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The 2020 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread
#1  pdurrant 12-06-2019, 03:42 AM
2020 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 11th Annual Reading Challenge!

The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an “exclusive club”, anyone can join! This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading.

This thread is for you to keep a running tally for your chosen challenge. Please state your goals at the top of your post (in the title line if you can), and then start your list in the body of your post. As you read books, edit your post to update your list of books read, or other challenge status.

Please Remember: No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the other thread for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the other thread.

Discussions & Ideas can be found here:

2020 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread

Post #2 of this thread is dedicated to a Table of Contents for all participants in this thread. Names will be added, to this TOC, in alphabetical order with a link to that individual’s post number from this thread.

Previous threads were for 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010
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#2  pdurrant 12-06-2019, 03:47 AM
[Please Remember: No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the 2020 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the Discussion Thread]



Table of Participants


(Participants will be listed by user name in alphabetical order)

  1. Apache - Post #28
  2. Apsalar - Post #29
  3. astrangerhere - Post #10
  4. bookaho!ic - Post #27
  5. Byrdie - Post #33
  6. CRussel - Post #22
  7. Dazrin - Post #11
  8. Dngrsone - Post #25
  9. DrNefario - Post #9
  10. Gibbo - Post #8
  11. Ginwen - Post #31
  12. HLS - Post #26
  13. Hollow Man - Post #30
  14. Indio777 - Post #34
  15. issybird - Post #5
  16. jbcohen - Post #14
  17. jselby - Post #35
  18. JSWolf - Post #6
  19. Kibiras - Post #24
  20. library addict - Post #17
  21. Luffy - Post #7
  22. Paperbackstash - Post #37
  23. pdurrant - Post #3
  24. Polarpenguin - Post #16
  25. PurpleStar - Post #21
  26. restinginlove - Post #32
  27. rfog - Post #23
  28. Rumpelteazer - Post #13
  29. sakura-panda - Post #15
  30. ShortNet - Post #16
  31. sun surfer - Post #4
  32. Tarana - Post #12
  33. Tourneur - Post #20
  34. Waylander - Post #36
  35. Wearever - Post #19

35 Participants .
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#3  pdurrant 12-06-2019, 03:49 AM
My goal is to buy fewer books than I read. And so end up with fewer unread books.

I start 2020 with 997 books on my TBR pile.

Books removed from TBR

Read and Reading
  1. December 31st, 2019: Oathbreaker by Martin Jensen - £1.00 - 5/5 - 233pp
    Another splendid murder mystery set in the days of King Cnut
  2. January 2nd: Grantville Gazette #87 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.61 - 4/5 - 165pp
    The non-Grantville story was fun, but the rest were shorter and didn't grab me as much as usual. The 'fact' articles I just skimmed as usual.
  3. January 3rd: F&SF, January/February 2020 edited by C. C. Finlay - £5.00 - 5/5 - 246pp
    Another excellent selection of stories.
  4. January 6th: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson - £1.99 - 5/5 - 1121pp
    A nice pause point, with an excellent teaser for the third book.
  5. January 10th: Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 4/5 - 340pp
    A Good mystery, although it wrapped up a bit too quickly for my taste.
  6. January 19th: Through Fiery Trials by David Weber - £4.88 - 4/5 - 849pp
    The story is finally moving along. I think we should have been here a couple of books ago.
  7. February 2nd: The Valley of Shadows by John Ringo & Mike Massa - £4.29 - 5/5 - 284pp
    Fast action adventure covering the start of the zombie plague
  8. February 5th: Guilty Not Guilty by Felix Francis - £0.99 - 4/5 - 285pp
    Needs to cut down on the info dumps, but otherwise a good story and a fun, quick read.
  9. February 6th: All the Plagues of Hell by Eric Flint and Dave Freer - £4.29 - 5/5 - 441pp
    A most enjoyable continuation of their mediaeval fantasy.
  10. February 9th: Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 277pp
    Excellent late dark ages/early mediaeval historical fiction.
  11. February 11th: The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell - £1.99 - 5/5 - 254pp
    How hero continues to make trouble.
  12. February 13th: The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 254pp
    Excellent romance
  13. February 14th: Some of the Best of Tor.com: 2019 edition - Free - 5/5 - 529pp
    An excellent collection of short fiction, some of it brilliant.
  14. February 22nd: Unto The Last Generation by Juanita Coulson - Free - 2/5 - 171pp
    [ABANDONED]Nicde premise. Terrible in setup, plot and characterisation.[/ABANDONED]
  15. February 22nd: A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill - Free - 5/5 - 302pp
    Excellent historical murder mystery set in 1930s New South Wales. Most enjoyable. Start of a series, but complete.
  16. February 23rd: A Man’s Word by Martin Jensen - £0.99 - 5/5 - 204pp
    Another excellent murder mystery in the time of King Cnut
  17. February 24th: Asimov's SF for March/April 2020 edited by Sheila WIliams -£2.49 - 5/5 - 309pp
    Another excellent issue.
  18. February 25th: Analog SF for March/April 2020 edited by Trevor Quachri - £2.49 - - 343pp
    Another excellent issue, although I'm saving the serial for when all parts are available in September.
  19. February 26th: Death at Bishop's Keep by Robin Paige - Free - 4/5 - 311pp
    A fun murder mystery set in England in the 1890s. A bit American here and there. (blond bangs).
  20. February 28th: Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by J K Rowling - £5.52 - 5/5 - 459pp
    Bears up under a second reading.
  21. March 1st: F&SF, March/April 2020 edited by C. C. Finlay - £5.00 - 5/5 - 246pp
    Another excellent issue. Worth it even at the high price.
  22. March 2nd: Grantville Gazette #88 edited by Bjorn Hasseler - £3.61 - 4/5 - 170pp
    Some of the Grantville stories were just a bit too short for my liking. The longer ones were good. A very good DF story, and an OK fantasy round out the issue.
  23. March 6th: Mark of the Cat by Andre Norton - Free - 4/5 - 239pp
    First part of a duology. Classic Norton, with young heroes and animal interactions
  24. March 11th: Year of the Rat by Andre Norton - Free - 3/5 - 253pp
    It got a little too mystical for me, but OK.
  25. March 15th: A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill - £0.99 - 5/5 - 299pp
    Most enjoyable 1930s Australian murder mystery
  26. March 18th: River of Night by John Ringo - £3.00 - 5/5 - 346pp
    The goodies win and the baddies die. Evenyually.
  27. March 21st: Dancing with Myself by Charles Sheffield - Free - - 330pp


