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#401  Postby don't get me started » Dec 28, 2017 8:36 am

1. Thresholds of Peace. German prisoners and the People of Britain. 1944-1948 - Matthew Sullivan
2. Escape from Germany - Aidan Crawley
3. Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning and Teaching - Jeanette Littlemore
4. Food in History - Reay Tannahill
5. The Cyclist Who Went Out In the Cold - Tim Moore
6. Cognitive English Grammar - Günther Radden & René Dirven
7. The Marches: A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland - Rory Stewart
8. Lingo: A Language Spotter's Guide to Europe - Gaston Dorren
9. The Blitz: The British Under Attack - Juliet Gardiner
10. Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Maturin
11. Seeds of Earth - Michael Cobley
12. An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler - Peter Fritzsche
13. Speaking our Minds: Why Human communication is Different, and How Language Evolved to make it Special - Thom Scott-Phillips
14. In the Land of Giants: A journey through the Dark Ages - Max Adams
15. Conversational Repair and Human Understanding - Makoto Hayashi, Geoffrey Raymond & Jack Sidnell (Eds.)
16. Indirect Reports and Pragmatics: Interdisciplinary Studies (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology) - Alessandro Capone (Ed.) (Re-read)
17. Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can help Adults Learn a Foreign Language - Richard Robers and Roger Kreuz
18. Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology - Jeff Persels and Russell Ganim (Eds.)
19. Books that Changed the World - Robert B Downs.
20. Um el Madayan: An Islamic City through the Ages - Abderrahman Ayoub, Jamila Binous and Abderrazak Gragueb (Re-read)
21. English Grammar: Your questions answered - Michael McCarthy
22. Look to Windward - Iain M Banks (re-read)
23. War against War - Ernst Friedrich
24. The Story of the Human Body - Daniel Lieberman
25. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu - Dan Jurafsky
26. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity
27. An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain, or...60 Years of making the same mistakes as always - John O'Farrel
28. The Kings of Albion - Julian Rathbone (re-read)
29. The Story of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
30. The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End - Robert Gerwath
31. Soldier Spy - Tom Marcus
32. Direct and Indirect Speech (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs) - Florian Coulmas (Ed.)
33. Rethinking Linguistic Relativity (Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language) = John Gumperz & Steven Levinson (Eds.)
34. Is that a Fish in your Ear? The Amazing Adventure of Translation - David Bellos
35. The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves - Charles Fernyhough
36. Dunkirk: The History Behind the Motion Picture - Joshua Levine
37. Alphabetical: How Every Letter tells a Story: Michael Rosen
38. Warsaw Boy: A Memoir of a Wartime Childhood - Andrew Borowiec
39. An Introduction to the Languages of the World - Anatole V. Lyovin, Brett Kessler, William R. Leben
40. Holy Sh*t: A brief History of Swearing - Melissa Mohr
41. Cognitive Grammar - John R Taylor
42. Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers - Karl Menninger
43. The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria - Max Adams
44. Use of weapons - Iain M Banks (Re-read)
45. The Culture Map: Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures - Erin Meyer
46. Forms of Talk - Erving Goffman
47. Possession and Ownership: A Cross Linguistic Typology = Alexandra Y Aikhenvals and R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
48. Alien and Philosophy: I Infest, Therefore I am - Jeffrey Ewing and Kevin S. Decker (Eds.)
49. Evidentiality and Perception Verbs in English and German - Richard J. Whitt
50. Human Communication Across Cultures: A Cross Cultural Guide to Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics - Vincent Remillard and Karen Williams

So, squeaking in at the last minute with book no.50...
This was an introductory book for undergraduate students, so there was a lot that was already familiar to me. Useful nonetheless as I am always on the lookout for texts that are accessible to my students.
The book was written very much from the perspective of U.S. English speakers with knowledge of other western European languages/cultures (especially French and Spanish) and the somewhat brief treatment given to other languages strayed a bit towards 'exotic' factoids...but understandable given the target audience.
I did learn something new about pronunciation. Just as the L/R distinction that exists in many varieties of English is invisible (or inaudible) to Japanese speakers (who have a flapped retro-flex tap, somewhere between the two) so Hindi has several varieties of the English phoneme 'P'. One is strongly aspirated and one not strongly aspirated. English speakers have the same difficulty perceiving the difference as Japanese speakers have in perceiving the difference between L & R.
This aspiration differentiation is found in English in dialects that pronounce 'which' and 'witch' with a different onset sound. (I pronounce them both the same. )

Well, that's it...fifty books and quite a mixed bag it has been.

A caveat applies to some of the academic books on the list. They are often comprised of chapters written by different authors on a very wide variety of topics within the general field. I can't claim to have read every chapter in those books. But I did read more than half of the book (going by page numbers) and the amount I did read was well above the 50 page limit for this challenge, so, in my book (Ha!) they count.

