Books you read in 2019

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  1. 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
    21) Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 8.5/10
    22) Ghost Country by Patrick Lee 8.5/10
    23) Deep Sky by Patrick Lee 7.5/10
    24) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller 7/10
    25) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/10
    26) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
     
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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
    20) My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrick Backman 7/10
    21) Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 8.5/10
    22) Ghost Country by Patrick Lee 8.5/10
    23) Deep Sky by Patrick Lee 7.5/10
    24) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller 7/10
    25) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/10
    26) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
    27) The rise and fall of the second largest empire in history: how Genghis Khan's Mongols almost conquered the world by Thomas Craughwell 8/10
     
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  3. 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

    8. The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe) - 9/10
    9. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (Erik Larson) - 10/10 -
    As I mentioned earlier, this is insanely good. Maybe the perfect piece of narrative nonfiction. Seems like most of you have read this already so I don't feel the need to go too deep here but I really enjoyed how he weaved in the fair experiences of some famous Americans into the story (Keller, Buffalo Bill, etc). Feel dumb for not reading this earlier.
    10. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History (S.C. Gwynne) - 9/10 - This was really great, too. I love reading and watching documentaries about the American West so this was right up my alley and something I've been putting off for a while. Frankly, had I not read Devil in the White City before this one, I may have rated it higher. That said, if it was to make a critique, it sometimes felt like this was really just a history of the Comanches and those who hunted them and not as much about Quanah. That's being picky though. The story flowed very well for this kind of history and I hope to read more of Gwynne's work, particularly the book about Stonewall Jackson.

    Up Next - 1) Where The Crawdads Sing 2) Exit West
     
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  4. Truman

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    You should check out Larsson's other books -

    Id rank them

    Thunderstruck - How British and American law enforcement used jumped on the wireless telegram technology to hunt for a trans atlantic murder.
    In the Garden of Beasts . - The American Ambassador to Germany during the rise of the Nazis
    Issac's Storm - Galveston Hurricane and the beginnings of modern meteorology
    Dead Wake - Sinking of the Lusitania. This one wasnt as good as the others. More of a straight history book than a non fiction narrative. Still informative though.
     
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  5. Tangman

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    I purchased In The Garden of Beasts last month at a used book sale, that'll be the next one I read. Appreciate you breaking those down.
     
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  6. 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)
    12. A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (9/10)
    13. Apollo - Charles Murray and Catherine Cox (10/10)

    This book is about the birth of NASA from NACA through the Apollo missions. It focuses on the engineers, politicians, and mission control that led the development, testing, and operation of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, and what it was like in Mission Control during the flights, focusing on Apollo 8, 11, 12, and 13. This was great because it gives the stories that aren't part of the popular knowledge.
     
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  7. BigRed

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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 ***
    29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen **1/2
    30. Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda *****
    31. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell ****
    32. In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick ****
    33. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis ****
    34. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones ****
    35. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ***
    36. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell **1/2
    37. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell ***1/2
    38. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean ****1/2
    39. American Gods by Neil Gaiman ****1/2

    Currently reading:
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  8. 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
    21) Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 8.5/10
    22) Ghost Country by Patrick Lee 8.5/10
    23) Deep Sky by Patrick Lee 7.5/10
    24) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller 7/10
    25) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/10
    26) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
    27) The rise and fall of the second largest empire in history: how Genghis Khan's Mongols almost conquered the world by Thomas Craughwell 8/10
    28) Pines by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
     
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  9. Truman

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    Is that a new Blake Crouch book?
     
  10. Kevintensity

    Kevintensity "you're full of beans and so is your old man"
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    Nah it's the first in the Wayward Pines trilogy
     
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  11. Truman

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    Yeah I just looked it up. I knew he had a new book coming out, but thought I maybe forgot about it.


    Not coming out until june.
     
