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Old 12-27-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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The 2014 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread!

Welcome to the 2014 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. As you read books, edit your post to update your list of books read.

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Discussions & Ideas can be found here: 2014 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread

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Keep Reading! 52 Books in 52 Weeks!

I've Read or I'm Reading:
*Indented Books are Series Related Short Stories {ex. Steelheart & Mitosis}*
  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe {The Chronicles of Narnia} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] [Buddy Read] ~ Completed: 01/02/14
  2. NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society {NERDS} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 01/04/14
  3. Steelheart {Reckoners} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 01/11/14
    • Mitosis [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 01/11/14
  4. M Is for Mama's Boy {NERDS} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 01/18/14
  5. Prince Caspian {The Chronicles of Narnia} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] [Buddy Read] ~ Completed: 01/19/14
  6. A Nameless Witch [General Challenge] ~ Completed: 01/24/14
  7. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader {The Chronicles of Narnia} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] [Buddy Read] ~ Completed: 01/26/14
  8. The Fairy-Tale Detectives {The Sisters Grimm} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 01/28/14
  9. A Study in Scarlet {Sherlock Holmes} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] [Buddy Read] ~ Completed: 02/02/14
  10. The Silver Chair {The Chronicles of Narnia} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] [Buddy Read] ~ Completed: 02/18/14
  11. Earth Abides [General Challenge] ~ Completed: 02/23/14
  12. Howl's Moving Castle {Howl's Moving Castle} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 02/24/14
  13. Because of Winn-Dixie [General Challenge] ~ Completed: 02/28/14
  14. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures [General Challenge] ~ Completed: 03/05/14
  15. Ready Player One [General Challenge] ~ Completed: 03/07/14
  16. Polaris 10 Short Stories [General Challenge] ~ Completed: 03/12/14
  17. The Cross-Time Engineer {Conrad Stargard } [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 03/26/14
  18. The Cheerleaders of Doom {NERDS} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 03/29/14
  19. Carmilla [General Challenge] ~ Completed: 03/31/14
  20. The Horse and His Boy {The Chronicles of Narnia} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] [Buddy Read] ~ Completed: 04/11/14
  21. Cordelia's Honor+ {Vorkosigan Saga} [General Challenge] [Series Challenge] ~ Completed: 04/21/14
    +This is an Omnibus with two Novels: Shards of Honour & Barrayar
  22. Wuthering Heights [General Challenge] [Buddy Read] ~ Currently Reading



StandAlone Short Stories:
*5 Short Stories (either Series Related or Standalone) Will Equal 1 "Book" on the TickerFactory Counter*

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New Goal 50,600 (was 27,000)

1) Pendegrast Book volume four Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincon Child
2) Mack Bolan Executioner book 422 Nigeria Meltdown by Andy Boot
3) Pendegrast Book Five Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincon Child
4) Dirk Pitt volume Twenty-Two Posiden's Arrow by Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt
5) Robert Langdon volume four Inferno by Dan Brown
6) Pendegrast book six Dance of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
7) Harry Bosch volume thirteen 9 Dragons by Michael Connelly
8) Pendegrast volume seven Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
9) NUMA files volume 9 Devil's Gate by Graham Brown
10) Pendegrast volume eight Wheel of Darkness by douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
11) Bosch volume fourteen The Drop by Michael Connelly
12) Pendegrast volume nine Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
13) Nina Wild and Eddie Chase volume four Temple of the Gods by Andy Mc Dermott
14) Bosch volume fifteen The Black Box by Michael Connelly
15) Pendegrast volume ten Feaver Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
16) Richard and Kathlan volume fourteen The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind
17) Heros of Dune volume one Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert
18) NUMA files volume ten The Storm by Graham Brown
19) Isaac Bell volume two The Wrecker by Justin Scott
20) Sigma Force volume one Sand Storm by James Rollins
21) Oregon Files volume seven Silent Sea by Grant Blackwood
22) Dewy Andreas volume two Coup D'Tat by Ben Cose
23) Oregon Files volume six Cosair by Grant Blackwood
24) NUMA files volume eleven Zero Hour by Graham Brown
25) Oregon Files volumr eight the Jungle by Grant Blackwood
26) Sigma One volume six The Last Oracle by James Rollins
27) Cotton Malone volume one The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
28) Cotton Malone volume two Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
29) Mack Bolan Super Bolan Terror Balot by Phil Elmore
30) Warhammer Felix and Gotrex book one Trollslayer by William King
31) Time of Legends Sigmar Trilogy book one Heldenhammer by Graham Mc Neil
32) Oregon Files book eight by Jack Du Brul
33) Patrick Mc Lanahan volume nineteen Strike Force by Dale Brown
34) Time of Legends Sigmar Trilogy book two Empire by Graham Mc Neil
35) Odd Thomas book one Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
36) Odd Thomas book two Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
37) Jet series, book one Jet - Ops Files by Russell Blake
38) Odd Thomas book three Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
39) Chyna Stone book one The Minoan Mask by KT Stone.
40) Dane Maddock book five Buccaneer by David Wood
41) Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines Battles book nineteen Blood and Fire by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
42) Warhammer 40,000, the Legacy of Caliban book one Ravenwing by Gav Thorpe
43) Cy Reed volume one chaos by David Meyer
44) Cy Reed volume two Ice Storm by David Meyer
45) Jack Reacher volume one The Killing Floor by Lee Child

Pages Read 21,202

In Process Series

1) Xenos
2) Jack Reecher volume one the killing floor by Lee Child

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Main Goal: Read 75 books in 2014

Goals:
Read 75 books
Done!
Total (Books, Short Stories, Audio Books): 107
Books read: 98
Short Stories: 6
Audio Books: 3
Finish reading all books on my e-reader
Books left: Too many
Read at least 1 book of Boxall's "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" a month
Done: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June
Finish reading the entire Bible
Done!

