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message 1: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
Let's Have Pie - Books to Read Before You Die
(Boxall's / Guardian / Awards)

7 piece pie labeled with Guardian novel categories

Interested in chipping away at the Boxall's or Guardian's lists of books to read before you die? How about exploring award winners?

This challenge combines the themes from the Guardian list with your own particular focus. Choose a list or an award (you can choose more than one award to help fit the categories), and eat some pie to complete the challenge. Complete as many pies as you like.

Themes

1. Comedy
2. Crime
3. Family & Self
4. Love
5. Science Fiction & Fantasy
6. State of the Nation
7. War & Travel

Levels

Level 1: Just a Taste
1.
2.
Level 2: Getting Greedy
3.
4.
Level 3: I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing
5.
6.
7.


message 2: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
Some resources to help you choose...

Guardian List:

Complete Guardian List
Comedy
Crime
Family & Self
Love
Science Fiction & Fantasy
State of the Nation
War & Travel

Boxall's List:

Listopia: Favorites from 1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die
Books shelved as Boxall on Goodreads

Awards:

(Only winners, not nominees.)

Some popular awards: Pulitzer Prize,
ALA Alex Award, National Book Award,
Man Booker Prize, Orange Prize, Newbery Medal,
Walter Scott Prize, Macavity Award, Hugo Award.

You can also search for awards on Goodreads to find one that interests you.


message 3: by LindaH (new)

LindaH | 153 comments I am so ready for Pie! Thanks for the lists of sources, Allison.


message 4: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (last edited Jun 25, 2018 08:05PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
I like Pie too. I'm in.

Level 1: Just a taste

1. Crime - The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
2. Love - Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Level 2: Getting greedy

3. Comedy - The Unbearable Bassington by Saki
4. War and Travel - Die Blendung by Elias Canetti

Level 3: I can't believe I ate the whole thing

5. State of the Nation - El Reino de Este Mundo by Alejo Carpentier
6. Science Fiction - Dune by Frank Herbert
7. Family and Self - As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner


message 5: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
I'm in. Been chipping away at Guardian list. A lot of them are free on the Kindle too!


message 6: by Tammie (new)

Tammie Tackett me to


message 7: by LindaH (new)

LindaH | 153 comments I read The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark, a book I found under Humor on the Guardian list posted here. Does this qualify? And should my second book be ANOTHER theme?


message 8: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
The way the pie works is there is one piece for each theme, so you now have your first piece of pie for the Humor category.
The next piece should be from one of the remaining categories, etc.


message 9: by LindaH (new)

LindaH | 153 comments Thanks, Rosemarie!


message 10: by Sonia (last edited Apr 01, 2018 12:27PM) (new)

Sonia | 437 comments I'm going to do this again. And try and get all themes this time, rather than avoiding the science fiction and fantasy completely.

1. Comedy
2. Crime - The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
3. Family & Self - The Old Wives' Tale
4. Love - An Infamous Army, A Farewell to Arms
5. Science Fiction & Fantasy
6. State of the Nation
7. War & Travel


message 11: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Sonia, there are some in the Science Fiction that are less hard sci fi and more just ghost stories, dystopian. 1984, We and The Turn of The Screw are some off the top of my head.


message 12: by LindaH (last edited Mar 30, 2018 08:06PM) (new)

LindaH | 153 comments YUM.

I completed , with books from the Guardian...

Level 1. Just a Taste
1. Comedy - The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
2. Science Fiction- The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse

Level 2 . Getting Greedy
3. War - All Quiet on the Western Front
4.

