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

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    30 32.97%
  • 11-20

    15 16.48%
  • 21-30

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  • 41-51

    4 4.40%
  • 52-60 -- Misc 52 books in 52 weeks club (2018)

    9 9.89%
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    2 2.20%
  • 71-80

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    Originally Posted by SOJA View Post
    Glad someone brought those up. Do those count as reading books? I had a debate with someone a while back about that. I said that it wasn't the same as reading a book and didn't count. If you're not ingesting the words visually, then you're not reading. Though you could argue storytellers told stories by spoken word, henceforth the word storyteller, thousands if not millions of years ago before a written language was available. Passing it around by repetition, much like an STD, but without the STD. Different time, different way of doing things. Simply not applicable today.
    My friend, I think I understand what you mean and I wish I could read physical books as before, when I was young. However my eye problems doesn't allow me to do that any more. Growing old sucks, haha. Now thanks to the recent audio media technology I could have access to the books with my ears instead of my weak and useless eyes. I know it's not exactly the same as actually reading books through my eyes but the words which compose the story are the same nevertheless.

    Now whether I like it or not, 99% of my "reading experiences" are through audio books. Please don't deny me of the pleasure of joining this book 52 challenge because of the media differences. I love books as much as you who can still read books without any eye problems.

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    Originally Posted by MrJensenn View Post
    A tip to save could also be using a VPN to sign up for Storytel. It's like Netflix, but for audiobooks.
    Unlimited audiobooks unlike audible. I haven't tested other countries, but by signing up on the norwegian version I can access norwegian, english and swedish books. And we are talking LOADS of books. It's in very rare instances when I don't find what I am looking for in one language, in these cases I can end up finding it in one of the other languages.

    Depending on which country you choose you end up at like 15 bucks or less.
    I am currently in a family plan where I am paying 50% (12 bucks a month).
    Bookshelf. Tracking. Rating. Offline mode. Speed adjuster. And ebooks! You can even read from the ebook and if you become tired of that you can turn on the audiobook and it will continue where you were in the ebook.
    This may be a stupid question from me, but how I do I set VPN on my phone? I want to use it in US, but I see it is only available in Europe.
    Also, does it limit how many books you read per month?
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    Originally Posted by Wanderer10 View Post
    ereaderiq too. Track books amazon prices. I basically pay <£2 for all my books. Got almost 100 bought to read.

    Think it's US/UK too.
    wow, this is great, I used to use camelcamelcamel to track merchandise, but this website is better to track books, I will definitely use it. Thanks! Some of the books that I read are written by not well known authors.
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    Originally Posted by BenMcLeodNZ View Post
    Cool. I get almost all my books from Libgen, I find it's the best, totally free, and if the book you want isn't there, sometimes it will come up later on. Then convert them to desired format with Calibre. It's the way to go and may save you thousands. The only thing I need to spend money on is the physical Kindle I use, which I buy used for around $80. I wouldn't buy the really expensive Oasis because kindle screens break easily, easier than a cellphone, except a tiny crack will totally ruin an e-ink screen. They don't read pdf's well to be honest, because the screens are too small.
    Thanks! This is great! This is going to save me thousands of dollars! I already got one book from the site, haha.
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    Originally Posted by write2staceyz View Post
    This may be a stupid question from me, but how I do I set VPN on my phone? I want to use it in US, but I see it is only available in Europe.
    Also, does it limit how many books you read per month?
    Do you have Android or IPhone?

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    Originally Posted by jreacher View Post
    Do you have Android or IPhone?
    I have android phone.

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    Originally Posted by MrBourbon View Post
    It's not the same as reading a book in the sense that it's not a physical object you consume with your eyes.

    If I pass my eyes over every word in a book but retain nothing, does that count as having read it? How about if I listen to an audiobook and retain everything from the book despite having "read" none of it.

    If the point of reading is to move ideas from an authors head into yours, I'd say it's reading. If you want to be pedantic about it, you're not reading the book but you're still consuming it.
    I definitely agree that the point is that we're all engaging in reading to be exposed to new ideas, plots, and characters, and facts through words. Whether the words are spoken or written means little to me.

    I haven't listened to an audiobook in a long time, but as long as your paying attention (same goes for reading from a physical book) it counts the same in my opinion.

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    Us Against You - Frederick Backman (9/10): Wow. I loved Beartown and this one is just as good. Backman is terrific at making readers experience the emotions of the characters, and you really invest in them. It's a darker theme and style of writing that can move you - I was totally invested in the characters, especially Benji. Even though no characters are without fault, you really pull for some of them.

