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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #75 on: September 15, 2016, 05:06:14 PM »

1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen
9. 1971: Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth

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

10. Ramones at 40 - Martin Popoff

This is a beautiful book with loads of photos, but damn if it isn't a mess to read. At first I thought there were either pages missing or it was misprinted, but then I figured out (at least I think I did) that the pages were color-coded, with different stories appearing on different colored pages. Honestly it put me off wanting to finish it, but it's worth checking out for the photos alone.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #76 on: September 22, 2016, 09:56:09 AM »

1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #77 on: September 25, 2016, 09:15:32 PM »


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

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

ever since my buddy sent me his wikipedia page, i've wanted to know more about him.   i was surprised at the amount of material on him.  he has a biography entitled a man in a hurry, which is a title i wished i came up with.  as for the book itself, it was maybe a third of ed peyson weston and the rest about walking itself.  the writer annoyingly kept referencing popular culture and even said hipster.  the guy's like 60 years old.  but the information presented was well received.  kinda got me fired up about reclaiming the streets.  who's streets?  our streets!  this is extremely relevant in my neighborhood as recently the owner of a new and semi popular burger joint was hit by a car and killed a few weeks ago. 
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #78 on: September 27, 2016, 06:09:10 PM »

1.  Finding Audrey--Sophie Kinsella
2.  Watermelon--Marian Keyes
3.  The Treatment--Suzanne Young
4.  Jesse's Girl--Miranda Kenneally
5.  A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II--Peter Grose
6.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
7.  Winter Time: Memoirs of a German Sinto who Survived Auschwitz--Walter Stanoski Winter
8.  The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B--Teresa Toten
9.  The Boy in the Black Suit--Jason Reynolds
10.  Hana's Suitcase: A True Story--Karen Levine
11.  The Weight of Feathers--Anna-Marie McLemore
12.  Bone Gap--Laura Ruby
13.  Grave Secrets--Kathy Reichs
14.  Wonders of the Invisible World--Christopher Barzak
15.  Hollow City--Ransom Riggs
16.  Finding Forever--Ken Baker
17.  In the Unlikely Event--Judy Blume
18.  NYPD Red 4--James Patterson
19.  Private Paris--James Patterson
20.  X--Ilyasah Shabazz
21.  Stones on a Grave--Kathy Kacer
22.  Tapestry of Hope: Holocaust Writing for Young People--Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
23.  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--Becky Albertalli
24.  As Time Goes By--Mary Higgins Clark
25.  Because You'll Never Meet Me--Leah Thomas
26.  Children of the Slaughter:  Young People of the Holocaust--Ted Gottfried
27.  Killing Cupid--Laura Levine
28.  Everything, Everything--Nicola Yoon
29.  The Porcupine of Truth--Bill Konigsberg
30.  Conviction--Kelly Loy Gilbert
31.  15th Affair--James Patterson
32.  Fading Ads of Cincinnati--Ronny Salerno
33.  All American Boys--Jason Reynolds
34.  Troublemaker--Linda Howard
35.  Remembrance--Meg Cabot
36.  The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly--Stephanie Oakes
37.  Out of Darkness--Ashley Hope Perez
38.  Lost Along the Way--Erin Duffy
39.  The Boy at the Top of the Mountain--John Boyne
40.  The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town . . . and the World--Jan Louch
41.  We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler--Russell Freedman
42.  The Darkest Lie--Pintip Dunn
43.  Bullseye--James Patterson
44.  The Games--James Patterson
45.  Rose Under Fire--Elizabeth Wein
46.  First Comes Love--Emily Giffin
47.  Frost Line--Linda Howard
48.  Witness to the Holocaust--Azriel Eisenberg
49.  Library of Souls--Ransom Riggs
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #79 on: September 29, 2016, 08:41:44 AM »

1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #80 on: September 29, 2016, 09:52:14 AM »


27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho

that's one of those books you find at youth hostels.  i've done it
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #81 on: October 12, 2016, 09:25:56 AM »


