View Poll Results: How many books have you read for last year's challenge?

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  • 1-10

    65 31.10%
  • 11-20

    29 13.88%
  • 21-30

    21 10.05%
  • 31-40

    16 7.66%
  • 41-51

    10 4.78%
  • 52+ up to 60 (Completed Challenge)

    15 7.18%
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    10 4.78%
  • 71-80

    3 1.44%
  • 81++

    8 3.83%
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    Sup misc. I got started on this because my mom was throwing out a bunch of books and I checked the box to see if there was anything worth saving. Picked out a bunch of classic fiction books, ex. Brothers Karamazov, 1984, Farwell to Arms. Although my vocabulary and general reading ability has improved I think that fiction does not benefit you outside of that. Next year will be all non-fiction
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    1. A. Weir - The Martian 7/10
    2. John Truby - The Anatomy of a Story 10/10
    3. Nabokov - Lolita 7/10
    4. John Steinbeck - Cannery Row 8/10
    5. Philipp Roth - American Pastoral 8.5/10
    6. Fjodor Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov 10/10
    7. Stephen King - The Running Man 5.5/10
    8. Bret Easton Ellis - Imperial Bedrooms 6.5/10
    9. Oscar Wilde - The Importance of being Earnest 8/10
    10. Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon 9/10
    11. John Green - Looking for Alaska 8.5/10
    12 Katherine Paterson - Bridge to Terabithia 5/10
    13 Cormac McCarthy - Outer Dark 7/10
    14 Wolfgang Herendorf - Tschick 8/10 - A German book, I don't know if it has been translated. It's considered young adult fiction but a lot of people including my 64 year old boss and my 64 year old mother have read and thoroughly enjoyed this. The book has a lot of feels and doesn't get boring ever, it is also quite beautifully written. I can recommend this.

    I just noticed this is my first book I finished since the end of May. I moved in June so that may have something to do with it. Gonna still aim for 30, we'll see.
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    ^^ I'm in a similar position to you - I need to get back into it and meet my 25 book target by the end of the year.

    I had a similar rating for The Martian - Looking forward to seeing the movie in a couple of months. Hope they do the book justice.
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    Finished:
    1. Revival - Stephen King
    2. Food: A Love Story - Jim Gaffigan
    3. Split Second - David Baldacci
    4. 41: A Portrait of My Father - George W. Bush
    5. 47th Samurai - Stephen Hunter
    6. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
    7. Act of Treason - Vince Flynn
    8. The Dinner - Herman Koch
    9. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
    10. Cycle of the Werewolf - Stephen King
    11. Dead Watch - John Sandford
    12. The Martian - Andy Weir
    13. The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene
    14. The Key to Rebecca - Ken Follett
    15. Takedown - Brad Thor
    16. The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
    17. Void Moon - Michael Connelly
    18. The Testament - John Grisham
    19. Field of Prey - John Sandford
    20. Running With the Buffaloes - Chris Lear
    21. Thereby Hangs a Tail - Spencer Quinn
    22. Hour Game - David Baldacci
    23. Altar of Eden - James Rollins
    24. Atlantis Found - Clive Cussler
    25. Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey
    26. Finders Keepers - Stephen King
    27. Protect and Defend - Vince Flynn
    28. The English Spy - Daniel Silva
    29. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    30. Gathering Prey - John Sandford
    31. The Man From St. Petersburg - Ken Follett

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    32. The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan

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    1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values - Pirsig, Robert M. - meh/10
    2. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto - Klosterman, Chuck - 8/10
    3. The Jungle - Sinclair, Upton - 10/10
    4. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Lewis, Michael - 10/10
    5. Kafka on the Shore - Murakami, Haruki - mind raped/10
    6. Food: A Love Story - Gaffigan, Jim - 8/10
    7. The Martian - Weir, Andy - 8/10
    8. Dune - Herbert, Frank - meh/10
    9. A Wild Sheep Chase - Murakami, Haruki - 6.5/10
    10. Dance, Dance, Dance - Murakami, Haruki - 7/10
    11. After Dark - Murakami, Haruki - 5/10
    12. How Music Works - Byrne, David - 8.5/10
    13. After the Quake - Murakami, Haruki - 6/10
    14. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty - Acemoğlu, Daron - 8/10
    15. The Fast Diet: The Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer - Mosley, Michael -8/10
    16. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Murakami, Haruki - 6/10
    17. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - Lewis, Michael - 10/10
    18. Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck, John - 6/10
    19. Ishmael - Quinn, Daniel - 7/10
    20. All the Pretty Horses - McCarthy, Cormac - 7/10
    21. Think Like a Freak - Levitt, Steven D. - 7/10
    22. The Metamorphosis - Kafka, Franz -7/10
    23. The Elephant Vanishes - Murakami, Haruki - 6/10
    24. The Crossing - McCarthy, Cormac - 6/10

