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#26 71Cath

Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:30 PM

Just finished #2 The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft, so I’m off to a good start. Not bad, but I wanted to throttle the main character, every time a decision had to be made, she made the wrong one.

#27 cardamom

Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:36 PM

My goal last year was 26 and I ended up with 46 - very happy with that.

I'll say 26 again this year, it feels like an achievable amount (I'd rather set an achievable goal and exceed it than an ambitious goal and not get there!)

I've not yet finished it, but #1 will be Losing It: A Fictionalised Reimagining of My Time On Weight Loss Reality TV by Kai Hibbard. So far it's interesting but not well-written.

ETA - Thank you LSV for starting the thread :)

Edited by cardamom, 05 January 2019 - 06:37 PM.

#28 ~Peahen~

Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:46 PM

I'll try again this year, 20 for me again, will mostly be audio books I listen to while walking.

#29 kimasa

Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:13 PM

1. The Land Before Avocado - Richard Glover (nonfiction)
2. This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki (graphic novel)
3. True Sisters - Keren David (young adult)
4. Big Bones - Laura Dockrill (young adult)
5. Conspiracy of Ravens - Leah Moore (graphic novel)

This One Summer and True Sisters were my favourites this week. Both deal with heavy subject matter but I felt they did it really well.
Conspiracy of Ravens has gorgeous illustrations and I found it quite captivating for a fantasy book - and I am absolutely not a fantasy reader.
The Land Before Avocado was amusing, but I didn't find it as "absolutely hilarious" as I heard it described as. I also found it repetitive and felt that if you took out the repeat explanations of avocado tree root rot, how to repair a 70's car and female government employee's having to resign upon marriage, you would have lost at least a quarter of the book.
Big Bones really irritated me. I loved the concept, but it was just so cringy. Every negative character was "foreign" and every positive character was British. The author also writes about problematic things that are put on bigger girls from the perspective of the main character, but then uses them herself in how she's written the character. Particularly the "quirky overweight girl" trope. It annoyed me a lot.

Edited by kimasa, 05 January 2019 - 07:15 PM.

#30 Hands Up

Posted 05 January 2019 - 07:33 PM

Yay! I fell off the wagon last year in a big way - new job, sick relatives etc.

Keen to start reading again and I’ll go for 24.

#31 Threetwoone

Posted 05 January 2019 - 08:17 PM

I haven't participated before nor set a reading goal. I will go for 24, i'd better find some books.

#32 Lou-bags

Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:44 PM

View Post~Peahen~, on 05 January 2019 - 06:46 PM, said:

I'll try again this year, 20 for me again, will mostly be audio books I listen to while walking.

I’m mostly audiobooks too- listen while driving mostly. Let me know if you come across any great narrators- makes alllll the difference, don’t you think?

I quite like Caroline Lee at the moment- she has a great voice for the types of books she’s narrating. Stuff by Liane Moriarty, Rosalie Ham etc.

#33 Sancti-claws

Posted 05 January 2019 - 10:18 PM

#1/36 - The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

A reread that I finally finished after starting last year and other books knocked it off the perch.

I love the subtle humour but remembered again how infuriatingly obtuse the main character was.

#34 Toomanybooks

Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:59 PM

3) The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

#35 jojonbeanie

Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:08 PM

Every year I say my goal will be 52. And I never make it. May as well stick with my previous form.

#36 Lou-bags

Posted 07 January 2019 - 11:30 PM

View Postfoom, on 04 January 2019 - 10:13 PM, said:

I'm aiming for 50. I've printed the Pop Sugar challenge prompts (mentioned in another thread) and I'm going to start there to pick books.

I’m so glad you posted this! I went looking and am on board too! I’m going to try and do as many as I can. I feel like my 26 books for this year is conservative but then I also hope to get a new job soon which will impact on my reading time and inclination.

I’ve already done book from multiple POV as, happily, the first book I read this year fit the bill! Lucky!

#37 Mishu

Posted 08 January 2019 - 01:29 AM

Haven’t done a reading challenge before but I’ve discovered the popsugar challenge, so that has inspired me to aim for at least 40 books (50 as a stretch). Like the PP, I’m also looking to start a new job this year so 40 is probably more realistic.

#38 ~Peahen~

Posted 08 January 2019 - 05:51 AM

#1 The Scent Of You -  Maggie Alderson.

Now to find something else. I've usually got something lined up ready to go.

#39 Hands Up

Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:01 AM

#1/24 nine perfect strangers by Lianne Moriaty.

Bland and boring, sadly. Her books are definitely going downhill.

#40 Lady Sybil Vimes

Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:36 AM

View PostHands Up, on 08 January 2019 - 07:01 AM, said:

#1/24 nine perfect strangers by Lianne Moriaty.

Bland and boring, sadly. Her books are definitely going downhill.

Yes, I was very disappointed with this one. The characterisations were thin and the last third was pretty ludicrous.

#41 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:35 PM

I didn't set a goal last year.  I think I managed only 9 or 10! My goal for this year is 20.

#1 The Couple Next Door. Can't put this one down!

Edited by FuzzyChocolateToes, 08 January 2019 - 10:35 PM.

#42 OscarAndTilly

Posted 09 January 2019 - 02:10 PM

I’d love to join in. My goal will be 150. I’ve also joined the Pop Sugar Challenge as a way to find new books.

#1. A little life
#2. The Wife Between Us

#43 OscarAndTilly

Posted 10 January 2019 - 10:37 AM

#3 the lost flowers of Alice Hart

#44 OscarAndTilly

Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:29 AM

#4 Table for Eight

#45 cardamom

Posted 11 January 2019 - 09:34 AM

You're on fire Oscar and Tilly!

I was scrolling through Amazon last night and there are sooo many books I want to read.

Shame no one bought me the Kindle voucher I was angling for for Christmas!

#46 OscarAndTilly

Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:22 AM

I am a very quick reader if the book is good, which can be to my detriment sometimes.

It is also extremely quiet at work so I’ve spent the days since Christmas reading most of my work day. I’m about to start I am Malala.

Lol don’t you hate it when no one picks up the hint.

#47 cardamom

Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:05 AM

View PostToomanybooks, on 07 January 2019 - 09:59 PM, said:

3) The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

I just saw this one last night, would you recommend it?

#48 cardamom

Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:43 PM

#2 - Highly Illogical Behaviour, John Corey Whaley.

Short and sweet YA read.

View PostOscarAndTilly, on 11 January 2019 - 10:22 AM, said:

Lol don’t you hate it when no one picks up the hint.

It wasn't even a veiled hint :laugh:

"What do you want for Christmas?"
"A Kindle voucher please"

#49 Toomanybooks

Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:59 PM

View Postcardamom, on 11 January 2019 - 11:05 AM, said:

I just saw this one last night, would you recommend it?

Yes, but fairly brutal, not surprisingly.

4) The Overstory by Richard Powers

I loved this. Absolutely brilliant.

#50 OscarAndTilly

Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:17 PM

Lol Cardamom I was the same - was asked what I would like for Christmas and gave a few ideas. Lo and behold got none of them.

Same thing happened last year with this particular family member.

Edited by OscarAndTilly, 11 January 2019 - 08:17 PM.

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