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message 1: by Kathy (last edited Dec 07, 2018 07:06PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Kathy's "Reading in Order" 52 Books of 2018
Kathy's "NOT Reading in Order"
52/52 (finished 12/7/18) and 49/52 (enough for this challenge)

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
The Mistress of Husaby - Sigrid Undset ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie 📚 ⭐⭐⭐

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim C ⭐⭐⭐
Silent in the Grave - Deanna Raybourn 📱 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir - Jennifer Ryan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
Dinner at the Center of the Earth - Nathan Englander ⭐⭐⭐
The Grass Harp - Truman Capote ⭐⭐⭐⭐

5. A book about or inspired by real events
Burial Rites - Hannah Kent 3 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson 📱 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Eline Vere - Louis Couperus 📚 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

7. A gothic novel
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 📚⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

8. An "own voices" book
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur ⭐⭐⭐⭐

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
The Bone People - Keri Hulme 📚 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
Everything Here Is Beautiful - Mira T. Lee (published 2018) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - Candice Millard ⭐⭐⭐⭐

11. A literary fiction
Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng 📱 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald ⭐⭐⭐

12. A book set in Africa or South America
Justine - Lawrence Durrell (1001 Books) CLASSIC 📚 ⭐⭐⭐
The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector ⭐⭐⭐

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
The Book of Speculation - Erika Swyler 📚
⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle ⭐⭐⭐⭐

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng 🎧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sunburn - Laura Lippman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan 📱 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers - Taisia Kitaiskaia ⭐⭐⭐⭐

16. A narrative nonfiction
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Sociopath Next Door - Martha Stout ⭐⭐⭐

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
The Code of the Woosters - P.G. Wodehouse ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Vicious Vet - M.C. Beaton ⭐⭐⭐

18. A book with a location in the title
The Semi-Detached House - Emily Eden ⭐⭐⭐
Pat of Silver Bush - L.M. Montgomery ⭐⭐⭐⭐

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author
Crooked House - Agatha Christie ⭐⭐⭐
The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie ⭐⭐⭐

20. A book rated five stars by at least one of your friends
Whose Body? - Dorothy Sayers ⭐⭐⭐
Agnes Grey - Anne Brontë 📚 CLASSIC ⭐⭐⭐⭐

21. A book written in first person perspective
March - Geraldine Brooks 📚 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters - Robert Lewis Taylor ⭐⭐⭐⭐

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
Effi Briest - Theodor Fontane ⭐⭐⭐
The Widows of Malabar Hill - Sujata Massey ⭐⭐⭐⭐

23. A medical or legal thriller
The Anatomist's Apprentice - Tessa Harris ⭐⭐⭐
✅WILD CARD Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami ⭐⭐⭐⭐

24. A book with a map
At Home in Mitford - Jan Karon 📚 ⭐⭐⭐
In Prior's Wood - G.M. Malliet ⭐⭐⭐

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde CLASSIC 165p 📚 (1001 Books) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells

26. A book with a text only cover
Xingu by Edith WhartonXingu - Edith Wharton 📱 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor StormThe Rider on the White Horse - Theodor Storm ⭐⭐⭐

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
Coventry - Helen Humphreys ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah ⭐⭐

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
The Beach House- Mary Alice Monroe 📱 ⭐⭐⭐
Into the Water - Paula Hawkins ⭐⭐⭐

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri - Jhumpa Lahiri 📚 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Poirot Investiga (Hércules Poirot, #3) by Agatha Christie - Agatha Christie ⭐⭐

30. A short book
Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tremulous Hinge - Adam Giannelli ⭐⭐⭐⭐

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder - Evelyn Waugh (England) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys ⭐⭐

32. An alternate history book
The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories - Susanna Clarke ⭐⭐⭐

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you
Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures Forms - Alisa Golden
The Music Shop - Rachel Joyce ⭐⭐⭐⭐

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call
A book that you're reading as part of a reading group, buddy read, or Book of the Month (either in the AtY group or outside of it
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov ⭐⭐⭐
A book that you're reading as part of a reading group, buddy read, or Book of the Month (either in the AtY group or outside of it
The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

35. A book featuring a murder
Funerals are Fatal - Agatha Christie ⭐⭐⭐
The Brutal Telling Louise Penny ⭐⭐⭐⭐

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid AUDIO ⭐⭐⭐⭐

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn (102 Women) 📚 ⭐
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

