Another 17 books added to the total count :) I decided to up the challenge to 200 books in 2011 rather than 111, and so far I am still ahead (by 10 books).

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76 completed books, 26586 words as of 01/05/2011

Currently reading:
- Reginald Hill - Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe) - 38/384
- Pat Willimott - The Chalet School Librarian - 39/200


I might abandon that last. It's sending me up the wall with misery spotting errors everywhere and I'm not even to page 40 yet, and the plot is not much better. The girls' school story fandom has weird ideas about fanfiction, and I'm really not all that comfortable paying for published fanfic if it's not for charity, having had more experience in the usual fandom model...
I'm doing pretty well at keeping track, now that I bought myself a little notebook and joined GoodReads.

I decided on 111 books in 2011. I may change that, as I'm already more than halfway there. List of read books/page count etc. so far under the cut - 59 finished so far. Not necessarily in order of reading - I only listed the month in my notebook until March 29th, not the exact date, so they sort randomly by month. A lot are re-reads, but I count those just the same. Page counts may be inaccurate, most were taken from GR and I know sometimes those editions are listed weirdly... I've sorted the list so far by author, since I don't know the exact dates I finished most of them.

59/111 )

Currently reading:
- Jean K. Baird - Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall - 95/180
- David Eddings - The Elder Gods (Dreamers) - 227/480
- Reginald Hill - Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe) - 38/384
Name: [personal profile] bobafeis
Goal: 50 books between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010
Definition of "book": no restrictions on length or reading levels, graphic novels and manga do not count unless there's a significant level of text as well, re-reads count for half a book

A little about my goal and my reading habits: I started this last year and I believe I met my goal, but with all that reading I forgot about little things like keeping count and posting to this community. I will read just about anything, but I concentrate most of my reading time on sf/f, ya, mg and literary novels.

I also read a lot of Advance Reader Copies, and will try to remember to mention when I'm talking about one. Anything I read in ARC form may or may not have any resemblance to the finished product.

And now, here are the four books I've read since the beginning of the month:

Title: Spindle's End
Author: Robin McKinley
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Fantasy
Book Number/Goal:1/50
Review: here

Title: Un Lun Dun
Author: China Mieville
Number of Pages: 496
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Book Number/Goal: 2/50
Review: here

Title: Savages (ARC)
Author: Don Winslow
Number of Pages: 390
Genre: Thriller, crime fiction
Book Number/Goal: 3/50
Review:here

Title: A Search for the King
Author: Gore Vidal
Number of Pages: 172
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Number/Goal: 4/50
Review: here
Title: Tooth and Nail.
Author: Ian Rankin.
Number of Pages: 304.
Genre: Crime.
Book Number/Goal: 43 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Strip Jack.
Author: Ian Rankin.
Number of Pages: 269.
Genre: Crime.
Book Number/Goal: 44 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Silver Phoenix.
Author: Cindy Pon.
Number of Pages: 338.
Genre: Fantasy.
Book Number/Goal: 45 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
Author: N.K. Jemisin.
Number of Pages: 412.
Genre: Fantasy.
Book Number/Goal: 46 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Oryx and Crake.
Author: Margaret Atwood.
Number of Pages: 374.
Genre: Speculative fiction.
Book Number/Goal: 47 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Wild Seed.
Author: Octavia Butler.
Number of Pages: 320.
Genre: Speculative fiction.
Book Number/Goal: 48 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Haunting of Hill House.
Author: Shirley Jackson.
Number of Pages: 208.
Genre: Horror.
Book Number/Goal: 49 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.
My list/goal can be found here.

Title: Ash.
Author: Malinda Lo.
Number of Pages: 258.
Genre: Fantasy, LGBT.
Book Number/Goal: 20 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Strong Poison.
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers.
Number of Pages: 240.
Genre: Mystery.
Book Number/Goal: 21 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Five Red Herrings.
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers.
Number of Pages: 368.
Genre: Mystery.
Book Number/Goal: 22 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Secret Scripture.
Author: Sebastian Barry.
Number of Pages: 312.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Book Number/Goal: 23 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.
My list/goal can be found here.

Title: Fatal Shadows.
Author: Josh Lanyon.
Number of Pages: 232.
Genre: Mystery, LGBT, romance.
Book Number/Goal: 15 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: A Dangerous Thing.
Author: Josh Lanyon.
Number of Pages: 248.
Genre: Mystery, LGBT, romance.
Book Number/Goal: 16 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Hell You Say.
Author: Josh Lanyon.
Number of Pages: 230.
Genre: Mystery, LGBT, romance.
Book Number/Goal: 17 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Death of a Pirate King.
Author: Josh Lanyon.
Number of Pages: 248.
Genre: Mystery, LGBT, romance.
Book Number/Goal: 18 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Dark Tide.
Author: Josh Lanyon.
Number of Pages: 304.
Genre: Mystery, LGBT, romance.
Book Number/Goal: 19 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.
A little batch update, so you know how I'm doing. My goal/list is here.

