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52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

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Post by Valigarmander » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:01 pm

Also read A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis. Being a Barnes & Noble coffee table book it leans more towards the sensational side than the scholarly one, but I guess it's a good introduction at least.

1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 4/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by Apollo the Just » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:57 pm

Picked up Artemis Fowl for the first time in years because I finally bought the last book in the series, but I've also forgotten literally everything that happens in the rest so I'm re-reading to experience it in full.

The first half of the book didn't age that well overall (mostly all of the early 2000's Strong Female Character Not Like Other Girls tropes, embarrassing "ENHANCE IMAGe" and "PRESS DECODE" detective drama cliches, and a very 2-dimensional attempted portrayal at mental illness in Artemis's mom) but still has excellent moments of Artemis being a little Sherlockian douche and Butler being the greatest fictional character to ever.

It REALLY picks up about halfway through and is just nonstop fantastic for the remainder. Once it's done introducing Holly as FIRST FEMALE OFFICER AND EVERYTHING EVERYONE SAYS IS ABOUT HER BEING A GIRL and just gets to her being a character in her own right, she's fantastic. The book also does a very good job of introducing Artemis as a total piece of **** but also one who is a product of his own upbringing, which I know is something he does a lot of unlearning throughout the series. I'm excited to read the rest because now that everyone has been established and introduced I know that dynamics develop and change and get really good and nuanced as the series progresses.

7/10 first installment but if my memory is anything to go off of it only gets better and damn better from here.

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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:36 am

I'm at the point of The Earth's Children series where if I have to hear anything else about Jondalar, I might need to set fire to things. Namely, Jondalar. He should have been on fire in the previous book, to be fair. Really aflame, you know? Just... whoosh.

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by Booyakasha » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:48 pm

Jeremy Robert Johnson-----Skullcrack City

Weird book. I picked it up because it had front-cover blurbs from David Wong and Chuck Palahniuk. It was good. Might look into more of his biz.
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Post by Valigarmander » Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:38 am

Read A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs by Matthew P. Martyniuk. Pretty informative, and has some nice illustrations, but the guy should've hired a proofreader.
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1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 4/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)
36. A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds by Matthew P. Martyniuk - 3/5 (Oct 2)

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:12 am

The Shelters of Stone, Jean M. Auel
The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M Auel
Sacred Band, Joseph D. Carriker Jr.

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Post by Valigarmander » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:59 am

Read The Japanese Experience: A Short History of Japan by W. G. Beasley. A handy overview of Japanese history. It was a nice read, though some of the translations were a bit dubious.
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1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 3/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)
36. A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds by Matthew P. Martyniuk - 3/5 (Oct 2)
37. The Japanese Experience by W. G. Beasley - 3/5 (Oct 17)

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Post by Dux is not you » Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:14 am

Against Elections: The Case for Democracy by David van Reybrouck. Amazing read. Essentially, an argument that elections are bad for democracy, and that actual democracy can only be achieved if public offices are filled by random selection instead of by popular vote.

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Post by Valigarmander » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:40 am

Read The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens. A must-read.
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1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 3/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)
36. A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds by Matthew P. Martyniuk - 3/5 (Oct 2)
37. The Japanese Experience by W. G. Beasley - 3/5 (Oct 17)
38. The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens - 5/5 (Oct 25)

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Post by Valigarmander » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:01 am

Got into the October mood by reading Bram Stoker's Dracula. There wasn't a lot in this book that surprised me given how ingrained Dracula is in popular culture, but nevertheless it was interesting seeing where most of the modern vampire cliches originated/were codified. The book kind of dragged on at some points, though.
Spoiler.
1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 3/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)
36. A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds by Matthew P. Martyniuk - 3/5 (Oct 2)
37. The Japanese Experience by W. G. Beasley - 3/5 (Oct 17)
38. The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens - 5/5 (Oct 25)
39. Dracula by Bram Stoker - 4/5 (Oct 26)

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Post by smol Kat » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:56 pm

^Squeege was assigned that book for a lit class a couple years back, then I read it after him. A good read. I can see how it felt dragged out in places, but if I could get through the first three and a half Anne Rice books, I can get through anything.
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Post by Valigarmander » Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:31 pm

I picked up The Halloween Legion by Martin Powell, Thomas Boatwright and Diana Leto on a whim because it looked neat and was season-appropriate. It wasn't very good. The story was predictable, the characters bland, the exposition thick.
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1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 3/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)
36. A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds by Matthew P. Martyniuk - 3/5 (Oct 2)
37. The Japanese Experience by W. G. Beasley - 3/5 (Oct 17)
38. The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens - 5/5 (Oct 25)
39. Dracula by Bram Stoker - 4/5 (Oct 26)
40. The Halloween Legion by Martin Powell, Thomas Boatwright & Diana Leto - 2/5 (Oct 27)

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by Valigarmander » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:50 am

