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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments I will be trying to keep track of all of my challenges here. I have a ton of both personal goals and actual challenges, so it will be interesting to see whether I can do it or not, but I am excited to try!


message 2: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 19, 2016 03:59PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments I am aiming to read at least 52 books (one per week) in 2016 year, but will probably tick a bit higher just because of the attempts I am making at all of these crazy lists and challenges. Thus far, in my to read this year shelf there are 125 books. We will see how it goes.

2016 Book Statistics

I saw this on Cassandra's page and thought it was really cool. I like keeping track of things anyway and this gives me more data to mine if I want to become a more well-read individual.

Genre/Type

Biography/Memoir: 6
Other Nonfiction: 3
Classics: 10
Fantasy: 17
Graphic Novel: 2
Historical Fiction: 8
Horror: 2
General Fiction: 15
Mystery: 11
Science Fiction: 8
Poetry:

Length

Short (<250 pages): 19
Medium (250-500 pages): 53
Long (501-800 pages): 8
Very Long (>800 pages): 2

Target Audience Age

Middle Grade: 5
Young Adult: 15
Adult: 62

Author Gender

Female: 41
Male: 41

New to Me or Repeat Author?

New to Me: 68
Repeat: 14

Series or Standalone Book?

Series: 28
Standalone: 54

Owned or Borrowed?

Owned Book: 8
Owned eBook: 34
Audiobook:
Library: 40

Decade Published

2010's: 32
2000's: 14
1990's: 13
1980's: 6
1970's: 1
1960's: 2
1950's: 4
1940's: 1
1930's: 2
1920's: 2
1910's: 2
1900's:
Pre-1900's: 3

Total Books: 82

2016 Challenge Overview

Lifetime Challenges

Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

►Up to 2015- 37
► 2016- 11

Yearly Challenges

►I-Spy Book Challenge- 13/25
►Every Year Book Challenge- 24/33
►Random Books Challenge- 8/25
►The Pop Sugar Challenge- 29/40
►From Fiction to Reality- 4/10
►Let's Turn Pages- 29,605
►USA Road Trip- 22/52
►A - Z Titles- 24/26
►A - Z Authors- 21/26
►A -Z Characters- 26/26
►The Sorting Hat- 12/16
►Home School- 4/7
►Read Women- 40
►Listopia- 17/25
►Book Riot's Read Harder- 13/24
►Recommended by Reading Challengers- 9/10
►Countries Visited- United States, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Yugoslavia, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt

Quarterly Challenges

1st Quarter

►Past Book of the Month- 5/5 ✔
►Boxed Sets- 15/15 ✔

2nd Quarter

►Book Awards- 5/5 ✔
►Cleaning Out Your Shelves- 15/15✔

4th Quarter

► Race to the Finish- 3/52

Special Challenges

►10,000- 3/6
► 2016 Summer Olympics-

Monthly Challenges

January
RESOLUTION
►EXTREMES
►Marathon Challenge (2016 Challenges)- 4,146/4,000 pages✔
►Tea Time (NBRC)- 9/9 ✔
Total Monthly Books: 12

February
GROUNDHOG
HISTORY
►Times Gone By- 5/5✔
Total Monthly Books: 9

March
LEPRECHAUN
COURAGE
►Read for Courage- 7/5 ✔
►Marvelous March- 8/8 ✔
Total Monthly Books: 13

April
SHOWERS
SPRING CLEANING
► Spring Cleaning for the Soul- 4/4✔
►Egg Hunt- 3/7
Total Monthly Books: 6

May
►FLOWERS
CELEBRATIONS
►Marathon: 9/10
►Major League Baseball: MARINERS, ZUNINO
Total Monthly Books: 9

June
►SUMMER
PRIDE
►Villains- 4/5
►Get Royal- 4/9
Total Monthly Books: 7

July
FREEDOM
►LEADERS
►The Fellowship of the Ring- 5/5 ✔
►The Leadership Challenge- 4/3 ✔
Total Monthly Books: 6

August
CONCERT
FRIENDSHIP
►Signs You've Found Your New Book Friend- 5/5
Total Monthly Books: 6

September
SCHOOL
REFLECTIONS
► Your Book Reflection- 5/5 ✔
Total Monthly Books: 12

October
►HAUNTED
►SCARE
►The Ten Candy Challenge- 1/5
►Halloween Challenge- 0/5
Total Monthly Books: 2/21

November
►BIRTHDAY
►FAMILY
Total Monthly Books:

December
►SNOWMAN
►HOLIDAYS
Total Monthly Books:


message 3: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 29, 2016 08:00PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #1: I-Spy Book Challenge

1. Bad Men
2. Two Lives
3. Gone Girl Finished 7/24/2016
4. A Brief History of Time
5. The Lie Tree - Finished 1/17/2016
6. A Princess of Mars - Finished 1/31/2016
7. Alice I Have Been Finished 9/4/2016
8. A World of Love
9. The Mirror of Her Dreams
10. The Suicide Club
11. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016
12. The Crocodile Bird
13. The Child Thief Finished 9/16/2016
14. A God in Ruins
15. A World Away Finished 1/22/2016
16. An Artificial Night Finished 9/29/2016
17. The Lost Wife
18. A Quiet Storm
19. One Salt Sea
20. The Red Pyramid Finished 3/1/2016
21. Gathering Blue
22. The Green Mile Finished 6/19/2016
23. The Girl on the Train Finished 6/20/2016
24. The Wild Things Finished 9/25/2016
25. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Finished 6/27/2016

Total: 13/25

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge A World Away by Stewart O'Nan A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai The Green Mile by Stephen King The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story by John Berendt Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin The Child Thief by Brom The Wild Things by Dave Eggers An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3) by Seanan McGuire

(Message 67 on Challenge Board)


message 4: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 19, 2016 03:36PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #2- The Every Year Book Challenge

1. 1984- The Only Problem
2. 1985- The Handmaid's Tale Finished 3/17/2016
3. 1986- The Mirror of Her Dreams
4. 1987- A Brief History of Time
5. 1988- The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016
6. 1989- The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Finished 10/4/2016
7. 1990- Jurassic Park Finished 8/11/2016
8. 1991- American Psycho Finished 4/14/2016
9. 1992- Omon Ra Finished 1/30/2016
10. 1993- Death: The High Cost of Living Finished 9/20/2016
11. 1994- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Finished 6/27/2016
12. 1995- Snow, Glass, Apples Finished 9/16/2016
13. 1996- Fight Club
14. 1997- Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016
15. 1998- A World Away Finished 1/22/2016
16. 1999- The Perks of Being a Wallflower Finished 3/27/2016
17. 2000- The Sleeping Giant of Goll
18. 2001- Atonement Finished 10/18/2016
19. 2002- Middlesex Finished 8/25/2016
20. 2003- Bad Men
21. 2004- R is for Ricochet Finished 8/4/2016
22. 2005- The Poisonwood Bible
23. 2006- Stardust Finished 3/10/2016
24. 2007- Fair Play
25. 2008- Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft Finished 9/11/2016
26. 2009- Alice I Have Been Finished 9/4/2016
27. 2010- The Red Pyramid Finished 3/1/2016
28. 2011- A Discovery of Witches Finished 2/23/2016
29. 2012- Gone Girl Finished 7/24/2016
30. 2013- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016
31. 2014- The Witch With No Name Finished 2/8/2016
32. 2015- Winter Finished 1/24/2016
33. 2016- A Torch Against the Night

Total: 24/33

A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine Stardust by Neil Gaiman The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story by John Berendt Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18) by Sue Grafton Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman Death The High Cost of Living Collected by Neil Gaiman The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan Atonement by Ian McEwan

You will notice that there are some doubles concerning my other challenges. That is intentional. I have set myself some personal challenges based on yearly challenges for last year, therefore, I am going to need all the doubling I can get. :) Still, I look forward to reading more in 2016!

(Message 24 on Challenge Board)


message 5: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 19, 2016 07:50PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Personal Challenge #1/Official Challenge #7- Random Books

1. Snow, Glass, Apples Finished 9/16/2016
2. Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows
3. A Red-Rose Chain
4. Cat's Cradle
5. The Loved One
6. The Year of the Locust
7. The Buried Giant Finished 7/17/2016
8. Earth calling Taylor
9. Literary Occasions: Essays
10. Omon Ra Finished 1/30/2016
11. A Severed Head
12. Fair Play
13. The Only Problem
14. The Gods of Mars Finished 2/3/2016
15. The Christians and the Fall of Rome
16. The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
17. R is for Ricochet Finished 8/4/2016
18. The Glass Menagerie
19. A Sliver of Stardust Finished 9/19/2016
20. Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Finished 8/28/2016
21. The Sleeping Giant of Goll
22. The House on the Lagoon
23. Last Days in Hunting Camp
24. Gilead Finished 1/27/2016
25. Her

Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin The Barsoom Chronicles #2 Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18) by Sue Grafton Joan of Arc A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman A Sliver of Stardust (A Sliver of Stardust #1) by Marissa Burt

8/25

The idea behind this was just to mix it up a bit. I didn't want to be too overly predictable with the books I chose to read. So, I went to a random number generator, input numbers from 1 to however many books were on my list at the time, and found the corresponding books. The above lists were made with this first list in mind, in an attempt to keep my reading choices varied.

Amongst these three lists alone I will read 68 separate books if I can finish them. Not to mention there are several series books in there and the way I am I will want to read everything up to that 9th Seanan McGuire book. I just hope I am up to the task. Anything beyond these books will just have to be reserved for when these books are finished.

(Message 10 on Challenge Board)


Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Sounds like you have your year organized. Word to the wise, be prepared to make changes. I started last year thinking I would only read books already on my list, and instead I would say I went 50% planned/50% introduced. This group can really get you excited about some new books!


message 7: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Sounds like you have your year organized. Word to the wise, be prepared to make changes. I started last year thinking I would only read books already on my list, and instead I would say I went 50% ..."

The only constant in life is change. :) (I read that somewhere).

I am down to make changes as the year progresses, but it makes me feel better to know I have an idea of what I should be looking towards. I am a planner in the extreme, whether that is a good thing or a bad thing, is yet to be determined, I think.

I like the idea of joining in on the book of the month sort of deal too(yay for internet book clubs!) so that will change things already. I would just include them but they aren't announced until each new month rolls around, and even then I don't know if I will be able to check them out from my library. Actually, some of the books on my list are in the same boat.

Mostly, I have been a member of this site for so long but I never realized the extent that you could participate until October. It seems silly now when I think about it. So, I guess I am trying to make up for lost time.


message 8: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 19, 2016 03:37PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments So this challenge is floating around. I thought I would give it a shot since, you know, I'm insane.

Official Challenge #3- The Pop Sugar Challenge

1. A book based on a fairy tale - Winter Finished 1/24/2016
2. A National Book Award winner - Invisible Man Finished 5/12/2016
3. A YA bestseller - The Book Thief Finished 5/7/2016
4. A book you haven't read since high school - The Diary of a Young Girl
5. A book set in your home state - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Finished 4/11/2016
6. A book translated to English - The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016
7. A romance set in the future - Shatter Me Finished 4/22/2016
8. A book set in Europe - Schindler's Ark Finished 2/25/2016
9. A book that's under 150 pages - A Room of One's Own Finished 3/13/2016
10. A New York Times bestseller - The Girl on the Train Finished 6/20/2016
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
12. A book recommended by someone you just met - Rise of an Oligarch
13. A self-improvement book - Tuesdays with Morrie Finished 9/9/2016
14. A book you can finish in a day - The Man in the High Castle Finished 2/26/2016
15. A book written by a celebrity - You're Never Weird on the Internet Finished 9/28/2016
16. A political memoir - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016
17. A book at least 100 years older than you - The Time Machine
18. A book that's more than 600 pages - Gone with the Wind
19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - Middlesex Finished 8/25/2016
20. A science-fiction novel - Omon Ra Finished 1/30/2016
21. A book recommended by a family member - Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/2016
22. A graphic novel - Death: The High Cost of Living Finished 9/20/2016
23. A book that is published in 2016 - A Torch Against the Night
24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation - Little Women Finished 3/26/2016
25. A book that takes place during summer - Atonement Finished 10/18/2016
26. A book and its prequel - Wide Sargasso Sea, considered a prequel to Jane Eyre
27. A murder mystery - Murder on the Orient Express Finished 3/31/2016
28. A book written by a comedian - Zombie Spaceship Wasteland Finished 9/30/2016
29. A dystopian novel - Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016
30. A book with a blue cover - Fair Play
31. A book of poetry - The Divine Comedy
32. The first book you see in a bookstore- The Japanese Lover
33. A classic from the 20th century - The Handmaid's Tale Finished 3/17/2016
34. A book from the library - Gilead Finished 1/27/2016
35. An autobiography - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016
36. A book about a road trip - The Nightingale - Finished 1/15/2016
37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with - The Joy Luck Club Finished 10/4/2016
38. A satirical book - The Loved One
39. A book that takes place on an island - Jurassic Park Finished 8/11/2
40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy - Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass Lord of the Flies by William Golding Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Death The High Cost of Living Collected by Neil Gaiman You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan Atonement by Ian McEwan

Total Books: 29/40

(Message 61 on Challenge Board)


message 9: by Kadijah Michelle (last edited Dec 04, 2015 04:15PM) (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Sounds like you have your year organized. Word to the wise, be prepared to make changes. I started last year thinking I would only read books already on my list, and instea..."

