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message 1: by Hettie (last edited Jun 04, 2011 11:21AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments I love the idea of this group. I have so many books sitting around waiting to be read and that is not counting the too many to think about books on my wishlist.

Challenges give me the motivation to keep reading otherwise I stick to the same things or wander to the internet to read fanfiction.

I am going to use this thread to keep track of all the challenges that I am taking part of and my reading goals. I am going to use ideas that I have seen from others herein this folder.

My very long term goal is to read through 1001 book to read before you die but I am not focusing on this yet until I meet my medium goals. These are BBC top 100 books and Scifi and Fantasy top 100 books. Details are below.

If anyone would like to friend me please do as I love getting reading ideas from my friends notifications. Just mention that you are part of the group my the question prompt.


message 2: by Hettie (last edited Dec 26, 2011 07:16AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Master List

Big long Lists

Fill in the Gaps Project - BBC top 100
End Date Feb 2016
Books read 6

Science Fiction top 100
End date ?
Books Read 6

Fantasy top 100
End Date ?
Books Read 11

The Shakespearian Challenge
End date ?
Books read 0

Reading Through Europe
End date: ?
Completed: 2/55

Reading around the world
Start date: 1 Aug 2011
End date: ?
Regions completed 0

50 States Challenge
Start date: 1 Aug 2011
End date: ?
Completed: 8/50


British Counties
Start date: 14 Aug 2011
End date: ?
Completed: 7/92



Now the fun stuff


Clue
Based on Clue (or Cluedo)

Date started: 1 July 2011
Date completed:
Tasks complete: 0/22

12x12 in 2012
Start date 1/1/12
End date 31/12/12
Completed 0/144 books
0/12 categories


Colour Challenge COMPLETE
Date Started: Jan 1st 2011
Date Finishing: June 30th 2011
Competed: 8\8

What Animal Are You? Reading Challange COMPLETE
SWAN
Date Started: March 1st 2011
Date Finished: 9th June 2011
Completed


message 3: by Hettie (last edited May 12, 2012 12:34PM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Fill in the Gaps Project

For this challenge I am going to try and complete the BBC Top 100 list within 5 year.

Start Date: Mar 1 2011
End Date: Feb 28 2016
Books preread 2
Books completed 13/100

The list is actually 102 books long so I have included the 2 I read before I started the challenge.

BBC Top 100 list

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) by Eoin Colfer A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) by Douglas Adams I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1) by Meg Cabot Good Omens by Terry Pratchett


message 4: by Hettie (last edited Dec 26, 2011 06:58AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Science fiction top 100 books to read

This list was taken from here
It is slightly different as I took it in August 2010
The annoying thing is that although it says top 100 it is actually far more books than that. Oh well.

