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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

craftynclothy Tue 31-Dec-13 13:17:15

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)

craftynclothy Tue 07-Jan-14 13:14:28

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 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 ......

hobnobsaremyfave Thu 09-Jan-14 17:06:15

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?

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