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When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T. Vertosick Jr. MD

Picked this up as a part of a 2 for 1 sale. It’s a great book written by a neurosurgeon who writes about his most memorable experiences about his process of becoming a neurosurgeon and his career overall. There are enjoyable stories and not-so-enjoyable stories. Frank does a good job explaining any medical jargon that happens to come up, making this a easy read. Would recommend.

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The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines

We’ve started watching a lot of HGTV house renovation shows. We got hooked on Fixer Upper with the lovely renovations in Waco, Texas. This book explains a bit of Chip and Joanna’s past including the start of their relationship and the show itself. It’s nice that it’s read by them, but it can feel a little forced. It’s a good read, but probably won’t be as enjoyable without seeing the show.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I hadn’t read this book in the past as I was told that you had to know a lot of about 1980’s culture and video games. I thought the trailer looked good so I figured I would give the book a shot. You don’t need any 80’s culture or video game knowledge. This book goes fine without that. This is probably one of my favorite books now and it makes me excited about the future.

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The Caledonian Gambit - A Novel by Dan Moren

I’ve followed Dan Moren through his podcasts and writings online. This is first book and I wanted to get it when it came out. The audiobook is well done (with accents and all). The story is good and made me think about getting more space novels.

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Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave

This is a good, easy to read book. It moves from young love to the discovery of HIV/AIDS. I actually didn’t know until afterwards that it was a memoir. Worth reading.

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Stay by Riley Hart

This book was ok. The story wasn’t terrible, and it appears to be a series. Perhaps the most annoying bit was the reader’s voice becoming all manly and macho for the part of the two guy characters.

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If You Ask Me by Betty White

I don’t really know why I read a book about Betty White, but she’s nice so I figured a book from her would be good. It’s a short listen (about two hours). I learned a thing or two about her I didn’t know (not that I keep up with Betty White in the news). There might be other places to learn these stories, but you can’t turn down a book read by the author.

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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I love anything time travel related and I’ve known about this book for a while, but for some reason never picked it up to read. One day I just decided to get it on Audible for that month. I liked the book a lot and enjoyed the format that both character’s perspectives are described. Definitely worth a read.

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

This book is a slightly more in depth than Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, so if you’ve seen that it’ll be a bit of review. I enjoyed the latter half of the book, and it’s awesome overall as Neil himself reads the audio book. Good, easy read.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Somehow I went through school without ever having to read this book. It’s a different dystopian novel than I’ve read in the past and I enjoyed that. I feel like I need to give this one another read just to have a full grasp of it, but I enjoyed the book.

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11.22.63 by Stephen King

This was my first Stephen King book. It’s a good book dealing with time travel. It’s a little slow and for me was anti-climatic, but it is still a good read. I enjoyed it.

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

I thought this book would help me not give a f*ck (so the book says). The book has several suggestions in the beginning of the book that are good. Near the end the suggestions get kinda weak, but it’s a good book that had some relatable portions.

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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

I’ve always wanted to read this since watching Adam Savage’s TED talk on his obsession with objects. It’s a great story, and the movie is worth watching after reading.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander

I didn’t expect this book to be a magical reference book from the land of Harry Potter. Despite that, it was interesting, and I liked that it was narrated by Newt Scamander’s actor in the movie. Not your typical book.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I wanted to read this prior to watching the Netflix series. The book is good, and I’d recommend anyone read it whether or not they’ve seen the Netflix series.

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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fischer

I read this a couple of months after Carrie Fischer died. It’s full of laughs and is an insightful look into Carrie’s life. It’s a short read and I recommend it.

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie. It’s a good book and an easy read.

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

I was recommended this book by CGP Grey on Hello Internet. It kicked off my Audible adventure, but I found the book boring despite Grey’s recommendation.

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