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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:49 am

I've been updating mine, but I haven't had the chance to update the first post with everyone's progress lately due to computer difficulties. I'll do that now. I'm currently on my fifth book already. I've been doing really well lately.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Sunwolf007 on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:53 pm

I have been reading but since I am reading 3 books at the same time its going to be a while before I finish one. Just saying that I didn't forget to update my post but that I haven't needed to yet.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Guest on Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:50 am

I...haven't been reading.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:43 pm

I have a tip that may be a little helpful to those of you who are in this challenge.

The way I get myself to read in a timely manner is I set a quota of pages to read each day. Because my goal is fifty books for one year, I pretty much have to read one book a week.

Every time I start a new book, I divide the number of pages (x) by the days I have to read it (y) to get my quota (z).

x / y = z

Basically, if I have to read 140 pages in a week, I would divide that by 7.

140/7=20. This means I would have to read twenty pages a day.

If it's not a perfect number ((like if it ends up being 18.324 or something like that)), I round the number up no matter if it's 18.324 or 18.576.

Maybe what I do will help you guys, too?

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Gadreille on Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:16 pm

Hiring a babysitter wouldn't hurt either Laughing
This summer, I will definitely be doing a lot of catch up. I'm not out of the game yet!!
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by MoiraofWords on Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:12 pm

I don't read based on the math, rather I read for the enjoyment. But it probably doesn't help that I read at more unusual times. Times that wouldn't be appropriate for everyone (such as meals for those that are married), or when I read around water >>. Although I find that a minimum of a chapter per time you pick up your book will help, as chapters in most books will be at ten pages as a minimum, and in other books, a more.

Well, that's just my outlook on it anyway.
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:38 pm

Well, I use two bookmarks when I read: one to mark where I am, and one to mark the end of my daily quota. Just because I make sure I read a certain amount each day doesn't mean I can't surpass it. I also go a little extra because I won't end my quota in the middle of a chapter.

I definitely read for pleasure, but if I'm going to complete this challenge successfully, I have to make sure I read a certain number of pages each day. I'm already a little ahead of schedule. It's nice.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Sighlent on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:01 pm

I would like to join this!!! But I definitely won't take me a year to read 50 books. It takes me a few hours to read a 400 pager but I definitely want to do this!!! I don't have any ideas on what I'm going to read because I've read a lot of books already but I'll get too it! Maybe even take some suggestions from the lists you guys have already compiled. Anyway, posting my list after this post.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:09 pm

Okay. That sounds good. You can either use the template I have, or you can make one of your own like Silvone did. Welcome to the challenge. I'll add you to the list once you have your list.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Sighlent on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:09 pm

1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
2. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
3. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
4. A Rush of Wings: Book One of The Maker's Song by Adrian Phoenix
5. In The Blood: Book Two of The Maker's Song by Adrian Phoenix
6. Beneath the Skin: Book Three of the Maker's Song by Adrian Phoenix
7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
8. Fire by Kristin Cashore
9. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
10. Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor
11. Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
12. The Vampire Diaries - The Awakening & The Struggle by L.J. Smith
13. The Vampire Diaries - The Fury & Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith
14. The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Nightfall by L.J. Smith
15. The Vampire Diaries - The Return: Shadow Souls L.J. Smith
16. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
17. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
18. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
19. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
20. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
21. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
22. Altogether Dead by Charlaine Harris
23. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
24. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
25. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
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- Began: January 26, 2010
- Reached 5 Books: February 22, 2010
- Reached 10 Books: Not sure.
- Reached 25 Books: May 28, 2010
- Reached 35 Books:
- Reached 50 Books:
- Pages Read:


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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Sighlent on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:10 pm

I kinda planned on just winging it. Reading a book as I come across it, if that's ok?
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:23 pm

Yes. That's absolutely fine. By list, I meant the post in which you would log all of the books that you have read/are reading/will read because that's the post to which I link in the first post of this thread. ^^_^^

Oh, I just wanted to remind you that if you finish all fifty books ahead of schedule, you may choose to either lengthen the number of books for your year, or you can completely start again with a new date as the start of your year. ^^_^^

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Post by Sighlent on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:26 pm

Yeah I'll probably just keep a log of them on here so I'll just add on. XD
I read...A LOT. I just got through reading a the first two of a series of books and plan on reading the 3rd one soon whenever I get the money to go and buy it. Which will probably be after the 15th of next month because I'm otherwise broke until then. In the meantime I'll be borrowing books from my mom. XD
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:46 pm

Well, there are also libraries that happen to be a great source of literature. That's where I get most of my books to read, but my best friend also has a nice collection of books that I intend to borrow in the future. XD

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Sighlent on Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:53 pm

Yeah I nave multiple Library cards and I always seem to forget to turn the books back in. Besides I tend to re-read all of the books I read and sometimes I'll re-read it to the point of disarray.

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Mortal Instruments

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I'm actually about to add a few books to my list that I intend on reading. They're actually books that I bought before I was supposed to move but ended up packing away. I know that sounds odd but the thing is we never got to move our stuff up to Virginia so it's all still here in my mom's spare room. XD
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Sunwolf007 on Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:25 pm

Hurray! Just completed my first book. My reward? Paper due next week! Laughing I get to look forward to the same thing when I get done with Plato's Republic. Yay reading for college classes!

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Loki on Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:57 pm

Can I start my count with the books that I had read at the end of November or do I have to start from present on? That was when I started the Dresden Files series and that makes up a huge portion of the reading that I have done.
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:18 am

Well, if you start your count with the books you read in November, your 365 days would have started in November.

If you want to start your year now, then you'll start with a clean slate.


Congratulations, Sun!

