Anyone still reading?

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Anyone still reading?

1swimmergirl1
Fev 18, 2014, 11:03pm

Is anyone still working on this? I see mine and someone else's are the only ones this year. I started late in this but maybe everyone else is finished even though it says it will run till 2016.

2drneutron
Fev 19, 2014, 12:43pm

I'm still going. I finished up Nixon in January - now I need to find a biography of Ford.

3Bill_Masom
Fev 19, 2014, 12:46pm

I am still working on this. But have to take a break from Presidential bios after reading a few. Reading some other non-fiction books at the moment. I plan on trying to finish this, just might take me a little longer than the ascribed time.

I just found a free ebook on Millard Fillmore, so will probably tackle that next, after I finish the book I am currently reading.

Regards,

Bill

4gmillar
Fev 22, 2014, 9:02am

Yep! Still going. I have a couple more to enter but I just haven't got round to it yet. My new job is sucking a lot of my waking hours. Please don't shut it down.

5swimmergirl1
Fev 23, 2014, 12:38am

Glad to hear there's still a few working on this.

6scaifea
Fev 23, 2014, 12:07pm

I'm still going, too, but *very* slowly.

7swimmergirl1
Fev 27, 2014, 11:27pm

I'm going slowly as I get sidetracked. Now reading about Lincoln but have a thick bio on Robert E. Lee sitting on the nightstand.

8Vic33
Fev 28, 2014, 12:40pm

I'm still at it too. I keep getting diverted to reading other history books about the time period of the President I am reading. I finished Wilson a while ago but have been working on a stack of WWI books. I will get to Harding eventually.

BTW, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.

9weejane
Mar 1, 2014, 7:32am

Hello Friends! I just finished Zach T. last night.

10LittleTaiko
Mar 16, 2014, 5:59pm

Still reading but slowed up over the last couple of years. Next up is Lincoln so maybe I'll get to that faster than some of these others.

11tloeffler
Mar 20, 2014, 5:26pm

I'm still reading too, although lately the books I've chosen have been whoppers, so it takes me longer to read them!

12Hamburgerclan
Abr 16, 2014, 1:32am

Yes, I am. Like I often tell my wife, I'll finish it eventually. ;-)

13swimmergirl1
Jul 1, 2014, 2:40pm

I'm reading in order and find the biographies getting longer as I go. Bit I'm choosing the longer ones so I get more in depth material. This journey will take far longer than anticipated.

14AngelaB86
Jul 29, 2014, 12:02am

Still? I finally started! Tried to read a biography of Washington last year, but it was huge and I had too many things on my plate and abandoned it. I went to the library last week and picked up a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, and am looking forward to it.

15Samantha_kathy
Ago 3, 2014, 2:11pm

Still doing this too, just very slowly. Got another one planned for September.

16weejane
Ago 30, 2014, 5:33am

Still plowing through! I'm reading them in order and just finished Andrew Johnson.

17cyderry
Out 1, 2014, 4:02pm

I'm still going, I'm only up to Teddy Roosevelt!

18LisaMorr
Out 11, 2014, 1:10pm

Me too - this will take me a long time, but that's OK, perhaps more like a lifetime challenge, as I read a lot of other types of books and read a lot for work. Finished a shorty - Andrew Jackson - recently. Now to find something on Martin Van Buren.

19weejane
Out 16, 2014, 8:47pm

I'm almost done with Ulysses S. Grant! I took a quick break and read a fantastic biography on William Tecumseh Sherman.

20swimmergirl1
Jan 4, 2015, 12:13pm

Took a little break, but now back on track at Garfield. Reading them in order so a long way still to go.

21LisaMorr
Fev 17, 2016, 9:21am

I'm still reading! Just noticed my last post above in Oct 2014, and darn I didn't make any progress last year. I do have a book on Martin Van Buren queued up and will see how many I can get to this year.

22swimmergirl1
Fev 21, 2016, 12:39pm

I'm still reading. Reading in order and am plowing through Wilson. 800 pages. I'm going to keep going through. Glad someone else is too. Happy reading!

23LisaMorr
Fev 26, 2016, 10:10am

>22 swimmergirl1: Yes, you too!

24Bill_Masom
Fev 26, 2016, 2:18pm

I am still working on it as well, just taking a bit of a break from presidential bios for awhile. But having said that, I am about 2/3 rds of the way through one on James Buchanan.

25ursula
Fev 27, 2016, 3:13am

I am on hiatus. I should be reading about Van Buren, but being in another country doesn't make it very easy to find a book about him.

26Vic33
Fev 29, 2016, 12:24pm

I'm still at it too! Currently reading about Eisenhower. I try to mix in history books about the same time period of the President I'm reading. WWII and the Korean War took some time to get through.

As I get near the end of this challenge, I am wondering about bios of living Presidents. I'm thinking they might not be too objective. I guess I will cross that bridge when I get there.

27drneutron
Mar 1, 2016, 11:43am

I've finished down to Bush 41, but also am reluctant where the living presidents are concerned. I found decent books on Carter and Bush 41, but Clinton? Bush 43? Not yet.

28swimmergirl1
Mar 10, 2016, 10:30pm

Glad to see theirs still a few of us.

29LisaMorr
Jul 21, 2016, 10:56am

Finished Martin Van Buren last month.

30swimmergirl1
Jul 21, 2016, 12:37pm

I'm reading FDR right now.

31AnneDC
Jul 21, 2016, 1:15pm

Reading about Millard Fillmore.

32gmillar
Set 3, 2016, 10:36am

I admit to feeling much the same way so I've branched out a bit into books BY a President and books relevant to the election process.

33swimmergirl1
Set 7, 2016, 3:28pm

FDR is taking me way too long too read!!!

