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Post Posted:: December 31st, 2015, 9:55 pm 
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It is time to open a new thread for our One Book a Week Club!
Following (popular?) request, let's call this the "Good Intentions Edition". :wink:

Sign up and set your goal for 2016 - how many books do you want to read this year?

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 tradition on LibriVox. Threads from previous years are here:
2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007

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Post Posted:: December 31st, 2015, 9:56 pm 
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Last year, I have read or listened to a total of 64 books. Not too bad I think, but it could certainly be better. With a few books for LV almost completed, I have a headstart for this year - let's see how well it goes.

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

1. Myths and Legends of Japan by F. Hadland Davis
2. The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
3. The Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
4. Barefoot Gen Bk 1: A cartoon story of Hiroshima by Keiji Nakazawa
5. Barefoot Gen Bk 2: The Day After by Keiji Nakazawa
6. Barefoot Gen Bk 3: Life after the Bomb
7. The Three Cornered World by Soseki Natsume
8. The Wild Geese by Mori Ogai
9. Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki
10. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
11. V for Vendetta by Steve Moore
12. Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
13. Return to Tsugaru by Dazai Osamu
14. Der Unbesiegbare by Stanislaw Lem
15. Exploring Sociology by Bruce Ravelli and Michele Webber
16. Exploring Biological Anthropology by Craig Stanford, John Allen, and Susan C. Anton
17. Discovering the Lifespan by Robert Feldman
18. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
19. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
20. Out by Natsuo Kirino
21. God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens
22. Die Kinder der Elefangenhueter by Peter Hoeg
23. Steirerkind by Claudia Rossbacher
24. The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery
25. Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
26. Die Jagd by Stanislaw Lem
27. Last Winter, We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura
28. Terminus by Stanislaw Lem
29. Shadowmarch by Tad Williams


Audiobooks FROM LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification on commutes and during housework:
1. The World's Lumber Room by Selina Gaye
2. Murder at Bridge by Anne Austin


Audiobooks FOR LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification and possibly that of others:
1. Tales from Jókai, by Mór Jókai
2. My Lady of the Chinese Courtyard by Elizabeth Cooper (DPL'ed for MaryAnnSpiegel)
3. I am a cat (excerpt) by Soseki Natsume (DPL'ed for peastman)
4. Vadertje Langbeen by Jean Webster (DPL'ed for lezer)
5.The Fourth Dimension Simply Explained by Henry Parker Manning
6. 196 Tage auf treibender Eisscholle by Emil Bessels

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Post Posted:: December 31st, 2015, 11:20 pm 

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Didn't make my goal in 2015 :( , but I'll try with the same goal this year.

Goal: 65 books
Completed: 48 books

Books/ebooks read{A}:
1. Four Afoot, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1906 (text) {B}
2. Four Afloat, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1907 (text)
3. The Motor Boys at Boxwood Hall, by Clarence Young - 1916 (text) {B}
4. My Life at Sea, by Commander W. Caius Crutchley - 1912 (text)
5. Frank's Campaign, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1864 (text)
6. Paul Prescott's Charge, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1865 (text)
7. Charlie Codman's Cruise, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1866 (text)
8. The Love of Monsieur, by George Gibbs - 1903 (text) {B}
9. The Way of the Air, by Edgar C. Middleton - 1917 (text) {B}
10. Jack's Ward, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1875 (text)
11. The Brand, by Therese Broderick - 1909 (text)
12. The Motor Boys on a Ranch, by Clarence Young - 1917 (text) {B}
13. The Doctor's Red Lamp, by Charles Wells Moulton - 1904 (text)
14. Mark, the Match Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1869 (text)
15. Second Base Sloan, by Christy Mathewson - 1917 (text) {B}
16. Karl Marx, by Achille Loria - 1920 (text)
17. Harry Harding - Messenger "45", by Alfred Raymond - 1917 (text) {B}
18. The Indian Council in the Valley of the Walla-Walla, 1855, by Lawrence Kip - 1915 (text)
19. Struggling Upward, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1868 (text)
20. Rough and Ready, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1869 (text)
21. Harry Harding's Year of Promise, by Alfred Raymond - 1917 (text) {B}
22. Ben the Luggage Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1870 (text)
23. Rufus and Rose, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1870 (text)
24. Right Guard Grant, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1923 (text) {B}
25. Brave and Bold, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1874 (text)
26. Wait and Hope, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1877 (text)
27. The Motor Boys in the Army, by Clarence Young - 1918 (text) {B}
28. The Motor Boys on the Firing Line, by Clarence Young - 1919 (text)
29. Right Tackle Todd, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1924 (text) {B}
30. The Young Adventurer, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1878 (text)
31. The Young Miner, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1879 (text)
32. Gettysburg, by Elsie Singmaster - 1913 (text)
33. The Motor Boys Bound for Home, by Clarence Young - 1920 (text) {B}
34. The Young Explorer, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1880 (text)
35. Ben's Nugget, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1882 (text)

Audiobooks - LV DPLs:
1. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite, by Anthony Trollope - 1871 (text) (audio)
2. In Search of Mademoiselle, by George Gibbs - 1901 (text) (audio) {B}
3. Madcap, by George Gibbs - 1913 (text) (audio)
4. A Great Man, by Arnold Bennett - 1904 (text) (audio)
5. The Love of Monsieur, by George Gibbs - 1903 (text) (audio) {B}
6. Simon the Jester, by William J. Locke - 1910 (text) (audio)
7. Maker of Opportunities, by George Gibbs - 1912 (text) (audio) {B}

Audiobooks - LV solos:
1. Baseball Joe on the School Nine, by Lester Chadwick - 1912 (text) (audio) {B}
2. A Tale of the Tow-Path, by Homer Greene - 1892 (text) (audio) {B}

Audiobooks - LV other:
1. Timothy Crump's Ward, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1866 (text) (audio)
2. Ragged Dick, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1868 (text) (audio)
3. Fame and Fortune, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1868 (text) (audio)
4. The True Life Story of Swiftwater Bill Gates, by Iola Beebe - 1908 (text) (audio)

{A} includes read-alouds to my nieces/nephews -- which got me started at LV! :)
{B} produced these for Project Gutenberg/Distributed Proofreaders

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Post Posted:: January 1st, 2016, 12:15 am 

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Just updated my 2015 list for the last time -- (57 paper books read in 2015, 52 audiobooks listened to.)
Time to start the 2016 list! To be updated as the year progresses.

May we all find lots of fascinating books this year!

Read From Library:
1. A Train in Winter (Caroline Moorehead)
2. Farm Hands (Tom Rivers)
3. Here in Harlem (Walter Dean Myers)
4. Parker on the Iroquois (Arthur C. Parker)
5. The Catskills (Stephen Silverman)
6. Magna Carta (Dan Jones)
7. Accidental Saints (Nadia Bolz-Weber)
8. Playing Shakespeare (John Barton)
9. Queen of the Fall (Sonja Livingston)
10. Let the People Rule (Geoffrey Cowan)
11. Tin Horns and Calico (Henry Christman)
12. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage (Sydney Padua)
13. Sister Wendy on Prayer (Wendy Beckett)

My Own Books Read:
1. In a Sunburned Country (Bill Bryson)
2. Q's Legacy (Helene Hanff)
3. Empire of the Air (Tom Lewis)
4. Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
5. On Care For Our Common Home (Pope Francis)
6. Good Poems (Garrison Keillor)

Read (or edited, or proof-listened) for LibriVox:
1. The Art of Kissing (Will Rossiter) (group project, read one chapter, listened to the rest)
2. First World War Centenary Prose Collection Volume 2 (group project, read 6 sections, listened to most of the rest.)
3. Shakespeare Monologues Collection Volume 11 (group project, recorded 4 sections, listened to the rest.)
4. The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare) (read a small bit part, edited one act, and listened to whole play when done)
5. The Exiles of Florida (Joshua Giddings) (Duet. Read half, listened to all.)
6. The Comedy of Errors (William Shakespeare) (Read a bit part, edited one act, listened to all)
7. Mountain Interval (Robert Frost) (read eight poems, edited one dramatized poem, listened to all)
8. Insomnia Collection (Read two sections, lulled myself to sleep with portions of some others)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare) (Read a few bit parts, edited one act, listened to all)

Listened to from LibriVox:
1. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
2. Fighting the Flames (R. M. Ballantyne)
3. Shipwreck of the Whale Ship Essex (Owen Chase)
4. The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution (William Cooper Nell)
5. Washington Irving's Visit to England (Washington Irving)
6.The Business of Being a Woman (Ida Tarbell)
7. Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell)

(List updated April 1, 2016)

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Post Posted:: January 1st, 2016, 1:28 am 

Joined: November 3rd, 2011, 2:02 pm
Posts: 3037
Location: Poznań, Poland
I can try that. :)
I abandoned my GoodReads account, as I saw nothing there that could capture my attention for a longer period, but seeing as I visit LV daily anyway, keeping this list updated shouldn't be a problem. The problem is that I'm in a middle of a prolonged reading-apathy period, so depending on how long this is going to last, my results might end up being rather embarassing :roll:
Also, does reading selected stories from a collection count?

LibriVox-related books (solos, audiobooks streamed/downloaded, other)
1. W. M. Flinders Petrie - The Religion of Ancient Egypt (solo)
2. Adam Mickiewicz - Ballady i romanse (PLed)
Paper books
1. various - Uniwersum Metro 2033: Szepty zgładzonych
2. Stephen King - Bazar złych snów (Bazaar of Bad Dreams)
3. Marc Elsberg - Blackout
4. Brian Lumley - Pod wrzosowiskami (Beneath the Moors)
5. Stefan Darda - Czarny wygon t.1 Słoneczna dolina
6. Stefan Darda - Dom na wyrębach
7. Ragnar Jónasson - Milczenie lodu
8. Hjorth Rosenfeldt - Ciemne sekrety
9. Tove Alsterdal - Kobiety na plaży
10.Małgorzata Saramonowicz - Xięgi Nefasa: Trygław Władca Losu
11.Małgorzata Saramonowicz - Siostra
12.Leena Lehtolainen - Gdzie się podziały dziewczęta?
13.Iva Prohazková - Mężczyzna na dnie
14.Andrea Camilleri - Śmierć na otwartym morzu
15.Andrea Camilleri - Wiek wątpliwości
16.Andrea Camilleri - Sierpniowy żar
17.Douglas Preston - Kanion Tyranozaura

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Post Posted:: January 1st, 2016, 1:41 am 

Joined: April 23rd, 2013, 3:44 am
Posts: 1637
Location: Germany
If I start today, maybe I'll be able to do it this year.

