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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Banned / Challenged Books Reading Challenge 2017


Hosted by: Book Dragon's Lair
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017


Rules / Guidelines:
  • Read books that have been banned or challenged. Or, read nonfiction books about censorship, book burning, etc.
  • Reviews are encouraged, even if it's just telling someone about the book. Reviews can be posted on your blog, or another site such as GoodReads or LibraryThing.
Levels:
  1. Read 1 book. You are an Ember. You're small but mighty just waiting to burn the structure down.
  2. Read 2-6 books. You are Creeping. You're burning with a low flame and spreading slowly.
  3. Read 7-12 books. You are a Blow-up fire. Sudden increase in fire intensity strong enough to upset control plans
  4. Read 13+ books. You are Uncontrolled. Any fire which threatens to destroy life, property, or natural resources.
✹ Hoping to read several banned/challenged books during the year, so I'm signing up at the second ("Creeping") level.


● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/signup page HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
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POSSIBLE  CHOICES:
  • The Bell Jar. Sylvia Plath
  • The Bostonians. Henry James
  • BUtterfield 8. John O'Hara 
  • The Giver. Lois Lowry 
  • The Golden Compass. Philip Pullman 
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou 
  • In Cold Blood. Truman Capote 
  • James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl 
  • July's People. Nadine Gordimer 
  • The Witches. Roald Dahl 
  • Rabbit, Run. John Updike 
  • Summer of My German Soldier. Bette Greene 

POSSIBLE RE-READS:
  • Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury
  • The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  • Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov 
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde 


Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt 2017



Hosted by: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017

Challenge objective:
  • Find as many objects on the scavenger hunt list as possible, on the covers of the mystery books you read.
  • You may play along in either the Golden or Silver Mystery Eras (or, for the more adventurous, both).

Challenge rules (quoted from the announcement post):
  • All books must be from the mystery category (crime fiction, detective fiction, espionage, etc.). The mystery/crime must be the primary feature of the book--ghost stories, paranormal, romance, humor, etc are all welcome as ingredients, but must not be the primary category under which these books would be labeled at the library or bookstore.
  • For the purposes of this challenge, the Golden Age Vintage Mysteries must have been first published before 1960. Golden Age short story collections (whether published pre-1960 or not) are permissible provided all of the stories included in the collection were originally written pre-1960. Silver Age Vintage Mysteries may be first published any time from 1960 to 1989. Again, Silver Age short story collections published later than 1989 are permissible as long as they include no stories first published later than 1989.
  • Minimum number of items to complete the challenge and to be eligible for the participation prize drawing at the end of the year is six items from the covers of books read from a single Vintage Mystery Era. If you choose to do both eras, you must use separate checklists. You may not, for example, find three golden age items and three silver age items to claim the minimum six.
  • "On the cover" may apply to either the front or the back cover of the book. Also, the item should be found on the cover of the edition that you read. If at all possible either post a picture showing the item on the cover or provide a link to a page showing us. Exception: If the edition you read has no picture whatsoever (hardbacks that have no dust jacket or e-copies, for example), then you may go on another scavenger hunt online to find a cover image--again, please provide a link to the edition used.
  • No double-counting within the challenge. If a book's cover has both a shadowy figure and a weapon, you may only use it to check off one item from the list. You are welcome to change the item claimed at any time prior to submitting it for prizes.
  • Books read for this challenge may be used for other challenges as well.
  • Reviews are encouraged, but they are not necessary to participate. If you do not have a blog, post to the comments below that you intend to join and then post again at the end-of-year wrap-up site when you have completed your challenge (include a list of books read, categories you have completed, and how to find images of covers).
  • Challengers who complete the minimum six books from a single era will be eligible for a drawing at the end of the year for a book from the prize list. Challengers who complete 12 or more books (either from the same era or six from each era) will also be entered in a separate drawing--for another chance to win, again for their choice of a book from the prize list.
  • Please keep track of your progress and be prepared to submit a final wrap-up post or comment at the end of the year. Please DO NOT submit completion notifications prior to the posting of the Wrap-Up Link.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the challenge review pages: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December .
● See the challenge check-in posts: Check-in #1 (March) , Check-in #2 (July) .

