|12-28-2013, 02:18 PM||#31|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
Device: Kindle PW, Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HD8.9, Fire 7HD, Surface 2
Goal: 120 Books, including audio books
With, hopefully, some improved quality overall. I have no idea if I'll be able to keep this list up -- I didn't manage it last year.
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|12-28-2013, 04:53 PM||#32|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Device: Kindle Paperwhite
Main Challenge: Read 14.600 pages in 2014.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - The Challenger Works (499 pages)
--- The Lost World (192 pages)
--- The Poison Belt (77 pages) <-- reading
--- The Land of Mist (201 pages)
--- When the World Screamed (29 pages)
--- The Disintegration Machine (16 pages, not counted, read in 2013)
Read in 2014 (7):
Brooks, Terry - The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara  - Ilse Witch (407 pages)
Brooks, Terry - The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara  - Antrax (315 pages)
Brooks, Terry - The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara  - Morgawr (346 pages)
Brooks, Terry - The High Druid of Shannara  - Jarka Ruus (323 pages)
Brooks, Terry - The High Druid of Shannara  - Tanequil (321 pages)
Brooks, Terry - The High Druid of Shannara  - Straken (352 pages)
Bunting, Joe - Let's Write a Short Story! (63 pages)
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|12-28-2013, 11:55 PM||#33|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Device: Kindle Fire HD, Kindle PW2, kindle HDX 8.9, ipad 3, ipad mini 2
52 books and $40 a month max.
After reading pdurrant #18 post, I went and added up how much I had spent for December alone. I was absolutely flabbergasted and appalled. A few months like that and I could have bought a new stove! So my goal is similar. I have budgeted $40 a month.
My reading goals at least 52 for the year, and to include specifically:
Pride and Prejudice-Austen,
Game of Kings-Dunnett and
A Clash of Kings-Martin
Last edited by pdurrant; 12-29-2013 at 03:02 AM.
|12-29-2013, 02:56 AM||#34|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Kent, WA
Device: Kindle Touch/IPad
Goal: To read 52 books in 2014
I'll try to read 52 this year.
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|12-29-2013, 05:50 AM||#35|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle 3, Sony PRS-505, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S II
Goal: Read 120 books in 2014
After quite a bit of thinking, here's my attempt to make it official:
Read 120 books (any books - DTB, ebooks, separate short stories count if they've been released separately)
Sub-challenges, # of ebooks bought:
Sub-challenges, Doctor Who:
Sub-challenges, books outside comfort genres:
The first and third reading-focused sub-challenge are allowed to overlap (i.e. I can read a DTB that is not in one of my usual genres); the first and second reading-focused sub-challenge are allowed to overlap (i.e. I can read a DTB that is a Doctor Who book).
The second and third reading-focused sub-challenge should not overlap (i.e. while I will count science fiction books for the non-usual genre challenge, I will not count a Doctor Who book as such).
I will add the caveat to the book-buying challenge that if there is a month with especially good deals on books that sound interesting, I will allow myself to go over the limit, but won't spend more than $50 a month.
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|12-29-2013, 09:09 AM||#36|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Device: Kindle PW2, iPad Retina Mini, iPhone 4, MS Surface Pro
To record the books I read and create for the MR library in 2014
"Murder in Mesopotamia", by Agatha Christie. Completed 2/1/14.
This was her 26th novel, originally published in 1936. This novel is written as a "flashback" to events which took place 4 years previously at an archaeological dig in Iraq. Poirot investigates a mysterious murder that takes place within the excavation team.
"The Kingdom by the Sea" by Paul Theroux. Completed 4/1/14.
I always enjoy good travel writing, and Theroux is one of my favourites. This book is the description of his 1982 journey around the coast of Britain, on foot and by public transport. Extremely enjoyable.
"The Steel" by S.M. Stirling and David Drake. Completed 7/1/14.
The 4th book in "The General" series. Raj Whitehall continues his quest to unite the planet of Bellevue. Good military SF.
