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2021 Reading Challenge
May as well get this going for people to start compiling 2021 reading lists. I managed to hit 39 books last year, acheiving my 35 books goal.

I know I can hit 35 again so I think a 40 Book goal in 2021 will be a good challenge.

Already have lots of books I want to check out compiled in the old thread that I will transfer over to start this years list.

Happy New Year!

(1) Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan ~ 900 pages (Finished)
(2) Operation Gladio by Paul Williams ~ 320 pages (Finished)
(3) The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre ~ 330 pages (Finished)
(4) Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson ~ 950 pages (Finished)
(5) House of Chains by Steven Erikson ~ 850 pages (Finished)
(6) Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny ~ 175 pages (Finished)
(7) The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny ~ 180 pages (Finished)
(8) Sign of the Unicorn by Roger Zelazny ~ 185 pages (Finished)
(9) The Hand of Oberon by Roger Zelazny ~ 180 pages (Finished)
(10) The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zelazny ~ 190 pages (Finished)
(12) Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay ~ 650 pages (Finished)
(13) Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons ~ 705 pages (Finished)
(14) Jhereg by Stevan Brust ~ 175 pages (Finished)
(15) Yendi bt Steven Brust ~ 140 pages (Finished)
(16) Teckla by Steven Brust

(1) From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra (Finished)
(2) A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford (Finished)
(3) Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (Finished)
(4) A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Finished)
(5) Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (Finished)
(6) SPQR by Mary Beard (Finished)
(7) Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
(8) The Tangled Tree by David Quammen (Finished)
(9) Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie (Finished)
(10) Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne (Finished)
(11) The Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant (Finished)
(12) The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan (Finished)
(13) Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll (Finished)
(14) Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (Finished)
(15) The Great Courses: The French Revolution (Finished)
(16) The Great Courses: Ancient Egypt (Finished)
(17) Underworld by Graham Hancock (Finished)
(18) Citizens by Simon Schama

To Read List:

The Peregrine
Persian Fire by Tom Holland ~ 370 pages
The Fabric of the Cosmos
Ordinary Men
Shadow rising
Towers of Midnight
Memory of Light
Rise of Endymion
A Good Day to Die by Jim Harrison
My Dog Skip
Ready Player One
No Country For Old Men
Rising Tide
Power of the Dog
The Cartel
The Border
The Orphan Masters Son
City of Theives
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Fantasy Series List

Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolf
Books of Babel - JOSIAH BANCROFT
Long Price Quartet - Daniel Abraham

Gormenghast Series - Mervyn Peake
Craft sequence - Max Gladstone
Divine Cities by Robert Jackson bennett
Black Iron Legacy by Gareth Ryder Hanrahan
Cradle Series & Travelers Gate - Will Wight
Echoes of Empire - Market T. Barnes
Marc Turner - Chronicles of Exile

Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee

Water Margin: Heroes of the Marsh
- 14th century Chinese masterpiece, kind of like Robin Hood but with way more wine and murder.

Romance of the 3 Kingdoms
14th-century historical novel attributed to Luo Guanzhong. It is set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, starting in 169 AD and ending with the reunification of the land in 280 by Western Jin.

- About a European who lands in Japan and gets caught up in this dudes quest to become Shogun. Based on a true story.

Dark Tower+++ Order

• The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (2003 Revised Edition)
• The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987)
• The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991)
• The Stand: Complete and Uncut Edition (1990)
•The Talisman (1984) waa
• The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997)
• The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)
• "Little Sisters of Eluria" from Everything's Eventual (2002)
• The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)
• Salem's Lot (1975)
• The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003)
• The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004)
• Insomnia (1994)
• "Low Men in Yellow Coats" from Hearts in Atlantis (1999)
• Black House (2001)
• "Everything's Eventual" from Everything's Eventual (2002)
• The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2004)

Robert McCammon - Swan Song
The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
Ashendem by Somerset Maugham
The Belgariad - Eddings
Leslie Charteris

Sufficiently Advanced Magic ? Arcane Ascension by Andrew Rowe
This post was edited on 5/15 at 11:26 am

Member since Dec 2010
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Finished my goal of 75 yesterday for 2020. Going for 100 new books this year and reread 20.

