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The 2021 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread
#1  pdurrant 12-20-2020, 10:31 AM
2021 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 12th 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:

2021 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 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010
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#2  pdurrant 12-20-2020, 10:35 AM
Table of Participants
  1. astrangerhere - Post #5
  2. bookaho!ic - Post #19
  3. bs10000 - Post #14
  4. Byrdie - Post #30
  5. Dazrin - Post #8
  6. Dngrsone - Post #22
  7. DrNefario - Post #11
  8. frailtyy - Post #21
  9. hildea - Post #31
  10. HLS - Post #25
  11. Hollow Man - Post #16
  12. Indio77 - Post #20
  13. irishmac473 - Post #34
  14. issybird - Post #7
  15. jbcohen - Post #17
  16. jselby - Post #26
  17. JSWolf - Post #18
  18. library addict - Post #10
  19. Luffy - Post #4
  20. Mikou - Post #33
  21. Musicman - Post #15
  22. Paperbackstash - Post #24
  23. pdurrant - Post #3
  24. Polarpenguin - Post #28
  25. PurpleStar - Post #9
  26. rfog - Post #6
  27. sakura-panda - Post #23
  28. sun surfer - Post #29
  29. Tarana - Post #13
  30. Uncle Robin - Post #12
  31. Waylander - Post #27
  32. Xanthe - Post #32

32 Participants .
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#3  pdurrant 12-20-2020, 10:36 AM
My goal is to buy fewer books than I read. And so end up with fewer unread books.
Last year I managed to reduce my TBR pile by 117 books!

I start 2021 with 901 books on my TBR pile.

