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Title: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on January 04, 2016, 01:47:12 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 04, 2016, 04:03:01 PM
Ha.  That's been bouncing around the fringes of my "to read" list. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on January 04, 2016, 11:07:06 PM
I just read Landline and didn't care for it as much as others I have read by her
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2016, 10:01:36 AM
I just read Landline and didn't care for it as much as others I have read by her
Oh Man. I loved "Landline" and not just because it has my name in it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on January 05, 2016, 11:13:17 AM
Ha.  That's been bouncing around the fringes of my "to read" list.
BTW - I read "Fangirl" on my Kindle because the cover art was way too immature for me to be carrying around at my age. You'd never guess the book was about college freshmen based on that cover.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on January 09, 2016, 09:22:21 AM
1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad.  surprisingly i enjoyed the secret sharer more than heart of darkness.  probably because i've seen apocalypse now about a dozen times. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on January 10, 2016, 12:27:52 PM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor

Well I had written a quite lengthy piece about this book and it got lost in the cyberspace ether somehow, so fuck it, I'm not writing all that again.

Good book, could have been better. Usually love Beevor's stuff, this one, not so much.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on January 11, 2016, 12:40:18 AM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 11, 2016, 11:06:31 AM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella

How was this?  I once made it through about 1/3 of a Shopaholic book.  I thought she was a good writer, but the premise annoyed me so much.

I kept trying to soldier on, because I wondered if my disdain for it was because I was pro-feminist or horribly chauvinist.  Did I not like it because I think frivolous shopping is stupid and girly, or did I not like it because I think it portrays a negative and annoying stereotype of women as being stupid and girly?

In the end, it was the cutesy tone that got to me.  "I'm a financial analyst, and yet I spend stupidly because I just can't help buying shoes! Teeheehee!" was too much.  I thought, okay if this were a book about a dude who is a financial analyst but spends too much time and money hanging out in bars talking about sports, football tickets and picking up women would it annoy as much?  And yes, it would bother me as much. 

But I did think she was a good writer.  So I might be interested her non-chicklit offering even though I'm also not too big into YA.  Unless it's going to be about a girl who develops a crush on a boy and talks about boy bands all the time.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on January 12, 2016, 12:10:59 AM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella

How was this?  I once made it through about 1/3 of a Shopaholic book.  I thought she was a good writer, but the premise annoyed me so much.
This is the first book I've read by her.  Audrey was bullied in school and an event leads to 3 people being thrown out and Audrey basically having a breakdown.  The book starts after this event.  Audrey is recovering though still has an anxiety disorder.  Her therapist has her doing various tasks to try and get her ready for returning to school but Audrey is having problems with them.  Her brother's friend comes over and she develops a crush on him.  With his help she starts to come to terms with some of her issues.  Kinsella does a pretty decent job of dealing with anxiety disorder in a light-hearted, but realistic manner.  The side story revolves around Audrey's brother who's a gamer--which the mother does not approve of and the multitudes of steps she tries to get him to stop.  I gave it 4 stars on goodreads.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on January 14, 2016, 04:07:30 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on January 15, 2016, 11:04:50 AM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman

Collection of Herriman's Sunday Krazy Kat comics, drawn for Hearst Newspapers. Gorgeous, witty and brickalicious.

3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

I have loved this book since it originally came out (as Cross Stitch) in England around 25 years ago, and it still stands the test of time. Such exquisite writing. Sigh.

4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham

Some of the stories in this collection from 1967 were similar in theme to folk/fairy tales many of us grew up with and are already familiar with, like Jack & the Beanstalk. Others are simply bizarre.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on January 15, 2016, 03:43:55 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on January 22, 2016, 09:22:07 AM
1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad

2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll.  thank god baseball came along.  i didn't realize how immensely popular this form of entertainment was back in the day.  folks were starved for distractions as they were leading pretty rough lives.  minstrelsy came along and allowed white folk to a least consider that, if that's what black folk are like, i suppose i don't have it so bad.  it was fascinating how minstrelsy was even popular with black folk.  once black people were the principal actors they modified the routine inherited from white black face performers which were mostly outrageous plantation scenes.  they couldn't change the script too much in fear of upsetting the man, so they subtly made jibes at white people akin to the slave songs having double meanings. 

while black people where exaggerated beyond belief and cruelly depicted, i don't necessarily view it as racist.  biggoted for sure.  not knowing any better certainly isn't an excuse, but i let a product of the times slide on occasion.  minstrelsy had mass appeal that is still reflected today.  i don't know if the black stereotypes were born out of minstrelsy, but they were at least popularized.  the image was etched in the fabric of america. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on January 22, 2016, 12:15:04 PM

3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
That was a great book!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on January 25, 2016, 09:45:57 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2016, 04:05:15 PM
1. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight

Another from the NPR list of Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy. It was fine - felt a little bit like an airport novel version of Fantasy. It was VERY easy to read and relatively short. There appears to be about 10 more in the series - we'll see if I go into them. I'm not a big fan of things involving time-travel (it just gets too messy in my head) and this had a small element of that which kind of ruined it for me.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on February 03, 2016, 10:25:56 PM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams

During the 1940s, nearly 25 percent of Latvia's population was exiled/deported to Siberian labor camps, mostly as political prisoners based on groundless accusations. This book contains myriad stories, all different but similar in theme: they all lost at least 15 years of their lives, and usually all family ties, through no fault of their own. Very interesting and horrifying stories.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on February 05, 2016, 09:23:05 AM
1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll

3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac-  always good to read a kerouac once in a while.  inside the belly of midcentury america.  like any road hungry twenty something, i took to his romance, his lawlessness, his destruction.  i can't believe (outside of cassady) could be friends with him let alone be romantically involved which is what this story was about.  quite the dick, that man.  it was a literary invention of his, this stream of conscience vomit.  all your insides coalesce in written form.  allen ginsburg coined the title, which was a troupe of young literaries in new york masquerading in san francisco (to protect the love interest).  this was about kerouac's fling with a black girl, which was taboo of course way back when.  it flowed without a stop and getting back into it after a pause was difficult.  not my favorite kerouac but there is some beautiful poetry in there

pic was about a young black boy going from the country in north carolina to nyc with his brother and then hitching to california.  i haven't read too many black novelists, but i'd wager kerouac came across as somewhat authentic, perhaps as a result of being heavily involved with the jazz scene         
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 06, 2016, 06:23:12 AM
There appears to be about 10 more in the series - we'll see if I go into them.

