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message 1: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments Well the title says it all.
I seem to have once again amassed an extensive to read pile at home so this year I'm going to work my way through them. This means however no book buying this year. This is going to be hard. I may even see if I can knock a few of those books I've got saved on my "abandoned until a later date" shelf.


message 2: by Susy (new)

Susy (susysstories) No book buying....How? How are you going to manage that??
Wishing you the best of luck Simon. Hope you have an amazing reading year. May you discover some gems in that pile of yours!


message 3: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments Thanks Susy. I have to do this every couple of years to ensure I keep the number of books to a manageable number. I have about 150 unread books lying I various places around the house so I'm not going to have too much problem finding something to read.
That said there is nothing like the frisson of enjoyment of reading a book you've just got from a shop.


message 4: by Evonne (new)

Evonne | 21 comments I have an odd assortment of old books - books bought from used book stores that have been published 100ish years ago. I love the tattered old covers and yellowing pages! The smell! Love. Anyhow, many of them haven't been read-by-me yet, so that's on my list.


message 5: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments Good luck in the coming year!


message 6: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments Hoping you had fun getting lost in some pages in your first month!


message 7: by Susy (new)

Susy (susysstories) Simon wrote: "Thanks Susy. I have to do this every couple of years to ensure I keep the number of books to a manageable number. I have about 150 unread books lying I various places around the house so I'm not going to have too much problem finding something to read.
That said there is nothing like the frisson of enjoyment of reading a book you've just got from a shop."


So true!
How is your goal going so far Simon?


message 8: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments Susy wrote: "How is your goal going so far Simon?"

So far I've managed to clear 8 books from my to read pile though unfortunately half of them seem to have been Christmas presents from last year. Such is life.

Read in January
How to Build a Universe An Infinite Monkey Cage Adventure by Brian Cox Soul Music (Discworld, #16; Death, #3) by Terry Pratchett Women & Power A Manifesto by Mary Beard The Man from the Diogenes Club by Kim Newman The Looking Glass War by John le Carré
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell Injection, Vol. 2 (Injection, #2) by Warren Ellis Injection, Vol. 3 (Injection, #3) by Warren Ellis



message 9: by Susy (new)

Susy (susysstories) Simon wrote: "Susy wrote: "How is your goal going so far Simon?"

So far I've managed to clear 8 books from my to read pile though unfortunately half of them seem to have been Christmas presents from last year. ..."


lol

8 books read is a great start though even if they're not all dust bunnies :)


message 10: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments You are doing great! Hoping March is a great month for you.


message 11: by Simon (last edited Apr 05, 2018 12:42AM) (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments The rest of February and all of March's reading.

The Honourable Schoolboy (George Smiley #6) by John le Carré Descender, Vol. 1 Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire How to Survive a Plague The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS by David France Smiley's People (George Smiley #7) by John le Carré The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus by Alan Moore
The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2) by Art Spiegelman MetaMaus A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus by Art Spiegelman The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Once again a mixed bag but it does represent the kind of gadfly mind that I have.


message 12: by Catherine (new)

Catherine | 591 comments This is so admirable! Good luck not buying any books this year! I told myself I wasn't going to get any new books until I finished reading 20 books...I made it to 10 before I got a lot more.
I've also barely heard of any of the books that you've read so far this year. What's been you favourite so far?


message 13: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. I hope that April brings you many more five star reads. Do you have a stand out book so far this year?


message 14: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments I think I probably enjoyed The Looking Glass War the most. It's an often overlooked book in the Smiley series because Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold are such big beasts either side of it.
In Looking Glass War we begin to see just how murky the spy game is and just how dirty Smiley's hands are.


message 15: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments “Reading brings us unknown friends” While the warm weather is coming I hope you make some new friends in May! You are doing great keep it up!


message 16: by Simon (last edited Aug 07, 2018 12:32AM) (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments I suddenly released today I hadn't posted on here for a while. Life and books have a habit of getting in the way sometimes. That and the fact that its all too easy to forget the website with the ease of the mobile App.

So here we go
Books read in May and June
What We Talk about when We Talk about Faith by Peter Stanford Necropolis by Santiago Gamboa South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami The Citadel (Bello) by A.J. Cronin TED Talks The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris J. Anderson
The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1 All Hail, God Mammon by Jonathan Hickman Descender, Vol. 2 Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire Descender, Vol. 3 Singularities by Jeff Lemire Descender, Vol. 4 Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire Descender, Vol. 5 Rise of the Robots by Jeff Lemire
Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns Uber Volume 6 by Kieron Gillen Injustice Year One The Complete Edition by Tom Taylor Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two the Complete Collection by Tom Taylor The Secret Barrister Stories of the Law and How It's Broken by The Secret Barrister
King of Ashes (The Firemane Saga, #1) by Raymond E. Feist Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1) by Joe Hill The Wisdom Of Whores Bureaucrats, Brothels And The Business Of Aids by Elizabeth Pisani When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi ] The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 2 by Jonathan Hickman


message 17: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments Awesome job so far! Do you have a favorite book or a book you still can't wait to read?


message 18: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments Blagica wrote: "Awesome job so far! Do you have a favorite book or a book you still can't wait to read?"
I think upto the end of June I would have to say that the best of the year have to be the Black Monday Murders. Such an original graphic novel.


message 19: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments Time for July's reads

The Secret Pilgrim (George Smiley series) by John le Carré Chess by Stefan Zweig Haemophilia 2010 An Exploration of the Lived Experience of Boys with Haemophilia by Dr Kate Khair A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Three - The Complete Collection (Injustice Gods Among Us (2013-2016)) by Tom Taylor The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks East of West, Vol. 1 The Promise by Jonathan Hickman On Being Different What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

Another mixed bag of a month but a good one. I finally managed to read all of Le Carres Smiley series though the last two were maybe not the strongest in the series.