I hear you. I think I was that way about a year ago too, now I'm way involved in this group.

P.S. I love the PopSugar Challenge the best!


message 10: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Sounds like you have your year organized. Word to the wise, be prepared to make changes. I started last year thinking I would only read books alread..."

A lot of the Pop Sugar Challenge categories were the most difficult for me to come up with. However, the broadness of all the categories really appealed to me. The author with the same initials thing, for instance- which initials? I have four S.A.R.A, so I sort of picked and chose based off of what was going to be the most convenient for me. Salman Rushdie was already on my To-Read shelf, so boom. It took a long time though. I kept having to go back and edit.

When I have a better idea of all the challenges I am participating in I will transcribe the master list into my book journal (I keep a handwritten one on top of all the reviews, etc on this site, I am hard core journaler/writer and I just can't help myself).

I feel like Good Reads is my new Facebook. I could literally spend hours on this site. Sigh. Oh well :) At least I am having fun!


message 11: by Stephanie (last edited Jul 28, 2016 10:29AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #4- From Fiction to Reality


1. Nonfiction: The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
Fiction: Crooked
2. Nonfiction: A Brief History of Time
Fiction: Omon Ra Finished 1/30/2016
3. Nonfiction: The Christians and the Fall of Rome
Fiction: Roma
4. Nonfiction: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016
Fiction: Words in the Dust
5. Nonfiction: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016
Fiction: The Color Purple Finished 5/16/2016

(10 books total, 5 fiction/5 non-fiction)

Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai The Color Purple by Alice Walker Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Total Books Read: 4/10

(Message 51 on Challenge Board)


message 12: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 05, 2016 09:46AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Personal Challenge #2- Read Women

This is the place where I will keep track of all the female authors that I read throughout 2016. As a woman, I feel like it is important to read books by women, old and new. This seems like the perfect place to keep track of something like that.

1. Lynda Rutledge- Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale
2. V. E. Schwab- A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows
3. Kristin Hannah- The Nightingale
4. Frances Hardinge- The Lie Tree
5. Marissa Meyer- Winter
6. Marilynne Robinson- Gilead
7. Kim Harrison- The Undead Pool,The Witch With No Name
8. Stacy Schiff- The Witches: Salem, 1692
9. Deborah Harkness- A Discovery of Witches
10. Pearl S. Buck- The Good Earth
11. Donna Tartt- The Goldfinch
12. Gail Levine Carson- Ella Enchanted
13. Virginia Woolf- A Room of One's Own
14. Sylvia Plath- The Bell Jar
15. Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid's Tale
16. Kathryn Stockett- The Help
17. Betty Smith- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
18. Louisa May Alcott- Little Women
19. Agatha Christie- Murder on the Orient Express
20. Rachel Caine- Ink and Bone
21. Malala Yousafzai- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
22. Laurie Halse Anderson- Speak
23. Tahereh Mafi- Shatter Me
24. Alice Walker- The Color Purple
25. Emma Donoghue- Room
26. Seanan McGuire- Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night
27. Charlotte Bronte- Jane Eyre
28. Diana Gabaldon- Outlander
29. Nancy Horan- Loving Frank
30. Juliet Marillier- Daughter of the Forest
31. Paula Hawkins- The Girl on the Train
32. Kara Cooney- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
33. Gillian Flynn- Gone Girl
34. Sue Grafton- R is for Ricochet
35. Libba Bray- The Diviners
36. Kathryn Harrison- Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured
37. Melanie Benjamin- Alice I Have Been
38. Marissa Burt- A Sliver of Stardust
39. Felicia Day- You're Never Weird on the Internet
40. Amy Tan- The Joy Luck Club


message 13: by Alex (new)

Alex Shelby (jynxmecrazie) | 277 comments Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Personal Challenge #2- Read Women

This is the place where I will keep track of all the female authors that I read throughout 2016. As a woman, I feel like it is important to read books by women, o..."


I really like this idea! Sorry, I'm just creeping on people's personal challenges, lol.


message 14: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Alex wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Personal Challenge #2- Read Women

This is the place where I will keep track of all the female authors that I read throughout 2016. As a woman, I feel like it is important t..."


No problem. I wouldn't be using a website to keep track of all of this stuff if I cared about other people reading what what I was attempting for 2016 :) Honestly, it makes me feel a little bit more important than I actually am. :)


message 15: by Stephanie (last edited Jan 25, 2016 08:23AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge # 5- Around the World in Books

This is one I haven't signed up for yet, but the idea of keeping track of where the authors are from that I read is really interesting to me, and later on in the year I might officially join if I feel like I can gather enough of a sampling to contribute.

So this is really just something to keep track of for now.

United States

California- Andy Weir, Bret Easton Ellis
Georgia- Margaret Mitchell
Idaho- Marilynne Robinson
Michigan- Kim Harrison
New York- Betty Smith
Pennsylvania- Stewart O'Nan
Texas- Lynda Rutledge
Washington- Marissa Meyer

The Caribbean

Dominca, West Indies- Jean Rhys

England

Kent- Frances Hardinge

The Middle East

Russia

Moscow- Victor Pelevin


message 16: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 05, 2016 09:48AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Personal Challenge #3- Traveling through Books

This is where I will keep track of the different places I visit while I read. I am not necessarily going to be aiming for a number, but if say by the time I have fulfilled all my other challenges (should such a thing occur) and I have visited 45 places around the world, I might aim for 50 if I have enough time. So again, just keeping track, but hoping for a round number. :)

The United States

Alabama

1. Tuskegee- Invisible Man

Alaska

Arizona

1. Phoenix- The Red Pyramid

Arkansas

California

1. Los Angeles- The Black Dahlia
2. San Francisco- The Man in the High Castle
3. Fremont- A Local Habitation
4. Santa Teresa- R is for Ricochet

Colorado

1. Denver- On the Road

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

1. Rural Georgia- The Color Purple
2. Savannah- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

1. Oak Park/Chicago- Loving Frank

Indiana

Iowa

1. Gilead- Gilead

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

1. Cold Mountain- The Green Mile

Maine

1. Bangor (Republic of Gilead)- The Handmaid's Tale

Maryland

1. Baltimore and surrounding rural areas- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Massachusetts

1. Salem- The Witches: Salem, 1692
2. Boston- The Bell Jar
3. Concord- Little Women
4. West Newton- Tuesdays with Morrie
5. Lovecraft- Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Michigan

1. Detroit- Middlesex

Minnesota

Mississippi

1. Jackson- The Help

Missouri

1. Carthage, Hannibal- Gone Girl

Montana

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Jersey

1. Atlantic City- You're Never Weird on the Internet

New Mexico

New York

1. Hamptons- A World Away
2. Brooklyn- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
3. Syracuse- Speak
4. Manhattan and Harlem- The Diviners
5. Battery Park- The Child Thief

Nevada

1. Las Vegas- The Goldfinch

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

1. Cincinnati- The Undead Pool

Oklahoma

Oregon

1. The Nightingale- Finished 1/15/2016

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Texas

1. Bass, Texas- Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale- Finished 1/2/2016
2. El Paso, Texas- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Tennessee

Utah

Vermont

Virgina

1. Sterling- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Washington

1. Seattle- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) by Kim Harrison The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Help by Kathryn Stockett A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison The Color Purple by Alice Walker Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2) by Seanan McGuire Loving Frank by Nancy Horan The Green Mile by Stephen King Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story by John Berendt Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18) by Sue Grafton The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill The Child Thief by Brom You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

Total: 22/50

(Around the World in 80 Days- 2016 USA Road Trip Challenge)

Central America

Costa Rica

1. Bahia Anasco- Jurassic Park

South America

Europe

England

1. London- A Darker Shade of Magic- Finished 1/5/2016
2. Countryside- Crome Yellow- Finished 1/10/2016
3. Vane- The Lie Tree- Finished 1/17/2016
4. Oxford-A Discovery of Witches
5. Oxbridge/London- A Room of One's Own
6. Rural North Central England- Jane Eyre
7. Ashbury, Witney and London- The Girl on the Train
8. Ancient Brittany- The Buried Giant

Scotland

1. The Highlands- Outlander

France

1. Carriveau- The Nightingale- Finished 1/15/2016

Germany

1. Molching- The Book Thief

Spain

1. Barcelona- The Shadow of the Wind

Poland

1. Cracow- Schindler's Ark- Finished 2/25/2016

Yugoslavia

1. Vincovci- Murder on the Orient Express

Russia

1. Moscow- Omon Ra- Finished 1/30/2016

The Middle East

Pakistan

1. Swat Valley- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Afghanistan

1. Kabul- The Kite Runner

Africa

Egypt

1. Thebes- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

Asia

China

1. The Good Earth- Finished 2/29/2016
2. The Joy Luck Club- Finished 10/4/2016

Moon

1. Winter- Finished 1/24/2016

Mars

1. The Martian
2. A Princess of Mars

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer The Martian by Andy Weir Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


message 17: by Overbooked ✎ (new)

Overbooked  ✎ (kiwi_fruit) | 2194 comments I hope I'm not messing up your list with my post...Love your challenges and the reasoning behind them, I love they are so varied, good luck!


message 18: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Kiwi wrote: "I hope I'm not messing up your list with my post...Love your challenges and the reasoning behind them, I love they are so varied, good luck!"

No worries :) I like to talk to people. I tend to bold my titles and will check off books via the posts I have written (the editing function is awesome). I keep hard copies at home in my book journal, so I have lists a plenty.

I am just in the process of trying to figure out what is reasonable to do in one year. This will be my first year attempting any reading challenge, and I am someone who needs to obsessively plan just about everything. It's not always a good thing to need to do it for me personally as it takes time, but if it is helping people figure out what they might be interested in looking for this year then all the better.

I will be keeping track of monthly things as I come across them and want to participate, but chances are I will be incorporating a lot of what I have already planned. My goal is 52 books for the year, but I will probably double that. However, I would rather set a lower goal initially and then make it higher if I blow through it.


message 19: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Sounds like you have your year organized. Word to the wise, be prepared to make changes. I started last year thinking I wou..."

Goodreads is my Facebook too! I just love meeting all of the people on here that share my love of reading without all of the drama of well, life. Not that having things going on in life aren't important, but I really enjoy escaping into this world.


message 20: by Overbooked ✎ (new)

Overbooked  ✎ (kiwi_fruit) | 2194 comments Haha, totally understand, I'm a planner myself :D
I have the same strategy, to keep the planned number of reads lower that what I expect to read in a year, so that anything over that is a bonus.

2016 will be my third year at reading challenges, I learned to exercise restraint before joining too many early on :)


message 21: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Sounds like you have your year organized. Word to the wise, be prepared to make changes. I started ..."

Yeah. I still like to see the baby pictures and stuff, but I think books are more interesting. You get a better sense for who someone really is the way they look at books or review them. Also, I find out about books I never would have known about if I hadn't been on this site. Although it tends to suck hours away from actual life, but...you know, some sacrifices must be made :)


message 22: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Kiwi wrote: "Haha, totally understand, I'm a planner myself :D
I have the same strategy, to keep the planned number of reads lower that what I expect to read in a year, so that anything over that is a bonus.

2..."


I am not sure I am exercising restraint, but this is the first year for me, so I will see how it works out. Lessons learned and all of that. I did make a tiny 2015 goal in October of 24 books that I am 3 books away from making. If I can hit that goal, I am fairly confident that I haven't overwhelmed myself for 2016 (as of now).


message 23: by Stephanie (last edited Sep 20, 2016 08:32PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Personal Challenge #4- Home School

The idea behind this is that you can educate yourself at home. This is not necessarily something to keep in mind for a single year, but over the years. See how many "degrees" I can attain without paying for extra education.

These categories and the formulas were lifted from the NBRC Reading University Challenge page. I am sure there are subcategories that are not written that can apply. The whole idea is to keep track of any "degrees" I might be earning.

Degree Progression:

Associates Degree: (7 books in all)
► Read 1 book from each core subject (7 books)

Bachelors Degree: (20 books in all)
► Choose a Major (read 10 books from any 1 subject)
► Choose a Minor (read 3 books from any 1 subject, not the same as your major)

After completing your Bachelor's Degree, you may decide you want to Master a specific topic...

