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Title: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 07, 2019, 09:04:06 AM
I probably won't hit the magic number of 50 books this year, but surprisingly I did last year although I didn't log any of them. Mostly because the majority of them were trashy erotic novels. 2018 was my year of trashy books. This year I've decided to work my way through classic literature - books I feel like I should have read but haven't, books I have read but so long ago that I might get more out of them this time around. I'll probably also hit up a few more music biogs and books on historic events, cuz that's my sweet spot.

But I'm starting out the year with one that is not a classic ... yet. I think in 20 years it will be considered one though.

1. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
Beautifully written chronicle of the life of a gay Irish man, spanning the years 1945-present. Snappy dialogue, believable characters, just the right balance of humor and pathos. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it all again. A+.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 07, 2019, 11:47:28 AM
1. Andrzej Sapkowski - Baptism of Fire

Book 3 in the Witcher series. Turns out that it's not a trilogy - I'm thinking it's a quintilogy. Pentilogy? Pentalogy? Whatever it's called. This story isn't over, so l'm looking forward to the next one. Still love these books.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 17, 2019, 09:50:10 AM
1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 17, 2019, 01:17:26 PM
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

2. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
This is a book I vaguely recall reading in either junior high or high school but at the time I didn't really care much for it. I liked it better this time around, moreso as a glimpse of what America was like around the time of the Civil War, rather than as a coming of age story, but I thought Alcott's characters fully-formed, interesting and human. Her writing is gentle, vivid and not nearly as preachy as I found it as a teenager.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Butter on January 17, 2019, 01:39:55 PM
I probably won't hit the magic number of 50 books this year, but surprisingly I did last year although I didn't log any of them. Mostly because the majority of them were trashy erotic novels. 2018 was my year of trashy books. This year I've decided to work my way through classic literature - books I feel like I should have read but haven't, books I have read but so long ago that I might get more out of them this time around. I'll probably also hit up a few more music biogs and books on historic events, cuz that's my sweet spot.

I did this a while back.  I got exactly 1 book in, CATCHER IN THE RYE, before stopping.  I hated it.  I decided not to put myself through trying to slog through stuff I just didn't care all that much about in the name of "enriching" myself.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: trixi on January 17, 2019, 11:45:23 PM
I probably won't hit the magic number of 50 books this year, but surprisingly I did last year although I didn't log any of them. Mostly because the majority of them were trashy erotic novels. 2018 was my year of trashy books.
I'm very sad you didn't share :-D
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 18, 2019, 08:31:26 AM
I probably won't hit the magic number of 50 books this year, but surprisingly I did last year although I didn't log any of them. Mostly because the majority of them were trashy erotic novels. 2018 was my year of trashy books.
I'm very sad you didn't share :-D

DITTO.
GIVE US THE TRASH.
WE WANT THE TRASH.
TRASH TRASH TRASH.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 18, 2019, 09:27:23 AM
I probably won't hit the magic number of 50 books this year, but surprisingly I did last year although I didn't log any of them. Mostly because the majority of them were trashy erotic novels. 2018 was my year of trashy books.
I'm very sad you didn't share :-D

DITTO.
GIVE US THE TRASH.
WE WANT THE TRASH.
TRASH TRASH TRASH.

By far the best was the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Ladies, if you haven't read them yet, drop everything and get crackin.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 18, 2019, 09:41:29 AM
I probably won't hit the magic number of 50 books this year, but surprisingly I did last year although I didn't log any of them. Mostly because the majority of them were trashy erotic novels. 2018 was my year of trashy books.
I'm very sad you didn't share :-D

DITTO.
GIVE US THE TRASH.
WE WANT THE TRASH.
TRASH TRASH TRASH.

By far the best was the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Ladies, if you haven't read them yet, drop everything and get crackin.

Why is my library a big prude!?!?!?!
Not even one of her books in the catalog. :(
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 18, 2019, 11:47:25 AM
I feel like the best erotic novels would be the ones no one ever finishes.

