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75 Books Challenge for 2014

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1drneutron
Dec 25, 2013, 3:04pm Top

Welcome to the 7th year of the challenge! We get lots of new people each year, and we know it can be difficult to "catch up". This thread is just the place for you!

First, where did we come from? Well, back in 2008, Cariola decided to start a group for folks who wanted to challenge themselves to read 75 books in a year. We were a small group, but loved our experience, so decided to do it again! Since then, I've made the yearly groups.

We're at bit of an amorphous organization. Members have jumped in to add features since. SqueakyChu runs the TIOLI challenge. Monthly themes are proposed by many of us - and some have carried over from year to year, like the Halloween read in October. If you've got an idea to try, propose it!

2drneutron
Dec 25, 2013, 3:08pm Top

What the heck is a BB?

So most of us have teetering piles of books to be read, or TBRs. In fact, some are mountain-sized, others approaching black hole status! In spite of the fact that we've got so many books laying around to read, sometimes we open up somebody's thread and a book just pops out and demands to be added to the TBR. That's a book bullet, or BB!

3drneutron
Dec 25, 2013, 3:14pm Top

How do I get info about the group?

There's a bunch of ways. First, we have some useful threads every year: the Message Board, Interesting Articles, In Memoriam, etc. It's a good idea to keep an idea on these.

We also keep two wiki pages. The Threadbook is an index to people's threads - perfect for finding folks' threads. Then there's the Group wiki, with links to important threads, group reads, and monthly themes.

4maggie1944
Edited: Dec 25, 2013, 9:25pm Top

How to survive and thrive in such a busy group?

At the beginning of each year there seems to be a hectic shake down when lots of threads are started and may overwhelm! My method is to read a few messages in many threads and hit the Star this Topic for ones which appeal. Then later when I feel overwhelmed I may "un-star". I don't worry about people coming on my thread and later disappearing for awhile. Real life does happen, too. Just have fun.

5msf59
Dec 25, 2013, 10:16pm Top

Thank you, Jim! I think you have created one of the coolest places on the internet. I'd like anyone to prove me wrong.

I will wait a few more days before starting my 2014 thread, otherwise it gets a little crazy.

6Helenoel
Dec 26, 2013, 7:15am Top

Thanks Jim- I'll be back in for 2014 - but still working on 2013 for a few days.

7Morphidae
Dec 26, 2013, 9:06am Top

I'm with you Helen. I don't open my 2014 thread, until, you know, 2014!

Silly rabbits.

8EBT1002
Dec 26, 2013, 12:12pm Top

I HEART THIS GROUP.

9Crazymamie
Dec 26, 2013, 1:16pm Top

What Ellen said. Thanks, Jim, for getting everything up and running for another year of great adventures.

10jessibud2
Dec 26, 2013, 5:17pm Top

Is this where I post to join this challenge? I am not exactly a new LT'er but I am new to the forums and groups and am a real non-techie person. My dear friend, SqueakyChu, is encouraging and helping me, but I feel a bit like a blind mole underground, poking around until I hit something concrete.

I'd like to join the 75 Challenge though I am not sure I'll actually reach that goal. But I'll try!

11majkia
Edited: Dec 26, 2013, 5:23pm Top

double posted, sorry.

12majkia
Dec 26, 2013, 5:23pm Top

#10 by jessibud2> the 75rs don't really care how many books you read, just so you chat about books and other cool things. Come join us!

To actually join a challenge, left click on the name of the forum in the upper right corner of a thread and then select "join group".

13drneutron
Dec 26, 2013, 5:51pm Top

And when you're ready, start a thread to track your reading. That's all there is to it! For some examples, feel free to look at others' threads.

14jessibud2
Dec 26, 2013, 9:18pm Top

Thanks! I've managed to find my way over to that link and I have joined. I think I even started a thread! I just have to figure out how I will proceed (ie, list/track, etc the books in 2014).

15maggie1944
Dec 26, 2013, 9:19pm Top

Jessibud2, I read a whole 32 books so far in 2013. And no one has kicked me out, .... yet.

16jessibud2
Dec 26, 2013, 9:23pm Top

Thanks. I'm still trying to find my way around and get oriented. I'll get there, though!

17jessibud2
Dec 26, 2013, 9:27pm Top

Whew! Good to know. ;-) I'm more concerned right now about finding my way around posting, than the number of books!

18lyzard
Dec 26, 2013, 9:32pm Top

Just don't let the tidal wave of activity that is the first few weeks of any new year frighten you off: it will settle down, we promise!

19SqueakyChu
Edited: Dec 26, 2013, 9:34pm Top

jessibud2, meet lyzard, my tutor! (More on that another day!) :D

20Tonner1
Dec 26, 2013, 9:36pm Top

Hi, I would like to know how to join your group please. Thank you.

21SqueakyChu
Dec 26, 2013, 10:00pm Top

Go to this page:
http://www.librarything.com/groups/75booksin2014

1. Click on "join this group" (upper right side of the page).

22drneutron
Dec 26, 2013, 10:03pm Top

Tonner - If you decide to start a thread, go to the group page and look for "Start a New Topic". When the window opens, add a topic title and first message. Click to post and you're done!

23fuzzi
Dec 26, 2013, 10:29pm Top

Welcome to the group, all newbies and slackers LT veterans! ;)

24maggie1944
Dec 27, 2013, 7:59am Top

And one more thing for "newer" folks. Please put your user name in your thread title so we can find you. Thanks.

