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Omni's Summer Reading Challenge! (1 Viewer)


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I've made it a summer goal to read atleast one book a week this summer. Anyone who's interested, feel free to keep track of the books you've read in this thread.

Books Read
Cell by Stephen King

Currently Reading: Jackdaws by Ken Follett
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hmm..i should so do that.....great idea you have there. so how was that book, Cell by Stephen King? how long did it take you to read it?


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A week is too much - some people like to go outside once in awhile.

If you need a recommendation check out "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck, I'm almost done with it.


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One ENTIRE book a week? I am seriously impressed. I hardly have time to sleep, but I'll give it a whirl. Of course I will be looking for interesting books of twelve pages or less!!


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Yeah, that goal exploded in my face. I got two books into it and got hit by....just about everything. I've been so busy! Well, hopefully I can start picking it back up.


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Ilan Bouchard said:
I prefer quality over quantity.

You know, it's possible to do both. The following is everything I've read this year, which is almost two books a week. I even had a period in April and May where I didn't pick up a book for six weeks.

49. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
48. Spring Flowers, Spring Frost, Ismail Kadare
47. Everyman, Philip Roth

46. Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
45. We, Yevgeny Zamyatin
44. Bad News, Edward St. Aubyn

43. Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
42. One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
41. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

40. Animal Farm, George Orwell
39. The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
38. Whoever You Choose To Love, Colette Paul
37. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
--. Independent People, Halldór Laxness
36. The Van, Roddy Doyle
35. Oranges, John McPhee
34. Rashōmon, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
33. Eleven Kinds Of Loneliness, Richard Yates
32. Tortilla Flat, John Steinbeck
31. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
30. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
29. The Snapper, Roddy Doyle
28. Burning Bright, John Steinbeck
27. The Moon Is Down, John Steinbeck
--. Embers, Sándor Márai
26. The Blind Owl, Sadegh Hedayat
25. Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin
24. The Atom Station, Halldór Laxness
23. A Sweet Scent Of Death, Guillermo Arriaga
22. The Commitments, Roddy Doyle
21. The Story Of Mr Sommer, Patrick Süskind
20. Earth And Ashes, Atiq Rahimi
19. Tamburlaine Must Die, Louise Welsh
18. Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan
17. The Pearl, John Steinbeck
16. The Outsider, Albert Camus
15. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
14. Atomised, Michel Houellebecq
13. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Roddy Doyle
12. Never Mind, Edward St. Aubyn
11. Loitering With Intent, Muriel Spark
10. Weight, Jeanette Winterson
09. Wait Until Spring, Bandini, John Fante
08. Cold Spring Harbor, Richard Yates
07. To A God Unknown, John Steinbeck
06. Goodbye To Berlin, Christopher Isherwood
05. The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
04. Flaubert's Parrot, Julian Barnes
03. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
02. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea, Yukio Mishima
01. Palindrome Hannah, Michael Bailey


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Only one book a week? I read more. Just for fun, I always have two books going (one at home, one in my handbag). Then for work I have to read various manuscripts; some good, some bad, some very good. I usually manage to read more than one manuscript a week.



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I found some really unique poetry books in our small town library that were written by a former teacher of our little high school. They are very earthy and what you might expect of a Nebraska poet.

The poet is Edna May Klumpp. And I'm not sure where you can find them, but they are small volumes and a quick read.


Yeah, 62 for me so far this year, and I'm in class forty hours a week. It's easy if you just bring a book with you everywhere you go. Even if you just read for half an hour before bedtime, that's three and a half hours a week -- enough to finish a book, maybe two. What's even more helpful is borrowing a bunch of books from the library and trying to finish them all before they're due back.


I always have two going at a time, one at work, the other at home.

So far I've only finished one this summer, which was Shaman's Crossing, by Robin Hobb.


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that's three and a half hours a week -- enough to finish a book, maybe two.
How fast do you friggin' read?! It takes me like 24 hours to read a book. Then again, I'm an exception, but still, 3.5 hours for a book!? (maybe two!)