Currently reading:

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (Audio Book)
Nana by Émilie Zola



January

1. Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie ****
2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth *****
3. East Past Warsaw by Diana Deverell ****
4. Bloodlust (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #2) by L.J. Smith ***
5. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy ***
6. The Craving (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #3) by L.J. Smith **
7. Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by L.M. Montgomery ****
8. The Migraine Mafia by Maia Sepp ****
9. The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy #1) by Laura Andersen *****
10. Anne's House of Dreams (Anne of Green Gables #5) by L.M. Montgomery ****
11. Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4) by L.M. Montgomery ****
12. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ***
13. Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #6) by L.M. Montgomery ****
14. The Boleyn Deceit (The Boleyn Trilogy #2) by Laura Andersen *****
15. Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #7) by L.M. Montgomery ****
16. The Queen's Lady (Thornleigh #1) by Barbara Kyle ***
17. Daar Is Hij Weer (Er Ist Wieder Da) by Timur Vermes ***
18. The Ripper (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #4) by L.J. Smith **
19. Murder, Ken Kesey, and Me by Diana Deverell ****
20. The King's Daughter (Thornleigh #2) by Barbara Kyle **
21. The Asylum (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #5) by L.J. Smith ***

February:

22. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens ***
23. Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8) by L.M. Montgomery
24. Geur der Droefenis by Alfred Kossmann *
25. The Compelled (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #6) by L.J. Smith ***
26. The Queen's Captive (Thornleigh #3) by Barbara Kyle ***
27. The Tudor Chronicles: 1485-1603 by Susan Doran *****
28. The Story Girl (The Story Girl #1) by L.M. Montgomery ***
29. The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce *
30. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift ***
31. The Help by Kathryn Stockett *****
32. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ***
33. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare ****
34. Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott **
35. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach ***
36. The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble ****
37. There but for the by Ali Smith *
38. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth **

March:

39. The Golden Road (The Story Girl #2) by L.M. Montgomery ***
40. Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist *
41. The Bible by Anonymous
42. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan ***
43. Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery ***
44. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad **
45. Nemesis by Philip Roth ****
46. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes **
47. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson ****
48. Life of Pi by Yann Martel *****
49. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides ****
50. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ****
51. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid ***
52. Lord of the Flies by William Gelding ****
53. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (Audio Book) ****
54. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory *****
55. The Colour by Rose Tremain ****
56. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan **
57. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene **
58. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ****
59. Cain by José Saramago ****
60. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell **
61. Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (Audio Book) ***
62. Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau **

April:

63. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain ***
64. Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (Audiobook) ***
65. The Leeuw van Vlaanderen by Hendrik Conscience ***
66. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo ***
67. De Reis om de Wereld in 80 Dagen (Around The World in 80 Days) by Jules Verne ***
68. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto ****
69. De Minnaar (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras **
70. The Queens Gamble by Barbara Kyle ***
71. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami ****
72. The House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe (Short Story) **
73. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe (Short Story) **
74. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe (Short Story) ***
75. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin ***
76. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light by Ivan Klíma ***
77. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters *****
78. Vathek by William Beckford **
79. De Voorlezer (The Reader) by Bernhard Schlink *****
80. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ****
81. Metamorphoses by Ovid **

May:

82. De Naam van de Roos (The Name of the Rose) by Umberto Eco ****
83. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson ***
84. De Koperen Tuin by Simon Vestdijk ****
85. Perfume by Patrick Süskind *****
86. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger *****
87. The Lusiads by Luís Vaz de Camões **
88. Watchmen by Alan Moore ****
89. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen ****
90. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift ****
91. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory ****
92. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde *****
93. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing ***
94. Before Night Falls by Reinarde Arenas **
95. Platform by Michel Houellebecq ***
96. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck *****

June:

97. London Orbital by Iain Sinclair ***
98. Vanishing Point by David Markson ****
99. The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy ****
100. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan ***
101. Thursbitch by Alan Garner *
102. Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett *
103. Boyhood by J.M Coetzee ****
104. The Unfortunate Traveller by Jack Wilton ***
105. Youth by J.M. Coetzee ***
106. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman ***
107. After The Quake by Haruki Murakami ****

1001 List Books Read:

January:

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy ***
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ***

February:

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens ***
Geur der Droefenis by Alfred Kossmann *
The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce *
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift ***
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ***
Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott **
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach ***
The Red Queen by Margaret Drabble ****
There but for the by Ali Smith *
Ormond by Maria Edgeworth **

March:

Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist *
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan ***
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad **
Nemesis by Philip Roth ****
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes **
Life of Pi by Yann Martel *****
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides ****
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ****
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid ***
Lord of the Flies by William Gelding ****
The Colour by Rose Tremain ****
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan **
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene **
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ****
Cain by José Saramago ****
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell **
Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau **

April:

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain ***
The Leeuw van Vlaanderen by Hendrik Conscience ***
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo ***
De Reis om de Wereld in 80 Dagen (Around The World in 80 Days) by Jules Verne ***
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto ****
De Minnaar (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras **
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami ****
The House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe **
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe **
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe ***
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin ***
Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light by Ivan Klíma ***
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters *****
Vathek by William Beckford **
De Voorlezer (The Reader) by Bernhard Schlink *****
Metamorphoses by Ovid **

May:

De Naam van de Roos (The Name of the Rose) by Umberto Eco ****
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson ***
De Koperen Tuin by Simon Vestdijk ****
Perfume by Patrick Süskind *****
The Lusiads by Luís Vaz de Camões **
Watchmen by Alan Moore ****
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen ****
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift ****
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde *****
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing ***
Before Night Falls by Reinarde Arenas **
Platform by Michel Houellebecq ***
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck *****

June:

London Orbital by Iain Sinclair ***
Vanishing Point by David Markson ****
The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy ****
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan ***
Thursbitch by Alan Garner *
Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett *
The Unfortunate Traveller by Jack Wilton ***
Youth by J.M. Coetzee ***
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman ***
After The Quake by Haruki Murakami ****

July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December

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Main goal: Keep ratio of new books to books read below 2:1

Main goal: Keep ratio of new books to books read below 2:1, with total deficit less than in 2013.

I completely failed to reduce my TBR last year, so this time I'm just going to try to reduce the rate of increase. I think I'll try to track page counts this time, too.

Added to TBR: 159 (89 paid, 51 hugo)
Removed: 73 (70 read)
Net reduction: -86
Pages read: 13503

