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message 1: by Kate S (new)

Kate S | 6263 comments A place to record your reading plans for the Fall Season. Completely voluntary, of course.

message 2: by Ed (last edited Nov 04, 2018 11:20AM) (new)

Ed Lehman | 2514 comments ✔10.1-Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 503p Oand also perhaps perhaps Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 503p. or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll OR One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez OR Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind OR All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque OR And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie OR Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
✔10.2- The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle
10.3- maybe Moab Is My Washpot by Stephen Fry
✔10.4-The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton AND perhaps Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy or And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie or One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (Note- Water for Elephants also on this list) or- but may use this for 15.0 tasks
✔10.5- Pet Day- perhaps One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez- can be read online at or Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind OR The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
✔10.6- The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
10.7- probably Shame by Salman Rushdie or 2 Day Down by Dr. Nikita Lalwani (on Kindle) OR (maybe Cocaine Nights by J.G. Ballard 336p)
10.8-Wondering, the Way is Made: A South American Odyssey by Luke F.D. Marsden (on Kindle)
✔10.9- The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, the Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick, and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Feats of Genius by Andrew Robinson 288p.
10.10- probably- What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah 232p.

✔20.1- WWI 1918-1939- Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
✔20.2-perhaps A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by Samantha Weinberg
✔20.3-Turkey: From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming- on Kindle
20.4-probably Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen- can be read online or downloaded at
✔20.5- Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
✔20.6- My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout AND- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (UK)- 150p.
----may also read Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones 256p. or Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark 224p.
✔20.7-novella 100-200p.-The Sinners by Yusuf Idris AND perhaps The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan or The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald or Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym or Great Granny Webster -128p.
20.8 - probably The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
✔20.9- Song of Solomon
✔20.10- The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

message 3: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4459 comments Ed wrote: "20.1- WWI 1918-1939-perhaps Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
20.2-perhaps A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by [author:Samantha Weinberg..."

I just noticed on 20.6, the task says it has to have been on the long list since 2001. So I think anything published before then would not be eligible. I'm looking at your books that you plan to combine with 20.6

message 4: by Elizabeth (Alaska) (last edited Sep 08, 2018 09:11AM) (new)

Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12662 comments My reading plan includes more books than I can actually read, but I like to keep my options open.

10.1 - A Game of Hide and Seek (from the Virago list used in post 320, combos with 10.5)

10.5 - Devil in a Blue Dress; Laura

10.10 - Rain of Gold; News of the World

20.1 - Peril at End House; Lord Edgeware Dies; Death Among The Sunbathers are all group/buddy reads in another group; A Very Long Engagement (prize worthy); The Painted Veil; Winter; March Violets; The Return of Captain John Emmett

20.2 - To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918; The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 - both have Prize Worthy points

20.3 - Birds Without Wings

20.4 - Fidelity

20.5 - A View of the Harbour; A Wreath of Roses; Instructions for a Heatwave; all group reads in other groups

20.6 - The Stone Carvers (may combo with 20.1, I'll have to wait and see); A Long Long Way (combos with 10.5)

20.7 - The Misunderstanding (combos with 20.1); A Rage in Harlem (combos 10.2, 10.3, 10.5, 10.6)

20.8 - The Struggles of Brown, Jones and Robinson, by One of the Firm

20.9 - Sanctuary (combos with 10.5, 10.9)

20.10 - The Haunting of Hill House (moved from AbBY, and has combos with 10.4, 10.5, 20.7); The Big Rock Candy Mountain (combos with 10.5; I've been wanting to read more Stegner, but even so I might not get to this.)

message 5: by Ed (new)

Ed Lehman | 2514 comments Rebekah wrote: "Ed wrote: "20.1- WWI 1918-1939-perhaps Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
20.2-perhaps A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth by [author:Samant..."

Thanks Rebekah...I had missed that.

message 6: by Valerie (last edited Aug 30, 2018 05:52PM) (new)

Valerie Brown | 2586 comments So far, my plan is shaping up as follows:

10.1 >I'm going to use my sci-fi list, and it will depend on what interlibrary loan delivers to me!

10.2 A Trick of the Light

10.3 Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

10.4 Homegoing

10.5 The Beginning of Spring

10.6 Fear of the Dark

20.1 The Secret Adversary

20.2 Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

20.3 Birds Without Wings

20.4 Orhan's Inheritance

20.5 The Water Rat of Wanchai

20.6 The Spinning Heart = lots of prizes here!

20.7 A Month in the Country (my first choice, however there is line up for this book) or The Beginning of Spring or The Comfort of Strangers (which I just picked up at the library book sale!)

20.9 Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

20.10 Lily and the Octopus

Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12662 comments Welcome, Rachel. We hope you enjoy our challenge. Murder on the Orient Express is one of several of Christie's books that are shelved as YA Assignment at Brooklyn Public Library and that has a lexile below 800. The book will qualify for the task, but will not earn any styles.

message 9: by Rachel C (new)

Rachel C Thanks for letting me know. I had noted the low lexile but am still figuring out how to navigate the BPL site.

message 10: by Anika (last edited Sep 01, 2018 04:47PM) (new)

Anika | 2054 comments As always, subject to change...
10.1 One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (from the Collections of Short Stories Listopia, post 705)
10.2 A Test of Wills by Charles Todd or The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
10.3 California by Edan Lepucki or The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
10.4 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
10.5 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
10.6 Die a Little by Megan Abbott
10.10 History of the Rain by Niall Williams
20.1 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
20.2 Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
20.3 Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
20.4 The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani--carryover book, am currently at 48% complete
20.5 The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis (from what I can tell it should fit this task...but if anyone else has read it and knows otherwise I'd love to know!)
20.6 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
20.7 Queenpin by Megan Abbott or The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
20.9 A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson or North and South by John Jakes or Paper Towns by John Green
20.10 I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum

message 12: by Kathleen (itpdx) (last edited Sep 05, 2018 10:20AM) (new)

Kathleen (itpdx) (itpdx) | 1449 comments 10.1 Favorite Lists
A Walk in the Woods
Best Environmental Books Valerie post 131

10.2 Next?
The Three-Body Problem

10.3 Real Place
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World (combo 20.1, 20.2)

10.4 Bookshelves (lists)
The Glass Room

10.5 Pet Day-publisher
The Empathy Exams: Essays or The Red Parts (Grey Wolf)

10.6 Noir-author list
Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (10.2)

10.7 Crazy Asians published in English by author born in Asia

10.8 Climate Change
The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

10.9 9,10,11 9, 10 or 11 letter word
The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine

10.10 Group Reads
The House of Broken Angels maybe

20.1 War's End (1918-1938)
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34(combo 20.2)

20.2 To Conquer Hell (NF 20th Century Event)
Red Star Rogue: The Untold Story of a Soviet Submarine's Nuclear Strike Attempt on the U.S.

20.3 Birds Without Wings (Turkey)

20.4 Birdsong (2 time periods)

20.5 Singled Out (single female)
The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest

20.6 Stone Carvers (Man Booker Long List >2001)
The Last Hundred Days

20.7 Month in the Country (novella 100-200pgs.)
Heartburn or Tinkers or Winter in the Blood or Property

20.8 Autumn published 1678-1958 Italy, Germany, Austria, Russia, GB author

20.9 Arkansas (Best Southern Literature list)
South of Broad

20.10 Fall Equinox (A-E-I-O-U)
The Quality of Life Report or The Stories of Eva Luna

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