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message 1: by Gecko (last edited Aug 05, 2013 02:05PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) Geckos have sticky fingers and I can't hold mine away from books. New Books, used books, old books, really big and quite small ones. They like to stick and only go away, if I put them on the shelves in my private library. Someday, maybe, they will bring the floor to collapse, throwing me and themselves on the deeply asleep parents-in-law. If this is a nightmare or a sweet dream... you decide. ;)

So what I plan to read and in which challenges I will partake you can find here. Hopefully I will bring down the TBR-shelves a bit.


Yearly Challenges:
2013 Reading Challenge - Goal: 150 - Scored: 72 (69)
The Lets Turn Pages Challenge: - Goal: 50,000 - Scored: 24555
My Personal-Reading-List - Goal: 93 - Scored: 38

The Every Year Challenge: - Goal: 38 - Scored: 13
The Favorites Challenge: - Goal: 44 - Scored: 20
The Goodreads 100 Challenge: - Goal: 5/54 - Scored: 5+1
The History Challenge: - Goal: 5/21 - Scored: 13
The Members Challenge: - Goal: 25 - Scored: 13

First Quarter Challenges:
Spell Challenge: All about TV and Movies: - Goal: 36 - Scored: 22
It's All About the Oscars and Hollywood Challenge: - Goal: 26/26 - Scored: 16
Where You Read Challenge: - Goal: 16/15 - Scored: 2

Third Quarter Challenges:
I Spy Challenge: - Goal: 12/12 - Scored: 6
Authors!: - Goal: 15/15 - Scored: 10

Monthly Challenges:
❖ January: The New Beginnings Challenge: - Goal: 10/10 - Scored: 10
❖ February: All About Cupid Challenge: - Goal: 11/11 - Scored: 11
❖ March: Awards Cover Hunt - Goal 12/12 - Scored: 1
❖ April: none
❖ May: none
❖ June: none
❖ July: The Definition of a Classic - Goal 14/14 - Scored: 14
❖ August: Summer Spell-Out: - Goal 9 - Scored: 3

Mini-Challenges:
❖ February: History of Civil Rights: - Goal: 4/4 - Scored: 4
❖ March: Literary Awards - Goal: 4/4 - Scored: 1
❖ April: none
❖ May: none
❖ June: none
❖ July: Must Read Classics: - Goal 4/51 - Scored: 4
❖ August: Types of Nonfiction Challenge: - Goal 6/8 - Scored: 0


message 2: by Gecko (last edited Jul 31, 2013 01:41PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) The Lets Turn Pages Challenge
Duration January 1 – December 31, 2013

I try to read 50,000 pages.
0/50,000




I try to read 50,000 pages.
January: 5042
Febuary: 4675
March: 916
June: 4121
July: 8378

Total: 23131 / 50,000


message 3: by Gecko (last edited Aug 17, 2013 04:01AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) Every year in December I sit down, look at my unread books and try to decide which ones I would like to read next year. I look for themes and connections and make a list.
This is my personal reading-list for 2013:

Theme: Trip Around the World:
12 books from authors of 12 different countries.

France: Irène Némirovsky - Suite Française - 727p
Netherlands: Margriet de Moor - Sturmflut
Ukraine: Lada Luzina - Die Hexen von Kiew
Spain: Carlos Ruiz Zafón - Das Spiel des Engels - 720p - YFC1 - Review
Egypt: Naguib Mahfouz - Karnak-Café - 126p
Chile: Pablo Neruda - In deinen Träumen reist dein Herz - 216p
Argentina: Jorge Luis Borges - Spiegel und Maske - 256p
Colombia: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez - Von der Liebe und anderen Dämonen - 224p
USA: Amy Bloom - Die unglaubliche Reise der Lillian Leyb - 320p
Canada: Margaret Atwood - Oryx And Crake
Australia: Geraldine Brooks - Auf freiem Feld - 352 - YFC1 - Review
New Zealand: Katherine Mansfield - Eine indiskrete Reise - 213p


Theme: There Is an Author in the Book-Title:
5 books with the same idea for a title

Karen Joy Fowler - Der Jane Austen Club - 319p
Haruki Murakami - Kafka am Strand
Clare Allan - Poppy Shakespeare
Irvin D. Yalom - Und Nietzsche weinte - 640p
Wolf Lepenies - Warum war Henry James so schlechter Laune? - 207p


Theme: Paradise Lost:
5 books with a biblical theme

Laurent Gaudé - Das Tor zur Unterwelt - 273p - YFC1 - Review
Heinrich Böll - Wo warst du Adam? - 199p
Sumner Locke Elliott - Der Apfel rötet sich In Eden - 304p
Sofi Oksanen -Fegefeuer - 400p - YFC4 - Review
Franco Ferrucci - Die Schöpfung - 405p


Theme: Size does matter:
5 books from really small to huge, judged by the height of the spine.

11,5 cm: Franz Kafka - Brief an den Vater - 139p
15,5 cm: F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Beautiful And Damned
18 cm: George Orwell - Eine Pfarrerstochter
22 cm: Hubert Winkels - Kann man Bücher lieben? - 382p
24 cm: Walter Moers - Der Schrecksenmeister - 384p


Theme: Totentanz (danse macabre):
5 books with dead in the title

Ray Bradbury - Der Tod ist ein einsames Geschäft - 320p
Jeffrey Eugenides - Der Spatz meiner Herrin ist tot - 576p
Herta Müller - Der König verneigt sich und tötet - 243p
Roddy Doyle - The Dead Republic - 336p
J.V. Jones - Watcher of the Dead - 524p


Theme: Time Is Relative:
5 Books with a "timely" word in it.

Félix J. Palma - Die Landkarte der Zeit - 768p
Albert Camus - Fragen der Zeit - 222p
Stephen Hawking - Die illustrierte Kurze Geschichte der Zeit - 256p
Liz Jensen - Mein kleines schmutziges Buch von der gestohlenen Zeit - 315p
Margaret Atwood - The Year of the Flood


Theme: Looking for MacBeth:
The Play and 4 other related books

William Shakespeare - Macbeth - 273p
Elke Heidenreich - Macbeth: Schlafes Mörder -
Christopher Moore - Fool
Terry Pratchett - MacBest - 351p
Ray Bradbury - Das Böse kommt auf leisen Sohlen


Theme: Fantasy in English:
5 Books written in English

Terry Pratchett - The Wee Free Men
Gail Carriger - Soulless - 384 -
Gail Carriger - Changeless - 388p
Lynn Flewelling - Casket of Souls - 302p
J.V. Jones - A Sword from Red Ice - 736p


Theme: ...It's Another Story:
Build a sentence with 5 book-titles.

