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message 1: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
For this challenge, read more books with less then 280 pages. A break from all the chuncksters!
Three levels of five books each. This will run the remainder of the year.
Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
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Level 2 Flapping Wings
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Level 3 Taking Flight
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message 2: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (last edited Jul 10, 2016 11:57AM) (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Jenny's featherweight challenge

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
1 The Orchard: A Memoir
2Water Song (Once Upon a Time
3The Frog Prince
4Lord of the Flies
5The Stranger

Level 2 Flapping Wings
6 Fright Time #12
7Fright Time #8
8Northanger Abbey
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Level 3 Taking Flight
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message 3: by Jackie (last edited Aug 02, 2016 08:14AM) (new)

Jackie The 2016 Reading Challenge Group

Mini Challenges > Feather Weight Challenge June-December 2016

June 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016

Completed 11/15

For this challenge, read more books with less then 280 pages. A break from all the chuncksters!
Three levels of five books each. This will run the remainder of the year.

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
√ 1. Blueberry Blues: A Gray Whale Inn Short Story by Karen MacInerney READ 6/13/2016 17 pages 3 stars
√ 2. The Ivory Tower by Kirstin Pulioff READ 6/25/2016 60 pages 2 stars
√ 3. A Scone Killer by Josephine Wiggle READ 7/2/2016 50 pages 2 stars
√ 4. The Sweet Revenge by Josephine Wiggle READ 7/2/2016 98 pages 2 stars
√ 5. A Deadly Parade by Josephine Wiggle READ 7/2/2016 104 pages 2 stars

Blueberry Blues A Gray Whale Inn Short Story (Gray Whale Inn Mysteries) by Karen MacInerney The Ivory Tower by Kirstin Pulioff A Scone Killer (The Sweet Senses Cozy Mystery series Book 1) by Josephine Wiggle The Sweet Revenge (The Sweet Senses Cozy Mystery #2) by Josephine Wiggle A Deadly Parade (The Sweet Senses Cozy Mystery #3) by Josephine Wiggle


Level 2 Flapping Wings
6 Too Cute To Kill by Linda Crowder
7 Death among the Roses: a Melanie Hart Mystery by Anna Drake
8 Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen
9 My Beautiful Broken Shell: Words of Hope to Refresh the Soul by Carol Hamblet Adams
10 The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

Too Cute To Kill (Jake & Emma Mysteries #1) by Linda Crowder Death among the Roses a Melanie Hart Mystery (Melanie Hart Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by Anna Drake Listen to the Warm by Rod McKuen My Beautiful Broken Shell Words of Hope to Refresh the Soul by Carol Hamblet Adams The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (Cat Who..., #1) by Lilian Jackson Braun

Level 3 Taking Flight
11 Hired Bride by Noelle Adams
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Hired Bride (Beaufort Brides, #1) by Noelle Adams


message 4: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Jackie- glad to have you join in!


message 5: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
This sounds like a great companion to the Chunkster challenge! Of course, I can't resist joining in. I'll check my shelf to see how many...


message 6: by Allison, Quest Hound (last edited Sep 25, 2016 04:04PM) (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
Level 1 - Ruffled Feathers
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (223 pgs)
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (251 pgs)
3. Lady Fortescue Steps Out (152 pgs)
4. The BFG (208 pgs)
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (176 pgs)

Level 2 - Flapping Wings
6. Much Ado About Nothing (62 pgs)
7. King Lear (80 pgs)
8. The Twits (96 pgs)
9. Matilda (131 pgs)
10. Emperor Mage (228 pgs)

Level 3 - Taking Flight
11. A Lady of Integrity (270 pgs)
12. A Gentleman of Means (242 pgs)
13. First Year (278 pgs)
14. Resurrection Row (226 pgs)
15. The Zig Zag Girl (240 pgs)


message 7: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Lol! I love this idea!


message 8: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Allison, thanks for joining and happy hunting!


message 9: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Renee, thanks! This is what happens when I get bored haha!


message 10: by Not_Your_Typical_Lannister (Leslie) (last edited Sep 11, 2016 02:07PM) (new)

Not_Your_Typical_Lannister (Leslie)   | 151 comments Books with less then 280 pages

This will run the remainder of the year.