Books removed from TBR

Read and Reading
  1. December 31st, 2020: Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers - £0.33 - 4/5 - 239pp
    A collection of short mysteries. Some racial stereotypes, but on the whole good fun.
  2. January 4th: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White - £0.99 - 5/5 - 111pp
    Excellent childen's book. Memorable characters, good story.
  3. January 6th: Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - £0.99 - 4/5 - 211pp
    A most enjoyable re-read, provided one remembers it is complete fantasy.
  4. January 9th: Fantasy Magazine #4 edited by Wallace and Tremblay - £0.31 - 2/5 - 181pp
    My taste clearly doesn't match that of the editors. Abandoning the remaining 53 issues.
  5. January 12th: James Potter and the Curse of the GateKeeper by G. Norman Lippert - Free - 4/5 - 457pp
    Quite fun. An interesting fan-fic sequel to Hary Potter.
  6. January 18th: Strip Jack by Ian Rankin - £0.99 - 5/5 - 259pp
    A really good story, and the characters are getting better. I think the series is really getting into its stride now.
  7. January 21st: All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot - £0.99 - 5/5 - 454pp
    Still delightful.
  8. January 26th: The Wandering Earth Collection by Cixin Liu - Free - 3/5 - 444pp
    Good ideas. I find the writing a bit dull.
  9. January 31st: Arsène Lupin - The Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc - £2.15 - 4/5 - 177pp
    Interesting. And funny in places. The next one will be worth a go too.
  10. February 5th: The Time-travelling Caveman by Terry Pratchett - £0.99 - 4/5 - 184pp
    Some delightfully silly tales from early in his career.
  11. February 7th: Lightspeed Magazine #4 edited by J. J. Adams - £0.58 - 4/5 - 180pp
    All good. So I won't be dropping these from my TBR
  12. February 10th: Call for the Dead by John le Carré - £0.99 - 5/5 - 146pp
    A splendid spy mystery/thriller. Really excellent.
  13. February 12th: The Russian Interpreter by Michael Frayn - Free - 4/5 - 181pp
    A very good book, wonderfully confusing, as was/is the system.
  14. February 14th: Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring by M. J. Trow - Free - 1/5 - 244pp
    [ABANDONED - Historical 'humour' mystery. Ughh.]
  15. February 15th: The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith - £0.99 - 5/5 - 69pp
    Splendid children's story. That'll do, Dick, that'll do.
  16. February 16th: Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler - £0.66 - 4/5 - 231pp
    Excellent hard-boiled detective thriller. Some splendid descriptive language.
  17. February 22nd: Gently Does It by Alan Hunter - £0.99 - 4/5 - 174pp
    Delightful police procedural/mystery. Set in a renamed Norwich!
  18. February 25th: The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds by T. E. Kinsey - Free - 4/5 - 240pp
    Almost perfect, spolied only by the (IMO) under-reaction to the murder
  19. February 27th: Some of the Best from Tor.com 2011 - Free - 5/5 - 485pp
    A really excellent collection of short science fiction.
  20. March 1st: Skip Langdon Vol. 1 by Julie Smith - Free - 4/5 - 252pp
    Good. Good enough to add the other 8 from the omnibus to my TBR pile.
  21. March 6th: The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart - £0.99 - 5/5 - 433pp
    Splendid retelling starting with Merlin, not Arthur.
  22. March 12th: Axe Man's Jazz by Julie Smith - Free - 4/5 - 299pp
    Interesting. Quite fun. Weird people.
  23. March 14th: The Haunted Monastery by Robert Van Gulik - £0.68 - 4/5 - 138pp
    Too many coincidences, but fun.
  24. March 18th: Escape to Challenge by Don McQuinn - Free - 2/5 - 237pp
    Dull, poor storytelling. Almost abandoned a couple of times.
  25. March 23rd: A Quiet Life in the Country by T. E. Kinsey - £0.99 - 4/5 - 191pp
    An enjoyable, quick read.
  26. March 24th: The Canterbury Murders by E. M. Powell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 270pp
    Excellent historical murder mystery
  27. March 24th: Provenance by Ann Leckie - £0.99 - 5/5 - 279pp
    Excellent far future SF
  28. March 25th: King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist - £1.49 - 5/5 - 392pp
    Excellent epic fantasy
  29. March 27th: Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs - £0.99 - 5/5 - 327pp
    Very good procedural murder mystery with a forensic anthropologist
  30. March 29th: Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser - £0.99 - 5/5 - 255pp
    Splendid adventure with a cowardly villain.
  31. April 1st: A Christmas to Remember by Anton du Beke - £0.99 - 4/5 - 336pp
    Fun, light historical drama with ballroom dancing.
  32. April 3rd: Galaxy's Edge #3 edited by Mike Resnick - £0.40 - 3/5 - 283pp
    OK, but the best bits are reprints, and I'm not interested in the reviews or the serial.
  33. April 4th: The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray - £0.99 - 3/5 - 310pp
    Unconvincing in almost every respect.
  34. April 5th: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman - £1.39 - 5/5 - 181pp
    Brilliant. A wonderful book. Go and read it.
  35. April 7th: Selected Stores by Ursula K. Le Guin Volume 2 - £0.67 - 3/5 - 316pp
    Some very good, but many not really my kind of story.
  36. April 11th: The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson - £0.02 - 1/5 - 173pp
    [ABANDONED - at 39%. I don't like the characters and the situation isn't funny.]
  37. April 12th: B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton - Free - 4/5 - 229pp
    Good, although the plot was relatively obvious. It didn't grab my attention as much as the first one.
  38. April 16th: April Lady by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 230pp
    Frivoulous fun with authentic regency slang
  39. April 17th: A Murder of Quality by John le Carré - £0.99 - 4/5 - 153pp
    Very good murder mystery with Smiley. Goodness, le Carré hated English public schools.
  40. April 19th: Interzone #216 by TTA Press - £2.26 - 3/5 - 155pp
    The stories were OK to good. I skipped the reviews, etc.
  41. April 22nd: Daniel Deronda by George Eliot - Free - 2/5 - 804pp
    Wordy, all tell and no show, unintentionally racist, dull, obvious.
  42. May 9th: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie - £2.99 - 5/5 - 283pp
  43. May 11th: Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie - £2.99 - 5/5 - 272pp
    As with many trilogies, the first is almost stand-alone, and the second and third are a whole. Excellent SF.
  44. May 13th: Island Magic by Lyndon Hardy - Free - 3/5 - 214pp
    Less magic than I'd like, and more soul-searching.
  45. May 14th: Soul by Tobsha Learner - Free - 2/5 - 432pp
    Only just escaped being abandoned. I probably should have abandoned.
  46. May 16th: Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg - £0.99 - 4/5 - 249pp
    Enjoyable magical mystery/romance. A light, fun read.
  47. May 17th: Excursion to Tindari by Andrea Camilleri - £1.19 - 4/5 - 195pp
    Good mystery. Coincidences are never coincidences...
  48. May 20th: Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones - £1.07 - 4/5 - 404pp
    Most enjoyable fantasy romance
  49. May 22nd: [I]Sweeny Todd and Other Stories[/I[ by Neil Gaiman & Michael Zulli - £0.58 - 3/5 - 55pp
    OK, but Graphics novels aren't really for me.
  50. May 22nd: The Black Book by Ian Rankin - £0.99 - 5/5 - 301pp
    Clearly getting into full stride now.
  51. May 23rd: The Witches of Wenshar by Barbara Hambley - £0.35 - 5/5 - 278pp
    Excellent Sword and Sorcery fantasy.
  52. May 26th: The Serpent's Shadow by Mercedes Lackey - £1.00 - 4/5 - 325pp
    Enjoyable Fantasy/Historical/Romance
  53. May 28th: Gently by the Shore by Alan Hunter - £0.37 - 4/5 - 175pp
