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message 1: by Clare (last edited Jan 06, 2017 11:40PM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Hello
2015 went well. I passed my goal of 30 books and completed a couple of yearly challenges (A - Z and I-Spy), braved the last quarter challenges and enjoyed the December monthly challenge.

I'm looking forward to more reading in 2016:
Yearly Challenges:
A-Z Character Challenge 26/26

50 books for 2016 65 read

I Spy Book Titles Edition 25/25

Every Year Challenge Since I got married 12/13 - continue as long term challenge aiming for every year since I was born

From Fiction to Reality 8/10 Enjoyed the challenge and read a lot more non-fiction this year but didn't always manage to find pairs

Around the World in Books Challenge 2016 10/10 completed. Really enjoyed this challenge - introduced me to 9 new authors and led me to read Tolstoy again.
Favourites were my first and last books, my least favourites books 6 and 8
Looking forward to the 2017 version and continuing my own ongoing challenge reading books set in different countries

Modern Mrs Darcy 10/12

Quarterly Challenges:
1st Quarter Challenge Group Reads 3/3
1st Quarter Challenge Box Sets 6/6
2nd Quarter Challenge Award Winning Books 4/4
3rd Quarter Chloe's Challenge 4/5
3rd Quarter Finish the series: 6/5 series
4th Quarter Race to the Finish 13/14

Monthly Challenges:
February Rereads 4/4
March Courage 2/2
April Earth 2/2

Buddy / Group Reads:
April: Ship of Magic

10K Member Challenges
Special 10.000 Challenge
Lifetime Reading Goal
Top 10 LIstopia
Give 10,000 books

Ongoing Challenges:
Reading Britain
Reading Around the World
Popsugar 2015 - completed 40 between 2015 -2016
Booktrust 100 Best Books for Children
BBC The Big Read 0-200


message 2: by Clare (last edited Jan 02, 2017 11:32AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments 50 books for 2016

1 In the Land of the Long White Cloud Sarah Lark ****
2 The Curious Case of The Black Swan Song Andrea Frazer *
3 The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow Katherine Woodfine ****
4 Song of the Spirits Sarah Lark ****
5 Hush, Little Bird Nicole Trope ****
6 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Catherynne M. Valente ****
7 The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald****
8 The Girl in the Red Coat Kate Hamer***
9 Five on a Treasure Island Enid Blyton****
10 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan*****
11 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare***
12 The Dolls' House Rumer Godden****
13 Blue Sky July Nia Wyn*****
14 The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot***
15 The Story of My Life Helen Keller****
16 The Martian Andy Weir****
17 A Spool of Blue Thread Anne Tyler****
18 Five Children on the Western Front Kate Saunders****
19 Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder***
20 The Summer Book Tove Jansson****
21Ship of Magic Robin Hobb*****
22 Hollow Earth Carole E. Barrowman****
23 Joy John Galsworthy***
24 The Masked City Genevieve Cogman****
25 War Horse Michael Morpurgo****
26 Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder***
27 The White Tiger Aravind Adiga***
28 The Man in the Picture Susan Hill****
29 A Fatal Thaw Dana Stabenow****
30 Call of the Kiwi Sarah Lark****
31The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondō***
32 The Ghost of Thomas Kempe Penelope Lively***
33 The Owl Service Alan Garner*****
34 Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch***
35 The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth Katherine Woodfine****
36 Memories of Ash Intisar Khanani****
37 Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed****
38 Sing Me To Sleep Chris Simms***
39 The Silversmith's Wife Sophia Tobin***
40 The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick*****
41 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling****
42 Bone Quill Carole E. Barrowman****
43 The Book of Beasts Carole E Barrowman****
44 Solitude CreekJeffery Deaver****
45 The Steel Kiss Jeffrey Deaver****
46: Night Falls in the Gorge: A Pacific Northwest Mystery Myrna Daly***
47: The Second Chance Café Amanda Prowse**
48: I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Malala Yousafzai****
49: The Eagle Tree Ned Hayes****
50: One, Two ... He Is Coming For You Willow Rose***
51: Vlad the Drac Ann Jungman****
52: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs****
53 Red Queen Victoria Aveyard****
54 The Mentor Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli**
55: The Romanovs: The Final Chapter****
56 Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne***
57: The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan****
58 The Sea of Monsters Rick Riordan***
59 The Museum of Extraordinary Things Alice Hoffman****
60 The Girls Emma Cline
61 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
62 The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi****
63: Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1: Gifted Joss Whedon**
64: A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
65: Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder

Picture Books
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book 2nd Jan 2016


message 3: by Clare (last edited Jan 02, 2017 11:59AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Yearly Challenge 1
I SPY: BOOK TITLES EDITION
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016
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Read a book that contains in its title a word that can be found in each of the classic book titles. The word needs to be there in its entirety; however, homographs (words that are spelled the same but mean different things) and words within words count. Articles (a, and, the) and any two letter words do not count.