Books read:
1. A Taste for Death - PD James (p) - 454p
2. Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson (e) - 569p +
3. We - Yevgeny Zamyatin (i) - 218p
4. Slow River - Nicola Griffith (k) - 352p +
5. A Perfect Evil - Alex Kava (p) - 389p -
6. Snuff - Terry Pratchett (k) - 423p
7. So You Want to Be a Wizard? - Diane Duane (e) - 309p
8. The Drowned World - J G Ballard (k) - 176p
9. What a Good Do! - James Whitham & Mac MacDiarmid (p) - 307p
10. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula le Guin (p) - 130p +
11. The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch (k) - 599p
12. Generation Loss - Elizabeth Hand (e) - 249p
13. Wool 3: Casting Off - Hugh Howey (k) - 93p
14. Soulless - Gail Carriger (k) - 356p
15. The Riddle-Master of Hed - Patricia A McKillip (p) - 201p
16. A Door into Ocean - Joan Slonczewski (e) - 461p
17. 750,000 of Your Friends Like This (short) - Mur Lafferty (e) - 4p -
18. The Reason for the Season (short) - Mur Lafferty (e) - 6p -
19. The Seven Dials Mystery - Agatha Christie (p) - 208p
20. God's War - Kameron Hurley (e) - 304p
21. On the Beach - Nevil Shute (p) - 267p
22. Jhereg - Steven Brust (p) - 173p
23. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne Valente (e) - 198p
24. The Time Machine - H G Wells (e) - 71p
25. Surface Detail - Iain M Banks (k) - 632p +
26. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (p) - 472p
27. Bridge of Birds - Barry Hughart (e) - 240p
28. The Female Man - Joanna Russ (p) - 207p -
29. Sporting Chance - Elizabeth Moon (e) - 314p
30. The Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie (p) - 221p
31. Heir of Sea and Fire - Patricia A McKillip (p) - 176p
32. Dorsai! - Gordon R Dickson (k) - 159p -
33. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (p) - 324p
34. Christine Falls - Benjamin Black (p) - 390p
35. Six-Gun Snow White (novella) - Catherynne Valente (i) - 168p
36. The Lady Astronaut of Mars (short) - Mary Robinette Kowal (e) - 19p
37. The Ink Readers of Doi Saket (short) - Thomas Olde Heuvelt (e) - 20p
38. Selkie Stories Are for Losers (short) - Sofia Samatar (e) - 8p
39. The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere (short) - John Chu (e) - 20p
40. Opera Vita Aeterna (short) - Vox Day (e) - 26p
41. The Exchange Officers (short) - Brad R Torgersen (e) - 21p
42. The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling (short) - Ted Chiang (e) - 30p
43. The Waiting Stars (short) - Aliette de Bodard (e) - 26p
44. The Butcher of Khardov (novella) - Dan Wells (e) - 79p
45. The Snow - Adam Roberts (p) - 360p
46. The Bees Her Heart, the Hive Her Belly (short) - Benjanun Sriduangkaew (e) - 20p -
47. Silent Bridge, Pale Cascade (short) - Benjanun Sriduangkaew (e) - 16p
48. Fade to Gold (short) - Benjanun Sriduangkaew (e) - 13p
49. Equoid (novella) - Charles Stross (e) - 85p
50. The Chaplain's Legacy (novella) - Brad R Torgersen (e) - 58p
51. Wakulla Springs (novella) - Ellen Klages & Andy Duncan (e) - 89p
52. The Stormcaller - Tom Lloyd (e) - 450p
53. The Christmas Show (short) - Pat Cadigan (e) - 34p
54. Terrain (short) - Genevieve Valentine (e) - 27p
55. The Jack of Coins (short) - Christopher Rowe (e) - 13p
56. If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love (short) - Rachel Swirsky (e) - 4p
57. Fire Above, Fire Below (short) - Garth Nix (e) - 20p
58. The Land of Laughs - Jonathan Carroll (p) - 241p
59. Rag and Bone (short) - Priya Sharma (e) - 22p
60. All the Snake Handlers I Know are Dead (short) - Dennis Danvers (e) - 22p
61. Hyperpilosity (short) - L Sprague de Camp (i) - 14p
62. The Faithful (short) - Lester del Rey (e) - 11p
63. Helen O'Loy (short) - Lester del Rey (e) - 13p
64. Hollerbochen's Dilemma (short) - Ray Bradbury (e) - 5p -
65. Pigeons from Hell (short) - Robert E Howard (e) - 27p
66. Shelter - Susan Palwick (e) - 545p
67. Half a King - Joe Abercrombie (h) - 373p
68. Werewoman (short) - C L Moore (e) - 23p
69. The Healer's War - Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (k) - 319p
70. The Time Ships - Stephen Baxter (p) - 630p

Monthly Breakdown:
Spoiler:
January
Bought: 7 (£12.35)
Read: 5 (£4.60)
Pages: 1982
Discarded: 1 (£1.00)

February
Bought: 10 (£34.38)
Free: 4
Read: 8 (£18.40)
Pages: 2286

March
Bought: 24 (£29.98)
Free: 4
Read: 8 (12.74)
Pages: 1807

April
Bought: 8 (£11.65)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 1
Read:5 (£8.18)
Pages: 1546

May
Bought: 11 (£18.82)
Read: 7 (£11.88)
Replaced: 1
Pages: 1641

June
Hugo Packet: 40 (£25.00)
Bought: 9 (£25.30)
Free: 6
Borrowed: 1
Read: 27 (£20.21)
Replaced: 1
Pages: 2271

July
Retro Hugo Packet: 11
Bought: 19 (£34.29)
Free: 3
Read: 10 (£22.38)
Pages: 1960


Additional Goals:

24th Jan: I've scrapped my original two awards challenges, because I've signed up for many more challenges over at Worlds Without End. 9 so far, I think. I'll leave the tracking there. They will include at least one winner from each of these awards, however.

1. Locus SF award. This muscled ahead of the BSFA in my priorities when I realised how few books I had left to read, and how many of them I already owned. There are 8 to go at the start of 2014.
Spoiler:
1972 - The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula le Guin (p)
1980 - Titan - John Varley (p)
1985 - The Integral Trees - Larry Niven (p)
2001 - The Telling - Ursula le Guin (k)
2002 - Passage - Connie Willis
2003 - The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson (p)
2004 - Ilium - Dan Simmons (p)
2009 - Anathem - Neal Stephenson (k)
2013 - Abaddon's Gate - James S A Corey


2. BSFA award winners (at least 1). Continued from 2013. At the start of 2014 I have 22 to read, but I don't expect to read them all this year.
Spoiler:
1970 - The Jagged Orbit - John Brunner (k)
1971 - The Moment of Eclipse - Brian W. Aldiss
1974 - Inverted World - Christopher Priest (k)
1976 - Brontomek! - Michael G. Coney (k)
1977 - The Jonah Kit - Ian Watson (k)
1979 - The Unlimited Dream Company - J. G. Ballard (k)
1980 - Timescape - Gregory Benford (k)
1982 - Helliconia Spring - Brian W. Aldiss (k)
1983 - Tik-Tok - John Sladek (k)
1985 - Helliconia Winter - Brian W. Aldiss (k)
1987 - Grainne - Keith Roberts (k)
1993 - Aztec Century - Christopher Evans (p)
1995 - The Time Ships - Stephen Baxter (p)
1997 - The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell (p)
2000 - Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle (k)
2002 - The Separation - Christopher Priest (p)
2003 - Felaheen - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2004 - River of Gods - Ian McDonald (k)
2005 - Air - Geoff Ryman (p)
2006 - End of the World Blues - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2007 - Brasyl - Ian McDonald (k)
2008 - The Night Sessions - Ken MacLeod (k)
2011 - The Islanders - Christopher Priest (k)
2012 - Jack Glass - Adam Roberts (h)
2013 - Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie (k)
2013 - Ack Ack Macaque - Gareth L Powell


