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Old 12-10-2018, 03:11 PM   #1
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The 2019 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

2019 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 10th Annual Reading Challenge!

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

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

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

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

Previous threads were for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

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Goal: Reduce TBR by buying fewer books than I read

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

I start 2019 with 1014 books on my TBR pile.
Well, an adjusted 1016 thanks to expanding omnibuses

Books removed from TBR

Read and Reading
  1. December 26th: Asimov's SF, January/February 2019 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 4/5 - 298pp
    Not one of the best. Several stories I thought were a bit weak.
  2. January 3rd: One Enchanted Evening by Anton du Beke - £0.99 - 4/5 - 335pp
    An enjoyable 1936 period romance. One star off for getting the weather wrong.
  3. January 5th: Grantville Gazette #81 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.41 - 4/5 - 168pp
    Perhaps it was me, but not quite as fun as usual.
  4. January 10th: The Sister Paradox by Jack Campbell - £0.99 - 3/5 - 150pp
    OK, but too much of a YA for me, with unrealistic character development.
  5. January 12th: Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey - £0.79 - 5/5 - 305pp
    Excellent as usual, and a complete story arc, even though in a series.
  6. January 12th: F&SF Jan/Feb 2019 edited by C. C. Finlay - £3.58 - 5/5 - 242pp
    Very good fantasy and SF as usual.
  7. January 14th: Uncompromising Honor by David Weber - £4.69 - 5/5 - 910pp
    A slow start, but it delivers in the end.
  8. January 17th: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - £0.99 - 5/5 - 410pp
    Great fun. I've added his other books to my watch list.
  9. January 20th: The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis - £0.99 - 4/5 - 342pp
    Wrapped up a little too quickly, but fun.
  10. January 22nd: The Monastery Murders by E. M. Powell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 250pp
    An excellent 12th century mystery.
  11. January 24th: The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 271pp
    Another excellent regency romance.
  12. January 25th: To Love and be Wise by Josephine Tey - £0.99 - 5/5 - 182pp
    Wonderful detective story. Absolutely excellent.
  13. January 29th: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch - £0.99 - 5/5 - 92pp
    Good smaller story in the PC Grant universe.
  14. January 31st: The Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 262pp
    Nicely sliding into the gaps in history.
  15. February 3rd: The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks - £0.99 - 5/5 - 279pp
    Very good indeed. Most enjoyable.
  16. February 8th: Knife's Children by Lois McMaster Bujold - £3.05 - 5/5 - 137pp
    An excellent side story.
  17. February 9th: Galaxy's Edge #1 edited by Mike Resnick - £0.41 - 4/5 - 197pp
    Good new stories and excellent reprints.
  18. February 11th: Paddington's Finest Hour by Michael Bond - £0.99 - 3/5 - 72pp
    An odd mixture of old and new that don't quite gel. Not as good as the early books, especially with the call backs to previous similar stories.
  19. February 12th: Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter - £0.50 - 4/5 - 263pp
    Good, but still has a way to go to be great. Not quite to Morse we know yet.
  20. February 16th: Grumbles from the Grave by Robert A. Heinlein - £3.33 - 3/5 - 249pp
    Interesting, but I didn't like the way the leters had been edited and arranged.
  21. February 19th: Paddington at Work by Michael Bond - £0.99 - 4/5 - ??pp
    Much better than the later one.
  22. February 25th: The Holy Thief by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - 238pp
    Another splendid tale
  23. February 25th: Asimov's SF, March/April 2019 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 5/5 - 310pp
    Most enjoyable.
  24. February 27th: The Demons of Paris by Eric Flint et al. - £1.61 - 4/5 - 297pp
    Fun, and a quick read, but not as brilliant as I'd hoped.
  25. March 4th: Grantville Gazette #82 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.43 - 5/5 - 157pp
    Splendid fun as usual. And two excellent SF stories in the 'annex'.
  26. March 6th: The Real James Herriot by Jim Wight - £0.99 - 4/5 - 503pp
    A very good book for content. 4* for style, but worth reading.
  27. March 9th: Analog SFF, March/April 2019 edited by Trevor Quachri - £2.49 - 5/5 - 344pp
    Up to the usual standard.
  28. March 11th: The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey - £1.99 - 4/5 - 207pp
    A little uneven, but overall, very good. Showing its age in parts.
  29. March 16th: The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 388pp
    Splendid, as usual.
  30. March 24th: The Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 260pp
    Excellent, as usual
  31. March 29th: The Angel of Death by Paul Doherty - £0.99 - 3/5 - ???pp
    OK, but mentioning the Dome of St Pauls in 1296 is a rookie's mistake.
  32. March 30th: Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson - £0.90 - 4/5 - 201pp
    An amusing YA fantasy
  33. April 2nd: God is not Great by Christopher Hitchins - £1.19 - 2/5 - ???pp
    Dull for those who agree with him, and won't convince others. Abandoned.
  34. April 4th: Krondor: Tear of the Gods by Raymond E. Feist - £4.04 - 5/5 - 261pp
    Splendid fantasy fun. Seeing how characters first met.
  35. April 5th: the Spend Game by Jonathan Gash - £0.99 - 4/5 - 197pp
    Lovejoy being Lovejoy - violent and self-deceiving.
  36. April 7th: The Hunt for the Red Cardinal by Bradley Sinor - £1.59 - 2/5 - 274pp
    Not up to the standard of most of the other Ring of Fire books. Poor plotting, poor characters, poor story pacing. A shame.
  37. April 8th: Brother Cadfael's Penance by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - 232pp
    Splendid. Although the murder mystery is the least part of the story.
  38. April 9th: Honored Enemy by Raymond E. Feist - £4.30 - 5/5 - 285pp
    An excellent side tale of the rift wars
  39. April 12th: The Quantum Magician by Derek Kunsken - £1.99 - 4/5 - 363pp
    Good SF, but some plotting seemed to go nowhere.
  40. April 14th: F&SF, March/April 2019 edited by C. C. Finlay - Free - 5/5 - 245pp
    Another excellent issue.
  41. April 20th: Oblivion by Steve White and Charles E. Gannon - £2.80 - 5/5 - 303pp
    Excellent MilSF/Space Opera fun.
  42. April 21st: Julius Katz and Archie by Dave Zeltserman - Free - 5/5 - 204pp
    A most enjoyable murder mystery
  43. April 24th: Asimov's SF, May/June 2019 edited by Sheila Williams - £2.49 - 5/5 - ???pp
    A good issue. I liked all the stories, and some were excellent.
  44. April 26th: Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters - £0.84 - 5/5 - 360pp
    Good stuff. Where will the next villain come from?
  45. April 28th: Analog SFF, May/June 2019 edited by Trevor Quachri - £2.49 - 5/5 - 356pp
    Excellent, as usual.
  46. May 7th: Head On by John Scalzi - £0.99 - 5/5 - 220pp
    SF and FBI Procedural. Good stuff.
  47. May 9th: F&SF, May/June 2019 edited by C. C. Finlay - £4.99 - 4/5 - 244pp
    Good, but I didn't enjoy all the stories as much as usual.
  48. May 9th: Grantville Gazette #83 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.63 - 5/5 - 165pp
    Splendid fun as usual. And some excellent SF stories in the 'annex'.
  49. May 14th: The Shield of Time by Poul Anderson - £1.49 - 5/5 - ???pp
    Good time travel adventure.
  50. May 20th: Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz - £0.99 - - ???pp

