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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby ian » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:20 pm UTC

cv4 wrote:
cv4 wrote:I have posted a couple times in this thread, so thought I would give an update.

Starting May 1st (when I got home from school), I have read:
-Neuromancer
-The Chrysalids
-Brave New World
-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
-The Yiddish Policeman's Union
-Stranger in a Strange Land
-Slaughterhouse-Five

Guess it puts me on a good pace, but those are all pretty short books (~400 pages or less) books. Also, didn't start work till this week, so had a lot more time to read.


Been about a month, thought I might as well update.

Hunter's Run
A Clash of Kings
Killing Yourself To Live
Fargo Rock City
Ender's Game
Speaker for the Dead
The Gunslinger
The Kraken Wakes

15 books in about 7 weeks. I guess that puts me on a good pace. lol.

nice going. falling a bit behind myself. had final exams and now my days are taken up by the world cup and watching fringe.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby JayDee » Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:02 pm UTC

cv4 wrote:Starting May 1st (when I got home from school), I have read:
-Neuromancer
-The Chrysalids
[...]
I have Neuromancer (and the rest of the Sprawl trilogy, which aren't anywhere near as good) in my pile to maybe read. I was hoping to read the three Bridge books (I haven't read All Tomorrows Parties yet) but I can't seem to find copies of them.

I picked up a second hand copy of The Chysalids today, partly from seeing it on your list, partly from noticing it at the library, mostly from reading coverage of the new XCOM game which has less than nothing to do with it.

cv4 wrote:Guess it puts me on a good pace, but those are all pretty short books (~400 pages or less) books.
I'm planning to read a heap of classic science fiction books. Most of them are 200 pages or less. All the books I've read so far are. But I don't mind, I'll make up for it with lengthy and involved books when I know I can reach my target.

Day 2: Couldn't find the William Gibson books I was after, so more Le Guin. A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan.
Day 3: The Farthest Shore. I've got a copy of Tehanu, which I haven't read in a decade or more, on request from a library. Should be able to find The Other Wind at a local library (that one I've never read.)

I would say I had forgotten how wonderful these books are, but truth be told I re-read them last year, too. Now I am re-casting them in a different light. The difference between, say, Harry Potter (thousands upon hundreds of pages of detail about a kid at wizard school) and A Wizard of Earthsea (two chapters of which covers all the schooling) I am thinking about as a showing versus telling difference. A Wizard of Earthsea is so consise. Very often told - traditional sagas and chants come into play. There is such a gulf of difference in style, which in part is a way in which tastes have changes over the years. Maybe people want to be shown all the details and stuff nowadays, instead of being told a story.

People, that is. Not me.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Sasha » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:02 am UTC

I would say I have read more than 100 books so far this year. Since 1 May, though, lemme see..
Makers- Cory Doctorow
Little Brother- Cory Doctorow
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom- Cory Doctorow
Invitation to the Game- Monica Hughes
Guards! Guards!- Terry Pratchett
Pyramids- Terry Pratchett
Unseen Academicals- Terry Pratchett
Sourcery- Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic- Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic- Terry Pratchett
The Fifth Elephant- Terry Pratchett
Going Postal- Terry Pratchett
Making Money- Terry Pratchett
Shaman King 1- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 2- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 3- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 4- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 5- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 6- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 7- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 8- Hiroyuki Takei
Invisible- Pete Hautman
Mr Was- Pete Hautman
Rash- Pete Hautman
Godless- Pete Hautman
Rash- Pete Hautman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
That's all I can find on my library receipts, but then again, that's only the last three. So, in about 4 weeks, I have read 27 books. I've probably read more than that since May 1.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby JayDee » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:58 am UTC

Day 4: Murder on the Orient Express, The Sign of Four. So far not impressed with the Holmes novels (as opposed to short stories) I've read. Poirot, on the other hand, I've loved every time.
Day 5: Tehanu. I didn't like it much as a kid. I didn't really like it this time, but at least now I have a solid idea of why. Between this and some of her short stories I've come to the conclusion that Le Guin writes gender with all the subtly of a Robert Jordan.

On the weekend I decided to start on a bunch of books of short stories, but didn't finish a one of them. Oops.

