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

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    83 42.56%
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    36 18.46%
  • 21-30

    23 11.79%
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    12 6.15%
  • 41-51

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

    5 2.56%
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    3 1.54%
  • 71-80

    1 0.51%
  • 80+

    13 6.67%
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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    Finished two more this week:

    How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan


    That book sounds really interesting. I'm going to have to check that out

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    A third of the way through The Ringworld Throne. Much more somber than the previous two.
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    Hit my goal of 70 for the year last night boyos!

    68 How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan - since this book is almost entirely about psychedelic drugs and their (scientific/medical/spiritual)) use and I don't want a ban/thread locked I'll just say this is an interesting, even handed approach to a subject I knew basically nothing about. Michael Pollan's book In Defense of Food is a personal favorite but he'd been on food as a topic for several books, cool to see him doing something new.

    69 We Few
    Book #4 of 4 in the "March Upcountry" series. Not sure if the writing got better or I just warmed to them but I really liked this series. Political intrigue, alien worlds, excessive descriptions of fictional weaponry, it's all here.

    70 Utopia for Realists
    Shout out to Bod for this suggestion. Originally a series of articles in his native Dutch magazines, the author outlines some of the changes we can make to ensure the Future is a positive one, along with why these big, seemingly ridiculous ideas area actually possible.

    Universal standard income has appealed to me for a long time - the way machines are progressing we just won't need everyone to work in the future. Instead of "making" jobs for everyone, just pay everyone a livable wage. If 90% just stay home and watch Netflix all day, but 10% go full time into serving their community, creating things etc, that's still a huge net win for the world. A thoughtful book about the future.

    Gonna slow WAAAY down on reading in Q4 and work on some other things, but I'm still subbed to the thread and hanging out.


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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Hit my goal of 70 for the year last night boyos!
    Well done.

    I've been burning the candle at both ends with work and helping my mom rehab with a new knee and my reading has fallen off a cliff. Will spend lots of hours there this weekend so hopefully some of that will be reading.
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Hit my goal of 70 for the year last night boyos!
    GJDM!

    And you're damn right I'm listening to The Power of the Dog in audio. Porter is killing it as usual.
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Hit my goal of 70 for the year last night boyos!
    Impressive, congrats bro!

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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)
    32. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr (7.5/10)
    33. One False Move - Harlan Coben (7/10)
    34. The President is Missing - James Patterson & Bill Clinton (7.5/10)
    34. Make Your Bed - William Mcraven (6.5/10)
    35. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausche (10/10)
    36. The Woman in the Window - AJ Flynn (7.5/10)
    37. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl (6.5/10)
    38. A Short Guide to a Happy Life - Anna Quindlen (7/10)
    39: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future - Michael J. Fox (7/10)
    40. How Will You Measure Your Life? - Clayton M. Christensen (7/10)
    41. The Litigators - John Grisham (8.5/10)
    42. To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope - Jeanne Marie Laskas (7.5/10)
    43. A Man Without a Country - Kurt Vonnegut (8.5/10)
    44. The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens (8/10)
    45. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (8/10): Wow, what a dark, subdued story. I enjoy a good post-civilization survival story and this one did it for me after I got into it. The dialogue between father and son really set the tone of the book. I really felt for the characters as they struggled and even with very little action, it tells a very powerful story

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    1. Beartown by Fredrik Backman - 10.0.
    2. Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar #1) by Harlan Coben - 8.0.
    3. Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu - 6.0.
    4. Sourdough by Robin Sloan - 8.5.
    5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling - 10.0.
    6. Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben - 7.0.
    7. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury by Bill Watterson - 10.0.
    8. Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben - 8.0.
    9. The Nowhere Man (Orphan X #2) by Gregg Hurwitz - 6.0.
    10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - 7.5.
    11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling - 10.0.
    12. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew P. Walker - 9.0.
    13. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein - 6.5.
    14. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke - 7.5.
    15. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov - 8.0.
    16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling - 10.0
    17. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King - 7.5.
    18. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - 8.0.
    19. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffany (Adaptation), Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling - 7.5.
    20. The Oracle Year by Charles Soule - 7.5.
    21. Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #4) by Harlan Coben - 8.5.
    22. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion - 10.0.
    23. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin - 6.5.
    24. The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) by C.S. Lewis - 9.5.
    25. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis - 9.5.
    26. The Shining by Stephen King - 9.5.
    27. Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) by Michael Crichton - 8.5.
    28. Night Shift by Stephen King - 7.5.
    29. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - 6.0.
    30. The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves #2)by P.G. Wodehouse - 8.0.
    31. Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump by Terry Pluto - 7.0.
    32. The Bad Guys Won! by Jeff Pearlman - 7.5.
    33. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - 6.0.
    34. Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story by Ariel Teal Toombs, Colt Baird Toombs, Craig Pyette - 8.0.
    35. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 7.5.
    36. Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997 by Terry Pluto, Tom Hamilton - 7.5.
    37. Wonder by R.J. Palacio - 8.0.
    38. The Stand by Stephen King - 7.0.
    39. Pet Sematary by Stephen King - 7.5.
    40. Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein - 8.0.
    41. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - 10.0.
    42. Christine by Stephen King - 7.5.
    43. The Dead Zone by Stephen King - 7.0.

