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message 1: by Lu (new)

Lu | 12661 comments Mod
Use the location/place a book plays out in, between January 01, 2011 - December 31, 2011. The location/place must correspond to a certain letter.

You can use books you read for other challenges. So total books to be read is 26.

X is excluded

message 2: by Lu (last edited Dec 12, 2011 10:57AM) (new)

Lu | 12661 comments Mod
Here we go:

A - Annapolis - Avalon High
B - Bayview - Bad Taste in Boys
C - Costa Rica - Jurassic Park
D - District 12 - Catching Fire
E - Egypt - Egypt: The Uprising (The Battle for Maat, #1)
F -
G -
H - House of Night - Marked
I -
J -
K -
L - Laguna Beach - Blue Moon
M - Manhattan - Once a Witch
N - Nine Mountains - Touch of Power
O - Oregon - If I Stay
P - Pennsylvania - Last Sacrifice
Q -
R - Rosewood - Pretty Little Liars
S - San Francisco - Ordinary Angels
T - Texas - Stray
U - UK - The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories
V -
W - Winterfell - A Game of Thrones
X - (not included)
Y -
Z -

To find space for:

Fatal Embrace
Logic of Demons
My heart, his soul
Water for Elephants
Like Mother, Like Daughter
The Next Door Boys
A Wrinkle in Time

message 3: by Barbara (last edited Jul 05, 2011 04:20AM) (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Let's see how far I get:
A - Acre The Queen from Provence by Jean Plaidy
B - Barcelona The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
C - Cherbourg Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
D - Dun Gur The well of yearning by Caiseal Mor
E - Edinburgh Elizabeth and Mary Cousins, Rivals, Queens
F - Fontevrault The Battle of the Queens
G - Ghent The Hammer of the Scots
H - Hell Paradise Lost
I - Indianola The Green Mile
J - Java The Bounty Mutiny
K - Kingsbridge World without End by Ken Follett
L - Lakeside American Gods by Neil Gaiman
M - Mancha Don Quixote by Cervantes
N - New Orleans Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
O - Otherworld The Well of the Goddess by Caiseal Mor
P - Paris The Count of Monte Christo
Q - Qo'nos Imzadi II
R - Red Hills Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden
S - Seatle The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
T - Toulouse Gothic Short Stories
U - Utrecht Mevrouw Bentinck
V - Vincennes The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
W - Washington The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown James
X - Xicheng Lords of the Bow - Conn Iggulden
Y - Yenking Bones of the Hill - Conn Iggulden
Z - Zanzibar Birds of Prey - Wilbur Smith


message 4: by Lauren (last edited Oct 31, 2011 05:40AM) (new)

Lauren Smith A - Anarres The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
B - Barryville Exhibit A by Sarah Lotz
C - The Castle Snow White and the Seven Samurai by Tom Holt
D - Deadlands Deadlands by Lily Herne
E - England Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter
F - Freeside Neuromancer by William Gibson
G - Golgotha Deathstalker Rebellion by Simon R. Green
H - Highgate Mall The Mall by S.L. Grey
I - Illinois American Gods by Neil Gaiman
J - Jerusalem The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
K - King's Landing A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
L - London End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
M - Morocco Nekropolis by Maureen F. McHugh
N - Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
O - Oxford Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
P - Phnaargos Armageddon: The Musical by Robert Rankin
Q - Qarth A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
R - Russia Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
S - Sandton Shadows by Joan de la Haye
T - Tenochtitlan Harbinger of the Storm by Aliette de Bodard
U - UnLondon Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
V - Virimonde Deathstalker by Simon R. Green
W - The Wyldedwood Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner
X - Xiamen Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Y - Ylles - Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
Z - Zorah Lion's Honey by David Grossman

message 5: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 13, 2011 11:22AM) (new)

Ok here I go

C - Capitol, The (Catching Fire)
D - Discworld (The colour of Magic)
E - England (The Constant Princess)
H - Hogwarts (James Potter #1)
I - Italy (I want to watch)
K - Kings Landing (A Storm of Swords)
L - London, England (A Study in Scarlet)
M - Manhattan (Gossip Girl)
N - Narnia (The Magicians Nephew)
P - Paradise, Ohio (I am Number Four)
Q - Quarth (A Clash of Kings)
R - Richmond (Body of Evidence)
S - San Francisco - The Bay Area (The Lost Hero)
T - Tulsa (Marked)
U - United States (Digital Fortress)
V - Venice Italy (Lady Chatterley's Lover)
W - Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland)
X - (Not included)
Y - Yorkshire (Pillow Talk)

message 6: by Chrizette (last edited Jan 26, 2011 09:31AM) (new)

Chrizette | 906 comments I am going crazy with these challenges!

