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message 1: by Edwina (last edited Sep 09, 2020 05:35PM) (new)

Edwina Callan | 191 comments You all know that I love a good challenge, right?
My library posted this as their Summer Reading Challenge and I thought that it looked like fun.
I've decided to stretch it out over 12 months ... because I can. :)
This will last from Sept. 1, 2020 - Sept. 1, 2021.
If you'd like to join then simply copy and paste the list into your post then come back and edit with the book title and author once you've read the book or you can list the book info now with TBR, Currently Reading or Finished.
So who wants to join me?
Happy Reading!

1. A book you loved as a young adult
2. A Thriller
3. A book with the ocean on the cover
4. A book that takes place in Europe
5. A 2019 New York Times Bestseller
6. A book set in the state that you live in
7. A book set in WW2
8. A Young Adult Fiction book
9. A book recommended by a friend
10. A book that was made into a movie
11. A book with the word Beach in the title
12. A non-fiction book
13. A Self Help book
14. A Historical fiction book
15. A Comedy
16. A book title that begins with the first letter of your first name
17. A book by a female author
18. A Crime novel
19. A Classic
20. A book with a One Word Title

My additions -

21. A ghost or horror book
22. A romance or chick lit
23. A fantasy or fairy tale
24. A biography or autobiography


message 2: by Edwina (last edited Sep 01, 2021 05:35PM) (new)

Edwina Callan | 191 comments 1. A book you loved as a young adult - The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett - Finished

2. A Thriller - Shibumi by Trevanian - Finished

3. A book with the ocean on the cover - The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart - Finished

4. A book that takes place in Europe - A Darker Place by Jack Higgins - Finished

5. A 2019 New York Times Bestseller - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - TBR

6. A book set in the state that you live in - Binding Spell by Elizabeth Arthur - TBR

7. A book set in WW2 - Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson - Finished

8. A Young Adult Fiction book - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - Finished

9. A book recommended by a friend - Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer - Finished

10. A book that was made into a movie - The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton - Finished

11. A book with the word Beach in the title - The Beach House by James Patterson - Finished

12. A non-fiction book - The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea - Finished

13. A Self Help book

14. A Historical fiction book - The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart - Finished

15. A Comedy - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Finished

16. A book title that begins with the first letter of your first name - Everything's Eventual by Stephen King - Finished

17. A book by a female author - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - Finished

18. A Crime novel - The Prodigal Spy by Joseph Kanon - Finished

19. A Classic - Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë - Finished

20. A book with a One Word Title - Icebound by Dean Koontz - Finished

My additions -

21. A ghost or horror book - The Howling - Gary Brandner - Finished

22. A romance or chick lit - Le Divorce by Diane Johnson - Finished

23. A fantasy or fairy tale - Stardust by Neil Gaiman - Finished

24. A biography or autobiography - Diana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows by Lady Colin Campbell - Finished


message 3: by Diane (last edited Nov 30, 2020 05:27PM) (new)

Diane (grannyseahorse) | 72 comments You know I love challenges too! Not sure if I can finish this, but I'll give it my best try. :) Come to think of it we won't be in the new house until Oct 2021 and most of my books will be in boxes, so I'll use the ones I pull out to read.

1. A book you loved as a young adult

*2. A Thriller – Separation of Power (#5 Mitch Rapp) – Vince Flynn – READ 9/10/20
*3. A book with the ocean on the cover - Mermaid by Jodi Picoult - READ 10/3/20
*4. A book that takes place in Europe – The Space Between (#7/5 Outlander) – Diana Gabaldon – READ 9/5/20 (Scotland, France)

5. A 2019 New York Times Bestseller
6. A book set in the state that you live in

*7. A book set in WW2 – Lilly’s Crossing – Patricia Reilly Giff – READ 9/6/20
*8. A Young Adult Fiction book – The Last Guardian (#8 Artemis Fowl) – Eoin Colfer – READ 9/13/20
*9. A book recommended by a friend – The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera – READ 9/10/20 (recommended by my daughter’s Creative Writing teaching)
*10. A book that was made into a movie - The Lincoln Lawyer - Michael Connelly - READ 11/30/20

11. A book with the word Beach in the title

*12. A non-fiction book - The Answer Is - Alex Trebek - READ 10/6/20

13. A Self Help book

*14. A Historical fiction book - A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows - Diana Gabaldon - READ 10/31/20
*15. A Comedy - Back to the Future - George Gipe - READ 10/30/20
*16. A book title that begins with the first letter of your first name - Detective Cross - James Patterson - READ 10/15/20
*17. A book by a female author – The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell - READ 9/27/20

