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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.



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 \\\---


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

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

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

(6) Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Russell Hochschild, 473, 4*

---/// June \\\---

---/// July \\\---

---/// August \\\---

(7) Every Shot Counts, Mark Broadie, 288, 4*



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 \\\---

(56) From the Ground Up, Howard Schultz, 13:00, 3*
(57) Tim Cook, Leander Kahney, 9:00, 3*
(58) Broke Millennial Takes on Investing, Erin Lowry, 7:00, 3*
(59) Work Optional, Tanja Hester, 7:00, 3*
(60) American Moonshot, Douglas Brinkley, 17:00, 4*
(61) A Memory Called Empire, , 3*
(62) The Warriors, Sol Yurick, 7:00, 3*
(63)Bitcoin Billionaires, Ben Mezrich, 10:00, 4*
(64) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, 9:00, 5*
--- Went back and relistened to this so I could follow the Binge Mode for HP, because I like the BM for GOT. It was nice to listen to both, but definitely not required listening.
(65) Foreign Influence, Brad Thor, 10:24, 3*
(66) Ready Player One, Ernest Kline, 15:40, 5*
--- What has become my annual or bi-annual reading/listening of this book. Always fun.



To Be Continued...
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The Johnny Lawrence
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CONTINUED...


---/// June \\\---

(67) Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, Yanis Varoufakis, 4:51, 3*
(68) Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman, 6:35, 3*
(69) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, 9:25, 5*
(70) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, 12:15, 5*
--- The best book in the series, average movie. The scene in the shack where it all comes together is amazing on paper.
(71) One Upon a Time in Russia, Ben Mezrich, 6:47, 2*
(72) Wooly, Ben Mezrich, 6:40, 3*
(73) The Chief the Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts, Joan Biskupic, 14:06, 4*
(74) Red, White and Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston, 12:15, 3*
(75) Flash Forward, RObert J. Sawyer, 10:28, 5*
--- I loved the TV show and was sad it was cancelled. Like most things, the book is better.
(76) The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang, 6:55, 4*
--- A must read before the primary.
(77) From the Corner of the Oval, Beck Dorey-Stein, 10:00, 3*
--- Not a great love story. Not a great political book. But since it's both, at the same time, it wasn't bad.
(78) Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, Brian Kilmeade, 6:00 , 3*
(79) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep, Philip K. Dick, 9:00, 3*
--- The book that inspired Blade Runner.
(80) Finish, Jon Acuff, 5:00, 3*

---/// July \\\---

(81) The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Tom Clancy, 25:00, 4*
(82) Alphabet Squadron, Alexander Free, 14:00, 3*
(83) Siege Trump Under Fire, Michael Wolff, 12:00, 3*
(84) The Latte Factor, David Bach, 4:00, 3*
(85) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, 20:30, 5*
(86) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, 27:00, 5*
(87) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, 19:01, 5*
(88) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, 21:05, 5*
(89) First- Sandra Day O'Connor, Evan Thomas, 16:49, 4*
(90) Thrawn- Treason, Timothy Zahn, 13:00, 4*

---/// August \\\---

(91) The Power, Naomi Alderman, , 2*
(92) Argo, Antonio J. Mendez, Matt Baglio, , 4*
(93) The Coddling of the American Mind, Jonathan Haidt, , 3*
(94) Armada, Ernest Cline, , 3*
(95) The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need, Peter B. Stark, , 2*
(96) Southern Lady Code, Helen Ellis, , 3*
(97) Range, David Epstein, , 4*
(98) I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella, , 3*

---/// September \\\---

(99) Dark matter, Black Crouch, , 3*
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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)
Hyperion
The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg

Audiobooks:

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
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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*
-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, 4.2*

