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Title: 50 books in 2015
Post by: clemsonfan on January 04, 2015, 02:37:14 PM
1. Let'sExplore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris.
Hilarious like his other books. It makes me want to see him again next time he comes to town.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2015, 09:09:42 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 06, 2015, 03:27:24 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
It's taken me far too long to finish this. The first half of the book was rollercoastery good, so much so that I was recommending it to all who would listen to me. Then, the third quarter of it dragged like a motherfucker and I began to regret my initial raving. Then, with the final few chapters it became interesting again. I would guess that the book was ghost written of a fashion but that Nash himself took over that dull drugs-hatecrosby-lovecrosby-tour-drugs-loveyoung-hateyoung-stillsismyfriend-stillsisanasshole-drugs-tour-drugs-studio-drugs-drugs-drugs-imissjoni-drugs-tour-peace,man section
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on January 06, 2015, 04:19:38 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook

Holbrook, a native of Eastern Kentucjy and an associate professor of English at Morehead State University, writes with a gritty, unflinching realism about the poverty, isolation, struggles and change facing the people of a region devastated by the coal, strip mining and timber industries. Each short story in this slim compilation chronicles and indeed champions the working poor of Appalachia, and could only be written by someone who has lived within this world. I have read very few writers of Appalachian culture who actually get it right. Janice Holt Giles got it, eventually, after years of being an outsider, but without a doubt Holbrook gets it exactly.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: clemsonfan on January 10, 2015, 09:58:04 PM
1. Let'sExplore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris.
Hilarious like his other books. It makes me want to see him again next time he comes to town.

2. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Very entertaining novel. I plan on adding the sequel to my list.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on January 13, 2015, 07:07:13 AM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook

Holbrook, a native of Eastern Kentucjy and an associate professor of English at Morehead State University, writes with a gritty, unflinching realism about the poverty, isolation, struggles and change facing the people of a region devastated by the coal, strip mining and timber industries. Each short story in this slim compilation chronicles and indeed champions the working poor of Appalachia, and could only be written by someone who has lived within this world. I have read very few writers of Appalachian culture who actually get it right. Janice Holt Giles got it, eventually, after years of being an outsider, but without a doubt Holbrook gets it exactly.

2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon

Quick read from a retired journalist-turned-cat behavior scientist, who takes on the task of fostering cats through Great Britain's Cat Protection Agency. She chronicles the experience of fostering a severely frightened, traumatized and ugly cat named Tilly, interspersed with the lessons she learned from other rescue cats she took in over the years. Uplifting most of the time, but sprinkled with plenty of depressing bits too, especially with regards to her husband's ailing health. Possibly not the wisest choice of material whilst recovering from spinal surgery.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: clemsonfan on January 13, 2015, 08:44:50 PM

1. Let'sExplore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris.
Hilarious like his other books. It makes me want to see him again next time he comes to town.


2. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Very entertaining novel. I plan on adding the sequel to my list.

3. Divergent - Virginia Roth
Alex and I took turns reading this aloud to each other. Next up for our joint reading session, Insurgent.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on January 15, 2015, 04:02:28 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: clemsonfan on January 15, 2015, 09:54:46 PM


1. Let'sExplore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris.
Hilarious like his other books. It makes me want to see him again next time he comes to town.


2. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Very entertaining novel. I plan on adding the sequel to my list.


3. Divergent - Virginia Roth
Alex and I took turns reading this aloud to each other. Next up for our joint reading session, Insurgent.

4. Rise - Daniel Rodriguez

Autobiography about an Army veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan who went on to play football for Clemson. I loved it, of course!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 17, 2015, 10:44:18 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
adding
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
Ugly? I'll tell you what's ugly; this writer's self-absorbed style of writing. No wander poor Tilly took her time to warm to the household, she was smothered by a domineering 'mother'
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: clemsonfan on January 18, 2015, 03:22:46 PM


1. Let'sExplore Diabetes with Owls - David Sedaris.
Hilarious like his other books. It makes me want to see him again next time he comes to town.


2. The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Very entertaining novel. I plan on adding the sequel to my list.


3. Divergent - Virginia Roth
Alex and I took turns reading this aloud to each other. Next up for our joint reading session, Insurgent.

4. Rise - Daniel Rodriguez

Autobiography about an Army veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan who went on to play football for Clemson. I loved it, of course!

5. Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath

This is a typical book in the management circles that people read. According to this book and it's online assessment, my strengths are: woo, communication, includer, achiever, and context.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on February 02, 2015, 10:44:24 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end. This ended up having a dash of horror thrown in and that will definitely stick with me for a while. But, it was well done. Plus, it was only 400 pages. A novella for that dude.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 02, 2015, 11:02:36 AM
Have your read 11/22/63, Lando?  It's pretty thick, but the character development is fantastic.  Would definitely scratch that nostalgic itch of yours.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on February 02, 2015, 01:20:51 PM
Have your read 11/22/63, Lando?  It's pretty thick, but the character development is fantastic.  Would definitely scratch that nostalgic itch of yours.
I have not. Thanks for the recommendation.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Butter on February 02, 2015, 01:33:17 PM
Not that I'll be getting up to 50, but thought I would chronicle an actual book I had read, the first full one for years:

1. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell

I'm far from the guy who should be reviewing books, but I enjoyed this one.  It came real close to losing me, but luckily Chapter 5 finally dug full-on into the mythology that was going on during the rest of the novel.  And even though some of that was hard to understand because it was a self-contained mythos, it all added up to a pretty satisfying whole.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on February 02, 2015, 04:05:24 PM
Not that I'll be getting up to 50, but thought I would chronicle an actual book I had read, the first full one for years:

1. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell

I'm far from the guy who should be reviewing books, but I enjoyed this one.  It came real close to losing me, but luckily Chapter 5 finally dug full-on into the mythology that was going on during the rest of the novel.  And even though some of that was hard to understand because it was a self-contained mythos, it all added up to a pretty satisfying whole.
This book came in for me at the same time as 5 other books. So, I didn't get around to reading it before it was due. But, I will use your review as a reminder to put it back in my library queue. WOOHOO.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 03, 2015, 10:42:37 PM
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath

This is a typical book in the management circles that people read. According to this book and it's online assessment, my strengths are: woo, communication, includer, achiever, and context.
I've done this assessment a couple of times at work. Most recently I was strategic, learner, maximizer, context and adaptability.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Butter on February 04, 2015, 07:13:55 AM
5. Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath

This is a typical book in the management circles that people read. According to this book and it's online assessment, my strengths are: woo, communication, includer, achiever, and context.
I've done this assessment a couple of times at work. Most recently I was strategic, learner, maximizer, context and adaptability.

Responsibility, Harmony, Achiever, Consistency, Relator.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 09, 2015, 09:06:32 AM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
adding
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
We watched the wonderful documentary about Struzan a few months ago. I happened to see this on an Oscar-themed stand whilst leaving the library the other day and was intrigued enough to bring it home for a read. Very fascinating insight into how he works, how the studios regularly shafted him and the way his sketches eventually evolve into beautiful works of art. And they art.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on February 13, 2015, 08:47:19 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 13, 2015, 12:50:04 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
adding
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
Hornby does for British television in the 60's what he did for record stores in "High Fidelity". Tears off the gloss and glamour and scribes a simple story about a 'Miss Blackpool" who has designs on being a star... and becomes one. It's a gentle enough story which motors along quite nicely but then runs out of gas towards the end, which was a shame. Like many of Hornby's other stories there's definitely a movie in this. It read like a movie script and maybe that's all he's capable of now. Certainly not as good a book as "High Fidelity" or "Fever Pitch" but tons better than the terrible "A Long Way Down" which was horribly mawkish and ill-conceived. If I was the publisher I would be a little concerned that the story concept could be lost on non-Brits or people under the age of 45.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on February 19, 2015, 04:09:13 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on February 24, 2015, 10:25:51 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub - very readable but nothing special.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: trixi on February 24, 2015, 11:47:31 PM
1.  Cinderella Murder--Mary Higgins Clark
2.  Level 2--Lenore Appelhans
3.  Hope to Die--James Patterson
4.  Vicious--Sara Shepard
5.  Chasing Before--Lenore Appelhans
6.  Private Vegas--James Patterson
7.  Death du Jour--Kathy Reichs
8.  Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders:  Beyond the Kindertransport--Frieda Korobkin
9.  Threatened--Eliot Schrefer
10.  Anatomy of a Misfit--Andrea Portes
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 27, 2015, 06:13:27 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
adding
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
Danny remains my favourite UK radio presenter. His (exclusively talk) show is the last vestige of my UK past that I continue to listen to regularly. He's no slouch in the autobiography writing department either, this second tome of memories continuing where Vol 1 left off. This one concentrates on his TV career when, for about 5 or 6 years he was as ubiquitous a "celebrity" as you can get. He saves tales of his friendship with Paul "Gazza" Gascoine until the end and it's impossible not to laugh at the antics the pair of them get up to alongside Chris Evans (another UK TV/Radio presenter of some note). Probably too "English" for many Americans palate so I'm loathe to recommend, but there's laughs throughout if you can decipher the lingo.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Butter on March 02, 2015, 07:57:22 AM
1. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell

2. The Martian - Andy Weir

Picked up after seeing multiple places rave about what a good science fiction book this was.  Being someone who took Science Fiction Lit in college and enjoys some good "hard" science fiction, I was looking forward to it.  After reading a book by someone who knows how to stage a fictional scene, however (Mitchell), reading through the pages upon pages of how to electrolyze water into its component parts and how many liters of H2O are needed to make X number of liters of O2, this book underwhelmed.

It got exciting at points, but it also completely lacked any kind of well-written prose.  It was like reading a plot summary and scientific facts strung together by sarcasm.  I like sarcasm as much as the next guy, but none of the secondary characters got anything resembling a fleshed-out backstory, unless you count "is a hot, nerdy girl" and "wants to fuck hot, nerdy girl" as a backstory.

I told Andrea I liked it, and I did... I was flipping pages to see what would happen next.  But I think I enjoyed the idea of the story so much better than the story itself.  I will be interested to see if the movie translates at all.  What I found interesting is that you go through 300 pages wondering whether this guy will live or not, then the ending comes and he almost rushes through it.  There was a good 'nother 100 pages of story left when he decides to end it.  I guess that'll be nice for the sequel.  Maybe by then, this guy will learn how to write.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on March 02, 2015, 04:36:09 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on March 05, 2015, 10:16:51 AM
1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann.  that took awhile, but i'm glad i read it, even if most of it went over my head.  the philosophy of time was a central theme, and it is of great interest to me, however i don't think i have the mental capacity to grasp it.  the words seem too close together.  the character settembrini reminds me of zafer, which is a compliment.  he was extraordinary.  there was a ghost towards the end which was odd.  i don't quite fully get the inclusion.  looking forward to more thomas mann
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 06, 2015, 02:15:37 AM
Mann was using time as a leitmotif, which is different than a theme.  There are a bunch of leitmotifs in that book because leitmotifs were like, Mann's favorite thing in the whole world.