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    Originally Posted by Payton1221 View Post
    Well done.

    I've been burning the candle at both ends with work and helping my mom rehab with a new knee and my reading has fallen off a cliff. Will spend lots of hours there this weekend so hopefully some of that will be reading.
    Sorry to hear about your moms troubles.

    Thanks for the kind words bros!

    And this isn't meant as a brag post for how many I read, rather bragging that I reached a goal I set for myself. And no matter how much you read, you just want to read more
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    Experiencing some very busy times at work, which slowed down my reading. Nevertheless, we enjoy the time we get. And most importantly.. The hype for Power of the Dog is real. What a story!

    24. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - 3/5
    Somehow I didn't enjoy this book as much as I previously did. Harry is acting like a bish, stepping in every pitfall everybody is warning him for and blaming everyone and everybody for their lack of belief in him. No matter what Dumbledore says in the end, there's no one to blame but Harry for what happened.

    25. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow - 5/5
    Felt like I read through a whole season of Narcos and Ray Porter as narrator made it so much better. Truly enjoyed it. Also saw Fox picked up the filming rights for this with Ridley Scott as director. Could be exciting.

    Reading list 2018:
    1. Before They Are Hanged(The First Law #2) by Joe Abercrombie - 5/5
    2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson - 3/5
    3. Hooked by Nir Eyal - 3/5
    4. Talking To My Daughter About The Economy by Yanis Varoufakis - 3/5
    5. Last Argument Of Kings (The First Law #3) by Joe Abercrombie - 5/5
    6. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - 3/5
    7. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson - 4/5
    8. De levensroman van Johannes Post by Anne de Vries - 3/5
    9. Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching A Startup by Rob Walling - 3/5
    10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - 4/5
    11. Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown - 3/5
    12. How To Make Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie - 4/5
    13. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by Jack Thorne - 3/5
    14. The Book Of Manuals by Paulo Coelho - 2/5
    15. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford - 3/5
    16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - 4/5
    17. Armada by Ernest Cline - 3/5
    18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling - 4/5
    19. 1984 by George Orwell - 3/5
    20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - 5/5
    21. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - 4/5
    22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling - 5/5
    23. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen 4/5

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    Just went to SF today and get a library card. Then came home and immediately put How to change your mind on hold. Yay!

    If you live in California, I highly recommend you to get a library card from SF library. You don't have to be a SF resident. You just need to be a California resident and bring your drive license. They have much wider selection of books/newspaper/movies. They have free subscription to read newspaper online. They have have free movie streaming so you can watch movies online.
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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    Sorry to hear about your moms troubles.

    Thanks for the kind words bros!

    And this isn't meant as a brag post for how many I read, rather bragging that I reached a goal I set for myself. And no matter how much you read, you just want to read more
    Congrats!

    I know you are not bragging and I am quite happy for you that you reached your milestone.

    I am also grateful to participate in this thread. It really helped me to finish much more books. I think it is so easy to get distracted in life by work and other things. It is quite difficult to continue reading books nonstop. But seeing other people keep reading help motivate me keep going.
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    Currently reading: Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel. Another book Blake Crouch had recommended.

    I'm about 60% into the book and it's truly awesome. This might be my favorite book of the year if it ends well.

    It's basically sci-fi told through a series of interviews and journal entries. I tend to hate books formatted like that but it works really well for this one.

    Mysterious objects are discovered buried various places throughout the world, presumably by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization. What's not to love in a setup like that? It's a fun book. I'm already looking forward to the sequel.

