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Old 12-07-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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The 2015 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

2015 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 6th 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. I would request that you 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.

[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: 2015 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread

Post #2 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 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

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Main Goals:Have a Much Better Year Than 2014!
Increase or Improve level of participation in Book Clubs below.
I will not be participating in Buddy Reads or Mini-Challenge Reads this year.

CHALLENGES:

Flights of Fantasy Book Club Reads:
Primary - One Book Club Selection from Each Month: [01 / 11]
Secondary - Additional Book Club Selections from Each Month: [00 out of 33]
Bonus - Unread Book Club Selections from 2014: [01 out of 44]

Flights of Fantasy Series Challenge Reads:
Primary - One Series Book Every Month: [04 / 12]
Secondary - Additional Series Books Every Month: [16]
Bonus - Complete a Minimum of 3 Series by the End of the Year: [02 / 03]

The "I'll Try Anything Once" Challenge:
Primary - One "Anything Once" Book Every Month: [04 / 12]
Secondary - Additional "Anything Once" Books Every Month: [04]
Bonus - Complete the "Anything Once" list by the End of the Year: [08 / 52]

PARTICIPATION:

MobileRead Book Club Selections:
Primary - One Book Club Selection from Each Quarter: [00 / 04]
Secondary - Additional Book Club Selections from Each Quarter: [00]
Bonus - All Book Club Selections for the Year: [00 / 12]
Add'l Bonus - Any Previous Unread Book Club Selections (2008 -2014): [00 / 78]

*After Earth Book Club Selections:
Primary - One Book Club Selection from Each Month: [01 / 10]
Secondary - Additional Book Club Selections from Each Month: [00]
Bonus - All Book Club Selections for the Year: [01 / 20]
*Group Created & I Joined 2/2015. First Selection 3/2015
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January:

February:
March:
  • None

April:
May:
June:

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P = read in paper
R = reread
$ = paid purchase
§ = short story or novella
A = anthology or collection
G = graphic novel or comics collected edition/bundle
√/3 = recommended
♥︎/3 = really enjoyed (not necessarily correlated with quality or recommendation status)
  1. Overtime by Charles Stross R 8/10 ♥︎
  2. The King of Shanghai by Ian Hamilton $ 7.5/10 ♥︎
  3. Snow Angels by James Thompson 7.5/10 ♥︎
  4. Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson $ 7.25/10 ♥︎
  5. Helsinki White by James Thompson P 7.25/10 ♥︎
  6. Helsinki Blood by James Thompson P 7.25/10 ♥︎
  7. Capote in Kansas by Ande Parks & Chris Samee $ G 8/10 √
  8. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold $ R 9/10 ♥︎♥︎♥︎ √√√
  9. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones $ R 8.75/10 ♥︎♥︎♥ √√√
  10. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones $ R 8.5/10 ♥︎♥︎♥︎ √√√
  11. The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones $ R 6.75/10
  12. The House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory P 7/10
  13. The Unwelcome Warlock by Lawrence Watt-Evans $ 7.25/10
  14. Sorcerer's Widow by Lawrence Watt-Evans $ 6.75/10
  15. Relics of War by Lawrence Watt-Evans $ 6.5/10
  16. Tales of Ethshar by Lawrence Watt-Evans $ A 7.25/10 ♥︎
  17. Ithnalin's Restoration by Lawrence Watt-Evans $ R 7.5/10 ♥︎
  18. This Other Country by John Wiltshire $ 6/10
  19. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell $ 7/10
  20. A Man's Word by Martin Jensen $ 7.5/10 ♥︎ √
  21. The Snow Woman by Leena Lehtolainen $ 7/10
  22. The Bodyguard by Leena Lehtolainen $ 6.75/10
  23. The Fox: Freak Magnet by Archie Comics $ G 7.5/10 ♥︎ √
  24. Afterlife with Archie: Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla $ G 8.5/10 ♥︎♥︎ √
  25. The Death of Archie by Archie Comics $ G 7/10
  26. Archie: A Rock 'n' Roll Romance by Archie Comics $ G 6.5/10
  27. Archie: The Married Life: Vol. 1 by Archie Comics $ G 6.5/10
  28. Miss Fury: Vol. 1: Anger is an Energy by Robb Williams & Jack Herbert $ G 6.75/10
  29. Helheim: Vol. 1: The Witch War by Cullen Bunn & Joelle Jones $ G 6.5/10
  30. The Twilight Zone (IDW series) #1-12 by J. Michael Straczynski & Guiu Vilanova $ G 7.5/10
  31. The Omac Project by Greg Rucka P G 7/10
  32. An Armchair Traveller's History of Finland by Jonathan Clements P 7.5/10 √
  33. Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne by Grant Morrison P G 6.75/10
  34. Darkness On His Bones by Barbara Hambly $ P 7.75/10
  35. A Strange and Ancient Name by Josepha Sherman $ R 8/10 ♥︎♥︎ √√
  36. King's Son, Magic's Son by Josepha Sherman $ R 7/10
  37. All The Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey $ P R 7.5/10 ♥︎♥︎♥︎
  38. The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey $ P R 5.75/10
  39. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey $ P R 8/10 ♥︎ √
  40. Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey $ P R 8.25/10 ♥︎ √
  41. The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey $ P R 8.5/10
  42. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey P R 8/10 ♥︎♥︎ √
  43. Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey P R 7.75/10 ♥︎
  44. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey P R 8/10 ♥︎ √
  45. Jhegaala by Steven Brust P R 7/10
  46. Hawk by Steven Brust P 7.25/10
  47. The Littlest Dragonboy by Anne McCaffrey in "A Gift of Dragons" $ § 7/10
  48. The Girl Who Heard Dragons by Anne McCaffrey in "A Gift of Dragons" $ § 7/10
  49. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix $ 7/10
  50. Blood Oath by Felicity Pulman 7.5/10 ♥︎
  51. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey P R 8.75/10 ♥︎ √√√
  52. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen P 7.5/10
  53. The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen P 7.75/10
  54. A Conspiracy of Faith by Jussi Adler-Olsen P 7.25/10
  55. The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen P 8/10 √√
  56. The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen P 7/10
  57. Girl Comics by Marvel Comics P G 7.75/10 ♥︎♥︎ √
  58. Dexter Down Under by Jeff Lindsay & Dalibor Tajalic P G 6.5/10
  59. Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbø P G 6.5/10
  60. Astro City: Shining Stars by Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson P G 8/10 ♥︎♥︎ √√
  61. Black Widow: Vol. 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto P G 7/10
  62. Black Widow: Vol. 2: The Tightly Tangled Web by Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto P G 7/10
  63. A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane $ 6.75/10
  64. Not on My Patch by Diane Duane in "Interim Errantry" $ § 6.75/10
  65. How Lovely Are Thy Branches by Diane Duane in "Interim Errantry" $ § 6.75/10
  66. The Big Meow by Diane Duane $ 7.25/10
  67. Clariel by Garth Nix P 7.25/10 ♥︎
  68. Sabriel by Garth Nix P R 8/10 ♥︎♥︎ √
  69. Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case by Garth Nix in "Across the Wall & Other Stories" $ P 7.5/10 ♥︎ √
  70. To Hold the Bridge by Garth Nix in "To Hold the Bridge" $ § 7/10

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Overall target: 120 books, at least 100 of which have to be read
New York: 12 books
Pilgrimage: 12 books
Mt. TBR: 12 paper books
Good Reads TBR: 24 books

Plus: I've been organizing my elibrary and I have no reason to buy anything at all in the coming year. That's not going to happen, so I'm going to try to hold it to an average of one ebook purchased per week.

Finally, I've decided on a long-term goal of reading all of Wodehouse in chronological order (I've been working my way through the school stories). I won't get bent out of shape if I can't locate a particular book or if I get a little out of order, but that's my framework.

I'm too lazy to list my books here, so here's a link to my 2015 list at Goodreads.

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To read my 54 unread ebooks bought in 2005 and 2006

My goals for 2015:
  1. To read my 54 unread ebooks from 2005 and 2006.
  2. To spend no more than £25/month on ebooks on average over the year.
  3. To reduce my TBR list in calibre to below 700.

I start 2015 with my TBR at 750. Down 50 on the start of 2014!



