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50 Book Challenge in 2013. Who's with me?

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CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 05-Jan-13 16:58:16

Tidying up after Christmas it has come to my attention that I have nearly 100(!!) paperbacks in stacks down the side of my bed waiting to be read. blushblush
I am going to challenge myself to try and read at least 50 of them this year. That's nearly one a week so I am going to have to really apply myself and stop faffing around and doing other things when I could be enjoying a good book.
I wondered if anyone else would like to join me? We can post what we are reading and then post when we have finished each book and what's next.
I know I would love to hear what others are reading and enjoying (or not enjoying) so I can go out and buy more books in a few months time!
My first book of the year is President Down by Terence Strong about spies and terrorists which my dad lent me about a year ago! I'm only about 20 pages in, but so far so good.

tumbletumble Tue 05-Feb-13 07:36:11

Stayed up late last night to finish book no.4 - The Child Who, a real page turner. Knackered today!

Next book is A Prayer For Owen Meany. I may be some time.

minsmum Tue 05-Feb-13 16:25:11

Don't know where my post went but book 8 was cranford which was very sweet.
Book 9 is Killer Instinct by zoe sharp which I am enjoying. It comes with a recommendation from Lee Childs.

Galaxymum Tue 05-Feb-13 16:43:22

Lee Child and Zoe Sharp are good friends and used to live near each other in the Lake District. I listened to a tslk by her a couple of years ago - feisty and very imaginative! She takes her research very seriously.

minsmum Tue 05-Feb-13 17:09:27

I didn't know that he does seem to be quite a fan of her Charlie Fox books though.

MrsMaryCooper Tue 05-Feb-13 18:17:40

No 13 was Capital by John Lancaster. Well written but it didn't really grip me.

MegBusset Tue 05-Feb-13 19:34:40

Finished no.6, it was a bit longer than the others but still pleased that I managed to read a 450-page book in just over a week!

1. Edge Of The Orison - Iain Sinclair
2. The Year 1000 - Robert Lacey
3. The Clay Machine Gun - Victor Pelevin
4. V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd
5. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
6. Peter Ackroyd - A History Of England Vol 1: Foundation

Would highly recommend the Ackroyd book for history fans. Funnily enough I reached the chapter on Richard III yesterday!

No.7 will be John Christopher's The Death Of Grass, v short so shouldn't take long.

MrsMaryCooper Tue 05-Feb-13 19:49:16

And No 14 is Nice Weekend for a Murder - Max Allan Collins. I don't think it's going to stretch me, but it is trotting along nicely so far.

SuperScribbler Tue 05-Feb-13 21:56:55

Barking took ages to get going and was all rather convaluted. Not bad, but not one of Tom Holt's best.

Book 16: The Sunne in Splendour (what else smile ).

NotGeoffVader Tue 05-Feb-13 22:19:54

Still on Caitlin Moran - some bits of it are making me spit drink out laughing.... definitely a recommend, even though I'm not yet finished.

CoteDAzur Wed 06-Feb-13 07:45:48

I finished Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. An incredibly entertaining and curiously informative book about the author's trip to Mexican canyons, to meet and run with the Tarahumara tribe, whose people seem to have the secret of extreme endurance. He puts together a very convincing case of how we are running animals (rather than walking animals like pigs and chimps, for example), drawing on evidence from human anatomy and anthropology. Fascinating book! And I am now completely convinced that we are all "born to run" and can't wait to chuck my super-padded Nike trainers in favor of some minimalist running shoes smile

On to Poet by Michael Connelly...

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Wed 06-Feb-13 09:29:22

Cote - Born To Run sounds fascinating. Although I must be strong and not buy any new books.

I stayed up late last night and finished book 5. It was Sanctus by Simon Toyne. It was a really gripping book about religious conspiracy. I really liked the fact that the author hasn't pretended any of it is based in fact and that he made the whole thing up! Probably for the best as part of it is really quite shocking. I was disappointed at the ending though. I hadn't realised it is the first of a trilogy, this book just runs straight into the next one, so none of the loose ends are tied off. And I don't have the second book.

Book 6 is Brute Force by Andy McNab - which should have been book 5 but I left it at work and started Sanctus instead.

NicknameTaken Wed 06-Feb-13 15:45:58

Reading The Last Princess, non-fic about Queen Victoria's youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice. Not a life to envy.

secretscwirrels Wed 06-Feb-13 16:25:12

No 6 was a Robert Parker. I've just discovered him and so will be dipping in all year.
Total fail was the 100 year old man. I thought the style was so childish I wondered whether it was meant to be a children's book?
I give a book 3 chapters maximum. I read for pleasure not for work so it has to entertain me.
Just starting the Expats by Chris Pavone.

PerksOfBeingNorthern Wed 06-Feb-13 17:43:26

10) Elizabeth Janet Henderson - Laura's Big Break
11) Sheila O'Flanagan - My Favourite Goodbye

Have started Charlotte Bronte - The professor but struggling slightly so may have to leave and come back. Have Sunne In Splendour to read and quite fancy The Last Princess Nickname is reading <book envy>

mydadsdaughter Wed 06-Feb-13 23:52:55

Have finished Queen Camilla, a friend lent me it and although it took a while to get into it I enjoyed in the end, also just finished first series of unfortunate events which I was reading to my little boy which was fab!

NicknameTaken Thu 07-Feb-13 09:36:15

Ha, Perks, that's the danger of a thread like this! I got in in my local library, so it might be worth trying there if you don't want to spend more money on books. If it helps, it was fairly interesting (depending on how much you already know about Victoria's family - I don't think there are any startling new insights) but I wouldn't classify it as a must-read.

Galaxymum Thu 07-Feb-13 11:47:48

I read The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley yesterday so totted up no. 7 whilst I'm in the middle of the excellent Gone Girl.

This thread is too tempting though - I keep adding to my To Read pile! It'll never go down which was not the aim at the start!

mumslife Thu 07-Feb-13 12:47:53

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minsmum Thu 07-Feb-13 12:48:32

Finished Killer Instinct I really enjoyed this so book 10 is going to be the second in the series Riot Act.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 07-Feb-13 18:36:41

Can I join?

Allalonenow Thu 07-Feb-13 20:34:42

Started "Lady in Waiting" by Denise Domning, supposedly historical fiction, but actually just about cardboard cut outs dressed in Tudor costume. Without the the political intrigue or social details that would have interested me, I soon abandoned it.

minsmum Thu 07-Feb-13 21:05:39

allalone I tried that book too but I only read a couple of pages

CoteDAzur Thu 07-Feb-13 22:02:02

I finished #5: The Poet by Michael Connelly. Murder mystery/serial killer book with several twists. Not brilliant but pretty good, although I figured things out quicker than the FBI which is never a great sign.

I can't decide if I should now read Lolita, Under The Dome, or Casino Royale...

Allalonenow Thu 07-Feb-13 22:13:41

minsmum I think it will have to go in to the "Total Rubbish" collection!

I noticed upthread you've read Cranford, I really enjoyed it when I read it recently, it reminded me of the Arnold Bennett Five Towns books.

TacoLeBell Thu 07-Feb-13 22:22:47

Hi all, I'm doing this via Goodreads and didn't realise there was a thread here! I'm up to 5 at the moment.

I got a bit obsessed by Ben Aaronovitch and read all three of his 'Rivers of London' series along with a Fables graphic novel and a short by Joanna Trollope. So a mixed bag there! I'm halfway through Ready Player One by Ernest Cline which is excellent so far, I'll have finished it by weekend and then have no idea what to pick next! I've got plenty so might do 'eeny meeny' wink

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