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message 1: by Anastasia (last edited Nov 20, 2017 05:31PM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments This is my 4th year participating in this challenge. Each year I have read in order and enjoyed the challenge. Last year I only planned a few weeks in advance to stretch out the fun of planning.

It also meant that the I knew if the library had the book available for the week I wanted it. Most of my books come from the library, a few from free books found on BookBub and very few from used book stores. All of that means that I need to juggle books occasionally.

This year I will be trying to get books from Interlibrary loan as well. That can be more difficult as those books are not always available or available when wanted.

I was going to wait to start planning until later in the year, but since I will be trying to get those interlibrary loans I will start now. It also means that I can avoid reading those books on my plan until next year. I will only be planning some of my books early though, leaving the easy ones open to planning later.

I will also be doing the Discard Challenge, Around the World Challenge and continue working on the Gilmore Girls Challenge.

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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments ✔1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
The Kinshield Legacy
The Kinshield Legacy (The Kinshield Saga, #1) by K.C. May

✔2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
Wards of Faerie
Wards of Faerie (The Dark Legacy of Shannara, #1) by Terry Brooks

✔3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis

✔4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
Pocketful of Bones
Pocketful of Bones by Julie Frayn


✔5. A book about or inspired by real events
The Pirate's Daughter
The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson

✔6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The Housekeeper and the Professor
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa 😍

✔7. A gothic novel
The House Between Tides
The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

✔8. An "own voices" book*
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Liu Cixin
The Three-Body Problem

✔9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach 😍

✔10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
Lilac Girls
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

✔11. A literary fiction
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The People in the Trees

✔12. A book set in Africa or South America
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Born a Crime Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah


✔13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie
Paris Undressed The Secrets of French Lingerie by Kathryn Kemp-Griffin


message 3: by Anastasia (last edited Nov 04, 2018 01:18PM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments ✔14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby
Smoke Eaters


✔15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Illuminae
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman

✔16. A narrative nonfiction
Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra A Life by Stacy Schiff

✔17. A book you expect to make you laugh
I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting
I Want My Epidural Back Adventures in Mediocre Parenting by Karen Alpert

✔18. A book with a location in the title
The Boston Girl
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

✔19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
Death of the Mantis
Death of the Mantis (Detective Kubu, #3) by Michael Stanley

✔20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The House of the Spirits
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

✔21. A book written in first person perspective
Lost Girls
Lost Girls by Celina Grace

✔22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
My Notorious Life
My Notorious Life by Kate Manning

✔23. A medical or legal thriller
Incarnate
Incarnate by Josh Stolberg

✔ 24. A book with a map
A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

✔25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
The Art of the Steal How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud, America's #1 Crime by Frank W. Abagnale
The Art of the Steal: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud, America's #1 Crime

✔26. A book with a text only cover
The Dorito Effect The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker
The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor🍎🍎🍎🍎


message 4: by Anastasia (last edited Nov 04, 2018 01:29PM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments ✔27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
Code Talker The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez

✔28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
The Little Paris Bookshop

✔29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1) by Richard K. Morgan
Altered Carbon

✔30. A short book
Home

✔31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Summit by Harry Farthing
Summit

✔32. An alternate history book
His Majesty's Dragon
His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik

✔33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you - Information appliance, another words a cell phone, or in this book a band that goes around the wrist that is a communicator.

Chaos Station
Chaos Station (Chaos Station, #1) by Jenn Burke

✔34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call
4 books representing the compass points

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Nomadland Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder West


The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz The Queue East


The Terror The Terror by Dan Simmons North


The Genius Plague by David Walton
The Genius Plague South




✔35. A book featuring a murder
The Girl Before
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

✔36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
The Lizard Cage
The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

✔38. A science book or a science fiction book
The Sparrow
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1) by Mary Doria Russell

✔39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life
The Pigeon Tunnel Stories from My Life by John le Carré


message 5: by Anastasia (last edited Nov 04, 2018 01:32PM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments ✔40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
Old Man's War
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) by John Scalzi

✔41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
Letters to a Young Poet
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

✔42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
The Water Babies

✔43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

✔44. A ghost story
A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home by Jason Arnopp

✔45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
The Exorcist

✔46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
Survivor
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