Books read in 2015
  1. December 31st, 2014: The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith - £1.09 - 2/5 - 272pp
    Not really my kind of story.
  2. January 2nd: Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson - Free - 5/5 - 52pp
    An excellent short follow up to Steelheart
  3. January 2nd: The Second Trip by Robert Silverberg - £1.47 - 3/5 - 161pp
    Very 1970s. And two impossible things. Just above a 2.
  4. January 4th: Lightspeed Magazine #56 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.36 - 4/5 - 240pp
    An enjoyable mix of SF and Fantasy
  5. January 6th: Catweazle by Richard Carpenter - Gift - 4/5 - 191pp
    Catweazle is a splendid character. A good novelisation of the TV series
  6. January 6th: Grantville Gazette #57 edited by Paula Goodlett - £2.75 - 4/5 - 185pp
    Most enjoyable. Only 4* because of the incomprehensible Virginia deMarco story.
  7. January 8th: Mission to Minerva by James P. Hogan - £2.50 - 2/5 - 399pp
    Too much info dump and preaching about bad science
  8. January 12th: Bernado's House by James Patrick Kelly - Free - 4/5 - 24pp
    A very nice AI story
  9. January 12th: F&SF, January 2015 edited by Gordon van Gelder - £1.98 - 5/5 - 256pp
    An excellent issue. I liked every single story and one was a continuation of a previous story, which I especially enjoyed.
  10. January 13th: The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker - £1.49 - 5/5 - 656pp
    An excellent fantasy novel. Highly recommended.
  11. January 15th: Asimov's SF, February 2015, edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 4/5 - 174pp
    A good issue, but nothing outstanding
  12. January 18th: Imperium by Keith Laumer - £2.50 - 3/5 - 459pp
    Interesting cross-time fun
  13. January 22nd: Analog SFF, March 2015, edited by Trevor Quachi - £1.99 - 4/5 - 188pp
    A good issue. I enjoyed all the stories.
  14. January 23rd: The Julian Katz Collection by Dave Zeltserman - £0.99 - 4/5 - 214pp
    Enjoyable take on great detective with an AI sidekick
  15. January 25th: The Time of Troubles I by Harry Turtledove - £2.50 - 3/5 - 670pp
    A good enough war epic, but not enough fantasy element for me.
  16. January 29th: The Omega Egg by Mike Resnick et al. - £5.10 - 2/5 - 182pp
    [ABANDONED. A round robin is just not what I want to read at the moment.]
  17. January 31st: 1636: The Barbie Consortium by Gorg Huff et al. - £1.31 - 4/5 - 318pp
    A very enjoyable read, but no story arc
  18. February 1st: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman - £1.97 - 4/5 - 184pp
    A most enjoyable murder mystery, although a very quick conclusion.
  19. February 2nd: Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell - £0.94 - 4/5 - 300pp
    Enjoying this series, but in need of a re-read at some point.
  20. February 4th: Death Turns a Trick by Julie Smith - Free - 3/5 - 156pp
    OK, but nothing special
  21. February 4th: Saint Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 4/5 - 200pp
    An enjoyable mediaeval mystery
  22. February 6th: Skyclimber by Raymond Z. Gallun - £2.09 - 2/5 - 429pp
    Interesting story, poorly told
  23. February 8th: Shadow Worlds by Darrell Bain and Barbara M. Hodges - £2.51 - 3/5 - 388pp
    An OK-ish parallel words story, but the drama seemed artificial
  24. February 9th: Lightspeed Magazine #57 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.36 - 4/5 - 240pp
    A very good issue of the magazine. Some lovely stories.
  25. February 11th: Asimov's SF, March 2015, edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 4/5 - 164pp
    Also a very good issue. A most enjoyable set of stories.
  26. February 12th: How Lovely Are Thy Branches by Diane Duane - £1.16 - 4/5 - 95pp
    A good little holiday story.
  27. February 13th: Rogues edited by GRR Martin and Gardener Dozois - £1.19 - 5/5 - 681pp
    An excellent collection of stories. Very much recommended.
  28. February 18th: Higher Education by Charles Sheffield and Jerry Pournelle - £2.22 - 3/5 - 193pp
    An OK coming of age story. I find I've read it before
  29. February 18th: Time Rider by Rick Mallory - £2.97 - 2/5 - 220pp
    Time-travel romance with not a lot to recommend it.
  30. February 19th: Analog SFF, April 2015, edited by Trevor Quachi - £1.99 - 4/5 - 181pp
    An very good issue, as usual.
  31. February 22nd: Dream Killer Stephen Crane Davidson - £1.06 - 2/5 - 168pp
    Poor.
  32. February 23rd: The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang - £0.95 - 5/5 - 33pp
    An excellent time travel tale.
  33. February 24th: Inside Job by Connie Willis - £0.95 - 3/5 - 70pp
    An enjoyable tale of debunkers and psychics
  34. February 24th: Jacaranda by Cherie Priest - £0.96 - 2/5 - 104pp
    A rather prosaic horror tale. Not my kind of thing.
  35. February 25th: The Ape's Wife and Other Stories by Caitlin R. Kiernan - 0.96 - 2/5 - 264pp
    The writing style and the kind of short story weren't to my taste
  36. February 27th: The Slice of No.1 Celebration Storybook by Alexander McCall Smith - Free - 4/5 - 25pp
    Two pleasant short stories about Mma Ramotswe
  37. February 27th: Hell's Bells by M. C. Beaton - Free - 3/5 - 10pp
    OK, but not really long enough to see whether I'll like Beaton's writing
  38. February 27th: Saturday The Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman - £1.45 - 5/5 - 223pp
    A wonderful little murder mystery
  39. March 1st: The Phaeton Condition by Douglas R. Mason - £1.48 - 2/5 - 160pp
    Poor early 1970s future environmental apocalypse novel
  40. March 3rd: GrantVille Gazette #58 - £2.75 - 4/5 - 239pp
    A most enjoyable dose of the minutiae of the 1632 universe.
  41. March 4th: Nobody's Home by Tim Powers - £0.95 - 3/5 - 34pp
    An intriguing introduction to his Annubis Gates universe.
  42. March 4th: Lightspeed Magazine #58 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.36 - 3/5 - 267pp
    Some I liked. Some I didn't. I'd already red the excellent novella.
  43. March 6th: The Apocalypse Ocean by Tobias Buckell - £0.37 - 4/5 - 213pp
    Excellent story, wish there were more.
  44. March 8th: The Paladin by C J Cherryh - £2.50 - 3/5 - 285pp
    OK, but no overt fantasy elements, and not really memorable.
  45. March 10th: F&SF, March/April 2015 edited by Gordon van Gelder - £1.98 - 3/5 - 239pp
    Some I really liked, some I didn't
  46. March 12th: The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart - £0.96 - 4/5 - 697pp
    Three splendid fantasy ancient China tales
  47. March 15th: The Horseman by Kristina O'Donnelly - Free - 2/5 - 569pp
    [ABANDONED] Not really my sort of thing.
  48. March 16th: Monitors by Darrell Bain - £1.88 - 2/5 - 362pp
    [ABANDONED] Silly.
  49. March 16th: The Land of Ingary Trilogy by Diana Wynne Jones - £1.20 - 5/5 - 589ppp
    Excellent trilogy of three stand-alone fantasy stories
  50. March 17th: Analog SFF, May 2015, edited by Trevor Quachi - £1.99 - 4/5 - 184pp
    A very good issue, as usual.
  51. March 18th: Asimov's SF, April-May 2015, edited by Sheila Williams - £3.98 - 3/5 - 288pp
    An OK issue
  52. March 20th: Bloom County, vol.1 - £0.70 - 2/5 - 378pp
    [ABANDONED - Just not interesting to me]
  53. March 20th: An Audience for Einstein by Mark Wakely - £1.88 - 3/5 - 427pp
    An OK look at life extension, but only OK.
  54. March 21st: The Darwath Series by Barbara Hambley - £3.49 - 5/5 - 512pp
    A most enjoyable fantasy trilogy
  55. March 24th: Destination Unknown by Agatha Christie - £0.20 - 4/5 - 180pp
    A rather nice spy/adventure novel
  56. March 25th: The Time Trap by Henry Kuttner- Free - 2/5 - 107pp
    An early super science/time travel/adventure story, with no depth
  57. March 26th: MindWar by Darrell Bain - £3.39 - 3/5 - 491pp
    OK, but nothing special and a rather ridiculous premise
  58. March 27th: Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey - free - 3/5 - 471pp
    Would have been more except for the science/technology slip-ups
  59. March 28th: Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone - £1.62 - 5/5 - 415pp
    A splendid fantasy
  60. March 29th: The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith - £3.66 - 3/5 - 188pp
    Perhaps more philosophising than usual.
  61. March 30th: The Merchant's Mark by Pat McIntosh - £0.84 - 4/5 - 234pp
    Another interesting mediaeval murder mystery
  62. March 31st: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie - £4.24 - 4/5 - 302pp
    Very good - a new author to watch
  63. April 2nd: Lightspeed Magazine #59 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.36 - 2/5 - 246pp
    A disappointing issue for me. I didn't really like any of the stories.
  64. April 3rd: The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien - £0.99 - 5/5 - 464pp
    A pleasant re-read.
  65. April 10th: Deeds of Honor by Elizabeth Moon - £0.40 - 5/5 - 122pp
    A most enjoyable return to Paksenarrion's universe
  66. April 12th: The Leper of St Giles by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - 221pp
    A splendid story, although the villain is a bit obvious
  67. April 13th: Bloodchild by Octavia Butler - Free - 4/5 - 27pp
    A very interesting short story, well told
  68. April 14th: Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 289pp
    An excellent historical miltary fiction. I'm looking forward to the rest!
  69. April 15th: Lady in Waiting by Sarah Gross - £3.17 - 2/5 - 184pp
    A rather poor time travel story. And I find I've read it before.
  70. April 15th: Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 283pp
    Splendid historical military fiction set around Wellington's first big battle
  71. April 17th: Sharpe's Fortress by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 283pp
    Wow, splendid books. Love them.
  72. April 18th: To the Vaninshing Point by Alan Dean Foster - £2.75 - 3/5 - 320pp
    A fun but not memorable fantasy road trip to save the multiverse
  73. April 20th: Asimov's SF, June2015, edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 5/5 - 172pp
    An excellent issue. A wide variety of interesting and well-written stories.
  74. April 21st: Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves - £0.99 - 4/5 - 168pp
    A very good YA set in an interesting multiverse
  75. April 22nd: Analog SFF, June 2015, edited by Trevor Quachi - £1.99 - 4/5 - 189pp
    Another good issue, with some interesting stuff about it being the 1000th issue.
  76. April 22nd: Grantville Gazette VII, edited by Eric Flint - £0.75 - 4/5 - 382pp
    An excellent selection from the E-Gazettes 10-20 and an original short story by Eric.
  77. April 23rd: The Bridge of the Separator by Harry Turtledove - £2.00 - 4/5 - 478pp
    It all makes sense now I know it's a prequel to the Videssos series as a whole.
  78. April 24th: Castaway Planet by Eric Flint and Ryk E Spoor - £0.74 - 4/5 - 284pp
    Swiss Family Robinson in space.
  79. April 26th: Coming Out Atheist by Greta Christina - £3.33 - 4/5 - 390pp
    Interesting, but not much was applicable to me
  80. April 27th: Catastrophes, Chaos and Convolutions by James P Hogan - £2.00 - 2/5 - 326pp
    Stories, OK, and some articles were OK, but his hobby horse of wacky 'science' turns me off his work.
  81. April 28th: The Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 272pp
    Splendid fun.
  82. April 30th: Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 4/5 - 182pp
    I think I prefer Amelia Peabody, but still a fun read
  83. May 1st: Grantville Gazette #59 edited by Paul Goodlett - £3.00 - 3/5 - 159pp
    An Average issue of the Grantville Gazette
  84. May 1st: A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer - £1.19 - 5/5 - 248pp Re-read
    I remembered the world but had forgotten the story. Brilliant.
  85. May 2nd: The Billion Dollar Boy by Charles Sheffield - £2.22 - 3/5 - 178pp
    Kipling's Captains Courageous in the future and in space.
  86. May 3rd: The Mallet of Loving Correction by John Scalzi - £0.37 - 4/5 - 424pp
    A funny and insightful collection of blog posts - in alphabetical order!
  87. May 5th: Lightspeed Magazine #60 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.36 - 4/5 - 256pp
    A good issue
  88. May 6th: Cure for the Morning After by Darrell Bain - £1.06 - 3/5 - 22pp
  89. May 6th: Unforseen Reward by Darrell Bain - £1.13 - 3/5 - 29pp
  90. May 6th: Samantha by Darrell Bain - £0.96 - 3/5 - 30pp
    Three entertaining short stories, but nothing special
  91. May 8th: The Pet Plague Trilogy by Darrel Bain - £9.05 - 2/5 - 1078pp
    Premise implausible, characters thin and plot poor.
  92. May 11th: The Owl Service by Alan Garner - £0.99 - 4/5 - 138pp
    A splendid supernatural story.
  93. May 12th: They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer- £1.20 - 4/5 - 209pp
    A very good murder mystery
  94. May 13th: The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters- £0.99 - 4/5 - 200pp
    Another excellent mediaeval mystery
  95. May 14th: Demon's Gate by Steve White - £2.00 - 4/5 - 252pp
    An enjoyable bronze-age fantasy
  96. May 16th: The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain - Free - 3/5 - 60pp
    OK, but certainly not the best of 1901-1910
  97. May 17th: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery - Free - 5/5 - 238pp
    A very well told story indeed
  98. May 18th: Before Adam by Jack London - Free - 3/5 - 90pp
    OK, but certainly not the best of 1901-1910
  99. May 18th: The Virginian by Owen Wister - Free - 4/5 - 350pp
    Another good story well told.
  100. May 20th: The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers - Free - 3/5 - 304pp
    A good mystery/adventure, but a bit slow for my taste.
  101. May 22nd: The Golden Bowl by Henry James - Free - 2/5 - 538pp
    [ABANDONED] After 50 pages - not to my taste in prose style
  102. May 23rd: The Wings of the Dove by Henry James - Free - 2/5 - 538pp
    [ABANDONED] After 30 pages - definitely not to my taste in prose style
  103. May 24th: The Handome Man's De Luxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith - £2.99 - 4/5 - 182pp
    Another enjoyable visit to Mma Ramotswe's Botswana
  104. May 25th: A Passage to India by E. M. Forster - Free - 2/5 - 233pp
    [ABANDONED]Not as bad as the Henry James, but still not for me.
  105. May 27th: Analog SF/F, July/August 2015 edited by Trevor Quachi - £3.98 - 4/5 - 329pp
    A very good set of stories. And a serial, which I will only read when complete.
  106. May 28th: Asimov's SF, July 2015 edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 4/5 - 158pp
    Another good issue.
  107. May 29th?: F&SF, May/June 2015 eedited by Sheila Williams - £1.98 - 3/5 - 248pp
    I forgot to note this at the time. Clearly an average issue.
  108. May 30th: The Fortress of Glass by David Drake - £2.00 - 4/5 - 393pp
    Very good fantasy. I'm looking forward to the other two in this trilogy.
  109. June 1st: Moon Base by E. C. Tubb - £3.96 - 3/5 - 116pp
    OK, but nothing special
  110. June 2nd: The Nightmare People by Lawrence Watt-Evans - £3.96 - 4/5 - 250pp
    A very good Fantasy Horror
  111. June 3rd: Lightspeed Magazine #61 edited by JJ Adams - £0.86 - 4/5 - 501pp
    A very good collection of SF stories
  112. June 4th: Mirror of Worlds by David Drake - £4.00 - 3/5 - 335pp
    Fun, but a little more arbitrary than usual
  113. June 6th: Denner's Wreck by Lawrence Watt-Evans - £4.39 - 4/5 - 205pp
