Books you read in 2019

Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by billdozer, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. 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
    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
    12. Exit West (Mohsin Hamid) - 6/10
    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
    14. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (Dan Ariely) - 7.5/10
    15. Notes From Underground (Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Pevear/Volokhonsky Translation) - 8/10
    16. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (Rick Perlstein) - 9/10
    17. Bonfire of the Vanities (Tom Wolfe) - 8.5/10
    18. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (Laurence Bergreen) - 8/10 -
    A nice popular history of Magellan's voyage. Pretty wild what he accomplished considering the outright malice that most of the voyage's leaders held for him. Lots of orgies and they had a execute a guy for gay sex. Laurence does a good job explaining the politics of Spain/Portugal in that era and how those issues spill over into the voyage. Really easy read, too.
    19. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (Jon Krakauer) - 9/10 - My first Krakauer book and I can see why he's so highly regarded. This book combines a history of Mormonism with a focus on the religion's fundamentalists that were active in the late 20th/early 21st century. I never realized that polygamy was such a contentious issue in the early years of the church. Kinda funny to read about Colorado City and Jeffs group now that we know what happened there. Just a really tightly-knit narrative and a pleasurable read. I hope to read his other works soon.
    20. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (John Douglas and Mark Olshaker) - 5/10 - I shared some thoughts on this one above. I'd probably like it more had I not watched the TV show first as the show was very faithful to the book (aside from Douglas' own bio which I didn't really care about). Douglas is insanely arrogant throughout and somehow seems to always have the answers. I'd have liked to have seen more on profiling's limitations but his ego would not allow that. I'm not mad that I read it but it was a bit disappointing.
    21. The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics (Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alistair Smith) - 8.5/10 - I checked this out based on Mookie Blaylock post earlier this year. Pretty typical popular social science book in that it's a synthesis of several of the studies throughout the author's career. It's based around selectorate theory, which holds that a leader will either pursue public or private rewards for his supporters depending on the size of that leader's winning coalition. He presented some ideas that I hadn't considered before and thus I consider it a worthwhile read. Like many pop science books, it does get a little repetitive but that didn't take away enjoyment from me.

    Up Next: 1) Alexander Hamilton 2) Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup 3) Crime and Punishment (McDuff Translation)
     
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  2. Truman

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    Added the Magellan book to my list. Sounds good.

    Hamilton and Bad Blood both were outstanding. Although by the time I read Bad Blood, i had read a ton of articles and listened to a ton of podcasts i didnt learn much.
     
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    The premise sounds really interesting. May give it a go once I finish 11/22/63. I haven't read in about a week :/
     
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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 Ageby 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)
    36. Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (6.5/10)
    37. Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed (7.5/10)
    38. The River by Peter Heller (8.5/10)
    39. Recursion by Blake Crouch (9/10)
    40. The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson (9/10)
    41. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (8.5/10)
    42. Red War (Mitch Rapp #17) by Kyle Mills (9/10)
    42. The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) by Greg Iles (9.5/10)
    43. Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2) by Greg Iles (9/10)
    44. The Chain by Adrian McKinty (8/10)
    45. The New Girl (Gabriel Allon #19) by Daniel Silva (8.5/10)
    46. Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason, by Timothy Zahn (6.5/10)
    47. The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) by Gregg Illes (6.6/10)
    48. Natchez Burning (Penn Cage #4) by Greg Iles (8/10)
    49. Dark Age (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (9/10)
    50. My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithewaite (7/10)
    51. The Bone Tree (Penn Cage #5) by Greg Iles (8/10)
    52. Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage #6) by Greg Iles (9/10)
    53. The Nickel Boys by Colston Whitehead (6/10)
    54. Mindhunter by John Douglass (6/10)
    55. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (8/10)
    56. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore (7/10)
    57. Lethal Agent (Mitch Rapp #18) by Kyle Mills (6/10)
    58. The Water Dancer by Ta-Neshi Coates (7/10)
    59. Dry by Neal Shusterman
    60 . The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (7/10)
    61. The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller #3) by J.D. Barker (8/10)
    62. Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper (9/10)

    Ghosts of Eden Park -
    This is about George Remus. Biggest bootlegger in the Prohibition Era. He was in Boardwalk Empire if anyone watched that. It was just ok. It was mostly about the trail and the female DA that brought him down. It was pretty straightforward. Kinda meh. I was more interested how he became king, but they just kind of glossed over.

    The Sixth Wicked Child This was a really good crime/ serial killer thriller trilogy. Lots of big twists. Highly recommend. Not as much as a psychological thriller as Silence of the Lambs, but like kind of the same feel if that’s your thing.

