Books you read in 2018

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

  1. 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
    21. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) - 6.5/10
    22. I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara) - 7/10 -
    My feelings on this one were somewhat mixed. I enjoyed it as a memoir and can definitely relate to being obsessed about something like McNamara was. She's a pretty good writer and I enjoyed reading about her obsession and learning more about the investigators who have worked the case. That said, she kind of skips around when describing the case and mentions a bunch of possibilities without really fully exploring them. Hard to explain but something about her style when talking about the case left me wanting more. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't know the killer's identity.
    23. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (Stephen Brusatte) - 9/10 - This is one that I really enjoyed. I was one of those kids who had a lot of interest in dinosaurs around age 10 (probably brought on, in part, by Jurassic Park) but really hadn't read much about them as an adult. This is written for a general audience and is easy to follow and understand. It's basically a general overview of what we know now about dinosaurs and how they evolved and changed throughout time while also discussing how we learned about them. He does spend some time on his experiences in paleontology and "famous" guys he's worked with but I found those sections tolerable for the most part.
     
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  2. The Blackfish

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    1. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/10)
    2. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    3. Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    4. Forge of Darkness (Kharkanas Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (9.5/10)
    5. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (9/10)
    6. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    7. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian Esselmont (8/10)
    8. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9/10)
    9. Scourged (Iron Druid #9) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (9/10)
    11. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (7/10)
    12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (8/10)
    13. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein (9/10)
    14. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett (8/10)
    15. The Outsider - Stephen King (8/10)
    16. Factfulness - Hans Rosling (8.5/10)
    17. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle (9/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    I'm really enjoying the discworld books. I love dry satire and fantasy so they're right up my alley. Mort was my favorite yet.
     
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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
    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10

    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury This book was good a little different from most of the reading for fun that I do but an interesting story. I'm excited to read the rest of the series.

    23. Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich by David Clay Large This book was very good, it had tons of information about Munich before and during the war and was very readable. It took me longer than it should have to finish it but that was more my fault for putting it off for sometime. Really made me want to visit Munich more than before.
     
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  4. The Blackfish

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    1. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/10)
    2. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    3. Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    4. Forge of Darkness (Kharkanas Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (9.5/10)
    5. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (9/10)
    6. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    7. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian Esselmont (8/10)
    8. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9/10)
    9. Scourged (Iron Druid #9) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (9/10)
    11. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (7/10)
    12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (8/10)
    13. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein (9/10)
    14. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett (8/10)
    15. The Outsider - Stephen King (8/10)
    16. Factfulness - Hans Rosling (8.5/10)
    17. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle (9/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    19. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
     
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    1. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/10)
    2. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    3. Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    4. Forge of Darkness (Kharkanas Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (9.5/10)
    5. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (9/10)
    6. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    7. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian Esselmont (8/10)
    8. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9/10)
    9. Scourged (Iron Druid #9) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (9/10)
    11. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (7/10)
    12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (8/10)
    13. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein (9/10)
    14. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett (8/10)
    15. The Outsider - Stephen King (8/10)
    16. Factfulness - Hans Rosling (8.5/10)
    17. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle (9/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    19. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    20. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
     