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

16- the writer's journey:  mythic structure for writers- christopher vogler.  based on the work of human nature guru joseph campbell, this is supposed to be the seminal screenwriter's book.  makes you pay more attention to films.  interesting stuff, though if my buddy and i weren't writing a script, i doubt i'd ever read this
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #82 on: October 18, 2016, 09:40:56 AM »

1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #83 on: October 18, 2016, 09:16:52 PM »

1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen
9. 1971: Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth
10. Ramones at 40 - Martin Popoff
11. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality - Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in the early 1990s and were in a committed relationship until Arthur's death in 2013 from ALS. The men married in Maryland but found that their marriage was not recognized by the state of Ohio, meaning that when Arthur died Obergefell would have no say in the funeral plans, would have no claim to Arthur's estate and would not be listed as his husband on Arthur's death certificate. This book chronicles the story of the fight for marriage equality that started here in Cincinnati and went all the way to the Supreme Court's decision to recognize gay marriage across the land.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #84 on: November 09, 2016, 08:56:59 AM »

1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
29. "The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery" - Andrew Cartmel - I thought this book, about a  record collector (of the charity shop, crate-digging variety) who is offered a large sum of money to help a woman find a highly collectible jazz album in London, was a very fun read. I immediately fell in love with the main character (and his adorable kitties) and can't wait to read the next installment. Apparently the author was the script doctor for DOCTOR WHO for a few years - if that's your thing.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #85 on: November 09, 2016, 02:29:01 PM »


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

17- the arabian nights- translated by husain haddawy- now i understand where oscar wilde gets his humor.  very entertaining
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #86 on: November 14, 2016, 09:04:24 AM »

