Books you read in 2020

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  1. The Blackfish

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  2. Cornelius Suttree

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    1. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    2. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    3. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (4.5/10)
    4. Fire Sermon - Wright Morris (9/10)
    5. The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (7/10)
    6. The Throwback Special - Chris Bachelder (6.5/10)
    7. Slow Man - J.M. Coetzee (8.5/10)
    8. Ghosts - John Banville (6.5/10)

    Banville is an incredible writer, but I have found his books to be challenging reads. He uses multi-page paragraphs when characters are going all stream of consciousness and everything is a compound-complex sentence. This did not have much of a conventional plot. It was a follow-up to The Book of Evidence, but apparently not a direct sequel. It read a bit like a horror/suspense movie. Begins with a shipwreck on a desolate Irish island. Then some creepy unnamed presence takes over the narrative
     
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  3. Arrec Bardwin

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    1. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
    2. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1)- Brandon Sanderson
    3. Words of Radiance (SA #2) - Brandon Sanderson
    4. Oathbringer (SA #3) - Brandon Sanderson

    Just burned through ~4k pages in less than a month, can’t wait for #4.

    Gonna stay on Sanderson with Mistborn
     
  4. Cornelius Suttree

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    1. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    2. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    3. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (4.5/10)
    4. Fire Sermon - Wright Morris (9/10)
    5. The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (7/10)
    6. The Throwback Special - Chris Bachelder (6.5/10)
    7. Slow Man - J.M. Coetzee (8.5/10)
    8. Ghosts - John Banville (6.5/10)
    9. Solo Faces - James Salter (10/10)

    Wow. I can only think of a handful of books that brought out the range of emotions I experienced while reading this. Immediately a personal classic. Just a total breeze to read because it is expertly written, has a very compelling plot (revolving around climbing in the Alps) and features a protagonist that is cut from a rare kind of cloth. I wanted this book to go on forever
     
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  5. Cornelius Suttree

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    1. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    2. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    3. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (4.5/10)
    4. Fire Sermon - Wright Morris (9/10)
    5. The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (7/10)
    6. The Throwback Special - Chris Bachelder (6.5/10)
    7. Slow Man - J.M. Coetzee (8.5/10)
    8. Ghosts - John Banville (6.5/10)
    9. Solo Faces - James Salter (10/10)
    10. The Year of Silence - Madison Smartt Bell (7/10)

    a look at how an array of New Yorkers are each impacted by the death of a young woman. If you are interested in a touching book that hits on themes like addiction, mental health, suicide, etc. then I'd check it out, especially if you love NYC. Started it Saturday morning and finished it this afternoon on a nice sunny bench, very easy read
     
  6. Truman

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    1. Black Ops (Expeditionary Force #4) by Craig Alanson (7/10)
    2. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, by Brad Meltzer (6/10)
    3. Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski (8/10)
    4. Time of Contempt (The Witcher #2) by Andrzej Sapkowski (7/10)
    5. Family Secrets: The Case That Cripled the Chicago Mob, by Jeff Coen (8/10)
    6. Baptism by Fire (The Witcher #3) by Andrzej Sapkowsi (7/10)
    7. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (7.5/10)
    8. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (6/10)
    9. Last of the Mohicans by James Fienmore Cooper (7/10)
    10. Into the Fire (Orphan X #5) by Gregg Horowitz (8.5/10)
    11. The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston (8.5/10)
    12. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (7/10)
    13. Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War, by S.C Gwynne (8.5/10)

    American Dirt -
    There's a lot of controversy about this book. Author got a huge advance, Oprah picked it for her book club. The author is half Puerto Rican/Half white got a bunch of shit for writing a novel about the plight of a middle class mexican woman becoming a migrant on a journey to the border to escape cartel violence. The story itself was just ok. It was all kind of mis-marketed as a great social justice novel. It was more of a suspense novel. I enjoyed it. I get the criticism of it. It would of been cool if someone of mexican desent who had a better understanding of living w cartel violence ect. Even absent all the controversy, ,the book was way over hyped. It was an entertaining story, but not some great novel.

    Hymns of the Republic. Gwynne is one of my favorite NF authors. This was good, but not great. Learned a lot. I was expecting him to take a different angle or perspective, but it was pretty much a straight history of the last part of the war, the politics ect. Learned a few new things, but I had high expectations. Still glad I read it.
     