You can look at that book as a parody of a Bildungsroman.  Specifically of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, which is itself sort of a parody of a Bildungsroman.  Parody/irony then becoming a leitmotif of Mann when his work is viewed as a collection.  Because if there was anything Mann could possibly love as much as leitmotifs, it was Parody/irony.

Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on March 12, 2015, 05:59:08 PM
Mann was using time as a leitmotif, which is different than a theme.  There are a bunch of leitmotifs in that book because leitmotifs were like, Mann's favorite thing in the whole world.

You can look at that book as a parody of a Bildungsroman.  Specifically of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, which is itself sort of a parody of a Bildungsroman.  Parody/irony then becoming a leitmotif of Mann when his work is viewed as a collection.  Because if there was anything Mann could possibly love as much as leitmotifs, it was Parody/irony.

thanks.  so i take it that's why hans castorp went off to war?  is that what the parody is?  i didn't quite understand that.  it was also curious as to why settembrini congratulated him on his decision.  it happened very quickly and without any lead up.  maybe i was rushing thru the last chapter
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 12, 2015, 10:11:18 PM
Yeah... I don't know. 

I always felt like it had a sort of "Look how fucked up everything is, and yet somehow we soldier on and things still have meaning.  I don't know what the meaning is, but there must somehow be one even if the meaning of life is there is no meaning of life." 

The traditional Bildungsroman is a sort of coming of age/hero novel.  A weak, uncertain, common-type guy goes through a bunch of stuff, meets some people, picks up skills and knowledge and emotional strength and transform from zero to hero.

So in Magic Mountain, Hans Castorp is literally weak.  He has to go to a sanatorium.  And each of the people he meets represents a sort of literal and cultural/philosophical archetype.  Each bringing a particular view to the table, with Castorp ostensibly learning from each one and sort of synthesizing everything into his own philosophical greatest hits package, to emerge victorious.

In this Naptha and Settembrini are intended to be each other's foils.  Settembrini is the elightenment/romantic/humanist I guess, sort of good guy representing the light.  He has a belief in the humanity, and good, and rationality and learning and that sort of thing.  And he tries to teach that to Castorp.  Naptha is sort of the dark, cynical dude and has seen the worst parts of humanity and so presents that side.

But the thing is, both guys are sort of jerks.  Settembrini is rather pompous, and Naptha is there to poke holes in his sort of bourgeois intellectualism.  And Naptha is just a depressing, angry, maybe Marxist/nihilist who gets really annoying and ends up killing himself so what like, what are you supposed to learn from that?  And they make loooooooonnnng speeches, man. Ponderously, Rand-esque speeches to where I think the reader is intentionally supposed to go "We get it already.  Shut up."

And then you have the Madonna/whore dichotomy in Chauchat.  And the "do your duty" guy who acts honorably... but maybe because he isn't either smart or assertive enough to do anything else.

And Castorp, instead of taking something from everyone and synthesizing it into a stronger whole seems not to learn much at all.  He spends a lot of the book in a nowhere zone-- not quite healthy, but not truly sick.  Just stuck in the sanatorium.  He's safe in the sanatorium, both in the sense that he has doctors looking out for him, and in that he doesn't have to go to war, and that he's also sequestered from humanity and all it's nonsensical craziness.  But it's also not a pleasant place, it's very sterile and isolated and kinda depressing.  In terms of Castorp's development, it's the same.  He maybe picks up a few things but mostly he kind of learns to steer the middle ground, neither wholly assimilating or disbelieving anything.

And I think that is where all the time/space talking is coming from.  Because Castorp is kind of in a state of suspended animation.  And I think that the book is kind of stop-startish where it seems like things happen suddenly at the end and also how at the beginning Castorp is just a normal dude experiencing time in a normal way before he gets TB... that sort of highlights the entry to and exit from that suspended state.  And just the talk of time in general is sort of philosophical jibber-jabber to make you question everything.  Like if we don't know time and can't count on it's passage at a steady rate.. what do we really know about anything?  Maybe.  Just throwing that out there.

Anyway, the end of the book is sort of open to interpretation IMO.  Settembrini congratulates Castorp I think because he's finally rejoining the human race, and fighting for something and representing some ideals.  But it's also implied that the war is stupid, and Castorp is going to die in it.  And of course it's not Settembrini's ass on the line, so there's something fake about it.  Settembrini is the guy who gets to wax on about the tastiness of sausage, because he doesn't see how it is made.  Naptha has seen/is perhaps himself the ugly, leftover unpleasant leftover meat parts; the ugly byproduct of the process.  And now Castorp is going inside the meat factory himself to take part in the process-- as either a worker or perhaps more cynically--- he's the meat.

So yeah, I think the ending is to be left up to the reader maybe.  Or maybe it's intentionally dichotomous.  Or trichotomous, or pentachotomous or something.  You can see the ending through any of the character's viewpoints but since they are all flawed themselves that ending could be interpreted as either happy or sad.  And because we don't really know what happens to Castorp out there, that's just even more room for interpretation.  And you can even see the ending through ALL of the various angles/possible permutations presented both good and bad at once.  Which I like to think was maybe the point.  Maybe it all stands for something, but what it is is way too big for us to process or ever understand.

It's all very Vonnegut-esque to me.  It really just needs Newt Hoenikker to show up at the end right when Castorp is about to leave so Castrop asks him what to expect in flatland and Newt's like "See the cat?  See the cradle?"

But I don't know.  I mean, I'm not an expert on Mann and I read it a long time ago.  All I can say is that it's PACKEDPACKEDPACKED with symbolism and equally packed with irony, which makes you wonder how serious to take the symbolism.  That's definitely intentional.  If there was a single, clear message Mann was trying to convey, I certainly have no idea what it was.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on March 13, 2015, 11:51:44 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series. I've read a ton of the newer books but decided to start from the beginning since I want to watch Amazon's, "Bosch". Mmmmmmm, Titus Welliver.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on March 16, 2015, 01:38:53 PM
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series. I've read a ton of the newer books but decided to start from the beginning since I want to watch Amazon's, "Bosch". Mmmmmmm, Titus Welliver.
Started BOSCH and already finished all 10 episodes of it on Amazon. If you like this Michael Connelly character, or you're a fan of LA noir, you'll probably dig this show.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on March 18, 2015, 10:57:17 AM
zafer, how the hell do remember all that shit?

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann

2.  the book- alan watts.  he's the translator of eastern philosophy to western culture.  i need to read this again.  this is supposedly his seminal work.  i am trying to get something out of it, but by doing so i feel i'm missing out somehow.  it all seems so simple

3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio.  how fascinating!  this has been my toilet book for some months now.  pirates!  hidden treasure!  canoeing to n'awlins!  my favorite chapter would have to be about a photog who hitched a ride along a tugboat.  he didn't fit in and they didn't care.  gorgeous george's dad nick closed out the book with a fabulous chapter on the rise and fall and rise again of the river town.  a book alone with these photos would be worth it
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 19, 2015, 09:30:06 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
adding
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
From the author that foisted "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" on the world comes this unconvincing tale of a modern stately home and the characters who inhabit it. I stuck with it until the end despite my own reservations half-way through that it was starting to disappear up its own backside. Still, not bad for the quid I paid for it last year from an English charity shop. And now the Cincinnati library can benefit from its donation. (We really don't keep books anymore at MK/CR towers)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on March 22, 2015, 06:15:55 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon

3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche

Powerful insight into the world of Nigerian academia (and corrupt government) and the struggle of one educated woman to "fit in" in America after emigrating to further her studies.

4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
CR saw this on the new release shelf at the library and helpfully brought it home to me to peruse. It has some good recipes in it and the photos are salivatingly gorgeous, but there aren't a lot of them that I could easily adapt to the vegetarian diet.

5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
See above.

6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
See above - but at least there are a few good puddings I can try in this one.

7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
In January, I got an email from the library that this new book would be arriving to the library in March, and I immediately put in a hold for a copy. I lovelovelove Erik Larson's books. He has a great knack for putting you into the story with all the points converging into a sharp clarity. You KNOW what is going to happen, but the suspense builds until it is almost unbearable. You KNOW the Lusitania is going to sink. You know the story; it is gone in less than 20 minutes. But you don't know THIS story, which weaves a thread of survivor recollections into the narrative along with the ephemera left behind by those who did not, as well as the various machinations already in place. You meet many people but have no idea until the end of the book whether or not they survived.

Of the Lusitania's 1,959 passengers and crew, only 764 survived.

Larson leaves very few stones unturned here. It is damning of the British Admiralty and government - who knew the U-20 German submarine was cruising the vicinity yet refused to warn Capt. Turner of the danger and who curiously failed to send escorts for the passenger steamer when it reached British waters - and who also refused to send any big ships to the rescue effort, which was left to Irish trawlers, rag-tag torpedo boats and small fishing boats because they were deemed "expendable"; of Cunard (the company that owned and operated the Lusitania) - who, in order to save money, allowed only three of the ships four boilers to run, which considerably slowed the ship down, and who did not alert the captain to the fact that a new, safer passage existed, and who tried to pin the blame for the disaster on the captain even though he did all he could with the information he had; and of an American president more concerned about his blossoming love affair with a 43-year old DC socialite than with the war going on across the ocean.

A+

8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe

Author Zoe Howe does a good job of telling the band's story, and there are plenty of interviews with members Jim Reid, Douglas Hart, Bobby Gillespie, John Moore and David Evans, and interviews with Creation Records owner and former band manager Alan McGee and Jim's long time girlfriend Laurence Verfaillie.

But this book is certainly not a definitive Jesus & Mary Chain book, because key songwriter William Reid chose not to participate. And that is a problem because we never get his side of the story. Howe is forced to quote from old interviews with William - stuff from Sounds and Melody Maker and nothing more current than (I think) 1991. Not ideal.

I still enjoyed the book, despite not getting William's side of the story, and despite there being not a single photo in it - which seems weird, but maybe she needed William's consent and he wouldn't give it. The two brothers are nothing if not quarrelsome, so it would not surprise me.