Day 8: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Now this one I liked, very much. Much better paced than the other two, and it ends at about the right place.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Sasha » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:43 pm UTC

Sasha wrote:I would say I have read more than 100 books so far this year. Since 1 May, though, lemme see..
Makers- Cory Doctorow
Little Brother- Cory Doctorow
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom- Cory Doctorow
Invitation to the Game- Monica Hughes
Guards! Guards!- Terry Pratchett
Pyramids- Terry Pratchett
Unseen Academicals- Terry Pratchett
Sourcery- Terry Pratchett
The Colour of Magic- Terry Pratchett
The Light Fantastic- Terry Pratchett
The Fifth Elephant- Terry Pratchett
Going Postal- Terry Pratchett
Making Money- Terry Pratchett
Shaman King 1- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 2- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 3- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 4- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 5- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 6- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 7- Hiroyuki Takei
Shaman King 8- Hiroyuki Takei
Invisible- Pete Hautman
Mr Was- Pete Hautman
Rash- Pete Hautman
Godless- Pete Hautman
Rash- Pete Hautman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
That's all I can find on my library receipts, but then again, that's only the last three. So, in about 4 weeks, I have read 27 books. I've probably read more than that since May 1.

Add to that:
Soul Music- Terry Pratchett
Little Fuzzy- H. Beam Piper
Fuzzy Sapiens- H. Beam Piper
Eastern Standard Tribe- Cory Doctorow
that's 4 more books for a grand total of 31.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Animastryfe » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:00 pm UTC

I'll do this with you. I've been keeping a list of books I want to read and books I've read since January 1, 2010, but I can start from May 1 if you want. Do you want to include books read for classes? Also, most of these books are quite long; a rough guess would put the average/median at some 500-600 pages.

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Have Read:
- And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
- Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
- Lovecraft Tales – H.P. Lovecraft
- Return of the Black Widowers – Isaac Asimov
- Superfreakonomics – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
- The Search for Modern China – Jonathan D. Spence
- The Gathering Storm – Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
- Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson


Currently Reading:
- Godel, Escher, Bach – Douglas R. Hofstadter

Will Read:
- A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
- Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
- Arthur C. Clarke
- Atonement – Ian McEwan
- Brian Greene
- Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
- Dune – Frank Herbert
- East of Eden – John Steinbeck
- For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
- From Hell – Alan Moore
- H.P. Lovecraft
- History and Decline of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon
- Hyperion Cantos – Dan Simmons
- Isaac Asimov books
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
- Masters of Rome – Colleen McCullough
- On War – Carl Von Clauswitz
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
- Outline of History – H.G. Wells
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Robert A. Heinlein
- Shakespeare
- Shogun – James Clavell
- Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
- The Baroque Cycle – Neal Stephenson
- The Brother Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandres Dumas
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
- The Illiad and The Oddyssey- Homer
- The New History of the World – John Roberts
- The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli
- The Road - Cormac McCarthy
- The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Sot-Weed Factor – John Barth
- The Stand – Stephen King
- The Trouble With Physics – Lee Smolin
- Ulysses – James Joyce
- War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
- Watership Down – Richard Adams
- The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces – William H. White
- American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass – Douglass Massey, Nancy Denton
- The Liberal Defense of Murder – Richard Seymour
- The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History – Isaiah Berlin
- Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and The Secret History of Capitalism – Ha-joon Chang


Edit: I'm not including manga.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby MerquiseOperatic » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:18 am UTC

Johannes Factotum wrote:To be truly pedantic what you would want is a combined rating of length (word count) and complexity. For a complexity rating you could use a readability test like Flesch-Kincaid. It ranks a sentence's complexity using both the length of the sentence and words' length.


So I found a calculator for Flesch-Kincaid ratings and proceeded to run two things:

*Heidegger's intro to Being and Time
*My crappy paper for my Lit Theory class on Foucault

Heidegger scored 52.12 and I got a 38.58. This either means the formula could use some work or I am the most complicated German philosopher to ever live.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Pandora_Bound » Thu Jul 15, 2010 5:38 pm UTC

My list as completed so far (though I started in June)

The Next 100 Years (George Friedman)
America’s Secret War (George Friedman)
Balkan Ghosts (Robert D. Kaplan)
The Industry of Souls (Martin Booth)
Notes from the Underground (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Journey Into Islam (Akbar Ahmed)
Night (Elie Wiesel)
Song for Night (Chris Abani)
McMafia (Misha Glenny)

Currently working my way through the Bible (which is why there haven't been more, but I'm halfway done!), I feel kinda cheated putting it down as only one book though....=/
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby folkhero » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:39 pm UTC

Pandora_Bound wrote:Currently working my way through the Bible (which is why there haven't been more, but I'm halfway done!), I feel kinda cheated putting it down as only one book though....=/

Isn't the Bible a collection of several books? I don't think it would be cheating to count them separately.

MerquiseOperatic wrote:So I found a calculator for Flesch-Kincaid ratings and proceeded to run two things:

*Heidegger's intro to Being and Time
*My crappy paper for my Lit Theory class on Foucault

Heidegger scored 52.12 and I got a 38.58. This either means the formula could use some work or I am the most complicated German philosopher to ever live.

