The 'Read 52 Books in 2015 Challenge' Thread

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  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 15:07:14
    This thread is for anyone who wants to read more. The challenge is to read 52 books this year. Post about your progress as you go along.

    So...

    Week 1 starts right now!
  • wrinkly 2 Jan 2015 15:09:25 3,721 posts
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  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 15:35:38
    I've forgotten how to read.
  • wrinkly 2 Jan 2015 15:39:39 3,721 posts
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  • Salaman 2 Jan 2015 15:43:18 23,838 posts
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    I have at least 8 books on the go. 6 of which I've given up on completing because I lost interest.

    Could polish a few of those off quickly to give myself a fighting chance. Although earlier today I saw what great games I still have sitting in my steam inventory. I think I'll set "complete games I bought in various stema sales" as my goal for 2015.
  • Trowel 2 Jan 2015 15:46:34 23,486 posts
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    I'm up for this. Used to have a nice routine that I'd like to get back into of alternating between something like King followed by a classic.

    Am currently taking a gentle entry to the year with "Football Manager Stole My Life", which is a really entertaining read of the CM/FM history, combined with tales of in-game superstars who didn't make it, stories from the database scouts, and of course many many recollections of utter FM obsession.

    Will follow that up with the slightly tougher going "How To Make A Million Slowly", which is a collection of John Lee's brilliant column from the FT.
  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 15:47:33
    I really enjoyed doing this a few years back. I previously aimed for
  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 15:51:58
    I'm up for this.

    I'll be starting with Revival by Stephen King.
  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 16:05:45
    I might go for page count rather than number of books. I have a 900 page biography of Napoleon that I got for christmas. Looks like a tougher read than your average throwaway thriller etc. (not that there's anything wrong with them :) ). Plus I have various other books that look like more challening reads than average.

    So maybe I'll aim for 52 books or 15,600 pages read in 2015.
  • CosmicFuzz 2 Jan 2015 16:24:36 32,585 posts
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    Boom! Just finished Hornsby Joe Hill. Great read.

    One down.
  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 16:50:37
    wrinkly wrote:
    Collected my normal ration of books this morning (A Friday ritual of going to the library) Should be finished my 52 by June.
    Which books did you get?
  • CosmicFuzz 2 Jan 2015 16:58:01 32,585 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    (That said I am reading I Am Pilgrim, so I can hardly throw stones).
    Heh, got that for Christmas, not started it yet.
  • wrinkly 2 Jan 2015 17:12:47 3,721 posts
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  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 17:18:24
    I quite enjoyed Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Well worth reading that one.
  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 17:23:25
    Also just done with my first book.

    The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

    I'm really loving my 70s sci-fi at the moment.
  • wrinkly 2 Jan 2015 17:48:04 3,721 posts
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  • jellyBelly 2 Jan 2015 17:57:05 585 posts
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    I'm having real trouble reading anything but non-fiction during the year. I usually go through 3-4 fiction texts during the summer holidays
  • faux-C 2 Jan 2015 18:06:38 11,204 posts
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    I read about 10 books a week for my PhD, but I'd like to read more non-PhD stuff so I'll join in with this.

    Just finished (1) Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun. Literary zombie apocalypse novel based around mass insomnia. A bit derivative and not focused enough, but moderately entertaining.

    Going to start (2) The Martian by Andy Weir later today.
  • CosmicFuzz 2 Jan 2015 19:12:02 32,585 posts
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    Ah the Martian is great.
  • Deleted user 2 January 2015 19:13:18
    First book of the year done!

    Just finished reading 'My Outdoor Life' by Ray Mears. I've never read a celebrity biography before, and if it's anything to go by, never will again. It has got to be the worst written book I've ever read.

    The content is quite interesting but it's as if they've just recorded him talking and written down everything he said. Just a horrible, horrible style of writing. Abominable! Still, I did quite enjoy it.
  • Trowel 2 Jan 2015 19:34:09 23,486 posts
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    I only really started reading biographies two years ago, and I'd recommend you persevere - David Niven's The Moon's A Balloon and Bring On The Empty Horses are two of the most interesting books I've ever read.

    Bio's of movie stars from the 40s/50s are going to make up a large portion of my reading this year, as my wife has loads of them already - going to be going through Cary Grant, John Wayne, Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, Brandon, Monroe, Mitchum, etc., etc.
  • wrinkly 2 Jan 2015 19:37:18 3,721 posts
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  • FauxyLea 2 Jan 2015 20:24:34 259 posts
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    Judging by the amount of books I got at christmas, this might have to become something I end up doing....
  • FauxyLea 2 Jan 2015 23:18:02 259 posts
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    Have also been offloaded with a ton of books from the other half I need to get through, probably about 30 total. I'm just glad I wasn't the one who had to carry the bag home!
  • PazJohnMitch 2 Jan 2015 23:22:00 15,986 posts
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    If I manage 12 I will be happy.
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