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Read 50 books in 2017

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  • missak
    missak Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 20:41:20


    1. Nora Webster - Colm Toibin

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  • missak
    missak Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 20:40:51


    1. A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

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  • missak
    missak Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 20:40:33


    1. The Girl With No Name - Diney Costeloe
      Definitely a great book.

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  • missak
    missak Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 20:39:55


    1. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly
      This was fantastic, but even darker than most Holocaust tales. One of the characters was a SS surgeon in a concentration camp. You started out liking her then...

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  • missak
    missak Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 20:38:33


    1. A Column of Fire - Ken Follett

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  • missak
    missak Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 20:38:18


    1. Heroes Are My Weakness - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 03:22:18

    55/50 : สมองเศรษฐี โดย ขุนเขา สินธุเสน เขจรบุตร

    Finished another Thai book. It's kind of a how-to book. I read his former book and was interested in this one too so I decided to give it a try.

    The book talked about how the brains of millionaires worked, how they thought, their mindset, etc. There were quite a lot of useful tips to use but it's the kind of the book you have to read again and again to adopt those tips to use in your daily life.

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  • shirin
    shirin Done 1 cheers 2017-10-12 19:21:56

    I've done this!


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  • meditation7
    meditation7 Doing 3 cheers 2017-10-10 00:46:10

    Cat Chaser by Elmore Leonard

    I finally finished an Elmore Leonard novel and must confess that I was quite taken by the style of writing, the fluidity of the story, the complexity of the plot, and the fact that halfway along the story you couldn't quite tell who was deceiving whom. Was the former secret police general of the Dominican Republic setting up the main character and Mary (the general's wife who's having an affair with the main character)... or was it the boozy private investigator who sets up shop at the main character's motel in the Florida oceanfront... or was it the mafioso whom the general calls on, from time to time, to clean things up without getting the police involved?

    The other stories that I've tried to read so far of Elmore Leonard's were so gritty and the characters so corrupt in their own way, that I'd always leave the books feeling a little slimed. Cat Chaser was different, took me to unexpected places, taught me some history that I knew nothing about and while some of the characters were despicable in a multifaceted way, it wasn't a book were you were rooting for the least despicable person...

    Well written, well-plotted, well-paced, and certainly entertaining, Cat Chaser doesn't have any transcendental redeeming qualities, but neither does it aim for that. Mr. Leonard ropes you in with the equivalence of a friend sitting on a porch with you on a sunny Sunday afternoon drinking ice tea and asking, "Did I ever tell you the story about..." ... and you can't leave till you know how it ends.

    It is crime fiction, so it may not appeal to everyone, and I can't say that I'm a fan of crime fiction, but I am a fan of a well-told, multidimensional story with characters that have good and bad points and a plot line that keeps you interested. 5 out of 5 stars.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-10-09 23:33:07

    54/50: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

    I picked this book because I checked the rating from Goodreads and it wanted to give it a try. I wanted to try Henry James as I'd never read his books before. His writing style was quite good, the sentences not too long and not confusing like other classic writers. The story was okay, not too bad, not that good. Many times I felt annoyed with Isabel Archer; I think she was a highly self-important person. Too stubborn to accept that she was in miseries and too stubborn to go on with it. The beginning was engaging; it was like the feeling when you were trying new things but later you found out it was not that convincing. After I read half of the book, the rest felt like it was a chore as the story kept going on with nothing new much. I felt flat after reading it and relieved to send it back to the shelf..

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