Books you read in 2019

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  1. TC

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    Haven't read it yet but had it high on my priority list, and today happened to receive a free copy. So I'm really pumped
     
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  2. 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
    3) Shadow’s Edge (Night Angel #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    4) Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    5) Broken Lands by Jonathan Maberry 6/10
    6) Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab 8/10
    7) Vengeful (Villians #2) by V.E. Schwab 9/10
    8) Daughter of War (Pike Logan #13) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    9) The Final Hour (Victor the Assassin # 7) by Tom Wood 8.5/10
    10) The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff 8/10
    11) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 8/10
    12) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 8/10
    13) The Border by Don Winslow 9/10
     
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  3. Tangman

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    Yeah, I think it's a strong choice.

    Bit more positive look at the world which these kids probably need given the state of US media. It's also written in an easy-to-digest format which should not be overlooked when choosing books for this purpose IMO.
     
  4. Truman

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    I think it's 'controversial' because depending on your political POV you can read into it that he's justifying your beliefs, but also bringing up the point that while that preconceived notion may be true - it doesn't mean criticisms of that notion are invalid either.

    The different takeaways Ive seen from this book are all over the map, but very few are what I would consider inaccurate.
     
  5. Kevintensity

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    1) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 5/10
    2) The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer 9/10
    3) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson 8/10
    4) Beartown by Fredrik Backman 10/10
    5) Shortest Way Home by Peter Buttigieg 9/10
    6) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 10/10
    7) Supernormal Stimuli by Deirdre Barrett 8/10
    8) 1776 by David McCullough 7/10
    9) Popular: the power of likeability in a status obsessed world by Mitch Prinstein 7/10
    10) Promise not to tell by Jennifer McMahon 6/10
    11) Us Against You by Fredrick Backman 10/10
    12) The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace Wells 7.5/10
    13) The System: the glory and scandal of big time college football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian 9/10
    14) A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman 10/10
    15) When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Jackie MacMullan 8.5/10
    16) The Breach by Patrick Lee 9/10
    17) The 1997 Masters by Tiger Woods 8/10
    18) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut 8/10
     
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    1) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 5/10
    2) The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer 9/10
    3) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson 8/10
    4) Beartown by Fredrik Backman 10/10
    5) Shortest Way Home by Peter Buttigieg 9/10
    6) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 10/10
    7) Supernormal Stimuli by Deirdre Barrett 8/10
    8) 1776 by David McCullough 7/10
    9) Popular: the power of likeability in a status obsessed world by Mitch Prinstein 7/10
    10) Promise not to tell by Jennifer McMahon 6/10
    11) Us Against You by Fredrick Backman 10/10
    12) The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace Wells 7.5/10
    13) The System: the glory and scandal of big time college football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian 9/10
    14) A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman 10/10
    15) When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Jackie MacMullan 8.5/10
    16) The Breach by Patrick Lee 9/10
    17) The 1997 Masters by Tiger Woods 8/10
    18) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut 8/10
    19) Naive. Super by Erlend Loe 8.5/10
     
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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)
    3. Wintertide (Riyria Revelations #5) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    4. Percepliquis (Riyria Revelations #6) - Michael Sullivan (9/10)
    5. Percepliquis (Riyria Revelations #6) - Michael Sullivan (9/10)
    6. The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    7. The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
    8. The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    9. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? - Gary Wolf (8/10)
    10. The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe (10/10)
    11. On the Shoulders of Titans, A History of Project Gemini - NASA (8/10)

    I couldn't find many books on Project Gemini, so I went with the official NASA history published on their website. So it is highly technical in the project development stage as it goes through all of the designs, problems, and solutions to issues with the spacecraft and missile. This was fine for me as an engineer, but probably not for everyone. I didn't know much about Gemini, so this was very informative and interesting to hear about the first US spacewalks and experiments that were done. Up next is a history of the Apollo program.
     
