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fuzzi's Three-Score-and-Fifteen Books Reading Challenge for 2020

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Edited: Dec 27, 2019, 5:01pm Top

I've returned for another year of reading and reviewing!

For those who haven't followed my threads before, I'll just mention that my reading is eclectic, and I review EVERY book I read, complete.


I don't "spoil" either, so read my reviews without fear!

Here's my ticker:

My Reading Register for 2020 is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/314426

Dec 27, 2019, 5:31pm Top

Hanging my star!

Dec 27, 2019, 5:35pm Top

>2 thornton37814: woo! Welcome to my thread. :)

Dec 28, 2019, 8:37am Top

Stopped by to drop a star and looking forward to reading your reviews. I am hoping to do more reviewing myself this year.

Dec 28, 2019, 2:41pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 28, 2019, 10:05pm Top

>4 witchyrichy: >5 drneutron: thank you, very much!

Dec 31, 2019, 5:26am Top

Best wishes for 2020!

Dec 31, 2019, 9:16am Top

Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2019, 9:21am Top

Dec 31, 2019, 5:36pm Top

Happy reading in 2020!

Dec 31, 2019, 5:39pm Top

Wishing you 12 months of success
52 weeks of laughter
366 days of fun (leap year!)
8,784 hours of joy
527,040 minutes of good luck
and 31,622,400 seconds of happiness!!

Jan 1, 11:54am Top

Happy New Year! Looking forward to more shared reads and gathering more good ideas for additional books.

Jan 1, 12:29pm Top

Edited: Jan 2, 9:02am Top

Starred again! :)

Jan 1, 6:40pm Top

Starring your thread and wishing you all the best in 2020!

Jan 2, 1:11am Top

Happy New Year!

Jan 2, 10:07am Top

Jan 2, 12:03pm Top

Happy New Year, fuzzi!

Jan 5, 8:36pm Top

I finished my first book, Fair Blows the Wind by Louis L'Amour

Over the course of his lifetime Louis L'Amour wrote many stories, and several series about fictional families that lived in early America. One of these series is about members of the Chantry family, and this particular volume is the first.

Tatton Chantry is a pseudonym, a name taken by a young man to hide his Irish heritage from those who would kill him. He survives in Elizabethan England by his wits and grows into a soldier and trader. And on one of his voyages he finds himself marooned on a barrier island of the Carolinas.

I enjoyed the story, though the flashbacks were a little confusing at times.

Jan 6, 10:28pm Top

#2 The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Not my thing, but I gave it a good try. It's fine for an epic poem.

Jan 7, 10:18am Top

>19 fuzzi: I started Fair Blows the Wind yesterday but didn't get too far. I don't expect it to take too long, though.

>20 fuzzi: I bought a copy of The Song of Hiawatha with the Remington illustrations a few years ago, but I haven't gotten to it yet. That seems a solid rating for a type of work you don't care for.

Jan 7, 11:23am Top

Happy New Year, Fuzzi!

Jan 7, 8:55pm Top

>22 ronincats: good to see you!

>21 harrygbutler: yep. Didn't want my personal feelings to unfairly rate the book.

Jan 8, 9:09am Top

>19 fuzzi: I have not read any Louis L'Amour and feel like I should. Have you read any others?

Edited: Jan 8, 10:02am Top

>24 witchyrichy: I have read just about every book that Louis L'Amour wrote. He writes STORIES, and I love stories.

If you want a recommendation, I'd suggest either start with a short story collection like War Party, which is probably my favorite collection, or Conagher, which is my favorite western as well as favorite book of his. I also really love The Man Called Noon.

Conagher was made into a fun movie with Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101609/ (and fairly faithful to the book).

L'Amour excelled in his short stories, many which wound up as full-length novels, probably at the urging of his publisher. Most of them are good reads, and many are good rereads.

He also wrote early America stories like Jubal Sackett, which was my first L'Amour read. Later this year I'm planning a reread of The Walking Drum, which is in an early European setting (about 1100 AD).

Jan 8, 10:00am Top

Happy reading!

Jan 8, 12:32pm Top

Happy new year, and happy reading!

Jan 8, 3:06pm Top

Hi Lor - Happy New Year to you! I look forward to following your reading again this year.

Edited: Jan 12, 8:20am Top

#3 Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers

An above-average mystery set in post WWI England, with Lord Peter Wimsey playing amateur sleuth. The mystery is interesting, but the interplay of Wimsey and other characters like his valet Bunter are what makes this more than just another murder whodunit.

