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Old 12-20-2020, 10:31 AM   #1
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The 2021 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

2021 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 12th 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 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

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My goal is to buy fewer books than I read. And so end up with fewer unread books.
Last year I managed to reduce my TBR pile by 117 books!

I start 2021 with 901 books on my TBR pile.

Books removed from TBR

Read and Reading
  1. December 31st, 2020: Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers - £0.33 - 4/5 - 239pp
    A collection of short mysteries. Some racial stereotypes, but on the whole good fun.
  2. January 4th: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White - £0.99 - 5/5 - 111pp
    Excellent childen's book. Memorable characters, good story.
  3. January 6th: Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - £0.99 - 4/5 - 211pp
    A most enjoyable re-read, provided one remembers it is complete fantasy.
  4. January 9th: Fantasy Magazine #4 edited by Wallace and Tremblay - £0.31 - 2/5 - 181pp
    My taste clearly doesn't match that of the editors. Abandoning the remaining 53 issues.
  5. January 12th: James Potter and the Curse of the GateKeeper by G. Norman Lippert - Free - 4/5 - 457pp
    Quite fun. An interesting fan-fic sequel to Hary Potter.
  6. January 18th: Strip Jack by Ian Rankin - £0.99 - 5/5 - 259pp
    A really good story, and the characters are getting better. I think the series is really getting into its stride now.
  7. January 21st: All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot - £0.99 - 5/5 - 454pp
    Still delightful.
  8. January 26th: The Wandering Earth Collection by Cixin Liu - Free - 3/5 - 444pp
    Good ideas. I find the writing a bit dull.
  9. January 31st: Arsène Lupin - The Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc - £2.15 - 4/5 - 177pp
    Interesting. And funny in places. The next one will be worth a go too.
  10. February 5th: The Time-travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett - £0.99 - 4/5 - 184pp
    Some delightfully silly tales from early in his career.
  11. February 7th: Lightspeed Magazine #4 edited by J. J. Adams - £0.58 - 4/5 - 180pp
    All good. So I won't be dropping these from my TBR
  12. February 10th: Call for the Dead by John le Carré - £0.99 - 5/5 - 146pp
    A splendid spy mystery/thriller. Really excellent.
  13. February 12th: The Russian Interpreter by Michael Frayn - Free - 4/5 - 181pp
    A very good book, wonderfully confusing, as was/is the system.
  14. February 14th: Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring by M. J. Trow - Free - 1/5 - 244pp
    [ABANDONED - Historical 'humour' mystery. Ughh.]
  15. February 15th: The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith - £0.99 - 5/5 - 69pp
    Splendid children's story. That'll do, Dick, that'll do.
  16. February 16th: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler - £0.66 - 4/5 - 231pp
    Excellent hard-boiled detective thriller. Some splendid descriptive language.
  17. February 22nd: Gently Does It by Alan Hunter - £0.99 - 4/5 - 174pp
    Delightful police procedural/mystery. Set in a renamed Norwich!
  18. February 25th: The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds by T. E. Kinsey - Free - 4/5 - 240pp
    Almost perfect, spolied only by the (IMO) under-reaction to the murder
  19. February 27th: Some of the Best from Tor.com 2011 - Free - 5/5 - 485pp
    A really excellent collection of short science fiction.
  20. March 1st: Skip Langdon Vol. 1 by Julie Smith - Free - 4/5 - 252pp
    Good. Good enough to add the other 8 from the omnibus to my TBR pile.
  21. March 6th: The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart - £0.99 - 5/5 - 433pp
    Splendid retelling starting with Merlin, not Arthur.
  22. March 12th: Axe Man's Jazz by Julie Smith - Free - 4/5 - 299pp
    Interesting. Quite fun. Weird people.
  23. March 14th: The Haunted Monastery by Robert Van Gulik - £0.68 - 4/5 - 138pp
    Too many coincidences, but fun.
  24. March 18th: Escape to Challenge by Don McQuinn - Free - 2/5 - 237pp
    Dull, poor storytelling. Almost abandoned a couple of times.
  25. March 23rd: A Quiet Life in the Country by T. E. Kinsey - £0.99 - 4/5 - 191pp
    An enjoyable, quick read.
  26. March 24th: The Canterbury Murders by E. M. Powell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 270pp
    Excellent historical murder mystery
  27. March 24th: Provenance by Ann Leckie - £0.99 - 5/5 - 279pp
    Excellent far future SF
  28. March 25th: King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist - £1.49 - 5/5 - 392pp
    Excellent epic fantasy
  29. March 27th: Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs - £0.99 - 5/5 - 327pp
    Very good procedural murder mystery with a forensic anthropologist
  30. March 29th: Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser - £0.99 - 5/5 - 255pp
    Splendid adventure with a cowardly villain.
  31. April 1st: A Christmas to Remember by Anton du Beke - £0.99 - 4/5 - 336pp
    Fun, light historical drama with ballroom dancing.
  32. April 3rd: Galaxy's Edge #3 edited by Mike Resnick - £0.40 - 3/5 - 283pp
    OK, but the best bits are reprints, and I'm not interested in the reviews or the serial.
  33. April 4th: The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray - £0.99 - 3/5 - 310pp
    Unconvincing in almost every respect.
  34. April 5th: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - £1.39 - 5/5 - 181pp
    Brilliant. A wonderful book. Go and read it.
  35. April 7th: Selected Stores by Ursula K. Le Guin Volume 2 - £0.67 - 3/5 - 316pp
    Some very good, but many not really my kind of story.
  36. April 11th: The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson - £0.02 - - 173pp