3. The ABC Murders (at least 8). Alphabetical challenge based on detective names. Continued from 2013. I was originally intending to split this over 3 years, but I might now try to finish in 2014. There are 15 remaining at the start of the year.
Spoiler:
  • A - John APPLEBY - Death at the President's Lodging (#1) - Michael Innes (p)
  • B - Martin BECK - The Man Who Went up in Smoke (#2) - Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (p)
  • C - Inspector COCKRILL - London Particular (#5) - Christianna Brand (p)
  • D - Adam DALGLIESH - A Taste for Death (#7) - PD James (p)
  • E - Frank ELDER - Flesh and Blood (#1) - John Harvey (p)
  • F - Gideon FELL - The Hollow Man (#6) - John Dickson Carr (p)
  • G - Simeon GRIST - The Four Last Things (#1) - Timothy Hallinan (k)
  • H - Nikki HEAT - Heat Wave (#1) - Richard Castle (k)
  • I - Cal INNES - Saturday's Child (#1) - Ray Banks (k)
  • J - Ben JANUARY - A Free Man of Color (#1) - Barbara Hambly (e)
  • K - Louie KNIGHT - Last Tango in Aberystwyth (#2) - Malcolm Pryce (k)
  • L - Skip LANGDON - New Orleans Mourning (#1) - Julie Smith (k)
  • M - Kinsey MILLHONE - A is for Alibi (#1) - Sue Grafton (k)
  • N - Cass NEARY - Generation Loss (#1) - Elizabeth Hand (e)
  • O - Maggie O'DELL - A Perfect Evil (#1) - Alex Kava (p)
  • P - Hercule POIROT - The Murder on the Links (#2) - Agatha Christie (p)
  • Q - QUIRKE - Christine Falls (#1) - Benjamin Black (p)
  • R - Lincoln RHYME - The Bone Collector (#1) - Jeffery Deaver (p)
  • S - Kate SHUGAK - A Cold Day for Murder (#1) - Dana Stabenow (k)
  • T - Tom THORNE - Sleepyhead (#1) - Mark Billingham (p)
  • U - Harriet UNWIN - The Governess (#1) - Evelyn Hervey (aka HRF Keating) (k)
  • V - Johanne VIK - Punishment (#1) - Anne Holt (k)
  • W - V I WARSHAWKSI - Indemnity Only (#1) - Sara Paretsky (k)
  • X - Angelique de XAVIA - The Sacred Art of Stealing (#2) - Christopher Brookmyre (p)
  • Y - Jane YEATS - Sudden Blow (#1) - Liz Brady (e)
  • Z - Miss ZUKAS - Miss Zukas and the Raven's Dance (#4) - Jo Dereske (k)


Legend:
Book title: read pre 2014,read,own,don't own
(p) paperback, (h) hardback, (k) kindle, (e) epub, (i) ibook/pdf, (a) audio
+ especially liked, - didn't much like

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1. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
I had read later books by her, but never the story of the start of the project. A classic, and highly recommendable, even though some of the research and certainly the employed methods are dated. 7/10
2. Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard
A good, honest book. More about markets and less about farm than I liked, but nothing less than promised. Definitely recommended to those interested in food and agricultural politics. 7/10
3. The Village Against The World by Dan Hancox
A flourishing communist endeavor in crisis bitten capitalist and royalist Spain, what can be a better subject for a successful journalist from the Guardian? I don't quite know, but I hope there are some, because this book by Hancox was a severe disappointment.

Hancox writing style and story-line are rather tiring, there's no chronological or other order with regards to the chapter outline, nor within the chapters. There's a lot of jumping back and forth, with as logical consequence both omissions and repetitions all over the place. The most disturbing, however, is the lack of objectivity towards Marinaleda's major, Gordillo. Without doubt a charismatic leader, his flaws and political scheming are either not discussed at all, or brushed aside.

When one reads between the lines, and does some further research, it turns out that the success of Marinaleda rather depends on governments subsidies than the collective farm and associated collective industries that employ most of the village citizens. As briefly mentioned in the book, work at the farm of industries depends on active participation on unpaid Red-Sunday labor for the 'collective good'.

Many of the practices described in the book are a more than subtle reminder of a Stalinist society (fortunately without the Gulags, but with the intimidation). And indeed, the book seems to fit in nicely as Stalinist propaganda. 3/10
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I read way too many books written by authors from the United States and the United Kingdom. The top six countries in my reading are:

United States - 189, United Kingdom - 105, Canada - 37, Japan - 9, Ireland - 8 , India - 8

As sad as that is for my home country of Canada, I'm more concerned with the having only read books from 24 countries at present. I'm about to remedy that situation and start along an epic 70 country, 143729km journey through the world by books.

Join my thread over at GoodReads for all the discussion of books and nonsense that comes with the journey.

Statistics
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Books Read: 33
Pages: 8,195

Countries: 32
New Countries: 24
Non-English Speaking Countries: 22
Low-Population Countries: 7

Distinct Authors: 33
New Authors: 31

Paper Books: 32
Electronic Books: 1

Distance Travelled: ?

Notes
- low-population countries fall outside the top 100 countries ranked by population
- distance is calculated sort of by distance between capital cities, if by boat it is a crow flies kind of thing and otherwise it is a driving on roads kind of thing. It's probably wildly inaccurate, but fun too.