Following the Cloud Atlas, Arthur & George search a Room for the Winter in Madrid to watch through the Black Prism.

David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas - 544p
Julian Barnes - Arthur & George - 503p
Emma Donoghue - Room - 401p.
C.J. Sansom - Winter in Madrid - 549p
Brent Weeks - The Black Prism - 739p

Theme: British Classics:
5 old Books written in UK

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities - 519p - Review
Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year - 336p
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein - 280p
E.M. Forster - A Passage to India - 404p
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray - 287p - YGR100 - Review

Theme: There is a Book on the Cover:
5 Books witch have a book or something like a book on their cover.

Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt - Odette Toulemonde und andere Geschichten - 233p - YFC1 - Review
Antal Szerb - In der Bibliothek - 280p - MC-01 - Review
Daniel Kehlmann - Beerholms Vorstellung - 256p
Detlef Bluhm - Von Autoren, Büchern und Piraten - 270p
Jasper Fforde - Wo ist Thursday Next? - 400p

Theme: Sherlock:
Complete the series...

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - 310p - YFC1 - Review
Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear
Arthur Conan Doyle - The Return of Sherlock Holmes / His Last Bow - 635p
Arthur Conan Doyle - The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes - 303p
Anthony Horowitz - Das Geheimnis des weißen Bandes - 350p


Theme: Tucho forever:
Complete the boxed Set and some more...

Kurt Tucholsky - Gesammelte Werke: In 10 Bänden, 1907 - 1932 - 1188p - YFC3 - Review
21a) Gesammelte Werke 1929
21b) Gesammelte Werke 1930
21c) Gesammelte Werke 1931
21b).Gesammelte Werke 1932
Kurt Tucholsky - Sudelbuch - 88p - YFC3 - Review


Theme: Realms of the Elderlings:
Reread and new, from volume 3 to 12

Robin Hobb - Assassin's Quest - 838p
Robin Hobb - Ship of Magic - 880p
Robin Hobb - The Mad Ship
Robin Hobb - Ship of Destiny - 903p
Robin Hobb - Fool's Errand - 672p
Robin Hobb - The Golden Fool - 712p
Robin Hobb - Fool's Fate - 805p
Robin Hobb - The Dragon Keeper - 560p
Robin Hobb - Dragon Haven - 576p
Robin Hobb - City of Dragons - 425p

Theme: The Diarys of Samuel Pepys:
Read the complete boxed set.

Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1660 - 392p - Review
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1661 - 298p
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1662 - 367p
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1663 - 542p
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1664 - 476p
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1665 - 426p
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1666 - 506p
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1667 - 760p
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1668/1669 - 596p
Samuel Pepys - Der Samuel-Pepys Companion - 148p - Review

Theme: One year, one book:
Rainer Schmitz - Was geschah mit Schillers Schädel? - 1827p


message 4: by Gecko (last edited Aug 16, 2013 04:08AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) The Every Year Challenge:
Duration: 1/1/2013 - 12/31/2013
Completed: 14/38


1976 - Terry Pratchett - Die dunkle Seite der Sonne - 07/12/2013 - ✔
1977 -
1978 -
1979 -
1980 -
1981 -Terry Pratchett - Strata - 07/13/2013 - ✔
1982 -
1983 -
1984 -
1985 -
1986 -
1987 -
1988 - Louis Sachar - Holes - 07/25/2013 - ✔
1989 -
1990 -
1991 -
1992 -
1993 -
1994 - Mort - Terry Pratchett - 02/28/2013 - ✔
1995 -
1996 -
1997 -
1998 - Robin Hobb - Ship of Magic - 07/11/2013 - ✔
1999 - Robin Hobb - Mad Ship - 08/04/2013 - ✔
2000 - On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King - 04/01/2013 - ✔
2001 - Der Fall Jane Eyre - Jasper Fforde - 06/16/2013 - ✔
2002 - In einem anderen Buch - Jasper Fforde
2003 - Im Brunnen der Manuskripte - Jasper Fforde - 06/21/2013 - ✔
2004 -
2005 - Julian Barnes - Arthur & George - 07/02/2013 - ✔
2006 -
2007 -
2008 -
2009 - Soulless - Gail Carriger - 01/26/2013 - ✔
2010 - Changeless - Gail Carriger - 02/08/2013 - ✔
2011 -
2012 - Mortality - Christopher Hitchens - 01/07/2013 - ✔
2013 -

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message 5: by Gecko (last edited Aug 17, 2013 04:00AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) The Favorites Challenge
Duration: January 1 – December 31, 2013

Goal: 23/44

if it's ok, I would like to use German words for this Challenge

Category 1:
Favorite weather: Spell out your favorite season and/or type of weather!


I love the lukewarm end of summers, colorful trees and Autumn winds. I choose the word „Altweibersommer“, witch means something like „old-hags-summer“ but properly translated would mean „Indian Summer“.
I will only use titles for this spell-out.

01. A - Apfel rötet sich in Eden, der/Edens Lost - Sumner Locke Elliott - 02/22/2013 - ✔
02. L -
03. T - Timeless - Gail Carriger - 02/24/2013 - ✔
04. W - Warum war Henry James so schlechter Laune? - Wolf Lepenies - 07/16/2013 - ✔
05. E -
06. I - Irgendwo ganz anders - Jasper Fforde - 06/27/2013 - ✔
07. B - Brief an den Vater - Franz Kafka - 07/08/2013 - ✔
08. E - Es ist was faul - Jasper Fforde - 06/25/2013 - ✔
09. R - The Return of Sherlock Holmes / His Last Bow - Arthur Conan Doyle - 02/15/2013 - ✔
10. S -
11. O - Oryx And Crake - Margaret Atwood - 07/17/2013 - ✔
12. M - Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, the - Arthur Conan Doyle - 01/22/2013 - ✔
13. M - Mein Name sei Gantenbein - Max Frisch - 02/05/2013 - ✔
14. E -
15. R -

Category 2:
Favorite Genre: Spell out your favorite genre and/or read at least 5 books from your favorite genre.


Favorite Genre: Fantasy

16. Robin Hobb - Assassin's Quest - 01/19/2013 - ✔
17. Lada Lusina - Die Hexen von Kiew - 08/15/2013 - ✔
18.
19.
20.


Category 3:
Favorite Author: Spell out your favorite author’s name and/or read at least 3 books by your favorite author. Or for extra fun go to www.literature-map.com , type in your favorite author’s name and read at least 5 books from a similar author listed.


