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75 Books Challenge for 2012

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Dec 26, 2011, 9:28am Top

We like to congratulate each other on hitting 75 books. Here's a place where readers can let us know when that happens!

Dec 31, 2011, 12:18pm Top

Jan 2, 2012, 9:15am Top

I just finished my first book for 2012! Woo Hoo! Book #1 finished on 1/1/12.

Jan 2, 2012, 10:03am Top

#3: Go, Karen, go!

Jan 7, 2012, 9:58am Top

Great job!

Jan 15, 2012, 8:51pm Top

Finished two books for 2012! (Know that's not much for you superstars, but I'm hoping to up my pace as I get more confident!!) Also finished reading a bunch of posts on here and realized I'm addicted to LT!

Jan 15, 2012, 9:08pm Top

Welcome to the crowd. Some of us consider reading through threads to be equivalent to reading books! Don't worry too much about the numbers, just enjoy your reading and let us in on the secrets.

Edited: Jan 23, 2012, 7:46pm Top

I have finished five books since New Year's! That's pretty good for me. I am usually knitting. I am currently reading three. Last year I didn't make the 50 book challenge. We shall see what happens here.......Gotta read alot to get there!!


Edited: Feb 4, 2012, 6:17pm Top

I just realized that I did read two new books (new to me) in January.

One was It by Stephen King. I loved the way the book brought together the adults who had fought It when they were children, but now had to defeat It for good. Lots of action, and I love that the adults lost their memory of what they had done as time went by.

I also read several short stories and novellas by Stephen King, but no other complete books.

The other book I read was The Bleak December is a novel based on the fire at the Winecoff Hotel by David R. Kelly.

I'd previously read The Winecoff Hotel by Sam Heys and Allen B. Goodwin which is a nonfiction treatment of the fire. Many mysteries as to how the fire started have been considered and discarded, and the nonfiction book leaves them open.

As a fiction book, The Bleak December includes the author's theories as to how the fire started. They are interesting to read, but with time seem less and less likely as a possible solution to the question.

The Stephen King books gets five stars from me. The Bleak December would get four.

January 27th - I read the Red Badge of Courage yesterday and today. I thought I had once learned about the ending of the book, but I must have been thinking of another book. Still, I enjoyed reading it. I'll give it 3 stars.
And that brings me up to three books in the challenge.

I was going to read Area 187 Almost Hell but I've given it up part way through. I'm not really all that much into zombie stories and the more complicated it got, the less I liked it. It's also horribly edited which I found distracting. I don't know--some people might like it. Just not me.

Jan 26, 2012, 7:38pm Top

Okay! May the Read-a-thon begin!
1.-Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
2.- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
3.-The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Now Reading:
Study In Scarlet
The Canterbury Tales

3 down, 72 to go! :D

Edited: Jan 28, 2012, 11:43am Top

Checked my Kindle and found that I have a lot of books on there that I had forgotten about. So I spent the afternoon and evening reading Endurance by Jack Kilborn. My husband actually attempted to speak to me more than once while I was reading it but I couldn't spare any concentration to talk to him.

Endurance is full of some horrifying violence and just a bit of depraved sex. But I guarantee that if you start reading it you won't be able to stop until you've reached the happy resolution...except that there is no happy resolution.

This is my fourth book for the 75 book challenge and I'd give it 5 stars.

Edited: Jan 27, 2012, 10:00pm Top

Wow, 1944 Maggie! That was fast. Way to go.

Jan 28, 2012, 8:53am Top

Thank you! And I've finished 4 more already. I am on a roll, but I don't think I'll keep up this pace.... love my reading.

Jan 28, 2012, 11:48am Top

Yesterday I read Disaster Preparedness. I'd bought it thinking it would be about man-made and natural disasters. Instead it's an interesting and amusing book about the childhood and early adulthood of the author. Still a good book though. I'd give it three stars. It is my fifth book in the 75 Book Challenge for 2012.