Discarded
  1. Sword of Exodus - £2.00
  2. Lost Tribes of the Sith #7 - Free

Books added to TBR

Freebies (3)
  1. 9th March: The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  2. 29th March: Julius Katz and Archie by Dave Zeltserman read
  3. 13th April: F&SF March/April 2019 read

Bought
  • January (14/£23.36): Dragon Drums; Grantville Gazette #81; F&SF Jan/Feb 2019; Closer to Home; The Sister Paradox; Guns, Germs And Steel; Uncompromising Honor, The Furthest Station, The Lords of the North and Sword Song, Planted, Vegan Comfort Classics, Mildred's Vegan Cookbook, Feed Me Vegan
  • February (48/£43.48): The Daughter of Time, The Empty Throne, 15xProgramming Books, 20xGalaxy's Edge Magazine, Eye of the Zodiac (Dumarest 13), The Door into Summer, Knife's Children, Cold Comfort Farm, Tau Zero, The Demons of Paris, The Looking Glass War, Analog SFF March/April 2019, Asimov's SF March/April 2019, American Gods, Artemis Fowl
  • March (18/£33.37): GG #82, Warriors of the Storm, The Real James Herriott,The Science of Discworld, The Man in the Queue, A Shilling for Candles, The Rowan, Artemis Fowl, The Quantum Magician, The Angel of Death, Murder Wears a Cowl, Corpse Candle, The Magician's Death, The Waxman Murders, The Periodic Table: A Field Guide to the Elements, Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians, God is not Great, Goodbye Mr Chips
  • April (7/£13.84): The Shepherd's Crown, King of Ashes, La Belle Sauvage, The Hunt for the Red Cardinal, Oblivion, Analog SFF May/June 2019, Asimov's SF May/June 2019
  • May (9/£13.58): Grantville Gazette #83, F&SF May/June 2019, The Flame Bearer, Heads On, A Different Kind of Evil, The Hills have Spies, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

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Subscription books
  • June (2/£4.98): Analog SFF July/August 2019, Asimov's SF July/August 2019
  • July (2/£8.61): Grantville Gazette #84, F&SF July/August 2019
  • August (2/£4.98): Analog SFF September/October 2019, Asimov's SF September/October 2019
  • September (2/£8.61): Grantville Gazette #85, F&SF September/October 2019
  • October (2/£4.98): Analog SFF November/December 2019, Asimov's SF November/December 2019
  • November (2/£8.61): Grantville Gazette #86, F&SF November/December 2019
  • December (2/£4.98): Analog SFF January/February 2020, Asimov's SF January/February 2020


Analysis
TBR: 1035
Books read: 49 (including 2 freebies, 1 abandoned, 0 re-reads)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 2 (2 discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 51 (included 2 discarded)
Books added to TBR pile: 70 (including 3 freebies, 1 omnibus counted as 3)
Removed/Added: 0.64
Net reduction for 2019: -19

Non-free books read: 47 (including 1 abandoned, 0 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £87.45
Average cost of books read: £1.86

Non-free books bought: 96 (including 29 not added to TBR, 1 omnibus counted as 3)
Total cost of books bought: £123.64
Average cost of books bought: £1.29

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

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

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Old 12-10-2018, 07:20 PM   #4
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  • Total Books: 50 (a stretch goal of 75)
  • Total Short Stories: 52
  • Total Pages: 15,000 (a stretch goal of 25,000)
  • TBR Reduction: Reduce by at least 25 (a stretch goal of 50)
Substantive Goals:
  • Read at least 51% non-American authors
  • Read more female/gender-fluid authors than male
  • Read at least 52 short stories
  • Read at least 10 of the Mobile Read Book Club selections

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

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

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Question Read 24,000 pages in 2019

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

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


Page Goal: Read 24,000 pages in 2019.
Status as of May 15: 11,245 pages read, 45 books/short stories completed.