I mean, the readers “finish” for sure.  They just don’t have to read more than a few pages to do it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 18, 2019, 03:41:38 PM
I feel like the best erotic novels would be the ones no one ever finishes.

I mean, the readers “finish” for sure.  They just don’t have to read more than a few pages to do it.

WORD PR0N!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 18, 2019, 06:30:59 PM
I probably won't hit the magic number of 50 books this year, but surprisingly I did last year although I didn't log any of them. Mostly because the majority of them were trashy erotic novels. 2018 was my year of trashy books.
I'm very sad you didn't share :-D

DITTO.
GIVE US THE TRASH.
WE WANT THE TRASH.
TRASH TRASH TRASH.

By far the best was the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Ladies, if you haven't read them yet, drop everything and get crackin.

Why is my library a big prude!?!?!?!
Not even one of her books in the catalog. :(

:(
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: trixi on January 18, 2019, 10:37:46 PM

Why is my library a big prude!?!?!?!
Not even one of her books in the catalog. :(
Time to move back to Ohio!  ;-)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 28, 2019, 05:51:19 PM
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
2. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Trixi had mentioned this book to me and I am so glad. Beautifully written account of a girl growing up in Brooklyn between 1912 and WWI. The detail is sublime and it's obvious that it was written from first hand experience. A+.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: trixi on January 29, 2019, 11:20:05 PM
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Trixi had mentioned this book to me and I am so glad. Beautifully written account of a girl growing up in Brooklyn between 1912 and WWI. The detail is sublime and it's obvious that it was written from first hand experience. A+.
Glad you liked it :-)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 30, 2019, 09:19:17 AM

Why is my library a big prude!?!?!?!
Not even one of her books in the catalog. :(
Time to move back to Ohio!  ;-)
Or I could move ITP instead of living OTP.
My friend, Gwynne, was happy to run with MK's suggestion and reserved the entire series at the Atlanta Public Library.
Cobb County is the prude.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: trixi on January 30, 2019, 12:07:06 PM

Or I could move ITP instead of living OTP.
My friend, Gwynne, was happy to run with MK's suggestion and reserved the entire series at the Atlanta Public Library.
Cobb County is the prude.
Outsmarting the man!  Maybe you should suggest they purchase them and see if you get a response  http://www.cobbcat.org/how-do-i/suggest-new-material/
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 30, 2019, 01:37:52 PM
Are you getting physical copies?  Because I feel like if you get physical copies of erotic fiction from the library, it will be pretty frustrated when you get to the good part and all the pages are stuck together.

Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 30, 2019, 01:53:13 PM
Are you getting physical copies?  Because I feel like if you get physical copies of erotic fiction from the library, it will be pretty frustrated when you get to the good part and all the pages are stuck together.
From ladies dropping it in the bathtub?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 30, 2019, 01:53:31 PM
Are you getting physical copies?  Because I feel like if you get physical copies of erotic fiction from the library, it will be pretty frustrated when you get to the good part and all the pages are stuck together.

Eew. The good parts may be stuck together for guys ... but for women the best pages are usually dog-eared.

Not that I'd know.

Heh.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 30, 2019, 01:57:48 PM

Or I could move ITP instead of living OTP.
My friend, Gwynne, was happy to run with MK's suggestion and reserved the entire series at the Atlanta Public Library.
Cobb County is the prude.
Outsmarting the man!  Maybe you should suggest they purchase them and see if you get a response  http://www.cobbcat.org/how-do-i/suggest-new-material/

DONE!
I noted that a friend was able to get the entire series from APL. Hopefully that burns up some librarian's competitive nature and gets my request expedited! :)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on January 30, 2019, 02:02:34 PM
Yay!

It really is a good series. She's an excellent writer.

There were so many that I read last year that insulted the intelligence of the reader, so it was very refreshing to stumble upon Jodi's work. Her One Night series is also a good'un.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 30, 2019, 03:02:49 PM

There were so many that I read last year that insulted the intelligence of the reader, so it was very refreshing to stumble upon Jodi's work. Her One Night series is also a good'un.

