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    OFFICIAL Misc 2020 52 books in 52 weeks thread - All Kinds of Brain Gainz





    The Misc 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is back for another year!

    *What is the challenge*
    The goal is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. 1 book a week is an aggressive, but doable, pace.

    *Why is the challenge*
    To improve your brain, be entertained, and anything in between. In this digital age, reading improves focus and memory, doesn't screw with your sleep like the blue light from your TV, and if you have a library card, is totally free. Plus, once you have the habit it's a very enjoyable pastime.

    *Who is the challenge*
    The challenge is every miscer who wanted to make a better version of himself or herself. Everyone who's in this thread, trying to read a little more and set a personal best on brain power curls.

    *What if I don't want to read 52 books, can I still participate in the challenge*
    Of course! We all have different goals for physical fitness, the same is true of our mental gains. Read for pleasure, read to learn. Read 1 book or 100, you're welcome. You should probably push yourself A LITTLE, whether in amount you read or trying out a new subject matter, but do you.

    *What should I read?*
    You'll find tons of recommendations ITT, and here's a link to the 2019 thread and Time's 100 greatest Novels list to get your juices flowing.
    https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/...ime_100_Novels
    https://forum.bodybuilding.com/showt...hp?t=176593311

    *Are audiobooks reading?*
    Probably the most common question posted in LY's thread. Different people have different opinions, but if you're asking me: No. Reading is moving your eyes across a page or screen, looking at a graphic image of words. Audiobooks are not the physical act of reading. What most people are ACTUALLY asking is do audiobooks "count". I say yes - you're moving the ideas/story from the author's brain, into yours. That's the end goal of physically reading a book, accomplished by a different means. For what it's worth I avoid non-fiction audiobooks since I personally can't retain as much of the author's ideas and arguments. But I actually PREFER fiction in audio format - if you get a good narrator (Ray Porter, Bronson Pinchot, Scott Brick) the performance really pulls you in.


    *The Book brahs thread was started by Invictus. He handed me the reigns for 2020, but respect always to our founder and OG. 'Mirin.

    *Check if your local library has "Overdrive" or "Hoopla". Both are free loans of digital books - ebooks or audio, straight to your device. If you have a Kindle, Overdrive will deliver loans straight to it - GOAT way to read a lot for free.

    *Use spoiler tags to post your reading lists

    My 2019 list
    Spoiler!


    *How can I read a book a week?
    The simplest pacing method is to look at the page count of your book and commit to reading 10% a day. For an average 200 page book this is 20 pages a day. This should take 15-20 minutes for an experienced reader. 10% a day is a book every 10 days, or 36.5 books a year. Read a little more on weekends, airplanes or vacation, and you are nearly there. Otherwise, 15% of your book each day kills 54.75 books a year. You can do this.



    This is one of the friendliest, most positive threads on this board, so if you have any questions, just jump right in.


    STRONG MINDS IN STRONG BODIES, MISC. LET'S GOOO.
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    I can't do a book a week, but innnn!!!! I've read way more this past year than I had in many years so I'm pretty happy with that since it was one of my new years resolutions.

    Went through my library loan history and I read about 27 books this past year.
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    Well... I had good intentions in 2019...


    But my book count stills 0.

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    Well... I had good intentions in 2019...


    But my book count stills 0.

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    You still have 2.5 days!
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    You still have 2.5 days!
    inb4 new years eve party:

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    inb4 new years eve party:

    There's no rules as to book length, right? Find a short story. lol

    I'm reading The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz right now. It's the 4th in the Jane Hawk series. I also have to finish it fast because two other books I've been waiting for became avail almost at same time and they only give you 2 weeks. :/
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    long time lurker, first time poster. fell a bit short of 52 this year but a great year over year improvement from 20 in 2018:

    1. Siddartha
    2. The Power of the Dog
    3. The Autobiography of Gucci Mane
    4. Crazy Rich Asians
    5. China Rich Girlfriend
    6. Red Notice
    7. The Cartel
    8. The Death and Life of Bobby Z
    9. The Force
    10. Orphan X
    11. Gang Leader for a Day
    12. Underground Airlines
    13. Beartown
    14. Us Against You
    15. Buy a Bullet
    16. The Nowhere Man
    17. The Winter of Frankie Machine
    18. Satori
    19. The Border
    20. Hellbent
    21. Kitchen Confidential
    22. The Poppy War
    23. The Wheelman
    24. Out of the Dark
    25. The Dawn Patrol
    26. Artemis
    27. Gentleman's Hour
    28. Fun & Games
    29. The Dragon Republic
    30. A River in Darkness
    31. A Darker Shade of Magic
    32. Old Man's War
    33. Ghost Brigades
    34. The Last Colony
    35. A Gathering of Shadows
    36. A Conjuring of Light
    37. The Infinite Game
    38. Steelheart
    39. Firefight
    40. Sixth Man
    41. Kings of Cool
    42. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
    43. Savages
    44. Legend
    45. A Cool Breeze on the Underground
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    I think I read 12 books last year. I'm reading Cotton Tenants, 3 Families by James Agee and pics by Walker Evans. In a French translation, I was surprised to find this book in my local library. My photography teacher had told us about Agee/Evans 20 years ago and I never knew I'd ever have the chance to read him.
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    In for another year. Thanks to Mr Bourbon for taking this on.

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    1. Conn Iggulden – Khan Series 3 5/5
    2. Conn Iggulden – Khan Series 4 5/5
    3. Conn Iggulden – Khan Series 5 5/5
    4. Matthew Rozell – Things Our Fathers Saw 3/5
    5. Derek Pua – Unit 731 2.5/5
    6. Jason Anspach – ‘Til Death 3/5
    7. Ian W. Sainsbury – The World Walker 4/5
    8. Ian W. Sainsbury – The Unmaking Engine 4/5
    9. Ian W. Sainsbury – The 17th Year 4/5
    10. Ian W. Sainsbury – The Unnamed Way 3.5/5
    11. A.G. Riddle – The Atlantis Gene 3.5/5
    12. Cormac McCarthy – No Country for Old Men 5/5
    13. A. G. Riddle – The Atlantis Plague 3/5
    14. A.G. Riddle – The Atlantis World 3/5
    15. Dan Ariely – Predictably Irrational 4.5/5
    16. Yuval Harari – Sapiens 4.5/5
    17. Will Wight – Underlord 4/5
    18. Travis Bagwell – Awaken Online Dominion 4/5
    19. Anspach & Cole – Iron Wolves 4/5
    20. Nick Cole – CTRL-ALT Revolt 3/5
    21. Michael Anderle – The Zoo, Apocalypse Paused – Fight for Life and Death 3/5
    22. Steve Campbell – Hard Luck Hank Better off Dead 3/5
    23. Pyrate Cthulhu – Volume 1 3.5/5
    24. Pyrate Cthulhu – Volume 2 3.5/5
    25. Tom Strelich – Dog Logic 3.5/5
    26. Craig Alanson – Deathtrap 3/5
    27. Matthew Reilly – Great Zoo of China 3.5/5
    28. O’Connor & Chmilenko – A Mark of Kings 4/5
    29. Sara King – Fortune’s Rising 4/5
    30. Sara King – Fortune’s Folly 3/5
    31. Randall Munroe – What If? 4/5
    32. Goode & Grant – Oddjobs 4/5
    33. Philip Pullman – The Golden Compass 4.5/5
    34. Philip Pullman – The Subtle Knife 4.5/5
    35. Philip Pullman – The Amber Spyglass 4.5/5
    36. Craig Alanson – Armageddon 4/5
    37. Pierce Brown – Dark Age 4.5/5
    38. Arthur C Clarke – Rendezvous with Rama 4.5/5
    39. Arthur C Clarke – Rama II 2/5
    40. Larry Correia & Sarah Hoyt – Monster Hunters – Guardian 2.5/5
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    42. Shane Stadler – Exoskeleton: Omniscient 4/5
    43. Grieg Beck – Dark Rising 4/5
    44. Grieg Beck – This Green Hell 3.5/5
    45. Grieg Beck – The Fossil 3.5/5
    46. Brent Weeks – The Burning White Lightbringer 5 4.5/5
    47. Grieg Beck – Black Mountain 4/5
    48. Grieg Beck – Gorgon 3.5/5
    49. Larry Correia – Noir Fatale 4/5
    50. Karen Traviss – Galaxy’s Edge Best of Us 4/5
    51. Jason Hayes – Strykers War 4/5
    52. Jay Allan – Empires Ascendant 2.5/5
    53. Joe Abercrombie – A Little Hatred 4.5/5
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    Don't think I'll hit 52 as I'll be putting a lot of time into reading just for education and also working a lot, so going to read as much as I can of non-fiction/recommendations to take up free time in the evening before sleeping to try to improve my life
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    You want to start the new year off right? Pick up this book:

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    Looking forward to 2020 reading. Queue is already full; likely only about 15 to 20 books with school starting again.

    2019's book list:

    1. Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations - [5]
    2. Design of Everyday Things - [4.5]
    3. Predictably Irrational - [5]
    4. This is Marketing - [5]
    5. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking - [4.5]
    6. Feature Engineering for Machine Learning: Principles and Techniques for Data Scientists [4]
    7. Applied Predictive Modeling - [5]
    8. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - [5]
    9. Python Machine Learning Cookbook - [5]
    10. Bayesian Methods for Hackers: Probabilistic Programming and Bayesian Inference - [4]
    11. From Algorithms to Z-scores: Probabilistic and Statistical Modeling in Computer Science - [4.5]
    12. The Hundred-page Machine Learning Book - [4.5]
    13. Profit from Science: Solving Business Problems Using Data, Math, and the Scientific Process - [4.5]
    14. Hacking Growth: How Today's Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success - [4.5]
    15. Hands-On Machine Learning with R - [5]
    16. Prediction Machines - [4]
    17. The Analytics Lifecycle Toolkit - [5]
    18. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - [5]
    19. Crossing the Chasm - [4]
    20. The Art of Statistics - [5]
    21. Bigger, Leaner, Stronger - [5]
    22. I Will Teach You to be Rich - [5]
    23. R for Marketing Research and Analytics - [5]
    24. The Power of Moments - [5]
    25. Think Python - [4]
    26. Statistical Methods in Online A/B Testing - [4.5]
    27. Start at the End - [5]
    28. Machine Learning Pocket Reference - [5]
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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94
    96. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes:

    Well-written, well-rounded sci-fi book which follows Charlie Gordon, a clinically retarded man, and a mouse (Algernon) who he forms a bond with during an intelligence boosting project. Due to his thirst for knowledge in spite of his circumstances, Charlie is selected as the first human recipient of the newly developed treatment (braincelltech of peace).The effects of the treatment are very pronounced, and it profoundly impacts the lives of both man and mouse. Recommended to all.
    There was a good Spiderman-tangential comic 20 years ago called Spider Mans Tangled Web. Various writers were invited to come tell single issue or small-arc stories about characters that sort of exist in or around Spider Man's world. Of the two that I remember, the Algernon-inspired one about Rhino getting a massive intelligence boost because he was tired of Spider Man calling him stupid was hysterical.

    Edit: Just looked it up. It's called "Flowers for Rhino" by Peter Milligan.
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    Did not keep track of how many books I read this year but If i had to guess, it would definitely be less than 10.

    Aiming for 35 - 40 books this year.

    The four books I'm planning to start with are:

    1) The Need
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