    Unfollow - Memoir by Megan Phelps, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church infamy. She grew up in the church obviously. She was thier most visible social media person on twitter. Pushed out all their hate propaganda ect. Truly mindwahsed by that church, her parents and her grandfather. She left the WBC in her mid 20s. It was only 3 years ago, actually. I usually don’t enjoy memoirs because the authors are often unreliable narrators. And I think she was too, but i really enjoyed it. I never thought I’d be the least bit sympathetic to someone who proudly ran all those horrible protests they do. But i am a little bit.

    This book really hit home for me, in this current environment. Her eyes were opened, slowly, a little bit at a time, by people who were civil to her, and not shouting her down all the time. I cant help but think of his board, and twitter w the dog piling on people that have hateful / loathesome opinions. It wasnt the people that flung shit back at her and telling her she was an awful person. It was the people that killed her w kindness and pointed out the hypocrisy, little by little. Some of her best friends are those she antagonized ruthlessly on twitter, because they say how misguided she was. In away I suppose that's more easy to do w someone like her, where you cant fully blame her from being indoctrinated into a cult since birth, than some racist redneck. idk. it just made me think a lot how we interact w people.
     
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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)
    21. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story / John Berendt (6.5/10)
    22. How Not To Be Wrong: The Power Of Mathematical Thinking / Jordan Ellenberg (7.5/10)
    23. Sam The Cat Detective / Linda Stewart (10/10)
    24. Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) / David Hackett Fischer (7/10)
    25. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters / Matt Ridley (9/10)
    26. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventues of a Curious Character / Ralph Leighton (8/10)
    27. Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration / Sam Quinones (8/10)
    28. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience / Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (10/10)
    29. The Greeks / H.D.F. Kitto (5/10)

    30. Be Here Now / Ram Dass (10/10) -- Saw this mystical looking book in a used book shop in Asheville and was like hmmm this looks interesting. Turns out to be one of the big influential books of the spiritual/new age movement of the early 70s. The guy who wrote it was originally a Harvard professor named Richard Alpert. The book has four parts. The first part of the book is the guy's bio of how he went from Richard Alpert to Ram Dass. He was at Harvard when Timothy Leary was and did all kinds of experiments with LSD and psilocybin then eventually went to India to study with mystics. Second part of the book is wise sayings basically, but the pages are all decorated and cool looking:
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    The paper at this part is made out of almost brown paper bag type stuff and it's written sideways across the page. That part goes for about 100 pages and then there's a "cookbook" of stuff you can do to become more enlightened. It's not food recipes though, it's like different meditation techniques, yoga stretches, ways to breathe, how to set up your own Zen monastery, etc. The final part is a long list of other books to check out. The first part was the most fun to read, but I got lots of enlightenment out of the other parts too.


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  6. billdozer

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    Had to reverse google search to get the reference. So there was a guy named Richard Alpert in Lost? Assuming that's where they'd have gotten the name...this book was widely read back in the 70s
     
  8. billdozer

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    Yes, many of the character names in Lost were based on influential scientists, writers, etc.
     
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    Really enjoyed a lot of the behind the scenes of the U2 and SR-71 and other spycraft.
    Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

     
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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. The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    6. The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
    7. The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    8. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? - Gary Wolf (8/10)
    9. The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe (10/10)
    10. On the Shoulders of Titans, A History of Project Gemini - NASA (8/10)
    11. A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (9/10)
    12. Apollo - Charles Murray and Catherine Cox (10/10)
    13. Failure is Not an Option - Gene Krantz (8/10)
    14. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly (7/10)
    15. Rise of the Rocket Girls - Nathalia Holt (8.5/10)
    16. The Martian - Andy Weir (10/10)
    17. Unsouled (Cradle #1) - Will Wight (9/10)
    18. Soulsmith (Cradle #2) - Will Wight (9/10)
    19. Blackflame (Cradle #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    20. Skysworn (Cradle #4) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    21. Ghostwater (Cradle #5) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    22. Underlord (Cradle #6) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    23. House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate #1) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    24. The Crimson Vault (The Traveler's Gate #2) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    25. City of Light (The Traveler's Gate #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    26. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    27. Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    28. Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    29. Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    30. King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    31. Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire #3) - Mark Lawrence (8/10)
    32. Uncrowned (Cradle #7) - Will Wight (8/10)
    33. Skyward (Skyward #1) - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
     
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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
    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
    33) Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl 8.5/10
    34) Recursion by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    35) The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman 7/10
    36) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre 9/10
    37) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 6.5/10
    38) The Stranger by Albert Camus 7/10
    39) Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott 6/10
    40) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre 6/10
    41) The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini 7/10
    42) The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel 9/10
    43) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin 8/10
     