The stand out book of the month and the year so far though was Captain Corelli's Mandolin. This has been on my book case for a while after being recommended to me by a friend. I just never got round to reading it because its a what I thought was a romance that was turned into a bad Nick Cage movie. That said I thought I would give myself a challenge and see what it was like. I could always chuck it if it went nowhere.
Within 5 pages though I was hooked. de Bernieres writing was juts amazing and the story was noting like the blurb on the back said it would be. A simply sublime story


message 20: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments August was a bit of a slow month. It took me quite a while to get into another book after finishing Captain Corelli's Mandolin last month.
Dominion by C.J. Sansom
I was really quite disappointed by this book. It just felt quite bloated and slow.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This was the surprise of the moth for me. I was not expecting much but it was a complete joy in the end.
Neverwhere BBC Dramatisation by Neil Gaiman
Not strictly a book but hey as the book comes from a TV series I'm going to count this anyway.


message 21: by Simon (last edited Sep 28, 2018 12:47AM) (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments As another month closes in its time for a review of what I've read.

Use of Weapons (Culture, #3) by Iain M. Banks
I Find Iain M Banks' Culture series somewhat patchy, some are better then others, this though is one of the better ones. Up there with Surface Detail.

Check Up Our NHS @70 (Oberon Modern Plays) by Mark Thomas
A little bit of politics and Humour, well why not. As an NHS minion its great to see someone defending it rather then attaching it.

The Restless Wave Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations by John McCain
An interesting book. American politics remains, for for this none American at least, a vastly interesting diversion to the Brexit debacle in the UK at the moment.

Fear Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
Its Bob Woodward so why wouldn't you read it. A great look at the dysfunctionality at the hear of the Trump administration.

Black Science, Vol. 1 How to Fall Forever by Rick Remender
A bit of an experiment and a bit of a disappointment. Not actually bad but not really good either.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4 Sadly Never After by Skottie Young
Gert is dead, Long live Gert. Skottie Youngs final outing in this bonkers take on the little girl lost in Fairyland trope. Maybee not as strong as previous entries but really enjoyable none the less.

Monstress, Vol. 1 Awakening (Monstress, #1) by Marjorie M. Liu Monstress, Vol. 2 The Blood (Monstress, #2) by Marjorie M. Liu
Re-reads prior to

Monstress, Vol. 3 Haven (Monstress, #3) by Marjorie M. Liu
Simply the best Graphic Novel series around at the moment. The multi Eisner award winning books are simply a must read.

Another varied and enjoyable month of reading.


message 22: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments You are on your way to having a great year in books! Do you have a book you still can't wait to read?


message 23: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments Blagica wrote: "You are on your way to having a great year in books! Do you have a book you still can't wait to read?"

I think I'm most looking forward to Haruki Murakami's new book coming out later this week.
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

I'm also looking forward to getting round to the only two Kazuo Ishiguro novels I haven't read yet
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro and The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro


message 24: by Blagica , Cheerleader! (new)

Blagica  | 11916 comments All these look interesting have fun!


message 25: by Simon (last edited Dec 05, 2018 12:52AM) (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments October and November's books.

Descender, Vol. 6 The Machine War by Jeff Lemire
the final part of Jeff Lamire's descender series was slightly deflating in some ways but sets up the next series well. The graphics in this series though have been stunning.

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
Larry Kramers play about the AIDS crisis in the 80s.

Only in America by Matt Frei The Healing of America A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T.R. Reid If Only They Didn't Speak English Adventures in America - The Most Foreign Land on Earth by Jon Sopel
Three books about America, a slight fascination of mine though I'm not sure there isn't an element of schadenfreude involved in my enjoyment of some of Americas woes.

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
An enjoyable bit of translated Fiction. Its always good to try to see the world from some other countries point of view.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis
Perelandra (The Space Trilogy, #2) by C.S. Lewis
C S Lewis at his best and worst.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
very nearly as good as the film

PhD by Published Work A Practical Guide for Success by Susan Smith
Prep for more study. I must be mad.

Batman, Volume 1 The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder Batman, Volume 2 The City of Owls by Scott Snyder Batman The Night of the Owls by Scott Snyder
De-stress reads.


message 26: by Simon (new)

Simon Fletcher | 118 comments I don't really think I'm going to get any other books finished between now and the New Year so I'm going to claim this as a year finished.
I managed to read a further 5 books this month
Ethics in the Real World 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter by Peter Singer
Not Singer's best writing by any means. Too broad and not enough focus for my tastes but there were some interesting things in the book.
Undivided Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame by Vicky Beeching
Beeching's story of being a Christian and coming out. Very moving and honest.
Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote
A promising premise and great graphics but let down by not being long enough to give the characters time to breath.
The Last Holiday A Memoir by Gil Scott Heron
Music, poetry and black history. A really great read.
The Snooty Bookshop Fifty Literary Postcards by Tom Gauld
A fun collection of Postcards that should resonate with all book lovers.

Well I can't claim that I managed to achieve my goal of reading only what I had in my house on the 1st of January 2018 but I will say that at least 75% of them were.

My highlight of the year?
Finishing off the complete George Smiley series even though the last couple were not as strong as The Spy who Came in from the Cold, The Looking Glass War or Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.

Looking forward to seeing what the new year brings. Still undecided as to what my challenge might be though I might just go with a bugger it approach and just read whatever jumps out at me. No change there then


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