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Old 12-10-2018, 04:11 PM   #1
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The 2019 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

2019 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 10th 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.

Discussions & Ideas can be found here:


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 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

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Goal: Reduce TBR by buying fewer books than I read

My goal is to buy fewer books than I read. And so end up with fewer unread books.

I start 2019 with 1014 books on my TBR pile.

Books removed from TBR

Read and Reading
  1. December 26th: Asimov's SF, January/February 2019 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 4/5 - 298pp
    Not one of the best. Several stories I thought were a bit weak.
  2. January 3rd: One Enchanted Evening by Anton du Beke - £0.99 - 4/5 - 335pp
    An enjoyable 1936 period romance. One star off for getting the weather wrong.
  3. January 5th: Grantville Gazette #81 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.41 - 4/5 - 168pp
    Perhaps it was me, but not quite as fun as usual.
  4. January 10th: The Sister Paradox by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 3/5 - 150pp
    OK, but too much of a YA for me, with unrealistic character development.
  5. January 12th: Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey - £0.79 - 5/5 - 305pp
    Excellent as usual, and a complete story arc, even though in a series.
  6. January 12th: F&SF Jan/Feb 2019 edited by C. C. Finlay - £3.58 - 5/5 - 242pp
    Very good fantasy and SF as usual.
  7. January 14th: Uncompromising Honor by David Weber - £4.69 - 5/5 - 910pp
    A slow start, but it delivers in the end.
  8. January 17th: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - £0.99 - 5/5 - 410pp
    Great fun. I've added his other books to my watch list.
  9. January 20th: The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis - £0.99 - 4/5 - 342pp
    Wrapped up a little too quickly, but fun.
  10. January 22nd: The Monastery Murders by E. M. Powell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 250pp
    An excellent 12th century mystery.
  11. January 24th: The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 271pp
    Another excellent regency romance.
  12. January 25th: To Love and be Wise by Josephine Tey - £0.99 - 5/5 - 182pp
    Wonderful detective story. Absolutely excellent.
  13. January 29th: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch - £0.99 - 5/5 - 92pp
    Good smaller story in the PC Grant universe.
  14. January 31st: The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 262pp
    Nicely sliding into the gaps in history.
  15. February 3rd: The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks - £0.99 - 5/5 - 279pp
    Very good indeed. Most enjoyable.
  16. February 8th: Knife's Children by Lois McMaster Bujold - £3.05 - 5/5 - 137pp
    An excellent side story.
  17. February 9th: Galaxy's Edge #1 edited by Mike Resnick - £0.41 - 4/5 - 197pp
    Good new stories and excellent reprints.
  18. February 11th: Paddington's Finest Hour by Michael Bond - £0.99 - 3/5 - 72pp
    An odd mixture of old and new that don't quite gel. Not as good as the early books, especially with the call backs to previous similar stories.
  19. February 12th: Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter - £0.50 - 4/5 - 263pp
    Good, but still has a way to go to be great. Not quite to Morse we know yet.
  20. February 16th: Grumbles from the Grave by Robert A. Heinlein - £3.33 - - 249pp

Discarded
  1. Sword of Exodus - £2.00

Books added to TBR

Freebies (0)
  1. None

Bought
  • January (14/£23.36): Dragon Drums; Grantville Gazette #81; F&SF Jan/Feb 2019; Closer to Home; The Sister Paradox; Guns, Germs And Steel; Uncompromising Honor, The Furthest Station, The Lords of the North and Sword Song, Planted, Vegan Comfort Classics, Mildred's Vegan Cookbook, Feed Me Vegan
  • February (46/£41.50): The Daughter of Time, The Empty Throne, 15xProgramming Books, 20xGalaxy's Edge Magazine, Eye of the Zodiac (Dumarest 13), The Door into Summer, Knife's Children, Cold Comfort Farm, Tau Zero, The Demons of Paris, The Looking Glass War, Analog SFF March/April 2019, Asimov's SF March/April 2019

