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100 Books in 2012 Challenge

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1hemlokgang
Edited: Dec 29, 2012, 8:38am Top

Welcome to a fresh new year of reading! I hope it is a wonderful year for all in terms of peace, fellowship, health and, of course, for literature and the joy of reading our way into other worlds. I am aiming for 100 books this year.......


2wookiebender
Dec 13, 2011, 11:44pm Top

Thanks for setting up the group, hemlokgang! Looking forward to reading in 2012.

3jfetting
Dec 14, 2011, 11:32am Top

Yes, thanks for setting this up! I'm looking forward to following your reading again this year.

4hemlokgang
Jan 1, 2012, 9:54am Top

#1 - Nightwoods by Charles Frazier - *****

5wookiebender
Jan 1, 2012, 6:35pm Top

Looks like a great start to the year! :)

7jfetting
Jan 2, 2012, 6:25pm Top

I think Aunt Julia was my favorite of MVL's books that I read last year - although I liked The Bad Girl a lot, too. Part of me wonders if I'm missing something, or if I'm just not literary enough, because I liked his lighter works better than I liked his great, big, epic, political novels.

8hemlokgang
Jan 5, 2012, 1:44am Top

#3 - Silence by Shusaku Endo - *****

9hemlokgang
Jan 5, 2012, 5:19pm Top

11hemlokgang
Jan 15, 2012, 5:12pm Top

#6 - Stay Awake by Dan Chaon - ****

12hemlokgang
Jan 16, 2012, 12:16pm Top

#7 - The Infinities by John Banville - ****

13hemlokgang
Jan 17, 2012, 2:46pm Top

Big dilemma!! Two novellas, separate authors, one jacket. Does that count as two books or one? Am I nuts for even wondering about this?

14jfetting
Jan 17, 2012, 7:46pm Top

One, I think. Unless they're both on the 1001 list or something, separately. And you are not at all nuts. Not even a little bit. Unless we're all nuts around here...

15hemlokgang
Jan 17, 2012, 10:13pm Top

Thanks! I think maybe we all are, just a bit mad.....about books anyway!

17wookiebender
Jan 18, 2012, 11:52pm Top

And I was going to say, two! ;)

But that's because I will cherry-pick books out of an omnibus, or read other books between, etc. I think of a "book" as one story, rather than one physical entity.

But however you want to do it is fine, of course!

18allthesepieces
Jan 19, 2012, 9:07am Top

^ What wookie said.

I think owning the Great Books collection may have helped me decide how to handle that issue. Were I to count any bound collection of work as only a single book, it'd take me forever to finish one! (Not to mention, how useful would a review like that be?)

Just my opinion. :)

19Nicholette
Jan 19, 2012, 2:21pm Top

I'd say if it's a book of short stories it counts as one but if it's an omnibus which has multiple books in it, you would count the stories. Personally, I've never quite figured out what novellas are -- short books or long short stories? I have a few that have been published by themselves and in anthologies.

I am conflict though if you don't count the stories in an anthology separately. It doesn't seem fair when you have some anthologies out there that only have one story in them that is worth the paper it is written on. Which comes back to whatever seems best to you! LOL

20hemlokgang
Jan 19, 2012, 3:22pm Top

Okay...love the comments! Think I will err on the conservative side and say one, although there are compelling arguments on both sides of that discussion!

22hemlokgang
Jan 22, 2012, 5:38pm Top

23wookiebender
Jan 22, 2012, 6:02pm Top

Oh, I've heard that's a great book! I must see if I can find a copy anywhere.

24hemlokgang
Jan 23, 2012, 11:03pm Top

#11 - The Road Home by Rose Tremain - *****

25hemlokgang
Jan 26, 2012, 12:11pm Top

26Nickelini
Feb 3, 2012, 3:31pm Top

I've never quite figured out what novellas are -- short books or long short stories?

Yes.

Actually, I think there's a word-count that makes something novella, but since I don't count the number of words in any short story or book I read, I don't find that so helpful.

27hemlokgang
Feb 3, 2012, 10:03pm Top

I go by whether it is published in a collection or not...informal determination at best.

28hemlokgang
Feb 6, 2012, 1:32pm Top

#13 - 11-22-63 by Stephen King - *****

29hemlokgang
Feb 7, 2012, 3:18pm Top

30hemlokgang
Feb 10, 2012, 11:07am Top

31jfetting
Feb 10, 2012, 11:21am Top

For once, hemlokgang, we have different opinions on a book. I hated Night Train to Lisbon, I thought it was a lot of bombastic (see what I did there?) b.s. But it is good for Mercier that a lot of people do love it.

