Books you read in 2020

Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by Kevintensity, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. smeegsgreen

    smeegsgreen Big fan of Koalas
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    Sorry I don’t have a computer and am too lazy to go through all of my posts to number them all in a post

    8) The Troop by Nick Cutter - 7.5/10

    Good read for the shit going on in the world. The virus is slightly different in the book though lol
     
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  2. Cornelius Suttree

    Cornelius Suttree I am a landmine
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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 (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)
    14. The Floating Opera - John Barth (8.5/10)
    15. Reflections in a Golden Eye - Carson McCullers (8/10)
    16. Play It as It Lays - Joan Didion (6/10)
    17. The Color of Night - Madison Smartt Bell (6.5/10)
    18. Clock Without Hands - Carson McCullers (10/10)
    19. Dusk and Other Stories - James Salter (7/10)

    Chose this collection of short stories because I knew I'd be able to finish it within the week timeframe I'm trying to stay on when it comes to finishing new books. Most of the stories revolve around Americans scattered around various places (some within the US) and all revolve around people who seem to be unsettled and in search of something or in need of help on some level. Pretty sad collection of stories but easy to read because of its length and the fact Salter is so good
     
  3. joey jo-jo jr shabadoo

    joey jo-jo jr shabadoo i saw a tiger and the tiger saw a man

    1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
    2. Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel
    3. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
    4. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
    5. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
    6. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
    7. The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis
    8. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
    9. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    10. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    11. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    12. Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
    13. Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay
     
  4. joey jo-jo jr shabadoo

    joey jo-jo jr shabadoo i saw a tiger and the tiger saw a man

    1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
    2. Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel
    3. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
    4. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
    5. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
    6. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
    7. The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis
    8. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
    9. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    10. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    11. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    12. Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
    13. Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay
    14. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
     
  5. billdozer

    billdozer Well-Known Member
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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)
    7. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman (7.5/10)
    8. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman (8.5/10)
    9. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman (8.5/10)
    10. Stardust - Neil Gaiman (8.5/10)
    11. Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) - Sebastien de Castell (8.5/10)
     
  6. Truman

    Truman Well-Known Member
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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 Power of the Dog (Power of the Dog #1) by Don Winslow (9/10)
    15. The Cartel (Power of the Dog #2) by Don Winslow (9/10)
    16. The Border (Power of the Dog #3) by Don Winslow (9/10)
    17. The Field of Blood, by Joanne B Freeman (7.5/10)
    18. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (7/10)
    19. A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen (7/10)
    20. Savages by Don Winslow (6/10)
    21. The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow(7/10)

    The Field of Blood - Good suggestion for book club. Left my thoughts in Book club thread

    Station Eleven - This has been on my TBR list forever. It's about the aftermath of a global pandemic where 99% of the human population is killed by a virus. Figured it was what a better time to finally read it. Enjoyed it. Her story telling style is pretty unique.

    A Beginning at the End- This is also about the aftermath of a global virus. I like the author so I read it without really knowing what it's about. His other books were time travel sci-fi. The title kind of sounds like that, so I was pretty confused when it was about a virus. Anyway - it was also pretty good, although I probably would have liked it better had I not read it immediately after Station Eleven.

    Savages and Kings of Cool. The stories of these were good. The plot was interesting. However the writing style and douchey narrator was a huge turn off. Im glad I read Winslow's Border Trilogy first. That was amazing. If I read thse two books first, I probably wouldnt have bothered.
     
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  7. Cornelius Suttree

    Cornelius Suttree I am a landmine
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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 (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)
    14. The Floating Opera - John Barth (8.5/10)
    15. Reflections in a Golden Eye - Carson McCullers (8/10)
    16. Play It as It Lays - Joan Didion (6/10)
    17. The Color of Night - Madison Smartt Bell (6.5/10)
    18. Clock Without Hands - Carson McCullers (10/10)
    19. Dusk and Other Stories - James Salter (7/10)
    20. Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy (10/10) (reread)

    My personal favorite book <3 The definition of epic :ohgosh: Nothing else really comes close to it for me :fap: The environment is so unique. The violence so unsettling. McCarthy's mastery of the English language is astounding. I learned about 100 new words the first time I read the book and continue to pick up new ones each time through. I believe the first time reading this was during summer of 2007 and I've now read it nearly 20 times since then. Been pretty obsessed with the idea of the American west since first reading it. Pretty stoked I can say I've read 20 books in three months
     
    #157 Cornelius Suttree, Mar 27, 2020 at 8:49 PM
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2020 at 11:16 PM
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  8. joey jo-jo jr shabadoo

    joey jo-jo jr shabadoo i saw a tiger and the tiger saw a man

    1. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
    2. Red Cavalry by Isaac Babel
    3. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight
    4. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
    5. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
    6. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
    7. The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis
    8. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
    9. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    10. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    11. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    12. Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti
    13. Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay
    14. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    15. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
     
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