I'm currently reading:




Teufelsgold by Andreas Eschbach (469p)

Das Salz der Erde by Daniel Wolf (1152p)

Currently listening to:

The Ralstons by Francis Marion Crawford (as DPL)

The Country House by John Galsworthy (as DPL)

On hold:
The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 3) by Brian Stavely (29:45h)

The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St Aubyn (27h)
Nachtland (Die Seiten der Welt II) by Kai Meyer (15:37)

Tongues of Conscience by Robert Smythe Hichens (LV, 08:43)

Finished audio:

January

Coffee and Repartee BY John Kendrick Bangs (LV - 01:46h) -- a very funny and witty little book!

The Riddle Ring by Justin McCarthy (LV - 11:25h) -- nice enough, but not much of a plot.

The Avalanche by Gertrude Atherton (LV - 04:14h) -- another nice story for keeping you company while you're doing housework etc.

Stories of successful Marriages by Various, compiled by Walter Besant(LV -03:40h ) -- some weird stories, and a quick listen.


The Girl Next Door by Augusta Huiell Seaman (LV - 04:15h) -- an absolutely charming story for children.

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume (LV - 07:41h) -- great story telling, and it's got everything: a skeleton in the cupboard, a murder, romance...

The Ninth Man by Mary Heaton Vorse (LV - 01:39) -- fascinating idea, bit of a weird ending.

The Agony Column by Earl Der Biggers (LV - 02:30h) -- Great story that takes a very surprising turn.

The enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill (LV - 08:19)-- Lovely story. A bit like a fairy tale, with an abduction, a bit of a spy story, and everything you can think of.

Kalypto - Die Herren der Wälder (1) by Tom Jacuba (21:49) -- A truly fantastic story in every sense of the word. I loved it, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel soon (and I may check out the audio version, it was magnificently read by Jürgen Kluckert).

Kalypto - Die Magierin der Tausend Inseln(2) by Tom Jacuba (24:47) -- Great sequel, can't wait for the final instalment.

The Bishop's Secret by Fergus Hume (LV - 22:42)-- Good story, but in parts predictable.

The Lady from Nowhere by Fergus Hume (LV - 06:07) - Nice but predictable.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (archive.org, 2:59) - a classic I had never read although I watched the film once.

The Stowmarket Mystery by Louis Tracy (LV 09:46)-- Love those mystery/crime stories. This one isn't so very believable if you think about it, but it is charming nevertheless.

February:

The Silent Barrier by Louis Tracy (LV ):15)--no mystery this time, but a romance

The Postmaster's Daughter by Louis Tracy (LV, 07:37)--another mystery novel in good old Louis Tracy style. :)

Der Tod und andere Höhepunkte meines Lebens by Sebastian Niedlich (07:22) -- Great book, but unfortunately abridged for the CDs, so about 1/3 of the book is missing, and it shows in places.

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister (10:18) -- a chance find, and a great one. Read by two narrators (1 male, 1 female), it's a really great story about love, deceit, and illusions.

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (Book 1 of the Farseer Trilogy) (17:23)-- Great book, great narrator, absolutely recommendable for fantasy buffs like me.

March


Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (Book 2 of the Farseer Trilogy) (29:21) -- s.a.

Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb (Book 3 of the Farseer Trilogy) (37:39)-- Loved it as much as the previous volumes in this trilogy.

The Lake House by Kate Morton (21:25)-- Great story telling, not sure about the ending, though. Exceptional narration by Caroline Lee.

Katherine Lauderdale by Francis Marion Crawford (as DPL) (07:46:24) -- Interesting story about a young couple in New York.

Katherine Lauderdale Volume 2 by Francis Marion Crawford (as DPL)

Die Herren der Grünen Insel by Kiera Brennan (33:04)-- I was glad I could switch from reading to listening, as it didn't feel like a waste of time this way.

The Spell/Sword book 1 by G Derek Adams (05:08) -- got this one for free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review

The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley (20:22) -- bought this one after I had met Mrs Riley at the Leipzig Book Fair this month (i.e. March 2016)


April

Love at Second Sight by Ada Leverson (as DPL)

The Magicians' Guild (Book 1 of the Black Magician Trilogy) by Trudi Canavan (15:24) - Loved it, bought the sequels immediately

The Novice (Book 2 of the Black Magician Trilogy) by Trudy Canavan (18:33)

The High Lord (Book III of The Black Magician Trilogy) by Trudi Canavan (21:25)

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (18:52) -- I won a free audio book of my choice, and since I like the books by Kate Morton, and was really impressed with the narrator of 'The Lake House', I chose this one.

The Rithmatist by Brian Sanderson (10:23)

Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb (Book 1 of the Tawny Man Trilogy) (23:09)

The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb (Book 2 of the Tawny Man Trilogy) (25:06)

Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb (Book 3 of the Tawny Man Trilogy) (31:41)

Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb (Book 1 of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy) (27:18)

The Western Baby Train by Emma Ashwood (Mail Order Bride Series) (01:48)

The Bride's Safe Haven by Emma Ashwood (00:58)

Train Station Bride by Holly Bush (Crawford Family I) (05:45)

Contract to Wed by Holly Bush (Crawford Family II) (06:08)

May

Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb (Book 2 of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy) (33:12)

Elantris by Brian Sanderson (27:38h)

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman (10:32h)

Finding Axiom (The Antiarch Trilogy Vol 1) by Eryn Carpenter (7:48h)

The House by the Lake by Ella Carey (7:54h)

The Enchantress (The Evermen Saga Book 1) by James Maxwell (17:06h)


June


The Hidden Relic (The Evermen Saga Book 2) by James Maxwell (13:18h)

The Path of the Storm (The Evermen Saga Book 3) by James Maxwell (12:30h)

The Lore of the Evermen (The Evermen Saga Book 4) by James Maxwell (13:08h)

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (11:39h)

An Inconvenient Ward (Inconvenient Trilogy, Book 1) by Audrey Harrison (07:03h) -- read by our lovely Elizabeth Klett.

An Inconvenient Wife: Inconvenient Trilogy, Book 2 by Audrey Harrison (07:06h) -- s.a.

The Space in Between by Jen Minkman (10:20h)

Origins of the Never (Prequel to the Neverwar Series) by CJ Rutherford (1:31h)

Souls of the Never (Book 1 of the Neverwar Series) by CJ Rutherford (5:34h)

Uprooted by Naomi Novak (17:20h)

The House on the Shore by Victoria Howard (08:27h)



July

Worlds of the Never (Book 2 of the Neverwar Series) by CJ Rutherford (6:26h)

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series #1) by Charlie N Holmberg (7:25h)

The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Series #2) by Charlie N Holmberg (6:37h)

The Master Magician (Paper Magician Series #3) by Charlie N Holmberg (6:48h)

War of the Never (Book 3 of the Neverwar Series) by CJ Rutherford (6:50h)

Ring of Lies by Victoria Howard (8:32h)

August

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (16:13h)

Golden Son by Pierce Brown (19:02h)

Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (14:57h)

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott (15:41h)

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (21:50h)

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (10:39h)

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson (24:39h)

September

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson (29:03h)

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson (27:26h)

Tension by E. M. Delafield (as DPL) (8:09h)

The Littlest One - His Book by Marion St. John Webb (as DPL) (0:33h)

Finished books:

January

Die Macht der Drei by Hans Dominik (316p)- a smoothread for DP. -- Some good ideas, but on the whole truly awful. :D

Dragonfly: Finde deine Bestimmung - by Antoinette Lühmann (413p) - got the book for a review. Good idea, nicely written, but lacking character(s).

February

Für König und Vaterland - Der Wechselbalg by Susanne Gerdom (400p)--contains vampires, werewolves, and whatnot. A fun read, but incomplete (it's the start of a new series)

AnimA (473p) by Kim Kestner -- a great (if very heavy) book about ethics, moral, belief.

Freestyler by Katja Brandis (420p)-- a really great book for young adults about body enhancement

Spiegelseele by Rebecca Pax (316p) -- OK criminal story, not totally convincing

March

Die Liebe meines Vaters by Sabine Eichhorst (363p) - Loved this book, although the blurb is misleading

Feine Leute by Joan Weng (330p) -- not a good book, unfortunately. The idea was nice enough, but it lacked everything, especially tension, which is a must for a detective story

The Child of the Moat by I. B. Stoughton Holborn -- It's on the book suggestion list here, so I suggested it for DP, and I loved it.

Die Herren der Grünen Insel by Kiera Brennan (959p) - a historical novel about 12th Century Ireland. Very violent stuff, similar to the 'Game of Thrones' series, so nut my cup of tea, really.

Elathar - Das Herz der Magie by Rachel Crane (526p) aka Brigitte Melzer - a fantasy novel. Nicely done, but too light, and too predictable.

Im Jahr des Affen by Que Du Luu (288p) -- a lovely YA 'coming-of-age' book. Very funny.

April

Sylvia Lott - Die Inselfrauen (479 S.)

Sarit Yishai-Levi - Die Schönheitskönigin von Jerusalem (618 S.)

May

December Park by Ronald Malfi (756p)- a coming of age/suspense novel which I enjoyed very much.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (352p) - Coming of age, mystery novel -- must read the sequels.

Nimmerherz - Der lange Weg des Windes - by Erik Kellen (312p) - Fortsetzungsband, unverständlich ohne den Vorgänger zu kennen.

