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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Hit my goal this morning. One of the best threads on the site


thatguy45
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I'm just a wee bit late
I don't know how you all read that many books. 50-60 is pretty wild. I don't remember the page numbers. Ill include Authors I can remember/find
This year Ive read

1. Armor - John Steakley - 4/5 (Jack Crow stuff drug it down a bit sadly)
2. Sparta - AHM Jones 4/5
3. Ringworld Engineers - Larry Niven 4/5
4. Space Viking - H. Beam Piper 5/5
5. Neuromancer - William Gibson 2/5
6. Foundation - Asimov 4/5
7. The coming of Conan the Cimmerian - Howard 4/5
8. Masters of Doom - David Kushner 5/5 (Was nice reading about the company that makes vidya I enjoy)
9. Who Goes There - John W. Campbell Jr. 5/5
10. Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn 4/5
11. The Last Command - Timothy Zahn 4/5
12. Splinter of the Mind's Eye - Alan Dean Foster 5/5
13. The Last Question - Asimov 4/5 (a short story not a full book but I'll count it)
14. The City and the Stars - Clarke 4/5
15. Han Solo at Star's end - Dailey 4/5
16. Petty - Warren Zanes 5/5

Bit of a drop from the year before (Number of books I read) as I read
1. A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin 4/5
2. A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin 5/5
3. Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein 5/5
4. Ringworld - Larry Niven 5/5
5. Forever War - Joe Haldeman 5/5
6. Caves of Steel - Asimov 5/5
7. The Naked Sun - Asimov 4/5
8. Robots of Dawn - Asimov 4/5
9. Robots and Empire - Asimov 3/5
10. Fellowship of the Ring - Tolkien 4/5
11. The Two Towers - Tolkien 5/5
12. Return of the King - Tolkien 5/5
13. I, Robot - Asimov 4/5
14. Robot Visions - Asimov 3/5
15. I Have no mouth and I must scream - Harlan Ellison 4/5 (Pretty horrifying)
16. Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn 4/5
17. The Great War American Front - Harry Turtledove - 3/5
I may be leavin a couple out but that's still only 17
Maybe its them damned vidya games and interweb
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JohnMoss
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
When I was younger I loved to read, now unfortunately there is not much time to read. Do you really have time for more than 10 books a year? oh my god you are cool)))))


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Big Chipper
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
My goal was 50...I'm on 63:

1 The Wrath of Heroes (A Requiem for Heroes Book 2) David Benem 534 4.00
2 Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust 1) Anna Spark Smith 512 4.25
3 Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel 1) Josiah Bancroft 448 4.50
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 4.00
8 Jorundyr's Path (Wolf of the North Book 2) Duncan M. Hamilton 351 4.00
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 4.00
11 Trial of Kings (The Godsblood Trilogy Book 2) Phil Tucker 234 4.25
12 Benjamin Ashwood A.C. Cobble 408 4.00
13 Endless Flight: Benjamin Ashwood Book 2 A.C. Cobble 421 4.00
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 4.50
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 3.00
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 4.00
24 A City Dreaming: A Novel Daniel Polansky 304 3.75
25 Swarm and Steel (Manifest Delusions 3) Michael R. Fletcher 400 4.50
26 The Girl With All the Gifts M. R. Carey 420 4.00
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 4.50
29 The Severed Realm (The Riven Gates Book 2 ) Michael G. Manning 349 4.00
30 Godsgrave (Book Two of The Nevernight Chronicle) Jay Kristoff 448 4.50
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 4.00
33 Burning Tower: Benjamin Ashwood Book 5 A.C. Cobble 424 4.00
34 Ghostwater (Cradle Book 5) Will Wight 233 4.25
35 The Spear of Stars (The Cycle of Galand Book 5) Edward W. Robertson 557 3.50
36 On the Shoulders of Titans (Arcane Ascension Book 2) Andrew Rowe 740 2.75
37 Kingshold D.P. Wooliscroft 497 4.00
38 The Empire of Ashes (The Draconia Memoria 3) Anthony Ryan 576 3.75
39 The Poppy War: A Novel R.F. Kuang 549 4.50
40 Jade City (The Green Bone Saga 1) Jade City 512 4.00
41 City of Kings Rob J. Hayes 300 4.25
42 Paternus: Wrath of Gods (The Paternus Trilogy Book 2) Dyrk Ashton 526 4.50
43 The Tower of Living and Dying (Empires of Dust 2) Anna Spark Smith 480 4.25
44 War Cry Brian McClellan 112 3.50
45 A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone 1) John Gwynne 512 4.25
46 Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen 1) John Gwynne 641 4.25
47 Valor (The Faithful and the Fallen 2) John Gwynne 680 4.25
48 Ruin (The Faithful and the Fallen 3) John Gwynne 792 4.25
49 Wrath (The Faithful and the Fallen 4) John Gwynne 736 4.25
50 Kingdoms and Chaos (King's Dark Tidings Book 4) Kel Kade 514 3.75
51 Age of Swords: Book Two of The Legends of the First Empire Michael J. Sullivan 504 4.00
52 Age of War: Book Three of The Legends of the First Empire Michael J. Sullivan 424 4.25
53 Ravencry (Raven's Mark Book Two) Ed McDonald 384 4.25
54 The Ember Blade Chris Wooding 756 4.25
55 The Siver Sorceress (The Raveling Book 2) Alec Hutson 499 4.25
56 Death March (Euphoria Online #1) Phil Tucker 326 4.00
57 Nightmare Keep (Euphoria Online #2) Phil Tucker 265 4.00
58 Killer Dungeon (Euphoria Online #3) Phil Tucker 331 4.00
59 Shadow of the Exile (The Infernal Guardian Book 1) Mitchell Hogan 491 4.25
60 A Crucible of Souls: Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #1 Mitchell Hogan 500 4.00
61 Blood of Innocents: Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #2 Mitchell Hogan 590 4.00
62 A Shattered Empire: Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #3 Mitchell Hogan 570 4.00
63 Norse Mythology Neil Gaiman 304


