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50 Books in 2018!
« on: December 31, 2017, 12:42:24 AM »
Here we go!

1. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 07:56:47 AM »
Here!! Excited to join back in! My theme fo the year is books by people of color, women, and LGBT individuals. Looking forward to getting started!

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 08:09:38 AM »
I'm in!  Let's see how many I can do this year.

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 04:31:57 PM »
Sounds great - I'm in! 

Now, to decide what to read first...

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 05:49:39 PM »
Doing it! I have a few options on the shelf to get me started...

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 06:49:32 PM »
I'm in . . . starting slow with The Chemist, which is basically a thinly veiled romance novel for teenage girls as far as I can tell.

1. The Chemist

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 07:02:22 PM »
I'm in, read 50 novels in 2017 and spent $1 each. Looking forward to 2018!

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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 11:42:29 PM »
I'm in.  I read a lot.  (200 books in 2017).  I tend to read pretty broadly, but for 2018 I'd like to do a focus on Russia --- so my goal is to read 50 books in that focus area (non-fiction in related disciplines, fiction written by Russian authors or set in Russia).  So, I'll be tracking that here.   Happy reading everyone.

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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2018, 09:15:47 AM »
I'm in. My focus this year will be divided among YA (to recommend books to my students), mindfulness/productivity, poetry (to push myself), and literary fiction (in the summer, when I can sink my teeth into them).

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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2018, 10:03:01 AM »
I'm in! I only made it to 33 books in 2017, but I used to read well over 100 per year... I'd like to get back to ~50 each year! Part of my problem is reading REALLY LONG fiction, but I've always done that, so I can't blame it on that =P I'm rolling the book I'm currently on from 2017 into my first of 2018.

1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 60%

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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 01:19:22 PM »
I'll be joining in this challenge! I'm an avid reader, but I've fallen out of habit of grabbing good books at the library. I've just gotten a Kindle with loaded free books, so that'll make it even easier to reach my goal. I'm going to include fiction and non-fiction books.

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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2018, 06:57:14 PM »
I'm in.  I'm participating in Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2018 Reading Challenge so hope to complete all of the categories this year.

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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2018, 08:36:02 PM »
I'm in.  I just made it to 50 books with last year's challenge, and plan to read more than that this year. 

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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2018, 10:56:25 PM »
I'm in!  Read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology today in two sittings.  I don't think I will get through Sanderson's The Way of Kings that quickly!  I used to read voraciously as a teen, but college and work have left little time for personal reading..  Going to start listening to audio books on the way to work this year.

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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2018, 07:48:49 AM »
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)

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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2018, 02:25:32 PM »
I'm in!  Read Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology today in two sittings.  I don't think I will get through Sanderson's The Way of Kings that quickly!  I used to read voraciously as a teen, but college and work have left little time for personal reading..  Going to start listening to audio books on the way to work this year.

Oathbreaker (3rd book in the Way of Kings series) is my first book of the year!  Probably won't be my first one finished, though, those books are massive.

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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2018, 11:05:53 AM »
I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

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Re: 50 Books in 2018!
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2018, 11:15:48 AM »
50 books is my goal every year. :)

Right now I'm about 65% done with Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2018, 07:08:19 PM »
I'm in! What's the format, we list them as we finish them?

Currently about a third of the way through Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2018, 10:03:40 AM »
I'm in; finished my first last night! I made it through 68 last year, and thanks to the 50 books challenge here I got some really great recommendations (Thanks again, Ringer707!).

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2018, 11:20:56 AM »
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)

How is this one? I've been fascinated by Ekman's work. Added to my list.

I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.

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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2018, 01:44:26 PM »
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2018, 06:14:01 PM »
I am also in.

1. Nonverbal Messages: Cracking the Code: My Life's Pursuit (Paul Ekman)

How is this one? I've been fascinated by Ekman's work. Added to my list.

I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.

I have to say, it's quite interesting but kind of paints him as more of a narcissist than I already thought he was. He's obviously a genius, but the book paints him in a pretty bad light. Definitely a good read though.

