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Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century Challenge

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March TBR List

Total read: 6/14

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens Five ​Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns, #4) by Kendare Blake The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1) by Jonathan Stroud The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell Archenemies (Renegades, #2) by Marissa Meyer Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2) by James S.A. Corey The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie Read It and Weep (Library Lover's Mystery, #4) by Jenn McKinlay The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff Shoe Dog A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight Highfire by Eoin Colfer The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman

✔ Classic - Oliver Twist
Series: Five ​Dark Fates
✔ Fantasy - The Amulet of Samarkand
Epic Fantasy - The Blade Itself
✔ YA Fantasy - Archenemies
✔ Science Fiction - Caliban's War
✔ Mystery - The Family Upstairs
✔ Cozy Mystery - Read It and Weep
Historical Fiction - The Lost Girls of Paris
Non-Fiction - Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE
Scribd - Highfire
CADL Hist Fic - The Distant Marvels
Libby Popular - Nine Perfect Strangers
Libby Popular YA - The Toll

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April TBR List

Total read: 0/10

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Supernova (Renegades, #3) by Marissa Meyer On Borrowed Time (Library Lover's Mystery #5) by Jenn McKinlay Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1) by Ben Aaronovitch Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks The Success Principles How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2) by Robert Galbraith Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) by Sarah J. Maas The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

Classic - The Count of Monte Cristo
Series - Tower of Dawn
Fantasy - Midnight Riot
Epic Fantasy - Gardens of the Moon
YA Fantasy - Supernova
Science Fiction - The Calculating Stars
Mystery - The Silkworm
Cozy Mystery - On Borrowed Time
Historical Fiction - Year of Wonders
Non-Fiction - The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

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May TBR List


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

1. Classics - The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
2. Historical Fiction - The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) by Bernard Cornwell The Last Kingdom
3. Series - Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) by Sarah J. Maas Tower of Dawn
4. Kindle - Storm Glass (Harbinger #1) by Jeff Wheeler Storm Glass
5. Owned - Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson Gardens of the Moon
6. Learning - Ballet for Dummies by Scott Speck Ballet for Dummies
7. Epic Fantasy - The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1) by Robert Jordan The Eye of the World
✔ 8. YA Fantasy - House of Salt and Sorrows - 5/05
9. Fantasy - The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie The Blade Itself
10. BOTM - Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica Don't You Cry
11. Cozy Mystery - Espresso Shot (Coffeehouse Mystery, #7) by Cleo Coyle Espresso Shot
✔ 12. Thriller - The Silent Patient - 5/02
13. Graphic Novel - New Kid (New Kid, #1) by Jerry Craft New Kid
14. Libby - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Goldfinch
15. CADL - The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo The Distant Marvels
✔ 16. Scribd - The Mother-in-Law - 5/09
17. Hoopla - Story of Lee 1 by Sean Michael Wilson Story of Lee 1
18. Bestseller - 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 1Q84
19. Non-Fiction - I'd Rather Be Reading The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers
20. Business - The $100 Startup Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
21. Kindle Unlimited - The Killing Fog (The Grave Kingdom, #1) by Jeff Wheeler The Killing Fog
22. Science Fiction - Cibola Burn (The Expanse, #4) by James S.A. Corey Cibola Burn
23. Christian Fiction - Living Lies (Harbored Secrets #1) by Natalie Walters Living Lies
24. Christian Non-Fiction - Prayer Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
25. Children's Classics - The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin The Westing Game
26. Middle Grade - Secrets of the Book by Erin Fry Secrets of the Book
27. Ancient Times - The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco, #1) by Lindsey Davis The Silver Pigs
28. Music - Music Theory for Dummies by Michael Pilhofer Music Theory for Dummies
29. Biography - Shoe Dog A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE
30. Freebie - Kiera's Quest #Part One by Kristy Brown Kiera's Quest #Part One

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Duration: May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021 (1 year)

I enjoy ballet all year, but probably the quintessential ballet everyone knows is the Nutcracker. As we're approaching the holiday season, why not treat yourself to a beautiful ballet soiree?!

There are 3 sections to this challenge and you may work on all three at the same time; however, you may only use each book once.

