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message 1: by Angie (last edited Jun 30, 2018 07:52PM) (new)

Angie | 777 comments Here is the first part of my planning post. I've tried to give myself lots of choices in most cases. I'm not thrilled about my picks for numbers 42 and 50, but this is a work in progress, so it's all good.

Planning Post

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
Take the Monkey and Run
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
All the Pretty Horses

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
Prayers for Rain
The Probable Future
The Uninvited
The Zoo Job
Old Man's War
The Light Between Oceans

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Meddling Kids
Final Girls

4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth
A Wizard of Earthsea
Intruder in the Dust
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History

5. A book about or inspired by real events
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
Mania: The Story of the Outraged and Outrageous Lives That Launched a Cultural Revolution
Psycho

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
Norwegian Wood
Britt-Marie Was Here
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
War and Peace
The Dead Mountaineer's Inn

7. A gothic novel
Absalom, Absalom!
The Castle of Otranto
The Woman in White
The House of the Seven Gables

8. An "own voices" book
Everything I Never Told You
Parable of the Sower
Binti

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
White Teeth
Heart-Shaped Box
The Left Hand of Darkness
Tooth of Crime
The Moving Finger

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
The Secret History
White Teeth
The Virgin Suicides
Red Harvest
The Martian
The Bluest Eye
The Hate U Give

11. A literary fiction
White Teeth
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Light in August
Never Let Me Go
The Secret History
Middlesex
Absalom, Absalom!

12. A book set in Africa or South America
Xala
Half of a Yellow Sun
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Death on the Nile

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
The Secret History
Everything I Never Told You
The Light Between Oceans
The Body in the Library
Moonlight Mile
Split Second
The Girl in the Tower

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
Dragonflight
His Majesty's Dragon
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions
Firestarter

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
As I Lay Dying
Microserfs
The Mezzanine

16. A narrative nonfiction
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
The Very Thirsty Vampire: A Parody
My Man Jeeves
True West
Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions
Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
The Comedy of Errors

18. A book with a location in the title
Shutter Island
Treasure Island
Fried Green Tomatoes at the WhistleStop Cafe
Magic America
'Salem's Lot
Empire Falls
Northanger Abbey
Cranford

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author
The Blessing Way
The Bottoms
Finders Keepers*
The Godwulf Manuscript*
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
Night Shift
Angela's Ashes
Foundation
The Maltese Falcon
The Silmarillion
Everything I Never Told You
The Shining
The Mists of Avalon
Beloved
The Bean Trees

21. A book written in first person perspective
Fight Club
The Secret History
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Baked to Death
Parable of the Sower
The Bean Trees
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Dark Bayou

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
The Stand
Light in August
Alexander Hamilton

23. A medical or legal thriller
Shutter Island
The Alienist
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
or WILD CARD

24. A book with a map
The Name of the Wind
The Silmarillion
Absalom, Absalom!
Washington's Crossing
Moon Called

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Six of Crows
The Gospel of Loki

26. A book with a text only cover
Dark Matter
One for the Money
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock


message 2: by Angie (last edited Nov 11, 2018 10:35AM) (new)

Angie | 777 comments And part 2...

Planning Post Part 2

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
Angela's Ashes
The Road
Parable of the Sower
The Last of the Mohicans
The Stand
Oliver Twist
My Ántonia
The Hunger Games

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
The Johnstown Flood
Snow Country
Snow Crash
The River King
The Light Between Oceans
Death on the Nile
The Hunt for Red October

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
Fundraising the Dead
The Skeletons of Scarborough House
If Walls Could Talk
Yuletide Homicide
Fatal Fixer-Upper
The Gunslinger

30. A short book
An Artist of the Floating World
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Invisible Man
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Refrigerator Monologues

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Ulysses
The Light Between Oceans
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
An Artist of the Floating World

32. An alternate history book
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
Boneshaker
His Majesty's Dragon
The Years of Rice and Salt
Leviathan

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women (herstory)
Dispatches (Agent Orange)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (comfort food)
All the President's Men (whistle blower)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (bioethics)
August: Osage County (untogether)

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call
(Nobel Prize winning author)
An Artist of the Floating World
Never Let Me Go
Go Down, Moses
Light in August
(A book with a supernatural character)
The Rules of Magic

35. A book featuring a murder
The Body in the Library
Death on the Nile
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
The Big Sleep

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
Dark Matter
Hamilton: The Revolution
Anything Is Possible
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Age of Myth
Final Girls
The Refrigerator Monologues