I'll tell Gwynner about that one, too.
I've never read the TRASH before. But, Gwynne picked up the "habit" from her grandmother. HAHAHAH.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on January 31, 2019, 08:56:11 AM
1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Dan on January 31, 2019, 12:38:20 PM
1. Andrzej Sapkowski - Baptism of Fire
2. Tara Westover - Educated

Memoir from a woman who grew up in Idaho with a father who truly believes the end of days is coming, but is really a book about abusive relationships and manipulation. And from the perspective of a victim, clearly. The first 100-125 pages or so were pretty straightforward childhood stuff. But then the book transforms into something so much more. I found myself saying out loud, "oh my god" about every third chapter, and the fact that the book concludes in the way it does made me go OH MY GOD even more so. So yeah, interesting stuff.

Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on February 01, 2019, 04:17:16 PM
2. Tara Westover - Educated

Memoir from a woman who grew up in Idaho with a father who truly believes the end of days is coming, but is really a book about abusive relationships and manipulation. And from the perspective of a victim, clearly. The first 100-125 pages or so were pretty straightforward childhood stuff. But then the book transforms into something so much more. I found myself saying out loud, "oh my god" about every third chapter, and the fact that the book concludes in the way it does made me go OH MY GOD even more so. So yeah, interesting stuff.

A few friends had that as their top book from last year. I definitely want to read it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2019, 12:22:06 PM
If you can handle a non-fiction/memoir... certainly recommended.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: trixi on February 05, 2019, 11:53:57 PM
1.  All We Ever Wanted--Emily Giffin
2.  Let Me List the Ways--Sarah White
3.  My Whole Truth--Mischa Thrace
4.  Hey, Kiddo--Jarrett J Krosoczka  (2019 YALSA Non-Fiction Finalist)
5.  Darius the Great is Not Okay--Adib Khorram (2019 Morris Winner)
6.  The Night Diary--Veera Hiranandani  (2019 Newbery Honor)
7.  The Swing of Things--Linda Keir
8.  Fool's Moon (Tarot Cats Mystery)--Diane A.S. Stuckart
9.  A Heart in a Body in the World--Deb Caletti (2019 Printz Honor)
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: daytime drinking on February 12, 2019, 11:51:46 AM
1-  i'm a stranger here myself- bill bryson-  this was a toilet book which bled into this year.  first time reading bryson.  it was sorta funny.  i didn't shoot root beer or any beer out of my nose like the jacket suggested.  i typically don't drink while i read.  great toilet fodder nonetheless.  his trite hyperbole was eye rolling; stuff involving options at coffee shops, fixing things, computer helplines....  but this was like 1999 and he hadn't lived in the country for twenty years.  maybe he didn't know we thought that was trite hyperbole back then.   seems like a pretty likeable guy.  he likes things i like.  pubs,  the occasional out of doors, new hampshire, wife in charge of major/minor decisions......  he has an odd distaste for basements which i find distasteful.  i like basements

2- oh crap!  Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right- jamie glowacki-  well it didn't take long for the kid to get potty trained.   just a few days like the book said.  pretty in demand book.  i wanted to hold onto it for night training to no avail.  we'll have to get it again.  i valued the thought behind her approach.  mental preparation.  a bit of rewiring to the ole brain.  it's so natural to say to your child that it's ok you peed yourself, you're still getting the hang of it.  how the hell do i know you know when to use the potty?  uh uhh.  that shit goes in the potty.  you really wanna soil your paw patrol big girl panties?  i'm very impressed with what toddlers are capable of.  actually, more than impressed 

since i cook for the house, i'm pretty used to mom speak from internet recipes.  it's like that but with a mild amount of swearing

