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Post by Availle » January 1st, 2018, 6:53 am

Welcome to the latest edition of the LibriVox One Book a Week Club!

Sign up and set your goal for 2018 - 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 and longest going traditions on LibriVox. Threads from previous years are here - how do you compare? :wink:
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007
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Post by Availle » January 1st, 2018, 6:53 am

And my own spot immediately after the announcement, of course...

Last year was bad in terms of reading. Really bad, I finished only 21 books, an all-time low. Apart from being very busy at work, I guess it's also the fact that I'm now self-employed and working from home - no more commutes where I can listen undisturbed. And housework was never my forte ;-)

Anyway, maybe this year will be better. Let's start with my usual breakdown:

Dead tree copies for my own entertainment/edification/or for work:
1. Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto
2. Was Einstein seinem Friseur erzaehlte by Robert L. Wolke
3. Ein tiefer Fall by Bernhard Kegel
4. Die Hunde von Riga by Henning Mankell
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
6. F by Daniel Kehlmann
7. Strafe by Ferdinand von Schirach
8. The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
9. Steirerherz by Claudia Rossbacher
10. Steirerland by Claudia Rossbacher
11. Death by Sudoku by Kaye Morgan
12. Blog Boosting by Michael Firnkes
13. Novelist as a profession by Haruki Murakami
14. Be a little Analog by Julius Hendricks
15. Der Plan by Gerhard Roth
16. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
17. Nachtzug nach Lissabon by Pascal Mercier
18. In the Blink of an Eye by Andrew Parker
19. The Gunpowder Plot by Alan Haynes
20. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
21. Territory of Light by Yuko Tsushima
22. In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki

Audiobooks FROM LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification on commutes and during housework:
1. The Case of the Pocket Diary Found in the Snow by Augusta Groner
2. Unmasked, or: The Science of Immorality, to Gentlemen by Mary Edwards Walker
3. Das Haus des schwarzen Magiers by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Audiobooks FOR LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification and possibly that of others:
1. Kurze Aufklärungen über Wesen und Ziel des Pazifismus by Alfred Hermann Fried (DPLed for schrm)
2. Enemies of Books by William Blades (DPLed for Maria)
3. Volcanoes and Vulcanonology by Various Authors (DPLed for Jo)
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Post by DACSoft » January 1st, 2018, 7:19 am

I didn't reach my goal last year again, in 2017 :(. So I think I'll try for a true "book a week" this year. :)

Goal: 52 books
Completed: 65 books (exceeded my goal!) :clap:

Books/ebooks read{A}:
1. Catcher Craig, by Christy Mathewson - 1915 (text) {B}
2. A Dark Chapter from New Zealand History, by James Hawthorne - 1869 (text) {B}
3. The Dog In The Chapel, by Anthony McDonald - 2014
4. Tom & Christopher and Their Kind, by Anthony McDonald - 2015
5. Slicko, the Jumping Squirrel, by Richard Barnum - 1915 (text) {B}
6. Dog Roses, by Anthony McDonald - 2016
7. The Backwoods Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1883 (text)
8. Luck and Pluck, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1869 (text)
9. Bertha's Christmas Vision, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1855 (text)
10. Kitty of the Roses, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1904 (text) {B}
11. Strong and Steady, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1871 (text)
12. Double Play, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1909 (text) {B}
13. St. Patrick, The Father of a Sacred Nation, by Rev. J. F. Loughlin - 1889 (text) {B}
14. Strive and Succeed, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1872 (text)
15. Try and Trust, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1873 (text)
16. The Boy Aeronauts' Club, by Ashton Lamar - 1910 (text) {B}
17. Bound to Rise, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1873 (text)
18. Life And Adventures Of Frances Namon Sorcho, by Captain Louis Sorcho - 1900 (text)
19. Risen From the Ranks, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1874 (text)
20. Red Cloud, The Solitary Sioux, by Lieut.-Colonel William Francis Butler - 1882 (text) {B}
21. Left to Themselves, by Edward Irenæus Stevenson - 1891 (text) {B}
22. Herbert Carter's Legacy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1875 (text)
23. Tom, the Bootblack, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1878 (text)
24. The Train Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1883 (text)
25. The Young Circus Rider, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1883 (text)
26. Sexual Neuroses, by J. T. Kent - 1879 (text) {C}
27. Do and Dare, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1884 (text)
28. Hector's Inheritance, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1885 (text)
29. Helping Himself, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1886 (text)
30. The Land of Joy, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1903 (text) {B}
31. Confidential Chats with Boys, by William Lee Howard, M.D. - 1911 (text) {B}
32. Confidential Chats with Girls, by William Lee Howard, M.D. - 1911 (text) {B}
33. Tony the Tramp, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1909 (text)
34. Dan, the Newsboy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1893 (text)
35. The Cash Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1906 (text)
36. Adventures of a Telegraph Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1900 (text)
37. The Garden God, by Forrest Reid - 1906 (text) {B}
38. Kingsford, Quarter, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1910 (text) {B}
39. Two College Friends, by Fred. W. Loring - 1871 (text) {B}
40. The Store Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1887 (text)
41. Bob Burton, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1888 (text)
42. A Cruise in the Sky, by Ashton Lamar - 1911 (text) {B}
43. The Errand Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1888 (text)
44. Tom Temple's Career, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1888 (text)
45. Tom Thatcher's Fortune, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1888 (text)
46. The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1888 (text)
47. Luke Walton, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1889 (text)
48. Winning His "Y", by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1910 (text) {B}
49. The Erie Train Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1891 (text)
50. Five Hundred Dollars, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1890 (text)
51. Battling the Bighorn, by Ashton Lamar - 1911 (text) {B}
52. Dean Dunham, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1891 (text)
53. Washington the Model of Character for American Youth, by Rev. J. N. McJilton - 1846 (text) {B}
54. Digging For Gold, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1892 (text)
55. Grit, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1892 (text)
56. Ralph Raymond's Heir, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1892 (text)
57. Cast Upon the Breakers, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1893 (text)
58. Facing the World, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1893 (text)
59. The Fur-Seal's Tooth, by Kirk Munroe - 1894 (text) {B}

Audiobooks - LV DPLs:
1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (DR), by Mark Twain - 1884 (text) (audio)
2. The Precipice, by Ivan Goncharov - 1913 (text) (audio)
3. Diary of a Birthday Doll, by Ethel C. Dow - 1908 (text) (audio)

Audiobooks - LV solos:
1. Baseball Joe at Yale, by Lester Chadwick - 1913 (text) (audio) {B}
2. Bringing up the Boy, by Carl Werner - 1913 (text) (audio) {B}
3. Further Remarks on the Policy of Lending Bodleian Printed Books and Manuscripts, by Henry W. Chandler - 1887 (text) (audio) {B} - in LibriVox's Short Nonfiction Collection #059

Audiobooks - LV other:

{A} includes read-alouds to my nieces/nephews -- which got me started at LV! 8-)
{B} produced these for Project Gutenberg/Distributed Proofreaders
{C} produced these for Project Gutenberg
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Post by J_N » January 1st, 2018, 7:45 am

*slides in* Saaaaaaaaaaaafe!

