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Title: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 04, 2018, 12:34:49 PM
1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen-  the wife and i are planning on sending the little one to a montessori school when the time comes.  she politely urged me to read this book she bought.  i acquiesced like i always do.  quarter of a way thru the notion hit me and i said, wife.  if we're going to have a human, we might as well raise her like a human.  it's pretty wild that your kids don't need you as much as you think they do.  at one of the montessori open houses i went to (wife couldn't go) the keynote speaker who wrote the unfortunately titled book unselfie left me in tears.  she was talking about empathy and how empathy isn't fluffy.  we got her book from the library but wife didn't want to read it so i passed as well 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on January 05, 2018, 07:18:40 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison

Brief series of lectures. White American writers have not been kind over the years.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2018, 02:59:47 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage


First of a prequel trilogy to His Dark Materials, it was fully enjoyable. Don't know if it's good per se, since it's volume 1 and it's (mostly) an incomplete story.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 06, 2018, 02:07:10 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison

Brief series of lectures. White American writers have not been kind over the years.

curious.  care to name names?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on January 08, 2018, 08:38:21 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison

Brief series of lectures. White American writers have not been kind over the years.

curious.  care to name names?
The classics: Poe, Hemingway, Melville, Twain, etc.

To be clear, her book wasn't meant to be judgement on these writers, nor was she saying they themselves were racist. This is only literary criticism. Her point was that black characters have been used in part to define whiteness in American literature. In order to portray white characters as strong, in control, and intelligent, black characters are portrayed as weak, powerless, and stupid.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 08, 2018, 12:29:10 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison

Brief series of lectures. White American writers have not been kind over the years.

curious.  care to name names?
The classics: Poe, Hemingway, Melville, Twain, etc.

To be clear, her book wasn't meant to be judgement on these writers, nor was she saying they themselves were racist. This is only literary criticism. Her point was that black characters have been used in part to define whiteness in American literature. In order to portray white characters as strong, in control, and intelligent, black characters are portrayed as weak, powerless, and stupid.

fair enough.  sounds like an interesting read.  that reminds me, i've got a big fat twain book i want to get into
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 08, 2018, 02:23:52 PM
Who is Big Fat Twain?  Mark's Hip-Hop cousin?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 08, 2018, 02:31:12 PM
a brother from another mother?  no, it's a book wife got me for christmas moons ago, roughin' it
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on January 10, 2018, 09:26:00 AM
Someone on twitter was bemoaning the lack of a gender-neutral "brother from another mother" / "sister from another mister," so they presented: Sib from another crib.

Carry on.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 10, 2018, 09:01:16 PM
1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen

2- tao te ching- lao tze- i know i'm missing the point already by rereading it, but i just wanted a little clarification on the river
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on January 12, 2018, 03:42:57 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
"When you listen to an old record, there can be no illusion that you are present at a performance. You are listening through a gray drizzle of static, a sound like rain. You can never forget how far away you are. You always hear it, the sound of distance in time. But what is the connection between the listener and the musician? Does it matter that one of you is alive and one is dead? And which is which?"
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on January 15, 2018, 09:02:56 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly

"You want a drink? I'm out of beer. I've got a bottle of bourbon and that's about it."
"Bourbon's good," Edgar said. "Maybe with a cube or two."
Bosch signaled him into the living room, while he cut right into the kitchen. He got two glasses out of a cabinet and dropped some ice into them. He heard Edgar pull the broomstick out of the sliding door track and open the slider. Bosch grabbed the bottle of bourbon off the top of the refrigerator and went out to the deck. Edgar was standing at the railing, looking down into the Cahuenga Pass.
"Place still looks the same," Edgar said.
"You mean the house or the canyon?" Bosch asked.
"I guess both."
"Cheers."
Bosch handed him both glasses so he could crack the seal on the bottle and pour.
"Wait a minute," Edgar said when he saw the label. "Are you kidding me?"
"About what?" Bosch asked.
"Harry, do you know what this stuff is?"
"This?"
Now Bosch looked at the label. Edgar turned and dumped the ice over the railing. He then held the empty glasses out to Bosch.
"You don't put ice in Pappy Van Winkle."

Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on January 17, 2018, 09:15:32 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh

Good, but not great. There were interesting ideas, but I wasn't always impressed with the handling of the original sources: Sometimes he brought the ancient writers to life, sometimes he seemed to be putting words in their mouths.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 17, 2018, 01:38:17 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tze

3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins- by far the best shitter book.  in terms of enjoyability and the parameters predicated upon being a travel journal.  you read a few pages and leave satisfied that there was a completion, in more ways than one.  i prefer the upstairs toilet because it's warmer. 

but man, henry rollins is so fucking corny.  but man, i'd love to have his confidence.  there's no way i could ever just blow off some african customs man.  when i told my neighbor henry rollins was my shitter book hey told me how great of an idea that was to have henry rollins yelling at you while you're trying to take a shit
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 17, 2018, 02:51:01 PM
Henry Rollins is like the rare truthful loudmouth at the bar who pisses everyone off.  Until finally someone challenges him on his stories, and it turns out he's legit and really has done all the things he brags about. 

But at the same time, what is really pissing everyone off is that he won't shut up and no one wants to hear about it, and even if everything is true he's still not nearly as cool/smart/tough as he thinks he is.  People don't believe his stories, but the overarching thing is that he's an asshole whether or not he is lying.

But then because Rollins is legit, and the other guy who challenged him has egg on his face, Rollins wins.  And everyone else at the bar has to listen to Rollins drone on and on, with the extra irritant that they've been added to the tale as yet another time Rollins was right and prevailed over doubters. 


Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 18, 2018, 01:42:39 PM
that seems pretty accurate.  the best part is, is that he'd own up to it
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on January 22, 2018, 12:49:27 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk

The year of the colon, apparently.

This is a collection of short non-fiction pieces, most written for magazines, it seems. Not all of them held my interest, but there was a wonderful piece on minimalist writing. I now have a new author to explore: Amy Hempel. There were some delicious quotes, and I can't wait to read what was going on around them. I'm off to the library after work to check out everything of hers they have.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 22, 2018, 02:13:38 PM
as a result of looking up who amy hempel is, i came across who gordon lish is.  thank you internet, and you too... oh silent one
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on January 22, 2018, 02:25:43 PM
as a result of looking up who amy hempel is, i came across who gordon lish is.  thank you internet, and you too... oh silent one
Yes, Gordon is another name I need to learn more about.  8)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on January 31, 2018, 11:58:03 AM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins

4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler- an adventure soaked in scotch.  i had a bit of difficulty getting a handle on all the characters but the author refreshes your memory from time to time until the time comes for them to have their expose.  what a wonderful tale from the arctic and beyond.  less breezy than saul bellow's augie march, but in the same spirit.  looking forward to duddy kravitz 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on February 05, 2018, 05:06:36 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler

5- music for chameleons- truman capote-  i'm sure he's heard this plenty, he's got some pretty giant balls.  he'll sass with the best of them.  supposed serial killers, the manson family, marilyn monroe...  quite a character.  my favorite story involved an acquaintance of his who found a bottle with a letter in it while soaking up the cold atlantic waters.  the letter was from a twelve year old girl.  the aftermath is breathtaking.  also enjoyed his strolls thru the big easy and tagging along with his cleaning lady all grassed up   
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on February 07, 2018, 10:52:16 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated

Simplified personal finances in 9 easy steps!
It's all very simple and conservative. It's also pretty much perfect for me. Some of it was obvious (pay off your credit card every month!) and some of it less obvious (ETFs and types of insurance). Recommended if you aren't confident in what you're doing.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on February 08, 2018, 07:59:43 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer

I didn't enjoy this as much as Now Is The Hour, but still a great read. His characters, even minor ones, are so vivid, so real.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on February 10, 2018, 03:40:44 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk

Not his best, but still entertaining.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on February 15, 2018, 09:43:51 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel

I have a new favorite author. Not that I could always relate to the characters or situations, but what got me was her writing. Oh, her writing! So much packed into each sentence. Each short story -- some were only a couple pages -- contained a novel. Some I read multiple times. Amazing.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on February 15, 2018, 12:49:15 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote

6- storming heaven- denise giardina- my wife likes those throwaway dime store novels so i chatted her up about this intriguing love triangle i involved myself in.  it was fairly obvious that the rugged rondal won ms. carrie's heart.  that poor preacher albion never really had a fighting chance.  she was less interested when i started talking about who died and whom killed whom.   but i digress.  after reading the jungle i completely sympathized with the union and socialism for that period of time.  this book is about the railmen buying up the west virginny mountaintops and leasing it to the coal men in the early 1900's.  the miners took up arms against the state and eventually the us army.  the aimed to get their land back or die on it.  great read.  there's even a well scripted baseball game in there

Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on February 15, 2018, 02:02:20 PM
is amy hempel the equivalent of the alcoholic faith mission? 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 15, 2018, 02:43:29 PM
I have a new favorite author. Not that I could always relate to the characters or situations, but what got me was her writing. Oh, her writing! So much packed into each sentence. Each short story -- some were only a couple pages -- contained a novel. Some I read multiple times. Amazing.

Yeah, I like Hempel. 

Have you read Lucia Berlin?  Here are two of her one page short stories:

http://publishersweekly.tumblr.com/post/125367216056/my-jockey-by-lucia-berlin

http://extracts.panmacmillan.com/extract?isbn=9781447294900&utm_source=panmacmillan.com%20A%20Manual%20for%20Cleaning%20Women%20Book%20Page
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on February 15, 2018, 03:25:20 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on February 15, 2018, 05:43:44 PM
is amy hempel the equivalent of the alcoholic faith mission?
Ha! You have a long memory, Kru- I mean, dd.

As it happens, they're recording a new album as you read this.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on February 15, 2018, 05:45:35 PM
I have a new favorite author. Not that I could always relate to the characters or situations, but what got me was her writing. Oh, her writing! So much packed into each sentence. Each short story -- some were only a couple pages -- contained a novel. Some I read multiple times. Amazing.