Lizzis letzter Tango by Anja Marschall (321p)-- Leichter, vergnüglicher Krimi

June

Infernale (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan (383p)

The House by the Lake by Ella Carey (234p)

July

Skin by Veit Etzold (415 p)

August

Und damit fing es an (The Gustav Sonata) by Rose Tremain (331p)

September

Elanus by Ursula Poznanski (416p)

Lined up


An Inconvenient Companion: Inconvenient Trilogy, Book 3 by Audrey Harris (05:59)



The Cycle of Arawn: The Complete Trilogy by Edward W. Robertson (66:01)

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Post Posted:: January 1st, 2016, 2:42 am 

Joined: July 14th, 2010, 12:32 pm
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Location: Austria (no kangaroos ;))
OK, since I have been way above my usual goal of 52 books the last 2 years, I am upping my game to 100 books and 40,000 pages... :help: I guess it's time to tackle some of those substantial books I've had on my to-read list for ages... *goes off to start Count of Monte Christo*

164/100 & 58,572/40,000

January
  1. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) by Lewis, C.S.
  2. Again the Magic (Wallflowers, #0.5) by Kleypas, Lisa [NC-17]
  3. The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4) by Lewis, C.S.
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, Alexandre
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #5) by Lewis, C.S.
  6. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Butcher, Jim
  7. The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) Lewis, C.S.
  8. The Quest for the Missing Girl by Taniguchi, Jiro (Graphic Novel)
  9. Wenn man trotzdem lacht by Markus, Georg (Non-Fiction)
  10. The King's Men by Fall, Christian [NC-17]
  11. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X (Non-Fiction)
  12. The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia #7) by Lewis, C.S.
  13. Mariana by Dickens, Monica
  14. Think Like a Freak by Levitt, Steven D. and Stephen J. Dubner (Non-Fiction)
  15. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  16. The Home Crowd Advantage (Peter Grant, #5.5) by Aaronovitch, Ben
  17. When to Rob a Bank by Levitt, Steven D.
  18. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) by Butcher, Jim
  19. Burma Chronicles by Delisle, Guy (Graphic Novel) (Non-Fiction)
  20. Pride and Modern Prejudice by Michaels, A.J. [NC-17]
  21. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves, #13) by Wodehouse, P.G.
  22. The Undercover Economist by Harford, Tim (Non-Fiction)
  23. Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Butcher, Jim
  24. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Gladwell, Malcolm (Non-Fiction)
  25. The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by Hanson, Thor (Non-Fiction)
  26. Krieg: Stell dir vor, er wäre hier by Janne Teller
  27. Nichts by Janne Teller
  28. The Rector (The Chronicles of Carlingford #1) by Margaret Oliphant
  29. A Mathematician's Apology by G.H. Hardy (Non-Fiction)
  30. Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

February
  1. Shōgun (Asian Saga #1) by James Clavell
  2. The Logic of Life by Tim Harford (Non-Fiction)
  3. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (Non-Fiction)
  4. Chatter: Uncovering the Echelon Surveillance Network and the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping by Patrick Radden Keefe(Non-Fiction)
  5. The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith


March
  1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  2. Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey-Williams (Non-Fiction)
  3. Consider Phlebas (Culture #1) by Iain M. Banks
  4. The Kafir Project by Lee Burvine
  5. Peter und Alexej (Christ and Antichrist #3) by Dmitry Merezhkovsky

April
  1. The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
  2. Showa: A History of Japan, 1926-1939 by Shigeru Mizuki (Non-Fiction) (Graphic Novel)
  3. ももこの21世紀日記〈N’01〉by さくら ももこ (Non-Fiction)
  4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  5. Wege des Schicksals by Penelope Williamson
  6. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith
  7. Before They Are Hanged (The First Law #2)by Joe Abercrombie
  8. Wege des Schicksals by Penelope Williamson

May
  1. The Stand by Stephen King
  2. Heart and Brain by The Awkward Yeti (Comic)

June
  1. Der Ruf des Regenvogels by Patricia Shaw
  2. The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan
  3. Isis by Brigitte Riebe
  4. Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe (Non-Fiction)
  5. Silber: Das erste Buch der Träume (Silber #1) by Kerstin Gier
  6. The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham
  7. The Girls by Lisa Jewell
  8. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  9. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Non-Fiction)
  10. Silber: Das zweite Buch der Träume (Silber #2) by Kerstin Gier
  11. Silber: Das dritte Buch der Träume (Silber #3) by Kerstin Gier
  12. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  13. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (Non-Fiction)
  14. Last Argument of Kings (The First Law #3) by Joe Abercrombie
  15. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  16. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs (Non-Fiction)
  17. Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer

July
  1. Fidelity by Susan Glaspell
  2. I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki
  3. What to Think About Machines That Think: Today's Leading Thinkers on the Age of Machine Intelligence by John Brockman (Non-Fiction)
  4. Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus
  5. Wo stehen hier die E-Books? by Monika Reitprecht (Non-Fiction)
  6. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  7. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (James Bond #11) by Ian Fleming
  8. Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre (Non-Fiction)
  9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Non-Fiction)
  10. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science by Mary Roach (Non-Fiction)
  11. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (Non-Fiction)
  12. A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper #1) by Christopher Moore
  13. But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman (Non-Fiction)
  14. Ancestors of Avalon (Avalon #5) by Diana L. Paxson, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  15. Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (Non-Fiction)
  16. PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
  17. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

August
  1. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
  2. The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5) by Jeff Kinney
  3. An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen (Non-Fiction)
  4. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (Non-Fiction)
  5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  6. Every Seventh Wave (Gut gegen Nordwind #2) by Daniel Glattauer
  7. Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6) by Jeff Kinney
  8. Slade House by David Mitchell
  9. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #7) by Jeff Kinney
  10. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  11. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
  12. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
  13. The Chocolate Box by Agatha Christie
  14. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II (Harry Potter #8) by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
  15. Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8) by Jeff Kinney
  16. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  17. The Kidnapped Prime Minister by Agatha Christie
  18. The Lemesurier Inheritance by Agatha Christie
  19. The Affair at the Victory Ball by Agatha Christie
  20. Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher
  21. Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives by Dean Buonomano (Non-Fiction)
  22. Der Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  23. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Non-Fiction)
  24. These Old Shades (Alastair-Audley #1) by Georgette Heyer
  25. And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future by Yanis Varoufakis (Non-Fiction)
  26. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard
  27. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
  28. Cruel Crown (Red Queen 0.1-0.2) by Victoria Aveyard
  29. Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy (Non-Fiction)


September
  1. One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich
  2. Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum #2) by Janet Evanovich
  3. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (Non-Fiction)
  4. The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart #3) by Philip Pullman
  5. What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite by David DiSalvo (Non-Fiction)
  6. Secondhand Souls (Grim Reaper #2) by Christopher Moore
  7. A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow (Non-Fiction)
  8. Sword of Avalon (Avalon #7) by Diana L. Paxson
  9. 40 Love by Madeleine Wickham
  10. Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti (Non-Fiction)
  11. The Ship Who Sang (Brainship #1) by Anne McCaffrey

October
  1. The Face of a Stranger (William Monk #1) by Anne Perry
  2. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (Non-Fiction)
  3. Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (Un... #1) by Bill Nye (Non-Fiction)
  4. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Graphic Novel)
  5. Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms by Eugenia Bone (Non-Fiction)
  6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  7. Hot Head (Head #1) by Damon Suede [NC-17]
  8. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (Non-Fiction)
  9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  10. The Thief (The Queen's Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner

November
  1. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  2. Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project #4) by Curtis Sittenfeld
  3. Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres (Non-Fiction)
  4. Emily Goes to Exeter (The Traveling Matchmaker #1) by Marion Chesney, M.C. Beaton
  5. Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy #1) by Maud Hart Lovelace
  6. It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider by Jim Henson
  7. My Brief History by Stephen Hawking (Non-Fiction)
  8. 雪の上のおじいさん by 小川 未明
  9. It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is complicated, so I've drawn it instead by Ruby Elliot Cartoon
  10. The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends Trilogy #2) by Howard Shapiro Graphic Novel
  11. North and South (North and South #1) by John Jakes
  12. Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection by Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota Cartoon
  13. You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (Non-Fiction)
  14. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

December
  1. A Fluffy Tale 1&2 by Ann Somerville
  2. Deviations 1-5 by Chris Owen [NC-17]
  3. An Agreement Among Gentlemen by Chris Owen [NC-17]
  4. 消えた自転車は知っている (探偵チ−ムKZ事件ノ−ト #1) by 藤本ひとみ,
  5. The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) by Patrick Rothfuss
  6. Zero at the Bone (Zero at the Bone #1) by Jane Seville [NC-17]
  7. Cut & Run(Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux [NC-17]
  8. Think of England (Think of England #1) by K.J. Charle [NC-17]
  9. Song for a Viking (Think of England #1.5) by K.J. Charles
  10. The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by K.J. Charles [NC-17]



Currently reading:
[*]A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
[*]切られたページは知っている (探偵チ−ムKZ事件ノ−ト #2) by 藤本 ひとみ
[*]The Best American Series: 16 Short Stories & Essays by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
[*]It's Just a Little Crush (Lizzie Hart Mysteries #1) by Caroline Fardig
[*]The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant / Rivers of London #6) by Ben Aaronovitch


Did not finish:
  • The Forsyte Saga: The Man of Property by Galsworthy, John
  • The Nature of Things by Titus Lucretius Carus

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The past year was a fun year of reading for me. It had been a very long dry spell (years long) of not reading anything other than what I DPL'd here but for whatever reason, last year the desire to read again kicked in. My "good intentions" will be to update better than I did last year and rate what I read.

I enjoyed seeing the books all of you read and added many to my list. I look forward to another year! Happy New Year Everyone!!

LV DPL's:
1. The Mystery Girl by Carolyn Wells
2. A Fool There Was by Emerson Porter Brown
3. The de Bercy Affair by Gordon Holmes (aka Louis Tracy)
4. Libussa by JKA Musaus
5. Four-Fifty Miles to Freedom by Maurice Andrew Brackenreed Johnston and Kenneth Darlaston Yearsley
6. Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics by Bliss Carman
7. The Green Jacket by Jennette Lee
8. A Rebel's Recollections by George Cary Eggleston
9. The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford
10. God's Fool by maarten Maartens
11. The Tower of Dago by Mor Jokai
12. A Tale of the Tow-Path by Homer Greene
13. Out of Mulberry Street by Jacob Riis
14. Somewhere in France by Richard Harding Davis
15. House of the Trees and Other Poems by Ethlelwyn Wetherald
16. The New Paris by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
17. The Making of an American by Jacob Riis



January:
1. Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais ***
2. The Prophet by Michael Koryta (Audio) ****
3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente ****
4. Following Atticus by Tom Ryan *****
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Audio) ****
6. The Body Artist by Don Delillo ***
7. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (Audio) ****
8. Long Life: Essays and Other Writings by Mary Oliver ****
9. Lullaby Town by Robert Crais ***
10. The Landscape of Love by Sally Beauman (Audio) *****
11. The Alto Wore Tweed by Mark Schweizer ***
12. The Anxiety Disease: New Hope for the Millions Who Suffer from Anxiety by David Sheehan *****
13. Lock In by John Scalzi (Audio) ****
14. Fog Island Mountains by Michelle Bailat-Jones (Audio) ****
15. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin ***
16. The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan ****
17. Stoner by John Williams *****
18. Finding My Father: One Man's Search for Identity by Rod McKuen ****
19. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens ****

