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message 1: by Vicki (last edited Dec 09, 2018 07:21AM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Vaticinations

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Aries
M- March -
Sym- Ram (truck) - Trouble in Mudbug
E- Fire (70% red) - His Majesty's Dragon 5/5/18
N.A-Iraq/Syria/Turkey - A Land of Permanent Goodbyes 10/12/18
Stn- Opal (1750-1850) - What Angels Fear 5/7/18
Hero-Ares(God(s)) - When Gods Die 5/27/18
A- Tim Curry - Tom Clancy, Alexandre Dumas, Michael Crichton
The Three Musketeers/The Count of Monte Cristo

Taurus
M- April -
Sym- Bull (western) - The Gunslinger
E- Earth (70% Black) - The Butterfly Garden 1/4/18
N.A-Beaver-Canadiana- Malagash 4/29/18
Stn- Jasper (Illness) - Cinder 2/22/18
H- Rhino (villain in title) - If We Were Villains
A- Audrey Hepburn - Anything by Sidney Sheldon, Leo Tolstoy

Gemini
M- May -
Sym-Twins - 4:50 from Paddington AKA What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! 9/21/18
E- Air (70% White) -In the Forest of Forgetting 10/13/18
N.A- Deer (Scotland) - The Gracekeepers maybe? or The Sea House
Stn -Agate (profile) - Beastly Bones 2/14/18
H-Copycat(Dystopian) - Borne 2/1/18
A- Johnny Depp - A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String 6/9/18

Cancer
M- June
Sym- Crab (types) The Blue Notebook
E- Water(blue)- A Fatal Grace 12/8/18
N.A-Woodpecker(South America) - Daughter of Fortune
Stn- Rose Quartz (Roses or Pink) - Boy, Snow, Bird 4/1/18
H- Sandman(Horror) - Harvest Home 9/8/18
A- Meryl Streep - Isabel Allende, Anna Quindlen In the Midst of Winter

Leo
M- July
Sym-Lion (Africa) - White Dog Fell from the Sky 6/6/18
E- Fire on the cover - Bears Discover Fire, and Other Stories 4/22/18
N.A- Salmon (Pacific Northwest) - Where'd You Go, Bernadette 2/12/18
Stn- Carnelian (Ancient Egypt) -
H- Kraven (over 60yrs) - The Thirteenth Tale
A- Sean Penn -

Virgo
M- August - Scarlet 7/2/18
Sym- Maiden (unmarried <20) - Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters 2/13/18
E- Earth planet on cover -
N.A- Bear - (Russia)
Stn- Amethyst (Royalty MC) - The Iron King 6/15/18
H- Rogue(Birds) - Sing, Unburied, Sing 6/9/18
A- Anne Meara - The Mirror anything by Ira Levin, Muriel Spark

Libra
M- September
Sym- Scales (legal thriller) - Defending Jacob 7/7/18
E- Air (clouds) - The City & the City 10/22/18
N.A-Raven(New Zealand) - The Bone People
Stn- Azurite (1400-1700) - The Black Tulip 3/26/18
H- Judge Dredd (1977-2000) -
A- Viggo Mortenson - The Seville Communion9/23/18

Scorpio
M- Oct - Still Life 2/18/18
Sym- Scorpion (Poison in title) - The Poisoned Crown 10/12/18
E- Water on the cover - The Dew Breaker 3/19/18
N.A- Snake (Australia) - The Light Between Oceans
Stn- Copper (metal weapon or tool) - The Natural Way of Things
H- Anti-Venom (stand lone Sci-fi) - Never Let Me Go 4/7/18
A- Jodie Foster -

Sagittarius
M- November - Winter 9/2/18
Sym- Archer - The Orenda
E- Fire title - The Fire Dance 3/31/18
N.A- Owl(Greece)- The Truth Teller maybe?
Stn- Obsidian(Hawaii) - Moloka'i
H- Hawkeye -The Chalk Man (new in 2018) 10/13/18
A- Ralph Fiennes - Thomas Keneally, J.K. Rowling, Michael Ondaatje, Thomas Harris, John le Carré, Charles Dickens

Capricorn
M- December - Tenth of December
Sym- Goat -Out Stealing Horses 5/25/18
E- Earth in title - Unaccustomed Earth Earth Abides
N.A- Geese (KS, NM, TX or Mexico) - The Bottoms
Stn- Quartz (Time travel) - After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall 10/6/18
H- Cannonball (American civil war/Napoleon) - Black Powder War 8/29/18
A-Sissy Spacek - Midwives 2/12/18