Books added to TBR

Freebies
  1. January 5th: Some of the Best from Tor.com 2016 by Tor.com (unread)
  2. February 6th: Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring by M. J. Trow (ABANDONED)
  3. February 16: New Orleans Mourning, Skip Langdon Vol 1 by Julie Smith (read)
  4. February 24th: The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds by T. E. Kinsey (read)
  5. March 6th: Axe Man's Jazz, Skip Langdon 2 by Julie Smith (read)
  6. March 6th: Jazz Funeral, Skip Langdon 3 by Julie Smith (unread)
  7. March 6th: Death Before Facebook, Skip Langdon 4 by Julie Smith (unread)
  8. March 6th: House of Blues, Skip Langdon 5 by Julie Smith (unread)
  9. March 6th: Kindness of Strangers, Skip Langdon 6 by Julie Smith (unread)
  10. March 6th: Crescent City Connection, Skip Langdon 7 by Julie Smith (unread)
  11. March 6th: 82 Desire, Skip Langdon 8 by Julie Smith (unread)
  12. March 6th: Mean Woman Blues, Skip Langdon 9 by Julie Smith (unread)

Bought
  • January (3/£4.13): Charlotte's Web, Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident, Arsène Lupin - The Gentleman Burglar
  • February (5/£5.95): The Time-travelling Caveman, To The Hilt, "Spy, Spy Again", The Sheep-Pig, That Day the Rabbi Left Town
  • March (11/£10.89): Knockdown, The Grove of the Caesars, Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox, The Canterbury Murders, A Quiet Life in the Country, In the Market for Murder, Death Around the Bend, A Picture of Murder, The Burning Issue of the Day, Death Beside the Seaside, The Fatal Flying Affair
  • April (6/£5.94): Trial Run, Whip Hand, A Christmas to Remember, War of the Wolf, Sword of Kings, The Last Day
  • May (0/£0.00):
  • June (0/£0.00):
  • July (0/£0.00):
  • August (0/£0.00):
  • September (0/£0.00):
  • October (0/£0.00):
  • November (0/£0.00):
  • December (0/£0.00):


Analysis
TBR: 846
Books read: 35 (including 9 freebies, 0 re-reads, 1 abandoned)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 57 (1 read previously, 56 discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 92
Books added to TBR pile: 37 (including 12 freebies, 0 omnibus counted as 0)
Removed/Added: 2.49
Net reduction for 2021: 55

Non-free books read: 26 (including 0 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £24.50
Average cost of books read: £0.94

Non-free books bought: 25 (including 0 omnibus counted as 0)
Total cost of books bought: £27.91
Average cost of books bought: £1.08


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

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

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01. 01st January 2021 Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #4) 4/5 stars

02. 02nd January 2021 Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #5) 4/5 stars

03. 02nd January 2021 Chocolate Surprise & Murder (An Oceanside Cozy Mystery #41) 1/5 stars

04. 04th January 2021 Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4) 1/5 stars

05. 08th January 2021 Fleshmarket Close (Inspector Rebus #15) 2/5 stars

06. 10th January 2021 Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Mystery, #4) 2/5 stars

07. 17th January 2021 The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) 3/5 stars

08. 21st January 2021 Pride and Prejudice 5/5 stars

09. 21st January 2021 Berried in the Past (Cranberry Cove #5) 2/5 stars

10. 26th January 2021 Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon, #8) 2/5 stars

