Books you’ve read in 2022

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  1. Upton^2

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  2. 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

    23. River of the Gods by Candice Millard - 7/10. Not quite as big a fan as the previous reviewer. The writing is fantastic and it's a great story. Focused too much on the politics and backstabbing of the 2 main characters and had almost zero insights to what they saw in the exploration. Best part of the book was the porter who served with them. Born in Africa, sold into slavery and moved to India, escaped slavery and returned to Africa to become one of the greatest explorers in African history. Wish more books like these would focus on these type of folks.
     
  3. 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)
    45- Charming Billy – Alice McDermott (5.5/10)
    46- Redhead By the Side of the Road – Anne Tyler (5/10)
    47- Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward (10/10)

    48- The Gathering – Anne Enright (8.5/10)
    Winner of the 2007 Booker Prize, it is told through the eyes of an Irish woman in the wake of her brother’s death. Enright employs a heavy dose of dark humor as the furious narrator provides an accounting of her very large family’s history while trying to make sense of the death. Told over 39 chapters, it was easy to bounce from one to the next despite the heavy subject matters and intellectual writing style

    49- Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff (7/10)
    A finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, it is about two attractive and talented Vassar students who get married before graduation. Told in two parts with the first focusing on the husband and the second the wife. I enjoyed seeing how each partner’s perception of the other matched reality but I kind of hated both characters

    50- Gutshot – Amelia Gray (8/10)
    A collection of macabre short stories dealing in horror, humor, sex and the (extremely) grotesque. I am excited to read more of Gray’s work because I want to see what she can do in a novel. NYTimes review had this line: “Reading “Gutshot” is a little like being blindfolded and pelted from all sides with fire, Jell-O and the occasional live animal.”

    51- Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories III – Annie Proulx (8/10)
    The last installment in Proulx’s series of Wyoming stories, it has a couple standouts called Testimony of the Donkey and Tits-Up In A Ditch. She spends more time focusing on the harshness of WYO than on its beauty. And this time the harshness is rooted mostly in mankind instead of nature

    *denotes a re-read
     
  4. Biship

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    1491-what was north and south America like before Columbus. Lots of great theories/insights.
    Billy summers Stephen king. 8/10 not horror. Hit man, last job.
    Three boddy problem 1. Enjoyed a lot. Trilogy, sci fi.
    Days without end. Sebastian Barry. 2 Irish orphan immigrants come to America join the cavalry and live through various terrible events. And they are gay
     
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  5. Upton^2

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    Agree with you on fates and furies. I think that was kind of the point but didn’t make for enjoyably reading when everyone in the book seems like a bad person
     
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  6. Fusiontegra

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    Decided to start Mythos as the palette cleanser. Don’t recall who’d read it but 10% in the first sitting and it’s super enjoyable.
     
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  7. Trip McNeely

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    That’s me. All three of them are great.
     
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  8. Truman

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    I DL’d those too when I saw his post about them. I ‘ll get to them shortly.
     
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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)
    36.Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith - Adam Christopher (7.5/10)
    37. Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney (7/10)
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    The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America - Carol Anderson (9/10)
    39. Upgrade - Black Crouch (9/10)
    40. The Measure - Nikki Erlick (9.5/10)



    Star Wars - As a contained novel - it was pretty good. Book attempts to fill in the gaps and 'fix' the abomination that was The Rise of Skywalker. Picks up with Landos line in the movie about how he and luke traveled around the galaxy researching the sith ect. It does an admirable job of giving dumb movie choices some depth, but the stench of TROS never really allowed me to get into it as much as I should have


    Conversation With Friends. - Enjoyed this one, but not nearly as much as Normal People. Rooney is such a talented writer. Her stories are so simple, about regular people who find themselves in regular situations. One the surface you can say there's nothing unique about her books, but of the 2 Ive read so far, they do such a good job provoking thought, without hitting you over the head with it. I completely understand why she's so popular.

    The Second - More a history book than anything. Talks about how the 2nd Amendment has been completely bastardized by modern right wing radicals. It's true intent was to allow states to maintain militias to put down slave revolts. The southern states were terrified and didnt trust a federal government, located in the north to give a shit about them.