Aquarius
M- January - Cat out of Hell 6/1/18
Sym- Water-bearer (jug etc) - A Beautiful Blue Death 11/30/18
E- Air in title -
N.A- Otter (Swiss/Dutch) - The Miniaturist
Stn-Turquiose(magic) - Alice 2/5/18
H- Aquaman (Atlantis/Poseidon title) - The Atlantis Gene
A- John Hurt - John le Carré, J.K. Rowling
Outlander, Nineteen Eighty-Four

Pisces
M- February - February
Sym-Fish (river/lake) - The Lake and the Lost Girl 3/12/18
E-Water in title- Into the Water 3/3/18
N.A- Wolf (Set in AB, MT, ID or WY) -
Stn- Jade (China) - A Dictionary of Maqiao
H- Siren (etc) in title - Why Mermaids Sing 7/25/18
A- Glenn Close - John Irving, Isabel Allende, Agatha Christie
The Girl With All the Gifts/ Rosemary's Baby (Ira Levin)/ And Then There Were None


message 2: by Vicki (last edited May 05, 2018 08:24PM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments 1st visionary verdict

12/12

Aires: Element: His Majesty's Dragon 4.5★
Taurus: Element: The Butterfly Garden 3.5★
Gemini: Superhero: Borne 3.5★
Cancer: Stone: Boy, Snow, Bird 2.5★
Leo: North American: Where'd You Go, Bernadette 4★
Virgo: Symbol: Ella of Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters 3★
Libra: Stone: The Black Tulip 4★
Scorpio: Month: Still Life 3★
Sagittarius: Element: The Fire Dance 3★
Capricorn: Actor: Midwives 4★
Aquarius: Stone: Alice 3★
Pisces: Element: Into the Water 4★


message 3: by Vicki (last edited Dec 09, 2018 07:31AM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments 2nd Badge