Big Chipper
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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I don't know how you all read that many books. 50-60 is pretty wild.
Two things for me...1) I'm an empty nester. Both kids gone, lots more time. 2) When work is slow, I read using the Kindle app ( Kindle).


brian_wilson
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I am at book 77, I will probably finish with 81-82 books for the year. This is my lowest total in about 10 years.


ecb
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I didn't see this until today, but it's an interesting concept, I have no idea how many books I read a year,


Azazello
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
I'm slightly disappointed in my reading goals this past year. Having a 1 year old is really cutting into my reading time. Additionally, I am learning a new language so that also cuts into my reading time.

Hopefully I can do better in 2019. I have a better spread of books to keep me motivated.


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tigersaint74
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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I am at book 77, I will probably finish with 81-82 books for the year. This is my lowest total in about 10 years.


Where does someone get the time to read this much? With a full time job and a family, there is no way I could even read half that many books in a year.


Sneaky__Sally
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Gotta get two more books out of the way to hit my 30 book goal - shouldn't be a problem though with the holiday coming up.

Here is what will be my completed list:

(1) Toll the Hounds - Stephen Erikson ~ 1,200 pages (finished but started in 2017)
(2) Dust of Dreams - Stephen Erikson ~ 1,200 pages (Finished)
(3) The Crippled God - Stephen Erikson ~ 1,200 pages (Finished)
(4) American Gods - Neil Gaiman ~ 600 pages (Finished)
(5) A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking ~ 190 pages (Finished)
(6) The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene ~ 445 Pages (Finished)
(7) Our Mathematical Universe - Max Tegmark ~ 435 Pages (Finished)
(8) Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson ~ 635 pages (Finished)
(9) Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson ~ 750 pages (Finished)
(10) Hero of the Ages - Brandon Sanderson ~ 730 Pages (Finished)
(11) The Black Company - Glen Cook ~ 320 Pages (Finished)
(12) The LIes of Locke Lamora - John Lynch ~ 730 Pages (Finished)
(13) Red Seas Under Red Skies - John Lynch ~ 775 Pages (Finished)
(14) Republic of Thieves - John Lynch ~ 675 Pages (Finished)
(15) Malice - John Gwynne - 625 pages (Finished)
(16) Valour - John Gwynne - 675 pages (Finished)
(17) Ruin - John Gwynne - 700 pages (Finished)
(18) Wrath - John Gwynne - 685 pages (Finished)
(19) The Alloy of Law - Brandon Sanderson - 385 pages (Finished)
(20) Shadows of Self - Brandon Sanderson - 430 pages (Finished)
(21) The Bands of Mourning - Brandon Sanderson - 485 pages (Finished)
(22) The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu - 395 pages (Finished)
(23) The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu - 505 pages (Finished)
(24) Death's End - Cixin Liu - 605 pages (Finished)
(25) The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan - 785 pages (Finished)
(26) The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan - 680 pages (Finished)
(27) The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan - 675 pages (Finished)
(28) The Shadow Rising - Robert Jordan - 980 pages (Finished)
(29) The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan - 960 pages (Finished)
(30) Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan - 990 pages (Finished)

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Buckeye06
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Hit my goal about a month ago. Over 30. Next year i'm going to do 40.

