52 Books In 52 Weeks: Week One Underway Come Join Us! [Start With Old Man And The Sea]

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  • SuperSoakerSuperSoaker Posts: 1,451 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Finished my first book of the year. I read "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow. The hype about that man is real, I'd definetly recommend it, best biography I've ever read.

    Cliff notes- dude was an immigrant, who came to America at the beginning of the revolution. Wrote and fought his way to become Washingtons right hand man, (some would say he was smarter, and had more influence on the way the government was eventually formed than Washington)

    I believe he was the only founding father that was an abolitionist. Spoke out against slaverly and was part of societies that wanted to get rid of slavery.

    First treasury secretary, part of Americas first major sex scandal. Most impressive was his writing, whether he was defending the constitution, or slamming his political opponents via essays. Dude was ether with the pen.

    Died in a duel with the Vice President of the United States.

    I think what impressed me most was that he didn't believe America was some godsend country that was perfect. He felt that human nature wasn't always good and that America should learn from many other great nationsl from the time or nations in history. And he got shit about that perspective at the time from the people who thought America was some miracle gift to history lol

    5/5 stars
    atribecalledgabiPaprikaCabana_Da_Don
  • ReignsReigns Posts: 305 ✭✭✭✭
    Just finished old man and the sea. Good book. Took some literal interpretation about luck and perseverance. Starting: The One Thing.
    PaprikaatribecalledgabiAlpha_Ambition Valentinez A. Kaiser
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Book is so damn big lol.

    But I'm almost finished American Gods, reading End Of Watch l on the side as I didn't finish it last year.

    Good to see that you guys are progressing. Do you find the spreadsheet helpful? Are there any things you would like me to add that would help smooth your experience?
  • JokerzWyldJokerzWyld Fazer o que você gosta é liberdade. Gostar do que você faz é felicidade Chocolate CityPosts: 5,425 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Finished my first book of the year. I read "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow. The hype about that man is real, I'd definetly recommend it, best biography I've ever read.

    Cliff notes- dude was an immigrant, who came to America at the beginning of the revolution. Wrote and fought his way to become Washingtons right hand man, (some would say he was smarter, and had more influence on the way the government was eventually formed than Washington)

    I believe he was the only founding father that was an abolitionist. Spoke out against slaverly and was part of societies that wanted to get rid of slavery.

    First treasury secretary, part of Americas first major sex scandal. Most impressive was his writing, whether he was defending the constitution, or slamming his political opponents via essays. Dude was ether with the pen.

    Died in a duel with the Vice President of the United States.

    I think what impressed me most was that he didn't believe America was some godsend country that was perfect. He felt that human nature wasn't always good and that America should learn from many other great nationsl from the time or nations in history. And he got shit about that perspective at the time from the people who thought America was some miracle gift to history lol

    5/5 stars

    Wasn't Alexander Hamilton from Nevis?
  • AZTGAZTG Posts: 5,954 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Halfway through war and peace. School started this week so I naturally had to slow down a bit.
  • JokerzWyldJokerzWyld Fazer o que você gosta é liberdade. Gostar do que você faz é felicidade Chocolate CityPosts: 5,425 ✭✭✭✭✭
    AZTG wrote: »
    Halfway through war and peace. School started this week so I naturally had to slow down a bit.

    This post is so sad. The truth that school can distract from the pursuit of independent study is outrageous to me.
  • jniamjniam Posts: 623 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm shooting more so for 3 books every 4-5 weeks. Looking to total about 30-35 by the end of the year.

    Morning Reads: Scripture and devotional material, then the WSJ.
    Evening Read: A book of my choosing.

    I want to rotate my books like this: 1 business book, 1 politics book, 1 novel, 1 history/politics book.
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I've decide we have enough participants in this thread for a giveaway. The first giveaway will be an e-book of the winner's choice. I'm gonna see if I can get some signed editions later in the year.

    Details coming shortly.
    HundredEyesUndefeatableSuperSoaker
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I also finished End Of Watch, a decent end to the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. I don't understand why King still uses the N word in his books.

    And American Gods is worth the read, the concepts aren't new but the execution and smooth writing earns the book it's praise.
  • AZTGAZTG Posts: 5,954 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Paprika wrote: »
    I also finished End Of Watch, a decent end to the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. I don't understand why King still uses the N word in his books.