25nittnut
Dec 27, 2013, 6:11pm Top

Looking forward to 2014! I heart this group too! :)

26mickeycat
Dec 27, 2013, 6:23pm Top

Hi again - I have failed the last 2 years but man have I enjoyed trying! I have turned to cheating - listening to some books in the interest of a busy working mom and her time constraints. I know its not *really* reading, but I try to choose books to listen to of high quality that make me a better person, a better mom.

As I sit here with my amazing 8 yr old son, he would like to also participate this year. So I will start 2 lists next week. "Mickeycat" once more for me and "Mickeycat Jr" for my exceptionally literate son. He is reading at a college entry level (with comprehension) so we struggle to find appropriate reading material. He plows through age level chapter books in half an hour. His wonderful 3rd grade teacher gave him the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - but he is just about finished with the 5th book. We would love suggestions from other readers for our unique, yet wonderful problem.
Thank you and good luck to all!!!

27AMQS
Edited: Dec 27, 2013, 9:07pm Top

>26 mickeycat: there are lots of audiophiles in this group- probably 1/4 or so of my reads are audios. They make my commute much nicer, and I definitely consider them reading!

28maggie1944
Dec 27, 2013, 9:18pm Top

I agree. Many, many readers have audio as one of their methods. There is nothing cheating about that method.

29imagiphantaria
Edited: Dec 27, 2013, 10:49pm Top

I will be back in January! I love this group. Since starting the 2013 challenge I already read more books in a year than I ever have. I'm nostalgic just thinking about all the characters I met this year.

30drneutron
Dec 28, 2013, 12:06pm Top

Well, it didn't take very long for our favorite spammer to find the new group. For all the new folks - if you find a thread with a bunch of links in the first message, don't click on any of them. It's a frequent spammer of the challenge group. Feel free to flag 'em into oblivion, though... :)

31jessibud2
Dec 28, 2013, 1:39pm Top

@#26 - I always have an audiobook going in my car. I don't consider it cheating at all. It's the pleasure of being read TO; of someone reading to you. I am a teacher and there aren't enough hours in my day to sit down and enjoy a book and expect to get through many. I have an hour commute each day and before I had a car, I would always read in transit. I consider audiobooks the same thing. The bonus here is that many are read by wonderful actors, making the experience all the better. Not all writers are good readers but there are a few who do read their own works and are wonderful. I'm in a bit of a rush now but if you want recommendations, I am happy to offer some!

32karenmarie
Dec 28, 2013, 2:58pm Top

Audiobooks definitely count.

Even audiobooks I've listened too before, like the Harry Potter books (started a re-listen in September and will probably finish the 3rd of 4th day of January when I start commuting back to work again after the holidays.

33Helenoel
Dec 28, 2013, 5:41pm Top

I've started having redgular audiobooks going most of the time- I have a 40 min commute each way and have really gotten tired of the constant repeat cycle of news and talk radio - our NPR station went all talk recently and it is just too much. I do find I have to be a bit careful not to mix an audio book and hard copy reading in the same genre- it can get confusing if the plots or characters have too much similarity. The several libraries I frequent have good collections of audio - which helps.

34lalbro
Dec 28, 2013, 5:58pm Top

Hi everyone! I just wanted to say thank you to Jim for making this wonderful interactive space around books - and for the quick history. I am starting my 4th year - and haven't hit the 75 book mark yet - life keeps interfering. But being part of the group helps me keep reading on the top of my to-do list! I've learned a lot about books I never would have read about through this space, and have definitely expanded my reading space. And I read in three different ways - by listening, reading physical books, and reading ebooks. All have different pleasures - but audiobooks are wonderful for commuting, and when I go on long walks.

I'm looking forward to another wonderful reading-filled year!

35MissJessie
Edited: Dec 28, 2013, 10:16pm Top

Hi-

I just joined and wish all you you a great 2014--looking forward to participating in this interesting group.

36MissJessie
Dec 28, 2013, 10:18pm Top

Reply to Mickeycat--try your little guy on Foundation Trilogy by Asimov and its many connecting books.

Clean enough for a little guy and fascinating stories.

37OMBWarrior47
Dec 29, 2013, 2:34am Top

Hey guys. This is my 4th year in a row doing this challenge, maybe i'll make it this time. Fourth Time's the charm right? Real life should settle down this year! Hope all is well and look forward to meeting you all in the new year.
~TJ

38karenmarie
Dec 29, 2013, 12:34pm Top

#33 Helenoel - our NPR station went all talk during the day about 5 years ago and I miss the classical music they broke up the blah blah blah with. I still listen, but not nearly as much.

I do take advantage of my local library, but it is hit or miss there sometimes. That's why I periodically go back to Harry Potter....

39karspeak
Dec 29, 2013, 5:59pm Top

>#26--I'm sure your son has already read many of these, but: The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Chronicles of Narnia, Never Cry Wolf, My Family and Other Animals, Ender's Game, Into Thin Air. And maybe some Jack London?

40fuzzi
Edited: Dec 30, 2013, 12:33am Top

Mickeycat, I second Jack London and add a few suggestions that are not 3rd grade level books:
The Jungle Book
Silver Chief
Kazan and Baree by James Oliver Curwood
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

Also consider books by:
Jim Kjelgaard
Glen Balch
Gary Paulsen
Albery Payson Terhune
Irene Hunt
Jane Yolen
Robert Louis Stevenson
Jules Verne
Thomas Hinkle
James Herriot
Louis L'Amour

What I have suggested should give your son some harder reading, but without themes that might be a bit advanced for his maturity.