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Wisconsin Fan
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Goal: 30 books

There will be a healthy mix between history/politics/foreign affairs, novels, and spiritual/theological.

The list will be challenging, undoubtedly.

My reading year starts on 25 December because I have time off and I get new books.

1. The Evening and the Morning. Ken Follett
2. Prisoners of Geography. Tim Marshall
3. The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy. William F. Burns
4. The Death of Adam. Marilynne Robinson
5. Backpacking with the Saints. Belden C. Lane

Bold denotes completion
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Detroit Mercy Fan
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Dumb question, but is this reading + audiobooks, or just reading alone?

Alabama Fan
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
However you want to categorize it.

My goal is just books but i will still be marking down my audiobooks separately.

If you want to group them together or just do audiobooks i dont think it matters
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Detroit Mercy Fan
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I'm signing up for 24 real books and 20 or so audiobooks

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Arkansas Fan
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Scaling back to 48 this year.


1) The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson 354p
2) Daylight by David Baldacci 404p
3) Dark City by F Paul Wilson 364p
4) Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas by Tom Callahan 276p...4*
5) Fear City by F Paul Wilson 460p
6) The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum 611p
7) Death Without Company by Craig Johnson 271p
8) Nightworld by F Paul Wilson 398p
9) Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson 288p
10) Stan Musial: An American Life by George Vecsey 335p
11) Split Second by David Baldacci 404p
12) Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson 298p
13) Hour Game by David Baldacci 720p (large print)
14) Simple Genius by David Baldacci 407p
15) The Scorpion's Tail by Preston and Child 401p
16) First Blood by David Morrell 300p
17) The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson 303p
18) First Family by David Baldacci 724p (large print)
19) The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry 377p
20) The Sixth Man by David Baldacci 607p (large print)coming!
21) Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson 307p
22) King and Maxwell by David Baldacci 419p
23) The 14th Colony by Steve Berry 443p
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
That's great!

My goal will be 25 books.

Happy New Year!

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West Palm Tiger561
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
30 books is my goal. I ordered 8 tonight from Amazon, and have 5 on standby at the house. All history

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I hit 69 books this year and I'm tempted to shoot for 70 next year. Hopefully we'll get past this virus and next year (at least the 2nd half of the year) I'll have less reading time and more travel time. So I'll go with a goal of 60 books.


1. Washington: A life - Ron Chernow
2. A Princess of Landover - Terry Brooks
3. Dead Wake - Erik Larson
4. Killers of the Flower Moon - David Grann
5. Polar Star - Martin Cruz Smith
6. The Crystal Cave - Mary Steward
7. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
8. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) - N. K. Jemisin
9. Nowhere To Run - CJ Box
10. Havana Bay - Martin Cruz Smith
11. The Obelisk Gate - N. K. Jemisin
12. The Reivers - William Faulkner
13. The Stone Sky - N. K. Jemisin
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The Spleen
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
30 was my goal for 2020 and I finished at 32. I went a little over a month in the summer where I barely read anything, so I left some meat on the bone.

I think for 2021 I'll set the same goal, but read more challenging books. I read a lot of easy books in 2020, mostly because I went down a Perry Mason rabbit hole after watching the HBO series.

Think I'm also going to do the chapter a day project on War & Peace again. This would be my 3rd time doing it.

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Sasquatch Smash
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
As per usual, I really don’t have a set goal in mind. Just read ‘em as I get to them, as I float between hobbies and tv/movies. Last year (15.5 read) was a much better reading year than 2019, a year in which I did not finish a book.

Hopefully I’ll get more done this year than last. My list will be below.

0.5. Mark of the Beast - Scott David Aniolowski (editor), paperback 282 pp. 3.5*
1. Blood of Elves - Andrzej Sapkowski, paperback 403 pp. 4*
2. The Time of Contempt - Andrzej Sapkowski, paperback 336 pp. 4*
3. Baptism of Fire - Andrzej Sapkowski, paperback 336 pp. 4.5*
4. Living Among the Dead - C. H. Lawler, paperback 263 pp. 4*
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The Dunder Mifflin
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Haven’t really read books since high school, but will try to do so this year. I’ll start small and try to do a book a month. About to start with The little book of common investing tonight, I would like to learn more about the stock market and investing.