Two points:
1)Needlessly erudite vocabulary, combined with overlong sentence structure will, ostensibly, appear rather impressive and examination of such writing with Flesch-Kincaid, or other readability analysis will give a result of high complexity; although it should be remembered that these examine the writing's complexity, not the complexity of the thinking behind the writing. Artificially increasing your writing's complexity serves an important role in obfuscating the sophomoric banality of your platitudes*, while Heidegger utilized the simplest language available that could still convey the unimaginable profundity of his momentous ponderings.
(oh look, I scored a negative 35)

2) In the intro, Heidegger probably wasn't getting into any of his technical arguments yet.

*sorry if that came of a dickish, I was taking your word that your paper was crappy, I'm also exaggerating so as to make use of lots of big words.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby ian » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:49 pm UTC

Old Testament/New Testament would work, but otherwise I imagine most are under 100 pages

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Pandora_Bound » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:08 pm UTC

folkhero wrote:Isn't the Bible a collection of several books? I don't think it would be cheating to count them separately.

ian wrote:Old Testament/New Testament would work, but otherwise I imagine most are under 100 pages


Using a Catholic Bible so 73 "books", and I'd say the majority are less than 25 pages. Psalms was the exception though. Jesus, it just wouldn't end! Old Testament/New Testament works best I guess, but that still leaves the Old Testament as a 1500 page "book". :shock:

I guess I just gotta remember that I'm reading and making progress, and convince myself that the cathartic feeling of crossing a book off the list is much less important that the process of reading them anyway.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby cv4 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:47 am UTC

Pandora_Bound wrote:
folkhero wrote:Isn't the Bible a collection of several books? I don't think it would be cheating to count them separately.

ian wrote:Old Testament/New Testament would work, but otherwise I imagine most are under 100 pages


Using a Catholic Bible so 73 "books", and I'd say the majority are less than 25 pages. Psalms was the exception though. Jesus, it just wouldn't end! Old Testament/New Testament works best I guess, but that still leaves the Old Testament as a 1500 page "book". :shock:

I guess I just gotta remember that I'm reading and making progress, and convince myself that the cathartic feeling of crossing a book off the list is much less important that the process of reading them anyway.


Two of the books counted in mine are Clash of Kings and Storm of Swords and soon I will be reading Anathem. None of those are short, and if you read the whole thread, you can see we discussed book length, but decided any changes were pointless, since it really isn't a competition...

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby KiaKat » Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:39 pm UTC

Oh geez.

Let's see. This year already I've re-read the Sword of Truth series (originally took me six months to get through, re-read in about 8 weeks), most of the Darkover series (have read in the past, am re-reading now), all the Neil Gaiman books on my shelves, Foundation & Robots series (Asimov), half a dozen books on the regions & grapes used in winemaking (I'm a sommelier candidate), Mars by Ben Bova, and my aunt's City of Dreams series.

That's obviously not counting the publications I have to read for work. This year was a HUGE release for Bordeaux, so there are reviews and discussions all over the place. And that's not counting the fanfic I've read and re-read over the last six months.

Yeah. I'm a total addict.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby cv4 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:59 pm UTC

cv4 wrote:
cv4 wrote:I have posted a couple times in this thread, so thought I would give an update.

Starting May 1st (when I got home from school), I have read:
-Neuromancer
-The Chrysalids
-Brave New World
-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
-The Yiddish Policeman's Union
-Stranger in a Strange Land
-Slaughterhouse-Five

Guess it puts me on a good pace, but those are all pretty short books (~400 pages or less) books. Also, didn't start work till this week, so had a lot more time to read.


Been about a month, thought I might as well update.

Hunter's Run
A Clash of Kings
Killing Yourself To Live
Fargo Rock City
Ender's Game
Speaker for the Dead
The Gunslinger
The Kraken Wakes

15 books in about 7 weeks. I guess that puts me on a good pace. lol.