"Cards on the Table", by Agatha Christie. Completed 9/1/14.
This was her 27th book, and was originally published in 1936.
Mr. Shaitana holds a dinner party to which he invites four detectives, and four people he suspects of being murderers. After dinner, the four murderers play bridge in a room with Mr. Shaitana watching; after the game is over Mr. Shaitana is dead. One of the four must be the murderer, but who?
"The Sword", by S.M. Stirling and David Drake. Completed 12/1/14.
The fifth and final book in the original Raj Whitehall "General" series. A very satisfying conclusion to a good military SF series.
"Rocket Ship Galileo", by Robert Heinlein. Completed 13/1/14.
The first of the "Heinlein Juveniles". Three boys assist the uncle of one them with a trip to the Moon. A rather silly story with a secret Nazi base on the Moon. A sign of better things to come.
"Dumb Witness", by Agatha Christie. Completed 15/1/14.
This was her 28th book, and was originally published in 1937. In this book, Poirot investigates the death of an elderly lady who died, seemingly of natural causes, with a greedy family all wanting her money. The "Dumb Witness" of the title is her dog, Bob, who is a major character (complete with dialogue ) in the book. A good read. Recommended.
"The Chosen", by S.M. Stirling and David Drake. Completed 18/1/14.
This is the 6th book in the "General" series, and is set some 150 years after the end of the original 5-book "Raj Whitehall" part of the series. The scene now switches to the planet Visager where one militaristic nation ("The Chosen" of the title) is about to mount an all-out war to conquer the planet. The ancient battle computer "Center", and the downloaded personality of Raj Whitehall, aid two young men to prevent the conquest. Excellent military SF. Highly recommended.
"Death on the Nile", by Agatha Christie. Completed 22/1/14.
This was her 29th book, originally published in 1937. A beautiful heiress is murdered on a Nile steamer. Poirot investigates, with the assistance of Colonel Race, the British Secret Service agent who we've previously met in "The Man in the Brown Suit" and, only the year before, "Cards on the Table" (a case which is referred to in this book, although no real spoilers).
This was Christie's personal favourite "travel" book and it's one of my favourite Christie books. Not only is it a very good detective story with some excellent characters, but the setting is very evocative of Egypt, a country which I know well and spent a lot of time in. I'm sure that most people are aware that it was made into an excellent film starring Peter Ustinov as Poirot (the first of his six appearances as Poirot). Highly recommended.
"The Reformer" by S.M. Stirling and David Drake. Completed 25/1/14.
The 7th book in the "General" series. Good military SF.
"Murder in the Mews", by Agatha Christie. Completed 28/1/14.
This was her 30th book, and was originally published in 1937. The book contains four novellas featuring Hercule Poirot: "Murder in the Mews", "The Incredible Theft", "Dead Man's Mirror", and "Triangle at Rhodes". It was published in the US with the title "Dead Man's Mirror", but without the story "The Incredible Theft". A very good book indeed. Highly recommended.
"Cradle of Saturn", by James P. Hogan. Completed 1/2/14.
This is a Baen ebook that I originally bought in May 2000 (yes, I do have a long reading list ). This is an "end of the world" story based on the (crackpot) theories of Velikovsky. An Earth-size body is ejected by Jupiter and falls into the inner solar system. Will it hit the Earth and kill everyone? Silly conjecture, but good story.
"Appointment With Death", by Agatha Christie. Completed 6/2/14.
This was her 31st book, and was originally published in 1938.
Holidaying in Jerusalem, Poirot overhears Raymond Boynton telling his sister: You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed? Their stepmother, Mrs Boynton, is a sadistic tyrant who dominates her family. But when she is found dead on a trip to Petra, Poirot proposes to solve the case in twenty-four hours, even though he has no way of knowing whether it was murder.
This book, like several others, is based on Christie's travels in the Middle East with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan.
An excellent book. The main location for the book of Petra really enhances the atmosphere. The book was made into a film starring Peter Ustinov as Poirot.