3- sideshow usa: freaks and the american cultural imagination-  rachel adams- hard to find the books i was looking for at the library so i settled for this exploration into academia.  i guess i found the freaks i was looking for.  never thought i'd force myself to be drawn in to the critique of carson mccullers or the spellbinding novel geek love by katherine dunn (how insane!).  it's an education on the history of contemporary freaks.  from barnum to queers to hippies to everything in between.  i just wanted a sideshow barker.  although this williamsburg troupe with a juggler who juggles amongst many things the insertion of a lubed dildo into a woman standing on her hands might be worth checking out
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on March 01, 2019, 09:08:28 AM
1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
4. "Come with Me" - Helen Schulman - Slooooooooooow start but I finally connected with the book in the final quarter. But, it took me all month (and about a week and a half of late fines from the library) to finish it.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: daytime drinking on March 12, 2019, 10:15:05 AM
1-  i'm a stranger here myself- bill bryson
2- oh crap!  Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right- jamie glowacki
3- sideshow usa: freaks and the american cultural imagination-  rachel adams

4- bhagavad gita- translated and commentary by ac bhaktivedanta swami prabhupada- this guy is not a party animal.  even though he hung out with george harrison.  no, he's just a devotee of an impossible way to live.  complete detachment from the material world.  of the seven hundred verses in the bhagavad gita, he supplied roughly a page of commentary.  lots of repetition.  which was actually useful.  made important principles stick.  he said that was the point.  but what he said made a lot of sense.  i'm gonna read a less hardcore translation of the gita and hopefully come out a lot less scarred 

i'll tell ya about it someday 
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2019, 01:50:21 PM
1. Andrzej Sapkowski - Baptism of Fire
2. Tara Westover - Educated
3. Andrzej Sapkowski - Tower of Swallows

More Witcher! More great stuff!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: daytime drinking on March 23, 2019, 11:33:19 AM
1-  i'm a stranger here myself- bill bryson
2- oh crap!  Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right- jamie glowacki
3- sideshow usa: freaks and the american cultural imagination-  rachel adams
4- bhagavad gita- translated and commentary by ac bhaktivedanta swami prabhupada

5-lord of light- roger zelazny- when i read the jacket i laughed.  in a colony planet a group of men gained control of technology and become immortal fashioning themselves after the Hindu pantheon of gods.  it seems i'm going to question what i just read already.  i said that to my wife and she chuckled as well.  i don't get if zelazny was trying to make some kind of point or was just telling a story.  it's a fine book, though action sequences with religious overtones were a bit much for me
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: daytime drinking on March 29, 2019, 09:49:40 PM
1-  i'm a stranger here myself- bill bryson
2- oh crap!  Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right- jamie glowacki
3- sideshow usa: freaks and the american cultural imagination-  rachel adams
4- bhagavad gita- translated and commentary by ac bhaktivedanta swami prabhupada
5-lord of light- roger zelazny

6- uncle's dream- dostoyevsky-  oh the joys of provincial life
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on April 02, 2019, 12:47:21 PM
1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
4. "Come with Me" - Helen Schulman - Slooooooooooow start but I finally connected with the book in the final quarter. But, it took me all month (and about a week and a half of late fines from the library) to finish it.
5. "The Heart's Invisible Furies" - John Boyne
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on April 03, 2019, 11:29:38 AM
What did you think of "Heart's Invisible Furies" Clando?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on April 03, 2019, 01:20:22 PM
What did you think of "Heart's Invisible Furies" Clando?

I walked away loving it for how it shows that life can seem so short and so long, depending on how you look at it. All of the little "God winks" along the way were a bit much and I kept yelling at the book during those moments. I know nothing of Dublin and wished that I did while reading this.

Oh, I loved this video of the author reading one of the best parts of the book. I treated myself to it after finishing the novel. It makes me think that I might have enjoyed it even more if I had listened to the audiobook version.

https://youtu.be/6seBuhsFJyk
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on April 03, 2019, 02:36:07 PM
Yeah, a few folks in our book club said the same about the "god winks" but at the same time Dublin is such a small city that it isn't surprising that two of the characters kept meeting. But yeah, NYC and Amsterdam were a bit of a stretch.

Thanks for the link - it also makes me wish I'd done the audiobook version.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on April 04, 2019, 08:14:17 AM

Thanks for the link - it also makes me wish I'd done the audiobook version.