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Subscription books
  • March (2/£????): Grantville Gazette #82, F&SF March/April 2019
  • April (2/£4.98): Analog SFF May/June 2019, Asimov's SF May/June 2019
  • May (2/£????): Grantville Gazette #83, F&SF May/June 2019
  • June (2/£4.98): Analog SFF July/August 2019, Asimov's SF July/August 2019
  • July (2/£????): Grantville Gazette #84, F&SF July/August 2019
  • August (2/£4.98): Analog SFF September/October 2019, Asimov's SF September/October 2019
  • September (2/£????): Grantville Gazette #85, F&SF September/October 2019
  • October (2/£4.98): Analog SFF November/December 2019, Asimov's SF November/December 2019
  • November (2/£????): Grantville Gazette #86, F&SF November/December 2019
  • December (2/£4.98): Analog SFF January/February 2020, Asimov's SF January/February 2020


Analysis
TBR: 1030
Books read: 19 (including 0 freebies, 0 abandoned, 0 re-reads)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 1 (1 discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 20 (included 1 discarded)
Books added to TBR pile: 36 (including 0 freebies)
Removed/Added: 0.59
Net reduction for 2019: -14

Non-free books read: 19 (including 0 abandoned, 0 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £30.52
Average cost of books read: £1.61

Non-free books discarded: 1
Total cost of books read: £2.00
Average cost of books read: £2.00

Non-free books bought: 60 (including 24 not added to TBR, 0 omnibus counted as 0)
Total cost of books bought: £64.86
Average cost of books bought: £1.08

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.

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Old 12-10-2018, 08:20 PM   #4
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  • Total Books: 50 (a stretch goal of 75)
  • Total Short Stories: 52
  • Total Pages: 15,000 (a stretch goal of 25,000)
  • TBR Reduction: Reduce by at least 25 (a stretch goal of 50)
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

Current Stats:
  • Short Stories: 9
  • Books: 8
Short Stories:
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  1. "The Harbour-Master" by Robert W. Chambers
  2. "Umberto Buti" by Giuseppe Pontiggia (translated by Zadie Smith)
  3. "The Cat-Hood of Maurice" by Edith Nesbit
  4. "The Man Who Walked Home" by James Tiptree, Jr.
  5. "The Cellar Dweller" by Maria Dahvana Headley
  6. "The Gold Lunch" by Ron Carlson
  7. "The Women" by Tom Barbash
  8. "The Other Wife" by Collette
  9. "Asymetry" by Kendra Fortmeyer

Novels and Novellas:
  1. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather (4/5)
  2. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (2/5)
  3. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin (NLBC)(3.5/5)
  4. A Delicate Truth by John le Carre NLBC (3.75/5)
  5. Artemis by Andy Weir (1.5/5)
  6. Hild by Nicola Griffith (4/5)
  7. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1 by Macoto Tezuka and Naoki Urasawa
  8. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 2 by Macoto Tezuka and Naoki Urasawa

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Question Read 24,000 pages in 2019

I am lowering my goal for 2019 based on some upcoming changes in schedule. My new goal is 24,000 pages down from 30,000 in 2018 and almost 40,000 pages read.

I will continue to participate in the New Leaf Book Club and want to read 8 of 12 selections there this year (leaving myself some room for unavailable titles).


Page Goal: Read 24,000 pages in 2019.
Status as of February 19: 2,168 pages read, 7 books/short stories completed.


Current and Upcoming Book(s):
  • Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens - NLBC March 2019
  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld 28) - Terry Pratchett
Completed books:
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Ordered by finish date
  1. Deathworld - Harry Harrison - from the Classic Tales podcast
  2. The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy 1, Commonwealth 3) - Peter F. Hamilton - continued from 2018
  3. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin - January 2019 NLBC Selection
  4. Out of the Dark (Orphan X 4) - Gregg Hurwitz
    • Abandoned - Downbelow Station - C.J. Cherryh
  5. Mono no aware - Ken Liu - From the Levar Burton Reads podcast and Lightspeed Magazine
  6. A Delicate Truth - John Le Carre - NLBC February 2019
  7. The Last Hero (Discworld 27) - Terry Pratchett

Progress Charts:
If the charts are not showing hold CTRL and press REFRESH to get them to show up.