11. 28th January 2021 A.B.C. contre Poirot (Hercule Poirot #13) 1/5 stars

12. 31st January 2021 An Old Chester Secret 4/5 stars

13. 03rd February 2021 Iced to Death (A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery, #3) 1/5 stars

14. 05th February 2021 Pretzel Pizza Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria, #15) 4/5 stars

15. 11th February 2021 Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories 4/5 stars

16. 13th February 2021 Revenge in Rubies (Harriet Gordon Mystery #2) 2/5 stars

17. 16th February 2021 Nightfall and Other Stories 5/5 stars

18. 19th February 2021 Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1) 3/5 stars

19. 22nd February 2021 Parmesan Pizza Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria, #16) 5/5 stars

20. 24th February 2021 Three to Conquer 5/5 stars

21. 25th February 2021 The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) 1/5 stars

22. 27th February 2021 Hold Tight (Harlan Coben) 2/5 stars

23. 01st March 2021 The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) 5/5 stars

24. 03rd March 2021 Death of a Prankster (Hamish Macbeth #7) 5/5 stars

25. 04th March 2021 Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) 3/5 stars

26. 04th March 2021 The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) 1/5 stars

27. 07th March 2021 Breakfast Pizza Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria #17) 1/5 stars

28. 15th March 2021 Death of a Glutton (Hamish Macbeth, #8) 3/5 stars

29. 19th March 2021 Murder in Aspen Notch (An Aspen Notch Mystery #1) 4/5 stars

30. 21st March 2021 Survivor Type 3/5 stars

31. 24th March 2021 Death of a Travelling Man (Hamish Macbeth, #9) 2/5 stars

32. 26th March 2021 The Chewing Gum Rescue And Other Stories 5/5 stars

33. 27th March 2021 The Maharani's Pearls (Bess Crawford, #6.5) 2/5 stars

34. 04th April 2021 The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2) 4/5 stars

35. 07th April 2021 Four Classic Alex Delaware Thrillers (Alex Delaware, #4, 7-9) 2/5 stars

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  • Total Books: 75 (stretch goal of 100) (up from 50/75 last year)
  • Total Pages: 25,000
  • E-TBR Reduction: 25
  • Print-TBR Reduction: 10

Substantive Goals:
  • Read at least 51% non-American authors
  • Read at least 51% female/nonbinary authors than male authors
  • Read at least 52 short stories
  • Read at least 10 books across all our collections that are my wife's or that she wants me to read.

BOOKS 21 of 75
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1. Takekurabe by Natsu Higuchi
2. The Incindiaries by R.O. Kwon (dropped)
3. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
4. Claudine by Riyoko Ikeda
5. Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeline Albright
6. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
7. Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
8. Paper Girls, Book One by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
9. Paper Girls, Book Two by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
10. Paper Girls, Book Three by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
11. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
12. City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
13. Gently French by Alan Hunter
14. The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon
15. Gently in Trees by Alan Hunter
16. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
17. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
18. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
19. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
20. The Waves by Virginia Woolf
21. Black as He's Painted by Ngaio Marsh
22. Gently With Love by Alan Hunter



SHORT STORIES 18 of 52
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1. The Million Dollar Bond Robbery by Agatha Christie
2. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
3. God's Fools by Mary Roberts Rinehart
4. The Flight of Betsey Lane by Sarah Orne Jewett
5. A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell
6. The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin
7. Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
8. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
9. The Gospel According to Joan by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
10. Hop-Frog by Edgar Allen Poe
11. The Outsider by HP Lovecraft
12. The Horror at Red Hook by HP Lovecraft
13. A Little Journey by Ray Bradbury
14. Bliss by Katherine Mansfield
15. Marriage a-la Mode by Katherine Mansfield
16. Un Morso doo Pang by Edna Ferber
17. The Second Gong by Agatha Christie
18. Wireless by Agatha Christie
19. The Book by HP Lovecraft



BOOKS SELECTED BY MY WIFE
4 of 10
Spoiler:

1. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
2. Paper Girls, Books One, Two and Three by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
3. City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
4. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

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# Listado de libros leídos en 2021

