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fuzzi's "Hop-Along With Me To Beyond 75 Books Read in 2018" Challenge Thread!

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Aug 3, 6:48pm Top

On to the next 75? Maybe...

Reminder: while I do review EVERY book I read, I don't "spoil", so read on without fear!

Here's the link to my ticker:

And my Reading Register 2018 is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/279507#

Edited: Aug 3, 6:58pm Top

#76 Knockout Game a Lie?: Awww, Hell No! by Colin Flaherty

Some of us prefer to "stay in our comfort zone", only read those books we're pretty sure we'll like. So I wasn't sure if I wanted to follow a friend's recommendation to read a book about a controversial topic, the "Knockout Game".

This book wasn't easy to read, not due to the writing style, but because the author did such a thorough job to prove the existence of what many "experts" insisted was a myth. Videos, testimonies, pages of footnotes are offered as conclusive evidence, and helped me see the truth behind the political pontificating.

It's not something I want to read again, but I'm glad I exited my comfort zone long enough to read it once.

Aug 3, 8:24pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 3, 9:14pm Top

>3 harrygbutler: thanks! I'm still trying to catch up on LT threads...

Aug 3, 11:41pm Top

Happy new thread fuzzi!

To be honest, I haven’t heard of the knockout game, and I can’t work out what it’s about (yours is the only posted review).

Aug 4, 5:59pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 4, 6:07pm Top

>6 drneutron: >5 humouress: thanks! I hope to add #77 by tomorrow.

Aug 4, 6:29pm Top

Happy new thread, fuzzi!

>2 fuzzi: I never heard of "Knockout Game", a short search reveals there is even a wiki-page about it. Think I would rather not have known...

Edited: Aug 4, 8:34pm Top

>8 FAMeulstee: wouldn't it be nice if crime didn't exist?


#77 Hosea (King James Bible)


#78 Joel (King James Bible)

These two books of the Bible are considered "minor prophets", not because they're not important, but because they are not long as other prophetic books like Isaiah (66 chapters).

Both Hosea and Joel were called by God to preach repentance, to remind the people of their sins and the need to turn back to their Creator.

Wonderful examples of God's patience are included.

Aug 5, 5:04pm Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 5, 9:24pm Top

>10 foggidawn: thanks! Still working on Robinson Crusoe for #79...

Aug 7, 6:59pm Top

Happy new thread and congrats for reading 75 and beyond. I had to check out the "knock out" game. I think I have heard about the results of some of these having life altering consequences for the recipients which make the news.

Aug 8, 6:15pm Top

>12 Familyhistorian: thank you.

It's a shame that people have been injured because someone was amusing themselves in an inappropriate way.

Here comes Robinson Crusoe...

Edited: Aug 8, 6:30pm Top

#79 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

This was a classic that I'd missed reading for over five decades but determined to attempt this year. It was an enjoyable read, believable, and kept my interest throughout the tale.

Aug 9, 9:56am Top

>14 fuzzi: Glad you liked it. I have my dad's copy and read it with pleasure multiple times when I was younger. It probably is time to revisit it again.

Aug 9, 1:19pm Top

>15 harrygbutler: thanks! Some of the classics I have been attempting to read are such a slog, so I was pleased that this one was not as tedious as some.

Aug 10, 2:19pm Top

>14 fuzzi: I have been looking for a copy of Robinson Crusoe for some time now. Haven't found a decent un-abridged one yet.

Edited: Aug 16, 6:09pm Top

#80 The Moor by Laurie R. King (fourth in the Russell/Holmes series)

I first read this mystery back about 2009, so I decided a reread and review was in order. I'm so glad I did.

The mystery itself is interesting, well-written, but what always impresses me with this particular series is the characters and how they relate to one another. The people are believable, the area/background is accurate, the period is well-researched. Definitely recommended, but be sure to read the books in order!

Edited: Aug 16, 6:09pm Top

#81 Sackett's Land by Louis L'Amour

The date is about 1600, and small landholder Barnabas Sackett dreams of going to the new world to seek his fortune. How he handles hostile natives, pirates, and the wilderness makes for an entertaining first book in the Sackett series.

Edited: Aug 18, 3:18pm Top

#82 Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White

An amusing tale of an orphaned heiress who tries to hide a settlement of tiny people from her heinous guardians' greedy grasps. As with previous works, the author uses dry humor throughout the story and obscure references to elicit a chuckle. Definately a read for a more subtle audience.