New Leaf Book Club selections read: 2/12
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Other list posts: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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I've made a major change in my goals. Fortunately, a topic tugged at me in time for me to shift. Six books in ancient history, six books in German history from 1918 - 1945, with ancillary books I'll also track. I'll read two of the colossal novels that have lingered on my TBR for years. And I'll get my Goodreads Want-to-Read list down to 25 titles. My hope is that limited goals can be achieved and still leave me room to follow my bent as it bends.

I set a benchmark for total books each year of 120. I don't consider it a goal.

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

Ah, I see several have mentioned the New Leaf Book Club. I read all the selections last year and my goal this year is to do the same.

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My goal for 2019 is 104 books, including all the non-English books I have, in Urdu, Italian, French and Hindi

Hindi
Jungle Book - translation by Ajay Anand

Urdu
Celebrating the Best of Urdu Poetry - Khushwant Singh
The Taste of Words - An Introduction to Urdu Poetry - Raza Mir READ

Italian
La forma dell'acqua - Andrea Camilleri (also audiobook)
Il Gattopardo - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (also audiobook)
Il commissario Bordelli - Marco Vichi (also audiobook)
San Marino - la storia in miniatura - Pierluigi Taddei

French
Le Petit Prince (Avec les dessins de l'auteur) - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


In addition to the above, I'm adding eight specific books all in a "linguistics" collection on my Kobo, 7 from David Crystal, one from Nicholas Ostler.

The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel – Nicholas Ostler READ
The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language – David Crystal READ
The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works – David Crystal READ
Making Sense – David Crystal
You Say Potato – Ben Crystal and David Crystal READ
Making a Point – David Crystal
Sounds Appealing – David Crystal
The Fight for English – David Crystal READ

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Goal: Reduce TBR

My overall goal, as always, is to end the year with fewer unread books. Since I failed to do this in 2018, my stretch goal is to reverse my 2018 deficit (17 books).

I'm also keeping my extra requirement to reduce my paper TBR by at least 7.

TBR:
Removed: 13
Added: 13 (7 paid)
Net reduction: 0
Pages read: 3407

Paper TBR:
Removed: 3
Added: 0
Net Reduction: 3

Books read:
1. The Healers' Road - S E Robertson (k) - 278
2. Cybill Disobedience - Cybill Shepherd & Aimee Lee Ball (k) - 320
3. Fool's Run - Patricia McKillip (p) - 252
4. Hickory Dickory Dock - Agatha Christie (h) - 192
5. The Only Harmless Great Thing (short) - Brooke Bolander (e) - 51
6. Colours in the Steel - K J Parker (p) - 503
7. Rhapsody in Black - Brian Stableford (k) - 160
8. San Diego 2014: Last Stand of the California Browncoats (novella) - Mira Grant (i) - 82
9. Georgia on My Mind and Other Places (coll) - Charles Sheffield (e) - 340
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10. Banewreaker - Jacqueline Carey (k) - 488
11. Columbus Day - Craig Alanson (k) - 253
12. Trinity Rising - Elspeth Cooper (k) - 488

Monthly Breakdown:
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January
Bought: 5 (£5.95)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 9 (£5.78)
Pages: 2178
TBR Drop: 1

February
Bought: 2 (£2.98)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 3 (£6.84)
Deleted: 1
Pages: 1229
TBR Drop: -1


Additional Goals:

1. The Worm that Turned. At least 60% of my books should be by women. Stretch goal: reverse my percentage from 2018 (which was 33.2%, so 66.8%). Updated monthly, probably.
Current: (6/9) 66.7%

2. Always be Closing. Conversion rate better than 2018. The conversion rate is the proportion of new books I start. The target is 0.325. Updated monthly, probably.
Current: (1/8) 0.125

3. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 3000 pages.
Current total: 2136
Spoiler:

503 - Colours in the Steel - K J Parker
488 - Banewreaker - Jacqueline Carey
488 - Trinity Rising - Elspeth Cooper
340 - Georgia on My Mind and Other Places - Charles Sheffield
320 - Cybill Disobedience - Cybill Shepherd & Aimee Lee Ball


