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50 Book Challenge 2017 Part Eight

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southeastdweller Mon 30-Oct-17 18:31:50

Welcome to the eighth and final thread of the 50 Book Challenge for this year.

The challenge is to read fifty books (or more!) in 2017, though reading fifty isn't mandatory. Any type of book can count and please try to let us all know your thoughts on what you've read. To anyone who hasn't posted, feel free to de-lurk and share with us what you've read this year.

The first thread of the year is here, the second one here, the third thread here, the fourth one here, the fifth one here, the sixth one here, and the seventh one here.

How have you got on so far this year?

DesdemonasHandkerchief Mon 30-Oct-17 18:58:16

Satsuki Re Brideshead. I got a bit fed up with all the Catholic guilt and self sacrifice, (Just bloody do what makes you happy and stop prevaricating!) but otoh I am notoriously shallow 

Thanks, South. Hi, all.

I rate Brideshead highly, although agree with Desdemona that the Catholicism is bloody annoying. However, it's got plenty more in it that isn't Catholicism and the Oxford scenes especially are really well done.

I don't think you'd like it much though, Cote. If you do, I'll eat my very interestingly named teddy bear.

SatsukiKusakabe Mon 30-Oct-17 19:32:17

I know what you mean, but I always find that stuff fascinating - I think because I'm not religious. All the agonising and guilt about the condition of your mortal soul, it's all high stakes but for what purpose? I love Graham Greene though too, for the same thing and Ballykissangel

SatsukiKusakabe Mon 30-Oct-17 19:33:11

Thank you for the thread southeast

Cedar03 Mon 30-Oct-17 20:54:50

Thank you for the new thread.

For those that enjoy the Catholic agonising try Men at Arms by Waugh which combines the Catholic parts with a war satire. Waugh's journalism is also interesting.

I think I am reading a bit slower this year than last.

I like Waugh best when he makes me laugh.

Tarahumara Mon 30-Oct-17 21:06:01

Place marking on new thread - thanks southeast.

Bluelonerose Mon 30-Oct-17 21:08:02

Hi all.

I love reading but am struggling to find anything go keep my interest for very long. Even my go to books I can't get into sad

I did read a really good book a few months ago called insects by John Koloen.
That kept my attention through out.

I like psychological thrillers and horrors and don't flame me but I am a MASSIVE Jackie Collins fan grin but can't find anything I like.

I signed up to bookbub and have been getting into the free books but they tend to just be one in a series so as soon as I'm drawn in I haven't got the second book.

I'm hoping I can get back into reading again with your help. I shall be watching this thread with interest.

BestIsWest Mon 30-Oct-17 21:30:21

Welcome Blue.

Thanks for the new thread southeast.

Still reading Hidden Figures but must confess to being a bit bored by it.

CoteDAzur Mon 30-Oct-17 22:01:24

Marking my place smile

RMC123 Mon 30-Oct-17 22:07:56

Welcome Blue. Long day - will move my list across soon.

noodlezoodle Tue 31-Oct-17 01:27:05

Welcome Blue. One of my favourite authors is Jilly Cooper and I refuse to apologise grin.

This thread is great for recommendations and lethal for your 'to be read' pile so I'm sure you'll find something that gets you back into it.

Sadik Tue 31-Oct-17 08:27:55

Thanks Southeast - just checking in.

CoteDAzur Tue 31-Oct-17 09:38:56

I thought I’d let y’all know that I ended up buying Brideshead Revisited last night. We’ll see how that goes smile

ChessieFL Tue 31-Oct-17 10:04:53

Marking place! Thanks for new thread.