10?!?  haha. There were already at least 10 when I was in high school.  Still going, too. She died a few years ago but I think her children are continuing the series.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on February 08, 2016, 09:55:37 AM
Hah. Good to know. So that means it's less likely I'll read more of them if there's no end in sight.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on February 12, 2016, 09:07:00 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on February 12, 2016, 09:59:57 PM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on February 17, 2016, 09:25:55 AM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     

4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber-  all steven spurrier wanted to do was show france the incredible wine that was being made in california.  he was a londoner running a wine shop in paris.  he gained a reputation and made some notable friends.  after touring california, he brought back what he considered the region's best and held a friendly tasting between those wines and some some of france's old guard.  even steven spurrier didn't think california stood a chance.  and they swept.  and the echoes where heard in south america, south africa, oceania and wherever else is worldwide.  but that was only part of the story

along the way we meet some of the winemakers from the award winning california wines and the journey into the wine trade.  coming from humble origins, and some from inhospitable ones, all with the same passion, to make great wine.  family be damned.  it was quite a read and i'm only partly interested in wine.  the author was the only media representative who took a flyer for the event.  he was a times correspondent.  so the earth shattering news didn't reverberate quite as quickly even if morse code was still their primary form of communique

my best friend is a struggling winemaker with a family to feed and he lent me this book.  actually i took it.  he hadn't read it yet.  i tell him all the parallels of his life and those of people in the book and i hope that gives him some sense of shit's gonna be alright

5- tao te ching- lao tzu- since this is only a collection, an anthology of wise sayings by someone who probably never existed, i'm going to follow the translators guide to interpreting the text.  many of the passages are linked presumably because they shared a common word or phrase even if the meaning wouldn't follow.  perhaps it's also a way for the poetry to flow more beautifully.  but anyways, he links together certain passages for the reader to find.  i feel this reread this will make for good bedtime reading
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on March 03, 2016, 10:55:52 PM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
7.  Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto who Survived Auschwitz--Walter Winter
8.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B--Teresa Toten
9.  The Boy in the Black Suit--Jason Reynolds
10.  Hana's Suitcase: a true story--Karen Levine
11.  The Weight of Feathers--Anna-Marie McLemore
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on March 04, 2016, 11:48:16 AM
1. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
2. Lori Hope - 20 Things People With Cancer Want You To Know

Could easily be re-named "A Guide to Cancer Etiquette" or something like that. Basically, be nice, be kind, be ready to listen, but don't bring it up or offer your suggestions unless it's clearly stated to do so. Help with the little things and let them bitch all they want.

Didn't need a whole book to say what she had to say but she had a word count to meet.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on March 04, 2016, 01:37:21 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on March 07, 2016, 02:10:59 PM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu

6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha-  there's a war on sexuality.  sex shouldn't be taken so seriously.  it's a fundamental part of life, just as necessary as shelter, clothing, food, water....  the authors, both varying types of psychologists, beautifully illustrate our primal origins within a hunter/forager lifestyle into the post agrarian landscape wherein we have you and i today.  they argue that we are promiscuous by nature and that monogamy is a post agriculture societal construct that is detrimental to our well being. 

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might the contemporary pandemics of fracturing families, parental exhaustion, and confused, resentful children be predictable consequences of what is, in truth, a distorted and distorting family structure inappropriate for our species?

great book to read when you're expecting a child.  even better, talk to your spouse about it!  i picked this up at the library because one of the authors is always a guest on joe rogan's podcast.  very interesting guy.  but i didn't know anything about the book.  i didn't get passed the introduction before i said to myself, oh fuck.  welp...... 

it was a really good read though, albeit uncomfortable.  whether or not you agree with them, they still do open up the fascinating/taboo discussion of monogamy.  it's really interesting when they talk about males in their mid forties, 50's who turn to anti depressants and viagra to regain their vigor and ruin families in the process.  what the authors are suggesting is that sex is only one part of life, it isn't a sacred entity to be shared only in the bedroom of your special someone.  love and sex are different things.  they explore many cultures throughout the world (many contemporary) where sex isn't taboo it's encouraged.  this is my favorite. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lugu_Lake

the authors want to foremost help people in relationships understand the complexity of what it is to be human.   somewhere henry miller is smiling
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 07, 2016, 05:27:30 PM
For my dollar, Zhuangzi>Mozi>Mencius>Confucius>Laozi>Xunzi

Laozi would probably rank higher except that Tao te Ching not very coherent for the reasons you mentioned.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on March 16, 2016, 10:35:15 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on March 19, 2016, 07:33:03 PM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins

Interesting and informative book about the plight of Eastern Europeans caught in the middle of WWII between Russia and Germany, concentrating especially on the fate of the Balts but also of Ukrainians, Poles and the Czechs.

There is a lot to take in, especially since this book looks at the war from a perspective different from that of the western allies, Russia and even Germany: That of the people caught within the shifting fronts, who for better or worse shifted allegiances like the wind, and who at the end of the war found themselves far from home, either in displaced persons camps, or more ominously, in Russian gulags.

