Books you read in 2018

Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by TC, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. billdozer

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    Found this just looking for books similar to Sanderson. Everywhere I read about it raved, so I tried it out. Along the same vein as Wheel of Time. It's a trilogy but the last book is due late next year (author said he's turned it in, so not in purgatory like Kingkiller). Really enjoyed it. Starting the second one now.
     
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  2. The Blackfish

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    Nice I’ll add it to the list but will probably wait until the 3rd book is out
     
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  3. RegimentML

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    I’ve read the back cover of that book. Guy said he was big time influenced by Mistborn. So probably Sanderson-esque.

    Edit: Whoops, just saw the reply. Guess that confirms it.
     
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  4. TC

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    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (8/10)
    2. Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter -- Steven Johnson (6/10)
    3. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious -- Timothy Wilson (9/10)
    4. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley (8/10) *reread*
    5. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #5) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    6. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -- Edward E. Baptist (8/10)
    7. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently And Why -- Richard Nisbett (8/10)
    8. Mind Sculpture: Unlocking Your Brain's Untapped Potential -- Ian Roberson (8/10)
    9. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape -- James Howard Kunstler (10/10)
    10. Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World -- Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (9/10)
    11. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    12. Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency -- David Greenberg (6/10)
    13. The Death and Life of Great American Cities -- Jane Jacobs (7/10)
    14. The Story of Art -- E.H. Gombrich (8/10)
    15. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone -- Brian Merchant (9/10)
    16. 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Arthur C. Clarke (7/10)
    17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living -- Mark Manson (9/10)
    18. The Dharma Bums -- Jack Kerouac (10/10)
    19. On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes -- Alexandra Horowitz (8.5/10)
    20. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are -- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (8.5/10)
    21. The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It, Every Time -- Maria Konnikova (8.5/10)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)
    26. The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (10/10)
    27. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -- Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    28. The Prince and the Pauper -- Mark Twain (7/10)
    29. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking -- Susan Cain (7.5/10)
    30. The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe (9.5/10)
    31. Walden -- Henry David Thoreau (7/10)
    32. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose — Eckhart Tolle (10/10)
    33. inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity -- Tina Seelig (6.5/10)
    34. The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use Their Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving -- And How You Can Too -- Deirdre Barrett (7/10)
    35. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness -- Neil Postman (8/10)
    36. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- Robert Louis Stevenson (9/10) *reread*
    37. The Red Badge of Courage -- Stephen Crane (8.5/10)
    38. The Lessons of History -- Will and Ariel Durant (5/10)
    39. The Prince -- Niccolo Machiavelli (6.5/10)

    40. How To Lie With Statistics -- Darrell Huff (6/10)
    I like to read books that make me more savvy about stats and social science research like this, Everybody Lies, The Signal and the Noise, etc. Human beings are inherently susceptible to being misled by statistics; statistical thinking doesn't come naturally to us like some other types of mathematical reasoning. This book is from 1954 and is considered a "classic" in this field. Your college professor might have told you to read it.
     
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  5. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    46) True Colours (Dan Shepherd #10) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    47) White Lies (Dan Shepherd #11) by Stephen Leather 9.5/10
    48) Black Ops (Dan Shepherd #12) by Stephen Leather 7.5/10
    49) Dark Forces (Dan Shepherd #13) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    50) Light Touch (Dan Shepherd #14) by Stephen Leather 9/10
     
  6. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    46) True Colours (Dan Shepherd #10) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    47) White Lies (Dan Shepherd #11) by Stephen Leather 9.5/10
    48) Black Ops (Dan Shepherd #12) by Stephen Leather 7.5/10
    49) Dark Forces (Dan Shepherd #13) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    50) Light Touch (Dan Shepherd #14) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    51) Tall Order (Dan Shepherd #15) by Stephen Leather 9/10
     
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  7. RonBurgundy

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    I have read my most ever books in a single year, although many of them are less books and more short stories - ie Louis L’Amour novels.

    Probably have 2 more books to end the year as well.

    2018
    1. The Lost Gate *8.0
    2. The Gate Thief *5.0
    3. All our Wrongs Today *7.5
    4. Children of The Fleet *7.0
    5. End of Watch *6.0
    6. House of Chains (Malazan4) *8.0
    7. Wind Through the Keyhole *8.5
    8. The Dog Stars *7.0
    9. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing *8.0
    10. The Story of Your Life *4.5
    11. Making Rounds with Oscar *4.0
    12. Midnight Tides (Malazan5) *8.5
    13. White Sands #2 *7.0
    14. Stranger in a Strange Land *7.0
    15. The Running Man *7.0
    16. Learn to Concentrate *5.0
    17. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven *8.0
    18. The Bonehunters *8.5 (Malazan6)
    19. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People *5.0
    20. The Purpose Driven Life *5.0
    21. Bandwidth *6.0
    22. Into the Thickening Fog *2.0
    23. Factfulness - Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better than you Think *9.5
    24. The Rider of Lost Creek *6.0
    25. The Revenant *8.0
    26. Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe *4.0
    27. What Christians Believe *5.0
    28. Speaker for the Dead *7.0
    29. Christian Behavior *4.0
    30. The First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity *5.0
    31. The Book of Basketball *7.0
    32. Boys Among Men *6.0
    33. The Name of the Wind (Re-read) *9.0
    34. The Hidden Brain *5.5
    35. Basketball (And Other Things) *6.5
    36. Prelude to Foundation *7.5
    37. The Wise Man’s Fear (Re-read) *8.5
    38. Forward the Foundation *4.5
    39. Enlightenment Now *6.0
    40. 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do *7.0
    41. Behemoth *7.0
    42. Half a King *7.5
    43. Reaper’s Gale (Malazan 7) *9.0
    44. Half the World *7.5
    45. Foundation *7.0
    46. The Self Driven Child *5.0
    47. Half a War *6.0
    48. Between the World and Me *8.0
    49. Philosophy of Mind *4.5
    50. The Vainshing American Adult *6.5
    51. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them *5.0
    52. Them *7.5
    53. Annihilation *7.0
    54. Daemon *7.5
    55. Twilight *5.5
    56. Harry Potter 1 (Re-read/Kid) *7.5
    57. Guns, Germs, and Steel *6.0
    58. Brief Answers to the Big Questions *7.5
    59. Law of the Desert Born *6.5
    60. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other *5.0
    61. The Island of Doctor Moreau *6.5
     