✔47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson
Stray City

✔48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
The Radium Girls The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore

✔49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Map of Time
The Map of Time (Trilogía Victoriana, #1) by Félix J. Palma

✔50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
The Last Anniversary

✔51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
I am really not looking forward to this one. I dislike short story collections and awards in general so suggestions are very welcome.
Tenth of December
Tenth of December by George Saunders

✔52. A book published in 2018
Hellbent (Orphan X, #3) by Gregg Hurwitz
Hellbent


message 6: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments I read The Dorito Effect last year. It's pretty interesting. Good option.


message 7: by Anastasia (last edited Aug 29, 2018 02:44PM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments 2018 Discard Challenge Part 1

✔A book set in circus
The Life She Was Given
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

✔A book about mental illness
Trauma and Recovery The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Lewis Herman
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

✔A game changer
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Awakening

✔A book with a time of day in the title
The Last Days of Night
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

A literary western or western

A Canada Reads nominee

A nonfiction book about women

a book featuring a person or people with special abilities

✔A book that features a virus/plague/bacteria or other similar large scale outbreak or threat of illness
The Passage
The Passage (The Passage, #1) by Justin Cronin

✔a realistic fiction book
The Women in the Castle
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

✔a book about a relationship
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

✔A book with a character that has a title or rank such as Lord, Lady, Sir, Captain etc.
A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1) by Sherry Thomas
A Study in Scarlet Women

✔A book about feminism or feminist themes
Inferior How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story

✔a book with Artificial Intelligence
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1) by Ann Leckie
Ancillary Justice


message 8: by Anastasia (last edited Aug 29, 2018 02:48PM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments 2018 Discard Challenge Part 2

A book set in prison
Alias Grace
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

A profession or political job in the title


The Main Character has an animal companion

✔A book about a subject that has made headlines
I Was Anastasia
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Did Anastasia Romanov survive? Was she really Anna Anderson?

A book representing the four points of the compass

Nomadland Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (West)
The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz
The Queue (East)

3 books linked by the word in the title

5 books that make up a poker hand
I choose 4 of a kind - the link being betrayed
Before Ever After
Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
The Best Kind of People
The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall


Read The Three R's - reading, (w)riting, (a)rithmetic
Arithmetic - The Invoice
The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson
WritingHow to Be Safe
How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister
ReadingMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) by Robin Sloan


✔A book with an epigraph
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
The Witches of New York

A book that won or was nominated for the PEN translation award

✔A book about sex,drugs or rock and roll
The Spectrum of Hope An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias by Gayatri Devi
The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

An average book on your TBR

A book describing the experience of immigrants

✔A book by an Iowa Writers Workshop alum
The Twelve
The Twelve (The Passage, #2) by Justin Cronin

A book with a plot the centers around technology/ social media

✔A book mentioned in a Goodreads blog post
The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

✔A book whose author uses initials
The Poppy War
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

A book dealing with loss and grief


message 9: by Anastasia (last edited May 21, 2018 05:27AM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments 2018 Discard Challenge Part 3

A book title that makes you chuckle

A book with a number in the title

A book about a dragon (can be in the title, cover or author's name)

A book with an antonym

A book with the lowest rating on your TBR

✔A chick-lit book
Most Wanted
Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

✔A book about a fictional trickster
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
Lost Boy The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

A book related to music

A book written by a TED speaker

A book which shares its title with a song

A coffee table book

✔A book about something celestial or containing something celestial in the title or author's name
The Stars Are Legion
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

✔A book set during the winter or snowy environment
The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden
The Bear and the Nightingale

A book with cooking/food as a major theme

✔A micro-history
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
Cheap The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell

A true crime novel

A book during a holiday/celebration

A book with an unforgettable character

✔A best female lead character
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

✔A book with a supernatural character
Hell House
Hell House by Richard Matheson


message 10: by Anastasia (last edited Jun 26, 2018 12:28PM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments 2018 Discard Challenge Part 4

✔A book written under a pseudonym
The Second Death Of Goodluck Tinubu The Second Death Of Goodluck Tinubu (Detective Kubu, #2) by Michael Stanley

A book about art or artists

✔A book title with four letters or less
NPCs
NPCs (Spells, Swords, & Stealth, #1) by Drew Hayes