Did I learn anything from the book that I (being an uber fan) did not already know? Not really, but it was a fun ride anyway.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on March 23, 2015, 12:58:30 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins - I thought this was going to end up being some kind of GONE GIRL mindf*ck, but thankfully it wasn't. I'm still not sure that I liked anyone in this book, like with GONE GIRL. But I at least felt like we got some "justice" in this thriller.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on March 25, 2015, 08:22:03 AM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker

CR's review of this book says it better than I can. Brilliant book. Fun ride.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 29, 2015, 09:17:37 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
adding
7 ● Maureen Westwood - Memories of Old Eastleigh and Bishopstoke
Rescued from my Dad's home when I went back to England following his death. A marvelous set of photos of my birthplace (most of them from loooong before I was born) together with a collection of memories about how the town grew up from its farming roots, and how it's population exploded when the British Railway Network decided to put an engineering works right bang in the middle of it
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on March 30, 2015, 09:48:31 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on March 31, 2015, 04:36:12 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott

What a load of old twaddle this was! These three have disappeared into the upper echelons of their own backsides. Sorry, but the only reason you would list "free range eggs" in your recipes instead of "eggs" is because you think you are somehow superior. It's all well and good to choose free range eggs, but to dictate from on high that these are the only eggs that will do for your recipes is pretty rich. Buncha smug twats. I'm surprised they didn't also command that the water used to boil said "free range eggs" be from a spring next to an organic orchard or other such nonsense.

Glad it was only a library loaner.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on April 10, 2015, 09:16:17 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: trixi on April 14, 2015, 09:35:08 PM
1.  Cinderella Murder--Mary Higgins Clark
2.  Level 2--Lenore Appelhans
3.  Hope to Die--James Patterson
4.  Vicious--Sara Shepard
5.  Chasing Before--Lenore Appelhans
6.  Private Vegas--James Patterson
7.  Death du Jour--Kathy Reichs
8.  Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders:  Beyond the Kindertransport--Frieda Korobkin
9.  Threatened--Eliot Schrefer
10.  Anatomy of a Misfit--Andrea Portes
11.  Noggin--John Corey Whaley
12.  The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend--Kody Keplinger
13.  Gabi, A Girl in Pieces--Isabel Quintero
14.  Girls Like Us--Gail Giles
15.  This One Summer--Mariko Tamaki
16.  And We Stay--Jenny Hubbard
17.  I'll Give You the Sun--Jandy Nelson
18.  The Carnival at Bray--Jessie Ann Foley
19.  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender --Leslye Walton
20.  Miracle at Augusta--James Patterson
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on April 16, 2015, 02:39:34 PM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz

Well done! Miller's 1959 post-apocalyptic dystopian story was interesting and thoughtful, even if it was too religion-heavy for me. It was neat in that it took place in the future, after the earth was destroyed by nuclear war, but it was more about the middle-ages than anything.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on April 20, 2015, 11:29:41 AM
1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio

4. the innocents abroad- mark twain.  mark twain's account of his voyage and ensuing pilgrimage from nyc to europe to the holy land. the original ugly american.  there wasn't a tour guide they'd mock or people they would despise.  funny, though it was essentially reading somebody's travel journal.  luckily it was mark twain's trip and not some just graduated college gonna explore the world become humbled because you realize the world is just bigger than you and this is what people need to hear because it happened to me kind of bro
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on April 21, 2015, 02:45:24 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar

Cute story chronicling the changes of contemporary Beijing, as seen through the eyes of two cats. Ending is a bit simplified and suspect, but it's enjoyable. Book is probably more for kids than adults, but hey, this adult learned some new Chinese words and phrases, too.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: va-vacious on April 21, 2015, 07:25:03 PM

4. the innocents abroad- mark twain.  mark twain's account of his voyage and ensuing pilgrimage from nyc to europe to the holy land. the original ugly american.  there wasn't a tour guide they'd mock or people they would despise.  funny, though it was essentially reading somebody's travel journal.  luckily it was mark twain's trip and not some just graduated college gonna explore the world become humbled because you realize the world is just bigger than you and this is what people need to hear because it happened to me kind of bro

I love Twain's works for adults. I read Volume I of his autobiography a few years ago, and it was fantastic. Had to renew it twice because I couldn't get through it any faster. Sharp, biting, and very witty.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on April 23, 2015, 01:04:09 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: scuba on May 04, 2015, 12:16:11 AM
1. Creativity, Inc. - Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace

How to maintain a creative culture from one of the founders of Pixar, not a strict history though there are some interesting nuggets, more along the lines of their management philosophy and the evolution of the company. Finished it several weeks ago but it's difficult to find time to read consistent when I'm "in season" 10 months out of the year.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on May 04, 2015, 11:38:40 AM

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain

5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse.  this was a reread.  lent it to a buddy and we talked about it and i realized i didn't remember it as much as i thought i did.  it was better than i remember, even though it's one of my favorites.  probably because i read it thru at the time so quickly.  this time i slowed the pace and thought about the book.  i'm still digesting the second go round.  what i love about hesse is how unabashedly human he is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on May 05, 2015, 08:28:34 AM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy

Masterful storytelling from LA Times investigative journalist Jill Leovy about the senseless deaths of thousands of black men at the hands of other black men in South Central Los Angeles. The story begins with the murder of a young black man minutes from his home, one of many murders in South Central that week. Two things made this murder different from so many others: 1. the victim was the son of an LA cop, and 2. the homicide was investigated by Detective John Skaggs.

Skaggs is a detective who cares. Cares about the victims, cares about their families, about the neighborhoods, and most importantly, about justice. His record of successfully solved and prosecuted homicides should have made him rise through the ranks very rapidly, but he turned down promotion after promotion to continue doing a job that no one else wanted to do. It is down to his tenacity that crime went down in South Central during his years as a South Bureau homicide detective.

The book is filled with troubling statistics:
In 2006 there were 1016 shooting victims in South Bureau of LA County.
Blacks make up only 12 percent of the county, but account for over half of the homicides.
Killers of whites get harsher sentences, while killers of black receive lighter sentences, if they even go to court.

Leovy details the corrupt system, from its roots in the post-Civil War south and the racist atrocities of southern law, to today's legal neglect, but she also offers solutions to law enforcement for tackling black-on-black crime. It begins with something Det. Skaggs said at the beginning of his long and storied career, and which he still adheres to: "They might have been a notorious drug dealer, or whore, or whatever, but in death they are some daddy's baby, and they deserve justice."
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on May 05, 2015, 09:45:03 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on May 12, 2015, 10:20:24 AM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun

A good one. Zeitoun had zero pretension or self discussion or any of the other things that Dave Eggers can be insufferably known for, and that means that the writing was good and clear and very well done. A good story about one family's ordeals during Hurricane Katrina that was interesting and shocking and all the other great things that a book should be. Recommended.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on May 12, 2015, 11:43:44 AM
Thanks for the review of Zeitoun, Dan. I am now willing to give this book a shot. I was interested in reading it, but wary because Eggers usually drives me crazy for the exact reasons you listed.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on May 12, 2015, 03:29:10 PM
My girlfriend called it "the least 'Dave Eggers-y' book that Dave Eggers has written"
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on May 12, 2015, 09:33:20 PM
Sold!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on May 13, 2015, 04:37:49 PM
Sold!
SNORT!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on May 14, 2015, 08:47:37 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: kcneon on May 18, 2015, 12:57:18 AM
First book of the year for me!

1.  My Mother Was Nuts - Penny Marshall

Fun, quick read.  I found it super interesting how she and her brother basically made and kept so many friends is such a dog eat dog industry.  Tons of name dropping, but really focuses on family and friendships as well as the backstories you'd hope to read about the highlights of her career.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on May 19, 2015, 05:28:31 PM
First book of the year for me!

1.  My Mother Was Nuts - Penny Marshall

Fun, quick read.  I found it super interesting how she and her brother basically made and kept so many friends is such a dog eat dog industry.  Tons of name dropping, but really focuses on family and friendships as well as the backstories you'd hope to read about the highlights of her career.
This is on my "must read" list!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: trixi on May 23, 2015, 03:25:50 PM
1.  Cinderella Murder--Mary Higgins Clark
2.  Level 2--Lenore Appelhans
3.  Hope to Die--James Patterson
4.  Vicious--Sara Shepard
5.  Chasing Before--Lenore Appelhans
6.  Private Vegas--James Patterson
7.  Death du Jour--Kathy Reichs
8.  Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders:  Beyond the Kindertransport--Frieda Korobkin
9.  Threatened--Eliot Schrefer
10.  Anatomy of a Misfit--Andrea Portes
11.  Noggin--John Corey Whaley
12.  The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend--Kody Keplinger
13.  Gabi, A Girl in Pieces--Isabel Quintero
14.  Girls Like Us--Gail Giles
15.  This One Summer--Mariko Tamaki
16.  And We Stay--Jenny Hubbard
17.  I'll Give You the Sun--Jandy Nelson
18.  The Carnival at Bray--Jessie Ann Foley
19.  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender --Leslye Walton
20.  Miracle at Augusta--James Patterson
21.  Zac and Mia--A.J. Betts
22.  Forever With You--Robin Jones Gunn
23.  One Night that Changes Everything--Lauren Barnholdt
24.  NYPD Red 3--James Patterson
25.  How It Went Down--Kekla Magoon
26.  Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii--Robin Jones Gunn
27.  Peculiar Treasures--Robin Jones Gunn
28.  48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust--Mitchell G. Bard
29.  No Place to Fall--Jaye Robin Brown
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on May 26, 2015, 11:35:41 AM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
3. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere

Fun and magical and enjoyable. Recommended if you have enjoyed anything else by Gaiman or any sort of fantasy/fantastical story.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on June 01, 2015, 02:08:23 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on June 09, 2015, 01:06:30 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on June 10, 2015, 12:11:14 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on June 13, 2015, 09:37:45 AM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
3. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
4. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie

Beautiful and sad and wonderful and simple and important. Recommended.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on June 18, 2015, 09:32:19 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on June 22, 2015, 12:54:15 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 24, 2015, 11:59:56 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
adding
7 ● Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn - Huntsman: The Secret Service
Jazzed to find this graphic novel at the library. Fascinating to see the source material for my fave film of 2015 and how the storyline changed from book to Hollywood
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on June 30, 2015, 04:05:19 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on July 10, 2015, 10:01:06 AM

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer.  this was a toilet book.  refreshing coming from a woman.  i won't be adopting many of these practices such as, frosting a rock.  that's where you shit on a rock and smear it under the hot sun.  it was educational, but a lot of it is common sense if you happen to give a shit about conservation or whatnot.  there was a note from the author to her dad in the book which i thought was cool and odd