Masters Degree: (35 books in all)
► Choose 1 core subject to master - read 3 books from each subcategory, read 3 books mixed and matched (any subcategory from that core group) (15 books)
♦ Note: Can choose the same or a different category from your bachelors degree

PHD: (45 books in all)
► Choose 1 subcategory from your Masters and read 10 books from that subcategory.

Core Subjects: Science, Literature, History, Social Science, Art, Language, Athletics

Subcategories:
Science: science fiction, earth science, life science, applied science
Literature: american novel, european novel, world novel, graphic novel
History: alternate history, american history, european history, world history
Social Science: anthropology, psychology, education, political science
Art: fine arts, visual arts, music, art history
Language: indo-european, sino-tibetan, niger-congo, austronesian
Athletics: baseball, olympics, cricket, sports history

In Depth Sub Category List:

Science:

Science Fiction - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal or Dystopian genre
Earth Science - fiction or non-fiction book about climate change, a natural disaster, or located primarily on/in the ocean or underground
Life Science - fiction or nonfiction book about an animal(s) or plant(s)
Applied Science - fiction or non-fiction book about a medical condition/epidemic/breakthrough or where a main character is a doctor or nurse

Literature:
American Novel - literature genre set in North America or by a North American author(s)
European Novel - literature genre set in Europe or by a European author(s)
World Novel - literature genre set outside of North America and Europe or by an author from outside of North America and Europe
Graphic Novel/Manga - graphic novel or manga genre & at least 200 pages in length

History:

(A historical book is defined as the book's timeline occurring at least 30 years prior to the publication date)

Alternate History - alternative history genre
American History - fiction or non-fiction historical book set in North America
European history - fiction or non-fiction historical book set in Europe
World history - fiction or non-fiction historical book set outside of North American and Europe

Social Science:
Anthropology - fiction or non-fiction book set in a culture or country different from yours (state your culture or country of origin)
Psychology - fiction or non-fiction book about psychology, psychological disorders, a psychiatrist, or where the main character has a mental disorder
Education - fiction or non-fiction book about education, an educator (school administration or teacher), or set in a school
Political Science - fiction or non-fiction book about a political movement, politician, or set in a "great power" state (UK, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, or US)

Art:
Fine Arts - fiction or non-fiction book where a fine art piece(s) or a fine artist(s) plays a major role in the plot (if not obvious state how); fine art is defined here as painting, drawing, comics, photography, and sculpture
Visual Arts - fiction or non-fiction book where a visual art piece(s) or a visual artist(s) plays a major role in the plot (if not obvious state how); visual art is defined here as dance, theater, and film
Music - fiction or non-fiction book where a musical piece(s) or a musician plays a major role in the plot (if not obvious state how)
Art History - fiction or non-fiction book set in ancient Greece or Rome

Language:
Indo-European - fiction or non-fiction book set in Spain, Russia or India
Sino-Tibetan - fiction or non-fiction book set in China or Japan
Niger-Congo - fiction or non-fiction book set in Africa
Austronesian - fiction or non-fiction book set in Australia or south east Asia

Athletics:
Baseball - fiction or non-fiction book about baseball or baseball player
Olympics - fiction or non-fiction book about the olympics, an olympian or any olympic sport (other than baseball or cricket)
Cricket - fiction or non-fiction book about cricket or set in an International Cricket Council (ICC) full member country (Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West India, or Zimbabwe)
Sports History - fiction or non-fiction historical book about any sport (hide spoiler)]

Associate's Degree

1. Science- A Brief History of Time
2. Literature- Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/3016
3. History- Schindler's List - Finished 2/25/2016
4. Social Science- The Feminine Mystique
5. Art- Death: The High Cost of Living Finished 9/20/2016
6. Language- The Goldfinch - Finished 3/6/2016
►Russian smattered throughout
7. Athletics- Concussion

Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë Death The High Cost of Living Collected by Neil Gaiman

Total Books Read: 4/7


message 24: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 19, 2016 03:39PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #6- Let's Turn Pages

The idea behind this is to keep track of all the pages I read during the year. So as I read a book, I will add it and include the number of pages that are in the book and add up the total as I go.

Initially this was for my own interest, but now that it has been made official, I have made a goal of 25,000 pages. We will see what happens.

Just because I have been reading in 2015, I will include that total as well and compare the two. Simply for my own enjoyment.

2015

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer 390 pages Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer 452 pages Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer 550 pages Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer 220 pages
American Gods by Neil Gaiman 656 pages The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson 465 pages The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) by Stieg Larsson 503 pages The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3) by Stieg Larsson 563 pages
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 387 pages Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill 376 pages Horns by Joe Hill 370 pages A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 212 pages
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 528 pages Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs 352 pages Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs 416 pages Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3) by Ransom Riggs 458 pages
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir 446 pages All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 530 pages World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks 342 pages The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly 339 pages
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey 640 pages Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie 231 pages Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 328 pages Curtain & The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie 196 pages
City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8; Harry Bosch Universe, #9) by Michael Connelly 393 pages The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas 700 pages

Total Pages Read: 11,043 pages
I made it to 10,000+!

2016

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge 307 pages A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab 398 pages I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov 215 pages Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley 174 pages
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 440 pages The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 414 pages A World Away by Stewart O'Nan 352 pages Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer 824 pages
Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson 247 pages The Martian by Andy Weir 435 pages Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin 154 pages A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs 186 pages
The Barsoom Chronicles #2 Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs 212 pages The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) by Kim Harrison 414 pages The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison 441 pages The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy 358 pages
The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff 417 pages A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness 579 pages Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally 429 pages The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick 259 pages
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 357 pages The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan 514 pages The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 771 pages Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 232 pages
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 250 pages The Neverending Story by Michael Ende 445 pages A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 97 pages The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 288 pages
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 311 pages The Help by Kathryn Stockett 451 pages A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 496 pages Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 489 pages
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 213 pages Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie 322 pages Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine 351 pages I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai 313 pages
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford 290 pages American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis 399 pages Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 198 pages Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi 338 pages
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 552 pages Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 572 pages The Color Purple by Alice Walker 244 pages Room by Emma Donoghue 321 pages
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 359 pages The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 487 pages Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1) by Seanan McGuire 346 pages On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac 310 pages
A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2) by Seanan McGuire 377 pages Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë 524 pages Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon 850 pages Loving Frank by Nancy Horan 377 pages
Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier 554 pages The Green Mile by Stephen King 465 pages The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 323 pages Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story by John Berendt 388 pages
The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney 298 pages The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro 317 pages Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 419 pages The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 177 pages
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass 156 pages A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab 514 pages R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18) by Sue Grafton 352 pages The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray 578 pages
Lord of the Flies by William Golding 315 pages Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 399 pages Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 529 pages Joan of Arc A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison 382 pages
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin 392 pages The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 371 pages Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 192 pages Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill 156 pages
Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman 25 pages The Child Thief by Brom 479 pages A Sliver of Stardust (A Sliver of Stardust #1) by Marissa Burt 384 pages Death The High Cost of Living Collected by Neil Gaiman 104 pages
The Wild Things by Dave Eggers 288 pages You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day 260 pages An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3) by Seanan McGuire 354 pages Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt 192 pages
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 288 pages Atonement by Ian McEwan 352 pages

Total Pages Read: 29,605 pages

(Message 26 on Challenge Board)


message 25: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 03, 2016 10:33AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Personal Challenge #5- A - Z Challenge

I saw this on Kadijah's corner and couldn't help myself. She had a book category and an author category. The idea is just to try to read books/authors that involve every letter of the alphabet. Sounds like fun to me! At the very least I will keep track of it as the year progresses.

Books

A- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban ✔ Finished 4/10/2016
B- The Black Dahlia ✔ Finished 2/14/2016
C- The Man in the High Castle ✔ Finished 2/26/2016
D- A Darker Shade of Magic ✔ Finished 1/5/2016
E- The Good Earth ✔ Finished 2/29/2016
F- Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale ✔ Finished 1/2/2016
G- Gilead ✔ Finished 1/27/2016
H- The Handmaid's Tale ✔ Finished 3/17/2016
I- I, Robot✔ Finished 1/7/2016
J- The Bell Jar ✔ Finished 3/14/2016
K- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt ✔ Finished 7/14/2016
L- The Lie Tree✔ Finished 1/17/2016
M- The Martian✔ Finished 1/29/2016
N- The Nightingale✔ Finished 1/15/2016
O- Omon Ra✔ Finished 1/30/2016
P- A Princess of Mars ✔ Finished 1/31/2016
Q-
R- The Red Pyramid ✔ Finished 3/1/2016
S- Schindler's Ark ✔ Finished 2/25/2016
T- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ✔ Finished 3/22/2016
U-The Undead Pool✔ Finished 2/7/2016
V- Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft ✔ Finished 9/11/2016
W- A World Away✔ Finished 1/22/2016
X-
Y- Chrome Yellow ✔ Finished 1/10/2016
Z- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland ✔ Finished 9/30/2016


Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson The Martian by Andy Weir Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) by Kim Harrison The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
24/26

Authors

A- Isaac Asimov ✔ Finished 1/7/2016
B- Edgar Rice Burroughs ✔ Finished 1/31/2016
C- Stephen Chbosky ✔ Finished 3/27/2016
D- Philip K. Dick ✔ Finished 2/26/2016
E- James Ellroy ✔ Finished 2/14/2016
F- Jamie Ford ✔ Finished 4/11/2016
G- Neil Gaiman ✔ Finished 3/10/2016
H- Kristin Hannah✔ Finished 1/15/2016
I- Kazuo Ishiguro ✔ Finished 7/17/2016
J-
K- Thomas Kinneally ✔ Finished 2/25/2016
L- Gail Carson Levine ✔ Finished 3/7/2016
M- Marissa Meyer✔ Finished 1/24/2016
N-
O- Stewart O'Nan ✔ Finished 1/22/2016
P- Victor Pelevin ✔ Finished 1/30/2016
Q-
R- Lynda Rutledge ✔ Finished 1/2/2016
S- V. E. Schwab ✔ Finished 1/5/2016
T- Donna Tartt ✔ Finished 3/6/2016
U-
V-
W- Andy Weir ✔ Finished 1/29/2016
X- Aldous Huxley✔ Finished 1/10/2016
Y- Malala Yousafzai ✔ Finished 4/10/2016
Z- Markus Zusak ✔ Finished 5/7/2016
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer The Martian by Andy Weir Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine Stardust by Neil Gaiman The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
21/26

Characters (Yearly Challenge- Message #27)

A- John Ames ✔ Finished 1/27/2016
B- Bleichart ✔ Finished 2/14/2016
C- Susan Calvin ✔ Finished 1/7/2016
D- Denis ✔ Finished 1/10/2016
E- Emilie Schindler ✔ Finished 2/25/2016
F- Faith Bass Darling ✔ Finished 1/2/2016
G- Esther Greenwood ✔ Finished 1/31/2016
H- Henry Lee ✔ Finished 4/11/2016
I- Ivy Tamwood (The Witch with No Name) ✔ Finished 2/8/2016
J- Jay Langer (A World Away) ✔ Finished 1/22/2016
K- Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic) ✔ Finished 1/5/2016
L- Levana (Winter)✔ Finished 1/24/2016
M- Matthew Clairmont (A Discovery of Witches) ✔ Finished 2/23/2016
N- Francie Nolan (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) ✔ Finished 3/22/2016
O- Omon (Omon-Ra) ✔ Finished 1/30/2016
P- Poirot (Murder on the Orient Express) ✔ Finished 3/31/2016
Q- Dante Quintano (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) ✔ Finished 5/21/2016
R- Rachel Morgan (Hollow Series) ✔ Finished 2/7/2016
S- Faith Sunderly (The Lie Tree) ✔ Finished 1/17/2016
T- Tars Tarkas (A Princess of Mars) ✔ Finished 1/31/2016
U- Useramen (The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt) ✔ Finished 7/14/2016
V- Vianne (The Nightingale)- ✔ Finished 1/15/2016
W- Mark Watney (The Martian)- ✔ Finished 1/29/2016
X- Julian Carax ✔ Finished 5/26/2016
Y- Malala Yousafzai ✔ Finished 4/10/2016
Z- Jimmy Zizmo- ✔ Finished 8/25/2016
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson The Martian by Andy Weir Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) by Kim Harrison The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
26/26


message 26: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 19, 2016 03:40PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments 2016 Master List

