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The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
642 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
My rating system is as follows:

5* - I'll go out of my way to recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading/listening to it. The Ready Player One type books.

4* - I'm not calling my friends telling them to read this book, but if it comes up, I'll suggest it. Still enjoyed reading this book, but not as much as others.

3* - Apathetic all around. If you ask me about it, I'll tell you I read it, but nothing more.

2* - If you ask me about this book, I'd recommend not reading it.

1* - Couldn't finish it or it was really tough to finish. Called the person who recommended it and complained and questioned their life choices.


5*s happen because I know how to pick books I like. Mostly 3* and 4* though. It's all subjective to you. There isn't a wrong way to do it.



I say if the book is mentioned in here, ask your question in here. But that is just one man's opinion.


JB Bama
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Tuscaloosa, AL
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
That sounds like a great reading system... but did you just claim Ready Player One as a 5 star?

Quick way to lose all your credibility.

That book was a solid 3 stars, maybe 3.5 for nostalgia's sake. It was entertaining, light, predictable, and linear.


memphis tiger
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Memphis, TN
Member since Feb 2006
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
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My rating system is as follows:

5* - I'll go out of my way to recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading/listening to it. The Ready Player One type books



Ready Player One 5 stars?????


I mean it was enjoyable but you really set the bar pretty low there.


The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
642 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
It's just how I rated it. I've bought that book for a gift for people or let friends read my copy.

Was it a classic work of literature, no way. But it was really fun and I really enjoyed it. I won't shy away from my ranking. I honestly added it to the description because it's probably the one book that personifies my star rankings the best. Will go out of my way to recommend that one to people.


Sneaky__Sally
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
That is why rankings are kind of pointless and I don't rank the things I read. Everyone finds different qualities desirable when picking up a book.

I research a lot before picking up a book so don't get stuck reading bad books very often. So for my list (whenever I get around to updating it) you can assume i thought it was a good read unless I specifically say don't recommend.


The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
642 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
I like ranking them so I can go back on goodreads if I need to recommend a book or if someone asks me how I felt about a book.


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Bham Bammer
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
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Quick way to lose all your credibility.


I mean, if he loved that book how does that make him not credible? It's an opinion, right? Just because it's not War and Peace or Huck Finn doesn't mean it can't be very enjoyable to someone.


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jonboy
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Goal: 50 books


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dirtsandwich
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AL
Member since May 2016
1465 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
12 Books and 12 Great Courses

Books read:

1. Celtic Myths - Quick read. Reminded me of young reader books I used to read. Interesting stories. Wouldn’t necessarily recommend except as an intro to the topic.

2. How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman. I enjoyed most of this book. I liked the background history, the discussion of Hume, Smith, et al, and some of the diaspora stories. Obviously the title is a bit overstated but it is interesting to consider the influence of Scotland given where it was in 1600 or so. Perhaps more interesting to me as someone with Scottish ancestors.

3. Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Ongoing.

4. The One Thing. Completed but still processing. Will likely go back to outline. May try to put some of the program into action at work. Also need to discuss it with the friend who recommended it. Not a difficult read. Some internal inconsistencies. I also disagreed with some of his criticism of Aristotle.

5. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. I’m 99% certain this is a reread but it’s been a long while. Never watched much of his shows. Maybe an episode here or there. Great read, particularly if you’ve spent any time in a kitchen or love food. Kind of a melancholy read after his death.

6. Dunkirk: The History Behund the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine. Easy quick read using a fair amount of interviews and historical record to provide details of participants’ experiences. I enjoyed it. Will probably watch the movie now and maybe check out more of the author’s work.

7. Energy by Richard Rhodes. Ongoing.

8.

Great Courses

1. The Iliad. Six hours of lecture by Prof. Elizabeth Vandiver. Very enjoyable.

2. The Odyssey. Six hours of lecture by Prof. Elizabeth Vandiver. Enjoyable. Preferred the discussion of the Iliad.

3. The Aeneid of Virgil. Six hours of lecture by Prof. Elizabeth Vandiver.

4.

5.

