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message 1: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (last edited May 31, 2017 02:06PM) (new)

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Thank you, Carla, for this challenge! Modified from a challenge from Historical Fictionistas group.


College, while not for everyone, is known for it's huge amount of required reading, and usually not reading anyone enjoys doing. In this challenge, we decided to take a spin on that reading list and let you earn a reading degree in the genres you want to read! Take a crack at PHD of Paranormal Science or try something a bit more broad and stop at a Bachelors in History. Broaden your reading horizon, try out some genres you may not have tried before, and most importantly read all those books you never got to read while you were in school!

For this challenge you'll be progressing through the various degrees at your own pace. Start out with your Associates Degree, move on to a Bachelors, Masters, and finally a Doctorate. You can stop at any level, but no skipping ahead! Below you'll find the criteria for each degree level, as well as a better description of what fits in each category and subcategory of the core curriculum. Now have fun as you start earning your first degree!

Degree Progression:

For this challenge you'll be progressing through the various degrees at your own pace.

Start at the beginning...

Associates Degree (7 books in all)
► Read 1 book from each core subject (7 books)

After completing your Associates, move on to get your Bachelors degree...

Bachelors Degree: (20 books in all)
► Choose a Major (read 10 books from any 1 subject)
► Choose a Minor (read 3 books from any 1 subject, not the same as your major)

After completing your Bachelor's Degree, you may decide you want to Master a specific topic...

Masters Degree: (35 books in all)
► Choose 1 core subject to master - read 3 books from each subcategory, read 3 books mixed and matched (any subcategory from that core group) (15 books)
♦ Note: Can choose the same or a different category from your bachelors degree

Already a Master? Why not get a Doctorate?

PHD: (45 books in all)
► Choose 1 subcategory from your Masters and read 10 books from that subcategory.


♦♦♦♦ CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU ARE A COLLEGE GRADUATE!!! ♦♦♦♦



Core Subjects: Science, Literature, History, Social Science, Art, Language, Athletics

Subcategories:
Science: science fiction, earth science, life science, applied science
Literature: american novel, european novel, world novel, graphic novel
History: alternate history, american history, european history, world history
Social Science: anthropology, psychology, education, political science
Art: fine arts, visual arts, music, art history
Language: indo-european, sino-tibetan, niger-congo, austronesian
Athletics: baseball, olympics, cricket, sports history

In Depth Sub Category List:
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Example Degree Setup:
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Note:
In 2013 we started this challenge, and we've now decided to start a new thread for the challenge to freshen it up a bit! You can find the old thread here



message 2: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (last edited May 31, 2017 01:59PM) (new)

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                                Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I do when I finish a degree? How do I get my name on the Completed Degree list?
A: Make a post saying which degree you've finished and include either your full degree or a link to the post it is located in. Then one of the mods will add you to the completed degrees list.

Q: What about using murder as a fine art?
A: Art is subjective so you make the call on what counts. However, it must be put in the right sub-category if using for a later degree (aka murder could be a fine art, but it's not Music)

Q: What countries count for the languages?
A: For a list of Austronesian Countries Click Here
For a list of Sino-Tibetan Countries: Click Here

Q: What genres count for the literature category?
A: The Literature category must be a genre that is part of the Literature genre or one of it's subcategories. They are all listed on this page: Click Here


message 3: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (last edited May 31, 2017 02:08PM) (new)

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Emerald Coin Reading Challenges ~ Emerald Coin Emerald Coin

Earn your Emerald Coins with Reading Challenges joined on or after April 1, 2016.

To Earn an Emerald Coin:
Emerald Coin One Coin upon reaching the Bachelors Degree


Learn about Gem coins here


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message 10: by Ebb (last edited Oct 15, 2020 08:29AM) (new)

Ebb (ebbsbooks) | 291 comments This looks like a lot of fun, can't wait to get started!

Associates Degree (7 books in all) *COMPLETE*
► Read 1 book from each core subject (7 books)
Associate's Degree
1. Science: Hominids
2. Literature: 84, Charing Cross Road (epistolary)
3. History The Underground Railroad (alternate history)
4. Social Science: An Instance of the Fingerpost
5. Arts: Fear: A Novel (main character is an architect)
6. Language: Amatka (Swedish)
7. Athletics: Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

Bachelors Degree: (20 books in all) *COMPLETE*

► Choose a Major (read 10 books from any 1 subject)
Major: Literature **COMPLETE**:
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (The Hundred-Year-Old Man, #1) by Jonas Jonasson The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Assassin's Creed Renaissance (Assassin's Creed, #1) by Oliver Bowden Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman American Gods (American Gods, #1) by Neil Gaiman The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson Head Lopper, Vol. 1 The Island or A Plague of Beasts by Andrew MacLean Hell House by Richard Matheson Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2) by Kevin Hearne

