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message 1: by Booknblues (last edited Feb 09, 2018 12:41PM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments Challenges I Plan to Do
Read 85 books
Complete PBT Tags
Do the Decathalon challenge
Nicole R's challenge
Connect the dots
Reading through History
DTB Challenge
2018 Challenge
Cookbook Challenge
List Challenge -Forbes books on ecology


message 2: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 30, 2018 10:12AM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments 85 Books
1. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
2. The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
3. Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier
4.The Birdwoman's Palate by Pamuntjak, Laksmi
5. A Castle in Romagna by Igor Stiks
6. Improvement by Joan Silber
7. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
8. The Troubadour's Tale by Ann Swinfen
9. A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States by David Goodrich
10. Night Waking by Sarah Moss
11. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
12. Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
13.The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
14. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
15. The One by John Marrs
16.Waiting by Ha Jin
17. Cycling South: a cycling adventure from The Highlands to the Islands by Steven Herrick
18. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
19. Digging In by Loretta Nyhan
20. The March by E.L. Doctorow
21. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
22. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
23. Tents and Tent Stability: A Month-Long Camping Adventure In Germany - In a Rather Dodgy Tent! by Chris Lown
24. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Sandra Uwiringiyimana
25. Mercy Dogs by Tyler Dilts
26.Census by Jesse Ball
27. The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara Lipska
28. The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender
29. Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer
30. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
31. Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
32.The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail
33. Last Train to Istanbulby Ayse Kulin
34.Did You Ever Have a Family - Bill Clegg
35. A Shout in the Ruins - Kevin Powers
36. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
37. A Siege of Bitterns -Steve Burrows.
38. The Chocolate War - Martin Walker
39. Spirit of the Road: The Life of an American Trucker...and his cat. - Rick l Huffman
40. A Taste for Vengeance - Martin Walker
41. What Should Be Wild - Julia Fine
42.Last Watchman of Old Cairo - Michael David Lukas
43. The Cows of Bangalore: Adventures with My Milk Lady - Shoba Nayaran
44. The Stonemason's Tale - Ann Swinfen
45. The Book of M - Peng Shepherd
46. There There - Tommy Orange
47. America for Beginners - Leah Franqui
48. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
49.Hope Never Dies - Andrew Shaffer
50. The Mars Room -Rachel Kushner
51. The Deepest Grave - Jeri Westerson
52. Beautiful Exiles -Meg Waite Clayton
53. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth E Wein
54. Whiskey When We're Dry - John Larison
55. The Overstory -Richard Powers
56. Love and Ruin Paula McLain
57. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
58. Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
59. The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores -Diana Marcum
60. Sister of Mine Sabra Waldfogel
61. The Alchemist of Netley Abbey - Cassandra Clark
62. Regeneration - Pat Barker
63. Murder at Meaux - Cassandra Clark
64. An Ocean of Minutes - Thea Lim
65. The Undesirables - Chad Thumann
66. Cooking for Picasso Camille Aubray
67. What We Owe - Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
68. Wolf Season - Helen Benedict
69.The King's Justice -EM Powell
70.A Hundred Fires in Cuba - John Thorndike
71. The Monastery Murders - EM Powell
72. From a Low and Quiet Sea: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018 - Donal Ryan
73. Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table - Graham Holliday
74. Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam -Elizabeth Partridge
75. Becoming - Michelle Obama
76. Monterey Bay: A Novel -Lindsay Hatton
77. The Friend -Sigrid Nunez
78. Gun, With Occasional Music -Jonathan Letham
79. Medicine Walk - Richard Wagamese
80. Insurrecto -Gina Apostal
81. Let Me Fly -Sabra Waldfogel
82. Snap - Belinda Bauer
83. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah
84. Indian Horse: A Novel by Richard Wagamese
85. Void by David Staniforth
86. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
87. Love That Moves the Sun: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti by Linda Cardillo
88.Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannal3c
89. Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry
90. True Places Sonja Yoerg
91. Precious and Grace by Andrew McCall Smith
92. Happiness by Aminatta Forna


message 3: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 30, 2018 12:10PM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments PBT Tags
January - Science - The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
February- Asia- Waiting by Ha Jin
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
March- Autobiography - Cycling South: a cycling adventure from The Highlands to the Islands by Steven Herrick
Tents and Tent Stability: A Month-Long Camping Adventure In Germany - In a Rather Dodgy Tent! by Chris Lown