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  8. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    46) True Colours (Dan Shepherd #10) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    47) White Lies (Dan Shepherd #11) by Stephen Leather 9.5/10
    48) Black Ops (Dan Shepherd #12) by Stephen Leather 7.5/10
    49) Dark Forces (Dan Shepherd #13) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    50) Light Touch (Dan Shepherd #14) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    51) Tall Order (Dan Shepherd #15) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    52) Past Tense by Lee Child 3/10
     
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  9. Truman

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    lol @ the last rating. REALLY hated it.
     
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    1. Persepolis Rising (Expanse #7), by James S.A. Corey (10/10)
    2. Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    3. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, by Gordon S Wood (8/10)
    4. The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    5. Star Wars: Colbalt Squadron, by Elizabeth Wein (6/10)
    6. Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (7/10)
    7. Thinking the Twentieth Century, by Tony Judt (6.5/10)
    8. Paradox Bound, by Peter Clines (7/10)
    9. American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent, by Tamer Elnoury (9/10)
    10. The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    11. Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon #11) by Daniel Silva (4/10)
    12. The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) by Jason Matthews (9.5/10)
    13. Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern Worldby Jack Weatherford (9/10)
    14. Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1) by Richard K Morgan (7/10)
    15. Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney (6/10)
    16. The Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (7.5/10)
    17. Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #), by Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    18. The Phenomenon, by Rick Ankiel (7/10)
    19. We Are Legion (Bobiverse #1), by Dennis E Taylor (7.5)
    20. For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2), by Dennis E Taylor (7/10)
    21. All These Worlds (Bobiverse #3), by Dennis E Taylor (6.5/10)
    22. The Feed, by Nick Clark Windo (5.5/10)
    23. Streets of Laredo (Lonesome Dove #2) by Larry McMurtry (8/10)
    24. Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove #3) by Larry McMurtry (7/10)
    25. Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove #4) by Larry McMurtry (7.5/10)
    26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (6.5/10)
    27. Between The World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates (8/10)
    28. The Outsider by Stephen King (6.5/10)
    29. Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson (6.5/10)
    30. Factfulness - Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better than you Think by Hans Rosling (9.5/10)
    31. Into the Drowning Deep, by Mira Grant (7/10)
    32. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C Mann. (8/10)
    33. The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13) by Daniel Silva (5/10)
    34. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Hurari (8/10)
    35. Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Hurari (7/10)
    36. Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay (7/10)
    37. Unsub (Unsub #1) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    38. Into the Black Nowhere (Unsub #2) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    39. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne (9.5/10)
    40. Spinning Silver, by Noami Novik (8/10)
    41. The English Spy (Gabriel Allon #15) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    42. Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn (8/10)
    43. Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov; WWII Spy, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond, by Larry Leptis (9.5/10)
    44. The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon #16) , by Daniel Silva (9/10)
    45. Magpie Murders , by Anthony Horowitz (8/10)
    46. The Fifth to Die (4MK #2), by JD Barker (7/10)
    47. Relic, by Alan Dean Foster (4/10)
    45. Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
    46. Binti Trilogy by Nendi Okafor (6.5/10)
    47. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson (9/10)
    48. The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan #1) by Tom Clancy (7.5/10)
    49. All The Wrong Stars (Axiom #1), by Tim Pratt (6.5/10)
    50. House of Spies (Gabriel Allon #17) by Daniel Silva (9/10)
    51. The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    52. Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu (8.5/10)
    53. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (9.5/10)
    54. Rosewater (Wormwood #1) by Tade Thompson (5/10)
    55. Red Mars (Red Mars #1) by Kim Stanley Robinson (6/10)
    56. Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #1) by Vince Flynn (8/10)
    57. The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #2) by Vince Flynn (8/10)
    58. Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #3) by Vince Flynn (8.5/10)
    59. Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #4) by Vince Flynn (8/10)
    60. Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee Child (6/10)
    61-62 Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin (7.5/10)
    63. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (8.5/10)
    64. The Parking Lot Attendant by Tamirat Nafkote (8/10)
    65. Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp #5) by Vince Flynn (9/10)


    Broken Earth Trilogy - Liked this a lot. Im not a huge fantasy guy. This was good. Lots of social commentary that was clever. Good story building, but like most Trilogies - First book was the best. It should have been a duology. A lot felt like filler but still pretty good.

