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Aug 17 2015

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Books I’ve Read in 2015

Total Pages Read: 6,036
Shortest Book: 168 pages
Longest Book: 496 pages
Fiction: 13
Non-Fiction: 5
Cookbook: 1
Poetry: 0

Last Book Read:
19. Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry by Sid Lowe. The history of the two biggest clubs in Spain, how they became rivals, and why you are either a fan of Barça or Madrid if you live in Spain. 480 pages. (Finished 17 Aug 15).

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  1. Belfast Noir edited by Adrian McKinty & Stuart Neville. A collection of short “noir” stories set in and around Belfast. 256 pages. (Finished 6 Feb 15).
  2. Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason. (Inspector Erlendur #3) An old man is found murdered in his flat with a cryptic note on his body. A photograph of a young girl’s grave is also found.  As Inspector Erlendur searches for answers he must delve into the past of a small community. 304 pages. (Finished 19 Feb 15)
  3. The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson. After ten years, Roland Nair returns to Africa to meet his friend Michael Adriko. They plan on one last scheme to finance the next stage in their lives (and leave the spy world behind). As they venture further into Africa loyalties shift and goals change. 228 pages. (Finished 28 Feb 15).
  4. Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason. (Inspector Erlendur #4). A human bone is found in a partially completed development in outer Reykjavík. As the skeleton is slowly excavated, Elendur and his team search for clues from a half century back to discover what happened. 293 pages. (Finished 10 Mar 15).
  5. Pirates, Punks, & Politics: FC St. Pauli: Falling In Love With A Radical Football Club by Nick Davidson. Alternating between chapters about the history of the club and area it is located with stories of matches attended, this book looks at one of the worlds most famous supporters culture. 288 pages. (Finished 31 Mar 15)
  6. Voices by Arnaldur Indriðason. (Inspector Erlendur #5) A reclusive man who lives alone in a hotel basement is found murdered right before Christmas. Erlendur has to find out about this man who no one knows to discover who and why he was killed. 368 pages. (Finished 16 Apr 15).
  7. The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indriðason. (Inspector Erlendur #6) A skeleton is found in the dried bed of a mysteriously draining lake. Erlendur must search back into cold war history to discover who the skeleton is and why he was killed. 336 pages. (Finished 24 Apr 15).
  8. The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton & Janet W. Hardy. 396 pages. (Finished 29 Apr 15).
  9. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø (as Tom Johansen). Olav is a “fixer” for one of Oslo’s big crime bosses. When he is asked to fix the bosses wife things go sideways. 224 pages. (Finished 4 May 15).
  10. Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall. The Swede’s do coffee break right, taking time to slow things down, have a cup of coffee or tea and eat a pastry. This cookbook covers some of the history of the tradition as well as provides recipes for both traditional and modern fika treats. 168 pages. (Finished 5 May 15).
  11. Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indriðason. (Inspector Erlendur #7). A young boy is found stabbed in a garden. The boy is half Thai, half Icelandic and the police suspect that race may have played a factor. At the same time Erlendur is still trying to find a missing wife whose disappearance has been written off as a suicide. 344 pages. (Finished 15 May 15)
  12. More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory by Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert. 496 pages. (Finished 23 May 15).
  13. Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason (Inspector Erlendur #8). A woman is found in her country cottage having committed suicide by hanging. When her friend gives Erlendur a recording of the woman attending a séance, Erlendur begins to investigate the woman’s death unofficially on his own. 304 pages. (Finished 29 May 15).
  14. Outrage by Arnaldur Indriðason (Inspector Erlendur #9). A man is found murdered in his apartment wearing a woman’s t-shirt and having recently had sex. With Erlendur off visiting the demons of his youth, his colleague Elínborg takes the lead trying to find his killer. 288 pages. (Finished 04 Jun 15).
  15. Black Skies by Arnaldur Indriðason (Inspector Erlendur #10). While Erlendur is busy visiting his childhood home, and Elínborg is busy with the case of the murdered man. Sigurdur gets involved in a case that involves a childhood friend when he turns up at a crime scene of a women freshly beaten by a debt collector. 330 pages. (Finished 07 Jun 15).
  16. California by Edan Lepucki. Los Angeles is a crumbling ruin after numerous earthquakes have destroyed good portions of the city. The rest of the US (and world) isn’t much better after other catastrophic events. Money is essential a thing of the past except for the super rich who now live in “Communities.” Cal and Frida leave LA for the wilderness to try and survive on their own. Soon they meet other settlers and learn more about the new world around them. 393 pages. (Finished 18 Jun 15).
  17. Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indriðason (Inspector Erlendur #11). Meanwhile in the Eastern Fjords, Erlendur is wrestling with the demons of his past and his missing brother. While squatting in the remains of his ancestral home he hears the story of Matthildur, who also disappeared in the moors. He begins to search for clues about her disappearance before all the folks with memory of her have passed away. 304 pages. (Finished 23 Jun 15).
  18. Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey, and Even Iraq Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. A journalist and economist look at statistics to predict why teams will win or lose, whether penalty kicks will be successful or saved, and which countries have the most potential to improve their results. 336 pages. (Finished 7 Jul 15).
  19. Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry by Sid Lowe. The history of the two biggest clubs in Spain, how they became rivals, and why you are either a fan of Barça or Madrid if you live in Spain. 480 pages. (Finished 17 Aug 15).

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