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Old 12-05-2017, 06:09 AM   #1
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The 2018 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

2018 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 9th Annual Reading Challenge!

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

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

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

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

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Year of the Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My goal is to end 2018 with fewer unread ebooks than I have at the start of 2018.
I start 2018 with 1116* books on my TBR pile.

Books finished in 2018
  1. January 1st: Grantville Gazette #75 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.60 - 5/5 - 125pp
    The usual enjoyable mix.
  2. January 1st: F&SF, January/February 2018 edited by C. C. Finlay - £1.98 - 5/5 - 247pp
    An excellent issue.
  3. January 3rd: The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey - £2.00 - 4/5 - 241pp
    An accidental re-read. Good fun.
  4. January 6th: [I]Man-Kzin Wars III[I] by Larry Niven et al.- £2.50 - 4/5 - 278pp
    A short story by Niven and two Novellas by others. Fun.
  5. January 10th: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin - £0.99 - 3/5 - 380pp
    Interesting world, but the style was rather off-putting, and this is clearly a third of a big book rather than the first book of a trilogy. I also guessed the twist at the end long before the last line.
  6. January 17th: Passing by Nella Larsen - £0.88 - - 106pp

Books added to TBR in 2018

Freebies (0)
Ebooks Bought
  • January (14/£30.65): Grantville Gazette #75, F&SF January/February 2018, Neogenesis, Cobra Traitor, The Cackle of Cthulu, Kill Before Dying, Man-Kzin Wars III, The Deluge Drivers, Needle, Through the Eye of a Needle, Icerigger, Mission to Moulokin, The Fifth Season, Passing
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Subscription books
  • February (2/£4.98): Analog SFF March/April 2018, Asimov's SF March/April 2018
  • March (2/£5.58): Grantville Gazette #76, F&SF March/April 2018
  • April (2/4.98): Analog SFF May/June 2018, Asimov's SF May/June 2018
  • May (2/£?.??): Grantville Gazette #77, F&SF May/June 2018
  • June (2/£4.98): Analog SFF July/August 2018, Asimov's SF July/August 2018
  • July (2/£?.??): Grantville Gazette #78, F&SF July/August 2018
  • August (2/£4.98): Analog SFF September/October 2018, Asimov's SF September/October 2018
  • September (2/£?.??): Grantville Gazette #79, F&SF September/October 2018
  • October (3/£4.98): Analog SFF November/December 2018, Asimov's SF November/December 2018
  • November (2/£?.??) Grantville Gazette #80, F&SF November/December 2018
  • December (2/£4.98): Analog SFF January/February 2019, Asimov's SF January/February 2019



Wishlist books (when on offer)
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  • The Just City (& sequels)
  • The Hanging Tree (& sequels)
  • Ancillary Sword
  • Ancillary Mercy
  • The Shepherd's Crown
  • The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine (Alexander McCall Smith)
  • Precious and Grace (Alexander McCall Smith)
  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Sinners
  • any new 1632 books.
  • any new books by Wen Spencer
  • any new books by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • any new books by David Weber
  • any new books by David Drake
  • Dumarest Novels
  • Harper Hall trilogy
  • Chronicles of Amber, vol. 3 onwards
  • Earthsea books



Analysis
TBR: 1121
Books read: 5 (including 0 freebies, 0 abandoned, 1 re-read)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 0

Books removed from TBR pile: 4 (including 0 freebies)
Books added to TBR pile: 9 (including 0 freebies)
Removed/Added: 0.33
Net reduction for 2018: -5

Non-free books read: 5 (including 1 re-read)
Total cost of books read: £11.07
Average cost of books read: £2.21

Non-free books bought: 14 (including 5 not added to TBR)
Total cost of books bought: £30.65
Average cost of books bought: £2.19

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

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

* That's the count I have in calibre at the start of 2018. I've removed 52 books from the TBR that I'm never going to read. No, I don't know why it's not 1120 as one would expect from my 2017 figures. And I've looked closely!

