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
    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
    28. City on Fire by Don Winslow - 6.5/10
    29. The Return by Hisham Matar - 10/10
    30. Trust by Hernan Diaz - 9.5/10

    31. In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson -5/10. My hot streak ends. I’ve liked every other book I’ve read of Larson but this one dragged on and on and felt like I was just reading the young girls diary for chapters on end.
     
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  2. 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
    20. The Maid, a Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter - 8/10
    21. Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey Into the Syrian Jihad by Åsne Seierstad - 7/10
    22. Beautiful World, Where are you by Sally Rooney - 8/10
     
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  3. 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
    34. The Power of Myth- Joseph Campbell
    35. The beginners guide to Stoicism- Matthew Van Netta
    36. Death in Yellowstone- Lee Whittlesey

    37. Spillover: Animal Infections and the next human pandemic-David Quammen- Relly interesting on how diseases jump species. Written before COVID
    38.The Haunting of Hill House-Shirley Jackson- Not bad. Kinda slow getting started but interesting due to how old the books is.
    39. Beautiful Boy- David Sheff- A Dad wrote about his son getting addicted to meth. Really interesting and hit home for me. Really gives insight on the toll addiction takes not only on the addict, but the entire family.
    40. The adventures of the Mountain Men- Stephen Brennan. Mid 1800s stories about hunters and trappers and the lives they led and interactions with the tribes.
    41. The Dead Drink First- Dale Maharidge- Story about a guy who tracked down the body of a soldier who died on Okinawa in WWII. The author's father had a picture of the guy in his shop. Touches on the toll WWII took on the soldiers and their families with TBI's and concussions.
    42. Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman- Really fun
    43. The Name of the Wind- Rothfuss
    44. The Wise Man's Fear- Rothfuss

    Im a glutton for punishment for unfinished series, GoT and Gentlemen Bastards, So I finally dove in to the Kingkiller Chronicles. Kinda slow and took a little bit of getting used to with the format of jumping back and forth but really enjoyed it. Dude has created a magnificent world and I want more of it. Really hope he gets everything together. Seems like its closer to being done than the other authors.
     
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  4. The Blackfish

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    Don’t do this to yourself
     
  5. BP

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    From what I’ve read it’s pretty much done he just edits it to death. But IDK.
     
  6. The Blackfish

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    Yes and that has been the case for 10 years.
     
  7. billdozer

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    Plus Doors of Stone isn't the last book.
     
  8. Cornelius Suttree

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    First of the new McCarthy novels, The Passenger, is out October 25th. Looks like The Telegraph has a review out
     
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  9. Sub-Zero

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    Looking for more new authors to read. Read everything by Harlan Coben. Read a lot of Grisham but getting tired of those. Latest books are The Kind Worth Killing and Nine Lives by Peter Swanson. Just finished The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave.

    Is there a TMB Goodreads group or something to see highly rated books by this esteemed group?
     
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  10. Truman

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    There is a group on goodreads but it’s inactive because this thread is pretty much the same thing.

    What kind of genres are you looking for?
     
  11. Sub-Zero

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    Thriller/mystery usually my go-to. Plot twisty books always a plus.
     
  12. Truman

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    I know you said you were a little tired of Coben/Grisham but checks out the Penn Cage Series by Greg Illes. Same style but also different enough I think you like it.

    As far as plot twisty thrillers
    The Chain by Adrian McKinty
    The Island by Adrian McKinty
    The River by Peter Heller
    The Guide by Peter Heller
    The Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison
    Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby
    Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
     
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  13. Cornelius Suttree

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    Snow by John Banville
    The Keep by Jennifer Egan
     
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  14. Sub-Zero

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    I'm a bit tired of Grisham but to be clear I'm not tired of Coben. Love this sense of humor too. Netflix shows are mostly great.
     
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    Do you intentionally find books with some sort of liquid/frozen liquid in the title?
     
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  16. Truman

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    I’ve read a little Grisham. Tbh I havent consumed any Coban. Saw commercials for the show. Assumed it was like Grisham
     
  17. Sub-Zero

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    Classic Grisham to me defined the legal thriller. The Firm, Pelican Brief, and A Time To Kill are all up there on my favorites list. He was also a legit lawyer before figuring out he could write about it better. His newer stuff feels a little preachy at times. Not bad but not as original as his classics.