    Upgrade - Another great book by a great author. I said in another thread - his books are like the rare super hyped up summer block buster movie that actually delivers. Scientists have discovered how to alter the dna and genomes. The first big project, an attempt to prevent blight in crops in china is a huge failure that results in a massive famine. Gene editing is now a crime which creates several black market gene labs. People try to get upgrades. Read faster, change physical appearance, change predisposition to illness ect. Main character is an agent in the GPA (Genome Protection Agency) hunting down criminal geneticists.


    The Measure - One day every in the world 23 and older gets a box delivered with a string inside. Both the box and string are indestructible. Everyone's string is a different length. Eventually the realize the length in the string represents your lifespan. As people turn 23 they receive the box. This book is about how society reacts to know individuals life span. Phenomenal book. Incredible social commentary. As I was reading, I was loving this book, but prepared for an unsatisfactory ending, thinking it would be difficult to pull off. The author nailed it. Incredible book, and even more impressive for a first novel.



    Ive been pretty lucky have a great run of good books lately. I read Upgrade in 3 sittings. Read The Measure in 1 day yesterday. (Credit to overdoing last thursday on a team outing and not doing shit all weekend)
     
  10. 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
    23. River of the Gods by Candice Millard - 7/10

    24. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman - 7.5/10. A kind of “time management self help” book. Enjoyed it, nothing mind blowing. This Life by Martin Hagglund remains the standard to which I compare these types of books. So check that out if you’re interested.
     
  11. Kevintensity

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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
    11) Last Summer Boys by Bill Rivers 7.5/10
    12) Upgrade by Blake Crouch 10/10

    I think I enjoyed dark matter more, but Upgrade is my favorite read so far this year.
     
  12. Pasta88

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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
    15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 9/10
    16. Circe by Madeline Miller - 8/10
     
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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)
    14. Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    15. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) - James S. A. Corey (8/10)
    16. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
     
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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)
    29. River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile - Candice Millard (9/10)

    30. Empire of the Summer Moon - S.C. Gwynne (9/10)

    31. Dead Lions (Slough House #2) - Mick Herron (7/10)
     
  15. Fargin' Icehole

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    Just finished the 4th book in the Lonesome Dove series. All 4 we're great. Planned on just reading LD but someone on here rec'd them all. Thanks for that. Not quite as deep as The Border trilogy but close at times, especially in the last book.

    Posted this before. It's a really good interactive map, using Google Earth, of locations from all 4 books.

    https://blog.uta.edu/travisc/research/larry-mcmurtrys-literary-geography/
     
  16. TC

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    Does anyone sign in to Goodreads via Facebook? Cause that's how I do it and I've been locked out for days talkin bout the app is not accessible right now
     
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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)
    15. One Hundred Years Of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez (5/10)

    16. The Rise Of Cotton Mills In The South / Broadus Mitchell (5/10)
    Still want to know more about this subject. Textile mills were everywhere in SC and you always heard about the old way of life growing up. This almost 100 year old book wasn't the best primer on the subject, but I learned some info. Also a racist book even though the author is "enlightened" for the times.

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    This is really good so far.
     
  18. Truman

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    Pretty sure I do, but havent had any issues.
     
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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)
    36.Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith - Adam Christopher (7.5/10)
    37. Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney (7/10)
    38.The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America - Carol Anderson (9/10)
    39. Upgrade - Black Crouch (9/10)
    40. The Measure - Nikki Erlick (9.5/10)
    41. Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels, and Crooks - Patrick Radden Keefe (7/10)
    42. Portrait of an Unknown Woman (Gabriel Allon #22) - Daniel Silva (6/10)
    43. Beautiful World, Where Are You? - Sally Rooney - (6.5/10)



    Rogues - Collection of his long form essays and journalism.

    Gabriel Allon - Use to be one of my favorite running series, but I think it has lost its steam. The last 2 books have been pretty bad. Im not sure I'll continue on w this one

    Beautiful World, Where Are You - This was my last favorite Rooney book. I wouldnt say her other books were written for someone like me, but there were things I could relate to and I enjoyed them. This one especially wasnt written for me, and there was little I could relate to. All her books have excellent social commentary that I subscribe to, but it is embedded in the story and personality of the characters. A lot of the book is just two friend emailing back and forth to each other where Rooney goes on riffs about religion, politics that dont really have much to do w the plot or character development. She should have just written a long form article or released a podcast if she wanted to expound on that stuff, of which she has very good takes!
     
