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Tara's 2015 '500 page' challenge

So once again, I epically failed at last year's 15 500 page books challenge, reading only 4 of the fifteen books I intended to read (but double on the previous year - woot woot!). So I'm having another go this year. I've deleted from the list the four books I did manage to read (The Diviners, The Girl who kicked the hornet's nest, American Gods, and The Lost Symbol - and don't forget Steve Jobs and This Charming Man from 2013) and added four new ones (Hard Choices, The Bridge, Son of a Witch, and Plain Truth).

I won't attempt to read in order. I'll just try and get them read!

I've not included authors etc here - just titles and numbers of pages

1. Hard Choices - 596 pages
2. The Bridge - 616 pages
3. Starcrossed - 514 pages
4. Helen of Troy - 606 pages
5. Fingerprints of the Gods - 719 pages
6. Gene of Isis - 621 pages
7. White Gold Wielder - 500 pages
8. Split Second - 597 pages
9. Middlesex - 529 pages
10. The Dragon Queens - 638 pages
11. State of Fear - 672 pages
12. God's Callgirl - 505 pages
13. House Rules - 532 pages
14. Son of a Witch - 501 pages
15. Plain Truth - 504 pages
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Book List 2

As Livejournal deems my previous entry too big, the list continues here!



  1. The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson - 500 pages

  2. The Odyssey by Homer - 324 pages

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Books to read - the definitive, ever-growing, ever-changing list


The definitive list of books to read by Tara (blinger). Subject to change. Often. highlighted means there is still information outstanding


  1. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir - 404 pages

  2. All the King's Women: Love, sex and politics in the life of Charles II by Derek Wilson - 373 pages

  3. The Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 1: The Runes of the Earth by Stephen Donaldson - >>> pages

  4. The Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 2: Fatal Revenant by Stephen Donaldson - 856 pages

  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - 353 pages

  6. The Starter Wife by Gigi Levangie - 359 pages

  7. The Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: Against All Things Ending by Stephen Donaldson - >>> pages

  8. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot - 308 pages

  9. Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot - 307 pages

  10. Queen of Babble gets Hitched by Meg Cabot - >>>> pages

  11. Jaded by Lucy Hawking - 248 pages

  12. Date Expectations: One Man's Voyage Through the Lonely Hearts by Paul Reizin - 301 pages

  13. First Impressions by Jude Deveraux - 340 pages

  14. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo - 354 pages

  15. The Longest Way Home by Robert Silverberg - 213 pages

  16. Markham Thorpe by Giles Waterfield - 280 pages

  17. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld - 425 pages

  18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - 280 pages

  19. Man of the Month Club by Jackie Clune - 336 pages

  20. Prey by Michael Crichton - 365 pages

  21. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares - >>> pages

  22. The Thin Pink Line by Lauren Baratz-Logsted - 296 pages

  23. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares - >>> pages

  24. How to Meet Cute Guys - 251 pages

  25. Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares - >>> pages

  26. I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn Moriarty - 420 pages

  27. Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares - >>> pages

  28. The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty - 374 pages

  29. Misconceptions - >>> pages

  30. All American Girl by Meg Cabot - 232 pages

  31. The Crowthistle Chronicles: Book One: The Iron Tree by Cecilia Dart-Thornton - 421 pages

  32. All American Girl: Ready or Not by Meg Cabot - 215 pages

  33. Infidelity for First Time Fathers by Mark Barrowcliffe - 337 pages

  34. Cranberry Queen by Kathleen Demarco - 243 pages

  35. Desire: Awakening God's Woman - 381 pages

  36. The Spanish Bride: A novel of Catherine of Aragon by Laurien Gardner - 286 pages

  37. Phaic Tan: Sunstroke on a Shoestring by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner & Rob Sitch - 248 pages