Date Started: Oct 2010
Date Completed
Books Completed 6

1 Ender's Game [S1] Orson Scott Card
2 Dune [S1] Frank Herbert
3 Foundation [S1-3] Isaac Asimov
4 Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy [S1] Douglas Adams
5 1984 George Orwell
6 Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A Heinlein
7 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
8 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C Clarke
9 I, Robot Isaac Asimov [C]
10 Starship Troopers Robert A Heinlein
11 Neuromancer William Gibson
12 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K Dick
13 Ringworld Larry Niven
14 Rendezvous With Rama Arthur C Clarke
15 Hyperion [S1] Dan Simmons
16 Brave New Worlds Aldous Huxley
17 The Time Machine H G Wells
18 Childhood's End Arthur C Clarke
19 The War of the Worlds H G Wells
20 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Robert A Heinlein
21 The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury [C]
22 The Forever War Joe Haldeman
23 Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut
24 Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
25 The Mote in God's Eye Niven & Pournelle
26 The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K Le Guin
27 Speaker for the Dead [S2] Orson Scott Card
28 Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
29 The Man in the High Castle Philip K Dick
30 The Caves of Steel Isaac Asimov
31 The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester
32 Gateway Frederik Pohl
33 Lord of Light Roger Zelazny
34 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
35 A Wrinkle In Time Madeleine L'Engle
36 Solaris Stanislaw Lem
37 Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
38 The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton
39 Contact Carl Sagan
40 The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham
41 The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov
42 Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson
43 A Fire Upon the Deep Vernor Vinge
44 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
45 UBIK Philip K Dick
46 Time Enough For Love Robert A Heinlein
47 Red Mars [S1] Kim Stanley Robinson
48 A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M Miller
49 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
50 The End Of Eternity Isaac Asimov
51 Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
52 Frankenstein Mary Shelley
53 The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson
54 Player Of Games [S2] Iain M Banks
55 Battlefield Earth L Ron Hubbard
56 The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
57 The Dispossessed Ursula K Le Guin
58 The Reality Dysfunction [S1] Peter F Hamilton
59 Ender's Shadow [S1] Orson Scott Card
60 Startide Rising [S2] David Brin
61 Eon Greg Bear
62 Lucifer's Hammer Niven & Pournelle
63 To Your Scattered Bodies Go Philip Jose Farmer
64 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood
65 A Scanner Darkly Philip K Dick
66 The City and the Stars Arthur C Clarke
67 The Demolished Man Alfred Bester
68 The Stainless Steel Rat [S1] Harry Harrison
69 The Shadow of the Torturer [S1] Gene Wolfe
70 The Door Into Summer Robert A Heinlein
71 Sphere Michael Crichton
72 The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch Philip K Dick
73 Doomsday Book Connie Willis
74 Revelation Space [S1] Alastair Reynolds
75 Citizen Of the Galaxy Robert A Heinlein
76 Ilium Dan Simmons
77 Out of the Silent Planet [S1] C S Lewis
78 The Invisible Man H G Wells
79 Have Space-Suit - Will Travel Robert A Heinlein
80 The Puppet Masters Robert A Heinlein
81 A Princess of Mars [S1] Edgar Rice Burroughs
82 Way Station Clifford Simak
83 The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K Le Guin
84 The Chrysalids John Wyndham
85 Use of Weapons [S3] Iain M Banks
86 Altered Carbon [S1] Richard Morgan
87 Flatland Edwin A Abbott
88 The Postman David Brin
89 Roadside Picnic Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
90 The Many-Colored Land [S1] Julian May
91 Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner
92 Lensman [S4] E E 'Doc' Smith Grey
93 City Clifford Simak [C]
94 VALIS Philip K Dick
95 The Forge of God Greg Bear
96 The Cyberiad Stanislaw Lem [C]
97 Cities in Flight James Blish [C]
98 Blood Music Greg Bear
99 More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon
100 Old Man's War John Scalzi


Eon by Greg Bear The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1) by Douglas Adams Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick Ringworld by Larry Niven The Time Machine by H.G. Wells Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke


message 5: by Hettie (last edited Feb 11, 2012 01:00PM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Fantasy Top 100 books

This list was taken from here
It is slightly different as I took it in August 2010
The annoying thing is that although it says top 100 it is actually far more books than that. Oh well.

Date Started: Oct 2010
Date Completed
Books Completed 11
Completed 11/100
14 books read

