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c-lando

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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #135 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.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #136 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   
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luisterpaul

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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #137 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.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #138 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.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #139 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.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #140 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
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #141 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.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #142 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.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #143 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
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #144 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.
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