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message 1: by Roz (last edited Sep 04, 2016 07:55AM) (new)

Roz | 3569 comments This is going to take more planning than I usually do.
So here's my strategy: I don't want to add any new books to my already groaning shelves so I'll use only those books I've shelved as of December 31. I've started my gophering and task matching and want to have at least 2 book choices per task (6 per geosite).

✔ finished reading
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message 2: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments So far I have suggested books for France, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Japan (both Heritage sites), and Afghanistan.


message 3: by Roz (last edited Nov 11, 2018 07:03PM) (new)

Roz | 3569 comments I've some gophering in my tbr and have most of the European countries covered. I decided that I needed at least 2 selections per task, just in case I start a book and don't like it (always seems to happen) and that if I don't already own it, the book needs to be readily available through my library system. I've started adding books (a lot of them) to my library's wish list.

EUROPE


France: Finished site 9/11/16

a. Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche

✔ Read a book set in France: All the Light We Cannot See 7/12/16

✔ Read a book about painting: The Painted Girls 6/11/16

✔ Take Home Item: - Piece of Charcoal: Read a book with a dark grey or black cover (70%: The Timekeeper's Son 9/11/16

Austria

a. Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

Read a book set in Austria A Death in Vienna

In honour of Mozart, read a book in which a real life famous composer is a character and has a significant presence. Vienna Nocturne

Take Home Item – Sachertorte: Read a book that has a cake on the cover. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Belgium

a. Stoclet House

Read a book set in Belgium: Villette

Read a book with Art Nouveau as a subject

✔ Take Home Item: Pressed Rose: Read a book with a rose on the cover or as a word in the title: The Rose Garden 10/10/16

Denmark

a. Stevns Klint

Read a book set in Denmark. The Absent One

✔ Read a book about meteorites, comets, astroids that have hit the earth or threaten the earth. The Last Policeman 2/28/16

Take Home Item – Fossil: Read a book about fossils. Remarkable Creatures

Germany

a. Frontiers of the Roman Empire

Read a book set in Germany. The Plum Tree

✔ Read a book about the Roman invasion of Europe. Medicus 8/10/16

Take Home Item – Spear: Read a book in which spears were used as weapons. Hood

Greece

a. Archaeological Site of Olympia

Read a book set in Greece: The Island

Read a book based on Greek mythology: Gods Behaving Badly

Take Home Item – Fig Leaf (some of those statues are missing something): Read a book with a statue on the cover or the word is in the title: The Moche Warrior or Stealing Night

Iceland

a. Surtsey

Read a book set in Iceland: Burial Rites or The Greenhouse

Read a book about a volcano

Take Home Item – piece of lava: Read a book with a black rock on the cover.

Italy finished 4/24/16

a. Venice and its Lagoon

✔ Read a book set in Italy: The Light in the Ruins 4/19/16

✔ Read a book set in Venice: The Rossetti Letter 4/24/16

✔ Take Home Item – Gondolier’s Scarf: Read a book with a predominantly red cover (70%): Inkheart 3/3/16

Netherlands

a. Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout

✔ Read a book set in the Netherlands: Girl With a Pearl Earring 10/29/16

Read a book with the word “Windmill”, “Wind” or “Mill” in the title: The Name of the Wind or The Winds of War

✔ Take Home Item – Tulip: Read a book with several flowers on the cover: A Fall of Marigolds 2/10/18

Poland

a. Auschwitz Birkenau

✔ Read a book set in Poland: Clara's War

✔ Read a book about WWII where Auschwitz is either the setting, the destination, or the threat The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Take Home Item – Prayer Shawl: Read a book with a devout character: My Name Is Asher Lev or Pope Joan

Spain Finished 7/24/16

a. Santiago de Compostela (Old Town)

✔ Read a book set in Spain. The Shadow of the Wind 7/17/16

✔ Read a book about a pilgrimage. Away 2/26/16

✔ Take Home Item – Scallop Shell: Read a book with shells on the cover. The Shell Seekers 7/24/16