✸ I'll be reading Golden Age mysteries. Here's the card:



MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

1. The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3). Agatha Christie (first published 1942)
....For the scavenger hunt: Library or a Book on cover



1. His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes #8). Arthur Conan Doyle (first published 1917)
....For the scavenger hunt: Any Piece of Furniture on cover



2.  Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10). Agatha Christie (first published 1934)
....For the scavenger hunt: Train on cover


3.
4.
5.
6.


And some possibilities:

Death and the Dancing Footman (Roderick Alleyn #11). Ngaio Marsh (first published 1941) [reading now]
....For the scavenger hunt: Flowers on cover





Monday, December 19, 2016

2017 Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge



Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017


This challenge presents six keywords associated with each month in 2017. Participants read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement page):
  • Books must be read and reviewed in 2017
  • You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.
  • The book title you choose can be a variation on one of the keywords. Meaning, you can tweak the keywords. For example, your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’ Further, if the key word is ‘family‘ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’ It’s similar to the word game Word Association.
  • Lastly, have fun! This challenge is simply for the pure satisfaction of reading so please don’t worry if you have to skip a month or if you have to read your books out of order!

Monthly Keywords:
  • JAN -- Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep, Thousand
  • FEB -- And, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing  
  • MAR -- Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga
  • APR -- From, Trigger, Tale, His, Crown, Mist
  • MAY -- Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade
  • JUN -- Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have
  • JUL -- Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream
  • AUG -- Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most
  • SEP -- Sand, From, Between, Ever, Reasons, Clash
  • OCT -- Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea
  • NOV -- Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet
  • DEC -- Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, On, Will

See my original post about the challenge HERE.
See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
See the Book Review Link-up pages: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. JANUARY: Smooth Talker: Trail of Death. Steve Jackson 
  2. FEBRUARY: The Blazing World. Siri Hustvedt
  3. MARCH: Magic By the Lake. Edward Eager 
  4. APRIL:
  5. MAY:
  6. JUNE:
  7. JULY:
  8. AUGUST:
  9. SEPTEMBER:
  10. OCTOBER:
  11. NOVEMBER:
  12. DECEMBER:

Some possible choices (definitely subject to change):

JANUARY
The Burning Court. John Dickson Carr
Deep Storm. Lincoln Child 
The Fall Guy. James Lasdun
Falling Angels. Tracy Chevalier
Falling Slowly. Anita Brookner
Mistress of the Art of Death (#1 in the series). Ariana Franklin
Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe

FEBRUARY
The City and the Stars. Arthur C. Clarke
Death and the Dancing Footman (Roderick Alleyn #11). Ngaio Marsh
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. Chris Cleave
Family and Friends. Anita Brookner
Fathers and Sons. Ivan Turgenev
Hide and Seek (Inspector Rebus #2). Ian Rankin
Mrs. Malory and a Death In the Family (Sheila Malory #17). Hazel Holt
Promised Land (Spenser #4). Robert B. Parker
Rose Cottage. Mary Stewart
A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor

MARCH
The Go-Between. L.P. Hartley
Hanging By a Thread. Monica Ferris
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rachel Carson
Horseman, Pass By. Larry McMurtry
The House of Silence. Blanca Busquets
Magic By the Lake. Edward Eager
North By Northwest. Ernest Lehman
The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe #11). Rex Stout
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse #3). Colin Dexter
They Shall Have Stars. James Blish

APRIL
4:50 From Paddington (Miss Marple #8). Agatha Christie
Dancer From the Dance. Andrew Holleran
Far From the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy
The Flight from the Enchanter. Iris Murdoch
Flowers For His Funeral (Mitchell & Markby #7). Ann Granger
A Fool and His Honey (Aurora Teagarden #6). Charlaine Harris
His Last Bow (Sherlock Holmes #8). Arthur Conan Doyle
The Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley
Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. Barbara Comyns
The Prince of Mist. Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Saint Meets His Match (Simon Templar #7). Leslie Charteris
Some Kind of Fairy Tale. Graham Joyce
Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce #5). Alan Bradley

