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message 1: by Tammy (last edited Nov 08, 2018 05:08AM) (new)

Tammy | 704 comments 1. A, T & Y in the title:
Brideshead Revisited The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh 4 Stars The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami 3.5 Stars The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene 3.75 Stars
2. A book from the first 10 books of your TBR:
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton 4 Stars Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) by Robin Sloan 3.75 Stars Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon 3.75 Stars
3. A 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link):
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 3 Stars Sourdough by Robin Sloan 2.75 Stars The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell 2.75 Stars
4. 4 elements: Book #1 Earth:
The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) by Ken Follett 3.75 Stars A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin 3.5 Stars An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro 4.5 Stars
5. A book inspired by real events:
A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs 1.5 Stars Wintering A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses 3 Stars Libra by Don DeLillo 4.5 Stars
6. A book originally written in a language other than English:
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 3.5 Stars A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe 4 Stars Candide by Voltaire 4.75 Stars
7. A gothic novel:
The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor 4.5 Stars The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 5 Stars Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 2 Stars
8. An "own voices" book:
Passing by Nella Larsen 3.75 Stars Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 4.5 Stars Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung 2.75 Stars
9. A body part in the title:
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 3 Stars White Teeth by Zadie Smith 4.5 Stars The Breast by Philip Roth 4 Stars
10. An author's debut:
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 4.25 Stars The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 4 Stars The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 4 Stars
11. A literary fiction:
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout 3.75 Stars Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy 5 Stars Fifth Business by Robertson Davies 4 Stars
12. A book set in Africa or South America:
A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe 3.5 Stars Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton 4.5 Stars Born a Crime Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 4 Stars
13. A plot centered around a secret:
Silas Marner by George Eliot 4 Stars The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark 4.5 Stars Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams 4 Stars
14. 4 elements: Book #2 Fire:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 3 Stars How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz 3 Stars Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov 4.25 Stars
15. A unique format/writing structure:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson 4 Stars Reader’s Block by David Markson 4.5 Stars Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino 4 Stars
16. A narrative nonfiction:
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1) by Elie Wiesel 5 Stars Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach 3 Stars Columbine by Dave Cullen 4.25 Stars
17. A book you expect to make you laugh:
Let's Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson 2.75 Stars Bossypants by Tina Fey 3 Stars Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 3.75 Stars
18. A location in the title:
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 2.75 Stars Tampa by Alissa Nutting 2 Stars Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson 4.5 Stars
19. An Edgar Award:
Joyland by Stephen King 3.25 Stars The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale 3.75 Stars The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré 4.5 Stars
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 4.5 Stars Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien 4.5 Stars Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 4.5 Stars
21. First person perspective:
White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 2.5 Stars The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 3.75 Stars Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis 3.5 Stars
22. High expectations:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 3.75 Stars Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 4.5 Stars Silence by Shūsaku Endō 4 Stars
23. A medical/legal thriller:
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham 2.5 Stars The Associate by John Grisham 2.75 Stars The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #22) by Michael Connelly 3.25 Stars
24. A book with a map:
The Princess Bride by William Goldman 4 Stars The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 2.5 Stars The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1) by Rachel Joyce 3.5 Stars
25. A book with an antagonist/villain POV:
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates 2 Stars The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson 4.5 Stars The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco 4.25 Stars
26. Text only cover:
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk 3.25 Stars The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald 4 Stars Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty 3.75 Stars
27. A book about surviving a hardship:
Hunger by Knut Hamsun 4.5 Stars Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 4.5 Stars The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 3.5 Stars
28. 4 elements: Book #3 Water:
In the Heart of the Sea The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick 4 Stars The Color Of Water by James McBride 4 Stars The North Water by Ian McGuire 3.75 Stars
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title:
Enough Rope by Dorothy Parker 1 Star Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1) by Amy Stewart 3 Stars Limitations (Kindle County Legal Thriller, #7) by Scott Turow 3.5 Stars
30. Short book:
Chess Story by Stefan Zweig 4 Stars The Dying Animal by Philip Roth 4 Stars Fences (The Century Cycle #6) by August Wilson 4 Stars
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to:
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky 4.25 Stars Sky Burial An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran 3 Stars Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay 3 Stars
32. An alternate history book:
Pudd'n Head Wilson by Mark Twain 4.25 Stars 1984 by George Orwell 4.25 Stars 11/22/63 by Stephen King 4 Stars
33. A book title connected to a word "born" in the same year as you (Fell-Good, Glitter Rock, Doomsday):
The Life All Around Me By Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons 3.25 Stars The Last Interview and other Conversations by David Bowie 2 Stars The Big Short Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis 4 Stars
34. A polarizing suggestion from AtY 2018 polls: (#1: Celestial theme; #2: A title with 4 Letters or less; #3: 5 Star book from a Mod's list (Sophie's Choice):
Sunset Park by Paul Auster 3.75 Stars Amok by Stefan Zweig 4 Stars Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 3.75 Stars
35. A book featuring a murder:
Bad Monkey (Andrew Yancy, #1) by Carl Hiaasen 2.5 Stars The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 4 Stars Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy 4 Stars
36. A book published in 2016, 2017, or 2018 by an author you haven't read before:
Nicotine by Nell Zink 3 Stars The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker 2.5 Stars Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta 2 Stars
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee:
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent 3.5 Stars Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple 2.75 Stars Love by Toni Morrison 3.75 Stars
38. A science book or a science fiction book:
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood 3.75 Stars Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) by Frank Herbert 4.5 Stars We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 3.75 Stars
39. A book with punctuation in the title:
Lionel Asbo State of England by Martin Amis 3.25 Stars Maus I A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1) by Art Spiegelman 4.5 Stars Nick Cave Mercy on Me by Reinhard Kleist 2.75 Stars
40. Amazon's 100 Books to Read:
The Liars' Club by Mary Karr 4.75 Stars Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1) by Joseph Heller 4.75 Stars Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 4.25 Stars
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials:
Bill Bryson The Complete Notes by Bill Bryson 3.75 Stars White Noise by Don DeLillo 4.25 Stars Sidhartha by Hermann Hesse 5 Stars
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 4.25 Stars The Sea Wolf by Jack London 4.25 Stars Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville 3.75 Stars
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 3.5 Stars 100 Things Beatles Fans Should Know Do Before They Die by Gillian G. Gaar 2.5 Stars The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 4.5 Stars
44. A ghost story:
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James 3 Stars Ghost Story by Peter Straub 2.75 Stars Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 4.5 Stars
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you:
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon 3.5 Stars The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 4 Stars 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 4.5 Stars
46. 4 elements: Book #4 Air:
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Jasper Fforde 3 Stars When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 3.75 StarS Coming Up for Air by George Orwell 4 Stars
47. Main character/author is of a different ethnicity, religion, or sexual identity than your own:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 3.5 Stars The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X 3.75 Stars A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood 4 Stars
48. 7 deadly sins:
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis 4 Stars The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 4.5 Stars Slide, a Modern Satire on the Excess of Greed by Saira Viola 1 Star
49. Goodreads Best Books of the Month:
Theft by Finding Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris 2 Stars Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King 2.75 Stars Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue 3.75 Stars
50. A warm atmosphere:
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson 3.5 Stars To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf 4.5 Stars Summer by Edith Wharton 4 Stars
51. An award-winning short story or collection:
Quantum of Solace The Complete James Bond Short Stories by Ian Fleming 3.25 Stars The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor 5 Stars Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson 4 Stars
52. Published in 2018
Educated by Tara Westover 3.75 Stars Play Bridge Now by Montgomery Coe 3 Stars The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 3 Stars