Books added to TBR

Freebies
  1. January 10th: Greylady by Peter Morwood (not added to TBR)
  2. January 29th: Some of the Best of Tor.com 2019 (read)
  3. February 11th: A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill (read)
  4. February 15th: Unto The Last Generation by Juanita Coulson (abandoned)
  5. February 23rd: Death at Bishop's Keep by Robin Paige (read)
  6. February 29th: Death at Gallows Green by Robin Paige (unread)
  7. March 4th: Dancing with Myself by Charles Sheffield (unread)
  8. March 23rd: Oakshot Complete Works of Lewis Carroll (not added to TBR)
  9. March 24th: A Very British History by Paul McAuley (unread)

Bought
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Subscription books

Analysis
TBR: 993
Books read: 26 (including 6 freebies, 1 re-reads, 1 abandoned)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 3 (3 read previously, 0 discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 28
Books added to TBR pile: 24 (including 3 previously read, 7 freebies, 0 omnibus counts as 0)
Removed/Added: 1.17
Net reduction for 2020: 4

Non-free books read: 20 (including 1 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £55.25
Average cost of books read: £2.76

Non-free books bought: 17 (including 3 previously read, 0 others not added to TBR, and 0 omnibus counted as 0)
Total cost of books bought: £45.58
Average cost of books bought: £2.68


Rating System:
1: Bad.
2: Poor. (Or just not to my taste.)
3: Satisfactory.
4: Good.
5: Excellent.

Pages are as given by the ADE algorithm in Calibre, or from the Amazon web page.
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#4  sun surfer 12-06-2019, 04:04 AM
Second!

I'm not sure exactly my 2020 goals just yet, but I would like to read all the 2020 selections for the Lit Club.
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#5  issybird 12-06-2019, 05:55 AM
I'm carrying forward two goals as while I hit my marks in 2019, I'm still enjoying them. Three history goals altogether: Germany from the end of the Great War to the end of WWII; a shift in emphasis from Ancient Greek to Ancient Rome; and a new goal of Spanish history. Six books in each; I especially don't want to burn out on the repeated goals (and I may revisit them at the six-month point). I'll also track related literature in each category.

I set a benchmark of 120 books total each year, but I don't consider it a goal.

As ever, I link to my Goodreads shelves because I'm lazy.

120 books

Ancient Rome

Germany: Versailles to VE Day

Spain

Adding another goal of reading everything I buy. It's a longshot, but I figure codifying it will help.
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#6  JSWolf 12-06-2019, 07:04 AM
I've not yet decided what my reading goal is for 2020, but I'm going to make 2020 better then 2019.

