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calm reading 75 and beyond

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Jan 10, 7:13am Top

Hi I'm calm and I have been a member of LT and the 75ers since 2009. I live in West Wales with two cats, Xander and Lexa, and a houseful of books. I mainly read fantasy; speculative fiction and some historical fiction.

I don't post much. Though I do lurk on a number of threads.

I will keep a list of books read in the 2nd message and tag "read in 2020"

In 2019 I read 205 books.

Best of 2019 (not counting re-reads)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (and the rest of the trilogy)
The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S Buckell (4 short stories set in the same world 2 from each author)
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Trojan war through the eyes of the captive women)
Someone Like Me by M. R. Carey
Blood Queen by Joanna Courtney (Lady Macbeth as a historical person rather than the Shakespearean interpretation)
Pantomime by Laura Lam (first in a trilogy I need to request the rest from the library)
The Starless Sea: A Novel by Erin Morgenstern (I love stories within stories)
The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (just a great fantasy novel with a lot of strong female characters)

Edited: Feb 14, 9:46am Top

Books read in 2020

1 Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
2 Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan (re-read)
3 The Novice by Trudi Canavan (re-read)
4 The High Lord by Trudi Canavan (re-read)
5 The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
6 A Matter of Interpretation by Elizabeth MacDonald
7 Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan
8 Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan
9 Voice of the Gods by Trudi Canavan
10 In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
11 Alice by Christina Henry
12 The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris
12 Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
13 Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
14 Kushiel's Avatar By Jacqueline Carey
15 Battleaxe by Sara Douglas


16 Enchanter by Sara Douglass
17 Starman by Sara Douglass
18 Sinner by Sara Douglass
19 Pilgrim by Sara Douglass
20 Crusader by Sara Douglass
21 Beyond the Hanging Wall by Sara Douglass
22 The Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass

Currently reading

The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass

Jan 10, 8:39am Top

Looks like you are off to a good start! Happy reading!

Jan 10, 12:36pm Top

Welcome back calm! Once Upon a River is one I'd like to read. I really enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale.

Jan 10, 1:10pm Top

Wow, you are reading up a storm! I take it you like that series. I read the first one but never continued--maybe I should.

Happy New Year!

Jan 10, 1:37pm Top

What a launch, calm! Five and change in ten days is celeritous indeed.

I'm happy you've made your thread and will be lurking regularly.

Jan 10, 5:43pm Top

Happy reading in 2020, calm!

Jan 10, 9:29pm Top

Welcome back!

Jan 10, 10:02pm Top

Hi calm - I see you've done a re-read of Trudi Canavan, I tried listening to the first book last year and gave up. I'll have to try again but will try reading rather than listening.

Jan 10, 11:23pm Top

Welcome back!

Jan 11, 7:34am Top

>3 thornton37814: Thank you Lori

>4 souloftherose: I like Setterield and have now read all three of her novels, Heather. I think the Thirteenth Tale was the best so far. Once Upon a River was good, I liked a lot of the characters but the actual story wasn't quite what I expected.

>5 ronincats: Hi Roni. I liked the series and hope you do as well

>6 richardderus: Hi Richard it was actually 5 in 6 days. The sixth book took a lot longer to get through :)

>7 FAMeulstee: Thank you Anita

>8 quondame: I'm pleased to be back Susan.

>9 avatiakh: I'm re-reading a lot of the series off my shelf that have been there for years, Keri. I enjoyed the Canavan and when looking at her author page realised I hadn't read the prequel so there was a new to me book.

>10 drneutron: Thank you Jim

Jan 11, 8:33am Top

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

Jan 12, 7:58am Top

>12 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul, hope things go well for you in 2020.

Jan 12, 11:31am Top

Hope 2020 is kind to you!

Jan 12, 8:11pm Top

Belated Happy New Years, calm! I see you have made a nice start to your 2020 reading. I really, really loved The Thirteenth Tale and have been hesitate to pick and read Once Upon a River, because of some reviews that came out when Setterfield's much anticipated second book first came out. I am sure I will dip into it at some point - you mentioned that she has three books now published? - before I fall too far behind with her works. ;-)

Feb 3, 4:57pm Top



Feb 14, 9:34am Top

>14 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle

>15 lkernagh: Hi Lori. I liked Bellman and Black unlike some other people :)

>16 mckait: Hi Kath ... Thread? I couldn't find one in the 75ers.

Feb 14, 9:16pm Top

Nice to see you posting, Calm.

How is the weather in West Wales - are the storms leaving you alone?

Feb 16, 8:37am Top

>18 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul. Surprisingly the weather hasn't been too bad, the sun is shining at the moment and there is no gale blowing:) Yesterday was more blustery and rainy but the previous storm was worse.

Feb 16, 11:07am Top

>19 calm: Good to see. Stay safe and keep warm. xx

Yesterday, 4:47pm Top

> Haven't made one.. I'm just thread surfing this time. I was too optimistic last year when I started one. Maybe later? Next year? Not sure ..

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