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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
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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

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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 started 2020 with 1018 books on my TBR pile, I think, after adjusting for omnibuses expanded to individual books.

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 - £3.75 - 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]Nice 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 - £3.75 - 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 - 4/5 - 330pp
    Good stories. Some articles a little dated.
  28. March 28th: Death at Gallows Green by Robin Paige - Free - 5/5 - 280pp
    A most enjoyable murder mystery with a hint of romance.
  29. March 29th: Lamentation by C. J. Sansom - £1.99 - 5/5 - 577pp
    A brilliant evocation of Tudor London. A a good mystery, too.
  30. April 2nd: By the Pricking of my Thumbs by Agatha Christie - £0.43 - 3/5 - 190pp
    Too complex, and not enough resolution. Disappointing in plot, quite fun in other ways.
  31. April 4th: Sleipnir by Linda Evans - Free - 4/5 - 247pp
    OK, but Odin seemed a little more studpid than he should have been.
  32. April 5th: Crashing Sun by Edmond Hamilton - £2.22 - 2/5 - 184pp
    [ABANDONED]No, I can't see what I saw in these.
  33. April 7th: Highfire by Eoin Colfer - £0.99 - 4/5 - 255pp
    Pretty good, but I didn't really get a feel for the setting.
  34. April 10th: A Very British History by Paul McAuley - Free - 4/5 - 461pp
    Any interesting mix of SF stories. An author to look out for.
  35. April 20th: Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch - £1.34 - 5/5 - 281pp
    An excellent novel, giving a good start to the series, but satisfying in itself.
  36. April 22nd: Jimmy the Hand by Raymond E. Feist and S. M. Stirling - £0.51 - 5/5 - 301pp
    A splendid little side take in his Midkemia series
  37. April 24th: Red Dragon by Jerry Pournelle - £1.33 - 3/5 - 162pp
    Rather pedestrian spy thriller
  38. April 25th: Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly - £0.99 - 5/5 - 282pp
    Excellent fantasy. Splendid stuff.
  39. April 26th: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov - £0.99 - 4/5 - 185pp
    Good short stories with an interesting linking narrative. Holds up surprisingly well.
  40. April 28th: King of the Dead by R. A. MacAvoy - £1.93 - 5/5 - 522pp
    Really excellent fantasy.
  41. April 30th: Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro - Free - 5/5 - 264pp
    An excellent start to the series. A bit more graphic sexually than I was expecting.
  42. May 2nd: Star Wars IV: A New Hope by George Lucas - £0.33 - 2/5 - 185pp
    [ABANDONED - the casual racism was too much.]
  43. May 2nd: Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie - £0.63 - 5/5 - 202pp
    An enjoyable mystery.
  44. May 4th: One-Eyed Jack by Lawrence Watt-Evans - £1.93 - 5/5 - 245pp
    An excellent Dark Mystery
  45. May 5th: The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert Van Gulik - £0.73 - 5/5 - 246pp
    Excellent murder mystery set in Ancient China.
  46. May 6th: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia - £1.91 - 3/5 - 200pp
    OK, but not good enough to really hook me.
  47. May 8th: F&SF, May/June 2020 edited by C. C. Finlay - £3.75 - 4/5 - 253pp
    A mixed bag, but I enjoyed the vast majority.
  48. May 10th: World Divided by Mercedes Lackey et al. - £2.40 - 1/5 - 415pp
    [ABANDONED. Just not interesting.]
  49. May 11th: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson - £0.99 - 5/5 - 1308pp