1 Lord Of the Rings Trilogy J R R Tolkien
2 Harry Potter Series J K Rowling
3 The Hobbit J R R Tolkien
4 Wheel of Time Series Robert Jordan
5 A Song of Ice & Fire George R R Martin
6 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe [S2] C S Lewis
7 The Belgariad Series David Eddings 5 books
8 Wizard's First Rule [S1] Terry Goodkind
9 Magician [S1] Raymond E Feist
10 His Dark Materials Trilogy Philip Pullman
11 The Sword of Shannara [S1] Terry Brooks
12 Eragon [S1] Christopher Paolini
13 The Farseer Trilogy Robin Hobb
14 A Wizard of Earthsea [S1] Ursula K Le Guin
15 Dark Elf Trilogy R A Salvatore
16 The Dark Tower Series Stephen King
17 Dragonlance Chronicles Weis & Hickman
18 The Silmarillion J R R Tolkien
19 The Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny
20 Watership Down Richard Adams
21 Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
22 Twilight Stephenie Meyer
23 The Colour of Magic [S1] Terry Pratchett
24 The Princess Bride William Goldman
25 Thomas Covenant - The Unbeliever Stephen Donaldson
26 American Gods Neil Gaiman
27 A Wrinkle In Time Madeleine L'Engle
28 Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
29 Interview With the Vampire Anne Rice
30 Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
31 Animal Farm George Orwell
32 The Mists Of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley
33 Dracula Bram Stoker
34 Dragonflight [S1] Anne McCaffrey
35 Good Omens Gaiman & Pratchett
36 The Malloreon David Eddings
37 Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Series Tad Williams
38 Neverwhere Neil Gaiman
39 The Lord Of the Flies William Golding
40 Redwall [S1] Brian Jacques
41 Sabriel [S1] Garth Nix
42 Gardens of the Moon [S1] Steven Erikson
43 The Odyssey Homer
44 On a Pale Horse [S1] Piers Anthony
45 The Once & Future King T H White
46 The Neverending Story Michael Ende
47 Mort [S4] Terry Pratchett
48 Inkheart Cornelia Funke
49 Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine
50 The Chronicles of Prydain Lloyd Alexander
51 Alanna: The First Adventure Tamora Pierce
52 Beowulf Unknown Author
53 Frankenstein Mary Shelley
54 The Screwtape Letters C S Lewis
55 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
56 The Elenium David Eddings 3 books
57 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
58 Death Gate Cycle Weis & Hickman
59 The Name of the Wind [S1] Patrick Rothfuss
60 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Susanna Clarke
61 Kay Tigana Guy Gavriel
62 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger
63 A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
64 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
65 Kushiel's Dart [S1] Jacqueline Carey
66 Watchmen Moore & Gibbons
67 Elric of Melnibone Series Michael Moorcock
68 The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
69 I Am Legend Richard Matheson
70 The Amulet of Samarkand [S1] Jonathan Stroud
71 Outlander [S1] Diana Gabaldon
72 The Dark Is Rising [S1] Susan Cooper
73 Legend [S1] David Gemmell
74 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
75 The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
76 Guilty Pleasures [S1] Laurell K Hamilton
77 The Last Unicorn Peter S Beagle
78 Life of Pi Yann Martel
79 Batman The Dark Knight Returns Frank Miller
80 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
81 Howl's Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones
82 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
83 The Black Company [S1] Glen Cook
84 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
85 Street Station China Mieville Perdido
86 Magic's Pawn [S1] Mercedes Lackey
87 Left Behind [S1] LaHaye & Jenkins
88 The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss
89 Dealing With Dragons [S1] Patricia C Wrede
90 The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
91 Something Wicked This Way Comes Ray Bradbury
92 Sophie's World Jostein Gaarder
93 Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe
94 Inferno Dante Alighieri
95 Storm Front [S1] Jim Butcher
96 Daughter of the Blood [S1] Anne Bishop
97 The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
98 Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach
99 The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov
100 Ishmael Daniel Quinn

Watership Down by Richard Adams Artemis Fowl  by Eoin Colfer A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, #1) by David Eddings Magician's Gambit by David Eddings Enchanters' End Game by David Eddings Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings The Diamond Throne (The Elenium, #1) by David Eddings The Sapphire Rose (The Elenium, #3) by David Eddings The Ruby Knight (The Elenium, #2) by David Eddings The Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising, #2) by Susan Cooper Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Good Omens by Terry Pratchett Dragonflight (Pern Dragonriders of Pern, #1) by Anne McCaffrey Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


message 6: by Hettie (last edited Sep 13, 2011 09:37AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Colour Challenge COMPLETE

Date Started: Jan 1st 2011
Date Finishing: June 30th 2011
Competed: 8\8
COMPLETE


Black Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising, #1) by Susan Cooper White Corsets to Camouflage Women and War by Kate Adie

Red A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Blue In Stitches The Highs and Lows of Life as an AandE Doctor by Nick Edwards

Green The Sapphire Rose (The Elenium, #3) by David Eddings Yellow A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Purple The Diamond Throne (The Elenium, #1) by David Eddings Brown The School on the Moor (Toby, #1) by Dorita Fairlie Bruce


message 7: by Hettie (last edited Sep 13, 2011 09:38AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments What Animal Are You? Reading Challange COMPLETE

I found out that according to Beatrix Hathaway my animal is a swan here

Not sure how much of the description is true but I shall use it

How to play
Step 1 - Answer the Quiz and find out what animal you are.
Step 2 - Read your animal by spelling it's name out and using the letters to pick your books. The letter must correspond to the first letter of a title, the first letter of an author's first or last name, or the first letter of a character's first or last name from the book. Just let us know what the link to the letter is if it's not obvious. And, no, you don't need to read a book by Lisa Kleypas, but you can if you want to.