7. the sot-weed factor- john barth.  welp, that's an epic.  at over 800 pages it's easy to journey with the characters and get lost in the sense of time.  he wrote this book in the 1960's or something but it's set in the late 1600's in maryland and london.  if i didn't know any better, i'd say i was reading a book from that era.  the hero's a 30 year old poet and proud virgin.  there's a retelling of the john smith/ pocahontas story, which is scandalous.  it's like don quixote for the colonial folk
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 11, 2015, 08:50:49 AM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
7 ● Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn - Huntsman: The Secret Service
adding
8 ● Andy Stanton - You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!
I almost wish I had kids so I could read this to them. I was inspired to find this at the library thanks to a 2006 interview I heard with the author via some vintage BBC London podcasts I still had. He said he wanted to write a children's book that was a little 'off color' but using regular everyday language and slang. The interviewer told him that this had quickly become his daughter's favourite book and they sat down once a week and read it together, continuing to laugh at the ludicrous jokes and wordplay the chapters contained. This is by no means a 'traditional book', Stanton breaks the literary "fourth wall" constantly taking the reader off on silly little tangents that have nothing to do with he story. Even the ending isn't traditional. Example:- This is the entire 4th chapter, which is entitled Mr. Gum Has A Cup of Tea..... "Mr Gum had a cup of tea". That's it. I laughed out REALLY loud at several segments, mores than I've done at any so-called 'grown-up comedy tale' recently and I was smitten by this completely. So much so that I'm planning to buy and send copies of this book to the offspring of several of my friends because I think everyone should own a copy. Hell, I'm buying copy for myself and I'm 6x the 'demographic age' suggested on the back cover. Bonus: The American publication of this book contains a 'glossary' at the back explaining the meaning behind some of the strange British words and phrases used. Stanton's written that too, and its just as funny as the rest of the book.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on July 15, 2015, 09:35:39 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on July 23, 2015, 10:34:44 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on July 27, 2015, 01:34:04 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Crook

Thoroughly enjoyable book of stories about playing for Southampton, told by some of the team's greatest players throughout the ages. From academy graduates like Theo Walcott all the way back to oldtimers like Terry Paine and Cliff Huxford, there are plenty of delightful, humorous and insightful pieces for Saints fans to chew on.

Speaking of chewing on, I feel a bit guilty now for badmouthing Jos "own goal" Hooiveld, who admits that it really hurt his feelings and confidence when the fans turned on him for his mistakes. I guess I never really thought the players took that sort of stuff to heart, but yes, actually they do. Oops. Sorry, Jos.

Quite a few of the players (especially those from the 1990s and back) really delighted in the Southampton-Portsmouth derbys and had nothing good to say about Pompey, of course. One of them (I believe David Armstrong?) even admitted to getting into fisticuffs with some Pompey players and fans at a nightclub one night. Not a game night, possibly not even during the season. He'd gone to the club for a fun night out and ended up being in the same place at the same time as Pompey supporters and players. Big mistake.

Every story was engaging, but naturally my favorite was from Marian Pahars, who comes across as one of the nicest, most humble players ever to wear the red & white stripes. I already loved him for his playing ability and utter sexiness, but now there is yet another layer of awesome about him (shame his is the worst photo in the book).

Definitely a book every Saints fan should own. Very enjoyable indeed.

Edited to add: Since Marian's photo in the book is meh, here is one for the ladies (or maybe just me) to enjoy: (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1wh35vCMAE7k62.jpg:large)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on July 31, 2015, 09:46:29 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2015, 10:24:20 AM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
3. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
4. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie
5. Greg Anderson - Cancer: 50 Essential Things To Do

A book for people with cancer. He's not a doctor but rather a survivor and the founder of a large support organization. He mostly focuses on alternative medicine ideas, but in truth much of what he spouts is really just healthy ideas and clean living. This is a good thing and a random suggestion for him would be to write that book for the rest of the country, and in that version it would be focusing less on cancer and more on health. That would probably also sell a lot of copies.

Regardless, I hope no one ever has to read this book.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on August 08, 2015, 01:15:07 PM


1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth

8.  we the living- ayn rand.  i first became aware of ayn rand during one of saul williams' beautiful fantasy epics in amethyst rock star where he evokes the name john galt in the song robeson.  and then i briefly dated a girl who loved ayn rand and one thing lead to another and i was in powell books in portland.  i bought this and another as the size of atlas shrugged and fountainhead intimidated me.  after i read those i didn't think i would ever get to this one because those two were awesome.  if you're familiar with ayn, she's afraid of having her heroes fail.  this is her first novel and her characters are vulnerable, which in later works they are perfected, literally.  zafer says that this is her most underrated work, mostly due to the unusual and messy love triangle.  she draws shit out way to much, like a paragraph to describe a fireplace, all beautifully written but unnecessary.  i thought the ending was optimistic even though it was bleak.  even if you aren't a fan of ayn's, and i think i'm the only one here, from a history aspect, a girl coming of age under the auspices of the russian communist revolution, it's indispensable.  maybe it's exaggerated, but i have close friends who grew up during the cold war in eastern europe and it wasn't ideal
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on August 10, 2015, 04:27:09 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on August 19, 2015, 02:37:47 PM

4. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie

Beautiful and sad and wonderful and simple and important. Recommended.

i couldn't believe how much that got to me.  i thought i ran to give that away, but i still have it.  i'll consider it. 

Quote
1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand

9. the upanishads- a collection of hindu/eastern philosophy from the olden times.  there's something beautiful in here.  i feel more at ease with death when i read this shit.  and dying is one thing that i don't want to do.  death is nothing more than the casting off of a worn garment.  my posture's been an issue and my knees and ankles are suspect.  yoga.  it's like, i don't wanna sound cocky, but i might get closer to god
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on August 24, 2015, 12:08:59 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 31, 2015, 01:16:08 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
7 ● Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn - Huntsman: The Secret Service
8 ● Andy Stanton - You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!
adding
9 ● Joe Batchelor & Alex Crook - Match of my Life Southampton: 18 Stars Relive Their Greatest Games
Everything that MK said. Some fun nostalgia, perhaps mores for me with the older players like Mick Channon and Terry Paine who played in the era when I first got into football in a big way
10 ● Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris & Joel Morris - Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out
Very fun read, representing a kind of compiled "yelp review" of small-time British roadside attractions and places of *ahem* "entertainment". A gnome museum, a pencil museum, a theme park for digging machines, barometer world" and more besides. Made me laugh and gasp in equal measures and most definitely made me want to see and experience some of these wacky places. I was astonished to find this for just $2 at the library shop in downtown. Great VFM.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on August 31, 2015, 03:07:14 PM
9 ● Joe Batchelor & Alex Crook - Match of my Life Southampton: 18 Stars Relive Their Greatest Games
Everything that MK said.
You think Marian Pahars is utterly sexy too?! I had no idea he was your man crush, but you just scored major points, dear. ;)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on September 02, 2015, 09:09:27 AM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
3. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
4. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie
5. Greg Anderson - Cancer: 50 Essential Things To Do
6. Bryan Bishop - Shrinkage

Bishop is a personality on the Adam Carolla podcast that I listen to frequently. In 2009 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and this is his memoir/account of the whole ordeal. Since he wrote the book it means he's alive, so spoiler he doesn't die (yet). It was light and an easy read and there is nothing negative to say. It was pretty rough for him so I'm glad he was able to recover. It's a comedy podcast, so there were some fun jokes, which was nice.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on September 03, 2015, 12:35:03 PM

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand
9. the upanishads

10. the humanist in the bathtub- mary mcCarthy- on the jacket someone gushed, "intellectual fireworks!"  i would agree, christ.  i picked this up at a bookstore in lawrence, kansas because of the title like all, 'sounds like some sweet existentialist sweetness,' i can't recall the last time i've been intimidated by someone's smartness.  granted, i'm of average intellegence but at least i can pretend to be smartness. 

she loves to critique.  she'll critique the critics, which is much fun.  i've never seen a play at a theatre before but she makes it sound so important.  the theatre has been put on watch.  although i knew nothing about the plays she reviewed, so after a two or three chapters, it became boring.  but if you know about plays, i would recommend
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on September 03, 2015, 03:29:59 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on September 07, 2015, 04:27:17 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Cook

14. Nick Drake Remembered For A While - The Authorized Companion to the Music of Nick Drake

Been working my way through this gorgeous, hefty tome for the past month. It is exquisite; lovingly researched and meticulously catalogued.

From the back cover: "Remembered For A While; the authorized companion to the music of Nick Drake, compiled and edited by Cally Callomon and Gabrielle Drake, with contributions from Nick's friends, critics, adherents, family - and from Nick Drake himself.
Remembered For A While is not a biography. It is, rather, an attempt to cast a few shards of light on Nick Drake the poet, the musician, the singer, the friend, son and brother, who was also more than all of these. Made to accompany all those in search of an elusive artist, whose haunting presence defies analysis."


The book is a remarkable and impressive undertaking, as much for what ISN'T said as much as for what is (which, at 443 large pages of small type, is a LOT). And at only $25 it is an absolute steal. Even if you are only a casual fan of his music, do yourself a favor and pick it up.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on September 10, 2015, 09:58:23 AM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Cook
14. Nick Drake Remembered For A While - The Authorized Companion to the Music of Nick Drake
15. The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai

I don't read much fiction, but this book is next month's book club offering at our building's monthly meet up, so I figured I'd give it a go. The story centers on a 20-something librarian and a 10-year old bookish boy being stifled my his mother's extreme evangelical fundamentalism. Has some nice little twists and turns, and was a complete delight to read.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on September 14, 2015, 01:53:40 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on September 17, 2015, 09:21:01 AM

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand
9. the upanishads
10. the humanist in the bathtub- mary mcCarthy

11. the adirondacks- paul schneidner.  an exhaustive history of the giant park, and possibly my favorite part of the country.  fantastic read
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on September 21, 2015, 08:13:45 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Cook
14. Nick Drake Remembered For A While - The Authorized Companion to the Music of Nick Drake
15. The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai
16. Delicious! - Ruth Riechl

Another fiction book club offering. I figured I'd better read it since it is the one we will be discussing at the holiday party in December (at the home of one of Cincinnati's famous chefs), a party where all attendees must bring a dish mentioned in the book. Fun, but also ugh, since there really weren't recipes in the novel.