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The Light Between Oceans
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

38. A science book or a science fiction book
Snow Crash
I, Robot
Neuromancer
Foundation
Dark Matter

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
O Pioneers!
Heart-Shaped Box
Absalom, Absalom!
I, Robot
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
Beloved
The Shining
The Secret History
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
The Stars My Destination
Snow Crash
Neuromancer
I, Robot

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The Alienist - Caleb Carr
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
Ulysses - James Joyce
True West - Sam Shepard
Cruising Paradise - Sam Shepard

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
The Hunt for Red October
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other Classic Novels
Treasure Island
The Drowned World
Moby-Dick or, The Whale

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
Never Let Me Go
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
My Name Is Asher Lev
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
This Is How You Lose Her

44. A ghost story
The Shining
Heart-Shaped Box
The Canterville Ghost
Ghostly Paws

45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
Les Misérables
War and Peace
It

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
The Name of the Wind
Leaves on the Wind
The Aeronaut's Windlass
Leviathan

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
Norwegian Wood
An Artist of the Floating World
My Name Is Asher Lev
Everything I Never Told You
Tracks

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
The Godfather
Othello
The Maltese Falcon
The House of the Seven Gables
The Scarlet Letter
Thérèse Raquin

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Light Between Oceans
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Mockingjay

50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Frog and Toad Are Friends
The Magic of Ordinary Days

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
A Small, Good Thing (story)
Seasons of Glass and Iron (story)
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (collection)
Knockemstiff (collection)
Just After Sunset (collection)

52. A book published in 2018
BRAVE
The Librarians and the Pot of Gold
Brief Cases


message 3: by Angie (last edited Dec 20, 2018 07:31PM) (new)

Angie | 777 comments The 2018 List

38/52

✔ 1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title -
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (01/11/2018) ★★★★★
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane (TBR)
✔ 3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards -
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling won Goodreads Choice for Fantasy (01/03/2018) ★★★★★
✔ 4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth -
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (05/06/2018) ★★★
✔ 5. A book about or inspired by real events
Psycho by Robert Bloch (07/01/2018) ★★★
✔ 6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (08/24/2018) ★★★★
✔ 7. A gothic novel
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (10/27/2018) ★★
✔ 8. An "own voices" book*
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (06/21/2018) ★★★★★
✔ 9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie (09/20/2018) ★★★★
✔ 10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (09/08/2018) ★★★★★
11. A literary fiction
✔ 12. A book set in Africa or South America
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (10/27/2018) ★★★★
✔ 13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc) -
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (01/22/2018) ★★★★★
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (TBR)
✔ 15. A book with an unique format/writing structure -
Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King (07/18/2018) ★★★
16. A narrative nonfiction
✔ 17. A book you expect to make you laugh -
True West by Sam Shepard (01/12/2018) ★★★★★
✔ 18. A book with a location in the title -
'Salem's Lot by Stephen King ★★★★
✔ 19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
Pet Sematary by Stephen King (04/29/2018) ★★★★
✔ 20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends -
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (08/26/2018) ★★★
✔ 21. A book written in first person perspective
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc (10/16/2018) ★★★
✔ 22. A book you have high expectations or hope for -
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (05/29/2018) ★★★★
✔ 23. A medical or legal thriller - WILD CARD -
Elevation by Stephen King(10/30/2018) ★★★
24. A book with a map
The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad (TBR)
✔ 25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (09/30/2018) ★★★★
✔ 26. A book with a text only cover
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (05/18/2018) ★★★★

✔ 27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (06/27/2018) ★★★★★
✔ 28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
Dark Bayou by Nancy K. Duplechain (06/01/2018) ★★★
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
✔ 30. A short book
The Raven and Other Favorite Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (07/13/2018) ★★★
✔ 31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (12/02/2018) ★★★★
32. An alternate history book
✔ 33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts - untogether (07/04/2018) ★★★★
✔ 34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (11/11/2018) ★★★★
✔ 35. A book featuring a murder
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (05/19/2018) ★★★
✔ 36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente (05/30/2018) ★★★
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (TBR)
✔ 38. A science book or a science fiction book
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (08/19/2018) ★★★★
✔ 39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title -
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling (08/6/2018) ★★★★

