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Reading Challenge 2020
I hope I'm not taking anyone's union job by starting this thread but it's a new year! Just copying and pasting intro from 2019.


Reading Challenge 2020 Suggestions:

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.

My Goal is to read as many as I can: Completed 13

1. The Fifth Column - Andrew Gross, 3.5*
2. Watershed - Mark Barr, 4.5*
3. The Way I Heard It - Mike Rowe, 4.0*
4. The Devil's Novice - Ellis Peters, 4.0*
5. Sword of Kings - Bernard Cornwell, 4.0*
6. A Trail of Ink - Mel Starr. 4.0*
7. Medieval Bodies, Life and Death in the Middle Ages - Jack Hartnell, 4.0*
8. The New Girl - Daniel Silva. 5.0*
9. Deep River - Karl Marlantes, 4.5*
10. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte`, 4.0*
11. Promise of Blood - Brian McClellan, 3.5*
12. The Light of All That Falls - James Islington, 3.0*
13. The Guardians - John Grisham, 4.5*

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Azazello
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Goal: 25

Dialing back on volume, but plan on going deeper into several specific subjects.
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memphis tiger
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but since the thread is titled “Reading Challenge” should t it be limited to, you know, actual reading not listening to audiobooks?

Now I like a good audiobook as much as anyone but I would never count that as “reading”.


Anyway, my goal is 24. Realistically with work and family probably can’t do more than 2 a month.


Maytheporkbewithyou
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
2020 Goal is 60.

Completed

1) Redemption by David Baldacci 417p
2) Endurance by Alfred Lansing 356p....4.5* great read!
3) Act of War by Brad Thor 353p
4) The Camel Club by David Baldacci 435p
5) The Collectors by David Baldacci 436p
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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
I'm in - 35 books also going to try and also use audible while on the road for additional books.

35 Books

(1) Endymion by Dan Simmons ~ 570 pages (Finished)
(2) The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
(3) Hyperspace by Michio Kaku -
(4) The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene -
(5) Morning Star by Pierce Brown ~ 550 pages (Finished)
(6) Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
(7) King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
(8) Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrenc
(9) The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler
(10) The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler
(11) Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
(12) The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
(13) The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
(15) Operation Gladio by Paul Williams
(16) Lord of Light by Roger Zalazny
(17) The Peregrine by J.A. Baker
(18) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neal Gaiman ~ 495 pages (Finished)
(19) In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
(20) Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
(21) Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
(22) The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
(22) Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
(23) A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
(24) Mossflower by Brian Jacques - 427 pages (Finished)
(25) Traitor's Blade by Sebastian de Castell
(26) Knight's Shadow by Sebastian de Castell
(27) Saint's Blood by Sebastian de Castell
(28) Tyrant's Throne by Sebastian de Castell
(29) Nine Princes of Amber by Roger Zalazny
(30) The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zalazny
(31) Sign of the Unicorn by Roger Zalazny
(32) The Hand of Oberon by Roger Zalazny
(33) The Courts of Chaos by Roger Zalazny
(34) Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan - 338 Pages (Finished)
(35) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein


Audio Books

(1) Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Finished)
(2) Writing Great Fiction by James Hynes (Finished)
(3) Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
(4) Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
(5) A Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
(6) Children of Dune by Frank Hebert
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TigerV
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
I have been needing to get back to reading more, this challenge should help. I will go with 2 a month

24 books for me

1. The Bone Thief - Jefferson Bass, 490 pages 3.0* (going to read the rest of this series, pretty quick interesting reads)
2. Flesh and Bone - Jefferson Bass, 448 pages 3.0*
3. The Story of Kullervo - J.R.R. Tolkien, 192, 3.5*. This is an unfinished short story he began writing in college that was edited and published in 2016.
4. The Whistler - John Grisham, 470 pages, 4*
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Big Chipper
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Did 77 last year. Gonna dial it back to 52 this year.


