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Old 12-05-2017, 05:09 AM   #1
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The 2018 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

2018 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 9th Annual Reading Challenge!

The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an "exclusive club", anyone can join! This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading.

This thread is for you to keep a running tally for your chosen challenge. Please state your goals at the top of your post (in the title line if you can), and then start your list in the body of your post. As you read books, edit your post to update your list of books read, or other challenge status.

Please Remember: No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the other thread for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the other thread.

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Post #2 of this thread is dedicated to a Table of Contents for all participants in this thread. Names will be added, to this TOC, in alphabetical order with a link to that individual’s post number from this thread.

Previous threads were for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

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Year of the Series

#1 - The Southern Vampire / Sookie Stackhouse (01/13) - Buddy Read; Two Week Intervals
Start Date: January 1st; Expected End Date: June 30th

#2 - The Hollows (Rachel Morgan) (00/13) - Possible Buddy Read; Two Week Intervals
Start Date: January 7th; Expected End Date: July 15th

Bonus Stories:
  • The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death
  • Blood Work
  • Blood Crime

#3 - The Demon Cycle (00/05) - Group Read; Monthly Intervals
Start Date: June 3rd; Expected End Date: October 31st

#4 - The Codex Alera (00/06) - Buddy Read; Monthly Intervals
Start Date: August 20th; Expected End Date: December 20th

#5 - The Hobbit & the Lord of the Rings (00/04) - Buddy Reads; Monthly Intervals
Start Date: September 1st; Expected End Date: December 31st

#6 - Innkeeper Chronicles (00/03) - Buddy Reads; Monthly Intervals
Start Date: October 28th; Expected End Date: December 31st

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My goal is to end 2018 with fewer unread ebooks than I have at the start of 2018.
I start 2018 with 1126* books on my TBR pile.

Books finished in 2018
  1. January 1st: Grantville Gazette #75 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.60 - 5/5 - 125pp
    The usual enjoyable mix.
  2. January 1st: F&SF, January/February 2018 edited by C. C. Finlay - £1.98 - 5/5 - 247pp
    An excellent issue.
  3. January 3rd: The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey - £2.00 - 4/5 - 241pp re-read
    An accidental re-read. Good fun.
  4. January 6th: Man-Kzin Wars III by Larry Niven et al.- £2.50 - 4/5 - 278pp
    A short story by Niven and two Novellas by others. Fun.
  5. January 10th: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin - £0.99 - 3/5 - 380pp
    Interesting world, but the style was rather off-putting, and this is clearly a third of a big book rather than the first book of a trilogy. I also guessed the twist at the end long before the last line.
  6. January 17th: Passing by Nella Larsen - £0.88 - 3/5 - 106pp
    It was OK. The flashback start seemed unnecessary. The ending was poor. It was an interesting insight into some aspects of Black American life in the Early 20th Century.
  7. January 19th: Kill Before Dying by Travis S. Taylor - £2.50 - 4/5 - 297pp
    Fun tosh.
  8. January 25th: The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri - £0.99 - 5/5 - 134pp
    An excellent detective story. I'm looking forward to more.
  9. January 26th: The Cackle of Cthulhu edited by Alex Shvartsman - £2.50 - 4/5 - 251pp
    Most enjoyable, even though I don't usually like Lovecraftian stuff.
  10. February 1st: Analog SF, January/February 2018 edited by Trevor Quachri - £2.49 - 4/5 - 341pp

    "The Quantum Magician" by Derek Künsken is the first part of a serial. If I'd realised I would have left it for when I had all parts available to read together, but the silly Magazine format that they use on the Kindle meant I didn't notice until I'd finished this part. An enjoyable far-future story.

    Novella:
    "Blurred Lives" by Adam-Troy Castro is an odd story of mind control.
    Spoiler:
    I enjoyed it.

    Novelettes:
    "The Journeyman: Through Madness Gap" by Michael F. Flynn is an amusing continuation of the story of Teodorq and Sammi and their quest on behalf of some failing technology. I look forward to the next installment, whenever it appears.
    "Endless City" by David Gerrold. Hard bitten detective in cyberspace and realspace. OK, but not really my kind of thing.