One of the most astonishing (to me, anyway) statistics in the book was this: "In Operation Gomorrah, the firebombing of Hamburg in July 1943, in one week almost as many people were killed in that city as would die in Britain from bombing during the entire war."
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on March 21, 2016, 10:43:34 AM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha

7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol- fantastic.  wished diary of a madman was longer, though in the intro a conversation he had with pushkin suggests the best parts didn't make it past the censor.  the overcoat is considered one of the finest short stories written and it is indeed good, but my favorite was how ivan ivanovich quarrelled with ivan nikiforovich.  two best friends who become bitter rivals. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on March 28, 2016, 06:54:03 PM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
7.  Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto who Survived Auschwitz--Walter Stanoski Winter  an interesting autobiography of a German Sinto (gypsy) who served as a soldier for the Germans, yet was still put into a concentration camp. 
8.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B--Teresa Toten
9.  The Boy in the Black Suit--Jason Reynolds
10.  Hana's Suitcase: A True Story--Karen Levine
11.  The Weight of Feathers--Anna-Marie McLemore
12.  Bone Gap--Laura Ruby
13.  Grave Secrets--Kathy Reichs
14.  Wonders of the Invisible World--Christopher Barzak
15.  Hollow City--Ransom Riggs
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 29, 2016, 09:07:57 AM
1 ● Bill Bryson - The Road to Little Dribbling
I don't think there's ever been a better, more funny travel writer than Bryson. This latest journey finds him revisiting some of the places he waxed lyrical about in "Notes from a Small Island" as well as pontificating over how Britain has changed in the time he has lived there. Part 3 of the prologue concerns his application for British residence and he does it in Eastleigh, my birthplace and where I had my shop. He describes it (rather, how it has become in the last 15 years) PERFECTLY and it made me laugh like a fucking drain. Thoroughly recommended.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on March 29, 2016, 03:44:11 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on March 31, 2016, 10:03:21 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on April 07, 2016, 09:02:42 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on April 14, 2016, 01:23:03 PM
1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol

8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton.  nice going andrew johnson.  the accidental president.  the confederacy breathed a heavy sigh, laid down their arms and was ready to submit to union terms but that's never how wars end is it?  instead, he kept out of the way while the south quickly reestablished antebellum order, which it seems like was what he wanted all along. 

it's hard to picture, what with all the atrocities (may not even be a word for it) committed upon those campaigning for not only civil rights but plain old decency, that reconstruction wasn't an abject failure.  an economic downturn in the early 1870's turned much of the attention away, but the groundwork for democratic government in the south was lain, free public schools, and new social legislation (however broadly challenged, i.e. a bill in 1883 the supreme court struck down which would further enhance civil rights ruled that the 14th amendment only prohibited discrimination by states, not from individuals).  blacks held office, high office in many southern states well into the early 1900's.

by 1870, most of the federal troops were gone from the south.  the republican party in the south was in tatters.   widespread violence on blacks and their supporters, voter intimidation, an economic downturn, and the indian wars out west proved a proved a lethal cocktail.  all because of the color of skin.  i don't think there's a good reason to fly the rebel flag

interesting facts:  salmon p chase was a revolutionary supreme court justice
                         :  birth of a nation was screened at woodrow wilson's white house.  it's like writing history lightning. my only regret is that it's all so  terribly true.  he later claimed it was an aide who said that.
                         : web dubois and booker t. washington had a psudeo friendly rivalry
                         : andrew johnson was illiterate
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 17, 2016, 07:26:10 PM
1 ● Bill Bryson - The Road to Little Dribbling
2 ● Design Museum - London in Fifty Design Icons
I almost abandoned this after reading the section about the Chelsea football shirt. Not because it was about Chelsea but because the information contained within it was sooooooo far off the mark I then questioned the rest of the book, as nice as it was a tome. According to the Design Museum's shoddy research World Cup winner Geoff Hurst once played for Chelsea. Which is a bit like saying Pele played for Sciotland. Tw@s.
3 ● Marilyn Krieger - Naughty No More!
We've had a new kitten since January (Twiggy Stardust). She's..... Umm.... A handful of fuzzy boisterousosity. This book told me what I needed to do to try and calm her down. However, I doubt very much if SHE will read it too. Little bitch.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on April 17, 2016, 08:05:31 PM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins

7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson

Lovely. Just lovely.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on April 18, 2016, 12:54:17 PM
1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 

9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman-  the wife and i both enjoyed this book.  light, airy, funny.  it's probably the most intense baby book i could handle. she's an american (with a british husband) rearing their children in paris.  naive psuedo ex pat's encounters with french parenting.  from her observations, french parents have a much easier time with wee ones.  they sleep better early on, eat better, behave better.... compared to western counterparts.  the wife and are considering some of the techniques

she researches a lot, interviews the right people however the only normal people she associates with are all professionals in stable relationships.  she doesn't go out of her way to talk with people who don't hold advanced degrees.  the commoners plight.  i imagine even in the best circumstances, a working class family (odd jobs, odd hours) might not so cope as well, or be in the position to rear your child as you'd want.  i might just be rambling to prove to my wife i read the book.  so how effective her personal encounters, i took with a grain of salt
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on April 20, 2016, 04:15:22 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on April 24, 2016, 09:27:41 AM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen

I've been dipping in and out of this one for awhile because I didn't want it to end. Ellen has been at the forefront of rock journalism since the 70s and, with David Hepworth, is responsible for some of the best British music magazines. He has always been first and foremost a fan, and a very knowledgable one, which I think is one of the main reasons for his staying power through the decades.

Ellen cut his chops first with Record Mirror (his first interview was with Elvis Costello!) before moving on to NME, Smash Hits, hosting a show on BBC Radio1, hosting The Old Grey Whistle Test, hosting Live Aid, and launching and editing Q and Word magazines. When the question arises as to who I would invite to a dinner party, if I could invite anyone in the world, Ellen would be at the top of the list.