38. A science book or a science fiction book
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks - Amy Stewart 381p ⭐⭐⭐
The Machine Stops - E.M. Forster 48p ⭐⭐⭐⭐

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
The Witches' Tree - M.C. Beaton ⭐⭐
The Captain's Daughter - Alexander Pushkin CLASSIC ⭐⭐⭐

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
✅WILD CARD Warlight - Michael Ondaatje ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen ⭐⭐⭐

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
An Inquiry Into Love and Death - Simone St. James ⭐⭐⭐
Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome ⭐⭐⭐

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ⭐⭐⭐⭐

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith 343p ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories - Simon Van Booy ⭐⭐⭐

44. A ghost story
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill 138p ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Haunting of Hill House- Shirley Jackson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
Middlemarch - George Eliot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Villette - Charlotte Bronte 619p book ⭐⭐⭐⭐

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
Airs Above the Ground - Mary Stewart ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl - Timothy Egan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
White Teeth - Zadie Smith ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Poetry of Phyllis Wheatley - Phyllis Wheatley ⭐⭐

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Magpie Murders - Anthony Horowitz 📚 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
Stray City - Chelsey Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Nora Webster - Colm Toibin 373p 📚

50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson 359p 📚 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Summer - Edith Wharton ⭐⭐⭐

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
A Rose for Emily - William Faulkner ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson

52. A book published in 2018
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton - Stephanie Dray ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Still Me - Jojo Moyes AUDIO ⭐⭐⭐⭐



message 2: by Kathy (last edited Oct 07, 2018 12:19PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments 2018 Reading Goals

Finish the ATY Book Challenge: 43/52 and 48/52

✅Read at least 25 books that I own: 27/25 +

✅Read 25 classics (published 50 or more years ago): 25/25
FINISHED 6/3/18
1. The Mistress of Husaby
2. The Solitary Summer
3. Good Morning, Midnight
4. Agnes Grey
5. Daddy-Long-Legs
6. The Captain's Daughter
7. The Woman in White
8. The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
9. The Age of Innocence
10. Justine
11. A Pocket Full of Rye
12. The Grass Harp
13. The Sign of Four
14. Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden
15. The Hound of the Baskervilles
16. The Code of the Woosters
17. Whose Body?
18. Crooked House
19. The Semi-Detached House
20. The Poetry of Phyllis Wheatley
21. Effi Briest
22. The Murder on the Links
23. Eline Vere
24. Xingu
25. The Picture of Dorian Gray

✅Read 5 Agatha Christie books: 5/5

Read 10 books from these lists: 7/10
102 of the Greatest Books by Female Authors http://www.listchallenges.com/102grea... or
90 Works of Fiction Every Woman Should Read: http://www.listchallenges.com/90-work...
1. The Mistress of Husaby
2. Bel Canto
3. Interpreter of Maladies
4. Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
5. Gone Girl
6. A Little Princess
7. Middlemarch
8.
9.
10.

✅Read 10 books from the 1001 Before You Die list: 11/10
http://www.listchallenges.com/1001-bo...
1. Agnes Grey
2. Good Morning, Midnight
3. The Woman in White
4. Justine
5. Summer
6. A Visit from the Goon Squad
7. The Hound of the Baskervilles
8. Kidnapped
9. Effi Briest
10. The Picture of Dorian Gray
11. Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder


✅Read 10 books published in 2018: 10/10
1. Everything Here Is Beautiful
2. The Broken Girls
3. Sunburn
4. Still Me
5. The Music Shop
6. Stray City
7. The Widows of Malabar Hill
8. Heart Berries: A Memoir
9. The Great Alone
10. In Prior's Wood

Series to work on:
Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot - Agatha Christie
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache - Louise Penny
Max Tudor - G.M. Malliet
Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy Sayers


message 3: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments I like your additional reading goals. I've seen a few people put goals like that together. It makes me consider what kind of additional goals I would set for myself.


message 4: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 639 comments We have several goals in common! I’m working through Poirot and Gamache as well (and Discworld) and I’m trying to refocus on the 1001 books next year. I’d like to do at least one a month.


message 5: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I think I have about 18 off of the 1001 list in my challenge. I picked them before looking at the list. I wonder...how are you all making the selections from that list (for those using it). Is it just random...front to back or back to front...or are you just basing it on reviews and recommendations? I think only 2 of my selections are prior to midpoint of the list. I tend to like the 20th century classics more than the earlier stuff, though I do love me some Austen and Dickens.


message 6: by Kathy (last edited Oct 22, 2017 06:37PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Thanks, Katie. I feel like it will focus my reading a bit more. I thought about what I actually want to accomplish (besides enjoyment!) and came up with these. I'll see what happens!

