2013 Reading Challenge
2013 READING
CHALLENGE
Participants 428,223
Books Pledged 24,306,701
Books Finished 13,669,754
Avg. Books Pledged 56
Challenges Completed 121,905
Time Left 0 days, 0 hours
Trixie has read 25 of 40 books in 2013.
TRIXIE FONTAINE’S 2013 BOOKS
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Dare Me by Megan Abbott
  • Black Money by Ross Macdonald
  • An Expensive Education by Nick McDonell
  • The Sunday Morning Wife by Pamela D. Rice
  • After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
  • I'm Over All That by Shirley MacLaine
  • Mr. White's Confession by Robert Clark
  • In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
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message 1: by Trixie (new)

Trixie Fontaine I actually made final decisions about which books to read next and when to "review" them based on this graphic challenge table / set of thumbnails, and which book covers would look best next to each other / in which order. And the fucked up thing is I want to do it again in 2015. :/


message 2: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Resolutions for New Year?


message 3: by David (new)

David If those trivialities really motivate you to read more then I don't think that's fucked up at all.


message 4: by Trixie (new)

Trixie Fontaine David wrote: "If those trivialities really motivate you to read more then I don't think that's fucked up at all."

Haha - thanks! It's kind of OCD but I think it helps me narrow down what I want to read next, otherwise I spend so much time trying to select the "perfect" book when it's so open-ended. I need irrelevant things like cover-color and design to put things into manageable focus.

I'm really excited about how the Kindle app works / looks on my new phablet (Samsung Galaxy Note 4); it will make it very fun and graphic to sort books into collections and order them so they will appear in my challenge in a way I find visually satisfying. I really like cover art and the black and white of the kindle and the different (often more pared-down covers applied to ebooks) have made me lose touch with that, and made it so hard for me to remember who authors are or what books are even titled so I think using a colorful fancy device will bring some of that joy back for me (though I still love reading on my with the kindle paperwhite feature).


message 5: by David (new)

David Trixie wrote: "David wrote: "If those trivialities really motivate you to read more then I don't think that's fucked up at all."

Haha - thanks! It's kind of OCD but I think it helps me narrow down what I want to..."


I realised after I posted that comment that it could have come across as a bit sarcastic, so I was pleased to see your response and know you had taken it the right way! I sometimes prioritise books with cool looking covers so I do understand where you're coming from.

I agree about the Kindle android app being preferable to a traditional monochrome Kindle. Being able to properly look at/admire the cover is an important part of the book-reading experience for me. If you ever read at night on your phablet then I'd recommend installing the Twilight app to kill the sleep-harming blue tint to the screen (I think you probably already know about this, but just in case...).

My "to read" list is quite large now and is growing all the time, which makes it difficult for me to pick what to read next. Some way of narrowing down the options would be very helpful; if only it was possible to cross reference my "to read" list with my local (not very big) library's database to see which books are available to borrow there right now...


message 6: by Trixie (new)

Trixie Fontaine I *didn't* know about the Twilight app! Thank you!! Going to check that out because that's my main problem with reading on the phone. Does it really work?

And yeah . . . more cross-referencing would be a dream come true. Like it sucks that the Kindle app doesn't offer any integration with our Amazon wishlists / opportunities to add books to our wishlists or SEE our wishlists the way my old Kindle keyboard does.


message 7: by David (new)

David Well it definitely makes the screen appear warmer/less blue at night, so if what they're saying about blue light suppressing sleep hormones is true then it should work. It helps that you can turn the screen brightness right down in the Kindle app too.

I've been known to repeatedly drop my tablet on my face as I try (unsuccessfully) to stay awake while reading in bed, so I can attest that reading on my tablet (with Twilight) late at night doesn't appear to affect my sleep at all.


message 8: by Trixie (new)

Trixie Fontaine David wrote: "Well it definitely makes the screen appear warmer/less blue at night, so if what they're saying about blue light suppressing sleep hormones is true then it should work. It helps that you can turn t..."

AWESOME - I installed it and love it; thank you!!


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