Date Started: March 1st 2011
Date Finished: June 9th 2011
Completed

S Susan Cooper (Author) Over Sea, Under Stone
W William Walker's First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story
A Afra (Main character)Damia
N Nita (Main character) So You Want to Be a Wizard

Swans are sophisticated, beautiful and stylish, but beneath their serene exteriors, a lot is going on! As a swan glides across the water, their feet are busy paddling beneath. Swans are creatures with intense feelings and a multitude of thoughts and ideas. They are strong, determined and sometimes stubborn. Swans don't like distasteful or noisy public scenes—they prefer to maintain their privacy.

A swan can always be counted on to do the right thing, to be brave and honest, and never make a fuss about it. Maybe all this self-restraint and quiet strength is why they need to recharge fairly often—swans need private time in which to read a book, get a massage, or do something rejuvenating. They are extremely empathetic and tactful, they work well with others, and they often step in to be the peacemaker. Swans are devoted to the people they love . . . which is why everyone loves swans in return.

If you're a swan, you have a lot in common with Win Hathaway from Seduce Me At Sunrise


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Those are some awesome lists you found. Fantasy and Sci Fi are two of the genres I want to get into more. I bought Ender's game, but haven't read it. I may need to move it up on my list as it's rated as #1 on the list.


message 10: by Hettie (last edited Mar 02, 2011 06:13AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Lisarenee wrote: "Those are some awesome lists you found. Fantasy and Sci Fi are two of the genres I want to get into more. I bought Ender's game, but haven't read it. I may need to move it up on my list as it's ra..."

Thanks. I look at the lists sometimes and think that I am never going to make my way through them.

I found the sci-fi and fantasy list as I love the genres but find thta I have missed many of the must reads and wanted a starting point to find classics and new ones alike. Did not realise at the time that the writers seem to prefer writing series rather than stand alones. Means that top 100 becomes more like top 300 if you complete all the series.

I would definately recommend Enders game. One my my favorite books. The 1st sequel is also reall amazing. Be prepared though as some of the topics that Orson Scott Card covers in the books are mind bending and challenging. Worth the read though.


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Hettie | 29 comments The Shakespearian Challenge

End Date: ?
Read:

Comedies
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure‡
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Twelfth Night
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale

Histories
King John
Richard II
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, Part 1
Henry VI, Part 2
Henry VI, Part 3
Richard III
Henry VIII

Tragedies
Romeo and Juliet
Coriolanus
Titus Andronicus
Timon of Athens
Julius Caesar
Macbeth†
Hamlet
Troilus and Cressida
King Lear
Othello
Antony and Cleopatra
Cymbeline

Shakespeare's sonnets
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
The Passionate Pilgrim
The Phoenix and the Turtle
A Lover's Complaint


Lost plays
Love's Labour's Won
Cardenio

Poems
Shakespeare's sonnets
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
The Passionate Pilgrim[nb 5]
The Phoenix and the Turtle
A Lover's Complaint


message 12: by Hettie (last edited Feb 11, 2012 01:04PM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Reading Through Europe

I like this challenge but it is definitely going to take more than a year to complete. I am also going to split up the united kingdom. In addition to England Scotland and Wales I will add the Isle of Man and The Channel Islands.

Date started: 1 June 2011
Date finished: ?