"Space Cadet", by Robert Heinlein. Completed 8/2/14.
Originally published in 1948. This was the second of the Heinlein "Juveniles", and tells the story of a teenage boy, Matt Dodson, and his experiences training to be an officer of the Space Patrol. The book inspired the long-running "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" series, but the original is, IMHO, enormously better. This is one of my favourite books.
"Bull God", by Roberta Gellis. Completed 12/2/14.
A very interesting fantasy novel - a retelling of the story of King Minos of Crete and the Minotaur, told from the viewpoint of Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos who becomes the priestess of Dionysus in Knossos. In this version of the story, the Olympian Gods are real, but magicians, rather than gods, although considered to be gods by the ordinary people.
Very good indeed, especially for anyone with an interest in Greek Mythology.
"Hercule Poirot's Christmas", by Agatha Christie. Completed 15/2/14.
This was her 32nd book, and was originally published in 1938.
A classic "English country house" murder story. The tyrannical father of a dysfunctional family is brutally murdered, seemingly in a locked room. Poirot investigates. Enjoyable.
"Escape" by Ben Bova. Completed 17/2/14.
SF set in the present or very near future. An urban teenage gang member is sentenced to an escape-proof prison, where, despite his best efforts to thwart the system, he is successfully rehabilitated. Very interesting read.
"The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie. Completed 24/2/14.
The first book in the "First Law" trilogy. Rather dark and violent fantasy, but an excellent read. Difficult to describe other than to say that, if you like fantasy, you should give it a go. A new author for me, and I'm very impressed indeed.
"Murder is Easy", by Agatha Christie. Completed 25/2/14.
This was her 33rd book, originally published in 1939.
Luke Fitzwilliam, a retired colonial police officer, happens to share a London bound train carriage with Lavinia Pinkerton, an elderly lady who informs Luke that she is travelling to Scotland Yard to report a serial killer, responsible for the deaths of three people. He assumes that she is a batty old lady, but, when he reads both of her death and that of the man she feared would be the next victim of the killer, he decides to investigate the matter himself.
Inspector Battle, who appeared in earlier Christie novels such as "The Mystery of Chimneys" and "The Seven Dials Mystery", appears in a cameo role in this book, but plays no part in solving the crime.
I really enjoyed this one. Interesting characters and a real "twist in the tail" in the solution. Highly recommended.
"Persuasion" by Jane Austen. Completed 4/2/14.
"The Benson Murder Case" by S.S. Van Dine. Completed 10/2/14.
Overall Total: 21
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|12-29-2013, 07:25 PM||#37|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Auckland NZ
Device: Sony PRS 300, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Kobo Mini
OK, a redo of last years aborted target - 30,000 pages......and GO!
(Oh, and I will be counting Graphic Novels this year!)
1 - Nothing to Lose - Lee Child - 426 pages
2 - Calico Joe - John Grisham - 198 pages
3 - Ready Player One - Ernest Cline -374 pages
4 - Under the Eagle - Simon Scarrow - 256 pages
5 - Summer Knight - Jim Butcher - 371 pages
6 - Caught Stealing - Charlie Hutson - 246 pages
7 - Dragons of Winter Night - Weis/Hickman - 395 pages
8 - The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan - 279 pages
9 - Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child - 443 pages
10 - Full Circle - Michael Palin - 320 pages
11 - The FN FAL Battle Rifle - Robert Cashner - 80 pages
12 - Wolverine : Origin - Paul Jenkins - 200 pages (G/Novel)
13 - Raising Steam - Terry Pratchett - 377 pages
14 - The Longest Siege : Tobruk - Robert Lyman - 336 pages
15 - Conan Vol 7. Cimmeria - Timothy Truman - 192 pages (G/Novel)
16 - Where have all the Bullets Gone? - Spike Milligan - 283 pages
17 - Conan Vol 8. Black Collossus - Timothy Truman - 152 pages (G/Novel)
18 - Lullaby Town - Robert Crais - 296 pages
19 - Conan Vol 9. Free Companions - Timothy Truman - 184 pages (G/Novel)
20 - 61 Hours - Lee Child - 492 pages
21 - The Eagle's Conquest - Simon Scarrow - 434 pages
22 - Black Widow : The Name of the Rose - Marjorie M Liu - 144 pages (G/Novel)
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|12-30-2013, 08:26 AM||#38|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Device: Kobo Touch, Kindle Touch, Kobo Mini, Kobo Aura HD, Nexus 7, Kindle PW2
Goal: To read 40 books in 2014
List of Read Books:
List of Short Stories:
(* aka the "Triple Dog Dare" challenge I've already signed up for)
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|12-30-2013, 01:33 PM||#40|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Device: Kindle 4/Kindle Fire HD/Kindle Fire HDX 7"
Goal: Read 30 books, including all "Honorverse" books (minus the YA ones).