1. Tony Abbott's The Sleeping Giant of Goll (Library)
2. Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie Finished 9/9/2016 ★★★★★
3. Louisa May Alcott's Little Women Finished 3/26/2016 ★★★☆☆
4. Laurie Hale Anderson's Speak Finished 4/21/2016 ★★★★☆
5. Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins (Library)
6. Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale- Finished 3/17/2016 ★★★★★
7. Issac Asimov's I, Robot- Finished 1/7/2016 ★★★★☆
8. Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy (Own)
9. Tash Aw's Map of the Invisible World($10-Nook Book)
10. Melanie Benjamin's Alice I Have Been Finished 9/4/2016 ★★★★☆
11. John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Finished 6/27/2016 ★★★☆☆
12. Elizabeth Bowen's A World of Love (Paperback- $14)
13. Libba Bray's The Diviners Finished 8/6/2016 ★★★★☆
14. Brom's The Child Thief Finished 9/16/2016 ★★★★★
15. Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/2016 ★★★☆☆
16. Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth Finished 2/29/2016 ★★★☆☆
17. Edgar Rice Burrough's A Princess of Mars ✔ Finished 1/31/2016 ★★★☆☆
18. Edgar Rice Burrough's The Gods of Mars Finished 2/3/2016 ★★★☆☆
19. Marissa Burt's A Sliver of Stardust Finished 9/19/2016 ★★★☆☆
20. Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower (Library E-Book)
21. Rachel Caine's Ink and Bone Finished 4/2/2016 ★★★★☆
22. Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower Finished 3/27/2016 ★★★★☆
23. Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express Finished 3/31/2016 ★★★☆☆
24. Paul Coelho's The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016 ★★★☆☆
25. John Connolly's Bad Men (Nook Book- $8)
26. Kara Cooney's The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt Finished 7/14/2016 ★★★★★
27. Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park Finished 8/11/2016 ★★★☆☆
28. Dante's The Divine Comedy (Own)
29. Felicia Day's You're Never Weird on the Internet Finished 9/28/2016 ★★★★☆
30. Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle Finished 2/26/2016 ★★★★☆
31. Stephen R. Donaldson's The Mirror of Her Dreams (Library E-Book)
32. Emma Donoghue's Room Finished 5/19/2016 44 ★★★★☆
33. Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016 ★★★★☆
34. Dave Egger's The Wild Things Finished 9/25/2016 ★★★★☆
35. Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho Finished 4/14/2016 ★★★☆☆
36. Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man ★★★★★
37. James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia Finished 2/14/2016 ★★★★☆
38. Michael Ende's The Neverending Story Finished 3/12/2016 ★★★☆☆
39. Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex Finished 8/25/2016 ★★★★★
40. Rosario Ferre's The House on the Lagoon (Nook Book- $15)
41. Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl Finished 7/24/2016 ★★★★☆
42. Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Finished 4/11/2016 ★★★★★
43. Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl (Own)- February
44. Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique (Nook Book- $11)
45. Neil Gaiman's Death: The High Cost of Living Finished 9/20/2016 ★★★★☆
46. Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples Finished 9/16/2016 ★★★★☆
47. Neil Gaiman's Stardust Finished 3/10/2016 ★★★☆☆
48. Diana Galbadon's Outlander Finished 6/7/2016 ★★★☆☆
49. Edward Gibbon's The Christians and the Fall of Rome (Own)
50. William Golding's Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016 ★★★★☆
51. Sue Grafton's R is for Ricochet Finished 8/4/2016 ★★★☆☆
52. Rachel Howzell Hall's A Quiet Storm (Paperback-$17)
53. Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale✔ Finished 1/15/2016 ★★★★★
54. Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree✔ Finished 1/17/2016 ★★★☆☆
55. Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches )✔ Finished 2/23/2016 ★★★★☆
56. Kathryn Harrison's Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Finished 8/28/2016 ★★★★☆
57. Kim Harrison's The Undead Pool✔ Finished 2/7/2016 ★★★★☆
58. Kim Harrison's The Witch With No Name✔ Finished 2/8/2016 ★★★★☆
59. Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (Own)
60. Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train Finished6/20/2016 ★★★★☆
61. Terry Hayes's The Year of the Locust (Library)
62. Seymour M. Hersh's The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House (Nook Book- $16)
63. Joe Hill's Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft Finished 9/11/2016 ★★★☆☆
64. Joe Hill's Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games (Nook Book- $11)
65. Joe Hill's Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows (Nook Book- $11)
66. Nancy Horan's Loving Frank Finished 6/10/2016 ★★★☆☆
67. Khaled Housseini's The Kite Runner Finished 9/8/2016 ★★★☆☆
68. Aldous Huxley's Chrome Yellow - Finished 1/10/2016 ★★☆☆☆
69. Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant Finished 7/17/2016 ★★★★☆
70. Eowyn Ivey's Last Days in Hunting Camp (?)
71. Tove Jansson's Fair Play (Nook Book- $10.50)
72. Thomas Keneally's Schindler's Ark Finished 2/25/2016 ★★★★★
73. Jack Kerouac's On the Road Finished 5/29/2016 ★☆☆☆☆
74. Stephen King's The Green Mile Finished 6/19/2016 ★★★★☆
75. Barbara Kingslover's The Poisonwood Bible (Own)
76. Nik Krasno's Rise of an Oligarch (Paperback- $12)
77. Harriet Lane's Her (Nook Book- $10.00)
78. Jeanne Marie Laska's Concussion (Nook Book- $12.00)
79. Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016 ★★★★☆
80. Lois Lowry's The Giver (Own)
81. Lois Lowry's Gathering Blue (Library)
82. Tehereh Mafi's Shatter Me Finished 4/22/2016 ★★★★☆
83. Gregory Maguire's A Lion Among Men (Own)
84. Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest Finished 6/14/2016 ★★★★☆
85. Ian McEwan's Atonement Finished 10/18/2016 ★★★☆☆
86. Seanan McGuire's Rosemary and Rue Finished 5/28/2016 ★★★☆☆
87. Seanan McGuire's A Local Habitation Finished 5/31/2016 ★★★★☆
88. Seanan McGuire's An Artificial Night Finished 9/29/2016 ★★★☆☆
89. Seanan McGuire's Late Eclipses (Own)
90. Seanan McGuire's One Salt Sea (Library E-Book)
91. Seanan McGuire's Ashes of Honor (Library E-Book)
92. Seanan McGuire's Chimes at Midnight (Library E-Book)
93. Seanan McGuire's The Winter Long (Nook Book- $8.00)
94. Seanan McGuire's A Red-Rose Chain (Nook Book- $8.00)
95. Marissa Meyer's Winter✔ Finished 1/24/2016 ★★★★★
96. David Mitchell's Earth calling Tylor (? Really can't find this anywhere, might not be able to read it)
97. Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (Own)- February
98. Iris Murdoch's A Severed Head (Own)
99. V.S. Naipul's Literary Occasions: Essays (?)
100. Stewart O' Nan's A World AwayFinished 1/22/2016 ★★☆☆☆
101. Naomi Novik's Uprooted(Own)
102. Patton Oswalt's Zombie Spaceship Wasteland Finished 9/30/2016 ★★★☆☆
103. Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club (Own)
104. Victor Pelevin's Omon Ra Finished 1/30/2016 ★★★☆☆
105. Slyvia Plath's The Bell Jar Finished 3/14/2016 ★★★★☆
106. Julia Powell's Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living (Library)
107. Trent Reedy's Words in the Dust (Library E-Book)
108. Ruth Rendell's The Crocodile Bird (Nook Book- $7.50)
109 Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea (Own)
110. Alyson's Richman's The Lost Wife (Library)
111. Rick Riordan's The Red Pyramid Finished 3/1/2016 ★★★★☆
112. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead- Finished 1/27/2016 ★★★☆☆
113. J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Library)
114. Lynda Rutledge's Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale- Finished 1/2/2016 ★★★☆☆
115. Benjamin Alire Saenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Finished 5/21/2016 ★★★★☆
116. Steven Saylor's Roma (Nook Book- $10.00)
117. Stacy Schiff's The Witches: Salem, 1692 Finished 2/20/2016 ★★★☆☆
118. V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic - Finished 1/5/2016 ★★★★☆
119. V.E. Schwab's A Gathering of Shadows Finished 7/31/2016 ★★★★☆
120. Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Finished 3/22/2016 ★★★☆☆
121. Muriel Spark's The Only Problem (Nook Book- $9.50)
122. Robert Louis Stevenson's The Suicide Club (Own)
123. Kathryn Stockett's The Help Finished 3/18/2016 ★★★★★
124. Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth (Own)
125. Sabaa Tahir's A Torch Against the Night (Nook Book- $11.00)
126. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch Finished 3/6/2016 ★★★★☆
127. Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club Finished 10/4/2016 ★★★★☆
128. Seth Vikram's Two Lives (Paperback- $12.00)
129. Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle (Own)
130. Alice Walker's The Color Purple Finished 5/16/2016 ★★★☆☆
131. Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One (Nook Book- $10.00)
132. Andy Weir's The Martian Finished 1/29/2016 ★★★★☆
133. H.G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau (Own)
134. H.G. Wells's The Time Machine (Own)
135. Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie (Library)
136. Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own Finished 3/13/2016 ★★★★☆
137. Malala Yousafzai's I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016 ★★★★☆
138. Carlos Ruiz Zafron's The Shadow of the Wind Finished 5/26/2016 ★★★★☆
139. Markus Zusak's The Book Thief Finished 5/7/2016 ★★★★☆

Total Read: 82/139


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Stephanie  | 976 comments January Challenges

Personal Challenges

R- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson ✔- Finished 1/27/2016
E- A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs✔- Finished 1/31/2016
S- Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale ✔- Finished 1/2/2016
O- A World Away By Stewart O' Nan✔- Finished 1/22/2016
L- The Lie Tree Finished 1/17/2016
U- The Undead Pool
T- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I- I, Robot ✔ Finished 1/7/2016
O- Omon Ra ✔ Finished 1/30/2016
N- The Nightingale ✔ Finished 1/15/2016
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Group Word:

E- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
X- Chrome Yellow by Alduos Huxley✔- Finished 1/10/2016
T- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
R- Omon Ra ✔ Finished 1/30/2016
E- A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs ✔- Finished 1/31/2016
M- The Martian ✔- Finished 1/29/2016
E- The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
S- Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge ✔- Finished 1/2/2016
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Martian by Andy Weir Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Official Challenges

Marathon Challenge- Completed!

Let's start the New Year off running! How many of us have a New Year's Resolution to read more books? How many of us set goals higher that we did last year? How many of us want to read that super long Penguin Classic that has been sitting on our book shelf, or spend long winter days on the couch with a pile of graphic novels? Let's start this New Year with a marathon of reading!

With long school breaks and snow days coming, pick a pile of books you feel you could snuggle up with. A nice long over 500 page book, a group of books under 100 pages, that book that has been on your TBR waiting to be read all day, or anything else you choose for yourself.

This is not a sprint, but a way to spend January in the pages! Pick the number of pages or books you would like to read in January and post them. The goal is to get the New Year started fast! Who would have thought, with the snow coming, that you could do a marathon in January?

1. Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale✔- Finished 1/2/2016
2. A Darker Shade of Magic✔- Finished 1/5/2016
3. I, Robot✔- Finished 1/7/2016 (16 Scholastic Points)
4. Crome Yellow✔ Finished 1/10/2016
5. The Nightingale✔ Finished 1/15/2016
6. The Lie Tree ✔ Finished 1/17/2016
7. A World Away ✔ Finished 1/22/2016
8. Winter ✔ Finished 1/24/2016 (45 Scholastic Points)
9. Gilead ✔ Finished 1/27/2016
10. The Martian ✔ Finished 1/29/2016
11. Omon Ra ✔ Finished 1/30/2016
12. A Princess of Mars ✔- Finished 1/31/2016

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson The Martian by Andy Weir Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Goal: 4,000 pages
Actual: 4,146 pages

(61 Scholastic Points- from the books that counted)

(Challenge Message #18)

Tea Time (NBRC)- Completed!

Rules

Read a book for each of the steps below. Then if you like, have another cuppa and read some more. You may read the steps in order or out of order or skip steps, it's up to you.

Step 1 - Boil the water

►Read books that are a bit "steamy", set in a hot climate or make you feel warm inside.
►Or books where the author's name or title begins with B, O, I or L.

Step 2 - Choose your tea

Read books with a color on the cover to match the type of tea you choose.
►Black - black tea
►Green - green tea
►White - white tea
►Brown - oolong tea
►Red - rooibos tea
►Orange - herbal tea

Step 3 - Steep the Tea

Read books with page counts to indicate how strong you like your tea
►Weak - under 150 pages
►Medium - 151 to 300 pages
►Strong - 301 pages or more

Step 4 - Sweet

Read books to indicate how sweet you like your tea
►No sugar - Stand alone novel
►One spoonful - Book one in a series
►Two spoonfuls - Book two in a series
►Honey - Book three in a series
►Artificial sweetener - Book four in a series

Step 5 - Black or White

Read books to indicate what else to add to your tea:
►No milk - General Fiction genre
►Just a dash - Romance/Chick Lit genre book
►Lots of milk - Young Adult/New adult genre book
►Cream - Fantasy/Sci fi genre book
►Soy milk - Mystery/Thriller genre book
►Lemon - Non-Fiction genre book

Levels
►Have a cuppa - 1 to 5 books
►Tea for two - 6 to 10 books ✿
► Tea party - 11 or more books

My Tea Preferences:

1. "Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale"(1/2/2016) "A World Away" by Stewart O' Nan(1/22/2016), "I, Robot"(1/7/2016) and "The Lie Tree"(1/17/2016)
2. "Omon-Ra"(1/30/2016) (Black), "A Darker Shade of Magic"(1/5/2016) (Brown)
3. "Gilead"(1/27/2016) (Medium)
4. "Winter"(1/24/2016) (Artificial Sweetner- Stevia)
5. "The Nightingale"(1/15/2016) (No Milk)

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge A World Away by Stewart O'Nan Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin

(Haven't officially signed up for this one, either. Just looks like fun. If it looks like I will make it. Towards the middle of January I will post officially).

