Books you read in 2018

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

  1. Gomez35

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    1. Devil's Bargain: Joshua Green
    2. Long Way Down: Jason Reynolds
    3. Benediction: Kent Haruf
    4. The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas
    5. Velocity: Chris Wooding
    6. Our Souls at Night: Kent Haruf
    7. Through the Woods: Emily Carroll (graphic novel)
    8. Poppies of Iraq: Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim (graphic novel)
    9. The Blade Itself: Joe Abercrombie
    10. My Friend Dahmer: Derf Backderf (graphic novel)
    11. Trashed: Derf Backderf (graphic novel)
    12. The Graveyard Book: Neil Gaiman - reread
    13. The Cay: Theodore Taylor (audio) - reread
    14. Feed: MT Anderson (audio) - reread
    15. Before They Are Hanged: Joe Abercrombie
    16. The Skeleton Tree: Iain Lawrence
    17. Blacksad: Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (graphic novel)
    18. Turtles All the Way Down: John Green
    19. Fools Crow: James Welch - reread
    20. Spill Zone: Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (graphic novel)
    21. Stephen Florida: Gabe Habash
    22. The Fourth Monkey: JD Barker
    23. Templar: Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland (graphic novel)
    24. American Radical: Tamer Elnoury

    Gave up on Three Body Problem. Gave it 100 pages but I think the translation and science-focused language just killed it for me. Went with Elnoury’s book instead - enjoyed it quite a lot, despite it feeling a bit empty from a story perspective. Dark Matter is up next (thanks to Truman for that recommendation).
     
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  2. BigRed

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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)
     
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  3. Tangman

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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 -
    There's been a lot of hype around this book and I figured it was a necessary read. Really enjoyed it, especially the first 2 sections. Some of the info presented was stuff I vaguely recalled but was organized in a new way (to me anyway). For example, I'd never thought about how our decision to walk upright may have led to narrower hips and thus shorter pregnancies in human females as compared to other mammals. He gets kind of abstract towards the end (themes I imagine are more fully explored in Homo Deus, his followup) and he spent a lot more words on Buddhism versus other regions, which I found odd. Absolutely worth your time, though.
    15. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (David Grann) - 8.5/10 - A very accessible piece of popular history. Reading about the guardianship laws the Osage were subjected to made my blood boil and that was before getting to the murders. I probably could have done with more background on the Osage and less on the FBI/Hoover but that's a minor quibble. Hopefully the popularity of this book helps to shine a spotlight on the plight of the Osage as their story doesn't seem to play a big role in our shared national history.
     
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  4. Truman

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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)

    The Feed - Great Premise, terrible execution. Future where everyone is dependent on The Feed, an implant that gives you access to the internet in you head. You basically dont know how to learn shit, because every answer is at your finger tips. You also are connected to others so you can read their mind, so you dont have to worry about offending people in business meetings, ect. Suddenly The Feed crashes and people are left without the crutch of the Feed. Also people can get 'hacked' in their sleep where they wake up and just start killing people, sabotage shit. That sounded cool to me, but the story and characters are terrible. The prose is brutal, switching from 1st to 3rd person within the same paragraph ect. However, I just saw that Amazon is turning it into a show, so maybe they can salvage a cool idea. I didnt care for Man in the High Castle as a book, but love the show.

    Streets of Laredo - it was cool to have an ending to the story of some of the characters I spent so much time w in Lonesome Dove. Looking forward to reading the next to books, which are prequels to get what Im sure is some bad ass backstory.
     
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  5. Gomez35

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    Have you read MT Anderson's Feed? Written way back in '02, it sounds like a similar premise but much better result. It's ostensibly YA, but it's one of my favorite books I've ever read. Anderson's writing style is pretty unique and the the linguistically degenerated slang the characters use can put off some people, but it just says so much about the ways that humanity exists on the whim of technology and powerful, misanthropic social mechanisms. Works even better as an audiobook IMO than physical. So fucking good - can't recommend it enough.
     