MAY
All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West
All the Bells on Earth. James P. Blaylock
Deadly Nightshade (Henry Gamadge #2). Elizabeth Daly
Goodbye to All That. Robert Graves
How It All Began. Penelope Lively
Service of All the Dead (Inspector Morse #4). Colin Dexter
Six Days of the Condor. James Grady
Two Days Gone. Randall Silvis
We Are All Welcome Here. Elizabeth Berg
The Wind from the Sun. Arthur C. Clarke
The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame

JUNE
The Children of Green Knowe. L.M. Boston
Durable Goods. Elizabeth Berg
Good Morning, Midnight. Jean Rhys
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia De Luce #3). Alan Bradley
See What I Have Done. Sarah Schmidt

JULY
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick
Dreamside. Graham Joyce
Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Elizabeth Berg
Final Curtain (Roderick Alleyn #14). Ngaio Marsh
The Girl Before. J.P. Delaney
The Hour Before Dark. Douglas Clegg
I Still Dream About You. Fannie Flagg
A Kiss Before Dying. Ira Levin
Still Life. A.S. Byatt
Still Life (Chief Inspector Gamache #1). Louise Penny
Still Life with Bread Crumbs. Anna Quindlen
Still Life with Crows. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

AUGUST
Farewell, My Lovely. Raymond Chandler 
Gently In the Sun (Inspector George Gently #6). Alan Hunter
My Latest Grievance. Elinor Lipman
Over My Dead Body (Nero Wolfe #7). Rex Stout
The Sunlight Dialogues. John Gardner 
Travels With My Aunt. Graham Greene

SEPTEMBER
Between the Acts. Virginia Woolf
Head in the Sand (DI Nick Dixon #2). Damien Boyd
If Death Ever Slept (Nero Wolfe #29). Rex Stout
If Morning Ever Comes. Anne Tyler
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Henry Farrell

OCTOBER
Crooked House. Agatha Christie 
The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories. Algernon Blackwood
The House in Paris. Elizabeth Bowen
I Still Dream About You. Fannie Flagg
Pictures of You. Caroline Leavitt
Rest You Merry (Peter Shandy #1). Charlotte MacLeod
The Sea. John Banville
When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead
Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys
A Writer's House in Wales. Jan Morris

NOVEMBER
The Death of the Heart. Elizabeth Bowen
Heartbreak Hotel. Jonathan Kellerman
The Heart of the Matter. Graham Greene
The Summer Before the War. Helen Simonson

DECEMBER
The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart
The Forgetting Room: A Fiction. Nick Bantock
Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie


(Notice that there are two keywords repeated: ALL in May and July, and FROM in April and September. I believe those are the only repeats.)


What's In A Name 2017


Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017
Host: Charlie @ The Worm Hole

Rules / Guidelines:

• Choose one book from each of the following categories:
  • A number in numbers
  • A building
  • A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it
  • A compass direction
  • An item/items of cutlery
  • A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration!

• Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
• It’s preferred but not required that books don't overlap other challenges.
• Books cannot overlap categories.
• Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
• A preliminary list of books isn't required, you can choose them as you go.
• You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.


● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
● See the challenge Gateway post for linking reviews HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. A title with number in numbers (not written out): 
  2. A title with a building: 
  3. A title with an "x" somewhere in it: Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
  4. A title with a compass direction: 
  5. A title with an item(s) of cutlery: 
  6. A title with alliteration: As Good As Gone, by Larry Watson (linked to review page 2/06/2017)

Some Possibilities:
  • Category 1 - A number in numbers
    101 Dalmatians. Dodie Smith (1956)
    4:50 From Paddington (Miss Marple #8). Agatha Christie (1957)
    Badenheim 1939. Aharon Appelfeld (1978)
    BUtterfield 8. John O'Hara (1935)
    Montana 1948. Larry Watson (1993) 

