January 4th, 2012

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Books 1 and 2 down, 48 to go...

Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane -- The story was OK.  It was an interesting concept (ghosts are real and can kill the living).  The biggest downfall of the book is that I hate weak, self-destructive, self-pitying characters, especially female ones, so I had a difficult time accepting an emaciated, drug-addled, slut (by the character's own admission) as the heroine.  There are more books in this series, but I doubt I'll read them. 

The Cold Moon by Jeffrey Deaver -- Good detective/ suspense/ murder mystery novel.  Formulaic and somewhat predictable.  The twists are well-written and easy enough to accept having had the background laid out.  Mostly, this is a good book for mindless, relaxing entertainment.  The characters are interesting and there's a bit more substance than a typical murder mystery.

I don't have a list of books to read.  I have stacks of books I've picked up over the years and grab whatever I'm in the mood for.  Lately, it's been suspense novels.  Last summer, it was biographies and philosophy texts.  Before that, it was alternate histories.  And I'm almost always up for a good fantasy novel.  (I like to be taken into other worlds, where magic is real and good triumphs over evil.) 

I always have two or three books going at a time.  I assume the next few I'll finish will be American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey and The Likeness by Tana French.  Of course, if something else captures my interest before I finish these, then I'll post about it. 

Happy reading!
SPN - Sam and Dean. Us against the World

It's a sign!

I am still calling myself an idiot for challenging myself on Goodreads to reading 50 books this year. That was yesterday. Today, I find this community advertised on LJ's homepage! Woot!

Last year, I read 47 books. That was the year I got my eReader and I was devouring up all these books that I couldn't find anywhere else. BUT, at least 10 of those books were short stories, which I am not really all that fond of. They always left me wanting more more more of the story.

I love reading, but am not all that obsessive with it. I read before bed, during my work break, and for about 30 minutes after I shower. And I have a writers' group and have stuff to read and critique.

My first book of the year is Darkside by Belinda Bauer. It is amazing, but very detailed, so it is slow going.

I have 2 more library books to read, then I can do the 2nd and 3rd Hunger Games books (YAY) which will go fast.
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1, 2 and 3

Decided to do this and then saw the community on LJ, fate! I got an eReader for my Christmas (which beforehand, I didn't think I would like, and now love!) and so far on it I've read;

1. The Hunger Games
2. Catching Fire
3. Mockingjay

All written by Suzanne Collins, I knew I had to read them after seeing the trailer for the film. Completely loved ALL of them. My list is small so far (looking for recommendations!), consisting of;

Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Colour Purple
Call of Midwife
Catching Babies
Babycatcher

I'm a student midwife, hence the last 3! Really need to stick to this, look forward to reading everyone's reviews :)
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Book 1 of 2012

Hey, I saw this community spotlighted on LJ's main page and decided I'd join. I had already decided to read 50 books this year through the challenge at Goodreads and this comm just doubles my incentive.

My first book is Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. It's a YA about a brother and sister that are closer than they should be. I'm really enjoying it so far.

I wish everyone good luck in reaching the goal!
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Book #1 for 2012

The first book for the year for me is I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years by Victor Klemperer. It's the second of two books based on his diaries of WWII (the first is from 1933 - 1941). I read the first one last year and it was an amazing and powerful book written as a Jewish man married to an Aryan woman.

After this, I'm not sure what I'll be reading. I have books on Oskar Schindler that have been pulling at me for a while as well. ;-)
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Book 1 - 2012

I remember doing this a few years ago... so I thought I'd give it another go!

Book 1 - 2012:  Centennial by James A Michiner

Recently saw the TV mini-series of this book for the first time in many years, which has prompted me to give it another read - all 1100+ pages of it.  Started at Christmas time and am about half way through so far. Am really noticing all the changes made for the TV series!

I rather enjoy Michiners books... largely sprawling historical epics about a particular place, heavily researched and providing the finest details about life in these locations, coming down through generations of people who lived there and how life changed for them with the passing of time.

Centennial was always my favourite amongst his novels. Once I finish this one I think I might have to try and get hold of copies of Alaska and Hawaii again (I think my ex-brother-in-law ended up with mine).

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1st and 2nd book of 2012, onto the 3rd and 4th :)

yay for the 50 book challenge!  I'm hoping to read more than 50 books this year, but I do love the idea of this challenge :)  With school out of the way I can finally enjoy reading for pleasure again instead of having my head buried in textbooks. 

