One Book A Week Club 2019

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Post by Availle » January 1st, 2019, 10:11 pm

Welcome to the LibriVox One Book a Week Club, edition 2019!

Sign up and set your goal for 2019 - how many books do you want to read this year?
Or do you just skip the goals and read as you go?

Anything goes: novels, non-fiction, audio- or e-books...
Anytime goes: one per day/week/weekend/month/quarter...

Update your post with your latest read, if you like, you can give a rating or even a short synopsis.

But most of all: Have fun! :D

This seems to be one of the oldest and longest going traditions on LibriVox. Threads from previous years are here - how do you compare? :wink:
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007
Cheers,
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Post by Availle » January 1st, 2019, 10:11 pm

And dibs on spot on first page. :D

Last year was not a good year for books, again. I did better than in 2017 , reading 28 books or so (I think I missed one or two on that list). I got really busy in the last three months of 2018 with 10-14 hour workdays, and while I was still reading when going to bed, one or two pages don't make much of a dent in my book pile. This was also the first year where I did not record a single book of my own for LV, even though I did some proof listening.

So, again, let's hope things will get better again this year, and here's my breakdown:

Dead tree copies for my own entertainment/edification/or for work:
1. A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto
2. Sterntagebuecher by Stanislaw Lem
3. Fraeulein Smillas Gespuer fuer Schnee von Peter Hoeg
4. Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto
5. The Colors of Japan by Sadao Hibi
6. The Temple of the Golden Pavillion by Yukio Mishima
7. A Passion for Success by Kazuo Inamori
8. Coin Locker Babies by Ryu Murakami
9. Short Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
10. Gray Men by Tomotake Ishikawa
11. Return to Tsugaru by Osamu Dazai
12. Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino
13. Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
14. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
15. The Crab Cannery Ship and other Stories by Takiji Kobayashi
16. A Midsummer's Equation by Keigo Higashino
17. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
18. Naoko by Keigo Higashino
19. Kabuki Dancer by Sawako Ariyoshi
20. The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi
21. A Compass to Fulfillment by Kazuo Inamori

Audiobooks FROM LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification on commutes and during housework:

Audiobooks FOR LibriVox for my own entertainment/edification and possibly that of others:
1. The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen (Vol. 1) by Howard Carter and A.C. Mace
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Post by icequeen » January 1st, 2019, 10:52 pm

I was waiting for this one! Yeah!

Last year, my goal was 50 books, and I reached 45. I will keep my goal at 50 books for the year.


Books with real turn-y type pages
1. Caught by Harlan Coben
2. Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell
3. Dictator by Thomas Harris
4. The Sanctifier by Luis M. Martinez
5. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
6. The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry
7. Tom Clancy's The Point of Contact by Mike Maden
8. Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
9. Cari Mora by Thomas Harris
10. Cemetery Road by Greg Isles
11. Tom Clancy's Enemy Contact by Mike Maden
12. The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick
13. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
14. The Bourne Initiative by Eric Van Lustbader

E-books
The Revelation Room by Mark Tilbury

Audio Books

Fresh Every Hour by John Peter Toohey
The Crimson Cryptogram by Fergus Hume
Mars is My Destination by Frank Belknap Long
The Camp Fire Girls at Sunrise Hill by Margaret Vandercook
The Power of a Lie by Johan Bojer
Tum Tum the Jolly Elephant by Richard Barnum
Pierre and Jean by Guy de Maupassant
The Great Events by Famous Historians, volume 1 edited by Charles F. Horne, Rossiter Johnson and John Rudd
The Year When Stardust Fell by Raymond F. Jones
The Moon Pool by Abraham Merritt
Snowball by Poul Anderson
Tales of a Traveller by Washington Irving
The Camp Fire Girls Amid the Snows by Margaret Vandercook
The War of the Worlds (Version 4) by H.G. Wells
Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
De Civitate Dei Libri XXII by St Augustine of Hippo
Enoch Arden by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Principles of Geology by Charles Lyell
A Prefect's Uncle by P G Wodehouse


My Solo Projects

The Lives of the Queens of England, Volume 8 by Agnes and Elisabeth Strickland
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Post by mightyfelix » January 1st, 2019, 11:20 pm

My turn! My goal this year is to do a better job at tracking what I read, even the silly kids' books that I can finish in an afternoon. I think I'll organize it by month this time and see if that helps. Oh, and I need to read more Dickens! I've read hardly any of his, but I really really want to!

