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Frank_the_ThinkTank's 50 Books or 15,000 Pages in 2018

50 Book Challenge

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1Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Oct 6, 1:12pm Top

I realize that I'm a wee bit early in setting this up, but I'm bubbling over with excitement and anticipation!!! I've never even come close to reading 50 books in one calendar year, but now is the time to pop that tradition into motion. Rather than selecting a more easily attainable book goal, I've decided to approach this challenge with GUSTO and set the bar high for myself. Since I read books of all lengths, my challenge is 50 books OR a total of 15,000 pages read in 2018. At present, the book list is being compiled and the candidates are being corralled in preparation. I'm eager to get started and I want to take this opportunity to wish all my fellow challengers the best of luck and an enjoyable trip. HAPPY HUNTING!!! 📚🎯




1. "No One Here Gets Out Alive" (Jim Morrison's biography) by Jerry Hopkins & Danny Sugerman; ©1980. (382 pages).
2. "Jailbird" by Kurt Vonnegut; ©1979 (283 pages)
3. "The Philosopher's Diet" by Richard Watson; ©1998 (109 pages)
4. "The Torrents of Spring" by Ernest Hemingway; ©1926 (90 pages)
5. "The Assignation" Stories by Joyce Carol Oates; ©1988 (192 pages)
6. "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller;
©1934 (318 pages)
7. "The Girl In The Spider's Web: Continuing The Millenium Series" by David Lagercrantz;
©2015 (475 pages)
8. "Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection" by Dr. John E. Sarno; (audiobook)
9. "The Black Dahlia" by James Ellroy;
©1987 (337 pages)
10. "Coke Machine Glow" by Gordon Downie;
©2001 (94 pages)
11. "The Dead School" by Patrick McCabe;
©1995 (346 pages)
12. "Ernest Hemingway On Writing" Edited by Larry Phillips. ©1984 (140 pages)
13. "Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; ©1902 (184 pages)
14. "Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear" by
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; ©1914 (185 pages)
15. "The Innovation Paradox: The Success Of Failure, The Failure Of Success" by Richard Farson and Ralph Keyes; ©2002 (135 pages)
16. "Men Without Women" by Ernest Hemingway; ©1927 (audiobook)
17. "How to Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa" by Scott Oliver; ©2005
(200 pages)
18. "The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger" by Stephen King; ©1982 (315 pages). A very worthwhile re-read.
19. "The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three" by Stephen King; ©2003 (464 pages)
20. "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan (audiobook) WOW
21. "Living With A Seal: Training 31 Days With The Toughest Man On The Planet" (Audiobook; narrated by the author, Jesse Itzler)
22. "The Wicked Wit Of Winston Churchill" compiled by Dominique Enright; ©2001 (160 pages)
23. "Relentless: From Good To Great To Unstoppable" by Tim S. Grover ©2014 (audiobook, narrated by Sean Pratt)
24. "Bait: Off-Color Stories For You To Color" by Chuck Palahniuk; ©2016 (146 pages)
25. "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story" by Arnold Schwarzenegger; ©2013 (audiobook)
26. "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller (Audiobook) ©2013
27. "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo; ©1969 (446 pages)
28. "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin; ©2015 (Audiobook)
29. "Creating Affluence: The A-Z Steps to a Richer Life" by Deepak Chopra; ©1998 (Audiobook)
30. "Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus" by Jesse Itzler; ©2018 (Audiobook)
31. "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir" by Haruki Murakami; ©2009 (Audiobook)
32. "The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman" by Takuan Soho; ©2012 (Audiobook)
33. "Homeland: The Dark Elf Trilogy, Part 1 (The Legend of Drizzt)" by R.A. Salvatore; ©2005 (Audiobook) ***book published ©1990***
34. "The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel" by Matthew Quick; ©2012 (Audiobook)
35. "The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower Book III" by Stephen King; ©1992 (422 pages)
36. "Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself" by Rich Roll; ©2012 (Audiobook)
37. "The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google" by Scott Galloway; ©2017 (Audiobook)
38. "Jungle Tales of Tarzan :Tarzan 6" by Edgar Rice Burroughs; ©1963 (191 pages)
39. "White Fang" by Jack London; ©1906 (Audiobook)
40. "Doc Holliday: The Gunfighter Chronicles" by Matt Braun; ©2011 (Audiobook)
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2Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 7:31am Top

This message has been deleted by its author.

