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Lisa's 2020 vision

2020 Category Challenge

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Edited: Jan 17, 5:34pm Top

(Our two kittens, Tipple and Chassé)

My 2020 vision is quite similar to 2019 with a few tweaks here and there. I'm still going to focus on series, 1001 books and books from my friend Lisa from across the pond. Like 2019, I also want to make room for a few presidential biographies, short story collections and favorite authors. Some new categories for Go Review That Book (I love this concept!) and Shakespeare, and re-used categories from years previous to 2019 for graphic novels and Virago Modern Classics. I'm adding one new series - the All Souls Trilogy, and bringing one series back from 2017 (Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole novels).

20 categories with a few goals here and there, and hopefully I'll have at least one book in each category. I have a category for CATs and KITs (for which I'm hosting 7!!! this year), where I fully expect to have lots of overlaps with other categories. And a category for my BingoDOG card, which I will let fill naturally for the most part.

I'm going to shoot for 64 books again in 2020, even though I haven't read that many since 2016, because why not aim high!

Edited: Dec 16, 2019, 12:39am Top

1. 1001 books

I want to read one a month - same goal as 2019, and I managed 10.

Edited: Jan 12, 8:09pm Top

2. Finish The Wheel of Time

Seven to go:

Edited: Jan 13, 3:09pm Top

3. Finish catching up on The Dresden Files

I have these six, and hopefully the new one will come out in 2020!:

Edited: Dec 16, 2019, 12:48am Top

4. US Presidents Challenge

A life-long challenge for me I think! I only managed one in 2019, will try for one a quarter in 2020:

John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore

Edited: Jan 15, 4:14pm Top

5. Ender's Game 39372992

I have these four to read on my TBR and would like to read them all in 2020:

1. Xenocide - read in January

Dec 16, 2019, 12:53am Top

6. Books from Lisa

In the 12 years I've known Lisa, she has given me 120 books (I'll be getting the 2019 book gifts the second week in January)! I have a lot yet to read... I'd like to read one a month.

The first book she gave me:

Dec 16, 2019, 12:55am Top

7. Short stories

I have tons of anthologies; here are two on my list for 2020 that are also 1001 books:

Dec 16, 2019, 12:56am Top

8. The Completist: Stephen King

The Stand is the one book in my entire library that I've re-read the most.

Stephen King is one of the authors where I want to read his entire fiction catalog. I have these books on my shelves that I haven't read yet:

Doctor Sleep
Bag of Bones
From a Buick 8
The Regulators
The Long Walk
Duma Key
Full Dark, No Stars
Nightmares and Dreamscapes
and with Peter Straub: Black House and The Talisman

Dec 16, 2019, 12:57am Top

9. The Completist: Iain Banks and Iain M. Banks

He wrote his science fiction under Iain M. Banks and his 'normal' fiction under Iain Banks.

The first books of each that I read were:

Unread from my shelves:
Iain Banks:
Dead Air
A Song of Stone
Espedair Street
The Steep Approach to Garbadale
Walking on Glass

Iain M. Banks:
Surface Detail
Feersum Endjinn
Use of Weapons

Dec 16, 2019, 1:02am Top

10. Graphic Novels

I haven't read many graphic novels in the last few years and I'd to read a few in 2020.

I have a several issues of The Sandman on my shelves, as well as a couple issues of Saga, and a few others to choose from.

Dec 16, 2019, 1:04am Top

11. Southern Vampire Mysteries

I finished all the Southern Vampire Mystery novels I had on my shelves in 2019 - I plan to pick up and read the five left in the series I haven't read yet.

Dec 16, 2019, 1:07am Top

12. Virago Modern Classics

I didn't have a category for VMCs in 2019, but I did include one series and one multi-volume book. This year I'll read more one offs, and shoot for six. I'll also try to binge for All August All Virago.

Dec 16, 2019, 1:08am Top

13. All Souls Trilogy

My boss' boss is a voracious reader and we give each other book recommendations all the time. This one came from him, and I'll try to get it read in 2020.

Edited: Jan 17, 5:35pm Top

14. Go Review That Book!

I love the concept of this LT group and I want to participate more in 2020. The first book I need to read and review is The Flight of the Phoenix.

1. The Flight of the Phoenix - read in January

Dec 16, 2019, 1:12am Top

15. 8. Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo

I've read 2 and have 7 more on my TBR.

Dec 16, 2019, 1:14am Top

16. The Plays of William Shakespeare

I'm sure I've read many of his plays throughout my high school and college years but I don't really have a good memory of what I have and have not read, so I want to read/re-read them all!

