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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 56
Best of the best in bold

1. The Fifth Column - Andrew Gross
2. Watershed - Mark Barr
3. The Way I Heard It - Mike Rowe
4. The Devil's Novice - Ellis Peters
5. Sword of Kings - Bernard Cornwell
6. A Trail of Ink - Mel Starr
7. Medieval Bodies, Life and Death in the Middle Ages - Jack Hartnell
8. The New Girl - Daniel Silva.
9. Deep River - Karl Marlantes
10. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte`
11. Promise of Blood - Brian McClellan
12. The Light of All That Falls - James Islington
13. The Guardians - John Grisham
14. Emma - Jane Austen
15. Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters
16. The Crimson Campaign - Brian McClellan
17. The Autumn Republic - Brian McClellan
18. The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330, Ian Mortimer
19. Unhallowed Ground - Mel Starr
20. Age of Death - Michael Sullivan
21. Crossing the Animas - James Best
22. A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain - Robert Olen Butler
23. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
24. The Siege Winter - Ariana Franklin
25. The Sentinels of Andersonville - Tracy Groot
26. The Pilgrim of Hate - Ellis Peters
27. The Tainted Coin - Mel Starr
28. The Queen's Gambit - Elizabeth Freemantle
29. Sworn Sword - James Aitcheson
30. No Peace - James Best
31. The Dutch House - Ann Patchett
32. The Night Fire - Michael Connelly
33. The Splintered Kingdom - James Aitcheson
34. If It Bleeds - Stephen King
35. To Wake The Giant - Jeff Shaara
36. An Excellent Mystery - Ellis Peters
37. The Great Halifax Explosion - John Bacon
38. The Warsaw Protocol - Steve Berry
39. The K Team - David Rosenfelt
40. Golden Hill - Francis Spufford
41. The Whisper Man - Alex North
42. Rest Not In Peace - Mel Starr
43. Shadow On The Crown - Patricia Bracewell
44. Devolution - Max Brooks
45. The Price of Blood - Patricia Bracewell
46. The Guest List - Lucy Foley
47. The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah
48. The Raven in the Foregate - Ellis Peters
49. The Midnight Library - Matt Haig
50. The Evening and the Morning - Ken Follett
51. The Devil and the Dark Water - Stuart Turton
52. The Age of Empyre - Michael Sullivan
53. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
54. Fair Warning - Michael Connelly
55. Hamnet - Maggie O'Farrell
56. The Abbot's Agreement - Mel Starr
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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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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.


