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an ancient means of passing along history, knowledge, entertainment, reading has been with us debate-ably since we first drew images on cave walls. which are still being read to this day. 

 

clearly all of us here are here because we're fans of the written word. it is after all what this whole site is based on. and here in the Brown Ajah we especially love books and all they can hold. their promise of new insights, new worlds, new life and love the power that a page can hold. the wonder it can bring into our lives. the prodding of our minds and spirits that a new book inevitably holds. 

 

so yearly we do the book challenge. and here it is bright and shiny for the new year. 

 

how many books do you plan on reading? how many do you hope to read? do you plan on winging it? any and every answer to those questions is welcomed! 

 

post below that you're joining the challenge. what your personal goals are. and lets get going! 

 

 

also feel free to change your goals as needed. to jump in late or on time or whenever the heck you want. the point is to read, the point is to push yourself in your reading. the point is to enjoy a year of books.  

 

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Put me down for 52 books, one per week.

 

That's a bit less than what I finished in 2019 (62 books that year) but I'm trying to teach myself to read more slowly, to digest the contents rather than just plow through pages in order to mark a title off a list.

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Okay, I am going to go for ....

 

11 - not a huge number, but my favourite number so possibly doable - however as I am still on my first read through I can safely say mine will be:

January: Crossroads of Twilight :) 

 

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This year I'm going to try for twenty books since I am almost done with my degree. Like last year, I'm going to try and keep track of how many pages the books are, for my own information. I will put them in by the page numbers on Amazon since most of the books I read anymore are Kindle e-books.

 

21/20 = 105%

Total Pages Read = 7893

Average Pages per Book = 376

 

January - Goal Progress 0/1

 

February - Goal Progress 2/3

  1. Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard A. Swinson - 240 pages
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - 447 pages

 

March - Goal Progress 5/4

  1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass - 448 pages
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - 240 pages
  3. Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal - 288 pages

 

April - Goal Progress 8/6

  1. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary - 176 pages
  2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas - 568 pages
  3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas - 662 pages

 

May - Goal Progress 10/8

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas - 694 pages
  2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas - 668 pages

 

June - Goal Progress 11/10

  1. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas - 989 pages

 

July - Goal Progress 14/12

  1. Origin in Death by J.D. Robb - 349 pages
  2. Chisen Ones by Veronica Roth - 438 pages
  3. Memory in Death by J.D. Robb - 347 pages

 

August - Goal Progress 17/13

  1. Configured by Jenetta Penner - 368 pages
  2. Immersed by Jenetta Penner - 317 pages
  3. Actualized by Jenetta Penner - 348 pages

 

September - Goal Progress 17/15

 

October - Goal Progress 17/17

 

November - Goal Progress 18/18

  1. Postmortem  by Patricia Cornwell - 287 pages

 

December - Goal Progress 21/20

  1.  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown - 274 pages
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight - 163 pages
  3. So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport - 267 pages
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Yay!!! It’s here again!!!

 

I made my goal last year!

 

I’d like to try for 20

 

1. The Way I See It

        Mike Rowe

2. ‘Tis

         Frank McCourt
3. A Danger to Herself and Others.

         Alyssa Sheinmel
4. The Wideness of the Sea

         Katie Curtis

5.  Damaged

         Cathy Glass

6. Innocent: The Struggle of Two Siblings      
    To Survive.

         Cathy Glass

7.  Becoming

         Michelle Obama

8.  Born a Crime
         Trevor Noah
9.  The Ruins of Gorlan
          John Flanagan

10. The Burning Bridge

          John Flanagan

11.  The Icebound Land

          John Flanagan

12. Nineteen Minutes

          Jodi Picoult

13. Small Great Things

          Jodi Picoult

14. Black Widow

          Daniel Silva

15. The New Girl

          Daniel Silva

16. Lonely Soldier

          Adam Harmon

17. The Battle for Skandia

          John Flanagan

18. The Sorcerer of the North

          John Flanagan

19. The Siege of Macindaw

          John Flanagan

20. Pumkinflowers

          Matti Friedman

21. A Spark of Light

          Jodi Picoult

22. Meghan and Harry

          Lady Colin Campbell

 

 

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Love a book challenge. This year I will maintain my goal that I've kept for the past 5/6 years of 75 books. 

 

Last year I barely made my goal but I'm not stressing about it too much.

 

Currently I'm at 55/75 - Will fill the rest in lateeeeeeer

 

1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

2. Hounded by Kevin Hearne

3. Hexed by Kevin Hearne

4. Hammered by Kevin Hearne

5. Tricked by Kevin Hearne

6. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (rr)

7. Starsight by Brandon Sanderson 

8. It's Not Ok to Feel Blue (and other lies) by Scarlett Curtis

9. If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

10. Grown ups by Marian Keyes

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going for however many i get through

 

1. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan. 

2. One Second After by william forstchen

3. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

4. Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher

5. Cured by bethany wiggins

6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

7. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

8. Front Lines by Michael Grant

9. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman

10. Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett and Link

11. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

12. the boneman’s daughters by Ted Dekker

13. one year later by william forstchen

14. the ballad of songbirds and snakes by Susan Collins

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I think 12 is a good round number - does reading the novel I wrote myself in 2015 count towards my goal, I wonder? 

