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Ape's 2019 Challenge

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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Edited: Oct 17, 8:36pm Top

Hello everyone and welcome to my thread! My name is Stephen and I don't read nearly as much as I used to. Welcome to my thread, which I will completely neglect for weeks at a time. You should totally add a star and follow, because the lack of activity here means it will take no time at all to keep up with me. I'm very considerate that way.

Currently reading:

Books read: 14
Pages read: 5,858

Well, not a good start...

1. The Unending by A. D. Sands
2. The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell

3. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

4. City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcón
5. How the World Was by Emmanuel Guibert

Didn't read a single book...


6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
7. Day One by Nate Kenyon

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
14. Horns by Joe Hill

Edited: Sep 7, 9:13am Top

3 years ago, 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: 480 out of 682
Stories read: a few out of a bazillion

*I've been reading this thing for 2 years now. Let's not talk about it.

Edited: Oct 2, 6:52pm Top

My increasingly dismal year-by year stats. This is just getting depressing.

Books read:
2009: 81
2010: 87
2011: 81
2012: 75
2013: 53
2014: 54
2015: 54
2016: 57
2017: 27
2018: 13

Pages read:
2009: 24,492
2010: 25,958
2011: 19,935
2012: 19,168
2013: 17,643
2014: 16,073
2015: 16,217
2016: 19,236
2017: 7,834
2018: 3,713

Average book size:
2009: 302 pages
2010: 298 pages
2011: 246 pages
2012: 255 pages
2013: 333 pages
2014: 297 pages
2015: 300 pages
2016: 337 pages
2017: 290 pages
2018: 285 pages

Average pages read per day:
2009: 67 pages
2010: 71 pages
2011: 54 pages
2012: 52 pages
2013: 48 pages
2014: 44 pages
2015: 44 pages
2016: 53 pages
2017: 21 pages
2018: 10 pages

Jan 1, 5:39pm Top

I plan to keep up. LOL. And Grimm sounds like a doable project!

Jan 1, 6:13pm Top

Happy New Year to you!!!!

I like your 2019 goal of reading the Grimm's fairy tales. I'll be sure to visit here to see which ones you are reading.

Jan 1, 6:15pm Top

Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Stephen, this year.

Jan 1, 7:30pm Top


Jan 1, 7:54pm Top

Hiyah, Stephen! Welcome back!

Jan 1, 9:17pm Top

Hi Stephen, Happy New Year! I love Grimm's so hoping you will at least mention if you like or dislike the tales as you read them.

Jan 1, 9:29pm Top

Happy New Year and happy new thread! Hey, maybe this will be the year for Grimm's!

Jan 2, 5:15am Top

Happy New Year Stephen! And happy new thread!

Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.

Jan 2, 7:57am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Stephen, I have pulled my Grimm from the shelf.

Don't worry about the reading statistics, I had my worst year in 2013 with exact the same number of books.

Jan 2, 10:24am Top

Happy New Year, Stephen! We all go through reading slumps, sometimes for years at a time. No feeling bad allowed!

Jan 2, 1:32pm Top

I'm here to keep up with your shenanigans, reading and otherwise.

Jan 3, 12:35pm Top

Welcome Kim, Linda, Paul, Leah, Jim, Lori, Foggi, Nina, Anita, Nora, and Micky!!!

Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement. Hopefully I'll get a lot more reading done this year. Just ignore the fact that I haven't read a page yet. :P

Jan 3, 3:25pm Top

>15 Ape: It's only January 3, that's not out of the realm of normal. :)

Jan 4, 1:01am Top

I feel like this is a conversation that's been had in your threads before but, have you tried audiobooks? I honestly haven't read a physical book in.... more than a little while (other than comics) but I clocked in 1.5 hrs short of 57 books last year. They aren't to everyone's taste but they are a godsend to me.

Jan 4, 1:19am Top

Just dropped in to drop a star and say hello Stephen :)

Jan 5, 3:44pm Top

Hi, Stephen! Happy New Year, and see you later!