32hemlokgang
Feb 12, 2012, 7:44am Top

That's what I love about LT....the honesty! Have you read Fernando Pessoa at all? I would love to know what you think!

34hemlokgang
Feb 14, 2012, 3:03pm Top

35hemlokgang
Feb 15, 2012, 9:37pm Top

#18 - Deep River by Shusaku Endo - *****

36hemlokgang
Feb 17, 2012, 12:36pm Top

37hemlokgang
Feb 19, 2012, 11:58am Top

#21 - Vertical Motion by Can Xue - *****

38hemlokgang
Feb 25, 2012, 10:13am Top

39jfetting
Feb 25, 2012, 10:54am Top

Ah, Phineas. I love him.

40hemlokgang
Feb 25, 2012, 10:59am Top

Glad to know I am not alone there! I plan on working my way through the Palliser series over the course of this year.

41jfetting
Feb 25, 2012, 11:23am Top

I've read all but the last one, The Duke's Children. The title of chapter 1 revealed to me that Trollope was about to kill off my favorite character in the series and I didn't want to read it. The Palliser series is great, almost as good as Barchester. Have fun with it!

42hemlokgang
Feb 26, 2012, 5:46pm Top

43hemlokgang
Mar 2, 2012, 10:42am Top

44judylou
Mar 3, 2012, 11:47pm Top

What a great list of books here. I see you liked the Stephen King too. Some people (my husband) finished it and said meh! I could not believe his reaction.

45hemlokgang
Mar 4, 2012, 5:38pm Top

46hemlokgang
Mar 11, 2012, 8:49pm Top

47hemlokgang
Mar 21, 2012, 7:10pm Top

#27 - 2666 by Roberto Bolano - *****

48hemlokgang
Mar 23, 2012, 10:56am Top

49hemlokgang
Mar 25, 2012, 6:41pm Top

50hemlokgang
Mar 27, 2012, 10:52am Top

53hemlokgang
Edited: Mar 30, 2012, 9:33am Top

#33 - Scandal by Shusaku Endo - *****
#34 - Hell's Corner by David Baldacci - ***

54hemlokgang
Mar 31, 2012, 1:47pm Top

#35 - Restless by William Boyd - ****

56hemlokgang
Apr 2, 2012, 11:35pm Top

#38 - Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy - **

57hemlokgang
Apr 4, 2012, 2:00pm Top

#39 - One For The Money by Janet Evanovich - ****

58hemlokgang
Apr 4, 2012, 6:24pm Top

59hemlokgang
Apr 9, 2012, 9:30am Top

60hemlokgang
Edited: Apr 9, 2012, 6:41pm Top

#42 - Kalki by Gore Vidal - ****

61hemlokgang
Apr 12, 2012, 11:41am Top

62hemlokgang
Apr 13, 2012, 9:39am Top

#45 - The Member of The Wedding by Carson McCullers - *****

64hemlokgang
Apr 15, 2012, 9:05am Top

66hemlokgang
Apr 26, 2012, 1:32pm Top

#50 - Absolution by Patrick Flanery - *****

67hemlokgang
Apr 28, 2012, 9:21pm Top

68hemlokgang
May 1, 2012, 1:10pm Top

69hemlokgang
May 5, 2012, 12:01pm Top

70hemlokgang
May 7, 2012, 11:34am Top

71hemlokgang
May 9, 2012, 1:28pm Top

72hemlokgang
May 12, 2012, 5:02pm Top

#56 - Pirate King by Laurie R. King - ****

74hemlokgang
May 20, 2012, 10:35am Top

#58 - The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan - ***
#59 - The Mill On The Floss by George Eliot - *****

75hemlokgang
May 22, 2012, 2:05am Top

#60 - Lila Says by Chimo - *****

76hemlokgang
Jun 4, 2012, 1:12pm Top

#61 - Doc by Mary Doria Russell - ***

77hemlokgang
Jun 5, 2012, 1:13pm Top

#62 - Still Alice by Lisa Genova - ****

78hemlokgang
Jun 12, 2012, 1:54pm Top

#63 - The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney - ****
#64 - Pravda by Edward Docx - *****

79hemlokgang
Jun 18, 2012, 7:09am Top

#65 - The Expats by Chris Pavone - ****

80hemlokgang
Jun 22, 2012, 9:24pm Top

#66 - Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol - *****

81hemlokgang
Jun 24, 2012, 12:01pm Top

#67 - The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig - *****

82hemlokgang
Jun 26, 2012, 10:21am Top

#68 - The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill - ****

84hemlokgang
Jul 1, 2012, 10:28am Top

#70 - The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian - ***

85hemlokgang
Jul 4, 2012, 11:12am Top

86Sandydog1
Jul 4, 2012, 1:52pm Top

5 stars? 'Immediately added to my virtual TBR pile....