    Good, but the plot stretched credibility.
  54. May 29th: The Sorcerer's House by Gene Wolfe - £1.49 - 3/5 - 244pp
    Early (Sub-)Urban Fantasy. OK.
  55. May 31st: The Infinity Link by Jeffrey A. Carver - £2.43 - 2/5 - 425pp
    [ABANDONED]Too much for one story.
  56. June 2nd: Under the Dragon's Tail by Maureen Jennings - £0.99 - 4/5 - 211pp
    A good mystery and good characters
  57. June 4th: To Clear Away the Shadows by David Drake - £4.01 - 5/5 - 224pp
    Excellent MilSF as expected, but with new characters
  58. June 6th: The Assassins of Thasalon by Lois McMaster Bujold- £4.95 - 5/5 - 242pp
    Excellent, as expected.
  59. June 8th: Worlds 2 by Eric Flint - £0.98 - 5/5 - 478pp
    Excellent collection from Eric Flint, mostly shorts in his well-known series.
  60. June 12th: The Dreaming Void by Peter F. Hamilton - £0.99 - 4/5 - 552pp
    Very hard to get into, with lots of parallel story lines. Good once it got going.
  61. June 19th: The Temporal Void by Peter F. Hamilton - £0.99 - 4/5 - 593pp
    Better than the first, but really this is one story in three volumes
  62. June 22nd: The Evolutionary Void by Peter F. Hamilton - £0.99 - 4/5 - 598pp
    Reasonably satisfactory conclusion, although perhaps a bit too happy.
  63. June 26th: [I]The Spy Who Came in from the Cold - John le Carré - £0.99 - 4/5 - 510pp
    Very good cold war spy thriller.
  64. June 27th: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey - £0.99 - 4/5 - 184pp
    Not so much of a mystery, as a bit of historical research dressed up as one. Interesting, though.
  65. June 30th: Interzone, Jul-Aug 2008 - £2.26 - 3/5 - 117pp
    OK. I liked most of the stories.
  66. July 2nd: A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - 228pp
    An excellent, quick read.
  67. July 3rd: Great Sky River by Gregory Benford - £1.48 - 3/5 - 327pp
    OK, stand-alone, bit preachy at the end.
  68. July 9th: Blarney by Steve Hockensmith - Free - 5/5 - 224pp
    A most enjoyable collection.
  69. July 10th: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick - £0.99 - 4/5 - 191pp
    A bit clunky in parts. I found some of the mysticism a bit irritating.
  70. July 13th: The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny - £0.58 - 4/5 - 267pp
    Good short story collection. The style irritated once or twice (otherwise 5/5), but brilliant stories.
  71. July 15th: Headlong by Michael Frayn - Free - 2/5 - 335pp
    Far too much research in the story. Unbelievable characters and a telegraphed plot. Disappointing.
  72. July 18th: Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman - Free - 4/5 - 380pp
    Very good SF. Only 4/5 because the time for interstellar travel was acknowledged but skipped over a little.
  73. July 22nd: The Literary Devil's Dictionary by David Davis - £0.66 - 2/5 - 29pp
    Disappointing. One or two good dictionary entries, but the subsequent 'jokes' section was very poor.
  74. July 23rd: The Dark Hand of Magic by Barbara Hambly - £0.35 - 5/5 - 302pp
    Excellent, thoughtful, sword and sorcery
  75. July 24th: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers - £0.67 - 5/5 - 211pp
    A splendid mystery, nicely delivered.
  76. July 25th: The Looking Glass War by John le Carré - £0.99 - 2/5 - 253pp
    Very disappointing. I didn't believe in the characters, the dialogs or the relationships.
  77. July 30th: Blood Feuds by Jerry Pournelle et al. - £1.33 - 3/5 - 478pp
    OK Mil SF. A bit weird with the naming, and a bit of old tales re-enacted, but readable. Only half a story, the rest presumably in the nest volume.
  78. August 3rd: [I]Nemesis[/I[ by Agatha Christie - £0.63 - 5/5 - 238pp
    An excellent mystery, and Miss Marple does wonderfully.
  79. August 4th: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterton - Free - 3/5 - 137pp
    OK, but not my usual sort of thing. Well written. Some very good bits
  80. August 6th: Talon of the Silver Hawk by Raymond E. Feist - £4.30 - 5/5 - 276pp
    Excellent sword and (some) sorcery epic fantasy.
  81. August 7th: Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich - Free - 4/5 - 223pp
    Wildly implausible, but quite fun.
  82. August 8th: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton - £0.99 - 4/5 - 956pp
    Massive scope. Bit of a slow start. Fun once it gets going.
  83. August 19th: Jazz Funeral by Julie Smith - Free - 5/5 - 311pp
    Splendid murder mystery. Very nicely done and good ongoing story.
  84. August 21st: Voices of the Fall by John Ringo et al. - £2.52 - 4/5 - 294pp
    Good fun. Filling out parts of the Fall.
  85. August 22nd: 1636: The China Venture by Iver P. Cooper and Eric Flint - £2.52 - 4/5 - 432pp
    An enjoyable look at China in the 1630s
  86. August 26th: 1637: The Polish Maelstrom by Eric Flint - £2.52 - 5/5 - 472pp
    Lots of people to keep track of, but great fun.
  87. August 29th: Towards the End of Morning by Michael Frayn - Free - 2/5 - 190pp
    [ABANDONED at 60%. Not my thing at all. And not enough period background to make it interesting.]
  88. August 30th: LightSpeed Magazine #5 - £0.58 - 3/5 - 242pp
    OK, but a horror-themed SF issue, which isn't really for me.
  89. August 30th: King of Foxes by Raymond E. Feist - £4.30 - 5/5 - 273pp
    Excellent epic fantasy, from a pawn's point of view
  90. September 1st: Lucky Legacy by Joshua James - Free - 2/5 - 306pp
    [ABANDONED. 56% There's only so much fighting one can take before it become boring.]
  91. September 1st: Blood Music by Greg Bear - £1.93 - 4/5 - 542pp
    Good, but too many new unknowns IMO
  92. September 3rd: Galaxy's Edge Magazine #4 edited by Mike Resnick - £0.40 - 4/5 - 222pp
    I like the new stores and the reprints. A good issue.
  93. September 5th: Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie - £0.63 - 5/5 - 188pp
    Excellent Ariadne Oliver and Poirot.
  94. September 7th: Strata by Terry Pratchett - £1.99 - 5/5 - 158pp
    A wonderfully excellent book.
  95. September 8th: The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths - £0.99 - 4/5 - 330pp
    Very good murder mystery in itself. A good start to a series.
  96. September 11th: Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline - £0.99 - 4/5 - 400pp
    Pretty good. Just makes a 4/5 but a quick and fun read.
  97. September 11th: Sylvester by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 313pp
    Delightful fun.
  98. September 13th: Serpentine by Philip Pullman - £0.99 - 4/5 - 80pp
    Good little story showing Lyra between trilogies.
  99. September 13th: Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers - £0.67 - 4/5 - 219pp
    Excellent mystery, although I think the suddenness of his attraction isn't done well.
  100. September 15th: Exile's Return by Raymond E. Feist - £4.30 - 5/5 - 259pp
    Excellent Epic Fantasy
  101. September 17th: A Baffling Murder at the Midsummer Ball by T. E. Kinsey - £0.99 - 4/5 - 234pp
    Fun Murder mystery, although the murderer was fairly obvious.
  102. September 18th: Ringworld by Larry Niven - £0.99 - 5/5 - 300pp
    Better than I remembered.
  103. September 20th: Lightspeed Magazine #6 - £0.58 - 3/5 - 245pp
    OK.
  104. September 21st: The Prince of Darkness by Paul Doherty - £0.99 - 3/5 - 183pp
    An OK historical murder mystery.
  105. September 22nd: The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy L Sayers - £0.67 - 4/5 - 183pp
    A good Lord Peter mystery set in Scotland
  106. September 23th: Dominion by C. J. Sansom - £0.99 - 4/5 - 579pp
    Good alternative history
  107. September 25th: Lost and Found by Alan Dean Foster - £3.76 - 4/5 - 222pp
    A fun take of alien abduction
  108. September 26th: Tsar Wars by Stephen Goldin - Free - - 183pp