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  8. 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)
    3. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets / Sudhir Venkatesh (10/10)
    4. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War / Mary Roach (4/10)
    5. Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose / Deirdre Barrett. (10/10)
    6. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man / John Perkins. (10/10)
    7. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain / Oliver Sacks (8/10)
    Second Oliver Sacks book I've read. Don't really dig the case files like way he writes them where each chapter is some guy named Rob P. or Alice T. that we're never gonna remember. The conditions he writes about are fascinating though. As a musician I was super interested to read this book, which is focused on all the crazy things that can happen to the brain as a result of music. It can help people with Parkinson's learn how to walk straight again. It can help people who strokes have rendered mute learn how to talk again. People with profound amnesia/dementia/Alzheimer's who can't remember anything more than 60 seconds can sometimes perfectly sing (or play on piano) songs from their youth. It's crazy the elemental power music has and the mysterious nature of it where we still don't have good answers on stuff like how it originally evolved or if it may have been around before speech even.
    8. Tao Te Ching / Lao Tzu (10/10)
    Read this over the weekend. Obviously a book of wisdom that has persisted for thousands of years is quite good. This is one of the easiest major religious texts you can read, especially compared to something like the Bible, Quran or Bhagavad Gita -- whole thing is 81 chapters and each chapter is 10-20 lines long. Do not seek TMB -- become.
    9. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow / Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    As was already stated, the first 3/4 of the book is the best part. The last 1/4 becomes more speculative. However, it's a 10 all the way through because it's changed how I think. I've read plenty of Ray Kurzweil futurist prophecy type stuff before so it's not that this guy is breaking new ground necessarily -- he's just a master at taking something big, like oh all of human history, and illustrating these concise insights from it. I'm kind of scared now that after 200k years as the "dominant species" on Earth that the human being's days are soon to end :ohdear:
    10. Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism / Ha Joon Chang. (7/10)
    Started off really dry for me; got more interesting as I went along. Basic theme of the book is big countries like US and UK try to dictate to developing countries now that they need to follow strict free market principles if they want to grow wealthier, but that the rich countries themselves only started following said principles after becoming wealthy and used many of the same practices they decry (tariffs, disregard of patents, subsidies, protectionism, etc) to their advantage when they were in developing stages themselves. The last chapter could have been the most interesting -- "Lazy Japanese and Thieving Germans" -- where he talked about the effects of culture on economic development. Some blame the culture in poor countries for their poverty -- they're lazy, they're immoral, they don't plan for the future. Author points out these same things were said about many cultures that subsequently became wealthier and that there's a lot of revisionist history in the cultural argument, with "culture" itself being basically impossible to define.
    11. Under The Banner Of Heaven: A Story Of Violent Faith / Jon Krakauer (8/10)
    I'm not super into true crime, but I heard this book tackles a lot more than that, plus I wanted to know more about Utah and the Mormon community. Book is very good. Starts with the story of some murders but built throughout is the question "where is the line between being religious and just being crazy/delusional?" You get a nice history of the Mormon faith built in -- I knew who Joseph Smith and Brigham Young were but I definitely have a better understanding now. I'll probably read some more Krakauer books in the future like "Into The Wild" and "Into Thin Air."
    12. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values / Robert Pirsig (9/10)
    Anybody else read this? I have some questions about the ending. A very profound and enjoyable book, but at the very end didn't quite deliver for me. The guy who wrote it had a 170 IQ and started college at 14 before having a mental breakdown later in life so if nothing else it's fascinating to read the deep thoughts of someone so smart. He's good at making it easy to follow and not boring. You get a nice history of philosophy course thrown in here with Kant, Plato, Aristotle, and other lesser known names.

    13. Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History / Stephen Jay Gould (7.5/10)
    Stephen Jay Gould's got several books. I was supposed to read one in anthropology class in college but I didn't. This was solid. Ol' Darwin's theory gives you a lot to think about; people still unpacking it 100+ years later

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  9. CBH

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    1. Marine Sniper 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson 6/10
    2. Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy by Eric D. Weitz 8/10
    3. Operator Down (Pike Logan #12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    4. The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3) by Daniel Silva 8/10
    5. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins 4/10
    6. Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945 by Stephen E. Ambrose 9/10
    7. The Enemy (Jack Reacher #8) by Lee Child 7/10
    8. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 6/10
    9. Gunmetal Gray (Gray Man #6) by Mark Greaney 8/10
    10. Terrorism: A Critical Introduction by Richard Jackson 6/10
    11. A Death in Vienna (Gabriel Allon #4) by Daniel Silva 9/10
    12. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 9/10
    13. Zionism: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Stanislawski 8/10

    14. The Quest by Nelson DeMille 7/10 I enjoyed this book, it was an interesting story about people searching for the Holy Grail, I think the ending was a little letdown but overall it was entertaining.
     