Yeah, I like Hempel. 

Have you read Lucia Berlin?  Here are two of her one page short stories:

http://publishersweekly.tumblr.com/post/125367216056/my-jockey-by-lucia-berlin

http://extracts.panmacmillan.com/extract?isbn=9781447294900&utm_source=panmacmillan.com%20A%20Manual%20for%20Cleaning%20Women%20Book%20Page
I had not, but I have now. That's some good stuff. Thank you. Next trip to the library...
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on February 19, 2018, 01:31:51 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

Well, I have finally read this book, though I still haven't seen the movie.

Mixed feelings on this one. Gonzo journalism is an interesting concept, and I can see the value in it, but does he undo the gains by making stuff up at the same time? It becomes commentary at that point, doesn't it? An editorial, rather than a report.

Still, it was entertaining.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2018, 03:23:28 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy

Better than I expected it to be, and I think I enjoyed it. I was fearing it would be a conservative something or other, but instead I found Vance to be writing for all sides of the political spectrum because his main points that a stable family and having reasonable parent figures in your life don't seem to be politically touchy points. Yes those are good things to have and yes we should all try strive for that. And of course, congratulations to him for escaping.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on February 25, 2018, 04:35:35 PM

3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy

Better than I expected it to be, and I think I enjoyed it. I was fearing it would be a conservative something or other, but instead I found Vance to be writing for all sides of the political spectrum because his main points that a stable family and having reasonable parent figures in your life don't seem to be politically touchy points. Yes those are good things to have and yes we should all try strive for that. And of course, congratulations to him for escaping.
Not having read the book....how much did he reference Middletown if at all? 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on February 25, 2018, 09:39:13 PM


Mixed feelings on this one. Gonzo journalism is an interesting concept, and I can see the value in it, but does he undo the gains by making stuff up at the same time? It becomes commentary at that point, doesn't it? An editorial, rather than a report.

Still, it was entertaining.

like ed muskie's ibogaine addiction?  i haven't read any hunter yet 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2018, 12:19:07 PM

3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy

Better than I expected it to be, and I think I enjoyed it. I was fearing it would be a conservative something or other, but instead I found Vance to be writing for all sides of the political spectrum because his main points that a stable family and having reasonable parent figures in your life don't seem to be politically touchy points. Yes those are good things to have and yes we should all try strive for that. And of course, congratulations to him for escaping.
Not having read the book....how much did he reference Middletown if at all? 

Every chapter. Maybe every other page?
It's mostly a book about Middletown and slightly about Jackson, Kentucky.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on February 26, 2018, 01:40:50 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy

Better than I expected it to be, and I think I enjoyed it. I was fearing it would be a conservative something or other, but instead I found Vance to be writing for all sides of the political spectrum because his main points that a stable family and having reasonable parent figures in your life don't seem to be politically touchy points. Yes those are good things to have and yes we should all try strive for that. And of course, congratulations to him for escaping.

not only did he escape, he came back.  an interesting gubernatorial candidate
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on February 27, 2018, 08:18:22 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu

One of the most inventive sci-fi books I've read in years. Truly unique vision. The writing -- in terms of characterization and dialogue, mostly -- got a little odd on occasion. I'm not sure if that's due to translation from Chinese or cultural differences or what. Regardless, it was a fascinating book I could hardly put down.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on March 03, 2018, 11:49:33 AM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina

7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman- what i was originally after was the fallout of society from the industrial revolution (and this clearly is about those that tink), nevertheless, a quality ensemble of eccentrics.  many who made this world had very little technical training and were mostly self taught.  my favorite was robert fulton whom would whore himself out to anyone.  the brits bought him from the french (he was american) so he'd stop annoying them with his torpedo.  the adventurous richard trevithick, father of the locomotive, carried out of colombia but barely alive.  that man was a hoot
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on March 10, 2018, 06:19:47 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Drown - Junot Diaz

Excellent writer, but these stories were bleak as hell.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 10, 2018, 08:28:17 AM
I loooove Junior Diaz but yeah, he is depressing as hell. Itís usually the worst kind of depressing too, because itís not like a dramatic bad ending.


 The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is still one of my favorite books of all-time, though.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on March 10, 2018, 09:36:12 AM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish

The first of the series of books about The Witcher, which is where the video game of the same name originates from. I am currently playing The Witcher 3 and am really enjoying it, so I thought I'd read up on the background material.

I effing loved it. Every freaking page. I can't wait to read the rest. It's standard fantasy but my god is it enjoyable and easy to read.

This book was just a series of short stories, which I believe were originally in magazines or something like that and they just put them into one binding. But it still works for me. The next book might be like that too, but I am hoping the later books are actually full-on books.  I'm too lazy to google it to find the answer.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on March 10, 2018, 05:34:14 PM
I loooove Junior Diaz but yeah, he is depressing as hell. Itís usually the worst kind of depressing too, because itís not like a dramatic bad ending.


 The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is still one of my favorite books of all-time, though.
I've heard good things. I'm sure I'll get to it sooner rather than later.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on March 10, 2018, 05:36:52 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish

The first of the series of books about The Witcher, which is where the video game of the same name originates from. I am currently playing The Witcher 3 and am really enjoying it, so I thought I'd read up on the background material.

I effing loved it. Every freaking page. I can't wait to read the rest. It's standard fantasy but my god is it enjoyable and easy to read.

This book was just a series of short stories, which I believe were originally in magazines or something like that and they just put them into one binding. But it still works for me. The next book might be like that too, but I am hoping the later books are actually full-on books.  I'm too lazy to google it to find the answer.
I'm glad to hear this positive a response to a video game tie-in. I read a novel from an author who regularly does video game tie-ins, and it was horrendous. I wanted to find him and stick him with a shiv.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on March 12, 2018, 09:32:20 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on March 12, 2018, 01:34:58 PM
I'm glad to hear this positive a response to a video game tie-in. I read a novel from an author who regularly does video game tie-ins, and it was horrendous. I wanted to find him and stick him with a shiv.

Since I was deeply familiar with the character from the game, there was a lot less learning to do while reading the short stories. So that made it more fun.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on March 13, 2018, 11:13:53 AM
the only thing i know about junot is he says things like, man, that girl's ass was so phat....  give junot's work another thirty years and i might consider reading him.  too contemporary
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on March 14, 2018, 12:15:51 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman

8- burning daylight- jack london- anthony burgess said in the afterward of clockwork orange that he didn't approve of kubrick's version of the film's finale but did acknowledge that it was very american in it's appeal to violence.  or that we aren't very interested in redemption.  i just don't care much for happy endings. especially ones involving a love story.  but i understand the love story in this book was necessary to showcase burning daylight's (that's the man's name unfortunately) dramatic change.  by god did he remain a manly man's man through and through.  from the klondike to wall street to the inner recesses of the heart   

this book maybe (if the man writing the intro is to be believed) is about the man jack london wanted to become.  sober and celibate.  hahahaha!   
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on March 14, 2018, 12:35:27 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Drown - Junot Diaz
10. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme

The latest author in my exploration of minimalist writers was a dud. Written mid-80s, so maybe too dated? Not sure. While the writing was suitably sparse it didn't feel particularly clever in its economy of language.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on March 16, 2018, 01:09:46 PM
i've been trying to write more minimalistic lately.  through some encouragement from a friend.  i'm more flowery.  it's been fun gutting my sentences and making them more thoughtful and mindful of the reader.  i'm not suggesting it isn't eloquent because it certainly is, but i adore my showy prose.   i have my moments of extravagance, but i'm getting to become quite the tinker.  tnx for the suggestions
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 16, 2018, 01:54:10 PM
Someone like say, Cormac McCarthy can pack in a lot of really cool, flowery words and paints incredible pictures while still maintaining a minimalist feel.  It's just finding the exact right word (which is usually an unusual one) in the right place so it packs a big concentrated punch.  Then you don't need any more. 

But McCarthy can also do long, stream-of-consciousness, detailed, flowery descriptions of stuff, too when he feels like it. So he's good at mixing it up. I mean, it's pretty cool how he can do it.  His prose/style is amazing even if sometimes his plots and subject matter are a bit blah.

I'm terrible.  The only way I can keep the words down is by resorting to a more informal tone, and using action-driven plots where thoughts and descriptions are not so important.  Like if your story is about a guy late for work who will lose his job, you can just say "He waited for the light to change" and that's all.  But if your story is about a guy having an existential crisis because his girlfriend broke up with him and he's on his way to work, then if you have to describe the light and the wait at the intersection in a way that captures his mood and philosophical crisis.  At that point, I'm screwed.

Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on March 16, 2018, 02:40:56 PM
I think that may be what turned me off to Tracer. There were occasional streams of consciousness that read like lunatic ramblings. Was he trying to capture those moments we all have when we space out for no reason? I should read McCarthy to compare.

"Flowery" description can be "minimalized," too. Amy Hempel has a line -- paraphrasing from memory, here -- about "wildflowers spreading across the fields, stopping only when cut and placed in water." It made me stop and think about what I'd just read. My imagination needed a moment to catch up and fill in all those empty spaces.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on March 18, 2018, 12:09:14 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london

9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi- paul bowles recorded and translated this story told him by an illiterate man from tangier.  it's a story of hustling.  some days you get some money for food or weed.  some days you don't.  my big takeaway from the story is what big tattle tales muslims are.  this kid was always going to prison 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on March 21, 2018, 08:17:52 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi

10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri- another straightforward account of growing up poor and moroccan.   sad that the author's smuggling campaign was so short lived.  a good portion of the book dealt with his living under a homicidal patriarch, which was unbearable.  fascinating that he couldn't read or write until he was in his early twenties, which wasn't uncommon.  folks would gather in a cafe to listen to the the only learned man explain what was in the papers 

in times of great famine, i believe this book was written to be ate
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on March 31, 2018, 06:42:47 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Drown - Junot Diaz
10. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
11. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu

Not as good as The Three-Body Problem, but at least it's longer. Seriously, such a tedious read. My public library doesn't have the third book, so I'm not likely to read it, this was such a let down.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on April 04, 2018, 12:10:21 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri

11- one of ours- willa cather- transported you are far from the prairies of nebraska to the frontier wilds of ww1.  this quote sums up the book for me, "he had really liked victor.  there was something about that fellow....  a sort of debauched baby, he was, who went seeking his enemy in the clouds.  what other age could have produced such a figure?  that was one of the things about this war; it took a little fellow from a little town, gave him an air and a swagger, a life like a movie-film,- and then a death like the rebel angels."

i picked this book up in an antique store in madison, indiana a few years ago.  i wouldn't have probably ever read it unless it wasn't one of truman capote's favorite authors.  beautiful.  she must have known quite a few men like the hero claude 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on April 04, 2018, 12:23:00 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison

Yeah, that was a good one. Vivid characters, wit and humor, hearts gently breaking. I'm eager to read more from her.