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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 *****
    48. Recursion by Blake Crouch ****1/2
    49. Churches and Churchyards of England and Wales by Richard Hayman ****
    50. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens *****
    51. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson ****1/2
    52. The Dream House by Jess Ryder **
    53. The Farm by Joanne Ramos ***
    54. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides *****
    55. The Lost Man by Jane Harper **1/2
    56. The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) - Greg Iles *****
    57. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson ***1/2
    58. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan ****
    59. Rebel Richmond: Life and Death in the Confederate Capital by Stephen Ash ***1/2
    60. America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock ***1/2
    61. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson *****
    62. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole ****1/2
    63. The Greatest Knight by Thomas Asbridge ****1/2
    64. The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan ****
    65. Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World by Andy Stanley ****1/2
    66. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov ***
    67. The Night Before by Wendy Walker *
    68. Dune by Frank Herbert *****
    69. The Cooking Gene by Michael Twitty **
    70. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake *1/2
    71. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Marie Semple ****
    72. The Byzantine World War by Nick Holmes ****
    73. Dare to Lead by Beene Brown ***
    74. The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters **1/2
    75. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy *** - the three different storylines all moved at a different pace for me. And I felt the first half of the book to be drawn out. I’m going to try Hunt for Red October or Patriot Games next.
    76. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks ****
    77. Alexander the Great by Anthony Everitt **1/2
    78. Turning Angel by Greg Iles ****1/2
    79. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan ****1/2
    80. Lost You by Haylen Beck ***
    81. The Lost World by Michael Crichton ****
    82. The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel by Julie Satow ****
    83. Mistress at the Ritz by Benjamin Melanie ***1/2
    84. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane ****
    85. The Warehouse by Rob Hart **
    86. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware ****
    87. Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations by Admiral William H. McRaven ***** - an amazing book by a total badass. Highly recommend it
    88. Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth **1/2
    89. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan ****1/2
    90. 1776 by David McCullough ***1/2
    91. Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War by S.C. Gwynne *****
    92. The Golden Compass by Phillip Phulman ***
    93. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin **
    94. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda ***1/2 -
    a quick read that is pretty enjoyable.
    95. Craven Manor by Darcy Coates ***1/2 - it sort’ve reminded me of a more mature Goosebumps book
    96. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson ****1/2
    97. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris *
    98. Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins by Annie Jacobsen ****1/2

    This was a very enjoyable read to give insight on the secret spec ops missions. Definitely recommend for all history buffs
    99. Wanderers by Chuck Wendig * - I liked the book for the first quarter, but it quickly took a turn and became a bore to get through after halfway through.
    100. Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge #1) by Ken Follett ***** - I read this incredibly fast because I was so immersed with the story and the suspense of what was to happen to the characters, which was nerve-wrecking at times
     
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    The Home Front: Life in America During World War II
     
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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
    33) Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl 8.5/10
    34) Recursion by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    35) The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman 7/10
    36) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre 9/10
    37) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 6.5/10
    38) The Stranger by Albert Camus 7/10
    39) Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott 6/10
    40) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre 6/10
    41) The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini 7/10
    42) The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel 9/10
    43) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin 8/10
    44) The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin 8.5/10
     
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    Ankiel’s book was great.
     
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    Finding Ultra, Revised and Updated Edition: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

     
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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)
    21. Hamilton: The Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (9.5/10)
    22. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (7/10)
    23. The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones - Anthony Bourdain (8/10)
    24. Recursion - Blake Crouch (7/10)
    25. Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster - Adam Higginbotham (9/10)
    26. The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun #1) - Gene Wolfe (5/10)
    27. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway (9/10)
    28. Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs - Buddy Levy (8/10)
    29. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World - Steven Johnson (9/10)
    30. Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel - Taffy Brodesser-Akner (6/10)
    31. The Complete Maus - Art Spiegelman (9/10)
    32. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein (8.5/10)
    33. Hiroshima - John Hersey (8/10)
    34. Night (Night #1) - Elie Wiesel (8/10)
    35. Lord Foul's Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #1) - Stephen Donaldson (6/10)
    36. Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1) - Joseph Heller (6/10)
    37. Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan - Herbert P. Bix (7.5/10)
    38. Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4) - Pierce Brown (9/10)
    39. The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (7/10)
    40. 1776 - David McCullough (8.5/10)
    41. A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines - Anthony Bourdain (8.5/10)
    42. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation - Joseph J. Ellis (9/10)

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    Bourdain has more than one book right? Is this the best one?
     
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    He has three that are non-fiction. There’s a fourth called No Reservations but from what I’ve heard it’s a bunch of pictures with a few stories. His first is probably the best. I’d rank them:

    1. Kitchen Confidential
    2. A Cook’s Tour
    3. Medium Raw

    His first is what made him famous. A Cook’s Tour was written when he was making his first show, of the same name. Medium Raw is near the latter years of No Reservations, prior to Parts Unknown.