    A good story, although rather too kind to the 'Powers'
  114. June 7th: Stardeath by E. C. Tubb - £3.96 - 2/5 - 147pp
    OK, but dated in attitudes.
  115. June 8th: Dauntless by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 252pp
    Enjoyable space opera
  116. June 9th: The Lizard War by John Dalmas - £2.00 - 3/5 - 266pp
    An OK longish-time-post-apocalyptic & aliens story.
  117. June 10th: Fantasy Magazine #1 - £0.31 - 3/5 - 193pp
    An OK collection. Some were a bit more 'literary' than I like.
  118. June 12th: Fearless by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 256pp
  119. June 13th: The Two Moons by James P. Hogan - £2.50 - 2/5 - 431pp
    [ABANDONED]
  120. June 14th: Courageous by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 251pp
    Fun.
  121. June 15th: Valiant by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 250pp
    Still fun, but some of the physics seems dodgy.
  122. June 15th: The Multiplex Man by James P Hogan - £2.50 - 3/5 - 381pp
    OK. I was a bit unhappy with some aspects, but an OK book overall.
  123. June 16th: Relentless by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 253pp
    Still fun space opera
  124. June 17th: Victorious by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 260pp
    A satisfying conclusion
  125. June 19th: Warp Point by Darrell Bain - £2.37 - 2/5 - 685pp
    Space opera, but the plot's got enormous holes.
  126. June 20th: Star Quest by Stuart J Byrne - £2.12 - 1/5 - 621pp
    [ABANDONED - dreadful sub-Star Trek poor writing ugh.]
  127. June 21st: Born-Again by K. D. Wentworth - Free - 3/5 - 14pp
    An amusing little story about Jesus clones
  128. June 21st: A First Glimpse and other stories by Raymond Z. Gallun - £2.28 - 4/5 - 262pp
    A splendid collection of early SF. Let down a little by the title story.
  129. June 24th: The Gods Return by David Drake - £4.08 - 4/5 - 359pp
    An excellent conclusion to the series
  130. 25th June: Pyramid Power by Eric Flint and Dave Freer - £2.50 - 4/5 - 365pp
    Fun with Myths and Aliens
  131. 28th June: Fantasy Magazine #2 edited by Sean Wallace and Paul G. Tremblay - £0.31 - 3/5 - 174pp
    A mixed bag. Some I liked a lot, others weren't to my taste.
  132. June 29th: Sharp's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwall - £0.99 - 4/5 - 273pp
    An excellent novel in the series.
  133. June 30th: The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein - £0.67 - 4/5 - 228pp
    An intriguing story world and good characters. I'm looking forward to the others.
  134. July 3rd: Grantville Gazette #60 edited by Paula Goodlett - £3.00 - 3/5 - 171pp
    The usal mix of short stories set in the 1632 universe. Fun.
  135. July 4th: Outskirter's Secret by Rosemary Kirstein - £1.14 - 4/5 - 406pp
    Excellent second novel in her Steerswoman series.
  136. July 5th: Chicks and Balances edited by Esther Friesner - £2.54 - 4/5 - 291pp
    Good fun as expected
  137. July 7th: 1636: The Cardinal Virtues by Eric Flint & Walter H Hunt - £2.02 - 4/5 - 369pp
    A very eventful book in the main line of the series.
  138. July 8th: Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold - £2.99 - 5/5 - 100pp
    An Excellent Novella in her Five Gods universe
  139. July 9th: The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein - £1.13 - 5/5 - 438pp
    Excellent world building with a genuinely alien environment.
  140. July 11th: Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - £2.02 - 5/5 - 369pp
    Excellent - really looking forward to the next one.
  141. July 12th: Timebound by Rysa Walker - £1.00 - 3/5 - 301pp
    An interesting take on time travel, but not good enough to make me get any more.
  142. July 14th: Into the Maelstrom by David Drake and John Lambshead - £0.74 - 4/5 - 383pp
    An enjoyable sequel to Into the Hinterlands
  143. July 16th: High Wizardry by Diane Duane - £1.83 - 5/5 - 223pp
    Excellent.
  144. July 16th: The World of Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse - £1.99 - 5/5 - 557pp
    A simply splendid collection of the Jeeves & Wooster short stories.
  145. July 17th: Analog SF, Sep 2015 edited by Trevor Quachri - £1.99 - 3/5 - 187pp
    An average issue.
  146. July 19th: Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 3/5 - 199pp
    A fun murder mystery, but the murderer was obvious from at least half way.
  147. July 21st: Trail of Evil by Travis S. Taylor - £1.87 - 3.5 - 346pp
    OK-ish. I'm not sure I'll get the next one.
  148. July 22nd: Asimov's SF edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 4/5 - 166pp
    Some good stories
  149. July 23rd: A Braver Thing by Charles Sheffield - £0.36 - 3/5 - 32pp
    Interesting story
  150. July 24th: Putting Up Roots by Charles Sheffield - £2.22 - 3/5 - 200pp
    OK, but obvious and implausible
  151. July 24th: F&SF, July/August 2015 edited by C. C. Finlay - £1.98 - 5/5 - 252pp
    An absolutely excellent issue. Best for some time!
  152. July 27th: Alternate Generals I edited by Harry Turtledove - £2.50 - 3/5 - 254pp
    OK, but not really my kind of thing
  153. July 28th: Anathem by Neal Stephenson - £1.19 - 4/5 - 809pp
    Excellent world building and interesting ideas. Long!
  154. August 4th: Poldark by Winston Graham - £1.19 - 5/5 - 464pp
    Excellent Historical Drama
  155. August 6th: The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince - £0.99 - 4/5 - 80pp
    Very good back story of later events
  156. August 7th: Dodger by Terry Pratchett - £3.66 - 5/5 - 373pp
    A most enjoyable fantasy victorian London
  157. August 8th: A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane - £1.83 - 4/5 - 223pp
    Excellent story, but some typos and dubious updating
  158. August 11th: Analog SFF, Oct 2015 edited by Trevor Quachri - £1.99 - 3/5 - 184pp
    Average issue. Nothing I especially liked, but all enjoyable
  159. August 12th: Asimov's SF, Sep 2015 edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 3/5 - 165pp
    Ditto
  160. August 13th: Lightspeed Magazine, July 2015 edited by J J Adams - £0.31 - 3/5 - 262
    pp
    Ditto
  161. August 15th: Demelza by Winston Graham - £1.19 - 5/5 - 400pp
    An excellent novel in the series. I'm looking forward to the next one.
  162. August 18th: Breakfast in the Ruins by Barry Malzburg - £2.50 - 1/5 - 433pp
    [ABANDONED]Essays on SF, and not cheerful ones. Ugh.
  163. August 18th: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett - £2.48 - 5/5 - 300pp
    What's to say? Wonderful.
  164. August 19th: The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P. Hogan - £2.50 - 2/5 - 392pp
    [ABANDONED. Info dumps and explanations of the mundane]
  165. August 20th: Echoes of an Alien Sky by James P. Hogan - £2.50 - 2/5 - 336pp
    [ABANDONED. The errors of the other one, plus his loony science]
  166. August 20th: Liaden Universe Constellation 3 by Lee and Miller - £2.18 - 5/5 - 297pp
    Excellent, as expected.
  167. August 24th: No Exit by Larry Niven and Jean Marie Stine - £1.67 - 3/5 - 26pp
    An OK short story, which an interesting anecdote about how it came to be written.
  168. August 24th: Trinity on Tylos by Pamela J. Dodd - £3.39 - 2/5 - 554pp
    Silly alien contact.romance story. Read previously.
  169. August 25th: Seas of Ernathe by Jeffrey A Carver - £2.43 - 3/5 - 397pp
    It got a bit better as it went on, but (IMO) the Andre Norton influence is clear.
  170. August 28th: The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch - £1.99 - 5/5 - 571pp
    Excellent. Although I think the epilogue was unnecessary.
  171. August 31st: Lightspeed Magazine #63 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.31 - 3/5 - 230pp
    Only average. I really didn't like one of the stories, but the novella saved it
  172. September 6th: Grantville Gazeete #61 edited by Walt Boyes - £3.00 - 4/5 - 171pp
    The expected enjoyable read.
  173. September 9th: The Language of Power by Rosemary Kirstein - £1.13 - 4/5 - 297pp
    An enjoyable continuation of the story. A shame the next two aren't written yet.
  174. September 11th: F&SF, September/October2015 edited by C. C. Finlay - £1.98 - 4/5 - 250pp
    Another very enjoyable edition. Good for C. C. Finlay!
  175. September 16th: Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham - £1.19 - 5/5 - 267pp
    Excellent drama set at the end of the 18th century.
  176. September 17th: Lightspeed Magazine #64 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.31 - 3/5 - 242pp
    A good issue. I enjoyed it more than last month's.
  177. September 20th: A Call to Arms by David Weber, Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope - £2.04 - 4/5 - 331pp
    Satisfying Space Opera
  178. September 21st: Dying for a Living by Kory Shrum - Free - 2/5 - 230pp
    Too many impossible things introduced to the story.
  179. September 23rd: Star Rigger's Way by Jeffrey Carver - £2.81 - 3/5 - 386pp
    An enjoyable adventure although the psionics dates it.
  180. September 24th: Twice in Time by Manley Wade Wellman - £2.03 - 3/5 - 191pp
    Nice detail and a good time travel device
  181. September 28th: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch - £0.99 - 5/5 - 281pp
    An excellent new series of a contemporary magical London
  182. September 30th: It's Up To Charlie Hardin by Dead Ing - £2.04 - 2/5 - 205pp
    Not SF/Fantasy at all. Pure wartime childhood fiction. OK, but only OK.
  183. October 1st: Dark Watcher by Lillith Saintcrow - £2.50 - 3/5 - 388pp
    paranormal romance with the emphasis on the romance
  184. October 2nd: Asimov's SF October/November 2015 edited by Sheila Williams - £3.98 - 3/5 - 288pp
    OK, but rather more fantasy than I'd expect in Asimov's
  185. October 7th: The Long Mars by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett - £3.29 - 3/5 - 327pp
    A bit disappointing.
  186. October 12th: [Onward, Drake!] edited by Mark van Name - £2.04 - 4/5 - 254pp
    Mostly very good
  187. October 16th: Methuselah's Virus by Raspal Chima - £2.89 - 2/5 - 560pp
    Sub-Michael Crichton. I didn't care about the characters. I thought the resolution was very poor.
  188. October 17th: The Cyborg and the Cemetry by Nancy Fulda - Free - 4/5 - 16pp
    Brief, but interesting and well-told.
  189. October 17th: Analog SFF, Nov 2015 edited by Trevor Quachri - £1.99 - 3/5 - 181pp
    An OK issue.
  190. October 19th: Analog SFF, Dec 2015 edited by Trevor Quachri - £1.99 - 4/5 - 182pp
    A good issue.
  191. October 21st: The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 4/5 - 231pp
    A good tale
  192. October 22nd: Crosstime by Andre Norton - £2.50 - 3/5 - 328pp
    OK, but not enough exploration of the idea for my liking.
  193. October 26th: The Devil's Novice by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 4/5 - 228pp
    Another fun quick read
  194. October 28th: Lightspeed Magazine #65 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.31 - 3/5 - 252pp
    An average issue.
  195. October 29nd: Asimov's SF December 2015 edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 2/5 - 171pp
    Too much fantasy edging into literary fantasy
  196. October 30th: Sharpe's Prey by Bernhard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 243pp
    An excellent story. Poor old Sharpe!
  197. October 31st: Dominion by Fred Saberhagen - £2.02 - 3/5 - 270pp
    A fun book, adding in another legendary figure.
  198. November 2nd: The Mind Monsters by Larry Maddock - £2.49 - 2/5 - 309pp
    Disappointing.
  199. November 4th: Grantville Gazette #62 edited by Walt Boyes and Bjorn Hasseler- £3.00 - 4/5 - 169pp
    Very good, as usual.
  200. November 5th: Jihad by Mercedes Lackey - £0.63 - 3/5 - 37pp
    God is real short. OKish
  201. November 5th: F&SF, November/December 2015 edited by C. C. Finlay - £1.98 - 3/5 - 250pp
    I liked about half the stories.
  202. November 8th: A Matter of Taste by Fred Sabergagen - £1.55 - 4/5 - 213pp
    'current day' and flashbacks. Fun stuff.
  203. November 9th: Lightspeed Magazine #66 edited by John Joseph Adams - £0.31 - 2/5 - 238pp
    Much too much towars the 'literary' end of things for me
  204. November 11th: The Lantern of God by John Dalmas - £2.50 - - 427pp
    A bit of a slow start, but OK in the end.
  205. November 13th: Dead Man's Ransom by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 3.5 - 227pp
    A bit too obvious, and with an unsatisactory ending. Still a quick, fun read.
  206. November 14th: The New Hugo Winners-Volume IV edited by Martin H Greenberg - £2.50 - 4/5 - 436pp
    Excellent stories, although I find I had read them all before.
  207. November 17th: Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch - £0.99 - 5/5 - 254pp
    Excellent. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this urban magic series
  208. November 20th: Dreadnaught by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 290pp
    A very good start to a new series
  209. November 22nd: The Pilgrim of Hate by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - 224pp
    A most enjoyable mystery.
  210. November 23rd: Invincible (Beyond the Frontier #2) by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 4/5 - 290pp
    I love his depiction of aliens
  211. November 25th: Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home by Harry Kemelman - £1.45 - 5/5 - 229pp
    An excellent depition of community live, with a murder mystery too.
  212. November 26th: The Cyborg from Earth by Charles Sheffield - £2.22 - 3/5 - 229pp
    Pretty good.
  213. November 27th: The Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane - £1.83 - 5/5 - 264pp
    Excellent story of loss and change
  214. November 30th: Earthblood and Other Stories by Keith Laumer et al. - £2.50 - 3/5 - 467pp
    Nothing special.
  215. December 4th: Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie - £2.99 - 4/5 - 189pp
    Hercule Poirot doing his bit. Not the best of her work, but still very readable.
  216. December 5th: Analog SFF, January/February 2016 edited by Trevor Quachri - £3.98 - 4/5 - 314pp
    A very good collection of stories.
  217. December 6th: [I]Red Tide by Larry Niven et al. - Free - 3/5 - 181pp
    Interesting, but not brilliant
  218. December 8th: Out of the World by Lawrence Watt-Evans - £1.98 - 4/5 - 265pp
    An interesting start to a rather more gritty trilogy than I'd expected.
  219. December 9th: The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler - 1.69 - 5/5 - 969pp
    A Splendid collection of Christmas Mysteries.
  220. December 18th: [I]Guardian (Beyond the Frontier #3) by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 313pp
    I do like his writing, his aliens and his universe
  221. December 21st:The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 193pp
    A splendid romance
  222. December 22nd:Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 258pp
    Another excellent adventure.
  223. December 22nd:Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 261pp
    And another. Great fun.
  224. December 25th: The Abduction of Ebenezer Scrooge by Lawrence Watt-Evans - Free - 4/5 - 5pp
    Fun short short
  225. December 26th: Asimov's SF January 2016 edited by Sheila Williams - £1.99 - 3/5 - 178pp
    Average. Some I liked, some I didn't
  226. December 28th: Steadfast by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 300pp
    Most Enjoyable