Goal: 83/100

  1. Magic's Price (Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage #3) by Mercedes Lackey
  2. Immortal Poems of the English Language
  3. Undead and Unwed (Undead #1) by MaryJanice Davidson
  4. Undead and Unemployed (Undead #2) by MaryJanice Davidson
  5. Undead and Unappreciated (Undead #3) by MaryJanice Davidson
  6. Undead and Unreturnable (Undead #4) by MaryJanice Davidson
  7. Undead and Unpopular (Undead #5) by MaryJanice Davidson
  8. Mate of the Tyger Prince (Mate of the Tyger Prince #1) by Shannon West
  9. Undead and Uneasy (Undead #6) by MaryJanice Davidson
  10. Undead and Unworthy (Undead #7) by MaryJanice Davidson
  11. Undead And Unwelcome (Undead #8) by MaryJanice Davidson
  12. Undead and Unfinished (Undead #9) by MaryJanice Davidson
  13. Undead and Undermined (Undead #10) by MaryJanice Davidson
  14. Shanghaied (Mate of the Tyger Prince #4) by Shannon West
  15. Undead and Unstable (Undead #11) by MaryJanice Davidson
  16. Try (Temptation #1) by Ella Frank
  17. Remastering Jerna (Remastering Jerna #1) by Ann Somerville
  18. Undead and Unsure (Undead #12) by MaryJanice Davidson
  19. Undead and Unwary (Undead #13) by MaryJanice Davidson
  20. Undead and Unforgiven (Undead #14) by MaryJanice Davidson
  21. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  22. Undead and Done (Undead #15) by MaryJanice Davidson
  23. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  24. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  25. An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum 1941-43 (Persephone Book, #5) by Etty Hillesum
  26. 春と夏 (こぐまのクーク物語 #1) by かさいまり
  27. A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab
  28. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab
  29. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  30. The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville
  31. The Best Man by Richard Peck
  32. Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller
  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
  3. Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  4. Garfield Fat-Cat 3-Pack, Volume 7 by Jim Davis
  5. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
  6. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
  7. In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce
  8. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce
  9. Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4) by Tamora Pierce
  1. Terrier (Beka Cooper #1) by Tamora Pierce
  2. Bloodhound (Beka Cooper #2) by Tamora Pierce
  3. Mastiff (Beka Cooper #3) by Tamora Pierce
  4. Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection by Nick Seluk
  5. NeuroLogic: The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior by Eliezer Sternberg
  6. The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
  7. Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  1. 少年たちは花火を横から見たかった by 岩井俊二
  2. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  3. Much Obliged, Jeeves (Jeeves #14) by P.G. Wodehouse
  4. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
  5. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
  6. Das Kind by Sebastian Fitzek
  1. The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  2. On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
  3. Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein
  4. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  1. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
  2. Helix - Sie werden uns ersetzen by Marc Elsberg
  3. Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles #3) by Sarah Andersen
  4. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
  5. The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company by David A. Price
  6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  7. Small Favor (The Dresden Files #10) by Jim Butcher
  8. Faust: der Tragödie erster Teil (Goethe's Faust #1) by Flix
  9. All My Friends Are Dead (All my friends... #1) by Avery Monsen
  10. The Thing Beneath the Bed (The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
  11. Turn Coat (The Dresden Files #11) by Jim Butcher
  12. Changes (The Dresden Files #12) by Jim Butcher
  13. Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13) by Jim Butcher
  14. Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher
  15. The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits that Will Transform Your Life Before 8 a.m. by Hal Elrod
  1. Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher
  2. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack #1) by L.A. Meyer
  1. Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack #2) by L.A. Meyer
  2. Amokspiel by Sebastian Fitzek
  3. How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper
  4. The Watchman (Joe Pike #1) by Robert Crais
  5. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  6. An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1) by Patrick Taylor
  7. One Night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat
  8. True Evil by Greg Iles

bold = my recommendations
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Post by Cori » January 1st, 2018, 7:49 am

