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lsu480
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I have a suggestion. For next years list, or maybe even going forward this year, can people but a rating between 1-5 next to the books they read? It’s great seeing what people are reading but it would be even better knowing if the books were any good...


Dubosed
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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Any suggestions from anyone?

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell and Horns by Joe Hill are the best I've read this year.


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Kvothe
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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can people but a rating between 1-5 next to the books they read?


Good idea. I’ll start doing it.


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S
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Anyone reading Vonnegut’s Complete Stories? I’ve read most of them dozens of times but am enjoying the new releases.


lsu480
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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Anyone reading Vonnegut’s Complete Stories? I’ve read most of them dozens of times but am enjoying the new releases.



No but I am going to now that I know it exists. Harrison Bergeron is a classic!


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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Deer in the Works GOAT


Shockthamonkey
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Just found this thread. I'll load up what I've read so far this year:

1. Factotum - Charles Bukowski
2. What Does This Button Do - Bruce Dickinson
3. The Outsider - Albert Camus
4. Neon Bible - John Kennedy Toole
5. How (Not) To Speak of God - Peter Rollins
6. Last Exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby, Jr.
7. What is the Bible? - Rob Bell
8. Runnin With the Devil - Noel Monk
9. The Wall - Jean-Paul Sartre
10. Open Up and Bleed - Iggy Pop bio

Working on The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant and a Bukowski short story collection. Will update when I have a few more finished.
This post was edited on 6/10 at 6:34 pm


Kvothe
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Reminder bump to update those lists


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Big Chipper
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
1 The Wrath of Heroes (A Requiem for Heroes Book 2) David Benem 534 4
2 Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust) Anna Spark Smith 512 4.25
3 Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel 1) Josiah Bancroft 448 4.5
4 Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel 2) Josiah Bancroft 448 4.25
5 Kings of Paradise Richard Nell 601 4.25
6 The Heart of Stone Ben Galley 406 4.25
7 The Wolf of the North (Wolf of the North Book 1) Duncan M. Hamilton 326 4
8 Jorundyr's Path (Wolf of the North Book 2) Duncan M. Hamilton 351 4
9 The Blood Debt (Wolf of the North Book 3) Duncan M. Hamilton 369 3.75
10 Mordecai (The Riven Gates Book 1) Michael G. Manning 423 4
11 Trial of Kings (The Godsblood Trilogy Book 2) Phil Tucker 234 4.25
12 Benjamin Ashwood A.C. Cobble 408 4
13 Endless Flight: Benjamin Ashwood Book 2 A.C. Cobble 421 4
14 Dark Territory: Benjamin Ashwood Book 3 A.C. Cobble 420 4.25
15 Empty Horizon: Benjamin Ashwood Book 4 A.C. Cobble 416 4.25
16 Blackwing (Raven's Mark) Ed McDonald 360 4.5
17 A Veil of Spears (Song of Shattered Sands Book 3) Bradley P. Beaulieu 592 4.25
18 Sufficiently Advanced Magic (Arcane Ascension Book 1) Andrew Rowe 625 3
19 Battle Mage Peter Flannery 648 3.75
20 Extinct (Extracted Trilogy Book 3) RR Haywood 414 3.75
21 Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor 2) Mark Lawrence 432 4.75
22 Those Above: The Empty Throne Book 1 Daniel Polansky 400 3.75
23 Those Below: The Empty Throne Book 2 Daniel Polansky 368 4
24 A City Dreaming: A Novel Daniel Polansky 304 3.75
25 Swarm and Steel (Manifest Delusions 3) Michael R. Fletcher 400 4.5
26 The Girl With All the Gifts M. R. Carey 420 4
27 Sins of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder Book One) Brian McClellan 624 4.25
28 Nevernight (Book One of The Nevernight Chronicle) Jay Kristoff 448 4.5
29 The Severed Realm (The Riven Gates Book 2 ) Michael G. Manning 349 4
30 Godsgrave (Book Two of The Nevernight Chronicle) Jay Kristoff 448 4.5
31 Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood and Powder Book Two) Brian McClellan 656 4.25
32 The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade Book One) Seth Dickinson 401

Sorry for formatting...came out of spreadsheet I keep. Last one I'm currently reading.


memphis tiger
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
So far in 2018:

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by James Vandermeer

The Alientist by Caleb Carr

Malice (Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne

Valor (Faithful and the Fallen #2) by John Gwynne

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Ruin (Faithful and the Fallen #3) by John Gwynne

Wrath (Faithful and the Fallen #4) by John Gwynne

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. Franz Kafka

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann


Kvothe
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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Big Chipper


Crushing


Big Chipper
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I read 61 last year. On pace to slightly beat that this year. My Goodreads goal is 50, which shouldn't be hard to beat.


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memphis tiger
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
So far in 2018:

Got off to a fast start but have slowed down the last couple months. Reading for work getting in the way of reading for fun.

Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) by James Vandermeer

The Alientist by Caleb Carr

Malice (Faithful and the Fallen #1) by John Gwynne

Valor (Faithful and the Fallen #2) by John Gwynne

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Ruin (Faithful and the Fallen #3) by John Gwynne

Wrath (Faithful and the Fallen #4) by John Gwynne

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. Franz Kafka

The North Water by Ian McGuire

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey

Starting The Outsider by Stephen King
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Azazello
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
My pace is slowing. I am only 150 pages into Shelby Foote's Civil war trilogy and I'm dragging. I really enjoy them, but I think these are gonna be a 2-year slow burn as I read other books at the same time.

Just cracked open Subtle Art of Not Giving a frick and I am in awe... Simply amazing.

Godspeed gentlemen


Kvothe
Member since Sep 2016
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Just cracked open Subtle Art of Not Giving a frick and I am in awe... Simply amazing.


Maybe I need to actually read it. It was my first audiobook and I thought it was dreadfully boring.


Azazello
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I think you definitely need to read it - it wouldn't be the same in audio imo


Sir Drinksalot
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I am off during the summer so I read a ton and then slack off majorly during the school year.

so, so far:

The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert: meh. a neat mesh of alice and wonderland and maybe stranger things. solid all the way through until the last 5%.

Bring me Back by BA Paris: neat little murder mystery that switches back and forth between first person narrative. nice twist.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: kinda reminded me of The Hazelwood. when I read Neil Gaiman I always feel like I'm not "getting it". He is a wonderful storyteller but I just wish he threw in more "solid" to his stories.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass: sigh. I like to read books that my 13yr old recommends every now and then so we can have some good book talk. I read all five books in this series and they were dumb. I'm embarrassed I read past the first book.

The Passage, The Twelve, and the City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin: loved these. beautifully written and the ending was fit. the books span over a thousand years..very cool concept.

Lay me to Rest by EA Clark:thriller/who dun it. good story, predicatable-ish ending.

The Red Sparrow Series: recommended by a friend-loved the whole series. Watched the movie (which ended differently). will watch the next movie. a Russian spy/CIA story with a love story intertwined in the action.

susan ee's angel trilogy: meh. don't waste your time

my list for the rest of the summer:

The President is Missing- read this one last night/this morning. Very interesting. Reads like the show 24 (real time). the story was excellent and you can tell a former president helped to write it. The speech at the end was a nice touch. Definitely recommend -and I'm no fan of Bill Clinton.

Everything We Keep-weird murder mystery. Strange twist. Idk what to say about it really.

A Throne for Sisters
The Templar Legacy
The Broken Earth Series
Lucky Dog Lessons
Soulless
The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty (this looks quirky as hell and I am looking forward to it...hopefully its like a hitchhikers guide)
The Outsider
The Great Influenza
Radium Girls
A History of God

I hope I can knock them all out...but if anyone sees a dud; please let me know.


eta, I can't remember everything that I read before summer but:

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson was a good serial killer/weird and psycho read.


The Brooch Series by Katherine Lowry Logan: I read these 7 books because I was having withdrawls from Outlander. They are similar, but are a much simpler read and do not center on the same two characters like Outlander does.

Weaveworld by Clive Barker. I don't even know what to say about this one? reminded me of a wrinkle in time a little bit.

Fifty things you need to know about World History by Hugh Williams. Loved this one.

The Mermaids Daughter by Ann Claycomb: I liked this one a lot; was an easy read but a good one. Based on Hans Christian Andersons (not Disneys!) little mermaid.

The Letter by Kathryn Hughes: this one was a bestseller. It was an endearing read. Not usually the kind of book I read, but I did enjoy it.

Finished up the Red Rising Series. I liked it but found it a tad drawn out. It was the type of series I would like to see on the big screen as opposed to a book...not so much detail driven as story driven. if that makes any sense.

Cheaper by the Dozen: a re-read from when I was a child. STill absolutely fabulous. I recommend re-reading as an adult.

A Time Travelers Best Friend by WR Gingell: meh.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny: pretty good; I like her stuff.

The Hundreth Queen by Mily King: to be honest I don't remember this one too well.

And I can't remember any other ones, but I know there were more.
This post was edited on 7/15 at 9:17 am


brian_wilson
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
M goal is 52 books for the year. I have read 58 so far this year, I should finish with about 90 or so. I generally read 85-125 books a year.

I am not going to list the books I read, but my favs were Rise and Fall of DODO by stephenson and Alias grace by atwood.



Kvothe
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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am not going to list the books I read


We don’t believe you, then.





Jk. Way to crush books baw


brian_wilson
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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We don’t believe you, then.



quote:

Jk. Way to crush books baw


Yeah, I learned to speedread when I was a kid, and I can usually burn through pop fiction.


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