  38. Troy by Adele Geras - 358 pages

  39. The Last Summer (of you and me) by Ann Brashares - 306 pages

  40. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 435 pages

  41. Claudia: Daughter of Rome - 368 pages

  42. Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult - 434 pages

  43. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult - 353 pages

  44. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult - 455 pages

  45. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult - 477 pages

  46. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult - 484 pages

  47. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner - 371 pages

  48. Raising Girls - >>> pages

  49. Raising Boys - >>> pages

  50. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - 447 pages

  51. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards - 401 pages

  52. The Black Madonna by Traci Harding - Book 3: The Mystique Trilogy - >>> pages

  53. She Went All The Way by Meg Cabot - >>> pages

  54. The Secret Life of Bees - >>> pages

  55. House of Night: Book 1: Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast - 348 pages

  56. House of Night: Book 2: Betrayed by P.C. and Kristin Cast - 375 pages

  57. House of Night: Book 3: Chosen by P.C. and Kristin Cast - 322 pages

  58. House of Night: Book 4: Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast - 411 pages

  59. House of Night: Book 5: Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast - 439 pages

  60. House of Night: Book 6: Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast - >>> pages

  61. House of Night: Book 7: Burned by P.C. and Kristin Cast - >>> pages

  62. House of Night: Book 8: Awakened by P.C. and Kristin Cast - 290 pages

  63. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown - >>> pages

  64. Alter Ego by Kathy Lette - 353 pages

  65. Mercy by Jodi Picoult - 400 pages

  66. Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman - >>> pages

  67. The Time Traveller's Wife - >>> pages

  68. Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult - >>> pages

  69. Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult - >>> pages

  70. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult - >>> pages

  71. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult - 460 pages

  72. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult - 418 pages

  73. Love in the Time of Cholera - >>> pages

  74. Tuesdays with Morrie - >>> pages

  75. Sense and Sensibility - >>> pages

  76. The Mediator: Grave Doubts by Meg Cabot - 204 pages

  77. The Mediator: Heaven Sent by Meg Cabot - 212 pages

  78. Missing You by Meg Cabot - >>> pages

  79. Princess Diaries 7 by Meg Cabot - >>> pages

  80. The Princess Diaries: After Eight by Meg Cabot - 228 pages

  81. Princess Diaries 9 by Meg Cabot - >>> pages

  82. Princess Diaries 10 by Meg Cabot - >>> pages

  83. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld - 370 pages

  84. Specials by Scott Westerfeld - 372 pages

  85. Extras by Scott Westerfeld - 417 pages

  86. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein - >>> pages

  87. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkein - >>> pages

  88. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein - >>> pages

  89. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - >>>> pages

  90. Emma by >>> - >>> pages

  91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by >>> - >>> pages

  92. Romeo and Juliet by Wiliam Shakespeare - 242 pages

  93. Catch 22 by >> - >>> pages

  94. Memoirs of a Geisha by >>> - >>> pages

  95. Life of Pi by >>> - >>> pages

  96. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer - >>> pages

  97. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer - >>> pages

  98. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer - >>> pages

  99. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer - 343 pages

  100. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer - >>> pages

  101. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer - >>> pages

  102. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by >>> - 388 pages

  103. Head over Heels by Jill Mansell - 346 pages

  104. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett - 249 pages

  105. It Sleeps In Me by Kathleen O'Neal Gear - 254 pages

  106. It Wakes In Me by Kathleen O'Neal Gear - 310 pages

  107. How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo - 357 pages

  108. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares - 318 pages

  109. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - 141 pages

  110. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen - 433 pages

  111. Rumours by Anna Godbersen - 423 pages

  112. Envy by Anna Godbersen - 405 pages

  113. Splendor by Anna Godbersen - 391 pages

  114. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - 302 pages

  115. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones - 285 pages

  116. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones - 328 pages

  117. A Certain Slant of Light by >>> - >>> pages

  118. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters - 392 pages

  119. The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot - 374 pages

  120. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold - 291 pages

  121. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory - 409 pages

  122. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory - 405 pages

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Book 39 - 2019

Book 39: The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book by Neil Gaiman - 485 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Before he died in 2015, Terry Pratchett asked Neil Gaiman to make a television series of the internationally beloved novel they wrote together about the end of the world.