Edited: Feb 24, 2012, 7:44pm Top

Yesterday evening I read The Red Badge of Courage. I thought that I knew the ending, but I was wrong, so it was well worth reading. I'd give it four stars. That is my sixth book in the 75 Book Challenge for 2012. I keep feeling like I already posted this one, but maybe I just dreamed about it.

Today I read Such Good Boys by Tina Dirmann. It's a true crime book, and I enjoyed reading it. I'll give it four stars. And that's my seventh book in the 75 Book Challenge for 2012.

Just finished Static by Michael Collins. It's an excellent horror story. I'll give it five stars, and it is my eighth book for the Challenge.

Today I finished Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted by Gerald Imber, M.D. It is an excellent biography of the father of modern surgical technique and the hospital he helped to found, Johns Hopkins. I'll give it five stars which is a very high rating for a biography by my standards. That's my first book for February and my ninth book for the Challenge.

I just read Surviving a Natural Disaster Book 1 - A Shocking Look at Lightning by R.M. Wright. I won't count it here since it was only about five pages long, but it was both useful and amusing. I would recommend buying the whole series. They would be quick reading and might save your life someday.

I just read The Thames Valley Catastrophe. It turned out to be just a short story, so I won't count it here either. But it was good reading.

The Nightmare Within by Glen R. Krish. A good book. Dreams come to life. I would recommend it and give it a rating of 5 stars. Tenth book for the Challenge.

The Slab: A Novel of Horror by Michael Collings. Another excellent horror story. I'd give it 5 stars. Book number eleven for the challenge.

Shadow Valley: A Novel of Horror by Michael Collings Another good horror story. Generations become intertwined. Four stars. Number 12 for the Challenge.

Salem 1692: What Devils Made Them Do It? by Bruce Watson. A very short, but interesting book about the Salem Witch Trials. Might be a good place for a student to start some research, but I'll only give it 2 stars for general reading. Number 13 for the challenge.

Torment - A Novel of Dark Horror by Jeremy Bishop. An excellent horror story taking place in the Apocalypse. 5 Stars. # 14 for the Challenge

Deep by Jeremy Bishop. Excellent story of travel to one of Jupiter's moons. Five stars. Book #15 for the challenge.

I just read Serial Uncut by Jack Kilborn. It includes the story from Bad Girl and Serial along with an introduction to Jack Daniels, Detective. Not a book for everyone since it is about serial killers and has a LOT of blood and gore in it. I'm almost ashamed to say how much I enjoyed it. I have to give it five stars. This is book #16 for the Challenge.

I've read five more books by Jack Kilborn (the Jack Daniels series). I'll give them four stars each. So I'm up to 21 books for the Challenge.

Just finished Stephen King's 11/22/63. Unusual for King it is a science fiction story. Definitely rates five stars or more. And so 22 books for the challenge.

Feb 2, 2012, 4:43pm Top

That's an ambitious list, carton_beloved. I've never been able to "get into" classics like the works of Jane Austen, Frankenstein or the Canterbury Tales. I hope you'll be able to include your reviews of the books as you read them. --debherter

Feb 5, 2012, 8:27pm Top

I have read 8 books so far and many more to go...

Feb 22, 2012, 3:55pm Top

You're well on the way, shellier69. Keep up the good work!

Mar 28, 2012, 6:03am Top

I've read:
1. Go Ask Alice - Anonymous
2. Please Don't Go - Elizabeth Benning
3. On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony
4. Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A

Now reading:
Fast Food Nation

May 28, 2012, 11:31pm Top

Just finished my 75th book this year!

May 29, 2012, 8:32am Top

Congratulations. You need a new goal! What will it be?

May 29, 2012, 2:10pm Top


May 30, 2012, 10:51am Top

Congratulations.. !!!

May 30, 2012, 10:39pm Top

I just finished my 75th book..YAY!..this is a very fun group..love it.