February:
1. Free Fall by Robert Crais ****
2. The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (Audio) ****
3. Doc by May Doria Russell *****
4. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith (Audio) ****
5. The World Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema *****
6. Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson ****
7. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury ***
8. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer (Audio) ****
9. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler (Audio) ***
10. Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson *****
11. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Audio) ****
12. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Audio)
13. The Distant Echo by Val McDermid
14. Five Roundabouts to Heaven by John Bingham
15. Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson (Audio)
16. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

March:
1. Greenmantle by Charles de Lint ****
2. Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabai ****
3. Savage Season by Joe Lansdale ***
4. This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash ****
5. Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell (Audio) ****
6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (Audio) *****
7. As It Is In Heaven by Niall Williams ****
8. The Snatch by Bill Pronzini ****
9. The Vanished by Bill Pronzini ****
10. The Archer's Tale by Bernard Cornwell (Audio) ****
11. Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway ****
12. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Audio) ****
13. Mucho Mojo by Joe Lansdale ****
14. A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (Audio) *****
15. Undercurrent by Bill Pronzini ***
16. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (Audio) *****
17. The Mountains Belong to Me by Linda Dickert ****
18. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey ****
19. Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian (Audio) ****
20. West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems by Mary Oliver *****

April:
1. Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery by J. Aaron Sanders (Audio) ***
2. Fated by Benedict Jacka (Audio) ***
3. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Audio) ****
4. Red Bird: Poems by Mary Oliver *****
5. The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid ****
6. The Door by Magda Szabo ****
7. Smoke by Dorianne Laux *****
8. Slices of Soul by Harmony Kent ****
9. Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir by Linnie Marsh Wolfe (Audio) ****
10. Fog Heart by Thomas Tessier ****
11. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar (Audio) ****
12. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall by Kazuo Ishiguro ***
13. Facts About the Moon by Dorianne Laux ****

May:
1. The Man Who Loved Islands by D.H. Lawrence ****
2. The Waves by Virginia Woolf ****
3. The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto (Audio) ****
4. Gallows View by Peter Robinson (Audio) ***
5. An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Anarctic Survivor by Michael Smith *****
6. Stag's Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds ***
7. Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck ****
8. The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith ****
9. Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer ****
10. Walking Home: A Poet's Journey by Simon Armitage (Audio) ***
11. The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats by William Geroux *****
12. Clara Bow: Runnin' Wild by David Stenn ****
13. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Audio) ****

June
1. Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser ***
2. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl ****
3. The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich *****
4. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes (Audio) ****
5. The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick (Audio) *****
6. Fellside by M.R. Carey ***
7. Long Man by Amy Greene (Audio) ****
8. Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems by Dulce Maria Loynaz *****
9. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi ****
10.Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins ****
11. Still Life by Louise Penny (Audio) ****
12. Corrag by Susan Fletcher ****
13. Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year that Rock Exploded by David Hepworth ****
14. Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy ****

July:
1. Original Fire: Selected and New Poems by Louise Erdrich ****
2. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens *****
3. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf *****
4. The Alienist by Caleb Carr (Audio) ****
5. The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill ***
6. Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich ****
7. It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario (Audio) *****
8. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron ****
9. Redshirts by John Scalzi (Audio) ****
10. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters ****
11. Renascence and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay *****
12. How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown ****
13. Pint for the Ghost by Helen Mort *****

August:
1. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle ****
2. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton ****
3. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Audio) *****
4. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner ****
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch ****
6. A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (Audio) ****
7. Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver ****
8. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout *****
9. In the Land of Tea and Ravens by R. K. Ryals ****
10. Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (Audio) ****
11. The Giver by Lois Lowry ***
12. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (Audio) ****
13. The Black Ice by Michael Connelly (Audio) ****
14. Einstein's Beach House by Jacob M. Appel *****
15. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell ****
16. The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (Audio) ***
17. The Shining by Stephen King (Audio) *****

September:
1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ****
2. Castles by Alan Lee, David Day, & David Larkin *****
3. The Son by Jo Nesbø

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I'll have a go this year; I read a lot of books, but in fairly narrow areas. I do tend to re-read books that I've enjoyed.

Let's say 52 books in the coming year.
Totals completed: fiction - 50; non-fiction - 19

January (7 fiction, 3 non-fiction)
1 Colin Kapp's "The Unorthodox Engineers" . Science Fiction. (Kindle, re-read)
2 Marcus du Sautoy - The Music of the Primes. Maths non-fiction - paperback
3 Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London. Fiction - "Urban fantasy" -paperback.
4 Ben Aaronovitch - Moon over Soho. Fiction - urban fantasy, paperback.
5 Ben Aaronovitch - Whispers Underground. Fiction - urban fantasy, paperback
6 Ben Aaronovitch - Broken Homes. Fiction - urban fantasy, paperback.
7 Ben Aaronovitch - Foxglove Summer. Fiction - urban fantasy. Paperback.
8 Paul Hoffman - The Man who loved only numbers. Biography/reminiscences/history of mathematics. Paperback
9 William Horwood - The Willows in Winter. Fiction; sequel to the Wind in the Willows. Hardback.
10 Paul Talling - London's Lost Rivers. Non-fiction. A short guide to rivers and docks of London,
with many photographs of the remaining fragments and mementos of their existence. About 190 pages. Paperback

February (5 fiction, 1 non-fiction)
1 John Bude - The Lake District Murder. Crime fiction "classic", originally published in 1935. Paperback (Christmas gift).
2 Christopher Fowler - Full Dark House. Detective fiction. Paperback (re-read).
3 G.H. Hardy - A Mathematician's Apology. Hardback (from library).
4 Barbara Hambly - Bride of the Rat God. Paperback. Re-read.
5 Terry Pratchett - Snuff. Hardback. Re-read.
6 Terry Pratchett - I Shall Wear Midnight. Hardback. Re-read

March (7 fiction, 3 non-fiction)
1 Terry Pratchett - The Shepherd's Crown. Hardback. Re-read.
2 Christopher Fowler - The Water Room. Detective fiction. Paperback. Re-read.
3 Graham Phillips - The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant. Difficult to classify; I'll summarise when I'm finished. Hopefully, non-fiction. Paperback.
4 Terry Pratchett - The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. Children's Discworld novel. Paperback. Re-read
5 Alan Beck - Radio Acting. Non-fiction. Paperback.
6 Elizabeth David - English Bread and Yeast Cookery. Non-fiction. Hardback. A thick book, with a lot of advice for anyone that bakes breads. Not just recipes, but includes information on ingredients and history. She gives a lot of historical recipes, with up-to-date equivalents where she's tested them.
7 Tom Holt - Expecting Someone Taller. Paperback. A re-read (I'll often grab an already-read light novel to take when I'm going shopping or travelling - that's light physically, as it adds to the weight I'm going to be carrying). One of the author's earlier humorous novels, so it does have a coherent storyline, which some of his later stuff lacks. A rather dull young man suddenly gets tangled up with the gods of the Ring Cycle ... and, in fact, is given the ring that makes him Ruler of the World - with Wotan trying to get it from him.
8 J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Fiction. Re-read.
9 Christopher Fowler - Bryant & May: Strange Tide. Hardback (only just published)
10 Tom Holt - You Don't Have To Be Evil To Work Here, But It Helps. Paperback. A re-read. Another of his novels with a reasonably coherent storyline, although as usual there are lots of unanswered questions (why do the high street shops move around? Where did the auditors go to from their closed room? ...).

April (5 fiction, 2 non-fiction)
1 David Tresemer & Peter Vido - The Scythe Book. Paperback. I recently went on a one-day course on how to use the scythe. This book describes how to use, adjust, hone and peen (reshape the edge of) the scythe. Tresemer's essay came first and Vido's later, with some comment on the earlier work.
2 Michael Kurland - Ten Little Wizards (Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy). Paperback. Re-read. I think Kurland wrote two novels in Garrett's Lordy Darcy universe ... and did a very good job of maintaining the style. Magic replaces science in a world that separated from ours when King Richard didn't die in battle, John never became king, and the Plantagenets still rule. Darcy is the investigator of murder on behalf of the royal court, assisted by the forensic sorcerer, Sean O Lochlainn. In this work, a series of apparently impossible murders surrounds a royal investiture in Casle Cristobel in France, with the suspicion of a Polish attempt on the life of his majesty the king.
3 Tom Holt - Barking. Fiction. Library paperback. Ingenious, but not helped by characters with very little personality .. especially the central character, who often admits that he's dull.
4 Cary Elwes - As You Wish. Hardback. Non-fiction.
5 Terry Pratchett - Raising Steam. Hardback. Fiction. Re-read
6 Diane Duane - A Wizard Abroad. Paperback. Fiction. Re-read
7 Tom Holt - The Good, the Bad and the Smug. Library paperback. Fiction. Mildly amusing ... but wandering, pointless and very short on complexity of story or character.

May (6 fiction, 3 non-fiction)
1 Diana Wynne Jones - Charmed Life. Paperback, fiction, re-read. One of the Chrestomani series, set in an alternate world where the use of magic is common, and is regulated by a government department. A boy called Cat and his rather overpowering sister, Gwendolyn, become orphaned after a boating disaster and get taken on by a local witch, who arranges for Gwendolyn to take lessons with a nearby necromancer.
2 Diana Wynne Jones - The Lives of Christopher Chant. Paperback, fiction, re-read. Chrestomanci is the government enchanter who appears in Charmed Life and in The Magicians of Caprona. In this book he's seen as a boy, walking the worlds and getting entangled in the mysterious plans of his jovial uncle.
3 Diana Wynne Jones - Conrad's Fate. Another in the Chrestomanci series. The young Christopher Chant enters one of the other series of worlds to rescue Millie, who will be his wife in later life. The story is seen through the eyes of a boy who has been sent to work in a very formal stately home. He gets tangled in Christopher's investigations and in the strange flickering changes in reality that open gates to a series of derelict castles.
4 Diana Wynne Jones - Mixed Magics. Four short stories set in the Chrestomanci universe. Paperback, fiction, re-read.
5 Martin Gardner - The Colossal Book of Mathematics. Hardback, non-fiction. Fifty of Martin Gardner's essays from the Scientific American, updated to around year 2000, with addenda containing extra material from readers of the articles. Often entertaining, very occasionally rather dull (for me, anyway). I just read the book, but didn't get involved in attempting any of his exercises or problems.
6 Gerald Durrell - The Corfu Trilogy. Autobiographical. Library paperback.
7 Barbara Hambly - Those Who Hunt the Night. Paperback, fiction, re-read.
8 Roger Wardale - Arthur Ransome, Master Storyteller. Non-fiction, hardback, from library. Biographical notes and photographs collected in chapters which cover the writing and context of Ransome's books. Engaging and well-illustrated. It's hard to retain any affection for his wives, Ivy and Ivgenia; Ivgenia's criticism almost deprived us of Picts and Martyrs, which many readers think is the best of his Lakeland S&A books.
9 Barbara Hambly - Darkness on his bones. Paperback, fiction. Another in the Lydia and James Asher vampire series.

