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Old 12-07-2015, 11:57 PM   #31
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2016 Reading Goals

I don't contribute a lot to MobileRead, but posting my books is a way to keep touch with the community. My goals are the same as the previous year.

2016 Goals:
Read at least 7 books per month
Include 1 new (to me) author per month
Remember to read previously-purchased books
Remember to post them on Mobileread (I continue to work on this one...)

Book Rating/Comments:
1: Awful, or did not finish
2: Not great, or not to my taste
3: Average
4: Good. Would read again.
5: Great! A prominent place in my library.


JANUARY - Happy New Year Everyone!
1. One For Sorrow (new author, rating 3)
2. A Tale of Two Dragons - G.A. Aiken (rating 3.5) Dragon Kin 6.5, Addolgar and Braith
3. Death in a Summer Colony - Aaron Stander (rating 3) Sheriff Ray Elkins
4. Light my Fire - G.A. Aiken (rating 4) Dragon Kin 7:*Celyn
5. Full Share - Nathan Lowell (rating 4) Trader's Tales 3
6. Pirate Hunters - Robert Kurson (new author, rating 3)
7. A Death in Sweden - Kevin Wignall (new author, rating 4)
8. Double Share - Nathan Lowell (rating 3.5) Trader's Tales 4
9. The Housewife Assassin's Handbook - Josie Brown (new author, rating 2.5)
10. Balanced on the Blade's Edge - Lindsay Buraker (new author, rating 3.5)

FEBRUARY - Getting Colder. More time to read?
11. Resorting to Murder - edited by Martin Edwards (rating 3)
12. Deathmaker - Lindsay Buraker (rating 4)
13. Blood Charged - Lindsay Buraker (rating 3.5)
14. Captain’s Share - Nathan Lowell (rating 4)
15. Owner’s Share - Nathan Lowell (rating 4)
16. Judgement In Death - J.D. Robb (rating 4)
17. Betrayal In Death - J.D. Robb (rating 3.5)
18. Seduction In Death - J.D. Robb (rating 3.5)
19. Reunion In Death - J.D. Robb (rating 4)
20. Purity In Death - J.D. Robb (rating 3.5)

MARCH - More Rain Please!
21. In Ashes Born - Nathan Lowell (rating 4.5)
22. The Bootlegger - Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (rating 2.5)
23. The Assassin - Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (rating 2.5)
24. Dragon*on*Top*- G.A. Aiken (rating 3.5)
25. Feel*the*Burn*- G.A. Aiken (rating 3.5)
26. Volcano Watch - Toni Dwiggens (rating 4)
27. Darkship Thieves - Sarah Hoyt (rating 4)
28. The Ides of April - Lindsey Davis (rating 4)

APRIL - Spring is Here!
29. Enemies at Home - Lindsey Davis (rating 3.5) Albia 2
30. Private Vegas - James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (rating 2.5)
31. Darkship Renegades - Sarah Hoyt (rating 3.5) Darkship 2
32. A Few Good Men - Sarah Hoyt (rating 3) Darkship 3
33. The Christmas Joy Ride - Melody Carlson (new author, rating 2.5)
34. In The Face of Death - Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (rating 3)
35. Under a Colder Sun - Greg James (new author, rating 3.5) Khale the Wanderer 1
36. The Spook Who Spoke Again - Lindsey Davis (rating 3)

MAY - More Showers Please!
37. Dating a Cougar - Donna McDonald (new author, rating 3.5)
38. Blood Defense - Marcia Clark (new author, rating 3.5)
39. Bad Potions: Charmed in Vegas - Michelle Fox (new author, rating 3)
40. Deadly Election - Lindsey Davis (rating 4)
41. Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs (rating 4)
42. Maps, Artifacts, and Other Arcane Magic - Meghan Ciana Doidge (rating 4)
43. Artifacts, Dragons and Other Lethal Magic - Meghan Ciana Doidge (rating 5)
44. Not quite stories (Vidalia, Phoebe, Zoey, Jax) - Julia Mills (new author, rating 2.5)
45. Julian Fellowes' Belgravia part 1 Dancing Into Battle (new author, rating 4)
46. The Curious Book of Extraordinary Big Tales - Richard Hennerley (new author, rating 3.0)
47. Pixie Noir - Cedar Sanderson (rating 4) Pixie for Hire 1
48. Harry Kaplan's Adventures Underground - Steve Stern (new author, rating 2.5)
49. Trickster Noir - Cedar Sanderson (rating 3.5) Pixie for Hire 2

JUNE - Hello Summer!
50. Dragon Noir - Cedar Sanderson (rating 4) Pixie for Hire 3
51. Gambling on Her Dragon - Anna Lowe (new author, rating 3) Charmed in Vegas 2
52. Surviving the Evacuation, Book 1: London - Frank Tayell (new author, rating 3.5)
53. Sword and Blood - Sarah Hoyt (rating 3) Vampire Musketeer 1
54. Black Tide Rising Anthology - edited by John Ringo (rating 4.5)
55. The Renegade Queen - Eva Flynn (new author, rating 1)
56. Clean Sweep - Ilona Andrews (rating 3) Innkeeper 1
57. Sweep in Peace - Ilona Andrews (rating 3.5) Innkeeper 2

JULY - Heat and Fireworks
58. An American Werewolf in Hoboken - Dakota Cassidy (new author, rating 2)
59. Down the Rabbit Hole - edited by J.D. Robb (rating 3)
60. Ghostly Paws - Leighann Dobbs (new author, rating 3)
61. Angels of Darkness - Edited by Nalini Singh (rating 3.5)
62. On The Edge - Ilona Andrews (rating 3.5) Edge Series 1
63. The Atlantis Gene - A.G. Riddle (new author, rating 2)
64. Bayou Moon - Ilona Andrews (rating 4) Edge Series 2
65. The Graveyard of the Hesperides - Lindsey Davis (rating 3.5) Albia 4
66. Fate's Edge - Ilona Andrews (rating 3.5) Edge Series 3
67. Steels Edge - Ilona Andrews (rating 3) Edge Series 4

AUGUST - How is it August already?
68. Siberian Treasure - C.M. Gleason (new author, rating 2.5)
69. Aspen Allegations - Lisa Shea (new author, rating 3)
70. Here Comes the Bribe - Mary Daheim (rating 3)
71. Predator - Wilbur Smith (rating 3) Hector Cross 3
72. Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews (rating 4) Kate 8
73. Time Heals No Wounds - Hendrik Falkenberg (new author, rating 3.5)
74. Through Fire - Sarah Hoyt (rating 3.5) Darkship 4
75. How to Date a Dragon - Ashlyn Chase (new author, rating 3)
76. The Witnesses (Bookshots) - James Patterson (rating 3.5)
77. Bachelor Bears of Yakima Ridge Bundle (new author, rating 3)

SEPTEMBER - Fall is Coming...
78. Welcome to Fat Chance Texas - Celia Bonaduce (new author, rating 3)
79. Henry Wood Detective Agency - Brian Meeks (new author, rating 3)
80. Exhume - Danielle Girard (new author, rating 4)
81. Steam & Sorcery - Cindy Spencer Pape (rating 4)
82. Kilts & Kraken - Cindy Spencer Pape (rating 3)
83. Forge a New Blade - Peter Grant (rating 3.5)
84. The Case of the Screaming Beauty - Alison Golden (new author, rating 4)
85. Hidden Flame - Alison Golden (rating 4)
86. Milk Run - Nathan Lowell (rating 4.5)
87. Magic Binds - Ilona Andrews (rating 4.5)

OCTOBER - I forgot to post in October: my face is red!
88. Moonlight & Mechanicals - Cindy Spencer Pape (rating 3) Gaslight Chronicles 3
89. Tumbledown Manor - Helen Brown (new author, rating 4)
90. I See Me - Meghan Ciana Doidge (rating 4) Oracle 1
91. I See You - Meghan Ciana Doidge (rating 3.5) Oracle 2
92. I See Us - Meghan Ciana Doidge (rating 4) Oracle 3
93. The Case of the Fallen Hero - Alison Golden (rating 3) Inspector Graham 3
94. Cards & Caravans - Cindy Spencer Pape (rating 3) Gaslight Chronicles 4
95. Hunted - Alison Golden (rating 4) Diana Hunter 1
96. The Unleashing - Shelly Laurentson (rating 3.5) Crows 1
97. Deadly Gamble - Connie Shelton (new author, rating 2.5)
98. Snatched - Alison Golden (rating 3.5) Diana Hunter 2
99. Ashes & Alchemy - Cindy Spencer Pape (rating 3) Gaslight Chronicles 5

NOVEMBER
100. Lost is the Night - Greg James (rating 3.5) Khale 2
101. Boar Island - Nevada Barr (rating 2.5)
102. Death at the Cafe - Alison Golden (rating 3) Reverend Annebelle Dixon 1
103. Black Rain - Matthew BJ Delaney (new author, 2.5)
104. Red Gold - Robert D Kidera (new author, 3.5) Gabe 1
105. Forced Entry - Komura 420 (new author, 3.5)
106. Hammered - Belle Knudson (new author, rating 3) Mrs Fixit 1
107. Screwed Down Murder- Belle Knudson (ating 3) Mrs Fixit 2
108, Santorini Caesars - Jeffrey Siger (rating 4)
109. A Veneer of Murder- Belle Knudson (rating 3) Mrs Fixit 3
110. Drilled in Murder- Belle Knudson (rating 3) Mrs Fixit 4

DECEMBER - Brrrrrrrr...
111. The Long, Long Trailer - Clinton Twiss (new author, rating 3.5)
112. Chiseled- Belle Knudson (rating 3) Mrs Fixit 5
113. Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts - Dan Lewis (new author, rating 3.5)
114. Stolen - Alison Golden (rating 3.5) Diana Hunter 3
115. Better - Atul Gawande (new author, rating 4)
116. Secrets of RVing on Social Security - Jerry Minchey (new author, rating 4)
117. The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley - assorted Baen authors (rating 3)
118. Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies - the Patriots (rating 3)
119. Monster Hunter International - Larry Correia (new author, rating 4)
120. The Case of the Broken Doll - Alison Golden (rating 4) Inspector Graham 4
121. Secrets of RVing on Social Security - Jerry Minchey (new author, rating 3.5)
122. How Smoke Delivered a Christmas Present - DeAnna Knippling (new author, rating 3.5)
123. Ether & Elephants - Cindy Spencer Pape (rating 4.5) Gaslight Chronicles 8

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!!!