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

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

2018 read

Great War centenary

Antebellum America

Ancient World

Ireland

Napoleonic Era

Shakespeare in toto

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Goal: Reduce TBR

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

TBR:
Removed: 5
Added: 6 (2 paid)
Net reduction: -1
Pages read: 1493

Paper TBR:
Removed: 1
Added: 0 (0 paid)
Net Reduction: 1

Books read:
1. Europe at Midnight - Dave Hutchinson (e) - 384
2. The Half Killed - Quenby Olson (k) - 275
3. Orbital Resonance - John Barnes (p) - 214
4. Steal the Sky - Megan E O'Keefe (k) - 323
5. Points of Impact - Marko Kloos (k) - 297

Monthly Breakdown:
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January
Bought: 2 (£5.98)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 3
Read: 5 (£3.48)
Pages: 1493
TBR Drop: -1


Additional Goals:

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


2. Fifty Years of SF. 1950-1999. An ongoing challenge to read a book published in every year from 1950 to 1999, in order. I intend to complete the challenge this year.
Last year completed: 1991
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1950 - Galactic Patrol - E E "Doc" Smith
1951 - The Green Hills of Earth - Robert A Heinlein
1952 - City - Clifford D Simak
1953 - Childhood's End - Arthur C Clarke
1954 - The Forgotten Planet - Murray Leinster
1955 - The Long Tomorrow - Leigh Brackett
1956 - The Death of Grass - John Christopher
1957 - The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham
1958 - The Time Traders - Andre Norton
1959 - The Enemy Stars - Poul Anderson
1960 - The Tomorrow People - Judith Merrill
1961 - The Joy Makers - James Gunn
1962 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
1963 - Star Surgeon - James White
1964 - The Planet Buyer - Cordwainer Smith
1965 - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick
1966 - Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
1967 - I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison
1968 - Pavane - Keith Roberts
1969 - Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
1970 - The Year of the Quiet Sun - Wilson Tucker

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

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

1991 - Orbital Resonance - John Barnes


3. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 2500 pages. (Not really a goal this year, but I enjoyed tracking it last year.)
Current total: 1493
Spoiler:

384 - Europe at Midnight - Dave Hutchinson
323 - Steal the Sky - Megan E O'Keefe
297 - Points of Impact - Marko Kloos
275 - The Half Killed - Quenby Olson
214 - Orbital Resonance - John Barnes


4. Follow the Money. I have around 30 unread ebooks that cost more than £3. I'd like to read at least 7 of them.
Current total: 0
Spoiler:



5. That's Numberwang. Read books with consecutive numbers in the title, in order, at a rate of one per month. Started from 0 in July 2017. I'm currently hoping to get to 13 before I run out of options.
Last number read: 5
Spoiler:
0 - JUL 2017 - Towards Zero - Agatha Christie
1 - AUG 2017 - Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor
2 - SEP 2017 - Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman
3 - OCT 2017 - The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
4 - NOV 2017 - Sing the Four Quarters - Tanya Huff
5 - DEC 2017 - The Five Red Herrings - Dorothy L Sayers


6. David Gemmell Morningstar Award. Ongoing challenge to read everything ever shortlisted. I'm not sure what my 2018 target is yet, but I might as well carry on tracking.
Current total: 1
Spoiler:
Winners:
2011 - Warrior Priest - Darius Hinks
2016 - The Vagrant - Peter Newman
2017 - Steal the Sky - Megan E O'Keefe
Shortlisted:
2010 - Lamentation - Ken Scholes
2010 - The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart - Jesse Bullington
2011 - Shadow Prowler - Alexey Pehov
2011 - Tymon's Flight - Mary Victoria
2013 - Irenicon - Aidan Harte
2013 - The Red Knight - Miles Cameron
2013 - Stormdancer - Jay Kristoff
2014 - The Path of Anger - Antoine Rouaud
2015 - The Mirror Empire - Kameron Hurley
2015 - The Godless - Ben Peek
2015 - Age of Iron - Angus Watson
2016 - Battle Mage - Stephen Aryan
2016 - The Traitor - Seth Dickinson
2016 - The Fire Sermon - Francesca Haig
2016 - Starborn - Lucy Hounsom
2017 - Infernal - Mark de Jager
2017 - Duskfall - Christopher Husberg
2017 - Snakewood - Adrian Selby
2017 - Hope and Red - Jon Skovron


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

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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 Wave Book Club and actively participate in the discussion.

