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Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12312 comments If you have books you plan for summer, this is the place to share.

message 2: by Bryony (last edited Aug 30, 2020 01:21PM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 247 comments Goals for season
✔️ 1. Read one book with more than 1,000 pages in each month of the challenge, including at least one classic from the 19th century or earlier. (Completed: 3/3)

✔️ 2. Earn the 200 point owned books bonus by reading only books in my possession on 1 June. (7 out of 7)

Currently reading:
Owned books read: 7 out of 7

Options for each task:
⭐️ indicates 1,000+ page books

10.1 Pick a Card, Any Card
Read a book using any one card from last season's Blackjack. You may read for this task three times, but you must use the same card each time.
10 diamonds: series of 10 or more books (continue Poirot series)
Ace diamonds: 75-199 pages (Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone)

10.2 Author Name
Read any book by an author with a name that is 6, 7, or 8 letters in length (can be first, last, middle or entire name).
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory

✔️ 10.3 One at a Time, Please
Read a book by an author whose surname is only one syllable. Examples: H.G. Wells, Julian Barnes, Rebecca West.
The Organised Mum Method by Gemma Bray

10.4 P.D. James
British mystery writer and Conservative life peer in the House of Lords P[hyllis] D[orothy] James (August 3, 1920) (P.D. James) Read a book with an MPG of Mystery OR Crime. Main Page Genre can be locked in at any time.
A Mind to Murder by P.D. James

10.5 Suffragettes
Though they didn't live to see it happen, Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) worked long and hard for women's suffrage in the US. Read any book written by an author born during their lifetimes - 1815-1906.
Agatha Christie

10.6 Postal
Read a book by an author whose initials in any order can be either the two-letter postal abbreviation for a U.S. State/Territory or Canadian Province.

10.7 Ed's Task
Read a book with a title OR sub-title that begins OR ends with either the letters “E” or “D”. Articles (The, A, An) may be ignored.

10.8 The Big 4-0? (Tien's Task)
Read a book first published in year with 4 AND 0 (eg. 1940, 2004, etc).

10.9 Hug a Tree (Valerie's Task)
Read a book that has tree(s), wood(s) or forest(s) in the title.

10.10 Group Reads
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (2017 list)
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (2018 list)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

20.1 Africa
Read a book set at least 75% in an African country. OR read a book by an author born in an African country.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih*
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (setting)
The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory (author born in Kenya)
The White Lioness by Henning Mankell (may not be 75% in South Africa - have back up task in case)

20.2 Asia
Read a book by an author born in OR a book set at least 75% in one of these Asian countries: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (North or South), Malaysia, Korea (North or South), Thailand, Vietnam.
⭐️ A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
⭐️ The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake (author born in China)
Last Victim of the Monsoon Express by Vaseem Khan

20.3 Middle East
Read a book written by an author born in OR set at least 75% in one of these Middle Eastern countries.
Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie

20.4 France
Read a book written by an author born in France or a book set at least 75% in France.
⭐️ The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Carter of 'La Providence' by Georges Simenon (setting)
The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris (setting)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (setting)
Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

✔️ 20.5 Russia
Read a book set at least 75% in Russia OR a book written by an author born in Russia.
⭐️ War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (setting & author)
Uncle's Dream by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

20.6 Latin America
Read a book set at least 75% OR written by an author born in one of these Latin American Countries.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (Peru)
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (may not be 75%?)

20.7 Canada
Read a book written by an author born in OR a book set at least 75% in Canada.
Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

20.8 Beatrix Potter (Bryony's Task)
Read a novel which has a main character’s name or nickname in the title.

20.9 Kate's Task
Read a book with either a 1 and a 5 or a 2 and a 5 in the page count of the MPE.

20.10 (Elizabeth (Alaska)'s Task)
Read any book with an average rating over 3.74 AND under 1001 ratings. (3.75/1000)

30.1 Go for the Green
Stamping Grounds by Charlie Connelly* (Liechtenstein)

message 3: by Connie (last edited Aug 14, 2020 07:04PM) (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 1397 comments Lots of possibilities for this season.