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Sandra Uwiringiyimana
April - Strong Women
The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara Lipska
Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer
May - Family Drama -
What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Last Train to Istanbulby Ayse Kulin
June - Magical Realism - What Should Be Wild
July - Dystopian - The Book of M
August - Espionage - Warlight
September - Friendship - The Overstory, The Invention of Wings
October - Canadian - An Ocean of Minutes
November - Literary Fiction -From a Low and Quiet Sea: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018 , The Friend
December - Geek Reads -The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Our Native Bees: North America's Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry


message 4: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 05, 2018 01:55PM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments 10th Anniversary Decathlon Challenge

January - Tribute to Linda - Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
February -Book on the TBR the longest - Waiting by Ha Jin
March - Autobiography, Classic and Illustrated
April -Chosen book -Census by Jesse Ball
May - Booker short list. - Lincoln in the Bardo
June - Pick any one of the past 10 years and think about why it was special to you. Read a book that somehow evokes that special time and share the specifics in your PBT review - Spirit of the Road: The Life of an American Trucker...and his cat.
July - Do one buddy read with a fellow PBT member and indicate in your review who you read your book with. The book does not need to fit the monthly tag and the "buddy" you read with does not have to be competing in the Decathlon Challenge. Got more than one buddy? Feel free to form a small group! Just be sure to list the people's names that you read it with in your review. - Last Watchman of Old Cairo
August - Read a book for the monthly tag that is recommended by a PBT member in the "Announcing the (month) thread" in the month that it is recommended. Warlight
September- Read one book that an administrator rated 5 stars and that fits the monthly tag. - The Invention of Wings
October - One of the best things about Play Book Tag is getting to know the other members and forming friendships that may go even beyond our online platform. So, let's get to know each other better! - Answered questions.
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November catch-up month so finished March, but tags were- Literary Fiction, Military History and Noir - The Friend , Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam, Gun, With Occasional Music


message 5: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 30, 2018 12:03PM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments Nicole R's Challenge- 6 books from cultures around the world

1. The Birdwoman's Palate by Pamuntjak, Laksmi - Indonesia
2. Night Waking by Sarah Moss - United Kingdom
3 Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik -Iran
4. Waiting by Ha Jin - China
5. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck - Germany
6. Tents and Tent Stability: A Month-Long Camping Adventure In Germany - In a Rather Dodgy Tent! by Chris Lown - Germany -NF
7. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child Sandra Uwiringiyimana -Congo -NF
8. Last Train to Istanbulby Ayse Kulin - Turkey
9. The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender - Germany
10. The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail - Iraq, Syria-NF
11. A Siege of Bitterns by Steve Burrows - England
12. The Chocolate War (Bruno, Chief of Police #11.5) by Martin Walker - Durdogne, France
13. A Taste for Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police #11) by Martin Walker -Durdogne, France
14. The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel by Michael David Lukas - Egypt
15. The Cows of Bangalore: Adventures with My Milk Lady by Shoba Narayan - India -NF
16. The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores - By Diana Marcum - Azores - NF
17. The Undesirables by Chad Thumann -Russia
18. Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray - France
19. What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde - Iran and Sweden
20. A Hundred Fires in Cuba by John Thorndike - Cuba
21. Eating Viet Nam: Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table by Grahm Holliday - Vietnam -NF
22. Insurrecto by Gina Apostal -Philippines
23. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farrah - Somalia & Norway
24. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamase -Native American/Canada
25. Love That Moves the Sun: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti by Linda Cardillo - Italy
26. Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec - France
27. Precious and Grace by Andrew McCall Smith -Botswana
28. Happiness by Aminatta Forna


message 6: by Booknblues (last edited Jan 12, 2018 11:30AM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments Connect the dots - a variation on the NFL challenge of reading consecutive books that have links to each other, using both fiction and non-fiction.