Dec 16, 2019, 1:17am Top

17. Most collected, but unread!

I liked this idea in 2019, even though I will have only read one Heyer by the end of the year!

I took a look through my catalog and have a lot of books collected from certain authors where I haven't read even one yet. Quite often they are Virago Modern Classics, or recommended authors, or where I picked up a whole series that was recommended. So, these are the authors that are most collected, but unread, and I'd like to at least make a start!

Christine Feehan (12)
Nina Bawden (7)
George Eliot (6)
Rosamund Lehmann (6)

Edited: Jan 22, 3:21pm Top

18. CATs and KITs

I'm hosting seven CATs/KITs this year and will certainly participate in many others along the way. I'll keep track of what fits the various CATs and KITs here, and I plan for lots of overlaps with the categories above.

SFFKIT - I Meant to Read It in 2019: Xenocide
RandomCAT - A New Year's Resolution: The Help
ScaredyKIT - 70s/80s horror/thriller: The Brownstone

Edited: Jan 19, 5:19pm Top

19. Misc

If something somehow doesn't fit above, this is where it goes!


Edited: Jan 19, 1:51pm Top

20. BingoDOG card

1. title contains a pun
2. "library" or "thing" in title
3. pen name/anonymous author
4. books, bookstores, libraries
5. non-US/UK female author
6. epistolary or letters
7. periodic table element in title
8. from a Legacy Library
9. mystery or true crime
10. 3+ letters of "BINGO"
11. mythology or folklore
12. set in Asia
13. read a CAT
14. published in your birth year
15. red cover/red is prominent
16. published in 1820 or 1920
17. not set on Earth: Xenocide
18. published in 2020
19. about birth or death
20. proper name in title
21. weird book title
22. small press of self-published
23. involves real historical event: The Help
24. LT author
25. by journalist/about journalism

Dec 16, 2019, 1:21am Top

And here's to a great year of reading in 2020! I'll be back in January sometime to add tickers and more pics/graphics/details and perhaps a few planned books.

Dec 16, 2019, 4:18am Top

Wonderful setup. Have a great reading year!

Dec 16, 2019, 4:34am Top

Happy reading in 2020! I will look forward to following along, particularly 1001 and Virago.

Dec 16, 2019, 2:58pm Top

Great to see you all ready for 2020!

Dec 16, 2019, 6:12pm Top

I really like your creative categories, Lisa. Looking forward to your reading updates and posts in 2020.

Dec 16, 2019, 6:52pm Top

Have an excellent reading year! Looking forward to more hanging out with you in the Go Review That Book! group :)

Dec 16, 2019, 7:24pm Top

I have a presidents category as well! Happy reading!

Dec 17, 2019, 11:36am Top

Happy reading in 2020!

Edited: Dec 20, 2019, 1:56pm Top

I like your categories and I love Iain Banks! I currently have Espedair Street on my TBR.
I'm not sold on his Iain M. Banks books though. I really enjoyed Feersum Endjinn and Inversions but did not even finish Consider Phlebas.

I'll be following your reading in this and other categories with interest!

Dec 21, 2019, 11:12am Top

Lisa you have some great categories. I most especially love two of them and soon you will know why! ;-)

Dec 27, 2019, 1:31pm Top

Love the cat photo at the top!

Jan 1, 11:48pm Top

>1 LisaMorr: - OMG, they are adorable!

Love you setup. Happy reading in 2020!

Jan 2, 1:26am Top

Great categories! I'm looking forward to seeing what you choose to read. Love the kitties at >1 LisaMorr:

Jan 2, 8:13am Top

Great photo of the cats to open your thread.

Jan 14, 4:06pm Top

>23 MissWatson:, >24 JayneCM:, >25 DeltaQueen50:, >26 This-n-That:, >29 tess_schoolmarm: Thank you all so much for visiting!

>27 rabbitprincess: Thanks - and I've finally read The Flight of the Phoenix!!! Just need to review it and assign something to the next person!

>28 LittleTaiko: Thanks, and here's to making more progress on our presidential biographies!

>30 chlorine: I read Consider Phlebas just to see what it was like - I had already read The Player of Games, Against a Dark Background and The Algebraist, which were all very good, so the completist in me said read it! I agree it was a more difficult book to get through. What other Iain Banks books have you read?

>30 chlorine: Yay Ro! And yay Harry, in all his forms...