Aug 19, 12:09pm Top

#83 The Black Stallion and the Girl by Walter Farley

I changed my mind...

Sometimes when I've read a childhood favorite, it remains a favorite, but more often it loses something in revisiting. Frequently I regret rereading a story, once so beloved, but now become tarnished. I never considered The Black Stallion and the Girl as a favorite, so I approached my reread with less than high hopes for a change in feelings.

And yet, they were there.

With the addition of a new trainer to Hopeful Farm we are once again treated to not only schooling methods and daily care of thoroughbred horses, but also shown the racing world struggling with changes to its long held domination by men. The author explores the inroads women were making into the sport at the time this book was written, some fifty years ago, done with a fairly deft hand, much more realistic than agenda-driven. And through it all Walter Farley shines in his details of the jockey rooms, the paddocks, the announcer's booth, even the starting gates so central to it all.

While I would not place this with the best of the series, it's close. Don't judge this book by its cover, or title.

Aug 22, 6:45pm Top

#84 Back to God's Country by James Oliver Curwood

As a youth I read a book by James Oliver Curwood about a wolf-dog cross and loved it. As an adult I have not only rediscovered and delighted in the animal tales by this author, but have also enjoyed his other works, including this collection of short stories. It's a keeper.

In Back to God's Country we read about people and situations of one hundred years ago, in some of the most inhospitable regions and conditions imaginable. While many of the people are similar in nature (fur trappers, hunters, Mounties, etc.), the stories are individual tales of love, hate, desire, will, and despair. And they are all good reads, every one of the stories in this book is engaging, which is unusual in most short story collections I have read in the past.

If you've never read anything by this author before, I believe this book might be a good place to discover a writer who is underappreciated for his works. And I hope you enjoy his written words as much as I have.

Aug 22, 7:10pm Top

I've been struggling with keeping up a regular schedule of reading my Bible this year, so with the help of a new app on my phone, I've picked up the pace...hope it lasts!

#85 Kings I (King James Bible)

#86 Kings II (King James Bible)

These books tell the history of the kings of Israel and Judah, and don't pull their punches. While there are some good kings, there are some really nasty characters who leave the God of their fathers to worship idols, and engage in child sacrifice. Lots of life lessons can be found in these histories.

Edited: Aug 22, 9:52pm Top

#87 Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry

Bright colorful pictures are the highlight of this book, but the opposite concepts might be difficult for a young child to comprehend.

Aug 23, 8:26am Top

>23 fuzzi: I've used the Bible app and it's reading plans for quite some time. I'm not crazy about the plan I'm using this year. I wanted to read the Bible straight through which I had not done in some time so I chose the "canonical" plan. Unfortunately this one seems more uneven than chronological plans I've used in the past. Some days one reads far more than others. There are some days which are far shorter too. They didn't achieve the right balance somehow. I'm up-to-date on it though. I'm also using a Daily Devotional book this year which focuses on Psalms. I've read from New King James Version in the last few years, but I chose to read from New American Standard Bible (my all-time favorite) this year. I think I'll use the newer Tree of Life Version next year. I'll decide on the plan later. I'll just count the entire Bible and the entire devotional book at the end of the year. I think I'm going to opt for Bible studies instead of or in addition to a daily devotional next year.

Aug 23, 1:44pm Top

>25 thornton37814: I got an app from KingJamesBibleOnline.org, and requested to read my Bible through in 6 months since I'm so far behind this year...and I get about 7 chapters a day. So far I've been able to keep up.

Aug 23, 10:08pm Top

>26 fuzzi: That's good. I use YouVersion which offers multiple translations and reading plans. I think there are some 6 months ones on it, but I started at the beginning of the year.

Aug 23, 10:35pm Top

>22 fuzzi: That does sound appealing! I'll keep an eye out for it.

>21 fuzzi: I don't recall ever reading that one, but I expect I'll get to it eventually.

>23 fuzzi: I find it difficult to sustain a reading plan. I last was working through a 2-year schedule, but set it aside during a trip and haven't yet gone back. Maybe as the weather cools I'll manage it, as I should still have the tracking sheets. If I do, I'll probably resume at the beginning of whichever book I'm in, rather than restarting with Genesis, at least this time.