4. Morningstar Crescent. An ongoing challenge to read all books shortlisted for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award. Since I have fewer other targets this year, I'm aiming for at least 10 books.
Current total: 0
Spoiler:
Winners:
2011 - Warrior Priest - Darius Hinks
2016 - The Vagrant - Peter Newman
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 - 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 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 - Blackwing - Ed McDonald
2018 - The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark


5. Paint it Black. Read a book with "Black" in the title every month.
Last month completed: Jan
Spoiler:
JAN - Rhapsody in Black - Brian Stableford


Legend:
Book title: 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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2019 reading goals:
  • Read 100 books
  • Read 40000 pages
  • Finish the following series:
  • Guido Brunetti
  • Nic Costa
  • Chief Inspector Armand Gamache
  • The Void Trilogy
  • Lockwood & Co.
  • The Mayfair Witches
  • Mortal Engines
  • Winthorp House
I've made a Reading Challenge 2019 page on my blog.

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Goal: 120 books / 10 book club books

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
      33 | $  24.86  |   8  
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Finally, all the silly colours here actually mean something, at least to me. The colour code for those who care:
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  • Audible
  • eBook
  • Public Library
  • eARC
  • ReRead
  • Public Domain
  • KindleUnlimited
  • New Leaf Book Club Selection
  • Abandoned
  • Shorter work
  • Title,Series,Index,Author,Price,Rating,Other
  1. Deceiver,Foreigner,11,C.J. Cherryh,$5.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  2. Betrayer,Foreigner,12,C.J. Cherryh,$7.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  3. Intruder,Foreigner,13,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  4. Release The Virgins,,,Michael A. Ventrella, Editor,$5.00,**,
  5. The Mom Test,,,Rob Fitzpatrick,$7.39,***,
  6. Protector,Foreigner,14,C.J. Cherryh,$11.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  7. Peacemaker,Foreigner,15,C.J. Cherryh,$9.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  8. Tracker,Foreigner,16,C.J. Cherryh,$10.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  9. Visitor,Foreigner,17,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  10. Convergence,Foreigner,18,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  11. Emergence,Foreigner,19,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  12. The Left Hand of Darkness,Hain Cycle,4,Ursula K. Le Guin,$0.00,***,Also Audible Public Library New Leaf Book Club Selection
  13. The Black Wolves of Boston,,,Wen Spencer,$5.00,****,Also Audible ReRead
  14. Fate,Uncle Chow Tung,1,Ian Hamilton,$8.24,***,
  15. Ravenwood,Tanyth Fairport,1,Nathan Lowell,$4.95,*****,ReRead
  16. Zepheria's Call,Tanyth Fairport,2,Nathan Lowell,$5.42,*****,ReRead
  17. The Hermit of Lammas Wood,Tanyth Fairport,3,Nathan Lowell,$5.42,*****,ReRead
  18. A Brother's Price,,,Wen Spencer,$6.99,*****, Also Audible ReRead
  19. Imager,Imager Portfolio,1,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$3.27,*****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  20. Imager's Challenge,Imager Portfolio,2,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$5.99,****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  21. Imager's Intrigue,Imager Portfolio,3,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$5.99,****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  22. Knife Children,The Sharing Knife,4.5,Lois McMaster Bujold,$3.99,****,
  23. Dragon's Code,Pern,25,Gigi McCaffrey,$0.00,****,Public Library

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Read 100 books (currently 22)
Read 25 magazines (currently 0)
Keep purchases under $300 for year. $135.73
Overall goal: TBR lower than Jan 1. TBR +4

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2019 Purchases TBR: 51 Read: 6 Total: Total$137.72

