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message 1: by Paula (last edited Dec 25, 2018 11:28AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments It's good to have one place in which to keep a record of all the books I read this year!

THE COMPLETE LIST

Read in 2018

1. Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (03/01/18)
2. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (09/01/18)
3. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (14/01/18)
4. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (21/01/18)
5. The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews (29/01/18)
6. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr (03/02/18)
7. Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stanković (08/02/18)
8. Burmese Days by George Orwell (13/02/18)
9. The Only Story by Julian Barnes (17/02/18)
10. The Second Winter by Craig Larsen (24/02/18)
11. Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser (25/02/18)
12. George Orwell: A Life in Letters by George Orwell (02/03/18)
13. The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont (04/03/18)
14. Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham (10/03/18)
15. Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland (16/03/18)
16. The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells (21/03/18)
17. Sylvia Pankhurst: The Rebellious Suffragette by Shirley Harrison (29/03/18)
18. The Assassin's Cloak by Irene Taylor (02/04/18)
19. Suffragette by David Roberts (03/04/18)
20. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde (06/04/18)
21. Ayiti by Roxane Gay (09/04/18)
22. White Houses by Amy Bloom (13/04/18)
23. Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (18/04/18)
24. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath (22/04/18)
25. Freedom: Vintage Minis by Margaret Atwood (24/04/18)
26. Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (29/04/18)
27. In Search of Lost Book by Giorgio van Straten (01/05/18)
28. Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? by Lev Parikian (04/05/18)
29. Song Castle by Luke Waterson (09/05/18)
30. Books for Living by Will Schwalbe (15/05/18)
31. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (21/05/18)
32. The Literature of Wales by D.R. Johnston (01/06/18)
33. Orchid & the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes (05/06/18)
34. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (06/06/18)
35. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (08/06/18)
36. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (15/06/18)
37. A Private Language? a Dip Into Welsh Literature by Marion Eames (22/06/18)
38. Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn (23/06/18)
39. The Brontë Family by Karen Kenyon (30/06/18)
40. 24 Stories: of Hope by Kathy Burke (04/07/18)
41. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (07/07/18)
42. Disbanded Kingdom by Polis Loizou (13/07/18)
43. The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell (24/07/18)
44. The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail (30/07/18)
45. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (06/08/18)
46. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (13/08/18)
47. Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt (21/08/18)
48. Home Is Nearby by Magdalena McGuire (26/08/18)
49. An Untouched House by Willem Frederik Hermans (27/08/18)
50. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (31/08/18)
51. Green Almonds: Letters from Palestine by Anaële Hermans (04/09/18)
52. Autumn by Ali Smith (10/09/18)
53. The Cake Tree in the Ruins by Akiyuki Nosaka (16/09/18)
54. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (29/09/18)
55. Murder by the Book by Claire Harman (09/10/18)
56. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges (15/10/18)
57. Matilda by Roald Dahl (19/10/18)
58. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (24/10/18)
59. Crimson by Niviaq Korneliussen (29/10/18)
60. Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood (06/11/18)
61. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (14/11/18)
62. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (21/11/18)
63. The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man by Franz Kafka (28/11/18)
64. Doggerland by Ben Smith (05/12/18)
65. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (11/12/18)
66. The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley by Philip Ardagh (25/12/18)


message 2: by Paula (last edited Aug 07, 2018 03:10AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Personal Challenge: 1-50 > Paula B's 45 in 2018

Running Total: 45/45 - COMPLETED!
1. Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (03/01/18)
2. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (09/01/18)
3. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (14/01/18)
4. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (21/01/18)
5. The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews (29/01/18)
6. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr (03/02/18)
7. Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stanković (08/02/18)
8. Burmese Days by George Orwell (13/02/18)
9. The Only Story by Julian Barnes (17/02/18)
10. The Second Winter by Craig Larsen (24/02/18)
11. Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser (25/02/18)
12. George Orwell: A Life in Letters by George Orwell (02/03/18)
13. The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont (04/03/18)
14. Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham (10/03/18)
15. Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland (16/03/18)
16. The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells (21/03/18)
17. Sylvia Pankhurst: The Rebellious Suffragette by Shirley Harrison (29/03/18)
18. The Assassin's Cloak by Irene Taylor (02/04/18)
19. Suffragette by David Roberts (03/04/18)
20. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde (06/04/18)
21. Ayiti by Roxane Gay (09/04/18)
22. White Houses by Amy Bloom (13/04/18)
23. Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (18/04/18)
24. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath (22/04/18)
25. Freedom: Vintage Minis by Margaret Atwood (24/04/18)
26. Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (29/04/18)
27. In Search of Lost Book by Giorgio van Straten (01/05/18)
28. Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? by Lev Parikian (04/05/18)
29. Song Castle by Luke Waterson (09/05/18)
30. Books for Living by Will Schwalbe (15/05/18)
31. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (21/05/18)
32. The Literature of Wales by D.R. Johnston (01/06/18)
33. Orchid & the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes (05/06/18)
34. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (06/06/18)
35. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (08/06/18)
36. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (15/06/18)
37. A Private Language? a Dip Into Welsh Literature by Marion Eames (22/06/18)
38. Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn (23/06/18)
39. The Brontë Family by Karen Kenyon (30/06/18)
40. 24 Stories: of Hope by Kathy Burke (04/07/18)
41. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (07/07/18)
42. Disbanded Kingdom by Polis Loizou (13/07/18)
43. The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell (24/07/18)
44. The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail (30/07/18)
45. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (06/08/18)



message 3: by Paula (last edited Dec 12, 2018 03:58AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Yearly Challenges > POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2018 >
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


