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Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Melody Bot, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Donnie Ruth

    Trusted Supporter

    I actually read Coast to Coast Murders after you mentioning it here!

    The Chain - It reads super quick and I remember loving it. It has a crazy yet very intriguing plot.

    The Flight Attendant - I honestly don’t remember a whole bunch of this since I read it back in January. I gave it 3 stars so there must be something there I didn’t love. I just went and read a summary to remember it and I don’t know, wasn’t one I felt too strongly on lol.

    There She Was Gone - I read this in like 2 sittings haha. Super easy, fast read. My first book by Lisa Jewell. Definitely an author I’ll turn to for a very easy thriller. Despite it being a bit predictable, I found it pretty depressing. Which I’m into.

    Coast to Coast Murders - This thing reads so fast, and so much happens to the point it gets a bit muffled at the end. I feel like it’s a very fun thriller with tons of stuff happening on the surface level but never dives deep and makes me feel a connection with any characters. It keeps you intrigued mostly because you are constantly guessing “what the hell is happening?” I recommend it!
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  2. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    Gonna try and make The Chain a higher priority now that you and @Vivatoto rec it!

    Yeah I expected to like Flight Attendant more, kinda hated all the spy and espionage stuff plan to watch the show still but leery now.

    I don't remember Then She Was Gone like at all haha.

    My wife had pretty similar thoughts on Coast-To-Coast. Basically said it was crazy and ended very weird lol
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  3. tvck


    Wife and I enjoyed the show. Didn’t realize it was a book!
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  4. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    I'm assuming it's heavily what I spoiler tagged?
  5. MexicanGuitars Dec 30, 2020
    (Last edited: Dec 30, 2020)

    Chorus’ Expert on OTIP Track #8 Supporter

    Purchasing a Kindle and setting up a nearly weekly virtual book club helped me read the most in years, if not by number of works, then definitely by volume.
    • The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins - Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
    • Where the Forests Meet the Stars - Glendy Vanderah
    • The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company - William Dalrymple
    • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
    • On Ideology - Louis Althusser
    • When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel - Barbara O'Neal
    • The End of Policing - Alex Vitale
    • Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States - Truthout Collection
    • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
    • Critique of Everyday Life - Henri Lefebrve
    • The Cider House Rules - John Irving
    • All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It - Daniel Denvir
    • Foundation - Isaac Asimov
    • If Beale Street Could Talk - James Baldwin
    • The Black Jacobins - C.L.R. James
    • How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them - Jason Stanley
    • The Human Condition - Hannah Arendt
    • The King is Always Above the People - Daniel Alarcón
    • The Balfour Declaration: Empire, the Mandate, and Resistance in Palestine - Bernard Regan (Currently Reading)
    • Tranny - Laura Jane Grace (Currently reading)
    Edit: I think i finished the majority of Brothers Karamazov in February or March but i struggle to remember anything pre-pandemic or pre-Kindle.
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  6. tvck


    that’s definitely a big part of it but I feel it focused much more on her alcoholism and struggling with remembering that night and her past with her dad and brother.
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  7. danielm123