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re: Reading Challenge 2020
2020 Goal is 60. Finished 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
6) Crooked River by Preston and Child 400p...entertaining, but not their best work.
7) Stone Cold by David Baldacci 388p
8) The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum 535p
9) Divine Justice by David Baldacci 387p
10) Hell's Corner by David Baldacci 705p (large print)
11) A Study In Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 131p
12) The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 164p
13) The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway 93p
14) The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry 474p
15) The Venetian Betrayal by Steve Berry 467p
16) The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry 457p
17) Code of Conduct by Brad Thor 356p
18) The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry 503p
19) Foreign Agent by Brad Thor 338p
20) For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 471p
21) Use of Force by Brad Thor 354p
22) The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry 412p
23) Spymaster by Brad Thor 322p
24) Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum 597p
25) Backlash by Brad Thor 374p
26) Walk the Wire by David Baldacci 418p
27) The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry 428p
28) Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 165p
29) Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci 401p
30) A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci 415p
31) Near Dark by Brad Thor 333p
32) The Keep by F Paul Wilson 403p...4*, great read.
33) The Tomb by F Paul Wilson 425p
34) The Touch by F Paul Wilson 412p
35) Reborn by F Paul Wilson 360p
36) Reprisal by F Paul Wilson 323p
37) Night World by F Paul Wilson 389p
38) The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry 451p
39) Legacies by F Paul Wilson 381p
40) Conspiracies by F Paul Wilson 317p
41) All the Rage by F Paul Wilson 383p
42) Hosts by F Paul Wilson 503p
43) The Haunted Air by F Paul Wilson 518p
44) Gateways by F Paul Wilson 366p
45) Crisscross by F Paul Wilson 415p
46) Infernal by F Paul Wilson 351p
47) Animal Farm by George Orwell 84p
48) Harbingers by F Paul Wilson 336p
49) Bloodline by F Paul Wilson 384p
50) By the Sword by F Paul Wilson 347p
51) Ground Zero by F Paul Wilson 366p
52) The Last Christmas by F Paul Wilson 355p
53) Fatal Error by F Paul Wilson 330p
54) The Dark at the End by F Paul Wilson 331p
55) The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 250p...what a strange book
56) The King's Deception by Steve Berry 402p
57) The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry 420p
58) Jack: Secret Histories by F Paul Wilson 302p
59) Jack: Secret Circles by F Paul Wilson 282p
60) Cold City by F Paul Wilson 365p
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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) Gardens of the Moon by Stephen Erikson ~ 675 pages (Finished)
(3) Deadhouse Gates by Stephen Erikson ~ 835 pages (Finished)
(4) Putting: The 4 Secret Body Locks by Erick Kaplan ~ 105 pages (Finished)
(5) Morning Star by Pierce Brown ~ 550 pages (Finished)
(6) Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence ~ 390 pages (Finished)
(7) King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence ~ 420 pages (Finished)
(8) Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence ~ 400 pages (Finished)
(9) The Guns of Empire by Django Wexler ~ 465 pages (Finished)
(10) The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler ~ 500 pages (Finished)
(11) Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan ~ 530 pages (Finished)
(12) The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan ~ 590 pages (Finished)
(13) The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan ~ 575 pages (Finished)
(15) Lord of Light by Roger Zalazny ~ 295 pages (Finished)
(16) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neal Gaiman ~ 495 pages (Finished)
(17) Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan ~ 700 pages (Finished)
(18) Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan ~ 820 pages (Finished)
(19) Traitor's Blade by Sebastian de Castell ~ 370 pages (Finished)
(20) Knight's Shadow by Sebastian de Castell ~ 590 pages (Finished)
(21) Saint's Blood by Sebastian de Castell ~ 575 pages (Finished)
(22) Tyrant's Throne by Sebastian de Castell ~ 590 pages (Finished)
(23) The Real Story by Stephen R. Donaldson ~ 245 pages (Finished)
(24) Forbidden Knowledge by Stephen R. Donaldson ~ 455 pages (Finished)
(25) A Dark and Hungry God Arises by Stephen R. Donaldson ~ 520 pages (Finished)
(26) Chaos and Order by Stephen R. Donaldson ~ 675 pages (Finished)
(27) This Day All Gods Die by Stephen R. Donaldson ~ 690 pages (Finished)
(28) Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan - 338 Pages (Finished)
(29) The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein ~ 380 pages (Finished)
(30) Salamandastron by Brian Jacques ~ 390 pages (Finished)
(31) Lord Brocktree by Brian Jacques ~ 365 pages (Finished)
(32) Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques ~ 379 pages (Finished)
(33) Mossflower by Brian Jacques - 427 pages (Finished)
(34) Going Postal! by Terry Pratchett ~ 375 pages (Finished)
(35) Making Money by Terry Pratchett ~ 390 pages (Finished)
(36) Raising Steel by Terry Pratchett ~ 400 pages (Finished)
(37) The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov ~ 192 pages (Finished)
(38) Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan ~ 650 pages (Finished)
(39) Rise of Empires by Michael J. Sullivan
(40) Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan


Audio Books

(1) Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Finished)
(2) Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (Finished)
(3) Writing Great Fiction by James Hynes (Finished)
(4) On Writing by Stephen King (Finished)
(5) The Poppy War by R. F . Kuang (Finished)
(6) The Dragon War by R. F. Kuang (Finished)
(7) Children of Dune by Frank Hebert (Finished)
(8) Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb (Finished)
(9) Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (Finished)
(10) Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
(11) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Finished)
(12) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (Finished)
(13) Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (Finished)
(14) The Tombs of Atuan by Ursual Le Guin (Finished)
(15) The Farthest Shore by Ursula Le Guin (Finished)
(16) The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan(Finished)
(17) The Great Courses: Ancient Mesopotamia (Finished)
(18) The Great Courses: Ancient Mythology (Finished)
(19) Pimp: They Story of My Life by Iceberg Slim (Finished)
(20) The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (Finished)
(21) The Great Courses: Classical Music (Finished)
(22) The Great Courses: The Other Side of History (Finished)

To Read List:

Operation Gladio by Paul Williams ~ 320 pages
The Peregrine
Persian Fire by Tom Holland ~ 370 pages
The spy and the Traitor
Hyperspace
The Fabric of the Cosmos
Tigana
Theft of Swords
Rise of Empire
Heir of Novron
Ordinary Men
Shadow rising
Towers of Midnight
Memory of Light
Memories of Ice
House of Chains
Rise of Endymion
A Good Day to Die by Jim Harrison
My Dog Skip
Ready Player One
No Country For Old Men
Rising Tide
Power of the Dog
The Cartel
The Border
The Orphan Masters Son
City of Theives

Water Margin: Heroes of the Marsh
- 14th century Chinese masterpiece, kind of like Robin Hood but with way more wine and murder.

Romance of the 3 Kingdoms
- Best. Book. Ever. 14th-century historical novel attributed to Luo Guanzhong. It is set in the turbulent years towards the end of the Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, starting in 169 AD and ending with the reunification of the land in 280 by Western Jin.

Shogun
- About a European who lands in Japan and gets caught up in this dudes quest to become Shogun. Based on a true story. Super badass.
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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*
5. Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker - Rae Carson*
6. Ashoka - EK Johnston - 4*
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (son is reading the series and i wanted to get ahead to be able to discuss them)
8. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson 5*
9. Playing for Pizza - John Grisham 3.5* (Good easy ready that would be perfect for the beach or a plane ride)
10. Pirate Lattitudes - John Grisham.
11. Stardust -Neil Gaiman 248 pages 3*
12. On The Fifth Day - A.J. Hartley
13. THE guest List - Lucy Foley (audio book)
14. The Testing - Joelle Charbonneau
15. Thrawn Ascendency - Chaos Rising, Timothy Zahn
16. The Paladin - David Ignatius
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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.

Update 1/4/21...finished 88:

Title Author Pages Score
1 Legacy of Ash (Legacy Trilogy #1) Matthew Ward 800 4.25
2 Tribe Jeremy Robinson 360 3.75
3 Malice (The Faithful and the Fallen 1) John Gwynne 641 4.25
4 Valor (The Faithful and the Fallen 2) John Gwynne 680 4.25
5 Ruin (The Faithful and the Fallen 3) John Gwynne 792 4.25
6 Wrath (The Faithful and the Fallen 4) John Gwynne 736 4.25
7 A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone 1) John Gwynne 512 4.25
8 A Time of Blood (Of Blood and Bone 2) John Gwynne 512 4.25
9 Drones Rob J. Hayes 200 3.75
10 The Choice of Magic (The Art of the Adept 1) Michael G. Manning 626 4.25
11 Secrets and Spellcraft (The Art of the Adept 2) Michael G. Manning 525 4.25
12 The Mountains Rise (Embers of Illeniel Book I) Michael G. Manning 530 4.25
13 The Silent Tempest (Embers of Illeniel Book 2) Michael G. Manning 516 4.00
14 Betrayer's Bane (Embers of Illeniel Book 3) Michael G. Manning 380 4.00
15 The Blacksmith's Son (Mageborn Book 1) Michael G. Manning 386 4.00
16 The Line of Illeniel (Mageborn Book 2) Michael G. Manning 548 4.00
17 The Archmage Unbound (Mageborn Book 3) Michael G. Manning 545 4.00
18 The God-Stone War (Mageborn Book 4) Michael G. Manning 561 4.00
19 The Final Redemption (Mageborn Book 5) Michael G. Manning 600 4.00
20 Along the Razor's Edge (The War Eternal #1) Rob J. Hayes 281 4.25
21 Black Stone Heart Michael R. Fletcher 487 4.25
22 A Time of Courage (Of Blood and Bone 3) John Gwynne 720 4.50
23 Thornbear (Champions of the Dawning Dragons Book 1) Michael G. Manning 488 4.00
24 Centyr Dominance (Champions of the Dawning Dragons Book 2) Michael G. Manning 400 4.00
25 Demonhome (Champions of the Dawning Dragons Book 3) Michael G. Manning 542 4.25
26 Mordecai (The Riven Gates Book 1) Michael G. Manning 423 4.00
27 The Severed Realm (The Riven Gates Book 2 ) Michael G. Manning 349 4.00
28 Trancendence and Rebellion (The Riven Gates Book 3) Michael G. Manning 386 4.25
29 Scholar of Magic (The Art of the Adept Book 3) Michael G. Manning 527 4.25
30 The Girl and the Stars (The Book of the Ice #1) Mark Lawrence 380 4.25
31 Spirit (The Cartographer #3) A.C. Cobble 550 4.00
32 The Lessons Never Learned (The War Eternal #2) Rob J. Hayes 528 4.25
33 From Cold Ashes Risen (The War Eternal #3) Rob J. Hayes 326 4.25
34 The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1) R.J. Barker 513 4.25
35 The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade Book 2) Seth Dickinson 464 3.50
36 A Town Called Discovery RR Haywood 364 4.00
37 Decimus Fate and the Talisman of Dreams (Decimus Fate Book 1) Peter Flannery 218 4.00
38 Brilliance (Brilliance Saga #1) Marcus Sakey 454 3.75
39 A Better World (Brilliance Saga #2) Marcus Sakey 391 3.75
40 Written in Fire (Brilliance Sage #3) Marcus Sakey 348 3.75
41 Tales of Ioth (The Wildfire Cycle #2.5) D.P. Woolliscroft 244 3.75
42 First and Only Peter Flannery 270 4.00
43 Paternus: War of Gods (The Paternus Trilogy Book 3) Dyrk Ashton 852 4.00
44 Augmented James D. Prescott 391 3.75
45 The Cleansing Flame (Swords and Saints #1) Alec Hutson 243 3.75
46 The Twilight Empire (Swords and Saints #2) Alec Hutson 239 3.75
47 We Are the Dead (The Last War #1) Mike Shackle 429 4.50
48 The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy #1) M.R. Carey 416 4.25
49 Incursion (The Necromancer's Key #1) Mitchell Hogan 532 4.00
50 The Last Monument Michael C. Grumley 329 3.50
51 The Hollow God (Swords and Saints Book 3) Alec Hutson 249 3.75
52 The Killing Fog (The Grave Kingdom #1) Jeff Wheeler 404 4.25
53 The Buried World (The Grave Kingdom #2) Jeff Wheeler 336 4.25
54 The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids (Amra Thetys #1) Michael McClung 207 4.25
55 The Thief Who Spat in Luck's Good Eye (Amra Thetys #2) Michael McClung 202 4.25
56 The Thief Who Knocked on Sorrow's Gate (Amra Thetys #3) Michael McClung 181 4.25
57 The Thief Who Wasn't There (Amra Thetys #4) Michael McClung 247 4.25
58 The Thief Who Went to War (Amra Thetys #5) Michael McClung 209 4.25
59 Hero Forged (Ethereal Earth #1) Josh Erikson 346 4.25
60 Fate Lashed (Ethereal Earth #2) Josh Erikson 375 4.25
61 Blight Marked (Ethereal Earth #3) Josh Erikson 397 4.00
62 Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) Jay Kristoff 488 4.25
63 Age of Death: Book Five of The Legends of the First Empire Michael J. Sullivan 341 4.00
64 Age of Empyre: Book Six of The Legends of the First Empire Michael J. Sullivan 395 4.00
65 Ash and Bones (City of Sacrifice #2) Michael R. Fletcher 661 4.25
66 Shadows of Ivory (The Godforged Chronicles Book 1) T.L Greylock/Bryce O'Conner 478 4.00
67 Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) Leigh Bardugo 459 4.00
68 Kings of Heaven (Ash and Sand #3) Richard Nell 411 4.00
69 The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness #2) Joe Abercrombie 640 4.75
70 The Trials of Koli (Rampart Trilogy #2) M.R. Carey 496 4.25
71 The Immortal Words (The Grave Kingdom #3) Jeff Wheeler 341 3.75
72 The Black Book (The Cycle of the Scour Book 2) Edward W. Robertson 345 3.75
73 Fate of the Fallen (Shroud of Prophecy Book 1) Kel Kade 347 3.75
74 Wintersteel (Cradle #8) Will Wight 540 4.50
75 The King's Ranger A.C. Cobble 368 4.00
76 Foundryside (The Founder's Trilogy #1) Robert Jackson Bennett 512 4.00
77 Shorefall (The Founder's Trilogy #2) Robert Jackson Bennett 497 4.00
78 The Lost City of Ithos (Mage Errant #4) John Bierce 543 4.00
79 Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds Brandon Sanderson 340 3.50
80 Legacy of Steel (The Legacy Trilogy #2) Matthew Ward 704 4.00
81 Rhythm of War (Book Four of The Stormlight Archive) Brandon Sanderson 1,232 4.75
82 The Forever King (The Scalussen Chronicles Book 1) Ben Galley 574 4.25
83 Temple of Sand (The Gods of Men #2) Barbara Kloss 523 4.25
84 Shadow of a Dead God (Mennik Thorn #1) Patrick Samphire 460 4.25
85 The Lost War: Eidyn Book 1 Justin Lee Anderson 551 4.25
86 The Cobat Codes (The Combat Codes Saga #1) Alexander Darwin 410 4.00
87 Grievar's Blood (The Combat Codes Saga #2) Alexander Darwin 356 3.75
88 Disciple of War (Art of the Adept Book 4) Michael G. Manning 672 4.25
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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*
4. Developing the Leader Within you 2.0 - John Maxwell
5. Blood of Elves 3.75*
6. Time of Contempt
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Goal: 30