United Kingdom (Britain, North Ireland & Scotland)

a. Tower of London

✔ Read a book set in England: The Lake House 5/18/16

Read a book involving the Tower of London: The White Queen

Take Home Item – Crown: Read a book with a crown on the cover or the word in the title: The White Princess

b. Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast Finished 6/5/16

✔ Read a book set in North Ireland or Ireland: Minding Frankie 6/5/16

✔ Read a book with a giant in it The BFG 3/26/16

✔ Take Home Item – Emerald: Read a book with a predominant green cover (70%): A is for Alibi 5/31/16

c. New Lanark

✔ Read a book set in Scotland: Letters from Skye 9/28/16

Read a book about child labor: Coal River

✔ Take Home Item - Ball of wool: Read a book with wool or clothing made from wool (i.e. sweater) on the cover, or with the word “Wool” in the title: The Things We Cherished 11/6/16


message 4: by Roz (last edited Nov 11, 2018 12:22PM) (new)

Roz | 3569 comments AFRICA

Botswana

a. Tsodilo

- Read a book set in Botswana: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 4/20/18

- Read a book set in Prehistoric Times: The Clan of the Cave Bear; The Valley of Horses

- Take Home Item – Quartz: Read a book where the title begins with the letter Q, or the word Quartz is in the title: The Quest; Q & A; QB VII; The Quincunx

Kenya

a. Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley:

✔ Read a book set in Kenya: Circling the Sun 6/28/16

✔ Read a book set near a lake: The Lake of Dead Languages 5/8/16

- Take Home Item – Flamingo Feather: Read a book with the word flamingo in the title, a flamingo on the cover, or the cover is predominantly hot pink (70%): The Flight of Flamingo

South Africa

a. Vredefort Dome:

- Read a book set in South Africa: The Covenant; Cry, the Beloved Country

- Read a book in the post-apocalyptic genre: A Gift Upon the Shore; The Last Ship

- Take Home Item - Piece of Meteorite: Read a book set in space: The Martian; Revelation Space or Gravity

Egypt

a. Memphis and its Necropolis:

✔ Read a book set in Egypt: The Curse of the Pharaohs 8/18/16

- Read a historical fiction about one of the Pharoahs: Nefertiti; The Mask of Ra; Cleopatra: A Life; Year of the Hyenas

- Take Home Item – Scarab: Read a book with the word “Scarab” in the title or the subtitle: ???

Morocco

a. Medina of Marrakesh:

- Read a book set in Morocco: ??

- Read a book that is about food, glorious food: The School of Essential Ingredients; The Last Banquet; The Hundred-Foot Journey; John Saturnall's Feast

- Take Home Item – Olive: Read a book with the word “Olive” in the title, or pictured in a drink on the cover: Dirty Martini; Olive Kitteridge

Madagascar

a. Rainforests of the Atsinanana

- Read a book set in Madagascar

- Read a book set in a forest: Jurassic Park, Into the Forest

- Take Home Item – Frog: Read a book with the word “frog” in the title, or a frog on the cover: Frog Music

Democratic Republic of Congo

a. Okapi Wildlife Reserve

- Read a book set in the D.R. of Congo Brazzaville Beach

- Read a book with elephant(s) in the story: The Elephant Keeper

- Take Home Item – Feather: Read a book with a feather on the cover or the word in the title: The Four Feathers

Ethiopia

a. Konso Cultural Landscape

- Read a book set in Ethiopia Cutting for Stone

- Read a book involving agriculture: The Good Earth, or A Thousand Acres

- Take Home Item – Small Wood Carving: Read a book with the word “Wood” is in the title, or the author’s last name is “Wood”. Lottery

Gambia

a. Kunta Kinteh Island

- Read a book set in Gambia

✔ Read a book involving a fort: Terra Incognita 8/30/16

- Take Home Item – Ivory: Read a book with the word “Ivory” in the title, or the subject of the book is about ivory. (Please note, no animals have been killed in the pursuit of this geocache item.)