    Edit: Also there’s a short story collection called The Nasty Bits, which is solid.
     
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    RegimentML is about to read two outstanding books.
     
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    I’m on a good run
     
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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 Ageby 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)
    36. Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (6.5/10)
    37. Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed (7.5/10)
    38. The River by Peter Heller (8.5/10)
    39. Recursion by Blake Crouch (9/10)
    40. The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson (9/10)
    41. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (8.5/10)
    42. Red War (Mitch Rapp #17) by Kyle Mills (9/10)
    42. The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) by Greg Iles (9.5/10)
    43. Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2) by Greg Iles (9/10)
    44. The Chain by Adrian McKinty (8/10)
    45. The New Girl (Gabriel Allon #19) by Daniel Silva (8.5/10)
    46. Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason, by Timothy Zahn (6.5/10)
    47. The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) by Gregg Illes (6.6/10)
    48. Natchez Burning (Penn Cage #4) by Greg Iles (8/10)
    49. Dark Age (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (9/10)
    50. My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithewaite (7/10)
    51. The Bone Tree (Penn Cage #5) by Greg Iles (8/10)
    52. Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage #6) by Greg Iles (9/10)
    53. The Nickel Boys by Colston Whitehead (6/10)
    54. Mindhunter by John Douglass (6/10)
    55. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (8/10)
    56. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore (7/10)
    57. Lethal Agent (Mitch Rapp #18) by Kyle Mills (6/10)
    58. The Water Dancer by Ta-Neshi Coates (7/10)
    59. Dry by Neal Shusterman
    60 . The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (7/10)
    61. The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller #3) by J.D. Barker (8/10)
    62. Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper (9/10)
    63. Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo (8/10)
    64. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow (9/10)
    65. Hex by Thomas Olde Huevelt (7.5/10)

    Ninth House -
    This is the first book in a new series. The book takes place at Yale. All the secret societies are powered by the occult and supernatural shit. The reason all these people that come from the secret societies become Presidents, billionaire hedgefund managers, elites ect are not because they're in a special club of elites, but because those Skull and Crossbones type clubs use dark magic to make them successful. Im not a big High Fantasy guy, but this stuff where it's grounded more in the real world is my jam. Really enjoyed this one

    Catch and Kill -
    This book is incredible. When I first heard about it, I didnt have much interest. I thought it was just about how Harvey Weinstien is a scumbag. It's definitely about that - but it's really about the effort to cover up/ Catch and Kill the story. The level of corruption and what was seen as just the cost of doing business is absurd. Great book, for a genre (books that come from news reporting) I usually dont have much interest in.

    Hex -
    Im not a big horror guy, but in the spirit on Halloween I said fuck it. Heard about this book on a podcast. Damn it was pretty scary. Definitely get Stephen King vibes from it, without it feeling like a knock off of a King book. Glad I got outside of my comfort zone.
     
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    Just randomly started thinking, I'd love a book from Greg Maddux on all of his pitching stories
     
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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)
    21. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story / John Berendt (6.5/10)
    22. How Not To Be Wrong: The Power Of Mathematical Thinking / Jordan Ellenberg (7.5/10)
    23. Sam The Cat Detective / Linda Stewart (10/10)
    24. Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) / David Hackett Fischer (7/10)
    25. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters / Matt Ridley (9/10)
    26. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventues of a Curious Character / Ralph Leighton (8/10)
    27. Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration / Sam Quinones (8/10)
    28. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience / Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (10/10)
    29. The Greeks / H.D.F. Kitto (5/10)
    30. Be Here Now / Ram Dass (10/10)

    31. Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop / Marc Myers (8/10)
    Collection of columns where author interviews the people behind various hit songs and gets the stories. Presented chronologically in the book. Lot of feel good stories. Most interesting thing is how changing technology dictates the type of music you end up hearing. AM radio needed short songs so it was all about singles. FM radio needed to fill airtime so longer songs and full albums came en vogue. Etc.

    32. Night / Elie Wiesel (10/10)
    "A slim volume of terrifying power." That's the review on the cover of the edition I have and yep, that about sums it up. Crazy how you can learn about the Holocaust, not read about it for a while, then read something else and become outraged all over again. I wish there was some way for those people to have retribution

    33. People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil / M. Scott Peck (1/10)
    Didn't like it so I bailed after 50 pages. I thought the book was about the scientific psychology of "evil" but it's too much from a religious perspective for me


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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
    21. The First Wave by Alex Kershaw 8/10
    22. Palace of Treason (Red Sparrow Trilogy #2) by Jason Matthews 9/10
    23. Spymaster (Scot Harvath #18) by Brad Thor 5/10
    24. I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer 9/10
    25. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson 9/10

    26. The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6) by Daniel Silva 8/10 Another good book in what might be my favorite series right now.