    Wonderful epic fantasy, and the book ends at a satisfying stopping point, while leaving plenty for the next volume.
  50. May 15th: Love in Amsterdam by Nicholas Freeling - £0.99 - 2/5 - 155pp
    [ABANDONED at 50%. Massive back story of one suspect completely put me off]
  51. May 16th: The Physicians of Vilnoc by Lois McMaster Bujold - £2.49 - 5/5 - 117pp
    Excellent Penric novella
  52. May 17th: The Miller's Dance by Winston Graham - £0.99 - 5/5 - 353pp
    Excellent historical melodrama
  53. May 20th: In the Empire of Shadow by Lawrence Watt-Evans - £1.98 - 5/5 - 263pp
    Impressively gritty fantasy. I'm looking forward to the conclusion.
  54. May 21st: Watership Down by Richard Adams - £0.99 - 4/5 - 454pp
    Surprisingly good. Only not 5* because the inconsistent use of Lapine irritated me a bit.
  55. May 25th: The Children of the Gates by Andre Norton - £2.50 - 3/5 - 328pp
    Two unrelated novels except for the psychic abilities. Not really to my taste.
  56. May 29th: Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman - £1.01 - 3/5 - 228pp
    OK, but a glitch or two for me, and overall not as good as I hoped for.
  57. May 31st: One for the Money by Janet Evanovitch - Free - 5/5 - 187pp
    Most enjoyable crime adventure.
  58. June 2nd: Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer - £0.33 - 5/5 - 170pp
    Absolutely delightful, as expected.
  59. June 3rd: The Reign of the Brown Magician by Lawrence Watt-Evans - £1.98 - 4/5 - 287pp
    OK, but I was a bit disappointed in the ending.
  60. June 4th: Death in a Desert Land by Andrew Wilson - £0.99 - 5/5 - 283pp
    Another splendid mystery inserted into Agatha Christie's life.
  61. June 7th: Saint Odd by Dean Koontz - £0.99 - 5/5 - 281pp
    A fitting conclusion.
  62. June 8th: In the Midnight Hour by Patty O'Shea - Free - 4/5 - 284pp
    Paranormal Romance. Good for that kind of thing.
  63. June 10th: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - £0.02 - 4/5 - 245pp
    A good YA adventure.
  64. June 15th: Dark Eden by Chris Beckett - £0.99 - 3/5 - 383pp
    OK. The different voices were different enough, IMO.
  65. June 18th: Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller - £3.86 - 5/5 - 438pp
    Excellent, as always.
  66. June 20th: Pillar of Fire by Judith Tarr - £1.07 - 2/5 - 571pp
    Unsatisfactory retelling of the exodus, up to the crossing of the Red Sea.
  67. June 23rd: The Trials of Rumpole by John Mortimer - £0.33 - 5/5 - 169pp
    Excellent, as expected.
  68. June 24th: Fantasy Magazine #3 - £0.31 - 3/5 - 160pp
    I didn't like enough of the stories to make it above 3/5
  69. June 27th: The Prince Commands by Andre Norton - Free - 4/5 - 162pp
    A sort of YA Prisoner of Zenda. No fantasy except the made-up kingdom.
  70. June 29th: Rumpole Returns by John Mortimer - £0.33 - 5/5 - 153pp
    Wonderful
  71. June 30th: Baen Free Stories 2011 by Baen Books - Free - 4/5 - 244pp
    Enjoyable stories set in the various Baen authors' series.
  72. July 3rd: Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings - £1.00 - 4/5 - 238pp
    OK mystery set in Victorian Canada, but I felt the villain was not introduced early enough.
  73. July 6th: The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer - £0.99 - 3/5 - 237pp
    It seems a lighter read than Artemis Fowl, aimed at a slightly younger audience. I didn't like it as much, and I doubt I'll buy any more in the series.
  74. July 7th: False Value by Ben Aaronovitch - £0.99 - 5/5 - 279pp
    Absolutely brilliant. Great stuff. I'm looking forward to the next one.
  75. July 8th: [I]Lone Star Planet[/I[ by H. Beam Piper & J. J. McGuire - Free - 4/5 - 94pp