Can add

Julian Comstock
The Right Stuff
A Storm of Swords
Starship Troopers
Mona Lisa Overdrive

To that list. Slowing down a bit. But still at 20 books in 3 months and a bit.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby ian » Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:51 pm UTC

1 - Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely
2 - Makers - Cory Doctrow
3 - Foundation - Isaac Asimov
4 - Foundation & Empire - Isaac Asimov
5 - Second Foundation - Isaac Asimov
6 - Software - Rudy Rucker
7 - Big Bang - Simon Singh
8 - The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby
9 - Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
10 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
11 - Eastern Standard Tribe - Cory Doctrow
12 - The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing - edited by Richard Dawkins
13 - Somone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town - Cory Doctrow
14 - The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
15 - House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski,
16 - Bad Astronomy - Phil Plait
17 - All You Need Is Kill - Hiroshi Sakurazaka
18 - In Search of the Multiverse - John R. Gribbin
19 - The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman
20 - Solar - Ian McEwan
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21 - Love in the time of Chloera - Gabriel García Márquez
22 - Dalglish: My Autobiography - Kenny Dalglish
23 - The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
24 - Against a Dark Background - Iain M Banks
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Brother Maynard » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:47 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure I won't have a problem meeting the challenge, since when I last had three weeks off school, I read the entire Wheel of Time series so far (including New Spring) in two weeks (context for the nerds here that aren't into fantasy - all 12 of the main books average about 900 pages each, and there's a 300-page prequel).

But, anyways, I'll try this out for fun after I stop being in the middle of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby JayDee » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:00 pm UTC

Brother Maynard wrote:I'm pretty sure I won't have a problem meeting the challenge, since when I last had three weeks off school, I read the entire Wheel of Time series so far (including New Spring) in two weeks (context for the nerds here that aren't into fantasy - all 12 of the main books average about 900 pages each, and there's a 300-page prequel).
You could make it a challenge, though. I can read easy fiction - especially in genres with which I'm familiar - quick as that. But information-dense non-fiction is another, um, story. As are things written in forms of english far from what you are used to (say, books from Shakespeare's day.) Or learn a new language, and try to get 50 books written in that over a year. If you do want a challenge.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Brother Maynard » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:03 am UTC

Actually, I'm going to try and read 50 novels and write a couple of my own in just my spare time.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby vector » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:51 am UTC

JayDee wrote:As are things written in forms of english far from what you are used to (say, books from Shakespeare's day.) Or learn a new language, and try to get 50 books written in that over a year. If you do want a challenge.


This is a really excellent idea. Thanks!
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby cv4 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:32 pm UTC

cv4 wrote:
cv4 wrote:
cv4 wrote:I have posted a couple times in this thread, so thought I would give an update.

Starting May 1st (when I got home from school), I have read:
-Neuromancer
-The Chrysalids
-Brave New World
-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
-The Yiddish Policeman's Union
-Stranger in a Strange Land
-Slaughterhouse-Five

Guess it puts me on a good pace, but those are all pretty short books (~400 pages or less) books. Also, didn't start work till this week, so had a lot more time to read.


Been about a month, thought I might as well update.

Hunter's Run
A Clash of Kings
Killing Yourself To Live
Fargo Rock City
Ender's Game
Speaker for the Dead
The Gunslinger
The Kraken Wakes

15 books in about 7 weeks. I guess that puts me on a good pace. lol.


Can add

Julian Comstock
The Right Stuff
A Storm of Swords
Starship Troopers
Mona Lisa Overdrive

To that list. Slowing down a bit. But still at 20 books in 3 months and a bit.


Long time since this thread has been updated. Can add

A Feast for Crows
The Time Machine
The Invisible Man
Animal Farm
Foundation
Xenocide
His Majesty's Dragon
American Gods
Neverwhere
Y:The Last Man (counting all ten as one book)

30 books in 27 weeks. Still on pace.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Dirk » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:39 pm UTC

Isn't the point of reading books to enjoy it, rather than try to read as many as possible?

It seems pointless to me. I don't think reading is very enjoyable if you do it under time pressure.
Nor do you enrich yourself the way you would if you would give yourself time to reflect upon what you have read between sentences, paragraphs or chapters.

Then at the year of the year, you've read 50 books. But none of them were enjoyable nor enriching because you were too busy reading as fast as possible. No?

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby vector » Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:09 pm UTC

I dunno. I don't think I'd feel that much pressure to "read as fast as possible," I'd just feel pressure to read more. I do have the time to read and reflect upon 50 books a year. I just use it for other things.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby cv4 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:55 pm UTC

I don't feel any pressure to do any of it. It's just me reading. I spent like 3 weeks at the start of September where I didn't read much of anything, and a couple weeks during mid-terms where I didn't either. Then other times, I have a lot of free time and am in the mood to read, so I do a bit more.

There is no winning really and a book a week isn't that much really. I feel it is more a personal goal to broaden my horizons by reading that much. If I start falling short, I'm not going to speed read or anything because there is no point.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby JayDee » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:20 pm UTC

Dirk wrote:I don't think reading is very enjoyable if you do it under time pressure.
Sucks to be you.

