|12-17-2011, 06:20 AM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Florida, USA
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The 2012 Annual Reading Challenge – List Thread!
Welcome to the 2012 Reading Challenge List Thread.
This thread is for you to keep a running tally for your chosen challenge.
I would request that you please state your goals at the top of your post (i.e. in the title line), and then start your list in the body of your post.
[Please Remember: No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the other thread for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the other thread]
Post #2 will be dedicated to a Table of Contents for all participants in this thread.
Names will be added, to this TOC, in alphabetical order with a link to that individual’s post number from this thread.
Discussions & Ideas can be found here: 2012 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread
To Discuss a particular book please participate in the Hey!! Let's get some action going! What are we reading? thread and share your thoughts about the book with others.
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|12-17-2011, 06:21 AM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Florida, USA
Device: Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Gen)
2012 Annual Reading Challenge List ToC
[Please Remember: No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the 2012 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the Discussion Thread]
Table of Participants
(Participants will be listed by user name in alphabetical order)
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|12-17-2011, 06:22 AM||#3|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Florida, USA
Device: Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Gen)
Goal: Fully Read Favourite Series
The Dresden Files: (14 / 13 Novels) & (11 / 11 Bonus Stories) ~ Completed Apr. 27th (Finished Cold Days on 12/9/12)
Rachel Morgan/The Hollows: (0 / 9 Novels) & (0 / *6 Bonus Stories) *Plus the anthologies in which 4 of the stories are included.
Honor Harrington: (9 / 13 Novels), (21 / *21 Bonus Stories) & (0 / 4 Sub-Series Novels) *Plus the anthologies in which the stories are included. ~On Hiatus
Black Dagger Brotherhood: (7 / 10 Novels) & (1 / 1 Bonus Story) ~Currently Reading
Percy Jackson: (1 / 5 Novels) & (0 / 1 Story Collection) ~On Hiatus
Explanation of my Intended Goal(s): Here
Book Titles are linked to my GoodReads Reviews (see "spoilers" for series books & reviews)
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|12-17-2011, 06:36 AM||#4|
The Grand Mouse 高貴的老鼠
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Norfolk, England
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 3
Goal: To get my TBR pile below 300.
I expect that I will read more than 150 books in 2012. (About 160 in 2010, about 200 in 2011), but my big problem is my TBR list. Because I also bought a lot of books: 256 in 2010 and about 216 in 2011.
At the end of 2011, my TBR pile was 380 books long. If I can get it to below 300 by the end of 2012, I will consider that I've won my 2012 challenge.
So all I need to do is read 80 more books than I buy in 2012. Based on past reading rates, all I'll need to do is buy no more than one book for every two I read. How hard could that be?
Books read in 2012
Books bought in 2012
Books read: 185 (incl. 6 abandoned and 2 not from TBR pile)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 25
Books removed from TBR pile: 210
Books added to TBR pile: 137
Removed/Added: 1.53 (should be over 2!)
Net reduction for 2012: 73
Non-free books read (or abandoned): 177
Total cost of books read: $504.27
Average cost of books read: $2.85
Non-free books bought: 137
Total cost of books bought: $311.60
Average cost of books bought: $2.27
(£ prices converted to $ prices at £1:$1.5)
* Actually a 100% rebate purchase, but I'm counting it as 50% off.
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|12-17-2011, 06:40 AM||#5|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Device: Kindle 2 International & Sony PRS-T1 & BlackBerry PlayBook
Contribute minimum monthly 30%+ Canadian content to Patricia Clark Memorial Library
Prospective CanCon contribution (on profoundly ironic hold):
1. Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) Too Much College, or, Education Eating Up Life. With Kindred Essays in Education and Humour. (1939)
Record of Stuff Read for 2012 with links to corresponding commentary in What Are You Reading thread (2011, 2010):
$ paid for with my own money (otherwise assume freebie or library)
R previously read (usually in another format)
P read in paper (may not be available in e-)
∂ e-book available DRM-free
∫ e-book has noticeable typos/formatting errors
§ short story or novella packaged as standalone e-text
Ω omnibus edition containing multiple works
A anthology or essay collection with multiple authors
¶ public domain or Creative Commons license
n/10 overall writing/plotting/characterization/research/presentation quality (not necessarily correlated to enjoyment)
√/3 recommended for quality and/or entertainment value (caveat: some trashy mind candy reads recommended in the lot if I think they're fun enough)
♥/3 personally rather liked this one (but can not necessarily recommend it, because sometimes I have really bad taste)
1,2,3... Full-length new works read.
I,II,III... Works re-read in format previously encountered.
i,ii,iii... Works previously read in paper format re-read in newly-acquired e-.
A,B,C... Graphic novels and picture-intensive artbooks.
a,b,c... Shorter works packaged standalone.
