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Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

It’s the eighth Discworld book. I’m on vacation, so it was time to read another Discworld book and work my way a little deeper into the series.

Published: 1989

Genre: fantasy

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Ankh-Morpork on Discworld

Summary: Short version: The Night’s Watch isn’t as useless as people think Continue reading


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The BFG by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. Surprisingly, I’ve never read it. It was time to change that fact.

Published: 1982

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 208 pages

Setting: England, it felt like the mid-1900s

Summary: Short version: Sophie befriends a good giant and they stop the evil giants Continue reading

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Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

This is the sixth book in the Discworld series. I was on vacation and it’s an easy choice. There’s so many books in the series and they’re all on my Kindle.

Published: 1988

Genre: fantasy

Length: 265 pages

Setting: Ramtop Mountains within Discworld, whenever

Summary: Short version: The witches in Ramtop get involved in politics Continue reading

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books that our library had.

Published: 1860

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 645 pages of text, 668 pages total

Setting: various English locations, mid 1800s

Summary: Short version: A mystery because women have vapors instead of talking Continue reading

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. It’s the highest on the list I’ve never read and I decided to pick it up. Plus, I was in between library books and this was available from Gutenberg for free for my Kindle.

Published: 1818

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 249 pages

Setting: 1800s England, in and around Bath

Summary: Quick version: Class gets in the way of potential husband Continue reading

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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

Miss Adventure had a gymnastics meet in Philadelphia this past weekend. It’s a seven-hour drive, so we decided to make a long weekend out of the trip, and make the drive worthwhile. That meant I didn’t get any posts up for a few days. But, it did give me time to finally finish this book. I’ve been reading it for weeks at this point (with three other books read in the middle of it). It’s a book from the BBC’s The Big Read, but I didn’t realize how long it was when I requested it.

Published: 1993

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 1349 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various parts of India, 1952-1953 Continue reading

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Reading Challenges for 2018

It’s a new year, so a chance to direct my reading over the next year. Things are going to look a lot like last year with just one change.

As always, I’ll be Reading the Alphabet. Mr. Curiosity put up the new chart in our hallway and was proud to get the first book on the list. I didn’t do a great job of finishing the alphabet last year. I did at least get a book for each letter, which took some effort at the end of the year. Perhaps I’ll have better luck this year.

I’m not going to set a specific book total goal for the year. I did set a goal of 125 books on Goodreads, but they count all the books and not just novels. I’m sure I’ll be up close to 100 as per usual by the end of the year, but I won’t be sad if it’s a little short. I like to read long books and don’t usually count books under 200 pages toward my novel total. I’ll still keep track of all the books I read this year as 2018 books.

I think I’ll spend another year on my Finish the Series Challenge. I made some good progress this year, but I still have several I want to finish, namely the Outlander series (I have one more to reread and then the series to finish) and the Dresden Files series.

I couldn’t think of any series to reread that wasn’t really long (and I’m trying to finish up the series, not start new ones), so I’m skipping the reread challenge this year. Instead, I’d like to work on reading some books of the BBC’s The Big Read list. I’m going to set myself a goal of one book off that list a month, so hopefully I’ll read 12 books for my The Big Read Challenge.

If you’re looking for something more in your reading challenge (like topics maybe?), check out the following options:

Modern Mrs. Darcy is focused on reading amazing books in 2018

BookRiot has a reading harder challenge with a variety of tasks/topics to choose from

The Island Reader has a diverse list of categories to choose from

PopSugar goes big, with 40 categories (and an extra 10 if you want to try for a book a week)

Hopefully at least one of these challenges will excite you and give you some motivation to read more this coming year.

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