Read 30 books, including all "Honorverse" books (minus the YA ones).
Fill in the rest of the 30 with spy novels and maybe a flier or two.
Honor of the Queen by David Weber
The Short Victorious War by David Weber
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|12-31-2013, 02:16 AM||#41|
Snoozing in the sun
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Device: Kobo Touch (mine), Sony PRS-T1 (husband's)
Goal: Read at least 60 books in 2014
This has been the first year I have ever kept a note of the books I have read, and I managed 60 books this year, so I am going for the same number. I have two aims:
1. Read each of the books selected in the Literary Book Club (as long as I can get hold of them - that is occasionally a problem.)
2. The rest of the 60 books to come from my tottering pile of TBR books, both paper and electronic.
1. The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood. **
2. Found in Translation by Linda Jaivin.****
3. Inferno by Dante. (Not sure how to rate it - brilliant and horrible simultaneously.) ****
4. Stoner by John Edward Williams. ****
5. The Unfinished Journals of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier. **
6. All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard. ****
7. The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories by Connie Willis. ****
8. Changing Babies by Deborah Moggach. ***
9. Black Dogs by Ian McEwan. ****
10. Fools Crow by James Welch. ****
11. Ragnarok by A S Byatt. ****
12. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo. **
13. Stranger Magic by Marina Warner. In progress.
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|12-31-2013, 10:03 AM||#42|
Riders win the Grey Cup!
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Device: jetBook Lite, Kindle 4
My goal is to finish 12 books in 2014.
Because the publishing industry defines an "avid reader" to be someone who buys 12 books per year, my goal will be to finish 12 books in 2014.
1...1/07...The Little League That Could - Ken Rappoport
2...1/30...Hard-Boiled Detectives - Weinberg, et al., eds.
3...2/10...The 34-Ton Bat - Steve Rushin
4...2/17...Bad Sports - Dave Zirin
5...3/03...Return of the Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
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|12-31-2013, 05:38 PM||#43|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Device: Sony PRS-300, Sony PRS-T1
Goal: To keep a record of all the books I finish in 2014 (not including rereads)
1. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty (paper book)
2. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (paper book)
3. The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord (paper book)
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|01-01-2014, 08:00 PM||#45|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southeast Michigan, USA
Device: Sony PRS-505, Kindle 3, iPad, iPhone 5, Sony T1, NOOK HD+
No Goal; Benchmark (highest to date) is 94
List of my books on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/1210212
1. N'aked Heat by Richard Castle
2. Live Out Loud by Heather Wardell
3. Heat Rises by Richard Castle
4. Blank Slate Kate by Heather Wardell
5. Frozen Heat by Richard Castle
6. Finding My Happy Pace by Heather Wardell
7. Emma by Jane Austen
8. Too Big To Miss by Sue Ann Jaffarian
9. Deadly Heat by Richard Castle
10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
11. All at Sea by Heather Wardell
12. Curse of the Holy Pail by Sue Ann Jaffarian
13. 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom
14. Good to Myself by Heather Wardell
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