Books you read in 2018

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

  1. 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 6/10
    18. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 8/10
    19. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 10/10
    20. Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16) by Brad Thor 7/10
    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10
    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury 8/10
    23. Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich by David Clay Large 9/10
    24. Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland by Michael Meng 7/10
    25. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9/10
    26. Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger #1) by Stephen Hunter 8/10
    27. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 8/10
    28. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr 7/10
    29. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Wen to War In 1914 by Christopher Clark 7/10
    30. The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1) by Daniel Silva 8/10
    31. The Impending Crisis: America Before The Civil War 1848-1861 by David Potter and Don E. Fehrenbacher 8/10
    32. The War That Forged A Nation: Why The Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson 5/10
    33. Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past edited by Gabriel D. Rosenfeld and Paul B. Jaskot 8/10

    34. The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classic Modernity by Detlev J.K. Peukert 7/10 Good read about the Weimar period in Germany between the wars that was mostly interesting to read but had some very slow parts as well. A lot of information about the economic issues that at least partially led to the end of the Weimar Republic.

    35. The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail by Tom VanHarren 4/10 Easy read that was mildly interesting if your a Michigan fan but irrelevant if not. Very basic stuff about recruiting and no conversations about cheating at all even with the stories from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

    36. Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown edited by Peggy A. Russo and Paul Finkelman 6/10 There were some very interesting essays in this book about the memory of John Brown but not a lot of new information and some boring essays about the history of John Brown as well.
     
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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 (9.5/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    19. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    20. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
    21. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly - William Bernstein (9/10)
    22. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore (9.5/10)
    23. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    24. Bogle on Mutual Funds - John Bogle (10/10)
    25. The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham (10/10)
    26. A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel (9/10)
    27. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    28. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    29. Your Money and Your Brain - Jason Zweig (7.5/10)
    30. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz (7.5/10)
    31. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    32. Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (8/10)
    33. The Grimoire of the Lamb (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    34. Clan Rathskeller (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.5) - Kevin Hearne (6.5/10)
    35. Kaibab Unbound (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    36. A Test of Mettle (Iron Druid Chronicles #3.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    37. Two Ravens One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    38. The Chapel Perilous (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    39. A Prelude to War (Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    40. The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    41. The Naughtiest Cherub (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    42. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    43. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) - J.K. Rowling (6.5/10)
    44. The Squirrel on the Train (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.7) - Kevin Hearne (8/10)
    45. The Coming Storm - Michael Lewis (7.5/10)
    46. Stalingrad: The Fateful Seige - Antony Beevor (9/10)
    47. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones (9.5/10)
    48. Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 #5) - Scott Meyer (7.5/10)
     
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  3. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
     
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  4. 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)
    34. 11/22/63 - Stephen King (9.5/10)
    35. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    36. Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1) - Dan Simmons (8.5/10)
    37. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz (8/10)
    38. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (7.5/10)
    39. Coraline - Neil Gaiman (6.5/10)
    40. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Cary Elwes (9/10)
    41. The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2) - Dan Simmons (8/10)
    42. The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    43. Atonement - Ian McEwan (8.5/10)
    44. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones (7.5/10)
    45. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky (6/10)
     
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  5. TC

    TC Nice fucking jeans dude
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    Interesting that on a pretty literary list, Stephen King is tied for your highest rating. I read 11/22/63 and thought it was pretty entertaining but surprised to see it ranked above stuff like Atonement and Crime and Punishment. I like that you are giving true ratings though and not just trying to sound cunty
     
  6. RegimentML

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    I’m an unabashed King fan, and 11/22/63 hit me pretty squarely in the feels
     
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  7. The Blackfish

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    11/22/63 is a phenomenal book iyam imho
     
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  8. TC

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    I read it and enjoyed it. It's hard for me to be unbiased bc Stephen King was my main thing in high school, and now I mostly read stuff that is more "literary" than that. So now when I think SK, I think of my younger high school self. Kinda hard to separate what is actually good from what I thought was badass at the time.

    Not trying to start any cunt pissing contest in here -- just interested in conversation with other people who read a lot.
     
  9. Willpépé

    Willpépé Miles of D.
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    If there is a better spot for this please lmk. Just posted in the MLB thread, IMO you don't need to be a diehard baseball fan to enjoy this. Kind of a thinking outside the box exercise, where the box was designed to keep you in. Non fiction.

    Astroball Ben Reiter. Really great book.

    Premise for those who do not know.
    When Sports Illustrated declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article’s author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn’t even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter’s claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?

    Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to win—and not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts’ critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had value—but so did the gut.

    The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, José Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrán and Justin Verlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.

    Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation—and written with years of access to the team’s stars and executives—Astroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
     
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  10. Blackterno

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

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

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

    31. Walden -- Henry David Thoreau (7/10)
    Tough to rate this as my enjoyment of reading it was probably 3/10, but the wisdom I got from it was more like 10/10, so I'll go somewhere in the middle. I mainly picked up this book because I couldn't make it through in college, or again when I tried a few years later, and I wanted to finally "conquer" it and know what it said. As I neared the end and thought about what I was gonna rate it I was feeling very meh, but then I flipped back through and read just the passages I had underlined and had a different take. It's almost like the book is a string of great quotes strung together by descriptions and musings in between. Not sure why they give this book to college students, or especially to HS students -- the subjects covered are not the type of thing pondered much in youth.
     
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    1. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (Phillip Gourevitch) - 9/10
    2. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) - 8.5/10
    3. The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson) - 8/10
    4. The Road To Jonestown: Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple (Jeff Guinn) - 9/10
    5. All The King's Men (Robert Penn Warren) - 9.5/10
    6. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond) - 9.5/10
    7. Columbine (Dave Cullen) - 8/10
    8. Freakonomics: A Rouge Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner) - 7/10
    9. Animal Farm (George Orwell) - 8/10
    10. Lincoln In The Bardo (George Saunders) - 8.5/10
    11. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis (J.D. Vance) - 5/10
    12. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are (Seth Stephens-Davidowitz) - 8/10
    13. Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry) - 9/10
    14. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari) - 9/10
    15. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (David Grann) - 8.5/10
    16. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) - 6.5/10
    17. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) - 9.5/10
    18. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Colin Woodard) - 9/10
    19. All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) - 8.5/10
    20. Rules Of Civility (Amor Towles) - 6/10
    21. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) - 6.5/10
    22. I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara) - 7/10
    23. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (Stephen Brusatte) - 9/10
    24. Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Anne Applebaum) - 7/10
    25. Propaganda (Edward L. Bernays) - 8/10
    26. A Gentleman In Moscow (Amor Towles) - 8.5/10
    27. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones) - 9.5/10
    28. Magpie Murders (Anthony Horowitz) - 8/10
    29. All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story Of The Wire (Jonathan Abrams) - 8/10
    30. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road To 9/11 (Lawrence Wright) - 9/10
    31. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Candice Millard) - 9/10
    32. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Anthony Bourdain) - 7.5/10 -
    Been a big Bourdain fan for some time but had never read any of his books. There's the typical Bourdan wit on display here and he's obviously a sharp guy. Loved learning about how he came up through the industry and worked his way up. He's also worked with some very interesting folks; Adam the bread guy stands out to me. That said, it got repetitive in some parts. He also devotes a lot of space talking about the culture of the kitchen everywhere he's worked (and intimates that his descriptions are normal in the industry) but then takes us to a kitchen completely unlike those environments. I wonder what this book would look like if he wrote it in, say, 2012 instead of 1999. Still, I enjoyed it and RIP.
    33. An American Marriage (Tayari Jones) - 8/10 - Wrote more on this one in the book club thread. Was not something I'd normally pick but glad that I got the chance to check it out. Jones is a talented writer and the format worked well for the story she was telling. I had a tough time empathizing with the characters but others on TMB didn't, so check it out.
     
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    Tangman Bourdain wrote another book in the late 2000s called Medium Raw. It's more about his life post becoming famous but it'd be an interesting comparison. I haven't read it yet but it's on the list.
     
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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 6/10
    18. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 8/10
    19. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 10/10
    20. Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16) by Brad Thor 7/10
    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10
    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury 8/10
    23. Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich by David Clay Large 9/10
    24. Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland by Michael Meng 7/10
    25. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9/10
    26. Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger #1) by Stephen Hunter 8/10
    27. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 8/10
    28. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr 7/10
    29. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Wen to War In 1914 by Christopher Clark 7/10
    30. The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1) by Daniel Silva 8/10
    31. The Impending Crisis: America Before The Civil War 1848-1861 by David Potter and Don E. Fehrenbacher 8/10
    32. The War That Forged A Nation: Why The Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson 5/10
    33. Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past edited by Gabriel D. Rosenfeld and Paul B. Jaskot 8/10
    34. The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classic Modernity by Detlev J.K. Peukert 7/10
    35. The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail by Tom VanHarren 4/10
    36. Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown edited by Peggy A. Russo and Paul Finkelman 6/10

    37. Back Blast (Gray Man #5) by Mark Greaney 9/10 I enjoyed this book much more than the fourth book in series and am excited to read some more of series now.

    38. Kasserine Pass: Rommel's Bloody, Climactic Battle for Tunisia by Martin Blemenson 7/10 This was an interesting read about the war in Africa between the United States and the allies and Germany. Just gives a good overview of the battle in general without getting into a lot specifics.
     