Current and Upcoming Book(s):
  • Liar's Oath (Paks 0.2) - Elizabeth Moon
  • Crown of Renewal (Paks 8) - Elizabeth Moon
  • Thud! (Discworld 34) - Terry Pratchett
Completed books:
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  1. Deathworld - Harry Harrison - from the Classic Tales podcast
  2. The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy 1, Commonwealth 3) - Peter F. Hamilton - continued from 2018
  3. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin - January 2019 NLBC Selection
  4. Out of the Dark (Orphan X 4) - Gregg Hurwitz
    • Abandoned - Downbelow Station - C.J. Cherryh
  5. Mono no aware - Ken Liu - From the Levar Burton Reads podcast (Live in Boston) and Lightspeed Magazine
  6. A Delicate Truth - John Le Carre - NLBC February 2019
  7. The Last Hero (Discworld 27) - Terry Pratchett
  8. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld 28) - Terry Pratchett
  9. Book 9
  10. Night Watch (Discworld 29) - Terry Pratchett
  11. The Wee Free Men (Discworld 30/Tiffany Aching 1) - Terry Pratchett
  12. Playing Nice with God's Bowling Ball - N.K. Jemisin - From the Levar Burton Reads podcast (Live in Brooklyn)
  13. Childfinder - Octavia Butler - From the Levar Burton Reads podcast
  14. Penric's Demon (Penric and Desdemona 1) - Lois McMaster Bujold - Audio book
  15. Penric and the Shaman (Penric 2) - Lois McMaster Bujold - Audio book
  16. The City of the Goneaway - Ambrose Bierce - Classic Tales Podcast
  17. The Middle Toe of the Right Foot - Ambrose Bierce - Classic Tales Podcast
  18. The Cave of Horror - J.S. Meek - Read by Wil Wheaton as an impromptu podcast
  19. The Crystal Egg - H.G. Wells - Classic Tales Podcast
  20. The Man with Two Left Feet - P.G. Wodehouse - Classic Tales Podcast
  21. The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion - Thomas Hardy - Classic Tales Podcast
  22. Monstrous Regiment (Discworld 31) - Terry Pratchett
  23. Penric's Fox (Penric 5) - Lois McMaster Bujold - Audio book
  24. A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld 32/Tiffany Aching 2) - Terry Pratchett
  25. Penric's Mission (Penric 3) - Lois McMaster Bujold - Audio book
  26. Mira's Last Dance (Penric 4) - Lois McMaster Bujold - Audio book
  27. Miracle - Tope Folarin - LeVar Burton Reads
  28. Going Postal (Discworld 33) - Terry Pratchett
  29. The Prisoner of Limnos (Penric 6) - Lois McMaster Bujold - Audio book
  30. Sheepfarmer's Daughter (Paks 1) - Elizabeth Moon
  31. Divided Allegiance (Paks 2) - Elizabeth Moon
  32. Oath of Gold (Paks 3) - Elizabeth Moon
  33. How to Think - Alan Jacobs - Audio book
  34. Kwoon - Charles Johnson - Levar Burton Reads podcast
  35. Oath of Fealty (Paks 4) - Elizabeth Moon
  36. Those Who Walk in Darkness (Paks 3.5) - Elizabeth Moon
  37. Kings of the North (Paks 5) - Elizabeth Moon
  38. Echoes of Betrayal (Paks 6) - Elizabeth Moon
  39. Limits of Power (Paks 7) - Elizabeth Moon
  40. Mr. Hadj's Sunset Ride - Saladin Ahmed - From the Levar Burton Reads podcast #41
  41. Surrender None (Paks 0.1) - Elizabeth Moon
  42. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension - Matt Parker
  43. Every Tool's a Hammer - Adam Savage
  44. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman - NLBC May 2019
  45. The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex - Tobias S. Buckell - Levar Burton Reads podcast #43

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New Leaf Book Club selections read or attempted: 4/12
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Other list posts: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Hindi
Jungle Book - translation by Ajay Anand

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

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

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


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

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

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Goal: Reduce TBR

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

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

TBR:
Removed: 50 (13 deleted)
Added: 62 (22 paid)
Net reduction: -12
Pages read: 10462

Paper TBR:
Removed: 11
Added: 8 (6 paid)
Net Reduction: 3

Books read:
1. The Healers' Road - S E Robertson (k) - 278
2. Cybill Disobedience - Cybill Shepherd & Aimee Lee Ball (k) - 320
3. Fool's Run - Patricia McKillip (p) - 252
4. Hickory Dickory Dock - Agatha Christie (h) - 192
5. The Only Harmless Great Thing (short) - Brooke Bolander (e) - 51
6. Colours in the Steel - K J Parker (p) - 503
7. Rhapsody in Black - Brian Stableford (k) - 160
8. San Diego 2014: Last Stand of the California Browncoats (novella) - Mira Grant (i) - 82
9. Georgia on My Mind and Other Places (coll) - Charles Sheffield (e) - 340
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10. Banewreaker - Jacqueline Carey (k) - 488
11. Columbus Day - Craig Alanson (k) - 253
12. Trinity Rising - Elspeth Cooper (k) - 488
13. The Black Prince - Adam Roberts (h) - 300
14. Dead Man's Folly - Agatha Christie (k) - 233
15. The Grey King - Susan Cooper (h) - 119
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16. Europe at Dawn - Dave Hutchinson (k) - 317
17. Blackwing - Ed McDonald (k) - 360
18. Agent of Change - Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (e) - 256
19. Sowing - Angie Grigaliunas (k) - 370
20. Sole Sacrifice (novella) - K C May (e) - 48
21. 4.50 from Paddington - Agatha Christie (h) - 209
22. Level Up - Craig Anderson (k) - 290
23. Esther May Morrow's Buy or Borrow (coll) - Robert Appleton (k) - 73
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24. Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel (k) - 407
25. Melodies of the Heart (novella) - Michael Flynn (k) - 133
26. Black Wolves - Kate Elliott (k) - 804
27. Holy Sister - Mark Lawrence (e) - 353
28. Ordeal by Innocence - Agatha Christie (p) - 218
29. Speed: The One Genuinely Modern Pleasure - Mat Oxley (h) - 177
30. Elite: Docking is Difficult - Gideon Defoe (h) - 162
31. The Gods of Men - Barbara Kloss (k) - 439
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32. Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea - Adam Roberts (h) - 306
33. The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander (e) - 180
34. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen - Lois McMaster Bujold (k) - 352
35. Ruthless Magic - Megan Crewe (k) - 341
36. The Nursing Home Murder - Ngaio Marsh (p) - 235
37. Ritualist - Dakota Krout (k) - 374