message 2: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Another person with Ulysses for the intimidating book. I love it! And Absalom, Absalom! is my all time favorite book, so I'm excited to see it on your list!


message 3: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Katie wrote: "Another person with Ulysses for the intimidating book. I love it! And Absalom, Absalom! is my all time favorite book, so I'm excited to see it on your list!"

I confess that I read 36 pages of Ulysses this year and put it down. This is going to be a big accomplishment if I can finish it!


message 4: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I've made my list pretty and I think I'm going to stop for now. I could use some really good suggestions for the legal and medical thrillers because I have read a lot of them and am looking for something special. Oh...and the "own" voice selection is giving me a real pain. I'd appreciate any help!


message 5: by Zaz (last edited Oct 12, 2017 12:52AM) (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments I suppose you could find other interesting books for the "rated 5 stars by a mod", More Than This is own voice. If you want to keep it there, what topic would you be interested in (ethnic group, LGBTQ+, mental illness, etc) and in which genre?


message 6: by Hélène (new)

Hélène | 172 comments Your list is very ambitious! I confess I've started reading Ulysses several times and never made it to the end. For the ownvoices book, I would recommend Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, if you haven't read her yet. Two of her books are listed by the BBC in the 13 best novels of the 21st century.


message 7: by Jody (last edited Oct 12, 2017 03:37AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments Whoa, starting out the year with Gravity's Rainbow - brave woman! :D

Another Ulysses reader here - although I have a bunch of other options for that category, it really has to be that terrifying book.

Night is incredible - I hope you like it. I'm currently reading Oscar and Lucinda, but it's far from compelling. I'm surprised to see it on someone's list - I didn't think it was too well known! I'm Australian, and I don't think it's even that well known for us, I found it on a couple of lists, and picked up the book for a Franc at a used book sale.


message 8: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Zaz wrote: "I suppose you could find other interesting books for the "rated 5 stars by a mod", More Than This is own voice. If you want to keep it there, what topic would you be interested in (ethnic group, LG..."

Zaz, I'll use the Ness book in the own voice category and try to find another mod 5 star choice! Helene, if I can make it past Gravity's Rainbow I will feel pretty good. I think that and Ulysses are going to be the real deal breakers on the list. I will definitely put Adichie on my to read list!


message 9: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Jody wrote: "Whoa, starting out the year with Gravity's Rainbow - brave woman! :D

Another Ulysses reader here - although I have a bunch of other options for that category, it really ha..."


Jody, your comment made me laugh! Night is something I should have read years ago. I'm sure I will like it because it will give me a lot to think about. As for Oscar and Lucinda, I just googled books set in Australia and that is something I picked randomly. If you have another suggestion, I'm open to making a change. I've got a lot of tough books and don't need something that is not interesting! I do think it is funny that you are currently reading it, though!


message 10: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments I'm making an effort to read more Australian works at the moment, but I'm not doing very well! Picnic at Hanging Rock is probably my favourite - it's really eerie & interesting, and way more readable than O&L. I'm really having to push through it, I have it sitting beside me now, but every time I look at it I involuntarily frown and think "Whyyyyyyyy?!".


message 11: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Picnic is the one about the women that go missing in the early 1900's right? That was my second choice. I'll make the change!


message 12: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Bahaha, I love your Sophie's Choice comment. Too funny.


message 13: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments Yes! That’s the one, Tammy. I think every Australian my age or older is really familiar with the story. I rem never when I moved to Victoria (the state where Hanging Rock is) and I first saw a road sign for it, I got chills.


message 14: by Anna (new)

Anna | 977 comments You have really ambitious plan, Tammy! I loved The Master and Margarita, The Pillars of the Earth and The Princess Bride.


message 15: by Angie (new)

Angie | 807 comments Looks good! I have Ulysses on my list, too. Gravity's Rainbow seems quite daunting.


message 16: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Angie wrote: "Looks good! I have Ulysses on my list, too. Gravity's Rainbow seems quite daunting."

Angie, I think Gravity's Rainbow scares me almost as much as Ulysses. The fact that it is set for week one makes me feel a bit queasy.

So pleased to hear Anna and Katie liked some of the books on the list. I'm still trying to find a mod 5 star book. I'll keep looking.


message 17: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments Nice list! I have Pale Fire and Stiff on my list, too. I meant to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this year because a friend read it and liked it, but didn't get to it. But maybe for my full-sentence title next year...


message 18: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Cheri wrote: "Nice list! I have Pale Fire and Stiff on my list, too. I meant to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this year because a friend read it and liked it, but didn't get to it. But maybe for my full-sentence..."

Oh good, Cheri! I like to have someone to bounce idea's off of (especially if I am having trouble with a book).


message 19: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments Cheri, I was surprised how much I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It’s really wonderful book. I hope you love it!


message 20: by Tammy (last edited Oct 16, 2017 06:45AM) (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I've heard so many good things about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Jody! I'm looking so forward to reading it.


message 21: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments It's really such a wonderful book. It feels like nothing happens, although so much does.

