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The Johnny Lawrence
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Reading Challenge 2019
Since it's now the 3rd and a 2019 thread hasn't been started, I'll start one.

Reading Challenge 2019 Rules and Regulations:

List your goal in bold.
Then list your books in a numbered list using the following format:

Book Title, Author, total pages of book/time of audiobook, rating (1-5*)

Update your list throughout the year.


The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
550 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
25 Books and 125 Audiobooks


2019 Reading Challenge Book List:

(1) Stay the Course, John Bogle, 320, 3*
(2) Straight to Hell: True Tales of Devience, Dabauchery, and Billion Dollar Deals, John Lefevre, 288, 4*
--- Very similar to Liars Poker and other Wall Street books. Fun read, though.
(3) The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris (in progress)
--- I should have never got suckered into this one to start the year. It's a slog.
(4) A Course Called Ireland, Tom Coyne, 311, (in progress)




2019 Reading Challenge Audiobook List:

(1) Red War, Kyle Mills, 9:33, 3*
(2) Blowback, Brad Thor,13:32, 4*
--- Best Brad Thor book I've read to date.
(3) Back in the Game, Steve Scalise, 7:50, 4*
--- This is a great read. Just truly astounding how many pieces came together to save Scalise.
(4) We, The Jury, Robert Rotstein, 8:12, 3.5*
--- This book is the epitome of why every case settles before trial.
(5) 12 Strong, Doug Stanton, 6:20, 3*
--- 3 stars, because giving it 2 stars felt unAmerican.
(6) Several Short Sentences About Writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg, 4:20, 2*
(7) Sex on the Moon, Ben Mezrich, 8:33, 4*
(8) Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain, 8:22, 5*
(9) Where We Go From Here, Bernie Sanders, 7:42, 2*
(10) Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, Jim Collins (in progress)



2019 To Read List

Theodore Rex- Edmund Morris
Colonel Roosevelt- Edmund Morris
Destiny and Power- John Meachum
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
Stay the Course- John C. Bogle
All the King's Men- Robert Penn Warren
A People's History of the Supreme Court- Peter Irons
The Snowball, Warren Buffet and the Business of Life- Alice Schroeder
How Good Do You Want To Be- Nick Saban
Sam Walton: Made in America- Sam Walton
The Monk and the Riddle- Randy Komisar
Long Walk to Freedom- Nelson Mandela
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us- Daniel H. Pink
Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership Nixon to Clinton- David Gergen
How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In- Jim Collins
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay- Michael Chabon
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind- T. Harv Eker
The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney- Richard Schickel
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion- Robert Cialdini
It's Your Ship- Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
My American Journey- Colin Powell
My Life- Bill Clinton
The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success- Andy Andrews
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant- Ulysses S. Grant
Sarah's Key- Tatiana de Romney
The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring- J.R. R. Tolkein
The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers- J.R. R. Tolkein
The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King- J.R. R. Tolkein
The Hobbit- J. R. R. Tolkein
Catch 22- Joseph Heller
The Confirmation- Ralph Reed
Ballots and Blood- Ralph Reed
Prince Caspian- CS Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader- CS Lewis
The Silver Chair- CS Lewis
The Horse and His Boy- CS Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew- CS Lewis
The Last Battle- CS Lewis
Anatomy of the Golf Course- Tom Doak
Bringing Down the House- Ben Mezrich
The Nowhere Man- Gregg Hurwitz
Deep South- Paul Theroux
Finding God in the Waves- Mike McHargue
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Scruffy
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
At least 20 books, catch up on all the books I have on my nightstand.

Books:

Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (in progress)

Audiobooks:

The Crimson Queen (The Raveling Book 1), Alec Hutson (in progress)
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Sir Drinksalot
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
100 books

...a good mix of books is my goal. Reading outside the box and all that.

1.The Pharoah's key by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. 311 pages. I give it a 2 and a meh.