I see a challenge like this as a motivation to spend more time reading. 50 books is very do-able, except that these days it seems easier to spend time playing video games, or drinking, or studying for exams, or browsing the web. Having a goal makes it easier to prioritise reading above those sort of things. It's giving myself an extra reason to spend time doing something I love, and something I might have realised I don't do as often as I used to.

Alternatively, there is something to be said of keeping track of one's reading. Even as someone who reads a lot, there is something to be said for keeping a list. For being able to look back at the end of a year and see, stretched out, a list of what I read. Like an album of holiday photos.

And the numbers give a sense of accomplishment. Especially if 50 books in a year seems like an impossibility at first. From "I'd never find the time" or "I'd never picked up a novel before last year" to "Wow, I actually did it. I'm so much better than I thought I was".
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Jahoclave » Mon Nov 15, 2010 7:23 am UTC

132 College Freshman essays... I think that counts as about four or five books right there in terms of the abject horror they are to the written language.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Dirk » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:06 pm UTC

Don't get me wrong. I read two books a week easily, without any pressure needed. But that is because I enjoy it. I will certainly not try to set a goal for myself, it would just spoil the reading if reading fast becomes a necessity! It seems counterproductive to me.

But, if you think a goal like that will help you enjoy books, by all means, go ahead.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby ian » Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:33 am UTC

Reading fast is something you've presumed with no evidence. If someone reads 25 books a year and wants to read 50, then perhaps they are setting twice as much time aside to do so rather than reading twice as fast.

Thanks for your permission though.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Kewangji » Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:25 pm UTC

I'll try this next year. I'll keep a list and everything!
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby _wtw_ » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:43 am UTC

I think I'll struggle with this. I love to read, but never seem to find time to, and can't fathom why.
However! Promised myself I'd do this over 2011. Here goes, right? I've done Machine Of Death and now I'm halfway through Nemesis by Asimov. Count me in!
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Kewangji » Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:25 am UTC

I'm in! So far I've read:
2001: A Space Odyssey. (Jan 3)

Reading at the moment:
a friend's Nanowrimo.

Will read later:
The Greatest show on Earth,
The Selfish Gene,
House of Leaves
Bible Camp Bloodbath
Not sure if my own Nanowrimo-thing would count. It is 50k words <.<
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Dason » Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:49 pm UTC

Kewangji wrote:Not sure if my own Nanowrimo-thing would count. It is 50k words <.<

Do you want it to count? If so then count it.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby minkis » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:51 pm UTC

In the last year, which I spent in Afghanistan, I know I read at least 30 books. And they were mostly 300+, with a few over 1000. And that's when I wasn't working.

*edit* maybe once my box arrives back to the states, I will list the ones I read.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:50 pm UTC

So I kept a list of the books I read in 2010, and it came to just under one a day. It's over on LJ if anyone is interested. PM me and I'll tell you where to find it.
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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Plasmic-Turtle » Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:35 am UTC

I shall start this as of the 1st of April(when life begins again) - but am posting now to remind myself!

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Fedechiar » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:30 pm UTC

I did 79 in 2009 and 93 in 2010...This year I'm aiming for a clean hundred (I finished my ninth book of the year last night)...
Books in 2011:
1. Small weightless mishaps (A. Tabucchi)
2. A woman seller's notes (G. Faletti)
3. Uto (A. De Carlo)
4. Two out of two (A. De Carlo)
5. Pure life (A. De Carlo)
6. Visitors (C. Simak)
7. Second contact (H. Turtledove)
8. Down to Earth (H. Turtledove)
9. Aftershocks (H. Turtledove)

I'm sorry if the first five titles are wrong, but I read them in Italian and I don't know their English translation

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Faithful » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:01 pm UTC

I read for about 8 hours on a weekend + while I am busy in the restroom.

13 - The Wheel of Time (Eye of the World - Towers of Midnight)
24 - In Death Series by J.D. Robb (Naked in Death - Innocent in Death minus the short stories)

1 Rainbow Six
1 Patriot Games
4 *mutters* Twilight Series

I've read 43 books so far. I am pretty sure I will make it to 50 by the end of the year.

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Re: The 50 book challenge

Postby Kewangji » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:18 pm UTC

Update! So far I've read:
2001: A Space Odyssey. (Jan 3)
The Selfish Gene. (so not keeping dates <.<).
Bible Camp Bloodbath.
A Scanner Darkly.

Currently reading:
A friend's Nanowrimo.
Feminism (Lena Gemzöe, Swedish book, nonfic)
House of Leaves.

Will be reading in the future:
More Philip K. Dick! Tons of Dick!
The Greatest Show on Earth.
Steampunk stuff!
Wanna reread the Lian Hearn books.
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