10.1 Pick a card, any card (Blackjack card) Can do this task 3 times.
Probably Diamond Ace (75-199 pg) to read plays, a novella, or poetry.
Daisy Miller by Henry James
Lysistrata by Aristophanes 132 pg
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles 75 pg
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry 162 pg
Summer by Edith Wharton 127 pg
Spellbound by Nora Roberts 96pg

10.2 Author name (6, 7, or 8 letters)
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick
Underland by Robert Macfarlane
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

10.3 One at a Time, Please (one syllable surname)
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

10.4 P D James (Mystery or Crime)
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Half Broken Things by Morag Joss

10.5 Suffragettes (author born 1815-1906)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh 1903
East of Eden by John Steinbeck 1902
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton 1903

10.6 Postal
✓ IA Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown
KS The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

10.7 Ed's Task
An English Murder by Louise Doughty
The Dwelling Place by Catherine Cookson

10.8 The Big 4-0?
Redeployment by Phil Klay 2014
The Answer to Cancer by Carolyn Runowicz 2004
Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly 2014

10.9 Hug a Tree
White Oleander by Janet Fitch (Oleander Tree)
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker (Giant Redwood)
Summer by Edith Wharton (Summer Plume)

10.10 Group Reads
The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland (Summer 2018)

20.1 Africa
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar (Libya)

20.2 Asia
The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (Japan)
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli (Vietnam)

20.3 Middle East
Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (Iran)

20.4 France
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

20.5 Russia
My Life by Anton Chekhov

20.6 Latin America
My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende

20.7 Canada
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley (born in Canada)
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (born in Canada)

20.8 Beatrix Potter
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Life of Charles Dickens Vol. I. 1812-1842 by John Forster
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

20.9 Birthday (1, 5 in page count or 2, 5 in page count)
Eden Close by Anita Shreve 256 pg
Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett 256 pg
There's a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak by Jonathan Cott 256 pg
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield 352 pg
The Best of Friends: Two Women, Two Continents, and One Enduring Friendship 352 pg
and more

20.10 Over/Under (3.75/1000)
Mud Creek Medicine: The Life of Eula Hall and the Fight for Appalachia by Kiran Bhatraju 4.00/51
Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World by Michael Meyerson 3.90/106
Flanders by Patricia Anthony 4.22/217
The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson 3.96/508
The World's Greatest Short Stories by James Daley 3.77/546
The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age by Juliet Nicolson 3.88/861

30.1 Go for the Green
Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor (Jordan)

Elizabeth (Alaska) | 12312 comments These are required reading (books for other groups)

10.2 Author Name:
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
Uncle Paul by Celia Fremlin

10.4 P.D James:
A Taste for Death by P.D. James (coincidence?)
Devices and Desires by P.D. James

10.5 Suffragettes:
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (b. 1899)
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen

These are high on my need to read because of low lexiles:

10.2 Author Name:
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (Lexile 700s)

10.5 Suffragettes:
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (Lexile 600s)
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (Lexile 600s)

Finally, I'd like to get to:

30.1 Go for the Green:
Homesick by Eshkol Nevo (Israel)
A Death in Vienna by Frank Tallis (Austria)
Andean Express by Juan De Recacoechea (Bolivia)
The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill (Laos)

And then I have too many to contemplate. I'll get to an Anthony Trollope (Suffragettes) and a Balzac (France). I have visions of continuing the Lanny Budd series (Suffragettes). I want to read at least one more in Donna Leon's Brunetti series (P.D. James). But I also have 6 titles penciled in for Canada and another 1/2 dozen for France, and I haven't scratched the surface of posting possibles for Suffragettes.

message 5: by Valerie (last edited May 31, 2020 01:18PM) (new)

Valerie Brown | 2472 comments So much choice!! I plan on only reading books I own or will be in my possession as of June 1 (borrowing 3 for sure, 1 which I have had on hand since March, 1 maybe - now -May 29- decided against the maybe).

May 21 - I just realized this would be a good season to read graphic novels, so have added one to the list.

10.1 Pick a Card = two diamonds
The Casual Vacancy or any other Rowling, Christie, Beaton
Christine Falls **from hoopla, borrow bf June 1

10.2 Author Name
Broken April
The Thin Man
The Violent Bear It Away
=> these are also for my A-Z Classic Author list
An Artist of the Floating World

10.3 One at a time, please
Brat Farrar
Gulliver's Travels
Mildred Pierce
=> these 3 are also for my A-Z Classic Author list
Drop City
A Handful of Dust

10.4 PD James
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
=> many, many other choices

10.5 Suffragettes
The Seven Secrets by William Le Queux
=> for Classic Author A-Z Challenge
Une vie

10.6 Postal
The Sculptor (library book that has been in my possession since March!)
The Immortalists or....
MC Beaton, A McCall Smith, + many on kobo


