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message 51: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 12280 comments Mod
I finished 5.4, In the News, with:
The 13th Hour: A Thriller highlighted in the January 2010 newsletter:

Grief-stricken Nick Quinn is accused of murdering his wife. When offered the ability to go back in time in one-hour increments, he seizes the chance to save the woman he loves. As the story unfolds in reverse, Nick's attempts to alter the past have dangerous consequences. Bob says, "Even the smallest pebble will cause ripples when dropped in the pond. Doetsch takes us on a mind-bending breakneck adventure of loss and betrayal, love and redemption.

This book really delivered.

total 10

message 52: by Fiona (Titch) (last edited Mar 03, 2010 12:26AM) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (Titch) | 1026 comments 5.1 - All About The Birds And The Bees

The Beekeeper

5.5 - "Whatever is popular deserves attention."


Points: 10

Books: 2

p.s: Sorry Cynthia

message 53: by scherzo♫ (last edited Mar 02, 2010 01:51PM) (new)

scherzo♫ (pjreads) 5.7 mental retardation / developmental disorder -
The Memory Keeper's Daughter

15 points

message 54: by BZimm (new)

BZimm | 153 comments 15.7 - What's in a name -
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure.
My Total - 15 Points

message 55: by Leigh (last edited Mar 02, 2010 03:56PM) (new)

Leigh (leighc) | 125 comments 15.9 What's in a name? - I read The Third Circle by Amanda Quick. Quick is one of 7 pen names used by Jayne Ann Krentz.

15/980 points
Tasks Completed: 1/57
Tasks Pending:
Books Read: 1
Pages Read: 418

message 56: by Nicole (last edited Mar 02, 2010 04:12PM) (new)

Nicole | 1043 comments Just completed 30.6. I read Special Topics in Calamity Physics, which I loved and was absolutely sucked into and I re-read A Moveable Feast which has always been a favorite. It was one of only 2 re-reads for this challenge! I was trying to avoid them.

I guess I need to claim a big book ticket as well for Special Topics which was 528 pages.

Tasks Completed: 2/57
Books Read: 4
Pages Read: 1683

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message 57: by Jensownzoo (new)

Jensownzoo | 125 comments Total Points: 10 + 25 = 35

25.1 Recipes from an American Herb Garden by Maggie Oster

I would just love to have a semi-formal kitchen herb garden just outside my door for when I am cooking. Instead I have a few herbs tucked here and there into the flowerbeds, making cooking somewhat of a scavenger hunt for herbs.

message 58: by Jensownzoo (new)

Jensownzoo | 125 comments Argh!! Claimed points twice for the same task! A bit early for that to be happening... So, I have a total of 30 points right now and I just have to figure out another category to fit one of the books I slotted for 5.9. Sorry for any confusion.

message 59: by Angela (new)

Angela | 370 comments What is the page limit for the big book ticket?

message 60: by scherzo♫ (last edited Mar 02, 2010 06:08PM) (new)

scherzo♫ (pjreads) 15.3 Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once #317
The House on Mango Street

This book should be on this list because "each sentence is carefully crafted to evoke emotion, beauty, or even just the pleasure of sound. It's like reading a poem that tells a story."

I would put King Lear or Hamlet at the top of the list ahead of To Kill a Mockingbird (which is a wonderful book, but not #1).

30 points

message 61: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Hodges Young | 260 comments 10.1 Read a book with a picture of a tree on the front cover.
I read Free Fall by Fern Michaels. It was a fun read not as good as the first part of the series.

Total Pts: 30
Books Read: 2
Task Completed: 2
Pages Read: 815

message 62: by Kathryn CA (new)

Kathryn CA (kathrynlouwCA) | 951 comments Angela wrote: "What is the page limit for the big book ticket?"