  • Category 2 - A building
    The Barnum Museum. Steven Millhauser (1990)
    The Body in the Library. Agatha Christie (1942)
    The Enchanted Castle. E. Nesbit (1907)
    Grief Cottage. Gail Godwin (2017)
    Heartbreak Hotel. Jonathan Kellerman (2017)
    The House of Paper. Carlos Maria Dominguez (2002)
    The Inn at the Edge of the World. Alice Thomas Ellis (1990)
    Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1). Jo Dereske (1994)
    The Post Office Girl. Stefan Zweig (1982)
    Rose Cottage. Mary Stewart (1997)
    A Writer's House in Wales. Jan Morris (2002)

  • Category 3 - A"x" somewhere in title
    Expedition to Earth. Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas Adams (1979)
    I Am Madame X. Gioia Diliberto (2003)
    An Imaginative Experience. Mary Wesley (1994)
    Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie (1934)
    The Red Box
    (Nero Wolfe #4). Rex Stout (1937)
    Six Days of the Condor. James Grady (1974)
    Unexplained Laughter. Alice Thomas Ellis (1985) 

  • Category 4 - A compass direction
    East Side Story. Louis Auchincloss (2004)
    Gently North-West. Alan Hunter (1967)
    Northanger Abbey. Jane Austen (1817)
    North By Northwest. Ernest Lehman (1959)
    The Westing Game. Ellen Raskin (1978) 

  • Category 5 - An item (or items) of cutlery
    The Knife Thrower and Other Stories. Steven Millhauser (1998)
    Miss Chopsticks. Xinran (2007)
    Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. Barbara Comyns (1950)
    The Silver Spoon (Forsyte Chronicles #5). John Galsworthy (1926)
    The Smiler With the Knife (Nigel Strangeways #5). Nicholas Blake (1939)
    A Twist of the Knife (Brigid Quinn #3). Becky Masterman (2017)

  • Category 6 - Title with alliteration
    Candle for a Corpse (Mitchell & Markby #8). Ann Granger (1995)
    Death and the Dancing Footman (Roderick Alleyn #11). Ngaio Marsh (1941)
    Ella Enchanted. Gail Carson Levine (1997)
    Farewell to Fairacre. 'Miss Read' (1993)
    Fellowship of Fear (Gideon Oliver #1). Aaron Elkins (1982)
    Flowers for His Funeral (Mitchell & Markby #7). Ann Granger (1994)
    Holy Terror in the Hebrides (Dorothy Martin #3). Jeanne M. Dams (1997)
    Murder in Mesopotamia. Agatha Christie (1936)
    Mystery Mile (Albert Campion #2). Margery Allingham (1930)
    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Jeanette Winterson (1985)
    Pawing Through the Past
    (Mrs. Murphy #8). Rita Mae Brown (2000)
    The Penguin Pool Murder. Stuart Palmer (1931)
    The Silent Speaker (Nero Wolfe #11). Rex Stout (1946)
    The Summer of the Swans. Betsy Byars (1970)
    Trouble in the Town Hall (Dorothy Martin #2). Jeanne M. Dams (1996)


2017 New To Me Challenge


Hosted by: herding cats & burning soup
Dates: throughout 2017

Rules / Guidelines:

● What counts: Anything "new" to you. For example...
-- first time reading an author
-- first book in a series
-- first book you've read from a series (doesn't have to be book one)
-- first time trying a genre/subgenre
-- a debut book from an author (even if you've read them before)
● Books need to be over 80 pages
● To complete the challenge, you must read a minimum of twelve books. You can read any number over twelve.

✹ My goal: "First time reading an author" and I'm aiming for at least 20 new-to-me authors.


● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/signup page HERE.
● See the Mid-Year Check-in post HERE.
● See the Wrap-Up Check-in post HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. David Baldacci: The Fix (Amos Decker #3).
  2. Sandra Block: The Secret Room (Zoe Goldman #3).
  3. Amy Engel: The Roanoke Girls
  4. Siri Hustvedt: The Blazing World
  5. Steve Jackson: Sweet Talker: Trail of Death.
  6. Lisa Turner: Devil Sent the Rain
  7. Larry Watson: As Good As Gone




eBook Reading Challenge 2017


Hosted by: Book Dragon's Lair
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017

Rules / Guidelines:
  • All books read for the challenge must be electronic - kindle, pdf, nook, etc.
  • Books must have an ISBN or equivalent.
  • You can list your books in advance or as you read them. Lists can be changed.
  • Books can be any genre or length.
  • Anyone can join, and a blog isn't necessary.
  • Reviews are good but not required. 
  • You may move up a level but not down.
  • Crossovers for other challenges count.
  • Books started before January 1st, 2017 don’t count.

