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. 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
     
  2. yield

    yield zero

    1. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

    2. The Power by Naomi Alderman

    3. The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners by Seumas Milne
     
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  3. colbhoy

    colbhoy Well-Known Member

    01/10 - Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
    02/10 - The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill
    03/10 - A Day in the Bleachers by Arnold Hano
     
  4. 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. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    5/30 Victor Pelevin - Omon Ra

    Childhood dreams of space travel transform into the miserable, bleakly comic, reality of life as a cosmonaut.
     
  6. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    32. The Yellow Admiral - Patrick O'Brian
    33. The Hundred Days - Patrick O'Brian
    34. Blue At The Mizzen - Patrick O'Brian
    35. A New View Of Society - Robert Owen
    36. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
    37. Utopia - Thomas More (Re-read)
    38. The Sixteen Satires - Juvenal (Re-read)
     
  7. 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
     
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  8. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    1/60 Michael Gillard & Laurie Flynn - Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice & Racism in Scotland Yard
    )
    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
     
  9. 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
     
  10. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    This may be something you're interested in, published a few months back. I'm linking to the amazon site so you can see the reviews/blurbs, rather than suggesting you get it from there. It may concentrate more heavily on doctrinal stuff than history but from a quick browse of my copy it seems to be nicely balanced. I have a epub but it's 77mb - let me know if you want a link.
     
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  11. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Thanks, I'll probably stick to the historical side of things but will have a look.
     
  12. 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
     
  13. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    1/40 - Catherynne Valente - Deathless
    2/40 - Robert Louis Wilken - The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity
    3/40 - Chester Himes - Cotton Comes to Harlem
    4/40 - Zadie Smith - White Teeth

    5/40 - Geronimo - Fire & Flames: A History of the German Autonomist Movement
     
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  14. 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
     
  15. 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 - loved this. Excellent read.
     
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  16. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    1/60 Michael Gillard & Laurie Flynn - Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice & Racism in Scotland Yard
    )
    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
     
  17. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    1. "The Last 10 Seconds" - Simon Kernick.

    2. "Why Did You Lie" - Yrsa Sigurdardottir. Excellent Icelandic thriller
     
  18. 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
     
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    6/30 Stefan Szczelkun - Improvisation Rites: From John Cage's Songbooks to The Scratch Orchestra's Nature Study Notes - collective practises 2011-2017
     
  20. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    1/25 Blood Sympathy by Reginald Hill (Reread)
    2/25 Men in White Suits: Liverpool FC in the 1990s - The Players' Stories by Simon Hughes
    3/25 The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War by David Lebedoff

    4/25 "I Heard You Paint Houses": Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt

    As it's a true crime book, I've finally got off the mark on my 2018 Reading Challenge Bingo.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2018
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  21. 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
     
  22. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    39. The Laws - Plato
     
  23. 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
     
  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
     
  25. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    1/30 The Bottom Corner - Nige Tassell
    2/30 Long Road From Jarrow - Stuart Maconie
    3/30 Withnail And I - Bruce Robinson
    4/30 Tschick - Wolfgang Herndorff
    5/30 Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol – Steve Jones
    6/30 Ruth And Martin's Album Club - Martin Fitzgerald

    Give a famous person an album of some repute that they've never heard, insist they listen to it three times then get them to review it. A simple idea but a great one as you get the opposite of the NME-muso beard-stroky style of writing that I grew to loathe over the years. JK Rowling on The Violent Femmes first album was really good: didn't like it at first but loved it by the third listen and is spot on in describing the process of a record growing on you. Elsewhere, getting Tim Farron to review NWA was hilarious, Chris Addison tries his best not to offend every Marvin Gaye fan on Earth (and fails) and we get treated to the fine phrase 'before The Red Hot Chilli Peppers did 'Give It Away' and ruined everything.' Martin Fitzgerald's bits, while definitely muso in their encyclopaedic knowledge and research, are written with an enthusiasm that's absent in the beard-stroky stuff mentioned above. Very good book.
     
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  26. 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
     
  27. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    1/25 Blood Sympathy by Reginald Hill (Reread)
    2/25 Men in White Suits: Liverpool FC in the 1990s - The Players' Stories by Simon Hughes
    3/25 The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War by David Lebedoff
    4/25 "I Heard You Paint Houses": Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt

    5/25 Ruth And Martin's Album Club by Martin Fitzgerald

    Voley mentioned this book on the thread this morning, and I liked their wee potted review, so I thought I'd seek it out. I'm glad I did . . . despite the fact that Mr Fitzgerald seems to call upon too many Spectator journalists to pass judgment on this or that album.
     
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  28. Beats & Pieces

    Beats & Pieces 24601 / 9430 Banned

    40. The Taming Of A Shrew - Anon
     
  29. Voley

    Voley Knees Up Mother Earth

    If I had a criticism it was that, too. A few more people outside the media bubble would've added to it. I haven't had a chance to look at their website but I think that just started out as ordinary folk reviewing stuff and might be worth having a look for that reason.
     
  30. 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 - Forver
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2018

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