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. 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.
    6/25. The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (re-read).
    7/25. The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli.
    8/25. After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie - Jean Rhys.
    9/25. Days of Hope - Jim Allen.

    A look at the Great War, the General Strike and the limitations of social democracy from a revolutionary left perspective. It really helped me fill the gaps of my knowledge about the early Labour Party.
     
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  2. 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
    9/30 William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
    10/30 William Shakespeare - Macbeth
    11/30 George Orwell - Keep the Aspidistra Flying
    12/30 Fiona Staples - Brian K Vaughan - Saga issues 1-50
    13/30 Larry McMurtry - Streets of Laredo

    14/30 Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
     
  3. shifting gears

    shifting gears Well-Known Member

    How did you find The Scar?

    I've just started it having recently finished Perdido Street Station, which I really enjoyed.
     
  4. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Not quite as good as PSS, but a great read. I found the ending really disappointing though. Hope that doesn't put you off, hopefully it was just me and others who have read it will jump on and tell you I'm wrong and how great it is :D
     
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  5. 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
    15/76 East of Eden - John Steinbeck
    16/76 The Adulterants - Joe Dunthorne
    17/76 The Playboy of The Western World - JM Synge
    18/76 The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War , 1914 - Douglas Newton

    *********

    19/76 The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves
     
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  6. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    1/60 Michael Gillard & Laurie Flynn - Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice & Racism in Scotland Yard
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    2/60 Ted Hughes - Crow: From The Life And Songs Of The Crow
    3/60 Max Porter - Grief Is The Thing With Feathers
    4/60 Mark Frost - The Secret History Of Twin Peaks - A Novel
    5/60 JD Vance - Hillbilly Elegy
    (unfinished) Joe Hill - N0SF3R2
    6/60 John Douglas & Mark Olshaker - Mindhunter: Inside The FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
    7/ Paul Kalanithi - When Breath Becomes Air
     
  7. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail Well-Known Member

    1. Radclyffe Hall - The Well of Loneliness
    2. Carson McCullers - The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
    3. Olivia Laing - The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
    4. Albert Camus - A Happy Death
    5. Orlando Figes - A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924
    6. Larry McMurtry - Comanche Moon
    7. Hans Fallada - Alone In Berlin
    8. Dannie Abse - Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve
     
  8. 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
    9/30 William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
    10/30 William Shakespeare - Macbeth
    11/30 George Orwell - Keep the Aspidistra Flying
    12/30 Fiona Staples - Brian K Vaughan - Saga issues 1-50
    13/30 Larry McMurtry - Streets of Laredo
    14/30 Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    15/30 Roald Dahl - The Witches
     
  9. 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
    10/40 The Red Pony - John Steinbeck
    11/40 Nothing But The Night - John Blackburn
    12/40 The Motel Life - Willy Vlautin
    13/40 The Scar - China Miéville
    14/40 Madonna In A Fur Coat - Sabahattin Ali
     
  10. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    56. 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos - Jordan Peterson

    This is, apparently, the result of many years of study and deep contemplation. Yet why does it read as a muddles mess dressed up as folksy wisdom? Why, despite this alleged effort, does Peterson so obviously appear to have misunderstood the literature he claims to have read?

    In short. It's rubbish. And he needs to read more deeply.
     
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  11. 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
    9/30 William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
    10/30 William Shakespeare - Macbeth
    11/30 George Orwell - Keep the Aspidistra Flying
    12/30 Fiona Staples - Brian K Vaughan - Saga issues 1-50
    13/30 Larry McMurtry - Streets of Laredo
    14/30 Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    15/30 Roald Dahl - The Witches

    16/30 Jonathan Coe - What a Carve Up!
     
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  12. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    57. Hamlet (Q2 1604) - Shakespeare

    Just to add - this is by way of a 3rd edition Arden - which reads as shockingly populist in comparison to the 2nd edition.
     
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  13. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    1/25 Walk Through Walls: A Memoir - Marina Abramović
    2/25 Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks
    3/25 Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Gail Honeyman
    4/25 Untold Stories - Alan Bennett
     
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  14. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    1. "The Last 10 Seconds" - Simon Kernick.
    2. "Why Did You Lie" - Yrsa Sigurdardottir
    3. "The Collini Case" - Ferdinand Von Schirach

    4 "Kill the Father" - Sandrone Dazieri. Slightly turgid but interesting Italian thriller
     
  15. 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
    10/50 Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad
    11/50 Henry Marsh - Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
    12/50 Oliver Sachs - Anthropologist on Mars
    13/50 Sara Wheeler - Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica
    14/50 Bill Bryson - Troublesome Words
    15/50 Vera Brosgol - Anya's Ghost
    16/50 Jen Lee - Garbage Night
    17/50 George Sanders - In Persuasion Nation
    18/50 Roger Cohen - The Girl from Human Street
     
  16. 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
    9/30 William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
    10/30 William Shakespeare - Macbeth
    11/30 George Orwell - Keep the Aspidistra Flying
    12/30 Fiona Staples - Brian K Vaughan - Saga issues 1-50
    13/30 Larry McMurtry - Streets of Laredo
    14/30 Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    15/30 Roald Dahl - The Witches
    16/30 Jonathan Coe - What a Carve Up!