    Short stories:
    "Hobson's Choices" by Mary A. Turzillo is a very good flawed utopia story.
    "Ten and Ten" by Alan Dean Foster is a story of communication. Pretty good.
    "One to Watch" by Andrew Barton is strange. I don't really understand the motivation of the protagonist.
    "Home on the Free Range" by Holly Schofield considers the problems of farming with no experience of the yearly cycle. Good.
    "When the Aliens Stop to Bottle" by Ian Watson is a story of alien conquest. Hmmm.
    "Two Point Three Children" by Marissa Lingen is a very good story about AI.
    "Air Gap" by Eric Cline. A completely different very good story about AI.
    "The Dissonant Note" by Jeremiah Tolbert is a very good story about the consequences of uploadable consciousness.
    The Probability Zero story "Margin of Error" was a fun look at a political campaign.
  11. February 4th: The Jack of Souls by Stephen C Merlino - Free - 4/5 - 352pp
    Enjoyable, and readable, but I hadn't realised the trilogy is unfinished. Perhaps a little too busy with mysterious magic and spirits.
  12. February 8th: Neogenesis by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - £3.75 - 5/5 - 379pp
    Splendid. Now to wait for the next one!
  13. February 9th: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - £0.49 - 2/5 - 397pp
    [ABANDONED]Great idea. I'm just not taken by the style and plot.
  14. February 18th: I, Claudius by Robert Graves - £0.99 - 5/5 - 448pp
    Utterly splendid.
  15. February 19th: Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan- £0.99 - 4/5 - 249pp
    Good fun modern fantasy. But without anything supernatural.
  16. February 27th: Asimov's SF edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 3/5 - 301pp
    Two Novellas:
    "In the Lost City of Leng" by Rudy Rucker & Paul Di Filippo. A Lovecraftian story and not really to my taste.
    "The Rescue of the Renegat" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. One of her Fleet stories. I enjoyed it.
    Four Novellas:
    "Sea of Dreams" by Cixin Liu, trans. John Chu. Artistic temperament write large. Quite good.
    "Solicited Discordance" by Matthew Hughes. P.I. on alien world. OK.
    "Assassin in the Clouds" by Robert R. Chase. Bodyguard work. OK.
    "Barren Isle" by Allen M. Steele. A Coyote story. Good.
    Four Short Stories:
    "Consciousness: 4107's Story" and "The Final Commandment: Trey's Story" by James Gunn. Back stories of two characters in his Transcendental trilogy. OK, but only just. Clearly setups for the novels.
    "The Equalizers" by Ian Creasey. An interesting look at anti-discrimination technology and social interactions. Good.
    "Mother Tongues" by S. Qiouyi Lu. Good story about the importance of language.
  17. February 28th: Penhallow by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 3/5 - 305pp
    One of her 'modern' books, but not even a mysteru, more a consequences.
  18. March 4th: Grantville Gazette #76 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.60 - 4/5 - 148pp
    Good stories. Seemed a little shorter than usual.
  19. March 6th: Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey - £0.99 - 5/5 - 160pp
    A fun re-read.
    re-read
  20. March 7th: The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 4/5 - 219pp
    Fun, but the plot was, perhaps, a little obvious.
  21. March 9th: A Call to Vengence by David Weber - £4.69 - 5/5 - 447pp
    An enjoyable space romp.
  22. March 12th: Deadly Election by Lindsay Davis - £0.99 - 4/5 - 329pp
    An enjoyable historical, although slightly odd word explanations towards the start.
  23. March 17th: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle £0.99 - 4/5 - 153pp
    Pretty good, I'm going to put the rest on my wishlist, athough this is a complete story in itself.
  24. March 18th: The Clocks by Agatha Christie - £0.63 - 5/5 - 245pp
    Great fun. Agatha Christie poking fun, but with some splendid stuff. I loved the bookshop.
  25. March 22nd: A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones - £0.99 - 3/5 - 235pp
    Fun, but too much just on the surface for me.
  26. March 26th: Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 361pp
    Great fun.
  27. March 28th: A Carribean Mystery by Agatha Christie - £0.63 - 5/5 - 181pp
    Miss Marple on holiday.
  28. March 30th: Analog SFF, Mar/Apr 2018 edited by Trevor Quachri - £2.49 - 5/5 - 348pp
    The Spires - a good story about wanting to prove you're right. Lab B-15 about the problems of emulation. The Streaming Man - an excellent story about accidental internet success. Razzibot - an excellent story about accidental internet success. The Selves We Leave Behind - a sad story about first contact. Beek - a very good story about insights gained from the a natural world. An Incident on Ishtar, and excellent story about the lengths people will go for what's important to them. The Tail Gunner's Lament - a good WWII UFO story. Sicko - how to save the world slowly. Car Talk - AI and cars. What's not to like? Frog Happy - odd story about alien invasion. Sun Splashed Fields and Far Blue Mountains - a USA healthcare story. Physics Tomorrow: A story of SETI success. Big Thompson: A story of SETI success. The Camel's Tail - an excellent story of space commerce.
  29. April 2nd: Asimov's SF, Mar/Apr 2018 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 4/5 - 292pp
    Full review to follow
  30. April 6th: The Worst Witch by Jill Murphey - £0.99 - 3/5 - 53pp
    Fun, but aimed younger than I remembered.
  31. April 7th: A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson - £0.99 - 5/5 - 273pp
    A most enjoyable 'in the gaps' story.
  32. April 10th: Making History by Stephen Fry - £2.99 - 4/5 - 359pp
    I liked the alternate history bits, I didn't like some of the style.
  33. April 14th: Though Hell Should Bar The Way by David Drake - £4.69 - 5+/5 - ???pp
    With Leary getting a little too senior, we follow another character through an adventure. Great.
  34. April 16th: F&SF March-April 2018 edited by C. C. Finlay - £1.98 - 4/5 - 244pp
    Finished on 22nd. Full review to follow.
  35. April 17th: Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones - £0.99 - 5/5 - 384pp
    A most enjoyable YA fantasy story.
  36. April 19th: Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones - £1.49 - 4/5 - 188pp
    Another splendid YA fantasy. One star off for the main characters unreasonable preoccupation with his book.
  37. April 20th: A Margin in Time by Laura Hayden - Free - 2/5 - 183pp
    I should remember that Romances don't care about anything except the romance. It would have been much better without the extra character who did nothing for the time-travelling plot except make it completely inconsistent.
  38. April 23rd: Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter - £0.50 - 3/5 - 219pp
    OK. Oddly unlike the Morse we know from TV. It will be interesting to see how the characters change as the series progresses.
  39. April 26th: The Heretic's Apprentice by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - 251pp
    The usual Cadfael fun
  40. April 28th: The Reluctant Window by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 241pp
    Great fun, as usual.
  41. April 29th: At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie - £0.63 - 4/5 - 201pp
    Fun, but not quite as good as I'd expected.
  42. April 29th: The Counterfeit Madam by Pat McIntosh - £0.84 - 5/5 - 238pp
    Most enjoyable.
  43. May 5th: Grantville Gazette 77 by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.41 - 5/5 - 151pp
    The usual fun collection of stories.
  44. May 7th: F&SF, May/June 2018 edited by C. C. Finlay - £3.61 - 4/5 - 251pp
    On of the stories was not to my taste, so 4/5 this month.
  45. May 9th: Asimov's SF, May/June 2018 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 4/5 - 305pp
    An enjoyable set of stories.
  46. May 11th: Analog SFF, May/June 2018 edited by Trevor Quachri - £2.49 - 5/5 - 344pp
    A good issue, and the conclusion of the serial was very good.
  47. May 16th: Neede by Hal Clemenet - £1.49 - 4/5 - 212pp Re-read
    Most enjoyable.
  48. May 20th: Cobra Slave by Timothy Zahn - £1.71 - 5/5 - 256pp
    Fun adventure/thriller SF
  49. May 22nd: Through the Eye of a Neede by Hal Clemenet - £2.49 - 3/5 - 174pp Re-read
    Not quite enough plot, but interesting.
  50. May 22nd: Cobra Outlaw by Timothy Zahn - £1.81 - 4/5 - 288pp
    Fun, but hard to keep track of everyone in the small episodes.
  51. May 25th: The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold - £2.95 - 5/5 - 65pp
    Excellent, as expected.
  52. May 26th: Cobra Traitor by Timothy Zahn - £2.50 - 4/5 - 361pp
    OK, but little real peril.
  53. May 28th: The Hippopotamus Pool by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 338pp
    Delightful. I'm really enjoying this series.
  54. June 1st: The King's Justice by E. M. Powell - Free - 5/5 - 224pp
    Good characters, plot, and historical details. Recommended.
  55. June 2nd: Nimisha's Ship by Anne McCaffrey - £1.19- 3/5 - 298pp
    Disappointing. No peril and cavalier attitude of heros
  56. June 4th: A Talent to Amuse by Sheridan Morley - Free - 3/5 - 418pp
    A bit dry, but I enjoyed it. A work biography of Noel Coward
  57. June 6th: Black Horses for the King by Anne MacCaffrey - £1.19 - 4/5 - 135pp
    Better than Nimisha's ship. Enjoyable dark ages Arthurian story.
  58. June 10th: Man-Kzin Wars IV by Larry Niven et al. - £3.74 - 4/5 - 251pp
    Two good stories about the Man-Kzin Wars.
  59. June 15th: Pulse by Felix Francis - £0.99 - 4/5 - 270pp
    Most enjoyable. I'll read more by him.
  60. June 17th: Analog SFF, July/August 2018 edited by Tevor Quachri - £2.49 - 5/5 - 349pp
    Usual good mix of stories.
  61. June 21st: The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell - £1.99 - 5/5 - 426pp
    It took a while to get into it, but I think it deserves 5/5 in the end.
  62. June 27th: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - £0.99 - 2/5 - 505pp
    [ABANDONED. Not for me at the moment.]
  63. July 1st: GG#78 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.41 - 5/5 - 159pp
    A most enjoyable quick read.
  64. July 4th: Stupefying Stories, August 2014 - Free - 3/5 - 115pp
    OK. More MilSF than I'd expected.
  65. July 7th: Asimov's SF, July/August 2018 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 4/5 - 313pp
    The usual good crop of stories.
  66. July 11th: Foundation by Mercedes Lackey - £1.00 - 5/5 - 291pp.
    Nothing too unexpected, but an enjoyable, readable story.
  67. July 12th: Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey - £0.99 - 5/5 - 276pp
    Still good fun.
  68. July 14th: Changes by Mercedes Lackey - £0.99 - 5/5 - 267pp
    Still good fun
  69. July 16th: Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey - £0.99 - 5/5 - 253pp
    Still good fun
  70. July 18th: Bastion by Mercedes Lackey - £0.99 - 5/5 - 276pp
    A most enjoyable series
  71. July 19th: Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane - £2.45 - 5/5 - 355pp
    I was expecting a filler from the title. No such thing! Excellent.
  72. July 21st: The Angry Tide by Winston Graham - £1.19 - 5/5 - 449pp
    Great melodrama set at end of 18th century.
  73. July 24th: I Captured the Castle by Dodie Smith - £0.99 - 5/5 - 303pp
    A wonderful book. Great story and characters.
  74. July 27th: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott - £0.99 - 3/5 - 464pp
    A 1930s vet's life. Fun, but not enough to continue with the rest.
  75. July 27th: Interim Errantry by Diane Duane - £2.79 - 5/5 - 403ppp
    Three excellent short stories.
  76. August 1st: On Ordeal by Diane Duane - £4.19 - 5/5 - 308pp
    Another three excellent short stories.
  77. August 3rd: Man-Kzin Wars V by Larry Niven et al. - £3.74 - 4/5 - 260pp[INDENT]More stories about the wars.[/I]
  78. August 6th: Shanji by James C. Glass - Free - 2/5 - 324pp
    Too many plot holes.
  79. August 9th: The Fourth Crow by Pat McIntosh- £0.84 - 5/5 - 235pp
    Tudor Glasgow investigating fun.
  80. August 12th: The King's Corrodian by Pat McIntosh - £0.84 - 4/5 - 233pp
    I found the experimenting implausible, so 4/5
  81. August 14th: Artemis by Andy Weir - £0.99 - 4/5 - 261pp
    Fun, but I didn't find the female protagonist convincingly female. Whether that's Andy Weir's failing or my own isn't something I can answer.
  82. August 15th: Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates - £0.99 - 5/5 - 161pp
    Splendid dectective fun in Australia
  83. August 16th: Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 344p
    Great Fun. Nice to see some of Rameses' internal monologue
  84. August 18th: The Ape Who Guards the Balancet by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 348p
    Great Fun. Amelia caught by her own unconscious prejudices.
  85. August 19th: Asimov's SF, September/October 2018 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - - 304pp
    Up to the usual standard.
  86. August 20th: The Foundling by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 338pp
    A splendid adventure.
  87. August 23rd: Analog SFF, September/October 2018 edited by Trevor Quachri - £2.49 - 4/5 - 345pp
    One story I didn't care for, otherwise fine.
  88. August 23rd: Third Girl by Agatha Christie - £0.63 - 5/5 - 236pp
    The clues were there. Good mystery, if perhaps, more complex than needed.
  89. August 26th: Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Charles Sheffield - Free - 3/5 - 278pp
    Good start, disappointing middle and end.
  90. August 27th: Guardian of the Horizon by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 343pp
    Another splendid mystery.
  91. August 29th: A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 241pp
    More fun with the Emersons
  92. August 31st: The Falcon at the Portal by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 351pp
    Wow. What a lot of action. Although the villain is obvious as soon as one thing happens.
  93. September 1st: F&SF, July/August 2018 edited by C. C. Finlay - £3.61 - 5/5 - 247pp
    A Good mix of Famtasy and SF, as it should be.
  94. September 2nd: Grantville Gazette #79 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.41 - 5/5 - 156pp
    The usual fun mix.
  95. September 3rd: Project Elfhome by We Spencer - £2.07 - 5/5 - 431pp
    A delightful collection of what would be fan-fic if it wasn't written by the author.
  96. September 6th: Bookburners by Max Gladstone et al. - £2.64 - 5/5 - 594pp
    An enjoyable demon-infested world. I have the next volumes on my wishlist.
  97. September 10th: Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers - £0.02 - 4/5 - 224pp
    Better than the first, but I feel we're perhaps not fully there yet.
  98. September 11th: Rommel? Gunner Who? by Spike Milligan - £0.99 - 3/5 - 164pp
    The actual autobiography is moving. I found the jokes not to my taste.
  99. September 14th: An Elephant for Aristotle by L. Sprague de Camp - Free - 4/5 - 364
    Most enjoyable historical fiction in the time of Alexander the Great.
  100. September 22nd: Caine's Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon - £1.97 - 4/5 - 774pp
    The series is growing on me.
  101. September 24th: F&SF Sep/Oct 2018 edited by C. C. Finlay - £3.61 - 5/5 - 250pp
    Another splendid collection. I really like the stories since C. C. Finlay took over as editor.
  102. September 26th: Flying Colours by C. S. Fprester - £0.24 - 5/5 - 166pp
    Splendid stuff, A most enjoyable re-read.
  103. September 28th: The Commodore by C. S. Forester - £0.25 - 5/5 - 233pp
    Great.
  104. September 29th: Lord Hornblower by C. S. Forester - £0.25 - 5/5 - 198pp
    Still great, but it could be improved by a historical end note.
  105. September 30th: Hornblower in the West Indies by C. S. Forester - £0.25 - 5/5 - 235pp
    Splendid as always.
  106. October 3rd: The Horse Lord by Peter Morwood - £0.99 - 5/5 - 256pp
    A nice low tech fantasy
  107. October 5th: The Demon Lord by Peter Morwood - £0.99 - 5/5 - 260pp
    A good second book
  108. October 8th: The Dragon Lord by Peter Morwood - £0.99 - 4/5 - 256pp
    Not as conclusive an ending as I'd like in a trilogy.
  109. October 12th: Arabella by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 245pp
    Great fun
  110. October 14th: Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 282pp
    Utterly splendid.
  111. October 16th: [I]The Potter's Field[/I[ by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - ???pp
    Splendid. A very nice mystery.
  112. October 19th: The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi - £2.79 - 5/5 - ???pp
    A good continuation. I'm looking forward to the next one.
  113. October 21st: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond - £0.99 - 5/5 - ???pp
    Still funny, and touching. Silently updated to account for inflation.
  114. October 22nd: Thunder in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters - £0.99 - - ???pp
Books added to TBR in 2018