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    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (8/10)
    2. Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter -- Steven Johnson (6/10)
    3. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious -- Timothy Wilson (9/10)
    4. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley (8/10) *reread*
    5. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #5) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    6. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -- Edward E. Baptist (8/10)
    7. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently And Why -- Richard Nisbett (8/10)
    8. Mind Sculpture: Unlocking Your Brain's Untapped Potential -- Ian Roberson (8/10)
    9. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape -- James Howard Kunstler (10/10)
    10. Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World -- Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (9/10)
    11. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    12. Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency -- David Greenberg (6/10)
    13. The Death and Life of Great American Cities -- Jane Jacobs (7/10)
    14. The Story of Art -- E.H. Gombrich (8/10)
    15. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone -- Brian Merchant (9/10)
    16. 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Arthur C. Clarke (7/10)
    17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living -- Mark Manson (9/10)
    18. The Dharma Bums -- Jack Kerouac (10/10)
    19. On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes -- Alexandra Horowitz (8.5/10)
    20. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are -- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (8.5/10)
    21. The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It, Every Time -- Maria Konnikova (8.5/10)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)
    26. The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (10/10)
    27. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -- Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    28. The Prince and the Pauper -- Mark Twain (7/10)
    29. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking -- Susan Cain (7.5/10)
    30. The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe (9.5/10)
    31. Walden -- Henry David Thoreau (7/10)

    32. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose — Eckhart Tolle (10/10)
    Eckhart Tolle’s books will change your life.
     
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    I decided to read only short books the rest of the year to make sure my total gets higher
     
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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
     
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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 6/10
    18. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 8/10
    19. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 10/10
    20. Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16) by Brad Thor 7/10
    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10
    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury 8/10
    23. Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich by David Clay Large 9/10
    24. Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland by Michael Meng 7/10
    25. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9/10
    26. Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger #1) by Stephen Hunter 8/10
    27. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 8/10
    28. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr 7/10
    29. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Wen to War In 1914 by Christopher Clark 7/10
    30. The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1) by Daniel Silva 8/10
    31. The Impending Crisis: America Before The Civil War 1848-1861 by David Potter and Don E. Fehrenbacher 8/10
    32. The War That Forged A Nation: Why The Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson 5/10
    33. Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past edited by Gabriel D. Rosenfeld and Paul B. Jaskot 8/10
    34. The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classic Modernity by Detlev J.K. Peukert 7/10
    35. The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail by Tom VanHarren 4/10
    36. Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown edited by Peggy A. Russo and Paul Finkelman 6/10
    37. Back Blast (Gray Man #5) by Mark Greaney 9/10
    38. Kasserine Pass: Rommel's Bloody, Climactic Battle for Tunisia by Martin Blemenson 7/10

    39. The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home by Reid Mitchell 6/10 There was nothing wrong with this book but nothing very interesting in it either.

    40. The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistair Horne 8/10 Very good book on the Battle of Verdun, one of the most important battles of The Great War. Horne does a lot of analysis of military decision making that went into the Battle and covers the entire battle from beginning through the end of the war in the area of Verdun.
     
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    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (8/10)
    2. Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter -- Steven Johnson (6/10)
    3. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious -- Timothy Wilson (9/10)
    4. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley (8/10) *reread*
    5. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #5) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    6. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -- Edward E. Baptist (8/10)
    7. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently And Why -- Richard Nisbett (8/10)
    8. Mind Sculpture: Unlocking Your Brain's Untapped Potential -- Ian Roberson (8/10)
    9. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape -- James Howard Kunstler (10/10)
    10. Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World -- Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (9/10)
    11. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    12. Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency -- David Greenberg (6/10)
    13. The Death and Life of Great American Cities -- Jane Jacobs (7/10)
    14. The Story of Art -- E.H. Gombrich (8/10)
    15. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone -- Brian Merchant (9/10)
    16. 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Arthur C. Clarke (7/10)
    17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living -- Mark Manson (9/10)
    18. The Dharma Bums -- Jack Kerouac (10/10)
    19. On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes -- Alexandra Horowitz (8.5/10)
    20. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are -- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (8.5/10)
    21. The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It, Every Time -- Maria Konnikova (8.5/10)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)
    26. The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (10/10)
    27. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -- Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    28. The Prince and the Pauper -- Mark Twain (7/10)
    29. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking -- Susan Cain (7.5/10)
    30. The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe (9.5/10)
    31. Walden -- Henry David Thoreau (7/10)
    32. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose — Eckhart Tolle (10/10)

    33. inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity -- Tina Seelig (6.5/10)
    This book is based on a popular course at Stanford in their Design School (the so-called "d.school") that is filled to capacity every year and students have to do a special application just to get a spot. The professor turned the class into a book to be able to reach more people. It teaches you how to be more creative. The reason I don't have it rated higher is you can tell it began life that way -- it works as a book, but just doesn't seem to have quite enough material to be a book on its own. If you're looking for a summation of the major things known about creativity all in one place, it's pretty good for that. My big takeaway is there's no "magic" to being creative -- you fill your head up with knowledge and experiences, let your subconscious work on it (which you can assist with tricks from the book), and voila, creativity. I'm hoping my big album, book, or art project are right around the corner :cheesy:
     
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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
     
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    Blackterno what are the cliffs of the Dan Shepherd series
     
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    They are fun, Quick reads. The lead character is retired SAS. He is an undercover cop who works a wide variety of cases. Each book has side stories involving his former SAS boss and squad mates. And there are also some MI5, espionage, and anti terror angles. You can see the evolution of the Dan Shepherd character and I’m hoping it goes in a certain direction.
     