    How To Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence - Heard about this on the Best Of 2018 podcasts by NYT. Ive always had a passing interest about psychedelics. Micro dosing, ect. But have never tried it. I still dont know that I would. I think I would have a difficult time w it. I learned a shit load stuff, and the biggest takeaway is the government needs to let scientist research the benefits of taboo drugs like these and weed ect.


    The Parking Lot Attendant - Heard about this on the same NYT pod. It's a great quick read. Almost more of a novella. About an Ethiopian-American girl who befriends this parking lot attendant. The guy is a bit of mob boss of sorts. He takes to her, looks after her ect. Her father is not a fan. It kind of reminded me of Goodfellas in a sort of way. Cool story, w a decent plot twist.

    Memorial Day - Just am loving these Mitch Rapp books. If you liked 24, you'll love these books. All action, a bit ridiculous plot but good times.
     
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    it absolutely sucked from cover to cover.
     
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    1. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie (8/10)
    2. Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    3. Red Country - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    4. The Way of Kings (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    5. Words of Radiance (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    6. Edgedancer - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    7. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (10/10)
    8. Scorched Shadows (Hellequin #7) - Steve McHugh (8/10)
    9. Snapshot - Brandon Sanderson (8/10)
    10. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    11. Arcanum Unbounded - Brandon Sanderson (8/10) - Enjoyed all of the short stories
    12. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    13. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    14. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    15. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    16. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    17. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    18. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (9/10)
    19. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (9/10)
    20. Dune - Frank Herbert (7.5/10)
    21. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) (reread) - Ian Esselmont (8.5/10)
    22. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9.5/10)
    23. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    24. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    25. The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    26. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10)
    27. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    28. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    29. The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) - Brent Weeks (8.5/10)
    30. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    31. Forsworn/Servant of the Crown (Powder Mage shorts) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    32. The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    33. The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    34. Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (8.5/10), plus various shorts
    35. Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    36. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    37. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentlemen Bastards #2) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    38. The Republic of Thieves (Gentlemen Bastards #3) - Scott Lynch (8.5/10)
    39. The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanius Trilogy #1) - James Islington (10/10)
    40. An Echo of Things to Come (Licanius Trilogy #2) - James Islington (9.5/10)
     
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    1. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/10)
    2. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    3. Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    4. Forge of Darkness (Kharkanas Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (9.5/10)
    5. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (9/10)
    6. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    7. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian Esselmont (8/10)
    8. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9/10)
    9. Scourged (Iron Druid #9) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (9/10)
    11. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (7/10)
    12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (8/10)
    13. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein (9/10)
    14. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett (8/10)
    15. The Outsider - Stephen King (8/10)
    16. Factfulness - Hans Rosling (8.5/10)
    17. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle (9.5/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    19. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    20. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
    21. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly - William Bernstein (9/10)
    22. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore (9.5/10)
    23. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    24. Bogle on Mutual Funds - John Bogle (10/10)
    25. The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham (10/10)
    26. A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel (9/10)
    27. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    28. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    29. Your Money and Your Brain - Jason Zweig (7.5/10)
    30. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz (7.5/10)
    31. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    32. Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (8/10)
    33. The Grimoire of the Lamb (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    34. Clan Rathskeller (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.5) - Kevin Hearne (6.5/10)
    35. Kaibab Unbound (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    36. A Test of Mettle (Iron Druid Chronicles #3.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    37. Two Ravens One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    38. The Chapel Perilous (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    39. A Prelude to War (Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    40. The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    41. The Naughtiest Cherub (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    42. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    43. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) - J.K. Rowling (6.5/10)
    44. The Squirrel on the Train (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.7) - Kevin Hearne (8/10)
    45. The Coming Storm - Michael Lewis (7.5/10)
    46. Stalingrad: The Fateful Seige - Antony Beevor (9/10)
    47. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones (9.5/10)
    48. Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 #5) - Scott Meyer (7.5/10)
    49. Brief Cases (Dresden Files #15.1) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    50. Emma - Jane Austen (9/10)
    51. The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) - Brent Weeks (6.5/10)
    52. The Great Depression: A Diary - Benjamin Roth (9/10)
    53. Shadow's Edge (Night Angel #2) - Brent Weeks (6.5/10)
    54. Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) - Brent Weeks (7.5/10)
    55. Perfect Shadow (Night Angel #0.5) - Brent Weeks (7/10)
    56. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson (7.5/10)
    57. The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley (8/10)
    58. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (9/10)
    59. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie (8/10)
    60. The Christmas Hirelings - Mary Elizabeth Braddon (5.5/10)
    61. Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis (9/10)
     
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    Are you reading the Rapp books in order?
     
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    Publication order
     
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    Nice. You've got Consent to Kill up next, one of my favorite books ever in this genre.
     
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    Yeah that Memorial Day through Extreme Measures run of books is probably the best books in the series
     
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    Well, shit. I just started Fellowship of the Ring. Ive never read LOTR and want to knock it out before I got back to work in Jan. Mitch is going to be on hold for a bit.
     