Journey Books Read
Spoiler:

1. 6p Canada (38) Rez Sisters by Thomson Highway
2. 7p United States (190) The Pearl by John Steinbeck
3. 7p Mexico (1) The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
4. 7p Guatemala (1) The Beggar's Knife by Rodrigo Rey Rosa
5. 8p Belize (1) Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell
6. 5p Cuba (5) Havana Blue by Leonardo Padura Fuentes
7. 8p Dominican Republic (2) Geographies of Home by Loida Maritza Perez
8. 7p Barbados (1) Water with Berries by George Lamming
9. 5p Nicaragua (1) A Thousand Deaths Plus One by Sergio Ramírez
10. 6p El Salvador (1) One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta
11. 7p Ecuador (1) Huasipungo: The Villagers by Jorge Icaza
12. 6p Peru (1) Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón
13. 6p Chile (1) House of Mist by María Luisa Bombal
14. 6p Argentina (1) Asleep in the Sun by Adolpho Bioy-Casares
15. 8p Uruguay (1) Genesis by Eduardo Galeano
16. 8p Brazil (1) In Praise of Lies by Patrícia Melo
17. 6p Venezuela (1) Doña Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos
18. 5p Trinidad and Tobago (1) The Wine of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace
19. 8p Angola (1) The Book of Chameleons by José Eduardo Agualusa
20. 6p Zambia (1) Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
21. 6p Zimbabwe (1) An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah
22. 6p Mozambique (1) The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto
23. 4p South Africa (1) Summertime by JM Coetzee
24. 9p New Zealand (1) Genesis by Bernard Beckett
25. 6p Australia (8) Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
26. 9p Indonesia (1) The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirati
27. 5p Malaysia (1) Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta
28. 8p Vietnam (1) Novel without a Name by Duong Thu Huong
29. 7p China (6) Shifu, You'll do Anything for a Laugh by Mo Yan
30. 7p South Korea (1) Your Republic is Calling You by Young-ha Kim
31. 7p Japan (10) Audition by Ryu Murakami
32. 8p Russian Federation (3) Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
33. 6p Kazahkstan (1) The Silent Steppe by Mukhamet Shayakmetov
34. 7p Kyrgyzstan (1) Farewell Gul'sary by Chinghiz Aitmatov

Note, the number in parenthesis is the number of books I've now read from that country.



Amnesty Books
Spoiler:

1. 6p United States (191) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Amnesty books can be declared for any previously visited country this year.

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My challenge in 2014 will be to keep track of what I read, try to keep the number of "active" series down and finish the challenge I started in 2013 of reading a book published in every year since I was born. I haven't made much headway with that last challenge in 2013 and still need to read 26 books for that.

As an unofficial challenge I want to read some of the longer books that I've bought but never read.

I've set up a page on my blog where I keep track of my reading and challenges:
Bianca's Reading Challenge 2014

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001. Left Behind / 3 Jan / 484 pages
002. Tribulation Force (Left Behind II) / 7 Jan / 468 pages
003. Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football / 14 Jan / 288 pages
004. The Hobbit / 21 Jan / 322 pages
005. The Fellowship of the Ring / 31 Jan / 570 pages
006. The Two Towers / 12 Feb / 418 pages
007. The Return of the King / 21 Feb / 432 pages
008. Quiet Strength / 4 Mar / 334 pages
009. Nicolae (Left Behind III) / 11 Mar / 452 pages
010. At All Costs (Honor Harrington XI) / 19 Mar / 892 pages
011. The Last Praetorian / 21 Mar / 405 pages
012. Soul Harvest (Left Behind IV) / 27 Mar / 450 pages
013. Mockingjay / 19 Apr / 390 pages
014. Divergent / 24 Apr / 501 pages
015. Andersonville / 11 May / 456 pages
016. Apollyon (Left Behind V) / 22 May / 420 pages
017. Assassins (Left Behind VI) / 27 May / 452 pages
018. The Indwelling (Left Behind VII) / 2 June / 420 pages
019. The Mark (Left Behind VIII) / 4 June / 417 pages
020. The Last Roman / 11 June / 388 pages
021. Nelson: The Commander / 17 June / 304 pages
022. Last Assult: 1944 - The Battle of the Bulge / 2 July / 249 pages
023. World War Z / 14 July / 352 pages
024. Leviathan vs. Behemoth / 21 July / 304 pages
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Goal Finish 120 books
Goal Finish 100 novellas & short stories
Goal Finish 5 series (3 books+)
Goal Spend under $40/month for ebooks and audiobooks (Baen Bundle/Audible credits not included)

Novellas & Short Stories 19 so far
Spoiler:
001. 3 Tender Hearts Taste Better in Butter - Weston Ochse
002. 1 The Ghost in the Mill - Harriet Beecher Stowe
003. 4 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - James Thurber
004. 3 Dreamweaver's Dilemma - Lois McMaster Bujold
005. 2 Murders in the Rue Morgue - Edgar Allen Poe (almost a 3)
006. 4 Antiques Slay Ride - Barbara Allen (novella)
007. 3 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
008. 3 The Ghosts of Ragged-Ass Gulch - Bill Pronzini
009. 5 A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens (Tim Curry) (Novella)
010. 4 The Million Pound Bank Note - Mark Twain
011. 4 B is for Bigfoot - Jim Butcher
012. 3 People of the Crater - Andre Norton
013. 3 Myth of the Garage & Other Minor Surprises - Dan Heath & Chip Heath
014. 3 I Was A Teenaged Bigfoot - Jim Butcher
015. 3 The Horla - Guy de Maupassant
016. 3 Aladdin & The Enchanted Lamp - translated John Payne (audio)
017. 5 Curses - Jim Butcher
018. 5 Bigfoot on Campus - Jim Butcher
019. 4 Mr Spaceship - Phillip K Dick




Magazines 2 read so far
Spoiler:
1. Asimov's SF Feb. 1, 2014.
Average. I'd call this the insect issue. Nothing outstanding
2. Asimov's SF March 1, 2012
Mrs. Hatcher's Evaluation (James Van Pelt) was great. Rest was ok.


$$ spent $40.00/month Currently $132.99 Over
Spoiler:
January - $35.48
Rules of Murder $3.20, The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book 1) $0.99, Still Life $3.20, Escape Velocity $3.24, The Nameless Dwarf $1.99, Triple Play $.99, Captain Lacey Vol 1 $.99, Death Ivan Ilyich (A) $6.30, Second Son (A) $1.35, High Heat (A) $1.35, A Textbook Case (A) $1.80, Natural Born Thrillers $.99, Darkness & Shadows (A) $.99, The Lawless West $1.99, The 1st Victim $2.13, If Looks Could Kill $.99, The Spirit Lens (A) $3.95, Tau Ceti $1.99 (A), Circle of Sorcerers $1.99 (A)