    17/30 Pat Mills - Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! 2000AD and Judge Dredd: the secret history
     
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  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
    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
    20/65 - Willy Vlautin - Don't Skip Out on Me
    21/65 - Hector & Malcolm MacLeod - Peter Manuel, Serial Killer
    22/65 - Ruth Rendell - A Sight For Sore Eyes
    23/65 - Margaret Atwood - Alias Grace
    24/65 - Ruth Rendell - The Babes in The Wood
    25/65 - Kazuo Ishiguro - A Pale View of Hills
    26/65 - Val McDermid - Insidious Intent (4/10)

    27/65 - Ruth Rendell - End in Tears
     
  18. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    1/25 Walk Through Walls: A Memoir - Marina Abramović
    2/25 Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks
    3/25 Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Gail Honeyman
    4/25 Untold Stories - Alan Bennett
    5/25 The Private Life of Mrs Sharma - Ratika Kapur
     
  19. Threshers_Flail

    Threshers_Flail Well-Known Member

    1. Radclyffe Hall - The Well of Loneliness
    2. Carson McCullers - The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
    3. Olivia Laing - The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
    4. Albert Camus - A Happy Death
    5. Orlando Figes - A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924
    6. Larry McMurtry - Comanche Moon
    7. Hans Fallada - Alone In Berlin
    8. Dannie Abse - Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve
    9. Eduardo Galeano - Open Veins of Latin America
     
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  20. 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
    15/76 East of Eden - John Steinbeck
    16/76 The Adulterants - Joe Dunthorne
    17/76 The Playboy of The Western World - JM Synge
    18/76 The Darkest Days: The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War , 1914 - Douglas Newton
    19/76 The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves

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    20/76 The Wolf - Alex Grecian
     
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  21. 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
    10/40 Rebecca Solnit - Wanderlust: A History of Walking
    11/40 William Gibson - Pattern Recognition

    12/40 Barbara & Karen Fields - Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life
    13/40 Laura James - Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a Neuroptypical World

    Thanks to danny la rouge for recommending the Fields' book.
     
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  22. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    58. Sir Gawain & The Green Knight - Anon
     
  23. 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
    10/40 The Red Pony - John Steinbeck
    11/40 Nothing But The Night - John Blackburn
    12/40 The Motel Life - Willy Vlautin
    13/40 The Scar - China Miéville
    14/40 Madonna In A Fur Coat - Sabahattin Ali
    15/40 Avoidant - Jeb Kinnison
     
  24. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Apparently caught, and a former police officer.

    Ex-officer arrested in serial killer case
     
  25. 8115

    8115 sitting down is bad for you

    1/25 Walk Through Walls: A Memoir - Marina Abramović
    2/25 Human Traces - Sebastian Faulks
    3/25 Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine - Gail Honeyman
    4/25 Untold Stories - Alan Bennett
    5/25 The Private Life of Mrs Sharma - Ratika Kapur
    6/25 This Book Will Save Your Life - A.M. Homes
     
  26. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    I KNOW! Good job I worked a half day yesterday so I could spend my time lost on the true crime internet.
     
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  27. 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
    6/26 - Adrian Mole: The Lost Years by Sue Townsend (reread)
    7/26 - Books of Blood Volume 4 by Clive Barker
    8/26 - Books of Blood Volume 5 by Clive Barker
    9/26 - Books of Blood Volume 6 by Clive Barker
    10/26 - Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke (reread)
    11/26 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    12/26 - Who on Earth is Tom Baker? by Tom Baker
     
  28. Signal 11

    Signal 11 Ich bin maroon!

    1/10 - Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol - Steve Jones
    2/10 - The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity and Love - Bell Hooks
    3/10 - Capital vol. 2 - Karl Marx
     
  29. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    59. The Tempest - Shakespeare
    60. Theses on the Philosophy of History - Walter Benjamin
     
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  30. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model One star in sight

    5/50 lee child, midnight line
    6/50 michael moorcock, von bek
     

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