Freebies (9)
  1. January 28th: The Jack of Souls (read)
  2. January 31st: Killing Gravity (unread)
  3. January 31st: Witches of Lychford (unread)
  4. February 14th: The Eizzoli Bag (unread)
  5. February 25th: Ruth's First Christmas Tree (unread)
  6. March 7th: A Talent to Amuse (read)
  7. April 12th: A Margin in Time (read)
  8. April 27th: Stupefying Stories: August 2014 (read)
  9. May 3rd: The King's Justice (read)
  10. July 20th: Tomorrow and Tomorrow (read)

Ebooks Bought
  • January (23/£40.36): Grantville Gazette #75, F&SF January/February 2018, Neogenesis, Cobra Traitor, The Cackle of Cthulu, Kill Before Dying, Man-Kzin Wars III, The Deluge Drivers, Needle, Through the Eye of a Needle, Icerigger, Mission to Moulokin, The Fifth Season, Passing, 8xInspector Montalbano Mysteries (The Shape of Water, The Terracotta Dog, The Snack Thief, The Voice of the Violin, Excursion to Tindari, The Scent of the Night, Rounding the Mark, The Patience of the Spider), The English and their History
  • February (14/£23.59): Pawn of Prophecy, Child of Earth, Midnight Snack and Other Fairy Tales, Interim Errantry2: On Ordeal, Analog SFF March/April 2018, Asimov's SF March/April 2018, The Best SF&F of the Year, Enchanted Glass, Deep Secret, A Tale of Time City, The Chalk Pit, The Russia House, All Creatures Great and Small, Castle of Wizardry
  • March (37/£48.53): Grantville Gazette #76, F&SF March/April 2018, Dragon Song, To Love and be Wise, A Wrinkle in Time, A Call to Vengence, Deadly Election, The seven Narnia books, The Name of the Rose, Making History, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, A Talent for Murder, Pulse, 10xInspector Morse, 8xInspector Montalbano
  • April (7/£14.63): Jeeves Omnibus 2, The Franchise Affair, The Worst Witch, Though Hell Should Bar The Way, Analog SFF May/June, Asimov's SF May/June, The Crossing Places
  • May (9/£16.91): Grantville Gazette #77, F&SF May/June 2018, Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman?, The Singing Sands, Enchanter's End Game, Unnatural Habits, Fools and Mortals, Guardians of the West, The Flowers of Vashnoi
  • June (11/£25.52): The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excaliber, The Girl on the Train, Man-Kzin Wars IV, Science of Discworld II and IV, Classic(Mary Berry), The Dark Side of the Sun, Analog SFF July/August 2018, Asimov's SF July/August 2018
  • July (19/£27.54): Grantville Gazette #78, F&SF July/August 2018, The Jeeves Omnibus Vol. 1, Man-Kzin Wars V, (The OathBound, Oathbreakers, Oathblood), (Exile's Honor, Exile's Valor, Take a Thief), Games Wizards Play, The Chrysalids, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Genius of Jane Austen, Georgia on my Mind, I Captured the Castle, Miss Pym Disposes, Oathbringer
  • August (6/£8.94): Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates, Smiley's People, The Honorable Schoolboy, Analog SFF September/October 2018, Asimov's SF September/October 2018, 'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?'
  • September (26/£31.52): Grantville Gazette #79, F&SF September/October 2018, The Diamond Throne, The Mission Song, The Constant Gardener, Project Elfhome, Bookburners, Caine's Mutiny, Stir Crazy (not added), The Player of Games, 12 Rebus novels, Admiral Hornblower Omnibus (counted as four books)
  • October (15/£18.66): The Horse Lord, The Demon Lord, The Dragon Lord, The Consuming Fire, The Span of Empire, Analog SFF November/December 2018, Asimov's SF November/December 2018, 8xPadding Bear books

Spoiler:

Subscription books
  • November (2/£7.02) Grantville Gazette #80, F&SF November/December 2018
  • December (2/£4.98): Analog SFF January/February 2019, Asimov's SF January/February 2019


Analysis
TBR: 1148
Books read: 113 (including 9 freebies, 2 abandoned, 4 re-reads)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 22 (freebies discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 131
Books added to TBR pile: 155 (including 10 freebies)
Removed/Added: 0.87
Net reduction for 2018: -24

Non-free books read: 104 (including 2 abandoned, 4 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £177.77
Average cost of books read: £1.71

Non-free books bought: 167 (including 22 not added to TBR, 1 omnibus counted as 4)
Total cost of books bought: £258.19
Average cost of books bought: £1.55

Rating System:
1: Bad.
2: Poor. (Or just not to my taste.)
3: Satisfactory.
4: Good.
5: Excellent.

Pages are as given by the ADE algorithm in Calibre, or from the Amazon web page.

* That's the count I have in calibre at the start of 2018. I've removed 52 books from the TBR that I'm never going to read. No, I don't know why it's not 1120 as one would expect from my 2017 figures. And I've looked closely!
In April 2018 I converted one omnibus (Morse) to separate volumes, increasing the count from 1116 to 1118.
In July 2018 I converted three omnibuses (Valdemar) to separate volumes, increasing the count from 1118 to 1126

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Jan: "Disappearing Act", by Margaret Ball. Bought from Baen in October 2004. Baen description:

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Maris's work with the local underworld on the huge space station was anything but honest, but life was much more pleasant than it had been before the gang's leader had picked her up from the slums. Then her boss grabbed a visitor to the station who was asking too many questions, only to find out that she was a very important diplomat. Worse, his prisoner had apparently committed suicide by jumping through an airlock into hard vacuum.

To avoid dangerous questions from station security, he decided to let Maris's corpse be found with the diplomat's IDs; but Maris saw through his plot and used those IDs to escape to the planet the Diplomat was about to investigate. Unfortunatley she landed in a hornet's nest of corrupt officials conspiring with a local tyrant. Surrounded by people who wanted her eliminated, the only person she could trust was Gabrel, a young officer who set off with her on a cross-planet trek to get evidence that would expose the tangled web of corruption.

Maris was strongly attracted to Gabrel and the feeling seemed to be mutual. But then, he thought she was a high-ranking government agent. What would happen when he found that she was only a petty criminal on the run
A very enjoyable SF romp!

Jan: "Deepsix", by Jack McDevitt. The second book in the "Academy" series, about a team of interstellar archaeologists exploring the remains of dead civilisations in the 23rd century.

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It should have been a straightforward exercise; but they were reckoning without mechanical failures, earthquakes and hostile indigenous species.

It’s 2225. Mankind has reached the outskirts of the universe, and discovered evidence of intelligent life on dozens of planets. Nothing still alive, but some amazing archaeological remains. On the distant planet Maleiva III, known colloquially as Deepsix (it’s about to be wiped out by a rogue gas giant, the Jerry Morgan) they’ve found traces of an ancient civilization. With two weeks to go before the gas giant destroys the planet, a team of crack archaeologists lands on the surface to record and salvage as much of this ancient civilzation as they can.

Suddenly, the team is stranded there with no means of getting off it. With the Jerry Morgan bearing down on them day by day, survival is going to require some ingenuity…
Absolutely superb. A real page-turner. One of those books where you want to carry on reading to find out what happens next, but you don't want the book to end. VERY highly recommended!

Jan: "Rogue Berserker", by Fred Saberhagan. The first book in the "Berserker" series, in which the human race is being attacked by sentient robots from an ancient war who have the goal of exterminating all life from the galaxy. Enjoyable.

Jan: "Come to Grief", by Dick Francis. The third of the four books in the "Sid Halley" series, but all completely standalone. Sid Halley, a former champion jockey turned private investigator in the world of horse-racing, suspects that his best friend may be responsible for a series of attacks in which horses are mutilated. He must be wrong, mustn't he?

Perhaps not the absolute best by Francis, but still very enjoyable indeed.

Jan: "Berserker Spy", by Fred Saberhagen. The first book in the Baen omnibus titled "Berserker Man". In this one, the Berserkers try to wipe out the current inhabitants of a planet by attacking key points in history in the distant past, thus changing history. Very good SF.

Jan: "Chindi", by Jack McDevitt. I enjoyed "Deepsix" so much that on with the third book in the "Academy" series. Perhaps not quite as good as "Deepsix", but still very, very good indeed. In this instalment in the series, "Hutch" leads an expedition of wealthy sponsors of the Academy on a mission to track down the source of a mysterious alien transmission originating from a neutron star. Again highly recommended!