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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2018, 06:29:30 PM »
I'm in; finished my first last night! I made it through 68 last year, and thanks to the 50 books challenge here I got some really great recommendations (Thanks again, Ringer707!).

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Saw your Goodreads rating- glad you liked it! I can't remember, did you tell me you were reading this hard copy, or did you listen to the audiobook?

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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2018, 07:04:33 PM »
1. Measuring America - Andro Linklater

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« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2018, 09:10:24 AM »
I have to say, it's quite interesting but kind of paints him as more of a narcissist than I already thought he was. He's obviously a genius, but the book paints him in a pretty bad light. Definitely a good read though.

Haha! That doesnít surprise me I suppose.

I finished #1!

1) When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithiódone. Great book, intense, cried the last 30 pages
2) Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat (30% complete, loving it so far)

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« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2018, 09:36:39 AM »



I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.

Yes--I am really enjoying it. 2/3 done and keep jumping back to re-read things because some of the insights seem so profound that I am not sure I grasp them the first read through. ha!

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« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2018, 10:30:18 AM »



I'm in.
 
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)

I read this one last year. Really interesting! I loved the social science perspective on western buddhism.

Yes--I am really enjoying it. 2/3 done and keep jumping back to re-read things because some of the insights seem so profound that I am not sure I grasp them the first read through. ha!

Yeah it was a little dense at times! Iím sure I missed a lot, especially a lot of the more complicated explanations of Buddhist philosophy 🙂

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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2018, 11:27:45 AM »
(1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

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« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2018, 05:03:08 PM »
1.  David Dosa, Making Rounds With Oscar

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« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2018, 10:27:21 PM »
    1. Ghostland: an American History in Haunted Places - Colin Dickey
    2. The Cooking Gene - Michael Twitty
    3. Your Money or Your Life - Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin and Monique Tilford
    4. Authority - Jeff VanderMeer
    5. Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer
    6. The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars - JoŽl Glenn Brenner

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« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2018, 08:03:35 AM »
Finished my first book of the year this morning! I've had this one on hold at the library since August and it just finally came in.

1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2018, 07:57:31 AM »
I'm down two now:

1. Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies - J.B. West
2. Do Not Be Alarmed  - Maile Meloy

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« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2018, 09:45:26 AM »
I'm in; finished my first last night! I made it through 68 last year, and thanks to the 50 books challenge here I got some really great recommendations (Thanks again, Ringer707!).

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Saw your Goodreads rating- glad you liked it! I can't remember, did you tell me you were reading this hard copy, or did you listen to the audiobook?

Thanks for the recommendations, both this and the Silo series! I read the kindle book for Ready Player One. My commute is 2 miles (yes yes, I know I should be walking/biking) so I've never gotten into audio books.

I finished another over the weekend:

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

I clearly have no rhyme or reason to the theme of books I'll be reading this year! :)

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« Reply #34 on: January 08, 2018, 01:18:13 PM »
Loved this last year, will do it again this year!

1: Barking up the Wrong tree (amazing book)
Current: Lilac Girls

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« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2018, 02:45:55 PM »
1. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (Robert Wright)
2. Plastic Free : How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Beth Terry)
3. Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (Pema Chodron)

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« Reply #36 on: January 09, 2018, 06:23:02 AM »
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini

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« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2018, 10:24:33 AM »
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2018, 10:24:21 PM »
1. Oathbringer by Sanderson, Brandon

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« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2018, 04:25:45 AM »
I made a similar resolution, only this year I changed it from 50 books to 15,000 pages (of books). Iím also weighting the pages differently depending on the difficulty of the reading. This way I am not discouraged from reading lengthy, difficult nonfiction tomes, books in foreign languages, nor do I feel forced to finish books I really donít want to finish.

So far Iíve finished The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy, read 1/2 way through Girl with a Pearl Earing by Tracy Chevalier and one chapter of Mťmoires díHadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar (weighted x2) for about 650 pages.

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« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2018, 06:37:17 AM »
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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« Reply #41 on: January 11, 2018, 06:54:42 AM »
1. The Small-Scale Poultry Flock - Harvey Ussery (1/9/2018)
2. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (1/19/2018)
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« Reply #42 on: January 11, 2018, 09:03:23 AM »
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I also just finished The Hate U Give. It. was. so. good.

