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Ash | 212 comments I've participated in this group for many years - this year will be my fifth! Looking forward to reading some great books this year.

Goals:
- Read two 500-page novels
- Tackle at least 5 books from my to-read list
- Read at least two auto/biographies
- Read 2 books on travel writing

Plus: Graduate school books count, health-related reading is a bonus

1. The Future of Management by Gary Hamel with Bill Breen.


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Ash | 212 comments 2. Hard Twisted by C. Joseph Greaves.


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Ash | 212 comments 3. NW by Zadie Smith.

Still not sure how I feel about this book.


╟ ♫ Tima ♪ ╣ ♥ (tsunanisaurus) I keep going back and forth on whether I want to read NW or not, I've seen a lot of reviews that say the same as you. Just not sure how they feel about it.


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Ash | 212 comments Tima wrote: "I keep going back and forth on whether I want to read NW or not, I've seen a lot of reviews that say the same as you. Just not sure how they feel about it."

My book club chose to read it for our February meeting, and I'm not sure everyone really made it through the book. I was caught up on the writing style (didn't enjoy the first third of the book), but was engrossed in the second two-thirds because of the straightforward then snippet-style she used for the last two chunks. It's a fairly quick read.


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Ash | 212 comments 4. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.

2.5 stars (3 on GR), mainly for the nonstop conflation of stereotypes. It's got old, when it became obvious it was his main (only?) attempt at humor.


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Ash | 212 comments 5. Managerial Epidemiology: Concepts and Cases, Second Edition by Steven T. Fleming.

6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
*HP Book Club


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Ash | 212 comments 7. Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres.

GOAL 3#: Autobiography/Memoir.


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Ash | 212 comments 8. Creative Thinking: Problem Solving & Decision Making by Thomas L. Saaty.

(This was a graduate school book, and I'm willing to lend my copy out.)


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Ash | 212 comments 9. Xenocide (The Ender Quintet, #3) by Orson Scott Card.


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Ash | 212 comments 10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Excellent! 5 stars! Loved every page.

GOAL #1: >500 pages
GOAL #2: To-Read List

11. World Health Systems: Challenges and Perspectives by Bruce J. Fried.
*Graduate School Book


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Ash | 212 comments 12. Echo of the Boom by Maxwell Neely-Cohen.
*HP Book Club


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Ash | 212 comments 13. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

GOAL #1: >500 pages
GOAL #2: To-Read List
GOAL #4: Travel Writing (of sorts)


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Ash | 212 comments 14. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

Awful.

GOAL #2: To-Read List
GOAL #3: Autobiographical


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Ash | 212 comments 15. Runaway by Alice Munro.


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Ash | 212 comments 16. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.


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Ash | 212 comments 17. Oblivion by David Foster Wallace.

Meh.


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Ash | 212 comments 18. The Vacationers by Emma Straub.


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Ash | 212 comments 19. Divergent by Veronica Roth.


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Ash | 212 comments 20. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card.


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Ash | 212 comments 21. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace.

Best one of DFW's for sure (& I've read a few now). Laughed over and over on the title essay. Loved Authority and American Usage. #SNOOTLove


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Ash | 212 comments 22. Health Policymaking in the United States by Beaufort B. Longest Jr.
*Graduate School Book


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Ash | 212 comments 23. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
*HP Book Club
(5 Stars)


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Ash | 212 comments 24. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver.

GOAL #2: To-Read List


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Ash | 212 comments 25. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

GOAL #2: To-Read List


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Ash | 212 comments 26. Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood.

GOAL #2: To-Read List
GOAL #3: Autobiographical


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Ash | 212 comments 27. Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care by John J. Nance.
*Graduate School Book

28. Adaptive Health Management Information Systems: Concepts, Cases, & Practical Applications: Concepts, Cases, & Practical Applications by Joseph Tan, Fay Cobb Payton.
*Graduate School Book


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Ash | 212 comments 29. The Tea Companion by Jane Pettigrew.


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Ash | 212 comments 30. Bombay Time by Thrity Umrigar.
*HP Book Club


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Ash | 212 comments 31. True Stories by Margaret Atwood.

GOAL #2: To-Read List


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Ash | 212 comments 32. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.


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Ash | 212 comments 33. Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth.


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Ash | 212 comments 34. An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay.


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Ash | 212 comments 35. Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg.


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Ash | 212 comments 36. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell.

GOAL #2: To-Read List


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Ash | 212 comments 37. One Pot by Martha Stewart Living.

(Yes, I know this is slightly cheating, but it's such a good cookbook. I marked at least 40 recipes I'm going to try in 2015.)


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Donna | 1350 comments Cookbooks count, you obviously read it to know it's a good book. It especially counts if you make a recipe from it.


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Ash | 212 comments 38. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.


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Ash | 212 comments 39. Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas.

GOAL #3: Autobiography... of sorts.


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Ash | 212 comments Donna wrote: "Cookbooks count, you obviously read it to know it's a good book. It especially counts if you make a recipe from it."

Thanks, Donna! It's more of a personal rule. A few years back I went cookbook crazy, and many of the books I counted as 'read' didn't FULLY get read. ;)


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Ash | 212 comments 40. Allegiant by Veronica Roth.


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Ash | 212 comments 41. Tales of the City (Tales of the City #1) by Armistead Maupin.


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Ash | 212 comments 42. Four by Veronica Roth.


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Ash | 212 comments 43. Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby.


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Ash | 212 comments 44. Classics of Organization Theory by Jay M. Shafritz, J. Steven Ott, Yong Suk Jang.

Dry book for a dry subject. Glad we only spent half of the semester reading the history of organization theory. The progression from mechanistic to organic models was chilling/depressing/hopeful to think about.


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Ash | 212 comments 45. Lonely Planet Barcelona by Regis St. Louis.

GOAL #4: Travel Writing


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Ash | 212 comments 46. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.


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Ash | 212 comments 47. Health Insurance by Michael A. Morrisey.


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Ash | 212 comments 48. Case Studies in Organizational Behavior and Theory for Health Care
by Nancy Borkowski.

Needs to be updated with current policy implications; was a good discussion-starter for an organizational studies course.


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Ash | 212 comments 49. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay.


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