Mali

a. Timbuktu

- Read a book set in Mali

✔ Read a book set in a university: The Theory of Death

- Take Home Item – a Book: Read a book about books.The Camel Bookmobile

Nigeria

a. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove

- Read a book set in Nigeria: Purple Hibiscus or Half of a Yellow Sun / Americanah / Purple Hibiscus

- Read a book with a shrine in the story

- Take Home Item – Wooden Mask resembling a Idol: Read a book with a mask on the cover, or the word “mask” in the title: The Mask of Atreus or The Mask Carver's Son

Senegal

a. Island of Gorse

- Read a book set in Senegal:

Read a book with slaves in it: Cane River or Roots: The Saga of an American Family

✔ Take Home Item – Link of Chain: Read a book that is linked to another because it’s in a series. (Thought you were done with that, didn’t you?): Street Dreams


message 5: by Roz (last edited Dec 16, 2016 02:42PM) (new)

Roz | 3569 comments ASIA

Japan

a. Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome):

- Read a book set in Japan: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet; Shōgun, The Commoner

✔ Read a book set in wartime (any war): Salt to the Sea 12/5/16

- Take Home Item – Dove: Read a book in which a dove is on the cover, or in the title/subtitle: Lonesome Dove; The Dovekeepers

b. Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites:

- Read a book set in Japan: Shōgun; The Samurai's Garden

✔ Read a book with a character that is a seamstress or tailor, or has a clothing sweat shop: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress 8/17/16

- Take Home Item – Silkworm Egg: Read a book with the word “silk” in the title/sub-title: Silk; Women of the Silk

India

a. Taj Mahal:

- Read a book set in India: The Space Between Us; Kim; A Suitable Boy; The Twentieth Wife

✔ Read a book about a great love: Me Before You 9/15/16

- Take Home Item – White Marble: Read a book with a predominantly white cover (70%) and with minimal black on it. No other colours are allowed: ✔ The Winter People 1/3/16

b. Mountain Railways of India:

- Read a book set in India: The Space Between Us, The World We Found

- Read a book either published between 1800-1899 or set in the time period: Doc

✔ Take Home Item – Train Model: Read a book set on a train, or with the word “train” in the title: Murder on the Orient Express 6/28/16

China

a. Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang:

Read a book set in China: Pearl of China

✔ Read a book in which there are dragons: His Majesty's Dragon 8/27/16

✔ Take Home Item – Jade: Read a book with the word “Jade” in the title or subtitle: Throne of Jade 9/30/16

b. The Great Wall:

- Read a book set in China: The Good Earth;

✔ Read a book in which there is an army: Black Powder War 12/16/16

- Take Home Item – Brick: Because the Great Wall is colossal and made of bricks, read a chunkster that is more than 500 pages: The Source; The Covenant; Roma; Birds Without Wings

c. Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains:

- Read a book set in China: Noble House

- Read a book in which there are endangered animals: ???

- Take Home Item – Teddy Bear: Read a Middle Grade/Young Adult in which an animal plays a significant role: Babe: The Gallant Pig; Black Beauty; Sounder; The Foundling

Thailand

a. Ban Chiang Archaeological Site:

- Read a book set in Thailand: Cockroaches

- Read a book in which a King is a significant character: Abdication; Nicholas and Alexandra

✔ Take Home Item – Pottery Shard: Read a book with a bowl or cup on the cover: The Beginner's Goodbye 7/22/16

Afghanistan

a. Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley

- Read a book set in Afghanistan: The Kite Runner

- Read a book in which there are caves, or the word “cave” is in the title: The Cave or The Crystal Cave