January:

The Weird of the White Wolf by Michael Moorcock (I put this one on the list because I planned to start it. It's third in the series, and I'd finished the first two in 2018. But by the end of the month, I still hadn't started it, so I guess it doesn't count, and I wasn't really all that interested in it, was I?)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, J.R.R. Tolkien translation (began in 2018)
Marlfox by Brian Jacques (began in 2018)
The Fantastic Mister Fox by Roald Dahl

February:

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. This will be my second full readthrough. This time, I'll be listening to relevant episodes of The Prancing Pony Podcast as they discuss the book.

March:

Dawn of the Morning by Grace Livingston Hill. LV download. Cute romance story. It didn't go quite how I expected, but it was nice. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't blown away.
I know I read something else in March, but I didn't update my list and now I can't remember what it was. It'll come to me eventually... Probably.
I remembered! It was The Last Sin Eater, by Francine Rivers. I read it in a single day, which is why I had a hard time remembering. It was pretty good, but some of the dialogue felt stilted. Not one of her best, in my opinion.

April:

Doctor Dolittle's Post Office by Hugh Lofting. I plan to start a DR of this book sometime soon...ish. So I read through it to get a good idea of storyline and characters. Very enjoyable.
The Ball and the Cross by G.K. Chesterton. LV download. I enjoyed it, though I didn't understand all of it. It gets very philosophical and theoretical at times. Some very funny incidents, but so far it might be my least favorite Chesterton story (of the few I've read). Still good though, and I'll probably reread it one day.

May:

A Deal With the Devil by Eden Phillpotts. LV download. Very fun story, about a man who, at 100 years old, starts living backwards at the rate of ten years per year. :)
The Twits by Roald Dahl. Short little kids' book, about the horrible Mr. and Mrs. Twit, who of course get what's coming to them.
Still working on The Silmarillion, but I've also started on Sauron Defeated, which is volume 4 of The History of The Lord of the Rings. Literary study, basically, which examines the early drafts and revisions of The Lord of the Rings as it was being written, to see how the story eventually came to be what it is.
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Post by DACSoft » January 2nd, 2019, 10:13 am

Having exceeded my goal last year, in 2018, I'll try for more this year. :)

Goal: 66 books
Completed: 39 books

Books/ebooks read{A}:
1. When Scout Meets Scout, by Ashton Lamar - 1912 (text) {B}
2. On the Edge of the Arctic, by Ashton Lamar - 1913 (text)
3. In a New World, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1893 (text)
4. The Young Salesman, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1896 (text)
5. David Crockett: Scout, by Charles Fletcher Allen - 1911 (text) {C}
6. The Early Life of Washington, by A Friend of Youth - 1896 (text) {B}
7. Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1894 (text)
8. The Disagreeable Woman, by Julian Starr - 1895 (text)
9. The Cadets of Flemming Hall, by Anna Chapin Ray - 1892 (text)
10. Frank and Fearless, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1897 (text)
11. For Yardley, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1911 (text) {B}
12. Frank Hunter's Peril, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1896 (text)
13. Finkler's Field, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1911 (text) {B}
14. Baseball Joe Saving the League, by Lester Chadwick - 1923 (text) {B}
15. Snow-shoes and Sledges, by Kirk Munroe - 1895 (text) {B}
16. The Motor Boys on Thunder Mountain, by Clarence Young - 1924 (text) {B}
17. Walter Sherwood's Probation, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1897 (text)
18. A Boy's Fortune, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1898 (text)
19. Beyond the Black Waters, by A. L. O. E. (A Lady of England) - 1890 (text)
20. Children of the Arctic, by Josephine Diebitsch Peary - 1903 (text)
21. Change Signals, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1912 (text) {B}
22. The Young Bank Messenger, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1898 (text)
23. Sink or Swim, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1870 (text)
24. With Carson and Frémont, by Edwin L. Sabin - 1912 (text) {B}
25. The Declaration of Independence, by Winslow Warren - 1904 (text) {B}
26. Around the End, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1913 (text) {B}
27. Our Union and its Defenders, by J. Howard Pugh, M. D. - 1862 (text) {B}
28. Jed, the Poorhouse Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1899 (text)
29. Mark Mason's Victory, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1899 (text)
30. A Debt of Honor, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1900 (text)
31. Out for Business, by Horatio Alger, Jr. - 1900 (text)
28. On the Plains with Custer, by Edwin L. Sabin - 1913 (text) (in progress - producing for PG)
29. Team-Mates, by Ralph Henry Barbour - 1911 (text) (in progress - producing for PG)

