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Aug 02, 2009 07:45PM

1218 I am seriously out-of-date here. Went on vacation the beginning of July, and I can't even remember if I've posted since then. Whole lot of chaos in my life right now, so I'm not even going to attempt to catch up with all the posts I've missed.

I've been reading, but only a couple of the books apply to the challenge. The only points update is for 5.10 -- I read Fireflies in December. Wonderful book!
Jul 08, 2009 12:03PM

1218 Read a bit over the past week -- finished several books, but some are for multi-book tasks, so no points yet. Here are my new completed tasks:

5.6 Mistletoe And Murder
30.6 A Moment on the Edge 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women and The Echo.

Jun 24, 2009 07:36AM

1218 Here's my updated goal list, as well as one addition -- finished task 5.2 Twyla Tharp. I read Sisterchicks Do the Hula -- and, personally, I think I deserve more than 5 poins for forcing myself to finish this one! :) I posted a review of it if you really want to know. But trust me, it wasn't worth the time.

5.1 Light in August, William Faulkner
5.2 Sister Chicks Do the Hula, Robin Jones Gunn
5.3 TBD
5.4 TBD
5.5 The $64 Tomato, William Alexander
5.6 Mistletoe and Murder, Carola Dunn
5.7 TBD
5.8 TBD
5.9 Borderline, Nevada Barr
5.10 Fireflies in December, Jennifer Erin Valent (1930s Virginia -- racial tension/Ku Klux Klan)

10.1 TBD
10.2 The Essays of Elia, Charles Lamb
10.3 The Princess Bride ??
10.4 Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander McCall Smith
10.5 TBD
10.6 Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Gail Tsukiyama
10.7 TBD
10.8 Half Moon Street, Anne Perry
10.9 A Painted House, John Grisham
10.10 Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had, Rick Bass

15.1 TBD
15.2 Havana Bay, Martin Cruz Smith
15.3 TBD
15.4 The Time Traveler's Wife
15.5 TBD
15.6 TBD
15.7 To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee; Summer Reading, Hilma Wolitzer
15.8 Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver; and either Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll; or Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
15.9 At Mrs. Lippincote's, Elizabeth Taylor; Write Away, Elizabeth George
15.10 Tracy Dickinson -- Thornyhold, Mary Stewart; Darby, J. Scott Fuqua

20.1 TBD
20.2 TBD

25.1 Emma, Jane Austen; Mr. Knightley's Diary, Amanda Grange or Austenland, Shannon Hale
25.2 TBD
25.3 The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa (Lori's list); The Awakening, Kate Chopin (Cynthia's)
25.4 TBD
25.5 TBD
25.6 TBD
25.7 TBD
25.8 TBD
25.9 Captain's Courageous, Kipling; Goodbye Mr. Chips, Hilton; Home Safe, E. Berg
25.10 TBD

30.1 TBD
30.2 Farthing, Jo Walton (Lucy); Freddy Goes to Florida, Walter Brooks (Fred)
30.3 TBD
30.4 TBD
30.5 The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit; Inkheart, Cornelia Funke; The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
30.6 A Moment on the Edge..., Elizabeth George; and The Echo, Minette Walters
30.7 The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis (1942); Letters to Malcolm, C. S. Lewis (1964)
30.8 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou; Jazz, Toni Morrison
30.9 TBD
30.10 Ill Met by Moonlight, S. Hoyt


Jun 21, 2009 07:57PM

1218 Just finished task 5.9 -- Borderline. I always like these Anna Pigeon mysteries, and this one was no exception. I was surprised to find I actually figured out the "mystery" before it was revealed in the book, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment at all! Fun series!
Jun 11, 2009 07:50PM

1218 Just finished task 5.5 last night -- The $64 Tomato How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden. What a delight! I've been wishing I had a yard that would allow for a vegetable garden -- but it's too small, shady and wet -- and after reading this book, I think I'm glad! Alexander made me laugh out loud a number of times -- and who expects that in a nonfiction book about vegetable gardens?!
Jun 09, 2009 02:09PM

1218 I hadn't posted my goal list yet, but I've already started reading, so here's where I'm at. (I still have to finish a couple of two-book tasks...)

As you can see, I have a lot of decisions to make -- but summer reading is the best! I'm keeping my options open on a lot of these tasks, so I can go with what sounds good at the moment. Gotta love summer -- and being a stay-at-home mom, so I can enjoy the season!