- Take Home Item – Blue Tile: Read a book where the cover is predominantly blue (70%): Bridge of Sighs or Weaveworld

Iran

a. Persepolis

- Read a book set in Iran/Persia Rooftops of Tehran or The Blood of Flowers

✔ Read a book with a character who is an archeologist: Crocodile on the Sandbank 8/1/16

- Take Home Item – Carpet: Read a book with a multi coloured cover, or with the word “Carpet” in the title or subtitle: The Carpet People

Mongolia

a. Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape

- Read a book set in Mongolia: The Mongoliad: Book One

- Read a book about nomadic people: Life along the Silk Road

- Take Home Item – Bow from a Morin Khuur (Guitar-like Instrument): Read a book where music is the central theme: The Piano Tuner

Nepal

a. Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

- Read a book set in Nepal: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

- Read a book where a significant character is Buddhist, Bangkok 8

- Take Home Item – Prayer Flag: Read a book with the word “Flag” is in the title/subtitle, or a flag is on the cover. The Two Georges, The Man in the High Castle

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message 6: by Roz (last edited Aug 08, 2017 04:06PM) (new)

Roz | 3569 comments NORTH AMERICA

Canada

a. Dinosaur Provincial Park

- Read a book set in Alberta: The Outlander

- Read a book about dinosaurs (living or fossils): Jurassic Park or The Lost World or

✔ Take home item – Piece of petrified bone: Read a book that has the word “bone” in the title: The Bone Garden 9/4/16

b. Glacier Bay

- read a book set in British Columbia: Still Missing or The Jade Peony

- read a book that has sea life in it (whales or seals): The Whales of August or Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

✔ Take home item – Glacier Ice: Read a book that is about diamonds. It must be a significant part of the story - i.e. a diamond heist, diamond mines: The Pursuit 7/7/16

c. Historic District of Old Québec

- read a book set in Quebec: Death du Jour

- read about immigrants coming to the new world (could be historical fiction or nonfiction): The Immigrants

- Take home item - French Food: Read a book that has French food it in (bring home a taste of old France): The Last Banquet

d. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

- read a book set in Maritime Canada (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick): The Birth House or The Colony of Unrequited Dreams or Anne of Green Gables

- read a book where fishing or whaling is a large part of the story:

- Take home item – Fiddle: Read a book that has a musical instrument in it: Corelli's Mandolin or The Piano Tuner

United States of America

a. Yellowstone National Park

- read a book set in Wyoming, Montana or Idaho: Blood Lure, Thousand Pieces of Gold

- read a book about a vacation in the mountains: Ice Cold

✔ Take home item – Bear Tooth Pendant: Read a book that has wildlife (bear, deer, moose, elk, or wolf) on the cover. The Golden Compass 8/11/16

b. Grand Canyon National Park

- read a book set in Arizona or Nevada: The Glass Castle

- read a book that has a significant river in it: Death on the Nile or The African Queen or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

- Take home item - Arrowhead: Read a book about First Nations life where arrows were used. Will accept arrowheads on the cover

c. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

- Read a book set in Hawaii: Hawaii, Honolulu, Diamond Head

- Read a book about volcanoes: Pompeii

- Take home item – Coconut: Read a book that has coconut in it, whether it’s on the cover, in the title, cooked/baked into food

d. Carlsbad Caverns National Park

- Read a book set in New Mexico: Blind Descent or The Gravity of Birds

- Read a book where caves play an integral part of the story: Blind Descent

- Take home item – bat wing: Read a book with the word “Bat” is in the title/subtitle, or on the cover.

Mexico & Caribbean

a. Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche

- Read a book set in Mexico: Under the Volcano

- Read a book about the Mayans.

