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Old 03-11-2019, 10:16 PM   #481
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I've read three books so far. Goal is to read at least one a month but can obviously go past that.

Dopesick- Was a book that went into great detail about the opioid crisis in America. Very in depth book that allowed you to see why so many people who used Oxycontin ended up using heroin. 9/10

A Cold Day in Paradise. Typical Murder thriller. This was recommended by a teacher friend of mine and it did not disappoint. Dragged on a bit but had a pretty good ending. 8/10

The Reckoning by John Grisham- Grisham lately has been so hit or miss. This book, at least in my eyes, did not disappoint me at all. I loved it. It had a story that made you question the motives of a guy, hate him, then root for him because of his past and ended with an ending that made my jaw hit the floor. I would put it in the top 5 of his books in my eyes. 10/10
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2019 Book #5:

"The Lost City of The Monkey God" by Douglas Preston. A true accounting of the search for a lost city in the Honduras rainforest.

Amazing the secrets, dangers, and wonder that can still be found on our planet! That a journey to somewhere on our own planet can be harsher and more dangerous than a journey to the moon.

Also, I think I'm developing a reading problem. I wanted to read more books in 2019, and now I am reading books too fast. It has also really set back my comic book reading.
Just happened to catch something about this on TV in a show called "Museum Mysteries". It was maybe a 5 minute segment rife with inaccuracies, over exaggerations, and sensationalism. Made me chuckle.
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2019 Book #6: "We Have The Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception One Sense At a Time" by Kara Platoni.

I picked this book by going to the "science" section of the library and judging the books by their covers. Overall, there were some interesting chapters and thoughts to be had, and I don't REGRET reading it..... but... I guess I see now why they tell you not to judge books from their covers. Also, the font in the book was very small, which bugged me.
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2019 Book #7: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I didn't really care for it. There were pretty much 0 likeable characters in the book, and felt like no real purpose to it.
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Read Garth Ennis's The Crossed.

Serious question: What in the actual fuck is wrong with Garth Ennis?

Also, started reading Fire and Blood. Reads like a wikipedia article so far.
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2019 Book #7: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I didn't really care for it. There were pretty much 0 likeable characters in the book, and felt like no real purpose to it.
I didn't finish this book when I tried to read it (I was like 21) had to keep referring back to the family tree of people with the same name and got confused...
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I kept flipping back too, but then at a certain point I just started to flip back less because it was like "Ehhh, who cares who they are related to"
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2019 Book #8: "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water" by Charles Fishman.

I really enjoyed this book. I feel like I have a deeper respect and understanding of water now. It is the most important thing on the planet, and people tend to take it for granted and largely ignore it... which is leading to a lot of trouble, and has the potential to lead to even more!
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2019 Book #9: "Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany", the biography of Marthe Cohn. I saw her speak a few months ago, so I had to read her book (especially since she was very old and quiet with an accent and I couldn't understand everything she was saying)

I always struggle with reading or watching anything that deals with the holocaust, because it is some of the darkest depths of humanity possible, and hits close to home.... I always need to remind myself that at those dark times, there was also very bright points of light from heroes big and small who just tried to do the right thing.... so humanity wasn't ALL bad
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Read Garth Ennis's The Crossed.

Serious question: What in the actual fuck is wrong with Garth Ennis?

Also, started reading Fire and Blood. Reads like a wikipedia article so far.
Crossed and the various spinoff series were gory fun. Ennis has a very dark sense of humor.

Reading Pimp by Iceberg Slim. Had heard of the book for years. Then back in February found a copy at Walmart. In their Celebrate Black History month display. Damn good book so far.

Just read the comic book adaptation of JCVD's film Cyborg. This is the only comic book that Cannon Films published. It was a low print run and given to video stores to promote the VHS release of the film.

Also read Bad World issue 1. Written by Warren Ellis and art by Jacen Burrows. It is Ellis taking various conspiracy theories and doing short 1 or 2 page write ups about them while Burrows contributes the art. Really entertaining read. But not anything I would have paid to $3.50 cover price for. But got it in a random lot of 20lbs of comics. So paid maybe 13 cents for this comic.
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro... written in a strangely subdued (or "disquieted") way which was annoying at first but then i realized was a kind of plot device... neone else read this... had this song in my head the whole time:

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2019 Book #10: "Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind" by Brian Fagan. For a book about water... it could be very dry at times! Was hoping for an examination of the relationship humans have had with water and how it affected society and growth.... and there was some of that, but there was also a lot of just simply describing the water systems they used. Which is interesting to think of the feats of engineering and innovation, but it is rather dry to read.


2019 Book #11: "Appointment with Death" by Agatha Christie. Randomly got another one of these.... it was alright. I like her style....

2019 Book #12: "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" by Agatha Christie. I think I maybe have a new favourite out of hers.... Always amazing how she can create a whole cast of interesting characters in every book....