    Well, if everyone's doing it, here's my book list. As many have said, due to the pandemic, my 61 books were the most I've read in a few years (I usually set and just barely meet my goal of a book a week/52 a year). A word of warning: as an anthropology grad student, a solid chunk of these books are random ethnographies that I can't imagine many people would have interest in. Also, I definitely need to find a way to fit more fiction in here. Anyway, in chronological order and without ratings because I'm not very critical and just gave most of these 5 stars:
    1. The Water Dancer - Te-Nehisi Coates
    2. How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems - Randell Monroe
    3. The Wars of Afghanistan - Peter Tomsen
    4. 108 Stitches - Ron Darling
    5. Of Hospitality - Jacques Derrida
    6. Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco - Teresa Gowan
    7. Closing Time - Joseph Heller
    8. Righteous Dopefiend - Phillipe Bourgois
    9. Alex & Me - Irene Pepperberg
    10. Churchill's Secret War - Madhusree Mukenjee
    11. We Must Be Brave - Frances Liardet
    12. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya - Caroline Elkins
    13. Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption - Ice-T
    14. The Education of Kevin Powell - Kevin Powell
    15. The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X
    16. The Nickel Boys - Colston Whitehead
    17. Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur
    18. The Epigenetics Revolution - Nessa Carey
    19. Almost Human: The Story of Julius, the Chimpanzee Caught between Two Worlds - Alfred Fidjestol
    20. Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They tell us About Ourselves - Frans de Waal
    21. The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World - Ian McGilchrist
    22. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
    23. The Sixth Extinction - Elizabeth Kolbert
    24. American War - Omar El Akkad
    25. The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein
    26. The Last Jedi - Jason Fry
    27. The Rise of Skywalker - Rae Carson
    28. The Fire This Time - Jesmyn Ward
    29. Elite Transition: From Apartheid to Neoliberalism in South Africa - Patrick Bond
    30. Wild Life - Keena Roberts
    31. Precarious Hope: Migration and the Limits of Belonging in Turkey - Ayse Parla
    32. What Truth Sounds Like - Michael Eric Dyson
    33. Debt: The First 5000 Years - David Graeber (RIP)
    34. Individutopia: A Novel Set in a Neoliberal Dystopia - Joss Sheldon
    35. Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment - Joao Biehl
    36. Invisible:The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster- Carter
    37. Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community - Steven Gregory
    38. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
    39. The Dialogic Imagination - M.M. Bakhtin
    40. Gorilla and the Bird - Zack McDermott
    41. Facing Up to the American Dream: Class, Race, and the Soul of the Nation - Jennifer Hochschild
    42. Gang Leader for a Day - Sudhir Venkatesh
    43. Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago - Catherine Fennel
    44. Precolonial Black Africa - Cheikh Anta Diop
    45. Mudpacks and Prozac: Experiencing Ayurvedic, Biomedical, and Religious Healing - Murphy Halliburton
    46. Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths Among Nepal's Yolmo Buddhists - Robert Desjarlais
    47. Spiritual Economies: Islam, Globalization, and the Afterlife of Development - Daromir Rudnyckyj
    48. Bending Towards Justice - Doug Jones
    49. The Craft of Research - Wayne Booth
    50. Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime - Sean Carroll
    51. The Production of Space - Henri Lefebvre
    52. Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarmbga
    53. Exit Zero: Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago - Christine Walley
    54. We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo
    55. Decolonizing the Mind - Ngugi wa Thiong'o
    56: The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon
    57. What Are You Going Through - Sigrid Nunez
    58. Wisdom From a Rainforest: The Spiritual Journey of an Anthropologist - Stuart Schlegal
    59. God and the Multiverse - Victor Stenger
    60. Critical Discourse Analysis - Norman Fairclough
    61. Appetites: Food and Sex in Postsocialist China - Judith Farquhar
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  8. OotyPa

    fall away

    I’ve been re-reading Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and I’m approaching the end, and goddamn, if this prose isn’t some of the most gorgeous flowing musical shit I’ll ever read. I know Joyce gets flack for his later stuff (which I haven’t dug into—yet) but damn what a linguistic master. There are some writers that make me want to shrink down and live in the comfort of their sentences, and he’s definitely one of them.
  9. angrycandy

    I will always be nicer to the cat than I am to you Prestigious

    yeah, dude was brilliant
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  10. jordalsh Dec 31, 2020
    (Last edited: Dec 31, 2020)
    was trying to finish my last book before I posted my list. Here's what I read this year! favorites in bold:

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  11. theagentcoma

    yeah good okay

    Joyce was one kinky mofo
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  12. AP_Punk

    achin' to be Prestigious

    I ended up reading books from years past that I never got around to - many of which I ended up loving. Anyway, I just wanted to focus on books released this year so here are my best books of 2020:

    Top Non-Fiction of 2020:

    01) History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

    02) Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream by Mychal Denzel Smith

    03) Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction by Arundhati Roy

    04) The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 by Rashid Khalidi

    05) Paying the Land by Joe Sacco

    06) An Event, Perhaps: A Biography of Jacques Derrida by Peter Salmon

    07) Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

    08) The People, NO!: A Brief History of Anti-Populism by Thomas Frank

    09) Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Garnsworth

    10) Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes by Adam Hochschild

    11) Reverse Cowgirl by McKenzie Wark

    12) Bukowski: A Life by Neeli Cherkovski

    Top Fiction/Poetry of 2020:

    01) How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

    02) Apeirogon by Colum McCann

    03) The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

    04) Memorial by Bryan Washington

    05) Girls Against God by Jenny Hval

    06) Good Citizens Need Not Fear by Maria Reva

    07) Finna: Poems by Nate Marshall

    08) Post-Colonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

    Honorable Mentions:

    Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

    A Map to the Sun by Sloane Yang

    Slaughterhouse-Five: The Graphic Novel by Ryan North/Kurt Vonnegut

    Consequences of Capitalism: Manufacturing Discontent and Resistance by Noam Chomsky and Marv Waterstone

    Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal by Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin
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  13. My final 2020 list. Loved a lot of these, but my two favorites were Interpreter of Maladies and Interior Chinatown.

    1. Lethal White - Robert Galbraith
    2. The Outsider - Stephen King
    3. The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes
    4. Universal Harvester - John Darnielle
    5. Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 - Annie Proulx
    6. Dune - Frank Herbert
    7. High School - Sara Quin and Tegan Quin
    8. The Dark Forest - Liu Cixin
    9. To Fly Among the Stars - Rebecca Siegel
    10. Death’s End - Liu Cixin
    11. Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
    12. The Terminal Man - Michael Crichton
    13. The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
    14. The Iliad - Homer
    15. Room - Emma Donoghue
    16. Deadeye Dick - Kurt Vonnegut
    17. Big Beautiful Book of Bass - Geddy Lee
    18. The Testaments - Margaret Atwood
    19. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
    20. The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris
    21. We Were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates
    22. Divergent - Veronica Roth
    23. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
    24. A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
    25. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
    26. Cujo - Stephen King
    27. Allegiant - Veronica Roth
    28. The Odyssey - Homer
    29. Wise Blood - Flannery O’Connor
    30. Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    31. Solutions and Other Problems - Allie Brosh
    32. The Answer Is... - Alex Trebek
    33. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
    34. A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams
    35. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
    36. Foundation - Isaac Asimov
    37. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
    38. The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
    39. Night - Elie Wiesel
    40. A Time To Kill - John Grisham
    41. Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu
  14. Philll

    Trusted Supporter

    2021 in books: what to look forward to this year | Fiction | The Guardian

    A fair bit here that I'll want to check out. New ones from Murakami and Abdurraqib, as well as a children's picture book by Zadie Smith (def getting that for my daughters).

    Will also 100% be avoiding the new Jordan Peterson and Bill Gates book about climate change (insert hot dog "we're all trying to find out who did this" meme).
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  15. OotyPa

    fall away

    Just finished Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea. Jaw dropping prose, strange and gripping story, disturbing themes involving murderous children, super quick read.

    Up next, Toni Morrison’s Jazz.
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  16. AP_Punk

    achin' to be Prestigious

    Just started reading The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. I'm only a few chapters in but holy shit - what a phenomenal debut novel this is shaping up to be. This is truly something that would make Baldwin and Morrison proud.

    That Hanif Abdurraqib book is great. I'm taking my time on the advanced copy, savoring it. Every new book he releases blows away his previous one.
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  17. OotyPa

    fall away

    Ocean Vuong plugged this today. Def on my list.
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  18. OotyPa

    fall away

    Jazz unfortunately wasn’t grabbing me so I started Tatiana Salem Levy’s The House in Smyrna.
  19. MexicanGuitars

    Chorus’ Expert on OTIP Track #8 Supporter

    Just downloaded Ducks, Newburyport after skimming through folks' end-of-year lists and having the first 20 books i searched at my library come up on hold lol. Every 6 months or so i seem to pick a book that is an outright project.
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  20. I bought that right after it came out and still haven't started it. Definitely seems like a project, but I'm looking forward to it.
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  21. I looooved it
  22. angrycandy

    I will always be nicer to the cat than I am to you Prestigious

    it's on my list
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  23. Garrett

    just looking for a little hope Moderator

    just looked it up and can say with 100% certainty I’m not smart enough to read that novel
  24. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    I just downloaded it and am going to give it a shot. You are definitely smarter than me with books and such. I'll let you know how my journey goes
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  25. angrycandy

    I will always be nicer to the cat than I am to you Prestigious

    I feel like there's no way that's true but then again, I haven't read it either. the only thing I really know about it is it's ostensibly one giant run-on sentence
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