A book that inspired or is referenced in a song

A book with elderly main character

A book set in a place related to showbiz

A book with a mythical character as the main character

A book you do not know the reason you added to your TBR


A seasonal book

A book with a sex theme

✔A book with an orphan character
Bohemian Gospel (Bohemian Trilogy #1) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
Bohemian Gospel

✔A book based on or about a religion
The Wonder
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

A book with a dinosaur

✔A book that teaches you something
Becoming Fluent How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language by Richard M. Roberts
Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language

A book that has to do with Halloween

A book set on an island

✔A book with a theme of Good vs Evil
The Devil's Bible
The Devil's Bible (Bohemian Trilogy #2) by Dana Chamblee Carpenter

✔A book about a female explorer
West with the Night
West with the Night by Beryl Markham

✔A book featuring a game
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Westing Game


message 11: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I have already had to remove a few books from my list. They were too good to put off until next year. ;D


message 12: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments Haha, I love that! I’m sure you’ll find plenty of replacements. 😂


message 13: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Very true Jody. Reading other people's plans has already expanded my TBR again.


message 14: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I have updated part of my list.

This year I will be jumping around hoping that the challenge will continue to peak my interest. This will be the first time I have done that. Usually I follow in order.

I wonder if that will make it harder to complete.


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Jenna (jennabgemini) | 188 comments Looks like a great start! I'm just starting the Rory Gilmore challenge.... yikes... I'm glad to know of someone else doing it too!


message 16: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments I’m doing the Rory challenge too! Although there are quite a few of the 338 or do that I’m just not interested in. It’s so diverse though, so it’s an enjoyable list to tick off.


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Emily (momoftwins89) | 59 comments For the short story collection, I would recommend Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez. The stories are set in Argentina and some of them are kinda creepy but they are all really good. I don't usually read short stories either but gave this one 5 stars after I finished!


message 18: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Thank you for the recommendation Emily, I will definitely try to find it. It will fit in the "Around the World Challenge".

For the "Rory Gilmore Challenge" I have been listening to them on audio book. It has helped with the ones I thought I would not like. I do abandon the ones I dislike though. I have found some new authors to add to my TBR with the challenge.
Who knew Tolstoy was so good.


message 19: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments Anastasia wrote: "Who knew Tolstoy was so good. "

Not me. 😂 (Although I think I need to give him another shot.)


message 20: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I ordered two books on ILL thinking it would take awhile for them to come in. Nope, they came in yesterday.
And my hold for Beartown came up too. It is a 7 day book which means it is off next years list.
This will teach me not to make my lists early. 😂


message 21: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments My January books fill spots in my Around the World Challenge as well as the AyTB Challenge. Hopefully I will be able to keep up the good luck through out the year.


message 22: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I have been experiencing some ennui with books for the last week. There have been some good ones, but nothing to suck me in and not let me go.
Hopefully I can find something to keep me occupied soon. We are taking a long plane trip in the middle of February and I need something good to keep me entertained for a solid ten hours if I can not sleep. Barring that, a book that will help me fall asleep would be good too.


message 23: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments I'm feeling the same way, Anastasia, although I've just started Dracula and so far I'm totally hooked - I think being a massive fan of the movie from the 90s might be helping me though.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Dracula is a good book. I liked that the women were such strong characters. They did not take a back seat to the male characters.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments January Wrap Up

Books for the Around the World Challenge and Rory Gilmore Challenge will overlap so my total books read will be a little off compared to the other totals

Total Books 16
AtYB 8
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 5
Rory Gilmore Challenge 2
Around the World 5
Side Read 1

January Favourites

The Housekeeper and the Professor
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
A story that is all warm and fuzzy. Perfect for a cold winter day.

Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
🍹🍹🍹🍹
Sometimes gruesome, always informative.

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor
The Dorito Effect The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker
🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹
Not only informative but useful. I will be forever changed by this book and highly recommend it.

For February I am looking for an all absorbing book for a long flight. It will be about 10 hrs and we all know that it can be longer with delays. I am open to suggestions.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments February Wrap Up

Total Books 8
AtYB 2
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018
Rory Gilmore Challenge
Around the World 4
Side Read 6


Wow, I knew that I did not have that "loving feeling" towards books in February, but not this bad. 8 books in a month is very low for me. I have been travelling and binge watching netflix this last month instead of reading. It has been a major slump.