So good, right? I found another clip of him reading Cyril's first time meeting Julian and it was also great.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on April 25, 2019, 09:55:35 AM
1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
4. "Come with Me" - Helen Schulman - Slooooooooooow start but I finally connected with the book in the final quarter. But, it took me all month (and about a week and a half of late fines from the library) to finish it.
5. "The Heart's Invisible Furies" - John Boyne
6. "Still Me" - Jojo Moyes
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on April 25, 2019, 11:13:16 AM
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
2. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

4. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in 1852, this beautifully written novel casts an unflinching eye on slavery in America. At times difficult to read because of the ugliness of the business of slavery, it is nonetheless essential reading to understand the pro- and anti- slavery mindsets of the populace during that very low point in American history. I can certainly understand why it was the best selling novel of the 19th century, and how it turned the tide in favor of the abolitionist movement.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2019, 10:10:12 PM
1. Andrzej Sapkowski - Baptism of Fire
2. Tara Westover - Educated
3. Andrzej Sapkowski - Tower of Swallows
4. Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None

Quick read! Possibly my first ever mystery? I'm not sure, but I don't recall reading too many mysteries in my time.
Also, not too many people named Agatha....ever?
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: daytime drinking on April 26, 2019, 02:32:37 PM
1. Andrzej Sapkowski - Baptism of Fire
2. Tara Westover - Educated
3. Andrzej Sapkowski - Tower of Swallows
4. Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None

Quick read! Possibly my first ever mystery? I'm not sure, but I don't recall reading too many mysteries in my time.
Also, not too many people named Agatha....ever?

i picked up an agatha christie book at the thrift store a few years ago.  death in the air.   i've wanted to read it on a flight just for the other passengers reactions.  i'm a bit reluctant

one of truman capote's heroes
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on May 20, 2019, 11:09:13 AM
1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
4. "Come with Me" - Helen Schulman - Slooooooooooow start but I finally connected with the book in the final quarter. But, it took me all month (and about a week and a half of late fines from the library) to finish it.
5. "The Heart's Invisible Furies" - John Boyne
6. "Still Me" - Jojo Moyes

Thanks to va_vacious, I just read the entire Lara Jean series by Jenny Han! Thanks, va_vacious!
7. "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" - Jenny Han
8. "P.S. I Still Love You" - Jenny Han
9. "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" - Jenny Han
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: trixi on May 22, 2019, 06:33:24 PM
1.  All We Ever Wanted--Emily Giffin
2.  Let Me List the Ways--Sarah White
3.  My Whole Truth--Mischa Thrace
4.  Hey, Kiddo--Jarrett J Krosoczka  (2019 YALSA Non-Fiction Finalist)
5.  Darius the Great is Not Okay--Adib Khorram (2019 Morris Winner)
6.  The Night Diary--Veera Hiranandani  (2019 Newbery Honor)
7.  The Swing of Things--Linda Keir
8.  Fool's Moon (Tarot Cats Mystery)--Diane A.S. Stuckart
9.  A Heart in a Body in the World--Deb Caletti (2019 Printz Honor)
10.  Check Please!: #Hockey V. 1--Ngozi Ukazu
11.  The Tattooist of Auschwitz--Heather Morris
12.  Hurricane Child--Kacen Callender
13.  Children of Blood and Bone--Tomi Adeyemi
14.  Becoming--Michelle Obama
15.  Beastie Boys Book--Michael Diamond
16.  Hearts Unbroken--Cynthia Leitich Smith
17.  Freshmen--Tom Ellen
18. Liar, Liar--James Patterson
19.  Picture Us in the Light--Kelly Loy Gilbert
20.  The Road to Auschwitz: Fragments of a Life--Hedi Fried
21.  Miracle at St Andrews--James Patterson
22.  Brazen:  Rebel Women Who Rocked the World--Penelope Bagieu
23.  On the Come Up--Angie Thomas
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: MissKitty on May 30, 2019, 10:51:34 AM
1. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne
2. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
4. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

5. The Road to Unfreedom - Timothy Snyder

When historian/author Timothy Snyder visited our library for a talk a few years ago I was first in line. His books chronicling both the Holocaust and the tug of war between Germany and the USSR during WWII over the 'ownership' of Eastern Europe are well-researched, well-written and a psychological sucker punch. A professor of history at Yale, he can read/write and understand nearly a dozen languages, an asset that lends greater authenticity to his work.

