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ZmrzlinaCouldn't keep up

I don’t know how many books I read. Most likely more than 100, but I just couldn’t keep up with posting and journals and all. I am not setting reading goals this year. I will just read. 8 years ago


Easy. In fact, I read 113.

Wonder how many I’ll have by the end of 2006.. 8 years ago

azrulazmiewell well what can i say

too many books too little time 8 years ago

encouragingcoachReading them was

But trying to write them all down wasn’t. I missed so many books that I read and then returned to the library. 8 years ago


I think I probably did, but I didn’t keep track, and now it is 2006. 8 years ago

gurl_princessI used to..

Hahahaha I doubt I read that much books I wish I did…I will try for 2006! 8 years ago

MaiSprittDidn't make it...

So.. am now testing the Give up button ;o) 8 years ago


I’ve only read 75 books, not that bad… I just didn’t realise I would be busy during the first school semester. And I’ve also read books in spanish, english and german, so it took me more time. 8 years ago

nots2goodWrap up

Well, I fell about 25 books short of my goal. I think in my favor I spent a lot of time reading magazines that would have helped. I should have started earlier, and kept a more constant pace. I was kinda surprised I was able to read so many books in december. Reaching for the goal has helped me get back into a reading habit ( I hope). It definitely got me to start reading a wider variety of books and forced me to look for interesting reads.
For 2006 I plan to try again. I know there are some MAJOR obstacles in the way, but I think I can do it. I think a little forward planning would help, a list of books I plan to read will help me get started. That way when I’m done, I can just grab the next on the list, as opposed to the debating I did this time around. I think I’ll try and find different subject that I haven’t explored before for the next round! 8 years ago

nots2good#75: Destroyer: Dream Thing

By Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir

The continuing evolution of Remo is enjoyable for me. This seemed like it was setting things up more than anything else. Looking forward to see how they push the other ideas forward. 8 years ago

nots2good#74: Van Von Hunter vol. 2

by Mike Schwark (Creator), Ron Kaulfersch (Creator)

The Sequel to VVH vol 1. A good read. Funny and well written. 8 years ago

nots2good#73: Stronger Faster: Workday Workouts That Build Maximum Muscle in Minimum Time

(Men’s Health Life Improvement Guides) by Brian Kaufman

On my way to a healthier new year, this was a good read to remind me of the principals of good physical fitness, from exercise to nutrition. 8 years ago

nots2good#72: Doc Savage: Man of Bronze

by Kenneth Robeson

The book that started it all, the legend of Doc Samson. The secret of the Red Death leads Doc to the secret that will allow more adventures of the future. Establishes the basics well. 8 years ago

nots2good#71: 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive

by Cody Lundin

An interesting read on surviving an outdoors accident. Very interesting dicussions on Hypothermia and Hyperthermia. Also details the importance of a good attitude and information with practical skills. He did an excellent discussion of survival kits, what they should contain and WHY, a part that most books tend to gloss over. An excellent read. 8 years ago


I’m aiming for even more next year, I think… 8 years ago

galateaI'm Only Half Way Behind Now...

still feel like i’m not reading nearly enough, and still have stacks of books laying around just waiting to be read. but i feel like i’ve actually accomplished a bit more in this department for this year. 9 years ago

Weebly_oneWell - I this was too ambitious

83) The Secret Life of Bees
84) The Starter Marriage (Ring/Ray)
85) Darkest Fear

Review of the Year:
Total Books Read – 85
Ring/Rays Read – 17
E-books read – 0
None BC Books – 7
incl Library Books – 1
Unfinished – 2 9 years ago

MaiSprittDidn't make it...

But.. I am ok with that – have had some big things going on lately, meaning that reading has not been a high priority. Instead, I will make it my 2006 goal to reach 100 books – and actually 80-something (have some that I have forgotten to add to the list) is actually not bad at all I think :oD

Happy New Year everyone – and good luck in reaching your goals!! 9 years ago

tiggsybabesI managed 75 & here they are :)