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  7. Cornelius Suttree

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    1. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    2. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    3. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (4.5/10)
    4. Fire Sermon - Wright Morris (9/10)
    5. The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (7/10)
    6. The Throwback Special - Chris Bachelder (6.5/10)
    7. Slow Man - J.M. Coetzee (8.5/10)
    8. Ghosts - John Banville (6.5/10)
    9. Solo Faces - James Salter (10/10)
    10. The Year of Silence - Madison Smartt Bell (7/10)
    11. The Hunters - James Salter (9.5/10)

    The Hunters has gotta be a) one of the finest debut novels ever and b) one of the best fiction books about aerial warfare. Published in 1956, its protagonist is a fighter pilot in the Korean War. It is super concise and gripping. It details both the battles in the air as well as on the ground among elite pilots. Kick ass. Salter is truly amazing
     
  8. Kevintensity

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    1) The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow 8.5/10
    2) The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch 8/10
    3) The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski 8/10
    4) Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman 7/10
    5) The Hot Zone by Richard Preston 8.5/10
    6) Atomic Habits by James Clear 8/10
    7) The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup 7.5/10

    Atomic Habits
    Wasn't really sure how to rate this one. I've been wanting to improve when it comes to certain things, like exercising regularly, learning a new language, being more productive in my mornings rather than just watching sportscenter and messing on my phone. I enjoyed reading this book, felt like it contained some solid info and tips for building habits. I'd like to start doing some cardio in the morning before work, and practice on my language each day rather than sporadically in bursts every once in a while. So I guess it remains to be seen what effect this book will have.

    The Chestnut Man
    Easy read that I flew through. Didn't really nail the ending for me though as far as revealing the identity of the killer. Found this while searching for books similar to the Netflix series Broadchurch. They're making it into a show that I'll watch when it comes out.
     
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  10. Truman

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    1. Black Ops (Expeditionary Force #4) by Craig Alanson (7/10)
    2. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, by Brad Meltzer (6/10)
    3. Blood of Elves (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski (8/10)
    4. Time of Contempt (The Witcher #2) by Andrzej Sapkowski (7/10)
    5. Family Secrets: The Case That Cripled the Chicago Mob, by Jeff Coen (8/10)
    6. Baptism by Fire (The Witcher #3) by Andrzej Sapkowsi (7/10)
    7. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (7.5/10)
    8. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (6/10)
    9. Last of the Mohicans by James Fienmore Cooper (7/10)
    10. Into the Fire (Orphan X #5) by Gregg Horowitz (8.5/10)
    11. The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston (8.5/10)
    12. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (7/10)
    13. Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War, by S.C Gwynne (8.5/10)
    14. The Second Founding: How The Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, by Eric Foner (8.5/10)
    15. Thaddeus Stevens: Nineteenth Century Egalitarian by Hans L Trefousse (8/10)
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    The Plot Against America by Phillip K Roth (8/10)


    Second Founding & Thaddeus Stevens - Ive been on a Civl War kick lately. The Second Founding was clearly written as a response to the awful shit the Trump admin is doing. It covers the amendments enacted right after the civil war, the intentions of the language in the amendments and the compromises made to get them passed. I learned a lot and it's basically a big fuck you to right wingers who want to bastardize the intent of these amendments, while also claiming to go by original intent.

    Thaddeus Stevens is the most underrated hero our country has. Been wanting to read something on him for a while. His name came up a lot in the Second Founding, so I found a bio on him. Someone needs to do an updated version. This was good but it;'s from the mid 90s and all the framing isnt the best. The author contends that Stevens was always frustrated w Lincoln. Felt he was all half measures. But also that Lincoln used Stevens to lead the way and normalize positions like universal suffrage and abolitionism to give Lincoln room to make it politically doable. Really found that interesting, and if true, really puts Lincoln in 4D chess territory.

    The Plot Against America - Someone posted a thread on the TV board this was a new show. Trailer looked good, and saw it was a book so I read it. It's an alternative history about when Charles Lindbergh beat FDR in the election and USA became uber Isolationist, Lindbergh gave Hitler room to operate and was always excusing his actions ect. How American slowly slipped into Authoritarianism. This book was freaky as fuck because it's like Roth had a time machine to live here and now, and jump back to the 90s where he wrote this book and took away a shitload of themes from today. Including America First slogan.


    I really need to find something lighter to read next lol.
     
  11. Cornelius Suttree

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    Roth is really really good. Check out Everyman if you liked his writing style and want a quick and easy read

    1. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    2. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    3. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (4.5/10)
    4. Fire Sermon - Wright Morris (9/10)
    5. The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (7/10)
    6. The Throwback Special - Chris Bachelder (6.5/10)
    7. Slow Man - J.M. Coetzee (8.5/10)
    8. Ghosts - John Banville (6.5/10)
    9. Solo Faces - James Salter (10/10)
    10. The Year of Silence - Madison Smartt Bell (7/10)
    11. The Hunters - James Salter (9.5/10)
    12. Lunch at the Piccadilly - Clyde Edgerton (4/10)