    Coban I can read all of it and I'll preorder everything his writes except his pre-teen series. There is a formula to it by now (someone usually goes missing) but I still enjoy his storytelling and his characters are really well written. The Stranger is probably the best of the Netflix shows. if you were going to start one. The good thing on the shows is they are all limited series so each 'series' is a whole book with an ending.
     
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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)
    19. The Great Influenza: The Story Of The Deadliest Pandemic In History / John M. Barry (7/10)
    20. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals / Hal Herzog (7/10)
    21. How Soccer Explains The World: An Unlikely Theory Of Globalization / Franklin Foer (10/10)

    22. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly / Anthony Bourdain (9/10)
    Really good. Always liked his shows but have a better sense of the guy now. Funny, easy read. Want to read A Cook's Tour now.

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  19. Trip McNeely

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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 (Slough House #1) - 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)
    32. Real Tigers (Slough House #3) - Mick Herron (8/10)
    33. Spook Street (Slough House #4) - Mick Herron (8/10)
    34. London Rules (Slough House #5) - Mick Herron (8/10)
    35. Joe Country (Slough House #6) - Mick Herron (9/10)
    36. Slough House (Slough House #7) - Mick Herron (9/10)
    37. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore (7/10)

    38. Bad Actors (Slough House #8) - Mick Herron (8/10)

    39. Hell of a Book - Jason Mott (9/10)

    This is my book club's current read. Winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. This one is going to stay with me for a while. It's chaotic, funny at times, sad, and powerful. I'd never really considered it, but I never really think about the color of my skin and I don't think I have appreciated just what a privilege that is - not needing to think about it - in and of itself. I believe it is supremely important to try to put ourselves in other's shoes, however briefly and constrained it may be, and this book does a great job of giving that perspective of what it's like being black in America that I am unable to ever fully understand because I can't live it. A lot of it is about the anguish of black parents who have to shatter their innocent children's worldview by having "The Talk" with them. Fuck racism. Great book.

    Edit: I should add that the narrator is extremely unreliable (hence my "chaotic" description). You don't really know what is real and what is not. So if that bothers you, avoid this one.
     
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  20. 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)
    22. The Measure - Nikki Erlick (9.5/10)
    23. All You Need is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka (8/10)
    24. Revelation Space (Revelation Space #1) - Alastair Reynolds (9/10)
    25. Chasm City (Revelation Space #2) - Alastair Reynolds (7.5/10)
     
  21. THEBLUERAIDER

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    Agree on both. Love everything Coban has done. Grisham’s last few have been stinkers, but I love his legal thrillers.
     
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  22. Sub-Zero

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    Whichever one tried to get me to care about fracking I wanted to throw directly in the recycling bin (if it wasn’t on my kindle) so that no one else would read it
     
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    Have you read Sooley and Sparring Partners? They nearly made me quit Grisham altogether.
     
  24. Sub-Zero

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    No on Sooley and I also passed on his other non-legal-thriller books. Like playing for pizza. Just didn’t have interest.

    sparking partners I did read. Just thought it was forgettable. Didn’t really think much of it one way or another.
     
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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)
    19. The Great Influenza: The Story Of The Deadliest Pandemic In History / John M. Barry (7/10)
    20. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals / Hal Herzog (7/10)
    21. How Soccer Explains The World: An Unlikely Theory Of Globalization / Franklin Foer (10/10)
    22. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly / Anthony Bourdain (9/10)

    23. Christine / Stephen King (7/10)
    Solid classic King. Young readers have to be mystified how often people had to go to libraries and use pay phones in the 70s.

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  26. 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)
    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
    47. All The Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy #1) - Cormac McCarthy (8/10)
    48. The Crossing (Border Trilogy #2) - Cormac McCarthy (6/10)
    49. Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy #3) - Cormac McCarthy 6.5/10)
    50. Oath of Loyalty (Mitch Rapp #21) - Kyle Mills (8/10)
    51. People Love Dead Jews - Dara Horn (6.5/10)
    52. The Winners (Beartown #3) - Fredrick Backman (8.5/10)

    Oath of Loyalty - One of few long running series that continues to delivers. A good empty calories action book. It glorifies everything wrong about American Exceptionalism but if you can turn off that part of your brain and enjoy the ride - theyre fun books.

