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This is the running list of books I’ve read. Now, obviously there’s a caveat, the list only include books I’ve read starting in October of 2017 when I started keeping track and making some notes on them. Some of the books are new release while others are classics.

1.       The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: The most timeless of all classics this book is renowned as the Great American Novel and authors have strived for years to reproduce its magic. The problem is that it may not be possible to do so. The book is both mesmerizing and heartbreaking. It’s fiction in its best form. 100/100

T-2.       The Godfather by Mario Puzo: The book that one of the greatest films in the history of cinema is based on. Odd as it is to say, it would almost be better for the book if the movie didn’t exist. The long shadow of the movie keeps most eyes away from the book, which is a true shame. It’s well written, with rich characters and the greatest character turn in history. 95/100

T-2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje: I mean this book is wonderful. It’s part coming of age story, and part spy thriller with the setting of post war London. Couldn’t recommend this one enough. 95/100

4.       Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes: This book is about the war in Vietnam and the men who fought it. Written by a veteran officer about his experience in the jungle and lightly fictionalized. It tells the story of the war we’ve forgotten along with the lesson we should have taken. 91/100

5. The Black Echo By Michael Connelly: The debut novel in the Harry bosch detective series delivers in all the way a great thriller can. It’s full of twist and turns, and of course a charismatic Detective. If you haven’t seen the Amazon series i would highly suggest it. 90/100

6.       A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway: Possibly the best of Hemingway’s novel this is a story about an American in the Italian Army in the first World War. Obviously, the thing that stands out about the book is Hemingway’s trademarked style and deliberate narration. If you’re looking for a book to start reading Hemingway on this is certainly the one. 88/100

7.       Ohio by Stephen Markley: As far as debut novels go, I believe this would qualify as a triumph. Markley gives you the bits and the pieces along the way, but you probably won’t be able to figure out the dark road this book ends at until you get there. This book is pretty graphic and not for the feint of heart. 87/100

8.       The Son by Phillip Meyer: This book is excellent and the story it tells is truly an American one. It pays homage to the frontier while also doing its part to re-write history. I will the book is very literary, and you might have too look up some words on your way through the pages. Overall, it’s well worth the read. 83/100

9. Past tense By lee Child: The most recent Jack Reacher novel takes jack to the town his father grew up in. upon his arrival he finds that some nefarious things my be afoot. The drawback to this and all other reacher novels is they are about 20 pages too long because child loves to repeat phrases over and over. 82/100

9. The Spectacular Now by Tim THarp: This book makes me cringe a bit to much than what should be comfortable, but that’s what makes it good. It brings new layers to the Coming of Age/high school senior books. The one drawback i have about the book is frankly it was a little less than captivating at times and the way the chapters are edited (short set pieces) create a lot more choppiness than there really should have been. 78/100

10.       Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky: An example of classic literature this book takes you back to pre-Revolution Russia. This book examines the affects of poverty and tells the story of the actions that spring out of it. It’s one of the classic pieces of Russian Literature and rightfully so. I can’t stress this enough, this is a long read. 77/100

11.       Total Frat Move: The Book by W. R. Bolen: I read this book as a mixture of research and reminiscing what a jackass I was in college. It is what it is supposed to be. It’s short, at times funny, and was published. (I’m trying not to say negative comments about things anymore) 53/100