You can get up to three tickets. One for a 500 page book, one for a 750 page book, and one for a 1000 page book.

message 63: by Angela (new)

Angela | 370 comments Thanks Kathryn!

message 64: by Wendy (new)

Wendy | 588 comments 20.1 - The Most Improved Player - Cindy AL - April Fool
April three 1000+ page books and write reviews of each without using your computer...April Fool! Read a humorous book of any type and write a short review.
The Edge Chronicles Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart
20 points
total 30
my review
Too many monsters.. I got dizzy with its repetitive, predictable chapters. The ending was ridiculous. The whole thing was laughable which is why I chose to use it for my April Fool's Task.

message 65: by Joanna (last edited Mar 03, 2010 04:13AM) (new)

Joanna Compton-Mys (ColdSnap) | 7 comments 5.9 “I think even lying on my bed I can still do something.”

Just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

And it was, indeed, read while cuddled in bed playing hooky. I wish I could do it more often! Plus I loved the book!

Neil Gaiman is a GoodReads author.

message 66: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1043 comments I just completed task 15.1 by reading This Charming Man by Marian Keyes for Part B (she is Irish) and Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter for part A (as the title indicates, it was about Greece).

I love Keyes. She really brings life to her characters and writes good stories that keep me reading. I could have lived without the second book (see my review).

Tasks Completed: 3/57
Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1717

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message 67: by Leigh (last edited Mar 02, 2010 07:33PM) (new)

Leigh (leighc) | 125 comments 5.3 S.P.R.I.N.G. - I read The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes (Volume 1) by Neil Gaiman. It took me awhile to get into the series, but by the third section I was loving it almost as much as everything else I've ever read by Gaiman. I'm not usually that into graphic novels, but I'm planning to continue reading the Sandman chronicles!

* Neil Gaiman is also a Goodreads Author

20/980 points
Tasks Completed: 2/57
Tasks In Progress:
Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 658

message 68: by Matthew (new)

Matthew | 90 comments 25.9 - Spring Break

I am still in High School, so this one is pretty easy for me!

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Points: 25/980
Books: 1
Pages 544

message 69: by Manday (new)

Manday | 311 comments I just completed 15.7 by reading More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason. defines lust as "a passionate or overmastering desire or craving." The reason that lust is deadly, in my opinion, is that can make you ignore priorities and set aside important things. The desire for an activity can actually prevent you from living normally, or in all of its irony, carrying on the activity itself. This book is a perfect example - in spending so much energy lusting after books, I spent that much less time actually reading those books.

But it was fun. LOL. I now have 74 more books on my to-read list!

Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 430
Points: 20

message 70: by Julie (last edited Mar 02, 2010 07:46PM) (new)

Julie  | 82 comments Julie McVey

5.9 ~ Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust ~ Elly Berkovits Gross

Total Points = 5
Books Read = 1
Pages Read = 105

message 71: by Diane (new)

Diane | 611 comments 5.7 - March is Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month - Read a book featuring a character with mental retardation or a developmental disorder - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Total Points: 30/980
Books Read: 4
Tasks Completed: 3/57
Tasks in Progress: 2
From Owned TBR: 4

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message 72: by Sandra (last edited Mar 02, 2010 08:40PM) (new)

Sandra (Sandra72) | 574 comments 5.3 S.P.R.I.N.G
Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House by Geronimo Stilton (initials are GS)

20.6 Bridgit's Task - Favorite Series
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon #3)
This series is for people interested in reading novels with suspense, intrigue and mystery and all of this tied in together with historical facts and conspiracies.

Total points:50

message 73: by Jensownzoo (new)

Jensownzoo | 125 comments Total Points: 30 + 10

10.9 Moving Targets and Other Stories of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey

Lackey's Valdemar is one of my favorite series (and it has telepathic horses, so fits this task) and it was wonderful to see what other authors could do with her world.

message 74: by Sandie (new)

Sandie (chocdrop) | 214 comments 10.2 The California Club by Belinda Jones (rating 3.54 when I started it)

message 75: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 198 comments Finished my first task for spring! I feel like I am already behind the curve though!

5.9 "I think even lying on my bed I can still do something." Must've Done Something Good by Cheryl Cory (a Goodreads author). Charming and sweet.

message 76: by Kate (last edited Mar 03, 2010 06:25AM) (new)

Kate (klc23) | 162 comments Finished 25.9: Love: A Novel by Toni Morrison, who was popular when I was in high school in 1998.