Levels:
  1. Bit – 1 book
  2. Byte – 10 books
  3. Megabyte – 25 books
  4. Gigabyte – 50 books
  5. Terabyte – 75 books
  6. Petabyte – 100 books
  7. Empty the Cloud - 101+ books

✹ I'm signing up at the "Byte" level (10 books).

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/signup page HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

  1. The Blazing World. Siri Hustvedt
  2. Faithful. Alice Hoffman 
  3. The Fifth Petal. Brunonia Barry (reading now)
  4. The Fix (Amos Decker #3). David Baldacci 
  5. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10). Agatha Christie
  6. The Roanoke Girls. Amy Engel 
  7. The Secret Room (Zoe Goldman #3). Sandra Block 
  8. Sweet Talker: Trail of Death. Steve Jackson




2017 European Reading Challenge


Hosted by: Rose City Reader
Dates: January 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement page):
The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. 
  • Books should be read between January 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018.  If you participated in the 2016 European Reading Challenge, you can only count books read in January 2017 for one year -- either the end of the 2016 challenge or the start of the 2017 challenge -- you don't get to count one book for both challenges. 
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; and you can change your mind about books at any time. 
  • Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged! 
  • Re-reads count. 
  • Audiobooks count. 
  • E-books count. 
  • Self-published books count. 
  • There will be a page for linking your reviews. Reviews are not necessary, unless you are going for the prize, in which case only books reviewed count.
  • If you do not have a blog, put your reviews or reports in a comment on the announcement post. 
  • There will be a page for posting links to wrap-up posts. 

Levels of participation:
  1. Five Star (Deluxe Entourage): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.
  2. Four Star (Honeymooner): Read four qualifying books.
  3. Three Star (Business Traveler): Read three qualifying books.
  4. Two Star (Adventurer): Read two qualifying books.
  5. One Star (Pensione Weekender): Read just one qualifying book.
✹ I'm signing up for the Four Star ("Honeymooner") level.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement page HERE.
● See the review page HERE.
● See the page for challenge wrap-ups HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):

  1. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10). Agatha Christie (set aboard a train stranded in Croatia




Newbery Reading Challenge 2017



Dates:  January 1 - December 31, 2017
Hosted by:  Julie @ Smiling Shelves

Guidelines:
  • Choose books from among Newbery Award winners and Honor Books; Caldecott Medal winners and Honor books.
  • Rereads count.
  • Audiobooks and e-books count.
  • All books must be read between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Books begun before January 1 don’t count. 
  • Books can overlap with other challenges
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You can link up reviews from Amazon, Goodreads, etc., or leave your remarks in the comments.
  • Reviews are encouraged, but not necessary.
  • There will be a headquarters page for linking up reviews if you write them.
  • Choose your point level. You can always aim for a higher point level, but you can't move to a lower one.
Each book you read is worth points:
  • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
  • 1 point for a Caldecott Medal Winner or Honor Book
Choose a level to aim for.  "You can get to this level with any combination of points you want. You can read all Newbery Medal winners. You can throw in a few Honor Books. If you want, you can even read 75 Caldecott Medal winners! How you get to your point level is totally up to you."
  1. L'Engle: 15 - 29 points
  2. Spinelli: 30 - 44 points
  3. Avi: 45 - 59 points
  4. Lowry: 60 - 74 points
  5. Konigsburg: 75+ points
✷ I'm signing up at the first level (L'Engle = 15-29 points)

See my original blog post about the challenge HERE.
See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
See the review headquarters page HERE.