18. A Crime novel

*19. A Classic - The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne - READ 10/4/20
*20. A book with a One Word Title - Thanksgiving - Janet Evanovich - READ 11/27/20

My additions -

*21. A ghost or horror book - Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury - READ 10/30/20
*22. A romance or chick lit - Losing Hope – Colleen Hoover - READ 9/25/20
*23. A fantasy or fairy tale - A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness - READ 10/23/20
*24. A biography or autobiography – Nectar in a Sieve – Kamala Markandaya – READ 9/1/20

READ 18 / 24


message 4: by Diane (new)

Diane (grannyseahorse) | 72 comments This gets a little difficult to read, so I put an * in front of the numbers I have finished. I tried using different color font, but it wouldn't allow it.


Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 434 comments :smiles:


message 6: by Wendy (last edited Sep 22, 2020 06:33AM) (new)

Wendy | 2 comments I am going to give this a go, it should be fun. I like to spice things up!

1. A book you loved as a young adult
2. A Thriller
3. A book with the ocean on the cover
4. A book that takes place in Europe
5. A 2019 New York Times Bestseller
6. A book set in the state that you live in
7. A book set in WW2
8. A Young Adult Fiction book
9. A book recommended by a friend
10. A book that was made into a movie
11. A book with the word Beach in the title
12. A non-fiction book
13. A Self Help book
14. A Historical fiction book
15. A Comedy
16. A book title that begins with the first letter of your first name

17. A book by a female author: Mary L. Trump -Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man -Currently Reading

18. A Crime novel
19. A Classic
20. A book with a One Word Title

My additions -

21. A ghost or horror book
22. A romance or chick lit
23. A fantasy or fairy tale
24. A biography or autobiography


message 7: by nimrodiel (last edited Jan 03, 2021 10:58AM) (new)

nimrodiel | 21 comments Here's my list. I'm going to try and use books from my way too big TBR pile.

1. A book you loved as a young adult
2. A ThrillerBreakwater by Carla Neggers Finished on 21 October 2020. This came from bookstogive in 2017.
3. A book with the ocean on the cover
4. A book that takes place in Europe
5. A 2019 New York Times Bestseller
6. A book set in the state that you live in
7. A book set in WW2
8. A Young Adult Fiction book
9. A book recommended by a friend
10. A book that was made into a movie
11. A book with the word Beach in the title
12. A non fiction bookThe Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea . This came from Azuki in 2018. Finished on 14 October 2020
13. A Self Help book
14. A Historical fiction book
15. A Comedy
16. A book title that begins with the first letter of your first name
17. A book by a female author
18. A Crime novel
19. A Classic A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke Classic Science Fiction. This came from smurphy in 2013. Finished on 1/2/2021
20. A book with a One Word Title

My additions -

21. A ghost or horror bookDeadly Treats: Halloween Tales of Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem edited by Anne Frasier. Finished on7 October 2020. Registered by me and picked up from a local little free library.
22. A romance or chick litThe Second Chance Boutique by Louisa Leaman. Finished on 8 October 2020. From my ebook TBR pile.
23. A fantasy or fairy tale Forgotten Truth by Dawn Cook. Finished on 2 November 2020. From Lemonitsa in 2016.
24. A biography or autobiography Enough: Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It by Shauna M. Ahern. Finished on 1 October 2020. From my audiobook TBR collection.


message 8: by Diane (last edited Nov 30, 2020 05:24PM) (new)

Diane (grannyseahorse) | 72 comments I've read 18 / 24. But now my home library is all packed away in boxes until October. So i hope the books i kept out to read next year fit the remaining prompts


message 9: by Cheryl is busier irl atm. (last edited Jan 08, 2021 07:53AM) (new)

Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 434 comments 1. A book you loved as a young adult From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
2. A Thriller Healer
3. A book with the ocean on the cover
4. A book that takes place in Europe
5. A 2019 New York Times Bestseller I even checked the Non-Fiction. It was a really bad year, imo.
6. A book set in the state that you live in
7. A book set in WW2 All the Way Home
8. A Young Adult Fiction book
9. A book recommended by a friend
10. A book that was made into a movie
11. A book with the word Beach in the title Strange Seas and Shores - interesting short stories, picture of beach so only a little cheat ;)
12. A non-fiction book
13. A Self Help book This Is Not a Book - helps one to be more creative and release both one's inner artist and one's inner child
14. A Historical fiction book
15. A Comedy Magenta McPhee
16. A book title that begins with the first letter of your first name Character, Driven - pretty good MG novel
17. A book by a female author
18. A Crime novel - Murder Can Be Fun one of the weakest by one of my favorite authors
19. A Classic The Jazz Man
20. A book with a One Word Title Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster - children's, but kinda all ages fable, too

