I can't quite manage 50 books in a year but would like to aim for 12.

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Beechview Tue 31-Dec-13 12:03:52

Would anyone else like to join this challenge?

isleangel Tue 31-Dec-13 12:38:15

I'll join you - no way I'll ever read 50, (unless I abandon real life entirely), but I think I managed 14 this year, so would like to read more next year. For books I'm in a dilemma over which to start with - The night circus or angelmaker

Babylonmood Tue 31-Dec-13 12:43:06

Yes I would like to join you. Since having a baby my attention span has fizzled to nothing. I would like to spend less time here flitting about and more time reading books. If I start easy I can build up to worthy. Any recommendations?

Beechview Tue 31-Dec-13 12:56:46

What kind of books do you like reading Babylonmood?
When I got back into reading, I enjoyed

Into The Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes (it was recommended here)
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Cuckoo - Julia Crouch
Some Alexander McCall Smith and a fair bit of trashy supernatural romance stuff free on my kindle app blush smile

Me! There is no way I could read 50 books in a year (unless I'm allowed to count my course materials).

I've just finished The Husband's Promise and really enjoyed it, I read it in 4 days I think and I've not read a full length novel for a few years shock (I'm studying so don't get a lot of time and when I do I tend not to read as I need a break from staring at words on a page).

Have downloaded a couple of books from the 12 days of kindle sale so my first book of the New Year will either be Frisky Business or Eternally North.

SwedishEdith Tue 31-Dec-13 13:34:42

I'm going to try this this year (again, say it every year). I think I might alternate between a classic I "should" have read and a more modern novel. I'll watch here to see what gets recommended.

Babylonmood Wed 01-Jan-14 11:12:35

Hi. Very varied. Have enjoyed worthy classics in the past but brain not up to it at the moment. Modern novels I've enjoyed recently are: the time travellers wife; In the Line of Beauty; The Slap; anything by Margaret Atwood; The Midwives' Confession: Swamplandia; The Poisonwood Bible (blub); Running the Rift; Fingersmith;

I have a kindle so cheap kindle stuff is good.

Babylonmood Wed 01-Jan-14 11:18:21

Ooooh - I loved The Gone Girl

countingdown Wed 01-Jan-14 11:23:41

Can I join please? Seem to have lost my reading mojo recently, but 12 books sounds manageable.

Beechview Wed 01-Jan-14 11:40:10

Babylonmood Have you looked at the 12 days of kindle deals? There are loads of good books for 99p or £1.49. I've bought about 4 so far including Gone Girl.

Beechview Wed 01-Jan-14 11:41:13

Hi countingdown what are you going to read?

theonewiththenoisychild Thu 02-Jan-14 10:24:33

im in. i just started reading a cathy glass book called hidden. ive got a few quick reads from the library to read and i brought 2 diane chamberlain books in the kindle sale. i may be able to do more than 12 but will never manage 50. not with my kids grin

isleangel Thu 02-Jan-14 16:56:13

I decided to start with the Night Circus, and after page 18 I'm really hooked, which is always a good sign in a book! Had just read the road by Cormac Mccarthy, but it took me 100 pages to get interested

LEMoncehadacatcalledSANTA Fri 03-Jan-14 00:05:29

Can I join? I joined the 50 books thing but im such a slow reader I reckon 12 is far more realistic. Just picked ip one ftom 12 days of kindle - copycat by gillian white. Not my normal type of book but will let you know

feckawwf Fri 03-Jan-14 00:09:57

Ooh I'm in, should defo manage 12! Just started Reconstructing Amelia at Xmas so that's my first smile

RunningKatie Mon 06-Jan-14 14:28:14

can i join too?

the only books i currently read are thomas the tank engine ones.

We moved house and i would like to find a new book club to motivate me.

In the meantime I am starting off with ToddlerCalm! Then i will try the White Princess. smile (hopefully with a calm toddler)

Well I finished Frisky Business on New Year's Day so that's one down! It was ok. I enjoyed reading it but it was quite predictable.

Now reading Eternally North. Another fairly easy going one I think as the next book I'm planning I expect to be harder going.

iwantavuvezela Tue 07-Jan-14 13:18:32

Can I join in, I would like to have 12 on my list ......

notnowbernard Tue 07-Jan-14 13:19:57

I'm up for reading 1 a month, too (no way could I do 50! shock)

I tend to read quite a diverse range...

Eg currently reading Piers Morgan's diaries smile
Before that read The Stand by Stephen King
Before that To Kill A Mocking Bird

Always up for recommendations! grin

feckawwf Wed 08-Jan-14 13:20:29

Well I've read my first, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but really enjoyed it. Pretty similar to Gone girl so would recommend it if you loved that....it flits from present tense to past and between characters which kept me gripped. Now to decide what to read next....

Beechview Wed 08-Jan-14 14:31:36

Good going feckawwf.
I'm reading a Dean Koontz book. I'm loving it but its a big book so I'm giving myself til the end of the month to finish it.
I think I'll read Gone Girl after that.

On my kindle I have;

Sharp Objects and Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Human Remains - Elizabeth Haynes
Road to Rouen - Ben Hatch
The Perfect Husband - Lisa Gardner
Cursed - Stephen Leather

I've also got about 8 books on my bookshelf that I want to read.

feckawwf Wed 08-Jan-14 16:19:09

Ooh I'll look some of those up, the other Gillian Flynn ones are next on my list I think as loved Gone girl. Tbh I feel a bit of a fraud reading Reconstructing Amelia so quickly, a lot of the pages only have a few words on as are extracts from Facebook, emails, texts etc so works out a fairly short book blush

Corriewatcher Wed 08-Jan-14 21:31:48

I'd love to join too please! I'm in a book club so that takes care of about 6-8 books per year, and I often struggle to find time to read anything else around those but I would love to. Our current book is The Luminaries which is over 800 pages long!

