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Books I've loved, lost interest in, and been intrigued by.
Last edited 136 days ago by Shaina Nacion
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Author
Category
Date Read
Rating
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1
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Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl
Nonfiction

Open
2
Not started
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Nick Bostrom
Nonfiction

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3
Not started
Scythe
Neal Shusterman
Fiction

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4
Not started
Unwind
Neal Shusterman
Fiction

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5
Not started
Wool
Hugh Howey
Fiction

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6
In progress
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Stuart Turton
Fiction

Open
7
In progress
Dissociation Made Simple
Jamie Marich
Nonfiction

Open
8
Done
The Ferryman
Justin Cronin
Fiction
7/5/2023
A bit slow moving for most of the book. I enjoyed the main character but I don't feel connected enough to him to really care much about what he was going through. All in all, an okay book.
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9
Done
Ball Lightning
Cixin Liu
Fiction

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10
Done
Atomic Habits
James Clear
Nonfiction
12/18/2022
Finally finished it, and I’ve successfully created and stuck to new routines using its methods! A key takeaway: do what works for you; you don’t have to do it exactly like the author suggests.
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11
Done
You’re Not Listening
Kate Murphy
Nonfiction
1/12/2023
Good book with lots of encouragements and interesting facts. Some of the information wasn’t particularly relevant to my situation, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the non-linear narrative style, but overall it was still an impactful book.
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12
Done
Braving the Wilderness
Brene Brown
Nonfiction
Always a good read. This was my second time reading it and I feel like I got even more out of it this time. A good book to recommend for anyone who is struggling to find a balance between boundary setting and finding their people.
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13
Done
The Three Body Problem
Cixin Liu
Fiction
Probably the best sci-fi series I’ve ever read, although it has a pretty bleak outlook on humanity and its priorities. If you can get through that, the concepts and storylines are brilliant.
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14
Done
The Dark Forest
Cixin Liu
Fiction
Another great addition to The Three Body Problem series. This one explores a lot of concepts surrounding the way humanity’s values and ethics evolve in response to different political climates.
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15
Done
Death’s End
Cixin Liu
Fiction
Probably my favorite of The Three Body Problem series. This one is the most sci-fi-ey and there’s actual space exploration. Some of the concepts are so unique that they’ve stuck with me months after reading this book.
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16
Done
Axiom’s End
Lindsay Ellis
Fiction
A great look at what makes humanity so interestingly complicated. Relatable characters and an interesting plot as well. Although the government guy wasn’t the most believable character.
Open
17
Done
A History of What Comes Next
Sylvain Neuvel
Fiction
This was a fun take on alternative history. The characters were well written and the concepts were still unique enough for me to remain interested.
Open
18
Done
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamarra
Nonfiction
Legendary in the true crime world. Michelle McNamarra has such an authentic voice that you feel like you’re just chatting about an unsolved case with your friend. But the story of her experience makes it so much more poignant.
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19
Done
Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert
Nonfiction
Kind of hippy-dippy, but such a unique perspective on creativity and how it comes to exist in our lives. Great for anyone who feels stuck in a rut or who spends a lot of time in creative pursuits.
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20
Done
Daring Greatly
Brene Brown
Nonfiction

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21
Done
The Gifts of Imperfection
Brene Brown
Nonfiction

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22
Done
The Passage
Justin Cronin
Fiction
I wish poetry was written like Justin Cronin wrote this book. It’s at once heart wrenching and inspiring, and you fall in love with the characters and their struggles. A refreshingly human take on dystopian thrillers.
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23
Done
The Twelve
Justin Cronin
Fiction
So well written. There are scenes from this book that stay with me even years after reading it. And even though it’s a sequel to The Passage, it holds up — it doesn’t feel like an obligated continuation of the story.
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24
Done
The City of Mirrors
Justin Cronin
Fiction
Not quite as good as the other two books in the series, but still a good conclusion to the story. I wish it had been written with the same emotional depth as the first two books, and I wish the plot didn’t follow such an expected arc.
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25
Done
Until the Last of Me
Sylvain Neuvel
Fiction
A pretty good follow-up to the first book in the series! The characters were still relatable enough that you cared when they died, and now finally we have a “bad guy” character that’s interesting. Looking forward to the next book in the series so we can see where things go from here (the story took a bit of a left turn at the end, there).
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26
Done
The Suspicians of Mr. Whicher
Kate Summerscale
Nonfiction
An interesting look at the earliest English detectives and the politics and bullshit they had to deal with. I wish the author didn’t digress into the public bullshit quite as much and instead focused on the case at hand, but it’s still interesting to see how all of that affected the way that detectives evolved in the Western world.
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27
Done
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
Fiction
5/25/2023
Liked the action scenes and the fact that it wasn’t suuuuper sexist. The romance was unbelieveable and a little contrived. It makes sense that this was written when the author was 23, though. I’ll read a few more in the series to see if it gets any better.
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28
Done
The Devil and The Dark Water
Stuart Turton
Fiction

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29
Back burner
Brain Energy
Christopher M. Palmer, MD
Nonfiction

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30
Back burner
Waking Gods
Sylvain Neuvel
Fiction

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31
Back burner
Red Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson
Fiction

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32
Back burner
Only Human
Sylvain Neuvel
Fiction

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33
Back burner
The Devil in the White City
Erik Larson
Nonfiction

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34
Back burner
Inside the Criminal Mind
Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D.
Nonfiction

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35
Back burner
Goldilocks
L.R. Lam
Fiction

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