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Old 03-13-2013, 11:03 PM   #211
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Wait..what!?! And yet another book finds its way on my impossibly long TBR.
Ditto. I just wishlisted it. Sounds to bizarre to pass up!
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:24 AM   #212
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Ditto. I just wishlisted it. Sounds to bizarre to pass up!
So perhaps I shouldn't mention that (a) Holt's written about two dozen other books that are equally twisted or (b) BooksOnBoard has 'em on sale right now for one-third off?

One caveat: while most of his books are standalones, seven of them form a series, and that's not obvious at first. He's also written some non-comedic stuff for other publishers; the BoB link filters that out but misses five books that they don't carry.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:13 AM   #213
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Okay, I added Doughnut to my potential read list and it might fit the bill for this year's reading challenge for the 2013 entry.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:05 AM   #214
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One caveat: while most of his books are standalones, seven of them form a series, and that's not obvious at first.
Thank you for that link. I've read many of Mr Holt's works, and very much enjoyed them, including the first four of the J. W. Wells & Co. series. I have fallen behind, not realising there are now another three to catch up on.
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:26 PM   #215
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Thank you for that link. I've read many of Mr Holt's works, and very much enjoyed them, including the first four of the J. W. Wells & Co. series. I have fallen behind, not realising there are now another three to catch up on.
The later books start drifting more to a "common setting" than a strict series, but there's enough of a thread there that it's still useful to call it a series. For that matter, Doughnut makes a couple of nods to earlier books, but is functionally an independent work. (At least so far; I'm 60% through it.)
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:44 PM   #216
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So perhaps I shouldn't mention that (a) Holt's written about two dozen other books that are equally twisted or (b) BooksOnBoard has 'em on sale right now for one-third off?

One caveat: while most of his books are standalones, seven of them form a series, and that's not obvious at first. He's also written some non-comedic stuff for other publishers; the BoB link filters that out but misses five books that they don't carry.
Okay now, you're just being
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:19 PM   #217
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I just haven't managed to keep track this year. I've read ALL of the Cherryh Foreigner series, several of the Phryne Fisher series, a couple of the Corinna Chapman books, two Campion books, and a bunch of other miscellaneous things I really haven't kept track of. So I'm abandoning this year's challenge and list.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:55 AM   #218
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22! That marks the halfway mark of my required reading list. Only twenty-two more years to go.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:48 AM   #219
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Occasionally I find it fun to mathematically check how I am doing in reaching my goal for the year. I do this strictly for fun. My goal is eighty five books for the year so 85 / 12 = the number of books that I need to read per month or 7.08 and 7.08/4 weeks per month gives me the number of books that I need to read per week 7.08/4 = 1.77 per week. We are currently in the 12th week of 2013 therefore 1.77 * 12 gives m the number of books that I need to have read by the end of this week which is 21.25 or in others words 21 and a quarter books. Since I am working on books twenty and twenty one I am a little behind at this point if I want to make that goal however not too far behind.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:07 PM   #220
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Occasionally I find it fun to mathematically check how I am doing in reaching my goal for the year. I do this strictly for fun. My goal is eighty five books for the year so 85 / 12 = the number of books that I need to read per month or 7.08 and 7.08/4 weeks per month gives me the number of books that I need to read per week 7.08/4 = 1.77 per week. We are currently in the 12th week of 2013 therefore 1.77 * 12 gives m the number of books that I need to have read by the end of this week which is 21.25 or in others words 21 and a quarter books. Since I am working on books twenty and twenty one I am a little behind at this point if I want to make that goal however not too far behind.
You are making an arithmetical mistake. There are twelve months in a year, but there are more than 48 week in a year. To make your goal of 85 books, you need to read 85/52 = 1.64 (rounding up) books per week. So by the end of week twelve you only need to have read 12*1.64 = 19.7 books. So if you're currently working on your 20th book, I'd say you were bang on target.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:59 PM   #221
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I'm not staying with my reading plan very well because of re-reading old favorites. Every few years it seems I must revisit Jeeves and Bertie, Mapp and Lucia. Sometimes I feel like a regular of the midnight showings of the The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Familiarity with the stories and dialogue does not lessen the pleasure.

I don't actually want to re-read, at least in theory, because of the length of my TBR list. But several of the books I've read so far this year, beyond Wodehouse and Benson, have been books I remembered loving many years ago. Oh well, I suppose we read most often for the pleasure it brings us.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #222
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My goal is 144 books total, as it has been for the last several years. Every year I've fallen short. Last year I was short by 50. This year I am ahead of schedule at this point by 3 books, and am hoping to finally reach my goal.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:53 AM   #223
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My goal is to reach the same point in 2013 that I finished up 2012 at, although others tell me that I am on point to finish my goal on time I personally do not believe them.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:17 AM   #224
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I'm still ahead of schedule, by three books according to Goodreads. I just finished book number 14 (out of 50): The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Highly highly highly recommended. Onto number 15: Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins.
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Well, I'm struggling vainly to reduce my TBR. March, so far, has a slim chance of being the first month where I have read at least as many books as I've bought (and would have been even better without that pesky Amazon sale.)

As of right now, I've read 11 books, discarded 1, and increased my TBR by 33, of which 15 cost money.

Out of interest I decided to see how many of those 33 new books I had specifically sought out, rather than just picking up because they were cheap/free. It turns out to be somewhere between 3 and 7, depending on how strict I am. Everything else I have picked up just because it was a bargain and sounded interesting or was part of a series.

So if I cook the figures in one particular way, I'm doing okay.
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