The 2018 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread
#1  pdurrant 12-05-2017, 06:09 AM
2018 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 9th 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:

2018 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 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

#2  pdurrant 12-05-2017, 06:18 AM
[Please Remember: No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the 2018 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)
31 Participants .

#3  Nyssa 12-05-2017, 07:24 AM
#1 - The Southern Vampire / Sookie Stackhouse (00/13) - Buddy Read; Two Week Intervals
Start Date: January 1st; Expected End Date: June 30th

#TBD - The Hollows (Rachel Morgan) (00/13) - Possible Buddy Read; Two Week Intervals
Start Date: July 1st; Expected End Date: December 29th

#TBD - The Codex Alera (00/06) -Buddy Read; Monthly Intervals
Start Date: August 20th; Expected End Date: December 20th

#TBD - The Demon Cycle (00/05) - Either Buddy Read or Group Read; Monthly Intervals
Start Date: TBD; Expected End Date: TBD

#4  pdurrant 12-05-2017, 07:47 AM
My goal is to end 2018 with fewer unread ebooks than I have at the start of 2018.
I start 2018 with UNKNOWN books on my TBR pile.

Books finished in 2018
  1. January 1st:

Books added to TBR in 2018

Freebies (0)
Ebooks Bought
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Subscription books

Wishlist books (when on offer)
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TBR: As Yet Unknown
Books read: 0 (including 0 freebies, 0 abandoned, 0 re-reads)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 0

Books removed from TBR pile: 0 (including 0 freebies)
Books added to TBR pile: 0 (including 0 freebies)
Removed/Added: —
Net reduction for 2018: 0

Non-free books read: 0
Total cost of books read: £0.00
Average cost of books read: £—

Non-free books bought: 0
Total cost of books bought: £0.00
Average cost of books bought: £—

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.

#5  HarryT 12-05-2017, 07:56 AM
Reserved for Harry.

#6  issybird 12-05-2017, 07:59 AM

#7  Hollow Man 12-05-2017, 08:09 AM
January 2018

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November 2018

December 2018


#8  DrNefario 12-05-2017, 08:22 AM
Once again my main goal is to reduce my overall TBR, with a special extra requirement to reduce my paper TBR by at least 7. For extra credit, I'd like to reduce (or not increase) the TBR in every individual month of the year. It's going to be much tougher now I've dropped my daily short story requirement.

Removed: 0
Added: 0 (0 paid)
Net reduction: 0
Pages read: 0

Paper TBR:
Removed: 0
Added: 0 (0 paid)
Net Reduction: 0

Books read:

Monthly Breakdown:
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Additional Goals:

1. BSFA award winners. Ongoing challenge. 6 left at the start of the year. I'd like to complete the set this year.
Current total: 0
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1987 - Grainne - Keith Roberts (k)
2003 - Felaheen - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2006 - End of the World Blues - Jon Courtenay Grimwood (k)
2007 - Brasyl - Ian McDonald (k)
2008 - The Night Sessions - Ken MacLeod (k)
2016 - Europe in Winter - Dave Hutchinson

2. Fifty Years of SF. 1950-1999. An ongoing challenge to read a book published in every year from 1950 to 1999, in order. I intend to complete the challenge this year.
Last year completed: 1989
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1950 - Galactic Patrol - E E "Doc" Smith
1951 - The Green Hills of Earth - Robert A Heinlein
1952 - City - Clifford D Simak
1953 - Childhood's End - Arthur C Clarke
1954 - The Forgotten Planet - Murray Leinster
1955 - The Long Tomorrow - Leigh Brackett
1956 - The Death of Grass - John Christopher
1957 - The Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham
1958 - The Time Traders - Andre Norton
1959 - The Enemy Stars - Poul Anderson
1960 - The Tomorrow People - Judith Merrill
1961 - The Joy Makers - James Gunn
1962 - A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
1963 - Star Surgeon - James White
1964 - The Planet Buyer - Cordwainer Smith
1965 - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K Dick
1966 - Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
1967 - I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison
1968 - Pavane - Keith Roberts
1969 - Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
1970 - The Year of the Quiet Sun - Wilson Tucker

1971 - Dinosaur Beach - Keith Laumer
1972 - Beyond Apollo - Barry Malzberg
1973 - The Man Who Folded Himself - David Gerrold
1974 - The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
1975 - The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula K Le Guin
1976 - Man Plus - Frederik Pohl
1977 - In the Ocean of Night - Gregory Benford
1978 - In the Hall of the Martian Kings - John Varley
1979 - Kindred - Octavia E Butler
1980 - Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
1981 - Windhaven - George R R Martin & Lisa Tuttle
1982 - Helliconia Spring - Brian W Aldiss

1983 - Helliconia Summer - Brian W Aldiss
1984 - The Integral Trees - Larry Niven
1985 - Helliconia Winter - Brian W Aldiss
1986 - The Falling Woman - Pat Murphy
1987 - When Gravity Fails - George Alec Effinger
1988 - Deserted Cities of the Heart - Lewis Shiner
1989 - Orbital Decay - Allen Steele

3. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 2500 pages. (Not really a goal this year, but I enjoyed tracking it last year.)
Current total: 0
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4. Follow the Money. I have around 30 unread ebooks that cost more than £3. I'd like to read at least 7 of them.
Current total: 0
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5. That's Numberwang. Read books with consecutive numbers in the title, in order, at a rate of one per month. Started from 0 in July 2017. I'm currently hoping to get to 13 before I run out of options.
Last number read: 4
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0 - JUL 2017 - Towards Zero - Agatha Christie
1 - AUG 2017 - Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor
2 - SEP 2017 - Between Two Thorns - Emma Newman
3 - OCT 2017 - The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
4 - NOV 2017 - Sing the Four Quarters - Tanya Huff

Book title: read 2015,read 2016,read 2017,read,own,don't own
(p) paperback, (h) hardback, (k) kindle, (e) epub, (i) ibook/pdf, (a) audio
+ especially liked, - didn't much like

#9  CRussel 12-05-2017, 09:00 AM
The goal this year is similar to last year's, 120 books read (or abandoned), with a stretch goal of 160 books. This includes audio books. Individual short stories will be recorded, but not counted towards that goal until I've got several I can combine. Longer "short" works (~100 pages or so) will be counted as a full book, though if I have two of them back to back, I'll tend to count them as a single book.

Secondary goal is to update this list no less often than once a week. I managed that until the summer last year, but then that completely fell apart for a bit, before I got it back on track. It's really easy to lose track or get so far behind that one abandons the attempt. One trick is to update my "Reason for Editing" each time to show the last book(s) purchased and recorded. This helps me keep track even if it's been a few days since the last edit.

This year, a new tertiary goal -- to read at least 10 of the 12 books in the New Wave Book Club and actively participate in the discussion.

---------------------------------------------# Bought | $ Spent | # Audible Credits | $ 0.00 | ---------------------------------------------
Finally, all the silly colours here actually mean something, at least to me. The colour code for those who care:
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  1. Placeholder (Placeholder #1) (Author) $0.00 Rating:[***__]

Link to Discussion Thread

#10  JSWolf 12-05-2017, 09:12 AM
#10 for me and only me.

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