View Poll Results: How many books have you completed in the year 2017?

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  • 0

    13 6.67%
  • 1-10

    83 42.56%
  • 11-20

    36 18.46%
  • 21-30

    23 11.79%
  • 31-40

    12 6.15%
  • 41-51

    6 3.08%
  • 52-60 -- Misc 52 books in 52 weeks club (2017)

    5 2.56%
  • 61-70

    3 1.54%
  • 71-80

    1 0.51%
  • 80+

    13 6.67%
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    I finished The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski (4.5/5wouldreadagain) last night, and thus the story I have truly loved to read has come to an end. There is a newly translated collection of short stories out now, but those stories all take place before this 5 book arc.
    Quick review: The beginning sucks, it just feels completely wrong for the series. The middle is taaaaaaaaasty, lots of action and a fulfilling intersection of the plot lines from the previous books. The last 20 pages are pretty meh, and while I want to justify them, this series deserved better. And finally, the last 3 pages bring the story back to the miserable beginning of the book, creating a wonderful fantasy sandwich wrapped in moldy gluten free bread.

    I know it sounds like a mixed bag, but this book was an excellent conclusion to the series. Most of the problems that have come up were improved, resolved, or made into worthwhile character development. The biggest improvement is finally writing the critical scenes clearly enough that I didn't have to go back and re-read entire sections to figure out what happened. All previous major confrontations and reveals read like IKEA instructions (Read from beginning to end to see the whole picture, then go back and figure out how it's all put together). Not anymore! I completely understand why everyone feels let down by the ending of this book, but all through the story I wanted to see different paths and development. I have a romanticized version of the story in my head, but I love the author's version that he published. Please give this series a shot before the Netflix show comes out so you can say you liked it way before yada yada yada.

    Next up: Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Jennifer Graham and Rob Thomas - My wife got me into the show Veronica Mars a few years ago, and I realized I never read the second follow up book. Co-written by the show's creator, the books feel just like the noir-ish episodes. Should be fun and quick to read while I wait for a book I ordered to be delivered.

    2018 Reading List
    #1 Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman 3.99/5
    #2 Blood of Elves (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski- 4.5/5
    #3 Armada by Ernest Cline - 5/5
    #4 The Time of Contempt (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski 4.5/5
    #5 Baptism of Fire (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski 4.5/5
    #6 The Tower of Swallows (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski 4.5/5
    #7 Battle Royale by Koushin Takami 4/5
    #8 Doughnut by Tom Holt 2/5
    #9 Bird Box by Josh Malerman 4.5/5
    #10 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 3/5
    #11 High Rise by J.G. Ballard 4/5
    #12 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 5/5 (3rd time through, I love this book, come at me nay sayers)
    #13 If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell 5/5
    #14 The Kind One by Tom Epperson 3.5/5
    #15 The Lady of the Lake (The Witcher Series) by Andrzej Sapkowski 4.5/5

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    Any recommendations for Amazon unlimited? Got the 3 month trial for $1/month

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    Originally Posted by Avalanche3319 View Post
    My man. Thoughts on Mans Search for Meaning?
    Very happy I finally read this book, easy 5/5 for me. I was expecting to rate this a 6/5, which to me means a book that actually expands your definition of what books can be: a book that surpasses your notion of how much value a book can have.

    I think the only reason I didn't have my mind obliterated by it is because I've picked up many of his ideas from other stuff I've read. But, this is a classic for a reason, so if I hadn't read any of the derivative stuff before I read this, it would have hit me even harder.

    Part 1 of the book was incredible. You?
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Very happy I finally read this book, easy 5/5 for me. I was expecting to rate this a 6/5, which to me means a book that actually expands your definition of what books can be: a book that surpasses your notion of how much value a book can have.

    I think the only reason I didn't have my mind obliterated by it is because I've picked up many of his ideas from other stuff I've read. But, this is a classic for a reason, so if I hadn't read any of the derivative stuff before I read this, it would have hit me even harder.