3rocketjk
Dec 9, 2017, 9:53pm Top

Good luck, and happy reading in 2018.

4Frank_the_ThinkTank
Dec 15, 2017, 3:49pm Top

Thank you, Sir! Same to you 📚😃

5Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jan 6, 9:59pm Top

1. "No One Here Gets Out Alive" (Jim Morrison's biography) by Jerry Hopkins & Danny Sugerman; ©1980. (382 pages).

6Madcow299
Jan 6, 10:46pm Top

Good Luck!

7Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jan 10, 10:14pm Top

2. "Jailbird" by Kurt Vonnegut; ©1979 (283 pages)

8Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jan 13, 1:34pm Top

Thanks, MadCow! Good luck with your 3-peat!!!🥇🥇🥇

9frahealee
Jan 13, 4:59pm Top

Funny thing, that. Read through your thread and thought the very same thing! Similarities across the board. In your honour, next month I shall liberate my copy of The American Night by Jim Morrison, since you started the year off with a JM biography. Glad to see spontaneity fill in the cracks between the dry reading spells. Quixote left me parched. Although, Jim does describe some drug-induced time spent in the desert ... a different kind of madness!

10Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jan 13, 10:13pm Top

I now regret selling my copy of "The American Night" at a garage sale on the West Side of Buffalo before moving to Costa Rica back in late 2010... At least I think that was the book's fate. Perhaps it's in a special box in storage somewhere Stateside... I'll have to check if I ever go back. I've got Quixote on my bookshelf as well- it'll probably wait until next year, but Vamos A Ver ;-) Thanks for dropping by-

11Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jan 13, 10:14pm Top

3. "The Philosopher's Diet" by Richard Watson; ©1998 (109 pages)

12wilsonknut
Jan 15, 5:48pm Top

Good luck and happy reading!

13Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jan 17, 8:57am Top

Thanks- you, too! 📚😃

14Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jan 22, 11:55pm Top

4. "The Torrents of Spring" by Ernest Hemingway; ©1926 (90 pages)

15PaperbackPirate
Jan 23, 9:32am Top

Looks like you're off to a good start!

16frahealee
Edited: Jan 24, 1:18pm Top

>14 Frank_the_ThinkTank: That one's on my list too, after To Have and Have Not. =D My favourite so far is Fifty Grand. What a riveting story.

17Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jan 28, 5:30pm Top

5. "The Assignation" Stories by Joyce Carol Oates; ©1988 (192 pages)

18utbw42
Feb 1, 2:01pm Top

Good luck to you, also, this year! Looks like you're well on your way...

19Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Feb 19, 5:56pm Top

6. "Tropic of Cancer" by Henry Miller;
©1934 (318 pages)

20Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Feb 26, 10:40am Top

7. "The Girl In The Spider's Web: Continuing The Millenium Series" by David Lagercrantz;
©2015 (475 pages)

21Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Feb 28, 4:11pm Top

8. "Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection" by Dr. John E. Sarno; (audiobook)

22Frank_the_ThinkTank
Mar 16, 3:44pm Top

9. "The Black Dahlia" by James Ellroy;
©1987 (337 pages)

23frahealee
Mar 17, 10:47am Top

>22 Frank_the_ThinkTank: That might have to go on my list. Worth the effort? Were you spurred on by the recent news headlines, or because you'd seen the film? Or just a random choice? Curious only, not prying. Apologies if I cross any line.

24Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Apr 6, 12:10pm Top

Worth the effort 👍👍 I didn't see any headlines nor have I seen the film. This book just kinda jumped out at me randomly while scanning my bookshelves. I had several other books slated to be read, but "The Black Dahlia" leapt into the rotation and I enjoyed the ride.

25frahealee
Edited: Apr 6, 11:00pm Top

>24 Frank_the_ThinkTank: There was a woman in the news who is said to have solved the crime after years of research, and maybe even wrote a book about it. She irrefutably knows who did it, can prove scads of precise detail, etc. I saw the trailer, and some unsolved crimes blurb on YouTube but nothing more. Not sure if it's a spoiler involved, but the police investigated this suspect, just couldn't prove guilt at the time. So sad, but gruesome too. Startling stem to stern! I may have to get my hands on both books. True crime is a new genre for me.

I try to avoid Scarlet Johansson at all costs, but might have to make an exception if I like the book ... overkill, you know? (pun intended) She saturates everything and it's distracting. The gal who plays Elizabeth Short in the movie is from Toronto, which is why the movie hit my radar in the first place.

Thanks for your response!

26Frank_the_ThinkTank
Apr 11, 12:55am Top

10. "Coke Machine Glow" by Gordon Downie;
©2001 (94 pages)

27Frank_the_ThinkTank
Apr 26, 12:57am Top

11. "The Dead School" by Patrick McCabe;
©1995 (346 pages)

28Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: May 8, 9:06pm Top

12. "Ernest Hemingway On Writing" Edited by Larry Phillips; ©1984 (140 pages)

29Frank_the_ThinkTank
May 8, 9:07pm Top

13. "Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; ©1902 (184 pages)

30Frank_the_ThinkTank
May 11, 8:29pm Top

14. "Sherlock Holmes: The Valley of Fear" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; ©1914 (185 pages)

31Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: May 12, 5:41pm Top

15. "The Innovation Paradox: The Success Of Failure, The Failure Of Success" by Richard Farson and Ralph Keyes; ©2002 (135 pages)

32Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jul 7, 8:53am Top

16. "Men Without Women" by Ernest Hemingway; ©1927 (audiobook, narrated by Stacy Keach)

33Sonamnamdev
May 29, 5:46am Top

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34Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: May 29, 7:16pm Top

17. "How to Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa" by Scott Oliver; ©2005
(200 pages)

35Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jun 5, 1:08pm Top

18. "The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger" by Stephen King; ©1982 (315 pages). A very worthwhile re-read.

36Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jun 25, 7:26pm Top

19. "The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three" by Stephen King; ©2003 (464 pages)

37PaperbackPirate
Jun 26, 1:25pm Top

Are you on Litsy? I'm just curious because I'm doing a Dark Tower Chapter-a-Week buddy read there and you're basically in line with the group. This is my first time reading it.

38Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jun 28, 8:35pm Top

20. "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan (audiobook) WOW

39Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jun 28, 8:37pm Top

PaperbackPirate - I've never heard of that. Sounds cool! I'll look into it. I'm loving this series! Thanks for the note.

40Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jul 12, 7:11pm Top

21. "Living With A Seal: Training 31 Days With The Toughest Man On The Planet" ©2016 (Audiobook; narrated by the author, Jesse Itzler)

41Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jul 12, 7:46am Top

22. "The Wicked Wit Of Winston Churchill" compiled by Dominique Enright; ©2001 (160 pages)

42Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Jul 12, 7:12pm Top

23. "Relentless: From Good To Great To Unstoppable" by Tim S. Grover ©2014 (audiobook, narrated by Sean Pratt)

43Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jul 18, 12:28am Top

24. "Bait: Off-Color Stories For You To Color" by Chuck Palahniuk; ©2016 (146 pages)

44Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jul 18, 5:34pm Top

25. "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story" by Arnold Schwarzenegger; ©2013 (audiobook)