25/25 completed
1. Of Mice and Men: The Mentor Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
2. A Tale of Two Cities: One, Two ... He Is Coming For You Willow Rose
3. Gone with the Wind: The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi
4. A Wrinkle in Time: A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: The Eagle Tree Ned Hayes
6. The Little Prince: The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald
7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass: Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
8. Brave New World: Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne
9. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
10. The Joy Luck Club: Joy
11. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Girl in the Red Coat Kate Hamer
12. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Hush, Little Bird Nicole Trope
13. The Book Thief: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan
14. The God of Small Things: The Museum of Extraordinary Things Alice Hoffman
15. Around the World in 80 Days: Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder
16. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The Curious Case of The Black Swan Song Andrea Frazer
17. The Time Traveler's Wife: The Silversmith's Wife Sophia Tobin
18. All Quiet on the Western Front: Five Children on the Western Front Kate Saunders
19. The Old Man and the Sea: The Man in the Picture Susan Hill
20. Where the Red Fern Grows: Red Queen Victoria Aveyard
21. Island of the Blue Dolphins: Five on a Treasure Island Enid Blyton
22. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: The Second Chance Café Amanda Prowse
23. Girl With a Pearl Earring: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Catherynne M. Valente
24. The Call of the Wild: Call of the Kiwi Sarah Lark
25. The Good Earth: Hollow Earth Carole E. Barrowman


message 5: by Clare (last edited Jan 06, 2017 11:07PM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Yearly Challenge 3
FROM FICTION TO REALITY
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016
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Read any fiction book. Then, read a nonfiction book about any part of that fictional work. Or read a nonfiction book, then find a fictional work that's related to it.

8/10

Possible Themes:

1a The Story of My Life Helen Keller
1b The Eagle Tree Ned Hayes

2a Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed
2b Night Falls in the Gorge: A Pacific Northwest Mystery

3a I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Malala Yousafzai
3b
4a The Romanovs: The Final Chapter Robert K. Massie
4b Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

5a Helter Skelter - unfinished
5b The Girls Emma Cline


message 6: by Clare (last edited Dec 07, 2016 02:11AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Yearly Challenge 4
AROUND THE WORLD IN BOOKS
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016
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Read books written by authors from as many different countries as you can. The authors can have either been born there or lived there.

10/10 CHALLENGE COMPLETED

Australia: Hush, Little Bird Nicole Trope
Wales: The Girl in the Red Coat Kate Hamer
USA: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan
Finland: The Summer Book Tove Jansson
England: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow Katherine Woodfine
India: The White Tiger Aravind Adiga
Pakistan: I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Malala Yousafzai
Italy: The Mentor Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli
France: Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne
Russia: Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

Really enjoyed this challenge - introduced me to 9 new authors and led me to read Tolstoy again.
Favourites were my first and last books, my least favourites books 6 and 8
Looking forward to the 2017 version



message 7: by Clare (last edited Jan 06, 2017 11:13PM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Yearly Challenge 5:
A TO Z CHALLENGE -- CHARACTER EDITION
Duration: January 1, through December 31, 2016.
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Playing off of our I-Spy “Book Title” edition, we are introducing the A to Z Challenge “Character Edition.” Read a book with a character to fit for each letter of the alphabet. You can use the first letters of character’s first or last name. You may only use one character per book, and you may use memoirs/biographies/autobiographies for this challenge.

