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50 Book Challenge 2013 -The Sequel!

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CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sun 16-Jun-13 11:05:05

Morning all,

As the old thread here is nearly full, I have created a shiny new one for your delight and delectation.

Sign in and update your progress here!

I'm Cardiff and I've nearly finished book 16, so I'm very behind as to be in track we should be approaching 25 by now. Where is everyone else up to?

I haven't been counting but I reckon I've probably read at least 50 since January tbh.

DuchessofMalfi Sun 16-Jun-13 13:18:46

Signing in, and marking my place. I'm on Book 48 currently - Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. Some light-hearted chick-lit and surprisingly good so far. I shall be tackling We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver soon, which will probably be Book 50/51.

Currently reading, 'Shampoo Planet' by Douglas Coupland. Thought I'd read all of his but this one had escaped me. It's not doing a great deal for me though.

I've also read loads for work lately, so have a big stack of lit guides etc at the side of the bed. Ted Hughes - yawn.

Engelsemama Sun 16-Jun-13 13:35:23

I lurked on the last thread. Think I am on about 25 (reading list for this year is upstairs!). Re-reading Pride and Prejudice atm. Helped to stay on track by reading the Song of Ice and Fire series which I could not put down and devoured during April/May.

I have some work reading to do this summer (English teacher) so will be re-reading Disgrace by Coetzee, Doll's House by Ibsen and Wilfred Owen's poetry.

Have just been inspired by an Agatha Christie thread in chat as well!

minsmum Sun 16-Jun-13 13:56:59

Just a quick note to myself that I have read 34 about to start book 35 but haven't chosen which its going to be yet

MegBusset Sun 16-Jun-13 17:41:40

I'm on books 30 (Beowulf - Seamus Heaney translation) and 31 (The Witches - Roald Dahl - bedtime reading with DS1).

tumbletumble Sun 16-Jun-13 18:06:30

Thanks for the new thread, Cardiff.

I'm on book 23, so almost on track for 50 this year. I'm really pleased as I didn't think I'd get anywhere near 50 when I started this! I used to read a lot pre-DC, but have been reading much less in recent years.

I'm going to mark my place on the new thread by listing my books so far so I have a record of them:

1. The Day You Saved My Life by Louise Candlish
2. The 100 Year Old Man... by Jonas Jonasson
3. The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
4. The Child Who by Simon Lelic
5. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
6. The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
7. Separate Lives by Kathryn Flett
8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
9. Pear Shaped by Stella Newman
10. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
11. Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
12. A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly
13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
14. The Jigsaw Man by Paul Britton
15. What Matters in Jane Austen
16. Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
17. Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes
18. The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
19. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
20. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
21. You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
22. How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman

Ooh to Ibsen - the best!

juneybean Sun 16-Jun-13 18:46:10

Whoop new thread! I'm up to 19 after a brief hiatus due to OU exam!

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
3. The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
7. The Unliekly Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
8. Matilda by Roald Dahl
9. The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
10. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
11. Thursday's in the Park by Hilary Boyd
12. George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
13. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
14. French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman
15. Atonement by Ian McEwan
16. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
17. Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility by Mireille Guiliano
18. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
19. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Engelsemama Sun 16-Jun-13 19:33:30

Following suit and posting my list so I can keep track.

1. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
2.The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
3.Angels by Marian Keyes
4.What I Talk about when I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
5.There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
6.The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
7.The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
8.The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
9.The Glimpse by Clair Merle
10.The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
11.Austerity Housekeeping by Sandra Bradley
12.The Host by Stephenie Meyer
13.A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
14.Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
15.A Games of Thrones by George R R Martin
16.A Clash of Kings by GRRM
17.A Storm of Swords Part 1 by GRRM
18.A Storm of Swords Part 2 by GRRM
19.A Feast for Crows by GRRM
20.Dance with Dragons Part 1 by GRRM
21.Dance With Dragons by GRRM
22.Inferno by Dan Brown
23.Whose Life is it Anyway? By Brian Clark
24.Animal Farm by George Orwell

Oops! Not quite 25 and quite a few re-reads and books I had to read at school with my classes (and also a lot of teen fiction). Should be finished with P&P soon and have been slogging my way through a book on translation for the last few months but keep falling asleep when reading before bed as it’s not exactly edge-of-your seat stuff blush .