1. The Mask of Narcissus by Vincent Lardo ∂ $ 7/10 ♥ √
2. Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal ∂ $ 8/10 ♥♥ √√
3. Knightly Love by Fyn Alexander ∂ $ 6.5/10 ♥
a. The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov & Kate Cotoner ∂ § $ 7.5/10 ♥ √
4. Desert Wives by Betty Webb ∂ $ 7.5/10 ♥ √
A. Two Generals by Scott Chantler P 8.75/10 GN ♥♥♥ √√√
5. Changes by Mercedes Lackey P 6/10
6. Four For A Boy by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer ∂ $ 7.5/10 ♥ √
7. Rule 34 by Charles Stross P 7.25/10 ♥
b. Briony's Soldiers by Diana Bold $ ∂ § 6.25/10 ♥
c. The Old Buzzard Had It Coming by Donis Casey ∂ $ 7.5/10 ♥ √√
9. Artifacts by Mary Anna Evans $ ∂ 7/10 ♥ √
10. Artscape by Frederick Ramsay $ ∂ 6/10
11. Concrete Desert by John Talton $ ∂ 6/10
12. In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicky Delany $ ∂ 6/10 ♥ √
13. The Shoeless Kid by Marcelle Dubé $ ∂ 5.5/10
15. A Thousand Deaths by George Alec Effinger $ ∂ 7.5/10 ♥ √√
16. Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the World's Musical Masters by Elizabeth Lunday P ♥ √
17. The Heat of the Moon by Sandra Parshall $ ∂ 6.25/10
18. Interrupted Aria by Beverle Grave Myers $ ∂ 7/10 ♥♥ √√
d. Night Shift by Marcelle Dubé ∂ § 5.5/10
19. The Virgin Billionaire by Ryan Field ∂ 6/10 ♥
20. Infected: Bloodlines by Andrea Speed $ ∂ 6.75/10 ♥ √
21. Infected: Life After Death by Andrea Speed $ ∂ 6.75/10 ♥ √
22. Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra Dean ∂ 6.75/10 ♥ √
23. Infected: Freefall by Andrea Speed $ ∂ 6.5/10 ♥ √
i. The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly $ 7.75/10 ♥♥ √√
24. Farthest Space: The Wrath of Jan by Ellen Fisher 6/10 ♥ √
ii. The Witches of Wenshar by Barbara Hambly $ 7.75/10 ♥♥ √√
iii. The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly $ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
iv. The Walls of Air by Barbara Hambly $ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
v. The Armies of Daylight by Barbara Hambly $ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
I. Mother of Winter by Barbara Hambly $ P 7.25/10 ♥
II. The Icefalcon's Quest by Barbara Hambly $ P 7/10 ♥
vi. The Dark Hand of Magic by Barbara Hambly $ 7.25/10 ♥
vii. Dog Wizard by Barbara Hambly $ ∫7.75/10 ♥♥ √√
viii. Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly $ 7.75/10 ♥♥ √√
vix. Stranger at the Wedding by Barbara Hambly $ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
x. The Silicon Mage by Barbara Hambly $ ∫7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
e. The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters by Sierra Dean $ ∂ § 6.25/10 ♥ √
25. A Bloody Good Secret by Sierra Dean $ ∂ 6.5/10 ♥ √
f. Secret Santa by Sierra Dean $ ∂ § 6.25/10 ♥ √
26. Deep Dark Secret by Sierra Dean $ ∂ 6.5/10 √ ♥
27. A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan $ ∂ 6.25/10 ♥ √
g. Tom Fleet's Incredible Machine by Deirdre O'Dare $ ∂ 5.25/10
h. Three by S. Dora $ ∂ 6/10 ♥
i. Whispers by Suzanne Rock $ ∂ 5.5/10
28. The Hanged Man's Ghost by Missouri Dalton $ ∂ 6.25/10 ♥ √
29. Shadowboxing by Anne Barwell $ ∂ 5.75/10
30. Seven from the Stars by Marion Zimmer Bradley $ ∂ 6/10
xi. The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley $ ∂ 6/10 ♥
31. The Calling of the Three by Ru Emerson $ ∂ 6.5/10 ♥ √
32. King and Raven by Cary James $ ∂ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
33. Adventures: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones by Mike Resnick ∂ 7/10 ♥ √
34. Exploits: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones (1926-1931) by Mike Resnick $ ∂ 7/10 ♥ √
j. Jiggles and the Test Pilot by Mary Tales ∫ 3/10 ♥
35. Suspicion of Innocence by Barbara Parker ∂ 6.5/10 ♥ √
36. Encounters: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones (1931-1934) by Mike Resnick $ ∂ 7/10 ♥ √
37. Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear ∫ 4/10
38. The Heir by Grace Burrowes 6.25/10
39. Seduced by the Wolf by Terry Spear 6/10
40. Color Him Gay: The Further Adventures of The Man From C.A.M.P. by Victor J. Banis $ ∂ 6/10 ♥
41. Brida by Paulo Coelho 6.5/10 ♥
42. Yorkshire by Lynne Connolly ∂ 7/10 ♥ √
43. A Nice Class of Corpse by Simon Brett $ 6.5/10 ♥ √
44. Blue Blood Will Out by Tim Heald $ 6.25/10 ♥
45. Mrs, Presumed Dead by Simon Brett $ 6.5/10 ♥ √
46. Body Politic by Paul Johnston $ 7.25/10 ♥ √
47. Unbecoming Habits by Tim Heald $ 6.25/10 ♥
48. The Two in Hiding by Ru Emerson $ ∂ 6.5/10 ♥ √
49. One Land, One Duke by Ru Emerson $ ∂ 6.5/10 ♥ √
j. The Body Human: Three Stories of Future Medicine by Nancy Kress $ ∂ 7.5/10 ♥ √√
50. Future Perfect: Six Stories of Genetic Engineering by Nancy Kress $ ∂ 8.5/10 ♥ √√√
51. Designed for Death by Jean Harrington $ ∂ 6/10 ♥
52. Cutting Cords by Mickie B. Ashling ∂ 5.5/10
53. Scene Stealer by Elise Warner $ ∂ 4.5/10
54. Mrs Pargeter's Package by Simon Brett $ 6.25/10
54. Mrs Pargeter's Pound of Flesh by Simon Brett $ 6.5/10 ♥ √
56. Vessel by Mickie B. Ashling $ ∂ 6.25/10 ♥
