Ape's 2017 Challenge (2)
This is a continuation of the topic Ape's 2017 Challenge (1).
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Hello everyone and welcome to my thread! My name is Stephen and, well, I like to read. I suppose you already knew that. I used to complete the challenge fairly easily but over the past few years I've barely managed to finish 50 books. I'd aspire to do better, but I've embraced my subpar performance and set my reading goal for 50 books instead of 75. Hurray!
Currently Reading: Baneblade
Currently Playing (PS4): Horizon: Zero Dawn
Books read: 15
Pages read: 4,411
1. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
2. Rage Therapy by Daniel Kalla
3. The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard
4. The Firebug of Balrog County by David Oppegaard
5. Prophet of Bones by Ted Kosmatka
6. The Diagnosis by Alan Lightman
7. The Beggar's Opera by John Gay
8. The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier
9. Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell
10. Big Appetites by Christopher Boffoli
11. Spawn: Origins (Volume 1) by Todd McFarlane
12. Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop
13. Cannibalism by Bill Schutt
14. Baneblade by Guy Haley
15. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Video Games: 2
1. Watch Dogs 2
2. Lords of the Fallen
Last year, I spent most of the year reading Great Tales of Horror by H. P. Lovecraft. I normally only read 1 book at a time, and it was the first time I had an ongoing collection of short stories, and I really liked it! So I'm doing it again this year, except this time I'm reading Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales. I don't yet know how I'm going to post about them, most of the stories are under 5 pages and there is something like 200+ of them, so I might do a weekly roundup or something like that. Anyway, I'll be keeping track of my overall progress on this post!
Pages read: 111 out of 682
Stories read: a few out of a bazillion
Pages read by month (and page I ended on to make next month's calculation easier.)
January: 66 (Page: 67)
February: 35 (Page: 102)
March: 9 (Page: 111)
April: 26 (Pages: 137)
In case you missed it, this is a thing I'm doing now. Feel free to cringe. It's okay.
>2 Ape: I really need to read Lovecraft. I have played enough games set is his Mythos!
Happy New Thread, Stephen!
Oh, also, this summer, we'll be in Columbus for something like a week. I feel like this WILL BE the year we have a meet-up! YES! Yes? Yes. Let's do this!!
Happy new thread!
>7 scaifea: Ooh, count me in! Hope I am in town that week.
>9 scaifea: I'll be away the last weekend in June, but I'd be up for a meetup during the week.
Thank you and welcome Stasia, Jim, Megan, Amber, Misti, Micky, Kim, Paul, Melissa, Leah, and Jennifer!
Phew, that was a lot of people.
Stasia: Definitely! Some of his work can be a bit of a drag but I liked the vast majority of it! :)
Amber/Misti: Cool! Um, things should be okay on my end, provided I don't find a reason to flake out somehow. P
Leah: It's a little repetitive, and occasionally alarming.
10. Big Appetites by Chrisopher Boffoli
Nonfiction - Photography
Book of photography featuring small figurines posed with various foods, intended to show texture and occasionally make a clever statement.
11. Spawn: Origins Volume 1 by Todd McFarlane
Publication: Early 90's
Fiction: Comic Book
Collects the first 6 issues of the original Spawn series. Awesome! I'm not a huge fan of the superhero comic genre, but this is totally my style.
>18 Ape: That was my feeling a lot of the time with the Grimm collection I read. Interesting but totally messed up when not being a bit boring. ;)
Leah: Sounds like a perfect description of my challenge thread here on Librarything. :P
Thanks Kim! :) I added the book to my wishlist years ago when someone else on LT read it (Laura, I think?) and it took me this long to get around to it. Mostly I'm just using it to cheat because editing for Youtube is turning into a real time sink.
Lori: I'm just happy there is another Johannes Cabal fan other than myself. It's kind of an obscure series, but it's SO GOOD. :)
12. Surrounded by Sharks by Michael Northrop
Fiction - Young Adult
Boy gets sucked into the ocean by a riptide without anyone knowing and tries to survive floating on a water cooler bottle. Also, sharks.
Ha, well, I'm pretty sure I covered everything in the book. Maybe I could have added "fat British guy," but that wasn't really all that important to the story.
Books read: 5
Pages read: 1,208
(1,199 + 9 pages in Grimm's Fairy Tales)
Library checkout: 3
Hi Kim! Happy Sunday! You caught me being a stranger, haven't been around in a week. I'm almost done with a book though and its an ER book, so expect a full review soon. About Cannibalism. Yum.
Megan: It is! Most of the time. Have you read it, or are you just going by the pictures I posted? If not, look into it, it's pretty cool. :)
Bryony: The problem with voting is that my opinion becomes decreasingly less relevant as more people participate. This is unacceptable. :P
13. Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt
Nonfiction: Science/Natural History
Bill Schutt explores cannibalism and the many hypocrisies involved with it. It is an act that the human species deplores, and often denies, despite how prevalent and natural it is among many species on the planet. The book discusses when and why certain species are driven to cannibalism, and the evolutionary implications of an organism that kills its own.