I first learned of him via footnotes and cited references in the books of other historians of WWII. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Snyder was the guy digging through the newly opened Soviet archives and translating the works from Russian, Polish and Ukrainian into English and German, as well as cross-referencing and comparing documents and written accounts in the original German and Russian languages.

This new history book of his also makes great use of his linguistic flexibility, as he chronicles the rise of authoritarianism and explains exactly how and why Russia is currently engaged in a cyber war with the United States and the European Union. He first took note of Russia's widespread and effective use of disinformation during the pro-democracy uprisings in Ukraine, and watched with growing horror as the same happened during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the British vote to remain or leave the E.U.

For Snyder, Russia isn’t a distraction; it’s a potent threat to democracy. “Russia obviously interfered in U.S. elections,” he says. To think otherwise is to “deny truth.” The book is bleak, but it is absolutely on point. He's not some crackpot spouting conspiracy theories on the internet, he's the guy who understands exactly what is going on, and he's written this book to give readers the same sense of urgency. Things are bad, and they are only going to get worse if we in the West don't wake up and act while we still have a choice.

It's a terrifying book to read. I admit that I had to keep putting it down because it gave me panic attacks. It's taken me several weeks to calm myself down enough to write this review. Everyone who believes in the principles of freedom as detailed in the U.S. Constitution and our Declaration of Independence needs to read this book - and act accordingly. Only we can change the future. I just hope we are not already too late.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: euro60 on May 30, 2019, 10:54:30 PM
Thanks for that insightful review MK. Of course there are other books out there examining the same issues (as there are on Trump's ways to diminish the truth, and I'm being mild). I've read several of them. And it just makes you wonder when people are finally going to wake up to what is really going on. Except that 40% or so of the US population will never wake up or accept these facts, yes, facts. They simply reject it.

As citizens, there is only one way to act, and that is to vote, each and every one of us. Coming from Belgium (where voting is mandatory), I am simply blown away how many people are not using their one way to contribute in this wonderful country that is the US by voting. But like I always like to point out, people get the politicians they deserve. At this point in time it was Trump. And it is up to us the voters to make a change about that. Unless of course we don't get enough voters like that. Think about that!
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: c-lando on June 07, 2019, 01:13:04 PM
1. "Manhattan Beach" - Jennifer Egan - Give me a book that's just about Eddie and the bosun.
2. "Dark Sacred Night" - Michael Connelly - Connelly finally puts Bosch and Ballard together and I like it.
3. "My Own Devices: Essays From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love" - Dessa - I first heard about Dessa during Barb during her MPR days. I saw this book on the NPR book thingy and thought I would check it out. Parts of this book will definitely stick with me for a long time. I love the way her mind works, even if it seems to work against her in some aspects of her life.
4. "Come with Me" - Helen Schulman - Slooooooooooow start but I finally connected with the book in the final quarter. But, it took me all month (and about a week and a half of late fines from the library) to finish it.
5. "The Heart's Invisible Furies" - John Boyne
6. "Still Me" - Jojo Moyes
7. "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" - Jenny Han
8. "P.S. I Still Love You" - Jenny Han
9. "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" - Jenny Han
10. "The Wedding Date" - Jasmine Guillory - I wanted something and light and found this recommendation from Roxane Gay. I flew through the book. Definitely light and LUSTY.
Title: Re: 50 books in 2019
Post by: daytime drinking on June 16, 2019, 10:52:28 PM
1-  i'm a stranger here myself- bill bryson
2- oh crap!  Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right- jamie glowacki
3- sideshow usa: freaks and the american cultural imagination-  rachel adams
4- bhagavad gita- translated and commentary by ac bhaktivedanta swami prabhupada
5-lord of light- roger zelazny
6- uncle's dream- dostoyevsky

7- infinite jest- david foster wallace- what the fuck?  am i left, hanging?  coulda gone for about a hundred more pages.  words fail me