Books added to TBR

Freebies
  1. January 5th: Some of the Best from Tor.com 2016 by Tor.com (unread)
  2. February 6th: Lestrade and the Sawdust Ring by M. J. Trow (ABANDONED)
  3. February 16: New Orleans Mourning, Skip Langdon Vol 1 by Julie Smith (read)
  4. February 24th: The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds by T. E. Kinsey (read)
  5. March 6th: Axe Man's Jazz, Skip Langdon 2 by Julie Smith (read)
  6. March 6th: Jazz Funeral, Skip Langdon 3 by Julie Smith (read)
  7. March 6th: Death Before Facebook, Skip Langdon 4 by Julie Smith (unread)
  8. March 6th: House of Blues, Skip Langdon 5 by Julie Smith (unread)
  9. March 6th: Kindness of Strangers, Skip Langdon 6 by Julie Smith (unread)
  10. March 6th: Crescent City Connection, Skip Langdon 7 by Julie Smith (unread)
  11. March 6th: 82 Desire, Skip Langdon 8 by Julie Smith (unread)
  12. March 6th: Mean Woman Blues, Skip Langdon 9 by Julie Smith (unread)
  13. April 21st: Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (read)
  14. April 23rd: Island Magic by Lyndon Hardy (read)
  15. June 10th: The Number of the Beast (previously read)
  16. June 12th: Naughty: Nine Tales of Christmas Crime by Steve Hockensmith (unread)
  17. June 15th: Blarney, 12 Tales of Lies, Crime and Mystery by Steve Hockensmith (read)
  18. June 17th: Swords Against Darkness by Robert E. Howard (unread)
  19. July 7th: Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman (read)
  20. September 5th: Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye (unread)

Bought

Analysis
TBR: 789
Books read: 107 (including 21 freebies, 0 re-reads, 5 abandoned)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 74 (2 read previously, 72 discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 181
Books added to TBR pile: 69 (including 20 freebies, 0 omnibus counted as 0)
Removed/Added: 2.62
Net reduction for 2021: 112

Non-free books read: 87 (including 0 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £111.01
Average cost of books read: £1.28

Non-free books bought: 50 (including 0 omnibus counted as 0, 1 not added to TBR)
Total cost of books bought: £73.23
Average cost of books bought: £1.46


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  Luffy 12-20-2020, 10:43 AM
36/40

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Beowulf




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01. 01st January 2021 Red Velvet Revenge (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #4) 4/5 stars

02. 02nd January 2021 Going, Going, Ganache (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #5) 4/5 stars

03. 02nd January 2021 Chocolate Surprise & Murder (An Oceanside Cozy Mystery #41) 1/5 stars

04. 04th January 2021 Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4) 1/5 stars

05. 08th January 2021 Fleshmarket Close (Inspector Rebus #15) 2/5 stars

06. 10th January 2021 Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Mystery, #4) 2/5 stars

07. 17th January 2021 The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) 3/5 stars

08. 21st January 2021 Pride and Prejudice 5/5 stars

09. 21st January 2021 Berried in the Past (Cranberry Cove #5) 2/5 stars

10. 26th January 2021 Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon, #8) 2/5 stars