The book goes over human cannibalism, covering things like ritual cannibalism among the Fore of New Guinea and the resulting instances of deadly Kuru epidemics, as well as covering things like Mad Cow Disease. (Something that resulted when cows were fed cow by-products in their diets)
It's certainly an interesting, if not slightly morbid, topic. It's a very scientific look at the phenomenon, the author is a Zoologist and look at it and doesn't delve into the topic from a political or ethical perspective, which I appreciate. Though it was a little weird when he described his experience eating a woman's placenta....
Anyway, the book is probably not for everyone, but I enjoyed it and would recommend both this and the other book I've read by the author: Dark Banquet. Which is a book about sanguivores, or animals that feed on blood. Looks like the author enjoys that kind of thing, huh? Let's hope he keeps writing about it!
I read this one just a few weeks ago. The author does a good job at keeping things scientific rather than morbid, and it was really interesting. I didn't think it was possible to find new info about the Donner Party, but it seems that he did.
But the placenta chapter- yuckyuckyuckyuck!
Yeah...no offense ladies, but you can keep your placentas to yourself, thank you very much.
Hello ape, I am parachuting in to say hello. Finally got started on this years thread and catching up with others. I also found a new series that might be right up your alley.
You were gone... then I was...someday we'll hang out together!! Happy Sunday!
Hi Xymon! I've been behind all year so I know how it feels. Which series is it?
Kim: Happy 2-days-later day!
In other news, I might not be READING books but I'm still buying them. I had to renew my driver's license today and rewarded myself with a trip to the dollar store, for $7 I bought the following hardcovers:
The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Ball
Fallen Land by Patrick Flanery
The Sadness of the Samurai by Victor del Arboi
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant/Katherine Applegate
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
The Misfortunates by Dimitri Verhulst
And since I'm only going to read 1 or 2 books this month (I'm 170 pages into a 400 pager with only 9 days left), let's enjoy pictures of these books instead of a nice hefty monthly summary. :)
Well look at you, making the best of the situation. Those are some cool covers. I've just received notice that I have to go get my license photo re-done, so maybe I'll follow your lead and buy myself a little something after.
Driving through Columbus while silently weeping that I can't pick you up and take you to DC
mstrust: Definitely! I always happen to come home with a bag full of books whenever I have to do something like that. :P
mahsdad: The "for some reason" is that LT touchstones are bad. I've complained about them many times. =/
Rachel: Ha! I'm sure Nora would have liked that. Unfortunately I couldn't have gone even if I wanted to, my mom is traveling this weekend and I'm watching her dogs, so I have a real legitimate excuse! :P
>51 Ape: I'm usually pretty careful about that. Doesn't help I typed it on my phone. It is a good series though. I have book three but have been too swamped with work to start it yet and book four is due out soon. And seven books for under ten bucks is a good deal, I wouldn't pass it up either, my downfall is the free book cart outside my library and when they do the clothing and book swap. This year I donated like four bags of books that we both knew we were never going to get to and I still came back with some.
You should at least WANT to come. It's me and Nora. What could go wrong? And it would have been a free trip.
Xymon: Oh no, not your fault, the Touchstone system does that all the time. Donate books? Never heard of such a thing. Their all mine, MINE I tell you!
Rachel: Right, of course I want to come. It's really too bad that I can't. Darn.
As for what can go wrong, I can think of a million things! Cow on the highway. Spontaneous lightning strikes. necrotizing fasciitis.
>55 Ape: Whats that? Oh you need a box with icyhot, Epsom salt, and pamphlets for AARP, reverse mortgages and life alert. I will provide. Well have a good birthday.
Hey, 30 is nothing. 27 was harder for me for some reason. I'm creeping up on 35 now and I don't mind. Much. Most of the time.
>55 Ape: No, in 365 days you will be celebrating your 2nd 29th birthday ;-)
>63 FAMeulstee: hey, that is cool! And this year I am celebrating my 2nd 21st. Meaning not that I am 22, but that I am going to be 42.
>68 Ireadthereforeiam: Where is the fainting couch, Stephen, it is needed over here!
There are so many ways to play with the numbers of your age ;-)
Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone!
And now for my spectacular monthly summary. That's sarcasm, it's dreadful.
Books read: 1
Pages read: 335
(309 + 26 pages in Grimm's Fairy Tales)
Library checkout: 0
Micky: I have not seen it, but the title sounds interesting! (There doesn't seem to be much info on Librarything's page for it.) Frog's should always wear pants to cover their tadpoles. Gross.
Jennifer: Definitely! :)
14. Baneblade by Guy Haley
Military Science Fiction
Action. Lots of action. LOOOOOOOOOTS of action. Very boring.
Micky: But I'm impatient!!
Paul: Thanks! (several days into the week.)
Hi Kim! So far reading is going at a much quicker pace, thankfully. :)
15. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Borrowed from sister
The planet is decimated by some mysterious ~thing~ that drives people insane/suicidal when they see it. The few survivors must shut themselves indoors, and wear blindfolds whenever they leave their homes. Very suspenseful psychological horror, but leaves you wanting more in the end.
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