Karen O.

Jan 6, 8:33am Top

Micky: How about now that it's January 6th?? Maybe I'll start a book today... >_>

Leah: I haven't. For me it's just lack of time, if I had time to listen to an audiobook then I'd just as well read during that time. I probably SHOULD try it sometime though.

Adrienne: Hello! :)

Hi Karen! Happy new year to you too!

Jan 6, 8:41pm Top

>20 Ape: Fair point. I listen while doing other things but that mostly means driving. Or in bed. I have almost never just sat down and listened.

Jan 7, 3:28pm Top

Hmmmm...isn't that like drinking and driving? What if there is an unexpected plot twist!?

Jan 7, 9:53pm Top

>22 Ape: ... or the suspect sneaks up behind you?...

Jan 7, 10:34pm Top

Just checking in to see if you have started a book. Yes / No? This could turn into a fun game.... lopsided given that you are in control of when you start your first book, but still, kind of fun to speculate.

Jan 8, 6:34pm Top

Nina: It's dangerous, I tell ya! ;)

Lori: Ummmmmmmm.... ...no. However, I looked at my books today and contemplated which one I'd read if first. I didn't come to a decision though...

Jan 8, 11:56pm Top

Did anything entice you? Curious.

Edited: Jan 9, 4:43pm Top

Funny thing, there's a book that I really want to read, but I've been avoiding it because I've been reading so slow and so infrequently that I'd prefer to save it until I'm reading at a quicker pace. It's called Bats of the Republic and the book is WEIRD, it's filled with all kinds of things, like an ACTUAL letter that says "do not open," and I desperately want to open it...because it's telling me not too. I'm so curious to know if it's supposed to entice you to open it before you read te book, and if reading what is inside the letter will effect how I interpret the story...or if I shouldn't open it at all, even when I get to the point where it will probably entice me to open it in the story. It's piqued my curiosity...but I don't want to read it at 3 pages per day, so, I'll wait... >_>

Jan 9, 4:50pm Top

>27 Ape: Reeeead iiiiiit... (Seriously, if it's that intriguing, you might find that it kicks your reading into a higher gear, so to speak -- and even if it doesn't, if you want to read it, you should. Carpe diem!)

Edited: Jan 9, 8:16pm Top

I have that book! I started reading it a few years ago but I wasn't in the right head space. It is delightfully weird as a physical object and book.

Jan 9, 7:26pm Top

Foggi: Okay, sure! I'll do that..."soon." Maybe tomorrow. *Nods unconvincingly*

Leah: Haha, I stumbled upon it at a dollar store, and while the books there can be pretty so-so, when I saw Bats of the Republic for only $1, how could I not buy it!?

Jan 11, 6:25pm Top

Well Hello. Have a *. I say read the book it can't hurt.

Jan 11, 10:04pm Top

Bryony: Maybe! I'm going to make a concentrated effort to start a book tomorrow...but I make no promises. :P

Jan 12, 4:04am Top

Oh, the suspense!

READ it!!!

Jan 12, 7:08pm Top

Haha, I didn't start that one, but I did read 30 pages in The Unending today. It's...alright, so far.

Jan 16, 5:08pm Top

Aaaaaaand I haven't read since. >_>

Jan 17, 9:09am Top

>35 Ape: Me neither. I did buy myself a Nintendo Switch recently, but I'm sure those things are totally unrelated.

Jan 18, 8:35am Top

Nora: Haha, those do seem to be very popular. My local gaming store (where I play Magic at in person) just started hosting Super Smash Brothers tournaments. Fancy!

Jan 19, 9:25pm Top

I am addicted to my switch! Clocked up that many hours on Zelah that it's cut in to my reading time.

Jan 20, 4:09am Top

Wishing you a great Sunday, Stephen.

Jan 21, 11:53am Top

Bryony: I know the feeling!

Thanks Paul!

Feb 4, 6:22pm Top

Hope the reading block is easing or will ease soon, Stephen.