23rd Jan: Finished "Berserker Planet", by Fred Saberhagen, which forms approximately the second quarter of the very large Baen omnibus called "Berserker Man", which I bought in October 2004. A story about a group of "modern" hunters on a planet which has fallen back to a mediaeval level of civilisation, who find more fearsome prey than they were anticipating! Not outstanding but an enjoyable enough read.

24th Jan: Finished "To the Hilt", by Dick Francis.

Quote:
Home for Alexander, an artist, is a small bothy on a remote mountain in Scotland. One day, his peace is shattered when he returns home to find some strangers waiting for him. After a scuffle, he is left for dead with only the wind and the words, "Where is it?" ringing in his ears.
An extremely enjoyable mystery/thriller. Highly recommended!

24th Jan: Finished "Berserker Man", by Fred Saberhagen; the title story of, and third book contained in, the Baen omnibus of the same name. This one didn't particularly grab me. OK, but nothing special.

27th Jan. Finished "Omega", By Jack McDevitt, the fourth book in the excellent "Academy" series, about a group of interstellar archaeologists exploring the remains left by dead extraterrestrial civilisations. In this book, the Academy has to try to save a civilisation, who are roughly at the technological level of the Roman Empire, from being wiped out by one of the mysterious "Omega Clouds" that we first met in the first book in the series, without violating the law which prohibits interference in other cultures. Absolutely excellent, like all the other books in the series so far. Highly recommended.

28th Jan. Finished "The Berserker Throne", by Fred Saberhagen. This is the final book in the extremely long Baen omnibus called "Berserker Man". I have to admit that I'm starting to find this series a little tedious. Nothing wrong with the plots, but I just don't like Saberhagen's writing style.

29th Jan. Finished "10lb. Penalty", by Dick Francis. This, like many of his later books, has only a fairly peripheral connection to horse racing, which appears in some way or other in all Francis' books. Description from Fantastic Fiction:

Quote:
Teenager Benedict Juliard has no other ambition than to ride in steeplechases as an amateur jockey. Having agreed not to do anything that could destroy his father's growing public service and political career, Ben finds himself targeted in an attack mounted by his father's enemies.
Absolutely excellent - one of his very best books, I think. Very highly recommended!

Total: 12 books.

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Trollope, Victoriana, Religion, Between the Wars

I'm revisiting challenges of the past two years where I fell short and adding to them the Great War because it's the centenary of the Armistice. This year, I'm not going to have targets for my categories, just see how it goes. I may revisit at mid-year and add something different. My overall goal is for 120 books, but that's more of a benchmark than a goal.

ETA: Fail. Edited to reflect the topics I'm actually pursuing.

I'm linking to my Goodreads lists because I'm lazy.

2018 read

Great War centenary

Between the Wars

Religion

Trollope

Victoriana

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January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. - Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, 05/14/18
June 2018
  • Neuromancer - William Gibson, 06/16/18
  • A Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin, 06/21/18
  • The Shockwave Rider - John Brunner, 06/25/18
  • David Copperfield - Charles Dickens, 06/26/18
July 2018
  • A Feast For Crows - George R. R. Martin, 07/07/18
  • Way Station - Clifford D. Simak, 07/09/18
  • City - Clifford D. Simak, 07/14/18
  • Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor - Bruce Campbell with Craig Sanborn, 07/17/18
  • Foxy: My Life In Three Acts - Pam Grier with Andrea Cagan, 07/22/18
  • The Werewolf Principle - Clifford D. Simak, 07/28/18
  • The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin, 07/30/18
August 2018
  • Superstud - Paul Feig, 08/05/18
  • Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence - Paul Feig, 08/18/18
  • The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William Goldman, 08/22/18
September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

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Goal: Reduce TBR

Once again my main goal is to reduce my overall TBR, with a special extra requirement to reduce my paper TBR by at least 7. For extra credit, I'd like to reduce (or not increase) the TBR in every individual month of the year. It's going to be much tougher now I've dropped my daily short story requirement.

TBR:
Removed: 82
Added: 104 (65 paid)
Net reduction: -22
Pages read: 24980

Paper TBR:
Removed: 19
Added: 14 (14 paid)
Net Reduction: 5

Books read:
1. Europe at Midnight - Dave Hutchinson (e) - 384
2. The Half Killed - Quenby Olson (k) - 275
3. Orbital Resonance - John Barnes (p) - 214
4. Steal the Sky - Megan E O'Keefe (k) - 323
5. Points of Impact - Marko Kloos (k) - 297
6. The Story of the Commodore Amiga in Pixels - Chris Wilkins & Roger M Kean (i) - 283
7. Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo (k) - 462
8. The Hollow - Agatha Christie (h) - 252
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9. The Red Knight - Miles Cameron (k) - 648
10. End of the World Blues - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k) - 342
11. Seven Forges - James A Moore (k) - 268
12. Transference Station (novella) - Stephen Hunt (k) - 93
13. Taken at the Flood - Agatha Christie (p) - 220
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14. Nice Dragons Finish Last - Rachel Aaron (k) - 287
15. Greenwitch - Susan Cooper (h) - 94
16. Fools - Pat Cadigan (k) - 299
17. Killing Gravity (novella) - Corey J White (e) - 192
18. Eight Skilled Gentlemen - Barry Hughart (e) - 217
19. Crooked House - Agatha Christie (p) - 302
20. Write Free - Julie Smith (k) - 121
21. Witches of Lychford (novella) - Paul Cornell (e) - 79
22. Cult Sci-Fi Movies - Danny Peary (k) - 127
23. Brasyl - Ian McDonald (k) - 411
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24. Sufficiently Advanced Magic - Andrew Rowe (k) - 609
25. The Case with Nine Solutions - J J Connington (k) - 280
26. The Princess Bride - William Goldman (k) - 336
27. Ammonite - Nicola Griffith (k) - 417
28. Between Silk and Cyanide: A Code Maker's War - Leo Marks (e) - 573
29. Lost Lore (anthology) - Various (k) - 381
30. All Systems Red (novella) - Martha Wells (e) - 83
31. The Crimson Queen - Alec Hutson (k) - 419
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32. A Murder is Announced - Agatha Christie (p) - 237
33. The Rift - Nina Allan (k) - 400
34. Grainne - Keith Roberts (k) - 175
35. Now We Are Ten (anthology) - Ian Whates (ed) (k) - 253
36. The Palace Job - Patrick Weekes (k) - 423
37. Effendi - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k) - 376
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38. Lyonesse: Madouc - Jack Vance (k) - 330
39. The Centauri Device - M John Harrison (p) - 199
40. They Came to Baghdad - Agatha Christie (p) - 221
41. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - Alan Garner (p) - 284
42. The Story of US Gold - Chris Wilkins & Roger M Kean (i) - 230
43. Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel (k) - 352
44. Making Story: Twenty-One Writers on How they Plot - Timothy Hallinan (ed) (k) - 192
45. Monterra's Deliciosa & Other Tales & (collection) - Anna Tambour (k) - 264
46. Sweats (short) - Keith Brooke (k) - 29
47. On the Shoulders of Titans - Andrew Rowe (k) - 698
48. The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps - Kai Ashante Wilson (e) - 131
49. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer (k) - 352
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50. The Engines of God - Jack McDevitt (k) - 524
51. Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce (k) - 230
52. The Night Sessions - Ken MacLeod (k) - 368
53. In the Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce (k) - 223
54. Europe in Winter - Dave Hutchinson (p) - 295
55. Twelve Kings - Bradley P Beaulieu (k) - 580
56. Mrs McGinty's Dead - Agatha Christie (p) - 335
57. Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre (k) - 449
58. Felaheen - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k) - 356
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59. Pandemonium: The Rite of Spring (anthology) - Jared Shurin (ed) (k) - 28
60. The Obelisk Gate - N K Jemisin (p) - 391
61. Blood, Sweat and Tea - Tom Reynolds (k) - 274
62. 13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough (k) - 404
63. The Terminal Experiment - Robert J Sawyer (p) - 333
64. Unsouled - Will Wight (k) - 292
65. They Do it with Mirrors - Agatha Christie (p) - 218
66. Remnant Population - Elizabeth Moon (p) - 360
67. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (e) - 489
68. Get Started in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy - Adam Roberts (k) - 224
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69. Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames (k) - 528
70. Fool's War - Sarah Zettel (e) - 388
71. Grey Sister - Mark Lawrence (e) - 377
72. You've Got to Read This - Simon Cheshire (k) - 220
73. Dreaming in Smoke - Tricia Sullivan (h) - 290
74. Pilgrimage to Skara - Jonathan S Pembroke (k) - 289
75. Going on the Turn - Danny Baker (k) - 258
76. The Black Echo - Michael Connelly (k) - 459
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77. Teranesia - Greg Egan (p) - 248
78. Death March - Phil Tucker (k) - 310
79. A Calculated Life - Anne Charnock (k) - 195
80. The Tethered Mage - Melissa Caruso (p) - 434
81. After the Funeral - Agatha Christie (p) - 378
82. The Ballad of Black Tom (novella) - Victor LaValle (e) - 88

Monthly Breakdown:
Spoiler:
January
Bought: 2 (£5.98)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 4
Read: 8 (£9.46)
Pages: 2490
TBR Drop: 1

February
Borrowed: 1
Free: 4
Read: 5 (£12.33)
Pages: 1571
TBR Drop: 0

March
Bought: 7 (£8.99)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 1
Read: 10 (£11.47)
Pages: 2129
TBR Drop: 1

April
Bought: 5 (£11.79)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 8 (£9.65)
Pages: 3098
TBR Drop: 0

May
Bought: 3 (£7.48)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 1
Read: 6 (£9.94)
Pages: 1864
TBR Drop: 1