I don't have a goal this year ... whatever I read is good. :D

1. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (excellent involved sci-fi to start the year.)
2. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (a half-Faerie PI investigating a murder in San Francisco, and first part of a well-established urban fantasy series if you enjoy it.)
3. A Case of Conscience by James Blish (classic sci-fi, a Jesuit priest in a First Contact assessment with a perfectly moral atheist alien race. Was a little bit too worthy for me, but likely to interest those who enjoy a good philosophical wrangle with their reading. Relatively short.)
4. Greengates by R. C. Sherriff (an absolutely charming novel written in 1936 and set a decade or so earlier, concerning a couple during their retirement. Yes, it's that simple, and I loved it.)
5. Wool by Hugh Howey (more sci-fi, the remnants of humanity has been restricted to a vast multi-level silo after the planet stopped supporting life. Which sucks. Written in instalments, try to find a collected volume so you can go straight from beginning to end.)
6. Matilda by Roald Dahl (a reread. If you haven't, I think you should.)
7. Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray (Sci-fi, a soldier from a rebel Earth colony and a mech (android) go on a quest. Interesting settings, and fascinating to watch the mech's psychological progression. Ends well for something with an imminent sequel.)
8. The Graces by Laure Eve (high school witches. YA. I found it rather too derivative, but if you've not read The Secret History, Twilight, Beautiful Creatures etc. it might work for you.)
9. Broken Homes by Peter Aaronovitch (book 4 of the Rivers of London series. "Harry Potter joins the Met." I seriously love this series, which is why I'm trying to eke it out slowly.)
10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (I've no idea how I missed reading this as a kid, but here we are. Thought I'd better get into this before I am blown away by the movie. Well worth it.)
11. Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael G. Coney (classic sci-fi coming of age of an alien, with ecological and political themes. Best read in a warm place. Relatively short.)
12. Confessions by Kanae Minato (twisty Japanese story of a little girl's murder. I loved the switches of narrator, which emphasise how one's interpretation of another person's behaviour can be so very far off the truth.)
13. A Hell of a Woman by Jim Thompson (gritty 1954 noir, not my bag at all, it turned out. The only bit I liked was the male narrator's name: Dolly.)
14. The Closed Door by Dorothy Whipple (lovely short stories, and my last DW book, I've read everything of hers I can find now, AAARGH!!!)
15. So Much For That by Lionel Shriver (modern American relationships, where something goes horribly wrong (mostly financial aspects of the US healthcare system, due to cancer and familial dysautonomia).Solid ending, don't be afraid.)
16. Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold (if you're new to the sci-fi Vorkosigan Saga, don't start here, start at the beginning with Shards of Honor. If you are already deeply into the series, like I am, it's all good!)
17. Into the Forest by Jean Hegland (a slow-pocalyse story about two sisters and a forest. I love the descriptions of nature (logically within the story, not Moby-Dick style 3-pagers about a tree root). TW, check other reviews before reading if needed.)
18-20. The Paper Magician (trilogy) by Charlie N. Holmberg (ingenious story about magicians who bond to a certain type of magic. LOVE the lead character's name, Ceony. Gently late Victorian-ish London setting. Recommended in particular to voracious YAers and origami nuts.)
21. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer (incredible this is the first time I've read this fantasy novel about 36 billion dead people waking up in a VERY large river valley, given that it's about as old as I am. Despite being a big Richard Burton fan (all the Richard Burtons, in fact, but this one is the explorer) I'd've been happier with a brand new character to lead the story, rather than him. TWs again. Probably won't read the other books in the series unless they throw themselves at me.)
22-26. Strange Angels series by Lili StCrow (YA vampires and werewolves, I enjoyed the 'how will THIS work' of the heroine with two male interests. Ended satisfyingly on that front.)
27. Dead Men's Boots by Mike Carey (Book 3 of the Felix Castor series. He's an Scouse exorcist (that is, he's from Liverpool, not that he removes demons from Liverpudlians), working in London. I love the grittiness of the character, atmosphere and plots, so do recommend trying Book 1 if you're into (or wanting to try) urban fantasy. Adult, not at all YA. Warning, the last book of the series has been pending for several years, and may never be written, so ... make your peace with that before starting. There aren't unbearable cliffhangers so far, only reasonable continuity.)
28. How To Live Safely In A Science-fictional Universe by Charles Yu. (It wanted to be a sci-fi version of "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" but wasn't. I didn't find it funny either. Just not for me, I guess.)
29. Pure by Julianna Baggott (first book in a series, will be reading the rest. Earth bombed, domes protecting some of humanity, the remainder merged with whatever they were standing near/wearing when the bombs went off, or born later with substantial physical differences. YA from the inside meets one from the outside. Grimly readable.)
30. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford. (Genuine Marmite, looking at GoodReads reviews. I really enjoyed it, the hero going from IT disaster to IT disaster, but magically making it all come right. It's not super-well-written, but the issues didn't get in my way too much. IT fairytale, with some ideas that might be genuinely useful to IT folk.)
31. Lightless by C.A. Higgins (sci-fi about a woman trying to fix the ship's computer, while another woman interrogates a man. I loved the insight and depth of the comp sci character Althea, but was luke-warm about everything else.)
32. 14 by Peter Clines (very readable standalone haunted-house steampunk sci-fi. A fun genre blend, good characterisation and pacey plot.)
33. Beneath the Dark Ice by Greig Beck (supernatural military thriller: what Edgar Rice Burroughs might be writing if he were around now. If you're happy suspending belief for the sake of a good yarn, it's the first of a several-book series.)
34. Terrier by Tamora Pierce (fantasy-set police procedural with a shy and badass heroine -- interesting combo, well-written. First in a series.)
35. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce (part 2 thereof. Satisfying story, moves our heroine on well, without 'skipping ahead' so far she's disconnected. Some scenes stolen by Slapper the pigeon and Achoo the police dog.)
36. No Man of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll. (Disclaimer: I recorded the audiobook. But since y'all know how long THAT takes, you also know I wouldn't have done it unless I genuinely loved the book. Which I do. These fantasy stories feature transgender and nonbinary characters dealing with gendered (and therefore potentially subvertible) prophecies. Includes individual trigger warnings, so you can listen to / read each one at a time that's right for you. Ana is a marvellous and satisfying storyteller, and I happily recommend this book to any lover of fairy stories and to people interested in widening their literary experience of gender.)
250. The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock #3) by Sherry Thomas - really enjoying this series.