41Helenoel
Dec 30, 2013, 6:16am Top

> # 26 My son was an advanced reader, though not as extreme as yours- He enjoyed My Side of the Mountain and sequels -in second and third grade -

42MonicaLynn
Dec 30, 2013, 7:38am Top

Stopping in to note that I am once again here and looking very forward to being in this group once again for another year. I hope that everyone has a wonderful New Year (2014) Health, Happiness and Great Reading.

43fuzzi
Dec 30, 2013, 10:55am Top

Thank you, @mskeens, you too!

44SkuldOMG
Dec 30, 2013, 11:34am Top

>26 mickeycat:

Since everyone is throwing suggestions at you, let me join in. These are some of the books I enjoyed thoroughly when I was a young lad: The Neverending Story, The Giver, The Secret Garden and, if he's into that kind of thing, Winnetou and the other countless works by Karl May. Definitely gonna give you guys a watch this year! :)

45cindysprocket
Dec 30, 2013, 7:40pm Top

I'm back this will be my 3rd year in the group. I live in Northern Indiana. I lurk more than participate.

46TurnThePaige
Dec 31, 2013, 7:58pm Top

My name is Paige, hello to everyone! I'm brand-spanking-new to this group (and this site, really). I think I shall enjoy myself here!:)

47UnacceptaJack_
Jan 1, 2014, 4:38am Top

Hi everyone.

My name is Jackie and I am trying again to read 75 books in a year. At the moment I am what I understand is known as an 'extreme commuter', so plenty of train travel should = lots of reading time.

Fingers crossed!

48Katethegreyt
Jan 1, 2014, 9:32am Top

Katethegreyt has been absent from librarything for a year! I'm back and looking forward to being active here again. 75 books is my goal for the year, so this seemed like a good place to start. :-)

49maggie1944
Jan 1, 2014, 10:10am Top

welcome back!

50susanna.fraser
Jan 1, 2014, 12:20pm Top

I'm back for my third year of the challenge. I read 115 books last year, so my minimum goal for the year is 100, my realistic goal is 120, and my stretch is 150.

51snash
Jan 3, 2014, 4:10pm Top

I'm back for my second year in the group. I managed to read 50 books last year which is about my average. We'll see if I can stretch to 75. Don't want to choose books just to increase the chance of reading more, though.

52dianahaler
Jan 4, 2014, 7:14pm Top

Hi Everyone,
I tried for 75 last year and made it to 60. Here I am to try again -- happy new year!
Diana

53mickeycat
Edited: Jan 5, 2014, 8:35pm Top

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54mickeycat
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55mickeycat
Edited: Jan 5, 2014, 8:38pm Top

Thank you for all the suggestions for my son!
And also thank you for making me feel good about the audiobooks! It IS nice to be read to!!! I'm listening to the Count of Monte Cristo right now, its wonderful.

My son has read some of these but others are new ideas - thank you. Unfortunately, he has the attention span of an 8 year old - so sometimes, - well, he wants instant gratification - if it takes too long to get into a book, he will give up fast. He just finished the Autobiography of Santa Clause (which is kind of a weird book, to be honest) but is progressed quickly and had lots of historical figures and locations in it - so it kept his attention. It was written at about a 6th or so grade level. It was not a challenging read for him (aside from names of places like Mesopotamia that he was not previously familiar with), but he enjoyed it. Left to his own devices, he would reread the Majic Treehouse books over and over :-)
We have enough books that they are separated in our house by genre's (basically) We have many of the books suggested on the shelves. I have ordered a few more from PBS. Its great hearing about new books -
Thank you all and GOOOD LUCK (from Las Vegas!).

56jjmcgaffey
Jan 5, 2014, 9:35pm Top

Combining suggestions - if you like audiobooks (or even if you don't, much), you should listen to Nicol Williamson do The Hobbit. It is absolutely fantastic. For one thing, each group (dwarves, elves, trolls, hobbits, etc) has a different English regional accent... I grew up listening to these, and recently refound them. http://www.nicolwilliamson.com/?p=125 (link to the three YouTubed performances).

I'm very very picky about audiobooks - so far, I like Nicol reading The Hobbit and Derek Jacobi reading The Daughter of Time. Mostly I try to listen and the words recede into a drone and I lose track - even if it's a favorite book. So - even if you have the same problems I do with audiobooks, check this out. And the 8-year-old might love it too. When we were about that age, we could recite large portions of The Hobbit in Nicol's voice(s).

I've been doing the challenge on and off - did it last year and it was fun, going again this year. I put 150 books as my challenge - read 179 last year. It's not really about pushing to read more, for me; more about sharing what's going on while I read them.

57mickeycat
Jan 5, 2014, 11:53pm Top

jjmcgaffey - Thank you! We will check the library for the Williamson version. I listened to one a few years ago that was great, I wonder if this was it!

58jjmcgaffey
Jan 6, 2014, 3:04am Top

As far as I know, it hasn't been available for 40-50 years. The page I linked to talks about a possible re-issue, but only as a future possibility. Nicol has approved the YouTube versions - he's fine with people listening to them (or downloading, etc).

59Raveendran_K
Jan 6, 2014, 11:43am Top

Hi, All. I just joined LT and wondering how to go about. May take sometime for me to feel at home.

60majkia
Jan 6, 2014, 12:21pm Top

#59 by Raveendran_K> Welcome! Snoop around, see what we're all up to, and take your time to settle in. Ask about anything and we'll all do our best to assist.

61jjmcgaffey
Jan 6, 2014, 2:37pm Top

59> Hi, Raveendran_K - a helpful resource is the group Welcome to LibraryThing!, where you can ask all sorts of questions. But this is a great place to join in Talk - read some of the threads and you'll get a great flavor of the sorts of people and topics LT has. Then make your own thread and tell us what you're reading!

