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The Spleen
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re: Reading Challenge 2020

Goal - Read 30 books in 2020. Completed 16

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

2. Catch & Kill by Ronan Farrow(Audiobook) - Pretty good listen, though I'd probably recommend reading this one. A lot of names and it got confusing at times not having the memory recognition from reading. 3.5 out of 5

3. Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen(Audiobook) - I generally enjoy Hiaasen for a quick, easy, light hearted read, but this one missed the mark for me. 2 out of 5

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Not at all what I expected this book to be about. Thought it was more a Harry Potter or Game of Thrones type. A bit predictable, but a good, easy read. 4 out of 5

5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - Not as good as the first, but another enjoyable, easy read. 3.5 out of 5

6. We Were 8 Years In Power - Ta'Nehisi Coats - He revisits 8 essays he wrote in each year of the Obama presidency, and gives some context of where his head was at when he wrote them. Probably way too liberal for most on this board, but I find him to be one of the most thought provoking writers out there. 4.5 out of 5

7. The Whistler by John Grisham(Audiobook) - It's been a while since I read Grisham. Took a while for this one to grab me, but it's typical Grisham stuff, and an easy listen on my morning and afternoon commute. 3 out of 5

8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - The weakest of the 3 in the series, but I still enjoyed it. Far from perfect, but a fun read. 3 out of 5

9. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain(re-read) I just love everything about this book, and because I'm doing more cooking while home more decided to read it again. 5 out of 5

10. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein(audiobook) - Big fan of Carrie Brownstein, so it was enjoyable to hear her tell her life story and give her insights to late the late 90's alternative music scene. 4 out of 5

11. Thunderstruck by Eric Larson - I think this is the 5th Larson book I've read. It was probably my least favorite. The parts about Marconi and the development of wireless communication were kind of boring. 3 out of 5

12-15 Since I started watching the Perry Mason series on HBO, I realized I had never read any Perry Mason books. Bought 5 at a used bookstore and read 4 of them on vacation last week. I've never been a big mystery fan, but I enjoyed them all, and they were all very easy reads. 3 out of 5 on all of them.

16. Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson - Was not a fan of this one. Almost put it down halfway through, but trudged through it. 2 out of 5

I think if I can get to 20 by the end of this month, I'll easily hit my target. Fall/winter is usually when I read the most.

Alabama Fan
Member since Jul 2015
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
COVID really made hitting my target easy this year.

Sasquatch Smash
Member since Nov 2007
12224 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
I've slowed down a bit again. Been binging more things on Netflix the last month or so.

Georgia Fan
Member since Aug 2020
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
1. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan, 782.
2. The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan, 681.
3. The Dragon Reborn, Robert Jordan, 674.
4. The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan, 980.
5. The Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan, 963.
6. God, His Existence and His Nature: A Thomistic Solution of Certain Agnostic Antinomies, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, 822.
7. The Old Testament.
8. The Iliad, Homer, 614.
9. The Odyssey, Homer, 485.
10. The Persians, Aeschylus, 40.
11. The Seven Against Thebes, Aeschylus, 40.
12. The Suppliant Maidens, Aeschylus, 39.
13. Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus, 43.
14. The Oresteia, Aeschylus, 162.
15. Antigone, Sophocles, 48.
16. Oedipus the King, Sophocles, 68.
17. Oedipus at Colonus, Sophocles, 79.
18. Ajax, Sophocles, 57.
19. The Women of Trachis, Sophocles, 49.
20. Electra, Sophocles, 73.
21. Philoctetes, Sophocles, 64.
This post was edited on 9/7 at 10:47 pm

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Member since Sep 2016
546 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
Bump to get it back on the first page.
Update your lists people!
And if you have fallen off pace, there's still plenty of time to meet your goal!

Sasquatch Smash
Member since Nov 2007
12224 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
Back on the board after taking far too long to read this last book.

Alabama Fan
Member since Jul 2015
8783 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
I slowed up a lot too - hit this series which uses a ton of words i have to look up the definiton for.

Member since Jul 2010
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
1. The windup bird chronicles - Haruki Marukami
2. What I talk about when I talk about running - Haruki Marukami
3. Catholics and Protestants - Peter Kreeft
4. Crossing the Tiber - Stephen K Ray
5. The Body - Bill Bryson
6. The Hot zone - Richard Preston
7. St Thomas Aquinas- C.K. Chesterton (Audio)
8. A sportsman’s notebook - Turgenev (Audio)
9. Letters - C.S. Lewis (audio)
10. Awareness - Anthony Demello
11. Rome Sweet Home - Scott Hahn
12. The Lambs Supper - Scott Hahn
13. I am Hutterite - Mary Ann Kirkby
14. The Sporting Road - Jim Fergus
15. A Hunters Road - Jim Fergus
16. Travels with My Donkey -Tim Moore
17. Another fine mess - Tim Moore

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