57. The Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby 6.75/10 ♥♥ √√
58. Pest Control by Bill Fitzhugh $ ∂ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
59. The Fire Lord's Lover by Kathryne Kennedy 6.5/10 ♥ √
60. Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy 6.25/10 ♥
61. Double Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy 5.75/10
62. Worlds Apart by Barbara Elsborg $ ∂ 6/10 ♥
63. Plastered in Stonington by Rosemary Goodwin $ ∂ 5.75/10
64. Lilith: A Snake in the Grass by Jack L. Chalker ∂ 7.5/10 ♥
65. Bomber's Moon by Alex Beecroft $ ∂ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
k. The Debutante's Dilemma by Elyse Mady ∂ 6.25/10 ♥
66. Dogfighters by Alex Beecroft $ ∂ 7.5/10 ♥♥ √√
67. The War of the Roses by Warren Adler
68. Children of the Roses by Warren Adler
69. Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George $
l. Places in Time by Cardeno C. $
xii. Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein $
xiii. Methuselah's Children by Robert A. Heinlein $
70. Have Space Suit, Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein $
71. The Star Beast by Robert A. Heinlein
72. Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein $
73. Drunkard's Walk by Frederik Pohl $
74. Tyrant of the Mind by Priscilla Royal $
75. Heartshot by Steven F. Havill $
76. Relics by Mary Anna Evans $
77. Sorrow Without End by Priscilla Royal $
78. Justice for the Damned by Priscilla Royal $
79. Forsaken Soul by Priscilla Royal $
80. Effigies by Mary Anna Evans $
81. Findings by Mary Anna Evans $
82. Floodgates by Mary Anna Evans $
83. Strangers by Mary Anna Evans $
84. The Exterminators by Bill Fitzhugh $
85. My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy
86. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
87. Unearthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood
88. Screenscam by Michael Bowen
89. Silver Lies by Ann Parker
90. Deadline by Seanan McGuire
m. Countdown by Seanan McGuire
n. Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders
o. The Homecoming by Mike Resnick
p. Fields of Gold? by Rachel Swirsky
q. What We Found by Geoff Ryman
r. The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu
s. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
t. The Man Who Ended History by Ken Liu
u. Movement by Nancy Fulda
v. Ray of Light by Brad Torgersen
w. The Ice Owl by Carolyn Gilman
91. Among Others by Jo Walton
92. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
93. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
94. Blaze of Glory by Sheryl Nantus
95. Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
96. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Paid Purchases Read (Brand New/Previously Encountered/Mixed Omnibus or Collection): 53/11/2
Promotional e-Book Freebies Read: 20
Titles by Known Canadians Read: 14
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|12-17-2011, 07:12 AM||#6|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Roslindale, Massachusetts
Device: Kobo Aura H2O, Sony PRS-650, Sony PRS-T1, nook STR, iPad 4, iPhone 5
My Books for 2012
Blue = To be read
Red = Currently reading
Black = read
Bold = Series name
Click the covers for more information on each book.
001. Rizzoli & Isles 08 - Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
002. Women's Murder Club 08 - The 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
003. Leviathan 01 - Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
004. Lucas Davenport 01 - Rules of Prey by John Sandford
005. Hyperion 02 - The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
006. Ready Player One by Ernst Cline
007. In Death 17 - Imitation in Death by J. D. Robb
008. The Hallows 03 - Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison
009. Millennium 03 - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
010. Star Trek: The Original Series: The Rings of Time by Greg Cox
011. Miss Peregrine 01 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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|12-17-2011, 08:58 AM||#8|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Device: Kindle Voyage, iPad Mini, iPhone 6, MS Surface Pro, N7
Goal: To make a note of all the books I read
Books read for entertainment during 2012
"The Know-it-all", by A.J. Jacobs. Completed 8/1/12
Thoroughly enjoyed this. A very witty account of the author's goal to read the complete "Encylopaedia Brittanica", and the effect that doing so had on his life. Highly recommended.
"The Anonymous Client", by Parnell Hall. Completed 11/1/12
#2 in the "Steve Winslow" series. An excellent legal "whodunnit", in the style of a modern-day Perry Mason. I'm really enjoying this series.
"Starliner" by David Drake. Completed 14/1/12
An average military SF novel. Fun to read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so. A large number of very obvious OCR errors, especially prone to "cl" being rendered as "d" - eg "dock" instead of "clock", which was irritating.