Minor: History **COMPLETE**
Unbelievable My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester Ask A North Korean Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World's Most Secretive Nation by Daniel Tudor


Masters Degree: (35 books in all)
► Choose 1 core subject to master - read 3 books from each subcategory, read 3 books mixed and matched (any subcategory from that core group) (15 books)

Master Subject - History (3 books each) (mix and match 3) **COMPLETE**

Alternate History COMPLETE
Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
American History COMPLETE
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
European History COMPLETE
The Professor and the Madman A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester Children of Nazis The Sons and Daughters of Himmler, Göring, Höss, Mengele, and Others— Living with a Father’s Monstrous Legacy by Tania Crasnianski The Family Romanov Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
World History COMPLETE
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Japanese Ghost Stories by Lafcadio Hearn The Awakening Aten (The Aten Saga #1) by Aidan K. Morrissey
Mix and Match COMPLETE
Flowers of Mold by Ha Seong-nan 1941 The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

PHD: (45 books in all)
► Choose 1 subcategory from your Masters and read 10 books from that subcategory.

History (non-fiction outside US and Europe)
From Here to Eternity Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty


message 11: by ZaraS (new)

ZaraS  *book reviewer reserved.

Does this challenge have an open-ended finish time?


message 12: by Stormie ~ Book Dragon ~ (last edited Jun 08, 2017 05:18PM) (new)

Stormie ~ Book Dragon ~ (stormiebookdragon) | 259 comments Associates Degree


✔ Science: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams finished 06/03/17
Literature: European Literature: Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
History: American Historical Fiction: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Social Sciences: The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazer
Art: Art History: Rome Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage by David Gibbins
Language: Indo-European: Spain: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Athletics:

Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
PhD


message 13: by Viji (last edited Nov 02, 2017 03:52AM) (new)

Viji | 380 comments I am in.

Associates Degree
(7 books in all)
► Read 1 book from each core subject (7 books)
1. Science Green Darkness by Anya Seton; 06/25/2017; sci-fi - time travel
2. Literature A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith; 07/29/2017: European Literature - British
3. History The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough; 06/18/2017; H.F. set in Europe
4. Social Science Indigenous Peoples from Chile; 06/04/2017; Anthropology; I am from India
5. Art Fortune's Favorites by Colleen McCullough; 07/21/2017; Ancient Rome
6. Language Murder in the Forbidden City by Amanda Roberts; 09/14/2017; set in China
7. Athletics Dragon Games by Stephen Mertz; 10/02/2017; Olympics, China, Gymnastics

Green Darkness by Anya Seton A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome, #2) by Colleen McCullough Indigenous Peoples from Chile by Fresia Barrientos Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3) by Colleen McCullough Murder in the Forbidden City (Qing Dynasty Mysteries Book 1) by Amanda Roberts Dragon Games by Stephen Mertz

Bachelor's Degree
(20 books in all)
► Choose a Major (read 10 books from any 1 subject)
► Choose a Minor (read 3 books from any 1 subject, not the same as your major)


message 14: by Cheryl (last edited Feb 15, 2018 01:51PM) (new)

Cheryl | 903 comments I am in!

Associates Degree
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Bachelor's Degree
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Master's Degree--Literature
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PHD--American Novel
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message 15: by Viji (new)

Viji | 380 comments What is the minimum no. of pages for the books for this challenge?
Thanks.


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Jojobean | 447 comments Reading University Challenge

Associates Degree
Science: Science Fiction - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal or Dystopian genre
Literature: American Novel - literature genre set in North America or by a North American author(s)
History: European history - fiction or non-fiction historical book set in Europe
Social Sciences: Anthropology - fiction or non-fiction book set in a culture or country different from yours (state your culture or country of origin)
Art: Art History - fiction or non-fiction book set in ancient Greece or Rome
Language: Indo-European - fiction or non-fiction book set in Spain, Russia or India
Athletics: Cricket - fiction or non-fiction book about cricket or set in an International Cricket Council (ICC) full member country (Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West India, or Zimbabwe)

Bachelors Degree:
Major: Science
Science:
Science Fiction - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal or Dystopian genre
Earth Science - fiction or non-fiction book about climate change, a natural disaster, or located primarily on/in the ocean or underground
Life Science - fiction or nonfiction book about an animal(s) or plant(s)
Applied Science - fiction or non-fiction book about a medical condition/epidemic/breakthrough or where a main character is a doctor or nurse
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Minor: Literature
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American Novel - literature genre set in North America or by a North American author(s)
European Novel - literature genre set in Europe or by a European author(s)
World Novel - literature genre set outside of North America and Europe or by an author from outside of North America and Europe
Graphic Novel/Manga - graphic novel or manga genre & at least 200 pages in length
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Master's Degree - History
Alternate History - alternative history genre
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message 17: by Katherine (last edited Oct 06, 2017 11:05AM) (new)