    People Love Dead Jews - Series of essays that talk about how people love to virtue signal about holocaust or antisemitism to advance their own narratives ect. The premise is good, and I agree with most of what she's getting at, but execution was pretty bad, and it leaned into some lack of self awareness preachy-ness. Kind meh overall

    The Winners - final book of the Beartown trilogy. Satisfying ending. Backman is a great writer. One of the few that can elicit emotional responses from me while reading.
     
  27. Hoss Bonaventure

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    Still reading Fairytale and it’s really good. Going to read The Talisman next. It’s coming to Netflix and the duffer bros (Stranger Things) are doing it.
     
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    Talisman was a fav back in the day. The back and forth between worlds concept is fun
     
  29. TC

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    Hadn't heard of this book before you mentioned, but just found out he's giving a talk at SCAR next month. Might have to check it out
     
  30. Cornelius Suttree

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    can't wait to read The Crossing and Cities of the Plain over the next few days to complete my preparations for The Passenger and flush all memories of Flaubert's Parrot

    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)
    53- Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee (8/10)
    54- The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid (8/10)
    55- Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín (9.5/10)
    56- The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry (8.5/10)
    57- No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy (10/10)*
    58- In the Lake of the Woods – Tim O’Brien (5.5/10)
    59- Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy (10/10)*
    60- Snow – John Banville (8/10)
    61- Falconer – John Cheever (8/10)
    62- The Road – Cormac McCarthy (10/10)*
    63- Suttree – Cormac McCarthy (10/10)*
    64- Last Orders – Graham Swift (5/10)
    65- Child of God – Cormac McCarthy (10/10)*
    66- Sheepshagger - Niall Griffiths (9/10)*
    67- Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor (10/10)*
    68- The Orchard Keeper – Cormac McCarthy (9.5/10)*
    69- Outer Dark – Cormac McCarthy (10/10)*
    70- Manhattan Beach – Jennifer Egan (8.5/10)

    71- All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy (10/10)*

    An American classic, it won the 1992 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle award. John Grady Cole might be my most beloved literary character. Just 16 and the last in a long line of Texas ranchers, he and his cousin leave behind what remains of their lives to embark on a journey into Mexico where they are met with a mix of kindness and hostility by those they encounter along the way

    72- On Canaan’s Side – Sebastian Barry (9/10)
    Winner of the 2012 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, it is a gorgeously written and heartbreaking account of an elderly Irish woman’s life in exile. Forced to leave Dublin due to her family’s political associations, she makes a new life for herself in America yet suffers grave losses along the way. Barry is officially my second favorite author

    73- The Keep – Jennifer Egan (6.5/10)
    It is a post-modern take on the Gothic thriller. Two cousins who came out on opposite sides of a childhood prank reunite 20 years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. Egan cleverly uses the various narrative styles that help make her more recent novels so awesome, but here they took me away from parts of the plot just as I was getting invested in them and I never got hooked

    74- Exit West – Mohsin Hamid (8.5/10)
    A finalist for the 2017 Booker Prize, it won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Hamid tells the story of two young adults in a Middle Eastern country being torn apart by civil war. Upon discovering magic doors throughout their city that can transport people to different countries, they leave everything behind in search of a new life together. It is beautifully written

    75- Annie Dunne – Sebastian Barry (7.5/10)
    Set in the 1950s, it is told from the perspective of an older Irish woman who lives and works on her cousin’s small farm. Each depends heavily on the other. The story unfolds over a summer where they are entrusted with the care of their young great-niece and great-nephew. It is a touching book that is heavy on old family notions, but unlike Charming Billy and Last Orders, there is a real sense of suffering and enough dark undertones to demand my close attention. Barry deserves a ton of credit for consistently making strong women focal points of his stories, something authors I love like McCarthy, Banville, Percy, DeLillo, etc. have often neglected (in some cases entirely) to do in their careers

    76- The Stranger – Albert Camus (9/10)*
    A 20th-century classic, I think I have read this more than any non-McCarthy novel. As everyone likely knows, it is a short two-part story about a French man living in Algeria who buries his mother and then goes on trial for murdering an Arab man. Seemingly a simple novel, it is packed with philosophical concepts and revolves around the notion that the universe is irrational and attempting to find meaning in life is futile