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

February
Bought: 2 (£2.98)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 2
Read: 6 (£33.78)
Deleted: 1
Pages: 1881
TBR Drop: 2

March
Bought: 6 (£29.77)
Borrowed: 4
Free: 8
Read: 8 (£4.48)
Deleted: 10
Pages: 1923
TBR Drop: 0

April
Bought: 4 (£10.53)
Borrowed: 9
Free: 9
Read: 8 (£31.97)
Deleted: 2
Pages: 2693
TBR Drop: -11

May
Bought: 5 (£7.65)
Borrowed: 3
Free: 1
Read: 6 (£7.15)
Pages: 1788
TBR Drop: -3


Additional Goals:

1. The Worm that Turned. At least 60% of my books should be by women. Stretch goal: reverse my percentage from 2018 (which was 33.2%, so 66.8%). Updated monthly, probably.
Current: (17.5/31) 56.4%

2. Always be Closing. Conversion rate better than 2018. The conversion rate is the proportion of new books I start. The target is 0.325. Updated monthly, probably.
Current: (9/53) 0.17

3. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 3000 pages.
Current total: 2722
Spoiler:

804 - Black Wolves - Kate Elliott
503 - Colours in the Steel - K J Parker
488 - Banewreaker - Jacqueline Carey
488 - Trinity Rising - Elspeth Cooper
439 - The Gods of Men - Barbara Kloss


4. Morningstar Crescent. An ongoing challenge to read all books shortlisted for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award. Since I have fewer other targets this year, I'm aiming for at least 10 books.
Current total: 1
Spoiler:
Winners:
2011 - Warrior Priest - Darius Hinks
2016 - The Vagrant - Peter Newman
Shortlisted:
2010 - Lamentation - Ken Scholes
2010 - The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart - Jesse Bullington
2011 - Shadow Prowler - Alexey Pehov
2011 - Tymon's Flight - Mary Victoria
2013 - Irenicon - Aidan Harte
2013 - Stormdancer - Jay Kristoff
2014 - The Path of Anger - Antoine Rouaud
2015 - The Mirror Empire - Kameron Hurley
2015 - The Godless - Ben Peek
2015 - Age of Iron - Angus Watson
2016 - Battle Mage - Stephen Aryan
2016 - The Fire Sermon - Francesca Haig
2016 - Starborn - Lucy Hounsom
2017 - Infernal - Mark de Jager
2017 - Duskfall - Christopher Husberg
2017 - Snakewood - Adrian Selby
2017 - Hope and Red - Jon Skovron
2018 - Age of Assassins - RJ Barker
2018 - Blackwing - Ed McDonald
2018 - The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark


5. Paint it Black. Read a book with "Black" in the title every month.
Last month completed: May
Spoiler:
JAN - Rhapsody in Black - Brian Stableford
FEB - The Black Prince - Adam Roberts
MAR - Blackwing - Ed McDonald
APR - Black Wolves - Kate Elliott
MAY - The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander


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

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Old 12-11-2018, 02:43 AM   #9
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Goal: 100 books and 40,000 pages

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

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Old 12-11-2018, 09:47 AM   #10
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Goal: 120 books / 10 book club books

