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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #90 on: August 21, 2014, 09:56:13 PM »

1 ● Paul Brown - The Victorian Football Miscellanany
2 ● Paul Sutton Reeves - Music in Dreamland - Bill Nelson and Be-Bop Deluxe
3 ● Brian Boone - I Love Rock'n'Roll (Except When I Hate It)
4 ● Steve Clarke - The Only Fools & Horses Story
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5 ● Caitlin Moran - How to be a Woman
6 ● John O'Farrell - An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain... Or 60 Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always

What's this CR, two books added at the same time? Well you've just been a literary reading MACHINE haven't you?
No, not quite. The O'Farrell book I started when I flew back to England following my Dad's passing in February. It took me a month to read the title, as convoluted as it is. It proved to be an entertaining history lesson, rammed with jokey asides to keep me interested. I actually finished _it_ after my more recent trip to England (to sell Dad's house), where I read Moran's hysterical take on womanhood, which leaves nothing to the imagination but leaves you giggling like a goodun. Given recent goings on in our lives it may be another 2-3 months to finish the next book, so I'll be lucky end up on 8 titles for the year.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #91 on: August 25, 2014, 11:16:05 AM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #92 on: August 26, 2014, 12:59:11 AM »

1.  The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival--Mona Golabek
2.  Gimme a Call--Sarah Mlynowski
3.  Period 8--Chris Crutcher
4.  The Truth About Forever--Sarah Dessen
5.  Steal a Pencil for Me: Love Letters from Camp Bergen-Belsen and Westerbork--Jaap Polak and Ina Soep
6.  Now I'll Tell You Everything--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
7.  First Love--James Patterson
8.  It's Kind of a Funny Story--Ned Vizzini
9.  Branded by the Pink Triangle--Ken Setterington
10.  Survivors:  True Stories of Children in the Holocaust--Allan Zullo
11.  Running Lean--Diana L. Sharples
12.  Private LA--James Patterson
13.  The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi--Neal Bascomb
14.  Just Listen--Sarah Dessen
15.  Intensely Alice--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
16.  Maggot Moon--Sally Gardner
17.  Alice in Charge--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
18.  Fifteenth Summer--Michelle Dalton
19.  Tumble and Fall--Alexandra Coutts
20.  Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir--Jenny Lawson
21.  Incredibly Alice--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
22.  Alice on Board--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
23.  I've Got You Under My Skin--Mary Higgins Clark
24.  Find Me--Romily Bernard
25.  One or Two Things I Learned About Love--Dyan Sheldon
26.  Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport--Anne Fox
27.  Midwinterblood--Marcus Sedgwick
28.  NYPD Red 2--James Patterson
29.  Poor Little Dead Girls--Lizzie Friend
30.  Four Perfect Pebbles--Lila Perl
31.  Eleanor and Park--Rainbow Rowell
32.  Returning to Shore--Corinne Demas
33.  Along for the Ride--Sarah Dessen
34.  A Past in Hiding: Memory and Survival in Nazi Germany--Mark Roseman
35.  The One and Only--Emily Giffin
36.  Trapped--Youth in the Nazi Ghettos--Ann Byers
37.  All Fall Down--Jennifer Weiner
38.  Call Me by My Name--John Ed Bradley
39.  Unlucky 13--James Patterson
40.  Invisible--James Patterson
41.  Court Confidential: Inside The World Of Tennis--Neil Harman
42.  Courageous Teen Resisters--Ann Byers
43.  Magnificent Vibration--Rick Springfield
44.  Book of Blood and Shadow--Robin Wasserman
45.  Youth Destroyed:  The Nazi Camps--Ann Byers
46.  Here and Now--Ann Brashares
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #93 on: August 26, 2014, 01:53:15 PM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #94 on: August 29, 2014, 04:21:26 PM »


1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson

14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol- when serfdom was in style in russia, a landowner would be taxed on how many serfs (souls) he had under his dominion. until the next census was drawn, a landowner would still be taxed on his deceased serfs. gogol's hero would purchase the dead souls thereby relieving the landowners of the hardship and on paper would appear to be quite prosperous. then he would mortgage his serfs for ready money.  gogol's hero, was a bit of a rogue

he finished the novel, but burned the last part, but it's been held up as complete. the version i have (which i assume is alike most of the others) has a completed version from some second rate author. anyway, it's a satire on russian nobility and which stunned me was that there was humor
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #95 on: September 05, 2014, 08:44:36 AM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani - I read this book aloud to Gwynne during our roadtrip to/from Folly Beach and we both loved it. The story sounds kind of cheesy, but she has a way of creating characters that makes you "get them" instantly. BTW - this is the first time I've ever been able to read more than two sentences in a car without getting sick. Thank you, Bonine. You have saved me life.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #96 on: September 05, 2014, 09:55:41 AM »

I'm not buying Ashley Judd in that role.  Not. At. All.  Might as well cast Jennifer Lawrence.

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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #97 on: September 05, 2014, 11:20:07 AM »

I'm not buying Ashley Judd in that role.  Not. At. All.  Might as well cast Jennifer Lawrence.
Oh Man. I didn't even realize that she had been cast in the lead role.
That's terrible casting. UGH.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #98 on: September 05, 2014, 12:59:20 PM »

1. George R.R. Martin - A Dance With Dragons
2. David Laskin - The Children's Blizzard
3. Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
4. Jane Leavy - Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

Generally speaking, when discussing the best baseball biographies ever written, this one is always in the discussion. I picked it up solely because it was available and that reason.

The first 2/3 of it reads as a very well done bio and interesting/educational, but nothing more. However, the last 1/3 of it is truly stupendous. I got goosebumps/chills at the end of one chapter and really couldn't believe some of the stuff I was reading toward the end of another. The man is truly remarkable and the book is truly remarkable.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #99 on: September 07, 2014, 11:23:09 AM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol

15.  become what you are- alan watts.  this is my buddy's guy.  he's been telling me of watts for the past 10 years.  it's intriguing.  i'm not necessarily looking towards eastern religion and or mysticism, but i'm not trying to avoid it
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #100 on: September 07, 2014, 01:07:32 PM »

 I love Big Stone Gap- I know that part of the world so well. I do not think that Ashley Judd should be the lead, though. She's too old for it, I think.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #101 on: September 15, 2014, 08:08:57 AM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #102 on: September 17, 2014, 08:32:28 AM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
21. "One Plus One" - Jojo Moyes - I thought I wouldn't even bother reading this when I looked at the description on the inside jacket. After finishing the last book while waiting around for Comcast, I figured I'd at least start reading the first few pages before returning it. Man. I devoured this book. I didn't want to love it, but I did.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #103 on: September 18, 2014, 05:52:54 PM »

1. George R.R. Martin - A Dance With Dragons
2. David Laskin - The Children's Blizzard
3. Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
4. Jane Leavy - Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
5. Mikhail Bulgakov - Heart of a Dog

I guess it was good? I found it interesting to peer into what it was like in 1925 Soviet Union. The satire and dark humor were a little lost on me, although the main point that "one could turn a dog into a bureaucrat" was explained to me by my g/f and after that I was amused I suppose.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #104 on: September 22, 2014, 09:11:43 AM »

i'll have to check that one out dan.  always in the mood for a russian novel
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