62bibliotecara
Edited: Jan 6, 2014, 4:14pm Top

Hi Mickeycat - Welcome back! I know you've gotten a slew of suggestions for Mickeycat Jr, but here are a few more:
* All of the Newbery Award books (your local public or school library should have a list, if not lmk and I'll send you a copy)
* Artemis Fowl series - Eoin Colfer
* Redwall series - Brian Jacques
* Anne McCaffrey books - especially the Dragonriders of Pern series
* Marguerite Henry

I'd also second the recommendations for "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card - actually, the whole series is great.

63bibliotecara
Jan 6, 2014, 4:05pm Top

Welcome to the group, Paige! It's a fun one! This is a good place for sharing reading lists, great finds and "unexpected treasures"!

64bibliotecara
Jan 6, 2014, 4:24pm Top

This is my 6th year in the group and I usually read at least 100 books (ok, 2013 was a bit of an off year), so I think I'm going to set 100 as my personal goal for 2014. I'm looking forward to a few good suggestions from all of y'all!

65sschaller
Jan 9, 2014, 1:38pm Top

I have been spending my lunch hour trying to find some great book to read and LT site came up and wow you guys are pretty serious!!! I just read The Secret Magdalene by Longfellow and loved it. The last book I liked this much was Cutting for Stone and I am hoping this site will lead me to books that move me as much as they did. Therefore, I am all about reading 75 books this year. So for the official count of 2014: I just finished Daughter of Fortune and frankly the second half of the novel was boring. So there it is-74 novels to go!!

66xymon81
Jan 9, 2014, 2:45pm Top

Hi I am Matthew. This is my third year doing the 75 challenge. I am 32, I have 6 kids and am currently residing near Fayettville North Carolina. I am in the Army and have been in for over 13 years.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/163138

67fuzzi
Jan 9, 2014, 7:41pm Top

Hi Matthew, welcome! Glad you're here...from another resident of the Tarheel state.

And thank you for your service. :)

68connie53
Jan 11, 2014, 2:10pm Top

I think I will join too! Last year I read 89 books, but that was a very good year. I joined LT in november 2009 and I like it very much. The first 3 to 4 years I've been busy adding my books and now I'm done there is time to spare. I like to interact with LTers and I think joining this group will be fun.

I'm 60 years young, I'm a Dutch woman, married and I have one son and one daugther, one son in law and one daugther in law. (well they are not married yet, but they are living together, that's about the same thing). I work part time as a kind of secretary at a school for students 12 to 18/19 years old.

I'm going to visit some threads and see how people shape their threads!.

69Karen59
Jan 11, 2014, 8:50pm Top

I saw that I joined because my name popped up in the new readers but I am not sure how to add to the Threadbook. I did it last year but can't for the life of me remember how to do it. Is it possible to get some help?

Thank you so much,
Karen

70drneutron
Jan 11, 2014, 9:36pm Top

Can you point me to your thread? If so, I'll add you.

71Jenxy21
Jan 13, 2014, 12:37pm Top

Jenxy21 is taking the challenge this year. I've tried it in the past but haven't been successful. I hope to be more organized this year and make time for that huge TBR stack!

72connie53
Jan 13, 2014, 1:11pm Top

Welcome Jenxy21. Beter luck this time!

73maggie1944
Jan 13, 2014, 4:24pm Top

An observation from a couple of years in this challenge: Success is exactly how you chose to define it. No pressure from the group as far as I've noticed.

74janskelton
Jan 13, 2014, 7:46pm Top

Hi -
This will be my third year doing the challenge and it's been a great way to keep track of the books I read and be able to make recommendations to others. Here is my start on 2014 books

Books to date: 5

Black, Cara, Murder in the Rue de Paradis (305 pages) Aimee Leduc novel, mystery surrounds the return of Aimee's reporter boyfriend.
DeMille, Nelson, The Panther - Excellent, amusing, John Corey novel.
Nesbo, Jo, Nemesis (474 pages) - Harry Hole novel - a former girlfrient turns up dead after Harry is the last to see her, Rakel is fighting for custody of her son in Russia, and odd bank robberies present a mystery,
White, Randy Wayne, Dead Silence (490 pages) Doc Ford Novel - attempted kidnapping of Doc's Senator friend.
White, Randy Wayne, Gone (316 pages) - Hannah Smith novel - Hannah takes up a PI case involving a missing girl.

75grundlecat
Jan 14, 2014, 8:05pm Top

Last year I had a "FAIL", reading only 54 (or was it 56?) books. At any rate, I intend to meet the standard this year!
So far this year, I have read
1) Books can be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay. It was enjoyable, and a passable mystery. I'll try her again.
2) Repair to Her Grave by Sarah Graves. I just love her mysteries. I pulled it down from the shelf not sure if I had read it yet or not (waiting room time, you know). When I got to page 4 I was absolutely sure I had NOT read it - I believe I would have scraped out the mummified spider residing therein. I almost left it in as a uniquely appropriate denizen of Jacobia's 1823 Federal house, but removed it in the end.
3) Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves, which I didn't realize I had read previously out of order. I really try to read things as they were written. Probably a bit obsessive about it. It did explain why I thought the summary of "Repair" was a bit familiar, though; I had skipped ahead. Another worthy effort courtesy of Ms. Graves.
4) Perish Twice by Robert B. Parker. I just love a writer of hard-boiled mysteries who bases his title on a Robert Frost poem. This was Sunny Randall #2, and she was just as ass-kicking as she had been in Family Honor. We're really going to miss you Robert!
I'm currently cataloguing my husband's collection so the numbers will get pretty skewed to military history and men's adventure... It seems silly to take out another account though.
When I was an avid young reader, I devoured Asimov and Simak... plus I got into murder mysteries, especially Dame Agatha, because I enjoyed the intellectual puzzle. I even sat down with a paper and listed the suspects, motive, method, opportunity, etc. so I could really try to figure it out.