*The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan - the dot: visions of the apocolypse - The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson - the dot: strong women- Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier


message 7: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 30, 2018 10:15AM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments Reading through History I liked the idea of Jason's challenge, but it is far too ambitious for me. So I thought that I would read books, either fiction or nonfiction from 6 different periods in history. I'm shooting from the hip so it could be anything. Periods I like are medieval, WWII, western, early American, various wars.

12th Century
The King's Justice (Stanton & Barling, #1) -EMPowell
The Monastery Murders (Stanton & Barling, #2)

14th century -
The Troubadour's Tale by Ann Swinfen
The Stonemason's Tale (Oxford Medieval Mysteries #6) by Ann Swinfen
The Deepest Grave (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir #11) by Jeri Westerson
The Alchemist of Netley Abbey (Abbess of Meaux, #8)
Murder at Meaux (Abbess of Meaux #9) by Cassandra Clark

16th century
Love That Moves the Sun: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti by Linda Cardillo

late 18th-early 19th century -
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Invention of Wings
Washington Black

Regency Era in England - Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

The Civil War - The March by E.L. Doctorow
A Shout in the Ruins
Lincoln in the Bardo
Sister of Mine
Let Me Fly

The West, Late 19th century
Whiskey When We're Dry

Early 20th century
Insurrecto

World War I
Regeneration by Pat Barker

1920's
Cooking for Picasso

1930's
What She Left Behind
Monterey Bay: A Novel

WWII -
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender
Warlight
Beautiful Exiles
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Love and Ruin
The Undesirables

1950s
A Hundred Fires in Cuba by John Thorndike

1960s & 1970s
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam
Indian Horse


message 8: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 05, 2018 02:01PM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments DTB Challenge Anita reminded me that I really want to purge my books, but I would like to read them before giving them away. I've switched to mainly ebooks and I won't get too ambitious, but I hope to read at least 6.

1.Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
2. Night Waking by Sarah Moss
3. Waiting by Ha Jin
4.
5.
6.
My house is filled with books and I have only managed to read 3.


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KateNZ | 2336 comments Booknblues wrote: "DTB Challenge Anita reminded me that I really want to purge my books, but I would like to read them before giving them away. I've switched to mainly ebooks and I won't get too ambitious, but I hope..."

I love all your lists, but this one is special! Read and give away at least 6 existing books - now that is a true challenge :)


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Booknblues | 5785 comments KateNZ said: "I love all your lists, but this one is special! Read and give away at least 6 existing books - now that is a true challenge :) "

I would love to read much more and give them away, but I think it won't happen.


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KateNZ | 2336 comments Booknblues wrote: "I would love to read much more and give them away, but I think it won't happen..."

Maybe the trick is to find really good homes for them so it feels like a gift not a loss. People have suggested Little Free Libraries, or you could tie a bow around them and leave them on a bus or train (become a Books on the Move book fairy :))


message 12: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments KateNZ wrote: "Booknblues wrote: "I would love to read much more and give them away, but I think it won't happen..."

Maybe the trick is to find really good homes for them so it feels like a gift not a loss. Peop..."


I need to figure something out. I can start by weeding out the ones that I am never going to read.