    Part 1 of the book was incredible. You?
    I'd agree with all that. Amazing book overall. His experiences in the concentration camp, and the attitude he maintained during were definitely more profound to me than his psychological theories in the second half. Its kind of comparing apples to oranges, but since I'm reading 12 Rules for Life right now, I'd say the depth Peterson goes into with his principles and the thought development he brings is making it more of a "mind-blowing" book to me. I'd recommend MSfM to everyone, but particularly to anyone in a bad place in life and needing some perspective/inspiration. Already having that foundation (for me) Peterson's book is acting as a great remodel/expansion project to the ol' mental house. I know he's not for everyone, but safe to say I'm becoming a fanboy.
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    Originally Posted by .aeterna View Post
    Any recommendations for Amazon unlimited? Got the 3 month trial for $1/month
    Have a look at:

    Fiction:

    The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
    The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow
    Disgrace by J.M Coetzee

    Non-fiction:

    Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate

    And see which ones fit your taste/interests the most. All easy 8+/10 reads IMO

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    Any recommendations for Amazon unlimited? Got the 3 month trial for $1/month
    Haven't read it, but I believe the Wool series is available.

    They used to have a lot of Blake Crouch available, but not sure now that he has contracts with big publishers.

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    1. The Nowhere Man - Gregg Hurwitz (8.5/10)
    2. The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story - Michael Lewis (7.75/10)
    3. The Partner - John Grisham (7.5)
    4. Drop Shot - Harlan Coben (7.5)
    5. Kill Creek - Thomas Scott (7/10)
    6. Hell Bent - Gregg Hurwitz (8.5/10)
    7. Bird Box -Josh Malerman (7.5/10)
    8. The Broker - John Grisham (7/10)
    9. Red Rising - Pierce Brown (7/10)
    10. Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble - Dan Lyons (8.5/10)
    11. The Hidden Oracle- Rick Riordan (6/10)
    12. Fade Away - Harlan Coben (8/10)
    13. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell (6.5/10)
    14. The Survivor - Gregg Hurwitz (8/10)
    15. Cumulus - Eliot Peper (7/10)
    16. Bandwidth - Eliot Peper (6/10)
    17. Losers: The Road to Everywhere but the White House - Michael Lewis (7/10)
    18. The Runaway Jury - John Grisham (8/10)
    19. The Confessor - Daniel Silva (7/10)
    20. Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World - Brad Stone (7/10)
    21. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (7.25/10)
    22. Promise Me, Dad - Joe Biden (7.5/10)
    23. Back Spin - Harlan Coben (7.5/10)
    24. The Tower - Gregg Hurwitz (7.5/10)
    25. Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - Daniel Lyons (6/10)
    26. Camino Island - John Grisham (8.5/10)
    27. Rules of Prey - John Sandford (6.5/10)
    28. Shoe Dog - Phil Knight (9/10)
    29. The Woods - Harlan Coben (7/10)
    30. Startup - Doree Shafrir (DNR)
    31. A Painted House - John Grisham (8.5/10): Not the typical Grisham legal novel. He does continue with the deep south setting, but this story written through the eyes of a 7-year old boy (but in adult style) during cotton harvesting season. It details the day-to-day struggles of farmers and the live that accompanies agriculture. There's no big climax, but instead just a detailed account of life with a few small subplots. You wouldnt think it was that interesting by my review, but it was very enjoyable. The insight into the lifestyle and culture is very interesting and the characters, especially the 7-year old narrator, are extremely sympathetic.

    Up Next:
    1. All the Light we Cannot See - Anthony Doerr: My neighbor raved about the book and gave me a copy to read. Not quite sure I'm the in the book's target audience, but what the hell...I've seen positive reviews everywhere, so its worth a shot.
    2. One False Move - Harlan Coben
    3. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch (re-read)

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    Saw this on reddit. All the books Elon Musk has ever recommended on Twitter.


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    Read so far:
    1. Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising-------------------Perry Marshall
    2. 80/20 Sales and Marketing---------------------------------Perry Marshall
    3. Dotcom Secrets---------------------------------------------Russell Brunson
    4. Cashvertising------------------------------------------------Drew Eric Whitman
    5. The Art of the Deal------------------------------------------Donald Trump
    6. The Boron Letters-------------------------------------------Gary Halbert
    7. How to Write Copy That Sells------------------------------ Ray Edwards
    8. Think Big Make It Happen In Business And Life----------Donald Trump

    Just finished Think Big Make It Happen In Business And Life by Trump. It's probably my favorite book I've read so far. Trump lays out the code he lives by, and that made him so successful in business and life. Usually I'm turned off by books that are 'motivational' business type books, but this was more like a deep dive into his personality and inner thoughts. Almost all the advice he gave in the process of explaining how he thinks was very very good advice. I definitely recommend it to anyone that has an interest in self-development or business. In a way it's also the perfect book for a kid to read, because it's all about thinking big, working hard, and never giving up. I found this book much more interesting/enjoyable than Art of the Deal. Very underrated.