34LisaMorr
Set 8, 2016, 2:36pm

Going shopping today to pick up the next few on my list: William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan and Lincoln.

That will surely keep me busy for a while!

35swimmergirl1
Set 11, 2016, 5:17pm

Good luck!

36Tess_W
Out 16, 2016, 9:00pm

Just starting!

37Tess_W
Out 16, 2016, 10:35pm

How do we update the individual presidential tickers?

38LisaMorr
Out 19, 2016, 5:35pm

Just post to the Presidential Tickers thread with your progress. I don't think the first post is being updated anymore, but we can still show our progress in our own posts to that thread.

39LisaMorr
Out 19, 2016, 5:54pm

And welcome and good luck! This has become probably a life-long challenge for me as I read so many other books.

>35 swimmergirl1: Thanks - I picked up a few on Abraham Lincoln, but needed to resort to on-line ordering for several of the other presidents on my list. And I'm still waiting for my William Henry Harrison biography to come in!

40Tara1Reads
Out 20, 2016, 8:04pm

I want to get started! I just need to get my hands on the biography I have picked out for George Washington.

41LisaMorr
Out 21, 2016, 3:47pm

>40 Tara1Reads: What did you pick for GW?

43Tess_W
Out 28, 2016, 6:50pm

Being a history teacher/adjunct professor, I study/read much about presidential policies at home and abroad. I want to enjoy these reads in a different way, getting to know presidential family life, relationships with other politicians, etc. If it's okay, I will be doing some lighter reading than most. If I have to read 1 more book on either Hoover or FDR's economic policies during the Great Depression, I'll go beserk!

44auntmarge64
Out 29, 2016, 10:09am

>43 Tess_W: There, there (that's a pat on the back), you read whatever works for you :)

I've taken a long break but do want to get back to it. I got as far as Grant (excepting Andrew Johnson), just requested the new Bill Clinton bio in the American Presidents series, will see if that gets me back in gear.

45swimmergirl1
Out 30, 2016, 4:25pm

I'm still reading and reading in order, I'm now reading Truman by David McCullough.

46swimmergirl1
Nov 11, 2016, 2:22pm

Trump books?

47cpg
Nov 11, 2016, 5:06pm

>46 swimmergirl1:

Fools' Names, Fools' Faces by Andrew Ferguson has a funny chapter entitled "The Donald Writes a Book".

48Tess_W
Abr 1, 2017, 10:03pm

Still reading!

49swimmergirl1
Abr 28, 2017, 2:20pm

Me too, reading An Unfinished Life about John F. Kennedy now.

50LisaMorr
Abr 28, 2017, 3:10pm

Me too, albeit slowly. William Henry Harrison finally came in, so I'll be getting to that soon.

51Hamburgerclan
Set 11, 2017, 12:16am

Still going. I anticipate it'll take me into 2020. Perhaps 2021 if Mr. Trump doesn't get a second term.

52swimmergirl1
Set 18, 2017, 4:47pm

I'm still going, reading a long bio of Nixon that is taking a long time!

53LisaMorr
Dez 5, 2017, 3:02pm

yes, but s-l-o-w-l-y!

54tututhefirst
Abr 27, 2019, 12:34pm

Yes,,,still slogging along. Have gotten stuck on Martin Van Buren, so have decided to skip him and get on going with the rest of the list. I suspect it will take me another 10 years, but I'm determined to do this one.

55LisaMorr
Abr 30, 2019, 1:23pm

>54 tututhefirst: Martin van Buren was the last biography I read; I'm committing to reading a short bio of William Henry Harrison this month.

I'm with you on completing this challenge... someday!

56LittleTaiko
Abr 30, 2019, 2:24pm

One of these years I'll actually get around to finishing this challenge. It makes me chuckle to think how optimistic I was at the beginning that I would get these all read by 2016. I'm at the same point I was in 2014. Sigh.

57LisaMorr
Maio 16, 2019, 1:57pm

58Hamburgerclan
Jun 21, 2019, 12:39am

Did I say 2021? Hahahahahahahaha!

59swimmergirl1
Ago 12, 2019, 5:57pm

I have one more book to go to finish the challenge. It's a book about George W. Bush. Just started it, but it will be good to have this challenge finished. Then I'm starting backwards on the First Ladies.

60LisaMorr
Ago 23, 2019, 5:49pm

>59 swimmergirl1: Impressive!

61swimmergirl1
Jan 16, 2020, 3:07pm

Finally finished my last book on George W. Bush. Now I’m going to start on the First Ladies.

62LittleTaiko
Jan 16, 2020, 3:57pm

>61 swimmergirl1: - Congratulations!!! And kudos to you for the additional challenge.

63LisaMorr
Jan 22, 2020, 3:28pm

64Hamburgerclan
Fev 8, 2020, 9:20pm

Well done!

65Vic33
Mar 20, 2020, 2:11pm

Wow, great job!

66LisaMorr
Jul 13, 2020, 11:17am

Just started James K. Polk: A Biographical Companion for my second presidential biography this year.

67swimmergirl1
Jul 23, 2020, 4:10pm

Glad someone is still reading. I’m working on Barbara Bush.

68tututhefirst
Jan 14, 11:06pm

hopping back into this one. Found a YA book about Martin Van Buren and hope to be able to do one person a month. Have read several of the more contemporary ones, Bush, Clinton, Truman, FDR, so I may get to finish by the end of Joe Biden's term.

69cyderry
Mar 12, 1:15pm

working on FDR

70booksfindme
Mar 21, 12:03pm

Side- tracked
Lion of Liberty by Harlow Unger

71AnneDC
Mar 21, 4:43pm

It's taken me 9 years to get to Lincoln, but I just finished Team of Rivals this year.

72cyderry
Abr 1, 2:56pm

I'm working on FDR and WWII.