TheTurnOfTheScrew Tue 31-Oct-17 12:48:22

Nothing to add. Still reading s-l-o-w-l-y.
Bringing my list over - favourites in bold:

1.*The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet* - David Mitchell
2. Mothering Sunday - Graham Swift
3. Under the Skin - Michel Faber
4. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
5. The Muse - Jessie Burton
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
8. A Question of Identity - Susan Hill
9. The Vows of Silence - Susan Hill
10. A Kiss Before Dying - Ira Levin
11. The Shadows in the Street - Susan Hill
12. The Gate of Angels - Penelope Fitzgerald
13. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold - John Le Carre
14. The Book of Daniel - E.L. Doctorow
15. Different Class - Joanne Harris
16. The Gustav Sonata - Rose Remain
17. Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
18. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
19. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
20. A Call for the Dead by John le Carre
21. The Birds in the Trees by Nina Bawden
22. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
23. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
24. Moving by Jenny Eclair
25. The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
26. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
27. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
28. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
29. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
30. Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
31. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
32. All Creatures Great and Small by James Heriot
33. Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
34. The Pedant In The Kitchen by Julian Barnes
35. His Bloody Project by Graeme MacRae Burnet.
36. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gudnar-Goshen
37. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

boldlygoingsomewhere Tue 31-Oct-17 12:51:52

Marking place. Will bring list over later - am trying to finish another book before I do it. grin

CheerfulMuddler Tue 31-Oct-17 13:47:17

Thanks for the new thread!

1. The Light Years Elizabeth Jane Howard
2. Marking Time Elizabeth Jane Howard
3. Peter's Room Antonia Forest
4. Run Away Home Antonia Forest
5. The Thursday Kidnapping Antonia Forest
6. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
7. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Julia Strachey
8. Good Evening, Mrs Craven Mollie Panter-Downes
9. Unpublished manuscript
10. An Episode of Sparrows Rumer Godden
11. Confusion Elizabeth Jane Howard
12. Private, Keep Out! Gwen Grant
13. Hillbilly Elegy JD Vance
14. Nurture Shock Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
15. Grass in Piccadilly Noel Streatfeild
16. Fell Jenn Ashworth
17. The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
18. Beasts and Super Beasts Saki
19. Nobody Told Me Hollie McNish
20. The Girl Who Saved Christmas Matt Haig
21. Casting Off Elizabeth Jane Howard
22. The Guggenheim Mystery Robin Stevens
23. Pottermore Presents JK Rowling
24. Autumn Term Antonia Forest
25. To The Edge Of The World Julia Green
26. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie
27. The Summer Book Tove Jansson
28. All Change Elizabeth Jane Howard
29. Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times Alice Duer Miller
30. When Marnie Was There Joan G Robinson
31. Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
32. Madam, Will You Talk? Mary Stewart
33. Fatherland Robert Harris
34. Nine Coaches Waiting Mary Stewart
35. Moonrise Sarah Crossan
36. A Change is Gonna Come Various

Cote, it is a good book - just don't say we didn't warn you that "But I'm a Catholic!" is a major plot device. Repeatedly.

Currently reading La Belle Sauvage - I'm enjoying it but I do have Issues. What's our Pullman spoiler policy on this thread? Obviously won't give away actual spoilers, but are we of the Don't Want To Know Anything About It Whatsoever Until I Read It brigade, or more of a Well, Don't Say Whodunnit lot?

boldlygoingsomewhere Tue 31-Oct-17 14:11:22

1. Christmas Days - Jeanette Winterson
2. Fate of the Tearling - Erika Johansen
3. The Dark Net - Jamie Bartlett
4. The North Water - Ian McGuire
5. The Wine of Angels - Phil Rickman
6. Midwinter of the Spirit - Merrily Watkins
7. The God Instinct - Jesse Bering
8. The Edge of the World - Michael Pye
9. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
10. His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnett
11. Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims - Toby Clements
12. Kingmaker: Divided Souls - Toby Clements
13. The Female Man - Joanna Russ
14. The Midnight Queen - Sylvia Hunter
15. The End We Start From - Megan Hunter
16. Testosterone Rex - Cordelia Fine
17. The Outcasts of Time - Ian Mortimer
18. It Didn't Start With You - Mark Wolynn
19. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
20. The Power - Naomi Alderman
21. Nobody Told Me - Hollie McNish
22. The Wisdom of Near Death Experiences - Dr Penny Satori
23. Seveneves - Neal Stephenson
24. A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
25. Assassin's Fate - Robin Hobb
26. Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb
27. The Mad Ship - Robin Hobb
28. Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb
29. Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb
30. Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb
31. City of Dragons - Robin Hobb
32. Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb
33. The Clever Guts Diet - Michael Mosley
34. Burning Woman - Lucy H. Pearce
35. Re-wild Yourself: Becoming Nature - Rachel Corby
36. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
37. The Underground Railroad - Coulson Whitehead
38. Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
39. Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
40. Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
41. Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
42. A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin
43. A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin
44. The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs - Tristan Gooley
45. Dance of Dragons - George R.R. Martin
46. Daemon - Daniel Suarez
47. Freedom TM - Daniel Suarez
48. Happiness - Derren Brown
49. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong - Angela Saini
50. Tower of Dawn - Sarah J. Maas