Code:
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# Bought | $   Spent | # Audible Credits
       9 | $   41.62 | 3
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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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  • DarkGreen == Audible
  • Black == eBook
  • DarkOrange == Public Library
  • Purple == eARC
  • Brown == ReRead
  • Red == Public Domain
  • DarkRed == KindleUnlimited
  • Navy == New Leaf Book Club Selection
  • Italics == Shorter work
  • Title,Series,Index,Author,Price,Rating,Other
  1. Fadeout,Dave Brandstetter,1,Joseph Hansen,$5.19,*****,
  2. Death of an Expert Witness,Inspector Dalgliesh,6,P. D. James,$6.10,****,Also AudibleUK
  3. The Daughter of Dragons,Legacy of Dragons,1,Jack Campbell,$6.99,***,Audible
  4. Emergence,Foreigner,19,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,
  5. The Imam of Tawi-Tawi,Ava Lee,10,Ian Hamilton,$7.20,****,
  6. Neogenesis,Liaden Universe,21,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$6.10,*****,Audible
  7. The Blood of Dragons,Legacy of Dragons,2,[b]Jack Campbell,$4.99,***,Audible
  8. Passing,,Nella Larson,$1.20,*****,AudibleUK New Leaf Book Club
  9. Block Party,Adventures in the Liaden Universe,27.5,,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$0.00,*****,
  10. Degrees of Separation,Adventures in the Liaden Universe,27,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$3.99,*****,
  11. The Price of Salt,,Patricia Highsmith,$0.99,****,New Leaf Book Club Nomination
  12. The Man of Property,The Forsyte Saga,1,Sir John Galsworthy,$0.99,****,Audible



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Reading target for 2018 : 80 books.

Book rating system :

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

Statistics (B/F from 31.12.2017)

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

January

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Old 12-05-2017, 09:57 AM   #12
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Goal: 100 books / 40,000 pages / fewer series / have fun

I'm keeping it simple this year:

100 books
40000 pages
not too many ongoing series
have fun
write more reviews

My blog page with statistics and reading list

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Old 12-05-2017, 10:56 AM   #13
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Location: Chapel Hill, NC (in Pooh's back yard!)
Device: Kobo Aura One, KoboMini
Goal: 50 books / 25,000 pages / TBR down by 25

Goals:

Spoiler:
Length Goals:
  • Total Books: 50 (stretch goal of 75)
  • Total Pages: 25,000
  • TBR Reduction: Reduce by at least 25 (starting the year with every ebook I own at 588)
Substantive Goals:
  • Read at least 51% non-American authors
  • Read more female/gender-fluid authors than male
  • Read at least 52 short stories
  • Read at least 10 of the Mobile Read Book Club selections
  • Complete a re-read of the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of War and Peace


Short Stories
  1. "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver
  2. "Maiden, Mother, Crone" by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky
  3. "Any Number of Little Old Ladies" by Bruce Jay Friedman
  4. "The Hotel" by Anne Enright
  5. "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid" by H.G. Wells
  6. "Bourbon, Sugar, Grace" by Jessica Reisman
  7. "An Egyptian Cigarette" by Kate Chopin (publish in Vogue in 1900)


January Books
  1. Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers [3/5] (Book Club)
  2. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf [5/5]
  3. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion [5/5]
  4. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson [3.5/5]
  5. Where All the Light Tends To Go by David Joy [3/5]
  6. Paper Girls: Book One by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chaing [4/5]
  7. Master Keaton Vol 5 by Naoki Urasawa [3.5/5]
  8. Clueless: Senior Year by Amber Benson [4/5]
  9. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene [4/5]

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Old 12-05-2017, 11:04 AM   #14
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Goal: Read 30,000 pages in 2018

I am increasing my goal to 30,000 pages this year, up from 27,000. I also want to read at least 8 books from the New Leaf Book Club, I want to read them all but I expect I won't be able to acquire a few in time. I am also adding the Bingo Reading Challenge from Goodreads.


Page Goal: Read 30,000 pages in 2018.
Status as of January 19: 1,430 pages read, 4 books/short stories completed.


Current and Upcoming Book(s):
  • Passing - Nella Larsen - New Leaf Book Club February 2018 Selection
  • The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
Completed books:
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Ordered by finish date
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Terms of Enlistment - Marko Kloos
  3. Whose Body? - Dorothy Sayers - MRBC January 2018 selection
  4. Thief of Time (Discworld 26/Death 5) - Terry Pratchett

Progress Charts:
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New Leaf Book Club selections read: 0/11
Spoiler:
  • TBD

Bingo progress, overall: 0/300
Spoiler:
  • Covers: 0/50
  • Genres: 0/50
  • Items: 0/50
  • Alphabet: 0/50
  • Mega-Mix: 0/100


Other list posts: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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Old 12-05-2017, 11:14 AM   #15
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Goals: Read 75 books / Compete in the GR Bingo Challenge

3 challenges for 2018

1. Read 75 books

2. Compete in the GR Bingo Challenge

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

Books Read:

1 of 75

1. Afterlife by Marcus Sakey

Bingo Challenge:

0 of 300 points

New Leaf Book Club

0 of 4

1.

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