Total Points: 25

message 77: by Titilayo (last edited Mar 03, 2010 06:30AM) (new)

Titilayo | 8 comments Task 5.4 NewsLetter

Dirty Little Secrets Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu by CJ OMOLOLU (Good Reads Author)

message 78: by Petra (last edited Mar 03, 2010 07:06AM) (new)

Petra I completed Task 5.8 by reading Once upon a Telephone: An Illustrated Social History.

I quite enjoyed this trip through the history of the telephone and how it changed the social attitudes throughout the times.
The book begins with a short biography of Alexander Graham Bell. It was interesting to find out that the invention of the telephone was an accident, that Operators were originally young boys (12-14 yrs old) but they were rude to customers and enjoyed playing practical jokes by misconnecting the phone calls and were quickly replaced by women. Women Operators had very stringent rules of employment put upon them, including that they must be single, could not eat in restaurants alone and bringing a lunch pail was frowned upon (so they hid lunch pails in large purses).
A customer never owned the phone (I remember those days) and in the 1880s, the cost of rental was $4.50 a quarter year, the Yellow Pages were the result of running out of white paper during printing.
The phone then went on to broaden the horizon of housebound housewives (they were “no longer limited by the length of their apron strings”), used as dating tools allowing both men and women to chat without getting dressed up, etc.
Throughout the book are poems, advertisements throughout the ages and small articles and memorandums.
The pictures alone, with their fashions and phone styles over the ages, are interesting in themselves.

message 79: by Erin (new)

Erin Carney | 157 comments Finished:

10.10 - Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home - Rhoda Janzen

Total Points = 10

message 80: by BZimm (new)

BZimm | 153 comments I had the wrong task # in my previous post.
15.9 - What's in a name -
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure. If I was a writer I would use Juliet Starling as a pen name. I think it sounds classic/romantic & would use that name for those types of books.
My Total - 15 Points

message 81: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1043 comments I just completed 25.9 by reading For One More Day because Mitch Albom was very popular during my high school and college years. I liked it, but not as much as some of his other books.

Tasks Completed: 4/57
Books Read: 6
Pages Read: 1914

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message 82: by scherzo♫ (new)

scherzo♫ (pjreads) 10.2 average rating = 3.54
The Stone Gods

40 points

message 83: by Lynzo (new)

Lynzo 3/4(technically)/10

"When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro
Task 5.6 (Written by a Japanese-English author, set in Shanghai)

message 84: by Luculus (new)

Luculus 20.2 - Clean Sweep
A. Read a fiction book with a character that cleans or organizes in some capacity.

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey - the main protagonist is an exorcist and is asked to "clean" an archive building of a ghost.

Task Points: 20
Books Read: 1
Tasks Completed: 1

message 85: by Deirdre (new)

Deirdre (deirdre04) | 102 comments 10.5 Read a book with a main character who is a journalist.

I read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , which I would also like to count for the "Big Books" contest since it's 500+ pages.

And wow, this book was good! I definitely recommend it if you enjoy a good murder mystery and thriller.

Total points = 10

message 86: by Donna Jo (new)

Donna Jo Atwood | 3153 comments For task 10.10 Fashions fade I read: Turquoise Capris & Peach Daiquiris A Little Lexicon of Words Derived from Places by Steven Gilbar
Turquoise Capris & Peach Daiquiris: A Little Lexicon of Words Derived from Places by Steven Gilber.