Edited: Feb 7, 4:48pm Top

Thanks Paul! I still haven't finished a book this year, unfortunately, but maybe soon? ...but probably not. *Shrug*

Feb 9, 2:46pm Top

Just popping in to wave Hi!!

Feb 13, 6:28pm Top

Hi Kim! I finished a book! Look at me! :P

1. The Unending by A. D. Sands

Pages: 341
Rating: 3/5



Actually really cool fantasy novel with some weird and interesting plot twists, but the concept felt tenuous and poorly explained at times. *Shrug*

Feb 13, 6:39pm Top

Yay! You finished one!

Edited: Feb 13, 7:47pm Top

Feb 14, 10:33am Top

Hmm, no description on LT. I'll look into it - always interested in weird and interesting plot twists.

Feb 14, 11:13am Top

Foggi/Nina: *Bows* No encores though! At least not for awhile. :P

Jim: It might have been self-published, actually. I believe my sister received it directly from the author, and then she gave it to me. *Shrug*

Feb 14, 1:46pm Top

Yay for a book completion!

Feb 14, 2:04pm Top

>49 Ape: Don't stop now; you're on a roll!

Feb 14, 2:41pm Top

Great job!

Feb 24, 3:36pm Top

Thank you, thank you! It only took me approximately 1 week to start another book...and I've read it exactly twice since starting it. :P

Unfortunately the gaming store that I've been playing Magic at over the last year is closing down. Quite a bummer! I guess it's back to full hermit mode for me. Maybe it'll give me more time to read, though...

Feb 25, 7:18am Top

>53 Ape: Bummer, indeed. Maybe you and some of the people who were playing there could find a different venue? Does your library have a meeting room you could reserve?

Feb 25, 5:17pm Top

Maybe! The problem is there wasn't a core group of people to organize something like this. The store would get 4-5 people in per week, but it was always a constant stream of different faces. The store seemed to have a hard time establishing regulars - besides myself. Last week the store had a whopping 12 people in, one of the biggest turnouts I've ever seen...and yet there was only 1 person out of the group that I had ever seen before.

Anyway, chances are everyone will just find another store. There is one about 30-40 minutes from my house, but it's a bit of a trek, particularly since I'd be driving home late at night when my brain has turned to mush after several hours of playing a strategy game.

I would LOVE it if the library tried to get a group going. The last time I visited their website they were actually trying to get a Dungeons and Dragons group going, but I don't see any mention of that now so it must not have been successful.

Edited: Mar 1, 5:14am Top

2. The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell

Pages: 164
Rating: 4/5



A plodding book about not-a-whole-lot, so I greatly enjoyed it, naturally.

(Actually it's about a dance hall full of people catching fire and exploding in the early 1900's, but the story is told from the perspective of a maid and her insights about all the people involved in the events.)

Mar 1, 1:43am Top

>56 Ape: This one sounds interesting.

Mar 1, 4:26pm Top

>56 Ape: - Love your mini-review, Stephen. ;-)

Mar 2, 6:22am Top

Good to see you get some books on the board Stephen!

Have a great weekend.

Mar 3, 12:29am Top

>56 Ape: Book sighting! Yay!!

>55 Ape: Maybe if you pester the library, they'll know there's some interest out there? *sneaky snigger*

Mar 6, 1:47pm Top

You finished 2 books! !!!!

If you pop on before Sunday please go cast your vote over on my thread.

Mar 10, 8:15am Top

Adrienne: It was! :)

Lori: Thanks! I'm not super motivated to type out full reviews these days, but happy to jot down a couple of sentences.

Paul: Me to! Unfortunately it's been 10 days since I finished that and I still haven't started anything new...

Nina: Me? Pester someone? I would never! *Pokes Micky for no reason*

Bryony: I made it just in time!

Mar 11, 8:59pm Top

>62 Ape: *rolls eyes* Boys!