June
Bought: 5 (£6.72)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 6
Read: 12 (£13.10)
Pages: 3282
TBR Drop: 0

July
Bought: 5 (£6.95)
Borrowed: 1 (£0.50)
Free: 2
Read: 9 (£18.57)
Pages: 3360
TBR Drop: 1

August
Bought: 32 (£25.92)
Borrowed: 3
Read: 10 (£12.93)
Pages: 3013
TBR Drop: -25

September
Bought: 2 (£1.98)
Borrowed: 3
Free: 3
Read: 8 (£6.76)
Pages: 2709
TBR Drop: 0

October
Bought: 3 (£30.33)
Borrowed: 2
Free: 2
Read: 6 (£3.84)
Pages: 1653
TBR Drop: -1


Additional Goals:

1. BSFA award winners. Ongoing challenge. 6 left at the start of the year. I'd like to complete the set this year.
Books remaining: 0
Spoiler:
1987 - Grainne - Keith Roberts (k)
2003 - Felaheen - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2006 - End of the World Blues - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2007 - Brasyl - Ian McDonald (k)
2008 - The Night Sessions - Ken MacLeod (k)
2016 - Europe in Winter - Dave Hutchinson (p)
2017 - The Rift - Nina Allan (k)


2. Fifty Years of SF. 1950-1999. An ongoing challenge to read a book published in every year from 1950 to 1999, in order. I intend to complete the challenge this year.
Last year completed: 1999
Spoiler:
1950 - Galactic Patrol - E E "Doc" Smith
1951 - The Green Hills of Earth - Robert A Heinlein
1952 - City - Clifford D Simak
1953 - Childhood's End - Arthur C Clarke
1954 - The Forgotten Planet - Murray Leinster
1955 - The Long Tomorrow - Leigh Brackett
1956 - The Death of Grass - John Christopher
1957 - The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham
1958 - The Time Traders - Andre Norton
1959 - The Enemy Stars - Poul Anderson
1960 - The Tomorrow People - Judith Merrill
1961 - The Joy Makers - James Gunn
1962 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
1963 - Star Surgeon - James White
1964 - The Planet Buyer - Cordwainer Smith
1965 - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick
1966 - Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
1967 - I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison
1968 - Pavane - Keith Roberts
1969 - Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
1970 - The Year of the Quiet Sun - Wilson Tucker

1971 - Dinosaur Beach - Keith Laumer
1972 - Beyond Apollo - Barry Malzberg
1973 - The Man Who Folded Himself - David Gerrold
1974 - The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
1975 - The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula K Le Guin
1976 - Man Plus - Frederik Pohl
1977 - In the Ocean of Night - Gregory Benford
1978 - In the Hall of the Martian Kings - John Varley
1979 - Kindred - Octavia E Butler
1980 - Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
1981 - Windhaven - George R R Martin & Lisa Tuttle
1982 - Helliconia Spring - Brian W Aldiss

1983 - Helliconia Summer - Brian W Aldiss
1984 - The Integral Trees - Larry Niven
1985 - Helliconia Winter - Brian W Aldiss
1986 - The Falling Woman - Pat Murphy
1987 - When Gravity Fails - George Alec Effinger
1988 - Deserted Cities of the Heart - Lewis Shiner
1989 - Orbital Decay - Allen Steele
1990 - Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton

1991 - Orbital Resonance - John Barnes
1992 - Fools - Pat Cadigan
1993 - Ammonite - Nicola Griffith
1994 - The Engines of God - Jack McDevitt
1995 - The Terminal Experiment - Robert J Sawyer
1996 - Remnant Population - Elizabeth Moon
1997 - Fool's War - Sarah Zettel
1998 - Dreaming in Smoke - Tricia Sullivan
1999 - Teranesia - Greg Egan



3. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 2500 pages. (Not really a goal this year, but I enjoyed tracking it last year.)
Current total: 3108
Spoiler:

698 - On the Shoulders of Titans - Andrew Rowe
648 - The Red Knight - Miles Cameron
609 - Sufficiently Advanced Magic - Andrew Rowe
580 - Twelve Kings - Bradley P Beaulieu
573 - Between Silk and Cyanide - Leo Marks


4. Follow the Money. I have around 30 unread ebooks that cost more than £3. I'd like to read at least 7 of them. Only books owned at the start of the year can count.
Current total: 6
Spoiler:

The Red Knight - Miles Cameron
End of the World Blues - Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Brasyl - Ian McDonald
Ammonite - Nicola Griffith
Lyonesse: Madouc - Jack Vance
The Night Sessions - Ken MacLeod


5. That's Numberwang. Read books with consecutive numbers in the title, in order, at a rate of one per month. Started from 0 in July 2017. I'm currently hoping to get to 13 before I run out of options.
Last number read: 13
Spoiler:
0 - JUL 2017 - Towards Zero - Agatha Christie
1 - AUG 2017 - Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor
2 - SEP 2017 - Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman
3 - OCT 2017 - The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
4 - NOV 2017 - Sing the Four Quarters - Tanya Huff
5 - DEC 2017 - The Five Red Herrings - Dorothy L Sayers
6 - JAN 2018 - Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
7 - FEB 2018 - Seven Forges - James A Moore
8 - MAR 2018 - Eight Skilled Gentlemen - Barry Hughart
9 - APR 2018 - The Case with Nine Solutions - J J Connington
10 - MAY 2018 - Now We Are Ten - Ian Whates (ed)
11 - JUN 2018 - Station Eleven - Emily St John Mandel
12 - JUL 2018 - Twelve Kings - Bradley P Beaulieu
13 - AUG 2018 - 13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough


6. David Gemmell Morningstar Award. Ongoing challenge to read everything ever shortlisted. I'm not sure what my 2018 target is yet, but I might as well carry on tracking. May: I think I'll try to at least tread water with 5 books.
Current total: 4
Spoiler:
Winners:
2011 - Warrior Priest - Darius Hinks
2016 - The Vagrant - Peter Newman
2017 - Steal the Sky - Megan E O'Keefe
2018 - Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames
Shortlisted:
2010 - Lamentation - Ken Scholes
2010 - The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart - Jesse Bullington
2011 - Shadow Prowler - Alexey Pehov
2011 - Tymon's Flight - Mary Victoria
2013 - Irenicon - Aidan Harte
2013 - The Red Knight - Miles Cameron
2013 - Stormdancer - Jay Kristoff
2014 - The Path of Anger - Antoine Rouaud
2015 - The Mirror Empire - Kameron Hurley
2015 - The Godless - Ben Peek
2015 - Age of Iron - Angus Watson
2016 - Battle Mage - Stephen Aryan
2016 - The Traitor - Seth Dickinson
2016 - The Fire Sermon - Francesca Haig
2016 - Starborn - Lucy Hounsom
2017 - Infernal - Mark de Jager
2017 - Duskfall - Christopher Husberg
2017 - Snakewood - Adrian Selby
2017 - Hope and Red - Jon Skovron
2018 - Age of Assassins - RJ Barker
2018 - The Tethered Mage - Melissa Caruso
2018 - Blackwing - Ed McDonald
2018 - The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark


Legend:
Book title: read 2015,read 2016,read 2017,read,own,don't own
(p) paperback, (h) hardback, (k) kindle, (e) epub, (i) ibook/pdf, (a) audio
+ especially liked, - didn't much like

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The goal this year is similar to last year's, 120 books read (or abandoned), with a stretch goal of 160 books. This includes audio books. Individual short stories will be recorded, but not counted towards that goal until I've got several I can combine. Longer "short" works (~100 pages or so) will be counted as a full book, though if I have two of them back to back, I'll tend to count them as a single book.

Secondary goal is to update this list no less often than once a week. I managed that until the summer last year, but then that completely fell apart for a bit, before I got it back on track. It's really easy to lose track or get so far behind that one abandons the attempt. One trick is to update my "Reason for Editing" each time to show the last book(s) purchased and recorded. This helps me keep track even if it's been a few days since the last edit.

This year, a new tertiary goal -- to read at least 10 of the 12 books in the New Leaf Book Club and actively participate in the discussion.