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Chris Van Allsburg; illus. by author (Caldecott Honor, 1980) / 1 point
  2. Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night. Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick Allen (Newbery Honor 2011) / 2 points 
  3. Time of Wonder. Robert McCloskey; illus. by author (Caldecott Medal 1958) / 1 point
  4. Million of Cats. Wanda Gág; illus. by author (Newbery Honor 1929) / 2 points



POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Newbery Winners (3 points each)
  • Dead End in Norvelt. Jack Gantos (2012)
  • The Door in the Wall. Marguerite De Angeli (1950)
  • Ginger Pye. Eleanor Estes (1952)
  • Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village. Laura Amy Schlitz (2008)
  • The Higher Power of Lucky. Susan Patron (2007) 
  • Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rachel Field (1930)
  • Miracles on Maple Hill. Virginia Sorensen (1957) 
  • Miss Hickory. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1947)
  • Roller Skates. Ruth Sawyer (1937) 
  • Strawberry Girl. Lois Lenski (1946)
  • Thimble Summer. Elizabeth Enright (1939)
  • The Trumpeter of Krakow.  Eric P. Kelly (1929) 
  • The View from Saturday. E.L. Konigsburg (1997)
  • The Westing Game. Ellen Raskin (1979) 
  • The Wheel on the School. Meindert De Jong (1955) 
  • When You Reach Me. Rebecca Stead (2010)
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Elizabeth George Speare (1959)
  • Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze. Elizabeth Lewis (1933)

POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Newbery Honor Books (2 points each)
  • Afternoon of the Elves. Janet Taylor Lisle (1990) 
  • Black Fox of Lorne. Marguerite De Angeli (1957) 
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake. Laura Ingalls Wilder (1940) 
  • The Cricket in Times Square. George Selden (1961) 
  • Doll Bones. Holly Black (2013; 2014 Honor)
  • Ella Enchanted. Gail Carson Levine (1997; 1998 Honor)
  • Feathers. Jacqueline Woodson (2008)
  • The Golden Name Day. Jennie Lindquist (1956)
  • Gone-Away Lake. Elizabeth Enright (1958)
  • The Headless Cupid. Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1972)
  • The Light at Tern Rock. Julia Sauer (1952)
  • Little Town on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder (1942)
  • The Long Winter. Laura Ingalls Wilder (1941)
  • Millions of Cats. Wanda Gág (1929)
  • The Moorchild. Eloise McGraw (1997)
  • Penny from Heaven. Jennifer L. Holm (2007)
  • Ramona and Her Father. Beverly Cleary (1978)
  • Splendors and Glooms. Laura Amy Schlitz (2012; 2013 Honor)
  • Surviving the Applewhites. Stephanie S. Tolan (2003)
  • These Happy Golden Years. Laura Ingalls Wilder (1944)
  • Three Times Lucky. Sheila Turnage (2013)
  • The Witches of Worm. Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1973)

POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Caldecott Winners (1 point each)
  • Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper. Marcia Brown (1954; 1955 winner)
  • The Egg Tree. Katherine Milhous (1950; 1951 winner) 
  • The Funny Little Woman. Arlene Mosel; illus. by Blair Lent (1972; 1973 winner)
  • Golem. David Wisniewski (1996; 1997 winner)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian Selznick (2007; 2008 winner)
  • Many Moons. James Thurber; illus. by Louis Slobodkin (1943; 1944 winner)
  • Owl Moon. Jane Yolen; illus. by John Schoenherr (1987; 1988 winner)
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. William Steig (1969; 1970 winner)
  • This is Not My Hat. Jon Klassen (2012; 2013 winner) 
  • Time of Wonder. Robert McCloskey (1957; 1958 winner)

POSSIBLE  CHOICES: Caldecott Honor Books (1 point each)
  • Blueberries for Sal. Robert McCloskey (1949) 
  • Extra Yarn. Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen (2012; 2013 Honor)
  • Flora and the Flamingo. Molly Idle (2013; 2014 Honor)
  • In the Night Kitchen. Maurice Sendak (1971) 
  • The Most Wonderful Doll in the World. Phyllis McGinley; illus. by Helen Stone (1950; 1951 Honor)
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen (2014; 2015 Honor)




Backlist Reader Challenge 2017


Hosted by: The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017


Rules / Guidelines (quoted from the announcement page):