Plus he and his wife are name checked in one of my favorite Robyn Hitchcock songs. How cool is that?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2016, 03:34:13 PM
1. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
2. Lori Hope - 20 Things People With Cancer Want You To Know
3. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

This was a good story about WWII Germany told from the perspective of a poor young girl and how the war impacted her life. While I was reading it I never really cared about anyone or anything and not once did I think to myself, "hey, I wonder how they are doing" and go out of my way to read. But continue on I did and at the end I there were tears and tears and tears, so I guess the author did something right. Good for you, Zusak.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: euro60 on May 02, 2016, 04:43:08 PM
3. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

This was a good story about WWII Germany told from the perspective of a poor young girl and how the war impacted her life. While I was reading it I never really cared about anyone or anything and not once did I think to myself, "hey, I wonder how they are doing" and go out of my way to read. But continue on I did and at the end I there were tears and tears and tears, so I guess the author did something right. Good for you, Zusak.
I never read the book, but I did see the big screen adaptation, a year or 2 ago? I thought the movie was okay, not great, not bad either. You should check it out at your local library. I'll be interested in your take on it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 02, 2016, 09:16:41 PM
I just finished reading Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, the book the HBO documentary was based on.  Highly recommended, especially if you found the film interesting.  There are so many more details about the insanity of the cult and it's leaders.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on May 03, 2016, 10:10:46 AM
3. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief

This was a good story about WWII Germany told from the perspective of a poor young girl and how the war impacted her life. While I was reading it I never really cared about anyone or anything and not once did I think to myself, "hey, I wonder how they are doing" and go out of my way to read. But continue on I did and at the end I there were tears and tears and tears, so I guess the author did something right. Good for you, Zusak.
I never read the book, but I did see the big screen adaptation, a year or 2 ago? I thought the movie was okay, not great, not bad either. You should check it out at your local library. I'll be interested in your take on it.

I didn't even know there was a movie! Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on May 16, 2016, 01:10:52 PM
1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman


10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer- preacher, lecturer, author, philosopher, organ aficionado, traveling musician etc..  felt life was too easy so he became a doctor.  devoted half of his life to equatorial africa.  i felt it beautiful he spent a considerable amount of his life during two world wars.  he was having a difficult time trying to help people while the world was engage in hurting.  he won a nobel prize for his "philosophy of civilization."  he critiqued the accepted idea of christ as only being mystical/spiritual as he did hindu, that the best course of action is to die as the material world is meaningless.   he found value in the material and bounded that with the mystical/spiritual. 

for the amount he dismisses eastern thought, he had an eastern tinge to his own.  he recognized a connection with every living being.  i'd be interested in reading his work regarding hinduism. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on May 18, 2016, 08:33:02 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on May 18, 2016, 11:54:06 PM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
7.  Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto who Survived Auschwitz--Walter Stanoski Winter
8.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B--Teresa Toten
9.  The Boy in the Black Suit--Jason Reynolds
10.  Hana's Suitcase: A True Story--Karen Levine
11.  The Weight of Feathers--Anna-Marie McLemore
12.  Bone Gap--Laura Ruby
13.  Grave Secrets--Kathy Reichs
14.  Wonders of the Invisible World--Christopher Barzak
15.  Hollow City--Ransom Riggs
16.  Finding Forever--Ken Baker
17.  In the Unlikely Event--Judy Blume
18.  NYPD Red 4--James Patterson
19.  Private Paris--James Patterson
20.  X--Ilyasah Shabazz
21.  Stones on a Grave--Kathy Kacer
22.  Tapestry of Hope: Holocaust Writing for Young People--Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
23.  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--Becky Albertalli
24.  As Time Goes By--Mary Higgins Clark
25.  Because You'll Never Meet Me--Leah Thomas
26.  Children of the Slaughter:  Young People of the Holocaust--Ted Gottfried
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on June 02, 2016, 02:36:12 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on June 08, 2016, 12:01:19 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on June 16, 2016, 11:48:00 PM
1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer

11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's- this is what ayn rand is talking about.  three fires to his museum's that any one of which would have shattered one financial, personally, spiritually.  but he shrugged them all off.  even a disastrous land speculation deal which ruined him.  just shrugged it off.  he was like a steve jobs.  he knew what we wanted.  and he was the most successful person in the world in his era.  his most genius ploy was to procure some commodity legally, completely legit.  say it's an elephant named jumbo (which is the origin of that word), and spread word through the london press that you practically stole it.  nobody in london cared too much about this elephant.  it was a monster.  but after word spread that pt barnum, this yankee, had swindled the owners, a sensation was born.  marketing at it's best. 

but of course in those numerous fires, train derailments, not many of his animals made it.  but the law was on his side shockingly, against animal advocacy groups.  fuck his flaws, the man was brilliant
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on June 22, 2016, 12:55:36 PM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-

12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand.  mo' cold hard trufs fo' yo' commie ass.  of course, what a title!  but of course, it wasn't meant to be attention grabbing.  if you bother to read any of her work, you'll understand where she's coming from, the title won't be as incendiary.  maybe the title isn't offensive to you, it has been for a few of my friends.  "that bitch," they say.  don't bother reading it.  just hate her abstractly.  your worldly views won't start to bleed.  the chapter on racism is dead on.  now, she would probably dismiss me today, it's probably better you hate your fans. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on June 22, 2016, 04:54:38 PM
"... racism is much more prevalent among the poor white trash than among their intellectual betters."
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on June 27, 2016, 03:16:45 PM
"... racism is much more prevalent among the poor white trash than among their intellectual betters."

i'm sure it's hard to qualify, but is it not more likely than not true? 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on June 28, 2016, 10:54:40 AM
"... racism is much more prevalent among the poor white trash than among their intellectual betters."

i'm sure it's hard to qualify, but is it not more likely than not true?

It's racist and classist as fuck.  How does that sentence make any sense in the context of Rand's contempt for "collectivism?"
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on June 30, 2016, 04:19:37 PM
i was taken back a bit when she said "poor white trash."  but isn't it more likely to find bigots and racists among the less educated? 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on June 30, 2016, 06:30:00 PM
That's not really the point.

The book is not a socioeconomic study of the characteristics of poor or uneducated people.  Rand thinks that shit is for liberal losers.  It's a (horribly bad) philosophical/metaphysical treatise.

Think about the whole point of the book.  It's to reject collectivism, which is the subjugation of the individual to the group-- whether that group is based on class, race, or whatever.

Rand's attempted point is that racism is just one form of collectivism, and collectivism in any form is bad.  And yet she lumps people into groups willy-nilly.  More so than even the average weak, liberal loser.  So she's being a total hypocrite there.

Moreover, her attempted point in that specific chapter is to say that racism follows from collectivism.  In other words if you think in terms of groups at all, you will inevitably become racist.

Except that there are plenty of people who are not "objectivist" who aren't at all racist and think it is stupid.  I'm guessing that all of us fall in that category.  And it's because the problem with grouping people by race isn't the fact that you grouped them, but rather that you grouped them STUPIDLY.  There's no scientific or logical reason to believe that blacks are stupid or lazy, or whatever.

