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message 1: by Busy (last edited Apr 21, 2015 04:51PM) (new)

Busy | 65 comments WEEKS & TOPICS

1. a book with more than 500 pages
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

2. a romance
Emma by Jane Austen

3. a book that became a movie
Ann of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomerhy

4. a book published this year
Eupohria by Lily King

5. a book with a number in the title
84 Charring Cross Road

6. a book written by someone under 30
Science...For Her!

7. a book with nonhuman characters
Watership Down

8. a funny book
Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk

9. a book by a female author
WILD CARD- Right now its a toss up between a Barbara Kingsolver book, maybe Lace, or maybe Hanna Arendt!
The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

10. a mystery or thriller
Sherlock Holmes

11. a book with a one-word title
Philida (could not get through so have to pick a new book)

12. a book of short stories
Vampires in the Lemon Grove

13. a book set in a different country
Ayoade on Ayoade

14. a nonfiction book
The World's Best Kept Beauty Secrets - time to revisit the book I read in my formative years! I remember something about Tyra Banks advising women to put mashed up bananas in their bra?!?

15. a popular author's first book
House of Secrets by Christopher Columbus

16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet
One of these four: Alive by Scott Sigler, the next Cormoran Strike book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, or Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
It was: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

17. a book a friend recommended
House of Leaves

18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book
Middlesex

19. a book based on a true story
Not That Kind of Girl

20. a book at the bottom of your to read list
The Simirillion

21. a book your mom or dad loves
The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People (I'd wonder if this hidden motherly advice except she didn't know why I was asking)

22. a book that scares you
Lord of the Flies

23. a book more than 100 years old
TBD- It was going to be Ann of Green Gables but that got bumped up to week 3. Maybe more Jane Austen, maybe The Lost World, maybe Alice in Wonderland? Maybe One Thousand and One Nights, or The Symposium? Maybe Lysistrata? This will be difficult!

24. a book based entirely on its cover
Cinderella: Ninja Warrior

25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
Heart of Darkness

26. a memoir
Either Call the Midwife, The Upside of Down, or something like I Am Spock?

27. a book you can finish in a day
A random Goosebumps book from the library!

28. a book with antonyms in the title
To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North (*shrug* it TECHNICALLY works?)

29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
Regretsy's Big Book of Fabricated Folktales from Finland- I am so bad at reading Kickstarter books I kickstarted!

30. a book that came out the year you were born
Probably the Labyrinth novelisation, but maybe Redwall, or since it is TECHNICALLY on the official Goodreads list, Anywhere but Here

31. a book with bad reviews
Either The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (I consider being motivated to write your own book because you hated one book so much to be the ultimate bad review- see: His Dark Materials) or Twilight- the Host was soooo hard to stomach, but I am morbidly curious.

32. a trilogy (the first)
We get three weeks to read this! WOAH! Lord of the Rings all the way baby! I might even start out with The Hobbit!

33. a trilogy (the second)
Two Towers

34. a trilogy (the third)
Return of the King

35. a book from your childhood
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

36. a book with a love triangle
The Selection or Twilight

37. a book set in the future
Maybe Dawn, or the second book either of the above series, or Extras by Scott Westerfeld, maybe that crazy sounding moon android princess book? Cinder is the name. OR The Strain

38. a book set in high school
Either Dare Me by Meg Abbott or the third book in either of week 36's books

39. a book with a color in the title
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

40. a book that made/makes you cry
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut- I have always wanted to read these two in this order

41. a book with magic
Either The Colour of Magic or if I get super freaking into Vonnegut Slapstick

42. a graphic novel
Black Sun, Silver Moon

43. a book by an author you've never read before
Either The Labyrinth novelisation or this is a COMPLETE WILD CARD

44. a book you own but have never read
Tokyo Days, Bangkok Nights

45. a book that takes place in your hometown
American Gods or something else American I suppose- I am NOT reading Winesburg, Ohio again, I don't even think that's a real town. Maybe Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, or a book from week 16! (i googled it and Winesburg, OH is actually a real township)

46. a book that was originally written in another language
Egalia's Daughters

47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday)
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (playing it fast and loose- I read this in 8th grade and I remember there is at least a wintery scene!)

48. a book written by an author with your same initials
Maybe Humbolt's Gift? OR Simone (de) Beauvoir- its only technically cheating, and she is so awesome it can be excused.

49. a play
No Exit by Sartre

50. a banned book
The Giver

51. a book based on OR turned into a tv show
The Strain- if I can wait this long! If I can't- WILD CARD.

52. a book you started but never finished
WILD CARD! Probably one of the books from Week 16, or Richard Ayoade's new book if comes out.

WHAT I HAVE ACTUALLY READ

The Goldfinch
Emma
Ann of Green Gables
Ann of Avonlea
Euphoria
American Again
Ape House
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Watership Down
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Sherlock Holmes
Vampires in the Lemon Grove
The Night Circus
Lead for God's Sake
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
So Yesterday
Oliver Twist
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
84 Charing Cross Road
House of Secrets
Water for Elephants
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Princess Diaries
A Load of Hooey
The First Bad Man
Julie and Julia

I have read much more than I ever though possible! According to my Pinterest I read 44 books last year (.8 book/week). It is April 21 (16th week) and so far I have read 31 books! That's one book every 3.6 days. This challenge has been so much fun, although I am about 3 books behind! It is much easier to read audiobooks driving and doing chores than it is to make time and sit down to read books. The only paper book I read was 84 Charing Cross Road and that took me more than 2 months! And it was only 100 pages long!


message 2: by Laura, Mod (new)

Laura | 599 comments Mod
I think you're the first person I've seen who is also reading House of Leaves. I found it recently when I was looking for horror novels so I decided to fit it in here. I'm really looking forward to it!

I also loved Homecoming when I was younger, so I may have to consider that one. Good list :)


message 3: by Zaz, Mood Minion (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
I like all your comments :D Good luck with the choices ;)


message 4: by Cait (new)

Cait (clickcait) | 480 comments I really recommend The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. I read it last year and absolutely LOVED it.

Also, totally with you on The Lord of the Rings for the trilogy weeks. Looking forward to seeing you in the discussion threads.

Good luck with the challenge. :-)


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