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50 Books in 2016
« on: January 01, 2016, 08:31:50 AM »
I decided to start up a new thread because I just finished a book this morning.

1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (finished 1/1/2016)
2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (currently reading)
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (currently reading)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 09:24:28 AM »
Perfect, I just finished my first book for 2016 too:

1.This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
2. (One of the Earthsea books. Haven't decided yet)

I finished Station Eleven a few months ago. Great dystopian fiction.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 12:36:17 PM »
I'm in!

I just finished "Everything I Never Told You," but that was over xmas. I liked it a lot.

Books I'm currently going through:
Your Money or Your Life
The Revenant


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2016, 01:49:55 PM »
The 5th Wave
tHe Infinite Sea
      Both my Rick Yancey.  Finished these in 2015 but just had to post, such a feel good.  Loved these btw.

Currently reading Titan.  iTs 1000 pages -wish me luck.

I don't know if I am taking on too much but would love to read 50 books in 2016.  Trying to limit my tv watching so I am hoping I will replace it with reading.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2016, 03:30:10 PM »
I'm in for this year. Currently reading A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. Good stuff so far!

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2016, 07:14:12 PM »
I am in, too. Reached 70 last year for a new personal record. First book, started today, is Alone On the Wall by Alex Honnold with David Roberts.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2016, 07:25:15 PM »
Last month I started rereading A Song of Ice and Fire which will take me a couple months so it's fresh in my head if Winds of Winter comes out later this year.  I also have a handful of (thankfully much smaller) books on my Amazon wishlist to get started on.  I don't think it'll be anywhere close to 50 books, but I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse.  I took several months off from reading anything after finishing grad school and a 10-month long Army professional school in early 2015.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2016, 11:34:39 PM »
1. The Legacy Journey by Dave Ramsey

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2016, 01:08:25 AM »
I'm game. I just started today, Game of Thrones. I am also going to be reading Don Quixote.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2016, 02:10:32 AM »
Are we allowed to count audiobooks in our tally? That would really boost my numbers as I listen to several when I'm walking out and about.

So far this year:

1. A Painted House - John Grisham
2. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood (in progress)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2016, 11:22:30 AM »
I don't know if I can do 50, but it doesn't hurt to try, especially since I have so many books on my library hold list and my at home pile. :)

Currently reading
1. The Wealthy Barber Returns - Dave Chilton
2. The Tiger - John Vaillant

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2016, 07:52:00 PM »
This is a good way for me to track. Hopefully I can keep remembering to update this post.

1) Cut To The Bone - Jefferson Bass (started 12/28/15, finished 1/1/16)
2) Power Play - Danielle Steele
3) Defending Jacob - William Landay
4) Calico Joe - John Grisham
5) The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
6) Robert B. Parker's Kickback - Ace Atkins
7) 15 Seconds - Andrew Gross
8) The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
9) Life Expectancy - Dean Koontz
10) Bad Monkey - Carl Hiaasen
11) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford
12) The Big Short - Michael Lewis
13) Paper Towns - John Green
14) The Storied Life of AJ Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
15) The Lincoln Lawyer - Michael Connelly
16) Shock Wave - John Sandford
17) Kicking The Sky - Anthony De Sa
18) Private - James Patterson (audiobook currently listening)
19) Memory Man - David Baldacci
20) The Auschwitz Escape - Joel Rosenberg (currently reading)
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2016, 10:22:17 PM »
Are we allowed to count audiobooks in our tally?

I don't see why not! Audio books seem legit. I think everyone approaches this challenge differently and that's OK - I included some graphic novels and books for young adults in my list last year - and will again this year too as they are some of my favourite genres :)

In that case I'll start adding the Great Courses audio lectures I listen to during my commute.  My MIL sends me a set every few months and it takes me about a month to get through one.  Tuesday when I go back to work its "The Vikings."  Last month it was "Barbarians of the Steppes."