11. 28th January 2021 A.B.C. contre Poirot (Hercule Poirot #13) 1/5 stars

12. 31st January 2021 An Old Chester Secret 4/5 stars

13. 03rd February 2021 Iced to Death (A Gourmet De-Lite Mystery, #3) 1/5 stars

14. 05th February 2021 Pretzel Pizza Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria, #15) 4/5 stars

15. 11th February 2021 Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories 4/5 stars

16. 13th February 2021 Revenge in Rubies (Harriet Gordon Mystery #2) 2/5 stars

17. 16th February 2021 Nightfall and Other Stories 5/5 stars

18. 19th February 2021 Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1) 3/5 stars

19. 22nd February 2021 Parmesan Pizza Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria, #16) 5/5 stars

20. 24th February 2021 Three to Conquer 5/5 stars

21. 25th February 2021 The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) 1/5 stars

22. 27th February 2021 Hold Tight (Harlan Coben) 2/5 stars

23. 01st March 2021 The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) 5/5 stars

24. 03rd March 2021 Death of a Prankster (Hamish Macbeth #7) 5/5 stars

25. 04th March 2021 Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) 3/5 stars

26. 04th March 2021 The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) 1/5 stars

27. 07th March 2021 Breakfast Pizza Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria #17) 1/5 stars

28. 15th March 2021 Death of a Glutton (Hamish Macbeth, #8) 3/5 stars

29. 19th March 2021 Murder in Aspen Notch (An Aspen Notch Mystery #1) 4/5 stars

30. 21st March 2021 Survivor Type 3/5 stars

31. 24th March 2021 Death of a Travelling Man (Hamish Macbeth, #9) 2/5 stars

32. 26th March 2021 The Chewing Gum Rescue And Other Stories 5/5 stars

33. 27th March 2021 The Maharani's Pearls (Bess Crawford, #6.5) 2/5 stars

34. 04th April 2021 The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2) 4/5 stars

35. 07th April 2021 Four Classic Alex Delaware Thrillers (Alex Delaware, #4, 7-9) 2/5 stars

36. 13th April 2021 The Age of Faith (The Story of Civilization #4) 3/5 stars
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#5  astrangerhere 12-20-2020, 10:46 AM
Length Goals:
Substantive Goals:
BOOKS 51 of 75
Spoiler Warning below







1. Takekurabe by Natsu Higuchi
2. The Incindiaries by R.O. Kwon (dropped)
3. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
4. Claudine by Riyoko Ikeda
5. Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 by Madeline Albright
6. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
7. Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
8. Paper Girls, Book One by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
9. Paper Girls, Book Two by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
10. Paper Girls, Book Three by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
11. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
12. City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
13. Gently French by Alan Hunter
14. The Late Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon
15. Gently in Trees by Alan Hunter
16. Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
17. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
18. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
19. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
20. The Waves by Virginia Woolf
21. Black as He's Painted by Ngaio Marsh
22. Gently With Love by Alan Hunter
23. The Last Chronicle of Barset by Anthony Trollope
24. Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
25. Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
26. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
27. Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
28. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
29. Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
30. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers
31. Gently Where the Birds Are by Alan Hunter
31. Five Red Herrings, The by Dorothy L. Sayers
32. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers
33. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
34. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers
35. Love and Friendship by Jane Austen
36. The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien by Georges Simenon
37. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
38. The Acceptance World by Anthony Powell
39. Guady Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
40. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
41. Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers
42. The Carter of La Providence by George Simeneon
44. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
45. Turmoil, The (Growth #1) by Booth Tarkington
46. East Lynne by Elizabeth Wood
47. Crow Trap, The by Ann Cleeves
48. Woman of No Importance, A by Oscar Wilde
49. Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves
50. East by West Vol 1 by Henry Lucy
51. Yellow Dog, The by Georges Simenon






SHORT STORIES 33 of 52
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1. The Million Dollar Bond Robbery by Agatha Christie
2. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
3. God's Fools by Mary Roberts Rinehart
4. The Flight of Betsey Lane by Sarah Orne Jewett
5. A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell
6. The Queen of Spades by Alexander Pushkin
7. Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
8. The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
9. The Gospel According to Joan by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
10. Hop-Frog by Edgar Allen Poe
11. The Outsider by HP Lovecraft
12. The Horror at Red Hook by HP Lovecraft
13. A Little Journey by Ray Bradbury
14. Bliss by Katherine Mansfield
15. Marriage a-la Mode by Katherine Mansfield
16. Un Morso doo Pang by Edna Ferber
17. The Second Gong by Agatha Christie
18. Wireless by Agatha Christie
19. The Book by HP Lovecraft
20. Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin
21. Rocket Summer by Ray Bradbury
22. The Mixer (Moves in Society) by PG Wodehouse
23. The Legend of Don Munio Sancho de Hinojosa by Washington Irving
24. The Fly by Katherine Mansfield
25. A Problem by Anton Chekov
26. Phantom Hearse, The by Mary Fortune
27. Telephone Call, A by Dorothy Parker
28. I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Walden
29. Straight Pool by John O'Hara
30. The Great Detective by Delia Sherman
31. The Kidnapped Prime Minister by Agatha Christie
32. High Water Mark by Bret Harte
33. The Man in the Case by Anton Chekov



BOOKS SELECTED BY MY WIFE
5 of 10
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1. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
2. Paper Girls, Books One, Two and Three by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
3. City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
4. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
5. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
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#6  rfog 12-20-2020, 12:59 PM
# Listado de libros leídos en 2021