Also read volume one of Hellsing by Kohta Hirano. It was alright, and I'm fairly interested in seeing where the story goes from here. Also, Hirano's depiction of Christianity is unintentionally hilarious.
Spoiler.
1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 3/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)
36. A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds by Matthew P. Martyniuk - 3/5 (Oct 2)
37. The Japanese Experience by W. G. Beasley - 3/5 (Oct 17)
38. The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens - 5/5 (Oct 25)
39. Dracula by Bram Stoker - 4/5 (Oct 26)
40. The Halloween Legion by Martin Powell, Thomas Boatwright & Diana Leto - 2/5 (Oct 27)
41. Hellsing Vol. 1 by Kohta Hirano - 3/5 (Oct 28)

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by Valigarmander » Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:06 pm

Read Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Like The Long Halloween, I loved it from start to finish.
Spoiler.
1. Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko - 4/5 (Jan 15)
2. The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - 5/5 (Feb 4)
3. The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade - 2/5 (Feb 28)
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 6)
5. Octopus Pie, Vol. 2 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Mar 22)
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien - 4/5 (Mar 26)
7. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (Apr 14)
8. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien - 5/5 (May 4)
9. Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey - 4/5 (May 24)
10. Concealing Coloration in Animals by Judy Diamond & Alan B. Bond - 5/5 (May 25)
11. A Game For Swallows by Zeina Abirached - 3/5 (May 28)
12. Angora Napkin by Troy Little - 3/5 (May 30)
13. La Perdida by Jessica Abel - 3/5 (Jun 6)
14. Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels - 5/5 (Jun 16)
15. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - 5/5 (Jun 18)
16. Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele - 4/5 (Jun 22)
17. Tank Girl: One by Jamie Hewlett & Alan Martin - 4/5 (Jun 24)
18. Empire State by Jason Shiga - 4/5 (Jun 25)
19. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki - 4/5 (Jun 29)
20. Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel - 4/5 (Jul 2)
21. Embroidery by Marjane Satrapi - 3/5 (Jul 5)
22. Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk - 3/5 (Jul 6)
23. The Coming World Dictator by John Wesley White - 2/5 (Jul 7)
24. Octopus Pie, Vol. 3 by Meredith Gran - 4/5 (Jul 10)
25. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal by Terence Ball & Richard Dagger - 4/5 (Jul 29)
26. Lost States by Michael J. Trinklein - 4/5 (Aug 2)
27. Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - 5/5 (Aug 6)
28. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - 3/5 (Aug 7)
29. Koma by Pierre Wazem & Frederik Peeters - 4/5 (Aug 9)
30. The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe - 3/5 (Aug 28)
31. The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul - 4/5 (Aug 31)
32. Batgirl/Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin & Javier Pulido - 3/5 (Sep 2)
33. Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux & Amazing Ameziane - 4/5 (Sep 3)
34. The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston - 4/5 (Sep 18)
35. A Dark History: The Popes by Brenda Ralph Lewis - 3/5 (Sep 18)
36. A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds by Matthew P. Martyniuk - 3/5 (Oct 2)
37. The Japanese Experience by W. G. Beasley - 3/5 (Oct 17)
38. The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens - 5/5 (Oct 25)
39. Dracula by Bram Stoker - 4/5 (Oct 26)
40. The Halloween Legion by Martin Powell, Thomas Boatwright & Diana Leto - 2/5 (Oct 27)
41. Hellsing Vol. 1 by Kohta Hirano - 3/5 (Oct 28)
42. Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale - 5/5 (Oct 30)

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by ScottyMcGee » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:26 pm

WAy behind on this:


1. Death Note Black Edition IV by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - YEAH
2. Death Note Black Edition V by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - YEAH
3. Death Note Black Edition VI by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata - YEAH
4. The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke Passey - Okay
5. The Steam Man of the Prairies by Edward S. Elis - Meh
6. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens (penname of Gertrude Bennett) - YEAH
7. The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry - HELL YEAH
8. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain - HELL YEAH
9. Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuck - HELL YEAH
10. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - HELL YEAH
11. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain - Cool
12. Finding Arthur: The True Origins of the Once and Future King by Adam Ardrey - HELL YEAH
13. Carrie by Stephen King - HELL YEAH
14. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson - HELL YEAH
15. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Volume 1, Part 1 by Hirohiko Araki - YEAH

Currently reading Stephen King's It, so that's been taking up a lot of time.

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by ScottyMcGee » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:11 pm

Oh I knew I forgot something!

16. The Man Within by Graham Greene - YEAH (I had this book for so long and finally finished it. I had my ups and downs while reading it and the ending made me want to scream but it couldn't have happened any other way really.)

Just today I finished reading:
17. Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science by Dave Levitan - HELL YEAH - THIS BOOK IS LIKE SUPER IMPORTANT. EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT.

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

Post by ScottyMcGee » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:21 pm

On a roll here.

18. Great Religions of Modern Man: Islam by John A. Williams - YEAH.
I found the whole set for like 5 bucks in a library book sale. The whole set has Hinduism, Judaism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, and Protestantism. Given recent events, I really wanted to read the Islam book first. Very informative. Although also very dry.

19. Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner with David Fisher - YEAH.
Shatner's prose isn't quite, shall we say, literary. This was a very easy-to-read book. Knocked it out in a day. I cringed when he repeated the same phrases, but overall, it's a touching goodbye to Leonard Nimoy and had a lot of information and funny stories that I never knew about. It focuses on Nimoy's life and how it affected Shatner's.

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