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Finish Line 2009! > Ryan Mac's 75+ books in 2009

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Ryan Mac | 78 comments I read 65 books last year and hope to read at least that many again. So far, I have finished two:

1. Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult

2. The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke

Both pretty good books!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments Finished book #3 tonight:

3. Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the Control of the Supreme Court - Jan Crawford Greenburg

Good book for the legal junkies!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 4. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut

This book was okay. I have another Vonnegut book in my pile (Breakfast of Champions) that I'm going to try as well.


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erin buchanan | 188 comments Slaughterhouse-Five is alright - kind of odd and weird. Read Welcome to the Monkey House if you want some good Vonnegut.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments erin wrote: "Slaughterhouse-Five is alright - kind of odd and weird. Read Welcome to the Monkey House if you want some good Vonnegut."

I'll add it to my list. Thanks!




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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 5. Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut

Another weird one but I checked this one out from the library already so I thought I would get through it.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 6. The Giver - Lois Lowry

A quick read and a great book!!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 7. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim - David Sedaris

Pretty good set of essays from David Sedaris--Me Talk Pretty One Day is better though.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 8. The World of the Golden Compass - edited by Scott Westerfelt

Literary criticism from young adult and fantasy writers about the His Dark Materials series. I need to stop reading literary criticism--just not a huge fan.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments Wow--it has been awhile.

9. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet

It took me awhile to get into it but it was a funny book.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 10. Buy, Buy Baby - Susan Gregory Thomas

A well written (and sometimes depressing) book about babies and our consumer culture.

Buy, Buy Baby How Consumer Culture Manipulates Parents and Harms Young Minds


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Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments tip of the hat to your first ten!!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 11. Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

This is the "companion book" to the Giver. Now I HAVE to read the third book in the series, Messenger.

Gathering Blue


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 12. Messenger - Lois Lowry

I think that I have my YA fantasy/fiction fix for now. The third book in "The Giver" series. A very quick read (I finished this one in about 90 minutes).



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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 13. The Silent Man - Alex Berenson


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 14. Handle with Care - Jodi Picoult

Not bad, but not her best work. Somewhat predictable and too many convenient coincidences. The usual twist in her stories wasn't there...or I've read too many of them and see through her attempts at surprising the reader.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 15. Traffic - Tom Vanderbilt

Traffic Why We Drive the Way We Do

Interesting book!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 16. Deeper - Roderick Gordon/Brian Williams

Deeper


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments Unconditional Parenting - Alfie Kohn

It took me awhile to get through this one--not a big parenting book guy.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 18. First Daughter - Eric Van Lustbader

Yeah, you probably want to stay away from this book unless you REALLY like the author. Fast paced, quick read but pretty lame.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 19. Shimmer - Eric Barnes

Pretty good--got it FREE from LibraryThing. Yay!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 20. Paper Towns - John Green

Fantastic YA book!! I read this book in just a few hours.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 21. The Caddie Who Played With Hickory - John Coyne

If you like golf fiction, this is a pretty good book featuring Walter Hagen and Chick Evans.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 22. Testimony - Anita Shreve

Not a great book.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 23. American Savior A Novel of Divine Politics - Roland Merullo

Satirical look at the presidential election process in the United States with Jesus Christ as a candidate for the Divinity Party--pretty funny and interesting read.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 24. The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis

Not his best work, in my opinion. Several people that I know really liked this book. I just couldn't get into it.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 25. The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

The second in the Percy Jackson series. Another good YA series to get into. It helps me brush up on my Greek Mythology.

Half-way there!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments That is one fancy ticker. Thanks!


message 30: by Mary Todd (new)

Mary Todd (marytodd) | 924 comments You're welcome!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 26. The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti

Very good!


message 32: by Tori (new)

Tori | 217 comments I just read the Screwtape Letters myself. There were some good points, but overall, I found myself daydreaming and wondering when the book would be over.

I also noticed you've read Vonnegut. May I suggest some of his shorter books? (Those would be "Man Without a Country" and "God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian")
Both of these books are incredibly short and can be read quickly. Also, there is a newer book out (published after he died) called "Amageddon in Retrospect."
I don't care for long-winded Vonnegut, but short and satirical Vonnegut makes me happy. :)


message 33: by Ryan Mac (new)

Ryan Mac | 78 comments Tori wrote: "I just read the Screwtape Letters myself. There were some good points, but overall, I found myself daydreaming and wondering when the book would be over.

I also noticed you've read Vonnegut. ..."


Thanks for the tips on Vonnegut--I'll check those out.




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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 27. Love, Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

I read this one on my flight today--quick read but nice follow-up to Stargirl.


message 35: by Molly (new)

Molly | 330 comments Galapagos is a great book by Vonnegut.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 28. Resistance - Owen Sheers

Good although scary alternate World War II setting. It isn't a violent war book--good read!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 29. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

30. The Color Of Magic - Terry Pratchet

Both good books!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 32. The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchet


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 33. Bozo Sapiens Why to Err is Human - Michael and Ellen Kaplan

I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Not a fantastic book but not bad. Lots of interesting information about the human brain and our behaviors.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 34. The Associate - John Grisham

A good turn-your-brain-off summer time read


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 35. The Dark Is Rising - Susan Cooper

Eh--it was okay.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 36. Kingdom Come - Mark Waid

I read this graphic novel as part of the summer challenge in The Next Best Book Club group. This one was not bad.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 37. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

I thought this book was kinda boring.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 38. The Domino Men - Jonathon Barnes

Great book!!


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 39. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King

A nice little story about a girl lost in the woods and how her favorite baseball player, Tom Gordon, and the Boston Red Sox games on the radio help her through her journey.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 40. The Ha-Ha A Novel - Dave King

It was okay. I liked the character in Howard and would like to read more about him but this particular story was missing something. Anyone else read this book?


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 41. So Much Damn Money - Robert Kaiser

Well researched book about the rise of money and lobbying in U.S. government in the last 30 years. It might frustrate you but well written book by a Washington Post reporter.


message 49: by Cassidy (new)

Cassidy Savage (savagegy6) Hey Ryan, I was really impressed with The Blade Itself and am looking forward to picking up the other books. He's a fantastic author and I'm so glad to have stumbled across him.


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Ryan Mac | 78 comments 42. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

I really liked this book! Looking forward to the 2nd book.


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