    The Crossing is book #2 of his "border" trilogy, that takes place around the us/mexico border. This one also takes place around the beginning of WWII. A kid (and his brother) cross into Mexico for various reasons 3 times throughout the book, and events unfold. Somewhat of a "destiny vs fate" book, good read. There's a decent amount of untranslated spanish in it; you can somewhat understand it from the concept, but might help to know some. Doesn't take away from the book, would recommend. Also a "coming of age" story, not a McCarthy world apocalypse book that he's known for i guess.

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    1. Protagoras - Plato
    2. Meno - Plato
    3. Gorgias - Plato
    4. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir
    6. The Symposium - Plato
    7. Christianity and the Hellenistic World - Dr. Ronald Nash
    8. Laudato Si - Pope Francis
    9. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx/Fredrich Engels
    - I wanted to get a better understanding from the horses mouth on the tenets of communism and how it's effecting our lives today. It is obvious to see the impact that is being made by radicals in power working to employ Marxist ideology after reading this book.

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    [QUOTE=patientpredator;1370988371]
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    1. The Death Cure - James Dashner
    2. The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien
    3. The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R Tolkien
    4. The Two Towers - J.R.R Tolkien
    5. The Return of the King - J.R.R Tolkien
    6. A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
    7. The Martian - Andy Weir
    8. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    9. Choose Your Own Autobiography - Neil Patrick Harris
    10. Magician - Raymond E Feist
    11. Silverthorn - Raymond E Feist
    12. A Darkness at Sethanon - Raymond E Feist

    Loved the entire series. Going to read the empire trilogy when uni is done. Not sure what I'll read next. Probably something I can casually read through the semester, just a couple pages here and there when I find time.

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    1. The 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss (7/10)
    2. Wizard and Glass - Stephen King (9/10)
    3. Wolves of the Calla - Stephen King (5.5/10)
    4. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (8.5/10)
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir (6.5/10)1. The 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss (7/10)
    6. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (8.5/10)
    7. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain (9.5/10)
    8. Stoner - John Williams (9.5/10)
    9. Song of Susannah - Stephen King (6/10)
    10. The Dark Tower - Stephen King (8/10)
    11. My Struggle 1 - Karl Ove Knausgaard (9.5/10)
    12. Shyness and Dignity - Dag Solstad (9/10)
    13. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss (7.5/10)
    14. Dune - Frank Herbert (9/10)
    15. The Ice Palace - Tarjei Vesaas (10/10)
    16. Encirclement - Carl Frode Tiller (5/10)
    17. My Struggle 2 - Karl Ove Knausgaard (10/10)
    18. Blood on Snow - Jo Nesbo (6.5/10)
    19. Foundation - Isaac Asimov (8/10)
    20. On Writing - Stephen King (9.5/10)
    21. Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut (10/10)