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Goal: Read 80 books

Part A - 80 books

Read to date: 49 books

Part B - Genre Carousel

Fantasy - 13 books
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews
Back Lash by Devon Monk
Otherworld Secrets by Kelley Armstrong
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
Staked (Iron Druid Chronicles #8) by Kevin Hearne
Feverborn (Fever #8) by Karen Marie Moning
Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger
Marked in Flesh (The Others #4)
Betrayals (Cainsville #4) by Kelley Armstrong
Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson
The Purloined Poodle (Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5) by Kevin Hearne

Science Fiction - 5 books
Daemon (#1,2) by Daniel Suarez
Nexus by Ramez Naam
The Steerswoman (#1) by Rosemary Kirstein
Timeline by Michael Crichton

Mystery & Detective - 21 books
Sebastian St. Cyr (#9-11) by C.S. Harris
Sherlock Holmes (#3-4) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1) by Louise Penny
Flavia de Luce (#1-8) by Alan Bradley
Harry Bosch (#1) by Michael Connelly
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
A is for Alibi (Kinsey Millhone #1) by Sue Grafton
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6) by Tana French
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Romance - 1 books
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Historical Fiction - 2 books
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Nonfiction - 7 books
Secrets of the Cat by Barbara Holland
Always Hungry by David Ludwig
10% Human by Alanna Collen
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto
Beyond 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler
5/3/1 for Powerlifting by Jim Wendler
Scientific Principles of Strength Training by Mike Israetel

Part C - Unread Book Balance < $100

Starting balance = $169.41
Current balance = $169.41

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Device: Voyage, K3, PPW 2 3, HDX, KBasic 4, 5, 7 & 8, Nook ST, Glo, HD+, Echos
2016 Goals:
Read 100 books FAILED! Hard to make up for 2 bad months
Read 15 magazines TOTALLY FAILED
Keep purchases under $300 for year. FAILED (but better than last year).
Complete 5 series already started in 2015 FAILED - got 3 done!
Complete all ebooks/audiobooks purchased 2010 and earlier (30) FAILED

Series Completed 3
Spoiler:


1. Goldy Shultz Culinary Mysteries (17 books) COMPLETED FEB 2016
2. Amanda Pepper (14 books) COMPLETED JUNE 2015
3. The Australians (12 books) COMPLETED AUGUST 2015



Magazines TBR: 13 Read: 4
Spoiler:

TBR - new in 2016
1. Lightspeed - Jan 2016
2. Nightmare - Feb 2016
3. Asimov's Scifi - Feb 2016
4. Nightmare Mag - Feb 2016
5. Lightspeed - Feb 2016
6. Asimov's Mag - Mar 2016
7. Asimov's scifi - April/May 2016
8. Nightmare mag - Mar 2016
9. Lightspeed - Mar 2016
10. Nightmare mag - April 2016
11. Lightspeed mag - April 2016
12. Nightmare mag - May 2016
13. Lightspeed mag - May 2016

Read
001. 3/5 Asimov's Scifi - Feb 2016
002. 3/5 Asimov's Scifi - Mar 2016
003. 3/5 Asimov's Scifi - Jan 2011
004. 2/5 Asimov's Scifi - Aug 2015


2016 Purchases TBR: 113 Read: 6 Total: $360.86
Spoiler:

001. <b> Cat in an Alphabet Soup (Midnight Louie)- Carole Nelson Douglas $1.06 ($2 promo used) READ </b>
002. The Paradine Case (dramatized) - Alfred Hitchcock $4.23
003. Audible Credit $15 + Audible Lite (1 year - $9.95)
004. <b>Florida Straights (Key West) - Laurence Shammes (audio) $1.99 READ</b>
005. Restoree - Anne McCaffrey $1.99
006. Girl in the Cockpit - Michael Avallone $3.20
007. <b>Rogue - J.T. Vaydensen - Review copy DONE</b>
008. Personal Demons (audio) $3.20
009. Dead Tropics - Sue Edge (audio) $2.13
010. Murder on Old Main Street (audio) - Judith Ivie $2.13
011. Dying Wishes (audio) - Judith Ivie $2.13
012. Barsoom series (audio) - Edgar Allen Poe $14.95
013. Dust World - B V Larson (audio) $2.13
014. Death World - B V Larson (audio) $2.13
015. Tech World - B V Larson (audio) $2.13
016. Machine World - B V Larson (audio) $2.13
017. Battle Cruiser - B V Larson (audio) $2.13
018. Dreadknought - B V Larson (audio) $2.13
019. Madison Avenue Shoot - Jessica Fletcher (audio) $5.95
020. A Slaying in Savanah - Jessica Fletcher (audio) $5.95
021. Design for Murder - Jessica Fletcher (audio) $10.95
022. For the Kings Favor - Elizabeth Chadwick $1.99
023. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (audio) $1.99
024. Billion Dollar Boy - Charles Sheffield (Phoenix bundle) $5.98
025. Cyborg From Earth - Charles Sheffield (Phoenix bundle) $5.98
026. Georgia on my Way - Charles Sheffield (Phoenix bundle) $5.98
027. Godspeedy - Charles Sheffield (Phoenix bundle) $5.98
028. Putting Up Roots y - Charles Sheffield (Phoenix bundle) $5.98
029. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte $2.13
030. War Brides - Helen Bryan $2.13
031. Body in the Backyard - Elizabeth Spann Craig $2.13
032. Body at Bunco - Elizabeth Spann Craig $2.13
033. Murder on Opening Night - Elizabeth Spann Craig $2.13
034. Darkest Goodbye - Alex Gray CREDIT
035. Greatest Knight - Thomas Asbridge $4.81
036. <b>Vampires Mail Order Bride - Kristen Painter $2.13 DONE</b>
037. <b>Big Vamp on Campus - Molly Harper $3.20 DONE</b>
038. Born of Water - Autumn Birt $2.13
039. Get Fluffy - Sparkle Abbey $4.27
040. Kitty Kitty Bang Bang - Sparkle Abbey $4.27
041. Utterly Uninteresting Fred the Vampire Accountant - Drew Hayes $2.46
042. Who Goes There - John W Campbell $2.46
043. Maltese Falcon - Dashiel hammett $2.46
044. Rolling Stones - Robert Heinlein $2.46
045. Orphans of the Sky - Robert Heinlein $2.46
046. First to Kill - Andrew Peterson $2.46
047. Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart $3.20
048. Evelyn After $2.13
049. Ocean of storms $2.13
050. The Find $1.06
051. <b>Wrinkle in Crime $3.20 READ 2017</b>
052. Big Foot Stole My Wife & other stories $2.13
053. Time's Edge $4.27
054. Cancelled In Red $4.27
055. Rage $2.13
056. Beware of the Mouse $4.27
057. Holiday Donut Steal - Jessica Beck $1.06
058. Working Stiff - Kevin J Anderson $4.26
059. The Cause - Cynthia Harrod-Eagle $8.57
060. The Homecoming - Cynthia Harrod-Eagle $8.57
061. The Question - Cynthia Harrod-Eagle $8.57
062. Duplicate Death - Georgette Heyer $2.50
063. Penhallow - Georgette Heyer $2.50
064. Quilt As You Go $0.90
065. Ocean of Storms (audio) $2.27
066. The Concrete Blonde (audio) $3.74
067. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte $2.13
068. Evelyn After (audio) $2.13
069. Crystal Cave (audio) $3.20
070. Orphans of the Sky - Robert Heinlein (audio) $2.95
071. First to Kill - Andrew Peterson (audio) $2.95
072. Utterly Uninteresting & Unadventurous Vampire - Drew Hayes (audio) $2.95
073. Rolling Stones - Robert Heinlein (audio) $2.95
074. The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett (audio) $2.95
075. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (audio) $2.13
076. War Brides - Helen Bryan (audio) $2.13
077. Born of Water - Autumn M Birt (audio) $2.13
078. <b>Big Vamp on Campus (audio) $3.20 DONE</b>
079. <b>Vampires Mail Order Bride - Kristen Painter (audio) $2.13 DONE</b>
080. Great Knight - Thomas Asbridge (audio) $4.81
081. Murder on Opening Night - Elizabeth Spann Craig (audio) $2.13
082. A Body At Bunco - Elizabeth Spann Craig (audio) $2.13
083. A body in the backyard - Elizabeth Spann Craig (audio) $2.13
084. Death's Bright Day (Baen Bundle) $3.28
085. Black Tide Rising (Baen Bundle) $3.29
086. The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF 2015 (Baen Bundle) $3.28
087. Galactic Games (Baen Bundle) $3.28
089. Dragon in Exile $3.28 (Baen Bundle) $3.28
090. Snafu series (15 books) Storybundle $20.00
105. Phoenix - Anders, flint, Kress, lackey, Niven, Resnick, Silverberg, Turtledove $15?
121. <b>Charming $8.56</b>
122. <b>Charming (audio) $4.27</b>
123. Working Stiff - Kevin Anderson (Audio) $2.13
124. Walk into Silence (audio) $2.13
125. A Great and Terrible King $3.20
126. See How they Run $3.20
127. A great and Terrible King (audio) $5.35
128. See How They Run (audio) $2.13
129. Coffee Tea or Murder (audio) $36.39 (5 audiobooks)
130. A Question of Murder --
131. A Vote for Murder
132. Yip/Tuck
133. Book case - Demille
134. Dying to Retire ($18.18 for 2 audiobooks)
135. Margaritas and Murder
Asimov periodicals (all year) $29.90

Free:
Wishing on a Star - Jody Lynn Nye - Free Phoenix Review
Radix - A. A. Attanasio - Phoenix Pick Feb.
Midnight at the Well of Souls - Jack L Chalker - Phoenix Pick Jan
Professional Integrity - Michael J Sullivan FREE
Nye Wishing - Phoenix FREE
The Undead - R R Haywood FREE
Jewel of Dantenos - Brian D Anderson
So Long, Lollipops - Sarah Lyons Fleming FREE
Time Being - Antonia Honeywell
Les Liasons Dangereuses - Choderlos de Lacios
Death's Heretic - James L Sutter FREE
Personal Demons - Gregory Lamberson
Dead Tropics - Sue Edge
Adventures of Tom Stranger - Larry Correia FREE
This is your Pilot Speaking - multiple FREE
Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings - Jodi Taylor FREE
Very First Damned Thing - Jodi Taylor FREE
The Dispatcher - John Scalzi FREE
Lock and Key - Ridley Pearson FREE
The Window Man - Louise Millar FREE
Yesterday's Gone - Sean Platt FREE
Alien: Out of the Shadows - Tim Lebbon FREE
Blue Fairy Book - Andrew Lang FREE
3 Truths & a Lie - Lisa Gardner




Ebooks/Audiobooks 2010 & earlier Total Done: 8
Spoiler:

001. Dark Holidays - John Kendrick Bangs ed. (CDs)
002. Star Soldier - Vaughn Heppner
003. Diabetes for Dummies - Alan Rubin
004. Thrillers: Stories to keep you up at night
005. Sweet Talk - Susan Mallory
006. Star Born - Andre Norton
007. Grand Finale - Janet Evonovich
008. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee


January
1. 3/5 When Elves Attack - Tim Dorsey (audio)
Funny, I would call it a guy beach read
2. 5/5 The Adventurers - William Stuart Long
It's amazing that Australia flourished with the crooks vying for dominance.
3. 5/5 Fatally Flaky - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Another great cozy
4. 2/5 The Big Kitty - Claire Donally
Cozy, So so for me. I think others would like this.
5. 5/5 Dark Corners - Ruth Rendell (audio)
Very good, but Carl needed to be knocked upside the head.
6. 3/5 Cat in Alphabet Soup - Carol Nelson Douglas
Anthromorphed cat. Strong women characters in this cozy.
7. 2/5 Gods of War - Christopher Stasheff, ed.
Some stories were good. Multiple authors writing from central theme.
February
8. 4/5 Murder To Go - Chloe Kendrick
Cozy murder mystery featuring food truck.
9. 5/5 His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik (audio)
Excellent story! Love it. Will listen to more in this series.
10. 3/5 Crunch Time - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Good story, but not phenomenal.
11. 3/5 Dragon's Eye - Christopher Stasheff ed.
Good stories. Some excellent. Dragon theme stories written by different authors.
12. 5/5 Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom - Christopher Healey (audio)
This is HILARIOUS! I hope the next audio is as good!
13. 3/5 Eyeshine - Cy Wyss
Paranormal cozy - woman turns into cat at night. Investigates local crime.
14. 3/5 Honeysuckle Hotel - Rose Pressey (audio)
Good, but a little padded.
15. 5/5 The Colonists - William Stuart Long (Vivian Stuart)
Another excellent historical fiction adventure.
16. 5/5 The Whole Enchilada - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Good mystery. Doesn't have the padding that was in prior book.
17. 4/5 Dark Holidays - John Kendrick Bangs ed. (audio)
Ghost stories - good, but some were very excellent!
March
18. 4/5 The Mummer's Curse - Gillian Roberts
Good mystery featuring Mummer's parade details. ALMOST a 5.
19. 4/5 The Bluest Blood - Gillian Roberts
Another good mystery, with fraud and ID switch going on.
20. 3/5 Helen Hath No Fury - Gillian Roberts
Good mystery, but lacks spark of her earlier books.
21. 3/5 See Jane Score - Rachel Gibson (audio)
Read decade ago. Good romance, I'm just not into romance anymore.
22. 4/5 Rogue - J.T. Vaydensen
New Author, Great introductory book!
23. 4/5 The Big Dolores - Michael Avallone
What's a private eye to do when even his clients are trying to kill him?
24. 5/5 Hero's Guide to Storming The Castle - Christopher Healy
Another great story - search for a sword
April
25. 4/5 Diabetes For Dummies (4th ed)- Alan L. Rubin MD
Great book for someone newly diagnosed or family member.
26. 4/5 To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip Jose Farmer (audio)
Excellent. First book of series.
27. 5/5 Starship: Mutiny - Michael Resnick (audio)
Relisten before listening to remaining series. Great military scifi with humor
28. 4/5 Free Range Knitter - Stephanie Pearl-Mcfee
Humor for knitters
29. 5/5 The Gallant - William Stuart Long
Book 8 of the Australians. Fabulous! Can't believe this series is still strong!
30. 4/5 Star Soldier - Vaughn Heppner
1st book of series involving human superbeings vs. strangulating politicians.
31. 3/5 The Toaster Oven Mocks Me - Steve Margolis
Autobiography of a man who has synesthesia - sees letters with colors.
32. 4/5 Claire and Present Danger - Gillian Roberts
Amanda & McKenzie's first PI case.
33. 5/5 Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw - Christopher Healy (audio)
3rd book - hilarious. I'm sad it's over!!
34. 5/5 The Gold Seekers - William Stuart Long
Australia Gold rush and the damage it did.
35. 4/5 Loose 200 Pounds This Weekend - Don Aslett
Not as good as his 1st 3 books, but inspiring to declutter!
36. 2/5 Dragon Lords World - Michelle Pillow
Really poor showing. Last that I will read from this author.
37. 4/5 The Cat Who Played Brahms - Lilian Jackson Braun (audio)
Another wonderful story. A vacation in the country is fraught with death!
May
38. 4/5 Murder in Moscow - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Good story, but some parts annoying.
39. 5/5 Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie (audio)
Wonderful story!
40. 5/5 Uprooted - Naomi Novik
Well paced fantasy story; completely different from Temaraire series.
41. 5/5 The Empire Builders - William Stuart Long (Vivian Stuart)
Another riveting story - this time set during the beginning of the Maori Wars in NZ.
June
42. 3/5 What An Earl Wants - Shirley Karr
Regency romance - implausible but rather funny.
43. 4/5 Til The End of Tom - Gillian Roberts
Was he murdered or was it just an accident?
44. 3/5 A Hole in Juan - Gillian Roberts
A teacher is a victim of pranks.
45. 4/5 All's Well That Ends - Gillian Roberts
Sasha's step-mother dies by her hand or someone else's?
46. 5/5 Murder She Did - Gillian Roberts
Series of short stories; loved all but one.
47. 5/5 The Seafarers - William Stuart Long
Lots of ocean going in this story. Lot of action going on too!
July
48. 4/5 The Vampire's Mail Order Bride - Kristen Painter (audio)
Surprisingly funny.
49. 3/5 The Nationalists - William Stuart Long
Boer War in Africa. This book dragged.
50. 4/5 Flight of the Ferryman - William Rice
Good book in desperate need of a good editor.
August
51. 4/5 Bite Me If You Can - Lyndsay Sands (audio)
Funny vampire romance. Series getting a bit formulaic.
52. 3/5 The Accidental Vampire - Lyndsay Sands (audio)
It was a good, but not a great story. Uncle Lucien romance.
53. 4/5 The Imperialists - William Stuart Long
Last book in series. Boer Wars; New Guinea
54. 3/5 Star Born - Andre Norton (audio)
I had trouble warming up to this book, although it picked up later.
55. 3/5 The Werewolf Meets His Match - Kristen Painter (audio)
It was an ok story; some humor -not as snappy as the first book
56. 5/5 Under Wraps - Hannah Jayne
Funny, funny, funny. Loved this offbeat paranormal
September
57. 2/5 Mew is for Murder - Clea Simpson
Cats, music, journalist all come together when an old cat woman is found dead.
October
58. 5/5 Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher (audio)
Fabulous story. Loved it! Can hardly wait for the next book!
59. 5/5 Thrillers: Stories to Keep You Up At Night - James Patterson, ed. (audio)
Great short stories!
60. 1/5 How to Live on 24 Hours a Day - Arnold Bennett
I read half the book. What a waste.
61. 2/5 Disengaged - Beth Orsoff (audio)
Billed as a funny romance. Romance yes, humor no
62. 1/5 Fellowship of the Frog - Edgar Wallace
Detective Noir - gave up halfway through.
63. 3/5 Grand Finale - Janet Evanovich (audio)
Funny implausible romance.
64. 3/5 Soul Music - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Plot too convoluted for me.
65. 4/5 Below Stairs - Margaret Powell (audio)
Memoir of a 1920 cook in England
66. 2/5 Alien Sex - Ellen Datlow ed.
Only 3 of the stories were good IMHO. A couple lukewarm, the rest, eh.
November
67. 4/5 Florida Straits - Laurence Shames (audio)
Investigator is a former New York gangster. Slightly humorous.
68. 2/5 Sweet Talk - Susan Mallory (audio)
The romance was fine. Unrealistic sister reunion. Lack of law knowledge.
69. 4/5 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (audio)
Funny book on knitting and knitters
70. 3/5 The End of The Affair - Graham Greene (audio)
Colin Firth's narration makes this book tolerable (not a fan of non-action books).
71. 4/5 Desperate Housedogs - Sparkle Abbey (audio)
Funny and didn't go to the dogs.
72. 5/5 Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Loved it. Rincewind survives again!
73. 3/5 Vampires Are Forever - Lynsay Sands (audio)
Kindof a filler book. I was a bit disappointed.
74. 5/5 Good News, Bad News - Maggie Groff (audio)
Loved this mystery set in Australia.
75. 4/5 The Time Machine - H G Wells (audio)
Short and enjoyable.
76. 5/5 The Forgotten - David Baldacci
Top notch thriller. I'll read more from author!
77. 4/5 Ghost Stories of an Antiquary - M R James (audio)
Some ghost stories were excellent, some were just so so. Published 1904.
78. 2/5 Die Snow White, Die Damn You - Yuri Rasovsky
Funny, but kindof in a mean way. Fortunately, short.
December
79. 1/5 The Long Quiche Goodbye - Avery Aames
Couldn't even finish.
80. 5/5 The Island - Michael Stark
Apocolyptic - the cover is misleading. Yes, there is a dragon. Briefly.
81. 3/5 Charming - Elliot James (audiobook)
Urban fantasy. It was an ok book.
82. 5/5 Maskerade - Terry Pratchett (audiobook)
So very funny. Witches and Opera.
83. 4/5 Vampire, Interrupted - Lynsay Sands (audiobook)
Marguarite's story. Some humor.
84. 2/5 Cricket on the Hearth - Charles Dickens (audiobook)
Hard to stay with story
85. 2/5 Christmas Classics - O Henry (audio)
I didn't follow this story well. Better second time
86. 5/5 Pilgrimage to Hell - James Axler (audio)
I totally loved this!
87. 5/5 All You Need is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka (audio)
Another military scifi winner for me!
Book Rating/Comments:
1: Awful, or did not finish
2: So, so, or not to my taste
3: Good book
4: Very good book; possible reread.
5: Wonderful book! A keeper.

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Because I've been reading fanfiction almost exclusively the last few years I decided I needed a challenge to help me even things out a bit. And to keep me from just rereading all of my old favorites without touching my obscenely large TBR pile, I've split my reading into three main categories: To Be Read; ReReads, and Fanfiction. The rule of thirds is that the amount read in the three categories has to be kept relatively even, with preference being given to the To Be Reads.

To Be Read - 38
(TitleAuthor) - (Genre) - (Rating) - (Pages) - (Words)
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Fall For You - Keira Marcos - Romance - 4/5 - 161 - 60,093
13 Hours: The Inside Account of Benghazi - Mitchell Zuckoff - Non-Fiction - 4/5 - 283 - 85,015
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey - YA Apocalypse - 4/5 - 458 - 124,556
The Finest Hours - Michael Tougias - Non-Fiction - 3/5 - 200 - 64,732
Poles Apart - Terry Fallis - Humor - 4/5 - 268 - 101,198
Deadliest Sea - Kalee Thompson - Non-Fiction - 5/5 - 250 - 93,677
The Virgin Romance Novelist - Meghan Quinn - Romance - 3/5 - 242 - 100,844
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo - Non-Fiction - 5/5 - Audiobook
Red Hot - Lisa Childs - Romance - 3/5 - 162 - 58,558
One Secret Night, One Secret Baby - Charlene Sands - Romance - 5/5 - 155 - 60,077
Her Sexy Vegas Cowboy - Ali Olson - Romance - 4/5 - 58,726 - 153
The Queen's New Year Secret - Maisey Yates - Romance - 3/5 - 54,315 - 146
Pregnant By The Rival CEO - Karen Booth - Romance - 4/5 - 54,398 - 155
A Baby for the Boss - Maureen Child - Romance - 5/5 - 54,878 - 145
Playing to Win - Taryn Taylor - Romance - 5/5 - 61,171 - 172
Trapped with the Tycoon - Jules Bennett - Romance - 4/5 - 61,002 - 168
Nanny Makes Three - Cat Schield - Romance - 4/5 - 57,003 - 155
Cowboy Crush - Liz Talley - Romance - 4/5 - 58,013 - 164
Pleasing Her SEAL - Anne Marsh - Romance.Contemporary - 4/5 - 58,311 - 167
One Sizzling Night - Jo Leigh - Romance.Contemporary - 5/5 - 63,102 - 181
Distractions - Aurora Rose Reynolds - Romance.Contemporary - 5/5 - 78,911 - 267
Theseus Discovers His Heir - Michelle Smart - Romance.Contemporary - 4/5 - 56,064 - 158
Wearing the de Angelis Ring - Cathy Williams - Romance.Contemporary - ABANDONNED
Mistress of His Revenge - Chantelle Shaw - Romance.Contemporary - 3/5 - 53,011 - 142
A SEAL's Touch - Tawny Weber - Romance.Contemporary - 4/5 - 160 - 57826
Naked Pursuit - Jill Monroe - Romance.Contemporary - ABANDONNED
The Medic: Miracle on Hacksaw Ridge - Adam Palmer - Non-Fiction.Military - 5/5 - 353 - 96,415
Stardust - Neil Gaiman - Fantasy - 3/5 - 167 - 63,104
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs - YA.Fantasy - 3/5 - 300 - 83,558
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs - YA.Fantasy - 4/5 - 350 - 97,484
Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs - YA.Fantasy - 5/5 - 415 - 115,588
All I Never Wanted - Ana Huang - YA.Fiction - 4/5 - 381 - 136,120
The Tower and the Hive - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 2/5 - 340 - 98,364
Freedom's Challenge - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 4/5 - 315 - 89,665
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang - Speculative Fiction - 4/5 - 281 - 141,952
Big Sky Reunion - Charlotte Carter - Romance.Contemporary - 4/5 - 219 - 48,281
Feels Like Home - Evelyn Adams - Romance.Contemporary - 3/5 - 197 - 64,343
Miracle at Coney Island - Claire Prentice - Non-Fiction.Biography - 5/5 - 95 - 42,000
Freedom's Ransom - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - Currently Reading
The Golden Compass - Phillip Pullman - YA Fantasy - On Hold



ReReads - 23
(TitleAuthor) - (Genre) - (Rating) - (Pages) - (Words)
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Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 4/5 - 218 - 86,367
Arrow's Flight - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 5/5 - 247 - 97,912
Arrow's Fall - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 5/5 - 260 - 101,992
Magic's Pawn - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 5/5 - 281 - 122,321
Magic's Promise - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 5/5 - 285 - 111,213
Magic's Price - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 5/5 - 326 - 128,856
The Oathbound - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 4/5 - 210 - 94,788
Oathbreakers - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 5/5 - 225 - 88,447
Oathblood - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 3/5 - 249 - 106,498
By The Sword - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 5/5 - 427 - 176,079
The Black Gryphon - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 4/5 - 299 - 126,784
The White Gryphon - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 4/5 - 247 - 102,260
The Silver Gryphon - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 3/5 - 250 - 110,777
Winds of Fate - Mercedes Lackey - YA Fantasy - 4/5 - 153,094 - 354
To Ride Pegasus - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 4/5 - 270 - 73,507
Pegaus in Flight - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 4/5 - 315 - 86,600
Pegaus in Space - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 4/5 - 513 - 136,183
The Rowan - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 5/5 - 424 - 95,367
Damia - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 4/5 - 502 - 109,122
Damia's Children - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 4/5 - 381 - 82,596
Freedom's Landing - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 5/5 - 581 - 107,494
Lyon's Pride - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 3/5 - 336 - 93,371
Freedom's Choice - Anne McCaffrey - Science Fiction - 4/5 - 332 - 97,886
Wings of Change - Mercedes Lackey - Fantasy - Currently Reading