"Death in a White Tie" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 21/1/12
The 7th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. Superb. The ending took me completely by surprise.
"Endgame Enigma" by James P. Hogan. Completed 24/1/12
A very good SF thriller by one of my favourite hard SF authors, with a real "twist in the tail". Highly recommended.
"The Railway Detective" by Edward Marston. Completed 27/1/12
A new author for me. Pretty good detective story set in England in 1850. Not exceptional, but certainly worth reading.
"The Alloy of Law" by Brandon Sanderson. Completed 30/1/12
A standalone sequel to "The Mistborn Trilogy". Excellent adventure story, fun and fast-paced. Thoroughly enjoyable.
"Overture to Death" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 4/2/12
The 8th in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. A death at a village bring Inspector Alleyn from Scotland Yard to investigate. Not as good as the two previous books in the series but nonetheless enjoyable.
"Last Bus to Woodstock" by Colin Dexter. Completed 7/2/12.
The first "Inspector Morse" novel. Morse and Lewis solve the murder of a girl found dead in a pub carpark. Absolutely excellent.
"Death at the Bar" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 14/2/12.
The 9th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. Alleyn is called in to investigate the death of a prominent London barrister who is on holiday at a small Devon fishing village. An excellent book. Highly recommended.
"Thraxas" by Martin Scott. Completed 19/2/12.
Extremely funny take on the hard-boiled detective genre. Thraxas is a drunken, overweight PI in the hopelessly corrupt city of Turai. A failed apprentice sorceror and former mercenary, he's down on his luck. But then he's hired by Princess Du-Akai to recover some letters she unwisely wrote. And then his problems really begin... Highly recommended.
"Thraxas and the Warrior Monks" by Martin Scott. Completed 25/2/12.
Sequel to "Thraxas", as above. This time Thraxas gets involved in the case of an apprentice sculptor who is accused of murdering his master, and tried to find the religious statue stolen at the time of the crime. Two rival bands of warrior monks are also looking for the statue, which makes life difficult for Thraxas. A fun fantasy romp. Well worth reading.
"George Passant" by C.P. Snow. Completed 6/3/12.
The 2nd book (chronologically, although it was the first written) in C.P. Snow's "Strangers and Brothers" series. I found this to be much heavier going than the first book, which I hope means that his writing style improved over time. I enjoyed the book, but it was rather heavy going at times.
"Surfeit of Lampreys" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 12/3/12.
The 10th "Inspector Alleyn" novel. Very good. An eccentric aristocratic family and a rather grisly murder of a rich relative. The murder mystery, although good, is secondary to the wonderful characterisation of the family members. Excellent!
"Death Masks" by Jim Butcher. Completed 18/3/12.
The 5th book in the "Dresden Files" series. The best that I've read so far in the series.
"Crocodile on the Sandbank" by Elizabeth Peters. Completed 24/3/12.
The first of the "Amelia Peabody" stories set in an archeological setting in late 19th century Egypt. Excellent. Very highly recommended.
"Moonshot" by Dan Parry. Completed 27/3/12.
A superb account of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Excellent.
"Death and the Dancing Footman" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 3/4/12.
Another excellent novel by Ngaio Marsh; the 11th in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. A classic "English country house murder mystery", in which Alleyn only puts in an appearance 60% of the way through the book. As always, Marsh's excellent character development really make the book worth reading, and is what separates her from the "cardboard" characters of Agatha Christie, to my mind. A very good book indeed.
"Egypt - How a Lost Civilization was Rediscovered" by Joyce Tyldesley. Completed 7/4/12.
A paper book, unfortunately not available as an eBook. Tells the story of the history of Egyptology by focussing on some of the most colourful characters in the field. A very good read.
"Migration" by James P. Hogan. Completed 20/4/12.
SF, set on board a generation starship. I really can't recommend this. It's a decent enough story, but it doesn't go anywhere. It just finished abruptly and leaves you wondering "well, what happens next?". A disappointing book by one of my favourite "hard SF" authors.
"Colour Scheme" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 6/5/12.
The 12th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series, set in New Zealand. An excellent read - one of her better ones.
"Crusade" by David Weber & Steve White. Completed 11/5/12.
The first book in the "Starfire" series. Excellent military SF. The Terran Federation faces a battle for survival against religious fanatics. A re-read of an old favourite.
"In Death Ground" by David Weber & Steve White. Completed April 2012.
2nd book in the "Starfire" series. Set about 60 years after "Crusade", the Terran Federation is invaded by a race of carnivorous arachnids who goal is extermination of the human race.
"The Shiva Option" by David Weber and Steve White. Completed April 2012.
3rd book in the "Starfire" series, and the 2nd half of the story which began in "In Death Ground".
"Insurrection" by David Weber and Steve White. Completed April 2012.
4th book in the "Starfire" series. The fringe worlds rebel after decades of oppression by the rich corporate worlds of the Terran Federation. Will they succeed in establishing independence or will a bloody civil war destroy the Federation?
"Exodus" by Steve White and Shirley Meier. Completed April 2012.
