The 'Read 52 Books in 2015 Challenge' Thread Page 8

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  • simpleexplodingmaybe 13 Feb 2017 13:01:08 14,003 posts
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    I'm up to my sixth of the year but its nearly 800 pages long of political history so I'm going to be a long way off 52 in 52 pace by the time I'm finished
  • PazJohnMitch 13 Feb 2017 13:08:00 16,008 posts
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    I pretty much aim for 1 book a month not 1 a week.

    So far I have read The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
  • rice_sandwich 13 Feb 2017 13:08:19 6,455 posts
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    Just finished my second (Nick Offerman auto biography) and sampling bits of a few other books which means I'm wasting my time. I should be ok once I get into better habits and making more time for reading.
  • CosmicFuzz 13 Feb 2017 13:09:26 32,585 posts
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    I've challenged myself to read 24 books this year. Figure 2 a month is easily doable. I'm up to five so far so well on course.

    Not sure I'll be able to hit 52 though! My worry is that I start reading to hit a target rather than because I want to read!
  • rice_sandwich 13 Feb 2017 13:17:03 6,455 posts
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    @CosmicFuzz

    Aim for a number of words instead. Will stop you 'cheating' with short books etc.
  • souvlaki 13 Feb 2017 13:31:31 1,051 posts
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    I'm not sure short books are cheating - mind you, I would say that as I tend to avoid long books as I avoid commitment.

    Out of interest, does anyone know why @Wrinkly has deleted all his posts in this thread? I suspect the library have been tracking him down with overdue fines.

    Edited by souvlaki at 13:32:56 13-02-2017
  • rice_sandwich 13 Feb 2017 13:43:36 6,455 posts
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    Nothing wrong with short books. I meant reading a couple of short books just to hit an arbitrary target. I think I'll try and alternate fiction and non-fiction.
  • rice_sandwich 14 Feb 2017 11:35:57 6,455 posts
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    How about creating a fresh thread to kick-start things and possibly get more regular book conversations going. 52 in 52 is very challenging.

    Something like 'Read more books - 2017 edition'

    ?
  • CosmicFuzz 14 Feb 2017 12:15:57 32,585 posts
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    Yeah you're right, don't want to start reading short stuff etc just to hit a target. So long as I'm reading more (and perhaps reading stuff I wouldn't normally read) I'll be happy.

    I'm currently trying some Robert Harris who I've never read before. Work colleague recommended Archangel, which I quite liked, and the Cicero trilogy. About a quarter of the way through the first book in it and it's brilliant. Legal/political thriller set in ancient Rome.
  • rice_sandwich 14 Feb 2017 12:22:04 6,455 posts
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    I read a few Robert Harris books years ago. Pretty decent page turners. The Roman ones sound interesting although I'm always a bit wary of historical fiction given the danger of saying xyz happened when it didn't.
  • CosmicFuzz 14 Feb 2017 12:25:26 32,585 posts
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    Yeah I know - it does seem well researched, but I'm guessing there have been some liberties taken for dramatic effect. Which is fine, if it makes it more enjoyable I don't mind.
  • JoelStinty 14 Feb 2017 12:40:03 8,927 posts
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    His new book - is it Conclave? as got pretty good reviews. Never read any of his book though.

    I was about to list what books i have read this year, but i can't actually remember. I know i read to Kill a mockingbird last week, but other than.. i think i may have read Pratchett's Feet of Clay as well. Currently reading Seasons of Mist , Sandman Vol 4. Tis rather good. Might double dip on Gaiman and pick up Norse Mythology later in the week.
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