My goal: read Pratchett and some old Pulps

## January
1. El "Chancellor" - Verne
2. Komarr - Vorkosigan 16 - Bujold
3. Los condenados de Song-Song - Basureros del Espacio I - Rick Solaris
4. Duelo en plantea rojo - Basureros del Espacio II - Rick Solaris
5. El satélite H-30 no contesta - Basureros del Espacio III - Curtis Garland
6. El cometa sin rumbo - Basureros del Espacio IV - Lem Ryan
7. Las mazmorras de Saturno - Basureros del Espacio V - Curtis Garland
8. El motín del "Galaxia" - Basureros del Espacio VI - Clark Carrados
9. Una tumba en Neptuno - Basureros del Espacio VII - Néstor Alcón
10. La órbita mortal - Basureros del Espacio VIII - Andreu Martín
11. La astronave fantasma - Basureros del Espacio IX - Rick Solaris
12. Rebelión en Urano - Basureros del Espacio X - Rick Solaris
13. Ultimátum a la Tierra - Basureros del Espacio XI - Rick Solaris
14. El astronauta solitario - Basureros del Espacio XII - Rick Solari s
15. Atmósfera de muerte - Basureros del Espacio (y) XIII - Rick Solaris
16. Pulp Magazine 3 - VVAA
17. Misterio en la Antártida - Larry Winters
18. Cosmos - Carl Sagan
18. Intriga galáctica - El Orden Estelar IV - A. Thorkent
19. La historia de tu vida - Ted Chiang
20. Cuentos varios - Charles Dickens
21. El vigésimo séptimo día - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa I, IV - John Mantley
22. Los liberados - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa I, y V - Dan Morgan
23. Las voces del tiempo - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, I - Ballard
24. El mundo sumergido - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, II - Ballard
25. Billenium - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, III - Ballard
26. Telepatía - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, IV - Arthur Sellings
27. Hoy es el futuro - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, y V - F. G. Rayer
28. Salambó - Flaubert
29. !Que las matematicas te acompanen! - Clara Grima Ruiz
30. El Cometa - Carl Sagan

## February

30. Bouvard y Pécuchet - Flaubert
31. Las claves de Julio Verne - Guillermo Gomez Paz
32. Cuentos - Flaubert
- Memorias de un loco
- Tres cuentos
- Bibliomanía
33. Nostromo - Conrad
34. Lord Jim - Conrad
35. Narrativa breve completa - Conrad
36. El país de las pieles - Verne
37. La locura de Almayer - Conrad
38. Lengua materna - Suzette Elgin

## March
39. Azogue - Ciclo Barroco I - Stephenson
40. La Confusión - Ciclo Barroco II - Stephenson
41. El agente secreto - Conrad
42. El pirata - Conrad
43. Novela de ajedrez - Zweig
44. Línea de fuego - Pérez-Reverte
45. Acceso al mañana - Ciencia ficción inglesa III-I - VVAA
46.


## Other
1. El aniversario de Asterix y Obelix - Comic
2. Revista Literaria Novelas y Cuentos - Antonio González Lejárraga
3. Jules Verne dans Le Figaro Illustré - Ariel Pérez

## Not read
- Martín Paz - Verne (skipped)
- Galaxias como granos de arena - CF Inglesa I, I (by Skimming, boring)
- En el lento morir de la tierra (Invernáculo) - CF Inglesa I, II (read recently)
- Viaje sin retorno (La nave estelar) - CF Inglesa I, III (read recently)
- Santuario - Faulkner - Truño
- EL ruido y la furia - Faulkner - Truño
- Mientras agonizo - Faulkner - Truño
- El espejo del mar - Conrad - No es novela y aburrido

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I’m going to limit my objectives for 2021 in hopes that the fewer, the likelier I’ll achieve them. The past few years have been characterized by mostly fails other than total books read.

I will set my usual benchmark, not a goal, of 120 books read.

I’ll read a non-fiction book a month about the Dark Ages or the Middle Ages.

This one’s something of a stretch, but I’d like to read a play a week, rounding to 50 over the course of the year. I reserve the right to end it early with honor if I hit the wall at the half year mark, or cut it back to two per month. Because that’s a lot of plays.

^^I’m abandoning this; it didn’t happen.

I’d like to make some inroads into my GR WTR, let’s say six books, which is 20% of the current number. I’m keeping it low because the reality is that most of those titles have languished for years and while I want to read them, it seems evident I don’t want to read them, not enough.

As always I link to Goodreads because I’m lazy. I won’t bother to create a link to my WTR, as my success will be measured by absence.

And that’s it, although I reserve the right to tweak, especially if I start off the year falling into an unforeseen topic.

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Goal: Read 6,000 Pages in 2021

I'm going to reduce my goal to 6,000 pages for 2021, an average of 500 per month. With my dedicated reading time completely gone this should be possible but will be much more difficult than in past years.


Page Goal: Read 6,000 pages in 2021.
Status as of March 24: 3,902 pages read, 19 books/short stories completed.


