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

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    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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    52. The Addicted Lawyer by Brian Cuban

    Not a bad book to wrap up the challenge.

    This book covered a much wider range of subject matter than I expected. The main focuses were Brian Cuban's alcoholism and his recovery journey but Cuban also touched on other social and mental health issues that he and many other legal professionals experienced and overcame.

    This was deep, dark, very engaging and was completed with both practical guidance and even a few bits of comic relief.

    Worthwhile read not just for current/prospective legal professionals and/or those interested in alcoholism. The book also covered:

    - Bullying and self-esteem issues
    - Relationships/relationship psychology
    - Illegal drug abuse
    - Support and recovery

    Hats off to Brian Cuban for his personal openness and for all the research. Yet another 10/10 rating from me

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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?
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    1 Golden Son by Pierce Brown (9.5/10)
    2 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (8/10)
    3 The Midnight Line by Lee Child (7/10)
    4 Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (9.5/10)
    5 Morning Son by Pierce Brown (9.5/10)
    6 The Survivor by Kyle Mills (9/10)
    7 The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz (9/10)
    8 Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly (9.5/10)
    9 Anthem by Ayn Rand (6/10)
    10 One Second After by William Forstchen (6/10)
    11 A More Elite Soldier by Chuck Holton (9.5/10)
    12 The Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling (9/10)
    13 Order to Kill by Kyle Mills (9/10)
    14 Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz (8.5/10)
    15 Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills (8/10)
    16 The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer (8/10)
    17 The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (9.5/10)
    18 End Game by David Baldacci (8/10)
    19 Under the Dome by Stephen King (5/10)
    20 Alas Babylon by Pat Frank (6/10)
    21 The Target by David Baldacci (8/10)
    22 The Force by Don Winslow (8/10)
    23 The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow (8.5/10)
    24 The Prisoner From Azkaban by JK Rowling (9/10)
    25 Dark of the Moon by John Sandford (8/10)
    26 The Guilty by David Baldacci (8/10)
    27 Lifelong Love Affair by Jimmy Evans (9/10)
    28 The Richest Man In Babylon by George Clason (10/10)
    29 Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (9.5/10)
    30 True Fiction by Lee Greenberg (8/10)
    31 First: What it Takes To Win (8/10)
    32 Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (8.5/10)
    33 The Stand by Stephen King (6/10)
    34 Pursuit by Thomas Perry (8/10)
    35 The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson(8.5/10)
    36 How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (9.5/10)**

    ** What a great storyline: a small number of people throughout time have grown normally until about age 13, but then, they age at about 1/15th the rate of the rest of us. They live several hundred years but this creates opportunities but obstacles too. It was a 325 pg book, but this could easily have been a 1000 page novel (or a series of books in fact) and equally entertaining throughout . . . infinite possibilities.
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    Halfway through Kite Runner. Dont know how much of this book left i can handle. Probably the most emotionally wrenching book ive ever read. Srsly cried at one point and had to put the book down.

    Also almost done with Heart in Atlantis by Stephen King. Wasnt aware its a collection and not a full novel. Very literary but honestly pretty damn boring.
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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    Finito

    52. The Addicted Lawyer by Brian Cuban

    Not a bad book to wrap up the challenge.

    This book covered a much wider range of subject matter than I expected. The main focuses were Brian Cuban's alcoholism and his recovery journey but Cuban also touched on other social and mental health issues that he and many other legal professionals experienced and overcame.

    This was deep, dark, very engaging and was completed with both practical guidance and even a few bits of comic relief.

    Worthwhile read not just for current/prospective legal professionals and/or those interested in alcoholism. The book also covered:

    - Bullying and self-esteem issues
    - Relationships/relationship psychology
    - Illegal drug abuse
    - Support and recovery

    Hats off to Brian Cuban for his personal openness and for all the research. Yet another 10/10 rating from me

    Full list:

    Spoiler!


    Currently reading: The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

    Next up in audio: After I've Gone and/or No More Mr Nice Guy
    Congrats brother! You beat me there. *bow*

    I agree with your taste in those authors. Not that my doing so means anything.

    Carl Sagan
    Grisham
    S.King
    George Orwell

    And those authors always in my wish-to-read list.

    Camus
    Kafka
    Dostoevsky

    And those two books in my re-read-before-I-die list.