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  6. RegimentML

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    1. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) - Brandon Sanderson **Re-read**
    2. Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive #2.5) - Brandon Sanderson **Re-read**
    3. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) - C.S. Lewis **Re-read**
    5. Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia #2) - C.S. Lewis (6/10)
    6. The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia #5) - C.S. Lewis (6.5/10)
    7. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia #3) - C.S. Lewis (7/10)
    8. The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia #4) - C.S. Lewis (6.5/10)
    9. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    10. The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #6) - C.S. Lewis (6.5/10)
    11. The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia #7) - C.S. Lewis (6/10)
    12. Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) - Brandon Sanderson (9.5/10)
    13. The Alienist - Caleb Carr (9/10)
    14. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays - David Foster Wallace (8/10)
    15. Old Man's War (Old Man's War #1) - John Scalzi (7.5/10)
    16. Fall of Light (The Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (8/10)
    17. Carrie - Stephen King (7/10)
    18. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    19. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann (7/10)
    20. Turtles All the Way Down - John Green (7/10)
    21. Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #1) - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    22. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    23. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara (7.5/10)
    24. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West - Dee Brown (8/10)
    25. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    26. One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khruschev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War - Michael Dobbs (9/10)
    27. Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    28. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian C. Esslemont (8.5/10)
    29. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Anthony Bourdain (9/10)
    30. Princep's Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    31. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
    32. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian C. Esslemont (8/10)
    33. The Fiends of Nightmaria (The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach #6) - Steven Erikson (6.5/10)
     
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  7. 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)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)

    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    Was recommended to me by someone as being a very helpful book in your personal life. The author is Toltec which is a type of Native American and he lays out a system of living based on Toltec wisdom. The most resonant quote in the book for me was "We are addicted to being how we already are."

    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    I like to read any book about the brain, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, etc. Most of the ones I've read focus on education or social life -- never read one that's all about the science of what's going on in your brain at work. This was actually recommended in an HR training class at work but it's not dull and I've been able to apply some of it to my daily work. Read if you work in an office and like understanding the brain.
     
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  8. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
     
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  9. Blackterno

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    [QUOTE="CBH, post: 13229405, member: 1483"
    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury This book was good a little different from most of the reading for fun that I do but an interesting story. I'm excited to read the rest of the series.
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    I loved the Kolt Raynor books. It absolutely sucks that Dalton Fury died.
     
  10. 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 *****
    27. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah ***
    28. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson *** 1/2
    29. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan *
    30. Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville * 1/2
    31. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving *****
    32. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway ****
    33. Let's Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson ****
    34. Circe by Madeline Miller ***
    35. The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World by Joann Fletcher **
    36. Force of Nature by Jane Harper ****
    37. Jurassic Park by Michael Cricthon *****
    38. Grant by Ron Chernow ***
    39. Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann ***
    40. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden ***
    41. Dracula by Bram Stoker ****
     
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  11. TC

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    I’ve read some Jenny Lawson. She’s funny. All your choices look really good
     
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  12. BigRed

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    She is very funny. I found a lot of the stories to be hilarious, and struggled to decide what was true and what was exaggerated.
     
  13. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
     
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    1. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie (8/10)
    2. Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    3. Red Country - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    4. The Way of Kings (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    5. Words of Radiance (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    6. Edgedancer - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    7. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (10/10)
    8. Scorched Shadows (Hellequin #7) - Steve McHugh (8/10)
    9. Snapshot - Brandon Sanderson (8/10)
    10. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    11. Arcanum Unbounded - Brandon Sanderson (8/10) - Enjoyed all of the short stories
    12. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    13. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    14. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    15. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    16. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    17. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    18. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (9/10)
    19. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (9/10)
    20. Dune - Frank Herbert (7.5/10)
    21. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) (reread) - Ian Esselmont (8.5/10)
    22. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9.5/10)
    23. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    24. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    25. The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    26. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10)
    27. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    28. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    29. The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) - Brent Weeks (8.5/10)
    30. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    31. Forsworn/Servant of the Crown (Powder Mage shorts) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    32. The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    33. The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    34. Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (8.5/10), plus various shorts
     