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

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

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

Code:
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# Bought | $  Spent  | # Audible Credits
     104 | $  94.78  |   15  
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Finally, all the silly colours here actually mean something, at least to me. The colour code for those who care:
Spoiler:
  • Audible
  • eBook
  • Public Library
  • eARC
  • ReRead
  • Public Domain
  • KindleUnlimited
  • New Leaf Book Club Selection
  • Abandoned
  • Shorter work
  • Title,Series,Index,Author,Price,Rating,Other
  1. Deceiver,Foreigner,11,C.J. Cherryh,$5.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  2. Betrayer,Foreigner,12,C.J. Cherryh,$7.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  3. Intruder,Foreigner,13,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  4. Release The Virgins,,,Michael A. Ventrella, Editor,$5.00,**,
  5. The Mom Test,,,Rob Fitzpatrick,$7.39,***,
  6. Protector,Foreigner,14,C.J. Cherryh,$11.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  7. Peacemaker,Foreigner,15,C.J. Cherryh,$9.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  8. Tracker,Foreigner,16,C.J. Cherryh,$10.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  9. Visitor,Foreigner,17,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  10. Convergence,Foreigner,18,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  11. Emergence,Foreigner,19,C.J. Cherryh,$12.99,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  12. The Left Hand of Darkness,Hain Cycle,4,Ursula K. Le Guin,$0.00,***,Also Audible Public Library New Leaf Book Club Selection
  13. The Black Wolves of Boston,,,Wen Spencer,$5.00,****,Also Audible ReRead
  14. Fate,Uncle Chow Tung,1,Ian Hamilton,$8.24,***,
  15. Ravenwood,Tanyth Fairport,1,Nathan Lowell,$4.95,*****,ReRead
  16. Zepheria's Call,Tanyth Fairport,2,Nathan Lowell,$5.42,*****,ReRead
  17. The Hermit of Lammas Wood,Tanyth Fairport,3,Nathan Lowell,$5.42,*****,ReRead
  18. A Brother's Price,,,Wen Spencer,$6.99,*****, Also Audible ReRead
  19. Imager,Imager Portfolio,1,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$3.27,*****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  20. Imager's Challenge,Imager Portfolio,2,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$5.99,****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  21. Imager's Intrigue,Imager Portfolio,3,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$5.99,****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  22. Knife Children,The Sharing Knife,4.5,Lois McMaster Bujold,$3.99,****,
  23. Dragon's Code,Pern,25,Gigi McCaffrey,$0.00,****,Public Library
  24. The Foundling,,,Georgette Heyer,$1.99,****, Also Audible ReRead
  25. Come the Revolution,Varoki,2,Frank Chadwick,$3.00,****,ReRead
  26. Chain of Command,Varoki,3,Frank Chadwick,$5.89,****,
  27. Travels With Charley:In Search of America,,,John Steinbeck,$10.99,****,Also Audible
  28. A Delicate Truth,,,John le Carre,$0.00,***,New Leaf Book Club Selection Public Library
  29. She Commands Me and I Obey,Imperial Radch,0.6,Ann Leckie,$0.00,**,
  30. Endgames,Imager Portfolio,12,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,1 Audible Credit,****, Audible
  31. Liaden Constellation #4,Adventures in the Liaden Universe,4,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$15.00,***,eARC
  32. The Mystery of Edwin Drood,,,Charles Dickens,$0.00,**, New Leaf Book Club Selection Public Domain
  33. The Oathbound,Valdemar:Vows and Honor,1,Mercedes Lackey,$2.99,***,Also Audible
  34. Rivers of London:Body Work,Rivers of London Graphic,1,Ben Aaronovitch,$8.99,****,
  35. Scholar,Imager Portfolio,4,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$0.00,***, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  36. Princeps,Imager Portfolio,5,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$0.00,***, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  37. Imager's Battalion,Imager Portfolio,6,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$8.79,***, Also Audible ReRead
  38. Antiagon Fire,Imager Portfolio,7,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$0.00,***, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  39. Rex Regis,Imager Portfolio,8,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$0.00,***, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  40. Madness in Solidar,Imager Portfolio,9,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$0.00,***, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  41. The Chocolate War,Bruno Chief of Police,11.50,Martin Walker,$0.99,****,
  42. The Chocolate War,Bruno Chief of Police,11.50,Martin Walker,$0.99,****,
  43. Treachery's Tools,Imager Portfolio,10,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$0.00,****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  44. Assassin's Price,Imager Portfolio,11,L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,$0.00,****, Also Audible ReRead Public Library
  45. Goodbye, Mr. Chips,,,James Hilton,$0.00,****, New Leaf Book Club Theme Discovery Public Domain
  46. In Ashes Born,Seeker's Tales,1,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,*****,Audible ReRead
  47. To Fire Called,Seeker's Tales,2,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,*****,Audible ReRead
  48. By Darkness Forged,Seeker's Tales,3,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,*****,Audible ReRead
  49. Milk Run,Smuggler's Tales,1,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,*****,ReRead
  50. Suicide Run,Smuggler's Tales,2,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,*****,ReRead
  51. Home Run,Smuggler's Tales,3,Nathan Lowell,$4.99,*****,ReRead
  52. The Daughter of Time,Inspector Grant,5,Josephine Tey,$0.00,****,New Leaf Book Club Selection Also Audible Public Domain
  53. Fortune's Favors,Adventures in the Liaden Universe,28,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$3.99,*****,
  54. A Chill Rain in January,Karl Alberg,3,L. R. Wright,$3.99,*****,
  55. Eragon,Inheritance Cycle,1,Christopher Paolini,$0.00,[b]***,
  56. Eldest,Inheritance Cycle,2,Christopher Paolini,$0.00,[b]**,Abandoned
  57. To You, Mr. Chips,Mr. Chips,2,James Hilton,$0.00,[b]**,Abandoned
  58. Local Custom,Liaden Universe,5,Sharon Lee & Steve Miller,$2.00,*****,Also Audible ReRead
  59. The American Agent,Maise Dobbs,15,Jacqueline Winspear,$4.96,****,Also Audible

Last Edited: 4/15/2019

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Cool Goal: 100 books/25 magazines

2019 Goals:

Read 100 books (currently 68)
Read 25 magazines (currently 2)
Keep purchases under $300 for year. FAILED!!
Overall goal: TBR lower than Jan 1. TBR +44

Magazines Completed 2
Spoiler:

1. 3/5 Galaxy's Edge #19
2 outstanding stories, the rest were good.
2. 4/5 Galaxy's Edge #2
6 very good stories, one being outstanding
3.



2019 Purchases TBR: 103 Read: 12

Spoiler:

Total: Total$464.25
001. Larry Niven Short Stories - Larry Niven (audio) $2.30
002. Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson (ebook + audio) $0.00+4.27
003. Firefight - Brandon Sanderson (ebook + audio) $2.13+4.27
004. Calamity - Brandon Sanderson (ebook + audio) $2.13+4.81
005. Horror Classics Collection (audio) .71
006. Kindle Unlimited = .99 for 3 months
007. First King of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) $10.63
008. Wishsong of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) $10.63
009. Dying for a Donut - Cindy Sample (audio) $8.02
010. The Dancing Years - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $4.27
011. The Winding Road - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $4.27
012. A body In the Trunk - Elizabeth Spann Craig $9.63
013. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell - Susanna Clark (A + E) $9.63 + $2.13
014. The Princeling - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $1.06
015. The Dark Rose - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $1.06
016. The Oak Apple - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles $2.13
017-27. Story Bundle Science Fiction $20
Template-Matthew Hughes, The Cyanide Process-Jennifer Rahn, Right to Know-Edward Willett, Frameshift-Robert J. Sawyer, Nexus-Ramez Naam, vN - The First Machine Dynasty-Madeline Ashby, Breakpoint Nereis-Alison Sinclair, Stars Like Cold Fire-Brent Nichols, Fall From Earth-Matthew Johnson, Organisms (selected stories)-James Alan Gardner, Transient City-Al Onia. Valor's Choice-Tanya Huff (not counted, already owned),
028-38. Story Bundle Fantasy Detectives $20,
Earthshaker-Robert Jeschonek, Devil's Shoestring-Stefon Mears, Shredded Veil Mysteries-Leah Cutter, 5 Fantastic Tales-Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Slimy Chicken Zomnibus-Kevin J. Anderson, They're Back-Dean Wesley Smith, Greatest Sin (books 1&2)- Erik Kort and Lee French, Searching for Sanctuary-Chrissy Wissler, Modern Sorcery-Gary Jonas, Fantastic Detectives-Fiction River
039. We Free Men - Terry Pratchett (ebook + audio) $2.13 + $5.99
040. Going Postal - Terry Pratchett (ebook + audio)$2.13 + $9.59
041. Dying for a Deal - Cindi Sample $3.20
042. Beauty & The Beast - Ed McBain $3.20+$2.13 January Total $135.73
043. Killer Collective - Barry Eisler $2.13
044. Tuckers Grove - Kevin J Anderson $1.99
045. Multiplex Man - James P Hogan $1.99
046. Mort - Terry Pratchet (audio) $9.59
047. Guards Guards! - Terry Pratchett (audio) $10.66
048. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett (audio) $10.66
049. Amazing Maurice & His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett (audio) $2.09
050. Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett (audio) $9.59
051. The Fever King - Victoria Lee (ebook + audio) $2.13
052. Great Expectations Charles Dickens (Simon Prebble narr.) - .99
053. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (Michael Page narr.) - $4.89 February total $68.30
054. Night Watch - Terry Pratchett (audio) $14.95
055. Man With the Iron Mask - Alexander Dumas (audio+ebook) $8.02 +$1.06
056. A Royal Pain - Rhys Bowen (audio) $8.34
057. Journey To the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne (audio) $8.34
058. Great North Road - Peter Hamilton (audio) $5.99
059. Death of Duglath (book 3 Riyria) - Michael Sullivan (audio) $1.06
060. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair (ebook + audio) .64 + .99
061. Men At Arms - Terry Pratchett (audio) $11.98
062. To Catch A Thief - David Dodge (ebook + audio) $1.06 + $1.99
063. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher (audio) $8.83
064. Small Favor - Jim Butcher (audio) $8.83
065. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher (audio) $8.83
066. April Fools - Jess Lourey $5.35 (preorder)
067. Sisters In Crime - Mpls Crime Writers (paperback) $5.29
068. The Other Woman (audio) - Daniel Silva $4.23
070. Dark World (audio) - B V Larson $8.83
071. Killer Thriller - Lee Goldberg (ebook + audio) $6.42+ $2.13
072. Death at a Drop-In - Elizabeth Spann Craig (ebook) $2.13
073. Galaxy Outlaws - J S Morin (audio) $5.36
074. Beyond the Frontier: Invincible - Jack Campebell (audio) $5.36
075. Salvatation - Peter F Hamilton (audio) $5.36
076. Fury From the Tomb - S A Sidi $1.06 March $142.43
077. Portion of Dragon & Chips - Simon Haynes $2.88
078. Hope for the Best - Jody Taylor (audio) $8.83 Preorder
079. The Stiel Assassin - Terry Brooks (audio) $8.83 Preorder
082. Invincible - Jack Campbell (audio) $5.36
083. Fallen Academy - Leia Stone (audio) $5.36
084. Eaters of the Dead - Michael Critchon (audio) $5.36
085. Circe - Madeline Miller (audio) $4.23
086. A Robot Named Clunk - Simon Haynes (audio) $8.02
087. The Pusher - Ed McBain (audio+ebook) $2.13 + 0
088. Cop Hater - Ed McBain (audio+ebook) $2.13 + .99
089. Killer's Choice - Ed McBain (audio+ebook) $2.13 + .99
090. Lady Killer - Ed McBain (audio+ebook) $3.20 + .99
091. Crowned and Dangerous - Rhys Bowen $2.13
092. So Long as You Both Shall Live - Ed Mcbain $1.06
093. Tricks - Ed McBain $1.06
094. Lullaby - Ed Mcbain $2.13 +2.13
095. Vespers - Ed McBain $4.27 +2.13
096. Widows - Ed McBain $3.20 +2.13
097. Kiss - Ed McBain $4.27 +2.13
098. Poison - Ed McBain $3.20 +2.13
099. Ten Plus One - Ed McBain $3.20 +2.13
100. Tricks - Ed McBain $2.13 + $1.06 April $117.79
101. King's Ransom - Ed McBain $2.13 + $1.06
102. Eighty Million Eyes - Ed McBain $2.13 + $1.06
103. Skyward - Brandon Sanderson $6.37

Free
01. Spartin Fit - Joe desensa (audio)
02. Harry Clark Performance - David Cale (Amazon free)
03. The Spies That Bind - Ally Carter Amazon free)
04. Killer Collective - Barry Eisler (Amazon First)
05. Blood for Blood - Victoria Selman (Amazon First)
06. Glimpses - Anthology of short Fantasy stories (Amazon free)
07. Hunt for Justice - Diane Capri (Amazon free)
08. Squall - Sean Costello (Amazon Free)
09. It - Stephen King (audio) (try it deal)
10. Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett (audio) (Audible join deal)
11. Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett (audio) (Audible Join deal)
12. Sovereign - Jeff Hirsch (audio) some random freebee
13. Killer By Nature - Jan Smith (audio) some random freebee
14. Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett (audio) (Audible Join Deal)
15. Lord and Ladies - Terry Pratchett (Audio) Audible join deal
16. Junk - Les Bohem (audio) audible free
17. A Mind of her Own - Paula McLain (audio) audible free
18. Wishes and Wellingtons - Julie Berry (audio) audible free
19. The Demon Next Door - Bryan Burrough (audio) audible free
20. The Void Within - Carlos Tkacz (author credit)
20. The Fever King - Victoria Lee (Amazon first)
21. The Rescue - Steven Konkoly
22. Battle Mage - Peter Flannery
23. Void Within - Carlos Tkacz (author gift)
24. Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch - Ruth Cowen audible free
25. Riley Mark and the other Troublemakers - Christ Grabenstein audible free
26. Darkwater Bride - Marty Ross audible free
27. Black Crow, White Crow - Michael Livingston (audible free)
28. The Mystery of Alice - Lee Bacon (audible free)
29. Alien III - William Gibson (audible free)
30. Evil Eye - Madhuri Shekar (audible free)
31. Mystery of Alice - Lee Bacon (audible free)
32. Black Crow, White Snow - Michael Livingston (audible free)
33. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics - Kirsten Kearse et all (audible Free)
34. One Small Sacrifice - Hilary Davidson (Kindle First)