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    Can't catch up with you but I'll be there in a month. Thanks for re-igniting my passion!
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    I don't think I going to make 52 this year as it stands. 4 behind schedule according to goodreads.

    I've been gaming a bit more since getting in to Fortnite with a few friends. Trying to take up golf a bit more too and I just don't seem to be getting drawn in to books as much.

    Just finished a Lucas Davenport book, which was okay. Currently reading The Death of Dulgath, a Riyria book. It's pretty good so far, the only thing is it has been a while since I read the others, so only have a vague memory of the main story.

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    Originally Posted by Samraiwise View Post
    And those two books in my re-read-before-I-die list.

    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
    I'll see your "Around the World" and raise you by a "Journey To The Center Of The Earth." I just love Verne. As someone who likes both adventure and science/engineering, he's one of my favorite authors . . . and to think that he wrote "Journey" so long ago that America's Civil War was still being fought

    Dostoevsky is another great author. I need to reread Crime and Punishment (another novel written around the same time Verne was writing).

    FWIW, I bailed on a book last night. It was Magpie Murders, and I was just struggling to get into it, so I'm currently reading CJ Box's Open Season which is the first book in a series about a Wyoming Game Warden (recommended to me buy a friend I used to hunt with).
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    Originally Posted by Samraiwise View Post
    Congrats brother! You beat me there. *bow*

    I agree with your taste in those authors. Not that my doing so means anything.

    Carl Sagan
    Grisham
    S.King
    George Orwell

    And those authors always in my wish-to-read list.

    Camus
    Kafka
    Dostoevsky

    And those two books in my re-read-before-I-die list.

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    Thanks, Kaz! Not long to go for you

    Speaking of taste, you reminded me I should check out some Koontz. Any recommendations? I plan on reading Dracula this year, so I might explore the horror genre a bit.

    I've only read The Trial as far as Kafka's work goes but with the other writers/books you have on your list, you're in for a great time. Excited for you, srs.

    Can't catch up with you but I'll be there in a month. Thanks for re-igniting my passion!
    Right back at you! That's why this is such a great thread, brah



    Originally Posted by Payton1221 View Post
    I'll see your "Around the World" and raise you by a "Journey To The Center Of The Earth." I just love Verne. As someone who likes both adventure and science/engineering, he's one of my favorite authors . . . and to think that he wrote "Journey" so long ago that America's Civil War was still being fought

    Dostoevsky is another great author. I need to reread Crime and Punishment (another novel written around the same time Verne was writing).

    FWIW, I bailed on a book last night. It was Magpie Murders, and I was just struggling to get into it, so I'm currently reading CJ Box's Open Season which is the first book in a series about a Wyoming Game Warden (recommended to me buy a friend I used to hunt with).
    Nice. "Journey" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" are still on my reading list but when I reserved the Verne trio my library took so long with those two that I ended up drifting away. Do you consider them worth buying?

    Re: Crime and Punishment, das it mane. I'll always recommend that as the Crime classic/Dostoevsky essential. I enjoyed The Gambler as well but I'm not as quick to recommend The Brothers Karamazov as it's both long and much more character/philosophy focused than it is plot-driven.

    Strong coincidence btw - today I bailed on a book for the first time since Ulysses 2+ years ago. Genuinely only made it five minutes into After I've Gone as it's clear that the writer is a feminist (in full caps). I think I can do without getting into the ensuing relationship dynamics lol.

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    Lost Connections by Johann Hari - 5/5 book about the causes of depression. He explains 9 potential causes for depression and anxiety in the modern world, and 7 potential paths to feeling better.

    This is a really important book for why we as a modern society feel so disconnected from one another. Despite the depth of the subject matter, it's also written in an accessible, enjoyable style. Highly, highly recommended.

    I listened to "The Old Man and the Sea" in a single long drive this weekend (it's only ~2 hours in audio). Probably the single most "Hemingway" thing that Hemingway ever wrote. My favorite of his is still "A Moveable Feast" but this was a wonderful novel.

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    I am going to give an update on my progress this year.

    I have read over 30+ books so far this year, I doubt I will hit the 50+ goal, but its a start to a good habit. My main reason is for the lack of finishing books completely, I will read 60-80% of a book and leave it to the dust.