Favorite Author: Kurt Tucholsky

21. Gesammelte Werke: In 10 Bänden, 1907 - 1932 - Kurt Tucholsky
21a) Gesammelte Werke 1929 - Kurt Tucholsky - 07/23/2013 - ✔
21b) Gesammelte Werke 1930 - Kurt Tucholsky - 08/17/2013 - ✔
21c) Gesammelte Werke 1931
21b).Gesammelte Werke 1932
22. Sudelbuch - Kurt Tucholsky
23. Schnipsel - Kurt Tucholsky

And some from the map, just for the fun of it:

24. Wiglaf Droste - Der infrarote Korsar - 03/01/2013 - ✔
25. Max Goldt
26. Heinrich Böll - Wo warst du Adam? - 01/30/2013 - ✔
27. Erich Maria Remarque
28. Stefan Zweig


Category 4:
Favorite Holiday: Spell out your favorite holiday and/or read at least 5 books related to your favorite holiday.


I love remembering the past and beginning something new and exciting, so I choose New Years Eve or as we Germans call it „Silvester“
I will only use first names of the authors.

29. SSamuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1660 - 01/06/2013 - ✔
30. I -
31. L - Lauren Henderson - Jane Austen's Guide to Romance - 06/20/2013 - ✔
32. V
33. E - Elke Heidenreich - Macbeth: Schlafes Mörder - 08/04/2013 - ✔
34. S - Sofi Oksanen - Fegefeuer - 08/12/2013 - ✔
35. TTerry Pratchett - The Wee Free Men - 07/28/2013 - ✔
36. E - Emma Donoghue- Room - 06/28/2013 - ✔
37. R

Category 5:
Favorite Sport: Spell out your favorite sport and/or your favorite sports team. To make it easier you can spell the mascot (ex: Tar Heels) instead of spelling out North Carolina Tar Heels.


I'm not much of a sports-person. But for my husband I have to go with the goddess of luck and our hometown Football/Soccer-Team: Fortuna Düsseldorf
I choose to use last names only.


38. F - F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Beautiful And Damned - 02/27/2013 - ✔
39. O - Keeping Up with the Germans - Philip Oltermann - 06/25/2013 - ✔
40. R -
41. T -
42. U -
43. NNémirovsky, Irène - Suite Française - 07/08/2013 - ✔
44. A


message 6: by Gecko (last edited Jul 22, 2013 06:43PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) THE GOODREADS 100 CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31 2013

At the start of 2013: 46
Goal: 51 maybe more
COMPLETED: 5+1/5


A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - 519p - 01/10/2013 - ✔
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 280p - 07/15/2013 - ✔
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde - 07/06/2013 - ✔
Die Glasglocke/The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - 07/19/2013 - ✔
Watchmen - Alan Moore - 06/14/2013 - ✔

Extras:
Joseph Heller - Catch-22 - 07/22/2013 - ✔

I have already read:
01) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
02) The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
03) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
04) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
05) The Catcher in the Rye - Salinger
06) 1984 - Orwell
07) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
08) Hamlet - Shakespeare
09) The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
10) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
11) Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
12) The Great Gatsby - F.S. Fitzgerald
13) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
14) Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
15) Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
16) The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
17) Lord of the Flies - William Golding
18) Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
19) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
20) Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
21) The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
22) The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
23) Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
24) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
25) The Princess Bride - William Goldman
26) One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
27) The Book Thief - Markus Zusack
28) Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
29) The Stranger - Albert Camus
30) Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
31) The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
32) The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
33) The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
34) Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
35) The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
36) American Gods - Neil Gaiman
37) A Game of Thrones - G.R.R. Martin
38) The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
39) Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
40) The Stand - Stephen King
41) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
42) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
43) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
44) Life of Pi - Yann Martel


Tried, but not my cup of tea:
45) Dune - Frank Herbert
46) Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

I will never, ever read:

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
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message 7: by Gecko (last edited Aug 07, 2013 11:07AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) The History Challenge
Duration: January – December 2013
Gaol: 13/21


2012: Possible Apocalypse:
Read a book about a post-apocalyptic or dystopian world.
Margaret Atwood - The Year of the Flood - 02/10/2013 - ✔

2011: Protests (Egypt, Libya and Occupy Wall Street):
Read a book about people standing up for something they believe in.
Naguib Mahfouz - Karnak-Café - 02/10/2013 - ✔

2010: Earthquakes (Haiti, Chile):
Read a book where weather takes a toll on a community.
Margriet de Moor - Sturmflut - 08/07/2013 - ✔

2009: Barak Obama Inaugurated
Read a book where racism plays a role in the character’s lives.
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster - 01/29/2013 - ✔

2008: Lady Gaga Releases First Album: Read a book about music, monsters or fame.
2007: iPhone: Read a book about technology, or any science fiction novel.

2006: Pluto Officially Demoted from Planetary Status:
Read a book about space, astronauts, or exploration.
Die illustrierte Kurze Geschichte der Zeit - Stephen Hawking - 01/24/2013 - ✔

2005: YouTube Launches:
Read a book about sharing, movies, or entrepreneurs.
Joseph Heller - Catch-22 - 07/22/2013 - ✔

2004: Samizdat (poetry magazine) Ceases Publication:
Read a book about a poet or a collection of poetry.
Pablo Neruda - In deinen Träumen reist dein Herz - 01/31/2013 - ✔

2003: Amber Alert System Created:
Read a book about someone who goes missing or runs/is running away from something.
Escape To Life: Deutsche Kultur im Exil - Erika Mann - 01/21/2013 - ✔

2002: Arthur Anderson/Enron Scandal Convictions: Read a book about business, capitalism, or dishonesty.

2001: 9/11:
Read a book about war, soldiers, terror, or conspiracy.
Christopher Moore - Fool - 07/20/2013 - ✔

2000: A New Millennium: Read a book about new beginnings, or a book with over 1000 pages(!).

1999: Columbine:
Read a book about school or workplace violence.
Paul Gallico - Kleine Mouche - 07/29/2013 - ✔

1998: Google Founded: Read a book about Google, searching, or learning.

1997: Movie “Titanic” Opens:
Read a book about the Titanic, shipwreck, or a life at sea.
Günter Grass - Katz und Maus - 02/27/2013 - ✔

1996: Dolly the Cloned Sheep:
Read a book about science, genetics, or animals.
Sy Montgomery - Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot - 07/23/2013 - ✔

1995:
O.J. Simpson Trial: Read a book about law, courts, or any murder mystery novel.
The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle - 03/02/2013 - ✔

1994: Rwandan Genocide: Read Shake Hands with the Devil, or another book about Rwanda or genocide (includes books about the Holocaust).