My goal: read Pratchett and some old Pulps

## January
1. El "Chancellor" - Verne
2. Komarr - Vorkosigan 16 - Bujold
3. Los condenados de Song-Song - Basureros del Espacio I - Rick Solaris
4. Duelo en plantea rojo - Basureros del Espacio II - Rick Solaris
5. El satélite H-30 no contesta - Basureros del Espacio III - Curtis Garland
6. El cometa sin rumbo - Basureros del Espacio IV - Lem Ryan
7. Las mazmorras de Saturno - Basureros del Espacio V - Curtis Garland
8. El motín del "Galaxia" - Basureros del Espacio VI - Clark Carrados
9. Una tumba en Neptuno - Basureros del Espacio VII - Néstor Alcón
10. La órbita mortal - Basureros del Espacio VIII - Andreu Martín
11. La astronave fantasma - Basureros del Espacio IX - Rick Solaris
12. Rebelión en Urano - Basureros del Espacio X - Rick Solaris
13. Ultimátum a la Tierra - Basureros del Espacio XI - Rick Solaris
14. El astronauta solitario - Basureros del Espacio XII - Rick Solari s
15. Atmósfera de muerte - Basureros del Espacio (y) XIII - Rick Solaris
16. Pulp Magazine 3 - VVAA
17. Misterio en la Antártida - Larry Winters
18. Cosmos - Carl Sagan
18. Intriga galáctica - El Orden Estelar IV - A. Thorkent
19. La historia de tu vida - Ted Chiang
20. Cuentos varios - Charles Dickens
21. El vigésimo séptimo día - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa I, IV - John Mantley
22. Los liberados - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa I, y V - Dan Morgan
23. Las voces del tiempo - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, I - Ballard
24. El mundo sumergido - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, II - Ballard
25. Billenium - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, III - Ballard
26. Telepatía - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, IV - Arthur Sellings
27. Hoy es el futuro - Ciencia Ficción Inglesa II, y V - F. G. Rayer
28. Salambó - Flaubert
29. !Que las matematicas te acompanen! - Clara Grima Ruiz
30. El Cometa - Carl Sagan

## February

30. Bouvard y Pécuchet - Flaubert
31. Las claves de Julio Verne - Guillermo Gomez Paz
32. Cuentos - Flaubert
- Memorias de un loco
- Tres cuentos
- Bibliomanía
33. Nostromo - Conrad
34. Lord Jim - Conrad
35. Narrativa breve completa - Conrad
36. El país de las pieles - Verne
37. La locura de Almayer - Conrad
38. Lengua materna - Suzette Elgin

## March
39. Azogue - Ciclo Barroco I - Stephenson
40. La Confusión - Ciclo Barroco II - Stephenson
41. El agente secreto - Conrad
42. El pirata - Conrad
43. Novela de ajedrez - Zweig
44. Línea de fuego - Pérez-Reverte
45. Acceso al mañana - Ciencia ficción inglesa III-I - VVAA
46. Mort - Mundodisco IV - Pratchett

## April
47. Cinco semanas en globo - Orbis 01 - Verne
48. El rayo verde - Orbis 02 - Verne
49. Rechicero - Mundodisco V - Pratchett
50. Acceso a las estrellas - Ciencia ficción inglesa III-II - VVAA
50. El sistema del mundo - Ciclo Barroco III - Stepenson
51. Los hijos del capitán Grant en América del Sur - Orbis 03 - Verne
52. Brujerías - Mundodisco VI - Pratchett
53. La caza del meteoro - Oribs 05 - Verne
53. Una campaña civil - Vorkosigan 17 - Bujold
54. De la Tierra a la Luna - Orbis 06 - Verne
55. Acceso a otros mundos - Ciencia ficción inglesa III-III - VVAA
56. Acceso al futuro - Ciencia ficción inglesa III-IV - VVAA
57. Alrededor de la Luna - Orbis 07 - Verne
58. Carne - Philip José Farmer
59. Cartas tras el velo - Leticia S. Murga
60. Gaugamela - J. G. Mesa

## May
61. El campamento - Rocío Remesal Ballesteros
62. La cruzada del océano - José Javier Esperanza
63. Inmunidad diplomática - Vorkosigan 18 - Bujold
64. Criópolis - Vorkosigan 19 - Bujold
65. Trueno rojo - John Varley
66. Los hijos del capitán Grant en Australia - Orbis 10 - Verne
67. La Estrella de Pandora - Federación II - Hamilton
68. Judas desencadenado - Federación III - Hamilton

## June
69. Piromides - Mundodisco 7 - Pratchett
70. La agencia Thompson y Cía - Orbis 12 y 13 - Verne
71. La vuelta al mundo en ochenta días - Orbis 14 - Verne
72. Las tribulaciones de un chino en China - Orbis 16 - Verne
73. ¡Guardias! ¡Guardias! - Mundodisco 8 - Pratchett
74. Eric - Mundodisco 9 - Pratchett
75. Analog SFF July/August 2021 - VVAA
76. Nicholas Nickleby - Dickens
77. Conversations with Isaac Asimov - VVAA