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    1. Persepolis Rising (Expanse #7), by James S.A. Corey (10/10)
    2. Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    3. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, by Gordon S Wood (8/10)
    4. The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    5. Star Wars: Colbalt Squadron, by Elizabeth Wein (6/10)
    6. Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (7/10)
    7. Thinking the Twentieth Century, by Tony Judt (6.5/10)
    8. Paradox Bound, by Peter Clines (7/10)
    9. American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent, by Tamer Elnoury (9/10)
    10. The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    11. Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon #11) by Daniel Silva (4/10)
    12. The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) by Jason Matthews (9.5/10)
    13. Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern Worldby Jack Weatherford (9/10)
    14. Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1) by Richard K Morgan (7/10)
    15. Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney (6/10)
    16. The Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (7.5/10)
    17. Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #), by Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    18. The Phenomenon, by Rick Ankiel (7/10)
    19. We Are Legion (Bobiverse #1), by Dennis E Taylor (7.5)
    20. For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2), by Dennis E Taylor (7/10)
    21. All These Worlds (Bobiverse #3), by Dennis E Taylor (6.5/10)
    22. The Feed, by Nick Clark Windo (5.5/10)
    23. Streets of Laredo (Lonesome Dove #2) by Larry McMurtry (8/10)
    24. Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove #3) by Larry McMurtry (7/10)
    25. Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove #4) by Larry McMurtry (7.5/10)
    26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (6.5/10)
    27. Between The World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates (8/10)
    28. The Outsider by Stephen King (6.5/10)
    29. Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson (6.5/10)
    30. Factfulness - Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better than you Think by Hans Rosling (9.5/10)
    31. Into the Drowning Deep, by Mira Grant (7/10)
    32. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C Mann. (8/10)
    33. The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13) by Daniel Silva (5/10)
    34. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Hurari (8/10)
    35. Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Hurari (7/10)
    36. Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay (7/10)
    37. Unsub (Unsub #1) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    38. Into the Black Nowhere (Unsub #2) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    39. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne (9.5/10)
    40. Spinning Silver, by Noami Novik (8/10)

    Empire was amazing. Had been on my list for a long time. Kicking myself for putting it off so long

    Spinning Silver was really good. Some nice twists ect. Liked it better than Uprooted, which I liked quite a bit
     
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    Glad to hear you liked Spinning Silver even better than Uprooted. I also really enjoyed Uprooted so now I'm excited about SS. Going to probably read it next.

    You don't do audiobooks, right? So you read, read it?
     
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    Yeah I read it.

    THere's more characters and more world building. Uprooted was a relatively 'small scope story' . Spinning Silver - she opened it up a lot more.

    It was a bit longer of a book too, but didnt feel like it.
     
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    <3
     
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    Im not anti audiobooks or think it's cheating or something.

    Chalk it up to my ADD i guess, but my mind always drifts while listening to them and end up missing stuff. Especially in a fantasy novel with weird names and locations.

    Ive done audiobooks for non fiction. For whatever reason Im able to digest it better, but I still feel like I have better comprehension reading than listening, so that's the route I go ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    For the record, I am not anti audiobooks either necessarily, or anti Kindle. I am just personally a huge fan of print reading and a) I don't meet enough folks that read and b) those that do are often audiobooks or Kindle. So I get excited by an old fashion way person like myself. Don't want to see books go the way of the dinosaur
     
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    I an firmly on team Kindle Paperwhite, so cant help you there.
     
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    I used to be like TC and then I fell in love with my kindle (still in love with it) and rarely read print anymore.

    I would constantly give Gin Buckets hell for audiobooks, then I started having a 50 minute drive to work and now I listen to audiobooks all the time as well.

    Usually have one audiobook and one kindle book going at all times
     
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    I'm probably half Kindle half print. I'd probably read more print if I had to buy them all but downloading ebooks from the library is so incredibly easy.

    I find that I lack the attention span for audiobooks. I don't have a long drive to work so I'm never "held hostage" in that way.
     
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    Yeah, the only thing keeping me off audiobooks/podcasts is I don't have a commute.

    I do think print is the 100% best method for remembering the most information. When you only hear words vs read them, you don't remember as much. When you look at something on a screen where stuff moves around vs where it stays static, you don't remember as much. Other methods obviously have advantages going for them in portability and such.
     
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    Besides the way it feels in your hand, there's virtually no difference between a kindle and physical book. It's not like youre just scrolling down the page on a kindle. You read one page at a time, just like a book.