1993: SAM Colombia Flight 505 Crashes on Mount Paramo Frontino:
Read a book where a crash (plane, train, car) occurs.
Jasper Fforde - Wo ist Thursday Next? - 06/30/2013 - ✔

1992: Jay Leno Takes Over The Tonight Show: Read a book where television plays a role in the characters’ lives.


message 8: by Gecko (last edited Aug 16, 2013 01:58PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) THE MEMBERS CHALLENGE
Duration: January 6 - December 31, 2013
Goal: 17/25


Alexandra's Task:
Read a book where a character makes a career change.
William Shakespeare - Macbeth - 07/19/2013 - ✔

Amy's Task:
Read that one book you keep meaning to but never get round to it.
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle - 06/17/2013 - ✔

April Lyn's Task:
Read a book where a main character is or has been homeless.
Eine Pfarrerstochter - George Orwell - 03/04/2013 - ✔

Ashley's Task: Read a book about medicine or anything about healthcare.

Audrey's Task: Read a book that is about genealogy or family history.

Barb's Task:
Read a book in which music and/or art are important to the plot or a mystery set in Pennsylvania.
Eine zu 85% wahre GeschichteChuck Klosterman - 02/09/2013 - ✔

Candiss's Task:
Read a book set in Hungary or about Hungary/Hungarian culture or legend or any book by a Hungarian author. Alternatively, read a book in which a character is seeking to learn more about his or her heritage or family.
Antal Szerb - In der Bibliothek - 280p - 01/12/2013 - ✔

Cherise's Task:
Read a book involves someone being sick or about an illness during a period in history.
Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year - 08/16/2013 - ✔ The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce - 01/13/2013 - ✔ -Review

Christina's Task: Read a book about war, the military, etc from the point of view of the spouse or the one left behind.

Ellie's Task: Read a book about organizing at least one area of your life, such as your desk, home, or schedule.

Georgina's Task: Read one classic crime mystery written by a golden age queen of crime.

Gina's Task:
Read a psychological thriller or a book that a character has some kind of psychological dilemma. Or read a book with a character who is a teacher.
Allan, Clare - Poppy Shakespeare - 02/13/2013 - ✔

JenniferJ's Task: Read a book with the word "Lucky" in the title -OR- read a book that is 13th in a series or has either the number or word 13 in the title.

Joanne's Task: Read a book where the main character or one of the main characters is a vampire.

Johanna´s Task:
Read a book where a character moves or has to leave her/his home for a long period of time.
Christopher Hitchens - Hitch-22: A Memoir - 08/10/2013 - ✔

Kai's Task: Read a book with a scene that focuses on a place after death has occurred (cemetery, funeral home, crematory).
Andrew Miller - Pure - 08/13/2013 - ✔

Kara's Task: Read a book that has a heteronym in its title.

Karina's Task: Read a book which won some sort of award in the 1980's.

Kattibrie's Task:
Read a book by R.A. Salvatore or a book where a character is called Catherine or a variation of that name.
Anthony Horowitz - Das Geheimnis des weißen Bandes - 07/04/2013 - ✔

Kelsi's Task:
Read a non-fiction book that enlightens you, or encourages you to make a positive change in your life.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - 06/23/2013 - ✔

Lilac's Task:
Read a Young Adult book or a book where a character grows up in some way.
Ray Bradbury - Das Böse kommt auf leisen Sohlen - 07/28/2013 - ✔

Lorelei's Task: Read a book that takes place in Germany or a book that is a legend or has the word "Legend" in the title or a book that includes a shipwreck.

Melanie's Task:
Read a book where the main character is a librarian, or a significant portion takes place in or around a library.
Haruki Murakami - Kafka am Strand - 07/25/2013 - ✔


Melissa's Task: Find out the meaning of your name and pick a book with that in the title (if more than one word like mine) pick one of the words.

Rachel's Task: Read a book about someone who adopted, was adopted, or placed their child for adoption.

Sasha's Task: I'm Russian, I grew up in Japan and was educated in America. Pick a book that's translated from any of those language, set in any of the countries, or pick a book with a character having an identity crisis.
Heartless - Gail Carriger- 02/21/2013 - ✔
Charakter wanted to be a vampire and is now a werewolf

Sharon's Task: Read a book that revolves around a family and their life. Or, read a book about large families.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce - 01/13/2013 - ✔ -Review

Teresa's Task:
Read a book that takes place someplace you either have visited and loved, have lived and loved or would love to visit/live.
Die Geschichte Englands/The History of England - Jane Austen - England - 01/07/2013 - ✔

Toni's Task: Read a book where the author or the main character's name can be used for either sex.

Trev's Task:
Read a book where one character dislikes their name or changes/has changed their legal name.
Gyles Brandreth - Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol - 08/05/2013 - ✔
Oscar Wilde gets the Name Prisoner C 3.3. and later takes the Name Sebastian Melmoth


message 9: by Gecko (last edited Mar 04, 2013 05:06AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) Quarter 1 Spell Challenge: All about TV and Movies
Duration: January 1 – March 31, 2013
Goal: 22/36


Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Actress: Judi Dench
Favorite Actor: Jude Law
Favorite Movie: Sin City


Favorite TV Show:

01. G - Günter Grass - Katz und Maus - 02/27/2013 - ✔
02. A - Allan, Clare - Poppy Shakespeare - 02/13/2013 - ✔
03. M - Mort - Terry Pratchett - 02/28/2013 - ✔
04. E -

05. O -
06. F -

07. T - Tagebücher 1660 - Samuel Pepys - 01/06/2013 - ✔
08. H - Hound of the Baskervilles, the - Arthur Conan Doyle - 03/02/2013 - ✔
09. R - Return of Sherlock Holmes,the - Arthur Conan Doyle - 02/15/2013 - ✔
10. O - On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King - 01/04/2013 - ✔
11. N -
12. E - Escape To Life: Deutsche Kultur im Exil - Erika Mann - 01/21/2013 - ✔
13. S - Schweinsgalopp - Terry Pratchett - 01/31/2013 - ✔

Favorite Actress:

14. J -
15. U - Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, the - Rachel Joyce- 01/13/2013 - ✔
16. D - Darth Vader und Sohn - Jeffrey Brown - 01/25/2013 - ✔
17. I - Infrarote Korsar, der - Wiglaf Droste - 03/01/2013 - ✔