Books added to TBR in 2015

Freebies (9)
Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson (Sainsbury voucher)
Bernado's House by James Patrick Kelly (Amazon Freebie)
Some of the Best from Tor.com, 2013 by various authors (Tor.com freebie)
Some of the Best from Tor.com, 2014 by various authors (Tor.com freebie)
Death Turns a Trick by Julie Smith (Amazon/Kobo freebie)
Wool by Hugh Howey (Kobo freebie in June 2014, but only moved to TBR now)
The Slice of No.1 Celebration Storybook by Alexander McCall Smith (Sainsbury Voucher)
Hell's Bells by M C Beaton (freebie from 2013)
Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum (Deals thread recommendation)
The Cyborg and the Cemetery by Nancy Fulda
Red Tide by Larry Niven et al.
The Abduction of Ebenezer Scrooge by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Gifts (5)
Catweazle, The Tomorrow Girl, What If, A Slip of the Keyboard, Information is Beautiful

Loans

Bought
  • January (8/£13.31): F&SF January 2015, Lightspeed January 2015, Grantville Gazette #57, The Darwath Trilogy, The Golem and the Djinni, The Julian Katz Collection, Sly Mongoose, 1636: The Barbie Consortium
  • February (15/£18.34): Lightspeed February 2015, The Once and Future King, Lamentation, Analog SFF April 2015, Asimov's SF March 2015, Rogues, How Lovely Are Thy Branches, Humble Bundle (Inside Job, Jacaranda, The Merchant and the Alchamist's Gate, The Jack Vance Treasury, Nobody's Home, The Ape's Wife, The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox), The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke
  • March (12/£19.29) Lightspeed March 2015, Grantville Gazette #58, F&SF March 2015, Bloom Country vols. 1-4, Analog SF May 2015, Asimov's SFF April/May 2015, Full Fathom Five, The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Ancillary Justice
  • April (12/£15.15): Lightspeed April 2015, Deeds of Honor, Analog SFF June 2015, Asimov's SF June 2015, Interworld, Castaway Plant, Grantville Gazette VII, Into the Maelstrom, Coming out Atheist, Firefall, The Art Whisperer, Trail of Evil
  • May (15/£26.40): Grantville Gazette #59, F&SF May 2015, Lightspeed May 2015, The Gods Return, The Owl Service, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Mysteries, Lost Fleet 2-6, The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café, Analog SFF July/August 2015, Asimov's July 2015,
  • June (65/£26.77): Lightspeed June 2014 Special: Queers Destroy SF, Cobra Outlaw, Dauntless (Lost Fleet 1), The Steerswoman, 57 back issues of Fantasy Magazine, Timebound, How To Bake, One Small Step, Dragon in Exile
  • July (30/£52.65): 1636: Cardinal Virtues, Chicks and Balances, Grantville Gazette #60, F&SF July 2015, Lightspeed July 2015, The Outskirter's Secret, The Lost Steersman, The Language of Power, Asimov's SFF August 2014, Analog SFF September 2014, Penric's Demon, Starship Troopers, The World of Jeeves, Moriarty, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, A Kingdom Besieged, Dragon Haven, The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince, Ship of Magic, The Emperor's Soul, Dodger, The Long Mars, First seven Poldark novels, Anathem
  • August (15/£24.07): Lightspeed August 2015, Analog SFF October 2015, Asimov's SF September 2015, A Liaden Universe Constellation 3, I Shall Wear Midnight, Shaman's Crossing, The Republic of Thieves, Farenheit 451, Shogun, The King's Hounds, Oathbreaker, A question of Time, A Sharpness on the Neck, A Matter of Taste, Dominion
  • September (37/£44.25): Grantville Gazette #61, F&SF September 2015, Lightspeed September 2015, Séance for a Vampire, Baen October 2015 (A Call to Arms, Onward Drake!, It's up to Charlie Hardin, Raising Caine, Collision, Twice in Time), Neil Gaiman Humble Bundle (20 books), First five Rivers of London books, Analog SFF November 2015, Asimov's SF October/November 2015
  • October (15/£16.67): Lightspeed October 2015, The Crystal Cave, Tai-pan, The Hollow Hills, 8 x Lost Fleet (Dreadnaught, Invincible, Guardian, Steadfast, Leviathan; Tarnished Knight, Perilous Shield, Imperfect Sword), Analog SFF December 2015, Asimov's SF December 2015, A Wizard of Earthsea
  • November (15/£22.32): Grantville Gazette #62, F&SF November 2015, Lightspeed November 2015, Stark's War, Stark's Command, A Just Determination, The Mage Winds, Mage Storms, The Heralds of Valdemar, Interim Errantry, Legion: Skin Deep, A Presumption of Death, Stark's Crusade, Lock In, The End of All Things
  • December (15/£20.72): Lightspeed December 2015, Fantasy Magazine December 2015 Queers Destroy Fantasy Special Issue, Analog SFF January/February 2016, Asimov's SF January 2016, The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, F&SF January 2016, Watership Down, The Monogram Murders, Flashman, Guiness Book of World Records 2016, The Day of the Triffids, The Shield of Time, Against all Enemies, Burden of Proof
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    Wishlist books (when on offer)
    • Soldiers out of Time
      The Sword of the South
      Hell's Foundations Quiver
      Ancillary Sword
      Ancillary Mercy
      Dumarest Novels
      The Shepherd's Crown
      Harper Hall trilogy
      Chronicles of Amber
      Earthsea books
      The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (Alexander McCall Smith)