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    1. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie (8/10)
    2. Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    3. Red Country - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    4. The Way of Kings (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    5. Words of Radiance (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    6. Edgedancer - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    7. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (10/10)
    8. Scorched Shadows (Hellequin #7) - Steve McHugh (8/10)
    9. Snapshot - Brandon Sanderson (8/10)
    10. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    11. Arcanum Unbounded - Brandon Sanderson (8/10) - Enjoyed all of the short stories
    12. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    13. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    14. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    15. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    16. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    17. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    18. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (9/10)
    19. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (9/10)
    20. Dune - Frank Herbert (7.5/10)
    21. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) (reread) - Ian Esselmont (8.5/10)
    22. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9.5/10)
    23. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    24. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    25. The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    26. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10)
    27. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    28. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    29. The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) - Brent Weeks (8.5/10)
    30. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    31. Forsworn/Servant of the Crown (Powder Mage shorts) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    32. The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    33. The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    34. Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (8.5/10), plus various shorts
    35. Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    36. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    37. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentlemen Bastards #2) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    38. The Republic of Thieves (Gentlemen Bastards #3) - Scott Lynch (8.5/10)
    39. The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanius Trilogy #1) - James Islington (10/10)
    40. An Echo of Things to Come (Licanius Trilogy #2) - James Islington (9.5/10)
    41. The Crown Conspiracy (Riyria Revelations #1) - Michael Sullivan (7.5/10)
    42. Avempartha (Riyria Revelations #2) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
     
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    Interested in your thoughts. They can be a bit dense. But they are also awesome. Are you reading The Hobbit or The Silmarilion as well?
     
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    Im about 2/3rds through. The just made through the other side of Moria. So far, I think it's pretty close to what I remember from the movie. It's been a couple years since Ive watched.

    It's good, but it seems pretty formulaic. Here's an obstacle, and a journey and this is how they go through it. I enjoy the back story more than the actual quest so far.

    I'll definitely read the hobbit, because I dont think Ive read that since my dad read it to me as a kid.
     
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    Also this seems like "How did he not know this" but Im realizing that Led Zepplin must have been huge fans. So many references in their songs that I now know where they came from lol.
     
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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    46) True Colours (Dan Shepherd #10) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    47) White Lies (Dan Shepherd #11) by Stephen Leather 9.5/10
    48) Black Ops (Dan Shepherd #12) by Stephen Leather 7.5/10
    49) Dark Forces (Dan Shepherd #13) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    50) Light Touch (Dan Shepherd #14) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    51) Tall Order (Dan Shepherd #15) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    52) Past Tense by Lee Child 3/10
    53) Red War (Mitch Rapp #17) by Brad Mills 5/10
     
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    True, it is formulaic, but it's important to remember it was written in the thirties/forties.
     
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    Yeah. I realize It was one of the books that created the formula. Which is cool.
     
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    1. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) - Brandon Sanderson **Re-read**
    2. Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) - Brandon Sanderson **Re-read**
    3. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) - C.S. Lewis **Re-read**
    5. Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia #2) - C.S. Lewis (6/10)
    6. The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia #5) - C.S. Lewis (6.5/10)
    7. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia #3) - C.S. Lewis (7/10)
    8. The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia #4) - C.S. Lewis (6.5/10)
    9. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    10. The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #6) - C.S. Lewis (6.5/10)
    11. The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia #7) - C.S. Lewis (6/10)
    12. Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) - Brandon Sanderson (9.5/10)
    13. The Alienist - Caleb Carr (9/10)
    14. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays - David Foster Wallace (8/10)
    15. Old Man's War (Old Man's War #1) - John Scalzi (7.5/10)
    16. Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (8/10)
    17. Carrie - Stephen King (7/10)
    18. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    19. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann (7/10)
    20. Turtles All the Way Down - John Green (7/10)
    21. Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #1) - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    22. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    23. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara (7.5/10)
    24. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - Dee Brown (8/10)
    25. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    26. One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khruschev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War - Michael Dobbs (9/10)
    27. Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    28. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian C. Esslemont (8.5/10)
    29. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Anthony Bourdain (9/10)
    30. Princep's Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    31. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
    32. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian C. Esslemont (8/10)
    33. The Fiends of Nightmaria (The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach #6) - Steven Erikson (6.5/10)
    34. 11/22/63 - Stephen King (9.5/10)
    35. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    36. Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1) - Dan Simmons (8.5/10)
    37. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz (8/10)
    38. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (7.5/10)
    39. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (6.5/10)
    40. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Cary Elwes (9/10)
    41. The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2) - Dan Simmons (8/10)
    42. The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    43. Atonement - Ian McEwan (8.5/10)
    44. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones (7.5/10)
    45. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky (6/10)
    46. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome - Mary Beard (8/10)
    47. Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #3) - Dan Simmons (8.5/10)
    48. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook - Anthony Bourdain (8/10)
    49. The Angel of Darkness (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #2) - Caleb Carr (9/10)
    50. The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #4) - Dan Simmons (7.5/10)
    51. The Death of the Centaur (Hyperion Cantos short story) - Dan Simmons (5/10)
    52. Remembering Siri (Hyperion Cantos short story) - Dan Simmons **Re-read**
    53. The Passage (The Passage #1) - Justin Cronin (9/10)
    54. Sea Prayer - Khaled Hosseini (9/10)
    55. Orphans of the Helix (Hyperion Cantos #4.5) - Dan Simmons (6.5/10)
    56. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon (6.5/10)

    That will wrap it up for me in 2018. I didn't quite hit my goal of 60, but that's mainly because I read (and re-read) a lot of really long books this year. I think by word count I probably read just as much, if not more, than previous years.
     
