Books you read in 2018

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  1. 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)
    27. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    28. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
     
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  2. 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
    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

    18. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Colin Woodard) - 9/10 - Been a popular book on TMB and I can see why. Fun and easy read. No original scholarship from Woodard but a work of synergy like this requires great skill and I think Woodard comes really close to nailing it. I could have read more on the First Nation and it's people (that short section felt like a throw-in) and I think some of the historical events mentioned could have benefited from further examination (Revolutionary War debt assumption, for example) but overall, a really nice book.
    19. All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) - (8.5/10) - Beautiful prose from Doerr in this one. He's really talented with similes/metaphors and scene setting especially. It jumps around in time but as a reader, I was able to acclimate to the style quickly. I found the short meeting between Werner and Marie-Laure a bit underwhelming, perhaps because it felt like the whole book was building towards it. I don't have a lot of criticism, though; this one is worth your time.
     
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  3. The Blackfish

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    It seems you really enjoyed the Lightbringer series. What would you compare it to? Where would you rank it in your favorite fantasy books list?
     
  4. billdozer

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    I'd say it would be similar to the Sanderson books. He's not quite on Sanderson's level in writing ability though, but pretty good.

    The last book in the series comes out next year though.
     
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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 6/10
    12. Animal Farm 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 Went into this with lower expectation than the first book in the series but was pleasantly surprised. Will have to finish the series this year now instead of putting it off for longer.

    17. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger 7/10 This book was interesting but the historical contents of it is not great, though an interesting read I would have enjoyed it more if the history was sound and there wasn't as much conjecture in the book.
     
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  6. Tangman

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    Here was my thought process when considering whether to add this book to my TBR:

    *Reads about a book called George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution*

    "Sounds pretty interesting, I bet I would like that"

    *Written by Brian Kilmeade*

    "No thanks"
     
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  7. Truman

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    No offense but those revisionist history books by Kilmeade are awful. It's like a 3rd grade history lesson that's heavy handed.

    For the Culper Spy ring, read Washingtons Spies, by Alexander Rose - Who is an actual historian.

    Also was the source material for TURN on AMC.
     
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  8. CBH

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    That book sounds interesting, I've always wanted to watch TURN as well and just never have had the time to invest. That said I've been trying recently to knock out some quick reads that have been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile and that one worked. I started Dark Matter today for my next quick read
     
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  9. 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
    26. All Our Wrong Todays: Elan Mastai

    Reeeeeeeally enjoyed this book once I got into it (first 100 pages took me almost a month, the last 270 took me two days). It and Dark Matter are interesting juxtapositions of the alternate reality/multiverse concepts - DM was definitely more of a thriller, but AOWT easily comes out on top because of how thoughtfully all the pieces work together (not to mention the better tier of wordsmithing at work). Thanks Truman and LKRFN88jp for the tip.

    The next books in line are Babylon's Ashes, 11/22/63, Listen Liberal! and NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories. I think I need to hit the NOFX book first, since it's on loan from an out-of-town library, but any suggestions after that?
     
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  10. Gomez35

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    Read this a couple summers ago and found it really remarkable. Would love to get your thoughts on it.
     
  11. Truman

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    It left me speechless in a lot of ways. Gave me a new perspective as a white guy, who was already sympathetic to the struggles of black people in this country. I read books like that and in the back of my head I think how can make this relatable to my uber conservative uncle. I dont think I could, it's an entire paradigm shift.

    As far as other suggestions - I see youre reading babylon's ashes. If you havent read the novellas in that series I highly recommend them. Especially The Churn, which is Amos' back story.

    Along the lines of listen liberal - The Liberal Redneck Manifesto is a fun read. Not super deep or heavy, but an interesting perspective.
     
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  12. The Blackfish

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    11/22/63 is incredible. Easily my favorite of King's more recent work.
     
  13. RonBurgundy

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    It’s my favorite King book not named Wizard and Glass
     
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  14. RegimentML

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    I’ve been meaning to read 11/22/63 for a long time. Need to get on that
     
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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)

    19. On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes -- Alexandra Horowitz (8.5/10)
    The idea of this book is a 10 for me but it could have been done a little better so I'll give it 8.5. The author goes for walks around NYC (or other places) with experts in different stuff like an artist, a geologist, a doctor, etc and has them tell her what she sees. There's also a chapter with a 2 year old and with a dog. I love that kind of stuff, finding new things to notice about the world and new ways to see it. I went on a long walk just about every night this week after reading Dharma Bums and this. Also inspired me to read a Sherlock Holmes story this am ("Scandal in Bohemia") because Sherlock was the OG at that pay attention to details and see the cool things you notice game
     
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    1. The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu. (8/10)
    2. Fire and Fury - Michael Wolff (4/10)
    3. To The Back of Beyond - Peter Stamm (7/10)
    4. Love in the Ruins - Walker Percy - Love Percy so much. (9/10)
    5. 100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (10/10)
    6. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch (7.5/10)
    7. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari (8/10)
    8. Empire of Cotton: A Global History - Sven Beckert (8.5/10)
    9. Why Does the World Exist - Jim Holt (7.5/10)
     
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  17. 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
    26. All Our Wrong Todays: Elan Mastai
    27. NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories: NOFX and Jess Alulis

    NOFX is one of my all-time favorite bands, and this book is basically the oral history of the band - including LOTS of near-death experiences due to early 80's LA punk shows, non-stop partying, and unchecked drug abuse. Nothing earth-shattering, but highly entertaining with a surprising amount actual introspection from the guys.
     