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    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (8/10)
    2. Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter -- Steven Johnson (6/10)
    3. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious -- Timothy Wilson (9/10)
    4. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley (8/10) *reread*
    5. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #5) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    6. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -- Edward E. Baptist (8/10)
    7. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently And Why -- Richard Nisbett (8/10)
    8. Mind Sculpture: Unlocking Your Brain's Untapped Potential -- Ian Roberson (8/10)
    9. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape -- James Howard Kunstler (10/10)
    10. Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World -- Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (9/10)
    11. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    12. Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency -- David Greenberg (6/10)
    13. The Death and Life of Great American Cities -- Jane Jacobs (7/10)
    14. The Story of Art -- E.H. Gombrich (8/10)
    15. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone -- Brian Merchant (9/10)
    16. 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Arthur C. Clarke (7/10)
    17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living -- Mark Manson (9/10)
    18. The Dharma Bums -- Jack Kerouac (10/10)
    19. On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes -- Alexandra Horowitz (8.5/10)
    20. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are -- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (8.5/10)
    21. The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It, Every Time -- Maria Konnikova (8.5/10)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)
    26. The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (10/10)
    27. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -- Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    28. The Prince and the Pauper -- Mark Twain (7/10)
    29. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking -- Susan Cain (7.5/10)
    30. The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe (9.5/10)
    31. Walden -- Henry David Thoreau (7/10)
    32. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose — Eckhart Tolle (10/10)
    33. inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity -- Tina Seelig (6.5/10)

    34. The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use Their Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving -- And How You Can Too -- Deirdre Barrett (7/10)
    The title comes from a phrase by John Steinbeck...when you get stuck on a problem, let "the committee of sleep" work on it and often you'll have an answer in the morning. The book gives all kinds of examples of people who have dreamed of solutions to things and gives tips on how you can have problem-solving dreams. Very intriguing but at the moment I never remember my dreams so can't really apply this yet. I think I conk out too hardcore or something.
     
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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
     
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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
     
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    Anybody ever work at a library? These memes are cracking me up
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    1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams (8/10)
    2. Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter -- Steven Johnson (6/10)
    3. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious -- Timothy Wilson (9/10)
    4. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley (8/10) *reread*
    5. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia #5) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    6. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -- Edward E. Baptist (8/10)
    7. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently And Why -- Richard Nisbett (8/10)
    8. Mind Sculpture: Unlocking Your Brain's Untapped Potential -- Ian Roberson (8/10)
    9. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape -- James Howard Kunstler (10/10)
    10. Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World -- Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden (9/10)
    11. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia #4) -- CS Lewis (10/10) *reread*
    12. Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency -- David Greenberg (6/10)
    13. The Death and Life of Great American Cities -- Jane Jacobs (7/10)
    14. The Story of Art -- E.H. Gombrich (8/10)
    15. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone -- Brian Merchant (9/10)
    16. 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Arthur C. Clarke (7/10)
    17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living -- Mark Manson (9/10)
    18. The Dharma Bums -- Jack Kerouac (10/10)
    19. On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes -- Alexandra Horowitz (8.5/10)
    20. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, And What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are -- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (8.5/10)
    21. The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It, Every Time -- Maria Konnikova (8.5/10)
    22. Fourth of July Creek -- Smith Henderson (8/10)
    23. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom -- Don Miguel Ruiz (6/10)
    24. Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus and Working Smarter All Day Long -- David Rock (8/10)
    25. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (6/10)
    26. The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson (10/10)
    27. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -- Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    28. The Prince and the Pauper -- Mark Twain (7/10)
    29. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking -- Susan Cain (7.5/10)
    30. The Bonfire of the Vanities -- Tom Wolfe (9.5/10)
    31. Walden -- Henry David Thoreau (7/10)
    32. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose — Eckhart Tolle (10/10)
    33. inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity -- Tina Seelig (6.5/10)
    34. The Committee of Sleep: How Artists, Scientists, and Athletes Use Their Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving -- And How You Can Too -- Deirdre Barrett (7/10)

    35. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Showbusiness -- Neil Postman (8/10)
    This book came out in 1985 and was about how TV is changing politics, education and religion. Turns out it just became more and more relevant with the rise of computers/internet. The crux of the book is comparing George Orwell's vision of the future (1984) to Aldous Huxley's (Brave New World). In the author's opinion, Huxley's vision was the one proven right -- the masses aren't held in check by widespread surveillance and force, but by voluntarily vegging out on entertainment. One of the main things he shows is how a new technology doesn't just replace an old one and do the exact same thing -- it reorganizes society along new lines. The written word represented a huge change over oral traditions, printing did the same thing, and this new electronic age is doing it again.
     