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2016, 01:02:49 AM »
I'm in. Definitely read more than 50 in 2015 but I still need to update my tally and post in that thread; my additional goal for 2016 will be to read at least one more book in 2016 than I did in 2015.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2016, 04:19:27 AM »
Reading is my primary source of entertainment, plus I read quickly, so I usually read well over 50 books a year anyway.  Subscribing to this thread for material ideas.

Read so far in 2016:

"Dark Days," D. Randall Blythe
"The Short Drop," Matthew Fitzsimmons
"Katherine," Anya Seton (a re-read of one of my favorite all-time novels)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2016, 05:07:55 AM »
I hope to get to 50, that would've been a walk in the park but then I got this neuro thing that has affected memory, concentration and comprehension so I read slow and often have to back track. Reading was my "thing", I read two to three books a week, I just loved it and want it back so I am trying hard.

I'm going to count the book I finished in the NY and 1 new one:

1. Cutting Teeth

2.  Blackout: Remembering the things I drank to forget. 

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2016, 11:50:01 AM »
Here goes. I may struggle to keep up when school gets busy, but this seems like a worthwhile goal.
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2016, 02:11:07 PM »
So far I've read three romance books since Jan 1, but I plan on getting some finance books from the library to further my education and read a few more sci fi books you guys suggested last year - that's the plan at least.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2016, 02:23:43 PM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1
2. ?

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2016, 05:31:09 PM »
Starting with an audio book:

1. The Cairo Affair - Olen Steinhauer

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2016, 06:46:05 PM »
I'm in for this year. Currently reading A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. Good stuff so far!

That's one of my favorite books of all time, read it 12 years ago. I always mix up the title with the sequel "A Deepness in the Sky" which I also liked.
I'm really enjoying it! Looking forward to Deepness.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2016, 07:15:49 PM »
I'm fond of genre fiction and I read fast, and I'm a librarian, so I'm going for 100.

But so far just at 1:

1. The Game by Laurie King (Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2016, 07:44:10 PM »
I am in and looking forward to it as well.

1.  Golden Age by Jane Smiley
2.  The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith  (currently)
3.  The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter (currently)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2016, 08:56:10 PM »
Count me in.

My record for a year was 123 books in 2010. I need to get back into the habit of reading books instead of just wasting time on Reddit.

1. Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans, by AJ Baime (re-read last week).

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2016, 10:19:36 PM »
I read 76 last year & have decided to focus on writing this year, however I still spend a couple hours a day reading. So.. count me in . pretty sure I'll still reach 50. Mostly to to keep track of what I've read & get ideas :)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2016, 06:04:10 AM »
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (finished 1/1/2016)
2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (finished 1/4/2016)
3. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (currently reading)
4. The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (currently reading)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2016, 07:47:56 AM »
I've been putting off this challenge for two years now, but finally will have the time in 2016!

I'm starting off with some quick, light reads to get some momentum. The plan is to transition to some thicker reading come February.


1. Memory Theater by Simon Critchley
2. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

Currently: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams (started this morning, should finish tonight or tomorrow)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2016, 08:39:47 AM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1

2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2016, 09:31:59 AM »
I'll Join in!

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2016, 11:46:52 AM »
The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax, MD (Started 1/3/16, almost finished)

As the father of two boys (13 and 10), this book has scared the crap out of me --- and offers some very sound explanations for how we got to where we are as a nation of parents in 2016.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #31 on: January 06, 2016, 05:48:07 AM »
Reading is my primary source of entertainment, plus I read quickly, so I usually read well over 50 books a year anyway.  Subscribing to this thread for material ideas.

Read so far in 2016:

"Dark Days," D. Randall Blythe
"The Short Drop," Matthew Fitzsimmons
"Katherine," Anya Seton (a re-read of one of my favorite all-time novels)

I'm attempting "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer but I'm really not liking the main character.  Also I'm not a super-huge fan of "literary" novels.

