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. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Calling Major Tom - David M. Barnett
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  2. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    Aimed for 20 last year but read 25 - so this year I'll aim for 25 and hope to exceed it....
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  3. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    I smashed my target of 25 last year, so I have upped it to 30-39 for 2018.

    1/39: High/Perchard (Eds) - The Deindustrialized World
    2/39: Fredric Jameson - Postmodernism, or, the cultural logic of late capitalism
  4. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    1/25 The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross
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  5. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    1. Calling Major Tom - David M. Barnett
    2. The Salmon of Doubt - Douglas Adams

    (had a lot of time on my hands)
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  6. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    It's a long time since I read L'Assommoir and it was the first Zola book that I read. Still my favourite of his books and still a favourite book generally.
  7. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    I'm going for twenty as that's about what I read last year. I would have read more if I hadn't given up on about 5 books after a few chapters. I'm really struggling to find books I want to read and as I only read in bed I'm not optimistic about reading more than last year.
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  8. Smokeandsteam

    Smokeandsteam Well-Known Member

    What genre are you looking to read?
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  9. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Does Viz count?
    Maybe get 25% of a book for a magazine?
    But an annual must be worth 75%?
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  10. Pickman's model

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

    the viz annual would count as a book but an issue of viz is a periodical and therefore not a book as such
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  11. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Thanks for clafiying that captain :thumbs:
  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    I counted a bunch of those shite adult Ladybird books that I read, stood up, in a supermarket, whilst waiting for a job interview, as well as several books that I read to my four year old niece.
  13. Pickman's model

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

    yeh. these are books and not periodicals.

    i wouldn't count an issue of scientific american or intelligence & national security as a book as they are periodicals rather than your actual book.

    also viz is not as funny as it used to be.
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  14. Pickman's model

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

    Badgers the profanisaurus (any edition) would count as a book.
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  15. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

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  16. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    I tend to go for crime but not so much police procedure stuff. To be honest when I read something I like I then read other stuff by the same author. I'm working my way through Benjamin Myers now.
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  17. gawkrodger

    gawkrodger Well-Known Member

    I found it a pretty quick book to read as long as you can put up with Varoufakis' ego
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  18. yield

    yield zero

    Read 14 in 2017 when my goal was 10. Think I'll go for 15 this year.

    Plan is to read less science fiction and fantasy more non-fiction this year.
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  19. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls


    1- Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It - Shane Burley
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  20. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    Like the sound of that, will check it out, ta.

    1/30 The Bottom Corner - Nige Tassell
    Very good book about the joys and endless disappointments of non-league football. He gets non-league in a way that evades most mainstream writers. Good chapter on Dulwich Hamlet for those interested; he sees beyond the 'hipster' tag instantly. Dulwich Mishi is quoted in it, I think. The final word, though, has to go to Nigel of Half Man Half Biscuit on the joys of supporting Tranmere Rovers: ''At times I can wholly appreciate how John McCarthy must have felt when he was tied to that radiator.''
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  21. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    Just checked these out and there's quite a few papers that look interesting. Thank goodness for sci-hub, though it might cut down on my total of "proper" books for the year
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  22. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    1/65 - Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
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  23. Dulwich Mishi

    Dulwich Mishi Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!

    Indeed...I speak to media/press/whoever as it's all publicity, albeit often in a lazy hipster way, but Nigel Tassell was very honest, and basically quoted what I actually said.
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  24. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    2/25 The Falls: A Luna Story by Ian McDonald
  25. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    2 - The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World - Catherine Nixey
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  26. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    60 - fiction (1 a week) non-fiction, 1 per month, allowing for sporadic sessions -

    1/60 Tool of War, Paolo Bacigalupi
    2/60 Richard Powers, Orfeo
    3/60 (ongoing) Aroids, Deni Bowen

    Like the numerous garden diaries I begin, I start to fade around March, grinding to a complete halt by May (plus every year is the exact same whine about snails, pigeons and slacker neighbours). Will try to do better.
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  27. Dragnet

    Dragnet Well-Known Member

    1/25 - Lanark - Alasdair Gray
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  28. colbhoy

    colbhoy Well-Known Member

    Pathetically failed my 2017 target of 19, only reading 8. Will aim for 10-19 again this year, with a view to solidly hitting double figures!
  29. iona

    iona makes George Orwell look like a dalek

    1/25 A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
  30. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    First time on this thread and inspired to give it a go, 15 for me...
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