    27. Red War (Mitch Rapp #17) by Kyle Mills 7/10 This had a pretty good idea but just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been for me.

    28. An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence by Judith Testa 6/10 This was a pretty basic guide to art in Florence and would be okay to give an idea of some pieces to see but glosses over some works. It’s definitely not a complete guide and to be honest it doesn’t claim to be, but I was left wanting either more history about the works or more works covered by the book.
     
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    Lots of good books. Devil in the White City is one of my favorites. Larson has a new book coming out early 2020 about Churchill. Although, I thought his last couple books were sub par to his standard.

    I cant remember what book the Messanger was, but the early books in Gabriel Allon are so so good. Also had the same opinion of Red War.
     
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    You are to books what Arkadin was to people. (Meant as a compliment)
     
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    thanks. Most of us all kind of read the same books, so at some point a lot of us have familiarity w them. Youre the odd ball that reads outside the genres most of us read here. That's a good thing.
     
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    Yeah I’m about to finish An Army at Dawn and just started Song of Solomon so the good books I think are continuing. Just wish I could find more time to read this year.
     
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    Also RIP Arkadin Hope he comes back at some point
     
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    American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent

     
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    This was awesome
     
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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
    33) Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl 8.5/10
    34) Recursion by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    35) The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman 7/10
    36) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre 9/10
    37) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 6.5/10
    38) The Stranger by Albert Camus 7/10
    39) Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott 6/10
    40) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre 6/10
    41) The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini 7/10
    42) The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel 9/10
    43) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin 8/10
    44) The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin 8.5/10
    45) Dracula by Bram Stoker 7/10
     
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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. The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    6. The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
    7. The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    8. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? - Gary Wolf (8/10)
    9. The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe (10/10)
    10. On the Shoulders of Titans, A History of Project Gemini - NASA (8/10)
    11. A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (9/10)
    12. Apollo - Charles Murray and Catherine Cox (10/10)
    13. Failure is Not an Option - Gene Krantz (8/10)
    14. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly (7/10)
    15. Rise of the Rocket Girls - Nathalia Holt (8.5/10)
    16. The Martian - Andy Weir (10/10)
    17. Unsouled (Cradle #1) - Will Wight (9/10)
    18. Soulsmith (Cradle #2) - Will Wight (9/10)
    19. Blackflame (Cradle #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    20. Skysworn (Cradle #4) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    21. Ghostwater (Cradle #5) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    22. Underlord (Cradle #6) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    23. House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate #1) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    24. The Crimson Vault (The Traveler's Gate #2) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    25. City of Light (The Traveler's Gate #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    26. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    27. Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    28. Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    29. Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    30. King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    31. Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire #3) - Mark Lawrence (8/10)
    32. Uncrowned (Cradle #7) - Will Wight (8/10)
    33. Skyward (Skyward #1) - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    34. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10) - rereading because the last book in the series came out.
     
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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
    33) Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl 8.5/10
    34) Recursion by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    35) The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman 7/10
    36) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre 9/10
    37) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 6.5/10
    38) The Stranger by Albert Camus 7/10
    39) Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott 6/10
    40) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre 6/10
    41) The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini 7/10
    42) The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel 9/10
    43) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin 8/10
    44) The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin 8.5/10
    45) Dracula by Bram Stoker 7/10
    46) Dream Team by Jack McCallum 9/10
    47) Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh 10/10
     
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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 Ageby 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)
    36. Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (6.5/10)
    37. Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed (7.5/10)
    38. The River by Peter Heller (8.5/10)
    39. Recursion by Blake Crouch (9/10)
    40. The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson (9/10)
    41. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (8.5/10)
    42. Red War (Mitch Rapp #17) by Kyle Mills (9/10)
    42. The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) by Greg Iles (9.5/10)
    43. Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2) by Greg Iles (9/10)
    44. The Chain by Adrian McKinty (8/10)
    45. The New Girl (Gabriel Allon #19) by Daniel Silva (8.5/10)
    46. Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason, by Timothy Zahn (6.5/10)
    47. The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) by Gregg Illes (6.6/10)
    48. Natchez Burning (Penn Cage #4) by Greg Iles (8/10)
    49. Dark Age (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown (9/10)
    50. My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithewaite (7/10)
    51. The Bone Tree (Penn Cage #5) by Greg Iles (8/10)
    52. Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage #6) by Greg Iles (9/10)
    53. The Nickel Boys by Colston Whitehead (6/10)
    54. Mindhunter by John Douglass (6/10)
    55. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (8/10)
    56. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore (7/10)
    57. Lethal Agent (Mitch Rapp #18) by Kyle Mills (6/10)
    58. The Water Dancer by Ta-Neshi Coates (7/10)
    59. Dry by Neal Shusterman
    60 . The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (7/10)
    61. The Sixth Wicked Child (4MK Thriller #3) by J.D. Barker (8/10)
    62. Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope by Megan Phelps-Roper (9/10)
    63. Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo (8/10)
    64. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow (9/10)
    65. Hex by Thomas Olde Huevelt (7.5/10)
    66. Blue Moon (Jack Reacher #24) by Lee Child (8/10)
    67. The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses, by Dan Carlin (7/10)
    68. Edison, by Edmund Morris (6/10)