"One of the most popular reading challenges is back! The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge contains 40 tasks to broaden your horizons and 10 additional book prompts for the “hardcore” readers out here!"

Running Total: 30/40

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
* Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (08/06/18)

2. True crime
* Murder by the Book by Claire Harman (09/10/18)

3. The next book in a series you started
*
4. A book involving a heist
* Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (14/11/18)

5. Nordic noir
*
6. A novel based on a real person
* White Houses by Amy Bloom (13/04/18)

7. A book set in a country that fascinates you (Greenland)
* Crimson by Niviaq Korneliussen (29/10/18)

8. A book with a time of day in the title
*
9. A book about a villain or antihero
*
10. A book about death or grief
* The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells (21/03/18)

11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
*
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
* The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (21/01/18)

13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
* Matilda by Roald Dahl (19/10/18)

14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
* Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stanković (08/02/18)

15. A book about feminism
* The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews (29/01/18)

16. A book about mental health
* The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (24/10/18)

17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
* George Orwell: A Life in Letters by George Orwell (02/03/18)

18. A book by two authors
* The Assassin's Cloak by Irene & Alan Taylor (02/04/18)

19. A book about or involving a sport
*
20. A book by a local author
* A Private Language? a Dip Into Welsh Literature by Marion Eames (22/06/18)

21. A book with your favorite color in the title
*

22. A book with alliteration in the title
* Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (03/01/18)

23. A book about time travel
*

24. A book with a weather element in the title
* The Library of Ice: Readings From a Cold Climate by Nancy Campbell (24/07/18)

25. A book set at sea
* Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (31/08/18)

26. A book with an animal in the title
* Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser (25/02/18)

27. A book set on a different planet
* The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (07/07/18)

28. A book with song lyrics in the titles (Tears For Fears)
* Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath (22/04/18)

29. A book about or set in Halloween
*
30. A book with characters who are twins
* Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (09/01/18)

31. A book mentioned in another book
*

32. A book from a celebrity book club
*

33. A childhood classic you’ve never read
* The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (11/12/18)

34. A book that’s published in 2018
* The Second Winter by Craig Larsen (24/02/18)

35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
*
36. A book set in the decade you were born (1960s)
* The Only Story by Julian Barnes (17/02/18)

37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
* A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr (03/02/18)

38. A book with an ugly cover
* Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (06/06/18)

39. A book that involves a bookstore or a library
* Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland (16/03/18)

40. You favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenges
*

Advanced

41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school (1981):
*
42. A cyberpunk book
*
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
*
44. A book tied to your ancestry
*
45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
* A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde (06/04/18)

46. An allegory
* Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn (23/06/18)

47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
*

48. A microhistory
* The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail (30/07/18)

49. A book about a problem facing society today
* Disbanded Kingdom by Polis Loizou (13/07/18)

50. A book recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar Reading Challenge
*


message 4: by Paula (last edited Sep 17, 2018 02:55AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Yearly Challenges > A-Z CHALLENGE >
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


"Read a book for each letter of the alphabet. You can use ANY of the first letters of the main words in a title of a book (don't use words like "a", "the", "or", and "of")."

Running Total: 18/24

A - Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (09/01/18)
B - Burmese Days by George Orwell (13/02/18)
C - Cake Tree in the Ruins, The by Akiyuki Nosaka (16/09/18)
D - Disbanded Kingdom by Polis Loizou (13/07/18)
E - Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stanković (08/02/18)
F - Freedom: Vintage Minis by Margaret Atwood (24/04/18)
G - Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser (25/02/18)
H - Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (14/01/18)
I - In Search of Lost Book by Giorgio van Straten (01/05/18)
J - Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath (22/04/18)
K -
L - Little Book of Feminist Saints, The by Julia Pierpont (04/03/18)
M - Month in the Country, A by J.L. Carr (03/02/18)
N -
O - Only Story, The by Julian Barnes (17/02/18)
P - Private Language? a Dip Into Welsh Literature by Marion Eames (22/06/18)
Q -
R -
S - Second Winter, The by Craig Larsen (24/02/18)
T - Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham (10/03/18)
U - Untouched House, An by Willem Frederik Hermans (27/08/18)
V -
W - Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (03/01/18)
X -
Y -
Z -


message 5: by Paula (last edited Jun 01, 2018 03:17AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Yearly Challenges > RECOMMENDED NONFICTION CHALLENGE >
Duration January 1 to December 31, 2018


COMPLETED: 1st June

"This year, we decided that for our non-fiction challenge, we would bring you the best that non-fiction has to offer...recommended lists from those that love to read non-fiction...but feel free to explore the internet and research nonfiction books that will interest YOU."