I think finding places to give them away is not a problem.


message 13: by Booknblues (last edited Dec 30, 2018 12:09PM) (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments 2018 Challenge
Read 6 books released in 2018
1. The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
2. The Birdwoman's Palate by Pamuntjak, Laksmi
3. The Troubadour's Tale by Ann Swinfen
4. Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
5. The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
6. The One - by John Marrs
7. Digging In by Loretta Nyhan
8. Mercy Dogs by Tyler Dilts
9. Census by Jesse Ball
10. The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K. Lipska
11. Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer
12. Tomorrow: A Novel by Damian Dibben
13. The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq
by Dunya Mikhail
14. A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers
15, The Chocolate War (Bruno, Chief of Police #11.5) by Martin Walker
16. A Taste for Vengeance (Bruno, Chief of Police #11) by Martin Walker
17. What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
18, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel by Michael David Lukas
19. The Cows of Bangalore: Adventures with My Milk Lady
by Shoba Narayan
20. The Stonemason's Tale (Oxford Medieval Mysteries #6)by Ann Swinfen
21. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
22. America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
23. There There by Tommy Orange
24. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
25. Hope Never Dies (Obama Biden Mysteries #1) by Andrew Shaffer
26. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
27. The Deepest Grave (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir #11) by Jeri Westerson
28. Beautiful Exiles by Meg Waite Clayton
29. Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison
30. The Overstory by Richard Powers
31. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
32. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
33. The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores by Diana Marcum
34. Murder at Meaux (Abbess of Meaux #9) by Cassandra Clark
35. An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
36. What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde
37. The King's Justice(Stanton & Barling #1) by E.M. Powell
38. A Hundred Fires in Cuba by John Thorndike
39. The Monastery Murders(Stanton & Barling #2) by E.M. Powell
40. From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
41. Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
42. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
43. Becoming by Michelle Obama
44. Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
46. Let Me Fly by Sabra Waldfogel
47. Snap by Belinda Bauer
48. North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah
49. Indian Horse: A Novel by Richard Wagamese
50. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
51. Love That Moves the Sun: Vittoria Colonna and Michelangelo Buonarroti by Linda Cardillo
52. Our Native Bees: North America's Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry
53. True Places by Sonja Yoerg
54. Happiness by Aminatta Forna


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Booknblues | 5785 comments Cookbook Challenge
Not exactly a reading challenge, but I collect cookbooks, (boy,do I ever), so the goal is to use them. From my vast collection cook at least one recipe from at least 6 books and review here.


Michelle (MichelleBookAddict) (maslme) | 186 comments I like your cookbook challenge. For a person that hardly ever cooks that’s a good challenge for me to get me motivated to cook. I might try that.


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JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1532 comments Love the idea of a cookbook challenge. I have a lot especially on kindle, but when it’s time to cook, I usually go to the web and get recipes there 😗


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Sushicat | 804 comments Your cookbook challenge would be a good one for me as well. I have a goodly number of them and they get way too little use.


message 18: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments I'm excited about it. My husband does most of the cooking, but I like to cook and choose different recipes than he would. There are some I want to get to and this will force my hand.


message 19: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments Booknblues wrote: "Connect the dots - a variation on the NFL challenge of reading consecutive books that have links to each other, using both fiction and non-fiction."

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan - the dot: visions of the apocolypse - The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson - the dot: strong women- Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier


message 20: by Anita (new)

Anita Pomerantz | 6437 comments Booknblues wrote: "DTB Challenge Anita reminded me that I really want to purge my books, but I would like to read them before giving them away. I've switched to mainly ebooks and I won't get too ambitious, but I hope..."

Lol, I definitely support this idea. I have a lot of book regret going on right now.


message 21: by Booknblues (new)

Booknblues | 5785 comments Anita wrote: "Booknblues wrote: "DTB Challenge Anita reminded me that I really want to purge my books, but I would like to read them before giving them away. I've switched to mainly ebooks and I won't get too am..."

I'm considering reading for 50 pages and if I don't like it, I need to give it away.


message 22: by Jeremiah (new)

Jeremiah Cunningham | 714 comments In the last year or two I have moved back to more of an analog life. I thought it would lead to me wanting to keep all of the books that I now get, but after purging once because I thought I was going fully to ebooks, it is much easier to keep removing them and saving space.


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Booknblues | 5785 comments Contemplating listopia- possible choices:
Immigrant experience - https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3...


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