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The Return of the Fifty Book Challenge

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1    Let It Bleed (Inspector Rebus, #7)
2    Mortal Causes (Inspector Rebus, #6)
3    The Black Book (Inspector Rebus, #5)
4    Nemesis
5    A Thousand Sons
6    Fallen Angels
7    Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5)
8    Strip Jack (Inspector Rebus, #4)
9    Tooth and Nail (Inspector Rebus, #3)
10    Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus, #2)
11    Knots and Crosses (Inspector Rebus, #1)
12    15th Affair (Women's Murder Club #15)
13    14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club, #14)
14    Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club, #13)
15    12th of Never (Women's Murder Club, #12)
16    11th Hour (Women's Murder Club, #11)
17    10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club, #10)
18    The 9th Judgment  (Women's Murder Club, #9)
19    The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club, #8)
20    7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club, #7)
21    The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club, #6)
22    The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, #5)
23    4th of July (Women's Murder Club, #4)
24    3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, #3)
25    2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, #2)
26    1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)
27    Tales of Heresy
28    Mechanicum
29    Pariah
30    Ravenor Rogue
31    Ravenor Returned
32    Ravenor
33    Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)
34    Starship Troopers
35    Hereticus
36    Malleus
37    Xenos
38    Battle for the Abyss
39    Legion
40    Descent of Angels
41    Fulgrim
42    Vicious Circle (Felix Castor, #2)
43    The Devil You Know (Felix Castor, #1)
44    The Martian
45    The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet, #1)
46    Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)
47    Ghost Story (The Dresden Files,  #13)
48    Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)
49    Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11)
50    Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
51    White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
52    Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8)
53    Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7)
54    Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
55    Ubik
56    Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
57    Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
58    Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
 

 

I seem to read a lot of trashy fiction...

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I'm going to try and keep a list of the books I read this year, I've been lazy and re-read a lot of old favourites rather than the stack of newbies that are piling up.  Any recommendations of new releases from last year? I'm a lover of fantasy and sci fi.

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Captain, you surely didn't read the Rebus novels out of order?! I couldn't handle that! Managed to get to 51 this year:

1: William McIlvanney - Docherty
2: William McIlvanney - The Kiln
3: Willy Russell - The Wrong Boy
4: Simon Sinek - Start With Why
5: Chris Fore - Building Championship Caliber Football Programmes
6: George Samuel Clason - The Richest Man in Babylon
7: William Golding - Lord of the Flies
8: James Vint - Installing Explosive RPO Concepts Into Any Offense
9: John B. Arden - Improving your memory for dummies
10: Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
11: Irvine Welsh - Crime
12: Irvine Welsh - The Blade Artist
13: Tim Layden - Blood, Sweat and Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today's Game
14: Steve Williams - The Successful Coach - Become the Coach who Creates Champions
15: Mike Mitchell - Mindfulness: Mindfulness for Anxiety Relief
16: Partick Easton Ellis - American Psycho
17: Matt Zeigler - College Football Schemes and Techniques
18: Roger Steare - Ethicability: How to decide what's right and what's wrong
19: Michael Francis - Guvnors: The Autobiography of a Football Hooligan Gang Leader
20: Jon Gordon - The Energy Bus
21: Chip Heath and Dan Heath - Switch: How to change things when change is hard
22: David Halberstam - The Education of a Coach
23: Ian Fleming - Live and Let Die
24: Les Giblin - Skill With People
25: Les Giblin - The Art of Dealing with People
26: Armin A. Brott - The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year
27: Russ Roberts - How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
28: George Lakoff - The All New Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate
29: Steve Boseley - Die, Blossom, Bloom
30: Steven Kotler - The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
31: Michael Lewis - Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour
32: Roald Dahl - Danny Champion of the World
33: Roald Dahl - Fantastic Mr Fox
34: Dr. Brad McRae and David Brooks - The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters
35: Les Giblin - How to have Power and Confidence when Deadling with People
36: Jonathan Wilson - Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
37: Urban Meyer - Above The Line
38: David Peace - The Damned Utd
39: Michael Grant and Rob Robertson - The Management: Scotland's Great Football Bosses
40: Eric Clapton - The Autobiography
41: Dave Eggers - Zeitoun
42: Dave Eggers - The Wild Things
43: Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
44: Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
45: Philipp Meyer - American Rust
46: Cormack McCarthy - The Road
47: JM Barrie - Peter Pan
48: Normal MacLean - A River Runs Through It
49: General Stanley McChrystal - Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
50: Jim Harrison - Legends of the Fall
51: Matt Gemmell - Changer
 

Scubby - give my number 51 a look. Written by a Uni friend of mine and it's a bit sci fi and really well paced.