It's a fun, if predictable, book and easy to get through quickly. I like Lando's description of fluffy and fun. That's it exactly.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on September 26, 2015, 05:07:36 PM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
3. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
4. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie
5. Greg Anderson - Cancer: 50 Essential Things To Do
6. Bryan Bishop - Shrinkage
7. Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods

Fantastic travelogue about Bryson's hiking of the Appalachian Trail in the '90s. Very enjoyable.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 26, 2015, 09:31:50 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
7 ● Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn - Huntsman: The Secret Service
8 ● Andy Stanton - You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!
9 ● Joe Batchelor & Alex Crook - Match of my Life Southampton: 18 Stars Relive Their Greatest Games
10 ● Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris & Joel Morris - Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out
adding
11 ● Laurent Bouzereau - The Art of Bond
This was on the "quick pick' shelves at the downtown library and my eyes were immediately drawn to it. A coffee table tome that is short on content but full of great photos, artwork and reminisces from people who have worked on the James Bond franchise since the beginning. I'll always drool over that damned Aston Martin DB5 car.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on September 28, 2015, 02:30:11 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
29. "The Sister Brothers" - Patrick DeWitt
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on October 01, 2015, 10:04:15 AM

Fantastic travelogue about Bryson's hiking of the Appalachian Trail in the '90s. Very enjoyable.

it doesn't matter to me much, but does it bother you that he never did all the shit he did?  at least that's what i heard.  i haven't read him
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on October 01, 2015, 10:13:57 AM
1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand
9. the upanishads
10. the humanist in the bathtub- mary mcCarthy
11. the adirondacks- paul schneidner

12. the gambler/bobok/a nasty story- dostoyevsky- some short stories.  i really liked bobok the most, i was waiting for the bomb to drop that the narrator was dead but it never happened.  haven't known fyodor to be funny.  the gambler was close to authentic as he was notorious for the vice.  the element of the search for the truth is always evident in his work and it's on full display in a nasty story.  good intentions backfire
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on October 01, 2015, 11:49:25 AM

Fantastic travelogue about Bryson's hiking of the Appalachian Trail in the '90s. Very enjoyable.

it doesn't matter to me much, but does it bother you that he never did all the shit he did?  at least that's what i heard.  i haven't read him


Huh? I have never heard that. I don't think he claims to do anything outlandish or particularly unbelievable, so I doubt the authenticity of your rumor.

However, to answer your question: no, it doesn't bother me. It's a book - I was reading it for the writing and the writing was great. What's the difference if he actually got a ride from two 20 year old drunk Georgians on their way to their wedding, or if he just hitched a ride with a boring stranger?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on October 01, 2015, 12:25:45 PM
exactly.  that doesn't bother me either.  just some shit i heard.  can't find anything on the internet which is surprising cuz my friends were pretty pissed he wasn't authentic.  most of my friends are trail seeking hippies 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on October 02, 2015, 01:20:38 PM
Perhaps it's a misinterpretation. The book is billed as "Bryson hikes the Appalachian Trial" but they don't specify how much. A large issue in the book is that he doesn't do it all at once, or in fact even hike the whole thing. And he addresses this issue head on and very satisfyingly. So it's not actually an issue.

So I think your friends may have heard that he didn't hike the whole AT, but what he wrote is in fact (with a little creative liberty I'm sure) truthful and authentic.


Also, I've done a number of google searches on his authenticity or truthfulness or any sort of synonym of that issue and I cannot find a single thing.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 12, 2015, 04:56:31 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
7 ● Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn - Huntsman: The Secret Service
8 ● Andy Stanton - You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!
9 ● Joe Batchelor & Alex Crook - Match of my Life Southampton: 18 Stars Relive Their Greatest Games
10 ● Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris & Joel Morris - Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out
11 ● Laurent Bouzereau - The Art of Bond
adding
12 ● Bruce Eric Kaplan - This is a Bad Time
Collection of cool subversive cartoons, very quotable tag lines
13 ● Guilia Enders - Gut: The Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ
Fascinating read and helpful along with it. Our gut is very much our "second brain"and most of us treat it very poorly indeed.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on October 13, 2015, 08:10:10 PM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
3. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
4. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie
5. Greg Anderson - Cancer: 50 Essential Things To Do
6. Bryan Bishop - Shrinkage
7. Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods
8. Andy Weir - The Martian

Really really good! Easy to read and fun to follow. Recommended!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on October 19, 2015, 02:38:17 PM
1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand
9. the upanishads
10. the humanist in the bathtub- mary mcCarthy
11. the adirondacks- paul schneidner.  an exhaustive history of the giant park, and possibly my favorite part of the country.  fantastic read

12.  the satyricon- petronius- what a gay book.  most of all the glory of nero's orgy as told by the hero, encolpius and his lover and servant boy giton.  they fling themselves upon the roman empire with comical abandon
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: trixi on October 19, 2015, 10:41:15 PM
1.  Cinderella Murder--Mary Higgins Clark
2.  Level 2--Lenore Appelhans
3.  Hope to Die--James Patterson
4.  Vicious--Sara Shepard
5.  Chasing Before--Lenore Appelhans
6.  Private Vegas--James Patterson
7.  Death du Jour--Kathy Reichs
8.  Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders:  Beyond the Kindertransport--Frieda Korobkin
9.  Threatened--Eliot Schrefer
10.  Anatomy of a Misfit--Andrea Portes
11.  Noggin--John Corey Whaley
12.  The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend--Kody Keplinger
13.  Gabi, A Girl in Pieces--Isabel Quintero
14.  Girls Like Us--Gail Giles
15.  This One Summer--Mariko Tamaki
16.  And We Stay--Jenny Hubbard
17.  I'll Give You the Sun--Jandy Nelson
18.  The Carnival at Bray--Jessie Ann Foley
19.  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender --Leslye Walton
20.  Miracle at Augusta--James Patterson
21.  Zac and Mia--A.J. Betts
22.  Forever With You--Robin Jones Gunn
23.  One Night that Changes Everything--Lauren Barnholdt
24.  NYPD Red 3--James Patterson
25.  How It Went Down--Kekla Magoon
26.  Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii--Robin Jones Gunn
27.  Peculiar Treasures--Robin Jones Gunn
28.  48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust--Mitchell G. Bard
29.  No Place to Fall--Jaye Robin Brown
30.  14th Deadly Sin--James Patterson
31.   My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past--Jennifer Teege
32.  Erika's Story--Ruth Vander Zee
33.  Saint Anything--Sarah Dessen
34.  Cottage by the Sea--Robin Jones Gunn
35.   So That Happened: My Unexpected Life in Hollywood--Jon Cryer
36.  The Scar Boys--Len Vlahos
37.  Little White Lies--Katie Dale
38.  The match : complete strangers, a miracle face transplant, two lives transformed--Susan Whitman Helfgot
39.  Anybody Out There?--Marian Keyes
40.  Coming Attractions--Robin Jones Gunn
41.  At Yellow Lake--Jane McLoughlin
42.  Melody Lives On--Mary Higgins Clark
43.   Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction--Martin Gilbert
44.  Finally and Forever--Robin Jones Gunn
45.  The Program--Suzanne Young
46.  Grasshopper Jungle--Andrew Smith
47.  Deadly Decisions--Kathy Reichs
48.   Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust--Anita Brostoff
49.   Tilly: The Ugliest Cat: How I Rescued Her and She Rescued Me--Celia Haddon
50.  Royal Wedding--Meg Cabot
51.  Funny Girl--Nick Hornby
52.  Beyond Clueless--Linas Alsenas
53.   Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die--Steve Watkins
54.  The Truth About My Success--Dyan Sheldon
55.  Endangered--Kate Jaimet
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on October 20, 2015, 10:23:02 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
29. "The Sister Brothers" - Patrick DeWitt
30. "The Killer Next Door" - Alex Marwood
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on October 26, 2015, 09:31:35 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
29. "The Sister Brothers" - Patrick DeWitt
30. "The Killer Next Door" - Alex Marwood
31. "Attachments" - Rainbow Rowell - I guess I'm going to have to read her YA books because her adult books have totally been my cup of chick-lit tea.

"October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins." - "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on November 03, 2015, 08:19:44 PM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Cook
14. Nick Drake Remembered For A While - The Authorized Companion to the Music of Nick Drake
15. The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai
16. Delicious! - Ruth Riechl

17. I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell

Superb memoir from former Television and Heartbreakers bassist, and Voidoid frontman. His descriptions of the people, places and times of scuzzy New York City from the late 60s through the early 80s are fantastic, brave and brutally honest.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: euro60 on November 03, 2015, 10:58:30 PM
17. I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell

Superb memoir from former Television and Heartbreakers bassist, and Voidoid frontman. His descriptions of the people, places and times of scuzzy New York City from the late 60s through the early 80s are fantastic, brave and brutally honest.
X2

Read it earlier this year. Superb. A must read for any 'serious' music fan.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on November 04, 2015, 10:11:16 AM
17. I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell

Superb memoir from former Television and Heartbreakers bassist, and Voidoid frontman. His descriptions of the people, places and times of scuzzy New York City from the late 60s through the early 80s are fantastic, brave and brutally honest.
X2

Read it earlier this year. Superb. A must read for any 'serious' music fan.

I loved the description he gave of one of his early girlfriend's tits where he likened them to "a couple of Eeyores."

Have you read his other books? I haven't, but enjoyed this one so much that I plan to seek them out now.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: euro60 on November 04, 2015, 05:33:55 PM
Have you read his other books? I haven't, but enjoyed this one so much that I plan to seek them out now.
I have not, and I don't know that I will. I've got so many other books in the queue.

I recently read Chrissie Hynde's memoir (she of the Pretenders). Simply outstanding, although from the Amazon reviews, many Pretenders fans were disappointed because she doesn't even mention the Pretenders until well two-thirds into the book. It's basically a coming-of-age memoir. Her memories of growing up in Akron and eventually ending up in London fascinating. Did you know she was a student at Kent State when the 1970 shootings took place and that she was actually right then and there? Her laser-sharp memories from the days leading up to that are one of the book's highlights.

I recently also read, believe it or not, Jewel's memoir. I saw it at the library and couldn't help myself. It's okay but nowhere at the level of the earlier mentioned. I've always had a soft spot for/secret crush on Jewel. Did you know that Jewel's mom, who managed her for a number of years, swindled all of her money, and Jewel was flat-broke only some years after selling 15 million copies of "Pieces of Me". Wow.

I'm currently almost finished reading Elvis Costello's memoir, clocking in at close to 700 pages... But equally enjoyable. Unlike most memoirs, it is not chronological. He essentially zig-zags all over the place, like one gigantic stream of consciousness. But somehow it works.

In the queue, among many others: Carrie Brownstein's new memoir (Sleater-Kinney), Patti Smith's latest (her "Kids" memoir was fantastic), and a bunch of other (non-music/non-celebrity) memoirs.

I should mention that it is a complete coincidence that I've been reading all these musical memoirs lately. I hadn't read a 'celebrity' memoir in YEARS, but I love me some music....

If you like memoirs (which is 90% or more of what I read), check out Mary "The Liar's Club" Karr's new book called "The Art of Memoir". It's even better if you've read Karr's 3 memoirs.

Other amazing memoirs I read recently is from debuting author Christina McDowell ("After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir"), as well as "Bastards" from another debut writer, Mary King.

