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

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    1. The Vikings - Magnus Magnusson (began late last year)

    Interesting read; a lot of info on the Vikings and their escapades packed into 300+ pages. A huge amount of dates, names and places to try and remember.

    Next up; The Hollow Crown, by Dan Jones
    Sig line can't be a novel

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    Got back into reading last year and got reminded of how much I enjoyed it so I'm gonna go for 1 book per week. Saw someone post a training split on the first page and that seems like a good idea so I plan on doing

    12 Novels
    20 Sales/Communication
    10 Business/Investing
    10 Self-Help

    This is subject to change and I will include re-reads from last year towards my total.

    Book 1: The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

    I will definitely re read this book and refer to it in the future. The book goes over the types of charisma, the obstacles to charisma, overcoming them and charismatic body language. The most impactful chapter IMO is chapter 5 which goes over creating charismatic mental states. It includes things like the Metta exercise for self-compassion, visualizations, and body language tips. Another key takeaway for me was the advice of not interrupting people while they're talking, speaking very slowly, pausing two seconds before responding to someone or pausing during sentences ie the Obama, and decreasing how often you nod. There is so much information that I'll have to re read it at some point to make everything stick but there are several things that you can start doing almost immediately.

    Currently reading: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
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    Originally Posted by RiYelir View Post
    Up Next: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
    One of my all time favorites. If you're not near tears in places...

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    1) Make Your Bed - William McRaven 5/5

    I really enjoyed this short book. It goes through his 10 lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL. Most of it is basic stuff that's in every self-help/motivational book but I still love reading books like this, and it's only 124 pages. It was on the Navy professional reading list. This year I'm going to try to read several off that list.

    Started The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Phuk. Only a few pages in but enjoying it so far.

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    Originally Posted by Exiled93 View Post
    1) Make Your Bed - William McRaven 5/5

    I really enjoyed this short book. It goes through his 10 lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL. Most of it is basic stuff that's in every self-help/motivational book but I still love reading books like this, and it's only 124 pages. It was on the Navy professional reading list. This year I'm going to try to read several off that list.

    Started The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Phuk. Only a few pages in but enjoying it so far.
    Interesting take on Make Your Bed. Are/were you military by chance? When I read it, I couldnt really relate to some of it because it relied so much on military experiences. I took some lessons from it and I can understand how it applies to everyday people's lives, but it just didnt hit home with me.

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    1. The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain - 9/10
    2. Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline, and a Winning Attitude - 9/10
    3. The Hobbit - 8.5/10
    4. Psycho Cybernetics -10/10 will read again. Gold in every chapter.

    Currently reading the selfish gene and I'm going to start Dead Man's Gate this week

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    Originally Posted by Jhuth13 View Post
    Interesting take on Make Your Bed. Are/were you military by chance? When I read it, I couldnt really relate to some of it because it relied so much on military experiences. I took some lessons from it and I can understand how it applies to everyday people's lives, but it just didnt hit home with me.
    I just joined in November and now I'm in Pensacola. I figure I should read as much as I can about Naval history now that I'm in. I was going to check out David Goggins new book but it was checked out.

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    1. Stranger in a strange land - Robert A. Heinlein (9/10)
    2. Linchpin- Seth Godin (8/10)
    3.The Last Lecture- Randy Pausch (10/10)

    Originally Posted by Jhuth13 View Post
    One of my all time favorites. If you're not near tears in places...
    I started and finished this today. I couldn't put it down. I was more than near tears during some of the book.

    I honestly don't have the words to properly review this book right now, I know I will be thinking about Randy Pausch, his stories, and the viewpoints he shares in this book for quite a while. This is one man's coming to terms with his own mortality through expressing and reminiscing about what it means to really live.
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    1. Burnt Tongues by Chuck Palahniuk et al (7.25/10)
    2. Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk (8/10)
    3. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (6.5/10)

    An old bachelor decides to give himself something extra-special on his 90th birthday - a night with a young virgin. He's a known connoiseur of hoes - by the age of 51 he's recorded 541 of them. He has a problem with emotional intimacy - he felt compelled to give money even to sloots who slept with him NSA. He thought it would just be a magnificent but empty night of deflowerin' and bangin', but an unwelcome guest reared its ugly head - Love - and his well-ordered life was swept in a river of amorous chaos.

    It was a good read. The prose flowed well, it was tender and lyrical and flinty where it needed to be, and the whole thing felt like a langorous tale told just before a Sunday siesta. Its soft and sweet tone, while definitely an asset, is a double-edged sword in that it makes the book a bit less memorable. The thing one remembers best is what it felt like reading it - and while this makes the story more powerful, the details become much hazier with time, the story itself more apt to fade into oblivion.

    I think readers who are currently in love or who've gone through a grand passion would appreciate it more. It's worth reading.


    4. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (5.25/10)

    It's a Latin American weekend for me, focusing on Gabriel Garcia Marquez with two novels almost devoid of his signature magical realism. That's not necessarily a bad thing I think.

    A charming young man of means was murdered in an honor killing. The book could have been entitled Chronicles of a Death Absolutely, Unshakably Fated because there were so many ways in which his death could have been prevented. Even the perpetrators seemed to want somebody, anybody to stop them because they were just about telling every Tomas, Ricardo and Carlos that passed by what they planned to do and yet it happened anyway. And nope, no spoilers here - I just elaborated what's in the blurbs. Had a Final Destination that's chilling at times.