1. "Fangirl" - Rainbow Rowell - I think I've turned into a Rainbow Rowell fangirl. Sigh.
2. "The Overlook" - Michael Connelly - That was an abrupt ending.
3. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" - Benjamin Alire Saenz - This was a beautiful coming of age story. Didn't hurt that I listened to the audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I've enjoyed spending a week with him in my car.
4. "Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin" - William Schoell - I'm sure that there are much better biographies than this one for Dino's life. I learned a few things, but I don't think that this author interviewed many important people in Dean's life. He seemed to put more effort into the movie reviews than anything else. Even the photos were second or third tier. Ended up skimming most of the book. Meh.
5. "Clever Girl" - Tessa Hadley
6. "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" - M.C. Beaton (audiobook) - Thought I'd give this series one more go and I regret it. At least it was an audiobook.
7. "The Clasp" - Sloane Crosley
8. "The Bottoms" - Joe R. Lansdale - This is my first time reading anything by Lansdale and I'm ashamed of myself. GOOD, good stuff here. This book was "To Kill a Mockingbird" with a Stephen King twist to me.
9. "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls" - David Sedaris (audiobook) - David goes a little dark there at the end with the short essays that aren't autobiographical. I can see why this book received some harsh reviews. But, it was mostly my cup of tea.
10. "The Drop" - Michael Connelly (audiobook) - Just felt like spending some time with Harry Bosch again even though I've already read this one. Good traffic companion and traffic has been SHIT lately.
11. "Blonde Faith" - Walter Mosley - the Easy Rawlins book that comes before "Little Green". Somehow I had missed this one. Not enough Mouse.
12. "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned" - Walter Mosley (audiobook) - This is not an Easy Rawlins book. Somehow, I had never heard of this Mosley character, Socrates Fortlow. He's a complicated cat as detailed in these short stories. Loved the voice of the narrator.
13. "Modern Romance" - Aziz Ansari - Interesting and funny, though I did end up skimming some sections. Recommended to my friend who is struggling now with online dating. If you're in that boat, it's probably an encouraging read.
14. "Saint Mazie" - Jami Attenberg
“We all lose sometimes. Life’s plenty easy when you’re winning. It’s what you do when you’re down. That’s the real test.”
15. "The Crossing" - Michael Connelly - What will Harry Bosch do now that he is really retired from the LAPD? Help his half-brother, Mickey Haller, of course.
16. "Guilt by Association" - Marcia Clark - Not bad, Clark. I do hate this character's relationship with food. It was something that struck me as super annoying EVERY TIME she brought it up. A weird thing to pick as a character trait. But, the cases were interesting enough to keep me reading.
17. "My Mother Was Nuts" - Penny Marshall - A fun read. Lots of stuff I never knew!
18. "The Brightest Star in the Sky" - Marian Keyes - This was the first time I've read one of her books. But, she seems to be popping up in my FB feed and the main character in ME BEFORE YOU was reading one of her books in the movie.
19. "Necessary Lies" - Diane Chamberlain - I don't remember how I came across this book, but it was definitely interesting. Historical fiction that spins around the Eugenics program in NC in the 60s. This book got me all fired up about reproductive rights for sure.
20. "Yes, Please" - Amy Poehler (audiobook) - Special guest readers are Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, and Amy's parents. Good stuff. Never knew she was such a pot head. Loved her suggested titles for helpful books about divorce.
21. "Everybody Rise" - Stephanie Clifford - If you think of social climbing as an addiction, this might be the book for you.
22. "Two Summers" - Aimee Friedman - SLIDING DOORS for the teen set. I enjoyed it.
23. "The Passenger" - Lisa Lutz - I will always be unhappy that her newest book isn't a new Spellman book but I will always be happy that she keeps putting out any books every year or so. She's my kind of curmudgeon. I was afraid this would get to be too "Gone Girl" or "Girl on the Train" or whatever. But, she walked that fine line on the right side.
24. "Career of Evil" - Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - Better mystery in this one, but too much emphasis on the two main characters and their whole will they/won't they dynamic. I've already seen MOONLIGHTING. Just solve the cases.
25. "Wonder" - R.J. Palacio - A lovely YA read about choosing kindness. I love the world of characters that this author created.
25 1/2. "The Julian Chapter" - R.J. Palacio - Hardly worth counting if you go by number of pages. But, I love that even the bully got to tell his side of the story (even if his grandmother's story was the heart of the chapter).
26. "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" - Chris Cleave - War is a motherfucker.
27. "The Alchemist" - Paulo Coelho
28. "The Royal We" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - A re-imagining of sorts of the courtship of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge if Kate had been an American. Didn't think it would be my thing, but it is perfectly written as a smart rom-com and it was a lot of fun to read.
29. "The Vinyl Detective Mysteries - Written in Dead Wax: A Vinyl Detective Mystery" - Andrew Cartmel - I thought this book, about a  record collector (of the charity shop, crate-digging variety) who is offered a large sum of money to help a woman find a highly collectible jazz album in London, was a very fun read. I immediately fell in love with the main character (and his adorable kitties) and can't wait to read the next installment. Apparently the author was the script doctor for DOCTOR WHO for a few years - if that's your thing.
30. "Not My Father's Son: A Memoir" - Alan Cumming - I had always loved Alan's episode of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE. This memoir adds a very dramatic and moving layer to his experience during the filming of that show. Also, he's just lovely.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #87 on: November 17, 2016, 11:50:37 AM »


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

18- local anesthetic- gunter grass- what can pain drive a man to do?  a high school teacher and his dentist try to cure the world in post war berlin
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #88 on: November 18, 2016, 10:59:48 AM »

1. Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor
2. Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bims - George Herriman
3. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
4. Tit For Tat and Other Latvian Folk Tales - Retold by Mae Durham
5. Gulag to Independence: Personal Accounts of Latvian Gulag Survivors - Eugene Williams
6. Walking Since Daybreak: A Story of Eastern Europe, WWII and the Heart of Our Century - Modris Eksteins
7 The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson
8. Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music - Mark Ellen
9. 1971: Never a Dull Moment - David Hepworth
10. Ramones at 40 - Martin Popoff
11. Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality - Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell

12. Truly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty

Another choice from our book club.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #89 on: November 21, 2016, 10:21:46 AM »

1. Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
2. Lori Hope - 20 Things People With Cancer Want You To Know
3. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
4. Mindy Kaling - Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?
5. Bill Bryson - The Lost Continent
6. Katherine Dunn - Geek Love
7. Frank Herbert - Dune

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


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

Quick question: has anybody read other "Dune" books? How important is it that I read those? I felt like this one wrapped up nicely and felt like a complete story, so I am not sitting here itching to read more.
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