All of course available at our public library. I don't know what I would do without it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 04, 2015, 07:51:36 PM
My friend says the audiobook of the Costello autobiography is awesome
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2015, 10:47:43 AM
My friend says the audiobook of the Costello autobiography is awesome
Why didn't I think of this earlier? I'm definitely going to go the audiobook route when I get around to this one. THANKS for the head's up, CR.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2015, 10:51:33 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
29. "The Sister Brothers" - Patrick DeWitt
30. "The Killer Next Door" - Alex Marwood
31. "Attachments" - Rainbow Rowell - I guess I'm going to have to read her YA books because her adult books have totally been my cup of chick-lit tea.
32. "The Art of Secrets" - James Klise - Found this YA book when I was looking over a list of Edgar Award winners for 2015. Quick, enjoyable read. It was nice to follow/solve a mystery that didn't involve a dead person.
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2015, 04:47:41 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
29. "The Sister Brothers" - Patrick DeWitt
30. "The Killer Next Door" - Alex Marwood
31. "Attachments" - Rainbow Rowell - I guess I'm going to have to read her YA books because her adult books have totally been my cup of chick-lit tea.
32. "The Art of Secrets" - James Klise - Found this YA book when I was looking over a list of Edgar Award winners for 2015. Quick, enjoyable read. It was nice to follow/solve a mystery that didn't involve a dead person.
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
Oops. Forgot one.
34. "Shovel Ready" - Adam Sternbergh - The first part of this book had me telling myself that this was the best book I've read all year as I was reading it. The last part lost me completely.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on November 15, 2015, 06:39:02 AM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Cook
14. Nick Drake Remembered For A While - The Authorized Companion to the Music of Nick Drake
15. The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai
16. Delicious! - Ruth Riechl
17. I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell

18. An Army at Dawn - Rick Atkinson

This is the first book in a trilogy about WWII. It meticulously lays out everything that went wrong and right for both the Allied and Axis powers during the war in North Africa, 1942-43. No one is spared the author's magnifying glass; every leader - from Churchill, Roosevelt and Hitler down to platoon commanders - is scrutinized with the precision of a jeweler with a gemstone. The plans are mapped out and the story told in a way that holds the reader rapt.

Each sentence is so beautifully crafted that the reader can almost stomach the graphic descriptions of battle wounds and pure gore. It isn't an easy book to read in that sense, but one that leaves an indelible impression and general feeling of unease with the reader long after the book is finished.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 16, 2015, 08:45:36 PM
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
This has been sitting in my to read pile since it first came out in paperback. Purchased based on the title alone, for some reason.  ;)

I hope to be able to add to my list again by the end of the year.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on November 18, 2015, 10:29:47 AM
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
This has been sitting in my to read pile since it first came out in paperback. Purchased based on the title alone, for some reason.  ;)

I hope to be able to add to my list again by the end of the year.
Once you start it, you won't be able to stop. :)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on November 20, 2015, 10:35:48 AM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Cook
14. Nick Drake Remembered For A While - The Authorized Companion to the Music of Nick Drake
15. The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai
16. Delicious! - Ruth Riechl
17. I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell
18. An Army at Dawn - Rick Atkinson

19. Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan - Shigeru Mizuki

This graphic novel from legendary manga artist Mizuki depicts - in an exaggerated  hyper-cartoony way - events and some of the grimmest realities experienced in the 20th century. Before he was an artist, the young Shigeru Mura (he came to be known as Shigeru Mizuki because he lived on Mizuki Street after the war and the name stuck) was unfit to be a soldier but a soldier nonetheless.

He draws heavily from his time as a foot soldier in the Pacific Islands and brings to life the indignities of war and the heartbreak of the rebuilding process.

Beautifully drawn, wonderfully told. A+.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: euro60 on November 20, 2015, 10:39:02 AM
My friend says the audiobook of the Costello autobiography is awesome
CR, do you mean the 2 CD soundtrack, which was curated by Costello and is neither a Greatest Hits nor a Best Of, but a true companion album to the book?

Or the actual audio reading of the book?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 20, 2015, 11:14:04 AM
The reading of the book.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on November 20, 2015, 04:10:53 PM
The reading of the book.
The reading of the book.
Hi ho, the derry oh,
the reading of the book.
FTFY.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on November 20, 2015, 04:12:42 PM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
29. "The Sister Brothers" - Patrick DeWitt
30. "The Killer Next Door" - Alex Marwood
31. "Attachments" - Rainbow Rowell - I guess I'm going to have to read her YA books because her adult books have totally been my cup of chick-lit tea.
32. "The Art of Secrets" - James Klise - Found this YA book when I was looking over a list of Edgar Award winners for 2015. Quick, enjoyable read. It was nice to follow/solve a mystery that didn't involve a dead person.
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
34. "After You" - Jojo Moyes - her follow-up to "Me Before You".
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on November 30, 2015, 11:21:27 AM

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand
9. the upanishads
10. the humanist in the bathtub- mary mcCarthy
11. the adirondacks- paul schneidner
12. the gambler/bobok/a nasty story- dostoyesvsky
13.  the satyricon- petronius

14. the pioneers- james fenimore cooper- apparently the least favorite of the leatherstocking series, it's however my first.  autobiographical in the setting  and the characters and mood.  if you ever wanted to know who settled cooperstown, it was his father.  set on the edge of the frontier in upstate new york on the cusp of the 19th century.  america in its infancy.  also in its infancy was manifest destiny.  the laws of man vs. the laws of nature.   it warms my heart that conversationalists existed way back when.  the book was in parts a joy to read and parts cumbersome.  i knew the background of a principle character would become important but i'm surprised i made it that far and obviously this was early on.  i wasn't paying attention.  it was very very descriptive.  i didn't mind that.  the characters were fresh and alive.  that natty bummpo, whom i've read is based on a real person but quite less humane (and more drunk) than the loyal natty.  looking forward to more fenimore 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: MissKitty on December 06, 2015, 11:57:05 AM
1. Upheaval Stories - Chris Holbrook
2. Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter - Celia Haddon
3. Americanah - Chimamada Ngozi Adiche
4. Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook - Jamie Oliver
5. Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes - Jamie Oliver
6. Jamie Oliver's Great Britain - Jamie Oliver
7. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania - Erik Larson
8. Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus ad Mary Chain Story - Zoe Howe
9. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker
10. The Ginger & White Cookbook - Tonia George, Emma Scott and Nicholas Scott
11. Chinese Whiskers - Pallavi Aiyar
12. Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America - Jill Leovy
13. Match of My Life: 18 Saints Relive Their Greatest Games - Joe Batchelor and Alex Cook
14. Nick Drake Remembered For A While - The Authorized Companion to the Music of Nick Drake
15. The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai
16. Delicious! - Ruth Riechl
17. I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell
18. An Army at Dawn - Rick Atkinson
19. Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan - Shigeru Mizuki

20. All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Beautifully woven story following the parallel lives of a young blind French girl and a young German orphan boy during the years leading up to and encompassing WWII. The story shifts backward and forward through the years until both lives converge into a single moment in time. I can't really say much more about it without giving away the plot, but the story doesn't end the way the reader may think it will.

Gorgeous prose. Little wonder Doerr won a Pulitzer for it.

21. Reckless - Chrissie Hynde

Brutally honest account of Hynde's formative years, from childhood through the formation of The Pretenders. She is very candid about her drug abuse and her low self-esteem, and chronicles the abuse, battery and rape at the hands of biker "friends" with a shrug and a "I was too naive/stupid/fucked up to see it coming."

She comes across as not very likable much of the time (I personally always thought she was a prickly bitch in interviews), but I found her lack of filter refreshing overall. She has bags of indie cred and was part of the London punk scene from its very beginning, and she could easily brag, but instead she wears it as a badge of honor and simply tells what happened and how.

There is plenty she glosses over. Her version of life with Nick Kent is markedly different than Kent's (having read his memoir) - who to believe? Her liaison with Ray Davies is also relegated to footnote status, and she never mentions her 6-year marriage to Jim Kerr at all. Interesting, although I wouldn't want to admit to being married to that wanker either, to be fair.

Once the band is formed - nearly three quarters of the way through - the book speeds up considerably and the rich detail from the previous chapters is noticeably lacking. I'm guessing that after her life became extremely public when the band achieved success, she perhaps wanted to keep some stuff private. Or maybe she was too fucked up to recall much of it? Or possibly those memories are still too painful and raw?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 14, 2015, 11:37:26 PM
1 ● Graham Nash - Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life
2 ● Celia Haddon - Tilly: The Ugliest Cat in the Shelter
3 ● Drew Struzan & David J Schow - The Art of Drew Struzan
4 ● Nick Hornby - Funny Girl
5 ● Danny Baker - Going Off Alarming: The Autobiography Vol 2
6 ● Paul Torday - The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall
7 ● Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Matthew Vaughn - Huntsman: The Secret Service
8 ● Andy Stanton - You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!
9 ● Joe Batchelor & Alex Crook - Match of my Life Southampton: 18 Stars Relive Their Greatest Games
10 ● Robin Halstead, Jason Hazeley, Alex Morris & Joel Morris - Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out
11 ● Laurent Bouzereau - The Art of Bond
12 ● Bruce Eric Kaplan - This is a Bad Time
13 ● Guilia Enders - Gut: The Inside Story of our Body's Most Underrated Organ
adding
14 ● John Sweeney - The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology
I went to school and college with John Sweeney. He went onto appear on the BBC as a hugely respected investigative journalist. I went on to watch him. In 2007 this old friend of mine became an Internet sensation when, whilst filming a documentary about the 'fake church' of Scientology, he kind of "went off on one" shouting and screaming at his interviewee, a head honcho inside the organisation. It gave John instant notoriety, but became something that distracted from the other award winning journalism he's achieved. This book delves into exactly why he became (in his words) "an exploding tomato" and how the devious operations of the "church" brought him to that moment. How the church followed him wherever he went, seemed to know his every move and later even creepily turned up to observe his wedding. If anyone needs further proof that Scientology is little more than an evil scam, this book gives you what you need.
15 ● Mark Ellen - Rock Stars Stole My Life (A Big Bad Love Affair with Music)
Ellen has managed to write one of the most honest books about the machinations of the music industry, having been involved with the influential magazines Smash Hits, NME, Q, Mojo, Word and the TV show Old Grey Whistle Test. He was also one the handful of British broadcasters chosen to link the acts at Live Aid. He talk candidly about the acts he has come into contact with in his decades of journalism ("there are two types of people in the world, those who like Van Morrison and those who have met him") but is rarely cynical about the industry itself and what it mean to people. This book is a fun read, a very fun read indeed.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on December 16, 2015, 01:28:10 AM

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4. the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand
9. the upanishads
10. the humanist in the bathtub- mary mcCarthy
11. the adirondacks- paul schneidner
12. the gambler/bobok/a nasty story- dostoyesvsky
13.  the satyricon- petronius
14. the pioneers- james fenimore cooper

15. cry, the beloved country- alan paton- an unlikely travel story.  written just before apartheid was established in south africa.  the tale of a rural father and his pilgrimage to johannesburg to rebuild his tribe.  what he finds is heartbreaking.  i think this is an important book to read, not that it's necessary to read a book to have some idea of the footprint prevalent from colonization, but more from an awareness that we sometimes forget that people are people.  we all have our own background our own stories but we are all somebody's child
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 17, 2015, 11:23:19 PM
I think the thing with A Walk in the Woods is that it is an outsider perspective on a thing that many people care deeply about.