Completed: 3/55


1. Albania
2. Andorra
3. Armenia
4. Austria
5. Azerbaijan
6. Belarus
7. Belgium
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
9. Bulgaria
10. Croatia
11. Cyprus
12. Czech Republic
13. Denmark
14. Estonia
15. Finland
16. France Point Blank
17. Georgia
18. Germany
19. Greece
20. Hungary
21. Iceland
22. Ireland A Wizard Abroad
23. Italy
24. Kazakhstan
25. Latvia
26. Liechtenstein
27. Lithuania
28. Luxembourg
29. Republic of Macedonia
30. Malta
31. Moldova
32. Monaco
33. Montenegro
34. Netherlands
35. Norway
36. Poland
37. Portugal
38. Romania
39. Russia
40. San Marino
41. Serbia
42. Slovakia
43. Slovenia
44. Spain
45. Sweden
46. Switzerland
47. Turkey
48. Ukraine
49. United Kingdom
England Longitude
Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland
Isle of Man
Channel Islands
50. Vatican City





create your personalized map of europe
or check out our Barcelona travel guide


message 13: by Hettie (last edited May 12, 2012 12:35PM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Clue

Date started: 1 July 2011
Date completed:
Tasks complete: 9/22

This challenge is from one of my other group Cozy Mysteries and was created by ஐ Briansgirl "Book Sale Queen"ஐ

One of the most famous detective board games is Clue/Cluedo made by Parker Brothers. This challenge will be based around the characters, weapons and rooms from the original game. The challenge will run for a year, until Oct 1, 2011. Books may only be used once for this challenge, so you'll be reading 17 to 22 books to complete the challenge.

Clue Characters
Read a book where someone on the cover is wearing the same color clothes as the clue character. (ie a red dress, a green suit, etc. Outfit on cover does not have to be specifically a dress or suit, as long as the person on the cover is prodominately dressed in the color.) Read one book for each person.

Miss Scarlet (a red piece) Rattle His Bones
Colonel Mustard (a yellow piece)
Mrs. White (a white piece)
Mr. Green (a green piece) Dead in the Water
Mrs. Peacock (a blue piece) Damsel in Distress
Professor Plum (a purple piece) Styx and Stones A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

Weapons
Read a book where either one of the following weapons is pictured on the cover, specifically named in the title, or was used to murder someone in the book. Read one book for each weapon.

Dagger/Knife Mistletoe and Murder
Candlestick
Revolver (any revolver or pistol) Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Rope The Mummy Case
Lead Pipe
Wrench/Spanner Strawberry Shortcake Murder - hammer

Rooms
Read a book with one the following rooms pictured on the cover, specifically named in the title, or featured prominately in the plot. The room doesn't have to be the main place the story takes place but if the characters just walk through the room once it isn't enough to count. If an entire scene takes place in the room, then it's enough to qualify. Choose 5 of the 10. (Some will be harder, so you don't have to find them all unless you want to.)

Kitchen Blueberry Muffin Murder
Ballroom
Conservatory
Dining Room
Billard Room
Library
Study
Hall
Lounge
Cellar/Stairs (where the envelope with the solution was kept) Lemon Meringue Pie Murder - basement

BONUS #1: Read a book based on the actual game Clue. Example: The Clue in the Shadows (Clue, #8)

BONUS #2: Play the board game with family and/or friends.

BONUS #3: Watch the movie CLUE starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn, and Martin Mull.

NOTE: The books read for this challenge do not have to all be mysteries. It's your choice.


message 14: by Hettie (last edited Nov 27, 2011 11:38AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Read around the world

Read a book primarily set in each country around the world.

I am not going to actively work on this challenge. It is more a way of recording when I read a book from a particular country. Obviously if I get to within a few books of completing a region I will be more active to complete it.

Start: 1 Aug 2011
End: ?



create your own visited country map
or check our Venice travel guide


North America
Canada Anne of Green Gables
Greenland
United States Sea Swept
Mexico

Central America and the Caribbean
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Bahamas
Belize
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Grenada
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Martinique
Monserrat
Netherlands Antilles
Nicaragua
Panama
Puerto Rico
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Turks and Caicos Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Virgin Islands

South America
Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Falkland Islands
French Guiana
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Suriname
Uruguay
Venezuela

Africa
Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo Brazzaville
Congo Kinshasa
Djibouti
Egypt Crocodile on the Sandbank
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea-Bissau
Guinee Conakry
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Reunion
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Western Sahara
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Europe
See post above

the Middle East
Bahrain
Cyprus
IranReading Lolita in Tehran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Palestinian Authority
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Yemen Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Asia
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
East Timor
India
Indonesia
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
North Korea
Pakistan
Philippines
Singapore
Sri Lanka
South Korea
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vietnam