Conversely, most racists are not like "Gee, I need to subjugate myself to the needs of the group.  Therefore, as a white guy I will regretfully accept property and riches as a self-sacrifice."  See what I'm saying? 

She says she is above collectivism, yet she stereotypes like a mofo.  Other people are not above collectivism, yet they don't stereotype less than she does.  So how does collectivism lead to racism/classism, etc.?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on June 30, 2016, 10:17:00 PM
possibly that it allows racism to perpetuate?  it's the argument against affirmative action i feel is what she's going after.  the individual must sacrifice for society as if a cure all.  she's saying, the moment you make a decision based on race, you're a racist. 

kudos to you and your memory.  i had to dig thru notes to remember shit

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 01, 2016, 11:01:35 AM
Still missing the point.

Why is Rand talking about "blacks," "poor", "white," "communists" etc. in the first place?  She's grouping people into a collective instead of treating them as individuals and thus violating her own principles. 

What gives her the right to characterize a group of blacks at a sit-in as a collective group campaigning for collective rights, instead of a bunch of individual Rosa Parks who are just don't feel like sitting on the back of the bus?
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on July 01, 2016, 12:03:14 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on July 05, 2016, 10:16:22 AM
Still missing the point.

Why is Rand talking about "blacks," "poor", "white," "communists" etc. in the first place?  She's grouping people into a collective instead of treating them as individuals and thus violating her own principles. 

What gives her the right to characterize a group of blacks at a sit-in as a collective group campaigning for collective rights, instead of a bunch of individual Rosa Parks who are just don't feel like sitting on the back of the bus?

i knew you wouldn't let me off that easy.   :) 

well, i'm sure this is just going to annoy you.  those are your words, correct?  you're suggesting that people rallying together for their freedom is what she would call collectivism?  she might have said or alluded to that.  i'm not going to pretend i can speak on her behalf.  she might be and probably is a hypocrite.  but i think you're being petty here considering what else she had to say. 

 

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 05, 2016, 12:16:40 PM
His point is that it's all bullshit.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 05, 2016, 03:54:31 PM
  you're suggesting that people rallying together for their freedom is what she would call collectivism? 

I'm suggesting that Rand characterizes things however she wants.

Like when she suggested that the mass genocide of Native Americans was necessary because THEY were all racist.  See, the Native Americans had this idea that the land belonged to them by virtue of their culture or heritage and having been on it first or something.  Which essentially made them racists.  Also, they liked to commune with nature and save it for future generations which is very collectivist.  All they were doing on it was a bit of hunting, maybe planting a few crops.  Even though there was copper and timber to be had at great profits.  So they were looters, too.

Whereas the White Europeans would generate the most profit out of the land, and that profit would go to the most Galti-est of individuals, and thus a higher state of being could be achieved.  It was therefore their moral duty to destroy the Native Americans, otherwise the looters win.

And the evidence of our actions being justified was the ease by which we slaughtered them.  And that everyone lives longer and listens to better music like Rachmaninoff.  The stronger and more enlightened beings survived.

Now you might think that okay, maybe Rand got this one wrong but there's nothing wrong with her philosophy.  I'm just shooting the messenger.

Except the problem is, her philosophy directly leads to this kind of thinking.

Basically it's Rand's contention that racism and most other evils exist because we are too tolerant of those who think differently than us.  They are wrong, and we should stamp them out but fail to do so.

I feel like racism and most other evils exists because there are too many intolerant assholes like Rand who think that anyone who thinks differently than them are wrong and need to be stamped out.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on July 06, 2016, 12:40:58 PM
she doesn't carry as much weight with me as she used to and it has nothing to do with what she says.  it's what i take from it.  you can't choose your audience.  you can cater for sure, but what's that about?  original thought provoking original thought.  you gotta admit she was a revolutionary.  i'm not sidetracking.  you are more versed in her work than i am (what does that say about you?   :)).  through no effort of your own, this is the last book i'm going to read of hers.  it was interesting hearing her speak outside of characters but i found her novels too much fun.  you weren't supposed to say those things.  people are flawed.  that's the most you can expect from them.  what philosopher is right? 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on July 18, 2016, 09:40:52 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on July 28, 2016, 11:11:27 PM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
7.  Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto who Survived Auschwitz--Walter Stanoski Winter
8.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B--Teresa Toten
9.  The Boy in the Black Suit--Jason Reynolds
10.  Hana's Suitcase: A True Story--Karen Levine
11.  The Weight of Feathers--Anna-Marie McLemore
12.  Bone Gap--Laura Ruby
13.  Grave Secrets--Kathy Reichs
14.  Wonders of the Invisible World--Christopher Barzak
15.  Hollow City--Ransom Riggs
16.  Finding Forever--Ken Baker
17.  In the Unlikely Event--Judy Blume
18.  NYPD Red 4--James Patterson
19.  Private Paris--James Patterson
20.  X--Ilyasah Shabazz
21.  Stones on a Grave--Kathy Kacer
22.  Tapestry of Hope: Holocaust Writing for Young People--Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
23.  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--Becky Albertalli
24.  As Time Goes By--Mary Higgins Clark
25.  Because You'll Never Meet Me--Leah Thomas
26.  Children of the Slaughter:  Young People of the Holocaust--Ted Gottfried
27.  Killing Cupid--Laura Levine
28.  Everything, Everything--Nicola Yoon
29.  The Porcupine of Truth--Bill Konigsberg
30.  Conviction--Kelly Loy Gilbert
31.  15th Affair--James Patterson
32.  Fading Ads of Cincinnati--Ronny Salerno
33.  All American Boys--Jason Reynolds
34.  Troublemaker--Linda Howard
35.  Remembrance--Meg Cabot
36.  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly--Stephanie Oakes
37.  Out of Darkness--Ashley Hope Perez
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on August 11, 2016, 11:03:13 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on August 12, 2016, 09:43:24 AM
1. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
2. Lori Hope - 20 Things People With Cancer Want You To Know
3. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
4. Mindy Kaling - Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?
5. Bill Bryson - The Lost Continent

Kaling's book was ho-hum. Charming in spots, but nothing much worth discussing.