Code:
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# Bought | $   Spent | # Audible Credits
     277 | $  524.63 |   38
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Finally, all the silly colours here actually mean something, at least to me. The colour code for those who care:
Spoiler:
  • DarkGreen == Audible
  • Black == eBook
  • DarkOrange == Public Library
  • Purple == eARC
  • Brown == ReRead
  • Red == Public Domain
  • DarkRed == KindleUnlimited
  • Navy == New Leaf Book Club Selection
  • Gray Strikeout == Abandoned
  • Italics == Shorter work
  • Title,Series,Index,Author,Price,Rating,Other
  1. Fadeout,Dave Brandstetter,1,Joseph Hansen,$5.19,*****,NLBC Theme Discovery
  2. Death of an Expert Witness,Inspector Dalgliesh,6,P. D. James,$6.10,****,Also AudibleUK
  3. The Daughter of Dragons,Legacy of Dragons,1,Jack Campbell,$6.99,***,Audible
  4. Emergence,Foreigner,19,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,
  5. The Imam of Tawi-Tawi,Ava Lee,10,Ian Hamilton,$7.20,****,
  6. Neogenesis,Liaden Universe,21,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$6.10,*****,Audible
  7. The Blood of Dragons,Legacy of Dragons,2,Jack Campbell,$4.99,***,Audible
  8. Passing,,Nella Larson,$1.20,*****,AudibleUK New Leaf Book Club Selection
  9. Block Party,Adventures in the Liaden Universe,27.5,,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$0.00,*****,
  10. Degrees of Separation,Adventures in the Liaden Universe,27,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$3.99,*****,
  11. The Price of Salt,,Patricia Highsmith,$0.99,****,New Leaf Book Club Nomination
  12. The Man of Property,The Forsyte Saga,1,Sir John Galsworthy,$0.99,****,Audible
  13. Death Claims,Dave Brandstetter,2,Joseph Hansen,$5.19,*****,NLBC Theme Discovery
  14. Enter the Saint,The Saint,3,Leslie Charteris,$1.30,***,Also Audible
  15. A Taste for Death,Inspector Dalgliesh,7,P. D. James,$6.10,****,Public Library Also AudibleUK
  16. WWW: Wake,WWW,1,Robert J. Sawyer,$0.00,****,Public Library
  17. Switchblade,Harry Bosch,22.5,Michael Connelly,$0.00,***,Public Library
  18. The Demon's Den and Other Tales of Valdemar,,,Tanya Huff,$0.00,****,Public Library
  19. Into the Fire,Vatta's Peace,2,Elizabeth Moon,$14.99,*****,Also Audible
  20. England, Their England,,,A.G. MacDonald,$0.00,**,Public Domain
  21. WWW: Watch,WWW,2,Robert J. Sawyer,$0.00,****,Public Library
  22. WWW: Wonder,WWW,3,Robert J. Sawyer,$0.00,***,Public Library
  23. To Sir With Love,,,E. R. Braithwaite,$5.59,*****,NLBC Theme Discovery
  24. Paid Servant,,,E. R. Braithwaite,$9.99,***,NLBC Theme Discovery
  25. Troublemaker,Dave Brandstetter,3,Joseph Hansen,$5.49,*****,NLBC Theme Discovery
  26. Black Griffon,Mage Wars,1,Mercedes Lackey,$1.17,****,
  27. White Griffon,Mage Wars,2,Mercedes Lackey,$1.17,****,
  28. Devices and Desires,Inspector Dalgliesh,8,P. D. James,$6.10,*****,AudibleUK
  29. Silver Griffon,Mage Wars,3,Mercedes Lackey,$1.17,****,
  30. The Old Man and the Sea,,,Ernest Hemingway,$0.00,*****,Public Domain New Leaf Book Club Selection
  31. Shattering the Ley,Erenthral,1,Joseph Palmatier,$2.99,***,
  32. Spots the Space Marine: Defense of the Fiddler,Spots the Space Marine,1,M.C.A. Hogarth,$2.27,***,
  33. Call to Arms,Manticore Ascendant,2,David Weber, et al,$2.57,****,Also Audible
  34. Call to Vengence,Manticore Ascendant,3,David Weber, et al,$7.39,****,Also Audible
  35. Happy Snak,,,Nicole Kimberling,$2.27,**,
  36. Flashman,Flashman Papers,1,George MacDonald Fraser,1 Audible Credit,**,Audible Abandoned
  37. Prisoner of Limnos,Penric,6,Lois McMaster Bujold,1 credit,*****,Audible ReRead
  38. Exile's Honor,Exiles of Valdemar,1,Mercedes Lackey,$2.83,****,
  39. Exile's Valor,Exiles of Valdemar,2,Mercedes Lackey,$2.83,****,
  40. Take a Thief,Exiles of Valdemar,3,Mercedes Lackey,$2.83,****,
  41. Suicide Run,Smuggler's Tales,2,Nathan Lowell,$0.00,*****,KindleUnlimited
  42. Oathbound,Valdemar:Vows & Honor,1,Mercedes Lackey,$2.83,***,
  43. Uncompromising Honor (eARC),Honor Harrington,15,David Weber,$15.00,***,eARC
  44. Oathbreakers,Valdemar:Vows & Honor,2,Mercedes Lackey,$2.83,****,
  45. Oathblood,Valdemar:Vows & Honor,3,Mercedes Lackey,$2.83,***,
  46. Making History,,,Stephen Fry,$4.15,**, New Leaf Book Club Selection
  47. Flat Broke with Two Goats,,,Jennifer McGaha,$0.00,****, Public Library
  48. Code of Conflict,Jani Kilian Chronicals,1,Kristine Smith,$0.99,****,
  49. Rules of Conflict,Jani Kilian Chronicals,2,Kristine Smith,$4.99,****,
  50. Law of Survival,Jani Kilian Chronicals,3,Kristine Smith,$4.99,***,
  51. Contact Imminent,Jani Kilian Chronicals,4,Kristine Smith,$4.99,***,
  52. Endgame,Jani Kilian Chronicals,5,Kristine Smith,$6.99,***,
  53. The Suspect,Karl Alberg,1,L.R. Wright,$7.71,*****,
  54. Sleep While I Sing,Karl Alberg,2,L.R. Wright,$7.79,***,
  55. Original Sin,Adam Dalgliesh,9,P.D. James,1 AudibleUK Credit,****,AudibleUK
  56. Mythos,,,Stephen Fry,$12.99,**,Abandoned
  57. Merchanter's Luck,The Company Wars,2,C.J. Cherryh,$4.50,****,
  58. The Silkworm,Cormoran Strike,2,Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling),8.99,***,Also Audible
  59. Apex,Hunter,3,Mercedes Lackey,8.99,****,Also Audible
  60. Powers That Be,Petaybee,1,Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Scarborough,2.99,***,Also Audible
  61. Powers Lines,Petaybee,2,Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Scarborough,4.99,***,
  62. A Taste for Death,Modesty Blaise,4,Peter O'Donnell,0.00,*****,Public Library
  63. Freedom's Landing,Catteni,1,Anne McCaffrey,2.99,****,
  64. Freedom's Choice,Catteni,2,Anne McCaffrey,4.99,****,
  65. The Flowers of Vashnoi,Vorkosigan Saga,14.1,Lois McMaster Bujold,$4.99,*****,
  66. Salt: A World History,,,Mark Kurlanski,$12.99,**,Abandoned
  67. Freedom's Challenge,Catteni,3,Anne McCaffrey,7.99,***,
  68. Forty Thousand in Gehenna,The Company Wars,4,C.J. Cherryh,$4.50,****,
  69. The Hills Have Spies,Valdemar:Family Spies,1,Mercedes Lackey,4.99,****,Also Audible
  70. With the Lightnings,RCN,1,David Drake,0.00,***,Also Audible
  71. Lt. Leary, Commanding,RCN,2,David Drake,0.00,****,Also Audible
  72. The Far Side of the Stars,RCN,3,David Drake,0.00,***,Also Audible
  73. The Three Musketeers,,,Alexandre Dumas,$0.00,*,New Leaf Book Club Selection Also AudibleUK
  74. Powers Lines,Petaybee,2,Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Scarborough,4.99,***,
  75. Night's Slow Poison,Imperial Radch,0.5,Ann Leckie,0.00,***,
  76. Power Play,Petaybee,3,Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Scarborough,7.99,***,
  77. The Impossible Virgin,Modesty Blaise,5,Peter O'Donnell,0.00,*****,Public Library
  78. Provenance,Imperial Radch,4,Ann Leckie,1 Audible Credit,****,Audible
  79. Privilege of Peace,Peacekeeper,3,Tanya Huff,1 Audible Credit,****,Audible
  80. A Taste for Vengence,Bruno Chief of Police,11,Martin Walker,1 Audible Credit,****,Audible
  81. The Way To Glory,RCN,4,David Drake,6.99,****,Also Audible
  82. Some Golden Harbor,RCN,5,David Drake,6.99,****,Also Audible
  83. When the Tide Rises,RCN,6,David Drake,6.99,****,Also Audible
  84. Dandelion Wine,,Ray Bradbury,$5.27,***,New Leaf Book Club Selection
  85. In the Stormy Red Sky,RCN,7,David Drake,6.99,****,Also Audible
  86. What Distant Deeps,RCN,8,David Drake,5.94,****,Also Audible
  87. The Road of Danger,RCN,9,David Drake,5.94,****,Also Audible
  88. The Sea Without a Shore,RCN,10,David Drake,6.39,****,Also Audible
  89. The Great Halifax Explosion,,John U. Bacon,$0.00,*****,New Leaf Book Club Selection
  90. The Secrets of Station X,,John U. Bacon,$0.00,*****,New Leaf Book Club Nomination Public Library
  91. Home Run,Smuggler's Tales,3,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,****,
  92. To Fire Called,Seeker's Tales,2,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,****,
  93. To Die But Once,Maise Dobbs,14,Jacqueline Winspear,0.00,****,Audible Public Library
  94. Crucible,Valdemar Collection,,Mercedes Lackey,$0.00,***,Public Library
  95. Owlflight,Valdemar Owl Trilogy,1,Mercedes Lackey,$0.00,***,AudibleUK
  96. Between Silk and Cyanide,,,Leo Marks,5.00,*****,NLBC Theme Discovery
  97. The Couturier of Milan,Ava Lee,9,Ian Hamilton,1 Audible Credit,*****,Audible
  98. The Imam of Tawi-Tawi,Ava Lee,10,Ian Hamilton,1 Audible Credit,****,Audible
  99. Our Hearts Were Young and Gay,,Cornelia Otis Skinner & Emily Kimbrough,0.00,****,Public Library
  100. The Fifth Season,The Broken Earth,1,N.K. Jemisin,$9.99,****,Also Audible
  101. Death's Bright Day,RCN,11,David Drake,9.99,****,Audible
  102. Skeen's Leap,Skeen,1,Cornelia Otis Skinner & Emily Kimbrough,1.99,****,
  103. Never Let Me Go,,,Kazuo Ishiguro,0.00,**,New Leaf Book Club Selection Public Library
  104. Island of the Mad,Mary Russell,15,Laurie R. King,1 Audible Credit,****,Audible
  105. Sheepfarmer's Daughter,Paksenarrion,1,Elizabeth Moon,6.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  106. Divided Allegience,Paksenarrion,2,Elizabeth Moon$5.38,***,Also AudibleReRead
  107. Oath of Gold,Paksenarrion,3,Elizabeth Moon$5.38,****,Also AudibleReRead
  108. In Pieces,,,Sally Field,$0.00,****,Audible
  109. The House on the Strand,,,Daphne du Maurier,$0.00,**,Book Club Abandoned
  110. Skeen's Return,Skeen,2,Cornelia Otis Skinner & Emily Kimbrough,16.19,****,
  111. Balance of Trade,Liaden Universe,3,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$5.00,*****,Audible ReRead
  112. Trade Secret,Liaden Universe,4,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$6.99,*****,Audible ReRead
  113. The Princeling of Nanjing,Ava Lee,8,Ian Hamilton,1 Audible Credit,*****,Audible



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Reading target for 2018 : 80 books.