Audiobooks - LV DPLs:
1. Days with Sir Roger De Coverley, by Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele - 1892 (text) (audio)
2. Curly Carson Listens In, by Roy J. Snell - 1922 (text) (audio)
3. The Men Who Found America, by Frederick Winthrop Hutchinson - 1909 (text) (audio)
4. A Knight of the White Cross, by G. A. Henty - 1896 (text) (audio)
5. The Yellow Dove, by George Gibbs - 1915 (text) (audio) {B}
6. The Red Inn, by Honoré de Balzac - 1885 (text) (audio)
7. The Range Dwellers, by B. M. Bower - 1906 (text) (audio)
8. The New Army in Training, by Rudyard Kipling - 1915 (text) (audio)
9. The Art of War, by Niccolo Machiavelli - 1675 (text) (audio) (in progress)
10. On the Yukon Trail, by Roy J. Snell - 1922 (text) (audio) (in progress)

Audiobooks - LV solos:
1. Left to Themselves, by Edward Irenæus Stevenson - 1891 (text) (audio) (in progress) {B}
2. Baseball Joe in the Central League, by Lester Chadwick - 1914 (text) (audio) (in progress) {B}

Audiobooks - LV other:
1. The Garden God, by Forrest Reid - 1906 (text) (audio) (in progress) {B}
2. The White Company, by Arthur Conan Doyle - 1891 (text) (audio) (in progress)

{A} includes read-alouds to my nieces/nephews -- which got me started at LV! 8-)
{B} produced these for Project Gutenberg/Distributed Proofreaders
{C} produced these for Project Gutenberg
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Baseball Joe in the Central League; Left to Themselves
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Baseball Joe in the Big League; Whispering Tongues; Baseball Joe on the Giants

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Post by ej400 » January 2nd, 2019, 11:11 am

This will be my first year doing this, so I'll start out with a small goal of 30. I have a rule though. All the books for the one book a week club, must have something to do with Librivox.

Complete: 6 of 30

1. Days with Sir Roger de Coverley (Solo)
2. Isaac Bickerstaff (Solo)
3. The Men Who Found America (Solo)
4. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (school)
5. Five Children and It (DPL)
6. Mountain Interval (DPL)

In Progress:
The Fair Maid of Perth or St. Valentine's Day (DPL (and read 5 sections) )
The Battle of the Books (Solo)
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke (Solo)
Haworth's (BC & DPL)
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Post by Cori » January 2nd, 2019, 12:24 pm

I read a lot last year and hope to do so again this year. My revolution isn't around numbers -- just, like Devorah, to properly note down what I read. :D If anyone wants to track at Goodreads too / instead, you're very welcome to join the (quiet!) group.

TOTAL BOOKS: 50 - view at Goodreads

Books I really enjoyed (and rated at 4/5 or 5/5):
The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness by Karen Armstrong (n/f memoir)
Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard by Lawrence M. Schoen (sci-fi, elephants in space, seriously and sensibly done!)
Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple (family drama, set in England a little after WWI)
A Death in the Family by James Agee (an American classic, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Excellent and insightful, especially the child POV storytelling)
Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth (Furry sci-fi. Yes, really. Cosy writing about two empath/telepaths at Uni, set in a universe largely populated by genetically modified animals, and where humans are somewhat discriminated against. 3 sequels, though book 2 needs a lot of content warnings IMO, be gentle with yourself.)
Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse (book 2 of a Victorian-set young Holmes story, neatly foreshadowing the Doyle canon. Not quite as exciting a plot as the first book, but I would probably read a whole book about Cyrus and Mycroft eating dinner, so not a problem. Sherlock is appropriately annoying.)
Frederica by Georgette Heyer (Regency period romance, several laughs out loud and an awful lot more grinning at the page. Probably not terribly historically accurate, but enough not to be noticable to this non-historian, and jolly enjoyable.)
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (JKR) (Book 4 in the Cormoran Strike series. Love the detailed plotting and characters and have no problem with the pace, although it's a proper doorstop of a tome. Would stand alone, but far better to start at the beginning of the series if you have the chance.)
Bend Around the Wind by Scyllaya (Loki/Stark fan-fiction. Completed space opera novel, available free on line, solid interpretation of canon characters and great original characters. Sensible content warnings, very much adult-only. The grammar is a little off in places, but the episodic plots and overall arc were way too enjoyable to let that bother me.)

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Post by Foon » January 2nd, 2019, 12:28 pm

Yayyy this year I'm gonna participate too! It'll be just the motivator I need to pick up Tolstoy again!

I think I'll set my goal to 50. Should be a doable challenge.