Book Club Reads

1. The Martian ✔- Finished 1/29/2016- 2016 Challenge
2. A Darker Shade of Magic✔- Finished 1/5/2016- NBRC
3. The Nightingale ✔- Finished 1/2/2016- NBRC
4. Winter ✔ Finished 1/24/2016- NBRC
5. Chrome Yellow ✔- Finished 1/10/2016 - Around the World in 80 Days (UK)
6. Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale ✔- Finished 1/2/2016 - Around the World in 80 Days (USA-Texas)
7. African Tales: Folklore of the Central African Republic- Around the World in 80 Days (Africa)
8. I, Robot✔- Finished 1/7/2016- Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer The Martian by Andy Weir

✿- Plan on Reading

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 2
★★★☆☆- 5
★★★★☆- 3
★★★★★- 2

Most Favorite - "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
Least Favorite - "A World Away" by Stewart O'Nan

Total Books Read in January: 12/17


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Stephanie  | 976 comments February Challenges


G- The Gods of Mars Finished 2/3/2016
R- The Red Pyramid
O- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
U- The Undead Pool Finished 2/7/2016
N- The Witch With No Name Finished 2/8/2016
D- The Black Dahlia Finished 2/14/2016
H-A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Finished 2/23/2016
O- A Room of One's Own
G- The Good Earth Finished 2/29/2016

The Barsoom Chronicles #2 Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) by Kim Harrison The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Group Word:

H- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Finished 2/23/2016
I- The Island of Dr. Moreau
S- The Witches: Salem, 1692 Finished 2/20/2016
T- Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally Finished 2/25/2016
O- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
R- The Red Pyramid
Y- The Diary of a Young Girl

The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally

Times Gone By (Completed)

February's theme is History, and for this months challenge we would like you to explore times gone by:

1. Read a book that takes place at beginning of the world (about 4.500,000,000 years ago).

2. Read a book that takes place during the time of the dinosaurs (about 250,000,000 to 65,000,000 years ago).

3. Read a book that takes place during the time after homo sapiens existed but B.C.E. (Before Common Era) (about 1,500,000 years ago to 0 A.D).

4. Read a book that takes place between supposed time of Jesus (start of Christianity) and the supposed time of Muhammad (start of Islam). This does not have to be religious, just in that time era (about 0 A.D. to 700 A.D).

5. Read a book that takes place during the Dark or Middle Ages (about 700 A.D. to 1500 A.D).

6. Read a book that takes place during rise of colonization around the world (about 1500 A.D. to 1900 A.D).

The Witches: Salem, 1692 Finished 2/20/2016

7. Read any book that takes place in the Far East before Communism (up to about 1950 A.D).

The Good Earth Finished 2/29/2016 (25 Scholastic Points)

8. Read a book that takes place during the times of the World Wars (1914 to 1945).

Schindler's Ark Finished 2/25/2016 (35 Scholastic Points)

9. Read a book that takes place during the time of the Cold War until the turn of the century 1945 to 2000.

The Black Dahlia Finished 2/14/2016

10. Read a book that shows a potential alternate history for any time period.

The Man in the High Castle Finished 2/26/2016

These books can be works of any genre, fiction or nonfiction. Feel free to interpret these time periods any way you would like, just please enjoy the history of it all.

(I am leading this one, so I better finish it)

Total Books: 5/5
(60 Scholastic Points from the Books that Qualified)

The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Book Club Reads

1. The Witches: Salem, 1692 Finished 2/20/2016- 2016 Challenge
2. Luckiest Girl Alive - NBRC (2/2)
3. All the Bright Places - NBRC (2/12)
4. I, Robot ✔ Finished 1/7/2016 - NBRC (2/22)
5. The Bell Jar- Around the World in 80 Days ✿ (March)
6. Guantánamo Diary- Around the World in 80 Days
7. My Lord John: A Tale of Intrigue, Honor and the Rise of a King- Around the World in 80 Days
8. Travels in Mauritania- Around the World in 80 Days
9. The Black Dahlia - Finished 2/14/2016- Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quartet #1) by James Ellroy The Witches Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

✿- Plan on Reading

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 3
★★★★☆- 5
★★★★★- 1

Most Favorite- "Schindler's Ark" by Thomas Kenneally
Least Favorite- "The Witches: Salem, 1692"

Total Books Read in February: 9/14


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Stephanie  | 976 comments March Challenges


L- Little Women Finished 3/26/3016
E- Murder on the Orient Express Finished 3/31/2016
P- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Finished 3/14/2016
R- The Red Pyramid Finished 3/1/2016
E- Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016
C- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Finished 3/27/2016
H- The Help Finished 3/18/2016
A- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Finished 3/17/2016
U-Uprooted
N- The Neverending Story Finished 3/12/2016

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine The Neverending Story by Michael Ende The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Help by Kathryn Stockett Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie

C- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Finished 3/27/2016
O- A Room of One's Own Finished 3/13/2016
U- Uprooted
R- The Red Pyramid Finished 3/1/2016
A- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Finished 3/17/2016
G- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Finished 3/22/2016
E- Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Read for Courage
Duration: March 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016

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.

We would like to give you some suggestions:
1. Look for books that are memoirs/autobiographies/biographies.
2. Books of historical fiction during times of war or political unrest.
3. Books that explore difficult topics where the protagonist must do something courageous.

It is up to you, all we ask is that you justify your selection.

So, for this challenge, please pick the number of books you like to read and let the challenge leader know.

My Books:

1. The Red Pyramid (3/1/2016)- because it takes a lot of courage to face down an ancient god bent on destroying the earth, almost as much as it takes to let a god into your body. (28 Scholastic Points)
2. Ella Enchanted - because it takes courage to stand up to people who are cruel to you. (11 Scholastic Points)
3. Stardust - because when you must face witches as a half-fairy it requires a great deal of courage. (14 Scholastic Points)
4. The Neverending Story - because it is brave to face your fears, even if you think it is only a story (25 Scholastic Reading Points)
5. The Bell Jar - because it is brave to face a mental illness (18 Scholastic Reading Points)
6. The Help - because it is brave to defy cultural norms (31 Scholastic Reading Points)
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - because it is brave to get off of the sidelines and start living instead of watching life. It is even braver to face horrible memories. (14 Scholastic Points)

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Marvelous March (Completed!)

March has many wonderful and zany holidays. Let’s celebrate by reading through the holidays. Thank you, Stacie, for this challenge idea!

Levels:
Daring Daffodil: 1 - 4 books
Bluestocking: 5 - 8 books
Luck of the Irish: 8+ books

Tasks
◄ March is Irish American Month. Read a book that takes place in Ireland, or was written by an Irish author.

◄ March is Women’s History Month. Read a book by a new to young female author, or a book with a strong female lead.

The Handmaid's Tale Finished 3/17/2016

◄ March is said to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Read a book that starts out strong and wimps out to the end, or read a book featuring animals.

The Neverending Story Finished 3/12/2016

◄ The flower of March is the daffodil. Read a book that has a predominately yellow or white cover, or where the first letter of the title can be found in DAFFODIL.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Finished 3/27/2016

◄ March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war. Read a book set in space, a book about war, or a book with a red cover.

The Red Pyramid Finished 3/1/2016

◄ March: to walk in a military manner with a regular measured tread. Read a book where a character is very determined with moving towards their goal or a book with a character in the military.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Finished 3/22/2016

◄ March splits Pisces and Aries for zodiac signs. Read a book with water or fire on the cover, the final book in a series, or the first book in a series.

◄ March Madness is the college basketball tournament performed each Spring in the US. Read a book featuring a sports team or someone who plays a sport.

◄ March 2nd is Old Stuff Day. This is a day to try something new, break out of your routine, make a change! Read a book from a new genre or author. Break out of your reading rut!

The Goldfinch Finished 3/6/2016

◄ March 9th is Panic Day. Rather than freak out, read a book that calms you down! Alternatively, read a book that raises your blood pressure and makes you uncomfortable.

◄ March 12th is Girl Scout Day. Read a book with cookies in the title or on the cover, or read a book about a group of girls or a where a character does community service.

◄ March 14th is Pi Day, a day that celebrates Pi, the number that never ends. It’s often abbreviated to 3.14. It’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Read a book with an average rating of 3.14 or higher, a book that was published in March of 2014 or a book featuring a mathematician or bakery.

◄ March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. Read a book written by an author named Patrick (first or last name) or with Patrick as the main character (Pat is acceptable). Alternatively, read a book where the main cover color is green or has alcohol on it.

◄ March 20th is the first day of Spring in the United States. Spring represents ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth. Read a book where the main character undergoes a transformation of some kind or gives birth to something (a person, a new idea, a business).

Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016

◄ March 29th is National Smoke and Mirrors Day. Read a book where something isn’t as it seems or where the main character is hiding something.

Murder on the Orient Express Finished 3/31/2016

Books Finished: 8/8

Book Club Reads
1. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban- 2016 Challenges ✿
2. The Goldfinch Finished 3/6/2016 - NBRC (2nd)
3. Ink and Bone- NBRC (12th) ✿
4. A Gathering of Shadows- NBRC (22nd) ✿
5. Their Eyes Were Watching God Finished 2002- Around the World in 80 Days
6. Katherine- Around the World in 80 Days
7. The Moor's Account- Around the World in 80 Days
8. Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali- Around the World in 80 Days
9. Journey to the Center of the Earth ✔- Read 1996- Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

✿- Plan on Reading
Q- Applies to Quarterly Reading Challenge (Must Finish)

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 5
★★★★☆- 6
★★★★★- 2

Most Favorite- The Help
Least Favorite- Little Women

Total Books Read in March: 13/17


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S- Speak Finished 4/21/2016
H- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Finished 4/11/2016
O- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
W- Wide Sargasso Sea
E- Jane Eyre
R- Rosemary and Rue
S- Shatter Me Finished 4/22/2016

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Group Word:

S- Shatter Me Finished 4/22/2016
P- American Psycho Finished 4/14/2016
R- Rosemary and Rue
I- Ink and Bone Finished 4/2/2016
N- The New York Trilogy
G- A God in Ruins

C- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Finished 4/11/2016
L- A Local Habitation
E- Jane Eyre
A- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016
N- The Eagle of the Ninth
I- Invisible Man
N- You're Never Weird on the Internet
G- A Gathering of Shadows

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

Spring Cleaning for the Soul
Duration: April 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016


During spring time so many of us set out to clean our houses from top to bottom, but wouldn’t it be nice to also declutter our lives as well?

For April, instead of the usual challenge to read books specific to the theme, we thought we would look inward instead of out. Let’s read some books that clean up our souls and minds.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Read a self-improvement book you've been meaning to get to for a while.
- Read a book that inspires you, spiritually or emotionally.
- Read a book by someone you find heroic or inspiring.
- Read a book where the character grows and changes to the point that their lives are better for it.

You decide the number of books to read, and when you post your progress let us know how each book touched you.

This challenge is based on an idea from Stephanie (R/A) and she will be leading this challenge. Thank you Stephanie (R/A).

1. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Finished 4/10/2016)
2. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Finished 4/11/2016)
3. Speak (Finished 4/21/2016)
4. Shatter Me (Finished 4/22/2016)


Total: 4/4
(Since I am leading this one, I have to finish it).

Easter Egg Hunt
Duration: April 1st - April 30th


Rainbow Chaser: Complete any one option
Dream Catcher: Complete two options
Master Hunter: Complete the three options

Option #1: Fill Your Basket

- Read a book with a cover from each of the following colors: yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple and pink. As a bonus, you can choose your own colorful cover books.

Red-
Orange- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Yellow-
Green-
Blue- Ink and Bone
Purple-
Pink- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Option #2: Embrace Your Inner Child

- Read a book that has a surprise twist
- Read a book that feels like a guilty pleasure
- Read a book in which the main character has a child's dream profession (firefighter, policeman, nurse, teacher, doctor, etc)
- Read a book that where the main character has a pet or is taking care of someone's pet
- Read a book where a party is thrown
- Reda a book about books
- Read a book where the main character rides a bicycle

Option #3: Find the Pattern

- Read a book which cover or title contains each of the following patterns: flowers, stripes, swirls, polka dots, waves, circles & stars.

