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« on: January 01, 2014, 06:35:30 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 10:19:49 PM »

Last years version here
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 12:59:47 AM »

Last year's accomplishments...nine novels and two autobiographies. While that's fewer books than previous years, I think the number of pages may be comparable thanks to the length of each book in my reading of almost half the Wheel of Time series last year. Most of this year will probably be spent on finishing the WoT, but I do plan on working some others in along the way...


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A Crown of Swords (The Wheel of Time - Book Seven) - Robert Jordan - January 20
The Path of Daggers (The Wheel of Time - Book Eight) - Robert Jordan - March 6


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Winter's Heart (The Wheel of Time - Book Nine) - Robert Jordan

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 02:05:07 AM »

I read 32 which was two more than my goal of 30 for last year and an all time high for me. I could have done more but I had a busy December and ended with a tome (very interesting though!) about Marie Antoinette when I could have polished off a couple of regular sized novels. If you have Goodreads then please add me from the Goodreads thread.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 04:01:50 AM »

Spoiler alert:

I'm illiterate. (does it show?)

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2014, 05:46:48 AM »

Finished reading:

1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
2. The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly


Currently reading:
Police by Jų Nesbų
A Clash of King's by George R.R. Martin (paused)
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Currently reading book four of the Dark Tower.   I've got a decent backlog of books and need to get back to them before I get any more.
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2014, 03:05:24 PM »

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

This was a good read and focused on the lives of Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Margaret of Anjou.  You get a good look at where they were from, the players in their lives, and their impacts on those around them.  It's a good attempt to personify these women who are seen, a lot of times, as just another set of royal names on the chessboard of history.  It's enough to intrigue me that I want to do more reading at a higher level about the history of England and Europe during that period to get a better feel for their parents, husbands, children.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2014, 10:04:38 AM »

So far this year

Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
Cyberstorm - Matthew Mather
Black Scars - Steven Montano
The Penal Colony - Richard Herley
The Butterfly Forest - Tom Lowe
Deity - Steven Dunne
The Unquiet Grave - Steven Dunne
Vampire - Kevin Ashman
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2014, 08:54:49 AM »

Books Finished
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First Counsel by Brad Meltzer
The Map of The Sky by Felix J. Palma


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The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zelazny
The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2014, 12:37:23 PM »

I am off to my slowest start ever

I'm halfway through my first book of the year and the only reason I'm reading it is because my son accidentally bought it on amazon: Sycamore Row.

Fortunately, it's John Grisham and I haven't read him in since The Client and his style is very readable.

Still, it's kind of boring so far.
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2014, 10:27:49 PM »

I just finished A Quiet American. Amazing, amazing book. I wonder if this book is on the curriculum in American high schools? (I assume the author is American). It feels amazingly prescient. How was this book written before the Vietnam War started? It's a quick read so I highly recommend anyone who hasn't read it to go out and get it.

Currently reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Had no real idea what this was about before I started but I guess it's going to be one long drug trip? As someone who has never gotten high, I find it a little difficult to identify with the characters and imagine what they're experiencing. I am finding myself a little skeptical that anyone could continually take so many different drugs at the same time and not die of an overdose though. I wonder if the movie is any good?
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2014, 02:14:41 AM »

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

Aside from the unsourced speculation about the "grays" and craft of the Roswell crash, the book does have a lot of good information about the history of the actual aircraft and nuclear testing that went on out in the Nevada desert.  There was enough overlap between this text and Red Eagles that I believe the majority of the book to be well-sourced and true.

The stuff about the Roswell crash being a Soviet drone piloted from a remove aircraft and "piloted" by Dr. Mengele's teenaged science experiments?  Not so much.
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