    I've loved every other Edgerton book I've read but this was kind of corny and lame. Set in a small town in NC, a sweet young man takes care of his loving aunt in her final year or so of life. Edgerton is generally good at playing off southern stereotypes and making religious types out to be the hypocrites they really are. But it just came across like he was trying too hard here

    started The Moviegoer by Walker Percy this afternoon and it's already so much more enjoyable :fap:
     
  12. TC

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    Loved this. "Dharma Bums" was even better IMO
     
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  13. TC

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    1. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression / Andrew Solomon (9/10)
    2. The Edifice Complex: How The Rich And Powerful (And Their Architects) Shape The World (6.5/10)
    3. Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover (7/10)

    4. Train Dreams (A Novella) / Denis Johnson (10/10)

    Man, you guys ever read this guy? A master of language and storytelling...I feel like one sentence led directly to the next. He described the entire thing in an economy of words. This could easily be a novel but he got right to the point every single page. The story is set in Idaho/Washington in the first half of the twentieth century.


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  14. BigRed

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    1. Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado ****
    2. Eevie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes **1/2
    3. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson ***1/2
    4. The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson ****
    5. How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado *****
    6. Patriot Games by Tom Clancy ****

    Currently reading Edison by Edmund Morris and The Shores of Tripoli by James Haley
     
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  15. Cornelius Suttree

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    RIP Edmund Morris
     
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  16. billdozer

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    1. The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanius #1) - James Islington (10/10) (reread)
    2. An Echo of Things to Come (Licanius #2) - James Islington (10/10) (reread)
    3. The Light of All That Falls (Licanius #3) - James Islington (10/10)
    4. Starsight (Skyward #2) - Brandon Sanderson (7.5/10)
    5. The Prestige - Christopher Priest (7.5/10)
    6. American Gods - Neil Gaiman (7.5/10)
     
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  17. Arrec Bardwin

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    1. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
    2. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1)- Brandon Sanderson
    3. Words of Radiance (SA #2) - Brandon Sanderson
    4. Oathbringer (SA #3) - Brandon Sanderson
    5. Mistborn (MB #1) - Brandon Sanderson

    Good but not as good as Stormlight books.
     
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  18. The Blackfish

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    No, they’re not, but what is?

    I love Mistborn. Make sure to read them all the way through. The Wax and Wayne books are really great as well (MB 4-6 currently, one more W&W book to come.) Read Mistborn: A Secret History after you finish Bands of Mourning.

    Also you’ve met a few characters already that may or may not have shown up in Stormlight.
     
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  19. Arrec Bardwin

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    Not saying I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it, I just feel like Stormlight is on WoT and Lord of the Rings type level.

    I mean the obvious crossover is

    Hoid

    Im guessing that sets Mistborn before Way of Kings at some point
     
  20. RegimentML

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    Stormlight is highest possible tier.

    Mistborn is also on my favorite books list and is on the tier below Stormlight.
     
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  21. TC

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    1. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression / Andrew Solomon (9/10)
    2. The Edifice Complex: How The Rich And Powerful (And Their Architects) Shape The World (6.5/10)
    3. Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover (7/10)
    4. Train Dreams (A Novella) / Denis Johnson (10/10)

    5. From Bacteria To Bach And Back: The Evolution Of Minds / Daniel Dennett (6/10)
    Pretty dry but I was able to extract a few new things to think about. This guy is trained as an analytical philosopher and it shows. Pages and pages setting up arguments and refuting imaginary challengers. Coolest idea from the book is "competence without comprehension." We think we/people do things because we understand what we're doing and we have reasons for it. Book shows all kinds of examples where organisms accomplish things without being conscious at all. Can lead to some weird examinations of your own behavior.

    Up Next --
    Local history book about the county where I grew up (Saluda, SC)
     
  22. Cornelius Suttree

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    1. No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    2. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)
    3. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon (4.5/10)
    4. Fire Sermon - Wright Morris (9/10)
    5. The Field of Vision - Wright Morris (7/10)
    6. The Throwback Special - Chris Bachelder (6.5/10)
    7. Slow Man - J.M. Coetzee (8.5/10)
    8. Ghosts - John Banville (6.5/10)
    9. Solo Faces - James Salter (10/10)
    10. The Year of Silence - Madison Smartt Bell (7/10)
    11. The Hunters - James Salter (9.5/10)
    12. Lunch at the Piccadilly - Clyde Edgerton (4/10)
    13. The Moviegoer - Walker Percy (10/10)

    Winner of the 1962 National Book Award, this wonderful book is about a young New Orleans stockbroker who fills his days with movies and casual sex. He is in search of authenticity and I think a lot of people on this board could relate to him. It's a coming of age story in some ways. Funny in parts and very touching in others. If you are from NOLA (or have ties to LSU or Tulane), you gotta read this book. This was Percy's debut novel and it reads like a male Flannery O'Connor. So polished and awesome
     
  23. BP

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    Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

     
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