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    1. 1984 by George Orwell (8/10 )
    2. The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey (9/10)
    3. The Rustlers of West Fork by Louis L'Amour (8.5/10)
    4. L Ron Hubbard presents Writers of the Future Vol. 33 (7.5/10)

    Short review: Writers of the Future Vol. 33
    Twenty authors with illustrations by another eight. My first endeavour into Sci-Fi and Fantasy on the level of reading so many authors in a single book. Not that sci-fi/fantasy is a main theme for my reading enjoyment, this book was overkill. A few (very few) stories kept my attention. Others were okay. I will give credit to each author for thoughts put into the writings. My rating of 7.5 may not be fair. Hardcore sci-fi/fantasy fans may easily rate much higher.

    Next up: will post Saturday with a new book after visiting the local bookstore.

    I found a classic for my next read...
    Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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    33. The 1% Rule by Tommy Baker

    Quick and interesting read. The author basically codified his path to the level of success he’s currently at. Several useful techniques.
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    I found a classic for my next read...
    Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    Some say it's a retort to Uncle Tom's Cabin. But both are good yet with a VERY different tone.
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    Some say it's a retort to Uncle Tom's Cabin. But both are good yet with a VERY different tone.
    Then I will def follow up with Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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    I've read quite a few books this summer using that. Actually found an author I had forgotten about this morning when browsing the catalogue; Desmong Bagley. Looking forward to listening to more from him.

    The thing with Storytel is that you can enjoy as much as you'd like and their library is huge. I've found everything from classics and thrillers to lots of sci-fi.

    Not trying to advertise it too much, but imo it's a much better deal than audible. Idk if you can sign up from the US, I personally can't sign up for Amazon Unlimited.
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    Gotta update a bit. I have a bad habit of reading several books at once - usually one serious one I'm taking notes out of, one fun one, and one bathroom reader. I still haven't finished We Were Soldiers Once and Young yet.

    (15) "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan. Read this one to the boys, they loved it. We are working through another one now but we will have to get the other books in the series and work through those.

    (16) "Warrior Workouts, Volume 1" by Stew Smith. Good stuff as always by Stew Smith. Some good ideas in here, especially the pull-up/burpee pyramids and some of his challenge workouts. Quick read.

    (17) "The Godwulf Manuscript" by Robert B. Parker. My other absolute favorite fiction writer. First book in the Spenser series, of which I own most of them, so I think I'm going to start knocking out the whole collection. HIGHLY recommend these.

    (18) "God Save The Child" by Robert B. Parker. Second book in the Spenser series.

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    After a short exchange with Payton above, I decided to read Uncle Tom's Cabin before reading Gone With The Wind, to see what, if any, retort can be found to associate between the two books. So I am going with Uncle Toms Cabin, Gone With The Wind, then following up with A Key To Uncle Tom's Cabin as my next three book run. Will review in order as finishing each.

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    Gotta update a bit. I have a bad habit of reading several books at once - usually one serious one I'm taking notes out of, one fun one, and one bathroom reader. I still haven't finished We Were Soldiers Once and Young yet.

    (15) "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan. Read this one to the boys, they loved it. We are working through another one now but we will have to get the other books in the series and work through those.

    (16) "Warrior Workouts, Volume 1" by Stew Smith. Good stuff as always by Stew Smith. Some good ideas in here, especially the pull-up/burpee pyramids and some of his challenge workouts. Quick read.

    (17) "The Godwulf Manuscript" by Robert B. Parker. My other absolute favorite fiction writer. First book in the Spenser series, of which I own most of them, so I think I'm going to start knocking out the whole collection. HIGHLY recommend these.