Option #4: Spell The Egg

- Read one (or more) words from the options above using the Spell-it-Out Rules(*)

(Looks interesting, not sure if I am going to do it for sure, but it is a good thing to keep in mind this month, as this is the month that Easter should be).

Book Club Reads

1. Cinder - Finished 2015- 2016 Challenges
2. American Psycho (Finished 4/14/2016)- NBRC (2nd)
3. Armada- NBRC (12th)
4. Salt to the Sea- NBRC (22nd)
5. The Silence of the Lambs - Around the World in 80 Days
6. All Creatures Great and Small- Around the World in 80 Days
7. The Last Will & Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo- Around the World in 80 Days
8. The New York Trilogy- Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die ✿

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 1
★★★★☆- 4
★★★★★- 1

Most Favorite- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Least Favorite- American Psycho


Total Books Read This Month: 6/17

✿- Plan On Reading


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F- Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
L- A Local Habitation Finished 5/31/2016
0- On the Road Finished 5/29/2016
W- The Color Purple by Alice Walker Finished 5/16/2016
E- Jane Eyre
R- Room Finished 5/19/2016
S- The Shadow of the Wind Finished 5/26/2016

The Color Purple by Alice Walker Room by Emma Donoghue The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2) by Seanan McGuire

Group Word:

C- The Color Purple Finished 5/16/2016
E- Jane Eyre
L- A Local Habitation Finished 5/31/2016
E- The Eagle of the Ninth
B- The Book Thief Finished 5/7/2016
R- Room Finished 5/19/2016
A- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Finished 5/21/2016
T- The New York Trilogy
I- Invisible Man Finished 5/12/2016
O- On the Road Finished 5/29/2016
N- Orphan Number 8
S- The Shadow of the Wind Finished 5/26/2016

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison The Color Purple by Alice Walker Room by Emma Donoghue Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac A Local Habitation (October Daye, #2) by Seanan McGuire

Marathon May Style:
Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2016


Want to continue with your spring cleaning? How about another opportunity to clear more of those shelves? How many of us would really like less books to dust (or would just like to dust off some books that have been sitting there way too long) ? So as requested, we are bringing along another marathon challenge.

Here’s how it works: How many of us want to read that super long Penguin Classic that has been sitting on our book shelf, or spend long rainy days on the couch with a pile of graphic novels? Let's spend some of this spring with a marathon of reading!

With national holidays and longer days coming, pick a pile of books you feel you could read while the sun is still up. A nice long over 500 page book, a group of books under 100 pages, that book that has been on your TBR waiting to be read all day, or anything else you choose. Just give yourself over to reading!

This is not a sprint, but a way to spend May in the pages! Pick the number of pages or books you would like to read in May and post them below. The goal is to get those shelves cleaned up fast! Who would have thought cleaning could be so fun, and that you could do a marathon in the pages of a book?

1. The Book Thief
2. Invisible Man
3. The Color Purple
4. Room
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
6. The Shadow of the Wind
7. Rosemary and Rue
8. On the Road
9. A Local Habitation

Books Finished: 9/10

Major League Baseball

The baseball season typically runs from early April to late September, followed by the postseason (World Series) in October.

Levels:
Rookie: 1-5 books
Starting Pitcher: 6-11
Catcher: 12-18
Shortstop: 19-24
MVP: 25+ books

Select one or more of the following options:

1) Spell out the name of your favorite baseball team, or the one you predict will make it to the World Series.

M- Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire Finished 5/28/2016
A- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Finished 5/21/2016
R- Room Finished 5/19/2016
I- Invisible Man Finished 5/12/2016
N- The New York Trilogy
E- The Eagle of the Ninth or Jane Eyre
R- On the Road Finished 5/29/2016
S- The Shadow of the Wind Finished 5/26/2016

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Room by Emma Donoghue Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1) by Seanan McGuire On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac

2) Read books with titles, covers, or themes based on team names.

3) Spell out a favorite player's name

Z- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Finished 5/7/2016
U- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Finished 5/21/2016
N- The New York Trilogy
I- Invisible Man Finished 5/12/2016
N- Orphan Number 8
O- On the Road Finished 5/29/2016

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac

4) Play the 1st - 9th innings by reading series books that correspond with the inning

5) Playoffs- Using the Number Generator, generate the number of points the opposing team has. Read that number of books, plus one.

6) Spell out any term or phrase used in baseball

7) Home run! Finish a four-book series.

Total Books Read: 7/10


Book Club Reads

1. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things- 2016 Challenges ✿
2. Orphan Number 8- NBRC ✿
3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Finished 5/21/2016- NBRC
4. The Shadow of the Wind Finished 5/26/2016- NBRC
5. Annie John- Around the World in 80 Days
6. Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War- Around the World in 80 Days
7. Death in Bordeaux- Around the World in 80 Days
8. On the Road Finished 5/29/2016- Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón On the Road (Penguin Modern Classics) by Jack Kerouac

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 1
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 2
★★★★☆- 5
★★★★★- 1

Most Favorite- Invisible Man
Least Favorite- On the Road

Total Books Read This Month: 9/14

✿- Plan on Reading


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S- A Gathering of Shadows
U- Uprooted
M- The Green Mile Finished 6/19/2016
M- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Finished 6/27/2016
E- Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/2016
R- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë The Green Mile by Stephen King Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story by John Berendt

Group Word:

P- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Finished 6/20/2016
R- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
I- The Island of Dr. Moreau
D- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
E- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Finished 6/27/2016

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story by John Berendt


The Villains Challenge- Bwahaha!
Duration June 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016


Sticking with this month’s theme of Pride, let us look at some of the most prideful characters in the books we read, the Villains. They are often the antagonist in the story, but can also at times be the protagonist as well (think Patrick Bateman in American Psycho). Either way, let us look at the sins these characters can commit...

1. Read a book where the villain is a vicious liar and/or manipulator.

The Girl on the Train- Telling who the villain is would give it away, but they are definitely a liar/manipulator

2. Read a book where the villain is someone who is so lazy and useless (possibly a drunkard or an addict), that he/she is a burden to others.

The Green Mile- Percy Wetmore is full of himself and uses his government connections to bully the other guards, but when it comes time to act always seems to freeze up

3. Read a book where the villain is insanely jealous and does not control his/her actions.

4. Read a book where the villain is habitual adulterer or cheater.

5. Read a book where the villain is so greedy that people do not matter.

Daughter of the Forest- Oonaugh marries Lord Colum and puts a spell on all his children to maintain her power

6. Read a book where the villain is a master thief.

7. Read a book where the villain is an abusive parent/spouse/other loved one (either dead or alive).

8. Read a book where the villain is a murderer.

9. Read a book where the villain is a sex offender.

Outlander- Black Jack is a rapist

Total Books Read: 4/5

Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier The Green Mile by Stephen King The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Get Royal
Duration: June 1 to June 30


The British Queen’s Official Birthday is the selected day on which the birthday of the monarch of the Commonwealth realms (currently Queen Elizabeth II) is officially celebrated in those countries. The date varies as adopted by each Commonwealth country (view spoiler), but is generally around the end of May to the start of June.

As our mod Karen lives in Australia where it is celebrated on the second Monday in June each year, we have designed this challenge for June 2014!

Option One: Read books which have covers with a Queen, Union Jack, or other Royal theme on the cover or in the title

Option Two: Read books which are about members of a Royal family- Remember to check listopia for ideas:

Option Three: Read books which are based in the UK or a Commonwealth Country- Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St Lucia and The Bahamas. Remember to check listopia for ideas.

Option Four - Spell-It-Out: Select a royal word or name of a royal of your choice, and then spell out the word(s) using the first letter in the book’s title, the first letter in the author’s first or last name, or the first letter of a character’s first, last, or nick-name. As always, if the first letter of a title starts with ‘A’, ‘An’, ‘The’, etc., you may use the first letter of the second word in the title to spell out your chosen word.

E- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story Finished 6/27/2016
L- Loving Frank Finished 6/10/2016
I- The Island of Dr. Moreau
Z- The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
B- The Buried Giant
E- Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/2016
T- The Girl on the Train Finished 6/20/2016
H- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

Levels of Play:
Aristocratic: 1-2 books
Blue-blooded: 3-5 books
Noble: 5-8 books
Imperial: 9-10 books

Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë Loving Frank by Nancy Horan The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil A Savannah Story by John Berendt

Total Completed- 4/9

Book Club Reads

1. Pride and Prejudice Finished 2003
2. Outlander- NBRC (2nd) Finished 6/7/2016
3. Rebel of the Sands- NBRC (12th)
4. Sharp Objects- NBRC (22nd) ✿
5. East of the West: A Country in Stories- Around the World in 80 Books
6. The Devil's Pool and Other Stories- Around the World in 80 Books
7. Mansfield Park- Around the World in 80 Books ✿
8. After the Quake- Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die

Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Local Book Club Books

1. Daughter of the Forest Finished 6/14/2016
2. Loving Frank Finished 6/10/2016

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier Loving Frank by Nancy Horan


Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 4
★★★★☆- 3
★★★★★- 0

Most Favorite- Daughter of the Forest
Least Favorite- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

Total Books Read This Month: 7/16

✿- Plan on Reading


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F- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Finished 7/24/2016
R- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
E- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt Finished 7/14/2016
E- The Eagle of the Ninth
D- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016
O- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
M- Middlesex

The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Group Word:

L- Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
E- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt Finished 7/14/2016
A- The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016
D- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016
E- The Eagle of the Ninth
R- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
S- A Gathering of Shadows Finished 7/31/2016

The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
Duration: July 1 - July 31, 2016


During the month of July, we will be reading The Fellowship of the Ring together for our group read. For this challenge, we will read books inspired by the characters in the Fellowship.

Frodo Baggins is the ringbearer. Read a book where the main character carries on a family tradition or where the main character struggles against a great evil.

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Samwise Gamgee constantly demonstrates his loyalty to Frodo and the quest. Read a book where loyalty is a key value.

Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck loves boats, maps, and exploration. Read a book where the main character is anxious to go on an adventure or where they regularly use a nickname.

The Buried Giant Finished 7/17/2016

Peregrin "Pippin" Took is from one of the most powerful hobbit families and his name means "traveler in strange countries." Read a book where the main character is part of a famous or noble family, or read a book where traveling is a major focus.

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt Finished 7/14/2016

Aragorn Elessar was orphaned as a child and fostered by the elves, learning the strength and wisdom of the elves. Read a book where the main character is orphaned or fostered, or read a book where the main character shares Aragorn's strength.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016

Boromir of Gondor is a mighty warrior intent on protecting his people. Read a book where protection is a major motivation of the main character.

Gimli, son of Glóin is a dwarf with a fierce personality and fighting style. He quarrels with Legolas throughout the book because of the longstanding feud between their races. Read a book where one of the main characters struggles with an inherent prejudice or where the main character matches Gimli's fierceness.

Gone Girl - Finished 7/24/2016

Legolas Greenleaf is an elf and a very sharp-sighted archer. His name "Legolas" literally means Greenleaf. Read a book where the main character is very skilled or where the main character has a name with a literal meaning.

Gandalf the Grey is an extremely powerful wizard. Read a book with a strong magic user.

A Gathering of Shadows Finished 7/31/2016

Total Read: 5/5

The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab


The Leadership Challenge
Duration July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016


All great leaders are great readers, and many have even been great writers! So to honor all of the great leaders past and present, we are presenting this challenge to celebrate their leadership. Here is a challenge based on a list found on Forbes.com of what qualities it takes to make a great leader:

1. Great leaders are people that are honest and ethical in their behavior. Read a book where a character shows a great deal of honesty and integrity.

2. They delegate and trust the people working below them. Read a book where the characters share the work that needs to be done.

3. Great leaders understand the importance of communication. Read a book where lack of communication causes a major twist in the plot.

4. They understand the difference between confidence and arrogance. Read a book where the main character learns the difference between being arrogant and having confidence.

5. Great leaders are committed to the task at hand. Read a book that has characters dedicated to completing a task.

The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016

6. They have a positive attitude. Read a book that is overall pleasant.

7. Leaders bring creativity to the table. Read a book that where a character shows great creativity to solve a problem.

8. Great leaders have an intuition and are willing to take risks. Read a book where the characters take a large risk.

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt Finished 7/14/2016

9. They inspire those around them to do the same. Read a book that is inspiring.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016

10. And finally, they are able to approach everyone, no matter what background, so that everyone can come together to reach a common goal. Read a book that is about different cultures or types of people coming together to work towards a common goal.

The Buried Giant Finished 7/17/2016

Read books about leaders past or present, autobiographical or historical, non-fiction or even fictional that reference these traits.

