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There is a community a number of my friends are on called 50bookchallenge. The community target is to try and read 50 books in a year. Now I like that idea but for various reasons (mainly that I am actually a slow reader and also hardly ever have any time to read apart from last thing at night before I sleep...) I will never be able to read 50 books in tweleve months. Not unless I drop a lot of other activities and plans which I'm not about to do.

I still like the 'aim' though so I'm setting myself a 25 book challenge. That's two books a month plus another one snuck in somewhere. It'll still be tough but that's my aim. I've actually kicked the year off fairly well as I'm already on my fourth book.

So far we've had 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' by Susanna Clark, 'Memoirs of a Geisha' by Arthur Golden and 'Pollen' by Jeff Noon. As already mentioned in a previous post I'm currently reading 'High Fidelity' by Nick Hornby, and should actually finish it by the end of the weekend I reckon.

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In other news my New Model Army Live DVD (from the Astoria gig in December 2003) arrived this morning. I've only skimmed through it so far but I can confirm that several of you were indeed correct - I do seem to be in quite a bit :p

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angusabranson
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
I know several people who could easily have read 50 books in under two months. Some of my friends amaze me at the speed they read (and can recall facts about the book).

I've never been a fast reader which is something that has always dismayed me in certain ways considering I absolutely love books and also love writing. I couldn't even read until I was about 7, but that was lragely down to my eyesight (why people didn't figure out to get my eyes tested before then I'll never know!) and also from suffering a slight case of dyslexia which hindered me too.
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gbsteve
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Does seem a bit light, I read 19 in January although only a couple of big ones. Long train journeys are good for getting through books and I've got 6 next week plus two flights. The main problem is being able to carry enough books! I'm looking forward to better electronic paper.
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tooth_fairy
Feb. 16th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
I recommend anything by Ben Elton or Michael Marshall Smith :)
angusabranson
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
I read Ben Elton's "Stark" many years ago and that was very entertaining.
tooth_fairy
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
My favourite one is 'This Other Eden', in fact I like all the ones I have read :)
kimkali
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
JS&MN - thoughts?
angusabranson
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it, but can certainly imagine that some people would have issues with it. I enjoyed the Napoleonic era backdrop and the mixture of faerie magic.

I've heard complaints from a few people that the book ignored actual magical tradition. Yes it does - it's a novel. If it had tried to tackle the true magical history I would have still been interested in seeing what it was about and would have given credence to the complaints but it doesn't. It develops it's own 'history' and I think it did a very good job.

All the books I've read so far this year have been fantastic and I would certainly reccommend them to people (although I might pick and choose who I'd reccommend which title to :p).

Have you read JS&MN? If yes, what did you think?
meganintheuk
Feb. 17th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
I *loved* it. Mainly because of the beautiful language that was used. It was just a joy to read. The details were well thought out so as a reader you could conjure up fabulous imagry in your head. Great story too...

Or so I thought.

:-)
mrmmarc
Feb. 17th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Like Nepoleonic?
Try the real thing- Aubrey/maturan series.
20 books.
EPIC exciting stuff.
From 'Master and Commander' onwards they just roar along; perfectly written, wonderfully paced; VERY funny.

beat the pants out opf any and all historical novelists.

O'Brain is a God!
goldmoonrj
Feb. 16th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
My average is about a book a week, which would make a little over 50 a year. It really depends on what I'm reading - some books take me a little over a day to finish, while others keep me for weeks. :)
corpsie
Feb. 16th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
You're trying to read 25 books in a year and you've chosen Jonathan Strange and Mr Sorell.. Are you sure that is wise?

It looks like a good book, but it is just a touch on the big side.
angusabranson
Feb. 17th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
I actually managed to finish that one in January. Although I did kinda cheat because I'd already started reading it towards the end of December, but hell - I'm still counting it! :p

It is a very good read imho. I was daunted by it's size initially but got so much into it that I actually ended up reading for several hours once I'd gone to bed. It meant a few nights with not much sleep but it was well worth it :)
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