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[Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

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[Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Forge » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:32 pm

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Alright, kids - Sammy's off on an adventure at the moment, so I've seized the responsibility (and the glory I hope) that comes with welcoming in our third year of the 52 Weeks, 52 Books Challenge!

The 52 What Now?
Think of it as a New Year's Resolution with a difference; rather than challenging yourself to eat less sugar, or drink less booze, the aim is to get yourself reading on a regular basis. The 'standard' goal is to fit 52 books into your year - that's a book a week - but the actual number that you settle on can be whatever you want. It's a personal thing, and ultimately the aim is to keep you reading, not stress you out by setting impossible goals.

Why, though?
Reading is fun! It's also been linked to memory improvement, development of analytical thinking, improving focus and concentration, stress reduction and better writing skills! More than anything, in a world where we're all constantly subject to demands and responsibilities from every corner, it's a chance to unwind and share a little of what we enjoy with our peers.

Awesome! What do I need to do?
Glad you asked, disembodied voice that totally isn't me talking to myself! In this thread you can post a list of the books you've read on a month-by-month basis, with an note on what your overall target is. Any book counts, be it fiction or non-fiction. You can talk about the things you've enjoyed or hated, your frustrations, what helps you fit books in, what you'd recommend or have tried from other people's lists - the sky's the limit. You could also consider joining Goodreads, which lets you track the books you've read over the year and which has a 2018 Reading Challenge that you can customise to suit yourself! It's not mandatory, but it's a nice little extra.

As before, post your lists and I'll put a link to them below;
A quick poke for two folk I know are interested in this;
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Forge » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:32 pm

Forge's Big Bad Book List

2017 Total: 98 books
Current 2018 Target: 52 books
Last Year's List

Image - Completed
Image - In Progress

January
1. Fool's Gold (Dragon Lords #1) - Jon Hollins Image
2. We Are the Wolf - Toby Neighbors Image
3. Fire and Fury - Michael Wolff Image
4. The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker Image
5. An Oath of Dogs - Wendy N. Wagner Image
6. A Natural History of Dragons(Memoirs of Lady Trent #1) - Marie Brennan Image
7. The Tropic of Serpents (Memoirs of Lady Trent #2) - Marie Brennan Image
8. The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoirs of Lady Trent #3) - Marie Brennan Image
9. In the Labyrinth of Drakes (Memoirs of Lady Trent #4) - Marie Brennan Image

February
10. Within the Sanctuary of Wings (Memoirs of Lady Trent #5) - Marie Brennan Image
11. Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1) - Richard Morgan Image
12. American War - Omar El Akkad Image
13. Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs #2) - Richard Morgan Image
14. Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs #3) - Richard Morgan Image

March
15. The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead Image
16. Son of the Morning - Mark Alder Image
17. Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs Image
18. Autonomous - Annalee Newitz Image

April
19. The Power - Naomi Alderman Image
20. Date Night on Union Station - E.M. Foner Image
21. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi Image
22. Steelheart (Reckoners #1) - Brandon Sanderson Image
23. Firefight (Reckoners #2) - Brandon Sanderson Image
24. The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) - Brandon Sanderson Image
25. Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive #2) - Brandon Sanderson Image
26. Edgedancer (Stormlight Archive #2.5) - Brandon Sanderson Image
27. Calamity (Reckoners #3) - Brandon Sanderson Image
28. Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson Image

May
29. Elantris - Brandon Sanderson Image
30. The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson Image
31. Prayers in Steel (Skin Walkers #1) - Michael McClung Image
32. Prayers in Steel (Skin Walkers #2) - Michael McClung Image
33. Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3) - Brandon Sanderson Image
34. Sixth of the Dusk - Brandon Sanderson Image
35. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Ardent Image
36. The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Ardent Image
37. White Sand Vol I - Brandon Sanderson Image
38. Skullsworn - Brian Staveley Image
39. Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) - Jim Butcher Image


The Queue
The Greek Myths - Robert Graves
Augustus Caesar - John B. Firth
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Edward Gibbon
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) - Becky Chambers

Upcoming stuff I'm waiting for;
  • The Thorn of Emberlain - Scott Lynch [Released date tbd]
  • Empire of Ashes (Draconis Memoria #3) - Anthony Ryan
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by YellowJinkWinx » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:24 am

This actually sounds like a decent way to help we read the books I currently own. I'm the type to buy a book and never actually get around to reading it's contents -- which is incredible frustrating! Well, here's my list! Wish me luck!
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Jinx's Reading List 2018


Goal(s):
  • 1 book per week.
  • And if not that? 2 books a month.
List Code:
  • = Book is not complete.
  • = Book is completed.
  • = Will more than likely appear next to the title and means the book is online.