And, yeah, I need to update here more often next year. Somehow. Maybe I'll just put my rating rather than a review, because trying to boil the thing down is a big part of what puts me off.
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Post by mightyfelix » January 2nd, 2018, 12:11 am

Ok, I'll play. This will be my first time participating in this. I haven't given any thought to what my goal will be. But it'll be nice to keep track of what I'm doing here.

Actually, I do have one goal already... I WILL finish The Last of the Mohicans this year!!! (I've been slogging through it for maybe a year and a half... Not that I'm not enjoying it, I just... keep... not... reading it.)

Currently reading/listening for LV:
Malcolm by George MacDonald: About a young Scottish fisherman and his interactions with the people of all stations within his home town. Working on this as a solo.

Finished reading/listening for LV:
The Heavenly Twins by Sara Grand: Fascinating story focusing on the situation of women in Victorian society.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum: So cute! (Although the Rankin & Bass "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" will always be Santa Claus canon, as far as I'm concerned. :lol: )
Wappin' Wharf by Charles S. Brooks: So much fun! Pirates and derring-do! Fortune-telling! Stealth and disguises!
The Countess of Lowndes Square by E.F. Benson: Funny short stories. My first experience with this author, and I'm absolutely loving it!
The Adventures of Mabel by Harry Peck: Cute story about a girl who can talk to animals. I'm sorry to say I liked it less as the story progressed. It felt like the genre suddenly changed partway through, and I couldn't take it seriously anymore.
The Blue Aunt by Eliza White: Another cute children's story. Family feel-goods.
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting: Doctor Dolittle is wonderful. I don't have much more to add. 8-)

Currently reading/listening not for LV:
Shardik, by Richard Adams. About the great bear, Shardik, and what happens when he appears to the community who takes him to be the embodiment of the Power of God. Fascinating, very deep, and so far rather dark. There have already been two or three depictions of bear maulings, fair warning.
Mere Humanity by Donald T. Williams: A look at the writings of Chesterton, Lewis, and Tolkien, and what their works have to tell us about the human condition. Rather philosophical. Also contains some beautiful poetry that is, alas, not PD.
Marlfox, by Brian Jacques: One of the Redwall series, a series that I was fairly obsessed with when I was in middle school. So I decided to revisit it. :)

Finished reading/listening not for LV:
Magic, by G.K. Chesterton: I listened to the LV recording! So fun! Well done, everyone! :clap:
The Never-Ending Story by Michael Ende: Beautiful fantasy story about a boy and the seemingly magical book that he reads.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: Probably my fourth reading of this. I'm listening to a series of lectures by "The Tolkien Professor" as I read.
I finally finished! The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper: Exciting adventure story, although somewhat dense. It was very different from what the movie had led me to expect, and I have to say that for once, I liked the movie better.
The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton: So fun and interesting! This one kept me thinking for a couple of weeks after I finished it.
The Septimus Heap books, by Angie Sage: Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke, and Fyre. Very fun young adult series. Even through the darkest, scariest moments, the books manage to maintain a light-hearted, fun feel throughout, somewhat like the first Harry Potter.
Messenger and Son by Lois Lowry: The final two books in the Giver quartet. Incredible. I'd read The Giver as a child and loved it. I read the second book, Gathering Blue, a few years back. It was nice to finally see the ending.
The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley: Super cute! A children's book that treats of sickness and death, among other things, in a way that takes the fear out of them, and shows death as an entrance into a new kind of life. Also, fairies. :D
The Snow Spider, by Jenny Nimmo: Short kids' book, set in Wales and dealing with Welsh mythology and magic. Really fun.
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame: Believe it or not, this was my first time reading this. I somehow missed it all during my childhood. But I'm sorry to say that I found it disappointing. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I found it, for the most part, to be a bit too simplistic. The exception to that is chapter 7, which was incredible. The whole book was worth it, just for the sake of chapter 7.
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Post by icequeen » January 2nd, 2018, 1:28 pm

Yeah, here we go! I had a goal of 50 books last year, then changed it to 55, and ended up with 57 books read! I will start off with a goal of 50 books this year!