Book rating system :

***** - Excellent.
**** - Very good.
*** - Average, pretty good.
** - Not too good.
* - Bad. Not to my taste.

Statistics (B/F from 31.12.2017)

TBR - 889 Ebooks, 18 Pbooks, 38 in Wish list.
Books bought this year - Ebooks 0, Pbooks 0, Freebies 0.

January

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100 books
40000 pages
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Length Goals: Total Books: 50 (stretch goal of 75) | Total Pages: 25,000 | TBR Reduction: 25
Substantive Goals: Read at least 51% non-American authors | Read more female/gender-fluid authors than male | Read at least 52 short stories | Read at least 10 of the Mobile Read Book Club selections | Complete a re-read of the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace

Short Stories - 52 of 52
Spoiler:
  1. "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver
  2. "Maiden, Mother, Crone" by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky
  3. "Any Number of Little Old Ladies" by Bruce Jay Friedman
  4. "The Hotel" by Anne Enright
  5. "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid" by H.G. Wells
  6. "Bourbon, Sugar, Grace" by Jessica Reisman
  7. "An Egyptian Cigarette" by Kate Chopin (publish in Vogue in 1900)
  8. "The Luck of Roaring Camp" by Bret Hart
  9. "The Library of Lost Things" by Matthew Bright
  10. "If I Were a Man" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  11. "Repairing the World" by John Chu
  12. "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell
  13. "A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud" by Carson McCullers
  14. "Unassigned Territory" by Stephanie Powell Watts
  15. "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door" by Edgar Keret
  16. "The Hanging Stranger" by Phillip K. Dick
  17. "The Baboon War" by Nnedi Okorafor
  18. "Waiting on a Bright Moon" by J.Y. Yang
  19. "The Piece of String" by Guy de Maupassant
  20. "Where Would You Be Now?" by Carrie Vaughn
  21. "Ghosts and Empties" by Lauren Groff for The New Yorker
  22. "The Boundary" by Jhumpa Lahiri for The New Yorker
  23. "The Proprietress" by Yinyun Li for Zeotrope
  24. "Sanctuary" by Allen Steele for Tor.com
  25. "The Shot" by Alexander Pushkin
  26. "The Darling" by Anton Chekhov
  27. "The Descent of Man" by Edith Wharton
  28. "A Cup of Cold Water" by Edith Wharton
  29. "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogal
  30. "The Winds of Harmattan" by Nnedi Okorafor
  31. "Boule de Suif" by Guy de Maupassant
  32. "Miss Marple Tells a Story" by Agatha Christie
  33. "Accident" by Agatha Christie
  34. "Childfinder" by Octavia Butler
  35. "A Flawless Silence" by Yiyun Li for The New Yorker
  36. "The Sign of the Shadow" by Maurice LeBlanc
  37. "The Great Wide World Over There" by Ray Bradbury
  38. "Last Night" by James Salter
  39. "Joplin and Dickens" by Padgett Powell
  40. "The Crystal Egg" by H.G. Wells
  41. Jerry and Molly and Sam" by Raymond Carver
  42. The Pale Pink Roast" by Grace Paley
  43. "Breaking the Pig" by Edgar Keret
  44. "Snow Blind" by Elizabeth Strout
  45. "August Evening" by Joyce Carol Oates
  46. "Half a Day" by Naguib Mafooz
  47. "Flotsam" by Diane Cook
  48. "Paranoia" by Shirley Jackson
  49. "The Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet" by Jeanne Desy
  50. "Beauty and the Beast or The Enormous Wound" by Clarice Lispector
  51. "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™" by Rebecca Roanhorse
  52. "Now More Than Ever" by Zadie Smith
  53. "The Mysterious Key and What it Opened" by Louisa May Alcott
  54. "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne



January Books
  1. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers [3/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  2. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf [5/5]
  3. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion [5/5]
  4. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson [3.5/5]
  5. Honeymoon to Nowhere by Akimitsu Takagi [4/5]
  6. Where All the Light Tends To Go by David Joy [3/5]
  7. Paper Girls: Book One by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chaing [4/5]
  8. Master Keaton Vol. 5 by Naoki Urasawa [3.5/5]
  9. Clueless: Senior Year by Amber Benson [4/5]
  10. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene [4/5]
  11. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee [3.5/5]
  12. Passing by Nella Larsen [4/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  13. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson [4/5]
  14. Master Keaton Vol. 6 by Naoki Urasawa [4/5]
  15. Bliss and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield [4/5]
  16. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty [3/5]

February Books
  1. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami [4/5]
  2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell [dropped]
  3. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley [4/5]
  4. Berlin, Vol. 1: City of Stones by Jason Lutes [5/5]
  5. Gently Down the Stream by Alan Hunter [3.5/5]
  6. Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn [4/5]
  7. Berlin, Vol. 2: City of Smoke by Jason Lutes[4/5]
  8. Behind a Mask, or A Woman's Power by Louisa May Alcott [3/5]
  9. Giant Days: Not on the Test Edition, Vol 2 by John Allison [3/5]
  10. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith [3/5]
  11. The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne [3/5]
  12. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [4/5]
  13. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov [4/5]
  14. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway [2/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  15. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith [3/5]
  16. Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter by Jeremy Arnold and Robert Osborne [3.5/5]

March Books
  1. Emma by Jane Austen [3.5/5]
  2. The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett [4/5]
  3. The Hidden Lives of Owls: The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds by Leigh Calvez [5/5]
  4. Ragnarök: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt [3/5]
  5. The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang [4/5]
  6. Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh [3/5]
  7. American Fire by Monica Hesse [4/5]
  8. Making History by Stephen Fry [3/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  9. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie [5/5]
  10. Landed Gently by Alan Hunter [3/5]
  11. Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom [4/5]
  12. The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang [3.5/5]
  13. TheWoman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone [dropped]
  14. Villette by Charlotte Bronte [5/5]

April Books
  1. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers [4/5]
  2. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami [4/5]
  3. Love in the Timeof Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez [3.5/5]
  4. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki [4/5]
  5. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West [5/5]
  6. The Armored Saint by Myke Cole [4/5]
  7. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach [2.5/5]
  8. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore [3/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  9. Wonder Woman Omnibus, Vol. 2 by George Perez [4/5]

May Books
  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas [3.5/5]
  2. The Organically Clean Home by Becky Rapinchuk [4/5]
  3. Places in the Darkness by Chris Brookmyre [3.5/5]
  4. Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin [3/5]
  5. Master Keaton Vol. 7 by Naoki Urasawa [4/5]
  6. Chanel Zero by Brian Wood [4.5/5]
  7. The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry [4/5]
  8. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin [3.5/5]
  9. Dear Life by Alice Munro [dropped]
  10. Lapham's Quarterly: Rule of Law edited by Lewis Lapham [5/5]
  11. Sovreign by C.J. Sansom [4/5]
  12. Clouds of Witnesses by Dorothy Sayers [3.5/5]
  13. Foundation by Isaac Asimov [3.5/5]
  14. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante [4/5]

June Books
  1. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor [3.5/5]
  2. Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly [4/5]
  3. Blue Nights by Joan Didion [5/5]
  4. The Years by Virginia Woolf [4/5]
  5. Unnatural Death by Dorothy Sayers [3/5]
  6. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury [5/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  7. Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov [3/5]
  8. Disobedience by Naomi Alderman [4/5]

July Books
  1. Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen [3.5/5]
  2. Infomacracy by Malka Older [3/5]
  3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [5/5]
  4. Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson [2/5] (Literary Book Club)
  5. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi [4/5]
  6. The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss [4/5]
  7. After This by Alice McDermott [4/5]

August Books
  1. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie [2.5/5]
  2. The Great Halifax Explosion by John Bacon [2/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson [5/5]
  4. Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer [4/5]
  5. City by Clifford Simak [3.5/5] (Literary Book Club)
  6. Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer [4/5]
  7. Gently Through the Mill by Alan Hunter [3.5/5]
  8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro [4/5] (New Leaf Book Club)
  9. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [4.5/5]
  10. This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us by Edgar Cantero [2.5/5]

September Books
  1. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [4/5]
  2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson [3.5/5]
  3. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata [3.5/5]
  4. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy [4/5]
  5. Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox [4/5]

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Thumbs up Goal: Read 30,000 pages in 2018

I increased my goal to 30,000 pages this year, up from 27,000. I also wanted to read at least 8 books from the New Leaf Book Club. I did not miss any through September so met that goal as well. I still want to read the remaining 3 selections though. I also added the Bingo Reading Challenge from Goodreads and completed that on June 16.


Page Goal: Read 30,000 pages in 2018.
Status as of October 17: 33,287 pages read, 97 books/short stories completed.
Page Goal Completed 9/22/2018.


