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message 1: by Trisha (last edited Feb 01, 2017 08:01AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments I'm new to Goodreads this year & want to try some of the challenges in this group.

50 book challenge
Bookopoly
Alphabet soup
Feather weight
New to you in 2017 (Jan - Apr)


message 2: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3933 comments Mod
Welcome Trish. Enjoy!


message 3: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Thanks, Rosemarie.


message 4: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 1 February: finished The Time Machine - H.G. Wells for Bookopoly, Feather weight & New to you in 2017 (level 2 completed)
Definitely not a book I could enjoy - but at least it was short!


message 5: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 3 February: finished My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon for February Valentines Day challenge. After seeing so many classics being chosen by other members, I'm going to try Northanger Abbey next.


message 6: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3933 comments Mod
Northanger Abbey is great choice- a lot of fun with an adorable heroine.


message 7: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Thanks, Rosemarie. I chose it because I've read some of her other books or seen the films, but this one is completely new to me.


message 8: by Trisha (last edited Feb 04, 2017 08:08AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 4 February: finished Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen for February Valentines Day challenge, Alphabet soup & for Feather weight.


message 9: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments I've added Let's have Pie to my challenges today, & found I have already read 2 books to complete level 1.


message 10: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3933 comments Mod
I like it when a book I can use a book I read for fun fits on a list.


message 11: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 5 February: finished X - Sue Grafton for Alphabet soup.


message 12: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 8 February: finished The Silk Merchant's Daughter - Dinah Jefferies. Really enjoyed it, have enjoyed historical fiction recently.


message 13: by Trisha (last edited Feb 09, 2017 10:07AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 9 February: finished Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Carroll Lewis Tenniel John for Alphabet soup & for Feather weight (this completes Ruffled feathers). I'd read it many years ago, but this time I appreciated the humour a lot more. I also loved the original illustrations.


message 14: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 11 February: finished Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery for Bookopoly. I think I read this a very long time ago, but had forgotten the wonderful language used & all the descriptions.


message 15: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
You are making great progress on your minis, Trisha. You could count Sweet Revenge toward the Sweet Talk mini-challenge if you're interested in those.


message 16: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Thank you Renee - I missed this! I've just added it to the discussion thread.


message 17: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 12 February: finished Stranger Child - Rachel Abbott


message 18: by Trisha (last edited Feb 15, 2017 09:59AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 14 February: finished Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy for Alphabet soup, Bookopoly & Let's have pie, also my first book over 400 pages.
A huge disappointment as I've enjoyed other Hardy books but found this one tedious. Sue really irritated me - she had 2 men who would have done anything for her & she treated them both so badly. I thought she was incredibly selfish.


message 19: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3933 comments Mod
I read Jude the Obscure and liked Jude and the writing of the novel, but you are so right about Sue.


message 20: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Rosemarie, I'm so glad you said this! I almost didn't comment as I wondered if I'd missed the point somehow. Thank you.


message 21: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 16 February: finished The Warning Bell - T.D. Griggs


message 22: by Trisha (last edited Feb 19, 2017 07:29AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 19 February: finished A Room with a View - E.M. Forster, for New to you in 2017, the February Valentines Day theme, Alphabet soup (R), Feather weight & Let's have pie. My first book by this author, & I was surprised how funny it was in places - not nearly as serious as I'd expected. I chose it originally for Let's have pie & for the letter R, then realised it fitted the other challenges too.


message 23: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 20 February: finished The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware. I really enjoyed it, though it wasn't quite as good as her previous book (In a dark, dark wood).


message 24: by Trisha (last edited Feb 21, 2017 08:01AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 21 February: finished The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery. Alphabet soup (B). Until I joined Goodreads I thought this author had only written the Anne of Green Gables series. This book was wonderful, thank you to those who are introducing me to some great authors.


message 25: by Trisha (last edited Feb 27, 2017 09:05AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments 23 February: finished The Kashmir Shawl - Rosie Thomas for Alphabet soup (K), Bookopoly & for New to you in 2017. Beautiful descriptions of Kashmir, the people, & of the processes involved in creating pashminas all combined into an interesting novel.