Current and Upcoming Book(s):
  • The Two Towers (LotR 2) - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Return of the King (LotR 3) - J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Network Effect (Murderbot 5) - Martha Wells
  • Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre - Max Brooks
  • Peace Talks (Dresden 16) - Jim Butcher
  • Battle Ground (Dresden 17) - Jim Butcher
Completed books:
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Ordered by finish date
  1. The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice 1) - John Flanagan
  2. The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice 2) - John Flanagan
  3. Tales from the Folly (Rivers of London anthology) - Ben Aaronovitch
  4. The Queen of Spades - Alexander Pushkin - Classic Tales Podcast #715
  5. The Tragedy in the Forest of Morgues - Maurice Leblanc - Classic Tales Podcast #714
  6. The Icebound Land (RA 3) - John Flanagan
  7. The Battle for Skandia (RA 4) - John Flanagan
  8. The Reluctant Dragon - Kenneth Grahame - Classic Tales Podcast #712
  9. Silver Door Diner - Bishop Garrison - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  10. Prodigal Son (Orphan X 6) - Gregg Hurwitz
  11. The Sorcerer of the North (RA5) - John Flanagan
  12. The Siege of Macindaw (RA6) - John Flanagan
  13. Alluvial Deposits - Percival Everett - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  14. The Regression Test - Wole Talabi - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  15. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin
  16. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula Le Guin
  17. Tehanu - Ursula Le Guin
  18. Killer of Kings - Anjali Sachdeva - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  19. Freehold - Michael Z. Williamson

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Other list posts: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

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I guess I'll say read 20 books again and hopefully more than that! I'll keep track here as well as Goodreads. Hopefully I'll read more per month than I have been!!!!

January:

1. One by One by Ruth Ware
2. Star Trek: Agents of Influence by Dayton Ward.

February:

3. Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
4. All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz
5. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

March:

6. The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
7. The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
8. Dead as a Door Knocker Diane Kelly
April:


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November:


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I have a mix of reading goals for 2021, including:
  1. Read a complete series by a new-to-me author
  2. Finish reading two completed series I’ve started but let slide
  3. Pick 10 “Must Read” books for the year from my huge digital TBR mountain (not including any new releases)

January 2021
Read 23 books.

February 2021
Read 31 books.
Finished The Nutshell Challenge ~ Round One

March 2021
Read 22 books.
Finished The Tried-and-True Challenge ~ Round One

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Read twice as much as I buy

Read twice as many books as I buy.

Bought: 9
Borrowed: 1
Free: 14

Read: 15

Books read:
1. Blackfish City - Sam J Miller (k) - 325
2. The Problem with Men - Richard Herring (k) - 120
3. A Stranger in Olondria - Sofia Samatar (e) - 301
4. Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts - Emma Kennedy (k) - 262
5. The Gathering Storm - Kate Elliott (k) - 1056
6. Designers & Dragons: The 1970s - Shannon Applecline (e) - 450
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7. Orders of Battle - Marko Kloos (k) - 260
8. Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier (k) - 669
9. Behind Her Eyes - Sarah Pinborough (h) - 373
10. Orconomics - J Zachary Pike (k) - 366
11. Forerunner: The Second Venture - Andre Norton (e) - 171
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12. Alphabet of Thorn - Patricia A McKillip (k) - 291
13. School's Out - Scott K Andrews (e) - 219
14. In the Ruins - Kate Elliott (k) - 624
15. 14 - J T Ellison (e) - 416
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Monthly Breakdown:
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January
Bought: 3 (£4.97)
Borrowed: 0
Free: 2
Read: 6 (£7.85)
Pages: 2514

February
Bought: 1 (£0.99)
Free: 5
Read: 5 (£4.56)
Pages: 1833

March
Bought: 5 (£10.95)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 1
Read: 4 (£5.32)
Pages: 1550

April
Free: 6


Achievements:

1. Buy It, Read It. Start at least 80% of the books I buy.
Current total: 2/9 (22%)

2. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 3000 pages.
Current total: 3215
Spoiler:

1056 - The Gathering Storm - Kate Elliott
669 - Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier
624 - In the Ruins - Kate Elliott
450 - Designers & Dragons: The 1970s - Shannon Applecline
416 - 14 - J T Ellison


3. Morningstar Crescent. An ongoing challenge to read all books shortlisted for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award. No specific target now the award has been closed down, but I do want to read the lot eventually. There are 14 remaining, so let's aim for 7 books.
Current total: 0
Spoiler:
Shortlisted:
2010 - Lamentation - Ken Scholes
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 - Starborn - Lucy Hounsom
2017 - Infernal - Mark de Jager
2017 - Duskfall - Christopher Husberg
2017 - Snakewood - Adrian Selby
2017 - Hope and Red - Jon Skovron
2018 - The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark


4. Paper Chase. Reduce my paper book collection.
Out: 1
In: 0
Net reduction: 1

5. Indiana Jones and the Bundle of Doom. My goal last year was demolished by the late purchase of a large Storybundle. This year I will read at least 10 books from that bundle.
Current Total: 1
Spoiler:

Designers & Dragons: The 1970s - Shannon Applecline


6. Never Gonna Be Respectable. Read a classic or literary award adjacent book.

7. He Scores. Read a book by Nevil Shute. This is a bit of an annual tradition since I inherited my father's collection, so I thought I would make it official.

Note: My new rule for bundles is that they count as 1 purchase per £ (if there are more books than pounds). So if I bought a bundle of 15 books for £7.50, that would count as 8 purchases and 7 freebies.

Legend:
Book title: read,own,don't own
(p) paperback, (h) hardback, (k) kindle, (e) epub, (i) ibook/pdf, (a) audio

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  • Read not less than 143 books
    Spoiler:
    40 completed at the end of January
  • Complete the "Multilingual Dreams" Challenge at The StoryGraph 1 down, 4 to go
  • Pick a Dickens to finally give him a go.
  • Embrace my "read for fun" mantra.
    Spoiler:
    Off to a good start with Piccadilly Jim. Melissa Miller's Field Sisters series proving to be fast and fun, too.
    The Saki Megapack definitely qualified, at lest the short stories
  • Poetry from each of the Five Eyes.
    Spoiler:
    1. England: Poetry from World War One. DONE
    2. New Zealand: Puna Wai Kōrero - English poetry by Māori poets DONE
    3. Australia ???
    4.USA ???
    5. Canada Best Canadian Poetry 2019 DONE
  • Try reading poetry in non-L1/L2 languages.
    Spoiler:

    The Best of Faiz DONE
    Beloved Delhi: A Mughal City and her Greatest Poets - 39%
  • Something English from indigenous Africa. DONE
    Spoiler:
    Born A Crime - Trevor Noah
  • Read at least one short story anthology. DONE
    Spoiler:
    Blandings Castle ... and Elsewhere is another twofer - short story collection AND reading for fun.
    Beyond The Aquila Rift: The Best of Alistair Reynolds
    The Saki Megapack a fun short story collection
  • Complete The StoryGraph Onboarding Challenge
    DONE
  • Read at least 20 more books than I buy.
    Spoiler:
    Progress: 13 books bought, 79 read.

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2021 Goals

3,000 pages per month: Jan;
Ebooks - TBR Reduced by 10; Current: +20
Audiobooks - TBR Reduced by 10; Current +29
Magazines - TBR Reduced by 10; Current -4
12 Books over 600 pages: 1

Magazines Read So Far: 4
Spoiler:

1. Asimov March 2011
2. Asimov April/May 2011
3. Asimov June 2011
4. Asimov July 2011


2021 Purchases Read:
Bought: 72 Read: 6
Free: 13 Read: 0

Spoiler:

January
1. Wayward - Blake Crouch (audio+ebook) $2.13+1.92
2. The Last Town - Blake Crouch (audio+ebook) $2.13+1.92
3. Death Beside the Sea - T E Kinsey (audio) $2.13+2.13
4. In Farleigh Field - Rhys Bowen (audio+ebook) $3.74+1.06
5. Hushed Up - Elizabeth Spann Craig (ebook) $3.35
6. Tuesday, the Rabbi Saw Red - Harry Kemelman (ebook+audio) $1.06+$3.74
7. One Fine Day the rabbi Bought a Cross - Harry Kemelman (ebook) $3.20
8. My Favorites - Ben Bova (ebook) $1.06
9. Alien Wars - Vaughn Heppner (ebook+audio) $1.06+$2.13
10. Believe The Lie - Elizabeth George (ebook) $2.13
11. The House Guest - Mark Edwards (audio) $6.53
12. Someday The Rabbi Will Leave - Harry Kemelman (ebook) $3.20
13. The Ragman's Memory - Archer Mayor (ebook) $1.06
14. The Fireman - Joe Hill (ebook) $3.20
15. Murder in An Irish Pub - Carlene O'Connor (ebook) $1.03
16. The Hobbit - J R R Tolkein (audio) $7.20
17. Thursday The Rabbi Walked Out (ebook+audio) $2.13+$3.74
18. Sunday The Rabbi Stayed Home (audio) $3.74
February
19. Salvage Crew - Yudhanjaya Wijeratne (audio) $4.13
20. The Black Prism - Brent Weeks (audio) $5.36
21. Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch (audio) $5.36
22. Murder Wears Mittens - Sally Goldenbaum (ebook) $1.06
23. How to Knit a Murder - Sally Goldenbaum (ebook) $3.20
24. Three Dozen Terrifying Tales - Tony Richards (ebook) $.99
25. The Day the Rabbi Resigned - Harry Kemelman (ebook) $1.99
26. Heart Shaped Box - Joe Hill (audio) $5.36
27. Echoes in Death - J D Robb (audio) $5.36
28. Hornet Flight - Ken Follett (audio) $5.36
29. Ordeal of the Haunted Room SS - Jodi Taylor (audio) $4.90
30. Love You More - Lisa Gardner (audio) $5.36
31. The Fox - Frederick Forsyth (audio) $5.36
32. The Day the Rabbi Left Town - Harry Kemelman (ebook) $1.06
33. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (audio) $5.34
34. The Job - Evanovich + Goldberg (audio) $5.34
35. Borrower of the Night - Elizabeth Peters (ebook) $2.06
36. Roots - Alex Haley (audio) $2.99
37. The Secret Pilgrim - John LeCarre (audio) $5.34
38. Dawn - Yoshiki Tanaka (audio) $5.34
39. Fire and Blood - George R R Martin (ebook) $3.20
March
40. Yarned and Dangerous - Sadie Hartwell $2.13
41. A Knit Before Dying - Sadie Hartwell $2.13
42. A Murder Too Soon - Michael Jecks $1.06
43. Murder on the Ballerat Train - Kerry Greenwood $1.06
44. A Great Deliverance - Elizabeth George $3.20
45. Dragon's Code - Gigi McCaffrey $2.13
46. Raiders of the Lost Bark - Sparkle Abbey $1.06
47. Red Storm Rising - Tom Clancy $2.13
48. Blue Adept - Piers Anthony (audio) $6.43
49. Juxtaposition - Piers Anthony (audio) $7.50
50. Royal Blood - Rhys Bowen (audio) $7.50
51. Naughty in Nice - Rhys Bowen (audio) $7.50
52. Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - Becky Chambers $2.13
53. Consider Phlebas - Iain M Banks (audio) $5.34
54. Player of Games - Iain M Banks (audio) $6.43
55. Use of Weapons - Iain M Banks (audio) $7.50
56. Ringworld Engineers - Larry Niven (audio) $6.43
57. Ringworld Thrones - Larry Niven (audio) $7.50
58. The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens $9.39
59. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers $2.13
60. The Honourable Schoolboy - John LeCarre $2.13
61. Blood Relatives - Ed McBain $1.06
April
62. Another Time, Another Place - Jodi Taylor (audio) $10.67
63. Ascendant - Jack Campbell (audio) $6.43
64. Triumphant - Jack Campbell (audio) $7.50
65. Chasing the Dragon - Jason Anspar (audio) $6.43
66. Madame Guillotine - Jason Anspar (audio) $7.50
67. Tarnished Knight - Jack Campell (audio) $5.34
68. Perilous Shield - Jack Campell (audio) $6.43
69. Imperfect Sword - Jack Campell (audio) $7.50
70. Shattered Spear - Jack Campell (audio) $7.50
71. Orion Fleet - B V Larson (audio) $6.43
72. Alpha Fleet - B V Larson (audio) $7.50

Free
Not One of Us - Debbie Herbert - Amazon First
The Shadow Box - Luanne Rice - Amazon First
Some of the Best from TOR 2020 - TOR
Over the Dark - Harry Turtledove - Phoenix Pick
The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds - Amazon First
A Man Condemned - Roderic Jeffries
Lost Girls - Celina Grace
Murder With All the Trimmings - Elaine Viets
Deadly Gamble - Connie Shelton
Deadly Influence - Mike Omer - Amazon First
Blood of a Gladiator - Ashley Gardner
Murder (and Baklava) - Blake Pierce
Complete Talba Wallis series - Julie Smith



Short Stories, Novellas, Short Dramas: 3
Spoiler:


01. 4/5 Zero (prequel Hal Spacejock series) - Simon Haynes (audio)
02. 1/5 Spies that Bind (YA) - Ally Carter
03. 5/5 Ordeal of the Haunted Room - Jodi Taylor (audio)