Bryson's book was easily the most boring of the three I've read from him (Notes from a Small Island; A Walk in the Woods - both fantastic). It's from 1987-1988 and he's traveling around the USA in a car. I felt like it was an interesting book from a historical point of view about the way the country was in the late 80s and what was on people's minds, but other than that it's more about seeing how Bryson's writing wasn't just quite there yet. He gets better later in life, and there are snippets of his brilliance in this, but I honestly didn't care much for what he focused on and the stuff he talked about.

Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on August 20, 2016, 12:27:39 PM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-
12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand

13- the way of zen- alan watts.  more of an introduction into eastern thought than his own words.  i'm lucky to have people to discuss this with

14- poor folk- dostoyevsky.  his first novel.  very short.  the book is a collection of letters sent between an elderly man and a young woman of which he is the benefactor of, albeit a terrible one 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on August 23, 2016, 08:54:03 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on September 02, 2016, 08:18:09 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on September 06, 2016, 11:08:39 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on September 07, 2016, 04:30:28 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on September 15, 2016, 05:06:14 PM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen
9. 1971: Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth

<3 <3 <3 If you love music, this well-written and researched book by the very gifted Hepworth is a must.

10. Ramones at 40 - Martin Popoff

This is a beautiful book with loads of photos, but damn if it isn't a mess to read. At first I thought there were either pages missing or it was misprinted, but then I figured out (at least I think I did) that the pages were color-coded, with different stories appearing on different colored pages. Honestly it put me off wanting to finish it, but it's worth checking out for the photos alone.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on September 22, 2016, 09:56:09 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on September 25, 2016, 09:15:32 PM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-
12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand
13- the way of zen- alan watts
14- poor folk- dostoyevsky

15- the last great walk-  wayne curtis.  in 1909 edward peyson weston walked from nyc to san francisco in just over 100 hundred days.  he was 70 years old.  why?  because he was a modern (if not, the) pedestrian.  it was his occupation. 

ever since my buddy sent me his wikipedia page, i've wanted to know more about him.   i was surprised at the amount of material on him.  he has a biography entitled a man in a hurry, which is a title i wished i came up with.  as for the book itself, it was maybe a third of ed peyson weston and the rest about walking itself.  the writer annoyingly kept referencing popular culture and even said hipster.  the guy's like 60 years old.  but the information presented was well received.  kinda got me fired up about reclaiming the streets.  who's streets?  our streets!  this is extremely relevant in my neighborhood as recently the owner of a new and semi popular burger joint was hit by a car and killed a few weeks ago. 
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on September 27, 2016, 06:09:10 PM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
7.  Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto who Survived Auschwitz--Walter Stanoski Winter
8.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B--Teresa Toten
9.  The Boy in the Black Suit--Jason Reynolds
10.  Hana's Suitcase: A True Story--Karen Levine
11.  The Weight of Feathers--Anna-Marie McLemore
12.  Bone Gap--Laura Ruby
13.  Grave Secrets--Kathy Reichs
14.  Wonders of the Invisible World--Christopher Barzak
15.  Hollow City--Ransom Riggs
16.  Finding Forever--Ken Baker
17.  In the Unlikely Event--Judy Blume
18.  NYPD Red 4--James Patterson
19.  Private Paris--James Patterson
20.  X--Ilyasah Shabazz
21.  Stones on a Grave--Kathy Kacer
22.  Tapestry of Hope: Holocaust Writing for Young People--Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
23.  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--Becky Albertalli
24.  As Time Goes By--Mary Higgins Clark
25.  Because You'll Never Meet Me--Leah Thomas
26.  Children of the Slaughter:  Young People of the Holocaust--Ted Gottfried
27.  Killing Cupid--Laura Levine
28.  Everything, Everything--Nicola Yoon
29.  The Porcupine of Truth--Bill Konigsberg
30.  Conviction--Kelly Loy Gilbert
31.  15th Affair--James Patterson
32.  Fading Ads of Cincinnati--Ronny Salerno
33.  All American Boys--Jason Reynolds
34.  Troublemaker--Linda Howard
35.  Remembrance--Meg Cabot
36.  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly--Stephanie Oakes
37.  Out of Darkness--Ashley Hope Perez
38.  Lost Along the Way--Erin Duffy
39.  The Boy at the Top of the Mountain--John Boyne
40.  The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town . . . and the World--Jan Louch
41.  We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler--Russell Freedman
42.  The Darkest Lie--Pintip Dunn
43.  Bullseye--James Patterson
44.  The Games--James Patterson
45.  Rose Under Fire--Elizabeth Wein
46.  First Comes Love--Emily Giffin
47.  Frost Line--Linda Howard
48.  Witness to the Holocaust--Azriel Eisenberg
49.  Library of Souls--Ransom Riggs
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on September 29, 2016, 08:41:44 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on September 29, 2016, 09:52:14 AM

27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho

that's one of those books you find at youth hostels.  i've done it
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on October 12, 2016, 09:25:56 AM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-
12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand
13- the way of zen- alan watts
14- poor folk- dostoyevsky
15- the last great walk-  wayne curtis

16- the writer's journey:  mythic structure for writers- christopher vogler.  based on the work of human nature guru joseph campbell, this is supposed to be the seminal screenwriter's book.  makes you pay more attention to films.  interesting stuff, though if my buddy and i weren't writing a script, i doubt i'd ever read this
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on October 18, 2016, 09:40:56 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on October 18, 2016, 09:16:52 PM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen
9. 1971: Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth
10. Ramones at 40 - Martin Popoff
11. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality - Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in the early 1990s and were in a committed relationship until Arthur's death in 2013 from ALS. The men married in Maryland but found that their marriage was not recognized by the state of Ohio, meaning that when Arthur died Obergefell would have no say in the funeral plans, would have no claim to Arthur's estate and would not be listed as his husband on Arthur's death certificate. This book chronicles the story of the fight for marriage equality that started here in Cincinnati and went all the way to the Supreme Court's decision to recognize gay marriage across the land.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on November 09, 2016, 08:56:59 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
29. "The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery" - Andrew Cartmel - I thought this book, about a  record collector (of the charity shop, crate-digging variety) who is offered a large sum of money to help a woman find a highly collectible jazz album in London, was a very fun read. I immediately fell in love with the main character (and his adorable kitties) and can't wait to read the next installment. Apparently the author was the script doctor for DOCTOR WHO for a few years - if that's your thing.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on November 09, 2016, 02:29:01 PM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-
12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand
13- the way of zen- alan watts
14- poor folk- dostoyevsky
15- the last great walk-  wayne curtis
16- the writer's journey:  mythic structure for writers- christopher vogler