Katherine | 298 comments ♥✘♥♡♡♡♡♥✘♥♡♡♡♡♥✘♥ Reading University Challenge ♥✘♥♡♡♡♡♥✘♥♡♡♡♡♥✘♥

Associates Degree: (view spoiler)
Deadland's Harvest (Deadland Saga, #2) by Rachel Aukes His Wicked Lady (Marriage by Arrangement #1) by Ruth Ann Nordin Will To Live (Zombie Overload, #5) by C.M. Wright The Beauty, Vol. 2 by Jeremy Haun Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 8 Includes vols. 22, 23 24 by Tite Kubo Reason To Live (Zombie Overload, #6) by C.M. Wright
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Bachelors Degree:
Major: Science (view spoiler)
Cerise and the Beast Once Upon a Twist Book 2 (Ever After High) by Mattel This Plague of Days, Season 1 by Robert Chazz Chute The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3) by Rick Riordan Blood, Milk, and Chocolate - Part One (The Grimm Diaries, #3) by Cameron Jace Blood, Milk, and Chocolate - Part Two (The Grimm Diaries, #4) by Cameron Jace Empowered, Volume 8 (Empowered, #8) by Adam Warren Empowered Volume 9 (Empowered, #9) by Adam Warren The Umbrella Conspiracy (Resident Evil) by S.D. Perry Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1) by Derek Landy The Spook's Mistake (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #5) by Joseph Delaney
Minor: Art (view spoiler)
Year One (Living with the Dead #1-2) by Joshua Guess Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
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Masters Degree: History
Alternate History - alternative history genre: (view spoiler)
The Spook's Nightmare (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #7) by Joseph Delaney Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, #2) by Derek Landy Five Nights at Freddy's The Twisted Ones by Scott Cawthon

American History - fiction or non-fiction historical book set in America (view spoiler)
Berrr's Vow (Zorn Warriors, #4) by Laurann Dohner United States Of Apocalypse by Mark Tufo d6 by Robert Bevan

European history - fiction/non-fiction historical book set in Europe (view spoiler)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) by Philip Pullman Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan I Am Grimalkin (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #9) by Joseph Delaney

World history - fiction or non-fiction historical book set outside of American and Europe (view spoiler)
Shugo Chara!, Vol. 5 The New Kids (Shugo Chara!, #5) by Peach-Pit Camp Half-Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan The Spook's Blood (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) by Joseph Delaney

Mix and match: (view spoiler)
The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe) by J.R.R. Tolkien The Spook's Destiny (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #8) by Joseph Delaney The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 5 Like I'm The Only Squirrel In The World (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015-)) by Ryan North
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PHD: Alternate History (view spoiler)
How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (How To Train Your Dragon, #12) by Cressida Cowell Silent Night of the Living Dead (Holiday Zombies #1) by Robert DeCoteau Coraline by Neil Gaiman Spook's Slither's Tale (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #11) by Joseph Delaney Coto's Captive (Zorn Warriors, #5) by Laurann Dohner Civil War The Amazing Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski Spook's Alice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #12) by Joseph Delaney New Year's Eve of the Zombies (Holiday Zombies #2) by Robert DeCoteau Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0 Most Wanted? by Jason Latour How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell


message 18: by Rokkan (last edited Jun 05, 2019 01:36PM) (new)

Rokkan (rokk) | 141 comments I was part way through this in the old thread, so I'm gonna copy the data I had there into this new one :D

I'm gonna try this out! Own time challenges are so much more relaxed than those with a deadline!

Associates Degree
Science: Bronze Summer - Science Fiction 7/9/2016
Literature: One Hundred Years of Solitude - World Literature - 1/9/2016
History: Last Train to Istanbul - European History - 7/9/2016
Social Science: anthropology, psychology, education, political science - The Incredible Human Journey - Anthropology - 18/9/2016
Art: fine arts, visual arts, music, art history - Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me - 26/9/2016
Language: The Beach - Austronesian (Thailand) - 8/9/2016
Athletics: Swimming - Swimming/Olympics - 25/9/2016

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Bronze Summer (Northland, #2) by Stephen Baxter Last Train to Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin The Beach by Alex Garland The Incredible Human Journey by Alice Roberts Swimming by Nicola Keegan Marbles Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