    Blue Moon - Loved it. Best Reacher book in a while


    The End is Always Near - I actually went the audiobook route on this one. Figured like it would be a long Hardcore History Pod, and it was. I think if I read this, and it was by someone not named Dan Carlin, I would like it a lot less. Its pretty meandering and more speculative ect. Things that make a podcast great, but as a history commentary - there's really no point to it, except civilizations have collapse and almost collapsed a bazillion times since humans formed them.

    Edison - What. A. Bummer. Morris' Roosevelt's Trilogy was amazing. This was not. He Benjamin Button'd this book. Started w Edison's death and worked backwards to his upbringing. It was a dumbass as way to tell a biography. It was disjointed and anti climatic. Learned a lot about Edison. He was a massive asshole. Fortunately for Modernity, he was a dedicated inventor and not just a full out capitalist robber baron. He would have fucked over everyone more than he already did lol.
     
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  38. BigRed

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    Sucks about Edison. I bought it recently and have been excited about reading it
     
  39. Truman

    Truman Well-Known Member
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    Maybe the reverse story telling won’t bother you as much as it did me. The info was interesting but the delivery irked me :idk:
     
  40. Kevintensity

    Kevintensity Get that gleam
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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
    33) Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl 8.5/10
    34) Recursion by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    35) The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman 7/10
    36) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre 9/10
    37) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 6.5/10
    38) The Stranger by Albert Camus 7/10
    39) Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott 6/10
    40) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre 6/10
    41) The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini 7/10
    42) The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel 9/10
    43) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin 8/10
    44) The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin 8.5/10
    45) Dracula by Bram Stoker 7/10
    46) Dream Team by Jack McCallum 9/10
    47) Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh 10/10
    48) Craven Manor by Darcy Coates 7.5/10
    Saw it described as an adult Goosebumps book, pretty spot on. I enjoyed it for what it was worth.
    49) The Whisper Man by Alex North 9/10
    Felt kind of like I was reading a season of Broadchurch
     
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  41. BP

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    Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World




    Really interesting book about 2 shipwrecks that happened in the 1860s on the same island but on opposite sides.
     
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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. The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    6. The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
    7. The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    8. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? - Gary Wolf (8/10)
    9. The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe (10/10)
    10. On the Shoulders of Titans, A History of Project Gemini - NASA (8/10)
    11. A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (9/10)
    12. Apollo - Charles Murray and Catherine Cox (10/10)
    13. Failure is Not an Option - Gene Krantz (8/10)
    14. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly (7/10)
    15. Rise of the Rocket Girls - Nathalia Holt (8.5/10)
    16. The Martian - Andy Weir (10/10)
    17. Unsouled (Cradle #1) - Will Wight (9/10)
    18. Soulsmith (Cradle #2) - Will Wight (9/10)
    19. Blackflame (Cradle #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    20. Skysworn (Cradle #4) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    21. Ghostwater (Cradle #5) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    22. Underlord (Cradle #6) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    23. House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate #1) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    24. The Crimson Vault (The Traveler's Gate #2) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    25. City of Light (The Traveler's Gate #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    26. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    27. Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    28. Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    29. Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    30. King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    31. Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire #3) - Mark Lawrence (8/10)
    32. Uncrowned (Cradle #7) - Will Wight (8/10)
    33. Skyward (Skyward #1) - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    34. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10) - reread
    35. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10) - reread
     
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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)
    21. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story / John Berendt (6.5/10)
    22. How Not To Be Wrong: The Power Of Mathematical Thinking / Jordan Ellenberg (7.5/10)
    23. Sam The Cat Detective / Linda Stewart (10/10)
    24. Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) / David Hackett Fischer (7/10)
    25. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters / Matt Ridley (9/10)
    26. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventues of a Curious Character / Ralph Leighton (8/10)
    27. Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration / Sam Quinones (8/10)
    28. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience / Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (10/10)
    29. The Greeks / H.D.F. Kitto (5/10)
    30. Be Here Now / Ram Dass (10/10)
    31. Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop / Marc Myers (8/10)
    32. Night / Elie Wiesel (10/10)
    33. People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil / M. Scott Peck (1/10)

    34. The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History / Stephen Jay Gould (6/10)
    More of the same from the first Stephen Jay Gould book I read, "Ever Since Darwin." He has like 8 more but I'll probably stop here. What I like about it is it's like a nature show -- he tells you about some crazy ass adaptation an animal has or something and how that came about in evolution and what it means for the rest of the natural world, etc. What I don't like is he's writing for another person like himself that is intensely logical and skeptical so he sets his arguments out in a careful and laborious way. Basically the first paragraph hooks you, then he spends the next 6-8 pages laying it out where not even uscwatson21 could argue with him. I'd prefer a book that's more like "here's cool shit about nature; I won't bore you with the technical details."

