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Lex 23's 2012 50 Book Challenge

50 Book Challenge

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Edited: Aug 20, 2012, 2:40am Top

As I am curious as to whether I will make it to read 50 books in a year, I'm going to put myself to the test. I have made it pretty difficult for myself, as my to-read-pile includes some very thick books (like the new Murakami). I will make up for this by reading some graphic novels :)

I read all kinds of books (fiction, non-fiction). My favourite authors include Haruki Murakami, Graham Greene and Brett Easton Ellis.

I will follow some other member's challenges and hope to get some good book tips along the way.

Dec 30, 2011, 1:57pm Top

If you're reading a few chunkier books this year, throw in some lighter reads that you can get through quickly. I did that this year and found it helped a lot. I tend to read 2 books at once too, so if I find I don't want to read one, I've always got the other.

Edited: Jan 4, 2012, 3:33pm Top

1. Finished the first book: The making of the atomic bomb by Richard Rhodes

Interesting work describing absolutely the complete history of the A-bomb. A bit too detailed for my liking perhaps at times. 3.5/5

Jan 10, 2012, 11:05am Top

2. Brideshead revisited by Evelyn Waugh

I really liked this one. Humorous portrait of a family of status in decline in England in the 20's. 4.5/5

Jan 10, 2012, 11:06am Top

3. Cognitive surplus by Clay Shirky

Ok book about how we can use collaborative effort in the web 2.0 era. Nice, by far not as good as Here comes everybody. 3/5

Edited: Feb 9, 2012, 10:17am Top

4. Germania: A Personal History of Germans Ancient and Modern by Simon Winder

History/travel book about Germany. This combination didn't really work for me. There are some interesting things in the book, mostly from the history parts. 2.5/5

Edited: Feb 9, 2012, 10:16am Top

5. The fifth Woman by Henning Mankell

I really liked this book. Having read about 6 Mankells I think this is one of the best. 4/5

Feb 19, 2012, 5:33am Top

6. A clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Already read this one when I was about 18 for high school. Thought it was brilliant then, and after reading it again, still think it's brilliant. 5/5

Feb 19, 2012, 5:34am Top

7. Love virtually by Daniel Glattauer

Borrowed this one from a colleague who recommended it to me. Amusing book: 3.5/5

Mar 5, 2012, 7:22am Top

8. Bonita avenue by Peter Buwalda

Had to read this one, as it is situated in the city I live in. Good book, although the end was a bit absurd... 4/5

Edited: Apr 11, 2012, 8:41am Top

9. 1Q84 By Haruki Murakami

Actually I was a bit disappointed by this one. Way too many pages and I'm afraid I have to say this will be my least favorite Murakami... 2.5/5

Apr 13, 2012, 3:19am Top

10. De laatste liefde van mijn moeder by Dimitri Verhulst

Quite a good read, but everything by Dimitri Verhulst is a good read... 3.5/5

Apr 18, 2012, 10:13am Top

11. The trial by Franz Kafka

My first Kafka and i enjoyed it. It is a good book in combination with a rainy day. 4/5

Apr 27, 2012, 3:51am Top

12. Girlfriend in a coma by Douglas Coupland

Quite a bad book in my opinion, story line far-fetched and kinda ridiculous... 1.5/5

May 13, 2012, 10:08am Top

14. Post office by Charles bukowski

Good beat novel. Funny at times 4/5

May 13, 2012, 10:09am Top

15. En toen wisten we alles by Coen Simon

Nice philisophical book. Didn't agree on all its points. Not really cohesive 3.5/5

May 21, 2012, 5:09am Top

16. The Pyramid by William Golding

Started out as a really good book. The second half was dreadful though... 2.5/5

Jun 22, 2012, 7:45am Top

17 Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Great book with a small dip in the middle. 4.5/5

Jun 22, 2012, 7:46am Top

18 The castle by Franz Kafka

Started out great, but the second half failed to keep my attention. 3/5

Jul 11, 2012, 2:09am Top

19. Crusader gold by David Gibbins

Not impressed. lots of talk about fictive(?) history? 2/5

Jul 11, 2012, 2:10am Top

20. On the beach by Nevil Shute

Impressed by this one! Great to read the friction between people spending their lives wasted at the end of the world, and those who act like nothing will happen. 4.5/5