Books with real pages that turn
1. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen
2. American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, The Woman Who Defied the Puritans, by Eve LaPlante
3. The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian
4. The Bishop's Pawn, by Steve Berry
5. The Terminal List, by Jack Carr
6. The Third Target, by Joel C. Rosenberg
7. Awakened by James S. Murray
8. Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings, by Flannery O'Connor
9. The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha by JoAnna Carl

10. The Blackout by Stephanie Erickson
11. The Ice Chasm by Nick Thacker
12. Damaged by Pamela Callow
13. Bitcoin: 10 Ways to Make Money by NJ Bridgewater
14. The Surrogate by Louise Jensen
15. The First Hostage, by Joel C. Rosenberg
16. Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg
17. Mind's Eye by Douglas E. Richards
18. When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi
19. The Ice Maiden by B. D. Smith
20. Sins of the Titanic by J. Robert Kennedy
21. Gangster by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Audio Books, LV or otherwise
22. The Flirt by Booth Tarkington
23. The Wild Huntress by Mayne Reid
24. Abraham Lincoln: A History, Volume 10 by John Hay and John George Nicolay
25. Rebellion by Joseph Patterson
26. Abraham Lincoln:A History, Volume 9 by John Hay and John George Nicolay
27. The Broken Shaft: Tales in Mid-Ocean by Henry Norman
28. Inside the Lines, by Earl Derr Biggers and Robert Welles Ritchie
29. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Bourroughs
30. Mappo the Merry Monkey by Richard Barnum
31. The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
32. A Slav Soul and Other Stories, by Aleksandr Kuprin
33. Annual Reports to the Massachusetts Board of Education by Horace Mann
34. Dracula by Bram Stoker
35. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
36. The Doom of London by Fred M. White
37. Stories Weird and Wonderful by J E Muddock
38. Doctor Izard by Anna Katherine Green
39. The Boy Scouts Through the Big Timber by Herbert Carter
40. Venus Boy by Lee Sutton
41. The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
42. The Depths of the Soul by Wilhelm Stekel
43. The Trembling of a Leaf by W. Somerset Maugham
44. Principles of Political Economy by John Stuart Mill and J. Laurence Laughlin

Solo Projects

45. The Mystical City of God, Vol 2 by Venerable Maria de Jesus

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Post by commonsparrow3 » January 2nd, 2018, 2:45 pm

I did a really bad job of keeping my 2017 Book List updated.

But hey, it's 2018, and I can start a fresh list! This year, I'll try to actually keep it up to date!

Started off the New Year reading the last couple chapters of the book that came at the tail end of last year's list -
1. Neither Rain Nor Snow: A History of the U.S. Postal Service by Devin Leonard

Moving on, here's a book I'm reading aloud with my guy Brian (who used to be a fireman) -
2. The Romance of Firefighting by Robert F. Holzman
And a book of poem/prayers I'm enjoying by myself -
3. Hearts on Fire edited by Michael Harter

Edit: Update July 2, 2018

Ummm... well, yes ... it looks as though I've been sadly neglecting my book list updates again. Six months gap is shameful! Fortunately, my library sends me e-mailed reminders when books are due, and I've saved most of them, so let's see if I can use them to get this list caught up ....

4. Copies in Seconds by David Owen
(The story of Chester Carlson and the invention of xerography)
5. Shoulder to Shoulder : Polish Americans in Rochester, New York 1880-1990 by Kathleen Urbanic
(The history of our local 'Polonia', with lots of references to people and places and events that I've heard my grandma talk about)
6. The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith
(The latest book in the 'Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series)
7. Season of the Second Thought by Lynn Powell
(A book of wonderfully contemplative poetry)
8. Megafire by Michael Kodas
(A look at the increased size of wildfires and length of recent fire seasons, and reasons why this is occurring)
9. The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
(The author's memoir of her childhood in Mexico, her transition to life in the U.S., and her relationships with her family)
(This book was this year's 'Rochester Reads' selection)
10. Sisters in Spirit by Sally Roesch Wagner
(Written by a local author, about Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) influence on early American feminists)
11. Our Father by Pope Francis
(Reflections on the Lord's Prayer)
12. Very, Very Very Dreadful by Albert Marrin
(A short account of the influenza pandemic of 1918)
13. Faith, a Journey for All by Jimmy Carter
(Simple reflections by former president Carter on the role of faith in both religion and social relations)
14. Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton
(The latest book in the Hamish MacBeth mystery series)
15. Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley
(Biography of the great civil rights leader)