I will try level 1. I don't have too many of these books.

Completed: 5/5

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
1 A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1) by Dave Pelzer finished June 15/2016
2 I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern finished July 27/2016
3 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald finished July 4/2016
4 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness finished Aug 1/2016
5 Dating a Cougar (Never Too Late, #1) by Donna McDonald finished Sept 11/2016


message 11: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Leslie, have fun with it!


Not_Your_Typical_Lannister (Leslie)   | 151 comments Jenny wrote: "Leslie, have fun with it!"

Will do. Thanks for putting this together. It is nice to have a short book from time to time. I have been reading A Song of Ice and Fire series this year...The biggest books I have ever read. When I pick up anything under 400 pages now it feels so light in my hands! giggle


message 13: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
No problem Leslie! And yes, they do they feel like feathers now!


message 14: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (bkind2books) | 850 comments Count me in!


message 15: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Good to have you along Cindy!


message 16: by Maureen (last edited Sep 19, 2016 06:21AM) (new)

Maureen Lo | 76 comments Mo's featherweight challenge.

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
1 - The Castle of Otranto 208 pages. Read 23 Jun 16.
2 - The Drowned World 198 pages. Read 3 Jul 16.
3 - Journey to the Centre of the Earth 184 pages. Read 5 Jul 16
4 - The President's Hat 208 pages. Read 6 Jul 16.
5 - The Secret Agent 269 pages. Read 10 Jul 16.

Level 2 Flapping Wings
6 - Naomi 237 pages. Read 14 Jul 16.
7 - Hide and Seek 261 pages. Read 17 Jul 16.
8 - The Night Watch 160 pages. Read 25 Jul 16.
9 - A View from the Bridge 96 pages. Read 6 Aug 16.
10 - New Crochet: A Beginner's Guide, with 38 Modern Projects 224 pages. Read 14 Aug 16.

Level 3 Taking Flight
11 - The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark 135 pages. Read 16 Aug 16.
12 - A Simple Heart 64 pages. Read 17 Aug 16.
13 - Frankenstein 225 pages. Read 3 Sep 16.
14 - Of Mice and Men 112 pages. Read 12 Sep 16.
15 - Utz 127 pages. Read 19 Sep 16.


message 18: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Mo and Cindy- Good to have ya join!


message 19: by Holly, That Geeky One (new)

Holly (hollycoulson) | 1949 comments Mod
I'll definitely be utilising this to catch up with my reading challenge! I'll go for level 1!

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
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message 20: by Sam F (last edited Aug 23, 2016 03:28PM) (new)


message 21: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Holly and Sam welcome aboard!


message 22: by CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (last edited Jun 21, 2016 11:06AM) (new)

CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) | 440 comments Most of the books I've read this year are less than 280 pages, looks like all but one which was 378 pages. One I read is marked exactly 280. I guess that one counts if it were 281 it would be out. :)

I could jump in on this one. It will look a lot like the TBR mini-challenge minus the first book, but with one additional book so.

The average number of pages I've been reading this year is 230-251. I usually try to avoid chunksters because they do take a long while to read and I am not a fast reader. I'm faster than I was in school but sti...SQUIRREL.

Oops just noticed this is from June to December. I have to edit my list. I just have one book since 01 June 2016.


message 23: by CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (last edited Sep 15, 2016 10:34AM) (new)

CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) | 440 comments Feather Weight Challenge:
From 01 June - 31 December 2016

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
1 Brave New World - 177
2 No Love Lost - 176
3 The Assassination Affair - 158
4 Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It - 186
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Level 2 Flapping Wings
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Level 3 Taking Flight
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message 24: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Cap, good to have you along. Did you enjoy Brave New World?


CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) | 440 comments Jenny wrote: "Cap, good to have you along. Did you enjoy Brave New World?"

Mostly yes. I had thought I had read it years ago, I might have started reading it then but stopped, because there were several parts that were new to me, maybe just forgotten but I'm not so sure.