I have to reneg on Oscar and Lucinda. I really had to push through, but I hit a point about 375 pages in (of 511!) and it finally had me hooked. An absolute slow burn, but it ended up being pretty darn great.


message 22: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Ha! I read your review and thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually just finished a book that hit me the same way. I trudged through the first 200 pages and then flew through the last 250. I will put Oscar and Lucinda back in my TBR list. Thanks for keeping me updated!


message 23: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments It really was so much like my experience of reading Catch-22 (although that was hilarious all of the way through and O&L had more scattered funny moments). I didn’t think I was invested in either until I suddenly realised that I really was, and both of them had me close the book thinking I’d like to revisit them.


message 24: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I love the mention of Catch-22. Ive picked that book up twice and haven't made it past the first chapter. I put it on my list for 2018 because once I commit to something I will do it. It makes me happy to hear that you really ended up enjoying it after all.


message 25: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments It took me a long time to finish - six months. The beauty of it is that it’s not at all a book that needs to be rushed through. There’s very little plot, so it’s not all that compelling. The humour kept me going!


message 26: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2544 comments I like your double down idea! I might try that too, if I get really ambitious. Nice list! I read Dune, We, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this year and loved them. Have fun with your challenge!


message 27: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Pam wrote: "I like your double down idea! I might try that too, if I get really ambitious. Nice list! I read Dune, We, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this year and loved them. Have fun with your challenge!

I'm still working on the 2nd list, but hopefully will get it done this weekend.. I love hearing good reviews for some of the books. Makes me look forward to reading them even more!



message 28: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2544 comments Summer Book and Burial Rites are really good, also. Good luck with Ulysses! You are much braver than me, taking that one on.


message 29: by Veronica (new)

Veronica | 797 comments I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Homegoing was excellent. Good luck with your double challenge.


message 30: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Whoo-hoo. I did a side-read of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce this week (early prep for Ulysses). I'm feeling pretty smug and less fearful now. Now I have to get back to my YA selection for my 2017 challenge!


message 31: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2216 comments I'm thinking of doing the double-down also rather than doing Popsugar.

I read The Secret History, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Homegoing this year and like them all. I loved the writing of Donna Tarrt in The Secret History.

I also have on my list Pillars of the Earth, White Teeth, and Summer by Edith Wharton.


message 32: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Kathy wrote: "I'm thinking of doing the double-down also rather than doing Popsugar.

I read The Secret History, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and Homegoing this year and like them all. I loved the writing of Donna T..."

You have so many good books to choose from, Kathy, that you could do three books for every category. I haven't done popsugar before. One challenge is probably enough for me and if I double it, then it is definitely enough! I've read The Goldfinch by Tart and am looking forward to The Secret History.


message 33: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1743 comments Nice list, Tammy. I’ve got Absalom, Absalom! on my list, too. Think you’ll love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Burial Rites, Night, We. And I didn’t know Nell Zink has a new one! Loved Mislaid. Must add Nicotine to the old TBR.


message 34: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1743 comments Also see you have Tampa listed. You’ll have to let me know what you think of THAT one. Yowza.


message 35: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Stacey wrote: "Also see you have Tampa listed. You’ll have to let me know what you think of THAT one. Yowza."

I don't know how much of a review I'll be able to give on that one, Stacey. Subject matter, as you seem to know could be a little bit sketchy.😱


message 36: by Beth (new)

Beth | 334 comments Nice list! You have an interesting variety there. I would highly recommend Stiff, The Secret History and Burial Rites - all great reads :)


message 37: by MJ (last edited Dec 06, 2017 10:00AM) (new)

MJ | 672 comments I saw your comment about someone else's list and I knew I needed to see your list!

Great list! We have quite an overlap in our TBR I think. And you have several that are in my 2018 challenge(s).
I added "See What I Have Done" to my ATY challenge.

I tried for several years to read Bulgakov's Master, and finally forced my way through. I had such high expectations but it just didn't hold my attention to the end. This isn't stopping me from wanting to read Heart of A Dog... AND I found a collection of Russian gothic short stories called Red Spectres ... which has a short story by him. The fact that it is Gothic AND Russian? Can't wait.