June (2 fiction)
1 Diana Wynne Jones - Fire and Hemlock. Hardback, fiction. About a girl who found blocks of her memory being erased and adjusted. Her mother is remote and unforgiving, and blind to her own faults; Polly's feelings for her father change as she sees more of him. A game of fantasy that she plays draws in a man whom she meets at a funeral ... this fantasy and her relationship with him colouring the rest of the book. I found it rambling and incoherent, but intense. I suspect this is because I tend to skim through books, not thinking about the complexities which are implied by, for example, the quotations at the start of each chapter. The books is very well thought of, and, I believe, has won several awards.
2 Hal Clement - Mission of Gravity. Paperback, science fiction, re-read. Clement was a "hard" science fiction writer, in that his stories were based, as nearly as possible, on acceptable science (barring travel at faster-than-light speeds!). Mission of Gravity involves a discus-shaped planet, spinning on its shortest axis at very high speed. Gravity at the equator is about 4g, and at the poles over 400g. The planet's surface is at methane-snow temperatures. A multi-race expedition dropped an automated research vessel on the south pole to investigate the effects of high gravity, but it stopped transmitting data, so a human volunteer was put down near the equator (with very heavy protection against the environment and the high gravity); he manages to recruit Barlennan, a sea-going merchant, and his crew to travel to the pole to open up the research vessel to camera inspection. The sailors are centipede-like, about a foot long. Barlennan and his mate and crew become aware how much more advanced their visitors' "science" is over their own knowledge and would like to know more.

July (5 fiction, 4 non-fiction)
1 Frank Muir - A Kentish Lad. I loved the radio programmes "My Music!" and "My Word!", in which Frank Muir was a panellist but, for me at least, his autobiography is dull, dull, dull. He tells anecdotes of his life which, in his place, I would have forgotten within a couple of hours of them happening, and mentions many famous names from the acting and broadcasting professions .... who interest me not at all. Mildly amusing in places.
2 Clifford Simak - A Choice of Gods. I loved Time is the Simplest Thing, and Way Station, and I know I've read Cemetery World and Goblin Reservation (but can't remember anything about them), so I thought I'd explore some more of Simak's work. Choice of Gods is apparently one of his later books. It doesn't seem to be a novel, just an exploration of a single idea, with little development or conclusion. His characters are wandering (still) in a pastoral world, lovingly created, but overall it's 128 pages that I'm not likely to read again. I'll carry on and try some of his others, but I've had a little of my enthusiasm blunted here.
3 John Wright - A Natural History of the Hedgerow ... and ditches, dykes and dry stone walls. Hardback, non-fiction. (Reviewed in the thread.)
4 David Eddings - Pawn of Prophecy. Library paperback; fantasy fiction - first of a series. A boy on a remote farm gets tangled up in dramatic events: gods, war, magic. A re-read; I read them all years ago, and just fancied having another look. I'll probably not go on to read the others.
5 Daniel Bergner - What do women want? Adventures in the science of female desire. Library paperback; non-fiction. An interesting wander through the scientific studies made into the mechanisms of female desire. The mind says one thing, the body another .... hormones, testing aphrodisiacs, responses to pornograthy.
6 Diana Wynne Jones - Archer's Goon. Paperback; fiction - re-read. Odd little story about the Sykes family, who have a very large man turn up in their home, demanding "2000" from Mr Sykes. It turns out that Mr Sykes has been typing 2000 words for someone in the council offices every three months, in lieu of taxes ... and that there are seven people in charge of the whole town, who seem to be fighting over these little essays. I last read it over ten years ago, and enjoyed reading it again.
7 David Spiegelhalter - Sex by numbers. Library paperback; non-fiction. A statistician talks about sex and the difficulty of getting accurate data about what we do. He discusses the history of sex surveys and the ways that the media misuse reported results for sensational affect. An enjoyable wander through our (usually) hidden behaviour and how we find out how "normal" or unusual our tastes are.
8 Tom Holt - Open Sesame. Paperback fiction; re-read. Mildly amusing fantasy derived loosely from the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Holt does have his moments: '"Right then; show of hands?" .... Not, you might think, the most democratic way for a thieves' co-operative to vote in a country governed according to Islamic law ...'
9 Diana Wynne Jones - The Pinhoe Egg. Another story in the Chrestomanci universe, telling a little more about Cat Chant's life in the Chrestomanci household. He starts to find out about a different form of magic, and becomes involved in the rather mysterious lives of the local villagers.

August (1 fiction, 2 non-fiction)
1 Terry Pratchett - The Carpet People. Hardback fiction; re-read.
2 Peter Mathiessen - Nine-headed dragon river. Hardback, non-fiction. The "zen journals" of the author. A rambling mixture of anecdotes and travels; his meetings with his teachers; and the history of zen buddhism in Japan and its migration to the USA. Involving and interesting, not least because it reveals how ordinarily human we all are.
3 Janet Jiryu Abels - Making Zen Your Own. Paperback, non-fiction. Described in the thread.

September (4 fiction .... I may have read more, but the list was lost in the software blip.)
1 Barbara Hambly - Time of the Dark. Paperback; fiction. First of a series of novels about a PhD history student and a "punk air-jockey" drawn through into another world, where the encroaching cold has brought attacks from a population of slobbering, tentacled, flying creatures ("the Dark"). Magic works ... though it's hard work for Rudy, the biker, and Gil's cold, clear academic outlook becomes a ferocious ability with the sword.
2 Barbara Hambly - Walls of Air - continuing the story.
3 Barbara Hambly - Armies of Daylight - ending the main trilogy.
4 Barbara Hambly - Icefalcon's Quest - some years later. One of the guards pursues a wizard who has kidnapped the son of Minalde, the Queen Regent of the Keep.

October (1 fiction)
1 Andy Weir - The Martian. Library hardback. Hard s.f. about a man who was left on Mars when the expedition had to abort during a storm. He was lost, and was thought to be dead, but recovered. The book is his story of survival and eventual cannibalisation of equipment to allow him to move around on one of the vehicles. The story also brings in Earth Control, who realise that he's alive by seeing changes in the equipment at the landing site by remote photography ... and the team in the returning Mars space craft, who hadn't initially been told that they had left him alive, for reasons of morale. Lots of interesting detail; quite a gripping story, but most of the characters seem to have very little personality, which seems to me to be a failing of the author, rather than a deliberate choice.

November (3 fiction)
1 Terry Pratchett - A Blink of the Screen. Hardback, library, fiction. A collection of short pieces by Pratchett, ranging from a story published when he was at school, through the short story The Sea And Little Fishes from 1998, to some fragments written in 2006/7. For me, the Discworld stories are most interesting, but all lack the depth of involvement that you get from reading the novels. The blurb mentions "the origins of his début novel The Carpet People", but I don't remember seeing that.
2 Diana Wynne Jones - The Pinhoe Egg. Hardback, fiction. Another novel in the Chrestomanci universe. Cat Chant is in Chrestomanci castle, still beiing taught by Chrestomanci. The local villagers are using a form of magic to conceal their activities from Chrestomanci; the Gaffer of the Pinhoe family had disappeared years ago, and the Gammer was behaving more and more strangely. A feud explodes between the Farleys and the Pinhoes. Meanwhile, two of the Pinhoe children start to get involved with the children of Chrestomanci castle. I only wish that the author had managed to produce more novels in this ingenious universe.
3 Diana Wynne Jones - Deep Secret. Hardback, fiction. Not her Chrestomanci universe, but follows a "majid" - an authorised magic user - working through the infinity of worlds, from magical to non-magical. Oddly dull, compared to much of her other stories.

December (4 fiction, 1 non-fiction)
1 Diana Wynne Jones - The Merlin Conspiracy. Paperback, fiction. Continuation of "Deep Secret". Dull. I found it impossible to feel any empathy for any of the characters; the two main protagonists were self-centred, arrogant, and showed no ability to see another's point of view (I felt like saying to one of them, "if you feel that there's something unpleasant about everyone you meet, that shows more about you than about them!"). The author also frequently shifted from one protagonist to the other between chapters, and I sometimes had to read a couple of paragraphs before I realised which of them I was following. These two books are going to the charity shop.
2 Peter Matthiessen - The Snow Leopard. Non-fiction, paperback. It's taken me ages to read this. Matthiessen also wrote "Nine-headed Dragon River", which describes his travels in Japan with an American zen teacher. The Snow Leopard is from an earlier stage in his life; he was travelling in remote parts of Tibet with a zoologist who was studying the blue sheep and hoping to see the rare Tibetan snow leopard. For someone with apparently considerable experience in zen, Matthiessen does seem very prone to diving headlong into mood swings, and does seem very focussed on the distant view of enlightenment, rather than on the present moment (something which he does sometimes become aware of). Oddly dull.
3 Diane Duane - So you want to be a wizard. Fiction, paperback, re-read.
4 Diana Wynne Jones - Conrad's Fate. Hardback, fiction. Another in the Chrestomanci universe. The young Christopher Chant (who will become the Chrestomanci of "Charmed Life" and "The Magicians of Caprona") has run to one of the other universes from Chrestomanci castle to find Millie, who has run away from her awful school. He takes up the job of a servant in a very formally run mansion, where strange magical probability shifts disturb the world ... and helps a local boy who has been told that his own bad karma can only be cleared by killing someone in the castle. Enjoyable, but not deeply involving, as Charmed Life and Caprona were for me.
5 Elly Griffiths - The Crossing Places. Paperback, fiction: "A Ruth Galloway Mystery". I've commented within the thread.
6 Jack Hargreaves - Out of Town. Autobiographical collection of pieces from the time of his childhood, when horses were the power behind farmwork and transport, to 1929. Hargreaves was best known for his "Out of Town" television series, giving glimpses into country life (I have the DVDs of all that remain of the series after the BBC's casual willingness to delete recorded TV programmes of the sixties and seventies).