    As far as remembering shit - iirc from school some people are audio learners, some are visual. Id imagine some people retain more listening than reading, but idk.
     
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    1. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (Phillip Gourevitch) - 9/10
    2. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) - 8.5/10
    3. The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson) - 8/10
    4. The Road To Jonestown: Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple (Jeff Guinn) - 9/10
    5. All The King's Men (Robert Penn Warren) - 9.5/10
    6. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond) - 9.5/10
    7. Columbine (Dave Cullen) - 8/10
    8. Freakonomics: A Rouge Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner) - 7/10
    9. Animal Farm (George Orwell) - 8/10
    10. Lincoln In The Bardo (George Saunders) - 8.5/10
    11. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis (J.D. Vance) - 5/10
    12. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are (Seth Stephens-Davidowitz) - 8/10
    13. Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry) - 9/10
    14. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari) - 9/10
    15. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (David Grann) - 8.5/10
    16. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) - 6.5/10
    17. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) - 9.5/10
    18. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Colin Woodard) - 9/10
    19. All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) - (8.5/10)
    20. Rules Of Civility (Amor Towles) - 6/10
    21. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) - 6.5/10
    22. I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara) - 7/10
    23. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (Stephen Brusatte) - 9/10
    24. Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Anne Applebaum) - 7/10 -
    Liked this one OK. It's reasonably well-written but because of the heavy subject matter and the fact that it contains a bunch of names I can't pronounce (it focuses primarily on Poland and Hungary in addition to East Germany), it's not the easiest read. From the little I know, I think she probably romanticizes pre-war Poland and Hungary a bit too much when comparing it to system the Soviets brought in. I'd have liked to have seen more on the Czechs but this book was already 600 pages so I can see why she limited its scope. It sometimes felt like it needed an overarching theme and it sometimes came off as "here's the facts". Still, I didn't know much about the period and learned a lot.
    25. Propaganda (Edward L. Bernays) - 8/10 - Struggled with how to rate this one as it definitely accomplishes its goals (explaining the utility of propaganda to Bernays' potential customers). Bernays is the father of public relations; among other things, he got women smoking and Americans eating bacon for breakfast. Bernays is forthright in his belief that a democratic society can only function with a small group of enlightened men molding the tastes and beliefs of the simple populace. Another goal of this book for Bernays was to "take back" the meaning of the word propaganda, which had to just then begun to have negative connotations in society. He comes off as a bit naive when it comes to the practices of big business and politicians, based on what we know now. Still, a quick (150 pages or so), interesting read.
     
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    What led you to the Bernays book? I remember it being mentioned in "The Hidden Persuaders" and "Republic of Spin" that I read
     
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    Think I heard about one of his campaigns on a podcast. Maybe Freakonomics or Backstory but I can't be sure.

    Pretty interesting life story. He's a double nephew of Freud and used psychoanalysis a lot. He was also involved in the '54 Guatemala coup.
     
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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
     
