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    I finished Joan Williams' White Working Class. I'd love to know what somebody from the, ya know, working class thinks of it. It checks out with my experiences at work.
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    • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
      I finished Joan Williams' White Working Class. I'd love to know what somebody from the, ya know, working class thinks of it. It checks out with my experiences at work.
      Well?

      Kepler is from the working class.
      a legend and an out of work bum look a lot alike, daddy.

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        Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post
        Well?

        Kepler is from the working class.
        I'm just here to observe. A Dickensian/Gilbert-and-Sullivan temporarily misplaced heir. Any day that helicopter's going to appear on the horizon with the lawyer, the will, the deeds. What's keeping it?

        I dunno where I belong, but it aint with you people.
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          Finished The Signature of All things by Elizabeth Gilbert
          Not my usual style but I thought it was really good. Interesting little factoids about early America, the Dutch in trade, Evolution theory, etc.

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            My Year in Books from Goodreads... suffering through 7 months of post concussion symptoms definitely affected my numbers. Last year, I read 194 books.

            I read 23,304 pages across 69 books

            SHORTEST BOOK
            81 pages - No Honor Among Thieves by J.A. Jance

            LONGEST BOOK
            581 pages - The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

            AVERAGE LENGTH 337 pages

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            MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2019 - 3.3

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            Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond - 4.48 average

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              Have gone through a lot of WWII historical fiction lately (lots of spies/resistance stuff)... best of the bunch was The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Couldn't put it down.

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                Recent reads

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                Command a King's Ship (Richard Bolitho #8) by Alexander Kent Another very good Bolitho book which finds him commanding a ship between the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars to go to the Far East. One of his former captains is the ambassador and he finds himself fighting against French Mischief targeting them.

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                Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady #7) by J.A. Jance Another good Brady book as this finds her investigating a missing woman found dead in the desert was it an accident was it a murder? Lots of character development with Joanna and the other people around her in her life.

                Passage to Mutiny (Richard Bolitho #9) by Alexander Kent, Douglas Reeman To me the weakest of the Bolitho books with the exception of the earliest ones, I’m reading chronologically. Bolitho is still in the South Pacific we are in between the wars, American Revolution and Napoleonic. He finds himself fighting against Bureaucrats and pirates in an effort to save his crew and his career.

                Deception (Alex Delaware #25) by Jonathan Kellerman A so so Delaware novel where he and Milo are investigating the death of a prep school teacher. This is complicated by the fact that the Police Chief’s son goes to the same school. A back and forth investigation leads them in many different directions.

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                  Good Reads Stats for 2019

                  184 Books

                  62,967 Pages

                  2 Books more but about 800 less pages than last year

                  AVERAGE LENGTH 342 pages

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                  5 Star 0
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                    A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson: very entertaining. The physics was a little cumbersome (even "dumbed down"), but lots of interesting information and written in a relatable style. I want to read his new book about the body as well.

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                      Just read about Silent Book Club. Awesome idea.

                      I feel like joining a "regular" book club will be college lit classes all over again, where loud, obnoxious, opinionated people are the only ones who discuss anything. Plus, I don't want to spend my valuable reading time reading something I have no interest in, or hate. This is almost perfect.
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                      • Originally posted by jen View Post
                        Just read about Silent Book Club. Awesome idea.

                        I feel like joining a "regular" book club will be college lit classes all over again, where loud, obnoxious, opinionated people are the only ones who discuss anything. Plus, I don't want to spend my valuable reading time reading something I have no interest in, or hate. This is almost perfect.
                        That sounds like heaven. I love the idea.
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                          Originally posted by ScoobyDoo View Post
                          That sounds like heaven. I love the idea.
                          Concur.

                          I walked in on a Silent Writers Club meeting at a coffee house in Phoenix. Same plan but with people writing their own sh-t. It looked like heaven on Earth.
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                            I just finished The Man From the Train, a book by Bill James and his daughter Rachel (yes baseball fans, that Bill James).

                            It was a book that I've looked forward to reading since I first heard about it, but honestly I was kind of disappointed. The big thing is that for me it seemed like bad writing. The story is fascinating enough, and he has certainly done his typical yeoman's work in gathering data, but man the writing just wore on me.
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                              Saw this somewhere else and thought it was a fun question.... what books spawned your love of reading?

                              I remember reading the Serendipity series by Stephen Cosgrove in elementary school and checking them all out from the library. I had the Little House on the Prairie boxed set, also loved Nancy Drew, Beverly Cleary, Little Golden Books (esp. Poky Little Puppy), and a little later, Judy Blume.

                              As I got older, in middle school and high school, I read Sweet Valley Twins and then Sweet Valley High. Also a fantasy series called Dragonlance and everything by Michael Crichton. Probably the last time I read a fantasy book. Not sure why.

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                                Crichton's career was ruined for me after he wrote State of Fear, but up until Jurassic Park he was good.

                                Loved David Eddings various high fantasy series as a teenager, maybe even more than LotR.
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