Books I've Read Lately (a catalog)

A Listmania! list by Russell E. Ruszkowski "rusrus" (Lakewood, IL United States)
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The list author says: "This is a list of the last 40 books I've read. It's main purpose is for me to say to others, "Hey, check-out all the books I've read lately!" The most recently read books are at the bottom of the list."
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volumes 1-3 of 6 (Everyman's Library)
1.  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volumes 1-3 of 6 (Everyman's Library) by Edward Gibbon
The list author says:
  "5 stars (out of 5)

Currently (8/19/08) on Volume I: it's great!  Amazing that this was written in 1776, and is still held in high academic esteem!"
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The Great Chicago-Style Pizza Cookbook
2.  The Great Chicago-Style Pizza Cookbook by Pasquale Bruno
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

This book was written 20+ years ago.  I didn't really think about that before buying, but it does make a big difference...  Not recommended."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

The Pillars of the Earth
3.  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "5 stars (out of 5)

Excellent."
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Seize the Night: A Novel (Moonlight Bay Book 2)
4.  Seize the Night: A Novel (Moonlight Bay Book 2) by Dean Koontz
The list author says:
  "3.5 stars (out of 5)

It was a little weird, and there were too many surfing references - but I did finish."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (413 customer reviews)

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Honeymoon
5.  Honeymoon by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "3 stars (our of 5)

Forgettable."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (642 customer reviews)

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Hidden Prey (Lucas Davenport, No. 15)
6.  Hidden Prey (Lucas Davenport, No. 15) by John Sandford
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

It's ok."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

The Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracies, Treason, and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant
7.  The Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracies, Treason, and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant by Robert Hutchinson
The list author says:
  "2 stars (out of 5)

Difficult for the lay person - I didn't bother finishing because I lost interest so completely."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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The Greatest Generation Collection
8.  The Greatest Generation Collection by Tom Brokaw
The list author says:
  "2 stars (out of 5)

The whole book is a "biography" of selected heroes who served in WWII.  Those stories are great; I just suppose I was expecting more..."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Innocent Man
9.  The Innocent Man by John Grisham
The list author says:
  "4 stars (out of 5)

I didn't realize this was non-fiction until I got to the pictures in the middle.  It was very well-written, and had a story that would have made a good novel."
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Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel (P.S.)
10.  Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star-gazer: A Novel (P.S.) by Sena Jeter Naslund
The list author says:
  "5 stars (out of 5)

This was a great book!  I read it before I finished "Moby Dick," and thought I that I'd be inspired to try that one again.  Sadly, I still cannot build-up the energy to get-through that classic..."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)

ANGELA'S ASHES: A MEMOIR OF CHILDHOOD.
11.  ANGELA'S ASHES: A MEMOIR OF CHILDHOOD. by Frank McCourt
The list author says:
  "5 stars (out of 5)

Great book!  A sad and realistic glimpse into life in Ireland for a poor family."
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Lake Wobegon Days
12.  Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

I really love "A Prairie Home Companion," and this book was like the written version of the news from Lake Woebegon.  But maybe it's better conveyed orally.  I read most of this book, and then just stopped..."
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The Bonesetter's Daughter: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
13.  The Bonesetter's Daughter: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Amy Tan
The list author says:
  "5 stars (out of 5)

I really liked this book."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)

The Stepford Wives
14.  The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
The list author says:
  "4 stars (out of 5)

Good book.  Short, but good.  There were some unanswered questions, but I think that's part of the charm of this book: leave some conclusions up to the reader."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

The Camel Club (Camel Club Series)
15.  The Camel Club (Camel Club Series) by David Baldacci
The list author says:
  "4 stars (out of 5)

Exciting and goofy."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews)

Third Degree: A Novel
16.  Third Degree: A Novel by Greg Iles
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

It's silly."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)

Ordinary Heroes
17.  Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow
The list author says:
  "4 stars (out of 5)

I liked this book."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Battle Royale
18.  Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
The list author says:
  "4.5 stars (out of 5)

I like the premise (teenage Japanese kids being forced to fight to the death on a remote island), and the story had plenty of action.  But some of the imagery seemed to be repeated throughout the book.  Savagery was played-out a little too much...  I recommend this book."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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An Hour Before Daylight : Memories of a Rural Boyhood
19.  An Hour Before Daylight : Memories of a Rural Boyhood by Jimmy Carter
The list author says:
  "5 stars (out of 5)

A well-written account of what it was like for President Jimmy Carter to grow-up on a rural farm in Georgia.  That life is very far removed from the life of a typical child these days."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

The Night Crew
20.  The Night Crew by John Sandford
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