But I've also been partaking in the Kindle sale and have a backlog to get through,including Wolf Hall, The Cuckoo's Calling, the latest Bridget Jones, The Kingsmaker's Daughter (have read the other two in the trilogy), a JoJo Moyes book, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn plus the remaining books in the Game of Thrones series that I haven't read yet. So I really need to read a bit more. Hopefully this will give me the push I need.

iwantavuvezela Thu 09-Jan-14 15:29:43

I've made good headway into book one - Barbara Kingsolvers Prodigal summer which i am enjoying. I think I will follow this up (feb ) with Americanah by Chinamanda as I loved her Hlaf of the Yellow Sun ......

Ok have just finished " The husbands secret".
New kindle in our house smile so keen to aim for at least 12 books this year.
Any suggestions what next?

AnneWentworth Thu 09-Jan-14 18:07:59

You can still join the thread. I am going for 25 and lots did less last year. There aren't really any rules the name just stuck.

feckawwf Thu 09-Jan-14 18:22:51

hobnob-I really enjoyed the Husbands secret, is that the kind of book you normally go for? If so then you'd probably enjoy the one I just mentioned Reconstructing Amelia. Have you read Gone girl?

I'm a bit undecided about The Husbands secret. I read it in two days ( off work poorly sad ) and I did enjoy it but I was not wowed by it. But yes it is my style of book.
I have downloaded Gone Girl but yet to start.
Thanks for the ideas smile

I really liked The Husband's Secret (just realised I said Promise earlier) but then I tend to like 'lighter' reading as I'm studying so anything too in depth I tend to lose interest in atm.

I've finished Eternally North. It was um...ok. Totally and utterly unbelievable but a bit funny and therefore enjoyable. That and Frisky Business make it 2 down, 10 to go. Next on my list is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. It was recommended to me by a friend for the quilting references. I'm not convinced it'll be my sort of thing so recommendations for some nice easy going books to have alongside it would be good!

And here I am to eat my words. I have now finished The Last Runaway because I couldn't put it down. Started it at 4pm and finished it at 10pm. Absolutely loved the ending.

However I am now without a book!

feckawwf Tue 14-Jan-14 16:08:15

Wow Crafty that was quick reading! Think you're on the wrong thread you need the 50 books a year thread wink I'll add that to my list!

I've just started book 2, I was browsing the sale at Asda and picked up Game by Anders de la motte.Was
a bargain! I'm not sure what to make of it although only about 60 pages in, would make a fab film. A guy finds a phone, which flashes up with a text saying "would you like to play a game" long story short he gets paid for carrying out various tasks, which become more sinister and dangerous as the story goes on. It's actually a trilogy so hopefully I'll start getting into it soon.

I'll be slowing down now, my next OU module started today! And in typical fashion, Dd2 has come down with a vomiting bug <sigh>

I've bought The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright for my next read. I just keep browsing Amazon and seeing what other people have bought that have bought the books I've enjoyed and buying something that's reasonably priced.

Word of warning about The Last Runaway, there's a fair bit of quilting padding out the main story. I enjoyed that because I'm into quilting but I expect some people might find it a bit annoying.

iwantavuvezela Tue 14-Jan-14 16:32:43

Finished Prodigal summer, a lovely read, and a good way to get started. Will browse tonight for my next read. I like to give a day or two between books so I can think/reflect on the story!

AphraBehn Wed 22-Jan-14 00:14:03

I'm doing OU and a maths course this year but want to find time to read rather than mindless internet browsing. Have already read Longbourn this year, the servants' story from Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed it, it didn't take too many liberties with the established P&P characters and I liked the way some of Austen's minor details were woven into the plot.

Would like to read Rebecca next.

isleangel Tue 28-Jan-14 14:44:18

I have just finished 'The Night Circus' as my 1st book, and I loved every word of it! I am now going onto Prep by Curtis Sittenfield.

Corriewatcher Tue 28-Jan-14 18:43:11

Just finished "The Luminaries" as my first book of the New Year, just in time for my book club meeting. Think it will be a bit of a marmite book. A couple of friends have already said they gave up towards the beginning of the book. I didn't enjoy the beginning either, but part of the way through, I "got it" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Over 800 pages long, though!

Now reading the 4th book in the Game of Thrones series in readiness for when the next series starts.

Beechview Wed 12-Feb-14 10:00:13

I've just finished my first book! It was quite a thick one.
It was this one ;

I really enjoyed it but I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for next....

feckawwf Mon 17-Feb-14 23:27:23

Book 3 started-Divergent by Veronica Roth....similar theme to hunger games, it's due to become a film soon so thought I'd start the trilogy now before I watch it. Didnt rate Game at all, that was also a trilogy I won't be bothering with the other two!

isleangel Tue 25-Feb-14 17:39:01

I've just finished Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld as my 2nd. Readable but thoroughly depressing if I'm honest. Just about a girl moaning her way through boarding school. It was advertised as the next Secret History, but I don't know what the reviewers were reading.

Next up is Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway - really looking forward to this one. Feckawwf let us have a review of Divergent when you finish as it looks quite good too and I might be tempted to add to the list I want to read.

AphraBehn Tue 25-Feb-14 18:37:21

I've read Life after Life by Kate Atkinson this month. I enjoyed it but got a bit lost in the middle. This is where I prefer real books to kindle, I wanted to flip back and forth to see the connections between the different strands.

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