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message 1: by Alannah (last edited Jul 18, 2018 02:23PM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
These are my challenges for 2018.

Dates challenges completed:
1. Challenge Four: 14th March.
2. Challenge Two: 27th March.
3. Challenge Three: 25th May
4. Challenge One: 30th May.
5. Challenge Five: 12th July.
6. Challenge Six: 18th July.


message 2: by Alannah (last edited Jul 18, 2018 02:23PM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Challenge One: Read ten books that have been (or going to be) made into movies.
COMPLETED!!

1. My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark (finished 24th February)
2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (finished 28th February)
3. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (finished 2nd March)
4. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (finished 7th March)
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (finished 27th April)
6. Animal Farm by George Orwell (finished 29th April)
7. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (finished 13th May)
8. The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue (finished 25th May)
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (finished 27th May)
10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (finished 30th May)


message 3: by Alannah (last edited Mar 27, 2018 03:47AM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Challenge Two: Listen to 50 audiobooks
COMPLETED!!

1. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (finished 1st January)
2. Ghostly Tales: An Audible Christmas Gift by Joseph Lidster (finished 3rd January)
3. White Silence by Jodi Taylor (finished 7th January)
4. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (finished 18th January)
5. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (finished 20th January)
6. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (finished 20th January)
7. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman (finished 4th February)
8. Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons (finished 7th February)
9. American Slavery: History in an Hour by Kat Smutz (finished 9th February)
10. Black History In An Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 10th February)
11. Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes (finished 21st February)
12. The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (finished 22nd February)
13. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (finished 23rd February)
14. My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark (finished 24th February)
15. 1066: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones (finished 24th February)
16. Titanic: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon (finished 24th February)
17. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 25th February)
18. Mussolini: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 25th February)
19. Churchill: History in an Hour by Andrew Mulholland (finished 25th February)
20. Henry VIII: History in an Hour by Simon Court (finished 25th February)
21. Dickens: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones (finished 25th February)
22. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (finished 27th February)
23. The Gunpowder Plot: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon (finished 28th February)
24. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (finished 28th February)
25. George Washington: History in an Hour by David B. McCoy (finished 28th February)
26. Bad Dad by David Walliams (finished 1st March)
27. William Shakespeare: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon (finished 1st March)
28. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (finished 2nd March)
29. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (finished 7th March)
30. Kings & Queens of England by Jen Green (finished 13th March)
31. The Witch Mania by Charles Mackay (finished 14th March)
32. The Korean War: History in an Hour by Andrew Mulholland (finished 14th March)
33. Ancient Egypt: History in an Hour by Anthony Holmes (finished 14th March)
34. The Reformation: History in an Hour by Edward A. Gosselin (finished 15th March)
35. The Selection by Kiera Cass (finished 16th March)
36. World War Two: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 16th March)
37. JFK: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon (finished 16th March)
38. Stalin: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 16th March)
39. The Elite by Kiera Cass (finished 18th March)
40. The One by Kiera Cass (finished 18th March)
41. South Africa: History in an Hour by Anthony Holmes (finished 18th March)
42. The American Civil War: History in an Hour by Kat Smutz (finished 19th March)
43. 1914: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 19th March)
44. The American Civil War: History in an Hour by Kat Smutz (finished 19th March)
45. The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard by Kiera Cass (finished 20th March)
46. The Heir by Kiera Cass (finished 22nd March)
47. The Afghan Wars: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 22nd March)
48. The Crown by Kiera Cass (finished 22nd March)
49. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (finished 25th March)
50. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (finished 27th March)


message 4: by Alannah (last edited May 27, 2018 04:49AM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Challenge Three: Read 5 autobiographies/biographies
COMPLETED!!

1.What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (finished 18th January)
2. Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons (finished 7th February)
3. My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark (finished 24th February)
4. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (finished 16th April)
5. The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue (finished 25th May)


message 5: by Alannah (last edited Mar 20, 2018 09:22AM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Challenge Four: Read 15 non fiction books
COMPLETED!!

1. American Slavery: History in an Hour by Kat Smutz (finished 9th February)
2. Black History In An Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 10th February)
3. 1066: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones (finished 24th February)
4. Titanic: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon (finished 24th February)
5. The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley finished 25th February)
6. Mussolini: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley (finished 25th February)
7. Churchill: History in an Hour by Andrew Mulholland (finished 25th February)
8. Henry VIII: History in an Hour by Simon Courtby Simon Court (finished 25th February)
9. Dickens: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones (finished 25th February)
10. The Gunpowder Plot: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon (finished 28th February)
11. George Washington: History in an Hour by David B. McCoy (finished 28th February)
12. William Shakespeare: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon (finished 1st March)
13. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (finished 7th March)
14. Kings & Queens of England by Jen Green (finished 13th March)
15. The Witch Mania by Charles Mackay (finished 14th March)


message 6: by Alannah (last edited Jul 12, 2018 07:50AM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Challenge Five: Read 10 historical fiction novels
COMPLETED!!

1. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (finished 23rd February)
2. The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst (finished 25th February)
3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (finished 25th March)
4. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (finished 27th March)
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (finished 30th May)
6. The Hunger by Alma Katsu (finished 5th June)
7. Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore (finished 24th June)
8. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (finished 6th July)
9. The Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle (finished 10th July)
10. Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (finished 12th July)


message 7: by Alannah (last edited Jul 18, 2018 02:23PM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Challenge Six: Read 6 books from All About Books group reads.
COMPLETED!!