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    1. Persepolis Rising (Expanse #7), by James S.A. Corey (10/10)
    2. Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    3. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, by Gordon S Wood (8/10)
    4. The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    5. Star Wars: Colbalt Squadron, by Elizabeth Wein (6/10)
    6. Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (7/10)
    7. Thinking the Twentieth Century, by Tony Judt (6.5/10)
    8. Paradox Bound, by Peter Clines (7/10)
    9. American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent, by Tamer Elnoury (9/10)
    10. The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    11. Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon #11) by Daniel Silva (4/10)
    12. The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) by Jason Matthews (9.5/10)
    13. Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern Worldby Jack Weatherford (9/10)
    14. Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1) by Richard K Morgan (7/10)
    15. Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney (6/10)
    16. The Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (7.5/10)
    17. Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #), by Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    18. The Phenomenon, by Rick Ankiel (7/10)
    19. We Are Legion (Bobiverse #1), by Dennis E Taylor (7.5)
    20. For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2), by Dennis E Taylor (7/10)
    21. All These Worlds (Bobiverse #3), by Dennis E Taylor (6.5/10)
    22. The Feed, by Nick Clark Windo (5.5/10)
    23. Streets of Laredo (Lonesome Dove #2) by Larry McMurtry (8/10)
    24. Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove #3) by Larry McMurtry (7/10)
    25. Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove #4) by Larry McMurtry (7.5/10)
    26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (6.5/10)
    27. Between The World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates (8/10)
    28. The Outsider by Stephen King (6.5/10)
    29. Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson (6.5/10)
    30. Factfulness - Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better than you Think by Hans Rosling (9.5/10)
    31. Into the Drowning Deep, by Mira Grant (7/10)
    32. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C Mann. (8/10)
    33. The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13) by Daniel Silva (5/10)
    34. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Hurari (8/10)
    35. Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Hurari (7/10)
    36. Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay (7/10)
    37. Unsub (Unsub #1) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    38. Into the Black Nowhere (Unsub #2) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    39. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne (9.5/10)
    40. Spinning Silver, by Noami Novik (8/10)
    41. The English Spy (Gabriel Allon #15) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    42. Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn (8/10)
    43. Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov; WWII Spy, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond, by Larry Leptis (9.5/10)
    44. The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon #16) , by Daniel Silva (9/10)
    45. Magpie Murders , by Anthony Horowitz (8/10)
    46. The Fifth to Die (4MK #2), by JD Barker (7/10)
    47. Relic, by Alan Dean Foster (4/10)
    45. Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu
    46. Binti Trilogy by Nendi Okafor (6.5/10)
    47. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson (9/10)
    48. The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan #1) by Tom Clancy (7.5/10)
    49. All The Wrong Stars (Axiom #1), by Tim Pratt (6.5/10)
    50. House of Spies (Gabriel Allon #17) by Daniel Silva (9/10)
    51. The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    52. Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu (8.5/10)
    53. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (9.5/10)
    54. Rosewater (Wormwood #1) by Tade Thompson (5/10)
    55. Red Mars (Red Mars #1) by Kim Stanley Robinson (6/10)
    56. Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #1) by Vince Flynn (8/10)
    57. The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #2) by Vince Flynn (8/10)
    58. Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #3) by Vince Flynn (8.5/10)
    59. Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #4) by Vince Flynn (8/10)
    60. Past Tense (Jack Reacher #23) by Lee Child (6/10)
    61-62 Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin (7.5/10)
    63. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan (8.5/10)
    64. The Parking Lot Attendant by Tamirat Nafkote (8/10)
    65. Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp #5) by Vince Flynn (9/10)
    66-68. Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (7.5)


    I enjoyed the books, but kind of wish I didnt see the movies or knew much about them. The movies did a pretty good job by the books, so while there was some extra depth to the books, It wasnt as enthralling otherwise. Im also not the biggest fantasy guy, outside of ASOIAF. I dont regret reading them. I enjoyed them and felt like they were a must read for an avid reader so at least I knocked them off my list :idk:
     
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    1. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling 8/10
    2. Ring of Fire (Pike Logan Series #11) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    3. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne 10/10
    4. 1984 by George Orwell 8/10
    5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling 8/10
    6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling 9/10
    7. Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose 7/10
    8. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agatha Christie 7/10
    9. Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy 1) by Jason Matthews 8/10
    10. Germany in the Modern World: A New History by Sam Mustafa 7/10
    11. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 6/10
    12. Animal Farm by George Orwell 9/10
    13. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 8/10
    14. Charlie Mike by Leonard B. Scott 7/10
    15. Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima by Chuck Tatum 8.5/10
    16. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins 8/10
    17. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger 6/10
    18. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 8/10
    19. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 10/10
    20. Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16) by Brad Thor 7/10
    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10
    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury 8/10
    23. Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich by David Clay Large 9/10
    24. Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland by Michael Meng 7/10
    25. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9/10
    26. Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger #1) by Stephen Hunter 8/10
    27. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 8/10
    28. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr 7/10
    29. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War In 1914 by Christopher Clark 7/10
    30. The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1) by Daniel Silva 8/10
    31. The Impending Crisis: America Before The Civil War 1848-1861 by David Potter and Don E. Fehrenbacher 8/10
    32. The War That Forged A Nation: Why The Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson 5/10
    33. Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past edited by Gabriel D. Rosenfeld and Paul B. Jaskot 8/10
    34. The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classic Modernity by Detlev J.K. Peukert 7/10
    35. The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail by Tom VanHarren 4/10
    36. Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown edited by Peggy A. Russo and Paul Finkelman 6/10
    37. Back Blast (Gray Man #5) by Mark Greaney 9/10
    38. Kasserine Pass: Rommel's Bloody, Climactic Battle for Tunisia by Martin Blemenson 7/10
    39. The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home by Reid Mitchell 6/10
    40. The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistair Horne 8/10
    41. Enemy of the State (Mitch Rapp #16) by Kyle Mills 8/10
    42. Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction by Charles Townshend 6/10
    43. Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War by Mark Thornton and Robert B. Ekelund Jr. 7/10

    44. The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon #2) by Daniel Silva 8/10 Really enjoying this the beginning of this series and I'm sure I will get far into it in the upcoming year.