May 31, 2012, 5:27pm Top


May 31, 2012, 6:18pm Top

Terrific, everyone, for reaching the 75 mark! Don't stop now!

Karen O. who just finished her 65th

Jun 12, 2012, 11:30am Top

I read my 75th book of the year on Saturday, Dandelion Wine.

Edited: Jun 12, 2012, 11:44am Top

Congratulations Roni - Excellent one for 75 Roni. It was my 74th book of the year:)

And congratulations to everyone else who has reached the 75!

Jun 12, 2012, 11:44am Top

Well done everyone!

Jun 13, 2012, 9:00am Top

And I've done it - now onto the next 75:)

Edited: Jun 13, 2012, 9:13am Top

Congratulations to calm and everyone else who has reached their goal!

Jun 13, 2012, 6:47pm Top

Congrats, calm!

Jun 25, 2012, 4:02pm Top

Yay! I made it through my first 75 for the year!

I read 153 last year. I think I'm right on track to match that, this year. And reading some terrific books!

Karen O.

Jun 25, 2012, 4:17pm Top


Jun 25, 2012, 7:38pm Top

Awesome! Cool! So neat! Good luck on part 2, the second half, and the rest of the year.

Jun 25, 2012, 8:50pm Top

I don't know how you people read so much.!!! congratulations

Jun 28, 2012, 7:21pm Top

I just hit 75 today!

Jun 29, 2012, 9:01am Top

Congrats! Are you going to try for a second 75 this year? You just about have enough time!

Jun 29, 2012, 9:23am Top

Congrats to al!

Jun 29, 2012, 11:15am Top

Thanks! I don't know if I'll make through another 75, but I'll certainly keep reading!

Jun 29, 2012, 7:00pm Top

I hit 75 this week. Most of them very good, too.

Jun 29, 2012, 9:28pm Top


Jul 24, 2012, 12:53pm Top

I forgot to mention that I hit 75 books last week!!

Jul 24, 2012, 3:06pm Top


Jul 24, 2012, 3:26pm Top

Way to go!

Jul 24, 2012, 4:37pm Top

I hit my second 75 last month.

Jul 24, 2012, 9:08pm Top

Congrats to both!

Edited: Jul 26, 2012, 8:19am Top

Woo Hoo !!! **throws sparkling confetti all over the place**

Jul 31, 2012, 10:40am Top

When I started this challenge in January, I did not think I would be able to read 50 books let alone 75. But I signed up for both challenges. Today, I hit 52 books!

So, I am abandoning the 50 book challenge thread and will move over to the 75 and keep on trucking ... reading!

Jul 31, 2012, 11:56am Top

Awesome everyone! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Jul 31, 2012, 6:56pm Top

Congratulations, ccookie! No doubt you'll get to 75!

Karen O.

Jul 31, 2012, 7:47pm Top

thanks, Karen.

Aug 13, 2012, 9:48am Top

I just finished 100 books read for 2012

Aug 13, 2012, 10:38am Top

#53 Way to go!!! :)

Aug 15, 2012, 7:41am Top

I finished my 75th book yesterday!

Aug 15, 2012, 7:58am Top

congrats! *slaps gennyt's back*

Aug 15, 2012, 9:32am Top

yay gennyt!!!

Aug 15, 2012, 11:19am Top


Aug 15, 2012, 10:11pm Top

I got to 150 the other day. I'm going for a triple (if I can make it)!

Aug 15, 2012, 10:26pm Top

Congrats to Genny and to Dr. Neutron (Jim) as well!!

Sep 1, 2012, 12:49am Top

Book 75 was Crossed by Ally Condie. You can see the complete list of what I've read here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129915.
I'm hoping to make it to 100 this year.

Sep 1, 2012, 10:11am Top

> 61
YAY Ally

Sep 2, 2012, 8:29pm Top

I just made it to 75 today, so now I'm shooting for 100 by year's end: http://www.librarything.com/topic/129922

Sep 2, 2012, 8:48pm Top

Yay Susanna!!