26/26

A: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: Ajax
B: The White Tiger Balram
C: The Girl in the Red Coat Carmel
D: A Spool of Blue Thread Denny
E: Five Children on the Western Front: Edie
F: Hush, Little Bird Felicity
G: In the Land of the Long White Cloud Gwyneira / Helen / James
H: The Story of My Life Helen
I: The Princess and the Goblin Irene
J: Blue Sky July Joe
K: Song of the Spirits Kura /Elaine
L: Little House on the Prairie Laura
M: The Princess Diaries Mia
N: Anna Karenina Nikolai Dmitrievich Levin
O: A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon
P: The Masked City Peregrine Vale
Q: Five on a Treasure Island Quentin
R: The Owl Service Roger
S: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow Sophie / Lilian
T: The Dolls' House Tottie
U: The Steel Kiss Unsub 40
V: The Martian Venkat
W: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Wyverary
X: Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1: Gifted Xavier
Y: The Romanovs: The Final Chapter Yakov Yurovsky
Z: Hollow Earth: Zach


message 8: by Clare (last edited Jan 06, 2017 11:23PM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge
Happy New Year: Surprise Challenge
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10/12

1. A Book Published this Year: The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth Katherine Woodfine
2. A Book You Can Finish in One Day: Blue Sky July
3. A Book You Have Been Meaning to Read: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
4. A Book Recommended by Your Local Librarian or Bookseller: A Spool of Blue Thread
5. A Book You Should Have Read in School: A Midsummer Night's Dream
6. A Book Chosen For You by Your Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
7. A Book Published Before You Were Born: The Princess and the Goblin
8. A Book That Was Banned at Some Point
9. A Book You Previously Abandoned
10. A Book You Own but Have Never Read: Around the World in Eighty Days
11. A Book the Intimidates You: Anna Karenina
12. A Book You Have Read at Least Once: Five on a Treasure Island


message 10: by Clare (last edited Apr 23, 2016 11:19PM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments February Challenge
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
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I've got a few re-reads on my list for this year so will see if I can read 4 in Feb possibly:

4/4 completed

Five on a Treasure Island
The Dolls' House
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Blue Sky July


message 11: by Clare (last edited Apr 23, 2016 11:20PM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments March Challenge: Courage

For this challenge, we would like you to read books that you define as courageous because what is brave to one person can be different to another.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
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2/2
The Story of My Life Helen Keller
The Martian Andy Weir


message 12: by Clare (last edited Oct 30, 2016 01:15AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments 2nd Quarter Challenge: AWARD WINNING BOOKS
Duration: April 1 - June 30, 2016

2nd Quarter Challenge: Award Winning Books message 62
As book lovers, we want to be entertained, but we also appreciate great literature. For this challenge, choose books that have won one of the various book awards. This is a great opportunity to read a book you've been meaning to get to, or to try a new genre.
You can also use this challenge to read a book from one of the many Nobel laureates in literature.

4/4 Completed

Joy John Galsworthy - awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga Man Booker in 2008
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe Penelope Lively Carnegie Medal 1973
The Owl Service Alan Garner Carnegie Medal 1967 and Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1968


message 13: by Clare (last edited Apr 23, 2016 12:44PM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments April Challenge: Earth
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
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2/2
1: Little House on the Prairie for number 4 - a book that takes place in an untamed or remote part of the earth (like Greenland, small islands in the ocean, the Amazon, the Himalayas).

2: Hollow Earth for number 1 - a book with the word “Earth” in the title


message 14: by Clare (last edited Oct 30, 2016 01:14AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Special 10,000 Challenge
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

5/5 Completed

1. Home, 10,000 members...read a book that has more than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads: The White Tiger.

2. Math: 100 x 100 = 10,000. So for this one, read a book that has 100 in the title or has 100 or so pages.: War Horse

3. Some more Math: A myriagon is a polygon with 10,000 sides. Sci-fi and fantasy novels often also have a lot of sides. So for this one, read a book that falls into the science fiction or fantasy genres: The Masked City.

4. U.S. History: Salmon P. Chase was the face of the $10,000 greenback, and he was the Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln. So for this one, read a fictional or non-fictional book about U.S. history before 1900.
5. World Geography: There is no €10,000 note, but if there was, it would have some beautiful European architecture on it. So for this one, read a book that takes place in Europe or is about an amazing piece of architecture.
6. Psychology: It is assumed that each neuron in the human brain is connected to 10,000 others. Read a book about human behavior or a book about someone’s mental health

7. Biology: There are about 10,000 species of birds. Read a book with bird (or a type of bird) in the title or a book with a bird on the cover: The Owl Service.