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OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
12 Books for 2019

Completed:


Currently Reading:

1. Death’s End, Liu Cixin, 608 pages


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memphis tiger
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
My goal is 2 books a month. Would like to read more, but with work and kids, 2 a month is a goal I can reach.

About 25% through Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) James SA Corey


BlackCoffeeKid
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
18 Books

Completed:
1) Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, 344 pages, 2.5*
2) All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe, James Megellas, 402 pages, 4*

Currently:
3) Flight: My Life in Mission Control, Christopher Kraft, 384 pages (TBD)

Will Read:
4) Failure is Not an Option, Gene Kranz, 416 pages, (TBD)
5) ...
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Dubosed
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
30 books
1.Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane - 419


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CBandits82
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
I am IN.

This is my #1 goal for 2019, to read more.

Im thinking 27 Books.

How and when do yall find time to read?

How often do you actually read a book?


H-Town Tiger
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
24 Books

With the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1 I kind of got on a WWI kick and have about 5 WWI books que’ed up : first couple I got for Christmas.

1) The Sleepwalkers - Christopher Clark 563 pg


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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Did 30 in 2018, think I can push it up a decent bit if I stay more focused and consistent this go around.

Favorite time to knock out some pages is in the mornings, i'm an early riser and starting the day off reading something good is great for my mindset.

2019 Reading Goal - 45 Books

(1) Old Wine, New Wineskins: A new Chronology of History, by my grandmother - 252 Pages (Finished)
(2) Hyperion by Dan Simmons - 482 Pages (Finished)
(3) The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons - 517 Pages (Finished)
(4) Endymion by Dan Simmons -
(5) The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons

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brian_wilson
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
I did 84 last year, I doubt I will do that many this year. My goal is the same as it is every year, 52.


Completed
1. Alaystair Reynolds, Redemption Ark
2. King, Elevation
3. Wells, Rogue Protocol
4. Noumenon
5. Reynolds, Galatic North
6. hitchikers guide to the galaxy (re-read for book club)
7. 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. It was fantastic!
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Cowboyfan89
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
I did 19 in 2018 (Goal was 12) after having hardly picked up any books in a few years. Think I'll bump it up 1 from that.

GOAL: 20 Books

1. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, 384 pgs, 5* (There's a reason this was a NYT Best Seller)
2. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, Candice Millard, 415 pgs, 5*
3. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Theodore Roosevelt, 186 pgs (IN PROGRESS)
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MGTigers
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
12 Books

Completed:

Currently reading:
NYPD Red 2, James Patterson


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kicker22
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
22 books

Beat my goal last year of 18 so trying to challenge myself but still be something attainable.

Completed:
1) Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on prayer by CS Lewis
2) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Currently reading:
1) The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
2) Haily Holy Queen by Scott Hahn
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Maytheporkbewithyou
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
25

Completed

1. The Ice Limit by Preston & Child 506p
2. Deep Storm by Lincoln Child 380p
3. The Cabinet of Curiosities by Preston and Child 466p
4. Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child 320p
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Maytheporkbewithyou
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
quote:

How and when do yall find time to read?


I just make the time. I don't really watch tv so that helps. I'll carry my book to work and read on my lunch hour. I get up early enough to read in the morning and then I read off and on through out the night.


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The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Audiobooks in the car. I can clear a few books quickly over the summer at the beach. Read at night or on the weekend. The key to getting through a lot of books, best as I can tell, is to avoid TV.


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thatguy45
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
20 Books
I've been close the last couple years without setting a goal, so I guess this is the one to set.

Currently reading
1. The Illiad - Homer

Possible reads
1. Moon is a harsh mistress - Heinlein
2. Silmarillion - Tolkien
3. China Marine - EB Sledge

Planning on trying to throw in more non fiction this time around. Last year I only had 2 IIRC. Maybe get some WW1/WW2 stuff in instead of just Hellenistic history


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brian_wilson
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
quote:

How and when do yall find time to read?

How often do you actually read a book?

GIve up watching TV and video games. This increased the amount of time I have to read by a lot. I also read about 50-75 pages per hour, so I can burn through books.


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