18. D - Doyle, Arthur Conan - His Last Bow - 02/15/2013 - ✔
19. E - Elliott, Sumner Locke - Der Apfel rötet sich In Eden/Edens Lost - 02/22/2013 - ✔
20. N - Neruda, Pablo - In deinen Träumen reist dein Herz - 01/31/2013 - ✔
21. C - Carriger, Gail - Blameless - 02/10/2013 - ✔
22. H - Hawking, Stephen - Die illustrierte Kurze Geschichte der Zeit - 01/24/2013 - ✔


Favorite Actor:

23. J -
24. U -
25. D -
26. E - Erich Kästner - Pünktchen und Anton - - 01/14/2013 - ✔

27. L -
28. A - Albert Camus - Hochzeit des Lichts - Mittelmeer-Essays - 02/25/2013 - ✔
29. W -

Favorite Movie:

30. S -
31. I -
32. N - Nachtbibliothek, die - Audrey Niffenegger - 01/22/2013 - ✔

33. C -
34. I - In der Bibliothek - Antal Szerb - 01/12/2013 - ✔
35. T - Tale of Two Cities, a - Charles Dickens - 01/10/2013- ✔
36. Y -


message 10: by Gecko (last edited Mar 04, 2013 05:07AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) It's All About the Oscars and Hollywood Challenge
Duration: January 1, 2013 - March 31, 2013
Goal 17/26


1. Reviews will make or break a movie in Hollywood
Read a book with a Goodreads rating of 4 or more stars
Arthur Conan Doyle - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - 01/22/2013 - ✔

2. Word of mouth, "You have to see this movie!"
Read a book recommended to you by a friend


3. The longest movie ever made is called "Modern times Forever." Its a whopping 240 hours long! - Read a long book (500+ pages)

4. Hollywood is in L.A.
Read a book whose author's name (first or surname) begins with L or A
Caged - Tam Ames - 02/27/2013 - ✔

5. Many great movies started out as books
Read a book that was adapted into a movie
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster - 01/29/2013 - ✔

6. It’s award season. Here come the Oscars! - Read a book that has won a major literary award (Man Booker, Pulitzer, Nobel Prize in Literature, etc.)

7. Roll out the red carpet
Read a book whose cover is red or whose title is written in red
The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle - 03/02/2013 - ✔

8. Hollywood is known for its sex, drugs, rock and roll
Read a book that features sex, drugs and/or rock and roll
Eine zu 85% wahre GeschichteChuck Klosterman - 02/09/2013 - ✔

9. Movies weren't always in colour?!
Read a book whose cover is mainly black and/or white
Heinrich Böll - Wo warst du Adam? - 01/30/2013 - ✔

10. Paparazzi are always spying on celebs
Read a book in which the main character is a spy or is being spied on
Changeless - Gail Carriger - 02/08/2013 - ✔

11. Every celeb has an autobiography nowadays
Read an autobiography by a celebrity or other well-known person
Mortality - Christopher Hitchens - 01/07/2013 - ✔

12. They pay him how much per movie?!
Read a book in which the main character is rich or comes into a large sum of money
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Beautiful And Damned - 02/27/2013 - ✔

13. She dating who!? They broke up?! Celeb relationships are everywhere you look.
Read a book in which a relationship ends or a new relationship begins
Mein Name sei Gantenbein - Max Frisch - 02/05/2013 - ✔

14. Movie stars travel worldwide to promote their latest film - Read a book set in a country you would like to visit or have visited (not your home country)

15. Celebs are obsessed with technology such as Facebook and Twitter - Read a book that heavily features social networking or technology

16. Every actor/actress dreams of having the star role - Read a book in which the main character has the same first or surname as you

17. February 14th is Valentine's day. Studios release several romantic movies this time of year
Read a book from the romance genre
Heartless - Gail Carriger- 02/21/2013 - ✔

18. Martha Stewart, Lindsay Lohan, 50cent. They've all spent time in the slammer.
Read a book that is set in a prison or in which the main character is a criminal or police officer
Naguib Mahfouz - Karnak-Café - 02/10/2013 - ✔


19. Harry Potter, The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, Shrek. There are many great movie series!
Read a book from a series
Soulless - Gail Carriger - 01/26/2013 - ✔

20. Headlines! Celebs are always in the news - Look through a newspaper and find a book review. Read the book that has been reviewed

21. Lots of books have been made in TV series too. - Read a book that has been made into a TV series or mini series

22. No matter what the movie is about there's always a bad guy - Read a book in which the main character is a villain or perceived as a villain

23. Oscars speeches have to be short and snappy with a maximum length of 45 seconds
Read a short book (no more than 100 pages)
Die Geschichte Englands/The History of England - Jane Austen - 51p - 01/07/2013 - ✔

24. I'd like to thank my mom and dad...
Read a book that features a child/parent relationship
Eine Pfarrerstochter - George Orwell - 03/04/2013 - ✔

25. Paranormal Activity, The Omen, The Exorcist. Some films will give you nightmares
Read a book from the horror genre
Timeless - Gail Carriger - 02/24/2013 - ✔

26. Cut! And that's a wrap
Read the last book in a series
Robin Hobb - Assassin's Quest - 01/19/2013 - ✔


message 11: by Gecko (last edited Feb 24, 2013 02:14PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) Where You Read Quarterly Challenge
Duration: January 1 2013 – March 31 2013
Gaol: 0/15


Home
1. Kitchen:
2. Library:
Samuel Pepys - Tagebücher 1660 - 01/06/2013 - ✔
3. Bathtub:
4. Toilet: ;) Pablo Neruda - In deinen Träumen reist dein Herz - 01/31/2013 - ✔
5. Bedroom: Schweinsgalopp - Terry Pratchett - 01/31/2013 - ✔
6. Livingroom:


Outside
1. Coffee Shop
2. Workplace: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce- 296p - 01/13/2013 - ✔
3. Park
4. Restaurant
5. Pub
6. Queuing at the post-office and trying not to go postal:
Der Samuel-Pepys Companion - Heiko Arntz & Gerd Haffmans - 01/02/2013 - ✔
7.) Cinema: Darth Vader und Sohn - Jeffrey Brown - 01/25/2013 - ✔

Vehicle
1. Tram
2. Bus Timeless - Gail Carriger - 02/24/2013 - ✔
3. Train
4. Walking
5. Subway Tale of Two Cities, a - Charles Dickens - 01/10/2013- ✔

Travel(maybe):


message 12: by Gecko (last edited Jan 29, 2013 10:40AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) THE NEW BEGINNINGS CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - January 31
Goal: 10/10


1. Read a book by an author new to you
Tagebücher 1660 - Samuel Pepys - 392p - 01/06/2013 - ✔
It's the second Book of a boxed Set: Die Tagebücher 1660-69

2. Read a book that was released in the last six months

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce- 296p - 01/13/2013 - ✔

3. Read a book in a genre that is outside of what you normally read

Die illustrierte Kurze Geschichte der Zeit - Stephen Hawking - 01/24/2013 - ✔

4. Read a book where the main character starts out on a new part of his or her life

A Passage to India - E.M. Forster - 01/29/2013 - ✔

5. Read a book that was published the same year you embarked on a new part of your life (state what part that was)

I got married in 2000
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King - 376p - - 01/04/2013 - ✔

6. Should auld acquaintance be forgot: Read an old childhood favorite

Pünktchen und Anton - Erich Kästner - 376p - - 01/14/2013 - ✔

7. Read a book nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards

Mortality - Christopher Hitchens - 01/07/2013 - ✔

8. “Beginnings” is a song by the group Chicago—read a book whose title shares a main word with the lyrics of the song (lyrics can be found here: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/chicago/...)