Edited: Sep 2, 2012, 8:54pm Top


*hurries off to look at Susanna's thread*

Sep 3, 2012, 1:40am Top

Congratulations, Dee and Susanna!

Sep 5, 2012, 1:54pm Top

I did it!!! took me longer than last year but I finally hit 75 with hardly any clunkers in the bunch I've had a great reading year and hope it continues!


Sep 5, 2012, 5:33pm Top

YAY Susie!!

Sep 7, 2012, 1:00pm Top

So, I finished book 75 yesterday! I would say that about 99% of what I've read has been stellar books as well! I'm hoping to finish up 2012 by reading 90 books: http://www.librarything.com/topic/140490.

Sep 7, 2012, 1:21pm Top


Sep 9, 2012, 9:23am Top

You'll make your goal, no problem! And I'm so glad that you're loving the books you're reading! I don't think I've had a clinker all year, myself. Salut!

Karen O.

Sep 9, 2012, 9:36am Top

Congrats rose!

Sep 10, 2012, 2:54pm Top

#70, #71 and #72: Thank you all so much for your congratulations! I seem to be slowing down slightly in September - I just finished my third book today, and I'm usually well into my fourth or fifth book by this time. I'm not too worried about it, though! :)

Oct 1, 2012, 1:45pm Top

I've made my third set of 75. I've read 225 books. Onward to set four!

Oct 1, 2012, 1:47pm Top

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!?? Congratulations!!

Oct 1, 2012, 10:01pm Top

Congrats on the triple! It will probably be December before I hit 225, but I think I will.

Oct 2, 2012, 10:28am Top

WOW..both morphidae and thorton37814..and here I thought I was doing good with my 148 books..awesome.

Oct 3, 2012, 10:52am Top

I crossed the finish line today with my 75th book Trail of the Spellmans. No way I can reach a double or a triple. Just going to be happy with what I have! :)

Oct 3, 2012, 10:14pm Top


Oct 3, 2012, 11:25pm Top

I've also completed 75. I'm on track to get to 100 or slightly above this year. Hopefully a good share of these will be off Mt TBR.

It's great to see so many of the 75'ers having met their 75. And I'm IN AWE of those doing multiples.

Oct 4, 2012, 6:48am Top

Hey, Hairballsrus, you get one hearty slap on the back and a Atta-way! Great accomplishment, and truth be told, I am in awe.

Oct 4, 2012, 10:54pm Top

Never in my wildest imaginings did I ever imagine that I would actually read 75 books in one year. Yesterday I read book 75 for this year. And it is only October 4th. Might make it to 100? What do you think?? Mind you the fall looks pretty busy so I guess I should just look at anything over 75 as bonus books!!

Oct 5, 2012, 4:15am Top

Congrats! Hope you make it to 100 too!

Oct 5, 2012, 7:45am Top

ccookie, many congratulations for reaching 75, and ahead of schedule too. And congrats to all the others who have made the target (whether once or several times over!).

Oct 5, 2012, 7:51am Top

Congrats to everyone who made it to 75 - and let the reading be carried on :)

Oct 5, 2012, 7:58am Top

The 75ers are a great group, regardless of if members read 15, 45, 75 or hundreds. We each have our own ways, our own rules and I think we are mostly good cheerleaders, too :) So well done everyone!

Oct 5, 2012, 8:38am Top

Agreed! Great cheerleading! Whoo Hoo! whoop whoop whoop!

Two, four, six, eight
Who do we appreciate?
Lters Lters!

Go Team!

Dec 10, 2012, 3:42pm Top

I finished my 75th book over the weekend. I never thought I would make it.

Book #74 for me was a book I think most everyone in this group would like - One for the Books. If you're not familiar with Joe Queenan, he has quite the book problem - spending too much time reading them, spending too much money on them, and reading too many at a time. I'm going on memory here, but I believe he said he reads 150-225 a year while reading 15-25 at a time. And I thought I had a problem reading 5 at a time. For people who love to read a lot, you will get a lot of laughs out of this book.

