Sunday 31 December 2017

Wrap-Up of Gentle Spectrums 2017 Reading Challenge

I completed this challenge successfully.

This challenge ran from February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, but since I do it every year, I stop at the end of December.

The challenge has two parts,

A Limitless Hues
This part has the names of colours in book titles or the word colour or terms like iridescent, bright, light, hue, spectrum, rainbow, shade, etc. Terms that might be shades of a color like cherry or canary don't count with the colour itself

1. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory. Finished March 27.
2. Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves. Finished May 1
3. Purple Palette for Murder by R.J. Harlick. Finished October 21

B Gentle Subjects
This part has ten subject categories to match to book titles. Some will also allow content matches.

1. History
Historic people, content, places, symbols, and books set in 1967 or earlier.
The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure by Adam Williams. Finished February 4 (set in 1899-1902 China)
Sister of Mine by Sabra Waldfogel. Finished February 7 (set in 1852-1867, Georgia)
Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis. Finished February 13 (set in 1502-1503 Italy)
One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn. Finished February 28 (set in 1918-1919)
Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans. Finished March 28 (set during WWII)
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers. Finished April 25 (set during the US Civil War and a few decades later)

2. Food
Food and drink, and words typically used to describe them like sweet or sour.
Cake or Death by Heather Mallick. Finished February 23
Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs. Finished March 21
Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent by Marie-Louise Gay. Finished June 20
Cottage Cheese Thighs by Jenn Sadai. Finished July 6
Baby Cakes by Theo Heras. Finished September 24

3. Sky
Elements by day or night, astronomy, spiritual terms
Racing the Sun by Karina Halle. Finished March 6
Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves. Finished May 1
The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel. Finished November 13

4. Canadian
Titles do not need to match this category. Canadian authors and features do. A brief Canadian setting does not count. I didn't use all my Canadian books, but chose a few.
You Can Read by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Mark Hoffmann. Finished February 4 (Canadian author)
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman. Finished February 18 (Canadian author and setting)
A Murder for Max by John Lawrence Reynolds. Finished March 30 (Canadian author and setting)

5. Money, Valuable, Class
Monetary terms, gems, etc.
Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg. Finished February 5
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. Finished February 22

6. Music
Musical terms. Also books about music or musicians, or by musicians.
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys. Finished March 19

7. Is the Third a Charm?
Titles associated with "three". A third volume, or your third book by an author. Include a comment as to whether the author is more appealing or less at this third book.
Three Jack Reacher Novellas by Lee Child. Finished April 4
The Twenty-Three by Linwood Barclay. Finished July 5 (third in trilogy)

8. Traditions, Practices, Celebrations
The Burial by Courtney Collins. Finished February 18
An Intimate Wilderness by Norman Hallendy. Finished April 8

9. All Critters
Boar Island by Nevada Barr. Finished March 1
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Finished March 15
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. Finished March 29
A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders. Finished April 18
A Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders. Finished May 14
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Jonathan Lambert. Finished June 9
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle. Finished July 14
Rusty Puppy by Joe R. Lansdale. Finished October 5

10. Clothing or Fashion
The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore. Finished December 4

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