Mar 13, 11:43am Top

Hey! *rubs arm*

Mar 21, 4:22pm Top

I went 21 days without reading a single page! Bizarre! But I started The Accident Season today. I'm REALLY enjoying it so far, but it has a person on the cover so I'll reserve my judgement. ;)

Mar 24, 5:07am Top

You may be doing better than me, then. :0/

Mar 24, 3:41pm Top

No one can not-read better than us!

Mar 24, 11:20pm Top

What he said (?)

Mar 27, 6:03pm Top

I just want to note that today I bought a copy of A Doubter's Almanac purely because the title was so relatable.

That is all.

Mar 27, 9:21pm Top

>69 Ape: Are you sure that was a good decision?

Mar 28, 7:36am Top

Of course! As you probably know, everything I say and do is always right, all the time! It's everyone else's opinions and actions that I constantly have to question and correct. It's exhausting, let me tell you. :P

Mar 30, 4:37pm Top

3. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Pages: 291
Rating: 3/5

YA Magical Realism thing


Once per year, in October, a family must suffer "the accident season" where they a inexplicably prone to getting injured. Sometimes it's just cuts, scrapes, and bruises, but other times it's stitches and broken bones. It seems very predictable at first, as anyone can guess that the accidents aren't accidents and there is some sort of physical abuse happening behind closed doors.

Except not quite. The book is teeming with the supernatural and it quickly makes you doubt the obvious conclusion, which was fairly well done, in my opinion.

Unfortunately the book is also a YA novel, so the plot is bogged down by romance, or whatever the teenage equivalent of it is. Without that the book is an easy 4, but reading page after page about how the characters are "so in love" but also "kinda scared to kiss each other" is just obnoxious. Ugh. Plus I'm getting to the age where reading books about hormonal, sex-crazed teenagers is just getting weird and uncomfortable.

It's pretty good otherwise, though!

Mar 31, 4:30am Top

Yay! A book review. Way to go!

Apr 1, 12:06pm Top

Plus I'm getting to the age where reading books about hormonal, sex-crazed teenagers is just getting weird and uncomfortable.

Grumpy old man. ;)

Apr 1, 12:16pm Top

Nina: I didn't actually intend to type that much when I made that post! :)

Micky: Haha, I won't dispute that. I've been a grumpy old man since I was a teenager. :P

Apr 2, 10:24am Top

Hey, you read a thing!

Apr 3, 6:27pm Top

I did! I do that sometimes.

Apr 3, 11:58pm Top

Look at you...3 books!!! And a review. You are on a roll!

Well, maybe not that kind. : )

Apr 4, 4:51pm Top

Speaking of being on a roll!

4. City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcon

Pages: 144
Rating: 4/5

Fiction - Graphic Novel


Graphic novel thing about a boy growing up in Lima, Peru.

Apr 4, 4:55pm Top

>79 Ape: Woohoo!

Apr 6, 9:28pm Top

The book reads are finally rolling, Stephen.

Have a great weekend.

Apr 12, 10:14am Top

Foggi: And the crowd goes wild!

Thanks Paul! I haven't actually read at all since I finished my last book, been very busy lately!

Apr 25, 7:11am Top

Happy birthday!!!!!!!

Apr 25, 7:18am Top

Thanks, Nora! :)

Apr 25, 7:23am Top

Oh, happy birthday, Stephen!!

Apr 25, 9:46am Top

Thanks, Amber! :)

Apr 25, 11:29am Top

Happy birthday!

Apr 25, 7:30pm Top

Thanks, Nina! :)

Edited: Apr 25, 8:00pm Top

And I finished a book on my birthday too, so hurray for that!

5. How the World Was: A California Childhood by Emmanuel Guibert

Pages: 159
Rating: 3/5

Graphic Novel - Nonfiction Biography thing


A man recounts his childhood growing up in California during the 1930's - told as a graphic novel. From what I gather, the author interviews the man (Alan Cole) and then publishes them as these graphic novels (Alan's War is another one.) It's interesting, for sure, but a few times I was dubious about the legitimacy of the story being told. Such as when he recounts the time he was walking in the desert, a Rattlesnake was about to strike at him and his dad shot it from a distance - and without aiming, choosing instead to shoot from the hip in the direction of his own child. I mean, who am I to say for sure, I'm just skeptical, is all...