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001. Larry Niven Short Stories - Larry Niven (audio) $2.30
002. Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson (ebook + audio) $0.00+4.27
003. Firefight - Brandon Sanderson (ebook + audio) $2.13+4.27
004. Calamity - Brandon Sanderson (ebook + audio) $2.13+4.81
005. Horror Classics Collection (audio) .71
006. Kindle Unlimited = .99 for 3 months
007. First King of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) $10.63
008. Wishsong of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) $10.63
009. Dying for a Donut - Cindy Sample (audio) $8.02
010. The Dancing Years - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $4.27
011. The Winding Road - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $4.27
012. A body In the Trunk - Elizabeth Spann Craig $9.63
013. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell - Susanna Clark $9.63
014. The Princeling - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $1.06
015. The Dark Rose - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $1.06
016. The Oak Apple - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $2.13
017-27. Story Bundle Science Fiction $20
Template-Matthew Hughes, The Cyanide Process-Jennifer Rahn, Right to Know-Edward Willett, Frameshift-Robert J. Sawyer, Nexus-Ramez Naam, vN - The First Machine Dynasty-Madeline Ashby, Breakpoint Nereis-Alison Sinclair, Stars Like Cold Fire-Brent Nichols, Fall From Earth-Matthew Johnson, Organisms (selected stories)-James Alan Gardner, Transient City-Al Onia. Valor's Choice-Tanya Huff (not counted, already owned),
028-38. Story Bundle Fantasy Detectives $20,
Earthshaker-Robert Jeschonek, Devil's Shoestring-Stefon Mears, Shredded Veil Mysteries-Leah Cutter, 5 Fantastic Tales-Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Slimy Chicken Zomnibus-Kevin J. Anderson, They're Back-Dean Wesley Smith, Greatest Sin (books 1&2)- Erik Kort and Lee French, Searching for Sanctuary-Chrissy Wissler, Modern Sorcery-Gary Jonas, Fantastic Detectives-Fiction River
039. We Free Men - Terry Pratchett $2.13
040. Going Postal - Terry Pratchett $2.13
041. Dying for a Deal - Cindi Sample $3.20
042. Beauty & The Beast - Ed McBain $3.20+$2.13 January Total$135.73
043. Killer Collective - Barry Eisler $2.13
044. Tuckers Grove - Kevin J Anderson $1.99
045. Multiplex Man - James P Hogan $1.99
046. Going Postal - Terry Pratchett (audio) $9.59
047. Mort - Terry Pratchet (audio) $9.59
048. Guards Guards! - Terry Pratchett (audio) $10.66
049. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett (audio) $10.66
050. Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett (audio) $2.09
051. Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett (audio) $9.59


Free
01. Spartin Fit - Joe desensa (audio)
02. Harry Clark Performance - David Cale (Amazon free)
03. The Spies That Bind - Ally Carter Amazon free)
04. Killer Collective - Barry Eisler (Amazon First)
05. Blood for Blood - Victoria Selman (Amazon First)
06. Glimpses - Anthology of short Fantasy stories (Amazon free)
07. Hunt for Justice - Diane Capri (Amazon free)
08. Squall - Sean Costello (Amazon Free)
09. It - Stephen King (audio) (try it deal)
10. Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett (audio) (Audible join deal)
11. Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett (audio) (Audible Join deal)
12. Sovereign - Jeff Hirsch (audio) some random freebee
13. Killer By Nature - Jan Smith (audio) some random freebee
14. Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett (audio) (Audible Join Deal)