✔ 40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
Murder on the Orient Express (10/29/2018) ★★★★★
✔ 41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials -
Cinder by Marissa Meyer ★★
✔ 42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater -
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (10/05/2018) ★★★
✔ 43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss (01/19/2018) ★★★★
✔ 44. A ghost story -
The Shining by Stephen King (02/18/2018) ★★★★
✔ 45. A book that intimidates/ scares you -
It by Stephen King (04/04/2018) ★★★★★
✔ 46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air -
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (01/13/2018) ★★★★
✔ 47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
Baked to Death by Dean A. James (06/24/2018) ★★
✔ 48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth) - Finders Keepers by Stephen King (07/19/2018) ★★★★
✔ 49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (06/27/2018) ★★★★
✔ 50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (09/13/2018) ★★★★★
✔ 51. An award-winning short story or short story collection -
A Small, Good Thing by Raymond Carver won the O. Henry Award in 1983 (01/03/2018) ★★★★
✔ 52. A book published in 2018
Vox by Christina Dalcher (09/08/2018) ★★


message 5: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments Reserved for tracking personal goals attached to the above list.


message 6: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments Okay, I think I finally have everything finished and formatted (for the most part). I'm not happy with my choices for #42, so any recommendations there would be gratefully accepted.

Also, any plays or non-fiction history books that fit any of the categories would be great. I'm looking to read more in both of those areas next year.


message 7: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Excellent list. Wind up bird is one of my favorIte books that I read this year. I've got Blood Meridian on my list, too. Nice smattering of Stephen King books. Lots of variety to keep your challenge fresh!


message 8: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments I love all the Faulkner options you have on your list. He's my favorite author. I think his writing is stunning.


message 9: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3469 comments #42 is a tricky one. I've also added The Drowned World (it's been on my radar for a while but keeps getting bumped), Treasure Island, The Odyssey and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (I need to progress on this series anyway!) to my list of options.

I'm struggling with #50 too, but man I *love* your choice of Frog & Toad. I. I might get the third one and read that. They are hilarious, so dry. Toad is totally my spirit animal.


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna | 969 comments I loved Six of Crows, Dark Matter and Uprooted from your list.


message 11: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 902 comments So many great options here!

The Wind Up Bird might end up on my list seems like it could be a really great read.

I loved Dark Matter hope you are able to fit it in.

Frog & Toad makes me warm just thinking about it, I loved those books as a kid.


message 12: by J (new)

J Austill | 673 comments Books I love on your list:

The Forever War
Dune Messiah
The Left Hand of Darkness
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Shining
Parable of the Sower
The Road
Neuromancer

You also have a lot of books that I want to read and will be interested to see your opinion of.

Cheers!


message 13: by Sara (new)

Sara | 83 comments Woah, you have such a detailed list already! Six of Crows is a great book, I read it for this year's challenge. :)


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Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments Angie wrote: "Also, any plays or non-fiction history books that fit any of the categories would be great. I'm looking to read more in both of those areas next year. ..."

Angie, for narrative non-fiction that's history, I like things by Eric Larson:
(In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
and Simon Winchester:
The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
and Colum McCann: TransAtlantic.
For more recent US history that fits the narrative non-fiction prompt, I loved:
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.


message 15: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments I second Henrietta Lacks. It's truly an amazing book.


message 17: by Angie (last edited Oct 13, 2017 09:46PM) (new)

Angie | 777 comments Tammy - for some reason, Cormac McCarthy really intimidates me. I was glad to see that category pop up so I could finally force myself to read Blood Meridian.

Katie - I've only read a couple of things by Faulkner, but he's become one of my literary crushes.

Jody - Thanks for the recommendations. I just checked out The Drowned World, and it sounds fascinating. I hear you about Toad. I've been trying to come up with a justification to reread that book for ages.

Anna - Thanks, I'm glad to hear some positive feedback on the books. I'm excited to read them.

Samantha - I'm very excited about The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. And I keep seeing Dark Matter come up on my recommendations. I'm glad to hear that it's as good as people say it is.

J - Thanks, I really liked a lot of the book on your list, as well.

Sara - Thanks! I've been wanting to read Six of Crows for a while.

Cheri - Thanks for all the recommendations! Lots of great looking choices!