    77- Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes (1/10)
    A finalist for the 1984 Booker Prize, it is part biography, part literary criticism and part fiction. But it is entirely dry. The story is told by a British doctor on a quest to locate a stuffed parrot that inspired Flaubert’s writing. While creative in its approach, it was way too scholarly. I would recommend to people obsessed with 19th-century British and French literature, but I only enjoyed maybe 15 sentences scattered throughout

    *denotes a re-read
     
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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)
    19. The Great Influenza: The Story Of The Deadliest Pandemic In History / John M. Barry (7/10)
    20. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals / Hal Herzog (7/10)
    21. How Soccer Explains The World: An Unlikely Theory Of Globalization / Franklin Foer (10/10)
    22. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly / Anthony Bourdain (9/10)
    23. Christine / Stephen King (7/10)

    24. Cujo / Stephen King (7.5/10)
    Pretty much a straight thriller, not really anything supernatural, which I enjoyed. One long story that keeps shifting viewpoints, no chapters. A "once upon a time" tale about the citizens of Castle Rock and the dirty little things they're up to. Didn't like an animal antagonist as a dog lover but he throws in a small apologia on the last page.
     
  32. Dillingham

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    just finished reading Indian Horse, and wow. what an emotional read. Read if you love hockey, or are interested in native authors and/or stories about residential schools in canada. 10/10

    https://bookshop.org/p/books/indian-horse-richard-wagamese/8991082

    Also,

    The Overstory by Richard Powers - 10/10 - I've never read a book that impacts my day to day as much as this book and its prose about trees does.
    Firebreak by Nicole Korhner-Stace - 5/10 - dystopian/ready player one ish that is remarkably mid
     
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    Just DL'd Indian Horse on that recommendation.
     
  34. Dillingham

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    it's a quick read - but damn. powerful.
     
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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
    47. All The Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy #1) - Cormac McCarthy (8/10)
    48. The Crossing (Border Trilogy #2) - Cormac McCarthy (6/10)
    49. Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy #3) - Cormac McCarthy 6.5/10)
    50. Oath of Loyalty (Mitch Rapp #21) - Kyle Mills (8/10)
    51. People Love Dead Jews - Dara Horn (6.5/10)
    52. The Winners (Beartown #3) - Fredrick Backman (8.5/10)
    53. Star Wars: The High Republic: Path of Deceit - Justina Ireland (7.5/10)
    54. City Inside - Samit Basu (6.5/10)
    55. No Plan B (Jack Reacher #27) - Lee Child (7.5/10)



    Star Wars - First book in the next wave of the High Republic books. Even though it was Young Adult, it was enjoyable :comicbookguy::comicbookguy:

    City Inside - Indian Novel speculative sci fi about the surveillance state and capitalism. Very good premise. Being immersed in a foreign culture was cool. But it was kind of boring. Dragged a bit.

    Jack Reacher - Pretty good Reacher novel. Better than the last few from what I remembered.
     
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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)
    19. The Great Influenza: The Story Of The Deadliest Pandemic In History / John M. Barry (7/10)
    20. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals / Hal Herzog (7/10)
    21. How Soccer Explains The World: An Unlikely Theory Of Globalization / Franklin Foer (10/10)
    22. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly / Anthony Bourdain (9/10)
    23. Christine / Stephen King (7/10)
    24. Cujo / Stephen King (7.5/10)

    25. Golf Your Way: An Encyclopedia Of Instruction / Phil Ritson (5/10)
    26. Ben Hogan's Five Lessons / Ben Hogan (5/10)

    I still suck but learned a couple things.

    27. The Matchlock Gun / Walter D. Edmonds (4/10)
    28. Last Of The Mohicans (Great Illustrated Classics Edition) / James Fenimore Cooper (7/10)

    A couple of children's books set in the pioneer Northeast. Mostly grotesque in the treatment of natives read through my present day eyes. I would be intrigued to read more about the adventures of Hawkeye and Chingachgook though.

    29. The Tao Of Pooh / Benjamin Hoff (10/10)
    30. The Te Of Piglet / Benjamin Hoff (6/10)

    I really like Taoist stuff and the former is a classic. The latter has a couple good ideas but it's held down by the author's old man yells at cloud commentary. He decided to come back 10 years later with some very specific critiques of society and it doesn't fit as well. I will prob buy the OG Winnie the Pooh books at some point after reading these.