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Loki on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:17 am

I can work with that.

1. Storm Front by Jim Butcher 322 pages 11/28
2. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher 400 pages 12/12
3. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher 384 pages 12/17
4. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher 384 pages 12/21
5. Death Masks by Jim Butcher 334 pages12/24
6. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher 372 pages 12/27
7. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher 424 pages 12/30
8. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher 496 pages 1/4
9. White Knight by Jim Butcher 455 pages 1/7
10. Small Favor by Jim Butcher 541 pages 1/11
11. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher 432 pages 1/16
12. Furies of Culderon by Jim Butcher 504 pages 2/21
13. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 244 pages 3/3
14. Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher 544 pages 3/21
15. Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher 544 pages 3/26
16. Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher 464 pages 3/31
17. Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher 560 pages 4/3
18. First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher 480 pages 4/8
19. Changes by Jim Butcher 438 pages 5/31
20. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams 256 pages
21. Live, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams 240 pages
22. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams 224 pages
23. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams 240 pages
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If it has a slash through it, I’ve completed it.
* means I am rereading a book.

Benchmarks
- I have read eighteen out of fifty books so far.
- Began: Thursday, November 26th, 2009
- Reached 5 Books: 12.24.09
- Reached 10 books: 1.11.09
- Reached 25 books:
- Reached 35 books:
- Reached 50 books:
- Pages Read: 4621[/quote]


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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:31 am

All right! Your information has been added. ^^_^^

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Gadreille on Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:53 pm

I've read two books!!

I'm not going to complain at the small number, for if it weren't for this contest I have no doubt in my mind that I would have read zero.
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:37 pm

Good! I'm glad! I agree with you that it doesn't really matter if one has read fifteen books or one. I started this challenge as a way to help people become motivated to read. Meeting the goal of anywhere from twelve books on up isn't as important as just reading in general.

Reading is a really good way to expand the mind and to get good ideas about how to write things or just creative ideas that one may want to integrate into role playing.

I've often gotten good ideas about wording and such from books I've read. I read a book by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and she used the word "pebbled" to describe how someone got goosebumps/gooseflesh, and I've used it ever since because it's a really good way to describe that particular thing.

Anyway, because I was a little ahead of the game, I haven't been reading as much lately ((that and my interest in Emoria has kept me from reading)). However, I'm hoping to get ahead of the game once before I visit Misery in March and again in April so I can spend time with him rather than worrying about reaching my page quota when I should be spending time with my lover.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Blackrock on Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:29 am

Finally completed my first book, I'm quite happy that I now have enough time to read at least once a day. I've started reading another Strugatsky novel, quite short but it's definitely rich on ideas.
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:31 pm

Sweet! Great job, Blackrock. I'll update the first post with the change.

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Gunneh on Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:05 pm

Finished my second book! It wasn't even on my list to begin with, but now it is and it's done! I'm focusing my attentions on the one right after it on the list as well.
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Psychotic Flesh on Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:25 pm

I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea, and I would love to join.

However, I am currently reading a book, and I didn't know if it could count as my first for the list, or if it would be classed as cheating as I've read over half of it? I could wait until I've finished it, and then start officially, but I'm impatient.
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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:40 pm

Well, to give you a better idea, I actually started reading the first book on my list in December when I was on a plane to visit my lover in Utah. However, I didn't start reading it again until I returned home and started this challenge.

Also, Gunneh counted his starting date as the day that he finished his first book.

This challenge is for you, not for us. If you want to have your start date as today despite the fact that you've already read a great deal of your book, that's fine with me.

Go ahead and post your list, and I'll link it to the first post as I have with the others' lists.

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Post by Psychotic Flesh on Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:45 pm

Okay, thank you Kathryn. I'm going to include the book I'm currently reading, and have actually nearly finished.

1. The Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill 517 pages
2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger 391 pages
3. The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell 219 pages
4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 234 pages
5. Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan 656 pages
6. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 326 pages
7. ]The Fall by Garth Nix 219 pages
8. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff 362 pages
9. Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix 391 pages
10. Connie's Courage by Annie Groves 518 pages
11. The Shining by Stephan King 497 pages
12. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux 270 pages
13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 428 pages
14. Stardust by Neil Gaiman 194 pages
15. Cat by Freya North 423 pages
16. Something Borrowed by Martina Reilly 390 pages
17. City Girl by Patricia Scanlan 477 pages
18. He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
19. Marley and Me by John Grogan
20. The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
21. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
22. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
23. Silver Brumby's Daughter by Elyne Mitchell
24. Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash
25. Shade's Children by Garth Nix
26. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
27. Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan
28. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
29. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
30. Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins
31. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
32. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
33. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
34. Supernatural: Bone Key by Keith R.A. Decandido
35. Castle by Garth Nix
36. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
37. The Awakening by L.J Smith
38. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
39. Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
40. The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
41. The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
42. City Lives by Patricia Scanlan
43. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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- Began: Monday February 8th 2010
- Reached 5 Books: 10th June 2010
- Reached 10 books: 23rd July 2010
- Reached 25 books:
- Reached 35 books:
- Reached 50 books:
- Pages Read: 6,512


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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Kathryn Lacey on Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:16 pm

You've been added to the list in the first post. Good luck with your challenge!

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Re: 50 Book Challenge!!!

Post by Blackrock on Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:03 am

Meh, just my luck. As I was reading, I flip to the fateful page 128, I read through it, things are getting very interesting and intense. I shift my gaze to page 129, but notice that's there's lack of logical connection between the last page's sentence and this page's first one. I look at the page number and notice 162 >.<

Great and the store doesn't work on Sunday *sighs*
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