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message 1: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 432 comments I'm setting this up a bit late, but my challenges for 2016 are:
TBR - 4 levels
Chunkster Challenge - 1 level
Cereal Challenge - 1 level

message 2: by Sonia (last edited Aug 01, 2016 05:06AM) (new)

Sonia | 432 comments TBR challenge: I'm going for four levels and they must have been owned before 1 Dec 2015. So Christmas presents don't count.

Level One (5 TBR books) = List Tickler
1. Seaflower. 04/01/2016.
2. Escape From Warsaw06/01/2016
3.The Grapes of Wrath 07/01/2016
4.Flashman in the Great Game 09/02/2016

Level Two (10 TBR books) = List Tamer
6. Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast 28/02/2016
7. Quarterdeck 19/03/2016
8.Tenacious 23/03/2016
9.Command: Thomas Kydd 7 27/03/2016
10.The Admiral's Daughter 04/04/2016

Level Three (15 TBR books) = Captain of the Shelf
11. Invasion 09/04/2016
12. Map Addict: A Tale of Obsession, Fudge & the Ordnance Survey 14/05/2016
13. Career of Evil 28/05/2016
14. Treachery: Thomas Kydd 9 04/04/2016
15. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH 13/06/2016

Level Four (20 TBR books) = Master of All Dust Bunnies
16. War and Peace
17.The Fib and Other Stories
18. The Small Miracle
19. Single & Single
20. Sharpe's Tiger
Dance of Book Joy ensues!

message 3: by Sonia (last edited Oct 25, 2016 01:29PM) (new)

Sonia | 432 comments Chunkster Challenge!
Goal: Read more books with a page count over 400 pages before the end of 2016. I'm aiming for level 1. We'll see if I manage more....

Level One (Door Stopper)
- Read three books with > 400 pages
1. Career of Evil. 487 pages
2. Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels 493 pages
3. War and Peace 964 pages. Phew.

Level Two (Flower Presser)
- Read 6 books with > 400 pages
4. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
5. Single & Single 413 pages
6. The French Lieutenant's Woman 445 pages

Level Three (Back Breaker)
- Read 10 books with > 400 pages... and then see a chiropractor!
7. This Thing of Darkness 744 pages
8. Oscar and Lucinda 515 pages
9. Oliver Twist 505 pages
10. Flashman and the Angel of the Lord 404 pages

message 4: by Sonia (last edited Nov 14, 2016 05:09AM) (new)

Sonia | 432 comments Cereal Challenge: I want to start the Sharpe series, I'll go for level 1 but if I get addicted like my husband did I'll probably read them all.

The Plan...
Level 1: Grab A Spoon: 3-4 books/volumes of the same series
1. Sharpe's Tiger
2. Sharpe's Triumph
3. Sharpe's Fortress
4. Sharpe's Trafalgar

Level 2: Pour The Milk: 5-10 books/volumes of the same series

message 5: by Camille (new)

Camille (camillesbookishadventures) | 812 comments You're doing well with your TBR Challenge, you're almost finished!

message 6: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 432 comments Camille wrote: "You're doing well with your TBR Challenge, you're almost finished!"

There's been some very fast reads from my TBR list so far though. I've been putting off the books I think are more difficult.

message 7: by Sonia (last edited Nov 27, 2016 12:33PM) (new)

Sonia | 432 comments And I'm going to add a the Let's Have Pie Challenge, because I think I'm half way through already. I'm going to use the Guardian's list.

1. Comedy - Lucky Jim, Decline and Fall
2. Crime - My Cousin Rachel, Fatherland
3. Family & Self
4. Love - Love in a Cold Climate and Other Novels, The French Lieutenant's Woman
5. Science Fiction & Fantasy - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
6. State of the Nation - . Oliver Twist, Cranford
7. War & Travel - War and Peace

message 8: by Sonia (last edited Nov 05, 2016 02:12PM) (new)

message 9: by Sonia (last edited Nov 05, 2016 02:20PM) (new)

Sonia | 432 comments Haunted by the Unread:

My unread list is:
1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. All Quiet on the Western Front
3. Mockingjay - finished.
4. Lark Rise to Candleford
5.. Heatherley: The Lost Sequel To " Lark Rise To Candleford "

I don't think I'll get all of these read this year to be honest. Now I've written them down in a challenge it's more likely that I'll read some than before.

message 10: by Sonya (new)

Sonya marie madden | 436 comments Good luck with that

message 11: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 432 comments Sonya wrote: "Good luck with that" T


message 12: by Sonia (last edited Dec 12, 2016 05:08AM) (new)

Sonia | 432 comments And another level or two of the TBR challenge:
1. Fatherland
2. Sharpe's Trafalgar
3. The Wild Places

message 13: by Sonia (last edited Dec 18, 2016 12:25PM) (new)

Sonia | 432 comments To create a bit of order to the last month of 2016 reading, I'm going to list what I want to read.

My haunted by the unread list is:
1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. All Quiet on the Western Front
3. Mockingjay - finished.
4. Lark Rise to Candleford
5. Heatherley: The Lost Sequel To " Lark Rise To Candleford "

But also,
1. Moon Tiger, library book. - finished
2. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott, library book. I don't know why I got two books out of the library instead of my normal one when I know there are other books at home that I really want to read.
3. Sweet Caress by William Boyd
4. Havelock the Warrior - finished.
5. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
6. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I bought this from a charity shop yesterday - I have a book problem. Other people have a shoe problem, or handbags, or motorbikes. For me it's books.

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