Fanfiction - 313 stories
(Fandom) - (Total Words) - (Total Pages ADE Estimate)
Spoiler:

Arrow - 1,522,344 - 5,564
Avengers - 14,937 - 55
Battle Creek - 260,734 - 766
Blade - 16,817 - 39
Buffy - 230,949 - 526
Chronicles of Riddick - 23,430 - 56
Crossovers - 1,401,091 - 3,824
Eureka - 12,024 - 42
Hawaii 5-0 - 114,533 - 379
Harry Potter - 1,346,083 - 3,366
Hobbit - 72,419 - 177
Magnificent Seven (TV series) - 3,601 - 11
Magnificent Seven (2016 Movie) - 10,142 - 30
NCIS - 111,336 - 397
Pacific Rim - 636,380 - 2,318
Stargate: Atlantis - 507,751 - 1,201
Star Trek: Alternate Original Series - 140,724 - 330



January Stats
Spoiler:
12 EBooks
3,154 Pages
1,177,192 Words
5 Authors (4 new)
15 Fanfiction Stories
1,500 Pages
629,275 Words
7 Authors (2 new)


February Stats
Spoiler:
8 EBooks, 1 Audiobook
2,232 Pages
918,117 Words
5 Authors (4 new)
Fanfiction
76 Short Stories
2 Novellas
2 Novels
1,781 Pages
701,255 Words


March Stats
Spoiler:
16 EBooks
1 Abandonned
2,702 Pages
987,623 Words
17 Authors (16 new)
Fanfiction
10 Short Stories
6 Novellas
2 Novels
1,142 Pages
468,385 Words


April Stats
Spoiler:
2 EBooks
1 Abandonned
160 Pages
57,826 Words
2 Authors (2 new)
Fanfiction
4 Short Stories
0 Novellas
5 Novels
1,835 Pages
746,165 Words


May Stats
Spoiler:
0 EBooks
0 Pages
0 Words
0 Authors (0 new)
Fanfiction
29 Short Stories
1 Novellas
0 Novels
730 Pages
213,218 Words


June Stats
Spoiler:
0 EBooks
0 Pages
0 Words
0 Authors (0 new)
Fanfiction
29 Short Stories
2 Novellas
0 Novels
613 Pages
185,172 Words


July Stats
Spoiler:
0 EBooks
0 Pages
0 Words
0 Authors (0 new)
Fanfiction
22 Short Stories
5 Novellas
2 Novels
2,371 Pages
674,114 Words


August Stats
Spoiler:
3 EBooks
938 Pages
256,522 Words
2 Authors (1 new)
Fanfiction
24 Short Stories
5 Novellas
3 Novels
2,094 Pages
575,009 Words


September Stats
Spoiler:
3 EBooks
1,104 Pages
294,654 Words
2 Authors (1 new)
Fanfiction
18 Short Stories
6 Novellas
5 Novels
3,483 Pages
1,051,113 Words


October Stats
Spoiler:
5 EBooks
1,948 Pages
541,872 Words
3 Authors (2 new)
Fanfiction
5 Short Stories
1 Novellas
3 Novels
1,386 Pages
518,139 Words


November Stats
Spoiler:
5 EBooks
1,970 Pages
479,711 Words
1 Authors (0 new)
Fanfiction
11 Short Stories
2 Novellas
1 Novels
967 Pages
266,944 Words


December Stats
Spoiler:
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I'll take a slot. This time, I'm going to read much more than I did in 2015. 2015 had some life issues get in the way. 2016 won't have this so I'll have more time to read.
  1. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  2. The Churn by James S.A. Corey
  3. Uncertain Logic by Christopher L. Bennett
  4. Death of a Cad by M.C. Beaton
  5. Devoted in Death by J. D. Robb
  6. Wonderment in Death by J. D. Robb
  7. Crisis of Consciousness by Dave Galanter
  8. Armageddon's Arrow by Dayton Ward
  9. Warm Up by V.E. Schwab
  10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  11. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
  12. Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
  13. Star Trek: DS9: Sacraments of Fire by David R. George III
  14. Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine
  15. Roses are Red by James Patterson
  16. Star Trek: Seekers 04 - Long Shot by David Mack
  17. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  18. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  19. Heart of Tin by Danielle Paige
  20. Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement by Kristen Beyer
  21. The Steerswoman by Kirstein, Rosemary
  22. Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen by James Swallow
  23. The Black House by Peter May
  24. Star Trek: Seekers 04 - All That's Left by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
  25. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Maximum Warp:Book One by Dave Galanter
  26. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Maximum Warp:Book Two by Dave Galanter
  27. 15th Affair by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
  28. Star Trek: The Original Series: Child of Two Worlds by Greg Cox
  29. The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross
  30. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Ascendance by David R. George III
  31. Landed gently by Alan Hunter
  32. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard
  33. Star Trek: Voyager: A Pocket Full of Lies by Kirsten Beyer
  34. Star Trek: The Original Series: Miasma by Greg Cox
  35. Mortal Stakes by Robert B. Parker
  36. Star Trek: The Original Series: The Latter Fire by James Swallow
  37. The Trial by James Patterson & Maxine Peatro
  38. The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
  39. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  40. Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation 04: Live by the Code by Christopher L. Bennett
  41. Promised Land by Robert B. Parker
  42. Star Trek: The Original Series: Elusive Salvation by Dayton Ward
  43. The Judas Goat by Robert B. Parker
  44. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Force and Motion by Jeffrey Lang
  45. Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
  46. Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies 01: Captain to Captain by Greg Cox
  47. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  48. The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
  49. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  50. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Rules of Accusation by Paula M. Block & Terry J. Erdmann
  51. A Dedicated Man by Peter Robinson
  52. Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies 02: Best Defense by David Mack
  53. Star Trek: The Original Series: Legacies 03: Purgatory's Key by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
  54. Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Time Lock by by Christopher L. Bennett
  55. Running Blind by Lee Child
  56. Star Trek: Prey 01 - Hell's Heart by John Jackson Miller
  57. Star Trek: Prey 02 - The Jackal's Trick by John Jackson Miller

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I will reserve a place here. I'm participating for the first time in this reading challenge. I mainly read mystery, crime fiction, science fiction alongwith some serious reads in biographies, history, archaeology and physics.

This year I'm reaching nearly 140 books, but I'll keep my target around 120 books for 2016. As I have already spent a sizable amount on books this year, and still have a lot many on shelf to read yet, I will try to minimize my budget in 2016 on ebooks and pbooks.

Will try to adopt a rating system for my read books, as proposed by some members here.
Edit: adopted a rating system.
***** - Excellent.
**** - Very good.
*** - Average, pretty good.
** - Not too good.
* - Bad. Not to my taste.
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January :

1. The Last Secret of the Temple - Paul Sussman - ****
2. Physics of the Future - Michio Kaku - *****
3. The Labyrinth of Osiris - Paul Sussman - ****
4. Deep Into The Game - Saul Tanpepper - * (Abandoned)
5. No Good Deed - Mary McDonald - ***
6. The Hidden Oasis - Paul Sussman - ****
7. Korma, Kheer and Kismet - Five Seasons in Old Delhi - Pamela Timms - ***
8. The Gods Were Astronauts - Erich von Daniken - ***
9. Beyond Area 51 - Mack Maloney - ****
10. The Last Templar - Raymond Khoury - ****
11. The Second Lady - Irving Wallace - ****
12. The V! Monologues - Eve Ensler - **
13. The Good, The Bad and the Ridiculous - Khushwant Singh - ****
14. The Templar Salvation - Raymond Khoury - ****

February:

15. The future of Quantum Cosmology - Stephen Hawking - *****
16. One Life Is Not Enough - K. Natwar Singh - ****
17. The Unearthing - Steve Karmazenuk - ****
18. The Nine Unknown - Talbot Mundy - *** - From Patricia Clark Memorial Library.
19. Notes on the Great Indian Circus - Khushwant Singh - ***
20. The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie - ****
21. No Higher Honor - Condoleezza Rice - ***
22. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 - Piers Brendon - ***
23. Operation Chaos - Himanshu Rasam - ****
24. The Bigger They Come - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****

March

25. Gold Comes in Bricks - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
26. South of the Border, West of the Sun - Haruki Murakami - * (Abandoned)
27. Turn on the Heat - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
28. Double or Quits - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
29. Spill the Jackpot - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
30. Bats Fly at Dusk - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
31. Owls Don't Blink - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
32. The Sicilian - Mario Puzo - ***
33. Cats Prowl at Night - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
34. Give 'Em the Ax (An Ax to Grind) - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
35. Crows Can't Count - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
36. Fools Die on Friday - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
37. Bedrooms Have Windows - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
38. Some Women Won't Wait - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***

April

39. Beware the Curves - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
40. Some Slips Don't Show - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
41. Truth, Love & A Little Malice - Khushwant Singh - *****
42. Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clarke - ****
43. You Can Die Laughing - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
44. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells - ***
45. The Count of Nine - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
46. Pass the Gravy - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
47. Kept Women Can't Quit - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
48. Bachelors get Lonely - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***

May

49. Shills Can't Cash Chips - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
50. Fish or Cut Bait - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
51. Up for Grabs - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
52. Cut Thin to Win - A.A fair aka Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
53. Widows Wear Weeds - Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
54. Indus Valley Civilization: Enigmatic, Exemplary, and Undeciphered - Charise Joy Javonillo - ****
55. Traps Need Fresh Bait - Erle Stanley Gardner - ***
56. Big Bang - The Origin of the Universe - Simon Singh - ****
57. Sex, Scotch and Scholorship - Khushwant Singh - ****
58. Labrador - The Story of the World's Favourite Dog - Ben Fogle - ***
59. The D.A. Calls it a Murder - Erle Stanley Gardner - **
60. The D.A. Holds a Candle - Erle Stanley Gardner - **
61. The D.A. Draws a Circle - Erle Stanley Gardner - ***

June

62. The D.A. Goes to a Trial - Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
63. The D.A. Cooks a Goose - Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
64. The D.A. Calls a Turn - Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
65. The D.A. Breaks a Seal - Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
66. The D.A. Takes a Chance - Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
67. The D.A. Breaks an Egg - Erle Stanley Gardner - ****
68. The Search for God and Guinness - Stephen Mansfield - ***
69. The Black Echo - Michael Connelly - ***
70. The Black Ice - Michael Connelly - ***

July

71. The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly - ***
72. The Tenth Unknown - Jvalant Nalin Sampat - ****
73. Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor - Charles R. Allen - *****
74. The Mini Sequel to the Alexander Secret: A Secret Revealed - Christopher C. Doyle - ***
75. The Secret Of The Druids - Christopher C. Doyle - ****
76. The Devil's Elixir - Raymond Khoury - ****
77. The Lost Parchment: A Detective Story - Fergus Hume - ***

August

78. In the Valley of the Kings: Howard Carter and the Mystery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb by Daniel Meyerson - ***
79. Drop Dead - Swati Kaushal - ***
80. The Chestermarke Instinct - Joseph Smith Fletcher - ****
81. The Assistant Murderer - Dashiell Hammett - ***
82. Slant - Greg Bear - ***
83. The First Apostle - James Becker - ****
84. The Venging - Greg Bear - ***
85. The Lost Temple - Vishesh Sharma ***
86. Departure - A.G. Riddle - ***
87. The Atlantis Gene - A.G. Riddle - ***
88. The Man in High Castle - Philip K. Dick - ****
89. The Broken Bubble - Philip K. Dick - ***
90. The Girl from Baghdad - Michelle Nouri - ***

September

91. The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ - Nicolas Notovitch - ****
92. The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken - Tarquin Hall - ****
93. The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing - Tarquin Hall - ***
94. The Case of the Missing Servant - Tarquin Hall - ***
95. Case of the Love Commandos - Tarquin Hall - ****
96. Letters to Friends, Family and Editors - Franz Kafka - ****
97. The Sign - Raymond Khoury - ****
98. The Dirty Little Secret - Jon Stock - ***
99. Wars of the Anunnaki: Nuclear Self-Destruction in Ancient Sumer - Chris H. Hardy - ****

October


100. The Gods Were Astronauts - Erich von Daniken - ***
101. Rendezvous in Black - Cornell Woolrich - ****
102. In Search of the Big Bang - John Gribbin - ****
103. Marihuana - Cornel Woolrich - ****
104. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling - ****
105. The Death In Vienna - [I]Daniel Silva - ****
106. Mohenjo-daro: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Settlement of the Indus Valley Civilization - Charles River Editors - *****
107. Doosra - The Other One - Vish Dhamija - ****
108. Swimming Pool - Mary Roberts Rinehart - ****
109. Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Cornell Woolrich - ***

November

110. Making Pure Corn Whiskey: A Professional Guide for Amateur and Micro Distillers - Ian Smiley - ****
111. The Sanctuary - Raymond Khoury - ***
112. Maharaja: The lives, loves and intrigues of the Maharajas of India - Diwan Jarmani Dass - ****
113. Maharani - Diwan Jarmani Dass - ***
114. The Future of the Mind - Michio Kaku - *****
115. The Yellow Room - Mary Roberts Rinehart - ****
116. The Album - Mary Roberts Rinehart - ***

December

117. Nobody's Son - Sean Stewart - *
118. Rasputin's Shadow - Raymond Khoury - ****
119. Eleven Days - Donald Harstad - **
120. The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths - ***
121. 03:02 - Mainak Dhar - ****
122. Dark Visions - Jonas Saul - ****



TBR - 969 Ebooks, 21 Pbooks, 38 in Wish list.
Books bought this year - Ebooks 17, Pbooks 0, Freebies 24.