Good luck with your double challenge! I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on your reads.


message 38: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments MJ...so glad something I said made you want to check out my challenge. I hope that The Master and Margarita will be a little better for me than it was for you (your 2 stars makes me nervous). I am looking forward to checking out your challenge to see what goodies you have in store for next year. Best of luck to you. I'll be sharing my progress and checking in on yours!


message 39: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I still have 5 categories that I haven't come up with a second book! I'm trying to hunt those down and am taking recommendations.

I'm very ready to start my reading for 2018. I can't wait to see how this turns out. I'm doing two other challenges and this will be my first full year of doing them, as I didn't start goofing around in the groups until October this year. Sooooo excited!


message 40: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2544 comments Tammy- Are you tracking your double challenges in 2 separate threads or 2 per category in this thread? Which 5 do you need a 2nd choice?


message 41: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2544 comments Tammy wrote: "MJ...so glad something I said made you want to check out my challenge. I hope that The Master and Margarita will be a little better for me than it was for you (your 2 stars makes me nervous). I am ..."

I struggled with it, too, and had to push my way through to finish it. I know others love it. It helps if you have an edition with notes. I feel like a lot is lost in translation for non-Russian readers. I wouldn't discourage you from reading it, though!


message 42: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments This is one challenge. I HAve a classics bingo challenge, and a personal crazy 88 challenge. The other two are in the Catching up on classics group.

Let's see...I need a book featuring a murder, an edgar award nominee, a book with a map, a legal thriller and one to do with my birth year. 72 was not a good year for words that inspire Book Titles.


message 43: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2544 comments Tammy wrote: "This is one challenge. I HAve a classics bingo challenge, and a personal crazy 88 challenge. The other two are in the Catching up on classics group.

Let's see...I need a book featuring a murder, a..."


I must have been on the GR app because I couldn't see your double selections but I see them now! For a map, here's a few suggestions: The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett, The Map That Changed the World, On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Albert of Adelaide (an odd one on my shelf, by a NM (where I live) author but set in Australia.


message 44: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2544 comments I think you have some good words for 1972, like Latina, blended-family, media event, feel-good and page turner. Page turner is pretty generic and could apply to any book that you like! Have you read American Pastoral? That is the perfect book for media event and it's very good.


message 45: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I read American Pastoral this year and enjoyed it very much. I liked it so much that I read three more Roth books. I will check out your map suggestions. Thanks so much for the help!


message 46: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Well...I totally failed at reading in order. I'm not going to worry about it because I just have to deal with what I can get from the library when I can get it! I started the year with Bossypants (a book that will make you laugh). It did make me laugh, but not as much as I'd hoped.

Moved on to an "own voice" book called Lucy & Linh. This wasn't awful but I don't think own voice books are my bag.

I just started Catch-22 (Amazon's 100 books to read in a lifetime). I'm only about 60 pages in, but this is what I should have picked to make me laugh. I'm doing this one on audio, but I also have a paperback to refer back to.

While I listen to Catch-22 on my commute, I'm reading Going After Cacciato (a book rated 5 Stars by a friend). I hope to have 5 books completed the first week. This could be a stretch but I'll do my best.


message 47: by Karen (new)

Karen | 30 comments Tammy wrote: "Well...I totally failed at reading in order. I'm not going to worry about it because I just have to deal with what I can get from the library when I can get it! I started the year with Bossypants (..."

I see you have The Violent Bear It Away on your list. I've just finished reading it and have some conflicting thoughts... I've added it to the V folder. I'd love to hear what you think when you get to reading it!


message 48: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Karen wrote: "Tammy wrote: "Well...I totally failed at reading in order. I'm not going to worry about it because I just have to deal with what I can get from the library when I can get it! I started the year wit..."

Karen, I will definitely check out your thoughts on The Violent Bear it Away when I read it and I'll write back to you. I am at the mercy of the library and when they can have my holds ready! I will say that I loved her wildly weird and creepy Wise Blood.


message 49: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I just finished 2 more books. I read Going After Cacciato (a book that a friend gave 5 stars) and it was great. I also completed Mrs. Fletcher (a book published within the last 3 years) and I thought it was pretty poor. I waited for three months to get that on hold from the library and man, they can have it back.


message 50: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I've finished 6 out of the 104 now. I completed an award winning book of short stories (Jesus' Son) which was worth the time and Catch-22. If any of you are audio book lovers...Catch-22 should be on your list. I ended up reading the last 150 pages, but the audio version was wonderful and I highly recommend it.


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