  20. Pasta88

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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
    15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 9/10
    16. Circe by Madeline Miller - 8/10
    17. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - 8.5/10
     
  21. BP

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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-28. American King- Nick Bolton.
    29. The Apache Wars- Paul Hutton.
    30. Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River.

    31. Colonel Roosevelt- Edmund Morris- Roosevelt years after his presidency
    32. How to think like a Roman Emperor: The stoic Philosophies of Marcus Aurelius
    33. Stillness is the Key-Ryan Holiday
     
  22. BP

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    How's the expanse series? Watched the first season and it was kinda meh.
     
  23. billdozer

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    I'm enjoying it. I think a lot of others here have read them and liked them too.
     
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  24. The Blackfish

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    Yeah the series is good. Budget gets bigger after S2 I think.
     
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  25. Cornelius Suttree

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    Been a while since I read any nonfiction but Edmund Morris was the best. Seems just yesterday he died but it's actually been over 3 years. Jeez time flies
     
  26. BP

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    This was my first book by him. It’s a beast. Seems comparable to a Chernow book.
    Looking forward to his Reagan bio.
     
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  27. billdozer

    billdozer Well-Known Member
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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)
    14. Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    15. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) - James S. A. Corey (8/10)
    16. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    17. Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
     
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  28. 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)
    45- Charming Billy – Alice McDermott (5.5/10)
    46- Redhead By the Side of the Road – Anne Tyler (5/10)
    47- Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward (10/10)
    48- The Gathering – Anne Enright (8.5/10)
    49- Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff (7/10)
    50- Gutshot – Amelia Gray (8/10)
    51- Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories III – Annie Proulx (8/10)

    52- Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann (9.5/10)
    Winner of the 2009 National Book Award and 2011 International Dublin Literary Award, it offers a brilliant look into the lives of a diverse group of 1970s New Yorkers who are all connected by events that unfold over a couple days. A man walking a tightrope between the WTC towers looms over everything. It uses a variety of narrative styles and tones to illustrate how grief makes people from different backgrounds more alike than they might think

    53- Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee (8/10)
    Winner of the 1999 Booker Prize, it is about a South African professor who abuses his status as a successful white man with power over women. Fleeing his Cape Town university, he seeks refuge with his daughter in a rural Eastern Cape area where racial dynamics become a focal point. A powerful novel about people exerting control over vulnerable members of their communities

    54- The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid (8/10)
    A finalist for the 2007 Booker Prize, it is told from the perspective of a young Pakistani man who graduates from Princeton and lands a job with a prestigious financial firm in NYC. Then the focus shifts to his experience with racism, identity, family and national values, etc. during the time between the 9/11 attacks and first few months of the war in Afghanistan

    55- Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín (9.5/10)
    Winner of the 2009 Costa Book Award, it is a gorgeous coming-of-age story about an Irish woman who leaves her mother and sister behind in Ireland in search of opportunities in NYC. It reminded me of A Death in the Family because there is no antagonist. It is simply an intimate look at a pure and sympathetic individual. That Tóibín can make a novel about love, family and traditional values such a fun read is a testament to his strength as a writer

    *denotes a re-read
     
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  29. billdozer

    billdozer Well-Known Member
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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)
    14. Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    15. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) - James S. A. Corey (8/10)
    16. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    17. Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    18. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
     
  30. Upton^2

    Upton^2 blocked just a park away, but I can't really say
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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
    23. River of the Gods by Candice Millard - 7/10
    24. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman - 7.5/10

    25. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - 8/10. My girlfriend wants to see the movie so I wanted to read it before the movie. Really enjoyed the story and great writing from an author who I believe prior to this only wrote naturalist books. Can see a lot of that experience throughout the novel.
     