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  6. Gomez35

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    1. Devil's Bargain: Joshua Green
    2. Long Way Down: Jason Reynolds
    3. Benediction: Kent Haruf
    4. The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas
    5. Velocity: Chris Wooding
    6. Our Souls at Night: Kent Haruf
    7. Through the Woods: Emily Carroll (graphic novel)
    8. Poppies of Iraq: Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim (graphic novel)
    9. The Blade Itself: Joe Abercrombie
    10. My Friend Dahmer: Derf Backderf (graphic novel)
    11. Trashed: Derf Backderf (graphic novel)
    12. The Graveyard Book: Neil Gaiman - reread
    13. The Cay: Theodore Taylor (audio) - reread
    14. Feed: MT Anderson (audio) - reread
    15. Before They Are Hanged: Joe Abercrombie
    16. The Skeleton Tree: Iain Lawrence
    17. Blacksad: Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (graphic novel)
    18. Turtles All the Way Down: John Green
    19. Fools Crow: James Welch - reread
    20. Spill Zone: Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (graphic novel)
    21. Stephen Florida: Gabe Habash
    22. The Fourth Monkey: JD Barker
    23. Templar: Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland (graphic novel)
    24. American Radical: Tamer Elnoury
    25. Dark Matter: Blake Crouch

    So, this book. It's got a few plot holes that would sink the whole story if you spent too much time thinking about them but holy shit it's a hell of a ride regardless. Great start, then just pushes you headlong through some serious mindfuckery. Hardly perfect, and Crouch's paragraph style ("He looked up. Blinked. Saw three men. Approaching. Guns drawn") annoyed the shit out of me off and on throughout, but I honestly had a great time reading this one. More or less done in two sittings, and spent a couple hours past my bed time tonight thinking, "OK, just a couple more pages... OK, now just a couple more... Shit, just a few more... Fuck it, might as well finish at this point..." Thanks again Truman.
     
  7. Truman

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    If you like the genre, put All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai on your list. Very different writing style.

    A few here have read it and liked it. I think LKRFN88jp was one
     
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  8. LKRFN88jp

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    Big fan. Loved that book.
     
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  9. billdozer

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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)
     
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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 7.5/10
     
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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 by Brad Taylor (Pike Logan Series #11) 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 7/10
    12. Animal Farm 9/10

    13. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 8/10
     
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  12. 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 (9.5/10)
    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 (8/10)
    Good stuff but I'll admit I didn't quite finish it. Too much other stuff to read. Got interested from liking "The Geography of Nowhere" so much and wanted to read more about city planning. This book was mentioned in that one as one of the classics of the field (came out in early 60s). You can learn some neat stuff about the layout of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, etc and some of the major problems in city planning and how it's usually done wrong.
    14. The Story of Art -- E.H. Gombrich (8/10)
    Best selling art book of all time. Supposed to be one of the most readable/accessible introductions to the visual arts. I enjoyed it quite a bit but two problems: a) contains 75% black and white pictures (come on) and b) gets a little repetitive at times where it's just one guy after the other guy. It's really good though in the intros and conclusions to each chapter where he kind of shows you the broader contours and how they relate to the history of the times.
     
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  13. TC

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    Currently reading. :popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn: so far
     
  14. Truman

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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)
     
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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 -
    I'm definitely not as fond of this book as others. Plot is fun and it's an easy read but I found some of the dialogue to be a bit cringe-worthy in a cheesy way. The little passage on masturbation was weird as shit. I'll admit that my opinions may be colored by the fact that I was a '90s kid and not a particularly big gamer (I probably haven't played a video game in 10 years and only played sports games after I was 12 or so). Still, I'm glad that I read it as I anticipate seeing Spielberg's adaptation at some point.
    17. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) - 9.5 - Really loved this one. It's not an easy read, especially for someone who doesn't have much knowledge of behavioral economics and judgmental heuristics, but he simplified the concepts enough for the layperson and the examples he provides add a lot of value. There's also a section at the end of each chapter that provides examples of proper usage of his concepts in everyday conversation that help a lot. It's not perfect (he could have explained some of the math around probabilities a bit better, IMO) but I would highly recommend it.
     