Edited: Aug 24, 5:44pm Top

One of my reading challenges in August was to read a book with "mountains" in the story. So, I decided to read the Sackett Series challenge September book a little early...

#88 To the Far Blue Mountains by Louis L'Amour

In this sequel to Sackett's Land we find our protagonist trying to escape his native England in order to return to the American wilderness that he loves. On the way he makes friends, defeats enemies, and has several adventures.

I liked this installment a little better than the first, but both are enjoyable and engaging reads.

Aug 27, 2:43pm Top

#89 I Chronicles (King James Bible)

I've often felt that 1st and 2nd Chronicles were companion books to 1st and 2nd Kings, but they really aren't. 1 Chronicles starts from the beginning with Adam, and lists the people and kings over the years, including most of their progeny. It does impart some familiar history that has already been recorded in 1st and 2nd Samuel and 1st and 2nd Kings, but in more of a technical nature. There is a lot of numbering of people in this book, and laying out who was going to fulfill what task in the temple, sort of a blueprint for service to God. 1 Chronicles doesn't read like personal history as much as the previous chapters of the Bible.

Edited: Aug 30, 8:21am Top

#90 Emily's Quest by LM Montgomery

A satisfying continuation of the Emily trilogy, focusing on her writing aspirations as an adult.

Aug 31, 2:58pm Top

#91 The Simplicity of Salvation by Peter S. Ruckman

A short sermon about how the Bible teaches the simplicity of coming to Christ/becoming born again, including examples of the convoluted thinking that keeps people from God. Good and short and to the point.

Aug 31, 8:24pm Top

#92 II Chronicles (King James Bible)

A continuation of the history of the Jewish people. The inability to stay on a moral path seems to be a universal trait, shown by their apostasy and revival cycles repeated throughout this book.

Sep 4, 8:33am Top

#93 Ezra (King James Bible)

This book tells the story of how Cyrus the king of Persia was moved to let the dispersed Jews return to their homeland and rebuild their temple. It's a sad but also joyful book of how the people return to rubble and begin cleaning up, crying tears of joy when the foundation of their new temple is completed.

Sep 4, 8:59am Top

You are making excellent progress on your Bible reading. My plan has me in Ezekiel at the moment. It seems I should be further along than that, but I suspect the plan will have me in Matthew by early October. I haven't really checked.

Sep 4, 2:50pm Top

>35 thornton37814: I'm really happy with the plan I signed up for a month ago. I'd read Genesis, Exodus, and Ruth earlier in the year, so I signed up for the 6 month program to see if it could push me a little faster, and it has. I do have to go back and read Deuteronomy, Numbers, Leviticus etc. but at least I'll probably get more read before the end of 2018.

Sep 6, 9:00pm Top

#94 Nehemiah (King James Bible)

This book continues the story of how the dispersed Jews had returned to their homeland and how, led by Nehemiah, rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. Despite the lies and deceit of certain people trying to stop the Jews from rebuilding, the wall and gates are completed, and the people start living according to their laws again...though with some difficulty as always. Human nature hasn't changed a bit.

Sep 6, 9:26pm Top

#95 Esther (King James Bible)

Esther is one of my favorite stories from the Bible. A young Jewish orphan is chosen by the king to be his new queen, but she does not reveal her heritage. When the king's counselor Haman decides to use his influence to have all of the Jews destroyed, Esther must weigh her own life against those of her people.

Edited: Sep 6, 9:46pm Top

#96 Bilbo's Last Song by JRR Tolkien, illustrations by Pauline Baynes

What a delightful read this was, though the best part was the illustrations by Pauline Baynes, the same artist whose sketches adorned the original Narnia books. I especially liked how she told the story of The Hobbit at the bottom of each page while still illustrating Bilbo's final poem above, in the main portion. Nice little book.

Sep 6, 9:59pm Top

#97 The Patchwork Cat by Nicola Bayley and William Mayne

When my children were small, my mother gave them this book as a gift. I recall we all loved reading it, but as often happens, it got lost somewhere, sometime over the years. So I was very pleased to get the opportunity to reread and re-love the story of Tabby and her patchwork quilt bed, and to enjoy the wonderful illustrations. A keeper.

Sep 6, 10:00pm Top

>40 fuzzi: I read that one in the past too!