    If you liked Beartown, this is a no-brainer. If you havent read either, pick them both up.

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    Originally Posted by write2staceyz View Post
    I have android phone.
    I just created an account using their german site.
    I didn't have to use a VPN for that and I could even use my Norwegian credit card for it.
    Unlimited books every month. You can download them so you have them offline.
    (When I logged into the app I could choose 4 languages (with my german account); english, german, arabic and turkish. I am not sure about how many english books they have given that I don't know which books you would look after etc.)


    On another note, the audiobook discussion. I count audiobooks the same as books if the audiobook is the only thing you're consciously focusing on. And by that, I mean, you can't listen to an audiobook and read a newspaper at the same time and count it as reading.

    I just finished "Everything is F*cked: A book about hope" by Mark Manson. It was quite the interesting book and took up some very interesting topics about hope, religion, science, sports and so on. The ending chapter of the book had a very interesting perspective of how AI "will" form the future. I personally don't find it that realistic, but it was much good stuff in the book about perspectives which I hadn't heard worded or materialized in that way before.
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    42. "Books of Blood vol.2" (1984) - by Clive Barker (Audiobook) *Horror* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐-⭐⭐/10



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    "Books of Blood vol.3" (1984) - by Clive Barker (Audiobook) *Horror*

    10 more books to go. I had finished 64 books at the same time last year and that means 22 less books this year. My weak eyes suck. But the real reason for this lies elsewhere. I used to read e-books for my (total) three-hour commute. I've been unemployed for the last ten months after I took their offer of early retirement package. That means 15 hour per week less reading time for me during the last 10 months. I've been looking for a new job and finally found one two weeks ago. This might change the situation when I start to commute to my new workplace. But I don't know, Like I said, my eyesight isn't the same as before...... *sigh*
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    Originals 10/10, great creativity book

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    67. The Secret Barrister

    Written by an anonymous lawyer, this is a brilliant autobiographical, educational and evaluative piece on legal practice and the legal structure/system in England and Wales. Very accessible and entertaining for its subject matter (which definitely isn't always the case). I recommend it to pretty much everyone in this jurisdiction.

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    68. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

    Very influential dystopia set in a post-war world of global totalitarianism. OneState's inhabitants live in glass buildings, have alpha-numeric combinations in place of names, are required to follow a government prescribed daily routine and are assigned lovers. Privacy, individuality and freedom are considered absurd ancient concepts in OneState. The protagonist and narrator is the creator of a spaceship built to colonise alien societies, and he keeps a journal which he intends to take with him. The concepts, narrative approach and early stages pulled me in, and this book's influence can't be denied, but it didn't really hold my interest.

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    69. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Solid dystopia set in an era of plummeting birthrates and a fundamentalist USA. After overthrowing the former government, the Sons of Jacob drastically curb individual rights and essentially enslave the remaining fertile women, one of whom is the protagonist Offred. As you can expect, Offred's journey diverges from that of a typical Handmaid. I re-read this as a refresher for its recently released sequel (The Testaments) and enjoyed it just as much, if not more than I did the first time. Atwood's writing is top tier.
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    Bod and now you. Looks like I'm saving the $5 I'd have to spend on eBay to buy this because my local book stores don't carry it.

    Agreed 100% about his 11/22.63 book. Brilliant.

    My next King book is likely the one RedRusty mentioned: The Long Walk. It's a 4+ star on Goodreads and looks interesting.
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    Been reading quite a bit this week because I've been sick for a damn week. Fuking change of seasons.

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    95. 3rd Degree - James Patterson
    96. The Lunatic Cafe - Laurell K. Hamilton


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    38 Spy Master (Scot Harvath #18) by Brad Thor (9/10)
    39 One Good Deed by David Baldacci (7/10)
    40 Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner (5/10)**

    ** There were parts of this that I really loved (like how a real estate agent is really motivated for you to accept essentially the first offer due to the SIGNIFICANTLY reduced effort versus reward, e.g., an additional $10,000 offer typically nets them just $150 into their pocket), but too much of it involved what the authors concluded was the affect of legalized abortions on crime 15-20 years later.
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    40 Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner (5/10)**

    ** There were parts of this that I really loved (like how a real estate agent is really motivated for you to accept essentially the first offer due to the SIGNIFICANTLY reduced effort versus reward, e.g., an additional $10,000 offer typically nets them just $150 into their pocket), but too much of it involved what the authors concluded was the affect of legalized abortions on crime 15-20 years later.
    Agreed. There was some great stuff, but overall disappointing and it felt like the authors were patting themselves on the back the whole time.