51. The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
This is a Russian fairy tale in novel length. Very atmospheric with lots of great fairy tale elements. It reminded me a little of Uprooted due to the setting. Beautifully written, lovely to read in these darker evenings. The ending felt a little rushed compared to the rest of the novel but this didn't detract too much. I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

Would recommend to fans of myths and fairy tales.

CoteDAzur Tue 31-Oct-17 15:24:00

Bringing my list over:

1. The North Water by Ian McGuire
2. The Snowden Files: Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding
3. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
4. The Cambridge Companion to Handel by Donald Burrows
5. Revelation by C. J. Sansom (Shardlake #4)
6. The Mask Of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
7. The Ladybird Book Of Mid-Life Crisis
8. The Schirmer Inheritance by Eric Ambler
9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgkin Burnett
10. Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan
11. The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett
12. Wolf Of The Plains by Conn Iggulden
13. The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
14. The Odessa Files by Frederick Forsyth
15. Heartstone by C. J. Sansom
16. Night School by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #21)
17. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
18. The Worthing Chronicle by Scott Orson Card
19. Genius and Discovery: Five Historical Miniatures by Stefan Zweig
20. The Fixer by Joseph Finder
21. Raising Boys by Step Biddulph
22. Papillon by Henri Charrière
23. Le Clavier: Techniques, Factures, Interprétations by Cahier de la Société de Musique Ancienne de Nice
24. The Intercom Conspiracy by Eric Ambler
25. The Whisperer In Darkness - Collected Stories Vol. 1 by H. P. Lovecraft
26. A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming
27. Les Règles de l'Interprétation Musicale à l'Époque Baroque (XIIe-XVIIIe s.) générales à tous les instruments by Jean-Claude Veilhan (1979)
28. How We'll Live On Mars by Stephen L. Petranek
29. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland
30. Along Came A Spider by James Patterson
31. The Outsider: My Life In Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth
32. Lamentation (Shardlake #6) by C. J. Sansom
33. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
34. Kürk Mantolu Madonna ( Madonna In A Fur Coat ) by Sabahattin Ali
35. Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
36. Prayer Of The Dragon (Inspector Shan #5) by Eliot Pattison
37. By Blood by Ellen Ullman
38. Nomad by James Swallow
39. Daemon by Daniel Suarez
40. Freedom by Daniel Suarez
41. Siro by David Ignatious
42. The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts
43. Neuromancer by William Gibson
44. The Rules Of Musical Interpretation In The Baroque Era (17th-18th Centuries), Common To All Instruments by Jean Claude Veilhan
45. Kiss The Girls by James Patterson

102: Sleeping BeautiesStephen and Owen King
This alleged collaboration between Stephen King and his son feels as if it’s actually mostly his son, with the dad’s name tagged on. The concept is fine – most of the world’s women fall asleep, and if woken, go crazy and attack people. Unfortunately, the rest of the book doesn’t seem to really know what it’s doing. There are too many characters, too few of whom we’re asked to actually care about and it gets increasingly disjointed and silly. Not recommended.

Will bring my list over now. It has not been a good reading year. The best two fiction books I've read were right back at the beginning of January, and nothing has really come close since.

Stand outs in bold; stinkers marked as such.

