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Cowboyfan89
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
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GIve up watching TV and video games.

Definitely helps. I didn't completely give up TV (I gotta have me some NCIS and Last Man Standing), but I turn it off more often.

I also try to hop on the excerise bike and get some cardio in several times a week. I can knock out quite a few pages while I'm on that thing.


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PillageUrVillage
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
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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.


Same.

Almost done with Rise of Endymion (Hyperion), Then I’ll be starting either Wheel of Time or Stormlight Archive. Haven’t decided yet.


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TIGERSTORM
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
i am shooting for 30

A combo of audio and actual reading.

Tragedy Plus Time by Adam Cayton-Holland 5 hours. 4 stars

Cherry by Nico Walker 8 hours. I'm torn on this, I could go anywhere from 2 stars to 3 and a half.

The Crossings by Michael Connelly 4 stars.

Devil All the Time Donald Ray Pollock. 2 stars

The Outsider Stephen King. 3 stars

The Drop Dennis Lehane 3 stars
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Azazello
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2575 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
In again. Already bought my first 15 books.

Completed

1. City of Thieves - David Benioff
2. Fluent Forever - Gabriel Weiner
3. Eye of the Needle - Ken Follett
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Adajax
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Goal 36 Books/Completed 4

1. The Forever Queen- Helen Hollick, 635 pgs. 4.0*
2. Trial by Treason- Dave Duncan, 276 pgs, 3.5*
3. The Spy and The Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War - Ben MacIntyre, 330 pgs, 3.5*
4. Fire & Blood - GRRM, 706, 3.0*

Now reading: Spinning Silver - Naomi Novak

Next up:
Viking Wars: War and Peace In King Alfred's Britain 789-955 - Max Adams
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Buckeye06
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Got through about 35 last year, but some were rereads

1. An Ember in the ashes (Tahir) - 464 - 4.5 - Really liked it and though the author who is a younger woman has a great grasp of diction reading the second one now.
2. A torch against the night (Tahir) - 452 - 4.5
3. Career of evil - Galbraith (Rowlings) - 512 - 4.25

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FightinTigersDammit
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
As last year, I have no goal. Will keep track here. Books read for my monthly book club will be designated BC.

1- BC The Woman in Cabin 10. Ruth Ware 340pgs
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brgfather129
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Member since Jul 2009
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
24 books for 2019

1. Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann


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IllegalPete
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
24 books, 104 audiobooks

In Progress
Wide Open World, John Marshall, 12:04
10x Rule, Grant Cardone, 7:24

Completed
Click Millionaires, Scott Fox, 6:57,3.5*
Think Your Way To Wealth, Napoleon Hill, 10:50, 4.5* (transcripts of the interviews with Andrew Carnegie that were the foundation of the more famous Think and Grow Rich)


On Deck
Psycho-cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz, 12:16
Miracle in the Andes, Nando Parrado, 10:05
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut, 6:01
The Reckoning, John Grisham, 17:36
The Whistler, John Grisham, 13:10
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memphis tiger
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
1. Cobola Burn, The Expanse #4. James SA Corey. 581p. Rating 3- not terrible but my least favorite Expanse book so far

Up next:

Deadhouse Gates (Malazan #2)
Nemesis Games (Expanse #5)



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alphamicro
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
My goal last year was 75, I read 97 (and it was a binge watch of Travelers that kept me from books 98 and 99).

My goal for 2019 is 50.

1. Sleepers (John Milton series, book 13), Mark Dawson, 406, 4.5*
2. The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Michael Connelly, 401, 4.5*
3. Verses for the Dead, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, 353, 4.0*
4. Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly, 433, 4.0*
5. Through Fiery Trials (Safehold Series, book 10), David Weber, 750, 4.0*
6. NOS4A2, Joe Hill, 704
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FalseProphet
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
Just getting back into this whole "reading for pleasure" game.

My goal for 2019 is 26 books.

I can probably do a whole lot more, but I think a book every two weeks is good for dipping back in.

1. 1984, George Orwell, 328, (in progress).


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Cowboyfan89
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
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The Johnny Lawrence

I see you have a lot of Roosevelt literature. If you haven't read The River of Doubt, I highly recommend it.

That book made me realize just how messed up the Roosevelt family was. For everything that Theodore was, it put an immense amount of pressure on the rest of the family, and really screwed up Kermit it seems. He tried to live up to his father's reputation, and ended up destroying himself because of it.


The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
I was gifted the Edmund Morris Trilogy for Christmas. These will be the first books I can recall reading on Roosevelt. Most of my political reading is one off books of presidential candidates on their proposed policies or behind the scenes books of the White House inner workings.

The two exceptions are W and Reagan. I've read a fair bit of biographies about both of those two guys, as they are my two favorite presidents to date.


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DLSWVA
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
30 Books; 10 Audiobooks

Currently reading:
1) Petty: The Biography, Warren Zanes, 323


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Bham Bammer
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Member since Nov 2014
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
New dad and my time no longer seems to belong to exclusively me, so this could be a challenge. But I’ve found myself not turning on the TV nearly as much already this year, so that should help.

GOAL: 45 books
1) The Innocent, Harlan Coben, 370, 4*
2) Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou, 299, 3.5*
3) The Outsider, Stephen King, 561 (in progress)
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wordsmith
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
2019 Goal: 150 Books

Read 200 last year, but think I'll have a little less time this year. BTW, I count comics (collected editions), audiobooks, and poetry collections towards my reading goals.

Books Read:
1) A Natural History of Dragons, Marie Brennan, 10 hours 17 minutes, 4 stars
2) The Ancient Magus' Bride vol. 1, Kore Yamazaki, 180 pages, 3.5 stars
3) Wonder Woman vol.1: The Lies, Greg Rucka et al., 128 pages, 3.5 stars
4) Bellocq's Ophelia, Natasha Trethewey, 64 pages, 3.5 stars
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IllegalPete
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re: Reading Challenge 2019
How do you guys determine your star ratings?

Do you use a specific benchmark for each star or just wing it?

The reason I ask is that some books are good, some are great. Some I would recommend to others and some I would buy copies of to give out to people. Some I know are going to be great for me and where I am at in life but others may have a different perspective that rates a book lower.

I suppose this would mostly apply to nonfiction, and is probably overthinking it a little, but I was just wondering if there any TDBB established rules for ratings or if anyone took any of the above into account when rating a book.



eta: also, is this the thread to discuss and ask questions about books others are reading or should that be done in the "what are you reading thread"? This is my first year on the book board so I didn't want to breach any etiquette.
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Sapere
Georgia Fan
Member since Feb 2015
56 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
Goal: 30

1. After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre, 278, 4*
2. The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson, 672, 4*
3. The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson, 763, 3*
4. All That Is in God, James Dolezal, 4h 22m, 4*
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Big Chipper
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Member since Sep 2008
1947 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2019
Gonna go with 72 books in 2019 (6 per month). Thus far I've read the following:

The Lore of Prometheus, Graham Austin-King, 294, 4
Steelheart (Reckoners Book 1), Brandon Sanderson, 418, 4
Mitosis / Firefight (Reckoners Book 1.5 & 2), Brandon Sanderson, 470, 4
Calamity (Reckoners Book 3), Brandon Sanderson, 418, 3.75
Someone Like Me M. R. Carey, 512, 3.75
Kings of Ash (Ash and Sand Book 2), Richard Nell, 665, Currently reading


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