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    The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
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    1. Aping Mankind
    2. How the laws of physics lie
    3. The spell of the senuous
    4. Out of your heads—why you are not your brain
    5. The emergent self
    6. The one and the many
    7. Reinventing the sacred
    8. He who is- a study in traditional theism
    9. Being and some philosophers
    10. God and the cosmologists
    11. Real essentialism
    12. The Quantum Enigma
    13. Philosophy of Being- Blanchette
    14. Alien phenomenology
    15. The Phenomenon of Life
    16. A metaphysics for scientific realism
    17. Information and the nature of reality
    18. Brainwashed the appeal of mindless neuroscience
    19. Cosmos and Transcendence
    20. The Saviour of Science
    21. Embodied Cognition-Shapiro
    22. Powers-George Molnar
    23. The Symbolic Species
    24. The deep structure of biology
    25. The phenomenological mind
    26. Humes abject failure
    27. Is god a moral monster?
    28. Reinventing physics from the bottom down
    29. Free- Alfred Mele
    30. Evolution a 21st century perspective
    31. Metaphysics of science
    32. The four category ontology
    33. Third Window-Ulanowicz
    34. Best Argument Against God-Oppy
    35. Neither Brain or Ghost- Teed Rockwell
    36. Structure and Being
    37. Metaphors we live by
    38. Michelangelos Finger
    39. A Neural Basis for Freewill
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    1. Protagoras - Plato
    2. Meno - Plato
    3. Gorgias - Plato
    4. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir
    6. The Symposium - Plato
    7. Christianity and the Hellenistic World - Dr. Ronald Nash
    8. Laudato Si - Pope Francis
    9. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx/Fredrich Engels
    - I wanted to get a better understanding from the horses mouth on the tenets of communism and how it's effecting our lives today. It is obvious to see the impact that is being made by radicals in power working to employ Marxist ideology after reading this book.


    1. Protagoras - Plato
    2. Meno - Plato
    3. Gorgias - Plato
    4. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir
    6. The Symposium - Plato
    7. Christianity and the Hellenistic World - Dr. Ronald Nash
    8. Laudato Si - Pope Francis
    9. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx/Fredrich Engels
    10. Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky

    I've been doing some reading on the strategies of the far left, the cultural Marxist movements, their core ideology of what they're working towards, and the tactics they use to implement. This led me to find and read about Saul Alinsky. The best way to describe his book is through this, "The Prince is for when you have power and how to keep it, Alinsky's Rules for Radicals is how to get it".

    There is no doubt in my mind that Alinsky was a communist that wanted to subvert authority to instill his far left views. What stuck me though, is there seemed to be a respectful admiration for Christianity - not because of its beliefs, but because of the way it was able to organize and conquer. He respects the power that Christianity holds, not Christianity itself.

    What is interesting about this book, is that there are 12 tactics that are outlined, and you can see those very tactics played out by today's leftist politicians such as Obama and Clinton. In fact, Obama is a protg of a mentor of Alinsky's, and Clinton corresponded with Alinsky. It is no surprise to see his amoral tactics played out. Everything from repeating a lie enough times, to make the public think it's true; to keeping constant pressure on your enemy.

    Further, Alinsky outlines the way to take true power in America is by taking control of the corporations. His plan is to control a corporations by making it have a social policy and using it's power and wealth to make changes within society. You can already see this being done today. Further, the Frank-Dodd act was going to give more power for leftist to do this and it was championed by the AFL-CIO labor unions. However, the key to defeating this is for the right to mobilize and strike first. The right has to beat them to the punch or at the very least legislate this stuff away.

    I'm going to continue on with my study of power tactics that are being used by the left by re-reading The Prince next.

    Just to highlight the evils that Alinsky had, and his power at all costs, here is a quote directly from the dedication of his book:

    Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom Lucifer.

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    10. Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky
    Very interesting....going to have to take a look at this. Thank you for the review.
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    1) Locked On - Tom Clancy (1/2/15)
    2) First Blood - David Morrell (1/6/15)
    3) The Martian - Andy Weir (1/18/15)
    4) Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer - Jamie Smith (1/19/15)
    5) Threat Vector - Tom Clancy/Mark Greaney (1/27/15)
    6) The Lost City of Z - David Grann (2/1/15)
    7) No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL - Mark Owen (2/27/15)
    8) The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien (3/16/15)
    9) In Times Like These - Nathan Van Coops (3/25/15)
    10) The Big Short - Michael Lewis (4/3/15)
    11) Minecraft - Daniel Goldberg (4/15/15)
    12) Brian's Winter - Gary Paulsen (4/23/15)
    13) Dogsong - Gary Paulsen (4/28/15)
    14) The Rules - The Velominati (5/10/15)
    15) Writing Fiction - Janet Burroway (5/10/15)
    16) Zero to Sixty - Gary Paulsen (5/14/15)
    17) The 12-Week Triathlete - Tom Holland (5/24/15)
    18) 23 Days in July - John Wilcockson (5/30/15)
    19) 14 - Peter Clines (6/3/15)
    20) Cycle of Lies - Juliet Macur (6/8/15)
    21) Darth Plagueis - James Luceno (6/11/15)
    22) Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman (6/12/15)
    23) Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (6/19/15)
    24) Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson (7/3/15)
    25) Think Like a Freak - Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (7/8/15)
    26) The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson (7/12/15)
    27) The Way of the SEAL - Mark Divine (7/14/15)
    28) The Cyclist's Training Bible - Joe Friel (7/17/15)
    29) Armada - Ernest Cline (7/29/15)
    30) Signal - Patrick Lee (8/8/15)
    31) Distance Cycling - John Hughes & Dan Kehlenbach (8/8/15)