I usually DVR everything i want to watch on TV. I read about a half hour each night for sure, then on days i don't need to get up early i read half hours in the morning.

Weekends I read probably hour plus a day

That gives me about 6-7 hours a week which is enough to kill off a lot of 300 page books. Then when I travel/holiday/vacation there's even more time


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OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Book Title, Author, total pages of book, rating (1-5*)

My goal was 12 I’m currently reading #11

1. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline, 386, 3/5
2. The Three Body Problem - Liu Cixin, 400, 5/5
3. The Millionaire Mind - Thomas Stanley, 416, 3/5
4. Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? - Graham Allison, 389, 5/5
5. Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell, 321, 4/5
6. The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future - Ryder Carroll, 336, 3/5
7. The Next Millionaire Next Door: Enduring Strategies for Building Wealth - Thomas Stanley, 272, 4/5
8. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies - James Collins, 372, 2/5
9. The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn - Nathaniel Philbrick, 496, 5/5
10. Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff - Chip Gaines, 224, 3/5

Currently reading

11. The Dark Forest - Liu Cixin, 512, ?/5


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McLemore
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Are you going to do this for 2019? I'll join, if so. I read a lot this year but never made a list. I'll wait for new edition and will be taking a lot of ideas from these lists.


OleWarSkuleAlum
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Are you going to do this for 2019? I'll join, if so. I read a lot this year but never made a list. I'll wait for new edition and will be taking a lot of ideas from these lists.


Download the app goodreader and track your reading on there as well. All your friends from Facebook and whatnot will be on there as well so you can see what they are reading. There is also a reading challenge on there.


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brian_wilson
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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Where does someone get the time to read this much? With a full time job and a family, there is no way I could even read half that many books in a year.


I don't watch TV. And I read really fast.

I am currently reading my 82nd book of the year, so I am going to end up around 84.


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Cowboyfan89
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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1. Meat Eater, Steven Rinella, 256 
2. American Buffalo, Steven Rinella, 304 
3. Coyote America, Dan Flores, 288 
4. Hunting trips of a Ranchman, Theodore Roosevelt, 240 
5. The Wilderness Hunter, Theodore Roosevelt, 204 (Technically 4 and 5 came bound together as one paperback, but were originally published as 2 seperate books) 
6. America's Snake, Ted Levin, 520 
7. Beyond Fair Chase, Jim Posewitz, 128 
8. The Strenuous Life, Theodore Roosevelt 
9. Walden, Henry David Thoreau 
10. Man and Nature, George Perkins Marsh
11. A Hunter's Heart: Honest Essays on Blood Sport, David Petersen
12. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
13. Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris
14. The Iron Marshall, Louis L'amour
15. Chancy, Louis L'amour

16. Behold The Man, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
17. Water, Earth, Fire: Louisiana's Natural Heritage
18. The Daily Coyote
19. Cerulean Blues

Nineteen books for the year. My goal was 12, so I feel pretty good about that after not doing much reading the past few years. I got three more books for Christmas that will probably start the new year for me--Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Lief Babin; The River of Doubt by Candice Millard; and Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail by Theodore Roosevelt.


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The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
My goal this year was to read 25 books and listen to 100. Will likely miss out on both, but was sidetracked in the audiobook category with some podcasts and got hung up on some bad books that I couldn't get through.