Analysis
TBR: 787
Books read: 226 (including 22 freebies, 1 gift, 0 loans, 1 re-read, 8 not on TBR)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 14 (2 previously read, 11 discarded, 1 duplicate)

Books removed from TBR pile: 232
Books added to TBR pile: 269 (including 13 freebies, 5 gifts)
Removed/Added: 0.88
Net reduction for 2015: -37

Non-free books read: 194 (including 8 abandoned, 1 re-read)
Total cost of books read: £371.90
Average cost of books read: £1.92

Non-free books bought: 254 (including 3 not added to TBR)
Total cost of books bought: £299.94 (under budget: £300)
Average cost of books bought: £1.18

Already allocated to future purchases: £0
Unallocated budget: £0.06

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.

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Part A - 150 books

Read to date: 80 books

Part B - Genre Carousel

Fantasy - 18 books
The City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
Mistborn (#1-3) by Brandon Sanderson
Burned (Fever #7) by Karen Marie Moning
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Written in Red (The Others #1-3) by Anne Bishop
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews
Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter #7) by Nalini Singh
Fool's Quest (Fitz and the Fool #2) by Robin Hobb
Red Rose Chain (October Daye #9) by Seanan McGuire
Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong
Reap the Wind (Cassandra Palmer #7) by Karen Chance

Science Fiction - 6 books
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Dune by Frank Herbert
Vorkosigan Saga (#5.2, 6.2) by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Drafter by Kim Harrison
The Aeronaut's Windlass (Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher

Mystery & Detective - 46 books
Hercule Poirot (#7-12) by Agatha Christie
Alex Cross (#1-7) by James Patterson
Phryne Fisher (#6-7) by Kerry Greenwood
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carre
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Chronicles of Brother Cadfael (#8) by Ellis Peters
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Cat Who... (#1) by Lilian Jackson Braun
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Mary Russell (#12-13) by Laurie R. King
Dublin Murder Squad (#1-5) by Tana French
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Kate Shugak (#1-3) by Dana Stabenow
A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn
Sebastian St. Cyr (#1-8) by C.S. Harris
Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Romance - 4 books
The Science of Temptation (#1) by Delphine Dryden
Transcendence by Shay Savage
The Shadows (BDB #13) by J.R. Ward
The Secret by Julie Garwood

Historical Fiction - 6 books
The Iron King (Accursed Kings #1) by Maurice Druon
Mistress of the Art of Death (#1) by Ariana Franklin
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Shogun by James Clavell

Part C - Unread Book Balance < $100

Starting balance = $167.29
Current balance = $169.41

Part D - MR Book Club Participation

January - The Iron King (Accursed Kings #1) by Maurice Druon Read
February - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton Read
March - West with the Night by Beryl Markham Read
April - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck Read
May - Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene Read
June - American Gods by Neil Gaiman Previously Read
July - Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell Not Interested
August - Dhalgren by Samuel Delany Bailed
September - Candide by Voltaire Not Interested
October - Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson Not Interested
November - Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
December - The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

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- To read 35000 pages during the year 10248/35000
- To read at least 10 books greater than 500 pages (hardcover) 4/10
- To read 5 books greater than 700 pages (hardcover) 2/5

January

001.A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford #5) by Charles Todd 1/5
002.Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher - 4/5
003.Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #3) by David Baldacci - 4/5
004.The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss - 3/5
005.Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher - 2/5
006.English Tea Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery #17) by Leslie Meier - 4/5
007.The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - 2/5
008.The Escape (John Puller #3) by David Baldacci - 4/5
009.The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1) by M.C. Beaton - 3/5
010.Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson - 4/5
011.The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer - 5/5

February

012.Death Of A Gossip (Hamish Macbeth #1) by M.C. Beaton - 5/5
013.The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2) by M.C. Beaton - 2/5
014.Death of a Cad (Hamish Macbeth #2) by M.C. Beaton - 2/5
015.First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #4) by David Baldacci - 2/5
016.The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - 2/5
017.The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - 4/5
018.Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin #3) by M.C. Beaton - 4/5
019.Death of an Outsider (Hamish Macbeth #3) by M.C. Beaton - 5/5
020.Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley (Agatha Raisin #4) by M.C. Beaton - 3/5
021.Death of a Perfect Wife (Hamish Macbeth #4) by M.C. Beaton - 4/5

March

022.Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage (Agatha Raisin #5) by M.C. Beaton - 1/5
023.Death of a Hussy (Hamish Macbeth #5) by M.C. Beaton - 3/5
024.The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth #1) by Ken Follett - 4/5
025.Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles #5) by Jeffrey Archer - 3/5
026.The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente - 3/5

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60 books in 2015



Killing Floor by Lee Child
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Red Sea Peril by Shirley Billings
Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
First Term at Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton
The Woman Who Went to Bed For a Year by Sue Townsend
Bad Guys by Linwood Barclay
Any Way You Want Me by Lucy Diamond
The Enchanted Forest by Enid Blyton
A Game Of Thrones by George R R Martin
Maggie and Me by Damian Barr
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Guilty Wives by James Patterson
Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
Sir David Jason; A Life of Laughter by Stafford Hildred & Tim Ewbank
Life's New Hurdles by Colin Jackson
A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane
Sins of the Father by L S Sygnet
The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Perfect Daughter by Amanda Prowse
An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay
Girls Who Went To War by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Daughter of the Territory by Jacqueline Hammar
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
Bitter Almonds by Lilas Taha
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harvest by Celia Brayfield
Naked At Lunch by Mark Haskell Smith
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
A Harrowing Journey, Sailing into Danger by Desiree Trattles
Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
Humans by Matt Haig
19 minutes by Jodi Picoult

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I am going to keep the same page goal as last year and will continue my ongoing sub-goals.
1) Page Goal: Read 24,000 pages in 2015. - Completed 11/3/15
Multi-year Ongoing Goals:
2) Diversity: No more than 1 out of 5 books will be in a single genre.
3) Re-Read: No more than 1 out of 5 books will be re-reads.
4) Indies: At least 1 out of 5 books will be independently published.


Status as of December 31:
Page Goal Status: 28,315 pages read, 79 books/short stories completed.
Diversity Goal: 17% Fantasy books
Re-Read Goal: 14%
Indie Goal: 28%





Overall Summary Stats: 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Read 37 Books from 32 new authors
  • Read 48 library books (61%)
  • Read 24 books that either won or were shortlisted for a literary award
  • Read books published in 45 different years (highest from 2015 with 7)
  • Most read author: Terry Pratchett with 9

