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SnowcatCradle: Here we go again...again!

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1SnowcatCradle
Edited: Yesterday, 10:55pm Top

Well, as the subject of the thread states, here I go again, again! This is my fourth year attempting the 75 book challenge and so far I have only succeeded once. However, I've found out along the way that the number of books I actually finish doesn't really matter to me. What I really love about this group is that it provides me with my own cheering section! And book recommendations....many book recommendations.

I would like to make a list of books to read this year and I will probably edit this thread accordingly, but this will do for now!

Happy New Year everyone and good luck!

The Ever Updated To-Read List:

1) Howard's End by E. M. Forster
2) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
3) So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
4) The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
5) The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
6) Alive, Alive Oh! by Diana Athill

Currently Reading:

Sharpe's Company by Bernard Cornwell

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

The Tally So Far!

January:
1. Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
2. Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell
3. Sharpe's Fortress by Bernard Cornwell
4. Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick
5. Autobiography of Red by Ann Carson
6. Sharpe's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell
7. Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell
8. Sharpe's Gold by Bernard Cornwell
9. Alive, Alive Oh! by Diana Athill
10. Rome, Inc. by Stanley Bing
11. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
12. How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson
13. Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell

February:
14. Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell
15. The Girl Who Married a Lion by Alexander McCall Smith
16. Sharpe's Escape by Bernard Cornwell
17. The Mortifications by Derek Palacio
18. Sharpe's Fury by Bernard Cornwell

March:
19. Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris
20. Human Acts by Han Kang
21. Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa
22. When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris
23. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaSalle
24. 1776 by David McCullough
25. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
26. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
27. Sharpe's Battle by Bernard Cornwell
28. The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arundpragasm
29. First Family by Joseph Ellis
30. A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver
31. The Magician King by Lev Grossman

2FAMeulstee
Jan 1, 2:52pm Top

Happy reading in 2017, Kaitlyn!

3charl08
Jan 1, 3:33pm Top

Happy reading! Loved Sharpe in his Sean Bean incarnation...

4SnowcatCradle
Jan 1, 5:28pm Top

>2 FAMeulstee: Thanks!

>3 charl08: I actually found out about this series from my boss, who mentioned the movies (mini-series?) to me at work because she knows I'm obsessed with these sorts of things. I'm excited to watch them! Right now I have the Sharpe's Eagle dvd out from the library.

5thornton37814
Jan 1, 6:30pm Top

Checking in to see what you are reading.

6PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 6:52pm Top



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7SnowcatCradle
Jan 1, 7:14pm Top

1) Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell

The first (chronologically) in this historical fiction series. Like many book series I actually already read the first book published in the series which takes place many years later. Still loved this read though! I am beginning to sense that this series may develop into a Horatio Hornblower level obsession...

With that in mind... I would like to apologize to all of the other books that thought they would be finished this year. Sorry!

8drneutron
Jan 1, 9:37pm Top

Welcome back! Glad your first was a good one.

9scaifea
Jan 1, 9:52pm Top

I've really liked all of the Cornwell that I've read, but I've never tried his Sharpe series. Someday, maybe.
And oooh, Madame Bovary - one of my favorites from my university days - I hope you love it when you get to it!

10SnowcatCradle
Jan 2, 11:25am Top

>9 scaifea: I've heard amazing things about Madame Bovary! I recently saw a friend who is OBSESSED and has read it several times. He gave me the impression that my life is incomplete because I haven't read it yet. He was so emphatic that he got me "the best translation" he could find for Christmas. He can read in French, but I've got to settle!

You should definitely give the Sharpe series a shot, so far I've found them very enjoyable!

11SnowcatCradle
Jan 7, 3:24pm Top

2) Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell

My most recent foray into the Richard Sharpe series. I am still enjoying them immensely and expect to continue reading them at a rapid rate for the rest of the month!

12SnowcatCradle
Jan 10, 8:05pm Top

3) Sharpe's Fortress by Bernard Cornwell

My next conquest in the long list of Sharpe books that I still need to read!

13SnowcatCradle
Jan 11, 7:18pm Top

4. Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick

Just another Rev War history book, no big deal. I listened to this one in the car! Which was fantastic until I realized it was 13 1/2 hours long and I drive that much...

A fantastic book that I would certainly recommend! An interesting take on Washington that I enjoyed when juxtaposed with Joseph Ellis's His Excellency. Also the first biography of any kind that I've read about Benedict Arnold, definitely something for anyone with a Rev War interest to check out!

14SnowcatCradle
Jan 11, 10:34pm Top

5. Autobiography of Red by Ann Carson

I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this in all my life. This story is beautiful and tragic and carries all of the lovely elements of magical realism that so often bring joy to my every day. The parallels drawn to Greek myth certainly don't hurt! If you aren't intimidated by a novel in verse, please give this a read!

15Fourpawz2
Jan 13, 7:24pm Top

I am a huge fan of the Sharpe books and Bernard Cornwell in general. That man writes the best battle scenes ever.

16SnowcatCradle
Jan 13, 8:30pm Top

>15 Fourpawz2: I just read his take on Trafalgar! Fantastic! The battle scenes are really what make these books such page turners!

17SnowcatCradle
Jan 13, 8:37pm Top

6. Sharpe's Trafalgar by Bernard Cornwell

I really should have titled this thread "Kaitlyn Reads Bernard Cornwell All Year"... Another great addition to the Richard Sharpe series!

18SnowcatCradle
Edited: Jan 17, 8:35am Top

7. Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell

Unless one of these stands out as exceptionally wonderful or unpredictably terrible I am going to keep comments to a minimum... It seems obvious that I enjoy them!