Felicia Day's "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" is going down a lot easier.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #32 on: January 06, 2016, 07:53:04 AM »
Completed:
1. The Wealthy Barber Returns - Dave Chilton
2. The Tiger - John Vaillant

Currently reading:
3. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
4. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #33 on: January 06, 2016, 07:26:06 PM »
I am in

Finished
1. Holy Cow - Sarah MacDonald

Currently Reading
 These Things Happen - Greg Fleet

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #34 on: January 06, 2016, 09:41:12 PM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1
2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi

3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1, by N.K Jemisin

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #35 on: January 06, 2016, 09:48:49 PM »
This week I've started:

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Both beautifully written and super readable.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #36 on: January 07, 2016, 01:58:34 AM »
I won't make 50 but I reckon I could shoot for 30. I tend to have two or three on the go.

Currently reading:

Rabbit, run by John Updike
One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn


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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #37 on: January 07, 2016, 11:48:38 AM »
Sounds good! We'll see how long I can keep this up. I'm a big murder mystery fan, but interested in reading more sci fi and classics this year (excited about Station Eleven!).

Currently reading:
1. Your Money or Your Life by Robin and Dominguez
2. The Martian by Andy Weir

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #38 on: January 07, 2016, 05:09:19 PM »
  • F - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (1 Dec)
  • NF - Trust Me Iím Lying by Holiday (6 Jan)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2016, 08:06:44 AM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1
2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1, by N.K Jemisin

4. One Year After, by William R. Forstchen

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2016, 10:42:51 AM »
  • F - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (1 Dec)
  • NF - Trust Me Iím Lying by Holiday (6 Jan)
  • NF - Mindset by Dweck (8 Jan)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #41 on: January 08, 2016, 12:21:05 PM »
Completed:
1. The Wealthy Barber Returns - Dave Chilton
2. The Tiger - John Vaillant
3. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
4. Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss

Currently reading:
5. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday
6. Fluent Forever - Gabriel Wyner
7. His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #42 on: January 09, 2016, 07:42:32 AM »
  • F - Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (1 Jan)
  • NF - Trust Me, Iím Lying by Holiday (6 Jan)
  • NF - Mindset by Dweck (8 Jan)
  • NF - Brainwashing And Other Forms Of Mind Control by Hyde (9 Jan)

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #43 on: January 09, 2016, 12:33:49 PM »
Hot dog! This is a challenge I can get behind.

1. Steelheart: The Reckoners, Book 1
2. Red Shirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
3. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Book 1, by N.K Jemisin
4. One Year After, by William R. Forstchen

5. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #44 on: January 09, 2016, 03:00:19 PM »
1. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (finished 1/1/2016)
2. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (1/4)
3. The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer (1/8)
4. Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer (1/9)
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (currently reading)
6. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (currently reading)
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2016, 05:34:27 PM »
1. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2016, 06:39:33 AM »
Read so far in 2016:

"Dark Days," D. Randall Blythe
"The Short Drop," Matthew Fitzsimmons
"Katherine," Anya Seton (a re-read of one of my favorite all-time novels)
"The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
"You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" by Felicia Day

I made it through "The Interestings."  The pace picked up but basically it was "The Big Chill" that started out at a summer camp.  "You're Never Weird on the Internet" was better, but Day tried a little too hard to be funny.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2016, 10:31:28 AM »
I am impressed how some people are able to be currently reading more than one book. I find I cannot do that. I am the type of person where I have to finish one book before I start a new book.

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2016, 10:55:54 AM »
1. The Cairo Affair - Olen Steinhauer

2. American Nations - Colin Woodard
3. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

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Re: 50 Books in 2016
« Reply #49 on: January 10, 2016, 12:12:02 PM »
I am impressed how some people are able to be currently reading more than one book. I find I cannot do that. I am the type of person where I have to finish one book before I start a new book.

I used to be the same. Now for some reason my attention span is so bad I often switch books every 10-20 minutes.... except when I get heavily invested in the characters and can't put one book down (and even then, every chapter or so I have to put the book down, do something else for 5 min like check this forum, then go back to reading).

I'm hoping that by reading more books and less internet, my attention span will come back up to normal levels.