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This is the Christmas pile from my family - some requested, some surprise.

Iíve just finished The Wager, which was on the list based on a recommendation from an earlier thread in this sequence. It was a terrific read. I love this genre - the historical reconstruction/narrative, which Erik Larson is such a master of. This is easily on the same level.

Iím now reading Wool, which is the first part of the Silo trilogy. Iíd already seen the Apple TV+ dramatization of this, which is why I added it to the list in the first place. Itís taken me a couple of chapters to stop thinking about the tv show, and now itís taking on its own flow.

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Just finished "The Instructor", by T.R. Hendricks, a really good novel replete with woodcraft, Spec Ops, insurrection, suspense and a WILD ending...

Now, I'm continuing reading the "IQ" series of Joe Ide's... really enjoying them; the protagonist is compelling, and it's interesting to see how his character develops as the series goes on... I'm reading "High Five" now, the fourth book in the series. The setting is fairly close to where I was raised, which gives the writing some familiarity - even though the time frame is so vastly different from when I was a kid in Southern California.

I'm impressed by these books and would recommend them to anyone who likes mysteries, suspense, "whodunnit" and interesting twists and turns!
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My wife and I just re-read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. We are looking forward to seeing the movie, but we no longer have a movie theater alive within an hours drive, so we will likely wait until we can buy the movie on DVD.

We read this book a few years ago but it was very rewarding to read it again.

We've just starting reading together All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is my 2nd time through this book, but it's quite good.

My bedtime book is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Such a good book; I end up losing sleep while reading this. My wife cannot handle the sadness in this book, so it's not one we would read together. We have both read this book before, but it's so artistically written that this current reading is a total rediscovery.

On our list to read is Dickens' Our Mutual Friend.

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Next on the list is Neil Peart's Ghost Rider - waiting for it to come
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I just finished reading Wager. It was fascinating on so many levels:
- it was populated by some famous historical figures
- it was the inspiration for numerous very famous works
- it was a real life castaway story
- it was mired in political shenanigans that you would think only happen now
- it was suppressed and erased from history


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- it was a true story


I won't say any more as I don't want to give any spoilers......
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We've just starting reading together All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is my 2nd time through this book, but it's quite good.

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Hello Glenn,

I'm curious how you guys read together. How does that work?

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Iíve just finished reading this - Sharing A House With The Never-Ending Man, by Steve Alpert. Itís a fascinating tale of the authorís 15-year stint at Studio Ghibli, as a gaijin in the cast of characters in Hayao Miyazakiís production world. A great insight into what it means to be an American working in Japan, and the culture clashes as Studio Ghibli went global.

A little repetitive in places, but itís really almost more of a journal, so thatís to be expected. I really enjoyed it. Of course, it helps that Iím a huge Miyazaki fan - largely due to my younger son, who majored in Japanese, and who gifted me this book for Christmas

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I've read all of Neils books.Ghost rider was excellent.His healing journey ....
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Re-reading A Farewell To Arms.
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Checked out the first in the Peninsula Crimes Series by Gary Disher, liked it a lot so am now reading through the whole series. Though set in Australia, not surprisingly, has a British mystery feel to it.
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"Reading Genesis" by Marilynne Robinson. I'm an atheist but raised Catholic, so this topic just continues to fascinate me. This is more of a believer's interpretation of the God of Genesis. It's so far covered what distinguishes God's qualities or characteristics from other dieties such as Babylonian gods, even while acknowledging how these religions maybe borrowed narratives from one another (like the story of The Flood). It's been pretty interesting so far.
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This is my first Updike novel. Won't be my last. Love his incredibly descriptive style, even if his morally muddy protagonist isn't so lovable.

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Just finished ďSapiensĒ by Harari.

Reading now ďThe Way the World Really worksĒ by Smil.
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