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Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Launch Date 29th December


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Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments Omg. Yippee


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments haha here is challenge 1. Ignore my comment on challenge 2. :-)


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Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Pay attention at the back


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Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments Sorry boss man.


message 6: by Joanne (new)

Joanne | 30 comments I can't wait. I always love these challenges.


message 7: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Challenge is now live:

https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/...


message 8: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments Thanks Paul. Both excellent


message 9: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments Nice one. Finished my first book for this just now.


message 10: by Sam (new)

Sam (aramsamsam) Paul, this one is great :) It fits many of my tbr books and also leaves some room for new finds. I'm in!


message 11: by Karen (new)

Karen Mace | 17 comments OOH this looks like fun!! Now to trawl the bookshelves finding books that fit the topics!


message 12: by Andrea (new)

Andrea (tasseled) | 8 comments New to the group, and would love to give this challenge a try.


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Welcome to Book Vipers Andrea.


message 14: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments Welcome Andrea. Paul’s challenges are notoriously wonderful. This year is no exception.


message 15: by Annie (last edited Dec 31, 2017 01:49AM) (new)

Annie (anniecholewa) | 52 comments Having failed dismally at last year’s challenges - life! - I’m back to try again (fingers crossed).


message 16: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (daniellecobbaertbe) | 147 comments Saw this in the Guardian and thought it might give some inspiration:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...


message 17: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments Thanks Danielle


message 18: by Andrea (new)

Andrea (tasseled) | 8 comments Thank you, Paul and Pat!


message 19: by Jazzy (last edited Feb 28, 2018 05:43PM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments I'm going for GOLD and ticking all 25 little boxes.

The hardest part will be finding someone to lend me a book - but I realise aha! I can borrow a book from the library! Although, I cannot think of anything more boring in the whole world than to read a book about money. Although watching televised golf must surely run a close second.

READ SO FAR....
A book from a small publisher World in a Jug - Roland Gant
A debut book Atomic Candy - Phyllis Burke
True or fictional crime The Spy Who Came in from the Cold John le Carré
Free choice Home School - Charles Webb
A book over 500 pages Arabian Nights Entertainments - Milo Winter
A book with an animal in the title Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Book Vipers monthly read - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
A book of poems The Collected Poems - Langston Hughes
A book under 100 pages - It's Easy to Bluff Blues Guitar - Joe Bennett
A book about books - The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe

CURRENTLY READING:
A classic Bonjour Tristesse - Françoise Sagan
Free choice The Easter Parade - Richard Yates
Free Choice The Ice Storm - Rick Moody

TO READ...(with tentative titles - subject to change!)
A book set in another country The Train - Georges Simenon
Non-fiction book The Life of a Song: The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world’s best-loved songs - David Cheal
A book you have borrowed
A translated book Chéri - Colette
A banned book Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
A book with a food in the title Gumshoe - Neville Smith
Second book in a series Gypsy Boy On The Run - Mikey Walsh
A shortlisted book Moon Tiger - Penelope Lively
Science fiction or fact Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams - Philip K. Dick
An award winner The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
A biography It's A Dodger's Life - Jack Wild
A book about money A Year at the Star and Sixpence - Holly Hepburn


message 20: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Michael Lewis has written some good book about Money Jazzy


message 21: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments I was going to read this one Freaks I've Met Do you think that counts?


message 22: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Well thanks Paul, I haven't seen any of his books about and I found another one about two sisters trying to manage the debts of a dilapidated pub and get it up and running again. Go for it Jason!


message 23: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Jason wrote: "I was going to read this one Freaks I've Met Do you think that counts?"

Don't see why not Jason


message 24: by Jazzy (last edited Feb 27, 2018 03:58PM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments I hope I can borrow a book from the library. My wallet/library card/driver's licence/etc is in Nigeria by mistake. Perhaps I should mention, I gave away a rucksack to my friend, the wallet was in it, that rucksack was sent to a girl in Nigeria. Neither I, nor my friend (who used the rucksack for a couple of weeks before posting it), nor the delivery man nor the customs was able to find a wallet. The girl had the rucksack for over a week before she found it. Meanwhile I'm having people help me search the snowy carpark of the pub and ringing that pub over and over. We had performed our Christmas programme and after the gig gone out in the snow and I got a lift home. I made that poor man who drove me home go out in the cold and look in his car for my wallet.


message 25: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments Haha what an adventure your wallet is having.


message 26: by Jazzy (last edited Feb 28, 2018 01:54AM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Jason wrote: "Haha what an adventure your wallet is having."