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    Great illustrated classics was my shit growing up
     
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    Me too, I had the box that came with like 40 of them.

    This was a random one that found its way on my shelf somehow. I had never read it and wanted something quick so I picked it up.

    I remember the Jules Verne and HG Wells ones being my favs as a kid.
     
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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
    28. City on Fire by Don Winslow - 6.5/10
    29. The Return by Hisham Matar - 10/10
    30. Trust by Hernan Diaz - 9.5/10
    31. In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson -5/10

    32. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy - 7/10. Not my favorite Cormac, I have to admit. Turns into a slog at times to get through.
    33. Fire & Blood by George RR Martin - 8.5/10. Making my way through the series in chronological order. First time with this and it's really great.
    34. Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order by Gary Gerstle - 8/10. Nominated by Financial Times as their Business Book of the Year. Tracks the rise of the neoliberal order following the New Deal order and it's subsequent collapse under Trump. Really good.
    35. Disciple in Destiny by Ryan Holiday - 7/10. Enjoyable if you like these type of books. Actually has some interesting insights and useful information to use in real life vs your typical 'self help' type of book.
     
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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
    37. Spillover: Animal Infections and the next human pandemic-David Quammen
    38.The Haunting of Hill House-Shirley Jackson-
    39. Beautiful Boy- David Sheff-
    40. The adventures of the Mountain Men- Stephen Brennan
    41. The Dead Drink First- Dale Maharidge
    42. Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman
    43. The Name of the Wind- Rothfuss
    44. The Wise Man's Fear- Rothfuss

    45.The Last Dive- Bernie Chowdhury A story about a father and son team that scuba dived a lot and wound up dying in a sunken U boat. Talks a lot about Diving culture and lots of good stories
    46. American Wolf- Nate Blakeslee Talks about the history of Wolves in the US and their reintroduction back into Yellowstone and other states.
    47. Sailing a serious ocean-John Kretschmer Sailing stories from a guy who sailed for over 30 years. Kinda bogs down with technical stuff for a while but is interesting none the less.
    48. American Serengeti- Dan Flores Tells the history of the Great Plains mainly from a wildlife perspective and how humans basically ruined it all thru hunting and ranching and killing programs.
    49. Edge of Tomorrow- Hiroshi Sakurazaka Good and really different ending from the movie
    50. Mistborn- Sanderson Really enjoyed it and plowed thru it.
    51. Mistborn- The Well of Ascension- Sanderson same as above
     
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  41. 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
    47. All The Pretty Horses (Border Trilogy #1) - Cormac McCarthy (8/10)
    48. The Crossing (Border Trilogy #2) - Cormac McCarthy (6/10)
    49. Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy #3) - Cormac McCarthy 6.5/10)
    50. Oath of Loyalty (Mitch Rapp #21) - Kyle Mills (8/10)
    51. People Love Dead Jews - Dara Horn (6.5/10)
    52. The Winners (Beartown #3) - Fredrick Backman (8.5/10)
    53. Star Wars: The High Republic: Path of Deceit - Justina Ireland (7.5/10)
    54. City Inside - Samit Basu (6.5/10)
    55. No Plan B (Jack Reacher #27) - Lee Child (7.5/10)
    56. Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers - Dylan Marron (6.5/10)
    55. Babel: Or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution - RF Kuang (9.5/10)
    57. Killers of a Certain Age - Deanna Raybourn (7/10)


    Conversations with People Who Hate Me - The author of this use to have a pretty successful YT channel where he'd make left wing socially conscious videos. He started a podcast where he'd invite people who left terrible messages in the comment section, telling him to kill himself ect to have a discussion w him. This book is basically a memoir of his time with the podcast. This book piqued my interest because it seemed like interesting commentary on internet culture. Between the time I put it on my list and started reading it, I started listening to the podcast too. The podcast is pretty good. Very interesting. The book is kind of meh and why I dont really enjoy memoirs. Goes back in forth between being the hero, and forced faux humility that always turns me off. But there is some good stuff in there.

    Babel- Im not sure how to describe this. A low fantasy book that mostly takes place in mid 1800s Oxford. A historical fantasy with a light magic system. Babel is a college within the university that trains translators that are used to help colonization. This book was outstanding. Great story, great metaphor and social commentary.