Generally a pretty forgettable book."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

Spandau Phoenix: A Novel
21.  Spandau Phoenix: A Novel by Greg Iles
The list author says:
  "5 stars (out of 5)

The book was well written and exciting."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

Basket Case
22.  Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

Another pulp fiction slog.  If it weren't for the 1+ hour train ride to and fron work, I wouldn't bother with this lame books..."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel (Earl Swagger Novels)
23.  Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel (Earl Swagger Novels) by Stephen Hunter
The list author says:
  "4 stars (out of 5)

Generally, it was an entertaining book."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
24.  Trojan Odyssey (Dirk Pitt Adventure) by Clive Cussler
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

Not really that great a book, but there was plenty of action..."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

Battle Born
25.  Battle Born by Dale Brown
The list author says:
  "3 stars (out of 5)

A book about the minutiae of piloting a B1 bomber.  Some of the battle scenes were exciting, but some of them were awkward - missing "something."  The book was just ok."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

The Last Heroes (Men at War)
26.  The Last Heroes (Men at War) by W. E. B. Griffin
The list author says:
  "4/5 stars

This book was pretty light, but enjoyable.  This was clearly the "first" work of a larger effort.  I don't believe this book stands on its own too well, but that's ok - I plan on continuing the series..."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

A God in Ruins
27.  A God in Ruins by Leon Uris
The list author says:
  "3.5/5 stars

The reviews on Amazon for this book are harsh.  This was the first Leon Uris book I've read, so I have no preconceived notions with which to compare, but I thought book was pretty good.  The characters are somewhat interesting and the story isn't awful.  So, there you go.  A ringing endorsement."
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The Constant Gardener: A Novel
28.  The Constant Gardener: A Novel by John le Carré
The list author says:
  "3/5 stars

This book shone at times, but for the most part (~90% of the time) it was a chore to read."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)

The First Counsel
29.  The First Counsel by Brad Meltzer
The list author says:
  "3.5/5 stars

I thought the book was pretty good.  It was peppy and moved-along pretty well.  but then we got toward the end, and it started to lose it's mojo.  Pretty good, but would have been better with a re-think of the final 100 pages."
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1776
30.  1776 by David G. McCullough
The list author says:
  "3/5 stars

It was pretty good - mostly about the battles happening during 1776. I read that it was a companion piece to his John Adams biography. If you're only going to read one book from that time, make it the John Adams - it was amazing!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,142 customer reviews)

Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public
31.  Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public by Helen Thomas
The list author says:
  "3/5 stars

It was ok."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Angels & Demons: A Novel (Robert Langdon)
32.  Angels & Demons: A Novel (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "4/5 stars

Exciting and fast paced.  Similar to The DaVinci Code in many ways."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,940 customer reviews)

The Third Option
33.  The Third Option by Vince Flynn
The list author says:
  "4/5 stars

Fast paced and exciting.  The ending was left wide open for a sequel (which I hate), but the book was decent."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (528 customer reviews)

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The Conspiracy Club
34.  The Conspiracy Club by Jonathan Kellerman
The list author says:
  "3.5/5 stars

It was pretty good. I thought it started a little shaky, but it got-through that rather quickly."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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The Court
35.  The Court by William J. Coughlin
The list author says:
  "3/5 stars

Decent.  It was well written and entertaining.  It just ended a little haphazardly."
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2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The Hunger Games (Book 1)
36.  The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "4.5/5 stars (finished 12/2010)

I really enjoyed this book.  About it being for 'young adults...'  Don't let that faze you - older adults will enjoy this book too - just that it's accessible to tweens as well..."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21,650 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Road
37.  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "4/5 stars (finished 12/2010)

This book was very good, but the subject was so bleak: a man and his son wandering through a post-apocalyptic landscape."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,374 customer reviews)

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Rabbit Novels Vol. 1
38.  Rabbit Novels Vol. 1 by John Updike
The list author says:
  "5/5 stars (finished 12/2010)

This book contains two complete novels: "Rabbit, Run" and "Rabbit Redux."  Both were great.  I plan on getting the volume 2 ("Rabbit Gets Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest") soon.

Highly recommended."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
39.  Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "4/5 stars (finished 1/2011)

A good book - the second in the Hunger Games series.  "The Hunger Games" was such a good story that I will finish the trilogy no matter the quality of the third book (which I've heard is bad)"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31,131 customer reviews)

Washington: A Life
40.  Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The list author says:
  "5/5 stars (finished 2/2011)

Excellent biography.  This is my second Chernow biography - the first was Alexander Hamilton, and was excellent as well.  It was wonderful "living" with Washington for a few weeks - and sad at the end, when he died."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)

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