## July
78. Hyperion - Hyperion 1 - Dan Simmons
79. El mundo venusiano - Científico-Novelesca 03 - Viajes Planetarios III - Capitán Ignotus
80. El poder estelar - Orden Estelar 11 - A. Thorkent
81. Mercaderes del espacio - Orden Estelar 12 - A. Thorkent.
82. La Isla de hélice - Orbis 23 y 24 - Jules Verne
83. El baile de los autómatas - Diego Pérez Sanz
84. La caída de Hyperion - Hyperion 2 - Dan Simmons
85. Voces en la ribera del mundo - Diana P. Morales
86. El Héroe de las Eras - Nacidos de la bruma III - Sanderson
87. Asimov's SF 2020 11 12 - VVAA
88. Endyimion - Hyperion 3 - Dan Simmons

## August
89. Historia Universal de las Exploraciones III - VVAA
90. Los quinientos millones de la Begun - Orbis 25 - Jules Verne
- Los amotinados de "La Bounty"
91. El ascenso de Endymion - Hyperion 4 - Dan Simmons
92. Huérfanos de la hélice - Hyperion 5 - Dan Simmons
93. Aleación de ley - Nacidos de la bruma IV - Sanderson
94. La Yijad Butleriana - Dune 02
95. Armas de destrucción matemática - Cathy O'Nell
96. Sombras de identidad - Nacidos de la bruma V - Sanderson
97. Brazales de duelo - Nacidos de la bruma VI - Sanderson
98. Historia de la energía nuclear - Isaac Asimov
99.

## Other
1. El aniversario de Asterix y Obelix - Comic
2. Revista Literaria Novelas y Cuentos - Antonio González Lejárraga
3. Jules Verne dans Le Figaro Illustré - Ariel Pérez
4. Una ciudad flotante - Orbis 04 - Verne
5. Mundo mutante - Corben
6. Hijos de mundo mutante - Corben
7. Los hijos del capitán Grant en el Océano Pacífico - Orbis 15 - Verne
8. Viaje al centro de la tierra - Orbis 11 - Verne
9. Veinte mil leguas de viaje submarino - Orbis 17 y 18 - Verne
10. Varios Verne - Orbis 19 - Verne
11. El "Chancellor" - Orbis 20 - Verne
12. Aventuras de tres rusos y tres ingleses - Orbis 21 - Verne
13. Las indias negras - Orbis 22 - Verne
14. Revista Hélice 30 - VVAA
15. Asimov’s SF - 2021 07 08 - VVAA
16. Revista Mordedor 4
17. Asimov's SF 2020 09 10 - VVAA
18. Escuela de Robinson's - Orbis 26 - Verne
19. Cazando Harkonnen - Dune 01
20. EL mek vapuleado - Dune 03
21. Scientific American 2021 09 - VVAA


## Not read (abandoned)
- Martín Paz - Verne (skipped)
- Galaxias como granos de arena - CF Inglesa I, I (by Skimming, boring)
- En el lento morir de la tierra (Invernáculo) - CæF Inglesa I, II (read recently)
- Viaje sin retorno (La nave estelar) - CF Inglesa I, III (read recently)
- Santuario - Faulkner - Truño
- EL ruido y la furia - Faulkner - Truño
- Mientras agonizo - Faulkner - Truño
- El espejo del mar - Conrad - No es novela y aburrido
- Emæily Eterna - No sé qué le han visto a este libro. Es basura.
- El día en que se detendrá el tiempo - Farmer
- Dare - Farmer
- La locura de Dios - Aguilera
- La zona - Aguilera - ¿Zombies? ¿Qué me estás container?
- El dios de piedra despierta - Philip Jose Farmer
- Los ingleses en el Polo Norte - Orbis 8 - Verne
- El desierto de hielo - Orbis 9 - Verne
- Extraños parientes - Farmer
- La imagen de la bestia - Farmer
- Las ballenas volantes de Ismael - Farmer
- Lord Tyler - Farmer
- Los amantes - Farmer
- Mundo infierno - Farmer
- Noche de luz - Farmer
- Relaciones extrañas - Farmer
- El hacedor de universos - Farmer
- Los pórticos de la creación - Farmer
- Trilogía del Vacío - Hamilton
- Breach Team - Winder - J. R. Handley - Demasiado incoherente y disperso
- Los lenguajes de Pao - Vance - No termina de cuajar
- River of dust -Alexander Jablokov - No cuaja
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#7  issybird 12-20-2020, 01:23 PM
I’m going to limit my objectives for 2021 in hopes that the fewer, the likelier I’ll achieve them. The past few years have been characterized by mostly fails other than total books read.

I will set my usual benchmark, not a goal, of 120 books read.

I’ll read a non-fiction book a month about the Dark Ages or the Middle Ages.

This one’s something of a stretch, but I’d like to read a play a week, rounding to 50 over the course of the year. I reserve the right to end it early with honor if I hit the wall at the half year mark, or cut it back to two per month. Because that’s a lot of plays.

^^I’m abandoning this; it didn’t happen.

I’d like to make some inroads into my GR WTR, let’s say six books, which is 20% of the current number. I’m keeping it low because the reality is that most of those titles have languished for years and while I want to read them, it seems evident I don’t want to read them, not enough.

As always I link to Goodreads because I’m lazy. I won’t bother to create a link to my WTR, as my success will be measured by absence.