The first book I completed was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which is brilliant, btw.  It was one of those books where I couldn't stop reading.  I just had to know what was going to happen next.

The second book was Girls Don't Poop (Lessons in Anatomy, Hygiene & Sexual Promiscuity) by Jen Ashton.  It got good ratings on Amazon.com so I figured, why the hell not?  I feel like I could really relate to the author being a tomboy myself when I was growing up and the lessons learned that she tells in this book are priceless.  It's a very short read (100 pages or so) but it was another book that I couldn't put down. 

I'm currently reading Catching Fire (The Second Book of The Hunger Games) and A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cannon.  Catching Fire picks up right where The Hunger Games left off.  Again, hard to put down.  I didn't think the Capitol could be any more twisted.  I'll probably finish that one today :)

A Dog's Purpose is told in "doggy person" and is about a dog who goes through several lives.  First he is Toby, a stray who is rescued but is later euthanized because this woman didn't have a license to keep dogs...then he wakes up as happy Baily, a golden retriever.  In his next life he becomes Ellie, a female German Shepherd and a search and rescue dog.  Finally he becomes Buddy, a black lab, and his true purpose is revealed. 
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New to the community, and starting with...

I'm new to this community because I like a challenge and I love a good book. My achievements in reading ran only to around twenty or twenty-five books last year, so I'm starting the new year with a fresh and invogorating foray into my favorite genre: history. I'll read Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower this week. Last year, I deviated slightly from my norm by reading a lot of Shakespeare, and a couple of books about Shakespeare, before moving into Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve and Chris Wickham's The Inheritance of Rome. I want to write histories or historical novels myself someday, so I jumped from that into three craft-oriented books: Michel Bloch's The Historian's Craft, William Zinsser's On Writing Well, and Stephen Pyne's Voice & Vision. I believe the best guide to how a book is written, however, is a book. To that end, I plan on reading a lot of them-- 50, at least!!!

Here are some titles that have recently piqued my interest, just in case there are any other history buffs out there:

How the Irish Saved Civilization - Thomas Cahill
A World on Fire: Britain's Role in the American Civil War - Amanda Foreman
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West - Tom Holland
Mary Chestnut's Civil War Diary - Mary Chestnut
Roman Historiography - Andreas Mehl
Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin
The King James Bible
Moby Dick - Herman Melville

A Good Time to Read

The days here in the Blue Ridge mountains are cold and snowy, so this is great weather for staying inside and reading! My books for the new year so far have been Druid's Sword by Sara Douglas and A Feast For Crows by George Martin. The former is the last book in her series about the Troy Game, and the latter is the third in Martin's Game of Thrones series. I'm also rereading for the sheer fun of it Plato and A Platypus Walk into a Bar, an examination of Philosophy's concepts through jokes. It is laugh out loud funny! I should have my 50 books read in about 3 months, as I am a swift and thorough reader, devouring about one book per day.

Trying to think of some books to read!

Hello all,

I hope I can reach the goal of 50 books in 2012! It's a little bit harder for me to get a hold of books, because I'm blind and getting the book you want from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind's library is like trying to pull teeth, and braille is expensive to buy. But there's always audio books I guess. Anyway, I've already started reading my first book for 2012, "Fever Dream" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Does anyone have any suggestions for when I'm done that one?
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New Here - Books 1 and 2 for 2012

Hi Everyone! 
My name is Kristin. I'm excited to share what I read this year and to keep track as well. I've never counted the number of books I read in a year. This will be fun. Many of the books I read are young adult literature. I teach 8th grade English language arts, and I think it's my job to inspire my students to read. Also, YAL is pretty awesome nowadays! Hopefully my brief reviews will help other teachers and/or parents to continue raising a new generation of readers.

Book #1 - Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
I will be teaching this book to some of my skilled readers this quarter, so I read this book again. In case you're unfamiliar with this book, it's set in a dystopian future where reading is illegal. The novel follows the journey of Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn down homes found to contain books. It seems almost every word Bradbury writes is purposeful. His use of foreshadowing, figurative language, irony, and symbolism are beautiful to read but still very accessible for younger teen readers. I'm hoping many of my Hunger Games fans will enjoy this modern classic that seems to have influenced Suzanne Collins.