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  31. TC

    TC Peter, 53, from Toxteth
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    This is currently playing at Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia
     
  32. Truman

    Truman Well-Known Member
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    We read it for book club, when we still did TMB Book Club. I liked it quite a bit
     
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  33. Cornelius Suttree

    Cornelius Suttree I am a landmine
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    My bad recommendations have cost me all my likes
     
  34. BP

    BP Bout to Regulate.
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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-28. American King- Nick Bolton.
    29. The Apache Wars- Paul Hutton.
    30. Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River.
    31. Colonel Roosevelt- Edmund Morris- Roosevelt years after his presidency
    32. How to think like a Roman Emperor: The stoic Philosophies of Marcus Aurelius
    33. Stillness is the Key-Ryan Holiday

    34. The Power of Myth- Joseph Campbell
    35. The beginners guide to Stoicism- Matthew Van Netta
    36. Death in Yellowstone- Lee Whittlesey
     
  35. Upton^2

    Upton^2 blocked just a park away, but I can't really say
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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
    23. River of the Gods by Candice Millard - 7/10
    24. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman - 7.5/10
    25. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - 8/10

    26. Upgrade by Black Crouch. 8.5/10. Covered by everyone else in this thread but his books are instant read when he puts them out these days. Fun reads
     
  36. Pasta88

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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
    15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 9/10
    16. Circe by Madeline Miller - 8/10
    17. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - 8.5/10
    18. Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward - 7.5/10
     
  37. Truman

    Truman Well-Known Member
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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)
    36.Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith - Adam Christopher (7.5/10)
    37. Conversations With Friends - Sally Rooney (7/10)
    38.The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America - Carol Anderson (9/10)
    39. Upgrade - Black Crouch (9/10)
    40. The Measure - Nikki Erlick (9.5/10)
    41. Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels, and Crooks - Patrick Radden Keefe (7/10)
    42. Portrait of an Unknown Woman (Gabriel Allon #22) - Daniel Silva (6/10)
    43. Beautiful World, Where Are You? - Sally Rooney - (6.5/10)
    44. Star Wars: Padawan - Keirsten White (8.5/10)
    45. The Rogue Prince - GRRM
    46. The Princess and the Queen - GRRM



    Had low expectations for the SW book because it's 'young adult' but I was pleasantly surprised. really enjoyed it

    The other two are short stories in the ASOIAF universe that I re-read to brush up on Targaryan history for the new House of Dragon show.

    Cliffs on this reading group - :comicbookguy::comicbookguy::comicbookguy:
     
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  38. Fargin' Icehole

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    Crouch's Dark Matter and Recursion were fun, easy, reads. Good stories sprinkled with science. Upgrade is a badass book. He's improved a lot imo. Enjoyed the hell out of that.
     
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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)
    14. Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    15. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) - James S. A. Corey (8/10)
    16. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    17. Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    18. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    19. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
     
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    9. Ready player 1 - Ernest Cline - 9/10 - i saw the movie first and thought the book would be true to it, for whatever reason. It’s insane how different the book was from the movie and wished the movie would have been true to the book. The book was phenomenal.

    10. Ready Player 2 - Ernest Cline - 8/10 - definitely not as good as the first one but definitely a great book. Not sure how how it could be made into a movie that falls in line with the first movie but who knows.

    11. An American Caddie in St. Andrews - Oliver Horovitz - 9/10 - was a great book. Went in thinking it would suck but definitely gripped me in and kept me going.

    12. Acid for the children - Flea - 4/10 - forgot I was part way through and finished it just too. Originally picked it up because of scar tissue.

    13. Two years in St. Andrews - George Peper - 5/10 was an interesting book but the best part was that it mentioned Oliver Horovitz in it.

    14. Life of the Party - Bert kriescher - 7/10 - was interesting that it has a different version of the machine story than his standup.

    15. Killing the killers - Bill O’Reilly - 1/10 - had to audio book it during the trip out to Colorado with my dad. His pick.

    16. Make your Next shot your Best shot - Dr. Bob Rotella - 5/10 - was fairly repetitive.

    17. Greenlights - Matthew Mcconaughey - 9/10 - had a lot of great stories and insight into his life. Made me start watching a bunch of his movies.
     
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  41. 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)
    15. One Hundred Years Of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez (5/10)
    16. The Rise Of Cotton Mills In The South / Broadus Mitchell (5/10)

    17. The Island At The Center Of The World: The Epic Story Of Dutch Manhattan And The Forgotten Colony That Shaped America / Russell Shorto (10/10)
    Really good history writer. Makes you feel like you're there. Takes a lot of skill to make something like that out of a box of centuries old records handwritten in Dutch.
     