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I'll claim this spot. I don't believe I've done a challenge here, before. My 2016 goals are about the same as the last couple of years: keep working on finishing series that I already started, try not to start any new series, and read 300 books. Although I am a member of KU this year, so if I start series there, it's ok Another goal - spend no money except for renewal of my BPL membership. Between my TBR, KU and the library, I don't need to spend a cent. I will suspend and then cancel Audible in January.

My ratings:
  • 5 stars-excellent!
  • 4 stars-very good, well written, few if any editorial errors
  • 3 stars-average story, pretty good, no obvious flaws
  • 2 stars-not too good, a little dull, may have poor editing or serious plot flaws
  • 1 stars-really bad, can't recommend


January:

Spoiler:
1. The Enemy by Charlie Higson (YA) - 5 *****
2. The Dead by Charlie Higson (YA) - 5 *****
3. Lothaire by Kresley Cole (PNR)(audio) - 5 *****
4. The Fear by Charlie Higson (YA) - 5 *****
5. Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole (PNR)(audio) - 5 *****
6. The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson (YA) - 5 *****
7. The Fallen by Charlie Higson (YA) - 5 *****
8. Macrieve by Kresley Cole (PNR)(audio) - 5 *****
9. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole (PNR)(audio) - 5 *****
10. Where Children Run by Karen Emilson (NF) - 4 ****
11. Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare (RS) (audio) - 4 ****
12. Taking Chase by Lauren Dane (CR)(audio) - 3 ***
13. Chased by Lauren Dane (CR)(audio) - 3 ***
14. Gray Part 1 by Lou Cadle - 5 *****
15. The Hunted by Charlie Higson (YA) - 5 *****
16. Gray Part 2 by Lou Cadle - 5 *****
17. Making Chase by Lauren Dane (CR)(audio) - 3 ***
18. The Black Ice by Michael Connelly (audio) - 4 ****
19. The End by Charlie Higson (YA) - 5 *****
20. Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole (PNR)(audio) - 5 *****
21. The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (audio) - 5 *****


February

Spoiler:
1. Gray Part 3 by Lou Cadle - 5 *****
2. Consumed by Fire by Anne Stuart (audio) - 4 ****
3. First Bite by Dani Harper (audio) - 5 *****
4. Storm Warrior by Dani Harper (audio) - 4 ****
5. Storm Bound by Dani Harper (audio) - 3 ***
6. Zinnia by Jayne Castle - 3 ***
7. Quake by Lou Cadle - 4 ****
8. Fortune's Rising by Sara King (audio) - 5 *****
9. A Hero Born by Chris Fox - 4 ****
10. Erupt by Lou Cadle - 4 ****
11. Determined by A Permutter - 3 ***
12. The Flood by David Sachs - 4 ****
13. Leopard's Prey by Christine Feehan (audio) - 5 *****
14. Static book 0 by James Hunt - 2 **
15. Driven by Fire by Anne Stuart (audio) - 4 ****
16. Cat's Lair by Christine Feehan (audio) - 4 ****
17. Sky Hunter by Chris Reher - 5 *****
18. When the Ashes Fall by Jacqueline Druga (audio) - 3 ***
19. Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands (audio) - 5 *****
20. Form and Function by Sara King - 5 *****
21. Same Time, Next Christmas by Victoria Alexander - 3 ***
22. Hero Rising by Chris Fox - 4 ****
23. Post Human Omnibus by David Simpson (audio) - 5 *****



March:

Spoiler:
1. Exposed: Jodi Arias by Jane Valez Mitchell - 4 ****
2. Stress Relief by Evangeline Anderson - 5 ****
3. Mastering the Mistress by Evangeline Anderson - 5 *****
4. Anyone U Want by Evangeline Anderson - 5 *****
5. Inhuman by David Simpson (audio) - 5 *****
6. MacKenzie Clan Gathering by Jennifer Ashley - 5 *****
7. Maid for Love by Marie Force - 5 *****
8. Fool For Love by Marie Force - 5 *****
9. Molly Fyde and the Land of Light by Hugh Howey (audio) - 5 *****
10. Molly Fyde and the Blood of Billions by Hugh Howey (audio) - 5 *****
11. Bear Necessities by Selena Kitt - 5 *****
12. Molly Fyde and the Fight for Peace by Hugh Howey (audio) - 3 ***
13. Falling for Love by Marie Force - 5 *****
14. Lumberjack Werebear by T.S. Joyce - 5 *****
15. Ready for Love by Marie Force - 5 *****
16. Highland Wolf Pact 1 by Selena Kitt - 3 ***
17. Beauty by Selena Kitt - 4 ****
18. Awakening by Jeff Olah - 3 ***
19. Outback Station by Aaron Fletcher (audio) - 5 *****
20. Conviction by Juan Martinez - 5 *****
21. Carry Me Home by Rosalind James (audio) - 4 ****
22. Woodcutter Werebear by T.S. Joyce - 5 *****
23. Blind Date with a Vampire by Evangeline Anderson - 4 ****
24. Kodiak's Claim by Eve Langlais (audio) - 5 *****
25. Sick by Brett Battles (audio) -
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1. Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft (ebook)
2. My Friend Mr Campion & Other Mysteries by Margery Allingham (paper book)
3. Coroner's Pidgin by Margery Allingham (paper book)
4. Finches of Mars by Brian Aldiss (paper book)
5. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell (ebook)
6. A Vision of Fire (The EarthEnd Saga #1) by Gillian Anderson & Jeff Rovin (paper book)
7. Death of a Squire (Templar Knight Mystery #2) by Maureen Ash (paper book)
8. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (paper book)
9. Visions (Cainsville #2) by Kelley Armstrong (paper book)
10. Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong (paper book)
11. Rivers of London (Rivers of London #1) by Ben Aaronovitch (paper book)
12. Murder (Dr. Thomas Bond #2) by Sarah Pinborough (paper book)
13. Beauty (Tales from the Kingdoms #3) by Sarah Pinborough (paper book)
14. Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong (paper book)
15. Binti by Nnedi Okoraf (ebook)
16. Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels, #1) by Keri Arthur (paper book)
17. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (paper book)
18. The Bone Swans of Amandale by C. S. E. Cooney (ebook)
19. Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer (ebook)
20. Horns by Joe Hill (ebook)
21. The Call by Peadar O'Guilin (paper book)
22. Hellspark by Janet Kagan (ebook)
23. A Few Words for the Dead by Guy Adams (paper)
24. Dead Heading by Catherine Aird (paper)
25. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Me Guin (paper)
26. Hello America by JG Ballard (paper)
27. Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London #2) by Ben Aaronovitch (paper book)
28. Death Walks In Eastrepps (Inspector Wilkins #) by Frances Breeding (paper book)
29. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (paper book)

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Read 60 books

I would usually increase my reading goal but I am planning on preparing for a PhD next year, so I'll be reading lots of journal articles and book chapters which will take up a lot of time.

My 2016 goals:
  • Read 60 books
  • Include a rating for each book (out of 5)
  • Ensure that I mostly only read books I already own but have not read (and only buy books for studying, or that form part of a series I am reading)
  • Track my short story reading, and read at least 50 this year

Books
1. The Cardinal Sins by Andrew Greeley - 3.5/5
2. The Lighthouse by Alison Moore - 2/5
3. The Caller by Karin Fossum - 2/5
4. The Distant Hours by Kate Morton - 4/5
5. Beyond Recall by Robert Goddard - 5/5
6. Borrowed Time by Robert Goddard - 5/5
7. Closed Circle by Robert Goddard - 5/5
8. Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton - 4/5
9. Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton - 4/5
10. One Child by Torey Hayden - 4/5
11. Somebody Else's Kids by Torey Hayden - 4/5
12. Just Another Kid by Torey Hayden - 4/5
13. Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden - 4/5
14. Tiger's Child by Torey Hayden - 3/5
15. Five Go to Smuggler's Top by Enid Blyton - 4/5
16. Five Go Off in a Caravan by Enid Blyton - 4/5
17. Silent Boy by Torey Hayden - 4/5
18. Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden - 4/5
19. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz - 4/5
20. Forever Odd by Dean Koontz - 4/5
21. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz - 4/5
22. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz - 3/5
23. Twilight Children by Torey Hayden -3/5
24. Odd Interlude(1-3) by Dean Koontz - 3/5
25. Five on Kirrin Island Again by Enid Blyton - 3/5
26. The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey - 3/5
27. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - 4/5
28. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben - 4/5
29. Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz - 4/5
30. The Long Room by Francesca Kay - 3/5
31. Exposure by Helen Dunmore - 3/5
32. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton - 3/5
33. The Children Act by Ian McEwan - 1/5
34. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng - 4/5
35. An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids - 5/5
36. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout - 2/5
37. The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso - 5/5
38. Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz - 4/5
39. A History of Loneliness by John Boyne - 4/5
40. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah - 4/5
41. Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson - 4/5
42. Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson - 4/5
43. Abattoir Blues by Peter Robinson - 4/5


Short stories
1. Bethlehem by Chika Unigwe
2. Who Will Greet You at Home by Lesley Nneka Arimah
3. The Offer by Caitlynn Martinez-McWhorter
4. Portia's Choice by Lorna Gibb
5. First Lives Club: Pretend Blood by Margaret Atwood
6. Let’s Tell This Story Properly by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
7. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
8. Letter Journal by Dana Mele
9. Something to Cry About by Darleen Coleman

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My goal is again to read as many books as possible. Perhaps cut back a bit on mysteries; read more non-fiction; and read more "classics" (both fiction and non-fiction).