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    Originally Posted by xz89 View Post
    i only read informative books, novels is a waste of time as far as im concerned
    Then my life has been and will be a waste of time as well. *smile*

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    39: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future - Michael J. Fox (7/10)
    I've read "Lucky Man: A Memoir" by Michael J. Fox years ago. I am his big fan. I saw him first time in "Family Ties". Love many movies he was in. Latest was "The Good wife", he played as a strange lawyer. I wish him a good luck, oh he says he is a Lucky Man! *smile*
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    Hit my goal of 70 for the year last night boyos!
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    Originally Posted by nyknicks500 View Post
    17. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King - 7.5.
    26. The Shining by Stephen King - 9.5.
    28. Night Shift by Stephen King - 7.5.
    38. The Stand by Stephen King - 7.0.
    39. Pet Sematary by Stephen King - 7.5.
    42. Christine by Stephen King - 7.5.
    43. The Dead Zone by Stephen King - 7.0.
    7 out of 43 books you've read, Stephen King will be pleased to know and all of those are his earlier works and glad to know that!
    Originally Posted by jreacher View Post
    Currently reading: Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel. Another book Blake Crouch had recommended.

    I'm about 60% into the book and it's truly awesome. This might be my favorite book of the year if it ends well.

    It's basically sci-fi told through a series of interviews and journal entries. I tend to hate books formatted like that but it works really well for this one.

    Mysterious objects are discovered buried various places throughout the world, presumably by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization. What's not to love in a setup like that? It's a fun book. I'm already looking forward to the sequel.
    Let us know when you have finished the book. Love the setting. I read J.P.Hogan's Giants series, Ring World and currently reading Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke. I'm a sucker for this type of Sci-fi. Just checked Amazon, its price is still out of my range, but I'll read maybe next year's book 52 challenge. Like "Bird Box", you say good and it's good. *smile*



    Year 2018: finished 68/52

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    65."Guardian" (1993)
    by John Saul (Audiobook) *Creature horror
    66. "Face of Fear" (2008) by John Saul (Audiobook) *Mad Doctor
    69. "Rendezvous with Rama" (1973) by Arthur C. Clarke (Audiobook) *Sci-fi
    68. "Blue Labyrinth" (2014) Pendergast book XIV by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Kindle)

    --------the next-----------

    * "Rama II" (1989) by by Arthur C. Clarke *Sci-fi
    * "Crimson Shore" (2015) Pendergast book XV by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Kindle)
    * "The Tomb" (1984) by F.Paul Wilson (Kindle) *Adversary book II
    * "Archmage" (2015) by R.A.Salvatore (Kindle) 31th book of Drizzt Do'Urden *Fantasy
    * "Ringworld's Children" (2004) by Larry Niven (Kindle) *Sci Fi

    "Guardian" is about a boy and secrets of his birth. Who is his real father or rather what really is his father. A more complicated version of Howling.

    "Face of Fear" is about a mad doctor's obsession with recreating a perfect woman, his dead wife. Frankenstein in the field of cosmetic surgery. He keeps faicial parts alive but not his victims.

    "Rendezvous with Rama" lacks human drama and emotional excitements it brings, but I think that gives us very calm atmosphere which suits the premise of the story. Technological details in the 2130s are rather fuzzy and funny because it was written in the 1970s.

    I started listening "Rama II", and expected it to be a sequel to the "Rendezvous....". But they said actual series start with "Rama II" as its book I, co-authored by Gentry Lee and Arthur C. Clarke. "Rama II" seems to be filled with more human drama. Usually I like human drama but in this case somehow it feels noisy. I want this to be a hard Sci-fi. I believe readers like me have right to be selfish. *shrug*
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    Previous 2018 books. 48/52 so far.

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    (48) "Back Story" by Robert B. Parker. Spenser book #30.

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    Originally Posted by Samraiwise View Post
    I've read "Lucky Man: A Memoir" by Michael J. Fox years ago. I am his big fan. I saw him first time in "Family Ties". Love many movies he was in. Latest was "The Good wife", he played as a strange lawyer. I wish him a good luck, oh he says he is a Lucky Man! *smile*
    Lucky Man and Always Looking Up are definitely a lot better than A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future. Its worth a read if your an MJF fan, but Id recommend Always Looking Up first.

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    Up next, Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules For Life, and "Fun Fact" in the book's Introduction (which Peterson calls his Overture), he said that a former student and friend of his, GREGG HURWITZ OF THE ORPHAN X FAME, acted as an editor of sorts in addition to his official editor.
    That's how I first learned about Peterson, from the quotes in Hurwitz's Orphan X.

    I have 12 Rules on my to read list. I'll be anticipating your review of the book.

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    Previous 2018 books. 48/52 so far.

    Spoiler!


    (47) "Widow's Walk' by Robert B. Parker. Spenser book #29.
    (48) "Back Story" by Robert B. Parker. Spenser book #30.
    Wow, wow and wow!! I thought I am the only one here who sucks favorite authors to the very marrow!! Way to go Grouchy the book vampire!!