Level 3. I Can’t Believe I Ate The Whole Thing
5.
6.
7.


message 13: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
What did you think of Hesse book, Linda?


message 14: by Jenny, Certified Bookworm (new)

Jenny Clark | 1543 comments Mod
Good choice on The Glass Bead Game Linda! I hooe you liked it as much as I did!


message 15: by LindaH (new)

LindaH | 153 comments Hi Rosemarie

I didn’t bring enough background to The Glass Bead Game to fully appreciate its more mystical meanings but I still enjoyed following the interactions of the characters. It was only after I was well in that I found out that the setting is a place set aside for the intellectual elite in a future world, and therefore the book is considered science fiction.


message 16: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
I didn't know it was science fiction either. I like Hesse's other books better than that one. I majored in German so I read it in that language, but it never did grab me, probably because I really like his fairy tales and shorter novels better.


message 17: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 437 comments I got my first slice of pie. I finished The Old Wives' Tale yesterday. It's a good book and also a doorstopper.


message 18: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
I enjoyed The Old Wives' Tale as well. The sisters certainly had different lives.


message 19: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 437 comments I got the crime slice of pie today with The Spy Who Came In from the Cold.


message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura | 48 comments Done level 1 now

Just a Taste
1. Fantasy- The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett - 9/1/18
2. Love- A Room with a View, E.M. Forster- 3/3/18


message 21: by Sonia (new)

Sonia | 437 comments I have just finished A Farewell to Arms for the Love slice (very sad ending), so that's three slices so far. It's in post 10.


message 22: by Martha (last edited Sep 16, 2018 08:56PM) (new)

Martha (marthag503) | 0 comments I'm in this year. I've already read two categories.

Level 1: Just a Taste
1. War and Travel: Regeneration
2. Crime and Punishment: No Country for Old Men

Level 2: Getting Greedy
3. Comedy: Under the Net
4. State of the Nation: Go Tell It on the Mountain

Level 3: I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing
5.
6.
7.


message 23: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
I finally finished my first pie!


message 24: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
Congrats, Rosemarie!


message 25: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
Thank you. It took me forever to find a book for Family and Self.


message 26: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (last edited Sep 10, 2018 05:51PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
Guardian Pie #2

Level 1:
1. Science Fiction/Fantasy- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
2. State of the Nation - Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth

Level 2:
3. Family and Self- Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
4. Crime - The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett

Level 3:
5.War and Travel - One of Ours by Willa Cather
6. Love - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
7. Comedy - The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain


message 27: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
I finished my second pie.


message 28: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Which were your favorites?


message 29: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
I enjoyed Mary Barton and The Glass Key, both of which were new to me.

The biggest disappointment was One of Ours.

And Stranger in a Strange Land was a lot sillier than I remembered.


message 30: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Mary Barton was one of my favorites from this year as well.


And, yeah, Stranger now seems filled with silliness that was probably cutting edge speculation in its day. ;-)


message 31: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (last edited Dec 29, 2018 03:41PM) (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
Guardian Pie #3

1. War and Travel- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
2. Science Fiction and Fantasy - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

3. Family and Self - The History of Mr. Polly by H.G. Wells
4. State of the Nation - The Red Room by August Strindberg

5. Crime - The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
6. Love - A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
7. Comedy - The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett


message 32: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
I have just finished my third pie!


message 33: by Allison, Quest Hound (new)

Allison (rainy-day-reads) | 1298 comments Mod
That's great - just in time!


message 34: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
👍🏼👍🏼


message 35: by Rosemarie, Obsessive Reader (new)

Rosemarie | 3940 comments Mod
Thank you, Allison and Renee.


message 36: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4727 comments Mod
Let’s Have Pie 2018

One of the few challenges I was successful with in 2018.
I ate a whole lotta pie! 🥧

1. Comedy:
- Tono Bungay**
- Piccadilly Jim**
- Cakes and Ale**
- Diary of a Nobody**
- Unbearable Bassington**

2. Crime:
- Riddle of the Sands**
- Pudd’nhead Wilson**
- Strangers on a Train**

3. Family & Self:
- The Gathering**
- Cider with Rosie**
- Elegance of the Hedgehog (Boxall)**

4. Love:
- Wuthering Heights**
- Lolita**
- East Lynne**
- Lorna Doone**
- Lady Chatterly’s Lover**

5. Science Fiction & Fantasy:
- Uncle Silas**
- Master/Margarita**
- American Gods**
- Lord of the Flies**

6. State of the Nation:
- Vanity Fair**
- New Grub Street**
- Moll Flanders**

7. War & Travel:
- King Solomon’s Mines**
- She**


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