Books read in 2005:
1. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
3. I Can Make You Thin by Paul McKenna
4. Three Men on a Plane by Mavis Cheek
5. Practical Parenting Guide to Breastfeeding
6. Flatmates by Chris Manby
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
8. Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner
9. Daughters of the House by Michele Roberts
10. About a Boy by Nick Hornby
11. Reef by Romesh Gunesekera
12. Fair Game by Elizabeth Young
13. E: A novel by Matt Beaumont
14. The E Before Christmas by Matt Beaumont
15. Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris
16. Weetize Bat by Francesca Lia Block
17. One for my baby by Tony Parsons
18. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
19. Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
20. The Other Side Of The Story by Marian Keyes
21. Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
22. Bitter Medicine (A V.I Warshawski novel) by Sara Paretsky
23. The Sad Truth about Happiness by Anne Giardini
24. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
25. Stripped Bare by Lowri Turner
26. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
27. Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson
28. French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
29. Dorien’s Diary
30. One Hundred Ways for a Cat to find it’s Inner Kitten by Celia Haddon
31. Lucky by Alice Sebold (ring)
32. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
33. Who Killed Marilyn Monroe? by Liz Evans
34. The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
35. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
36. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
37. The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
38. Diary of a Mad Mother-to-be by Laura Wolf
39. The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel
40. Full House by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes
41. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
42. 1000 Reasons to be Happy by David Baird
43. JFK is Missing! by Liz Evans
44. Falling for You by Jill Mansell
45. The Wrong Sort of Girl by Valerie-Anne Baglietto
46. The Ex Files by Jane Moore
47. Random Acts of Kindness by Danny Wallace
48. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
49. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
50. Stormqueen A Darkover Novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley
51. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
52. Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
53. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting by Joshua Priven, David Borgenicht & Sarah Jordan (library book)
54. Come Together by Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Hughes
55. A Woman of No Importance by Kate Konopicky (library book)
56. Come Again by Josie Llloyd & Emyln Rees
57. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
58. The Other Woman by Jane Green
59. The Story of O by Pauline Reage
60. True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole by Sue Townsend
61. Full Blast by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes
62. Surving the baby blues by Jane Feinman (library book)
63. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
64. The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen (penguin 60’s small book)
65. Love by YSL
66. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
67. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
68. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown
69. The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
70. Tangled Web by Ken McClure
71. The Waitress by Melissa Nathan
72. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
73. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith (library book)
74. 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
75. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton 9 years ago

tiggsybabesMy favourite new authors from 2005

Liz Evans
Sue Grafton
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Philip Pullman

These are the authors that were new to me this year & whom I read several books by them as I enjoyed the first one so much. 9 years ago

tiggsybabes71 - 75

71. The Waitress by Melissa Nathan
72. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory
73. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
74. 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
75. D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton

Well, I didn’t manage 100 as I had no idea how much time having 2 young children would take! I shall go for reading 52 books in 2006 I think. 9 years ago

nots2good#70: Destroyer: No Contest

Created by Murph and Sapir

I wish I had the Industrial Saga, but I skipped ahead to this one. Lots of changes that I missed but they filled me in pretty well. Continuing the tone of a smarter more interesting Remo. His handling of the re-negotiation of the contract was excellent. The overall story was ok, but fit in nicely in terms of developing Remo. 9 years ago

nots2good#69: How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci

by Michael J Gleb

A little reading to help me think about where to focus my life in 2006. Michael Gleb points us to the master for building genius in all our lives. Ways to open our minds and our lives to a bigger world. An interesting set of exercies to help with the process. I may try more of them in the year to come. 9 years ago

nots2good#66,67, 68: Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man

by Dashiell Hammet

One of the great authors of the mystery genre. One of the first to bring the pulp novels of the era to literature, changing the way the work is respected. The beginnings of the hard boiled mystery and what a start. The Continental Op, Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles, the best of the bunch, with a style that gave birth to a genre. 9 years ago

nots2good#65: The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-be

Armin A Brott and Jennifer Ash

Getting started with Pregnancy books, and this was a nice one. A nice guide to getting started in a pregnancy from a Father’s POV. Some good tips on ways to prep and prepare rather than the regular “What’s going on in your body” approach of Women’s pregnancy books. 9 years ago

nots2good#64: Live at Bryson Elementary: Frazz

by Jef Mallett

The first collection of Frazz, the songwriter/janitor and the insights he brings to the world. Frazz keeps the humor going for adults and kids, and kicks in a bit of learning to boot. 9 years ago

nots2good#63: Marvel: 1602

Written by Neal Gaiman

A little something different from Marvel. Neil transposes the Modern marvel universe to the 17th century. It’s a nice transposition and some of the characters have made the jump well. 9 years ago


I started a little late. Like way late. So I would’ve had to read at the rate of about 5 books per week or more. I’m fast, but I don’t have that much free time!

I think I’ll start this in 2006, though. I should be able to easily do it that way.

And hey, I still made it to 30. 9 years ago

nots2good#62: Issola

by Stephen Brust.

A great Vlad Taltos novel that I really enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed Brust’s different voices for his Taltos novels, but this voice is the one I enjoy the most. A great book that I enjoyed greatly. 9 years ago

nots2good#61: Weird Heroes

Edited by Byron Preiss

Another pulp collection, this one from 1975. A good collection of pulp materials from some excellent writers. The tone is well set in the 70’s but still very well done. Different kinds of heroes, from antiheroes to very personal heroes. 9 years ago

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