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To Read (roughly in order, tend to have one fiction and one non-fiction book on the go at any one time - but I am a very slow reader):

Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert

The Clash of Civilisations by Samuel Huntington

Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

The True and Only Heaven by Christopher Lasch

Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume

 

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I participated in a reading marathon this past week, so I managed to get a decent amount of reading done. Yay!

1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Cathyrenne M. Valente (recommended) 

2. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

3. Hunger by Roxane Gay

4. The Morning They Came for Us by Janine Di Giovanni (highly recommended)

5. Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli

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1. The Swan - Tania Park

2. Roseblood - A.G. Howard

3. History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

5. Akarnae - Lynette Noni

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Wow.  THANK YOU for posting this!  I've never had the guts to try and commit to one of these challenges, because RL and my staffer duties make it difficult to find time.  I didn't want to add *one more thing* but I feel like this is really achievable!  :thankyou:

 

Okay - so I'm gonna start really small here and make my reading goal of 12 books this year.  I do a lot of reading with my kiddos, and I'm going to count that too - at this point we're only reading chapter books, so it's not like I'm talking about picture books or anything.  :ninja:

Here are my current "in-progress" books:

  1. Treasure Hunters - Danger Down the Nile by James Patterson
  2. Lab Girl - by Hope Jahren

 

Thanks again!

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As always, my goal is 50 books for the year! I came in a few under in 2017, so I really want to reach fifty this year!

Read

  1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero

Reading

  1. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
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On 1/16/2018 at 12:39 AM, Veritaserum27 said:

Wow.  THANK YOU for posting this!  I've never had the guts to try and commit to one of these challenges, because RL and my staffer duties make it difficult to find time.  I didn't want to add *one more thing* but I feel like this is really achievable!  :thankyou:

Haha! You're welcome! I wanted to specifically post one this time without a goal in the title. I think it encourages people more to choose their own goals. I will be here, cheering you on!

 

On 1/17/2018 at 2:37 PM, Renacerá said:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I read this when it came out in 2016, and there is one chapter in this book that made me so angry that I had actual difficulty concentrating on studying for my impending exams. (It's such a good book, though, omg.)

Read:
10) The Sandman, Volume 3: Dream Country - Neil Gaiman
12) The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
13) The Chimes - Charles Dickens
14) Deadly Intent - Carolyn Keene
15) The Double Horror of Fenley Place - Carolyn Keene
25) The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds - Carolyn Keene

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At this rate I think I'll actually make it to 50, not 35 xD

1. The Swan - Tania Park

2. Roseblood - A.G. Howard

3. History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

5. Akarnae - Lynette Noni

6. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

7. Everless - Sara Holland

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I always try to do the 50 Books Challenge, but tend to average closer to 13 or 15, so I'm going to set my goal to 25 this year! ^.^

Currently Reading
- Never Binge Again by Glenn Livingston
- It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Read:
1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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not a fantastic start, but a start nonetheless--

CURRENT BOOKS

  1. City of Saints and Thieves - Natalie C. Anderson (audio)
  2. Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

BOOKS READ

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab
  2. Carry On - Rainbow Rowell
  3. Inside Out & Back Again - Thanhha Lai
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1. The Swan - Tania Park

2. Roseblood - A.G. Howard

3. History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

5. Akarnae - Lynette Noni

6. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

7. Everless - Sara Holland

8. Raelia - Lynette Noni

9. The Selection - Kiera Cass

10. The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

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Oh, wow, you are all doing so great! And I'm so behind...

Read:

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Currently reading:

Il richiamo del cuculo (Italian translation of The Cuckoo's Calling) by Robert Galbraith

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So far this year, I have read,

1. All the Good Things, by Claire Fisher.

2. The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke.

3. The Second Death by Peter Tremayne.

4. The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz.

5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

6. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga.