Completed: 48/50

Recorded for LV (SOLO)
  1. The New Republic, by William Hurrell Mallock. text link LV catalogue
    Satire mocking the important figures at Oxford University at the time. A group of upper class men and women gather in a country house and devise a plan for a utopia (their "New Republic").
  2. The Book of the Cat, by Mabel Humphrey. text link LV catalogue
    A cute little children's book with stories and verses about cats.
  3. Bobby Gray Squirrel's Adventures, by George Ethelbert Walsh. text link LV catalogue
    An adorable story about the adventures of Bobby, who makes friends with a sick little girl and gets all his woods friends together to make her happy.
  4. Poems of Progress and New Thought Pastels, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. text link LV catalogue
  5. Buster the Big Brown Bear, by George Ethelbert Walsh. text link LV catalogue
  6. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman. text link LV catalogue
  7. Songs of Innocence, and of Experience, by William Blake. text link LV catalogue
  8. White Tail the Deer's Adventures, by George Ethelbert Walsh. text link LV catalogue


    Prooflistened/recorded(GROUP) for LV (only titles read in full)
  9. Junior Classics Volume 4: Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry, by William Patten. text link LV catalogue
    Wonderful collection of some very well known and some lesser known stories, about King Arthur, the Cid, Robin Hood, etc.
  10. Swanhilde, by Wilhelm Hauff. text link LV catalogue
    Collection of fairy tales, including a "frame story" (The Caravan) which includes multiple tales of its own.
  11. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. text link Coordinating DR

    Read for fun
  12. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. text link Reading for "fun".
    To be honest, I strongly disliked it. I felt something between dislike and loathing for every single one of the characters. The plot was slow, incoherent, and not as fleshed out as it could have been in my opinion. I enjoyed the first ~1/4 of the book, and from there on, it was a struggle every single page. And I was strongly disappointed by the last part of the book (after a certain event, no spoilers, but those who read it know what I mean I guess?) -- that could have been a really interesting part, but instead of dealing with this event, it's just brushed off in a page or two, and instead there are many chapters about political discussions and philosophical epiphanies that I couldn't care less about. I think with time my opinions on the book will mellow (I just finished it last night and my frustration of disliking a book is rather high), but for now, I really did NOT enjoy the book and I don't quite understand why it's in all the "best books ever" lists.
  13. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett. (not PD)
    My last unread Discworld novel! For anyone not familiar with them, I wholeheartedly recommend reading them. Terry Pratchett has a brilliant mind.
  14. 1984, by George Orwell. (not PD) Reading for fun.
    One helluva book. It amazes me how accurate the book is in many ways, even 70 years after publication. Very well written and, man, the last part, while I didn't love where the story was going, I was so impressed with it all. Absolute recommendation.
  15. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. (not PD)
    I was surprised how drawn in I was by the characters as it's a short story/novella. An intense story about friendship, (unfulfilled) dreams, loneliness, and the wretchedness of life in the Depression.
  16. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (not PD in US)
    I quite enjoyed it, but I didn't love it. All in all, a pretty sad book.
  17. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. (not PD)
    The first book I read by this author. It's supposed to be his "magnum opus". It's an incredibly strange book, I don't even really know in what genre to put it. It's a love story, it's fantasy, it's about alternate worlds, connections, believing your eyes (or not). You spend 100% of the book confused about what's going on. It's 1000 pages of trying to figure it all out.
    I liked the book, I like his writing style, but it was TOO LONG. IMO, if you cut the text by 2/3rds, it would have worked (even better, maybe). It's incredibly slow paced, which I generally like, but in this book it was too much for me. I've started another book by the same author, which is much more promising so far.
  18. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami. (not PD)
    A much more enjoyable Murakami experience for me than 1Q84. A very heavy and sad book about nostalgia and loss, with a strong theme of suicide. Beautifully written.
  19. Into the Wild, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin 1) (not PD)
    I needed something light after finishing a heavy book, so I started on a YA book series about Warrior Cats who live in clans in the woods. It's... well, bad, but still very entertaining. And, you know, cats :9:
  20. Fire and Ice, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin 2) (not PD)
  21. Forest of Secrets, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin 3) (not PD)
  22. Rising Storm, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin 4) (not PD)
  23. A Dangerous Path, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin 5) (not PD)
  24. The Darkest Hour, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin 6) (not PD)
  25. Midnight, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The New Prophecies 1) (not PD)
  26. Moonrise, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The New Prophecies 2) (not PD)
  27. Dawn, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The New Prophecies 3) (not PD)
  28. Starlight, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The New Prophecies 4) (not PD)
  29. Twilight, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The New Prophecies 5) (not PD)
  30. Sunset, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: The New Prophecies 6) (not PD)
  31. The Sight, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Power of Three 1) (not PD)
  32. Dark River, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Power of Three 2) (not PD)
  33. Outcast, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Power of Three 3) (not PD)
  34. Eclipse, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Power of Three 4) (not PD)
  35. Long Shadows, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Power of Three 5) (not PD)
  36. Sunrise, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Power of Three 6) (not PD)
  37. The Fourth Apprentice, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Omen of the Stars 1) (not PD)
  38. Fading Echoes, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Omen of the Stars 2) (not PD)
  39. Night Whispers, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Omen of the Stars 3) (not PD)
  40. Sign of the Moon, by Erin Hunter. (Warriors: Omen of the Stars 4) (not PD)
  41. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis. (not PD)
    I'd never read the Chronicles of Narnia before (I know, unacceptable!) so I figured now was as good a time as any! Delightful book by a marvellous writer.
  42. The Magician's Nephew, by C. S. Lewis. (not PD)
  43. Prince Caspian, by C. S. Lewis. (not PD)
  44. The Horse and his Boy, by C. S. Lewis. (not PD)
  45. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis. (not PD)
  46. The Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis. (not PD)
  47. The Last Battle, by C. S. Lewis. (not PD)
  48. The Children of Húrin, by J.R.R. Tolkien. (not PD)
In progress:
  • Rhyme? And Reason?, by Lewis Carroll. text link PLing for LV.
  • The Boys' and Girls' Pliny, by Pliny the Elder. text link LV Vol. 1 LV Vol. 2 LV Vol. 3 Recording for LV (solo).
  • The Lost Continent, by C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne. text link PLing for LV.
  • A Traveler from Altruria, by William Dean Howells.
  • Dialogues of the Gods, by Lucian. text link
  • Zeus the Tragedian, by Lucian. text link
  • The Book of Lost Tales, Part 1, by J.R.R. Tolkien. (not PD)
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Post by SweetPea » January 2nd, 2019, 1:16 pm