Australia and Pacific
American Samoa
Australia
Fiji
French Polynesia
Guam
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia,
Federated States of Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Mariana Islands
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn Islands
Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Western Samoa


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Hettie | 29 comments Read around the world overflow


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Hettie | 29 comments 50 States Challenge

for this challenge, you read a book that is set in each of the 50 states. Find locations from here

Start date: 1 Aug 2011
End date: ?
Completed: 8/50



create your own personalized map of the USA
or check out ourCalifornia travel guide


Alabama (AL)
Alaska (AK)
Arizona (AZ)
Arkansas (AR)
California (CA) A is for Alibi
Colorado (CO)
Connecticut (CT)
Delaware (DE)
Florida (FL)
Georgia (GA)
Hawaii (HI)
Idaho (ID)
Illinois (IL)
Indiana (IN)
Iowa (IA) Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Kansas (KS)
Kentucky (KY)
Louisiana (LA)
Maine (ME)
Maryland (MD) Sea Swept
Massachusetts (MA)
Michigan (MI)
Minnesota (MN) Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Mississippi (MS)
Missouri (MO) Guilty Pleasures
Montana (MT)
Nebraska (NE)
Nevada (NV)
New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)
New Mexico (NM)
New York (NY) Deep Wizardry
North Carolina (NC)A Walk to Remember
North Dakota (ND)
Ohio (OH)
Oklahoma (OK)
Oregon (OR)
Pennsylvania (PA)
Rhode Island (RI)
South Carolina (SC)
South Dakota (SD)
Tennessee (TN)
Texas (TX) Living Dead in Dallas
Utah (UT)
Vermont (VT)
Virginia (VA) Owls Well That Ends Well
Washington (WA)
West Virginia (WV)
Wisconsin (WI)
Wyoming (WY)


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Jex (jexball) | 2227 comments Some of your lists are spectacular. So many books on them are in my to read pile. I may have to look into doing one myself after i knock off some of my current challenges. Also, that clue challenge is kind of awesome. Very creative. Good luck plugging through these :)


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Chelsea (chelseaanne) Wow! That will definitely keep you busy for a while! LOL


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Hettie | 29 comments Jex wrote: "Some of your lists are spectacular. So many books on them are in my to read pile. I may have to look into doing one myself after i knock off some of my current challenges. Also, that clue chall..."

Thanks Jex

I need challenges to keep myself motivated to read books. Otherwise I get distracted by fanfiction on the internet.

Many of the longer lists are more long term goals than anything else. I think I enjoy creating and filling the lists as much as the reading.

I hope that your TBR pile is slightly more manageable than mine! Shopping for books is my favorite form of shopping and I can get a bit carried away with it.

Hettie


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Hettie | 29 comments British Counties

British equivalent to the 50 state challenge. Read a book based in each county of the United Kingdom.
List taken from here

Start date: 14 Aug 2011
End date: ?
Completed: 8/92
Countries completed: 0/4



England

1. Bedfordshire
2. Berkshire
3. Buckinghamshire Dead in the Water
4. Cambridgeshire
5. Cheshire
6. Cornwall First Term at Trebizon
7. Cumberland
8. Derbyshire
9. Devon Before the Chalet School: The Bettanys of Taverton High
10. Dorset
11. Durham
12. Essex
13. Gloucestershire
14. Hampshire
15. Herefordshire
16. Hertfordshire
17. Huntingdonshire
18. Kent Styx and Stones A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
19. Lancashire
20. Leicestershire
21. Lincolnshire
22. Middlesex (London) The King's Speech
23. Norfolk
24. Northamptonshire
25. Northumberland
26. Nottinghamshire
27. Oxfordshire
28. Rutland
29. Shropshire
30. Somerset
31. Staffordshire
32. Suffolk I Capture the Castle
33. Surrey
34. Sussex
35. Warwickshire
36. Westmorland
37. Wiltshire
38. WorcestershireDamsel in Distress
39. Yorkshire The Radleys



Wales (including Monmouthshire)