Word: Life

Escape To Life: Deutsche Kultur im Exil - Erika Mann - 01/21/2013 - ✔


9. Read a book that is first in a series

Soulless - Gail Carriger - 01/26/2013 - ✔

10. Read a book by an author whose first or last name starts with the letter A

In der Bibliothek - Antal Szerb - 01/12/2013 - ✔


message 13: by Gecko (last edited Feb 28, 2013 02:16AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) History of Civil Rights (mini challenge)
Duration: February 1 - February 28
Goal: 4/4


1. Read a book from 1964, the year that The Civil Rights Act came into effect, granting African Americans the right to vote in the USA OR read a book about that time.
"Mein Name sei Gantenbein" was first published in 1964.
Mein Name sei Gantenbein - Max Frisch - 02/05/2013 - ✔

2. Read a book from 1929, the year that women were declared "persons" under law in Canada (thanks to The Famous Five!) OR read a book with a female heroine.
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon is my heroine of the month.
Timeless - Gail Carriger - 02/24/2013 - ✔

3. Read a book from 2012, the year that President Obama said he believes homosexuals should have the right to marry OR read a book with characters who identify as LGBT.
Caged - Tam Ames - 02/27/2013 - ✔

4. Read a book from a year which is important in your country's history and has to do with civil rights OR read a book about people who fight against the government.
"Katz und Maus" was first published in 1961, the year in witch the Berlin Wall was build and most of the DDR citizens lost their freedom to travel.
Katz und Maus - Günter Grass - 02/27/2013 - ✔


message 14: by Gecko (last edited Feb 28, 2013 03:37AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) All About Cupid Challenge
Duration: February 1 - February 28, 2013
Level 5: Happily Ever After: 10 Tasks
Books read: 11/11


Tasks:
1. It Takes Two To Tango:
Read 2 books from the same Romance Series
Gail Carriger - Changeless - 02/08/2013 - ✔
Gail Carriger - Blameless - 02/10/2013 - ✔

2. The Heart of the Matter:
Read a book that either has a heart on the cover or "Heart" in the title.
Heartless - Gail Carriger- 02/21/2013 - ✔

3. The Color of Love:
Read a book that has a title that contains the colors: Red, Pink, White, or Ivory.
"röten" means to redden s.th.
Sumner Locke Elliott - Der Apfel rötet sich In Eden/Edens Lost - 02/22/2013 - ✔

4. Covers of Color:
Read a book that has a cover that is mostly Red or Pink.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes / His Last Bow (Collector's Library) by Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur Conan Doyle - The Return of Sherlock Holmes / His Last Bow - 02/15/2013 - ✔

5. The Month of Marriage:
Read a book that was released in June of a previous year.
First published June 28th 2005.
Eine zu 85% wahre Geschichte/ Killing Yourself to Live - Chuck Klosterman - 02/09/2013 - ✔

6. Breaking Up is Hard to Do:
Read a book in which the main characters are a couple in the beginning but end up going their separate ways.
I expected a real breakup, but it's more a mental breakdown.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Beautiful And Damned - 02/27/2013 - ✔

7. Holy Matrimony:
Read a book that has marriage or wedding or a variation of one of these words in the title.
Hochzeit is the german word for wedding.
Hochzeit des Lichts - Mittelmeer-Essays - Albert Camus - 02/25/2013 - ✔

8. Cupid's Arrows:
Read a book that is set in an age in which bows and arrows were used in combat.
Crossbows play a role in this one.
Mort - Terry Pratchett - 02/28/2013 - ✔

9. Be My Valentine:
Read a book that has Flowers (or a type of flower like roses or lilies) in the title.
Clare Allan - Poppy Shakespeare - 02/13/2013 - ✔

10. A Date with Prince Charming:
Read a book that has a place to go on a date in the title.
Keep Prince Charming and the white horses away from me, please. But invite me to a cup of coffee and a nice conversation and we might get somewhere.
Naguib Mahfouz - Karnak-Café - 02/10/2013 - ✔


Levels:
1. Just Friends - 2 Tasks
2. Courting - 4 Tasks
3. Long Term Relationship: 6 Tasks
4. Engaged: 8 Tasks
5. Happily Ever After: 10 Tasks

Rules:
1. No more than 3 re-reads.
2. Fiction or non-fiction are fine.
3. E-books and audio books are okay.
4. All books should be longer than 100 pages.
5. You have the right to change your desired level of difficulty at any time (up, down or drop out completely).


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Jack (jack_) You're a professional at taking part in challenges!


message 16: by Gecko (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) Nope, but I've got a really large and real TBR shelf ;)


message 17: by Jack (new)

Jack (jack_) Oh yeah. :-)


message 18: by Gecko (last edited Mar 02, 2013 12:36PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) AWARDS COVER HUNT
Duration: March 1 - March 31, 2013


Our March theme is award winners, so let's explore non-literary awards!

1. The Heisman Trophy is given to the most outstanding player in college football. Read a book with has something related to sports on its cover.
Keeping Up with the Germans A History of Anglo-German Encounters by Philip Oltermann
Keeping Up with the Germans: A History of Anglo-German Encounters - Philip Oltermann
Who finds the little football first?

2. MacArthur Genius Grants (formally The MacArthur Fellows Program) are awarded to people who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work" in any field. Read a book with someone you consider to be a genius on its cover (the person can be fictional or real).
The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle - 03/02/2013 - ✔
Its not the glowing dog in the front but the man hiding behind the rock that I consider a genius.

3. Grammy Awards are given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to music artists. Read a book with something related to music on its cover.
Der Klang der ungespielten Töne by Konstantin Wecker
Der Klang der ungespielten Töne - Konstantin Wecker
The tiny piano does it.

4. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories. Read a book with something related to the military on its cover.
Mash by Richard Hooker
Mash - Richard Hooker

5. The Villa Romana Prize is a German art prize. Read a book with an artist's name in the title or a piece of artwork on the cover.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Collector's Library) by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
This is Toulouse Lautrec on the cover.

6. The European Inventor Award is awarded to inventors "who have made a significant contribution to innovation, economy and society in Europe." Read a book with an innovative cover. (This one's very open to interpretation!)
Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain
In RL this Cover is plain-white ones you get rid of the orange banderole, the title embossed but not grey... so beautiful and simple and quiet.

7. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is given to an architect who demonstrates "talent, vision, and commitment." Read a book with a building on its cover.
Der Fall Jane Eyre (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde
Der Fall Jane Eyre - Jasper Fforde
A real piece of beautiful architecture, not something ugly with lot of steal, concrete and glass.

8. The winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is given the title of Best in Show. Read a book with a dog on its cover.
Flush. Eine Biographie by Virginia Woolf
Flush. Eine Biographie - Virginia Woolf
Looks a bit like a ghost-dog.

9. The People's Hundred Flower Award is the Chinese equivalent of the Golden Globes. Read a book with flowers on its cover.
Und Nietzsche weinte by Irvin D. Yalom
Und Nietzsche weinte - Irvin D. Yalom
And now we have Gustav Klimt: a woman, lots of gold and flowers.

10. The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards recognizes outstanding chefs. Read a book with food on its cover.
Die Essensfälscher by Thilo Bode
Die Essensfälscher - Thilo Bode
The supermarket, with lots and lots of food...

11. The winner of the premier series of of NASCAR gets the Sprint Cup Trophy. Read a book with a form of transportation on its cover.
In einem anderen Buch (Thursday Next, #2) by Jasper Fforde
In einem anderen Buch - Jasper Fforde
There is only one thing wrong with this car - Miss Cavendish is missing.

12. The Merlin Award is an award given to magicians. Read a book with something you consider magical on its cover.
Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1) by Robin Hobb
Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb
You have to believe me, this ship can talk and if you kiss it... it get's really hot ;)


message 19: by Gecko (last edited Mar 01, 2013 02:12PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) LITERARY AWARDS MINI CHALLENGE
Duration: March 1 - March 31, 2013


1. Read a book by an author who has received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Der König verneigt sich und tötet - Herta Müller

2. Read a book that has won a Goodreads Choice Award.
Room - Emma Donoghue

3. Read a book that has won a Hugo or Nebula award. (If science fiction & fantasy really isn't your thing, choose another type of genre-specific award.)
Watchmen - Alan Moore

4. Read a book given an award unique to your country.
Der infrarote Korsar - Wiglaf Droste - 03/01/2013 - ✔
Wiglaf Droste got the "Annette-Droste-Hülshoff-Preis" for his work as one of the best living essayists. As far as I know he is not connected to Annette.


message 20: by Gecko (last edited Jul 29, 2013 01:17AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) I Spy Challenge
Duration: July 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013
Goal: 6/12


1. I spy elements from the Periodic Table: Silver, Gold, Neon, etc.
Robin Hobb - Ship of Magic - 07/11/2013 - ✔
The Cover is all gold

2. I spy celestial bodies: Planets, stars, galaxies, etc.
Terry Pratchett - Die dunkle Seite der Sonne - Strata - 07/13/2013 - ✔
Sonne = sun

3. I spy things related to sports: baseball, basketball, football, etc.

4. I spy things/people related to the hospital: doctors, nurses, patients, etc.

5. I spy magical beings: witches, wizards, elves, etc.
Terry Pratchett - The Wee Free Men - 07/28/2013 - ✔

6. I spy animals in the circus: monkeys, elephants, tigers, etc.

7. I spy world leaders: Mandela, Gandhi, Dali Lama, etc.

8. I spy things from “down under”: Australia, Kangaroos, New Zealand, etc.
Sy Montgomery - Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot - 07/23/2013 - ✔

9. I spy a body of water: ocean, river, lake, etc.
Warum war Henry James so schlechter Laune? Geistesarbeiter und ihre Freunde by Wolf Lepenies Wolf Lepenies - Warum war Henry James so schlechter Laune? - 07/16/2013 - ✔

10. I spy a month of the year: January, February, March, etc.

11. I spy a day of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.

12. I spy countries in Europe:
Italy, Germany, France, etc.
Irène Némirovsky - Suite Française - 07/08/2013 - ✔


message 21: by Gecko (last edited Aug 17, 2013 03:59AM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) 3rd Quarter Challenge: Authors!
Duration: July 1, 2013 - September 30, 2013
Goal: 14/15


1. Read a book by an author who shares your initials (first and last only, no need to match middle initials).

2. Read a book by an author from your home country.
Gesammelte Werke 1929 - Kurt Tucholsky - 07/23/2013 - ✔

3. Read a book written by an author whose first language is different from your own.
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein - 07/06/2013 - ✔

4. Read a book by a new-to-you author.
Julian Barnes - Arthur & George - 07/02/2013 - ✔

5. Read a book by an author who's known for a genre you don't primarily read.
Louis Sachar - Holes - 07/25/2013 - ✔

6. Read a book by an author born in your birth month.
Paul Gallico - Kleine Mouche - 07/29/2013 - ✔

7. Read a book by an author born in the same decade as you.
(If you are born in or after 1990, you may read an author born in the 80s.)
Sofi Oksanen - Fegefeuer - 08/12/2013 - ✔

8. Read a book by an author who has penned an autobiography (you can, but do not have to, read the autobiography itself).
Franz Kafka - Brief an den Vater - 07/08/2013 - ✔

9. Read a book by a self-published author
(the book you read does not have to be self-published, but the author must have self-published at some point in his or her career).
Gesammelte Werke 1930 - - Kurt Tucholsky - 08/17/2013 - ✔
After the death of Siegfried Jacobson in 1926 was Tucholsky publisher of the "Weltbühne", publishing his and the works of a lot of other people in this weekly magazine. Half a year later Carl von Ossietzky took over.