>32 thornton37814:, >33 lkernagh:, >34 VivienneR:, >35 hailelib: Thanks! They are soooo cute and I miss them so much when I travel, thought it would be nice to have them at the top of my thread!

Jan 14, 4:08pm Top

And here's a New Year's Eve pic with George Takei!

Jan 14, 4:45pm Top

>37 LisaMorr: - Great picture!

Edited: Jan 17, 3:40pm Top

#1 Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
592 pages
Category: Ender's Game
Fits: SFFKit, AlphaKIT, BingoDOG

Xenocide is the third book in the Ender's Game series and explores the increasing risk to Lusitania, a planet housing the only other two sentient species in the galaxy, along with a virus that would kill every human if it could. The book starts in space as Ender's sister travels to Lusitania to see her brother. It also reaches far away to a planet called Path, where certain citizens are touched by God, which causes them to be both incredibly smart and also servants to brutal OCD symptoms. Card somehow brings this all together into a really interesting mix, at times having the two non-human sentient species talk to each other. A good book and I'm looking forward to what happens next.

Jan 14, 6:14pm Top

>37 LisaMorr: Look at you! I bet you had fun.

Jan 14, 8:56pm Top

>37 LisaMorr: Awesome!!!

Jan 15, 1:39pm Top

>38 lkernagh:, >40 luvamystery65:, >41 rabbitprincess: Thanks! Yes, I was a fangirl on this cruise!

Jan 16, 11:59am Top

>37 LisaMorr: Awesome! I've just started Takei's book, which I borrowed from the library.

Jan 16, 12:18pm Top

>37 LisaMorr: - How cool! Great way to end the year.

Edited: Jan 16, 5:35pm Top

>43 kac522: He was a celebrity lecturer on the cruise; he gave one lecture on his experience in the Japanese-American internment camps, one on his acting career and a Q&A session. He also did book signings. I hope you like the book - it was the last book I read in 2019, a very quick read and I thought very well done.

>44 LittleTaiko: Yes - agreed!

Jan 16, 4:02pm Top

>37 LisaMorr: Very cool and interesting way to kick off the new year.

Jan 17, 5:24pm Top

#2 The Flight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor
312 pages
Category: Go Review That Book!
Fits: N/A

A cargo plane with a few oil drillers and military folks on board goes into a sandstorm and ends up crash landing in the middle of the desert (central Libya). What proceeds is a harrowing tale of how the survivors managed to fly out of the desert. I read it in just a little over a day - having to turn the next page to see if they could survive another day of heat, little water, only dates to eat, rivalries and stubbornness.

There was a lot of technical jargon, some of it that I didn't really follow - but I would've been helped if I had noticed the last page of the book earlier, which had a diagram of what they were trying to create!

Some of the characters were more well described than others and you didn't always understand what drove certain characters to do what they did.

In the end though, I enjoyed this book that my Dad passed on to me several years ago.

Jan 17, 5:33pm Top

Late in getting around to wish you a Happy Year of Reading!

Edited: Jan 17, 5:37pm Top

>48 Kristelh: Thanks very much - I am VERY late in visiting threads this year, no worries!

Jan 19, 6:06pm Top

#3 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
534 pages
Category: CATs and KITs
Fits: RandomCAT, BingoDOG

I think everyone but me has either read the book or seen the movie. My hair stylist gave this book to me to read a few months ago and although I pulled it out a few times to read, other books that were part of my series focus last year always got the nod over this one. January's RandomCAT and a hair appointment next week pushed me to crack it open. So glad I did. Told in the viewpoints of two maids and a young woman aspiring to be a writer in 1960's Jackson, Mississippi, The Help was funny, difficult, suspenseful, sad and in the end hopeful. Excellent book.

Jan 20, 2:12pm Top

Good luck with your reading.

Jan 22, 1:41pm Top

>51 lowelibrary: Thank you!

Jan 22, 3:16pm Top

#4 The Brownstone by Ken Eulo
75 pages (DNF)
Category: CATs and KITs
Fits: ScaredyKIT

I started reading this thinking it might be something like The Sentinel by Jeffrey Konvitz. Then I got the impression it was going to be a Rosemary's Baby knockoff. I gave it as good a chance as I could but had to stop after 75 pages. Bad writing, very cliched, the storyline didn't make sense and there were inconsistencies from page to page, from character to character. Ugh!

Yesterday, 12:47pm Top

Starred your thread and looking forward your next reviews.

>53 LisaMorr: Kudos for being able to give up on a book you didin't like. That's something I'm trying to do more.

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