Binti and The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, The Power Behind Five English Thrones were the stand out books of February. Both massaged my brain bringing those happy hormones while reading a good story.

Binti Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor was an audiobook and the better for it. The narrator's accent was perfect for the character. The cover was the first thing that drew me to the book. It is so fascinating. I found myself staring at it while listening to the story. I will be listening to the other novellas in this series soon.

Up and Coming

Fingers crossed that next month will be better. I have a few ebooks and audiobooks in the line up. The audio books will be great for spring cleaning and quilting that I have planned this month.

Artemis- currently reading and enjoying

The Collapsing Empire

Lilac Girls

Becoming Fluent: How Cognitive Science Can Help Adults Learn a Foreign Language


message 27: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Binge watching Netflix can be pretty fun and addictive. Hopefully it was a good series.

Wishing you a wonderful March full of quilting and good books. I looked over your January list, too, and I think I'm going to have to track down The Dorito Effect. I ate too many Doritos last weekend.


message 28: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Tammy wrote: "Binge watching Netflix can be pretty fun and addictive. Hopefully it was a good series.

Wishing you a wonderful March full of quilting and good books. I looked over your January list, too, and I t..."


Those Doritos are addicting.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I have decided to double my challenge this year. I want to improve my french and think that adding children's books to my plan will help with this.

I signed up for Mango languages, added a french radio app to my phone and I am looking for read along children's books online to help. The last has been very difficult to find. In fact so far that one has been a dud, so any suggestions would be great.

Hopefully by the end of the year I will have graduated to french chapter books and audio books. My library does not have any audio books, which is very disappointing. I will have to search for free ones from somewhere else. :(

I would love to speak to find a someone to practice speaking with also. There seem to be a few online chat rooms. The reviews do suggest this tend to be full of people trying to pick up though, UGH!


message 30: by Anastasia (last edited Mar 10, 2018 08:42AM) (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments AtYB French Children's Version

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your TBR


3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
L' Autobus Magique Presente Les Volcans Et Les Tremblements de Terre

5. A book about or inspired by real events

6. A book originally written in a language other than English

7. A gothic novel

8. An "own voices" book*

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)

11. A literary fiction

12. A book set in Africa or South America

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure

16. A narrative nonfiction

17. A book you expect to make you laugh

18. A book with a location in the title

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends

21. A book written in first person perspective

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for

23. A medical or legal thriller

24. A book with a map

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view

26. A book with a text only cover

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
Clifford Le Gros chien Rouge: A l'eau

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)

30. A short book

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to

32. An alternate history book

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)

35. A book featuring a murder

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
Plus Noir Que La Nuit
Plus Noir Que La Nuit by Chris Hadfield

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee

38. A science book or a science fiction book

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence

44. A ghost story

45. A book that intimidates/ scares you

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists

50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection

52. A book published in 2018


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments March Wrap Up

Total Books 17
AtYB 7
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 7
Rory Gilmore Challenge 0
Around the World 2
Side Read 2

I had a bout of laryngitis for about 2 weeks in the month of March. That meant I was not go very far from my couch and made reading and sleeping my only pastimes.

Luckily there were some very absorbing, big books in the ones that I was able to get electronically from the library. Ebooks were a godsend this month. No need to go to the library, it came to me.

Some of those books were:

The Passage of which I read the first two in the series

Old Man's War, unfortunately the next in the series is not available at the library so ILL here I come.

The Collapsing Empire was another Scalzi book that made it to this month's list. He can definitely create beautiful worlds.

Next Month's to Read

Unfortunately, or fortunately, I put to many holds on during the last month and ended up with so many on my shelf that I can not list them all here. It may not be possible to get to all of them before the due dates either.

I will have fun trying to fit them all in though.

My goal for April will be to listen to most of the books. Spring cleaning, gardening and hiking is calling my name now that the beautiful weather is back.