Total Read: 3/3

The Woman Who Would Be King Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Book Club Reads

1. The Fellowship of the Ring Finished 1999- Reading Challenges
2. Looking for Alaska (2nd)- NBRC ✿
3. At the Water's Edge (12th)- NBRC ✿
4. Sorcerer to the Crown (22nd)- NBRC ✿
5. Suite Française- Around the World in 80 Books
6. Heidi- Around the World in 80 Books ✿
7. Shakespeare's Wife- Around the world in 80 Books ✿
8. Breakfast of Champions- Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die ✿

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 0
★★★★☆- 5
★★★★★- 1

Most Favorite- The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
Least Favorite- The Buried Giant



✿- Plan on Reading

Total Books Read This Month: 6/17


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C- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Finished 8/11/2016
O- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
N- You're Never Weird on the Internet
C- The Christians and the Fall of Rome
E- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Finished 8/25/2016
R- R is for Ricochet Finished 8/4/2016
T- Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Finished 8/28/2016

R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18) by Sue Grafton Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Joan of Arc A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison

Group Word:

F- Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016
R- R is for Ricochet Finished 8/4/2016
I- The Island of Dr. Moreau
E- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Finished 8/25/2016
N- You're Never Weird on the Internet
D- The Diviners Finished 8/6/2016
S- Wide Sargasso Sea
H- Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison Finished 8/28/2016
I- Alice I Have Been
P- Jurassic Park Finished 8/11/2016

R is for Ricochet (Kinsey Millhone, #18) by Sue Grafton The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray Lord of the Flies by William Golding Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Joan of Arc A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison

Signs You’ve Found Your New Book Friend:
Duration August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016
(Completed)

Using a list I found on Buzzfeed, I have created a challenge that will help you connect with new friends in the 2016 Reading Challenge Group based on the books you read in each category! The plan is to see who will be compatible, or even read the same books to meet each challenge.


1. Good friends speak a special dialect that is only understood between themselves...so do book lovers! We all have that special genre that creates that special speech pattern that only other lovers of that genre can understand. Choose a book from your favorite genre and see who else in the group loves that genre too.

(Sci-Fi)- Jurassic Park Finished 8/11/2016

2. Good friends can call each other at anytime of the day or the night...just the same way a good book is. Re-read one of your favorite books that is always on your shelf ready to read and see who loves the same book.

3. Good friends love all your statuses and will give you the highest approval ratings...just the as we do with our favorite books. Find a book that is highly rated by other members of the group (See our Recommended by 2016 Reading Challengers Listopia).

Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016

4. Good friends share the same guilty pleasures...just like there are some books you can't help reading. Find a book you are reading just for the fun of it, and not because it is a great literary masterpiece, and see who shares your guilty pleasure.

The Diviners Finished 8/6/2016

5. Good friends will know each other’s wardrobes libraries inside and out...just like they will know each other's libraries. To find a book for this task, you must ask someone from this group to recommend a book to you that they own.

6. Good friends are also friends with all the other people close in your life...just the same way we do when we love a book, we read everything written by the same author. Read a book written by a favorite author and see who else loves that same author.

7. Good friends can discuss any topic freely including money, sex, religion, and family...just the same way a book can be written on any subject. Read a non-fiction on any subject that interests you and see who also shares your same interest.

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Finished 8/28/2016

8. Finally, good friends share wonderful memories...just like when we read a truly wonderful book. Read any book you have been longing to read and recommend it to another member of the group so that you can create a lasting memory together.

Middlesex Finished 8/25/2016

Total Books Read: 5/5

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray Lord of the Flies by William Golding Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Joan of Arc A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison


Book Club Reads

1. The Book Thief Finished 5/7/2016- Reading Challenges
2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda- NBRC
3. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street- NBRC ✿
4. A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald- NBRC
5. The Kitchen House- NBRC
6. Amsterdam- Around the World in 80 Days
7. High Tide- Around the World in 80 Days
8. The Resistance Man- Around the World in 80 Days
9. Crime and Punishment Finished 2001- Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
10. The Underground Railroad- Oprah's Book Club ✿

✿- Plan on Reading

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 2
★★★★☆- 3
★★★★★- 1

Most Favorite- "Middlesex"
Least Favorite- "R is for Ricochet"

Total Books Read This Month: 6/14


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Stephanie  | 976 comments September Challenges


S- A Sliver of Stardust Finished 9/19/2016 or Snow, Glass, Apples Finished 9/16/2016
C- The Child Thief Finished 9/16/2016 or Death: The High Cost of Living Collected Finished 9/20/2016
H- The House on the Lagoon or Alice I Have Been Finished 9/4/2016
O- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt Finished 9/30/2016
O- Rise of an Oligarch
L- Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft Finished 9/11/2016

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman The Child Thief by Brom A Sliver of Stardust (A Sliver of Stardust #1) by Marissa Burt Death The High Cost of Living Collected by Neil Gaiman Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

Group Word:

R- The Kite Runner Finished 9/8/2016
E- The Wild Things by Dave Egger Finished 9/25/2016
F- The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferre or The Feminine Mystique
L- The Joy Luck Club or Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft Finished 9/11/2016
E- Literary Occasions: Essays
C- The Child Thief Finished 9/16/2016 or Death: The High Cost of Living Collected Finished 9/20/2016
T- Tuesdays with Morrie Finished 9/9/2016
I- You're Never Weird on the Internet Finished 9/28/2016
O- Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt Finished 9/30/2016
N- An Artificial Night Finished 9/29/2016
S- A Sliver of Stardust Finished 9/19/2016 or Snow, Glass, Apples Finished 9/16/2016

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman The Child Thief by Brom A Sliver of Stardust (A Sliver of Stardust #1) by Marissa Burt Death The High Cost of Living Collected by Neil Gaiman The Wild Things by Dave Eggers You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3) by Seanan McGuire Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

Your Book Reflection Challenge
Duration September 1. 2016 to September 30, 2016


Many times the books we like to read are reflections of ourselves, so for the challenge:

1. Read a book with a character that has the same first name as you.

2. Read a book that was written the same year you were born.

An Artificial Night Finished 9/29/2016 (The 1/4 fairy lady that guards the realm of the Japanese fairy lady was born in 1983/1984 time frame, good enough for me)

3. Read a book set in the same place where you grew up.

4. Read a book set in the same place where you live now.

5. Read a book with a character that has the same occupation as you.

The Kite Runner Finished 9/8/2016 (Amir is a writer, as am I)

6. Read a book with a character that is the same age as you are right now.

7. Read a book with a character that has the same hair and eye color that you have.

The Child Thief Finished 9/16/2016 (Nick has brown hair and eyes like me)

8. Read a book with a character that has the same hobbies that you have.

You're Never Weird on the Internet Finished 9/28/2016 (She likes all things nerdy like me, I particularly enjoyed the Doctor Who references)

Extra Credit:

9. Read a book with a character that shares the same relationship dynamic with his/her parents that you do.

10. Read a book with a character that has the same number of children that you have.

The Wild Things Finished 9/25/2016 (Max's mom has the same number of kids I have, 2)

Total Read: 5/5

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini The Child Thief by Brom The Wild Things by Dave Eggers You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3) by Seanan McGuire

Book Club Reads

1. The Kite Runner Finished 9/8/2016- Challenges
2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- NBRC ✿
3. A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms- NBRC ✿
4. My Lady Jane- NBRC
5. Fire in the Blood- Around the World in 80 Books
6. The Sirens of Baghdad- Around the World in 80 Books
7. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece- Around the World in 80 Books
8. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd- Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die ✿
9. Love Warrior: A Memoir- Oprah's Book Club

Summary

★☆☆☆☆- 0
★★☆☆☆- 0
★★★☆☆- 5
★★★★☆- 5
★★★★★- 2

Most Favorite- "The Child Thief"
Least Favorite- "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland"


Total Books Read This Month: 12/17

✿- Plan on Reading


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Stephanie  | 976 comments October Challenges


H- Last Days in Hunting Camp or A Severed Head or The House on the Lagoon
A- A Lion Among Men or Atonement Finished 10/18/2016
U- Uprooted
N- The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
T- A Torch Against the Night
E- Late Eclipses
D- Words in the Dust

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Group Word:

S- Parable of the Sower or A Quiet Storm
C- Fight Club or Concussion or Cat's Cradle or Crooked or The Joy Luck Club Finished 10/4/2016
A- A Lion Among Men or Atonement Finished 10/18/2016
R- The Christians and the Fall of Rome or Roma
E- Late Eclipses

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan Atonement by Ian McEwan

The 10 Candy Challenge
Duration October 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016


Based on the Top 10 best selling candies for Halloween comes the delicious challenge...

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - creamy chocolate and salty peanut butter makes the perfect combination. Read a book where two very different characters work together to make the perfect plot.

2. M&M’s - chocolate covered in yummy candy coating probably filled with wonderful nuts. Read a book where a character goes a little bit nuts but things work out well.

3. Snickers - nougat, caramel, and peanuts coated with chocolate gives this candy bar a funny name. Read a humorous book sure to make you laugh.

4. Hershey’s Chocolate Bar - the classic milk chocolate bar. Read a classic novel that is sure to delight you.

Cat's Cradle

5. Kit Kat - a chocolate covered wafer biscuit bar that is know for giving you a break. Read a book that is a quick and snappy read that is great for to read when you have a few minutes break in your day.

Last Days in Hunting Camp

6. Twix - butter cookie, caramel, and coated with chocolate that also comes in many different versions and is popular all around the world. Read a book that is so popular it has been translated into many different languages.

Atonement Finished 10/18/2016

7. 3 Musketeers - a fluffy nougat filled chocolate bar that can have so many different flavors. Read a book of short stories filled with many different plot lines.

8. Hershey’s Cookies and Cream - the name of the candy bar says it all and while the candy bar is less than 25 years old, it’s already a top 10 hit! Read a book was written in the last few years and is on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

A Torch Against the Night

9. Milky Way - chocolate malt nougat topped with caramel makes this candy bar out of this world. Read a book that is about outer space and traveling through the stars.

10. Almond Joy - coconut based center topped with an almond or two coated in dark chocolate and it’s mysterious how it all works but it does. Read a book mystery made up different parts that make a satisfying whole.

Late Eclipses

Total Read: 1/5

Atonement by Ian McEwan


Halloween Challenge
Duration: October 1st 2016 - October 31st 2016


Hello and welcome to our (Lovers of YA) first monthly reading challenge. For this challenge you will be given 18 different categories in which to choose from, keep in mind that you do not have to do all 18 You can do as many as you wish.

Rules

- This reading challenge will take place in the month of October.
- You may include books of any format including traditional books, eBooks, or audiobooks.
- You may re-read books.
- Audiobooks, and short stories are fine
- There is no page minimum or page maximum.
- Books may count towards other reading challenges.

Here are your categories:

1. Read a book with Black or Orange on the cover.

A Lion Among Men

2. Read a book that takes place somewhere creepy like a cemetery, a dark forest, a haunted house, an abandoned amusement park, an old castle . . .

3. Read a book that has witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombie, ghosts, or a character who has special abilities.

Uprooted

4. Read a book related to Halloween, costumes, candy, tricks, or treats.

5. Read a horror novel

6. Read a book with a character that is a trickster

Crooked

7. Read a book that has candy on the cover

8. Read a mystery/thriller book

Late Eclipses

9. Read classic horror books

The Shining

10. Read a book about something that scares you - urban legends, ghost stories, spiders, spider webs, murders, even elevators or planes, is all about your fears.

11. Read either a poem or short story by Edgar Allen Poe

12. Read a gothic romance book

13. Read a book that takes place in a haunted location

14. Read a non-fiction book about the supernatural

15. Read a book that has a mask on the cover

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

16. Read a book which has a pumpkin or skeleton on the cover

17. Read a book with a black cat on the cover

18. Read a book that Features or Relating to Superstitions

Total Read: 0/5


Book Club Reads

1. The Shining- Challenges ✿
2. Dracula - NBRC
3. The Muse- NBRC
4. The Darkest Part of the Forest- NBRC
5. The Silent Land- Around the World in 80 Books
6. In the Shadow of the Banyan- Around the World in 80 Books
7. Pride and Prejudice - Around the World in 80 Books
8. Les Misérables- Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die ✿
9. - Oprah's Book Club
10. The Darkest Part of the Forest- Lovers of YA
11. Daughter of Smoke & Bone- Lovers of YA ✿

Total Books Read This Month: 2/21

✿- Plan on Reading



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Stephanie  | 976 comments November Challenges


B- A Brief History of Time or The Poisonwood Bible or The Crocodile Bird
I- The Island of Dr. Moreau
R- A God in Ruins
T- The New York Trilogy
H- Ashes of Honor or Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games
D- The Mirror of Her Dreams
A- Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Y- The Diary of a Young Girl

Group Word:

F- Fair Play or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
A- Ashes of Honor
M- One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire or The Feminine Mystique
I- The Island of Dr. Moreau
L- Two Lives
Y- The Diary of a Young Girl

Book Club Reads

1. - Challenges
2. - NBRC
3. - NBRC
4. - NBRC
5. Storm of Steel- Around the World in 80 Books
6. Jamilia- Around the World in 80 Books
7. The Queen and I- Around the World in 80 Books
8. - Boxall's 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
9. - Oprah's Book Club
10. -Young Adults
11. - Young Adults

Total Books Read This Month: 0/15


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message 39: by Stephanie (last edited Aug 29, 2016 09:02AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Personal Yearly Challenge #6- The Sorting Hat
(From NBRC)

What would happen if you put on the sorting hat?