  42. The Blackfish

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    Just a cool 6 months since my last update

    1. Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse #8) - James S.A. Corey (9/10)
    2. Auberon (The Expanse #8.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    3. Leviathan Falls (The Expanse #9) - James S. A. Corey (8.5/10)
    4. The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett (7/10)
    5. The God is Not Willing (Witness Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (7/10)
    6. Before The Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus - Rick Perlstein (8.5/10)
    7. The Sins of our Fathers (The Expanse #9.5) - James S. A. Corey (6.5/10)
    8. Normal People - Sally Rooney (8/10)
    9. Cytonic (Skyward #3) - Brandon Sanderson (6.5/10)
    10. Sunreach (Skyward #2.1) - Brandon Sanderson (5.5/10)
    11. ReDawn (Skyward #2.2) - Brandon Sanderson (6.5/10)
    12. Evershore (Skyward #3.1) - Brandon Sanderson (5.5/10)
    13. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America - Rick Perlstein (9.5/10)
    14. The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan - Rick Perlstein (8.5/10)
    15. Reaganland: America's Right Turn - Rick Perlstein (9.5/10)
    16. The Law (The Dreden Files #17.2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    17. The Sandman (Act I) - Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs


    Up Next: Fire and Blood - George R.R. Martin

    Got a lot of show prep. Finished the audible dramatization of The Sandman which was fantastic. Already a few eps into the show which I'm enjoying as well. A few hours into Fire and Blood ahead of House of the Dragon this Sunday (yes I'm prepared to be hurt again) then a Silmarillion re-read ahead of The Rings of Power.
     
  43. Truman

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    Just an FYI The Rogue Prince and Princess and the Queen are the two short stories that mostly comprise what is covered in Fire and Blood. Those two novellas probably get through several seasons of House of Dragon. Then the Fire and Blood chapters about the Dance round it out.
     
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  44. The Blackfish

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    Thanks, I’ve read both of those but it’s been a minute. I’ll knock them out too.
     
  45. Pasta88

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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
    15. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 9/10
    16. Circe by Madeline Miller - 8/10
    17. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - 8.5/10
    18. Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward - 7.5/10
    19. Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in New York City by Andrea Wilson - 9.5/10
     
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  46. billdozer

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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)
    14. Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    15. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) - James S. A. Corey (8/10)
    16. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    17. Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    18. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    19. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    20. Leviathan Falls (The Expanse #9) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
     
  47. 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
    23. River of the Gods by Candice Millard - 7/10
    24. Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman - 7.5/10
    25. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - 8/10
    26. Upgrade by Black Crouch. 8.5/10

    27. The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations by Daniel Yergin. 8/10. Pretty exhaustive overview of the globe from an energy viewpoint. Includes foreign policy, climate change, etc. Wanted some additional background with the impacts we’re seeing today from the Russian invasion and europes reliance on Russian energy. Highly recommend if interested.
     
  48. 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)
    15. One Hundred Years Of Solitude / Gabriel Garcia Marquez (5/10)
    16. The Rise Of Cotton Mills In The South / Broadus Mitchell (5/10)
    17. The Island At The Center Of The World: The Epic Story Of Dutch Manhattan And The Forgotten Colony That Shaped America / Russell Shorto (10/10)

    18. The Cadillac: The Life Story Of University Of South Carolina Football Legend Steve Wadiak / Mike Chibbaro (7/10)
    It's a pretty basic football biography but I enjoyed it, learned some new details. Wadiak played 1948-51 and held all the UofSC rushing records until George Rogers. Stocky, quick white boy from the South Side of Chicago. Killed tragically in a wreck after being drafted by the Steelers (who sucked at the time and he was pissed about.)

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  49. billdozer

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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)
    14. Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    15. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) - James S. A. Corey (8/10)
    16. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    17. Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    18. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    19. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    20. Leviathan Falls (The Expanse #9) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    21. Upgrade - Blake Crouch (7/10)
     
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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)
    14. Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    15. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) - James S. A. Corey (8/10)
    16. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    17. Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    18. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    19. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    20. Leviathan Falls (The Expanse #9) - James S. A. Corey (9/10)
    21. Upgrade - Blake Crouch (7/10)
    22. The Measure - Nikki Erlick (9.5/10)