- Take Home Item – Mayan Calendar: Read a book with the word Calendar in the title/subtitle.

b. Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila

- Read a book set in Mexico:

- Read a book where agriculture plays a significant role: A Thousand Acres

- Take Home Item – Bottle of Tequila: Read a book where alcohol plays a significant role:

c. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

- Read a book set in Mexico: The Lacuna

- Read a book about migration (human, animal, insect)

- Take Home Item – Butterfly: Read a book where a butterfly is on the cover or the word is in the title: The Dry Grass of August, Papillon

d. Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

- Read a book set in the Caribbean: A Caribbean Mystery

- Read a book where conservation is key.

- Take Home Item – Coral: Read a book with the word coral is in the title/subtitle, the author’s name, or a character’s name. The Coral Thief

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SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil

a. Iguaçu National Park

- Read a book set in Brazil: Brazil

- Read a book with that has a waterfall on the cover or in the storyThe Falls

- Take Home Item – Rainbow: Read a book with a rainbow on the cover.

b. Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea

- Read a book set in Brazil

✔ Read a book that has a statue in it: The Haunting of Hill House 10/20/16

- Take Home Item - Photograph of Christ the Redeemer Statue: Read a book where a main character is a photographer

Argentina

a. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

- Read a book set in Argentina

✔ Read a book where the main character spends a lot of time on the road Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 8/3/16

- Take Home Item – Pin of Argentina’s Flag: Read a book with a sun on the cover.

b. Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas

- Read a book set in Argentina

- Read a book set in prehistoric times, or about prehistoric times

- Take Home Item – Hand Petroglyph Facsimile: - Read a book with someone’s hand on the cover: The Chrysalids or The Storyteller or Crossing on the Paris

Chile

a. Rapa Nui National Park

- Read a book set in ChileThe House of the Spirits

- Read a book where an extraordinary feat of engineering is key.

- Take Home Item – Feather from a Headdress: Read a book with a feather on the cover, (Feathers on a bird do not count.)

b. Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

- Read a book set in Chile

- Read a book that is a Rita Award winner or nominee. (You’ve got to know where this inspiration comes from.)

- Take Home Item – Bottle of Water: Read a book that has water on the cover.

Cuba

a. Old Havana and its Fortification System

- Read a book set in Cuba

- Read a book with a dictator in it.

- Take Home Item – Cuban Cigar: Read a book with a cigarette or cigar on the cover, or where the character smokes. 

Peru

a. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

- Read a book set in Peru: Temple

- Read a book set in a mountainous area High Country

Take Home Item – Ceremonial Knife: Read a book with a knife on the cover.: The Subtle Knife

b. Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana

- Read a book set in Peru

- Read a book set in space.

- Take Home Item – Bird: Read a book with the word bird in the title or the author’s name The Bird Eater

c. Chan Chan Archaeological Zone

- Read a book set in Peru.

- Read a book about the Incans

- Take Home Item – Pottery Shard: Read a book with pottery on the cover, in the title, or a character in the story is a potter.

Ecuador

a. Galápagos Islands

- Read a book about the Galápagos Islands, or are featured in a book

- Read a book with one of the following animals/birds on the cover or in the title: Turtle, Iguana, Albatross, Pelican, Flamingo, Whale, Dolphin.

✔ Take Home Item – Egg: Read a book where the main character is a cook or baker: The Storyteller 9/23/16

b. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

- Read a book set in Ecuador

- Read a book with llamas in the title, on the cover, or a story in which there are working animals (llamas, horses, oxen, dogs, etc)

- Take Home Item – Sarape: Read a book where someone is weaving textiles or there is a blanket of some kind on the cover.