17- the arabian nights- translated by husain haddawy- now i understand where oscar wilde gets his humor.  very entertaining
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on November 14, 2016, 09:04:24 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
29. "The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery" - Andrew Cartmel - I thought this book, about a  record collector (of the charity shop, crate-digging variety) who is offered a large sum of money to help a woman find a highly collectible jazz album in London, was a very fun read. I immediately fell in love with the main character (and his adorable kitties) and can't wait to read the next installment. Apparently the author was the script doctor for DOCTOR WHO for a few years - if that's your thing.
30. "Not My Father's Son: A Memoir" - Alan Cumming - I had always loved Alan's episode of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. This memoir adds a very dramatic and moving layer to his experience during the filming of that show. Also, he's just lovely.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on November 17, 2016, 11:50:37 AM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-
12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand
13- the way of zen- alan watts
14- poor folk- dostoyevsky
15- the last great walk-  wayne curtis
16- the writer's journey:  mythic structure for writers- christopher vogler
17- the arabian nights- translated by husain haddawy

18- local anesthetic- gunter grass- what can pain drive a man to do?  a high school teacher and his dentist try to cure the world in post war berlin
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on November 18, 2016, 10:59:48 AM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen
9. 1971: Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth
10. Ramones at 40 - Martin Popoff
11. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality - Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

12. Truly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty

Another choice from our book club.

Shite.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on November 21, 2016, 10:21:46 AM
1. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
2. Lori Hope - 20 Things People With Cancer Want You To Know
3. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
4. Mindy Kaling - Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?
5. Bill Bryson - The Lost Continent
6. Katherine Dunn - Geek Love
7. Frank Herbert - Dune

Geek Love is my wife's favorite book, so I read it. It was...disturbing at times. Fascinating at other times. Psycho in parts. I didn't love it, but I guess it was pretty good. I do think I might have loved this more if I was in my early 20s and the world was full of wonder. If you don't know, it's about a travelling circus/freak show and their trials and tribulations. It's main point is that it's better to be different and unique.


Dune is the classic that everyone knows. I didn't really want to read it but figured I should. Turns out that everyone was right! It's really good. It's interesting and I flew through it (for me). I found that I kinda knew what would happen, so I think I might have had glimpses of a movie or tv show or something about it in my childhood.

Quick question: has anybody read other "Dune" books? How important is it that I read those? I felt like this one wrapped up nicely and felt like a complete story, so I am not sitting here itching to read more.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on November 22, 2016, 08:14:23 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
29. "The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery" - Andrew Cartmel - I thought this book, about a  record collector (of the charity shop, crate-digging variety) who is offered a large sum of money to help a woman find a highly collectible jazz album in London, was a very fun read. I immediately fell in love with the main character (and his adorable kitties) and can't wait to read the next installment. Apparently the author was the script doctor for DOCTOR WHO for a few years - if that's your thing.
30. "Not My Father's Son: A Memoir" - Alan Cumming - I had always loved Alan's episode of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. This memoir adds a very dramatic and moving layer to his experience during the filming of that show. Also, he's just lovely.
31. "You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom" - Phil Rosenthal - I just adore Phil and wanted to spend some time with him. Some good stories in here, but nothing deep.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on December 07, 2016, 09:04:38 AM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-
12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand
13- the way of zen- alan watts
14- poor folk- dostoyevsky
15- the last great walk-  wayne curtis
16- the writer's journey:  mythic structure for writers- christopher vogler
17- the arabian nights- translated by husain haddawy
18- local anesthetic- gunter grass
19- the sheltering sky- paul bowles.  Adventure!  Mayhem!  Hijinx!  Post War!  Murder!  Or was it typhoid?  How exotic
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: MissKitty on December 08, 2016, 01:52:49 PM
1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen
9. 1971: Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth
10. Ramones at 40 - Martin Popoff
11. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality - Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell
12. Truly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty

13. Tender at the Bone - Ruth Reichl

Our December book club choice is always food-related and chosen by the resident celebrity chef in our building, Marilyn Harris, who hosts the annual book club holiday party. Last year she chose another of Reichl's books and of the two I enjoyed "Tender at the Bone" more, I think because it was biographical rather than fiction and I'm a big fan of biographies. Fiction, not so much.

The book follows the author's path of food discovery from childhood through her breakthrough to fame in the late 1970s. She knows how to tell a good tale and makes each chapter interesting, engaging and fun. As a bonus, she includes a recipe at the end of each chapter that was mentioned in each story.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on December 08, 2016, 04:12:30 PM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
29. "The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery" - Andrew Cartmel - I thought this book, about a  record collector (of the charity shop, crate-digging variety) who is offered a large sum of money to help a woman find a highly collectible jazz album in London, was a very fun read. I immediately fell in love with the main character (and his adorable kitties) and can't wait to read the next installment. Apparently the author was the script doctor for DOCTOR WHO for a few years - if that's your thing.
30. "Not My Father's Son: A Memoir" - Alan Cumming - I had always loved Alan's episode of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. This memoir adds a very dramatic and moving layer to his experience during the filming of that show. Also, he's just lovely.
31. "You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom" - Phil Rosenthal - I just adore Phil and wanted to spend some time with him. Some good stories in here, but nothing deep.
32. "All the Summer Girls" - Meg Donohue - Aiiight.
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: daytime drinking on December 20, 2016, 08:18:31 AM