February - $111.35
House of Evidence $1.99 + $1.99 (A), Alien Honor $1.99 +.99 (A), Pickwick Papers .99 + $2.99 (A), Oliver Twist $1.99 + $2.99 (A), Great Expectations $2.99 (A), Nicholas Nickleby $.99 (A), Bleak House $2.99 (A), Hard Going $7.75, Scavenger's Daughters $.99 + $1.99 (A), Tangled Vines, $1.99 + 1.99, Shambling Guide to NYC $2.13, HalfKinds $.99, Gabrielle's Redemption $.99, His Majesty's Dragon $4.95 (A), Titan $4.95 (A), Let the Dead Sleep $4.95 (A), Planet Pirates bk 1 $4.95 (A), Old Curiosity Shop $2.99 (A). Working Stiff $1.99, Deadly Dozen $.99, Bookbale Feb $13, Galaxy's Edge Mag .99, Triple Play $1.99 (A), Magic of Thieves $1.99 (A), Silence of Lir $1.99 (A), The Widow File $1.99 (A), Optical Delusions in Deadwood $2.99 (A), The 1st Victim $1.99 (A), Mongoliad 2 $1.99 (A), Mongoliad 3 $1.99 (A), the Big Sin $4.99 (A), Dark Horse $2.99 (A), The Sandcats of Rhyl $2.99 (A), The Last Call $1.99 (A)

March $118.53
The Kobo Spree (62 books) $51.45, Pizza foccoccia & flatbread .$.99, The Warden $2.99 (A), The Wretched .99, Orn $2.74, Omnivore $2.74, Dragon King trilogy $5.94 (A), Reversing Diabetes $3.29. Kickstarter $40, Whole Enchilada .42, Planetary Assault $1.99, Con Man $1.99,

April $33.60
Alladin .99, Death Row Rejects $1.75, 26 Zane Grey Novels $1.99, Frigin Fargin Witch $4.99, Dragon Isle $2.99, St. Elm's $4.99, Sword of Shannara $7.49, Sword of Shannara audio $8.

May $59.46
The Son $1.59, Unlucky 13 $1.59, Death in Disguise $10.17, Written in Blood $10.17, Murder at Magdingly Grange $10.17, the Envy of the Stranger $10.17, Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles $1.75. 6 Audiobooks $13.85

June$38.65
Supreme justice $1.99, Killishandra $7.32, Crystal Line $6.42, The Snatch $2.99, Graveyard Plots/Case File $7.98, Graveyard Plot/Casefile $3.98 (a), Iron Druid $6.42, Its in the book $1.55 (a),

July $15.92
Dying for a Dance $2.99, Dying for a Date $2.99, Dying for a Dacquiri .99, Hello Bento $1.99, Killer's Wedge $1.99 (a), Another Fine Myth $2.99 (a), Dying for a dance $1.99 (a), Dying for a Date $1.99 (a),

August
September
Festive in Death $5.42,
NovemberDecember

Books Read

January
001. 3/5 Philly Stakes - Gillian Roberts
Cozy mystery. Good read, but lacks the wit of the first 2 in series.
002. 4/5 Terminal Freeze - Lincoln Child (audio)
SciFi Thriller. Reads like a screenplay, a little predictable, but I loved it.
003. 4/5 Falling Free - Lois McMaster Bujold (audio)
Scifi - Enjoyed. Good plot. Predates Vorkosigan saga by centuries.
004. 5/5 The Shining - Stephen King (audio)
Still love it after all these years.
005. 5/5 The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett (ebook + audio)
Funny story. Look forward to next book.
006. 5/5 Conspiracy In Death - J D Robb (audio)
Great book. Good balance between drama and funny.
007. 3/5 The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Liked the movie better, but worthy of a read.
008. 4/5 Doctor Sleep - Stephen King (audio)
Loved it. However, the first 1/3 was so slow, it was hard to push through.
009. 4/5 Still Life - Louise Penney
Excellent mystery. Ending was a bit of a mishmash for me.
010. 5/5 Summer Knight - Jim Butcher (audio)
Dresden takes a case to solve a murder. His first mistake. Great book!
011. 1/5 Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Sempel
Humorous but selfish characters & screwy plot got old. 40% read and abandoned.
012. 3/5 The Iron Cage - Andre Norton
Good story, but you do need to suspend belief some.
February
013. 5/5 Death Masks - Jim Butcher (audio)
Fast pace, lots of action. Compelling story.
014. 5/5 Loyalty In Death - J D Robb (audio)
This one read like a thriller. Exciting!
015. 3/5 Twelve Drummers Drumming - C C Benison
English mystery series involving a Vicar. A little slow, chatty, but I liked it.
016. 4/5 Knots & Crosses - Ian Rankin (audio)
Good story. Suspenseful.
017. 3/5 Ocean At The End Of The Lane - Neil Gaiman (audio)
Good story.
018. 1/5 Lords of the Abyss Omnibus - Michelle Pillow
Original ideas ruined with porn and bad plot.
019. 5/5 Barrayar - Lois Bujold Masters (audio)
Great story! Looking forward to the rest of series.
020. 5/5 Blood Rites - Jim Butcher (audio)
Great story. Plot started strong & gets skewed towards the end.
021. 5/5 The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Totally loved this.
022. 5/5 The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth (ebook & audio)
This was very suspenseful! Loved it.
023. 3/5 Witness In Death - J D Robb (audio)
The mystery is lukewarm.
024. 2/5 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (audio)
I was bored through the first half. It did pick up later on.
March
025. 5/5 Dead Beat - Jim Butcher (audio)
I give this a 4.5. Good plot, good characters. Hard to put down.
026. 4/5 Enter A Murderer - Ngaio Marsh (audio)
Good plot, good characters. Very enjoyable.
027. 3/5 Escape Velocity - Christopher Stasheff
I enjoyed it. The first half was pretty funny.
028. 5/5 The Black Echo - Michael Connelly (audio)
Great detective novel. Hard to put down.
029. 4/5 Prime Cut - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Another good mystery cozy.
030. 4/5 Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Good story. Lots of wit.
031. 5/5 Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher (audio)
Great story. Love the horror movie inclusion.
032. 4/5 Judgement In Death - J D Robb (audio)
Good swift story. Plenty of wit and issues. Some plot flaws.
033. 3/5 I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia - Gillian Roberts
The mystery was good. The interaction of characters dull.
034. 3/5 The Con Man - Ed McBain (audio)
Good story.
April
035. 4/5 With Friends Like These - Gillian Roberts
Great story, but I think the author made Amanda unusually stupid in this book.
036. 4/5 White Night - Jim Butcher (audio)
Very exciting but more focus on vampire war than 'cases'
037. 5/5 Small Favor - Jim Butcher (audio)
Another exciting story & switch from PI to Warden
038. 3/5 How Not To Kiss A Toad - Elizabeth Reeves
Funny, short, good afternoon witchy read.
039. 1/5 Duke By Day, Rogue By Night - Elizabeth Reeves
No humor, no wit, and no research. I finally skipped to the end.
040. 4/5 Legend of Vanx Malic: Through the Wildwood - M R Mathias
Adventurous, sword & sorcery with a half human
041. 3/5 Endless Night - Agatha Christie (audio)
Good story but not exceptional.
042. 5/5 Side Jobs - Jim Butcher (audio)
Lots of great Dresden short stories.
May
043. 5/5 Mort - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Absolutely hilarious. Keeper.
044. 4/5 Regina - Clare Darcy
A favorite Regency romance from the 70s. Not quite Heyer.
045. 5/5 Nor Crystal Tears - Alan Dean Foster
Wonderful alien contact story from point of view of the alien
046. 5/5 Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio)
Still love this story. Flat characters, LOTR Lite, and all.
047. 3/5 Galactic Rejects - Andrew Offutt
Not enough action for me, but a good story.
048. 5/5 Turn Coat - Jim Butcher (audio)
Excellent. Not as much action until near end, but very chatty
049. 4/5 Cyrion - Tanith Lee
Loved this story in my early 20s. The reread was excellent.
June
050. 5/5 Changes - Jim Butcher (audio)
VERY exciting book!
051. 5/5 The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler (audio)
Still great many years later.
052. 5/5 Crystal Singer - Anne McCaffrey
Different perspective to read a book 20 some years later.
053. 3/5 Killashandra - Anne McCaffrey
A transition book with some poor plot lines.
054. 4/5 Crystal Line - Anne McCaffrey
I like this story despite its problems
055. 3/5 Ghost Story - Jim Butcher (audio)
Average book. Kindof depressing. Still, good elements and action.
056. 5/5 Like Nothing On Earth - Eric Frank Russell
This was a GREAT book! Every short story worth reading.
July
057. 5/5 Cold Days - Jim Butcher (audio)
Exciting. Excessive smart aleck remarks, but ignoring that, enjoyable.
058. 3/5 Days of Grass - Tanith Lee
It was ok. I'm not a fan of apocalyptic fiction.
059. 5/5 Skin Game - Jim Butcher (audio)
This was a great book!
060. 5/5 Stainless Steel Rat - Harry Harrison
Worthy read. I see why a lot of people love this book.
061. 4/5 Hounded - Kevin Hearne (audio)
Relisten. Still like it despite unlikely scenes.
062. 4/5 Men, Martians & Machines - Eric Frank Russell
Totally loved this
.
063. 3/5 Dying For A Date - Cindy Sample (audio)
Mystery cozy. Fun read.
064. 5/5 Killer's Choice - Ed McBain (audio)
Love this series.
065. 3/5 Sourcery - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Enjoyable book. Not quite as good as earlier ones in the series.
066.


