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2017 Reading Self-Challenge

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On 02/01/2017 at 9:17 PM, Andorion said:

I have a rather complicated book year planned out:

First of all I have set my Goodreads challenge at 80 books, but frankly I am aiming at 100.

First of all, I have a 24 book Classic challenge to tackle.

Gone With the Wind -Margaret Mitchell
Bleak HouseCharles - Dickens

The Idiot - Dostoevsky
The Divine Comedy - Dante
Ivanhoe - Walter Scott
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smity
Emma - Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
How Green was my Valley - Richard Llewellyn
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Unbearable Lighness of Being - Milan Kundera
Razor's Edge - Somerset Maugham
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
Aenid - Virgil
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank
Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Secondly, I have a few targeted authors

Finish Janny Wurts' Wars of Light and Shadow. (This is a big one) 3, maybe 4 left to go
Finish Bakker 4 left to go
Read at least another three books of Black Company
Read at least two books of Ursula K Leguin
Read at least two books of GG Kay
Finish Mark Lawrence's second trilogy
Finish Tad Williams' Memory Sorrow and Thorn 1 left to go
Finish Alastair Reynolds' Poseidon's Children trilogy
Read at least one book by China Mieville

Thirdly, read 23 books coming out this year which are continuations to existing series I am reading

Fourthly try to trim my TBR

A not-so-good month: Read 9 books, so my total is 23

I read three books by Janny Wurts: 

Fugitive Prince, Grand Conspiracy, Peril's Gate

I read 2 classics: Emma, Bleak House

I read 1 science fiction: Fortress at the End of Time

Inda 3: King's Shield by Sherwood Smith

Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre

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In 2015 I set myself an ambitious goal of reading more challenging literature. Consequently, I read almost nothing, and it took me six months to get through Italo Calvino's 165-page Invisible Cities. Last year I didn't even post in the challenge thread. So this year I am going back to basics and just setting my challenge at 10 of whatever books. I've read five at the end of February, so I am pretty sure I will manage it okay as long as I can figure out what I want to read next!

End of February update:

1. Phil Morse - Rock The Dance Floor - I got into DJing last year, read this to up my game a bit. It's... decent? I don't share the goals of many DJs, so some of it was only so applicable.

2. Scott Hawkins - The Library at Mt. Char - Loved it. Best fantasy novel I've read in a while.

3. Pierce Brown - Red Rising - Solid if predictable dystopian uprising, first in a trilogy.

4. John Christopher - When The Tripods Came - Recommended by a friend. Very dark for YA. Also, not that good.

5. Frank Herbert - Dune - I tried to read this once before and couldn't get into it, but I dug it this time. I have some writing gripes, but this is a seminal work.

Trying to choose between like 8 books for my next read.

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On 2/4/2017 at 0:57 AM, Lord of Oop North said:

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves

The Seville Communion by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Gods of Gotham by Lyndsey Faye

Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell

This month, I read;

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell (just finished this yesterday, but I'll count it as February)

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On Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:08 PM, HelenaExMachina said:

1) Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb (re-read)

2) Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare

3) The Mad Ship - Robin Hobb (re-read)

4) The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare (re-read)

5) Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb

6) The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare

7) Fool's Errand - Robin Hobb

8) Golden Fool - Robin Hobb

9) Othello - William Shakespeare

10) Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

11) Fool's Fate - Robin Hobb

Yes i have only read works by 2 authors this year. Hobb will continue until May. Shakespeare i enjoy reading on my journey to and from uni.

Also reading Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology. Will finish that up then start Dragon Keeper and my next Shakespeare

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I'm now 25% of the way to my target, a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.  Since my last update:

9) Blood of the Mantis (Adrian Tchaikovsky)

10) Collected Stories (Cynthia Ozick)

11) The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell)

12) Stone Mattress (Margaret Atwood)

13) Always Coming Home (Ursula le Guin)

14) Salute The Dark (Adrian Tchaikovsky)

15) Empire Games (Charlie Stross)

16) Ninefox Gambit (Yoon Ha Le)

17) The Sea, The Sea (Iris Murdoch)

18) Too Like The Lightning (Ada Palmer)

Edited by Plessiez

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I forgot to update this the other day

2/20

Finished Reading 'So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish', by Douglas Adams. I thought it was good but not as good as the ones before it.  

