Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by Pickman's model, Dec 21, 2017.
Calling Major Tom - David M. Barnett
Aimed for 20 last year but read 25 - so this year I'll aim for 25 and hope to exceed it....
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
1/25 The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross
1. Calling Major Tom - David M. Barnett
2. The Salmon of Doubt - Douglas Adams
(had a lot of time on my hands)
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.
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.
What genre are you looking to read?
Does Viz count?
Maybe get 25% of a book for a magazine?
But an annual must be worth 75%?
the viz annual would count as a book but an issue of viz is a periodical and therefore not a book as such
Thanks for clafiying that captain
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.
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.
Badgers the profanisaurus (any edition) would count as a book.
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.
I found it a pretty quick book to read as long as you can put up with Varoufakis' ego
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.
1- Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It - Shane Burley
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.''
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
1/65 - Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
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.
2/25 The Falls: A Luna Story by Ian McDonald
2 - The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World - Catherine Nixey
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.
1/25 - Lanark - Alasdair Gray
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!
1/25 A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
First time on this thread and inspired to give it a go, 15 for me...
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