    Fun story with Piper's classic competent man.
  76. July 9th: Tooth and Nail by Ian Rankin - £0.99 - 5/5 - 238pp
    An engaging hunt for a serial killer. I'm warming to Rebus.
  77. July 10th: Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 287pp
    Another delightful regency romance.
  78. July 10th: Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö - Free - 3/5 - 199pp
    Rather dull police procedural, with a tiny bit of tension at the end.
  79. July 13th: Metro Girl bu Janet Evanovich - Free - 4/5 - 188pp
    A fun bit of Action/Romance nonsense.
  80. July 14th: Ratking by Michael Dibden - £3.79 - 3/5 - 259pp
    Rather depressing murder mystery set in a corrupt Italy
  81. July 19th: Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer - £1.20 - 5/5 - 239pp
    Simply splendid regency romance. Utterly delightful.
  82. July 20th: Doctor Who: Fugitive by Tony Lee - £0.53 - 2/5 - 155pp
    A Graphic Novel. Not my kind of thing. Abandoned the other 18.
  83. July 20th: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman - £0.99 - 4/5 - 256pp
    An excellent collection of horror-leaning short stories.
  84. July 24th: The Better Part of Valour by Tanya Huff - £1.00 - 3/5 - 289pp
    Reasonable MilSF. Not good enough to make me continue with the series just now.
  85. July 25th: Vendetta by Michael Dibden - £1.99 - 4/5 - 248pp
    A improvement.
  86. July 28th: The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson - £0.02 - 3/5 - 245pp
    A light YA historical Romance. I'm not surprised I hadn't heard of it before.
  87. July 29th: The Vatican Rip by Jonathan Gash - £0.84 - 4/5 - 201pp
    Usual Lovejoy fun, still a very flawed hero.
  88. July 30th: Service of All the Dead by Colin Dexter - £1.19 - 4/5 - 248pp
    Excellent mystery. And even Morse gets one thing wrong.
  89. July 31st: The Quantum Garden by Derek Künsken - £1.99 - 5/5 - 297pp
    A good continuation of The Quantum Magician, with serious time travel.
  90. August 2nd: Galaxy's Edge #2 by Mike Resnick - £0.40 - 4/5 - 288pp
    A good set of stories, new and reprints.
  91. August 5th: Lightspeed Magazine #10 - £0.36 - 4/5 - 94pp
    Good, but short.
  92. August 7th: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton - Free - 5/5 - 223pp
    An enjoyable PI mystery. Set in now historical 1980s.
  93. August 8th: Day of the Dead by Neil Gaiman - £0.58 - 5/5 - 42pp
    An annotated script for a Babylon 5 episode. Great fun.
  94. August 8th: The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambley - £0.35 - 5/5 - 310pp
    Absolutely splendid sword and sorcery.
  95. August 9th: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - £1.99 - 4/5 - 275pp
    Not quote my kind of thing, although very good suspense/murder plot
  96. August 10th: Carnivores of Light and Darkness by Alan Dean Foster - £0.66 - 4/5 - 304pp
    Fun fantasy. One long story in three parts, of which this is part one.
  97. August 13th: Cabal by Michael Dibden - £2.99 - 4/5 - 248pp
    More Zen in corrupt Italy. Poking fun at Dan Brown, I think.
  98. August 16th: Essays in Humanism by Albert Einstein - Free - 3/5 - 148pp
    Interesting, but not unmissable
  99. August 18th: Redemolished by Alfred Bester - £0.58 - 3/5 - 376pp
    Minor SF works by Bester, with some non-SF articles, and some articles about Bester. For the completist.
  100. August 22nd: Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie - £0.41 - 2/5 - 219pp
    Oh dear. On a par with "The Big Four". She's not good at international intrigue.
  101. August 24th: Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers - £0.05 - 4/5 - 233pp
    Excellent mystery, but wow, the contemporary attitudes and language!