1: The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
2: Fatherland Robert Harris
3: Stasi Child – David Young
4: Golden Hill – Francis Spufford
5: American Gods – Neil Gaiman
6: The House by the Lake – Thomas Harding
7: 84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
8: The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street – Helene Hanff
9: Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz STINKER
10: Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion
11: Ashes of London – Andrew Taylor
12: Left for Dead – Beck Weathers STINKER
13: The Burning World – Isaac Marion
14: Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science By Richard Holmes
15: Ghosts of Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine – Jochen Hemmleb
16: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Chris Hadfield
17: Measuring the World – Daniel Kehlmann STINKER
18: The North Water - Ian McGuire
19: Berlin: Portrait of a City - Taschen
20: It Stephen King
21: On her Majesty’s Secret Service – Ian Fleming
22: White Boots – Noel Streatfeild STINKER
23: A Place Called Winter – Patrick Gale
24: The Painted Dragon – Katherine Woodfine
25: Black Plumes – Margory Allingham
26: The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L Sayers
27: Plague 99 – Jean Ure
28: Black Out – John Lawton
29: The Companion Guide to Berlin – Brian Ladd
30: Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire - Eric Berkowitz
31: The Seven Dials Mystery – Agatha Christie
32: One – Sarah Crossan
33: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
34: The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
35: Friday’s Child – Georgette Heyer
36: The Grand Sophy – Georgette Heyer
37: The Descent of Man – Grayson Perry
38: South Riding – Winifred Holtby
39 Madonna in a Fur Coat STINKER
40 Our Endless Numbered Days Claire Fuller
41: The Man in the Queue – Josephine Tey
42: Grey Mask – Patricia Wentworth
43: The Singing Sands – Josephine Tey
44: The Cornish Coast Murder – John Bude
45: Murder in Stained Glass – Margaret Armstrong
46: The City and the City China Miéville
47: Agatha Christie – Endless Night
48 Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
49: The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford
50: A Christmas Party – georgette Heyer
51 The Handsome Man's De Luxe Café – Alexander McCall Smith
52: The Three – Sarah Lotz
53: Persuasion – Austen
54: Prussian Blue – Philip Kerr
55: The Lost City of Z – David Grann
56: Call for the Dead - John Le Carré
57: Lincoln in the Bardo
58: A Man of Quality – John Le Carre
59: Wild – Cheryl Strayed
60: Howard’s End is on the Landing – Susan Hill STINKER
61: A Convenient Marriage – Georgette Heyer
62: The Literature Book – Dorling Kindersley
63: Oscar Wilde & the Vatican Murders – Giles Brandreth
64: Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol: A Mystery Gyles Brandreth
65: A Clockwork Orange
66: Mort – Terry Pratchett
67: Cogheart – Peter Bunzi
68: Dirt – Wellcome Collection
69: Elephants Can remember – Agatha Christie
70: Soul Music – Terry P
71: Germany: Memories of a Nation – Neil MacGregor
72: Thin Ice – Michelle Paver
73: Martyr – Rory Clements
74: Revenger - Rory Clements
75: Prince – Rory Clements
76: The Silent Boy – Andrew Taylor
77: Everyone Brave is Forgiven – Chris Cleave
78: All Things Bright and Beautiful - James Herriot
79: Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer
80: Hangman’s Holiday – Dorothy L Sayers
81: Little Novels – Wilkie Collins
82: Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime – Val McDermid
83: Beyond the Body Farm - Jon Jefferson
84: S.T.A.G.S.by M. A. Bennett
85: Denali's Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak – Andy Hall
86: Heroes of the Frontier – Dave Eggers
87: The Dry - Jane Harper
88: Madame Will You Talk – Mary Stewart
89: The Queen’s Man – Rory Clements
90: Powder and Patch – Georgette Heyer STINKER
91: Nine Coaches Waiting – Mary Stewart
92 Thunder on the Right – Mary Stewart
93 The Ivy Tree – Mary Stewart
94: In the Land of the Long White Cloud – Sarah Lark
95 Library of Souls (3rd in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series)
96: Song of the Spirits – Sarah Lark
97: Call of the Kiwi – Sarah Lark
98/99/100 – Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus Volume One – PG Wodehouse (first 2 were standouts)
101: The Fever Tree – Jennifer Mc Veigh
102: Sleeping Beauties – Stephen and Owen King

CoteDAzur Tue 31-Oct-17 17:57:00

"The concept is fine – most of the world’s women fall asleep, and if woken, go crazy and attack people"

Yawn. That sounds like me in the evening (DH is nodding emphatically) grin

grin Me too!

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