By the way, I have a lot of Great Courses cds. If anyone would like to borrow a course or two, let me know.
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memphis tiger
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Memphis, TN
Member since Feb 2006
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
A little ahead of my 2/ month goal

1. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) James SA Corey 581p

2. Deadhouse Gates (Malazan #2) Steven Erikson 831p

3. Munich Robert Harris 303p


On Deck:

Nemesis Games, The Expanse #5
Memories of Ice, Malazan #3


DLSWVA
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SW Virginia via Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2012
388 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
Just my opinion, but I suggest making Catch-22 the next book you read from your list. It's in my all-time top ten.


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Pragmatic PiG
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Little late to the party, I'm plannng on 50 books.......last year I tried 75 but only reached 50 LINK

1.The Paris Seamstress- Natasha Lester; 448p (***)
2. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany- William Shirer; 1648p (****)
*******Started reading this in the spring but slogged thru a bit, read more than 600 pages of it thru the first 2.5 weeks of Jan to finality so I'm counting it on this list IDGAF
3. The Reckoning- John Grisham; 432p (***)
4. A Piece of the World- Christina Baker Kline; 352p (****)
5. The Hot Zone: The Terrifying true Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus- Richard Preston; 352p (****)
6. Beneath a Scarlet Sky- Mark T Sullivan; 526p (****)
7. The Alice Network- Kate Quinn; 532p (*****)
8. George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I- Miranda (MJ) Carter; 528p (****)
9. Broken Ground (Inspector Karen Pirie #5)- Val McDermid; 432p (*****)
10. The Secret History of MI6- Keith Jeffery; 832p (***)
11. The Strangler Vine (Blake and Avery series #1)- MJ Carter; 369p (****)
12. The Infidel Stain (Blake and Avery series #2)- MJ Carter; 357p (***)
13. The Devils Feast (Blake and Avery series #3)- MJ Carter; 432p (***)
14. The Big Burn- Timothy Egan; 324p (****)

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Cowboyfan89
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Member since Sep 2015
6908 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
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1. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, 384 pgs
2. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, Candice Millard, 415 pgs
3. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Theodore Roosevelt, 186 pgs
4. Wildlife in Transition: Man and Nature on Yellowstone's Northern Range, Despain, Houston, Meagher, and Schullery, 115 pgs
5. The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: Volume 4, 312 pages
6. Turkey Hunting: A One Man Game, Kenny Morgan (IN PROGRESS)
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Maytheporkbewithyou
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Member since Aug 2016
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
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Louis L'Amour:


I read a ton of his westerns. Great books. The Sacketts were some likeable characters.


Cowboyfan89
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Member since Sep 2015
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
I read The Iron Marshal and Chancy last year. That got me hooked on him. Found this little book at Walmart for $5, and couldn't pass on it.


Bama and Beer
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Fairhope, AL
Member since Oct 2010
77438 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
In the last month or so I've read:

Foreign Influence, The Athena Project, and Full Black all by Brad Thor

Also Derailed by James Siegel

My goal for 2019, hell I don't know


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memphis tiger
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Memphis, TN
Member since Feb 2006
10144 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
So far in 2019:


1. Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) James SA Corey 581p

2. Deadhouse Gates (Malazan #2) Steven Erikson 831p

3. Munich Robert Harris 303p

4. Nemesis Games (The Expanse #4) James SA Corey 536p

5. Bad Blood Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup John Carreyrou 303p


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ecb
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Member since Jul 2010
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Hmm I don’t care about pages and such, I am curious as to how many I’ll read.

I got 15 stacked up on my dresser, so I think I’ll get thru 40

Goodbye to a river - John Graves
Bedwetter - Sarah Silverman
The Taking of K129 - Josh Dean
Born on the bayou - Blaine Lourd
Born to Run - Christopher mcdougal
In Russia with God, Fr Walter ciszek
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Mr Clean
Columbia Fan
Iberia Parish Prison
Member since Aug 2006
36180 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
I’ve only read Michael Connelly’s “Two Kinds of Truth” thus far.

Rating: 4 stars

I’m aiming for Randy Wayne White’s “Caribbean Rim” soon. I’m a big fan of his but his latest works have received lackluster reviews.

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dirtsandwich
Alabama Fan
AL
Member since May 2016
1465 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
I’m editing to add my updates but had to look for this on second page.


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