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#26 RocktonResident

Posted 01 January 2016 - 01:54 PM

Opened the New Year with a new book
1. Trylle by Amanda Hocking
Technically, three books in one, but I'll only count it as one.

I have an irrational urge to go book shopping even though I have 30 odd books waiting to be read...

#27 Wacky Wobbler

Posted 01 January 2016 - 02:09 PM

I've just finished my first book for the year Kidnapped by Mark Tedeschi. Was a very interesting read.

I've now started on Steven Adler's (Guns N Roses) biography.

#28 Tyfle Hour

Posted 01 January 2016 - 04:50 PM

Okay, first book for the year down, although I did start it last year!

1. The Last Runaway  - Tracy Chevalier

I liked it a lot, but it was different to her other books I've read.  Her writing style here was more 'normal' for want of a better word.  I did enjoy her other works better, but that's not to say I didn't like this one.  It's basically the story of an English Quaker immigrant to the U.S. in the 1850s and her involvement in the underground railway. I'd probably give it a 3 out of 5 if I was rating it.

#29 Toomanybooks

Posted 01 January 2016 - 04:51 PM

#1 Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

It's the third in the Neopolitan Novels so I can't wait to read the fourth.

Edited by Toomanybooks, 01 January 2016 - 04:51 PM.

#30 jojonbeanie

Posted 01 January 2016 - 11:53 PM

Ok I'm in again and this year I will try to keep better track. I'm going to set myself a completely unrealistic target of 52. Happy to report I finished my first for the year today - don't ask me when I actually started it.

1. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

I took a long time to read it because I never wanted it to end. Just a beautifully crafted novel. Loved it.

#31 71Cath

Posted 02 January 2016 - 06:55 AM

I'm in again, I really enjoyed it last year.

I only just made the goal of 26 last year, so I will stick with that again.

Number 1 is "At the Water's Edge" by Sara Gruen (she wrote "Water for Elephants" which I liked.  This one is about searching for the Loch Ness Monster during WW2.

#32 Lunagirl

Posted 02 January 2016 - 07:31 AM

I'm in. I'm a fast reader so will aim for 100. First up is a Christmas present: After Alice by Gregory Maguire. I'll report back on what I thought and check this thread for recommendations!

#33 cardamom

Posted 02 January 2016 - 07:39 AM

Cath, have you read her book Ape House? It's been ages since I read it but I remember enjoying it :)

#34 Toomanybooks

Posted 02 January 2016 - 11:18 AM

#2 The Traitor by Seth Dickinson

Fantasy that didn't go where I expected.

#35 Ianthe

Posted 02 January 2016 - 03:26 PM

You guys have started well! Cath I really liked At the Water's Edge-I liked the development of the main character.

#36 Ianthe

Posted 02 January 2016 - 03:39 PM

Updated main list up to here.

cardamon my favourite books for 2015 were:-

Good Omens by Prachett and Gaiman
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes-held off on reading this all year and loved it. They're making a movie with Sam Clafkin as Will.
After You by Jojo Moyes-sequel to above
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
The Golden Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan

#37 Hands Up

Posted 02 January 2016 - 03:56 PM

Oooh I loved me before you so I must read the sequel!

First book down for me, eleven to go. Might need to up my goal if I keep going this way :-)

The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb.

Loved it. So many "so true" moments. It's the first time I have read a book and felt the need to underline key passages.

#38 cardamom

Posted 02 January 2016 - 05:34 PM

Ooh, that sounds promising Ianthe - I've had Me Before You sitting on my bedhead for awhile now, will add it to my list sooner rather than later.

#39 mintpatty

Posted 02 January 2016 - 08:30 PM

#1 Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom. It was a good story.

Now I'm starting The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

#40 71Cath

Posted 03 January 2016 - 05:49 AM

Cardamom, I haven't read Ape House - I better put it on the list!

First I need to tear myself away from Draco-Hermione fan fiction....

#41 greenthumbs

Posted 03 January 2016 - 06:46 AM

I wanted to join last year, but knew I wouldn't read much with a 3yo and 3mth old. I'll jump in this year and put in the large number of 6. Which is 4 or 5 more than I read last year :huh:

I do read / scan a lot of non-fiction books, but have a few novels on my bedside table right now, including finishing off The Rose Effect from last year.

So, I'm in for 6. I might join GoodReads too, to keep track of what I want to read in the future.

#42 Tyfle Hour

Posted 03 January 2016 - 04:54 PM

I'm making a good start, lazing around at this time of year.

2. The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory
3. All the Wrong Questions - Lemony Snicket

A bit sad when I didn't understand the ending of the last one - and it's Y.A.  I had to get my 12 year old to explain it to me!

#43 monet

Posted 04 January 2016 - 03:15 PM

#1 Jane and the Canterbury Tale - Stephanie Barron

#44 Tall Poppy

Posted 04 January 2016 - 03:28 PM

I'll join this year, I want to get back in to reading for fun. I spend way too much time reading for uni so I often don't get to read for myself.

I think I will aim for 20 books over the whole year. I've got a few that I am keen to read at the moment.

#45 Ianthe

Posted 04 January 2016 - 06:48 PM

View Postmonet, on 04 January 2016 - 03:15 PM, said:

#1 Jane and the Canterbury Tale - Stephanie Barron

I'm up to the fifth one in this series.

#46 Ianthe

Posted 04 January 2016 - 06:52 PM

Updated list to here.

#47 two_ones

Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:51 PM

#2 The Lie by C.L. Taylor

Has anyone else read this? It started off ok but went downhill from there. Badly written, with too much talking. So much unnecessary dialogue! I hate it when the bulk of the writing is one character telling another about something that happened to them on the previous page. I'm like, "yeah I know I just read that!" *screams in frustration*

Think I need to make a better book choice for #3 as I haven't had much luck from the first two!

#48 Toomanybooks

Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:59 PM

#3 The Green Road by Anne Enright

Just beautiful.

#49 Agnetha

Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:59 PM

I'm in ! Dd starts school so I shall aim for 40 books.
Love to see recommendations.

Edited by Agnetha, 04 January 2016 - 08:59 PM.

#50 Loore

Posted 05 January 2016 - 05:09 PM

I'd love to join in.  I've only just rediscovered how much I enjoy reading for pleasure.  I'm aiming for 30 books this year.  I've finished my first which was R v Milat a case study into cross examination, and have stared on #2 which is The Battle of Midway.

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