Book Challenge 2015

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Book Challenge 2015

Postby Rob P » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:44 pm

Well someone's got to start it.

Shamelessly stolen from last year:

Adjust to your own preferences, in the end the real challenge is to read more.
This year's theme is diversity. Don't get stuck in a route.

The Challenge originally (and still has this year) a points based system where the aim is to score 100 points at least in the year. The rules and points are as follows.

What counts?
# Must be at least 50 pages long
# Fiction or non-fiction book
# Paper or e-book

But what about...
# Novels in collections? = counted as separate books
# Short story collections? = counted as a single book
# Poetry collections? = counted as a single book
# Individual plays? = counted as a single book
# Books started last year? = counted if finished this year
# Audiobooks? = counted, but make sure the hard copy of the book is over 50 pages
# Graphic novels and print comics? = counted only if over 100 pages
# Lord of the Rings? volumes count separately, but not books

How are the points awarded?
# 2 points for every book read this year that's over 50 pages (or comic that's over 100 pages)
# 3 points for every book read that's longer than 500 pages

Attention for foreign language speakers: this rule could be important, it's your choice in how to interpret:
>>># 3 points for every book read that's in a foreign language (4 points if it's over 500 pages, too)<<<

# 1 point for audiobooks, regardless of length
# 1 point for any book re-read within the 52 weeks of the year

[number.] [title] by [author], ([what it is*]), ([day/month]), [rating out of 5 in *'s], [number of points]

eg
1. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, (F), (01/01), (*****), 2pts

The Key for labelling books
A - Autobiography
B - Biography
F - Fiction
GN - Graphic Novel
M - Memoir
NF - Non Fiction
P - Poetry
RB - Rule Book
SS - Short Story Collection
&c. (You can add your own)


My past record was 75 books in 2013, but only 24 in 2014 (of which a lot were shorts).

I'm hoping to get a bit more reading done this year.

(1) Bjorn: Lone Wolf - HH short - January
(2) Child of Night - HH short - January
(3) Imperfect - HH short - January
(4) Virtues of the Sons - HH short - January
(5) A Safe and Shadowed Place - HH short - January
(6) Gunsight - HH short - January
(7) If I Stay - Romance novel - January
(8) Howl of the Hearthworld - HH short - January
(9) Serpent - HH short - January
(10) Hunter's Moon - HH short - January
(11) Veritas Ferrum - HH short - January
(12) Strike and Fade - HH short - January
(13) Warmaster - HH short - January
(14) Heart of the Conqueror - HH short - January
(15) Guardian of Order - HH short - January
(16) The Eightfold Path - HH short - January
(17) Wolf's Claw - HH short - January
(18) Thief of Revelation - HH short - January
(19) The Watcher - HH audio - January
(20) Master of the First - HH audio - January
(21) Holder of the Keys - HH audio - January
(22) Master of Dragons - HH novel - January
(23) Trial of Jean Grey - GotG/X-Men graphic novel - January
(24) Insurrection - 2000AD Graphic novel - January
(25) Lucius, The Eternal Blade - HH short - January
(26) Arkham Asylum - Batman graphic novel - January
(27) Reclaiming the F Word - Non-fiction - February
(28) Censure - HH short - February
(29) The Divine Word - HH short - February
(30) Honour to the Dead - HH short - February
(31) Corax: Soulforge - HH novella - February
(32) Riven - HH short - February
(33) Yarrick: Chains of Golgotha - 40k novella - February
(34) Stardust - Fantasy novel - February
(35) The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Fantasy novel - February
(36) The Unremembered Empire - HH novel - February
(37) Death of Integrity - 40k novel - March
(38) Ahriman: Exile - 40k novel - March
(39) Wolf Mother - HH short - March
(40) Chirurgeon - HH short - March
(41) Daemonology - HH short - March
(42) Black Oculus - HH short - March
(43) Twisted - HH short - March
(44) Damocles Anthology - 40k Anth - April
(45) The Sleeper and the Spindle - Novel - June
(46) Kenzuke's Kingdom - Novel - June
(47) IA: Initiate - Novel - June
(48) Iron Man - Extremis - Graphic Novel - June
(49) Avengers World: AIMPire - Graphic Novel - June
(50) The Trial of Captain America - Graphic Novel - June
(51) Iron Man: Believe - Graphic Novel - June
(52) Captain America: Loose Nuke - Graphic Novel - June
(53) Avengers Vol 5 - Graphic Novel - June
(54) Are we nearly there yet? - Non-Fiction - June
(55) Captain America: The Iron Nail - Graphic Novel - June
(56) Avengers: Adapt or Die - Graphic Novel - June
(57) Daenyathos - Novella - June
(58) Ravenwing - Novel - June
(59) Master of Sanctity - Novel - June
(60) Artefacts - HH short - June
(61) The Unforgiven - Novel - July
(62) Deathfire - HH Novel - July
(63) Queen's Assassin - Novel - July
(64) Trigger Warning - Novel - August
(65) Fear to Tread (Reread) - HH Novel - August
(66) Daemonology (Reread) - HH Short - August
(67) Coraline - Novel - August
(68) Fahrenheit 451 - Novel - September
(69) The Imperial Truth - HH Anthology - September
(70) Wolf Mother (Reread) - HH short - September
(71) Brotherhood of the Storm - HH Novella - September
(72) Scars (Reread) - HH Novel - September
(73) The Death House - Novel - October
(74) A Safe and Shadowed Place - HH short - October
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Re: Book Challenge 2015

Postby Xisor » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:02 am

(01) Gods of Mars - Graham McNeill - January- ***(+) - 2pts
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Re: Book Challenge 2015

Postby LordLucan » Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:02 am

Xisor wrote:(01) Gods of Mars - Graham McNeill - January- ***(+) - 2pts


I'd love to hear your thoughts on Gods of Mars. The instant I read it I thought 'this is the stuff me and Xisor love, but with McNeil's infuriating lack of nuance and ambiguity.' ;)
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Re: Book Challenge 2015

Postby Vivia » Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:30 pm

Rob P wrote:Well someone's got to start it.


Thank you, I knew I was missing something. :)

1. A Boy's Own Story, Edmund White, NF, 1/3, **
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