Chinook, I do love Agatha Christie and I've read 4 of the Gamache books and just haven't gotten back to the next one.

Tammy, I'm just choosing from the 1001 Books list by what I personally want to read. I don't plan on reading the whole list. I tend to like the 20th century also but have read Austen and the Brontes. I haven't done so well on Dickens--I hope to read Great Expectations in 2018.


message 7: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 639 comments Tammy - I use the app to order the list by date, author/Book a-z and by length, which varies my choices fairly well. And I’m in a group that reads one annual long choice, seasonal longish choices and then 2 a month - one voted on by the group, the other picked by a randomizer. So I join in with those whenever I can find the book on Overdrive as well.


message 8: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Oh cool! I didn't know you could sort them by length and a-z. I will definitely be following both of you to see which books you like best!


message 9: by Kathy (last edited Feb 01, 2018 04:46PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments January Update
I read 12 books in January, 6 for ATY. I'm reading in order so these are the first 6 I read for:

ATY
1. The Mistress of Husaby - Sigrid Undset
The second in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. I've loved the first two books. Well worth reading. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
2. The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim
Enjoyable enough. ⭐⭐⭐
3. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir - Jennifer Ryan
Feel-good historical fiction. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
4. Dinner at the Center of the Earth - Nathan Englander
Also read for my IRL Book Club. Quite different from what I usually read. A political thriller set in Berlin, Paris and the West Bank. ⭐⭐⭐
5. Burial Rites - Hannah Kent
Beautiful writing, setting, characters. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
6. The Little Paris Bookshop - Nina George
Translated from German, but seemed very French to me. I liked a lot of this book. Some parts went on and on... ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Side Reads and Other Challenges
Milk and Honey - Rumi Kaur
Poetry. Very powerful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tremulous Hinge - Adam Giannelli
More poetry which won the Iowa Prize. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
A classic by a lesser known Bronte sister. Just as good as her sisters, though. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Brutal Telling - Louise Penney
Mystery. Armand Gamache series. I'll keep reading the series. Love the Quebec setting. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys
Well written but a total downer for me. I felt like I was the character wandering around Paris losing my mind. Not fun. ⭐⭐
Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster
A YA classic. Short, sweet, funny. Loved it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Mistress of Husaby (Kristin Lavransdatter, #2) by Sigrid Undset The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur Tremulous Hinge by Adam Giannelli Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5) by Louise Penny Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1) by Jean Webster


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna | 977 comments You had a great month of reading Kathy!


message 11: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Thanks, Anna. Some really good books.


message 12: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Yikes...I have Good Morning, Midnight on some other challenge. Better to get that one out of the way soon! Great job. It looks like reading in order is giving you no trouble at all!


message 13: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Tammy wrote: "Yikes...I have Good Morning, Midnight on some other challenge. Better to get that one out of the way soon! Great job. It looks like reading in order is giving you no trouble at all!"

It's actually very well-written and you may really like it, Tammy. I think I was in a January depression and that book didn't help! But it's February now! Yay!


message 14: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments February Update
I read 7 books this month, fewer than last month because they were longer in length!

ATY
7. A gothic novel
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
This was a long (672p) classic which I enjoyed but it went on and on a bit too much. Mysterious and well-written. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

8. An “own voices” book (diversity)
The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas
An excellent book and so important and timely. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Other Challenges
The Captain's Daughter - Alexander Pushkin
I always think I don't like Russian novels but when I read them I am always pulled in with the plot and the language. Same with this novel! It is short--only 172 pages. ⭐⭐⭐

Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories - Simon Van Booy
Easy to read and enjoyable short stories. I read this for the "winter book" during the Read-a-Thon. ⭐⭐⭐

Summer - Edith Wharton
Excellent classic novel about a young woman's coming of age in the early part of the 20th century. But I hated one character in the book. ⭐⭐⭐

Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
My first Ann Patchett book and it was so powerful. I wondered how I could live without the characters once I was finished. A very character-driven novel. This is a Women's Prize winner but I'm reading in order so I'm not using it for that prompt. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters - Robert Lewis Taylor
A well-written, humorous (yet some gruesome scenes) account of 14 year old Jaimie and his trip from Louisville to California on the Oregon Trail with his father and other interesting characters. Young character but definitely an adult book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Captain's Daughter by Alexander Pushkin Love Begins in Winter Five Stories by Simon Van Booy Summer by Edith Wharton Bel Canto by Ann Patchett The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor


message 15: by Anna (new)

Anna | 977 comments The Hate U Give and Bel Canto are on my radar too. Glad you liked them.


message 16: by Kathy (last edited Apr 01, 2018 03:15PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments March Update
I read 13 books in March!! Seven were for my "in order" challenge, five for my "out of order" challenge, one I read during the Read-a-Thon. I had many 4 and 5 star books.