Meanwhile, over at LV, the third and final volume of the Watergate Report was just cataloged. I had earlier this spring listened to the first two volumes, and I'm now beginning on Vol 3.
16. The Watergate Report, Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3
Also, I've listened to these LV audiobooks:
17. The Story of the Atlantic Cable by Charles Bright
18. Short Science Fiction Collection 062
19. The Geneva Conventions
20. The Night the Mountain Fell by Edmund Christopherson
21. In the Path of the Alphabet by Frances Jermain
22. Migration of Birds by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
23. Frostiana by George Davis
24. Why Do We Need a Public Library? by Various

Edit: Update January 2, 2019

I'm really forgetful about keeping up with this thread. So, once more, I must scroll through my public library account e-mails to remind myself what books I've read since my last update in July. (Luckily, I haven't deleted those records!)

25. Most Dangerous : Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
(Account of the Pentagon Papers and how they were made public)
26. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(Selections from her writings and speeches)
27. How To Live by Judith Valente
(Application of the Rule of Saint Benedict to modern everyday life)
28. Fly Girls by Keith O'Brien
(How a group of women aviators broke into a male-dominated field in the 1920's and 1930's)
29. White Squall: Sailing the Great Lakes by Victoria Brehm
(Anthology of memoirs, diaries, stories, newspaper reports, and legends about the Great Lakes)
30. Stairway to Empire: Lockport, the Erie Canal, and the Shaping of America by Patrick McGreevy
(How the great "Flight of Five" locks were constructed in the 1820's, and how the project influenced society)
(Note: I read this after my interest was roused by a visit to Lockport and tour of the locks, a fascinating day trip for anyone in the western NY area)
31. We Fed an Island by Jose Andres
(Memoir by a chef who became involved in food distribution in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017)
32. The Bone and Sinew of the Land by Anna-Lisa Cox
(Fascinating book about black pioneers in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan in the 1820'-1850's)
33. The Speeches of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
(Complete collection of his oratory)
34. The Big Book of Female Detectives edited by Otto Penzler
(Short stories from the 1870's to the present, all featuring female sleuths)
35. The Field of Blood by Joanne Freeman
(A study of how physical violence and the threat of such violence played a role on the floor of the US Congress in the 1830's-1850's)

It's a bit harder to track books I read that were not from the library, but here are a few that I recall:
36. Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
(Wonderful poems by one of my favorite contemporary poets)
(Bought this book as a gift for my sister but read it myself first!)
37. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
(Entertaining mystery novel set in 1914)
(Bought it as a gift for someone and read it myself first)
38. How to Make Moving Pictures in the 1910's by Darren Nemeth
(Reprint of an original 1914 book, with some additional pamphlets and ephemera, and annotations)
(I won this book in a raffle!)

And now for the LibriVox Audiobooks:

Books I read as solos:
39. Annual Reports to the Massachusetts Board of Education by Horace Mann
(I began this project in 2015, and finally finished it this summer, a long haul, almost 38 hours long, but I needed it to be in the catalog, and it is!)
40. The Enemies of Books by William Blades
(Essays lamenting the losses of books to fire, flood, neglect, carelessness, and biblioclasm - a nice short project after the long previous one!)

