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message 1: by Paula (last edited Nov 21, 2018 06:34AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Year-Long Challenges 2018 > Alphabet Soup Challenge 2018 >

"26 Books in one year, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. (Not counting articles like "a," "an" or "the") to create your own special Alphabet Soup."

Running Total: 19/26

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 Books 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- Year of Magical Thinking, The by Joan Didion (21/11/18)
Z-


message 2: by Paula (last edited Dec 12, 2018 03:39AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Monthly Genre Challenge 2018 > Genres for 2018 >

COMPLETED!

"Here is a list of the genres we will be reading each month. Instead of polls, simply choose your own books within the genre."

January: Contemporary/Literary Fiction:
* Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

February: Romance/Chick Lit
* The Only Story by Julian Barnes

March: Mystery
* Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham

April: Fantasy
* A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

May: Comedy/Tragedy
* Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

June: Travel/Survival/Adventure
* Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

July: Young Adult/Middle Grade
* The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

August: Science Fiction/Dystopia
* Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

September: Historical Fiction
* Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

October: Horror/Thriller/Paranormal
* The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

November: Classics
* Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

December: Children's
* The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame



message 3: by Paula (last edited Jun 22, 2018 08:46AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Year-Long Challenges 2018 > Dust the Shelf (2018) >

"Clear away the cobwebs from the back of your shelves and find the books that have been waiting the longest for you to read."

Running total: 10/10 Completed 22nd June!

Level 1 (2 Books) - Swipe the duster
1. A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr (03/02/18)
2. Burmese Days by George Orwell (13/02/18)

Level 2 (4 Books) - Dust bunnies beware
3. George Orwell: A Life in Letters by George Orwell (02/03/18)
4. The Assassin's Cloak by Irene Taylor (02/04/18)

Level 3 (7 Books) - Cobwebs begone
5. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde (06/04/18)
6. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath (22/04/18)
7. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (21/05/18)

Level 4 (10 Books) - Polish and shine
8. The Literature of Wales by D.R. Johnston (01/06/18)
9. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (08/06/18)
10. A Private Language? a Dip Into Welsh Literature by Marion Eames (22/06/18)


message 4: by Paula (last edited Dec 12, 2018 03:46AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Year-Long Challenges 2018 > Decade Challenge 2018 >

"The idea is to try to read and record ONE book originally published in each decade listed. Your end result should be a list of the 22 decades posted here, with one book you've read beside each decade."

Decade Challenge
(Original publication date)

1800-1809:
1810-1819:
1820-1829:
1830-1839:
1840-1849:
1850-1859:
1860-1869:
1870-1879: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1872)
1880-1889: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1882)
1890-1899: A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde (1891)
1900-1909: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)
1910-1919:
1920-1929:
1930-1939: Burmese Days by George Orwell (1934)
1940-1949: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)
1950-1959: An Untouched House by Willem Frederik Hermans (1951)
1960-1969:
1970-1979: Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath (1977)
1980-1989: A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr (1980)
1990-1999: The Literature of Wales by D.R. Johnston (1994)
2000-2009: The Assassin's Cloak by Irene Taylor (2000)
2010-2018: Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (2018)


message 5: by Paula (last edited Aug 31, 2018 05:43AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Year-Long Challenges 2018 > 50 Book Challenge 2018 >

"Mission: Read 50 books this year."

YEAR TO DATE: 50/50 COMPLETED!

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



message 6: by Paula (last edited Mar 29, 2018 08:57AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Year-Long Challenges 2018 > New Release Challenge 2018 >

"This challenge will run all year and have a leveled format, but mostly this is a place to discuss the new releases of this year."

Level One: Curious: read 1 new release:
1. Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn (03/01/18)

Level Two: Curiouser: read 2 new releases:
2. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (09/01/18)
3. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (14/01/18)

Level Three: Most Curious: read 4 new releases:
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. Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stanković (08/02/18)
7. The Only Story by Julian Barnes (17/02/18)

Level Four: You killed the cat: read 6 new releases:
1. The Second Winter by Craig Larsen (24/02/18)
2. Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser (25/02/18)
3. The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont (04/03/18)
4. Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham (10/03/18)
5. The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells (21/03/18)
6. Sylvia Pankhurst: The Rebellious Suffragette by Shirley Harrison (29/03/18)


message 7: by Paula (last edited Mar 05, 2018 09:29AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Maxi Challenges 2018 > New to You in 2018 (Jan-June)

" Challenge yourself to read some authors that are new to you. Maybe there's an author or two you've been meaning to try for a long time. Don't let them linger on your TBR any longer!"

Running Total: 10/10 COMPLETE!

Level One: Test the Waters (1 New Author)
1. Sheila Llewellyn

Level Two: Wade in the Shallow End (3 New Authors)
2. Lisa Halliday
3. Carmen Maria Machado

Level Three: Take a Swim (6 New Authors)
4. Joseph Cassara
5. Abi Andrews
6. J.L. Carr

Level Four: Dive Right In (10 New Authors)
7. Dejan Tiago-Stanković
8. Craig Larsen
9. Carolyn Lesser
10. Julia Pierpont


message 8: by Paula (last edited Jun 01, 2018 03:39AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Year-Long Challenges 2018 > Featherweight 2018

"Do you need to balance out all those chunksters and doorstoppers you've taken on? This is the challenge for you! Read books 280 pages or less for this challenge."

Running Total: 15/15 COMPLETED 1st June!

Level 1 - Ruffled Feathers
1. Walking Wounded: 261 pages (02/01/18)
2. Her Body and Other Parties: 245 pages (14/01/18)
3. A Month in the Country: 128 pages (03/02/18)
4. The Only Story: 224 pages (17/02/18)
5. Great Polar Bear: 32 pages (25/02/18)

Level 2 - Flapping Wings
6. The Little Book of Feminist Saints: 208 pages (04/03/18)
7. The End of Loneliness: 240 pages (21/03/18)
8. Suffragette: 128 pages (03/04/18)
9. A House of Pomegranates: 76 pages (06/04/18)
10. White Houses: 240 pages (13/04/18)

Level 3 - Taking Flight
11. Meet Me at the Museum: 224 pages (18/04/18)
12. Freedom: Vintage Minis: 144 pages (24/04/18)
13. In Search of Lost Books: 128 pages (01/05/18)
14. Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?: 272 pages (04/05/18)
15. The Literature of Wales: 145 pages (01/06/18)


message 10: by Paula (last edited Oct 25, 2018 02:05AM) (new)

Paula Bardell-Hedley (gaiabird) | 195 comments Maxi Challenges 2018 > Seize the Day 2018 (July-Dec) >

Running total: 10/10 COMPLETED

Level 1 - Have a Treat (3 Books)
1. 24 Stories: of Hope by Kathy Burke (04/07/18)
2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (07/07/18)
3. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (06/08/18)

Level 2 - Savor the Moment (6 Books)
4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (13/08/18)
5. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (31/08/18)
6. Autumn by Ali Smith (10/09/18)

Level 3 - Seize the Day (10 Books)
7. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (29/09/18)
8. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges (15/10/18)
9. Matilda by Roald Dahl (19/10/18)
10. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (24/10/18)


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