ATY "In Order"
9. A book with a body part in the title
The Bone People - Keri Hulme
Set in New Zealand, a "family" story with magical realism. Very quirky characters. Won the Booker Prize in the 1980s. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

10. An author's debut book
Everything Here Is Beautiful - Mira T. Lee
Published in 2018, a book about coping with mental illness. Beautiful! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

11 A literary fiction
Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
Another beautiful book about the loss of a child. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

12. A book set in Africa or South America
Justine - Lawrence Durrell
A classic written in 1957 which was hard to follow for me, but somehow was mesmerizing in it's descriptions of characters and setting (Alexandria, Egypt). I plan to read the rest of this series. ⭐⭐⭐

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
The Book of Speculation - Erika Swyler
A story of family secrets going back to the early 1800s following a circus, then going forward to the present day. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

14. A book linked to the element of Fire
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
Another book by Celeste Ng which I enjoyed but it felt sort of like a YA book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

15. A book with a unique format/writing structure
A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
This book follows characters during different times of their lives. Music is a big theme. I want to buy a hard cover copy and re-read it to see how it all comes together. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ATY "Out of Order"
1. A book with the letters ATY in the title
A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie
Classic Agatha Christie. Not as good as my favorites. ⭐⭐⭐

4. A book linked with the element Earth
The Grass Harp - Truman Capote
A short book written beautifully. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

11. A literary fiction
The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald
Probably will be considered a classic someday. Another short book that I enjoyed but felt I missed something. ⭐⭐⭐

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
The Sign of Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Where is the treasure hidden by 4 convicts? ⭐⭐⭐⭐

14. A book linked to the element of Fire
Sunburn - Laura Lippman
A mystery/thriller published in 2018. I'll be reading more of this author. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read-a-thon
Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden - Reginald Arkell
I like garden novels and memoirs. I read it because it had a flower on the cover. ⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Bone People by Keri Hulme Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) by Lawrence Durrell The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple, #7) by Agatha Christie The Grass Harp by Truman Capote The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle Sunburn by Laura Lippman Old Herbaceous A Novel of the Garden by Reginald Arkell


message 17: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Mid-April Update (copied this format from Ali, thanks!)

ATY Read in Order
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7) by P.G. Wodehouse

ATY Read Out of Order
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Other Challenges and Side Reads>
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle Old Herbaceous A Novel of the Garden by Reginald Arkell

Currently Reading
The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Still Me (Me Before You, #3) by Jojo Moyes



message 18: by Kathy (last edited May 02, 2018 07:21PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Early-May Update

ATY Read in Order 22/52

18. location in title
The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden

19. nominated for Edgar or a Grand Master
Crooked House by Agatha Christie

20. rated 5 stars by one of your friends
Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey, #1) by Dorothy L. Sayers

21. written in 1st person
March by Geraldine Brooks

22. high expectations for
Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane


ATY Read Out of Order 21/52

48. related to one of the deadly sins
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

5. based on real events
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

52. published in 2018
Still Me (Me Before You, #3) by Jojo Moyes

47. author a different ethnicity
The Poetry of Phyllis Wheatley by Phyllis Wheatley

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
March by Geraldine Brooks by Geraldine Brooks
This was amazing! This is the story of Mr. March, from Little Women as he is away from his family serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. I love the way Brooks fleshes out his character - good and bad. She also gives us more insight into the character of Marmee, who seemed too good to be true in Little Women.


message 19: by Kathy (last edited Jun 01, 2018 10:58AM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments May Update
I finished 10 books in May which feels pretty good.

ATY Challenge - Reading in Order - WHICH IS DRIVING ME NUTS!
22. a book I had high expectations for
Effi Briest - Theodor Fontane ⭐⭐⭐
This is a classic book translated from German which I read for another group. I enjoyed it but the mores of the society were maddening, i.e. treatment of women.

