Books you read in 2019

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  1. billdozer

    billdozer Well-Known Member
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    1. Nyphron Rising (Riyria Revelations #3) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
     
  2. Upton^2

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    1. Friday Black - Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah A series of short stories. Skewers commercialism and is pretty violent. The first story is amazing. (8.5/10)
    2. Washington Black - Esi Edugyan Loved this book. Story of a boy who escapes slavery in Barbados. Told from his perspective and is really an amazing character. Great ending, read the last 75 pages in one sitting last night, couldn't put it down. Named to NYT's top 10 books of 2018. (9/10)
     
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  3. Truman

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    Give us the deets on these books.
     
  4. Upton^2

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    my b
     
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  5. Tangman

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    Was going to suggest Washington Black for a future book club, got a lot of buzz.
     
  6. Truman

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    February??
     
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  7. billdozer

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    1. Nyphron Rising (Riyria Revelations #3) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
    2. The Emerald Storm (Riyria Revelations #4) - Michael Sullivan (7.5/10)
     
  8. Blackterno

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    1) The Force by Don Winslow 3/10
     
  9. RonBurgundy

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    2019
    1. The Urban Monk *5.0
    2. Fire and Blood *7.0

    Was told good things about the Urban Monk and how it was a great entry into meditation/mindfulness lifestyle and while there were ideas and pieces that were good, I developed a strong hatred of the author from the way he writes. He seems like someone I’d want to punch in the face. Also he has so much fake medicine bullshit he’s doing more harm than benefit with the book.

    I liked Fire and blood but it was super dull for stretches. Dance of Dragons part was my favorite, but I didn’t care at all for the entire Aegon III part, super boring. Wanted more of the later Targaryen King stories.
     
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  10. Gin Buckets

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    Finished the first book of the JK Rowling (pen name Robert Galbraith) mystery series this morning, and started....

    1. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

    Highly recommend. Shit is wild.
     
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  11. TC

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    1. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History -- Sidney Mintz (6/10)
    Interesting topic but way too wordy/technical for me. Didn't realize before starting, but this book actually comes from the "cultural anthropology" section instead of history. So it takes forever to make a point and some paragraphs devolve into jargon about symbolic this and paradigmatic that. Certainly an interesting topic though. I'd be interested in reading some other, more readable books about the history of different foods/beverages if anyone knows of any.
     
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  12. TC

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    Feels good to tack my first one of the year onto the list. 2017 I was in the 30s, last year in the 40s, this year hoping to hit the 50s on books completed
     
  13. Truman

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    1. Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp #7) by Vince Flynn (9/10)
    2. Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabell Wilkerson (9.5/10)
    3. Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp #8) by Vince Flynn (9/10)
    4. Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose (8.5/10)


    Mitch Rapp novels - Whomever told me these next few books were the best in the series wasnt lying. I read both books in like 3 days. Couldnt put them down.

    Warmth of Other Suns - This book should be required reading in HS social studies. Tells the story of African American migration to the north and west after Jim Crow.

    Citizen Soldiers - Book Club book. Different than a lot of war books. Tells more personal stories of the soldiers and what they had to deal w on a micro level, rather than focusing on the generals and overall tactics of the war.
     
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  14. Tangman

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    Salt by Mark Kurlansky (spelling?) has been recommended to me several times and is on my TBR.
     
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  15. TC

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    This is on my shelf. Will be reading this year
     
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  16. The Blackfish

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    1. Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World - Adam Tooze (10/10)
    2. The Lost World - Michael Crichton (7/10)
    Crashed was a phenomenal book. So well thought out, researched and presented. Highly recommend if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

    Lost World was fun. Got it on sale on Audible. Did the same with Jurassic Park a year or so ago.
     
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  17. Blackterno

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    1) The Force by Don Winslow 3/10
    2) The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks 8/10
     
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  18. Gin Buckets

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    The Force was my least favorites of the Don Winslow books I've read. No bueno.
     
  19. Blackterno

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    Yeah it was ridiculously over the top and unbelievable. By far his worst work imo.
     
  20. Hoss Bonaventure

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    Night Angel series is great.
     
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  21. billdozer

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    1. Nyphron Rising (Riyria Revelations #3) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
    2. The Emerald Storm (Riyria Revelations #4) - Michael Sullivan (7.5/10)
    3. Wintertide (Riyria Revelations #5) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
     
  22. Hoss Bonaventure

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    Trying to finish Fire and Blood. Hopefully I get through it before the Game of Thrones spin-off series starts.
     
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  23. Truman

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    I didnt get very far. It's super dry
     
  24. Hoss Bonaventure

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    I’m a quarter way through it.
    the Jaehrys chapters are just sooo long and uneventful it’s just daunting
     
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  25. The Blackfish

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    According to Goodreads I’m still 27% through The World of Ice and Fire, started 4 years ago last updated 3 years ago. At this pace I’ll finish Fire and Blood in retirement
     
  26. The Blackfish

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    1. Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World - Adam Tooze (10/10)
    2. The Lost World - Michael Crichton (7/10)
    3. The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson (7.5/10)
    I kept in mind that this is a YA book when rating, obviously would have been lower had it been written for adults.

    This book should have sucked, its essentially a book about humans who fight sentient sidewalk chalk drawings with their own sidewalk chalk drawings. With that said, it was written by Brandon Sanderson so I still enjoyed it. He really loves coming up with unique magic systems, and this one was definitely unique. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone unless they're a huge Sanderson fan like I am, or just enjoy YA light-fantasy.
     
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  27. Truman

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    1. Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp #7) by Vince Flynn (9/10)
    2. Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabell Wilkerson (9.5/10)
    3. Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp #8) by Vince Flynn (9/10)
    4. Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose (8.5/10)
    5. Protect and Defend (Mitch Rapp #9) by Vince Flynn (9/10)
    6. Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp #10) by Vince Flynn (8/10)
    7. Pursuit of Honor (Mitch Rapp #11) by Vince Flynn (7.5/10)
    8. American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #12) by Vince Flynn (6/10)

    These Mitch Rapp books are great. Obviously IM flying through them. Short and quick reads. I read a few on those a couple sittings. Last couple have been a little less great, but still good. Need to read somethign else next.
     
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  28. The Blackfish

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    1. Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World - Adam Tooze (10/10)
    2. The Lost World - Michael Crichton (7/10)
    3. The Rithmatist - Brandon Sanderson (7.5/10)
    4. Economix: How and Why our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures - Michael Goodwin (9/10)
    This was really great. fast, informative and funny. The author is clearly liberal who tends to agree with Keynesian ideologies, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. This is written in graphic novel format and is written for the layman, not econ nerds. I cannot possibly recommend it enough. The only reason I didn't give it a 10/10 is because I thought there were times I thought he should have gone deeper to back up his assertions instead of just presenting them as facts.
     
  29. Tangman

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    This is me with "The Prize", a 900 page history of oil.
     
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  30. TC

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    1. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History -- Sidney Mintz (6/10)

    2. Popularity: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World -- Mitch Prinstein (9/10)
    This book explains a lot about popularity in school and how it affects you later in life, and why popularity is still important throughout life even when you leave school. There are two kinds, likability and status. Likability is the one that will ultimately make you happy per this book. Very interesting. Many stories of the crazy effects things early in life can have on shaping your personality
     
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  31. TC

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    Currently reading "Gang Leader for a Day." This book's good af!
     
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  32. Truman

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    That was a great book. I remember loving it, especially living in Chicago. Been so long i dont remember many details tho :(