*owned
January
01. 4/5 Buried in Treasures - David Tolin *
How to deal with hoarding. Some of this can apply to ebook/audiobook hoarding!
01a. 3/5 Short stories - Larry Niven *
Some good, some ok.
02. 4/5 Murder at the Powderhorn Ranch - Jessica Fletcher (Donald Bain)
Good story with some new malevolence.
03. 4/5 Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson (audio) *
YA fantasy. Revenge against those with superhuman powers.
04. 5/5 Lady Killer - Ed McBain (audio)
12 hours to prevent a murder. Who? Where? By Whom?
05. 5/5 The Heckler - Ed McBain (audio) *
Some plot issues, but enjoyable. Introduction of 'the deaf man'.
06. 5/5 Return of The King- J.J.R Tolkien *
Excellent audiobook!!
07. 1/5 Slice of Murder - Chris Cavender (freebie)
Plot meanders and some parts are patently unbelievable.
08. 3/5 See Them Die - Ed McBain (audio)
Ok; lots of people are unlikeable in this book
09. 5/5 Knock 'em Dead - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Murder on broadway
10. 5/5 The Founding - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (audio+ebook) *
Wonderful first book!
11. 5/5 The People of Pern - Robin Wood *
An artsy book, well worth it for a Pern fan like me!
12. 5/5 Lady, Lady I Did It - Ed McBain (ebook +audio) *
Lots of emotion in this one; girlfriend of one of the 87th is murdered.
13. 5/5 The Empty Hours - Ed McBain
Two murders - rabbi and ski instructor
14. 5/5 Elfstones of Shannara - Terry Brooks (ebook +audio) *
Still a great story!
15. 5/5 Like Love - Ed McBain (ebook + audio) *
Two stories about love lost.
16. 5/5 Ten Plus One - Ed McBain (audio)
Sniper is randomly shooting people.
February
17. 4/5 Wishsong of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) *
Still good, but not sparkling.
18. 5/5 First King of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) *
Very excellent battle scenes. Keeper.
18a. 4/5 Indomintable - Terry Brooks
Short story after Wishsong. Follow-up story feature Jair.
19. 4/5 He Who Hesitates - Ed McBain (audio)
Point of view of the killer. Narrator awfully slow on this - had to speed up.
20. 5/5 Eighty Million Eyes - Ed McBain (audio)
Guy dies on live TV; guy shows up at business with no name.
21. 5/5 Doll - Ed McBain (paper) *
Model is found dead in apartment with 5 year old.
22. 5/5 Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Loved the Igors! Time has some problems. Death helps.
23.


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TBR = owned books
TBR (audio) Jan 1: 719 (includes freebees)
TBR (ebooks) Jan 1: 1052 (includes magazines, no freebees)
TBR (paperbooks) Jan 1: 10
Books read: 13 (including 01 freebies, 0 abandoned, 0 re-reads)
Books otherwise removed from TBR:

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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1. Last Call by J. A. Konrath. 01/01
2. Rebels by David Liss. 01/03
3. Renegades by David Liss. 01/09
4. The Queen of Crows by Myke Cole. 01/15
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Audio) by Stieg Larsson. 01/17
6. Code Girls by Liz Mundy. 01/24
7. The Enemy by Lee Child. 01/27
8. The Speaker of the Dead (audio) by Orson Scott Card. 01/31
9. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. 02/09
10. The Beastie Boys Book by Mike Diamond and Adam Horowitz. 02/13

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  • at least 5 of which from my started-not-finished list
  • finish reading the Discworld books
  • re-read some of my favourites
  • discover a new favourite author
  • read 9 of 12 of the New Leaf Book Club choices

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January - 5 books
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1. Star Trap, Simon Brett - 7/10 - a light 'cozy' mystery to start the year.
2. The '86 Fix, Keith A. Pearson - 5/10 - time travel comedy. Writing was flat, not my sense of humour and ends on a set up for book 2. I hate that.
3. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin - 5/10 - found it a slog. Too much made up language and endless descriptions of snow and ice.
4. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (tr. Ginny Tapley Takemori) - 7/10 - Novella about unconventional woman trying to conform. Fascinating.
5. Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir - 8/10 - a "quiet" book about a man finding himself in the midst of a country rebuilding after war. Affecting.


February: 1 book
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6. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou - 8/10 - story of Silicon Valley startup that went badly wrong.

Total: 6

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And finally, I really need to read more Lesbian novels. Because as much as I love M/M, especially paranormal mysteries, a steady diet makes me wonder if I've been letting down the side.

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1. Siege of Stone by Terry Goodkind ** 652 pages
2. The Exe's Revenge by Jo Jakeman *** 342 pages

February

3. Star Trek Stargazer: Enigma by Michael Jan Friedman *** 272 pages
4. Star Trek Stargazer: Maker by Michael Jan Friedman *** 288 pages
5. Shattered at Sea by Cheryl Hollon *** 264 pages

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