8. Language Arts: Imagine you could read 10,000 books. That was your job. You could read whatever you wanted, where would you start? Read the book you would start with if you could have the job of reading 10,000 books.
9. Technology: It is believed that storytelling is a 10,000 year old technology dating back to our earliest civilizations. Read a book that is based on a myth or about a culture before the common era.

10. Extra Curricular: It takes approximately 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, that has to do with the activity you would love to become an expert at: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.


message 15: by Clare (last edited Oct 09, 2016 11:07AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
This challenge was created by Chloe, who won the Create a 3rd Quarter Challenge competition. To celebrate 10,000 members, we're going to put a dent in our to-be-read lists by sorting our to-read shelf in 10 different ways.

To sort , go to My Books page, click your to-Read shelf and scroll to the bottom of the page where you'll see "sort" with a drop down box next to it.

4/5
In ascending order:
1. Sort by Title and read the 10th book down on your list: The Book of Life
2. Sort by Author and read the 10th book down on your list: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders.
3. Sort by Number of pages and read the 10th book down on your list: Sing Me To Sleep. Read July 2016
4. Sort by Date Added and read the 10th book down on your list: Pilcrow.
5. Sort by Random and read the 10th book down on your list: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Read July 2016

In descending order:
6. Sort by Title and read the 10th book down on your list: Tinder not got
7. Sort by Author and read the 10th book down on your list: The Silversmith's Wife read July 2016
8. Sort by Average rating and read the 10th book down on your list:Among the Wicked. no
9. Sort by Date Added and read the 10th book down on your list: The Invention of Hugo Cabret. read Aug 2016
10. Sort by Random and read the 10th book down on your list: Faire Eve not got


message 16: by Clare (last edited Dec 17, 2016 02:41AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments 3rd Quarter: Finish the Series
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... message 12

6/5 series - completed

Katherine Woodfine: (1 to read - completed)
The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth - read July 2016

Sunbolt Chronicles Intisar Khanani (1 to read - completed)
Memories of Ash - read July 2016

Harry Potter J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two - read Aug 2016

Hollow Earth Carole E. Barrowman (2 to read - completed)
Bone Quill- read Aug 2016
The Book of Beasts - read Aug 2016

The Lincoln Rhyme Series Jeffrey Deaver: (1 to read - completed Sept 2016)
The Steel Kiss (2016) - read Sept 2016

The Kathryn Dance Series Jeffrey Deaver: (1 to read - completed)
Solitude Creek (2015) - read Aug 2016


message 18: by Clare (last edited Oct 30, 2016 01:10AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Reading Britain
England:

Avon
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire: Sing Me To Sleep
Cleveland
Cornwall: Ross Poldark
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Devon: The Dragonfly Pool
Dorset
Durham
East Sussex
Essex
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Hereford and Worcester
Hertfordshire
Humberside: Val Wood
Isle of Wight
Kent: The Silent Touch of Shadows
Lancashire: The Daylight Gate
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Norfolk: ideas PD James Unnatural Causes / Nicci French
North Yorkshire: Bram Stoker Dracula / Bronte
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire: DH Lawrence Sons and Lovers / similar
Oxfordshire
Shropshire
Somerset
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Warwickshire
West Sussex
Wiltshire

Ireland:

Scotland:
Edinburgh: Saints of the Shadow Bible

Wales:
Cardiff: Blue Sky July Nia Wyn


message 20: by Clare (last edited Jan 02, 2017 11:47AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments Pop Sugar Reading Challenge - help to widen my reading and interesting to see how many I manage: 40 /50 in 2015 and 2016

