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?

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

    1.9%
  2. 1-9

    5.7%
  3. 10-19

    24.5%
  4. 20-29

    20.8%
  5. 30-39

    13.2%
  6. 40-49

    9.4%
  7. 50-59

    11.3%
  8. 60-79

    9.4%
  9. 80-99

    1.9%
  10. 100 and up

    1.9%
  1. 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
    13. ‎The Invincible - Stanislaw Lem
    14. The Phoenix Exultant - John C. Wright


    Reading a bit slower this mobth, but in my defence I had a major job interview to prepare fo, and then celebrations to recover from since!
     
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  2. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara thoughts start with a laser sound

    Good to know that the Essex Serpent might still be worth a go - that was the one I was more interested in.
     
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  3. 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

    16/65 - Stephen King and Richard Chizmar - Gwendy's Button Box
     
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    9/30 Elizabeth Carola - Hot and other stories

    OK-ish short stories set in noughties Hackney with inevitable activists, finance workers and people living on canal boats.

    10/30 Jean Richards - I Haven't Had So Much Fun Since My Leg Fell Off: The North London Civil Servants Strike 1987/88
     
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  5. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    44. Two Treatises Of Government - John Locke
    45. Oedipus Rex - Sophocles (Re-read)
     
  6. 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
    16/65 - Stephen King and Richard Chizmar - Gwendy's Button Box

    17/65 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Of Love and Other Demons
     
  7. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    That book about swearing's fucking great billy_bob, ta for that.
     
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  8. 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
    6/19 - Carrie Fisher - Wishing Drinking
     
  9. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    Isn't it? Best book I' ve read in a good while, and all the better because I had few expectations about it - just picked it up using an online discount I get because of my line of work.

    10/50 Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad
    11/50 Henry Marsh - Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery

    (Also both very good - I'm having a good run at the moment)
     
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  10. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    17 - Perry Anderson: The Merciless Laboratory of History - Gregory Elliott
    18 - Hobsbawm: Histories and Politics - Gregory Elliott
    19 - Out of Apathy: Voices of the New Left Thirty Years on - Seth Moglen and Adam Steinhouse
     
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  11. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    46. Oedipus At Colonus - Sophocles (Re-read)
    47. The 18th Brumaire Of Louis Bonaparte - Marx (Re-read)
     
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  12. 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
    6/19 - Carrie Fisher - Wishing Drinking
    7/19 - Alan Bennett - The Lady in the Van
     
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  13. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara thoughts start with a laser sound

    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

    6. Joss Whedon and lots of others - Buffy the Vampire Slayer S8 omnibus vol.1. Absolutely wonderful to be back with the gang <happy sigh>
     
  14. 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
    16/65 - Stephen King and Richard Chizmar - Gwendy's Button Box
    17/65 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Of Love and Other Demons

    18/65 - Patricia Highsmith - This Sweet Sickness
     
  15. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    48. Common Sense - Thomas Paine
     
  16. 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
    11/76 The Last Man - Vince Flynn

    ********
    12/76 Order to Kill - Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills
     
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  17. Lorca

    Lorca Somebody after all, had to make a start

    I just bought David Keenan's 'England's Hidden Reverse - A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground' for a fiver off ebay (it's usually quite expensive)! It's broadly about the history of the bands Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound. I'm looking forward immensely to reading it, though it's a hefty tome, flicking through it already looks fascinating.
     
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  18. 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
    11/76 The Last Man - Vince Flynn
    12/76 Order to Kill - Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills

    *********
    13/76 Nucleus - Rory Clements
     
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  19. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    1/50 Naturally Gifted, Lisa M Hawkins
    2/50 Cold Lake, Jeff Carson
    3/50 Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
    4/50 Someone to Save You, Paul Pilkington
    5/50 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
    6/50 The Godfather, Mario Puzo


    7/50 Freedom, Jonathan Franzen - enjoyed and hated this in equal measure. All the characters are total dicks, but you want to know what happens to them. Crap ending though.
     
  20. 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;
    8/39 Spencer, K (& others) - Crisis in the Industrial Heartland: A Study of the West Midlands
    9/39 Hall, S - Cultural Representations and Signifying Practises (Culture, Media and Identity)
     
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  21. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    This worth a read? It's on special offer at the Verso website but does it add to our understanding of the new left?
     
  22. 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
    9/40 The Vesuvius Club - Mark Gatiss
     
  23. 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
    16/65 - Stephen King and Richard Chizmar - Gwendy's Button Box
    17/65 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Of Love and Other Demons
    18/65 - Patricia Highsmith - This Sweet Sickness

    19/65 - Ruth Rendell - Harm Done
     
  24. 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
    17/25 The Chalk Pit - Elly Griffiths
     
  25. 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

    8/30 Frances Hardinge - The Lie Tree
     
  26. 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
    11/76 The Last Man - Vince Flynn
    12/76 Order to Kill - Vince Flynn with Kyle Mills
    13/76 Nucleus - Rory Clements

    ******
    14/76 The Survivor - Vince Flynn with Kyle Mills
     
  27. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    5/25 Ghosts of My Life by Mark Fisher
    6/25 The Depature (owner series 1) by Neal Asher
     
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  28. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    1/26 - Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sue Townsend (reread)
    2/26 - The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (reread)
    3/26 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
    4/26 - 11.22.63 by Stephen King
    5/26 - The Kenneth Williams Diaries edited by Russell Davies
     
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  29. 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
    13. ‎The Invincible - Stanislaw Lem
    14. The Phoenix Exultant - John C. Wright
    15. ‎We - Yevgeni Zamyatin
     
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  30. Dragnet

    Dragnet Well-Known Member

    2/25 - Anarchism: Arguments For and Against - Albert Meltzer
    3/25 - Ghosts Of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures - Mark Fisher
    4/25 - The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community - Mariarosa Dalla Costa & Selma James
    5/25 - Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life - Karen E. Fields & Barbara J. Fields
     

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