10. Read a book by a Goodreads author.
Margaret Atwood - Oryx And Crake - 07/17/2013 - ✔

11. Read a book by a debut author.
Lada Lusina - Die Hexen von Kiew - 08/15/2013 - ✔

12. Read a book by an author who has published more than 15 books by July 1, 2013.
Anthony Horowitz - Das Geheimnis des weißen Bandes - 07/04/2013 - ✔

13. Read a book by an author who has fewer than 25 fans.
(See the number of fans on an author's profile.)
Margriet de Moor - Sturmflut - 08/07/2013 - ✔

14. Read a book by an author who has greater than 1,000 fans.
Sylvia Plath - Die Glasglocke - 07/19/2013 - ✔

15. Read a book by your favorite author.
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray - 07/06/2013 - ✔


message 22: by Gecko (last edited Jul 31, 2013 01:04PM) (new)

Gecko (geckosleseleben) July's The Definition of a Classic Challenge
Duration: July 1 - July 31, 2013
Goal: 14/14


What makes a book a classic? According to Italo Calvino, there are 14 definitions of a classic. Read a book that suits each one! (Note: your book doesn't have to be a classic; it just needs to fit the task.)

1. The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: 'I'm rereading…', never 'I'm reading….'
Read a book on this Read Them Twice...At Least list.
Sylvia Plath - Die Glasglocke - 07/19/2013 - ✔

2. The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them; but they remain just as rich an experience for those who reserve the chance to read them for when they are in the best condition to enjoy them.
Read a book that has been recommended to you by a friend that you've been putting off.
Christopher Moore - Fool - 07/20/2013 - ✔

3. The classics are books which exercise a particular influence, both when they imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable, and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual's or the collective unconscious.
This task is all about imagination--read a fantasy or science fiction book.
Terry Pratchett - Die dunkle Seite der Sonne - Strata - 07/13/2013 - ✔

4. A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading.
Reread a book.
Robin Hobb - Ship of Magic - 07/11/2013 - ✔

5. A classic is a book which even when we read it for the first time gives the sense of rereading something we have read before.
Read a new to you book.
Wolf Lepenies - Warum war Henry James so schlechter Laune? - 07/16/2013 - ✔


6. A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers.
Read a book still popular today which was written over 50 years ago.
Ray Bradbury - Das Böse kommt auf leisen Sohlen - 07/28/2013 - ✔

7. The classics are those books which come to us bearing the aura of previous interpretations, and trailing behind them the traces they have left in the culture or cultures (or just in the languages and customs) through which they have passed.
Read a book about a culture you consider not your own.
Haruki Murakami - Kafka am Strand - 07/25/2013 - ✔

8. A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off. "Pulviscular" means "dusty; resembling fine powder." Read a book whose title contains a word you consider unusual. (Proper nouns can count toward this task.)
Paul Gallico - Kleine Mouche - 07/29/2013 - ✔

9. Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them.
Read a book you've heard about on TV, on the radio, in a magazine, from a blog, or through another book.
Anthony Horowitz - Das Geheimnis des weißen Bandes - 07/04/2013 - ✔

10. A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans. A talisman is a magical device that brings good luck.
Read a book that contains magic in some form.
Julian Barnes - Arthur & George - 07/02/2013 - ✔
Sir Arthurs believe in Spiritism and the Seance at the End.

11. 'Your' classic is a book to which you cannot remain indifferent, and which helps you define yourself in relation or even in opposition to it. Read a coming of age book.
Louis Sachar - Holes - 07/25/2013 - ✔

12. A classic is a work that comes before other classics; but those who have read other classics first immediately recognize its place in the genealogy of classic works.
Read a book that's part of a series.
Margaret Atwood - Oryx And Crake - 07/17/2013 - ✔
MaddAddam 01. It also fits the bill because of big parallels to 1984 and A Brave New World

13. A classic is a work which relegates the noise of the present to a background hum, which at the same time the classics cannot exist without.
Read a book about a historical event.
Irène Némirovsky - Suite Française - 07/08/2013 - ✔
WWII in France.

14. A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway.
Read a book that has "Classic" listed as a genre on its main page.
Franz Kafka - Brief an den Vater - 07/08/2013 - ✔


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Gecko (geckosleseleben) Must Read Classics Challenge
Duration: July 1 - July 31, 2013
Goal: 51 - 4/4


1.) Joseph Heller - Catch-22 - 07/22/2013 - ✔
2.) Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray - 07/06/2013 - ✔
3.) William Shakespeare - Macbeth - 07/19/2013 - ✔
04.) Mary Shelley - Frankenstein - 07/06/2013 - ✔


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Gecko (geckosleseleben) August Types of Nonfiction Challenge
Duration: August 1 - 30, 2013
Goal 3/6


This challenge is about the different types of nonfiction books. You have two choices: read that type of nonfiction book OR do the task instead. Either counts towards this one!

1. Autobiography.
Read an autobiography OR read a book told in the first person.
Christopher Hitchens - Hitch-22: A Memoir - 08/10/2013 - ✔

2. Diary. Read a diary OR read a book written in diary entries or letters.
Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year - 08/16/2013 - ✔

3. Dictionary:
You're probably not going to read a whole dictionary, so instead, read a book whose title is only a single word that can be found in the dictionary. Examples: Speak, Dune
Margriet de Moor - Sturmflut - 08/07/2013 - ✔

4. History. Read a nonfiction book about history OR read a book that takes place over 100 years ago.

5. Philosophy. Read a book of philosophy OR read a book in which the protagonist must make an ethical decision of some sort. (Don't forget to mark spoilers!)

6. Self-help. Read a self-help book OR read a book in which one character gives advice to another.

7. Popular science. Read a science book OR read a science fiction book.

8. Travel writing. Read a travel writing book OR read a book that takes place in a country that you would like to visit.


Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year
Geraldine Brooks - Auf freiem Feld
Albert Camus - Fragen Der Zeit
Mark Carwardine - Last Chance to See: In the Footsteps of Douglas Adams


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Gecko (geckosleseleben) August Spell Out Challenge
Duration: July 1 - July 31, 2013
Goal: 6/9


We're at the tail end of summer! Spell out a word that makes you think about summer. Examples: SUN, BEACH, VACATION, etc. Whatever comes to mind for you!

For this challenge, you can use ANY letter in a book's title or any of the author's initials. Each book can only be used once.

S -
O - Oksanen, Sofi - Fegefeuer - 08/12/2013 - ✔
U -
T -
H - Hobb, Robin - Mad Ship - 08/04/2013 - ✔

P - Andrew Miller - Pure - 08/13/2013 - ✔
O - Gyles Brandreth - Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol - 08/05/2013 - ✔
L - Lada Lusina - Die Hexen von Kiew - 08/15/2013 - ✔
E - Elke Heidenreich - Macbeth: Schlafes Mörder - 08/04/2013 - ✔

Lynn Flewelling - Shadows Return
Irvin D. Yalom - Und Nietzsche weinte
Lynn Flewelling - The White Road
Gyles Brandreth - Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol


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