76drneutron
Jan 14, 2014, 8:31pm Top

No such thing as a fail... :)

77grundlecat
Jan 14, 2014, 9:40pm Top

Thanks for that... :)

78connie53
Jan 15, 2014, 9:49am Top

Welcome to grundlecat & janskelton

79steve40004
Jan 23, 2014, 1:44pm Top

I am quite late to this game, but I'm going to give it a try.

80mahsdad
Jan 23, 2014, 1:50pm Top

Never too late. I didn't start last year till the middle of Feb. Just dive in and keep reading :)

81connie53
Jan 23, 2014, 2:42pm Top

Welcome Steve. Are you a member of the group yet?

82eggsnhm
Edited: Feb 10, 2014, 12:50pm Top

83evenlake
Jan 23, 2014, 5:24pm Top

I'm a long time LT'er, but this will be my first year for this challenge.

Starting a little late, but have already read a few books this year. Will post them later tonight on my new thread, "evenlake: 2014 books"

Personal best for a year is 109, but only got 53 last year. Hoping this challenge will keep me motivated.

Good luck to everyone!

84Nevadablue
Jan 23, 2014, 6:07pm Top

I'm a long time member, but this is my first challenge. List of books so far in 2014:

L.A. Requiem, Robert Crais
Free Fall, Robert Crais
Unintended Consequences, Marti Green
The Trigger, L.J. Sellers
The King's Hounds, Martin Jensen
A Dreadful Penance, Jason Vail
The Wayward Apprentice, Jason Vail
Baynard's List, Jason Vail
The Girl in the Ice, Jason Vail

85drneutron
Jan 23, 2014, 7:51pm Top

Welcome, everyone! Have a look around, kick the tires a bit, and make a thread. We're just waiting to see what you read this year!

86macygma
Jan 23, 2014, 8:03pm Top

So far this year I have read: Dark Witch (Nora Roberts), Mike's Way Back (Amy Gregory), The Breast Cancer Alphabet (Madhulika Sikka), Oracle of Philadelphia (Elizabeth Corrigan), Sins of the Heart (Eve Silver).

Waiting to be read: Citadel (Mosse), Delphi Agenda (Rob Swigart) and a couple others that I will post later.

Happy New Year

87macygma
Jan 23, 2014, 8:06pm Top

Also: The Ghoul Next Door (Victoria Laurie) was read and Machine Applique for the Terrified Quilter.

88whbiii
Jan 23, 2014, 10:10pm Top

Okay, did terrible last year, but THIS year...

89JoBass
Edited: Jan 25, 2014, 10:54pm Top

This is my first year to try this. I read pretty much all the time...so my hardest goal will be remembering to write my books down. So far, since Jan. 1 I have read: 1.) On Writing Well, Zinsser; 2) A Modern Witch, 3)A Hidden Witch and 4) A reckless Witch, Deborah Geary; 5) Clean Sweep, Ilona Andrews; 6) Accidental Demon Slayer, Angie Fox; 7) the Brinded Cat, Chantal Halpin; 8.) The Ghost and the Graveyard, Genevieve Jack; 9) A Hidden Fire, Elizabeth Hunter.

1/25: 10: the Witch hunter, Nicole r taylor

90tippygirl
Jan 23, 2014, 11:20pm Top

Hi there, this sounds like an awesome challenge, especially since I have 2 jobs, home school my 7th grader, and a high school student, etc., etc. BUT, I love to read and do whenever I can. Would a book such a "The Daniel Plan", count as a book? read that already.....love!
Finishing up "Doc" by Mary Doria Russell. intense book!

91tjkmom
Jan 24, 2014, 6:37am Top

I've had the same problem with my 10 year old. He has been reading since he was 4 and although he reads and comprehends at a college level, doesn't mean I want him reading college level books. I still want him to be ten..so frustrating. I really don't want him reading about vampires, sex and outright violence. Grrrrrrrr. If you have any suggestions I'm open to them! Thank you tjkmom

92kellerific
Jan 24, 2014, 9:53am Top

I am new here and trying to figure out this forum, and hope I'm in the right place.

I had been thinking this year that it would be a nice goal to try to finish a book every week. I never even considered that I might aim for something more than that, since I haven't even gotten past 20 before. But we'll see what happens.

So far I've read:
World Without End (Follett)
The Joy of X (Strogatz)
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Roach)
Survival of the Sickest (Moalem)

Just started Body of Work (Pam Slim). I guess I'm skewing a bit non-fiction this month. Maybe I'll get some more fiction ideas from the group. I do have a rather large TBR list but I'm always adding things to it as I come across them.

93connie53
Jan 24, 2014, 11:48am Top

Welcome to all new readers! Happy Reading.

94drneutron
Jan 24, 2014, 2:37pm Top

Welcome, everyone! Looks like there's been some good reading going on. Private message me if you need some help getting threads started and such!

95quietone417
Jan 24, 2014, 3:08pm Top

My 9 year old reads at a high level as well so she's always been a challenge. We recently stumbled on the 39 clues series which has surprisingly taken her on quite an adventure. My brother in laws girlfriend is a teacher and she tapped into the Scholastic world for more books and the challenge that goes with the series. My suggestion would be to try 39 Clues. It's written by a multitude of authors so each one is different but there is a common thread in the characters. Good luck!

