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message 1: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments After "only" reading 115 books last year and failing to make the 150 target, I've scaled back this year to 100 books only. Let's see how this one goes.


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Am sure you will hit it Pam. I can only dream of reading 100 books!!


message 3: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Thanks Desley. Yes, should manage 100 - did 115 in 2017 after all despite GR saying I didn't complete the challenge.


message 4: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Here's the first of 2018 - The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. Reading what others have said, I seem to be in a minority in being underwhelmed by this book - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2241030811.
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell


message 5: by Anna (new)

Anna Faversham (annafaversham) | 1709 comments Pam, you do stop to sleep and eat, don't you?


message 6: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Anna Faversham wrote: "Pam, you do stop to sleep and eat, don't you?"
LOL! Some books are quite easy/quick reads for me. Others take longer, like the big 1930s collection of 19th century supernatural fiction I've been wading through since before Christmas.


message 7: by Umut (new)

Umut (umutreads) 100! Admiration, what can we say 😀 I will go through your list for sure!


message 8: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Umut wrote: "100! Admiration, what can we say 😀 I will go through your list for sure!"

Thanks Umut! I'm mainly reading old hardback/paperback books on the shelves at present, as part of a decluttering drive.


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Pam wrote: "Anna Faversham wrote: "Pam, you do stop to sleep and eat, don't you?"
LOL! Some books are quite easy/quick reads for me. Others take longer, like the big 1930s collection of 19th century supernatur..."


Ooh, that sounds interesting


message 10: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "Ooh, that sounds interesting."

It is Desley. Some are pretty predictable when you've read as many ghost stories as me, but there are a couple by an interesting author I'd never encountered before.


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments That's good


message 13: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Finished a science fiction novel yesterday which I'd mean to get round to for years, having read the first chapter as a Nebula award winning novella: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre. Review follows - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1367354168.
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre


message 14: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Read the next 2 books in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence - The Dark Is Rising - review here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1397626371 and Greenwitch - review here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2271955168.
The Dark Is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2) by Susan Cooper


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Wow, better savour this while I can, I've read more books than you so far!


message 16: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "Wow, better savour this while I can, I've read more books than you so far!"

LOL - I've read a few I haven't yet managed to do the reviews for .....


message 17: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments First of my catch-up reviews:

Read book 4 in Susan Cooper's 'The Dark is Rising' series, The Grey King and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1398214675.
The Grey King (The Dark is Rising, #4) by Susan Cooper


message 18: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Second catch-up review - John Gordon's Skinners - reviewed: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286677865.
Skinners (Point Horror Unleashed) by John Gordon


message 19: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Third catch-up - Daphne DuMaurier's The King's General - review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286690965.
The King's General by Daphne du Maurier


message 20: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments LOL - read 8 so far and am 2 books behind in my challenge already! In my defence, I have been reading my own book again and correcting bits, so less time to read other books.


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments You've beat me now!! Can't believe 8 books read means you are 2 behind.


message 22: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "You've beat me now!! Can't believe 8 books read means you are 2 behind."

I know ... ridiculous isn't it?


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Very!


message 24: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Just read two crime novels -

the first historical, set in Cromwell's Commonwealth by S G MacLean - The Seeker - review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286720286.

and Val McDermid's - Fever of the Bone - review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2293439001.

The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1) by S.G. MacLean Fever Of The Bone (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #6) by Val McDermid


message 25: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Read another Val McDermid but was even less impressed than with the last one - Trick of the Dark - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2299322215.
Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid


message 26: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Read a short story collection by Joan Aiken, A Touch of Chill and posted a review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2286721341.
A Touch of Chill by Joan Aiken


message 27: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Also read Val McDermid's The Skeleton Road and posted review - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2299321398.
The Skeleton Road (Inspector Karen Pirie #3) by Val McDermid

12 books completed - and 2 behind!


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Ooh, I like Val McDermid, not sure I have read any of those though. Sorry you are still behind.


message 29: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Yes, me too Desley!

