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post #181 of 184

A lot of fine suggestions here to be sure. I would add one more to the list in the novel category:

"A MAN CALLED OVE" by Fredrick Backman.


Ove is a Swedish man who lives his life based on strict routines and an strict sense of right and wrong. His neighbors see him as simply stubborn. Ove has organized his life around a set of fixed assumptions that are about to be tested almost from the beginning of the book.


At its heart, "A MAN CALLED OVE" is a story of misunderstanding and understanding, loss and love. It is both "laugh out loud funny" and heart rending at times. Most of all, it is book that is difficult to put down once you enter Ove's life. You may also find that  some of Ove inhabits your life, as well.

Edited by Lostboy - 8/5/16 at 5:26pm
post #182 of 184

This one was a lucky find.

Had never heard of this author or this title; bought it off a sale table for the location, Butte, MT. It takes place post WW1 and is really rather a slow paced story. Not at all the type of historical novel I would typically read


The surprise was the writing. Ivan Doig is a wordsmith of a very high order. If you see something from this writer pick it up and read a couple of pages, it might go home with you.The book is almost poetry on a very non-poetic topic. I will be looking for more of this man's work.

post #183 of 184
Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

Somehow missed this thread when I created the other one, so I'll just keep this going instead. 


This was my reading list for the past year or so when I last posted over there:

  • History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration by Vejas Gabriel Liulevicus
  • Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
  • Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
  • The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
  • The Great Bridge by David McCullough
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sara Vowell
  • 1776 by David McCullough
  • What If? by Randall Munroe
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
  • Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
  • The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Waler Isaacson
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Cance
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  • Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue by John McWhorter
  • The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth


In the meantime I've now finished:

  • Enemies by Tim Weiner (History of the FBI)
  • The Six Wisemen by Walter Isaacson (just finished last night)
  • Superfreakanomics


I'm currently working my way through "A Legacy of Ashes" also by Tim Weiner which is the history of the CIA and listening to The Language Hoax by John McWhorter, although that's a short listen so I should be on to a new audio book fairly soon. 

Been a while since I updated this. 


Finished both "A Legacy of Ashes" and "The Language Hoax" both were very good; the latter I did feel was a bit too redundant to try to fill out the pages into a book though. 


Since then I've read or listened to:


  • John Adams by David McCullough (Good book)
  • The Innovators by Walter Isaacson (Decent book)
  • The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith (very interesting read)
  • The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker (Interesting although a bit repetitive near the end)
  • Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (Some fascinating stories and points mixed between some very tedious descriptions)
  • A Call to Arms by Maury Klein (Decent book, thanks to @oisin for the recommendation)
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Mecham (very good book)
  • Steam by [can't recall the author] which is about the early history of steam engine invention in the US


Also partially listened to "The Swords and the Shield" by Christopher Andrew about the history of the KGB and "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. Both were interesting enough, but will save them for later when I get caught up on more interesting stuff. 


Currently I'm listening to "Truman" by David McCullough (15 hours into the 54 hour long audio book) and "First Great Triumph" by Warner Zimmerman which seems like a very interesting book to me (it's about Teddy Roosevelt, Alfred Thayer Mahan, John Hay, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Elihu Root and how they shaped American Imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th century. 


Also on a not quite reading, but almost a book series I've been watching HBO's John Adams mini-series and PBS' The Roosevelts by Ken Burns. 

post #184 of 184
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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