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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)
     
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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 6/10
    12. Animal Farm 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 7/10

    18. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 8/10 Dark Matter was good, I enjoyed most of the book and it definitely made me think about physics classes I took in college and the possibilities of the premises.

    19. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 10/10 Probably the best book I've read on the Civil War so far, it is all encompassing on the war and the many different parts of it. I enjoyed reading the parts about the river battles and western front the most because I haven't read as much about these areas of the war before.
     
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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)
    12. Only Human (Themis Files #3) - Sylvain Neuvel (5/10)
    13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - JK Rowling (8/10)
    14. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think - Hans Rosling (8/10)

    Only Human - Definitely my least favorite of the series. Narrative structure didn’t do a whole lot for me and felt unnecessary. And the main issue of the book wasn’t as big as I thought it should be. And then it just ended. I guess I’m happy to have spent time in the world but it definitely peaked in book 1.

    Harry Potter - Read it (or rather, listened to it) not even a year after I did so because of the Binge Mode podcast. Things I said a year ago are the same as now. It continues to surprise me just how quick it ends. Especially now, knowing how the rest of the books go. It's like they barely learn anything from school in this one, at least learn things without months going by the wayside in a paragraph or two. Still, really enjoyed it and listening to Binge Mode about it made it even more enjoyable.

    Factfulness - This was a really good book but read like a textbook at times which is the only reason for knocking it down to four stars. I learned a ton and in a world that is really bad at times (especially this week) it did show the progress we've made as a human existence, especially since about 1800. I am really happy I read this and would recommend this to everyone, if only to be reminded that there is some good in the world.
     
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  21. Truman

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    Tell me about this binge mode pod
     
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    On The Ringer. Jason Conception and Malorie Rubin originally started it as a deep dive into Game of Thrones. Last summer they did a pod for every single ep leading up to s7. First season they were like 35-40 minutes per. By season 6 they were over an hour easy.

    Well now they're doing the same thing for HP. Last week, Monday - Thursday, they broke Stone into sections (M was 1-5, T was 6-10, etc.) and then did the movie on Friday. Yesterday they talked Quidditch. Chamber is next week, same type of breakdown. I assume Goblet and beyond will take two if not three weeks.

    They're both super nerdy and know their shit. Great chemistry. Would recommend. They also did random ones for a while like Billions, Black Mirror, etc.
     
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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)
     
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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
     
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  25. 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 (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)
    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)
    I don't really know what to rate these books after a while; I give out a lot of 8s and 9s. This was another really good book that I'd have probably given a higher rating to if it was the first I had read on the subject. Given I've read some other similar books like "The Signal and the Noise", this book covered some familiar territory for me but still added new stuff. And it was quite well-written; I definitely went through it quickly.

    I think the concept of using a "doppelganger" search to project baseball player performance, Netflix recommendations, etc. is very interesting. I've often wished I could meet someone just like me but a little older so I could ask how their life went on certain stuff and plan accordingly.
     
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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)
    12. Only Human (Themis Files #3) - Sylvain Neuvel (5/10)
    13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - JK Rowling (8/10)
    14. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think - Hans Rosling (8/10)
    15. The Marriage Pact - Michelle Richmond (7.5/10)

    This is a tough review for me to give. Yesterday, I texted a friend about how unique of a thriller this was, how different it was from others I had read in the past, BUT, I wanted to see how it ended. And the ending just kind of... happened.

    You know how they say that it's not about the destination but the journey? That fits this book very well. The journey was incredible. I'd say the first 75% was awesome. Didn't know where it would go next, who would get hurt, or wtf was actually happening. Then there was a lull before things picked back up.

    But the ending. Just kind of there.

    Still though, this was a breeze to read. Read 95% of it in three extended sittings and had a lot of fun doing so. Would definitely recommend, even if the ending won't stick with you forever.
     
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  27. 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)
    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 *****

    Thank you TMB for introducing me to this series. I will start reading Words of Radiance in a week or two
    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 *****
     
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  28. TC

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    Nice, I’m thinking about doing Jane Eyre soon

    :gfa:
     
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  29. 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)
    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)

    Into the Drowning Deep - This book was described to me as a good horror book - The movie Abyss if what they found down there had bad intentions. Well, it turns out what was down there was killer mermaids :facepalm: The kicker is, the book was pretty good. Story telling and characters were good. I just couldn't get past the embarrassment of reading a book about killer mermaids.

    1491 - Awesome book. Loved it. Knew a lot of the basics but learned a lot more.