    Always love Patrick Lee books.

    Armada was a bit of a let down. I know some people didn't like Ready Player One but I loved it. But Armada was really meh.
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    Am I late for this? Must I start this on January 1st?

    And, if anyone knows, if books improve your vocabulary and being more articulate, does the language of the book matter? What I mean is, is it the same if I read books in my home language or a foreign one(that I understand too, ofc).

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    Originally Posted by canyadoit View Post
    Am I late for this? Must I start this on January 1st?

    And, if anyone knows, if books improve your vocabulary and being more articulate, does the language of the book matter? What I mean is, is it the same if I read books in my home language or a foreign one(that I understand too, ofc).
    You can always start now. You can still read like 22 books this year. Language doesn't matter, What's important is for you to read.

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    I don't think I'm going to make 52 this year. I've been stuck on Stephen King's Firestarter for about 3 weeks now. It's a good book, but it's just not a page turner. Been lucky to read 5% a day before dozing off. I'm going to try to read the last 10% today and start hitting some books I hopefully can't put down.

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    Originally Posted by canyadoit View Post
    Am I late for this? Must I start this on January 1st?

    And, if anyone knows, if books improve your vocabulary and being more articulate, does the language of the book matter? What I mean is, is it the same if I read books in my home language or a foreign one(that I understand too, ofc).
    It's never too late to start reading brah. When I first joined this challenge I was a couple of months behind and I simply changed the end-date to a year after I started rather than the end-date ITT

    Language does indeed matter and that for several reasons. What language you choose to read in is going to affect the books you choose because of, for example, the absence of translations, what level you are within that specific language, what kind of books have been produced in your language (non-translated works) and so on. This in itself is going to make an impact on what kind of vocabulary you are learning and how much vocabulary you are learning; if you are highly fluent in a language, the amount of new words you learn from any given book is going to be significantly less than if you were merely intermediate.

    To me though, reading is about learning and just as the kind of books you want to read is a choice dependent on what you actually want to learn, so the language you read in is as well.
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    Originally Posted by canyadoit View Post
    Am I late for this? Must I start this on January 1st?

    And, if anyone knows, if books improve your vocabulary and being more articulate, does the language of the book matter? What I mean is, is it the same if I read books in my home language or a foreign one(that I understand too, ofc).
    Never "too late" to start reading, don't get caught up in the 52 book concept (although that is the purpose of this thread), value extraction>>>.

    Your language will improve and learning other languages will definitely allow you to think in a new way, but it is always best to practice and read the language you're directly trying to improve.
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    1. Protagoras - Plato
    2. Meno - Plato
    3. Gorgias - Plato
    4. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir
    6. The Symposium - Plato
    7. Christianity and the Hellenistic World - Dr. Ronald Nash
    8. Laudato Si - Pope Francis
    9. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx/Fredrich Engels
    10. Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky

    I've been doing some reading on the strategies of the far left, the cultural Marxist movements, their core ideology of what they're working towards, and the tactics they use to implement. This led me to find and read about Saul Alinsky. The best way to describe his book is through this, "The Prince is for when you have power and how to keep it, Alinsky's Rules for Radicals is how to get it".

    There is no doubt in my mind that Alinsky was a communist that wanted to subvert authority to instill his far left views. What stuck me though, is there seemed to be a respectful admiration for Christianity - not because of its beliefs, but because of the way it was able to organize and conquer. He respects the power that Christianity holds, not Christianity itself.