My sub goals will be :

1- read from the books I currently own first, then any new ones I buy (unless Winds of Winter comes out)

- 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish' 

2- I want to read 10 books written by women

3- I want to read 5 non fiction books (finish the ones I'm reading first)

4- I want to read 5 anthologies and short story collections

5- I want to read at least 5 Children's books (not Picture Story books)

6- I want to read at least 10 novels from any genre

2/10 - 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish'

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3/20

Finished Reading The Ice Dragon by GRRM  

Not doing so well on some of my sub goals. Hopefully they will pick up soon.  

My sub goals will be :

1- read from the books I currently own first, then any new ones I buy (unless Winds of Winter comes out)

- 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish', 'The Ice Dragon', 

2- I want to read 10 books written by women

3- I want to read 5 non fiction books (finish the ones I'm reading first)

4- I want to read 5 anthologies and short story collections

5- I want to read at least 5 Children's books (not Picture Story books)

1/5 - 'The Ice Dragon' by GRRM,

6- I want to read at least 10 novels from any genre

2/10 - 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish'

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My 2017 40 Book Challenge (January Update)

  1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  2. The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White
  3. Centuries of Changes by Ian Mortimer
  4. Dangerous Women 1 edited George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  5. The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White
  6. In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead
  7. Lighter of Gospel Fires by Ella M. Robinson
  8. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
  9. A Bold One for God by Charles G. Edwards
  10. Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock
  11. Blood Stain (Volume Two) by Linda Sejic
  12. Herald of the Midnight Cry by Paul A. Gordon
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  14. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
  15. Home to Our Valleys! by Walter Utt
  16. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea by Thomas Cahill (reread)

This past month I read the most books I've ever read, of course it helps when half the books are less than 200 pages.  Anyway to the statistics: 16/40 overall and 15/30 first time reads.

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Reads for 2017, March in bold:

1) The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker.
2) The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence.
3) The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence.
4) American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
5) Methuselah's Children by Robert A. Heinlein.
6) The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker.
7) Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein.
8) A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates.
9) The Green Mile by Stephen King.
10) The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker.
11) Push by Sapphire.
12) Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin.
13) Rose Madder by Stephen King.
14) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.
15) The Tommyknockers by Stephen King.
16) Lisey's Story by Stephen King.
17) The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates.

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16/70 books completed -and this is actually the first time in years that I'm behind my "target". lol. I'm still not in the proper state of mind for reading like I used to. It will get better. or not.

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1) Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb (re-read)

2) Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare

3) The Mad Ship - Robin Hobb (re-read)

4) The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare (re-read)

5) Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb

6) The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare

7) Fool's Errand - Robin Hobb

8) Golden Fool - Robin Hobb

9) Othello - William Shakespeare

10) Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

11) Fool's Fate - Robin Hobb

12) Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb

13) Richard II - William Shakespeare

14) Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

15) Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb

16) Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare

 

Ongoing; 

Orlando - Virginia Woolf

City of Dragons - Robin Hobb

Edited by HelenaExMachina

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4/20

Finished reading The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty 

Not doing so well on some of my sub goals. Hopefully they will pick up soon.  

My sub goals will be :

1- read from the books I currently own first, then any new ones I buy (unless Winds of Winter comes out)

- 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish', 'The Ice Dragon', 'The Exorcist', 

2- I want to read 10 books written by women

3- I want to read 5 non fiction books (finish the ones I'm reading first)

4- I want to read 5 anthologies and short story collections

5- I want to read at least 5 Children's books (not Picture Story books)

1/5 - 'The Ice Dragon' by GRRM,

6- I want to read at least 10 novels from any genre

3/10 - 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish', 'The Exorcist' 

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I'm a bit behind so far this year. Not entirely sure why but I guess Robin Hobb's "ship of magic" is quite long. I'll probably make some progress over Easter as I have a fair amount of solo travelling to do on trains and planes.

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2017 goals
 
I think I made some silly goal last year and never looked at it again. This will probably turn out to be the same, but I have more time this year to try.
 
Read 50 books total - I think I will easily achieve this, especially if I backdate to January by checking my Kindle purchases. The thing is, for the last few years I have been reading rubbish, pretty exclusively. So, my subgoals are more important to me than the total. I tried to keep my goals conservative so I wouldn't give up immediately:
 
read at least 10 novels that I consider more like quality literary fiction with a serious purpose than what I usually read
read at least 10 memoirs, travel books, or similar.
a bit off the reading track but - see at least three plays
read at least 10 other non-fiction books.
 
Lets see how I go.
 