7. Witch Week by Diane Wynn Jones.

8. Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

9. The Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana.

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Goal: 25 Books

Currently Reading
- Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
- The Thin Woman's Brain by Dilia Suriel

Read:
1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
2. Never Binge Again by Glenn Livingston
3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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Read - (3/50)

  1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
  3. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Reading

  1. The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
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Read:

1. The Swan - Tania Park

2. Roseblood - A.G. Howard

3. History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

5. Akarnae - Lynette Noni

6. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

7. Everless - Sara Holland

8. Raelia - Lynette Noni

9. The Selection - Kiera Cass

10. The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

11. The Retribution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin (dis series so good omg)

12. Draekora - Lynette Noni (dis series getting hella epic omg)

13. Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

Currently reading:

1. Forever - Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook)

2. The Cruel Prince - Holly Black (paperback)

3. The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan (eBook)

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Posting my final update for the month!

READ:

  1. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

  2. The Female of the Species – Mandy McGinnis

  3. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex – Mary Roach

  4. Misogyny Re-loaded – Abigail Bray

  5. Understanding Criminal Behaviour: Psychosocial Approaches to Criminality – David W. Jones

  6. Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726 – Josephine Donovan

  7. Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era – Michael Kimmel

  8. The Ideological Origins of the British Empire – David Armitage

  9. Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit

  10. Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst

CURRENTLY READING:

Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle For the West - Tom Holland

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I have read a whopping three books in this first month of 2018. :P

(Working on this+ reading challenge.)

READ:

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy: a book about death or grief (#10)
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: a book about a problem facing society today (#49)
  3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett: a book by two authors (#18)

NEXT ON THE TO-READ LIST:

  1. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
  2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
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On 1/19/2018 at 10:07 PM, victoria_anne said:

At this rate I think I'll actually make it to 50, not 35 xD

Woohoo! :cheering:

On 1/27/2018 at 9:22 AM, WriteYourHeartOut said:

I always try to do the 50 Books Challenge, but tend to average closer to 13 or 15, so I'm going to set my goal to 25 this year! ^.^

Realistic goals are the best goals! This seems like a good challenge for you!

On 1/27/2018 at 2:00 PM, MuggleMaybe said:

not a fantastic start, but a start nonetheless

Yesss! Exactly!

On 2/1/2018 at 2:06 PM, BellaLestrange87 said:

Posting my final update for the month!

READ:

  1. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

  2. The Female of the Species – Mandy McGinnis

  3. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex – Mary Roach

  4. Misogyny Re-loaded – Abigail Bray

  5. Understanding Criminal Behaviour: Psychosocial Approaches to Criminality – David W. Jones

  6. Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726 – Josephine Donovan

  7. Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era – Michael Kimmel

  8. The Ideological Origins of the British Empire – David Armitage

  9. Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit

  10. Of Fire and Stars – Audrey Coulthurst

CURRENTLY READING:

Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle For the West - Tom Holland

This is such a wonderful collection of thoughtful academic-sounding books! #intellectualaestheticgoals

I read less than I wanted (or expected) to, but here it is:
10) The Sandman, Volume 3: Dream Country - Neil Gaiman
12) The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
13) The Chimes - Charles Dickens
14) Deadly Intent - Carolyn Keene
15) The Double Horror of Fenley Place - Carolyn Keene
25) The Case of the Disappearing Diamonds - Carolyn Keene
68) The Cricket on the Hearth - Charles Dickens

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I read "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami in January.  

At the end of the book, I found out that it was printed as a trilogy in Japan.  So, does that mean I can count it as three books??

Asking for me... xuz I'll take all the shortcuts I can find.  :P

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Goal: 25 Books

Currently Reading:
- The Eye of the World (Book One of The Wheel Of Time Series) by Robert Jordan
- Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

Read:
1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
2. Never Binge Again by Glenn Livingston
3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
4. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
5. The Thin Woman's Brain by Dilia Suriel

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Currently Reading
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the Amerian West by Dee Brown

Books Read

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 
  2. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  3. ASOUE: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
  4. ASOUE: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
  5. It by Stephen King
  6. Ms. Marvel Vol. One No Normal by G. Willow Wilson 
  7. Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve, #2) by Marissa Meyer
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Read - (3/50)

  1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
  3. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Reading

  1. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
  2. The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
  3. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff
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Reading Challenge+

READ:

  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy: a book about death or grief (#10)
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: a book about a problem facing society today (#49)
  3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett: a book by two authors (#18)
  4. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge: a book with alliteration in the title (#22)
  5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: a book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist (#12)
  6. Emma by Jane Austen: a book you borrowed or was given to you as a gift (#17)

TO-READ:

  1. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  2. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  3. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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