    What is interesting about this book, is that there are 12 tactics that are outlined, and you can see those very tactics played out by today's leftist politicians such as Obama and Clinton. In fact, Obama is a protg of a mentor of Alinsky's, and Clinton corresponded with Alinsky. It is no surprise to see his amoral tactics played out. Everything from repeating a lie enough times, to make the public think it's true; to keeping constant pressure on your enemy.

    Further, Alinsky outlines the way to take true power in America is by taking control of the corporations. His plan is to control a corporations by making it have a social policy and using it's power and wealth to make changes within society. You can already see this being done today. Further, the Frank-Dodd act was going to give more power for leftist to do this and it was championed by the AFL-CIO labor unions. However, the key to defeating this is for the right to mobilize and strike first. The right has to beat them to the punch or at the very least legislate this stuff away.

    I'm going to continue on with my study of power tactics that are being used by the left by re-reading The Prince next.

    Just to highlight the evils that Alinsky had, and his power at all costs, here is a quote directly from the dedication of his book:


    1. Protagoras - Plato
    2. Meno - Plato
    3. Gorgias - Plato
    4. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir
    6. The Symposium - Plato
    7. Christianity and the Hellenistic World - Dr. Ronald Nash
    8. Laudato Si - Pope Francis
    9. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx/Fredrich Engels
    10. Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky
    11. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli


    Continuing on with my study of Real Politik, and the use of such power in modern day government, I thought it prudent to re-read The Prince.

    The book is a complete amoral guide, if not immoral, on statecraft. From the earliest pages, you see the brutality that is advocated for when a prince gains power to not only kill the king, but his entire lineage. This is definitely reminiscent of the infanticide that is seen by gorillas when the previous alpha male is usurped.

    Machiavelli holds no bars when it comes to gaining power: manipulation, brutality, lying, are tools in order to take and hold power. You can see some of the same tactics used today in government, in particular the use of diviseness of the population. Another point famously made is whether it is better for a leader to be feared or loved. Machiavelli makes it clear that it is better for that leader to be feared, as it naturally instills respect and lessens the chance for an uprising.

    I didn't take note as I should have while reading it. I'll probably read this book again in another year, and take some more thorough notes to create a better outline.

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    For my own mental storage, here are the books I've read (or mostly listened to via Audiobook) this year:

    Four Hour Chef (first half is great if you want to learn how to learn, 2nd half if you actually want to cook)
    Four Hour Work Week (LOVED this book, the resources alone make it worth it)
    80/20 Sales And Marketing (80/20=GOD)
    80/20 Living (1st half is good, 2nd half=take care of your relationships)
    80/20 Principle (See above)
    Pitch Anything (Good info, although a bit long)
    Compound Effect (Motivational, although info can be summed up as progressively overload your life)
    Slight Edge (See Above)
    E-Myth (Very good stuff, although long relative to how useful the info really was)
    Blue Ocean Strategy (Good info, although a bit too long with the stories)
    Top 10 Distinctions Between Middle Class And Wealthy (TRUTH, that is all)

    Decent amount of actual cover to cover (or full listen) books, probably have heard 500+ summaries (100+ Ebooks, some of them are hella small though), will be getting a membership at some other cliffnote type website besides TBS for more business/leadership/communication/psychology books.
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    32) Astronomy for Dummies - Stephen Maran (8/9/15)
    33) God? A debate between a Christian and an Atheist - William Lane Craig & Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (8/9/15)

    Once again a science book makes me think about religion in a deeper way than a book about religion.