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AUSTRALIA/SOUTH SEA ISLANDS

Australia

a. Great Barrier Reef

- Read a book set in Australia: Duet

- Read a book set on/under the ocean

- Take Home Item – Coral: Read a book with the word “coral” in the title/subtitle, or author’s name: The Coral Thief

b. Kakadu National Park

- Read a book set in Australia

- Read a book set in the tropics

- Take Home Item – Alligator Tooth: Read a book with teeth on the cover

c. Lord Howe Island Group

- Read a book set in Australia: The Thornbirds or On the Beach or Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish

- Read a book set on an island: Treasure Island or Robinson Crusoe or Honolulu

- Take Home Item – Bird: Read a book with the word “Bird” in the title, or a bird on the cover: The Thornbirds or Song of the Cuckoo Bird or The Bird Eater

d. Tasmanian Wilderness

- Read a book set in Australia

- Read a book where a penal colony or prison is significant: King Rat or Papillon or The Shawshank Redemption

Take Home Item – Tasmanian Devil: Read a Paranormal Fantasy book (think devils, demons, etc): The Subtle Knife

e. Shark Bay, Western Australia

- Read a book set in Australia

- Read a book with sharks in it

- Take Home Item – Shark Tooth: Read a book with the word “Shark” in the title/sub-title, or on the cover.

f. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

- Read a book set in Australia

- Read a book with Aboriginal people in it

- Take Home Item – Red Stone: Read a book where the cover is predominantly red (70%)

g. Sydney Opera House

- Read a book set in Australia

- Read a book set in a harbour city

✔ Take Home Item – Concert Program: Read a book where a musician is a significant character: Gun Games (pianist) 10/17/16

h. Macquarie Island

- Read a book set in Antarctica

- Read a book about exploration

Take Home Item – Penguin: Read a classic published by Penguin Classics (does not need to be the issue you read)

New Zealand

a. Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand

- Read a book set in New Zealand

✔ Read a book in the fantasy genre (sorry, can’t help but think of the Lord of the Rings movies): The Time Keeper 10/24/16

- Take Home Item – Chunk of Glacier Ice: Read a book where there is snow/ice on the cover, or “snow” or “ice” is in the title.

Papua New Guinea

a. Kuk Early Agricultural Site

- Read a book set in Papua New Guinea

✔ Read a book with death as a significant theme. Year of Wonders 9/8/16

Take Home Item – Bird of Paradise Plume: Read a book set in what you perceive as paradise

Philippines:

a. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

- Read a book set in the Philippines

- Read a book in which agriculture is a significant theme

- Take Home Item – Grain of Rice: Read a book with the word “Rice” in the title, or the author’s name. The Years of Rice and Salt

Singapore:

a. Singapore Botanical Gardens

- Read a book set in Singapore. King Rat

- Read a book in which a garden is a significant location or gardening a significant activity The Garden of Evening Mists

- Take Home Item – Orchid: Read a book with the word “Orchid” in the title or on the cover Orchid Beach


message 7: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments I found a book with a coconut cake on it. I will post it to you when I get on-line. Don't have the title handy. Maybe if you query coconut cake.

I have the lemon cake on my list too.


message 8: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments I think I found it. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake.


message 9: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments That is it! It sounds good and if not, looking at the cover just makes my mouth water. I love anything coconut, but cake is my favorite.


message 10: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments Either you're up very early or still awake very late. Either that or my messages are on a huge delay.
My husband loves coconut cake but I'm not a big fan. Finally found 1 thing I don't like.


message 11: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments Looks like for the moment I'm touring Europe.


message 12: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments LOL! It was early for me. I couldn't sleep. I fell asleep in my chair early in the evening when I was reading, and when I finally went to bed, slept for an hour and then woke up and could not go to sleep.


message 13: by Roz (last edited Jan 25, 2016 06:46PM) (new)

Roz | 3569 comments I'm starting my first book: Push Not the River set in Poland. It's a good place to start since my husband's family came from that area (although sometimes it's hard to tell with all the border changes that went on).


message 14: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments I found myself jumping all over the place. Starting a book, starting another. Very unfocused.
But I finished my first selection for this challenge. Away
Only 3 stars. I couldn't get attached to ant of the characters, not even the main one.


message 15: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments I seem to be jumping all over the place too, so I changed my challenge title. I seem to be reading books that were not planned, but most have fit somewhere. I have two that were planned and started and I find that I don't want to pick them up again. I gave myself too many choices, I think.