5th book in the "Starfire" series, set 80 years after "Insurrection". A race fleeing the destruction of their star system in a supernova explosion arrived in Federation space after travelling for thousands of years in generation ships. A war of conquest ensues.
"Etremis" by Steve White and Charles Gannon. Completed April 2012.
6th and (so far) final book in the "Starfire" series. The second half of the story which began in "Exodus".
"Died in the Wool" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 12/6/12.
13th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. Alleyn is still in New Zealand, hunting down enemy agents during WWII. He's called to a sheep station, whose owner, a well-known Member of Parliament, has been murdered, and where top-secret military research is being conducted. I wasn't too impressed by this one; a decent enough murder mystery, but none of the characters really caught my interest..
"Elantris" by Brandon Sanderson. Completed 16/6/12.
Superb standalone fantasy novel. Excellent world-building, a very clever magic and logical magic system, and and an absorbing story. VERY highly recommended!
"Final Curtain" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 23/7/12.
The 14th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. A famous retired actor commissions Alleyn's wife, Troy, to paint his portrait. When he is found dead, apparently from food poisoning, Alleyn (now back from New Zealand) becomes involved in the case. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Interesting characters, and a very clever murder case which I didn't guess the solution to.
"Neither Here Nor There" by Bill Bryson. Completed 25/7/12.
Bill Bryson's book about travelling through Europe in 1990. Extremely funny, and a very good read. Highly recommended!
"The Lost Continent" by Bill Bryson. Completed 28/7/12.
A book describing Bill Bryson's 13000 mile roadtrip through small-town American after having lived in the UK for many years. Very good.
"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline. Completed 31/7/12.
SF. A treasure-hunt for keys to unlock the vast fortune left by the creator of the virtual world within which most of the population of mid 21st-century Earth now lives their lives, the clues to which are references to 1980s pop culture. Very good indeed. Highly recommended!
"Notes From a Small Island" by Bill Bryson. Completed 4/8/12.
Bill Bryson travelogue about a journey around Britain. Very amusing. Highly recommended.
"Swing, Brother, Swing" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 9/8/12.
The 15th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. An eccentric peer apparently kills a fellow band-member, while playing in a swing band. An excellent book. Good story, interesting characters, and an ingenious crime.
"I'm a Stranger Here Myself" by Bill Bryson. Completed 11/8/12.
Reprint of a weekly newspaper column written by Bill Bryson on "rediscovering America" after moving back there in 1996, having lived in England for 20 years. The book consists of about 70 short chapters, covering a wide range of diverse topics. Entertaining, and an ideal book for dipping into.
"The Magic of Recluse" by L.E. Modessit. Completed 18/8/12.
1st book in the "Recluse" fantasy series. Lerris must leave the island nation of Recluse because he is bored by the perfection of the order-based society there. On the mainland, he has to come to terms with his own order-based magical abilities and face the threat of chaos-using wizards. Excellent!
"The Towers of the Sunset" by L.E. Modessit. Completed 23/8/12.
2nd book in the "Recluse" saga, set centuries earlier than the previous book, and telling the story of the founding of Recluse by the young storm wizard Creslin. Excellent.
"Opening Night" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 26/8/12.
16th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series and set, like so many of her books, in the world of the theatre. An actor died on the opening night of a new play. Is it murder or suicide? Alleyn investigates. I guessed the solution to this one quite early in the book, but an extremely enjoyable read. Recommended.
"The Magic Engineer" by L.E. Modessit. Completed 1/9/12.
3rd book in the "Recluse" saga. This jumps forward 300 years from "The Towers of the Sunset", which told the story of the founding of Recluse, and we now have the story of Dorrin, who invented the order-based engineering which played a major role in the 1st book in the series. Excellent.
"Spinsters in Jeopardy" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 8/9/12.
In this, the 17th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series, sees, Alleyn is sent under cover to France, with his family (he's gained a 6-year-old son somehow since the last book!) to investigate the connection between an ancient French fortress, occupied by what today we'd call a "new age cult", and an international heroin distribution operation. Many adventures follow, including the kidnapping of Alleyn's young son, Ricky, and his (Alleyn's) attempt to infiltrate the cult to find out what's going on. Thoroughly enjoyable. One of the best in the series so far.
"The Order War" by L.E. Modessit. Completed 25/9/12.
The 4th book in the "Recluse" series. This book tells the story of Justen, whom we first encountered as a minor character in the first book in the series, and his attempt to balance the powers of Chaos, as represented by the white wizards of Fairhaven, with the powers of Order, represented by the black wizards of Recluse. A very good read.
"Scales of Justice" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 19/10/12.
[i]The 18th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series sees Chief Inspector Alleyn investigating a murder in a close-knit rural community. Very well-plotted; I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
"The Curse of the Pharaohs" by Elizabeth Peters. Completed 24/10/12.
2nd book in the "Amelia Peabody" series. A newly discovered tomb in the Valley of the Kings followed by the mysterious death of its discovered leads to press reports of an ancient curse. A very enjoyable romp.
"Last Seen Wearing" by Colin Dexter. Completed 26/10/12.
2nd book in the "Inspector Morse" series. Morse is asked to reopen the case of a vanished schoolgirl. Many twists and turns. Excellent.