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    HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that is looking to take it to the next level. Goes through a comparison of fixed and growth mindsets and the different times they make appearances and how a fixed mindset can stagnate development while a growth mindset can accelerate it.

    COMPLETED:

    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]


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    -- How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
    -- I Will Teach You to Be Rich
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    -- In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations that Changed the World
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    Originally Posted by DishinSauce View Post
    17. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - [5]

    HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone that is looking to take it to the next level. Goes through a comparison of fixed and growth mindsets and the different times they make appearances and how a fixed mindset can stagnate development while a growth mindset can accelerate it.

    COMPLETED:

    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]
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    18. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - [5]


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    -- Bigger, Leaner, Stronger
    -- 12 Rules for Life
    -- The Loyalty Effect
    I recommend this book that I am currently listening to, "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Kind of the Story of My Life."
    I think you will like this book. It is very different from most "success" book that I listened to.
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    So amazed by Peter Lynch's wisdom of investment and superior writing.

    A lot of examples in his books are outdated. But what amazed me is his analysis of each industry. And this can apply to my own purchase in the same industry.

    I also realize that food industry is the most reliable industry. For example, MC Donald has 400 bags.

    Recently there is one hot stock Beyond meat, that went up 300% after IPO and catches a lot trader's attention. At first I do not understand the valuation.

    But now compare to McDonald, 300%, a 3 bagger is nothing in the long term.

    Mr Lynch explained that even during recession, people still need to buy food.

    Mr Lynch said that when you buy a stock, you need to ask yourself where this company can extend. He also said for franchisee, it is not good to expand too fast. It is better to grow slowly than grow quickly.

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    I recommend this book that I am currently listening to, "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Kind of the Story of My Life."
    I think you will like this book. It is very different from most "success" book that I listened to.
    Thanks for the recommendation. Just ordered it. Based on a total of about 24-26 books, next year's queue is already almost full.

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    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

    Pierce Brown - Dark Age was a nice continuation of the struggles Darrow goes through after the Red Rising trilogy. This has more of a "Empire Strikes Back" feel to it where most everything is going wrong and the good guys are losing.
    Arthur C Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama was recently recommended by a co-worker and I had heard about it here or in the Fantasy thread. I thought it was a solid read but the minor surprise at the very ending should have been brought up earlier by some of the scientists.
    Arthur C Clarke - Rama II was terrible. This was a worse sequel than Tower Lord was to Blood Song and I thought that would be hard to do. Clarke and Gentry Lee wrote this one and it looks very much like Clarke just put his name to it and let Lee write the entire book. The characters in this book came across as being pulled straight from a daytime soap opera. Lee spent chapters discussing the socio-economic fallout from the events in the first book but they came across more as a critique than anything helpful to the story. Patrick Rothfuss did an excellent review of this book on Goodreads.
    Larry Correia - Guardian wasn't even close to as good as his other books and that is due to the use of another author and the way she presented this story. Correia has used other authors with this series and those books were fine. This book was written by a woman for a woman and on virtually every other page it was, "My baby has been taken. I am a terrible Mom filled with angst. I must do everything by myself instead of working with a team."
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    This was very different to THT; it's set 15 years after, is split into three, varied perspectives (two of whom are new characters) and extends beyond "Gilead" into Canada. Atwood significantly expanded the story, and I can appreciate her approach, but I enjoyed this a fair bit less than THT.

    71. Notes on Suicide by Simon Critchley

    Fairly interesting, brief book on suicide and how it's been viewed by philosophers/groups/societies through the ages and up to present day. Good philosophy reference point as well.

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    I'm now reading D. Eric Maikranz's first novel The Reincarnationist Papers. It's about a secret group of people who happen to have the ability to fully remember their past lives. It's neat. He obviously intended to write more of them, but the book didn't sell well. It has nonetheless been optioned for a movie by Chris Evans and Antoine Fuqua.
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    41 As The Crow Flies (Longmire #8) by Craig Johnson (8/10)**

    ** Johnson excels at witty dialogue between characters.

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    Enjoyed two great pieces of fiction to wrap it up: Good Omens and American Gods, both by Neil Gaiman (G.O. coauthored by the late Terry Pratchett). If you like Neil Gaiman and haven't read these, you'll really enjoy both of these. Good Omens is the funnier book by far but both were wonderful blends of weird and wild fantasy.

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