Today I finished reading my fourth book of 2018. “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson. I’ve read other books by Bill Bryson prior to this and decided recently to go back and read others I haven't as of yet including this one. I found it a pleasurable read, a layman’s explanation of the history of the universe, birth of the Planet Earth, evolution of man, etc… Good story line delivered with Bill Bryson’s characteristic wit. I enjoyed it.
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In middle of Persepolis Rising by James SA Corey


Heh...

Just starting Leviathan's Wake. Struggling a little. Sounds like it might be worth sticking it out.

PH


sooo dry to start with.

i gave up and watched the syfy instead, then came back to finish it
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Excellent


I'm the Gold Standard upon which this book was based. Been living, breathing it for 57 years.


This is easy to say...but how do you actually do it?
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Excellent



I'm the Gold Standard upon which this book was based. Been living, breathing it for 57 years.


This is easy to say...but how do you actually do it?


Read the book. It is (so far0 about giving a F$%$ about the important things and letting a lot of other anxieties go.
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Just finished The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first in the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch . Not totally "out there" in fantasyland, but enough magic to make it compelling. wiml, I think this might be right up your alley. On to #2 this afternoon.

PH


I finished it today. I liked it. I just added his second book in this series Red Seas Under Red Skies to my To-Read list. I'll take it up later this year after I knock some other stuff off my list. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Just finished The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first in the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch . Not totally "out there" in fantasyland, but enough magic to make it compelling. wiml, I think this might be right up your alley. On to #2 this afternoon.

PH


I finished it today. I liked it. I just added his second book in this series Red Seas Under Red Skies to my To-Read list. I'll take it up later this year after I knock some other stuff off my list. Thanks for the recommendation.


Cool

PH
For a while I've been trying to remember the name of a trilogy of books that I read as a kid, and I finally figured it out and ordered them:

The Ginger Star
The Hounds of Skaith
The Reavers of Skaith

by Leigh Brackett

I wonder if they will be as good as I remember.
I just finished The Way of Kings - book 1 of the Stormlight Archive. I'm not sure how I felt about this one. I finished it - so there's that. On the other hand, it did a lousy job of keeping my interest. Although over 1000 pages, I've read longer books and finished them quicker than this. I will eventually read books two and three, but I'm giving this a rest for now.

I'm on to Iron Gold - book 4 of the Red Rising Saga.
Today I finished reading my sixth book of 2018. “The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam’s Holiest Shrine and the Birth of al-Qaeda” by Yaroslav Trofimov. Although I had a good basic understanding of most of the history that serves as the story line of this book it was nice to have a simple, easy to read refresher text that also managed to fill in a few details I didn’t recall. A quick and easy read if you’d like to get a handle on some of the history that eventually led to the birth of al-Qaeda, This book is recommended.
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I just finished The Way of Kings - book 1 of the Stormlight Archive. I'm not sure how I felt about this one. I finished it - so there's that. On the other hand, it did a lousy job of keeping my interest. Although over 1000 pages, I've read longer books and finished them quicker than this. I will eventually read books two and three, but I'm giving this a rest for now.

I'm on to Iron Gold - book 4 of the Red Rising Saga.


I def agree about storm of kings

if you read it in the scope of the cosmere universe though, it becomes and easier read as he starts laying a foundation how his universe ties together.

I'd read the mistborn series first to see a origin part to the magic within the sanderson universe then come back to way of kings.
Just finished “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. I’ve read a couple of David’s books in the past and thoroughly enjoyed them so I decided to give this one a whirl. Solid writing with a good account of the Wright Brothers lives from birth to death, obviously heavily focused on their accomplishments in aviation. I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you’re into American History and/or aviation.
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The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands



First time through these, gig? I loved this series.

PH

Yes. I've read many of King's books, but I missed reading this series.

I thought The Gunslinger was a bit sluggish; however, I really enjoyed The Drawing Of The Three, and The Waste Lands was superb.
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Yes. I've read many of King's books, but I missed reading this series.

I thought The Gunslinger was a bit sluggish; however, I really enjoyed The Drawing Of The Three, and The Waste Lands was superb.


The original Gunslinger was slow, especially in the beginning. So much so, that I quit reading it. Probably the only King book to earn that distinction. He did a "redo" of the initial book a few years later to address some of the pacing issues in the Gunslinger, and to clean up some inconsistencies that came up in later books.

For anyone who hasn't started the series:

1) If you like King and fantasy, it's a must read.

2) Find the updated Gunslinger novel and start with it.

PH
Additionally, The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole is another novel in the series that was published later on. It occurs between books 4 and 5 when Roland and the ka-tet were on a journey. They seek shelter to avoid a storm and Roland tells a "campfire tale" to the group. Very good, and absolutely best read after completing the series.

PH
Just started Walter Isaacson's Leonardo da Vinci. This was a gift from a thoughtful friend when I had the flu recently; I feel sort of obligated to read it, but it's pretty dense. If I finish it, I'll know a lot more about Leonardo than I ever intended to.
Yesterday finished “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid. I thought it was a nice storyline. Two people in a war ravaged country falling in and later out of love. Quick and easy read. Finished it in under 24 hours. I liked it but didn’t love it. Read it because it is the PBS Newshour and NYT book of the month for March.

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