  16. TC

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    Tangman we are definitely book brothers from another mother. I need to post a pic of all the books I just bought from Amazon -- I had to buy $400 worth of books from there to cash in this credit I had from work that could only be spent on "educational supplies." Anyway, like everything I ordered would be relevant to your interests prob cause our lists seem to always overlap. Having like 50+ books arrive in the mail, a few each day was so fun. My apartment is quite cluttered though
     
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  17. Tangman

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    Damn, I need a job that will pay for my books. Which one (or ones) are you most excited about?

    I'm going to start American Nations today or tomorrow. Given your rating, I'm expecting good things.
     
  18. TC

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    I am pretty damn excited about "Sapiens" and "Homo Deus"; I kopped both. I'll prob read "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck" and "On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes" pretty soon too. Been enjoying the hell out of my Beatles complete chord songbook too. But yeah I just went through my Amazon list of shit I was interested in and maximized it finding used editions; got most books for $5 or $10 and a few novels even cheaper than that. New books like Sapiens were more though
     
  19. Tangman

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    Yeah, I've been pretty pleased with most of my used Amazon purchases (I have only bought ones marked as "very good" condition, though).

    I browse book-related subreddits on occasion for ideas and see "The Subtle Art..." recommended a lot. Look forward to your review on that.
     
  20. Shiggityshwo

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    About 70% of the way through this and can confirm it's fun as hell
     
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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
     
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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 (9.5/10)
    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)
    I was intrigued by this book and it turned out to be prob better than I thought. It's not 200 pages barely fluffed up to be a book; it's close to 400 and has lots of detail. Not a slow read though. The author is a guy who has written a lot for VICE. If you're a hardcore Apple fan you may know some of the info from biographies of Steve Jobs and such but the parts where he visits mines in South America where they get materials for the phone, or factories in China where they make them, or the huge e-waste dump sites where they end up were really cool pieces of the story. Overall it's about this amazing device the smartphone and all the ways it's changed/changing the world.

    16. 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Arthur C. Clarke (8/10)
    My friend's been on me to watch this movie and I had the paperback lying around so I picked it up. Pretty good sci-fi story and amazing "big reveal" of what's supposedly the next step after human evolution. Was really shocked that Hal 9000 was only somewhat of a bit part in the story? From the countless parodies I've seen of the movie I figured that was like the central part of the story; not sure if the book is different
     
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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)
    First time reading Anna Karenina although I was somewhat familiar with the story including the ending, but still very much enjoyed it. I also enjoyed I'll Be Gone in the Dark, but she jumps around a lot which can be confusing. I also think it would have been better had she gotten to finish the book herself, but that was unfortunately not the case. It was very interesting reading the book which did not know who the killer was, while knowing that shortly after it was published they got the guy.
     
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    23 hours and 49.8 minutes
     
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    Ive only read 1 Sandford book (Saturn Run). I loved it so much I wanted to get into his other books, even though they're mostly a completely different genre. mediocre ratings have me still on the fence

    /DearDiary
     
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    1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) - JK Rowling (9/10)
    2. The Chalk Man - CJ Tudor (6.5/10)
    3. All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire - Jonathan Abrams (9.5/10)
    4. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch (10/10)
    5. Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion - Alan Sepinwall (8.5/10)
    6. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (9/10)
    7. The 25th Hour - David Benioff (9.5/10)
    8. The Broken Girls - Simone St. James (8/10)
    9. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara (9/10)
    10. Tiger Woods - Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (9/10)
    11. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (5.5/10)

    Hot take: I thought it was... fine? I was rarely engaged and it got to the point where I powered through the last half of the book so I could finish and move onto something else. The courtroom scenes were fantastic but for the most part, outside of that, I just didn't care a whole lot about the characters or stories. 5.5/10
     
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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 ****
     
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    I read it on a whim just for a change. I believe it was the first Lucas Davenport book so it was a little old. I think there are like 20 in the series now. It was entertaining enough. A fast and easy read. I’ll probably read some more of the series in the future.
     
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    Next up:
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

    Anyone have any opions on either?
     
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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 by Brad Taylor (Pike Logan Series #11) 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 7/10
    12. Animal Farm 9/10
    13. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 8/10

    14. Charlie Mike by Leonard B. Scott 7/10 This was a reread of a book I read probably a few times as a teenager, still enjoyable but as I've gotten into much more serious historical readings on wars the war novels aren't as good.