A -
B -
C -
D - District 12 **Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins**
E -
F -
G -
H -
I -
J -
K -
L -
M -
N - New York ** iDrakula by Bekka Black **
O -
P -
Q -
R -
S - Seattle **When he was bad (Miss Congeniality - Magnus Pack) by Shelly Laurenston**
T -
U -
V -
W -
X - (not included)
Y -
Z -

message 7: by Chanté (last edited Apr 19, 2011 09:06AM) (new)

Chanté | 54 comments This will make me pay more attention I think. Here we go:

A- America (American Gods)
C- Connecticut (Happy Ever After)
E- England (At the Bride Hunt Ball)
F- Forening (Switched)
L- London (Secrets of a Summer Night)
N- New York (The Perfect Neighbour)
O- Oslinna (Ascend)
P- Palmarta (Brightly Woven)
R- Rothbury (To Wed a Wicked Earl)
S- Sweden (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
V- Vittra Palace (Torn)

message 8: by Barbara (last edited Jan 11, 2011 07:50AM) (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Why is X not included is this challenge? And what if I do read a book with an X in it? I have read Lords of the Bow in which I have 2 cities with an X. The cities aren't very important in the book and I don't think they qualify. But they may in the next book in the series. So I was just wondering.

message 9: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith Well it's just too hard. If you've come across X locations in a book, it's pretty unusual. You can add it, but I don't think it should be required to complete the challenge. Perhaps we should make it optional?

This is also one of the more impractical challenges, in that you can't browse books by location, so it's very hard to plan for, unless you ask others for recommendations.

message 10: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
The series I'm reading is about Genghis Khan, so I have all these nice Mongolian names and in the second book he's invading China and the people who live there and you get these wonderful Chinese names so that's why I'm lucky and got my Y location. One I also think can't be too easy like the Q. I agree with you to make it optional and for now I will let my Y stand maybe I'll change it later on.
I like it that you can't plan for this challenge. i must say that I don't really plan for most of the challenges and just see if what I've read meets any of the requirements.

message 11: by Emma (last edited Apr 15, 2011 01:16AM) (new)

Emma (emmauk007) | 1081 comments Decided to join in with this challenge. there are a few books that I have read but not sure of the location so will have to find that out. Here goes

A -
B - BOSTON - Mystic River
C -
D - DISCWORLD - The colour of Magic
E -
F -
G -
H -
I -
J - JERSEY- Just take my heart
K - KINGSBRIDGE - The Pillars of the Earth
L -
M - MASSACHUSETTS -The Bells of Lowell
N - NEW YORK - Luxe series
O -
P - PARIS - The Count of Monte Christo
Q -
R -
S - SAN FRANCISCO - 1st to die (Womens murder Club)
T - TEXAS - Stray
U -
V -
W -
X - (not included)
Y -
Z -

message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Wow Barbara!!!!! Thats amazing... Emma and Lauren to!

message 13: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Ok, I just finished my Z location book and I am now looking for a Q location book. Anyone any ideas?

message 14: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith A Clash of Kings has a place called Qarth. It's the second book in A Song of Ice and Fire though, and you'll have to read the first.

It might be worth starting with places that start with 'Q' like Queens, Queensland, Quebec, Qatar. This might help you:

message 15: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Nice, thanks. I saw A clash of kings in your list but since I am focusing on TDRC and I can't fit those books in there I don't want to read them yet. I do want to read the series but not just now. But this site will help with looking for books. It would be nice to finish this challenge especially since I did find and X location.

message 16: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith Last year I thought of using Quirm (as in Leonard of Quirm), from the Discworld books, but I didn't find any that were actually set there.

