Reading List 2011

A Listmania! list by Josh Daniels "jd83" (Maple Grove, MN United States)
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A Visit from the Goon Squad
1.  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The list author says:
  "For all the accoloades, I was a little underwhelmed.  Interesting story that travels throughout different time periods.  The characters were a bit extreme to be believable, but it was interesting read."
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Just Before Dark
2.  Just Before Dark by Jim Harrison
The list author says:
  "OK, only got through the first few stories.  I keep trying collections of short stories and remembering how hard they are for me to read."
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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work (Inquiry Institute Library)
3.  Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work (Inquiry Institute Library) by Marilee Adams
The list author says:
  "Cheesy but necessary since people at work have these judger maps printed out."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

Cleopatra: A Life
4.  Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
The list author says:
  "Very informative read on her life, although a little drier than I expected.  I am embarrassed at my lack of knowledge about this time in history.  She was with both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony - really interesting to think about Rome before they became the power we think of today & how they basically funded their empire w/Egypts treasures."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (593 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Paris Wife: A Novel
5.  The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
The list author says:
  "Absolutely fascinating historical biography written from pov of Hemingway's first wife.  Am now reading Moveable Feast, and see that alot of the facts were pulled directly from there.  Also want to re=read his early work to piece together the influences as seen from her eyes.  Really liked this."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,955 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition
6.  A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "I actually much preferred reading The Paris Wife, but am really glad I read this account after.  I really liked learning how he and Fitzgerald interacted at early stages of their careers; that he really loved/admired Hadley & how they loved wine & the outdoors; he had an idea early on of how to write well (write one true thing per day, leave some in the tank for the next day, etc)."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (499 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Sun Also Rises
7.  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "Was fun to re-read after the last two books & realize which parts were based on his own life (like the ear present).  Really enjoy his humor & writing on outdoors + drinking, but still feel like I am missing something in terms of why his writing is considered classic.  I know his "thing" is economy of language.  Either way, I enjoyed this one and think I will re-read some of his other early works."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (984 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
8.  The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks
The list author says:
  "Agree with the top reviews - the book went too wide and not deep enough, so I walk away without one big idea.  Also got tired of the fictional characters after awhile.  There were a lot of great snippets throughout, just hard to consolidate into one big idea."
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The Lincoln Lawyer (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
9.  The Lincoln Lawyer (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) by Michael Connelly
The list author says:
  "I got aborbed and read this over the weekend (needed a break after Social Animal).  Was a bit disappointed with the ending, but it kept me up several hours later than I intended - his pacing keeps drawing you in.  exactly what I was looking for."
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The Beautiful and Damned
10.  The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "You kind of get the point of the book early on, and I had to force myself to finish it.  There are parts that are engrossing and really well written, and I could relate to parts (like the arc of a marriage relationship), but got bored."
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My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy
11.  My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy by Ian Davis
The list author says:
  "Really short, not very helpful.  Feels like it probably took an afternoon to write.  Am surprised how hard it is to find an informative book written for expecting fathers."
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The Snowman (Harry Hole, Book 7)
12.  The Snowman (Harry Hole, Book 7) by Jo NesbÝ
The list author says:
  "All the reviews make the comparison to Dragon Tattoo series since the author is Norwegian and this is a crime thriller.  I don't necessarily think of them in the same way, although Harry Hole is similar to the cop in that series, and they are both well written.  I really annoyed my wife with wanting to get back to reading this because I wanted to figure out whodunit.  I dug it."
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The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed
13.  The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed by Adam Bryant
The list author says:
  "This was interesting read - I always read his Sunday interview with a CEO.  I thought he organized the book pretty well, and I got some good insights.  #1 for me is to not be afraid to cross-over to different function as part of my development. Will reference this over time."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

BrandSimple: How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed
14.  BrandSimple: How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed by Allen P. Adamson
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
15.  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
The list author says:
  "Pretty absorbing read about the American ambassador to Germany in the years leading up to WWII.  Learned a lot about the main character's on Germany's side, what it was like to live there at that time as things turned sinister, and the daughter Martha was almost like a made-up character - dating a TON of famous people.  Kept me reading like a good fiction thriller."
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Faithful Place
16.  Faithful Place by Tana French
The list author says:
  "I got really absorbed in this, although I was not sure until well into the book if it was just a whodunit or a scary book. I guessed the who about halfway in, so that part was disappointing, but the dialogue, general family themes, and descriptions of place (Dublin blue-collar neighborhood) made this hard to put down."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years
17.  Great Expectations: Becoming a Dad: The First Three Years by John C. Carr LCSW
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Doc: A Novel
18.  Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell
The list author says:
  "Slightly disappointed, especially compared to all the glowing reviews.  Had high expectations because I loved the one other book of hers that I read, plus I love the movie Tombstone...  Anyway, interesting character study, but the whole time I thought it was building towards OK Corral, which would provide contrast (Doc is a multi-layered personality, not just a gun fighter)."
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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much, much more!
19.  Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much, much more! by Denise Fields
The list author says:
  "The Bible of shopping for baby stuff.  Basically read cover to cover and referenced often (especially while at Baby on Grand...)"
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Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
20.  Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic
The list author says:
  "Great resource.  We read it every week and reference it throughout the week."
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Baby Names Made Easy: The Complete Reverse-Dictionary of Baby Names
21.  Baby Names Made Easy: The Complete Reverse-Dictionary of Baby Names by Amanda Elizabeth Barden
The list author says:
  "Good, comprehensive listing to generate thinking."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby
22.  The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby by Laura Wattenberg
The list author says:
  "Interesting groupings - fun to read through and categorize different name ideas."
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Dad's Pregnant Too: Expectant fathers, expectant mothers, new dads and new moms share advice, tips and stories about all the surprises, questions and joys ahead...
23.  Dad's Pregnant Too: Expectant fathers, expectant mothers, new dads and new moms share advice, tips and stories about all the surprises, questions and joys ahead... by Harlan Cohen
The list author says:
  "Organized into tips with letters from readers.  Another dad-focused book by a writer who thinks he's funnier than he actually is.  There was some interesting data, but most of the useful stuff I have read from other resources.  The parts on sex were probably most interesting, as you definitely aren't finding those insights in the Mayo book."
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SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years
24.  SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years by Jenn Berman
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The Book Thief
25.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The list author says:
  "First non pregnancy/baby book in awhile.  It was a moving book narrated by death about an 11 year girl in Nazi Germany.  Well drawn characters, but didn't like the fact that parts of the ending were given away early in the book.  Still felt sad when they happened, but less impactful.  Spoiler alert - everyone but the girl dies."
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how does it read on an iPad? 0 May 30, 2014
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The end of the Snowman 9 Sep 25, 2013
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why should or shouldn't we continue reading Why should The Sun Also Rises be read? 3 Jul 13, 2012
Interesting book: Kindle price too high 32 Apr 29, 2012
SPOILER - was he guilty? 1 Mar 25, 2012
Cost of Kindle versions 2 Feb 9, 2012
A storyteller at his best 1 Dec 11, 2011
"Doc" by Mary Doria Russell 5 Nov 10, 2011
The women in this novel 1 Nov 10, 2011
 
   

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