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Title: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on January 01, 2018, 12:03:05 PM
I know it's not as popular as the movie thread, but I still like to keep track of what I am reading and this is as good a place as any!
Join me if you like, otherwise check in occasionally if you want to see how I spend my time when I am not teaching, watching bad movies, or working.

I read a total of 58 books in 2016.
That dropped to 47 books in 2017.
* denotes repeat reading

JANUARY 2018
CLEAN UP ON AISLE STUPID: A Get Fuzzy Book by Darby Conley*
CALIGULA: EMPEROR OF ROME by Arthur Ferrill
I'M TEMPTED TO STOP ACTING RANDOMLY - A Dilbert Collection by Scott Adams
THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF HORRIBLE THINGS by Matthew White*
THE FUZZY BUNCH - A Get Fuzzy Collection by Darby Conley*
BOSWORTH: THE BIRTH OF THE TUDORS by Chris Skidmore

Feb. 2018
FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE by Michael Wolf
THE BUNKER by James O'Donnell
THE TWELVE CAESARS by Matthew Dennison
BLOOM COUNTY BABYLON: FIVE YEARS OF BASIC NAUGHTINESS by Berkeley Breathed*

Mar. 2018
NIGHT OF THE MARY KAY COMMANDOS by Berkeley Breathed*
ABSOLUTE POWER: THE REAL LIVES OF EUROPE'S MOST INFAMOUS RULERS by C.S. Denton

April 2018
THE FISHERMAN'S TOMB: THE TRUE STORY OF THE VATICAN'S SECRET SEARCH by John O'Neill
LOOSE TAILS: A BLOOM COUNTY COLLECTION by Berkeley Breathed*
JAMES MADISON: A LIFE RECONSIDERED by Lynne Cheney
DEATH BY FIELD TRIP: A Fox Trot Collection by Bill Amend
MATTHEW'S AUTOGRAPH by Lewis B. Smith (I had a book table set up at the fair and business was slow so I read my own book again - and ENJOYED it again!)

May 2018
MASTERS OF THE NONSENSEVERSE: A Get Fuzzy Collection by Darby Conley
MARTIN LUTHER by Eric Metaxas
KGB: The Inside Story by Christopher Andrew and Oleg Gordievsky
MARTIN VAN BUREN AND THE EMERGENCE OF AMERICAN POPULAR POLITICS by Joel Silbey

June 2018
TRY REBOOTING YOURSELF: A Dilbert Collection by Scott Adams
ORTHODOXY by G.K. Chesterton
CICERO: THE LIFE OF ROME'S GREATEST POLITICIAN by Anthony Everitt
TEAMWORK MEANS YOU CAN'T CHOOSE THE SIDE THAT'S RIGHT  a Dilbert Collection by Scott Adams*
THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King
GILCHRIST by Christian Galatin
I'M TEMPTED TO STOP ACTING RANDOMLY: A Dilbert Collection by Scott Adams*

July 2018
FREEDOM'S JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR PEOPLE FINDING OUT  YOU'RE USELESS by Scott Adams*
THRIVING ON VAGUE OBJECTIVES by Scott Adams*
JAMES MONROE: THE SEARCH FOR NATIONAL IDENTITY by Henry Ammon
ANOTHER DAY IN CUBICLE PARADISE by Scott Adams*
THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU PRETEND TO ADD VALUE by Scott Adams*

August 2018
WAR OF TWO: ALEXANDER HAMILTON, AARON BURR, AND THE DUEL THAT SHOCKED THE NATION by John Sedgwick
FINAL 42 by Christie Decker
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT PONTIUS PILATE? by Simon Webb
WHEN BODY LANGUAGE GOES BAD by Scott Adams*
CASUAL DAY HAS GONE TOO FAR by Scott Adams*
THE FLOURESCENT LIGHT GLISTENS OFF YOUR HEAD by Scott Adams*

Sept. 2018
DON'T STEP IN THE LEADERSHIP by Scott Adams
LIVES OF THE ROMANS by Philip Matyszak
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS - A PUBLIC LIFE, A PRIVATE LIFE by Paul Nagel
TRY REBOOTING YOURSELF by Scott Adams
FEAR: DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Bob Woodward

Oct. 2018
BLOOD AND THUNDER: KIT CARSON AND THE EPIC TALE OF THE CONQUEST OF THE AMERICAN WEST by Hampton Sides
FOX TROT SUNDAE by Bill Amend
DUMBHEART by Darby Conley
CLEANUP ON AISLE STUPID by Darby Conley
BLOOM COUNTY: EPISODE XI - A NEW HOPE by Berkeley Breathed

Nov. 2018
SPQR - A HISTORY OF ANCIENT ROME by Mary Beard
MASTERS OF THE NONSENSEVERSE by Darby Conley
BIRDMEN: THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, GLENN CURTISS, AND THE BATTLE TO CONTROL THE SKIES by Lawrence Goldstone
IKE'S BLUFF: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World by Evan Thomas
THE MEN WHO CONDEMNED JESUS CHRIST: PILATE, CAIAPHAS, AND HEROD IN PROFILE by Simon Webb
THE STORM BEFORE THE STORM: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan

Dec. 2018
BLOOM COUNTY: EPISODE XI - A NEW HOPE by Berkeley Breathed (again, don't  judge me!)
THE GET FUZZY EXPERIENCE: ARE YOUB BUCKSPERIENCED by Darby Conley
THE FALL OF GONDOLIN by J.R.R. Tolkein (edited by Christopher Tolkein)
NERO by Jurgen Malitz
IGNORANCE, THY NAME IS BUCKY by Darby Conley


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: RCMerchant on January 01, 2018, 01:23:58 PM
I finally started STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlen. I've owned the book for over 20 years-I bought a first edition at Goodwill-but never read it. I've read all Heinlan's other books-but stopped from reading this because it was Charlie Manson's favorite. That kinda gave me the creeps. But he's dead-so I started it.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: RCMerchant on January 01, 2018, 01:25:58 PM
Thank you for starting this thread,Indy.
I read more than I watch movies or anything else. I love books. I collect them.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: 316zombie on January 01, 2018, 02:37:13 PM
me too, rc,you'd like my library.
   i'm in the middle of cirque du freak #1 right now.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on January 01, 2018, 07:50:07 PM
Thank you for starting this thread,Indy.
I read more than I watch movies or anything else. I love books. I collect them.

I bought four books today (with my $25 gift card and $5 off coupon, my out of pocket was $2.08!).
One was on the lives of the first twelve Caesars, one a history of the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, one a survey of the worst tyrants in European history, and the last was a Dilbert collection that I didn't already have.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: RCMerchant on January 03, 2018, 09:43:51 PM
I finished Stranger in A Strange Land. Damn-that makes one think. Try it. Boy-Charlie twisted that one!

I'm re-reading (I do it all the time) Charles Fort's WILD TALENTS. I love Charles Fort.
If your not familiar with Fort-he writes about our strange world-but with a sardonic twist. He makes no assumptions-but he will make you think. And WILD TALENTS is his most underrated-and best! books.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on January 03, 2018, 10:44:00 PM
I finished Stranger in A Strange Land. Damn-that makes one think. Try it. Boy-Charlie twisted that one!

I'm re-reading (I do it all the time) Charles Fort's WILD TALENTS. I love Charles Fort.
If your not familiar with Fort-he writes about our strange world-but with a sardonic twist. He makes no assumptions-but he will make you think. And WILD TALENTS is his most underrated-and best! books.

Charles Fort documented some awfully weird stuff.
Right now I am in the middle of two different books; a biography of Caligula and THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF HORRIBLE THINGS, which is one of the most fascinating reference books of all time.
OK, guys, let's list our tallies by  month, just like in the movie thread!
Add em as you finish them!


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: The Burgomaster on January 22, 2018, 01:58:21 PM
I don't read nearly as much as I should. I spent most of 2017 reading David Copperfield (and I'm still reading it). When I was a kid/teenager, I would read every day. Now, I'm lucky if I get through 10 - 30 pages/week. It took me more than a year to read Les Miserables (and I had to rally and read a lot more than I usually do in order to get through the final 500 pages in a reasonable amount of time). It took me almost a year to read Little Women.

But I read about 1 comic book per day. Most recently:

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Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on May 01, 2018, 09:40:57 PM
Gonna bump this up just a bit.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: Pacman000 on May 03, 2018, 06:26:54 PM
Ready Player One
Undersea Quest


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on July 03, 2018, 06:52:31 AM
Just bumping this up again.  I wish more folks would participate.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: Pacman000 on July 03, 2018, 07:11:31 AM
The two sequels to Undersea Quest.

Failsafe.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: Pacman000 on July 09, 2018, 12:09:48 PM
Finished The Lost Continent, aka Beyond 30.

We need more Edgar Rice Burrows movies...


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: Alex on July 09, 2018, 02:19:39 PM
Finished The Lost Continent, aka Beyond 30.

We need more Edgar Rice Burrows movies...

I actually liked the John Carter movie and hoped they would make more.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: Pacman000 on August 03, 2018, 03:28:00 PM
It wasn't bad; just too expensive.

Finished "The Pirates of Zan," by Murray Leinster. In the U.S. the copyright may be expired; you can read a version of it at Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24035 (http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24035)


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: Pacman000 on August 20, 2018, 07:57:52 AM
Finished The Time Vault.

I enjoyed the story, but I think the territory's been covered too often for a movie based on it to be successful.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on September 15, 2018, 10:51:40 PM
Bumpety so it's easier to find!


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: Alex on September 16, 2018, 06:12:35 AM
Slaves to Darkness, half of the Realm of Chaos books from the 80's. If anyone ever see's a copy of the companion book The Lost & The Damned at an affordable price please let me know. The prices I normally see on eBay for that one ranges from 80 to over 300.


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on December 01, 2018, 05:02:47 AM
Bumping this to the top so it's easier to find at the end of the year!


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: indianasmith on December 31, 2018, 11:12:34 PM
Looks like I read sixty books totaled this year; however, 32 of those were "real" books (mostly history/biography) and 28 of them were my cartoon anthologies of my favorite comic strips.  Still, sixty is a big step up from last year!


Title: Re: 2018 - Track the Books You Read!
Post by: RCMerchant on January 03, 2019, 12:10:31 PM
I bought HORROR FILMS OF THE 1970's Volumes 1 and 2 by John Kenneth Muir.
He covers some very obscure stuff! But I was disappointed that he overlooked a lot of Euro-horror.
Overall, a well written book.
Recommended!