45Frank_the_ThinkTank
Jul 28, 1:02pm Top

26. "The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller (Audiobook) ©2013

46Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Aug 5, 11:22pm Top

27. "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo; ©1969 (446 pages)

47Frank_the_ThinkTank
Aug 6, 4:20pm Top

28. "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin; ©2015 (Audiobook)

48Frank_the_ThinkTank
Aug 8, 1:38pm Top

29. "Creating Affluence: The A-Z Steps to a Richer Life" by Deepak Chopra; ©1998 (Audiobook)

49Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Sep 26, 12:21pm Top

30. "Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus" by Jesse Itzler; ©2018 (Audiobook)

50Frank_the_ThinkTank
Aug 26, 12:59pm Top

31. "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir" by Haruki Murakami; ©2009 (Audiobook)

51frahealee
Edited: Aug 29, 7:34pm Top

Enjoying the variety of your entries for this year. Makes me want to delve into more non-fiction, which is a perpetual shortcoming when sifting out old habits. Although I aimed for 10 this year, I have only 3 on my Chapters/Indigo wish list. Do you prefer autobiographies to biographies? Merely curious, which might contain more truth ; )

52Frank_the_ThinkTank
Aug 29, 5:59pm Top

32. "The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman" by Takuan Soho; ©2012 (Audiobook)

53Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Aug 30, 1:50pm Top

33. "Homeland: The Dark Elf Trilogy, Part 1 (The Legend of Drizzt)" by R.A. Salvatore; ©2005 (Audiobook) ***book published ©1990***

54Frank_the_ThinkTank
Sep 12, 1:12am Top

34. "The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel" by Matthew Quick; ©2012 (Audiobook)

55Frank_the_ThinkTank
Sep 12, 1:17am Top

35. "The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower Book III" by Stephen King; ©1992 (422 pages)

56PaperbackPirate
Sep 12, 10:21am Top

I fell behind on The Dark Tower read along. I'm going to try to read The Waste Lands in October.

57Frank_the_ThinkTank
Sep 18, 3:53pm Top

36. "Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself" by Rich Roll; ©2012 (Audiobook)

58Frank_the_ThinkTank
Sep 26, 11:10am Top

37. "The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google" by Scott Galloway; ©2017 (Audiobook)

59Frank_the_ThinkTank
Sep 26, 12:14pm Top

38. "Jungle Tales of Tarzan :Tarzan 6" by Edgar Rice Burroughs; ©1963 (191 pages)

60Frank_the_ThinkTank
Oct 5, 2:09pm Top

39. "White Fang" by Jack London; ©1906 (Audiobook)

61Frank_the_ThinkTank
Edited: Oct 5, 2:18pm Top

@PaperbackPirate- I may have finished before or after the Litsy group, I have no clue. I realize that I'm a lone wolf 🐺 Great series though, and I'll be tackling book 4 sometime soon 😎🤙

62frahealee
Oct 6, 5:11am Top

>60 Frank_the_ThinkTank: Kobo/ebook offered White Fang for free so it's on my TBR list now. I have not read London before, but his other book is on the 1001 books to read before you die list, so he must capture his environment well. Might also dust off Never Cry Wolf, since it's been a decade or two.

63Frank_the_ThinkTank
Oct 6, 1:10pm Top

40. "Doc Holliday: The Gunfighter Chronicles" by Matt Braun; ©2011 (Audiobook)

64Frank_the_ThinkTank
Oct 6, 1:23pm Top

frahealee - I am a staunch believer in having a "balanced diet" when it comes to reading. It suits me. I haven't noticed a significant difference between biography and autobiography, at least not as of yet. I do thoroughly enjoy non-fiction of all flavors now, that's a fact :-) ... White Fang was a brilliant read many years ago when I first read it on an Amtrak train rumbling through the Norteast, and the Audiobook did not disappoint. My version was read by John Lee and he was perfect for the part 👍🏽👍🏽

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