Overall I liked it, but at times was too concerned with the exposition to the point of over explaining how the society functioned that it didn't leave much room for much of an actual story. It was about 3 chapters in before a "story" started shaping up. The first two chapters were mostly concerned with how babies in the society were "hatched" and "bottled" and integrated into the society's caste system. They were just about how the society ran, and how people were "processed" instead of naturally born. I'm not sure how much of the details of the process was actually needed to tell the story. It is sort of the difference between baking a cake entirely from scratch vs. using a package with the batter pre-mixed. So my interest didn't get started until around chapter 3 or 4. That could have been why any earlier attempts to read it years ago were halted.

The copy of the book I have was published around the time or just after the airing of the NBC made for television "movie" (2 part mini-series?) circa 1980. I think I had watched that back then but not sure, I do recall a few years back (late 1990s about 1998) there was another made for TV (cable tv) version that had Leonard Nimoy as the controller, but I don't recall too much of it. I sort of recall it didn't follow the book too closely and the caste system, which is an important part of the book, wasn't well represented or identified.


message 26: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Oh, I'll have to look up the movies now! Yes, I can agree that is was overly concerned with some trival details, although I did like it when I read in high school.


message 27: by Evan (last edited Jul 11, 2016 07:18PM) (new)

Evan (perfect_leaves) | 97 comments Taking a glance at my TBR list for the year, I think at least 10 are less than 280 pages (probably more, but I'm also committed to the chunkster challenge. That's a lot of pages lol). I'll go for level two.

Level 1- Ruffled Feathers
1. The Ideal Muslimah(268) It was dry but informative

2. Food, Genes, and Culture: Eating Right for Your Origins (248)
3. Islamic Studies Book 1(252)
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Level 2- Flapping Wings
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message 28: by Veronique (last edited Aug 23, 2016 05:28AM) (new)

Veronique Weirdly I've read a few feather weights this month already, all very good reads. So I might as well join :O)

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
1 The Time Machine (104 pages) 4* great victorian scifi
2 The Turn of the Screw (121 pages) 4* finally got to read this one
3 The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo (81 pages) 3.5* great narrator
4 Every Eye (144 pages) 4* beautiful writing
5 The Victorian Chaise Longue (99 pages) 4* unsettling

Level 2 Flapping Wings
6 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (232 pages) 4* poignant & thought-provoking
7 Under Rose-Tainted Skies (272 pages) 4* charming heartfelt YA on agoraphobia & OCD
8 The Vegetarian (183 pages) 4.5* morbidly fascinating and thought-provoking
9 The Return of the Soldier (188 pages) 4* poignant with beautiful language
10 Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft (168 pages) 4* psychological horror with bit of supernatural

Level 3 Taking Flight
11 Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games (199 pages) 4* plot thickens
12 The Haunting of Hill House (246 pages) 4* psychological horror
13 A Study in Scarlet (143 pages) 4* Sherlock and Watson for the first time
14 Patience (255 pages) 4* comedy on serious subject of conjugal relationships
15 The Penelopiad (198 pages) 4* retelling of The Odyssey from Penelope's perspective

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories by Henry James The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho Every Eye by Isobel English The Victorian Chaise Longue by Marghanita Laski Fun Home A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall The Vegetarian by Han Kang The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West Locke & Key, Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill Locke & Key, Vol. 2 Head Games by Joe Hill The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle Patience by John Coates The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood


message 29: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Sarabi and Vero, glad to have you join :) How is everyone doing with this challenge?


message 30: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
I keep checking my page numbers and they're all stuck between the feather weight and chunkster challenge limits so far. Maybe we need a middle-weight challenge too :D


message 31: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Haha you could always make one Ali ;)


message 33: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Chase, good to have ya!


message 35: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Iassa and Brenda, glad to have you join! Hope they were some good books!


CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) | 440 comments Just finished No Love Lost the second book in this mini challenge my list is post #23


message 37: by Jenn (last edited Jul 20, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Jenn (jenn_calaelen) | 40 comments I'm in - I've got quite a lot of these that have been lingering on my reading list for a while (starting from the beginning of this month for simplicity).