Only (1) and (2) are mandatory.
  1. To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2016 AND be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own it. If it’s been on your list to read, and it’s older than 2016, it counts. Library books, books you picked up at a yard sale, books you borrowed from a friend, ebooks, print books, audiobooks — any book counts as long as it fits those two criteria.
  2. Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog or wherever you post your reviews. If you can, please include a link to this post! Then link your sign-up post where you see the “Add your link” button below. (Please link the actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.) You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read, or leave it up to your mood at the time — as long as they’re on your TBR list. You can sign up through December 1, 2017; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.
  3. Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky. Actually, you can do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway (a $10 gift certificate.) Reviews don’t have to be long, just a few sentences is fine. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog.
  4. On or after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post to let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post for the wrap-up posts, too. Again, this one isn’t absolutely necessary, but I hope you’ll do it anyway, just for the fun of looking back and seeing your accomplishment!

My goal is to read at least a dozen books off my various TBR lists and stacks.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
● See the review link-up page HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
1. The Ballad of Peckham Rye. Muriel Spark (pub. 1960)
2. Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10). Agatha Christie (pub. 1934)
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See my TBR list at GoodReads HERE.


(Just a few of the) Fiction Books I'd Like to Read in 2017
  • Afternoon Men. Anthony Powell
  • All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West 
  • The Art of Mending. Elizabeth Berg
  • The Berlin Stories. Christopher Isherwood 
  • The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3). Agatha Christie
  • The Book of the Dead. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child 
  • The Bostonians. Henry James 
  • Busman's Honeymoon. Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • BUtterfield 8. John O'Hara 
  • The Children's Book. A.S. Byatt 
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 
  • Dream When You're Feeling Blue. Elizabeth Berg 
  • The Enchanted April. Elizabeth von Arnim 
  • The Europeans. Henry James 
  • Farewell, My Lovely. Raymond Chandler 
  • The Fencing Master. Arturo Pérez-Reverte 
  • Five Red Herrings (Lord Peter Wimsey #7). Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • Flaubert's Parrot. Julian Barnes 
  • Foundation. Isaac Asimov 
  • The Glass Room. Simon Mawer 
  • Hide and Seek. Ian Rankin 
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Douglas Adams
  • Horseman, Pass By. Larry McMurtry
  • Identity. Milan Kundera 
  • The Inn at the Edge of the World. Alice Thomas Ellis 
  • Invitation to the Waltz. Rosamond Lehmann 
  • Istanbul Passage. Joseph Kanon 
  • Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte 
  • July and August. Nancy Clark 
  • Jumping the Queue. Mary Wesley 
  • Los Alamos. Joseph Kanon 
  • Mrs. Malory and a Death in the Family. Hazel Holt
  • Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End. Hazel Holt
  • The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins 
  • Murder At the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1). Agatha Christie 
  • Murder Must Advertise (Lord Peter Wimsey #10). Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10). Agatha Christie 
  • Mystery Mile (Albert Campion #2). Margery Allingham 
  • The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey #11). Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • Prater Violet. Christopher Isherwood 
  • Prophecy. S.J. Parris 
  • Providence. Anita Brookner 
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce #3). Alan Bradley
  • Relic. Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child 
  • The Road to Lichfield. Penelope Lively 
  • The Secret Keeper. Kate Morton 
  • Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper 
  • Time and Again. Clifford D. Simak 
  • Travels With My Aunt. Graham Greene 
  • Two Serious Ladies. Jane Bowles 
  • The Spoils of Poynton. Henry James 
  • Unnatural Death. Dorothy L. Sayers 
  • Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys 
  • A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor 


Nonfiction Books I'd Like to Read in 2017
  • Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary. Marina Warner 
  • Anthony Powell: A Life. Michael Barber 
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Christopher Hitchens
  • Goodbye To All That. Robert Graves 
  • Enemies of Promise. Cyril Connolly 
  • Here At the New Yorker. Brendan Gill 
  • In Cold Blood. Truman Capote 
  • Just Kids. Patti Smith
  • The Pattern In the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws. Margaret Drabble 
  • River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life. Richard Dawkins 
  • A Writer's House in Wales. Jan Morris 
  • The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion 
  • The Years with Ross. James Thurber