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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
14208 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.
22. The Histories, Herodotus, 518.
23. Alcestis, Euripides, 49.
24. Medea, Euripides, 60.
25. The Children of Heracles, Euripides, 43.
26. Hippolytus, Euripides, 60.
27. Andromache, Euripides, 46.
28. Hecuba, Euripides, 61.
29. The Suppliant Women, Euripides, 47.
30. Heracles, Euripedes, 56.
31. The Trojan Women, Euripides, 51.
32. Iphigenia Among the Taurians, Euripides, 62.
33. Ion, Euripides, 74.
34. Helen, Euripides, 72.
35. The Phoenician Women, Euripides, 67.
36. Orestes, Euripides, 91.
37. The Art of War, Sun Tzu, 170.
38. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, 236.
39. Rhythm of War, Brandon Sanderson, 1219.
40. The Bacchae, Euripides, 65.
41. Iphigenia In Aulis, Euripides, 82.
42. The Cyclops, Euripides, 33.

This post was edited on 12/6 at 7:47 pm

Member since Sep 2016
609 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
14208 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
9835 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
6446 posts

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

Sasquatch Smash
Member since Nov 2007
14208 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
Another on the board bump.

Sasquatch Smash
Member since Nov 2007
14208 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
And another bump. Ha.

Arkansas Fan
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Member since Oct 2016
854 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
Never stated a goal, but decided to track what I read this year. I'm reading #60 at the moment and will finish it in a couple days.

1. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
2. Small Favor (The Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher
3. Quichotte - Salman Rushdie
4. Turn Coat (The Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher
5. Ninth House (Alex Stern) - Leigh Bardugo
6. Changes (The Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher
7. Me - Elton John
8. Ghost (The Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher
9. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
10. Cold Days (The Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher
11. Red Square - Martin Cruz Smith
12. Skin Game (The Dresden Files) - Jim Butcher
13. Open Season - CJ Box
14. The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
15. Garnethill - Denise Mina
16. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
17. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
18. Hellfire - Eoin Colfer
19. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
20. Exile - Denise Mina
21. Resolution - Denise Mina
22. Agent Running in the Field - John Le Carre'
23. Savage Run - CJ Box
24. Dear Edward - Ann Napolitano
25. Benjamin Franklin An American Life - Walter Isaacson
26. I know This Much Is True - Wally Lamb
27. Winterkill - CJ Box
28. The Great Hunt - Robert Jordan
29. Still Midnight - Denise Mina
30. Trophy Hunt - CJ Box
31. The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
32. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
33. Love In the Ruins - Walker Percy
34. The Spy and The Traitor - Ben Macintyre
35. The End of the Wasp Season - Denise Mina
36. A Closed and Common Orbit - Becky Chambers
37. The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch
38. Out of Range - CJ Box
39. Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch
40. The Dragon Reborn - Robert Jordan
41. Gods and Beasts - Denice Mina
42. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor - Hank Green
43. Against All Things Ending - Stephen Donaldson
44. The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern
45. Side Jobs (Dresdan Files) - Jim Butcher
46. The Red Road - Denise Mina
47. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo (Catherine Liu translation)
48. In Plain Sight - CJ Box
49. Blood, Salt, Water - Denise Mina
50. The Shadow Rising - Robert Jordan
51. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
52. Utopia Avenue - David Mitchel
53. The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes - Suzanne Collins
54. Free Fire - CJ Box
55. The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan
56. Squeeze Me - Carl Hiaasen
57. The Searcher - Tana French
58. For Whom the Bell Tolls - Earnest Hemmingway
59. The Evening and The Morning - Ken Follett
60. Conviction - Denice Mina
61. Blood Trail - CJ Box
62. Brief Cases - Jim Butcher
63. The Last Dark - Stephen R. Donaldson
64. Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan
65. Below Zero - CJ Box
66. Peace Talks - Jim Butcher
67. An Onion In My Pocket - Deborah Madison
68. Battle Ground - Jim Butcher
69. A Land Remembered - Patrick D. Smith
70. Washington: A life - Ron Chernow

EDIT: Last update - Finished 69 and currently 100+ pages in on #70
This post was edited on 12/31 at 10:18 pm

Big Chipper
Charlotte, NC
Member since Sep 2008
2379 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
Currently on number 80. Updated list on page 1.

Sasquatch Smash
Member since Nov 2007
14208 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020

Currently on number 80.

From your initial post:

Did 77 last year. Gonna dial it back to 52 this year.

Shut down made you read more?

Alabama Fan
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
It definitely did for me

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Big Chipper
Charlotte, NC
Member since Sep 2008
2379 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020

Shut down made you read more?

Yep! I read when there's a lull at work via the Kindle Cloud Reader. All my lunches include reading and I've been wearing out my Kindle Oasis on nights and weekends.
This post was edited on 11/10 at 9:35 am

Sasquatch Smash
Member since Nov 2007
14208 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
Bump for two additions this week as I finished two anthologies.

Member since Nov 2015
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
Bump. Get those end of the year updates in. Let us know what you're reading.

Sasquatch Smash
Member since Nov 2007
14208 posts

re: Reading Challenge 2020
Added another today. Hopefully I can get a couple more in before the calendar turns.

US Space Force Fan
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Member since Mar 2012
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re: Reading Challenge 2020
I just finished "When a crocodile eats the sun" by peter godwin.

a personal and powerful memoir by a white Zimbabwean as he explores why his parents decided to stay in a country collapsing around them. You learn about why Zimbabwe collapsed, but the story is mainly (imo) about a son trying to discover the truth about his very taciturn father. He discovers a shocking detail about his heritage that his father hid from him until very late.

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