*owned
January
01. 4/5 Buried in Treasures - David Tolin *
How to deal with hoarding. Some of this can apply to ebook/audiobook hoarding!
01a. 3/5 Short stories - Larry Niven *
Some good, some ok.
02. 4/5 Murder at the Powderhorn Ranch - Jessica Fletcher (Donald Bain)
Good story with some new malevolence.
03. 4/5 Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson (audio) *
YA fantasy. Revenge against those with superhuman powers.
04. 5/5 Lady Killer - Ed McBain (audio)
12 hours to prevent a murder. Who? Where? By Whom?
05. 5/5 The Heckler - Ed McBain (audio) *
Some plot issues, but enjoyable. Introduction of 'the deaf man'.
06. 5/5 Return of The King- J.J.R Tolkien *
Excellent audiobook!!
07. 1/5 Slice of Murder - Chris Cavender (freebie)
Plot meanders and some parts are patently unbelievable.
08. 3/5 See Them Die - Ed McBain (audio)
Ok; lots of people are unlikeable in this book
09. 5/5 Knock 'em Dead - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Murder on broadway
10. 5/5 The Founding - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (audio+ebook) *
Wonderful first book!
11. 5/5 The People of Pern - Robin Wood *
An artsy book, well worth it for a Pern fan like me!
12. 5/5 Lady, Lady I Did It - Ed McBain (ebook +audio) *
Lots of emotion in this one; girlfriend of one of the 87th is murdered.
13. 5/5 The Empty Hours - Ed McBain
Two murders - rabbi and ski instructor
14. 5/5 Elfstones of Shannara - Terry Brooks (ebook +audio) *
Still a great story!
15. 5/5 Like Love - Ed McBain (ebook + audio) *
Two stories about love lost.
16. 5/5 Ten Plus One - Ed McBain (audio)
Sniper is randomly shooting people.
February
17. 4/5 Wishsong of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) *
Still good, but not sparkling.
18. 5/5 First King of Shannara - Terry Brooks (audio) *
Very excellent battle scenes. Keeper.
18a. 4/5 Indomintable - Terry Brooks
Short story after Wishsong. Follow-up story feature Jair.
19. 3/5 Ax - Ed McBain (audio) *
Murder by ax.
20. 4/5 He Who Hesitates - Ed McBain (audio)
Point of view of the killer. Narrator awfully slow on this - had to speed up.
21. 5/5 Eighty Million Eyes - Ed McBain (audio)
Guy dies on live TV; guy shows up at business with no name.
22. 5/5 Doll - Ed McBain (paper) *
Model is found dead in apartment with 5 year old.
23. 3/5 Shotgun - Ed McBain
Good book.
24. 5/5 Thief of Time - Terry Pratchett (audio) *
Loved the Igors! Time has some problems. Death helps.
25. 3/5 Jigsaw - Ed McBain (audio)
Cold case looking for money. Unrelated stuff thrown in unrelated to plot.
26. 3/5 Hark, Hark, the Gang's All Here - Ed McBain (audio)
24 hour day in the life of the 87th precinct.
27. 4/5 Ashes of a Black Frost - Chris Evans (audio)
Good finish to the series. Didn't like the narrator as much as previous one.
March
28. 4/5 Sadie When She Died - Ed McBain (audio) *
This started out great and then petered out. Woman stabbed - but who killed her?
29. 3/5 War Of The Oaks - Emma Bull *
Urban fantasy set in Minneapolis music scene of 1980s.
30. 5/5 Flagship - Mike Resnick (audio)
Great conclusion to an excellent series.
31. 4/5 Let's Hear It For The Deaf Man - Ed McBain (audio) *
Deaf man lets Carella know he is going to rob a bank.
32. 2/5 The Long Tomorrow - Leigh Brackett
Dystopian US, where the Amish way of life becomes the norm.
33. 5/5 Hail To The Chief - Ed McBain (audio)
Good book! Gang violence in this one.
34. 5/5 So Long As You Both Shall Live - Ed McBain (audio)
Fast paced. Kling gets married to Augusta. Very good story.
34a. 4/5 Mitosis (novella) - Brandon Sanderson (audio) *
Good add-on to Steelheart.
35. 4/5 Firefight - Brandon Sanderson (audio) *
Sparks! Lots of action here! New city for the Reckoners
36. 4/5 Trouble In Mudbug - Jana Deleon *
Mystery cozy with romance and ghosts in Louisiana. And explosions.
37. 4/5 Calamity - Brandon Sanderson (audio) *
Great end to this trilogy. Loved it.
38. 4/5 Long Time No See - Ed McBain (audio)
Two blind people murdered; some hokey psychiatric stuff in this.
39. 4/5 Calypso - Ed McBain (audio)
Murder of musician leads to followup on a brother who disappeared 7 years before.
40. 5/5 Fuzz - Ed McBain (paperback) *
Lots going on here - deaf man, tramps set on fire, robbery scheme.
41. 5/5 Never Somewhere Else - Alex Gray (audio) *
Another woman has died in similar instance in Scotland
42. 5/5 In The Heat of the Moment - Viveca Sten (audio) *
Death of a teenager who was seen partying with friends
43. 3/5 Ghosts - Ed McBain (audio)
Two murders lead to a medium. Ok story, but not outstanding
44. 3/5 Rules of Murder - Juliana Deering *
Good writer. The religious claptrap at the end ruined the story.
45. 4/5 Lightning - Ed McBain (audio)
Women getting murdered and raped. More graphic than usual.
46. 5/5 Dying for a Donut - Cindy Sample (audio) *
Reread. Not much liking the new narrator for the audiobook.
April
47. 3/5 The Rolling Stones - Robert Heinlein (audio) *
Story ok, but dated. Turn of phrases were great. Humorous Scifi.
48. 5/5 Voyage to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne (audio) *
Still a great adventure 155 years after published! Tim Curry narration excellent!
49. 4/5 April Fools - Jess Lourey *
Pretty good ending to series. Kidnapping takes precedence to body.
50. 3/5 Bread - Ed McBain (audio) *
Average story featuring an arson which leads to bodies eventually.
51. 5/5 In Harm's Way - Viveca Sten (audio) *
A woman is found dead in the snow - accident or murder?
52. 5/5 Blood Relatives - Ed McBain (audio) *
Good story, but disturbing.
53. 5/5 The Last Hero - Terry Pratchett (audio)
So funny! Two groups go on a journey. Calamity!
54. 4/5 The Man Who Never Was - Ewan Montegu (paperback) *
Fascinating account of the actual deception and the specific results. WW2
55. 4/5 Heat - Ed McBain (audio) *
One case, but 3 different plots. Man commits suicide.
56. 4/5 Dying to Retire - Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain (audio) *
Good story. Narrator was excellent!
57. 5/5 Trick or Treachery - Jessica Fletcher/Donald Bain
Halloween party ends; body is found!
58. 4/5 Stalking the Vampire - Mike Resnick *
Reread - pretty funny in the style of Philip Marlowe
59. 3/5 Ice - Ed McBain (audio) *
Man is killed; loads of diamonds sewn into coat. Plus a creepy couple
60. 2/5 Mischief in Mudbug - Jana Deleon *
Sabine searches for her family. Very bizarre antics in this.
61. 3/5 INCI - Mike Resnick & Tina Gower *
Missionary discovers secret that could affect galaxy. (2015 Phoenix Pick)
62. 4/5 Mort - Terry Pratchett (audio) *
Death wants a career change so takes an assistant
63. 4/5 Night Watch - Terry Pratchet (audio) *
Vimes goes back in time to an earlier Ankh Morpork
May
64. 3/5 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (audio) *
Still good. Dystopian future for earth
65. 3/5 Year's Best Science Fiction - David Harwell ed. *
Book 1 of annual series. Hard science fiction. Several outstanding stories.
66. 4/5 A Vote For Murder - Jessica Fletcher (audio) *
Senator's aide found dead at bottom of stairs. Washington DC
67. 5/5 Eight Black Horses - Ed McBain (audio) *
Sharp story - Deaf man is back.
68. 3/5 Glimpses (Anthology) - Kevin Partner
Fantasy stories - most are good, a few are very good or excellent.
69.