1) A book with more than 500 pages: Ship of Magic Robin Hobb 2016
2) A classic romance: Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 2016
3) A book that became a movie; Stardust Neil Gaiman 2015
4) A book published this year: A Mother's Story Amanda Prowse 2015
5) A book with a number in the title: Pretty Girl-13 2015
6) A book written by someone under 30: The Story of My Life Helen Keller
7) A book with non human characters: The Golden Acorn Catherine Cooper 2015
8) A funny book: Vlad the Drac Ann Jungman 2016
9)A book by a female author: The Dragonfly Pool Eva Ibbotson 2015
10) A mystery or thriller: The Skin Collector Jeffery Deaver 2015
11) A book with a one word title:Pinocchio 2015
12)A book of short stories: The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales Kate Mosse 2015
13) A book set in a different country: Black Narcissus Rumer Godden 2015
14) A nonfiction book: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Jon Krakauer 2015
15) A popular author's first book
16) A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet: The Steel Kiss Jeffery Deaver 2016
17) A book a friend recommended: The Martian Andy Weir 2016
18) A Pulitzer Prize winning book The Color Purple Alice Walker 2015
19) A book based on a true story 3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White 2015
20) A book at the bottom of your to-read list
21) A book your mom loves
22) A book that scares you
23)A book more than 100 years old; The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald 2016
24) A book chosen based entirely on it's cover: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick 2016
25) A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't: A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare 2016
26) A memoir: I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Malala Yousafzai 2016
27) A book you can finish in a day: Itsy Bitsy Spider Willow Rose 2015
28) A book with antonyms in the title: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed 2016
29) A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit: In the Land of the Long White Cloud 2016
30) A book that came out the year you were born: options The Exorcist The Other In the Shadow of Man The Dice Man The Hiding Place
31) A book with bad reviews
32) A trilogy: Farseer Trilogy Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin's Quest Robin Hobb 2015
33) A book from your childhood: The Witches Roald Dahl 2015
34) A book with a love triangle: Red Queen Victoria Aveyard 2016
35) A book set in the future: The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi
36) A book set in high school
37) A book with a color in the title: The Red House Mystery 2015
38) A book that made you cry: Hush, Little Bird Nicole Trope 2016
39) A book with magic: The Daylight Gate Jeanette Winterson 2015
40) A graphic novel: Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1: Gifted Joss Whedon 2016
41) A book by an author you've never read before: The Crane Wife Patrick Ness 2015
42) A book you own but haven't read yet
43) A book that takes place in your hometown (or surrounding area): options Pilcrow
44) A book that was originally written in a different language: Unwanted 2015
45) A book set during Christmas: Sharpe's Christmas: Two Short Stories Bernard Cornwell 2015
46) A book by an author with your same initials: Sing Me To Sleep Chris Simms 2016
47) A play: Joy John Galsworthy 2016
48) A banned book: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 2015
49) A book based on or turned into a TV show: The Ginger Tree Oswald Wynd 2015
50) A book you started but never finished


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message 22: by Clare (last edited Dec 07, 2016 04:05AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments BBC The Big Read 0-100

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Middlemarch by George Eliot
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Dune by Frank Herbert
Emma by Jane Austen
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Watership Down by Richard Adams
✓ The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - read Dec 2015
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Animal Farm by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Stand by Stephen King
✓Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - read Dec2016
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Magus by John Fowles
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Perfume by Patrick Süskind
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Ulysses by James Joyce
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
The Twits by Roald Dahl
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Holes by Louis Sachar
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Magician by Raymond E. Feist
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Katherine by Anya Seton
Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
✓The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot March 2016
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie


message 23: by Clare (last edited Jan 02, 2017 11:44AM) (new)

Clare Skeets | 969 comments BBC The Big Read 101 - 200

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
The Beach by Alex Garland
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Shōgun by James Clavell
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
✓ The Color Purple by Alice Walker - Oct 2015
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson
Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
It by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Papillon by Henri Charrière
Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
River God by Wilbur Smith
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
✓ The Witches by Roald Dahl 0 Oct 2015
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
✓ Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder Dec 2016
Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Silas Marner by George Eliot
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
The Truth by Terry Pratchett
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews


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Clare Skeets | 969 comments 2015 Challenges:

Clare's 30 books for 2015 completed

A-Z Challenge 2015
26/26 completed. Taking part in this challenge has helped me achieve my personal goal of reading some different books this year - a few thrillers and a reread of some old favourites (Winston Graham) but I've also read some new books by authors I like (Susan Hill, Jeanette Winterson); finally read some authors I'd been meaning to try (Patrick Ness) and been introduced to some new authors.
Hoping to repeat next year!

I Spy Challenge
25/25 completed
Thank you for this challenge - I've enjoyed finding books for each category and has helped broaden my reading. Looking forward to the I Spy challenge in 2016.