    And American Gods is worth the read, the concepts aren't new but the execution and smooth writing earns the book it's praise.

    Im gonna start american gods today. Been wanting to read it.
    Paprika
  • Joker_De_La_LoverJoker_De_La_Lover PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderPosts: 42,112 Regulator
    Just started 50 Shades of Gray

    you gay ass nigga you

    Nothing wrong with exploring your sexuality
    Valentinez A. KaiserPaprikaatribecalledgabi
  • LordZukoLordZuko Black Illuminati AsgardPosts: 1,546 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm currently reading the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov
    atribecalledgabiPaprikaSuperSoaker
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wouldn't actually read the Shades of Gray series but it has some funny lines.

    “My subconscious looks on with approval, her normally pursed mouth smiling, and I am the supreme puppet master.”

    "The elevator reached terminal velocity."

    “His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel… or something.”
    Joker_De_La_Lover
  • Joker_De_La_LoverJoker_De_La_Lover PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderPosts: 42,112 Regulator
    Paprika wrote: »
    I wouldn't actually read the Shades of Gray series but it has some funny lines.

    “My subconscious looks on with approval, her normally pursed mouth smiling, and I am the supreme puppet master.”

    "The elevator reached terminal velocity."

    “His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel… or something.”

    Certain parts of that book got me waxing myself
  • LordZukoLordZuko Black Illuminati AsgardPosts: 1,546 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Paprika wrote: »
    I wouldn't actually read the Shades of Gray series but it has some funny lines.

    “My subconscious looks on with approval, her normally pursed mouth smiling, and I am the supreme puppet master.”

    "The elevator reached terminal velocity."

    “His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel… or something.”

    This is horrible horrible writing
    PaprikaatribecalledgabiHundredEyes
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    LordZuko wrote: »
    Paprika wrote: »
    I wouldn't actually read the Shades of Gray series but it has some funny lines.

    “My subconscious looks on with approval, her normally pursed mouth smiling, and I am the supreme puppet master.”

    "The elevator reached terminal velocity."

    “His voice is warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel… or something.”

    This is horrible horrible writing

    When I read some of these lines when the book came out I was crying. One of the best selling series of our lifetime too, a shame. These housewives and old paste gotta read something though.
    atribecalledgabi
  • atribecalledgabiatribecalledgabi Posts: 11,777 Regulator
    Got the ta-nehisi coates black panther trades 5-9. Gonna read those next.
    Paprika
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Gonna start All The Light We Cannot See. Bought it when it came out but never touched it, one of the book designs I've ever seen.

    I'll finish the week off with either Einstein's Relativity or Asimov's Nemesis.

    Picked up the Panther trade but haven't read them yet.
  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    We are on week three if anyone is unclear of the week. Can't change the thread title without messing up the thread.

    For newcomers, this week's get started book is The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
    atribecalledgabiKnock_Twice
  • Joker_De_La_LoverJoker_De_La_Lover PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderPosts: 42,112 Regulator
    Starting on The Notebook now
    atribecalledgabiJokerzWyldHundredEyes
  • Knock_TwiceKnock_Twice Getting it out the mud Posts: 4,260 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Man does anyone know where I can read the book "The Spook that Sat By the Door"?

    My library don't even have this shit...

  • PaprikaPaprika Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Man does anyone know where I can read the book "The Spook that Sat By the Door"?

    My library don't even have this shit...

    .
    Knock_TwiceJokerzWyld
  • Knock_TwiceKnock_Twice Getting it out the mud Posts: 4,260 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Paprika wrote: »
    Man does anyone know where I can read the book "The Spook that Sat By the Door"?

    My library don't even have this shit...

    .

    Appreciate it fam

    Read that the U.S. gov't banned this book and movie...

    A lot of actors were black-balled in Hollywood and the author of the book had to get rid of all the copies to this book but he kept 2.
    JokerzWyld
  • atribecalledgabiatribecalledgabi Posts: 11,777 Regulator
    Just renewed my library card after not having one for a few years. I'm back in this bitch



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    PaprikaHundredEyes
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