Group Projects I read parts of - (I read some, listened to the whole thing when done):
41. LibriVox 13th Anniversary Collection (anthology)
42. Report on the Accident at Three Mile Island (government report)
43. First World War Centenary Prose Collection Vol. 3 (anthology)
44. LibriVox Christmas Short Works Collection 2018 (anthology)

Group Projects - Other:
45. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott (Dramatic reading; I edited several chapters, listened to whole thing when done)

LibriVox Books I had no part in, except as a satisfied Listener:
46. More About Unknown London by Walter George Bell (essays)
47. Abigail Adams and Her Times by Laura Howe Richards (biography)
48. Selected Letters of Saint Jane Frances de Chantal by St. Jane de Chantal (collected letters)
49. Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (government report)

So we close the book on 2018. I hope to do a more timely job of updating my reading lists in 2019!
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Post by Paezra » January 4th, 2018, 1:54 pm

I'll happily participate.
My reading challenge on Goodreads has informed me that in 2017 I only read 15 books.
To much going on at work, at home and on television...
This year I want to do better.
My goal is 30 books and/or 12000 pages.

currently reading / listening:
The count of monte christo - Alexander Dumas
Saturday - Ian McEwan
I, robot - Isaac Asimov
Verspreide verhalen - A.L.G. Bosboom-Toussaint

Finished reading / listening:

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Post by fiddlesticks » January 8th, 2018, 9:30 pm

This year I have a list of books I want to read, so I am going to post them all and then mark them as I read them. My goal aside from completing my list, is to read all the books by Charles Dickens that I have not read, excluding the lesser known ones I can't get my hands on!
I don't have a list of audiobooks, so I will just add them as I listen.

Total: 31

Currently Listening
Barnaby Rudge Charles by Dickens
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Listened to
The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green
Constance Dunlap by Arthur B. Reeve
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
T. DeWitt Talmadge As I Knew Him
Beyond These Voices by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

Currently Reading
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr.
The Life That Wins by Watchman Nee

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
10 Modern Mystery Stories by varous authors
The Ancient Highway: A Novel of High Hearts and Open Woods by James Oliver Curwood (recoreded for legamus)
Our Mutual Friend Charles by Charles Dickens
Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
The Mystery of Edwin by Drood Charles Dickens
Not My Will by Francena H. Arnold
The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers
Lysbeth: A Tale of the Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Pat of Silver Bush by L. M. Montgomery
Mistress Pat by L. M. Montgomery
Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee
Be the Pack Leader By Ceasar Millan
Good Dogs, Bad Habits by Jeanne Carlson and Ranny Green

My List
Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
Sketches by Boz Charles by Dickens
The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Mandy By Julie Andrews
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Silas Marner by George Eliot
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Post by pjcsaville » January 10th, 2018, 8:29 am

I participated in the 2017 reading challenge and I found it fun; however, I found myself posting twice (1 to Goodreads and 2 to Librivox). I'm not sure if Librivox could set up a group on Goodreads? The Goodreads site records books you've read during the year. I'm not trying to step on any toes of tradition at Librivox. Just thought it would be a helpful suggestion :D

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Post by mightyfelix » January 11th, 2018, 8:18 am

Speaking for only myself, if this reading list thing moved to Goodreads I would not participate. I tried out Goodreads a couple of times, but have never kept up with anything there. On the other hand, I'm on these forums daily.

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Post by Availle » January 11th, 2018, 8:25 am

I'm not on goodreads, and I see no reason to make yet another online profile I barely use. I'm online here daily as well.

Of course, that doesn't hinder anyone to start their own LibriVox Members Goodreads Group/List, whatever it is called over there. Just make sure it doesn't say "official" or anything like that, as to not give the wrong impression (meaning: people coming to us when there's something going wrong over there :wink:)
Cheers, Ava.
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Post by Cori » January 11th, 2018, 1:24 pm

I've created one at :D I enter my books at GR and then copy&paste them here, but each to their own. Also, feel free to friend me there if wanted. :) And create bookshelves etc. as you want. And I've never administered a group before, so let me know if I'm doing anything wrong (I put a no-author-spam note in the rules for starters. :D )

Oh, and I updated my post above, I'm trying adding reviews this year.
There's honestly no such thing as a stupid question -- but I'm afraid I can't rule out giving a stupid answer : : To Posterity and Beyond!

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Post by icequeen » January 11th, 2018, 2:26 pm

Cori wrote:
January 11th, 2018, 1:24 pm
I've created one at :D I enter my books at GR and then copy&paste them here, but each to their own. Also, feel free to friend me there if wanted. :) And create bookshelves etc. as you want. And I've never administered a group before, so let me know if I'm doing anything wrong (I put a no-author-spam note in the rules for starters. :D )

Oh, and I updated my post above, I'm trying adding reviews this year.


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