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message 1: by Rebecca (last edited Dec 20, 2019 03:44PM) (new)

Rebecca | 168 comments 52 down, 0 to go!!


1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy
Guns, Germs and Steel - Completed 17/9

2. A book with one of the 5 W's in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Completed 14/3

3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y
The Sun Also Rises - Completed 23/1

4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc)
The Rules of Backyard Cricket - Completed 4/3

5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing - Completed 31/7

6. A book with a dual timeline
Drums of Autumn - Completed 13/4

7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1
Real Dirty - Completed 11/7

8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2
Real Sexy - Completed 12/7

9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror)
One Heart to Win - Completed 17/2

10. A book featuring an historical figure
Into the Blue: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before - Completed 23/5

11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject)
Rocking Horse Hill - Completed 6/6

12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks - Completed 1/12

13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list
The Secret Lives of Colour - Completed 6/3

14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term
North Star - Completed 29/11

15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
Gallipoli - Completed 5/5

16. A book told from multiple perspectives
Sam's Creed - Completed 22/4

17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia)
The Handmaid's Tale - Completed 13/10

18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements
Heart of Gold - Completed 8/2

19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
Taking Shots - Completed 5/1

20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
In a Sunburned Country - Completed 11/11

21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes
Nashville - Completed 4/2

22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
1788: The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet - Completed 24/11

23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
The Black Death - Completed 13/3

24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain - Completed 7/6

25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed
Heart of a Warrior - Completed 20/1

26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue
Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do - Completed 21/6

27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
Lady Chatterly's Lover - Completed 5/2

28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
Snow Pony - Completed 30/4

29. A book published before 1950
Brideshead Revisited - Completed 4/1

30. A book featuring an elderly character
Tuesdays with Morrie - Completed 12/2

31. A children’s classic you’ve never read
Lorna Doone - Completed 2/12

32. A book with more than 500 pages
Dawn on a Distant Shore - Completed 5/7

33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet
Sense and Sensibility - Completed 25/3

34. A book with a person's name in the title
Gigi - Completed 2/2

35. A psychological thriller
The Program - Completed 7/3

36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
The Wright Brothers - Completed 12/6

37. A book set in a school or university
Wonder - Completed 10/5

38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc)
Attachments - Completed 18/1

39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail - Completed 8/5

40. A book you stumbled upon
The Pisces - Completed 10/9

41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century - Completed 31/5

42. A book with a monster or "monstrous" character
Beowulf: A New Translation - Completed 7/11

43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction]
The Time Traveller - Completed 29/3

44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)
Measly Middle Ages - Completed 3/4

45. A multi-generational saga
Rocky Road: The incredible true story of the fractured family behind the Darrell Lea chocolate empire - Completed 29/1

46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
Life on Earth - Completed 16/11

47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.)
How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics - Completed 18/7

48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
Pale Fire - Completed 11/1

49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country - Completed 25/10
The Narrow Road to the Deep North

50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast - Completed 27/2

51. A book published in 2019
Top Secret - Completed 8/6

52. A book with a weird or intriguing title
The Awful German Language - Completed 12/5


Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh Taking Shots (Assassins, #1) by Toni Aleo Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Heart of a Warrior (Ly-San-Ter, #3) by Johanna Lindsey The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway Rocky Road by Robert Wainwright Gigi by Colette Nashville by Pat Booth Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence Heart of Gold by Fiona Palmer Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom One Heart to Win (Callahan-Warren, #1) by Johanna Lindsey Attention All Shipping A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast by Charlie Connelly The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair The Program (The Program, #1) by Suzanne Young The Black Death by Philip Ziegler Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen The Time Traveller by Ronald Mallett Measly Middle Ages by Terry Deary Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon Sam's Creed by Sarah McCarty Snow Pony by Alison Lester Gallipoli by Peter FitzSimons A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson Wonder by R.J. Palacio The Awful German Language by Mark Twain Into the Blue Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz The Feather Thief Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson Rocking Horse Hill by Cathryn Hein Proust and the Squid The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf Top Secret by Sarina Bowen The Wright Brothers by David McCullough Blue Mind How Water Makes You Happier, More Connected and Better at What You Do by Wallace J. Nichols Dawn On A Distant Shore (Wilderness, #2) by Sara Donati Real Dirty (Real Dirty Duet, #1) by Meghan March Real Sexy (Real Dirty Duet, #2) by Meghan March How to Bake Pi Easy recipes for understanding complex maths by Eugenia Cheng Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare The Pisces by Melissa Broder Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid Tale, #1) by Margaret Atwood The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Beowulf A New Translation by Unknown In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson Life on Earth by David Attenborough 1788 The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet by David Hill North Star by Karly Lane I Work at a Public Library A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore


message 2: by Rebecca (last edited Apr 03, 2019 02:23AM) (new)

Rebecca | 168 comments Quarterly update.

After the first 3 months I have read 21 books, and they've been some cracking books too. While Attachments, Rocky Road and Tuesdays with Morrie get an honourable mention, my favourite was The Secret Lives of Colour
Least favourite was Heart of Gold


message 3: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca | 168 comments Half way!!
Today, the 5th of May I finished my 26th book for this challenge. Quite happy.


message 4: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca | 168 comments Quarterly update.
These past three months I read 15 books from this list.
Honourable mention to The Wright Brothers and The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, but my favourite was Drums of Autumn. Least favourite, The Awful German Language / Die schreckliche deutsche Sprache


message 5: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca | 168 comments Quarterly update. A bit late as I've been away.
Haven't done much reading these past three months. Back problems have sadly meant not taking a book on my commute. Only 5 books read.
Favourite: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Least favourite: The Pisces


message 6: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca | 168 comments Another year done and dusted.
Favourite read: The Feather Thief
Least favourite: The Pisces

I have read the prompts for next year and there are at least 15 on there I have no interest in reading anything for. So after 4 years of doing this challenge I won't partake next year and will instead focus on my TBR list. Maybe I'll be back in 2021


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