1. The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (finished 22nd February)
2.Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (finished 2nd March)
3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (finished 27th March)
4. Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann (finished 8th April)
5. Silas Marner by George Eliot (finished 10th June)
6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (finished 18th July)


message 8: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Good luck with your challenges, Alannah! I wish you lots of good reads in the upcoming year :-)


message 9: by Helly (new)

Helly (thehellyblog) | 3 comments that's a great goal! hope you achieve it too!


message 10: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Thank you Leslie and Helly.


message 11: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Already finished my first book of 2018, spent the night listening to it and finished it off this morning.


message 12: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Updated a couple of challenges, I'm smashing my audiobooks challenge because unfortunately, I have taken idiopathic iritis in my eyes again, so my dilating drops have been blurring my vision again, but thankfully it's not as bad as it was last year.


message 13: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Alannah wrote: "Updated a couple of challenges, I'm smashing my audiobooks challenge because unfortunately, I have taken idiopathic iritis in my eyes again, so my dilating drops have been blurring my vision again,..."

Sorry to hear that you have been having eye trouble again Alannah! But audiobooks are a great way to cope with it.

I hope that things are going well with you otherwise.


message 14: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Leslie wrote: "Alannah wrote: "Updated a couple of challenges, I'm smashing my audiobooks challenge because unfortunately, I have taken idiopathic iritis in my eyes again, so my dilating drops have been blurring ..."

Thank you, Leslie, thankfully it's not as bad this time around, or maybe it's just I know how to handle it better this time around. Hope things are well with you.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman to Challenge Two.


message 16: by Alannah (last edited Feb 27, 2018 07:13AM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
January Update:

I am doing well in my audiobook, so much that I am considering adding more slots to it. Apart from that, I have only finished one other book for the memoir challenge.

February Target:
- Start and complete one book for Challenge One.
- Start and complete one book for Challenge Four.


message 17: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added American Slavery: History in an Hour by Kat Smutz to challenge four as I'm currently listening to it.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished American Slavery: History in an Hour and added Black History In An Hour because I just started listening to that.

I have decided to increase challenge two from 20 books to 30 books as I have discovered a two-week free trial from bookbeat so I'm using more audiobooks at the minute.


message 19: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Alannah wrote: "Finished American Slavery: History in an Hour and added Black History In An Hour because I just started listening to that.

I have decided to increase challenge two ..."


Nice choice for Black History month (here in the U.S.)!


message 20: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Leslie wrote: "Alannah wrote: "Finished American Slavery: History in an Hour and added Black History In An Hour because I just started listening to that.

I have decided to increas..."


We celebrate Black History Month in October although it doesn't seem to be well known in the UK. I started a new section of my university course which looks at slavery; the university did this deliberately so that it coincides with Black History Month in the US.


message 21: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark to Challenges One, Two and Three.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished My Week with Marilyn and have added 1066: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones to Challenges two and four.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Just finished 1066: History in an Hour by Kaye Jones and have already started onto Titanic: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
I have added five more slots to challenge four; the new goal is to read 15 non-fiction books.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added Churchill: History in an Hour by Andrew Mulholland to Challenges Two and Four.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Updated my challenges with all reading from the weekend and have also added five more slots to challenge two since I'm flying through that.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Think I will probably set a maximum of fifty books though as I don't want to end up like last year and not being able to complete them.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski and have added Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery to challenges one and two since I've downloaded it on book beat and it has been made into a Netflix series. It was my mum's favourite book when she was younger, so I've wanted to read it for a while.


message 29: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Just realised I have completed my February goals as well, better think of new goals for March.


message 30: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added The Gunpowder Plot: History In An Hour by Sinead Fitzgibbon to Challenge Two and Four.


message 31: by Alannah (last edited Mar 01, 2018 04:21AM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
February Update:

I'm delighted with the progress I've made this month, especially on challenge two, as I've extended it a couple of times of this month.

March Goals:
- Finish A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- Have three books completed for Challenge Six
- Have three books completed for Challenge One.


message 32: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Have added Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, I have also added it to Challenge One because it is being made into a movie.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Since I bought a lot more audiobooks earlier this afternoon, I decided the expand challenge two to fifty books.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Have started listening to Hidden Figures. I will update the challenges as soon as I can get to a device that will allow me to edit posts.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Updated my challenges.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished my first challenge, challenge four.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Have listened to a lot of audiobooks lately, so I have updated the challenge.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished my second challenge, challenge two.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished A Gentleman in Moscow so updated the relevant challenges.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
March Updates:

I am delighted with the progress I made this month; I managed to complete two challenges this month, one which called for 50 audiobooks. I cannot believe that I have listened to that many in only three months. And I finally completed A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

April Goals:
I'm not setting myself any goals for April or May as I will be hitting a busy time as my university module wraps up.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Updated my challenges.


message 42: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
April Updates:

Managed to make some progress with my challenges which I'm happy about.

May Goals:

Not setting any goals until I finish my university course on the 31st, so not long to go.


message 43: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue to Challenge One.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished Challenge Three, so I'm halfway there.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished Challenge One, four down two more to go.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
May Updates:

Finished two challenges without really trying so that's great.

June Goals

I don't have much of a set goal for June because I'm so ahead but anything would be great.


message 47: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Finished Silas Marner by George Eliot and it's been updated in Challenge Six, when I get around to finishing White Teeth by Zadie Smith, that will be that challenge completed.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Added Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore to Challenge Five as it is a fictitious account of the Salem witch trials.


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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Changed the last book in challenge six to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey as I would most likely be reading that before White Teeth as it's a lot smaller.


message 50: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11717 comments Mod
Have finished seven books in challenge five, three more to go. So technically I only have four more books to read before the whole challenge is finished.


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