Currently:
Midnight in Chernobyl

Will Read:
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
30 books. 8/4 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*
7. Salem's Lot - Stephen King - 653 - 3*
8. The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie - 500 - 5*
9. The Beach - Alex Garland - 435 - 5*
10. Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie - 514 - 5*
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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
(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 (Finished)
(14) Dune by Frank Hebert - 412 pages (Finished)
(15) Hyperspace by Michio Kaku -
(16) The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene -
(17) The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie - 515 Pages (Finished)
(18) Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie - 592 Pages (Finished)
(19) The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie - 536 Pages (Finished)
(20) A Storm of Swords by Robert Jordan - 870 pages (Finished)
(21) The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan - 710 pages (Finished)
(22) Winters Heart by Robert Jordan - 780 pages (Finished)
(23) Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson - 141 pages (Finished)
(24) Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson - 1,298 pages (Finished)
(25) Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein - 438 Pages (Finished)
(26) Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence - 377 Pages (Finished)
(27) The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence - 498 Pages (Finished)
(28) The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence - 438 Pages (Finished)
(29) The Thousand Names by Django Wexler ~ 600 Pages (Finished)
(30) The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler ~ 600 Pages (Finished)
(31) The Price of Valor by Django Wexler ~ 625 Pages (Finished)
(32) The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang - 245 Pages (Finished)
(33) The Lost City of The Monkey God by Douglas Peterson


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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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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
10. TBD(IN PROGRESS)
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
12 Books

Completed:
NYPD Red 2, James Patterson
Texas Ranger, James Patterson

Currently reading:
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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) 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
9) Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
10) Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
11) Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
12) autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
13) Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
14) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
15) Dark Age by Pierce Brown
16) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
17) D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths
Currently reading:
18) The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


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Maytheporkbewithyou
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
52

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
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
25. Lethal Velocity by Lincoln Child 424p
26. The Lions of Lucerne by Brad Thor 417p
27. Zero Day by David Baldacci 434p
28. Path of the Assassin by Brad Thor 503p
29. The Forgotten by David Baldacci 422p
30. The Escape by David Baldacci 470p
31. State of the Union by Brad Thor 554p
32. Blowback by Brad Thor 648p
33. No Man's Land by David Baldacci 418p
34. Take Down by Brad Thor 487p
35. The First Commandment by Brad Thor 400p
36. The Innocent by David Baldacci 422p
37. The Hit by David Baldacci 390p
38. The Last Patriot by Brad Thor 338p
39. The Target by David Baldacci 418p
40. The Apostle by Brad Thor 577p (large print)
41. The Guilty by David Baldacci 418p
42. Make Your Bed by Admiral William H Mcraven.
43. Endgame by David Baldacci 402p
44. Foreign Influence by Brad Thor 372p
45. Memory Man by David Baldacci 403p
46. Old Bones by Preston and Child 369p
47. Full Black by Brad Thor 638p (large print)
48. The Last Mile by David Baldacci 417p

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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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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 - Achieved

Completed
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

3. Marine: Life of Chesty Puller - Burke Davis 5/5, 356 pages

4. Han Solo and the Lost Legacy - Brian Daley 4/5, 190 pages

5. Two Lives of Charlemagne - Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, 4/5, 116 pages

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

8. The Argonautika (Expanded Edition) - Apollonios Rhodios, translated by Peter Green, 3/5, 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

10. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr., 5/5, 334 pages

11. The Man in the high castle - Phillip K. Dick, 3/5, 274 pages

12. Trek to Madworld - Stephen Goldin, 3/5, 177 pages

13. The Theban Plays - Sophocles, 3.5/5, translated by E. F. Watling, 162 pages

14. Alas, Babylon - Pat Frank, 5/5, 319 pages
Good depiction of survival after a nuclear war, as well as some of the other uglier aspects including robbery, murderers, and drug addicts. In addition, it captures the pointlessness and futility of such a war, as, there is not a victor in such a conflict

15. The Histories - Herodotus, translated by Tom Holland, 5/5 704 pages (including notes for each book)
The main source for the Greek-Persian war and a cornerstone in the founding of the field of history. It mixes the actual war with tales from the nations involved in it. Prior to the account of the war it is like taking a tour of the ancient world. It is full of memorable quotes. Only negative is, Herodotus tends to go off on tangents, but this provides extra info we might otherwise not have. Took a few months of reading on and off but this was a great book