Bachelors Degree:
Major: Science
1. The Shotgun Arcana - Fantasy - 30/9/2016
2. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages - Fantasy - 9/10/2016
3. Escapology - Science Fiction - 8/10/2016
4. The Water Book - Earth/Life Science - 19/10/2016
5. Where Do Camels Belong - Life Science - 25/10/2016
6. Geekomancy - Fantasy - 6/11/2016
7. The Emperor's Knife - Fantasy - 6/11/2016
8. Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction - Applied Science - 30/10/2016
9. How Long is Now?: And 101 Other Questions You Never Thought to Ask - Science - 13/11/2016
10. The Snowmelt River - Fantasy - 18/11/2016

The Shotgun Arcana (Golgotha, #2) by R.S. Belcher Escapology by Ren Warom Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages (J. W. Wells & Co., #7) by Tom Holt The Water Book by Alok Jha Where Do Camels Belong? by Ken Thompson Stem Cells A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Slack Geekomancy (Ree Reyes, #1) by Michael R. Underwood The Emperor's Knife (Tower and Knife Trilogy, #1) by Mazarkis Williams How Long is Now? And 191 Other Questions You Never Thought to Ask by New Scientist The Snowmelt River (Three Powers, #1) by Frank P. Ryan


Minor: Literature
1. The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George - European Novel - read 30/10/2016
2. Beautiful Oblivion - Jamie McGuire - American Novel - read 13/11/2016
3. Thief's Magic - Trudi Canavan - Australian Author - read 20/11/2016

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George Beautiful Oblivion (The Maddox Brothers, #1) by Jamie McGuire Thief's Magic (Millennium’s Rule, #1) by Trudi Canavan


Master's Degree - Languages
Indo-European (set in Spain, Russia or India):
1. Three Stations - set in Russia - read 3/1/2017
2. The Accidental Apprentice - set in India - read 4/3/2017
3. Sea of Poppies - set in India - read 22/3/2017

Three Stations (Arkady Renko, #7) by Martin Cruz Smith The Accidental Apprentice by Vikas Swarup Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

Sino-Tibetan (set in China or Japan):
1. The Kitchen God's Wife - set in China - read 7/1/2017
2. Death In Shanghai - set in China - read 30/1/2017
3. An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful - set in Japan - read 5/4/2017

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan Death In Shanghai (Inspector Danilov #1) by M.J. Lee An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful by J. David Simons

Niger-Congo (set in Africa):
1. Xenophobia - set in Malawi - read 23/12/2016
2. Half of a Yellow Sun - set in Baifra/Nigeria - read 5/2/2017
3. Apocalypse Now Now - Set in South Africa - read 8/3/2017

Xenophobia by Peter Cawdron Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Apocalypse Now Now (Apocalypse Now Now, #1) by Charlie Human

Austronesian (set in Australia or South-East Asia):
1. Nexus - mostly set in Thailand - read 8/1/2017
2. Cloudstreet - set in Australia - read 29/1/2017
3. Jasper Jones - set in Australia - read 19/1/2017

Nexus (Nexus, #1) by Ramez Naam Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Random:
1. Burnt Shadows - set in Japan/Pakistan/USA/Afghanistan - read 18/12/2016
2. In the Woods - set in Ireland - read 20/1/2017
3. Ulysses - set in Ireland - read 31/3/2017

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) by Tana French Ulysses by James Joyce

PHD - Austronesian Languages
1. The People in the Trees - partially set in Micronesia - read 11/5/2017
2. The Coroner's Lunch - set in Laos - read 3/7/2017
3. Burning Moon - set in Thailand - read 2/7/2017
4. The Oddfits - set in Singapore- read 10/7/2017
5. Thirty-Three Teeth - set in Loas - read 4/10/2017
6. Killed at the Whim of a Hat - set in Thailand - read 31/10/2017
7. Crux - set around South East Asia (Thailand, Burma, Laos etc) - read 9/11/2017
8. The Natural Way of Things - set in Australia - read 22/10/2018
9. The Merry Misogynist - set in Laos - read 19/12/2018
10. Curse of the Pogo Stick - set in Laos - read 4/6/2019

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara Burning Moon by Jo Watson The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill The Oddfits by Tiffany Tsao Thirty-Three Teeth (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #2) by Colin Cotterill Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Jimm Juree, #1) by Colin Cotterill Crux (Nexus, #2) by Ramez Naam The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood The Merry Misogynist (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #6) by Colin Cotterill Curse Of The Pogo Stick (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #5) by Colin Cotterill


message 19: by Emily (new)

Emily | 1013 comments Associates Degree
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Master's Degree - Art
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message 20: by Wanda (last edited Oct 24, 2020 09:24AM) (new)

Wanda (oma1229) | 16 comments Challenge Began-6/1/17
Challenge Completed:??

