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message 1: by Sandy (last edited Jan 01, 2015 11:27AM) (new)

Sandy NOTE TO SELF:
Remember to be realistic. What you don't read in 2015 will still be there in 2016!
Maximum - 50 books (average 300-400 pages)(total 15,000-20,000 pages)


message 2: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean (bionicjean) I like your "note to self" - very wise :) And I love the idea of a maximum rather than a minimum! How intriguing! I didn't set myself a challenge "number of books" (as Goodreads likes you to) until quite late on in the year - and now regret having done so at all!

Please may I join you with the Moomins books? I'd love to have an excuse to reread those :D


message 3: by Sandy (last edited Apr 02, 2016 01:25PM) (new)

Sandy SERIES (= 8 books)
The Forsyte Chronicles (2650 pages)

January 1 - March 31
Volume 1 - The Forsyte Saga (books 1-3)(912 pages)
Book 1 - The Man of Property: The Forsyte Saga (DONE Jan 25)
Interlude 1.5 - Indian Summer of a Forsyte (DONE Jan)
Book 2 - In Chancery (DONE Feb 25)
Interlude 2.5 - Awakening (DONE Feb 28)
Book 3 - To Let: The Forsyte Saga (DONE March 13)

N.B. - On Forsyte Change, which GR has marked as 6.5 in the series, is (according to the author's foreword) intended to be read between The Forsyte Saga and A Modern Comedy.

April 1 - June 30
Volume 2 - A Modern Comedy (books 4-6)(862 pages)
Book 4 - The White Monkey (DONE May 30)
Books 4.5 and 5.5 - Two Forsyte Interludes: A Silent Wooing and Passers by(DONE June 24)
Book 5 - The Silver Spoon (DONE June 23)
Book 6 - Swan Song (DONE July 9)
Book 6.5 - On Forsyte 'Change (DONE August 19)

November - December
Volume 3 - The Forsyte Saga Volume Three: End of the Chapter (books 7-9)(816 pages)
Book 7 - Maid In Waiting (DONE December 16)
Book 8 - Flowering Wilderness (DONE January 12, 2016)
Book 9 - One More River (DONE March 2016)

YAY!!!


message 4: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean (bionicjean) Just let me know when :)


message 5: by Evelyn (new)

Evelyn | 1410 comments I agree with Jean, love your note to self! So easy to get carried away otherwise.


message 6: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments I like above all the "books in translation" challenge. It helps to broaden our literary horizons. I wanted to add something similar to my challenge but the opposite: I want to read at least 10 books in the original language.
Good luck, Sandy ;)


message 7: by Chrissie (last edited Oct 18, 2014 12:49AM) (new)

Chrissie Sandy, good luck with Lawrence Durrell. I completed Justine, tried Balthazar but gave up. To make it more difficult the narrator of the audiobook was not to my liking. Gosh he writes differently from his brother. another proof that siblings can be very different.

I liked Old Filth best of the series. I don't feel pushed to continue beyond the second book though, but I do want to read more by Gardam. Hope you like her. I think she is very good author but I never get around to picking another.

I love Tove Jansson! For adults and kids.


message 8: by Pink (new)

Pink I need to remember your 'note to self' this is one of my biggest problems, trying to tackle too much at once. I'll be trying to read a larger book next year as well, though perhaps War and Peace for me. Good luck :)


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

I like the maximum idea as well. I physically don't have time to read as much as I want to but I have many more years of reading ahead!


message 10: by Sandy (last edited Jan 02, 2016 12:47PM) (new)

Sandy Sandy's Classics Capers 2015

JANUARY
A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Man of Property: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy
A Gala Dress by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Locket by Kate Chopin

FEBRUARY
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
In Chancery by John Galsworthy

MARCH
Awakening and to Let. Forsyte Saga Vol 3 by John Galsworthy
Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn
Gone to Earth by Mary Webb

APRIL
A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays by Willa Cather
Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell
Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell

MAY
The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
The White Monkey by John Galsworthy
Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Short stories by Anton Chekhov
Champagne
The Garden Lodge
An Enigmatic Nature
The Lottery Ticket
The Student
After the Theater
The Bird Market
A Joke
Oysters

JUNE
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Turmoil by Booth Tarkington
The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
Lancelot: The Knight of the Cart by Chrétien de Troyes

JULY
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
Swan Song by John Galsworthy
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville

AUGUST
Three Years by Anton Chekhov
On Forsyte 'Change by John Galsworthy
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

SEPTEMBER
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

OCTOBER
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Miss or Mrs.? by Wilkie Collins
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