Book #2 - The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Another re-read for the sake of teaching. I will be teaching this book to my struggling readers. If any of you here are unfamiliar with The Hunger Games, it's a must read! I enjoyed reading it back to back with Fahrenheit 451 because I saw many similarities. Apart from the shared dystopian genre, they are both divided into 3 parts that somewhat parallel each other, and in each novel, fire seems to symbolize both oppression and freedom. 
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Happy New Years

Well I'm super excited that this was spotlighted. I'm currently making my way through the Times Top 100 Novels, and it would be awesome if I made it through 50 of them!

I'm reading A Passage to India by E.M Forster right now. So far it's proving to be an interesting commentary on the British presence in India, though I'll admit I'm struggling a bit to get through it. While very well written, I'm finding it a little dense. I'm hoping it captures my interest a little more.

Read more in 2012

Im currently still reading ''Eragon'' by Christopher Panolini which i began in March 2011 when i was heavily pregnant with my son Tony. His now just over 6 months old and im only coming upto half way through.

Im hoping to read more this year, another few books im going to read next are ...

* Sickened
* Mircale man by Micheal J Fox(his biog)
* Jade my life
* Jade fighting till the end

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1/50 - Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Hello!

I am new to this community, but quite like this idea. I think it is more than possible to read 50 books in a year, and as last year I didn't read as much as I would have liked, that is going to be remedied this year.

The first book I am reading is "Heidi by Swiss author Johanna Spyri".

I bought the book in English, the Penguin Classics edition, even though that isn't my first language and I am quite enjoying the wordplay and the mood Johanna set for the story and plot. I am quite fond of the characters so far! :)

I think I will read it in no time, because it is quite enjoyable.

Take care and have fun with your reading!

Lex
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Book #1

Hello everyone! I'm Sara and I've just stumbled upon this community and think it's the perfect way to keep me reading this year. 

Right now, I'm trying to work my way through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series for the year. I've read a few of them but never in any actual order. I'm halfway through. A Study in Scarlet and hope to finish The Hound of the Baskervilles quickly. I have always loved Sherlock Holmes and feel a need to actually read everything Doyle has written in order in order to call myself a true fan. 

I will have a link to my GoodReads site after I create it, which will hopefully be soon!
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My list for 2011

This is the first year since I started doing this that I have not read 50+ books!

1. Kraken- China Mieville
2. Ammonite- Nicola Griffith
3. A Madness of Angels (Or, The Resurrection of Matthew Swift)- Kate Griffin
4. The Midnight Mayor (Or, The Inaguration of Matthew Swift)- Kate Griffin
5. Soulless- Gail Carriger
6. Retribution Falls- Chris Wooding
7. Naamah's Curse- Jacqueline Carey
8. Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats- Steve Ettlinger
9. The Neon Court: Or, the Betrayal of Matthew Swift- Kate Griffin
10. Spellman Files- Lisa Lutz
11. Side Jobs- Jim Butcher
12. The Somnambulist- Jonathan Barnes
13. Yarn- Jon Armstrong
14. Peshawar Lancers- SM Stirling
15. Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2)- Gail Carriger
16. At the Queen's Command- Michael Stackpole
17. The Enchantment Emporium- Tanya Huff
18. Stranger in a Strange Land- Robert Heinlein
19. Blood and Iron- Elizabeth Bear
20. The Wind-Up Girl- Paolo Bacigalupi
21. A Book of Tongues- Gemma Files
22. Clementine- Cherie Priest
23. Under Heaven- Guy Gavriel Kay
24. Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate #3)- Gail Carriger
25. Heartless (The Parasl Protectorate #4)- Gail Carriger
26. The Confusion- the 2nd volume of the Baroque Cycle- Neal Stephenson
27. The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle Volume 3)- Neal Stephenson
28. The Miniaturist- Kunal Basu
29. The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Ornament and the Art of the Body in Modern India- Pravina Shukla
30. Naamah's Blessing- Jaqueline Carey
31. Kitty's Big Trouble- Carrie Vaughn
32. Leviathan Wakes- James S.A. Corey

33. The Wild Ways- Tanya Huff

Last week my dad handed me his copy of Tanya Huff's new book, which I pounced on immediately and have been trying to stretch out rather than reading all in one night. The Enchantment Emporium, the book that comes before this, is by far my favorite book of Tanya Huff's and I think one of the best urban fantasy novels yet written. This second book in what I hope is becoming a series is just as good as The Enchantment Emporium, developing different characters in the family in a new situation but keeping the same world/background/family going.