Originally published in French.

Apr 26, 11:03pm Top

Happy slightly belated birthday, Stephen.

Have a great weekend.

Apr 27, 4:29pm Top

Thanks, Paul! :)

Apr 27, 6:25pm Top

Happy even-more-belated birthday!

Apr 28, 6:19pm Top

Thanks, Foggi! :)

Apr 29, 6:11pm Top

Guys, I have great news. My sister (who, by the way, is an avid reader now) loathes and despises romantic plots in books as much as I do. It must be genetic! :P

May 1, 11:38am Top


May 2, 5:00pm Top

>94 Ape: Uh huh.

Edited: May 4, 6:36pm Top

I just wanted to make it known that I'm not weird. But I'm sure you all knew that already.

May 5, 4:43am Top

Or it's genetic. Hey - you said it first.

May 5, 4:59am Top

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May 5, 7:16am Top

>97 Ape: Self declared but none the less true.

May 13, 7:00pm Top

Nina: Being not-weird is genetic, for sure! :P

Paul: I can't wait around all day for people to say nice things about me, so it only makes sense to just go ahead and say it for them. This is just one of the many selfless acts I do for the people around me, as I'm sure you agree.

Jun 24, 4:09pm Top

Just checking in to say I don't know how long it has been since I last read because it's been so long...

Jun 25, 3:31am Top

>101 Ape: You're so good to us Stephen.

Jun 28, 7:31pm Top

I do what I can. :P

Jul 3, 7:43pm Top

Just posting to say that I DNFed The Burn Palace because when I tried to read it for the first time in 2 months I realized I didn't remember who any of the characters were.

We'll see how long it'll take for me to start a new one. :P

Jul 9, 8:09pm Top

So after being in the biggest slump in my life, I decided to start re-reading Harry Potter earlier today. I only read for a single sitting, but I pretty easily powered through 70 pages and it has definitely re-ignited my interest in reading!

Jul 9, 9:56pm Top

Yay for rereading old favorites!

Jul 9, 11:16pm Top

That'll do it! Congrats!

Jul 10, 6:13am Top

>106 Ape: Woot!!

Jul 10, 8:15am Top

>106 Ape: Huzzah!

Jul 10, 9:51am Top

>106 Ape: Go for it!

Jul 10, 12:17pm Top

Yay for re-reads!

Jul 10, 8:15pm Top

I'm glad to see you all are as enthusiastic as I am! :D

Edited: Jul 12, 6:29pm Top

And just like that, I finished a book!

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Pages: 309
Rating: 5/5

Children's Fantasy


Funny thing, the last time I read this was in 2016..and I started it on July 4th! I guess it's just that time of year for me.

Jul 12, 7:35pm Top


Edited: Jul 12, 9:25pm Top


Edited to add: I have a couple of books like that, that I always manage to reread around the same time of year. Or, in the case of Howl's Moving Castle and The Thief, if I read one I often have a hankering to read the other.

Jul 12, 10:17pm Top

>106 Ape: I'll bear that in mind for breaking my own reading slump, Stephen. An author or a book that I know cannot fail.

Have a great weekend.

Jul 13, 12:37am Top

>114 Ape: Whoa; well done! And now the next one. Or a review. :0)

>116 bell7: That sounds intriguing (but no touchstone).

Jul 13, 7:24am Top

>118 humouress: Ugh, yeah, I had trouble with touchstones yesterday. Try this one: The Thief.

Happy weekend, Stephen! Are you starting right up with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

Jul 13, 5:03pm Top

Foggi: Indeed!

Mary: My sister is reading The Thief at the moment, and last I heard she was really enjoying it. I, on the other hand, haven't read either of those :P

Paul: Yeah, it definitely seems to be working for me, at least!

