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. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    I wanted to stop reading them but couldn't. Kept them since they came out but am unlikely to reread and am now on a book clear out so if you want the other three let me know and I'll stick them in the post.
  2. PursuedByBears

    PursuedByBears Go stick your head in a pig

    Thanks but I've acquired the ebooks by dubious means so am OK :)
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  3. billy_bob

    billy_bob supercalifragilistic-borussiamönchengladbach

    Slow to join the thread this year. I'm estimating 60+, more than last year (when I read several monsters including War and Peace) but not as many as the years before that (when the chronic fatigue wasn't so bad and I could stay awake longer in the evenings).

    1/50 Christopher Moore - Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
    2/50 László Krasznahorkai - Satantango (not in the Hungarian, I'm sorry to say)
    3/50 Dennis Baron - A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers and the Digital Revolution
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  4. Orang Utan


    got a few of his books in the library I work in, I noticed that at least one of his books is set in Leeds. Any good?
  5. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    16. Treason's Harbour - Patrick O'Brian
    17. The Importance Of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  6. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I thought Firestarter was really short. Shows how long since I read it
  7. iona

    iona makes George Orwell look like a dalek

    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
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  8. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    Yeah not bad. Prefer the straaiht sci fi but the Laundry books are decent too
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  9. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    It was a re-read for me and I didn't remember it as being particularly long!
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  10. 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
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  11. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara pleasantly caving in

    1. Tim Ecott - Neutral Buoyancy. A fascinating memoir/history of diving.
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  12. 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)
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  13. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    1/50 Naturally Gifted, Lisa M Hawkins

    Bit of a slower start than normal for me. Partly as I am going compressed hours at work so only get 30 mins for lunch and partly as this is the fifth book by my writer friend and I was proofing for her, so read it at a slower pace and need to make notes for her.

    She's pulled off another blinder
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  14. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    18. The Far Side Of The World - Patrick O'Brian
    19. On History - Eric Hobsbawm
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    4/25 The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
  18. Yuwipi Woman

    Yuwipi Woman Whack-A-Mole Queen

    1. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century - Jessica Bruder

    2. Travels with Charley - John Steinbeck
    3. Travels with Max: In Search of Steinbeck's America Fifty Years Later - Gregory Ziegler

    Found a whole genre of travel books I was unaware of. The original Steinbeck book inspired a lot of writers to retrace his path over the years. So far I've found about 20 of these attempts to recapture America.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2018
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  19. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    I enjoyed that, too. Particularly liked the bit about people getting 'Rapture of The Deep' and just staying under until the air runs out.

    He goes on about sponges a bit mind. :D
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  20. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara pleasantly caving in

    The sponges were almost my favourite bit! :D I find the idea of diving utterly terrifying, so it was great to gain a window on someone else's experience of it and almost understand what makes people want to stay underwater for hours on end.
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  21. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    pinkychukkles lent it to me in Thailand where I was just about to do my first bit of snorkeling off a proper coral reef so it was perfectly timed for me. I never got around to doing a full dive with the tanks and all that but the snorkeling round there was out of this world and the book gave me some context. A cracking read.
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  22. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    1/30 The Bottom Corner - Nige Tassell
    2/30 Long Road From Jarrow - Stuart Maconie
    3/30 Withnail And I - Bruce Robinson

    Interesting reading the script of this as there are enough stage notes for it to read like a novel. To set the tone for a dreary wet Camden Town seen through the fog of a brutal comedown he describes it as 'Misery times eight equals Sunday,' for example. Very enjoyable and as good an excuse as any to dig the DVD out again.
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  23. May Kasahara

    May Kasahara pleasantly caving in

    1. Tim Ecott - Neutral Buoyancy.

    2. Susan Cooper - The Dark Is Rising. How did I manage to miss this magnificent novel during my lost in a fantasy, myths and magic obsessed childhood? It is superb.
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  24. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    3/30 Gary Budden - Hollow Shores

    Interwoven melancholic short stories about walking, ageing, London, moving out of London, punky subculture.
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  25. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    20. The Reverse Of The Medal - Patrick O'Brian
    21. Foucault - J.G Merquior
  26. iona

    iona makes George Orwell look like a dalek

    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
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2018
  27. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    1/25 This Perfect Day - Ira Levin
    2/25 Southern Cross The Dog - Bill Cheng
  28. strung out

    strung out (",)

    1/25 The Ritual – Adam Nevill
    2/25 Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries - Jon Ronson

    3/25 The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson

    Another audiobook, and this time I was surprised to find a U75 poster featuring heavily in one of the chapters.
  29. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    1/40 Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
    2/40 The High Window - Raymond Chandler
  30. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    I'd better start picking up the pace a bit

    1/40 - Catherynne Valente - Deathless
    2/40 - Robert Louis Wilken - The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity

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