You're racing ahead with DRC though, and considering the speed you read at, two 800+ page novels that don't fit your purposes won't slow you down much, and you can finish this one in the meantime :)

message 17: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
I don't even know if Quirm is actually placed or not on any of the Discworld maps. It probably is and I just forgotten it.

I know but then again I am going for the 33 books for the task Crusader nominated and not the 11 books option so that should make up for it, I think. I'll consider Clash of Kings but I have first a lot of other books I really want to read and who knows maybe I get lucky and a book I am planning on reading may have my Q location.

message 18: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith I remember reading something about the location of Quirm, but not finding any story that had it as a location. As far as I know it only gets mentioned. However, it may be in one of the newer books.

By the way, this might help too:

Use the search function on the top right: select important places and type in a place name. I tried just typing 'q' or 'qu', which unfortunately doesn't work, but with a few better known places or words like 'queen' you should be able to find some options.

message 19: by Claudia (new)

Claudia (claudiavstoomanybooks) | 1779 comments I found an "X" location in The Dream of Perpetual Motion, and thought about joining for a minute. But I'm so terrible at remembering locations, I'd rather leave this one to the Pro's. ;)

message 20: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith Kahlan wrote: "I found an "X" location in The Dream of Perpetual Motion, and thought about joining for a minute. But I'm so terrible at remembering locations, I'd rather leave this one to the Pro's..."

I often don't remember locations either, although for this challenge I sometimes remember to make a note of locations with the unusual letters. Most of the time I use LibraryThing's Common Knowledge feature - you can get a list of important places on a book's profile page. It usually won't work for obscure books, but for the better-known ones it's great.

message 21: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
I used your site, Lauren. the libararything one and I found a book with a Q location and that is also a book I can use for TDRC I might even be able to use it for the mishmash challenge depending on what is considered shocking. All I now have to do is buy it and read it. Thanks you!

message 22: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith No problem :)

Will have to come up with a workable definition of shocking...

message 23: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Yeah, found my q location totally by accident but it is in the book and they even spend a lot of time there so it counts. Yippie! That means I have completed the location challenge.

message 24: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith And my final letter falls unexpectedly into place - DONE :)

message 25: by Naz (new)

Naz (nazz) | 615 comments congrats :)

message 26: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod

message 27: by Lu (new)

Lu | 12661 comments Mod
Congratz Lauren!

message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm totally forgetting about all these challenges going on...

message 29: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
You do have a personal thread right?
In your first post in that thread you should put a list of all the challenges you're participating in. Then when you do an update you can just work through the list and don't forget one. That is what I do and of course you don't have to participate in every last one of them. Just pick the ones you think you can complete or you really like and forget about the rest.

message 30: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks Barbara... My thing is I keep forgetting to add the books to the challenges I've read... I even forget to add them to my Read list sometimes lol

message 31: by Barbara (last edited Aug 16, 2011 05:21AM) (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
That's why when I have finished a book I put it next to my computer so when I sit down to do something on the computer I see that book and am reminded to update and normally I wait till I have three before I update because I have to go through so many lists and then I can't forget anything. Maybe it is a system that you can use too.

message 32: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith I've finished this one, but I added an X location, as I found one in Reamde.

message 33: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
Why but? If you have an X-location use it. It makes it more fun if you can finish it with 26 but it is very hard.

message 34: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith 'But' as in, 'I'm all done but I came back to add this extra one, just because I can' :)

It is quite tough; I just got lucky with this X, and it's not exactly an easy option for others, as the book is 1044 pages long!

message 35: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 4434 comments Mod
So you have finished another task for the diabolical as well! Nice going!
It is just the X that is hard, but like I said before the Q isn't a walk in the park either. But it is fun if you can find one.

message 36: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Smith Oh, that reminds me, have to go update DRC...

message 37: by Lu (new)

Lu | 12661 comments Mod
I'll make threads for the 2012 A-Z challenges soon :)

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