The Sorting Process...
1. Pick you favorite house and its rival (or all the houses for the hard level).
2. Read a book that fits each characteristic (8 books in total for the easy level; 16 for difficult)
3. Keep track of all your star ratings for each book (be sure to include them each time you update this challenge)
4. At the end of the challenge calculate the overall average rating for each house based on the books you have read.
5. The house with the highest average rating is the house that you belong in!

Levels
Easy - Choose your favorite house and its rival. Read 8 books.
Hard - Choose all four houses and read 16 books.

Rivals are...
Gryffindor vs. Slytherin
Hufflepuff vs. Ravenclaw

Gryffindor
➲ Gryffindor's emblematic animal is the lion: Read a book about a lion (or a shape shifter who turns into a lion).
➲ Gryffindor's emblematic colors are scarlet and gold: Read a book that has a predominately scarlet or gold cover.
➲ "Nearly Headless Nick" is the house ghost of Gryffindor: Read a book featuring ghosts or read a book in which someone was decapitated or beheaded. Yikes!
➲ Members of Gryffindor are described as courageous, chivalrous, and brave to the point of recklessness (sometimes) : Read a book in which the protagonist portrays one of these qualities consistently throughout the book.

Slytherin
➲ Slytherin's emblematic animal is the snake: Read a book which features a snake on the cover or in the story.
➲ Slytherin's emblematic colors are green and silver: Read a book that has a predominately green or silver cover.
➲ The Bloody Baron is the house ghost of Slytherin: Read a book in which a suicide or murder takes place. You can also read a book where the protagonist loves someone who does not love them back.
➲ Members of Slytherin are described as cunning and shrewd: Read a book in which the protagonist portrays one of these qualities consistently throughout the book. Or read a book in which the protagonist irked you.

Hufflepuff
➲ Helga Hufflepuff, the founder of Hufflepuff, was a witch during medieval times: Read a book that is set in a medieval time period (between 5th to the 15th century)
➲ Hufflepuff's emblematic colors are yellow and black: Read a book that has a predominately yellow or black cover.
➲ Fat Friar, the house ghost of Hufflepuff, dedicated his life to religion: Read a book about someone who is extremely religious.
➲ Members of Hufflepuff are described as hard working, patient, and loyal: Read a book in which the protagonist portrays one of these qualities consistently throughout the book.

Ravenclaw
➲ Ravenclaw's emblematic animal is the eagle: Read a book which features an eagle on the cover or in the story. You can also read a book about someone who can shape shift into a bird of any type.
➲ Ravenclaw's emblematic colors are blue and bronze: Read a book that has a predominately blue or bronze cover.
➲ Rowena Ravenclaw, the founder of Ravenclaw, was Scottish: Read a book that takes place in Scotland.
➲ Members of Ravenclaw are described as intelligent, witty, and wise: Read a book in which the protagonist is scholarly, bookish, all knowing, etc...

My Books

Gryffindor

1. A Lion Among Men
2. Invisible Man Finished 5/12/2016 ★★★★★
3. The Diviners Finished 8/6/2016 ★★★★☆
4. The Red Pyramid Finished 3/1/2016 ★★★★☆


Slytherin

1. The Neverending Story Finished 3/12/2016 ★★★☆☆
2. Crooked
3. Murder on the Orient Express Finished 3/31/2016 ★★★☆☆
4. American Psycho Finished 4/14/2016 ★★★☆☆


Hufflepuff (Avg. Stars 3.75)

1. Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured Finished 8/28/2016 ★★★★☆
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Finished 3/27/2016 ★★★★☆
3. The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016 ★★★☆☆
4. Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016 ★★★★☆


Ravenclaw

1. The Eagle of the Ninth
2. The Nightingale - Finished 1/15/2016 ★★★★★
3. Outlander Finished 6/7/2016 ★★★☆☆
4. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016 ★★★★☆

My Hogwart's House

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(Message 301 on Challenge Board)


message 40: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments I like your monthly challenges. Where did the words come from? Another group or from you?


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Stephanie  | 976 comments Kadijah Michelle wrote: "I like your monthly challenges. Where did the words come from? Another group or from you?"

Those particular words came from me. I was inspired by another group who's yearly goal was to pick 26 spices from A to Z and spell them all out using books/authors' names. That seemed like too many books for me- Anise, Basil, Chamomille, etc. but I figured I could pick a word that was appropriate for each month as it applied to my life and it would help me tackle my book list in the process. It also allows for random books I choose throughout the year to be helpful.

For instance, my birthday is in November, so that's the word I chose to spell. I tried to vary the word length, but I probably have an average word length of around 7 or 8. Earlier in the year more, summer less...mostly to suit my life and having young children.

But to answer the question, they were my words :)


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Cheri (jovali2) Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "So this challenge is floating around. I thought I would give it a shot since, you know, I'm insane.

Official Challenge #3- The Pop Sugar Challenge

1. A book based on a fairy tale - [book:Winter|..."


Stephanie, thanks so much for posting your lists! We had a number of the same books on our lists (not surprising, I guess) and I have picked up a few new ones from your lists -- though not necessarily for the same challenges. One of my favorite things about the challenges is seeing what other people are reading because it pushes me to try new things.


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Stephanie  | 976 comments Cheri wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "So this challenge is floating around. I thought I would give it a shot since, you know, I'm insane.

Official Challenge #3- The Pop Sugar Challenge

1. A book based on a fa..."


That is exactly why I love the Good Reads so much, Cheri! I get exposed to books I never would have heard of otherwise. Plus, if other people are willing to do a list it makes me more likely to want to do it, too. It's like having a book club at the tips of my fingers :)

Although, in all honesty I am afraid I have bitten off more than I can chew for 2016. Even if I can't make it to all of them, I know they will have helped me read more overall, so it's really a win-win.


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Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #8- The Listopia Challenge

List One: Rory's Book Club

1. The Diary of a Young Girl
8. The Bell Jar Finished 3/14/2016
10. Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016
11. Little Women Finished 3/26/2016
16. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Finished 3/22/2016
35. Atonement Finished 10/18/2016
43. Middlesex Finished 8/25/2016
62. Gone with the Wind- February
157. Tuesdays with Morrie Finished 9/9/2016
166. A Quiet Storm

7/10

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Lord of the Flies by William Golding Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Atonement by Ian McEwan

List Two: Best Books of the 20th Century

8. The Diary of a Young Girl
16. Gone with the Wind- February
17. Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016
19. The Giver
28. The Handmaid's Tale Finished 3/17/2016
38. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Finished 3/22/2016
47. The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016
48. The Poisonwood Bible
85. Invisible Man Finished 5/12/2016
98. Cat's Cradle

5/10

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty SmithInvisible Man by Ralph EllisonThe Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoLord of the Flies by William Golding

List Three: Best Feminist Books


1. The Handmaid's Tale Finished 3/17/2016
3. The Bell Jar Finished 3/14/2016
4. A Room of One's Own Finished 3/13/2016
5. Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/2016
7. The Color Purple Finished 5/16/2016
16. Speak Finished 4/21/2016
23. Gone with the Wind- February
25. The Help Finished 3/18/2016
47. The Joy Luck Club Finished 10/4/2016
62. Wide Sargasso Sea

8/10

A Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfThe Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Help by Kathryn StockettSpeak by Laurie Halse AndersonThe Color Purple by Alice WalkerJane Eyre  by Charlotte BrontëThe Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

List Four: Books That Everyone Should Read Once


12. Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/2016
16. Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016
17. The Book Thief Finished 5/7/2016
21. The Giver
24. Little Women Finished 3/26/2016
28. Gone with the Wind
45. The Alchemist Finished 7/24/2016
65. Tuesdays with Morrie Finished 9/9/2016
80. The Handmaid's Tale Finished 3/17/2016
96. The Poisonwood Bible

7/10

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Lord of the Flies by William Golding Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Total Books: 17/25

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Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #9- Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge

1. Read horror book - The Green Mile Finished 6/19/2016
2. Read a nonfiction book about science - A Brief History of Time
3. Read a collection of essays - Literary Occasions: Essays
4. Read a book out loud to someone else
5. Read a middle grade novel - Ella Enchanted Finished 3/7/2016
6. Read a biography - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Finished 7/27/2016
7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel - Omon Ra Finished 1/30/2016
8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born - The Only Problem
9. Audiobook that has won an Audie Award- The Green Mile Finished 6/19/2016
10. Book over 500 pages - A Discovery of Witches Finished 2/23/2016
11. Book under 100 pages - A Room of One's Own Finished 3/13/2016
12. Book by or about a person that identifies as transgender- Middlesex Finished 8/25/2016
13. Book set in the Middle East - The Kite Runner Finished9/8/2016
14. Book by an author from Southeast Asia - Map of the Invisible World
15. Historical fiction set before 1900 - Little Women Finished 3/26/2016
16. First book in a series by a person of color - Parable of the Sower
17. Non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years-
18. Book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better - The Martian Finished 1/29/2016
19. Nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes - The Feminine Mystique
20. Book about religion (fiction or nonfiction)-
21. Book about politics in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction)- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Finished 4/10/2016
22. Food memoir- Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
23. A play - The Glass Menagerie
24. Book with a main character that has a mental illness.- The Bell Jar Finished 3/14/2016

Total Finished: 13/24

The Martian by Andy Weir Omon Ra by Victor Pelevin A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Little Women by Louisa May Alcott I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai The Green Mile by Stephen King Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

(Challenge Message 31)


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Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #10- Goodreads Choice Awards

I have not officially signed up for this challenge, but it is definitely something to keep in mind, just because this year I only knew about maybe two or three books out of all that were involved.

The Categories:

Fiction
Mystery & Thriller
Historical Fiction
Fantasy
Romance
Science Fiction
Horror
Humor
Nonfiction
Memoir & Autobiography
History & Biography
Science & Technology
Food & Cookbooks
Graphic Novels & Comics
Poetry
Debut Goodreads Author
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy
Middle Grade & Children's
Picture Books

I saw on the challenge post by Bella that you look for books with a ranking of 3.8 or higher on Popular Books


message 47: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "I like your monthly challenges. Where did the words come from? Another group or from you?"

Those particular words came from me. I was inspired by another group who's yearl..."


I love it. I want to use it for our monthly themes. Like January is extremes.

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I will be sharing this with the other Mods.


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Stephanie  | 976 comments Kadijah Michelle wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Kadijah Michelle wrote: "I like your monthly challenges. Where did the words come from? Another group or from you?"

Those particular words came from me. I was inspired by a..."


Awesome! I think it's a great idea! I might try to participate in that as well, even if I don't participate in the official challenge (might double up books that apply) February would be History, then, and so on? Really cool. Just a side note, for X, you might allow names that have X in them because it is very difficult to find words that start with X.

I like spelling words with titles/author names. There is another challenge that is on the NBRC board where it is "all about you" (or something like that), where they spell out their name, birth month and read a book with their age in the title (I think) that really interests me. I might keep it in mind for 2017, as my challenges are pretty ambitious as it is.

Mostly, I am just completely flattered that you liked it that much. You, pretty much, made my day :)


message 49: by Stephanie (last edited Oct 19, 2016 03:43PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments Official Yearly Challenge #11- Recommended Reading by Challengers

Don't worry. This one doesn't add anymore books to the list :)

2. The Book Thief Finished 5/7/2016
4. The Help Finished 3/18/2016
20. Gone Girl Finished 7/24/2016
26. Jane Eyre Finished 6/3/2016
32. The Color Purple Finished 5/16/2016
33. The Kite Runner Finished 9/8/2016
41. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Finished 3/27/2016
70. Gone with the Wind
76. Lord of the Flies Finished 8/7/2016
114. Atonement Finished 10/18/2016

Also, A Discovery of Witches is on the list, but I made my goal 10.

Books Read: 9/10

(Challenge Message #57)


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Jessica R. | 508 comments Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "Personal Yearly Challenge #6- The Sorting Hat
(From NBRC)

What would happen if you put on the sorting hat?

The Sorting Process...
1. Pick you favorite house and its rival (or all the houses for t..."


I love this one...partially because I'm re-reading the Harry Potter Series. Stealing for my own personal challenge :) Thanks for posting it!


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