There's a bit of unflattering hiker snobbery to it, like Bryson is a poseur who didn't even come close to hiking the whole thing.  And also like "I was doing the AT before doing the AT was cool."

But I think a more valid criticism is that Bryson does not treat the subject matter with much respect.  Imagine something that one of us is into-- drawing, music, sports, knitting, whatever.

Now imagine someone comes along who is not into that thing.  But not only are they not into it, they refuse to take it seriously and even try.  Like they join a band and just start banging guitar chords really loudly and obnoxiously.  Or like they just think it's funny to fall down, kick the ball to the other team.  If it's something you're not into, then someone being intentionally incompetent can be funny.  But if it is something you are passionate about it comes across like being a jerk.  Like "Haha, look how bad I am, and how bad I screwed it up, and why are you taking it something stupid so seriously?!?"

Bryson's trail etiquette is terrible.  He whines a lot.  He makes fun of the AT culture.  He's kind of like "Look at these weirdos.  Why can't they just drive from Georgia to Maine?"  It would be really annoying if everyone on the AT were like him.

BUT if you look at it like a book that is not really about the Appalachian Trail but about Bryson and his views as an untrustworthy narrator, it's fine.  He's a good writer.  He's pretty funny.  Journalistically, he does a lot of research and provides some interesting stories about the history of various places.  And it's not like he totally bashes hiking, the outdoors, or the AT... he just doesn't get really get it.  And the outside observer/fish-out-of-water is part of the charm.  It's just hard to have that perspective if you are passionate about hiking.

The book would be more acceptable to hikers I think if Bryson kind of tied it up with a pretty summary of how he came to respect nature, or how doing the hike changed him, or even how this is not his thing but he can appreciate the passion and commitment of those for whom this is their thing.  But he kind of doesn't.  In fact it's kind of the opposite.  The first half of the book reads like a historical/cultural/travelogue kind of thing that's really interesting and gets you interested in the AT. 

But then he kind of gets more cynical and bitter as it goes on.  Which is understandable when you attempt to do something arduous. I love hiking but I don't love it THAT much. I'd be a pretty angry dude if I tried to thru-hike the AT.  But remember, he's totally unprepared and out-of-shape.  So it's kind of like sour grapes.  He did a half-ass job and of course that's what he gets but instead of admitting it, he's just like "Oh, this is stupid."

I think the worst part is not that he didn't finish, but that he sort of disrespects those that have by saying in his mind he did.  Like an actor who plays a soldier in a movie going on a talk show saying they know what it's like to be in a war.

I don't think that was Bryson's intent.  I think it's really supposed to be more of a character study/internal monologue with the AT hike serving as an amusing backdrop to spice it up.  And it's okay to see his "I did it in spirit" and other perceived slights as a weak rationalization or biased observations of a flawed, but human character.

I liked it, but even as a simple dayhiker parts of it bugged me, so I can understand why a lot of serious AT hikers absolutely hate it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: va-vacious on December 18, 2015, 09:35:12 AM
ZK, my uncle through-hiked the AT a few years ago (he did it in sections over time). When we asked him what he'd tell someone who wanted to do it, he said he'd tell them, "Don't!" I think he completed it mostly because he's too darn stubborn to not finish it, but I think the last hundred or so miles were absolute torture.

He's now trying to do all the trails in the Smokey Mtns National Park. Though he keeps retiring from hiking!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: va-vacious on December 18, 2015, 09:35:57 AM
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
This has been sitting in my to read pile since it first came out in paperback. Purchased based on the title alone, for some reason.  ;)

I hope to be able to add to my list again by the end of the year.

You must have bought it twice, since I have your copy at my house...
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on December 18, 2015, 01:41:03 PM
I'm not a hiker at all, which is why I found it informative and interesting. Maybe if you're a day hiker you see lots of issues with it, but since I could't find much to criticize, I quite loved it.

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The book would be more acceptable to hikers I think if Bryson kind of tied it up with a pretty summary of how he came to respect nature, or how doing the hike changed him, or even how this is not his thing but he can appreciate the passion and commitment of those for whom this is their thing.  But he kind of doesn't.  In fact it's kind of the opposite.

I ... I felt like he did indeed do this stuff. Everyone's allowed to interpret a story in their own way, of course, but my interpretation was that he did respect nature even moreso after the hikes, and he was changed for the better, and such.

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I think the worst part is not that he didn't finish, but that he sort of disrespects those that have by saying in his mind he did.  Like an actor who plays a soldier in a movie going on a talk show saying they know what it's like to be in a war.
This is a fair point.

I think the part that I was MOST disappointed with was... when he and Katz quit for a while. Not the part when they get in a car and skip a significant portion of the hike, but just when he says (paraphrase) "I had some commitments to attend to and Katz was going to Iowa to work construction for the summer." After that the book was much less interesting and boring until the small part in the end with the 100-mile wilderness.


Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 19, 2015, 04:37:21 PM
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
This has been sitting in my to read pile since it first came out in paperback. Purchased based on the title alone, for some reason.  ;)

I hope to be able to add to my list again by the end of the year.

You must have bought it twice, since I have your copy at my house...
I never said WHERE my to read pile is located.  ;)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 19, 2015, 10:07:58 PM
Is anyone here on Goodreads or something similar?

I would be interested in social media'ing in some way about books.  I am on Goodreafs but not the best about updating. 

I wish I were more indie-ish about books.  With music, I know what I like and how to find it.  But with books I just kind of read what gets the best reviews. 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: trixi on December 20, 2015, 01:04:16 PM
I am on Goodreads.  I don't write a review for every book I read, but always rate them.  It helps me keep track of what I have read, what I want to read (especially if it's something that hasn't come out yet or that I need to order in from a different library system), and allows me to make suggestions to friends or patrons when asked for something to read. 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on December 21, 2015, 09:15:34 AM
I signed up but haven't really done anything with it. Maybe if I had some friends over there...
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: c-lando on December 21, 2015, 09:16:49 AM
1. "Me Before You" - Jojo Moyes
2. "Friendship" - Emily Gould - I'm not sure that I would recommend this to anyone, but it resonated with me.
3. "Revival" - Stephen King - I dug the the latest from Stephen King. I like his stuff when itís more on the nostalgic end of his spectrum than on the horror end.
4. "Shadow of Night" - Deborah Harkness (audiobook)
5. "The Silkworm" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - I enjoy Cormoran Strike as a detective character and I also like his sidekick, Robin. However, I did not really like this mystery AT ALL.
6. "The Vacationers" - Emma Straub
7. "Landline" - Rainbow Rowell
8. "The Black Echo" - Michael Connelly - the first book in the Harry Bosch series.
9. "The Girl on the Train" - Paula Hawkins
10. "The Burning Room" - the last book in the Harry Bosch series - I really like Harry's new partner. Wondering if Connelly is really preparing for Bosch's retirement by passing on the reader's affection to Lucky Lucy. She seems competent and likeable enough to carry her own series.
11. "The Last Coyote" - Michael Connelly - Harry tries to solve his own mother's murder. It's a dooooozie.
12. "Trunk Music" - Michael Connelly - Ah! I finally get more of the Harry and Eleanor origin story.
13. "The Concrete Blonde" - Michael Connelly
14. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - I think I'm finally back on track for reading these Harry Bosch books in order. This one was pretty interesting in a time capsule sort of way. Life in LA after the 92 Riots. Life with the new internet superhighway.
15. "A Darkness More Than Night" - Michael Connelly
16. "The Middlesteins" - Jami Attenberg
17. "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" - Alan Bradley (audiobook)
18. "So You've Been Publicly Shamed" - Jon Ronson
19. "Delicious!" - Ruth Riechl - This was fluffy and fun.
20. "I'll Give You the Sun" - Jandy Nelson - Beautiful language, images, and themes. This was a jewel of a YA book.
21. "How to Start a Fire" - Lisa Lutz - her first new book after she finished up the Spellman series. I wanted to hate it (because I want her to go back to the Spellmans), but I loved it. Beautiful, complicated female friendships.
22. "City of Bones" - Michael Connelly - This is one of the two books that largely served as the basis for the first season of BOSCH. Despite knowing most of the plot, I still enjoyed reading this one.
23. "The Sky is Everywhere" - Jandy Nelson
24. "The Stranger" - Harlan Coben - This one walked the line for me as far as his books go. Some can be way too graphic/violent/gross for me. This one ALMOST tipped over. But, it was such a quick read that I pushed through the worst parts.
25. "Lost Light" - Michael Connelly - I finally know how Harry found out about Maddie. Weird to know he was a private dick at one time.
26. "The Narrows" - Michael Connelly - I think this may have been the first Connelly/Bosch book I ever read. It had been so long that I forgot that this was one of the ones I read already.
27. "The Closers" - Michael Connelly - I think this is my favorite Bosch book so far. High Jingo. Kiz. Irvin Irving. A nicely plotted mystery. A+.
28. "Echo Park" - Michael Connelly
29. "The Sister Brothers" - Patrick DeWitt
30. "The Killer Next Door" - Alex Marwood
31. "Attachments" - Rainbow Rowell - I guess I'm going to have to read her YA books because her adult books have totally been my cup of chick-lit tea.
32. "The Art of Secrets" - James Klise - Found this YA book when I was looking over a list of Edgar Award winners for 2015. Quick, enjoyable read. It was nice to follow/solve a mystery that didn't involve a dead person.
33. "Eleanor and Park" - Rainbow Rowell - Now I get why everyone LOVES her so much. I started out with her adult books and didn't dig into the YA side until this. AND, OH MY. I think many a WOXY fan can identify with these two characters. Easily.
34. "After You" - Jojo Moyes - her follow-up to "Me Before You".
35. "Shovel Ready" - Adam Sternbergh
36. "Fates and Furies" - Lauren Groff
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 21, 2015, 10:36:55 AM
35. "Fates and Furies" - Lauren Groff

This was the one book I was most excited about reading this year.  I was going to buy it when it came out, but then I decided to get it from the library. 