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  29. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    46) True Colours (Dan Shepherd #10) by Stephen Leather 7/10
     
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    1. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie (8/10)
    2. Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    3. Red Country - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    4. The Way of Kings (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    5. Words of Radiance (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    6. Edgedancer - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    7. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (10/10)
    8. Scorched Shadows (Hellequin #7) - Steve McHugh (8/10)
    9. Snapshot - Brandon Sanderson (8/10)
    10. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    11. Arcanum Unbounded - Brandon Sanderson (8/10) - Enjoyed all of the short stories
    12. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    13. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    14. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    15. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    16. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    17. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    18. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (9/10)
    19. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (9/10)
    20. Dune - Frank Herbert (7.5/10)
    21. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) (reread) - Ian Esselmont (8.5/10)
    22. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9.5/10)
    23. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    24. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    25. The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    26. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10)
    27. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    28. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    29. The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) - Brent Weeks (8.5/10)
    30. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    31. Forsworn/Servant of the Crown (Powder Mage shorts) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    32. The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    33. The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    34. Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (8.5/10), plus various shorts
    35. Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    36. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    37. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentlemen Bastards #2) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    38. The Republic of Thieves (Gentlemen Bastards #3) - Scott Lynch (8.5/10)
     
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  31. 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 ****
    42. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson *****
    43. Fathered by God by John Eldredge **
    44. The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton **
    45. Factfulness by Hans Rowling **
    46. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy ****
    47. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG **
    48. Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash ****
    49. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson *****
    50. The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay *
    51. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman ****
    52. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon *** 1/2

    I had a two month hiatus from reading but I am back to it now.
     
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  32. TC

    TC Nice fucking jeans dude
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    Seems like everyone else ITT has given this good reviews. You didn't like?
     
  33. BigRed

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    No. Felt like the first chapter summed up the rest of the book. Also didn’t like how he accused the reader, multiple times, of being dumber than a chimp.
     
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  34. The Blackfish

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    If the shoe fits :idk:
     
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    Football season has cut into my reading so bad. Sad. Currently working through Crashed by Adam Tooze and Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright
     
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  36. Blackterno

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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    46) True Colours (Dan Shepherd #10) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    47) White Lies (Dan Shepherd #11) by Stephen Leather 9.5/10
     
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    1. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling 8/10
    2. Ring of Fire (Pike Logan Series #11) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    3. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne 10/10
    4. 1984 by George Orwell 8/10
    5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling 8/10
    6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling 9/10
    7. Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose 7/10
    8. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agatha Christie 7/10
    9. Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy 1) by Jason Matthews 8/10
    10. Germany in the Modern World: A New History by Sam Mustafa 7/10
    11. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 6/10
    12. Animal Farm by George Orwell 9/10
    13. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry 8/10
    14. Charlie Mike by Leonard B. Scott 7/10
    15. Red Blood, Black Sand: Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima by Chuck Tatum 8.5/10
    16. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins 8/10
    17. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger 6/10
    18. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 8/10
    19. Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson 10/10
    20. Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16) by Brad Thor 7/10
    21. Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 8/10
    22. Black Site (Kolt Raynor #1) by Dalton Fury 8/10
    23. Where Ghosts Walked: Munich's Road to the Third Reich by David Clay Large 9/10
    24. Shattered Spaces: Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland by Michael Meng 7/10
    25. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 9/10
    26. Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger #1) by Stephen Hunter 8/10
    27. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 8/10
    28. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr 7/10
    29. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War In 1914 by Christopher Clark 7/10
    30. The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1) by Daniel Silva 8/10
    31. The Impending Crisis: America Before The Civil War 1848-1861 by David Potter and Don E. Fehrenbacher 8/10
    32. The War That Forged A Nation: Why The Civil War Still Matters by James McPherson 5/10
    33. Beyond Berlin: Twelve German Cities Confront the Nazi Past edited by Gabriel D. Rosenfeld and Paul B. Jaskot 8/10
    34. The Weimar Republic: The Crisis of Classic Modernity by Detlev J.K. Peukert 7/10
    35. The Road to Ann Arbor: Incredible Twists and Improbable Turns Along the Michigan Recruiting Trail by Tom VanHarren 4/10
    36. Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown edited by Peggy A. Russo and Paul Finkelman 6/10
    37. Back Blast (Gray Man #5) by Mark Greaney 9/10
    38. Kasserine Pass: Rommel's Bloody, Climactic Battle for Tunisia by Martin Blemenson 7/10
    39. The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home by Reid Mitchell 6/10
    40. The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Alistair Horne 8/10