    Originally Posted by Jhuth13 View Post
    Lucky Man and Always Looking Up are definitely a lot better than A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future. Its worth a read if your an MJF fan, but Id recommend Always Looking Up first.
    There's no way I could I resist your recommendation, just bought and downloaded "Always Looking Up", maybe later "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future" too. Thanks my friend!!
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    Been some real slow reading lately but I finished up Mr Mercedes this morning on the way to work on audiobook and will finish The Gunslinger by Saturday. Going to Disney World on Monday so I plan on starting 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson on the flight.

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    There's no way I could I resist your recommendation, just bought and downloaded "Always Looking Up", maybe later "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future" too. Thanks my friend!!
    Enjoy, I look forward to hearing what you think!

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    Polished off two books in two months this year. This is a serious improvement from 0 last year.

    Jack Carrs: The Terminal List
    King: The Outsider

    Mirin?

    I moved onto The Book of Joy: Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Carlton Abrams (Author).

    I feel accomplished guys. I feel like I missed out on a lot of good reading material tho.

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    Didn't not realize until I picked this up that it was geared towards a junior high crowd. A few interesting tidbit but if you're familiar with US history nothing will be too surprising to you.

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    Read this before the movie comes out. The book started of quite interesting but it lost me with how the investigation ended, although not the authors fault/detectives fault. Also he could have used some more help editing as he repeated himself a lot.

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    78: Monster by Steve Jackson 9/10
    True story about alleged serial killer Tom Luther. Luther was a horrible man who would violent strike out against women killing an unknown number. He was convicted of a couple but there were many more that fit his MO but were not tried because of lack of evidence. I thought it was good read but I've always been intrigued with the mind of psycho/sociopaths

    79: Skeleton Crew by Stephen King 8/10

    Collection of short stories by King. Overall it was pretty good but it did contain a few I've read before, including the Mist which I loved, and a few random pieces that did nothing for me.


    80: How Not to Get Shot by DL Hughley 7/10

    Hughley, a comedian, gives black people advice on what to do to staff safe when dealing with the police. It's exactly what you think it would be.

    81: Over the Edge by Michael Ghiglieri 8/10

    Tells stories about ways people have died in the Grand Canyon. I've always found stories of people getting lost and trapped in areas to be interesting.

    82: Stupid America History by Leland Gregory 6/10

    Didn't not realize until I picked this up that it was geared towards a junior high crowd. A few interesting tidbit but if you're familiar with US history nothing will be too surprising to you.

    83: Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth 7/10

    Read this before the movie comes out. The book started of quite interesting but it lost me with how the investigation ended, although not the authors fault/detectives fault. Also he could have used some more help editing as he repeated himself a lot.
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    "Waterstones" on Kalverstraat for anyone heading to/passing through the GOAT city any time soon.


    Finished a few more books as well:

    The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

    The first 100 pages or so barely held my interest, but at some point it just "clicked" and started getting more and more compelling every page. Full of cool and interesting ideas/experiments and quality prose. Great scope too.

    This would have been another 10/10 if not for its boring/weaker opening third.

    Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin

    This book is an account of Michael Palin's recreation of Phileas Fogg's journey around the world (from Jules Verne's classic with the same title). Palin's journey was every bit as entertaining and tumultuous as Fogg's, and the eventfulness of the year (1988) put the icing on the cake. If you're travelling soon and want a fun, light read, this should do nicely.

    Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Decent, quick breakdown of astrophysics from its foundation to the present day, with additional speculation/ideas pertaining to the future/further discovery. I'm leaving it at "decent" because IMO the structure (the book is a collection of essays) and approach made the book a fair bit less accessible than I expected it to be.

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    42. A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious Systems of Professed Christians in the Middle and Higher Classes in this country, Contrasted With Real Christianity by William Wilberforce

    This was written in the 1700’s and much of the book is written like the title, so it’s difficult to read at times (a couple of sentences took up an entire page on my kindle). But the author makes a number of salient points, some of which are very indicting. Worth reading for Christians, IMO. It’s also interesting from an historical perspective to see the anxiety (and disgust) caused by the French Revolution with the British elite.
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    Originally Posted by Ayz33 View Post
    Going to knock out the Leonardo Da Vinci audiobook on a trip to alabama and back this weekend..17 hours! Anyone else tend to leave the longer books for audio?
    I listen audiobooks while jogging. 10-15 hours the best length for me. Longer than that, I don't want to miss a word so I prefer kindle to audiobook.

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