And that’s it, although I reserve the right to tweak, especially if I start off the year falling into an unforeseen topic.
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#8  Dazrin 12-20-2020, 03:33 PM
I'm going to reduce my goal to 6,000 pages for 2021, an average of 500 per month. With my dedicated reading time completely gone this should be possible but will be much more difficult than in past years.

Update 5/8/2021: It turns out I've had more time to read this year than expected. I met my original 6,000 page goal today and decided to up my goal to 1,000 pages per month. We'll see if it works out.


Page Goal: Read 12,000 pages in 2021.
Status as of August 16: 7,988 pages read, 45 books/short stories completed.


Current and Upcoming Book(s):Completed books:
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Ordered by finish date
  1. The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice 1) - John Flanagan
  2. The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice 2) - John Flanagan
  3. Tales from the Folly (Rivers of London anthology) - Ben Aaronovitch
  4. The Queen of Spades - Alexander Pushkin - Classic Tales Podcast #715
  5. The Tragedy in the Forest of Morgues - Maurice Leblanc - Classic Tales Podcast #714
  6. The Icebound Land (RA 3) - John Flanagan
  7. The Battle for Skandia (RA 4) - John Flanagan
  8. The Reluctant Dragon - Kenneth Grahame - Classic Tales Podcast #712
  9. Silver Door Diner - Bishop Garrison - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  10. Prodigal Son (Orphan X 6) - Gregg Hurwitz
  11. The Sorcerer of the North (RA5) - John Flanagan
  12. The Siege of Macindaw (RA6) - John Flanagan
  13. Alluvial Deposits - Percival Everett - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  14. The Regression Test - Wole Talabi - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  15. A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula Le Guin
  16. The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula Le Guin
  17. Tehanu - Ursula Le Guin
  18. Killer of Kings - Anjali Sachdeva - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  19. Freehold - Michael Z. Williamson
  20. Salt - Rosemary Melchior - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  21. An Equal Share of the Bone - Karen Osborne - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  22. Getaway - Nicole Kornher-Stace - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  23. The Striped Chest - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - LeVar Burton Reads podcast
  24. Monster Hunter International (MH1) - Larry Correia
  25. Monster Hunter Vendetta (MH2) - Larry Correia
  26. Vaccine Season - Hannu Rajaniemi - LeVar Burton Reads
  27. Home, Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory (Murderbot 4.1) - Martha Wells
  28. Rocket Summer - Ray Bradbury - Classic Tales Podcast
  29. All Systems Red (Murderbot 1) - Martha Wells
  30. Artificial Condition (Murderbot 2) - Martha Wells
  31. Rogue Protocol (Murderbot 3) - Martha Wells
  32. Exit Strategy (Murderbot 4) - Martha Wells
  33. Network Effect (Murderbot 5) - Martha Wells
  34. Fugitive Telemetry (Murderbot 6) - Martha Wells
  35. The Nine Billion Names of God - Arthur C. Clarke
  36. The Day After the Day The Martians Came - Frederik Pohl
  37. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir
  38. Pillar of Fire - Ray Bradbury - Classic Tales Podcast
  39. The Bank of Burkina Faso - Ekaterina Sedia - LeVar Burton Reads Podcast
  40. Dark Spaces on the Map Anjali Sachdeva - LeVar Burton Reads Podcast
  41. Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot - Robert Olen Butler - LeVar Burton Reads Podcast
  42. The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld 41) - Terry Pratchett
  43. The Physicians of Vilnoc (Penric and Desdemona 8) - Lois McMaster Bujold
  44. The Original - Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal
  45. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking - T. Kingfisher

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#9  PurpleStar 12-20-2020, 07:10 PM
I guess I'll say read 20 books again and hopefully more than that! I'll keep track here as well as Goodreads. Hopefully I'll read more per month than I have been!!!!

January:

1. One by One by Ruth Ware
2. Star Trek: Agents of Influence by Dayton Ward.

February:

3. Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
4. All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz
5. The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

March:

6. The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
7. The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
8. Dead as a Door Knocker Diane Kelly


April:

9. Star Trek Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow
10. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews


May:

11. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ghost Ship by Diane Carey
12. Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Peacekeepers by Gene DeWeese
14. Later by Stephen King
June:

15. The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
16. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir
17. Scandal in the VIP Suite by Nadine Gonzalez

July:


August:


September:


October:


November:


December:
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#10  library addict 12-21-2020, 01:45 AM
I have a mix of reading goals for 2021, including:
  1. Read a complete series by a new-to-me author
  2. Finish reading two completed series I’ve started but let slide
  3. Pick 10 “Must Read” books for the year from my huge digital TBR mountain (not including any new releases)

January 2021
Read 23 books.

February 2021
Read 31 books.
Finished The Nutshell Challenge ~ Round One

March 2021
Read 22 books.
Finished The Tried-and-True Challenge ~ Round One

April 2021
Read 28 books.
Finished The Tried-and-True Challenge ~ Round Two

May 2021
Read 26 books.
Finished The Tried-and-True Challenge ~ Round Three

June 2021
Read 14 books.

July 2021
Read 15 books.

August 2021
I only read 6 books.

September 2021
Finished The Nutshell Challenge ~ Round Two

October 2021

November 2021

December 2021
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