23. a legal or medical thriller
The Anatomist's Apprentice - Tessa Harris
I chose a novel of historical fiction which was pretty much a medical thriller. Not the best writing, but easy to read and enjoyable. ⭐⭐⭐

24. a book with a map
At Home in Mitford - Jan Karon
I bought this book used because the word Mitford rang a bell with me as something I wanted to read. However, I made a mistake. The book I wanted was The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford, a classic published in 1945. I read At Home in Mitford and it was enjoyable but it's basically "Christian fiction." It did have a map however! And I enjoyed the character of Father Tim. ⭐⭐⭐

ATY Reading Out of Order I had to start this plan so I could read what I wanted. I'm at 27/52 on this one.

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand Master author
The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie
Not my favorite Agatha Christie, but a good mystery. ⭐⭐⭐

3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2017
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I loved this book - listened to it on audio and laughed out loud in some parts. It's very sad and funny at the same time. I loved Eleanor and Raymond. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

28. A book linked by the 4 elements: Water
Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
A bit disappointing because I like The Girl on the Train. I didn't think this was as well-written or suspenseful. ⭐⭐⭐

49. a book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
Stray City - Chelsey Johnson
Published in 2018, this was an enlightening book for me because it show the life of a lesbian in Portland. I loved the characters and how she made her own family after her own didn't accept her. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

6. a book written in a language other than English
Eline Vere - Louis Couperus
Another translated classic, this time from the Dutch. Are all classics featuring a woman main character about how limited her choices are?!? Eline was a lovely, emotional, imaginative character. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

16. a narrative nonfiction
The Sociopath Next Door - Martha Stout
The choice for my in real life book club, this book sort of creeped me out. ⭐⭐⭐

33. a book connected to a word "born in" the same year as you
The Music Shop - Rachel Joyce
My year is 1955 and I chose the words "liner notes." This book was perfect for those words. Frank is a big lovable guy who can tell people what they need to listen to no matter what problems they have in their life. Lots of music titles - I started writing some down so I could listen. Loved this book. Published in 2018. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone #1) by Tessa Harris At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1) by Jan Karon The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot #2) by Agatha Christie Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Stray City by Chelsey Johnson Eline Vere by Louis Couperus The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7200 comments Mod
Are you doubling up on ATY? One in order and one out of order? I wanted to do in order, but I was worried I would feel way too constrained... this is a good compromise!


message 21: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Yes, I'm doubling up. I hadn't planned on it from the beginning but added the "Read Out of Order" list because I was reading so many books that just grabbed me in the moment and didn't fit my "In Order" plan. It's working out!


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7200 comments Mod
I added (a modified) PopSugar after I realized I was way ahead on ATY but I thought I wouldn't be able to do 100 books in a year. Except I'm on track to hit at least 90... so I probably could have doubled up on ATY. I guess there's always next year! Good luck with yours!


message 23: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Thanks, Emily. I'm not sure if I'll reach 104 books, but I'll try.


message 24: by Kathy (last edited Jul 01, 2018 08:11PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments June Update
I read 10 books during June.

ATY "Read in Order" Challenge
25. a book with an antagonist/villain POV
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
This author can really write and he has insight into human behavior. I'm going to have to read all his works. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

26. a book with a text-only cover
Xingu - Edith Wharton
Very short but hilarious. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

27. a book about surviving a hardship of some kind
Coventry - Helen Humphries
Historical fiction about the bombing of Coventry in England. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

28. Four books linked to the four elements: Water
The Beach House -Mary Alice Monroe
A good beach read about families, love and turtles. ⭐⭐⭐

29. A book with one of the Clue weapons in the title
Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
Such good writing even though I don't favor short stories. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

30. A short book
Heart Berries: A Memoir - Terese Marie Mailhot
Wow. Straight from the heart. A memoir about growing up in a dysfunctional family, PTSD, mental illness. Unique. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ATY "Reading Out of Order" Challenge
45. A book that intimidates/scares you
Villette - Charlotte Brontë
672 pages, classic = intimidating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

15. a book with a unique format/writing structure
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers - Taisia Kitaiskaia
Unique biographies of women writers. I liked the list of works, but not really the strange prose poetry about each. ⭐⭐⭐

22. a book you have high expectations for
The Widows of Malabar Hill - Sujata Massey
Recommended by Modern Mrs. Darcy, I found this interesting but not compelling. I'd probably read the next in the series. ⭐⭐⭐

18. a book with a location in the title
Pat of Silver Bush - L.M. Montgomery
Sweet and nostalgic. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

27. a book about surviving a hardship
The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah
I listened to this on audio and was very upset by the abusive relationships in Leni's family. I hated 2/3 of the book because of this. I like 1/3 mainly due to the relationship of Leni and Matthew which was lovely. hate 2/3 like 1/3 = ⭐⭐