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My goal for this year is 200 books, but to make at least 25% of them nonfiction, because I have a greater propensity for fiction. :)

Fiction:
Mountains of Spices (Hannah Hurnard)
Hind's Feet on High Places (")
What Katy Did At School (Susan Coolidge)
What Katy Did Next (")
Clover (")
In the High Valley (")
A Search for A Secret (G. A. Henty)
The Lost Heir (")
Won by the Sword (")
By Name and Fame (")
With Clive in India (")
Under Wellington's Command (")
Comedy of Errors (William Shakespeare)
Merchant of Venice (")
Julius Caesar (")
Taming of the Shrew (")
The Talisman (Walter Scott)
Woodstock (")
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baronness Orczy)
The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel (")
The Elusive Pimpernel (")
I will Repay (")
Unto Caesar (")
The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (")
El Dorado (")
Lord Tony's Wife (")
Meadowsweet (")
The Nest of the Sparrowhawk (")
Leatherface (")
Sir Percy Leads the Band (")
The Laughing Cavalier (")
The First Sir Percy (")
The Heart of a Woman (")
A Sheaf of Bluebells (")
The man in grey (")
Petticoat Rule (")
A Bride of the Plains (")
A Son of the People (")
Beau Brocade (")
The Old Man in the Corner (")
The Gates of Kamt (")
Nicolette (")
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard (")
A Child of the Revolution (")
Pimpernel and Rosemary (")
Sir Percy Hits Back (")
The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (")
The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel (")
Mam'zelle Guillotine (")
Half a Hero (Anthony Hope)
A Man of Mark (")
Rupert of Hentzau (")
The Prisoner of Zenda (")
The Secret of the Tower (")
he Thirty-Nine Steps (John Buchan)
With Lee In Virginia (G.A. Henty)
In Greek Waters (")
Hind's Feet on High Places (Hannah Hurnard)
The Giver (Lowry)
Redwall (Jacques)
Cloak of the Light (Chuck Black)
Rise of the Fallen (")
Light of the Last (")
Shadow Spinner
Through a Needle's Eyes (Hesba Stretton)
The Calling of Dan Matthews (Harold Bell Wright)
When a Man's A Man (")
Their Yesterdays (")
The Re-Creation of Brian Kent (")
The Shepherd of the Hills (")
The Uncrowned King (")
That Printer of Udell's (")
The Refugees (A. Conan Doyle)
Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings (Dorothy Wayne)
D. D. Solves the Conway Case (")
D.D. and the Mystery Plane (")
D.D. and the Double Cousin (")
Bill Bolton (Noel Sainsbury)
Marie (H. Rider Haggard)
Pearl-Maiden (")
The Man who Ended War (Hollis Godfrey)
Chaplet of Pearls (Charlotte M. Yonge)
Mark of Zorro (Johnston McCulley)
Daybreak (Elizabeth Miller)
the Yoke (")
City of Delights (")
Saul of Tarsus (")
Star of Love (Florence Kingsley)
Valeria (W.H. Withrow)
Prisoners of the Sea (Kingsley)
Hebrew Heroes (A.L.O.E.)
The Prospector (Ralph Connor)
Sky Pilot in No Man's Land (")
Sky Pilot (")
Man from Glengarry (")
Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail (")
Corporal Cameron of the NWMP (")
Black Rock (")
The Major (")
To Him That Hath (")
Rob Roy (Walter Scott)
Pirate (")
Rose in Bloom (Alcott)
All but Lost (Henty)
White Fire (Oxenham)
Search For A Secret (Henty)
Five Little Peppers Grown Up (Margaret Sidney)
Five Little Peppers Abroad (")
F.L.P. and their friends (")
F.L.P. At School (")
Richard Bruce (Charles Sheldon)
Born to Serve (")
The Crucifixion of Philip Strong (")
Stepping Heavenward (Elizabeth Prentiss)
Little Sir Galahad (Phoebe Gray)
The Heir of Redclyffe (Charlotte Yonge)
That Stick (")
A Modern Telemachus (")
Savrola (Winston Churchill)
Prisoner of the Pyrenees (C.R. Hedgecock)
Iceland Intrigue (")
Rebel's Keep (Douglas Bond)
Martyr of the Catacombs
The Clever Woman of the Family (Charlotte Yonge)
A Reputed Changeling (")
Daddy's Right Hand (Annette Lyster)
Brought Home (Hesba Stretton)
It's All Real True (Elizabeth Emily Charlton)
The Winning of Barbara Worth (Harold Bell Wright)
The Gold Thread (Norman MacLeod)
The Thirty Nine Steps (John Buchan)
Waverley (Walter Scott)
The Buffalo Runners (Ballantyne)
Life of a Ship (")
Young Fur Traders (")
Story of the Rock (")
Red Eric (")
Red Man's Revenge (")
Rover of the Andes (")
Settler and the Savage (")
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Under the Lilacs (")
Mother (Kathleen Norris)
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
Jessica's First Prayer (Hesba Stretton)
Jessica's Mother (")
Last of the Legions (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Hunted and Harried (R.M. Ballantyne)
Brownie (Amy Le Feuvre)
Me and Nobbles (")
Bulbs and Blossoms (")
Heart of the World (Charles Sheldon)
Malcolm Kirk (")
What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge)
One of the 28th (Henty)
Through the Sikh War (")
The Steam House (Jules Verne)
By Far Euphrates (Deborah Alcock)
Pollyanna Grows Up (Eleanor Porter)
Captains Courageous (Rudyard Kipling)
Twice Bought (Ballantyne)
Twentieth Door (Sheldon)
The Wonderful Life (Stretton)
Lord's Purse Bearers (")
The Christmas Child (")
Trying to Enter (Agnes Giberne)
Not Forsaken (")
The Mansion (Henry Van Dyke)
The God seeker (Peter Rosegger)
Fanny, the Flower Girl (Selina Bunbury)
Darkness and Dawn (Frederic William Farrar)
Clives of Burcot (Hesba Stretton)
Dagger and the Cross (Joseph Hatton)
Hester Morley's Promise (Stretton)
David Lloyd's Last Will (")
Doctor's Dilemma (")
Fern's Hollow (")
Poppy's Presents (Mrs. O.F. Walton)
Dick Sand (Jules Verne)
Friends, Though Divided (Henty)
David Copperfield (Dickens)
The Mine (Charlotte Maria Tucker)
Dynevor Terrace (Yonge)
Facing the Flag (Verne)
Miracle at Markham (Sheldon)
Yankee Middy (Optic)
Madman and the Pirate (Ballantyne)
Off on a Comet (Verne)
The Moon Voyage (")
Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand)
Lion of St. Mark (Henty)
To Herat and Cabul (")
The Three Brides (Yonge)
Return of Sherlock Holmes (Doyle)
In His Steps (Sheldon)
Little Threads (Prentiss)
Soldiers of the Cross (Edith Floyer)
Knight of the White Cross (Henty)
Wrestler of Philippi (Fannie Newberry)
With Cochrane the Dauntless (Henty)

Nonfiction
Idiot's Guide to the Civil War
Civil War for Dummies
The Soviet Colossus (Michael Kort)
World War I (Hugh Strachan)
Lotus Buds (Amy Carmichael)
The White Queen of Okoyong
The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador
Dr. Grenfell's Parish
The White Queen
A Labrador Doctor (Grenfell)
Man with the Book (Weylland)
Stories Worth Re-reading
Beneath the Banner
Mary Slessor of Calabar (Livingstone)
White Queen of the Cannibals
Chocolate Soldier (Studd)
Labrador Days (Grenfell)
Chinese Diamonds for the King of Kings (Goforth)
How I Know God Answers Prayer (")
Things As they Are (Amy Carmichael)
A Christian's Secret to a Happy Life (Hannah Whitall Smith)
The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)
God's Smuggler (Brother Andrew)
God's Secret Agent (Samuel Tippit)
Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North (Fullerton Leonard Waldo)
Adrift on an Ice-Pan (Wilfred Grenfell)
The Soviet Colossus (Michael Kort)
Russia and the Russians (Geoffrey Hosking)

So far: 228 books. 200 fiction, 28 nonfiction.

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I'll go for 5 books a month, 60 all told.

OCTOBER UPDATE: <cries> I updated my list for the first time in September. It took a long time. It's gone! Woe! Retyped from the annual spreadsheet where I don't note author names (I have a long-term written record where I do that instead) so I've only included author names that I remember. Will try and tidy up at some point.

1. They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple (This started my New Year properly! I love DW.)
2. The Identity Switch
3. Mindfulness, Acceptance and Positive Psychology
4. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
5. Kokoro
6. First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham
7. The Sixth Extinction
8. The Antidote
9. A Book For Her by Bridget Christie
10. When Dogs Cry
11. The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy
12. Creativity Inc.
13. Let's Pretend This Never Happened
14. The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
15. Unspeakable Things
16. How Beautiful The Ordinary
17. Year of Yes
18. Princes in the Land
19. Mountains Beyond Mountains
20. Pure Juliet
21. A Legacy by Sybille Bedford
22. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
23. A Man Called Ove
24. Palace Walk
25. The Giver by Lois
26. The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffery
27. Gathering Blue
28. Messenger
29. Son
30. The Magician's Guild
31. The Novice
32. The High Lord
33. The Ambassador's Mission
34. The Rogue
35. The Traitor Queen
36. The Invisible Library
37. How We Live Now
38. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic
39. Practical Magic
40. Second Nature
41. Instrumental by James Rhodes
42. Ella Minnow Pea
43. The Whale Rider
44. Priestess of the White
45. Dept. of Speculation
46. Mrs Fischer's War by Henriette Leslie
47. Last of the Wilds
48. Voice of the Gods
49. The Survivors by Lucas Malet
50. Catherine, called Birdy
51. Women as Army Surgeons
52. It's All in the Head
53. The Glands of Destiny by Dr. Cobb
54. Da Silva's Widow by Lucas Malet
55. The Gateless Barrier by Lucas Malet
56. The Far Cry
57. A Voyage for Madmen
58. Ill Wind
59. Head Stroke
60. Chill Factor -- read this on 14th May ... TARGET ACHIEVED!!