Associate Degree The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold _ The Phoenix and the Carpet (Five Children #2) by E. Nesbit _ Tears of the Moon (Gallaghers of Ardmore, #2) by Nora Roberts _ The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston - I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak _ The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett _ The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Science:-Fantasy-The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit-6/17-5 stars
Literature:-American Literature-The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold-6/4/17-5 stars
History:-European History-The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett-7/12/17-5 stars
Social Sciences:Anthropology & Education-The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer-7/17/17-5 stars- My country of origin is USA.
Art:-Music-Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts-6/9/17-5 stars. The Male MC was a musician and composer.
Language:-Austronesian-I Am the Messenger byMarkus Zusak-6/26/17-5stars
Athletics:-Set in England -ICC country--The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston-6/5/17-5 stars

Bachelors Degree:

Major: History
1.-American Historical Fiction-Song of the Pines: A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin by Walter Havighurst-7/13/17-5 stars
2.-American Historical Fiction-At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales by L.M. Montgomery-7/14-17-5 Stars
3.-American Historical Fiction-Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams-7/18/17-5 Stars
4.-European Historical Fiction-St. Peter's Fair by Ellis Peters-7/22/17-5 Stars
5.-American Historical Fiction -Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill-8/13/17- 5 stars
6.-European Historical Fiction-The Saboteur by Andrew Gross-8/26/17-5 Stars
7.-European Historical Fiction-The King's Road by Cecelia Holland-8/28/17-5 Stars
8.-World HistoryGhost on the Steppe by Cecelia Holland-9/1/17-5 stars
9.-European History-QB VII by Leon Uris-9/13/5 Stars
10.-European History-Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal-9/25/17-5 Stars

Song of The Pines A Story of Norwegian Lumbering in Wisconsin by Walter Havighurst _ At the Altar Matrimonial Tales by L.M. Montgomery _ Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams _ Saint Peter's Fair (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 4) by Ellis Peters _ Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill _ The Saboteur by Andrew Gross _ The King's Road (Kinghood Book 2) by Cecelia Holland _ Ghost on the Steppe by Cecelia Holland _ QB VII by Leon Uris _ Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery, #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal

Minor: Fine Arts

1.-Tulip Feverby Deborah Moggach-8/19/17-5 stars-One of the major characters in an artist in 17th Amsterdam and his painting is part of the plot.

2.-The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley-9/25/17- 5 Stars- The main character of this book searches for her past family history and discovers a link with the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. In this book, his musical compostion for Ibsen's play Peer Gynt is perfomed. In addition, a fictional symphony is also a major plot point.
3-The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters-10/12/17-*****
The plot of this book centers around the recovery of the bust of Nefertiti.

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach _ The Storm Sister (The Seven Sisters, #2) by Lucinda Riley _ The Painted Queen (Amelia Peabody, #20) by Elizabeth Peters

Completion of Bachelor's Degree on October 12,2017.

Masters Degree: History

AlternativeHistory

1.-Forget the Alamo! by Drew McGunn-1/12/18-****
2. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick-6/6/20-*****
3. An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris-8/17/20-*****

Forget the Alamo! (Lone Star Reloaded #1) by Drew McGunn _ The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick _ An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1) by Charlaine Harris

American History

1. A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert-12/10/17-****
2. The Sound of Thunder by Taylor Caldwell-3/8/18-*****
3. Rebel by Heather Graham-4/18/19-****
A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert _ The Sound of Thunder by Taylor Caldwell _ Rebel (Florida Civil War, #3) by Heather Graham

European History
1.-By Night Under the Stone Bridge by Leo Perutz-10/14/17-4 stars
2.-The Draper's Daughter by Ellin Carsta-10/21/1-5 stars
3.-Wandering Harlot, The by Iny Lorentz-11/10/17-5 stars
The Wandering Harlot by Iny Lorentz _ The Draper's Daughter by Ellin Carsta _ By Night Under the Stone Bridge by Leo Perutz

World History

1.-When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro-11/18/17-5 stars
2.The Shadows of Ghadames by Joëlle Stolz-12/30/17-*****
3. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis-12/27/17-*****

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro _ The Shadows of Ghadames by Joëlle Stolz _ The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner, #1) by Deborah Ellis

Random

1.-The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan-11/21/17-*****
2.-The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis-12/28/17-****
3. The Virgin in the Ice by Ellis Peters-4/15/18-*****
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan _ The Third Nero (Flavia Albia Series) by Lindsey Davis _ The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6) by Ellis Peters

