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message 1: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 17400 comments Mod
30.2 - Sheila's task: INS & OUTS
It’s Fall which around here means working on the house in preparation for a long winter. For this task you will need to read 2 books.

Book A. needs to have something on the EXTERIOR of a house in the title. Examples. Shutter Island, The Broken Window, Thirteen Steps Down, The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Book B. needs to have a room on the INTERIOR of a house in the title. Examples:Back to the Bedroom, Secrets in the Attic, The Body in the Basement, Wolf Hall


If you need suggestions OR have suggestions for books to read for this task, please post them here.


message 2: by Sheila (last edited Oct 23, 2010 08:23AM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Approved parts of a house:


Exterior: foundation, glass, door, wood, stone, overlook, gables, doors, stairs, roof, porch, stoop, tower, wall, doornail, crawlspace, pillars, brick, lock, shutter, window frame

Interior: room, hall, hallway, closet, chamber, breakfast, great, living, nursery, library, study, laundry, kitchen, crawlspace, whirlpool, Jacuzzi, hot tub, sauna, sun, powder, day, tower, spare room, dark room, box room, game(s) room, day room,

Books that have been approved for my task:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Boy Next Door by G.A. Hauser
The Kitchen Witch (Accidental Witch Trilogy, #1) by Annette Blair
A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Overlook by Michael Connelly by
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Ladies' Lending Library
Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence
A Million Open Doors
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise: A Novel by Julia Stuart
Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis
A Wallflower ChristmasLisa Kleypas
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
She Stoops To Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith


message 3: by Sheila (last edited Oct 21, 2010 01:39PM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Words not approved for this task: garden, grass, passage, house, floor, fencing, fence, doormat, side, bed, wine, mahogony

Books that have been denied for my task

The Fencing Master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury


message 4: by Katie (new)

Katie Hi Sheila, For Book A, does the something on the exterior have to be physically attached to the house, or would something like "garden" or "grass" also work? Thanks.


message 5: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments I prefer something actually on the house for the exterior. Sorry


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2965 comments Would a foundation count as the exterior of a house?


message 7: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Would "glass" work for exterior? The Glass Castle


message 8: by Sheila (last edited Aug 21, 2010 12:41PM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Glass works for me Tanja


message 9: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Jayme, foundation would be great - good idea


message 10: by Megan (new)

Megan Anderson (ms_anderson) | 1481 comments Will "door" work for exterior, or would you prefer things that only work for interior or exterior?


message 11: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Door works for me Ms. Anderson.


message 12: by Caity (new)

Caity (adivineeternity) Would "chamber" work for interior?


message 13: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Yes Caity I will accept chamber. That must be a really old house!


message 14: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Sheila, did you want to add approved words underneath the Yes books?


message 15: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Good idea Tanja


message 17: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments excellent choices Dee


message 18: by Liz (new)

Liz   (lizvegas) Would the generic "room" work for part B
as in A Room With a View ?


message 19: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments room is OK Liz


Elizabeth (Alaska) Ok, Sheila, I'm anticipating reading A Passage to India very soon. Will "passage" be approved?


message 21: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments I don't think passage works Elizabeth. Sorry. I'm looking more for hall or hallway here


Elizabeth (Alaska) Got it. I thought it would probably need to be passageWAY, but heck, might as well give it a shot.


message 23: by Patricia (new)

Patricia | 680 comments Can we read a book with the word 'house' in the title for part A?


message 24: by Sheila (last edited Aug 23, 2010 02:10AM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments no Patricia. I'm looking for parts of a house. Sorry


message 25: by Patricia (new)

Patricia | 680 comments Sheila wrote: "no Patricia. I'm looking parts of a house. Sorry"

No problem, figured it was worth asking. Thanks.


message 26: by Rachel Lee (new)

Rachel Lee (rlcwt9) | 271 comments Does Floor work for inside?


message 27: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments I don't think floor would count as a room Rachel. Sorry


message 28: by Missy (new)

Missy | 32 comments I saw you approved foundation, but is it for exterior only, or could we use it for the interior choice?


message 29: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments No Missy I think the foundation should be part of the exterior only. Sorry


message 30: by Leigh Ann (last edited Aug 21, 2010 06:57PM) (new)

Leigh Ann (leighannflyingonsilverwings) Does wood or stone work for exterior?


message 31: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments yes wood is fine Leigh Ann


message 32: by Leigh Ann (new)

Leigh Ann (leighannflyingonsilverwings) Sorry, I edited while you were answering. Is stone ok?


message 33: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments stone is fine Leigh Ann


message 34: by Diane (new)

Diane | 742 comments Do either of these books work for the exterior portion?

The Overlook by Michael Connelly.

The Fencing Master by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.


message 35: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments I wanted to make sure The House of the Seven Gables would work for exterior. I'm hoping to read that and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Great task!


message 36: by Sheila (last edited Aug 23, 2010 02:05AM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Hi Diane I will accept The Overlook for the exterior as I imagine that could be like a widow's walk on the top of a house but The Fencing Master would not work. Sorry


message 37: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Thanks Cait. Those are both great choices.


message 38: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 130 comments Does "Breakfast at Tiffany's" work for the interior? We have a "breakfast room" in our house :)


message 39: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments OK Kelly, I think at our house we call that a kitchen but sure go ahead and use Breakfast at Tiffany's.


message 40: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 130 comments Great thanks! It really is a room separate from the kitchen, I promise! I actually like Cait's idea of
"The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" so I might use that instead.


message 41: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 15618 comments Mod
Sheila wrote: "OK Kelly, I think at our house we call that a kitchen but sure go ahead and use Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Yay! That's a book I've been meaning to read for years.


message 42: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments Actually there were several different books by that same title which I wasn't aware of. I always picture the classic Audrey Hepburn movie with George Peppard and the cat with Moon River playing in the background. Enjoy


message 43: by Usako (last edited Aug 23, 2010 08:07AM) (new)


message 44: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 832 comments Hey everyone,

There are the "great rooms" (living/dining room) in the houses too! So "Great" should work too. Right, Sheila?


message 45: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments I guess so Meghan since I allowed "Breakfast" but it is kind of getting away from the whole premise of the task. I'll allow it though.


message 46: by Patricia (new)

Patricia | 680 comments I'm thinking of the following options:

A. Stone - Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

B. Room - Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss -or- The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt by Hannelore Brenner -or- A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf


message 47: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments They all sound good to me Patricia. Good reading.


message 48: by Sara ♥ (new)

Sara ♥ (saranicole) | 1136 comments "Living" for living room? (I was thinking of something like Living Dead Girl.)


message 49: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) | 2244 comments yes Sara, Living is ok.


message 50: by Donna Jo (new)

Donna Jo Atwood | 3157 comments For people who like historical fiction about the Romanovs, The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander is a good choice for part B.


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