    15. Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima by Chuck Tatum 8.5/10 This is a very good memoir of the battle of Iwo Jima through an almost day by day account of the actions of 5th Marines. Less John Basilone in it then the title might have you believe but a good account of the fighting on Iwo Jima.
     
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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 (9.5/10)
    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 (8/10)

    17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living -- Mark Manson (9/10)
    I've read books along these lines before but gotta say, this one is quite good. The writer is male and about my same age so I connected with some of his anecdotes more than someone like, say, Brene Brown. It's a short book at only 200 pages with wide spacing but had some ideas that really made me think, and made me reallocate the fucks that I give in life. We will see how it plays out but I'm convinced as of now next time I go out I will prob mack down every chick I see :yousoright: That's not what the book is about or anything; just makes me feel confident and excited about life. I'm done living life just trying to avoid being uncomfortable and being constrained by what others think of me!
     
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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
    Very much enjoyed this novel. I went in hoping for more historical insight, and was left disappointed on that end. But it is a terrific fictional story that centers on a man's life living on house arrest at a hotel in Moscow, directly across from the Kremlin.
    23. The Death of Mrs. Westaway *****
    My favorite book of her's to date. Great summer read for those that enjoy a great mystery novel.
     
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    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


    I read a whole lot of meh books recently after Malazan #6 but Factfulness is, to this day, the best piece of non-fiction I’ve ever read. I love science, medicine, statistics and learning new things and this book is the single best combination of those things. It’s 250 pages long, took me less than 2 hours to read since 1/5 of it is graphs/data. It’s captivating, informative and will 100% change the way you look at the world and your thoughts on life outside of your Local Bubble. A+, highly recommend to every single TMB book reader.
     
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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)
     
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    6. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch (7.5/10) Very interesting but it read so fast there was nothing much in the way of character development.
    7. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari (8/10) interesting and easy read
    8. Empire of Cotton: A Global History - Sven Beckert (8.5/10) Took me FOREVER to finish, but it was so rewarding. I learned so much. Got bogged down sometimes with an onslaught of numbers, but I am glad I finished it.
     
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    Kahneman has a ton of papers out there to read in journals, that are actually pretty accessible for being in an economic journal, if you'd like to go deeper. Endowment effect is fascinating to me

    https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/kahneman/files/prospect_theory.pdf
    https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites...an/files/maps_bounded_rationality_dk_2003.pdf
     
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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)
     
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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 (9.5/10)
    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 (8/10)
    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)
    Idk if this rating will translate for others but this is my favorite book I've read so far this year. It's almost like a fantasy to me -- the places he goes, the things he does, the people he knows. And besides connecting with the lifestyle, it's full of wisdom and just well-written and easy to read. I love people that use the journalist style like him, HST, Tom Wolfe etc. I'd sum the book up with two quotes from it -- one, it's about "how to live the good life in America without much money." And two, just remember "the career of your life is like a raindrop in the illimitable ocean which is eternal awakenerhood. Why worry ever any more?"
     
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    Was always confused why On The Road was more popular than Dharma Bums. DB is a much better book.
     
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    I was more knocked out by DB as well; however I do want to go back and reread OtR now because it's been 10 years and I'll prob connect much more with it now. I do think it's kind of funny/amazing how OtR was typed out on one continuous reel of paper over a couple weeks in an amphetamine binge.

    If anyone hears Kerouac and thinks "drugs, not my things", FYI drugs are barely mentioned in Dharma Bums. He mostly just mentions drinking lots of wine though they reference smoking a joint a time or two. It's not like On the Road though where every other sentence is "then we took more bennies..."
     
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    You've got me wanting to re-read both (read them both in college) but my TBR is huge.
     