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    1. Persepolis Rising (Expanse #7), by James S.A. Corey (10/10)
    2. Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    3. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, by Gordon S Wood (8/10)
    4. The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    5. Star Wars: Colbalt Squadron, by Elizabeth Wein (6/10)
    6. Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (7/10)
    7. Thinking the Twentieth Century, by Tony Judt (6.5/10)
    8. Paradox Bound, by Peter Clines (7/10)
    9. American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent, by Tamer Elnoury (9/10)
    10. The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10) by Daniel Silva (6.5/10)
    11. Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon #11) by Daniel Silva (4/10)
    12. The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) by Jason Matthews (9.5/10)
    13. Genghis Kahn and the Making of the Modern Worldby Jack Weatherford (9/10)
    14. Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1) by Richard K Morgan (7/10)
    15. Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney (6/10)
    16. The Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (7.5/10)
    17. Lonesome Dove (Lonesome Dove #), by Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    18. The Phenomenon, by Rick Ankiel (7/10)
    19. We Are Legion (Bobiverse #1), by Dennis E Taylor (7.5)
    20. For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2), by Dennis E Taylor (7/10)
    21. All These Worlds (Bobiverse #3), by Dennis E Taylor (6.5/10)
    22. The Feed, by Nick Clark Windo (5.5/10)
    23. Streets of Laredo (Lonesome Dove #2) by Larry McMurtry (8/10)
    24. Dead Man's Walk (Lonesome Dove #3) by Larry McMurtry (7/10)
    25. Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove #4) by Larry McMurtry (7.5/10)
    26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (6.5/10)
    27. Between The World and Me by Ta-Neshi Coates (8/10)
    28. The Outsider by Stephen King (6.5/10)
    29. Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson (6.5/10)
    30. Factfulness - Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World and Why Things are Better than you Think by Hans Rosling (9.5/10)
    31. Into the Drowning Deep, by Mira Grant (7/10)
    32. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C Mann. (8/10)
    33. The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13) by Daniel Silva (5/10)
    34. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Hurari (8/10)
    35. Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Hurari (7/10)
    36. Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay (7/10)
    37. Unsub (Unsub #1) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    38. Into the Black Nowhere (Unsub #2) by Meg Gardiner (9/10)
    39. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, by S.C. Gwynne (9.5/10)
    40. Spinning Silver, by Noami Novik (8/10)
    41. The English Spy (Gabriel Allon #15) by Daniel Silva (8/10)
    42. Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn (8/10)
    43. Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov; WWII Spy, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond, by Larry Leptis (9.5/10)



    The English Spy - Love this series. Rarely feels like it gets stale. Im almost caught up, so taking suggestions on another similar series to start. Right now Im thinking Mitch Rapp

    Thrawn - great if youre a SW fan.

    Into the Lions Mouth - This book was incredible. I knew nothing about this guy, and IM shocked he's not more well known. So many of the stories were to brazen. This dude had massive balls.
     
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    The Mitch Rapp series might be my favorite series that I've read so far, would highly recommend and there's fewer books than the series your reading currently.
     
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    Yes the Rapp series was great before Flynn died, haven't read much since but the guy who took over for him is supposed to be pretty good.
    Sadly, the same cannot be said for the people writing for Tom Clancy now.
     
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    Yeah I haven’t read a Clancy but not by Clancy book in a few years. Kyle Mills seems to be doing a pretty good job to me with the Rapp series, it might not be as good but at least like 8/10 as compared to Flynn
     
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    1. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/10)
    2. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    3. Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    4. Forge of Darkness (Kharkanas Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (9.5/10)
    5. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (9/10)
    6. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    7. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian Esselmont (8/10)
    8. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9/10)
    9. Scourged (Iron Druid #9) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (9/10)
    11. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (7/10)
    12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (8/10)
    13. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein (9/10)
    14. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett (8/10)
    15. The Outsider - Stephen King (8/10)
    16. Factfulness - Hans Rosling (8.5/10)
    17. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle (9.5/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    19. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    20. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
    21. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly - William Bernstein (9/10)
    22. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore (9.5/10)
    23. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    24. Bogle on Mutual Funds - John Bogle (10/10)
     
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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)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)

    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)
    It was ok. This is the freshman reading book for University of South Carolina this year. It's actually in the nonfiction style that I like to read anyway, but I didn't love it. It has a little too much consumerist cheerleading baked into it for my taste. How to ask good questions, I'm interested. How to monetize them, eh

    I know a lot of people ITT have read "Devil in the White City" and that's what I'm reading now...almost done and spoiler, I will be rating it 10/10. Book is phenomenal. Some parts have made me feel short of breath (and not just the serial killer parts.)
     
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    Devil is his best book, but all of Larson’s book are great.
     
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    Yeah, the Galveston hurricane one and the story of a handgun one both piqued my interest
     
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    I’d rank them

    1. Devil in the White City
    2. Thunderstruck
    3. In the Garden of Beasts
    4. Issac’s Storm
    5. Lethal passage
    6. Dead Wake.