Dec 10, 2012, 4:21pm Top

Congratulations on reaching the 75 book mark! And I've seen the reviews for the Queenan book--looks like a good one.

Dec 10, 2012, 5:57pm Top

Congrats on finishing the 75th! The Queenan book does sound good.

Dec 10, 2012, 6:11pm Top

Well done jhale!

Dec 10, 2012, 9:42pm Top


Dec 15, 2012, 2:50am Top

Seventy fifth finished this morning and still two weeks to go.

Dec 15, 2012, 7:52am Top

*****shoots off another confetti cannon ! *******

Dec 15, 2012, 2:50pm Top


Dec 15, 2012, 10:50pm Top

75 done this morning. :^)

Dec 16, 2012, 2:52am Top

I finished off 75 at some point in the year, but do not ask me when because I have no idea.

Congratulations to all who have made the goal!

Dec 16, 2012, 8:30am Top

*shoots off TWO confetti cannons!* Whoo hoo! The end of the year is such a great time to enjoy accomplishments! Congratulations to you both.

Dec 16, 2012, 11:11pm Top

Much to my amusement, I just found this group! I got my 75 in August and I'm now at 112.

That's nothing; my daughter reads a book a day!

Dec 16, 2012, 11:15pm Top

#99: Congratulations on raising a new generation of reader! Hats off to you as well for reaching the goal!

Dec 17, 2012, 11:49am Top

Congrats, everyone!

Dec 17, 2012, 4:14pm Top

Just made my 75th a few days ago. :)

Dec 17, 2012, 5:52pm Top

Congrats, bostonian!

Dec 17, 2012, 7:33pm Top

Congratulations, bostonian71!

Dec 18, 2012, 6:10am Top

Much to my amazement I have actually made it to 75 books for the year! This was my first year in this group and I almost went for the fifty but thought there was no harm in giving it a go.

Congrats to everyone else who has achieved this milestone as well.

Dec 18, 2012, 6:45am Top

Congratulations Roro8 and everyone else!

Dec 18, 2012, 8:18am Top

Amazing ones own self is excellent!

Dec 18, 2012, 5:05pm Top

Finally finally finally made it to 75 books for the year.....this is my third year in the challenge and I love it....cant wait for next year...and to look back on this year and see what my favourite books were and the not so favourite ones.

Dec 19, 2012, 5:04am Top

Congrats apachecat! Great job! I just made it to 75 myself! Just squeaked in - this is my second year in the 75s!

Dec 19, 2012, 12:10pm Top

Congrats to everyone!

Dec 19, 2012, 10:17pm Top

Lots of people reaching the 75 book point about now--congratulations to everyone!

Dec 20, 2012, 11:30pm Top

Congratulations to everyone, well done

Dec 26, 2012, 11:35am Top

Finally - I finished my 75th book yesterday night: The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle. :)

Dec 26, 2012, 11:44am Top

Whoo hoo! That is just great *offer up a High Five hand*

I just finished my little summary of the year's reading and I hit 51! That is better than I've done before, and I especially liked the variety of books that I read.

Dec 26, 2012, 1:44pm Top

Hi Maggie - *high five*. A book per week is amazing! Isn't it satisfying when you can see some progress in your readings? :)

Dec 26, 2012, 5:13pm Top

Yes, I feel pretty good about it. And I love being in a RL book group, too. But I do think I need to spend a little less time on line.

Dec 26, 2012, 6:06pm Top

But I do think I need to spend a little less time on line.

Don't tell me. :) Maybe something for a New Year's resolution?

Dec 26, 2012, 7:17pm Top

No! New Year's Resolutions are for the breaking, this is a vague, mildly stated, somewhat wise, goal-like thing which can't be broken, cuz it's never made completely sure!