PHD:History

1. A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair-8/25/20-*****
A Royal Affair (Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery #2) by Allison Montclair
2. Sharpe's Triumph by Bernard Cornwell-8/29/20-****
Sharpe's Triumph (Sharpe, #2) by Bernard Cornwell
3. A Single Swallow by Ling Zhang-9/28/20-*****
A Single Swallow by Ling Zhang
4. All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams-9/18/20-*****
All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams
5. The Son by Philipp Meyer-10/15/20-*****
The Son by Philipp Meyer
6. The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland10/2/20-*****
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
7. Guinevere, The Legend in Autumn by Persia Woolley-10/23/20-*****
Guinevere, The Legend in Autumn (Guinevere, #3) by Persia Woolley
8.-Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indriðason-10/5/20-*****
Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indriðason
9.The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton-10/10/20-*****
The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
10-book:Surrender|325560] by Heather Graham-10/24/20-*****
Surrender (Florida Civil War, #4) by Heather Graham


message 21: by Jessica (last edited Jun 04, 2017 10:49PM) (new)

Jessica (jessthebookworm) | 8 comments Start Date: 6/1/17
Associate's Degree
1. Science
2. Literature
3. History
4. Social Science
5. Arts
6. Language
7. Athletics


message 22: by Maddy (new)

Maddy | 1979 comments Sounds fun! I am in :)


message 23: by Richard (last edited Jan 11, 2021 01:25AM) (new)

Richard | 93 comments I'm keen to try this one out at a leisurely pace, count me in!

Start Date: 05/06/2017

Associates Degree (7 books in all)

► Read 1 book from each core subject (7 books)

1. Science - Science Fiction - Babylon's Ashes - Read 05/06/17
2. Literature - American Novel - Fahrenheit 451 - Read 09/07/17
3. History - American History - The Gods of Gotham - Read 04/09/17
4. Social Science - Psychology - The Haunting of Hill House - Read 16/08/17
5. Arts - Art History - Arms of Nemesis - Read 03/08/17
6. Language - Austronesian - The Things They Carried - Read 01/07/17
7. Athletics - Sports History - The Damned Utd - Read 10/09/17

Bachelors Degree (20 books in all)

► Choose a Major (read 10 books from any 1 subject)
► Choose a Minor (read 3 books from any 1 subject, not the same as your major)

Major: Science

1. Spoonbenders - Science Fiction - Read 08/10/17
2. A Night in the Lonesome October - Science Fiction - Read 04/11/17
3. Ender's Game - Science Fiction - Read 19/11/17
4. The Dead Zone - Science Fiction - Read 26/11/17
5. Zero World - Science Fiction - Read 23/12/17
6. NOS4R2 - Science Fiction - Read 06/01/18
7. Children of Time - Science Fiction - Read 06/01/18
8. Foxglove Summer - Science Fiction - Read 20/01/18
9. A Time Of Dread - Science Fiction - Read 31/01/18
10. Working for Bigfoot - Science Fiction - Read 18/02/18

Minor: History

1. Fools and Mortals - European History - Read 12/11/17
2. Munich - European History - Read 20/01/18
3. The Last Kingdom - European History - Read 11/02/18

Masters Degree: (35 books in all) - History
► Choose 1 core subject to master - read 3 books from each subcategory, read 3 books mixed and matched (any subcategory from that core group) (15 books)
♦ Note: Can choose the same or a different category from your bachelors degree

American History:
1. Shutter Island - Read 01/03/18
2. The Big Nowhere - Read 19/05/18
3. Summer of Night - Read 28/03/19

European History:
1. Corpus - Read 04/11/18
2. Nemesis - Read 17/01/19
3. The Devil Aspect - Read 09/02/19

World History:
1. Thin Air - Read 20/06/18
2. The Terror - Read 20/07/18
3. Dark Matter - Read 16/09/18

Alternate History:
1. Dominion - Read 12/05/18
2. Fatherland - Read 26/06/18
3. Time and Time Again - Read 25/01/20

Misc:
1. The Falcon of Sparta - European History - Read 10/09/18
2. One Good Deed - American History - Read 13/07/19
3. The Nickel Boys - American History - Read 28/08/19

PHD: (45 books in all) - Ancient History

► Choose 1 subcategory from your Masters and read 10 books from that subcategory.