Title: Clouds of Witness.
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers.
Number of Pages: 288 pages.
Genre: Crime/mystery.
Book Number/Goal: 1 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Unnatural Death.
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers.
Number of Pages: 288 pages.
Genre: Crime/mystery.
Book Number/Goal: 2 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.
Author: Dorothy L. Sayers.
Number of Pages: 256 pages.
Genre: Crime/mystery.
Book Number/Goal: 3 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.
book 12Title: The Empty Chair
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 12/50

Plot: While visiting North Carolina for a medical appointment, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are approached by the local police who need their help to find some missing girls.
My Thoughts: It took a little bit for this book to grab me, as most of the secondary characters I'm familiar with are missing. Meeting Roland Bell's relative helped to smooth things along until the story itself gripped me, and once the mystery got its hooks into me, all thoughts of "where's Dellray and Sellitto" slipped from my mind. I liked the twists and turns of the plot, and the way Deaver has a skill at making you believe one thing when in truth the opposite is what's going on. The final twist made sense to me, as the question it answered was something I'd been asking myself.

Would I read this book again? Yes

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book 13Title: The Stone Monkey
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 13/50

Plot: A case of human smuggling turns deadly when the smuggler starts killing those he's taken to the United States. It's up to Rhyme and Sachs to stop him before it's too late.
My Thoughts: I found this story surprisingly difficult to get into, initially. While the previous book didn't grab me at first, this one felt like it might be the "yawner" of the series. I didn't much care for Sonny Li, I must admit, and I found that Rhyme's reaction to him felt a little out of character to me. Sachs has certainly mellowed Rhyme, but I still felt like Rhyme wouldn't put up with Li's way of doing things as quickly as he did. I did, however, like how the friendship resulted in growth for Rhyme, and I enjoyed Sachs' decision at the end of the book.

Would I read this book again? Yes

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book 14Title: The Vanished Man
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 14/50

Plot: Rhyme and Sachs face their most slippery opponent yet when they try to capture an illusionist turned serial killer.
My Thoughts: This book was just... FUN, in my opinion. I've never been particularly good at illusion, but I've always loved watching the shows I could manage to see, and gasping in wonder. So reading a book where the forensics had to deal with the magic of it somehow made the mystery more fun to me. Rhyme was back to being his grumpy self, and that felt right, too.

Would I read this book again? Yes

My List

(and with this, I think I'm finally caught up to my current book!)
book 10Title: The Bone Collector
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 10/50

Plot: Noted forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme was left a quadruplegic after an accident at a crime scene. But his brilliant mind is needed when a serial killer starts kidnapping and killing people in his home of New York City. He begins to teach protegée Amelia Sachs the procedures of Crime Scene work as they hunt down the killer.
My Thoughts: Lincoln is a shit, personality-wise. And yet, he's so much fun to read about to me. He has reason for it, but even better, people aren't afraid to put him in his place for it (most notably Thom, his caregiver/aide). But there's more to him than simply being an asshole, and part of what draws me so deeply into these books is the different characters and the way their personalities have depth. Lincoln and Amelia are undoubtedly the stars of the show, but you also get a feel for Thom, for Selitto and Dellray, for Jerry Banks, and even, at times, for the killer. Jeffery Deaver digs into the thoughts of everyone, killer included, and yet does so in a way that leaves us guessing as to just who the killer is, and what the ultimate goal might be.

There's also the forensic science to work with, and that procedure fascinates me. While I don't anticipate that Deaver's forensic procedures are completely by the book, they are comfortable enough with the book that it doesn't leave me frowning in frustration, or failing to enjoy the book. There is puzzle, there is interplay, and there is suspense, and all of those combine to frustrate me only when I'm forced to put the book down and focus on the real world again.

Would I read this book again? DEFINITELY! This entire series is one of my favorites. Each time I pick it up, I find myself sucked back into the interplay between the characters, and the teasing clues that the killer leaves us.

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book 11Title: The Coffin Dancer
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Crime Fiction, Thriller
Book Number/Goal: 11/50

Plot: A bomb on a plane, two witnesses to protect in a federal investigation, and "the one that got away" are what draw Lincoln's attention to the case in the second book of the Lincoln Rhyme series. Alongside Amelia, Rhyme returns to track down a clever killer.
My Thoughts: Deaver's back with Lincoln and Amelia, and once more the forensics and emotions are two of my favorite things. Characters grow in this series, becoming more than a simple sum of their parts. Lincoln's still a shit, but he's changed, and you can see it. And there's a lovely little hint at a subplot, which continues the length of the series, that begins to coalesce. It was in the first book, certainly, but it needles at your brain here, and makes you aware of itself. Masterful twists and turns also lead you on a merry chase, as they lead Lincoln and Amelia.

Would I read this book again? Absolutely! I find the second book just as intriguing as the first, and just as much an addiction to read.

My List
Title: The Partner.
Author: John Grisham.
Number of Pages: 366.
Genre: Crime fiction.
Book Number/Goal: 37/50 from my list.

Review: Here.
Title A Morbid Taste For Bones
Author(s) Ellis Peters
Page Count 250
Genre Crime/Mystery/Historical
Book Number/Goal (23/05-23/09) 13/100

Title The Confession of Brother Haluin
Author(s) Ellis Peters
Page Count 205
Genre Crime/Mystery/Historical
Book Number/Goal (23/05-23/09) 14/100

Title The Holy Thief
Author(s) Ellis Peters
Page Count 289
Genre Crime/Mystery/Historical
Book Number/Goal (23/05-23/09) 15/100

15/100 books; 4822 pages.
Counting from the 23rd May and running to September 23rd, so here's my list for this past week :)

1-12/100 )

12/100 books; 4078 pages.
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