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    1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values - Pirsig, Robert M. - meh/10
    2. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto - Klosterman, Chuck - 8/10
    3. The Jungle - Sinclair, Upton - 10/10
    4. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Lewis, Michael - 10/10
    5. Kafka on the Shore - Murakami, Haruki - mind raped/10
    6. Food: A Love Story - Gaffigan, Jim - 8/10
    7. The Martian - Weir, Andy - 8/10
    8. Dune - Herbert, Frank - meh/10
    9. A Wild Sheep Chase - Murakami, Haruki - 6.5/10
    10. Dance, Dance, Dance - Murakami, Haruki - 7/10
    11. After Dark - Murakami, Haruki - 5/10
    12. How Music Works - Byrne, David - 8.5/10
    13. After the Quake - Murakami, Haruki - 6/10
    14. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty - Acemoğlu, Daron - 8/10
    15. The Fast Diet: The Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer - Mosley, Michael -8/10
    16. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Murakami, Haruki - 6/10
    17. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - Lewis, Michael - 10/10
    18. Of Mice and Men - Steinbeck, John - 6/10
    19. Ishmael - Quinn, Daniel - 7/10
    20. All the Pretty Horses - McCarthy, Cormac - 7/10
    21. Think Like a Freak - Levitt, Steven D. - 7/10
    22. The Metamorphosis - Kafka, Franz -7/10
    23. The Elephant Vanishes - Murakami, Haruki - 6/10
    24. The Crossing - McCarthy, Cormac - 6/10
    25. Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy, #3) - McCarthy, Cormac - 6/10

    Cities of the plain is the Final book in the Border Trilogy. The main character from all the pretty horses and the crossing get together, go to mexico, and as per usual, get rekt. Wont spoil too much, but the whole "destiny vs fate" theme and "coming of age" repeats itself. Once again, good read, gets a little philosophical/precious at times, but not too bad.

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    26. Firestarter, Stephen King, 4/5

    For anybody who has seen the movie; the movie follows the book closely up until about the last 1/3 of the book.

    Currently reading Under the Dome by Stephen King. Fuk me - didn't realize the book was 1000 pages before I started. It's very good so far, though.

    Also trying to read Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The book is a little too British for me (no hate), but I plan on finishing it anyway.

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    1. Noam Chomsky - Neoliberalsim
    2. Umbeto Eco - Collected Essays
    3. Francois Lyotard - The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
    4. Joseph Conrad - Victory
    5. Robert E. Howard - The Black Circle
    6. Marquis De Sade - Justine, or Good Conduct Well-Chastised
    7. Marquis De Sade - Juliette, or Vice Amply Rewarded
    8. Marquis de Sade - Philosophy in The Bedroom
    9. George Orwell - Animal Farm
    10. George Orwell - 1984
    11. R. A. Salavatore - Night of the Hunter
    12. George R. R. Martin - Tales of Dunk and Egg
    13. Konrad Paul Liessmann - Theorie der Halbbildung
    14. Japanese Ghost Stories
    15. Tin B Cailnge
    16. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing - Nathan the Wise
    17. The Black Book(The Holy text Yazidi Kurds, before IS wipes them off this planet)
    18. E.T.A. Hoffmann - The Golden Pot
    19. Jonathan Stroud - Bartimaeus 1
    20. Jonathan Stroud - Bartimaeus 2
    21. Jonathan Stroud - Bartimaeus 3
    22. Friedrich Nietzsche - Ecce Homo
    23. Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Dancing Men
    24. H.P. Lovecraft - The Color from Space
    25. J.D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye
    26. Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy
    27. Douglas Adams - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
    28. Douglas Adams - So long and thanks for the Fish
    29. Stephen Hawking - The Universe in a Nutshell
    30. Paul Watzlawik - Anleitung zum Unglclichsein("Guide to Unhappiness")
    31. Anton Delavey - Satanic Bible


    Not finished only read parts: One Thousand and One Nights, the Quran

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    1. Protagoras - Plato
    2. Meno - Plato
    3. Gorgias - Plato
    4. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir
    6. The Symposium - Plato
    7. Christianity and the Hellenistic World - Dr. Ronald Nash
    8. Laudato Si - Pope Francis
    9. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx/Fredrich Engels
    10. Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky
    11. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli


    Continuing on with my study of Real Politik, and the use of such power in modern day government, I thought it prudent to re-read The Prince.

    The book is a complete amoral guide, if not immoral, on statecraft. From the earliest pages, you see the brutality that is advocated for when a prince gains power to not only kill the king, but his entire lineage. This is definitely reminiscent of the infanticide that is seen by gorillas when the previous alpha male is usurped.

    Machiavelli holds no bars when it comes to gaining power: manipulation, brutality, lying, are tools in order to take and hold power. You can see some of the same tactics used today in government, in particular the use of diviseness of the population. Another point famously made is whether it is better for a leader to be feared or loved. Machiavelli makes it clear that it is better for that leader to be feared, as it naturally instills respect and lessens the chance for an uprising.