Apart from school reading to do over the holidays have quite a lot lined up on kindle or from Christmas – Our Man in Havana, Mrs Dalloway, Gone Girl, Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy.

Love looking at everyone else’s lists – inspires me and gives me ideas!

schooldidi Sun 16-Jun-13 22:09:52

Marking my place.
I'm still reading
22. Life of Pi

I've just finished marking summer exams and I'm currently writing reports but as soon as I've got those finished then I'll have more time to devote to my reading. I've read quite a few long books so far so I might need to read a few shorter ones to up my speed.

mixedmamameansbusiness Sun 16-Jun-13 22:18:06

Ohhhh new thread. Superb.

MrsMaryCooper Mon 17-Jun-13 07:44:16


No37- The Dying Hours Mark Billingham

i haven't been reading much at all lately - more than a month since I finished no 36

DuchessofMalfi Mon 17-Jun-13 09:22:13

I've just had a look through the old thread so that I could list out all the books I've read so far, and realised my numbering went wrong a while back. I'm actually on Book 53 at the moment, not Book 48 grin

Here's my list so far (AB stands for audio book):-

1. Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart
2. Henry VIII's Wives - Julie Webster
3. The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
4. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
5. Four Children and It - Jacqueline Wilson
6. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (AB)
7. Wonder - R J Palacio
8. Sightlines - Kathleen Jamie
9. A Cupboard Full of Coats - Yvvette Edwards (AB)
10. George's Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl
11. Moominland Midwinter - Tove Jansson
12. Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas (AB)
13. The Hundred Year Old Man - Jonas Jonasson
14. 1227 QI Facts - John Lloyd
15. The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
16. A Winter Book - Tove Jansson
17. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (AB)
18. The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett (AB)
19. The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes
20. Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell (AB)
21. Back Story - David Mitchell
22. Notorious Nineteen - Janet Evanovich
23. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
24. 1984 - George Orwell (AB)
25. The Fast Book - Dr Michael Mosley & Mimi Spencer
26. The Magic Faraway Tree trilogy - Enid Blyton

DuchessofMalfi Mon 17-Jun-13 09:29:17

27. Esio Trot - Roald Dahl
28. Atonement - Ian McEwan
29. The Closed Door and Other Stories - Dorothy Whipple
30. French Children Don't Throw Food - Pamela Druckerman
31. The End of the Affair - Graham Greene (AB)
32. My Animals and Other Family - Clare Balding
33. Nella Last's War - Nella Last (AB)
34. In Pursuit of the English - Doris Lessing
35. The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother - Amy Chua
36. My Cousin Rachel - Daphne Du Maurier (AB)
37. The Clothes They Stood Up In - Alan Bennett (AB)
38. The Innocents - Francesca Segal
39. Five Run Away Together - Enid Blyton
40. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
41. At Home - Bill Bryson (AB)
42. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
43. The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
44. New Ways To Kill Your Mother - Colm Toibin
45. The Light Between Oceans - M L Stedman (AB)
46. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
47. The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick
48. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
49. This Is How It Ends - Kathleen MacMahon
50. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (AB)
51. Tigers in Red Weather - Liza Klaussmann
52. The BFG - Roald Dahl

Shanghaidiva Mon 17-Jun-13 09:29:30

Still reading number 23 - Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. It's a young adult book about WW2.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 17-Jun-13 09:52:03

And, having looked at my list on Goodreads, I've missed three books off my list altogether <hopeless grin>

The Tales of Olga Da Polga - Michael Bond
The Twits - Roald Dahl
The Worst Thing About My Sister - Jacqueline Wilson

All bedtime stories for DD.

So, I'm actually reading Book 56 at the moment.

Galaxymum Mon 17-Jun-13 11:54:24

Thanks for starting the new thread. This challenge is keeping me focused on my reading so I am making time to read. It's great to see what everyone else is readinga nd I have certainly added to my To Read list.