1. When the Eagle Hunts - Read 26/03/20
2. Catilina's Riddle - Read 01/06/20
3. The Silver Pigs - Read 23/07/20
4. Lord of the Silver Bow - Read 11/09/20
5. Shield of Thunder - Read 10/01/21
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message 24: by Cai (last edited Aug 17, 2018 09:35PM) (new)

Cai (princesscai) | 167 comments Duration: 10/06/17 - ?
Level: PHD

Associates Degree
Science: Still Alice by Lisa Genova 02/04/18
Literature:
History: The Good People by Hannah Kent 27/01/18
Social Sciences: Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods 21/03/18
Art: True Blue (Paterson Sisters, #2) by Sasha Wasley 17/08/18
Language: Lion by Saroo Brierley 23/02/18
Athletics: Avoiding The Pity Party by Mel A ROWE 10/08/18

Bachelors Degree:
Major: History
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Minor: Literature
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Master's Degree History
American History:
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European History:
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World History:
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Alternate History:
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Random:
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PHD - European History
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message 25: by Delitealex (last edited Dec 09, 2017 08:07PM) (new)

Delitealex | 3968 comments Associates Degree
Categories
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Associate's Degree
7/7 finished

1. Science-scifi paranormal A Demon Bound (Imp, #1) by Debra Dunbar 6/22/17
2. Literature- American novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 9/23/17
3. History-European history When Butches Cry by Genta Sebastian 6/13/17
4. Social Science anthropology- Before by K.E. Payne 6/16/17
5. Arts visual arts Fury Scorned (New England Furies, #2) by Nicola R. White 6/13/17
6. Language austronesian set in Australia
Away with the Fairies (Phryne Fisher, #11) by Kerry Greenwood 8/25/17
7. Athletics ICC England Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame 7/1/17


Bachelor's Degree
13/13 finished
Science
1. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher 9/27/17
2. Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5) by Gail Carriger 10/2/17
3. Deadly Spells (Prospero's War, #3) by Jaye Wells 11/1/17
4. Twilight (The Mediator, #6) by Meg Cabot 10/15/17
5. Iron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator, #1) by Alexis Hall 10/3/17
6. Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) by Octavia E. Butler 10/7/17
7. The Martian by Andy Weir 10/8/17
8. Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson, #4) by Molly Harper 10/10/17
9. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger 10/11/17
10. One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) by Ilona Andrews 10/19


Arts
1. Visual arts- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 10/3/17
2. Visual arts- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 11/3/17 wife is an artist
3. Visual arts- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour 11/7/17 MCs are actress and set designer


Masters Science
0/15

science fiction Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal or Dystopian genre
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earth science,
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life science
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Applied science
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Music
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Phd
Science fiction


message 26: by MJ Codename: ♕Duchess♕ (last edited Jun 12, 2018 11:27AM) (new)


message 27: by Q (last edited Sep 30, 2017 08:09PM) (new)

Q | 27 comments NBRC READING UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE #27

I need a PHD!

Associates Degree
Science: Applied Science It Had to Be Them (Bens a doctor)
Literature:
History:
Social Sciences: Education Thirteen Reasons Why
Art:
Language:
Athletics:


message 28: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (new)

Moderators of NBRC | 30809 comments Mod
ZaraS wrote: "reserved.

Does this challenge have an open-ended finish time?"


Yes


message 29: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (new)

Moderators of NBRC | 30809 comments Mod
Viji wrote: "What is the minimum no. of pages for the books for this challenge?
Thanks."


100 ;)


message 30: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (new)

Moderators of NBRC | 30809 comments Mod
Welcome to Reading U!

I've linked everyone's challenge posts at the top of the thread!

Good Luck!


MJ Codename: ♕Duchess♕ (mjsgamingblog) Moderators of NBRC wrote: "Welcome to Reading U!

I've linked everyone's challenge posts at the top of the thread!

Good Luck!"

Finished the Associates.


message 32: by Wanda (new)

Wanda (oma1229) | 16 comments When we finish one of the levels of the challenge do we post that in this thread on in another?


message 33: by Maddy (last edited Aug 17, 2017 12:26PM) (new)

Maddy | 1979 comments And I did it!
CHALLENGE COMPLETED
Books used - 50

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message 34: by Marissa (last edited Oct 11, 2021 01:52PM) (new)

Marissa | 132 comments Reading University Challenge
Duration: Sept. 02, 2017 -
Progress: 41/45 Books

Associates Degree
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Bachelor's Degree - History/Literature
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Master's Degree - Science
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PhD - Science Fiction
1. Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (6/30/21)
2. The Circle by Dave Eggers (7/5/21)
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (7/25/21)
4. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (8/9/21)
5. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (8/20/21)
6. Join by Steve Toutonghi (9/29/21)
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MJ Codename: ♕Duchess♕ (mjsgamingblog) Completed Bachelor's 08/29


message 36: by Em (last edited Mar 28, 2018 09:36PM) (new)

Em (emmolga) Reading University Challenge
Duration: Sept. 03, 2017 -
Progress: 7/45 Books



Associates Degree
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Night (The Night Trilogy #1) by Elie Wiesel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano 3 Tahun by Anton Chekhov The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