61. Mistress of My Fate by Hallie Rubenhold
62. The Well by Elizabeth Jolley
63. Windfall
64. The Minaturist
65. Working Stiff
66. Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself by Radclyffe Hall
67. Firestorm
68. Thin Air
69. Gale Force
70. Cape Storm
71. Total Eclipse
72. A Pale View of Hills
73. Seven Gothic Tales by Isaac Dineson
74. Good Behavior by Molly Keane
75. Blindness by Jose Saramago
76. The City and the City by China Mieville
77. Thousand Cranes
78. Do No Harm
79. Commonplace Books and Reading in Georgian England
80. They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
81. Wildwood
82. Everything I Never Told You
83. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea
84. Perdito Street Station
85. How To Be Alone
86. World of Trouble
87. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
88. When God was a Rabbit
89. A
90. Skellig
91. The Art of Learning
92. The Need for Words by Patsy Rodenberg
93. The Fairy Caravan by Beatrix Potter
94. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
95. Mister Pip
96. Please Don't Stop The Music by Jane Lovering
97. Now and Again
98. The Snow Child
99. The Shining Girls
100. How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (30th August -- here I beat last year's goal, which was also the most books I've previously read in one year. Exciting!!)

101. The Parasites by Daphne du Maurier
102. My Planet by Mary Roach
103. Alas Poor Lady
104. Before I Go To Sleep
105. The Time Keeper
106. Kristin Lavransdatter (FINALLY! I've been reading this for about 4 years, but it was wonderful.)
107. Lucy Gort
108. The Bookseller of Kabul
109. The City of Dark Magic
110. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
111. The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell
112. The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns
113. The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe
114. Ralph's Party by Lisa Jewell
115. King Rat by China Mieville
116. Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell
117. Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante
118. The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby

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I've just re-read Colin Kapp's Unorthodox Engineers, which I first read as a series of five short stories in, I think, Analog over forty years ago. A group of engineers solve problems on different planets which "orthodox" engineering has failed at. The stories are gentle fun, because of the continual battles between Van Noon, who runs the UE group, and various military engineers who aren't impressed by his team's engineering philosophy.

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Well, I failed to keep up with my list, but I will try to do better this year, even if I don't make the first page! I will shoot for 60 books, I only made it to 53 last year.


E-Books
1. Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham
2. The Medusa Amulet by Robert Masello
3. Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey A. Carver
4. Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-loving New York by Richard Zacks
5. Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay
6. The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan


Book-Books

Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly and Max Dugard
The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
Subverted by Sue Ellen Browder
Star Wars: Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber
The 14th Colony by Steven Berry
Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape by Mark Lee Gardner


PL'ed Books
The Slayer of Souls, by Robert W. Chambers
The Spiritual Exercises by St Ignatius of Loyola
The Cliff Climbers by Thomas Mayne Reid
Washington Irving's Visit to England by Washington Irving
Exiles of Florida by Joshua Giddings
Abraham Lincoln: A History, Volume 2 by John Hay and John Nicholay
Funeral Orations by St Gregory the Theologian
Masters of Space by Walter Kellogg Towers
Fantasy, Faeries and Ghosts Volume 2 by Various
Bracebridge Hall by Washington Irving
De Consolatione Philosophiae by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
The Shadow of the North by Joseph A. Altsheler


Completed Solos

The Mystical City of God, Volume 1 by Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda

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my goal for last year was 100, then increased to 120 - and in the end i managed to complete 146 books (but i also counted the books i read for my job as a researcher). sooo lets aim for 150 this year :D

January
1. Barclay, Florence L. - The Rosary (good)
2. Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth (good)
3. Laxness, Halldor - Aan de Voet van de Gletsjer (good)
4. Canavan, Trudi - The Magician's Guild (good)
5. Thirkell, Angela - Wild Strawberries
6. Barbery, Muriel - Die Eleganz des Igels
7. Harris, Charlaine - Shakespeare's Landlord (good)
8. O'Hara, John - Appointment in Samarra
9. Roth, Philip - American Pastoral
10. Malamud, Bernard - The Assistant
11. Eggers, Dave - Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? (good)
12. Harris, Charlaine - Shakespeare's Champion (good)
13. Burroughs, William S. - Naked Lunch
14. Rhys, Jean - Wide Sargasso Sea
15. Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
16. Butcher, Jim - Small Favor (good)
17. Harris, Charlaine - Shakespeare's Christmas (good)
18. Gaskell, Elizabeth - Cranford
19. Oliphant, Margaret - The Rector

February
20. Harris, Charlaine - Shakespeare's Trollop
21. Cheever, John - Falconer
22. Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
23. Harris, Charlaine - Shakespeare's Counsellor
24. O'Brien, Flann - At Swim-two-Birds
25. Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes were Watching God
26. Lindsay, David - A Voyage to Arcturus
27. Roth, Philip - Portnoy's Complaint
28. DeLillo, Don - White Noise
29. Chandler, Raymond - The Big Sleep (great)
30. Miller, Henry - Tropic of Cancer
31. Piercy, Marge - Available Light (good)
32. Berrigan, Daniel - Prison Poems (good)

March
33. Moore, Alan - Absolute Watchmen
34. Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Beautiful and Damned
35. Berlin, Isaiah - Freedom and its Betrayal (great)
36. Heyer, Georgette - They Found Him Dead (great)
37. Roth, Henry - Call it Sleep
38. Galenkamp, Marlies - Individualism versus Collectivism, the concept of collective rights
39. Orwell, George - Essays (good)
40. Nin, Anais - Delta of Venus
41. Heyer, Georgette - Footsteps in the Dark (good)
42. Ishiguro, Kazuo - Never Let me Go
43. Lowry, Malcolm - Under the Volcano
44. Wright, Richard - Native Son
45. Canavan, Trudi - The Novice (great)
46. Bowen, Elizabeth - The Death of the Heart
47. Radbruch, Gustav - Der Mensch im Recht (good)
48. Berlin, Isaiah - Against the Current: Essays in the History of Ideas (good)
49. Kosinsky, Jerzy - De geverfde vogel
50. Canavan, Trudi - The High Lord (great)

April
51. Nabokov, Vladimir - Pale Fire (good)
52. Calvino, Italo - If on a Winter's Night a Traveller
53. West, Nathanael - The Day of the Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts
54. Green, Anna Katharine - That Affair Next Door (good)
55. Allport, Gordon Willard - The Nature of Prejudice (great)
56. Molesworth, Mrs. - The Palace in the Garden (good)
57. Smith, Zadie - White Teeth
58. Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence (good)
59. Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House (good)
60. Dick, Philip K. - The Man in the High Castle
61. Spark, Muriel - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
62. Abbott, Edwin A. - Flatland
63. Norris, Zoe Anderson - The Way of the Wind
64. Sayers, Dorothy L - Whose Body
65. Krischak, Detlef - Brautmorde
66. Harris, C.S. - Who Buries the Dead (good)

May
67. Butcher, Jim - Turn Coat (good)
68. Abercrombie, Joe - Half a King (good)
69. Dick, Philip K. - The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich (good)
70. Beaton, M.C. - Agatha Raisin und der Tote im Wasser (good)

June
71. Fowler, Karen Joy - The Jane Austen Book Club
72. Atwood, Margaret - The Blind Assassin
73. Heyer, Georgette - A Blunt Instrument (good)
74. Wilde, Oscar - The Canterville Ghost (good)
75. Ibsen, Henrik - Hedda Gabler
76. Galsworthy, John - Justice (good)
77. Maeterlinck, Maurice - Pelleas and Melisande
78. Maeterlinck, Maurice - Alladine and Palomides

July
79. Doctorow, E.L. - Ragtime
80. Panunzio, Constantine Maria - The Soul of an Immigrant
81. Stone, Robert - Dog Soldiers
82. Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
83. Fluke, Joanne - Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
84. Wilde, Oscar -A Woman of No Importance (good)
85. Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
86. Hammett, Dashiell - Red Harvest (good)
87. Butcher, Jim - Changes (good)
88. FitzGibbon, Brian - Icelandid Folk Tales (good)
89. Strindberg, August - The Inferno (good)
90. Fuchs, Thomas - Die Niederlande
91. Hemingway, Ernest - The Sun Also Rises
92. Faulkner, William -Light in August

August
93. Kent, Hannah - Burial Rites
94. Eggers, Dave - A Hologram for the King
95. Heyer, Georgette - The Unfinished Clue (good)
96. Roddick, Amy Redpath - The Romance of a Princess: A Comedy and Other Poems
97. Heyer, Georgette - Powder and Patch (good)
98. Stoker, Bram - Dracula (great)
99. McInerney, Lisa - The Glorious Heresies
100. Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein (great)
101. Bessels, Emil - 196 Tage auf Treibender Eisscholle (good)

September
102. Morrison, Toni - Beloved
103. Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
104. Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
105. Zola, Emile - L'Assomoir
106. Dick, Philip K. - Blade Runner (great)
107. Heyer, Georgette - No Wind of Blame (good)
108. Tracy, Louis - The Postmaster's Daughter
109. Wells, HG - The Island of Dr. Moreau (good)
110. Greene, Graham - The Heart of the Matter
111. Miller, Andrew - The Crossing
112. Heyer, Georgette - Why Shoot a Butler? (good)
113. Collins, Wilkie - The Woman in White (good)
114. Zevin, Gabrielle - The Storied Life of AJ Fikry (good)
115. Collins, Wilkie - The Haunted Hotel (good)
116. Le Queux, William - The Great White Queen

October
117. Abercrombie, Joe - Half the World (good)
118. Müller, Hertha - Der König verneigt sich und tötet
119. Heyer, Georgette - Duplicate Death (good)
120. Barr, Robert - A Chicago Princess (good)
121. Russell, William Clark - The Death Ship (good)
122. Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Verbrechen und Strafe
123. Chesterton, GK - The Man who was Thursday
124. Carroll, Lewis - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
125. Butcher, Jim - Ghost Story (good)
126. Abercrombie, Joe - Half a War (good)

November
127. Porter, Max - Grief is the Thing with Feathers
128. Thomas, Scarlett - The Seed Collectors
129. Bru, Hedin - Vater und Sohn unterwegs (good)
130. Heyer, Georgette -The Talisman Ring (good)
131. Mahen, Jiri - Der Mond
132. Heyer, Georgette - These old Shades (good)
133. Fischer-Lescano, Andreas - Der Kampf um globale soziale Rechte
134. Morrison, Toni - Jazz
135. Auster, Paul - Leviathan
136. Barth, John - The Sot-Weed Factor
137. Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - Of Love and Other Demons

December
138. Galsworthy, John - The Silver Box
139. Hall, Radclyffe - Twixt Earth and Stars
140. Stevenson, Robert Louis - The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses
141. Zola, Emile - Therese Raquin
142. Rilke, Rainer Maria - Auguste Rodin
143. Ibsen, Henrik - Ein Volksfeind

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Progress as of December 21st

Last year's goal was 50 and I went over 75, so this year's goal is 75. (REVISED: New goal is 100) WOO HOO! Completed!

