurlansky (8.5/10)
    6. Invisible No More: The African American Experience At The University Of South Carolina (8/10)
    7. Roots: The Saga Of An American Family / Alex Haley (10/10)
    8. Come As You Are: The Story Of Nirvana / Michael Azerrad (7.5/10)
    9. A Brief History Of Indonesia (Sultans, Spices And Tsunamis: The Incredible Story Of Southeast Asia's Largest Island Nation) / Tim Hannigan (7/10)
    10. The Pity Of War: Explaining World War I / Niall Ferguson (DNF)
    11. Biased: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think And Do / Jennifer Eberhardt (6.5/10)
    12. The Road / Cormac McCarthy (7.5/10)
    13. Land: How The Hunger For Ownership Shaped The Modern World / Simon Winchester (9.5/10)

    14. Louis Armstrong's New Orleans / Thomas Brothers (7.5/10)
    Heavy on the cultural theory. Not the easiest read. I would say I learned more about what blues/jazz is/is not than I did about Louis Armstrong or New Orleans.

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    75 pages in...reminds me of East of Eden so far. There have been a couple WTF moments with a character talking about sex with minors. I'll keep reading and see where it goes because I haven't seen this book on any pedophile weirdo lists or anything.
     
  29. Upton^2

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    One hundred years of solitude is one of my favorite reads ever. Didn’t much notice that part of the read tbh
     
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  30. TC

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    I'm sticking with it. I definitely see the quality of the story of the already, but yeah this book is sexually depraved in the beginning. Basically every relationship is incest. The matriarch said her family was so inbred they often had animal features. A dude married a 9 year old. A woman worked off a debt by sleeping with 70 men per night. Etc. Got my pearls clutched tight over here.
     
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  31. Upton^2

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    1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley - 7/10
    2. Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby - 7/10
    3. The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy - 9/10
    4. Our Country Friends by Gary Shytengart - 7.5/10
    5. Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby - 6.5/10
    6. Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough/Chris Tomlinson - 8/10
    7. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli - 6.5/10
    8. A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre - 7/10
    9. The anomaly by Herve de Tellier - 9.5/10
    10. How to Be Perfect by Mike Schur - 8/10
    11. Taste by Stanley Tucci - 6/10
    12. Shutdown by Adam Tooze - 8/10
    13. The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber & David Wengrow - 7.5/10
    14. Paddle your own Canoe by Nick Offerman - 7/10
    15. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah - 8/10
    16. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff - 7/10
    17. The Lost City of Z by David Grann - 8/10
    18. Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy - 9.5/10
    19. The Last Whalers by Doug Bock Clark - 8/10
    20. Evil Geniuses by Kurt Andersen - 5/10
    21. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley - 7/10

    22. How High We Go In The Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. 8/10. An arctic plague is released after climate change has thawed a body and released the disease. Science fiction is mixed in throughout and it starts with some smaller novels that more resemble Black Mirror episodes than a straightforward novel. Really really enjoyed it up until the final storyline which stretched over probably the last quarter of the book. Just dragged a bit. But really good overall.
     
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    1. Liberty or Death: The French Revolution by Peter McPhee - 8/10
    2. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti - 4/10
    3. Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him - 8/10
    4. The 1619 Project created by Nikole Hannah-Jones (with contributions from ~30 others) - 9.5/10
    5. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - 8.5/10
    6. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - 9/10
    7. Henry V: The Warrior King of 1415 by Ian Mortimer - 8/10
    8. Medieval Europe by Chris Wickham - 6/10
    9. Master Builders of the Middle Ages by David Jacobs - 7/10
    10. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett - 8/10
    11. On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon- Reed - 8.5/10
    12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 8.5/10
    13. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward - 8/10
     
  33. Truman

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    Ive re-read most of the classics from HS, except for The Great Gatsby. I absolutely hated it back then for reasons I cant remember. I need to re-read it but keep putting it off.
     
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    first dog our family had was Gatsby <3
     
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    It was the big one that my school didn’t read for some reason, but I enjoyed it as a first-timer now.
     
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    1. Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages - Dan Jones (8/10)
    2 Star Wars: The High Republic: The Fallen Star - Claudia Gray (9/10)
    3. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States - Walter Johnson (9.5/10)
    4. Damnation Spring - Ash Davidson 8.5/10
    5. Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire - Johnathan M Katz (7.5/10)
    6. How To Be Perfect: The Correct Moral Answer To Any Question - Michael Schur (7.5/10)
    7. Mickey7 - Edward Ashton (8/10)
    8.Light Years From Home - Mike Chen (7/10)
    9. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Albert Lansing (8/10)
    10. The Sins of Our Fathers (The Expanse 9.5) - James S A Corey (8/10)
    11. Pachinko - Min Jee Lee (9/10)
    12. The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War - Scott Anderson (8/10)
    13. Don't Know Tough - Eli Cranor (6/10)
    14. Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity - David Graeber/David Wengrow (7.5/10)
    15. Sea of Tranquility - Emily St. John Mandel (8.5/10)
    16.Davos Man: How Billionaires Devoured the World - Peter S Goodman (9/10)
    17. The Queen's Hope - EK Johnston (7/10)
    18. Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas - Jennifer Raff (7.5/10)
    19. X-Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of WW2 - Leah Garrett (8/10)
    20. Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    21. Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky #2) - Rebecca Roanhorse (9/10)
    22. City on Fire - Don Winslow (8.5/10)
    23. Jade Setter of Janloon - Fonda Lee (8/10)
    24. Star Wars: Brotherhood - Mike Chen (8/10)
    25. We Own This City: A True Story of Crime Cops and Corruption - Justin Fenton (8.5/10)
    26. The Island - Adrian McKinty (8.5/10)
    27. Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan - Jake Adlestien (6.5/10)
    28. Normal People - Sally Rooney (8/10)
    29. The Cartographers - Peng Shepard (7/10)
    30. Dead Silence - SA Barnes (7/10)
    31. Trust - Hernan Diaz (8.5/10)
    32. Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City - Andrea Elliott (10/10)
    33.Allow Me To Retort, A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution - Ellie Mystal (9/10)
    34. Box 88 (Box 88 #1) - Charles Cumming (8.5/10)
    35. Judas 62 (Box 88 #2) - Charles Cumming (8/10)