SECTION 1: Scavenger

1. The word ballet has a long journey from the Greek “ballizo,” to the Latin “ballo,” to the Italian “balletto,” and finally to the French “ballet.” No matter how you say it, the word means to jump about or to dance.
Read a book that takes place in France, Italy, or Greece OR read a book whose cover shows someone dancing or jumping.

2. Classical ballet as it is known today came about under Louis XIV, who himself had been an avid dancer in his youth. In 1661, Louis founded the Academie Royale de Danse which established standards for the art of dance and the certification of dance instructors. Read a book that takes place in a school of some kind OR read a book whose protagonist is a dancer, a teacher, or an instructor.

3. Traditionally a ballerina is defined as the principal female dancer of a ballet company who has some renown outside her own company. Ballerina in the true, formal sense is given to relatively few female dancers, somewhat similar to the title diva in opera. Read a book in which someone is an expert in their field OR a book in which someone acts like a diva OR read a book whose author initials can be found in BALLERINA.

4. The “Corps de ballet” is the ensemble of a ballet company and does not contain any principals or soloists. Read a book in which the protagonist is part of some kind of team or group OR read a book with a character who is an “Average Joe” or always seems to just be part of the background.

5. You might be wondering about the male dancers. The official term for a male ballet dancer is “Danseur,” or more infrequently “Ballerino.” Read a book whose title contains a “male” word in its title – i.e. king, prince, father, son OR a book written by a male author whose initials may be found in DANSEUR.

BALLET TERMS (Just a few of many!)

6. If you’re at all familiar with ballet, you probably already know that there are five basic positions of feet on the floor. These basic five positions were set by Pierre Beauchamp (dance master of King Louis XIV) in the 17th century. Read any book that is the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth in a series OR read a book whose original publication year contains a 5 (Remember to tell us the year of publication).

7. Pierre Beauchamp is also credited with bringing the barre into ballet work. The barre is a horizontal bar, approximately waist height that is used for ballet warm-up exercises. Ballet classes commonly begin at the barre, and generally half of the ballet class or session is spent at the barre. Read a book with a long, thin, cylindrical object on the cover – i.e. flagpole, banister, hose OR read a book with any wooden object on the cover (remember to post the cover).

8. Port de bras translates literally to “carriage of the arms” and is an exercise for the movement of the arms to different positions. While the movements are simple, a dancer usually must work hard to make the movements seem graceful, poised, and seamless. Read a book whose cover depicts a bare arm or arms (no sleeves please and at least one arm should be shown from shoulder to hand) OR read a book in which a character is described as graceful and poised.

9. Advanced ballerinas begin doing pointe work, which is the performance of steps while on the tips of their toes with the foot fully extended. Pointe shoes are a structurally reinforced type of ballet shoe designed specifically for this purpose. Wads of lamb’s wool are usually inserted into the toes of the pointe shoes to further protect the dancer’s toes. Read a book whose title contains a word with a ‘silent e’ at its end OR read a book whose cover shows someone’s toes OR a book with any type of shoe shown on the cover (may or may not be attached to a foot).

10. Fouetté, literally "whipped" is a term which indicates either a turn with a quick change in the direction of the working leg as it passes in front of or behind the supporting leg, or a quick whipping around of the body from one direction to another. The famous 32 continuous fouettés in the "Black Swan" Pas de Deux from Swan Lake are a bravura performance designed to express the strength and triumph of the character. Read a book with one or more plot twists OR read a book with an exceptionally strong character OR read a book with a swan or any other type of bird on the cover.

11. The Pas de deux, meaning "step of two" is a duet usually performed by a female and a male dancer. Read the second book in a series OR a read a book whose cover shows a male and a female OR a book in which two people act as a team to complete a task.

✔ 12. A long horizontal jump, starting from one leg and landing on the other is called a grand jeté or “split in the air.” It is most often done going forward and usually involves doing full leg splits in mid-air. Read a book which jumps back and forth between time periods OR read a book with any character who seems to have a split personality OR read a book whose title contains any word equivalent to 'grand' - i.e. big, large, spectacular.
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner - finished on 05/16/20 ★★ - The first chapter goes back and forth in time through Ben's memories and the present time.