Completed:
01. Boy's Life by Robert McCammon - This is my favorite novel, and this was my fourth or fifth reread of it to date.
02. Crucified Dreams edited by Joe R. Lansdale - A collection of 19 horror stories. Delightfully malevolent
03. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi - Enjoyable near-future semi-dystopian story. Greed and paranoia on a very believable level.
04. Wizard's First RUle by Terry Goodkind - My fifth or so re-read of this book. I like the story, but the writing is terrible.
05. Doc by Mary Doria Russell - I thought this was tremendous, a really great read. It is a hard look at a man who was dying from a terrible disease who tried to make a difference as best he was able. It does NOT focus on the OK COrral, which was greatly to its benefit.
06. Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum - A good introduction to a hobby that has caught my interest.
07. Barsk: The Elephant's Graveyard by Lawrence Schoen - The love child of Animal Farm, 1984 and Uplift. This was a very good book dealing with racism, paranoia and memory.
08. Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway - Very like Tana French in setting and somber tone. A good mystery. Compelling enough to make me want to read the next in series.
09. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings - My 5th or 6th re-read of this wonderful coming of age series.
10. Storey's Guide to Keeping Honeybees by Malcom T. Sanford - A very informative guide to beekeeping
11. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings
12. The Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping by Samantha Johnson - An adequate, if light treatment of beekeeping.
13. Keeping Bees and Making Honey by Allison Benjamin
14. The Dark Side of the Road by Simon R. Green - A New series by Green, this was a fun bit of fluff
15. Magician's Gambit by David Eddings
16. Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings - This and the final volume of the series are probaly my two favorite David Eddings books.
17. The Thinking Beekeeper by Christy Hemenway - The first beekeeping book I've read that focuses on "natural" beekeeping.
18. Dream's Pool by Juliet Marillier - Hit and miss fantasy / mystery. Some likable characters, some that were a chore to read.
19. Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health by Les Crowder
20. Beekeeping Mentor in a Book by Donald P. Studinski - a really good month-by-month treatment of beekeeping for beginners.
21. Enchanter's Endgame by David Eddings - Conclusion of the Belgariad. This series of books is an old friend.
22. Ash and Silver by Carol Berg - Wow. Wonderful book.
23. Guardians of the West by David Eddings - Second series beginner from Eddings detailing more events in the world of the Belgariad. Richer and more mature than the first series.
24. Low Town by Daniel Polansky - This one fell flat for me. It tried too hard to be hard-boiled and ended up irritating me.
25. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding - The first of the Ketty Jay series, a lot of fun and wiorth the time to read.
26. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King - Some really good short stories by King, eerie and unsettling.
27. King of the Murgos by David Eddings - Second in the Malloreon series
28. Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings - One of my favorite Eddings novels.
29. The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding - An exhilarating ride of a book. Loads of fun to read.
30. Theft of Swords by Michael Sullivan - Fun fantasy adventure in the vein of the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser tales by Fritz Leiber
31. Sorceress of Darshiva by David Eddings - Fourth in the Malloreon series
32. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - SLOW paced fantasy that defies categorizing. I am unsure about this book as to whether I liked it or not.
33. The Seeress of Kell by David Eddings - Conclusion of the Malloreon series. One of my favorite series of novels.
34. The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding - A wonderful romp, loads of fun to read. For fans of Han Solo.
35. Avempartha By Michael J. Sullivan - Another fun romp with Hadrian and Royce. A cliff-hanger ending.
36. The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding - Wonderful! The conclusion of the Ketty Jay saga and the best of the books.
37. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson - I liked it, but felt it fell short of its potential. What could have been a great book is merely a good book.
38. Salute the Dark by Adrian Tchaikovsky - The conclusion of the first major story arc in the Shadows of the Apt series. It hurts to read, but makes you want even more. Thankfully there are still 6 more books!)
39. The Diamond Throne by David Eddings - The start of what is (IMO) Eddings' last good trilogy. Among his best books, these.
40. Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan - More mature and better written, this continuation of the adventures of Hadrian and Royce is fun to read.
41. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder - This book left me flat. It is all over the place and the two protagonists are hard to like.
42. The Ruby Knight by David Eddings - Middle volume of the Elenium trilogy. Well paced with lots of material that adds layers to the story.
43. The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings - Tremendous conclusion to the Elenium trilogy. A departure for Eddings from the norm of how he ends his novels.
44. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold - I have read this book more times than any other. It is one of my very favorite books.
45. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch - Fourth in the Peter Grant series. This one is head and shoulders above its predecessors and ends with a cliff hanger.
46. City of Pearl by Karen Traviss - First in a series. Very interesting interplay between the human and alien protagonists. A bit preachy, but enjoyable.
47. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch - Excellent, excellent follow-up to Broken Homes. This is Harry Dresden done right.
48. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - My 8th or so re-read of this series, bu my first since the series was completed.
49. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley - Really fun to read (or listen to in my case) story featuring an 11 year-old girl in 1950's England who loves chemistry and gets involved in a murder mystery.
50. The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
51. A Green Thumb by ZTobias S. Buckell - A short story about a teenage boy who wants a car . . . set in the future or in an alternate world. Some things never change.
52. The Weed the Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley - Second in the Flavia de Luce mysteries. As much fun as the first.
53. Librivox Short Ghost and Horror Collection 028 by Various - I like to listen to the collections as much as I like to contribute to them.
54. The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan - One of my favorites in this series.
55. Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo - A fun collection of stores about people making bad decisions.
56. A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley - Third in the Flavia de Luce series. I thought it was an improvement over the previous two.
57. The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan - Another of my favorite volumes in the series.
58. I am Half Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley - Flavia de Luce #4 and it is Christmas time at Buckshore with much of the village snowed in with the de Luce clan and a body in their midst.
59. Old Venus edited by George R.R. Martin - A volume of stories attempting to recreate the style of the old pulp stories about the mysterious planet of Venus.
60. Suddenly, a Knock at the Door by Etgar Keret - A collection of short stories that amused at times and confused at others.
61. The Scarab Path by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Fifth in the Shadows of the Apt series which I am currently re-reading. Wonderful books.
62. Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold - Really fun story set in the world of the Chalion books.
63. The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse by Nina Post - Funny book in the vein of Douglas Adams that tried too hard, IMO.
64. The Fires of Heaven by Robert Jordan - Book five of my re-read.
65. Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley - Flavia de Luce #5: Densely plotted and has a stunning final line!
66. A Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks - A collection of short stories, half of which are set in my neck of the woods, but are entirely too somber and cynical for my taste.
67. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan - My favorite volume of the first six in the Wheel of Time series.
68. The Dead and Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley - FLavia de Luce #6 an emotional and intense book. A lot of questions are answered, and new avenues are opened up.
69. Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold - A second Penric tale! An excellent little story that shows us religious leaders in fantasy who are NOT corrupt or powermongering.
70. The Stolen by Bishop O'Connell - A tropy, guilty pleasure. Like a bag of potato chips . . . bad for you, but you can't stop eating.
71. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley - A bit of a departure for the series, but an enjoyable read.
72. The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse by Alan Bradley - A very short story that serves to show that Flavia de Luce doesn't work well in short form.
73. Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams - A great collection of post apocalyptic stories. Each author defines the term "post apocalypse" differently.
74. Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan
75. The Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan
76. The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron - A rough start to what may turn into a very good series of mysteries set in northern Maine.
77. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher - Harry Dresden is dead . . . but that doesn't stop him from trying to solve his own murder.
78. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal - An interesting alternate history story set in WWI involving ghosts, mediums and murder.
79. Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan
80. Trespasser by Paul Doiron - Book two of the Mike Bowditch mysteries. Protagonist is a bit too self-absorbed for my liking. I may give this series one more chance to hook me.
81. Skin Game by Jim Butcher - Harry Dresden finds himself in peril . . . shocking, I know!
82. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi - Free audiobook at Audible. This was a really interesting short story. Imagine if murdered people suddenly started reappearing back to life moments after their deaths. Scalzi tells a nice, touching story.
83. Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan - My least favorite WoT novel, and Jordan's last before he passed away.
84. The Fixer by Joseph Finder - Mediocre thriller novel about a guy who makes one bad decision after another but, sadly IMO, survives them.
85. Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo - The first in a series set in rural Ohio featuring a former Amish woman who is now chief of police facing a pretty intense serial killer mystery.
86. F&SF - October 2016 - Had to get my short story fix in.
87. Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe - The fourth in his series of novels about the Tufa, the fae folks living in the Appalachian mountains. Rural fantasy, or whatever is the opposite of urban fantasy at its best.
88. Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo - Second in the Kate Burkholder series. This one was really, really disturbing content-wise.
89. Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo - Third in the above series. This one was weak IMO. Too intent on cramming the broken nature of the story's personnel down my throat.
90. Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
91. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz - A really fun book about a woman who assumes one false identity after another while running from her past. This book had a lot of flaws, but it was well paced and very satisfying nonetheless.
92. Gone Missing by Linda Castillo - Book four of the Kate Burkholder series. This one was good, much better than the previous one. The climax of the action is very suspenseful, and the ending was great.
93. The Sea Watch by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Such an under rated fantasy series. SO good!
94. The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan - One of my favorites in the Wheel of Time series.
95. Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo - Book five of the Kate Burkholder series. Starting to feel a bit formulaic.
96. The Long Fall by Walter Mosley - A promising start to a new series featuring a protagonist who is trying to make a fresh start after a shady life.
97. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan - The book of Egwene :)
98. The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo - Book six of the Kate Burkholder series. No. No, no, no. This story defies logic and is very disappointing.
99. Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum novels are a guilty pleasure, fun but without substance.
100. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
101. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley - Flavia de Luce #8 - Dark and satisfying but the ending is grim.
102. The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein - Good, but it feels half-finished. Has moments of brilliance, so it was worth the read.

In Progress:
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan
Heirs of the Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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