"Warbreaker" by Brandon Sanderson. Completed 30/10/12.
Standalone fantasy novel. Great world-building, as is always the case with BS. Very good.
"Off With His Head" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 3/11/12.
The 19th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. A man is decapitated during an ancient folk dance. Alleyn has to discover how and why. Very good plot. Recommended.
"The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn" by Colin Dexter. Completed 8/11/12.
The 3rd book in the "Inspector Morse" series, and another very good read. Morse investigates the murder of a deaf man who worked in a foreign examination syndicate in Oxford.
"Agent of Change" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Completed 9/11/12.
The first book in the "Liaden" series. Reasonably good SF, but I wasn't blown away by it. Hopefully the series will get better.
"The Mummy Case" by Elizabeth Peters. Completed 14/11/12.
The 3rd book in the "Amelia Peabody" series, this novel follows the Victorian lady sleuth to the "pyramids" of Mazghunah. On her arrival, it seems that the barren area can be of no interest, but a murder in Cairo soon persuades her otherwise... Very enjoyable.
"Service of All the Dead" by Colin Dexter. Completed 15/11/12.
The 4th book in the "Inspector Morse" series. Morse and Lewis investigate a puzzling series of murders linked to an Oxford church. Excellent.
"The Death of Chaos" by L.E. Modesitt. Completed 20/11/12.
The 5th book in the "Recluse" series, and a direct sequel to the 1st book in the series. Good solid fantasy.
"Singing in the Shrouds" by Ngaio Marsh. 3/12/12.
The 20th book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. Alleyn goes undercover as a passenger on a freighter sailing from England to South Africa to try to unmask the identity of the infamous "flower killer". Very good indeed. Highly recommended.
"The Dead of Jericho" by Colin Dexter. Completed 7/12/12.
The 5th book in the "Inspector Morse" series. A woman who Morse knew personally is found hanged in her home. It appears to be a straightforward case of suicide, but Morse is convinced that there's more to it, and conducts an unofficial investigation of his own. Excellent.
"Utopia" by Lincoln Child. Completed 11/12/12.
Thriller. A gang of criminals holds a high-tech amusement park to ransom. Excellent.
"Blood Rites" by Jim Butcher. Completed 17/12/12.
The 6th book in the "Dresden Files" series. Mildly amusing. I probably shan't re-read it.
"The Riddle of the Third Mile" by Colin Dexter. Completed 20/12/12.
The 6th book in the "Inspector Morse" series. A distinguished academic vanishes from his Oxford College, and an unidentifiable torso is discovered in a nearby canal. But things are a lot more complicated than they may at first appear. Excellent.
"Tyrannosaurus Canyon" by Douglas Preston. Completed 22/12/12.
A fast-paced thriller set in the badlands of New Mexico, about a search for a valuable T. Rex fossil. Very enjoyable.
"False Scent" by Ngaio Marsh. Completed 24/12/12.
The 21st book in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. A famous but ageing actress is found dead at her own birthday party, apparently as the result of an accident with poisonous pesticide. But Alleyn suspects that all is not as it appears to be. Very enjoyable. Good plot and interesting characters. Highly recommended.
"The Secret of Annexe 3", by Colin Dexter. Completed 28/12/12.
The 7th book in the "Inspector Morse" series. A man is found murdered in a hotel annexe room following New Year celebrations. A complex and interesting investigation follows. Very good indeed!
"Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke. Completed 30/12/12.
The world was on the brink of nuclear destruction when the giant ships of the Overlords appeared in the skies above the major cites, and imposed peace. But what was their purpose in coming to Earth? An SF classic. Excellent.
Total books read: 62
Books proof-read during 2012
"Thuvia, Maid of Mars", by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Completed 1/1/12.
"The Chessmen of Mars", by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Completed 16/1/12.
"The Master Mind of Mars", by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Completed 27/1/12.
"A Fighting Man of Mars", by Edgar Rice Rurroughs. Completed 14/2/12.
"Swords of Mars", by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Completed 4/3/12.
"Synthetic Men of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Completed 27/3/12.
"Llana of Gathol" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Completed 6/4/12.
"John Carter of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Completed 9/4/12.
"A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" by Amelia B. Edwards. Completed 11/5/12.
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens. Completed 22/7/12.
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Charles Dickens. Completed 5/8/12.
"A Child's History of England" by Charles Dickens. Completed 1/9/12.
"Queen Lucia" by E.F. Benson. Completed 12/9/12.
"Miss Mapp" by E.F. Benson. Completed 22/9/12.
"Lucia in London" by E.F. Benson. Completed 7/10/12.
"Mapp and Lucia" by E.F. Benson. Completed 15/10/12.
"Lucia's Progress" by E.F. Benson. Completed 14/11/12.
"Trouble for Lucia" by E.F. Benson. Completed 25/11/12.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen. Completed 17/12/12.
Total books proofed: 19
Total books read + proofed: 80
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|12-17-2011, 09:05 AM||#9|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Device: Kindle Paperwhite 2
10000 pages & series decimation challenge
I've got two goals this year. First, I want to read 10.000 pages (192 pages a week), this goal will probably be adjusted upwards. What I want of this challenge is to find out what I read in a normal year, last year with the 100 books challenge I pushed myself and I avoided several longer books to get to 100. For page count I will use the number of pages my Kindle displays and when reading a DTB I will use that page count.