I corrected my listing. I just noticed I missed my reading of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It was one of those books where I enjoyed the story very much, but the writing often left something to be desired. At this point I can't remember well enough to offer examples. Mainly awkward word choices that stuttered the story's flow.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on April 08, 2018, 02:17:20 PM
1.  The Whole Thing Together--Ann Brashares
2.  The House at 758--Kathryn Berla
3.  By Your Side--Kasie West
4.  Coming Up for Air--Miranda Kenneally
5.  Count to Ten--James Patterson
6.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean--Jenny Han
7.  When Dimple Met Rishi--Sandhya Menon
8.  Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939--Edgar Feuchtwanger
9.  Midnight at the Electric--Jodi Lynn Anderson
10.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue--Mackenzi Lee
11.  Release--Patrick Ness
12.  Long Way Down--Jason Reynolds
13.  I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L Sanchez
14.  Bark--Georges Didi-Huberman
15.  People vs Alex Cross--James Patterson
16.  One of Us is Lying--Karen McManus
17.  Starfish--Akemi Dawn Bowman
18.  Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life--Sarah Kaminsky
19.  Eliza and Her Monsters--Francesca Zappia
20.  Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961--Larry Dane Brimner
21.  Saints and Misfits--S.K. Ali
22.  Lucky Broken Girl--Ruth Behar
23.  Piecing Me Together--Renee Watson
24.  Allegedly--Tiffany D Jackson
25.  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers--Deborah Heiligman
26.  What the Night Sings--Vesper Stamper
27.  The Stars Beneath Our Feet--David Barclay Moore
28.  Hello, Universe--Erin Entrada Kelly
29.  Dear Martin--Nic Stone
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on April 09, 2018, 08:27:28 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 09, 2018, 09:40:08 AM
I loved Everything I Never told you.  A lot more than I thought I would.  Even more than I thought I did while reading. 

I pretty much read it, and was like "Yeah, someone's going to make a movie from this" and then put it away.  But then it just kind of stuck with me.  I still think about sometimes.

I kinda didn't like the gay plot twist.  I feel like the power of the book was getting at the way that people mess up other people's lives and their own in quiet ways.  Just a gradual grinding down over the years.  The book works because you want there to be a reason for things.  It's like a whodoneit where you are waiting for the big secret to be revealed.  But there isn't one.  Things happen because of an accumulation of small things.  There are some things that can't be explained or told.  It was enough to know that Jack had a lot of shit going on that made him the way he was.  Making him gay cut against the rest of the book because then you were like "Oh, of course that's why he was like that.  He's gay!"  There was a secret and reveal.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on April 09, 2018, 11:21:18 AM

I kinda didn't like the gay plot twist.  I feel like the power of the book was getting at the way that people mess up other people's lives and their own in quiet ways.  Just a gradual grinding down over the years.  The book works because you want there to be a reason for things.  It's like a whodoneit where you are waiting for the big secret to be revealed.  But there isn't one.  Things happen because of an accumulation of small things.  There are some things that can't be explained or told.  It was enough to know that Jack had a lot of shit going on that made him the way he was.  Making him gay cut against the rest of the book because then you were like "Oh, of course that's why he was like that.  He's gay!"  There was a secret and reveal.

For me, the reveal was enough to make it a reason to include it into the story. That moment when the little sister,
 who everyone ignores, picks up on the smallest of details while she's invisible in plain sight was HUGE when I read it.


This book will linger around for me as well. Drowning in those emotions and expectations. All the things that people don't say.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 09, 2018, 09:21:34 PM

I kinda didn't like the gay plot twist.  I feel like the power of the book was getting at the way that people mess up other people's lives and their own in quiet ways.  Just a gradual grinding down over the years.  The book works because you want there to be a reason for things.  It's like a whodoneit where you are waiting for the big secret to be revealed.  But there isn't one.  Things happen because of an accumulation of small things.  There are some things that can't be explained or told.  It was enough to know that Jack had a lot of shit going on that made him the way he was.  Making him gay cut against the rest of the book because then you were like "Oh, of course that's why he was like that.  He's gay!"  There was a secret and reveal.

For me, the reveal was enough to make it a reason to include it into the story. That moment when the little sister,
 who everyone ignores, picks up on the smallest of details while she's invisible in plain sight was HUGE when I read it.


This book will linger around for me as well. Drowning in those emotions and expectations. All the things that people don't say.

Huh.  Thatís a pretty awesome point.  I never fully considered how integral that part was to Hannahís storyline.  Sheís the perceptive one, who understands and cares most about other people.  In that way, she serves as a sort of moral compass.  And the way she is treatedó not badly but mostly overlooked and dismissedó reveals a lot about the others.  Namely how far up their own asses they are, though this device lets Ng show us that without being overly harsh.  So Jack being gay makes him a sympathetic character and actually somewhat of a good dude, especially at the end.  But itís really Hannah picking up on that and her response to it that shows how different she is than her family, and Nath finally seems to realize this in the end and thereby achieves a shaky peace.

Objection withdrawn.



Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on April 10, 2018, 08:59:16 AM

Objection withdrawn.

And in this corner over here, c-lando, our reigning champion!
(The crowd goes wild)

:)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on April 11, 2018, 02:57:02 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver

I feel ambivalent about this one. Excellent writer, to be sure. He's an insightful observer of brilliant details. But so many of these characters were self-centered, unaware -- or intentionally ignorant -- of their effect on others. Sure, that's pretty much humanity's M.O., but we do have moments of selflessness. I felt that was missing in these stories. Still, I'll keep an eye out for his books when I peruse used book shops.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on April 11, 2018, 06:35:54 PM
I donít think Carver was trying to set out to capture humanity.  I mean, I think he would acknowledge that he writes about hard-drinking losers and it is a biased sample.

Still, I think itís a valid criticism that while heís remarkable at finding different settings and scenarios in his portraits....theyíre still all some grim-ass stories exploring similar themes.  He happens to write about people in bad positions, but there is a kind of implication that trapped, disconnected and powerless is the unspoken fate of man, even the types of people he doesnít write about who seem to have it together. 

Heís best read one story at a time instead of going through a whole collection, I think.  Otherwise itís a little too same-y and mostly just too crushingly depressing.

Good news:  Here is a Carver short story with good people in it that IMO, shows a sort of hopeful view and the good side of people and even a semi-optimistic ending.  Itís my favorite Carver story.

Bad news:  Itís still depressing as shit. In fact it might be the most depressing story he ever wrote, which is saying something.

http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/sgthing.html
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on April 12, 2018, 09:03:13 AM
Agreed about the samey-ness. I liked the first story best -- it seemed lighter, more whimsical. But the rest maintained that tone I described earlier.

I read What We Talk About... in a copy of his collected works, and I thought, "No way am I going to read all these now." Sometimes short fiction needs to be taken in small doses, and this is definitely one of those times.

Having said that, I'm working my way through a collection of Chuck Palahniuk's short fiction. Now, I love Palahniuk (most of the time) and I'm still taking these stories one at a time, reading other things in between. But that's because I'm spreading them out, taking the time to savor them. One caught me off guard. A couple weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't fall back asleep. So I got up, made some coffee, and read the next story. It started off typical dark, sardonic Chuck, but gradually changed direction. The next thing I know I'm crying. He had tapped into a moment of human beauty, of that selflessness I was looking for in Carver's work.

So yeah, maybe short fiction is best taken in small bites, each piece allowed time to stand on its own.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on April 15, 2018, 12:03:58 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather

12- antic hay- aldous huxley- high brow humor in debauched post war london.  a dictionary would have been useful.  open ended.  at one point, he leaves one man's impending suicide.   it begins and ends with the invention of pneumatic trousers.  while the novel was about the trousers, they never got a story of their own     
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on April 17, 2018, 09:08:25 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme

I had read Tracer not long ago, and wasn't impressed, but I wanted to give him another shot. So glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Wry humor, poignant moments, wonderfully written.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on April 24, 2018, 07:48:56 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds

So happy for a return to the Revelation Space universe, especially a sequel to The Prefect, possibly my favorite of the series. Couldn't put it down.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on April 24, 2018, 08:28:34 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on April 27, 2018, 11:11:54 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison

Extreme minimalism: Tiny snippets of scenes, dialogue, what-have-you, to give you just enough of the story, though I did feel a little lost on occasion. The ending made it all worth it, though. Well played, Robison. Well played.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on May 02, 2018, 12:23:54 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

The preposterous nature of the myths became tedious, but the ending made up for it in spades.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on May 14, 2018, 08:32:53 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

This was good. Like, really good. 300 years contained in 300 pages. Such an effective way to tell such an important story. Highly recommended.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on May 14, 2018, 08:44:52 AM
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi

This was good. Like, really good. 300 years contained in 300 pages. Such an effective way to tell such an important story. Highly recommended.