  • 01. Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton (02 Jan.) ebook
    A fantasy based on a Trollope novel, but with dragons. I thought it worked rather well. I enjoyed it.
  • 02. Vanity Fair - by William Makepeace Thackeray (05 Jan.) paper
    Another novel of manners, a satire set in early 19th century England, with largely unsympathetic characters (well, the subtitle IS "a novel without a hero"). Some "serious" bits, but lots of good, biting, cynical humor. Many laugh out loud moments.
  • 03. Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for Our Connected World - Marc Goodman (05 Jan.) paper
    Book about the dangers to personal data, systems, infrastucture, etc. Sections on future problem areas (IoT, biotech, AI, etc.) are rather alarming/disturbing. People interested in privacy/security issues are probably familiar with many of the topics discussed, but may still feel (temporarily) like disconnecting everything and moving to a cave. The author offers some solutions and seems to be optimistic that we can fix things before it's too late. I have my doubts.
  • 04. Winter World: the Ingenuity of Animal Survival - Bernd Heinrich (11 Jan.) paper
    Felt this was an appropriate time of the year to read this book. It's about the various strategies some animals use to survive winter. Most of the book covers what happens in Vermont & Maine (as that is where the author lives), but many animals that live there also live elsewhere. For the most part interesting and informative. Plan to read "Summer World" in a few months, when "season appropriate."
  • 05. The Man who Went into the West: the Life of R.S. Thomas - Byron Rogers (13 Jan.) paper
    Not too short, not too long (slightly over 300 pages) 2006 bio of R.S. Thomas (d. 2000). One thing I took away from this book (extremely simplified) was that Thomas was perhaps too "English" in his earlier life and perhaps too "Welsh" in later years. Almost always a problem really "fitting in." Although probably would have had problems anyway. A rather unique individual to put it mildly. Not much discussion of the religious aspects of much of his poetry but other books cover that.
  • 06. The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II - Karen Dolby, compiler (14 Jan.) paper
    I couldn't care less about the "British" royal family in general, but I do admire Queen Elizabeth II. Not sure why but I do. Well, actually I think I might know why but this is not the place to discuss. Rather short book with small bits that are supposed to demonstrate her humor (as well as that of other members of the family). Mostly successful. I did have some laugh out loud moments. A pleasant diversion.
  • 07. The Magus of Hay - Phil Rickman (18 Jan.) e-book
    I really enjoyed Rickman's largely standalone novels from the 90s. Since then he has mostly written books featuring Merrily Watkins, a sometimes doubting vicar and "deliverance consultant" in Herfordshire who becomes entangles in mysteries with elements of the supernatural. This is the 12th entry in the series. I still prefer his early standalones but this is an entertaining series.
  • 08. Sleep Tight - Rachel Abbott (20 Jan.) e-book
    Abbott writes thrillers set in England. I find that her writing about characters' feelings/emotions is a bit weak and cliched but the intricate plots help compensate for that (as long as one is willing to not examine their plausibility too closely). This one's about a woman married to a pathological control freak.
  • 09. Stranger Child - Rachel Abbott (22 Jan.) e-book
    I think this is the 4th novel in Abbott's "loose" thriller series featuring DCI Tom Douglas. A six-year-old child who disappeared after an accident in which her mother dies suddenly reappears six years later but refuses to explain where she has been and why/how she reappeared.
  • 10. The Cold Calling - Phil Rickman, writing as Will Kingdom (23 Jan.) e-book
    Written in 1998 by Will Kingdom (a pseudonym of Phil Rickman). NOT part of the Merrily Watkins series. A horror/mystery/thriller. Like all of Rickman's novels this is largely set in the Welsh Marches. Quirky yet believable characters, some humor, an intricate plot and evocative descriptions of "place"--it's all there.
  • 11. Mean Spirit - Phil Rickman, writing as Will Kingdom (24 Jan.) e-book
    A large snowstorm and its aftermath means more time for reading! Published in 2001, this is a loose sequel to The Cold Calling. This one centers around mediums as opposed to the "earth mysteries" aspect of the earlier novel. Fun stuff.
  • 12. Imperial - William Vollmann (25 Jan.) paper
    Purchased about 5 years as a "bargain" book from Amazon because of the author, not the subject matter. To me Imperial was the county in California across the Colorado from Arizona. Largely monotonous desert and monotonous cultivated fields on the way to San Diego from Tucson. A trip from Tucson to the Bay area in early October 2015 meant a route northwest through the county. An interesting mix of cultivation, barren desert, the Salton Sea, rather rundown towns, substandard housing ...

    I read "Imperial" in bits when I got home. This 1300+ page book (about 200 pages consist of notes and a huge bibliography) ranges from the 18th century to the early 20th. Topics include the founding of Imperial and the subsequent "growth" of the area once large scale irrigation became possible. There are discussions of labor conditions (for both legal and illegal workers); agriculture in California, the extremely complicated water issues; relations of Imperial with Mexico, Arizona, Los Angeles. San Diego and neighboring wealthier counties. There are also many interviews with a great variety of people, biographical sections about Vollmann, as well as evocative descriptions of the landscape.

    Along with its length the structure of the book might put many off. This is not a linear history. Vollmann jumps back and forth in space and time, often returning to elaborate on or resume topics. There is a lot of repetition to drive home some points Vollmann is trying to make. Plus his writing style can be "unique." I generally like Vollmann (although I have never been able to complete some of his books) and enjoyed the book. I felt reading it was time well spent.
  • 13. The City Under the Skin - Geoff Nicholson (25 Jan.) paper
    From 2014, this is, like all of the Nicholson novels I've read, about obsession. Women who have had crude maps forcibly tattooed on their backs are being kidnapped, possibly by the local "big" criminal. A clerk at a map store and an unknown young woman investigate. A "mystery" novel, with lots of the black humor typical of Nicholson. Fast and entertaining, although I didn't like it as much as some of his earlier novels.
  • 14. A World Without Jews - Alon Confino (27 Jan.) paper
    The author argues that the Nazis created an ideal of a world without Jews as part of a plan to establish a new "pure" Nazi civilization and culture that involved rewriting and erasing much of the past, including the history and very existence of Jews. Policies and activities to achieve this goal began well before WWII. By the time the Nazis began sending Jews to the camps they had largely succeeded in eradicating Jewish history/culture as well as Jews themselves from Germany proper. An extremely interesting but disturbing and depressing book.
  • 15. Follow You Home - Mark Edwards (28 Jan.) ebook
    A thriller about an English couple traveling through Europe who are forced to cut their trip short after a terrifying and horrific experience in a forest in Romania. They resolve to forget everything but a series of disturbing events make that impossible.
  • 16. The Magpies - Mark Edwards (29 Jan.) ebook
    Another young couple purchase what appears to be an ideal flat. All of their neighbours seem nice enough, but they gradually realize that the ones in the flat below are a pair of extremely creative and clever psychopaths. Truly the neighbors from hell ...
  • 17. What You Wish For - Mark Edwards (31 Jan.) ebook
    A photographer for a paper in a small English seaside town meets a woman who firmly believes in aliens and UFOs. She moves in and everything seems perfect until she disappears. He begins an increasingly frenzied search and comes to realize that he didn't really know her at all.
  • 18. The Black Tongue - Marko Hautala (31 Jan.) ebook
    A combination coming of age/mystery/horror novel involving the residents of a housing complex in Finland who live near a mysterious island. Many who visit the island don't return. This was ultimately a very disturbing. I'm not sure I liked it. But I would be willing to read something else by this author if anything lese is translated.
  • 19. Mrs. Benson - E. F. Benson (07 Feb.) paper
    Middleaged Mrs. Ames "rules" in the small English town of Riseborough. Her husband, Major Ames (ten years younger than she), increasingly spends his time next door with the wife of the new doctor, the much younger and prettier Mrs. Evans. Mrs. Ames employs a variety of strategies to win her husband back. There are some laugh out loud moments thanks to Benson's humorous depiction of small town society. But there are also some serious bits as Benson also has a great deal of empathy for his subjects and their interior lives.
  • 20. The Freaks of Mayfair - E. F. Benson (08 Feb.) paper
    A humorous series of sketches of various "types" in Edwardian Mayfair, including (but not limited to) a snobbish couple, an embroidery-loving bachelor, a "faddist", a gossip, a vicar who cares much more for society than spirituality, and social climbers.
  • 21. Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story - David Buckley. 2005 ed. (16 Feb.) paper
    David Bowie passed away last month and it has rather inexplicably depressed me since I basically gave up on him after his mid-80s albums (am now in process of "discovering" some of his more recent albums). This book only goes up to 2005 (I suspect another edition may now be in the works). Apparently this is supposed to be one of the better Bowie bios out there. No idea whether that is true but this is a rather comprehensive (500+ pages), highly readable bio. Extensive bibliography, lots of other lists of resources. I enjoyed it.
  • 22. Shift - Omnibus Edition (Silo Saga Volume 2) - Hugh Howey (19 Feb.) ebook
    Read "Wool" some time ago and have actually had this for quite some time but just now reading it. Basically a "prequel" to Wool" that covers what happened before the Silos went into operation, although there are some parts about "current" activities in the "main" silo as well as in two others. I found this to be a bit hard going in parts. Could have been shorter. Hopefully volume 3 will be better.
  • 23. The Song of Albion Collection: The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot - Stephen Lawhead (24 Feb.) ebook
    Omnibus edition. The adventures of two Oxford students who get "transported" to the Celtic world of Albion. One chooses the "bad side, one the "good." Lawhead is considered a Christian author, but that shouldn't matter to readers. Good world building, character development and plotting. I enjoyed it.
  • 24. The End of the Wasp Season: A Novel (Alex Morrow Book 2) - Denis Mina (26 Feb.) ebook
    Good series, largely taking place in Glasgow. I like how the police investigation is just a part of the book; lives of other characters involved are covered as well. Interconnected stories. I really like Mina's novels.
  • 25. Gods and Beasts (Alex Morrow Book 3) - Denis Mina (28 Feb.) ebook
    See above. Recommended.
  • 26. The Red Road: A Novel (Alex Morrow Book 4) - Denis Mina (01 March) ebook
    See above. Recommended.
  • 27. The House of Susan Lulham - Phil Rickman (02 March) ebook
    Novella featuring Merrily Watkins, a "deliverance consultant" in Herfordshire (see entries above). A short entertaining diversion.
  • 28. Fade to Black (The Black Mystery Series Book 1) - Steven Bannister (06 March) ebook
    Recommended by Amazon after completing the Rickman novella. Price was right and synopsis sounded okay. On her first day after being promoted (poor thing), Scotland's Yard DSI Allie St Clair has to deal with a horrific murder. This is not a "normal" crime. A malevolent entity named Mr. Black is involved. But it turns out that Allie is a direct descendant of St. Patrick and her family has a pact with Archangel Michael who helps her. Urban crime horror/fantasy with angels. Not outstanding, but not horrid either. Entertaining as long as one is not too critical. I had fun.
  • 29. Back to Black (The Black Mystery Series Book 2) - Steven Bannister (07 March) ebook
    Sequel to Fade to Black. This time Mr. Black is attempting to resurrect the Green Man, who is not nice at all. Not as good as first one. Bannister adds a lot more humor, for the most part not successfully as far as I am concerned. Often too silly. Perhaps it's a freshman slump. Since this doesn't have a conclusive ending will try Book 3.
  • 30. The Black Net (The Black Mystery Series Book 3) - Steven Bannister (08 March) ebook
    Takes place in Cornwall. Mr. Black is attempting to bring back Moloch the Canaanite deity mentioned in the Bible. Why he would pick Cornwall do do this wasn't quite clear to me. Something to do with St Michael's Mount. Humor is somewhat better, although still annoying at times. Anyway, I think I'm done with this series.
  • 31. Mister B. Gone - Clive Barker (March) ebook
    A lowly young demon escapes from Hell and wanders Guttenberg-era Germany in the company of an older demon, committing atrocities. I think Barker may have attempting to make some statement about the nature of evi, but I found this book to be pointless and ultimately a waste of time. Much prefer Barker's older works.
  • 32. Zombie - Joyce Carol Oates (March) ebook
    Story of a psychopath who wants his very own obedient "zombie" sex slave. He kidnaps young men and attempts to perform lobotomies on them. Dreary. Fortunately rather short.
  • 33. The Uninvited - Liz Jensen (March) ebook
    Children inexplicably begin killing adults. Unexplained acts of global sabotage occur. It's up to Hesketh Lock, an anthropologist with Asperger syndrome to figure out what is going on. An okay book, certainly better than last two I read,
  • 34. Only the Innocent - Rachel Abbott (March) ebook
    Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has to solve the murder of Sir Hugo Fletcher, widely admired and praised for his work to end the trafficking of women from Eastern Europe. But all is not as it seems ... Another good mystery thriller from Abbott.
  • 35. Savage Season - Joe K. Londsdale (March) ebook
    Darkly humorous story of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, best friends in east Texas who become involved in a scam to retrieve money from a bank robbery. First in a series. It was okay, but I don't feel a great desire to read any more.
  • 36. Mine - Robert R. McCammon (March) ebook
    Unassuming housewife embarks on a cross-country quest to retrieve her baby kidnapped by Mary, a psychopathic radical from the 60s. Okay, but overly long and complicated.
  • 37. The Wolf's Hour - Robert R. McCammon (March) ebook
    Combo spy thriller/fantasy British Secret Service operative Michael Gallatin is a lycanthrope charged with discovering a Nazi project that could derail the Normandy invasion. Overall, I enjoyed this.
  • 38. Mystery Walk - Robert R. McCammon (March) ebook
    Billy Creekmore has the inherited ability to give troubled revenants peace. Wayne Falconer is a child evangelist who can supposedly heal. There is a strange link between the two ... Best of the three McCammon novels read so far this year.
  • 39. Harrowgate - (31 March) ebook
    Michael returns home after yet another work-related trip to find that his wife has prematurely given birth. He is distressed by her odd behavior and the presence of an overbearing woman named Greta. Gradually he realizes things REALLY aren't right. Well written and inventive but I'm not sure I liked it all that much. Rather oppressive.
  • 40. Squirrels: the animal answer guide - Richard W. Thorington Jtr. and Katie Ferrell (2 April) paper
    I've stared volunteering at an animal rehab place and there are lots of tree squirrels. This book is a good introduction to squirrels in general.
  • 41. Winter Men - Jesper Bugge Kold (04 April) ebook
    Story of two brothers in Nazi Germany. Neither are supporters of Hitler but both are eventually coerced into joining the SS, where they gradually become corrupted. Plausible account of how easy it can be for "decent" individuals to lose themselves when they compromise with evil.


