Friday, 1 January 2021

Wrap-Up for 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge

Hosted here. this challenge has a number of interesting prompts, and that made it a bit more complex. I read 48 to fit the challenge, not quite achieving the 52 I aimed for.

I was successful for the Bingo and the Dusty, but missed on my goals for the Nobel Prize, the Ladies of Fiction, and the 


1. The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen. Finished January 4. Clunky (1)
2. An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer. Finished January 11  (Bingo)
3. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. Finished January 21 (Dusty)
4. Sky Girls by Gene Nora Jessen. Finished January 21 (Bingo)
5. Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto. Finished January 31 (Ladies)
6. The Blue Demon by David Hewson. Finished February 3 (Bingo)
7. The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club by Lexi Eddings. Finished February 10 (Dusty)
8. Something to Remember You By by Gene Wilder. Finished February 12 (Bingo)
9. Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble. Finished February 14 (Bingo)
10. March by Geraldine Brooke. Finished February 17 (Dusty)
11. The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart. Finished February 22 (Ladies)
12. A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park. Finished March 2 (Dusty)
13. Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay. Finished March 11 (Bingo)
14. Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain. Finished March 20 (Bingo)
15. A Finer End by Deborah Crombie. Finished March 31 (Ladies)
16. Dangerous Waters by Anne Allen. Finished April 3 (Bingo)
17. Nothing Left to Mend by Matt Weaver. Finished April 16 (Bingo)
18. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Finished April 26 (Bingo)
19. A Dance like Flame by Tammy Blackwell. Finished April 28 (Bingo)
20. Machiavelli by Patrick Boucheron. Finished April 20 (Bingo)
21. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer. Finished May 15 (Dusty)
22. Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes. Finished May 24 (Bingo)
23. CeeGee's Gift by Joy H. Selak. Finished June 2 (Bingo)
24. The Whitsun Daughters by Carrie Mesrobian. Finished June 10 (Bingo)
25. The Deepest Night by Shana Abe. Finished June 27 (Bingo)
26. Without a Guide edited by Katherine Govier. Finished June 29 (Bingo)
27. The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran. Finished July 12 (Dusty)
28. Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah. Finished July 20 (Dusty)
29. Life in the Studio by Frances Palmer. Finished July 23 (Bingo)
30. Simply Stitched by Yumiko Higuchi. Finished August 9 (Bingo)
31. The Swinging Bridge by Ramabai Espinet. Finished August 23 (Dusty)
32. Roanoke Ridge by J.J. Dupuis. Finished August 31 (Bingo)
33. A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante. Finished September 7 (Bingo)
34. Cathedrals of Flesh by Alexia Brue. Finished September 22 (Dusty)
35. Led Astray by Kelley Armstrong. Finished September 27 (Bingo)
36. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Finished September 28 (Dusty)
37. Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner. Finished October 27 (Bingo)
38. Raven, Rabbit, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria. Finished November 4 (Bingo)
39. Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. Finished November 8 (Dusty)
40. District and Circle by Seamus Heaney. Finished November 12 (Nobel)
41. The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. Finished November 13 (Nobel)
42. A World of Mindfulness by Pajama Press. Finished December 2 (Bingo)
43. Journey to the Hopewell Star by Hannah D. State. Finished December 4 (Bingo)
44. Fire and Ice by Jonathan Mingle. Finished December 14 (Bingo)
45. Maker Literacy by Lynn Pawloski and Cindy Wall. Finished June 16 (Bingo)
46. Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams. Finished December 19 (Bingo)
47. & Sons by David Gilbert. Finished December 31 (Dusty)
48. Jane Austen by Claire Tomalin. Finished December 31 (Bingo)

There is a Bingo associated with the Challenge and I completed that successfully, even getting one including the Bonus squares.

Whimsical - An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer. Finished January 11 
Enlighten Me! - Sky Girls by Gene Nora Jessen. Finished January 21
Angels and Demons - The Blue Demon by David Hewson. Finished February 3
Soldier - Something to Remember You By by Gene Wilder. Finished February 12
Outlaws and Lawmen - Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble. Finished February 14
Fourth in a series: Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay. Finished March 11
Pick a number: Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain. Finished March 20
Mysterious: Dangerous Waters by Anne Allen. Finished April 3
Noir: Nothing Left to Mend by Matt Weaver. Finished April 16
Reality Check: The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Finished April 26
Steampunk: A Dance like Flame by Tammy Blackwell. Finished April 28
Renaissance: Machiavelli by Patrick Boucheron. Finished April 20
Whodunit: Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes. Finished May 24
Use the force, Luke: CeeGee's Gift by Joy H. Selak. Finished June 2
Ghosts and Goblins: The Whitsun Daughters by Carrie Mesrobian. Finished June 10
Transformative: The Deepest Night by Shana Abe. Finished June 27
Four Corners: Without a Guide edited by Katherine Govier. Finished June 29
Artist: Life in the Studio by Frances Palmer. Finished July 23
Creative: Simply Stitched by Yumiko Higuchi. Finished August 9
Top of a Mountain: Roanoke Ridge by J.J. Dupuis. Finished August 31
Femme Fatale: A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante. Finished September 7
Vampires and Werewolves: Led Astray by Kelley Armstrong. Finished September 27
Cowboy: Rough Riders by Mark Lee Gardner. Finished October 27
Four Legged Animals: Rabbit, Raven, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria. Finished November 4
Off the Grid: A World of Mindfulness by Pajama Press. Finished December 2 
Beam me up Scotty: Journey to the Hopewell Star by Hannah D. State. Finished December 4
Elemental: Fire and Ice by Jonathan Mingle. Finished December 14
Technology: Maker Literacy by Lynn Pawloski and Cindy Wall. Finished June 16 
Computer Hacker: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams. Finished December 197
Free Book: Jane Austen by Claire Tomalin