Completed books, ordered by finish date:
  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HP 5) - J.K. Rowling - Library book, started in 2014
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP 6) - J.K. Rowling - Library book
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HP 7) - J.K. Rowling - Library book
  4. Odd Interlude (Odd Thomas 4.5) - Dean Koontz - Library book(s), 3 part novel
  5. Point of Impact (Bob Lee Swagger 1) - Stephen Hunter - Library book
  6. The Camel Club (Camel Club 1) - David Baldacci - Library book
  7. In the Beginning was the Command Line - Neal Stephenson
  8. Split Second (King and Maxwell 1) - David Baldacci - Library book
  9. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson - Library book
  10. The Little Black Bag - C.M. Kornbluth
  11. The Marching Morons - C.M. Kornbluth
  12. Firefight (Reckoners 2) - Brandon Sanderson - Library book, epub only unfortunately
  13. Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson - From his website
  14. Sherlock Holmes ??: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - New Sherlock Holmes!
  15. Master and Commander (Aubrey-Maturin 1) - Patrick O'Brian
  16. Timeline - Michael Crichton - Library book, nominated for March MR Book Club
  17. The Innocent (Will Robie 1) - David Baldacci - Library book
  18. West with the Night - Beryl Markham - MR Book Club March 2015 selection, paper book from Library
  19. His Last Bow (SH 8)- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - From HarryT's omnibus
  20. Death's Hand (Descent 1) - SM Reine
  21. The Alloy of Law (Mistborn 4 / Wax and Wayne 1) - Brandon Sanderson
  22. Fool's Errand (Tawny Man 1) - Robin Hobb - Library book
  23. Dragonflight (Pern 1) - Anne McCaffrey - Library book
  24. War of Honor (HH10) - David Weber
  25. Patriot Games (Jack Ryan 2) - Tom Clancy - 1st book chronologically, but second published.
  26. The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth - Library book on my phone
  27. Bill Bryson's African Diary - Bill Bryson - Library book
  28. The Road Not Taken - Harry Turtledove - Short story
  29. Troll Bridge - Terry Pratchett
  30. Raising Steam (Discworld 40) - Terry Pratchett - Library book
  31. Phantoms - Dean Koontz - Library book
  32. Kraken - China Miéville - Library book
  33. Vanishing Act (Jane Whitefield 1) - Thomas Perry - Library book
  34. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
  35. The Magicians (Magicians 1) - Lev Grossman - Library book
  36. Three Parts Dead (Craft Sequence 1) - Max Gladstone
  37. The Egg - Andy Weir
  38. To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel 3) - Connie Willis - Library book
  39. At All Costs (HH11) - David Weber
  40. What If - Randall Munroe - Library Book
  41. Seveneves - Neal Stephenson - Library book
  42. Pines (Wayward Pines 1) - Blake Crouch - KOLL for July 2015
  43. The Einstein Prophecy - Robert Masello - Kindle First selection for July 2015
  44. The Atlantis Gene - A.G. Riddle - KOLL August 2015
  45. Wyrd Sisters (Discworld 6) - Terry Pratchett - Library book
  46. Armada - Ernest Cline - Library book
  47. Golden Buddha (Oregon Files 1) - Clive Cussler - Library book
  48. Theatre of Cruelty - Terry Pratchett - Available at L-Space
  49. Death and What Comes Next - Terry Pratchett - Available at L-Space
  50. A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices - Terry Pratchett - Available online
  51. The Quiller Memorandum (The Berlin Memorandum) - Adam Hall - Library audio book
  52. Lost Horizons - James Hilton - Library book
  53. Pyramids (Discworld 7) - Terry Pratchett - Library book
  54. The Sea and Little Fishes - Terry Pratchett
  55. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (SH 9) - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  56. Aye, and Gomorrah - Samuel R. Delany - Nebula Award winning short story for 1967
  57. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith - Library book
  58. The Star Creature - Steven A. Lyons - MR Author (Cromag) flash fiction
  59. Pandora's Star (Commonwealth Saga 1) - Peter F. Hamilton - Library book
  60. James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl - Library book
  61. The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon 1) - Daniel Silva - Library book
  62. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) - Library book
  63. Shadows of Self (Mistborn 5 / Wax and Wayne 2) - Brandon Sanderson - Library book
  64. Kidnapped - Robert Lewis Stephenson - MR Book Club October selection
  65. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami - Library book - Finished page goal for the year.
  66. The Eiger Sanction - Trevanian - Library audio book
  67. Guards! Guards! (Discworld 8) - Terry Pratchett - Library book
  68. The Aeronaut's Windlass (Cinder Spires 1) - Jim Butcher - Library book
  69. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman - 1975/6 Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award winner
  70. A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson - Library book
  71. The Lightning Tree - Patrick Rothfuss - Library book, short story from Rogues Anthology by G.R.R. Martin
  72. Roaring Twenties - Carrie Vaughn - Library book, short story from Rogues collection by G.R.R. Martin
  73. A Year and a Day in Old Theradane - Scott Lynch - Library book, short story from Rogues collection by G.R.R. Martin
  74. Legion - Brandon Sanderson - Audio book
  75. The Legend of Drizzt: Collected Stories - R.A. Salvatore - Audio book
  76. The Mediterranean Caper (Dirk Pitt 1 (2?)) - Clive Cussler - Library book
  77. Gone Fishin' - Walter Mosley
  78. The Manual of Detection - Jedediah Berry - Library audio book
  79. Dying Inside - Robert Silverberg - Library book
Book in progress:
  • Judas Unchained (Commonwealth Saga 2) - Peter F. Hamilton - Library book
Goal Change Log:
Spoiler:
1/16/15: I decided to change my sub-goals to book-based goals rather than page-based. My reasoning is that I read books, not individual pages, and this will allow me to choose whatever book I want regardless of page length since the page count won't affect my goals. This is the same reason that my main goal is a page-based goal - it allows me to read whatever I want without considering how long the book is. Page based sub-goals were forcing me to choose some genres that typically have shorter page counts than others in order to meet the goals. As part of this, I have adjusted the goals to be more in-line with what I have actually been doing and want to move forward with.
In practice this will mean that ~60% of the books I read will be Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Thrillers, the remaining 40% will be other genres (or specific sub-genres of the above that I track separate.) I can live with that.
Old multi-year Ongoing Goals:
2) Diversity: No more than 1/3 of pages read will be in a single genre.
3) Re-Read: No more than 1/4 of pages read will be re-reads.
4) Indies: At least 1/5 of pages read will be independently published.

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Keep ratio of new books to books read below 1.5:1

My 2:1 target for 2014 looks to have been met, so I'm stepping it up to 1.5:1. Maybe I'll actually get to reduce the TBR in 2016.

Added to TBR: 130 (100 paid)
Removed: 131
Net reduction: 1
Pages read: 36850

Books read:
1. Flesh and Blood - John Harvey (p) - 439p
2. Terms of Enlistment - Marko Kloos (k) - 334p +
3. Shadows Beneath - Writing Excuses (e) - 400p
4. The Way the Future Was - Frederik Pohl (e) - 249p
5. Tehanu - Ursula Le Guin (p) - 212p +
6. Call for the Dead - John le Carré (p) - 159p
7. The Great Bazaar and Brayan's Gold - Peter V Brett (k) - 129p
8. Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed (i) - 367p
9. Galactic Patrol - E E "Doc" Smith (e) - 241p -
10. The Last Wish - Andrzej Sapkowski (k) - 279p
11. Songs of the Earth - Elspeth Cooper (k) - 466p
12. Lines of Departure - Marko Kloos (k) - 315p
13. The Green Hills of Earth - Robert A Heinlein (e) - 180p
14. Punishment - Anne Holt (k) - 402p
15. Winning Colors - Elizabeth Moon (e) - 316p
16. Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish (short) - Stephen Leather (k) - 27p
17. Traitor's Blade - Sebastien de Castell (k) - 384p
18. The Custodians - Richard Cowper (k) - 144p
19. The Prefect - Alastair Reynolds (k) - 512p +
20. Half the World - Joe Abercrombie (h) - 484p +
21. Pump Six and Other Stories - Paolo Bacigalupi (e) - 237
22. Lye Street (novella) - Alan Campbell (k) - 129
23. The Paper Magician - Charlie N Holmberg (k) - 214
24. Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson (k) - 384
25. City - Clifford D Simak (p) - 242
26. Yendi - Steven Brust (p) - 142
27. Lord Edgware Dies - Agatha Christie (p) - 351
28. Saint Rebor - Adam Roberts (k) - 175
29. The Emperor's Blades - Brian Staveley (e) - 492
30. Childhood's End - Arthur C Clarke (k) - 211
31. Stranger Things Happen - Kelly Link (e) - 189
32. One (novella) - Nancy Kress (e) - 58
33. A Window or a Small Box (short) - Jedediah Berry (e) - 31
34. Homecoming (short) - Susan Palwick (e) - 28
35. Among Thieves - Douglas Hulick (k) - 413
36. The Forgotten Planet - Murray Leinster (e) - 145
37. Over Sea, Under Stone - Susan Cooper (p) - 221
38. Freaks (short) - Tess Gerritsen (k) - 16
39. The Four Last Things - Timothy Hallinan (k) - 317
40. Battle Flag - Bernard Cornwell (p) - 465
41. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie (p) - 347
42. The Mammoth Book of Locked-Room Mysteries and Impossible Crimes - Mike Ashley (ed) (e) - 455
43. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel (k) - 650
44. Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong - David Walsh (k) - 441
45. His Last Bow - Arthur Conan Doyle (e) - 156
46. The Long Tomorrow - Leigh Brackett (k) - 252
47. The Copper Promise - Jen Williams (k) - 542
48. The Death of Grass - John Christopher (p) - 195
49. The Mammoth Book of Steampunk - Sean Wallace (ed) (k) - 490
50. The Magicians - Lev Grossman (k) - 402 +
51. The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham (p) - 220
52. Why Didn't They Ask Evans? - Agatha Christie (p) - 192
53. The Mammoth Book of Nebula Awards SF - Kevin J Anderson (ed) (k) - 380
54. AI Unbound - Nancy Kress (k) - 126
55. The Heir of Night - Helen Lowe (k) - 435
56. Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie (k) - 389 +
57. Sudden Blow - Liz Brady (e) - 297
58. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories - Holly Black (e) - 140
59. The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison (e) - 358
60. The Time Traders - Andre Norton (e) - 191
61. Beggars in Spain (novella) - Nancy Kress (e) - 71
62. The Lascar's Dagger - Glenda Larke (p) - 464
63. Mothers and Other Monsters - Maureen F McHugh (e) - 210
64. Three-Act Tragedy - Agatha Christie (h) - 206
65. The Red: First Light - Linda Nagata (e) - 277
66. Edge of Infinity - Jonathan Strahan (ed) (e) - 246
67. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary - M R James (k) - 116
68. Authority - Jeff VanderMeer (k) - 339
69. The Enemy Stars - Poultry Anderson (k) - 141
70. The Governess - Evelyn Hervey (HRF Keating) (k) - 256
71. Half a War - Joe Abercrombie (h) - 497
72. Zima Blue - Alastair Reynolds (p) - 404
73. Angles of Attack - Marko Kloos (k) - 337
74. The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke (p) - 235
75. Servant of the Underworld - Aliette de Bodard (e) - 293
76. The Tomorrow People - Judith Merril (p) - 192
77. Little Machines - Paul McAuley (k) - 320
78. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson (e) - 670
79. Death in the Clouds - Agatha Christie (h) - 254
80. The Joy Makers - James Gunn (p) - 204
81. Hospital Station - James White (p) - 191
82. Deryni Rising - Katherine Kurtz (p) - 280
83. Marazan - Nevil Shute (p) - 224
84. The Fast Stuff - Mat Oxley (k) - 432
85. The Separation - Christopher Priest (p) - 405
86. The Moment of Eclipse - Brian Aldiss (p) - 206
87. Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton (k) - 310
88. Measures of Absolution (novella) - Marko Kloos (k) - 63
89. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu (k) - 390
90. A Free Man of Color - Barbara Hambly (e) - 305
91. Gene Wolfe's Book of Days - Gene Wolfe (p) - 246
92. The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson (e) - 666
93. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle (k) - 256
94. Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal (k) - 271
95. Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link (e) - 212
96. Lucky Thirteen (short) - Marko Kloos (k) - 14
97. Indemnity Only - Sara Paretsky (k) - 338
98. Timescape - Gregory Benford (k) - 411
99. The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell (k) - 327
100. Some Kind of Fairy Tale - Graham Joyce (k) - 389
101. Star Surgeon - James White (p) - 156
102. The ABC Murders - Agatha Christie (p) - 331
103. Howard Who? - Howard Waldrop (p) - 234
104. Sabriel - Garth Nix (k) - 487
105. The Planet Buyer - Cordwainer Smith (p) - 156
106. Glamour in Glass - Mary Robinette Kowal (k) - 267
107. All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past - Howard Waldrop (p) - 125
108. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick (p) - 230
109. Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl - Jack Vance (k) - 312
110. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes (k) - 310
111. Shattered Sands - WG Saraband (k) - 445
112. Armored - John Joseph Adams (ed) (e) - 377
113. Murder in Mesopotamia - Agatha Christie (h) - 218
114. Tales from Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin (k) - 296
115. The Magician King - Lev Grossman (k) - 399 +
116. Space: Above and Beyond - Peter Telep (p) - 258
117. I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison (e) - 123
118. Going Off Alarming - Danny Baker (k) - 263
119. Dangerous Women - George RR Martin & Gardner Dozois (eds) (k) - 784
120. The Death House - Sarah Pinborough (k) - 272
121. Syzygy - Michael G Coney (k) - 142
122. Pavane - Keith Roberts (k) - 292
123. Sun of China (short) - Cixin Liu (k) - 48
124. What Remains of Heroes - David Benem (k) - 475
125. Her Side (short) - Mur Lafferty & J R Blackwell (i) - 67
126. Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut (k) - 275
127. Outbound (short) - Brad R Torgersen (k) - 43
128. Cards on the Table - Agatha Christie (p) - 320
129. Exanastasis (short) - Brad R Torgersen (k) - 30
130. The Year of the Quiet Sun - Wilson Tucker (p) - 192
131. Marco and the Red Granny (novella) - Mur Lafferty (k) - 89