Legend:
1 No interest, didn't finish or hated.
2 It didn't completely suck. Enjoyed some of it.
3 Average. Enjoyed reading.
4 Really enjoyed. Might read again.
5 Among the best read this year. Keeper. Would read again.

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Dresden Files
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0.0-Side Jobs: Restoration of Faith (Done Feb 2014)
1.0-Storm Front (Done 2013)
2.0-Fool Moon (Done 2013)
2.5 "B is for Bigfoot" - Under My Hat: Tales From the Cauldron (Done Feb 2014)
3.0-Grave Peril (Done 2013)
4.0-Summer Knight (Done Jan 2014)
5.0-Death Masks (Done Feb 2014)
5.5-Side Jobs: "Vignette" - Publicity and Advertising (Done Feb 2014)
6.0-Blood Rites (Done Feb 2014)
7.0-Dead Beat (Done Mar 2014)
7.5(a) "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot" - Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste (Done Mar 2014)
7.5 (b) Side Jobs: Something Borrowed (Done Mar 2014)
8.0-Proven Guilty (Done Mar 2014)
9.0-White Night (Done Apr 2014)
9.1-Side Jobs: Its My Birthday Too (Done Apr 2014)
9.2-Side Jobs: Heorot (Done Apr 2014)
10.0-Small Favor (Done Apr 2014)
10.5(a) Side Jobs - "Harry's Day Off" (Done Apr 2014)
10.5(b) Side Jobs - "Backup" (Done Apr 2014)
10.5(c) Side jobs - "The Warrior" (Done Apr 2014)
10.5(d) "Curses" (short story) - Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy (Done Jul 2014)
10.5(e)"AAAA Wizardry" (short story) - Volume Two: Our World of The Dresden Files Roleplaying Game [2010 June 15]
10.5(f) Side jobs - "Last Call" (short story) - Strange Brew (Done Apr 2014)
11.0-Turn Coat (Done May 2014)
11.5-Side Jobs: Love Hurts (Done Apr 2014)
11.5(b) "Bigfoot on Campus" - Hex Appeal (Done Jul 2014)
11.5(c) "Even Hand" - Dark and Stormy Knights
12.0-Changes (Done June 2014)
12.5-Side Jobs: Aftermath (Done Apr 2014)
13.0-Ghost Story (Done Jun 2014)
13.5 "Bombshells" (short story) - Dangerous Women
14.0-Cold Days (Done Jul 2014)
15.0-Skin Games (Done Jul 2014)

In Death
Spoiler:
Naked in Death Done 2013
Glory in Death Done 2013
Immortal in Death Done 2013
Rapture in Death Done 2013
Ceremony in Death Done 2013
Vengeance in Death Done 2013
Holiday in Death Done 2013
Conspiracy in Death Done Jan 2014
Loyalty in Death Done Feb 2014
Witness in Death Done Feb 2014
Judgment in Death Done Mar 2014
Betrayal in Death
Seduction in Death
Reunion in Death
Purity in Death
Portrait in Death
Imitation in Death
Divided in Death
Visions in Death
Survivor in Death
Origin in Death
Memory in Death
Born in Death
Innocent in Death
Creation in Death
Strangers in Death
Salvation in Death
Promises in Death
Kindred in Death
Fantasy in Death
Indulgence in Death
Treachery in Death
New York to Dallas
Celebrity in Death
Delusion in Death
Calculated in Death
Thankless in Death

Novellas and short stories
Remember When
Big Jack
“Midnight in Death,” Silent Night READ 2013
“Interlude in Death,” Out of This World
“Haunted in Death,” Bump in the Night
“Eternity in Death,” Dead of Night
“Ritual in Death,” Suite 606
“Missing in Death,” The Lost
“Possession in Death,” The Otherside,
"Chaos in Death," The Unquiet
"Taken in Death," Mirror, Mirror