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    Mine too. I made a list of 1000+ just during the time I worked at the library and that was years ago now. I have a feeling it's the same for everyone ITT. Good news about both those books is they don't take terribly long to read; I started "Dharma Bums" over the weekend
     
  46. Truman

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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)


    Have nothing more to add than RonBurgundy did on factfulness. It was amazing and relatable. Everyone should read it. Right away you can tell why Bill Gates thinks it's such an important book
     
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    Gates has great taste in books IMO. I've gotten a lot from his suggestions:

    https://qz.com/1285629/99-books-recommended-by-bill-gates-from-the-last-6-ck-years/

    Political history and biography
    • A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, by Jimmy Carter
    • Being Nixon: A Man Divided, by Evan Thomas
    • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel
    • A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great, by Ed Rendell
    • Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile Program, by David K. Stumpf
    Human evolution and civilization
    • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari
    • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
    • The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life, by Nick Lane
    • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, by Steven Pinker
    • The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker
    • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
    • The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?, by Jared Diamond
    • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond
    • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond
    • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
    • Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present, by Cynthia Brown
    • Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, by David Christian
    • Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update, by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows
    Big technology and invention
    • The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and our Energy Future, by Gretchen Bakke
    • Sustainable Materials with both Eyes Open, by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen
    • The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention, by William Rosen
    • The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of our Electrified World, by Phillip F. Schewe
    • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914, by David McCullough
    • The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, by Marc Levinson
    Math and science thinking
    • How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg
    • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s really True, by Richard Dawkins
    • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by Randall Munroe
    • How to Lie With Statistics, by Darrell Huff
    • Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words, by Randall Munroe
    • 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense, by Michael Brooks
    • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better than You Think, by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, and Ola Rosling
    • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t, by Nate Silver
    Business
    • Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street, by John Brooks
    • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, by Phil Knight
    • Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, by Carol J. Loomis
    • Poor Charlie’s Almanack, by Peter D. Kaufman and Ed Wexler
    • Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone, by Satya Nadella
    • Science Business: The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech, by Gary P. Pisano
    Biography
    • Einstein, by Walter Isaacson
    • Broken Genius, by Joel Shurkin
    • Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
    • Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
    Memoir
    • Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
    • The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui
    • Believe Me, by Eddie Izzard
    • Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
    • On Immunity: An Inoculation, by Eula Biss
    • When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
    • Everything Happens for a Reason and other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler
    • The Cost of Hope, by Amanda Bennett
    Fiction
    • The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal
    • The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    • Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
    • The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion
    • The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
    • Patriot and Assassin, by Robert Cook
    • Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green
    • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    • The Cat’s Table, by Michael Ondaatje
    • The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger
    • A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
    • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
    Books by Vaclav Smil
    • Energy and Civilization: A History, by Vaclav Smil
    • Should We Eat Meat?, by Vaclav Smil
    • Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, by Vaclav Smil
    • Harvesting the Biosphere, by Vaclav Smil
    • Energy Myths and Realities, by Vaclav Smil
    • Japan’s Dietary Transition and Its Impacts, by Vaclav Smil and Kazuhiko Kobayashi
    • Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing, by Vaclav Smil
    • Prime Movers of Globalization, by Vaclav Smil
    • The Earth’s Biosphere, by Vaclav Smil
    • Energy at the Crossroads, by Vaclav Smil
    • Energies: An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization, by Vaclav Smil
    • Global Catastrophes and Trends, by Vaclav Smil
    • Enriching the Earth, by Vaclav Smil
    • Why America is Not a New Rome, by Vaclav Smil
    • Transforming the Twentieth Century, by Vaclav Smil
    • Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects, by Vaclav Smil
    • Creating the Twentieth Century, by Vaclav Smil
    Development and foreign aid
    • Poor Numbers: How We are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About it, by Morten Jerven
    • Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding—and How We Can Improve the World Even More, by Charles Kenny
    • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo
    • The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger, by Leon Hesser
    • The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, by Roger Thurow
    • However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph, by Aimee Molloy
    • In the Company of the Poor, by Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutierrez
    • Mighty be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, by Leymah Gbowee
    • One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?, by Gordon Conway
    • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty , by Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo
    • How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, by Bjørn Lomborg
    • The Foundation: How Private Wealth Is Changing the World, by Joel L. Fleishman
    • Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results, by Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman
    • Jim Grant—UNICEF Visionary, by Richard Jolly (Ed.)
    • Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, by Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak
    • The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality, by Angus Deaton
    • The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, by Nina Munk
    • Interventions: A Life in War and Peace, by Kofi Annan
    Education
    • Why Does College Cost So Much?, by Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman
    • A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation, by Vivien Stewart
    • Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, by Richard Arum and Joshipa Roksa
    • Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about how the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom, by Dan T. Willingham
    • Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy, by Andrew Rosen
    • Unlocking the Gates, by Taylor Walsh
    • Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools, by Steven Brill
    • Who’s Teaching your Children?, by Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles
    • Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money while Serving Students Best, by Frederick M. Hess and Eric Osberg (Eds.)
    • Where Do School Funds Go?, by Marguerite Roza
    • Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education, by Terry M. Moe and John E. Chubb
    • Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America, by Jay Mathews
    • Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know, by Douglas N. Harris
    Science
    • The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time, a Journey through the Wonders of Physics, by Walter Lewin
    • Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1: Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat, by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands
    • Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol 2: Mainly Electromagnetism and Matter, by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands
    • Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol 3: Quantum Mechanics, by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands
    • The New Science of Strong Materials, by J.E. Gordon
    • The Hair of the Dog and Other Scientific Surprises, by Karl Sabbagh
    • 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of our Time, by Michael Brooks
    • Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, by Nathan Myhrvold
    • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong
    • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape our Man-Made World, by Mark Miodownik
    Climate change and energy
    • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin
    • Sustainable Energy—without the Hot Air, by David J.C. MacKay
    • Unlocking Energy Innovation, by Richard K. Lester and David M. Hart
    • World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, by Lester R. Brown
    • Global Warming: The Complete Briefing, by John Houghton
    • Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century, by Burton Richter
    • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How it Can Renew America, by Thomas Friedman
    • Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era, by Amory B. Lovins and Rocky Mountain Institute
    Economics and wealth inequality
    • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance
    • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
    • The Power to Compete: An Economist and an Entrepreneur on Revitalizing Japan in the Global Economy, by Hiroshi Mikitani and Ryoichi Mikitani
    • The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War, by Robert Gordon
    • How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region, by Joe Studwell
    • Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty
    • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, by Timothy F. Geithner
    • The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and our Gamble over Earth’s Future, by Paul Sabin
    • The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers our Future, by Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
    • This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff
    • Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization, by Gordon Brown
    • Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, by Thomas Friedman
    • That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back, by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
    • The End of Poverty, by Jeffrey Sachs
    • In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic, by David Wessel
    • SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
    • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, by Matt Ridley
    Disease and public health
    • Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever?, by Nancy Leys Stepan
    • The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years, by Sonia Shah
    • House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox, by William H. Foege
    • Smallpox: The Death of a Disease, by D.A. Henderson
    • Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, by Paul Farmer
    • Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System, by Ezekiel Emanuel
    • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande
    • Global Health: An Introductory Textbook, by A. Lindstrand, et al.
    • Health Care Will Not Reform Itself, by George Halvorson
    • Dirt and Disease: Polio before FDR, by Naomi Rogers
    • The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria, by Randall M. Packard
    • Priorities in Health, by Dean T. Jamison and Joel G. Breman
    • Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver, by Arthur Allen
    • Tropical Infectious Diseases, by Richard L. Guerrant and David H. Walker
    • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder
    • Polio: An American Story, by David Oshinsky
    • Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients, by Jeremy Smith
    Leadership and management
    • The Myth of the Strong Leader, by Archie Brown
    • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
    • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough
    • The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking, by Eli Broad
    • Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World With OKRs, by John Doerr
    • Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, by Tim Brown
    Happiness, psychology, and purpose
    • The Road to Character, by David Brooks
    • Where Good Ideas Come from, by Steven Johnson
    • Awakening Joy, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander
    • Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele
    • Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
    • Showing up for Life, by Bill Gates Sr.
    • Life Is What You Make It, by Peter Buffett
    Tennis
    • String Theory, by David Foster Wallace
    • A Champion’s Mind, by Pete Sampras
    • Open, by Andre Agassi
    Misc
    • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, by Joshua Foer
    • The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control, by Franklin Zimring
    • Frank Stewart’s Bridge Club, by Frank Stewart
     
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    Quite a list. Damn.
     
  49. The Blackfish

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    Starting a thread on it, so I don't have to look in page 5 of the 2018 books you've read thread to find it again.
     
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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