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« Reply #43 on: January 11, 2018, 09:05:01 AM »
1. A Torch Against The Night- Sabaa Tahir- 1/8/18

2. Hounded - Kevin Hearne - In progress

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« Reply #44 on: January 11, 2018, 06:39:27 PM »
1. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
2. Three to get deadly by Janet Evanovich

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« Reply #45 on: January 12, 2018, 11:28:21 AM »
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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« Reply #46 on: January 13, 2018, 07:24:13 AM »
1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2. The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I also just finished The Hate U Give. It. was. so. good.

Yes!! I loved it! I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fantastic job as well. The story itself was incredible, but I also thought it was extremely well-written. I love YA literature, but it's often difficult to find books that really sound as though they're written by a teenager/young adult, and not just an adult "acting" like a teenager.

I'm reading (listening to) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead now and it's also phenomenal and the audiobook is by the same narrator as The Hate U Give.

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« Reply #47 on: January 13, 2018, 07:42:19 AM »
I've been reading a ton lately--and for free too, since Orlando has an excellent public library.  I read really fast, but I save it for when I go to bed because reading in bed is comfortable.

Here's what I've read so far in 2018:

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George.  She's been a favorite of mine for a long time, but recently the books have only been okay.  This was good, particularly since I don't get into Roman history that much.

The Power by Naomi Alderman.  Basically the alternate of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in which women can electrocute people at will.  Alderman seems to be Atwood's protege; if you like Atwood you'll probably like this.  And speaking of Atwood ...

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood.  It's been out for decades but I never got around to reading it.  REALLY good.

Artemis by Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian.  The premise was good, but Weir writes women terribly.  Considering that the protagonist is a young Arabic woman, it doomed the book.

Gold Dust Woman by Stephen Davis.  This is an unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks written by the guy who wrote one of the great rock biographies, Hammer of the Gods, so I had high hopes for it.  It.  SUCKED.  I finished it out of spite and blasted "Stand Back" to clear my mental palate.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I try to avoid anything that Oprah recommends but it popped up in my "suggested for you" list.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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« Reply #48 on: January 13, 2018, 11:36:07 AM »

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Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood.  It's been out for decades but I never got around to reading it.  REALLY good.

Artemis by Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian.  The premise was good, but Weir writes women terribly.  Considering that the protagonist is a young Arabic woman, it doomed the book.


Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I try to avoid anything that Oprah recommends but it popped up in my "suggested for you" list.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I also enjoy Wild..she is an engaging writer and her old column "dear sugar" is quite the read-through as well.

Will try to pick up an Atwood book this year, we had to read something in school and I never got into it back then. But I think I have been missing out :)

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« Reply #49 on: January 13, 2018, 05:22:46 PM »
I've been reading a ton lately--and for free too, since Orlando has an excellent public library.  I read really fast, but I save it for when I go to bed because reading in bed is comfortable.

Here's what I've read so far in 2018:

The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George.  She's been a favorite of mine for a long time, but recently the books have only been okay.  This was good, particularly since I don't get into Roman history that much.

The Power by Naomi Alderman.  Basically the alternate of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in which women can electrocute people at will.  Alderman seems to be Atwood's protege; if you like Atwood you'll probably like this.  And speaking of Atwood ...

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood.  It's been out for decades but I never got around to reading it.  REALLY good.

Artemis by Andy Weir, who wrote The Martian.  The premise was good, but Weir writes women terribly.  Considering that the protagonist is a young Arabic woman, it doomed the book.

Gold Dust Woman by Stephen Davis.  This is an unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks written by the guy who wrote one of the great rock biographies, Hammer of the Gods, so I had high hopes for it.  It.  SUCKED.  I finished it out of spite and blasted "Stand Back" to clear my mental palate.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I try to avoid anything that Oprah recommends but it popped up in my "suggested for you" list.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

I actively went through Oprah's book club list on Goodreads to FIND books the other day, LOL. Alias Grace is on my list for this year.