It's so hard to find unique, well-written, and interesting urban fantasy but Tanya Huff really delivers. No werewolves or vampires anywhere! It's so nice! If you like Terry Pratchett's treatment of witches, you will LOVE Tanya Huff's. She also gets extra bonus points for making the fae scary and Other.
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#1 Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Title: Moloka'i
Author: Alan Brennert
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 384
Rating: 4.5/5
Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys historical fiction
Part of a series?  No
Challenge: 1/50

Moloka'i is a story centered around a girl named Rachel.  At 7 things in her life are fine, she lives with her family and collects dolls from all parts of the world, until a rose colored mark that Rachel can't feel any pain around shows up on her skin.  Rachel is shipped off to live on Kaulapapa where people with leprosy are sent to live out the remainder of their life without infecting anyone else.   This story was very touching. I grew to care for Rachel, her friends and family.  I wasn't expecting to like this story much but I was amazed to see that I loved it.  I really recommend this book, and if you're like me be prepared to shed a few tears for Rachel along the way. 

Next book: The Death Cure by James Dashner
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Challenge Accepted

I'm happy to take part in this challenge and I've already started reading two books:Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Le chant des arcanes by Thierry Carmes.I also have my eye on some books that I want to buy.Maybe I'll successfully complete this challenge by the end of the year;I'll be really pleased.
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Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

I haven't been much of a reader for 10+ years, but a couple of years ago I started reading quite a lot.
The highlight was definitely last year when I read 32 books! I thing the webside Goodreads.com [if anyone would like to be friends, be sure to add me] inspired me to do that with their 2011 goal thingy.

So this year I set my goal at 52 books! And today I noticed this community spotlighted!

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Good luck with your goals!
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1 & 2 done, current read

1) Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt: Odette Toulemonde et autres histoires
A collection of delightful short stories (in French) - finished
2) Banana Yoshimoto: N.P. - Finished
3) Jane Austen: Persuasion (again)
4) JRR Tolkien: The Return of the King (again)
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Book one for 2012~!

hello everyone!
I didn't do this challenge last year but I've made a start for this year.  My first book for the year is A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay. I must admit that it was a little disappointing, but nevertheless. Click here for my review

I'm keeping a list of all the books I read on my Tumblr Book Review blog and look forward to hearing about what everyone else is reading.

Next on my list I think might be Vilette.
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Very Interesting

:D Cool community :D I think I read more than 50 books last year but I've never counted them so this will be fun :D

Here are some I plan on reading during winter break:
1. The prince of Mist - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
2. Midnight Palace - Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
3. Finders Keepers - Marilyn Kaye 
4. Now you See Me - Marilyn Kaye
5. Speak no Evil - Marilyn Kaye
6. Catching Fire -  Suzanne Collins
7. Cosmopolis - 
Don DeLillo
8. The Story of O - Pauline Réage

 
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Books for Me!

Hullo all! This community appeared on the LJ homepage just in time for me - I had just finished updating my Book List from 2011, and was grumbling that I'd only managed to finish 19 books - not as many as I'd intended! So this year I'll be cracking on with the challenge!

I've got some in-progress at the moment (in various states and locations), and got a load for Christmas, so my list at present is as follows:

To Read (or finish)!
Alice's Adventures Underground (handwritten facsimile edition) - Lewis Carroll (started and left at my parents')
The Hunting of the Snark (first edition facsimile) - Lewis Carroll
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Winter Book - Tove Jansson (started, short stories, so doing a bit at a time - about halfway through)
A Long, Long Sleep - Anna Sheehan (started as alternative to Alice)
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens


I think I'd like to document my thoughts on each book as well - I'm going to go back and add some little bits to last year's list with my thoughts on each one. You can see it here if you're interested!

I look forward to seeing some recommendations from y'all! Good luck!

Hello :)

Hello, I'm new here, and I'm quite excited to be doing this. I'm going for 50 books and 15000 pages. It'll be quite a challenge since I'm busy with school and everything, but from September on it might be a bit easier because I will start university (English language and culture) so I suppose I will be reading a lot for school then, as well.

This year I want to read some classics because I haven't read nearly as much of them as I should, but I'll most likely be reading some silly fantasy/YA novels as well. My first book of the year is 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde, and I'm enjoying it very much.