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2 hours ago, Spoonie said:

Captain, you surely didn't read the Rebus novels out of order?! I couldn't handle that! 

 

Oh no I read everything in order, I just didn't order that list right.  Its reverse order.

I have a problem with starting a series then having to read every one of them back to back.

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On 05/01/2017 at 10:38 AM, Spoonie said:

Scubby - give my number 51 a look. Written by a Uni friend of mine and it's a bit sci fi and really well paced.

Fab, cheers - I've added it to my wishlist for when payday comes along :)

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RIght, i'm giving this a shot this year. 2 down, halfway through the 3rd:

Kubrick's Game - Derek Taylor Kent  - a trashy page-turner billed as the Da Vinci Code for film nerds. Great one to hammer through to kick things off. Gained very little from it except from a desire to rewatch a bunch of Kubrick films, but enjoyable nonetheless. Barry Lyndon is hugely underrated.

The Circle - Dave Eggars  - near-future dystopia type thing with a google-alike company that runs everything and spies on folk n shit. Decent. There's a movie coming out, will definitely go see it.

reading The Girl On the Train - another wee page-turner before I crack into something a bit more dense. decent so far.

I'm also doing a 52 week photography challenge thing which is quite fun, and easy https://dogwood.photography/52weekchallenge2017.html

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Slow start to the year but finished my second on the train this morning. Grit by Angela Duckworth which is about the factors of passion and perseverance in success and is excellent, and Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed which focuses on Twitter shaming and the effects of it and is also excellent!

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I polished off another Rebus novel so far and I've read two of the walking dead compendiums the last couple of weeks.

What's folks opinions on them?  Do they count towards 50?  They are over 1000 pages so minimum words is the length of your average novel these days?

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On 1/18/2017 at 4:03 AM, Spoonie said:

Slow start to the year but finished my second on the train this morning. Grit by Angela Duckworth which is about the factors of passion and perseverance in success and is excellent, and Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed which focuses on Twitter shaming and the effects of it and is also excellent!

Jon Ronson books are great. Psychopath test is maybe even better than publicly shamed. More interesting anyway if not as funny.

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Yeah, it's cracking - read that one last year, along with Lost at Sea. Keen for more of his work. Got this one because it was cheap on Kindle. I now get alerts with Bookbud and Book Hippo for what's cheap in my selected categories and usually just buy and add to the pile!

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I just counted 17 for me. I'm confident of finishing a couple more this month; but I'm thinking I've got to read one more from the stack to at least get a piss-poor 20.

I finally broke my non-fiction duck (that One Market Under God that I mentioned in this or the other thread; eventually got into once I forced myself to read a chapter a day or ditch it for good), though; work has become sane of late and next year I'm betting on not spending months half-dying from dengue and consequent pneumonia. Ahem.  So I'm determined to make next year another 50+ one, come hell or high water (though another fucking mosquito just could still be my undoing, I fear) and think I've got the pace going now. I also want to make War and Peace one of those 50 next year (read some of his short stories this year and have decided he's indeed the real deal). Can't actually find a copy though. Never thought I'd A. be in an despotic Asian bookshop and NOT see War and Peace, and B. be bummed about it. Might even go nuts and get another Kindle.

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Here's what I got done. 18 it seems. I thought I was on track for 19 mind. Maybe I forgot to add one or I miscounted (a bunch of times...)

Heavily lop-sided towards fiction, which is a break in how I usually read. Some great books there, though: Jules Verne and Amitav Ghosh are my new favourite writers. Tab-ed formatting hasn't carried over, blergh.

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Fiction

Steven Sherrill                            The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break
Roberto Bolano                            Woes of the True Policeman
Jonas Jonasson                            Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
Various                                    Selected Poetry of the First World War
Jules Verne                                Journey to the Center of the Earth
Amitav Ghosh                            Flood of Fire
Rudyard Kipling                            The Man Who would be King & Other Stories
Jules Verne                                20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
James Hogg                                Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Cormac McCarthy                        Blood Meridian
Jeff Kinney                                Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Roald Dahl                                Matilda
Leo Tolstoy                                The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
Bao Ninh                                The Sorrow of War
Jane Austen                                Pride and Prejudice

Non-Fiction

Thomas Paine                            Rights of Man
Thomas Frank                            One Market Under God
Robert F. Scott                            Scott’s Last Expedition

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