Nina: Yep, onto the next one! I reviewed Harry Potter when I read it 3 years ago, I figure that's good enough. :)

Mary: Same to you! I was absolutely planning on starting Chamber of Secrets...but decided this morning to try to utilize this renewed enthusiasm by reading a different book instead. I think I'm going to try to read a book between each book in the Harry Potter series.

However, I'm not being too adventurous. I started Day One, which seems like a cheesy, action-packed, plot-driven thriller-y type of thing. I doubt it's a literary masterpiece, but it's under 300 pages and the text is big, so I'm hoping that means it won't slow down my momentum. :)

Jul 14, 8:35pm Top

>120 Ape: Sounds like a good plan! I have too many library books on my stack right now to contemplate a Harry Potter series reread, but I was thinking about going through the movies again...

Jul 15, 4:48pm Top

I haven't watched the movies since they were released! And I don't even think I finished them all. I remember REALLY hating the 5th movie and I don't think I watched after the 6th. Maybe I should try them again, though.

Jul 15, 7:37pm Top

My friend Matt is just exploring HP for the first time ever since I bought him the books (at his request) for Christmas. Our little local indy theater is starting to show the movies, maybe 1 per month, so we're going to go see the first few that's he's already read. I'm excited to see the movies afresh in the theater with a newbie!

I love the movies but more in a sentimental way. I just accept them as something apart from the books since the experience really can't compare.

Jul 17, 7:55pm Top

Yeah, I totally get it! My sister read the books for the first time a year or 2 ago. You can never experience the books for the first time again, but it was close living vicariously through her as she read through them for the first time! :)

Edited: Jul 25, 3:38pm Top

7. Day One by Nate Kenyon

Pages: 289
Rating: 3/5

Science Fiction - Artificial Intelligence/Singularity/Apocalypse-thing


A book with lots of really cool concepts regarding artificial intelligence and the Singularity, but it falls apart when characters start interacting with each other because the dialogue is bad and their actions feel unreasonable most of the time.

Cool ideas, but the writing was not for me.

Jul 25, 3:42pm Top

>125 Ape: I hate it when a good premise is wrecked by bad writing.

Jul 25, 4:17pm Top

Definitely! It's kind of an action-y suspense plot and the main character's name is Hawke. It's written exactly how you might think it would be. :P

Edited: Aug 1, 11:52am Top

8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Pages: 341
Rating: 5/5



Spoiler alert: It wasn't Hagrid.

Aug 1, 11:58am Top

>128 Ape: Obvs.

Aug 1, 6:52pm Top

Edited: Aug 11, 7:22pm Top

Just making sure we're all on the same page! :P

I decided instead of reading a book between Harry Potter books that I would instead try to read 100 pages of the Grimms Fairy Tale collection that I've been reading for 2 years. After nearly 10 days I've managed to read 50....so...I'm probably just going to start Prisoner of Azkaban tomorrow.

Edit: Actually I'm way behind on editing so what I meant to say is I'll start reading Prisoner of Azkaban "the next time I read," whenever that is!

Edited: Aug 16, 4:45pm Top

9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Pages: 435
Rating: 5/5



Spoiler alert: It wasn't Sirius Black.

Aug 17, 1:54am Top

Woo hoo! Another book read!

Aug 20, 7:36pm Top

Yeah! And I'm already 250 pages into the next one! Although, "the next one" is 730+ pages, because I decided to go straight into the 4th Harry Potter book instead of reading something in between. I was just too excited! :P

Aug 22, 2:51am Top


Aug 29, 7:03pm Top

10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Pages: 734
Rating: 5/5




Aug 30, 11:32pm Top

>136 Ape: Nice to see you make it into double figures reading wise, Stephen! My reading is hardly on the dynamic side though.

Have a good weekend.

Aug 31, 7:32am Top

>136 Ape: Somehow I read that too fast and managed to switch characters in my head (Moody/Moony) and was really confused about what that book had to do with Remus Lupin. Don't mind me, carry on.