Jan 12, 11:43am Top

Happy New Year fuzzi! I am dropping a star To let you know I'll be checking in. Have a great day!

Jan 14, 7:03am Top

#4 The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams

This book sat on my shelves for a couple years after its publication, not due to any disinterest, but because the author had set such a high standard with his previous trilogy Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. So I started reading it with a little trepidation, afraid of ruining my memories of the volumes that preceded it.

And my belief that Tad Williams is a superb author was vindicated.

The Heart of What Was Lost is a short(er) follow-up to his massive masterpiece, and it's worthy: the narrative and characters draw you in from the first page, pull you close, and don't let you go until you find out what happens. There is tragedy, anguish, horrifying deeds, triumphs, yet the descriptions of battles are never more graphic than is necessary to tell the tale.

Fantastic follow-up, Mr. Williams, thank you.

Jan 14, 2:26pm Top

Great news! I've been wanting to reread the series, then this one. But I've been concerned that I'd be disappointed. Guess not!

Jan 14, 5:00pm Top

Hi Fuzzi! Are you going to be posting your Bible reading this year as well? I would love to see it.

Also, let me know if you want any Spenser recommendations. I'm happy to assist.

Edited: Jan 14, 5:50pm Top

>32 drneutron: Williams set such high standards, it's understandable if fans are a little apprehensive about new works. Eventually I'll probably tackle the new trilogy.

>33 brodiew2: I will, but I'm still working through Psalms' 150 chapters, whew.

I was thinking of starting with Spenser #1.

Jan 14, 5:53pm Top

Another Louis L'Amor fan as well as Dorothy Sayers. I don't know Tad Williams, but perhaps I should!!

Jan 14, 9:44pm Top

>31 fuzzi: The only Tad Williams book I remember reading was Tailchaser’s Song, which had cats as the main characters. A good read that’s a bit reminiscent of Watership Down by Richard Adams. You’ve probably already read that one, but I’ll throw it out there for others interested in his works.

Jan 14, 9:50pm Top

>25 fuzzi: For something completely off the beaten path by Louis L'Amour, you could try is autobiography, Education of a Wandering Man. I very much enjoy it and have read nothing else by him, lol.

>31 fuzzi: Adding that one to the BlackHole. I really liked Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. Thanks for the recommendation, fuzzi!

Belated Happy New Year!

Edited: Jan 15, 7:08am Top

>35 Berly: westerns, mysteries, epic fantasies...we're eclectic readers, hmm?

>36 CassieBash: I discovered Tad Williams when the first book in the MST trilogy The Dragonbone Chair was released in paperback (1988), and I saw it in Waldenbooks...I bought it for the cover by Michael Whelan, ha!

Williams' books tend to be huge, but they don't "read" huge, they move quite quickly. Dragonbone Chair does start SLOOOW, so for those of you who have not yet read it, give it a chance. And I did reread the entire trilogy a few years ago and can confirm: it's still good.

You probably can read The Heart of What Was Lost as a standalone. At the beginning of the book it is recommended that if you've not read Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn that you read a small synopsis of the history, located at the end of the book.

I never finished Tailchaser's Song, though I love and have reread Watership Down too many times to count.

Another book by Williams that I really liked is Child of an Ancient City, and it's not a huge volume.

>37 alcottacre: I checked, I've read that bio too. While I will not reread all of L'Amour's books, I can and will reread a majority of them, they're that entertaining. My absolute favorite is Conagher, which was made into a very good television movie starring Sam Elliott (!!!) and Katherine Ross. It's a story of people in a western setting, not "typical".

You're welcome re: The Heart of What Was Lost, but it shouldn't be a big drain on your time. I read it in two evenings.

Jan 15, 9:48am Top

>25 fuzzi: Thank you for the advice about L'Amour. I copied the whole thing into a note and will get started. I also love good stories.

Jan 15, 10:09am Top

>39 witchyrichy: glad to help.

If any of you are interested in joining a shared read of L'Amour, our 2020 thread is here:


Jan 16, 9:02am Top

#5 Guts by Gary Paulsen

This book contains a series of short chapters about experiences in the author's life that he used when he wrote Hatchet. His tales of childhood exploring the woods of northern Minnesota were fascinating. Recommended, especially for those like myself who appreciate his body of works.

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