After a three-month absence ...

  • 42. The Child Garden - Catriona McPherson (April) ebook
  • 43. Little Girl Lost (Lucy Black) - Brian McGilloway (April) ebook
  • 44. The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike) - Robert Galbraith (April) ebook
  • 45. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike) - Robert Galbraith (April) ebook
  • 46. The Vault (Inspector Wexford) - Ruth Rendell (April) ebook
  • 47. The King of Lies - John Hart (April) ebook
  • 48. Iron House - John Hart (April) ebook
  • 49. The Last Child - John Hart (April) ebook
  • 50. Gifts of the Crow - John Marzluff & Tony Angell (May) paper
  • 51. Sibley's Birding Basics - David Allen Sibley (May) paper
  • 52. The Fortunes of Africa - Martin Meredith (May) paper
  • 53. Night of Knives - Ian Esslemont (May) paper
  • 54. Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson (May) paper - reread
  • 55. Deadhouse Gates - Steven Erikson (May) paper - reread
  • 56. Blood Follows (Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novella) - Steven Erikson (June) paper
  • 57. The Lees of Laughter's End (Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novella) - Steven Erikson (June) paper
  • 58. The Wurms of Blearmouth (Bauchelain and Korbal Broach novella) - Steven Erikson (June) paper
  • 59. Memories of Ice - Steven Erikson (June) paper - reread
  • 60. House of Chains - Steven Erikson (June) paper - reread
  • 61. Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson (June) paper - reread
  • 62. The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson (June) paper - reread
  • 63. Reaper's Gale - Steven Erikson (July) paper - reread
  • 64. Toll the Hounds - Steven Erikson (July) paper - reread
  • 65. Dust of Dreams - Steven Erikson (August) paper - reread
  • 66. The Crippled God - Steven Erikson (August) paper - reread
  • 67. Area X - Jeff VanderMeer (August) paper
  • 68. City on Fire - Garth Rick Hallberg (August) paper
  • 69. Spring Heeled Jack - Mark Hodder (September) paper
  • 70. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson (September) paper
  • 71. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson (September) paper
  • 72. SPQR - Mary Beard (September) paper
  • 73. Return of the Crimson Guard - Ian C. Esslemont (September) paper
  • 74. Stonewielder - Ian C. Esslemont (October) paper
  • 75. Orb Sceptre Throne - Ian C. Esslemont (October) paper
  • 76. Blood & Bones - Ian C. Esslemont (October) paper
  • 77. Assail - Ian C. Esslemont (November) paper
    While books in this series do get better in terms of writing & plotting, they don;t compare to Erikson books. But they are about the Malazan world & fill sone the gaps so ...
  • 78. The Wake - Paul Kingsnorth (November) paper
    A novel set in east Anglia after the Normans arrive. Written "pseudo Old English." One of the best books read this year.
  • 79. Sea of Poppies - Amitav Ghosh (November) paper
  • 80. River of Smoke - Amitav Ghosh (November) paper
  • 81. Flood of Fire - Amitav Ghosh (November) paper
  • 82. Funland - Richard Layman (December) ebook
  • 83. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell (December) paper
  • 84. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams - Stephen King (December) paper
  • 85. Birdbox - Josh Malerman (December) ebook
  • 86. The Loney - Andrew Michael Hurley (December) ebook


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2. Tenderloin (Abby Kane #2): Ty Hutchinson
3. Pride & Prejudice: Jane Austen
4. The Raven: Edgar Allen Poe
5. Russian Hill (Abby Kane #3): Ty Hutchinson
6. Lumpini Park (Abby Kane #4): Ty Hutchinson
7. Wrong Time, Wrong Place: Simon Kernick
8. The Wine Dark Sea: Robert Aickman
9. Breakdown (Alex Delaware #31): Jonathan Kellerman
10. All Shall be Well (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James #2): Deborah Crombie
11. Coit Tower: (Abby Kane #5): Ty Hutchinson
12. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter # 3): J K Rowling
13. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter # 4): J K Rowling
14. Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix (Harry Potter # 5): J K Rowling
15. News From The Squares (News #2): Robert Llewellyn
16. Into The Shadows (Jill Kennedy & DCI Max Trentham #1): Shirley Wells
17. Frozen: (Daniel Powell)
18. Broken (Will Trent/Alanta #4): Karin Slaughter
19. Vigilante (DS Jessica Daniels #2): Kerry Wilkinson
20. Leave the Grave Green (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James #3): Deborah Crombie
21. 3 Truth & a Lie (Detective D.D Warren #7.5): Lisa Gardner
22. Ghost Girl (Detective's Daughter #2): Lesley Thomson
23. States of Confusion: My 19,000 Mile Detour to Find Direction: Paul Jury
24. Rush of Blood: Mark Billingham
25. Moon Over Soho (PC Peter Grant #2): Ben Aaronovitch
26. Deep Down (Jack Reacher #16.5): Lee Child
27. Highbridge- The Begining (Highbridge #0.5): Phil Redmond
28. How To Build a Girl: Catlin Moran
29. We Have Always Lived in The Castle: Shirley Jackson
30. How to Rescue Children That Don't Exist: S.C.
31. Find Her (Detective D.D Warren #8): Lisa Gardner
32. The Woman in Black (DS Jessica Daniels #3): Kerry Wilkinson
33. 1Q84: Books 1 & 2: Haruki Murakami
34. Graveyard Games: Sheri Leigh
35. A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher #17): Lee Child
36. Kowloon Bay (Abby Kane #6): Ty Hutchinson
37. Dead Simple (DS Roy Grace #1): Peter James
38. Dreaming of The Bones (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James #5): Deborah Crombie
39. Looking Good Dead (DS Roy Grace #2): Peter James
40. Mourn Not Your Dead (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James #4): Deborah Crombie
41. 1Q84: Book 3: Haruki Murakami
42. The Death of Eli Gold: David Baddiel
43. No Safe House (No Time for Goodbye #2): Linwood Barclay
44.Tiger: Tash Aw
45. The 11th Plague: Jo-Ann Klainer
46. Whispers Underground (PC Peter Grant #2): Ben Aaronovitch
47. High Heat (Jack Reacher #17.5): Lee Child






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Read 100 books.

Finish The Wheel of Time Series.

Start and finish one series other than The Wheel of Time.

Read The Count of Monte Cristo.

Books Read:

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1. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey ***
2. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey ***
3. Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey ** 1/2
4. The Dragons' Chosen by Gwen Dandridge * 1/2
5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (audio) ***
6. Alliances by Karen Miller *
7. The Once and Future King by T.H. White ***
8. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers ***
9. Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist *** 1/2
10. The Road Through the Wall by Shirley Jackson ***
11. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson *** 1/2
12.The Children's Home by Charles Lambert *** 1/2
13.The Seven-per-cent Solution: Graphic Novel by Nicholas Meyer, David Tipton, Scott Tipton ****
14.A Cure for Madness by Jodi McIsaac ***
15.Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth ***
16.So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane (partly audio) *****
17. London Stone by Nick Bydwyn ****
18.The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley *****
19.The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley *****
20.A Red Herring without Mustard by Alan Bradley *****
21.I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley *****
22.The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley *****
23.As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley **** 1/2
24.Rend the Dark by Joe King, Mark Gelineau **
25.Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave ***
26.The Penelopiad by Magaret Atwood *** 1/2
27.Olive Twist by Charles Dickens ****
28.When I First Knew by Joan Alden *****
29.Kick-Ass by Mark Millar *** 1/2
30.Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar ***
31.Wolverine Tales of Weapon X by Marc Sumerak *** 1/2
32.The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente ***
33.The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster ** 1/2
34.Relativity by James Swallow ***
35.Death in the Tunnel by Miles Burton ****
36.The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald * 1/2
37.Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen *** 1/2
38.Sherlock:Chronicles by Steve Tribe *****
39.The Dragon Throne by Chrys Cymri ***
40.The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham ****
41.Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham *** 1/2
42.Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham ** 1/2
43.The Secret of High Eldersham by Miles Burton **
44.The Yard by Alex Grecian *** 1/2
45.The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle *****
46.The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett *** 1/2

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1 - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre
2 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
3 - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
4 - Cat Among the Pumpkins by Mandy Morton
5 - E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
6 - War Crimes for the Home by Liz Jensen
7 - The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
8 - The Girl Who Wouldn't Die by Marnie Riches
9 - Watership Down by Richard Adams
10 - I Am Malala (abridged) by Malala Yousafzai
11 - To Catch A Rabbit by Helen Cadbury
12 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
13 - Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
14 - Something Only We Know by Kate Long
15 - The Cypress Tree by Ka min Mohammadi
16 - Once in a Lifetime by Cathy Kelly
17 - The Pursuit of Happiness by Douglas Kennedy

