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It's that time of the year again. These are the books I read this year:

-Junky by William S. Burroughs (1953, continued from 2016)
-The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari's Glass House by Kavin Senapathy, Marc Draco, and Mark Alsip (2015, reread)
-Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp by Ronald Genini (1996)
-The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker (2013)
-Hollywood Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Delightfully Persistent Myths of Film, Television and Music by Richard Roeper (2002)
-That's Not All, Folks! by Mel Blanc and Philip Bashe (1988)
-The Greatest Rock & Pop Micellany Ever! by Q Magazine (2005)
-A Fool There Was by Porter Emerson Browne (1909)
-Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton by John Bengtson (1999)
-Why The Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down: The Scientific Reasons Everything Goes Wrong by Richard Robinson (2005)
-My Wonderful World of Slapstick by Buster Keaton with Charles Samuels (1960)
-History of the American Cinema: An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture: 1915-1928 by Richard Koszarski (1990)
-Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age by Matthew Klickstein (2013)
-History of the American Cinema: The Transformation of Cinema: 1907-1915 by Eileen Bowser (1990)
-Yes to GMOs! For Us and the Environment by Borut Bohanec and Miso Alkalaj (2016)
-Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Book by Deirdre Dolan (2006)
-Chicago Television ed. by Daniel Berger and Steve Jajkowski (2010)
-The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely (2012, currently reading)
-The Chicago White Sox by Warren Brown (1952, currently reading)

 

See you in 2018.

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I am reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, it makes me feel so... meditative.

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My reading year comes to a conclusion with 84 books read (possibly 85 if I get the book I'm currently reading finished). It's the highest number since I started my Goodreads' Challenge back in 2015. However, numbers have been skewed a wee bit because I read more 'lighter' books, and children's novels this year than I have any other year. With them averaging about 200 pages it only took me between 1-2 days to read and finish. 

 

In saying that I had a good reading-year (and I seem to have doomed a lot of people- read a book about Charles Manson and Hugh Hefner this year and...welp). My favourite books were probably:

'Birdsong' by Sebastian Faulks- one of the most gorgeous novels I've ever read.

'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe' by Fannie Flagg.

'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot- one of the saddest stories I've ever read, and it really makes me think about websites like Ancestry, and 23AndMe DNA testing and what they could do with your genetic information once they have it.

'Helter Skelter : The True Stories of the Manson Murders' as in-depth a book about the murders that you could get, written by the prosecuting attorney in the Manson case, it makes me shudder to think there were, and are, people as twisted, and manipulating as Manson out there.  

'Riding So High: The Beatles and Drugs' by Joe Goodden- need I say more? Surprisingly, the only Beatles' book I read this year but it was such an interesting, and insightful book that it more than made up for my lack of Beatley-reads this year.

And I read quite a number of autobiographies as well the best being: Martin Luther King's, Kenneth Branagh's, and Peter Davison's (which was hilarious, must read for any Doctor Who fan).

 

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Riding So High: The Beatles and Drugs by @Joe Goodden (2017)

 

I started on it today and I'm already two-thirds of the way through the book.  To be fair, I bought the Kindle edition and am having Alexa read it to me audiobook-style, so I can't take full credit for reading that much in a day.

I'm really enjoying it.  I've read a lot about the Beatles and still I learned quite a few things I didn't already know.

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Joe's title is clever and inspired -- the perfect title for that theme.

I'm currently reading La femme au temps des cathédrales (Women in the Age of the Cathedrals). by medieval historian Régine Pernoud.  Fascinating stuff that goes against the grain of what I learned about medieval history in college (majored in Western history).

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a coffee dessert, yes you know it's good news...

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@Necko said

I started on it today and I'm already two-thirds of the way through the book.  To be fair, I bought the Kindle edition and am having Alexa read it to me audiobook-style, so I can't take full credit for reading that much in a day.

I'm really enjoying it.  I've read a lot about the Beatles and still I learned quite a few things I didn't already know.  

Does the Alexa thing work well? Presumably you have to have the Echo account in the same name as your Kindle purchases.

Glad you're enjoying the book! I'm reading Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, along with seemingly half of America. It's revealing, dispiriting, maddening and astonishing. And it needed a really good editor – some of the prose is astonishingly bad. Here are a couple of properly awful sentences (it's not all this repetitive, thankfully):

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Joe said

Does the Alexa thing work well?

For the most part, it works well. Occasionally it gets a word that can be pronounced two ways wrong. It'll pronounce "live performances" like "long live the Beatles."

I always crack up when she reads John Lennon being quoted swearing. 

Presumably you have to have the Echo account in the same name as your Kindle purchases.

I'm honestly not sure, but I do.

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Joe said

Does the Alexa thing work well? Presumably you have to have the Echo account in the same name as your Kindle purchases.

Glad you're enjoying the book! I'm reading Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, along with seemingly half of America. It's revealing, dispiriting, maddening and astonishing. And it needed a really good editor – some of the prose is astonishingly bad. Here are a couple of properly awful sentences (it's not all this repetitive, thankfully):

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Oh, that hurts. I need to fix those horrific "sentences".

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My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World by Jeff Garlin (2010)

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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (1953)

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Currently reading John O'Farrell's An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain or 60 Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always. Just reached this bit, which I'm looking forward to...

Liverpool 1962. Four working-class lads, a little rough round the edges but full of enthusiasm and ready Scouse wit, settled on the line-up they hoped might make their little rock-and-roll outfit finally click. Their modest ambition: to make it as a beat group, perhaps get a song or two in the charts. The reality was to be very different. Because , unfortunately, Ricky Thunder and the Typhoons were utter rubbish and so they were never heard of again. However, playing in a club down the road was another group called The Beatles, and they were much, much more successful.

Next up I have a choice between -

Helter Skelter : The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry;
The Mage Wars: A Valdemar Omnibus by Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon;
or Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy by Gareth L. Powell.

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Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul A. Offit, M.D. (2015)

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I am more than halfway through this, a very interesting focus on what happened when Conan O'Brien (who as many of you will know, I love) started his run on 'The Tonight Show', and how Jay Leno starting at 10pm was one of the factors that fucked up the show for Conan and ultimately led to him being the shortest ever host of TTS (8 months).

It's a good read but can get dry at times, I'm on the 2nd chapter to do with Dave Letterman and the author just seems to go on, and on, and on, about things that are not particularly relevant to The War For Late Night. 

 

And I'm also reading

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Finally got around to this after it's been out for years. I've momentarily put it on hold while I finish 'Late Night'. I'm about a 1/3 of the way through and really enjoying it so far. I appreciate how I'm almost at the end of The Beatles' era now, nothing worse than a 400-page George biog having 300 pages about The Beatles, 70 pages about the mid-to-late 70's, and then 30 pages to wrap up the 80's and 90's.

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Let me know how that one is ASJ. I’m about to begin Phillip Norman’s Lennon Bio, and I’d love a little George to read afterward. 

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Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku (2011)

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The Disaster Artist : My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell.

I'm a fan of the Room so reading this book is a treat plus I wanted to read it before I saw the film with James Franco. 

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Recently picked up a book called This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin, about the psychology behind our experience of and love for music. It's a really interesting read for a nerd like myself. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif Beatles have been mentioned several times and there's a chapter called You Know My Name, Look Up The Number. john-lennon-salute_gif

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Currently reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck  by Mark Manson. 

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Haven't been able to start reading it yet, but I recently bought:

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