    It's FUBAR all around, jimmy status at maximum rustle because I think the victim was innocent of the entire thing. I was about to give it a lower score but it was an absorbing story, I've got to give it that. It's just a bit senseless is all, and I mean the crime, not the book.
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    (4). "Corps Strength: A Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant's Program for Elite Fitness" by Paul J. Roarke. One of those books I need to read more regularly to keep focused on the basics and keeping my training on point. It's easy to get sucked up into different fitness fads and doing all sorts of goofy stuff, when really all you need is some consistent, hard, and effective PT done regularly.

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    4, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Self-help) 10/10
    Great book. Second time listening to it. Short, yet so much wisdom

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    1. The Taking - Dean Koontz
    2. Petals on the Wind - V.C. Andrews
    3. Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory - Deena Kastor

    Solid book on a marathon runner. It wasn't my favorite of those I have read recently, she went into a little too much detail and back story on every single race. It was decent, though.

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    1. The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain - 9/10
    2. Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline, and a Winning Attitude - 9/10
    3. The Hobbit - 8.5/10
    4. Psycho Cybernetics -10/10 will read again. Gold in every chapter.

    Currently reading the selfish gene and I'm going to start Dead Man's Gate this week
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    Lies of Locke Lamora : Scott lynch
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    Finally finished 1Q84 #3. Solid book and comfortably the best of the three volumes for me.

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    In a nutshell: volumes one and two were far from epic IMO, but they laid the foundation for a very strong final book. That's worth baring in mind if you give this a go.

    Looking to read at least two more Murakami books this year. His characterisation and blend of Eastern and Western themes/cultural elements make his work a joy to read.

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    Promoting The 48 Laws of Power from side-read to my main book now--I've been reading it on the side for about a week and a half.
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    Year 2019: finished 4/52

    1. "The Arraignment" (2003) (Paul Madriani #7) by Steve Martini (Audiobook) *Legal Thriller
    2. "Compelling Evidence" (1992) (Paul Madriani #1) by Steve Martini (Audiobook) *Legal Thriller
    3. "Double Tap" (2005) (Paul Madriani #8) by Steve Martini (Audiobook) *Legal Thriller
    4. "Shadow of Power" (2008) (Paul Madriani #9) by Steve Martini (Audiobook) *Legal Thriller


    While the books written Steve Martini are all legal thrillers, the real perpetrator in each book has never been revealed until the very last moment. But in many other poplular books in the same field, for example John Grisham's, from the beginning we the readers all know who is the real killer and main focus is for the lawyers to prove someone guilty or not guilty in the courtroom.

    Increased tendency of the last few books of the Madriani series, the author made that mystery part extreme. In those books the real killers were persons who appeared only in a few scenes and background details weren't told sufficiently. Though explanation were all natural and consistent, there's no way we could predict it.

    Funny thing is that the story telling is so good, actually the deception makes the book a pure joy. I think it's the reader's prerogative to decide what I like and what I don't. So I decided Steve Martini is a great writer, at least to me.

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    1. The Taking - Dean Koontz
    2. Petals on the Wind - V.C. Andrews
    3. Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory - Deena Kastor
    4. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir - Haruki Murakami

    Quick read, not too involved but I definitely liked this one. He is more of the same mindset as me when it comes to running, that he'd rather complete the distance than go for speed. Most of the other running memoirs I have read have been people who are all about that speed!

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    3. "John Boyd, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" - Robert Coram.

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    5. 1Q84 #3 by Haruki Murakami - 9/10
    6. The Concise 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene - 10/10

    I don't know how this concise ~ 200 page version compares with the unabridged 450+ page original (it may or may not be a case of "less is more") but this is easily one of the most interesting and though-provoking books I've ever read. Thanks to a blend of timeless/broad and specific/narrow talking points, this book referred to and reminded me of various major people and movements from the past to the present and was often relatable to my personal life. Greene nailed this concept and left me with plenty to look out for and bare in mind. I recommend this to everyone.

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    Originally Posted by TheBodfather94 View Post
    Started another Greene book, "The 33 Stategies of War" tonight.
    I'm looking forward to this one, loving Greene's works. Have you read The Art of War and could you compare the two if possible?

    The anecdotes used in The Laws of Human Nature seemed a bit lengthy though but certainly got the point across

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    Finished "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman 2 days ago and started "You and Me Forever" by Francis Chan last night and should have it finished by Wednesday at the latest. Will probably be reading a few books on marriage this year as I'm getting married in December. As a daily reader I'm doing the "Love Dare" and I also started listening to "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins.
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    1. A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos - 5/5
    I don't remember who recommended this book last year, but I'm very grateful. This is the first time I've read a nonfiction book from the (mostly) German perspective during WOII and I found it very intriguing. The internal conflict of fighting for your country and at the same time disagreeing with the nazi regime was very well written and sheds another light on the often one-sided view painted in most books. Highly recommended.

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    Originally Posted by Ayz33 View Post
    I'm looking forward to this one, loving Greene's works. Have you read The Art of War and could you compare the two if possible?

    The anecdotes used in The Laws of Human Nature seemed a bit lengthy though but certainly got the point across
    I read The Art of War a couple of years ago and loved it. Will compare them in my review of The 33 Strategies. It's the concise version again btw :/. Waiting on some library books so I'm just reading from my brother's shelf.

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    1. The Taking - Dean Koontz
    2. Petals on the Wind - V.C. Andrews
    3. Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory - Deena Kastor
    4. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir - Haruki Murakami
    5. If There Be Thorns - V.C. Andrews
    6. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens


    I hesitated to add that last one because it's so short, but I realized the other day as many Christmas specials as I have seen on it, I had never read the actual book! As for #5, V.C. Andrews be V.C. Andrewsing. Lots of NSFW material.

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