    Trust - This book was great. I dont even really know how to describe it, without giving anything away. One of those books that's better the less you know. It's about a financial baron in the Gilded Age. Recently watched The Gilded Age tv show and gave a bunch of the same vibes. It's not really about that though. Again hard to describe, but it has some great twists and social commentary. It's a book that sticks with you. Several different takeaways, depending on your perspective.

    Invisible Child - Pulitzer Prize winner. NYT reporter followed the life of child and her family in the system. Bounced between shelters, welfare, subsided housing, homelessness ect. We are so broken. We have failed so many of our own citizens. Heartbreaking, yet phenomenal read.

    Allow Me To Retort - This was a great read. He goes over the constitution, the amendments and pretty much shits all over it because it was made for white men basically. Destroys the conservative talking points ect. Pretty good cathartic read.

    Box 88 - These are spy novels that Goodreads suggested because I read Red Sparrow. I enjoyed them very much. I wish they were more of a defined trilogy like Red Sparrow, but it looks like it's a procedural series that will go on indefinitely. Wont stop me from reading them in the future but I prefer a story that has a end point.
     
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    1. A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time #14) - Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson (10/10)
    2. Reaper (Cradle #10) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    3. The Last Wish (The Witcher #1) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8.5/10)
    4. Sword of Destiny (The Witcher #2) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8/10)
    5. Blood of Elves (The Witcher #3) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8/10)
    6. Time of Contempt (The Witcher #4) - Andrzej Sapkowski (7.5/10)
    7. Baptism of Fire (The Witcher #5) - Andrzej Sapkowski (7.5/10)
    8. The Tower of the Swallow (The Witcher #6) - Andrzej Sapkowski (8.5/10)
    9. Caddisflies - Gary LaFontaine (not really a grading type of book)
    10. The Lady of the Lake (The Witcher #7) - Andrzej Sapkowski (9/10)
    11. Season of Storms (The Witcher #8) - Andrzej Sapkowski (7/10)
    12. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) - James S. A. Corey (9.5/10)
    13. Caliban's War (The Expanse #2) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
     
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    1. Liberty or Death: The French Revolution by Peter McPhee - 8/10
    2. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti - 4/10
    3. Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him - 8/10
    4. The 1619 Project created by Nikole Hannah-Jones (with contributions from ~30 others) - 9.5/10
    5. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - 8.5/10
    6. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - 9/10
    7. Henry V: The Warrior King of 1415 by Ian Mortimer - 8/10
    8. Medieval Europe by Chris Wickham - 6/10
    9. Master Builders of the Middle Ages by David Jacobs - 7/10
    10. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett - 8/10
    11. On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon- Reed - 8.5/10
    12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 8.5/10
    13. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward - 8/10
    14. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - 8/10
     
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    1. The power of influence- Robert Cialdini
    2. The Republic of Pirates- Colin Woodard
    3. Alone on the wall- Alex Honnold
    4. Shattered Air- Bob Madgic
    5. Sandman Act II- Neil Gaiman
    6. Hero with 1000 faces- Joseph Campbell
    7. Bottle of Lies-Katherine Eban -
    8. The Vikings and their Enemies- Phillip Lane
    9. Chasing the Scream- Johann Harl
    10. Darkwater Bride- Marty Ross
    11. Black Flags, Blue Waters- Eric Jay Dolin
    12. The Outlaw Ocean- Ian Urbina
    13. Skeletons of the Zahara- Dean King
    14. Meditations- Marcus Aurelius
    15. Afghanistan papers - Washington Post
    16. Conquistadores: - Fernando Cervantes
    17. Sunreach - Sanderson
    18. The Art of War - Sun Tsu
    19. The Cosmogonic Cycle - Joseph Campbell
    20. Fossil Men
    21.The Tiger: A true story of vengeance-John Vaillant.
    22. The Witcher: Baptism of Fire- Sapkowski
    23. The Dirt- autobiographies of the Motley Crue guys.
    24. Tower of the Swallow
    25. Lady of the Lake
    26. Season of Storms-all Sapkowski
    27. Dearly Devoted Dexter- Jeff Lindsay Book 2 in the series.

    28. American King- Nick Bolton. Founder of the Silk Road
    29. The Apache Wars- Paul Hutton. Geronimo, Cochise etc and the wars
    30. Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River. Weird timing since John Oliver just did a piece on this and water in the west.