    41. Enemy of the State (Mitch Rapp #16) by Kyle Mills 8/10

    42. Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction by Charles Townshend 6/10

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

    36. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- Robert Louis Stevenson (9/10) *reread*
    Originally read this in 12th grade. Wanted to reread because I started thinking about how it works perfectly as a metaphor for drug/alcohol abuse/addiction. Dude works up this potion, takes it and has a wild time acting uninhibited, wakes up the next day feeling hungover and regretful, eventually has to take more and more, starts having difficulty "changing back", etc. I'm not usually smart enough to do "literary reading" but thinking about it from that angle the whole time was fascinating to me. Well-written, quick read, and bonus it's about London -- I seem to love anything set there.

    37. The Red Badge of Courage -- Stephen Crane (8.5/10)
    A lot of people read this in HS too but I never did. It's about the Civil War. What makes it so good is it's mostly focused on what the main character is thinking, not just the action of the battles. Pretty commonplace nowadays but kinda cutting edge in Crane's time. It's crazy that he wrote this book at 24 without ever being in a battle -- reads like something by someone twice his age who had seen many battles first hand. (He did have some military experience, but never fought in battle.) The main character is not very likable which is kinda different as well.
     
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    1. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (6/10)
    2. Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) - James S.A. Corey (8.5/10)
    3. Strange Dogs (The Expanse #6.5) - James S.A. Corey (7/10)
    4. Forge of Darkness (Kharkanas Trilogy #1) - Steven Erikson (9.5/10)
    5. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) - Steven Erikson (9/10)
    6. Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry (9/10)
    7. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) - Ian Esselmont (8/10)
    8. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9/10)
    9. Scourged (Iron Druid #9) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    10. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (9/10)
    11. I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Michelle McNamara (7/10)
    12. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain (8/10)
    13. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist - Roger Lowenstein (9/10)
    14. Equal Rites (Discworld #3) - Terry Pratchett (8/10)
    15. The Outsider - Stephen King (8/10)
    16. Factfulness - Hans Rosling (8.5/10)
    17. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing - John Bogle (9.5/10)
    18. Mort (Discworld #4) - Terry Pratchett (8.5/10)
    19. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (7/10)
    20. The Cabin at the End of the World - Paul Tremblay (6.5/10)
    21. If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly - William Bernstein (9/10)
    22. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing - Taylor Larimore (9.5/10)
    23. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    24. Bogle on Mutual Funds - John Bogle (10/10)
    25. The Intelligent Investor - Benjamin Graham (10/10)
    26. A Random Walk Down Wall Street - Burton Malkiel (9/10)
    27. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    28. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    29. Your Money and Your Brain - Jason Zweig (7.5/10)
    30. Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz (7.5/10)
    31. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    32. Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (8/10)
    33. The Grimoire of the Lamb (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.4) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    34. Clan Rathskeller (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.5) - Kevin Hearne (6.5/10)
    35. Kaibab Unbound (Iron Druid Chronicles #0.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    36. A Test of Mettle (Iron Druid Chronicles #3.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    37. Two Ravens One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) - Kevin Hearne (7/10)
    38. The Chapel Perilous (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    39. A Prelude to War (Iron Druid Chronicles #7.5) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    40. The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5) - Kevin Hearne (7.5/10)
    41. The Naughtiest Cherub (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.6) - Kevin Hearne (6/10)
    42. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (8/10)
    43. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) - J.K. Rowling (6.5/10)
    44. The Squirrel on the Train (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.7) - Kevin Hearne (8/10)
    45. The Coming Storm - Michael Lewis (7.5/10)
    46. Stalingrad: The Fateful Seige - Antony Beevor (9/10)
    47. An American Marriage - Tayari Jones (9.5/10)
    48. Out of Spite, Out of Mind (Magic 2.0 #5) - Scott Meyer (7.5/10)
    49. Brief Cases (Dresden Files #15.1) - Jim Butcher (7.5/10)
    50. Emma - Jane Austen (9/10)
    51. The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) - Brent Weeks (6.5/10)
    52. The Great Depression: A Diary - Benjamin Roth (9/10)
    53. Shadow's Edge (Night Angel #2) - Brent Weeks (6.5/10)
     
  40. TC

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

    38. The Lessons of History -- Will and Ariel Durant (5/10)
    This came out in the 1960s and you can tell. While the authors avoided being racist for the most part, they certainly provided unabashed cheerleading for capitalism. (Not that I'm a communist -- just that some of the stuff they're passing off as truisms has proven to have a bit more nuance than their easy statements belie.) I think I already knew the "lessons" from history on offer in the book, though it was good to get more examples.

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

    Ugh... I got lazy and didnt update in a while.

    An American Marriage -
    Loved this book. It got an emotional response out of me, which is rare. I cant remember who nominated it, but thank you so much. Wouldnt have read it otherwise.