96Dramachacha
Jan 24, 2014, 3:31pm Top

Joined the group today. Here are the titles of books read thusfar in 2014:
The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Shakespeare's Scribe by Gary Blackwood
Shakespeare's Spy by Gary Blackwood

97Ruth-Sheridan
Jan 25, 2014, 6:24am Top

Joining now, reading so far in 2014
Mary Barton Gaskell
Gillespie and I Jane Harris
Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh

75 books is a tall order

98connie53
Jan 25, 2014, 8:59am Top

Welcome to you all.

99ZannyW1435
Jan 25, 2014, 9:24am Top

75 books...should be nothing, aye? ;) My name is Zanny and I'm new to LibraryThing
and find your posts delightful! Am currently involved in a reading challenge at our
local library this year and guess what happened? The lenses of my prescription glasses
keep popping out and are being adjusted at the opticians. Sigh. My eyes hurt, but I keep
reading... am so excited to get started on both challenges. I love the works of
Alexander McCall Smith
Sue Monk-Kidd
Alan Bradley
But will be posting more. Thank you SO MUCH for being here.

100connie53
Jan 25, 2014, 9:50am Top

Welcome, Zanny.

101Mollydee
Jan 25, 2014, 11:34am Top

Hi. My name is Mollydee. I was looking for something besides goodreads. So I guess on the topic I have read 8 books so far this year. I am on goodreads so I have to go back and forth to take a look. But I went to New York ComicCon this year and am reading a book I purchased there. It is called "Valentine - Prelude to a Kill" by Daniel Cooney with introduction by Noel Hyde. It is a really good mystery/thriller. It is listed as a graphic novel but, being familiar with graphic novels I do not think there are enough pictures to qualify it as a graphic novel. I only have about 40 pages to go so maybe I will do a review later.

You can always find me on my busy blog at:

http://Mismatchedbookends.Blogspost.com

I hope you will stop by.

I also have a challenge for 2014. I have a few. But I need book suggestions. Especially for my A-Z challenge. I already have D,E,J,R,S, and T. If you give me a book I will read it and mention you in my blog as the one who suggested it.

Nice to be here!

102magnolia2
Jan 25, 2014, 10:05pm Top

I am new but excited to try the challenge. I love to read and am happy to find other like minded folks. What do I do now besides start reading. Is there a place to log what I have read?

103jjmcgaffey
Jan 26, 2014, 2:43am Top

Go to the Group page (you can get there by clicking the link at the top of this thread that says 75 Book Challenge for 2014), and at the top of the list of threads there is Post a New Topic. Click that, enter a title that includes your user name, then start posting your books, reviews, what's going on in your life - whatever you like. Check out other people's threads (maybe do that first) to see the sorts of things they post. TickerFactory is a great way to get (free) progress bars that you can imbed in your posts - see what else people have come up with.

104connie53
Jan 26, 2014, 10:55am Top

Welcome to the group Magnolia and Mollydee.

105tandah
Jan 26, 2014, 7:03pm Top

Hi all - can I ask a beginners question please - how do you upload an image - I've been hunting around not the site and can't find directions (except with regards to book covers). Thank you

106drneutron
Jan 26, 2014, 7:33pm Top

Some folks collected up a wiki page on just that subject. See here: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Basic_HTML_/_How_to_do_Fancy_Things_i...

Also, if you go to the main group page, there are links to our group wiki page (with all our cool threads like group reads and monthly themes) and also our Threadbook (a directory to all our members' threads).

107tandah
Jan 26, 2014, 7:57pm Top

Wow, thanks Jim - that's great.

108msandy
Feb 1, 2014, 2:39am Top

Hi all I am a new member and read a lot. I am looking forward to this group, but would like some pointers about the site. I hope to meet this challenge. Looking forward to hearing about some great books.

109LovingLit
Feb 1, 2014, 3:14am Top

^what pointers are you after?
Here is a good place to start....http://www.librarything.com/topic/162671

I found when I was new that just looking about on peoples threads gave me inspiration and the guts to start my own :)

Good luck!

110LovingLit
Feb 1, 2014, 3:18am Top

>105 tandah: the images for book covers use the same 'code' as just a normal image. So long as you can follow the directions from the wiki to select the image you are posting, it should show. (be particular with spaces as each extra one means it wont work) :)

111SThomasBLVL
Feb 5, 2014, 4:09pm Top

I have been using LT for a couple of years, but I didn't notice the 75 Books Challenge until now. I hope that posting this message is the way I join.
My first title is:
Rough weather, by Robert B. Parker

112jjmcgaffey
Feb 6, 2014, 3:39am Top

Not really - this is the welcome thread, but the normal way to join is to create your own thread (with your name in the title), and list your books there. Take a look at some of the other threads to see some of the neat stuff others do...but nothing is necessary but tracking your books. Get as fancy or simple as you please. Look at my message 103 for some pointers.

113Whisper1
Feb 6, 2014, 8:25am Top

Jim

Thanks again for all you do for the 75 challenge group. It is always great to see new people come aboard. While the group is close, with many involved since 2008, I love the fact that everyone is welcoming and very friendly to new people, inviting them to participate and making them feel a special part of the challenge group, and before long, they are an integral part of the whole success of LT.

I love the ebb and flow of the group, the kindness, the love of books, and the commitment to respect of others.

This is indeed a wonderful group.

114drneutron
Feb 6, 2014, 10:39am Top

Thanks! It's fun to get things going, but really, the people are what make it so special.

