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message 1: by R (new)

R | 114 comments I actually already finished my 2018 challenge for the year, which was to read 170 books. I won't go over all of those but I will continue with all that I am reading from this point on for the year!


message 2: by R (last edited Jul 18, 2018 07:12AM) (new)

R | 114 comments 1) A Single Man By Christopher Isherwood
- I quite enjoyed this book. There was a rawness about grief and moving on process after.
4 stars!


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R | 114 comments 2) The Plague by Albert Camus
- I found this book intriguing. There was a lot of depth shown in all the different ways the town was affected over time.
3 Stars!


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Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 8025 comments Mod
R wrote: "I actually already finished my 2018 challenge for the year, which was to read 170 books. I won't go over all of those but I will continue with all that I am reading from this point on for the year!"

Wow you've already read 170 books?! How come you're not upping your challenge then? To like 300! lol. What was your favorite and least favorite read of the 170?


message 5: by R (new)

R | 114 comments I am tempted to up it but decided just to leave it and see what happens, especially as I start college full time in September.

Hard to choose a favorite...
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

Least Favorite
By Nightfall - Michael Cunningham


message 6: by R (last edited Jul 18, 2018 07:12AM) (new)

R | 114 comments 3) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- I was at first not impressed, found it almost a bit slow but by the end I was hooked!!
4 Stars


message 7: by R (last edited Jul 18, 2018 07:12AM) (new)

R | 114 comments 4) Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
- A touching memoir.
5 Stars


message 8: by Elyse, Moderator (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 8025 comments Mod
R wrote: "Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- I was at first not impressed, found it almost a bit slow but by the end I was hooked!!
4 Stars"


I just picked this up at a library book sale! I haven't read any Patchett.


message 9: by Elyse, Moderator (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 8025 comments Mod
R wrote: "I am tempted to up it but decided just to leave it and see what happens, especially as I start college full time in September.

Hard to choose a favorite...
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyden
The Pill..."


Pillars of the Earth has been on my long-term TBR for awhile. I may add it to my 2019 list so I remember it. lol


message 10: by R (new)

R | 114 comments Elyse wrote: "R wrote: "I am tempted to up it but decided just to leave it and see what happens, especially as I start college full time in September.

Hard to choose a favorite...
Three Day Road - Joseph Boyde..."


Add it!! It is well worth while :)


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R | 114 comments 5) To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- I know I missed some of this and I will reread it one day. Beautiful descriptions.
3 Stars


message 12: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 6) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- I enjoyed how the author brought out the story backwards, making one want more and more of the story and not giving the whole picture.
3 Stars


message 13: by Joanne (last edited Jul 19, 2018 04:22PM) (new)

Joanne R wrote: "I actually already finished my 2018 challenge for the year, which was to read 170 books. I won't go over all of those but I will continue with all that I am reading from this point on for the year!"

Wow that’s very impressive well done 😎😎👏👏👏


message 14: by R (new)

R | 114 comments Joanne wrote: "R wrote: "I actually already finished my 2018 challenge for the year, which was to read 170 books. I won't go over all of those but I will continue with all that I am reading from this point on for..."


Thanks!!


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R | 114 comments 7) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Intriguing and suspenseful. Very good.
4 Stars


message 16: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 8) The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
- There were parts I really did not enjoy but overall I was fascinated by the characters and how the book was written.
4 Stars


message 17: by Andrea, Moderator (new)

Andrea | 4140 comments Mod
Wow, that is an impressive amount of books in addition to the 170 you already finished!!


message 18: by R (new)

R | 114 comments Thanks


message 19: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 9) Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- I have never seen the movie and was pleasantly surprised with the book. I loved the suspense and twists in it.
4 Stars


message 20: by R (last edited Jul 22, 2018 02:07AM) (new)

R | 114 comments 10) Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
- LOVED THIS BOOK! Heart breaking but amazing, I will be reading more fiction and non fiction about Palestine!
5 Stars


message 21: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 11) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
An interesting fantasy with ancient and historic elements.
4 Stars


message 22: by R (new)

R | 114 comments Andrea wrote: "Wow, that is an impressive amount of books in addition to the 170 you already finished!!"

Thanks!


message 23: by Elyse, Moderator (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 8025 comments Mod
R wrote: "11) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
An interesting fantasy with ancient and historic elements.
4 Stars"


I own this one but haven't read it yet!


message 24: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 12) Origin by Dan Brown
- I love how Dan Brown can challenge beliefs and thinking. Really enjoyed this.
4 Stars


message 25: by R (new)

R | 114 comments Elyse wrote: "R wrote: "11) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
An interesting fantasy with ancient and historic elements.
4 Stars"

I own this one but haven't read it yet!"



The question is then, when will you get to it!


message 26: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 13) Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Rather unique. An interesting family to get to know!
3 Stars


message 27: by Elyse, Moderator (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 8025 comments Mod
R wrote: "Elyse wrote: "R wrote: "11) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
An interesting fantasy with ancient and historic elements.
4 Stars"

I own this one but haven't read it yet!"