2019 Book #13: "Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other" by Sherry Turkle. The book was divided into two halves, the first talking about humans relationship with "sociable robots", and the second about the internet and constant connection. A lot of interesting things to think about. The book was written in 2011, though, so it already feels wildly out of date, talking about things like BlackBerry and MySpace..... also Facebook has changed a lot since then too....
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Netherland by Joseph O'Neill, not sure of my experience, partly engaging party boring, kinda predictable... uses cricket as a metaphor a whole bunch... had me looking up the rules of cricket
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finished Anthony Haden Guest's The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night.

a really great book that looks at the history of Studio 54 & other popular clubs of the era like Palladium, Limelight & etc.

Archive dot org has a ton of books available to borrow for free to read during the Covid-19 Pandemic. that was where I found the book.

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I read that "how to be an anti-racist" book like a week before the George Floyd killing, it's okay, i think it's mostly directed at white liberals who think they aren't racist because they have black friends or they voted for obama or something. The guy dishes out a pretty good thrashing of capitalism, but then praises Elizabeth Warren of all people for her efforts to reform it. Idk
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"Pastwatch" about what if christopher columbus was nice to native american instead of enslaving them... nice read but ended with colonizer sympathy, feel like i got the bad ending

"The Woman in the Window" a Gone Girl clone for NYC style wine moms... this book got sent to me by accident and i just saw it sitting on my shelf and decided to read it
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I'm reading Ready Player One. It's probably the worst book I've read. I've taken to drawing stupid comics at the end of each chapter to illustrate how dumb the endless name dropping and Elon Musk worshipping is which is making me take significantly longer to read the book, which is bad because I want to be done with it.
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2020 Book #14: "La Sombra del Viento" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. 478 page book in Spanish completed! Feeling of great accomplishment right now... story was also pretty good.... big plothole/unresolved thread at the end, but whatever.....
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Old 08-22-2020, 12:03 AM   #506
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I have that, wanted to read it but would take me forever to read something in spanish... blah
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I'm reading Ready Player One. It's probably the worst book I've read. I've taken to drawing stupid comics at the end of each chapter to illustrate how dumb the endless name dropping and Elon Musk worshipping is which is making me take significantly longer to read the book, which is bad because I want to be done with it.
This book truly is atrocious... really disheartening how successful it was... creepy, off-putting, written like a 13 year old who doesn't know how to describe anything beyond using a simile to reference some other thing that has nothing to do with anything. Easily the worst book I've ever read, everything is so maximized: "I've mastered every arcade game from the 80's, I've memorized every single frame from every Brat Pack movie, I've read the biographies of every 80's author 10 times each," the protagonist is extremely creepy and stalkerish towards the girl love interest and justifies his creepiness towards her and then is rewarded by getting her at the end, again the descriptions are just hilariously lazy, packed to the brim with endless 80's references which, if you don't get, then you're out of luck cus there's nothing left in the book. "Stop hitting yourself like Rain Man, OK?" The kid's family gets killed by some evil faceless corporation and he doesn't even care, just goes to text the girl he likes, for fucks sake. This book is truly truly dreadful
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Yeah, p much destroyed my life... finished it in just over a month a think, but that is with spending every free moment reading.... letting all my tv watching go to the wayside, neglecting to go out for walks/bike rides, letting chores pile up.......

Still.... it is apparently part of a "series" of four books (second book being a prequel though).... kind of want to continue on, but the books keep getting longer it seems (except the third which is shorter) and I don't know if I want to put myself through that again...

Maybe when winter comes around and I don't want to leave the house anyways.... I guess the library only has the second book in Spanish also.... only has the 3rd and 4th in English so if I wanted Spanish I'd have to buy it or something like that....
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Since I listed that book as #14 of 2020 without posting the rest here.... here is the rest:

#1: "The Totally Useless History of the World" by Ian Crofton - Good for some chuckles and very light reading

#2: "Quest for the Past: Great Discoveries in Archaeology" by Brian M. Fagan - Cool but old book, probably so many updates to be made

#3: "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations" by David R. Montgomery - Radical

#4: "We Are The Weather: Saving The Planet Begins At Breakfast" by Jonathan Safran Foer - Some good stuff

#5: "La Vuelta al Mundo en Ochenta Dias" or "Around the World in Eighty Days" by Jules Verne (Edition with Spanish on one side of the page, English on the other) - Decent story, but again feeling of accomplishment at reading Spanish. No Kung-Fu present like in the Disney adaptation with Jackie Chan.

#6: "The Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator" by Timothy C. Winegard - Appropriate reading for the beginning of a pandemic

#7: "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" by Agatha Christie - The first Hercule Poirot story, these are always fun

#8: "Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening" by David Hendy - PrettyCool but too short, wanted more

#9: "Curtain: Poirot's Last Case" by Agatha Christie - The last Hercule Poirot story

#10: "The Art of Loving" by Erich Fromm - Meh

#11: "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Noah Harari - PrettyCool.... like this guy's books a lot

#12: "Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels - From the Jungles to the Streets" by Toby Muse - Pretty disheartening and sad. Would recommend.

#13: "The Lucky Ones" by Julianne Pachico - Was decent enough
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

Absolutely brilliant, even if I didnt really get deep enough into everything.

Basically adresses many philosophical questions on society and the way we live and still applies to the modern day.
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