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#51 ballogo

Posted 28 December 2014 - 08:55 PM

Oh silly me... I started counting! Sorry everyone.  I guess as a teacher I feel that I'm done with the year! But happy to start counting 1st Jan.

To the PP re: Jaspet Jones.  Fantastic book. I hope you enjoy it.

#52 ~strawberry~

Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:51 PM

I finished another book today, so 2/20 but maybe I should lift my goal to 22 so my two books count and also don't count?!

Undecided what to start next, either a long heavy book or quick light read... Might look at the bookshelf and see if I can find an in between option.

#53 Fire_fly

Posted 29 December 2014 - 05:40 PM

Here is my pile of books I received for Christmas minus Lena Dunhams Not that kind of girl which is currently on my night stand.
So that should keep me going for the first little while and I will be following what everyone else is reading to pick up some more gems

Eta pics upside down sorry no idea how to fix it from my phone

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#54 71Cath

Posted 29 December 2014 - 05:50 PM

Fire fly, I need your book pile!

#55 Ianthe

Posted 29 December 2014 - 08:43 PM

Updated to here.

For anyone that is on holidays feel free to start counting!

#56 Ianthe

Posted 29 December 2014 - 08:49 PM

So I am not counting yet but over the past week I have read Emma by Alexander McCall Smith which I loved (see The Jane Austen Project thread in this forum for more information. Also read The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. The movie was on the other night and I enjoyed it and then read the book, very backwards for me but I loved both the movie and the book.

Currently reading The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning which I am really enjoying and haven't started any but have downloaded three books by Michaela MacColl who write historical fiction-Queen Victoria, Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson feature in the ones I've downloaded.

#57 Phoebo

Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:06 PM

I'm in. I'm setting my goal at 26 but hope to read more. I had a higher goal this last year and found that towards the end I was choosing shorter books in order to meet it. I usually prefer to read long books so I'm going to lower it for next year.

#58 Ianthe

Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:19 PM


#59 ~strawberry~

Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:27 PM

Ianthe, could you please change my goal to 22. Thank you, and also thank you so much for organising the challenge!

#60 Ianthe

Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:41 PM

Done strawberry.

#61 meljbau

Posted 30 December 2014 - 10:17 AM

I'd love to join. I hope I can read 12 and anything beyond that will be a bonus.

#62 Bob-the-skull

Posted 30 December 2014 - 10:34 AM

I have started purely because I couldn't possibly wait til the new year to start the next book!

#63 monet

Posted 30 December 2014 - 12:05 PM

I've just finished Half the Sky but won't start counting til 1st. Have a week away from 2nd so should get through a few I hope.

#64 KimDeal

Posted 30 December 2014 - 12:12 PM

I'd love to join in, put me down for 26.

#65 ballogo

Posted 30 December 2014 - 01:31 PM

View PostIanthe, on 29 December 2014 - 08:49 PM, said:

Also read The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. The movie was on the other night and I enjoyed it and then read the book, very backwards for me but I loved both the movie and the book.

I saw this the other night. Did watching it before reading spoil it? I have read lots about WWII so found the movie interesting but not detailed enough to really fill out the story.

I finshed another Jodi Piccoult "Sing Me Home"
. Took ages to get into it and the plot was interesting, but her endings are becoming predictable.

#66 Ianthe

Posted 30 December 2014 - 02:59 PM

ballogo the movie was very close to the book. Obviously I knew the spoilers but I still enjoyed the book. In fact I would say it is one time when the movie did the book justice. It's very rare for me to watch a movie before I 've read the book but I sat down the other night and it was about to start.

#67 Peppery

Posted 30 December 2014 - 03:22 PM

I would love to join in as well. I am setting my goal at 30 books.

#68 raven74

Posted 30 December 2014 - 04:13 PM

Ok I'm in.  I'm aiming for three books a week.  156 books.

What an excellent challenge!

#69 BeAwesome

Posted 30 December 2014 - 04:14 PM

I read solidly this year, and have finished 42 books.  I think in the last 5 years, I finished maybe a dozen, so I'm happy to keep set this as my goal again for next year.

#70 Ianthe

Posted 30 December 2014 - 09:08 PM


#71 27plus

Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:04 AM

So how do we do this? Apologies if this has been asked but there are so many opting in :)

Do we list the books with name and author?

Short review?

#72 Booklooker

Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:24 AM

Me! I started my own halfway through last year and this year I had already planned on 52+. It's hard to judge as I might go weeks and weeks without reading but then 'binge' and read 5+ in a week.

Happy medium = 52 but hoping for more as I'm starting from now.


#73 Ianthe

Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:39 AM

27plus-however you like. You can link to a synopsis or sum it up yourself. You can say as much or as little as you like. Name and author is good though :)

#74 Ianthe

Posted 31 December 2014 - 12:41 AM

Added you Booklover-fitting name!

#75 ~strawberry~

Posted 31 December 2014 - 04:04 PM

Thank Ianthe :)

So I had a win last night that I thought I'd share...

I was reading book reviews of the "best" books of 2014. I picked three out that sounded really interesting. Googled the first and saw it for sale with a different cover which looked similar to the spine of a book on my bookshelf. Checked my bookshelf and yep, I already have the book!!! Win! We have a family friend that passes on books and it was in the last lot from her that I hadn't looked at closely yet! For those playing at home, the book is All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr.

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