it's the all-singing all-dancing 2018 reading challenge thread

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Pickman's model, Dec 21, 2017.


how many books do you anticipate reading in 2018?

  1. 0: if so this is not the thread for you

  2. 1-9

  3. 10-19

  4. 20-29

  5. 30-39

  6. 40-49

  7. 50-59

  8. 60-79

  9. 80-99

  10. 100 and up

  1. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    usual rules apply.

    just a heads-up that we're coming to the end of the year, and that means that a new thread will be starting with effect from 0000 on 1 january 2018, where you can put books read* in the next calendar year. please don't be awkward and demand a different set of 365 days, the 2018 thread is intended for books read** between the very start of 2018 and the very end of 2018***.

    anyway, as i say, just a heads-up this thread'll be the one to post your read books on for 2018, and i only mention this so you can start thinking how many books it is likely you'll read next year.


    *read includes books read to you, heard as audiofiles, on tapes, cds, etc ad nauseam.
    ** read in this case means completed.
    *** the very end of 2018 is deemed to be 2359 on 31 december 2018.

    these rules are of course arbitrary. but there you go.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
  2. iona

    iona makes George Orwell look like a dalek

    I'm going for 25 books in total, including at least 5 non-fiction* of which at least one is about politics/economics, one history and one a(n) (auto)biography.

    Also, not technically within the remit of the thread but another reading goal is to read at least one article from my "to read" bookmarks each month.

    *Not counting books from the 'Very Short Introduction' series, just because.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
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  3. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    How come your post reads, erroneously, 366 days but when I quote it it correctly reads 365 days? Are you the devil?

    I don’t get the quantity thing, that would entail reading rubbish and I try not to read rubbish. I’ve got Adults in the Room staring at me and that ain’t gonna be finished quickly. But I’ll try and keep the thread, erm, posted.
  4. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    it's just a bit of fun, doesn't matter what you read
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  5. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    30 again for me this year as it was spot on last time round. Which is 30 more than I was reading a couple of years ago before I started doing this.
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  6. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    Since I'm starting school in the new year, I'm not going to pick a number. If I read anything I'm sure it'll be a bonus.
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  7. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    I'll say 30 for next year.
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  8. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    I'm going for 65 again, with a sub-target of 10 books over 500 pages.
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  9. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    I'll up it again as I did my 35 fairly easily this year. Maybe 40 next year
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  10. Signal 11

    Signal 11 also programmed for conversational english

    Going for 10 as I've got some big ones lined up.
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  11. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    My target this year (2017) was 26 but I'm up to 43 already.
    I think I'll aim for 26 again this year though, cos I feel one book every 2 weeks is fine.

    I generally try and read one easy read, one a little more "worthy" (booker prize winner etc) or long book, and one non fiction (invariably an autobiography)
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  12. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Going for at least one a week.
    I did much better than that this year but forgot to list them.

    In 2018... I will strive to list each book as I finish.
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  13. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Whatever it is, I'm against it

    I gave up about halfway this year, but I reckon I've read 30-something of my intended 48 books.

    So for 2018 let's try an even forty. Maybe that will discourage me from cheating by reading loads of really short books.
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  14. Ptolemy

    Ptolemy like an unwound clock, I just don't seem to care.

    I'm going to revise my next year's quota down to around 15, so I can read the huge tomes I've not got around to yet. Things like Capital Vol. 1 & 2, War and Peace, Brothers Karamazov, Infinite Jest, without feeling the need to rush to meet my target.

    Looking forward to it!
  15. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    I may still get to my 75 target for the year , so I'll up it by 1 for 2018.
  16. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Almost finished 40 out of 45, reckon 40 next year.
  17. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara pleasantly caving in

    I only managed 23 this year. So I'm going to say 25 and hope I can surpass that.
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  18. crossthebreeze

    crossthebreeze Well-Known Member

    I did terribly this year. Next year I'm going to try to get back in the regular reading habit - so I'll try for at least 15.
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  19. strung out

    strung out (",)

    A few years back when I last participated in this thread, I was doing more than a book a week easily, but the last couple of years have been a struggle since finding my spare time taken up by moving in with my partner. I've quit social media recently, so that coupled with the need to unwind while planning my wedding means I've gone for 25. That's roughly double what I did this year.
  20. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

    I've read shitloads this year, and smashed my 45 target by 20. I've been surprised, as I'm fairly busy (final year as a medical registrar and dad of 3/5/7 year olds).
    I've just been a shit dad, doctor and husband

    I'll up it to 50 for 2018.
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  21. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    I'm going low at 20 as I want to (re)read some big 'uns
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  22. Ptolemy

    Ptolemy like an unwound clock, I just don't seem to care.

    I initially voted 10-19, but am going to set a target of 25 - with a bottom of 20.

    1/25. L'Assommoir - Émile Zola.

    Finished reading this a few minutes ago. Another great Zola novel chronicling alcoholism and poverty among the Parisian working class, with all the attendant physical and mental cruelty and deprivation; and the origin story of Etienne and Nana from Germinal and Nana respectively.
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  23. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    A good start :)
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  24. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    1/30 Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  25. Dragnet

    Dragnet Well-Known Member

    Only reached 23 out of 25 for last year, and a lot of them were only short, so I'm going for 25 again.
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  26. pennimania

    pennimania still dre and drooling

    Count me in!

    I don't read complete books nearly as much as I did. Thank you academia.

    And I've developed a terrible skim reading habit which means I often miss important details.

    But I will try to do better - 40 plus for me.
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  27. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    I did miserably on my target last year but I did complete my PGDip :thumbs:. I'll be academia free in 2018 so hopefully stand a better chance of establishing a reading routine, I'm aiming for 25.
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  28. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    01. Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoyesvsky
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  29. xenon

    xenon Sweep and cut

    I'm setting myself a modest target of 20 this year. I've still got stuff on the virtual pile nagging at me.
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  30. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    1/60 Michael Gillard & Laurie Flynn - Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice & Racism in Scotland Yard
    (this is excellent by the way - it's almost like reading Ellroy, but in London)

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