My second goal is to reduce the number of series I'm actively reading. For now I can only start a new series when I've finished two others. Eventually I want to have four or five series I'm actively reading.
Update 22 February:
Considering I'm almost halfway with my 10,000 pages challenge I'll up it to 25,000 pages.
Books read in 2012
001. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (303 pages)
002. The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (305 pages)
003. His Devil by Erik Lynd (9 pages)
004. For Sale: Old Manor House (Free Ghosts Included) by Merabeth James (260 pages)
005. The Ghosts of Varner Creek by Michael Weems (231 pages)
006. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (588 pages)
007. What Lies Beneath by Sarah Rayne (505 pages)
008. The Cat Who Moved a Mountain by Lilian Jackson Braun (212 pages)
009. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larrson (852 pages)
010. James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing by G. Norman Lippert (509 pages)
011. The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library by Alice Kimberly (219 pages)
012. The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr (785 pages)
013. Carnacki: Heaven and Hell by William Meikle (155 pages)
014. The Sorrows by Jonathan Janz (272 pages)
015. The Black Tower by Louis Bayard (384 pages)
016. Scarab by Stavros Halvatzis (169 pages)
017. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (1198 pages)
018. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (274 pages)
019. The Ghost and the Femme Fatale by Alice Kimberly (237 pages)
020. The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry (446 pages)
021. Changes by Jim Butcher (462 pages)
022. The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion by Alice Kimberly (304 pages)
023. The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri (140 pages)
024. Loop by Koji Suzuki (333 pages)
025. The House of the Lost by Sarah Rayne (408 pages)
026. Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King (44 pages)
027. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (317 pages)
028. A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King (271 pages)
029. A Letter of Mary by Laurie R. King (249 pages)
030. The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry (515 pages)
031. The Cat Who Wasn't There by Lilian Jackson Braun (211 pages)
032. The Moor by Laurie R. King (241 pages)
033. O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King (345 pages)
034. Property of a Lady by Sarah Rayne (256 pages)
035. The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish (274 pages)
036. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (443 pages)
037. Justice Hall by Laurie R. King (384 pages)
038. Tower of Silence by Sarah Rayne (491 pages)
039. The Game by Laurie R. King (377 pages)
040. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (403 pages)
041. The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins (280 pages)
042. Zorro by Isabel Allende (371 pages)
043. Rama II by Arthur C. Clarke (480 pages)
044. The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri (332 pages)
045. Side Jobs by Jim Butcher (420 pages)
046. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (486 pages)
047. When Gods Die by C.S. Harris (302 pages)
048. Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman (299 pages)
049. Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris (254 pages)
050. The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry (416 pages)
051. The Cat Who Went into the Closet by Lilian Jackson Braun (203 pages)
052. Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King (401 pages)
053. Where Serpents Sleep by C.S. Harris (371 pages)
054. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin (297 pages)
055. The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King (437 pages)
056. The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King (350 pages)
057. The Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman (273 pages)
058. What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris (290 pages)
059. The Villa of Mysteries by David Hewson (384 pages)
060. The Templar Sword by Paul Christopher (272 pages)
061. Borderlands by Brian McGilloway (222 pages)
062. Where Shadows Dance by C.S. Harris (279 pages)
063. When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris (352 pages)
064. Tai-Pan by James Clavell (856 pages)
065. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough (624 pages)
066. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child (282 pages)
067. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (594 pages)
068. The Cat Who Came to Breakfast by Lilian Jackson Braun (186 pages)
069. A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters (261 pages)
070. Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio (307 pages)
071. Nights of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton (462 pages)
072. Pirate King by Laurie R. King (317 pages)
073. John Doe by Tess Gerritsen (54 pages)
074. The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye (395 pages)
075. Ghost of a Chance by Simon R. Green (218 pages)
076. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen (313 pages)
077. The Manor by Scott Nicholson (285 pages)
078. Ash by James Herbert (607 pages)
079. One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters (225 pages)
080. The Supernaturals by David L. Golemon (527 pages)
081. Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King (384 pages)
082. The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke (69 pages)
083. Old Haunts by E.J. Copperman (256 pages)
084. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly (501 pages)
085. And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (307 pages)
086. The Passage by Justin Cronin (954 pages)
087. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (685 pages)
088. 31-10 by Stephen Volk (16 pages)
089. Dust and Shadows by Lyndsay Faye (309 pages)
090. The Hides by Kealan Patrick Burke (134 pages)
091. Cabal by Michael Dibdin (274 pages)
092. The Racketeer by John Grisham (318 pages)
093. Dark Hollow by John Connolly (358 pages)
094. Misery Hall by L. Chambers-Wright (15 pages)
095. The Killing Kind by John Connolly (354 pages)
096. The Black House by Peter May (348 pages)
097. The White Road by John Connolly (418 pages)
098. Cold Days by Jim Butcher (556 pages)
099. The Yard by Alex Grecian (451 pages)
100. The Vampire Laird by Merabeth James (218 pages)
101. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter (330 pages)
102. Monk's Hood by Ellis Peters (222 pages)
103. The Black Angel by John Connolly (493 pages)
104. City of Screams by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell (67 pages)
105. Curfew by Phil Rickman (654 pages)
Last edited by Rumpelteazer; 12-30-2012 at 07:56 PM.
|12-17-2011, 09:41 AM||#10|
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: York, Pa
Device: Kindle 3, Kindle Fire, Ipod Touch 2G, iPod Touch 4G, iPad, Kobo
Goal: To read 50 books
My goal for 2012 is to read 50 books. My goal for 2011 was 100 and I am right on target to reach that goal, but I found that I picked some books over others simple because of the size of the book. There are some long books I still want to read and 50 books in a year will allow me to do it!