My additions -

21. A ghost or horror book - The Painting
22. A romance or chick lit - The Lost Garden
23. A fantasy or fairy tale
24. A biography or autobiography


Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 434 comments I hope your last year in this home goes well, and your move into your new one works out wonderfully, Diane! I am impressed by your ambition. :)


message 11: by Diane (new)

Diane (grannyseahorse) | 72 comments thank you Cheryl. we have loved living here for 12 years. but now, being retired, it's time to downsize and move close to our grandson.


message 12: by Diane (new)

Diane (grannyseahorse) | 72 comments i always use a book on as many challenges as possible. like I'll use it here for the library challenge, and for the decade and monthly challenges.


Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 434 comments :smiles:

I use challenges to get books out of the house, so when I move I have fewer to pack, so I try to do unique ones for every challenge. And I am planning to move closer to my older kids as soon as the youngest moves out, too. :)


Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 434 comments I've made a little bit of progress, both in reading and planning. I dnf'd a couple otherwise I'd be further along with the challenge... but at least those are out of the house.


message 15: by Lisa (last edited Jul 27, 2021 09:47AM) (new)

Lisa (aretherea) | 16 comments I'm a few months late, but I may go back to Sept 1, 2020 to catch up.

1. A book you loved as a young adult
2. A Thriller
3. A book with the ocean on the cover
4. A book that takes place in Europe Death of a Chimney Sweep
5. A 2019 New York Times Bestseller
6. A book set in the state that you live in
7. A book set in WW2
8. A Young Adult Fiction book Archer's Quest--Linda Sue Park
9. A book recommended by a friend MWF Seeking BFF
10. A book that was made into a movie
11. A book with the word Beach in the title
12. A non-fiction book How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming--Mike Brown
13. A Self Help book The Power of Nice--Thaler and Koval
14. A Historical fiction book In the Time of the Butterflies--Julia Alvarez
15. A Comedy
16. A book title that begins with the first letter of your first name Love, Lies and Liquor--MC Beaton (F)
17. A book by a female author Farewell to Manzanar--Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

18. A Crime novel
19. A Classic

20. A book with a One Word Title Spook--Mary Roach

My additions -

21. A ghost or horror book The Hundred Secret Senses--Amy Tan
22. A romance or chick lit
23. A fantasy or fairy tale
24. A biography or autobiography


Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 434 comments I have to drop out. My eyes are deteriorating fast, so I have to ration computer and book time carefully.


message 17: by Edwina (new)

Edwina Callan | 191 comments Cheryl wrote: "I have to drop out. My eyes are deteriorating fast, so I have to ration computer and book time carefully."

Just now saw this post.
I'm so very sorry to hear this, Cheryl.
I wish you the best and pray something can be done to stop the deterioration.


Cheryl is busier irl atm. (cherylllr) | 434 comments Thank you.
Eventually I'll be able to get cataract surgery, but in the meantime it's a struggle.

Everyone, get regular checkups, and look out the window regularly, have hobbies that aren't close work! Tell your eye doctor that you're an avid reader so they can give you advice!


message 19: by Edwina (new)

Edwina Callan | 191 comments Well, it looks like I have 4 books to go to finish this challenge.
How is everyone else doing with it?


message 20: by Penny (new)

Penny | 9 comments It's too late for me to join really but I hope you do something similar within this next year? Currently I'm doing the New Year's Resolutions only but this sounds like a lot more fun, especially when my Mount TBR is something close to 300 books to read!


message 21: by Edwina (new)

Edwina Callan | 191 comments Penny wrote: "It's too late for me to join really but I hope you do something similar within this next year? Currently I'm doing the New Year's Resolutions only but this sounds like a lot more fun, especially wh..."

Maybe you'd like to join the other challenge I have going here:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

You can use any books that you have read since January.


message 22: by Edwina (new)

Edwina Callan | 191 comments September 1st is here and it looks like I'm 3 books short of finishing this challenge. That's ok though because I was still able to move a bunch of books from Mt. Toobie to finally read and in need of a new home. lol
So how did everyone else do on this challenge?


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