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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Lord knows that I start so many things, and then I forget where I'm at. I'm glad there is a place for this.


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Monthly Reads

January I've started The Book of Strange New Things
February Skipped this one.
March looking forward to The Silver Linings Playbook, and it was fantastic.
April Skipped this one.
May The Bell Jar I read it for the second time.
June I have The Goldfinch, but I'm not sure if I will have time to read it.
July I wish wish wish I had time to read Americanah this month, but again, I doubt I'll get to it. It has been on my TBR list.
August Going to try and read The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. And I read it! Yay! And it was really good. Looking forward to next month.
September I have The Perks of Being a Wallflower on my shelf, so it's for sure a go.


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Monthly Challenges

January: didn't participate.

February: The Saints go Marching In
I'm reading 4. Completed!
2. St. Francis of Assisi: Early in his life Francis lead a crowd of young people who spent their lives in wild parties, giving into their vices and surrounding themselves with evil. When he was 25, God came to him in a dream and he turned over a new leaf. Francis became a lover of nature, where he felt all of nature and the animals in it were part of his brotherhood. Read a book where the main characters give into their vices or evil or read a book where nature or animals is an important part of the story. Orange Is the New Black
5. St. Therese of Lisieux: Therese had always wanted to be a saint but when she compared herself to all of the other saints, she felt the differences between them were so great. She believed that God wouldn't make her wish for something impossible, so she decided to accept herself and all of her faults. Read a story where the main character struggles with and overcomes his or her own faults, whether they be physical, emotional, personality or other faults. The Four Agreements
9. St. Clare: Clare was a beautiful Italian woman of nobility. After hearing St Francis preach, Clare wanted to imitate Francis. She ran away from home and gave herself to God. She cut off her hair and wore a rough brown habit, tied with a plain cord around her waist. Read a book about a character who runs away, or read a book where someone drastically changes his or her appearance. The Lost Symbol
10. St. Rose of Lima: St. Rose of Lima is the patroness of Latin America and the Philippines. Rose had many temptations from the devil and there were times she suffered terrible feelings of loneliness, sadness and in the end a painful sickness. Many miracles followed her death. Read a book about some kind of suffering or read a book that contains a miracle. American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System

March: Oscars
I signed up to read 4. 3/4 completed.
1. The three movies that won the most Oscars were Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Titanic and Ben-Hur with 11 statuettes each.
Read a book that has won multiple literary awards or a book in which a competition plays an important part. The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
3. There are three Best Picture winners with running times longer than three and a half hours - Gone With the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and Ben-Hur
Read a book over 500 pages or read a classic. Fall of Giants
7. The most Oscar-nominated family is the Newmans with 88 nominations between them.
Read a book about family or read a book whose author is related to another writer. The Silver Linings Playbook

April: Chocolate
I signed up to read 4. Completed.
1. Cacao: This is the healthiest form of chocolate but it can be very bitter. Read a book with a character who is bitter or resentful. To Kill a Mockingbird
7. Cocoa: Cocoa is made by removing fat from chocolate liquor and is often used in low-fat recipes. Read a short story or book with less than 100 pages. Sarah, Plain and Tall
8. Chocolate Coating: Chocolate Coating has a vegetable fat base so it's not real chocolate even though it is often used to make chocolate decorations. Read a book about things that are not quite as they seem. The Girl on the Train
11. Single Bean Chocolate: Selectivity makes this type of chocolate high quality. Read with a character who is rich or extremely picky. The Good Earth

May: Classics
I'm reading 3. 3/3 completed.
1. Pride and Prejudice
2. The Bell Jar
3. Till We Have Faces
I wanted to read The Picture of Dorian Gray, but it didn't happen.

June: Midsummer Festivals
I'm reading 4. 2/4 completed.
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July: Star Spangled Banner
I created this challenge. I signed up to read 2. Completed 3!
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? Read a book with a fortress (rampart) or a book with someone doing something brave (gallant).
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, Read a book where a character earns stripes in the military, or a book where a character gets in a nasty fight. Firestarter
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Read a book with a character that rockets into space or a book that has a character that deals with bombs going off around him/her. Sakoon


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Quarterly Challenge

1st Quarter: Retellings
So far, I've completed 3 books. Completed.
2nd Quarter: One Hit Wonders
I'm going for 5. 2 Completed.
3rd Quarter: Clear the Shelves
I'm going for 6. 2 Completed.


