Anyone still reading?

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Anyone still reading?

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.

Fev 19, 2014, 12:43pm

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

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.



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.

Fev 23, 2014, 12:38am

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

Fev 23, 2014, 12:07pm

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

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.

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.

Mar 1, 2014, 7:32am

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

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.

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!

Abr 16, 2014, 1:32am

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

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.

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.

Ago 3, 2014, 2:11pm

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

Ago 30, 2014, 5:33am

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

Out 1, 2014, 4:02pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Fev 26, 2016, 10:10am

>22 swimmergirl1: Yes, you too!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mar 10, 2016, 10:30pm

Glad to see theirs still a few of us.

Jul 21, 2016, 10:56am

Finished Martin Van Buren last month.

Jul 21, 2016, 12:37pm

I'm reading FDR right now.

Jul 21, 2016, 1:15pm

Reading about Millard Fillmore.

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.

Set 7, 2016, 3:28pm

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

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!

Set 11, 2016, 5:17pm

Good luck!

Out 16, 2016, 9:00pm

Just starting!

Out 16, 2016, 10:35pm

How do we update the individual presidential tickers?

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.

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!

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.

Out 21, 2016, 3:47pm

>40 Tara1Reads: What did you pick for GW?

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!

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.

Out 30, 2016, 4:25pm

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

Nov 11, 2016, 2:22pm

Trump books?

Nov 11, 2016, 5:06pm

>46 swimmergirl1:

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

Abr 1, 2017, 10:03pm

Still reading!

Abr 28, 2017, 2:20pm

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

Abr 28, 2017, 3:10pm

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

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.

Set 18, 2017, 4:47pm

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

Dez 5, 2017, 3:02pm

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

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.

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!

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.

Maio 16, 2019, 1:57pm

Jun 21, 2019, 12:39am

Did I say 2021? Hahahahahahahaha!

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.

Ago 23, 2019, 5:49pm

>59 swimmergirl1: Impressive!

Jan 16, 2020, 3:07pm

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

Jan 16, 2020, 3:57pm

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

Jan 22, 2020, 3:28pm

Fev 8, 2020, 9:20pm

Well done!

Mar 20, 2020, 2:11pm

Wow, great job!

Jul 13, 2020, 11:17am

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

Jul 23, 2020, 4:10pm

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

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.

Mar 12, 1:15pm

working on FDR

Mar 21, 12:03pm

Side- tracked
Lion of Liberty by Harlow Unger

Mar 21, 4:43pm

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

Abr 1, 2:56pm

I'm working on FDR and WWII.