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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
    21) Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 8.5/10
    22) Ghost Country by Patrick Lee 8.5/10
    23) Deep Sky by Patrick Lee 7.5/10
    24) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller 7/10
    25) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/10
    26) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
    27) The rise and fall of the second largest empire in history: how Genghis Khan's Mongols almost conquered the world by Thomas Craughwell 8/10
    28) Pines by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    29) Alone on the wall by Alex Honnold 6.5/10
    If you've seen all of the documentaries then I'd skip it. Lost interest halfway through but finished
     
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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)
    9. No Exit by Taylor Adams (7.5/10)
    10. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendrick (6.5/10)
    11. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (8.5/10)
    12. Last Man (Mitch Rapp #13) by Kyle Mills (6.5/10)
    13. The Survivor (Mitch Rapp #14) by Kyle Mills (6.5/10)
    14. Star Wars: The Queen's Shadow by EK Johnston (8/10)
    15. American Spy by Lauren Wilkenson (9/10)
    16. Five Families: The Rise, Decline, And Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Salwyn Raab (9/10)
    17. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S A Corey (10/10
    20 Cherry by Nico Walker (8/.510)
    21. The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, by Ben Macintyre (8/10)
    22. Star Wars: Master and Apprentice, by Claudia Gray (8/10)
    23. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, by Patrick Radden Keefe (9/10)
    24. Here and Now And Then, by Mike Chen (7/10)
    25. The White Darkness by David Grann (6/10)
    26. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (9/10)
    27. The Republic for Which it Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age by Richard White (9/10)
    28. It by Stephen King (8/10)
    29. Outland by Dennis E Taylor (8.5/10)
    30. Hunting LeRoux by Elaine Shannon (8/10)



    Here and Now and Then -
    Good time jumping sci fi book. About this time cop that gets stuck in the past. Fun, quick read. If you liked Dark Matter or All Our Wrong Todays - I thnk you'll like this one

    The White Darkness -Story about the first person to walk across Antartica. I was really disappointed. The last book of his that I read (Killers of the Flower Moon) was amazing. This was basically a longform article that discussed his journey, but there was no narrative to it. Just like - Here's a thing that someone did. At least it was short, I guess.

    Where the Crawdads Sing - loved this book. More thoughts in the Book of the Month thread


    The Republic for Which it Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age -
    This was a heavy almost academic level book on the time period. You always barely learn about these time periods in US history, and definitely as separate eras. This was really good about connecting the two, showing how Reconstruction ran into The Gilded age, and the lasting impact of both

    It -
    Had a love hate relationship w this one. Overall I enjoyed it, but with most King books, I also get annoyed feeling like these door stop novels are just an excuse to write a million different short stories that he tangentially ties together. Also hated to the two timelines being told concurrently.

    This is often how I feel about King novels. At the end of it, I enjoyed it and glad I read it. But get really frustrated by this narrative style along the way. Oh well.

    Outland - I really liked the Bobiverse so I checked it out. This is a quick popcorn book but I loved it. It's like Stargate meets Land of the Lost.

    Hunting LeRoux - I didnt like this as much as The Mastermind. Mastermind focuses more on Leroux and does a good job showing just how much of an evil genius he is. This one focused more on the Law Enforcement aspect and how they actually caught him. It was interesting, but I dont think I would have appreciated it as much without knowing exactly how big of a criminal Leroux is.

    Also shout out to Daniel Ocean for finding this one.
     
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  14. Tangman

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    Appreciate the feedback on the White book. He was on a podcast I like, Tides of History with Patrick Wyman, but I haven't listened to his episode yet. He was great on Ken Burns' The West.
     
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    Man I dont remember him on Tides of History. Im going to have to go back and find that one. Love that podcast.
     
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    It's very recent - May 2, 2019
     
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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
    15) Blood Song (Ravens Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan 10/10
    16) The Lord Collector (Ravens Shadow 1.5) by Anthony Ryan 7.5/10
    17)Tower Lord (Ravens Shadow # 2) by Anthony Ryan 9.5/10
     
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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)
    15. Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives The Economy And Why It Matters For Global Capitalism / George Akerloff and Robert Shiller (7.5/10)
    16. Ways of Seeing / John Berger (7/10)
    17. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World And Why Things Are Better Than You Think / Hans Rosling (7/10)

    18. For Whom The Bell Tolls / Ernest Hemingway (8.5/10)
    Took me a little while to get into but I loved it by the end. First Hemingway book I've read other than Old Man and the Sea. There's a lot in this book as far as psychological things the characters are thinking but also a good actual plot.
    When Pablo made off with the dynamite the night before the mission I was like :shocked:
    It's a little weird with the "thee" and "thou" but it's cool he used that as a device to approximate Spanish in English. There are certainly some unforgettable scenes in this book from Pilar describing what happened in the town to the fascists to Maria letting on what the fascists did to her :ohdear:

    BigRed did you finish it yet? What'd you think?