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TBR = owned books
TBR (audio) Jan 1: 719 (includes freebees)
TBR (ebooks) Jan 1: 1052 (includes magazines, no freebees)
TBR (paper books) Jan 1: 10
Books read: 46 (including 02 freebies, 0 abandoned, 2 re-reads)
Books otherwise removed from TBR:

Book Rating/Comments:
1: Awful, or did not finish
2: So, so, or not to my taste
3: Good book
4: Very good book; possible reread.
5: Wonderful book! A keeper.

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1. Last Call by J. A. Konrath. 01/01
2. Rebels by David Liss. 01/03
3. Renegades by David Liss. 01/09
4. The Queen of Crows by Myke Cole. 01/15

5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Audio) by Stieg Larsson. 01/17
6. Code Girls by Liz Mundy. 01/24
7. The Enemy by Lee Child. 01/27

8. The Speaker of the Dead (audio) by Orson Scott Card. 01/31
9. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. 02/09
10. The Beastie Boys Book by Mike Diamond and Adam Horowitz. 02/13
11. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. 2/23
12. Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis. 2/25

13. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Audio) by Stieg Larsson. 02/27
14. Fahrenheit 451 (Audio) by Ray Bradury. 03/04
15. The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. 03/05
16. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi. 03/08
17. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. 03/10

18. The Ship Who Won (Audio) by Anne McCaffrey and Jodie Lynn Nye. 03/11
19. I'm Just a Person by Tig Notaro. 03/12
20. Ender's Game (Audio) by Orson Scott Card. 03/13
21. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty. 03/15
21. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein. 03/27
22. The Mouse by Lauretta Hignett. 03/29

23. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Audio) by Stieg Larsson. 04/02
24. Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh. 04/06
24. On Basilisk Station (Audio) by David Weber. 04/11
25. Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey. 04/14
26. The Girl King by Mimi Yu. 04/22
26. The Honor of the Queen (Audio) by David Weber. 04/23
27. Killashandra by Anne McCaffrey. 04/28
28. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence. 05/04
28. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. 05/05

29. Feast of Souls (Audio) by C. S. Friedman. 05/07
30. Flee by J. A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson. 05/07
31. Black Crow, White Snow (Audio) by Michael Livingston. 05/08
32. We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis Taylor. 05/11

33. Spree by J. A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson. 05/15
34. A Short and Victorious War (Audio) by David Weber. 05/16
35. Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey. 05/19
36. We Are Many by Dennis Taylor. 06/20

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


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

Total: 6

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

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1. Siege of Stone by Terry Goodkind
2. The Exe's Revenge by Jo Jakeman
3. Star Trek Stargazer: Enigma by Michael Jan Friedman
4. Star Trek Stargazer: Maker by Michael Jan Friedman
5. Shattered at Sea by Cheryl Hollon
6. In a Cottage In a Wood by Cass Green
7. Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
8. Love in Catalina Cove by Brenda Jackson
9. Star Trek: Crossroad by Barbara Hambly
10. The Party by Robyn Harding
11. The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
12. Stroke of Luck by B.J. Daniels
13. Star Trek: The Next Generation Available Light by Dayton Ward
14. Star Trek: The Rings of Tautee by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch
15. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

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