So count me in.
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#7  Luffy 12-06-2019, 07:38 AM
Goal: read only 1000+ paged books. NOT COMPLETED

Currently reading


Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations, #1-2)

The Peridale Cafe Series: 10 Book Box Set

Florist Grump (A Flower Shop Mystery #17)

Caramel Sundae & Murder (Oceanside Cozy #40)





Read

01. 20th January 2020 Our Oriental Heritage (The Story of Civilization, #1) 3/5 stars

02. 25th January 2020 The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) 1/5 stars

03. 08th March 2020 Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum, #26) 5/5 stars

04. 14th March 2020 M is for Malice (Kinsey Millhone, #13) 3/5 stars

05. 17th March 2020 Death of a Gigolo (A Jaine Austen Mystery #17) 3/5 stars

06. 20th March 2020 Darkness on the Edge of Town 5/5 stars

07. 23th March 2020 Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15) 1/5 stars

08. 25th March 2020 The Complete Sherlock Holmes 2/5 stars

09. 27th March 2020 Mozzarella and Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria, #13) 3/5 stars
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#8  Gibbo 12-06-2019, 08:00 AM
2 1/2 books to go (goal 60) hoping to reach it, fingers crossed.

Count me in.
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#9  DrNefario 12-06-2019, 08:04 AM
Read twice as many books as I buy.

Bought: 6
Borrowed: 6
Free: 33

Read: 16

Books read:
1. Aurora CV-01 - Ryk Brown (k) - 302
2. Generation Decks - Titus Chalk (k) - 278
3. The Sword of Kaigen - M L Wang (k) - 613
4. Luna: Wolf Moon - Ian McDonald (p) - 372
5. Red Moon and Black Mountain - Joy Chant (h) - 277
6. Third Girl - Agatha Christie (p) - 365
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7. Embers of War - Gareth L Powell (k) - 411
8. The Crown Conspiracy - Michael J Sullivan (k) - 311
9. Skyward - Brandon Sanderson (k) - 505
10. Beggar's Rebellion - Levi Jacobs (k) - 359
11. Endless Night - Agatha Christie (p) - 191
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12. Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik (k) - 465
13. Renegade - Joel Shepherd (k) - 468
14. The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo (e) - 370
15. Surprisingly Down to Earth, and Very Funny - Limmy (k) - 341
16. Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky (k) - 600

Monthly Breakdown:
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January
Bought: 1 (£0.99)
Borrowed: 2
Free: 4
Read: 6 (£4.47)
Pages: 2207

February
Bought: 4 (£4.96)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 1
Read: 5 (£3.98)
Pages: 1777

March
Bought: 1 (£2.54)
Borrowed: 3
Free: 28
Read: 5 (£5.19)
Pages: 2244


Additional Goals:

1. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 3000 pages.
Current total: 2651
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613 - The Sword of Kaigen - M L Wang
600 - Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
505 - Skyward - Brandon Sanderson
468 - Renegade - Joel Shepherd
465 - Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik


2. Morningstar Crescent. An ongoing challenge to read all books shortlisted for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award. No specific target now the award has been closed down, but I do want to read the lot eventually. Let's say 5 books.
Current total: 0
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Winners:
2011 - Warrior Priest - Darius Hinks
2016 - The Vagrant - Peter Newman
Shortlisted:
2010 - Lamentation - Ken Scholes
2010 - The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart - Jesse Bullington
2011 - Shadow Prowler - Alexey Pehov
2011 - Tymon's Flight - Mary Victoria
2013 - Irenicon - Aidan Harte
2013 - Stormdancer - Jay Kristoff
2014 - The Path of Anger - Antoine Rouaud
2015 - The Mirror Empire - Kameron Hurley
2015 - The Godless - Ben Peek
2015 - Age of Iron - Angus Watson
2016 - Battle Mage - Stephen Aryan
2016 - Starborn - Lucy Hounsom
2017 - Infernal - Mark de Jager
2017 - Duskfall - Christopher Husberg
2017 - Snakewood - Adrian Selby
2017 - Hope and Red - Jon Skovron
2018 - The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark


3. Curtains. Finish the fiction of Agatha Christie. I've been working on this for years, and at the start of the year have just 10 books left to read.
Remaining: 8
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Third Girl (Poirot)
Endless Night
By the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy & Tuppence)
Hallowe'en Party (Poirot)
Passenger to Frankfurt
Nemesis (Marple)
Elephants Can Remember (Poirot)
Postern of Fate (Tommy & Tuppence)
Curtain (Poirot)
Sleeping Murder (Marple)