Thanks for reading and I hope my brief reviews have been informative to any who have been following the thread.
Happy new year and pleasant reading for 2018
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#402  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 28, 2017 8:46 am

:cheers: welcome aboard! well done, sir!

i'm intrigued by that alien and philosophy one and a few others you've described...which is what i love about this thread, all the new possible branches to explore...i need to venture into the 'watcha reading' thread more next year, too...
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#403  Postby Fallible » Dec 28, 2017 8:58 am

I'm not noting to make it this year. Well done, DGMS. :cheers:
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#404  Postby don't get me started » Dec 28, 2017 9:03 am

:cheers: Thank you Epistemicallyuncomitted Sloth
A way to go before I reach your total of titles read...

Yeah, that Alien and Philosophy one is one in a series of 'Philosophy and Pop Culture' titles. I'll definitely be looking into some of the other titles in the series.
I'm on the fence about doing the challenge in 2018. I've been recruited to contribute a chapter to an upcoming academic book, which will involve a lot of reading and re-reading, mostly of journal articles...but we'll see. I enjoyed the challenge this year. As you say, it's a good way to find things to put on the reading list.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#405  Postby don't get me started » Dec 28, 2017 9:05 am

:cheers: Cheers Fallible,

The counter re-sets at midnight...
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#406  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 28, 2017 9:11 am

foot went on the accelerator of reading when sitting in scan waiting rooms and hospitals when fall was ill...the perfect escapism of a book, always had one in my hand this year...

used to be a voracious reader then, about 10 years ago, lost the mojo completely and wouldn;t get out of single figures in a year if i was lucky...

very happy to be enjoying it again...
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#407  Postby Blip » Dec 28, 2017 1:01 pm

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
72 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
73 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
74 Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
75 Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
76 China Court by Rumer Godden
77 The Long Valley by John Steinbeck
78 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
79 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
80 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
81 Heligoland by Shena Mackay
82 Loser Takes All by Graham Greene (textbook still hasn't arrived; have started another Hamid now)
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#408  Postby Blip » Dec 28, 2017 1:02 pm

And congrats to don't get me started; your reviews are interesting :cheers:
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#409  Postby crazyfitter » Dec 28, 2017 8:19 pm

1. Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronovitch
2. How to Write a Childrens Picture Book - Andrea Shavic
3. Absolute Friends - John le Carre'
4. A Time of Torment - John Connolly
5. The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
6. John Dies @ the End - David Wong
7. Istanbul. A Tale of Three Cities - Bettany Hughes
8. The Cup of Ghosts - Paul Doherty
9. Perido Street Station - China Mieville
10. Ancillary Justice - Anne Leckie
11. The Dry - Jane Harper
12. The Scarecrow - Michael Connelly
13. The Crossing - Michael Connelly
14. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
15. House of the Rising Sun - James Lee Burke
16. The Redbreast - Joe Nesbo
17. A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee
18. Extraordinary People - Peter May
19. The Whistler - John Grishham
20. Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
21. The Fourth Monkey - J.D.Barker
22. The Force - Don Winslow
23. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
24. Pines - Blake Crouch
25. Cast Iron - Peter May
26. Hillbilly Elegy - J.D.Vance
27. Slow Horses - Mick Herron
28. Dead lions - Mick Herron
29. Real Tigers - Mick Herron
30. Spook Street - Mick Herron
31. Gun Baby Gun - Iain Overton
32. The Honest Spy - Andreas Kollender
33. Phantom - Joe Nesbo
34. The Cartel - Don Winslow Reread
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#410  Postby Fallible » Dec 30, 2017 8:30 am

