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Anyone up for a X books in 2016 challenge.

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TheoriginalLEM Sun 03-Jan-16 21:50:05

i can't say I'll read 50. or even 25 but i will read some.

They might not be literary masterpieces in fact they might be a bit shit.

Just be nice to have a thread where we don't have to impress with the number or quality of the books we are reading. Just say what they are and if we are enjoying them.

I'll start.

The winter children - can't remember the author. Begins with L. Ok so far. bit chic litty. advertised on mnet. Not sure if it will end up being a ghost story or not.

Chillywhippet Sun 03-Jan-16 22:16:37

Thanks Theoriginal was thinking of starting similar thread as if I manage 12 books this year I will be delighted grin All the usual barriers, iPad, tiredness, can't find my glasses...

I'm starting by committing to finishing The Book Thief which is getting better now I am managing to read more than half a page a week.

Next will be The Lady in the Van which is thin so I have a chance

lk26 Sun 03-Jan-16 22:22:18

Me as well Please. Was always a fanatical reader but in the past year or so have slipped. Have piles of books on my to read pile and a fair number on my kindle.
Just finished The Liars chair. It is rubbish. Badly written with loathe some characters.
Just about to start the new Kate Atkinson one

WhoKn0wsWhereTheMistletoes Sun 03-Jan-16 22:42:41

Me as well, the 50 books thread is a bit busy (and a bit ambitious) for me. I have resolved to leave my phone downstairs at bedtime and read instead as I have fallen into a late night / early morning MN habit which is such a waste of potential reading time and I think is one reason why my attention span is so short these days.

I have just finished The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson, which I really enjoyed, but it did feel slightly deja vu if I'm honest, having read Notes from a Small Island many times in the past. I am also part way through Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher, nice easy reading.

TheoriginalLEM Sun 03-Jan-16 22:45:41

Thanks for the replies. interested about the book theif but worried it might br too scary.

deff need to leave phone downstairs - guess what im doing now...

Wolfiefan Sun 03-Jan-16 22:58:48

Me too LEM! And I have two books sitting next to me waiting!
Better crack on then!

CoteDAzur Sun 03-Jan-16 23:02:56

"interested about the book theif but worried it might br too scary."

It's a YA book. It really wouldn't scare an adult, or even a teenager.

lk26 Mon 04-Jan-16 09:22:06

I am putting my book in my handbag today so I can read a few pages whenever I have a few spare minutes

TheoriginalLEM Mon 04-Jan-16 09:27:43

oooh i didn't know that Cote. maybe ill download it.

finished my book last night. was really disappointed with it.

I liked, 'The Book Thief' a lot. It's not scary, but obviously it is about war and some of the atrocities of war, so some of it is obviously a bit upsetting.

Do feel free to join us all on the '50' threads anyway - I honestly don't think anybody on there is trying to impress. We just like reading and talking about books!

Quogwinkle Mon 04-Jan-16 17:49:04

50 books challenge isn't a scary place at all - we all read different things. Some people like classics, some don't, some read lengthy complex novels, others read lighter novels, chick-lit, popular thrillers and much more. We're a varied crowd of enthusiastic readers, that's all. Come and join in even if you don't plan to read 50 books - nobody's counting. And everybody is welcome smile

jn367502 Mon 04-Jan-16 17:57:52

I'm starting with a boy named hope. I will probably not even manage 25 books as I have a demanding 2 year old, but I will try.

BestIsWest Mon 04-Jan-16 20:36:50

Please don't think the 50 books thread is about trying to impress. I read all sorts of rubbish. I just love hearing what others have to say and I've picked up all kinds of ideas for books I would never have thought of trying. Come and join us.

southeastdweller Mon 04-Jan-16 21:07:29

As mentioned, nobody has to read 50 books on the thread and from what I've seen, we're reading different kinds of books, 'worthy' and 'unworthy'. The thread is more about sharing our love of reading, really.

CoteDAzur Mon 04-Jan-16 21:15:36

"obviously it is about war and some of the atrocities of war, so some of it is obviously a bit upsetting"

Yes, if you are about 12-years-old. Or maybe not even then. DD (10) recently found out about the Holocaust reading Einstein's life in some detail, and shrugged it off.

Then again, Remus and I never rarely agree about fiction books, which you will see if you come over to the 50-Book Challenge thread grin

CoteDAzur Mon 04-Jan-16 21:16:50

"Some people like classics, some don't, some read lengthy complex novels, others read lighter novels, chick-lit, popular thrillers and much more. "

It's true. I like to read a bit of dick-lit Jack Reacher between sci-fi and non-fiction books smile

And I tend to veer between pretty intellectual history books, Wilkie Collins and academic stuff about Austen, down to Stephen King and Enid Blyton! grin

CoteDAzur Mon 04-Jan-16 21:19:55

Remus read and reviewed Pollyanna and its sequel last year grin

MyIronLung Tue 05-Jan-16 14:34:34

Another vote for The book thief. It's not remotely scary but I found it very thought provoking and I really enjoyed it.

I'm on the 50 Book thread but it moves at the speed of light! I find myself getting a bit lost on there and wasting time trying to find where I left off. It's a brilliant place to find new titles and authors though.
I read so many great books last year off the back of that thread.

My current read is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Number 2 will probably be The woman in white by Wilkie Collins. I've had it on my kindle for about a year but keep getting distracted by other books!

TheoriginalLEM Tue 05-Jan-16 14:38:48

The woman in White is one of the few books that i have read twice. Its brilliant.

I am not helping myself in my quest really, having downloaded The Hobbit Ive always wanted to read it, ive always wanted to like it - i have tried many times but never got past the first few pages. Now im a few chapters in and i reckon it has been because i read an awful lot to DD (chronicals of narnia, five children and it type books) so i can now read the language if that makes sense. The disturbing thing is that every time i "turn the page" on my kindle, the "time left in book" goes up hmm

TheoriginalLEM Tue 05-Jan-16 14:39:57

I have also joined the 50 books threawd, but already lost!! hoping to get some ideas though.

Theselittlelights Tue 05-Jan-16 14:41:18

Will join you all later.

Theselittlelights Tue 05-Jan-16 16:04:21

So far I'm stuck on, chapter two of Shopaholic to the rescue.

Quogwinkle Tue 05-Jan-16 16:48:53

I always bookmark my last post where I've reviewed a book on he 50 Book thread, then you automatically get taken back to that point next time and just need to scroll through to the most recent. It does slow down later in the year once everyone's on board and settles into reading smile

TheoriginalLEM Tue 05-Jan-16 17:03:23

Quog, i asked MNHQ to automatically book mark people to their last post on threads so that we don't have to wade through loads of posts to find where we left off, i ALWAYS forget to bookmark.

Got no-where with my reading today, i actually went back to bed after school drop off (had been at work since 5.30) as i was ssoooooo cold but of course i did what i usually do - fell asleep after about two pages!

I really need to knock the social media on the head. Going to try and leave my phone downstairs tonight.

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