As I already read a lot, my only goal of a sort is to read a greater variety of things.

January
  1. The Ship of the Dead (Rick Riordan) - MG fantasy
  2. Truthwitch (Susan Dennard) - YA fantasy
  3. Eliza and Her Monsters (Francesca Zappia) - YA contemporary
  4. Cinder (Marissa Meyer) - YA sci-fi
  5. Thunderhead (Neal Shusterman) - YA dystopian
  6. Carry On (Rainbow Rowell) - YA fantasy
  7. The Red Pyramid (Rick Riordan) - MG fantasy
February
  1. Scarlet (Marissa Meyer) - YA sci-fi
  2. Cress (Marissa Meyer) - YA sci-fi
  3. Winter (Marissa Meyer) - YA sci-fi
  4. My Lady Jane (Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows) - YA historical/fantasy
March
  1. The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater) - YA fantasy/paranormal
  2. Of Fire and Stars (Audrey Coulthurst) - YA fantasy/romance
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Post by commonsparrow3 » January 2nd, 2019, 1:25 pm

I only remembered to update my 2018 Book List three times, in January, July, and today, which means I really have to work hard to remember what I read. (Thank goodness my public library sends me e-mails reminding me of what books I took out! Fortunately most of my reading comes from the library.)

So I guess my GOAL for 2019 isn't to read any particular number of books, but just to do a more timely job of updating the list. I hereby resolve to update at least once a month in 2019.

To start off this year's list, I have only one book, which I was reading on New Year's Day:

1. The Colors of All the Cattle by Alexander McCall Smith
(The latest Mma Ramotswe mystery novel)

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Edit: Update February 12, 2019

Books Read from my Public Library:
2. You Welcomed Me by Kent Annan
(A pithy little book exploring the command to "welcome strangers, for you were once strangers yourselves", and the Gospel parable's "I was a stranger and you welcomed me".)
3. Love Undocumented by Sarah Quezada
(The author discovers the often frustrating and opaque process of navigating the US immigration system at the side of her Guatemalan fiance, later husband.)
4. Wheels of Change by Sue Macy
(Though shelved as a YA book, this is a lively and informative exploration of how the bicycle played a role in the emancipation of women around the turn of the 20th century.)

LibriVox Audiobooks I Participated in Reading:
5. New Hampshire by Robert Frost
(Wonderful collection by a great 20th century poet whose poems were part of my life thanks to my dad. I recorded several favorite poems, listened to the whole collection when finished.)

LibriVox Audiobooks I Just Listened To:
6. Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
(The classic horror novella, gorgeously read by Phil Chenevert).
7. Wappin' Wharf: A Frightful Comedy of Pirates by Charles Brooks
(Side-splitting silliness in this little play that happily spoofs every pirate tale you've ever read.)