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  19. Truman

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    Warmth of Other Suns was great. It's long AF tho
     
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    Yeah idk if I want to commit to something that long right now. But it's calling my name from my shelf. May call an audible when I finish the last 20 pages of "This Explains Everything", we'll see
     
  21. BigRed

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    Overall, I thought it was enjoyable, but not as much as I enjoyed The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. I was hungry for more action rather than the drama that ensued. That being said, I enjoyed the conversations on the political struggle, which helped me understand more on the Spanish Civil War, something I know very little about. And I found it intriguing how the protagonist spoke about his distaste in suicide, a tragedy that plagued Hemingway's family - so it also made me a little uncomfortable on Hemingway's telling uneasiness to forgive his father at the time of the book’s writing.

    The thee and thou did throw me off a little. And I struggled with the Spanish vocabulary, but did enjoy the flavor it added.

    But what I was a little disappointed in, was how it felt wordy for Hemingway’s style. He usually uses pointed, quick sentences with a fast moving plot. And to me, this book felt drawn out for his style. I still enjoyed it 7/10, but not as highly as I did with A Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms.
     
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    It is long but I found it to be a pretty easy read. Imagine you'll like it.
     
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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)
    15. Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives The Economy And Why It Matters For Global Capitalism / George Akerloff and Robert Shiller (7.5/10)
    16. Ways of Seeing / John Berger (7/10)
    17. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World And Why Things Are Better Than You Think / Hans Rosling (7/10)
    18. For Whom The Bell Tolls / Ernest Hemingway (8.5/10)

    19. This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works / edited by John Brockman (5/10)
    Finished my other book at lunch. Pretty meh overall. I got sucked in because the cover mentions some of my favorite nonfiction authors: Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jared Diamond, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Sherry Turkle etc. I think I'd have liked the book better if they talked about their own work instead of work they admired. One problem was a lot of people picked the same thing to talk about: Darwin and Einstein are the favorites of many scientist and social scientist types. Another problem was the entries were just so short (2-4 pages) that you're barely scratching the surface of whatever. However, my biggest hope from the book was that it would open my mind to some new stuff and I found a lot of things that look good to add to the to read list from things that are mentioned
     
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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
    21) Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 8.5/10
    22) Ghost Country by Patrick Lee 8.5/10
    23) Deep Sky by Patrick Lee 7.5/10
    24) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller 7/10
    25) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/10
    26) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
    27) The rise and fall of the second largest empire in history: how Genghis Khan's Mongols almost conquered the world by Thomas Craughwell 8/10
    28) Pines by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    29) Alone on the wall by Alex Honnold 6.5/10
    30) Wayward by Blake Crouch 8/10
    Second book in the Pines trilogy. Solid read, flew through the last third. Set up the third book solidly and am curious to see how it ends.
    I think I'm going to start In the garden of the beasts by Erik Larson next, and then the diary of Anne Frank (read when I was in middle school) next before going to Europe in July.
     
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    FWIW - the last Wayward book is super short. You can knock it out quickly.
     
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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)
    12. A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (9/10)
    13. Apollo - Charles Murray and Catherine Cox (10/10)
    14. Failure is Not an Option - Gene Krantz (8/10)

    This is Gene Krantz's (Flight director for Apollo 11 and 13, among others) autobiography. It was pretty good with information on how mission control was developed and worked through the Apollo missions.
     