10.10 Group read:
Ghachar Ghochar
*from hoopla, borrow bf June 1

20.1 Africa
Cry, the Beloved Country
=> for Classic Author A-Z Challenge
We Need New Names
All Our Names
Hope Is Our Only Wing *no lexile

20.2 Asia
China Gate
The War Lord
.... yes, I have owned these since the '80s!!

20.3 Middle East
Together Tea

20.4 France
Good Morning, Midnight
Lock No. 1
Mr Hire's Engagement

20.5 Russia
The Courilof Affair
( The Secret Speech*
*this is the maybe borrow before June 1 or just skip it....... decided to skip)

20.6 Latin America
The Japanese Lover

20.7 Canada
The Billionaire Murders: The Mysterious Deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman

20.9 Birthday
The Devil's Star (528 pgs)

20.10 Over/under
The Scottish Banker of Surabaya
+ SO many others on the kindle

30.1 Go for the Green!
The Tremor of Forgery - Tunisia*
*borrow before June 1
Jaguar: One Man's Struggle to Establish the World's First Jaguar Preserve - Belize
Mr. Potter - Antigua
The Volcano, Montserrat and Me: Twenty years with an active volcano - Montserrat
Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World - Ecuador
Prickly Pears of Palestine - Palestine
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali - Rwanda

message 6: by Anika (last edited Jun 04, 2020 07:24PM) (new)

Anika | 1919 comments I'm planning on using only books I own ("@") or will have in my possession ("*" for currently in possession, "&" for books I'm planning on having in possession but do not have to date) by June 1 deadline; also trying to put a dent in my US Roadtrip challenge (a book set in each of the 50 states, "$" for those books):

10.1 Pick a Card, Any Card
♥5 Setting +75% in one of the 50 United States
@$The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
*$The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
*$The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs by Janet Peery

10.2 Author Name
*$In Calamity's Wake by Natalee Caple
*$Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
@$Educated by Tara Westover
*$All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
*$The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
@$The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan
*$Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
*$Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

10.3 One at a Time, Please
@$The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
*$Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
*$The Descendants
@$One American Robin by E.A. Mann

10.4 P.D. James
*$Sunburn by Laura Lippman
@$I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

10.5 Suffragettes
*The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

10.6 Postal
*$Close Range by Annie Proulx
@$Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
@$Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
*$Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

10.7 Ed’s Task
@$Educated by Tara Westover

10.8 The Big 4-0?
@$Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

10.9 Hug a Tree
*$Welcome to the Pine Away Motel and Cabins by Katarina Bivald

10.10 Group Reads
@The Return of Mr Campion: 13 Collected Stories by Margery Allingham

20.1 Africa
@Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

20.2 Asia
@The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee
@Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra
@Red Earth and Pouring Rain by Vikram Chandra

20.3 Middle East
@The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
@Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach

20.4 France
@French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain

20.5 Russia
@Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev
@The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

20.6 Latin America
@Zorro by Isabel Allende

20.7 Canada
@The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
@Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You: 13 Stories by Alice Munro

20.8 Beatrix Potter
*$The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

20.9 Birthday
*$Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

20.10 Over/Under
*At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life by Fenton Johnson

30.1 Go for the Green
@The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib, Kuwait
*Golden Child by Claire Adam, Trinidad and Tobago
*Pitcairn's Island by Charles Bernard Nordhoff, Pitcairn
*The Master Blaster by P.F. Kluge, Northern Mariana Islands
@Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend, Ecuador
@Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet, British Virgin Islands
*We Are All That's Left by Carrie Arcos, Bosnia and Herzegovina
*Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina García, Switzerland
*The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers, Yemen
*The Disappeared by Kim Echlin, Cambodia
@The Museum of Abandoned Secrets by Oksana Zabuzhko, Ukraine
*The City Where Dreams Come True by Gulsifat Shakhidi, Tajikistan
@A Spare Life by Lidija Dimkovska, Macedonia

message 7: by Joanna (last edited May 22, 2020 08:31AM) (new)

Joanna (walker) | 1440 comments Goals:
--Read books I own/obtain by June 1
--Read books that fit other challenges

10.1 Pick a Card = three of clubs? (300-399pp)
Two Girls, Fat and Thin
Peace Like a River
==> Lost 2020 books

10.2 Author Name
The Abstinence Teacher
Perfect Circle
Jesus Land: A Memoir
==> Lost 2020 books
Little Voices
==> MM books
Hollow City
Record of a Spaceborn Few
==> series books
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages
==> read-a-long with kids; series books
**The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
**The Mirror & the Light
==> Library holds (may not come in by June 1)