Vorkosigan Saga
Spoiler:
0 Dreamweaver's Dilemma Done Jan 2014
1 Falling Free Done Jan 2014
2 Shards of Honor Done 2013
3 Barrayar Done Feb 2014
4 The Warrior's Apprentice
4.1 The Mountains of Mourning
5 The Vor Game
6 Cetaganda
7 Ethan of Athos
7.1 Labyrinth
7.2 The Borders of Infinity
8 Brothers in Arms
9 Mirror Dance
10 Memory
11 Komarr
12 A Civil Campaign
12.1 Winterfair Gifts
13 Diplomatic Immunity
14 Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
15 CryoBurn

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1. House Rules - Jodi Picoult
2. Magic Bites - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #1)
3. Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #2)
4. Magic Strikes - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #3)
5. Magic Bleeds - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4)
6. Magic Dreams - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #4.5)
7. Magic Slays - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #5)
8. Magic Gifts - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #5.5)
9. Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #6)
10. The City Girl and the Country Doctor - Christine Flynn
11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
16. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
17. Bioshock: Rapture
18. Skin Game (Dresden Files #15)
19. The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12)
20. Tales from Swankville
21. Here Be Monsters - An Anthology of Monster Tales
22. Artful
23. Kill the Dead (Sandman Slim #2)

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Fantasy - 27 books

Alex Verus (#1-4) by Benedict Jacka
Rain Wilds Chronicles (#1-4) by Robin Hobb
The Undead Pool (Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison
Cal Leandros (#1-3) by Rob Thurman
Incryptid (#0.5-0.8,3) by Seanan McGuire
Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs
Masks (Cassie Palmer #4.3) by Karen Chance
Stone Cold (Broken Magic #2) by Devon Monk
The Disillusionists Trilogy (#1-3.5) by Carolyn Crane
Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher
Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles #7) by Kevin Hearne

Science Fiction - 13 books

The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith *****
Blud (#2.5,3) by Delilah S. Dawson
Kinsmen (#1,2) by Ilona Andrews
Vorkosigan Saga (#1-6) by Lois McMaster Bujold *****
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook Now Reading

Mystery & Detective - 12 books

In Death (#1-3) by J.D. Robb
Miss Marple (#10-13) by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Locked Rooms (Mary Russell #8) by Laurie King
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith *****
Hercule Poirot (#1-2) by Agatha Christie

Romance - 41 books

Psy-Changeling (#1-13) by Nalini Singh
Inside Out Trilogy (#1-3) by Lisa Renee Jones
The King (BDB #12) by J.R. Ward *****
Highlander (#1-8) by Karen Marie Moning
The Wallflowers (#0.5-4) by Lisa Kleypas
The Hathaways (#1-5) by Lisa Kleypas *****
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Wild Card by Lora Leigh
Highland Pleasures (#1-3) by Jennifer Ashley

Historical Fiction - 4 books

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett *****
11/22/63 by Stephen King *****
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon *****

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Current balance = $168.70

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For now, my challenge is simply to read 75 books in 2014. I will add some specific challenges once I get my head round what they are . One thing I am going to do is keep track of pages read, as I've never bothered with that before.

EDIT: I am including novellas and some short stories in my book count, balanced by some books which are around 600 pages. So my secondary challenge is to average the page count to about 300 pages overall.

Stats:
Books read: 41
Pages read: 12,775
Average page count: 312

List:
01. 1632 (Assiti Shards #1) by Eric Flint (****) - 597 pages
02. 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (***) - 451 pages
03. Fire and Brimstone by Colin Bateman (****) - 400 pages
04. Visually Disturbed by V.M. Fahy (**) - 214 pages
05. Legacies: A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson (****) - 448 pages
06. The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin (****) - 208 pages
07. Equoid by Charles Stross (***) - 65 pages
08. Robert B. Parker's Bull River by Robert Knott (****) - 353 pages
09. Graveyard of Memories by Barry Eisler (****) - 344 pages
10. Killer by Jonathan Kellerman (****) - 448 pages
11. Getting Off: A Novel of Sex and Violence by Lawrence Block (****) - 336 pages
12. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (****) - 332 pages
13. Lastnight by Stephen Leather (****) - 288 pages
14. The Martian by Any Weir (*****) - 369 pages
15. The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons by Lawrence Block (****) - 250 pages
16. The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (****) - 260 pages
17. Beer Trip to Llandudno by Kevin Barry (***) - 25 pages
18. BioShock: Rapture by John Shirley (***) - 444 pages
19. Conspiracies by F. Paul Wilson (****) - 416 pages
20. Touchstone (1. The Sins of the Fathers) by Andy Conway (***) - 226 pages
21. Touchstone (2. Family at War) by Andy Conway (***) - 85 pages
22. Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox by J.L. Bourne (****) - 42 pages
23. All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson (****) - 512 pages
24. Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins (****) - 320 pages
25. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge (***) - 364 pages
26. Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey (****) - 399 pages
27. His Robot Wife: Patience is a Virtue by Wesley Allison (***) - 172 pages
28. Things You Should Know by Pete Clark (***) - 9 pages
29. A Face in the Crowd by Stephen King (***) - 32 pages
30. Hosts by F. Paul Wilson (****) - 512 pages
31. A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor (****) - 336 pages
32. Doughnut by Tom Holt (****) - 400 pages
33. Still Bleeding by Stephen Leather (****) - 40 pages
34. Hollow World by Michael J Sullivan (****) - 384 pages
35. The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson (****) - 448 pages
36. Killing Hope by Keith Houghton (***) - 522 pages
37. Gateways by F. Paul Wilson (****) - 448 pages
38. Bite by Nick Louth (****) - 278 pages
39. Second Suicide by Hugh Howey (****) - 22 pages
40. Missing You by Harlan Coben (****) - 400 pages
41. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (****) - 576 pages
42. Crisscross by F. Paul Wilson (still listening) - 512 pages
43. Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo (still reading) - 367 pages

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I've already joined Roof Beam Reader's 2014 challenge, which is to read a dozen specific books that you've owned for at least a year. Two alternates are permitted, and I'm still finalizing the complete list over on Goodreads.

As for my main challenge, it looks like I'm on track to hit 152 books for 2013. Normally, that would mean setting my 2014 goal to 150-160, but I haven't decided yet. I may start doing some writing, if the ideas I've got firm up, and that costs reading time.

I'll be joining the Goodreads challenge to track the main list, as I have for the past couple of years.

Total goal: 150.
Finished: These.
Now reading: This.
RBR challenge: At least 12 of these.

Early March update

Total progress: 27/150 read (on track)
RBR progress: 9/12 read, 10th started. Should finish the challenge this month.
Honorable mention: Replaced several physical books with ebooks.

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