Happy spring to everyone in the northern hemisphere.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments April Wrap Up

Total Books 16
AtYB 4
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 - 8
Rory Gilmore Challenge 2
Around the World 1
Side Read 4

Most of my books were for the AtYB Discard Challenge in the month of April. Books that fit the regular challenge are just not interesting right now.

There were some stand out books last month. All of them made me think and taught me something new.

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah was outstanding. His sense of humour made a difficult subject, dealing with the end of apartheid, more palatable. He brought to life the struggles of non whites in the country. I enjoyed the story he used to explain that a persons life experiences shape their understanding of the world making it important to not be upset if they do not understand your pov. "Go Hitler!"

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russellwas an amazing look at encountering other cultures for the first time. Language can convey so many different things that without an understanding of the underlying culture can lead to life altering mistakes. Her characters were relatable. Ones that I would love to meet and become friends with IRL. A touching story.

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII by Chester Nez was a peaceful experience. It was about WWII but Chester presented it in away that was accepting of differences. From his story I felt that he was a peaceful soul.
That those men, who were not accepted in their own country, contributed so much for that same country and did so silently was amazing. A must read.

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley A LGBTQ book that is not shouting that it is one. A truly good story that is based on telling a great story about relationships.

Defending Jacob by William Landay
I was interested in reading this one because it asks the questions: "How far would you go to protect your child?"and "Would you believe your child no matter what?'. Both good questions when we are faced with our children becoming radicalized.
The twists at the end were good. Not really answering the questions for the reader.

Next Months TBR

I really am not sure where next month will take me. Audio books are high on my list to read because I am more active outside and crafting, so it really depends on what I can find that interests me on HOOPLA or CD at the library.

A few gardening books will be on my radar though.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments May Wrap Up

Total Books 17
AtYB 3
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 10
Rory Gilmore Challenge 2
Around the World 2
Side Read 3

For those who like non fiction Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture and The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias are good choices. Both had information that was helpful to me in my daily life.

Classics continue to surprise me and enrich my knowledge of the past. A Tale of Two Cities gave a different perspective of the upheaval in France during the rebellion/Napoleonic wars that is in Les Misérables.
The Scarlet Letter had a strong female lead character. These hidden characters always surprise me, as women of the time were treated as children by society at the time.

The Bear and the Nightingale had to be the best read of the month though. A new author has been added to my list. The fairytales of Russia have not been part of my reading before and I look forward to expanding my limited knowledge of them.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments June Wrap-up

Total Books 13
AtYB 4
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 6
Rory Gilmore Challenge 0
Around the World 1
Side Read 3

This has been a slow month for me reading wise. More time spent outdoors walking and completing yard work is probably the reason.

The book that taught me the most the month was Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. It opened my eyes to those who I have not noticed before.

Book with the best twists and turns was The Girl Before. It gave me shivers listening to the two women's parallel stories.

Best new to me author R.F. Kuang. I loved how chinese history was mixed into the story of The Poppy War.

Most immersive book The Ghost Brigades. John Scalzi has such beautiful worlds. I just fall into his books and have a hard time coming back to reality while reading them.

Next month I am focusing on borrowing books on my tablet or reading ebooks I already have. Going to the library has not been on high on my list of things to do. Horror of horror's I know. I can not go without feeding my addiction though so ebooks it is for now.

It is a good thing that I now have access to 3 library's online to feed my addiction.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments August Wrap-up

Total Books 15
AtYB 2018 6
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 6
Rory Gilmore Challenge 0
Around the World 2
Side Read 4

While some book I read last month had higher ratings these were the most surprising reads.

Pocketful of Bones takes place in Canada with a mother and son duo who have some dark secrets. ⭐⭐⭐

Smoke Eaters - a different take on dragons with a few fire fighters thrown in. It was a fun read. ⭐⭐⭐

The Queue - this is a political commentary. One that opened my mind up to other parts of the world with their politics. ⭐⭐⭐

Since I am close to finishing the AtYB 2018 regular challenge I have started to add children's french books to my list. My movie list has grown very large too so I am adding that into this years challenge. Using the AtYB prompts to decide what to watch next has been fun so far.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments September Wrap-up

Total Books 22
AtYB 2018 2
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 4
Rory Gilmore Challenge 1
Around the World 1
Side Read 15

Wow I did not realize that I had read so many books last month. That is a very high number for me. Most of the books were just okay with one series being a stand out for me.