10.3 One at a time, please
Witness in Death
==> series book

10.4 PD James
Strip Jack
==> series book

10.5 Suffragettes
Appointment with Death
==> series book

10.6 Postal
Lisey's Story
==> MM book
The Drawing of the Three
Broken Homes
==> series books
The Toll
==> read-a-long with son


10.10 Group read
Loitering with Intent

20.1 Africa
The Rosewater Insurrection
The Rosewater Redemption
==>series books

20.2 Asia
South of the Border, West of the Sun

20.3 Middle East
The Cat
==> MM book
Bearing the Body

20.4 France
The Dressmaker's Gift
==> MM book
The Vine Witch

20.5 Russia
Speak, Memory
The Luzhin Defense

20.6 Latin America
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon
==>series book

20.7 Canada
The Tattoo Artist
==>MM book


30.1 Go for the Green!
The Vegetarian (South Korea)

Other books without homes:
Equal Rites
The Causal Angel

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Ed Lehman | 2413 comments ED

10.4- Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer-304p. 2018

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Heather (sarielswish) | 722 comments I'm starting late but here's mine.

10.1 Two of Diamonds - Middlegame - Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant

10.2 Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - Suzanne Collins

10.3 Wolves of the Calla - Stephen King

10.4 In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

10.5 The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

10.6 Home - Nnedi Okorafor (ON - Ontario)

10.7 Dark Age - Pierce Brown

10.8 The Dark Tower - Stephen King (2004)

10.9 The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury

10.10 The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

20.1 Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

20.2 Station Blackout by Charles Casto (Fukushima disaster in Japan)

20.3 My Name is Malala - Malala Yousufzai

20.4 The Killer of Little Shepherds - Douglas Starr

20.5 The Tunguska Event: The Mystery of the Biggest Explosion in Recorded History

20.6 Tent of Miracles - Jorge Amado

20.7 The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad - Minister Faust

20.8 Song of Susannah - Stephen King

20.9 Death in a White Tie - Ngaio Marsh (352 pages)

20.10 When The Mississippi Ran Backwards - 3.75/578

30.1 Midnight in Chernobyl - Adam Higginbotham

message 10: by Rebekah (last edited Aug 30, 2020 09:47PM) (new)

Rebekah (bekalynn) | 4344 comments ✔️ ✔️ 10.1 Pick a Card - 5 of Hearts ( set in US)
Nothing to See Here
And One Last Thing ...

✔️ 10.2 Author name 6,7 or 8 letters in surname
Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet

✔️ 10.3 One at a Time - surname 1 syllable
The Farm

10.4 PD James - read mystery
✔️ The Clue in Blue

10.5 Suffragettes - author born 1815 - 1906
The Woman's Bible
Twenty Years at Hull House
Mary Chesnut: A Diary From Dixie
You, the Jury
Words That Must Somehow Be Said: Selected Essays, 1927-1984

✔️ 10.6 Postal - author’s initials
My Name is Not Easy

✔️ 10.7 Ed’s task - title ends or begins with E or D
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

10.8 Big 4 0 - book published in a year with a 4 and a 0
The Hamlet
Native Son
Evil Under the Sun
Farewell, My Lovely
The Man Who Loved Children
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Napoleon of Notting Hill

10.9 - Hug a Tree - title has tree, wood, forests or tree common name or orchard
The Education of Little Tree
Tree of Smoke
The Janissary Tree
Deep in the Woods: The Beginning
Under the Greenwood Tree
The Poison Tree

✔️ 10.10 Group Reads
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

20.1 Africa
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town

20.2 Asia
The Heart of India

✔️ 20.3 Middle East
Where the Desert Meets the Sea

20.4 France
Penguin Island

20.6 Latin America
The Savage Detectives
Green Mansions
The Purple Land

20.7 Canada
Emily's Quest

✔️ 20.8 Beatrix Potter
The Family Fang

20.9 birthday
✔️ The Distant Hours

20.10 Over and Under
✔️ Start Here: A Crash Course in Understanding, Navigating, and Healing From Narcissistic Abuse
Terlingua Teacher: The Remarkable Lessons Taught and Learned in a One-Room Texas Schoolhouse.
The Suitcases

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