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.

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how many books do you anticipate reading in 2018?

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  2. 1-9

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  3. 10-19

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  4. 20-29

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  5. 30-39

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  6. 40-49

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  7. 50-59

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  1. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    1/40 Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
    2/40 The High Window - Raymond Chandler
    3/40 An Artist Of The Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
    4/40 The Steel Remains - Richard K Morgan
    5/40 Simulacrum - Ken Liu
    6/40 Here Comes The Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn
     
  2. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    1/50 Christopher Moore - Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
    2/50 László Krasznahorkai - Satantango
    3/50 Dennis Baron - A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers and the Digital Revolution
    4/50 Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    5/50 Mark Twain - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    6/50 Matt Sewell - A Charm of Goldfinches
    7/50 Melissa Mohr - Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing
    8/50 George Sanders - Pastoralia
    9/50 George Sanders - The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil
     
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  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    7/30 Sol Yurick - Metatron
     
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  4. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    Like the sound of that and my library has it, thanks for that.
     
  5. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    I thought it looked like it'd be fun - but there's far more too it than that. Highly recommended.
     
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  6. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    Yeah I had a look at the first few chapters on the Goodreads site and it looks like its a pretty thorough investigation into a humorous topic. I love those ancient curses, too. Really inventive. The Romans were good value. Shakespeare has some incredible ones.
     
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  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    4/50 harold lamb, "warriors of the steppes"
     
  8. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

    1. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
    2. The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin
    3. The Brothers Ashkenazi - I. J. Singer
    4. Chronicle of a Death Foretold- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    5. The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View- Ellen Meiksins Wood
    6. ‎ Burial Rights- Hannah Kent
    7. ‎ Strike! - Jeremy Brecher
    8. ‎ With the End in Mind- Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial - Kathryn Mannix
    9. ‎Hillbilly Eligy - J. D. Vance
    10. ‎ The Golden Age- John C. Wright
    11. ‎ American Pastoral- Philip Roth
    12. ‎ Why We Sleep: the New Science of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker
     
  9. Ptolemy

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

    1/25. L'Assommoir - Émile Zola.
    2/25. La Bête humaine - Émile Zola.
    3/25. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert.
    4/25. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë.
    5/25. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë.
     
  10. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    That's in my in-pile. How was it?
     
  11. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    1/39 High/Perchard (Eds) - The Deindustrialized World
    2/39 Jameson, Fredric - Postmodernism, or, the cultural logic of late capitalism
    3/39 Gest, Justin - The new minority: White working class poliics in an age of immigration and inequality
    4/39 Hall, David - Working Lives: the forgotten voices of Britain's post war working class
    5/39 Katznelson, Ira - City Trenches: Urban politics and the patterning of class in the US
    6/39 Goodhart, David - The Road to Somewhere: the New Tribes Shaping British Politics
    7/39 Dudley, Kathryn - The End of the Line: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America
     
  12. kropotkin

    kropotkin libcom

    Good- very readable and educative. Not overly technical but seems to discuss lots of important research in the topic area. I'm spending more time in bed now.
     
  13. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    1/25 This Perfect Day - Ira Levin
    2/25 Southern Cross The Dog - Bill Cheng
    3/25 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Ron Hansen
     
  14. iona

    iona toxic clown

    1/25 A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
    2/25 A Life for the Stars - James Blish
    3/25 The Triumph of Time - James Blish
    4/25 A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow - George R. R. Martin
    5/25 A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold - George R. R. Martin
    6/25 A Feast for Crows - George R. R. Martin
    7/25 The Crossing Places - Elly Griffiths
    8/25 The Janus Stone - Elly Griffiths
    9/25 The House at Sea's End - Elly Griffiths
    10/25 King Rat - China Miéville
    11/25 A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust - George R. R. Martin
    12/25 A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast - George R. R. Martin
    13/25 Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler
    14/25 Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
    15/25 MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood
    16/25 The Woman in Blue - Elly Griffiths
     
  15. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    1/40 Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
    2/40 The High Window - Raymond Chandler
    3/40 An Artist Of The Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
    4/40 The Steel Remains - Richard K Morgan
    5/40 Simulacrum - Ken Liu
    6/40 Here Comes The Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn
    7/40 Train Dreams - Denis Johnson
     
  16. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    1/40 - Catherynne Valente - Deathless
    2/40 - Robert Louis Wilken - The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity
    3/40 - Chester Himes - Cotton Comes to Harlem
    4/40 - Zadie Smith - White Teeth
    5/40 - Geronimo - Fire & Flames: A History of the German Autonomist Movement

    6/40 - Barbara Bloomfield, Raphael Samuel - The Enemy Within: Pit villages & the miners strike of 84/5
    7/40 - Jonathan Crary - 24/7: Late capitalism & the end of sleep
     
  17. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    1/65 - Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
    2/65 - Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
    3/65 - Ruth Rendell - An Unkindness of Ravens
    4/65 - Stephen King - Firestarter (1/10)
    5/65 - Ruth Rendell - The Veiled One
    6/65 - Joanna Cannon - The Trouble With Goats and Sheep
    7/65 - Jerome K. Jerome - Three Men in a Boat
    8/65 - Ruth Rendell - Kissing the Gunner's Daughter
    9/65 - Donna Tartt - The Secret History (2/10)
    10/65 - Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13
    11/65 - Ruth Rendell - Simisola
    12/65 - Jonathan Franzen - Purity (3/10)
    13/65 - Judy Blume - Forever

