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Sometimes I like to bring my knees to my chest, wrap my arms around them, and lean forward.

That's just how I roll.

(I bet you weren't expecting a rick roll)

I beat Jeff. I don't know how to put this, but I'm kind of a big deal. I also stalemated him five times.

The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
By Patrick Rothfuss, Dan dos Santos (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780756413712
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Published: DAW - October 3rd, 2017

The 10th Anniversary edition has a lot of cool artwork of different scenes throughout the book, a different map layout, a nice dust jacket, and more. This is one of my most treasured possessions.

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009


Seriously, that's the best way I know of to describe this book. It's incredible. Just read it.

My System: Winning Chess Strategies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607964520
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Published: WWW.Snowballpublishing.com - May 29th, 2012

This is the holy grail of positional play in chess. If you want to get better at chess, you will have to read this book at some point. This is one of the only books that every master level player has studied. If you go all the way through this book, you will be able to walk into pretty much anywhere and stomp some people.

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games Cover Image
By Bruce Pandolfini (Introduction by), László Polgár
ISBN: 9781579125547
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - August 13th, 2013

Big phat chess book

This book is the holy grail of chess tactics, and you will be one of the best players in the city if you go through all of it. Laszlo Polgar wrote this book to help teach his daughters to play, with two of them becoming the greatest women chess players in history, one of whom broke multiple world records (if you haven't already, look up Judit Polgar).

300 Most Important Chess Positions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849945127
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Published: Batsford - November 1st, 2018

This is a great book on the positional side of chess. I think this is one way to get a lot better at chess very quickly, and this teaches it in a way that's easy to understand.

The Lasker Method to Improve in Chess: A Manual for Modern-Day Club Players Cover Image
ISBN: 9789056919320
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Published: New in Chess - April 30th, 2021

This book is targeted toward a more advanced player, but it has all the strategic knowledge that you will need to succeed. I would not recommend this book for someone who is just beginning.

My 60 Memorable Games: chess tactics, chess strategies with Bobby Fischer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781906388300
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Published: Batsford - December 8th, 2008

I love Bobby Fischer. He flexed so hard on Boris Spassky in his first world championship ever because he knew he was so much better than everyone else. This book is a collection of his favorite games he played as well as annotations providing his thoughts.

Logical Chess : Move By Move: Every Move Explained Cover Image
ISBN: 9780713484649
Published: Batsford - June 15th, 2003

This is NOT an opening book. It explains the reasoning behind moves and helps to learn why some moves are good or bad. Some of the moves explained are tactical in nature, and some of them are more positional. It is perfect for teaching chess fundamentals.

Kasprov's Winning Chess Tactics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671619855
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Published: Touchstone - November 15th, 1986

This is a tactics book for more intermediate players. If the other two ere too easy for you (Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess or How to Beat Your Dad at Chess), this or Chess: 5334 problems is a good next step. It also has some biographical notes on Kasparov's career.

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess Cover Image
ISBN: 9781901983050
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Published: Gambit Publications - October 1st, 1998

This book is a pretty basic tactics book. It gives a surface level view of 50 different checkmating patterns to help you begin to see them in a game. The categorization of different tactics helped me to know when to look for them in a game.

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ISBN: 9780553263152
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Published: Bantam - July 1st, 1982

One of the few beginner chess books written by a world champion, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess is a phenomenal book for beginners at chess. If you aren’t sure if this book is for your skill level, then it’s a perfect book for you. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of basic tactics.

Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes: The Best of the Worst Dad Jokes for the Painfully Punny Parent - 301 Jokes! Cover Image
By Thomas Nowak (Editor), Karl Whiteley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452182797
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2020

I tell a lot of dad jokes, but I don’t have any kids. I’m a faux pas.

Speedsolving the Cube: Easy-To-Follow, Step-By-Step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles Cover Image
By Dan Harris, Robert Steimle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781402753138
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Published: Union Square & Co. - May 1st, 2008

This book includes both beginner solutions to the rubik's cube as well as more advanced methods ot be able to solve the cube quickly. It also has solutions to the smaller (2x2x2) and the bigger cubes (4x4x4 and 5x5x5).

How to Solve The Rubik's Cube: An Official Guide to Cracking the Cube Cover Image
ISBN: 9781405291354
Availability: Backordered
Published: Egmont UK - April 1st, 2020

I learned to solve the Rubik’s cube because I had a lot of free time and nothing better to do. It is much easier to learn than people make it out to be. This book will make the cube easy to understand and enjoyable to solve.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

I first read this book because my younger brother read it for his school's required reading. All the books I've read by this author bring a very novel (see what I did there?) concept.

In the Arc of a Scythe series, Neal Shusterman presents a new take on the dystopian future genre. He describes a utopian future with the protagonists trying to stop a group of people from destroying the utopia. While there are some glaring flaws in the grammar and plot, the uniqueness of the series makes for a great read.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

The Glass Castle is a tragic but uplifting memoir about the challenges Jeanette and her siblings faced due to their parents' dysfunction. I first read it because it was a required reading in high school, but it is one of the few nonfiction books I love.

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345522474
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Published: Del Rey - May 3rd, 2011

Hounded reminds me of The Lightning Theif's older sibling. It's the start of an urban fantasy series based on Irish mythology. It is the first book I bought at this store, and I immediately fell in love with this series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy or mythology.

Ender's Game (The Ender Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765378484
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Published: Tor Teen - March 4th, 2014

This book is the story of a boy, Ender, who was born specifically for the purpose of leading a defense against the Buggers, a sentient alien species. This book takes you through his journey from being recruited, training at a school in space, and commanding his troops in their fight to save humanity from the Buggers.

Strange Planet (Strange Planet Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062970701
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Published: Morrow Gift - November 19th, 2019

Strange Planet is a book filled with light-hearted comics pointing out some of the strange customs we have. I thoroughly enjoy looking through these comics every so often when I have some down time.

College Hacks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440590047
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Published: Adams Media - August 1st, 2015

I love life hacks. There are a bunch of neat life hacks in here that I had never heard of, including everything from helpful tips for studying to ways to find discounts.