On the other hand. I am listening to The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen and it is really good!
You would like it!


message 16: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments Thanks for the suggestion, Cherie. You're right. I probably will like it.
I know what you mean about too many choices. I have at least 2 for each task, just in case.


message 17: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments I finished The Last Policeman (Denmark with impending asteroid collision). It's part of a series but I'm not sure I'll continue. Maybe way later on. 3 1/2 stars.
Moving on to try Inkheart (Italy 70% red, I hope)


message 18: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments I finished Inkheart and of course that means I have another series to read. At least this one is short.


message 19: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments Did you like it? I felt bad that I didn't like it more. I did read all three books, but they never got any better for me.


message 20: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments It was interesting. I liked the idea of reading words on the page and being able to bring characters to life... literally. But even so, it was only 3 stars for me. Maybe 3 1/2. It got a little draggy in spots. I'll still probably read the other 2.


message 21: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments Exactly! That is how I felt too.


message 22: by Naomi (last edited Jun 06, 2016 05:32PM) (new)

Naomi (nchigh) | 543 comments That was a barely finish for me back in 2006 or so reading out loud to my eldest d. I could not stand the translation. Too wordy. I always wondered if it was better in German.


message 23: by Roz (new)

Roz | 3569 comments I'm struggling. I was reading A Thread of Grace (Italy) but it just isn't keeping me interested, so I've downloaded The Light in the Ruins instead. I hope it's better.
I also downloaded The BFG (UK giant). At least it's short.


message 24: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 2403 comments Roz wrote: "I'm struggling. I was reading A Thread of Grace (Italy) but it just isn't keeping me interested, so I've downloaded The Light in the Ruins instead. I hope it's better. ..."

Hmm, A Thread of Grace on my TBR list. The Light in the Ruins didn't do much for me. Maybe you'll like it better than I did.


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Roz | 3569 comments I seem to have a lot of books on my TBR list so if this one doesn't grab me, I'll switch it out.


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Roz | 3569 comments I finished The BFG.


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Roz | 3569 comments I'm struggling at the moment. I see what you mean, Lilisa about The Light in the Ruins. All this time I've been trying to read/finish it. I may just ditch it. I found a different one that is set in Italy, The Blind Contessa's New Machine. Short.


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Roz | 3569 comments I finally finished The Light in the Ruins. Ok, I gave it 3 stars. I was going to drop it and not finish but I felt obligated to see it through to the end. I'll transfer The Blind Contessa's New Machine for another task: Netherlands #3 (flowers on the cover).


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Roz | 3569 comments Italy is done. Finally.


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Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16864 comments Yay!


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Roz | 3569 comments I've expanded my world to include Africa and Asia. I'm not sure how many countries I'll finish this year and it may become an on-going project just like the Series Challenge that never seems to end but just grows and grows. I feel that there are more authors that just can't say all they need to say in one book, but have to keep things going. Sort of like those movies that go on and on. How many Rockys and Rambos do we need?


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Roz | 3569 comments I finished The Lake of Dead Languages for Kenya. It was quite creepy at times and dark but quite liked it. I'm going to explore the author's other books some time. I have the next two Kenya books (Circling the Sun and Florida Roadkill) on my nightstand waiting to be read.


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Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16864 comments Thanks Roz, added to my tbr.


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Janice (jamasc) | 48023 comments I love the title. I've got it on my wishlist. Your comments make me want to read it all the more. I like dark. Did you review it?


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Roz | 3569 comments I loved the title too. There's lots of Latin (with translations most of the time) as well classical references. The main character is a Latin teacher, after all. I've just completed my review.


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Roz | 3569 comments I thought I was taking a bit of a break from my planned selections when I picked up The Lake House. I waited so long to get my copy, I completely missed the group/buddy read. So now I'm reading it and realized it takes place in England so I can slip it in for the set in England task. A bonus!