24/24

Aires: Stone: What Angels Fear 4★
Taurus: Stone: Cinder 4★
Gemini: Stone: Beastly Bones 4★
Cancer: Superhero Harvest Home 2.5★
Leo: Element: Bears Discover Fire, and Other Stories 4★
Virgo: Superhero Sing, Unburied, Sing 3★
Libra: Symbol: Defending Jacob 4★
Scorpio: Element: The Dew Breaker 4★
Sagittarius: Month: Winter 4★
Capricorn: Symbol: Out Stealing Horses 3★
Aquarius: Month: Cat out of Hell 3.5★
Pisces: Symbol: The Lake and the Lost Girl 3★
~~~~~
Aires: Superhero: When Gods Die 5★
Taurus: North American: Malagash 3★
Gemini: Actor: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String 4★
Cancer: A Fatal Grace 3.5★
Leo: Symbol: White Dog Fell from the Sky 3★
Virgo: Stone: The Iron King 4★
Libra: Actor: The Seville Communion 3.5★
Scorpio: Superhero: Never Let Me Go 5★
Sagittarius: Superhero: The Chalk Man 4★
Capricorn: Superhero: Black Powder War 4★
Aquarius: Symbol: A Beautiful Blue Death4★
Pisces: Superhero: Why Mermaids Sing 5★


message 4: by Vicki (last edited Oct 23, 2018 09:05AM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 3

7/24

Aires: North American: A Land of Permanent Goodbyes 2.5★
Taurus:
Gemini: Symbol: 4:50 from Paddington 3.5★
Cancer:
Leo:
Virgo: Month: Scarlet 4.5★
Libra: Element: The City & the City 4.5★
Scorpio: Symbol: The Poisoned Crown 4★
Sagittarius:
Capricorn: Stone: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall 3.5★
Aquarius:
Pisces:
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Aires:
Taurus:
Gemini: Element: In the Forest of Forgetting 4★
Cancer:
Leo:
Virgo:
Libra:
Scorpio:
Sagittarius:
Capricorn
Aquarius:
Pisces:


message 5: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20546 comments Welcome to the challenge, Vicki. Well done on the title!


message 6: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments Do you read at warp speed?


message 7: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Cherie wrote: "Welcome to the challenge, Vicki. Well done on the title!"

Shiny!

Janice wrote: "Do you read at warp speed?"

We're gonna have to, to get all those badges! Alas, I am aiming for two badges with 36 books - soon to be downgraded to 1 badge and 12 books!


message 8: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 2488 comments Nice title!


message 9: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments I'm aiming for 2 badges as well - that's 3 books a month.


message 10: by Almeta (new)

Almeta (menfrommarrs) | 10475 comments Shiny indeed!☺


message 11: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20546 comments Oh, you have some great titles picked out!

I am looking forward to reading the Birds Without Wings book for Turkey.
I loved the Cherie Priest book. I have read three of them.
The Secret Keeper is one of the few Donna Morton books I have not read yet.
Your Africa title looks interesting.
I did not care for The Orenda all that much, but it was an interesting story.
I don't usually tell people not to read books, but I think you should pick another book for the December read. You may like the stories though....


message 12: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Cherie wrote: "Oh, you have some great titles picked out!

I am looking forward to reading the Birds Without Wings book for Turkey.
I loved the Cherie Priest book. I have read three of them.
The Secret Keeper i..."


I am a weirdo who likes short stories and I have read one of his other collections and I think I liked it (I have a terrible memory). But I'll keep your warning in mind.

Most of these books are perennials on my lists of "Books I'm Going to Get to this Year". It seems that if I don't read a book as soon as I buy it, it just sits on the shelf. I'm very unlikely to read The Orenda or We Are Water or the Bone People. But maybe this is the year...

I'm super excited to read the Secret Keeper- Starting it Jan 1st!

I'm hoping to get Birds without Wings for Christmas :)

I'm glad to hear you liked Boneshaker, I was debating adding it because some reviews were not encouraging but I think I'll like it.


message 13: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments I have to add my vote of confidence for The Orenda. I thought it was a great book.


message 14: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Janice wrote: "I have to add my vote of confidence for The Orenda. I thought it was a great book."

Good to hear that, I feel like a bad Canadian for always putting it off.


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Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments I know the feeling! I have his Through Black Spruce on my wishlist and want to read it. Maybe I'll make it a personal challenge next year to read more Canadiana literature.


message 16: by Vicki (last edited Feb 04, 2018 09:20AM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 1/12

Taurus
Element: Earth (Black cover)
The Butterfly Garden The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1) by Dot Hutchison


message 17: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments This book was a group read a few months ago. If you're interested, you may want to seek out the discussion.


message 18: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Janice wrote: "This book was a group read a few months ago. If you're interested, you may want to seek out the discussion."

Thanks Janice, I found out about it from seeing it as a group read then but I was too late and in a reading slump most of last year. I'll check it out.


message 19: by Vicki (last edited Feb 04, 2018 09:20AM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 2/12

Gemini
Superhero: Copycat (dystopian)

Borne Borne by Jeff VanderMeer


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 3/12

Aquarius
Stone: Turquoise (Magic theme)

Alice Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) by Christina Henry


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 4/12

Capricorn
Actor (Sissy Spacek)
Midwives Midwives by Chris Bohjalian


message 22: by Vicki (last edited Feb 17, 2018 10:54AM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 5/12

Leo
North American: Salmon (Pacific Northwest)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Set in Seattle, we are constantly reminded of the setting because Bernadette dislikes Seattle.


message 23: by Vicki (last edited Feb 17, 2018 10:52AM) (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 6/12

Virgo
Symbol: Maiden under 20.
Ella of:
Ella Minnow Pea Illustrated Gift Edition Ella Minnow Pea Illustrated Gift Edition by Mark Dunn


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Vicki | 1133 comments Out of Order

Badge 2

Book 1/24

Gemini
Stone: Agate (Profile on the cover)
Beastly Bones Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2) by William Ritter


message 25: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments You're just motoring through. :)