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
1 Penric and the Shaman
2 Azkhantian Tales
3 The Fairy Tale Trap
4 Miles to Go
5 NPCs

Level 2 Flapping Wings
6 The Female Few: Spitfire Heroines of the Air Transport Auxiliary
7 Destiny's Hourglass
8 Nobody's Son
9 Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill Or, Jasper Parloe's Secret
10 Miss Landon and Aubranael

Level 3 Taking Flight
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message 38: by Veronique (new)

Veronique Just read Under Rose-Tainted Skies and loved it - heartfelt, frank, hopeful YA novel dealing with mental illness (mainly agoraphobia and OCD) (review)


message 39: by Srividya (last edited Jul 15, 2016 09:26AM) (new)

Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 221 comments I have put in all I have read from June to find out what all I have read till now. Second round will be the actual count for this challenge.

Featherweight Challenge
Duration: June-December, 2016
Books read:15/15


(view spoiler)

FIRST ROUND: 1-15

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
✔ 1 Mrs. McGinty's Dead (229 pages) - 6/15/16
✔ 2 The Ice Palace (171 pages) - 6/23/16
✔ 3 Red Dirt Heart 4 (266 pages) - 6/25/16
✔ 4 Amritsar: Mrs. Gandhi's Last Battle (267 pages) - 6/26/16
✔ 5 The Big Four (272 pages) - 6/26/16

Level 2 Flapping Wings
✔ 6 Third Girl (276 pages) - 7/1/16
✔ 7 Coraline (162 pages) - 7/5/16
✔ 8 Puddle Jumping (126 pages) - 7/5/16
✔ 9 The Way You Look Tonight (269 pages) - 7/6/16
✔ 10 Reviled (190 pages) - 7/8/16

Level 3 Taking Flight
✔ 11 Yours to Keep (201 pages) - 7/8/16
✔ 12 Superhero (136 pages) - 7/9/16
✔ 13 Defying the Odds (181 pages) - 7/10/16
✔ 14 Point of No Return (152 pages) - 7/11/16
✔ 15 Roads To Mussoorie (125 pages) - 7/13/16

SECOND ROUND - Starting from 16
✔ 16. The Housekeeper and the Professor (192 pages) - 7/13/16
✔ 17. Revenge (176 pages) - 7/14/16
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message 40: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
I'm still having a hard time reading books that are short enough, lol. I just finished one that almost counted, but was 288 pages.


message 41: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Allison- I have that problem too!


message 42: by Jenn (new)

Jenn (jenn_calaelen) | 40 comments @ Allison - What I've done is sort my list here of books I've already got to read by number of pages and then have a nice list of books that qualify for this. It has been very good for me to help read a lot of the books that have been sitting around for a while.


message 43: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
Jenn, that's a good idea. I do have enough on my shelf for the challenge, but I need to remember to choose them!


message 44: by Veronique (new)

Veronique Jenn - that is a good idea!

I've flapped my wings and going now for taking flight (message 28)
:O)


CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) | 440 comments Just finished The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #10 The Assassination Affair 158 pages. My list is message post #23.


message 46: by Veronique (new)

Veronique CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian wrote: "Just finished The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #10 The Assassination Affair 158 pages. My list is message post #23."

Didn't even know there were UNCLE books. Sounds fun :0)

Finally read The Haunting of Hill House, which was one intense read! - review


CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian (klandersen) | 440 comments Veronique wrote: "CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian wrote: "Just finished The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #10 The Assassination Affair 158 pages. My list is message post #23."

Didn't even know there were UNCLE book..."


Yes the UNCLE books were published mid to late 60s around the last couple of seasons of the show. There are 23 books published in the US the last one being harder to find apparently and apparently most sellers want a fortune for it. IN the UK there were 16 books published they were the same stories as the US books but in a different order, different cover designs. As the numbers tell some of the stories were not published in the UK. There are also 2 "Girl From UNCLE" books based on that spin-off show from around the same time.


message 48: by Veronique (new)

Veronique CaptKirk42 Classic Whovian wrote: "Yes the UNCLE books were published mid to late 60s around the last couple of seasons of the show. There are 23 books published in the US the last one being harder to find apparently and apparently most sellers want a fortune for it....."

Thanks :O)


message 49: by Stella (new)

Stella (stellarreads) | 46 comments Im so happy for this challenge :)

Level 1 Ruffled Feathers
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