13. Rond de jambe means "leg circle.” Actually, rond de jambs are half-circles made by the pointed foot, returning through first position to repeat; creating the letter 'D' on the floor. Read a book whose title or author’s last name begin with a “D,” OR read a book with any circular object on the cover (should cover ~25% of the cover).

14. The classic ballet skirt, a tutu, is typically flat at waist or hip level, made of several layers of tulle netting or tarlatan. Classic Romantic tutus are longer. Read a book whose title contains repeated, sequential words OR read a book whose cover shows someone wearing a skirt of any type (this could include a man wearing a kilt).

SECTION 2: SEVEN MOST POPULAR BALLETS OF ALL TIME – Choose one of the ballet titles below and spell it out using ONLY the first letter of the first word in a book’s title (excluding a, an, the). Note: Between this spell out section and the following spell out section (Dancers), you must have a total of at least 25 letters! For example, if you choose the ballet "Coppelia," it contains 8 letters, so the dancer you choose must have at least 17 letters. Then your options for dancers are Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers or George Balanchine.

The Nutcracker
Swan Lake
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Peter Pan
The Sleeping Beauty

SECTION 3: GREATEST DANCERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY - Choose one of the dancers (or teams) below and spell it out using ONLY the first or last initial of the author. Make sure to read the note in Section 2!

Vaslav Nijinsky
Martha Graham
Josephine Baker
Gene Kelly
Sylvie Guillem
Michael Jackson
Joaquín Cortés
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers (You do not have to spell out "and (&)."
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Rudolf Nureyev
Anna Pavlova
George Balanchine

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Wheelathon V in NBRC

Possible words to spell out:

Departure White Water Rafting
Tourism Reading
City Break Exercise
Backpacking Zoom Calls
Sandcastle Highway Sixty One
Exploring Overnight express
Egyptian cruise Drive to Uluru
Island hopping Sea Kayaking
Barbeque Yodelling
Celebration Creativity
Pub Quizzing Trip to the zoo
Rocky Mountains Snorkelling

The Grace of Kings (tagged 1) - 640 pgs
(char. Kuni Garu and Mata Zyndu)

The Shadow Queen (2x) - 387 pgs
The Dragon's Path (2x) - 555 pgs
Wizard's First Rule (2x) - 836 pgs

The Lost Girls of Paris (72x)

Seveneves (150x)
Defy the Stars (96x)
The Calculating Stars (87x)
Carve the Mark (75x) - 468 pgs

Lavender - none

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TBR for Wheelathon V

Across the Fourwinds - 500 pgs
Aegis Rising - 448 pgs
After The Ending - 478 pgs
Alien Pets - 306 pgs
Alpha - 306 pgs
AlterWorld - 441 pgs
America, Inc. - 460 pgs
America's First Daughter - 606 pgs
Among the Poppies - 328 pgs
The Amplified - 205 pgs
And I Darken - 475 pgs
Anansi Boys - 387 pgs
Anvil Of Tears - 416 pgs
Anywhere But Here - 454 pgs
Archangel Down - 405 pgs
Arena Mode - 355 pgs
Arkship Obsidian - 258 pgs
Artful - 290 pgs
Assassin's Apprentice - 460 pgs
The Atlantis Gene - 449 pgs
Atlas - 307 pgs
The Atopia Chronicles - 511 pgs
The Auriga Project - 238 pgs
The Austen Escape - 320 pgs
The Avant Champion: Rising - 281 pgs
Avogadro Corp - 302 pgs
Awaken - 206 pgs
Awaken His Eyes - 286 pgs
The Azure Kingdom - 230 pgs

The Back Door Man - 498 pgs
Baggage Claim - 199 pgs
Bandwidth - 266 pgs
The Bane - 352 pgs
The Beast of London - 283 pgs
Beautiful Exiles - 366 pgs
Becoming Human - 358 pgs
Before She Ignites - 481 pgs
Before the Broken Star - 291 pgs
Beyond the Shadow of Night - 376 pgs
Binary/System - 400 pgs
The Bird and the Sword - 328 pgs
Bite Me - 355 pgs
The Black Company - 319 pgs
Black Nowhere - 311 pgs
Black Rain - 383 pgs
Black Sands - 291 pgs
The Blackout - 259 pgs
The Blade Within - 309 pgs
Blood Remembered - 184 pgs
Blood Song - 591 pgs
Bloodline - 464 pgs
Blossom: A Dystopian Sci-Fi Thriller - 247 pgs
Blue Fall - 447 pgs
The Blue Period - 348 pgs
The Book of Strange New Things - 500 pgs
Breakers - 299 pgs
The Breaking Light - 256 pgs
Broken Symmetry - 460 pgs
The Bronze Horseman - 637 pgs
Bypass Gemini - 274 pgs