I’ll also listen to a couple of audio books this year.

Zachary La
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
I’ll try 14

• The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
• The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
• The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
• The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson
• The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski by
• The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski
• The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
• Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
• The Midnight Line by Lee Child
• How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy by Mehrsa Baradaran
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
I’m going to read all of the Star Wars Legends books, however many there are.

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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Read 56 books in 2020

2021 Completed 16 books.
Best of the year in bold

1. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
2. The Law of Innocence - Michael Connelly
3. Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow
4. The Rose Rent - Ellis Peters
5. All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren
6. Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger
7. One Last Lie - Paul Doiron
8. Outlaw - Angus Donald
9. War Lord - Bernard Cornwell
10. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
11. Ashes to Ashes - Mel Starr
12. The Underworld - Kevin Canty
13. Last One to Lie - J. M. Winchester
14. The Unwilling - John Hart
15. The Order - Daniel Silva
16. The Slaughterman's Daughter - Yaniv Iczkovits

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South of Lafayette
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
I need to go back to reading — reserving my posting spot.

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Jay Are
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Trying to hit 60 books this year. I won't be counting graphic novels. Will be counting audio books. Audiobooks might dominate my list this year; much easier to get through with a newborn.

[Title] ([Year]) by [Author], [page count/audio], [rating out of 5]

1. Phoenix Extravagant (2020) by Yoon Ha-Lee (Baton Rouge-based sci-fi author), audio, 4/5
2. Alexandria (2020) by Paul Kingsnorth, 393 pages, 5/5
3. The Book of Koli (2020) by M.R. Carey, audio, 3.5/5
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962) by Shirley Jackson, 147 pages, 4.5/5
5. Black Mischief (1932) by Evelyn Waugh, 312 pages, 2/5
6. Black Sun (2020) by Rebecca Roanhorse, audio, 3.5/5
7. The Woodlanders (1887) by Thomas Hardy, 417 pages, 4/5 (started in 2020. This took me forever to read)
8. Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story (2019) by Marie Arana, 362 pages, 3/5
9. Foundryside (2018) by Robert Jackson Bennett, audio, 4/5
10. Dawnshard (2020) by Brandon Sanderson, 209 pages (kindle), 4/5
11. La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Volume One) (2017) by Philip Pullman, 449 pages, 3/5.
12. Savage Gods (2019) by Paul Kingsnorth, 126 pages, 3.5/5
13. The Dark Design (1977) by Philip Jose Farmer, audio, 1.5/5
14. All Systems Red (2017) by Martha Wells, 152 pages, 4/5
15. The Midnight Bargain (2020) by CL Polk, audio, 3/5
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Kentucky Fan
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Not gonna set a big goal this year. Hit my goals last couple years but time to read is dropping off so I am just gonna list some books i want to read and try to get through them by the end of the year. May throw some other stuff in too
Read alot of sci fi last year as planned so gonna try to read a little better mix of stuff

Goal: 15 books


1. *The Conquering Sword of Conan - Robert E. Howard, 398 pages, 5/5
Last of the Conan books that are made up of the original stories. All the stories in this book are pretty good but the best by far is the last, Red Nails

2. *The Shorter Writings - Xenophon, 404 pages, 4/5

3. City - Clifford D. Simak, 264 pages, 3/5

4. The Trojan War - Translated by R.M. Frazier Jr., 168 pages, 3/5

5. *Live and Let Die - Ian Fleming, 230 pages, 4/5
Better than the movie and better than the previous book, Casino Royale. Pretty close to the character in the movies actually

Books to read

Captain John Smith's writings

Cobra Strike

Alexander the Great Biography

The Nightland

To Your Scattered Bodies Go

Oxford's History of Ancient Egypt

On the Beach

Kull Exile of Atlantis
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H-Town Tiger
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re: 2021 Reading Challenge
Goal 30 books

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