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Reads for 2017, April in bold:

1) The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker.
2) The Liar's Key by Mark Lawrence.
3) The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence.
4) American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
5) Methuselah's Children by Robert A. Heinlein.
6) The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker.
7) Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein.
8) A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates.
9) The Green Mile by Stephen King.
10) The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker.
11) Push by Sapphire.
12) Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin.
13) Rose Madder by Stephen King.
14) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.
15) The Tommyknockers by Stephen King.
16) Lisey's Story by Stephen King.
17) The Sacrifice by Joyce Carol Oates.
18) Horns by Joe Hill.
19) Blood Meridian, or, The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
20) Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison.
21) Desperation by Stephen King.
22) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling.
23) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

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My 2017 40 Book Challenge (April Update)

  1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  2. The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White
  3. Centuries of Changes by Ian Mortimer
  4. Dangerous Women 1 edited George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  5. The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White
  6. In Search of the Golden Rainbow by Charles Armistead
  7. Lighter of Gospel Fires by Ella M. Robinson
  8. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
  9. A Bold One for God by Charles G. Edwards
  10. Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock
  11. Blood Stain (Volume Two) by Linda Sejic
  12. Herald of the Midnight Cry by Paul A. Gordon
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  14. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
  15. Home to Our Valleys! by Walter Utt
  16. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea by Thomas Cahill (reread)
  17. Prairie Boy by Harry Baerg
  18. Blood Brothers by Philip Samaan
  19. The Millennium Bug by Jon Paulien (reread)
  20. The Collected Works of Emily Dickinson
  21. National Sunday Law by A. Jan Marcussen
  22. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 by Edward Gibbon
  23. The New World Order by Russell Burrill

This past month I read just seven books, which is sadly down from my record 10 last month because most of the month I read Gibbon Anyway to the statistics: 23/40 overall and 21/30 first time reads.

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I'd like to set my own challenge, if it's not too late. I want to read 30 books this year. So far I've read:

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende. Took a long time to read but I'm glad I did.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Can't say I was blown away but it is a good book and I always love Bradbury's writing.
The King's Blood by Daniel Abraham. Love this series, and it grows with this second installment.
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus. Meh, just meh.

4/30, a bit behind schedule but I usually read a lot more in summer so I think I'll catch up.

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5/20

Finished reading First The Killed My Father by Loung Ung

Not nearly as farr enough as I'd thought I'd be by now.   

My sub goals will be :

1- read from the books I currently own first, then any new ones I buy (unless Winds of Winter comes out)

- 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish', 'The Ice Dragon', 'The Exorcist', 'First They Killed My Father'

2- I want to read 10 books written by women

1/10 - 'First They Killed My Father', Loung Ung

3- I want to read 5 non fiction books (finish the ones I'm reading first)

1/5 - 'First They Killed My Father', Loung Ung, 

4- I want to read 5 anthologies and short story collections

5- I want to read at least 5 Children's books (not Picture Story books)

1/5 - 'The Ice Dragon' by GRRM,

6- I want to read at least 10 novels from any genre

3/10 - 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish', 'The Exorcist' 

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My pace has slowed down a bit since the first two months of the year, but I think I'm still on track to meet my target.  So far I've read 30 books (by 25 different authors, 13 of whom I'd not read anything by before).

Since my last update:

19) All The Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

20) The Stars Are Legion (Kameron Hurley)

21) All The Birds In The Sky (Charlie Jane Anders)

22) A Cavern Of Black Ice (J. V. Jones)

23) Seven Surrenders (Ada Palmer)

24) Selected Stories (Alice Munro)

25) Three Parts Dead (Max Gladstone)

26) Tail Of The Blue Bird (Nii Ayikwei Parkes)

27) Two Serpents Rise (Max Gladstone)

28) The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August (Claire North)

29) Possession (A. S. Byatt)

30) Into Everywhere (Paul McAuley)

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6/20

Finished reading Rogues by GRRM and Gardner Dozois

Not nearly as farr enough as I'd thought I'd be by now.   

My sub goals are:

1- read from the books I currently own first, then any new ones I buy (unless Winds of Winter comes out)

- 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish', 'The Ice Dragon', 'The Exorcist', 'First They Killed My Father', 'Rogues', 

2- I want to read 10 books written by women

1/10 - 'First They Killed My Father', Loung Ung

3- I want to read 5 non fiction books (finish the ones I'm reading first)

1/5 - 'First They Killed My Father', Loung Ung, 

4- I want to read 5 anthologies and short story collections

1/5 - 'Rogues', by GRRM and Gardner Dozois 

5- I want to read at least 5 Children's books (not Picture Story books)

1/5 - 'The Ice Dragon' by GRRM,

6- I want to read at least 10 novels from any genre

3/10 - 'Life, the Universe and Everything', 'So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish', 'The Exorcist' 

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