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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:09 am

I just read Richard Adams-----Traveler. An account of General Lee's journey through the Civil War, told from the POV of Lee's horse. Good book.
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The South loses.
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Post by ScottyMcGee » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:33 am

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Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:28 am
Also finished Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. The author's conclusions are a bit deterministic, but the book was still interesting and I learned a few things about human history I wasn't aware of before.
In my very first archaeology seminar in college, my teacher tore apart that book. Funny because before we were required to read it I had already bought it like "Oh this is a cool book" and my teacher basically said "SHUT UP IT'S NOT."

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

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Post by Valigarmander » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:18 am

Alright, looks like my final count is going to be 44 for 2017. Not bad, but I wish I could've made it to the goal. Here's to 2018.

My recommendations for this year:
  • The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz - A revealing (and pertinent) exploration of the the rise of the Nazis, and how they were able to make their extreme policies palatable to the German population.
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien - You know it. It's a classic of fantasy literature, there's no denying it.
  • Good-Bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson - A really cute story about friendship that will also probably make you cry.
  • Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-Sik Hong - The story of a young married couple and their attempt to find peace and happiness in the Korean countryside. Funny, sweet, and at times really moving.
  • Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale - An excellent sequel to the excellent The Long Halloween.
Final Count:
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)
43. The Divine Comedy by Dante - 3/5 (Dec 9)
44. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond - 4/5 (Dec 11)

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Re: 52 Weeks of Reading - 2017

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Post by Booyakasha » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:00 pm

Last week I read 'Neverending Story' at work.
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You know, I cried whenever I watched the movie as a kid, at the part where Artax dies in the Swamp of Sorrows. It's a lot worse in the book, because Artax can talk.

Nobody saw me weeping. Maybe the security cameras, I guess. These dingdong books and their lovable horseys. Ugh.
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Post by ScottyMcGee » Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:23 pm

20. Monster Musume, Volume 1 by Okayado (SHUT UP. DO NOT JUDGE.) - YEAH

21. Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross - HELL YEAH

22. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - YEAH (surprisingly readable. I guess that's why Sherlock Holmes is so famous because even today it's so readable. It's definitely a product of its time in the characters' reaction to natives - and even Hispanics. Every Hispanic is referred to as a "half-breed" and I cringed every time it came up)

Low turn-out this year. I don't know what's up with me but I can't read books as fast as I used to when I was a kid. Now when I read I keep thinking about a thousand other things about life and then I have to reread every page because I wasn't paying attention.

I want to start out good for 2018 though. I have a list set - I'm going to read Ready Player One first.

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