Sounds good. Thanks for the recommendation!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on May 15, 2018, 06:41:26 AM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley

13- tree of smoke- denis johnson- ambitious vietnam novel told over thirty years.  encompassing in it's scope.  as it's told thru a variety of perspectives; a female ngo, a vc, various southeastern asians, cia operatives, lost young americans, soldiers of god, etc he woulda had a hard time completely hitting it out of the park.  i sorta reserve my criticism.  you don't often hear much about the sides of the stories johnson is telling.  maybe you do

what language!  i haven't read a book with his linguistical component since clockwork orange.  that alone makes up for whatever failings this book might have.  colonel sands is apocalypse now's lt. col. kilgore and col. kurtz rolled into one.  kinda phony that way, romantic warrior turned warlord.  what the fuck did his nephew skip do to betray him?  it's obvious how he pissed off his superiors, but his friends?  did i miss something?  looking at you zk

but man, taking acid and going into vc tunnels?  it was a pretty quick 700 pages



Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on May 21, 2018, 09:30:49 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin

I don't know what to say about this one. I really liked it, but it felt odd for a Le Guin book, but I still liked it, but there was too much dialogue, or maybe just pontificating by this one character, so maybe that was kinda brilliant...
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on May 21, 2018, 02:41:44 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning

Sci-fi book that was both wonderful and frustrating. Sometimes it felt like THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK IN THE WORLD and other times it felt like I'd read it before. The writing is in a style that is a bit difficult to understand, and the first 50-100 pages of the book make no sense. But eventually I began to get it, and since the fucking book didn't end, I'm now stuck reading the 2nd book soon.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on May 25, 2018, 02:30:24 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2018, 01:34:17 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony

Two novellas (or short stories?) in one binding, so I'm counting it as one book. They were good but a bit sad. I guess Steinbeck liked writing sadness. Seemed like some of it was literature for literature's sake. I'm glad I read them although I'll never read them again, and can't even recommend them unless you're a big Steinbeck fan. Positive: it was quite nice to be transported to another time and another place and learn about how people lived there/then.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on May 29, 2018, 04:09:11 PM
 love steinbeck.  cannery row is one of my favorite books.  i've been meaning to get into east of eden for a minute.  heard it's breathtaking
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on May 30, 2018, 08:21:35 AM
love steinbeck.  cannery row is one of my favorite books.  i've been meaning to get into east of eden for a minute.  heard it's breathtaking
I absolutely loved Cannery Row. I need to read that again.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on May 30, 2018, 08:34:21 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk

Mixed feelings on this one. It's possibly his most transgressive novel so far, which makes it a very uncomfortable read. He mercilessly tears America apart, and no one comes out unscathed. It may have been heavy-handed, with less humor than usual, or at least humor so dark I couldn't see it. He also seemed to drop his minimalist style, his key selling point, as far as I'm concerned. His writing was still very intentional -- he wasn't just rambling on unchecked -- but he wasn't as succinct and tight as usual.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 30, 2018, 10:07:57 AM
IMO, Red Pony is a good intro. to Steinbeck.   It's not his best work, but get what he's about in a comparatively easy-to-read story.  If you don't like it, you don't have to read anymore Steinbeck.

Cannery Row is the shit.  It's not like Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, etc. are bad but I just think Cannery Row captures most of best elements of those books plus more and on a higher level.  I mean, it's arguable of course.  I think I relate to factories and urban-ish dystopia more than farms and dirt.  That's part of it.  But I still think it's just better.  Everyone will have their own favorite of course.  But for me, Cannery Row is where it all comes together for Steinbeck.  Most of Steinbeck's stuff I read in bits and pieces over a long period but I read Cannery Row cover to cover in one sitting.

I felt about Adjustment Day the way I feel about most of Palahniuk's stuff.  Somehow I have read most of his works despite not really loving any of them.  It's kind of maddening.  He's always going for too much, and something doesn't work out.  Either it's too tongue-in-cheek or it's too straightforward and humorless.  He throws a lot of crap at the wall and some of it sticks... but in the end there's still a lot of crap on the floor that's distracting.  I keep thinking the next one he's going to finally focus in and nail it but he never does.  He's like the Stephen King of transgressive fiction. 




Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on May 30, 2018, 11:24:54 AM
I felt about Adjustment Day the way I feel about most of Palahniuk's stuff.  Somehow I have read most of his works despite not really loving any of them.  It's kind of maddening.  He's always going for too much, and something doesn't work out.  Either it's too tongue-in-cheek or it's too straightforward and humorless.  He throws a lot of crap at the wall and some of it sticks... but in the end there's still a lot of crap on the floor that's distracting.  I keep thinking the next one he's going to finally focus in and nail it but he never does.  He's like the Stephen King of transgressive fiction.
Some of his earlier stuff -- Lullaby, Choke -- worked better, but now I'm wondering how much of that is just where I was in life at the time. It has been almost twenty years.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 30, 2018, 12:28:53 PM
Yeah.  This made me laugh.

https://www.theonion.com/stunted-56-year-old-still-writing-chuck-palahniuk-novel-1825826169
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on May 30, 2018, 12:42:26 PM
Yeah.  This made me laugh.

https://www.theonion.com/stunted-56-year-old-still-writing-chuck-palahniuk-novel-1825826169
Same here.

But this didn't.

https://nypost.com/2018/05/26/accountant-embezzled-3-4m-from-famed-literary-agency/ (https://nypost.com/2018/05/26/accountant-embezzled-3-4m-from-famed-literary-agency/)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on June 10, 2018, 03:45:16 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson

14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw- theodore rosengarten- this is the autobiography of an illiterate son of slaves sharecropper.  told unexpected to a  freedom rider

the book ends with him talking about his .32 smith and wesson.  the six shot gun been with him for 50 years.  he emptied it in self defense in '32 after being shot in the back three times by a posse of sheriffs as he alone defended his buddies' turf.  sentenced to 12 years in prison, which was mostly because of his union involvement.  they had just been introduced.  handed the reigns to his cotton farming life to his brood and wife upon whom he doted tremendously.  he couldn't be the man he was if he couldn't risk his freedom 

he talks about how he shoots that smith and wesson on occasion nowadays.  not just for any sort of recreation.  he aims that pistol into air.  the last words of the book.  counts em just like a new born baby. yaw!  yaw! yaw! yaw! yaw! yaw!

he was at the height of his prosperity when that transpired.  it didn't go downhill after he got out of prison mostly because of previous observations about the boll weevil devastating his crop.  and i paraphrase; what i got against the boll weevil?  he just doin' what the good lord put him on earth to do 

but it's mostly about mules and bat shit
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on June 12, 2018, 07:59:10 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood

This was a joy to read. You can tell Wood is an English professor who loves his field. I probably would have gotten more out of it if I'd read more of the classics he discussed; I don't think I exceeded 10% of the books he touched on.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on June 16, 2018, 03:42:31 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny

Still loved it!
I'm guessing these are bound chronologically, and if so then it's fun watching Sapkowski grow as a writer. These are longer short stories and they are a lot more nuanced. I didn't enjoy the writing style of the final story, but I still loved the story and the content. And all of them ended rather suddenly and with me thinking "wow, that was a great ending" or something similar.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on June 17, 2018, 04:13:52 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny
8. David Benioff - City of Thieves

I heard someone smart saying that because of this book David Benioff might be considered one of the country's top 5 greatest living novelists, so I thought that was pretty high praise and decided to read it. It flew by and has all of the beauty of a wonderfully written novel. Clearly, Benioff knows how a story is composed and how to tell it. Maybe this is part of the reason that Game of Thrones is so successful.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on June 18, 2018, 10:24:06 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on June 18, 2018, 10:55:48 PM
1.  The Whole Thing Together--Ann Brashares
2.  The House at 758--Kathryn Berla
3.  By Your Side--Kasie West
4.  Coming Up for Air--Miranda Kenneally
5.  Count to Ten--James Patterson
6.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean--Jenny Han
7.  When Dimple Met Rishi--Sandhya Menon
8.  Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939--Edgar Feuchtwanger
9.  Midnight at the Electric--Jodi Lynn Anderson
10.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue--Mackenzi Lee
11.  Release--Patrick Ness
12.  Long Way Down--Jason Reynolds
13.  I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L Sanchez
14.  Bark--Georges Didi-Huberman
15.  People vs Alex Cross--James Patterson
16.  One of Us is Lying--Karen McManus
17.  Starfish--Akemi Dawn Bowman
18.  Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life--Sarah Kaminsky
19.  Eliza and Her Monsters--Francesca Zappia
20.  Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961--Larry Dane Brimner
21.  Saints and Misfits--S.K. Ali
22.  Lucky Broken Girl--Ruth Behar
23.  Piecing Me Together--Renee Watson
24.  Allegedly--Tiffany D Jackson
25.  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers--Deborah Heiligman
26.  What the Night Sings--Vesper Stamper
27.  The Stars Beneath Our Feet--David Barclay Moore
28.  Hello, Universe--Erin Entrada Kelly
29.  Dear Martin--Nic Stone
30.  The Librarian of Auschwitz--Antonio Iturbe
31.  Fifty Fifty--James Patterson
32.  Devils Within--S.F. Henson
33.  Roomies--Christina Lauren
34.  Songs About Us--Chris Russell
35.  Breaking the Ice--Julie Cross
36.  The Woman Left Behind--Linda Howard
37.  Strange the Dreamer--Laini Taylor
38.  Red Alert--James Patterson
39.  Close Encounters of the Furred Kind: New Adventures with My Sad Cat & Other Feline Friends--Tom Cox
40.  Love, Hate and Other Filters--Samira Ahmed
41.  World in My Eyes--Richard Blade
42.  Alex and Eliza--Melissa de la Cruz
43.  Private Princess--James Patterson
44.  You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone--Rachel Lynn Solomon
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on June 19, 2018, 01:36:19 PM
How did you like Close Encounters of the Furred Kind? I've been following Tom Cox on twitter for some time, but haven't read any of his books yet.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on June 19, 2018, 09:09:28 PM
I've read all his cat books to date.  He has a flair for anthropomorphizing the cats in his life, which I enjoy.  Each of them has their own unique personality, much of which is enhanced by the photos/captions he uses for them on his twitter feed.  This book covers his move from one side of England to the other and many entertaining cat stories, both of his own cats and visiting cats. 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on June 20, 2018, 09:34:56 AM
Can you recommend a starter book from Tom Cox about cats? Basically, what's his best yet also works for someone who doesn't know him?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on June 20, 2018, 01:06:11 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood

23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal

Sci-fi / fantasy / historical fiction but more like alternate historical fiction. This is a short story collection, and the stories were mostly in order of publication. You can see the progression in her writing. They get better as you go, with the last few pulling more than one tear from the eye.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on June 22, 2018, 08:27:38 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk

Mixed bag, as short story collections so often are. Zombies was far and away my favorite, possibly because he went in an unusual direction for him.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on June 22, 2018, 09:33:31 PM
Can you recommend a starter book from Tom Cox about cats? Basically, what's his best yet also works for someone who doesn't know him?
I'd go with 'The Good, The Bad and the Furry"...it's the 3rd book he wrote about his cats, but it's not like you really need to read them in order.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on June 25, 2018, 11:54:09 AM
Thanks!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on June 27, 2018, 08:40:32 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

I mostly enjoyed the writing, the deft use of language, what I came to think of as well-crafted run-on sentences, to describe Paris and the friends he had there, to tell his anecdotes, but in the end it was all anecdotes and no plot, no action, arguably no point to the book except maybe as a now horribly dated travel guide to the Parisian environs, but two hundred pages without a plot is much to ask, though I will say the introductory paragraph where he starts talking about Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on July 09, 2018, 08:38:16 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Holy crap, this was good. Creative sci-fi that challenges social norms in an unusual way. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on July 12, 2018, 10:29:21 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten

15- save the cat!- blake snyder- from the man who brought you the endlessly quotable stop!  or my mom will shoot! and the controversial dystopian thriller blank check comes the screenplay book of the millenium.  the last and only one you'll ever need.  informative and relatively enjoyable book about the least fun (at least for me) aspect of writing a film.  but working with structure exercises has expanded my imagination by constricting it.  the guy's super lame (which i imagine a family genre writer has to be) but is successful and understands how the business operates.  my buddy says this is the last book we'll probably have to read but now he's off and reading syd field 

16- roughing it- mark twain-  the grooming of a giant.  twain's seven or so years out west and in hawaii (sandwich islands).  you can imagine what it was like for mark twain to be an editor of a frontier boomtown newspaper a job he fell into because of hate mail he sent them.  maybe not hate mail, but scathing criticisms.  that was at the tail end in his time in nevada territory.  he was a failed prospector, recreationalist.  i unknowingly walked in his footsteps from lake mono to tahoe to viewing the sunrise at haleakala in maui.  that was a neat thing to experience.  the coolest thing he did was continue on down into the kilauea crater with some haole who claimed he knew where to go after the local guides ditched them cuz of how active the volcano was.  during this period (roughly the civil war years) kilauea was intense.  fountains of lava like they were standing on a beach looking up at old faithful.  the drawings by true williams were a lovely accompaniment, so timely, so humorous.  the landscape portraits were breathtaking.  at book's end, for want of money and rid of destitution, he became a public lecturer.  thus it begins

it was all so remarkably funny.  he's found a great use for language.  twain and the old west could only have happened

this text had a hundred pages of footnotes, a couple appendixes (two soley about the mormons), maps, correspondences.  i read all but the footnotes and a facsimile of a letter from horace greeley.  that was a gag in the book.  greeley had monstrous handwriting
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on July 16, 2018, 03:49:10 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson

Man, Netflix and the World Cup have really cut into my reading time.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on July 17, 2018, 12:12:17 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme

Reading Barthelme is often like doing something supremely comfortable, like wearing your favorite jacket or sitting in your favorite chair. Even the uncomfortable bits fit nicely.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on July 18, 2018, 01:52:36 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain

17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates- a letter to his son, america.  my wife brought this back from the library the other day.  the name rung a bell, i think i read his wikipedia page.  he wrote the case for reparations, cover story for atlantic.  i think he still writes for them.  i haven't read that but i'm more curious now to read it after reading this book.  ordinarily i would dismiss it cuz i thunk reparations  are silly.  get to thinkin', well i'm just looking at reparations the wrong way is all.  we can say we're sorry once we repair every beyond broken hood borough boulevard and let some folk into this silly world we created.  which is something we should all want.  we don't owe it to black people because they descended from slaves, we owe it to them because they are people.  if you want to get nationalistic about it, our people.  he touched briefly on black on black crime why chicago's busted and those last statements were sorta his rationale.   white people created these not purely american black ghettos and we (white people) need to fix it.  hard to pull yourself up by the bootstraps when you ain't got no boots.  perhaps society isn't possible without the neglected and the best stratagems employed cannot undo the non duality.  the extremely prosperous and the extremely destitute.  forever in harmony

he's got a great taste in music, smokes weed, drinks.  all things i like to do.  one thing i couldn't do is smugly refer to first responder's fireman's machismo.  i didn't think you could say that!  he thought those buildings coming down was mostly an attack on white people.  wasn't his war

i get why the police are more suspicious of black folk.  they probably commit more crime.  let's just lock 'em up and call it a day.  i honestly think the nation is sympathetic to the plight, it's just not a high priority
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on July 19, 2018, 01:28:31 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman

So many valuable insights for those aspiring to make any kind of living by writing. She talks about the realities facing writers, and discusses so many different options to pursue.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on July 29, 2018, 10:30:29 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates

18- the art of war- sun tzu- i first heard about this book either thru the movie wall street or bone thugs n harmony.  regardless, when i was an off and on again junior in college i thought this book was the key to unlocking my hidden potential.  i heard the philosophy rendered was applicable beyond the battlefield and would be useful to me.... simply by reading the book alone, i hoped.  i was struggling in pretty much every aspect of life and had zero confidence.  if you think i'm stupid now, you shoulda seen me back then.  i don't think the book helped for a variety of reasons.  i most likely read it all, just as quickly as possible after realizing right away that this book wasn't going to help

i just read it for the straight up philosophy of war this go round and had an enjoyable experience.  expedience is key on the battlefield because peace is the ultimate goal.  never fight when your opponent hasn't means of escape or when he's trying to go home.  they fight with more resolve.  on the other hand, the path for escape can be employed as a ruse.  spies are indispensable tools for shortening the length of campaigns.  the commentary was delightful.  lots of historical battles where sun tzu's words were put into action.  of course a short war is, rather messy

i informed wife at our prairie getaway house that i had just finished the commentary on the chapter attack by fire and i would be seeking a rummy rematch.  i was routed.  most likely because i divulged the enemy my plans
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on August 04, 2018, 08:57:22 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison

I enjoy Robison's novels, but her short fiction is where it's at. Each of these gems shines a brilliant spotlight even as it cuts deep.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on August 06, 2018, 11:22:02 AM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny
8. David Benioff - City of Thieves
9. Ada Palmer - Seven Surrenders

The 2nd half of the first Ada Palmer book. At least this one ended at point where it felt like the story pivoted notably, while the first binding just...stopped.  That being said, the full story is incredible. It's full of events that are amazing and in Seven Surrenders it felt like I was going "oh my god" about once per chapter. So yeah, that's pretty cool. However, these two books were the first part of a trilogy and frankly I have no desire to keep reading her style of writing. The concepts are deep and she explores a ton of philosophy and religion and other big ideas so that's cool. It's all very 'smart'. But ... I don't know. It's also tiring I guess. I don't have a particular affinity for any of the characters and don't really care about what happens. So I'll be off to explore some other books instead.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on August 08, 2018, 08:49:46 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer

My favorite author these days, and his most recent novel did not disappoint. If anything, it's the best so far (of the three I've read, and he only has two others). I got to get my hands on them, but I'm going to bask in this glow as long as I can.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on August 09, 2018, 10:39:27 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson

Man, Netflix and the World Cup have really cut into my reading time.
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on August 11, 2018, 12:25:41 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi

Meh. Sort of clever -- TV show extras become self-aware -- but may have been better as a short story.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on August 16, 2018, 01:42:21 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu

19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver-  oh those wacky price gals, enslaved and entombed in the heart of mother africa.   tender and bitter.  unexpected humor.  adventurous.  she can craft a novel.  an ace researcher to boot.  kingsolver is wife's fav.  wife really is into africa.  i never was interested in going to africa before i meet wife, but now it's the only place i want to visit.  but they got the malaria and we're not supposed to have it.  f*ck eisenhower   
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on August 19, 2018, 10:48:28 AM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver

20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy- i thought this book was going to be like a brian jonestown massacre album cover.  when i found out it was going to be a book about newspaper clippings from a decade of rural wisconsin life, i made it my shitter book.  if there was a calamity in the late 19th century, wisconsin had it in spades.  physco historians attribute the malaise to either obsessive compulsive behavior or paranoia.  apparently, these folks didn't have a choice.  if you were lucky, you didn't get the paranoia.   that causes you to kill your children or yourself.  the land was out to get you.  sure.  i particularly like the theory that some dutch genghis khan spread his degeneracy across the great lakes in the early 1700's to the tune of 700 souls!  i'm sure my family is of that stock
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on August 25, 2018, 06:35:49 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie

The trilogy didn't deliver on the promise of the first book. These two books were good, just not as good.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2018, 09:23:18 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny
8. David Benioff - City of Thieves
9. Ada Palmer - Seven Surrenders
10. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves

The first "book" of the Witcher series. It wasn't a series of short stories which was a change, but then when I was done I surprised to find that it wasn't a finished book, either (a la Tolkein...or even Ada Palmer). I still loved it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on August 29, 2018, 01:53:02 PM


1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver
20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy

21- rambles with anatole france- sandor kemeri- it took a hungry hungarian admirer to woe that great lover of antiquity from the throes of loss and a burgeoning parisian hermitage to bring him back to the world because that was our intellect godamit.  his doctor remedied a jaunt into the vault of erudition past.  to florence! home of heroes (like mine; benvenuto cellini).  naples, and of course rome.  his faves were perugia and assisi.   this book was about museum etiquette and what it's like to contemplate the giants.  i don't know much about him, something called the dreyfus affair was all the rage
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on August 30, 2018, 01:16:53 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
34. The Super Ladies - Susan Petrone

This is a wonderful look at the intersection of supernatural abilities and real-world concerns. Things took a little longer than I like to really get going, but the last third of the book is solid. Occasionally a character's change of heart might seem too abrupt, but at the same time there were scenes that genuinely had me wiping tears from my eyes they felt so true.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on September 13, 2018, 05:01:59 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
34. The Super Ladies - Susan Petrone
35. The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories - Frederick Barthelme

Found this in a secondhand bookstore. The dust jacket was a little torn, but the book itself looked unread. I enjoy his writing. The attention to detail, the tight dialogue. Some of these stories weren't his best -- he has a handful of themes that recur frequently -- but some went in unexpected and wonderful directions.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on September 16, 2018, 11:11:05 PM
1.  The Whole Thing Together--Ann Brashares
2.  The House at 758--Kathryn Berla
3.  By Your Side--Kasie West
4.  Coming Up for Air--Miranda Kenneally
5.  Count to Ten--James Patterson
6.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean--Jenny Han
7.  When Dimple Met Rishi--Sandhya Menon
8.  Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939--Edgar Feuchtwanger
9.  Midnight at the Electric--Jodi Lynn Anderson
10.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue--Mackenzi Lee
11.  Release--Patrick Ness
12.  Long Way Down--Jason Reynolds
13.  I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L Sanchez
14.  Bark--Georges Didi-Huberman
15.  People vs Alex Cross--James Patterson
16.  One of Us is Lying--Karen McManus
17.  Starfish--Akemi Dawn Bowman
18.  Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life--Sarah Kaminsky
19.  Eliza and Her Monsters--Francesca Zappia
20.  Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961--Larry Dane Brimner
21.  Saints and Misfits--S.K. Ali
22.  Lucky Broken Girl--Ruth Behar
23.  Piecing Me Together--Renee Watson
24.  Allegedly--Tiffany D Jackson
25.  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers--Deborah Heiligman
26.  What the Night Sings--Vesper Stamper
27.  The Stars Beneath Our Feet--David Barclay Moore
28.  Hello, Universe--Erin Entrada Kelly
29.  Dear Martin--Nic Stone
30.  The Librarian of Auschwitz--Antonio Iturbe
31.  Fifty Fifty--James Patterson
32.  Devils Within--S.F. Henson
33.  Roomies--Christina Lauren
34.  Songs About Us--Chris Russell
35.  Breaking the Ice--Julie Cross
36.  The Woman Left Behind--Linda Howard
37.  Strange the Dreamer--Laini Taylor
38.  Red Alert--James Patterson
39.  Close Encounters of the Furred Kind: New Adventures with My Sad Cat & Other Feline Friends--Tom Cox
40.  Love, Hate and Other Filters--Samira Ahmed
41.  World in My Eyes--Richard Blade
42.  Alex and Eliza--Melissa de la Cruz
43.  Private Princess--James Patterson
44.  You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone--Rachel Lynn Solomon
45.  A Few Red Drops--Claire Hartfield
46.  Love & War--Melissa de la Cruz
47.  17th Suspect--James Patterson
48.  A Land of Permanent Goodbyes--Atia Abawi
49.  The President is Missing--Bill Clinton
50.  The Painted Wall--Ota B Kraus
51.  Cicada Summer--Maureen Leurck
52.  I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer--Michelle McNamara
53.  Leah on the Offbeat--Becky Albertalli
54.  Murder in Paradise--James Patterson
55.  Blood and Sand--C.V. Wyk
56.  Now a Major Motion Picture--Cori McCarthy
57.  Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin--James L Swanson
58.  Sandy Toes--Robin Jones Gunn
59.  Blood Water Paint--Joy McCullough
60.  Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik--David Arnold 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on September 18, 2018, 11:23:12 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
13. "Lovecraft Country" - Matt Ruff
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on September 18, 2018, 04:52:28 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny
8. David Benioff - City of Thieves
9. Ada Palmer - Seven Surrenders
10. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves
11. Jennifer Egan - Manhattan Beach

Everyone around here is reading this for their book club. As did we. It was fine - a well researched novel that had an amazing attention to detail and really transported the reader back to an age long ago (1930s and 1940s counts as 'long ago' to me). Recommended if you enjoy reading, although I do have to say that I had a lot of nit-picky issues with the book that I wouldn't have had if I wasn't reading it for book club. Maybe it's better as a casual read.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on September 19, 2018, 08:32:19 AM

11. Jennifer Egan - Manhattan Beach

Everyone around here is reading this for their book club. As did we. It was fine - a well researched novel that had an amazing attention to detail and really transported the reader back to an age long ago (1930s and 1940s counts as 'long ago' to me). Recommended if you enjoy reading, although I do have to say that I had a lot of nit-picky issues with the book that I wouldn't have had if I wasn't reading it for book club. Maybe it's better as a casual read.

I had this book from the library but took too long reading it. So, it had to go back. Hoping to pick it back up again.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Zafer Kaya on September 19, 2018, 02:58:06 PM
I've vaguely thought about reading Manhattan Beach, but I don't know.

I read A Visit from the Goon Squad (as did Hegemo, IIRC).  And I liked it and would objectively concede that it was quite clever, well put together, and a nice casual/enjoyable read at the same time.  But it was nowhere near worth the massive amounts of hype it got.  Which sort of soured me on Egan, even if that maybe isn't quite fair.

Maybe when the hype over Manhattan Beach dies out and I feel like I can approach it just like a book without the baggage I will pick it up.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on September 20, 2018, 10:06:05 PM


1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver
20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy
21- rambles with anatole france- sandor kemeri

22- east of eden- john steinbeck- man if there was a theme it was extremely subtle.  he tortured poor adam trask.  such a slow death.  and you didn't think he'd fail.  i shoulda known better.  the book's worth reading alone for the character samuel hamilton.   classic steiny 

i really think anticipation drove this book, there's not a whole lotta action.  more philosophic, lots of chatter

i lost count of how many suicides, murders, and natural deaths (i include military combat) there were, but suicide number two was very satisfying.  what an unbelievable monster.  i wanted her out of the book immediately even though i understood she had quite a role to perform as she caused the book 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on September 30, 2018, 02:14:48 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver
20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy
21- rambles with anatole france- sandor kemeri
22- east of eden- john steinbeck

23- you are your child's first teacher- rahima baldwin darcy- this is a book on the waldorf school methodology.  the little one and i attended their nature tots program for the better part of this past year so we've been summarily acquainted.  we were supposed to read and discuss this book during snack time but none of the mothers seemed to bother with it therefore neither did i.  my wife suggested i look into it.   i came away with a lot of good insight even if it was a bit dreamy.  for instance, the warmth of a fever can induce positive change in a child.  my favorite was something that rudolf steiner, waldorf's founder, had to say about the child.  he refers to them as priestly.  thus those who look upon a child are akin to caretakers of the divine, as they recognize divinity in them and introduce him or her to the earthly life thru the sacred qualities of rhythm, beauty, and love.  awesome right?

i think to say that the waldorf philosophy is just developing a bunch of free thinkers isn't giving it enough credit.  it's modeled after the evolution of the practical human.  with all this work foisted upon even toddlers, it's like our nation created the joneses' to keep up with.  what really pisses me off about our educational system isn't as much the testing it's the lost emphasis on gym class or music class or art class

a former montessori teacher told me recently that even montessori is becoming more standardized.  so she just retired.  there's a montessori school right a couple blocks down the street from my house and it's practically attached to a local preserve that they aren't fucking allowed to go in.  this world is such a silly place

while waldorf schools are immensely popular, it still is a bit too expensive for us and that montessori school is just down the street.  regardless, my wife doesn't think we should wait until the little one is seven before she learns to read (which is what the waldorf does).  i can go either way.  however we are most likely going to wait a year before we send her to kindergarten.  sorry to bother y'all with the details.  i didn't intend upon it
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on October 03, 2018, 02:57:07 PM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
34. The Super Ladies - Susan Petrone
35. The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories - Frederick Barthelme
36. In the City of Shy Hunters - Tom Spanbauer

I adore Spanbauer's writing. His repeated phrases, his unique characters. This may not have been my favorite of his books, but I was still sad it ended.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on October 09, 2018, 02:46:48 PM
1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver
20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy
21- rambles with anatole france- sandor kemeri
22- east of eden- john steinbeck
23- you are your child's first teacher- rahima baldwin darcy

24- the 2000 year old man in the year 2000- mel brooks and carl reiner- good toilet fodder.  i forgot to read this book in a jewish voice which the authors recommended.  i caught myself doing it anyway.  that made it somewhat funnier.  what i really took away from the book was my yearning for nostalgic brooklyn fare.  say dan, how much a coupla egg creams and a pastrami run a fella these days? 