There was only 1 person per copy ahead of me at the time, so I figured I could wait three weeks. So, I put a hold on it but I guess I did it wrong and added it to my wishlist instead.  By the time I realized this, it was early December and it was showing up on everyone's Best of 2015 lists and getting nominated for all these awards.

So I should have just bought it then, because the wait list was like forever now.  Except I refused because to me, I'd been waiting on it for two months and buying felt like giving up.  I felt like I put all this work in (even though it was only a misspent 30 seconds on account of I screwed up). 

Now there's still 6 people ahead of me per copy.  So I am hellbent on getting this book FROM THE LIBRARY and reading it.  Except by the time I finally get it, I'll be so annoyed at having waited so long that I'll probably hate it. 

I think they let people have too many "Holds" in libraries.  I feel like everyone over-holds.  Because most books I want to read are on hold and then, because you can put like 28 books on hold, I figure I might as well put everything I'm somewhat interested in on hold.  Which then makes someone else wait longer.

I think I have 6 books on hold right now.  If you limited me to the three books I most wanted to read, it would move 3 books up the queue.  And if everyone else could only hold three books, all my stuff would move up faster, too.  Plus I would read those three books really fast because I'm into them.  I would probably have them back in a week.

But instead I will probably get my 6th choice book first.  And I will probably take a full 28 days to read it because I'm just not that into it.  And the people I know who read a ton usually have at least 10-15 books on hold.  Which means sometimes they get nada, and then sometimes 3 books will come free all at once.  And if you have three books out at once you will have to keep them longer because you're reading 3 books at the same time.

The only thing is, people are naturally hoarders so I don't think people will want to give up all their holds.  So my alternative solution is to implement the "Super Hold." 

The rules of the Super Hold are: 

1)  A Super Hold means you jump ahead of everyone who has the book on regular hold.
2)  You can only put 1 book on Super Hold at a time.
3)  Books on Super Hold most be returned within 10 days.
4)  Only eBooks can be put on Super Hold.  That way they are for sure in and out in 10 days.  There is no waiting on someone to pick up the book or not returning it on time.
5)  You cannot use more than 20 Super Holds a year.

I should go back and get my MLS.  I could revolutionize the industry.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 24, 2015, 12:09:45 PM
I signed up but haven't really done anything with it. Maybe if I had some friends over there...

I poked around in Goodreads today.  Still don't really know what to do with it.

After Amazon bought them it is easy now to keep updates because Amazon pretty much asks you obnoxiously hey how about updating your goodreads account?

But I just read a book and then give it some stars.  I don't comment on them.  It is unclear to me how this is any different than just going to Amazon and rating purchases, including books.  Which I don't do.  But which I have the feeling I am now doing anyway because Amazon is probably sneaking that Goodreads data into your Amazon account.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 24, 2015, 12:25:03 PM
Shovel Ready was pretty good. It did have some issues in that it kind of got lost in whether it was crime noir, science fiction, or a satire of one or both.  A ton of balls to juggle there, and he arguably was unable to pull it off.  It was interesting though.  You don't read a book like that everyday.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: trixi on December 27, 2015, 01:55:31 PM
1.  Cinderella Murder--Mary Higgins Clark
2.  Level 2--Lenore Appelhans
3.  Hope to Die--James Patterson
4.  Vicious--Sara Shepard
5.  Chasing Before--Lenore Appelhans
6.  Private Vegas--James Patterson
7.  Death du Jour--Kathy Reichs
8.  Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders:  Beyond the Kindertransport--Frieda Korobkin
9.  Threatened--Eliot Schrefer
10.  Anatomy of a Misfit--Andrea Portes
11.  Noggin--John Corey Whaley
12.  The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend--Kody Keplinger
13.  Gabi, A Girl in Pieces--Isabel Quintero
14.  Girls Like Us--Gail Giles
15.  This One Summer--Mariko Tamaki
16.  And We Stay--Jenny Hubbard
17.  I'll Give You the Sun--Jandy Nelson
18.  The Carnival at Bray--Jessie Ann Foley
19.  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender --Leslye Walton
20.  Miracle at Augusta--James Patterson
21.  Zac and Mia--A.J. Betts
22.  Forever With You--Robin Jones Gunn
23.  One Night that Changes Everything--Lauren Barnholdt
24.  NYPD Red 3--James Patterson
25.  How It Went Down--Kekla Magoon
26.  Love Finds You in Sunset Beach, Hawaii--Robin Jones Gunn
27.  Peculiar Treasures--Robin Jones Gunn
28.  48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust--Mitchell G. Bard
29.  No Place to Fall--Jaye Robin Brown
30.  14th Deadly Sin--James Patterson
31.   My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past--Jennifer Teege
32.  Erika's Story--Ruth Vander Zee
33.  Saint Anything--Sarah Dessen
34.  Cottage by the Sea--Robin Jones Gunn
35.   So That Happened: My Unexpected Life in Hollywood--Jon Cryer
36.  The Scar Boys--Len Vlahos
37.  Little White Lies--Katie Dale
38.  The match : complete strangers, a miracle face transplant, two lives transformed--Susan Whitman Helfgot
39.  Anybody Out There?--Marian Keyes
40.  Coming Attractions--Robin Jones Gunn
41.  At Yellow Lake--Jane McLoughlin
42.  Melody Lives On--Mary Higgins Clark
43.   Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction--Martin Gilbert
44.  Finally and Forever--Robin Jones Gunn
45.  The Program--Suzanne Young
46.  Grasshopper Jungle--Andrew Smith
47.  Deadly Decisions--Kathy Reichs
48.   Flares of Memory: Stories of Childhood During the Holocaust--Anita Brostoff
49.   Tilly: The Ugliest Cat: How I Rescued Her and She Rescued Me--Celia Haddon
50.  Royal Wedding--Meg Cabot
51.  Funny Girl--Nick Hornby
52.  Beyond Clueless--Linas Alsenas
53.   Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die--Steve Watkins
54.  The Truth About My Success--Dyan Sheldon
55.  Endangered--Kate Jaimet
56.  Alert--James Patterson
57.  Cincinnati's Celebrity Criminal Defender: Murder, Motive and the Magical Foss Hopkins--Janice Schulz
58.  See Me--Nicholas Sparks
59.  The Murder House--James Patterson
60.  Fatal Voyage--Kathy Reichs
61.  Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle--Tristan Donovan
62.  Another Day--David Levithan
63.  Hello, I Love You--Katie Stout
64.  Liliana's Journal: Warsaw 1939-1945--Liliana Zuker-Bujanowska
65.  Forever for a Year--B.T. Gottfred
66.  The Revenge Playbook--Rachael Allen
67.  All Dressed in White--Mary Higgins Clark
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 27, 2015, 11:49:02 PM
Grasshopper Jungle was interesting.  Both during and after reading it, I have at times both really liked it and loathed it.

It was a bit like Shovel Ready, I suppose.  Really ambitious in scope, with the result that it would take insane genius to pull it off, but the author falls a bit short into the merely "quite clever" category.  It feels petty to insult the guy for not being awesome, but at the same time when a book ultimately falls short, you can't quite commend it either.

In the case of Grasshopper Jungle, I felt like there was too much sex focus.  I understand that being a teen is not easy, and that the protagonist had a lot on his plate.  You don't forget all about your crushes and your deep teen angst just because the world is ending.  At the same time, I feel like it also sells teenagers short.  I mean, they aren't just walking fleshbags of hormones.  I think they can put aside their thoughts of three ways while people are dying.  I'd like to think that they can pull it together and that they have a bigger perspective.

That is the balance to get right, and I think the book missed it.  TBF, the protagonist does really care for all those around him and he really tries hard to do the right thing and save everyone.  And Andrew as the protagonist/narrator is honest about his faults and feels guilty at times about them.  He's human.

But still, I feel like the book focuses more on the prurient than it really needs to.  I get that dude is horny and confused and that is part of being a teenager, but you can make that point without mentioning it so often.  Sometimes it feels like the sexual thing/love triangle is getting played for cheap laughs.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: trixi on December 29, 2015, 12:53:08 AM
I liked how the story circled back through his heritage, which of course brought them to the present threat of the praying mantis'.  I completely agree that sex was used too frequently with no added value to the book.  I had a hard time getting into the book to start with, but then it finally captured my attention.  I had rated it 3 stars for many of the reasons you wrote.  I'm glad someone else has read it.  It's always nice to compare notes. 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on December 29, 2015, 03:16:32 PM

1.  the magic mountain- thomas mann
2.  the book- alan watts
3.  the river book: cincinnati and the ohio
4.  the innocents abroad- mark twain
5. steppenwolf- hermann hesse                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
6. how to shit in the woods- kathleen meyer
7. the sot-weed factor- john barth
8.  we the living- ayn rand
9. the upanishads
10. the humanist in the bathtub- mary mcCarthy
11. the adirondacks- paul schneidner
12. the gambler/bobok/a nasty story- dostoyesvsky
13.  the satyricon- petronius
14. the pioneers- james fenimore cooper
15. cry, the beloved country- alan paton

16. good omens- terry pratchett & neil gaiman.  well that was a fun romp.  nothing like a good apocalypse story to humor you
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 29, 2015, 05:01:36 PM
Do you intentionally avoid "contemporary" fiction?  I mean, not just books set in or about contemporary times, but just even written in the 2000's?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: daytime drinking on December 29, 2015, 06:14:14 PM
good omens was close.   :)  i haven't been interested in keeping up with new literature at all.  there's so many classics that i haven't read.  that isn't to say i go out of my way not to read current fiction.  i like buying books.  perusing a bookstore is one of my all time favorite hobbies and the bookstores i frequent don't have much in the way of contemporary fiction.  maybe they do, i wouldn't know.  maybe there's some truth in your post.  unless someone hands me one of those books (which happens), i'm not going to pursue it
Title: Re: 50 books in 2015
Post by: Dan on December 31, 2015, 04:37:52 PM
1. Walter M. Miller Jr. - A Canticle for Liebowitz
2. Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
3. Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
4. Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie
5. Greg Anderson - Cancer: 50 Essential Things To Do
6. Bryan Bishop - Shrinkage
7. Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods
8. Andy Weir - The Martian
9. Neal Stephenson - The Diamond Age

Enjoyed it enough. It's about what life will be like in the future with a strong nano-technological presence. Stephenson's writing is brilliant and annoying - he uses big words unnecessarily and drags many many times, but then he has a great vision which is beyond my capacities. I did find myself COMPLETELY ENGROSSED at a quite a few points, but was bored out of my mind at other points. Glad that it wrapped up nicely, at least.