January
  • Driving Over Lemons - An Optimist in Andalusia. Book I by Chris Stewart.

Misc Queue.

The Call Of Cthulhu By H.P Lovecraft.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth By H.P Lovecraft.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Stardust By Neil Gaiman.
The Fault In Our Stars By John Green.
Coming Up For Air By George Orwell.
And it was all yellow.

I'll put some links to my stuff here, when I have stuff.

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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Georgeanna » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:48 pm

Georgie’s Gigantic Book List
The Goal: 52 53 books
Key
:redbullet: currently reading
:greenbullet: finished

February
1.Living the Moment by Lance H. K. Secretan :greenbullet:
2.Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher :greenbullet:
3.The Door by Margaret Atwood :greenbullet:
4.Stay Hungry by Sebastian Maniscalco (audiobook) :greenbullet:

April
5.The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien :greenbullet:

May
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Winternight Trilogy #1) :redbullet:
Inferno by Dante (The Divine Comedy #1) :redbullet:
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson :redbullet:
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #1) :redbullet:

Vague TBR
-Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
-Night Film by Marisha Pessl
-Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
-The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:53 pm

Sammy's List
2018 Target: 52
2017 Total: 66
2016 Total: 54

January
1. The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam #1)
2. The Song of the Quarkbeast - Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam #2)
3. The Eye of Zoltar - Jasper Fforde (The Chronicles of Kazam #3)

March
4. The Golem and the Jinni - Helene Wecker
5. Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #5)
6. Marching Powder - Rusty Young and Thomas McFadden

April
7. Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #1)
8. Firefight - Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #2)
9. Mitosis - Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #1.5)
10. Calamity - Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #3)
11. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Universe #1)
12. The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive #1)
13. Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive #2)

May
13.5 Edgedancer - Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive #2.5)
14. Oathbringer - Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archive #3)
15. The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel - Katherine Arden

Up Next:

An Argumentation of Historians - Jodi Taylor (The Chronicles of St Mary's #9)
Point of Hopes - Melissa Scott (Astreiant #1)
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Forge » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:53 pm

Sammy wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:53 pm
Reserved here as Forge stole my thread... :worry:

I was just excited to start.. :worry:

Lots of us so far, though. I've updated the first post.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:15 am

That's book three in the bank. One more to make this my best start to the year so far!
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:22 pm

The fact that every book reading session so far this year has been followed by a day of awful migraines is really messing me up for January.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Forge » Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:11 am

Moving on to book six. Oath of Dogs was.. weird. Like, 25% of it was an interesting concept about psycho-evolution on an alien world, which was unfortunately nested within 75% of a flat protagonist and her assistance dog running around being anxious about things. Glad to be moving on.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:02 pm

Do we think audiobooks count? Trying to find ways round my current predicament.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Forge » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:30 pm

I'd say so
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Georgeanna » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:09 pm

With the (almost) end of January upon us, I've not read a single book in its entirety. Book slumps are the absolute worst.

I'm hoping that February will prove to be a more productive month, despite how short it is.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Forge » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:51 am

Nine for January, and about to finish the first book of February. Which is good progress. Better than last year. See if I can keep it up.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:39 pm

My head is much better now so hoping to get back into some reading now!
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Forge » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:32 am

February's shaping up to be a slow month for me. Gutted.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:25 am

So much to do, so little time!

I refuse not to smash this for the third year in a row. Need to start factoring reading back into my daily life without letting it take over. Time management really isn't a skill of mine.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Georgeanna » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:13 am

Still 5 books behind schedule at this point, but I'm hoping that March will be better~
Just finding concentration to be something I am lacking nowadays.
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:38 am

Georgeanna wrote:
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Still 5 books behind schedule at this point, but I'm hoping that March will be better~
Just finding concentration to be something I am lacking nowadays.
Me too, Georgie, me too!
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Sammy » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:20 am

After I-don't-even-know-how-long of having just no motivation to pick up a book, I finally forced myself to pick up my Kindle and just start something. Unsurprisingly, as soon as I was past the first few pages, all of that weird reluctance was gone. Why are brains so weird?

Anyhoo, I have some catching up to do!
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Re: [Challenge] 52 Weeks, 52 Books - 2018

Post by Georgeanna » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:40 am

March is turning out to be another January :worry: Really need to get in gear and start reading.
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