message 26: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Emma - Jane Austen for Alphabet soup (E) & for Let's have pie.
Finished Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - T.S. Eliot for Feather weight.


message 27: by Trisha (last edited Mar 02, 2017 08:36AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Cold Kill - P.J. Tracy
Finished Daughters of the Silk Road - Debbie Rix for Alphabet soup, & for New to you in 2017 (level 3 completed)


message 28: by Trisha (last edited Mar 05, 2017 06:51AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Little Women - Louisa May Alcott for Alphabet soup (L), Bookopoly & for Let's have pie.


message 29: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Still Life - Joy Fielding Disappointing, much of it was repetitive.
Finished The Janus Stone - Elly Griffiths The second book of this series. I enjoyed this & will read more. (The stories are separate, but as the characters' backgrounds develop it's best to read them in order.)


message 30: by Trisha (last edited Mar 12, 2017 07:48AM) (new)


message 31: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Silas Marner - George Eliot for Let's have pie (have now "eaten" my first pie)


message 32: by Lynnette (new)

Lynnette | 166 comments Trisha wrote: "Finished Silas Marner - George Eliot for Let's have pie (have now "eaten" my first pie)"

How did you like it? Read it years ago. Thinking I might re-read. Congratulations on your first PIE!


message 33: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Lynette, I loved it! I knew nothing about it & wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. It was a lovely tale, beautifully written. The rural setting reminded me of Thomas Hardy's books which I also enjoy, but I found it a little easier to read than Hardy.


message 34: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished The Silk Weaver - Liz Trenow. A wonderful book!


message 35: by Lynnette (new)

Lynnette | 166 comments I will put it on my to-read shelf.


message 36: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments I hope you enjoy it, Lynette.


message 37: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim for Bookopoly.


message 38: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett. Beautifully written. I hadn't read this before & understand now why it is so popular.


message 39: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3933 comments Mod
I am glad you enjoyed it.


message 40: by Lynnette (last edited Mar 19, 2017 09:55AM) (new)

Lynnette | 166 comments Trisha, The Secret Garden is on the top of my list. I like to read books before I encourage grandchildren to read them. Thx for your thoughts.


message 41: by Trisha (last edited Mar 21, 2017 10:17AM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Spring readathon.
Finished The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke - Rupert Brooke. I was disappointed, the selection really wasn't for me although it included a few poems that I liked.
Finished Daffodils - Alex Martin


message 42: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Bleak House - Charles Dickens. It started well but became an endurance test.


message 43: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3933 comments Mod
That is too bad, but you did it!


message 44: by Trisha (last edited Mar 29, 2017 12:48PM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Love You Dead - Peter James. Bookopoly.


message 45: by Lynnette (new)

Lynnette | 166 comments Trisha wrote: "Finished Bleak House - Charles Dickens. It started well but became an endurance test."

I hear you loud an clear. I slog along a few chapters at a time.

Congratulation! Not all Dickens is like that.


message 46: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë. Better than I expected & a lot of story either omitted from the film I'd seen or that I'd forgotten.


message 47: by Trisha (last edited Mar 30, 2017 02:48PM) (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Finished The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams Bianco, for Alphabet soup (V), Featherweight & for Bookopoly.
This was so cute, I can't believe I hadn't heard of it until it was mentioned on Goodreads recently.


message 48: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments March: read 16 books during the month, of which 6 were during the Readathon. Bleak House slowed me down - but the wonderful Velveteen Rabbit helped to catch up again.
Total for year so far is 40 books.


message 49: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3933 comments Mod
Way to go, Trish, especially for finishing Bleak House. You didn't get stuck in Chancery for years.


message 50: by Trisha (new)

Trisha | 812 comments Rosemarie wrote: "Way to go, Trish, especially for finishing Bleak House. You didn't get stuck in Chancery for years."

Great comment, Rosemarie!


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