JIllian - I love Oscar Wilde! That book on lobsters looks pretty interesting. Thanks!


message 18: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments You have pretty solid options!
Some I really enjoyed: Binti, Everything I Never Told You, The Name of the Wind, Uprooted, Dark Matter. I don't recommend The Phantom of the Opera, except if you like old fashioned romances with stalkers and a lot (really a lot) of melodrama :p

Interesting picks for the scifi prompt. I've to re-read Foundation because I don't remember it at all, but it's an important classic. Same as Neuromancer even if this one was an average read for me (great on the realistic-futur side however, I was really impressed when I compared the content with the publication date!).


message 19: by Jody (last edited Oct 14, 2017 02:32AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3469 comments I think I'll probably end up reading The Drowned World for the underwater prompt - it's one of those books that keeps (pun partially intended) swimming in and out of my reading consciousness, so I really need to just get onto it. It does seem fascinating, I totally agree!


message 20: by Anna (last edited Oct 14, 2017 03:22AM) (new)

Anna | 969 comments The The Drowned World seems really interesting, I'm adding it to my TBR!


message 21: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments The general consensus seems to be that The Drowned World is a keeper, so I'm adding that to my list.

Zaz wrote: "You have pretty solid options!
Some I really enjoyed: Binti, Everything I Never Told You, The Name of the Wind, Uprooted, Dark Matter. I don't recommend The Phantom of the Opera, except if you like..."


Thanks for the heads up about The Phantom of the Opera. That helps me narrow things down. Binti is on my list for this year, but there's a wait at the library, so I'm glad it fits for a couple of categories.


message 22: by Angie (last edited Nov 13, 2017 08:34PM) (new)

Angie | 777 comments Well, I've already had to switch a few books because I went ahead and read a couple of things I had listed. Um... whoops? I knew I would do that.

I'm still iffy about #52... I'm hoping for a new Dresden Files book, but we'll see.


message 23: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (soapsuds) | 152 comments Angie wrote: "Okay, I think I finally have everything finished and formatted (for the most part). I'm not happy with my choices for #42, so any recommendations there would be gratefully accepted.

Also, any play..."


Although I haven’t read it yet, one of my friends swears by

The sea was in their blood.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 24: by Marie (UK) (new)

Marie (UK) (mazza1) | 250 comments I read and really enjoyed Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

set on the sea or its ice - non fiction and riveting would work for 42 and other challenges


message 25: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments Thanks for the suggestions Sophie and Marie! Both of those books are new to me. I'll check them out.


message 26: by Cristin (new)

Cristin | 54 comments Angie wrote: I'm still iffy about #52... I'm hoping for a new Dresden Files book, but we'll see."

This. I am really hoping Peace Talks comes out next year. At lease we have until the very end of December? And at least Butcher isn't Martin?


message 27: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments Cristin wrote:

This. I am really hoping Peace Talks comes out next year. At lease we have until t..."


That's true! We're also lucky he has so much material for Harry Dresden,.


message 28: by Angie (last edited Jan 05, 2018 05:08PM) (new)

Angie | 777 comments I've finished my first two books.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay was my choice for #3. It was a reread for me, but I loved it more this time. Rating: ★★★★★

I read A Small, Good Thing for #51. When I heard we were doing an award-winning short story, my mind went to Raymond Carver first. This is a sad one but well done. Rating: ★★★★

Currently working on 'Salem's Lot for #18.


message 29: by Angie (last edited Jan 06, 2018 05:34PM) (new)

Angie | 777 comments Okay, so I did Cinder by Marissa Meyer for #41 (author with same first and last initials). This is not a book I had planned, nor was it a book I would have done on my own. It was a book club pick for my face-to-face book club, and I realized that it fit for this category.

I'm wasn't that impressed by the book. It had an interesting premise, but it fell flat for me. Maybe it's because I'm not the right audience for it. Rating: ★★


message 30: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments I've completed two more.

For #1: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Not much to say about this. It was a reread, and it was a lot of fun. I pick up new things every time I reread one of the books in the series. Rating: ★★★★★

For #17: True West by Sam Shepard. This man's mind was amazing and beautiful. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard weaves a raw, intense tale of two brothers against the backdrop of the American West. It's funny, it's uncomfortable, and it's brilliant. While he didn't win his Pulitzer for this one, it was a nominee. And deservedly so. This is the second play by Shepard that I have read, and I find myself completely caught up in his writing. Rating: ★★★★★


message 31: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments Finished a new book:

For #40, I read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. The author did a solid job of weaving history with his own detailed world-building. Rating: ★★★★


message 32: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments I've finished #18 - 'Salem's Lot. It's a good, suspenseful modern-day Dracula. It's much better than the 1970s film version. Rating: ★★★★


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