Books
January - Pages Read:3138
01. 5/5 A Quiet Gentleman - Georgette Heyer (audio)
Martin/Gervaise interactions are so hilarious. Love this.
02. 5/5 Pines - Blake Crouch (audio+ebook)
Reread. Lots of suspense. A bit violent, but not excessively so.
03. 5/5 Wayward - Blake Crouch (audio+ebook)
Lots of action going on.
04. 5/5 The Last Town - Blake Crouch (audio+ebook)
Suspense at a rapid pace.
05. 5/5 McNally's Secret - Lawrence Sanders (audio)
Reread - still love this guy. Cozy featuring a playboy Floridian
06. 1/5 Reluctant Adventures of Fletcher Connelly - Felix Savage (audio)
Quit after an hour. YA? I'm clearly not the intended audience.
07. 5/5 McNally's Luck - Lawrence Sanders (audio)
Archie is such a treasure. A potential disappointment to his parents, yet succeeds
08. 5/5 Edited to Death - Elizabeth Spann Craig
A manuscript is stolen from Myrtle's house; author is then murdered
09. 5/5 The House Guest - Mark Edwards (audio)
Two Brits housesit in NYC accept that a woman is a friend of the owners.
10. 4/5 Hushed Up - Elizabeth Spann Craig
Florist is murdered after Wanda's warning.
February Pages Read: 1591
11. 4/5 One Man Massacre - Jonas Ward
Tom goes for a night of cards and maybe dancing and ends up in a war.
12. 4/5 The Dreaming Void - Peter F Hamilton
A man who gets visions from inside the Void threatens the Universe.
13. 1/5 Off To Be A Wizard - Scott Meyer (audio) RETURNED
YA quit after an hour. Narrator was good.
14. 5/5 McNally's Risk - Lawrence Sanders (audio)
Murder and a prenup; Archie gets in the middle.
15. 3/5 The Door With Seven Locks - Edgar Wallace
Good story but ebook is full of typos which was very distracting.
16. 5/5 The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien (audio)
Wonderful retelling with narrator Andy Serkis.
March Pages Read: 1650
17. 4/5 McNally's Caper - Lawrence Sanders (audio)
Too much time taken by non-plot elements.
18. 2/5 Working Stiff - Annelise Ryan (audio+ebook)
Not for me but narration was excellent.
19. 5/5 Fine Art of Murder - Donald Bain (audio)
Art and murder; a little Italian as well.
April Pages Read: 371
20. 4/5 Sphere - Michael Crichton (audio)
Science is sometimes iffy, but enjoyable anyway.
21. 3/5 Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets - John Wolff (audio)
Non-fiction entertaining discussion of Victorian era
22.


* - unowned
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TBR = owned books
TBR (audio) Jan 1: 1012 (includes freebees)
TBR (ebooks) Jan 1: 1513 (includes magazines, no freebees)
Audiobooks listened: 16 (including 00 freebies, 1 abandoned, 2 re-reads)
Books Read: 8 (including 0 freebies, 1 abandoned, 1 re-read)
Books otherwise removed from TBR: 0


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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Read 52 books in 2021
Read one TBR for every 4 books read - 2 read
Complete 2 ongoing series - 1 finished

January
1. Kris Longknife - Emissary, Mike Shepherd
2. The Midnight Library, Matt Haig
3. The Fatal Flying Affair - T. E. Kinsey
4. The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop - Fannie Flagg (TBR)

February
5. The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians, David Rubenstein
6. Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and his Followers, John Dean
7. The Titanic Secret, Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul (TBR, Series completed)
8. Girl A, Abigail Dean
9. Lark the Harold Angels Sing, Donna Andrews
10. Evolution, The Human Story, Alice Roberts
11. Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink, Kevin Cook TBR

March
12. Sarah Johnson's Mount Vernon, Scott E. Casper
13. Toil and Trouble, Monica Knightley
14. How the Penguins Saved Veronica, Hazel Prior

April
15. A World Without Email, Cal Newport

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Read 52 books in 2021

January
1) Noble Beginnings (Jack Noble Series #1) - Author L.T. Ryan
2) The Law of Innocence - Author Michael Connelly
3) Recursion - Author Blake Crouch
4) A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2) - Author L.T. Ryan
5) Photographing the Dead (Nameless) - Author Dean Koontz - Short Story
6) Freedom Lost (The Survivalist Book 9) - Author Arthur Bradley

February
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9) The Third Deadly Sin - Author Lawrence Sanders

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11) The Cold Dish - Author Craig Johnson

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