    Killers of a Certain Age - Kind of a blind read going into it. It's about a 4 female assassins in their 60s, trying to enjoy their retirement. Then the realize someone is trying to kill them. It's a fun little spy / assassin story. Lots of aging women's humor. This book was well done, but not really for me. My mom would probably like it.
     
  42. TC

    TC Peter, 53, from Toxteth
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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)
    19. The Great Influenza: The Story Of The Deadliest Pandemic In History / John M. Barry (7/10)
    20. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals / Hal Herzog (7/10)
    21. How Soccer Explains The World: An Unlikely Theory Of Globalization / Franklin Foer (10/10)
    22. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly / Anthony Bourdain (9/10)
    23. Christine / Stephen King (7/10)
    24. Cujo / Stephen King (7.5/10)
    25. Golf Your Way: An Encyclopedia Of Instruction / Phil Ritson (5/10)
    26. Ben Hogan's Five Lessons / Ben Hogan (5/10)
    27. The Matchlock Gun / Walter D. Edmonds (4/10)
    28. Last Of The Mohicans (Great Illustrated Classics Edition) / James Fenimore Cooper (7/10)
    29. The Tao Of Pooh / Benjamin Hoff (10/10)
    30. The Te Of Piglet / Benjamin Hoff (6/10)

    31. Nomadland: Surviving America In The Twenty-First Century / Jessica Bruder (10/10)
    Went in out of mild interest: cool, let's read about some people that live in RVs. Left feeling sad and scared for the future as the middle class moves into Mad Max. Good read throughout but not another "yay let's go camping!" book. Apparently it's a movie; may give that a shot. I hope I don't have to live in a van one day.
     
  43. 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
    27. The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations by Daniel Yergin. 8/10
    28. City on Fire by Don Winslow - 6.5/10
    29. The Return by Hisham Matar - 10/10
    30. Trust by Hernan Diaz - 9.5/10
    31. In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson -5/10
    32. Suttree by Cormac McCarthy - 7/10
    33. Fire & Blood by George RR Martin - 8.5/10
    34. Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order by Gary Gerstle - 8/10
    35. Discipline is Destiny by Ryan Holiday - 7/10

    36. When McKinsey Comes to Town - 7/10. Pretty incredible reporting on the consulting firm. Insane how they have their tentacles in almost every industry and even governments, interesting read following the Gerstle book. Only knock is the weird layout of the book. Rather than going in chronological order, the chapters are based on different industries or companies the firm does work in. Becomes a repetitive book reading about cost cutting over and over again. Also shoe horned in a very weird chapter blasting the Astros over the cheating scandal, the only link to McKinsey being that McKinsey once wrote a report on the Astros use of analytics?
     
  44. Trip McNeely

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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 (Slough House #1) - 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)
    32. Real Tigers (Slough House #3) - Mick Herron (8/10)
    33. Spook Street (Slough House #4) - Mick Herron (8/10)
    34. London Rules (Slough House #5) - Mick Herron (8/10)
    35. Joe Country (Slough House #6) - Mick Herron (9/10)
    36. Slough House (Slough House #7) - Mick Herron (9/10)
    37. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore (7/10)
    38. Bad Actors (Slough House #8) - Mick Herron (8/10)
    39. Hell of a Book - Jason Mott (9/10)

    40. Beautiful World, Where Are You - Sally Rooney (5/10)
    41. Upgrade - Blake Crouch (7/10)
    42. The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch (7/10)
    43. Desert Star (Ballard/Bosch #5) - Michael Connelly (8/10)
    44. Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again - Johann Hari (9/10)
    45. The Plot - Jean Hanff Korelitz (7/10)
    46. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome - Mary Beard (9/10)

    Currently reading White Noise by Don DeLillo
     
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  45. Pasta88

    Pasta88 Canes, Bruins, Raps, Jays and Sunderland.
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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
    20. The Maid, a Novel of Joan of Arc by Kimberly Cutter - 8/10
    21. Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey Into the Syrian Jihad by Åsne Seierstad - 7/10
    22. Beautiful World, Where are you by Sally Rooney - 8/10
    23. Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien - 9/10

    Finally finished the Lord of the Rings today. Went in without ever having watched the movies so it was completely new. Enjoyed them and I’m sure they’re even better with a re-read given the amount of detail.
     
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