Dec 26, 2012, 9:32pm Top

Book #75, done today: On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I began reading it in March.

Dec 27, 2012, 4:25pm Top

Oh, The Valley of Fear! Wouldn't you know I picked up my Holmes collection a few days ago and read the first few pages of that one. Now I'm wondering if I should get off LT and go read it... LOL!

Dec 28, 2012, 2:34pm Top

Great effort with the 75's, and the 51 too!

Dec 28, 2012, 5:25pm Top

#119: Hey quebo, congratulations... also on your choice: The origin of species must have been hard to read!

#120: Hi Faith, that was a rhetorical question, right? ;) This year I finally found a complete edition of the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories - and I'm already looking for 2013, when I will start reading it.

#121: Let's start the final weekend of this year with some reading, and maybe we can still add some more books. :)

Dec 29, 2012, 12:34pm Top

I just finished my 74th and 75th books, with just 2 days to spare!

That makes two years in a row that I have completed the challenge. Go me!

Dec 29, 2012, 2:30pm Top


Dec 29, 2012, 11:40pm Top

I'm calling it a day, today, with the completion of The Dovekeepers. That will be 52 for me, this year, unless I read another whole book or two in the next couple of days. Unlikely!

Dec 30, 2012, 4:42am Top

#123; That's great, Norabelle! Congratulations!

#125: Well done, Maggie! Maybe you'll find something short and great to read? But I wouldn't force it neither.

Dec 30, 2012, 5:44am Top

Congratulations everyone.

I managed to complete my second 75:)

Dec 30, 2012, 5:50am Top

Congratulations everyone!

Dec 31, 2012, 8:07am Top

oh, no, nothing short for me. Well, maybe mid-range in length, and certainly not "light". I went right on and read the remaining 300 or so pages of The Liberator: One World War II soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau. It was an Early Reviewer's book and I was somewhat resisting reading it. You know.... who wants to read a War Memoir during the holidays.

I was so wrong. What a great book. The author was very skillful in accounting this man's war experiences and they clearly illustrated what a good man he was. He was a caring and dedicated officer who put himself at risk repeatedly to assure his men's greatest chances of survival. He also had the unfortunate bad luck to have an unsavory incident hang over him, unresolved, for decades which was clarified when he was in his last decade of life. And I am so glad to have read this book and to know of such a fine man. The author did follow him into civilian life and we learn of ways in which his good character carries through right up until his death, with his wife at his side.

Dec 31, 2012, 12:52pm Top

Congratulations everyone!

And with just a few hours left in 2012, I hit 150 books!

Dec 31, 2012, 4:26pm Top

Whoo hoo *shoots of the whole fleet of confetti cannons*

Dec 31, 2012, 5:01pm Top

Way to go, Persephone! Is is very hard to read in the underworld?

Jan 1, 2013, 9:02am Top

I read 75 x 4 with 300 books in 2012!

Jan 1, 2013, 9:13am Top

Congratulations to everybody!

#132: Thanks, sometimes it's a bit dark. ;)

#133: Congratulations, but... How... I mean... Did you inhale them? ;)

Jan 1, 2013, 12:41pm Top

>134 PersephonesLibrary: Sometimes it felt like it the last two weeks when I was really pushing to reach my goal. Now never again! I've been trying for three years to make that goal and I'm pooped!

Jan 2, 2013, 8:15am Top

Congrats, Morph. And I completely get choosing to not do that again this year!

Jan 4, 2013, 10:46am Top

> 130 All I can say is WOW!!!

Jan 4, 2013, 10:47am Top

> 133 - COME ON! How is that EVEN possible? Did you find a way to live with no sleep? Maybe time travel??

Jan 4, 2013, 3:40pm Top

I read about 100 pages an hour. Have always read that fast even back when I was in middle school. Don't know how or why, just been able to.

Jan 4, 2013, 3:50pm Top

I am in awe. I wish I could do that! There are so many good books to read! :-)

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