One Book A Week Club 2019

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Post by Availle » January 1st, 2019, 10:11 pm

Welcome to the LibriVox One Book a Week Club, edition 2019!

Sign up and set your goal for 2019 - how many books do you want to read this year?
Or do you just skip the goals and read as you go?

Anything goes: novels, non-fiction, audio- or e-books...
Anytime goes: one per day/week/weekend/month/quarter...

Update your post with your latest read, if you like, you can give a rating or even a short synopsis.

But most of all: Have fun! :D

This seems to be one of the oldest and longest going traditions on LibriVox. Threads from previous years are here - how do you compare? :wink:
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007
Cheers,
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Post by Availle » January 1st, 2019, 10:11 pm

And dibs on spot on first page. :D

Last year was not a good year for books, again. I did better than in 2017 , reading 28 books or so (I think I missed one or two on that list). I got really busy in the last three months of 2017 with 10-14 hour workdays, and while I was still reading when going to bed, one or two pages don't make much of a dent in my book pile. This was also the first year where I did not record a single book of my own, even though I did some proof listening.

So, again, let's hope things will get better again this year, and here's my breakdown:

Dead tree copies for my own entertainment/edification/or for work:

Audiobooks FROM LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification on commutes and during housework:

Audiobooks FOR LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification and possibly that of others:
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Post by icequeen » January 1st, 2019, 10:52 pm

I was waiting for this one! Yeah!

Last year, my goal was 50 books, and I reached 45. I will keep my goal at 50 books for the year.


Books with real turn-y type pages
1. Caught by Harlan Coben
2. Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell


E-books


Audio Books

Fresh Every Hour by John Peter Toohey
The Crimson Cryptogram by Fergus Hume


My Solo Projects

The Lives of the Queens of England, Volume 8 by Agnes and Elisabeth Strickland
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Post by mightyfelix » January 1st, 2019, 11:20 pm

My turn! My goal this year is to do a better job at tracking what I read, even the silly kids' books that I can finish in an afternoon. I think I'll organize it by month this time and see if that helps. Oh, and I need to read more Dickens! I've read hardly any of his, but I really really want to!

January:

The Weird of the White Wolf by Michael Moorcock
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, J.R.R. Tolkien translation (began in 2018)
Marlfox by Brian Jacques (began in 2018)
The Fantastic Mister Fox by Roald Dahl

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Post by DACSoft » January 2nd, 2019, 10:13 am

Having exceeded my goal last year, in 2018, I'll try for more this year. :)

Goal: 66 books
Completed: 3 books

Books/ebooks read{A}:
1. When Scout Meets Scout, by Ashton Lamar - 1912 (text) {B}
2. On the Edge of the Arctic, by Ashton Lamar - 1913 (text)
3. For Yardley, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1911 (text) (in progress - producing for PG)
4. Snow-shoes and Sledges, by Kirk Munroe - 1895 (text) (in progress - producing for PG)

Audiobooks - LV DPLs:
1. Days with Sir Roger De Coverley, by Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele - 1892 (text) (audio)
2. Curly Carson Listens In, by Roy J. Snell - 1922 (text) (audio) (in progress)
3. The Art of War, by Niccolo Machiavelli - 1675 (text) (audio) (in progress)
4. The Yellow Dove, by George Gibbs - 1915 (text) (audio) (in progress) {B}

Audiobooks - LV solos:
1. Left to Themselves, by Edward Irenæus Stevenson - 1891 (text) (audio) (in progress) {B}
2. Baseball Joe in the Central League, by Lester Chadwick - 1914 (text) (audio) (in progress) {B}

Audiobooks - LV other:
1. The Garden God, by Forrest Reid - 1906 (text) (audio) (in progress) {B}
2. The White Company, by Arthur Conan Doyle - 1891 (text) (audio) (in progress)

{A} includes read-alouds to my nieces/nephews -- which got me started at LV! 8-)
{B} produced these for Project Gutenberg/Distributed Proofreaders
{C} produced these for Project Gutenberg
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Post by ej400 » January 2nd, 2019, 11:11 am

This will be my first year doing this, so I'll start out with a small goal of 30. I have a rule though. All the books for the one book a week club, must have something to do with Librivox.

Books in progress:

Reading on LV (my solos)
1. Isaac Bickerstaff (Solo)
2. The Men Who Found America (Solo)

Listening to on LV (DPLing, or listening to from the catalog)
3. Five Children and It (I'm DPLing)
4. Mountain Interval (I'm DPLing)
5. Gulliver's Travels (from catalog) link: https://librivox.org/gullivers-travels-by-jonathan-swift/
6. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (from catalog) link: https://librivox.org/the-autobigraphy-of-benjamin-franklin-ed-by-frank-woodworth-pine/

Complete: 1 of 30

Books completed:
1. Days with Sir Roger de Coverley (Solo) link https://librivox.org/days-with-sir-roger-de-coverley-by-joseph-addison/
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Post by Cori » January 2nd, 2019, 12:24 pm

I read a lot last year and hope to do so again this year. My resolution isn't around numbers -- just, like Devorah, to properly note down what I read. :D If anyone wants to track at Goodreads too / instead, you're very welcome to join the (quiet!) group.

TOTAL BOOKS: 16 - view at Goodreads

Books I rated at 4/5 or 5/5:
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong (memoir)
Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen (sci-fi)
Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple (family drama, set in England a little after WWI)
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Post by Foon » January 2nd, 2019, 12:28 pm

Yayyy this year I'm gonna participate too! It'll be just the motivator I need to pick up Tolstoy again!