Last edited by pdurrant; 12-19-2011 at 04:49 AM. Reason: added title
|12-17-2011, 11:00 AM||#12|
o saeclum infacetum
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New England
Device: X50s, T2, Glo, H2O +
Goal: 25 books about different countries and 25 paper books from my TBR pile
25 Books of 25 Lands:
Laundry Basket Challenge (25 books from my paper TBR collection):
I was comfortably past 100 books in 2011, so while I'll track 2012 reading at GR, it's not a goal for me.
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|12-17-2011, 11:01 AM||#13|
What happened to January?
Join Date: Dec 2011
Device: Sony PRS-T1
Record how many books I read - goal: 100 Books
I simply wish to have a record of how many books I read in a year. I have never kept track before so do not have a clear idea.
Books Read in 2012
1. Ice Hunter by Joseph Heywood (started in 2011) - pages read in 2012 - approx. 156
2. Thank you, Mr. Moto by John P. Marquand - pages 123
3. Think Fast, Mr. Moto by John P. Marquand - pages 116
4. Last Laugh, Mr. Moto by John P. Marquand - pages 108
5. The Girl of O.K. Valley by Robert Watson - pages 140
6. The Shape Of Silence by Stephen Leigh - pages 282
7. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett - pages 287
8. A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison - pages 438
9. Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts (reread)
10. The Hollow by Nora Roberts - pages 318 (reread)
11. Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy - pages 360
12. 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom - pages 249
13. Ghost a la Mode by Sue Ann Jaffarian - pages 217
14. Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra Dean - pages 202
15. Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini by Sue Ann Jaffarian - pages 215
16. Keeper of the Spirit by Ruby Storm - pages 338
17. The Masters of Time: Dark Seduction by Brenda Joyce - pages 286
18. The Masters of Time: Dark Rival by Brenda Joyce - pages 291
19. The Masters of Time: Dark Embrace by Brenda Joyce - pages 245
20. The Drowning by Richard Herley - pages 303
21. Storm Born by Richelle Mead - pages 311
22. Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead - pages 288
23. Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead - pages 253
24. Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead - pages 309
25. Deadly Aim by Patricia H. Rushford - pages 280
26. Yorkshire: Richard and Rose, Book One by Lynne Connolly - pages 208
27. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - pages 579
28. Enchant the Dawn by Elaine Loew - pages 154
29. The Eighth Day by Tom Avitabile - pages 390
30. The Good, The Bad, and The Uncanny by Simon R. Green - pages 275
31. Storm Prey by John Sandford - pages 408
32. The Bluejay Shaman by Lise McClendon - pages 225
33. Time and Again by Nora Roberts - pages 456
34. Sundance, Butch and Me by Judy Alter - pages 313
35. Touring Afterlife by Nancy Frederick - pages 165
36. Season of Fear by Christine Bush - pages 178
37. Too Many Murders by Colleen McCullough - pages 371
38. Ghost by Jim Butcher - pages ?
39. Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - pages 404
40. Star Wars: Dark Force Rising - pages ?
41. Star Wars: The Last Command - pages 467
42. Key of Light by Nora Roberts - pages 334
43. Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts - pages 327
44. Key of Valor by Nora Roberts - pages 332
45. Shamrock Alley by Ronald Damien Malfi - pages 382
46. Cold Days by Jim Butcher - pages ?
47. Too Big To Miss by Sue Ann Jeffarian - pages 301
Last edited by red_phoenix; 12-04-2012 at 10:09 PM. Reason: Add books read in 2012
|12-17-2011, 01:02 PM||#14|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
Device: Kindle Voyage,Kindle PW, Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD8.9
Read/Reread some classics, while reducing my TBR
Goal is to read or re-read some classics I never read or have completely forgotten. From "fun" ones, like Dumas, to empty spots in my education, such as Edith Wharton. But while I do this, I really, really want to cut down my TBR list. Like pdurrant, I have a problem with buying more than I read.
I'll use this thread to keep track of both goals, by listing my books read and by keeping score on the buy/read ratio. (Note: this list of books in the TBR list is not comprehensive, since it only includes the first couple of books in several large series that I expect to read all of in 2012. But we'll adjust the list as required.
Initial # of books ToBeRead as of January 1: 107
Current # of books ToBeRead as of 27 December, 2012: 90
Books Bought in 2012: 110
Books Read in 2012:
Last edited by CRussel; 12-31-2012 at 02:27 PM. Reason: Update List
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