    (18) "God Save The Child" by Robert B. Parker. Second book in the Spenser series.
    I read The Lightning Thief myself last month. Honestly I didn't like it at first but as the story began to progress I enjoyed it more. Looking forward to reading the next book this week or next
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    1. DARK OF THE MOON by John Sandford
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    20. A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS by Linwood Barclay

    I started reading Barclay last year and have been really pleased with his work. A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS kept me guessing as do all Barclay books. Some books take a while to get going, which I don't always mind, but Barclay's books get going right from the beginning.


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    Saw this on reddit. All the books Elon Musk has ever recommended on Twitter.


    https://medium.com/@richardreeze/elo...s-aee4361f3513
    Same guy did a list on Billy Gates' recommended list, too. I think.

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    I read The Lightning Thief myself last month. Honestly I didn't like it at first but as the story began to progress I enjoyed it more. Looking forward to reading the next book this week or next
    I was the same. I'm a big Greek mythology buff so at first I was a bit disappointed but then I began to enjoy it. I did like how they took his problems in regular school (dyslexia and ADD) and showed it was because he was a demigod - put a positive spin on things.

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    Originally Posted by MentalistMan View Post
    20. A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS by Linwood Barclay

    I started reading Barclay last year and have been really pleased with his work. A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS kept me guessing as do all Barclay books. Some books take a while to get going, which I don't always mind, but Barclay's books get going right from the beginning.
    Glad you like Barclay. He's definitely one of my favorite authors of the past few years.

    I need to let loose of some money and buy the books of his that I haven't read, because half of his books aren't available in Kindle format from my library.

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    This book [The Richest Man In Babylon] has always been on my wishlist but my friend recently read it and recommended it so I finally got my copy
    I loved it--book #28 this year and I gave it a 10/10! Common sense investing tips told as a great fictional story. I had to buy it on Ebay because my library didn't have a copy.
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    I read many F. Paul Wilson books years ago. I did like some of the Repairman Jack books, but the supernatural elements got to be too much for me after awhile.

    One of my favorite authors is Blake Crouch, and Wilson worked with Crouch and a couple other authors on a fun book called Draculas.
    Blake Crouch's Draculas looks like very promissing! Thanks for the recommendation!! *bow*

    I haven't read Repairman Jack books yet, but looking forward to read them.

    Originally Posted by grouchyjarhead View Post

    Gotta update a bit. I have a bad habit of reading several books at once - usually one serious one I'm taking notes out of, one fun one, and one bathroom reader. I still haven't finished We Were Soldiers Once and Young yet.

    (15) "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan. Read this one to the boys, they loved it. We are working through another one now but we will have to get the other books in the series and work through those.
    Originally Posted by spikyhunter View Post
    I read The Lightning Thief myself last month. Honestly I didn't like it at first but as the story began to progress I enjoyed it more. Looking forward to reading the next book this week or next
    Originally Posted by grouchyjarhead View Post
    I was the same. I'm a big Greek mythology buff so at first I was a bit disappointed but then I began to enjoy it. I did like how they took his problems in regular school (dyslexia and ADD) and showed it was because he was a demigod - put a positive spin on things.
    I love Greek myth too, haven't read the book but watched the movie!

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    I loved it--book #28 this year and I gave it a 10/10! Common sense investing tips told as a great fictional story. I had to buy it on Ebay because my library didn't have a copy.
    Hah funny this is actually book #28 for me as well

    I'm about half way in and I'm enjoying it a lot
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    Brahs, terrible year for me reading wise. Very undisciplined and lazy. I don't think I've read a single book this year.

    I'm looking for a business book/something that would help in business... self-help, mindset, etc.

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    Originally Posted by BostonRockets View Post
    Brahs, terrible year for me reading wise. Very undisciplined and lazy. I don't think I've read a single book this year.

    I'm looking for a business book/something that would help in business... self-help, mindset, etc.

    Headed to the bookstore in a few hours, throw out some recommendations?
    Check out Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss? It's full of short, self-contained pieces that will make it easy to motive yourself to read.
    The Richest Man in Babylon (posted above) looks like a quick read too based on a quick online sample.

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    Listening to Atlas Shrugged and still reading The Gunslinger. Both are going pretty slow but I'll make some progress this week. Really interested in The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.

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    Listening to Atlas Shrugged and still reading The Gunslinger. Both are going pretty slow but I'll make some progress this week. Really interested in The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.
    Out of curiosity, why the 4 hour body? Looks like you know what you're doing, are you trying to change things up or something?
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