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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)
    21. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story / John Berendt (6.5/10)
    22. How Not To Be Wrong: The Power Of Mathematical Thinking / Jordan Ellenberg (7.5/10)
    23. Sam The Cat Detective / Linda Stewart (10/10)
    24. Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) / David Hackett Fischer (7/10)
    25. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters / Matt Ridley (9/10)
    26. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventues of a Curious Character / Ralph Leighton (8/10)
    27. Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration / Sam Quinones (8/10)
    28. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience / Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (10/10)
    29. The Greeks / H.D.F. Kitto (5/10)
    30. Be Here Now / Ram Dass (10/10)
    31. Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop / Marc Myers (8/10)
    32. Night / Elie Wiesel (10/10)
    33. People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil / M. Scott Peck (1/10)
    34. The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History / Stephen Jay Gould (6/10)

    35. Stoner / John Williams (9/10)

    Very solid novel. Set on a college campus and about academic life so I loved it. Truman it's actually about Mizzou; not sure if you're familiar. Guy has several other novels that are supposed to be really good/literary. Book is from mid 60s


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  45. Cornelius Suttree

    Cornelius Suttree I am a landmine
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    just finished Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. It's also about academic life, really it's about the relationship between two couples but they met at U Wisconsin and there's tons of discussion about campus culture. I think anyone with ties to Madison, or who grew up on/around a college campus would really love it. People who just generally like high level writing and character development would also like it

    I'm planning on being really weird this weekend so I'll try to stay up late and do a tally on the books I read this year. I tried to read a book a week this year and while I didn't sustain that pace I want to keep shooting for that goal because it has helped me read a lot more :fap:
     
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  46. Cornelius Suttree

    Cornelius Suttree I am a landmine
    Donor TMB OG

    this is not in order of how I read them, other than the very last one but maybe a 2020 New Year's Resolution can be to try to keep up with yall

    1) Zero K - Don DeLillo (7/10)
    2) Great Jones Street - Don DeLillo (8.5/10)
    3) Americana - Don DeLillo (9/10)
    4) Libra - Don DeLillo (10/10)
    5) Running Dog - Don DeLillo (8/10)
    6) The Names - Don DeLillo (6.5/10)
    7) Players - Don DeLillo (7.5/10)
    8) Seize the Day - Saul Bellow (9/10)
    9) Humboldt's Gift - Saul Bellow (9.5/10)
    10) Waiting for the End of the World - Madison Smartt Bell (8/10)
    11) Carpenter's Gothic - William Gaddis (9.5/10)
    12) Wildlife - Richard Ford (8/10)
    13) A Piece of My Heart - Richard Ford (9/10)
    14) The Ultimate Good Luck - Richard Ford (8.5/10)
    15) Rock Springs - Richard Ford (8/10)
    16) A Multitude of Sins - Richard Ford (6.5/10)
    17) Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon (7/10)
    18) Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon (6.5/10)
    19) Everyman - Philip Roth (6.5/10)
    20) Old School - Tobias Wolff (6/10)
    21) The Barrack's Thief - Tobias Wolff (8.5/10)
    22) Love Among the Cannibals - Wright Morris (9.5/10)
    23) Where Trouble Sleeps - Clyde Edgerton (7/10)
    24) The Floatplane Notebooks - Clyde Edgerton (7/10)
    25) In Memory of Junior - Clyde Edgerton (7/10)
    26) A Month of Sundays - John Updike (5/10)
    27) Terrorist - John Updike (8/10)
    28) Of the Farm - John Updike (8/10)
    29) Amulet - Roberto Bolano (4.5/10)
    30) Distant Star - Roberto Bolano (5/10)
    31) Talking It Over - Julian Barnes (6.5/10)
    32) Legs - William Kennedy (8.5/10)
    33) Billy Phelan's Greatest Game - William Kennedy (9/10)
    34) Ironweed - William Kennedy (9/10)
    35) Bel Canto - Ann Patchett (7.5/10)
    36) The Confidential Agent - Graham Greene (6.5/10)
    37) The Untouchable - John Banville (8.5/10)
    38) The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers (9.5/10)
    39) Crossing to Safety - Wallace Stegner (9/10)
     