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Xingu by Edith Wharton Coventry by Helen Humphreys The Beach House (Beach House #1) by Mary Alice Monroe Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri Heart Berries A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot Villette by Charlotte Brontë Literary Witches A Celebration of Magical Women Writers by Taisia Kitaiskaia The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1) by Sujata Massey Pat of Silver Bush (Pat, #1) by L.M. Montgomery The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


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Tammy | 704 comments Kathy, your updates are so gorgeous. And I love the in order/out of order challenge set up! I really enjoyed Interpreter of Maladies, too, and didn't expect to for the same reason you listed. I read Xingo for an A-Z challenge and thought it was great fun. Keep on truckin'!


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Kathy | 2215 comments Thanks, Tammy. Good luck on your 3x challenge!


message 27: by Kathy (last edited Aug 04, 2018 01:40PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments July Update

I finished 9 books this month.

ATY Read-in-Order Challenge
31. a book set in a country you'd like to visit but haven't been to
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder - Evelyn Waugh
Set in England starting after World War I, Charles tells the story of meeting the Flytes, a rich Catholic family, which with he has two important relationships. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

32. an alternative history book
The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
I've been avoiding this because of the horrors of slavery, but finally read it. I almost quit because it was so painful, but I continued and was so impressed with Whitehead's imagination and how he makes the reader think about the experience of slaves. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

33. a book connected to a word "born in" the same year as you
My word was "DIY," a great excuse to read a book I've had for some time.
Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures Forms - Alisa Golden
Inspiring. I want to make a book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

ATY NOT Reading in Order Challenge
17. a book you expect to make you laugh
The Vicious Vet - M.C. Beaton
I like these cozy mysteries even better now that Agatha Raisin is on PBS. ⭐⭐⭐

24. a book with a map
In Prior's Wood - G.M. Malliet
This is number 7 in a series and I like the setting and characters but I've liked the early books better. ⭐⭐⭐

34. a book from the ATY polls that didn't make it
I chose a book I'm reading for another group.
The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maugham
I'm reading this for my IRL book club and loved Maugham's writing. It's set at a similar time to Brideshead Revisited but I liked this one better. It's really a study of several characters and their lives in the 1920s and 1930s. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

40. a book Amazon's 100 books to read in a Lifetime
Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen
Written in the 1930s about the author as owner of her own coffee plantation in Kenya. If you can get past the author's attitudes toward the native population (enlightened in her time) it's a good adventure story. ⭐⭐⭐

46. a book based on the element: Air
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl - Timothy Egan
That dust was blown by wind, so I chose this nonfiction book which I listened to. I never knew (or maybe I forgot) that the Dust Bowl was human-caused, digging up the prairie to plant wheat. Well-written. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Side Read
A Murder Is Announced - Agatha Christie
I'm read all of Christie's Marple and Poirot books. ⭐⭐⭐⭐



Brideshead Revisited The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Making Handmade Books 100+ Bindings, Structures Forms by Alisa Golden The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin, #2) by M.C. Beaton The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan In Prior's Wood (Max Tudor #7) by G.M. Malliet Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5) by Agatha Christie


message 28: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments I've updated my Reading-in-Order and my NOT Reading in Order Challenges in message 1. I'm never reading in order again. So constraining!


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7200 comments Mod
Kathy, did you plan your in order reads beforehand? I'm thinking of reading in order next year, but I'm going to give myself a lot of options/allow for some flexibility in what I choose to read for each prompt, and I'd love to hear how you did it.


message 30: by Kathy (last edited Aug 04, 2018 02:29PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments I planned my "in order" reads ahead of time and gave myself many options. I stuck with my top choice through probably week 11, then picked off my lists or just read something new I had found.

My problem with reading in order is that I usually read multiple books at a time - one on my bedside table, one on audio for my drive to work, one on audio that my husband and I listen to on road trips, one in the bathroom (!! I know). So I was reading books that didn't count because they were for a prompt I wasn't up to yet. So I created my "NOT Reading in Order Plan" and just started filling that in.

I think if you give yourself a lot of options, you'll enjoy it. Go for it, Emily!


message 31: by Kathy (last edited Sep 03, 2018 01:46PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments August Update
I read "books" this month, some of them being short stories.