    14/65 - Ruth Rendell - Road Rage
     
  18. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Ridin' a Stutz Bearcat, Jim

    1/40 Mark Greif - Against Everything
    2/40 Richard Morgan - Altered Carbon
    3/40 Michele Wallace - Invisibility Blues
    4/40 Connie Willis - Blackout
    5/40 Kathleen Taylor - Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control
    6/40 Margaret Atwood - Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth
    7/40 Usrula K le Guin - A Wizard of Earthsea

    8/40 Naomi Alderman - The Power
    9/40 R. D. Laing - The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise
     
  19. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    1/19 - Mark Kermode - The Good, The Bad and the Multiplex
    2/19 - Mark Kermode - It's Only a Movie
    3/19 - Mark Kermode - Hatchet Job
    4/19 - William Goldman - The Big Picture: Who Killed Hollywood and Other Essays
    5/19 - Jah Wobble - Memoirs of a Geezer
     
  20. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    So I've read a couple of interviews and articles re: this - will I get much more from reading the book?
     
  21. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    1/76 The Thirst - Jo Nesbo
    2/76 Alt-America : The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump. David Neiwert
    3/76 Pursuit of Honour - Vince Flynn
    4/76 American Assassin - Vince Flynn
    5/76 Ardennes 1944 - Anthony Beevor
    6/76 The Last Nazi - Andrew Turpin
    7/76 The Old Bridge - Andrew Turpin
    8/76 Surviving the Evacuation : Book 12 Britain's End . - Frank Tayell.
    9/76 The Late Show - Michael Connelly
    10/76 Kill Shot- Vince Flynn

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    11/76 The Last Man - Vince Flynn
     
  22. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430

    41. Stung With Love: Poems & Fragments Of Sappho - Sappho
    42. Selected Poems - John Clare
    43. The Age Of Revolution 1789-1848 - Eric Hobsbawm

    Hobsbawm's political position is clear and unapologetic, but is hampered by his writing style - too often dull and repetitive.
     
  23. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    1/30 Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
    2/30 China Miéville - October: The Story of the Russian Revolution
    3/30 Michael Wolff - Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
    4/30 Philip Reeve - Mortal Engines
    5/30 David Peace - Red Riding 1974
    6/30 William Wordsworth - Selected Poems (ed. Stephen Logan)

    7/30 Brandon Sanderson - Oathbringer
     
  24. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    8/30 p.m. - bolo'bolo
     
  25. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    1/30 The Bottom Corner - Nige Tassell
    2/30 Long Road From Jarrow - Stuart Maconie
    3/30 Withnail And I - Bruce Robinson
    4/30 Tschick - Wolfgang Herndorff
    5/30 Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol – Steve Jones
    6/30 Ruth And Martin's Album Club - Martin Fitzgerald​
    7/30 Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To British Birds.

    Read this for a few reasons. 1. One of my challenges this year is to read about a topic I know nothing about. 2. When I’m walking I often find myself looking at something winged and wondering what it is. 3. Bill Bailey is ace. I really enjoyed it – he writes about wrens with the sort of enthusiasm most people reserve for their children, his drawings are suitably daft and there are asides where motorway services are described as “cathedrals of despair.” If that sounds like your sort of thing, you’ll like this. I might actually know what I’m looking at next time I see something large, white and diving at the sea when I’m in the The Isles Of Scilly.
     
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  26. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    1/40 Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
    2/40 The High Window - Raymond Chandler
    3/40 An Artist Of The Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
    4/40 The Steel Remains - Richard K Morgan
    5/40 Simulacrum - Ken Liu
    6/40 Here Comes The Sun - Nicole Dennis-Benn
    7/40 Train Dreams - Denis Johnson
    8/40 Voyage In The Dark - Jean Rhys
     
  27. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    1/65 - Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
    2/65 - Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
    3/65 - Ruth Rendell - An Unkindness of Ravens
    4/65 - Stephen King - Firestarter (1/10)
    5/65 - Ruth Rendell - The Veiled One
    6/65 - Joanna Cannon - The Trouble With Goats and Sheep
    7/65 - Jerome K. Jerome - Three Men in a Boat
    8/65 - Ruth Rendell - Kissing the Gunner's Daughter
    9/65 - Donna Tartt - The Secret History (2/10)
    10/65 - Jon McGregor - Reservoir 13
    11/65 - Ruth Rendell - Simisola
    12/65 - Jonathan Franzen - Purity (3/10)
    13/65 - Judy Blume - Forever
    14/65 - Ruth Rendell - Road Rage

    15/65 - William Boyd - Armadillo
     
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  28. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara channelling Lynda Day

    1. Tim Ecott - Neutral Buoyancy
    2. Susan Cooper - The Dark Is Rising
    3. Naoki Higashida - The Reason I Jump
    4. Jon Ronson - The Men Who Stare At Goats

    5. Sarah Perry - After Me Comes The Flood. A novel so shockingly teenage in its attempt to be literary that it made me cross. Unconvincing people, doing not very much, in an unconvincing setting, all leading to a tired and unconvincing denouement.
     
  29. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara channelling Lynda Day

    BoatieBird I missed your post about Reservoir 13 - really glad you enjoyed it too, and interesting to think of it in light of the above - how a book with a mystery and a reservoir can be amazing rather than infuriating!
     
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  30. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    I was also bemused by After Me Comes the Flood May Kasahara, especially after reading The Essex Serpent, which I loved.
    Teenage is a good way to describe it.
     
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