This is not a narrative, but more of a dictionary of words that are from place names. The author's little attempts at limericks at the end of manyentries is pretty pathetic. It's more of a bathroom book, since you can open it to any page and read for a minute or two.

message 87: by BZimm (new)

BZimm | 153 comments 25.7 - The Gods must be Crazy
I read Truly, Madly by Heather Webber. The Valentine family has a gift for matchmaking bestowed on them by Cupid, God of Love. Well, all of the family exept Lucy, who has some of her own special "gifts". I won this book (her first in the Lucy Valentine series), it was a fun, quick read & I will definately be reading the rest of the series as they are released!
Heather Webber is a Goodreads Author!
My total - 40 Points

message 88: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (amandag23) 25.7 - Ashley FL's Task - The Gods Must Be Crazy - Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Total Points: 25/980
Books Read: 2
Tasks Completed: 1/57
Tasks in Progress: 1

message 89: by Kathryn CA (new)

Kathryn CA (kathrynlouwCA) | 951 comments 15.5 - Impulse

Rain sounds on the roof
Readers cuddle with a book
Spring Challenge begins

I know that isn't really great, but it is what it is...

Total Points: 30
Books Read: 4
Task Complete: 3
Pages Read: 1332

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message 90: by Beth F. (new)

Beth F. (quietknitter) | 616 comments Nice one, Kathryn!

message 91: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1043 comments Kathryn wrote: "15.5 - Impulse

Rain sounds on the roof
Readers cuddle with a book
Spring Challenge begins

I know that isn't really great, but it is what it is...

Total Points: 30
Books Read: 4

I like it! Haiku is fun!!!!!

message 92: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (lbhick) | 595 comments Excellent, Kathryn!

message 93: by Bridgit (last edited Mar 03, 2010 01:15PM) (new)

Bridgit | 384 comments First challenge done!

5.2 The Secret Garden : Persahabatan Sejati di Tengah Taman Rahasia by Frances Hodgsen Burnett

Never read this as a child. I spent the whole first half being annoyed by Mary, but eventually grew to sort of like her. Thought Colin was annoying the whole time though...But I did like the neighbor boy.

Total Points: 5
Books Read: 2
Tasks Complete: 1
Pages Read: 608

message 94: by Kathryn CA (new)

Kathryn CA (kathrynlouwCA) | 951 comments Thanks guys. lol, I actually went to sleep last night trying to make it up in my head. Glad you guys enjoy it!

message 95: by Terri (last edited Mar 03, 2010 02:03PM) (new)

Terri  (TerriSA-UK) | 232 comments Yay, off the mark!

10.5 - Freedom Of The Press
In Honor of World Press Freedom Day (May 3rd)...
A. Read a novel with a main character who is a journalist.
B. Read a non-fictional book written by or about a famous journalist.

I read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson. A great end to the trilogy! 4*

Total points: 10

message 96: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 12280 comments Mod
I finished 5.2, A book is like a garden, with
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

Alexander gets in over his head and begins a love/hate relationship with his garden. Funny in some spots- slightly whining in others. I enjoyed it. It did make me look for the seed cataogs.

total 15

message 97: by Alicia (new)

Alicia (Kalypso) | 24 comments I finished Lolita for 5.10. (Nabokov was born in 1899)

Total Points: 5/980

message 98: by Cassandra (last edited Mar 03, 2010 02:38PM) (new)

Cassandra I finished 25.1 with The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume III Conrad's Fate / The Pinhoe Egg (Chrestomanci, #5 & #6) by Diana Wynne Jones The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume III: Conrad's Fate / The Pinhoe Eggby Diana Wynne Jones

I really want a cat in the future, and this cover has two of them on it. There's one in front of the unicorn, and one to the left on the column that's a bit harder to see. 50 points total.

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message 99: by Leigh (last edited Mar 03, 2010 03:06PM) (new)

Leigh (leighc) | 125 comments Leigh wrote: "15.9 What's in a name? - I read The Third Circle by Amanda Quick. Quick is one of 7 pen names used by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Sorry Cynthia, I forgot to mention what my own pen name would be. I've always thought my pen name would be Kelley Leigh. If I were going to write something it would either be a children's book or a historical romance, so this seems fitting...especially if it's written in that fancy historical romance script :)

message 100: by Nicole (new)

Nicole  | 117 comments I read The Handmaid's Tale for the group read (20.10). Everyone else needs to hurry up and jump on the discussion board because there's plenty to talk about with this one. :)

Total points: 20

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