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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
662 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
25 Books and 125 Audiobooks

2019 Reading Challenge Book List:

---/// January \\\---

(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) A Course Called Ireland, Tom Coyne, 311, 4*

---/// February \\\---

(4) Paper Tiger, Tom Coyne, 336, 4*
--- If you've ever played golf and wondered if you could ever make it on tour, this is the book for you.

---/// March \\\---

Was not a good month for real books.

---/// April \\\---

(5) The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris, 780,4*

---/// May \\\---

(6) Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Russell Hochschild, 473, (in progress)
(6) A People's History of the Supreme Court, Peter Irons, 608, (in progress)

2019 Reading Challenge Audiobook List:

---/// January \\\---

(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, 10:01, 3*
(11) China Rich Girlfriend, Kevin Kwan, 15:05, 3*
(12) My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Christina Lauren, 7:09, 3*
(13) The Truths We Hold, Kamala Harris, 9:26, 3*
(14) The 37th Parallel, Ben Mezrich, 6:36, 4*
--- I'm 50/50 on aliens and this book pushed me a little closer to 60/40, but as a caveat, I'm also 90/10 that bigfoot exists.
(15) Conservatism, Roger Scruton, 4:38, 2*
(16) Negotiating the Impossible, Deepak Malhotra, 6:59, 3*

---/// February \\\---

(17) Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink, 5:53, 3*
(18) The Accidental Billionaires, Ben Mezrich, 7:19, 4*
(19) Astroball, Ben Reiter, 7:51, 3*
(20) A Course Called Scotland, Tom Coyne, 12:07, 4*
(21) Along Came a Spider, James Patterson, 11:52, 3*
(22) All the President's Men, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, 12:56, 4*
(23) Team of Vipers, Cliff Sims, 14:19, 3*
(22) The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz, 9:30, 3*
(23) Wildcard, Marie Lu, 10:51, 2*
(24) I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), Sarah Steward Holland and Beth Silvers, 5:35, 2*
(25) Conservatism, Roger Scruton, 4:38, 3*
(26) Code Name: Lise, Larry Loftis, 9:59, 3*
(27) Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan, 16:04, 3*
(28) No One at the Wheel: Driverless cars and the Road of the Future, Samuel I. Schwartz, 8:35, 3*
(29) Everybody Always, Bob Goff, 5:34, 2*
(30) Bad With Money, Gaby Dunn, 5:53, 3*

---/// March \\\---

(31) Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, 10:35, 5*
(32) Take Down, Brad Thor, 9:17, 3*
(33) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo, 4:50, 4*
(34) Finding God in the Waves, Mike McHargue, 7:30, 3*
(35) Beartown, Frederik Backman 13:11, 4*
--- Book has three parts. You meet the towns folk in part one. Part two involves a rape. Part three is the aftermath. The aftermath is stereotypical, but it makes you question a lot because you know what happened in part 2.
(36) Smartest Guys in the Room, Joe Nocera, 20:19, 4*
--- This is the Enron story. If you liked The Big Short, this one is for you. It is shocking that they lasted as long as they did as a company.
(37) My Life, Bill Clinton, 50:29, 3*
--- An almost day to day account of Bill's life, except for the days involving Monica, which get briefly touched before spending hours talking about the fallout. If I'm spending the time and effort to relive your life day for day, I'd at least like to get a detail or two, ya kno
(38) The First Commandment, Brad Thor, 5:35, 3*
(39) The Last Patriot, Brad Thor, 8:58, 4*
(40) Atomic Habits, James Clear, 5:35, 3*
(41) Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell, 3:59, 3*
(42) Quiet, Susan Cain, 10:39, 3*
(42) The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot Against George Washington, Brad Meltzer, 11:08, 4*
(43) Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rist to Power, Bob Ingle and Michael Symons, 10:24, 3*
(44) The Apostle, Brad Thor, 10:24, 3*
(45) The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley, 10:22, 3*