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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
    3) Shadow’s Edge (Night Angel #2) by Brent Weeks 9.5/10
    4) Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel #3) by Brent Weeks 9/10
    5) Broken Lands by Jonathan Maberry 6/10
    6) Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab 8/10
    7) Vengeful (Villians #2) by V.E. Schwab 9/10
    8) Daughter of War (Pike Logan #13) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    9) The Final Hour (Victor the Assassin # 7) by Tom Wood 8.5/10
    10) The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff 8/10
    11) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 8/10
    12) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 8/10
    13) The Border by Don Winslow 9/10
    14) Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence 7.5/10
     
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  11. Gin Buckets

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    Got a book for May. The Changeling by Victor Lavalle. GF just finished it and found it terrifying. I want to know what all the fuss is about. She even said it was a good book for our book club and she never says that.
     
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    1. Marine Sniper 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson 6/10
    2. Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy by Eric D. Weitz 8/10
    3. Operator Down (Pike Logan #12) by Brad Taylor 7/10
    4. The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3) by Daniel Silva 8/10
    5. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins 4/10
    6. Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945 by Stephen E. Ambrose 9/10
    7. The Enemy (Jack Reacher #8) by Lee Child 7/10
    8. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 6/10
    9. Gunmetal Gray (Gray Man #6) by Mark Greaney 8/10
    10. Terrorism: A Critical Introduction by Richard Jackson 6/10
    11. A Death in Vienna (Gabriel Allon #4) by Daniel Silva 9/10
    12. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 9/10
    13. Zionism: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Stanislawski 8/10
    14. The Quest by Nelson DeMille 7/10

    15. Munich by Robert Harris 6/10 I think this book was damaged by the fact that it was obvious how it was going to end an often liability to historical fiction. It was an interesting look at some of the individual characters that were involved in the Munich Conference especially Chamberlain and placed Chamberlain in a pretty good light for someone who is often vilified.
     
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  13. Kevintensity

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    1) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 5/10
    2) The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer 9/10
    3) Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson 8/10
    4) Beartown by Fredrik Backman 10/10
    5) Shortest Way Home by Peter Buttigieg 9/10
    6) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 10/10
    7) Supernormal Stimuli by Deirdre Barrett 8/10
    8) 1776 by David McCullough 7/10
    9) Popular: the power of likeability in a status obsessed world by Mitch Prinstein 7/10
    10) Promise not to tell by Jennifer McMahon 6/10
    11) Us Against You by Fredrick Backman 10/10
    12) The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace Wells 7.5/10
    13) The System: the glory and scandal of big time college football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian 9/10
    14) A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman 10/10
    15) When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Jackie MacMullan 8.5/10
    16) The Breach by Patrick Lee 9/10
    17) The 1997 Masters by Tiger Woods 8/10
    18) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut 8/10
    19) Naive. Super by Erlend Loe 8.5/10
    20) My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrick Backman 7/10
     
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  14. 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)
    3. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets / Sudhir Venkatesh (10/10)
    4. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War / Mary Roach (4/10)
    5. Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose / Deirdre Barrett. (10/10)
    6. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man / John Perkins. (10/10)
    7. Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain / Oliver Sacks (8/10)
    8. Tao Te Ching / Lao Tzu (10/10)
    9. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow / Yuval Noah Harari (10/10)
    10. Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism / Ha Joon Chang. (7/10)
    11. Under The Banner Of Heaven: A Story Of Violent Faith / Jon Krakauer (8/10)
    12. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values / Robert Pirsig (9/10)
    13. Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History / Stephen Jay Gould (7.5/10)

    14. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential) / Carol Dweck (6/10)
    I think if you're a professor at Stanford they just hand you a bunch of money and tell you to make your research into a book, whether you've really got enough for a book or not. This was my experience with this book and inGenius by Tina Seelig. Intriguing idea, yes, but by the end you feel like you're reading a term paper that a student stretched out to meet the length requirement. The key idea of this book is super valuable though. I underlined the word "learn" in the title because that's what it all comes down to -- realizing that humans are the learning animal, that learning is our special power, and taking full advantage of it instead of just incidentally benefiting. I enjoyed the book "Talent Is Overrated" more than this book on the whole, and they have similar premises. However, this book still added to the picture because it gets off the subject of "talent" and if it exists into a broader exploration of how learning is what's most important, and your mindset dictates what you learn.

    My biggest criticism of the book is it seems a bit like a straw man argument. She sets up fixed mindset vs growth mindset, then proceeds to thoroughly demolish fixed mindset in every situation. If it's so inferior to the growth mindset, why is the fixed mindset still so pervasive? This question particularly came up over and over in the business chapter. Seems too neat an argument to say "I have the key right here, and watch how it fits into every single situation perfectly!"