message 26: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Janice wrote: "You're just motoring through. :)"

Yup that was all toppler! Now to try and keep up the momentum.


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 7/12

Scorpio
Month
October.

Still Life Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #1) by Louise Penny

Book starts on thanksgiving Sunday! And October is mentioned a few times.


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Vicki | 1133 comments Out of Order

Badge 2

Book 2

Taurus:
Stone: Jasper (Illness as a theme)
Cinder Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

There is a plague reeking havoc on Earth. It kills quickly. Influences everything from family dynamics to geopolitical decisions in this futuristic setting.


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 8

Pisces:
Element (Water in the title)
Into the Water Into the Water by Paula Hawkins


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 2

Book 3
Pisces:
Symbol: Fish (Lake in the title)
The Lake and the Lost Girl The Lake and the Lost Girl by Jacquelyn Vincenta


message 31: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Out of Order

Badge 2

Book 4
Scorpio:
Element: Water on the cover
The Dew Breaker The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 9

Libra
Stone: Azurite (1400-1700)
The Black Tulip The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

Set in 1672


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Rusalka (rusalkii) | 17693 comments Vicki wrote: "Out of Order

Badge 2

Book 4
Scorpio:
Element: Water on the cover
The Dew Breaker The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat"


What did you think of this one? I read Breath, Eyes, Memory last year, and I should pick up another of hers.


message 34: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Rusalka wrote: "
What did you think of this one? I read Breath, Eyes, Memory last year, and I should pick up another of hers. "


I thought it was excellent!
It's not a proper novel but rather a collection of vignettes that gives a portrait of a man, his family, his country Haiti and the lives of Haitian immigrants in the US.
Every story focuses on a new person but they are all interconnected masterfully. The stories are substantial and I felt ill/disturbed after some of them.


message 35: by Rusalka, Moderator (new)

Rusalka (rusalkii) | 17693 comments I'll add it to the list! Thanks Vicki. Glad you enjoyed it :D


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 10/12

Sagittarius
Element: Fire in the title

The Fire Dance The Fire Dance by Helene Tursten

The sixth book in a series that I've never read before, just because Fire was in the title. The things we do for challenges.


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Vicki | 1133 comments Badge 1

Book 11/12

Cancer
Stone: Rose Quartz (Rose on the cover)
Boy, Snow, Bird Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi


message 38: by Cherie (last edited Apr 02, 2018 12:54PM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20546 comments Vicki wrote: "The sixth book in a series that I've never read before, just because Fire was in the title. The things we do for challenges..."

So true! Sometimes it does not matter, but one of the books I read recently, for one of my tasks, happened to be one where the MC was supposed to have died in the previous book. I am still waiting for the first book of the series to get off of hold at my library so that I can start on the series properly. I have already read three others - later in the series though because they were available. (I like the narrator.)


message 39: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments Just one more to go, Vicki! :)


message 40: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Cherie wrote: "Vicki wrote: "The sixth book in a series that I've never read before, just because Fire was in the title. The things we do for challenges..."

So true! Sometimes it does not matter, but one of the ..."


Oh no! that sounds a bit spoilery!
I actually didn't like the detectives in The Fire Dance enough to care if I ruined anything- I wont read anymore. It was also the only one my library had on audio.


message 41: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Janice wrote: "Just one more to go, Vicki! :)"

Yup! And I think I can cover Aires with Frankenstein for the Opal task this month.

I'm not sure I'm in the mood for another classic right now but I found a new series to start as a back up plan. The Sebastian St. Cyr Series by C.S. Harris. They are all set in 1811 (Aries-Opal) book 2 has Gods in the title and book 3 has Mermaids in the title.


message 42: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20546 comments I love it when a series offers books for various tasks. You want to read them anyway, so it is a win-win when they fit.

I had books planned for all my tasks and bumped at least 10 of them off to allow for series books that had not been planned - but they fit. Yay!


message 43: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Out of Order

Badge 2
Book 5/24
Scorpio
Superhero:Anti-Venom (stand-alone Sci-fi)
Never Let Me Go Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

There's not a lot of sci in this fi but it's listed on the book's main page.


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Vicki | 1133 comments Out of Order


Badge 2
Book 6/24
Leo
Element: Fire (Fire on the cover)
Bears Discover Fire, and Other Stories Bears Discover Fire, and Other Stories by Terry Bisson


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Vicki | 1133 comments Out of Order

Badge 2
Book 7
Taurus
North American: Beaver
Malagash Malagash by Joey Comeau

written by a Canadian and set in Nova Scotia


message 46: by Cherie (last edited May 02, 2018 05:13PM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20546 comments Interesting story line. How did it work out for you? I meant for Malagash.


message 47: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Cherie wrote: "Interesting story line. How did it work out for you? I meant for Malagash."

It is sad but I didn't find it as moving as I expected. I think it just wasn't for me because my other group just loved it. It's very sparse.


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Vicki | 1133 comments Oh yeah!

Badge 1

Book 12
Aires
Element:Fire-Red Cover
His Majesty's Dragon His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik

I could not stop listening to this. Turns out it finishes my first badge too! whoop!


message 49: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51046 comments Congrats on finishing your first badge! Woot!


message 50: by Vicki (new)

Vicki | 1133 comments Thanks Janice!


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