    I didn't take note as I should have while reading it. I'll probably read this book again in another year, and take some more thorough notes to create a better outline.

    1. Protagoras - Plato
    2. Meno - Plato
    3. Gorgias - Plato
    4. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    5. The Martian - Andy Weir
    6. The Symposium - Plato
    7. Christianity and the Hellenistic World - Dr. Ronald Nash
    8. Laudato Si - Pope Francis
    9. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx/Fredrich Engels
    10. Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky
    11. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
    12. Critical Theory A very short introduction - Stephen Bronner


    Instead of posting a lengthy review, here are some of the note that I took. I can only regard Critical Theory as a joke, especially with it's attack against science because it gives objective answers.

    1. Beliefs
    a. Core belief:
    i. Individualism
    1) They feel that if someone is bound to anything that they cannot truly be free
    2) The best life contests every currently alienated moment of the totality. It projects a unity between subjects and object that turns the world into an experiment for the most diverse practices of individuality

    b. Secondary beliefs:
    i. Freedom from institutions because if tied to an institution then that person cannot truly be free, by not allowing their individuality to be expressed
    1) Institutions: Family, sexuality, and education
    a) Apply critical theory to these institutions to "reconfigure" them
    2) Felt conformity by an institution is bad and that it undermines autonomy
    ii. Alienation by being exploited by institutions
    1) Inability to grasp history and subject them to human control
    2) Eliminating private property is only a stepping stone in controlling history]
    3) Alienation stemmed using Hegel's thought
    a) That we are unhappy because we have moved away from what it means to be human (whatever that means in their view), and as such we can control our present and future because it is out of our conscious control
    i) Need to be conscious of our history in order to control it
    b) Says that the burgeousie class have an interest in preventing this conscious from coming about.
    i) Want their slaves to be dependent upon them and to enforce this ideology
    iii. Reification by being objectified by institutions
    iv. "Human emancipation"
    1) Contest the "hegemony"
    2) Clarify the point that needs to be in order to make transformative changes in society
    v. Utopian ideals
    1) No statuses or power
    2) New forms of solidarity
    a) What does that mean?
    3) Feedom
    4) Non-instrumental treatment of nature
    a) Aka anti-science
    c. Capitalism
    i. Causes alienation in modern life
    ii. Causes fragmentation of life and human relations breaking down
    iii. Opposed also because it had individuals treat each other as competitors and a means to an end
    d. Marx's old papers
    i. Used to ground their ideology to marxism
    ii. Unpublished papers
    e. Imperialism, militarism, economic exploitation, partriarchial family structures, religious dogmatism, false needs driven by consumernism are all deemed irrrational
    i. Denial of all these things are considered an utopia
    ii. Only liberated individuals can bring about a liberated society


    3. Methods
    a. Emotional Appeals
    i. Saw as the source of resistance from hegemony
    b. Reinterpret History
    i. Looking back in history to take a bunch of empirical facts that "illuminate a particular theme", for which the readers cant hen "provide ever-changing connections and interpretations"
    ii. Use quotations with no context in history to produce a "transcendent narrative" that moves to the readers desires
    iii. Every story is open to interpretation and the interpretation to reinterpretation
    c. Apply leftists beliefs into science, education, and politics
    i. Don't want society to be analyzed by the natural sciences
    d. Take an interest in and analyze everything to do with mass media, the state, sexuality, and philosophy
    i. Then engage in "ruthless critique of everything existing"
    e. Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, and Deconstructionism are treated as "expressions" of critical theory
    i. Tools utilized in journals for subjects such as anthropology, religion, film, linguistics, and political science
    f. Recast socialism as a form of humanism
    g. Art
    i. Not to use art to depict the wrongs of society, or to use it show how things "should" be
    ii. Use art to bring out the "utopian longings" of the audience
    h. Emphasize religious roots of communism
    i. Gave way to liberation theology
    i. Use of culture
    i. If social change can't be done politcally , then cultural criticism is the only path to take
    ii. The issue is not the political content but the form in which it's expressed, the medium is the message

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