Anyone here on Goodreads? Because I desperately need more friends on there.
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5458217-inge

Good luck everyone!
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Book #1: Dreams of Joy, Lisa See

Dreams of JoyDreams of Joy by Lisa See

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow. This is a wonderfully written tale of a mother and daughter struggling in Communist China. It is a sequel to Shanghai Girls, which I also HIGHLY recommend. Lisa See has a way of making you feel like you are in China, seeing everything firsthand. The BIG twist was that Pearl and May's father is still alive. I thought he might be, but wasn't sure. Reading these two books, along with Snow Flower & The Secret Fan really makes me want to read more of See's works.



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Book #2: Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and BackHeaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I really thought that this was an AMAZING read about a heroic little boy whose trials and tribulations through his sickness and surgery are nothing short of a miracle. The depictions that Colton gave of Heaven are biblical and I honestly believe him. I cannot wait for my other friends to read this book and tell me what they think of it.



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Book #1: Planet Narnia, Michael Ward

Another of the new turks here. I don't expect to make the fifty-book goal, but I'm interested in seeing how close I get by year's end.

Anyhow, first book: Michael Ward's Planet Narnia. The author argues that each of the Chronicles represents one of the seven medieval heavens and the Roman god who presides over the attendant planet of each. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, for example, follows the Jovian of the renewal of life after a period of death and the restoration of just rule couched in divine righteousness; Dawn Treader abounds in solar imagery and concerns an Apollonian quest for the sake of pure knowledge, etc.

It's an intriguing premise, and I do think Ward's onto something, but his argument's weak in many spots, and, man, does he make it oddly. The book seemingly was never rewritten from its origins as a doctoral thesis, and there's a lot of "I need to hit page count" bloviation and pointlessly-ornamented language. Ward has some really bizarre hang-ups that needed editorial trimming (science embraced the theory of evolution as a way of proving medieval alchemy? really?), and he makes his book as much about C. S. Lewis's obscure Ransom sci-fi trilogy as it is about Narnia. The argument itself has problems: the book-to-planet correlations for Luna, Mercury, and Venus are pretty weak, and even the strong chapters contain a lot of apophenic reaching - hey, Jupiter's traditional color was red, and Jadis has red lips, and Mablung has a red maw - and look, there's a Great Red Spot on Jupiter! Ward got a documentary made on his ideas (The Narnia Code, unseen by me), and though I hope he refined his argument for it, I'm not hopeful.

My New Reads of 2012

Just joined this community today after cheking it out.  Over most of the last year I've been doing most of my reading on Kindle, which I find to be a very useful tool for carrying around many books at once and getting some good bargains on literary collections and the like.  It's certainly encouraged me to read more as I can now do it while using my exercise bike as well as on journeys, in cafes or at night.

Just finished reading The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe a couple of days ago.  I'll talk a bit more about it behind a cut, but I won't give any big plot spoilers away.  Collapse )

I've gotten into the habit of reading a couple of books at a time, usually to give me a bit of variety between modern and older or between different genres/styles and that sort of thing.  For my first books of this new year, I've started reading:

Open Season (Joe Gunther Mysteries) by Archer Mayor
A crime thriller in which a small town cop investigates a series of crimes which have a common thread among the victims and their part in a murder trial from a few years ago.  I'm still less than halfway through it and wouldn't want to spoil it too much, but I have been enjoying this one so far.  This is a new writer for me, even though he's been going quite some time, so I decided to start with the first book in that particular series and I've been enjoying it almost as much as the first couple of small town homicide books I read by Karin Slaughter last year.  The first person narration gives it a nice noir and hardboiled feel for me.

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola
An 1867 novel in a naturalist style which is something of a study of a group of odd characters.  There's a young woman who is unhappy and pretty lifeless in a dull arranged marriage to her cousin.  They both live above a small shop with the husband's old mother.  And the young woman soon begins a relationship with an associate of her husband's.  It's very straight forward and matter of fact in it's style.  I'm very early on but I'm enjoying it well enough so far and the French literary style (I love Jean-Paul Sartre's novels) is a breath of fresh air after all the overly dramatic posturings of the characters in the last book I was reading.

I'll also continue to dip into the odd short story by the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle, M.R. James, Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe on my Kindle.  For what I'll be reading after these two books, I don't like to plan too far ahead, but I still have plenty of works on my Kindle already and never know what might catch my eye to add.
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Newbie Post

I'm very excited about this community and reading 50 books in one year; I'm not that fast a reader, but I got through 44 last year.

