Monday, December 22, 2014

Join me for A Fistful of Reads, 2015!


So, back in 2013 I made a personal goal here on the blog to read 30 books.  I posted a post at the end of every month that listed the books I had read and gave a brief (sometimes not so brief) review of the book(s) in question.  I ended up reading 29 books.  Then this year happened; 2014.  I read nothing.  I attempted to start to read a book, two even, but never finished either.  I just couldn't do it.  Life is busy as hell, and I just couldn't find the time to dedicate to reading.  But I love to read, and so in order to force me back into that wonderful habit of reading, I decided to make a companion 'Blind Spot' series this year.  Yup, I'm bringing back 'A Fistful of Reads', except this year I'm asking you to play along!

Here's the deal; I'm selecting 12 books (a book for each month) that I am going to commit (or at least try and commit) to reading.  My goal is to read a book each month.  I'm inviting you to do the same.  Now, I understand that a book each month could be a bit much, especially when we all lead busy lives, so I'm not fastening any rules here.  Basically, just pick a handful, 3 or 5 maybe, and try to read them before the end of the year.  Once you've read one, blog about it, review it, break it down...and send me a link and I'll tag it in my end of the month post.

Not too hard, right?

There is no deadline here.  You don't have to have a list to me by any specific time.  You don't have to post every month.  You don't have to post in January.  Hell, you can read one book all year, finish it by December 31st and I'll still tag you in my December post!  

If you read it, I will tag it.

So, here are my picks for the year:



I've read 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' years ago and have always intended to finish the trilogy, but haven't gotten around to it, so I'm counting these as one (a package deal).











26 comments:

  1. Gone Girl! Yes! I'm glad you're reading Under The Skin too. Now you will see why I was so disappointed with the movie version. lol

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    1. And Sati too! She talked about the book being far superior as well. I'm really excited to get into these.

      You should play along!

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  2. Gone Girl is a great book; it gives more insight to the characters! I've been meaning to finish The Girl Who Played with Fire (still stuck in the first few chapters). Great selections!

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    1. More good ink for Gone Girl! I'm really excited to get into that one. If you finish The Girl Who Played with Fire and want to post about it, shoot me a Tweet :-D

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  3. These look like interesting selections though I've read none of them. I'll play along. I am a big reader and love the Goodreads site, I have a whole backlog of titles on there waiting to be gotten to.

    My tastes run to biography, both historical and movie related, I read both Edward G. Robinson & James Cagney's autobiographies this year as well as one on First Lady Nellie Taft. Books about the movie industry, I recently finished Roadshow! which was a fascinating look at that phenomenon in movie going and medieval mysteries but I mix in pretty much anything that catches my interest.

    I'm just about to start "The Passionate Witch" by Thorne Smith. It was the basis for the Veronica Lake film I Married a Witch and by extension the TV show Bewitched, so I guess that will be my first.

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    1. I really should read more non-fiction work.

      If you write about The Passionate Witch, shoot me an email with a link and I'll post it!

      andrew.ellington@hotmail.com

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  4. I can't promise to write any posts about them, but I plan to do more reading as well. I've got a list of books I'm interested in over at Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/21756899-shane?shelf=to-read

    Currently reading "Brideshead Revisited" and plan to tackle Andre Bazin's "What Is Cinema? Vol. 1" after that.

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    1. I'll check out this Good Reads thing, for sure!

      If you decide to write about them, hit me up :-D

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  5. Nice choices. I want read a few of these myself, especially Under the Skin, Hunger, Lolita, and On the Road.

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    1. I feel so awful. I mean, I started Hunger back last November as the 30th book in my series, and I just got way too busy to finish. At this point, I need to just start over from page one.

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  6. I read Gone Girl and Shusaku Endo's Silence during 2014! Both gave me great thrills of insecurity, seriously. I read Lolita and Hunger back on my university years, and Kafka, too (but I haven't read the Trial).
    I wish there will be more Gillian Flynn's there!
    I think I will have the same list, but still, I need more consideration!

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    1. I'm ready to bow to the temple Flynn!

      I do hope you play along. That would be so cool.

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  7. Love this endeavor. I read plenty of books, but most of them are poetry which I never blog about. When I do switch over to "normal" books, I tend to stick with those that are biographies, or sports related, or (occasionally) movie related. Not sure what I'll read this year, but maybe I'll sneak in a post or two.

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    1. Yes, I remember that we met through your poetry blogathon! You should post about the poetry you read. I'd love to read your thoughts on them. If you can sneak a post in here or there this year, let me know. You can email me (andrew.ellington@hotmail.com) or find me on Twitter @fististhoughts

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  8. What a great idea. There are some definite classics on this last and some intriguing choices. I really do want to read 'Under the Skin,' particularly after seeing the film.

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    1. Yeah, I planned to read it back when the project was announced, but I could never find it. I finally had my local used book store track it down for me.

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  9. As I Lay Dying? I remember reading that...I almost died:) Good luck with the reading!

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    1. Thanks!

      So, why did you almost die? Did you hate the book, or was it just too dark?

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    2. I disliked it! I wanted the characters to die:)

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  10. Love this idea, I should do this too, with book choices. I prefer not to set my reading schedule in stone for the year, but I'll send you any book reviews I write in 2015. Fair enough?
    I've read The Trial and its one of my favorites. Under The Skin is good too, and quite different to the film. Look forward to all the reviews!

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    1. That sounds awesome! Can't wait to see what you post :-)

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  11. This is a varied and interesting line up! I look forward to your reviews.

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    1. The first, along with links, will be up the last day of the month!

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  12. This looks fun. I actually do some weekly recap on the books I read but not the last few weeks well because of well you know...life. So do I send you the links of recaps?
    The only one on your list that I've read is Gone Girl, it was a good read. I think I like it more now than when I first read it after listening to a few book reviews...I understand more of the things that I somehow missed then.
    I'd definitely recommend you to listen to audiobooks unless you're already listening, it's a great way to read books.

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    1. Here's my email:

      andrew.ellington@hotmail.com

      You can send me links there...or you can post them here on this post...or if you have Twitter, you can DM me.

      @fististhoughts

      Glad to have you on board!

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