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Yearly Challenge:
Message 490
The A to Z Challenge: 22/26
A. American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System
B. The Bell Jar
C. The Color Purple
D. The Haunting of a Duke
E. The Good Earth
F. Fahrenheit 451
G. Grey
H. Hooked on Murder
I. The Ideal Muslimah: The True Islamic Personality of the Muslim Woman as Defined in the Qur’an and Sunnah
J. Jane Eyre's Husband - The Life of Edward Rochester
K. To Kill a Mockingbird
L. The Lost Symbol
M. The Complete Maus
N. The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
O. Orange Is the New Black
P. Mary Poppins
Q. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
R. Reclaim Your Heart
S. The Silver Linings Playbook
T. The Girl on the Train
U. UnEnchanted
V. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
W. Wide Sargasso Sea
X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Y. Yes Please
Z. Zealot


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The I-Spy Challenge: 16/25
1. Color - Orange Is the New Black
2. Number - Fahrenheit 451
3. Things That Grow - tree, rose, garden The Good Earth
4. Seasons - spring, fall, autumn - Fall of Giants
5. First Name - Mary Poppins
6. Places - country, empire, London - The War of the Worlds
7. Body Part - hand, bone, mind - Till We Have Faces
8. Weapon - knife, poison, arrow - Dua; The Weapon of the Believer
9. Body of Water - Wide Sargasso Sea
10. Form of Water - ice, mist, rain - Oceanswept
11. Product of Fire - heat, ash, flames -
12. Celestial Body - sun, star, planet - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
13. Architecture - castle, bridge, house - The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
14. Senses - sight, touch, taste - The Blind Assassin
15. Royal Title - king, duke, emperor The Haunting of a Duke
16. Family Member - Jane Eyre's Husband - The Life of Edward Rochester
17. Elements - fire, wind, air Firestarter
18. Time of Day - morning, dusk, evening
19. Metal - gold, bronze, steel The Silver Linings Playbook
20. Emotion/Feeling - Pride and Prejudice
21. Animal/Insect - dog, tiger, unicorn - To Kill a Mockingbird
22. Something to Read - book, story, newspaper
23. Gender Identifier - wife, man, lady - The Girl on the Train
24. Paranormal Being - vampire, angel, ghost - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
25. Occupation - doctor, assassin, detective

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Non-Fiction Bingo Challenge: Going for Black Out!
Art and Photography: Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book
Autobiography and Biography: Malcolm X
Diary and Memoirs:
Business and Finance:
Food and Lifestyle:
Cultural and Social Issues: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Current Affairs and Politics
Gift Book or Coffee Table Book
Health and Medical:
History: American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System
Home Decorating and Design:
How To:
Humor:
Journalism:
Military:
Music and Entertainment:
Nature and Ecology:
Outdoor Adventuring:
Philosophy: You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
Pop Culture and Celebrity: Yes Please
Psychology: The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
Relationships:
Religion and Spirituality: Patience and Gratitude: An abridged translation of ʿUddat as-Sabirin wa dhakhirat ash-shakirin
Science and Technology:
Self-Help: Simplify Your Life
Sports:
Travel: Secret Europe
True Adventure:
True Crime: The Devil in the White City
Women’s Issues: The Ideal Muslimah: The True Islamic Personality of the Muslim Woman as Defined in the Qur’an and Sunnah

Not sure where to put this yet: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

10/30

Message 464
#readwomen: 16/22


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments PopSugar Reading Challange:

1) A book with more than 500 pages: The Ideal Muslimah: The True Islamic Personality of the Muslim Woman as Defined in the Qur’an and Sunnah
2) A classic romance: Pride and Prejudice
3) A book that became a movie: The Hobbit
4) A book published this year: The Girl on the Train
5) A book with a number in the title: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
6) A book written by someone under 30: The Bell Jar
7) A book with non human characters: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
8) A funny book: Yes Please
9) A book by a female author: Wide Sargasso Sea
10) A mystery or thriller: The Lost Symbol
11) A book with a one word title: Sakoon
12) A book of short stories: The Portable Dorothy Parker
13) A book set in a different country: Till We Have Faces
14) A nonfiction book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
15) A popular author's first book: Mary Poppins
16) A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet: Fall of Giants
17) A book a friend recommended: Jane Eyre's Husband - The Life of Edward Rochester
18) A Pulitzer Prize winning book: To Kill a Mockingbird
19) A book based on a true story The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us
20) A book at the bottom of your to-read list: Catch 22
21) A book your mom loves: Little Women
22) A book that scares you: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
23) A book more than 100 years old: The War of the Worlds
24) A book chosen based entirely on it's cover: The Haunting of a Duke
25) A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't : Fahrenheit 451
26) A memoir: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
27) A book you can finish in a day: Sarah, Plain and Tall
28) A book with antonyms in the title: Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book
29) A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit: Between Sisters, Svp!
30) A book that came out the year you were born: Firestarter
31) A book with bad reviews: Grey
32) A trilogy: The Good Earth, hoping to read the rest.
33) A book from your childhood: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
34) A book with a love triangle: The Marriage Bargain
35) A book set in the future: American Gods
36) A book set in high school: UnEnchanted
37) A book with a color in the title: The Color Purple
38) A book that made you cry: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee or Nickle and Dimed
39) A book with magic: Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights
40) A graphic novel: The Complete Maus
41) A book by an author you've never read before: You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
43) A book that takes place in your hometown (or surrounding area): The Silver Linings Playbook
44) A book that was originally written in a different language: Patience and Gratitude: An abridged translation of ʿUddat as-Sabirin wa dhakhirat ash-shakirin
45) A book set during Christmas: I don't celebrate Christmas, so I will read Festivals and Celebrations (in Islam).
46) A book by an author with your same initials: Where the Light Falls
47) A play: Something by Shakespeare
48) A banned book: The Picture of Dorian Gray
49) A book based on or turned into a TV show: Orange Is the New Black
50) A book you started but never finished: Bad Religion

37/50


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments 6k mini Challenge
Finished the Challenge. 4/4


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Buddy Reads:

January: did not participate
February: The Lost Symbol finished the book.
March: Fall of Giants finished the book.
April: The Girl on the Train finished the book.
May: did not participate Did a twin read instead. Pride and Prejudice
June: Catch-22 and it didn't happen.
July: did not participate. Did a twin read instead. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments I created the One Hit Wonders challenge for the second quarter.
I created the Star Spangled Banner Challenge for July.
I have offered up a challenge for September.


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Books Read: 38/50 no wait 65

Genre/Medium Breakdown:
Classics/Modern Classics: 16
Literary Fiction: 9
Non-Fiction: 10

Religious: 3
Short Stories:
Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 3
Graphic Novels: 1
YA/Middle Grades: 7
Historical Fiction: 6
Mystery/Thriller: 4
Poetry:

Author Gender
Female: 19
Male: 16
Male/Female Team: 00


Works in Translation:
Translated: 3
Written in English: 32

New-to-Me Authors
New-to-Me: 27
Repeat: 8

Pages Read: 7091/15,000
I'm only counting pages actually read. Audible books are not included as well as extra pages of notes found in some books.

Length:
Short (<250 pages): 07
Medium (250-500 pages): 09
Long (501-750 pages): 03
Very Long (>750 pages): 01


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Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments FOR 2016
READ THIS LIST
Penguin Reading Guides List or my exploration into the Classics
1984 by George Orwell
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - read.
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
The Bell by Iris Murdoch
Candide by Voltaire
Carpenter's Gothic by William Gaddis
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
City of God by E. L. Doctorow
Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevksy
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
A Death in the Family by James Agee
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders by Robertson Davies
The Divine Comedy Volume I: The Inferno by Dante Alighieri (translated by Mark Musa)
Dubliners by James Joyce
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
Emma by Jane Austen
Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
El Filibusterismo by José Rizal
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
Herzog by Saul Bellow
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Howards End by E. M. Forster
Ironweed by William Kennedy
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - read.
Kristin Lavransdatter Trilogy: I. The Wreath, II. The Wife, III. The Cross by Sigrid Undset
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Mary Chesnut's Diary by Mary Boykin Chesnut
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - read.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (includes The Loss of the Ship Essex and In the Heart of the Sea)
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
My Ántonia by Willa Cather - read.
My House in Umbria by William Trevor
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
Noli Me Tangere by José Rizal
The Odyssey by Homer
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - read.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
On the Road the Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac
The Oresteia by Aeschylus
Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - read.
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy - read.
The Underdogs: A Novel of the Mexican Revolution by Mariano Azuela
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Vivisector by Patrick White
The Voss by Patrick White
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Who Would Have Thought It? by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins


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