1. The Heresy of Doctor Dee - Phil Rickman.
2. I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan - Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci.
3. Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse: And Other Lessons From Modern Life - David Mitchell.
4. A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson.
5. I am No One - Patrick Flanery.
6. A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay.
7. Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov.
8. Fellside - M.R. Carey.
9. I Am Providence - Nick Mamas.
10. The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories - H.P. Lovecraft.
11. The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry.
12. A Ghost's Story - Lorna Gibb.
13. The Noise of Time - Julian Barnes.
14. Black Water Lilies - Michel Bussi.
15. Hekla's Children - James Brogden.
16. Just an Ordinary Day - Shirley Jackson.
17. The Gustav Sonata - Rose Tremain.
18. Thin Air - Michelle Paver.
19. Nocturnal Animals - Austin Wright.
20. Moonglow - Michael Chabon.
21. American Gods - Neil Gaiman. Re-read.
22. Thursbitch - Alan Garner.
23. The Wind Through the Keyhole: a Dark Tower Novel - Stephen King.
24. Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty.
25. American Pastoral - Philip Roth.
26. End of Watch - Stephen King.
27. The Somnambulist - Essie Fox. :roll:
28. Hot Milk - Deborah Levy.
29. A Hundred Thousand Worlds - Bob Proehl.
30. The Girls - Emma Cline.
31. The Girll With All the Gifts - M.R. Carey.
32. Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult.
33. The Fisherman - John Langan.
34. Seveneves - Neal Stephenson.
35. The Postman - David Brin.
36. Zero K - Don Delillo.
37. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari.
38. Golden Hill - Francis Spufford.
39. The Muse - Jessie Burton. :roll:
40. Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin.
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#411  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 30, 2017 5:09 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. Kim - Rudyard Kipling
2. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
3. Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams - Josiah Adams
4. PNIN - Vladimir Nabokov
5. Zuleika Dobson, or An Oxford Love Story - Sir Max Beerbohm
6. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
7. The Mark of Athena - Rick Riordan
8. Now It Can Be Told - Philip Gibbs
9. The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan - Laurence Leamer
10. History of the Plague in London - Daniel Defoe
11. The Worm Ouroboros - E.R. Eddison
12. The Bad Beginnings: Or, Orphans!; The Reptile Room: Or, Murder!; The Wide Window: Or, Disappearance!; The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snickets (Books 1 through 4 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
13. The Religion of the Ancient Celts - J.A. MacColluch
14. My Double Life: The Memoirs of Sarah Bernhardt - Sarah Bernhardt
15. To Find A Mountain - Dan Ames
16. Elmer Gantry - Sinclair Lewis
17. The Neon Lawyer - Victor Methos
18. Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde
19. Look Behind You - Sibel Hodge
20. The Austere Academy; The Ersatz Elevator; The Vile Village; The Hostile Hospital - Lemony Snickets (Books 5 through 8 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
21. Livia Lone - Barry Eisler
22. Howards End - E.M. Forster
23. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
24. The Carnivorous Carnival; The Slippery Slope; The Grim Grotto - Lemony Snickets (Books 9 through 11 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
25. The House of Hades - Rick Riordan
26 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
27. The Penultimate Peril; The End - Lemony Snickets (Books 12 and 13 of A Series of Unfortunate Events)
28. Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
29. The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland - Rebekah Crane
30. The Man Who Knew Too Much - G.K Chesterton
31. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
32. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
33. She - Henry Rider Haggard
34. A Cold and Broken Hallelujah - Tyler Dilts
35. Book of Mormon - Joseph Smith
36. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
37. 120 Days of Sodom - Marquis de Sade
38. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
39. Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lowry
40. Missing - Caroline Ericksson
41. Reason to Breathe - Rebecca Donovan
42. 13 Reasons Why - Jay Asher
43. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
44. Emma - Jane Austen
45. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
46. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
47. Skewed - Anne McAneny
48. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
49. The Dead Key - D.M. Pulley
50. In the Waning Light - Loreth Ann White
51. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi
52. Barely Breathing - Rebecca Donovan
53. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
54. Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#412  Postby Blip » Dec 31, 2017 2:37 pm

First 50 here.

51 All That Man Is by David Szalay
52 The Muse by Jessie Burton
53 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
54 Stoner by John Williams
55 Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
56 The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín
57 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
58 The Golden House by Salman Rushdie
59 Alternative War by J.J. Patrick
60 The Inheritors by William Golding
61 A Word Child by Iris Murdoch
62 First Love by Gwendoline Riley
63 An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick
64 The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
65 Addlands by Tom Bullough
66 The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston
67 Autumn by Ali Smith
68 Democracy and Its Crisis by A. C. Grayling
69 Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
70 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
71 Ice by Anna Kavan
72 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
73 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
74 Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
75 Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
76 China Court by Rumer Godden
77 The Long Valley by John Steinbeck
78 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
79 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
80 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
81 Heligoland by Shena Mackay
82 Loser Takes All by Graham Greene
83 How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
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Re: 25/50 Book Challenge 2017

#413  Postby crazyfitter » Dec 31, 2017 3:34 pm

1. Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronovitch
2. How to Write a Childrens Picture Book - Andrea Shavic
3. Absolute Friends - John le Carre'
4. A Time of Torment - John Connolly
5. The Jealous Kind - James Lee Burke
6. John Dies @ the End - David Wong
7. Istanbul. A Tale of Three Cities - Bettany Hughes
8. The Cup of Ghosts - Paul Doherty
9. Perido Street Station - China Mieville
10. Ancillary Justice - Anne Leckie
11. The Dry - Jane Harper
12. The Scarecrow - Michael Connelly
13. The Crossing - Michael Connelly
14. The Neon Rain - James Lee Burke
15. House of the Rising Sun - James Lee Burke
16. The Redbreast - Joe Nesbo
17. A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee
18. Extraordinary People - Peter May
19. The Whistler - John Grishham
20. Nemesis - Jo Nesbo
21. The Fourth Monkey - J.D.Barker
22. The Force - Don Winslow
23. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
24. Pines - Blake Crouch
25. Cast Iron - Peter May
26. Hillbilly Elegy - J.D.Vance
27. Slow Horses - Mick Herron
28. Dead lions - Mick Herron
29. Real Tigers - Mick Herron
30. Spook Street - Mick Herron
31. Gun Baby Gun - Iain Overton
32. The Honest Spy - Andreas Kollender
33. Phantom - Joe Nesbo
34. The Cartel - Don Winslow Reread
35. The Thirst - Joe Nesbo

Thats my lot for the year. Not as many as last year but I've got twin granddaughters to play with now which is more than compensation. Happy New Year folks.
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