Chaos Station (Chaos Station, #1) by Jenn Burke
Chaos Station
I ended up reading the whole series one right after the other. People were comparing the stories to the Firefly television show and I would have to agree. Be warned there is a major M/M love story that carries through the entire series. It can be quite graphic at times, unless you skim those parts like I do. :)


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments October Wrap-up

Total Books 21
AtYB 2018 7
AtYB Discard Challenge 2018 3
Rory Gilmore Challenge
Around the World 5
Side Read 12

The stand out reads for this month are mostly nonfiction. All of them were about those who are persecuted although in different ways.

Shrill Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West was preaching to the choir. While I did not have "fat" issues all women can understand body issues. She also explorers bullying online, which is a pressing issue.

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers was a relief to read. An entrepreneur who not only lifts himself up but others as well. The importance of Fair Trade coffee is much more understandable now.

Weapons of Math Destruction How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil
Books that explain without speaking down are always good.

Fiction

The Genius Plague by David Walton a nice twist on the zombie genre. It does not involve eating brains or running for your life in the normal sense.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman a book that I went on to share with my older teens. It does have the dorky teen love but please do not give up on this one. The social commentary is worth it.

Home (Binti, #2) by Nnedi Okorafor - always good


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MJ | 674 comments Sheesh. How do you read so much? I am a little envious. In one month you've read almost as many books as I've managed this whole year. Depressing!

Do you plan to do this again in 2019? I don't think I saw your plan...


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I listen to books while completing chores, exercising, driving and sewing. It tends to mean quite a few books and no music.
My 2019 plan is Adventuring through pages :)
I am glad to see you are going to be around next year.


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MJ | 674 comments Anastasia wrote: "I listen to books while completing chores, exercising, driving and sewing. It tends to mean quite a few books and no music.
My 2019 plan is Adventuring through pages :)
I am glad to see you are go..."


I downloaded an audiobook app today. Life is short and there are too many books. I split my work commutes between cycling, bus, and driving... so maybe on my bus days I'll do audiobooks? Maybe I'll add it to my time at the gym too... hmmm...


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments It does make that work out time go faster during cardio. I put the audio on a faster speed setting. It seems to help with burning more calories.


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Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments I’m so glad I decided to try audiobooks. Last month the only books I finished were audiobooks. I love that I can listen to them while I do other stuff.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Most of the time audio books are the only ones I get a chance to read. Teenagers take so much more time then toddlers. Who knew.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I added more movies to my spreadsheet. I will have to update my list on here later tonight.
It is just as much fun looking for movies and tv shows as it was to look for books.


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Wow, I can not believe I have put off updating this for 2 months. I completed this challenge in November and have been reading for fun ever since.

A few books have made me smile, taught me more about the world around me and were a place to reminisce. I have started rereading the Dragon Wing and the rest of the series. It has been so long, over 20 years 😮, that it is all new again.

The books I would recommend from the last two months are
The Alice Network
The Lizard Cage
Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
Into the Drowning Deep
The Deal of a Lifetime
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
All of them had something special to share about humanity.

I am trying very hard not to start next years list already. There are some exciting reads on it next year.


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MJ | 674 comments I did add a few of these to my tbr. I need to stop reading about what other people are reading, because my tbr is getting too long! I read The Alice Network earlier this year (or last year?) and what makes it even better is that it is based on a true story. Truly amazing.

Enjoy your reading for fun. :) There must be something out there (and not in 2019's list) that is awesome and exciting!


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Thanks MJ. I have the same problem of checking out other people's lists and adding more to my own.
It adds to the fun.


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MJ | 674 comments Anastasia wrote: "Thanks MJ. I have the same problem of checking out other people's lists and adding more to my own.
It adds to the fun."


I need to take that attitude - it is fun, even though I have no hope of ever reading them all!

Maybe 2019 will be my year to finally finish one of these. I hope you and yours enjoy the holidays!


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Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments I do the same thing! I sometimes end up reading (or listening to) books I'd never ever had thought about if it wasn't for this group. I've got them to thank for my favourite book of 2018 (Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood) so I'm definitely going to keep doing it!


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Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments 😂 The never-ending TBR is what they should be called.


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