Oh yes! I've never been to Nigeria. But my son found a story to top it. This guy's wallet was discovered to be even further away.
https://www.betootaadvocate.com/human...

....of course that may or may not be true :)


message 27: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments Half way on this series so far. most of the tough slots sorted.


message 28: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments I’m doing well too Jason. Just need someone to post on book lists and I can check where I’m at.


message 29: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
I have 14 read so far, and haven't been anywhere near my free choices yet


message 30: by Sam (new)

Sam (aramsamsam) I have a hard time finding "A Book with a Food in the Title" that appeals to me. Somehow only crime novels set in rural areas and romantic comedies seem to fit this task, and I'm no fan of either. Recommendations are welcome!


message 31: by Jason (last edited May 25, 2018 12:58PM) (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments I am reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn you could have that for berry.

Check out this list.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5...


message 32: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments I've only had two books to finish for ages but lost my reading momentum. :(


message 33: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Oh no Jazzy. Anything we can help with?


message 34: by Pat (last edited May 26, 2018 03:16AM) (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments Sam...Chocolat? Lovely book.


message 35: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Paul wrote, "Oh no Jazzy. Anything we can help with?"

If you can think of anything it would be appreciated. I just feel so ...sad? I still play guitar every day but I was reading 3 books a week and now I'm lucky to read 10 pages a week.


message 36: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Reading slumps are horrible. Prehaps re read an old favourite. Or find a new book by a treasured author


message 37: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Thanks Paul, I'll try.

I love Tove Jansson so I'm trying to read her book Sculptor's Daughter.


message 38: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments I've got 3 left. One is in library, awaiting collection. One I've ordered from library. Then there is War and peace!


message 39: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Magic Square done!
Next week - Holiday in Gdansk!


message 40: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments well done Jazzy


message 41: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Excellent. Well done Jazzy. I have read 16 so far


message 42: by Jazzy (last edited Jun 07, 2018 12:21PM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Jason wrote: "well done Jazzy" Thank you Jason! Now to finish the Where in the world (I call it - on the literary road) challenge

And Pat I Love War and Peace! I hope you have the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation!


message 43: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Many thanks Paul! You've read so many other books this year so far as well, you'll have them down in no time!


message 44: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments I’ll look for it Jason. I read Anna Karenina years ago and found it quick to read as gripping. Hope war and peace is same. Thanks.


message 45: by Sam (new)

Sam (aramsamsam) Pat wrote: "Sam...Chocolat? Lovely book."

Thanks, Pat. That's the only one I could think of ... but I've already read it! I might reread it though, I can barely remember it. Must be 16 years since I read it.


message 46: by Sam (new)

Sam (aramsamsam) Jason wrote: "I am reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn you could have that for berry.

Check out this list.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5..."


Excellent book and ne of my favourites! The list is really helpful, thank you!


message 47: by Jason (new)

Jason (jasondenness) | 1876 comments Only got 5 more to go on this challenge. wooo


message 48: by Paul (new)

Paul (halfmanhalfbook) | 5460 comments Mod
Excellent Jason. Should have another finished this week


message 49: by Pat (new)

Pat Morris-jones | 1370 comments 2 left. Just ordered one from library. Then War and Peace. The last! Lots of books to read before that one. The moral? Don’t leave me with newspaper review section in an evening when I also have internet to order from library. Otherwise would have finished by now.


message 50: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 274 comments Pat wrote: "2 left. Just ordered one from library. Then War and Peace. The last! Lots of books to read before that one. The moral? Don’t leave me with newspaper review section in an evening when I also have in..."

You should read War and Peace whilst reading other book, the chapters are short and there's plenty of stopping places. I hope you love it as much as I did!


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