Monthly Breakdown:
Spoiler:
January
Bought: 6 (£20.66)
Free: 3
Borrowed: 1
Read: 14 (£18.00)
Pages: 4172

February
Bought: 13 (£25.99)
Borrowed: 1
Read: 10 (£19.79)
Pages: 2831

March
Bought: 12 (£19.23)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 13 (£23.67)
Pages: 2698

April
Bought: 7 (£8.65)
Read: 7 (£13.04)
Pages: 2681

May
Bought: 6 (£9.96)
Free: 1
Read: 9 (£16.85)
Pages: 2829

June
Bought: 3 (£9.32)
Free: 1
Read: 11 (£14.27)
Pages: 2886

July
Bought: 12 (£39.70)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 9 (£22.80)
Pages: 2613

August
Bought: 8 (£16.67)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 10 (£19.42)
Pages: 2873

September
Bought: 5 (£6.42)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 1
Read: 8 (£13.96)
Pages: 2357

October
Bought: 11 (£24.00)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 6
Read: 11 (£21.31)
Pages: 3471

November
Bought: 9 (£14.44)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 12 (£15.89)
Pages: 3457

December
Bought: 7 (£13.13)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 17 (£23.73)
Pages: 3972


Additional Goals:

1. Omnibusters. Read at least 12 books from omnibuses. Finish at least 3 omnibuses. - TARGET REACHED
Read: 12 - Tehanu, Winning Colors, Yendi, The Forgotten Planet, Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, Servant of the Underworld, The Well of Ascension, Death in the Clouds, The Hero of Ages, Howard Who?, All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl
Finished: 5 - Earthsea Quartet, Heris Serrano, Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?/Death in the Clouds, Mistborn Trilogy, Strange Things in Close Up

2. BSFA award winners (at least 4). Ongoing challenge, which got sidelined in 2014. I have 21 remaining at the start of 2015. - TARGET REACHED
Spoiler:
1970 - The Jagged Orbit - John Brunner (k)
1971 - The Moment of Eclipse - Brian W. Aldiss (p)
1976 - Brontomek! - Michael G. Coney (k)
1977 - The Jonah Kit - Ian Watson (k)
1979 - The Unlimited Dream Company - J. G. Ballard (k)
1980 - Timescape - Gregory Benford (k)
1982 - Helliconia Spring - Brian W. Aldiss (k)
1983 - Tik-Tok - John Sladek (k)
1985 - Helliconia Winter - Brian W. Aldiss (k)
1987 - Grainne - Keith Roberts (k)
1993 - Aztec Century - Christopher Evans (p)
2000 - Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle (k)
2002 - The Separation - Christopher Priest (p)
2003 - Felaheen - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2004 - River of Gods - Ian McDonald (k)
2005 - Air - Geoff Ryman (p)
2006 - End of the World Blues - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2007 - Brasyl - Ian McDonald (k)
2008 - The Night Sessions - Ken MacLeod (k)
2011 - The Islanders - Christopher Priest (k)
2013 - Ack Ack Macaque - Gareth L Powell (e)
2014 - Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie (k)


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


4. Named authors. Read a book by at least 12 of these writers: - TARGET REACHED
Spoiler:

Iain Banks
Agatha Christie - Lord Edgware Dies
Bernard Cornwell - Battle Flag
Graham Joyce - Some Kind of Fairy Tale
John Le Carré - Call for the Dead
Ursula Le Guin - Tehanu
L E Modesitt Jr.
Christopher Priest - The Separation
Alastair Reynolds - The Prefect
Adam Roberts - Saint Rebor
Brandon Sanderson - Steelheart
Nevil Shute - Marazan
Jack Vance - Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl
Jo Walton - Tooth and Claw
Gene Wolfe - Gene Wolfe's Book of Days


5. A short story a day. Read at least 200 shorter works of fiction. - TARGET REACHED
Total: 376
January: 32
February: 30
March: 32
April: 30
May: 31
June: 30
July: 32
August: 31
September: 30
October: 31
November: 30
December: 37

6. Fifty Years of SF. 1950-1999. An ongoing challenge to read a book published in every year from 1950 to 1999, in order.

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


Legend:
Book title: read 2013,read 2014,read,own,don't own
(p) paperback, (h) hardback, (k) kindle, (e) epub, (i) ibook/pdf, (a) audio
+ especially liked, - didn't much like

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To read 100 novellas & short stories, and to read books bought in 2014 and earlier

Goal Read 100 books DONE
Goal Focus on books purchased in 2014 or earlier
Goal Finish 100 novellas & short stories
Goal Finish 15 magazines

Novellas & Short Stories Read: 26
Spoiler:
001. 5/5 Minority Report - Robert Heinlein
002. 3/5 The Ebb Tide - James Blaylock (audio)
003. 4/5 Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan (audio)
004. 5/5 Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving (audio)
005. 5/5 The Repairman - Harry Harrison
006. 3/5 Toy Shop - Harry Harrison
007. 4/5 Stakeout At the Vampire Circus - Kevin J Anderson (audio)
008. 2/5 True Porn Clerk Stories - Ali Davis (audio)
009. 2/5 The Blue Carbuncle - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (audio)
010. 5/5 The Arm of the Law - Harry Harrison
011. 5/5 Masked Ball at Broxley Manor - Rhys Bowen (audio)
012. 2/5 Voodoo Planet - Andre Norton (audio)
013. 5/5 Leave It To Jeeves - P G Wodehouse (audio)
014. 3/5 Seeing Trouble in Deadwood - Ann Charles (audio)
015. 3/5 Boot Points - Ann Charles (audio)
016. 4/5 Leave It To Jeeves - P G Wodehouse (audio)
017. 5/5 Mazer in Prison - Orson Scott Card (audio)
018. 2/5 Guild Hunter Short Stories (2) - Nalini Singh (audio)
019. 3/5 You See But You Do Not Observe (Sherlock Holmes) - Robert J Sawyer (audio)
020. 4/5 It's In The Book - Mickey Spillane and Max Allen Collins (audio)
021.
022. 3/5 The Rocket - Ray Bradbury (Astronaut Farmer is based on this) (audio)
023. 5/5 The Shell Game - Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg (audio)
024. 4/5 The Ice Dragon - George R R Martin (audio)
025. 4/5 The Hedge Knight - George R R Martin (audio)
026. 4/5 The Shepherd - Frederick Forsythe (audio)




Magazines Read: 4
Spoiler:
1. Galaxy's Edge May 2014 #1
All good stories and a couple of great ones.
2. Analog Science Fiction & Fact March 2015
Good stories. Nothing outstanding for me.
3. Lightspeed Magazine #48 May 2014
Selfie (Sandra McDonald) & Shiva in Shadow (Nancy Kress) were particularly good.
4. Ellery Queen Magazine Jan 2010
Ok & good stories. Good Val McDermid story; otherwise not outstanding
5.



Baen Books TBR: 157 Read: 1
Spoiler:

001. Basilisk Station


Kobo Books TBR: 147 Read: 3
Spoiler:

001. Stakeout at Vampire Circus - Kevin J Anderson (e&a)
002. I Could Chew On This - Francesco Marciuliano
003. Hard Magic - Larry Corriea (e&a)


Barnes & Noble TBR: 29 Read: 1
Spoiler:

001. To Marry An English Lord - Gail MacColl & Carol McD. Wallace


Audiobooks TBR: 303 Listened: 29
Includes short stories and novellas
Spoiler:

001. The Ebb Tide - James Blaylock
002. Ajax Penumbra 1969 - Robin Sloan
003. Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
004. Nearly Departed in Deadwood - Ann Charles
005. Stakeout At Vampire Circus - Kevin J Anderson
006. Solaris - Stanislaw Law
007. Optical Delusions in Deadwood - Ann Charles
008. Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen
009. Masked Ball at Broxley Manor - Rhys Bowen
010. Voodoo Planet - Andre Norton
011. This Planet Is Taboo - Murray Leinster (2015)
012. Morgue Drawero Not Enter - Jutta Profijt (2015)
013. Leave It To Jeeves - P G Wodehouse
014. Seeing Trouble in Deadwood - Ann Charles (2015)
015. Speakeasy Guide to Prohibition Era Slang - Kevin C Fitzpatrick
016. Boot Points - Anne Charles (2015)
017. Mazer in Prison - Orson Scott Card
018. Guild Hunter Short Stories - Nalini Singh
019. You See But You Do Not Observe (Sherlock Holmes) - Robert J Sawyer
020. It's in the Book - Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins (2015)
021. 1632 - Eric Flint
022. Hard Magic - Larry Correia
023. Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
024. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
025. Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
026. Chopping Spree - Diane Mott Davidson
027. Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovich
028. Outlander - Diane Gabaldon
029. On Basilisk Station - David Weber
030. Dragons Queen - Michelle Pillow
031. Manhunt - Janet Evanovich
032. Knight of the Seven Kingdoms - George R R Martin



Amazon TBR: HUGE Read: 8
Spoiler:

001. Nearly Departed in Deadwood - Ann Charles (whispersync)
002. Optical Delusions in Deadwood - Ann Charles (whispersync)
003. Morgue Drawer: Do Not Enter - Jutta Profijt (whispersync)
004. 1632 - Eric Flint
005. Outlander - Diane Gabaldon
006. An Encounter With Venus - Elizabeth Mansfield
007. Dragon's Queen - Michelle Pillow (whispersync)
008. The Huddlers - William Gault
009. Encounter with Venus - Elizabeth Mansfield
010. Earl's Inconvenient Wife - Ruth Ann Nordon




Other Publishers TBR: 32? Read:
Spoiler:

001.