  102. August 26th: Sharpe's Revenge by Bernard Cornwell - £0.99 - 5/5 - 269pp
    Enjoyable, as always.
  103. August 27th: Murder by Matchlight by E. C. R. Lorac - £1.49 - 4/5 - 182pp
    Pedestrian murder mystery, fascinating contemporary WWI London background.
  104. August 28th: Stig of the Dump by Clive King - £0.99 - 5/5 - 116pp
    Stands up to a re-read as an adult.
  105. August 28th: The Stars at War by Jerry Pournelle - £1.33 - 2/5 - 416pp
    Weird mix of short stories and political essays. Ugh.
  106. September 1st: Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich - Free - 3/5 - 208pp
    Not as fun as the first, IMO.
  107. September 2nd: Armada by Ernest Cline - £0.99 - 3/5 - 314pp
    Many more plot holes than Ready Player One, even though a quick fun read.
  108. September 3rd: The Snack Thief by Andrea Camilleri - £0.99 - 4/5 - 191pp
    Interesting plot, but I'm not sure I like Montalbano himself.
  109. September 5th: The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia - £1.35 - 4/5 - 216pp
    Fantasy using Russian folklore. Enjoyable.
  110. September 7th: Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths - £0.99 - 5/5 - 233pp
    Another excellent mystery, set about 10 years after the previous one.
  111. September 8th: Lightspeed Magazine #2 edited by J. J. Adams - £0.58 - 4/5 - 220pp
    I enjoyed the stories, the non-story articles were OK.
  112. September 11th: The Annals of the Heechee by Frederik Pohl - £2.67 - 2/5 - 284pp
    Not very good. With one incident of casual racism to show that it's a post-racism society. Sigh
  113. September 13th: Flight of a Witch by Ellis Peters - £0.99 - 5/5 - 233pp
    An excellent mystery, seeing the Felse's from another viewpoint.
  114. September 16th: The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter - £1.19 - 5/5 - 238pp
    Morse is really the Morse we know now.
  115. September 19th: Whirligig World by Hal Clement - £0.02 - 3/5 - 16pp
    A brief look at how the planet was worked out, and some of the errors made in a follow-up in 1999.
  116. September 19th: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood - Free - 2/5 - 145pp
    Style over substance. Not to my taste
  117. September 20th: Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson - £0.02 - 1/5 - 195pp
    Dreadful. It's hard to beleive that this is the author of Treasure Island.
  118. September 24th: The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco - Free - 5/5 - 206pp
    A really good start to a new series. Satisfying.
  119. September 26th: Lecture Demonstration by Hal Clement - £0.02 - 5/5 - 18pp
    An excellent short story set on Meskelin
  120. September 26th: A Short History of England by Simon Jenkins - £0.99 - 3/5 - 328pp
    OK, but a bit trite in places, and too much on recent events.
  121. September 30th: Odd Interlude by Dean Koontz - £0.99 - 4/5 - 190pp
    Good, but adds nothing significant to the series. And interlude indeed.
  122. October 3rd: The Last Emperox by John Scalzi - £0.99 - 4/5 - 227pp
    Good, but I was disappointed in the ending.
  123. October 4th: The Collected Stories by Arthur C Clarke - £1.99 - 4/5 - 1183pp
    All short stories from the first to the last. Many previously collected, and two or three are brilliant. 4/5 overall.
  124. October 13th: Lifelode by Jo Walton - £1.99 - 5/5 - 182pp
    A fascinating world with a strange time structure and magic system, and the story architecture reflects that. Ebook formatting should be better.
  125. October 19th: Tunnel Through the Deeps by Harry Harrison - £0.99 - 4/5 - 185pp
    Steam-punk-ish melodrama. Good fun.
  126. October 21st: [I]Grantville Gazette VIII (print) edited by Eric Flint - £1.89 - - 422pp