5.1 TBD
5.2 Sister Chicks Do the Hula, Robin Jones Gunn (I admit, this looks a little corny... but I have to read it for another book group I'm in. We'll see...)
5.3 TBD
5.4 TBD
5.5 The $64 Tomato, William
5.6 Mistletoe and Murder, Carola Dunn
5.7 TBD
5.8 TBD
5.9 Past Due, William Lasher ??
5.10 TBD

10.1 TBD
10.2 The Complete Works and Letters of Charles Lamb, Charles Lamb
10.3 The Princess Bride ??
10.4 Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander McCall Smith
10.5 TBD
10.6 TBD
10.7 TBD
10.8 TBD
10.9 A Painted House, John Grisham
10.10 Either Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had, Rick Bass; or To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis

15.1 TBD
15.2 TBD
15.3 TBD
15.4 The Time Traveler's Wife
15.5 TBD
15.6 TBD
15.7 To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee; Summer Reading, Hilma Wolitzer
15.8 Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver; and either Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll; or Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
15.9 Dream When You're Feeling Blue, Elizabeth Berg; Write Away, Elizabeth George
15.10 Tracy Dickinson -- Thornyhold, Mary Stewart; Death of the Heart, Elizabeth Bowen

20.1 TBD
20.2 TBD

25.1 TBD
25.2 TBD
25.3 TBD
25.4 TBD
25.5 TBD
25.6 TBD
25.7 TBD
25.8 TBD
25.9 TBD
25.10 TBD

30.1 TBD
30.2 TBD
30.3 TBD
30.4 TBD
30.5 The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit; Inkheart, Cornelia Funke; The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
30.6 A Moment on the Edge..., Elizabeth George; and ??
30.7 TBD
30.8 The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver; Jazz, Toni Morrison
30.9 TBD
30.10 TBD
Jun 01, 2009 02:46PM

1218 It may be too late, but I thought I'd post my final list, since I finished two more tasks this weekend -- 5.1 and 20.8. And I'm started on the Summer Challenge already!

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. Captain Wentworth's Diary, Amanda Grange
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
4.
5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
3.
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
6.
7.
8. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Cofer; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
9.

May 26, 2009 02:29PM

1218 Finished another task yesterday -- 25.4 Winnie-the-Pooh. I know so many of those chapters, but had never actually read the whole thing. A delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening!
May 23, 2009 10:58AM

1218 Finished another one -- Task 2 (5 points). I'm chugging along... and you've already posted the Summer Challenge?! Yikes!

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. Captain Wentworth's Diary, Amanda Grange
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
4.
5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
3.
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
6.
7.
8. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Cofer; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
9.

May 21, 2009 09:34AM

1218 Finally have a couple of books to add to my "completed tasks" list! Also, a couple of changes, here at the end... I'm replacing The Guernsey Literary... with "Captain Wentworth's Diary" for the epistolary novel. And I'm replacing "The Sunday Philosophy Club" with "The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday," because I just got a copy of my own and I'm dying to read it.

So, here's my updated list (two newly completed tasks -- finished "The Blessing Way" on audio book and "Epitaph for a Spy".) How much can I read in the remaining 10 days?!

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. Captain Wentworth's Diary, Amanda Grange
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
4.
5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
3.
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
6.
7.
8. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Cofer; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
9.

May 01, 2009 10:17AM

1218 I just re-read this book for the Spring Challenge. And I loved it more the second time. Anyone who loves books -- OK, any girl/woman who loves books -- will see herself in Cassandra. SO delightful!!

This book also has one of the best first lines in history. I used it for a writing exercise for my beginning writers class -- "I write this sitting in the kitchen sink." It was fascinating to see where the kids went with that, especially knowing the book myself.

Enjoy this, everyone! What a perfect book for May!
Apr 28, 2009 03:26PM

1218 Quick question...

I've been swamped with my regular life lately, and I've missed pages of this discussion. I tried scrolling through to find an explanation of the 50-point task, but I'm out of time.

Can anyone save me? I think it's to read books by the same author, writing under a pen name and his/her own name. But, aside from Ruth Rendell, does anyone have suggestions for me?

Thanks!
Apr 28, 2009 03:17PM

1218 An update, finally. (I've actually finished two books, but one is part of a two-book task, and haven't finished the other.) I did finish a new 10-point task (the gift from my mother) -- and I wouldn't have read this, if she hadn't given it to me. The first few chapters were a little odd, so normally I would have shelved it and come back some other time, maybe. For Mom, I kept going. And it was worth it -- very good book, after all!

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (I just finished this, but I can't wait to read it again!)
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
4.
5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
3.
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
6.
7.
8. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Cofer; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
9.

Apr 17, 2009 10:25AM

1218 Here's my updated list... finished "Gone for Soldiers" by Jeff Shaara (book on CD) while jogging yesterday (task 5.7) and "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian (task 10.9) last night.

I'm still mulling over the Bohjalian book, but I was disappointed. I had trouble all the way through with the whole Gatsby thing -- couldn't feel the story was REAL because of the attempt to make me believe the Gatsby story was real. And how did Laurel know so many behind the scenes aspects of the Buchanan/Gatsby story if it was supposed to be real? Then the twist at the end (although I figured out early on who the patient was in all those "psychiatrist's notes" sections) -- that just killed it for me. It felt like Bohjalian was trying to trick us through the whole book, and part of me wants to go back and find places where the whole "false reality" doesn't hold up.

The first book I read by him was The Midwife, which floored me. I was so moved by that book. This one... I don't know. I won't soon forget it, but I'm not sure the whole false reality idea worked either.

Anywho, here's my updated list:

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (I just finished this, but I can't wait to read it again!)
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
4.
5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
3.
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
6.
7.
8. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Cofer; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
9.