25- zen in the art of archery- eugen herrigel- apparently there's a whole series on these.  i'm never sure how to start out a review on a book like this.  i suppose i was surprised by how naive this german professor turned pupil was.  seems to me if you're remotely interested in the eastern thought you wouldn't think these zen masters would be trying to shoot an arrow at a target.  archery like painting and flower arrangement etcetera is a time honored japanese past time.  it goes beyond even art for the sake of art 

while teaching philosophy between the wars in tokyo, he was able to persuade a zen master to teach him archery in order that he might also find zen.  at the end of a six year course he magically became a master archer, one who stands on the shoulders of his teachers.  maybe six years is the logical amount of time.  his wife took up flowers though her study is omitted.  i assume she became a master after exactly six years

he doesn't say why he sought enlightenment, probably scared of death like any good heathen.  whatever his inspiration i do feel he was positively affected by his devotion.  i love how eastern thought is full of contradictions.  he had too much willful will to accept that the arrow shoots of its own accord but just stubborn enough to see it through



Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on October 09, 2018, 04:04:50 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
13. "Lovecraft Country" - Matt Ruff
14. "Eleanor & Park" - Rainbow Rowell - repeat
15. "Unclaimed Baggage" - Jen Doll
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on October 12, 2018, 03:36:06 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
13. "Lovecraft Country" - Matt Ruff
14. "Eleanor & Park" - Rainbow Rowell - repeat
15. "Unclaimed Baggage" - Jen Doll
16. "The Sunshine Sisters" - Jane Green
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on October 18, 2018, 10:34:37 PM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny
8. David Benioff - City of Thieves
9. Ada Palmer - Seven Surrenders
10. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves
11. Jennifer Egan - Manhattan Beach
12. Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung - Homes: A Refugee Story

A) OMG I DID IT. A book a month (I mean, 12 a year) is what I used to read ... but haven't since about 2012. So this is an exciting accomplishment to get back to that pace. I'm very pleased with myself.

B) The book... I liked it a lot. I didn't read it very fast until the last third, but overall it was nice to understand a picture of how difficult life is in a civil war and then as a refugee. It wasn't deep or full of literature or technically advanced writing. Instead, it was a picture of love and difficulty and challenges and, somehow, survival. Again, I quite liked it and recommend for anyone wanting to know what the Syrian civil war is like to a bystander in the middle of it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on October 19, 2018, 08:19:13 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
34. The Super Ladies - Susan Petrone
35. The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories - Frederick Barthelme
36. In the City of Shy Hunters - Tom Spanbauer
37. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro

I liked this take on fantasy well enough, but something about it just didn't connect with me. I felt kinda the same about Never Let Me Go. I loved that movie, but the book was just okay.

38. Marcus Aurelius: A Life - Frank McLynn

What a tedious tome. McLynn managed to suck that life out of one of my favorite figures from the ancient world. Too much commentary, not enough letting Aurelius's life stand on its own.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on October 19, 2018, 08:21:02 AM

OMG I DID IT. A book a month (I mean, 12 a year) is what I used to read ... but haven't since about 2012. So this is an exciting accomplishment to get back to that pace. I'm very pleased with myself.

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on October 19, 2018, 03:49:02 PM

38. Marcus Aurelius: A Life - Frank McLynn

What a tedious tome. McLynn managed to suck that life out of one of my favorite figures from the ancient world. Too much commentary, not enough letting Aurelius's life stand on its own.

tnx for the head's up.  i've been meaning to find a proper aurelius read.  although, i do like singer songwriters
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on October 24, 2018, 02:01:49 PM
1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver
20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy
21- rambles with anatole france- sandor kemeri
22- east of eden- john steinbeck
23- you are your child's first teacher- rahima baldwin darcy
24- the 2000 year old man in the year 2000- mel brooks and carl reiner
25- zen in the art of archery- eugen herrigel

26- empires of light; edison, tesla, westinghouse and the race to electrify the world- jill jonnes-   tesla was probably a martian.  and who woulda thunk edison comes out unscathed from the fracas?   not just unscathed, but essentially created hollywood as his final act.  tesla gets the dubious distinction of having posthumously bested marconi in a patent scrabble (and his later resurrection).  ayn rand gets hard when she thinks about westinghouse

people shit on edison.  he's become a villain hasn't he?  i'm willing to cut him some slack.  he wasn't the easiest person to work for if you were part of the help but no more so than the rest of the gilded age bosses.  the dog trials era of the war of the currents was edison at his weakest.  he didn't personally execute the dogs with electricity but he oversaw it because dc.  anyway, dc bogged him down but he never forgot how to pick himself up.  unlike tesla who never came down.  westinghouse seems fictional

i read it quick as whatever.  it's probably hard to fuck up a story like this but i thought it was a good introduction to this fantastic tale

all roads go thru jp morgan
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2018, 03:41:46 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
13. "Lovecraft Country" - Matt Ruff
14. "Eleanor & Park" - Rainbow Rowell - repeat
15. "Unclaimed Baggage" - Jen Doll
16. "The Sunshine Sisters" - Jane Green
17. "The Wife" - Alafair Burke - A good thriller with lots of twists that I did NOT see coming. However, I'm not sure if my digital library loan cut off or if the book actually ended as abruptly as it felt when I unexpectedly reached the end. I'm going to have to pick up a hard copy and check the last line of the novel.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on November 14, 2018, 03:12:36 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver
20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy
21- rambles with anatole france- sandor kemeri
22- east of eden- john steinbeck
23- you are your child's first teacher- rahima baldwin darcy
24- the 2000 year old man in the year 2000- mel brooks and carl reiner
25- zen in the art of archery- eugen herrigel
26- empires of light; edison, tesla, westinghouse and the race to electrify the world- jill jonnes-   

27- wonderland- joyce carol oates- still digesting, wondering if i liked it.  as revolting as some of the book was, the most fascinating image is of jesse pederson becoming part of his adopted family.... by becoming as fat as the rest of them.  the amount of food that was eaten was obscene.  she sets the bar high for imagery.  probably too high

the last like twenty pages were difficult to read.  the last few pages in particular i had to set the book down and return to it later because i just knew she was going to break my heart.  in the end i was satisfied and think i've got a good enough grasp on the jesse character to say i like it   
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on November 19, 2018, 08:37:19 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
34. The Super Ladies - Susan Petrone
35. The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories - Frederick Barthelme
36. In the City of Shy Hunters - Tom Spanbauer
37. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
38. Marcus Aurelius: A Life - Frank McLynn
39. Provenance - Ann Leckie

Set shortly after the events of the Ancillary trilogy in a different part of the universe with different characters. It was alright. It was either a little too long or I wasn't really in the mood for sci-fi. I have to reiterate, though, how she addresses gender in her writing is important, both in sci-fi and fiction in general.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on November 19, 2018, 08:58:01 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
13. "Lovecraft Country" - Matt Ruff
14. "Eleanor & Park" - Rainbow Rowell - repeat
15. "Unclaimed Baggage" - Jen Doll
16. "The Sunshine Sisters" - Jane Green
17. "The Wife" - Alafair Burke - A good thriller with lots of twists that I did NOT see coming. However, I'm not sure if my digital library loan cut off or if the book actually ended as abruptly as it felt when I unexpectedly reached the end. I'm going to have to pick up a hard copy and check the last line of the novel.
18. "Eligible" - Curtis Sittenfeld - A modern retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" in Cincinnati? Don't mind if I do.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on November 19, 2018, 11:41:01 AM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny
8. David Benioff - City of Thieves
9. Ada Palmer - Seven Surrenders
10. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves
11. Jennifer Egan - Manhattan Beach
12. Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung - Homes: A Refugee Story
13. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Time of Contempt

Hey! A book about my marriage!
Hahah. The second set of the Witcher "book" and it's just more. I love it. The last section really got me and now I'm sad I have to take a break to read a book club book because I really want to keep going.

In truth, Sapkowski started by writing short stories and although this is a book it still feels like a series of short stories. True, he doesn't explain some background information about the character's we are following in each short story, but otherwise, it's very episodic writing and if it didn't have continual characters each chapter could be slightly re-written to make fabulous short stories. Fascinating.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on November 19, 2018, 10:27:03 PM
1.  The Whole Thing Together--Ann Brashares
2.  The House at 758--Kathryn Berla
3.  By Your Side--Kasie West
4.  Coming Up for Air--Miranda Kenneally
5.  Count to Ten--James Patterson
6.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean--Jenny Han
7.  When Dimple Met Rishi--Sandhya Menon
8.  Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939--Edgar Feuchtwanger
9.  Midnight at the Electric--Jodi Lynn Anderson
10.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue--Mackenzi Lee
11.  Release--Patrick Ness
12.  Long Way Down--Jason Reynolds
13.  I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L Sanchez
14.  Bark--Georges Didi-Huberman
15.  People vs Alex Cross--James Patterson
16.  One of Us is Lying--Karen McManus
17.  Starfish--Akemi Dawn Bowman
18.  Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life--Sarah Kaminsky
19.  Eliza and Her Monsters--Francesca Zappia
20.  Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961--Larry Dane Brimner
21.  Saints and Misfits--S.K. Ali
22.  Lucky Broken Girl--Ruth Behar
23.  Piecing Me Together--Renee Watson
24.  Allegedly--Tiffany D Jackson
25.  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers--Deborah Heiligman
26.  What the Night Sings--Vesper Stamper
27.  The Stars Beneath Our Feet--David Barclay Moore
28.  Hello, Universe--Erin Entrada Kelly
29.  Dear Martin--Nic Stone
30.  The Librarian of Auschwitz--Antonio Iturbe
31.  Fifty Fifty--James Patterson
32.  Devils Within--S.F. Henson
33.  Roomies--Christina Lauren
34.  Songs About Us--Chris Russell
35.  Breaking the Ice--Julie Cross
36.  The Woman Left Behind--Linda Howard
37.  Strange the Dreamer--Laini Taylor
38.  Red Alert--James Patterson
39.  Close Encounters of the Furred Kind: New Adventures with My Sad Cat & Other Feline Friends--Tom Cox
40.  Love, Hate and Other Filters--Samira Ahmed
41.  World in My Eyes--Richard Blade
42.  Alex and Eliza--Melissa de la Cruz
43.  Private Princess--James Patterson
44.  You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone--Rachel Lynn Solomon
45.  A Few Red Drops--Claire Hartfield
46.  Love & War--Melissa de la Cruz
47.  17th Suspect--James Patterson
48.  A Land of Permanent Goodbyes--Atia Abawi
49.  The President is Missing--Bill Clinton
50.  The Painted Wall--Ota B Kraus
51.  Cicada Summer--Maureen Leurck
52.  I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer--Michelle McNamara
53.  Leah on the Offbeat--Becky Albertalli
54.  Murder in Paradise--James Patterson
55.  Blood and Sand--C.V. Wyk
56.  Now a Major Motion Picture--Cori McCarthy
57.  Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin--James L Swanson
58.  Sandy Toes--Robin Jones Gunn
59.  Blood Water Paint--Joy McCullough
60.  Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik--David Arnold 
61.  The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary--NoNieqa Ramos
62.  I Don't Know How She Does It--Allison Pearson
63.  The Hazel Wood--Melissa Albert
64.  A Thousand Beginnings and Endings--Ellen Oh
65.  How Hard Can it Be?--Allison Pearson
66.  Tyler Johnson Was Here--Jay Coles
67.  Texas Ranger--James Patterson
68.  Written in the Stars--Aisha Saeed
69.  Juror #3--James Patterson
70.  You Don't Own Me--Mary Higgins Clark
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on December 03, 2018, 10:19:35 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
34. The Super Ladies - Susan Petrone
35. The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories - Frederick Barthelme
36. In the City of Shy Hunters - Tom Spanbauer
37. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
38. Marcus Aurelius: A Life - Frank McLynn
39. Provenance - Ann Leckie
40. The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho

Didn't really enjoy this one. Apparently not his best, but I still want to try The Alchemist.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2018, 11:27:57 AM
1. Philip Pullman - The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage
2. Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack - The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated
3. J.D. Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
4. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
5. Ada Palmer - Too Like The Lightning
6. John Steinbeck - The Pearl / The Red Pony
7. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Sword of Destiny
8. David Benioff - City of Thieves
9. Ada Palmer - Seven Surrenders
10. Andrzej Sapkowski - Blood of Elves
11. Jennifer Egan - Manhattan Beach
12. Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung - Homes: A Refugee Story
13. Andrzej Sapkowski - The Time of Contempt
14. Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake***(Audiobook)

Listened to my first audiobook. I didn't enjoy it as much as reading, I think, although it certainly was easier to find time to get through it. I assume I will not be doing more audiobooking, although who knows?

The story was good and well constructed and, after the first pages was pretty easy to follow.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on December 04, 2018, 01:03:17 PM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
13. "Lovecraft Country" - Matt Ruff
14. "Eleanor & Park" - Rainbow Rowell - repeat
15. "Unclaimed Baggage" - Jen Doll
16. "The Sunshine Sisters" - Jane Green
17. "The Wife" - Alafair Burke - A good thriller with lots of twists that I did NOT see coming. However, I'm not sure if my digital library loan cut off or if the book actually ended as abruptly as it felt when I unexpectedly reached the end. I'm going to have to pick up a hard copy and check the last line of the novel.
18. "Eligible" - Curtis Sittenfeld - A modern retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" in Cincinnati? Don't mind if I do.
19. "China Rich Girlfriend" - Kevin Kwan
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: luisterpaul on December 06, 2018, 07:29:44 AM
1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme
28. The Business of Being a Writer - Jane Friedman
29. Tell Me 30 Stories - Mary Robison
30. I Loved You More - Tom Spanbauer
31. Redshirts - John Scalzi
32. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
33. Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
34. The Super Ladies - Susan Petrone
35. The Law of Averages: New and Selected Stories - Frederick Barthelme
36. In the City of Shy Hunters - Tom Spanbauer
37. The Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
38. Marcus Aurelius: A Life - Frank McLynn
39. Provenance - Ann Leckie
40. The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho
41. Sing To It - Amy Hempel

New Amy Hempel! So good. The title story blew me away; I've read it half a dozen times already.

42. The Doctor's House - Ann Beattie

One of those curious books where I could hardly put it down even though not much actually happens. The characterization is so strong, the dialogue so true to life.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: daytime drinking on December 27, 2018, 10:52:46 PM

1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain
17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates
18- the art of war- sun tzu
19- the poisonwood bible- barbara kingsolver
20- wisconsin death trip- michael lesy
21- rambles with anatole france- sandor kemeri
22- east of eden- john steinbeck
23- you are your child's first teacher- rahima baldwin darcy
24- the 2000 year old man in the year 2000- mel brooks and carl reiner
25- zen in the art of archery- eugen herrigel
26- empires of light; edison, tesla, westinghouse and the race to electrify the world- jill jonnes-   
27- wonderland- joyce carol oates

28- doctor faustus- thomas mann- herr composer leverkhun's pact was some sort of companion piece to the third reich apparently.  as told by an obsessive friend.  if a five hundred page thomas mann novel were weighed in accordance with the depth of every word he wrote, how much would it weigh?  i think "of" alone weighs five pounds.  paragraph after paragraph i went thru the motions of reading musical technicalities and critique when suddenly i discovered the beautiful language hidden in between.  i have no idea what a fugue is, but what matter when it is so talked about

being told by a friend, i suppose mann created errors for the man to make.  the characters were hard to follow since he used both first and last names interchangeably.  he would unite the names intermittently (perhaps intentionally by mann himself) so you could follow again.  he did something else like this around page 78 i think.  all those pages of musical composition and what not, the narrator quips, i forgive my reader if he has skipped ahead.  ha.  i told wife about that

i doubt i'll think as fondly of this work as i do of magic mountain, and not because i have some hangup about a retelling 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: c-lando on December 28, 2018, 11:28:37 AM
1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson
11. "Small Admissions" - Amy Poeppel - The easy-breezy fluff I was looking for.
12. "Something in the Water" - Catherine Steadman - This will do for an airport read.
13. "Lovecraft Country" - Matt Ruff
14. "Eleanor & Park" - Rainbow Rowell - repeat
15. "Unclaimed Baggage" - Jen Doll
16. "The Sunshine Sisters" - Jane Green
17. "The Wife" - Alafair Burke - A good thriller with lots of twists that I did NOT see coming. However, I'm not sure if my digital library loan cut off or if the book actually ended as abruptly as it felt when I unexpectedly reached the end. I'm going to have to pick up a hard copy and check the last line of the novel.
18. "Eligible" - Curtis Sittenfeld - A modern retelling of "Pride and Prejudice" in Cincinnati? Don't mind if I do.
19. "China Rich Girlfriend" - Kevin Kwan
20. "Malice" - Keigo Higashino

This has been the year of the abandoned book. I have started so many and just didn't like them enough to keep reading. I hope I make better selections next year.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2018
Post by: trixi on January 05, 2019, 02:41:07 PM
1.  The Whole Thing Together--Ann Brashares
2.  The House at 758--Kathryn Berla
3.  By Your Side--Kasie West
4.  Coming Up for Air--Miranda Kenneally
5.  Count to Ten--James Patterson
6.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean--Jenny Han
7.  When Dimple Met Rishi--Sandhya Menon
8.  Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939--Edgar Feuchtwanger
9.  Midnight at the Electric--Jodi Lynn Anderson
10.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue--Mackenzi Lee
11.  Release--Patrick Ness
12.  Long Way Down--Jason Reynolds
13.  I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L Sanchez
14.  Bark--Georges Didi-Huberman
15.  People vs Alex Cross--James Patterson
16.  One of Us is Lying--Karen McManus
17.  Starfish--Akemi Dawn Bowman
18.  Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life--Sarah Kaminsky
19.  Eliza and Her Monsters--Francesca Zappia
20.  Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961--Larry Dane Brimner
21.  Saints and Misfits--S.K. Ali
22.  Lucky Broken Girl--Ruth Behar
23.  Piecing Me Together--Renee Watson
24.  Allegedly--Tiffany D Jackson
25.  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers--Deborah Heiligman
26.  What the Night Sings--Vesper Stamper
27.  The Stars Beneath Our Feet--David Barclay Moore
28.  Hello, Universe--Erin Entrada Kelly
29.  Dear Martin--Nic Stone
30.  The Librarian of Auschwitz--Antonio Iturbe
31.  Fifty Fifty--James Patterson
32.  Devils Within--S.F. Henson
33.  Roomies--Christina Lauren
34.  Songs About Us--Chris Russell
35.  Breaking the Ice--Julie Cross
36.  The Woman Left Behind--Linda Howard
37.  Strange the Dreamer--Laini Taylor
38.  Red Alert--James Patterson
39.  Close Encounters of the Furred Kind: New Adventures with My Sad Cat & Other Feline Friends--Tom Cox
40.  Love, Hate and Other Filters--Samira Ahmed
41.  World in My Eyes--Richard Blade
42.  Alex and Eliza--Melissa de la Cruz
43.  Private Princess--James Patterson
44.  You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone--Rachel Lynn Solomon
45.  A Few Red Drops--Claire Hartfield
46.  Love & War--Melissa de la Cruz
47.  17th Suspect--James Patterson
48.  A Land of Permanent Goodbyes--Atia Abawi
49.  The President is Missing--Bill Clinton
50.  The Painted Wall--Ota B Kraus
51.  Cicada Summer--Maureen Leurck
52.  I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer--Michelle McNamara
53.  Leah on the Offbeat--Becky Albertalli
54.  Murder in Paradise--James Patterson
55.  Blood and Sand--C.V. Wyk
56.  Now a Major Motion Picture--Cori McCarthy
57.  Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin--James L Swanson
58.  Sandy Toes--Robin Jones Gunn
59.  Blood Water Paint--Joy McCullough
60.  Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik--David Arnold 
61.  The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary--NoNieqa Ramos
62.  I Don't Know How She Does It--Allison Pearson
63.  The Hazel Wood--Melissa Albert
64.  A Thousand Beginnings and Endings--Ellen Oh
65.  How Hard Can it Be?--Allison Pearson
66.  Tyler Johnson Was Here--Jay Coles
67.  Texas Ranger--James Patterson
68.  Written in the Stars--Aisha Saeed
69.  Juror #3--James Patterson
70.  You Don't Own Me--Mary Higgins Clark
71.  Every Breath--Nicholas Sparks
72.  Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots--Margarita Engle
73.  The Poet X--Elizabeth Acevedo
74.  The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge--M.T. Anderson
75.  Ambush--James Patterson
76.  The Frontman--Ron Bahar
77.  Tales from the Inner City--Shaun Tan