---/// April \\\---

(46) Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, Brian Kilmeade, 4:52, 3*
(47) Digital Fortress, Dan Brown, 11:57, 4*
(48) How to Break Up With Your Phone, Catherin Price, 4:28, 3*
(49) Bullies, Ben Shapiro, 9:13, 3*
(50) Next Level Basic, Stassi Schroeder, 4:36, 3*
(51) Spark Joy, Marie Kondo, 5:32, 3*
(52) The Right Side of History, Ben Shapiro, 6:06, 3*
(53) Impeached, David O. Stewart, 16:06, 4*
(54) The Art of Mingling, Jeanne Martinet, &:15, 3*
(55) Shortest Way Home, Pete Buttigieg, 10:01, 4*

---/// May \\\---

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
All the King's Men- Robert Penn Warren
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
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
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
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Member since Jul 2011
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
At least 20 books, catch up on all the books I have on my nightstand.


Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (in progress)


The Crimson Queen (The Raveling Book 1), Alec Hutson (COMPLETED) 4/5
The Silver Sorceress (The Raveling Book 2), Alec Hutson (in progress)
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Sir Drinksalot
Member since Aug 2005
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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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re: Reading Challenge 2019
12 Books for 2019


Currently Reading:

1. Death’s End, Liu Cixin, 608 pages

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memphis tiger
Memphis, TN
Member since Feb 2006
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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

Thibodaux/Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2016
4417 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
18 Books

1) Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, 344 pages, 2.5*
-Book is all over the place and written in a Scottish dialect. I know it's a cult classic but I'm just not a fan.
2) All the Way to Berlin: A Paratrooper at War in Europe, James Megellas, 402 pages, 4*
-Author is a bloodthirsty paratrooper that went everywhere from Italy to Berlin. Shame he doesn't have the Medal of Honor
3) Flight: My Life in Mission Control, Christopher Kraft, 384 pages, 4.2*

4) Failure is Not an Option, Gene Kranz, 416 pages, (TBD)

Will Read:
5) ...
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Member since Nov 2012
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
30 books. 4/11 All paperback

1. Since We Fell - Dennis Lehane - 419 - 2* - Worst book Lehane has ever written
2. The Force - Don Winslow - 601 - 3.5*
3. Joe - Larry Brown - 346 - 5*
4. Six Bad Things - Charlie Huston - 306 - 3*
5. 11/22/63 - Stephen King - 1083 - 4*
6. The Mexican Tree Duck - James Crumley - 273 - 3*
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Lurker since May 2008
Member since May 2012
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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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Alabama Fan
Member since Jul 2015
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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
(6) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson ~ 1,200 pages (Finished)
(7) Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson ~ 1,300 pages (Finished)
(8) Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks - 688 pages (Finished)
(9) Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks - 656 pages (Finished)
(10) Beyond the Shadows by Brent Weeks - 720 pages (Finished)
(11) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison - 512 pages (Finished)
(12) The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemison - 422 pages (Finished)
(13) The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemison - 433 pages
(14) Dune by Frank Hebert - 412 pages
(15) Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
(16) The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

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Member since Oct 2016
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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.

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!

I am up to 20 but not putting the other 13.
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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
2. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey, Candice Millard, 415 pgs
3. Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Theodore Roosevelt, 186 pgs
4. Wildlife in Transition: Man and Nature on Yellowstone's Northern Range, Despain, Houston, Meagher, and Schullery, 115 pgs
5. The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour: Volume 4, 312 pages
6. Turkey Hunting: A One Man Game, Kenny Morgan, 194 pages
7. Tenth Legion, Colonel Tom Kelly, 133 pages
8. Emotional Intelligence, Gill Hasson, 137 pages
9. Teche: A History of Louisiana's Most Famous Bayou, Shane K. Bernard, 255 pages
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
12 Books

NYPD Red 2, James Patterson
Texas Ranger, James Patterson

Currently reading:
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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.

1) Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on prayer by CS Lewis
2) Mistborn:The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
3) The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
4) Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
5) Hail Holy Queen by Scott Hahn
6) Meat Eater by Steven Rinella
7) George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
8) Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Currently reading:
1) Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

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Arkansas Fan
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re: Reading Challenge 2019


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
5. Still Life With Crows by Preston and Child 435p
6. Brimstone by Preston and Child 498p
7. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child 308p
8. Dance of Death by Preston and Child 706p
9. The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child 290p
10. Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child, 244p
11. We Were Soldiers Once...And Young by LT. Gen Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, 347p
12. The Book of the Dead by Preston and Child. 452p
13. The Wheel of Darkness by Preston and Child 388p
14. Cemetery Dance by Preston and Child. 435p
15. Fever Dream by Preston and Child. 405p
16. Cold Vengeance by Preston and Child 544p
17. Two Graves by Preston and Child 484p
18. White Fire by Preston and Child 368p
19. Blue Labyrinth by Preston and Child 401p
20. Crimson Shore by Preston and Child 336p
21. The Obsidian Chamber by Preston and Child 403p
22. Impact by Douglas Preston 479p
23. City of Endless Nights by Preston and Child 358p
24. Verses for the Dead by Preston and Child 349p
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Arkansas Fan
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re: Reading Challenge 2019

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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Kentucky Fan
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
20 Books

1. The Iliad - Homer, Translated by Robert Fagles, 5/5, 614 pages
the translation was beautiful, I can see why it is a classic Epic Poem (ignoring it's age), it shows many characters in a different light than the movie (including agamemnon). If there was a 6/5 I'd give it, ignoring that he basically "left it open for a sequel" at the end don't know when I'll read the Odyssey but I'm inclined to now

2. Han Solo's Revenge - Brian Daley, 4/5, 177 pages
Entertaing star wars adventure book

3. Marine: Life of Chesty Puller - Burke Davis 5/5, 356 pages
This was a very good biography. It covered Puller's life from his birth, through his entire military career, including his time in Hatti Nicaragua and Peking. Info was based on Puller's files, as well as interviews with him. Very well done.

4. Han Solo and the Lost Legacy - Brian Daley 4/5, 190 pages
Third and final of Daley's Solo books, was kinda a combo of a Western and an Indiana Jones story, worked well enough and ended the trilogy nicely.

5. Two Lives of Charlemagne - Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, 4/5, 116 pages
Book is made up of 2 biographies, one by a close friend of Charlemagne, the other by a monk about 50 years after his death. The first is an account of conquests of Charlemagne and is very professionally done. The second focuses less on Charles' conquests, and more on goings on in his kingdom. It diverges to various things going on with priests at one point. Still an interesting read.

6. The Odyssey - Homer, translated by Robert Fagles, 5/5, 485 pages
Homer was a master story teller. Beautiful to see Odysseus make it home and get revenge. And it was nice touch to add Achilles and Agamemnon being happy about Odysseus returning home and taking back what was his. Loyalty to one's family, and treatment of guests make this what it is. Honestly don't know if I like this or the Iliad better, both are great.

7. Darth Plagueis - James Luceno, 4/5, 462 pages
Darker than most star wars books, contains a lot of political intrigue and gives a good back story to Palpatine.

8. The Argonautika (Expanded Edition) - Apollonios Rhodios, translated by Peter Green, 3.5/5, 155 pages (not counting notes, maps, and glossary)
A Hellenistic age epic rather than a dark age one, like the Iliad and Odyssey. Its a romance story as well as an adventure. Thanks to the library of Alexandria existing at this time, Apollonius included lots of geographical details, as well as some info about the people that live in the various lands.
Sadly, this work pales in comparison to Homer's.
It's good, its jason and the argonauts afterall, but for awhile they don't do much other than sail passed places while the author talks about who they're sailing passed. The characters also lack the depth that Homer's had. This is likely due to this having been a story long before this specific one was written, so people would've known the characters.
Still the added details from the great library do help to give some scope to the adventure, and once the story gets going it's not bad.

9. Minority Report and other stories - Phillip K. Dick, 4/5, 290 pages
Quite a few good short stories, Second Variety and We can remember it for you whole sale being the best.

10. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr., 5/5, 334 pages
Post nuclear war novel, about civilizations inevitable fall and rebirth due to mans quest for the perfect civilization (Eden). A very bitter sweet ending, but very good

Currently Reading:

11. The Histories - Herodotus, translated by Tom Holland, 704 pages (including notes for each book)

Possible Future Reads:

Foundation and Empire - Asimov

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Heinlein

The Fall of Troy - Quintus Smyrnaeus

The Aeneid - Virgil
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re: Reading Challenge 2019

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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