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Edit: Update March 1, 2019

Books Read from my Public Library:
8. City on the Edge: Buffalo New York by Mark Goldman
(A survey of the city next door to my own from 1900 to the present.)
9. Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows by Mark Monmonier
(For those of us living next to the Great Lakes, this explanation of the dreaded "lake effect snow" phenomenon is fascinating.)

LibriVox Audiobooks I Just Listened To:
10. Democracy and Education by John Dewey
(An important book in the history of educational philosophy, exploring the role of education as something more than passing along factual information.)

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Edit: Update June 1, 2019

Books Read from my Public Library:
11. El Norte : the Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson
(From the early 16th century to the present in the 21st century, this thick volume is chock full of stories worth reading.)
12. Biography of Rattlesnake Pete by Charles Stilson
(Slim little volume on the life of one of our legendary local history characters, recently reprinted from a 1923 original.)
13. God is Young by Pope Francis
(Interviews with the pope, centering on the gifts of youth to both the younger and older generations.)
14. Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist's Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America by Dorothy Butler Gilliam
(Autobiography of a black newspaperwoman in the 20th century; the book's subtitle sums it up perfectly.)
15. Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor
(A favorite author explores how teaching a class on world religions led her to fresh perspectives on both her own faith and other faiths.)
16. The Great Lakes Water Wars by Peter Annin
(This account of the battles over the use and management of the biggest freshwater resource in the world was interesting to this Great Lakes resident.)

LibriVox Audiobooks I Just Listened To:
17. Time Telling Through the Ages by Harry Chase Brearley
(A history of timekeeping from sundials to waterclocks to modern watches.)
18. Understanding Climatic Change by U.S. Commission for Global Atmospheric Research
(This report was written in 1975, but is very current today, clearly laying out the subject for the non-scientific reader.)
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Post by mhhbook » January 2nd, 2019, 8:33 pm

I'll hop in again with the same goal as 2018 - 60 books. My only specific goal is to read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelves for umpteen years crying "read me, read me, please read me."

And, of course, I'll be listening to LibriVox books. :)
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Post by ColleenMc » January 3rd, 2019, 8:16 am

My goals for the year are 1) a book a week 2)read a lot more from my gigantic pile of Amazon sale purchases (aka Mt. Tsundoku) and 3) concentrate on women and POC authors. Also, LV-wise, at least 10 of my books from DPL-ing and solos. Let's see how it goes...

January

1. The Idiot by Elif Batuman - this was just okay. Quirky main character who I alternated between liking and disliking. Some amazing descriptions, but a boring and meandering plot and frequently annoying characters. A good reminder of why I don't often read "literary" works as opposed to genre stuff -- I need plots, preferably with some kind of suspense and action that goes somewhere.

2. Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson - I don't agree with Wilson politically, being decidedly left of center, but he's funny and I enjoy his caustic Twitter feed torching everything Trump, so I decided to read his book. He has a lot of good points, especially what he thinks needs to be done to fix the Republicans in particular and politics in general after Trump, but he doesn't take enough responsibility for the "wink wink nudge nudge" racism that has permeated R. political messaging for years, which he was a huge part of.

3. Messenger of Truth by Jacqueline Winspear - I have been enjoying the Maisie Dobbs series very much, and this is another quality installment (fourth in the series). I like how real time is moving forward from the late 20s to now the early 30s, with the rumblings of the next World War starting to be felt in the distance. I also like how her books have yet to end with the stereotypical detective story climax of the hero(ine) being captured or confronted by the villain in a life or death faceoff. In fact, most of the villains have been very unvillainous -- just people doing what they thought they had to do in a moment of crisis, and then trying to get through the results. If you like historical fiction but not particularly fond of typical mystery stories, you would probably like this series. This was an audiobook listen.

4. The Story of a Loaf of Bread by T.B. Wood - prooflistening for LV, this one began in 2018 but wrapped up in 2019 so therefore it counts for this year! My first prooflistening project, and I enjoyed it greatly. It follows the commercial production of bread in Great Britain from the wheat field to the bakery.

5. Essex County by Jeff Lemire - an excellent graphic novel with a complete lack of superheroes and spandex -- it's simply the intertwined stories of multiple residents of a tiny corner of Ontario, Canada, spanning several generations. It's sweet and sad and elegaic for a past time.

6. History of the Four Georges, v. 2 by Justin McCarthy - this is a Librivox audiobook from that dedicated history reader, Pamela Nagami, and I have been enjoying this series very much, though a little slowly as this is my end-of-day, falling asleep listen so I'm often backing up and re-listening the parts I fell asleep on. It's a period of history I had known little about, and it's been great learning it in such detail. I immediately started volume 3 after finishing this one!

7. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorofor - like Harry Potter, the main character in this book discovers that she is part of a secret tradition of witches/magic users, and begins her education to learn to use her powers, because a major world-changing attack is looming and her powers seem to be part of the key to defeating the attack. However, this series is set in Nigeria and the magic traditions are steeped in African lore and tradition rather than European, which made for a really fascinating story and an unusual and interesting setting.

8. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson - This was a regular audiobook and I highly recommend enjoying the story this way, because the reader definitely added to the drollness and humor of the story with his narration. It's the story of the extremely unusual life of an unassuming Swedish guy who decides to run away from his own 100th birthday celebration. He steals a suitcase that turns out to belong to a crime syndicate, setting up a lengthy chase involving both the crooks and the police, and recruiting a motley team of allies along the way. This is mixed in with the backstory of the main character's life, which reads a lot like if Forrest Gump was Swedish and liked blowing things up. Very enjoyable.

9. The Lion's Skin by Raphael Sabatini - My first prooflistening for a solo project and it was a great way to start. I enjoyed Carol Pelster's reading so much! Also, I'd never read any Sabatini so that was a first too. I could see the roots of many of the modern day historical romance novels in the situations and the ironically amused main character. It reminded me very much of Georgette Heyer's early works set similarly in the Georgian period, and since Heyer is the grandmother of pretty much all modern Regency romance, Sabatini felt oddly familiar as well. I look forward to more of his books. So 2019 is off to a good start for me, reading-wise!

February

Overall: February was a disappointing month reading-wise but I'm still on track for the year to date thanks to my big January! I'm also in the middle of multiple books and audiobooks that ought to wrap up this month, and with March being the MARCH Toward the Finish Line month, I'm gonna do my best to finish the abandoned solo I picked up. So March's report should be better!

10. One House Over by Mary Monroe - Tried because 1) I've heard forever that she is an entertaining author and her book covers always looked interesting and 2) The title fit with an A-Z reading challenge I'm working on and my anticipated "B" book (Becoming by Michelle Obama) has a long waitlist so I thought I'd pick off some things lower on the list! Unfortunately, this book was kind of disappointing. The storytelling was clunky and felt very padded, ESPECIALLY when it stops halfway through the story, to conclude later. I didn't care enough to go back for the second book.

11. The Luck of the Dudley Grahams by Alice Calhoun Haines - a forgotten early 20th century YA book that I happened across and just loved the narrative voice, so I ignored all the other anticipated books on my solo recording list and jumped this one to the front of the line. Started in August, finished in February. I really enjoyed it. There was a spiritual aspect without being cloying about it, and I love a good spunky kids-fighting-poverty-and-bad-luck story. The fact that it's told in diary format is a plus. Recommended if you like old timey YA!

March - May

Boy have I dropped the ball here, and in generally keeping up with reading! My excuse: decided to binge watch all of Game of Thrones so I could watch the last few episodes real-time and not be spoiled, so I watched a lot more TV than usual for the last couple of months.

I didn't date these in my journal list so I'll just have to lump together March through May...

12. Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile - This was an audiobook that took a while to get through, finally finished during a long stretch of cross-stitching! It's about a woman who inherits a struggling sugar plantation in Louisiana and her work to get the thing productive and profitable again, plus plenty of family drama. One of those things where you want to reach in and shake the characters for being stupid or awful, but the deep descriptions of the setting and the wanting to find out if she succeeds in making it to harvest kept me going, but overall kind of a frustrating read.

13. Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove - I don't usually read a lot of tie-in books because they can be annoying -- you know nothing that is canon to the series is going to change, like they aren't going to kill off a main character, so the suspense is often low. But they can be nice to indulge in when there's a tv show or movie universe that you like and miss, and that was the case here.

14. The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner - This was an abandoned solo that I finished, I figure I read about half of it and skimmed the other (already recorded) sections as I'd always meant to read this. It's a really important and influential work in US history that still affects the field today (even if his hypotheses are not embraced the same way, everyone still acknowledges and grapples with them). The title essay is the most important one in the book, the others are variations and repetitions so reading a lot of them in row got a bit tedious. But it's good to be able to say I read it (or close enough to reading the whole thing to count for me!)

15. History of the Four Georges, V. 3 by Justin McCarthy - Still slowly working my way through this series with the 10-15 minutes of bedtime listening I get in before I drift off each night, then have to roll back the next night and figure out where I started dozing! It's very interesting and detailed and even a bit gossipy -- McCarthy is a good writer and has definite viewpoints on the various prime ministers and other political figures who come onto the stage and then exit it. One more volume to go, covering the last George plus William!