NOVEMBER
Behind a Mask, Or, a Woman's Power by Louisa May Alcott
The Mysterious Key and What it Opened by Louisa May Alcott
The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien

DECEMBER
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
The Signalman by Charles Dickens
The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
Maid In Waiting by John Galsworthy
Christmas at Thompson Hall: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather


message 11: by Sandy (last edited Jan 02, 2016 12:39PM) (new)

Sandy Officially abandoned the challenges that were here.


message 12: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Pink and Heather, thanks for the positive feedback on my "maximum" idea. I have a long history of biting off more than I can chew, as the saying goes. I would really like to get a grip on that. Maybe in 2015?


message 13: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Experiments are good. I am going to try a mystery series now which is a huge experiment for me....


message 15: by Sandy (last edited Jan 13, 2016 09:51AM) (new)

Sandy FUN (quick challenges, group reads, buddy-reads, whims)
1 - The Hours by Michael Cunningham (READ January)
2 - Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg (READ January)
3 - Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada by Elizabeth May (READ March)
4 - The Absolutist by John Boyne (READ March)
5 - Gone to Earth by Mary Webb (READ March)
6 - The Night Stages by Jane Urquhart READ April)
7 - 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson (READ April)
8 - The Turmoil by Booth Tarkington (READ June)
9 - The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (READ July)
10 - Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart (READ September)
11 - My Great, Wide, Beautiful World by Juanita Harrison (READ September to November)
12 - The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien (READ November)


BOOK & MOVIE CHALLENGE

1 - The Hours (book 09/01/15; movie 18/01/15)
2 - The Enchanted April (book 14/12/14; movie 15/02/15)
3 - The Giver (book 21/04/14; movie 01/09/15)
4 - The Picture of Dorian Gray (book 21/02/2015; movie _______ )
5 - Ethan Frome (book 31/01/2015; movie _______ )
6 - A Room with a View (book 23/11/2014; movie _______ )
7 - Gone to Earth (book23/03/2015; movie 24/03/2015)
8 - Uncle Vanya (play 6/4/2015; movie - BBC 1970 17/04/15)
9 - The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (play 31/5/2015; movie _________)
10 -
11 -
12 -
13 -
14 -
15 - Reflections in a Golden Eye
16 - Book Union Street/movie Stanley and Iris
17 - Like Water for Chocolate
18 - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
19 - Mr Skeffington
20 - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


message 16: by Sandy (last edited Jan 02, 2016 12:03PM) (new)

Sandy UNFINISHED 2014 "READ-ACROSS-CANADA" CHALLENGE

Prince Edward Island - Letters from the Manse by Joan Colborne (DONE November)
Manitoba - Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein by Carol Matas (DONE January)
Saskatchewan - Arriving: 1909-1919 by Corinne Jeffery (TBR 2016)
Nunavut/Yukon - The New North: An Account of a Woman's 1908 Journey through Canada to the Artic by Agnes Deans Cameron (TBR 2016)


message 17: by Sandy (last edited Dec 05, 2015 05:11PM) (new)

Sandy 2015 GROUP BINGO CHALLENGE

B1 - A book with more than 500 pages - The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
B2 - A book written by someone under thirty - Alexander's Bridge - Willa Cather
B3 - A book with a one-word title - Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim
B4 - The first book by a favourite author - The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley
B5 - A book your friend loves - The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

I1 - A forgotten classic - Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
I2 - A book with non-human characters - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
I3 - A book of short stories - A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays by Willa Cather
I4 - A book you heard about online - Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada by Elizabeth May
I5 - A book that scares you - The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy

N1 - A book that became a movie - The Hours by Michael Cunningham
N2 - A funny book - Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
N3 - FREE - The Absolutist by John Boyne
N4 - A best-selling book - Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
N5 - A book that is more than 10 years old - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


G1 - A book published this year - What Every Christian Needs to Know about Passover: What It Means and Why It Matters by Evan Moffic
G2 - A book by a female author - Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
G3 - A book set on a different continent - Matadora by Elizabeth Ruth
G4 - A book based on a true story - A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
G5 - The second book in a series - In Chancery by John Galsworthy


O1 - A book with a number in the title - Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn
O2 - A book with a mystery - The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins

O3 - A book of non-fiction - My Great, Wide, Beautiful World by Juanita Harrison
O4 - A book at the bottom of your TBR pile - Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
O5 - A book with a blue cover - Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg



BINGOS
down G1-G5 - finished March 9
down N1-N5 - finished August 15
across B4-O4 - finished October
across B1-O1 - finished November
down O1-O5 - finished November
across B3-O3 - finished November
across B2-O2 - finished November
down I1-I5 - finished November
diagonal B1-O5 - finished November
down B1-B5 - finished December
across B5-O5 - finished December
Blackout - finished December - YAY!