Starting with Dune.


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MrFreakinMiyagi
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Goal is 30

1) Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen- 353 pages/4*
2) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand- 727 pages/4.5*
3) Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen- 337 pages/4*
4) Animal Farm by George Orwell- 116 pages/4*
5) Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen- ~330 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

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 by Xan Fielding, 248 pages, 4/5

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

5. Apollodorus' Library of myths and Hyginus' Fabulae - translated by R. Scott Smith and Stephen M. Trzaskoma, 182 pages, 5/5

6. Count Zero - William Gibson, 308 pages, 1/5

7. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo - unknown, translated by J.R.R. Tolkien, 214 pages, 4/5

8. Conan (screenplay) - Oliver Stone, 141 pages, 3/5
The original script for Conan before Dino Delaurentus bought it and had John Milius rewrite it into what became Conan the Barbarian. It diverges quite a bit from the final movie, and reuses heavily many of the original Howard stories for its own. Not bad, woulda been a fun movie, but it's not as good as the final product and it is a good thing changes were made.

9. The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien, 304 pages, 5/5
Finally got around to reading it. Was great, especially Turin and Numenor stories.

10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis, 189 pages, 5/5

11. Cobra (Cobra Book #1) - Timothy Zahn, 289 Pages, 5/5

12. The Counterfeit Man and Other Science Fiction Stories - Alan E. Nourse, 185 Pages, 3/5

13. I am Legend and Other Stories - Richard Matheson, 444 pages, 2/5
I am legend is a 5/5. Great story. However pretty much every single one after that sucked or was wasted potential except the last one, person to person.

14. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story - Arnold Schwarzenegger, 624 pages, 3/5
Book is essentially 4 parts. Childhood, body building, movies, and politics. Was surprised how little there was about most of his movies in it.

15. The Heart of Hebrew History: A Study of the Old Testament - H. I. Hester, 330 pages, 5/5

16. Red shirts - John Scalzi, 317 pages, 4/5

17. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponesian War - Thucydides, translated by Richard Crawley, 625 pages, 4/5
Finally finished it. Thucydides is no Herodotus, but after dragging it really picks up in the last two books. The loss at Syracuse and the overthrowing of the Athenian democracy by their own aristocracy are fascinating to read about. Maps in this edition helped alot

18. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress- Robert A. Heinlein, 382 pages, 5/5
Have had this one for a couple years, finally got around to reading it. Am happy I did.

19. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton, 400 pages, 4/5
Some differences between it and the movie. Liked it better than the movie

20. The Forever Peace - Joe Haldeman, 326 pages, 2/5

21. The History of the Kings of Britain - Geoffrey of Monmouth, 287 pages, 5/5
Covers Britain's kings from Brutus to Cadwallader.

22. Foundation and Empire - Isaac Asimov, 282 pages, 5/5

23. Second Foundation - Isaac Asimov, 256 pages, 4/5

24. Foundation's Edge - Isaac Asimov, 452 pages, 4/5

25. Foundation and Earth - Isaac Asimov, 494 pages, 5/5
This was the best of the series. Serious space Odyssey, and it was pretty good

26. Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others - translated by Stephanie Daley, 316 pages, 2/5
There's a reason Greek myths are talked about and these aren't (aside from Gilgamesh). Most are fragments, and those that aren't fragmented that badly aren't very good

27. The Expedition of Cyrus (AKA: The Anabasis) - Xenophon, translated by Robin Waterfield, 231 pages, 5/5
First hand account of Greek mercs losing their leaders in Persia and then running free through the Empire to get home, raiding and fighting off enemies as they go

28. A History of My Times (AKA: Helenica) - Xenophon, translated by Rex Warner, 403 pages, 4/5

29. The Heart of the New Testament - H. I. Hester, 350 pages, 5/5
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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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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
100 posts

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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Louisiana North
Member since Mar 2006
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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
5- Duel of Eagles. Peter Townsend. 460pgs
6- (BC)The Secrets We Kept. Laura Prescott.
7- Thinning the Predators. Graziunas/Starlin 326pgs
8- Stormy Weather. James Gavin 485pgs
9- You're OK, It's Just a Bruise. Huizenga 326pgs
10- (BC)Ordinary Heroes. Scott Turow 368pgs
11- Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic. Jason Turbow 344pgs
12- The Birth of Loud. Ian Port 281pgs
13- Twisted Prey. John Sanford 387pgs
14- G-Man. Stephen Hunter 443pgs
15- (BC)Fallen Out. Wayne Stinnett 246pgs
16- The Big Blowdown. George Pelecanos 313pgs
17- Darwin's Blade. Dan Simmons 439pgs
18- The Midnight Line. Lee Child 368pgs
19- One Year After. William Forstchen 302pgs
20- Topgun. Dan Pedersen 286 pgs
21- Deep Freeze. John Sandford 391 pgs
22- Elvis in Vegas. Richard Zoglin 249pgs
23- (B)The Killer Across the Table. Douglas/Olshaker 336pgs
24- The Hunter Killers. Dan Hampton 351pgs
25- Pay Back. David Nees 370pgs
26- The Never Open Desert Diner. James Henderson 293pgs
27- The Revelators. Ace Atkins 336pgs
28- The Wanted. Robert Crais 322pgs
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The Johnny Lawrence
Member since Sep 2016
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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
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2004
5542 posts

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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