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Suzanne | 1100 comments You have some great titles on your list, Roz! I see you are looking for a book that takes place in Morocco - I really enjoyed A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco. You might like it, too!


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Roz | 3569 comments I've managed to finish 2 sites: Italy and now Giant's Causeway and Causeway's Coast under UK.


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Roz | 3569 comments Ive finished 2 sites: Italy and Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast.


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Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments Yay!!!!!!


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Roz | 3569 comments I'm a tortoise. Sooooo sloooooowwww. I keep changing my selections. I'm going to rethink each site......tomorrow.


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Rusalka (rusalkii) | 16864 comments Woo hooo!


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Roz | 3569 comments I've added the rest of the countries so my world is there ready to be explored. It's taking me a while to fill in selections. Maybe by the end of the year I'll have something foe every place.
Today I finished listening to The Painted Girls. I'm giving it 4 - 4 1/2 stars. I enjoyed it but felt I needed to see the French, not just hear it. Sometimes I found myself getting a bit confused with some of the minor characters. The writing and descriptions were beautiful. The author paid so much attention to the details, much like a painter would, that you felt fully immersed in each scene.


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Roz | 3569 comments I'm listening to Circling the Sun for Kenya. It makes me want to go to Kenya. I'm envious of all that space, the wildness and freedom of it. Of course that was in the early part of the 20th century when the colony was new.


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Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments How is the story, Roz? I want to read it!
I am not sure I want to go there in either century. I would love to see the animals and the country but the diseases then and the violence now does not appeal to me. Maybe if I were a man, and I don't say that lightly, it would have been exciting to have been there then, but it was awfully hard on the women.


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Roz | 3569 comments I'm quite enjoying it, Cherie. Maybe it's the English accent of the narrator, as well as the story, I didn't even think about the diseases, dangers and violence. It's just that the country seems so open and untouched. Of course there are built up areas but there are a lot of open wild spaces. You have to understand that I'm listening to the story on my way to and from work stuck in traffic, passing by buildings, cars and such. I tend to find the back ways home so I go through wealthy areas where the houses are lost in wooded areas and I don't feel their presence. I like the absence of "progress". The book is definitely set in a time when Kenya was attracting those with a pioneering spirit, mostly men and maybe a few strong willed, brawny women. Not for the weak or frail. I makes me think of a time in my past when I was part of the early development of a settlement (kibbutz) in Israel where we our nearest neighbor was miles away with empty desert in between. There was danger, of course, since we were on a border but I still remember the pristine mornings and clear starry nights, and the openness. Just musing, I guess.


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Roz | 3569 comments I finished 2 books today. Circling the Sun for Kenya and Murder on the Orient Express for India. "Murder" was just plain fun. I sort of remembered the plot from seeing the movie years ago, but it was such fun reading it. "Circling" was just wonderful, I'll have to think a bit before writing a review. It isn't a plot driven novel. This is really about a woman who was fiercely independent, determined to stay true to herself and the country she loved. Kenya is definitely an important character in the story.


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Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments Roz wrote: "Circling" was just wonderful, I'll have to think a bit before writing a review. It isn't a plot driven novel. This is really about a woman who was fiercely independent, determined to stay true to herself and the country she loved. Kenya is definitely an important character in the story..."

I can't wait to read it!


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Roz | 3569 comments I just have to finish 2 books and I'll have 4 sites done. I keep on reading one here and one there depending upon what becomes available at the library. But I'm half way through The Shell Seekers for Spain and I've got The Report for France on my night stand. If I don't like it I own The Hangman's Daughter although Gretel and the Dark looked intriguing. This is why I never get anything done. They all look good to me.


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Cherie (crobins0) | 19807 comments I have The Shell Seekers on my TBR but did not consider it for my Geo. Do you like it? I have never read the author before.


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