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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 ***
    29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen **1/2
    30. Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda *****
    31. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell ****
    32. In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick ****
    33. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis ****
    34. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones ****
    35. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ***
    36. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell **1/2
    37. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell ***1/2
    38. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean ****1/2
    39. American Gods by Neil Gaiman ****1/2
    40. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari *** - well, he wasn’t lying about it being brief. I found the overview to be too brief and filled with some opinions that he did not take the time to back up with evidence. Other than that, it was very insightful.
    41. Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz ***** - GO READ THIS BOOK! One thing I want to share is that I love how Mike D and ADROCK spoke about what it was like to be a musician and teen back in NYC during that time, and also how technology helped their career (mainly because Adam “MCA” Yauch was so ahead of the trend on trying new things before anyone else).
    42. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell ** - I need to take a break from Gladwell’s books. His style is getting old for me.
    43. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines **** - really cool insight on their lives and how the show has impacted them. Definitely recommend this quick read for fans of Fixer Upper
    44. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway ***1/2 - I shared my thoughts a few posts back.
    45. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden **** - its the final book of a young adult fantasy trilogy that follows a witch in a medieval Russian setting. Pretty enjoyable for a quick read.

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  28. BigRed

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    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31848288

    I linked above a book you might want to read on the Apollo 8 mission. It came out two years ago and has had great reviews. I’ve been meaning to read it.
     
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    I was planning on reading about the women who were the computers (basis for Hidden Figures movie), then a book on Apollo 13, but maybe this one too. The last 3 I read had a lot on 8, 11, and 13 obviously.
     
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  30. 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)
    9. No Exit by Taylor Adams (7.5/10)
    10. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendrick (6.5/10)
    11. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (8.5/10)
    12. Last Man (Mitch Rapp #13) by Kyle Mills (6.5/10)
    13. The Survivor (Mitch Rapp #14) by Kyle Mills (6.5/10)
    14. Star Wars: The Queen's Shadow by EK Johnston (8/10)
    15. American Spy by Lauren Wilkenson (9/10)
    16. Five Families: The Rise, Decline, And Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Salwyn Raab (9/10)
    17. Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S A Corey (10/10
    20 Cherry by Nico Walker (8/.510)
    21. The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War, by Ben Macintyre (8/10)
    22. Star Wars: Master and Apprentice, by Claudia Gray (8/10)
    23. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, by Patrick Radden Keefe (9/10)
    24. Here and Now And Then, by Mike Chen (7/10)
    25. The White Darkness by David Grann (6/10)
    26. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (9/10)
    27. The Republic for Which it Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age by Richard White (9/10)
    28. It by Stephen King (8/10)
    29. Outland by Dennis E Taylor (8.5/10)
    30. Hunting LeRoux by Elaine Shannon (8/10)
    31-33 Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch (7.5/10)
    34. Midnight in Chernobyl, by Adam Higginbotham (8.5/10)
    35. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbreath/JK Rowling (6.5/10)


    Wayward - This was a fun quick series. Good action, sci fi ect.

    Chernobyl - HBO mini series is awesome, and so is this.

    The Cuckoo's Calling - Was underwhelmed. Had high expectations that comes w JK Rowling. It was really well written but at the end of the day it's just a dry english detective novel, which isnt really my cup of tea. If youre into that genre, you'd probably like it a lot more than I did.
     
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  31. BigRed

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    Cuckoo’s Calling was a let down for me too.
     
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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
    16. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 9/10
    17. Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5) by Daniel Silva 9/10

    18. The Faithful Spy (John Wells #1) by Alex Berenson 6/10 This was fine for a first novel in a series, and I will read the second one at some point but not as good as most of the rest of the series I read.

    19. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 9/10 This was very good and a great pick for the book club book of May. Moved through it very fast and enjoyed pretty much all of it, I was wrong about what I thought would happen in the ending and I'm not sure if that weighs a little on my rating of it. Easily one of the top books I've read this year and one of best fiction books I've read recently.
     
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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
    15) Blood Song (Ravens Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan 10/10
    16) The Lord Collector (Ravens Shadow 1.5) by Anthony Ryan 7.5/10
    17)Tower Lord (Ravens Shadow # 2) by Anthony Ryan 9.5/10
    18) Queen of Fire (Ravens Shadow # 3) by Anthony Ryan 4/10
     
  34. 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
    21) Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 8.5/10
    22) Ghost Country by Patrick Lee 8.5/10
    23) Deep Sky by Patrick Lee 7.5/10
    24) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller 7/10
    25) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/10
    26) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
    27) The rise and fall of the second largest empire in history: how Genghis Khan's Mongols almost conquered the world by Thomas Craughwell 8/10
    28) Pines by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    29) Alone on the wall by Alex Honnold 6.5/10
    30) Wayward by Blake Crouch 8/10
    31) In the garden of beasts by Erik Larson 8.5/10
    Didn't know about the night of the long knives prior to reading. Was neat to read about an inside view of this time period. And that Martha Dodd must have been one hell of a dame.
     