40. Anglesey/Sir Fon
41. Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog
42. Caernarfonshire/Sir Gaernarfon
43. Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin
44. Cardiganshire/Ceredigion
45. Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych
46. Flintshire/Sir Fflint
47. Glamorgan/Morgannwg
48. Merioneth/Meirionnydd
49. Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy
50. Montgomeryshire/Sir Drefaldwyn
51. Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro
52. Radnorshire/Sir Faesyfed

Scotland

53. Aberdeenshire
54. Angus/Forfarshire
55. Argyllshire (inc Isle of Mull)
56. Ayrshire
57. Banffshire
58. Berwickshire
59. Buteshire
60. Cromartyshire
61. Caithness
62. Clackmannanshire
63. Dumfriesshire
64. Dunbartonshire/Dumbartonshire
65. East Lothian/Haddingtonshire
66. Fife
67. Inverness-shire
68. Kincardineshire
69. Kinross-shire
70. Kirkcudbrightshire
71. Lanarkshire
72. Midlothian/Edinburghshire
73. Morayshire
74. Nairnshire
75. Orkney
76. Peeblesshire
77. Perthshire
78. Renfrewshire
79. Ross-shire
80. Roxburghshire
81. Selkirkshire
82. Shetland
83. Stirlingshire
84. Sutherland
85. West Lothian/Linlithgowshire
86. Wigtownshire

Northern Ireland

87. Antrim
88. Armagh
89. Down
90. Fermanagh
91. Londonderry
92. Tyrone


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Hettie | 29 comments British counties overflow


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Hettie | 29 comments 12x12 in 2012

This challenge is using the same basic idea as the SOS: Serious Overload of Series group, who introduced the idea last year with 11x11 in 2011. Basically, you pick 12 categories that you want to read; you then read 12 books in each category. At the end of the year, this adds up to be 144 books!

Another crazy length challenge. At least in this one I created the categories.

Start date 1/1/12
End date 31/12/12
Completed 0/144 books
0/12 categories


1. First in series
2. Cozy Mysteries
3. Historical
4. Science
5. Biography/Memoir
6. School Stories
7. Fantasy
8. Science Fiction
9. Library/Borrowed books
10. Freebies (ebooks, audiobooks, gifts)
11. Reuse (charity shop buys, bookmooch)
12. BBC Top 100


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Hettie | 29 comments 12x12 in 2012 overflow


message 24: by Hettie (last edited Dec 27, 2011 05:37AM) (new)

Hettie | 29 comments Disney Princess Reading Challenge

Obviously I did not think that I had enough challenges to complete as here is another one

By retouching pictures and using photo manipulation, graphic design student Jirka Väätäinen has modernized the classic Disney Princess by making them 'come alive.' He is very much the inspiration behind this challenge; after seeing his work on Shine I immediately knew I had to use his beautiful pictures somehow- the result is this challenge, which I hope you guys will enjoy. To view more of Jirka's work check out his Facebook Page or blog (which is hype-linked above).

Time Limit: None! (Take as long as you want)

Pocahontas:
Read a book where the protagonist is Native American, loves nature, or displays shamanic powers. You can also read a retelling of Pocahontas.

Princess Jasmine:
from Aladdin
Read a book where the protagonist is of Arabic descent or is named Jasmine. You can also read a retelling of Aladdin.

Snow White:
Read a book where the protagonist has fair skin and dark hair. Or read a book where the protagonist is German (or of German descent). Read a book where the protagonist has many male friends. You can also read a retelling of Snow White.

Aurora:
more commonly known as Sleeping Beauty
Read a book where the protagonist has a curse placed upon her at birth. Or read a book where the main character is unaware of her biological family or where she comes from. You can also read a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

Mulan:
Read a book where the protagonist is Chinese (or of Chinese descent), she must also be able to kick some serious ass. Read a book where the protagonist disguises herself as a man or enlists in the army.

Ariel:
from The Little Mermaid
Read a book where the protagonist has red hair or has a lot of sisters. Or read a book where the protagonist frequently disobeys her father. You can also read a retelling of The Little Mermaid.