B I N G O
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message 18: by Sandy (last edited Jan 02, 2016 11:50AM) (new)

Sandy LITERARY BIRTHDAYS CHALLENGE
(started in March 2015)

March
Gone to Earth by Mary Webb
April
Daisy Miller by Henry James
May
Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
June
The Turmoil by Booth Tarkington
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
July
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
August
On Forsyte 'Change by John Galsworthy
September
Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart
October
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
November
The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Mansion by Henry van Dyke
Behind a Mask, Or, a Woman's Power by Louisa May Alcott
The Mysterious Key and What it Opened by Louisa May Alcott
The Paying Guest by George Gissing
December
Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather


BOOK DOMINOES
(Each book must relate somehow to the book on either side of it. In each case, the connection will be noted.)
1 - Bent on Writing: Contemporary Queer Tales - an anthology edited by Elizabeth Ruth
2 - Matadora - a novel by Elizabeth Ruth, about a female bullfighter which spawned an interest in the symbolism associated with the bull
3 - The Archetypal Symbolism of Animals by Barbara Hannah - which includes symbolism associated with cat, horse, dog, lion, snake, and bull and cow


message 19: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 12858 comments Mod
Love your challenge! And your note to yourself: I'd better take it for mine!


message 20: by Sandy (new)

Sandy LauraT wrote: "Love your challenge! And your note to yourself: I'd better take it for mine!"

Yeah. I have to keep reminding myself. This year, I got way too stressed over all the challenges I was doing, and spent so much time record-keeping that it has cut into my reading time. I'm trying to keep it straightforward for 2015. Not sure if I have succeeded! Time will tell.


message 21: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 12858 comments Mod
Sandy wrote: "LauraT wrote: "Love your challenge! And your note to yourself: I'd better take it for mine!"

Yeah. I have to keep reminding myself. This year, I got way too stressed over all the challenges I was ..."


I did it this year: I reduced fom my over 200 books a year to barely 200. MOre time to family, travel, kids, work - finally I got to a working place I like being into! And less stress to challenges... even if I can do better


message 22: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I might join you for some of the Forsyte Saga -- I read the first book a while ago and have been meaning to get to the rest of the saga ever since!


message 23: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7264 comments Mod
I would love to read The Forsyte Saga as well Sandy! Maybe a readalong?

Last year, I read a short story by John Galsworthy about a shoe repair man that was so, so lovely. It was about a simple man and the passing of an era - made me weep outright. Ever since then, I've been wanting to read The Forsyte Saga, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.


message 24: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 12858 comments Mod
Leslie wrote: "I might join you for some of the Forsyte Saga -- I read the first book a while ago and have been meaning to get to the rest of the saga ever since!"

Read it all a couple of years ago in another group. I strongly recomand it, even if you have to like that type of novels - highly victorian


message 25: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Greg and Leslie - I would love to have some company for The Forsyte Saga if you don't mind spreading it out over three months. It totals about 900 pages, so I think that will be a fairly comfortable pace.

I have in the back of my mind that, if I enjoy it, I will continue on with the series and read A Modern Comedy (books 4-6 - including interludes 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5) and round out the year with The Forsyte Saga Volume Three: End of the Chapter (books 7-9).


message 26: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7264 comments Mod
Sounds good to me Sandy :)


message 27: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Sandy wrote: "Greg and Leslie - I would love to have some company for The Forsyte Saga if you don't mind spreading it out over three months. It totals about 900 pages, so I think that will be a fai..."

Sounds OK to me!


message 28: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Greg wrote: "Sounds good to me Sandy :)"

Leslie wrote: "Sounds OK to me!"

Great! I'll put it in the readalong thread.


Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎ (kiwi_fruit) | 473 comments Good luck with you challenges Sandy!


message 30: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Thanks, Kiwi. :-)


message 31: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Sandy ,
Good luck with your challenge . I'm not disciplined enough to make this kind of a list. Well , I can make the list but would probably not stick to it . I may do what Evelyn has done with her "you bought em , now read em " challenge , so I can get through the over 50 books I have on my kindle.
Kudos you !


message 32: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Thanks, Angela. I do need the luck. Discipline for a long-term goal is difficult for me also. I begin with good intentions, but get distracted from the goal by all the interesting and fun things that I see other people doing. So actually sticking to a plan is still experimental for me! I'm hoping that humans are never too old to grow and change (and improve)!


message 33: by Sandy (last edited Mar 21, 2015 12:47PM) (new)