The question is..."


Not till 2019 at this point. lol. I already have a huge list of books I need to get to this year.


message 28: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 14) Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs
- I got into this series because I love Bones. I was not disappointed and looking forward to reading more :)
4 Stars


message 29: by R (last edited Jul 24, 2018 02:04AM) (new)

R | 114 comments 15) Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- A book of poems. Powerful and intense.
4 Stars


message 30: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 16) The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
- A short inspiring book about reading!
4 Stars


message 31: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 17) Magyk by Angie Sage
- An exciting read in Children/ Youth fantasy.
4 Stars


message 32: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 18) Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
- An inspiring story of a great work.
4 Stars


message 33: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 19) Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez
- Inspiring story of a unique business idea!
4 Stars


message 34: by Mary (new)

Mary Mansperger | 1 comments R wrote: "I actually already finished my 2018 challenge for the year, which was to read 170 books. I won't go over all of those but I will continue with all that I am reading from this point on for the year!"

How do you read 170 books in less than 7 months? From the books you have listed, it appears that you are not just reading easily read books either. I can read about one book a week. Sometimes I need to take a bit of time after I finish something powerful to think. Do you have to begin your next book right away to keep up this pace? How many hours a day do you read? I hope you don't mind all these questions, but you amaze me.


message 35: by R (new)

R | 114 comments Mary wrote: "R wrote: "I actually already finished my 2018 challenge for the year, which was to read 170 books. I won't go over all of those but I will continue with all that I am reading from this point on for..."

I don't mind the questions! Thank you for asking!!
I do a combination of audio and actual books. That combination works for me as then I can be reading while driving or riding transit or even while grocery shopping.
I work night shifts, which gives me time to read and or listen when I am too tired to read! I also very rarely watch TV or movies, also freeing up more time.
I also have a friend that reads as well and we kinda compete... friendly competition which helps keeps me motivated and moving forward... especially if I am not so enjoying a story.
I am easily reading/listening a minimum of 3 hours a day. Some days a lot more.
I was surprised too that I could get through so many, I have always read but this year I have dedicated a lot more time to it!


message 36: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 20) A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
I really enjoyed this!! Fun, inspiring and light :)
5 Stars


message 37: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 21) Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
- Inspiring yet challenging. One I will read again and again.
5 Stars


message 38: by Elyse, Moderator (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 8025 comments Mod
R wrote: "20) A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
I really enjoyed this!! Fun, inspiring and light :)
5 Stars"


This was a fun book!! I'm going to read all of his now!


message 39: by R (new)

R | 114 comments Elyse wrote: "R wrote: "20) A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
I really enjoyed this!! Fun, inspiring and light :)
5 Stars"

This was a fun book!! I'm going to read all of his now!"


Me too!!


message 40: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 22) Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
- Inspiring and moving. I really enjoy this author!
4 Stars


message 41: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 23) Coal by Barbara Freese
- an interesting look at the history of coal
3 Stars


message 42: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 24) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- an exciting thriller! Loved the movies and I enjoyed the book even more :)
4 Stars


message 43: by R (last edited Jul 30, 2018 04:32AM) (new)

R | 114 comments 25) Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Fast moving science fiction. Interesting. I liked the ending but felt a bit lost during other parts.
3 Stars


message 44: by Elyse, Moderator (new)

Elyse (winesaboutbooks) | 8025 comments Mod
R wrote: "24) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
- an exciting thriller! Loved the movies and I enjoyed the book even more :)
4 Stars"


Yes! We did a buddy read of Jurassic Park and The Lost World in June! I had never read them before. Great books!


message 45: by Andrea, Moderator (new)

Andrea | 4140 comments Mod
R wrote: "Mary wrote: "R wrote: "I actually already finished my 2018 challenge for the year, which was to read 170 books. I won't go over all of those but I will continue with all that I am reading from this..."

Rachel, I also watch minimal tv for the past couple of years. It is amazing how much reading you can get done when not watching tv. I do watch a lot of YouTube but usually only after getting in a good amount of reading/listening to books.


message 46: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 26) The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
- A quick fun mystery.
4 Stars


message 47: by R (last edited Jul 31, 2018 10:30PM) (new)

R | 114 comments 27) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba
- Took me a while to get into it at the beginning but overall an inspiring story full of dreaming and hoping!
3 Stars


message 48: by R (last edited Jul 31, 2018 01:29AM) (new)

R | 114 comments 28) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
- a short and interesting collection. Inspiring.
3 Stars


message 49: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 29) Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley - Cartwright
An interesting retelling/twist on the original story.
3 Stars


message 50: by R (new)

R | 114 comments 30) Dear Life by Alice Munro
- Some I enjoyed more then others. Overall, kept me intrigued.
3 Stars


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