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 (read)
  7. March 4th: Dancing with Myself by Charles Sheffield (read)
  8. March 23rd: Oakshot Complete Works of Lewis Carroll (not added to TBR)
  9. March 24th: A Very British History by Paul McAuley (read)
  10. March 29th: Oakshot Complete Works of Mark Twain (not added to TBR)
  11. March 29th: Oakshot Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (not added to TBR)
  12. March 29th: Oakshot Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe (not added to TBR)
  13. March 29th: Oakshot OZ The Complete Collection (not added to TBR)
  14. April 15th: Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (already owned)
  15. July 8th: Time for the Stars by Robert A Heinlein (not added to TBR)
  16. September 22nd: The White Magic Five and Dime by Steve Hockensmith (read)
  17. October 1st: Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg (unread)

Bought

Analysis
TBR: 918
Books read: 125 (including 23 freebies, 1 re-reads, 5 abandoned)
Books otherwise removed from TBR pile: 39 (6 read previously, 33 discarded)

Books removed from TBR pile: 163
Books added to TBR pile: 63 (including 4 previously read, 9 freebies, 1 omnibus counted as 3)
Removed/Added: 2.67
Net reduction for 2020: 100

Non-free books read: 102 (including 1 re-reads)
Total cost of books read: £150.09
Average cost of books read: £1.47

Non-free books bought: 54 (including 4 previously read, 0 others not added to TBR, and 1 omnibus counted as 3)
Total cost of books bought: £93.31
Average cost of books bought: £1.73


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, 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

The Stand


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

10. 31st March 2020 Caramel Sundae & Murder (Oceanside Cozy #40) 3/5 stars

11. 3rd April 2020 Florist Grump (A Flower Shop Mystery #17) 3/5 stars

12. 4th April 2020 The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2) 5/5 stars

13. 08th April 2020 Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations, #1-2) 3/5 stars

14. 13th April 2020 Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) 5/5 stars

15. 13th April A Thin Crust of Murder (Papa Pacelli's Pizzeria, #14) 2/5 stars

16. 15th April 2020 Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery, #18) 5/5 stars

17. 17th April 2020 One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn 5/5 stars

18. 20th April 2020 Shop Till You Drop (Dead-End Job Mystery, #1) 4/5 stars

19. 21st April 2020 Five Have a Wonderful Time (Famous Five, #11) 3/5 stars

20. 24th April 2020 Murder Between the Covers (Dead-End Job Mystery, #2) 5/5 stars

21. 27th April 2020 Radiant Angel (John Corey, #7) 2/5 stars

22. 30th April 2020 Dying to Call You (A Dead-End Job Mystery #3) 1/5 stars

23. 02nd May 2020 Five Run Away Together (Famous Five, #3) 2/5 stars

24. 08th May 2020 Body on the Bayou (Cajun Country Mystery, #2) 2/5 stars

25. 12th May 2020 Just One Look, by Harlan Coben 3/5 stars

26. 17th May 2020 Just Murdered (Dead-End Job Mystery, #4) 5/5 stars

27. 20th May 2020 Rise of Empire (The Riyria Revelations, #3-4) 2/5 stars

28. 24th May 2020 High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby 5/5 stars

29. 1st June 2020 Heir of Novron (The Riyria Revelations, #5-6) 5/5 stars

30. 5th June 2020 Legend (Legend, #1) 4/5 stars

31. 7th June 2020 The Selection (The Selection, #1) 4/5 stars

32. 10th June 2020 On the Fence, by Kasie West 5/5 stars

33. 11th June 2020 Moment of Truth (Love, Life, and the List #3) 5/5 stars

34. 13th June Murder Unleashed (Dead-End Job Mystery, #5) 4/5 stars

35. 16th June 2020 Prodigy (Legend, #2) 2/5 stars

36. 19th June 2020 The Elite (The Selection, #2) 5/5 stars

37. 21st June 2020 The Dutch House 4/5 stars

38. 24th June 2020 The One (The Selection #3) 5/5 stars

39. 27th June 2020 By Your Side, by Kasie West, 1/5 stars

40. 29th June 2020 Murder with Reservations (A Dead-End Job Mystery #6) 5/5 stars

41. 10th July 2020 Missing You, by Harlan Coben 3/5 stars

42. 12th July 2020 The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) 3/5 stars

43. 19th July 2020 The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) 4/5 stars

44. 22th July 2020 The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) 5/5 stars

45. 26th July 2020 The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) 2/5 stars

46. 28th July 2020 Peace Talks (The Dresden Files, #16) 1/5 stars

47. 31st July 2020 N is for Noose (Kinsey Millhone #14) 1/5 stars

48. 06th August 2020 A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Mystery #3) 2/5 stars

49. 08th August 2020 Birthday Party Murder (Lucy Stone #30) 5/5 stars

50. 09th August 2020 The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #1) 3/5 stars

51. 12th August 2020 Written in Blood (Robert Hunter #11) 5/5 stars

52. 20th August 2020 The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) 2/5 stars

53. 04th September 2020 Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11) 3/5 stars

54. 10th September 2020 Shadows in Death (In Death, #51) 1/5 stars

55. 28th September 2020 The Path to Power 5/5 stars

56. 05th October 2020 As the Crow Flies - Jeffrey Archer 5/5 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: 28
Borrowed: 15
Free: 58