 

1. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice - completed 04/13/2020

2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - completed 04/05/2020

3. The Twin Blades by myself - being edited for Camp NaNoWriMo 2020

4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin - completed 04/15/2020

5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandar Dumas - completed 05/20/2020

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - completed 06/15/2020

7. The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice - DNF

8. Scar Night by Alan Campbell - completed 06/20/2020

9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - completed 07/31/2020

10. Dracula by Bram Stoker - completed 10/2/2020 (omg that took forever)

11. The Pearl by John Steinbeck - completed 10/14/2020

12. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armenout - Completed 10/11/2020

13. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass - Completed 10/22/2020

14. Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armenout - Completed 10/26/2020

15. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass - in progress

16. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes - in progress

 

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Yay! My book count for the remainder of this year is 6 more books:

 

1. September - The Great Hunt

2. October - The Dragon Reborn

3. November - The Shadow Rising

4. December - The Fires of Heaven

5. Sometime this year, I want to finish Good Omens. (I watched this on Amazon, and loved it!)

6. I also want to finish The Need to Please: Mindfulness Skills to Gain Freedom from People Pleasing & Approval Seeking.

 

(Yes, I just started a WoT re-read, but my mom and sister are reading with me this time 😍.)

 

This year, I have already read:

 

1. New Spring

2. Eye of the World

3. Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (highly recommend...it's a quick read, and one you'll re-read through life to get different messages. If anyone has read this or wants to, I would love to discuss your thoughts and what you've gotten out of the book 🥰.)

4. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

 

There are other books I want to read, but I'm trying to be realistic for the rest of the year 😄.

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I really like to read. I read many books to develop my thinking. Reading books, to some extent, helps to develop creative writing in itself. Often during my studies I have to write essays for books I read. Often in study I am helped by the website, which provides materials in the form of an essay. On this site, I recently found free samples of an essay on nickel and dimed. Each book is interesting in its own way and requires maximum analysis and evaluation.220px-Nickel_and_Dimed_cover.jpg.37da30da8d47b7a083aa97a6fb04f1c7.jpg

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Finished (end of September)

1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

2. This Is How You Lose the Time War (Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone)

3. The Martian Race (Gregory Benford)

Finished (October)

4. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry (Fredrik Backman)

5. The Calculating Stars (Mary Robinette Kowal)

6. The Guinevere Deception (Kiersten White)

7. An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)

8. Throne of Jade (Naomi Novik)

9. A Natural History of Dragons (Marie Brennan)

10. Ella Enchanted (Gail Carson Levine)

11. Head Over Heels (Hannah Ornstein)

12. The Girl With Seven Names (Hyeonseo Lee and David John)

13. A Memory of Light (Robert Jordan)

14. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (V.E. Schwab)

15. A Blade So Black (L.L. McKinney)

16. Not Without Laughter (Langston Hughes)

17. The Harlem Renaissance (Charles River)

18. Jade City (Fonda Lee)

19. All the Birds in the Sky (Charlie Jane Anders)

20. The Fated Sky (Mary Robinette Kowal)

Finished (November)

21. Edgedancer (Brandon Sanderson)

22. House of Salt and Sorrows (Erin A. Craig)

23. Seafire (Natalie C. Parker)

24. Dawnshard (Brandon Sanderson)

25. Jade War (Fonda Lee)

26. Steeltide (Natalie C. Parker)

27. Such a Fun Age (Kiley Reid)

28. Let Me Hear a Rhyme (Tiffany D. Jackson)

29. City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)

30. City of Ashes (Cassandra Clare)

Finished (December)

31. City of Glass (Cassandra Clare)

32. The Kingdom of Back (Marie Lu)

33. The Red Scrolls of Magic (Cassandra Clare)

34. Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)

35. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

36. Timescape (Gregory Benford)

37. White Sand Volume II (Brandon Sanderson)

38. Rhythm of War (Brandon Sanderson)

39. City of Fallen Angels (Cassandra Clare)

40. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

41. A Dream so Dark (L.L. McKinney)

42. White Sand Volume III (Brandon Sanderson)

43. The Emperor's Soul (Brandon Sanderson)

44. The Assassin's Blade (Sarah J. Maas)

45. The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)

46. Clockwork Prince (Cassandra Clare)

47. Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas)

48. Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas)

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that's perfectly alright. i never plan how much i'll read or have goals. i simply use the challenge to keep track of what i end up reading.  and welcome! 

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On 10/1/2020 at 2:41 AM, Cross said:

that's perfectly alright. i never plan how much i'll read or have goals. i simply use the challenge to keep track of what i end up reading.  and welcome! 

 

Pfft I love a goal. Competing with myself is half the fun haha. 

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15 hours ago, blank said:

 

Pfft I love a goal. Competing with myself is half the fun haha. 

 

Bahahahahah!! I TOTALLY get that.

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21 hours ago, blank said:

Pfft I love a goal. Competing with myself is half the fun haha. 

 

I get that but I feel like if I make it a competition I'm not reading to chase something and not for its own sake

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32 minutes ago, PiedPiper said:

 

I get that but I feel like if I make it a competition I'm not reading to chase something and not for its own sake

I have it the same way😃 

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23 hours ago, PiedPiper said:

 

I get that but I feel like if I make it a competition I'm not reading to chase something and not for its own sake

 

yeah I know lots of people this way so I totally get lovely ❤️

 

But the healthiest way for me to exercise my competitive streak is with myself haha. 

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3 hours ago, blank said:

 

yeah I know lots of people this way so I totally get lovely ❤️

 

But the healthiest way for me to exercise my competitive streak is with myself haha. 

Well, it's great no matter how anyone reads as long as they do read. That's my take on it.

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Time to check in. 

 

Where are you in your goals??? Guess I should get a list going myself, to be fair 😉 Be fair to yerselves!

 

I am an avid reader, meaning i just read a lot, though it may be the same thing many times (WoT!!!), I also enjoy new books of any age.

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