115connie53
Feb 6, 2014, 3:31pm Top

I'm a Rookie and I feel very welcome, but a bit overwhelmed with all the threads and all the new people. So I starred a few threads and ignored a lot of them.

I thought my English would be sufficient to follow everything. But now I think it's lacking in several places, certainly grammatical. But I'm enjoying it and as long as everybody understands my posts, I'm happy too!

116jjmcgaffey
Feb 7, 2014, 2:34am Top

Huh. I wouldn't have guessed that English wasn't your native language, from that post. Very impressive, to this monolingual American.

I don't think _anyone_ follows all the threads - at least, not anyone who does anything except read LT! I also read a few threads and skip the rest. The only problem is that every year there's a few more people whose threads I know I'll enjoy...

117connie53
Feb 7, 2014, 3:33am Top

Thanks, Jennifer. That's real nice of you.

118Indulge
Feb 8, 2014, 4:12pm Top

I will join the challenge.

119suki104
Feb 8, 2014, 8:18pm Top

not sure if I'm doing this right. I'd like to join the group and am replying to first message. should I go to end of topic and reply to last message? I've done nothing really interactive on LT. I've started cataloging but I'd sort of like to erase it all and start again with a clearer determination.

Anyway, I hope I can join? I've recently gotten back into reading, opting for less time on Netflix and more time with my nose in a book.
suki104

120suki104
Feb 8, 2014, 8:19pm Top

ok, I see where I am now. I shall try and start a thread. What fun!

121jjmcgaffey
Feb 9, 2014, 2:09am Top

119> If you hit Reply anywhere, your message comes at the bottom of the thread - so if you're replying specifically to something in a message, it's a good idea to mark where you're replying to, as I did here. Welcome to the challenge, and have fun!

122Parvin_Sultana
Feb 9, 2014, 2:20am Top

Being a voracious reader I have already read a dozen books. the names of them along with short reviews will follow soon. i like to write up few lines about the books in my blog. friends do check them out and in case some of you have read the mentioned, do share what you think about them.
1. The Patience Stone-- Atiq Rahimi
http://parvinsultana.blogspot.in/2014/01/the-patience-stone-atiq-rahimi.html

123Parvin_Sultana
Feb 9, 2014, 2:26am Top

2. Our Moon has blood clots- Rahul Pandita
A personal memoir of a Kashmiri Pandit- a religious minority community which has been victimised in the state of Jammu and Kashmir leading to an exodus and a life full of hardship in refugee camps. Talks about the pain of being rendered homeless in one's own country.
http://parvinsultana.blogspot.in/2014/01/our-moon-has-blood-clots-rahul-pandita....

124jjmcgaffey
Feb 9, 2014, 2:29am Top

Parvin_Sultana - do make your own thread, so that all your reviews and lists will be together. This is just the welcome and introduce yourself thread. Go to the Group page (click the link at the top of this thread), then click Make a New Topic at the top of the list. Put in a title including your name, then post a bit about yourself and your reading, and your reviews. Check out some of the other threads to see neat stuff people can do.

125Parvin_Sultana
Feb 9, 2014, 2:32am Top

k thanks for helping me out.

126SThomasBLVL
Feb 22, 2014, 9:47pm Top

Crow Lake, by Mary Lawson -- I had been intending to read this for a few years, and finally got a copy. Great characterization, and a plot that keeps you reading because you want to find out what happens to these people.

127jjmcgaffey
Feb 23, 2014, 12:15am Top

Do you have a thread? Posting stuff here means few people will see it or respond - make your own thread so you can discuss your books and solicit responses from others (see my Msg 124).

128karynmilk
Mar 4, 2014, 8:47am Top

Okay so far in 2014 I have read:

1. Evil Eye by Joyce Carol Oates
2. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
3. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
4. Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie
5. The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
6. Seven Deadlies by Levangie Grazer
7. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
8. Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
9. The Shunning by Beverly Lewis
10. The Confession by Beverly Lewis
11. The Man With the Violin by Kathy Stinson

129jjmcgaffey
Mar 4, 2014, 4:31pm Top

Karyn - where's your thread? This is the intro thread - give us a link to your own thread where you post your books.

Nice collection, by the way!

130Daneece
Mar 5, 2014, 6:12pm Top

130: Daneece- Looking forward to this. Great collection of titles so far and would like to join. Is this the correct link to use to post? Can you assist?

131jjmcgaffey
Mar 5, 2014, 7:04pm Top

Go up to the top of this thread and click on the link to 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (just under the thread title). You'll be on the Group page for the 75 Books Challenge. At the top of the list of threads, there's a link to Post a New Topic - click that, give your thread a title (including your name, so people can find you), and start posting about your reading.

You might want to take a look at some of the other threads first, to see the sorts of things you can put. A plain list of books is fine; adding quick reviews and/or links to your reviews, comments about when/where/how you read a book, comments about the rest of your life, pictures if you feel like it, a challenge ticker...whatever appeals, is fun and will draw in more readers.

Come back here and put a link to your thread once you've created it, so people can find you more easily.

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138viliaGarcia
Jun 20, 2014, 10:40am Top

Hi everyone! New here. Excited to share my love of reading. I hope I am doing this correctly. Started a new thread.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/176339

Can't wait to start!

139connie53
Jun 20, 2014, 3:44pm Top

Welcome, villaGarcia!

