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message 1: by Paula (last edited Jan 31, 2015 10:52PM) (new)

Paula | 13 comments

Ok, so I have a problem. It turns out that I enjoy picking out and categorizing books nearly as much as I like reading them. I'm a bit of a slow reader, so when I first saw this challenge, I thought it would be fun to do over the course of two years. But then I found this group and I thought it would be cool to do with other people (my friends don't read that much). Plus maybe it would encourage me to push myself and actually finish in a year...

Well, that's not going very well so far. Coming into the new year, I was about 50 pages into The Count of Monte Cristo, so I figured it would be perfect to assign as my 500+ page book. I'm pretty far behind, and have been getting busy with school. Not to mention I keep getting distracted picking out new books for coming weeks before finishing this book! So far this challenge has been distracting me from reading more that encouraging it haha.

I tried banning myself from participating until I finished the book, but that hasn't really worked out either. So I'm not entirely sure what my plan is at this point. I may start reading other books for the challenge at the same time, which I normally don't like to do.

Anyway, here is my overly long list. (I'm including multiples because somehow I have a knack for picking out books over 400 pages, on multiple holds at the library, or that the library doesn't even have. Plus I can't make up my mind :) )


1. a book with more than 500 pages
The Count of Monte Cristo
2. a romance
Pride and Prejudice
3. a book that became a movie
Serena
True Grit
4. a book published this year
5. a book with a number in the title
Station Eleven
Catch-22
6. a book written by someone under 30
Swamplandia!
The Luminaries
7. a book with nonhuman characters
Watership Down
Animal Farm
8. a funny book
A Confederacy of Dunces
9. a book by a female author
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Awakening
The Female Man
10. a mystery or thriller
The Maltese Falcon
11. a book with a one-word title
Blindness
Dracula
Beloved
Frankenstein
12. a book of short stories
Ficciones
13. a book set in a different country
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
14. a nonfiction book
15. a popular author's first book
The Secret History
Strangers on a Train
The Sun Also Rises
16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet
The Sea Wolf
17. a book a friend recommended
18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book
Lonesome Dove
19. a book based on a true story
20. a book at the bottom of your to read list
North and South
21. a book your mom loves
22. a book that scares you
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
23. a book more than 100 years old
24. a book based entirely on its cover
25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
26. a memoir
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism
27. a book you can finish in a day
The Dinosaurs Of Waterhouse Hawkins
28. a book with antonyms in the title
29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
The Snow Child
The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic
The Sheltering Sky
30. a book that came out the year you were born
Parable of the Sower
The Robber Bride
31. a book with bad reviews
32. a trilogy (the first)
All the Pretty Horses
33. a trilogy (the second)
The Crossing
34. a trilogy (the third)
Cities of the Plain
35. a book from your childhood
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Ella Enchanted
Our Only May Amelia
36. a book with a love triangle
37. a book set in the future
38. a book set in high school
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
39. a book with a color in the title
40. a book that made/makes you cry
Where the Red Fern Grows
Flowers for Algernon
41. a book with magic
The Magician King
The Lies of Locke Lamora
42. a graphic novel
The Complete Persepolis
43. a book by an author you've never read before
44. a book you own but have never read
45. a book that takes place in your hometown
Calico Palace
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
46. a book that was originally written in another language
47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday)
48. a book written by an author with your same initials
49. a play
50. a banned book
Lolita
51. a book based on OR turned into a tv show
Pronto
Dinotopia Lost
52. a book you started but never finished


message 2: by Cait (new)

Cait (clickcait) | 480 comments Looks like a very good list. I've got a similar problem to you. I love sorting and categorising my to read list.

Good luck with the challenge. :-)


message 3: by Laura, Mod (new)

Laura | 599 comments Mod
Your list looks very similar to mine! Ha. I also have quite a few for some of the weeks. I couldn't stand not completing the list but then I also knew that I would want options when the week came


Cait the Bookish Bansídhe (bookishbansidhe) I'm glad I'm not the only one with issues deciding! I ended up deleting a bunch randomly so I was only left with one (or two on ones where I reeeally couldn't decide) book to read a week. I'll probably end up reading all of the books on my list, plus ones I deleted from my list. Haha. Good luck!


message 5: by Paula (new)

Paula | 13 comments I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem! Really this is just the short list; I'm trying to be a bit practical. I haven't even finished adding the rest of the books because I got tired. I'm probably going to run the character limit before I finish my list, lol. So far the best thing this challenge has done for me is made me discover a bunch of books I'd never heard of or thought to read before. (Of course right now my list is just full of books I've been wanting to read for some time). My want-to-read list has increased by years :)


message 6: by Lacey (new)

Lacey I love searching for books to fit the categories too! It's like a scavenger hunt :) I'm picking my topics at random and I'm just on my third book (I'm reading Lonesome Dove too!). I'll be lucky if I finish 5-10 books off of this challenge. Good Luck!


message 7: by Paula (last edited Feb 02, 2015 02:12PM) (new)

Paula | 13 comments Lacey wrote: "I love searching for books to fit the categories too! It's like a scavenger hunt :) I'm picking my topics at random and I'm just on my third book (I'm reading Lonesome Dove too!). I'll be lucky ..."

Yes that's exactly what it is! I loved scavenger hunts as a kid. You're making me feel a little better too. I really want to read along with everyone, but I think I'm probably going to have to go back to my two year plan.

Yay! I'm really excited for Lonesome Dove. Of course it has to be another super long book thought haha. Good luck to you too.




message 8: by Francesca (new)

Francesca | 391 comments I've been having these problems too! I'm already behind, I was already reading a book when I found this challenge and wanted to finish it before I started the challenge and it took me longer to finish it than I thought it would, so I only started reading the first book from my challenge the other night. Luckily, although it's a long book, I'm loving it and I should be able to finish it a bit quicker than usual because it's a very fast paced book, but I'm a bit of a slower reader in general. I think I'm probably going to end up reading some of my challenge books out of the correct order because there are some that I want to read more than the others and there are some categories that I'm still unsure whether to read the book I chose for it or pick another book.


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