Belle:
from Beauty and the Beast
Read a book where the protagonist loves books and reading. Read a book about a protagonist who adores her father or falls in love with a man who is not handsome (he can have scars, be it emotional or physical) or is temperamental . You can also read a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Esmeralda:
from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Read a book where the protagonist is a Gypsy or read a book where the character has a pet goat (this should be interesting). You can also read a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Megara:
from Hercules
Read a book where the protagonist has a low opinion of men and is cynical about love. You can also read a retelling of Hercules.

Tiana:
from The Princess and the Frog
Read a book where the protagonist is African American, takes place in New Orleans, or is a waitress or an excellent cook.You can also read a retelling The Princess and the Frog.

Cinderella
Read a book about someone who has an evil stepmother, or read a book about someone who has had a difficult life but perseveres with the help of love. You can also read a retelling of Cinderella.

Rapunzel:
Read a book where the MC has really long hair or read a book where the MC was kidnapped. You can also read a retelling of Pocahontas.


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Hettie | 29 comments Disney Princess Reading Challenge slight adaptation

Pocahontas:
Read a book
where the MC is Native American
MC loves nature
MC displays shamanic powers
that is retelling of Pocahontas.
that tells the original story
Watch the film

Princess Jasmine: from Aladdin
Read a book
where the MC is of Arabic descent
MC is named Jasmine
MC is a servant or slave
that is a retelling of Aladdin
that tells the original story One Thousand and One Nights tale of "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp"
Watch the film

Snow White:
Read a book
where the MC has fair skin and dark hair.
where the MC is German (or of German descent).
where the MC has many male friends
that is a retelling of Snow White
that tells the original story (brothers grimm)
watch the film

Aurora: Sleeping Beauty
Read a book
where the MC has a curse placed upon her at birth
where the MC is unaware of her biological family or where she comes fromThe Princess Diaries
that features singing or music
that is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty.
that is the original story Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passé by Charles Perrault
Watch the film

Mulan:
Read a book
where the MC is Chinese (or of Chinese descent)
where the female MC can kick some serious ass
where the MC disguises herself as a man or enlists in the army
that is a retelling of Mulan
that tells the original Chinese poem The Ballad of Mulan
watch the film


Ariel: The Little Mermaid
Read a book
where the MC has red hair
where the MC has a lot of sisters
where the MC frequently disobeys her father
that is a retelling of The Lttle Mermaid
that tells the original story Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid"
watch the film

Belle: Beauty and the Beast
Read a book
where the MC loves books and reading
where the MC adores her father
where the MC falls in love with a man who is not handsome (he can have scars, be it emotional or physical) or is temperamental
that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast
that tells the original story here
watch the film

Esmeralda: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Read a book
where the protagonist is a Gypsy
where the character has a pet goat (this should be interesting)
(need an extra book)
which is a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
which is the original story by victor hugo
Watch the film

Megara: Hercules
Read a book
where the MC has a low opinion of men and is cynical about love
about greek mythology or based on it
where the MC deceives someone
is a retelling of Hercules
is the original story
watch the film

Tiana: The Princess and the Frog
Read a book
where the MC is African American
that takes place in New Orleans
where the MC is a waitress or an excellent cook
is a retelling The Princess and the Frog
is the original story The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
Watch the film

Cinderella
Read a book
about someone who has an evil stepmother
about someone who has had a difficult life but perseveres with the help of love
where the MC develops a close relationship with animals
is a retelling of Cinderella Ella Enchanted
is the original story French version of the tale by Charles Perrault
watch the film

Rapunzel:
Read a book
where the MC has really long hair
where the MC was kidnapped
that features art or painting
is a retelling of Rapunzel
is the original story (brothers grimm)
watch the film


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Hettie | 29 comments Reading numbers

Start date: 26.12.11
End Date: ?

Read a book with these numbers in the book title or with this number of words in the book title. If you can add more ie 100, one million etc feel free to do so! No time limit or start/end date for this one.Examples of accepted options added below

0-use naught,nought,zero,none,nothing etc
1-plurals are ok ie ones,
2-two-fold
3-threesome is ok
4-foremost,forearmed
5


1 One Day
2 Take Two
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10


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Hettie | 29 comments Reading numbers cont


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