Birthday Month:
Pop Sugar Challenge 2015: continuing in 2016

4th Quarter Challenge Banned Books
3/3 completed

4th Quarter Challenge From Page to Screen
4/4 completed

December Advent Challenge
24/24 completed


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Clare Skeets | 969 comments 30 books for 2015
Clare's 30 books for 2015

1 The Red House Mystery A A Milne
2 The Devil's Teardrop Jeffrey Deaver
3 Black Narcissus Rumer Godden
4 Ross Poldark Winston Graham
5 3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White Ron Miles
6 Unwanted Kristina Ohlsson
7 Hunger Susan Hill
8 The Daylight Gate Jeanette Winterson
9 The Dragonfly Pool Eva Ibbotson
10 PinocchioMichael Morpurgo
11 The Silent Touch of Shadows Christina Courtenay
12 The Skin Collector Jeffery Deaver
13 Assassin's Apprentice Robin Hobb
14 Royal AssassinRobin Hobb
15 Assassin's Quest Robin Hobb
16 A Mother's Story Amanda Prowse
17 Itsy Bitsy Spider Willow Rose
18 Run Run As Fast As You Can Willow Rose
19 The Crane Wife Patrick Ness
20 Bones of the Lost Kathy Reichs
21 Private Berlin James Patterson
22 Saints of the Shadow Bible Ian Rankin
23 The Ginger Tree Oswald Wynd
24 Sharpe's Christmas Bernard Cornwell
25 Under the Ice Aaron Paul Lazar
26 The Invisible Library Genevieve Cogman
27 Letters to Zell Camille Griep
28 The Golden Acorn Catherine Cooper
29 Tremarnock Emma Burstall
30 Pretty Girl-13 Liz Coley
31 Younger Suzanne Munshower
32 If You Find Me Emily Murdoch
33 X Y Z Anna Katharine Green
34 Stardust Neil Gaiman
35 The Withches Roald Dahl
36 I'm the King of the Castle Susan Hill
37 The Bone Knife Intisar Khanani
38 Vanishing Point Jonny Heyhoe
39 The Color Purple Alice Walker
40 Summertime J.M. Coetzee
41 The Dead Will Tell Linda Castillo
42: A Hidden Secret Linda Castillo
43: Under Fire Rachel Amphlett
44 Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Jon Krakauer
45 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
46 The Tiger in the Smoke Margery Allingham
47 The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales Kate Mosse
48 A Zombie Christmas Anthony Renfro
49 Sunbolt Intisar Khanani
50 The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters Janet Ahlberg


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Clare Skeets | 969 comments ADVENT CALENDAR CHALLENGE
Duration: December 1 - December 31, 2015

Many countries around the world use advent calendars or Christmas calendars to celebrate the month of December. For some people, the calendar has religious significance, but for others it's a secular, non-religious tradition.

For this challenge, there are two options:

A) Starting on Dec. 1 and ending on Dec. 24, read a short story (or a poem!) every day. Use stories or poems from collections, magazines, or the internet - there's lot of good short fiction available for free from many publishers.


24/24

1 Why the Yew Tree Lives So Long by Kate Mosse The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales
2 On Harting Hill by Kate Mosse The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales
3 The Ghosts of Christmas Paul Cornell from Tor.com
4 Some Gods of El Paso" by Maria Dahvana Headley from Tor
5 Hello Hello by Seanan McGuire from Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft
6 Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton by Jean Louise from Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
7 Into the Ether by Tiffany Cherney from Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
8 The Gambino Theater Gambit by Nathan Williams from Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
9 Deadly Beauty by Sarah L Carter from Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
10 The Frog Prince by LE ParinStories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
11 Gold, Frankincense and Murder by Catherine Aird from The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
12 Joy: A Kate Redman Short Story for Christmas
13 In the Theatre at Night from The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales
14 The Little chill by Lindy Moone Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
15 Governors Island from The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales
16 Fiber by Seanan McGuire from Tor.com
17 The Sirens' Song by Becca Price Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
18 The Green Stones by Toni Dwiggins Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
19 Oz by Derek Neville Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
20 Buck Hunt by Livia Harper Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
21 Death Sentence by EA Linden Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
22 Chip Assassin by Mark Gardner Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
23 A Father's Fist by Hugh Howey in Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
24 The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding Agatha Christie in The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries

Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors
The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales Kate Mosse - FINISHED
Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments I like that BBC reading list. I'm going to have to look into it.


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