1- the heart of darkness/ the secret sharer- joseph conrad
2- blacking up; the minstrel show in 19th century america- robert c toll
3- the subterraneans/ pic- jack kerouac     
4-  judgement of paris: california v france and the historic 1976 paris tasting that revolutionized wine- george m. taber
5- tao te ching- lao tzu
6- sex at dawn: the prehistoric origins of modern sexuality- christopher ryan and cadilda jetha
7- diary of a madman and other stories- nikolai gogol
8- wars of reconstruction- douglas egerton. 
9- bringing up bebe- pamela druckerman
10- out of my life and thought- albert schweitzer
11- p.t. barnum: america's greatest showman- the kunhardt's-
12- the virtue of selfishness- ayn rand
13- the way of zen- alan watts
14- poor folk- dostoyevsky
15- the last great walk-  wayne curtis
16- the writer's journey:  mythic structure for writers- christopher vogler
17- the arabian nights- translated by husain haddawy
18- local anesthetic- gunter grass
19- the sheltering sky- paul bowles

20- the symposium- plato.  socrates schools some punks on love.  greek homosexuality wasn't as gay as i thought it was
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: trixi on December 25, 2016, 02:00:56 PM
1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
7.  Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto who Survived Auschwitz--Walter Stanoski Winter
8.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B--Teresa Toten
9.  The Boy in the Black Suit--Jason Reynolds
10.  Hana's Suitcase: A True Story--Karen Levine
11.  The Weight of Feathers--Anna-Marie McLemore
12.  Bone Gap--Laura Ruby
13.  Grave Secrets--Kathy Reichs
14.  Wonders of the Invisible World--Christopher Barzak
15.  Hollow City--Ransom Riggs
16.  Finding Forever--Ken Baker
17.  In the Unlikely Event--Judy Blume
18.  NYPD Red 4--James Patterson
19.  Private Paris--James Patterson
20.  X--Ilyasah Shabazz
21.  Stones on a Grave--Kathy Kacer
22.  Tapestry of Hope: Holocaust Writing for Young People--Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
23.  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--Becky Albertalli
24.  As Time Goes By--Mary Higgins Clark
25.  Because You'll Never Meet Me--Leah Thomas
26.  Children of the Slaughter:  Young People of the Holocaust--Ted Gottfried
27.  Killing Cupid--Laura Levine
28.  Everything, Everything--Nicola Yoon
29.  The Porcupine of Truth--Bill Konigsberg
30.  Conviction--Kelly Loy Gilbert
31.  15th Affair--James Patterson
32.  Fading Ads of Cincinnati--Ronny Salerno
33.  All American Boys--Jason Reynolds
34.  Troublemaker--Linda Howard
35.  Remembrance--Meg Cabot
36.  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly--Stephanie Oakes
37.  Out of Darkness--Ashley Hope Perez
38.  Lost Along the Way--Erin Duffy
39.  The Boy at the Top of the Mountain--John Boyne
40.  The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town . . . and the World--Jan Louch
41.  We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler--Russell Freedman
42.  The Darkest Lie--Pintip Dunn
43.  Bullseye--James Patterson
44.  The Games--James Patterson
45.  Rose Under Fire--Elizabeth Wein
46.  First Comes Love--Emily Giffin
47.  Frost Line--Linda Howard
48.  Witness to the Holocaust--Azriel Eisenberg
49.  Library of Souls--Ransom Riggs
50.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2--JK Rowling
51.  Woman of God--James Patterson
52.  We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation--Justine Van der Leun  ( a suggested book by Euro)
53.  Bedmates--Nichole Chase
54.  The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty Posters, and a New Understanding of Love--Nancy Davidson
55.  Throw Like a Woman--Susan Petrone
56.  Missing--James Patterson
57.  Fans of the Impossible Life--Kate Scelsa
58.  Salt to the Sea--Ruth Sepetys
59.  The Sleeping Beauty Killer--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  The Cage--Ruth Minsky Sender
61.  The Whistler--John Grisham
62.  Hour of the Bees--Lindsay Eager
63.  I See You--Molly McAdams
64.  Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard--Mary Kay Carson
65.  I Was There--Hans Peter Richter
66.  Two by Two--Nicholas Sparks
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: c-lando on December 30, 2016, 08:51:16 AM
1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
29. "The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery" - Andrew Cartmel - I thought this book, about a  record collector (of the charity shop, crate-digging variety) who is offered a large sum of money to help a woman find a highly collectible jazz album in London, was a very fun read. I immediately fell in love with the main character (and his adorable kitties) and can't wait to read the next installment. Apparently the author was the script doctor for DOCTOR WHO for a few years - if that's your thing.
30. "Not My Father's Son: A Memoir" - Alan Cumming - I had always loved Alan's episode of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. This memoir adds a very dramatic and moving layer to his experience during the filming of that show. Also, he's just lovely.
31. "You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom" - Phil Rosenthal - I just adore Phil and wanted to spend some time with him. Some good stories in here, but nothing deep.
32. "All the Summer Girls" - Meg Donohue - Aiiight.
33. "The Name of the Wind" - Patrick Rothfuss (audio book) - Took a long while to get into this book (maybe an audio book thing). But, once it sucked me in, I enjoyed it. I would never have picked this as the source material for Lin-Manuel Miranda's next big project. But, it'll be interesting to see what he does with it.

I've abandoned several books lately. Nothing seems to be grabbing me enough to keep reading it. Hopefully that will change with the stack of new books that just came in for me at the library (and the book foolsgold gifted to me for Xmas).
Title: Re: 50 Books in 2016
Post by: Dan on December 30, 2016, 10:19:04 AM
1. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
2. Lori Hope - 20 Things People With Cancer Want You To Know
3. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
4. Mindy Kaling - Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?
5. Bill Bryson - The Lost Continent
6. Katherine Dunn - Geek Love
7. Frank Herbert - Dune
8. Lauren Groff - Fates and Furies

Excellent! Highly recommended!
I didn't know what I was going to read about when I started this. I was often annoyed at the characters, annoyed at Groff for her writing style and her obvious love of language and the written word, and usually upset at the lack of information. I think I changed my mind at least three times regarding what I decided the book might be about. Turns out...that's all part of the fun.

Very well written and interesting.