Sep 6, 10:11pm Top

>41 thornton37814: reread it, it's wonderful.

Sep 6, 10:12pm Top

#98 Hot-air Henry by Mary Calhoun

Henry wants to ride in the hot-air balloon, but the mean man won't let him get close. So Henry tries to stowaway but winds up soloing in the balloon, higher and higher. Fun story, great illustrations, and a good companion to this author's other works.

Sep 7, 8:30pm Top

#99 The Black Stallion Legend by Walter Farley

Not worth the paper it's printed on, seriously. Go back and reread the first five or so entries in the series and be content.

Sep 12, 5:58pm Top

Hoping you stay safe in the upcoming storm!

Sep 12, 9:57pm Top

>45 harrygbutler: thank you. We've got the usual items needed to deal with power outages of a day or more, and just hope none of our trees come crashing down...

Edited: Sep 17, 8:48pm Top

#100 Locked Rooms by Laurie R King

I love this book, I've read it more than once, twice, maybe even more than thrice. The author does a fantastic job of not only giving us a twisty plot, but also developing the characters even more so, beyond the previous installments of the series. I don't think there is anything I can fault in this one.

Sep 12, 10:08pm Top

>47 fuzzi: Congratulations on reaching 100 books!

Sep 13, 9:16am Top

100! Woo-hoo! Stay safe there in the Carolinas.

Sep 13, 12:22pm Top

>48 harrygbutler: thank you! I think I'm ahead of schedule this year.

>49 CassieBash: appreciate it.

I think we're about as prepared as possible for Hurricane Florence. If you don't see me here for a few days, don't worry, we're expecting power outages that could last several days.

My dh's employer decided that he was essential medical personnel, and so he's at work, for a couple days. I am not amused.

We've had some wind here, on and off all morning, but the first outer rain bands just hit. As soon as there's a break in the rain, I'm going outside to take down the bird feeders. The birds have been very active this morning, "stocking up".

Laundry is done, dishes washed, bags of ice into chests, aquariums have had a last water change. Once the power goes off the perishables that I'll want to use in the next 24-36 hours will be moved into the coolers and a big piece of duct tape will be placed across the refrigerator door handle as a reminder to NOT open the doors!

Oh, and I brewed enough coffee for the next two days, and have stored it in a vacuum bottle to keep it somewhat warm...I like my coffee!

And I have a Sharon Kay Penman ready: Time and Chance. It's about 500 pages long, should help keep me occupied!

Sep 13, 12:28pm Top

>50 fuzzi: Sounds like you've made good preparations -- hope you weather the storm as comfortably as possible!

Edited: Sep 13, 1:06pm Top

>50 fuzzi: Sorry to hear that your husband has to work despite the impending storms.

Our refrigerator is a fairly recent one, so it doesn't really keep anything once the power goes out. On the other hand, our freezer is quite old, and not "frost-free," so it is usually good for holding food at least a couple days during a power outage.

Excellent planning for the coffee. The last time we had an extended outage, I was pleased to discover the next morning that I had forgotten all about making coffee and filling my Stanley bottle right before the storms. Piping hot was awfully welcome in the a.m.

Sep 13, 4:47pm Top

>50 fuzzi: You sound prepared; I echo foggidawn's sentiments in >51 foggidawn:. Stay safe and you and your family (including your furry, feathered, and finned family members) are in my prayers.

Sep 13, 4:49pm Top

>53 CassieBash: thank you. Still have power, but I'm expecting to lose it soon.

Sep 17, 8:48pm Top

#101 Job

This is supposedly the oldest book in the Bible, taking place before Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. Job is a righteous man, but finds himself stricken by tragedy and illness. Three friends come to comfort him but wind up saying Job's troubles must be due to something he's done, that he's being punished by God. Sound familiar?

God finally shows up and we learn a bit about His mercy and our own self-righteousness. Not boring, a solid read with plenty of lessons for us to learn.

Sep 18, 5:38pm Top

>55 fuzzi: You and yours weathered the storm well, then?

Sep 18, 8:20pm Top

Yes, thank you. The hurricane made landfall about 120 miles south of us. Most damage appears to be lots of branches and leaves all over the yard, though we also lost two small trees about 3" in diameter, height about 15'.

Today was the first day that we had more sun than rain.

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