I think I'll set my goal to 50. Should be a doable challenge.

Read
  1. Junior Classics Volume 4: Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry, by William Patten. Prooflistened for LV. Wonderful collection of some very well known and some lesser known stories, about King Arthur, the Cid, Robin Hood, etc. text link LV catalogue
  2. The New Republic, by William Hurrell Mallock. LV solo. Satire mocking the important figures at Oxford University at the time. A group of upper class men and women gather in a country house and devise a plan for a utopia (their "New Republic"). text link
In progress:
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. Reading for fun. text link
  • Swanhilde, by Wilhelm Hauff. PLing/recording for LV. text link
  • Rhyme? And Reason?, by Lewis Carroll. PLing for LV. text link
  • The Boys' and Girls' Pliny, by Pliny the Elder. LV solo. text link
Completed: 2/50
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Post by SweetPea » January 2nd, 2019, 1:16 pm

As I already read a lot, my only goal of a sort is to read a greater variety of things.

January
  1. The Ship of the Dead (Rick Riordan) - MG fantasy
  2. Truthwitch (Susan Dennard) - YA fantasy
  3. Eliza and Her Monsters (Francesca Zappia) - YA contemporary
  4. Cinder (Marissa Meyer) - YA sci-fi
  5. Thunderhead (Neal Shusterman) - YA dystopian
  6. Carry On (Rainbow Rowell) - YA fantasy
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Post by commonsparrow3 » January 2nd, 2019, 1:25 pm

I only remembered to update my 2018 Book List three times, in January, July, and today, which means I really have to work hard to remember what I read. (Thank goodness my public library sends me e-mails reminding me of what books I took out! Fortunately most of my reading comes from the library.)

So I guess my GOAL for 2019 isn't to read any particular number of books, but just to do a more timely job of updating the list. I hereby resolve to update at least once a month in 2019.

To start off this year's list, I have only one book, which I was reading on New Year's Day:

1. The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith
(The latest Mma Ramotswe mystery novel)

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Post by mhhbook » January 2nd, 2019, 8:33 pm

I'll hop in again with the same goal as 2018 - 60 books. My only specific goal is to read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for umpteen years crying "read me, read me, please read me."

And, of course, I'll be listening to LibriVox books. :)
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Post by ColleenMc » January 3rd, 2019, 8:16 am

My goals for the year are 1) a book a week 2)read a lot more from my gigantic pile of Amazon sale purchases (aka Mt. Tsundoku) and 3) concentrate on women and POC authors. Also, LV-wise, at least 10 of my books from DPL-ing and solos. Let's see how it goes...

January

1. The Idiot by Elif Batuman - this was just okay. Quirky main character who I alternated between liking and disliking. Some amazing descriptions, but a boring and meandering plot and frequently annoying characters. A good reminder of why I don't often read "literary" works as opposed to genre stuff -- I need plots, preferably with some kind of suspense and action that goes somewhere.

2. Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson - I don't agree with Wilson politically, being decidedly left of center, but he's funny and I enjoy his caustic Twitter feed torching everything Trump, so I decided to read his book. He has a lot of good points, especially what he thinks needs to be done to fix the Republicans in particular and politics in general after Trump, but he doesn't take enough responsibility for the "wink wink nudge nudge" racism that has permeated R. political messaging for years, which he was a huge part of.

3. Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear - I have been enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series very much, and this is another quality installment (fourth in the series). I like how real time is moving forward from the late 20s to now the early 30s, with the rumblings of the next World War starting to be felt in the distance. I also like how her books have yet to end with the stereotypical detective story climax of the hero(ine) being captured or confronted by the villain in a life or death faceoff. In fact, most of the villains have been very unvillainous -- just people doing what they thought they had to do in a moment of crisis, and then trying to get through the results. If you like historical fiction but not particularly fond of typical mystery stories, you would probably like this series. This was an audiobook listen.

4. The Story of a Loaf of Bread by T.B. Wood - prooflistening for LV, this one began in 2018 but wrapped up in 2019 so therefore it counts for this year! My first prooflistening project, and I enjoyed it greatly. It follows the commercial production of bread in Great Britain from the wheat field to the bakery.
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Post by Kikisaulite » January 5th, 2019, 8:52 am

So-o-o, count me in as well. I do not have a specific goal other than just to see for myself what and how much do I read in a single year. (And to remember to update this list...)
I will divide my reading in 3 categories:

Real paper books for work/entertainment:


Audio books from Librivox or other sources:
1. Dan Simmons, The Terror (translation into Russian, audiobook) - Finished Jan 12. (Great book. Close to brilliant. Although I hate what the author made of Sir Franklins character, in other respects recommended for everyone who is into arctic exploration. A perfect mix of authentic historic details and mystic horror fiction.)


Reading for Librivox:
1. H.G. Wells, Short history of the world (solo) - IP from 2018
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Post by JayKitty76 » January 18th, 2019, 5:04 pm

Late to this thread, but I've been reading:
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. It's my first time through, and it's so good! It's so watertight that it carries a lot of weight. It's been making me think about my beliefs, and if I have a watertight response for any given question someone asks me...


I want to finish my Solo this year (I'm not sure of the regular time frame for a Solo to be finished in, but I started it a few weeks ago and my goal is to be finished by July).
My goal of books to read: At least 100. (I'm a huge reader). That's a pretty big goal, but I'll try to reach it...

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