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What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« on: January 07, 2016, 09:02:05 PM »
Wasn't much activity on last year's book tracking thread so I'll forgo making one for now.  Instead, I'm curious if there are any "must read" books at the top of my fellow skeptic's reading lists. 

What's on my list-
- assuming hell freezes over and pigs fly, The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin
- Thing Explainer  by Randall Munroe
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
- Pacific  by Simon Winchester
- finishing the last 2 books in the Dune series (Frank Herbert only)
- finishing the last 2 books in Robert Caro's giant biography of Lyndon Johnson
- either The American Plague by Molly Crosby or The Great Influenza by John Barry .... or something similar if another infectious disease strikes my fancy
- finally making a dent in the dozen WW2 books on my bookshelf I can stop merely pretending know something about WW2
- I seem to always fit a book of Stephen Jay Gould essays in at some point


I tried browsing Amazon looking for new releases and all I found was adult coloring books.  Goodreads various 2016 anticipation lists are all trashy romance.  #Americaisfucked

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Re: What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2016, 02:12:27 PM »
Wouldn't this be the same as the book tracking thread?

Regardless I plan to get my ears on:

Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson & Ian Cameron Esslemont
Neil Gaiman
  • Neverwhere
  • Coraline
  • Anansi Boys
  • The Graveyard Book
Robert A. Heinlein’s Future History
Other Robert A. Heinlein books
A Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
Heliconia - Brian aldis
To kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

I'm already three books in for the Malazan Books of the fallen, but I can't read two of those books in succession.

I started reading Robert Heinlein on December, and I am quite liking what I've read so far: (Tunnel in the Sky, Friday, Starship Troopers, The Rolling Stones, currently Stranger in a Strange Land).

I think I'll read "Neverwhere" or Book 4 of Malazan, after Stranger. Take a break from Heinlein before getting deep into future history. I am certainly going to wait to be done with Malazan before I tackle A Wheel in Time or Heliconnia.

Oh, and to be clear, By "Read" I always mean Listen, as I have given up on written books.
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Re: What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 05:21:54 AM »
I think I am going to have a space opera and urban fantasy year.

I must admit, a lot of urban fantasy is just fun tripe, but I am finishing off 'The Culture' series and any other related Culture novels by Iain M. Banks.

I also want to read Margaret Attwood's  latest speculative fiction/dystopian future novel, 'The Heart Goes Last'.

I also want to check out Ann Leckie and Peter F. Hamilton.




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Re: What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2016, 11:27:59 PM »
I think I am going to have a space opera and urban fantasy year.

I must admit, a lot of urban fantasy is just fun tripe, but I am finishing off 'The Culture' series and any other related Culture novels by Iain M. Banks.

I also want to read Margaret Attwood's  latest speculative fiction/dystopian future novel, 'The Heart Goes Last'.

I also want to check out Ann Leckie and Peter F. Hamilton.
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My to-read for 2016 is super-long. I'm hoping to get through the majority of works by Toni Morrison (I've only got four or five left as far as I know), Octavia E Butler (I've read everything of hers but the Patternist series), and Ursula K Le Guin (definitely the Earthsea novels, hopefully more), but I also have a bunch of random books I'm hoping to get through, too.
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Re: What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2016, 11:16:28 AM »
In a more skeptical vein, I'd like to read (classic?) David McRaney: "You Are Not So Smart" and "You Are Now Less Dumb". Old but good (as in wine)  ;)

Also, just started "Organized mind" by Daniel Levitin

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Re: What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2016, 12:23:41 PM »
I have a bunch of half-finished books I really should finish:

- Alfred Russel Wallace - The Malay Archipelago
- Máirtín Ó Cadhain - The Dirty Dust
- Dan Jones - Realm Divided: A Year in the Life of Plantegenet England
- David Thomson - The People of the Sea
- Callum Roberts - The Unnatural History of the Sea
- Herman Melville - Moby Dick


I also want to obtain and read the following:
- David Attenborough and Errol Fuller - Drawn from Paradise, The Discovery, Art and Natural History of the Birds of Paradise
- Joshua Blu Buhs - Bigfoot: The Life And Times Of A Legend

Plus a few more I can't remember or haven't come across so far

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Re: What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2016, 04:43:40 PM »
My list is pretty short at the moment, but I do need some new colored pencils.

-Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book  by Johanna Basford

-Coloring Book for Adults: Amazing Swirls by Happy Coloring and Elena Bogdanovych

-Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book  by Johanna Basford

-"Today Is Going To Be A Great Day" Inspirational Adult Coloring Book  by Christian Art Publishers

-Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book  by Sasha O'Hara
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Re: What's On Your 2016 "Must Read" List?
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2016, 09:42:51 PM »
The Fall of the House of Cabal. A Johannes Cabal the Necromancer story. Last in the series. All the test have been magical.
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