4. Paper Chase. Reduce my paper book collection.
Out: 4
In: 1
Net reduction: 3

5. Blogged Off. Read finalists from the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off.
Target: 6 (4 from the current contest).
Current Total: 2 (2)
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SPFBO 5 (2019)
Beggar's Rebellion - Levi Jacobs
Kalanon's Rising - Darian Smith
A Sea of Broken Glass - Sonya M Black
The Sword of Kaigen - M L Wang
Fortune's Fool - Angela Boord
Never Die - Rob J Hayes
Blade's Edge - Virginia McClain
A Tale of Stars and Shadow - Lisa Cassidy
Blood of Heirs - Alicia Wanstall-Burke
Spark City - Robert J Power

SPFBO 4 (2018)
Orconomics - J Zachary Pike
The Gods of Men - Barbara Kloss
We Ride the Storm - Devin Madsen
Sworn to the Night - Craig Schaefer
Symphony of the Wind - Stephen McKinnon
Aching God - Mike Shel

Ruthless Magic - Megan Crewe
Out of Nowhere - Patrick LeClerc
The Anointed - Keith Ward

Sowing - Angie Grigaliunas

SPFBO 3 (2017)
Where Loyalties Lie - Rob J Hayes
Sufficiently Advanced Magic - Andrew Howe
Crimson Queen - Alec Hutson
Devil's Night Dawning - Damien Black
Jack Bloodfist: Fixer - James Jakin
The Way Into Chaos - Harry Connolly
The War of Undoing - Alex Perry

Chaos Trims My Beard - Brett Herman
Tiger Lily - K Bird Lincoln
Pilgrimage to Skara - Jonathan S Pembroke

SPFBO 2 (2016)
The Grey Bastards - Jonathan French
The Path of Flames - Phil Tucker
Paternus - Dyrk Ashton
Fionn: Defence of Rath Bladhma - Brian O'Sullivan
Larcout - K A Krantz

Assassin's Charge - Claire Frank
The Music Box Girl - K A Stewart
The Moonlight War - S K S Perry
Outpost - F T McKinstry

The Shadow Soul - Kaitlyn Davis

SPFBO 1 (2015)
The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble's Braids - Michael McClung
Bloodrush - Ben Galley
The Weight of a Crown - Tavish Kaeden
City of Burning Shadows - Barbara J Webb
Sins of a Sovereignty - Plague Jack
What Remains of Heroes - David Benem
Shattered Sands - W G Saraband
Under a Colder Sun - Greg James
Priest - Matthew Colville
A Soul for Trouble - Crista McHugh


Legend:
Book title: read,own,don't own
(p) paperback, (h) hardback, (k) kindle, (e) epub, (i) ibook/pdf, (a) audio
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#10  astrangerhere 12-06-2019, 08:25 AM
Length Goals:
Substantive Goals:
Short Stories/Novellas (17):
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  1. "Sentry of Sky" by Evelyn E. Smith
  2. "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami
  3. "The Night Came Slowly" by Kate Chopin
  4. "Asleep in Armageddon" by Ray Bradbury
  5. "The Lifted Veil" by George Eliot
  6. "Miracle" by Lucy Corin
  7. "The Mystery of the Blue Jar" by Agatha Christie
  8. "From The Diary of a Violent Tempered Man" by Anton Chekov - 5 stars
  9. "A Box, A Pocket, a Spaceman" by E. Catherine Tobler
  10. "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear
  11. "Transformation" by Mary Shelley
  12. "Valedictorian" by NK Jemison
  13. "She Searches for God in the Storm Within" by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
  14. "The Tunnel Ahead" by Alice Glaser
  15. "SPAM" By Savanah Burney
  16. "The Tomb" by HP Lovecraft
  17. "Dagon" by HP Lovecraft


Books (23):
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  1. A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto
  2. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Anne Terese Fowler - DROPPED
  3. Message to Adolf Pt. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
  4. Beasts, Gods, and Men by Ferdinand Ossendowski - DROPPED
  5. Message to Adolf Pt. 2 by Osamu Tezuka - 5 stars
  6. The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  8. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carol Rovelli
  9. The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt by Ken Krimstien - 5 Stars
  10. The Raven Tower - Ann Leckie
  11. The Awakening - Kate Chopin
  12. A Clutch of Constables - Ngaio Marsh
  13. Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939 by Mizuki Shigeru - 5 stars
  14. Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
  15. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  16. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  17. Showa: A History of Japan 1939-1945 by Mizuki Shigeru - 5 stars
  18. The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar
  19. Showa: A History of Japan 1945-1953 by Mizuki Shigeru - 5 stars
  20. Gently With the Ladies by Alan Hunter
  21. Showa: A History of Japan 1953-1989 by Mizuki Shigeru - 5 stars
  22. The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
  23. All About Emily by Connie Willis
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