Running Total: 10/10
1. Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser (25/02/18)
2. George Orwell: A Life in Letters by George Orwell (02/03/18)
3. The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont (04/03/18)
4. Sylvia Pankhurst: The Rebellious Suffragette by Shirley Harrison (29/03/18)
5. The Assassin's Cloak by Irene Taylor (02/04/18)
6. Suffragette by David Roberts (03/04/18)
7. In Search of Lost Book by Giorgio van Straten (01/05/18)
8. Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? by Lev Parikian (04/05/18)
9. Books for Living by Will Schwalbe (15/05/18)
10. The Literature of Wales by D.R. Johnston (01/06/18)



message 6: by Paula (last edited Jan 29, 2018 09:17AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Monthly Challenges > MARATHON CHALLENGE >
Duration: January 1 - January 31, 2018


"Pick the number of pages or books you would like to read in January and post them below. The goal is to make fast progress on your reading goals in the New Year."
COMPLETED! 29th January

1. Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (03/01/18)
2. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (09/01/18)
3. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (14/01/18)
4. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (21/01/18)
5. The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews (29/01/18)



message 7: by Paula (last edited Feb 04, 2018 02:13AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Quarterly Challenges > PLACES AND SPACES >
Duration: January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018


"For this challenge, see how many places and spaces you can visit. The place or space should be a primary element of the story or historical account and may include natural, man-made, and imaginary terrains and structures."

Running Total: 5/5 COMPLETED!
1. Military Hospital: Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (03/01/18)
2. Apartment: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (09/01/18)
3. Ballroom: The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (21/01/18)
4. Tundra: The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews (29/01/18)
5. Church: A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr (03/02/18)



message 8: by Paula (last edited Apr 02, 2018 03:55AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Quarterly Challenges > 1st Quarter - Must Read Books >
Duration: 1 January 2018-31 March 2018: FAILED!


Peter Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
"For this challenge, read as many of the 1001 books as you can. Obviously, we don't expect you to read them all in three months, but let's see how many we can cross off our lists."

Running Total: 0/3
1. Burmese Days by George Orwell (13/02/18)
2.
3.



message 9: by Paula (last edited Jul 01, 2018 04:21AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Quarterly Challenges > 2nd Quarter > The Bibliophile Challenge >
Duration: April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018 >


"A Bibliophile is a lover of books; one that loves to read, admire, and collect books. So if you are a bibliophile, see how many of the following tasks you can complete!"

Running total: 8/20 - FAILED!

1. Read a book about books or reading.
* In Search of Lost Books by Giorgio van Straten (01/05/18)

2. Read a book-in-a-book.

3. Read a book that is an author's memoir.
* The Brontë Family by Karen Kenyon (30/06/18)

4. Read a book about language or linguistics.
* A Private Language? a Dip Into Welsh Literature by Marion Eames (22/06/18)

5. Read a book that takes place in a library or bookstore.
6. Read a book before you see the movie/watch the tv show.
7. Read a book whose main character is a bookworm.
8. Read a book that is mentioned in another book.
9. Read a book that is a retelling of a classic or modern classic.
10. Read a book that has a palindrome in the title.

11. Read a book that uses an alliteration in the title.
* Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott (29/04/18)

12. Read a book that has a full sentence as it's title.
* Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? by Lev Parikian (04/05/18)

13. Read a book with a title that rhymes.

14. Read a book with a one-word title.
* Ayiti by Roxane Gay (09/04/18)

15. Read a book with an oxymoron in the title.
16. Read a book with a homonym or homophone in the title.
17. Read a book with a homograph in the title.
18. Read a book in translation or a book that merges two or more languages, e.g., Spanglish, Pidgin, or Creole.

19. Read a work of epistolary fiction or nonfiction.
* Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson (18/04/18)

20. Read a book you can't get as an ebook.
* The Literature of Wales by D.R. Johnston (01/06/18)


message 10: by Paula (last edited Aug 13, 2018 10:52AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments 2018 Monthly Challenges > July - A Bit of Light Reading >

"For this challenge, read as many books with 200 pages or less as you can."

Running total: 3/3 COMPLETED!

1. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (07/07/18): 109 pages
2. Disbanded Kingdom - Polis Loizou (13/07/18): 191 pages
3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (13/08/18): 114 pages


message 11: by Paula (last edited Aug 07, 2018 03:23AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 132 comments SPANNING THE YEARS
Duration: 1 July 2018 - 30 September 2018 >


"With every book you read for this challenge, note the year in which they are set and calculate how many years between that point and the previous point."

Total years: 3,343 years! COMPLETED!

2017: 24 Stories: of Hope by Kathy Burke (04/07/18)
1943: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (07/07/18)
2014: The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell (24/07/18)
1184 BCE: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (06/08/18)


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