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50 Books in 2020
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:35:45 AM »

1. "The Unhoneymooners" - Christina Lauren
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2020, 12:45:16 PM »

1- the golden apples- eudora welty-  i was about to pick up a faulkner when it occurred to me that it's easy pick up a book written by any white man; there's just so many of them.  so i stuck with the southern thing.  now, i picked this book up at a used bookshop in lawrence, ks (almost scored an atlas shrugged shirt but wife said i could get only one; i eschewed ayn for karamozov)

oh i hated it.  after page thirty two i pined for bill

i knew nothing about her of course.  no, i picked the book up on a whim as you might say.  i thought she was a black woman.  i've never read a book by a black woman.  no she's not black but she's a hundred percent cotton.  that's how she writes; like cotton.  delicate fabric yarns

i was a bit bummed when i opened the book and was short stories.  i don't mind short stories but i was excited about the prospect of a novel from some new southern voice.  this might as well have been a novel though; as connected (am i using a semi colon correctly?  i've been noticing them a lot when i read; and write) as they were.  as you can see, golden apples grew on me.  you intermittently, age with them and she answers questions from previous stories.  neat

i almost quit multiple times   
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2020, 09:30:35 AM »

1. Accidental Revolution - Kyle Anderson
Nice deep dive into the Seattle scene pre- and post-grunge explosion, done with humor and an obvious fondness for the subject matter.

2. Dreaming The Beatles - Rob Sheffield

I want to like Sheffield's writing but for some reason it always falls flat for me. Oh well.

3. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith

I knew nothing about this book going into it and only chose it because I wanted a vacation book and it popped up in a recommendation based on my past reading choices.

It was outstanding. Based on the true story of a serial killer in 1950s USSR, the book follows loyal and unsympathetic secret police agent Leo Demidov's transformation from a by-the-book rule follower to a man hunted by the very agency in which he had served so faithfully for so long. His crime? Daring to call the "tragic accident" of a dead child a "murder." In Stalin's Soviet Union, there is no crime, and if there is no crime, then there cannot be murder - because murder is a crime, and crime only happens in the Western world.

Excellently written and researched, the book is gripping, harrowing and dispiriting, but not without glimmers of hope. After I finished it I learned that it was written in 2008, is the first book in a trilogy about agent Demidov, and that the book has already been made into a film. I probably won't bother watching the film - can't be better than the book - but I'm quite eager to get cracking on the sequel!

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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 09:00:43 PM »

1- the golden apples- eudora welty 

2- the good soldier- ford maddox ford-  i was pulled in by the name and asked library to retrieve it for me.  i was less than thrilled when i read the jacket; and i suppose for the first time.  not keen on extramarital hijinx.  i suppose it really wasn't about adultery, was it? 

probably read it too quick.  wouldn't mind rereading it.  i thought it was funny.  kinda like kafka
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 10:30:47 AM »

1. Andrzej Sapkowski - Season of Storms

That's it! There's no more Witcher books for me to read. I'm now sad.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 01:24:09 PM »


2- the good soldier- ford maddox ford

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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 04:13:14 PM »

1. "The Unhoneymooners" - Christina Lauren
2. "The Matchmaker's List" - Sonya Lalli - Meh. I gotta stop borrowing books recommended by people who also like Jasmine Guillory. None of worked out for me so far.
3. "On the Come Up" - Angie Thomas
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2020, 09:57:41 AM »

1. Accidental Revolution - Kyle Anderson
2. Dreaming The Beatles - Rob Sheffield
3. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
4. Me - Elton John

This was a really fun read - amusing, engaging and surprisingly introspective. Elton John looks back on his life and pretty much tells it like it is. He doesn't gloss over his 16 years of coke-fueled excess or his volatile temper. Excellent book.
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Re: 50 Books in 2020
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2020, 01:38:12 PM »


4. Me - Elton John

This was a really fun read - amusing, engaging and surprisingly introspective. Elton John looks back on his life and pretty much tells it like it is. He doesn't gloss over his 16 years of coke-fueled excess or his volatile temper. Excellent book.
Thanks for the feedback on this, MK. I've seen the book at the library and my thought was "well, he's a little late with that, given that the "definitive" biopic Rocketman came out more than a year ago". Maybe I'll check it out now.
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