2018 Books:

1. Artemis- Andy Weir

2. Nuts!- Kevin and Jackie Frierberg

3. Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States- Various

4. Making Your Case- Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner

5. 30 Reasons Employees Hate Their Managers: What Your People May Be Thinking and What You Can Do about It- Adam Snyder and Bruce Leslie Katcher

6. The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery- Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

7. Confessions of an Undercover Agent: Adventures, Close Calls, and the Toll of a Double Life- Charlie Spillers

8. Ready Player One- Earnest Cline




2018 Audiobooks:

1. Leia: Princess of Alderaan- Claudia Gray

2. The Legends of Luke Skywalker- Ken Liu

3. Outliers- Malcolm Gladwell

4. Hacks- Donna Brazile

5. Make Your Bed- William H. McRaven

6. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business- Charles Duhigg

7. Fire and Fury- Michael Wolff

8. Warcross- Marie Lu

9. Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child- Bert Kreischer

10. Lexicon- Max Berry

11. Dead Wake- Eric Larson

12. Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World- Devin Briski and Johan F. M. Swinnen

13. Freakonomics- Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt

14. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently- Heidi Grant- Halvorson

15. War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team- Michael Holley

16. The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business- Duff McDonald

17. Sisters First- Jenna Bush and Barbara Bush

18. Personal History- Katherine Graham

19. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer- Warren St. John

20. The Four Hour Work Week-end Timothy Ferriss

21. The Shack- William Paul Young

22. Capital Gains- Chip Gains

23. Code Girls- Liza Mundy

24. Flash Boys- Michael Lewis

25. Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady- Ronald Kessler

26. Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak- Travis Sawchik

27. Scores- Michael D. Blutrich

28. Off the Charts- Ann Hulbert

29. Coach- Michael Lewis

30. How to Win Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnegie

31. 36 Years in the White House- Thomas Pendel

32. Finish First- Scott Hamilton

33. You're Lucky You're Funny- Phil Rosenthal

34. What I Know For Sure- Oprah

35. The Radium Girls- Kate Moore

36. Darkest Hour- Anthony McCarten

37. A Brief History of Time- Stephen Hawking

38. Red Sparrow- Jason Matthews

39. The Palace of Treason- Jason Matthews

40. A Higher Loyalty- James Comey

41. In the Shadows of Statues- Mitch Landrieu

42. Just the Funny Parts- Nell Scovell

43. Sophia of Silicon Valley- Anna Yen

44. Ready Player One- Earnest Cline

45. The Kremlin's Candidate- Jason Matthews

46. Turn the Ship Around- L. David Marquet

47. Grit- Angela Duckworth

48. Prey- Michael Crichton

49. The Wedding Date Bargain- Mira Lyn Kelly

50. Slaughterhouse Five-year Kurt Vonnegut

51. The Help- Kathryn Stockett

52. Transfer of Power- Vince Flynn

53. Executive Power- Vince Flynn

54. Separation of Power- Vince Flynn

55. Memorial Day- Vince Flynn

56. Crazy Rich Asians- Kevin Kwan

57. Molly's Game- Molly Bloom

58. Nino and Me- Bryan Garner

59. Thrawn: Alliances- Timothy Zahn

60. The Big Sort- Bill Bishop

61. An American Caddie in St Andrew's- Oliver Horovitz

62. Consent to Kill- Vince Flynn

63. Act of Treason- Vince Flynn

64. Them- Ben Sasse

65. Protect and Defend- Vince Flynn

66. Extreme Measures- Vince Flynn

67. Pursuit of Honor- Vince Flynn

68. The Survivor- Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

69. The Last Man- Vince Flynn

70. Fly girls- Keith Obrien

71. Order to Kill- Kyle Kills

72. Handcrafted- Clint Harp

73. Enemy of the State- Kyle Mills

74. Fear: Trump in the White House- Bob Woodward

75. Be the Boss Everyone WA ts to Work For- William A. Gentry

76. The Spy Who Was Left Behind- Michael Pollara

77. Lions of Lucerne- Brad Thor

78. Path of the Assassin- Brad Thor

79. Ship of Fools- Tucker Carlson





I'll start in the 2019 thread in January. Just realized this was a thread today.


Sasquatch Smash
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
Damn. I've really struggled down the stretch. Started watching more tv and reading less.

Also, got bogged down reading "House of Leaves" starting in September, and still haven't finished it.


Dubosed
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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Also, got bogged down reading "House of Leaves" starting in September, and still haven't finished it.

Took me forever to read it a few years ago.


Sasquatch Smash
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re: Reading Challenge 2018
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Took me forever to read it a few years ago.


It is a very ambitious work...that’s for sure. I like the parts with Johnny just emptying his mind into the page and found some of the footnote stuff funny, but the parts that try to be an objective analysis of the event are tough to get through.


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