And so, Neil began to write. And continued to write until he had six episodes that brought an angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, (the only things standing between us and the inevitable Armageddon) to life for the screen.

Contained between the covers of this book are the scripts that Neil wrote, which later turned into some of the most extraordinary television ever made. Take a tour behind the scenes with a text that reveals the secrets of the show, still has the missing bits and, sometimes, asks for the impossible. Step backstage and see the magic for yourself. You may just learn as much from the scenes that never made the final cut as from those that did.


Thoughts:
This is the script book from the recently released Good Omens TV show. It's an enjoyable enough read, and there's a few little additions that provide amusing insights into the show. However, there's not a lot of extra material (and I'd stumbled across most of it online anyway). So, I probably could have given this book a miss and not missed a whole lot. Nonetheless, its a relatively quick read and not a bad way to spend some time. I kind of wish the extra scene included that never made it to the TV show was not the four bikers - I really didn't care for them. More Crowley and Aziraphale please!


39 / 50 books. 78% done!


11151 / 15000 pages. 74% done!

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Journey to the West
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The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
by David Remnick - 623 pages
Twisted Twenty-Six
by Janet Evanovich - 306 pages

And coming up:
The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder
by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
The Odyssey
by Homer – 324 pages
The Glad Shout
by Alice Robinson - 310 pages
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Book 38 - 2019

Book 38: Honeysuckle Creek: The Story of Tom Reid, A Little Dish and Neil Armstrong’s First Step by Andrew Tink - 255 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Honeysuckle Creek reveals the pivotal role that the tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, played in the first moon landing. Andrew Tink gives a gripping account of the role of its director Tom Reid and his colleagues in transmitting some of the most-watched images in human history as Neil Armstrong took his first step.

Part biography and part personal history, this book makes a significant contribution to Australia's role in space exploration and reveals a story little known until now.

As Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr, the director of flight operations for Apollo 11, acknowledged: 'The name Honeysuckle Creek and the excellence which is implied by that name will always be remembered and recorded in the annals of manned space flight'.


Thoughts:
I so wanted to love this book more than I did! Honeysuckle Creek was a tracking station in Canberra, Australia, in the 60s during the Apollo mission, supporting the Apollo program along with radio telescopes in Goldstone, California and Madrid, Spain. Honeysuckle Creek was actually the radio telescope responsible for relaying the first images of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, after a problem at Goldstone meant their images weren't good enough. Honeysuckle relayed the first 8 minutes of images, before Parkes Radio Telescope, in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia took over (it's much bigger). The story of Parkes was immortalised in one of the best Australian movies ever made, The Dish, which loosely implied that Parkes relayed those first few minutes. The author of this book knew the director of Honeysuckle Creek and decided to set the story straight. I thought this would be interesting enough, given my love of all things space, but what I wasn't expecting was for this book to spend most of its pages focusing on the life of that director, Tom Reid. Tom was undoubtedly a great man, but the book spent far more time talking about Tom than it did about Honeysuckle Creek, Apollo, or space tracking. The last fifty pages are by far the best, as it covers the actual walk on the moon, and the pace picks up (the first 200 pages feels like it says the same thing over and over). Tink's writing style also struck me as needing finesse. This probably could have been a chapter within a broader book, or an editorial or academic paper - there's just not enough story for a book. A shame.


38 / 50 books. 76% done!


10666 / 15000 pages. 71% done!

Currently reading:
Journey to the West
by Cheng-En Wu - 673 pages
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book
by Neil Gaiman - 485 pages
The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
by David Remnick - 623 pages

And coming up:
The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder
by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
The Odyssey
by Homer – 324 pages
Twisted Twenty-Six
by Janet Evanovich - 306 pages
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