Edited: Sep 7, 9:07am Top

Paul: At this rate I might actually read more than I read last year - I haven't been able to say that for a few years running!

Mary: I mean, hey, Lupin needed the potions brewed for him all year to stop transforming into a werewolf, and "Moody" needed to brew potions all year to stop transforming into "not-Moody." And then the similar names too...I think we're unraveling a conspiracy! :P

Sep 7, 9:10am Top

I haven't started a new book since I finished the last one, but the next Magic: the Gathering set has a Grimm Fairy Tale/Camelot theme and that has ignited my interest in the Grimm Fairy Tale collection I've been reading for 2 years now. I'm 480 pages into it, and I'm hoping to finally finish it this year. It's been interesting, but it's also been kind of a slog. I don't think I would encourage anyone to be a completionist and read every story - so many of them are basically identical but with minor differences that it's somewhat redundant. The collection I'm reading groups the similar stories together too, so I basically feel like I'm reading the same story 3-4 times before finally moving on to a new one.

Sep 8, 12:29pm Top

I haven't been using Librarything a whole lot over the past year or so, so I don't know how long it's been there, but that little tooltip thingy that pops up when you hover over a book title is super handy and I like it a lot.

Sep 8, 2:10pm Top

>141 Ape: It's only been here about a month. Very convenient!

Sep 9, 1:47pm Top

>143 Ape: Troublemaker!

Sep 11, 7:50am Top

I'm sure it's Nora's fault somehow. She's such an enabler, y'know! :P

Sep 15, 11:50pm Top

>143 Ape: Huh! Interesting way of doing that.

Sep 17, 8:06pm Top

It is? IT IS! Yup, totally interesting. Did I mention it was my idea the whole time? :P

Sep 17, 8:12pm Top

>147 Ape: Ha, smart move!

>140 Ape: I had the bright idea a number of years ago of buying the Complete Grimm Fairy Tales in order to read them one or two at a time to my youngest. Didn't realise how blood thirsty or grimm most of "em were. We ditched the plan.

Sep 23, 7:51pm Top

Paul: Haha, yeah, I could see why! I head they were much darker than the popularized versions, but I didn't know the descriptions would be so...visceral.

Edited: Sep 23, 7:52pm Top

11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Pages: 870
Rating: 5/5



Okay, I don't really have a clever one-liner this time.

Sep 23, 8:42pm Top

>150 Ape: It wasn't Snape

Sep 24, 4:39pm Top

It's true!

Edited: Sep 26, 11:04am Top

12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Pages: 652
Rating: 5/5



I suppose it WAS Snape the whole time in this one....

Sep 27, 11:47pm Top

>148 PaulCranswick: I remember being given a Complete Hans Christian Anderson tome for Christmas one year and I was quite thrilled until I started reading it. I had thought that The Little Mermaid was quite sad for a children's story but it's probably one of his more upbeat works. The book was a DNF - very unusual for me at that time.

Sep 30, 6:44pm Top

Well, I read 220+ pages today in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is the most I've read in a single day in YEARS.

I don't know how you are supposed to STOP reading the book, to be honest. Every chapter is a cliffhanger ending. It's not fair, really. I can't be entirely sure it isn't possessed Voldemort, like Tom Riddle's diary in book 2. I certainly don't remember anything that happened today...

Sep 30, 7:03pm Top

>155 Ape: Great to see your reading mojo back, Stephen.

Edited: Oct 2, 4:40pm Top

Thanks, Paul!

13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Pages: 759
Rating: 5/5



Probably the best book ever or something.

Oct 2, 5:17pm Top

Yay for speed reading familiar favourites!

Edited: Oct 2, 6:53pm Top

I couldn't put it down! I'm not the fastest reader, but I found myself reading 4-5 hours at a time. AND I ALREADY KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN!

Oct 2, 9:13pm Top

>159 Ape: How does Harry Potter do that??? I can't ever read anything else as fast or as often as I read those books. JK Rowling is a witch, clearly.