Another part of this one is the Ladies of Fiction Bookology. This one was definitely a challenge, and I didn't get very many of these. I was aiming to read one book by the author in the given month, and I only got the first 3 months.

Each month you'll have the opportunity to explore different authors, characters, countries, and genres.  There are a number of ways to complete the challenge, including but not limited to:  
  • Spell out the author's name - one book per letter from the title on the cover.
  • Read one or more books written by the author. 
  • Read a book written in the country or time period of the author.


Ladies of Fiction


Month
Author
Genre
January
Literary Fiction

February

Mystery, Romantic Suspense, and Arthurian Fantasy
March
Crime Fiction

April

Romance, Contemporary fantasy, and Paranormal mystery
May
Historical Fiction
June
Science Fiction / fantasy
July
Historical Fiction and Mystery
August
Paranormal Romance
September
Renaissance historical fiction and Thrillers
October
aka Amanda Quick aka Jayne Castle
Romantic Suspense, Historical and Paranormal
November
Steampunk, Horror and Mystery
December
Literary Fiction




Another subcategory of this challenge that I'm considering is the Nobel Prize Winners. Here is the information for that:
The Nobel Prize Winners in Literature  


In 2010, I took a Nobel Literature class and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although it was a lot of work, I read several books that probably normally would never have considered reading including Jean Paul Sartre's Nausea, Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude,and Kenzaburo Oe's The Silent Cry.  After reading these books, it made me want to read more selections from the literature prize list. Since then, I've read books by one or two authors from the list each year. Join me in reading the authors who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.  


Baby Steps:  2 Books
Toddler:  4 books
Adolescent:  6 Books
Teenager:  8 or more Books

I went for adolescent on this part of the challenge, but only achieved the Baby Steps level

1. District and Circle by Seamus Heaney. Finished November 12 (Winner 1995)
2. The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing. Finished November 13 (Winner 2007)

I'm also going to commit to the Dusty and Chunky subchallenge

I knew I wouldn't stop buying books (I know myself too well to even consider that, plus I have some subscriptions I want to continue), but I committed to levels for both Dusty and Chunky.
For Dusty, I committed to Beyond the Sea level at 8 books and achieved that easily, but for Chunky, I committed to Down to the Water Line to get some of those behemoths moving off my TBR shelf and didn't even manage The Tide is High level.


Dusty and/or Chunky Mini Challenge

The dusty books are the ones that have been sitting on your shelves for a while - you know which ones.

The chunky books are more than 500 pages long and will take a bit more time, but oh so worth it. 
Dusty Books
Safe in the Harbor - 2 Books
Sail on Sweet Sister - 4 Books
Life in the Dark Water  - 6 Books
Beyond the Sea  - 8 Books
The Voyage  - 10 Books or more

Chunky Books - Come Sail Away 

The Tide is High  - 2 books
Down to the Water Line  - 4 books
Big Boat  - 6 books
 Big Ship Sailing  - 8 books
Mother Ocean  - 10 books or more


Chunky
1. The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen. Finished January 4 (764 pages)

Dusty:
1. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. Finished January 21 (on my shelf since at least 2012)
2. The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club by Lexi Eddings. Finished February 10 (on my shelf since 2016)
3. March by Geraldine Brooks. Finished February 17 (on my shelf since at least 2012)
4. A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park. Finished March 2 (on my shelf since September 2017)
5. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer. Finished May 15 (on my shelf since August 2017)
6. The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran. Finished July 12 (on my shelf since March 2018)
7. Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah. Finished July 20 (on my shelf since October 2017)
8. The Swinging Bridge by Ramabai Espinet. Finished August 23 (on my shelf since at least August 2017)
9. Cathedrals of the Flesh by Alexia Brue. Finished September 22 (on my shelf since sometime before 2010)
10. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Finished September 28 (on my shelf since November 2012)
11. Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (on my TBR since 2012)
12. & Sons by David Gilbert (on my TBR since July 2018)


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