    Anyway, my reading started mainly with TRM series, and from there, a large analysis of the history of thought. My reading list mainly stems from
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    although I will sometimes pick up random books if I find it particularly interesting.
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    Nice. "Journey" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" are still on my reading list but when I reserved the Verne trio my library took so long with those two that I ended up drifting away. Do you consider them worth buying?
    I've read "Journey" at least twice, and 20,000 Leagues was also good IMO. If you have or are starting a personal library of sorts, I'd say yes and Ebay has both books here in the U.S. for $3-$4 with free shipping. If you're not looking to add books to your library, it just depends on what $3 or $4 means to you . . . but it's certainly inexpensive entertainment if you chose to do so (compared to $15 movie tickets as an example).
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Lost Connections by Johann Hari - 5/5 book about the causes of depression. He explains 9 potential causes for depression and anxiety in the modern world, and 7 potential paths to feeling better.

    This is a really important book for why we as a modern society feel so disconnected from one another. Despite the depth of the subject matter, it's also written in an accessible, enjoyable style. Highly, highly recommended.
    Is this book based upon scientific analysis, or is it anecdotal and opinion? Too many self help books out there today proclaiming "youre depressed because of Facebook" or "just face your fear to cure anxiety."

    If it has some depth and truly hits the heart of the topic, I'd love to give it a read.

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    Originally Posted by Jhuth13 View Post
    Is this book based upon scientific analysis, or is it anecdotal and opinion? Too many self help books out there today proclaiming "youre depressed because of Facebook" or "just face your fear to cure anxiety."

    If it has some depth and truly hits the heart of the topic, I'd love to give it a read.
    He's speaking with scientists and referring to studys so it has some general scientific backing, but it's definitely written for a lay audience. He definitely has a thesis he's supporting, and anecdotes to humanize the ideas, but it's not a self help book.
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    At first i wonder why does this guy's book list sound in an incel's library. And then i looked at his bio.

    Welcome to the home of Free Northerner.

    I’m  a Christian and a reactionary monarchist from British North America.

    You can read my story at my first post. In short, I became dissatisfied with my life.

    After a period of red pill exploration I have decided to embrace Christian masculinity. I am working to improve myself for God’s glory. My plan is to find a wife and raise a large family with traditional values. Failing that, by age 35 I plan to have established a plan and enough income to live independently without relying on a regular job.
    Lmfao. Dude even has a while article on red pilling. Bet you he didnt even read half of the books he suggested.
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    He's speaking with scientists and referring to studys so it has some general scientific backing, but it's definitely written for a lay audience. He definitely has a thesis he's supporting, and anecdotes to humanize the ideas, but it's not a self help book.
    Thx brah, if its written in layman's terms, it might be a bit underwhelming for me. Unfortunately, I have far too much knowledge on the topics....

    Would rep, but on spread as usual.

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    WTF did I just read?

    Anyway, still at 47 or so books. Someone or some people recommend the next 10 (trying to hit 70 books this year). I want stuff that's light, happy, really funny and a joy to read. Kinda in a bad mood lately and I want to feel like I'm a soaring eagle high above the coastline.

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    Originally Posted by SOJA View Post
    WTF did I just read?
    You tell me m8 - what was it?

    Originally Posted by SOJA View Post

    Anyway, still at 47 or so books. Someone or some people recommend the next 10 (trying to hit 70 books this year). I want stuff that's light, happy, really funny and a joy to read. Kinda in a bad mood lately and I want to feel like I'm a soaring eagle high above the coastline.

    Yes drunk.
    A few suggestions:

    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
    And The Lies of Locke Lamora, which is book one of a series of three so far. (The Gentleman Bastard books aren't all sunshine and rainbows but they're a joy to read despite some darker elements. If you've read and enjoyed GRRM's writing, you'll probably like Scott Lynch's.

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    Originally Posted by Azn00Superman View Post
    Halfway through Kite Runner. Dont know how much of this book left i can handle. Probably the most emotionally wrenching book ive ever read. Srsly cried at one point and had to put the book down.

    Also almost done with Heart in Atlantis by Stephen King. Wasnt aware its a collection and not a full novel. Very literary but honestly pretty damn boring.
    Ugh kite runner...it hit all dem feels mane....
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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    You tell me m8 - what was it?