Current and Upcoming Book(s):
  • Wolverine: The Long Night - Marvel / Benjamin Percy - Podcast
  • Skyward - Brandon Sanderson
  • Lies Sleeping (Rivers of London 7) - Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut 1) - Mary Robinette Kowal
Completed books:
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Ordered by finish date
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring (LOTR 1) - J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Terms of Enlistment - Marko Kloos
  3. Whose Body? - Dorothy Sayers - MRBC January 2018 selection
  4. Thief of Time (Discworld 26/Death 5) - Terry Pratchett
  5. Short Story 1
  6. The Two Towers (LOTR 2) - J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. The Lost Gate - Orson Scott Card
  8. The Furthest Station (Peter Grant 5.5) - Ben Aaronovitch
  9. Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant 5) - Ben Aaronovitch
  10. Passing - Nella Larsen - New Leaf Book Club February 2018 Selection
  11. Stiff - Mary Roach - Audiobook
  12. Hellbent (Orphan X 3) - Gregg Hurwitz
  13. How to Camp Out - John Mead Gould
  14. Rainbow Six (Jack Ryan 10) - Tom Clancy
  15. Flesh and Bone (Body Farm 2) - Jefferson Bass - Audiobook
  16. Black Magic Woman (Morris and Chastain 1) - Justin Gustainis
  17. Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang - Audiobook
  18. The Return of the King (LOTR 3) - J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway - New Leaf Book Club March 2018 Selection
  20. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America - Erik Larson - Audiobook
  21. Legion - Brandon Sanderson - Audiobook
  22. Changes (Dresden 12) - Jim Butcher - Audiobook
  23. Side Jobs: Aftermath (Dresden 12.1) - Jim Butcher - Set immediately after Changes
  24. Archmage (Drizzt 28) - R.A. Salvatore
  25. Double Star - Robert A. Heinlein
  26. Ghost Story (Dresden 13) - Jim Butcher
  27. Quarter Share (Golden Age 1) - Nathan Lowell
  28. Making History - Stephen Fry - NLBC April 2018 Selection
  29. Body Work (Rivers of London 4.5) - Ben Aaronovitch - Graphic novel
  30. Cold Days (Dresden 14) - Jim Butcher
  31. Concrete Planet - Robert Courland
  32. All Systems Red (Murderbot 1) - Martha Wells
  33. The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (Steampunk Chronicles 2.75) - Kady Cross
  34. The Air Raid Killer - Frank Goldammer
  35. Edge of Tomorrow / All You Need is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka
  36. Wool (Silo 1) - Hugh Howey
  37. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore - NLBC May 2018 selection
  38. The Engines of God - Jack McDevitt
  39. Bellwether - Connie Willis
  40. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
  41. Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp 2) - Vince Flynn
  42. Skin Game (Dresden 15) - Jim Butcher
  43. Half Share (Golden Age 2) - Nathan Lowell
  44. Full Share (Golden Age 3) - Nathan Lowell
  45. Unseen Academicals (Discworld 37) - Terry Pratchett
  46. Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
  47. I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)? - Neil Gaiman from Tor.com
  48. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - NLBC June 2018 selection
  49. Vindica - Ann Christy
  50. Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2) - Martha Wells
  51. Brief Cases (Dresden Anthology 2) - Jim Butcher
  52. Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp 3) - Vince Flynn
  53. The Collectors (Camel Club 2) - David Baldacci
  54. Trust No One - Greg Hurwitz
  55. The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant 6) - Ben Aaronovitch
  56. The Martian - Andy Weir
  57. King of the Rats (Peter Grant 5.4) - Ben Aaronovitch
  58. Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
  59. Foreigner (Foreigner 1) - C. J. Cherryh
  60. Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury - NLBC July 2018 selection
  61. The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimeaus 1) - Jonathan Stroud
  62. The Third Option (Mitch Rapp 4) - Vince Flynn
  63. Dauntless (Lost Fleet 1) - Jack Campbell
  64. Chivalry - Neil Gaiman - Episode #7 from Levar Burton Reads
  65. The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu - Episode #11 from Levar Burton Reads
  66. Kin - Bruce McAllister - Episode #1 from Levar Burton Reads
  67. The Flyers of Gy - Ursula K. LeGuin - from Levar Burton Reads
  68. The Great Wide World Over There - Ray Bradbury - Episode #20 from Levar Burton Reads
  69. The Second Bakery Attack - Haruki Murakami - Episode #8 from Levar Burton Reads
  70. No Man's Guns - Elmore Leonard - Episode #12 from Levar Burton Reads
  71. Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3) - Martha Wells
  72. The Great Halifax Explosion - John U. Bacon - NLBC August 2018 Selection
  73. Executive Orders (Jack Ryan 9) - Tom Clancy
  74. The Halfling's Gem (Drizzt 3) - R.A. Salvatore
  75. The Assassin's Path (Scot Harvath 2) - Brad Thor
  76. Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga 1) - Lois McMaster Bujold
  77. Trading in Danger (Vatta's War 1) - Elizabeth Moon
  78. Marque and Reprisal (Vatta's War 2) - Elizabeth Moon
  79. Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War 3) - Elizabeth Moon
  80. Command Decision (Vatta's War 4) - Elizabeth Moon
  81. Victory Conditions (Vatta's War 5) - Elizabeth Moon
  82. The Last American Vampire (Henry Sturges 2) - Seth Grahame-Smith
  83. The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan 11) - Tom Clancy
  84. The Lady Astronaut of Mars (Lady Astronaut 2.5) - Mary Robinette Kowal
  85. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro - NLBC September 2018 selection
  86. Multo - Samuel Marzioli - Episode #29 from Levar Burton Reads
  87. The Magic of Recluce (Recluce 1) - L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  88. The Sheepfarmer's Daughter (Paksenarrion 1) - Elizabeth Moon
  89. Divided Allegiance (Paksenarrion 2) - Elizabeth Moon
  90. Oath of Gold (Paksenarrion 3) - Elizabeth Moon
  91. A Blink of the Screen - Terry Pratchett - Short story collection
  92. Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4) - Martha Wells
  93. Steal the Stars - Mac Rogers - Podcast
  94. The House on the Strand - Daphne du Maurier - NLBC October 2018
    • Abandoned - NOS4A2 - Joe Hill - no interest.
  95. Lies of the Beholder (Legion 3) - Brandon Sanderson
  96. Streams of Silver (Drizzt 2) - R.A. Salvatore
  97. Dune - Frank Herbert

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New Leaf Book Club selections read: 9/11
Spoiler:
  • Passing - Nella Larsen - February 2018
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway - March 2018
  • Making History - Stephen Fry - April 2018
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore - May 2018
  • The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas - June 2018
  • Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury - July 2018
  • The Great Halifax Explosion - John U. Bacon - August 2018
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro - September 2018
  • The House on the Strand - Daphne du Maurier - October 2018

Bingo progress, overall: 300 points out of 300 possible. Completed 6/16/2018.

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3 challenges for 2018

1. Read 100 books (I've upped my challenge from 75 books)

2. Compete in the GR Bingo Challenge

3. Participate in the MR New Leaf Book Club and read and review at least four books in the year.

Books Read:

65 of 100 read

1. Afterlife by Marcus Sakey
2. The Wanted by Robert Crais
3. All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
4. Mythos by Stephen Fry
5. Passing by Nella Larsen
6. Buy A Bullet by Gregg Hurwitz
7. Crash by Keith Houghton
8. The Hunter by Tom Wood
9. The Walk by Lee Goldberg
10. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
11. Writing a Page Turner by Mark Dawson
12. Musings from a Writer's Desk by Elizabeth Bailey
13. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance
14. From the Heart of a Copy Editor-10 Most Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them by Shiels Glasbey
15. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
16. The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon
17. Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
18. Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman
19. Zombies, Run! The Way of All Flesh by Naomi Alderman
20. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
21. Funny Old World by Victor Lewis-Smith
22. Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman by J.B. Lynn
23. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
24. Vertical Run by Joseph Garber
25. Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz
26. Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
27. Making History by Stephen Fry
28. Sophomore Slump by Alan Lee
29. Preacher Book 2 by Garth Ennis
30. Preacher Book 3 by Garth Ennis
31. Preacher Book 4 by Garth Ennis
32. Preacher Book 5 by Garth Ennis
33. The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America by Bill Bryson
34. Preacher Book 6 by Garth Ennis
35. Preacher Special: Cassidy: Blood and Whiskey by Garth Ennis
36. Panic Room by Robert Goddard
37. Preacher Special: The Good Old Boys by Garth Ennis
38. The Last Teacher by Alan Lee
39. The Second Secret by Alan Lee
40. Preacher Special: One Man's War by Garth Ennis
41. White Is the Coldest Colour by John Nichol
42. The Bone Farm: A Jane Hawk Case File by Dean Koontz
43. The Grave Man by David Archer
44. Ultima by L.S. Hilton
45. Licensed to Thrill by Diane Capri
46. Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles by Kim Newman
47. No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
48. Get Back Jack by Diane Capri
49. Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science by Bill Bryson
50. The P45 Diaries by Ben Hatch
51. Guess Who? by Chris McGeorge
52. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
53. Spider Girl by Peter Lovesey
54. The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
55. Dead Boys by Gabrille Squailia
56. The Outsider by Stephen King
57. Crackanory by Various
58. Old Black Magic by Ace Atkins
59. Crossing by Andrew Fukuda
60. Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin by Various/Alan Bennett
61. Deathworld 2 by Harry Harrison
62. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
63. Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes by Steven Morris
64. Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz
65. The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz

Bingo Challenge:

180 of 300 points

New Leaf Book Club

4 of 4 Read and Reviewed - Complete!

1. Passing by Nella Larsen
2. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
3. Making History by Stephen Fry
4. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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