Bachelor's Degree
Major: History
1. (World history: Cold War) Origins of the Cold War 1941-49 - Martin McCauley
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Minor: Science
1. The Aliens Are Coming!: The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe - Ben Miller
2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
3. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - Randall Munroe


Master's Degree - Social Science
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PhD - Political Science
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message 37: by Delitealex (last edited Sep 23, 2017 01:04PM) (new)

Delitealex | 3968 comments Finished Associates degree on to bachelor's degree

Associate's Degree
7/7 finished

1. Science-scifi paranormal A Demon Bound (Imp, #1) by Debra Dunbar 6/22/17
2. Literature- American novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 9/23/17
3. History-European history When Butches Cry by Genta Sebastian 6/13/17
4. Social Science anthropology- Before by K.E. Payne 6/16/17
5. Arts visual arts Fury Scorned (New England Furies, #2) by Nicola R. White 6/13/17
6. Language austronesian set in Australia
Away with the Fairies (Phryne Fisher, #11) by Kerry Greenwood 8/25/17
7. Athletics ICC England Courting the Countess by Jenny Frame 7/1/17


message 38: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (new)

Moderators of NBRC | 30809 comments Mod
Wanda wrote: "When we finish one of the levels of the challenge do we post that in this thread on in another?"

Just post in this thread. ;)

Welcome new participants!! I've linked your challenge posts at the top of the thread.

Congratulations!!!:

Maddy
Heather
Delitealex

Great job everybody!!


message 39: by Richard (new)

Richard | 93 comments Hi

I've finished the associates degree also and crave recognition.


Richard's Associates Degree


message 40: by Viji (new)

Viji | 380 comments Associate Degree:
Task: Art:
Art History - fiction or non-fiction book set in ancient Greece or Rome
Could Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3) by Colleen McCullough Fortune's Favorites by Colleen McCullough be used for the sub category Art History?

Thanks.


message 41: by Wanda (new)

Wanda (oma1229) | 16 comments I have finished my 2nd Bachelor's Degree in History (the first one was completed in 1970!).

Wanda's Bachelor of Arts

Now on to the Master's!!!!!!!


message 42: by Katia (last edited Oct 20, 2017 01:45AM) (new)

Katia | 2 comments In addition to the "Around the world in 80 days' I am going to try this challenge. I am currently reading 2 books that will fit in Literature and Social Science !

Associates Degree :

Science:
Literature: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen - 20/10/2017
History:
Social Sciences:
Art:
Language:
Athletics:


message 43: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 903 comments I have completed my Associates Degree. Working on Bachelor's Degree. (Post #14)


message 44: by Tina ❣ (new)

Tina ❣ (nutrinut) | 1870 comments Is it too late to start this challenge? Is there a due date for this challenge too?


message 45: by Viji (new)

Viji | 380 comments Oops! Didn't realize that I have completed my Associates Degree!
Completion Post for Associates Degree under link:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Reading for the Bachelor's Degree.


MJ Codename: ♕Duchess♕ (mjsgamingblog) Jump in, Tina. This thread doesn’t always get checked right away, but you still have time. I think it ends December 31st.


message 47: by Marissa (new)

Marissa | 132 comments I finished my associates :)
(Message #34)


message 48: by Delitealex (new)

Delitealex | 3968 comments Bachelor's Degree
13/13 finished
Science
1. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher 9/27/17
2. Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5) by Gail Carriger 10/2/17
3. Deadly Spells (Prospero's War, #3) by Jaye Wells 11/1/17
4. Twilight (The Mediator, #6) by Meg Cabot 10/15/17
5. Iron & Velvet (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator, #1) by Alexis Hall 10/3/17
6. Parable of the Sower (Earthseed, #1) by Octavia E. Butler 10/7/17
7. The Martian by Andy Weir 10/8/17
8. Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson, #4) by Molly Harper 10/10/17
9. Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger 10/11/17
10. One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) by Ilona Andrews 10/19


Arts
1. Visual arts- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 10/3/17
2. Visual arts- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 11/3/17 wife is an artist
3. Visual arts- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour 11/7/17 MCs are actress and set designer


message 49: by Ashley M (new)

Ashley M  (read-a-hol-ic) | 762 comments I'm in. This will be my spot.


message 50: by Tina ❣ (new)

Tina ❣ (nutrinut) | 1870 comments Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕ wrote: "Jump in, Tina. This thread doesn’t always get checked right away, but you still have time. I think it ends December 31st."

Thanks Heather! I don't think I have enough time to do this unfortunately. I am working and doing a summer subject at University!

I will definitely give it a go next year if it happens. It sounds like quite a good challenge!


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