    A few suggestions:

    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
    And The Lies of Locke Lamora, which is book one of a series of three so far. (The Gentleman Bastard books aren't all sunshine and rainbows but they're a joy to read despite some darker elements. If you've read and enjoyed GRRM's writing, you'll probably like Scott Lynch's.
    No, not what I read, but the above conversation.

    Read the first two. GRRM is not my style and don't enjoy similar. I did check out ATLoLL because it was mentioned in this thread. I'll just check out some GoodReads lists.



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    Also just to let everyone know. B&N is having a 2 for $10 sale on classics that is running until September I think. I plan ordering The Brothers Karamazov and something else. Trying to decide between Crime & Punishment, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Not sure how much shipping costs but it looks like you can order online and pickup in store.
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    Originally Posted by spikyhunter View Post
    Also just to let everyone know. B&N is having a 2 for $10 sale on classics that is running until September I think. I plan ordering The Brothers Karamazov and something else. Trying to decide between Crime & Punishment, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Not sure how much shipping costs but it looks like you can order online and pickup in store.
    Get both. And thanks for the heads up. Does this apply to their general classics or the leatherbound ones?

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    Originally Posted by SOJA View Post
    Get both. And thanks for the heads up. Does this apply to their general classics or the leatherbound ones?
    I'm guessing the leatherbound cost more, not sure if they are included? The deal says valid on "B&N classic paperbacks"
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    Originally Posted by spikyhunter View Post
    I'm guessing the leatherbound cost more, not sure if they are included? The deal says valid on "B&N classic paperbacks"
    Yeah, sounded wayyyyyy too good to be true. lol I'll still buy them so the "leatherbound" ones don't go funky. Thanks.

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    Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) is done and back on the bookshelf. It's a solid 4/5 bit of pulpy-detective entertainment for fans of the show, but probably 3/5 for someone who has missed 3 seasons, 1 movie, and a previous book of character development.

    I started Dark Days by D. Randall Blythe last night. Blythe is the singer/front man for the heavy metal band, lamb of god, and the book is a memoir of his life with a focus on his years on trial for manslaughter in the Czech Republic. A note of my bias, I am a big fan of the band and I think Blythe is a brilliant artist (writing,performing, photography etc). I'm looking forward to his interpretation of the world and his circumstances.

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    Congratulations to all the brahs already making it to 52. You're beasts.

    I had a chance to catch up on my reading during my holiday.

    18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling - 4/5
    Due to the Gilderoy story, which adds nothing, the lesser book of the series. Still cool tho.

    19. 1984 by George Orwell - 3/5
    It took me quite a while to finish. The book has a very interesting message and to write this in the 1940s is amazing. However, as a novel it couldn't get hold of me.

    20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - 5/5
    Solid read.

    21. Quit: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - 4/5
    Susan takes her experience from her practice and combines this with a lot of literature, which makes for a very interesting read. She tackles various topics, such as how introverts differ from extroverts in working, thinking, processing emotions, and manages to do this in a way that is substantial but easy to digest. As an introvert myself I really enjoyed reading it. The only reason she gets only 4 out of 5 is because of the repetitiveness in page 50-100.

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    Congratulations to all the brahs already making it to 52. You're beasts.

    I had a chance to catch up on my reading during my holiday.

    18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling - 4/5
    Due to the Gilderoy story, which adds nothing, the lesser book of the series. Still cool tho.

    19. 1984 by George Orwell - 3/5
    It took me quite a while to finish. The book has a very interesting message and to write this in the 1940s is amazing. However, as a novel it couldn't get hold of me.

    20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - 5/5
    Solid read.

    21. Quit: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - 4/5
    Susan takes her experience from her practice and combines this with a lot of literature, which makes for a very interesting read. She tackles various topics, such as how introverts differ from extroverts in working, thinking, processing emotions, and manages to do this in a way that is substantial but easy to digest. As an introvert myself I really enjoyed reading it. The only reason she gets only 4 out of 5 is because of the repetitiveness in page 50-100.
    Is it your first time reading the Harry Potter books? It was my favorite series when I was growing up. I think I probably read them all 5+ times each!
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    Is it your first time reading the Harry Potter books? It was my favorite series when I was growing up. I think I probably read them all 5+ times each!
    Same brah, didnt start reading them until adulthood, but fell in love with the series. Im probably on 5+ times too

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    So many feels. waiting for each release was an epic part of the 90s/2000s. Azkaban was my favorite but everything else was at least a 9/10.

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