Carve the Mark - 468 pgs












Obake Neko (Ghost Cat): A Pacific Tale - 347 pgs
The Oddfits - 258 pgs
The Old Man and the Tea - 254 pgs
Once Night Falls - 359 pgs
Once Upon a Prince - 343 pgs
Open Minds - 326 pgs
Out of Time - 294 pgs
Outlander - 850 pgs
Outside - 300 pgs
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler - 328 pgs


A Question of Will - 288 pgs (The Aliomenti Saga)
Qualify - 600 pgs
Quantum - 353 pgs
The Queen of the Tearling - 448 pgs
The Queens of Innis Lear - 676 pgs
Quinn Checks In - 215 pgs










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The Dauntless Challenge

1. Forbidden Fruit! Read a banned book:
2. Know Your Roots! Read a historical fiction book from where you or your family came from:
3. Starstruck! Read a space opera:
4. Mama Knows Best! Let your mother (or female relative) choose a book for you:
5. Kiss Me You Fool! Read a romance novel:
6. Channeling Your Inner Child! Read a children's book:
7. Roses Are Red! Read a poetry book (epic or collection):
8. Traveling The World! Read a book set in a country you want to travel to:
9. Door To Narnia! Read a book set in another world:
10. No One Is Left Behind! Read a war novel:
11. Me Time! Reread your favorite book:
12. Haters Gunna Hate! Read a book you would never have picked up otherwise:
13. Judge A Book By Its Cover! Read a book based solely on its cover:
14. Aint Nobody Got Time For That! Read a collection of short stories:
15. Baby Its Cold Outside! Read a book with a winter setting:
16. A Deal You Can't Refuse! Read a crime novel:
17. I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie! Read a book over 700 pages:
18. It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's SUPERMAN! Read a graphic novel:
19. Back To The Future! Read a book set in the future:
20. Book to Screen! Read a book that became a movie:
21. Bump In The Night! Read a horror novel:
22. Who Are You!? Read an auto/biography:
23. Passionfruit! Read a book with a theme your passionate about:
24. It's Just Sittin' There! Read a book on your shelf you've never read:
25. Je Suis Formidable! Read a book from another country:
26. You Need To Read This! Read a book recommended to you by a friend:
27. Trophies and Blue Ribbons! Read a book that's won 2 or more awards:
28. Hold Your Horses! Read a book with an animal protagonist:
29: Up Up Up And Away! Read a book where someone is flying:
30. Nothing But The Truth! Read a book about an event that happened!
31. I Was Born When?! Read a book that was published the year you were born:
32. Youngins! Read a book written by an author who was 30 or younger at the time:
33. If Not Now...When?! Read a book everyone else has read but you:
34. Heart Throb! Read a book by your absolute favorite author:
35. Candyman! Read a book where you have a crush on the male protagonist:
36. I Kissed a Girl! Read a book where you have a crush on the female protagonist:
37. Adam and Steve! Read a book with lgbt characters or written by one:
38. Well That Was Quick! Read a short story or novella:
39. To Be Or Not To Be! Read a play:
40. Turn Up The Radio! Listen to an audiobook:
41. Rainbow Hue OR Burst! Read a book with only one color on the cover or more than five:
42. Wait Why Did You Stop?! Read a series all the way through:
43. The Final Frontier Read a Sci-fi:
44. Never Stick Baby In A Corner! Read a book everyone seems to have forgotten:
45. Well That Sucked! Read a book with a very low rating:
46. What's This Stuff Coming Out Of My Eyes?! Read a book that will make you cry:
47. I'm So Fly, I Never Land! Read a fairytale:
48. Same Job, Same Life! Read a book where a character has/had the same career as you:
49. Well Slap My Ass And Call Me Judy! Read a book that will make you laugh out loud.
50. X+10=Y Should I Care?! Read a book with a number in the title:

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