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  35. Lucky24Seven

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    Just got a few under my belt so far. Finished that GRRM Fire and Blood and some Conan the Barbarian short stories. Just picked up and started reading Dune for the first time. About a quarter of the way through it and am enjoying it. Nice change of pace from the High Fantasy novels I’ve been reading of late.
     
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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 ***
    29. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen **1/2
    30. Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda *****
    31. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell ****
    32. In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick ****
    33. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis ****
    34. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones ****
    35. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ***
    36. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell **1/2
    37. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell ***1/2
    38. A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean ****1/2
    39. American Gods by Neil Gaiman ****1/2
    40. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari ***
    41. Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz *****
    42. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell **
    43. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines ****
    44. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway ***1/2
    45. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden ****1/2
    46. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ***
    47. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond *****
    - fantastic read on how civilizations advance quicker or slower than others
    48. Recursion by Blake Crouch ****1/2 - terrific read for science fiction readers. It’s not as good as Dark Matter but it is a quick read that is hard to put down
    49. Churches and Churchyards of England and Wales by Richard Hayman **** - I got this book for free to review and it was interesting to learn about the history of these sites in Great Britain
    50. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens ***** - definitely lived up to all the hype. I love the use of poetry, marine biology, and the grittiness of the writing.
    51. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson ****1/2
    - it didn’t grasp my attention as much as Leonardo da Vinci did, but still a great biography on the genius and personality of Franklin
    52. The Dream House by Jess Ryder ** - stay away from this boring novel
    53. The Farm by Joanne Ramos *** - great concept but I found the execution to be lacking
    54. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ***** - quick read that is definitely hard to put down. Amazing plot
    55. The Lost Man by Jane Harper **1/2 - very anticlimactic plot from an author who I usually enjoy.
     
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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)
    13. Kellanved's Reach (Path to Ascendancy #3) - Ian C. Esslemont (7/10)
    14. The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land - Thomas Asbridge (8/10)
    15. The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien (6/10)
    16. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens (9/10)
    17. Anthony Bourdain Remembered - CNN (9/10)
    18. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) - Philip Pullman (6.5/10)
    19. Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1) - Stephen King (7.5/10)
    20. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) - Philip Pullman (6.5/10)

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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
    16. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 9/10
    17. Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5) by Daniel Silva 9/10
    18. The Faithful Spy (John Wells #1) by Alex Berenson 6/10
    19. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 9/10

    20. Go Set A Watchmen by Harper Lee 7/10 This was just okay, really expected a lot more from it. I didn't enjoy it like I enjoyed To Kill A Mockingbird but that is a very hard book to measure up to.

    21. The First Wave by Alex Kershaw 8/10 This is the first of Kershaw's books that has disappointed me, it wasn't bad but a book would have to be really awful about World War II to bother me probably. I feel like I didn't find much new in it though and that could be because I have read a lot of D-Day books.
     
  39. 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
    21) Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner 8.5/10
    22) Ghost Country by Patrick Lee 8.5/10
    23) Deep Sky by Patrick Lee 7.5/10
    24) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller 7/10
    25) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/10
    26) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
    27) The rise and fall of the second largest empire in history: how Genghis Khan's Mongols almost conquered the world by Thomas Craughwell 8/10
    28) Pines by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    29) Alone on the wall by Alex Honnold 6.5/10
    30) Wayward by Blake Crouch 8/10
    31) In the garden of beasts by Erik Larson 8.5/10
    32) The Last Town by Blake Crouch 9/10
    Really enjoyed it. I hope he decides to write a fourth novel in the series sometime in the future.
     