29 Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell
30 The Good Father by Noah Hawley
31 Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine

I'm in a complete Barbara Erskine time travel mood now so 32 will be Time's Legacy I think.

WednesdayNext Mon 17-Jun-13 15:43:48

Signing in to mark my place on the new thread! I'm still on book 22- the last in the Game of Thrones series.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Mon 17-Jun-13 19:41:03

My list so far:

1. President Down by Terence Strong
2. The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
3. The Gate House by Nelson DeMille
4. Doomsday Prophecy by Scott Mariani
5. Brute Force by Andy McNab
6. The Race by Richard North Patterson
7. Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell
8. Assegai by Wilbur Smith
9. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
10. Room by Emma Donoghue
11. Heartstone by CJ Sansom
12. The Doomsday Key by James Rollins
13. Sanctus by Simon Toyne
14. True Blue by David Baldacci
15. Winter in Madrid by CJ Sansom
16. The Last Camel Died At Noon by Elizabeth Peters

And I have just started Papillon by Henri Charriere. This is a true story of a prisoner making repeated escapes from a penal colony in French Guiana. So far, it's very good, but long, so I must get cracking with it!!

WednesdayNext Mon 17-Jun-13 20:22:38

My list of books read so far:
1. Hilary Jordan "When She Woke"
2. Bryony Pearce "Angel's Fury"
3. Matthew Green "Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend"
4. Chris Pavone "The Expats"
5. Alice Hoffman "Fortune's Daughter"
6. Dawn French "Oh Dear Silvia"
7. Paul Coelho "Veronika Decides to Die"
8. Rachel Joyce "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"
9. Pamela Druckerman "French Children Don't Throw Food"
10. "QI 1227 Facts to Blow Your Socks Off"
11. Jane Fallon "Getting Rid of Matthew"
12. Alan Bennett "Smut"
13. George R R Martin "A Game of Thrones"
14. George R R Martin "A Clash of Kings"
15. Charlotte Rogan "The Lifeboat"
16. George R R Martin " A Storm of Swords Book 1"
17. George R R Martin "A Feast for Crows"
18. Friend's manuscript
19. George R R Martin "A Dance with Dragons Part 1"
20. Gillian Flynn "Gone Girl"
21. Janice Galloway "This is Not About Me"

MegBusset Mon 17-Jun-13 22:34:57

21. The BFG - Roald Dahl
22. Alone In Berlin - Hans Fallada
23. The People Of The Abyss - Jack London
24. London Under - Peter Ackroyd
25. The Talisman - Stephen King & Peter Straub
26. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
27. The Firework-Maker's Daughter - Philip Pullman
28. Black House - Stephen King & Peter Straub
29. The Last Expedition - Robert Scott
30. Beowulf - Seamus Heaney translation. Found this much more readable than I thought I would, and you can really see its influence on the likes of Tolkien, GRRM etc.

NicknameTaken Tue 18-Jun-13 09:19:11

Was lured back in by the shiny new thread!

I'd got as far as 50 in the last thread (Dead Water by Ann Cleeves) so I thought I'd start at 1 again.

1. Vanished Years, Rupert Everett
2. Shakespeare's Restless World, Niall MacGregor
3. The Millstone, Margaret Drabble
4. Orwell's Cough, John Ross
5. Persian Fire, Tom Holland
6. Chavs, Owen Jones
7. The Green Road in the Trees: An Exploration of England, Hugh Thomson
8. The Chalet School Grows up, Merryn Williams
9. Enemies of Promise, Cyril Connolly
10. Big Brother, Lionel Shriver.

Only 3 of the 10 were fiction, so strictly speaking I may not be in the right thread, but hey ho.

I started and abandoned a few others - The Female of the Species, Lionel Shriver and The Old Ways, Robert MacFarlane. Just didn't suit my mood.

In the middle of 11) Who Killed Zebedee? Wilkie Collins. It's really just two short stories packaged together. Enjoying it as I love a bit of Victoriana.

mumslife Tue 18-Jun-13 18:58:36

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