    Did not reach my goal of 52 books for the year but still improved from last year's total of 40, and read around 6,000 more pages this year as well so I think I can get more read this year. Need to figure something out for November and December because I get very little reading done in those months and feel very burnt out by the end of the year and don't do much reading it seems.
     
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    1. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (Phillip Gourevitch) - 9/10
    2. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) - 8.5/10
    3. The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson) - 8/10
    4. The Road To Jonestown: Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple (Jeff Guinn) - 9/10
    5. All The King's Men (Robert Penn Warren) - 9.5/10
    6. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond) - 9.5/10
    7. Columbine (Dave Cullen) - 8/10
    8. Freakonomics: A Rouge Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner) - 7/10
    9. Animal Farm (George Orwell) - 8/10
    10. Lincoln In The Bardo (George Saunders) - 8.5/10
    11. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis (J.D. Vance) - 5/10
    12. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are (Seth Stephens-Davidowitz) - 8/10
    13. Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry) - 9/10
    14. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari) - 9/10
    15. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (David Grann) - 8.5/10
    16. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) - 6.5/10
    17. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) - 9.5/10
    18. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Colin Woodard) - 9/10
    19. All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) - 8.5/10
    20. Rules Of Civility (Amor Towles) - 6/10
    21. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) - 6.5/10
    22. I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara) - 7/10
    23. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (Stephen Brusatte) - 9/10
    24. Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Anne Applebaum) - 7/10
    25. Propaganda (Edward L. Bernays) - 8/10
    26. A Gentleman In Moscow (Amor Towles) - 8.5/10
    27. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones) - 9.5/10
    28. Magpie Murders (Anthony Horowitz) - 8/10
    29. All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story Of The Wire (Jonathan Abrams) - 8/10
    30. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road To 9/11 (Lawrence Wright) - 9/10
    31. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Candice Millard) - 9/10
    32. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Anthony Bourdain) - 7.5/10
    33. An American Marriage (Tayari Jones) - 8/10
    34. An Army At Dawn: The War In North Africa, 1942-1943 (Rick Atkinson) - 9/10
    35. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World -- And Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Hans Rosling) - 7.5/10

    36. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II (Iris Chang) - 8/10
    37. 1491: New Relevations From The Americas Before Columbus (Charles C. Mann) - 8.5/10 - Was going to post this in the 2019 thread but I did finish it a couple of weeks ago. Very enjoyable read; it's easy to see why it is so popular. Some of the information shared really shatters old myths, for example Mesoamerican population estimates before Columbus' arrival. I look forward to reading 1493 at some point.

    Was hoping to finish the Ambrose book before the end of the year but having a colicky newborn really slowed my reading pace. I imagine my output will be a bit lower in 2019. Might set my book goal around 25-30 for next year and be happy if I blow past it.
     
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  30. The Blackfish

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    1. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/10)
    2. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    3. Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    4. Forge of Darkness (Kharkanas Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (9.5/10)
    5. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (9/10)
    6. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    7. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian Esselmont (8/10)
    8. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9/10)
    9. Scourged (Iron Druid #9) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (9/10)
    11. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (7/10)
    12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (8/10)
    13. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein (9/10)
    14. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett (8/10)
    15. The Outsider - Stephen King (8/10)
    16. Factfulness - Hans Rosling (8.5/10)
    17. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle (9.5/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    19. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    20. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
    21. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly - William Bernstein (9/10)
    22. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore (9.5/10)
    23. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    24. Bogle on Mutual Funds - John Bogle (10/10)
    25. The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham (10/10)
    26. A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel (9/10)
    27. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    28. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    29. Your Money and Your Brain - Jason Zweig (7.5/10)
    30. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz (7.5/10)
    31. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    32. Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (8/10)
    33. The Grimoire of the Lamb (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    34. Clan Rathskeller (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.5) - Kevin Hearne (6.5/10)
    35. Kaibab Unbound (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    36. A Test of Mettle (Iron Druid Chronicles #3.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    37. Two Ravens One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    38. The Chapel Perilous (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    39. A Prelude to War (Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    40. The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    41. The Naughtiest Cherub (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    42. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    43. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) - J.K. Rowling (6.5/10)
    44. The Squirrel on the Train (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.7) - Kevin Hearne (8/10)
    45. The Coming Storm - Michael Lewis (7.5/10)
    46. Stalingrad: The Fateful Seige - Antony Beevor (9/10)
    47. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones (9.5/10)
    48. Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 #5) - Scott Meyer (7.5/10)
    49. Brief Cases (Dresden Files #15.1) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    50. Emma - Jane Austen (9/10)
    51. The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) - Brent Weeks (6.5/10)
    52. The Great Depression: A Diary - Benjamin Roth (9/10)
    53. Shadow's Edge (Night Angel #2) - Brent Weeks (6.5/10)
    54. Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) - Brent Weeks (7.5/10)
    55. Perfect Shadow (Night Angel #0.5) - Brent Weeks (7/10)
    56. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson (7.5/10)
    57. The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley (8/10)
    58. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (9/10)
    59. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie (8/10)
    60. The Christmas Hirelings - Mary Elizabeth Braddon (5.5/10)
    61. Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis (9/10)
    62. The Big Short - Michael Lewis (9.5/10)
    63. Capital in the 21st Century - Thomas Piketty (8/10)
    63 for 2018. Slightly less than my goodreads profile says because of how I documented some of the Sherlock Holmes short stories early in the year.