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  47. Kevintensity

    Kevintensity Get that gleam
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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
    33) Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl 8.5/10
    34) Recursion by Blake Crouch 8.5/10
    35) The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrick Backman 7/10
    36) The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarre 9/10
    37) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 6.5/10
    38) The Stranger by Albert Camus 7/10
    39) Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott 6/10
    40) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre 6/10
    41) The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini 7/10
    42) The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel 9/10
    43) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin 8/10
    44) The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin 8.5/10
    45) Dracula by Bram Stoker 7/10
    46) Dream Team by Jack McCallum 9/10
    47) Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh 10/10
    48) Craven Manor by Darcy Coates 7.5/10
    49) The Whisper Man by Alex North 9/10
    50) The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin 6.5/10
    A lot of this book seemed unnecessary, first 2/3 felt like a chore to read.
    51) Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrick Backman 8.5/10
    Really enjoy his writing, have now read all of his books.

    Within striking distance of my 52 book goal
     
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  48. Room 15

    Room 15 Mi equipo esta Los Tigres
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    Auburn TigersAtlanta BravesAtlanta FalconsAtlanta UnitedUnited States Men's National Soccer TeamLiverpool

    Impressive. I’m About to finish my 22nd which is a record for me.
     
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  49. billdozer

    billdozer Well-Known Member
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    Clemson TigersCarolina Panthers

    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. The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    6. The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) - Michael Sullivan (8.5/10)
    7. The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) - Michael Sullivan (8/10)
    8. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? - Gary Wolf (8/10)
    9. The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe (10/10)
    10. On the Shoulders of Titans, A History of Project Gemini - NASA (8/10)
    11. A Man on the Moon - Andrew Chaikin (9/10)
    12. Apollo - Charles Murray and Catherine Cox (10/10)
    13. Failure is Not an Option - Gene Krantz (8/10)
    14. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly (7/10)
    15. Rise of the Rocket Girls - Nathalia Holt (8.5/10)
    16. The Martian - Andy Weir (10/10)
    17. Unsouled (Cradle #1) - Will Wight (9/10)
    18. Soulsmith (Cradle #2) - Will Wight (9/10)
    19. Blackflame (Cradle #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    20. Skysworn (Cradle #4) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    21. Ghostwater (Cradle #5) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    22. Underlord (Cradle #6) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    23. House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate #1) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    24. The Crimson Vault (The Traveler's Gate #2) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    25. City of Light (The Traveler's Gate #3) - Will Wight (8.5/10)
    26. Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    27. Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) - Mark Lawrence (9.5/10)
    28. Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    29. Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    30. King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2) - Mark Lawrence (8.5/10)
    31. Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire #3) - Mark Lawrence (8/10)
    32. Uncrowned (Cradle #7) - Will Wight (8/10)
    33. Skyward (Skyward #1) - Brandon Sanderson (9/10)
    34. The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) - Brent Weeks (9/10) - reread
    35. The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10) - reread
    36. The Broken Eye (Lightbringer #3) - Brent Weeks (9.5/10) - reread
     
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  50. TC

    TC #UofSC #SpursUp
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    South Carolina GamecocksSeattle Supersonics

    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)
    21. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story / John Berendt (6.5/10)
    22. How Not To Be Wrong: The Power Of Mathematical Thinking / Jordan Ellenberg (7.5/10)
    23. Sam The Cat Detective / Linda Stewart (10/10)
    24. Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History) / David Hackett Fischer (7/10)
    25. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters / Matt Ridley (9/10)
    26. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Adventues of a Curious Character / Ralph Leighton (8/10)
    27. Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration / Sam Quinones (8/10)
    28. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience / Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (10/10)
    29. The Greeks / H.D.F. Kitto (5/10)
    30. Be Here Now / Ram Dass (10/10)
    31. Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop / Marc Myers (8/10)
    32. Night / Elie Wiesel (10/10)
    33. People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil / M. Scott Peck (1/10)
    34. The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History / Stephen Jay Gould (6/10)
    35. Stoner / John Williams (9/10)

    36. A Musical Pilgrimage / Nick Rossi (4/10)
    Got this book for 50 cents at a Music Library selloff in college, had it on my shelf ever since. Finally got around to reading it as I prepare for an upcoming trip to Europe next weekend (:smug:) It's about a UCLA music professor in 1971 who visited Europe and went to all these sites associated with composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Debussy, Ravel, etc. The writing is straightforward af: "This is what the house looked like. This is what the rooms looked like." Pretty dry but exposed me to some cool smaller places in Europe I didn't know about. Also enjoyed the random details of what it was like traveling through Europe in the 70s; crossing the border at communist countries and such.


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