I also added many books to my "To Read" List... none of which I am currently reading... classic...

19SnowcatCradle
Jan 20, 5:27pm Top

8. Sharpe's Gold by Bernard Cornwell

I swear... I only read this because the library pulled it out of storage for me and it had to go back today...

20SnowcatCradle
Jan 22, 7:43pm Top

9. Alive, Alive Oh! by Diana Athill

Saw this on a NPR list of great books and thought I should check it out. Very much worth it. There are certainly some gems here!

21SnowcatCradle
Jan 23, 9:20pm Top

10. Rome, Inc. by Stanley Bing

A fantastic brief history of the Roman Empire through the lens of a multi-national corporation. Funny and relevant, I loved this one!

11. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

Also fantastically relevant! This will certainly lead to some more Vonnegut later this year!

22SnowcatCradle
Edited: Jan 29, 4:04pm Top

12. How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson

Very funny and yet also full of very interesting info! I loved it.

23FAMeulstee
Jan 27, 8:40am Top

>21 SnowcatCradle: I am curious about A man without a country, Kaitlyn, I hope to get it from the library next week.

24SnowcatCradle
Jan 27, 10:25pm Top

>23 FAMeulstee: It is a marvelous read, particularly if you have read other works by Vonnegut and enjoyed them. It is really more of a collection of essays rather than anything else. And he tackles contemporary (as of 2003, I believe) issues with his typical Vonnegut flair. I loved it, but I seldom dislike anything he writes.

25SnowcatCradle
Jan 29, 4:05pm Top

13. Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell

Another one bites the dust!

26SnowcatCradle
Feb 9, 1:07pm Top

I've been super busy this past week or so, but I have managed some light reading throughout. So far this month:

14. Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell
15. The Girl Who Married a Lion by Alexander McCall Smith
16. Sharpe's Escape by Bernard Cornwell

As you can see, the Sharpe series is still dominating my reading, but I am putting some honest effort into trying to read other things as well!!!

27FAMeulstee
Feb 12, 8:51am Top

>25 SnowcatCradle: I just finished A man without a country, Kaitlyn, and liked it very much. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

28SnowcatCradle
Edited: Feb 19, 9:31pm Top

>27 FAMeulstee: I'm glad to hear you liked it! I found it just as enjoyable as most Vonnegut and twice as timely!

29SnowcatCradle
Feb 19, 9:32pm Top

17. The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

Just finished this one that I got from Early Reviewers. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even though it took me quite a while to really get into it.

If you enjoy elements of magical realism and immigrant narratives this might interest you. Just don't read this book if you are easily depressed!!

30SnowcatCradle
Mar 5, 10:04am Top

18. Sharpe's Fury by Bernard Cornwell

19. Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris

20. Human Acts by Han Kang

All great! Two are part of the series that I've bee reading and one was an Early Reviewer book. You can find my review for that one on its page. All I can say here is that it was amazing and it broke me. Highly recommend.

31SnowcatCradle
Mar 6, 8:35am Top

21. Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa

Amazing read! Beautifully simple and definitely disturbing in the best of ways. I would highly recommend this one!!!

32SnowcatCradle
Mar 6, 9:45pm Top

22. When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris

The latest installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr series... which means that I will probably have to wait a year (if not more) before the next one comes out. This whole unfinished series ting is always such a bummer!

33SnowcatCradle
Mar 7, 1:04pm Top

23. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaSalle

34SnowcatCradle
Mar 9, 7:40pm Top

24. 1776 by David McCullough

25. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Two very different reads here. I will be honest, I expected to like 1776 more than I did. I just think that I've been reading a lot of Revolutionary War histories lately and this one is so often recommended, maybe I was just expecting more than I should have.

A Princess of Mars was just as lovely as I was anticipating. Very similar to his other stuff, with all of its not-so-subtle racist undertones, but as long as you go into it knowing what to expect it is still quite a good read.

35SnowcatCradle
Mar 13, 10:38am Top

26. The Magicians b Lev Grossman

Fantastic fun. And gritty. An terrifying. And angsty. And fun.

36SnowcatCradle
Mar 17, 8:21am Top

27. Sharpe's Battle by Bernard Cornwell

The latest in the series!

28. The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arundpragasm

This book broke me. It is beautiful and devastatingly tragic. Hard to believe that this is a first novel. Definitely a must read and, at under 200 pages, a short one.

37PaulCranswick
Mar 17, 8:30am Top

Some really varied reading around the adventures of Sharpe, Kaitlyn.

Have a great weekend.

38SnowcatCradle
Mar 20, 8:42pm Top

>37 PaulCranswick: Thanks!! I am trying for some variation at least!

39SnowcatCradle
Edited: Mar 21, 2:57pm Top

29. First Family by Joseph Ellis

My history audio book of the month and another President's biography after my rather frightening obsession with George Washington. This book is wonderfully researched and written, the heavy emphasis on their correspondence lends itself to an emotional rollercoaster. A great combination of political history and beautiful love story. If you are even a little interested in this time period you should give it a try. If you usually read romance novels, it won't disappoint in that department either.

30. A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

This is a re-read of one of my favorite collections of Oliver's poetry. It was too sunny and warm NOT to read it.

40SnowcatCradle
Yesterday, 10:57pm Top

31. The Magician King by Lev Grossman

The second in Grossman's fantasy trilogy. I enjoyed it, though not nearly as much as the first book. Though it certainly feels a bit rushed, it hasn't put me off. I just got the final book in the trilogy, The Magician's Land, and I am looking forward to starting it in the next couple of days.

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