    Really enjoyed all the finance and economic books I read towards the end of the year and that’s a trend that will continue early into 2019.
     
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    1. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben
    2. The City of Mirrors - Passage Trilogy #2 - Justin Cronin
    3. Home - Harlan Coben
    4. The Racketeer - John Grisham
    5. Red Notice - Bill Browder
    6. Rogue Lawyer - John Grisham
    7. Gray Mountain - John Grisham
    8. Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann
    9. Shoe Dog - Phil Knight
    10. The Book of Speculation - Erika Swyler
    11. The Women in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
    12. The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
    13. Plum Island - Nelson Demille
    14. American Fire - Monica Hesse
    15. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
    16. Bluebird, Bluebird - Attica Locke
    17. Gods & Generals - Jeff Shaara
    18. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara
    19. Mrs Sherlock Holmes - Brad Ricca
    20. Before The Fall - Noah Hawley
    21. The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
    22. The Midnight Line - Lee Child
    23. Don't Let Go - Harlan Coben
    24. The Whistler - John Grisham
    25. No Middle Name - Lee Chils
    26. Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben
    27. The Last Full Measure - Jeff Sahara
    28. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari
    29. Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
    30. The Concrete Blode - Michael Connelly
    31. The Power of the Dog - Don Winslow
    32. The One Man - Andrew Gross
    33. Palace of Treason - Jason Mathews
    34. The Lion's Game - Nelson Demille
    35. The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly
     
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  32. RonBurgundy

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    — 2018 —
    1. The Lost Gate *8.0
    2. The Gate Thief *5.0
    3. All our Wrongs Today *7.5
    4. Children of The Fleet *7.0
    5. End of Watch *6.0
    6. House of Chains (Malazan4) *8.0
    7. Wind Through the Keyhole *8.5
    8. The Dog Stars *7.0
    9. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing *8.0
    10. The Story of Your Life *4.5
    11. Making Rounds with Oscar *4.0
    12. Midnight Tides (Malazan5) *8.5
    13. White Sands #2 *7.0
    14. Stranger in a Strange Land *7.0
    15. The Running Man *7.0
    16. Learn to Concentrate *5.0
    17. The 5 People You Meet in Heaven *8.0
    18. The Bonehunters *8.5 (Malazan6)
    19. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People *5.0
    20. The Purpose Driven Life *5.0
    21. Bandwidth *6.0
    22. Into the Thickening Fog *2.0
    23. Factfulness - Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better than you Think *9.5
    24. The Rider of Lost Creek *6.0
    25. The Revenant *8.0
    26. Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe *4.0
    27. What Christians Believe *5.0
    28. Speaker for the Dead *7.0
    29. Christian Behavior *4.0
    30. The First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity *5.0
    31. The Book of Basketball *7.0
    32. Boys Among Men *6.0
    33. The Name of the Wind (Re-read) *9.0
    34. The Hidden Brain *5.5
    35. Basketball (And Other Things) *6.5
    36. Prelude to Foundation *7.5
    37. The Wise Man’s Fear (Re-read) *8.5
    38. Forward the Foundation *4.5
    39. Enlightenment Now *6.0
    40. 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do *7.0
    41. Behemoth *7.0
    42. Half a King *7.5
    43. Reaper’s Gale (Malazan 7) *9.0
    44. Half the World *7.5
    45. Foundation *7.0
    46. The Self Driven Child *5.0
    47. Half a War *6.0
    48. Between the World and Me *8.0
    49. Philosophy of Mind *4.5
    50. The Vainshing American Adult *6.5
    51. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them *5.0
    52. Them *7.5
    53. Annihilation *7.0
    54. Daemon *7.5
    55. Twilight *5.5
    56. Harry Potter 1 (Re-read/Kid) *7.5
    57. Guns, Germs, and Steel *6.0
    58. Brief Answers to the Big Questions *7.5
    59. Law of the Desert Born *6.5
    60. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other *5.0
    61. The Island of Doctor Moreau *6.5
    62. Earth *4.0
    63. Toll the Hounds (Malazan 8) *9.5
    64. What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions *8.0
    65. The Fool’s Run *6.0

    Earth was by Jon Stewart. While there were laugh out loud funny parts, I never understood the “point” of the book. If it was purely humor, it missed the mark a lot of the time. Seemed like a book without a soul.

    Malazan Book of the Fallen is surpassing ASOIAF for me, I think. Read 4-8 in 2018, will definitely finish in 2019.

    What if? is a great book, written by XKCD guy, I enjoyed it, but by the end I was just ready to be done with it, so lowered my rating.

    Fools run is an old hacker novel that was predictable and not that interesting, but not awful.


    Finished the year with 65, a new personal record by a big margin (2017 - 43). Set out to do 52 in 52, and it changed what books I grabbed from the library/my reading queue. I grabbed way more “short books” just because they were short and didn’t get into longer ones as much just to accomplish my goal.