140lilfries
Jun 20, 2014, 7:21pm Top

Hi, I am new to this group and need to know how to list the books I have read this year. Thnx

141jjmcgaffey
Jun 21, 2014, 2:01am Top

Go to the group page - the easiest way is the link at the top of this thread that says "75 Books Challenge for 2014". Take a look at some of the other threads in the list there, to give you an idea of how some people do it. Then, on the group page, click Post a new topic, just above the list of threads. You'll get a title box and a message box. Enter a title, preferably including your username to make it easier to find. Start entering stuff into the message box. Your first message can be (doesn't have to be, but most people do it this way) a short description of you as a reader, and how you intend to read for the challenge - which may be just "I read a lot, I'd like to see just how many I do in a year" (that's what I put my first year). Click Post Message, and you've started your own thread.

Make a second message, and list your books. Maybe a third as well - I usually split my books, listing the first six months in the second message and the second half of the year in a third one. Enter the title of the book inside square brackets - [], then the author inside double square brackets. Like this:

1. [Heidi] by [[Johanna Spyri]]

which will show up like:

1. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

You can add a quick review, or a link to your review on the book record. You can say how many stars you rated it, if you do that. There's all kinds of stuff you can put in - but the touchstoned title and author is the basic list.

Then copy the URL of your new thread, come back here and make a new post and paste the URL into it so we can find you.

Have fun!

142lilfries
Jun 22, 2014, 3:44pm Top

Thanks for the info jjmcgaffey

143lilfries
Jun 22, 2014, 4:49pm Top

New here still learning.
www.librarything.com/topic/176378
My posts if I did this right.

144AlferdPacker
Edited: Aug 4, 2014, 1:25pm Top

I was recommended this site and group specifically on Saturday. I've actually been tracking my books for the year in an Excel spreadsheet, but this looks like much more fun.

A question of etiquette. When I join the group, should I list my books going forward or can I list the books I've been tracking on my own?

Here's the message I've started.
http://www.librarything.com/topic/178752

145souloftherose
Aug 4, 2014, 2:50pm Top

>144 AlferdPacker: Welcome to the group! Etiquette-wise it is completely ok to do either :-)

146cal8769
Aug 5, 2014, 11:07am Top

Anything you want to do! It's your party. We are always glad to see new people.

147connie53
Aug 6, 2014, 12:16pm Top

148charmaine15
Aug 7, 2014, 9:38pm Top

I would like the challenge of this group. Starting in August it will be a rush to finish by December, but I'll get started now. I'm reading "Empty Mansions" by Bill Dedman and Paul Newell, Jr. How do I actually get on this thread to make it official? charmaine15

149jjmcgaffey
Aug 8, 2014, 12:29am Top

Go up to the top of this thread, and click on the "75 Books Challenge for 2014" link. That will take you to the group page. At the top of the list of threads there's another link "Post a new topic". Click that, give it a title (including your name, so we can find you!) and put down a little about you. You can then reply to your own topic to list the books you've read so far (it counts, as long as you're sure you read it this year!).

It would probably be a good idea to look at some of the other threads, so you can see how others do it. There's a wide variety - from people who simply list their books, to those with threads full of discussions of what else they're doing; tickers and pictures and charts and a wild assortment of stuff. Nothing is required beyond the list of books, but you can put in whatever you think will be fun - reviews, ratings, quick notes about the books, whatever.

Have fun! I did the same thing my first year - didn't find the group until past the half-way mark - and didn't quite make 75. I've been doing it every year since - it's fun. It also got me actually reviewing my books, which has turned out to be immensely useful to me.

150jfritts
Dec 30, 2014, 3:38pm Top

Only managed 52, but may have missed some. Trying again in 2015

Library Thing 75 Books 2014

Pratchett, Terry Truth
Pratchett, Terry Snuff
Robb, J. D., ed. Out of This World
Pratchett & Baxter The Long Earth
D’Lacey, Chris A Dark Inheritance
Powell, William Campbell Expiration Day
Pickett, Michelle Pods
Terrell, Heather Relic: The Books of Eva
Lloyd, Natalie A Snicker of Magic
Ross, James They Don’t Dance Much
Pratchett, Terry Raising Steam
Milford, Kate Greenglass House
Smith, Andrew Grasshopper Jungle
McCreight, Kimberly Reconstructing Amelia
Swerling, Beverly Bristol House
Clancy, Tom Command Authority
De La Motte, Anders Game
Morphew, Chris The Phoenix Files: Arrival
Rollins, James The Eye of God
Bross, Lanie Fates
Vaught, Susan Insanity
Datlow & Windling, Eds. Teeth: Vampire Tales
McGoran, John Drift
Ephron, Hallie Come and Find me
Brekke, Jorgen Where Monsters Dwell
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Running out of Time
Woods, Adrienne Firebolt
Merullo, Ronald Vatican Waltz
Richards, Justin Parliament of Blood
Pratchett & Baxter The Long war
Gaiman, Neil The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Shine, Joe I Become Shadow
Clements, Rory Martyr
Carlson, Amanda Full Blooded
Carlson, Amanda Blooded
Giltrow, Helen The Distance
Thompson, Kimberly More Than a Thank you Note
Carlson, Amanda Hot Blooded
Graham, Heather Phantom Evil
Stoker, Shannon The Registry
Wolf, Dick The Intercept
Koontz, Dean The Face
Fisher, Catherine Relic Master
Parker, Amy Christine Gated
Kraatz, Jeramey The Cloak Society
Kraatz, Jeramey The Cloak Society: Villains Rising
Wolf, Dick The Execution
Riordan, Rick House of Hades
Riordan, Rick The Blood of Olympus
Harkness, Deborah The Book of Life
Law, Ingrid Savvy
Stanley, Diane The Silver Bowl

151maggie1944
Dec 30, 2014, 7:27pm Top

That's a great list!

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