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    1. The Future of Humanity by Machio Kaku ****
    2. The Giver by Lois Lowry ***
    3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes *****
    4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess ****
    5. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena **
    6. Grain Brain by David Perlmutter ***
    7. Beartown by Fredrik Backman *****
    8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller ***
    9. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks **
    10. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman *****
    11. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, a s Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne *****
    12. The Road by Conor McCarthy **
    13. The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home by Denise Kiernan **
    14. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs ****
    15.The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah *****
    16. The Stranger by Albert Camus ***1/2
    17. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells ***
    18. Edgedancer (The Starlight Archive 2.5) by Brandon Sanderson *****
    19. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World ****1/2
    20. The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte ****
    21. Moby Dick by Herman Melville *
    22. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez *
    23. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card ****1/2
    24. Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash ****
    25. Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseni **
    26. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James *1/2
    27. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman ***
    28. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens ***
     
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  16. TC

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    Moby Dick and 100 years of solitude that bad?
     
  17. BigRed

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    I thought so. Moby Dick is super boring and was not a fan of the protagonist. 100 years spans seven generations of one family, so too many characters and horrible flow. I had no idea what was going on sometimes.
     
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    I definitely recommend The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs for anyone remotely interested in dinosaurs.
     
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  19. Truman

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    It peaked my interest but then I saw it wasnt written by Ross Gellar, so I'll pass.

    Im definitely going to read it.
     
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  20. Tangman

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    Read it last year, really enjoyed it too.
     
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    Just started the New Gods by Neil Geiman. Awesome book
     
  22. TC

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    Don't know of a book called that by Gaiman. American Gods?
     
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    You are right, my mistake. Started reading it after watching the series
     
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  24. TC

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    I'd like to read that. Always sounded like an innovative idea...no idea how you make that work as a novel.

    Thought you might have been talking about his newer Norse Mythology book. My friend said that was good but it's all short stories
     
  25. Truman

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    I didnt care for it. Cool premise, meh execution. Although I think Im just not a fan of Gaiman. Only book I liked was Norse Mythology.
     
  26. Tangman

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    1. Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany (Stephen E. Ambrose) - 8/10
    2. The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov - Burgin/O'Connor Translation) - 9.5/10
    3. The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing (Merve Emre) - 6.5/10
    4. Washington Black (Esi Edugyan) - 6/10
    5. Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms (Hannah Fry) - 8.5/10

    6. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Mary Beard) - 9/10
    7. Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (Rick Perlstein) - 9.5/10 - This book is really, really good. Perlstein traces the birth of the modern American right from Clarence Manion in the late '50s through the election of 1964, when the American media declared that Conservatism was dead. He tells the story of key players in the rise of the right like Buckley and Schafly and the reader learns of the birth of the Southern strategy and the brilliant convention machinations of Clifton White. TC South Carolinian Roger Milliken is another Conservative figure mentioned prominently here. In addition to his meticulous research, Perlstein has a real feel for scene-setting and this book is easy to read because of it. I look forward to reading the other books in this series; Perlstein has a 4th, Reaganland, coming out in 2020. Anyone interested in America politics should read this.
    8. The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe) - 9/10 - Liked this one a lot, too. It's plain to see how Tom Wolfe was so influential; very few were writing like this in the '70s. Loved how he compared these guys to single-combat warriors, fits the times and the response to their accomplishments perfectly. I'm not sure if this was Wolfe's intention but I oscillated between liking and disliking John Glenn often while reading this piece. Easy read and worth the time for sure.

    Up Next: 1) Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America 2) Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
     
  27. TC

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    Both of those you just finished sound great. You’re gonna love devil in the white city
     
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  28. Truman

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    Both of those books up next on your list are great. Amongst my faves.
     
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  29. BigRed

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    1. Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany - Stephen E. Ambrose (7.5/10)
    2. Uprooted - Naomi Novik (6.5/10)
    3. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - Daniel James Brown (9/10)
    4. The Twelve (The Passage #2) - Justin Cronin (8/10)
    5. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (8/10)
    6. Washington Black - Esi Edugyan (6.5/10)
    7. Beartown (Beartown #1) - Fredrik Backman (9/10)
    8. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 - Hunter S. Thompson (7.5/10)
    9. Beasts of No Nation - Uzodinma Iweala (6/10)
    10. City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) - Justin Cronin (7.5/10)
    11. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) - James S.A. Corey (9/10)
    12. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne (6/10)

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  31. BigRed

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    Look forward to your review on the crusades book. I have been wanting to read a good book about them.