    This year, I’m aiming for fewer books. So, we’ll go for 40. I also want to write more. I have 3 outlines written and 3 starting chapters to books I will almost assuredly never finish and or never publish.
     
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  33. -Asshole-

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    I just finished Dune as an audio book. Does anyone know why they used two different voices for the Baron’s character? At first I thought the first voice guy might have died or quit, but they kept switching between the two and I was curious if there’s a reason I didn’t know.
     
  34. One Knight

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    1.) The Drop by Dennis Lehane - 9/10
    I'm a huge Lehane fan so I knew I would love this and I wasn't disappointed. Super easy to read, short, and just vintage stuff by him. Can't recommend enough.
     
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    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (8/10)
    2. Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter -- Steven Johnson (6/10)
    3. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious -- Timothy Wilson (9/10)
    4. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley (8/10) *reread*
    5. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #5) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    6. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -- Edward E. Baptist (8/10)
    7. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently And Why -- Richard Nisbett (8/10)
    8. Mind Sculpture: Unlocking Your Brain's Untapped Potential -- Ian Roberson (8/10)
    9. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape -- James Howard Kunstler (10/10)
    10. Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World -- Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (9/10)
    11. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    12. Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency -- David Greenberg (6/10)
    13. The Death and Life of Great American Cities -- Jane Jacobs (7/10)
    14. The Story of Art -- E.H. Gombrich (8/10)
    15. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone -- Brian Merchant (9/10)
    16. 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Arthur C. Clarke (7/10)
    17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living -- Mark Manson (9/10)
    18. The Dharma Bums -- Jack Kerouac (10/10)
    19. On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes -- Alexandra Horowitz (8.5/10)
    20. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are -- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (8.5/10)
    21. The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It, Every Time -- Maria Konnikova (8.5/10)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)
    26. The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (10/10)
    27. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -- Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    28. The Prince and the Pauper -- Mark Twain (7/10)
    29. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking -- Susan Cain (7.5/10)
    30. The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe (9.5/10)
    31. Walden -- Henry David Thoreau (7/10)
    32. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose — Eckhart Tolle (10/10)
    33. inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity -- Tina Seelig (6.5/10)
    34. The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use Their Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving -- And How You Can Too -- Deirdre Barrett (7/10)
    35. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness -- Neil Postman (8/10)
    36. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- Robert Louis Stevenson (9/10) *reread*
    37. The Red Badge of Courage -- Stephen Crane (8.5/10)
    38. The Lessons of History -- Will and Ariel Durant (5/10)
    39. The Prince -- Niccolo Machiavelli (6.5/10)
    40. How To Lie With Statistics -- Darrell Huff (6/10)

    41. Concerning The Spiritual In Art -- Wassily Kandinsky (6.5/10)
    This guy is one of my favorite painters/visual artists and this is the book where he lays out the manifesto of his art. He was one of the earliest abstract painters and a lot of his theories have to do with how individual colors can affect a person and how visual art relates to music. Pretty esoteric stuff but I really like his art and I was intrigued by the connection with music thing.

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    Example. May not look that crazy by modern standards but the above is from 1912
     
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    1. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir **
    2. The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn **
    3. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer ***
    4. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercranrz ***
    5. Meg: A Novel is Deep Terror by Steve Alten ****
    6. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch *****
    7. The Black Hand by Stephan Talty ****
    8. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer *
    9. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters ***
    10. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware *****
    11. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ****
    12. Memory Man by David Baldacci *
    13. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Issacson *****
    14. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson ****
    15. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury **** (reread)
    16. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte ***
    17. Watership Down by Richard Adams ****
    18. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger *****
    19. The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore ****
    20. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde ****
    21. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy ****
    22. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles ****1/2
    23. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware *****
    24. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens **** 1/2
    25. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte ****
    26. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson *****
    27. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah ***
    28. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson *** 1/2
    29. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan *
    30. Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville * 1/2
    31. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving *****
    32. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway ****
    33. Let's Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson ****
    34. Circe by Madeline Miller ***
    35. The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World by Joann Fletcher **
    36. Force of Nature by Jane Harper ****
    37. Jurassic Park by Michael Cricthon *****
    38. Grant by Ron Chernow ***
    39. Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann ***
    40. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden ***
    41. Dracula by Bram Stoker ****
    42. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson *****
    43. Fathered by God by John Eldredge **
    44. The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton **
    45. Factfulness by Hans Rowling **
    46. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy ****
    47. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG **
    48. Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash ****
    49. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson *****
    50. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay *
    51. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman ****
    52. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon *** 1/2
    53. The Hunger by Alma Katsu ****
    54. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones *****
    55. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James ****
    56. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley **1/2
    57. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller *****
    58. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz ***1/2
    59. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer ***1/2
    60. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham *****
    61. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz ***

    An American Marriage was definitely my favorite book of the year. Fantastic read.
     
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    How was Moscow? Have it on deck.
     
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    Fantastic. Very well written and enjoyable characters. I remember it being a fairly quick read because I was really into it.
     
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    How’d you like Great Expectations?

    I hated it in high school, but think it might be good to give it another shot 25yrs later.
     
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    I loved it. It’s a dark story altogether, but I think it is a very well put together novel full of foreshadowing and depth. I’ve only read two other novels by Dickens - A Christmas Carol which I really liked and David Copperfield that was just ok for me. Great Expectations is easily my favorite of the three. Hoping to read A Tale of Two Cities this year after I get through some other books on my to read list.
     
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    Thanks