    The English Girl - I think this is the worst book in the Allon Series so far. Feels like Silva just mailed it in because he had a book due.

    Sapiens - Very good. Makes everything seem like common sense, at the same time talking about how intricate we all are as a group.

    On to Homo Deus.

    edit -- Finished Homo Deus. Liked it, but not as much as Sapiens. A well thought out argument, but a little too speculative for me. Essentially making the argument for Skynet happening.
     
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  30. CBH

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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 6/10
    12. Animal Farm 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 7/10
    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 It was just another book in a series that I enjoy immensely but nothing really stood out in the book to me.

    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10 Very interesting read about the design and construction of the dome on top of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence during the 15th Century. Has many of the same pitfalls that any biography has in probably giving too much credit to its subject. I think reading this before visiting the dome would have made me enjoy my trip just a little more as there are certain aspects of the construction that are still visible that I didn't look for when climbing all those stairs before.
     
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  31. The Blackfish

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    Starting Factfulness based on yall's reviews
     
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  32. 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
    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 -
    Saw BigRed recommend a different Towles book that looked interesting but it's on hold at the library so I decided to try this one first. It was OK but nothing I'd seek out. Basically, it describes a year in the life of a social-climbing working class girl in NYC. Somewhat Mad Men-y but we don't really get much background on the main character unlike with Don Draper. Towles is obviously a skilled writer but I found some parts of the story unbelievable. Also, despite the main character's upbringing, we only spend time with the wealthy without any discussion of the societal and economic issues of the time.
    21. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) - 6.5/10 - This was Goodreads' book of the year last year and I enjoyed parts of it but again, I found some of the story contrived. The story she builds requires the reader to think about race and class in America and the dynamics of a suburban American family and it's worthwhile in that respect. However, some of the characters were flat to me and some of the plot a bit too convenient. It's ultimately the story of two families in a Cleveland suburb (hometown of the author) and their decisions but some of the characters were properly developed while others were one dimensional (and not because she wanted them to be). Ending was pretty meh, too.
     
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  33. 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 (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)
    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)
    A book about the psychology of con artists. Extremely interesting, if a little bit repetitive at times. It's not a history of different con artists but a look at why their tricks work. Anyone can be conned. Sure some people are more gullible than others but even the most shrewd can be conned under the right circumstances because cons work by taking advantage of human nature. It's an unsettling thought. You do get plenty of stories of some of the most famous cons throughout, like a guy who wasn't even a doctor that somehow faked his way onto a Navy ship and performed surgery on all these people.
     
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  34. TC

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    CBH and Tangman that's pretty funny we're all in a dead heat with 21 books done right now :gays:
     
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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
     
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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)
     
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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 (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)
    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)

    I read a novel. A contemporary one even! This is this guy's first novel. Came out a couple years ago, has won some prizes. It's the story of a male social worker in Montana and the anarchist types of people living in cabins up there that he works with. The main character is easy/fun to identify with (he's a social worker that wants to help people but he also drinks like a fish, will get in a fistfight etc) and the story is tightly woven with a couple different plots going but never feeling superfluous or off the subject. I guess the theme of it is like these anarchist people, they're crazy, but do they sorta have a point?
     
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  38. Upton^2

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    10. Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe (8.5/10) - So good. A little dated now, but still a good read
     
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  39. TC

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    I have this and plan to read pretty soon. I know it's 30 years old but figured it'd still be a good aid to understanding today's consumerist culture. Your rating of 8.5 has not deterred me
     
  40. billdozer

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    Have you seen the movie to know how close they are?
     
  41. Upton^2

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    It is really funny and just skewers the racism that typically comes with super rich people. Particularly enjoyed the line "A liberal is just a conservative who's been arrested"
     
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  42. Upton^2

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    Have not seen the movie, but I was reading about it and apparently it is historically bad. From wiki:

    Rita Kempley said in The Washington Post, "the director has become one with the buffoons Wolfe scored in his bestseller. He has not only filed Wolfe's teeth but stuck his tail between his legs," and called the film, "A calamity of miscasting and commercial concessions." In Rolling Stone, Peter Travers wrote, "On film, Bonfire achieves a consistency of ineptitude rare even in this era of over-inflated cinematic air bags."
     
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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)
     
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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
     
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  45. 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)
    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)
     
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  46. The Blackfish

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    You've had a helluva Fantasy reading year. I just started Furies of Calderon.

    What are your thoughts on the Powder Mage series so far. I know it has guns and stuff which makes me hesitant, but seems like you're really enjoying it
     
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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 (9/10)
     
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    I thought it was really well done. It's set in a Revolutionary War type time and I think worked well with the guns. Similar to Alloy of Law.
     
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  49. 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)
    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)

    Cabin - Good quick scary/horror book. Felt like a summer slasher film.

    Unsub books - These are amazing. Closest thing to Ive read to the Thomas Harris books. (Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter series) . Huge thanks to LKRFN88jp for turning my attention to them. Cant wait for the next one
     
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  50. 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
     
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