    Rosewater - This book got a lot of buzz, but it was pretty boring. Interesting premise about an Alien dome in Nigeria and the people dont know much about it. It cause psychic abilities in some. And then all those people are starting to get murked. But it was a long slow story. Probably wont read the next book

    Red Mars - Read it because I felt it was required reading for Sci-fi fans. It reminded me a lot of Seveneves. Cool but too long and too heavy on the science details. More about process than story. Meh.

    Mitch Rapp Books - These are great. Kind of reminds me of a mix of Jack Bauer and Gabriel Allon. Good action, a bit cartoonish but a good series to burn through.

    Past Tense - Good read. Not the best Reacher book, but enjoyed it.
     
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    [QUOTE="Truman, post: 13715414, member: 2742]An American Marriage - Loved this book. It got an emotional response out of me, which is rare. I cant remember who nominated it, but thank you so much. Wouldnt have read it otherwise [/QUOTE]

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

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

    39. The Prince -- Niccolo Machiavelli (6.5/10)
    An all-time classic obviously...my rating is based on my enjoyment of reading it. It wasn't bad, not hard to read or anything -- I just would have gotten more out of it if I knew more about the fine details of European history. He brings up so many examples of people from the ancient Greek/Roman days up to his present day of Florence, Venice, Pisa, all that shit. You can tell that some of the truisms you've heard repeated time and again (Alexander the Great prospered by keeping the language/culture in place in the places he conquered) originated here, or at least that's where some modern people are familiar with them from. I do like that I have some quotes I can drop now because Machiavelli quotes always sound sinister and badass: "You cannot avoid a war, only delay it to the advantage of your enemies."
     
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    1) The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive # 1) by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    2) Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive # 2) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    3) Edgedancer (The Stormlight Archive # 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    4) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson 9/10
    5) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson 10/10
    6) Thunderhead (Arc of the Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 6/10
    7) The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child 7.5/10
    8) The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 7/10
    9) The Kremlins Candidate (Red Sparrow #3) 9.5/10
    10) Agent in Place (Gray Man #7) by Mark Greaney 7/10
    11) End Game (Will Robie # 5) by David Baldacci 3/10
    12) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline -Reread - 10/10
    13) Iron Gold (Red Rising # 4) by Pierce Brown 7/10
    14) Operator Down (Pike Logan # 12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    15) The Deceivers (John Wells #12) by Alex Berenson 7.5/10
    16) Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence 8.5/10
    17) The Terminal List by Jack Carr 6.5/10
    18) The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) by David Baldacci 6/10
    19) Overkill (Alexander Hawke #10) by Ted Bell 1/10
    20) Furies of Calderon ((Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher by Jim Butcher 7.5/10
    21) Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera #2)by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    22) Rules of Prey by John Sandford 6.5/10
    23) Cursors Fury (Codex Alera #3) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    24) Captains Fury (Codex Alera #4) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    25) Princep’s Fury (Codex Alera #5) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    26) The First Lord’s Fury (Codex Alera #6) by Jim Butcher 9.5/10
    27) Hunt the Viper(SEAL Team 6 #7) by Don Mann 4/10
    28) Power and Empire (Jack Ryan universe #25) by Marc Cameron 6.5/10
    29) The Other Woman (Gabriel Allon #18) by Daniel Silva 9.5/10
    30) The Outsider by Stephen King 5/10
    31) The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
    32) The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    33) The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    34) The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    35) Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor 6.5/10
    36) Bloody Sunday (Dewey Andreas #8) by Ben Coes 6.5/10
    37) Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd #1) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    38) Soft Target (Dan Shepherd #2) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    39) Cold Kill (Dan Shepherd #3) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    40) Hot Blood (Dan Shepherd #4) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    41) Dead Men (Dan Shepherd #5) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    42) Live Fire (Dan Shepherd #6) by Stephen Leather 6/10
    43) Rough Justice (Dan Shepherd #7) by Stephen Leather 8/10
    44) Fair Game (Dan Shepherd #8) by Stephen Leather 9/10
    45) False Friend (Dan Shepherd #9) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
    46) True Colours (Dan Shepherd #10) by Stephen Leather 7/10
    47) White Lies (Dan Shepherd #11) by Stephen Leather 9.5/10
    48) Black Ops (Dan Shepherd #12) by Stephen Leather 7.5/10
    49) Dark Forces (Dan Shepherd #13) by Stephen Leather 8.5/10
     