Sandy BOOK DOMINOES
(Each book must relate somehow to the book on either side of it. In each case, the connection will be noted.)
1 - Bent on Writing: Contemporary Queer Tales - an anthology edited by Elizabeth Ruth
2 - Matadora - a novel by Elizabeth Ruth, about a female bullfighter which spawned an interest in the symbolism associated with the bull
3 - The Archetypal Symbolism of Animals by Barbara Hannah - which includes symbolism associated with cat, horse, dog, lion, snake, and bull and cow


message 34: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Sandy wrote: "
BOOK DOMINOES

(Each book must relate somehow to the book on either side of it. In each case, the connection will be noted.)
1 - Bent on Writing: Contemporary Queer Tales - an anth..."


Wow! This seems a difficult challenge!


message 35: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Dely, maybe so! This sort of progression often happens with my reading. I just thought it would be interesting to keep track of it. I don't have a time-limit. I may end up building on several different strings of "dominoes", or maybe working the string at both ends. The connection could be as simple as choosing to read one of the books in a bibliography, or a novel or poetry being read by a character in a story, or researching the setting of a novel (place or time). The possibilities are endless.


message 36: by dely (new)

dely | 5214 comments Sandy wrote: "Dely, maybe so! This sort of progression often happens with my reading. I just thought it would be interesting to keep track of it. I don't have a time-limit. I may end up building on several diffe..."

It is very interesting! Good luck with it ;-)


message 37: by Sandy (new)

Sandy It's been a long time coming - my second BINGO (finally) - for N1 to N5.

N1 - A book that became a movie - The Hours by Michael Cunningham
N2 - A funny book - Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
N3 - FREE - The Absolutist by John Boyne
N4 - A best-selling book - Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
N5 - A book that is more than 10 years old - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


message 38: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Congrats Sandy!


message 39: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Thanks, Leslie.


Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎ (kiwi_fruit) | 473 comments Go Sandy!


message 41: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Kiwi wrote: "Go Sandy!"

Haha. I am trying! I move rather slowly these days. :D


Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎ (kiwi_fruit) | 473 comments LOL, don't we all? hope you are feeling a little better?


message 43: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Not yet, Kiwi. Still hoping though. :-)


message 44: by Sandy (new)

Sandy I'm one step closer to finishing the "series" component of this year's challenge (in message 3 above). Finally finished On Forsyte 'Change (which is incorrectly listed in the GR description of the series as Book 6.5 but, according to the author's preface, should have been read between Volumes 1 and 2). However, it was enjoyable just the same. In October, I will start The Forsyte Saga Volume Three: End of the Chapter with Maid In Waiting.


message 45: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Sandy wrote: "It's been a long time coming - my second BINGO (finally) - for N1 to N5.

N1 - A book that became a movie - The Hours by Michael Cunningham
N2 - A funny book - Under the Net by Iris Murdoch"


Under the Net also counts as my July literary birthday author. I seem to be a month behind with this - all the time!


message 46: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Four classics added in message 9 for "Classics Capers" challenge.

AUGUST
Three Years by Anton Chekhov
On Forsyte 'Change by John Galsworthy
Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton


message 47: by Sandy (last edited Oct 30, 2015 12:47PM) (new)

Sandy Finally, another Bingo! I read The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley for B4 (the first book by a favourite author) to finish a bingo across from B4 to O4.

B4 - The first book by a favourite author - The Last of the Crazy People by Timothy Findley
I4 - A book you heard about online - Who We Are: Reflections on My Life and Canada by Elizabeth May
N4 - A best-selling book - Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
G4 - A book based on a true story - A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird
O4 - A book at the bottom of your TBR pile - Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Five more books - chosen strategically (and with fingers crossed) - will give me a blackout.


message 48: by Sandy (last edited Nov 11, 2015 12:38PM) (new)

Sandy The completion of O3 finishes two more Bingos for me.

Down the O column
O1 - A book with a number in the title - Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn
O2 - A book with a mystery - The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins

O3 - A book of non-fiction - My Great, Wide, Beautiful World by Juanita Harrison
O4 - A book at the bottom of your TBR pile - Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
O5 - A book with a blue cover - Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg


Across the 3 line
B3 - A book with a one-word title - Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim
I3 - A book of short stories - A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays by Willa Cather
N3 - FREE - The Absolutist by John Boyne
G3 - A book set on a different continent - Matadora by Elizabeth Ruth
O3 - A book of non-fiction - My Great, Wide, Beautiful World by Juanita Harrison



message 49: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Well done Sandy!


message 50: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Thanks, Leslie.


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