I'm currently reading "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft, but I have a bunch of others on my to-read list;

He Died with his Eyes Open (Derek Raymond)
Hard Times (Charles Dickens)
Never Look Away (Linwood Barclay)
War Reporting for Cowards (Chris Ayres)
From the City, From the Plough (Alexander Baron)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)

And probably some more.

I'll keep updating as I progress in 2012!
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yes, let's do this.

I have tried to do this for several years and totally failed at around 20... Maybe being in a community of others also trying to read this much will be helpful. I tend to be one of those people who devours books very intensely for months and then goes through droughts where i can't read another word.

I'm currently just starting IQ84 by Haruki Murakami (a long one!)
I have lined up
The Character of Rain - Amélie Nothomb (started it months ago, read like two pages but then... put it down.)
Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (another long one!)
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Christo - Alexandre Dumas (trying to while away at the classics while I'm counting to 50)
Shame - Salman Rushdie (actually don't know if this is the one I want to read. but I feel I must try something by this author. Other suggestions?)
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephanson
The Difference Engine - Bruce Sterling & William Gibson (Steampunk quotient?, check!)
Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens - Mark Lamster (nonfiction, professional interest. I am an artist, I live in Flanders where Rubens is somewhat of a treasure, I am a big art geek :o))
Economy of the Unlost - Anne Carson (it's poetry but I feel that should count too.)

and I've been listening to Cleopatra, A life by Stacy Schiff on audiobook off and on for awhile. I think I will count audiobooks too as I tend to listen to those while I'm working.

From there I will see how I feel.
Looking forward to hearing what you all are reading. I'm on goodreads too if anyone is looking for buddies over there. I plan to use the site a lot more this year.
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2012 - Book 1

Hi, everyone!

I found this community via the LJ spotlight, and the challenge sounds like fun, so here goes:

Book 1    Title The Last Unicorn (1968), by Peter S. Beagle
               Genre Fantasy
               Status Re-read
               Version Physical copy, paperback
               Link to the cover amazon.com/Unicorn-Anniversary-Beagle-Paperback-01-Jan-1991/dp/B005HBSSLU/ref=sr_1_sc_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1325693556&sr=8-3-spell

               First Lines "The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she was all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea."
 
               Synopsis One day in her forest, the unicorn eavesdrops on two hunters coming through and learns that she is the only of her people left. Distraught by this and the tale of a wandering butterfly about a Red Bull who hunted all the unicorns, she sets out to learn the truth. She finds a world outside her forest that has forgotten all about unicorns and is incapable to perceive her for anything but a common, white mare. On her quest to find the Red Bull, she meets the incompetent magician Schmendrick and the cook Molly Grue, who recognize and aid her.
But this journey and what she will find at its end will leave the unicorn changed forever.

               My thoughts Whenever I tell people how much I love The Last Unicorn (as a child the aimated movie, as an adult - finally - the book, too) they react by exclaiming, "But its so sad!". Its not.
Its bitter sweet. And all the more beautiful for it.
The prose is beautiful, and Beagle fills his strangely timeless world the novel is set in with all kinds of fantastic creatures, which follow a dream logic created from fairy tales, myths and stories. When reading the book, fans of the movie might be surprised by how close to each other both versions are. That's because unlike so many adaptions of books, Bagle was closely involved in the script-writing process and it shows. I would recommend fans of the movie to read the book, because it contains quite a few subplots and character backgrounds that make the story richer, more dense and opens up alternate character interpretation.
Can't wait to read it - again.

              Currently reading Jane Eyre (1847), by Charlotte Bronte





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I'm New here and I'm so IN!

Last year was first when I calculete and wrote down those books I read and I get 54 + 1 which I started three times but couldn't read throw. This year I have same ambition but I should read more book in english. I'm Finnish and I read mostly in swedish and finnish.

I've already read one (which I start on new years eve but i count for this year)
  1. Mihail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita (in Finnish)

This was a little wierd story with lot of strange names and characters (as russian writers usually use)but I like a lot and I can truly recommend this for everybody.

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#1 - Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

So I found this group yesterday, and have decided to give it a go. It's only a few days into 2012, after all!

Anyway, a few minutes ago, I finished reading Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon.

I have to say, the tagline; "Just one kiss will take your breath away..." had me thinking that it would just be another one of the vampire stories that are so big now, following the Twilight series, but it's actually something entirely different.