ATY Read-in-order Challenge

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 Polls, that didn't win but made the close-call or polarizing list: A book that you're reading as part of a reading group, buddy read, or Book of the Month (either in the AtY group or outside of it)
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
This is one weird book but very entertaining and a worthwhile read. ⭐⭐⭐

35. A book featuring a murder/murders (fiction or non-fiction, any genre)
Funerals Are Fatal - Agatha Christie
Classic Agatha Christie. Fun! ⭐⭐⭐

ATY Not-Reading-In-Order Challenge

38. A science book or a science fiction book
The Machine Stops - E.M. Forster
I read this 48 page short story published in 1909 which eerily predicted our current fascination with technological devices. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
I listened to this on audio. Sometimes it was funny and other times it seemed stupid. ⭐⭐⭐

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
A children's/YA classic about two groups of children camping alone on an island and sailing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Other books
The Shunned House - H.P. Lovecraft
Another classic short story which was pretty creepy. ⭐⭐⭐

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
A childhood classic that I've never read. Very enjoyable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Iowa Story - William Anderson
I visited the historic site in Burr Oak, Iowa where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived with her family for a couple years and bought this book. It fills in her story nicely. ⭐⭐⭐

The Life and Death of Harriett Frean - May Sinclair
Another classic by an author I hadn't read before. ⭐⭐⭐



The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov Funerals Are Fatal (Hercule Poirot, #29) by Agatha Christie Three Men in a Boat (Three Men, #1) by Jerome K. Jerome Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1) by Arthur Ransome The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett Laura Ingalls Wilder Iowa Story by William Anderson The Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair


message 32: by Kathy (last edited Oct 07, 2018 12:48PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments September Update

All books were finished in October. Some were started in July!

ATY In Order
36. A book published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read
The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

37. A Woman's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee:
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
I hated this book. What awful people.

38. A science book or a science fiction book:
The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks - Amy Stewart ⭐⭐⭐

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title:
The Witches' Tree - M.C. Beaton ⭐⭐

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list:
WILD CARD: A title that is 4 words or less in length:
Warlight - Michael Ondaatje ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oops! Out of order on the In order list!!! Couldn't help it.
42. A book that takes place on, in or underwater:
Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain ⭐⭐⭐⭐

45. A book that intimidates/scares you:
Middlemarch - George Eliot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It took me 2 1/2 months to read this.

ATY Out of Order challenge
12. A book set in Africa or South America:
The Hour of the Star - Clarice Lispector ⭐⭐⭐
26. A book with a text only cover:
The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm - Theodor Storm ⭐⭐⭐

29. A book with a Clue weapon on the cover
Poirot Investiga (Hércules Poirot, #3) by Agatha Christie - Agatha Christie ⭐⭐

32. An alternate history book:
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories - Susanna Clarke ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A couple stories had characters from Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

36. A book published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read before:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐

51. An award-winning short story
A Rose for Emily - William Faulkner ⭐⭐⭐⭐


The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Drunken Botanist The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart The Witches' Tree (Agatha Raisin #28) by M.C. Beaton Warlight by Michael Ondaatje Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain Middlemarch by George Eliot The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm Poirot Investiga (Hércules Poirot, #3) by Agatha Christie The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner


message 33: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments October Update
Read 9 books this month. Have 5 1/2 left to go on ATY In Order and and 3 left for ATY Out of Order

ATY In Order
40. Amazon top 100 - I used my Wild Card because I had to read a book for my book club
Warlight - Michael Ondaatje
Beautiful writing. I should win awards. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

41, author with the same first and last initial
An Inquiry Into Love and Death - Simone St. James]
A good ghost story. ⭐⭐⭐

43. Title that's a whole sentence
I Capture the Castle - Docie Smith
Lovely, sweet YA. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

44. A ghost story
The Woman in Black - Susan Hill
Written like a classic. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

46. Air
Airs Above the Ground - Mary Stewart
So interesting. Set in Austria so I got that on my World Tour challenge. Lippizan horses, intrigue. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

[Note: 42 and 45 I finished in Sept. Couldn't stay in order!]

ATY Out of Order

10. Author's debut book
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - Candice Millard
I can hardly believe Theodore Roosevelt did such a thing as go down uncharted rivers in the Amazon in his 50s. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

44. A ghost story
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Glad I finally read this. Not what I expected but somehow better. Jackson can really build the suspense. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Other reading
In the Mountains - Elizabeth von Arnim
I seem to be making my way through von Arnim's books. She is sneakily witty. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
An upbeat book about a bookseller. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje An Inquiry Into Love and Death by Simone St. James I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart The River of Doubt Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson In the Mountains by Elizabeth von Arnim The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


message 34: by Kathy (last edited Dec 01, 2018 02:23PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments I'm getting tired of this challenge and I just want to read Christmas-related books this month. So I moved some of my ATY Not-Reading-In-Order to my ATY Reading-In-Order list because that's my main challenge. I'll end with finishing 49 of 52 for the Not Reading IN Order challenge

ONE LEFT!! in my main challenge

November Update
I finished 8 books in November.