Now read a Richard Bachman aka Stephen King - The Regulators and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2304068044.
The Regulators by Richard Bachman


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Pam wrote: "Yes, me too Desley!

Now read a Richard Bachman aka Stephen King - The Regulators and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....
The Regulators by Richard Bachman"


I don't think I was overkeen on that.


message 32: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Desley (Cat fosterer) wrote: "Pam wrote: "Yes, me too Desley!

Now read a Richard Bachman aka Stephen King - The Regulators and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....
[bookcover:The Regula..."


Me neither!


message 33: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Breaking news - they seem to have implemented a new "feature" when you go onto your challenge page - each time you go in, it tells you that you haven't entered a read date for a book. Blooming annoying now it's picking up all the ones I just put as 'read' and a star rating for some of the books I read pre Goodreads, but it did flag up one I'd read this year which although I'd put the end date it was still set as 'currently reading'. So I have read 15 books so far and am now only 2 behind!


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Hmm, didn't notice it on Mon. Glad it helped you though


message 35: by Pam (last edited Mar 07, 2018 08:18AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Got a recommendation from one of my GR friends - thanks Adrian - and read a short work by Stephen Baxter which is a follow up to H G Wells' War of the Worlds and apparently a prequel to Baxter's own novel-length sequel - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2319711846.
The Martian in the Wood by Stephen Baxter


message 36: by Pam (last edited Mar 20, 2018 05:48PM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Finally got round to reading The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg and reviewing it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2318899866.
The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg


message 37: by Pam (last edited Mar 20, 2018 05:50PM) (new)


message 38: by Pam (last edited Mar 20, 2018 05:51PM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments And The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons, and reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2334278660.
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons


message 39: by Pam (last edited Mar 23, 2018 09:57AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Read a short story collection Amazons edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2337053129.
Amazons by Jessica Amanda Salmonson


message 40: by Pam (last edited Apr 07, 2018 08:12AM) (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Catch-up:

A re-read of Gene Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus which I reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1414020222.

Then read a self published book which I really enjoyed but can't add it to GR as it has no ISBN.

Then a "biography" which I wasn't keen on - 1963: A Slice of Bread and Jam: One boy’s year of adventure, crippling poverty, abuse and an encounter with The Moors Murderers by Tommy Rhattigan and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2352912628.

The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe 1963 A Slice of Bread and Jam One boy’s year of adventure, crippling poverty, abuse and an encounter with The Moors Murderers by Tommy Rhattigan


message 41: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments A very enjoyable humour-horror read for Star Trek fans by Kevin Anderson - Night of the Living Trekkies - reviewed here - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2338197844.
Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments Seems a few mixed reads there, hope you have caught up now.


message 43: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Not quite, still a few books behind my target!

Have a few more reviews to do.


message 44: by Pam (last edited Apr 16, 2018 03:16PM) (new)


message 45: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Read a Cabbalistic and futuristic fantasy by Liz Williams, The Poison Master, reviewed - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2358348975.
The Poison Master by Liz Williams


message 46: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Just finished a Ramsey Campbell short story collection, Dark Feasts: The World of Ramsey Campbell and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2358402880.
Dark Feasts The World of Ramsey Campbell by Ramsey Campbell


message 47: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Can you believe it - after all the reviews I added in the last few days I was still 2 behind, which I thought wasn't right - thought after adding the Liz Williams, it should have gone down to one. Seems I was right, because after adding today's read, it now says I've read 27 books and I'm back on track with my challenge!


Desley (Cat fosterer) (booktigger) | 11199 comments How odd - glad you are on track though


message 49: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments Might not be now ... I've read a few books in the last few days but haven't reviewed them all yet.


message 50: by Pam (new)

Pam Baddeley | 2946 comments First in my catchup is The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIII edited by Karl Edward Wagner and reviewed it - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2358910497.
The Year's Best Horror Stories Series XIII by Karl Edward Wagner


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