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  1. A Small Indiscretion by Denise Rudberg, tr. from the Swedish Ett litet snedsprång by Laura A. Wideburg; Marianne Jidhoff mystery series #1; $ 7/10
  2. The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffrey; Dragonriders of Pern series #16; P R 6/10
  3. Sky Dragons by Anne & Todd McCaffrey; Dragonriders of Pern spinoff Second Interval/Third Pass series #8; P 5/10
  4. The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen, tr. from the Danish Den Grænseløse by William Frost; Department Q crime series #6; P 7.5/10
  5. The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross; The Laundry Files urban fantasy/horror series #6; P ♥♥ √√ 8/10
  6. The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett; Discworld Tiffany Aching sub-series #5; P 7/10
  7. Sorceror to the Crown by Zen Cho; P 7.25/10
  8. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (刘慈欣; Liǔ Cǐuxín), tr. from the Chinese 三体 by Ken Liu; Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy (a.k.a The Three-Body Trilogy) #1; ♥ √ 8.25/10
  9. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu, tr. from the Chinese 黑暗森林 by Joel Martinsen, Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy #2; P ♥ √ 8.5/10
  10. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis; The Alchemy Wars alternate history steampunk series #1; P ♥♥ √√ 8/10
  11. The Rising by Ian Tregillis; The Alchemy Wars series #2; P ♥♥ √√ 8.25/10
  12. The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin; The Broken Earth natural disaster climate change fantasy series #1; P ♥♥ √√√ 8.75/10
  13. Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman; The Twenty Planets future colonization science fiction setting; P ♥ √ 8/10
  14. The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard; Dominion of the Fallen dystopian supernatural urban fantasy setting; P ♥♥ √√ 8.25/10
  15. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie; Imperial Radch trilogy #1; ♥♥ √√ 8.25/10
  16. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie; Imperial Radch trilogy #2; ♥♥ √√ 8.5/10
  17. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie; Imperial Radch trilogy #3; ♥♥ √√ 8.25/10
  18. She Commands Me And I Obey by Ann Leckie; Imperial Radch series prequel novella; § 6.75/10
  19. The Wizardry Compiled by Rick Cook; Wiz series #2; $ R ♥♥ √ 7/10
  20. The Wizardry Consulted by Rick Cook; Wiz series #4; $ R ♥ 6.25/10
  21. Wizard's Bane by Rick Cook; Wiz series #1; $ R ♥ 7/10
  22. The Wizardry Quested by Rick Cook; Wiz series #5; $ R ♥ 6.75/10
  23. The Wizardry Cursed by Rick Cook; Wiz series #3; $ R 6/10
  24. The Wizardry Capitalized by Rick Cook; Wiz series unfinished unpublished novel #6, available online
  25. Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writer's Workshop by Kate Wilhelm; $ R ♥♥ √√√ 8.5/10
  26. Writing Short Fiction: The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction by Damon Knight; P √ 8/10
  27. Castle of Horror by Barbara Hambly; Bride of the Rat God sequel novella #1; § $ ♥ 7/10
  28. Death on the Moon by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series sidequel novella; § $ ♥ 6.5/10
  29. Fever Season by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #2; $ P R
  30. Crimson Angel by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #13; $ P R
  31. Good Man Friday by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #12; $ P R
  32. Ran Away by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #11; $ P R
  33. The Shirt Off His Back by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #10; $ P R
  34. Dead and Buried by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #9; $ P R
  35. Days of the Dead by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #7; $ P R
  36. Die Upon A Kiss by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #5; $ P R
  37. A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #1; $ P R
  38. Dead Water by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #8; $ P R
  39. Wet Grave by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #1; $ P R
  40. Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #3; $ P R
  41. Drinking Gourd by Barbara Hambly; Benjamin January mystery series #14; $ P 7/10
  42. The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross; Laundry Files urban fantasy series #1; $ R ♥ √
  43. The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross; Laundry Files urban fantasy series #2; $ R ♥♥ √√
  44. The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross; Laundry Files urban fantasy series #3; $ R ♥♥ √
  45. Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold; Five Gods fantasy series Penric spin-off novella #1; § H ♥ √ 7.5/10
  46. Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds; § H √ 8/10
  47. Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson; § H 7.5/10
  48. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor; § H 8/10 ♥ √ 8/10
  49. The Builders by Daniel Polansky; § H 5.5/10
  50. And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead by Brooke Bolander; § H 5.75/10
  51. What Price Humanity by David VanDyke; § H 5.5/10
  52. Folding Beijing by Hao Jinfang tr. from the Chinese by Ken Liu; § H ♥♥ √√ 8/10
  53. Obits by Stephen King; § H ♥ √ 7.75/10
  54. Asymmetrical Warfare by S. R. Algernon; § H 6/10
  55. Space Raptor Butt Invasion by Chuck Tingle; § H 5/10
  56. Cat Pictures, Please by Naomi Kritzer; § H ♥ √ 7/10
  57. Flashpoint: Titan by Cheah Kai Wai; § H 4.5/10
  58. Seven Kill Tiger by Charles Shao; § H 4/10
  59. Uprooted by Naomi Novik; P ♥ √ 8/10
  60. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson; H 7.75/10
  61. The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher; Cinder Spires steampunk fantasy series #1; P 6.75/10
  62. Invisible Republic: Vol. 1 by Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman; GN H ♥ √ 7.5/10
  63. The Divine by Boaz Lavie, illustrated by Asaf & Tomer Hanuka; GN H 5.75/10
  64. A Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination by Ursula K. Le Guin; P ♥ 7.25/10
  65. The Princeling of Nanjing by Ian Hamilton; Ava Lee investigative mystery series #8; $ ♥ 7.5/10
  66. Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath; Fire & Ice police procedural series #1; $ ♥ √ 7.25/10
  67. 66° North by Michael Ridpath; Fire & Ice police procedural series #2; $ ♥ √ 7.5/10
  68. Edge of Nowhere by Michael Ridpath; Fire & Ice police procedural series novella #1; $ ♥ √ 7.5/10
  69. The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross; Laundry Files urban fantasy series #7; P ♥♥ √√ 7.75/10
  70. Outsider in Amsterdam by Janwillem van de Wetering, tr. from the Dutch Het lijk in de Haarlemmer Houttuinen by uncredited; $ 6/10
  71. Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates; Gunnhildur Gísladóttir police procedural series #1; $ ♥ √ 7/10
  72. Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. from the Icelandic Þriðja táknið by Bernard Scudder; Þóra Guðmundsdóttir mystery series #1; $ ♥ √ 7.5/10
  73. The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross; P R
  74. My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. from the Icelandic Sér grefur gröf by Bernard Scudder; Þóra Guðmundsdóttir mystery series #2; P ♥ √ 7.5/10
  75. Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. from the Icelandic Aska by Philip Roughton; Þóra Guðmundsdóttir mystery series #3; $ ♥ √√ 8.5/10
  76. The Day Is Dark by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. from the Icelandic Auðnin by Philip Roughton; Þóra Guðmundsdóttir mystery series #4; P ♥ √ 8/10
  77. Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. from the Icelandic [I]Horfðu à mig[I] by Philip Roughton; Þóra Guðmundsdóttir mystery series #5; P ♥ √ 7.75/10
  78. The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. from the Icelandic Brakið by Victoria Cribb; Þóra Guðmundsdóttir mystery series #6; P ♥ √√ 8.5/10
  79. The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, tr. from the Icelandic Kuldi by Victoria Cribb; P 7/10
  80. Burned by Thomas Enger, tr. from the Norwegian Skinndød by Charlotte Barslund; Henning Juul mystery series #1; $ ♥ √ $7.5/10
  81. Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates; Gunnhildur Gísladóttir police procedural series #2; P 7/10
  82. Pierced by Thomas Enger, tr. from the Norwegian Fantomsmerte by Charlotte Barslund; Henning Juul mystery series #2; $ ♥ √ $7.25/10
  83. Scarred by Thomas Enger, tr. from the Norwegian ]Blodtåke by Charlotte Barslund; Henning Juul mystery series #3; $ ♥ √ $7.5/10
  84. Summerchill by Quentin Bates; Gunnhildur Gísladóttir police procedural series #2.5; $ ♥ √ 7.25/10
  85. Medieval LEGO® by Greyson Beights; P ♥ √ 7.5/10
  86. Crucible: All New Tales of Valdemar edited by Mercedes Lackey; Valdemar tie-in anthology series #9; P 5.5/10
  87. Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant; Newsflesh series short story collection; P ♥ √ 8/10
  88. A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey; Elemental Masters series #12; P 6.75/10
  89. A Darker Shade: 17 Swedish Stories of Murder, Mystery & Suspense edited and tr. from the Swedish by John-Henri Holmberg; $ ♥ √ 8/10
  90. Dregs by Jørn Lier Horst tr. from the Norwegian Bunnfall by Anne Bruce; William Wisting police procedural series #6; $ ♥ √ 7.75/10
  91. Closed for Winter by Jørn Lier Horst tr. from the Norwegian Vinterstengt by Anne Bruce; William Wisting police procedural series #7; $ ♥ √ 8/10
  92. The Hunting Dogs by Jørn Lier Horst tr. from the Norwegian Jakthundene by Anne Bruce; William Wisting police procedural series #8; $ ♥ √ 8.25/10
  93. The Caveman by Jørn Lier Horst tr. from the Norwegian Hulemannen by Anne Bruce; William Wisting police procedural series #9; $ ♥ √ 8.5/10
  94. The Ordeal by Jørn Lier Horst tr. from the Norwegian Blindgang by Anne Bruce; William Wisting police procedural series #10; $ 6.75/10
  95. The X-Files™: Vol. 1: Trust No One edited by Jonathan Maberry; The X-Files short story anthology series #1; $ ♥ 7/10
  96. Skin by Ben Mezrich; The X-Files tie-in novel; $ 6.5/10
  97. The Blood Strand by Chris Ould; The Faroes police procedural series #1; $ ♥♥ √ 7.25/10
  98. Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu; Aunty Lee cozy mystery series #1; P 6.75/10
  99. Antibodies by Kevin J. Anderson; The X-Files tie-in novel; $ 6.5/10
  100. I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir tr. from the Icelandic Ég man þig by Philip Roughton; P 7.25/10
  101. The Greenland Breach by Bernard Besson tr. from the French Groenland by Julie Rose; John Spencer Larivière espionage thriller series #1; $ ♥ 7/10
  102. Claws of the Cat by Susan Spann; Shinobi mystery series #1; P ♥ √ 7.5/10
  103. Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann; Shinobi mystery series #2; P ♥ √ 7.25/10
  104. Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann; Shinobi mystery series #3; P ♥ 7.25/10
  105. Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson tr. from the Swedish Askungar by Sarah Death; Fredrika Bergman mystery series #; $ 7/10
  106. The Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson tr. from the Swedish Tusenkönor by Sarah Death; Fredrika Bergman mystery series #; $ √ 7.5/10
  107. The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson tr. from the Swedish Änglavakter by Marlaine Delargy; Fredrika Bergman mystery series #; $ ♥ √ 7.75/10
  108. The Swimmer by Joakim Zander tr. from the Swedish Simmaren by Elizabeth Clark Wessel; Klara Walldéen political thriller series #; $ ♥ √ 7.5/10
  109. The Brother by Joakim Zander tr. from the Swedish Orten by Elizabeth Clark Wessel; Klara Walldéen political thriller series #; $ ♥ √ 7.75/10
  110. Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason tr. from the Icelandic Mýrin by Bernard Scudder; Detective Erlender police procedural series #3; P √ 7.5/10
  111. Hostage by Kristina Ohlsson tr. from the Swedish Paradisoffer by Marlaine Delargy; Fredrika Ohlsson police procedural series #4; P 6.5/10
  112. The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis tr. from the Danish Drengen i kufferten by Lene Kaaberbøl; Nina Borg mystery series # 1; $ ♥ √ 7.75/10
  113. Invisible Murder byLene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis tr. from the Danish Stille umærkelight drab by Tara Chace; Nina Borg mystery series # 2; $ ♥ √ 8/10
  114. Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis tr. from the Danish Nattergalens død by Elisabeth Dyssegaard; Nina Borg mystery series # 3; $ ♥ √√ 8.25/10
  115. The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson tr. from the Swedish Davidsstjärnor by Marlaine Delargy; Fredrika Ohlsson police procedural series #4; P 7/10
  116. The X-Files: Secret Agendas edited by Jonathan Maberry; The X-Files short story anthology series #3; P ♥ 7.5/10
  117. The Considerate Killer by Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis tr. from the Danish Betænksomme morder by Elisabeth Dyssegaard; Nina Borg mystery series # 4; P 7.5/10
  118. The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac tr. from the French Comme un roman by Sarah Adams; P ♥♥ √√ 8.5/10

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One book per week

Not much of a poster here, though I'm an avid reader of the forum ^^

Goals:
  1. At least one book per week. OK so far
  2. Books from the MobileRead book club.
  3. Books from the Literary book club.
  4. Books from the Berkeley Book club on EdX.
  5. At least 4 books in German. Count: 0
  6. At least 2 books in Chinese. Count: 0
  7. Progress through current series (and do not start new ones).
  8. Vary genres (no just YA fantasy for once!).

I'm going to follow the book clubs to challenge myself a little and force myself to achieve Goal #8. I don't have a specific book count (at least 52) but I want to make sure I read regularly, hence Goal #1. I'll have to stop being so lazy to achieve Goal #5 (why are my German books so huge?) and Goal #6 is going to be a real challenge, even if I pick children's books...

Currently reading:
杨红樱 - 女生日记 (2006)作家出版社 (that's going to take a couple of month)
Mann, Thomas. (1912). Der Tod in Venedig.

So, week by week...
Spoiler:

Week 1: 12/28/2015 - 01/03/2016
Spoiler:
  • Arnaud, G. J. (1980). La compagnie des glaces (La compagnie des glaces #1). Fleuve Noir: Anticipation. Science fiction.
  • Arnaud, G. J. (1981). Le sanctuaire des glaces (La compagnie des glaces #2). Fleuve Noir: Anticipation. Science fiction.
  • Aillon, Jean d'. (2012). La conjuration des importants (Louis Fronsac #3). Labyrinthes. Historical fiction / Polar.
So far, they're all in French... It looks like I started a new series but I'm just re-reading the first few books (5): I read them 13 years ago, and don't remember much of what happened.
Goal #1 achieved for this week!


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