"Desire. Danger. Destiny. Little did I know that this is what I would find at Gottfried Academy. Coming from sunny California, the mist-shrouded Academy was a shock, with its strange customs, ancient curriculum and study of Latin - the language of the dead. Then I discovered that the school has more than one dark secret... I also discovered Dante. Intelligent, elusive and devastatingly gorgeous, most people can't decide whether they love, hate or fear him. All I know is that when we're together, I've never felt more alive - or more afraid."

I was a little surprised by how interesting I found this book. It had a nice plot, with some fairly predictable twists and some less so. There were enough clues along the way to let you pick up on them and make an attempt to figure out what was going on, and the tension seemed quite well done. I found myself reading this late at night and glancing over my shoulder in certain places!

The ending disappointing me a little, as it felt a little rushed. It could have been lovely and very poignant, but I don't feel that it achieved that.

All in all, I have to say I enjoyed this book, but that the ending put a bit of a damper on it, for me.
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Hi, I just joined and want to say hello :)

I have no idea how many books I read during a year, but I guess 50 shouldn't be a problem.

So, lets see what I have currently in my shelf. They're partly in German, so I roughly translate the titles.

Started in 2011, but ended in 2012:
Library, forgot the author: Simplify your life (kitchen, wardrobe, basement...)
Charlaine Harris: Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse 10)
Martin Wehrle: Ich arbeite in einem Irrenhaus (I'm working in a madhouse)

Internet:
Lots of Drarry stories <3

Started in 2012:
Anthology (C. Harris, K. McAllister, J. Frost) Death's Excellent Vacation
C. Harris: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse 11)
Friedrich Schorlemmer: Die Bibel für Eilige (Bibel for hasty people - very roughly)
Neil and his bride

Books Read in 2011

My goal for last year was officially 52 books - one for each week - and unofficially 83 books, to beat my score of 82 books in 2010. I managed to make it to around 70 books in November and thought it far too close to give up, so I pushed and made it to 83. Because I was in a time crunch, I did read a few smaller books than I had the year previous, but they were books I'd been meaning to accomplish.

Total books read: 83
Total pages read: 26,827 and 3 audio books


If anyone is interested, I have the entire list of the books I read here in an unlocked post in my journal. Each book has a letter grading how much I liked it. Feel free to ask about any of them! Also, my Goodreads profile is here if anyone would like to be friends.
rain

Hello folks

Yet another newbie here. Last year I set my reading goal to 40, and wound up having read 67 books by the end of the year. I read a bit of everything - mostly in the genres of non-fiction, lit fic, mysteries, and the occasional graphic novel. I read everything from serious to fun, though I don't really care for things that are too light with no substance - they still have to have good characters and plot. I am probably the only person in the world at this point who hasn't read Harry Potter, I might finally do that now that the hype has died down to a manageable level.

I reviewed all the books I read in 2011. You can find them here on Goodreads.

I am setting my reading goal this year right around 50, though if I read more that will be nice. I'm pretty much no-pressure when it comes to reading so I set my goal something I can comfortably make. If I'm reading just to hit a number, then I'm not enjoying the books like I should.

The first book I finished this year is The Help, which was also too hyped for my taste but turned out to be an excellent book. My review of it is here.

A lot of the books I read last year were from the library, because my other goal was to visit the library more. I love the library! This year though, my secondary goal is to go through a lot of the books I have at home and read them then donate them / give them away. If it's a book I would like to read again, I'll get a copy on ebook. When we moved, we culled down our book collection by about 500 books- which were donated to local libraries. We still have well over 1,000 so I would like to cut that down to size (we live in a one bedroom apartment).
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The Outcast - Sadie Jones

Hello there! I'm new here, and I thought that I would contribute a little something. :) So here are some of my thoughts on my first book of 2012.



Title: The Outcast
Author: Sadie Jones
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Family, Abuse
Rating: 3/5

Review: This was possibly the saddest book I have ever read. From start to finish, it was so dismal and gloomy that I almost couldn't stand to continue, yet it was engaging enough that I had to keep going. The prose itself was well written and I found the characters to be compelling and fairly complex, but the story was so depressing and hopeless. All throughout, I kept expecting or at least wishing for it to be over, and then it would just get worse.

I did enjoy the book, but I would not care to read it again any time soon and I'm not sure that I would recommend it to others. If you were planning on reading this, I would not stop you, but I would say: be advised.