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    1. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie (8/10)
    2. Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    3. Red Country - Joe Abercrombie (7/10)
    4. The Way of Kings (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    5. Words of Radiance (reread) - Brandon Sanderson
    6. Edgedancer - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    7. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (10/10)
    8. Scorched Shadows (Hellequin #7) - Steve McHugh (8/10)
    9. Snapshot - Brandon Sanderson (8/10)
    10. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    11. Arcanum Unbounded - Brandon Sanderson (8/10) - Enjoyed all of the short stories
    12. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - Jim Butcher (8.5/10)
    13. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    14. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    15. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - Jim Butcher (9.5/10)
    16. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera #5) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    17. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) - Jim Butcher (9/10)
    18. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (9/10)
    19. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (9/10)
    20. Dune - Frank Herbert (7.5/10)
    21. Dancer's Lament (Path to Ascendancy #1) (reread) - Ian Esselmont (8.5/10)
    22. Deadhouse Landing (Path to Ascendancy #2) - Ian Esselmont (9.5/10)
    23. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    24. The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    25. The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) - N.K. Jemisin (8/10)
    26. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10)
    27. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    28. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10)
    29. The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) - Brent Weeks (8.5/10)
    30. Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    31. Forsworn/Servant of the Crown (Powder Mage shorts) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    32. The Crimson Campaign (Powder Mage #2) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    33. The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage #3) - Brian McClellan (9.5/10)
    34. Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #1, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (8.5/10), plus various shorts
    35. Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder #2, Powder Mage sequel) - Brian McClellan (9/10)
    36. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentlemen Bastards #1) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    37. Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentlemen Bastards #2) - Scott Lynch (9.5/10)
    38. The Republic of Thieves (Gentlemen Bastards #3) - Scott Lynch (8.5/10)
    39. The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanius Trilogy #1) - James Islington (10/10)
     
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  49. The Blackfish

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    1. We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (Phillip Gourevitch) - 9/10
    2. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) - 8.5/10
    3. The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson) - 8/10
    4. The Road To Jonestown: Jim Jones and The Peoples Temple (Jeff Guinn) - 9/10
    5. All The King's Men (Robert Penn Warren) - 9.5/10
    6. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond) - 9.5/10
    7. Columbine (Dave Cullen) - 8/10
    8. Freakonomics: A Rouge Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner) - 7/10
    9. Animal Farm (George Orwell) - 8/10
    10. Lincoln In The Bardo (George Saunders) - 8.5/10
    11. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis (J.D. Vance) - 5/10
    12. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are (Seth Stephens-Davidowitz) - 8/10
    13. Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry) - 9/10
    14. Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari) - 9/10
    15. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (David Grann) - 8.5/10
    16. Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) - 6.5/10
    17. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) - 9.5/10
    18. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Colin Woodard) - 9/10
    19. All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr) - 8.5/10
    20. Rules Of Civility (Amor Towles) - 6/10
    21. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng) - 6.5/10
    22. I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer (Michelle McNamara) - 7/10
    23. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (Stephen Brusatte) - 9/10
    24. Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Anne Applebaum) - 7/10
    25. Propaganda (Edward L. Bernays) - 8/10
    26. A Gentleman In Moscow (Amor Towles) - 8.5/10
    27. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Sam Quinones) - 9.5/10
    28. Magpie Murders (Anthony Horowitz) - 8/10
    29. All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story Of The Wire (Jonathan Abrams) - 8/10
    30. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road To 9/11 (Lawrence Wright) - 9/10
    31. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (Candice Millard) - 9/10
    32. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Anthony Bourdain) - 7.5/10
    33. An American Marriage (Tayari Jones) - 8/10
    34. An Army At Dawn: The War In North Africa, 1942-1943 (Rick Atkinson) - 9/10 -
    A pretty great military history from Atkinson. One of those rare history books that I feel would be equally attractive to both academic types and general readers. Atkinson is a very strong writer and has a wider vocabulary that I'm used to seeing in history books. We stepped on our dicks in North Africa a lot more than I remembered. I would definitely recommend reading this on a Kindle as you'll want to be able to easily access the battle maps. Highly recommend.
    35. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World -- And Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Hans Rosling) - 7.5/10 - I'd rate this as an important read but it has its limitations. I learned a lot about the world around us and why the world is better off (by some metrics, anyway) than we are led to believe. That said, I agree with the previous poster that it does get pretty repetitive and could have been a bit shorter. Easy read, though, and I did really enjoy when he was able to share his personal experiences from the less-fortunate areas of our planet.
    36. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II (Iris Chang) - 8/10 - Another necessary work, IMO, especially if you're like me and knew little about Japanese atrocities in China in the '30s. Chang doesn't write with the rhetorical flourish of Atkinson but does a great job telling detailing this unfortunate time from the perspectives of the Japanese, Chinese, and the foreigners who risked their lives to help those in Nanking. I could've done with a bit more detail in some spots (especially around the politics of the time) but she does well in setting the stage for the Japanese invasion including a short rundown of the preceding 100 or so years in both countries. I didn't take this into account when grading the book but the 2011 version I read has an epilogue from the author's husband talking about her 2004 suicide and it was so personal in discussing her struggles with mental health that I was thrown for a loop. Just found it an odd inclusion.
     
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