Apr 17, 2009 10:19AM

1218 Stephanie wrote: "Heather - I agree - her style was so captivating I just couldn't put it down. :) I hope you enjoy My Cousin Rachel - that one is definitely going on top of Mt. TBR for me!"

Heather & Stephanie -- You'll have to find "The Scapegoat" next -- another riveting DuMaurier book! As most of hers are...
Apr 13, 2009 09:29PM

1218 Finished another task! My updated list is below -- the most recent accomplishment was 25.8 (two YA books). I'm working on three others right now...

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (I just finished this, but I can't wait to read it again!)
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
4.
5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
3.
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
6.
7.
8. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Cofer; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
9.

Apr 06, 2009 06:19PM

1218 Finally finished another one -- 5.9 Lamb in Love A Novel. Also, I'm changing task 25.8 again -- my daughters and I are reading Artemis Fowl for our Mother-Daughter Book Club, so I figured I might as well get credit for it here, too!

Here's my updated list:

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (I just finished this, but I can't wait to read it again!)
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
4.
5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
3.
4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
6.
7.
8. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Cofer; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
9.

Mar 28, 2009 08:47PM

1218 Finished another one -- two, actually -- 25 point task #1 (G & R books)... G is for Gumshoe and Rest and Be Thankful. Both re-reads -- but well worth it!

Here's my current list... (I finally figured out how to do this, I think!)

5 points:
1. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (I just finished this, but I can't wait to read it again!)
3. The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
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5. The Redemption, M. L. Tyndall
6. Myself When Young, Daphne DuMaurier
7. Gone for Soldiers (book on CD), Jeff Shaara
8. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks
9. Lamb in Love, Carrie Brown
10. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver

10 points:
1. Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
2. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
3. The Australian Stories, T. James Pierce
4. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
5. Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
6. The Wind on the Moon, Eric Linklater
7. Sufficient Grace, Darnell Arnoult (a gift from my mom)
8. The List, C. D. Baker
9. The Double Bind (#14 on the TNBBC list), Chris Bohjalian
10. The Screwtape Letters (Susan's list, joined 1/29/09), C. S. Lewis

15 points:
1. Museum Pieces, Elizabeth Tallent (set in New Mexico -- I'm a Scorpio)
2. Nine Horses (poetry), Billy Collins
3. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
4. The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman
5. Epitaph for a Spy, Eric Ambler (winner of the Edgar award in... drumroll please... 1964)
6. Eye of the Leopard, Henning Mankell (translated from the Swedish)
7. The DAY I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Berg; I Am the CLAY, Chaim Potok
8. The Sunday Philosophy Club, Alexander McCall Smith (listening to a lecture given at our local library)
9. either The Golden Bowl, Henry James (if I'm up to Henry James) or The Golden Thread, N. McLeod (that way I don't have to come up with a new meal idea!)
10. The Third Angel, Alice Hoffman; The Fourth Angel, Suzanne Chazin; The Fifth Angel, Tim Green (I'll let you know if I find any unifying themes!)

25 points:
1. G is for Gumshoe, Sue Grafton; Rest and Be Thankful, Helen MacInnes
2. My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
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4. Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne
5. Road from Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (I don't read many memoirs/biographies)
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8. Summer of My German Soldier, Bette Greene; I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
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Mar 23, 2009 04:08PM

1218 Finally finished another task/book...

For 15-point #6 (translated book), I read The Eye of the Leopard A Novel. It was my first experience with this author, and I've heard great things about his mystery series, so I'm looking forward to checking out some of his Kurt Wallender books. This one... I'm not sure how I'd rate it. I'm still absorbing it -- but I'm thinking it was only about two or three stars. The story alternates between present day (in Africa) and flashbacks to the main character's youth in Sweden, and the two people seem so vastly different, with no real explanation of WHY that is so... I found it hard to merge the two characters in my mind. And Hans (the main character) acknowledges throughout the book that he has remained in Africa for almost 20 years more or less by accident -- simply because he drifted into something and never works up the motivation to move on. The entire book felt much like that... just drifting from one scene to another, with little focus or direction.

I feel as if I have been wandering myself for the past week or so, struggling to finish this book between other responsibilities. I'm planning to read something a little more focused and pleasant for my next task! :)
Mar 16, 2009 04:08PM

1218 For Darla's task, in case anyone's looking for ideas, I've thought of a few...

"You've Got Mail" mentions numerous books, since the two main characters work in bookstores, but here are a few off the top of my head: Pride and Prejudice, Ballet Shoes, Dancing Shoes, Theater Shoes (classic children's books -- wonderful! -- by Noel Streatfeild).

"84 Charing Cross Road" also mentions tons of books, and it's worth watching, if you haven't seen it, just to get ideas!

"The Devil Wears Prada" also mentions the Harry Potter series.

"Dan in Real Life" lists a number of books in a hilarious scene in a bookstore -- again, worth watching as an excuse to get book ideas.

This is a fantastic challenge -- combining two of my favorite things (books and movies)... now all I have to do is eat pizza or chocolate while completing the challenge, and I'll be in heaven! :)


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