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message 1: by Julianne (new)

Julianne | 116 comments So, I am going to put this placeholder here, so we can fill in our challenge


message 2: by Julianne (last edited Jan 22, 2017 04:55PM) (new)

Julianne | 116 comments A memoir
Recommended by a librarian/friend
Travel book about a place you probably won’t see
Reread a book you read in high school
Book of short stories
Book that was made into a movie
Religious, spiritual, or self-help book
Book about a historical event
Crafting or DIY
A “banned book”
Set in the town or city where you live (DC or Baltimore?)
A book written by someone who shares your first name
A book you chose for the cover
A book with a reputation for being un-put-downable
A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit
A book you’ve already read
A book about books or reading
A book in a genre you usually avoid
A book you don’t wan tot admit you’re dying to read
A book recommended by someone with great taste
A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet
A book about a topic or subject you already love
A newberry award winner or Honor book
A book in translation
A book that’s more than 600 pages
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection
A book of any genre that addresses current events
An immigrant story
A book published before you were born
Three books by the same author
A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending
A book nominated for an award in 2017 (how about 2016)
A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner
A book on Amazon’s Top 100
NY Times “Bestseller”
A nonfiction by someone who died in 2016
A book that’s been on your shelf for >5 years
A book that was published the year you were born
A book published before your parents were born
A book in a series that you previously gave up


message 3: by Julianne (last edited Aug 10, 2017 07:50PM) (new)

Julianne | 116 comments Julie's...suggested books

A memoir: Wishful Drinking
Recommended by a librarian/friend: Bellman & Black
Travel book about a place you probably won’t see:
Reread a book you read in high school: A Begonia for Miss Applebaum
Book of short stories: The Complete Stories and Poems
Book that was made into a movie: Charlotte's Web
Religious, spiritual, or self-help book: The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

Book about a historical event: Dragon Teeth
Crafting or DIY:
A “banned book”:
Set in the town or city where you live (DC or Baltimore?): Baltimore Blues
A book written by someone who shares your first name
A book you chose for the cover: The Bear Went Over the Mountain
A book with a reputation for being un-put-downable: In a Dark, Dark Wood
A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit: Aunt Dimity Goes West

A book you’ve already read:
A book about books or reading: The Book of Air and Shadows
A book in a genre you usually avoid:
A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read:
A book recommended by someone with great taste: Love May Fail
A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet: (besides all the books on my shelf???) My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
A book about a topic or subject you already love: My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs

A newberry award winner or Honor book: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
A book in translation
A book that’s more than 600 pages: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection:
A book of any genre that addresses current events:
An immigrant story:
A book published before you were born: Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Three books by the same author: Holiday in Death, Conspiracy in Death, Loyalty in Death
A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: The Woman in Cabin 10

A book nominated for an award in 2017 (how about 2016):
A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
A book on Amazon’s Top 100: The Woman in Cabin 10

NY Times “Bestseller”: Three Days in January
A nonfiction by someone who died in 2016: Wishful Drinking
A book that’s been on your shelf for >5 years: The Bourne Supremacy
A book that was published the year you were born: Days with Frog and Toad
A book published before your parents were born: Charlotte's Web
A book in a series that you previously gave up: Odd Apocalypse


message 4: by Melissa (last edited Jul 24, 2017 07:55AM) (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments A memoir: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Recommended by a librarian/friend: Love May Fail
Travel book about a place you probably won’t see
Reread a book you read in high school: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book of short stories: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Book that was made into a movie/tv show: The Man in the High Castle
Religious, spiritual, or self-help book: How to Live a Good Life
Book about a historical event: 11/22/63
Crafting or DIY
A “banned book”
Set in the town or city where you live (DC or Baltimore?): All-American Girl (DC)
A book written by someone who shares your first name: Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life
A book you chose for the cover: A Study in Charlotte
A book with a reputation for being un-put-downable: The Girl on the Train
A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit: Geisha, a Life
A book you’ve already read: A Christmas Carol
A book about books or reading: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
A book in a genre you usually avoid: Bloodline
A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
A book recommended by someone with great taste: My Year with Eleanor
A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet: An Abundance of Katherines
A book about a topic or subject you already love: The American Senate: An Insider's History
A newberry award winner or Honor book: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
A book in translation The Phantom of the Opera
A book that’s more than 600 pages: 11/22/63
A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: The Princess Diarist
A book of any genre that addresses current events: Small Great Things
An immigrant story
A book published before you were born: The Witches (1983)
Three books by the same author: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: The Girl on the Train
A book nominated for an award in 2017 (how about 2016): The Underground Railroad
A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner: The Underground Railroad
A book on Amazon’s Top 100: The Great Gatsby
NY Times “Bestseller”: The Martian
A nonfiction by someone who died in 2016: Wishful Drinking
A book that’s been on your shelf for >5 years: Geisha, a Life
A book that was published the year you were born: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
A book published before your parents were born: Half Magic (1954)
A book in a series that you previously gave up: Library of Souls


message 5: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments 4 books in. I'm starting Lift today - mostly reading this to appease my husband, because he asks every week when I'm going to start it and I always pick up another book. And I'm currently, slowly, listening to The Man in the High Castle. A co-worker told me it was an odd read, because of the author's writing style and "stream of consciousness" thinking of his characters. I'm finding it to be an odd listen as well. But, I've also watched the first season of the show and am trying to see how they match up.


message 6: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments Okay, I've been given a pass on Lift . . . for now! I started The Martian this morning during a train delay. I'm experiencing a bit of "Book ADD" at the moment, but have been reading at least one chapter of How to Live a Good Life each day, as well.


message 7: by Julianne (new)

Julianne | 116 comments Slow going for me, too, and I just read a bunch of books not on my list...will take the flight to try and get back on track.


message 8: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments Yay!! Finished two books on my list in the past week. I'm already plotting out the next two. Not sure they will happen in a week, but they'll at least be planned!


message 9: by Julianne (new)

Julianne | 116 comments Thanks to the snow I got another book under my belt...too bad it was a guilty pleasure and not one that was on my challenge list ;-)


message 10: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments I finished one challenge book, and am slowly slogging through listening to Man in the High Castle -- listened to a couple of hours this morning. I still have about 3.5 hours to go! It's not an easy book. I also have Geisha: A Life, sitting in my workbag for the train. I need to get on it!


message 11: by Julianne (new)

Julianne | 116 comments So...each family was given a copy of Charlotte's Web to read as a family--tonight we were supposed to finish the last chapter. How exciting that it was also (already) on my Book Challenge list.

I would have finished it faster with the kids, but each day during announcements they ask a question about the book, so if we read ahead they may not know the answer!


message 12: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments I'm almost finished How to Live a Good Life! The. I need to keep going on Geisha: A Life. It's been a slow read on the train.


message 13: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments Finished two books this week! Yay! Getting myself back on track!


message 14: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments Listening to my longest audiobook right now. 23 hours left in 11.22.63, and I've already listened to about 15 hours! I finished The Phantom of the Opera last week on my Kindle. I need to get better about picking books up at home in the evenings, as well.


message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melitious) | 254 comments Staycation allowed me to crank through the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books easily. Next week I plan to start my audiobook back up.


message 16: by Julianne (new)

Julianne | 116 comments Vacation really wreaks havoc on the audiobook productivity. We were so tired at the end of each day of vacation I didn't get much reading done there, either.


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