Read: 53
Expired: 6

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
17. Blade's Edge - Virginia McClain (k) - 314
18. By the Pricking of My Thumbs - Agatha Christie (p) - 191
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19. Fortune's Fool - Angela Boord (k) - 702
20. Life in the North - Tao Wong (k) - 334
21. The Ten Thousand Doors of January - Alix E Harrow (k) - 384
22. Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie (p) - 336
23. The Green Man's Heir - Juliet E McKenna (k) - 368
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24. The Moon's a Balloon - David Niven (k) - 322
25. Pushing Ice - Alastair Reynolds (p) - 513
26. Spark City - Robert J Power (k) - 746
27. Passenger to Frankfurt - Agatha Christie (p) - 192
28. Lifelode - Jo Walton (k) - 194
29. Redeemer of the Dead - Tao Wong (k) - 325
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30. Shadow Prowler - Alexey Pehov (p) - 381
31. The Labyrinth Makers - Anthony Price (k) - 240
32. Battlemage - Stephen Aryan (k) - 512
33. Nemesis - Agatha Christie (p) - 192
34. Battle Mage - Peter A Flannery (k) - 630
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35. The Cost of Survival - Tao Wong (k) - 302
36. The Book of Forgotten Authors - Christopher Fowler (k) - 400
37. King's Dragon - Kate Elliott (p) - 591
38. Elephants Can Remember - Agatha Christie (p) - 160
39. Paternus: Rise of Gods - Dyrk Ashton (k) - 504
40. The Big Show - Pierre Clostermann (k) - 246
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41. Swan Song - Robert R McCammon (k) - 929
42. Cities in Chains - Tao Wong (k) - 383
43. The Poppy War - R F Kuang (k) - 528
44. Exile - Glynn Stewart (k) - 334
45. Coast in Flames - Tao Wong (k) - 365
46. We Are Legion (We Are Bob) - Dennis E Taylor (k) - 369
47. All the Pretty Girls - J T Ellison (e) - 419
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48. Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce (e) - 258
49. The Last Day - Andrew Hunter Murray (k) - 407
50. Prince of Dogs - Kate Elliott (k) - 605
51. Postern of Fate - Agatha Christie (p) - 276
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52. The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart - Jesse Bullington (e) - 453
53. Artificial Condition - Martha Wells (e) - 88

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: 7 (£7.68)
Pages: 2749

April
Bought: 5 (£6.96)
Borrowed: 2
Free: 7
Read: 5 (£4.27)
Pages: 2124

May
Bought: 3 (£3.94)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 3
Read: 6 (£6.48)
Pages: 2292

June
Bought: 6 (£11.94)
Borrowed: 2
Free: 4
Read: 5 (£8.72)
Pages: 1955

July
Bought: 3 (£2.67)
Borrowed: 1
Free: 3
Read: 6 (£3.79)
Pages: 2203

August
Borrowed: 3
Free: 3
Expired: 6
Read: 7
Pages: 3427

September
Bought: 1 (£3.99)
Free: 2
Read: 4 (£5.98)
Pages: 1546

October
Bought: 4 (£11.96)
Free: 3
Read: 2
Pages: 541


Additional Goals:

1. King of the Mountains. My 5 longest books should total over 3000 pages.
Current total: 3620
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929 - Swan Song - Robert R McCammon
746 - Spark City - Robert J Power
702 - Fortune's Fool - Angela Boord
630 - Battle Mage - Peter A Flannery
613 - The Sword of Kaigen - M L Wang


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: 3
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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 - Battlemage - 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: 2
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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: 12
In: 1
Net reduction: 11

5. Blogged Off. Read finalists from the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off.
Target: 6 (4 from the current contest).
Current Total: 6 (5)
Spoiler Warning below






SPFBO 5 (2019)
The Sword of Kaigen - M L Wang
Fortune's Fool - Angela Boord
Blood of Heirs - Alicia Wanstall-Burke
A Tale of Stars and Shadow - Lisa Cassidy
Kalanon's Rising - Darian Smith
Never Die - Rob J Hayes
Beggar's Rebellion - Levi Jacobs
Blade's Edge - Virginia McClain
A Sea of Broken Glass - Sonya M Black
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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