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    You are a badass a self love/self improvement book that is actually a really good read. I find it hard to get interested in "regular" books but I love a good self improvement book. I have a small list for 2022 on many different topics (flirting, women, socal body language, mental fortitude and a few other stuff).

    I am really looking forward to reading can't hurt me (David Goggins)

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      I finished "Project Hail Mary", it was great! Thanks TheLibrarian for the tip!

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        Andy Weir - Project Hail Mary

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          Made it to the 3rd part:

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            After getting stuck halfway through Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks I finally finished a book again on the last day of the year:
            Wingmen by Ensan Case. A story about two pilots during WW2 who kind of fell in love with each other and can't really act on it. I liked it a lot, the romance was believable, the characters likeable and the action was written well, too. The ending was a bit weird, but still, very good.
            idk if I'll continue Consider Phlebas, though.

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              My annual book rankings. Forty-two books this year...

              The best...
              INVISIBLE MAN (Ellison)
              THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (Whitehead)
              THIS IS HOW YOU LOST THE TIME WAR (El-Mohtar & Gladstone)
              HEART OF DARKNESS (Conrad)
              OF MICE & MEN (Steinbeck)

              The really good...
              THE GREAT GATSBY (Fitzgerald)
              THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS (Jones)
              DOOMSDAY BOOK (Willis)
              THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (Tarkington)

              The pretty good...
              20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (Verne)
              THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY (Chabon)
              MISERY (King)
              TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG (Willis)
              HURRICANE SEASON (Melchor)
              PLAYER PIANO (Vonnegut)
              NEVER LET ME GO (Ishiguro)
              MY ANTONIA (Cather)
              HUMMINGBIRD SALAMANDER (VanderMeer)
              WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH (Nunez)
              11/22/63 (King)
              SISTER CARRIE (Dreiser)

              Good...
              WATERSHIP DOWN (Adams)
              MAGIC FOR LIARS (Gailey)
              THE ECHO WIFE (Gailey)
              INTERIOR CHINATOWN (Yu)
              WAR OF THE WORLDS (Wells)
              'SALEM'S LOT (King)
              THE DANGERS OF SMOKING IN BED (Enriquez)
              GREENMANTLE (Hannah)
              DIALOGUES CONCERNING NATURAL RELIGION (Hume)

              So-so...
              THE IDIOT (Dostoevsky)
              LORD JIM (Conrad)
              A DOWRY OF BLOOD (Gibson)
              A CANTICLE FOR LIEBOWITZ (Miller)
              THE SUN ALSO RISES (Hemingway)
              J.S. LeFANU'S GHOSTLY TALES, VOL 1-3 (LeFanu)
              DON QUIXOTE (Cervantes)
              KIM (Kipling)

              Mediocre...
              THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY (Haig)
              A JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (Verne)

              Didn't like these...
              IN A DARK, DARK WOOD (Ware)
              WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR (Kalanithi)
              THE GOOD SOLDIER (Ford)

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                Nice work on that list, and thanks for letting us know where they ranked

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                  Impressive list Baston and thanks for sharing.

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                    Nice list! And good inspiration, thanks!

                    Yesterday I finished "The Every", a follow up to "The Circle", by Dave Eggers. I read The Circle some years ago and I had really liked it, but this one didn't add anything to the story and was pretty unbelievable.

                    Now an Italian book by my favorite Italian author, Via Delle Magnolie 11.

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                      The song of the marked is so good. It's a enemies to lovers fantasy genre and appears to be a series. It was released in 2020 and hasn't been followed yet but I will definitely be borrowing it when it is released.

                      I highly recommend this book but the audio book version is just 👌 the characters are all given a real life personality and even though the reader is a woman she does an absolutely splendid job voicing the men.

                      Solid 9/10

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                        A few more recent ones

                        My Body - A personal account from Emily Rajtakowski about her treament in Hollywood. Interesting but she only touches on the deeper issues referenced in the title.
                        40 Days at Base Camp - Another Everest book, a bit too pedantic I think
                        Know My Name - Hard subject matter but overall an excellent book and reaffirming in a way even if it deals with trauma and tragedy

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                          I've finished Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille and thankfully it was a short read. I don't even know who recommended it to me and why I bothered finishing it. Probably the car accident phenomenon. You just can't look away and want to see all the gruesome details. I think it's meant to be erotica, but it reminded me of the really bad porn text files we traded on floppy disks in school when we were boys. Not that anyone traded with me, because I didn't have friends, but I once stole one from a guy because I was curious and... suffice to say the stories weren't my cup of tea. Story of the Eye was the same. Bad and disjointed writing and I think it's meant to be shocking, but I thought it was rather juvenile in a bad way.
                          People on the internet wrote you can see Bataille's philosophical thoughts in the book, but I have no idea of philosophy, so that point eluded me.
                          In short: I didn't like it and wouldn't recommend it.

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                            at the moment, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
                            I like this kind of stories

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                              Finally finished reading Johnny Mnemonic by William Gibson today. Gibson is considered the founder of the cyberpunk genre (the Neuromancer trilogy, in which Johnny's story is set). It was fun to recognize many terms and ideas that I know from movies (Matrix for example) or games (Cyberpunk 2077). The world he comes up with and the story he tells are great!
                              But...
                              Maybe it's the age of the short story or just the translation, but I didn't like the narrative style and Gibson's way of writing at all, unfortunately. He can't help the thousand spelling mistakes in the book, that was just annoying but good "to read over".
                              This weekend we will watch the movie about it. I am curious!

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                                lpf, I read that some years ago and liked it, but never read the following one(s). If you do, I'd be curious to know what you think!

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