16. American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - I'm a true crime fan but tend to move between stories of murder or serial killers, and stories of cons and financial fraud (my specialty during my time in law enforcement and it still fascinates me as a topic), so arson was a bit out of my usual area. I did not expect to be as drawn into this book as I was but it was riveting. I felt a lot of emotional attachment to both the perpetrators and the various investigators trying desperately to stop the crazy fire spree, and especially for the poor volunteer fire fighters in this rural community who were brutalized by near nightly blazes (and sometimes 2-3 fires in a night). I was listening to this while driving between Baltimore and Atlanta, and it made the trip fly by!

17. Abandoned Prayers by Gregg Olson - Back to the serial killers - this one was about, believe it or not, a gay Amish (well, ex-Amish) serial killer who was very bad news for everyone unfortunate enough to get too close to him. Written in the very early 90s so it has the sensitivity of a straight dude writer from that era (which is to say, there are some bits and turns of phrase that made me cringe -- to be fair, they probably make him cringe these days too because the world has moved on) but it was a fascinating story.

18. Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens - This brings me to the halfway point in my journey of trying to read (well listen to) all of Charles Dickens' works. (David Copperfield is the real halfway point chronologically but I had already listened to it when I decided to go back and fill in the gaps in my Dickensverse in chronological order...). Mil Nicholson's reading was as wonderful as ever (she is a real Librivox treasure) but I have to say that this book was a slog, and I hadn't expected it. Barnaby Rudge and Martin Chuzzlewit get more criticism as being a bit boring and saggy but I liked both of them better than Dombey. There were parts that I loved though -- the women characters were more varied and had some more depth than most of the pure ciphers Dickens usually has -- the main character of Florence was one of these but the supporting cast of women made up for it. And as always there were long chunks of poetic narration and description that didn't move the plot along at all but were lovely to listen to nevertheless. On to Bleak House, which unless I go on a real tear with it, I don't expect to have it show up on my list until next year!

So I enter June a few books behind where I'd like to be to hit my goal of 52 for the year, but I'm in the midst of multiple works right now between recording and prooflistening for Librivox, listening to Librivox stuff for fun, plus the other rotating cast of books and audiobooks, and I expect a few of them to finish up in the next few weeks. I'm also slogging my way through the Mueller report which is not fun reading, but necessary. But I can only stand to do a few pages at a time!
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Post by Kikisaulite » January 5th, 2019, 8:52 am

So-o-o, count me in as well. I do not have a specific goal other than just to see for myself what and how much do I read in a single year. (And to remember to update this list...)
I will divide my reading in 3 categories:

Real paper books for work/entertainment:


Audio books from Librivox or other sources:
1. Dan Simmons, The Terror (translation into Russian, audiobook) - Finished Jan 12. (Great book. Close to brilliant. Although I hate what the author made of Sir Franklins character, in other respects recommended for everyone who is into arctic exploration. A perfect mix of authentic historic details and mystic horror fiction.)
2. Francis McClintock, In the Arctic Seas (Librivox audiobook) - Finished Feb 5. (The narrative on how the records and some remains of the Franklin's expedition was found by Francis McClintock expedition.)


Reading for Librivox:
1. H.G. Wells, Short history of the world (solo) - IP from 2018
2. David Masters, Romance of excavation (PL) - Fin Jan 23
3. Charles Edward Chapman, The History of California (PL) -
4. Nikolai Leskov, На краю света (PL) -
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Post by JayKitty76 » January 18th, 2019, 5:04 pm

Late to this thread, but I've been reading:
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis. It's my first time through, and it's so good! It's so watertight that it carries a lot of weight. It's been making me think about my beliefs, and if I have a watertight response for any given question someone asks me...


I want to finish my Solo this year (I'm not sure of the regular time frame for a Solo to be finished in, but I started it a few weeks ago and my goal is to be finished by July).
My goal of books to read: At least 100. (I'm a huge reader). That's a pretty big goal, but I'll try to reach it...
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Post by Piotrek81 » February 18th, 2019, 1:34 pm

I'm reading my first paper book this year. Yup, it took me so long to start...
Gard Sveen's Ostatni Pielgrzym (the literal English translation would be "The Last Pilgrim") is a whodunnit that switches betwenn two time periods: German-ocupied Norway during WW2 and the same country in 2003. Someone in 2003 commits a crime and it seems to have something to do with one of Norway's biggest resistance heroes and his mysterious death in the first months after WW2.
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