    All were worth reading. He’s one of my fave authors.
     
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    I was reading Devil in the White City at lunch and got to the part
    at the end where the detective is figuring everything out and goddam, it was hard to stop reading and go back to work! They were just starting to go through the "castle" and find stuff :donotwant:
     
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    Psychopathic doctor who kills without remorse and enjoys seeing how much he can manipulate people...am I wrong in thinking eerily of a certain TMB user?
     
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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 (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)
    10. Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe (8.5/10)
    11. Eviction - Matthew Desmond (9/10) - Devastating read. Changed the way I think.
     
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  42. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
     
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  43. 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
    28. Portugal: Cyril Pedrosa (graphic novel)
    29. Sapiens: Yuval Noah Harari
    30. Y: The Last Man (Book 1): Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra (graphic novel)

    I found the first third of Sapiens (all the pre-historic human evolution) really awesome, riveting reading but as the last third focused more and more on modern man I had a harder time sticking with it. After the halfway mark I had to set some specific pages/day goals to get it done and back to the library, otherwise it would've dragged out forever (which is what's happening with my current book that my old man recommended: Post-Capitalist Society, by Peter Drucker). It was still interesting, just more esoteric.
     
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  44. 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
    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10
    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury 8/10
    23. Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich by David Clay Large 9/10

    24. Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland by Michael Meng 7/10 This book was interesting in seeing how the ruins from World War II were dealt with throughout Germany and Poland. It only covered five cities throughout the region but it was crazy to see how the governments decided which ruins to restore or destroy and use the land for something else.

    25. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9/10 This book was very well written and on a topic that I love but for some reason I couldn't quite get into it fully. It took me quite a bit longer to read than I thought it would but I have no real complaints about it. All of the characters were interesting and developed I think over the book but for some reason it never really got to a point where I couldn't put it down.
     
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  45. 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
    21. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) - 6.5/10
    22. I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara) - 7/10
    23. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (Stephen Brusatte) - 9/10
    24. Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Anne Applebaum) - 7/10
    25. Propaganda (Edward L. Bernays) - 8/10
    26. A Gentleman In Moscow (Amor Towles) - 8.5/10 -
    Much better from Towles (when compared to Rules of Civility). A fun and engaging story and the Count is a beautifully written character. Towles is a master of prose and easy to read. The first 30% or so of the book is somewhat slow but it picks up steam as it goes. The situation the Count finds himself in (basically, he's banished to stay in the same hotel for the rest of his life by the Bolsheviks) feels a bit unrealistic but, in fairness, it is a novel. Thanks BigRed for bringing it to my attention.
    27. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones) - 9.5/10 - Read based on TC recommendation and I'm glad that I did. Quinones tells the story of the opiate epidemic from all angles: academics, pharma, doctors, governmental employees, drug distributors and dealers, and addicts. Despite having read a good bit about this stuff, I had never heard of the Xalisco Boys or their unique delivery system. I guess that it gets a little repetitive at times but I don't blame the author there; this is the kind of nonfiction book that people who don't read nonfiction should be reading and perhaps the repetition helps there. Highly recommend.
     
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  46. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
     
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  47. 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)
    34. Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (8.5/10), plus various shorts
    35. Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
     
  48. 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)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)

    26. The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (10/10)
    This book was very interesting and engrossing. The serial killer parts made my skin crawl and the parts about the fair were filled with connections to other historical events. Overall a supremely fun read, but one that will also help you understand Gilded Age America and just how much impact the 1893 World's Fair had on our country that's still felt today.

    Currently reading:
    The Prince and the Pauper -- Mark Twain (needed something breezy to read on a plane)
    Sapiens -- Yuval Noah Harari (man this book is FIRE; enjoying tf out of it)
     
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  49. mp_22

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    Looking for some Sports or War books that anyone recommends. I read them on IBooks
     
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