Books Read

January
001. 4/5 Tall, Dark & Hungry - Lyndsay Sands (audio)
My favorite of the paranormal romances. Audiobook had good reader!
002. 5/5 Fellowship of the Ring - J R R Tolkein (audio)
Just as good decades later!
003. 4/5 Love Bites - Lyndsay Sands (audio)
Good, but it doesn't grab as well as the other books in the early series.
004. 5/5 Single White Vampire - Lyndsay Sands (audio)
Love this one. Better in audio for the humor.
005. 2/5 Guidebook to Murder - Lynn Cahoon
Didn't interest me.
006. 5/5 Dune - Frank Herbert (audio)
Just as good as when I read it decades ago.
007. 1/5 All the Windwracked Stars - Elizabeth Bear [abandoned] (audio)
To grim. Couldn't get into it. Abandoned 1/3 way through.
008. 5/5 Starship Grifters - Robert Kroese (eread + audio)
So very funny.
009. 5/5 Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett (audio)
This was great! Loved it. Death has his challenges.
010. 5/5 Nearly Departed in Deadwood - by Ann Charles (audio)
I really enjoyed this cozy and looking forward to next installment.
011. 3/5 Solaris - Stanislaw Law (audio)
This was an 'ideas' book. The plot was great, but I got bored.
February
012. 5/5 Optical Delusions in Deadwood - Ann Charles
Still loving this series. Great mystery cozy.
013. 2/5 The Dreadful Debutante - M C Beaton
Dreadful. Hard to believe this well-known author wrote this bad.
014. 1/5 Murder in Miniature - Margaret Grace [abandoned]
Didn't finish. Didn't like the writing style.
015. 4/5 How I Spent My Summer Vacation - Gillian Roberts
Fast, to the point and funny.
016. 5/5 The Two Towers - J R R Tolkien (audio)
Great action in this novel. Audio is supurb.
017. 2/5 I Could Chew On This - Francesco Marciuliano
I might be biased, but I preferred the cat one.
018. 5/5 Her Royal Spyness - Rhys Bowen (audio)
Loved this mystery cozy. I'll be listening to more.
019. 5/5 Tough Cookie - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Another good mystery. Fast pace. Recipes I'm going to try!
020. 5/5 This World Is Taboo - Murray Leinster (audio)
This was a great book!! Loved it!
021. 4/5 The Secret Life of Bletchley Park - Sinclair McKay
Very good history. Lively.
022. 5/5 A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen (audio)
Another enjoyable cozy
023. 2/5 Darkness Dawns - Diane Duvall [abandoned]
Story was ok, but the immortals are unrealistically modern.
March
024. 4/5 Sticks & Scones - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Another great story. Some issues with it but good.
025. 5/5 Morgue Drawer: Do Not Enter - Jutta Profijt (audio)
Love, love, love this series. An unusual mystery cozy with a ghost.
026. 3/5 Murder in Merino - Sally Goldenbaum
I liked this series, but it's getting stale.
027. 3/5 To Marry an English Lord - Gail MacColl & Carold McD. Wallace
Lively history of the wealthy in turn of the 19th century.
028. 1/5 Bite Me Your Grace - Brooklyn Ann [abandoned]
Book sucked on several levels. No more freebee vampire novels.
029. 5/5 Gin & Daggers - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
As delightful as the TV show on which it is based. Sensible cozy.
030. 5/5 The Chase - Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg (audio)
Great story. Cross between cozy and thriller
031. 5/5 1632 - Eric Flint (audio)
This was a great story, even if far fetched.
032. 5/5 Manhattans & Murder - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
I thought this had a great plot. Loved it!
033. 1/5 Karen Memery - Elizabeth Bear [abandoned]
Not my cup of tea. I don't plan to read any more by this author.
April
034. 4/5 Hard Magic (book 1 Grimnoir Chronicles) - Larry Correia (audio)
NOT a detective story. More an alternative universe thriller with magic.
035. 4/5 Rum and Razors - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Very good cozy!
036. 5/5 Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Totally hilarious.
037. 4/5 Triplanetary - E E Doc Smith (audio)
Great pulp fiction
038. 4/5 A Bite To Remember - Lyndsay Sands (audio)
Another winning paranormal romance. Lots of humor.
039. 3/5 Help Fund My Robot Army - John Joseph Adams ed.
Funny in parts.
040. 5/5 The Cat Who Saw Red - Lilian Jackson Braun (audio)
Lots of cat antics drawn out into great humor. Good murder mystery.
May
041. 5/5 Small Gods - Terry Pratchett (audio)
It's tough to be a god. Even with a devout believer.
042. 4/5 Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
This was a very good apocalyptic story
043. 5/5 From Doon With Death - Ruth Rendell (audio)
Great story. Happened to start the same day I heard the author had passed.
044. 3/5 The Last Little Blue Envelope - Maureen Johnson (audio)
This sequel I didn't enjoy as much, although it had merit.
045. 4/5 Brandy & Bullets (Murder She Wrote) - Donald Bain
I really enjoyed but it lacked a certain spark.
046. 5/5 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card (audio)
Totally loved this. Can see why it is popular.
047. 5/5 Martinis & Mayhem (Murder She Wrote) - Donald Bain
Fast plot; a little too much left to the end, but the getting there was good.
June
048. 5/5 Wasp - Eric Frank Russell
I still love this story.
049. 4/5 Sentinals From Space - Eric Frank Russell
A bit dated, but still loved it.
050. 5/5 Three To Conquer - Eric Frank Russell
This reads almost like detective noir.
051. 5/5 Next of Kin - Eric Frank Russell
Love this story every time I read it!
052. 4/5 Sinister Barrier - Eric Frank Russell
More of a thriller than science fiction.
053. 5/5 Entities - Eric Frank Russell
Includes all his main books. I included in listing since there were 3 novellas.
July
054. 5/5 A Deadly Judgement - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Another great mystery!
055. 4/5 A Palette For Murder - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Good story. Not as gripping.
056. 5/5 Lords & Ladies - Terry Pratchett (audio)
Hilarious.
057. 3/5 Dragon Actually - G. A. Aiken
Read this a long time ago. Funny. Still!
August
058. 4/5 Silvertip - Max Brand
Good ole western, where the good guy gets beaten...for awhile.
059. 5/5 The Exiles - William Stuart Long
Australian historical fiction. Not a stodgy history.
060. 5/5 The Settlers - William Stuart Long
Gripping. Had a hard time putting it down.
061. 4/5 Victoire -Clare Darcy
Another enjoyable Regency romance.
062. 4/5 Chopping Spree - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Didn't hold my attention as much as her other cozies.
063. 4/5 Eugenia - Clare Darcy
Regency romance.
064. 5/5 Double Shot - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Lots of action in this one and Goldy is a suspect.
September
065. 4/5 Cecily - Clare Darcy
Regency romance
066. 5/5 Allegra - Clare Darcy
Funny Regency romance
067. 5/5 Dark Torte - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
Loved this one. Couldn't put it down.
068. 4/5 Silence of the Loons - Minnesota Crime Wave
Anthology. Some of these stories are OUTSTANDING!
069. 4/5 The Traitors - William Stuart Long
Really good, but a little compared to the previous 2.
070. 4/5 Gwendolen - Clare Darcy
Regency romance. Pretty good.
071. 2/5 Silver Metal Lover - Tanith Lee
I liked this in my 20s. Could barely finish in my 50s. What happened?
072. 4/5 Georgiana - Clare Darcy
Regency romance. Pretty good.
073. 5/5 Lydia - Clare Darcy
Regency romance - pretty funny. Completed all author's books.
074. 5/5 Midnight Riot (Rivers of London) - Ben Aaronovich (audio)
Fabulous book. Narrator adds to the humor.
075. 4/5 15 Tales of Murder, Mayhem & Malice - MN Crime Wave
Some great stories in here. Anthology of MN mystery/crime writers
076. 1/5 War Cry #1 - Jim Butcher
Clearly, my enjoyment of comic books ended decades ago.
October
077. 4/5 Soothsayer - Mike Resnick
Sortof of a galactic gunslinger western.
078. 3/5 Outlander - Diane Gabaldon (audio)
Mostly a historical romance with a little fantasy thrown in.
079. 1/5 Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead [abandoned]
I gave it up. Not my type of book.
080. 3/5 The Highland Fling Murders - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Good mystery, but not supurb.
081. 4/5 On Basilisk Station - David Weber
Slow beginning, but great story! Military Sci-fi
082. 5/5 Vigilante - Stephen J Cannell (audio)
GREAT detective novel! I look forward to reading the earlier ones.
083. 5/5 The Murder of Roger Akroyd - Agatha Christie (audio)
Fabulous murder mystery. I recommend it!
084. 4/5 Murder on the QE2 - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Good murder mystery; Enjoyed a new temporary main character too!
085. 2/5 The Huddlers - William Campbell Gault
Lukewarm science fiction by a good detective novel writer.
November
086. 5/5 The Martian - Andy Weir (audio)
Loved this book! Lots of trials but a lot of humor too!
087. 2/5 Dragons Queen - Michelle Pillow
Could have been way better. What a shame - great ideas, poor result.
088. 4/5 Manhunt - Janet Evanovich
Nonsensical scene, but funny romance
089. 5/5 Glazed Murder - Jessica Beck
This was fun! I enjoyed this cozy!
090. 2/5 Encounter With Venus - Elizabeth Mansfield
Too many unlikely scenes for a Regency novel.
091. 5/5 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms - George R R Martin (audio)
Absolutely delightful. Recommend it to anybody. Lots of humor.
December
092. 5/5 Men at Arms - Terry Pratchett (audio)
This is so funny. Features Carrot. He is more than he lets on.
093. 5/5 Coma - Robin Cook (audio)
Great suspenseful book!
094. 2/5 The Earl's Inconvenient Wife - Ruth Ann Nordin
Good romance writer, bad historical romance writer.
095. 3/5 Something From The Nightside - Simon Green (audio)
Great story, sucks you in. Constant repeat of "the Nightside" irritates.
096. 4/5 In the Dead of Summer - Gillian Roberts
Another interesting mystery in this series.
097. 5/5 Sweet Revenge - Diane Mott Davidson (audio)
A fast paced mystery that involves all main characters so far!
098. 2/5 The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Anderson (audio)
Didn't much care for it.
099. 5/5 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (audio)
3 different audio versions. Loved them all.
100. 5/5 Ghost - Peter Straub (audio)
Wonderful story! Different basis from movie.
101. 5/5 A Christmas Story - Jean Shephard
ok, movie was much better, more polished
102. 5/5 Time Traders - Andre Norton (audio)
Excellent story - not even dated.
103. 5/5 The Explorers - William Stuart Long
Outstanding story!






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

Series

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

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

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

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