16. Tales from the Empire - edited by Peter Schweighofer, 4/5, 320 pages

17. Theogony, Works and Days, and Elegies - Hesiod and Theognis, translated by Dorothea Wender, 3/5, 147 pages
This book was composed of 3 works. Theogony is a creation myth from the bronze age, was a 3/5. Works and Days is essentially a guide for success in the bronze age and was very good 5/5. Elegies is, essentially, a bunch of rules for life like don't lie or you're screwed. But it gets very degenerate towards the end. I skimmed to finish it. 1/5.
Hesiod is much better than Theognis

18. Redliners - David Drake, 5/5, 374 pages

19. The Aeneid - Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles, 3.5/5, 386 pages
An unfinished epic poem that is essentially the Roman version of a combo of the Iliad and Odyssey.
It's a fan fic but it's not bad. Aeneas is not as good of a hero as those in Homer's works, but Turnus makes for a good villain. And their battle for control of Italy (essentially) was pretty good. Still, the first half is a poor rip off of the Odyssey.

20. Darth Bane: Path of Destruction - Drew Karpyshyn, 4/5, 389 pages

21. The Orestian Trilogy - Aeschylus, translated by Phillip Vellacott, 5/5, 182 pages
3 plays. Agamemnon, The Choephori (the libation bearers), and The Eumenides (the furies)
The first deals with the death of Agamemnon at the hands of his wife and her lover. The second deals with Agamemnon's son Orestes avenging his father by killing the two murderers. The third deals with Orestes' trial for killing his mother.
Ultimately, the furies that accuse him of murder are buried beneath athens, I think symbolizing the end of eye for an eye rule in Greece, and it's replacement with the courts for rendering justice.

22. X - Wing Rogue Squadron - Michael A. Stackpole, 4/5, 388 pages

23. Crusade (screenplay) - Walon Green, 2/5, 134 pages
This script was set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlton Hesston, and Robert Duvall among others, and be directed by Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Robocop, Starship Troopers). The script was viewed as too expensive for the studio so it never got made.
Script tries to take a grey approach to the sides in the crusade, but winds up mainly painting the Christian army as bad and the Muslim forces as more a mix of good and bad people.
Wasn't a fan of it.

24. Alien 3 script audio book/drama - William Gibson, 3/5, a little over 2 hours

25. Friday the 13th: 3D script - Nick Antosca, 4/5, 105 pages
Script for the movie that was supposed to be made after the 2009 reboot, but woulda been a reboot in and of its self taking place in the 80s. Was pretty much what youd expect from Friday the 13th, though it woulda probably been one of the better ones in the series

26. The Old 20th - Joe Haldeman, 3/5, 257 pages

27. Le Morte D'Arthur - Sir Thomas Malory, Rendition by Keith Baines, 5/5, 533 pages.
With this edition, Baines modernises the English enough that the original stories of king arthur are very readable.
The over arching story of launcelots caring only for himself and the queen, culminating in a civil war, and ultimately redemption is excellent

28. Beowulf - Unknown, translated by Seamus Heaney, 5/5, 107 pages
A shorter epic, but fantastic. Exemplifies how a King, and in turn men themselves, should act. Shame the author of the work is unknown and little is known about its oral traditions prior to the written version

29. Manetho: History of Egypt and Other Works - Fragments, translated by W. G. Waddell, 4/5, 125 pages
Fragments of a various texts written by an Egyptian priest chronicling the lineages of the kings of Egypt. Sadly, the original texts are gone and all that is left is quotes from other sources. Still covers some interesting stuff, the Exodus as well as Egypt's later sacking of Jerusalem (as mention in 2nd Chronicles) are mentioned (though the exodus is a bit different). Also neat to see some of it line up with Herodotus

30. King Conan, Crown of Iron: screenplay - John Milius, 5/5, 167 pages
This movie should have been made. Shame it wasn't, would've made for a proper King Conan movie, touching on barbarism vs civilization and paints a dark picture of the latter, showing it as a prison. Really enjoyed it. Hopefully if they do make a King Conan movie they use this script

Currently Reading:

31. The Mandalorian armor - K. W. Jeter

32. A Guide to the Peloponesian War - Thucydides

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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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