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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
quote:

I have been needing to get back to reading more, this challenge should help


I had fallen off so bad to not reading at all a few years ago after being a big book person my whole life.

The reading challenge and the discussion / recommendations from other threqda and posters have been awesome the last couple years to get me back into it


Kvothe
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
quote:

hope I'm not taking anyone's union job by starting this


I started it in 2018. Just happy to see it created each year, after. Thanks to you and the gent from last year (I was in timeout).



I had a down year in 2019 (a bunch of work and biz books), so I’d like to set a decently high mark for 2020.

My goal is 40 books for 2020: LFG!!

Currently reading (will bold when complete)
1. The last wish 4*
2. 12 Rules For Life - Jordan Peterson - still reading
3. Sword of Destiny
4. Developing the Leader Within you 2.0 - John Maxwell
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Sapere
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Goal: 30

Starting with Dune.


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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Goal is 30

1) Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen- 353 pages/4*
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thatguy45
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Last year I missed several books I had wanted to read (like the silmarillion) and read others instead. Also didnt read much plain scifi. Hopefully I can remedy that

Goal: 25 Books

Completed
1. The Puppet Masters - Robert A. Heinlein, 407 pages, 5/5

2. The Fall of Troy - Quintus of Smyrna, translated by Arthur S. Way, 290 pages, 5/5
Epic poem written by a Roman to fill in the gap between the Iliad and Odyssey caused by missing poems. Filled in the gaps real well and matches the originals based on what is known about them

3. Planet of the Apes - Pierre Boulle, translated Xan Fielding, 248 pages, 4/5

4. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury, 158 pages, 5/5

Currently reading
History of the Peloponesian war - Thucydides
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thatguy45
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Yeah these threads are nice. Read way more books last year than I had before in a given year after setting a goal.
Happy to have them


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The Spleen
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Didn't set a goal for 2019, and ended up reading 20 books - one being an audiobook.

I wasted some time in 2019, so I think 30 is easily attainable this year.

Goal - Read 30 books in 2020. Completed 1

1. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon - I forgot I had already read it when I bought it. Dumbass. 3 out 5

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kicker22
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Member since Nov 2008
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
24 Books
Starting a book club with some good buddies and gonna try to do 1 with them and 1 other a month. Should be good motivation/accountability
Read
1) The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson 4.5/5, 324 pages
2) Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson 4.5/5, 377 pages
3) Atomic Habits by James Clear 4.5/5, 238 pages
4) The Bands of Mourning, 4.5/5, 432 pages

Currently Reading:
1)1984 by George Orwell

Currently reading:
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AUCE05
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
If I can get 5 books in this year I will be happy. Trying to finish an MBA and I am drained.


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OweO
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
My goal is to read 15 books.

I am starting my first book of the year today. Forest Gump.


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FightinTigersDammit
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
As always, I have no goal. Books read for my book club will be designated BC.
Happy reading, everyone.

1- Run to Daylight. Vince Lombardi 186pgs
2- You Got Nothing Coming. Lerner 397pgs
3- Double Play. Robert B. Parker 288pgs
4- New Bill James H.B.A. James 970pgs
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The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
953 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
As a huge proponent of audiobooks, I get where you are coming from. But as long as I designate them as audio v. normal, I am going to say I'm good.

With that said, I'm going to try and read more this year. Last year was mostly audio, but we will see.



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Macavity92
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Last year was 53 audiobooks (I drive a good bit) and 7 print/kindle. This year going to try to up it to 60 audiobooks and 12 print/kindle.

Currently listening to Why We Sleep and reading Measure What Matters by John Doerr.

Audio

1.Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
2. South of the Border, West of the Sun, Haruki Murakami
3. Digital Minimalism - Cal Newport
4. Hamilton - Lin-Manuel Miranda et al
5. The Martian - Andy Weir


Books

1. Measure What Matters - John Doerr
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