ATY In-Order Challenge (no longer going in order but close)
47. a book where the main character/author is of a different background than you
White Teeth - Zadie Smith ⭐⭐⭐
I didn't exactly enjoy this book, but I was impressed by it and learned about people who are different than me.

48. a book related to one of the 7 deadly sins
The Age of Innocence - Edth Wharton ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Loved this and wonder why I have only read one other book by Wharton. I want to read everything she wrote. The sins include lust and greed.

52. a book published in 2018
My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton - Stephanie Dray ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A really good historical fiction novel where you learn so much about the formation of the United States.

ATY Not-In-Order Challenge
I used my WILD CARD on 23, A medical or legal thriller. Read a book for my IRL Book Club
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My first Murakami and I'll read more. Funny and mind-bending.

2. a book from the first 10 books on your TBR
Silent in the Grave - Deanna Raybourn ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A pleasant historical mystery. I'll read the second one.

Sides
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Science fiction written in the 1940s. Very imaginative.

The Third Hotel - Laura van den Berg ⭐⭐⭐
I thought this was going to fit a prompt but I made a mistake. It was short and mysterious and set in Cuba. Includes movies and zombie in movies.

The A.B.C. Murders - Agatha Christie ⭐⭐⭐⭐
One of her good books.

Best book: The Age of Innocence

White Teeth by Zadie Smith The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton My Dear Hamilton A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1) by Deanna Raybourn The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13) by Agatha Christie


message 35: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments I've finished my reading challenge! My last book was Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson for #49, a book with a warm atmosphere.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson


message 36: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Fantastic! I'm so happy you enjoyed The Age of Innocence. I just started Wharton this year and I love her. I have House of Mirth and Innocence on tap for next year. I also love Murakami. I've got Hard Boiled set for the weird title prompt next year! I'll be scrolling back through your posts. I like your updates.Lots of good tips.


Wonderful job on your finishing your list!


message 37: by Kathy (last edited Dec 07, 2018 07:39PM) (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Thanks, Tammy. Hard-Boiled was my first Murakami and I'll be reading more. I'm thinking Norwegian Wood. And Wharton! I think I'll read everything she wrote eventually. Hoping to read House of Mirth next year also.


message 38: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Norwegian Wood doesn't have quite the magic of some of his others. I highly recommend Kafka on the Shore. Wind-Up Bird has been my favorite but it is really out there (as is 1Q84).

Ethan Frome By Wharton was a sad, lovely story. And Summer, for a lesser known book, was high quality, too. You have so many great books on your list!


message 39: by Marina H (new)

Marina H | 1315 comments You've done great this year, Kathy! To me it's impressive completing the challenge once but almost completing it twice is amazing. But I also understand why you could get tired of working on a challenge. Sometimes you just want to read for fun and not think about which task a books fit.
Enjoy your Christmas books 🎅


message 40: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Tammy - Ethan Frome was lovely. I have Kafka on my TBR and have heard good things about Wind-Up Bird Chronicle so I'll add that too.

Marina - Thanks. I am having fun reading whatever I want right now. At present I'm reading Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh, a mystery set during Christmas time.


message 41: by Anna (new)

Anna | 977 comments Congratulations, Kathy. I absolutely understand wanting to read what you want, without restraints for the rest of the year!


message 42: by Edie (new)

Edie | 835 comments Congrats, Kathy! December is my month to read whatever suits my fancy. I do have a couple more books to read to finish one of my challenges, so it won't be ALL random reads.


message 43: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2215 comments Thanks Anna and Edie. I am reading one book to finish a challenge yet (not ATY) and it's The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola. It has been slow but has started picking up recently.


message 44: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Kathy wrote: "Thanks, Tammy. Hard-Boiled was my first Murakami and I'll be reading more. I'm thinking Norwegian Wood. And Wharton! I think I'll read everything she wrote eventually. Hoping to read H..."

Uh-oh...I skipped ahead and read The House of Mirth! Now I'm going to have to find something else to make up for it in 2019. It was great and I think you'll really enjoy it.


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