Jul 24, 2012, 3:31am Top

21. The pleasures and sorrows of work by Alain de Botton

Did not really live up to the expectations set by the back cover. It felt like reading some anecdotes, somewhere related to human motivation to work 2.5/5

Jul 24, 2012, 3:32am Top

22. Nemesis by Philip Roth

A bit of a disappointing Roth. It missed the depth I hoped for/expected. 3/5

Jul 30, 2012, 3:46am Top

23. A shadow falls in the heart of Java by Andrew Beatty

Interesting read about the lives and influence of orthodox islam in a rural Javan village. 3/5

Aug 7, 2012, 9:07am Top

24. De verdovers by Anna Enquist

Very good book about medical professionals and their relationship between work and private life. 4/5

Aug 7, 2012, 9:08am Top

25. Empire state: a love story by Jason Shiga

Nice graphic novel about the life of a nerd going to NY, trying to imitate Sleepless in Seattle. 3.5/5

Aug 15, 2012, 1:15pm Top

26. Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good book. Especially liked the second of the three parts. 4/5

Aug 15, 2012, 2:02pm Top

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Aug 20, 2012, 2:39am Top

27. Laatste schooldag by Jan Siebelink

Collection of short stories about a High school's staff. Weird collection, not very well written. 2/5

Aug 27, 2012, 2:48am Top

28. De oesters van Nam Kee by Kees van Beijnum

Typically a book of my generation. But this is one of the reasons why I liked it. First half was way better than the second which kind of dragged on. 3.5/5

Sep 12, 2012, 2:30am Top

29. The sweetness at the bottom of the pie by Alan Bradley

Read this one on vacation, and it's a very good detective for such an occasion. Great protagonist. Makes me want to read the other books in the series as well. 4/5

Sep 12, 2012, 2:31am Top

30. The talented mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

This one came to me via a recommendation by a friend. I thought the book was great. A lot of suspense, great setting in Italy. 4.5/5

Sep 12, 2012, 2:32am Top

31. A visit from the goon squad by Jennifer Egan

It took me some pages to get into this one, but then I was hooked. A very gripping, new kind of novel. 4/5

Sep 18, 2012, 2:42am Top

32. The 100-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Good book at first, but after a while the 100 year old's adventures became repetitive and the book lost my interest. 3.5/5

Oct 16, 2012, 7:35am Top

33. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov

Great book. Although the story is very slow, it kept me interested all the way. Great character sketches of the protagonists. 4.5/5

Nov 7, 2012, 2:05am Top

34. Heliopolis by James Scudamore

Nice book about a marketing guy in Sao Paolo. Have had my share of books about marketing guys by now though :) 4/5

Edited: Nov 7, 2012, 2:06am Top

35. The end specialist by Drew Magary

Nice apocalyptic book about people living forever and how this ruins society. 3.5/5

Edited: Nov 12, 2012, 2:27am Top

36. De perfecte koppijn van Herman Brusselmans

Boek zonder echt verhaal. De wijze van vertellen vond ik grappig, maar niet grappig genoeg om 250 pagina's te boeien... 2/5

Dec 18, 2012, 4:39am Top

37. Ripley underground by Patricia Highsmith

Nice sequal to the first Ripley book. 4/5

Dec 18, 2012, 4:40am Top

38. The metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka

I loved the story The metamorphosis. THe other ones were nice too. 3.5/5

Dec 18, 2012, 4:42am Top

39. Eet mij van Asha ten Broeke

Good book about the sense and nonsense of diets, and why obesity is, or is not a problem. 4/5

Dec 18, 2012, 4:44am Top

40. The blade itself by Joe Abercrombie

Good first book in a trilogy of which I already bought part two. A bit slow at times though. 4/5

Dec 19, 2012, 6:08am Top

41. The girl who loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

I have read this one years, and years ago. May have been around 12... THen I didn't really like it, but upon rereading, I did... 4/5

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