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  40. 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)
    15. Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives The Economy And Why It Matters For Global Capitalism / George Akerloff and Robert Shiller (7.5/10)
    16. Ways of Seeing / John Berger (7/10)
    17. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World And Why Things Are Better Than You Think / Hans Rosling (7/10)
    18. For Whom The Bell Tolls / Ernest Hemingway (8.5/10)
    19. This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works / edited by John Brockman (5/10)

    20. The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story Of America's Great Migration / Isabel Wilkerson (10/10)
    • It's great
    • It's long
    • I gained some new perspective on this period in history. Too much to list, but two things that stood out: never realized how dangerous it could be for a black person to leave the South. I figured if you had money for a train ticket that was it. Didn't realize that stuff went on to thwart peoples' efforts and try to hold them in the South. Also, didn't realize quite how the racism in the North/West worked compared to Jim Crow. I knew things weren't sunshine and roses for blacks outside the South, but I didn't know exactly how it all played out.
    • The book is basically the world's longest newspaper feature article -- it's by a career journalist and is insanely detailed on these peoples lives. A couple times I was like "come on, do I need to know the next door neighbor's first name if they're only gonna be mentioned once?" But overall I have to hand it to this author because she didn't miss a thing and she made the stories come alive.
    • One more thing that was kind of revelatory, I never realized how observable the general migration patterns were even today. Basically people from GA/FL/NC/SC tended to go to NYC/Philly/Washington, people from AL/MS tended to go to Chicago/Milwaukee/St. Louis/Ohio, people from LA/TX went out to California. I certainly knew many people growing up in SC that had relatives up in Philly/NYC.
    • Forgive me if anything I said above was ignorant; I read because I like to learn more
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    I'm 125 pages in...I may have to put this down. Not sure if this is for me. Anybody know if it gets better?
     
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  41. billdozer

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    It's been years since I read it and watched the movie, but I remember it just being ok.
     
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  42. Tangman

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    This was one of my biggest takeaways when I read this last year. I always remembered my classmates growing up talking about going to visit family in NY or DC but never really thought deeper about it.

    As for Midnight, I thought it was decent but it's been a long time since I read it. I don't think you'd really be missing out on anything if you put it down.
     
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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
    8. The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe) - 9/10
    9. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (Erik Larson) - 10/10 -
    10. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History (S.C. Gwynne) - 9/10 -
    11. Where The Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens) - 8/10
    - Fun read and I'm glad this was suggested as part of the book club as it wasn't something I'd normally read. I shared more thoughts in the book club thread and I think most folks in this thread have read it so no need to go too deep. This may sound patronizing but I feel like this would be a good book to suggest to someone that doesn't read much.
    12. Exit West (Mohsin Hamid) - 6/10 - Kinda torn on this one. For starters, Hamid is a gifted writer from a prose standpoint. This book is mostly about the refugee experience and the personal tolls that experience can have on people. I thought it started out pretty well describing the living conditions of an unnamed Middle Eastern county embroiled in civil war and a budding relationship between a young man and woman. He also challenges the assumptions that a Westerner may have about the people of those countries. However, the author then introduces these magical "doors" that pop up and whisk our main characters away to safer environs. He also interjects the main plot with short interludes where he gives brief looks into the lives of other, non-related immigrants. I enjoyed this book when it focused on the main characters, their refugee journey, and how that affected them. Just didn't understand the need for the doors and plot breakaways.
    13. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (Steve Coll) - 9/10 - This is a badass book and right up my alley. Exhaustively researched and incredibly detailed. I'm guessing a few of you here have read this so I won't get too far into the weeds but I think it speaks volumes that the very large majority of Coll's reporting was confirmed by the 9/11 commission (though Coll didn't go as easy on the Saudis and Pakistan as the commission did).I look forward to reading Coll's Directorate S, which is something of a followup, in the near future.

    Up Next - 1) Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions 2) Notes From Underground (Pevear/Volokhonsky Translation) 3) Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
     
  44. 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)
    12. A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (9/10)
    13. Apollo - Charles Murray and Catherine Cox (10/10)
    14. Failure is Not an Option - Gene Krantz (8/10)
    15. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly (7/10)

    It's an interesting part of history, with a movie to go with it, but the book felt like cliff notes of the history of the black women calculators for the NACA and NASA. There wasn't much detail to the stories behind it.