Oct 3, 5:19pm Top

I know, right? I tried to read a lot today but I haven't even reached page 30 yet. How am I supposed to read regular, NOT-Harry-Potter books now?

Oct 3, 10:49pm Top

>161 Ape: Just start over with the first one again

Oct 3, 10:54pm Top

Oct 4, 8:23am Top

Haha, I almost feel like I could!

Oct 5, 9:39pm Top

OMG! I missed your thread for the entire YEAR! How is that possible. I'm going to cry. Should I squee to see you?


Oct 5, 10:17pm Top

No worries, Rachel! I haven't really posted much...so you haven't really missed anything! :P

Oct 7, 8:09pm Top

Since finishing Harry Potter I have averaged 20 pages per day. WHY CAN'T EVERY BOOK BE AS GOOD AS HARRY POTTER!?

Oct 7, 9:37pm Top

You didn't ask for recommendations, but I have one for you anyway...:)

The Nevermoor books by Jessica Townsend. The first one is Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and the second is Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow. I really liked both of them, and they reminded me a lot of the Harry Potter universe: well, all of the magic, of course, but friendship, good vs. evil, etc.

But I know what you mean about the Harry Potter books--delightful to read and reread!

Karen O.

Oct 8, 2:33am Top

*sigh* Your reading is much faster than mine.

Have you tried any Narnia books (school children in England, magic, made-into-films)? I've started reading The Magician's Nephew to my kids and my younger one, especially, is quite excited about it. He's just devoured the Harry Potter series; though I started reading The Philosopher's Stone to my kids, he couldn't wait and read the whole series himself.

Oct 8, 11:48am Top

coughCarry Oncoughchough

Oct 8, 12:31pm Top

And while not for children, A Darker Shade of Magic is fantastic.

Oct 8, 8:22pm Top

Karen: I've seen those about! They do look interesting, I'll keep them in mind. :)

Nina: I've actually never read the Narnia books, but of course I'm familiar with them. I really should read more classic fantasy novels in general...

Nora: but...but it's a YA Romance... *shudders*

Micky: I think my sister has those, actually! But I can't borrow books from her without her thrusting approximately 50 books on me at once. The tables have really turned in that department....

Oct 8, 9:59pm Top

>172 Ape: It's a YA romance between Harry and Draco. You'll survive.

Oct 9, 12:02pm Top

>172 Ape: It's worth braving the books your sister will throw at you. Trust me.

Oct 9, 8:38pm Top

Nora: Ewwww!

Micky: But bravery isn't in my vocabulary!

Oct 9, 9:32pm Top

>175 Ape: Ts’okay; you don’t need to know what it means.

Also, what’s with all this reading and posting? I thought you were like me.

Oct 10, 7:25am Top

Don't worry, we're more alike than you might think. I haven't read in days! :P

Oct 10, 7:34pm Top

But you did read books and you are posting!!! Progress!! And secretly you do have Bravery in your vocab. : )

Edited: Oct 11, 7:07pm Top

Kim: I don't know what you're talking about! *whistles innocently, and definitely not bravely*

Edited: Oct 17, 8:45pm Top

14. Horns by Joe Hill

Pages: 370
Rating: 5/5

Fiction - Horror (kind of)


I was a little put-off by this in the beginning, because it felt like the author was just trying to be shocking and edgy for the sake of being shocking and edgy. I'm not deterred by such things exactly, but I thought I was going to be in for a campy horror novel and braced myself for a run-of-the-mill "leisure horror" type of novel.

Turns out my initial impressions were way off, and the book had way more depth than I ever imagined. I really didn't have any idea what I was getting into, I only knew the most basic premise of the book - that it was about a guy that grows horns and finds they have dark powers. I'm glad I went into it so blind, because the story is well-crafted and I greatly enjoyed experiencing it as it unraveled.

It's a very dark book, for sure, I doubt it is for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it.

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