87hemlokgang
Jul 6, 2012, 7:03am Top

88hemlokgang
Jul 16, 2012, 7:00pm Top

89hemlokgang
Jul 20, 2012, 8:02am Top

90hemlokgang
Aug 20, 2012, 8:17pm Top

#75 - The Warden by Anthony Trollope - *****

91jfetting
Aug 21, 2012, 8:59am Top

I am always so happy to see people getting into the Barchester series. Enjoy!

93hemlokgang
Sep 2, 2012, 5:50pm Top

#77 - The Samurai by Shusaku Endo - ****

94hemlokgang
Sep 3, 2012, 12:14am Top

#78 - Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott - **

95Nickelini
Sep 3, 2012, 11:48am Top

I picked up a copy of Flatland because it was almost free and I collect Penguin Classics, but I'm not sure if I'll ever try to read it. It looks painful, and your review backs up my assumption.

96hemlokgang
Sep 4, 2012, 9:57am Top

98hemlokgang
Sep 7, 2012, 2:31pm Top

99hemlokgang
Sep 10, 2012, 3:39pm Top

100hemlokgang
Sep 11, 2012, 12:13am Top

#83 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker - ****

101hemlokgang
Sep 13, 2012, 11:05pm Top

#84 - Sarah Orne Jewett's Best Short Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett - ****

102hemlokgang
Sep 24, 2012, 8:59am Top

103hemlokgang
Sep 26, 2012, 10:43pm Top

104hemlokgang
Sep 27, 2012, 5:51pm Top

106hemlokgang
Oct 3, 2012, 10:58pm Top

108hemlokgang
Oct 11, 2012, 5:14pm Top

#91 - Claiming Ground by Laura Bell - ****

109hemlokgang
Oct 13, 2012, 1:13am Top

#92 - Defending Jacob by Laura Bell - ****

110hemlokgang
Oct 22, 2012, 12:38pm Top

111hemlokgang
Oct 24, 2012, 3:02pm Top

#94 - The Bat by Jo Nesbo - ***

112hemlokgang
Oct 28, 2012, 11:07am Top

#95 - The Empty Chair by Jeffrey Deaver - ***
#96 - Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles - **

113hemlokgang
Oct 30, 2012, 1:25pm Top

#97 - Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult - **

114hemlokgang
Nov 2, 2012, 5:34pm Top

115hemlokgang
Nov 10, 2012, 9:17pm Top

116judylou
Nov 12, 2012, 3:32am Top

Almost there!!!

118jfetting
Nov 14, 2012, 3:04pm Top

Congrats on reaching 100!

119hemlokgang
Nov 14, 2012, 3:09pm Top

Thanks!

120bryanoz
Nov 14, 2012, 3:24pm Top

Congratulations on the 100 !
Notes is a Dosty I haven't read, what did you think of it ?

121hemlokgang
Nov 14, 2012, 3:41pm Top

Generally I like Dostoevsky very much. However, "Notes From Underground....." is darkly discouraging. The best way I can describe this collection is as a series of philosophical snapshots taken at distinct periods in the author's life. Clearly he was eternally struggling to make meaning of life and it was an anguish filled process. Apparently I prefer the author's storytelling to his autobiographical philosophizing.

123clfisha
Nov 16, 2012, 4:48am Top

Congrats!

124hemlokgang
Edited: Nov 19, 2012, 11:45pm Top

#103 - Gabriel's Gift by Hanif Kureishi - *****

125Dgmknzgrl
Nov 20, 2012, 6:24pm Top

congrats on 100!

126hemlokgang
Dec 1, 2012, 2:48pm Top

#104 - The Crystal Frontier by Carlos Fuentes - *****

127hemlokgang
Dec 4, 2012, 12:05pm Top

#105 - Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe - *****

128hemlokgang
Dec 7, 2012, 5:11pm Top

#106 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - ***

129Sandydog1
Dec 10, 2012, 7:22pm Top

Wow, you are smokin' through quite a pile of books! Congrats on reaching and surpassing, 100!

130hemlokgang
Dec 11, 2012, 5:13pm Top

#107 - Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King - ***

131hemlokgang
Dec 12, 2012, 12:39pm Top

#108 - The Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar - *****

132hemlokgang
Dec 16, 2012, 2:03pm Top

133hemlokgang
Dec 18, 2012, 11:44pm Top

#110 - The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver - ****

134hemlokgang
Dec 22, 2012, 10:59pm Top

135hemlokgang
Dec 23, 2012, 2:40am Top

#112 - Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler - ***

136hemlokgang
Dec 27, 2012, 10:12pm Top

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