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The 2020 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread
#1  pdurrant 12-06-2019, 04:42 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, 04:47 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, 04:49 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 - - 529pp


Books added to TBR

Freebies
  1. January 10th: Greylady by Peter Morwood (previously read)
  2. January 29th: Some of the Best of Tor.com 2019 (unread)
  3. February 11th: A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill (unread)
  4. February 15th: Unto The Last Generation by Juanita Coulson (unread)

Bought
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Subscription books

Analysis
TBR: 996
Books read: 12 (including 0 freebies, 0 re-reads)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 4 (4 read previously, 0 discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 16
Books added to TBR pile: 15 (including 4 previously read, 4 freebies, 0 omnibus counts as 0)
Removed/Added: 1.00
Net reduction for 2020: 1

Non-free books read: 12 (including 0 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £31.43
Average cost of books read: £2.62

Non-free books bought: 11 (including 3 previously read, 0 others not added to TBR, and 0 omnibus counted as 0)
Total cost of books bought: £30.01
Average cost of books bought: £2.73


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, 05:04 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, 06:55 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, 08:04 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, 08:38 AM
Goal: read only 1000+ paged books.

Currently reading

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon


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
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#8  Gibbo 12-06-2019, 09:00 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, 09:04 AM
Read twice as many books as I buy.

Bought: 5
Borrowed: 2
Free: 5

Read: 9

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

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)
Free: 1
Read: 3 (£1.99)
Pages: 1227


Additional Goals:

1. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 3000 pages.
Current total: 2266
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613 - The Sword of Kaigen - M L Wang
505 - Skyward - Brandon Sanderson
411 - Embers of War - Gareth L Powell
372 - Luna: Wolf Moon - Ian McDonald
365 - Third Girl - Agatha Christie


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 now have just 10 books remaining.
Current total: 1
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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: 3
In: 1
Net reduction: 2

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, 09:25 AM
Length Goals:
Substantive Goals:
Short Stories/Novellas (14):
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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


Books (19):
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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
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